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Health Care

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 from your fingers. A humidifier in the house can prevent drying of all the skin. Home-treatment remedies I heard about included flax-seed …

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 water, and if you mix in gas, shouldn’t most stools float? I used to have …

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. Answer: Many conditions common in the elderly are associated with teeth grinding. (We have medical …

Prescription Drug Take-Back Set for April 26

Sunday, April 6, 2014

A free, anonymous drug take-back day will take place on April 26 across Windsor County. Prescription drug abuse is a growing problem in the U.S. and locally, and a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends. The no-questions-asked “take-back” will enable residents to help …

To Your Good Health: Wegener’s Is a Rare Blood Vessel Inflammation

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: In March 2009, a family member was having terrible flu-like symptoms accompanied by horrific headaches. The symptoms lingered on for what seemed like forever, getting worse, even with hallucinations and cold sweats. At first, the doctor he visited thought he had mesothelioma, but after numerous …

Making Lifestyle Changes Is a Good Move for Prediabetics

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: I’m prediabetic. I have known you and others to say not to eat any grain that is not whole wheat. Based on that, I leave off white rice, pasta and white rolls. I eat two whole-wheat rolls most days. Does that sound right? I am …

Bill Targets Hospitals’ Deals

Friday, April 4, 2014

Concord — Legislators are considering a bill to give the Attorney General’s Office the power to review hospital collaborations, which hospitals say could help them survive in today’s tumultuous health care market. Supporters say the bill could prevent the state from facing a sudden bankruptcy at a small …

When the Patient Wants to Override the Doctor’s Advice

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: I am 95 now and take no medications. My primary-care doctor wants me to take aspirin, even just the baby aspirin, twice a week. Some of the supplements I take do have blood-thinning characteristics, and for that reason I am fighting the aspirin recommendation. In …

At the Hospitals: March 30, 2014

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center Honored for Design Innovation Lebanon — Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center is one of two recipients of The American College of Healthcare Architects’ inaugural Legacy Project Awards. The award, the first of its kind, celebrates design innovation …

To Your Good Health: Depression Can Play Role In Making Health Choices

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: As a psychiatrist, please allow me to offer the benefit of my expertise regarding the 90-year-old man who refused potentially life-saving surgery for bladder cancer. While it is certainly the patient’s decision, it was not clear from the letter whether his doctors had considered the …

Acid and the Reheated Cup of Coffee: Stomach Can Handle It

Friday, March 28, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: My wife continually tells me that I should not drink reheated coffee because it concentrates the acid in coffee and is bad for me. I never drink more than one cup per day, and I always use a non-dairy creamer and Splenda. I have researched …

Wait for the Studies Before Trying Weight-Loss Supplement

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: I am currently 100 pounds overweight, and I saw a doctor on television promoting the use of Garcinia cambogia for weight loss. I am 65 years old and, because of cancer, I underwent a radical nephrectomy and have only one kidney. I suffer from neuropathy …

Blood ‘Factor’ and Clotting

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: I am 80 years old and just had a stroke. I was put on Coumadin. I also had a miscarriage at age 30 with severe hemorrhaging. I think I needed a transfusion. They told me I have a “factor” in my blood. I would like …