Health

Published on January 25, 2022 - Page 14
DEAR DR. ROACH: I’ve been taking levothyroxine for 30 years. I take my daily dosage at about 4 a.m. and eat breakfast at 6:30, more or less. I...
Published on January 25, 2022 - Page 14
Q. You recently answered a question from a man taking metformin following his prostate cancer treatment. I am puzzled. What does a diabetes drug have...
Published on January 24, 2022 - Page 5
Pandemics do eventually end, even if omicron is complicating the question of when this one will. But it won’t be like flipping a light switch: The...
Published on January 24, 2022 - Page 6
DEAR DR. ROACH: Is COVID-19 infection a cause of heart block? I recently had a complete heart block, tested positive in the ER for COVID-19 (...
Published on January 24, 2022 - Page 18
Are proton pump inhibitors being overused? These powerful acid-suppressing drugs were introduced decades ago to help heal stomach ulcers. They were...
Published on January 21, 2022 - Page 7
DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a healthy 79-year-old female who recently underwent a right total knee arthroplasty. In a routine post-operative X-ray there...
Published on January 20, 2022 - Page 18
DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a healthy 63-year-old woman. My 29-year-old niece was just diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. She discovered that she...
Published on January 19, 2022 - Page 7
DEAR DR. ROACH: I am an active 72-year-old male in good health. I do, however, suffer from arthritis in my left ankle, the result of a broken bone...
Published on January 18, 2022 - Page 6
Q. Now that it is cold season, you might be interested in my favorite remedy. When I was a kid, my German mother would chop up an onion and boil it...
Published on January 18, 2022 - Page 14
DEAR DR. ROACH: I suffer from frequent allergic sneezing and coughing. Every day I seem to sneeze and sniffle. A daily Zyrtec controls the symptoms,...
Published on January 18, 2022 - Page 14
When am I contagious if infected with omicron? It’s not yet clear, but some early data suggests people might become contagious sooner than with...
Published on January 17, 2022 - Page 5
DEAR DR. ROACH: I have had slightly elevated glucose levels (104-109) for several years. I found a dietary supplement of cinnamon, vitamin D and...
Published on January 14, 2022 - Page 12
DEAR DR. ROACH: I have been prediabetic for around 13 years and had been able to keep it that way through diet and exercise — no medications for it....
Published on January 13, 2022 - Page 9
DEAR DR. ROACH: My 86-year-old mother has swollen ankles. Usually, her ankles will swell only in the summertime, but this year they have not deflated...
Published on January 12, 2022 - Page 14
DEAR DR. ROACH: Since I suffer from age-associated cognitive impairment, I read with interest an advertisement that claims that this condition may...
Published on January 11, 2022 - Page 5
DEAR DR. ROACH: I switched from drinking caffeinated coffee to Swiss water process decaffeinated coffee about two years ago. The reason I switched...
Published on January 10, 2022 - Page 5
DEAR DR. ROACH: I am an 85-year-old male. I walk a mile every day, have a pacemaker and hearing aids, and use a CPAP machine. All in all, I feel...
Published on January 7, 2022 - Page 7
DEAR DR. ROACH: I have high blood pressure, and I hope that you can advise me. For 10 years, I have suffered with terrible leg cramps in one or both...
Published on January 7, 2022 - Page 7
Before the pandemic began, most Americans had never heard of ivermectin. A few pet owners might have recognized the name Heartgard. That’s because...
Published on January 6, 2022 - Page 18
DEAR DR. ROACH: I am 77 years old and have a quite enlarged prostate, according to my doctor. Often, an hour or so after I drink a cup of coffee, I’...
Published on January 6, 2022 - Page 18
Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe for children? Yes, U.S. regulators authorized Pfizer’s vaccine for younger children after millions of 12- to 17-year-...
Published on January 5, 2022 - Page 9
DEAR DR. ROACH: Would it be reasonable for me to ask the tech to aspirate the plunger when I go for a vaccine? I understand that the veins in the...
Published on January 4, 2022 - Page 8
CHESTER, Vt. — Brooke Goodwin came home one night last March after being out with friends. She had just turned 23 the day before, had a good job and...
Published on January 4, 2022 - Page 8
DEAR DR. ROACH: Recently, I’ve noted within the medical community a dramatic increase in resistance to prescribing opioids and benzodiazepines at the...
Published on January 3, 2022 - Page 15
DEAR DR. ROACH: When should a person have cataract surgery, and can you ever have them removed? I am concerned, as I am a 65-year-old male with...
Published on December 31, 2021 - Page 6
DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 65-year-old man in good health. In March 2021 I received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. I understand I am eligible to...
Published on December 30, 2021 - Page 7
DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 79-year-old woman in good physical condition —a gardener and lap swimmer. The only medication I take is vitamin D. My...
Published on December 29, 2021 - Page 9
DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 79-year-old woman with osteoporosis. My doctor has prescribed alendronate (Fosamax) for me. My understanding was that this...
Published on December 29, 2021 - Page 9
Q. How do walnuts affect people who have to take thyroid medication? My pill bottle comes with a warning that walnuts can interfere with the desired...
Published on December 28, 2021 - Page 14
DEAR DR. ROACH: I live in a very dry climate, and I struggle with dry skin all over my body. Lately I have been having a lot of dry, flaky skin in my...