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To Your Good Health: Balancing Vascular Risk Is Part of Setting a Proper A1c Level Goal

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: My father has Type 2 diabetes, and his primary care physician has said repeatedly that an A1c of 7.2 percent or 7.3 percent is nothing to worry about. He also says that the American Diabetes Association has told physicians to loosen their restrictions on diabetics. The wall chart in his office says that 7 percent is the max, and above that puts a person at risk for …

Vt. Senators Make Shift on Vaccine Rules

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Montpelier — Senate lawmakers are considering the elimination of the philosophical exemption for parents who wish to send their children to Vermont public schools without being vaccinated. On Wednesday afternoon, Sen. Kevin Mullin, R-Rutland, introduced an amendment to a bill intended to create a state vaccination database, which would limit a parent’s ability to opt out of vaccines for their children for medical …

To Your Good Health: The Causes of Vocal Changes Are Many and Varied

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: Over the past year, my voice has become hoarse or raspy. I find that I often have to clear my throat while speaking. I’ve had a stomach endoscopy and a colonoscopy done, the results of which were noted as “normal.” Nothing has changed in my life, such as climate, diet, clothing, furnishings, etc. I have never smoked. I suspect it …

Former Chief Seeks Marrow Match

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Windsor — The family of retired police chief Steve Soares has organized a bone marrow registry drive in response to his recent diagnosis with a rare, aggressive cousin of leukemia. Though Soares hadn’t found a match as of …

To Your Good Health: Does Cholesterol Particle Test Give Better Info?

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: I read your column daily and have confidence in your advice. My question pertains to cholesterol, specifically LDL-P (particles) and how they differ from LDL-C (cholesterol). My cholesterol readings are as follows: total, 176; triglycerides, 170; HDL, 50; LDL, 92. My particle numbers are LDL-P …

Hospitals: Purple Hats Remind Parents of Normal Infant Crying

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Lebanon — Birthing hospitals across New Hampshire are giving out handmade purple hats to families of newborns in an effort to prevent infant abuse. Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center are among the participants. The hats are designed to remind parents of the period of …

It Takes Time To Adjust to Hearing Aids

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: My husband and I are both senior citizens. My hearing deteriorated noticeably more than two years ago. I had an ENT check me, and no tumor or anything that might have caused the loss was found — just bad genes. I went to a local …

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 …