Personal Health

To Your Good Health: Medicines Seemingly at Odds Can Work Together

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: I am being treated for macular degeneration with injections of Lucentis into the eye. My cardiologist has determined that I have atrial fibrillation and wants to prescribe the anticoagulant Coumadin (warfarin). My non-medical mind senses that these two drugs have opposing functions relative to blood clotting. Am I right? — H.W. Answer: There are two kinds of macular degeneration, and you are being treated for the less-common …

To Your Good Health: Antacid-Cancer Link Maybe Not What You Think

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: Is it true that someone who takes antacids every day is more likely to get cancer of the esophagus? — D.R. Answer: Yes, people who take antacids frequently are more likely to be diagnosed with esophageal and stomach cancer. However, people who take more antacids usually do so because they have reflux. Reflux predisposes one to Barrett’s esophagus, which predisposes …

New HCRS CEO Also Has Deferred Compensation Package

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Springfield, Vt. — Health Care and Rehabilitation Services of Southeastern Vermont, in the wake of controversy about the deferred compensation package it arranged for longtime and now former Chief Executive Judith Hayward, is salting away money for her successor. Disclosure earlier this year that Hayward had collected $686,000 — funded through three annual contributions of $150,000 and a fourth of $200,000 — prompted …

To Your Good Health: High Calcium and PTH Numbers May Indicate Parathyroid Tumo

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: I am a 56-year-old female. I had some blood work done recently, and two numbers came back high: My ionized calcium level was 6.0, and my PTH Intact level was 136.6. I am relatively active and feel good. Any thoughts? — L.K. Answer: Ionized calcium …

Officials: Continue Vaccines

Sunday, March 8, 2015

New York — Certain that they are right, struggling to find ways to get their message across, public health officials are exasperated by their inability to persuade more U.S. parents to vaccinate their children. “I think we’re all …

To Your Good Health: Psyllium Allergy Rare but Possible

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: I would like to know if you have ever heard of a person being allergic to psyllium fiber? My doctor suggested I take Metamucil for constipation, as opposed to stool softeners. However, when I took it, my face and eyes began to itch, I began …

Fines Rare Even As Health Data Breaches Grow

Sunday, March 1, 2015

In a string of meetings and press releases, the federal government’s health watchdogs have delivered a stern message: They are cracking down on insurers, hospitals and doctors offices that don’t adequately protect the security and privacy of medical records. “We’ve now moved into an area of more assertive …

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 …

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 …

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 …

To Your Good Health: Too Hot or Not? What Defines a Fever?

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: I am a 77-year-old woman. For as long as I can remember, my body temperature has been between 97.7 and 98 degrees Fahrenheit. If my temperature were 99, would that be a fever to worry about? My doctor does not seem to worry about it, …

Several States Are Debating Vaccine-Related Legislation

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Several state legislatures are debating vaccine-related measures as dozens of people have fallen ill from a measles outbreak that started at Disneyland in December and spread beyond the theme park. Here is a look at some of the legislation around the country: California Three California lawmakers, all Democrats, …

Valley Regional Proposes New Mental Health Facility

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Claremont — A plan by Valley Regional Healthcare to invest $1.5 million in a facility to care for mentally ill patients sent for treatment because they pose a danger to themselves or others could contribute to New Hampshire’s efforts to rebuild its broken mental health care system. The …