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To Your Good Health: How Does One Get Cellulitis?

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: What is cellulitis, and how does one get it? I live in a retirement facility, and two ladies at my dining table have it. It seems to be very painful and difficult to heal. Should I take any precautions? — R.G. Answer: Cellulitis is an infection of the skin. It involves the full thickness of the skin, so it differs from the related infection erysipelas, which is …

With overdose deaths at all time high, more hope for NH recovery

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Investigating drug deaths has become an increasing part of the daily routine in the state medical examiner’s office. In 2014, drug overdoses killed a record 326 people, and as of July 1, the New Hampshire Medical Examiner’s office has confirmed 132 drug deaths and counting. “Those kinds of numbers are eye-popping,” said Dr. …

Blue Cross Says Vt. Is Liable for Unpaid Claims

Friday, July 3, 2015

Montpelier — Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont says it will not seek further payment from health care providers or its customers for money owed on Vermont Health Connect accounts that weren’t terminated in a timely fashion. The state’s largest health insurer, and the dominate player in Vermont’s exchange, said it will hold the state responsible for any money it is owed …

HCRS Tax Returns Were Silent on Calif. Operation

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Springfield, Vt. — The decision by Health Care and Rehabilitation Services of Southeastern Vermont Inc. to launch a new venture 3,000 miles away and the resulting $1.8 million flow of red ink attracted little, if any, notice outside the agency. That’s not surprising. HCRS, which receives millions of …

To Your Good Health: Nature Is a Source of Many Medicines

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: Are there any natural substitutes for blood thinners? Natural ingredients in aspirin work on some aspect of thinning the blood, perhaps for everyone taking them. It seems to me that testing natural substances would be relatively easy and cheap. — G.T. Answer: The term “blood …

To Your Good Health: Balancing Medicine’s Side Effects and Benefits

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: I am a 60-year-old male in good health, and I play tennis and swim several days a week. I have suffered from neuralgia for the past three years, but I have it under control with medication: 800 mg of carbamazepine and 25 mg of amitriptyline …

To Your Good Health: Mold And Mildew Exposure Can Have Consequences

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: I lived in southwest Florida for 13 years and was exposed to heavy mold and mildew due to heat and humidity from a leaky roof. About a year ago, I gradually became quite ill — fatigue, weakness, irritable bowel symptoms, insomnia and symptoms of a …

To Your Good Health: Hospice Switches Focus From Life Length to Life Quality

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: I was advised by a doctor at a reputable hospital to put my mother in hospice for congestive heart failure. She also has multi-infarct dementia. That was a year ago. Her vitals have been checked twice a week since that time and are always good. …

Research: Maple Extract Could Enhance Antibiotics

Friday, May 8, 2015

You may be of the belief that a spoonful of maple syrup helps the medicine go down — and now preliminary research from McGill University suggests that maple syrup may also help the medicine do its job. Led by professor Nathalie Tufenkji, researchers have discovered that maple syrup …

Healthy Food Talk Honors Late Doctor

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Lebanon — Her picture was on the event’s promotional flier. Her vegan recipes for hummus, lentils, steel cut oats and pasta with beans and veggies were distributed to attendees. The audience included some of her former colleagues and patients, and her mother. But Margo Krasnoff, the 57-year-old professor …

To Your Good Health: Ulcers Generally Unaffected by Acidity of Food

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: I have recurring stomach ulcers, so I have been researching acid-alkaline diets to resolve the ulcer problem. I am frustrated, as some research indicates that a food is acid while another source indicates that it is alkaline. How do I know which is correct? — …

Talk on Therapy Dogs Planned in Woodstock

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Woodstock — A free talk about therapy dog work is set for May 2 at 1:30 p.m. at Norman Williams Public Library. The presentation is sponsored by Therapy Dogs of Vermont, based in Williston. Gordon Perkinson, TDV’s vice president, will explain what therapy dog work entails and describe …

When Science, Faith Clash

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Sierra Leone, Kono District Inside his mud-walled house, the witch doctor cast his curse. Here, in the remote Dorma Village of Sierra Leone, where some of the poorest people in the world spend most of their day struggling …