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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 …

At the Hospitals: Nov. 2, 2014

Sunday, November 2, 2014

D-H Auxiliary Provides $181,170 in Grants Lebanon — The Dartmouth-Hitchcock Auxiliary, the Auxiliary Grants Committee and the Volunteer Services Office have announced the award of $181,170 in grants throughout Dartmouth-Hitchcock. This year, volunteers gave more than 60,104 hours, …

To Your Good Health: Smoker’s ‘Terrible’ Cough Needs Evaluation

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: My relative is a 69-year-old who has smoked for 55 years. She has a terrible cough. I want her to cover her mouth with a hankie or tissue when she coughs. The coughing can go on for a few minutes. She insists that she is …

Upper Valley Is Realistic on Ebola Scare

Monday, October 27, 2014

Norwich — Upper Valley residents on Sunday took a stoic outlook on preparations from local health authorities for fighting Ebola, which in the last week has spread to New York City and spurred national debate on how best to balance health safety measures with aid to disease-stricken West …

‘He’ll Be My Boy Forever’: Bridgewater Mom Works Hard to Manage Son’s Anxiety

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Bridgewater — When the yellow school bus pulled into Hanover, Delia Vanek, of Bridgewater, was following close behind in her car. Her son, Frank Vanek, was among a group of people with special needs who had traveled from …

To Your Good Health: On the Safety of Metal Joints and MRIs

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: I am considering minimally invasive spine surgery. Almost 19 years ago, I had a right total-knee replacement, which still functions very well. I believe the replacement parts are made with stainless steel. No physician I have questioned about the danger of having an MRI with …

Jobs for Those With Disabilities Is Focus Of Meeting

Sunday, October 26, 2014

White River Junction — A free workshop about employment and people with disabilities is set for Thursday, from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., at the Upper Valley Haven, 713 Hartford Ave. The topics include reasonable workplace accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act; “Ticket to Work” and other incentive programs …

A Matter of Control

Monday, October 20, 2014

Over the first year, I lost 70 pounds. Over the next nine, I dropped a net total of five. What’s a Weight Watcher to do, on his 10th anniversary of membership? “Stop complaining,” I can hear my wife, …

‘She Really Is Our Hero’: Windsor Family Works to Build Strong Foundation for Special-Needs Daughter

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Windsor — With dinnertime approaching in the Wright household, Leah, 22, was tapped to pick the menu. Would she like chicken, or hot dogs and hamburgers, her father, Rob Wright, asked. “Hot dogs and hamburgers,” said Leah, who …

To Your Good Health: Son Is Skeptical of Dad’s Unusual Remedy

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: In one of Dr. Donohue’s columns years ago, he wrote about pain in the rectum that he said was caused by “trapped gas” (as well as I can recall), and he recommended sitting on a baseball (or some kind of ball) for a bit and …

Why I Don’t Breastfeed, If You Must Know

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Washington — The mothers in my “Baby & Me Yoga Fit,” class looked down from their tree poses, surprised as I poured some instant formula into a bottle. Feeding our babies whenever they were in need was one …