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At the Hospitals: Oct. 11, 2015

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Grant Will Help Geneticist Study How Behaviors May be Inherited Hanover — Giovanni Bosco, an associate professor of genetics at Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine, has been awarded a $3.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health. The five-year Pioneer Award supports exceptional investigators pursuing bold, highly innovative research projects, Geisel said in a news release. Bosco’s project began with the question: Can the social experiences of parents be …

To Your Good Health: Facing the Recurrent Vertigo of Meniere’s Disease

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: My wife is suffering from Meniere’s disease, a condition that causes, at times, severe vertigo and disorientation. Although she’s never actually been diagnosed with the condition, after several months of numerous tests on her heart, brain, ears, eyes and balance, the doctors “think” it’s Meniere’s disease. It came upon her rather suddenly, which is another puzzling aspect of her condition. …

D-H, Visiting Nurses Affiliation Gets OK

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Lebanon — Vermont regulators on Wednesday approved a deal in which the Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice of Vermont and New Hampshire would affiliate with Dartmouth-Hitchcock and give D-H final say on its budget, programs, strategy and choice of top executive. Stuart Schurr, the general counsel of the Vermont Department of Aging and Independent Living, approved the deal after language was inserted into …

To Your Good Health: Shingles Vaccine Can Prevent Complications

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: My boyfriend, who is in his 60s, got the recommended shingles shot a couple of years ago. Three weeks ago, he got a very bad case of shingles. It went from the front of his stomach, along the left side, to the middle of his …

Smoking Cessation Program Needs Volunteer, Will Train

Sunday, August 16, 2015

North Pomfret — A program that helps people quit tobacco products is in need of a volunteer. Health Connections, a nonprofit organization based in North Pomfret, offers programs across the Upper Valley The volunteer will receive training, mileage reimbursement and a $75 stipend for each smoking cessation group …

Vermont Will Pay Insurer $1.6 Million

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Montpelier — The administration of Gov. Peter Shumlin will pay Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont $1.6 million to cover past due premiums and incorrectly paid claims because of technical problems with the state’s once-beleaguered health care website. Lawrence Miller, Shumlin’s chief of health care reform, said Friday …

Hanover Nursing Home Ranks in Lowest Tier After Inspection

Friday, August 14, 2015

Hanover — An area nursing home that changed ownership 14 months ago was recently cited by state inspectors for several deficiencies in patient care, including a failure to provide eating assistance to a patient with dementia who lost 23 pounds. The citations contributed to Hanover Terrace Health and …

Mascoma Clinic Backers Have Cash Goal

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Canaan — A nonprofit organization that plans to build and operate a community health clinic here has secured $3.3 million in federal rural development loans but needs to raise an additional $280,000 before starting work. About 2,500 residents …

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Pays Medicare After Audit

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Lebanon — Dartmouth-Hitchcock has agreed to pay $452,000 to the Medicare program after a federal audit estimated that its Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital unit had improperly collected $1.4 million from that federal insurance program during 2011 and 2012. The auditors examined a random sample of 445 inpatient and …

At the Hospitals: Aug. 9, 2015

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Valley Regional President To Lead Health Advisory Council Claremont — Peter Wright, president and CEO of Valley Regional Healthcare, has been tapped to lead Greater Sullivan County Public Health Network’s Public Health Advisory Council. The council will help …

To Your Good Health: More Frequent, Higher Doses of NSAIDs Carry Greater Risk of Side Effects

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: I am a 44-year-old man with chronic headaches and migraines. Should I worry about the long-term effects of taking an NSAID (such as diclofenac) at least once a week? — G.W. Answer: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are among the most commonly taken classes of drugs in …

Vt. Preps to Hire Help For Health Exchange

Friday, August 7, 2015

Montpelier — The Shumlin administration may need to hire up to 200 employees in October and November to help Vermonters manually change their insurance policies for next year. The announcement is part of the three-part contingency plan that Gov. Peter Shumlin announced in March to fix more than …

Mt. Ascutney Projects Break-Even for 2016 Budget

Monday, August 3, 2015

Windsor — After two straight years of losing money in its health care operations, Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center is projecting that in its upcoming fiscal year it will break even in its core business — but only just barely. In a July 1 letter and budget …