Personal Health

To Your Good Health: Tips for Reducing Eye Strain

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: Would you mind providing some guidelines for preventing eye strain? I’m a graduate student, so I spend a lot of time reading, both from computer screens and from books. I will always need to read to get things done, but I’d also like my eyes to last me my whole life. — B.I. Answer: We tend to spend a lot of time reading or in front of …

To Your Good Health: Early Satiety Often Due to IBS

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: I was successfully treated for H. pylori five years ago. I continue to have stomach pain, which has been diagnosed as gastritis. For the past three weeks, when I eat even a small amount of food, I feel extremely full and bloated for hours. I have irritable bowel syndrome, which gradually has worsened in the past 10 years — to …

Public Rollout Of Antidote Slow in N.H.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Concord — John Burns has never had to use Narcan himself. “Thank god,” he says. The drug, also known as naloxone, reverses the effects of heroin and opioid overdoses. Its usage in New Hampshire has spiked in recent years, as the state confronts a growing substance abuse problem. More than a year ago, an emergency responder used Narcan to save Burns’ daughter’s life …

To Your Good Health: Making Sense of Medical Lingo

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: What is the difference between NSVT and AVNRT? I am a 69-year-old female taking metoprolol once a day. — T.A. Answer: Medical abbreviations are confusing. Even when I spell them out — nonsustained ventricular tachycardia, and atrioventricular nodal re-entrant tachycardia — the names hardly make …

To Your Good Health: Exercising After Blood Clot May Be Helpful

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: I am a 62-year-old male in generally good health. I have a clot in the popliteal vein in my right knee, and have been taking warfarin and getting periodic blood tests. Typically, the numbers are where my primary care physician wants them. It seems to …

The Alzheimer’s Family: D-H Authors Aim to Help Patients and ‘Care Partners’

Monday, June 1, 2015

When it comes to Alzheimer’s disease there is no good news: The medications to treat it are only modestly effective, the number of cases diagnosed is rising as people worldwide live longer, and there is no cure. In …

Living Longer, But Suffering

Monday, June 1, 2015

The single biggest risk factor for Alzheimer’s is age, said Dr. Robert Santulli, a retired professor of psychiatry at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College and co-author with Kesstan Blandin of The Emotional Journey of the Alzheimer’s Family. The irony of improved health care is that …

HCRS Policy Hid Loss

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Springfield, Vt. — Health Care and Rehabilitation Services of Southeastern Vermont Inc., a social service agency already under fire after disclosures of a controversial $686,000 payment to a former chief executive, lost $1.8 million operating small group homes …

HCRS Tax Returns Were Silent on Calif. Operation

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Springfield, Vt. — The decision by Health Care and Rehabilitation Services of Southeastern Vermont Inc. to launch a new venture 3,000 miles away and the resulting $1.8 million flow of red ink attracted little, if any, notice outside the agency. That’s not surprising. HCRS, which receives millions of …

To Your Good Health: Nature Is a Source of Many Medicines

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: Are there any natural substitutes for blood thinners? Natural ingredients in aspirin work on some aspect of thinning the blood, perhaps for everyone taking them. It seems to me that testing natural substances would be relatively easy and cheap. — G.T. Answer: The term “blood …

To Your Good Health: Balancing Medicine’s Side Effects and Benefits

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: I am a 60-year-old male in good health, and I play tennis and swim several days a week. I have suffered from neuralgia for the past three years, but I have it under control with medication: 800 mg of carbamazepine and 25 mg of amitriptyline …

To Your Good Health: Mold And Mildew Exposure Can Have Consequences

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: I lived in southwest Florida for 13 years and was exposed to heavy mold and mildew due to heat and humidity from a leaky roof. About a year ago, I gradually became quite ill — fatigue, weakness, irritable bowel symptoms, insomnia and symptoms of a …

To Your Good Health: Hospice Switches Focus From Life Length to Life Quality

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: I was advised by a doctor at a reputable hospital to put my mother in hospice for congestive heart failure. She also has multi-infarct dementia. That was a year ago. Her vitals have been checked twice a week since that time and are always good. …