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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.

By Dr. Keith Roach March 26, 2024
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DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 79-year-old woman who weighs 123 pounds and exercises with Zumba, yoga and cardio drumming.

By Dr. Keith Roach March 24, 2024
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DEAR DR. ROACH: My mother-in-law died at age 73 from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). There was no family history of the disease.

By Dr. Keith Roach March 22, 2024
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Anyone who has raised kids knows that managing their sleep can be one of the most challenging aspects of parenting. But not everyone understands just how vital that sleep is.

By MICHAEL MERSCHEL, American Heart Association News March 19, 2024
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DEAR DR. ROACH: I am an ex-medical/surgical nurse. I have a daughter-in-law who was treated for depression with magnetic therapy. Can you explain how the new magnetic therapy works for depression, compared with other treatments?

By Dr. Keith Roach March 19, 2024
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A popular weight loss strategy that limits the hours during which calories can be consumed may nearly double a person's long-term risk of dying from cardiovascular disease, new research finds, especially among people with underlying cardiovascular disease or cancer.

By LAURA WILLIAMSON, American Heart Association News March 19, 2024
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DEAR DR. ROACH: I have a question regarding the transmission rate of herpes simplex virus (HSV-1).

By Dr. Keith Roach March 17, 2024
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DEAR DR. ROACH: My husband and I both came down with COVID.

By Dr. Keith Roach March 15, 2024
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Butterfly. Cat. Pointer dog. More than pretty critters, these are yoga poses experts say could be part of a healthy pregnancy.

By LAURA WILLIAMSON, American Heart Association News March 12, 2024
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The majority of American Indian teens and young adults have high cholesterol, according to a new study that researchers say is the first to examine cholesterol levels in this specific population.

By American Heart Association News March 12, 2024
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DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 75-year-old retired mail carrier. I have a growth on my palm that continues to grow. It's not hurting me, but it is annoying and puts pressure on my hand.

By Dr. Keith Roach March 12, 2024
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DEAR DR. ROACH: My 94-year-old father has been having trouble swallowing lately. He tries to expel any food by inducing himself to vomit, but it is very difficult.

By Dr. Keith Roach March 10, 2024
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Can people with an irregular heartbeat drink coffee?
New guidelines published from the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association

When Dr. David Kao tells patients they have atrial fibrillation — an irregular and often rapid heart rhythm that can lead to stroke, blood clots or other health issues — their first question is usually "Do I have to give up coffee?"

By MICHAEL PRECKER, American Heart Association News March 5, 2024
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Using cannabis – either by smoking, eating or vaping it – may raise the risk for heart attacks and strokes, new research suggests.

By American Heart Association News March 5, 2024
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DEAR DR. ROACH: I recently contracted a rather severe case of bacterial pneumonia, requiring 10 days of amoxicillin. It has left me with a problem...

By Dr. Keith Roach March 5, 2024

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