Health

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Sununu says state mask mandate will not be renewed

BY: - April 15, 2021

New Hampshire’s mask mandate will become a mask recommendation – “when appropriate” – on Saturday. Gov. Chris Sununu announced Thursday at his weekly COVID-19 update that the state will not renew the mask mandate when it expires Friday. Businesses, cities, towns, and schools can continue requiring masks. He also announced that on May 7, he […]

A health care worker receives a COVID-19 shot

Pause extended for Johnson & Johnson vaccine

BY: - April 15, 2021

WASHINGTON — Use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 shot will remain paused for at least a week, after a federal vaccine advisory panel said Wednesday that it had too little data on a rare but serious blood-clotting condition reported in at least six women. That means states and federally run vaccine sites will be relying […]

A person receives a vaccine

State pauses use of Johnson & Johnson vaccine

BY: - April 14, 2021

(This story has been updated to include additional comments from Gov. Chris Sununu.) The state is pausing use of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. Anyone who has received it and experienced serious side effects within three weeks is urged to contact their health care provider. Gov. Chris Sununu’s announcement follows guidance from the […]

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Why are children who need mental health care still ending up in ERs?

BY: - April 14, 2021

During their three-day wait in an emergency room with an 11-year-old son in a psychiatric crisis, a couple watched an agitated adult patient pace the hallway, cursing, threatening people, and exposing himself. They weren’t allowed to close their son’s door. A 12-year-old girl in a nearby bed didn’t even have a door. “It’s just so […]