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Valley Regional Proposes New Mental Health Facility

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Claremont — A plan by Valley Regional Healthcare to invest $1.5 million in a facility to care for mentally ill patients sent for treatment because they pose a danger to themselves or others could contribute to New Hampshire’s efforts to rebuild its broken mental health care system. The 10 new beds for so-called involuntary commitments of the mentally ill could also close a gap in local health care, said Valley …

To Your Good Health: Blisters May Need Medication Long Term

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: A year ago, I broke out with pimples on my back, arms and thighs. They itched so badly I thought I would go mad. A dermatologist took a biopsy and told me it was an autoimmune disease called bullous pemphigoid. I was started on prednisone and doxycycline. When it cleared up, I would stop the medication, but it came back. …

DHMC Units Beset By Flu

Monday, January 26, 2015

Lebanon — An influenza outbreak in three units at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center has prompted hospital officials to offer preventive treatments to patients and staffers in the affected areas, a hospital spokesman said Monday. Seven staffers have been confirmed through laboratory tests to have the flu, and a total of 39 staff members in the affected wards — Units 1E, 2E and 3E — …

To Your Good Health: Treatments for Hepatitis Have Come a Long Way

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: My 56-year-old sister has hepatitis C. She contracted the virus from a blood transfusion in a hospital in Spain in the 1980s. It is the genotype 4 (North African) strain. It was discovered about 12 years ago, and she had a biopsy that did not …

Former Chief Seeks Marrow Match

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Windsor — The family of retired police chief Steve Soares has organized a bone marrow registry drive in response to his recent diagnosis with a rare, aggressive cousin of leukemia. Though Soares hadn’t found a match as of …

To Your Good Health: Does Cholesterol Particle Test Give Better Info?

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: I read your column daily and have confidence in your advice. My question pertains to cholesterol, specifically LDL-P (particles) and how they differ from LDL-C (cholesterol). My cholesterol readings are as follows: total, 176; triglycerides, 170; HDL, 50; LDL, 92. My particle numbers are LDL-P …

Hospitals: Purple Hats Remind Parents of Normal Infant Crying

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Lebanon — Birthing hospitals across New Hampshire are giving out handmade purple hats to families of newborns in an effort to prevent infant abuse. Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center are among the participants. The hats are designed to remind parents of the period of …

It Takes Time To Adjust to Hearing Aids

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: My husband and I are both senior citizens. My hearing deteriorated noticeably more than two years ago. I had an ENT check me, and no tumor or anything that might have caused the loss was found — just bad genes. I went to a local …

Excessive Drinkers Are Not Always Alcoholics

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Drinking excessively can cause serious health risks and is responsible for an average of 88,000 U.S. deaths every year. But the vast majority of excessive drinkers are not alcoholics, according to new government data. Nine out of 10 excessive drinkers are not dependent on alcohol, revealed a study …

To Your Good Health: Nutrition Has a Place in Preventing Disease

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: In a recent column, you were asked what actions the writer could take, such as diet or medication, to maintain kidney function. I was disappointed to see that your response contained only advice regarding medications. I suppose I should not be surprised, given that the …

Living Under The Cloud of Ebola Virus

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Hanover — Even though Liberian activist Patrice Juah has never contracted Ebola, her nationality — and her skin color — have marked her for prejudice. A few days ago, at an African arts conference in Morocco, Juah ventured …

To Your Good Health: A Rare Case of Too Much Vitamin D

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: I am an 86-year-old woman with three doctors battling over my vitamin D level for many years. I am 59 inches tall and weigh 95 pounds. I play nine holes of golf three times a …

To Your Good Health: Cancer Patients Need to Be Wary of Malnutrition

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: I recently read that eight out of 10 cancer patients have malnutrition. My question is: Even if a person is very slim to begin with, if he or she follows an extremely healthful diet (i.e. lots of greens, other vegetables and fruit, and no “junk” …