Personal Health

To Your Good Health: For Some Terminal Patients, Routine Procedures Can Be Unnecessary Care

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: My mother has stage 4 cancer. She just went to a dermatologist, who performed Mohs surgery on her nose. I am BEYOND upset by this unethical behavior. The country is already deeply in debt, and Medicare is paying for this? Unconscionable! Not to mention the pain and suffering of my mother, who is now at risk of a secondary infection. I was sickened by the entire ordeal. …

Mastectomies Gain Favor, Traction

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Nearly 25 years ago, the National Cancer Institute declared that women with early-stage breast cancer could be spared mastectomies. The institute acted after studies found that breast removal offered no survival benefits over removing just the lump and following up with radiation treatments. This caused the pendulum to swing hard away from mastectomies, from a rate of nearly 100 percent in the 1980s …

To Your Good Health: Carcinoid Tumors May Be on the Rise

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: My father suffers from carcinoid syndrome, and I was wondering if it is hereditary. For many years now, I have gotten a strange numb feeling in my mid-abdomen region that comes and goes. At other times I have a mild, dull pain in the same area. I also have been experiencing a lot of gastrointestinal issues for the past several …

Excessive Drinkers Are Not Always Alcoholics

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Drinking excessively can cause serious health risks and is responsible for an average of 88,000 U.S. deaths every year. But the vast majority of excessive drinkers are not alcoholics, according to new government data. Nine out of 10 excessive drinkers are not dependent on alcohol, revealed a study …

To Your Good Health: Nutrition Has a Place in Preventing Disease

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: In a recent column, you were asked what actions the writer could take, such as diet or medication, to maintain kidney function. I was disappointed to see that your response contained only advice regarding medications. I suppose I should not be surprised, given that the …

Living Under The Cloud of Ebola Virus

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Hanover — Even though Liberian activist Patrice Juah has never contracted Ebola, her nationality — and her skin color — have marked her for prejudice. A few days ago, at an African arts conference in Morocco, Juah ventured …

To Your Good Health: A Rare Case of Too Much Vitamin D

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: I am an 86-year-old woman with three doctors battling over my vitamin D level for many years. I am 59 inches tall and weigh 95 pounds. I play nine holes of golf three times a …

To Your Good Health: Cancer Patients Need to Be Wary of Malnutrition

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: I recently read that eight out of 10 cancer patients have malnutrition. My question is: Even if a person is very slim to begin with, if he or she follows an extremely healthful diet (i.e. lots of greens, other vegetables and fruit, and no “junk” …

Fletcher Allen Health Care Getting New Name: UVM Medical Center

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Montpelier — Vermont’s largest hospital is getting a new name designed to reflect its affiliation with the University of Vermont’s medical school. Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington will become the University of Vermont Medical Center, beginning Wednesday. Parent organization, Fletcher Allen Partners, will become known as The …

‘He’s One of the Group Now’: After Long Search, Lebanon Man Finds Independence, His Place in the World

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Lebanon — Ryan Guidotti, 26, always knew he wanted a place of his own and a career he was proud of. L ike most paths from high school to adulthood, his journey has had its curves and false …

At the Hospitals: Nov. 2, 2014

Sunday, November 2, 2014

D-H Auxiliary Provides $181,170 in Grants Lebanon — The Dartmouth-Hitchcock Auxiliary, the Auxiliary Grants Committee and the Volunteer Services Office have announced the award of $181,170 in grants throughout Dartmouth-Hitchcock. This year, volunteers gave more than 60,104 hours, …

To Your Good Health: Smoker’s ‘Terrible’ Cough Needs Evaluation

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: My relative is a 69-year-old who has smoked for 55 years. She has a terrible cough. I want her to cover her mouth with a hankie or tissue when she coughs. The coughing can go on for a few minutes. She insists that she is …

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 …