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At the Hospitals: Aug. 31, 2014

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Geisel, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Raise Record in Gifts Hanover — Charitable gifts for Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and Dartmouth-Hitchcock during the fiscal year ending June 30 totaled $36.7 million, a new 12-month record in charitable giving for the academic medical center. A combination of broad-based support and major gifts from individuals were key to the year’s fundraising success, the medical school said in a recent news release The donations came from more than 35,000 individuals, foundations and organizations, including more than 1,500 employees of Dartmouth-Hitchcock and the Geisel School. Forty-eight donors made gifts of $100,000 or more to the campaign, which exceeded the previous year’s …

To Your Good Health: Is There a Connection Between Migraines and Menopause?

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: My daughter is 53 and has suffered terribly with migraines since she was 16. She experiences these episodes anywhere from once per week to as many as three times per week. She is presently on Zomig. If she takes the medication just at the onset, it reduces the pain and duration quite effectively, but the frequency has not improved. She …

Exonerated Upper Valley Researcher Offers Critique of VA

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Lebanon — The disclosure statement filed by the co-author of a three-page opinion piece published by the New England Journal of Medicine on Aug. 28 — “Dr. Weeks previously worked for the VHA” — is stark in its simplicity. The piece in question has a provocative title — “A VA Exit Strategy” — …

Relearning How to Speak Through Song

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Friends draped arms across one another’s shoulders and swayed as they listened to Forrest Allen sing. Some joined in softly, not wanting to drown him out. Some blinked back tears. They never expected him to survive the accident. …

To Your Good Health: Rare Adrenal Tumor Requires Expert Diagnosis

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: I would like more information concerning pheochromocytoma. Your recent article mentions that there are specific blood tests to determine if an individual has it. I’ve been dealing with some symptoms for almost a year, and am at a loss. I’ve incurred thousands of dollars in …

DHMC Reports Rise in Cases of Hospital-Related Infection

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Lebanon — Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center saw a recent jump in the occurrence of a difficult-to-treat and sometimes fatal infection that can cause diarrhea, nausea and fever, according to hospital officials. During the past month the number of patients infected with clostridium difficile — often referred to as C-­diff …

DHMC CEO Trying to ‘Break Mold’

Friday, August 8, 2014

Lebanon — James Weinstein, chief executive of the hospital-clinic system that is a major economic engine in the Upper Valley, said Thursday that Dartmouth-Hitchcock had set aside $22 million for merit-based raises to distribute this year among its …

‘There Is a Lot Yet to Be Done’

Thursday, August 7, 2014

White River Junction — U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders came to the Veterans Affairs hospital here Wednesday to praise, with only faint damnation, legislation that will provide the embattled agency with $16.5 billion for hiring doctors, building clinics and …

Vermont Law School Professor Cheryl Hanna's Death Ruled Suicide

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

South Royalton — Cheryl Hanna, a popular professor at Vermont Law School, influential scholar on domestic violence laws and highly visible media commentator in Vermont, died by suicide using a handgun, the state medical examiner said Monday. Paul …

At the Hospitals: Aug. 3, 2014

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Outcomes and Quality Leader Joins D-H Leadership Team Lebanon — Dr. John D. Birkmeyer, a general surgeon and head of the Center for Healthcare Outcomes and Policy at the University of Michigan, has been named executive vice president …

To Your Good Health: Hypothyroid, Diabetes Are Both Autoimmune Disorders

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: My oldest grandson, 17, was diagnosed with hypothyroidism about three years ago and has been on levothyroxine daily, with good lab numbers since. He was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes mellitus three months ago. He is on insulin three times daily, and his sugars have …

New Staff Members Join HCRS in Hartford, Springfield, Vt.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Springfield, Vt. — Several new employees recently joined the staff of Health Care and Rehabilitation Services. Terrisa Clark has joined the agency’s Windsor office as a community outreach specialist. New employees in the Hartford office are Tyler Hain and Emily Puffer, both of whom have taken case manager …

Nation’s Aging Population Faces Shortage of Geriatric Specialists

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Atlanta — Lillian Brown didn’t think much of it when she noticed one of her feet was darker than the other. Her doctor, though, recognized it as a sign of poor circulation. When she turned a little forgetful, Brown, 62, figured she’d be told, “That’s just part of …