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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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Dr. Roach: Medical history helps physicians better understand patients

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DEAR DR. ROACH: I am 77 years old. When I go to a new doctor, there is always that past history form to fill out. I know to include current medications, including OTC and allergies, but how far back should I go?

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Dr. Roach: Surrogacy at an advanced age comes with increased risk

DEAR DR. ROACH: Would you please comment on common or uncommon issues that might be expected in a pregnancy at age 57?

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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

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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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Roach: Leg-length discrepancy is common in polio survivors

DEAR DR. ROACH: I had polio when I was 11 years old, many years ago, and miraculously, recovered enough to live a normal life.

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To Your Good Health: Comparing the array of treatments for prostate cancer

DEAR DR. ROACH: I recently have been diagnosed with early prostate cancer.

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Roach: Considering nose strips and other nightmare congestion aids

DEAR DR. ROACH: I have allergies and am congested a lot at night. I have read about over-the-counter clips and adhesive tapes. Would they help me breathe better? Are they safe for the long term? — M.V.M.

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Roach: ‘Low FODMAP’ diet is effective for digestion-related ailments

DEAR DR. ROACH: In a recent column, you described symptoms of malabsorption as weight loss, diarrhea and abdominal discomfort.

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To Your Good Health: Abnormal Babinski response prompts neurological concern

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 70-year-old woman in good health. I recently saw a neurologist about my almost daily migraines.

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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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To Your Good Health: Organ transplant, HIV-positive: Who should get Shingrix?

DEAR DR. ROACH: My son is a kidney transplant recipient. Is it safe for transplant recipients to get the new Shingrix vaccine? -- J.O.

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Roach: Does insurer affect the wait for an appointment?

I have found that it takes months, not weeks, to schedule an appointment with primary care physicians in my area.

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Roach: Studies say stem cell treatment for MS not ready for prime time

DEAR DR. ROACH: My 45-year-old daughter was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis about a year ago following alarming bladder problems and numbness.

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Roach: Candida glabrata may require more focused treatment

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I am a 66-year-old female in good health. In May 2017, my Pap smear showed that I had an infection of Candida glabrata and an itchy fungal infection in my rear-end area.

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To Your Good Health: Rare disease pits white blood cells against organs

I am an 83-year-old male and have been in excellent health. My vital signs all are normal, my heart function is normal, MRI of my brain and a full-body X-ray of my bones are normal, but a CT scan of my abdomen showed organs with “fuzzy” material around the exterior.

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Dr. Roach: Enzyme replacement, diet both important in pancreatitis treatment

My son-in-law recently was diagnosed with pancreatitis. He used to drink more often, but in the past year he has imbibed only on weekends, socially.

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Roach: Are patient portals secure?

DEAR DR. ROACH: What are your thoughts about the security and integrity of patient portals?

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Roach: Strategies for facing tough blood pressure

DEAR DR. ROACH: My whole family has heart problems. I’m 74 years old.

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Roach: Is cataract surgery safe for a 95-year-old?

Surgery shouldn’t be undertaken lightly at any age, and especially not for people who are among our oldest. However, cataract surgery is one that has a very good record, even among quite elderly people.

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Roach: Over-the-counter pain relievers can be used safely

Dear Dr. Roach: My husband suffers from systemic pain; sometimes it is worse than others.

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To Your Good Health: Atrial fibrillation is a common heart-rhythm disturbance

DEAR DR. ROACH: I’m writing about atrial fibrillation. In April I had a one-time 17-hour stint of it. I was not aware of anything happening at the time. When I had a device check (heart pacemaker), I was told of this occurrence, and it was recommended that I see my heart specialist.

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Parkinson’s disease meds not likely related to cirrhosis

My dad recently passed away as a result of cirrhosis of the liver. He also had Parkinson’s disease for 10 years. Several other people we know who have Parkinson’s also have cirrhosis. Is it possible that his Parkinson’s medication could have caused the cirrhosis?

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Dr. Roach: Alcohol use is not the only cause of cirrhosis

I am a 78-year-old woman who was diagnosed just one year ago with primary biliary cirrhosis, which is an autoimmune liver disease.

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Dr. Roach: Risks and myths of marijuana use

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am absolutely convinced that marijuana is a serious health hazard.

To Your Good Health: Don’t skip the specialist

DEAR DR. ROACH: My significant other and I are debating whether I should pursue follow-up testing with a rheumatologist for the possibility of ankylosing spondylitis. I say no, and she says yes, because things could be worse down the road if do have AS and don’t deal with it starting now.

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To Your Good Health: Mastectomy and scoliosis not likely related

In 2000 (at age 53), I had a mastectomy with a TRAM flap reconstruction.

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To Your Good Health: Atrial fibrillation increases the risk of stroke

DEAR DR. ROACH: I was diagnosed with atrial fibrillation in July 2017. A week after that, I had an MRI that showed I’d had a ministroke and probably several others in the past.

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