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Connie Zullo Barth, of Brownsville, Vt., thanks members of the VA staff for the end of life care her father received at the White River Junction, Vt., VA Medical Center during a town hall meeting Monday, September 15, 2014.
 (Valley News - James M. Patterson)

Veterans’ Voices Heard

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

White River Junction — Emotions were subdued and complaints muted during an hour-long town hall meeting Monday afternoon that brought about 50 veterans and others face to face with local Department of Veterans Affairs officials in an auditorium at the VA Medical Center. No one blinked. No one shouted. The most intense moment came when Connie Zullo Barth, of Brownsville, …

At the Hospitals: Sept. 14, 2014

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Dartmouth Faculty, Alumni Discuss Advances in Disease Treatments Hanover — Faculty and alumni of the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth will discuss recent advances in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of chronic and life-threatening diseases in a free medical education session on Sept. 19, from 2-4 p.m. The event, part of Geisel’s …

Workshop on Special Education Coming to Newbury, Vt., Clinic

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Newbury, Vt. — A free informational workshop about special education is set for Sept. 25, from 6-7 p.m. at the Newbury Health Clinic, 4628 Main Street South. The event, called Your Child’s Special Education, will cover the referral process, early intervention, testing, individualized education programs (IEPs) and 504 plans, therapies, annual reviews and reevaluations. The workshop will also explore the roles of parents, …

Consumer Confidential:

Sunday, July 13, 2014

It would be nice if Americans could declare independence from loony medical bills. But that day isn’t here. Bill Erickson can attest to that. In 2010, he had his right knee replaced after “lots of abuse” as a high school and college baseball coach. His insurer, Anthem Blue …

D-H Withdraws ‘Magnet’ Application

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Lebanon — Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center has withdrawn an application to renew its designation as a “Magnet” hospital — a certification meant to recognize superior nursing services — after a survey showed patient and employee satisfaction did not sufficiently exceed national benchmarks. As a result, DHMC will start its …

At the Hospitals: July 6, 2014

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Arthritis Walk Set in Lebanon Lebanon — The Arthritis Foundation and Alice Peck Day Health Systems will host the 2014 Upper Valley Walk to Cure Arthritis on Sept. 20. The walk is designed to raise money for arthritis …

To Your Good Health: Blood Donation Can Affect Athletic Performance

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: I am a fit 54-year-old male who bicycles a lot. My friends and I are pretty competitive when we do our rides, pushing hard and challenging each other in positive ways. I donate blood as often as I’m allowed. After donating, my legs feel more …

Singing Can Soothe Sleep Apnea

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: I appreciate your columns. Recently, in a column about sleep apnea, you did not mention one thing that I have heard of that will help. I was told this by a dentist who makes mouth appliances for apnea patients: singing. I haven’t tried it; I …

To Your Good Health: The Difference Between Sugars and Sugar Alcohols

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: I recently was diagnosed as being prediabetic and told to watch my sugar intake. So I now read the nutrition facts on packages. However, I am confused about the listed sugars. Sometimes the label includes both “sugar” and “sugar alcohols.” For instance, a package can …

A Private Disease in the Public Eye

Sunday, June 29, 2014

“I can do it, but I hate it,” said Scott Stossel, sitting on a sofa in the living room of his comfortable Washington home with his wife, Susanna, and their two children, Maren and Nathaniel, playing nearby. “I …

Health Plans, APD in Talks For Coverage

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Lebanon — Talks underway with Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, New Hampshire’s largest health insurer, could result in the addition of Alice Peck Day Hospital to Pathway, the Anthem network available to residents who seek coverage in 2015 through the federally operated exchange created by the Affordable Care …

Special Needs Center Seeks Volunteers

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Lebanon — The Special Needs Support Center in Lebanon is looking for volunteers, including board members. The nonprofit’s mission is “to help children and adults with special needs, and their families, meet their unique challenges through advocacy and program support.” Longtime members Robin Cushman Phillips, Rita Murdoch and …

Blood Drive Memorializes Slain Veteran

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Springfield, Vt. — An American Red Cross blood drive Wednesday will honor the late Army Sgt. Kevin Sheehan. Sheehan, who grew up in Springfield, was killed in combat in Iraq on May 25, 2004, at age 36. The blood drive has been organized by his widow, Heather Sheehan, …