Health

The crowd opened up about death and at times even made light of the subject at the most recent Community Conversation.

Peterborough: What makes death so scary?

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

When Jacqueline Vanallen’s husband passed away, she brought her 7-year-old grandson to visiting hours. Vanallen encouraged her grandson to touch her husband’s hair, hands, and fingers. Vanallen’s grandson turned to her, and said, “He’s dead, alright.” “It was a good experience for a child,” Vanallen said. “There was nothing fearful about it. His grandfather died. He is going to be … 0

ConVal: Teaming up and taking steps for cancer research

Monday, April 13, 2015

Purple blanketed the red-and-white gym at Keene State College on Friday night, as hundreds of feet pounded pavement at the Relay for Life. No team raised more money at the fundraiser for cancer research than Team Carney. Emma Carney, a 17-year-old ConVal senior from Hancock, asked friends and family to join her team … 0

Dublin: An unlikely recovery

Monday, April 6, 2015

A traumatic brain injury that paralyzes half of your body and destroys your short-term memory can be seen as a death sentence for most. Allan Pinney saw it as an opportunity to grow stronger. After suffering a brain hemorrhage that led to a hemorrhagic stroke, Pinney is not only up and walking around, … 0

Peterborough: Making the tough choice to wear a wig

Thursday, February 26, 2015

“When you start brushing your hair and clumps of it fall out, that’s when you have to commit,” Kim Short said. Short, a two-time cancer survivor, experienced one of the many detrimental side effects of a battle with … 0

Peterborough/Keene: Substance abuse support group formed

Monday, April 6, 2015

As she has watched her son struggle with substance abuse since the time he was a young teenager, Sue Cullinane of Rindge has been looking desperately for support — and not just for her son, but for herself. There was a dearth of peer-to-peer support for those that … 0

Peterborough: Smoking cessation program at MCH

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Beginning April 14, Monadnock Community Hospital is introducing a newly designed six-week Smoking Cessation Program designed to maximize success for individuals who want to quit smoking. Titled, “Quit 2B Fit,” the program includes unique educational components, coupled with supportive coaching to help participants achieve success. Participants will learn … 0

Food is medicine

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Did you know that an apple a day is as effective as a statin drug? Statisticians in England explored the question: which would be better for everyone over age 50, to eat an apple a day or take … 0

Parent Wise: Can you be friends with your child?

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Wish I had a nickel for every time I’ve heard “Never be friends with your child.” The thinking behind this, I presume, is that children need a parent’s authority; they do not need to be a confidante. True … 0

Peterborough: Doctors at North Meadow leaving MCH

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Patients of doctors Scott Jaynes and Annika Brown want to know why the couple is leaving Monadnock Community Hospital for Dartmouth­-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, and why MCH hasn’t fought to keep them. Hospital administrators and trustees say … 0

Peterborough: Peer-to-peer support at the River Center

Monday, March 16, 2015

A peer-to-peer support group for those struggling with mental illness or emotional difficulties to be held Fridays from 11 a.m. to noon at the River Center. This ongoing group, offered by Monadnock Area Peer Support, is run by trained facilitators. It is a safe place for adults with … 0

Dress in Blue Day is Friday

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Please join me and wear blue tomorrow, Dress in Blue Day, to increase awareness of colorectal cancer. Colorectal cancer, or cancer in the colon or rectum, is the second leading cause of cancer death and the third most … 0

Jaffrey: Forum on drug use Tuesday

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

On March 10 from 4 to 6 p.m., the Jaffrey Civic Center will host a discussion on drug use in our towns. Terry Choate will be discussing the extent of the drug problem in the area, recognizing signs of both addiction and distribution of drugs, rising up as … 0

Rindge: Prayer Garden open March 8-10

Friday, February 27, 2015

A Prayer and Meditation Garden will be open to the general public March 8-10 at the First Congregational Church in Rindge. The Prayer Garden offers participants a unique opportunity to explore their relationship with the Divine by reflecting on beauty, gratitude, transformation, prayer, peace, love and the breath … 0