PFAS Information for Providers

July 20, 2018

Dear Health Care Provider:

This letter is to provide you with more information about perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), formally called perfluorochemicals (PFCs). PFAS are a group of synthetic chemicals that have been used for decades to manufacture household and commercial products that resist heat, oil, stains, grease, and water. As you may already be aware, a number of New Hampshire communities, such as the Seacoast, Merrimack, Litchfield, and other southern NH communities, have identified PFAS contamination in drinking water. This has raised concerns about possible health impacts and questions about how to monitor an exposed individual’s health.

WNV Identified in Mosquito Batch in Manchester, NH

On July 26, 2018, NH DHHS issued a health alert with an arboviral illness update regarding a West Nile Virus (WNV) identified in a mosquito batch in Manchester, NH

NH DPHS Health Alert NetworkKey Points and Recommendations:

1. The first detection of West Nile Virus (WNV) in New Hampshire for 2018 has occurred in a mosquito batch from Manchester, NH.

2. Health care providers should consider mosquito-borne diseases, including WNV, Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), and Jamestown Canyon Virus (JCV) in patients presenting with compatible clinical syndromes regardless of the presence or absence of positive mosquito or veterinary testing in their community.

Death Penalty Repeal Part III

July 23, 2018

I last wrote about SB 593, the bill to repeal the death penalty in NH, on March 12, 2018. At that time SB 593 had passed the NH Senate by a vote of 14-10. It then passed the House by a vote of 223 to 116. Governor Sununu had expressed reservations relative to repeal of the death penalty, leading to his expected veto of SB 593 on June 21, 2018. The bill will now be subject to an override vote on September 13, 2018.

Death Penalty Repeal Part III

July 23, 2018

Help Us Rename the NHMS Newsletter

July 20, 2018

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Mosquito-borne Diseases in NH 2018

On July 6, 2018, NH DHHS issued a health alert regarding mosquito-borne diseases in New Hampshire.

NH DPHS Health Alert NetworkKey Points and Recommendations:

1. Patients continue to be at risk for acquiring West Nile Virus (WNV) and Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in NH through the bite of an infected mosquito.

2. Jamestown Canyon Virus (JCV) is another mosquito-borne disease recently recognized as posing a risk to NH residents and visitors.

3. All three mosquito-borne diseases can cause a range of clinical symptoms including asymptomatic infection, non-specific febrile illness, and severe neurological disease including meningitis and encephalitis.

Boundary Violations at our Southern Border, Part II

July 3, 2018

In today’s blog post, I return to the plight of migrants in the context of our government’s “zero tolerance” policy. The plight of migrants from the south is the canary in the coal mine of our country’s soul these days.  More than 2000 children are still separated from their parents, many just toddlers or very young children, from a policy of separation without appropriate tracking so that reunification is continuing to be obstructed by an incompetent process. Is this not malpractice of our government towards persons under their care, under their responsibility?  

NHMS Director of Advocacy Search

September 24, 2018

Founded in 1791, the New Hampshire Medical Society is dedicated and committed to the betterment of public health and physician leadership in the Granite State. As a registered lobbyist, the Director of Advocacy is responsible for managing the Medical Society’s legislative and regulatory advocacy efforts, reporting directly to the Executive Vice President.

See the detailed position description. Competitive salary and benefits.

Hepatitis A Virus (HAV) Infections in the United States

On June 15, 2018, NH DHHS issued a health alert regarding Hepatitis A Virus infections in the United States among persons who use drugs and persons experiencing homelessness.

NH DPHS Health Alert Network Key Points and Recommendations:

  • Health care providers should review the attached CDC HAN and provider recommendations related to HAV infections among persons who use drugs and persons experiencing homelessness.

Available: Four-section classification folders

June 20, 2018

We are changing our storage system. Does your office have a need for some 4 section classification folders? In excellent condition. Contact Joy Potter.

4 section classification folder