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Dr. Keith Roach

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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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