Health Care

DHMC Units Beset By Flu

Monday, January 26, 2015

Lebanon — An influenza outbreak in three units at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center has prompted hospital officials to offer preventive treatments to patients and staffers in the affected areas, a hospital spokesman said Monday. Seven staffers have been confirmed through laboratory tests to have the flu, and a total of 39 staff members in the affected wards — Units 1E, 2E and 3E — have called in sick with “influenza-like illness,” …

At the Hospitals: Jan. 25, 2015

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice Names CEO New London — James “Jim” Culhane, of Henniker, N.H., has been named president and CEO of Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice. An open house in March will feature a “meet and greet” with Culhane. Culhane has more than 12 years of relevant health and …

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 mentioned that she was having a little trouble catching her breath after walking from my …

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 …

It Takes Time To Adjust to Hearing Aids

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: My husband and I are both senior citizens. My hearing deteriorated noticeably more than two years ago. I had an ENT check me, and no tumor or anything that might have caused the loss was found — just bad genes. I went to a local …

Excessive Drinkers Are Not Always Alcoholics

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Drinking excessively can cause serious health risks and is responsible for an average of 88,000 U.S. deaths every year. But the vast majority of excessive drinkers are not alcoholics, according to new government data. Nine out of 10 excessive drinkers are not dependent on alcohol, revealed a study …

Legislators Face Serious Headwinds in Move to Single-Payer

Saturday, November 29, 2014

White River Junction — Vermont’s path-breaking health care reform project seems headed into daunting terrain that will challenge legislative leaders to find common ground, stay true to their principles and deal with increasingly difficult political and budget realities. “I’m seeing a yellow blinking light,” said state Rep. Sarah …