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Personal Health

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 Recreation Area. A kickoff rally and informational meeting is scheduled for Aug. 11 at 5:30 p.m. in the Dwinell Room at Harvest …

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. Answer: Erythema multiforme is a skin condition with a characteristic rash — it looks like …

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 and varying levels of support and services designed to foster growth and independence. The open …

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 …

Uneven Efforts, Part Three: Falling Through the Gaps; Community Mental Health Care Continues to Be Vulnerable

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Claremont — Mandy Dube was first hospitalized for mental illness when she was 12 years old. Over the next decade she was diagnosed with serious mental illnesses including bipolar disorder, admitted to New Hampshire Hospital 20 times and …

Campout Will Raise Money to Protect Area Children

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Hanover — A campout next month at Storrs Pond Recreation Area will raise money to help end child abuse and aid abuse victims in the Upper Valley. Sponsored by the Upper Valley regional board of Child and Family Services and other local organizations, CampOut for the Cause runs …

To Your Good Health: Adrenal Nodules Can Produce Hormones

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: My husband’s recent CT scan of his stomach and digestive system with and without contrast revealed that he has nodules on both adrenal glands. It was suggested that he undergo a blood test to determine if the nodules are producing hormones. For the past 21 …

N.H. ‘drug czar’ issues expansive list of recommendations to combat opioid crisis

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Concord — As the number of drug deaths in the state climbs, New Hampshire’s drug czar issued his first list of recommendations Tuesday to try to stem the tide of opiate use. Jack Wozmak, the senior director of substance abuse and behavioral health for Gov. Maggie Hassan released …

Uneven Efforts, Part Two: As Mental Health Care Evolved, State Resources Fell Behind

Monday, July 20, 2015

The movement of mental health care out of large institutions and into communities has been underway for decades in both Vermont and New Hampshire. After an initial surge prompted by the availability of new medications and public outrage …

Uneven Efforts, Part One: A Failure to Measure Up; On Mental Health, Twin States Lag

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Observed from a distance, Vermont and New Hampshire may seem very different politically as well as in their approaches to health care reform. Vermont has become a beacon for proponents of government-can-and-should-do-it liberalism, with a willingness to at …

Uneven Efforts Series: Vt. Spends More, but Impact Is Unclear

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Over the past decade, Vermont far outpaced New Hampshire in its rate of spending on mental health care, but an objective assessment of the impact of that resource disparity remains elusive. The disparity, as shown by the National …