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To Your Good Health: “Stomach Flu” Is Not Actual Flu

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: With the flu season coming on, would you please discuss the difference between what people call the “stomach flu” and what the flu really is? I have two friends who last year said they weren’t getting the flu shot anymore because despite having it, they got the flu. They each described several hours of throwing up, but feeling better the next day. I suggested that they probably …

Mental Health Agency Lays Off a Dozen

Friday, November 20, 2015

Springfield, Vt. — The nonprofit agency designated by the state of Vermont to provide mental health and substance abuse treatment in communities in Windsor and Windham counties laid off 12 employees this week. Health Care and Rehabilitation Services of Southeastern Vermont Inc. Chief Executive George Karabakakis announced the reduction in the 575-employee agency’s work force in an email sent out Tuesday. “These are …

Dr. Roach: For a Few, Cholesterol Is Naturally High

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: I am a 68-year-old female with a more-than-40-year history of extremely high cholesterol (350-411 total). I have not been able to tolerate any kind of statin drug, even if I take CoQ10 with it. Welchol and Zetia had side effects that I couldn’t tolerate either. I am not diabetic, and my blood pressure is generally around 120/80. My total cholesterol …

Uneven Efforts, Part One: A Failure to Measure Up; On Mental Health, Twin States Lag

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Observed from a distance, Vermont and New Hampshire may seem very different politically as well as in their approaches to health care reform. Vermont has become a beacon for proponents of government-can-and-should-do-it liberalism, with a willingness to at …

Uneven Efforts Series: Vt. Spends More, but Impact Is Unclear

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Over the past decade, Vermont far outpaced New Hampshire in its rate of spending on mental health care, but an objective assessment of the impact of that resource disparity remains elusive. The disparity, as shown by the National …

To Your Good Health: Sore Jaw Sufferer Seeks Sleep Solution

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: I have been living with TMJ pain on my right side. I believe my situation is unique in that I experience the pain only at night, initially when lying on my right side. While the level of pain is not excruciating, it’s more than sufficient …

Mass. Islands Face Pot Issue

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Boston — Massachusetts has a cannabis conundrum. State law requires every county to have a dispensary for medical marijuana, but federal regulations forbid the drug from being transported across U.S. waters. That leaves the tourist havens of Martha’s …

Uneven Efforts Series: Evolution of Approach

Sunday, July 19, 2015

During the 19th century, the idea that mental illness could sometimes be treated spread from France to England and to the United States. That spurred the development of hospitals where the mentally ill could be provided refuge and, to some extent, treatment — a trend that eventually touched …

To Your Good Health: Low Lymphocyte Count Is Cause for Concern

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: I am a 58-year-old male. Several months ago, I lost 17 pounds, and even though I have gained back about 2 pounds in the past month, I cannot gain the weight back, even by increasing my food intake. I feel tired all the time, and …

N.H. Health Care Transparency Gets ‘A’

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Nashua, n.h. — Two national groups have given high praise to a website by the New Hampshire Insurance Department that provides cost estimates for medical procedures, citing it as a model for the rest of the country to provide transparency in health-care costs. The groups gave New Hampshire …

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 …

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 …

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 …