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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 …

Center for People With Special Needs To Open in Lebanon; Party Planned

Monday, March 17, 2014

Lebanon — A new community center for adults with special needs is expected to open soon in Lebanon, and organizers are celebrating. A free party announcing the creation of “Spark” is set for March 26, at 7 p.m., …

Collaboration, Not Competition: Dartmouth-Hitchcock Building Hospital Network

Monday, March 17, 2014

New London — Last October, there was a wedding in New London. The bride kept her name. New London Hospital had courted Dartmouth-Hitchcock for several years, and after a lot of legal back-and-forth, discussions with state officials and …

Haven’s Latest Shelter Routinely Fills Up

Saturday, March 15, 2014

White River Junction — Demand has been steady and strong for beds at an overnight “warming shelter” that the Upper Valley Haven opened in January, according to officials at the White River Junction-based shelter. “We have 10 cots, …

Could ‘Insignificant’ Heart Murmur Cause Atrial Fibrillation?

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: When I was discharged from the Army in 1966, I was diagnosed with a heart murmur. It seemed to be insignificant; however, in April 2011 during a routine exam, I was diagnosed with atrial fibrillation, …

Pioneer Gets Ready to Take Diabetes Education to the Nation

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Pittsburgh — Diagnosed in June, Darla Nash joined the many millions of Americans who face the daily grind, the persistent challenges and the often pesky puzzles of diabetes. Some try ignoring the disease until it pounces with complications. Others deal with it in passing until problems begin emerging. …

Ex-Smokers Breathe Easier: E-Cigarettes Rise in Popularity But Health Questions Unanswered

Friday, March 14, 2014

West Lebanon — About nine months ago, Matt Palombo was curious about how much money he was spending on cigarettes. He smoked around a pack a day for eight years. Palombo knew it was an expensive habit, but …

Is a Fibrosis Treatment Safe, Even Without FDA Approval?

Friday, March 14, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: I recently was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis. I am an otherwise healthy 73-year-old male who underwent bypass surgery seven years ago. I work out to keep in shape, not to look like a teenager. I had 12 weeks of pulmonary rehabilitation, which was very helpful. …

D-H Wins Award for Spine Research

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Lebanon — A team of Dartmouth-Hitchcock employees, including the health system’s CEO, has received the top honor in orthopaedics for a landmark clinical trial that studies the effectiveness of the most common spine surgeries, according to a news release. The award announced in New Orleans on Wednesday went …

A Test for Celiac Sufferers

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: I have to take levothyroxine in order to obtain an acceptable TSH number. I have read that some doctors are stating that there is a relationship between hypothyroidism and gluten intolerance, possibly even celiac disease. Is this proven to the point that a patient should …

On Tap: Last Call for a Column: It Was Good to Share Beer With You

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

All I knew of Robert Oden Jr. was that he was a man of towering intellect, past president of two prestigious colleges in the Midwest and a Cambridge-educated religion scholar. He had just been appointed chairman of Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s …