Health

New Ipswich / Greenville / Wilton: E. coli counts back to normal levels

Monday, July 20, 2015

E. coli counts in the Souhegan River have dropped to well below acceptable levels, after heavy rains earlier this month caused large spikes in Wilton, Greenville and New Ipswich. The Souhegan River, along with the Merrimack River, is tested twice a month by the Souhegan Watershed Association as part of its regular water quality testing program. Since the beginning of June, heavy rainstorms have preceded Tuesday morning tests. Heavy rains increase the bacteria levels in the rivers, leaving both rivers with generally unacceptable levels of E. coli during test times. Last week no rain preceded the tests and the E. coli levels were reduced. E. … 0

Wilton: Donors sought at marrow drive

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

It takes two seconds. A swipe of a cotton swab on the inside of your cheek. But that simple act could help save a life. Wilton Ambulance is holding a drive to register potential bone marrow donors. The largest push behind the drive is EMT Jonathon Sweeney, who has a very personal connection to the cause. In 2012, Sweeney was swabbed himself in … 0

Peterborough/Hancock: Weather a boon for ticks

Monday, July 6, 2015

Ticks — the moisture-loving, sometimes Lyme-disease-carrying insect — thrived in the Monadnock region in the wetter-than-normal June. “What’s good for them may not be quite so good for us,” said Alan Eaton, an entomologist at the University of New Hampshire entomologist and its integrated pest management coordinator. “It appears the two most common … 0

HealthFirst: Learning, a lifelong journey

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Mahatma Gandhi once wrote, “Learn as if you were going to live forever.” It is my firm belief that if a person continues to learn, to expand the mind, and keep a sense of curiosity about the world, … 0

HealthFirst: A meal with friends

Monday, April 27, 2015

Where can you go, where everyone knows your name? Every third Thursday, Home, Healthcare, Hospice and Community Services sponsors Friendly Meals for seniors at the VFW Hall in Jaffrey. Folks use the time as a social hour and … 0

Interview by Priscilla Morrill: Advice for the third quarter of life

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Q: What are some of the factors relevant to wellness in the third quarter of life? A: How we view ourselves as we age is relevant to our wellness. Being a “glass is half full” person may lead … 0

HealthFirst: Take steps to prevent falling

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

As people age, the worst thing they can do is stop moving, according to Exercise Physiologist Tricia Breckenridge. “As we age, age-related changes happen to the body — the muscles, the bones, and the joints get tired,” she … 0

KEEP MOVING: Low-impact: What does it mean?

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

What is low-impact? The best kind of exercise seniors can do to keep them moving but not hurt their bodies is low-impact exercise, said Glen Fukuda, a personal trainer at Performance Health & Fitness in Peterborough. “A good … 0

HealthFirst: ML

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Glen Fukuda, personal trainer, PerformanCe Health & Fitness 1. Start small. Exercising the first time may be exciting but don’t push it. Take baby steps. 2. Increase gradually. As time passes, increase the intensity because that is where … 0

HealthFirst: Put out the fire: Prevent age-related disease

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Inflammation is part of the body’s defense system, so it is essential to the healing process. Without it, injuries and simple infections could be deadly. But too much of a good thing can be dangerous. Chronic low-grade inflammation … 0

HealthFirst: How to live well in retirement

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The first problem that I have with the preparation of this article is to figure out how we can get those under 60 years of age to read it. Clearly, the best way to live well during retirement … 0

HealthFirst: Aging humor: healthful or ageist?

Thursday, April 23, 2015

It happened again this year on my birthday. My well-meaning friends and family sent cards and emails with aging jokes and cartoons depicting the curse of older age in a wide variety of stereotypic situations. How is this “over-the-hill” guy supposed to respond to the onslaught of ageism, … 0

HealthFirst: Key points on end-of-life planning

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Editor’s note: The following appeared in the April 7 edition of the Ledger-Transcript. Despite the emotional and circumstantial obstacles that sometimes interfere with end of life planning, every person should address the following things prior to death: 1. … 0