Personal Health

Blue Cross Says Vt. Is Liable for Unpaid Claims

Friday, July 3, 2015

Montpelier — Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont says it will not seek further payment from health care providers or its customers for money owed on Vermont Health Connect accounts that weren’t terminated in a timely fashion. The state’s largest health insurer, and the dominate player in Vermont’s exchange, said it will hold the state responsible for any money it is owed once the insurer and the exchange reconcile …

To Your Good Health: Medicines Seemingly at Odds Can Work Together

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: I am being treated for macular degeneration with injections of Lucentis into the eye. My cardiologist has determined that I have atrial fibrillation and wants to prescribe the anticoagulant Coumadin (warfarin). My non-medical mind senses that these two drugs have opposing functions relative to blood clotting. Am I right? — H.W. Answer: There are two kinds of macular degeneration, and …

To Your Good Health: Antacid-Cancer Link Maybe Not What You Think

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: Is it true that someone who takes antacids every day is more likely to get cancer of the esophagus? — D.R. Answer: Yes, people who take antacids frequently are more likely to be diagnosed with esophageal and stomach cancer. However, people who take more antacids usually do so because they have reflux. Reflux predisposes one to Barrett’s esophagus, which predisposes …

New HCRS CEO Also Has Deferred Compensation Package

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Springfield, Vt. — Health Care and Rehabilitation Services of Southeastern Vermont, in the wake of controversy about the deferred compensation package it arranged for longtime and now former Chief Executive Judith Hayward, is salting away money for her successor. Disclosure earlier this year that Hayward had collected $686,000 …

Lebanon-Based Headrest Names New Executive Director

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Lebanon — Suzanne Thistle has been promoted to executive director of Headrest, a Lebanon-based nonprofit that offers addiction and crisis support services . Thistle joined the agency as clinical director in November and took the helm in April. …

New Accessible Boardwalk to Open at Eshqua Bog

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Hartland — A new, handicap accessible boardwalk with multiple viewing platforms will open later this month at Eshqua Bog. The bog has been closed during construction of the boardwalk and a new parking area. It will reopen on …

To Your Good Health: Making Sense of Medical Lingo

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: What is the difference between NSVT and AVNRT? I am a 69-year-old female taking metoprolol once a day. — T.A. Answer: Medical abbreviations are confusing. Even when I spell them out — nonsustained ventricular tachycardia, and atrioventricular nodal re-entrant tachycardia — the names hardly make …

To Your Good Health: Exercising After Blood Clot May Be Helpful

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: I am a 62-year-old male in generally good health. I have a clot in the popliteal vein in my right knee, and have been taking warfarin and getting periodic blood tests. Typically, the numbers are where my primary care physician wants them. It seems to …

The Alzheimer’s Family: D-H Authors Aim to Help Patients and ‘Care Partners’

Monday, June 1, 2015

When it comes to Alzheimer’s disease there is no good news: The medications to treat it are only modestly effective, the number of cases diagnosed is rising as people worldwide live longer, and there is no cure. In …

Living Longer, But Suffering

Monday, June 1, 2015

The single biggest risk factor for Alzheimer’s is age, said Dr. Robert Santulli, a retired professor of psychiatry at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College and co-author with Kesstan Blandin of The Emotional Journey of the Alzheimer’s Family. The irony of improved health care is that …

HCRS Policy Hid Loss

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Springfield, Vt. — Health Care and Rehabilitation Services of Southeastern Vermont Inc., a social service agency already under fire after disclosures of a controversial $686,000 payment to a former chief executive, lost $1.8 million operating small group homes …

HCRS Tax Returns Were Silent on Calif. Operation

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Springfield, Vt. — The decision by Health Care and Rehabilitation Services of Southeastern Vermont Inc. to launch a new venture 3,000 miles away and the resulting $1.8 million flow of red ink attracted little, if any, notice outside the agency. That’s not surprising. HCRS, which receives millions of …

To Your Good Health: Nature Is a Source of Many Medicines

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: Are there any natural substitutes for blood thinners? Natural ingredients in aspirin work on some aspect of thinning the blood, perhaps for everyone taking them. It seems to me that testing natural substances would be relatively easy and cheap. — G.T. Answer: The term “blood …