Health

Fullers Sugarhouse’s maple syrup supports cancer care and research for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund’s Holiday Collection presented by Amica Insurance

LANCASTER — Fullers Sugarhouse is offering a gift designed to give back this season as part of Dana-Farber and the Jimmy Fund’s Holiday Collection presented by Amica Insurance. The collection offers an array of New England-made products, including 13 original cards designed by area artists, photographers and Dana-Farber patients, as well as candles, ornaments, chocolates and locally-made gift sets. All proceeds from the sale of the collection go to adult and pediatric patient care and cancer research at Dana-Farber.

Fullers Sugarhouse will offer a maple syrup gift set that will include an 8.45-ounce bottle of pure maple syrup and 16-ounce bag of maple buttermilk pancake mix. This is the second year that Fullers Sugarhouse has participated in the Dana-Farber and the Jimmy Fund’s Holiday Collection.

Other New England companies in the Holiday Collection include:
• An exclusive Alex and Ani Gingerbread Man Bangle offered in silver and gold, made in Rhode Island.
• Aunt Sadie’s Candles, of Vermont.
• ChemArt holiday ornaments, made in Rhode Island.
• Only in Rhode Island gift baskets: Breakfast in New England, Wicked Tasty, The New Englander.
• “Bucket Bag” by Sea Bags, handcrafted in Maine from recycled sails and customized with Jimmy Fund Clinic patient handprints
• Mapled Nut Company gift box, which includes four, 4-ounce bags of almonds, walnuts, cashews and pecans, made in Vermont.
• Dark chocolate or white chocolate peppermint bark box by Serenade Chocolatier in Brookline, Mass.
• Dancing Deer gingerbread cookie house kit, made in Boston.
• Shaker box set of Dancing Deer vanilla snowflake & chocolate sea salt star cookies, made in Boston.

Several New England retailers are selling Dana-Farber and the Jimmy Fund’s holiday cards and gifts in-store, including The Paper Store, Stop and Shop, The Crafty Yankee, Cooper Jewelers, Terrazza, and photo cards by LookLoveSend. The products can also be purchased at Dana-Farber’s Friends’ Corner Gift Shop in Boston.

For more information or to view the entire collection, please visit: www.dana-farberholiday.org.

AVH Auxiliary “Secret Santa” raffle tickets on sale at the AVH Switchboard

BERLIN — The AVH Auxiliary is currently holding a “Secret Santa” Raffle at the Androscoggin Valley Hospital Switchboard. Win 13 beautifully wrapped gifts with decorative Santa sleigh and snowman valued at more than $300. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5. The winning ticket will be drawn at the annual hospital auxiliary Christmas Fair on Saturday, Nov. 21, at 2 p.m. at Androscoggin Valley Hospital. Funds from this raffle will benefit patient care at the hospital. For more information, contact Linda Morris, Androscoggin Valley Hospital volunteer coordinator/AVH auxiliary liaison, by calling (603) 326-5676 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Visit Androscoggin Valley Hospital online at www.avhnh.org or on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube and Pinterest.

The Dangers of Carbon Monoxide

Every year more than 400 people in the United States die from carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide is also responsible for over 20,000 emergency room visits and 4,000 hospitalized patients. In New Hampshire, fire departments responded to over 450 homes for possible CO incidents in 2014 and in 2013, there were 186 visits to the ER for CO poisoning despite the fact that ill-effects caused by carbon monoxide are relatively avoidable with certain precautions.

Everyone needs to know that carbon monoxide is a tasteless, odorless, and colorless gas that is so dangerous that a mere matter of minutes of exposure can lead to lethal consequences. It is formed when any kind of fuel or materials are burned and exposure can occur when a fuel burning device or appliance is not used properly or vented properly.

What is CO poisoning? If a person is exposed to high levels of carbon monoxide, the oxygen that a person is supposed to be breathing in (O2) is replaced by CO, which can lead to unconsciousness or death. Normally, the red blood cells absorb oxygen, allowing the body to function properly. However, when CO is present, the red blood cells absorb the CO instead of the oxygen because red blood cells pick up CO faster than oxygen.

What are the symptoms of CO poisoning? Even small amounts of carbon monoxide can be deadly so it is important to make sure you pay attention to the signs of CO poisoning before it’s too late. Common symptoms of CO poisoning include headaches, fatigue, trouble breathing, nausea, vomiting, chest pain, confusion, and/or dizziness.

Who can get CO poisoning? Both people and animals can get CO poisoning. However, CO poisoning poses the most risk to infants, unborn babies, and people with health issues like anemia, heart disease, and those with respiratory problems. People who are 65 or older in the United States make up the majority of individuals who are killed by CO poisoning.

What should I do if I suspect CO poisoning? If you suspect CO poisoning, immediately go outside to get fresh air and then call 911.

How can I avoid CO poisoning? If you follow the manufacturer’s guidelines on a device that uses fuel and are sure to regularly check fuel-burning appliances, you can help prevent CO poisoning. To avoid CO poisoning, it is important that you follow these guidelines:

· Never leave a car running inside an enclosed or partially enclosed space (like a garage).

· Never leave a generator or other fuel powered appliance operating near an open window, door, or vent that leads to an enclosed space or inside your home (like your garage or basement).

· Never use portable cooking equipment inside an enclosed space.

· Never heat your home with a gas oven or stove.

· Regularly have your heating systems checked and any repairs made.

· Install CO alarms and check the batteries frequently.

For more information related to carbon monoxide awareness, please visit www.nh.gov/co .

White River Junction VA Medical Center to host Veteran’s Day Ceremony

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION – White River Junction VA Medical Center will host a Veteran’s Day Ceremony on Wednesday, Nov. 11, to honor the Nation’s heroes from Noon to 1 p.m. A Memorial Wreath will be placed by Phillip Mollitor, U.S. Army, at the Veterans Brick Walkway, followed by the Presentation of Colors and program in the William A. Yasinski Research and Education Building is located on 163 Veterans Drive, Whiter River Junction, Vt.

Colonel Henry U. Harder, Jr., Vermont Army National Guard is featured as the Keynote speaker. Remarks will also be heard from Congressman Peter Welch, U.S. Representative for Vermont and White River Junction VA Medical Center Director Deborah Amdur.

Please join them in paying respect to all who have answered the call to military service. All members of the community are invited to attend.

'Ask the Question' initiative making an impact to improve care for those who served

In an effort to provide the proper care to veterans more than 1,700 service providers throughout New Hampshire have been educated about the importance of asking their clients one deceptively simple question, "Have you or a family member ever served in the military?" Understanding the impact of asking this question, and knowing what to do when the answer is "Yes," is key to providers improving their care for service members, veterans, and their families.

These efforts have been successful. Service providers in health care, law enforcement, education, housing and other fields, have resoundingly voiced their commitment to better serving veterans, service members, and their families. Many have already changed their intake process to ensure they better identify this population in order to provide improved services and referrals. Success stories of providers jumping on this movement and bringing hope and help to their military clients across the state abound, and this initiative has been highlighted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration in a recent webinar, seen in the national VFW magazine, and has been a part of national Veterans Administration discussions.

Launched in July 2015, New Hampshire's "Ask the Question" initiative is at the core of several closely interrelated statewide military/veteran initiatives focused on improving access to and quality of care to those who serve. Partnering with Dare Mighty Things to bring military culture education to these provider groups, with the Community Mental Health Centers to ensure more culturally competent clinical care, and with the National Alliance for Mental Illness to support military families, these projects are offering education and assistance to providers and families on how to better address the variety of challenges associated with military service.

Why is this important in New Hampshire? New Hampshire has the eighth highest per-capita veteran population in the country, with over 115,000 veterans. Though many receive health care at the VA, the majority receive care from civilian providers. It is therefore critical for civilian service providers to identify the veterans they are serving to better meet the unique needs of this population, especially since many service members, veterans, and their families do not identify themselves.

Easter Seals is carrying out the direct local outreach and education to a wide range of providers statewide through an inter-agency partnership that includes the Family Resource Center at Gorham and the statewide network of ServiceLink Resource Centers. "Ask the Question" is an initiative of the N.H. Department of Health and Human Services in partnership with NHCarePath. To learn more about Ask the Question, visit www.AskTheQuestionNH.com. Service providers can call toll-free to request technical assistance or to request military culture training for staff at 1-844-4ASK-VET.