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To Your Good Health: Help For Persistent Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: In August 2013, I had surgery on my right wrist for carpal tunnel syndrome. The numbness in my fingers has not changed. Now I’m faced with the same problem in my left hand. I’m going to forget surgery, seeing as it wasn’t successful in my right hand. I decided to go to an acupuncturist for laser treatments. I also had a cortisone shot. Neither of these has …

At the Hospitals: April 20, 2014

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Gifford Mammography, Nuclear Medicine Earn National Accreditation Randolph — Gifford Medical Center’s mammography and nuclear medicine departments have both been awarded three-year reaccreditations by the American College of Radiology. The accreditation is awarded only to facilities meeting American College of Radiology practice guidelines and technical standards after a peer-review evaluation by board certified …

Treating Ulcerative Colitis

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: I have a very close relative who has ulcerative colitis and who was very ill a few years ago. She is now in partial remission but still has bouts of colitis. She found a doctor who (she thinks) is the smartest person in the world. He is treating her with Vicodin, about which he says, “No one knows why, but …

N.H. Bill Would Certify Affiliations

Monday, March 17, 2014

Lebanon — A bill before the New Hampshire Senate would establish a new certification process for approving cooperative agreements between health care providers. Senate Bill 308, the Health Care Delivery Innovation Through Cooperation Act, would call on the attorney general to grant “certificates of public advantage” to agreements …

At the Hospitals: March 16, 2014

Monday, March 17, 2014

VA Medical Center Names New Chief of Staff White River Junction — Dr. Mabodawilage Ganga Hematillake has joined the VA Medical Center in White River Junction as its new chief of staff. Hematillake has extensive experience in clinical …

Center for People With Special Needs To Open in Lebanon; Party Planned

Monday, March 17, 2014

Lebanon — A new community center for adults with special needs is expected to open soon in Lebanon, and organizers are celebrating. A free party announcing the creation of “Spark” is set for March 26, at 7 p.m., …

Collaboration, Not Competition: Dartmouth-Hitchcock Building Hospital Network

Monday, March 17, 2014

New London — Last October, there was a wedding in New London. The bride kept her name. New London Hospital had courted Dartmouth-Hitchcock for several years, and after a lot of legal back-and-forth, discussions with state officials and …

Haven’s Latest Shelter Routinely Fills Up

Saturday, March 15, 2014

White River Junction — Demand has been steady and strong for beds at an overnight “warming shelter” that the Upper Valley Haven opened in January, according to officials at the White River Junction-based shelter. “We have 10 cots, …

Could ‘Insignificant’ Heart Murmur Cause Atrial Fibrillation?

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: When I was discharged from the Army in 1966, I was diagnosed with a heart murmur. It seemed to be insignificant; however, in April 2011 during a routine exam, I was diagnosed with atrial fibrillation, …

Pioneer Gets Ready to Take Diabetes Education to the Nation

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Pittsburgh — Diagnosed in June, Darla Nash joined the many millions of Americans who face the daily grind, the persistent challenges and the often pesky puzzles of diabetes. Some try ignoring the disease until it pounces with complications. Others deal with it in passing until problems begin emerging. …

Ex-Smokers Breathe Easier: E-Cigarettes Rise in Popularity But Health Questions Unanswered

Friday, March 14, 2014

West Lebanon — About nine months ago, Matt Palombo was curious about how much money he was spending on cigarettes. He smoked around a pack a day for eight years. Palombo knew it was an expensive habit, but …

Is a Fibrosis Treatment Safe, Even Without FDA Approval?

Friday, March 14, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: I recently was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis. I am an otherwise healthy 73-year-old male who underwent bypass surgery seven years ago. I work out to keep in shape, not to look like a teenager. I had 12 weeks of pulmonary rehabilitation, which was very helpful. …

D-H Wins Award for Spine Research

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Lebanon — A team of Dartmouth-Hitchcock employees, including the health system’s CEO, has received the top honor in orthopaedics for a landmark clinical trial that studies the effectiveness of the most common spine surgeries, according to a news release. The award announced in New Orleans on Wednesday went …