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Health and Lifestyle

Ski Report: Sunday, December 1

LEBANON, N.H. (AP) — Latest skiing conditions, as supplied by SnoCountry Mountain Reports. Conditions are subject to change due to weather, skier/rider traffic and other factors. Be aware of changing conditions. For more information go to www.snocountry.com NEW HAMPSHIRE Arrowhead — ...

Ready for the winter?

It is time for the annual contest of wills at the Lemen/Broyles house: Who is the weenie? Who will break first and ask for the heat to be turned on? We play this every year: not exactly by choice, but more by financial necessity, because once we turn our furnace on, the Old Beauty starts ...

Games that will vex and jade your friends!

With winter shaking its frosty fist in our collective faces, many a frazzled parent will dig deep into the cupboard to find a board game to keep the younger natives from getting restless over the next several months. When I was a kid, we managed to keep the pieces for each game intact, but I ...

Welcome to the Flu Zone

Nothing beats living with a registered nurse. She knows all the right over-the-counter symptom meds. I’m rarely sick for more than a week. She even introduced me to the neti pot sinus rinse and other torture devices. So, when Lady Baba suggests I get my annual flu shot, I get right on ...

I’m dreaming of a Neiman Marcus Christmas

I just noticed that Nashua’s Winter Holiday Stroll is a month from Wednesday – Nov. 30. That’s usually my cue to wax my Visa plastic in preparation for Christmas. Who am I kidding? I’m a guy. I wait until well past the demolition derbies of Black Friday and Small Business Saturday. In ...

Telluride Getaway

My cousin is busy snapping a photo of herself, documenting the gondola ride up to Telluride’s mountain village, when I point directly below at a bear cub running through the quaking aspen. “Look,” I shout, and the silent I-Phone-wielding crowd of six in our gondola stop updating ...

Trick-or-treat: Halloween traditions were simple

When I was a little girl, Halloween was a holiday exclusively for children. It was simple: You dressed up on the night of Halloween and walked around your neighborhood with a pillowcase collecting candy. Depending on the school you went to, there may or may not have been a Halloween costume ...

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 ...