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Labor and Delivery Units Still Struggling in Rural New Hampshire – New Hampshire Union Leader

Read article – Quotes Timothy Fisher, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology, in an article about the closure of hospital labor and delivery units in New Hampshire. Fisher and a team of researchers at Dartmouth-Hitchcock are studying the impact of these closures, using information from 250,000 birth certificates of babies born between 2000 and 2018. “Unfortunately, maternity services are often first on that chopping block,” said Fisher.

Neurologists Say Their Patients Mostly Want the COVID-19 Vaccine Here’s What They Tell Those Who Are on the Fence – Neurology Today

Read article – Quotes Barbara Jobst, chair and professor of neurology, in an article about the concerns that neurology patients have regarding the COVID-19 vaccine. Jobst says the main concern for her epilepsy patients is whether the vaccine will cause a seizure. “What could happen is if their temperature rises, fever could cause a seizure, but there are far more risks with getting COVID, including dying,” says Jobst.

FDA Clears Neuromodulation Device for Acute Migraine Pain – MedScape

Read article – Quotes Stewart Tepper, professor of neurology, in an article about the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s clearance of the first noninvasive multichannel brain neuromodulation system to treat acute migraine pain. “Patients will now have access to a highly effective, easy-to-use, non-invasive, and drug free therapeutic option that will help them regain control of their lives,” said Teppe

When It Comes to ED Admission Rates Among Medicare Patients, the Doctor Makes the Difference – Fierce Healthcare

Read article – An article about a study conducted by researchers from the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and Harvard Medical School, which found that there were wide variations in hospital admission rates between physicians when patients visited the emergency department. “The variation suggests that physician decision making contributes considerably to whether a patient in the ED is admitted and might therefore be a fruitful target for interventions,” the researchers wrote in the study.