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To Your Good Health: Give Doctor All Your Info for the Best Advice

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: About three years ago, I was walking from the parking lot to church (not a long distance) and was overcome with a feeling of warmth and weakness throughout my body. I almost dropped my purse, but it stopped almost immediately. About three weeks ago, the same thing happened. I did not feel ill, and it passed almost as fast as it came on me. I am 65 …

Officials: Don’t Skip the Flu Shot

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Concord — This year’s flu virus, in some cases, has changed, but infectious disease doctor Benjamin Chan’s advice has not. In September, just after the virus made its debut for the season in New Hampshire, the state epidemiologist had a simple message: To protect against the flu, don’t skip the vaccine. Responding to …

To Your Good Health: Treatments for Hepatitis Have Come a Long Way

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: My 56-year-old sister has hepatitis C. She contracted the virus from a blood transfusion in a hospital in Spain in the 1980s. It is the genotype 4 (North African) strain. It was discovered about 12 years ago, and she had a biopsy that did not show any scarring of her liver at that time. We have tried to persuade her …

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 …

‘Provider Tax’ Prompts Different Reactions

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Lebanon — Tax collectors in every state except Alaska scoop up a portion of the revenue that hospitals and other providers collect in exchange for caring for patients. Hospitals generally aren’t big fans of these so-called provider taxes, but in recent years their political attitudes toward the levies …

Zack’s Place Annual Meeting Set for Tuesday in Woodstock

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Woodstock — Zack’s Place will hold its annual meeting on Tuesday, at 5:15 p.m., at 73 Central St. The free meeting will include a celebration of the nonprofit’s completion of its capital campaign. Zack’s Place, an e nrichment center for people with special needs, recently raised $432,000 to …

Relearning How to Speak Through Song

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Friends draped arms across one another’s shoulders and swayed as they listened to Forrest Allen sing. Some joined in softly, not wanting to drown him out. Some blinked back tears. They never expected him to survive the accident. …

To Your Good Health: Rare Adrenal Tumor Requires Expert Diagnosis

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: I would like more information concerning pheochromocytoma. Your recent article mentions that there are specific blood tests to determine if an individual has it. I’ve been dealing with some symptoms for almost a year, and am at a loss. I’ve incurred thousands of dollars in …

To Your Good Health: Hypothyroid, Diabetes Are Both Autoimmune Disorders

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: My oldest grandson, 17, was diagnosed with hypothyroidism about three years ago and has been on levothyroxine daily, with good lab numbers since. He was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes mellitus three months ago. He is on insulin three times daily, and his sugars have …

New Staff Members Join HCRS in Hartford, Springfield, Vt.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Springfield, Vt. — Several new employees recently joined the staff of Health Care and Rehabilitation Services. Terrisa Clark has joined the agency’s Windsor office as a community outreach specialist. New employees in the Hartford office are Tyler Hain and Emily Puffer, both of whom have taken case manager …

To Your Good Health: Is It Herpes Or An Antibiotic Allergy?

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: Four years ago, my husband had an abscess. What started as a boil became so deep and hard that he required general anesthesia to remove it. The wound was left open, and we had to change the packing twice a day for eight weeks. It …

To Your Good Health: Which Diet Is the Right Diet

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: I am taking Zetia and niacin for extremely high cholesterol and triglycerides. Exactly what type of diet should I be on to lower my cholesterol and triglycerides? Many of the processed (cheese, ice cream, cookies, etc.) fat-free, cholesterol-free foods are high in sugar. Should I …

To Your Good Health: Blood Donation Can Affect Athletic Performance

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: I am a fit 54-year-old male who bicycles a lot. My friends and I are pretty competitive when we do our rides, pushing hard and challenging each other in positive ways. I donate blood as often as I’m allowed. After donating, my legs feel more …