Personal Health

To Your Good Health: Body Doesn’t Need Help to Detox and Cleanse

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Dear Dr. Roach: It’s a new year, and many of my friends are embarking on a detox or cleanse. Is there such a thing as beneficial detoxing and cleansing? If so, how is it done properly, and what are the benefits? — D.M.H. Answer: The body has its own mechanisms for removing toxins. The kidneys excrete them, and the liver chemically converts them to safe compounds. So when you see …

Fairlee Man Treks to Mount Everest To Call Attention to Son’s Disease

Monday, February 8, 2016

Fairlee — After school one rainy day last week, 7-year-old Griffin Stoudnour splashed in fresh puddles with younger brother Ronan. Inside the family home, after changing into dry clothes — best of all a new T-shirt featuring Mickey Mouse and other Disney characters — and playing with the two kittens who’d joined the …

To Your Good Health: Evidence Suggests Vaccines Safe for Most People With Autoimmune Disease

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Dear Dr. Roach: I am a 39-year-old male with systemic lupus. I read your article on artificial and natural immunity and how getting the flu shot helps “prime” the immune system. I have been told by some that priming the immune system with any vaccine is not a good idea in my case, since I could develop antibodies that attack my own body. …

To Your Good Health: Cheap Screenings Must Be Weighed Against Benefit

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Dear Dr. Roach: Two years ago, I took advantage of our local $99 low-dose CT scan for smokers at high risk of lung cancer (I certainly fit the criteria). Still smoking, I had the scan, and it was reported to me that they had “seen something” and wanted …

To Your Good Health: Avoid Excess Refined Sugar, Diabetes or Not

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Dear Dr. Roach: My husband’s recent lab work showed that he had a glucose reading of 72 (82-115 is considered a healthy range). Is this a precursor to diabetes? Should he be staying away from refined sugar? His father had diabetes and had his leg amputated. I do …

Deadline Looms for N.H. Health Insurance Sign-Up

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Concord — Almost 60,000 New Hampshire residents had applied for Obamacare coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace by the end of 2015, and those who have no insurance now have less than two weeks to get it or they will face fines of at least $695. Nationally, more …

Kuster Discusses the Impact Of Opioids on City, Region

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Lebanon — A handful of city officials, social service agency executives and the head of the Lebanon Area Chamber of Commerce reported Tuesday to U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster on the impact of the opioid epidemic on the New …

To Your Good Health: What Is LDL Cholesterol’s Relation to Longevity?

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Dear Dr. Roach: I recently saw an article about how higher cholesterol levels (especially LDL) actually contribute to a longer life. I think that means if you don’t have high blood pressure, diabetes, etc. I went online, and there are a few articles about this. Since I and …

Mild Flu Season May Help Insurers

Friday, January 8, 2016

A warm winter is helping create the slowest start to the U.S. flu season in five years, during what is typically a dangerous time of year for the elderly and a costly one for health insurers. The flu virus thrives in a dry, cold environment. It badly hurt …

Mammogram Debate Comes To N.H.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Concord — With Concord Hospital’s new 3-D Breast Cancer Imaging as background and a new law co-sponsored by U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., about insurance for mammograms as foreground, the complicated debate over how much cancer screening is …

To Your Good Health: Drooping Eyelid Common After Cataract Surgery

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Dear Dr. Roach: I am a 75-year-old woman who had successful cataract surgery two months ago. However, it left me with swollen eyelids and noticeable pouches under both eyes. My doctor advised that some people have a reaction like mine. I was told that the swelling should abate …

How Do We Want to Die?

Monday, December 28, 2015

There’s an old Woody Allen quip that neatly sums up our ambivalence toward our own mortality: “I’m not afraid of death; I just don’t want to be there when it happens.” That may be a common viewpoint, but …

To Your Good Health: Frequent Bowel Movements Without Pain May Be Better Than Potential Risk Of Treatment

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: I am a 77-year-old female in good health. I am 5 feet, 2 inches tall and weigh 125 pounds. I exercise regularly and eat a varied, healthy diet. For some years now, I have had what I consider too many bowel movements every day. I …