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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 to do a follow-up PET scan. I quit smoking completely, cold turkey, the day before the PET scan, and have been cigarette-free …

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 the state to collect $20 million more from the federal government to support the state’s …

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 so pleased. I can’t think of a more deserving organization to receive this award than …

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 …

To Your Good Health: What Is LDL Cholesterol’s Relation to Longevity?

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Dear Dr. Roach: I recently saw an article about how higher cholesterol levels (especially LDL) actually contribute to a longer life. I think that means if you don’t have high blood pressure, diabetes, etc. I went online, and there are a few articles about this. Since I and …

A Fateful Decision

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Like most people, Strafford resident Jack Beecham has made a few decisions that he’d prefer to take back, such as signing up for the Air Force during the Vietnam War. But he has no regrets about standing up …

Money on Way as N.H. Struggles With Mental Health Care

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Lebanon — Caregivers, government officials and advocates hailed the announcement last week that New Hampshire stands to receive $150 million in new federal funding to reorganize and better integrate treatment programs for the mentally ill and substance abusers. The euphoria of newfound financing, heralded by a flurry of …

APD Warns Of Vaccine Mishandling

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Lebanon — More than 800 children received improperly refrigerated, and potentially ineffective, vaccinations for polio, hepatitis, measles and other diseases at Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital during a 14-month period that ended Oct. 23, the hospital said Wednesday. The affected vaccines were not harmful, but may have offered …

State Finds Violations at Mt. Ascutney

Friday, January 8, 2016

Windsor — A recent surprise inspection by the state found that Mt. Ascutney Hospital didn’t take adequate measures to prevent a terminal cancer patient from falling six times in six weeks and failed to respond to another dying patient’s request to limit treatment to comfort measures. The Dec. …

Mild Flu Season May Help Insurers

Friday, January 8, 2016

A warm winter is helping create the slowest start to the U.S. flu season in five years, during what is typically a dangerous time of year for the elderly and a costly one for health insurers. The flu virus thrives in a dry, cold environment. It badly hurt …