Health Care

Donald Mahler, an emeritus professor at Dartmouth's Geisel School of Medicine, has self-published a book on chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He poses for a portrait at the Howe Library in Hanover, N.H., on March 18, 2015. 
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Offering Answers About COPD

Monday, March 23, 2015

COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, affects some 24 million Americans, and is the third leading cause of death in the U.S. after heart disease and cancer, according to the American Lung Association. Over his 35-year career, Donald Mahler, a pulmonologist, has seen hundreds of patients who have COPD, and answered hundreds of questions about what it means to have …

Gifford Announces Nursing Home

Monday, March 23, 2015

Randolph — Officials at Gifford Medical Center announced last week that the hospital has plans to open a new nursing home and move its 25 patient beds from shared to private rooms. In May, the Menig Extended Care Facility at Gifford Medical Center will relocate to a 30-acre property in Randolph Center, making …

At the Hospitals: March 22, 2015

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Gets Spot On ‘Great Places to Work’ List Lebanon — Dartmouth-Hitchcock has been named one of 150 “Great Places to Work in Healthcare” by the industry journal Becker’s Hospital Review. It was selected based on its benefits offerings, wellness programs, commitment to diversity and inclusion, professional development opportunities, and environments that promote …

At the Hospitals: Jan. 11, 2015

Sunday, January 11, 2015

HCRS Recognizes Staff At Annual Meeting Springfield, Vt. — Health Care and Rehabilitation Services recently presented length of service and other awards to employees and community partners. Lynn Boyle, field services director for the Vermont Agency of Human Services, received the agency’s annual Community Partnership Award for being …

To Your Good Health: Is There Such a Thing as Weather Allergy?

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: Is it possible to be allergic to the cold weather and temperature changes? My son is 23 years old, and when he goes out in the cold, he breaks out in hives. What can he do? — K.R. Answer: This sounds exactly like cold urticaria, …

Money Gap, Fears of Business Backlash Led to Single-Payer Demise

Thursday, January 8, 2015

“Missed it by that much.” With that exclamation, secret agent Maxwell Smart, the hero of the 1970s television comedy Get Smart, would shrug and seek to placate his skeptical boss in the wake of a comical misassessment of the facts and situation at hand. Substitute Vermont Gov. Peter …

At the Hospitals: Jan. 4, 2015

Sunday, January 4, 2015

HCRS Names Adult Services Director Springfield, Vt. — Katherine Cook has been named director of the Adult Mental Health and Addiction Services program at Health Care and Rehabilitation Services . Cook joined HCRS last July as director of …

To Your Good Health: Spinal Stenosis Surgery Needs Second Opinion

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: An MRI shows that I have spinal stenosis. I have not improved with chiropractic care, electrical stimulation, medication (including hydrocodone, tramadol and a pain patch), physical therapy or three spinal injections. After the third injection did not help, I told the surgeon I would need …

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 …