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5:00 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Lack Of Medicaid Coverage Hampers Addiction Treatment

A sign invites clients to a counseling service in St. Johnsbury. They can get Medicaid coverage for metal illness, but not addiction.
Charlotte Albright VPR

As an ever increasing number of people seek help with alcohol and drug addiction, a payment loophole is preventing many of those patients from getting timely treatment. That’s in part because Medicaid does not reimburse private providers who treat their patients for addiction, unless they are also diagnosed with a mental illness.

But not every patient who abuses alcohol or drugs is mentally ill.

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VPR News
5:51 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

In Fight For Soda Tax, Stakes Getting Bigger

Anthony Iarrapino, who will lead the lobbying push for a 2-cent per-ounce excise tax on sugar-sweetened beverages, sits behind a display showing how much sugar some common drinks contain.
VPR/Peter Hirschfeld

Two years ago, Vermont’s House Committee on Health Care became the first legislative panel in the country to approve a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages. The vote triggered a massive response from the beverage industry, which poured more than $600,000 into advertising and lobbying aimed at killing the measure.

“We really got outspent, big time,” says Tina Zuk, director of government relations for the American Heart Association. “I think we got outspent 80-to-1.”

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Making Kids Count

Vermont is ranked second in the country in childhood well being.
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Vermont ranks second in the country in child well being. That’s according to the most-recent Kids Count Data Book, which is published annually by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The state is among the top 10 in all four of the ranked categories – economic well-being, education, health, and family and community.

Voices for Vermont’s Children Research Associate Sarah Teel and Marianne Miller, Head Start and Early Head Start director for Capstone Community Action Council, discuss the report’s findings and look at areas of well-being that still have children’s advocates concerned.

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Weekly Conversation On The Arts
5:06 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Afraid To Talk About Death? This Exhibit Might Change Your Mind

The Wake Up To Dying traveling exhibit features interviews with more than 20 Vermonters about death, dying and life. The traveling exhibit is at Montpelier's Christ Episcopal Church July 24-26.
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It’s natural that people, for the most part, do not like to talk about death and dying. An audio exhibit in Montpelier this weekend is trying to change that.

The Wake Up To Dying Project gathers stories about death, dying and life, and supplements them with art exhibits and discussion. The traveling exhibit is at Montpelier's Christ Episcopal Church July 24-26.

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Answering Vaccination Concerns

In this April 20, 2012, photo, Nurse Catherine Craige draws a chickenpox vaccination in Berlin, Vt. Some parents have concerns over the effects of vaccines.
Toby Talbot AP

Eighty-six percent of students entering Kindergarten in Vermont have been fully immunized. But what about the other 14 percent?

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

The Consequences Of Hoarding

Excessive hoarding can cause emotional distress and isolation from friends and family.
Fionn Kidney Flickr

What might start out as simple collecting or the inability to throw something out, can eventually lead to overloading a home or apartment with stacks of unwanted junk. And that can eventually result in isolation, unsafe conditions and even squalor.

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The Frequency
12:32 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Whooping Cough On Rise In Windham County

The state Health Department is reporting an increase in whooping cough cases in Windham County.

The department has alerted health care providers in the area that the number of confirmed cases of whooping cough, also known as pertussis, rose to 11 in June. Ten were among children age 3 to 17, while one was an adult. The cases occurred as schools were closing or after they had closed for the summer.

So far in July, the department says there are five more suspected cases. All but one of the confirmed and suspected cases are from Brattleboro.

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VPR News
5:46 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

VA Hospital Tries Alternatives To Pain Medications

Dr. Freda Dreher inserts acupuncture needles into Carol Hitchcock at the VA Hospital in White River Junction.
Charlotte Albright VPR

The Veterans Hospital in White River Junction is trying out new programs designed to relieve pain without strong medications. VA doctors are now prescribing acupuncture, yoga and aquatic therapy as alternatives.

Acupuncture has not yet been fully integrated into the hospital’s menu of treatment options, but for about six months now, Dr. Freda Dreher has been inserting sterile needles not much thicker than a human hair into a few people looking for pain relief.

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

UVM Research Helps Predict Teen Binge Drinking

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Teen alcohol use has long been a concern for public health officials. But now researchers at University of Vermont have zeroed in on one aspect of teen drinking: how to predict which teens will become problem drinkers as they get older.

We talk with UVM psychiatry professor Hugh Garavan, who co-authored a new study published in the journal Nature, that shows how a variety of factors combine to predict binge drinking in 16 year olds with 70 percent accuracy.

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VPR News
5:30 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Seniors Train For Upper Valley Event...On Walkers

Jane von Salis, Anne Bacon and Joan Ashley meet at Kendall on Hanover to plan for the Prouty. Ashley will cheer for her two friends who will be using the "go-carts" to walk a route at the event which raises funds for cancer research.
Charlotte Albright VPR

In a few weeks bikers, walkers, rowers, golfers and hikers will flex their collective muscles for a good cause in the Upper Valley. The Prouty is a fundraiser for cancer research that generates money by asking donors to sponsor athletes.

Some of the most senior participants are currently training--on walkers.

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