Health

Charlotte Lasky of Dublin practices hula hooping in front of the Town House during the 2012 Wellness Festival.

Peterborough: New venue for wellness fest

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

To promote healthy living, the Monadnock Rotary Club will be holding their 9th Annual Wellness Festival with a rock climbing wall, fitness demonstrations, and their renowned soup festival. The festival will be at the Peterborough Community Center at 25 Elm St., from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. A change from last year, the festival won’t be held in … 0

Peterborough doctor’s license suspended

Monday, September 15, 2014

A Peterborough podiatrist, with a second practice in Concord, was removed from the Monadnock Community Hospital staff after his state medical license was temporarily suspended, a hospital spokesperson said on Friday. Dr. Edward Newcott of Pembroke is charged with not having appropriate practices to control infection. “The [N.H. Board of Registration in Podiatry] found that Dr. Newcott’s practice, as currently operated, poses an … 0

Jaffrey-Rindge: Eye surgery sought for 7-year-old

Monday, September 8, 2014

Dustin Allen Whitney-Bechard turned 7 last week, just a few days after he started a new year as a second-grader at Jaffrey Grade School. Although Dustin now lives in Rindge, he entered school in Jaffrey when his family lived there and his mother, Crystal Bechard, is grateful that Jaffrey-Rindge School District administrators are … 0

Sharing the keys to a healthy life

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

“The mouth is the portal to the body,” says Louise Danforth, the program coordinator for the Monadnock Healthy Teeth to Toes program. “Dental care is crucial for children, but many kids don’t regularly see a dentist. We’re trying … 0

Peterborough: Six-week class for caregivers offered

Friday, May 2, 2014

Monadnock ServiceLink is registering participants for Powerful Tools for Caregivers, a free, six-week course designed to help family caregivers: 1) reduce personal stress; 2) effectively communicate their own needs so that they can remain healthy; and 3) better communicate needs of their loved ones to health care providers. … 0

Parent Wise: The ultimate job

Friday, May 2, 2014

Equal pay for mothers? No one could afford it. Our culture views the job of parenting as ordinary everyday nothing. Billions of women do it, it is required for the continuation of the culture and yet society doesn’t value it, pay for it, or even offer a tax … 0

Aging Concerns: Depression in the elderly

Friday, May 2, 2014

Older people should not expect to be prescribed the same antidepressant medication as younger people. What do I mean by “older people?”  People whom are in their seventies should not be on the same medication as their younger friends or family members. Research has indicated that Selective Serotonin … 0

Q&A: Pet health, outdoors

Friday, May 2, 2014

Editor’s note: Due to some omissions in a Q&A in the April 22 HealthFirst, we are running this column by Dr. Charles DeVinne. Spring is an important season for pet owners as animals become eager to spend more time outdoors. The following is intended to help spread awareness … 0

Keene: Special education, film event at Antioch

Friday, April 18, 2014

“The Spirit of Inclusion: Holistic Special Education” will be held at Antioch University New England on Thursday, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room. It is free and open to the public. The event, sponsored by AUNE’s Education Department, will feature the film “Including Samuel,” as … 0

Peterborough: MCH participates in bike tour

Friday, May 2, 2014

Team Orange members, which include a Monadnock Community Hospital group, will once again participate in Breathe New Hampshire’s Annual Seacoast Bike Tour by logging their exercise sessions during hospital-based or home-based rehabilitation. Participants are encouraged to achieve their personal exercise goals while being part of a larger statewide … 0

Keene: Running analysis at Cheshire Medical

Friday, May 2, 2014

The Farnum Rehabilitation Center at Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene now has a new Running Gait Analysis program for those who want to improve their running efficiency and reduce the stresses associated with improper running technique. Led by Maria Oberlander, physical therapist with graduate training in biomechanics and exercise … 0

Lyndeborough: A friend in need

Monday, March 31, 2014

For Dan Taylor, it was a waiting game. His kidneys had been failing for more than a year. He was on the list for a kidney transplant, but was looking at a waiting list of three to five … 0

Parent Wise: Discipline that’s punitive doesn’t work

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Discipline? Absolutely — as long as it’s positive Often when I talk about the benefits of shared power, connection and problem-solving, a parent will ask me, “Are you saying that we shouldn’t discipline our children?” or “Isn’t that undermining my authority?” Great questions. Historically our parenting culture has … 0