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Yoga instructor Brianna Renner, of Newport, N.H., leads veterans through a yoga session at the VA Medical Center in White River Junction, Vt., on July 3, 2014. Veterans from left, Bill Birkmaier, of Lebanon, N.H., and Russell Cantlin, of  Enfield.
Valley News - Jennifer Hauck

Progress Against PTSD

Sunday, July 20, 2014

White River Junction — “Give yourself permission to let go of anything that does not serve you in the moment.” That was the advice that Brianna Renner, a 34-year-old yoga instructor, gave in a soft but distinct voice to three veterans — all men nearly twice her age — sitting in front of her on rubber mats in Room G103B …

To Your Good Health: Which Diet Is the Right Diet

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: I am taking Zetia and niacin for extremely high cholesterol and triglycerides. Exactly what type of diet should I be on to lower my cholesterol and triglycerides? Many of the processed (cheese, ice cream, cookies, etc.) fat-free, cholesterol-free foods are high in sugar. Should I be on the South Beach Diet or a strictly vegetarian diet? How many calories, carbohydrates …

At the Hospitals: July 13, 2014

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Appoints Vice Chairman of Orthopaedics Lebanon — Orthopedic surgeon David S. Jevsevar, medical director of Orthopaedic Clinical Program Development for Intermountain Healthcare in Salt Lake City, has been named vice chair of orthopaedics and director of the soon-to-be developed Arthritis Center at Dartmouth-Hitchcock. In his roles at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Jevsevar will manage the …

Special Needs Center Opening Is June 20

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Lebanon — A new community center for adults with special needs will hold its grand opening June 20 at 4 p.m. Spark! Community Center is located at 75 Bank St., the former junior high school. It’s designed for adults with special needs, their families and caregivers, and “caring …

To Your Good Health: Statins Play a Small Role in Diabetes

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: I am concerned about simvastatin possibly causing a rise in my A1C reading indicating a concern about diabetes. There has never been diabetes in my family. I am a 77-year-old female in good health. I exercise and walk regularly. I do have elevated cholesterol, for …

Vt. Premiums Likely to Rise

Monday, June 2, 2014

Burlington — The process for determining Vermont Health Connect premium rates starts today. State officials say rates next year will likely go up because of a variety of factors. In its first year, the state’s federally mandated online insurance marketplace enrolled 60,835 people in small group and individual …

At the Hospitals: June 1, 2014

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Names Chief Nursing Officer Lebanon — The Dartmouth-Hitchcock health system has chosen as its new chief nursing officer an executive who since 2009 has held a similar post at the nation’s fourth-largest Catholic health system. Gay Landstrom …

To Your Good Health: Thigh Pain Could Be Caused by Many Reasons

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: I am a 66-year-old white female, 5 feet, 5 inches tall (was 5 feet, 6 inches), weighing 170 pounds. Even though I use gym weight machines for upper and lower body three times a week, walk daily for two miles and spend 15 minutes on …

Former Medicare Chief Says the Upper Valley Can Be Health Care Model

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Hanover — A former Obama administration official left the campaign trail in Massachusetts, where he wants to be governor, to pay a Saturday visit to the Upper Valley, where he encouraged local-level efforts to fix a broken health …

Tough Economics Lead Cottage Hospital to Close Birth Unit

Friday, May 30, 2014

Woodsville — Cottage Hospital plans to close its birthing center after the unit accumulated $2 million in red ink over seven years of steadily declining use, mainly due to low reimbursement rates from programs that provide health insurance to low-income people. The decision to close the center was …

Fibromyalgia Is a Real Disease

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: I am a 56-year-old female. I recently have been having terrible pain in my joints. It is so bad at night that I can’t sleep. Mainly the pain is in my neck, ribs, elbows, knees and wrists. My finger joints have hurt for years. I …

Test Finds Protein Deposits in Tissues

Monday, May 26, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: I had an electromyographic test that indicated that I had carpal tunnel syndrome primarily in my left wrist. I had the surgery for carpal tunnel. During the surgery, they noticed a thickening of the lining around the tendons, and took a biopsy of the lining. …

At the Hospitals: May 25, 2014

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Gifford Named Top 100 Critical Access Hospital Randolph — Gifford Medical Center in Randolph has been named among the nation’s top 100 performing critical access hospitals by iVantage Health Analytics. The designation is based on iVantage’s “Hospital Strength …