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Katrina Murphy reads through the materials during an orientation session for applicants to an apprenticeship program through Dartmouth-Hitchcock and Vermont HITEC, a job-training nonprofit, that will train 20 people as medical assistants and 10 as pharmacy technicians, held at the Fireside Inn in West Lebanon, N.H. on July 28, 2014.  (Valley News - Ariana van den Akker)

Long Odds for Hospital Jobs

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

West Lebanon — There were no drill sergeants in sight. No Outward Bound wilderness ordeals. No deals to vote anyone off the island. But as 350 job seekers flocked to a West Lebanon hotel Monday, formidable obstacles lay between them and 30 entry-level pharmacy technician or medical assistant jobs at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. The biggest challenge would not start until …

At the Hospitals: July 27, 2014

Sunday, July 27, 2014

August Motorcycle Ride Will Benefit David’s House Lebanon — A motorcycle ride next month will benefit David’s House, a nonprofit that provides a home away from home for families with children receiving medical treatment through Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. The guided ride, set for Aug. 2, leaves from First Congregational Church, 3470 Route 5, Westminster, Vt. It ends at David’s House, …

To Your Good Health: Is It Herpes Or An Antibiotic Allergy?

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: Four years ago, my husband had an abscess. What started as a boil became so deep and hard that he required general anesthesia to remove it. The wound was left open, and we had to change the packing twice a day for eight weeks. It was diagnosed as MRSA, and he was put on Bactrim. Six months later, an abscess …

Former Medicare Chief Says the Upper Valley Can Be Health Care Model

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Hanover — A former Obama administration official left the campaign trail in Massachusetts, where he wants to be governor, to pay a Saturday visit to the Upper Valley, where he encouraged local-level efforts to fix a broken health …

Tough Economics Lead Cottage Hospital to Close Birth Unit

Friday, May 30, 2014

Woodsville — Cottage Hospital plans to close its birthing center after the unit accumulated $2 million in red ink over seven years of steadily declining use, mainly due to low reimbursement rates from programs that provide health insurance to low-income people. The decision to close the center was …

Fibromyalgia Is a Real Disease

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: I am a 56-year-old female. I recently have been having terrible pain in my joints. It is so bad at night that I can’t sleep. Mainly the pain is in my neck, ribs, elbows, knees and wrists. My finger joints have hurt for years. I …

Test Finds Protein Deposits in Tissues

Monday, May 26, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: I had an electromyographic test that indicated that I had carpal tunnel syndrome primarily in my left wrist. I had the surgery for carpal tunnel. During the surgery, they noticed a thickening of the lining around the tendons, and took a biopsy of the lining. …

At the Hospitals: May 25, 2014

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Gifford Named Top 100 Critical Access Hospital Randolph — Gifford Medical Center in Randolph has been named among the nation’s top 100 performing critical access hospitals by iVantage Health Analytics. The designation is based on iVantage’s “Hospital Strength …

To Your Good Health: Embarrassing Bad Breath May Not Be Bad at All

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: Could the cause of chronic bad breath be due to having a tortuous esophagus? I’ve always had a horrible taste in my mouth 10 to 20 minutes after eating — sometimes worse than others, depending on what I’ve eaten. I was diagnosed with GERD 10 …

D-H Paid Departing Executives More Than $3 Million in 2012

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Lebanon — Dartmouth-Hitchcock spent more than $3 million in 2012 on severance payments to three executives who left top management jobs, including a $2.3 million “separation payment” to former co-chief executive Nancy Formella. The payments — which were …

Many Therapies Help With Dystonia

Friday, May 23, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: My husband is an elementary-school teacher, age 69. He started teaching in 1983 with beautiful handwriting. By 2003 he had difficulty trying to write. As the years went by, the hand problem got worse. He went to a specialist, and he was diagnosed with writer’s …

Walking Vs. Jogging for Health

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: If walk briskly for a certain time and distance, is that not just as good for you as jogging, if you are going for the same time? — A. Answer: It depends on what you mean by “good.” If you mean what I think you …

Confusing Parkinson’s and Lyme

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: Would you please explain the difference between Parkinson’s disease and Lyme disease? My husband has been told by a neurologist that he has Parkinson’s. A regular medical doctor who also works in the field of alternative medications or supplements has told him that he has …