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Health Care

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 …

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 …

Food for Thought in National Nutrition Month

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

It’s March, National Nutrition Month, when the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics spotlights the important role of healthful eating and physical activity to control weight and prevent chronic disease. But these aren’t snap-your-fingers, easy-to-achieve goals. In honor of …

Psoriatic Arthritis Diagnosis Doesn’t Hinge on Skin Lesions

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: I am a 77-year-old male. I had to stop playing golf about two years ago due to joint pain. I had psoriasis from age 15 until I was 40. I am retired from the Navy and had to be hospitalized twice during my time in …

The New Heart That Endured

Monday, March 10, 2014

A few weeks ago, Thomas Cook celebrated an unexpected milestone, having lived as long with a donor heart as he had with his own. In reality, however, the new heart became his own the moment surgeons transplanted it …

Fitbit Is Best, Except for The Rashes

Monday, March 10, 2014

Recently, Fitbit abruptly stopped selling its new fitness tracking wristband, the Fitbit Force, due to complaints that the device was causing skin rashes. This was a major setback not just for the company but — call me a narcissist — for me. I’d been putting the finishing touches …

The Odor of Earwax Gets Its Due in Science

Monday, March 10, 2014

The Philadelphia Inquirer And now, from the department of vital information that it never occurred to you to think about, we bring you earwax odor. Scientists at the Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia report that compared to whites, the earwax of east Asian people contains significantly lower …

Delivering Smiles, Along With ‘The D’

Sunday, March 9, 2014

White River Junction — Watching Hunter Hall at work, it’s easy to see why his high school classmates called him “The Mayor of White River Junction.” Hall lives with his parents, Sally and Allen Hall, and has been …

At the Hospitals: March 9, 2014

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Gifford to Offer Free Health Fair Randolph — Gifford Medical Center will hold a free health fair and diabetes education expo Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Randolph hospital’s conference center and visitors’ entrance. The …

To Your Good Health: High Blood Pressure May Indicate Hypertension

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: My 21-year-old son is a college athlete, a sprinter, but he has had recurrent high systolic blood pressure readings since he was a senior in high school. He’s generally easygoing and not stressed. Doctors always attribute the elevated results to “white coat syndrome,” since he …