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To Your Good Health: “Stomach Flu” Is Not Actual Flu

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: With the flu season coming on, would you please discuss the difference between what people call the “stomach flu” and what the flu really is? I have two friends who last year said they weren’t getting the flu shot anymore because despite having it, they got the flu. They each described several hours of throwing up, but feeling better the next day. I suggested that they probably …

Mental Health Agency Lays Off a Dozen

Friday, November 20, 2015

Springfield, Vt. — The nonprofit agency designated by the state of Vermont to provide mental health and substance abuse treatment in communities in Windsor and Windham counties laid off 12 employees this week. Health Care and Rehabilitation Services of Southeastern Vermont Inc. Chief Executive George Karabakakis announced the reduction in the 575-employee agency’s work force in an email sent out Tuesday. “These are …

Dr. Roach: For a Few, Cholesterol Is Naturally High

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: I am a 68-year-old female with a more-than-40-year history of extremely high cholesterol (350-411 total). I have not been able to tolerate any kind of statin drug, even if I take CoQ10 with it. Welchol and Zetia had side effects that I couldn’t tolerate either. I am not diabetic, and my blood pressure is generally around 120/80. My total cholesterol …

To Your Good Health: Familial Mediterranean Fever Is Genetic Condition

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: After an intestinal virus, I ended up in the hospital with a sed rate of 110 and a high white blood count. I was feeling crippled with severe joint pain and was diagnosed with reactive arthritis. I was discharged with steroids and colchicine. I’m still …

Vt. Health Connect Braces for 3rd Open Enrollment

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Burlington — Gov. Peter Shumlin said Thursday that he is “cautiously optimistic” the state’s dysfunctional health exchange will be able to handle open enrollment smoothly for the first time since the website was launched in October 2013. Shumlin made the announcement at a news conference at the Community …

Gifford: Vt. Must Do Mental Health Better

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Randolph — A hospital that was cited this summer for poor treatment of psychiatric patients is calling on the state to take better care of Vermonters experiencing severe mental health problems. Gifford Medical Center in Randolph has 25 beds total and six beds in its emergency department. The …

Support for Legalization at All-Time High and Likely to Grow

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Nearly two years after the nation’s first recreational marijuana shop opened in Colorado, American support for legal weed has tied an all-time high and is likely to increase, according to new numbers released Wednesday by Gallup. Fifty eight percent of Americans say that the use of marijuana should …

To Your Good Health: Which Type of Flu Shot Is Best?

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: For the 2015-2016 flu season, we find a trivalent vaccine (three influenza virus), quadrivalent vaccine (four influenza virus) and high-dose trivalent recommended for seniors 65 and older. As a member of the senior group, I would like your opinion on the best choice. Why do …

Researcher Claims Dartmouth Professor Stole Idea, Fired Her

Saturday, October 17, 2015

North Haverhill — A former researcher at Dartmouth College’s Center for Health Care Delivery Science is suing the center’s senior scientist, alleging that he took credit for one of her ideas and, after she refused to go along, retaliated by firing her. The lawsuit also names the college …

Insurer: Review Health Connect

Friday, October 16, 2015

Montpelier — Vermont’s largest health insurance provider says its members still call with complaints about Vermont Health Connect and that the company’s auditors are waiting for permission to do regular customer billing reconciliations. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont now is recommending the Legislature start an assessment …

Vermont Faces Growing Medicaid Deficit

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Montpelier — One-third of Vermonters are on Medicaid right now, and the high number of enrollees will lead to a budget deficit if legislators don’t make changes soon. At a presentation to the House Health Care Committee on Wednesday, officials from the state Department of Finance reported that …

To Your Good Health: Facing the Recurrent Vertigo of Meniere’s Disease

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: My wife is suffering from Meniere’s disease, a condition that causes, at times, severe vertigo and disorientation. Although she’s never actually been diagnosed with the condition, after several months of numerous tests on her heart, brain, ears, eyes and balance, the doctors “think” it’s Meniere’s …

Not One More: After Her Daughter’s Death, a Mother Grieves And Appeals for a New Approach to Addiction

Saturday, October 10, 2015

My daughter, Laura, was a vibrant, witty and loving young woman who grew up in the Upper Valley, shopped at Dan and Whit’s, studied at our libraries and attended our schools. She went on to college and earned …