Health

Jane Lindholm; Courtesy of Dana Walrath

We continue to highlight past segments from Vermont Edition, and we're sharing again our conversations from the spring with librarian Jessamyn West and writer Dana Walrath.

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A Dartmouth hazardous waste burial site has contaminated the ground water near a Hanover neighborhood. Those chemicals are now on the move, and at least one family’s drinking water has been affected. 

The next governor of Vermont will face a critical decision very early on in his or her administration: Continue on with Vermont Health Connect? Or abandon the state-based insurance marketplace in favor of something else?

The Shumlin administration says recent improvements to the system will make it an easy call.

The Vermont Health Department is making an overdose prevention drug more widely available to drug users, their friends and families.

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Vermont enacted a new law this year designed to keep people safe from potential health hazards in the water, but the law isn't working as intended. And some experts say it's ultimately up to Vermonters to protect themselves from lake toxins.

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Vermont officials have been warning drug users about a potentially dangerous batch of heroin that's been making the rounds over the past week. They say it may be responsible for at least 10 overdoses so far, but no deaths.

New Hampshire has been toughening drug charges against dealers who sell deadly doses and one dealer in Bennington County was charged with second-degree murder last winter.

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The city of Burlington is stopping its use of a pesticide that harms bees, even before the official rules are written that could ban its use on municipal lands.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, one of New England's largest teaching hospitals, has reported a budget deficit of $12 million.

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A new study shows Vermont's opioid crisis is taking an incredible toll on one population: newborn babies. The study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention looked at cases of neonatal abstinence syndrome, or NAS, that can occur in newborns whose mothers are addicted.

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State officials say a potent batch of heroin is responsible for a spate of overdoses in central Vermont over the past few days. The Department of Health is urging addicts to take precautions, and one doctor says the episode highlights the need for more intensive treatment services.

Slayton: New Chapters

Aug 15, 2016

Retirement, associated as it is with aging and diminishment, can feel like a time of loss. But in his latest book, Picking Up the Flute, writer John Elder suggests it can also be a season of deepening and enrichment.

Hospital report cards come from all kinds of sources these days, online and in news headlines. But the criteria for judgment vary, and scores can be wildly different, even for the same hospital, depending on who’s doing the inspection.

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A federal official with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says a policy change in Vermont means the agency won’t be able to use chemicals to kill parasitic sea lamprey in Lake Champlain for at least two years.

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People in Bennington County have been learning how to live with PFOA in their water. Now they're learning how to live knowing it's in their bodies.

President Barack Obama signed the federal GMO labeling law on Friday. The national law mandates that food manufacturers label most foods with GMO ingredients. 

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When Vermonters were asked about issues facing the state in the recent VPR poll, there were sometimes wide differences of opinion. But people overwhelming agreed that opiate addiction is a serious issue.

PT Farms in North Haverill, New Hampshire is recalling 8,000 pounds of raw meat that may be contaminated with E. coli bacteria.

Jane Lindholm / VPR

Those swaying plants with the yellow flowers you see along roadsides or maybe even on your property this time of year may look benign, but they could be dangerous if what you're seeing is wild parsnip. Also referred to as "poison parsnip," the Vermont Department of Health and Agency of Agriculture recently sent out a warning to Vermonters that the sap from this plant can cause severe skin reactions.

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The Vermont of Department of Health on Tuesday released the results from a series of eight blood clinics that were held in the spring, and some of the people in Bennington County who had their blood tested for PFOA showed extremely high levels of the chemical in their bodies.

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President Obama is expected to sign a federal GMO labeling bill into law soon. This would nullify Vermont's labeling law, as well as laws passed by Connecticut and Maine that have not been enacted yet — effective immediately.

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