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FILE - This Oct. 17, 2012 file photo shows a nurse loading a syringe of flu vaccine at the Mississippi Department of Health in Jackson, Miss.  Flu vaccination is no longer merely a choice between a jab in the arm or a squirt in the nose. This fall, some brands promise a little extra protection.  For the first time, certain vaccines will guard against four strains of flu rather than the usual three.  (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

Officials: Don’t Skip the Flu Shot

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Concord — This year’s flu virus, in some cases, has changed, but infectious disease doctor Benjamin Chan’s advice has not. In September, just after the virus made its debut for the season in New Hampshire, the state epidemiologist had a simple message: To protect against the flu, don’t skip the vaccine. Responding to questions Monday about this year’s virus potentially outpacing that vaccine, Chan reiterated, “The message is really the same: Get vaccinated.” Earlier this month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention noted the emergence of a mutated strain of the flu virus that is different from the virus used in this year’s vaccine. …

To Your Good Health: Treatments for Hepatitis Have Come a Long Way

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: My 56-year-old sister has hepatitis C. She contracted the virus from a blood transfusion in a hospital in Spain in the 1980s. It is the genotype 4 (North African) strain. It was discovered about 12 years ago, and she had a biopsy that did not show any scarring of her liver at that time. We have tried to persuade her …

Former Chief Seeks Marrow Match

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Windsor — The family of retired police chief Steve Soares has organized a bone marrow registry drive in response to his recent diagnosis with a rare, aggressive cousin of leukemia. Though Soares hadn’t found a match as of Tuesday morning, Oswalda Soares, his wife, is mobilizing friends, family and former colleagues to undergo …

To Your Good Health: Does Cholesterol Particle Test Give Better Info?

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: I read your column daily and have confidence in your advice. My question pertains to cholesterol, specifically LDL-P (particles) and how they differ from LDL-C (cholesterol). My cholesterol readings are as follows: total, 176; triglycerides, 170; HDL, 50; LDL, 92. My particle numbers are LDL-P …

Hospitals: Purple Hats Remind Parents of Normal Infant Crying

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Lebanon — Birthing hospitals across New Hampshire are giving out handmade purple hats to families of newborns in an effort to prevent infant abuse. Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center are among the participants. The hats are designed to remind parents of the period of …

It Takes Time To Adjust to Hearing Aids

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: My husband and I are both senior citizens. My hearing deteriorated noticeably more than two years ago. I had an ENT check me, and no tumor or anything that might have caused the loss was found — just bad genes. I went to a local …

Excessive Drinkers Are Not Always Alcoholics

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Drinking excessively can cause serious health risks and is responsible for an average of 88,000 U.S. deaths every year. But the vast majority of excessive drinkers are not alcoholics, according to new government data. Nine out of 10 excessive drinkers are not dependent on alcohol, revealed a study …

To Your Good Health: Nutrition Has a Place in Preventing Disease

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: In a recent column, you were asked what actions the writer could take, such as diet or medication, to maintain kidney function. I was disappointed to see that your response contained only advice regarding medications. I suppose I should not be surprised, given that the …

Living Under The Cloud of Ebola Virus

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Hanover — Even though Liberian activist Patrice Juah has never contracted Ebola, her nationality — and her skin color — have marked her for prejudice. A few days ago, at an African arts conference in Morocco, Juah ventured …

To Your Good Health: A Rare Case of Too Much Vitamin D

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: I am an 86-year-old woman with three doctors battling over my vitamin D level for many years. I am 59 inches tall and weigh 95 pounds. I play nine holes of golf three times a …

To Your Good Health: Cancer Patients Need to Be Wary of Malnutrition

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: I recently read that eight out of 10 cancer patients have malnutrition. My question is: Even if a person is very slim to begin with, if he or she follows an extremely healthful diet (i.e. lots of greens, other vegetables and fruit, and no “junk” …

Fletcher Allen Health Care Getting New Name: UVM Medical Center

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Montpelier — Vermont’s largest hospital is getting a new name designed to reflect its affiliation with the University of Vermont’s medical school. Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington will become the University of Vermont Medical Center, beginning Wednesday. Parent organization, Fletcher Allen Partners, will become known as The …

‘He’s One of the Group Now’: After Long Search, Lebanon Man Finds Independence, His Place in the World

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Lebanon — Ryan Guidotti, 26, always knew he wanted a place of his own and a career he was proud of. L ike most paths from high school to adulthood, his journey has had its curves and false …