Personal Health

To Your Good Health: Tips for Reducing Eye Strain

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: Would you mind providing some guidelines for preventing eye strain? I’m a graduate student, so I spend a lot of time reading, both from computer screens and from books. I will always need to read to get things done, but I’d also like my eyes to last me my whole life. — B.I. Answer: We tend to spend a lot of time reading or in front of …

To Your Good Health: Early Satiety Often Due to IBS

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: I was successfully treated for H. pylori five years ago. I continue to have stomach pain, which has been diagnosed as gastritis. For the past three weeks, when I eat even a small amount of food, I feel extremely full and bloated for hours. I have irritable bowel syndrome, which gradually has worsened in the past 10 years — to …

Public Rollout Of Antidote Slow in N.H.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Concord — John Burns has never had to use Narcan himself. “Thank god,” he says. The drug, also known as naloxone, reverses the effects of heroin and opioid overdoses. Its usage in New Hampshire has spiked in recent years, as the state confronts a growing substance abuse problem. More than a year ago, an emergency responder used Narcan to save Burns’ daughter’s life …

Research: Maple Extract Could Enhance Antibiotics

Friday, May 8, 2015

You may be of the belief that a spoonful of maple syrup helps the medicine go down — and now preliminary research from McGill University suggests that maple syrup may also help the medicine do its job. Led by professor Nathalie Tufenkji, researchers have discovered that maple syrup …

Healthy Food Talk Honors Late Doctor

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Lebanon — Her picture was on the event’s promotional flier. Her vegan recipes for hummus, lentils, steel cut oats and pasta with beans and veggies were distributed to attendees. The audience included some of her former colleagues and patients, and her mother. But Margo Krasnoff, the 57-year-old professor …

To Your Good Health: Ulcers Generally Unaffected by Acidity of Food

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: I have recurring stomach ulcers, so I have been researching acid-alkaline diets to resolve the ulcer problem. I am frustrated, as some research indicates that a food is acid while another source indicates that it is alkaline. How do I know which is correct? — …

Talk on Therapy Dogs Planned in Woodstock

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Woodstock — A free talk about therapy dog work is set for May 2 at 1:30 p.m. at Norman Williams Public Library. The presentation is sponsored by Therapy Dogs of Vermont, based in Williston. Gordon Perkinson, TDV’s vice president, will explain what therapy dog work entails and describe …

When Science, Faith Clash

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Sierra Leone, Kono District Inside his mud-walled house, the witch doctor cast his curse. Here, in the remote Dorma Village of Sierra Leone, where some of the poorest people in the world spend most of their day struggling …

Making a Cultural Connection

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Lebanon — Communication can be essential to overcoming cultural gaps that might hinder medical care, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center’s Dr. Roshani Patel has discovered. That was particularly true in the case of a woman who emigrated from the Congo to the U.S. with her husband several years ago. The …

To Your Good Health: Weakened Immune System Comes With Vaccine Rules

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: My rheumatologist wants me to start Arava for my newly diagnosed rheumatoid arthritis. I have refused to start this medicine because the information sheet states to avoid contact with people who have recently received the oral polio vaccine. My 6-month-old grandson will be receiving his …

Hartford Man Believes His Faith Helped His Cure

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Hartford — Strong religious convictions aren’t always at war with medical science. At times, they can coexist perfectly, albeit independently of each other. Take the case of Bill Josler, now 72. In 1997, Josler saw himself as the picture of health. “I was running 25 miles a week, …

To Your Good Health: Balancing Vascular Risk Is Part of Setting a Proper A1c Level Goal

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: My father has Type 2 diabetes, and his primary care physician has said repeatedly that an A1c of 7.2 percent or 7.3 percent is nothing to worry about. He also says that the American Diabetes Association has told physicians to loosen their restrictions on diabetics. …

Vt. Senators Make Shift on Vaccine Rules

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Montpelier — Senate lawmakers are considering the elimination of the philosophical exemption for parents who wish to send their children to Vermont public schools without being vaccinated. On Wednesday afternoon, Sen. Kevin Mullin, R-Rutland, introduced an amendment to a bill intended to create a state vaccination database, which …