Health Care

At the Hospitals: May 17, 2015

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Dartmouth-Hitchcock CEO and President Among ‘Outstanding Americans’ Lebanon — Dr. James Weinstein, chief executive officer and president of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock health system, has received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor from the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations. This year’s recipients, 90 in all, include talk show host Meredith Vieira; New York Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera; U.S. Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas; 12 members of the U.S. military; and Washington, D.C., police chief Cathy L. Lanier. “Each of these honorees represents traits that I admire in great Americans: the vision of a better world for all, the tenacity to overcome challenges, and the leadership and imagination to …

To Your Good Health: Mold And Mildew Exposure Can Have Consequences

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: I lived in southwest Florida for 13 years and was exposed to heavy mold and mildew due to heat and humidity from a leaky roof. About a year ago, I gradually became quite ill — fatigue, weakness, irritable bowel symptoms, insomnia and symptoms of a urinary tract infection. Six months ago, I moved out and have slowly regained my health, …

To Your Good Health: Hospice Switches Focus From Life Length to Life Quality

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: I was advised by a doctor at a reputable hospital to put my mother in hospice for congestive heart failure. She also has multi-infarct dementia. That was a year ago. Her vitals have been checked twice a week since that time and are always good. Her oxygen level also is very good. We have never had to use the furosemide …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Fines Rare Even As Health Data Breaches Grow

Sunday, March 1, 2015

In a string of meetings and press releases, the federal government’s health watchdogs have delivered a stern message: They are cracking down on insurers, hospitals and doctors offices that don’t adequately protect the security and privacy of medical records. “We’ve now moved into an area of more assertive …

At the Hospitals: Feb. 22, 2015

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Valley Regional Hospital Named to Harvard Pilgrim 2014 Honor Roll Claremont — Valley Regional Hospital was recently named to Harvard Pilgrim Health Care’s seventh annual Hospital Honor Roll. The 2014 Honor Roll recognizes adult acute care hospitals scoring …

To Your Good Health: For Some Terminal Patients, Routine Procedures Can Be Unnecessary Care

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: My mother has stage 4 cancer. She just went to a dermatologist, who performed Mohs surgery on her nose. I am BEYOND upset by this unethical behavior. The country is already deeply in debt, and Medicare is paying for this? Unconscionable! Not to mention the …

Consumer Confidential: With Purchase of EnvisionRx, Rite Aid Gets in on the Drug Intermediary Racket

Sunday, February 22, 2015

John Standley, chief executive of the Rite Aid pharmacy chain, was effusive recently in describing how consumers will benefit from his company spending $2 billion to buy EnvisionRx, a firm most people likely never heard of. The deal, he said, will allow Rite Aid to expand its “health …

Mastectomies Gain Favor, Traction

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Nearly 25 years ago, the National Cancer Institute declared that women with early-stage breast cancer could be spared mastectomies. The institute acted after studies found that breast removal offered no survival benefits over removing just the lump and following up with radiation treatments. This caused the pendulum to …

To Your Good Health: Carcinoid Tumors May Be on the Rise

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: My father suffers from carcinoid syndrome, and I was wondering if it is hereditary. For many years now, I have gotten a strange numb feeling in my mid-abdomen region that comes and goes. At other times I have a mild, dull pain in the same …

D-H Gets Ratings Agency OK

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Lebanon — A key Wall Street scorekeeper reaffirmed its view that Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s financial position is strong, stable but somewhat vulnerable while also taking note of the health system’s recent moves to expand by forging links with smaller regional hospitals and through efforts to grow its “regional footprint” in …