Health

Hancock / Rindge: Norway, Pearly ponds have algae blooms

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

High bacteria readings have been reported at beaches in Hancock and Rindge. Samples of lakes with public beaches and swimming areas are monitored by the state Department of Environmental Services. During testing last week, samples from the Hancock Town Beach on Norway Pond exceeded the state standard for cyanobacteria. Readings taken at Pearly Pond on the University Drive beach during two separate days last week showed fecal bacteria in excess … 0

Peterborough: Doctors talk MMJ pros and cons

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

PETERBOROUGH — As the state readies its medical marijuana facilities, physicians are divided over recommending it to patients once it becomes available to them next year. Some welcome the new treatment option, while others plan to tread lightly. “It’s a frontier in healthcare,” said Dr. Terrance McNamara, a pain physician at Monadnock Community Hospital. McNamara is concerned about the lack of extensive research … 0

Peterborough: Medicinal pot plan aired out

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

PETERBOROUGH — With the town’s approval in hand, a company expects to start growing medical marijuana in November in what is now a vacant warehouse in the Brookstone Business Center across the street from ConVal High School. John Glowik, the CEO of Prime Alternative Treatment Centers of Concord, spoke Tuesday during a public … 0

Parent Wise: Screens aren’t the enemy

Thursday, July 2, 2015

The media has most parents in a cold sweat over what will become of their children’s brains on digital devices. Parents are indeed breathless at the tsunami effect of technology, which advances faster than the knowledge of how … 0

Dog Tales: Dealing with reactive dogs

Thursday, July 2, 2015

A few weeks ago when Amy and I returned to the house after being gone for most of the day, I ran into the bathroom first. As I was turning around to, well you know, I caught sight … 0

Peterborough: Fundraising to train EMTs

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Michael Hutchinson, a Peterborough paramedic who served as outreach coordinator for Cheshire Medical Center until December, surveyed about two-dozen ambulance departments in the region in 2014, asking them about their biggest challenges. Their answer: training EMTs. Ambulance departments … 0

Antrim/New Ipswich: Project Search opens up a world of possibilities

Monday, June 22, 2015

Cynthia Vaillancourt wanted Laurie, her 32-year-old daughter, to come out of her shell. Laurie, who has a developmental disability, spent much of the last 11 years inside in their ranch-style house in New Ipswich, listening as her father … 0

Peterborough: Nursing home seeks funding

Monday, June 22, 2015

After the Scott-Farrar nursing home’s plans to build a larger, more modern facility fell through in the fall, the nursing home closed in April, citing financial reasons. But a pending loan has revived the century-old organization. Scott-Farrar hopes to resume the $15 million construction project if it can … 0

Greenfield: Woman cycles for children’s fund

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

After spending the winter dabbling in various forms of exercise to get in shape, Ellen Smith of Greenfield spied an advertisement for the Great Cycle Challenge — a call to bike as many miles as you can in … 0

Health services still underfunded

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

While the Senate Finance Committee’s budget restores what advocates say is critically need edin terms of Health and Human Services funding, it still falls short of Democratic Governor Maggie Hassan’s plan. The $11.3 billion biennium budget will go to the full chamber for a vote this week. Once … 0

Parent Wise: Is adequate enough, or should we set our sights higher?

Friday, May 29, 2015

Is “adequate” enough for your child? Are your children happy to go off to school each day? Do they look forward to soaking up knowledge like sponges wanting to know more and more? Do they come home with … 0

Dog Tales: Techniques to stop dogs barking

Friday, May 29, 2015

When it comes to tolerating barking dogs, there seems to be two kinds of people in the world: Those who don’t hear it, that’s me, and those who hear it in spades, that’s Amy. Last week, the three … 0

Eat local and in season

Friday, May 29, 2015

The arrival of the warm spring weather is a great reminder to eat with the seasons. There is nothing better than biting into a ripe warm sweet strawberry straight from the garden of a farmer who you know … 0