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The Vermont Department of Health is warning Vermonters to be extra cautious about mosquito bites this Fourth of July weekend because an early case of the West Nile virus has been found in Windsor County.

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Vermont lawmakers are about to spend $250,000 on an independent study of the state’s online health insurance marketplace, and legislative leaders say the assessment will help determine the fate of Vermont Health Connect.

UVM Medical Center and other stakeholders recently released the 2016 Community Health Needs Assessment – a comprehensive, multi-year survey of community health challenges. The survey is a requirement of the Affordable Care Act.

This Wednesday, June 29, the Lamoille County Sheriff's Department is hosting a community discussion on opiate addiction and its effects on families.

U.S. Attorney for the District of Vermont Eric Miller will be the guest speaker and Sheriff Roger Marcoux will facilitate the discussion.

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While the terms “GMO” and “genetic engineering” carry some stigma for certain audiences, to scientists simply agreeing on a definition of what counts as genetically engineered — and what doesn’t — isn’t so straightforward.  

Are Your Pipes Made Of Lead? Here's A Quick Way To Find Out

Jun 24, 2016

All the bad news around lead and water has people worried. So we decided to create a step-by-step guide to help find out if the pipe bringing water into your home is made of lead. Get started here.

A joint study by the Dartmouth Institute of Health Policy and Clinical Practice and the UCLA School of Law casts doubt on the effectiveness of laws aimed at curbing opioid prescription abuse.

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Vermont’s Attorney General Bill Sorrell said Tuesday that he has some concerns that new federal legislation will limit states’ rights to regulate chemicals within their borders.

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Dr. Dennis McCullough, a Norwich resident who pioneered the slow medicine movement, died unexpectedly earlier this month. He was 72.

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A foundation that was started to purchase an original work of art for every hospital patient room in Vermont has completed its mission.

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Attempts to legalize cannabis in Vermont fell short in the Statehouse this year. But lawmakers still managed to pass reforms to the state’s drug laws, and policy makers hope an expansion of the medical marijuana registry will help combat Vermont’s opiate addiction problem.

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“Live Boldly” is the studio tagline for a romantic summer drama called Me Before You. But critics say the film fails to live up to its inspirational billing. And Vermonters with disabilities have joined with their peers across the country in condemning the movie for its depiction of a protagonist who loses the use of his arms and legs.

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Palliative care is specialized medical care that treats pain and other symptoms of patients with serious illness. It's a branch of medicine that can have a major impact - not only on patients, but on their families as well. 

A Burlington beach has been closed due to a chemical spill. According to the Agency of Natural Resources, a fire-suppressing foam was discharged into a brook a short distance from Lake Champlain near Blanchard Beach at Oakledge Park.

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When I pulled up to the house in Windham she shares with her parents, 26-year-old Selene Cummings greeted me, wearing a sun dress and lip gloss. She brushed her sandy blonde hair over her shoulder and down her back.

Cummings lives on a dirt road in a decidedly rural area, but for her that hasn't been a hindrance to her transition.

For some patients looking to break their addiction to heroin or prescription painkillers, there's a drug out there that works. It’s called Suboxone, but government regulations and individual doctors have made it difficult to get, which is leading many to buy it illegally. 

Summer stretches ahead, and the best vacation value is only a few miles away from anywhere in Vermont. I’m talking about Vermont state parks. There are 57 parks scattered throughout the state, offering everything from paddle boats and playgrounds to rugged hiking trails in the Green Mountains.

Finding the capacity to care for acute mental health cases in Vermont has been a challenge in recent years, especially since Tropical Storm Irene shut down the state mental hospital. 

That challenge may be about to get even more difficult.

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Five years after Tropical Storm Irene flooded out the state hospital in Waterbury, health care providers are still dealing with massive challenges the storm presented to the state's mental health care system.

It’s called Gay Conversion Therapy, and five states, the District of Columbia, and the city of Cincinnati already ban it from being used on children and adolescents. Anecdotal evidence ties it to teen suicide, homelessness, and substance abuse. Every major medical and psychological association in the country has flagged it as useless and brutal.

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