DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 74-year-old female, currently in good health. I had a complete hysterectomy at age 54, and stage 2B (ER positive, HER-2 negative) breast cancer at age 65, with lumpectomy and radiation. I am six months away from completing 10 years of Arimidex.
Two years ago, my gynecologist prescribed Vagifem for severe vaginal atrophy. ...Read more
Charles Barkley was nicknamed "The Round Mound of Rebound" in his playing days because of his ability to snag rebounds despite his well-padded physique. He snagged more than 10,000 rebounds, 20,000 points and 4,000 assists over his 16-year NBA career.
He's lucky that he was so active while he was (and still is, sometimes) carrying around extra ...Read more
DEAR DR. ROACH: Last summer I had two abdominal surgeries, which were very traumatic (total of 17 days in the hospital), as well as severe pain and a very difficult recuperation. Approximately three months later, my hair started falling out. It is now so short and so thin. My doctor said it is "telogen effluvium," and is a result of the trauma ...Read more
My friend Joyce fell recently and broke her ankle. After surgery, she's couchbound for a while as her ankle can't bear weight. A similar thing happened to my friend Marybeth.
We all want healthy bones, and most of us know that healthy bones require adequate calcium. It's true that dairy foods generally deliver the highest amounts of calcium per...Read more
Experts at the Linus Pauling Institute sponsored an extremely interesting presentation of vitamin C this week. You may remember Dr. Pauling, a brilliant and sometimes controversial chemist who published numerous books and articles on the role of vitamin C and other nutrients in human health. The institute at Oregon State University that bears ...Read more
Dear Dr. Roach: I recently fainted for the first time in my life, requiring a trip to the emergency room. There I was diagnosed with acute syncope. I am 95 years old and in pretty good health, with my numbers being all good. My blood pressure and heart rate are fine. I walk and exercise a little every day, and I have had three cardiac stents. ...Read more
In the late 1800s, a spring cattle roundup out West might have brought together 200 cowboys and 500 to 800 horses, working to collect their wandering herd. The roundup, here, of nutrition news is less exhausting and far better for your health.
1. Boosting your vitamin D level can help prevent a severe case of COVID-19. A study in the journal ...Read more
At Versailles, King Louis the XIV (1638-1715) -- aka the Sun King -- didn't eat dinner until 10 p.m., and it was a massive meal. Then at 11:30 p.m., not long after completing the feast, he headed to his bed chamber, where his going-to-bed ceremony was a public ritual. He developed debilitating gout as an adult, because his royal habits did him ...Read more
Dear Dr. Roach: Years ago, when I was in combat, there was a very close explosion. The blast hit my left side and I almost immediately noticed hearing a very mild ringing noise in my left ear. Within a short period of time, it became louder and constant. Through research, I deduced that I had tinnitus. My question is this: Sometimes I hear two ...Read more
Comprehensive sex education that does not rely solely on abstinence works, at least in terms of reducing teen pregnancies, according to a newly published study that looked at birth rates in 55 U.S. counties before and after a federally funded teen pregnancy reduction program.
Researchers found that in the first year of the program, local teen...Read more
No, bu shi, nej. From the U.S. to China and Sweden, when a diagnosis is negative, "no" is understood to mean you're in the clear. But when it comes to an at-home diagnostic test for sleep apnea -- "no" does not always mean "You don't have that potentially life-shortening condition."
A positive result from an at-home sleep monitoring test is ...Read more
Dear Dr. Roach: I have spinal stenosis and degenerative disc disease, along with scoliosis from childhood polio. A few weeks ago, I developed sciatica and started a course of physical therapy, but quit halfway through because it seemed to make the pain much worse. The therapist recommended I try a TENS unit. Does a TENS unit help with sciatica? ...Read more
Sofia Vergara, Gloria on "Modern Family," is a serious coffee lover. "I grew up with a South American family, and if there is one thing I strictly remember learning from a young age, it is the power of coffee. I like it black. I like it strong, I don't put sugar or anything in it."
Vergara is smart in so many ways -- especially when it comes to...Read more
Dear Dr. Roach: I was wondering if you could explain why some vaccinations seem to completely protect against a disease, while others do not. For example, smallpox was completely eradicated by vaccination, and the hepatitis B vaccine is good for life and 98% to 100% effective, according to the World Health Organization. Yet we need to have the ...Read more
Succulent beef cooked in a tomato sauce flavored with onion, green pepper and paprika is the basis for this Goulash. The preparation for this dish is quick and easy. There’s no chopping or cutting.
— The secret to a good goulash is good Hungarian paprika. True Hungarian paprika may be hot or mild and can be found in most ...Read more
More than half of physicians' offices in the U.S. have recommended at least one complementary health intervention, such as Alexander technique, acupuncture, aromatherapy or yoga, to their patients, according to a January 2020 survey. The goal is to help reduce stress and/or anxiety, ease depression, lessen pain, improve balance and posture, ...Read more
Dear Dr. Roach: At a recent visit with my ear, nose and throat doctor, he commented that frequent use of antihistamines with decongestants can lead to blocked eustachian tubes. Is that statement correct?
I live where the humidity is often above 75%, and I use over-the-counter antihistamines with decongestants nearly every day. Otherwise, I ...Read more
That's the theme of National Nutrition Month this March. Highlighting March as National Nutrition Month started back in 1980. The goal is to stress the importance of a balanced diet and exercise.
The idea behind the 2022 theme is to embrace global cultures, cuisines and inclusion. Enjoying different flavors of the world is a chance to learn ...Read more
L.K. from Illinois writes: "I read your articles weekly in The Dispatch and The Rock Island Argus. I eat well and I cook at home. I’m 5-foot-5 and 167 years old. I exercise three times a week with Silver Sneakers and golf nine holes riding a cart. I have just lost nine pounds due to health issues that are resolving themselves. How do I return ...Read more
DEAR DR. ROACH: I am wondering if the claims of the health benefits from the manufacturers of saltwater hot tubs are factual.
My blood pressure reading was high, and it was suggested by my doctor to watch my salt intake. After reading the labels on food products, the sodium was very significant in most items. Since then, I have been able to ...Read more
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