Medical Procedures http://nhpr.org en Wide Variation In Medical Treatment For Children In Northern New England http://nhpr.org/post/wide-variation-medical-treatment-children-northern-new-england <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>A new <strong><a href="http://www.dartmouthatlas.org/downloads/atlases/NNE_Pediatric_Atlas_121113.pdf" target="_blank">study </a></strong>from the Dartmouth Atlas Project&nbsp;finds many children in northern New England receive potentially unneeded medical care that could have harmful side effects.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Researchers compared data for a range of care across Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine for children under age 18.</span></p> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 18:34:35 +0000 Todd Bookman 39956 at http://nhpr.org Wide Variation In Medical Treatment For Children In Northern New England Greening The O.R. http://nhpr.org/post/greening-or <p></p><p>Reduce, reuse, recycle? Not in the medical profession. While recycling has become the aspiration or even the norm in most areas of our daily lives, an operating room is the one place where recycling feels like a dangerous practice. Recent studies provide staggering statistics of the amount of waste produced by hospitals on a daily basis; one conservative estimate puts annual hospital waste at <a href="http://motherboard.vice.com/blog/average-knee-operation-produces-30-pounds-of-garbage">five point nine million tons</a>, with operating rooms accounting for twenty to thirty percent of that total. In light of these numbers, there is a growing effort to bring sustainability into the health care sector while still maintaining the highest level of hygiene.</p><p> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 14:10:58 +0000 Virginia Prescott 28927 at http://nhpr.org Greening The O.R. A Lesson in Dying http://nhpr.org/post/lesson-dying <p align="center">&nbsp;</p><p>When it comes to sharing tough news with family members, or witnessing a patient’s final moments, knowledge of human anatomy and diseases is only so helpful. <strong>Abby Goodnough</strong>, writer for The New York Times, talked with us&nbsp;about the <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/11/us/fatally-ill-and-making-herself-the-lesson.html?src=me&amp;ref=general&amp;_r=1&amp;">incredible opportunity</a> that&nbsp;Martha Keochareon&nbsp;afforded medical students at Holyoke Community College. Martha, a&nbsp;nurse dying of pancreatic cancer, offered herself up to nursing students at Holyoke Community College as a case study in terminal illness. This is the conversation we had with Abby back in January.</p><p> Thu, 08 Aug 2013 14:49:40 +0000 Virginia Prescott 20104 at http://nhpr.org A Lesson in Dying PANDAS: Illuminating a Disorder and its Controversy http://nhpr.org/post/pandas-illuminating-disorder-and-its-controversy <p></p><p>The loudest and largest debate in health-care over these past few years has centered on coverage and how it ought or ought not to be extended to millions of uninsured Americans.&nbsp; But for some Americans, coverage isn’t the problem – the problem is getting doctors to agree on the diagnosis and treatment for baffling, or inconclusively researched conditions.</p> Tue, 13 Nov 2012 16:32:14 +0000 Virginia Prescott 16767 at http://nhpr.org PANDAS: Illuminating a Disorder and its Controversy Legacy of a Jerk http://nhpr.org/post/legacy-jerk <p>In this episode, Stephen Dubner focuses on an experimental procedure called the fecal transplant. This procedure is sort of combination of organ transplant and blood transfusion that may present a viable way to treat not only intestinal problems but also obesity and a number of neurological disorders. We'll talk to two doctors at the vanguard of this procedure and a patient who says it changed his life. Also: we've all heard our share of poignant and loving eulogies, but what if the deceased was a real jerk? Fri, 14 Sep 2012 16:03:25 +0000 NHPR Staff 12934 at http://nhpr.org Legacy of a Jerk