Health Care

To Your Good Health: Balancing Medicine’s Side Effects and Benefits

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: I am a 60-year-old male in good health, and I play tennis and swim several days a week. I have suffered from neuralgia for the past three years, but I have it under control with medication: 800 mg of carbamazepine and 25 mg of amitriptyline per day. They work wonders, but are there any long-term negative effects of taking those medications? — D.M. Answer: Unfortunately, no medication …

Health Industry Spent $19 Million Lobbying in Mass.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Boston — Hospitals, insurers, doctors, unions and pharmaceutical companies spent a record $19 million trying to sway Beacon Hill lawmakers last year, a reflection of the industry’s political and economic muscle and a rapidly changing health care landscape. In less than a decade, lobbying by the industry has nearly doubled from the $10.8 million spent in 2007, according to an Associated Press review …

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Here is a list of the organizations that spent the most on lobbying Beacon Hill lawmakers about health care issues last year, according to the Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth’s Office: ∎ The Massachusetts Association of Health Plans: $1,055,620. ∎ The Massachusetts Hospital Association: $882,470. ∎ Steward Health Care: $674,451. ∎ Partners HealthCare System: $644,715. ∎ The Massachusetts Nurses Association: $576,437. ∎ Tufts …

To Your Good Health: The Causes of Vocal Changes Are Many and Varied

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: Over the past year, my voice has become hoarse or raspy. I find that I often have to clear my throat while speaking. I’ve had a stomach endoscopy and a colonoscopy done, the results of which were noted as “normal.” Nothing has changed in my …

Panel: Extend Medicaid Expansion

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Concord — Members of a panel that monitors the performance of new private-sector administrators of New Hampshire’s health insurance program for low-income people voted unanimously to speak out against a looming change in state law that might terminate newly available Medicaid coverage for thousands of residents. “It would …

At the Hospitals: April 5, 2015

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Norris Cotton Redesignated As Comprehensive Cancer Center Lebanon — The National Cancer Institute has renewed its Cancer Center Support Grant to Norris Cotton Cancer Center at Dartmouth, continuing NCCC’s designation as a Comprehensive Cancer Center. The core grant …

To Your Good Health: Yoga Has Many Benefits, in All Its Many Forms

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: I am 60 years old, with high blood pressure and history of TIA. I stopped smoking five years ago and gained 50 pounds. I eat healthy and am on the treadmill 30 minutes five times per week. I am fairly active otherwise, but am not …

Washington Hospital Performs Two Unusual Liver Transplants

Sunday, April 5, 2015

When two Maryland children got lifesaving liver transplants from deceased organ donors in January, the children’s diseased livers were not discarded, as such organs usually are. Instead, they were donated to two Virginia adults in an unusual domino series of transplants at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital in Washington. …

At the Hospitals: March 29, 2015

Sunday, March 29, 2015

VA Police Officers Honored White River Junction — Several employees at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in White River Junction have received national Veterans Affairs police awards. John Richardson was named 2014 police chief of the year, and …

The Life of a Resident Doctor

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Lebanon — During Kevin Koo’s hardest day as a resident at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, he sat in a conference room with the family of a critically ill patient as they debated which, if any, invasive medical steps should …

To Your Good Health: Increase in Prescription Price Can Be Hardship

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: I had a partial thyroidectomy over 40 years ago due to an enlarged thyroid, which was benign. I have been on varying amounts of thyroid hormone replacement ever since — initially Armour, then Synthroid, and now levothyroxine 88 mcg. Until recently, the cost of levothyroxine …

Suits Allege D-H Failure to Accommodate

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Some recent lawsuits have alleged that Dartmouth-Hitchcock failed to provide proper accommodations for residents with disabilities that included amnesia, lupus and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and illegally dismissed them from the program. In April 2014, after a four-day jury trial, Judge William Sessions of the U.S. District Court …

Offering Answers About COPD

Monday, March 23, 2015

COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, affects some 24 million Americans, and is the third leading cause of death in the U.S. after heart disease and cancer, according to the American Lung Association. Over his 35-year career, Donald …