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Donald Mahler, an emeritus professor at Dartmouth's Geisel School of Medicine, has self-published a book on chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He poses for a portrait at the Howe Library in Hanover, N.H., on March 18, 2015. 
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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 Mahler, a pulmonologist, has seen hundreds of patients who have COPD, and answered hundreds of questions about what it means to have …

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 Facility at Gifford Medical Center will relocate to a 30-acre property in Randolph Center, making …

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 offerings, wellness programs, commitment to diversity and inclusion, professional development opportunities, and environments that promote …

To Your Good Health: Rare Cancer of the Blood Moves Swiftly

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: On a Monday, I took my 91-year-old mother out for a belated birthday lunch. She has had a long and, until now, fairly healthful life. She still had her driver’s license and thought nothing of driving the 70 miles between her house and mine. She …

Study: Medical Costs Vary Widely

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Washington — Thanks to recent efforts to make health care prices more transparent, it’s become clear that Americans in some parts of the country pay much more for a doctor’s visit or common procedures than people in other regions. Now a new report from a major health insurance …

Did These Inmates Have to Die?

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Months after he landed in Florida’s Manatee County Jail, Jovon Frazier’s pleas for treatment of the intense pain that radiated from his left shoulder to his elbow were met mostly with Tylenol. “It really hurts! HELP!” Frazier, then …

Valley Regional Gives Update

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Claremont — Leaders of Valley Regional Healthcare reported some progress toward erasing a lingering budget deficit during an annual meeting and community gathering that also served as a platform for advocates of health care reform. More than 100 people braved icy sidewalks and bacon-wrapped hors d’oeuvres to listen …

Riding With the First Responders

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Lebanon — A recent Friday morning finds the Lebanon Fire Department quiet, the day shift settling in. Dr. Nate Grubbs, an emergency medicine resident, is getting a tour of the station on South Park Street from Capt. Jim …

At the Hospitals: Jan. 18, 2015

Sunday, January 18, 2015

New London Hospital Names Ambulance and EMS Services Manager New London — Richard Riley has been named manager for ambulance and EMS services at New London Hospital. “ Riley brings an extensive background in emergency response management to …

Businesses Slow to Hop On ‘SHOP’

Sunday, January 18, 2015

West Lebanon — There was a sunny subject line on the email sent on the afternoon of Jan. 2: “Happy New Year from the SHOP Marketplace.” The message inside was an invitation to celebrate the arrival of 2015 with “health coverage for you and your employees.” To begin, …

To Your Good Health: Pneumonia Vaccine Not the Cause of New Symptoms

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: My wife is 69 and had diphtheria as a small child. She was told that she should never have a vaccination or combination vaccination that contains a diphtheria toxoid. Five years ago, she was given the pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (PPSV23), which contains no diphtheria toxoid …

Consumer Confidential: Kaiser Permanente’s Problematic Billing Process

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Karen Kurokawa was happy to pay her husband’s Kaiser Permanente bill. She just wanted to know why Kaiser had adjusted it almost $2,000 higher. The fact that she couldn’t get a straight answer from Kaiser, even after she filed a formal grievance, highlights the challenge patients face in …

Expansion Underway for Growing North Haverhill Senior Center

Sunday, January 11, 2015

North Haverhill — On a ny given weekday, Horse Meadow Senior Center might serve 175 lunches in the dining room, send out 90 home-delivered meals, and offer an exercise class, writers’ group and bingo, all the while buzzing …