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To Your Good Health: Patients: Take charge of following up on lab, scan results

DEAR DR. ROACH: Recently I was in the hospital. I had a CT scan and was told that I have a “mass” on my kidney (unrelated to my hospital stay). One doctor said they would probably do an aspiration to determine what was in it, and another doctor told me not to worry, that it was just a cyst.

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To Your Good Health: Does diet affect a woman’s chance of post-partum depression?

DEAR DR. ROACH: I’ve heard that there are issues with the enzymes, proteins and chemicals that are found in animal meat and plant matter. Somehow, I’m told, it affects a woman’s brain and makes her go crazy when they’re mixed together.

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To your good health: Risk to chemotherapy patient from healthy cat is small

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 urging her to get rid of her two cats. They claim the cats are a danger to her health. Wearing gloves and a mask while cleaning litter boxes will not help. Why? What do the cats have that can hurt someone going through chemotherapy? — S.C.

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Dr. Roach: Unusual vertigo can be triggered by coughing or loud noises

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After many years of various treatments, including allergy shots, food studies and an ear tube, I was recently diagnosed with “semicircular canal dehiscence.”

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Dr. Roach: Tumor of brain lining doesn’t increase Alzheimer’s risk

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I am a faithful reader of your column, but I don’t read many questions about brain tumors. I am 53 years old, diagnosed almost four years ago...

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Dr Roach: Shingles vaccine protocol while taking an antiviral suppressant

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DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 60-year-old woman who has been taking a 200-mg tablet of acyclovir (Zovirax) every day for HSV-2 suppression.

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Roach: Tumor of brain lining doesn’t increase

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DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a faithful reader of your column, but I don’t read many questions about brain tumors. I am 53 years old, diagnosed almost four years ago with multiple meningiomas.

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Roach: Shingles vaccine protocol while taking an antiviral suppressant

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 60-year-old woman who has been taking a 200-mg tablet of acyclovir (Zovirax) every day for HSV-2 suppression.

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Yes, hot flashes can last 15 years

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DEAR DR. ROACH: I started going through natural menopause in my late 50s. I will be 65 in September. Should I still be having hot flashes? — B.G.

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Roach: Thrombocythemia is too many clotting cells in the blood

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I’m an 88-year-old woman whose platelets went into the 500,000 range. I was sent to a hematologist/oncologist, who said it was a bone marrow disease.

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