Health

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After a year of pandemic, mental health challenges are many

BY: - May 5, 2021

New Hampshire’s crawl toward reopening is now a sprint. Weeks after ending the state’s mask mandate, Gov. Chris Sununu will lift pandemic restrictions on businesses Friday and wants all state workers back to the office by Monday. Not everyone is celebrating, say mental health workers. A year of isolation, death, uncertainty, and fear has been […]

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States with higher vaccine demand will be able to request more from federal government

BY: - May 4, 2021

WASHINGTON — With demand for COVID-19 vaccines dropping in many states, the federal government is changing how those doses are allocated. Under the new policy, any doses that a state doesn’t request from its weekly, population-based allotment will be held in a general pool, and states with higher demand can request additional shots from that surplus.  […]

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Proposed restrictions on reproductive health care funding loom large in budget debate

BY: - May 3, 2021

This story was updated on May 3, 2021 at 8 a.m. The pandemic left Rep. Joshua Query unemployed and underinsured – and then in a medical crisis when a former partner called to say he had exposed Query to HIV. Query could afford only one option: Planned Parenthood. The medical team not only charged Query […]

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New guidance gives a bit of breathing room on wearing masks outdoors

BY: - April 28, 2021

Just in time for cookouts and black flies, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday fully vaccinated people can socialize and dine outdoors with a small group of friends without wearing a mask, even if those friends are unvaccinated. In its new color-coded guide, the CDC still recommends everyone wear masks at crowded […]

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Bill adds to list of qualifying conditions for medicinal marijuana

BY: - April 27, 2021

Insomniacs and people with autism spectrum disorder may soon have a new treatment option: medicinal marijuana. A bill adding both to the state’s qualifying conditions sailed through the House this month and won unanimous support from the Senate Health and Human Services Committee following a hearing where no one testified in opposition. The full Senate […]

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Student loan repayment program to expand

BY: - April 22, 2021

The state is expanding its student loan repayment program, a critical recruiting tool for the community mental health centers and providers who work with low-income people. And there’s hope good budget news this year will allow even more expansion. Currently, certain drug and alcohol counselors, mental health workers, nurse practitioners, and several other health care […]

A person gets a vaccine

Pandemic fight, ‘personal liberty’ collide in state legislatures

BY: - April 22, 2021

Rep. Tim Lang introduced his “immunization freedom” bill in 2019, before COVID-19, to end a state requirement that foster parents be vaccinated against the flu and other communicable diseases. Once the pandemic arrived, so did out-of-staters determined to recast it as an anti-mandate, “personal liberty” bill, similar to nearly 500 others pending in state legislatures […]

COMMENTARY

Commentary: I’m a pediatrician who cares for transgender kids

BY: - April 22, 2021

When Charlie, a 10-year-old boy, came in for his first visit, he didn’t look at me or my colleague. Angry and crying, he insisted to us that he was cisgender – that he was a boy and had been born male. A few months before Charlie came into our office, he handed a note to […]

A couple poses in Portsmouth on a sunny day near the harbor.

Tourism rebounds even as pandemic persists

BY: - April 20, 2021

By September, Melissa and Nick Kielbania of Ipswich, Massachusetts, needed a vacation. Their three kids were home, attending school remotely, and their jobs – his at a hospital, hers with the post office – felt relentless. They chose New Hampshire because it was the closest state with the fewest COVID-19 restrictions. “Our governor (Republican Charlie […]

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What’s keeping some at state hospital? No transitional housing

BY: - April 19, 2021

A lack of transitional housing is among the top reasons people remain in New Hampshire Hospital longer than needed, according to the state Department of Health and Human Services. An unexpected delay in adding 22 more spots means that’s not changing soon. It also means that adults in a psychiatric crisis will continue to wait […]

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Vaccination of minority populations continues to lag

BY: - April 19, 2021

When Clifton West learned that there was a surplus of vaccines in Strafford County, he promptly went into fire-drill mode. He made calls, sent text messages, composed emails – any method he could think of to get the word out. “It was like, oh my God, okay, we have to get people there,” he said. […]

Mask mandate sign in New Orleans

With no state mask mandate, it’s decision time for businesses

BY: - April 16, 2021

This story was updated April 19, 2021 at 10:45 a.m.  Shortly after Gov. Chris Sununu announced the end of the state’s mask mandate, The Common Man headquarters announced on Facebook and Twitter and in an email that masks will still be required for staff and diners at its 17 restaurants in New Hampshire. “I send […]