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Donna Stamper, left, of Grantham, N.H., and Marjorie Matthews, of Hanover, N.H., are peer group leaders with the New Hampshire chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. (Valley News - Geoff Hansen) <p><i>Copyright © Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.</i></p>

Uneven Efforts, Part Four: Mental Health Care: ‘A Very Difficult System to Navigate’

Monday, July 27, 2015

When serious mental illness occurs, finding care and making choices can be daunting. Families of the mentally ill frequently find themselves the first responders to health emergencies. And they may be unprepared. “When you have a child or a sister or a brother or an aunt or an uncle who starts displaying weird behavior, you have no background for integrating …

Uneven Efforts Series: Flagship Hospitals Continue to Have a Role to Play

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Most experts and advocates agree that the quality and availability of care depend, to a large degree, on a state’s ability to deliver services in a variety of community settings and facilities while reducing reliance on flagship, state-owned mental hospitals. Yet those hospitals — which provide high-level, expensive, inpatient treatment for acute cases …

At the Hospitals: July 26, 2015

Sunday, July 26, 2015

VA Medical Center Surgeons Receive Career Development Awards White River Junction — Two surgeons from the VA Outcomes Group, based at White River Junction VA Medical Center, have received Veterans Administration New England Career Development Awards. “In addition to the honor bestowed by these highly competitive regional grants, the awards provide critical salary support that allows promising junior investigators to jumpstart productive careers …

Mass. Islands Face Pot Issue

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Boston — Massachusetts has a cannabis conundrum. State law requires every county to have a dispensary for medical marijuana, but federal regulations forbid the drug from being transported across U.S. waters. That leaves the tourist havens of Martha’s …

Uneven Efforts Series: Evolution of Approach

Sunday, July 19, 2015

During the 19th century, the idea that mental illness could sometimes be treated spread from France to England and to the United States. That spurred the development of hospitals where the mentally ill could be provided refuge and, to some extent, treatment — a trend that eventually touched …

To Your Good Health: Low Lymphocyte Count Is Cause for Concern

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: I am a 58-year-old male. Several months ago, I lost 17 pounds, and even though I have gained back about 2 pounds in the past month, I cannot gain the weight back, even by increasing my food intake. I feel tired all the time, and …

N.H. Health Care Transparency Gets ‘A’

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Nashua, n.h. — Two national groups have given high praise to a website by the New Hampshire Insurance Department that provides cost estimates for medical procedures, citing it as a model for the rest of the country to provide transparency in health-care costs. The groups gave New Hampshire …

At the Hospitals: July 5, 2015

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Focus Group Participants Sought For End-of-Life Care Study Springfield, Vt. — Focus groups participants are needed to help with a statewide study of Vermonter’s experiences with end-of-life care. The study is being led by the Visiting Nurse and …

To Your Good Health: How Does One Get Cellulitis?

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: What is cellulitis, and how does one get it? I live in a retirement facility, and two ladies at my dining table have it. It seems to be very painful and difficult to heal. Should I take any precautions? — R.G. Answer: Cellulitis is an …

With overdose deaths at all time high, more hope for NH recovery

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Investigating drug deaths has become an increasing part of the daily routine in the state medical examiner’s office. In 2014, drug overdoses killed a record 326 people, and as of July 1, the New Hampshire Medical Examiner’s office …

Blue Cross Says Vt. Is Liable for Unpaid Claims

Friday, July 3, 2015

Montpelier — Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont says it will not seek further payment from health care providers or its customers for money owed on Vermont Health Connect accounts that weren’t terminated in a timely fashion. The state’s largest health insurer, and the dominate player in …

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Dartmouth Institute Leader Honored Hanover — Dr. Elliott Fisher, director of the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, has received the Healthcare Financial Management Association’s highest individual achievement award. Fisher received the Richard L. Clarke Board …

To Your Good Health: Medicines Seemingly at Odds Can Work Together

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: I am being treated for macular degeneration with injections of Lucentis into the eye. My cardiologist has determined that I have atrial fibrillation and wants to prescribe the anticoagulant Coumadin (warfarin). My non-medical mind senses that these two drugs have opposing functions relative to blood …