Personal Health

To Your Good Health: Body Doesn’t Need Help to Detox and Cleanse

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Dear Dr. Roach: It’s a new year, and many of my friends are embarking on a detox or cleanse. Is there such a thing as beneficial detoxing and cleansing? If so, how is it done properly, and what are the benefits? — D.M.H. Answer: The body has its own mechanisms for removing toxins. The kidneys excrete them, and the liver chemically converts them to safe compounds. So when you see …

Fairlee Man Treks to Mount Everest To Call Attention to Son’s Disease

Monday, February 8, 2016

Fairlee — After school one rainy day last week, 7-year-old Griffin Stoudnour splashed in fresh puddles with younger brother Ronan. Inside the family home, after changing into dry clothes — best of all a new T-shirt featuring Mickey Mouse and other Disney characters — and playing with the two kittens who’d joined the …

To Your Good Health: Evidence Suggests Vaccines Safe for Most People With Autoimmune Disease

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Dear Dr. Roach: I am a 39-year-old male with systemic lupus. I read your article on artificial and natural immunity and how getting the flu shot helps “prime” the immune system. I have been told by some that priming the immune system with any vaccine is not a good idea in my case, since I could develop antibodies that attack my own body. …

To Your Good Health: Which Type of Flu Shot Is Best?

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: For the 2015-2016 flu season, we find a trivalent vaccine (three influenza virus), quadrivalent vaccine (four influenza virus) and high-dose trivalent recommended for seniors 65 and older. As a member of the senior group, I would like your opinion on the best choice. Why do …

Researcher Claims Dartmouth Professor Stole Idea, Fired Her

Saturday, October 17, 2015

North Haverhill — A former researcher at Dartmouth College’s Center for Health Care Delivery Science is suing the center’s senior scientist, alleging that he took credit for one of her ideas and, after she refused to go along, retaliated by firing her. The lawsuit also names the college …

Insurer: Review Health Connect

Friday, October 16, 2015

Montpelier — Vermont’s largest health insurance provider says its members still call with complaints about Vermont Health Connect and that the company’s auditors are waiting for permission to do regular customer billing reconciliations. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont now is recommending the Legislature start an assessment …

Vermont Faces Growing Medicaid Deficit

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Montpelier — One-third of Vermonters are on Medicaid right now, and the high number of enrollees will lead to a budget deficit if legislators don’t make changes soon. At a presentation to the House Health Care Committee on Wednesday, officials from the state Department of Finance reported that …

To Your Good Health: Facing the Recurrent Vertigo of Meniere’s Disease

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: My wife is suffering from Meniere’s disease, a condition that causes, at times, severe vertigo and disorientation. Although she’s never actually been diagnosed with the condition, after several months of numerous tests on her heart, brain, ears, eyes and balance, the doctors “think” it’s Meniere’s …

Not One More: After Her Daughter’s Death, a Mother Grieves And Appeals for a New Approach to Addiction

Saturday, October 10, 2015

My daughter, Laura, was a vibrant, witty and loving young woman who grew up in the Upper Valley, shopped at Dan and Whit’s, studied at our libraries and attended our schools. She went on to college and earned …

Flu Vaccine Is Plentiful, And Now Is The Time

Sunday, October 4, 2015

On the cusp of another flu season, public-health professionals in the Twin States are reminding the public to take a better-safe-than-sorry attitude toward getting vaccinated. “We had vaccination clinics starting early in September,” Susan Peterson, a registered nurse …

To Your Good Health: Heart Benefits of Niacin Not What Once Thought

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: I have been taking niacin for many years. What side effects should I be looking for? My cardiologist recently added Lipitor to my medications, which tells me that the niacin was not doing the best job. — A.H. Answer: Niacin has been used for decades …

Supporting A Vision: A New Space for Special Needs Adults

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Enfield — Homemade salsa, enchiladas, salad and sweet corn were what’s for dinner on a recent Tuesday evening in the farmhouse at Visions for Creative Housing Solutions. As usual, residents had pitched in with the preparations, cutting tomatoes, …

To Your Good Health: Confusing Pneumonia Vaccine Guidelines Clarified

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: I have a question regarding the new pneumonia vaccine Prevnar for my grandmother. She had the Pneumovax 23 in 2012 (she is in her 80s). Should she get Prevnar 13? She is relatively healthy, except for very mild asthma and seasonal allergies. I’m totally confused! …