Health

Congressman Peter Welch says it would be a mistake to implement a travel ban from West Africa as a way to contain the spread of the Ebola virus in the United States.

Welch says the best public health strategy right now is to deploy  U.S. troops in Africa as part of an effort to contain this deadly disease at its source.

The response by the White House to the spread of the Ebola virus in this country has come under the close scrutiny of Congress.

Rutland’s record breaking Gift of Life Marathon has set the standard for one-day blood drives. But organizers say they wanted to find new ways for people to give blood at a time when supplies are often critically low.

“Instead of the biggest one day blood drive, it’s going to be the longest blood drive in American history,” organizer Steve Costello announced Wednesday at a press conference at the Paramount Theatre.

Computer scientists at Dartmouth College have developed an app for a student’s smartphone designed to monitor mental health.

The so-called StudentLife app can track how much a student sleeps and whether he or she is having conversations and getting exercise. It also asks students about their state of mind and what they’ve been eating. The researcher, professor Andrew Campbell, says such data could be used to see depression or dangerous stress coming before it hits too hard.

On a beautiful October afternoon, horseback riding is a wonderful way to get off the beaten path and observe the fall foliage. But riding a horse is more than a means of transportation, and for people with disabilities horses can be an important part of their therapy.

Hippotherapy, or using horses to help treat patients, originated with the ancient Greeks in the fifth century B.C.E. It was used to help rehabilitate wounded soldiers.

I remember my quarantine experience vividly, although I was just a small kid in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. My mother was diagnosed with diphtheria, an infectious upper respiratory disease. The town police chief, Vin Hall, came to the house one day with a large red poster, a hammer and nails. He nailed the poster to the front door... Quarantined, it read. I guess it really meant isolation since we couldn’t leave for a few days, as I recall.

September 27 was the ninth semiannual Drug Take Back Day, coordinated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency. It’s a day when local police and sheriff departments accept unwanted prescription drugs for proper disposal, and to get them out of reach of people who might abuse them.

By now you are no doubt familiar with the news that several West African countries are suffering from an outbreak of the potentially deadly Ebola virus. That awareness, depending on how you react to media coverage of the epidemic, may have morphed to concern, anxiety, or — hopefully not — panic, after a man in Dallas came down with the virus following his travels to Liberia and back to the U.S.

Vermont’s doctors are following “best practice” procedures about half the time when they prescribe anti-psychotic medication to children, according to an expert in pediatric medicine.
 

During a recent meeting of the Legislative Committee on Mental Health Oversight, Dr. David Rettew, associate professor of psychiatry and pediatrics at the University of Vermont’s College of Medicine, made the case that approximately half of doctors are not performing their due diligence before prescribing powerful anti-psychotic drugs to children as young as 3 years old.

The Vermont Army National Guard says it has the right systems in place to help prevent enlisted and veteran soldiers suffering from PTSD or other combat-related injuries from committing suicide.

This statement comes after the suicide last week of Vermont Army National Guard Private First Class Joshua Pallotta. It’s the ninth suicide the Vermont Guard has seen in the past decade.

New campus crime reports released this week show that Dartmouth College and Middlebury College saw dramatic increases in the number of reported “forcible sex offenses” on their campuses in 2013.

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