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Personal Health

To Your Good Health: Is It Herpes Or An Antibiotic Allergy?

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: Four years ago, my husband had an abscess. What started as a boil became so deep and hard that he required general anesthesia to remove it. The wound was left open, and we had to change the packing twice a day for eight weeks. It was diagnosed as MRSA, and he was put on Bactrim. Six months later, an abscess appeared in his armpit, and again he …

To Your Good Health: Which Diet Is the Right Diet

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: I am taking Zetia and niacin for extremely high cholesterol and triglycerides. Exactly what type of diet should I be on to lower my cholesterol and triglycerides? Many of the processed (cheese, ice cream, cookies, etc.) fat-free, cholesterol-free foods are high in sugar. Should I be on the South Beach Diet or a strictly vegetarian diet? How many calories, carbohydrates …

To Your Good Health: Blood Donation Can Affect Athletic Performance

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: I am a fit 54-year-old male who bicycles a lot. My friends and I are pretty competitive when we do our rides, pushing hard and challenging each other in positive ways. I donate blood as often as I’m allowed. After donating, my legs feel more fatigued when I ride, and I’m not as strong, particularly on the climbs. How long …

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 …

Excess Heat Can Have Many Causes

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: I am a 66-year-old woman who usually is too hot. When I tell my doctors, they just sort of laugh it off. It is making my life miserable because if I keep the heat or air conditioning where it is comfortable for me, it is …

Deciding About Statins

Monday, May 12, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: I am a healthy, trim and physically very active 65-year-old with excellent EKG results and no family history of either stroke or heart problems. I was put on Lipitor about two years ago for high cholesterol. I have been monitoring my cholesterol every six months, …

Bringing Care to the Kids: Health Hub School-Based Clinics a 20-Year Success Story

Sunday, May 11, 2014

South Royalton — A weekly checkup for asthma found 11-year-old Erik Younce laughing with Frank Lamson, the pediatric nurse practitioner with Health Hub and the Strafford School-Based Health Clinic, a group of school-based clinics in the Orange Windsor …

To Your Good Health: Tuberculosis Concerns Are Put to Rest With Test

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: I am 22, and I am a security guard at a local store. Just recently, I detained a suspect for shoplifting. We were in a room no bigger than a small office, and she was coughing up a storm. I was in and out of …

To Your Good Health: Cause of ED May Be More Than Just Age

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: About three years ago, my doctor did not like the feel of my prostate, so he prescribed tamsulosin. After taking it for about four to five months, I was not able to obtain a full erection. I talked to the doctor about this, and he …

Despite a Healthy Lifestyle, Blocked Artery Needs Treatment

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: In December 2013 I had a blood clot in my left eye. It blocked my vision and then passed after about 25 minutes. My doctor had many tests done, and one indicated that I have plaque in my right carotid artery. The left artery is …

Systemic Mastocytosis Is a Rare but Treatable Condition

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: I am a 66-year-old white male. About 15 years ago, I was diagnosed with adult-onset indolent systemic mastocytosis. I probably contracted it at least 10 years before that. Few doctors even know what mastocytosis is. I was told at the time that few people have …