Free caregiver event, ConvenientMD opens in Exeter: Seacoast health news

Cornerstone VNA hosts free in person caregiver event

Vicki Kirby, APRN

Vicki Kirby, APRN

ROCHESTER — Cornerstone VNA, a local nonprofit home health provider, announces the 7th annual Caregivers Connect, a special event that focuses on providing support to local family caregivers. This free in-person event will take place at the Comfort Inn & Suites in Dover on Thursday, May 18, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., and is generously underwritten by First Seacoast Bank.

Attendees will hear from Vicki Kirby, APRN, of Victoria Kirby Wellness, who will speak on “Creating Calm & Fostering Resilience.” An integrative Nurse Practitioner from Bedford, N.H., Vicki will help caregivers rethink and reinforce self-care in a way that is attainable and meaningful and most of all simple. The first 50 registrants will receive a complimentary journal after their attendance is confirmed on the day of the event. Respite for loved ones is available upon request.

To register for this special event or to learn more, call 800-691-1133 x1109 or visit

ConvenientMD opens new primary care office in Exeter

Exeter Primary Care

Exeter Primary Care

EXETER — ConvenientMD has opened its third primary care location at 211 Hampton Road, Unit 2, in Exeter, N.H., offering same and next-day appointments with a comprehensive team approach focused on keeping patients of all ages healthy.

ConvenientMD Primary Care providers see fewer patients, with longer appointments, to allow them to better understand each person’s unique needs and health goals. Patients will also have the support of a comprehensive care team to help them with everything from specialist referrals to medication management to health coaching. As a membership-based primary care model, these services and on-site labs, X-rays, and urgent care visits at certain ConvenientMD clinics are provided at no extra cost to patients.

Dr. James Barlow and Andria Auger, FNP-BC

Dr. James Barlow and Andria Auger, FNP-BC

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Fans Rally Around Bonnie Raitt After the Singer Reveals Health News

We’re sending Bonnie Raitt all of our positive thoughts for a speedy recovery. The 73-year-old blues singer was set to kick off her tour this month, but she has been forced to postpone her dates due to a “medical situation.” Bonnie’s team updated her fans on social media, and she received an outpouring of support from her fans.

The statement explains that she had to postpone five of her tour dates: “Bonnie has a medical situation that requires surgery to address. The doctors say that in order for her to heal properly, they recommend she not perform for a couple of weeks.”

It continues, “Thankfully, Bonnie’s in great hands. She was so looking forward to these shows, but we’re excited to be able to resume our 2023 tour, now kicking off in Dublin, Ireland, June 1st. Thank you for your well-wishes and understanding, and we very much appreciate your respecting her request for privacy at this healing time.”

Bonnie’s fans shared their messages of support and left comments like, “Love you Bonnie get better the world needs you! ❤️” and “Health and strength to THE QUEEN OF THE BLUES!!” Singer Brandi Carlile wrote, “Get well soon Bonnie! We all absolutely ADORE you.
Everyone is glad that you’re taking care of yourself and not pushing it.” Actor Benjamin Bratt added, “Wishing you most well, Bonnie🌹”

In January, Bonnie took home the Song of the Year Grammy Award for “Just Like That.” She beat out the likes of Harry Styles, Lizzo, Taylor Swift, John Legend, Adele, and more. It was her 13th win out of a total 30 Grammy nominations. Hopefully she’ll be healthy and back to performing very soon.

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‘Superstar’ Billy Graham Placed On Life Support Due To Severe Health Issues

Superstar Billy Graham

Superstar Billy Graham during Superstar Billy Graham Signs His Book “Tangled Ropes” at Borders in Princeton – February 21, 2006 at Borders Books in Princeton, New Jersey, United States. (Photo by Bobby Bank/WireImage)

“Superstar” Billy Graham (real name Eldridge Wayne Coleman) has been placed on life support due to health issues.

Graham’s wife, Valerie Coleman, billy.graham.790256/posts/pfbid024PwtVWom4pM1S7pKtZCZH958ngEV2dgWYHNctcGn9MKAbyYFDW2KL3Aa7cVoQhAel” data-ylk=”slk:posted the news on Facebook;elm:context_link;itc:0″ class=”link “posted the news on Facebook. She noted that she refused to have Graham’s life support removed, though the doctors wanted to do so.

“Please urgent prayers needed for my husband,” Valerie wrote. “The doctors wanted to remove him from life support tonight, I refused. He’s a fighter and his will is strong even if his body isn’t. God is our hope.”

Graham has been dealing with health issues for a long time. The 79-year-old has been in the hospital for months; recently, he dealt with organ failure that required emergency surgery.

Graham is a former WWWF Champion, and he was one of the top wrestlers throughout the 1970s. He returned to WWE multiple times over the years, and he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2004.

WrestleZone sends its best wishes to Graham and his family during this difficult time. We will provide more information as it becomes available.

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Breakfast fundraiser, Tele-fest: Seacoast health news

Cornerstone VNA achieves We Honor Veterans Partner Level 5

Members of the Hospice Care Team celebrate becoming a Level 5 Partner with the We Honor Veterans Program.

Members of the Hospice Care Team celebrate becoming a Level 5 Partner with the We Honor Veterans Program.

ROCHESTER — Cornerstone VNA, a nonprofit home health and hospice care provider, announced that their Hospice Care program has achieved Level 5 status with the We Honor Veterans program. This is the highest recognition level of this important program.  This special recognition reflects Cornerstone VNA’s deep commitment to ensuring veterans have access to quality end-of-life care.

According to We Honor Veterans, Cornerstone VNA is the only partner agency that has achieved Level 5 status in New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont. Maureen E. Steer MDiv, Holistic Disciplines Manager at Cornerstone VNA notes, “This honor is a reflection of the hard work that the entire team puts into ensuring our veterans are given the best level of care possible.”

For more information about the We Honor Veterans program at Cornerstone VNA, contact Maureen E. Steer MDiv, Holistic Disciplines Manager, 603-332-1133 x1152 or

Community Action Partnership of Strafford County hosting annual breakfast fundraiser

LEE — Community Action Partnership of Strafford County will host their 57thAnnual Meeting from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 17, at Flag Hill Distillery and Winery in Lee.

The event is a breakfast fundraiser that brings together community members, partners, and leaders for a celebration of CAPSC’s accomplishments over the last year and the accomplishments we have made together as a community.

They will also announce the winners of their prestigious annual awards: the Mission Award, which honors an outstanding CAPSC staff member; and the Champion Award, which recognizes an impactful community partner, organization, or individual.

This year’s keynote speaker is Haydin Simmons, New Hampshire’s 2023 Kid Governor. The Kid Governor Program is a statewide civics program for Granite

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NBC News’ Morgan Chesky opens up about ‘frightening’ health scare during hike

After having hiked all of his life, NBC News correspondent Morgan Chesky had never heard of high-altitude pulmonary edema — until an incident he described as “absolutely frightening” could have led to a cardiac arrest.

“I could have never imagined a trip to Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks would end on oxygen in an ICU,” Chesky said Thursday as he opened up about the ordeal on NBC News’ “TODAY” show.

It was the journalist’s first time in an ambulance and the intensive care unit. He had no idea what was wrong, he wrote on Instagram in April when he first shared details of the emergency.

The hiking trip was to celebrate his 37th birthday. On the show, Chesky recalled “feeling off” while walking with his uncle Eric, who in turn noticed his nephew was moving a little slower than he normally did as they began hiking in Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah.

“That’s why I continued to watch you like a hawk for the rest of the trip,” Eric Chesky said.

Hiking in Zion National Park, Utah, the next day, Morgan Chesky felt even worse — lightheaded and weak, with a skyrocketing pulse — and had to stop frequently to catch his breath. The symptoms were especially frightening because his father had similar warning signs before he died of a heart attack at 48.

Sensing he was in trouble, his uncle grabbed his backpack, helped him off the trail and drove him to an urgent care clinic one hour away. Tests showed his blood oxygen saturation levels were at 58% — half of what they should be.

An ambulance took the journalist to Cedar City Hospital in Utah on April 23, where Dr. Jarid Gray found his lungs were filling with fluid and diagnosed him with high-altitude pulmonary edema

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Spoke To Teens About Social Media and Mental Health

The couple hopes to create “longterm solutions” for young people.

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have long been advocates and leaders in the mental health community — both the duke and duchess have been vocal about their own personal struggles, as well as supported several organizations to spread awareness and end the stigma around therapy. So, as a part of Mental Health Awareness month, the royals sat down with a group of teens to discuss social media and how today’s digital landscape can impact mental wellness.

While visiting AHA! Santa Barbara, the two had a “candid” conversation about social media and its effects on “mental well-being.” They shared their experience on the Archewell Foundation website, saying that during the event, Meghan and Harry learned “firsthand about this generation’s experiences with social media and societal pressures, and how it affects their mental well-being. The couple engaged with these amazing youth in candid conversation, working to find solutions together.”

And while they acknowledged the many benefits of social media (bringing together communities, spreading positivity, raising awareness, etc), it can also serve as a toxic breeding ground for “insecurity, peer-pressure, and potential for self-harm, among other risks.”

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Before signing off, the husband-and-wife duo reiterated that mental wellness is and will continue to be a main pillar of their personal beliefs, as well as Achewell’s brand values.

“AWF holds a core belief that mental health is of the utmost importance, and underpins all of our work,” the statement continued. “We are regularly meeting with young people, parents, and professionals to understand the challenges they may be facing while working together to drive towards long-term solutions on- and

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‘Today’ Fans Give Their Support to Al Roker After He Shares Health News on Instagram

The Today show is looking a little different without Al Roker, but it won’t be for long.

Early Tuesday morning, NBC weatherman Bill Karins stood in Al’s place. Today co-star Savannah Guthrie then revealed that Al is undergoing knee replacement surgery, and he will be missing from the NBC morning program until he fully recovers. Moreover, Bill shared that Al is “very excited” to get his new left knee and “to get his steps back going again,” referencing his love for walks.

The next day, on May 10, Al gave folks an update on his progress. “Feeling grateful and #hopeful on this #firstday with my #newknee Who knew?” he captioned an Instagram video of the sun rising from his hospital room.

But that wasn’t all. Al followed up with a second video of himself getting back up on his feet. “Up and walking this morning on the #newknee #stepbystep thanks to @drdavidmayman,” he wrote alongside the short snippet featuring him using a walker in the hospital hallways. “Wearing a negative pressure pump to help facilitate wound healing.”

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“Sending best wishes for a speedy recovery. It’s a lovely day indeed. 🙏👍🙏,” one person wrote. “Rest up Al! We need to see your smiling face again on the Today show soon! God bless!” another added.

Before going off the air and ahead of his surgery, Al brought viewers along on “one more walk.” According to the co-anchor, he’s gone through the procedure once before. “It’s a replacement of a replacement so I am kind of limping through,” he said in an Instagram video posted on May 6. “This is probably

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Northbrook Junior High School awarded blue ribbon for excellence in health education

Northbrook Junior High School has been given a state Blue Ribbon Award for Excellence in Health Education for its curriculum and school programs that support student health and well-being.

According to a news release, the Illinois School Health Association and Illinois Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance made the award after a detailed application and an on-site visit where two representatives interviewed teachers, administration, students and parents. Wendy Concklin is the health teacher who has designed and continually updates the health curriculum for all students in grades 6-8. Every student participates in nine weeks of health education each year, the release said.

“Northbrook Junior High continues to exemplify how a school community works together to reach today’s youth in health education,” Ben Leven, of ISHA/IAHPERD, said.

Concklin uses multiple sources to develop customized, age-appropriate coursework at each grade level, the release said. Quest for Health focuses on health promotion, wellness prevention, maintenance of positive health and complies with all state- standards. The entire curriculum is posted online{weblink} for parent and student access.

“We are thrilled to receive this honor,” Concklin said. The recognition is valid for five years, according to the release.

In addition to the health curriculum, the school was noted for focusing resources on the whole child and offering diverse extracurricular activities including video club which produces the morning announcement, Builders Club, and Fitness Cub, the release said. Other school initiatives include the Charity of Choice, food drive, coat drive, Peer Mentors, Buddy Group and LGBTQIA group.

Students have the choice to participate in the school musical, work in the garden, participate in athletics and play in various instrumental and vocal groups, according to the release. This variety of opportunity “gives every student the opportunity to be seen, valued for their contribution, attributes and talents,” the

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Globe’s #MakeITSafePH cyber safety goes beyond its campaign promise

MANILA, Philippines, May 15, 2023–(BUSINESS WIRE)–As the world prepares to celebrate Mental Health Action Day on May 18, Globe, the leading digital solutions platform in the Philippines, highlights how a simple tech-enabled cybersecurity and safety campaign evolved into a meaningful movement that has gained support from various stakeholders, including commercial partners, the academe, and lawmakers.

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Globe’s #MakeITSafePH cyber safety protects children’s mental health in the digital age (Graphic: Business Wire)

Globe reintroduced the #MakeITSafePH campaign to promote responsible and mindful online behavior and raise awareness about cyberbullying, placing focus on its impact on Filipino youth and the role of parents and guardians to mitigate it. The campaign kicked off in June 2022 to coincide with World Social Media Day, followed closely by the launch of the #MakeITSafePH microsite shortly after.

Using blocked data, social listening, and crowdsourcing, the #MakeITSafePH microsite features a Cyberbullying Glossary, collecting common terms and emojis used in such acts alongside real anecdotes where these were perpetuated. Globe later turned these terms into digital and physical flashcards to bring parents’ learning offline, also partnering with external organizations to demonstrate how seemingly-harmless terms or emojis can be used against children.

Globe launched two digital films on social media to encourage visits to the website. The first film, “Parents Social Experiment,” showed how parents find it hard to decipher words and emojis that kids today use for cyberbullying, and how learning this novel language may help them better protect their children. The second film, “Off to School,” emphasized the impact of cyberbullying on children’s physical and mental health.

Globe also tapped KonsultaMD, its telemedicine platform that recognizes the need for digital and mental health. For a more holistic approach, the #MakeITSafePH site provides access

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Court order that could end US health law’s preventative care mandate put on hold

A federal judge’s ruling striking down a key part of the Affordable Care Act has been temporarily put on hold by a federal appeals court in New Orleans

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FILE – The website is seen on Dec. 14, 2021, in Fort Washington, Md. A federal judge’s ruling striking down a part of the Affordable Care Act requiring most insurers to cover preventive care including vaccines and screenings for cancer, diabetes and HIV was temporarily put on hold Monday, May 15, 2023, by a federal appeals court in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

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NEW ORLEANS — A federal appeals court in New Orleans temporarily put on hold Monday a federal judge’s ruling striking down a part of the Affordable Care Act that requires most insurers to cover preventative care including vaccines and screenings for cancer, diabetes and HIV.

Without comment, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued an “administrative stay” of the March 30 ruling issued by U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor of Texas.

The Biden administration had asked for a stay as it appealed the March 30 decision. Administration lawyers said in court filings that O’Connor’s decision would affect preventive care for 150 million people.

O’Connor, a nominee of former President George W. Bush, is the same judge who ruled more than four years ago that the entire health care law, a signature achievement of former President Barack Obama, was unconstitutional. The U.S. Supreme Court later overturned that ruling.

In his March ruling, O’Conner blocked only the requirement that most insurers cover a range of preventive care. The ruling was a win for plaintiffs who include a conservative activist in Texas and a Christian dentist who opposed mandatory coverage for both contraception and an HIV prevention treatment on religious

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