Personal Health

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 of 39 staff members in the affected wards — Units 1E, 2E and 3E — have called in sick with “influenza-like illness,” …

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 mentioned that she was having a little trouble catching her breath after walking from my …

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 18, wrote the second time he asked for care, in August 2009. “I need to …

To Your Good Health: The Mystery of Meat Allergies

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: I heard that there is a sudden surge in people coming down with severe meat allergies. Is there any information as to why, after years of eating red meat, you suddenly can become extremely allergic? — E.V. Answer: Meat allergies are uncommon; however, there has …

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 …

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. …

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 …

Fletcher Allen Ends Investment Strategy

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Burlington — The parent organization of Fletcher Allen Health Care plans to stop investing in interest rate swaps, a mechanism that effectively allows an investor to bet on the future direction of interest rates. Its investments have cost Fletcher Allen Partners at least $4.7 million, and could lose …

Lebanon Nonprofit Receives Grants

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Lebanon — The Special Needs Support Center recently received two grants to support its educational advocacy program and other work. The Lebanon-based nonprofit received $15,000 from Granite United Way and $3,000 from the Hypertherm Owners’ Philanthropic Endeavors Foundation. Most of the money will support the center’s educational advocacy …

To Your Good Health: Can Adults Be Diagnosed With Autism?

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: I am writing about a lifelong problem I’ve had with food. An article in my local newspaper spelled out exactly what I’ve lived through for 55 years. The article was about an 8-year-old boy who is autistic and caused problems by bringing his own food …

To Your Good Health: Is There a Connection Between Migraines and Menopause?

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: My daughter is 53 and has suffered terribly with migraines since she was 16. She experiences these episodes anywhere from once per week to as many as three times per week. She is presently on Zomig. If she takes the medication just at the onset, …

To Your Good Health: Elevated White Blood Cells Sometimes Misleading

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: My husband had his regular blood work done in 2012, and it showed that his monocytes were elevated (15 percent) and his HCT was low (39 percent). When we asked his doctor what this meant, she said, “Cancer somewhere,” and we just have to find …

To Your Good Health: Is Prostate to Blame For Slow-to-Empty Bladder?

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: I would like your opinion on enlarged prostate. My primary care doctor sent me for a blood test and said my PSA number was too high, then sent me to a urologist. He said my bladder is not emptying and that I am having urine …