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Health Case Heads to Highest Court

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

The Vermont Attorney General’s Office will make oral arguments on Wednesday in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in a case about health care price transparency that will set national precedent. The Supreme Court ultimately will decide whether the state of Vermont can force an insurance company to hand over data regarding health insurance claims. A ruling on the matter is expected next year. At the heart of the lawsuit …

Sex in a Pornographic Age: Etna Author Arms Parents Against What A Child Will See, and Do

Monday, November 30, 2015

Before reading the book that she encouraged Etna resident Cindy Pierce to write, Vicki Hoefle thought she was well-versed in how young people struggle to navigate the hyper- and cyber-sexualized jungle of 21st-century culture. And while Hoefle digested Pierce’s Sexploitation: Helping Kids Develop Healthy Sexuality in a Porn-Driven World, published by Boston-based Bibliomotion …

At the Hospitals: Nov. 29, 2015

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Dartmouth Cardiologist Will Lead Medical Society Hanover — John R. Butterly, a cardiologist and a professor of medicine at Geisel School of Medicine and The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, has been elected president of the New Hampshire Medical Society. “It is an honor to represent physicians in the state …

D-H Part Of New Venture

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Manchester — Three New Hampshire hospitals, including Dartmouth-Hitchcock, plan to seek cost-savings and better health outcomes with a $10 million venture that would share “clinical, financial and operational data” with the state’s second-largest health insurer. The participants — D-H, Elliot Health System in Manchester, Frisbie Memorial Hospital in …

Flu Vaccine Is Plentiful, And Now Is The Time

Sunday, October 4, 2015

On the cusp of another flu season, public-health professionals in the Twin States are reminding the public to take a better-safe-than-sorry attitude toward getting vaccinated. “We had vaccination clinics starting early in September,” Susan Peterson, a registered nurse …

At the Hospitals: Oct. 4, 2015

Sunday, October 4, 2015

VNA Hospice Medical Director Receives Board Certification New London — Dr. Kristi Saunders, hospice medical director for Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice, has earned board certification through the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. To earn …

To Your Good Health: Heart Benefits of Niacin Not What Once Thought

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: I have been taking niacin for many years. What side effects should I be looking for? My cardiologist recently added Lipitor to my medications, which tells me that the niacin was not doing the best job. — A.H. Answer: Niacin has been used for decades …

Supporting A Vision: A New Space for Special Needs Adults

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Enfield — Homemade salsa, enchiladas, salad and sweet corn were what’s for dinner on a recent Tuesday evening in the farmhouse at Visions for Creative Housing Solutions. As usual, residents had pitched in with the preparations, cutting tomatoes, …

At the Hospitals: Sept. 27, 2015

Sunday, September 27, 2015

PTSD Center Official Receives Career Award White River Junction — Jessica Hamblen, acting deputy executive director and deputy for education with the Department of Veterans Affairs National Center for PTSD in White River Junction, has been selected to …

D-H Threatens Suit Over Vt. Medicaid Payments

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Lebanon — Dartmouth-Hitchcock has threatened to sue the state of Vermont for using what it regards as a discriminatory payment schedule and denying the large medical care network millions of dollars in compensation for care for low-income people covered by a state-federal health insurance program. The rate at …

To Your Good Health: Confusing Pneumonia Vaccine Guidelines Clarified

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: I have a question regarding the new pneumonia vaccine Prevnar for my grandmother. She had the Pneumovax 23 in 2012 (she is in her 80s). Should she get Prevnar 13? She is relatively healthy, except for very mild asthma and seasonal allergies. I’m totally confused! …

Pitching River Park: Developer Makes His Case for West Lebanon Life-Sciences Research Center

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Hanover — High-tech entrepreneurs tend to cluster in locations where there is a large supply of highly educated scientists and researchers: Research Triangle Park in North Carolina, Cambridge, Mass., and Silicon Valley in California. Those places have among …

Judge Rules for D-H In Discrimination Suit

Friday, September 25, 2015

Lebanon — A federal judge has ended a lawsuit by a former Dartmouth-Hitchcock resident who suffered from insomnia and alleged that D-H, which fired her in 2010, discriminated against her because of her disability and because she is African-American. Judge Steven McAuliffe of the U.S. District Court in …