Health Care

At the Hospitals: May 17, 2015

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Dartmouth-Hitchcock CEO and President Among ‘Outstanding Americans’ Lebanon — Dr. James Weinstein, chief executive officer and president of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock health system, has received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor from the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations. This year’s recipients, 90 in all, include talk show host Meredith Vieira; New York Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera; U.S. Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas; 12 members of the U.S. military; and Washington, D.C., police chief Cathy L. Lanier. “Each of these honorees represents traits that I admire in great Americans: the vision of a better world for all, the tenacity to overcome challenges, and the leadership and imagination to …

To Your Good Health: Mold And Mildew Exposure Can Have Consequences

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: I lived in southwest Florida for 13 years and was exposed to heavy mold and mildew due to heat and humidity from a leaky roof. About a year ago, I gradually became quite ill — fatigue, weakness, irritable bowel symptoms, insomnia and symptoms of a urinary tract infection. Six months ago, I moved out and have slowly regained my health, …

To Your Good Health: Hospice Switches Focus From Life Length to Life Quality

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: I was advised by a doctor at a reputable hospital to put my mother in hospice for congestive heart failure. She also has multi-infarct dementia. That was a year ago. Her vitals have been checked twice a week since that time and are always good. Her oxygen level also is very good. We have never had to use the furosemide …

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 …

Gifford Announces Nursing Home

Monday, March 23, 2015

Randolph — Officials at Gifford Medical Center announced last week that the hospital has plans to open a new nursing home and move its 25 patient beds from shared to private rooms. In May, the Menig Extended Care …

At the Hospitals: March 22, 2015

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Gets Spot On ‘Great Places to Work’ List Lebanon — Dartmouth-Hitchcock has been named one of 150 “Great Places to Work in Healthcare” by the industry journal Becker’s Hospital Review. It was selected based on its benefits …

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 …