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Roach: Does elevated TPO alone constitute hypothyroidism?

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DEAR DR. ROACH: I’m female, 68 years old with hypothyroidism but no other medical problems. I exercise about 10 hours a week and try to eat healthy. During one of my physical checkups, my TSH was 0.002, so I saw an endocrinologist. After three months of blood tests, everything became normal even without medicine.

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Roach: ‘Reducible’ is a good thing when it comes to hernias

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DEAR DR. ROACH: My son had an ultrasound the other day for a hernia. I have had six hernias. His results showed an inguinal hernia, 2.2 centimeters and “reducible.” Will he need surgery? Can he wear a truss? What does “reducible” mean? Is this a risk for strangulation of the bowel? — B.E.

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Roach: In considering breast lift, factor in medical risks, costs, too

DEAR DR. ROACH: My fiancee wants to have her breasts lifted, as they are starting to sag.

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To Your Good Health: The dawn phenomenon in diabetes control

DEAR DR. ROACH: I hope you can shed some light on an issue that I have not seen you address: the dawn phenomenon.

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Roach: New flu treatment: fewer doses, faster effectiveness

DEAR DR. ROACH: I read that a new drug, Xofluza, has been approved to treat flu.

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Dr. Roach: Most intermittent hand numbness comes from trapped nerves

DEAR DR. ROACH: For the past four weeks now, I wake up during the night because both of my hands have gone numb.

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To Your Good Health: How many IBS remedies are too many?

I have dealt with irritable bowel syndrome for over 40 years. I have had less cramping and loose stools when I quit drinking milk.

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Roach: Low iron level indicates iron loss or lack of absorption

My daughter’s iron level has been dangerously low for several years.

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Roach: Embarrassing fecal incontinence? You’re not alone

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DEAR DR. ROACH: I hope you can help elderly folks (like myself, age 83) who have a very embarrassing situation wherein their stool seeps out of them. The problem is only noted when I sit down and find that my underwear sticks to me. The problem appears to happen anytime, and sometimes AFTER a bowel movement. -- R.C.

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To Your Good Health: Chicken soup as good as a pill when it comes to collagen

DEAR DR. ROACH: Could you please address the benefits and safety of taking an oral collagen supplement.

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