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At the Hospitals: Aug. 23, 2015

Sunday, August 23, 2015

DHMC Physician Assistant Hits Milestone Lebanon — Thomas O. Wansleben recently marked 40 years of certification by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. He is one of only 224 physician assistants in the United States to be certified by the commission for that length of time. Wansleben was among the first PAs to receive the national certification, the commission said in a news release. He maintained certification by meeting continuing medical education requirements every two years and passing rigorous recertification exams every six years. Wansleben has worked for Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center for 15 years. Grant Will Support School Dental Program Lebanon — A …

To Your Good Health: Early Satiety Often Due to IBS

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: I was successfully treated for H. pylori five years ago. I continue to have stomach pain, which has been diagnosed as gastritis. For the past three weeks, when I eat even a small amount of food, I feel extremely full and bloated for hours. I have irritable bowel syndrome, which gradually has worsened in the past 10 years — to …

Drug Industry Links Run Deep In the Field of Sexual Medicine

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Washington — How do you measure sexual desire? If you’re a drugmaker trying to win approval for a medication to boost female libido, it might come down to two questions on a medical questionnaire. Those questions made the difference for Sprout Pharmaceuticals, which received federal approval Tuesday for Addyi, the first pill for …

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Pays Medicare After Audit

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Lebanon — Dartmouth-Hitchcock has agreed to pay $452,000 to the Medicare program after a federal audit estimated that its Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital unit had improperly collected $1.4 million from that federal insurance program during 2011 and 2012. The auditors examined a random sample of 445 inpatient and …

At the Hospitals: Aug. 9, 2015

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Valley Regional President To Lead Health Advisory Council Claremont — Peter Wright, president and CEO of Valley Regional Healthcare, has been tapped to lead Greater Sullivan County Public Health Network’s Public Health Advisory Council. The council will help …

To Your Good Health: More Frequent, Higher Doses of NSAIDs Carry Greater Risk of Side Effects

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: I am a 44-year-old man with chronic headaches and migraines. Should I worry about the long-term effects of taking an NSAID (such as diclofenac) at least once a week? — G.W. Answer: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are among the most commonly taken classes of drugs in …

Vt. Preps to Hire Help For Health Exchange

Friday, August 7, 2015

Montpelier — The Shumlin administration may need to hire up to 200 employees in October and November to help Vermonters manually change their insurance policies for next year. The announcement is part of the three-part contingency plan that Gov. Peter Shumlin announced in March to fix more than …

Mt. Ascutney Projects Break-Even for 2016 Budget

Monday, August 3, 2015

Windsor — After two straight years of losing money in its health care operations, Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center is projecting that in its upcoming fiscal year it will break even in its core business — but only just barely. In a July 1 letter and budget …

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 …

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 …

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. …

Open House Set at New Nonprofit for Adults With Special Needs

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Enfield — A new nonprofit offering residential options for adults with special needs will host a free open house on Aug. 23. Visions for Creative Housing Solutions is located at the former Kluge’s on Sunset Hill Inn, 8 Sunrise Farm Lane. It includes three kinds of living situations …

Vt. Might Owe $2.7 Million More for Health Exchange

Friday, July 31, 2015

Montpelier — The Shumlin administration’s push to meet a key Vermont Health Connect milestone deadline eight weeks ago could leave the state on the hook for another $2.7 million it didn’t expect to pay. The Joint Fiscal Office wrote in a July 24 memo that Vermont won’t be …