Health Care

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 groups and surveys conducted over a five-month …

To Your Good Health: Evidence Suggests Vaccines Safe for Most People With Autoimmune Disease

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Dear Dr. Roach: I am a 39-year-old male with systemic lupus. I read your article on artificial and natural immunity and how getting the flu shot helps “prime” the immune system. I have been told by some that priming the immune system with any vaccine is not a good idea in my case, since I could develop antibodies that attack my own body. …

What Unites Congress? Scorn For Shkreli

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Washington — A smirking Martin Shkreli briefly united Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill last week, as lawmakers took turns blasting the price-hiking former CEO who has become the new poster child for corporate greed. But the gridlocked state of Congress virtually assures federal efforts to lower drug prices will remain in limbo …

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 …

To Your Good Health: Frequent Bowel Movements Without Pain May Be Better Than Potential Risk Of Treatment

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: I am a 77-year-old female in good health. I am 5 feet, 2 inches tall and weigh 125 pounds. I exercise regularly and eat a varied, healthy diet. For some years now, I have had what I consider too many bowel movements every day. I …

Despite Fixes, Mental Health Patients in Limbo in Vermont

Friday, December 25, 2015

Randolph — Patients suffering mental health crises continue to remain stranded for days in emergency rooms at Gifford Medical Center and other Vermont hospitals despite a makeover of the statewide system of care after Tropical Storm Irene, hospital managers say. Hospital leaders said that backlog takes a toll …