Health

Published on July 19, 2019 - Page 7
DEAR DR. ROACH: I have an elderly friend who’s becoming blind from macular degeneration. After hearing of a particularly frustrating event she...
Published on July 18, 2019 - Page 12
DEAR DR. ROACH: I am an elderly woman who has never perspired and would like to know why. Heat makes me very sick. I love the outdoors, but can be...
Published on July 17, 2019 - Page 9
DEAR DR. ROACH: My 32-year-old son is on Xarelto for a deep vein thrombosis for about two months now. I was with him when he hit his head hard on...
Published on July 16, 2019 - Page 8
TRENTON, N.J. — They were the drugs that were supposed to save the U.S. tens of billions of dollars. Called “biosimilars,” they are near-copies of...
Published on July 16, 2019 - Page 8
DEAR DR. ROACH: When my mother discovered she has a factor V mutation, everyone in the family decided to be tested as a precaution. This is a...
Published on July 16, 2019 - Page 8
Q. One parent and all of my siblings have restless legs syndrome. So do I. Benadryl, specifically its primary ingredient diphenhydramine, absolutely...
Published on July 15, 2019 - Page 7
DEAR DR. ROACH: Is it possible for a person to reach the age of 70 and just now be diagnosed with bipolar disorder? Are there degrees of impairment...
Published on July 12, 2019 - Page 23
DEAR DR. ROACH: My daughter is a registered nurse, and tells me that when getting blood tests, it is not necessary to fast eight to 12 hours even...
Published on July 11, 2019 - Page 17
DEAR DR. ROACH: I am 74 years old and have been a brittle Type 1 diabetic for 50 years. I have no history of heart disease. My doctor of 40 years...
Published on July 10, 2019 - Page 22
DEAR DR. ROACH: I just read another sad story about a woman who had breast cancer, fought it and seemed to win, but after five years, it came back...
Published on July 9, 2019 - Page 8
WASHINGTON — A man with celiac disease felt sicker after starting a new drug, but it wasn’t a typical side effect. It turns out the pills were mixed...
Published on July 9, 2019 - Page 8
If you want to save your brain, focus on keeping the rest of your body well with exercise and healthy habits rather than popping vitamin pills, new...
Published on July 9, 2019 - Page 8
Teens who have obesity surgery lose as much weight as those who have the operation as adults and are more likely to have it resolve other health...
Published on July 9, 2019 - Page 8
DEAR DR. ROACH: My neighbor is battling cancer for the third time. The medical personnel she sees when she goes for her chemotherapy treatments are...
Published on July 9, 2019 - Page 9
WASHINGTON (AP) — Doctors already are supposed to screen new mothers for depression, to find those who need prompt care. They’re also being urged to...
Published on July 9, 2019 - Page 9
Q. Recently I was out in the backyard for about 15 minutes with my grandkids. I ended up with two large, swollen bites that itched and kept me awake...
Published on July 8, 2019 - Page 17
DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 35-year-old white male who was a drug addict from the age of 14 until 32. You name it, I took it. About three years ago, I...
Published on July 8, 2019 - Page 17
Q. You have written about the dangers of wire brush bristles getting into grilled food. Is there a way to clean off the backyard barbecue grill that...
Published on July 5, 2019 - Page 11
DEAR DR. ROACH: I had an abdominal X-ray to check on my gallstones, and was surprised to find an enlarged spleen. I was told it might be leukemia or...
Published on July 4, 2019 - Page 8
DEAR DR. ROACH: How much mercury is safe? — A.C. A NSWER: The chemical element mercury exists in three forms: elemental mercury, which is the kind...
Published on July 3, 2019 - Page 18
DEAR DR. ROACH: Apparently, it is common for older people to have balance issues. Do these balance problems usually stem more from muscular issues...
Published on July 2, 2019 - Page 8
WASHINGTON — Few seniors get their thinking and memory abilities regularly tested during check-ups, according to a new report from the Alzheimer’s...
Published on July 2, 2019 - Page 8
NEW YORK — Chips, soda and frozen pizzas tend to be full of salt, sugar and fat, but now scientists are trying to understand if there’s something...
Published on July 1, 2019 - Page 5
Q. For about three years, I had a chronic problem with “jock itch.” First I tried many OTC products, but none worked. My physician dismissed the...
Published on July 1, 2019 - Page 18
DEAR DR. ROACH: This past weekend, during my son’s wedding festivities, I experienced a sigmoid volvulus. Doctors recommended surgery, but I opted...
Published on June 28, 2019 - Page 10
DEAR DR. ROACH: I was recently worked up for an autoimmune disease that now seems to be osteoarthritis. I was placed on 10 mg of prednisone for 14...
Published on June 27, 2019 - Page 8
DEAR DR. ROACH: I recently read that a large percentage of orthopedic injury to the elderly is directly related to their falling while walking large...
Published on June 26, 2019 - Page 21
DEAR DR. ROACH: A friend was given a test to see how long food stayed in her stomach after eating. She was told that it stayed only a short time...
Published on June 25, 2019 - Page 8
A new study bolsters evidence that soda taxes can reduce sales, but whether they influence health remains unclear. The research found that...
Published on June 25, 2019 - Page 8
Posing as heroin users seeking help, researchers contacted hundreds of treatment clinics in U.S. states with the highest overdose death rates. The “...
Published on June 25, 2019 - Page 8
DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 65-year-old woman who was recently diagnosed with iron deficiency and sent to a hematologist for two sessions of iron...
Published on June 25, 2019 - Page 9
It remains the most widely used anesthetic in U.S. hospitals, but many patients still remember propofol as the drug that killed Michael Jackson....
Published on June 25, 2019 - Page 9
Q. Several years ago, I was hooked on Afrin. I could not breathe through my nose unless I used it. My doctor prescribed a tapering dose of...
Published on June 24, 2019 - Page 7
DEAR DR. ROACH: I am an 82-year-old woman in good health. I recently had labwork that showed my TSH level is 6.14. I was told that I would need...
Published on June 24, 2019 - Page 7
Q. In my refrigerator, I have a bottle of beer, and in the freezer, a small carton of milk. Either one will wash off poison ivy plant oils, just as...
Published on June 21, 2019 - Page 10
DEAR DR. ROACH: My wife has been diagnosed with atrial fibrillation. Doctors tried an electrical cardioversion, but it came back after a few days....
Published on June 20, 2019 - Page 8
DEAR DR. ROACH: Why hasn’t the Food and Drug Administration approved sildenafil in a set dosage for blood pressure medication? I saw a decrease from...
Published on June 19, 2019 - Page 9
DEAR DR. ROACH: My nephew has foot odor. Even after showering, his feet have a bad odor. His shoes smell bad and have to be replaced often. What is...
Published on June 18, 2019 - Page 8
Q. My pediatrician confirmed my suspicions that my daughter had lice. Needless to say, I was upset. She will soon be heading for camp, and I did not...
Published on June 18, 2019 - Page 8
WASHINGTON — Researchers have created a way for a smartphone to “hear” a warning sign of ear infections — fluid buildup behind the eardrum. If it...
Published on June 18, 2019 - Page 8
DEAR DR. ROACH: I read your recent column on pulmonary fibrosis. I especially appreciate knowing that there are medications known to slow...
Published on June 18, 2019 - Page 8
WASHINGTON — To save babies from brain-damaging birth defects, University of Pittsburgh scientist Carolyn Coyne studies placentas from fetuses that...
Published on June 18, 2019 - Page 9
WASHINGTON (AP) — Doctors should offer a daily HIV prevention pill to healthy people who are at high risk of getting infected with the virus, an...
Published on June 17, 2019 - Page 5
Q. I just read your column about the effects of coffee on moving one’s bowels. It may not be the caffeine doing the work. My grandmother did not...
Published on June 17, 2019 - Page 18
DEAR DR. ROACH: My husband is tired all the time. He functions but frequently has to sit to recoup his energy, even after a shower. He is diabetic...
Published on June 14, 2019 - Page 23
DEAR DR. ROACH: I read your recent column stating that the HPV vaccine is recommended up to age 45. Are people older than 45 years no longer...
Published on June 13, 2019 - Page 17
DEAR DR. ROACH: Every year, I used to get a physical, which included a prostate exam as well as blood tests with PSA. When my doctor retired, I had...
Published on June 12, 2019 - Page 20
DEAR DR. ROACH: What is the difference between eccentric LVH and concentric LVH? Which one is more dangerous and needs more attention? My mother...
Published on June 11, 2019 - Page 8
PORTLAND, Ore. —When states legalize pot for all adults, long-standing medical marijuana programs take a big hit, in some cases losing more than half...
Published on June 11, 2019 - Page 8
SEATTLE — Marijuana has been shown to help ease pain and a few other health problems, yet two-thirds of U.S. states have decided pot should be legal...