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5:20 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Compounding Pharmacists In New Hampshire Brace For Change

Ron Petrin owns Bedford Pharmacy. He's been compounding for 30 years, and calls the work gratifying.
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About 20 years ago, Bob Vecchiotti developed something called foot neuropathy. It’s a neurological condition that left his feet numb. Sometimes they would tingle or burn.

“But then the pain was getting to the point that I was losing concentration and sleep, and I decided we need to do more,” says Vecchiotti. “That’s when my primary care physician, working with a compound pharmacist, was able to come up with something that worked.”

Vecchiotti is a business consultant in Peterborough. He was somewhat skeptical of compounding.

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Health
4:56 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

N.H. Ranks Third In Overall Health

A new report from the Minnesota-based United Health Foundation ranks New Hampshire the third healthiest state in the nation.  That’s down a spot from last year. The report weights a variety of factors, including infant mortality, obesity, high school graduation rate and levels of violent crime.  Vermont ranked first in the nation for the sixth straight year.

Health
5:11 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

Report: State Ranks Last In Anti-Smoking Efforts

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A new report ranks New Hampshire last in the nation when it comes to funding anti-smoking programs.

The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids annual release says that New Hampshire allocated zero state funds for tobacco prevention efforts this fiscal year.

That’s despite the fact that the state collected more than $250 million dollars in tobacco tax revenue combined with the state’s portion of a 1998 settlement agreement.

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Health
4:50 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

Telemedicine In New Hampshire Gets Boost

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Let’s say you are one of the 904 or so residents of Warren, New Hampshire. Let’s say you get sick.  Maybe you just started on a new prescription and are having unwanted side effects.

“Today, they have one of two options,” says Shawn Tester, who runs the day-to-day operations at Ammonousuc Community Health Services, which has five primary care clinics in Grafton and Coos County.

“They either do without. Or they have to travel, oh, I don’t know, 45 miles to our Littleton office to receive that consultative service.”

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Health
10:02 am
Mon December 3, 2012

N.H. Health Officials Stress Importance Of Flu Vaccines

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State health officials are urging people to get their annual flu vaccination.

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Health
5:46 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Two More Fungal Meningitis Cases In N.H.

Two more people in New Hampshire have been diagnosed with fungal meningitis related to a national outbreak bringing the number affected in the state to 10.

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Health
4:06 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

N.H. Hospital In Danger Of Losing Medicare Funding

Federal inspectors say problems discovered at Exeter Hospital after a hepatitis C outbreak are serious enough to limit the hospital's capacity to provide adequate care.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Tue October 16, 2012

Overcoming Obesity in the Granite State

Obesity is on the rise here in New  Hampshire, a recent study finds that the U.S. population is gaining too much weight. New Hampshire's numbers are also increasing, with about 26% of Granite Staters now considered obese. Its also predicted that by the year 2030, more than half of this state's population will be obese. Today we'll look at this study and see what can be done to tip the scales in the opposite direction.

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Health
4:14 pm
Sat October 13, 2012

Four People In N.H. Test Positive For Fungal Meningitis

Public health officials say four people in New Hampshire have been diagnosed with fungal meningitis.

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Word of Mouth
10:04 am
Wed October 10, 2012

Pedaling off the Pounds

Sam Evans-Brown

A lot of Americans are struggling to lose a whole lot of weight, and they try all kinds of crazy things.

Ernest Gagnon — a man from Billerica, Mass. — decided to shed pounds by getting into the often intense, high-adrenaline sport of cyclocross: racing road bikes on obstacle courses.

Two years ago, Gagnon tipped the scales at 570 pounds. He was depressed and embarrassed to leave the house.

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Health
5:01 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Meningitis Outbreak Threatens New Hampshire Patients

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No patients in New Hampshire have tested positive for fungal meningitis as the national outbreak continues to grow.

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Health
5:11 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

N.H. Contacting 186 Patients About Meningitis Cases

Health officials in Northern New England have not reported any cases in a growing outbreak of a rare form of meningitis that's affected at least six states.

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Word of Mouth
10:37 am
Mon September 10, 2012

Fine Dining...at Hardees

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Since spring of this year, our Shifting the Balance series has explored how environmental and social factors affect the way people eat…and how those factors play in to America’s obesity epidemic.  A recently published study in Pyschology reports demonstrates how setting the right mood at meal time can help diners cap their calories. 

Health
4:35 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

Report Cites Exeter Hospital For Failing to Maintain Proper Narcotics Supervision

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The first New Hampshire Health Department clinic to test people for hepatitis C related to an outbreak at Exeter Hospital is opening as a new report cites the hospital for violations, saying it failed to properly maintain supervision over narcotics.

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Health
10:12 am
Sat July 28, 2012

Dartmouth-Hitchcock and Mayo Clinic Announce Collaboration

Jonathan Lynch

Dartmouth-Hitchcock will become a member of Minnesota’s Mayo Clinic Care Network in a deal announced Friday.

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