Health

Michael Hutchinson, a Peterborough paramedic, is behind an effort to pay for the education of 100 EMTs and 100 advanced EMTs in the region in five years.

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 have a difficult time training EMTs because of the costs — each course costs about $1,000 — and the time commitment to … 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 and oldest brother restored cars in the garage. Marianne Whipple of Antrim wanted her daughter … 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 close on a loan Thursday. Eldon Munson, chair of Scott-Farrar’s long-range planning committee, said the … 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