Health Advice



Use Reliable Literature Sources For Information About Vitamins

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: Would you recommend the most reliable literature source(s) for vitamin and supplement information and interactions? For instance, health magazines give these examples of supplement information:

-- Take magnesium with vitamin D3 for best absorption.

-- Do not take magnesium with zinc or iron supplements. Take it hours apart to...Read more

Ibuprofen Needs To Be Used In Caution After Hernia Operation

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: My second inguinal hernia operation resulted in pain and a lot of blood in my groin area. I can understand why I was prescribed acetaminophen, but I am confused about ibuprofen. It's a blood thinner, and I am not sure if my blood needed thinning, since there was plenty of blood in the groin and surrounding area. -- M.I.

ANSWER...Read more

Patient Gets Diagnosed With Covid Without Getting Tested For It

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I'm a 71-year-old male in excellent health, and I don't take any medications. Recently, after experiencing mild headaches, mild muscle aches, a runny nose, sneezing, coughing and a sore throat, I went to an urgent care facility near me to find out which of the viruses I had been infected with. After listening to my lungs and ...Read more

Heart Failure With Preserved Ejection Fraction Causes Stiff Heart

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: A friend of mine has been diagnosed with "stiff heart" and has kind of given up because there is no treatment. With all the advances in medicine, isn't there something that can be done? -- C.L.

ANSWER: It's not always easy to guess what a medical diagnosis might be from a simplified description like this, but my best guess is ...Read more

Immunotherapy For Peanut Allergies Is Still A Work In Progress

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: Why aren't people able to see an allergist to be desensitized to a peanut allergy? As a child, I was allergic to dust, pet hair, milk and other things, but I received treatments. I am not bothered by any of these now. It would seem prudent to desensitize people who have allergies that are life-threatening, like peanut allergies...Read more

The Course Of Rare Van Der Knaap Disease Is Somewhat Unclear

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I have a question that I hope you can help me with. My 1-year-old grandniece (my brother's granddaughter) was recently diagnosed with Van der Knaap disease after suffering seizures and getting an MRI. An internet search described it as a rare inherited disorder with walking difficulties and a progressive decline in brain ...Read more

Treatment For Thymic Cancer Begins With Surgery Or Chemo

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DOCTOR ROACH: I have recently learned that my sibling, age 70, has rare cancer of the thymus. She will be getting chemotherapy and perhaps radiation treatment. I have heard of immunotherapy. Is this an option?

Would you know what could have caused this type of cancer? When she was younger, she had bouts of rosacea; could there be a ...Read more

People With Diabetes Have Great Results With A Plant-Based Diet

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: Your recent column about treating diabetes left me wondering. Diabetes, as I understand it, is usually a result of too much sugar being consumed. But consuming carbohydrates is not that much different because they are quickly converted to sugar through the human chemical processes. So, why are you promoting a plant-based diet ...Read more

Diagnosis Of Spinal Stenosis Usually Leads To Therapy And Meds

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am an 86-year-old male in relatively good health. I developed pain in my lower back, buttocks and upper legs that started a couple of months ago. It is particularly painful in the morning when I arise and subsides some as I work through the pain and get going through my day.

My primary care doctor sent me to a physical ...Read more

Extremely Bad Cough Recognized As A Symptom Of Asthma

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I have a friend who has had an extremely bad cough, especially when she gets a cold. (It sounds like she is coughing up a lung.) She is a breast cancer survivor and has had this cough for a number of years. She has only had a chest X-ray done and was informed that she has asthma. She was given an inhaler.

I suggested that she ...Read more

Antihistamines Are Still Worth Trying For Interstitial Cystitis

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: You recently wrote that the antihistamine Zyrtec might be helpful for interstitial cystitis (IC). A recently published review found no benefit. Would you readdress your opinion? -- D.M.

ANSWER: The review that you sent looked at the same studies I did to make its recommendation, but they came to a different conclusion. While ...Read more

Pain After A Total Knee Replacement Might Be Due To The Hip

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I read your recent column about a person who had knee pain after a knee replacement. I am a retired orthopedic surgeon who performed on over 10,000 total joints of the hip, knee and shoulder in my 47 years of active surgical practice. A well-done total knee replacement does not give the patient much pain postoperatively. I saw ...Read more

Steatotic Liver Disease Can Be Treated With Weight Loss, Exercise

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I had right upper abdominal pain, and my doctor suspected gallbladder problems. The abdominal ultrasound showed that my gallbladder was normal, and the HIDA scan showed normal gallbladder function. But the ultrasound reported "hepatic steatosis," aka fatty liver disease. My labs were all normal, including an ALT test of 19.

My...Read more

Apple Cider Vinegar Is A Surprising Help For Blood In Urine

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: Recently, I had anal cancer and was treated with chemo and radiation. The radiation burned my insides, severely damaging most of my internal organs. One of the aftereffects was occasional blood and small clots in my urine. A few months ago, both the frequency and the amount of blood, especially the clots, increased dramatically...Read more



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