Increase in Reports of Acute Flaccid Myelitis Cases Nationally – 2018

On November 1, 2018, NH DHHS issued a health alert regarding an increase in reports of acute flaccid myelitis cases across the United States.

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NH Insurance Department Issues Guidance on Health Insurance Fraud

On October 26, 2018, the New Hampshire Insurance Department issued the following press release:

As the open enrollment period approaches, the New Hampshire Insurance Department is advising consumers to be cautious when enrolling in an unfamiliar health plan. The Department strongly encourages all consumers to read the plan details and to ask questions about plan benefits and exclusions before enrolling.  

Influenza Circulating in New Hampshire 2018-2019

On October 25, 2018, NH DHHS issued a health alert regarding influenza circulating in New Hampshire for the 2018-2019 season.

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Prescription: Democracy

October 24, 2018

VoteAs we get close to the mid-term elections I keep thinking about how interconnected public health and politics have become. We simply cannot separate those two areas of concern these days no matter how hard we may try.

Antibiotic Prescribing for Common Infections

On October 22, 2018, NH DHHS issued a health alert regarding antibiotic prescribing for common infections.

Facilitating Change

October 10, 2018

Personal involvement and perspective often drive certain individuals to make a special effort to facilitate change. In this regard, I think of several people who have dedicated their lives after personal experience aroused a passion for a particular cause.

I think in particular of Emma Gonzalez and her surviving schoolmates who have devoted their recent actions to highlighting the unimaginable tragedy of lives lost in the Parkland High School killing of twelve of their classmates. Their determination and persistence in advocating for change in our gun laws has really provided the momentum in our country for having success in reducing gun violence. I think also of Gabby Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly who, after Gabby’s shooting in Tucson and after years of rehab for Gabby, launched their effort to fight gun violence in response to the horrific killing of twenty children at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012.

NHID to Hold Annual Hearing on October 30th

October 3, 2018

The New Hampshire Insurance Department will host its annual hearing on health insurance premium rates from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 30, at the University of New Hampshire School of Law in Concord. 

Presidential Review

October 3, 2018

My NHMS presidency is soon to come to a close. In this blog post, I have a couple of comments on some of the issues I have raised in previous blog posts on gun violence and immigration issues.

Today is the first anniversary of the Las Vegas massacre. That shooting was the worst mass shooting ever by a civilian anywhere in the entire world. The shooter, Stephen Paddock, 64, planned and executed a plot that killed 58 innocent people and injured more than 500 attending a country music festival some 30 plus floors below his hotel room. He used several semi-automatic rifles fitted with bump stocks to wreak unimaginable havoc to the innocent crowds of people attending that festival. We still have no idea why he was motivated to do what he did. 

Health Alert: EEE Identified in Mosquitos in Newton and Sandown

On September 25, 2018, NH DHHS issued a health alert with an arboviral illness update regarding Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) identified in mosquitos in Newton and Sandown.

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Principles of Medical Ethics Cont.

Sept. 3, 2018

The Labor Day weekend is just about over, although the oppressive heat and humidity is confining me to the few air-conditioned spots in my house. It has been a hot summer; indeed, summers have been progressively hotter on average since I first came to New Hampshire in 1974. Climate change does seem real, doesn’t it?

In today’s blog post I want to continue the discussion of the AMA’s “Principles of Medical Ethics” that I began in my last blog post. The “Principles” are appropriate guides for all of us in our practice of medicine, but they are also good principles for the general function of everyone in work, relationships and even politics.