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To Your Good Health: Tips for Reducing Eye Strain

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: Would you mind providing some guidelines for preventing eye strain? I’m a graduate student, so I spend a lot of time reading, both from computer screens and from books. I will always need to read to get things done, but I’d also like my eyes to last me my whole life. — B.I. Answer: We tend to spend a lot of time reading or in front of …

To Your Good Health: Early Satiety Often Due to IBS

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: I was successfully treated for H. pylori five years ago. I continue to have stomach pain, which has been diagnosed as gastritis. For the past three weeks, when I eat even a small amount of food, I feel extremely full and bloated for hours. I have irritable bowel syndrome, which gradually has worsened in the past 10 years — to …

Public Rollout Of Antidote Slow in N.H.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Concord — John Burns has never had to use Narcan himself. “Thank god,” he says. The drug, also known as naloxone, reverses the effects of heroin and opioid overdoses. Its usage in New Hampshire has spiked in recent years, as the state confronts a growing substance abuse problem. More than a year ago, an emergency responder used Narcan to save Burns’ daughter’s life …

To Your Good Health: Shingles Vaccine Can Prevent Complications

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: My boyfriend, who is in his 60s, got the recommended shingles shot a couple of years ago. Three weeks ago, he got a very bad case of shingles. It went from the front of his stomach, along the left side, to the middle of his …

Smoking Cessation Program Needs Volunteer, Will Train

Sunday, August 16, 2015

North Pomfret — A program that helps people quit tobacco products is in need of a volunteer. Health Connections, a nonprofit organization based in North Pomfret, offers programs across the Upper Valley The volunteer will receive training, mileage reimbursement and a $75 stipend for each smoking cessation group …

To Your Good Health: More Frequent, Higher Doses of NSAIDs Carry Greater Risk of Side Effects

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: I am a 44-year-old man with chronic headaches and migraines. Should I worry about the long-term effects of taking an NSAID (such as diclofenac) at least once a week? — G.W. Answer: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are among the most commonly taken classes of drugs in …

Vt. Preps to Hire Help For Health Exchange

Friday, August 7, 2015

Montpelier — The Shumlin administration may need to hire up to 200 employees in October and November to help Vermonters manually change their insurance policies for next year. The announcement is part of the three-part contingency plan that Gov. Peter Shumlin announced in March to fix more than …

Volunteers Needed for Fall Walk For Cancer

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Hanover — Preparations are underway for a two-mile walk to support breast cancer research and prevention in Hanover this fall, and organizers are looking for help. Sponsored by the American Cancer Society, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is set for Oct. 4 at 10 a.m. at Storrs Pond …

To Your Good Health: Erythema Multiforme Presents With Distinctive Rash

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: My sister broke out in a full-body rash of red, itchy blotches, and her doctor told her it was erythema multiforme. It is rare, and he sees only a few cases per year. Could you elaborate more on it — causes, treatment, etc.? — A.M. …

Open House Set at New Nonprofit for Adults With Special Needs

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Enfield — A new nonprofit offering residential options for adults with special needs will host a free open house on Aug. 23. Visions for Creative Housing Solutions is located at the former Kluge’s on Sunset Hill Inn, 8 Sunrise Farm Lane. It includes three kinds of living situations …

Vt. Might Owe $2.7 Million More for Health Exchange

Friday, July 31, 2015

Montpelier — The Shumlin administration’s push to meet a key Vermont Health Connect milestone deadline eight weeks ago could leave the state on the hook for another $2.7 million it didn’t expect to pay. The Joint Fiscal Office wrote in a July 24 memo that Vermont won’t be …

Uneven Efforts, Part Four: Mental Health Care: ‘A Very Difficult System to Navigate’

Monday, July 27, 2015

When serious mental illness occurs, finding care and making choices can be daunting. Families of the mentally ill frequently find themselves the first responders to health emergencies. And they may be unprepared. “When you have a child or …

Uneven Efforts Series: Flagship Hospitals Continue to Have a Role to Play

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Most experts and advocates agree that the quality and availability of care depend, to a large degree, on a state’s ability to deliver services in a variety of community settings and facilities while reducing reliance on flagship, state-owned …