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Upper Valley Is Realistic on Ebola Scare

Monday, October 27, 2014

Norwich — Upper Valley residents on Sunday took a stoic outlook on preparations from local health authorities for fighting Ebola, which in the last week has spread to New York City and spurred national debate on how best to balance health safety measures with aid to disease-stricken West Africa. “Panic is not a response,” said Brian Tompkins, a stonemason from Norwich, of ideas like banning travel from West African countries …

‘He’ll Be My Boy Forever’: Bridgewater Mom Works Hard to Manage Son’s Anxiety

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Bridgewater — When the yellow school bus pulled into Hanover, Delia Vanek, of Bridgewater, was following close behind in her car. Her son, Frank Vanek, was among a group of people with special needs who had traveled from Zack’s Place in Woodstock to tour the Hood Museum of Art. Like many parents of …

To Your Good Health: On the Safety of Metal Joints and MRIs

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: I am considering minimally invasive spine surgery. Almost 19 years ago, I had a right total-knee replacement, which still functions very well. I believe the replacement parts are made with stainless steel. No physician I have questioned about the danger of having an MRI with metal parts in my body has been willing or able to give me a straight …

Lebanon Nonprofit Receives Grants

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Lebanon — The Special Needs Support Center recently received two grants to support its educational advocacy program and other work. The Lebanon-based nonprofit received $15,000 from Granite United Way and $3,000 from the Hypertherm Owners’ Philanthropic Endeavors Foundation. Most of the money will support the center’s educational advocacy …

To Your Good Health: Can Adults Be Diagnosed With Autism?

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: I am writing about a lifelong problem I’ve had with food. An article in my local newspaper spelled out exactly what I’ve lived through for 55 years. The article was about an 8-year-old boy who is autistic and caused problems by bringing his own food …

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, …

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 …

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 …

‘Provider Tax’ Prompts Different Reactions

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Lebanon — Tax collectors in every state except Alaska scoop up a portion of the revenue that hospitals and other providers collect in exchange for caring for patients. Hospitals generally aren’t big fans of these so-called provider taxes, but in recent years their political attitudes toward the levies …

Zack’s Place Annual Meeting Set for Tuesday in Woodstock

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Woodstock — Zack’s Place will hold its annual meeting on Tuesday, at 5:15 p.m., at 73 Central St. The free meeting will include a celebration of the nonprofit’s completion of its capital campaign. Zack’s Place, an e nrichment center for people with special needs, recently raised $432,000 to …

Relearning How to Speak Through Song

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Friends draped arms across one another’s shoulders and swayed as they listened to Forrest Allen sing. Some joined in softly, not wanting to drown him out. Some blinked back tears. They never expected him to survive the accident. …

To Your Good Health: Rare Adrenal Tumor Requires Expert Diagnosis

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: I would like more information concerning pheochromocytoma. Your recent article mentions that there are specific blood tests to determine if an individual has it. I’ve been dealing with some symptoms for almost a year, and am at a loss. I’ve incurred thousands of dollars in …

To Your Good Health: Hypothyroid, Diabetes Are Both Autoimmune Disorders

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: My oldest grandson, 17, was diagnosed with hypothyroidism about three years ago and has been on levothyroxine daily, with good lab numbers since. He was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes mellitus three months ago. He is on insulin three times daily, and his sugars have …