Thorny state budget problem emerging
11/16/2015 11:43 AM EST - VTDigger.org MONTPELIER >> Officials anticipate that state spending will exceed revenue in the next fiscal year by some $66.2 million. The numbers, presented to the Joint Fiscal Committee on Friday, drew a prickly comparison from committee Full Story
Study: Weight loss surgery worth risk for teens
11/13/2015 02:10 PM EST - The largest, longest study of teen obesity surgery shows huge weight loss and health gains can last at least three years, and many say it's worth the risks. "I feel awesome. It's like a new life," said Miranda Taylor, a Cincinnati nursing student in Full Story
Ask Dr. K: Scientists using boosted immune system to attack cancer cells
11/13/2015 02:10 PM EST - DEAR DOCTOR K >> I hear that doctors are trying to boost the immune system to help people fight cancer. Does that actually work? DEAR READER >> Yes, this old, simple idea is beginning to work. Full Story
Ask Dr. K: Hip surgery has many benefits
11/06/2015 03:34 PM EST - DEAR DOCTOR K >> My doctor says I need hip replacement surgery. She says it will help my pain. But I'm worried about complications. Should I be? DEAR READER >> I get a lot of questions about hip replacement surgery, and I'm in a good Full Story
Health take-away: Flu season is here — get vaccinated
11/06/2015 03:34 PM EST - The symptoms of flu are dramatic and seem to come on suddenly. Our patients tell us they feel like they've been hit by a truck — that they couldn't get out of bed even if they wanted to. Headache, body aches and pains, sore throat, fever, and Full Story
Ought we postpone our time to die?
10/29/2015 03:51 PM EDT - By Deborah Golden Alecson "To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven. A time to be born, and a time to die." — Ecclesiastes 3 (KJV) The understanding that there is a "time to die" is increasingly defied in Full Story
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'Star Wars: The Force Awakens:' Carrie Fisher forced to lose 35 pounds for film
Carrie Fisher dropped big weight to play Princess Leia again.