Health http://nhpr.org en Telemedicine Opening New Avenues For New Hampshire Patients And Providers http://nhpr.org/post/telemedicine-opening-new-avenues-new-hampshire-patients-and-providers <p>A growing number of Americans are doing their jobs outside the usual confines of the office. And that includes doctors – the multi-billion dollar <a href="http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1033922-469/tele-medicine-allows-for-virtual-house-calls-from.html" target="_blank">telemedicine industry is opening up new avenues for patients and for providers in New Hampshire</a>.</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 21:49:52 +0000 Brady Carlson 46827 at http://nhpr.org Telemedicine Opening New Avenues For New Hampshire Patients And Providers Loophole Means Many Child Restraints Go Unreported In New Hampshire http://nhpr.org/post/loophole-means-many-child-restraints-go-unreported-new-hampshire <p>Like many kids with autism, Hunter Picknell has trouble expressing himself.</p><p>“His primary form of communication is sign language, but there’s certain things he can’t do with his hands and fingers because of his motor-planning issues,” says Melissa Hilton, Hunter’s mother.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“He makes kind of his own sign language, which is very idiosyncratic. We often joke around and say it is sign language with an accent.”</span></p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 20:21:43 +0000 Todd Bookman 46068 at http://nhpr.org Loophole Means Many Child Restraints Go Unreported In New Hampshire Report: Rockingham County N.H.'s Healthiest; Coos At Bottom Of List http://nhpr.org/post/report-rockingham-county-nhs-healthiest-coos-bottom-list <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">A new report once again ranks Rockingham County as New Hampshire's healthiest, while Coos County remains at the bottom of the list.</p><p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 20:13:52 +0000 Associated Press 45681 at http://nhpr.org NHPR's Todd Bookman Wins Journalism Award For Advance Directive Series http://nhpr.org/post/nhprs-todd-bookman-wins-journalism-award-advance-directive-series <p>NHPR's Health Reporter <a href="http://nhpr.org/people/todd-bookman">Todd Bookman</a> was awarded second place in the 2<a href="http://healthjournalism.org/awards-winners.php?Year=2013">013 Awards for Excellence in Health Care Journalism </a>by the <a href="http://healthjournalism.org/awards-winners.php?Year=2013">Association of Health Care Journalists</a>. The organization recognized Todd's series&nbsp;<a href="http://nhpr.org/post/planning-end-look-advance-directives">Planning For The End: A Look At Advance Directives</a>&nbsp;in the small market Consumer/Feature category.</p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 16:51:58 +0000 NHPR Staff 44948 at http://nhpr.org NHPR's Todd Bookman Wins Journalism Award For Advance Directive Series Emotions And Evidence: Why Pro-Vaccine Pushes May Backfire With Skeptics http://nhpr.org/post/emotions-and-evidence-why-pro-vaccine-pushes-may-backfire-skeptics <p>Public health officials have a problem. They want more parents to get their kids vaccinated, because <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2014/01/25/265750719/how-vaccine-fears-fueled-the-resurgence-of-preventable-diseases" target="_blank">there's been a resurgence of dangerous diseases as vaccination rates have dropped</a>.</p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 21:53:21 +0000 Brady Carlson 44899 at http://nhpr.org Good News About Childhood Obesity http://nhpr.org/post/good-news-about-childhood-obesity <p>Starting in the 1980s, public health experts began sounding the alarm: Americans were getting way too heavy.&nbsp; And of special concern: children, and the particular impact of obesity on them: increased risk for both short and long term ailments such as heart disease, type two diabetes, and a host of social and psychological problems.&nbsp; Today, it’s been 30 years, and childhood obesity rates have doubled since those first warnings, with doctors saying this problem early in life also closely predicts whether a child will have a healthy weight into adulthood, and a five times greater cha Tue, 11 Mar 2014 13:00:00 +0000 The Exchange 44799 at http://nhpr.org Good News About Childhood Obesity Marion Nestle's "Food Politics" http://nhpr.org/post/marion-nestles-food-politics <p>About a decade ago, Marion Nestle made waves when she published her groundbreaking book “Food Politics,” now considered by many to be one of the founding documents of the movement to reform the American food system. &nbsp;&nbsp;In it, Nestle criticized the high quality, low quantity eating habits encouraged by the food industry and how many lawmakers in Washington have been influenced by the deep pockets of big agriculture and big food. Wed, 26 Feb 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Laura Knoy 44172 at http://nhpr.org Marion Nestle's "Food Politics" At Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Actors Fake Dementia To Train Caregivers http://nhpr.org/post/dartmouth-hitchcock-actors-fake-dementia-train-caregivers <p>About <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/aging/caregiving/facts.htm">90 percent of Americans who need long term care get it from unpaid family members</a>. That puts a strain on a lot of relatives who have neither enough time nor the training to care for loved ones with brain disorders such as dementia.</p><p>So Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H., gives classes to family caregivers, <a href="http://dartmed.dartmouth.edu/spring09/html/vs_actors.php">and recruits actors to play the patients</a>.</p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 22:53:16 +0000 Charlotte Albright 43073 at http://nhpr.org Senator Pushes For Public Hearings On ACA Insurance Plans http://nhpr.org/post/senator-pushes-public-hearings-aca-insurance-plans <p>Any insurance plan sold in the online exchange would first face a public hearing under a bill before State Senators. The measure comes in reaction to Anthem’s decision to cut out 10 of the state's 26 hospitals for plans sold on the new marketplace, a move many<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;lawmakers and consumers say they were blindsided by.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The company defends the decision, saying it helped lower costs by 25%.</span></p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 22:14:52 +0000 Todd Bookman 42991 at http://nhpr.org Senator Pushes For Public Hearings On ACA Insurance Plans Some New Parents Put Off Choosing Pediatricians http://nhpr.org/post/some-new-parents-put-choosing-pediatricians <p>Bringing a child into a world means making a lot of decisions – getting the baby’s room ready, taking childbirth classes, and, of course, picking a name.</p><p>With so much going on, one very important decision often falls off the radar: finding the right pediatrician.</p><p>Reporter <strong>Michael Brindley </strong>and his wife have been busy making all these decisions, with the birth of their daughter last month.</p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 22:36:20 +0000 Brady Carlson & Michael Brindley 42933 at http://nhpr.org Some New Parents Put Off Choosing Pediatricians Defibrillator Used On N.H. Teen During Basketball Game http://nhpr.org/post/defibrillator-used-nh-teen-during-basketball-game <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">&nbsp;A 15-year-old boy is in critical condition at a hospital after he suffered an apparent heart attack during a basketball game and was aided by a defibrillator.</p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 12:21:47 +0000 Associated Press 42554 at http://nhpr.org How To Stay Warm And Eat Healthy? Soup, That's How http://nhpr.org/post/how-stay-warm-and-eat-healthy-soup-thats-how <p>Chances are at least a few of us have once again vowed to eat healthy in the new year. And, chances are, those of us who have made that resolution will run into a big challenge: how do you eat healthy when you're eating out?</p><p><strong>Susan Laughlin </strong>of New Hampshire Magazine <a href="http://www.nhmagazine.com/January-2014/Healthier-Eating-in-the-New-Year-is-Possible/" target="_blank">has been pondering this very question</a>, and she has some encouraging tips - mostly related to soup.</p> Thu, 02 Jan 2014 18:50:38 +0000 Brady Carlson 41130 at http://nhpr.org How To Stay Warm And Eat Healthy? Soup, That's How The Hottest Food Trends Of 2013 http://nhpr.org/post/hottest-food-trends-2013 <p>New Year’s Eve is a day of indulgence, the last chance to gorge on delicious treats and beverages before cleaning the slate. What’s on your menu tonight? Does it involve kale or Siracha, or a Cronut? According to our guest <a href="http://www.lunchboxblues.com/">J.M. Hirsch, food editor at the Associated Press</a>, those were among the hottest foods of 2013. Tue, 31 Dec 2013 18:58:52 +0000 Virginia Prescott 41019 at http://nhpr.org The Hottest Food Trends Of 2013 Silicon Valley's New Product: Vegan Food http://nhpr.org/post/silicon-valleys-new-product-vegan-food <p>With the world’s population growing larger every year, demand for meat, dairy and eggs is on rise. Some worry that the global demand for animal products will soon outstrip our ability to produce them. But one San Francisco startup thinks it can change the way we shop by convincing the meat-loving population that its vegan products are not only cruelty-free and environmentally sound, but cheaper and tastier than the real thing. Tue, 31 Dec 2013 18:50:45 +0000 James Pouliot 41023 at http://nhpr.org Silicon Valley's New Product: Vegan Food The Vaccine Debate: Its History And Consequences http://nhpr.org/post/vaccine-debate-its-history-and-consequences <p>Since Edward Jenner’s discovery of a smallpox vaccine in the 18<sup>th</sup> century, vaccinations have at times been controversial. Today, while vaccines have been proven to inoculate against a host of dangerous diseases, the debate continues. We’ll look at what underlies this debate today.</p><p><strong><u>GUESTS:</u></strong></p> Thu, 19 Dec 2013 14:00:00 +0000 Laura Knoy 40392 at http://nhpr.org The Vaccine Debate: Its History And Consequences