Health Care

Brian Stoudnour carries his son Griffin, 7, up the hill in front of their Fairlee, Vt. home after a sled run as Ronan Stoudnour, 3, walks up at right Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016. Griffin has Duchenne muscular dystrophy, regarded as the most severe and most common form of the progressive degenerative disease. Brian Stoudnour hiked to the Mount Everest Base Camp in Nepal last October as part of the Hope for Gus Foundation's Everest to End Duchenne campaign and raised over $6,000 to go directly to research of Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
(Valley News - James M. Patterson)
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Fairlee Man Treks to Mount Everest To Call Attention to Son’s Disease

Monday, February 8, 2016

Fairlee — After school one rainy day last week, 7-year-old Griffin Stoudnour splashed in fresh puddles with younger brother Ronan. Inside the family home, after changing into dry clothes — best of all a new T-shirt featuring Mickey Mouse and other Disney characters — and playing with the two kittens who’d joined the family at Christmas, Griffin found his mother …

Agency Upgrades D-H Accreditation

Monday, February 8, 2016

Lebanon — An accreditation agency that monitors the quality of hospital residency programs for training doctors just out of medical school has upgraded the status of Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital, which sponsors 47 such programs, and of the hospital’s training program in surgery. The actions by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education upgraded the ratings of the hospital and its third largest …

At the Hospitals: Feb. 7, 2016

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Local Hospitals Release Community Health Needs Assessment Access to mental health care and affordable health insurance, prescription drugs prices, heroin and the misuse of pain medications are among the Upper Valley ’s most pressing health concerns, according to a report by local hospitals. The 2015 Community Health Needs Assessment is based on focus …

Opiate Overdose Deaths Continue Unabated in Twin States

Friday, November 27, 2015

Thanksgiving week travelers on New Hampshire’s interstate highways were greeted by message boards noting that 96 people had died in traffic accidents in the state this year. But those message boards contained no mention of the much greater toll taken by a recent surge in the availability and …

At the Hospitals: Nov. 22, 2015

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Longtime VA Cardiologist Retires Hartford — Cardiologist James Bell has retired after a 41-year career at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in White River Junction. Dr. Bell has played a “significant role in the education of Dartmouth medical …

To Your Good Health: “Stomach Flu” Is Not Actual Flu

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: With the flu season coming on, would you please discuss the difference between what people call the “stomach flu” and what the flu really is? I have two friends who last year said they weren’t getting the flu shot anymore because despite having it, they …

Mental Health Agency Lays Off a Dozen

Friday, November 20, 2015

Springfield, Vt. — The nonprofit agency designated by the state of Vermont to provide mental health and substance abuse treatment in communities in Windsor and Windham counties laid off 12 employees this week. Health Care and Rehabilitation Services of Southeastern Vermont Inc. Chief Executive George Karabakakis announced the …

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Valley Regional Healthcare to Present Community Health Needs Assessment Claremont —Valley Regional Healthcare will present its recently completed community health needs assessment on Tuesday Nov. 17, from 2:30-4 p.m. at the Claremont Community TV Studio. The studio is …

National Chain Applies to Buy Five Vermont Nursing Homes

Saturday, November 14, 2015

A national nursing home chain that is facing U.S. Justice Department charges of fraud and inadequate staffing is seeking regulators’ approval for its purchase of five Vermont homes, an acquisition that would make it the largest nursing home operator in Vermont and New Hampshire. A certificate of need …

Aging Population Doesn’t Guarantee More Nursing Home Beds

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Even as the senior population in the Twin States is expected to grow rapidly, a for-profit corporation that stands poised to become Vermont’s largest nursing home operator plans to eliminate 52 skilled-nursing-facility beds from the state’s inventory and offer more private rooms in five properties it hopes to …

At the Hospitals: Nov. 8, 2015

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Clinic Groundbreaking Set at APD Lebanon — A short groundbreaking ceremony for the new multi-specialty clinic at Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital is set for tomorrow at 12:15 p.m. on APD’s campus. The clinic is designed to serve …

Dr. Roach: For a Few, Cholesterol Is Naturally High

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: I am a 68-year-old female with a more-than-40-year history of extremely high cholesterol (350-411 total). I have not been able to tolerate any kind of statin drug, even if I take CoQ10 with it. Welchol and Zetia had side effects that I couldn’t tolerate either. …

At the Hospitals: Nov. 1, 2015

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Addiction Talk, Naloxone Training Scheduled in Lebanon Lebanon — A free presentation about addiction is set for Nov. 10, from 6-8 p.m., at Headrest, 14 Church St. The two-part session will begin with a presentation by Sarah Poisson, …