Articles by: Derik Hertel

Hidden Hookah Dangers

Hamilton Spectator – Continued coverage on a recent Geisel School of Medicine study, which surveyed 1,050 young smokers, ages 15-23, and found that within two years, 39 percent who had smoked a hookah had graduated to cigarettes. The study notes that the young and impressionable get hooked at a rate greater than 30 percent.

Why This Doctor Dropped Everything to Go to Culinary School

Yahoo News – Features Julia Nordgren, MED ’99, who maintains a personal health and diet practice, consults with companies on how to keep employees healthy, and offers cooking classes in order to transform the way the medical field approaches healthy eating with patients, and educate people on how diet affects health.

New Drugs Might Prevent Migraines Before They Start

U.S. News & World Report via Health Day News – Quotes Thomas Ward, professor of neurology, on recent research that is closing in on a new class of drugs that can prevent chronic migraines by interrupting the chain of events thought to create the headaches. “It’s very exciting, because this would be a form of prevention that might not have a lot of side effects and would be highly effective for people who have not had good treatment,” says Ward. “The hope is these drugs will be clean, reduce the number of headaches people get, and won’t carry a lot of baggage.”

Doctors Don’t Actually Know How Often You Should See Them

Washington Post – Article references research conducted at Dartmouth, which suggests that the timing of follow-up visits to a doctor varies, and have tended to fall under the art, rather than the science, of medicine. The study found that patients tend to have more visits per year if they are sicker, but also if they live in an area with more doctors or with doctors who tend to ask patients to come in more often, even when adjusting for factors such as health status.

Geisel Presents Annual Awards to Students and Faculty

Geisel Presents Annual Awards to Students and Faculty

On Friday, June 5, faculty and graduating medical students were recognized for extraordinary achievements at the annual Geisel School of Medicine Awards Ceremony. Held in the Hopkins Center’s Moore Theater, the event honored excellence in academic achievement, research, community service, teaching, and much more.

Democrats Shouldn’t Endorse Suicide

Politico – An article by Ira Byock, emeritus professor of medicine and of community and family medicine, on the embrace of physician-assisted suicide by progressives as their political response to needless suffering of seriously ill people. Byock comments on the current state of the American hospice industry, and how two-thirds of America’s hospices now belong to for-profit companies, many traded on Wall Street.

15 Facts on Spinal Fusion for Low Back Pain

U.S. News & World Report – References data provided by the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice (TDI), which reported that spinal fusion surgeries of Medicare beneficiaries age 65 and over increased 67 percent between 2001 and 2011.

D-H president honored as a ‘great American’

New Hampshire Business Review – Dr. James Weinstein, president and CEO of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock health system and professor at the Geisel School of Medicine, was among 90 recipients of the 2015 Ellis Island Medal of Honor from the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations.