Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

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When I pulled up to the house in Windham she shares with her parents, 26-year-old Selene Cummings greeted me, wearing a sun dress and lip gloss. She brushed her sandy blonde hair over her shoulder and down her back.

Cummings lives on a dirt road in a decidedly rural area, but for her that hasn't been a hindrance to her transition.

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The blue-green algae blooms invading Lake Champlain this summer can cause nasty stomach problems and skin irritation — and even liver damage in people who accidentally swallow the water. But researchers say there might be longer-term health consequences for people who come into contact with the blooms. 

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For many new mothers, breastfeeding is a boon. It’s healthy for them and for their babies. But some mothers have more milk than they can use, and others have less, or none. 

In past generations, women who did not have enough breast milk for their babies or who chose not to nurse them turned to wet nurses. These days, women still share milk – some even sell it – and many use social media as a market or bartering place. Doctors say that kind of casual networking can be risky. They urge women to get their supply only from hospitals working with breast milk banks that pasteurize and test every drop.

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Hospitals in New Hampshire and Vermont are making progress in the battle against a leading cause of death. Sepsis is triggered by infection and causes inflammation through the entire body. But Emergency Departments are now intervening quickly to save lives. 

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More than 25 million Americans suffer from diabetes, and one in every 10 health care dollars is spent to treat it. But what if those patients were coached to live healthier lives?

One hospital experimenting with this new strategy is Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center.

That’s where 39-year-old Jennifer McFarlin spends a lot of time. Like approximately 500 other patients getting treated at Dartmouth Hitchcock, she has diabetes.

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Grim news about the Ebola virus is filling the airwaves these days. And although the chances of contracting the disease outside of West Africa are extremely slim, American hospitals are preparing for a possible outbreak. Colleges are also starting to get questions from parents about whether international students could carry the virus to campuses.

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In a few weeks bikers, walkers, rowers, golfers and hikers will flex their collective muscles for a good cause in the Upper Valley. The Prouty is a fundraiser for cancer research that generates money by asking donors to sponsor athletes.

Some of the most senior participants are currently training--on walkers.

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Anya RaderWallack, the principal architect of Gov. Peter Shumlin’s single-payer health care reform initiative, announced Monday that she has agreed to advise Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center on health reform issues across Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.

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For the past year, a group of young adults with a range of disabilities has been working at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. It’s called Project Search, and it’s been both school and workplace for these eight students, whose disabilities range from autism to Downs Syndrome. They’ve been getting on-site training to prepare them to enter the job market.

Their jobs included making beds, ushering patients to appointments, and organizing medical instruments. Six already have jobs, some outside the hospital.  And in early June, they graduated from the program.