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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

To Your Good Health

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

To Your Good Health

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.

To your good health: Some prostate drugs nix blood donation

DEAR DR. ROACH: Is there anything that I could take for an enlarged prostate that would allow me to donate blood? I have been trying saw palmetto and pygeum. Thank you. - M.J.C.

To Your Good Health: Testosterone replacement has health advantages

I am a 69-year-old male with very low testosterone levels.

To Your Good Health: Lip inflammation causes unending irritation

DEAR DR. ROACH: For over two years, my wife has been having a problem with her lower lip.

To your good health: Pneumonia vaccine can be administered in thigh if necessary

I have a badly torn rotator cuff on my left shoulder, so that arm is basically a constant problem.

To your good health: What can be done after diagnosis of chronic kidney disease?

I have just been diagnosed with chronic kidney disease.

To Your Good Health: ‘Fracture disease’ diagnosis needs a better explanation

After nearly six months of occupational and physical therapy to repair my fractured wrist, my wrist and hand still are extremely stiff and have limited range of motion.

To Your Good Health: Aftereffects of anesthesia can include delirium

This seems like a common side effect in anyone with dementia, but I have not seen any reports on this.

To Your Good Health: A primer on the 2017 flu season vaccines

DR. ROACH WRITES: It is nearly flu season, and I want to discuss the options for vaccines available this year in North America.

To your good health: Blood tests don’t support parathyroid disease diagnosis

DEAR DR. ROACH: I’m a 78-year-old woman with many symptoms of parathyroid disease (chronic fatigue, feel “ill,” need naps, less concentration, memory “hesitation,” blurred vision), yet the blood tests are not at the confirmation level.

TO YOUR GOOD HEALTH: Chronic pelvic pain not suffered exclusively by women

DEAR DR. ROACH: My 46-year-old son has suffered for nearly five years with what seems to be CPPS (chronic pelvic pain syndrome).

To Your Good Health: E.D. can indicate other health issues

Dear Dr. Roach: I am a 77-year-old man who has had erectile dysfunction for eight years.

TO YOUR GOOD HEALTH: Sandfly bites are big trouble for newlyweds

DEAR DR. ROACH: Two months after our daughter and son-in-law came back from their honeymoon in Belize, they have sores that still will not heal.