Personal Health

To Your Good Health: How Does One Get Cellulitis?

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: What is cellulitis, and how does one get it? I live in a retirement facility, and two ladies at my dining table have it. It seems to be very painful and difficult to heal. Should I take any precautions? — R.G. Answer: Cellulitis is an infection of the skin. It involves the full thickness of the skin, so it differs from the related infection erysipelas, which is …

With overdose deaths at all time high, more hope for NH recovery

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Investigating drug deaths has become an increasing part of the daily routine in the state medical examiner’s office. In 2014, drug overdoses killed a record 326 people, and as of July 1, the New Hampshire Medical Examiner’s office has confirmed 132 drug deaths and counting. “Those kinds of numbers are eye-popping,” said Dr. …

Blue Cross Says Vt. Is Liable for Unpaid Claims

Friday, July 3, 2015

Montpelier — Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont says it will not seek further payment from health care providers or its customers for money owed on Vermont Health Connect accounts that weren’t terminated in a timely fashion. The state’s largest health insurer, and the dominate player in Vermont’s exchange, said it will hold the state responsible for any money it is owed …

To Your Good Health: Too Hot or Not? What Defines a Fever?

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: I am a 77-year-old woman. For as long as I can remember, my body temperature has been between 97.7 and 98 degrees Fahrenheit. If my temperature were 99, would that be a fever to worry about? My doctor does not seem to worry about it, …

Several States Are Debating Vaccine-Related Legislation

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Several state legislatures are debating vaccine-related measures as dozens of people have fallen ill from a measles outbreak that started at Disneyland in December and spread beyond the theme park. Here is a look at some of the legislation around the country: California Three California lawmakers, all Democrats, …

Valley Regional Proposes New Mental Health Facility

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Claremont — A plan by Valley Regional Healthcare to invest $1.5 million in a facility to care for mentally ill patients sent for treatment because they pose a danger to themselves or others could contribute to New Hampshire’s efforts to rebuild its broken mental health care system. The …

To Your Good Health: Blisters May Need Medication Long Term

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: A year ago, I broke out with pimples on my back, arms and thighs. They itched so badly I thought I would go mad. A dermatologist took a biopsy and told me it was an autoimmune disease called bullous pemphigoid. I was started on prednisone …

DHMC Units Beset By Flu

Monday, January 26, 2015

Lebanon — An influenza outbreak in three units at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center has prompted hospital officials to offer preventive treatments to patients and staffers in the affected areas, a hospital spokesman said Monday. Seven staffers have been confirmed through laboratory tests to have the flu, and a total …

To Your Good Health: Rare Cancer of the Blood Moves Swiftly

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: On a Monday, I took my 91-year-old mother out for a belated birthday lunch. She has had a long and, until now, fairly healthful life. She still had her driver’s license and thought nothing of driving the 70 miles between her house and mine. She …

Did These Inmates Have to Die?

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Months after he landed in Florida’s Manatee County Jail, Jovon Frazier’s pleas for treatment of the intense pain that radiated from his left shoulder to his elbow were met mostly with Tylenol. “It really hurts! HELP!” Frazier, then …

To Your Good Health: Pneumonia Vaccine Not the Cause of New Symptoms

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: My wife is 69 and had diphtheria as a small child. She was told that she should never have a vaccination or combination vaccination that contains a diphtheria toxoid. Five years ago, she was given the pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (PPSV23), which contains no diphtheria toxoid …

To Your Good Health: Is There Such a Thing as Weather Allergy?

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: Is it possible to be allergic to the cold weather and temperature changes? My son is 23 years old, and when he goes out in the cold, he breaks out in hives. What can he do? — K.R. Answer: This sounds exactly like cold urticaria, …

To Your Good Health: Spinal Stenosis Surgery Needs Second Opinion

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: An MRI shows that I have spinal stenosis. I have not improved with chiropractic care, electrical stimulation, medication (including hydrocodone, tramadol and a pain patch), physical therapy or three spinal injections. After the third injection did not help, I told the surgeon I would need …