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To Your Good Health: Help For Persistent Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: In August 2013, I had surgery on my right wrist for carpal tunnel syndrome. The numbness in my fingers has not changed. Now I’m faced with the same problem in my left hand. I’m going to forget surgery, seeing as it wasn’t successful in my right hand. I decided to go to an acupuncturist for laser treatments. I also had a cortisone shot. Neither of these has …

At the Hospitals: April 20, 2014

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Gifford Mammography, Nuclear Medicine Earn National Accreditation Randolph — Gifford Medical Center’s mammography and nuclear medicine departments have both been awarded three-year reaccreditations by the American College of Radiology. The accreditation is awarded only to facilities meeting American College of Radiology practice guidelines and technical standards after a peer-review evaluation by board certified …

Treating Ulcerative Colitis

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: I have a very close relative who has ulcerative colitis and who was very ill a few years ago. She is now in partial remission but still has bouts of colitis. She found a doctor who (she thinks) is the smartest person in the world. He is treating her with Vicodin, about which he says, “No one knows why, but …

Readers Suggest Home Remedies for Cracked Fingertips

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Dr. Roach Writes: I wrote a column on cracked fingertips, and once again received a wealth of suggestions for prevention and treatment from readers. For prevention, some suggestions I liked included avoiding too-hot water for handwashing, antibacterial soaps and wool gloves, all of which can remove protective oils …

Don’t Be Alarmed by Floating Stools

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: I have read that whether stools float or sink could be an indication of one’s health, even to the point of being an early sign of pancreatic cancer. Isn’t it just about density and gas — that is, doesn’t most food we eat float in …

To Your Good Health: Teeth Grinding Is Common in the Elderly

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: My mother-in-law is 95 and lives in a nursing home. Sometimes when we visit, I can barely stand to be in her presence because she savagely grinds her teeth, making an awful grating, creaking noise. Could there be some medical reason for this? — L.D. …

Medicaid Decision Hits N.H.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Concord — A second Superior Court judge has ruled the state’s Medicaid Enhancement Tax is unconstitutional, opening a multi-million dollar hole in the state budget. Known by the acronym MET, the tax has been levied on hospitals, but not other health providers that performed the same services. The …

Clearing Up Confusion About C-Reactive Protein Numbers

Friday, April 11, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: I am a healthy 57-year-old woman, relatively fit and active. Ten years ago, during a routine wellness exam, my bloodwork indicated an elevated CRP of 10. In the next decade, it has gradually increased and seems to dance around 15 or 16, though it has …

Vitamins D-3 and K, and Bones

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: I was prescribed Boniva and Fosamax by my gynecologist when my bone scan indicated a decreased bone density. I had severe esophagus spasms and ceased that treatment. My primary doctor suggested that I take calcium citrate, vitamin D-3 and vitamin K-2. My scan two years …

Diabetic Foot Ulcers Are Deservedly Feared

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: My father is an 84-year-old diabetic. He has had a wound on his foot (on the inner side of his right foot, near his big toe) for about five months. He has been treated by a podiatrist, who has debrided the wound every week. He …

Hemochromatosis Treatment Needs Time to Lessen Fatigue

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: My 50-year-old, active son-in-law became very fatigued a year and half ago. He initially was diagnosed with low testosterone and given further testing. Finally, about six months from the onset of his symptoms, he was diagnosed with hemochromatosis, with iron levels in the 600s. Consequently, …

Study Finds ‘Staggering’ Health Effect From Eating Veggies

Monday, April 7, 2014

People who eat seven or more portions of fresh fruits and vegetables each day may reduce their risk of dying from a wide variety of diseases by as much as 42 percent over people who consume less than one portion, according to a new study by British researchers …

Researcher Becomes A Cancer Patient, And Learns About Hope

Monday, April 7, 2014

Last September, Abby Prestin received a CT scan that showed a large tumor pushing against her windpipe. “It was just hanging out with my heart and lungs,” she said. “That’s the day I knew I was sick with …