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Vermont Edition
3:01 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Vermont Mosquito Season Update

All the rain we’ve had this summer has been great for gardeners, but it’s also been good news for the species of mosquitoes that like to breed in artificial containers: the little pools created in your drain spouts, bird baths, and garbage can lids. Those are the mosquitoes that carry some of the diseases we all worry about, like West Nile, and Eastern Equine Encephalitis, also known as EEE.

Alan Graham is the Vermont State Entomologist, and he joins us again today to tell us about this year’s mosquito season.

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VPR News
5:30 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Health Coaches Help Patients Battle Chronic Illness

Jennifer McFarlin has been working with a health coach from Dartmouth Hitchock Medical Center to lower her weight as she manages her diabetes.
Charlotte Albright vpr

More than 25 million Americans suffer from diabetes, and one in every 10 health care dollars is spent to treat it. But what if those patients were coached to live healthier lives?

One hospital experimenting with this new strategy is Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center.

That’s where 39-year-old Jennifer McFarlin spends a lot of time. Like approximately 500 other patients getting treated at Dartmouth Hitchcock, she has diabetes.

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VPR News
11:00 am
Sat August 30, 2014

Brattleboro Retreat Warned By Medicare

The Brattleboro Retreat must correct problems found in a recent Medicare inspection.
Susan Keese VPR

The Brattleboro Retreat has until September 2 to file plans for correcting problems found during a recent inspection. The hospital’s Medicare and Medicaid contracts could be terminated if it fails to comply.

The retreat’s latest problems surfaced in an inspection that was prompted by an altercation on the hospital’s adolescent unit, which sent four employees to the hospital. Regulators say the retreat followed proper protocol in that incident, but they found new problems that were deemed potential threats to

patient safety.

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The Frequency
2:05 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

West Nile Virus Likely Widespread In Vermont

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The Vermont Department of Health says mosquitoes captured in multiple towns across southern Vermont have tested positive for West Nile virus.

Mosquitoes in Rockingham, Brattleboro, Putney and Newbury have all tested positive for the virus.

In addition to the state's earlier finding that the virus was in St. Albans, officials warn that mosquitoes carrying West Nile are probably widespread in the state.

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Neurology, Research And Care For ALS Patients

Lt. Gov. Phil Scott, second from left, and Gov. Peter Shumlin, second from right, take the "ice bucket challenge" on Aug. 14, 2014. The challenge is aimed at raising funds to fight ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.
Dave Gram AP

Maybe you have poured a bucket of ice on your head, or maybe you have just seen videos of friends doing it. Either way, the viral "ice bucket challenge" has accomplished its goal this summer: raising awareness and money for ALS, a fatal illness that was little-known a month ago.

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VPR News
5:00 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Ebola Unlikely In U.S., But Preparations Underway

A Nigerian health official wears a protective mask on Aug. 4, 2014. Though the chances of contracting the disease outside of West Africa are extremely slim, American hospitals are preparing for a possible outbreak.
Sunday Alamba AP

Grim news about the Ebola virus is filling the airwaves these days. And although the chances of contracting the disease outside of West Africa are extremely slim, American hospitals are preparing for a possible outbreak. Colleges are also starting to get questions from parents about whether international students could carry the virus to campuses.

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The Frequency
4:23 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Boil Water Order Lifted In Fair Haven

State officials lifted a boil water notice in the town of Fair Haven Wednesday, a day after it was declared.

Water samples tested positive for fecal coliform (E. coli) on Monday, causing officials to issue the notice Tuesday.

A positive E. coli test indicates "that the water may be contaminated with human or animal wastes," according to a release.

Updated August 20 at 4:23 p.m. to reflect that the notice was lifted.

Commentary
5:50 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Kunin: On Silence And Suicide

Let’s talk about it. Let’s stop whispering about mental illness and suicide. Two suicides - one close to home, Cheryl Hanna who many of us had known and loved - and another - Robin Williams - somebody we had known as an actor, who made us laugh and sometimes cry - have forced us to ask, “Why?”

Each was at the prime of life, why would they have wanted to kill themselves? We never knew, we didn’t have a clue, or so it seemed.

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The Frequency
2:44 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

West Nile Virus Detected In St. Albans

The State of Vermont tests mosquitoes for multiple diseases, such as Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) and West Nile Virus.
Lisa Poole AP File Photo

Mosquitoes from St. Albans City have tested positive for West Nile virus, the Vermont Department of Health announced.

The mosquitoes were collected on July 29.

West Nile was in Vermont in 2013 as well, with 28 of 1,328 testing pools showing positive results for the virus. One human in Lamoille came down with West Nile last year, but recovered.

The Department of Health said West Nile symptoms are usually mild, and about 1 percent of infected people develop severe illnesses that can be fatal.

Some tips from the department on avoiding mosquito-borne illnesses:

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Vermont Edition
10:28 am
Fri August 8, 2014

Sarah Buxton Speaks Out About Depression

State Representative Sara Buxton opens up about her depression
Kirk Carapezza VPR

The death of well-respected law professor and media analyst Cheryl Hanna has continued to reverberate in the many communities she touched.

Her husband, Paul Henninge, has been speaking out about his wife’s struggle with depression, expressing his desire for more openness about the often debilitating condition and for more people to come forward and bring the topic out of the shadows.

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