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To Your Good Health: Elevated White Blood Cells Sometimes Misleading

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: My husband had his regular blood work done in 2012, and it showed that his monocytes were elevated (15 percent) and his HCT was low (39 percent). When we asked his doctor what this meant, she said, “Cancer somewhere,” and we just have to find out where it is. So he was sent for more blood work, and he had lower-organ MRIs and a colonoscopy. All tests …

To Your Good Health: Is Prostate to Blame For Slow-to-Empty Bladder?

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: I would like your opinion on enlarged prostate. My primary care doctor sent me for a blood test and said my PSA number was too high, then sent me to a urologist. He said my bladder is not emptying and that I am having urine retention in the bladder. After one week of medication (Rapaflo), I had a catheter inserted …

‘Provider Tax’ Prompts Different Reactions

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Lebanon — Tax collectors in every state except Alaska scoop up a portion of the revenue that hospitals and other providers collect in exchange for caring for patients. Hospitals generally aren’t big fans of these so-called provider taxes, but in recent years their political attitudes toward the levies have ranged from grudging acceptance to outraged resistance. Count New Hampshire hospitals, which paid $185 …

Dr. Donohue’s Simple Cure for Benign Positional Vertigo

Friday, May 16, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: I am an 84-year-old woman who has followed and appreciated yours and Dr. Donohue’s information and advice for many years. Now I need some help. I have a chronic vertigo condition, which varies from slight to severe. I can take meclizine, which helps. However, there …

Excess Heat Can Have Many Causes

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: I am a 66-year-old woman who usually is too hot. When I tell my doctors, they just sort of laugh it off. It is making my life miserable because if I keep the heat or air conditioning where it is comfortable for me, it is …

Deciding About Statins

Monday, May 12, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: I am a healthy, trim and physically very active 65-year-old with excellent EKG results and no family history of either stroke or heart problems. I was put on Lipitor about two years ago for high cholesterol. I have been monitoring my cholesterol every six months, …

Bringing Care to the Kids: Health Hub School-Based Clinics a 20-Year Success Story

Sunday, May 11, 2014

South Royalton — A weekly checkup for asthma found 11-year-old Erik Younce laughing with Frank Lamson, the pediatric nurse practitioner with Health Hub and the Strafford School-Based Health Clinic, a group of school-based clinics in the Orange Windsor …

To Your Good Health: Tuberculosis Concerns Are Put to Rest With Test

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: I am 22, and I am a security guard at a local store. Just recently, I detained a suspect for shoplifting. We were in a room no bigger than a small office, and she was coughing up a storm. I was in and out of …

To Your Good Health: Cause of ED May Be More Than Just Age

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: About three years ago, my doctor did not like the feel of my prostate, so he prescribed tamsulosin. After taking it for about four to five months, I was not able to obtain a full erection. I talked to the doctor about this, and he …

Despite a Healthy Lifestyle, Blocked Artery Needs Treatment

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: In December 2013 I had a blood clot in my left eye. It blocked my vision and then passed after about 25 minutes. My doctor had many tests done, and one indicated that I have plaque in my right carotid artery. The left artery is …

Systemic Mastocytosis Is a Rare but Treatable Condition

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: I am a 66-year-old white male. About 15 years ago, I was diagnosed with adult-onset indolent systemic mastocytosis. I probably contracted it at least 10 years before that. Few doctors even know what mastocytosis is. I was told at the time that few people have …

To Your Good Health: Migraine Treatments That Are Safe in Pregnancy

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: I am eight weeks pregnant, and I had migraines before I was pregnant. (I was on prescriptions until I started family planning last year.) I always took medicine at the onset of these occurrences, and halfway through the day, my migraine would subside. Usually I’d …

Mixing Prostate, Bladder Meds

Friday, April 25, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: I’m 87 and have an enlarged prostate. When I get the urge to urinate, which is often, I have to go at once. Do you think that taking a bladder-control medicine would interfere with the Cardura (doxazosin) I’m taking to keep my urine duct (urethra) …