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At the Hospitals: March 1, 2015

Sunday, March 1, 2015

VA Taps Social Worker For Women’s Program Manager White River Junction — Carey Russ, a social worker, has been named women veterans program manager at White River Junction VA Medical Center. Carey’s duties will include advising and advocating for women veterans, as well as coordinating a range of medical services. Due to the rising number of women in the military, specialized care for women veterans is becoming increasingly important, the medical center said in a recent news release. The medical center’s Comprehensive Women’s Care Center opened in 2012. Russ holds a bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University, and a master’s degree in social work from the …

To Your Good Health: Psyllium Allergy Rare but Possible

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: I would like to know if you have ever heard of a person being allergic to psyllium fiber? My doctor suggested I take Metamucil for constipation, as opposed to stool softeners. However, when I took it, my face and eyes began to itch, I began to wheeze and I coughed until I vomited it up. My doctor stated he had …

Drugmaker Avoids Billions in U.S. Taxes

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Washington — Gilead Sciences Inc., whose $1,000-a-pill hepatitis C treatment is one of the world’s most expensive drugs, is avoiding billions of dollars in U.S. taxes by booking profits overseas. The company reported foreign income before taxes of $8.2 billion for 2014, earning more in non-U.S. profits than it recorded in non-U.S. sales. The data released in a securities filing Wednesday suggest that …

Health Care Clinics Fill Vacant Storefronts

Sunday, January 4, 2015

New York — With video stores and retailers closing their doors, retail real estate has had a tough half-decade. The cure? Urgent care clinics. The clinics, storefronts staffed with doctors to treat common ailments or minor injuries, are filling vacancies left by struggling retailers like RadioShack and Best …

Health Plan Enrollment Up In Twin States

Thursday, January 1, 2015

About 9,500 people in New Hampshire used the state’s federally operated online exchange to sign up for new health insurance policies during the first 30 days of an open enrollment period that began Nov. 15, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced this week. Including those who …

Dissecting A Policy’s Collapse

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

White River Junction — The brain trust of Gov. Peter Shumlin’s aborted effort to introduce a system of publicly financed, universal health insurance in Vermont conducted a 90-minute, New Year’s Eve post mortem with reporters Wednesday. With his …

Transitioning to Normalcy: N.H. Doctor Details Horrors of Ebola Epidemic

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

New London — A medical school professor and public health official who spent 25 days training caregivers in Sierra Leone, near ground zero of the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa, returned with harrowing accounts of a “viscerally …

Systems to Track Prescription Medicines Said to Need Improvement

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Lebanon — Legal and technical constraints have hampered efforts to develop and connect what some doctors and police view as a key tool in the local response to the nationwide opioid epidemic: the electronic systems that monitor prescriptions …

At the Hospitals: Dec. 28, 2014

Sunday, December 28, 2014

APD Names Associate Vice President Of Plant Operations Lebanon — Jonathan Stark has been promoted to associate vice president of plant operations for Alice Peck Day Health Systems. In his new role, Stark will support and have overall …

To Your Good Health: Colonoscopy Is Best Screening Test We Have for Colon Cancer

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: My husband, who is 73 and in good health otherwise, had a colonoscopy in the summer of 2012 and was told that because no polyps or any problems were found, he did not need another test for 10 years. This October, he was diagnosed with …

Mascoma Clinic Hits Money Goal

Friday, December 26, 2014

Canaan — A community group that plans to build a $4 million clinic to serve the Mascoma Valley says that it has met its year-end fundraising goal of $200,000, with $180,000 in donations already received and $50,000 more expected to arrive early next year. The organizers hope to …

At the Hospitals: Dec. 21, 2014

Sunday, December 21, 2014

APD Names Associate VP For Information Services Lebanon — Kristen Kneisel was recently appointed associate vice president for information services at Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital. Kneisel served most recently as the interim director and project manager for …

To Your Good Health: Give Doctor All Your Info for the Best Advice

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: About three years ago, I was walking from the parking lot to church (not a long distance) and was overcome with a feeling of warmth and weakness throughout my body. I almost dropped my purse, but it stopped almost immediately. About three weeks ago, the …