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Health Care

Katrina Murphy reads through the materials during an orientation session for applicants to an apprenticeship program through Dartmouth-Hitchcock and Vermont HITEC, a job-training nonprofit, that will train 20 people as medical assistants and 10 as pharmacy technicians, held at the Fireside Inn in West Lebanon, N.H. on July 28, 2014.  (Valley News - Ariana van den Akker)

Long Odds for Hospital Jobs: Hundreds Seek D-H Training Slots

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

West Lebanon — There were no drill sergeants in sight. No Outward Bound wilderness ordeals. No deals to vote anyone off the island. But as 350 job seekers flocked to a West Lebanon hotel Monday, formidable obstacles lay between them and 30 entry-level pharmacy technician or medical assistant jobs at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. The biggest challenge would not start until …

At the Hospitals: July 27, 2014

Sunday, July 27, 2014

August Motorcycle Ride Will Benefit David’s House Lebanon — A motorcycle ride next month will benefit David’s House, a nonprofit that provides a home away from home for families with children receiving medical treatment through Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. The guided ride, set for Aug. 2, leaves from First Congregational Church, 3470 Route 5, Westminster, Vt. It ends at David’s House, …

To Your Good Health: Is It Herpes Or An Antibiotic Allergy?

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: Four years ago, my husband had an abscess. What started as a boil became so deep and hard that he required general anesthesia to remove it. The wound was left open, and we had to change the packing twice a day for eight weeks. It was diagnosed as MRSA, and he was put on Bactrim. Six months later, an abscess …

An App for Easing Autism

Monday, June 16, 2014

Think about how you talk to another person. When it’s someone you know and are comfortable with, the conversation often has a natural pace and rhythm, and each person can understand some of how the other person feels …

Sunday, June 15, 2014

West Lebanon Dental Hygienist to Retire Lebanon — Nan Reed, a veteran dental hygienist with Drs. Osofsky, Sabatelle, and Patel in Lebanon, will retire after 38 years with the dental practice and a total of 46 years in …

Can Styrofoam Cause Cancer?

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: A co-worker and I are at odds over a recent incident, about which I seek your opinion. I purchased a large mocha caramel latte from a well-known coffee shop. When I arrived at work, a job situation demanded our attention and, when I was able …

Long-Term Prednisone Use Has Risks

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: I am an 80-year-old woman who always had excellent health until about four years ago, when I was diagnosed as having developed bronchiectasis. Since then, I have had to use an albuterol solution, plus an Airway Vest, in periodic daily treatments in order to continue …

At the Hospitals: June 8, 2014

Sunday, June 8, 2014

APD Creates New Department Lebanon — Alice Peck Day Health Systems has created a new department designed to improve health outcomes and lower costs for employers in the Upper Valley. Business Health and Therapies will incorporate four existing …

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 …