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Donna Stamper, left, of Grantham, N.H., and Marjorie Matthews, of Hanover, N.H., are peer group leaders with the New Hampshire chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. (Valley News - Geoff Hansen) <p><i>Copyright © Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.</i></p>

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 a sister or a brother or an aunt or an uncle who starts displaying weird behavior, you have no background for integrating …

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 mental hospitals. Yet those hospitals — which provide high-level, expensive, inpatient treatment for acute cases …

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 received inpatient psychiatric care at four local hospitals. But it was during her 18-month stay …

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 …

To Your Good Health: Balancing Medicine’s Side Effects and Benefits

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: I am a 60-year-old male in good health, and I play tennis and swim several days a week. I have suffered from neuralgia for the past three years, but I have it under control with medication: 800 mg of carbamazepine and 25 mg of amitriptyline …

To Your Good Health: Mold And Mildew Exposure Can Have Consequences

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: I lived in southwest Florida for 13 years and was exposed to heavy mold and mildew due to heat and humidity from a leaky roof. About a year ago, I gradually became quite ill — fatigue, weakness, irritable bowel symptoms, insomnia and symptoms of a …

To Your Good Health: Hospice Switches Focus From Life Length to Life Quality

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: I was advised by a doctor at a reputable hospital to put my mother in hospice for congestive heart failure. She also has multi-infarct dementia. That was a year ago. Her vitals have been checked twice a week since that time and are always good. …

Research: Maple Extract Could Enhance Antibiotics

Friday, May 8, 2015

You may be of the belief that a spoonful of maple syrup helps the medicine go down — and now preliminary research from McGill University suggests that maple syrup may also help the medicine do its job. Led by professor Nathalie Tufenkji, researchers have discovered that maple syrup …