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Health and Lifestyle

There’s still time to enjoy a bit of summer in Maine

There’s something about the light in Maine. Maybe it’s the way it hides inside morning fog along the Muscongus Bay or how it illuminates stunted spruce on rocky ledges. But I’m guessing it’s the quiet of an island and the great expanse of sea that pulls the light deep against ...

Three areas men can focus on for better overall health

When it comes to good health and longevity, men aren’t fairing as well as women. In fact, according to health.gov men die, on average, five years younger than women. They also die at higher rates of heart disease, most cancers and even suicide. Many factors contribute to these alarming ...

Study: air pollution reaches placenta during pregnancy

WASHINGTON (AP) – A new study suggests when a pregnant woman breathes in air pollution, it can travel beyond her lungs to the placenta that guards her fetus. Pollution composed of tiny particles from car exhaust, factory smokestacks and other sources is dangerous to everyone’s health, and ...

Mom is still full of surprises

I took my mother out to lunch this past Sunday. She likes to go to a place called “Ellers,” which is a popular non-chain restaurant near where she and my dad used to live. All of the family — me, my sisters, Lucy — like to go there, because the food and service are good, and the ride ...

Juul warned over claims e-cigarette safer

WASHINGTON (AP) –Federal health authorities on Monday blasted vaping company Juul for illegally pitching its electronic cigarettes as a safer alternative to smoking and ordered the company to stop making unproven claims for its products. The Food and Drug Administration also upped its ...

More women may need breast cancer genetic test

WASHINGTON (AP) – More women may benefit from gene testing for hereditary breast or ovarian cancer, especially if they’ve already survived cancer once, an influential health group recommended Tuesday. At issue are genes called BRCA1 and BRCA2. When they’re mutated, the body can’t ...

Get Tested: Know if you have HIV

NASHUA – Those who may be concerned about spreading HIV can get a free test in Nashua on June 27. Public health officials will offer free rapid testing at three locations throughout the day. The day acts as an opportunity to provide awareness around HIV, while offering testing for it right ...

What is integrated health care and how can it improve lives?

It is a little-known but sobering fact that people with severe mental health and substance use disorders die an average of about 25 years earlier than the rest of the population. This is mostly due to untreated and preventable chronic illnesses, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, ...

Measles confirmed in state: Officials work to prevent outbreak in N.H.

NASHUA – A New Hampshire child is afflicted with measles, a disease caused by a virus that is passed from person-to-person through the air when someone with the infection sneezes, coughs, or talks. More than two months after New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services officials ...

Providing hope to individuals with a ‘co-occurring disorder’

News about substance use disorders is all around us. We continue to hear about the high numbers of overdoses occurring all across the country. Unfortunately, New Hampshire has the fourth highest rate of overdose incidents in the U.S. That said, most people are not aware of the fact that many ...

May is the National Osteoporosis month

At a regular doctor’s visit, Peggy noticed that the doctor noted her height as 5-feet, 2-inch. When she was a teenager, she was a 5-feet, 5-inches. Peggy casually mentioned it to her doctor; however, he did not pay much attention. It was when she mentioned back pain that the doctor stated ...

The value of family therapy: Setting goals, finding solutions

Family. It makes up our earliest identities. We use the term “family” to describe people in our lives who we love and are related to, live and interact with daily, and upon whom we depend. Each person in a family has a role and a unique perspective of what that role entails and how it ...

Stainless Steel Sasquatch

My grandmother reminded me that you learn something new every day. Grandma Ackerman was right but neglected to point out that some of those lessons were not freebies. I can’t recall her sharing that if you buy a house built in 1961, a 2019 refrigerator would be too wide to squeeze through ...

Blast from the past: Post-holiday recollections of past Easter celebrations

I started talking about Easter in February. I had decided that I was going to reclaim the holiday as my own. The Easters of my childhood seemed to belong to the Lithuanian side of the family, with Episcopal accents. Let me explain. My family has a complicated religious history. My Swedish ...

Hepatitis A outbreak feared; Case identified in Nashua

NASHUA -- Yellowing of the skin and eyes, nausea and vomiting are some symptoms those infected with hepatitis A are experiencing as the virus spreads across Southern New Hampshire. Tuesday, officials with the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services said they have identified 13 ...

Bronchodilator pilot program aids lung health

NASHUA – According to Breathe New Hampshire, a nonprofit organization with a primary focus on lung health, one in nine residents in New Hampshire have asthma. In recent years, the state has worked to make accommodations for those suffering from the condition, especially students. In May ...

It’s throwback Tuesday: Bumper-to-bumper teenage angst

Most of us remember our first kiss. And many recall our first cars. Welcome to throwback Tuesday as we grind the gears and remember the first cars we tortured when learning to drive. WMUR news anchor and reporter, Mike Cherry, learned to drive in his home state of Hawaii. “(I learned) in ...

Going the distance: Holiday travel evokes sense of nostalgia

“Over the river and through the woods, to grandmother’s house we go…” That’s how the song goes: the song I cannot help but hear in my head every time we load the car to go to Kentucky. (I think that we sang every single November in grades 1-6.) And that’s what we do, more or less, ...

A new retirement job to occupy spare time

And the number one question I get after leaving radio in 2014 is, “How do you like retirement?” I finally got tired of telling people I’m only partly-retired. “I left WZID so I could spend more time going to the grocery store every day,” is my new response. It gives Barb a break ...