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Health Case Heads to Highest Court

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

The Vermont Attorney General’s Office will make oral arguments on Wednesday in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in a case about health care price transparency that will set national precedent. The Supreme Court ultimately will decide whether the state of Vermont can force an insurance company to hand over data regarding health insurance claims. A ruling on the matter is expected next year. At the heart of the lawsuit …

Sex in a Pornographic Age: Etna Author Arms Parents Against What A Child Will See, and Do

Monday, November 30, 2015

Before reading the book that she encouraged Etna resident Cindy Pierce to write, Vicki Hoefle thought she was well-versed in how young people struggle to navigate the hyper- and cyber-sexualized jungle of 21st-century culture. And while Hoefle digested Pierce’s Sexploitation: Helping Kids Develop Healthy Sexuality in a Porn-Driven World, published by Boston-based Bibliomotion …

At the Hospitals: Nov. 29, 2015

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Dartmouth Cardiologist Will Lead Medical Society Hanover — John R. Butterly, a cardiologist and a professor of medicine at Geisel School of Medicine and The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, has been elected president of the New Hampshire Medical Society. “It is an honor to represent physicians in the state …

Dr. Roach: For a Few, Cholesterol Is Naturally High

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: I am a 68-year-old female with a more-than-40-year history of extremely high cholesterol (350-411 total). I have not been able to tolerate any kind of statin drug, even if I take CoQ10 with it. Welchol and Zetia had side effects that I couldn’t tolerate either. …

At the Hospitals: Nov. 1, 2015

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Addiction Talk, Naloxone Training Scheduled in Lebanon Lebanon — A free presentation about addiction is set for Nov. 10, from 6-8 p.m., at Headrest, 14 Church St. The two-part session will begin with a presentation by Sarah Poisson, …

To Your Good Health: Familial Mediterranean Fever Is Genetic Condition

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: After an intestinal virus, I ended up in the hospital with a sed rate of 110 and a high white blood count. I was feeling crippled with severe joint pain and was diagnosed with reactive arthritis. I was discharged with steroids and colchicine. I’m still …

APD Says D-H Affiliation Best Fit

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Concord — Officials at Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital began exploring an affiliation with the large medical system operated by its neighbor, Dartmouth-Hitchcock, after concluding that the community hospital in Lebanon could not survive if it lost a Medicare subsidy for small rural hospitals and deciding not to …

Vt. Health Connect Braces for 3rd Open Enrollment

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Burlington — Gov. Peter Shumlin said Thursday that he is “cautiously optimistic” the state’s dysfunctional health exchange will be able to handle open enrollment smoothly for the first time since the website was launched in October 2013. Shumlin made the announcement at a news conference at the Community …

City Board, D-H Meet on Palliative Care Center

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Lebanon — Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s revised plans for an 18-bed palliative care center elicited few questions and generally positive, if subdued, comments from members of the city Planning Board on Monday night. David Stiger, a D-H representative, noted that the medical system had chosen “a different site for the project …

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 …