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.”
Articles by: Derik Hertel
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.
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.
The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth celebrated the accomplishments of 88 new graduates of its MD program during Class Day ceremonies on Saturday, June 6 at Dartmouth’s Leede Arena.
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.
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.
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.
Wesley A. Benbow, MBA, has been named Executive Dean for Administration and Finance for the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. In this role, Mr. Benbow will be responsible for the management of all of Geisel’s administrative, financial, and non-academic affairs.
Fox Business – Continued coverage on a Harvard-Dartmouth study coauthored by Samir Soneji, assistant professor of Geisel’s Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, which suggests that the Social Security Administration’s predictions have been overly optimistic about the future of the program.
Deseret News – This story cites a 2013 Dartmouth study led by Dr. James Sargent, professor of pediatrics, which found that since the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement between 46 U.S. states and the tobacco industry, appearances of tobacco fell 42 percent in movies rated for children and 85 percent for films intended for adults.