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Health Care

Study: Malpractice Reform Won’t Result in Health Care Savings

Monday, October 20, 2014

There’s been a long-running theory that one reason medical costs are bloated is that doctors are scared of medical malpractice suits, so they order expensive and unnecessary tests to protect themselves from liability. But in three states over the past decade that enacted laws to put stricter limits on medical malpractice lawsuits, there hasn’t been much of an impact in the volume or cost of emergency room care, a new …

A Matter of Control

Monday, October 20, 2014

Over the first year, I lost 70 pounds. Over the next nine, I dropped a net total of five. What’s a Weight Watcher to do, on his 10th anniversary of membership? “Stop complaining,” I can hear my wife, Goodie, saying. “Count your blessings.” Fair enough, coming from my partner for our decade of …

‘She Really Is Our Hero’: Windsor Family Works to Build Strong Foundation for Special-Needs Daughter

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Windsor — With dinnertime approaching in the Wright household, Leah, 22, was tapped to pick the menu. Would she like chicken, or hot dogs and hamburgers, her father, Rob Wright, asked. “Hot dogs and hamburgers,” said Leah, who had been in the hospital with stomach problems earlier in the week. “Are you sure …

To Your Good Health: The Mystery of Meat Allergies

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: I heard that there is a sudden surge in people coming down with severe meat allergies. Is there any information as to why, after years of eating red meat, you suddenly can become extremely allergic? — E.V. Answer: Meat allergies are uncommon; however, there has …

Hanover Medicare Reform Summit Mixes Optimism, Alarm; Urges Change

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Hanover — Medicare spending can be brought under control even as the health and satisfaction of seniors covered by the program improve. At least that was the premise of a Monday summit that, according to registration materials, brought …

‘Deficit Hawk’ Targets Medicare, Health System

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The tripartisan co-chairs of the Campaign to Fix the Debt include a Republican, former New Hampshire Sen. Judd Gregg; a Democrat, former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell; and an independent, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, whose $31 billion fortune ranks him 10th on Forbes’ list of the richest …

At the Hospitals: Sept. 21, 2014

Sunday, September 21, 2014

New London, Cottage Hospitals Receive Awards Concord — Two local hospitals were among those honored recently by the New Hampshire Hospital Association. Bruce King, president and CEO of New London Hospital, received the Leslie A. Smith President’s Award. …

Payroll Tax Eyed to Fund Health Care

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Stowe, Vt. — A roomful of hospital executives listened raptly Friday as a pair of Shumlin administration officials shared their thoughts, but few details, about how the state could raise $2 billion to pay for a universal health insurance program that could take effect in 2017. A comprehensive …

VLS Mourns Three Tragedies

Friday, September 19, 2014

South Royalton — Students and faculty at Vermont Law School are trying to come to terms with the third tragedy involving their community in the past two months. A 35-year-old Amherst, N.H., man who had recently been a VLS student shot his mother at her home earlier this …

Veterans’ Voices Heard

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

White River Junction — Emotions were subdued and complaints muted during an hour-long town hall meeting Monday afternoon that brought about 50 veterans and others face to face with local Department of Veterans Affairs officials in an auditorium …

At the Hospitals: Sept. 14, 2014

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Dartmouth Faculty, Alumni Discuss Advances in Disease Treatments Hanover — Faculty and alumni of the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth will discuss recent advances in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of chronic and life-threatening diseases in a …

Workshop on Special Education Coming to Newbury, Vt., Clinic

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Newbury, Vt. — A free informational workshop about special education is set for Sept. 25, from 6-7 p.m. at the Newbury Health Clinic, 4628 Main Street South. The event, called Your Child’s Special Education, will cover the referral process, early intervention, testing, individualized education programs (IEPs) and 504 …

Blood Drives Include Woodstock Event

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Woodstock — A series of blood drives being held across Vermont this month includes one on Sept. 26 from 12:30-5:30 p.m. at Woodstock Union High School. The American Red Cross is sponsoring the drives as part of National Preparedness Month. “A stable blood supply is central to ensuring …