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Tick-Borne Diseases Triple in NH – Backpacker

Read article – Cites comments by Elizabeth Talbot, associate professor of medicine, and Jonathan Winter, assistant professor of geography and adjunct assistant professor of earth science, in a brief article about a recent CDC report that warns that Lyme and West Nile aren’t the only tick-borne diseases New Hampshire hikers should worry about this summer.

Vt. Mental Health Experts See Gaps in System – Valley News

Read article – Cites comments by Sarah Pratt, assistant professor of psychiatry and of the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice, about TeleFriend, a tablet-based program which helps people with serious mental illness to monitor their illness and improve self-management of their symptoms. Pratt has been studying the program, which uses a digital format to ask patients a series of questions and offers them tips for managing their symptoms, and has found that it reduces emergency room admissions and hospitalizations. (Picked up by VTDigger.)

Major Grant Will Test Success of Popular Treatment in Opioid Fight – NHPR

Read article – Quotes Daisy Goodman, clinical assistant professor of the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, about how the Geisel School of Medicine is launching new research looking at the effectiveness of treatment programs for pregnant women struggling with opioid abuse. The study is supported by a $5.3 million grant from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, a DC-based nonprofit funded through the Affordable Care Act. It will take about four years to complete. “We’re in the middle of a maternal-child public health crisis around opiate use in our region,” says Goodman. “We need answers.”

How Early Is Too Early to Get a Colon Screening? – FiveThirtyEight

Read article – Highlights 2016 research led by H. Gilbert Welch, professor of medicine and of the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, that looked at the relationship between colorectal cancer trends and screening and reported “unambiguous ‘good news'”—the overall incidence of colorectal cancer had dropped by more than 45 percent since its peak in the mid-1980s, and deaths have dropped, too.

Tracking the Rise In Mosquito and Tick-Borne Diseases (Audio) – NHPR

Read article – As guests on “The Exchange,” Elizabeth Talbot, associate professor of medicine, and Jonathan Winter, assistant professor of geography and adjunct assistant professor of earth science, discuss new research that shows that illnesses carried by ticks and mosquitos are on the rise. They discuss why these creatures are carrying more disease, and what you need to know about illnesses such as Lyme, babesiosis, and Zika.

The High Price of Low Testosterone – Men’s Health

testosterone” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>Read article – Quotes Lisa Schwartz and Steven Woloshin, both professors of medicine, community and family medicine, and of the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, about advertisements for low testosterone treatments. “Whether the campaign is motivated by a sincere desire to help men or simply by greed, we should recognize it for what it is: a mass, uncontrolled experiment that invites men to expose themselves to the harms of a treatment unlikely to fix problems that may be wholly unrelated to testosterone levels,” say Schwartz and Woloshin.