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Personal Health

Lots of Vitamin D Fits Into a Small Pill

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: I have a question about vitamin D-3 pills. How does 400 mg fit into such a tiny pill? I also thought you needed sunlight to make vitamin D. — A.S. Answer: Four hundred mg is very small. Most of the tablet isn’t even vitamin D — it’s starch and other materials to hold the tablet together. The skin does make vitamin D-3 from precursors in the presence …

To Your Good Health: Help For Persistent Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: In August 2013, I had surgery on my right wrist for carpal tunnel syndrome. The numbness in my fingers has not changed. Now I’m faced with the same problem in my left hand. I’m going to forget surgery, seeing as it wasn’t successful in my right hand. I decided to go to an acupuncturist for laser treatments. I also had …

Treating Ulcerative Colitis

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: I have a very close relative who has ulcerative colitis and who was very ill a few years ago. She is now in partial remission but still has bouts of colitis. She found a doctor who (she thinks) is the smartest person in the world. He is treating her with Vicodin, about which he says, “No one knows why, but …

Readers Suggest Home Remedies for Cracked Fingertips

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Dr. Roach Writes: I wrote a column on cracked fingertips, and once again received a wealth of suggestions for prevention and treatment from readers. For prevention, some suggestions I liked included avoiding too-hot water for handwashing, antibacterial soaps and wool gloves, all of which can remove protective oils …

To Your Good Health: Teeth Grinding Is Common in the Elderly

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: My mother-in-law is 95 and lives in a nursing home. Sometimes when we visit, I can barely stand to be in her presence because she savagely grinds her teeth, making an awful grating, creaking noise. Could there be some medical reason for this? — L.D. …

Hemochromatosis Treatment Needs Time to Lessen Fatigue

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: My 50-year-old, active son-in-law became very fatigued a year and half ago. He initially was diagnosed with low testosterone and given further testing. Finally, about six months from the onset of his symptoms, he was diagnosed with hemochromatosis, with iron levels in the 600s. Consequently, …

Study Finds ‘Staggering’ Health Effect From Eating Veggies

Monday, April 7, 2014

People who eat seven or more portions of fresh fruits and vegetables each day may reduce their risk of dying from a wide variety of diseases by as much as 42 percent over people who consume less than one portion, according to a new study by British researchers …

Researcher Becomes A Cancer Patient, And Learns About Hope

Monday, April 7, 2014

Last September, Abby Prestin received a CT scan that showed a large tumor pushing against her windpipe. “It was just hanging out with my heart and lungs,” she said. “That’s the day I knew I was sick with …

Youth Arts, Music Festival in Hartford

Sunday, April 6, 2014

White River Junction — A free arts festival this month will feature artwork, poetry and live music by more than 40 local young adults. The Spring Break Arts and Music Fest is set for April 19 from 5-9 p.m. at The Junction, 42 Maple St. The substance-free, family-friendly …

Grants Support Athlete Development

Sunday, April 6, 2014

White River Junction — Second Growth recently received grants totaling $10,000 for its Coaching for Captains program, a leadership development program for high school athletes. The money includes $5,000 from the Hypertherm Owners’ Philanthropic Endeavors Foundation and $5,000 from The Children’s Fund of the Upper Valley, a component …

Prescription Drug Take-Back Set for April 26

Sunday, April 6, 2014

A free, anonymous drug take-back day will take place on April 26 across Windsor County. Prescription drug abuse is a growing problem in the U.S. and locally, and a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends. The no-questions-asked “take-back” will enable residents to help …

To Your Good Health: Wegener’s Is a Rare Blood Vessel Inflammation

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: In March 2009, a family member was having terrible flu-like symptoms accompanied by horrific headaches. The symptoms lingered on for what seemed like forever, getting worse, even with hallucinations and cold sweats. At first, the doctor he visited thought he had mesothelioma, but after numerous …

When the Patient Wants to Override the Doctor’s Advice

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: I am 95 now and take no medications. My primary-care doctor wants me to take aspirin, even just the baby aspirin, twice a week. Some of the supplements I take do have blood-thinning characteristics, and for that reason I am fighting the aspirin recommendation. In …