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Donna Stamper, left, of Grantham, N.H., and Marjorie Matthews, of Hanover, N.H., are peer group leaders with the New Hampshire chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. (Valley News - Geoff Hansen) <p><i>Copyright © Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.</i></p>

Uneven Efforts, Part Four: Mental Health Care: ‘A Very Difficult System to Navigate’

Monday, July 27, 2015

When serious mental illness occurs, finding care and making choices can be daunting. Families of the mentally ill frequently find themselves the first responders to health emergencies. And they may be unprepared. “When you have a child or a sister or a brother or an aunt or an uncle who starts displaying weird behavior, you have no background for integrating …

Uneven Efforts Series: Flagship Hospitals Continue to Have a Role to Play

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Most experts and advocates agree that the quality and availability of care depend, to a large degree, on a state’s ability to deliver services in a variety of community settings and facilities while reducing reliance on flagship, state-owned mental hospitals. Yet those hospitals — which provide high-level, expensive, inpatient treatment for acute cases …

At the Hospitals: July 26, 2015

Sunday, July 26, 2015

VA Medical Center Surgeons Receive Career Development Awards White River Junction — Two surgeons from the VA Outcomes Group, based at White River Junction VA Medical Center, have received Veterans Administration New England Career Development Awards. “In addition to the honor bestowed by these highly competitive regional grants, the awards provide critical salary support that allows promising junior investigators to jumpstart productive careers …

Health Industry Spent $19 Million Lobbying in Mass.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Boston — Hospitals, insurers, doctors, unions and pharmaceutical companies spent a record $19 million trying to sway Beacon Hill lawmakers last year, a reflection of the industry’s political and economic muscle and a rapidly changing health care landscape. In less than a decade, lobbying by the industry has …

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Here is a list of the organizations that spent the most on lobbying Beacon Hill lawmakers about health care issues last year, according to the Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth’s Office: ∎ The Massachusetts Association of Health Plans: $1,055,620. ∎ The Massachusetts Hospital Association: $882,470. ∎ Steward Health …

At the Hospitals: May 24, 2015

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Healthy Living Programs Receive Mini-Grants New London — Three local organizations have received community wellness grants from the The Wellness Connection: For a Healthy Lake Sunapee Region. Created this year, the mini-grant program provides funding for area nonprofits, …

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 …

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 …

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. …

Research: Maple Extract Could Enhance Antibiotics

Friday, May 8, 2015

You may be of the belief that a spoonful of maple syrup helps the medicine go down — and now preliminary research from McGill University suggests that maple syrup may also help the medicine do its job. Led by professor Nathalie Tufenkji, researchers have discovered that maple syrup …

Healthy Food Talk Honors Late Doctor

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Lebanon — Her picture was on the event’s promotional flier. Her vegan recipes for hummus, lentils, steel cut oats and pasta with beans and veggies were distributed to attendees. The audience included some of her former colleagues and patients, and her mother. But Margo Krasnoff, the 57-year-old professor …

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Participates in National Medicare Experiment That Shows Cost Savings, Better Care Received

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Lebanon — A national experiment that changes how the Medicare program pays doctors and clinics delivered lower costs and improved health care quality during its early years, federal officials said Monday, and Medicare plans to move ahead to apply elements of that new approach more broadly. The results …

At the Hospitals: May 3, 2015

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Mt. Ascutney Physician Earns Pain Management Certification Windsor — Dr. Peter E. Rauert, a staff anesthesiologist at Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center, has earned board certification in pain management from the American Board of Anesthesiology. The certification …