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At the Hospitals: Nov. 22, 2015

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Longtime VA Cardiologist Retires Hartford — Cardiologist James Bell has retired after a 41-year career at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in White River Junction. Dr. Bell has played a “significant role in the education of Dartmouth medical students and with Geisel School of Medicine” and selflessly served the Upper Valley for many years, the VA said in a news release. He was honored with a ceremony Tuesday at the medical center. Bell completed his bachelor’s degree at Harvard in 1965 and graduated from New York University School of Medicine in 1969. In 1974 he joined the medical center, where he was chief of cardiology …

To Your Good Health: “Stomach Flu” Is Not Actual Flu

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: With the flu season coming on, would you please discuss the difference between what people call the “stomach flu” and what the flu really is? I have two friends who last year said they weren’t getting the flu shot anymore because despite having it, they got the flu. They each described several hours of throwing up, but feeling better the …

Mental Health Agency Lays Off a Dozen

Friday, November 20, 2015

Springfield, Vt. — The nonprofit agency designated by the state of Vermont to provide mental health and substance abuse treatment in communities in Windsor and Windham counties laid off 12 employees this week. Health Care and Rehabilitation Services of Southeastern Vermont Inc. Chief Executive George Karabakakis announced the reduction in the 575-employee agency’s work force in an email sent out Tuesday. “These are …

At the Hospitals: Oct. 25

Sunday, October 25, 2015

N.H. Partnership Receives $18.1 Million To Expand Biomedical Research Hanover — A statewide collaboration of colleges led by Geisel School of Medicine and the University of New Hampshire has received a five-year, $18.1 million grant from the National …

Consumer Confidential: The Answer to Your Sleep Problems Probably Isn’t Found in a Pill Bottle

Sunday, October 25, 2015

There was good news recently for people who struggle to get eight hours of sleep a night: They may not need so much shut-eye after all. And that’s bad news for the multibillion-dollar sleeping pill industry. Researchers from UCLA and elsewhere looked at sleep habits of remote hunter-gatherers …

Gifford: Vt. Must Do Mental Health Better

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Randolph — A hospital that was cited this summer for poor treatment of psychiatric patients is calling on the state to take better care of Vermonters experiencing severe mental health problems. Gifford Medical Center in Randolph has 25 beds total and six beds in its emergency department. The …

Support for Legalization at All-Time High and Likely to Grow

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Nearly two years after the nation’s first recreational marijuana shop opened in Colorado, American support for legal weed has tied an all-time high and is likely to increase, according to new numbers released Wednesday by Gallup. Fifty eight percent of Americans say that the use of marijuana should …

At the Hospitals: Oct. 18, 2015

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Valley Regional Pulmonologist Named to ‘Best Doctors’ List Claremont — Dr. Donald Mahler, pulmonary physician and director of respiratory services at Valley Regional Hospital, has been selected to be included in the Best Doctors in America 2015-2016 database. …

To Your Good Health: Which Type of Flu Shot Is Best?

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: For the 2015-2016 flu season, we find a trivalent vaccine (three influenza virus), quadrivalent vaccine (four influenza virus) and high-dose trivalent recommended for seniors 65 and older. As a member of the senior group, I would like your opinion on the best choice. Why do …

Researcher Claims Dartmouth Professor Stole Idea, Fired Her

Saturday, October 17, 2015

North Haverhill — A former researcher at Dartmouth College’s Center for Health Care Delivery Science is suing the center’s senior scientist, alleging that he took credit for one of her ideas and, after she refused to go along, retaliated by firing her. The lawsuit also names the college …

Insurer: Review Health Connect

Friday, October 16, 2015

Montpelier — Vermont’s largest health insurance provider says its members still call with complaints about Vermont Health Connect and that the company’s auditors are waiting for permission to do regular customer billing reconciliations. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont now is recommending the Legislature start an assessment …

Vermont Faces Growing Medicaid Deficit

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Montpelier — One-third of Vermonters are on Medicaid right now, and the high number of enrollees will lead to a budget deficit if legislators don’t make changes soon. At a presentation to the House Health Care Committee on Wednesday, officials from the state Department of Finance reported that …

At the Hospitals: Oct. 11, 2015

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Grant Will Help Geneticist Study How Behaviors May be Inherited Hanover — Giovanni Bosco, an associate professor of genetics at Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine, has been awarded a $3.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health. The five-year Pioneer Award supports exceptional investigators pursuing bold, highly …