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Health Care

To Your Good Health: Balancing Medicine’s Side Effects and Benefits

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: I am a 60-year-old male in good health, and I play tennis and swim several days a week. I have suffered from neuralgia for the past three years, but I have it under control with medication: 800 mg of carbamazepine and 25 mg of amitriptyline per day. They work wonders, but are there any long-term negative effects of taking those medications? — D.M. Answer: Unfortunately, no medication …

Health Industry Spent $19 Million Lobbying in Mass.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Boston — Hospitals, insurers, doctors, unions and pharmaceutical companies spent a record $19 million trying to sway Beacon Hill lawmakers last year, a reflection of the industry’s political and economic muscle and a rapidly changing health care landscape. In less than a decade, lobbying by the industry has nearly doubled from the $10.8 million spent in 2007, according to an Associated Press review …

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Here is a list of the organizations that spent the most on lobbying Beacon Hill lawmakers about health care issues last year, according to the Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth’s Office: ∎ The Massachusetts Association of Health Plans: $1,055,620. ∎ The Massachusetts Hospital Association: $882,470. ∎ Steward Health Care: $674,451. ∎ Partners HealthCare System: $644,715. ∎ The Massachusetts Nurses Association: $576,437. ∎ Tufts …

When Science, Faith Clash

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Sierra Leone, Kono District Inside his mud-walled house, the witch doctor cast his curse. Here, in the remote Dorma Village of Sierra Leone, where some of the poorest people in the world spend most of their day struggling …

Making a Cultural Connection

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Lebanon — Communication can be essential to overcoming cultural gaps that might hinder medical care, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center’s Dr. Roshani Patel has discovered. That was particularly true in the case of a woman who emigrated from the Congo to the U.S. with her husband several years ago. The …

To Your Good Health: Weakened Immune System Comes With Vaccine Rules

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: My rheumatologist wants me to start Arava for my newly diagnosed rheumatoid arthritis. I have refused to start this medicine because the information sheet states to avoid contact with people who have recently received the oral polio vaccine. My 6-month-old grandson will be receiving his …

Hartford Man Believes His Faith Helped His Cure

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Hartford — Strong religious convictions aren’t always at war with medical science. At times, they can coexist perfectly, albeit independently of each other. Take the case of Bill Josler, now 72. In 1997, Josler saw himself as the picture of health. “I was running 25 miles a week, …

At the Hospitals: April 26, 2015

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Conference at DHMC Explores Child Abuse Issues Lebanon — A recent professional conference at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center explored the issue of child abuse, including its connection to medical costs. Three Twin State professionals were honored at the April …

At the Hospitals: April 19, 2015

Sunday, April 19, 2015

TDI Receives $800,000 For Neonatal Care Study Lebanon — The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice has received a three-year, $800,000 grant from the Anthem Foundation for a nationwide study of neonatal intensive care, the first of its kind, researchers say. “Very few published reports have …

Cottage Hospital Project On Track

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Woodsville — A 16,000-square-foot, $4.3 million building with clinical and administrative space is under construction at Cottage Hospital and on track to open by September, according to a hospital spokeswoman. “The project has been a while in the making,” said Maryanne Aldrich, Cottage’s community relations and fund development …

To Your Good Health: Balancing Vascular Risk Is Part of Setting a Proper A1c Level Goal

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: My father has Type 2 diabetes, and his primary care physician has said repeatedly that an A1c of 7.2 percent or 7.3 percent is nothing to worry about. He also says that the American Diabetes Association has told physicians to loosen their restrictions on diabetics. …

Vt. Senators Make Shift on Vaccine Rules

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Montpelier — Senate lawmakers are considering the elimination of the philosophical exemption for parents who wish to send their children to Vermont public schools without being vaccinated. On Wednesday afternoon, Sen. Kevin Mullin, R-Rutland, introduced an amendment to a bill intended to create a state vaccination database, which …

At the Hospitals: April 12, 2015

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Mt. Ascutney Taps Nurse, Doctor For Senior Leadership Team Windsor — Dr. Joseph Perras and Patti Strohla, a registered nurse, have joined the senior leadership team at Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center. The team, which includes the …