Personal Health

To Your Good Health: Tips for Reducing Eye Strain

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: Would you mind providing some guidelines for preventing eye strain? I’m a graduate student, so I spend a lot of time reading, both from computer screens and from books. I will always need to read to get things done, but I’d also like my eyes to last me my whole life. — B.I. Answer: We tend to spend a lot of time reading or in front of …

To Your Good Health: Early Satiety Often Due to IBS

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: I was successfully treated for H. pylori five years ago. I continue to have stomach pain, which has been diagnosed as gastritis. For the past three weeks, when I eat even a small amount of food, I feel extremely full and bloated for hours. I have irritable bowel syndrome, which gradually has worsened in the past 10 years — to …

Public Rollout Of Antidote Slow in N.H.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Concord — John Burns has never had to use Narcan himself. “Thank god,” he says. The drug, also known as naloxone, reverses the effects of heroin and opioid overdoses. Its usage in New Hampshire has spiked in recent years, as the state confronts a growing substance abuse problem. More than a year ago, an emergency responder used Narcan to save Burns’ daughter’s life …

Uneven Efforts, Part Three: Falling Through the Gaps; Community Mental Health Care Continues to Be Vulnerable

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Claremont — Mandy Dube was first hospitalized for mental illness when she was 12 years old. Over the next decade she was diagnosed with serious mental illnesses including bipolar disorder, admitted to New Hampshire Hospital 20 times and …

Campout Will Raise Money to Protect Area Children

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Hanover — A campout next month at Storrs Pond Recreation Area will raise money to help end child abuse and aid abuse victims in the Upper Valley. Sponsored by the Upper Valley regional board of Child and Family Services and other local organizations, CampOut for the Cause runs …

To Your Good Health: Adrenal Nodules Can Produce Hormones

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: My husband’s recent CT scan of his stomach and digestive system with and without contrast revealed that he has nodules on both adrenal glands. It was suggested that he undergo a blood test to determine if the nodules are producing hormones. For the past 21 …

N.H. ‘drug czar’ issues expansive list of recommendations to combat opioid crisis

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Concord — As the number of drug deaths in the state climbs, New Hampshire’s drug czar issued his first list of recommendations Tuesday to try to stem the tide of opiate use. Jack Wozmak, the senior director of substance abuse and behavioral health for Gov. Maggie Hassan released …

Uneven Efforts, Part Two: As Mental Health Care Evolved, State Resources Fell Behind

Monday, July 20, 2015

The movement of mental health care out of large institutions and into communities has been underway for decades in both Vermont and New Hampshire. After an initial surge prompted by the availability of new medications and public outrage …

Uneven Efforts, Part One: A Failure to Measure Up; On Mental Health, Twin States Lag

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Observed from a distance, Vermont and New Hampshire may seem very different politically as well as in their approaches to health care reform. Vermont has become a beacon for proponents of government-can-and-should-do-it liberalism, with a willingness to at …

Uneven Efforts Series: Vt. Spends More, but Impact Is Unclear

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Over the past decade, Vermont far outpaced New Hampshire in its rate of spending on mental health care, but an objective assessment of the impact of that resource disparity remains elusive. The disparity, as shown by the National …

To Your Good Health: Sore Jaw Sufferer Seeks Sleep Solution

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: I have been living with TMJ pain on my right side. I believe my situation is unique in that I experience the pain only at night, initially when lying on my right side. While the level of pain is not excruciating, it’s more than sufficient …

Mass. Islands Face Pot Issue

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Boston — Massachusetts has a cannabis conundrum. State law requires every county to have a dispensary for medical marijuana, but federal regulations forbid the drug from being transported across U.S. waters. That leaves the tourist havens of Martha’s …

Uneven Efforts Series: Evolution of Approach

Sunday, July 19, 2015

During the 19th century, the idea that mental illness could sometimes be treated spread from France to England and to the United States. That spurred the development of hospitals where the mentally ill could be provided refuge and, to some extent, treatment — a trend that eventually touched …