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At the Hospitals: Feb. 1, 2015

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Mt. Ascutney Hospital Diabetes Education Program Earns Accreditation Windsor — The Diabetes Self-Management Education Program at Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center was recently accredited by the American Association of Diabetes Education. The certification is awarded to programs and organizations that have demonstrated a commitment to diabetes education, offering quality programming to help diabetes patients self-manage the disease, the hospital said in a recent news release. To maintain accreditation, programs must meet the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support. The Windsor hospital’s Diabetes and Nutrition Education Program is led by Nancy McCullough, a registered nurse and certified diabetes educator, supported by Virginia Quinn, …

Valley Regional Proposes New Mental Health Facility

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Claremont — A plan by Valley Regional Healthcare to invest $1.5 million in a facility to care for mentally ill patients sent for treatment because they pose a danger to themselves or others could contribute to New Hampshire’s efforts to rebuild its broken mental health care system. The 10 new beds for so-called involuntary commitments of the mentally ill could also close a …

To Your Good Health: Blisters May Need Medication Long Term

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: A year ago, I broke out with pimples on my back, arms and thighs. They itched so badly I thought I would go mad. A dermatologist took a biopsy and told me it was an autoimmune disease called bullous pemphigoid. I was started on prednisone and doxycycline. When it cleared up, I would stop the medication, but it came back. …

At the Hospitals: Dec. 14, 2014

Sunday, December 14, 2014

D-H Names Chief Clinical Officer And Executive Vice President Lebanon — Dr. Clifford J. Belden has been named chief clinical officer and executive vice president, integrated delivery system, for the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health system. In this role, he will …

To Your Good Health: Treatments for Hepatitis Have Come a Long Way

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: My 56-year-old sister has hepatitis C. She contracted the virus from a blood transfusion in a hospital in Spain in the 1980s. It is the genotype 4 (North African) strain. It was discovered about 12 years ago, and she had a biopsy that did not …

Consumer Confidential: Profiting Off the Sick Is Shameful

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Express Scripts, which handles prescription-drug benefits for millions of people nationwide, is dropping coverage for 66 brand-name drugs next month in an effort to keep costs down. Rival CVS Health is dropping 95 drugs from its own list of covered drugs. Happy holidays. Soaring drug prices remain one …

Former Chief Seeks Marrow Match

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Windsor — The family of retired police chief Steve Soares has organized a bone marrow registry drive in response to his recent diagnosis with a rare, aggressive cousin of leukemia. Though Soares hadn’t found a match as of …

VA’s PTSD Center Uses New, Approachable Style of Videos

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

“Meet Sam.” A man’s friendly voice is clear above the gentle piano music playing in the background of the video, and as he says the words, a hand reaches into the blank white frame and draws a little crescent-shaped squiggle with a black pen. “He recently returned from …

At the Hospitals: Dec. 7, 2014

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Mt. Ascutney Hospital Official Named Citizen of the Year Windsor — Jill Lord, chief nursing officer and director of patient care services at Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center, has been named 2014 Citizen of the Year by …

To Your Good Health: Does Cholesterol Particle Test Give Better Info?

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: I read your column daily and have confidence in your advice. My question pertains to cholesterol, specifically LDL-P (particles) and how they differ from LDL-C (cholesterol). My cholesterol readings are as follows: total, 176; triglycerides, 170; HDL, 50; LDL, 92. My particle numbers are LDL-P …

At Valley Regional, ‘Assisters’ Assist

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Claremont — As the deadline for enrolling in the federal government’s health insurance exchange nears, “marketplace assisters” are walking people through dozens of health care plans, as well as helping them surmount related technical hurdles, such as creating …

Hospitals: Purple Hats Remind Parents of Normal Infant Crying

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Lebanon — Birthing hospitals across New Hampshire are giving out handmade purple hats to families of newborns in an effort to prevent infant abuse. Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center are among the participants. The hats are designed to remind parents of the period of …

Vt. Health Site Better, Not Best

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

White River Junction — The state’s $100-million website has sometimes been absent without leave during Vermont’s second annual campaign for expanded health insurance coverage, but that hasn’t halted progress in the effort, according to some navigators and brokers. Consider the experience of Ken Parker, a White River Junction …