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Personal Health

Treating Ulcerative Colitis

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: I have a very close relative who has ulcerative colitis and who was very ill a few years ago. She is now in partial remission but still has bouts of colitis. She found a doctor who (she thinks) is the smartest person in the world. He is treating her with Vicodin, about which he says, “No one knows why, but this drug heals the lesions associated with …

Readers Suggest Home Remedies for Cracked Fingertips

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Dr. Roach Writes: I wrote a column on cracked fingertips, and once again received a wealth of suggestions for prevention and treatment from readers. For prevention, some suggestions I liked included avoiding too-hot water for handwashing, antibacterial soaps and wool gloves, all of which can remove protective oils from your fingers. A humidifier in the house can prevent drying of all the skin. …

To Your Good Health: Teeth Grinding Is Common in the Elderly

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: My mother-in-law is 95 and lives in a nursing home. Sometimes when we visit, I can barely stand to be in her presence because she savagely grinds her teeth, making an awful grating, creaking noise. Could there be some medical reason for this? — L.D. Answer: Many conditions common in the elderly are associated with teeth grinding. (We have medical …

Assessing Risks of Testosterone Therapy After Prostate Cancer

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: I had my prostate removed for prostate cancer in 2009 at age 70. I waited until now to start taking testosterone to feel better, because I was feeling very listless, with no sex drive. My cancer surgeon and urologist approved, and they are monitoring me …

Local Leaders Present Workshop At National Prevention Conference

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Newport — Representatives of two Sullivan County organizations recently presented a workshop at the National Leadership Forum in Oxon Hill, Md. Liz Hennig, director of Communities United Regional Network for Sullivan County; and Kathy Moaratty, of SAU 43; joined with William Harris, a motivational speaker based in Middlebury, …

To Your Good Health: Treating a Painful Throat Condition

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: My adult son recently has been diagnosed with achalasia, after many months of being misdiagnosed. He has suffered unbelievable pain and difficulty eating or drinking. At first he thought he was having a heart attack. Fortunately, that was ruled out. He is going to a …

If You Think He’s Drinking Too Much, It’s Likely He Is

Friday, February 28, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: I am worried about my husband, who is 52 years old. He is thin, in good physical health and is taking cholesterol pills. He works every day, and every night he drinks 12 or more beers. I have talked to him about this, and he …

Weighing Benefits and Risks Of Estrogen, Progesterone

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: I am 66 years old. I have been taking Premarin (estrogen) in some form for 30 years, which I began taking for premature menopause after I had my ovaries removed. My doctor thinks I should continue taking it, but I am not sure. There is …

The Wizardry of Dr. Oz: Critics Say His Advice Swings From Sound to Sensational

Monday, February 24, 2014

Mehmet Oz’s followers believe he is a trustworthy, serious-minded (and hot) physician. His equally fervent flock of critics say he is a fad-foisting, ratings-grubbing (and smart) TV celebrity. In the 10 years since Oprah dubbed him “America’s Doctor,” …

Dangers of Protein in Urine

Monday, February 24, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: How dangerous is protein in the urine? — M.G. Answer: It’s a simple question with a complicated answer. All of us have trace amounts of protein in our urine, but if there is enough to show up on a dipstick — the usual screening test …

To Your Good Health: Two Views on Surgery for Torn Meniscus

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: I suffered a severe torn meniscus at age 67. I reached a point where I could no longer walk. Six weeks of physical therapy was recommended. I decided to consult another physician. I had arthroscopic surgery about a week later. My surgery started about 11 …

Heroin Addiction Focus Of Free Panel Discussion At Vermont Law School

Sunday, February 23, 2014

South Royalton — The Vermont Law School Criminal Law Society will host a free panel discussion on the subject of opiate addiction tomorrow at 4 p.m. in the Chase Community Center at Vermont Law School. “This event is about new ideas from new sources,” Vermont Law School student …

Diagnosing Back Pain Is Difficult

Friday, February 21, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: I have had lower-back problems almost all my life. Many doctors and therapists have examined it, with almost no success. Recently my attacks have been fewer and milder, even if the bed is not quite …