Personal Health

To Your Good Health: Increase in Prescription Price Can Be Hardship

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: I had a partial thyroidectomy over 40 years ago due to an enlarged thyroid, which was benign. I have been on varying amounts of thyroid hormone replacement ever since — initially Armour, then Synthroid, and now levothyroxine 88 mcg. Until recently, the cost of levothyroxine was under $20 for 90 tablets; however, my last refill was $76.77. I have excellent prescription coverage, so I do not pay …

Offering Answers About COPD

Monday, March 23, 2015

COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, affects some 24 million Americans, and is the third leading cause of death in the U.S. after heart disease and cancer, according to the American Lung Association. Over his 35-year career, Donald Mahler, a pulmonologist, has seen hundreds of patients who have COPD, and answered hundreds of …

To Your Good Health: Source of Low Iron Must Be Investigated

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: I am a healthy, energetic 63-year-old woman who has had elevated RDW levels for the past few years. My doctor and I looked into this, and did a ferritin panel. Although my B-12, folic acid, hemoglobin and hematocrit are normal, my transferrin saturation is low, at 6 percent, and my iron and ferritin also are slightly low. I give blood …

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 …

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 …

A Matter of Control

Monday, October 20, 2014

Over the first year, I lost 70 pounds. Over the next nine, I dropped a net total of five. What’s a Weight Watcher to do, on his 10th anniversary of membership? “Stop complaining,” I can hear my wife, …

‘She Really Is Our Hero’: Windsor Family Works to Build Strong Foundation for Special-Needs Daughter

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Windsor — With dinnertime approaching in the Wright household, Leah, 22, was tapped to pick the menu. Would she like chicken, or hot dogs and hamburgers, her father, Rob Wright, asked. “Hot dogs and hamburgers,” said Leah, who …

To Your Good Health: Son Is Skeptical of Dad’s Unusual Remedy

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: In one of Dr. Donohue’s columns years ago, he wrote about pain in the rectum that he said was caused by “trapped gas” (as well as I can recall), and he recommended sitting on a baseball (or some kind of ball) for a bit and …

Why I Don’t Breastfeed, If You Must Know

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Washington — The mothers in my “Baby & Me Yoga Fit,” class looked down from their tree poses, surprised as I poured some instant formula into a bottle. Feeding our babies whenever they were in need was one …

USDA Grant to Provide Waste Management Assistance

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Lebanon — The Upper Valley Lake Sunapee Regional Planning Commission has received a $200,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to help manage the region’s waste, including chemicals and unwanted medications. The grant will be used to expand household hazardous waste collection; promote nontoxic household products; offer …

To Your Good Health: IBD and IBS Sound Similar, Have Big Differences

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: Could you please explain the difference between irritable bowel syndrome and irritable bowel disease? What is the treatment for each? I saw in a health magazine that there is a blood test to determine which one someone may have. — ES Answer: Although the two …

Ebola Risk In Area Low, Experts Say

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Lebanon — An outbreak of the Ebola virus that has killed thousands of people in West Africa poses a minimal threat to residents of the Upper Valley, according to public health officials in the Twin States. While an infected traveler could come to northern New England from the …

Special Needs Workshops Address Finances, Housing

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Two upcoming workshops for families of children with special needs will focus on finances and housing. The workshops on Nov. 1 are sponsored by Special Needs Support Center, a Lebanon-based nonprofit that offers programs, support and resources for children with special needs and their families. The first session, …