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Personal Health

Frank visits his "rock collection," - the creek beside his home in Bridgewater, Vt., on August 12, 2014. As Frank has no job, he divides his time between video games, movies, visiting Zack's Place, and spending time outside in the creek. 
(Valley News - Sarah Priestap)

‘He’ll Be My Boy Forever’: Bridgewater Mom Works Hard to Manage Son’s Anxiety

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Bridgewater — When the yellow school bus pulled into Hanover, Delia Vanek, of Bridgewater, was following close behind in her car. Her son, Frank Vanek, was among a group of people with special needs who had traveled from Zack’s Place in Woodstock to tour the Hood Museum of Art. Like many parents of adult children with special needs, Vanek tries …

To Your Good Health: On the Safety of Metal Joints and MRIs

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: I am considering minimally invasive spine surgery. Almost 19 years ago, I had a right total-knee replacement, which still functions very well. I believe the replacement parts are made with stainless steel. No physician I have questioned about the danger of having an MRI with metal parts in my body has been willing or able to give me a straight …

Jobs for Those With Disabilities Is Focus Of Meeting

Sunday, October 26, 2014

White River Junction — A free workshop about employment and people with disabilities is set for Thursday, from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., at the Upper Valley Haven, 713 Hartford Ave. The topics include reasonable workplace accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act; “Ticket to Work” and other incentive programs for people with a disability; and overviews of services offered by the Vermont Department of …

Claremont City Council Questions Smoking Ban

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Claremont — As the City Council continues to grapple with whether to prohibit smoking in some city parks, the question of whether municipalities have the authority to pass a ban using the state law that bans indoor smoking in a number of public places seems unclear. Newport’s new …

An App for Easing Autism

Monday, June 16, 2014

Think about how you talk to another person. When it’s someone you know and are comfortable with, the conversation often has a natural pace and rhythm, and each person can understand some of how the other person feels …

Can Styrofoam Cause Cancer?

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: A co-worker and I are at odds over a recent incident, about which I seek your opinion. I purchased a large mocha caramel latte from a well-known coffee shop. When I arrived at work, a job situation demanded our attention and, when I was able …

Long-Term Prednisone Use Has Risks

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: I am an 80-year-old woman who always had excellent health until about four years ago, when I was diagnosed as having developed bronchiectasis. Since then, I have had to use an albuterol solution, plus an Airway Vest, in periodic daily treatments in order to continue …

Special Needs Center Opening Is June 20

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Lebanon — A new community center for adults with special needs will hold its grand opening June 20 at 4 p.m. Spark! Community Center is located at 75 Bank St., the former junior high school. It’s designed for adults with special needs, their families and caregivers, and “caring …

To Your Good Health: Statins Play a Small Role in Diabetes

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: I am concerned about simvastatin possibly causing a rise in my A1C reading indicating a concern about diabetes. There has never been diabetes in my family. I am a 77-year-old female in good health. I exercise and walk regularly. I do have elevated cholesterol, for …

To Your Good Health: Thigh Pain Could Be Caused by Many Reasons

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: I am a 66-year-old white female, 5 feet, 5 inches tall (was 5 feet, 6 inches), weighing 170 pounds. Even though I use gym weight machines for upper and lower body three times a week, walk daily for two miles and spend 15 minutes on …

Fibromyalgia Is a Real Disease

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: I am a 56-year-old female. I recently have been having terrible pain in my joints. It is so bad at night that I can’t sleep. Mainly the pain is in my neck, ribs, elbows, knees and wrists. My finger joints have hurt for years. I …

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 …