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Health Care

Study: Malpractice Reform Won’t Result in Health Care Savings

Monday, October 20, 2014

There’s been a long-running theory that one reason medical costs are bloated is that doctors are scared of medical malpractice suits, so they order expensive and unnecessary tests to protect themselves from liability. But in three states over the past decade that enacted laws to put stricter limits on medical malpractice lawsuits, there hasn’t been much of an impact in the volume or cost of emergency room care, a new …

A Matter of Control

Monday, October 20, 2014

Over the first year, I lost 70 pounds. Over the next nine, I dropped a net total of five. What’s a Weight Watcher to do, on his 10th anniversary of membership? “Stop complaining,” I can hear my wife, Goodie, saying. “Count your blessings.” Fair enough, coming from my partner for our decade of …

‘She Really Is Our Hero’: Windsor Family Works to Build Strong Foundation for Special-Needs Daughter

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Windsor — With dinnertime approaching in the Wright household, Leah, 22, was tapped to pick the menu. Would she like chicken, or hot dogs and hamburgers, her father, Rob Wright, asked. “Hot dogs and hamburgers,” said Leah, who had been in the hospital with stomach problems earlier in the week. “Are you sure …

Vt. Suicide Prevention Center Launches a New Website

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Brattleboro, Vt. — The Vermont Suicide Prevention Center recently launched a new website, at www.vtspc.org. The site aims to dispel misconceptions about suicide and create awareness about how to prevent it, including recognizing the warning signs, which are not always obvious, the center said in a news release. …

To Your Good Health: A Discussion of the HPV Vaccine

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: In a recent column, you strongly recommended the HPV vaccine for everyone ages 13 to 26. Last week, an article came out about the much lower rates of HPV vaccination as compared with the rates of other vaccinations recommended for teens. I was born in …

White River Junction Clinic Gets Boost

Saturday, September 13, 2014

White River Junction — An injection of $187,000 in federal funds will allow Randolph-based Gifford Medical Center to offer primary care to patients at its Twin River Health Center, a medical center executive said Friday. The money is included in $295 million in nationwide funding from the Health …

Fletcher Allen Ends Investment Strategy

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Burlington — The parent organization of Fletcher Allen Health Care plans to stop investing in interest rate swaps, a mechanism that effectively allows an investor to bet on the future direction of interest rates. Its investments have cost Fletcher Allen Partners at least $4.7 million, and could lose …

At the Hospitals: Sept. 7, 2014

Sunday, September 7, 2014

HCRS to Help With Vt. Family Program Springfield, Vt. — Health Care and Rehabilitation Services will collaborate with a program designed to help Vermont families overcome temporary, short-term financial crises and avoid the need for ongoing assistance. Reach …

Lebanon Nonprofit Receives Grants

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Lebanon — The Special Needs Support Center recently received two grants to support its educational advocacy program and other work. The Lebanon-based nonprofit received $15,000 from Granite United Way and $3,000 from the Hypertherm Owners’ Philanthropic Endeavors Foundation. Most of the money will support the center’s educational advocacy …

To Your Good Health: Can Adults Be Diagnosed With Autism?

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: I am writing about a lifelong problem I’ve had with food. An article in my local newspaper spelled out exactly what I’ve lived through for 55 years. The article was about an 8-year-old boy who is autistic and caused problems by bringing his own food …

For Free Clinic, Change Coming, But Old Challenges Remain

Friday, September 5, 2014

White River Junction — There’s a new executive director in town, helping a 22-year-old clinic adapt to health care reform even as it continues to provide free health and dental care to uninsured and under-insured residents of the …

At the Hospitals: Aug. 31, 2014

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Geisel, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Raise Record in Gifts Hanover — Charitable gifts for Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and Dartmouth-Hitchcock during the fiscal year ending June 30 totaled $36.7 million, a new 12-month record in charitable giving for the …

To Your Good Health: Is There a Connection Between Migraines and Menopause?

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: My daughter is 53 and has suffered terribly with migraines since she was 16. She experiences these episodes anywhere from once per week to as many as three times per week. She is presently on Zomig. If she takes the medication just at the onset, …