Health

Published on September 21, 2020 - Page 4
DEAR DR. ROACH: With all the different medications available for high blood pressure, what factors determine the medicine a doctor will prescribe? —...
Published on September 18, 2020 - Page 10
DEAR DR. ROACH: I wanted to make older adults aware of their untapped reservoir of energy and ability. I notice most tend to be hesitant to try...
Published on September 17, 2020 - Page 12
DEAR DR. ROACH: My father is 91 years old, and I am concerned that his elevated blood pressure isn’t being properly addressed. Recently, it seems to...
Published on September 16, 2020 - Page 14
DEAR DR. ROACH: I am 57 and finally divorced my cheating husband a year ago. Now that I am interested in dating again, I went for a consultation and...
Published on September 15, 2020 - Page 9
Antibodies that people make to fight the new coronavirus last for at least four months after diagnosis and do not fade quickly as some earlier...
Published on September 15, 2020 - Page 9
DEAR DR. ROACH: At what age do you recommend the shingles vaccine? I’m 56 and my doc is recommending it, but I’ve heard that people frequently have...
Published on September 15, 2020 - Page 9
Q. We’re still hearing about hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for the coronavirus. Most medical authorities have concluded it is neither safe nor...
Published on September 14, 2020 - Page 4
DEAR DR. ROACH: If women are prescribed a hormone replacement for hot flashes, do the hot flashes return once the medicine is discontinued. If you...
Published on September 14, 2020 - Page 8
Q. How often should one take a solution of half a teaspoon baking soda in a glass of water? It does reduce the swelling in my ankles. A. Usually we...
Published on September 13, 2020 - Page 7
Opioids have gotten a bad name over the past several years because so many people have overdosed and died. But opioids have been used for millennia....
Published on September 11, 2020 - Page 14
D R. ROACH WRITES: Every year around this time I write a column on the different flu vaccines that are available. Before doing so this year, I want...
Published on September 10, 2020 - Page 18
DEAR DR. ROACH: I have been diagnosed with frozen shoulder after an X-ray by an orthopedic doctor. He sent me to physical therapy, but this is the...
Published on September 9, 2020 - Page 14
DEAR DR. ROACH: In September 2017, my son, then 17, was rushed to a nearby children’s hospital and ultimately diagnosed with myocarditis, but did not...
Published on September 9, 2020 - Page 14
Q. I have macular degeneration, for which my doctor recommended special vitamins (AREDS) and injections in my eye every three months. A friend...
Published on September 8, 2020 - Page 9
As hospitals care for people with COVID-19 and try to keep others from catching the virus, more patients are opting to be treated where they feel...
Published on September 8, 2020 - Page 9
DEAR DR. ROACH: I hear about insulin resistance all the time. What is it and how do you prevent it? — M.E. A NSWER: Insulin lowers blood sugar...
Published on September 8, 2020 - Page 9
Q. When my pharmacist dispensed a prescription for the antifungal drug fluconazole, he included the official prescribing information. It boggles my...
Published on September 7, 2020 - Page 11
DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 76-year-old man. Some time ago, I had a blood clot in my leg. They removed the blood clot and now the blood flow in my leg is...
Published on September 4, 2020 - Page 9
DEAR DR. ROACH: I wear a face mask whenever I go into a store. My problem is that even wearing a mask for a short time gives me a scratchy throat...
Published on September 3, 2020 - Page 7
DEAR DR. ROACH: In the coronavirus pandemic, many people are getting tested for 1) active illness and 2) antibodies. What’s the value of an...
Published on September 2, 2020 - Page 14
DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 71-year-old woman recently diagnosed with gout. I have been put on colchicine and allopurinol. Are these the best medications...
Published on September 1, 2020 - Page 9
FULLERTON, Calif. (AP) — There’s red tape running along the floor of the coronavirus unit at St. Jude’s Medical Center in Fullerton, California. It...
Published on September 1, 2020 - Page 9
DEAR DR. ROACH: I am an 85-year-old working 20+ hours a week in retail. I have just returned to work after being furloughed because of the pandemic....
Published on August 31, 2020 - Page 4
Q. For years, I’ve suffered severe muscle spasms all over my body. One cramp would begin, and I’d stretch the muscle to try to rid myself of it. No...
Published on August 31, 2020 - Page 4
DEAR DR. ROACH: My 90-year-old mother lost her sense of smell several years ago. We think it was related to a new medication. I read that vitamin A...
Published on August 30, 2020 - Page 7
WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday authorized the first rapid coronavirus test that doesn’t need any special computer...
Published on August 30, 2020 - Page 7
University of Hong Kong scientists claim to have the first evidence of someone being reinfected with the virus that causes COVID-19. Genetic tests...
Published on August 30, 2020 - Page 8
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are widely available over the counter. Pain relievers like ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB) and naproxen (Aleve) are...
Published on August 28, 2020 - Page 18
DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 70-year-old man with chronic back pain. I first started having serious back pain in college after spending much of my time...
Published on August 27, 2020 - Page 10
NEW YORK — U.S. health officials have sparked a wave of confusion after posting guidelines that coronavirus testing is not necessary for people who...