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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 this drug heals the lesions associated with …

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. …

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 …

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 …

When Alzheimer’s Comes Early

Monday, March 24, 2014

Sacramento, Calif . ­— Tracy Broshar knew that something was amiss by the fall of 2012. Her longtime partner, Jennifer Small, was only 49 then, but increasingly she was losing track of the details she used to be …

At the Hospitals: March 23, 2014

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Anesthesiologist Returns To Mt. Ascutney Hospital Windsor — Dr. Peter Rauert, a board-certified anesthesiologist and specialist in pain management, has returned to Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center. Rauert, who first joined the hospital in 2009, served as …

To Your Good Health: It Takes Time to Recover From Concussions

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: Four months ago, I was in an automobile accident and suffered severe injuries — a collapsed lung, broken ribs, broken lumbar spine, broken/damaged teeth and mild traumatic brain injury. My recovery has gone quite well, except for the brain injury. I am a 53-year-old female …

DHMC Receives $10 Million Gift for End-of-Life Care Center

Friday, March 21, 2014

Lebanon — With an anonymous gift of $10 million, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center plans to expand its palliative and hospice care program with a 12-bed center near the hospital campus. The run-up to the project, which officials expect to cost $20.5 million by the time the center opens in …

Target Heart Rate Is a Guide, and Not a Hard and Fast Rule for Exercise

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: I’m 54 years old, 5 feet, 1 inch tall and weigh 110 pounds. I’m not medicated and I do go for a yearly physical with my M.D. I exercise regularly and have done so for most of my adult life. When I ride my bike …

To Your Good Health: There May Be a Better Way to Stop GERD Symptoms

Monday, March 17, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: I have been taking 40 mg per day of omeprazole for a number of years to control GERD. My doctor had increased this from 20 mg when the low dosage was no longer working for me. Lately, I am hearing about the risk of several …

Consumer Confidential: U.S. Should Reclassify Prescription Painkiller to Cut Rampant Theft

Monday, March 17, 2014

In his 30 years as a pharmacist, including three at a CVS Caremark store in Northern California, Wayne Wilson said it was all too common for drugstore employees to steal prescription drugs, which would often make their way to the black market. “It happens far more often than …

N.H. Bill Would Certify Affiliations

Monday, March 17, 2014

Lebanon — A bill before the New Hampshire Senate would establish a new certification process for approving cooperative agreements between health care providers. Senate Bill 308, the Health Care Delivery Innovation Through Cooperation Act, would call on the attorney general to grant “certificates of public advantage” to agreements …

At the Hospitals: March 16, 2014

Monday, March 17, 2014

VA Medical Center Names New Chief of Staff White River Junction — Dr. Mabodawilage Ganga Hematillake has joined the VA Medical Center in White River Junction as its new chief of staff. Hematillake has extensive experience in clinical …