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Health

Touchstone Farm in Temple is readying to begin theraputic veterans programs this fall.

Getting in touch with what’s inside

Monday, July 21, 2014

TEMPLE — In one of the paddocks of Touchstone Farm in Temple, two black horses trot, free of bridle or saddle. Some volunteers approach them. Sometimes, the horses allow them to come close for a pat. Other times, they wander off in a new direction. Without leads, there is no way to make the animals do anything that they don’t want to do. Among the volunteers is Ret. Col. Rich Duncan of Nashua, who is assisting the farm with some of its program building. Occasionally, one of the two horses in the ring will approach him, or allow him to approach them, to give them … 0

Peterborough: Dog obedience classes to be offered

Friday, June 27, 2014

Dog Obedience Classes, sponsored by the Peterborough Recreation Department, are scheduled for July and August with instructor Erica Marshall at the Community Center. A Recall Focus Class will be held Tuesdays, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., beginning July 22 through Aug. 12. This four week class focuses solely on the foundation work of building a really reliable recall. Owners will learn the most effective … 0

Lyndeborough/Peterborough: Cooking up a healthy solution

Monday, June 30, 2014

Although she’s a licensed dietician, Amy Ansaldo sometimes found it challenging to find healthy food to have for lunch at work. It’s a problem that was shared by several of her friends, many of whom work in health care jobs. So about a year and a half back, Ansaldo and a few others … 0

Medicaid expansion and the baby connection

Monday, February 3, 2014

Imagine what it is like for a tiny baby to smile up at its mother and not get a smile back. In recent years, doctors, nurses and researchers like myself have learned a lot about postpartum depression and how to identify women at risk. We know, for example, … 0

The legacies we carry

Monday, February 3, 2014

Ever wonder why you do what you do? Ever find yourself behaving in ways that you never meant to? Ever feel out of control of a reaction? We live our lives, choose our experiences and relationships, hold beliefs about ourselves, and raise our children according to how we … 0

Give Kids a Smile program offers free dental appointments

Monday, February 3, 2014

Free dental appointments for children ages 3 to 18 are being offered in Cheshire County as part of the annual “Give Kids a Smile” program. Parents interested in getting their child a free dental exam should call 762-3770 or email givekidsasmileday@yahoo.com. They will then be paired with a … 0

Peterborough: HCS offers hospice volunteer training

Monday, February 3, 2014

Hospice at HCS is offering a volunteer training program starting in March for those who are interested in becoming volunteers. The training will begin on March 3 and continue on Monday evenings from 5 to 8 p.m. through April 14. Training will be held at the agency’s Peterborough … 0

Peterborough: Transplant offers hope

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

In October, Steve Mahoney Jr. was still waiting on his miracle — a bone marrow donation match that could save his life. His parents, Laura and Steve Mahoney of Peterborough, were also anxiously waiting. Now, a donor has … 0

Rindge: A journey continues

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Don Burness is always looking for new places to go, interesting books to read, and exciting things to learn. When Don met his wife, Mary-Lou, nearly 50 years ago, he found someone else with equal energy, someone else … 0

Jaffrey: A commitment to life & love

Monday, January 13, 2014

Growing pains are a natural part of childhood, of learning more about the world and how to live in it. But for someone like Michael Wood, a 23-year-old Jaffrey resident who was born with spinal bifida, a childhood … 0

Health: Boot camp challenge was the kick-start I needed

Monday, January 6, 2014

Think you’re in good shape? If so, maybe it’s time you put your fitness to the test by undergoing a workout with a professional trainer. You’ll probably find out you’re not as strong as you thought, and you’ll probably discover a few muscles you didn’t know you had. … 0

Health: For parents, 10 things to give up for the new year

Monday, January 6, 2014

If you’re making New Year’s resolutions this year, remember – less is more. The key to becoming a better parent in the new year is not to add on any expectations of yourself that you can’t be successful … 0

Health: Detailing leading forms of dementia

Monday, January 6, 2014

Often I hear family members of patients with memory loss state, “The doctor says he/she has dementia. Thank God it’s not Alzheimer’s Disease!” They are unaware that dementia is an umbrella term for specific types of dementia. There are many forms of dementia, not just Alzheimer’s, which is … 0