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To Your Good Health: Spinal cord stimulator may be option for severe back pain

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am an 83-year-old African American female who is contemplating having a neurostimulator implanted in my back.

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To Your Good Health: Good hygiene and vaccination go together to combat flu

There are a lot of flu cases in my state, and people are very worried.

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To Your Good Health: Lengthy battle with cellulitis deserves another look

I am having a serious, lengthy battle with cellulitis on my lower leg.

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To Your Good Health: If it's not acid reflux, what might it be?

In a recent column, you wrote: “The acid reflux you have been treating might be something more concerning.” What else could it be?

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To Your Good Health: Symptoms lead to diagnosis of COPD and emphysema

DEAR DR. ROACH: What tests check for emphysema? Are they the same tests for COPD? My age is 80. —P.T. ANSWER: There are two main forms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: chronic bronchitis and emphysema. The main risk factor is cigarette smoking, but there are other risk factors, including a genetic condition, alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency.

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To Your Good Health: Evidence of immunity to mumps may have waned over time

Is mumps as prevalent and as serious as measles? Can I be a carrier and not know it?

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To Your Good Health: Vitamin D’s odd connection with pancreas inflammation

DEAR DR. ROACH: Are you aware of the possibility of pancreatitis resulting from long-term vitamin D2 supplementation?

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To Your Good Health: Limb-girdle dystrophies begin in shoulders and hips

DEAR DR. ROACH: I have two boys diagnosed with limb girdle muscular dystrophy.

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To Your Good Health: Inflammation of stomach caused by H. pylori bacteria

My 77-year-old aunt, who is in good health, had an endoscopy and was told that her stomach biopsy was positive for H. pylori.

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To Your Good Health: Injections of painkiller into spine not always a relief

At 64, I was in very good health except for moderate hypertension, which was treated with lisinopril.

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