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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 …

‘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 …

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 …

Jobs for Those With Disabilities Is Focus Of Meeting

Sunday, October 26, 2014

White River Junction — A free workshop about employment and people with disabilities is set for Thursday, from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., at the Upper Valley Haven, 713 Hartford Ave. The topics include reasonable workplace accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act; “Ticket to Work” and other incentive programs …

A Matter of Control

Monday, October 20, 2014

Over the first year, I lost 70 pounds. Over the next nine, I dropped a net total of five. What’s a Weight Watcher to do, on his 10th anniversary of membership? “Stop complaining,” I can hear my wife, …

‘She Really Is Our Hero’: Windsor Family Works to Build Strong Foundation for Special-Needs Daughter

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Windsor — With dinnertime approaching in the Wright household, Leah, 22, was tapped to pick the menu. Would she like chicken, or hot dogs and hamburgers, her father, Rob Wright, asked. “Hot dogs and hamburgers,” said Leah, who …

To Your Good Health: Son Is Skeptical of Dad’s Unusual Remedy

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: In one of Dr. Donohue’s columns years ago, he wrote about pain in the rectum that he said was caused by “trapped gas” (as well as I can recall), and he recommended sitting on a baseball (or some kind of ball) for a bit and …

Why I Don’t Breastfeed, If You Must Know

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Washington — The mothers in my “Baby & Me Yoga Fit,” class looked down from their tree poses, surprised as I poured some instant formula into a bottle. Feeding our babies whenever they were in need was one …

USDA Grant to Provide Waste Management Assistance

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Lebanon — The Upper Valley Lake Sunapee Regional Planning Commission has received a $200,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to help manage the region’s waste, including chemicals and unwanted medications. The grant will be used to expand household hazardous waste collection; promote nontoxic household products; offer …

To Your Good Health: IBD and IBS Sound Similar, Have Big Differences

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: Could you please explain the difference between irritable bowel syndrome and irritable bowel disease? What is the treatment for each? I saw in a health magazine that there is a blood test to determine which one someone may have. — ES Answer: Although the two …

Ebola Risk In Area Low, Experts Say

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Lebanon — An outbreak of the Ebola virus that has killed thousands of people in West Africa poses a minimal threat to residents of the Upper Valley, according to public health officials in the Twin States. While an infected traveler could come to northern New England from the …