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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 for another week. He measured the 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 have ranged from grudging acceptance to outraged resistance. Count New Hampshire hospitals, which paid $185 …

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 buy the building, which it has rented since 2010, and make necessary improvements, including repainting …

To Your Good Health: Thigh Pain Could Be Caused by Many Reasons

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: I am a 66-year-old white female, 5 feet, 5 inches tall (was 5 feet, 6 inches), weighing 170 pounds. Even though I use gym weight machines for upper and lower body three times a week, walk daily for two miles and spend 15 minutes on …

Fibromyalgia Is a Real Disease

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: I am a 56-year-old female. I recently have been having terrible pain in my joints. It is so bad at night that I can’t sleep. Mainly the pain is in my neck, ribs, elbows, knees and wrists. My finger joints have hurt for years. I …

Test Finds Protein Deposits in Tissues

Monday, May 26, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: I had an electromyographic test that indicated that I had carpal tunnel syndrome primarily in my left wrist. I had the surgery for carpal tunnel. During the surgery, they noticed a thickening of the lining around the tendons, and took a biopsy of the lining. …

To Your Good Health: Embarrassing Bad Breath May Not Be Bad at All

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: Could the cause of chronic bad breath be due to having a tortuous esophagus? I’ve always had a horrible taste in my mouth 10 to 20 minutes after eating — sometimes worse than others, depending on what I’ve eaten. I was diagnosed with GERD 10 …

Many Therapies Help With Dystonia

Friday, May 23, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: My husband is an elementary-school teacher, age 69. He started teaching in 1983 with beautiful handwriting. By 2003 he had difficulty trying to write. As the years went by, the hand problem got worse. He went to a specialist, and he was diagnosed with writer’s …

Walking Vs. Jogging for Health

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: If walk briskly for a certain time and distance, is that not just as good for you as jogging, if you are going for the same time? — A. Answer: It depends on what you mean by “good.” If you mean what I think you …

Confusing Parkinson’s and Lyme

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: Would you please explain the difference between Parkinson’s disease and Lyme disease? My husband has been told by a neurologist that he has Parkinson’s. A regular medical doctor who also works in the field of alternative medications or supplements has told him that he has …

To Your Good Health: Six-Ounce Juice Is No Sugar Bomb

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: I’m a 76-year-old woman who enjoys a 6-ounce glass of ruby-red grapefruit juice every morning before my breakfast of cereal, half a banana and coffee. My husband has been trying to convince me that I should stop having my morning juice, as it is a …

Loss of Eyebrows Can Signify a Thyroid Issue

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: I am a 63-year-old female of normal weight and active. I exercise several times a week and am in seemingly good health. About a year ago I noticed that my eyebrows were disappearing, starting on the outer edges. They are now almost completely gone. During …

Dr. Donohue’s Simple Cure for Benign Positional Vertigo

Friday, May 16, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: I am an 84-year-old woman who has followed and appreciated yours and Dr. Donohue’s information and advice for many years. Now I need some help. I have a chronic vertigo condition, which varies from slight to severe. I can take meclizine, which helps. However, there …