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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.