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Poor oral health leads to big problems, few opportunities

By Jeff Woodburn “The worse case,” Penny McKinnon starts, her words drawing me closer and peaking my interest.  As a School Nurse at Littleton’s Lakeway Elementary School, she sees a lot and it’s not all good. “A student’s teeth were so bad that he couldn’t eat,” she said, “he lost a lot of weight.” Hard …

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Foster’s Daily Democrat:’Champion’ child in Rochester sees opportunity over limitation

By DANIELLE CURTIS dcurtis@fosters.com ROCHESTER—Sarah McGrail likes horseback riding, swimming, and canoeing. It’s not Sarah’s activities that make her special — it is enjoying them despite her lifelong battle with cerebral palsy and epilepsy, caused from being born at only 24 weeks, weighing only one pound, six and a half ounces. The local fourth grader …

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Daily Newburyport News: Seabrook girl named a ‘Champion Among Children’

By Angeljean Chiaramida Staff writer The Daily News of Newburyport   SEABROOK — When Seabrook Middle School nurse Helen Cataford got an email from the Council for Children and Adolescents with Chronic Health Conditions asking if she knew of an amazing kid to nominate for the Champions Among Children award, her reaction was immediate. “As …

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Champion Children awards made

CONCORD –  Three children were recognized as Champions Among Children at an award ceremony hosted by the state Council for Children with Chronic Health Conditons.    Ryan Blackey, of Meredith,  Sarah McGrail, of Rochester, and  Erin O’Hara, of Seabrook, were honored at the annual Children’s Alliance Summit.  Blackey was nominated by Bethany J. Smith, Partners In Health, …

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Creating the best doctor-patient relations

Doctor-patient relationships are important. Dr. Lisa Plotnik, from the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth (CHaD), says the relationship is kind of like dating. “You wouldn’t date someone repeatedly if you don’t like them,” she said and the same is true with a medical doctor. Plotnik says it’s important to do your homework, but if the communication …

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What is a Medical Home?

From Cheshire Medical Center Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene In a healthcare world that has become sophisticated and complex, the important role of primary care physicians is sometimes overlooked. As America’s baby boomers reach their 50’s and 60’s, as new medications and technologies allow people to live longer, and as poor lifestyle choices contribute to chronic diseases, the …

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Tips on how to reduce symptoms in allergy and asthma sufferers

CCACHC press release Monday, May 9, 2011 CONCORD, N.H.—New Hampshire has one of the highest prevalence rates of asthma in the nation. According to Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System data compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, almost nine percent of adults in the Granite State contend with asthma. Meanwhile, an estimated eight …

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