Health

Published on May 20, 2019 - Page 17
Q. I took glucosamine for a few years to ease stiff, painful joints. A blood test several months ago showed that my cholesterol level was 229, which...
Published on May 20, 2019 - Page 18
DEAR DR. ROACH: For 58 years, I’ve been walking around with a visible tracheostomy scar on my throat, leading the curious to ask: “Yuck. What...
Published on May 17, 2019 - Page 25
DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a paraplegic due to a spinal cord injury back in 1979. I battle one UTI after another, and I am becoming immune to most...
Published on May 16, 2019 - Page 8
DEAR DR. ROACH: I recently read in a magazine that it would be better to contact a registered nurse over a physician assistant for medical questions...
Published on May 15, 2019 - Page 22
DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 79-year-old male who has been on tamsulosin for years, but it is not helping much. A recent CT scan showed my prostate at 6.2...
Published on May 14, 2019 - Page 8
WASHINGTON — Some people told they have Alzheimer’s may instead have a newly identified mimic of the disease — and scientists say even though neither...
Published on May 14, 2019 - Page 8
Five years after Colorado first legalized marijuana, a new study shows pot’s bad effects are sending more people to the emergency room. Inhaled...
Published on May 14, 2019 - Page 8
DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 77-year-old woman. I am 5 feet, 2 inches tall and weigh 107 pounds. I take no medication. When I went to the doctor last week...
Published on May 14, 2019 - Page 9
Q. I have been taking dutasteride (Avodart) for almost 10 years. My PSA has stabilized between 3.25 and 3.75. This drug has affected my ability to...
Published on May 13, 2019 - Page 9
Anesthesia during a short surgery doesn’t harm a baby’s brain development, according to an experiment involving hundreds of infants in seven...
Published on May 13, 2019 - Page 9
TRENTON, N.J. — The skyrocketing price of insulin has some diabetics scrambling to cover the cost of the life-saving medication. Others are skipping...
Published on May 13, 2019 - Page 18
DEAR DR. ROACH: What is the difference between chronic pain and acute pain? How can I best describe my chronic pain when it is variable in...
Published on May 11, 2019 - Page 11
PITTSBURGH (AP) —Meah Ezykowsky was lying unresponsive in her bed when her mom rushed into their Latrobe home, knowing something was wrong. That...
Published on May 11, 2019 - Page 11
NEW YORK — If you want to skip meat, a new era of options is here. Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods are among the companies racing to tap into the...
Published on May 11, 2019 - Page 11
WASHINGTON — Doctors can safely transplant hepatitis C-infected lungs and hearts into people desperate for a new organ, say researchers who may have...
Published on May 10, 2019 - Page 1
SHANGHAI — The sound of doctors boring through his skull to feed electrodes deep into his brain made Yan tremble. “The drill was like bzzzzzzz,” he...
Published on May 10, 2019 - Page 10
DEAR DR. ROACH: I have a daughter (almost 31 years) who is concerned about Charcot-Marie-Tooth syndrome. Her maternal grandmother has been diagnosed...
Published on May 9, 2019 - Page 8
DEAR DR. ROACH: In December, I developed an abscess in my jaw from food getting caught in my tooth. I went to see a local dentist who prescribed...
Published on May 8, 2019 - Page 7
NEW YORK — Quarantines in California. Fines in New York City. Orders for some people to avoid public places in Rockland County, New York. As an...
Published on May 8, 2019 - Page 21
DEAR DR. ROACH: For months, I have had a persistent cough that I have been unable to get help with. I saw an allergist about three years ago and was...
Published on May 7, 2019 - Page 8
Think of it as decontaminating yourself. Hospitalized patients who harbor certain superbugs can cut their risk of developing full-blown infections if...
Published on May 7, 2019 - Page 8
Q. I just started getting ketamine IV infusions two weeks ago, after I heard about the Spravato nasal spray. After a few days, I’m a person again! I...
Published on May 7, 2019 - Page 8
CHICAGO — Faced with an aging American workforce, companies are increasingly navigating delicate conversations with employees grappling with...
Published on May 7, 2019 - Page 8
DEAR DR. ROACH: I am 77 years old. When I go to a new doctor, there is always that past history form to fill out. I know to include current...
Published on May 7, 2019 - Page 9
NEW YORK — As recent illnesses tied to raw turkey, ground beef, cut melon and romaine lettuce suggest, U.S. food poisoning cases don’t appear to be...
Published on May 6, 2019 - Page 17
Q. A few months ago, you published an inquiry by someone who used milk of magnesia to help with body odor. For the past year or so, I have been...
Published on May 6, 2019 - Page 18
DEAR DR. ROACH: While chasing my cat, I dove to the ground and both my knees took a beating. They were bruised but felt fine. A few days after this...
Published on May 3, 2019 - Page 13
DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a healthy male, age 66, nonsmoker, not overweight, who takes no medications. At my most recent annual physical, I mentioned...
Published on May 2, 2019 - Page 10
DEAR DR. ROACH: Have any studies been done on Demerol to check its effect on older people? I know of four people who were out of their minds with...
Published on May 1, 2019 - Page 21
DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 52-year-old woman coming out the other side of menopause. I’ve had a smooth ride through it, with the exception of occasional...
Published on May 1, 2019 - Page 21
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently approved the first drug specifically developed for severe depression after...
Published on April 30, 2019 - Page 8
Americans are becoming increasingly sedentary, spending almost a third of their waking hours sitting down, and computer use is partly to blame, a new...
Published on April 30, 2019 - Page 8
WASHINGTON — Does an older friend or relative have a hard time hanging up on telemarketers? Or get excited about a “You’ve won a prize” voicemail?...
Published on April 30, 2019 - Page 8
DEAR DR. ROACH: I am on blood thinners, so I am unable to take ibuprofen or naproxen for pain. Do you know of anything I can take to help with pain...
Published on April 30, 2019 - Page 9
LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization says Malawi has become the first country to begin immunizing children against malaria, using the only...
Published on April 30, 2019 - Page 9
The UPMC Liver Transplant Program will host an online Living-Donor Liver Transplant Town Hall to help educate patients with liver disease about...
Published on April 30, 2019 - Page 9
Q. I have low cholesterol. My LDL was 17 when last checked, and my total cholesterol was 82. My triglycerides were 32. I weigh 160 pounds and am 6...
Published on April 29, 2019 - Page 6
NEW YORK (AP) —About two-thirds of Americans believe drug companies are to blame for the opioid crisis, although nearly as many hold drug users...
Published on April 29, 2019 - Page 7
NEW YORK (AP) — Can a genetic test identify newborns at risk of becoming severely obese by middle age? Researchers say they have come up with one,...
Published on April 29, 2019 - Page 7
DANVILLE — Poor communication between primary care and specialty care can lead to care gaps, avoidable costly care and adverse patient outcomes....
Published on April 29, 2019 - Page 7
NEW YORK — China’s efforts to keep obesity in check have been undermined from the inside by the food industry, according to recent research. A...
Published on April 29, 2019 - Page 7
Q. In all the time I’ve read your column, I haven’t seen pineapple juice mentioned as a cure for hiccups. It works with one sip! A. People use a...
Published on April 29, 2019 - Page 22
DEAR DR. ROACH: My wife has had dementia for over two years. There is an ad in our local paper for an Alzheimer’s disease study. It says, “This study...
Published on April 26, 2019 - Page 22
DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 72-year-old woman in fair health. I had strong bones until I had gastric bypass surgery. Within two years, I developed...
Published on April 25, 2019 - Page 8
DEAR DR. ROACH: My 7-year-old grandson has a question: “How can I be a science doctor like you? Thank you, Colton Fancher from Florida” — C.F....
Published on April 24, 2019 - Page 21
DEAR DR. ROACH: My husband, 79 years old, is getting up five or six times at night to urinate. The urgent care doctor said he doesn’t have an...
Published on April 23, 2019 - Page 8
DEAR DR. ROACH: My husband had his gallbladder removed many years ago. In the past few years, he has had six ERCPs to remove gallstones from his...
Published on April 23, 2019 - Page 8
NEW YORK — With keto-friendly recipes sweeping social media, some followers of low-carb eating are hoping for a nod of approval in the upcoming U.S....
Published on April 23, 2019 - Page 8
Q. I was told by my pharmacist that it was OK for my mother to eat grapefruit with her blood pressure medicine, but NOT to drink grapefruit juice. He...
Published on April 23, 2019 - Page 8
ATLANTA — Tom Smith hesitated to buy light bulbs guaranteed for up to 10 years, thinking they’d outlast him. Terry Langbaum debated filling a...