Health

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The state now says it will pay for the engineering plans to extend municipal waterlines to homes in Bennington contaminated with PFOA.

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The Shumlin administration has won preliminary approval from the federal government to change the way health care providers are paid, from a system that reimburses for specific procedures to one that pays based on patient outcomes.

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The Vermont Department of Health announced that the state is on pace to hit a record number of cases of anaplasmosis, a disease spread by the black-legged tick.

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Ever wonder what's going on in your teenager's mind? You may be about to find out a lot more. The University of Vermont is taking a leading role in a massive national study into the developing brains of 10,000 adolescents.

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The carcinogen often referred to as the "Erin Brockovich chemical" is present in about two-thirds of the drinking water across the country, according to water testing data from the Environmental Protection Agency.

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The University of Vermont College of Medicine has announced that it’s receiving a $66 million gift, the largest ever made to a public university in New England.

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A new report on hunger shows that Vermont's overall rate of food insecurity in improving, but advocates are concerned that that good news doesn't extend to seniors.

A new study from Dartmouth-Hitchcock shows surgeons are over-prescribing painkillers.

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When you shop for cleaning supplies, brightly colored bottles advertise stain-removing powers or "whiter whites." But it’s hard to get clear information about what the chemical ingredients could do to your health or the environment. The Environmental Protection Agency is hoping to change that.

A new study out of the White River Junction VA shows that dating back to World War II, women have experienced sexual trauma during military service.

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A state geologist is gathering data to help build a 3-D map of the ground underneath Bennington to try understand how the chemical PFOA may be moving through groundwater.

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Gov. Peter Shumlin is heading to the nation’s capital this week for a high-stakes negotiation with the U.S. secretary of health and human services. Billions of federal dollars are at stake, and so is the future of health care reform in Vermont.

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"When you see see your child so ... like a skeleton, it's terrifying," a mother says into the camera. "When we were in New York, people would walk up to her and say, 'Oh! You must be a model!' which made it even more horrific."  Maddy's is one of several stories told in the documentary All of Me, by Vermont filmmaker Bess O'Brien.

In the last couple years, millions of people across the country have learned their drinking water contains high levels of the contaminants known as perfluorichemicals. These are used to make nonstick things like Teflon and pizza boxes.  And for those with illnesses that are linked to the contaminant, that knowledge can be helpful -- and frustrating.

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About a year ago, Vermont's mental health community and gun-owners began work on a project to prevent the use of guns in suicide. The Gun Shop Project is one of the ways that Vermont is trying to lower its suicide rate.

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Republican candidate for governor Phil Scott says it’s time to take the state in a new direction when it comes to health care reform, but his precise destination remains somewhat unclear. And while the sitting lieutenant governor wants to abandon Vermont Health Connect, he says he isn’t sure yet what to use in its place.

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Are Vermont's independent doctors an endangered species? As the state's health care system continues to evolve, many independent physicians worry they'll be gobbled up by a few large organizations or simply left in the lurch.  We're talking about the current landscape for Vermont's independent doctors and looking at what the future may hold.

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A contamination running off a former burial plot for a Dartmouth research facility's hazardous waste has reached a local stream.

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Vermont’s suicide rate is higher than the national average by about 30 percent. According to the Centers for Disease Control, in 2014 Vermont’s rate was 19 people per 100,000,compared to 13 per 100,000 nationally.

Additionally, 48 percent of Vermont suicides involved guns.

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Researchers are starting to take a closer look at what people are posting on social media and why – and they are finding some interesting things. 

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