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Dr. Roach: Risk of aneurysm rupture based on size

DEAR DR. ROACH: My boyfriend recently was diagnosed with an aneurysm. The report says the abdominal aorta is 3.02 cm in largest dimension and recommends screening every six months. Do we need to see a cardiologist for a second opinion? Is there medication to help? -- B.S.

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To Your Good Health: Gallstones are the biggest reason for gallbladder removal

DEAR DR. ROACH: My husband’s doctor is telling him to have his gallbladder removed because sometimes he has pain in his right side.

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Dr. Roach: Raw or roasted, go nuts for nuts

I have seen numerous articles extolling the advantages of eating nuts because they are a good fat. I often have wondered if it matters whether the nuts are raw or roasted.

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Roach: High triglycerides and pancreatitis are the earmarks of FCS

DEAR DR. ROACH: Recently I was diagnosed with FCS (familial chylomicronemia syndrome) by my primary physician.

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Roach: Alcohol is not a pain remedy

DEAR DR. ROACH: After treatment for prostate cancer (with brachytherapy) at age 69 my husband started self-medicating for pain with alcohol.

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Roach: The myth of male menopause

DEAR DR. ROACH: Is there such a thing as male menopause, with the associated hot flashes?

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To Your Good Health: Conversion disorder is a complicated neurological condition

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am 69 and take medications for blood pressure and cholesterol, as well as plenty of vitamins.

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Roach: Concerned parent seeks advice about unruly vaping teens

My teens keep smoking all these flavored, ethereal wand vapors. They claim it tastes good and even try tricks with the vapor....

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To Your Good Health: Better to prepare for a repeat of Shingrix reaction

DEAR DR. ROACH: I received the first dose of Shingrix this week and had pretty severe side effects, though in the range of what can be expected: high fever (101.5), intense shivering, a severe headache and 12 hours of extreme fatigue.

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Roach: Nonstick cooking pans not the source of couples’ cancers

To Your Good Health

I recently was diagnosed with kidney cancer, and my wife is now getting treatment for breast cancer. Would cooking on a nonstick skillet have caused the cancers?

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