Health Care

APD Works to Revaccinate Children After Mishandling Doses

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Lebanon — Upper Valley parents and health care providers continue to respond to the refrigeration lapses that compromised vaccines and prompted a revaccination program for more than 800 young patients at Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital. The vaccine problems were announced in letters to parents of children who had received care at the hospital’s Robert A. Mesropian Center for Community Care. The letters, which were sent out Jan. 11, disclosed …

Fairlee Man Treks to Mount Everest To Call Attention to Son’s Disease

Monday, February 8, 2016

Fairlee — After school one rainy day last week, 7-year-old Griffin Stoudnour splashed in fresh puddles with younger brother Ronan. Inside the family home, after changing into dry clothes — best of all a new T-shirt featuring Mickey Mouse and other Disney characters — and playing with the two kittens who’d joined the …

Agency Upgrades D-H Accreditation

Monday, February 8, 2016

Lebanon — An accreditation agency that monitors the quality of hospital residency programs for training doctors just out of medical school has upgraded the status of Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital, which sponsors 47 such programs, and of the hospital’s training program in surgery. The actions by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education upgraded the ratings of the hospital and its third largest …

At the Hospitals: Feb. 7, 2016

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Local Hospitals Release Community Health Needs Assessment Access to mental health care and affordable health insurance, prescription drugs prices, heroin and the misuse of pain medications are among the Upper Valley ’s most pressing health concerns, according to …

To Your Good Health: Evidence Suggests Vaccines Safe for Most People With Autoimmune Disease

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Dear Dr. Roach: I am a 39-year-old male with systemic lupus. I read your article on artificial and natural immunity and how getting the flu shot helps “prime” the immune system. I have been told by some that priming the immune system with any vaccine is not a …

What Unites Congress? Scorn For Shkreli

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Washington — A smirking Martin Shkreli briefly united Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill last week, as lawmakers took turns blasting the price-hiking former CEO who has become the new poster child for corporate greed. But the gridlocked …

To Your Good Health: Cheap Screenings Must Be Weighed Against Benefit

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Dear Dr. Roach: Two years ago, I took advantage of our local $99 low-dose CT scan for smokers at high risk of lung cancer (I certainly fit the criteria). Still smoking, I had the scan, and it was reported to me that they had “seen something” and wanted …

Physicians, Dentists Pan Vt. Tax Proposal

Sunday, January 31, 2016

White River Junction — Dentists and private practice physicians in Vermont said a 2.35 percent tax on their revenue proposed by Gov. Peter Shumlin would make it harder to recruit and retain health care providers. The so-called provider tax would generate $17 million in direct revenue and allow …

At the Hospitals: Jan. 24, 2016

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice Is Business of the Year New London — Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice has been named 2016 business of the year by the Lake Sunapee Region Chamber of Commerce. “I am …

To Your Good Health: Avoid Excess Refined Sugar, Diabetes or Not

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Dear Dr. Roach: My husband’s recent lab work showed that he had a glucose reading of 72 (82-115 is considered a healthy range). Is this a precursor to diabetes? Should he be staying away from refined sugar? His father had diabetes and had his leg amputated. I do …

Deadline Looms for N.H. Health Insurance Sign-Up

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Concord — Almost 60,000 New Hampshire residents had applied for Obamacare coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace by the end of 2015, and those who have no insurance now have less than two weeks to get it or they will face fines of at least $695. Nationally, more …

Kuster Discusses the Impact Of Opioids on City, Region

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Lebanon — A handful of city officials, social service agency executives and the head of the Lebanon Area Chamber of Commerce reported Tuesday to U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster on the impact of the opioid epidemic on the New …

At the Hospitals: Jan. 17, 2016

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Perinatal Addiction Treatment Program Receives Grant to Create ‘Toolkit’ Lebanon — Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s Perinatal Addiction Treatment Program has received a $127,000, three-year grant from the March of Dimes New England Chapter to improve the quality and safety of care …