Health Advice



Breast implants might be correlated to extremely rare cancers

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I recently caught a quick news headline on breast cancer stating that there are now findings of cancer in women who have had breast implants. What can you tell us about these new findings and studies?

Any updated information about breast cancer for women with implants would be appreciated by many who have implants themselves and...Read more

A previous restriction on donating blood is now lifted

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I used to give blood regularly. While in the Air Force, I was stationed in England for four years in the early 1980s. Sometime in the 1990s, I was told that due to concern about mad cow disease, I would no longer be able to donate. Is that still true? If so, what do people in the United Kingdom do, since it would seem no one ...Read more

Know the history behind the use of PSA tests for the prostate

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I read your recent column concerning the fellow who was reluctant to go to a doctor regarding his prostate. I'm very curious why the PSA is now considered a legitimate test for prostate problems. I distinctly recall a discussion on the radio with a doctor about 25 or 30 years ago, in which it was carefully explained why the PSA ...Read more

COVID vaccine unrelated to sudden loss of hearing

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: My friend lost hearing in one of her ears after a vertigo and dizziness spell a few months ago, when she also noted tinnitus. Her hearing issues have not resolved, unfortunately. Given some anecdotal reports of issues like this happening after receiving a COVID vaccine, she is wondering whether to get the new booster or not. She ...Read more

Immunological therapy more reasonable for case of lymphoma

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am an 86-year-old woman who was recently diagnosed with follicular lymphoma, stage 3A. It was discovered on a CAT scan when I went to the ER for diverticulitis. I have no symptoms. The doctor did a biopsy to confirm, and I had a PET scan as well. I feel good otherwise. I am only on blood pressure and cholesterol medications.

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AREDS vitamins do not have any effect on glaucoma

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 72-year-old male in good health who was told this week that my eyes have shown the beginning of glaucoma. There is no change in my 20/20 vision yet. In 2014, I had cataract surgery in both eyes. Is there any evidence that AREDS 2 vitamins (special eye vitamins) will do anything to moderate the effects of glaucoma? -- R.C. ...Read more

Nitric oxide nasal spray might be effective for avoiding COVID

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: A doctor friend suggested I purchase a nitric oxide nasal spray from Israel. She suggested using it when eating out or hanging out with friends maskless. Do you have an opinion about its efficacy? I got the most recent booster and a flu shot. The reason I'm concerned is that I see an uptick in people around me getting COVID for ...Read more

Blood thinner used during surgery causes a fatal reaction

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: A good friend of mine experienced what appeared to be a mild heart attack and went to his physician to have it checked out immediately. The tests found acute blockages in the arteries around his heart, and his doctors performed a triple-bypass heart surgery two days later.

My friend came through the procedure just fine, but by ...Read more

Cholesterol medications produce rare side effect of nightmares

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am 64. I started taking statins to lower my cholesterol about two years ago. My cholesterol level sometimes went over 200, and after seesawing results, my doctor advised that I was unable to maintain a low cholesterol by diet alone and prescribed a statin. I took 10 mg of atorvastatin. I noticed I started having very detailed ...Read more

Supplements taken at lower doses won't adversely affect health

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a healthy 46-year-old woman who exercises daily for health, strength and stress relief. I also want to stay relatively lean. In order to maintain muscle mass and control fat, I've been advised consistently (by a Ph.D. nutritionist and a couple of "nutrition coach" trainers) to take one gram of protein per pound of body ...Read more

Osteoporosis meds must be paused before oral surgery

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: Help! I am caught in a feud between my primary care doctor and my oral surgeon. For a number of years, I have been on Prolia for osteopenia. About a year ago, I had to have a tooth pulled; my oral surgeon said I must be off Prolia for at least four months; my doctor disagreed, saying it is more risky to stop the Prolia. I feel a ...Read more

Price of Restasis eye drops jumps 200% in just one year

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: My wife, who's 72, has had very dry eyes for a long time, so she uses Restasis (cyclosporine emulsion 0.05%) eye drops. Her co-pay (after meeting the deductible) last year was around $150 for a three-month supply. This year, it is around $450 (only a small change in the deductible with the same part D insurance provider), and she...Read more

How to handle a trigger finger diagnosis

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: My healthy 91-year-old mother recently discovered that she has a diagnosis of trigger finger. She is hesitant to do surgery, but is hoping for more mobility in her hand. What are some of the best options for an independent woman at her age? -- M.B.

ANSWER: Stenosing flexor tenosynovitis, more commonly known as "trigger finger," ...Read more

Boogie boarding is OK in moderation after knee surgery

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I have arthritis in both knees, but otherwise, I'm in good health (I'm 5'6" and weigh 130 pounds). My Fitbit indicates I get about 9,000 steps per day. I am ready for knee replacement, but I'm concerned about one activity I do. We usually spend two consecutive weeks at the beach, and I love to boogie board. When the tide is ...Read more

Radiofrequency ablation considerably lessens back pain

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I suffered a lower back injury in 2001, with crushed and bulging discs in the L2, L3, L4 and L5 vertebras. After over a year of physical therapy and drugs, my pain doctor tried an epidural injection, which did not work, and then suggested I try something new at that time called a radiofrequency ablation, also called a lumbar ...Read more

TURP procedure, as with all surgeries, can bring complications

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I'm an 80-year-old male who learned from a much younger male about the tremendous improvement he's had in his life since undergoing a TURP (transurethral resection of the prostate) procedure.

I hadn't know he was having a problem and had been through the drug routine that was providing him with limited improvement. Against my ...Read more

Price of medication for atrial fibrillation starts to climb

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: My husband is taking Eliquis for atrial fibrillation (AFib). The cost is going up, and there is no generic brand for Eliquis. Looking at drug websites, I have found other drugs that are anticoagulants: Xarelto, heparin and warfarin are a few. Is there a generic brand you would recommend that we can ask his doctor about to see if ...Read more

Leaky aortic valve cannot improve solely on its own

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I've had a leaky aortic valve for approximately six years. I recently had an echocardiogram using Doppler. The last test I received was three years ago, which came back with a reading of mild-to-moderate aortic regurgitation. It initially started out as mild, then increased to mild-to-moderate in 2019. My test results for 2022 ...Read more

Cancerous tumor in salivary glands could be cured surgically

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: My husband has a tumor in the right sinus of his face, and the biopsy results show that it is cancer of the salivary glands (adenoid cystic carcinoma). The oral surgeon says it will continue to grow and cause discomfort, and wants to remove part of his jaw and teeth to do reconstructive work. All this involves several weeks in ...Read more

Ten-year fracture risk determines need for osteoporosis meds

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am 77 and have been diagnosed with osteoporosis. I am taking Fosamax and taking all the steps recommended for strengthening bones. But I have two questions: First, is it possible to avoid a fracture without taking medication. Second, is it necessary to avoid coffee completely? I am confused about both questions, having read a ...Read more



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