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To Your Good Health: Is There a Connection Between Migraines and Menopause?

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: My daughter is 53 and has suffered terribly with migraines since she was 16. She experiences these episodes anywhere from once per week to as many as three times per week. She is presently on Zomig. If she takes the medication just at the onset, it reduces the pain and duration quite effectively, but the frequency has not improved. She is aware of the side effects, including …

To Your Good Health: Elevated White Blood Cells Sometimes Misleading

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: My husband had his regular blood work done in 2012, and it showed that his monocytes were elevated (15 percent) and his HCT was low (39 percent). When we asked his doctor what this meant, she said, “Cancer somewhere,” and we just have to find out where it is. So he was sent for more blood work, and he had …

To Your Good Health: Is Prostate to Blame For Slow-to-Empty Bladder?

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: I would like your opinion on enlarged prostate. My primary care doctor sent me for a blood test and said my PSA number was too high, then sent me to a urologist. He said my bladder is not emptying and that I am having urine retention in the bladder. After one week of medication (Rapaflo), I had a catheter inserted …

To Your Good Health: The Difference Between Sugars and Sugar Alcohols

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: I recently was diagnosed as being prediabetic and told to watch my sugar intake. So I now read the nutrition facts on packages. However, I am confused about the listed sugars. Sometimes the label includes both “sugar” and “sugar alcohols.” For instance, a package can …

A Private Disease in the Public Eye

Sunday, June 29, 2014

“I can do it, but I hate it,” said Scott Stossel, sitting on a sofa in the living room of his comfortable Washington home with his wife, Susanna, and their two children, Maren and Nathaniel, playing nearby. “I …

Special Needs Center Seeks Volunteers

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Lebanon — The Special Needs Support Center in Lebanon is looking for volunteers, including board members. The nonprofit’s mission is “to help children and adults with special needs, and their families, meet their unique challenges through advocacy and program support.” Longtime members Robin Cushman Phillips, Rita Murdoch and …

Blood Drive Memorializes Slain Veteran

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Springfield, Vt. — An American Red Cross blood drive Wednesday will honor the late Army Sgt. Kevin Sheehan. Sheehan, who grew up in Springfield, was killed in combat in Iraq on May 25, 2004, at age 36. The blood drive has been organized by his widow, Heather Sheehan, …

To Your Good Health: Most Medication Increases Fall Risk

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: You recently wrote that antihistamines used for sleep can increase risk of falls. Are there any sleep aids that don’t increase fall risk? — C.A.L. Answer: Since almost all medications are associated with fall risk, reducing the overall number of medications should be a goal …

A Spark of Life for Old Junior High

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Lebanon — An open house Friday celebrated the old junior high building’s new life as a home — for both a community center for people with special needs, and the occupants of 42 loft-style studio apartments. Built around …

Claremont City Council Questions Smoking Ban

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Claremont — As the City Council continues to grapple with whether to prohibit smoking in some city parks, the question of whether municipalities have the authority to pass a ban using the state law that bans indoor smoking in a number of public places seems unclear. Newport’s new …

An App for Easing Autism

Monday, June 16, 2014

Think about how you talk to another person. When it’s someone you know and are comfortable with, the conversation often has a natural pace and rhythm, and each person can understand some of how the other person feels …

Can Styrofoam Cause Cancer?

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: A co-worker and I are at odds over a recent incident, about which I seek your opinion. I purchased a large mocha caramel latte from a well-known coffee shop. When I arrived at work, a job situation demanded our attention and, when I was able …

Long-Term Prednisone Use Has Risks

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: I am an 80-year-old woman who always had excellent health until about four years ago, when I was diagnosed as having developed bronchiectasis. Since then, I have had to use an albuterol solution, plus an Airway Vest, in periodic daily treatments in order to continue …