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Rutland: Gift-of-Life Summer Mini Marathon targets blood shortage

With blood donations in a summer slump, Rutland’s Gift-of-Life Summer Mini Marathon Blood Drive will be back for a fourth run this summer, aiming to boost regional blood supplies cut short by donor travel and school vacations.

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How will SCOTUS ruling affect Vermonters?

Vermont Watchdog Report

The U.S. Supreme Court last Thursday ruled 6-3 to allow states without insurance exchanges to continue receiving federal subsidies. Critics of the ruling say the decision does nothing to help Vermonters escape the state’s troubled health care exchange.

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“Random acts of camping” at state parks this summer

Designed to share the joy of camping with Vermonters, “Random Acts of Camping” are coming to a state park day use area near you. “Random Acts of Camping” rewards lucky park visitors with two free nights of tent, RV, lean-to, or cabin camping in any Vermont State Park campground.

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Vermont Sun Triathlon: Middlebury's Steve Hare placed 9th overall, winning the Men's in 2:33:04

Middlebury's Steve Hare placed 9th overall while winning the Men's 55-59 age group in 2:33:04.

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Green Mt. Care board presses Feds for controversial all-payer waiver

Vermont Watchdog Report

Vermont’s Green Mountain Care Board has begun negotiations with the federal government, preparing for the 2016 go-ahead for Gov. Peter Shumlin’s all-payer health care waiver.

Nurses looking for study participants

=Melissa Delehanty of the Rutland Area VNA & Hospice said the group is seeking focus group participants for study on end-of-life care.

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Vermont parents may suddenly get religion with vaccination bill signed

Vermont Watchdog Report

With forced vaccination set to become reality in 2016, Vermont parents are faced with drastic decisions — including feigning religious preference — as they look to make medical decisions for their children.

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2015 Middlebury Maple Run: Road closures, traffic delays announced

The Middlebury Maple Run is a half marathon (13.1 miles) that starts and finishes behind Porter Hospital.

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Vermont lawmakers risk reinforcing mental health stigma, experts say

Vermont Watchdog Report

Vermont State House lawmakers voted 80-62 to suspend the constitutional rights of Vermonters with serious mental illness.

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Some refuse treatment for TB in Charlotte

Fewer than five people linked with Charlotte Central School who tested positive for tuberculosis earlier this year are refusing treatment. State Epidemiologist Patsy Kelso declined to say whether the people in that group were children or adults, citing privacy concerns.

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New health-care clinic located on Route 22A

Shorewell’s new clinic, located at 2987 Vermont Route 22A in Shoreham, will open soon.

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More TB cases at Charlotte Central School

Three more students at Charlotte Central School had positive skin tests evaluated by Health Department nurses during the final round of screening clinics held March 30 through April 3.

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Vermont on track to miss out on direct-pay health care revolution

Vermont Watchdog Report

Direct-pay medicine offers top-notch health services at rock-bottom prices everyone can afford. Unfortunately, Vermont is set to miss out on this medical miracle.

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Study: Addison County second healthiest county in Vermont

Chittenden County no. 1, Rutland County no. 11

According to a new study conducted by by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Addison County is ranked right behind Chittenden County as the healthiest county in Vermont.

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Doctors come to Vermont to restore patient control over health care

Vermont Watchdog Report

As health care officials from Gov. Peter Shumlin’s administration fight a never-ending battle with overpriced insurance-based health systems, a quiet physician-patient revolution is under way to bypass health-care middlemen and pass the savings on to consumers.

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