Health Care

To Your Good Health: Cheap Screenings Must Be Weighed Against Benefit

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Dear Dr. Roach: Two years ago, I took advantage of our local $99 low-dose CT scan for smokers at high risk of lung cancer (I certainly fit the criteria). Still smoking, I had the scan, and it was reported to me that they had “seen something” and wanted to do a follow-up PET scan. I quit smoking completely, cold turkey, the day before the PET scan, and have been cigarette-free …

Physicians, Dentists Pan Vt. Tax Proposal

Sunday, January 31, 2016

White River Junction — Dentists and private practice physicians in Vermont said a 2.35 percent tax on their revenue proposed by Gov. Peter Shumlin would make it harder to recruit and retain health care providers. The so-called provider tax would generate $17 million in direct revenue and allow the state to collect $20 million more from the federal government to support the state’s …

At the Hospitals: Jan. 24, 2016

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice Is Business of the Year New London — Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice has been named 2016 business of the year by the Lake Sunapee Region Chamber of Commerce. “I am so pleased. I can’t think of a more deserving organization to receive this award than …

N.H. Ranks Near Top For Overdose Deaths

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Drug overdoses took the lives of 334 people in New Hampshire in 2014, putting the state’s death rate in the epidemic of opioid and drug abuse among the worst in the nation, according to a report issued Friday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. New …

Vigil Held on Norwich Green for Third Anniversary of Sandy Hook

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Norwich — Nearly 100 gun control advocates gathered along Main Street and held candles Monday evening to commemorate victims of mass shootings and to support efforts to regulate firearm ownership in Vermont. The annual vigil, organized by Gun …

At the Hospitals: Dec. 13, 2015

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Boards of Trustees Elect Chair, New Board Members Lebanon — Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s boards of trustees elected a new chair and three new members at its meeting earlier this month. Anne-Lee Verville, of Hopkinton, N.H., will begin her term as board chair on Jan. 1. She succeeds outgoing chair …

To Your Good Health: Vertigo’s Spinning May Be Helped by Head Exercises

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: I have a terrible case of vertigo. I’m not sure what causes it or what I can do to prevent it from happening to me again. I was given two medications, promethazine for nausea and meclizine for vertigo, but still the problem persists. Can you …

At the Hospitals: Dec. 13, 2015

Sunday, December 13, 2015

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Effort to Ease Shortage Of Physicians Faces Long Delays, Criticism

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Jefferson City, Mo. — A new Missouri law offered a first-of-its-kind solution to the physician shortage plaguing thousands of U.S. communities: Medical school graduates could start treating patients immediately, without wading through years of traditional residency programs. Following Missouri’s lead, similar measures were enacted in Arkansas and Kansas …

At the Hospitals: Dec. 6, 2015

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Tuberculosis Vaccine Trial Receives $1.4 Million Hanover — A collaborative that includes Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine has received $1.4 million from the Tokyo-based Global Health Innovative Technology Fund to conduct a joint randomized clinical trial in Tanzania …

Support Group Aims to Help Parents in Recovery

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Norwich — A free support group for parents in treatment or recovery for substance abuse will start tomorrow at The Family Place in Norwich. Parents Together, an 18-week program, aims to support parents in their recovery while building their confidence and skill in parenting, organizers said in a …

To Your Good Health: Proper Paper Plan For Baby Boomers

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: I am the daughter of two elderly parents with various health concerns. My mother has a DNR. Is it true that if emergency services are called, they will not honor a DNR unless they see it? I’m told that it’s a good idea to post …

N.H. Seeks Input On Health Merger

Friday, December 4, 2015

The New Hampshire Insurance Department is accepting comments on a proposed merger between two health care giants, which would put 60 percent of commercial health insurance in the hands of a single firm. “Looking at the potential anti-competitive effects of the merger will be a crucial part of …