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At the Hospitals: Nov. 29, 2015

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Dartmouth Cardiologist Will Lead Medical Society Hanover — John R. Butterly, a cardiologist and a professor of medicine at Geisel School of Medicine and The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, has been elected president of the New Hampshire Medical Society. “It is an honor to represent physicians in the state of New Hampshire,” Butterly said in a news release from Geisel. “I think it’s a very big responsibility both as the society’s spokesperson and as an advocate on behalf of the patient population.” Butterly is the medical director of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Global Health Initiative and teaches an undergraduate course on global health …

Money Talk:

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Question: I have savings bonds that have achieved full face value. What should I do? Keep them indefinitely or cash them in to fund my Roth account or what? Am I correct that once they have matured, there’s no more money to be made off them? Answer: You are correct. Once savings bonds have matured and stopped earning interest, they should be redeemed …

Consumer Confidential: UnitedHealth’s ‘Tantrum’ Over Low Profits

Sunday, November 29, 2015

UnitedHealth Group, the country’s largest private health insurer, has discovered that sick people tend to go to the doctor. And that means bills to pay. And that’s bad for the company’s bottom line. So UnitedHealth said recently that, because of the “continuing deterioration” of its profits from Obamacare, it may quit offering coverage through the system by 2017. In its next breath, UnitedHealth …

Day Doesn’t Draw Shopping Throngs

Friday, November 27, 2015

New York — The annual ritual of Black Friday, as we know it, is over. Gone are the throngs of frenzied shoppers camping out for days ahead of the big sales bonanza on the day after Thanksgiving. And …

Mascoma Valley Grocer Still Goal

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Enfield — Fresh food advocates and town officials in the Mascoma Valley are hoping a new feasibility study will help attract a food cooperative or grocery store to the Route 4 corridor. Market research now indicates there’s demand in the area for a small grocery store in either …

Drugmakers Announce Merger

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Pharmaceutical giants Pfizer Inc. and Allergan on Monday announced a $160 billion merger that would create the world’s largest drugmaker with high-profile products such as Botox, Lipitor and Viagra, while increasing pressure on Washington policymakers to address corporate …

Juniper Hill Inn Under Contract

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Windsor — The owners of the Sumner Mansion Inn in Hartland have contracted to purchase the closed Juniper Hill Inn in Windsor and plan to renovate the property over the fall and winter, in time for spring re-opening. …

At the Hospitals: Nov. 22, 2015

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Longtime VA Cardiologist Retires Hartford — Cardiologist James Bell has retired after a 41-year career at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in White River Junction. Dr. Bell has played a “significant role in the education of Dartmouth medical …

Using Retirement Funds To Pay for House Is Risky

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Washington — The housing market is expected to be busier than usual this winter as some home buyers rush to act before the Federal Reserve raises interest rates. Some consumers who haven’t yet been able to save the money for a downpayment may be tempted to raid their …

Money Talk: More Questions and Answers About the End of ‘File and Suspend’

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Dear Readers: The changes Congress made to the “claim now, claim more later” Social Security strategy generated so many questions from readers that I’m devoting a second column to answering some of those queries. Next week, we’ll get back to the usual mix of personal finance topics. Question: …

Startup Gets $1.4 Million From NIH

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Lebanon — A Dartmouth College-affiliated start up firm that has developed imaging technology to provide a live visualization of radiation therapy while it is being administered to a patient has received $1.4 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health that will allow the technology to proceed …

Technology Boards Still Lack Women

Sunday, November 22, 2015

The boards of tech companies have been trying to shed their image as nearly all-white, all-male clubs. Last month, Microsoft added two female directors. Twitter is expected to revamp its board to include more women and minorities after it finally added its first female director in late 2013. …

Lincoln: A Lot of SUV for a Princely Sum

Sunday, November 22, 2015

The crossover segment is hot and the competition is fierce. Lincoln’s 2016 MKX will be vying for buyers against a whole batch of “X” sport utility vehicles: the BMW X5, Acura MDX, Cadillac SRX and segment leader Lexus …