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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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To Your Good Health: Abnormal Babinski response prompts neurological concern

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

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To Your Good Health: ‘Reducible’ is a good thing when it comes to hernias

DEAR DR. ROACH: My son had an ultrasound the other day for a hernia. I have had six hernias.

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To Your Good Health: Brugada syndrome causes abnormal heart rhythms

DEAR DR. ROACH: Please discuss Brugada syndrome. Three members of my family died from it before we finally got a diagnosis. Where does it come from? — V.K.

To Your Good Health: M. marinum bacteria exposure comes via water

I read your recent column about “flesh-eating bacteria.” Is it in any way related to Mycobacterium marinum?

To Your Good Health: Changes in heart’s shape can lead to abnormal heart rhythms

DEAR DR. ROACH: My husband had pacemaker surgery in December following a diagnosis of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Three weeks later, he developed edema in his lower legs. He was treated by his doctor with a diuretic.

To Your Good Health: Injections are a risky treatment option for ED

Do Trimix injections work for erectile dysfunction, and are they safe?

To Your Good Health: Some use opiates appropriately for pain

Dear Dr. Roach: I am an 82-year-old woman.

To Your Good Health: Temporomandibular joint disorder hurts

I have developed the habit of unconsciously clenching my jaw during the day.

To Your Good Health: Heart attack symptoms vary

Dear Dr. Roach: My very healthy husband collapsed and died on the way to the hospital.

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To Your Good Health: False positive from mammogram provokes anxiety

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 42-year-old, completely healthy woman.

To Your Good Health: When specialists disagree

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a snowbird who uses two different cardiologists for my health, and I am devoted to both of them.

Roach: Pregabalin and pregnancy

DEAR DR. ROACH: I’m 13 weeks pregnant, and I am on pregabalin (prescribed off-label for anxiety).

To Your Good Health: Putting workplace safeguards in place

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 35-year-old female welder. I am very fit and live a healthy lifestyle, but I worry about the effects of all the things I am exposed to at work (heavy industrial) and how to monitor them. I do not have a family doctor, and must rely on walk-in clinics. Are there certain tests I should be having done regularly, especially having to do with the lungs?

To your good health: What is the real message from Epstein-Barr antibodies?

DEAR DR. ROACH: After decades of feeling fatigued, I started working with a naturopathic doctor.

To Your Good Health: The lowdown on starvation diets

Dear Dr. Roach: I have a friend who lost weight on a diet designed to speed up metabolism.

To your good health: Hashimoto’s no reason to avoid flu shot

I have never gotten the flu vaccine.

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