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Health Care

At the Hospitals: Aug. 2, 2015

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Mt. Ascutney Hospital Opens New Acute Rehabilitation Center Windsor — The new acute inpatient rehabilitation center at Mt. Ascutney Hospital has opened its doors to patients. The 10-bed facility includes a simulation kitchen, transitional apartment, therapeutic workshop, space for family members to stay overnight and private patient rooms. It is located in Mt. Ascutney’s former nursing home, which will eventually …

Volunteers Needed for Fall Walk For Cancer

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Hanover — Preparations are underway for a two-mile walk to support breast cancer research and prevention in Hanover this fall, and organizers are looking for help. Sponsored by the American Cancer Society, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is set for Oct. 4 at 10 a.m. at Storrs Pond Recreation Area. A kickoff rally and informational meeting is scheduled for Aug. 11 at 5:30 …

To Your Good Health: Erythema Multiforme Presents With Distinctive Rash

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: My sister broke out in a full-body rash of red, itchy blotches, and her doctor told her it was erythema multiforme. It is rare, and he sees only a few cases per year. Could you elaborate more on it — causes, treatment, etc.? — A.M. Answer: Erythema multiforme is a skin condition with a characteristic rash — it looks like …

Uneven Efforts, Part Two: As Mental Health Care Evolved, State Resources Fell Behind

Monday, July 20, 2015

The movement of mental health care out of large institutions and into communities has been underway for decades in both Vermont and New Hampshire. After an initial surge prompted by the availability of new medications and public outrage …

At the Hospitals: July 19, 2015

Sunday, July 19, 2015

VA Names Mental Health Chief White River Junction — Dr. Brett Rusch has joined White River Junction VA Medical Center as chief of mental health and behavioral science service, as well as an assistant professor of psychiatry at …

Uneven Efforts, Part One: A Failure to Measure Up; On Mental Health, Twin States Lag

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Observed from a distance, Vermont and New Hampshire may seem very different politically as well as in their approaches to health care reform. Vermont has become a beacon for proponents of government-can-and-should-do-it liberalism, with a willingness to at …

Uneven Efforts Series: Vt. Spends More, but Impact Is Unclear

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Over the past decade, Vermont far outpaced New Hampshire in its rate of spending on mental health care, but an objective assessment of the impact of that resource disparity remains elusive. The disparity, as shown by the National …

To Your Good Health: Sore Jaw Sufferer Seeks Sleep Solution

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: I have been living with TMJ pain on my right side. I believe my situation is unique in that I experience the pain only at night, initially when lying on my right side. While the level of pain is not excruciating, it’s more than sufficient …

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 …