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When Vermonters were asked about issues facing the state in the recent VPR poll, there were sometimes wide differences of opinion. But people overwhelming agreed that opiate addiction is a serious issue.

PT Farms in North Haverill, New Hampshire is recalling 8,000 pounds of raw meat that may be contaminated with E. coli bacteria.

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Those swaying plants with the yellow flowers you see along roadsides or maybe even on your property this time of year may look benign, but they could be dangerous if what you're seeing is wild parsnip. Also referred to as "poison parsnip," the Vermont Department of Health and Agency of Agriculture recently sent out a warning to Vermonters that the sap from this plant can cause severe skin reactions.

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The Vermont of Department of Health on Tuesday released the results from a series of eight blood clinics that were held in the spring, and some of the people in Bennington County who had their blood tested for PFOA showed extremely high levels of the chemical in their bodies.

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President Obama is expected to sign a federal GMO labeling bill into law soon. This would nullify Vermont's labeling law, as well as laws passed by Connecticut and Maine that have not been enacted yet — effective immediately.

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Congress has passed a national GMO labeling bill that would nullify Vermont's labeling law, which went into effect July 1. 

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Type 2 diabetes is a condition that can develop as people age and though it is a serious condition, it can be managed through diet and exercise.

Kalish: Undue Burden

Jul 7, 2016

Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt was the Supreme Court’s first major decision in 24 years to clarify the constitutional right to abortion. The last occurred in 1992, in Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey.

Throughout the history of immigration, people have raised concerns about waves of new immigrants bringing disease with them into the country. It's true that new populations have sometimes introduced illness into the population, but this argument has also been frequently used as a weapon to stir opposition to immigration.

VermontWatchdog.org, a website that describes itself as a government transparency news site, recently ran an article with the headline "More than one-third of refugees in Vermont test positive for tuberculosis." It claims that the Vermont Health Department is deliberately covering up this fact. The piece has since been picked up by conservative websites around the country.

Patsy Kelso, Vermont Health Department epidemiologist, joined Vermont Edition to explain what tuberculosis is and the number of incidences in the state population.

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Vermont’s GMO labeling law aims to provide consumers with more information, and yet it's just one of a growing number of food labels popping up on grocery shelves.

The Fourth of July holiday weekend has come and gone, and it was a successful one on Lake Champlain as far as the Vermont State Police are concerned. While there were instances of boats that ran aground, the weekend was free of reported collisions and injuries, according to Cpl. Kevin Mays, field coordinator for the Vermont State Police Marine Division.

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The Vermont Department of Health is warning Vermonters to be extra cautious about mosquito bites this Fourth of July weekend because an early case of the West Nile virus has been found in Windsor County.

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Vermont lawmakers are about to spend $250,000 on an independent study of the state’s online health insurance marketplace, and legislative leaders say the assessment will help determine the fate of Vermont Health Connect.

UVM Medical Center and other stakeholders recently released the 2016 Community Health Needs Assessment – a comprehensive, multi-year survey of community health challenges. The survey is a requirement of the Affordable Care Act.

This Wednesday, June 29, the Lamoille County Sheriff's Department is hosting a community discussion on opiate addiction and its effects on families.

U.S. Attorney for the District of Vermont Eric Miller will be the guest speaker and Sheriff Roger Marcoux will facilitate the discussion.

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While the terms “GMO” and “genetic engineering” carry some stigma for certain audiences, to scientists simply agreeing on a definition of what counts as genetically engineered — and what doesn’t — isn’t so straightforward.  

Are Your Pipes Made Of Lead? Here's A Quick Way To Find Out

Jun 24, 2016

All the bad news around lead and water has people worried. So we decided to create a step-by-step guide to help find out if the pipe bringing water into your home is made of lead. Get started here.

A joint study by the Dartmouth Institute of Health Policy and Clinical Practice and the UCLA School of Law casts doubt on the effectiveness of laws aimed at curbing opioid prescription abuse.

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Vermont’s Attorney General Bill Sorrell said Tuesday that he has some concerns that new federal legislation will limit states’ rights to regulate chemicals within their borders.

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Dr. Dennis McCullough, a Norwich resident who pioneered the slow medicine movement, died unexpectedly earlier this month. He was 72.

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