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Scientists are trying to determine whether an older, less invasive test is as good as a colonoscopy when it comes to a first screening. Colonoscopies are credited with reducing deaths from colorectal cancer, but Dr. H. Gilbert Welch says there is no indication that the tests actually save more lives than a lower tech, less invasive alternative: the stool test. Colonoscopy became much more…
June 7, 2013
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“A man on TV is selling me a miracle cure that will keep me young forever. It’s called Androgel… for treating something called Low-T, a pharmaceutical company recognized condition affecting millions of men with low testosterone, previously known as getting older.” – Colbert Report, December 2012   Lebanon, NH (June 3, 2013) – Pharmaceutical…
June 4, 2013
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Comments on James D. Reschovsky et al., “Geographic Variation in Fee-for-Service Medicare Beneficiaries’ Medical Costs Is Largely Explained by Disease Burden,” Medical Care Research & Review, 2013. Jonathan Skinner Department of Economics, Dartmouth College, and The Dartmouth Institute of Health Policy & Clinical Practice (TDI) May 29, 2013 In a recent paper,…
May 29, 2013
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Hanover, N.H.—Abraham C. Verghese, MD, MACP, who places great value on humanism in medical education, is the featured speaker at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth's 2013 Class Day activities, Saturday, June 8, at 9 a.m. in the Class of 1978 Life sciences Center Courtyard. Verghese is professor and senior associate chair for the theory and practice of medicine, Department of…
May 14, 2013
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Amid all the laughs at The Dartmouth Institute in Centerra Park during the monthly gathering of Memory Cafe, a social support group for patients and caregivers of memory disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease, there were more deep and emotional moments too. About 5.1 million Americans are affected by Alzheimer’s disease, according to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, and…
May 12, 2013
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The AllTrials Campaign announced that Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine and the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice signed on to be the first US academic center in this important campaign and will take the lead in urging all medical schools and patient advocacy groups in the US to add their voices at AllTrials.net. The AllTrials campaign, which calls for all…
May 2, 2013
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Drs. H. Gilbert Welch and Steven Woloshin, both of The Dartmouth Institute, are interviewed in this cover story from The New York Times Magazine April 25, 2013. Excerpts as follows: Breast cancer in your breast doesn’t kill you; the disease becomes deadly when it metastasizes, spreading to other organs or the bones. Early detection is based on the theory, dating back to…
April 25, 2013
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The annual ranking spotlights leaders who are implementing their own brands of reform, innovation. "The physicians on this list are not only leading their organizations through tough financial times and budgetary uncertainty, but they also are helping to shape and transform the nation's evolving healthcare system from one that rewards volume to one that promotes quality and value," Modern…
April 22, 2013
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Lebanon — Preparations are being made to start construction on a $116.5 million addition at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center aimed at bringing research from Dartmouth’s medical school closer to the physicians who can use it to treat patients. Dartmouth-Hitchcock officials expect to break ground in May or June, and construction will last two years, said Gail Dahlstrom,…
April 14, 2013
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West Lebanon — Finding new ways of empowering patients to make decisions about their own care will be among the top priorities for The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice under its new director.   Elliott Fisher, a longtime researcher at the institute who was made director earlier this month, said the institution would keep building on its strengths…

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