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Going the Distance: Travel Time’s Influence on Radiation Treatment for NH Prostate Cancer Patients

Going the Distance: Travel Time’s Influence on Radiation Treatment for NH Prostate Cancer Patients

A new Dartmouth study shows that travel time is not a deterrent to radiation therapy for treatment of prostate cancer in New Hampshire.

Research Sheds New Light on Cystic Fibrosis – The Davis Enterprise

Read article – An article featuring research led by an interdisciplinary team of scientists from the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and UC Davis that links a newly discovered class of bacterial enzymes to battling cystic fibrosis, a progressive, genetic disease characterized by persistent lung infections and inability to breathe normally.

Left to right: David Mullins, PhD (Geisel); Monica Sheth, MD; Christina Ames, MD; Elissa Hall, EdD; Justin Mowchun, MD (Geisel).

Five Scholars, One Week, and a Winning Team Project

Meeting for the first time at a Harvard Macy Institute course in early fall, two Geisel faculty with a shared interest in learning how to leverage the Web and social media to create learning networks, came together as part of a collegial think tank dedicated to harnessing new perspectives in practicing medicine and educating medical students.

Does It Matter if Your Doctor Is a Man or a Woman? – U.S News & World Report via Associated Press

Read article – Quotes Lisa Schwartz, professor of community and family medicine and of the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice; and H. Gilbert Welch, professor of medicine, community and family medicine, and of the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice; about a recent study of older patients hospitalized for common illnesses that found patients who got most of their care from women doctors were more likely to leave the hospital alive than those treated by men. Schwartz and Welch were not involved in the study. (Additional coverage: The Washington Post, The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and more)

Beyond Opioids: Surgeons Explore New Approaches to Pain Control – General Surgery News

Read article – Quotes Richard Barth, professor of surgery, who recently led a study that recommended cutting down the number of opioids prescribed after surgery. “I suspect we are going to see a major change in the number of opioids prescribed. There are lots of things we can do, with local anaesthetics in wounds that can be used as well as taking even some medications prior to surgery and using nonopioid alternatives like acetaminophen to help,” says Barth.

Why Are Americans With Severe Mental Illness Dying 25 Years Younger Than Their Peers? – Quartz

Read article – Stephen Bartels, professor of psychiatry, community and family medicine, and of the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, is quoted about how Americans with severe mental illness die on average 25 years younger than their peers, not from suicide or drug abuse, but from preventable physical ailments like smoking and obesity. “This really is the largest recognized health disparity in the United States,” says Bartels. “A tragic part of the stigmatization of mental illness is the marginalization of these individuals.”

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