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Artie Aiken used to have stomach problems. During World War II, he served on bases in Connecticut and Texas instead of going overseas. When he got back to Vermont, a doctor prescribed goat milk – and things were never the same.

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The first independent, external audit of Vermont Health Connect has arrived, and Virginia-based auditing firm says the state is out of compliance with federal regulations for state health insurance exchanges.

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In 1996, California became the first state to legalize medical marijuana. Eleven years ago, Vermont followed suit. But doctors still know surprisingly little about the pharmacology of cannabis. And a Vermont-based think-tank is hoping to transform the industry by applying new scientific rigor to an old drug.

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When it comes to reducing youth smoking, some regions of the state have made much more progress than others.

That’s the word from the State Agency of Education, which has a released a statewide map showing the disparity of youth smoking rates in Vermont.

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When it comes to buying health insurance, the last few years have been a roller coaster for small businesses in Vermont.

This is the only state where businesses with 50 or fewer employees are required to purchase insurance plans sold on the exchange.

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The clocks have changed and the days are getting shorter. People who suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder are about to enter a difficult time of year.

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In 2014, Gov. Peter Shumlin dedicated his State of the State address to the issue of opiate addiction. Since then, Vermont’s problems with substance abuse have been thrust into the state and even national spotlight. But experts say one aspect of the public-health crisis remains hidden in the shadows.

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My husband recently made a nine mile trek up Glastonbury Mountain, a 3,700-foot incline, and came back a convert — feeling tauter, fitter and enormously energized. A few good stretches headed off any cramps, and he guiltlessly consumed a generous slice of apple cake after dinner. When he invited me to walk an hour a day with him, I readily agreed.

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It’s been more than four years since Tropical Storm Irene inundated the Waterbury office complex, and the $125 million rebuild is nearly complete. But the campus that state employees will return to in December is going to be far different from the one that was destroyed in 2011. And a health and fitness center for the exclusive use of state workers highlights the scope of the improvements.

The excavators, backhoes and other machinery at work on this massive office complex have been the background noise of downtown Waterbury for the past two years. They’ll begin to fall silent later this year, when employees move in to what Gov. Peter Shumlin proudly calls, “[a] 21st century office space.”  

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Drinking water with a musty smell and taste is flummoxing Montpelier officials, but the city's Director of Public Works Tom McArdle says all tests indicate the water is safe to drink.