Health Advice





Allergist might be useful for relief from breathing difficulty

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I'm an 82-year-old man. I've had breathing difficulty due to nasal passage swelling for most of my adult life. It will clear up periodically, but then I'll have to endure several months of this problem. Nothing I've tried works, and there's always the rebound -- my symptoms become worse after a few treatments. An ear, nose and ...Read more

This week's roundup: three ways to stay safe and healthy

This week, it's National Common Courtesy Day on the 21st; National Puppy Day on the 23rd and National Spinach Day on the 26th. Of course, you'll benefit from being kind, petting a puppy and eating spinach. But the information in these three studies is going to do even more to improve your well-being.

Gun violence: Firearm-related deaths have ...Read more

Using leftovers safely

The price per pound of vegetables shot up almost 20% and fruit increased by 10% from December 2020 to December 2021, and the price of meat, poultry, fish and eggs jumped 12.5%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Ouch!

One smart solution is to prepare meals that S-T-R-E-T-C-H, like big pots of soup, stews and casseroles. But you need ...Read more

Cyclic vomiting syndrome more common than thought

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I have a 40-year-old woman who is renting a room in my house, and all of a sudden, she had serious issues vomiting. Over about three weeks to a month, it was finally diagnosed as cyclic vomiting syndrome. She had to go to the emergency room several times, and of course we had to call 911.

I know there are several things that ...Read more

Changing in Mid-bloodstream

Health Advice / Scott LaFee /

Differences in blood types can mean the difference in whether a person qualifies for an organ transplant. If the blood type of the donor organ doesn't match the recipient's, a mismatched transplant likely results in death.

But a new approach uses enzymes to treat donor organs to make them compatible with recipients of any blood type. Right ...Read more

Flop, flop, fizz, fizz

"National Lampoon's Animal House" (1978) pits the rowdy members of the Delta fraternity house against the college's tightly wound Dean Vernon Wormer. The fact that the frat brothers once dumped a truckload of Fizzies into a swimming pool during a swim meet is proof enough for him that they should be shut down.

Fizzies, a popular effervescent, ...Read more

Low testosterone common cuase for low libido

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: Approximately five years ago, I was diagnosed with an aggressive prostate cancer. My urologist referred me for radiation therapy, to be followed by Lupron every six months for two years. The shots caused low libido and hot flashes, which exacerbated my rosacea. At the time, I asked my urologist if I could start on testosterone. ...Read more

Your pet can help protect your brain power

At 99, Betty White was still as sharp-witted as ever. Perhaps that was because she had so many pets in her lifetime -- estimated at 24 as an adult, including her last dog, Pontiac, a rescue pup.

A new study slated to be presented in April at the American Academy of Neurology's annual meeting, reveals that people who have a pet, especially for ...Read more

COVID may be the cause of changes in saliva

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am an 82-year-old woman in good health. I tested positive for the COVID virus in December 2020 and was hospitalized but did not need a ventilator. I needed oxygen for about two weeks after release. Four or five weeks ago, I noted thicker saliva in my mouth. The liquid hardens in the morning, and I have to pry my lips from my ...Read more

Diabetes Quick Fix: Creole Chicken with Brown Rice

Health Advice / Health Advice /

Green pepper, celery and onions are essential ingredients of Creole and Cajun cooking. Add pasta sauce, hot peppers and chicken and you’ve got a quick and easy Chicken Creole.

Helpful Hints:

— Buy good quality low-sodium, canned or packaged chopped tomatoes. I find the ones in the shelf-stable cartons have a real tomato flavor.

— You ...Read more

Do you know about your risks for osteoporosis and fractures?

When 39-year-old quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick was tackled in his first game with the Washington Commanders last season, he was diagnosed with hip subluxation -- his hip joint was forced partially out of position. It's likely a career-ending injury for the 17-year veteran.

As life-changing as that may be for Fitzpatrick, for the 2 million ...Read more

Surgeon to determine which patients need immediate surgery

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: My daughter was diagnosed with a fecalith after a day of pain and nausea. The expert opinion on her report was that an appendectomy was not required at this time. If a flare-up and pain do not recur, would an elective appendectomy be a wise choice given this first instance of symptoms? If pain and flare-ups become chronic, I ...Read more

Nutrition News: Dietary Decline

Health Advice / Nutrition News /

As we age, we need fewer calories, yet we need those calories we eat to be of higher quality. But older adults in the U.S. seem to be losing that battle.

A recent study in JAMA Network Open found the number of adults aged 65 and older in the U.S. with a poor diet quality increased from 51% to 6% from 2001 to 2018, while the percentage of those ...Read more

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On Nutrition: How to help feed Ukrainians

Health Advice / Nutrition /

I started this column with the intent to celebrate National Nutrition Month, a yearly event sponsored by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. I really like the theme, Celebrate a World of Flavors, which encourages us to nourish ourselves with a variety of tastes from cultures around our globe.

My heart, however, has taken a turn toward ...Read more

Cause of UTIs needs to be proven by urine culture

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I have chronic urinary tract infections. I am 79 and suffer from it often. I frequently go to the bathroom five to six times per night. If I'm lucky, I'll get two or three hours of sleep. In addition, I feel sharp pains going up my vagina, and I have vaginal dryness.

I have been prescribed estradiol cream, which I use with ...Read more

This week's roundup of health news you can use

Heal your heart with social interaction: Are you feeling isolated and lonely? It's important to fight off those feelings -- and fill your heart with activities that connect you to a caring world. That's the conclusion of a study in JAMA Open Network that examined around 58,000 older women and found that those who were dealing with social ...Read more

Teach your children well -- so they can stay well

"Teach your children well ... And feed them on your dreams. The one they pick's the one you'll know by." When Graham Nash wrote that in 1968, he probably didn't realize how to-the-point the lyrics would be in 2022. Turns out if you are dreaming of a bright future for your children, you need to teach them well about good health habits early.

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Medication for low blood pressure not necessary

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: My husband, 75, has low blood pressure. His cardiologist has given us a blood pressure monitor to use at home every morning, and the readings are sent directly to the doctor's office. His readings vary anywhere from 98/62 to more normal readings such as 116/70, but most are on the lower side, closer to 98 to 105 for the top ...Read more

Speed of Thought

Health Advice / Scott LaFee /

Our minds inevitably slow with age, but there's new evidence that it doesn't necessarily happen as early as once thought -- or feared. In a published study involving 1 million people who took an online cognitive test, older adults took longer to complete the test than younger participants, but their responses were more accurate.

As ...Read more

Taking steps to prevent diabetes

Will Smith has gone on social media aiming to prove he can walk 10,000 steps in one session -- and beat back the dad bod he says he developed over the past couple of years. Bravo that. But for women in their 60s and 70s, increasing their steps has different benefits -- it fends off diabetes.

A recent study published in Diabetes Care shows older...Read more