Health Care

At the Hospitals: Feb. 7, 2016

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Local Hospitals Release Community Health Needs Assessment Access to mental health care and affordable health insurance, prescription drugs prices, heroin and the misuse of pain medications are among the Upper Valley ’s most pressing health concerns, according to a report by local hospitals. The 2015 Community Health Needs Assessment is based on focus groups and surveys conducted over a five-month …

To Your Good Health: Evidence Suggests Vaccines Safe for Most People With Autoimmune Disease

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Dear Dr. Roach: I am a 39-year-old male with systemic lupus. I read your article on artificial and natural immunity and how getting the flu shot helps “prime” the immune system. I have been told by some that priming the immune system with any vaccine is not a good idea in my case, since I could develop antibodies that attack my own body. …

What Unites Congress? Scorn For Shkreli

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Washington — A smirking Martin Shkreli briefly united Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill last week, as lawmakers took turns blasting the price-hiking former CEO who has become the new poster child for corporate greed. But the gridlocked state of Congress virtually assures federal efforts to lower drug prices will remain in limbo …

At the Hospitals: Dec. 20, 2015

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Director of PTSD Center Honored White River Junction — Paula Schnurr, executive director of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, received the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies Lifetime Achievement Award last month …

New London Rotary Club Supports Polio Fight

Sunday, December 20, 2015

New London — The New London Rotary Club raised $675 last month to help combat polio. The money raised through the club’s End Polio Now initiative will provide more than 1,000 polio vaccinations for children in developing countries where the disease remains a threat. Each vaccine costs just …

Vt. Hospital CEO Pay Averages Over $500,000

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Montpelier — The chief executive officer at Vermont’s 14 hospitals and Dartmouth-­Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon made an average of $514,977 in 2013, according to a VtDigger analysis of tax records. The median total compensation package was $355,326. …

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 …