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Workshop on Special Education Coming to Newbury, Vt., Clinic

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Newbury, Vt. — A free informational workshop about special education is set for Sept. 25, from 6-7 p.m. at the Newbury Health Clinic, 4628 Main Street South. The event, called Your Child’s Special Education, will cover the referral process, early intervention, testing, individualized education programs (IEPs) and 504 plans, therapies, annual reviews and reevaluations. The workshop will also explore the roles of parents, general education and special education teachers, paraprofessionals, …

Vt. Suicide Prevention Center Launches a New Website

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Brattleboro, Vt. — The Vermont Suicide Prevention Center recently launched a new website, at www.vtspc.org. The site aims to dispel misconceptions about suicide and create awareness about how to prevent it, including recognizing the warning signs, which are not always obvious, the center said in a news release. “Many suicides are preventable, and modern tools, in the hands of professionals, community members, and …

To Your Good Health: A Discussion of the HPV Vaccine

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: In a recent column, you strongly recommended the HPV vaccine for everyone ages 13 to 26. Last week, an article came out about the much lower rates of HPV vaccination as compared with the rates of other vaccinations recommended for teens. I was born in the 1960s, and grew up hearing about “perfectly safe” thalidomide, which later was found to …

Test Finds Protein Deposits in Tissues

Monday, May 26, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: I had an electromyographic test that indicated that I had carpal tunnel syndrome primarily in my left wrist. I had the surgery for carpal tunnel. During the surgery, they noticed a thickening of the lining around the tendons, and took a biopsy of the lining. …

To Your Good Health: Embarrassing Bad Breath May Not Be Bad at All

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: Could the cause of chronic bad breath be due to having a tortuous esophagus? I’ve always had a horrible taste in my mouth 10 to 20 minutes after eating — sometimes worse than others, depending on what I’ve eaten. I was diagnosed with GERD 10 …

Many Therapies Help With Dystonia

Friday, May 23, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: My husband is an elementary-school teacher, age 69. He started teaching in 1983 with beautiful handwriting. By 2003 he had difficulty trying to write. As the years went by, the hand problem got worse. He went to a specialist, and he was diagnosed with writer’s …

Walking Vs. Jogging for Health

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: If walk briskly for a certain time and distance, is that not just as good for you as jogging, if you are going for the same time? — A. Answer: It depends on what you mean by “good.” If you mean what I think you …

Confusing Parkinson’s and Lyme

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: Would you please explain the difference between Parkinson’s disease and Lyme disease? My husband has been told by a neurologist that he has Parkinson’s. A regular medical doctor who also works in the field of alternative medications or supplements has told him that he has …

To Your Good Health: Six-Ounce Juice Is No Sugar Bomb

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: I’m a 76-year-old woman who enjoys a 6-ounce glass of ruby-red grapefruit juice every morning before my breakfast of cereal, half a banana and coffee. My husband has been trying to convince me that I should stop having my morning juice, as it is a …

Loss of Eyebrows Can Signify a Thyroid Issue

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: I am a 63-year-old female of normal weight and active. I exercise several times a week and am in seemingly good health. About a year ago I noticed that my eyebrows were disappearing, starting on the outer edges. They are now almost completely gone. During …

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, …