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Talk on Therapy Dogs Planned in Woodstock

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Woodstock — A free talk about therapy dog work is set for May 2 at 1:30 p.m. at Norman Williams Public Library. The presentation is sponsored by Therapy Dogs of Vermont, based in Williston. Gordon Perkinson, TDV’s vice president, will explain what therapy dog work entails and describe the nonprofit’s certification process. No training or testing will take place, and participants should not bring their dogs, organizers said. Therapy Dogs …

When Science, Faith Clash

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Sierra Leone, Kono District Inside his mud-walled house, the witch doctor cast his curse. Here, in the remote Dorma Village of Sierra Leone, where some of the poorest people in the world spend most of their day struggling to feed their families, the witch doctor’s power over life and death was well known. …

Making a Cultural Connection

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Lebanon — Communication can be essential to overcoming cultural gaps that might hinder medical care, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center’s Dr. Roshani Patel has discovered. That was particularly true in the case of a woman who emigrated from the Congo to the U.S. with her husband several years ago. The woman came to Patel for help because a growing pain in her arms was preventing …

To Your Good Health: Source of Low Iron Must Be Investigated

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: I am a healthy, energetic 63-year-old woman who has had elevated RDW levels for the past few years. My doctor and I looked into this, and did a ferritin panel. Although my B-12, folic acid, hemoglobin and hematocrit are normal, my transferrin saturation is low, …

Drug-Makers Moves to Protect Profits Draw Interest From U.S. Regulators

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Executives at drug company Actavis knew they had to move fast to avoid a plunge in sales of their top-selling drug, Namenda, a treatment for Alzheimer’s disease that would lose patent protection in July. When that happened, generic knockoffs would flood the market, and doctors and pharmacists could …

At the Hospitals: March 15, 2015

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Health, Driving Classes Offered at APD Lebanon — Several driving courses and health classes will take place in the coming months at Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital. They meet in the Dwinell Room at Harvest Hill. AARP Smart Driving …

To Your Good Health: In an Emergency, Accurate Communication Is Key

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: At 62, I was recently diagnosed with central diabetes insipidus, and I am awaiting my first appointment with an endocrinologist to determine what might have caused it, and also to get started on the medication desmopressin. In a few articles I have read about this …

Choices My Mom Never Had

Friday, March 13, 2015

A few weeks after my surgeries, I often heard the comment from friends and family: “You must be so relieved now that it’s over.” Each time, I paused, because the question implies a clear line between before and …

Democrats Discuss Health Reforms

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Hartland — About 20 people responded to a call from the Windsor County Democratic Committee and gathered in Damon Hall Monday evening to discuss how to keep the banner of health care reform raised during a period of state budget deficits and public skepticism fueled by the woes …

At the Hospitals: March 3, 2015

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Pharmacist is Employee of the Month At Mt. Ascutney Hospital Windsor — Jesse Hills, a licensed pharmacist, has been named Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center’s employee of the month for January. Hills has worked at the hospital …

To Your Good Health: High Calcium and PTH Numbers May Indicate Parathyroid Tumo

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: I am a 56-year-old female. I had some blood work done recently, and two numbers came back high: My ionized calcium level was 6.0, and my PTH Intact level was 136.6. I am relatively active and feel good. Any thoughts? — L.K. Answer: Ionized calcium …

Dental Insurer Cuts Reimbursement

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Norwich — Northeast Delta Dental, faced with growing competition and the prospect of losing premium-sensitive individual consumers, this year implemented a 4 percent cut in the fee schedule it uses to reimburse most dentists in New Hampshire and Vermont. “Our prices stopped being competitive,” said Tom Raffio, chief …

Consumer Confidential: Costco-Visa Deal Shows Why Medicare Should Negotiate Drug Prices

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Costco’s deal to replace American Express with Visa as its exclusive credit-card company highlights an economic principle that should surprise no one. Consumers benefit when a business uses its market power to negotiate lower prices and passes along the savings to customers. Conservatives have championed such market forces …