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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

Edward White Thinkstock

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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VPR News
5:12 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

New Law Puts More Restrictions On Lighting Up

A new law further limits where smokers can light up.
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Vermont is about to join a handful of other states that ban smoking  anywhere inside hotels, motels and other lodgings. 

A law that goes into effect July 1 includes a number of provisions that further restrict where smokers can light up.

Act 135, passed by the legislature last session, essentially removes the last sanctuary for smokers in public or business spaces.

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VPR News
5:24 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Rutland Couple Settles Bedbug Lawsuit For $450,000

Neil Whitney gazes at the house he had to flee in April 2013, after high levels of the banned pesticide chlorpyrifos were found throuhout the home.
Nina Keck VPR

A Rutland couple who was suing the state over a botched bed bug extermination has reached a settlement in the case. 

Neil and Patricia Whitney, long time foster parents in Rutland, agreed to drop their lawsuit against the state Department for Children and Families, the state agency of Human Services and several state officials for $450-thousand dollars. 

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Public Post
10:07 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Rabid Fox Killed In Montpelier After Attacks

Public safety officials in Montpelier are warning residents to be vigilant around wildlife after a rabid fox attacked residents in the neighborhood of Northfield Street. The fox was killed by a resident on Saturday but not before it bit six people, including a child.

The fox's remains were tested at the Vermont Department of Health laboratory and rabies was detected. All six people are undergoing rabies treatment. Montpelier Fire Chief Robert Gowans is in contact with the victims and reports all are doing well.

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The Frequency
10:33 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Despite Concerns, Burlington Advances Church Street Smoking Ban

Some Burlington city councilors argue that the proliferation of outdoor seating has turned Church Street into an outdoor cafe that should be smoke-free.
Taylor Dobbs VPR

The Burlington City Council voted Monday to move forward with a proposal to ban smoking on Church Street despite unanswered questions – and numerous councilor concerns – about the proposed ordinance.

Smoking is now allowed on Church Street, and clusters of smokers frequently stand outside the many restaurants, bars and retail businesses. Under the proposed ordinance, referred Monday to the city council’s ordinance committee, a person smoking on Church Street at any hour of the day could be fined $50.

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