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Brian Stoudnour carries his son Griffin, 7, up the hill in front of their Fairlee, Vt. home after a sled run as Ronan Stoudnour, 3, walks up at right Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016. Griffin has Duchenne muscular dystrophy, regarded as the most severe and most common form of the progressive degenerative disease. Brian Stoudnour hiked to the Mount Everest Base Camp in Nepal last October as part of the Hope for Gus Foundation's Everest to End Duchenne campaign and raised over $6,000 to go directly to research of Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
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Fairlee Man Treks to Mount Everest To Call Attention to Son’s Disease

Monday, February 8, 2016

Fairlee — After school one rainy day last week, 7-year-old Griffin Stoudnour splashed in fresh puddles with younger brother Ronan. Inside the family home, after changing into dry clothes — best of all a new T-shirt featuring Mickey Mouse and other Disney characters — and playing with the two kittens who’d joined the family at Christmas, Griffin found his mother …

Agency Upgrades D-H Accreditation

Monday, February 8, 2016

Lebanon — An accreditation agency that monitors the quality of hospital residency programs for training doctors just out of medical school has upgraded the status of Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital, which sponsors 47 such programs, and of the hospital’s training program in surgery. The actions by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education upgraded the ratings of the hospital and its third largest …

At the Hospitals: Feb. 7, 2016

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Local Hospitals Release Community Health Needs Assessment Access to mental health care and affordable health insurance, prescription drugs prices, heroin and the misuse of pain medications are among the Upper Valley ’s most pressing health concerns, according to a report by local hospitals. The 2015 Community Health Needs Assessment is based on focus …

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 …

Mammogram Debate Comes To N.H.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Concord — With Concord Hospital’s new 3-D Breast Cancer Imaging as background and a new law co-sponsored by U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., about insurance for mammograms as foreground, the complicated debate over how much cancer screening is …

At the Hospitals: Jan. 3, 2016

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Alice Peck Day Adopts Electronic Registration System Lebanon — Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital has adopted an electronic patient registration system. Patients arriving for appointments at APD’s outpatient clinics now check themselves in using a digital tablet provided by Phreesia, a health care software company. The tablet, which …

To Your Good Health: Drooping Eyelid Common After Cataract Surgery

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Dear Dr. Roach: I am a 75-year-old woman who had successful cataract surgery two months ago. However, it left me with swollen eyelids and noticeable pouches under both eyes. My doctor advised that some people have a reaction like mine. I was told that the swelling should abate …

Olympus Corp. Faces Probe on Fatal Infections

Sunday, January 3, 2016

The hunt for a deadly superbug that sickened 22 patients at a Dutch hospital began just before noon on a spring day in 2012. Inside a lab in the tiny hamlet of Zoeterwoude, a technician carefully peeled back …

How Do We Want to Die?

Monday, December 28, 2015

There’s an old Woody Allen quip that neatly sums up our ambivalence toward our own mortality: “I’m not afraid of death; I just don’t want to be there when it happens.” That may be a common viewpoint, but …