public health http://nhpr.org en First Cases Of Chikungunya Virus Reported In N.H. http://nhpr.org/post/first-cases-chikungunya-virus-reported-nh <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Officials are confirming the first two local cases of&nbsp;</span>chikungunya<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, a painful but rarely fatal virus characterized by fever, headache, joint swelling and a rash.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Department of Health and Human Services says two people from New Hampshire who recently traveled to the Caribbean became infected.</span></p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 20:31:33 +0000 Todd Bookman 51543 at http://nhpr.org First Cases Of Chikungunya Virus Reported In N.H. E-Cigarettes And Smoking http://nhpr.org/post/e-cigarettes-and-smoking <p>There has been a significant increase in the popularity of this alternative to smoking, but health officials are still weighing the positive and negative health effects.&nbsp; Some say “vaping” with e-cigarettes is much healthier than smoking, but others are worried that the addictive qualities of e-smoking are being downplayed or ignored.</p><p><strong>GUESTS: </strong></p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 13:00:00 +0000 The Exchange 45186 at http://nhpr.org E-Cigarettes And Smoking 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 NH Public Healh And Disaster Preparedness Improving http://nhpr.org/post/nh-public-healh-and-disaster-preparedness-improving <div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A national report says New Hampshire has made progress toward building and strengthening its abilities to prepare for a public health emergency. &nbsp;</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;Being prepared to prevent, respond to, and recover from all types of public health threats, such as disease outbreaks, chemical &nbsp;releases, or natural disasters, requires that public health departments improve and maintain their capabilities in surveillance and epidemiology, laboratories, and response readiness. Sun, 02 Feb 2014 20:06:12 +0000 Amanda Loder 42869 at http://nhpr.org Marijuana Legalization: Is N.H. Next? http://nhpr.org/post/marijuana-legalization-nh-next <p>Those hoping for the legalization of marijuana in New Hampshire now say they have momentum on their side, coming from several different directions. First, after years of defeats, supporters saw their first real victory in the Granite State last year when medicinal pot was voted into law. Second, marijuana legalization has now passed in two states, Colorado and Washington. And third, a new legalization bill this year passed the house by a slim margin. Thu, 30 Jan 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Laura Knoy & Faith Meixell 42644 at http://nhpr.org Marijuana Legalization: Is N.H. Next? 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 Surgery Patients Potentially Exposed To Rare Brain Disorder http://nhpr.org/post/surgery-patients-potentially-exposed-rare-brain-disorder <p>Eight patients who underwent operations at Catholic Medical Center in Manchester may have been exposed to Creutzfeldt-Jakod Disease (CJD), a rare and fatal brain disorder that affects only one in a million people worldwide.</p><p>Public health officials say a patient underwent a successful procedure in May of this year to remove a brain cyst at Catholic Medical Center. The patient then began displaying symptoms for CJD, which causes cognitive difficulties and a rapidly failing memory.</p> Thu, 05 Sep 2013 01:20:45 +0000 Todd Bookman 34379 at http://nhpr.org Surgery Patients Potentially Exposed To Rare Brain Disorder N.H. Mosquitoes Test Negative For West Nile Virus...So Far http://nhpr.org/post/nh-mosquitoes-test-negative-west-nile-virusso-far <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">While mosquitoes in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Vermont have tested positive for West Nile Virus, so far, Granite State bugs are coming up clean. &nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p>The state doesn’t start testing mosquitoes until the first of July.&nbsp; Vector Borne Disease Surveillance Coordinator Whitney Howe says that’s because it usually takes a few extra weeks for New Hampshire to heat up into good mosquito habitat.&nbsp; And while it’s been a wet summer, Howe says that’s not a guarantee we’ll see an uptick in West Nile cases.</p> Wed, 24 Jul 2013 21:43:17 +0000 Amanda Loder 31898 at http://nhpr.org N.H. Mosquitoes Test Negative For West Nile Virus...So Far Rockingham Healthiest County In N.H., Coos Struggles http://nhpr.org/post/rockingham-healthiest-county-nh-coos-struggles <p> Rockingham County is officially the healthiest place in New Hampshire, while Coos County is struggling in terms of public health.&nbsp; That’s according to a <a href="http://www.countyhealthrankings.org/app/new-hampshire/2013/rankings/outcomes/overall/by-rank" target="_blank">report</a> released by the <a href="http://www.rwjf.org/" target="_blank">Robert Wood Johnson Foundation</a> and the <a href="http://uwphi.pophealth.wisc.edu/" target="_blank">University of Wisconsin</a>.</p> Wed, 20 Mar 2013 17:36:21 +0000 Amanda Loder 24030 at http://nhpr.org Rockingham Healthiest County In N.H., Coos Struggles Public Health Advocates Say State Can't Grow Complacent http://nhpr.org/post/public-health-advocates-say-state-cant-grow-complacent <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Earlier today, public health advocates gathered inside the State House cafeteria--as good a place as any--to update lawmakers on initiatives aimed at combating obesity.</span></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Healthy Eating Active Living, or HEAL NH, organized the forum. Community projects set up displays touting successes like playground gardens and improved sidewalks.</span></p> Wed, 06 Mar 2013 19:35:06 +0000 Todd Bookman 23202 at http://nhpr.org Public Health Advocates Say State Can't Grow Complacent Mosquitoes Become Latest Public Health Battle http://nhpr.org/post/mosquitoes-become-latest-public-health-battle <p></p><p>Mosquitoes get West Nile Virus from birds, and then they give it to us. It’s Ryan Naujoks's job to stop that. He works for Dragon Mosquito Control, a private company that municipalities like Derry hire to spray insecticides.</p><p>"I’m at Rider Field right now, and everything is locked up," Naujoks&nbsp;says over the phone. "Rider Field…"</p><p>Eventually, someone from the Town of Derry comes and unlocks the gates. Naujoks fires up the sprayer.</p><p>The truck makes a lap around the field emitting a small puff of white smoke.</p> Wed, 29 Aug 2012 10:00:00 +0000 Todd Bookman 11781 at http://nhpr.org Mosquitoes Become Latest Public Health Battle Questions Remain Following Hepatitis C Outbreak http://nhpr.org/post/questions-remain-following-hepatitis-c-outbreak <p>After a lifetime of health challenges, the last thing Katrina wanted to hear was that she&rsquo;d contracted Hepatitis C.&nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;I was devastated,&rdquo; says the 41-year old, whose last name is being withheld at her request.</p><p>She also suffers from diabetes and kidney failure, and believes she got Hep C about five years ago, possibly from sharing razors with a female roommate.</p><p>Because Hep C can live in the body for decades without producing symptoms, it&rsquo;s sometimes called the silent killer.</p> Tue, 19 Jun 2012 21:36:23 +0000 Todd Bookman 7193 at http://nhpr.org Questions Remain Following Hepatitis C Outbreak TB Scare At Concord Elementary School http://nhpr.org/post/tb-scare-concord-elementary-school <p>Public health officials have confirmed a case of tuberculosis at Dane Elementary School.</p><p>Director of Public Health, Dr. Jose Montero, says the infected child, a kindergarten student, likely contracted the illness from an adult who was exposed to the dangerous bacteria abroad. Most TB is treatable and is spread through the air. Montero says the adult was treated effectively.</p> Fri, 23 Mar 2012 16:50:20 +0000 Rachel Gotbaum 2731 at http://nhpr.org TB Scare At Concord Elementary School New Hampshire One of Healthiest States In Nation http://nhpr.org/post/new-hampshire-one-healthiest-states-nation <p>A new report shows New Hampshire is again among the healthiest states in the nation.</p><p>But&nbsp;health officials say there is still room for improvement.</p><p>The United Health Foundation&rsquo;s report looked at a variety of health issues, including heart disease deaths, cancer rates, premature births and access to health insurance.</p><p>New Hampshire was ranked second healthiest, an improvement from third last year.</p><p>The state scored well because of its low percentage of children in poverty, low crime rate, and high use of prenatal care and immunizations.</p> Tue, 06 Dec 2011 21:04:51 +0000 Amy Quinton 785 at http://nhpr.org