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Dartmouth-Hitchcock surgery residents who presented at the 5th Annual STARS event included left to right: Kevin Koo, Jesse Columbo, Maureen Hill, Karissa Tauber, Ravinder Kang, John Fallon, Christopher Funderburk. Photos by Lars Blackmore Can training targeted to surgeons reduce the over-prescription of addictive opiates? New research by young surgical investigators at Dartmouth-Hitchcock…

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In a recent op-ed for CNN.com, Dartmouth Institute Director Elliott Fisher and Professor Gil Welch explain why health care costs are bankrupting us—individually and as a nation. Americans, as many of us know, pay much higher prices for drugs and medical services than those in other countries. The cost of open heart surgery is 70% more than the next highest country is one of the…

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At the moment, there is a lot of enthusiasm for using mobile devices to treat mental health disorders because mobile technology is embedded in the way we communicate, not just here in America, but worldwide. Though not considered as a replacement for face-to-face mental health care, mobile devices are thought to have the potential to extend the reach of the limited number of mental health care…

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Many important forces shaping health and health care have more to do with economics and social policy than with any particular medical treatment or procedure. Dartmouth Institute Professor and Economist Ellen Meara takes a closer look. Economic opportunity motivates and enables people to invest in their health; its absence does the reverse. Following a four-fold…

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Just seven months into the online Master of Public Health program at The Dartmouth Institute, the 28 members of the founding class are already taking what they’ve learned out into the field. During the third residential period of the program from March 20-23, three students —Whitney Hammond, Jeremy Lapeyrouse and Joanna Sullivan—took a few minutes from their busy week to…

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In recognition of National Public Health Week 2017,The Dartmouth Institute Student Advisory Council hosted a variety of events April 3-9 aimed at promoting social justice and equity, and stimulating conversations on how we can become a healthier nation. Highlights of the week included over 90 people participating in a 5K fun run/walk; acclaimed author Sam Quinones speaking on the need to…

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Patients who choose not to intervene after a diagnosis of thyroid cancer face a challenging path—one that is often defined by a sense of isolation and anxiety, according to a first-of-its-kind study by researchers from The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice and the Veterans Administration in White River Junction, Vermont. As the concept of cancer…

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3 Public and Health Policy Challenges That Will Define the Next Generation Through forecasting future disease and mortality rates, demographers like Dartmouth Institute Assistant Professor Samir Soneji, PhD, are able to predict how changes in population affect public policy. In this installment of the 3-Series, he outlines 3 public and health policy challenges that will…

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In a first-of-its-kind national study, researchers from The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice examined the connection between payer type and low-value care to determine what effect insurance design (commercial insurance vs. Medicare) may have on medical overuse and waste. For most providers and services, the profit margins for delivering care to commercially insured…

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3 Facts About Contraceptive Care: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly Dartmouth Institute Assistant Professor Rachel Thompson heads the Institute’s Right For Me research study, which aims to improve conversations about birth control and support people to make decisions that are right for them. The Good:  Contraceptive access is better than ever. The…

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