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Personal Health

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 …

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) …

Lots of Vitamin D Fits Into a Small Pill

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: I have a question about vitamin D-3 pills. How does 400 mg fit into such a tiny pill? I also thought you needed sunlight to make vitamin D. — A.S. Answer: Four hundred mg is very small. Most of the tablet isn’t even vitamin D …

To Your Good Health: Help For Persistent Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: In August 2013, I had surgery on my right wrist for carpal tunnel syndrome. The numbness in my fingers has not changed. Now I’m faced with the same problem in my left hand. I’m going to forget surgery, seeing as it wasn’t successful in my …

Treating Ulcerative Colitis

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: I have a very close relative who has ulcerative colitis and who was very ill a few years ago. She is now in partial remission but still has bouts of colitis. She found a doctor who (she thinks) is the smartest person in the world. …