Health

There isn’t a single documented case of Ebola in the United States right now, let alone in Vermont. But health officials here remain on high alert nonetheless. And the state is now monitoring two people who returned earlier this month after traveling in West African countries where the disease is more widespread.

The individuals are checking their own temperature twice a day, then reporting results via phone during daily check-in with a public health nurse. They are not health care workers, according to officials, and their period of monitoring ends Friday.

The mother of a Vermont National Guard Soldier who committed suicide in September says the current system set up to help soldiers at risk is not working.

Valerie Pallotta says soldiers and veterans need more frequent check-ins with case managers and better access to health care. She’s in Washington D.C. Wednesday making this case before the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee.

Her son, PFC Joshua Pallotta, took his own life after struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Abuse of legal narcotic painkillers is on the rise in Vermont, but clinicians often prescribe such drugs for chronic pain.

The Boston University School of Medicine held a training this past weekend in Burlington to provide Vermont's doctors with tools to make these difficult decisions.

Earlier this year, Gov. Peter Shumlin drew national attention by devoting his entire State of the State speech to Vermont's battle with opioid addiction.

While Shumlin referenced "a full blown heroin crisis," addiction to prescription drugs is just as prevalent.

State officials have been working for months with the RAND Corporation to study the pros and cons of legalizing marijuana in Vermont.

This week, Secretary of Administration Jeb Spaulding took comments from a number of Vermonters all over the state in a televised public hearing.

And the one take-away from the meeting was that whatever the state decides about legalization, somebody's going to be upset.

To hear Laura Subin tell it, the big winners in Colorado's movement toward legalization weren't the first ones you'd think of.

Sadly, my mother-in-law’s health has declined and she isn't aware of much these days. But recently, while going through boxes stored in our attic, I came across a photo of her taken in the late 1950s. Her smile was radiant and her eyes were bright. I showed it to my husband. “Wow,” he said. “That must have been taken before her nose job.”

According to a 2010 AARP survey, nearly 90 percent of those over age 65 want to stay in their residence for as long as possible. But to do that, or move into apartments, many need help with health, meals, exercise, transportation, and socialization.

One of the oldest Vermonters to illustrate this trend in independent living is a dynamic centenarian named Lida Surridge. She just turned 101, and she lives in her own apartment in Lyndonville's historic Darling Inn.

A doctor whose cancer clinic was closed by Newport’s North Country Hospital three years ago has set up a private practice that is rapidly expanding.

In fact, Leslie Lockridge’s clinic is not treating only oncology patients. He’s adding other services that have been dropped by the hospital, and there are plans for further expansion in the future.

Got your flu shot yet? If you work for a Vermont healthcare facility, you are no doubt being urged to get one right away. In fact, at some hospitals, employees who don’t get immunized will have to wear a mask when around patients—or lose their jobs.

That’s the policy at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon.

Walk through the big glass doors into the circular lobby of the hospital, and you get a smile from a volunteer at the information desk. One of those greeters is Barbara Olson of West Lebanon.

A Rutland man was put in voluntary quarantine after visiting West Africa and returning to the state.

And then everyone went into Ebola overdrive.

Peter James Italia has been posting on Facebook throughout October about the trip he took to Guinea, where he claimed he hoped to “to join in the fight against the spread of the ‪#‎Ebola virus and to help those who have been stricken.”

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