Articles by: Geisel Communications

Where Have All the Hospital Patients Gone? – The New York Times

Read article – Quotes John Birkmeyer, adjunct professor of The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Process, and Jonathan Skinner, the James O. Freedman Presidential Professor in Economics, about a study they conducted in which they examined admissions data from more than 200 hospitals in 36 states. The research team compared differences in patient characteristics, diagnoses, and mortality rates between February and July of this year with the same time period last year. Birkmeyer, Skinner, and their colleagues found that by mid-April, non-COVID admissions to hospitals had dropped by almost half. “We found it staggering that such a high number of patients who might have been hospitalized for serious issues just kind of disappeared,” said Birkmeyer. “You have to wonder, ‘Where did they all go?'”

Dartmouth Study Offers New Details on Pediatric Mental Health Boarding –

Read article – Quotes Fiona McEnany, MPH ’19, Guarini ’25, and JoAnna Leyenaar, associate professor of pediatrics and of The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, about a study they led that offers new details about pediatric mental health boarding in emergency departments across the country, a problem that has steadily increased in the last 10 years.

Transcript: Primary Care in the Time of COVID-19 – The Washington Post

Read article – Catherine Florio Pipas, a professor of community and family medicine and co-chair of the American Academy of Family Physicians’ leading physician well-being program, is one of the interviewees for a Q&A on physician burnout during COVID-19. Pipas says, “We know that the well-being of family physicians is linked to the well-being of the population. We also know that the burnout in family physicians has an impact, not only on us as individuals but on our health care systems, and as you mentioned, on our patients.”

A Common Plant Virus Is an Unlikely Ally in the War on Cancer – Ars Technica

Read article – Continued coverage of research from Steve Fiering, professor of microbiology and immunology, and Jack Hoopes, professor of surgery and of medicine, on the use of cowpea mosaic virus in cancer-stricken dogs to find a pathway for developing human treatments. “If a treatment works in dog cancer, it has a very good chance of working, at some level, in human patients,” says Hoopes.

Community briefs: Cancer Drug Clinical Trial Begins at Norris Cotton – Valley News

Read article – An article reporting that research on a new antibody cancer drug spearheaded by Randolph Noellem, professor of microbiology and immunology, has begun human clinical trials. The drug, CI-8993, is an anti-VISTA (V-domain Ig Suppressor of T-cell Activation) antibody that is designed to target a molecule that keeps the immune system quiet against cancer.

Primary Care in the Time of COVID-19 with Mike ‘Dr. Mike’ Varshavski, DO and Patrice Harris, MD – The Washington Post

Read article – An announcement that Catherine Florio Pipas, professor of medical education, community and family and medicine, and The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, will take part in a “Washington Post Live” discussion on how to address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our primary care system and family physicians.