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Personal Health

Treating Ulcerative Colitis

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: I have a very close relative who has ulcerative colitis and who was very ill a few years ago. She is now in partial remission but still has bouts of colitis. She found a doctor who (she thinks) is the smartest person in the world. He is treating her with Vicodin, about which he says, “No one knows why, but this drug heals the lesions associated with …

Readers Suggest Home Remedies for Cracked Fingertips

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Dr. Roach Writes: I wrote a column on cracked fingertips, and once again received a wealth of suggestions for prevention and treatment from readers. For prevention, some suggestions I liked included avoiding too-hot water for handwashing, antibacterial soaps and wool gloves, all of which can remove protective oils from your fingers. A humidifier in the house can prevent drying of all the skin. …

To Your Good Health: Teeth Grinding Is Common in the Elderly

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: My mother-in-law is 95 and lives in a nursing home. Sometimes when we visit, I can barely stand to be in her presence because she savagely grinds her teeth, making an awful grating, creaking noise. Could there be some medical reason for this? — L.D. Answer: Many conditions common in the elderly are associated with teeth grinding. (We have medical …

Wait for the Studies Before Trying Weight-Loss Supplement

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: I am currently 100 pounds overweight, and I saw a doctor on television promoting the use of Garcinia cambogia for weight loss. I am 65 years old and, because of cancer, I underwent a radical nephrectomy and have only one kidney. I suffer from neuropathy …

Blood ‘Factor’ and Clotting

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: I am 80 years old and just had a stroke. I was put on Coumadin. I also had a miscarriage at age 30 with severe hemorrhaging. I think I needed a transfusion. They told me I have a “factor” in my blood. I would like …

When Alzheimer’s Comes Early

Monday, March 24, 2014

Sacramento, Calif . ­— Tracy Broshar knew that something was amiss by the fall of 2012. Her longtime partner, Jennifer Small, was only 49 then, but increasingly she was losing track of the details she used to be …

To Your Good Health: It Takes Time to Recover From Concussions

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: Four months ago, I was in an automobile accident and suffered severe injuries — a collapsed lung, broken ribs, broken lumbar spine, broken/damaged teeth and mild traumatic brain injury. My recovery has gone quite well, except for the brain injury. I am a 53-year-old female …

Target Heart Rate Is a Guide, and Not a Hard and Fast Rule for Exercise

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: I’m 54 years old, 5 feet, 1 inch tall and weigh 110 pounds. I’m not medicated and I do go for a yearly physical with my M.D. I exercise regularly and have done so for most of my adult life. When I ride my bike …

To Your Good Health: There May Be a Better Way to Stop GERD Symptoms

Monday, March 17, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: I have been taking 40 mg per day of omeprazole for a number of years to control GERD. My doctor had increased this from 20 mg when the low dosage was no longer working for me. Lately, I am hearing about the risk of several …

Center for People With Special Needs To Open in Lebanon; Party Planned

Monday, March 17, 2014

Lebanon — A new community center for adults with special needs is expected to open soon in Lebanon, and organizers are celebrating. A free party announcing the creation of “Spark” is set for March 26, at 7 p.m., …

Could ‘Insignificant’ Heart Murmur Cause Atrial Fibrillation?

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: When I was discharged from the Army in 1966, I was diagnosed with a heart murmur. It seemed to be insignificant; however, in April 2011 during a routine exam, I was diagnosed with atrial fibrillation, …

Pioneer Gets Ready to Take Diabetes Education to the Nation

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Pittsburgh — Diagnosed in June, Darla Nash joined the many millions of Americans who face the daily grind, the persistent challenges and the often pesky puzzles of diabetes. Some try ignoring the disease until it pounces with complications. Others deal with it in passing until problems begin emerging. …

Is a Fibrosis Treatment Safe, Even Without FDA Approval?

Friday, March 14, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: I recently was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis. I am an otherwise healthy 73-year-old male who underwent bypass surgery seven years ago. I work out to keep in shape, not to look like a teenager. I had 12 weeks of pulmonary rehabilitation, which was very helpful. …