Health Care

David Karvonen, left, and Dan Moriarty visit at Karvonen’s White River Junction home, as part of a new program offered by Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital. ElderFriend pairs volunteers with homebound patients of the hospital’s senior care team.
Peggy Cooper photograph

Volunteer Spotlight: ElderFriend Program Is ‘Energizing’

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Lebanon — L ast fall, David Karvonen had a series of surgeries, including one to fix a problem with his hip: An operation decades ago had left him in “ferocious pain.” “I went through so much hell” having all that surgery, the 77-year-old White River Junction resident said. But Dan Moriarty, a volunteer with ElderFriend, a new program at Alice …

At the Hospitals: Feb. 14, 2016

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Claremont Woman Honored At Mt. Ascutney Hospital Windsor — Gloria LaClair, of Claremont, has been named employee of the month for January at Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center. LaClair works as a cook in the hospital’s nutrition services. She was honored for her willingness to help when needed, positive attitude and strong …

To Your Good Health: Body Doesn’t Need Help to Detox and Cleanse

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Dear Dr. Roach: It’s a new year, and many of my friends are embarking on a detox or cleanse. Is there such a thing as beneficial detoxing and cleansing? If so, how is it done properly, and what are the benefits? — D.M.H. Answer: The body has its own mechanisms for removing toxins. The kidneys excrete them, and the liver chemically converts them …

Deadline Looms for N.H. Health Insurance Sign-Up

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Concord — Almost 60,000 New Hampshire residents had applied for Obamacare coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace by the end of 2015, and those who have no insurance now have less than two weeks to get it or they will face fines of at least $695. Nationally, more …

Kuster Discusses the Impact Of Opioids on City, Region

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Lebanon — A handful of city officials, social service agency executives and the head of the Lebanon Area Chamber of Commerce reported Tuesday to U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster on the impact of the opioid epidemic on the New …

At the Hospitals: Jan. 17, 2016

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Perinatal Addiction Treatment Program Receives Grant to Create ‘Toolkit’ Lebanon — Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s Perinatal Addiction Treatment Program has received a $127,000, three-year grant from the March of Dimes New England Chapter to improve the quality and safety of care …

To Your Good Health: What Is LDL Cholesterol’s Relation to Longevity?

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Dear Dr. Roach: I recently saw an article about how higher cholesterol levels (especially LDL) actually contribute to a longer life. I think that means if you don’t have high blood pressure, diabetes, etc. I went online, and there are a few articles about this. Since I and …

A Fateful Decision

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Like most people, Strafford resident Jack Beecham has made a few decisions that he’d prefer to take back, such as signing up for the Air Force during the Vietnam War. But he has no regrets about standing up …

Money on Way as N.H. Struggles With Mental Health Care

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Lebanon — Caregivers, government officials and advocates hailed the announcement last week that New Hampshire stands to receive $150 million in new federal funding to reorganize and better integrate treatment programs for the mentally ill and substance abusers. The euphoria of newfound financing, heralded by a flurry of …

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 …