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Health Care

Dartmouth Center to Fold Into Institute for Health Policy

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Hanover — The Dartmouth Center for Health Care Delivery Science, begun four years ago with much fanfare and a $35 million bankroll, will be merged into a larger and better-established affiliate of the college’s medical school, college officials have confirmed. The move could erase from the organizational chart an entity that seemed a likely legacy of Jim Yong Kim, a physician and anthropologist who served as president of the college …

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 …

At the Hospitals: Dec. 14, 2014

Sunday, December 14, 2014

D-H Names Chief Clinical Officer And Executive Vice President Lebanon — Dr. Clifford J. Belden has been named chief clinical officer and executive vice president, integrated delivery system, for the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health system. In this role, he will have responsibility for clinical operations across D-H, which includes the academic medical center in Lebanon, …

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 …

Consumer Confidential: Profiting Off the Sick Is Shameful

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Express Scripts, which handles prescription-drug benefits for millions of people nationwide, is dropping coverage for 66 brand-name drugs next month in an effort to keep costs down. Rival CVS Health is dropping 95 drugs from its own list of covered drugs. Happy holidays. Soaring drug prices remain one …

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 …

VA’s PTSD Center Uses New, Approachable Style of Videos

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

“Meet Sam.” A man’s friendly voice is clear above the gentle piano music playing in the background of the video, and as he says the words, a hand reaches into the blank white frame and draws a little crescent-shaped squiggle with a black pen. “He recently returned from …

At the Hospitals: Dec. 7, 2014

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Mt. Ascutney Hospital Official Named Citizen of the Year Windsor — Jill Lord, chief nursing officer and director of patient care services at Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center, has been named 2014 Citizen of the Year by …

To Your Good Health: Does Cholesterol Particle Test Give Better Info?

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: I read your column daily and have confidence in your advice. My question pertains to cholesterol, specifically LDL-P (particles) and how they differ from LDL-C (cholesterol). My cholesterol readings are as follows: total, 176; triglycerides, 170; HDL, 50; LDL, 92. My particle numbers are LDL-P …

At Valley Regional, ‘Assisters’ Assist

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Claremont — As the deadline for enrolling in the federal government’s health insurance exchange nears, “marketplace assisters” are walking people through dozens of health care plans, as well as helping them surmount related technical hurdles, such as creating …

Hospitals: Purple Hats Remind Parents of Normal Infant Crying

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Lebanon — Birthing hospitals across New Hampshire are giving out handmade purple hats to families of newborns in an effort to prevent infant abuse. Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center are among the participants. The hats are designed to remind parents of the period of …

Vt. Health Site Better, Not Best

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

White River Junction — The state’s $100-million website has sometimes been absent without leave during Vermont’s second annual campaign for expanded health insurance coverage, but that hasn’t halted progress in the effort, according to some navigators and brokers. Consider the experience of Ken Parker, a White River Junction …

It Takes Time To Adjust to Hearing Aids

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: My husband and I are both senior citizens. My hearing deteriorated noticeably more than two years ago. I had an ENT check me, and no tumor or anything that might have caused the loss was found — just bad genes. I went to a local …