Health & Wellbeing

‘A great way to move forward’: Thetford’s Carmen Tarleton reveals new face

Carmen Tarleton gets a kiss from Marinda Righter, the daughter of the donor, during yesterday’s news conference in Boston. Valley News photo by  Jennifer Hauck

She arrived at yesterday’s news conference wearing a sunflower pinned to her pink button down shirt and a scarf wrapped around her head. She spoke through lips that appeared frozen, yet functional.

House lawmakers press effort to tackle prescription drug abuse

Rep. Bill Lippert, D-Hinesburg. Photo by Anne Galloway

H.331, as it currently stands, requires that all pharmacists and health care providers with a license to prescribe opioids register with the Vermont Prescription Monitoring System.

Thetford woman, injured in 2007 lye attack by husband, receives full face transplant

At home in September, Carmen Tarleton leans against the cane she had been using to get around outside. Valley News photo by Jennifer Hauck

A team of more than 30 at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston was involved in the transplant, which took around 15 hours, said Dr. Bohdan Pomahac.

National study finds Vermont is “healthiest” state; Shumlin says work remains

Dr. Harry Chen

Shumlin identified education as the key to reducing obesity, and he said that Vermont’s new single payer health care should help to address the problem by placing greater emphasis on preventive care.

Stop the F-35 Coalition to pressure Leahy to hold public hearing


Members of Stop the F-35 Coalition have complained that Leahy has ignored the concerns of local residents and that the public process has not been democratic.

Measuring well-being instead of gross state product: Genuine Progress Indicator relies on alternative economic measure


The GPI puts a monetary value on factors like air pollution, water pollution and volunteer work.

Nurses union prepared to go on strike July 10 if settlement can’t be reached with Fletcher Allen


The hospital administration says it is providing the highest quality care it can within budgetary constraints.

Duclos family hopes legislation will change search and rescue operations


Kathy Duclos questioned whether the state police is the right organization to study the procedures.

Immunization bill likely to stall in House committee

Rep. George Till. File photo by Josh Larkin

Five of eight members said in a straw poll Tuesday morning that they were opposed to removing the philosophical exemption for parents who choose not to vaccinate their children.

Groups sue state for failure to investigate hundreds of cases of alleged abuse, neglect and financial exploitation of disabled and elderly Vermonters


Vermont Legal Aid, Disability Rights Vermont filed the lawsuit against the Agency of Human Services on Wednesday.

Digger Tidbits: Mini-legislative session this week; RGGI brought in millions into the state; Vermonters spend more on health care than national average

The Vermont Statehouse. VTD/Josh Larkin

Three committees – House Human Services, Natural Resources and Energy, and Ways and Means — will meet 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in the House Chamber to discuss the future of LIHEAP, which has been slashed in half by President Barack Obama.

2011 Youth Risk Behavior survey shows drop in alcohol use and smoking, other key trend lines unchanged

Education Commissioner Armando Vilaseca. VTD/Josh Larkin

Health Commissioner Harry Chen, Education Commissioner Armando Vilaseca and Vermont teens spoke about the results of the survey in Montpelier on Wednesday.

Hospitals conduct routine bedbug checks

A bed bug nymph feeding. Photo by David Hill, courtesy of the Armed Services Pest Management Board.

“I think they are overreacting, but it’s probably better to overreact than not react at all,” he said.

USDA rep says limited resources pose threat to hungry youth

James Arena-DeRosa, right, regional administrator of the USDA Food and Nutrition Service speaks to a group of Vermont nutrition leaders assembled by Hunger Free Vermont Executive Director Marissa Parisi, left. VTD/Taylor Dobbs

Vermont’s summer meals program, which serves low-income children at 112 sites around the state for breakfast, lunch, and snacks, or a combination thereof, places Vermont at 11th nationally in access to summer meals programs.

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