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Vermont Edition
1:53 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Update: Deer Ticks In Vermont

Ticks like this are now emerging with warmer spring temperatures and can carry a number of bacteria like Borrelia burgdorferi which causes Lyme disease.
Victoria Arocho AP

Lyme disease was first diagnosed in 1975 in Connecticut. Over the last 40 years, the disease and the insect that carries it, blacklegged tick, have become part of the popular nomenclature.

One person in Vermont who has studied the blacklegged tick, more commonly known as the deer tick, is Lyndon State Biology Professor Alan Giese. Giese spoke with Vermont Edition about his research.

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Sugar Free: Life Without The Sweet Stuff

Last week the staff at VPR celebrated "Cake Week." This cake likely had well more than the daily recommended dose of sugar.
Patti Daniels VPR

The average American consumes about 22 teaspoons of sugar a day. That’s more than three times what’s recommended by the American Heart Association.

Much of that extra sugar comes from foods we don’t think of as sweet: it’s added to things like tomato sauce and bacon and low-fat salad dressings.

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The Frequency
2:37 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Rabies Detected In Burlington Area Raccoons

Four raccoons in the Burlington area have tested positive for rabies recently, and health officials say the disease has been detected in 11 animals this year, including in a bobcat in Clarendon.

“This is a good reminder to vaccinate your pets and not attract wild animals with food, compost, bird seed or exposed trash,” said Robert Johnson, DVM, state public health veterinarian in a press release.

Commentary
11:26 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Vogel: Food Insecurity Solutions

For many Vermonters, the worry about running out of food is a monthly problem. Most families living on food stamps (now called the supplemental nutrition assistance program or SNAP) run out of food by the third or fourth week of every month. There are food shelves and other places they can turn to, but their anxiety about getting enough food takes a heavy toll.

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Commentary
11:23 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Spencer Rendahl: On Retainer

I recently found myself where I never dreamed of being at age 43: in an orthodontist’s chair getting my retainers adjusted.

This almost didn’t come to pass. Sometime after graduating from college, I decided that I had also graduated from wearing the two retainers that I had popped into my mouth every night for a decade. I unceremoniously shoved them to the back of my dresser and declared that I was the boss of my teeth now.

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Commentary
5:49 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Homeyer: Funny Weather

As we plowed our way into April this year, it seemed like everyone I met at the grocery store – whether a millennial or an octogenarian - was saying essentially the same thing: “Wow. This winter was like the ones we had when I was a kid - with amazing snow and cold.” And I was perfectly happy to have it so, largely because I enjoy skiing, but also because I believe it will reduce the number of pests in the garden this summer.

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Vermont Edition
2:51 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

In Wake Of Car Seat Recalls, Parents Look At Safety Issues

Recalls of two different brands of car seats have parents concerned.
Ryan McVay Thinkstock

Gone are the days of children, of just about any age, climbing in a car and just using a seat belt. Now, child car seats and booster seats are recommended for children even up to age 15. That makes the recent recalls of two different brands of car seats of particular concern.

Chris Bell is the Director of EMS and Injury Prevention for the Vermont Department of Health. He spoke with Vermont Edition about what parents need to do in the wake of the recalls and discusses other car safety issues for children.

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Bill Would Expand Vt. Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Marijuana plants grow under special lights inside the grow facility at marijuana dispensary in Colorado.
Brennan Linsley AP

Vermont’s medical marijuana dispensaries have been in operation for just under year. But lawmakers are already considering a bill to expand the number of dispensaries, remove the cap on the total number of patients and allow for home delivery of medical marijuana. We discuss the details with the bill's sponsor, Sen. Jeanette White, and with Shayne Lynn of Champlain Valley Dispensary.

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VPR News
9:21 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Pediatricians Say Students With Head Lice Can Stay In School

The American Academy of Pediatrics is recommending that schools end the practice of sending kids with lice home from school.
Piedmont Pharmaceuticals PRNewsFoto/AP

When you mention head lice to most parents, many have an emotional reaction or horror story to share. But the American Academy of Pediatrics is recommending that schools end the practice of sending kids with lice home from school.

Dr. Barbara Frankowski, a professor of pediatrics at the University of Vermont was the lead author of the study the policy was based on.

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Vermont Edition
2:48 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Deadly Porcine Virus Identified In Vermont

Good biosecurity practices can keep piglets like these from contracting Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea.
Meneer Zjeroen Creative Commons/Flickr

A deadly virus has been spreading through the nation’s pig populations. Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus, or PED, has killed about 4 or 5 million hogs since it was identified in the United States last May.

Earlier this week, the Agency of Agriculture announced that the first cases of PED have been identified in Vermont.

Shelley Mehlenbacher is the Assistant State Veterinarian for the Vermont Department of Agriculture. She spoke with Vermont Edition about the virus.

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