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At the Hospitals: Aug. 30, 2015

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Dartmouth-Hitchcock and Geisel Name Surgery Chair Lebanon — Dr. Sandra L. Wong, the William W. Coon Professor of Surgical Oncology and associate chairwoman of clinical affairs at the University of Michigan Health System, has been named chairwoman of surgery and senior vice president of the surgical service line at Dartmouth-Hitchcock and chairwoman of surgery at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. Her term begins Oct. 26. Wong will oversee 13 specialty sections within the Department of Surgery at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, taking responsibility for all aspects of research, education and clinical operations, Dartmouth-Hitchcock said in a news release. She will also be responsible for …

To Your Good Health: Tips for Reducing Eye Strain

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: Would you mind providing some guidelines for preventing eye strain? I’m a graduate student, so I spend a lot of time reading, both from computer screens and from books. I will always need to read to get things done, but I’d also like my eyes to last me my whole life. — B.I. Answer: We tend to spend a lot …

At the Hospitals: Aug. 23, 2015

Sunday, August 23, 2015

DHMC Physician Assistant Hits Milestone Lebanon — Thomas O. Wansleben recently marked 40 years of certification by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. He is one of only 224 physician assistants in the United States to be certified by the commission for that length of time. Wansleben was among the first …

To Your Good Health: Early Satiety Often Due to IBS

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: I was successfully treated for H. pylori five years ago. I continue to have stomach pain, which has been diagnosed as gastritis. For the past three weeks, when I eat even a small amount of food, I feel extremely full and bloated for hours. I …

Drug Industry Links Run Deep In the Field of Sexual Medicine

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Washington — How do you measure sexual desire? If you’re a drugmaker trying to win approval for a medication to boost female libido, it might come down to two questions on a medical questionnaire. Those questions made the …

Public Rollout Of Antidote Slow in N.H.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Concord — John Burns has never had to use Narcan himself. “Thank god,” he says. The drug, also known as naloxone, reverses the effects of heroin and opioid overdoses. Its usage in New Hampshire has spiked in recent years, as the state confronts a growing substance abuse problem. …

Claremont Hospital Plans Clinic

Friday, August 21, 2015

Claremont — Valley Regional Hospital will open the first urgent care clinic in Sullivan County next month with the goal of treating many injuries or illnesses that currently send patients to the emergency room, where costs are significantly …

Vt. OKs Nursing Home Sale

Friday, August 21, 2015

Montpelier — Members of the Green Mountain Care Board voiced reservations Thursday but in the end approved the sale of the Brookside Health and Rehabilitation nursing home in White River Junction and a sister facility near Burlington to a New York group with members who are owners of …

Care Board Weighs Sale Of Brookside

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

White River Junction — Vermont regulators have been asked to approve an $8 million deal that includes the transfer of Brookside Nursing and Rehabilitation here to a New York group that includes a pair of real estate developers and the owners of two low-rated nursing homes. Brookside, a …

At the Hospitals: Aug. 16, 2015

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Gifford Medical Center Earns Energy Star Certification Randolph — Gifford Medical Center has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star certification. The certification signifies that the building meets strict energy efficiency performance levels set by the EPA …

To Your Good Health: Shingles Vaccine Can Prevent Complications

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: My boyfriend, who is in his 60s, got the recommended shingles shot a couple of years ago. Three weeks ago, he got a very bad case of shingles. It went from the front of his stomach, along the left side, to the middle of his …

Smoking Cessation Program Needs Volunteer, Will Train

Sunday, August 16, 2015

North Pomfret — A program that helps people quit tobacco products is in need of a volunteer. Health Connections, a nonprofit organization based in North Pomfret, offers programs across the Upper Valley The volunteer will receive training, mileage reimbursement and a $75 stipend for each smoking cessation group …

Vermont Will Pay Insurer $1.6 Million

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Montpelier — The administration of Gov. Peter Shumlin will pay Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont $1.6 million to cover past due premiums and incorrectly paid claims because of technical problems with the state’s once-beleaguered health care website. Lawrence Miller, Shumlin’s chief of health care reform, said Friday …