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DEAR DR. ROACH: Are there any benefits to taking omega-3? — B.H.

By Dr. Keith Roach December 6, 2019
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I have fought high cholesterol and triglycerides for many years and have taken various statins for a long time

By Dr. Keith Roach November 25, 2019
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DEAR DR. ROACH: I am battling depression and have a question about psilocybin

By Dr. Keith Roach November 18, 2019
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Five years ago, I developed a blood clot in my left leg after fracturing my ankle and being immobilized for several months.

By Dr. Keith Roach November 11, 2019
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DEAR DR. ROACH: Could you give some additional information about H. pylori infection? I was diagnosed with it recently, via biopsies taken during an endoscopic procedure.

By Dr. Keith Roach October 28, 2019
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DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a nursing student in my 30s and originally from the Philippines. As part of my testing, I had a skin test for tuberculosis, which was positive. I had a friend in the hospital recently with tuberculosis. My doctor has recommended that I get treated for latent tuberculosis. What does this mean? — A.C.S.

October 21, 2019
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DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a very healthy 74-year-old male. I am not on any medications and enjoy normal blood pressure and great stats from my regular bloodwork. I weigh 140 pounds and have been exercising every day faithfully for decades.

By Dr. Keith Roach October 14, 2019
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DEAR DR. ROACH: Is it possible for X-rays and a CT scan to miss advanced lung cancer? My brother worked two days before he died. He went to the hospital, was admitted to hospice and died the next day. I wonder if he knew at least a year ago, but didn’t tell anyone.

By Dr. Keith Roach October 7, 2019
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DEAR DR. ROACH: I ran across a recent article of yours about carotid artery stenosis. In this article you state that “there is no miracle food, drink or supplement that can clear out arteries.” This is actually not true.

By Dr. Keith Roach September 23, 2019
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DEAR DR. ROACH: I am in my mid-50s and in good health (I don’t take any medications). I rarely get sick with colds or flu. I have been vaccinated with all the common vaccinations for our childhood.

By Dr. Keith Roach September 16, 2019
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DEAR DR. ROACH: I was having lots of arthritis pain in my neck and feet last summer. Someone recommended turmeric supplements to help. I started taking 600 mg twice a day. The pain slowly subsided.

By Dr. Keith Roach September 9, 2019
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I have been a pretty regular blood donor for decades. At times, I’m rejected because I just miss the minimum iron count necessary. My question at this time is if I should continue to be a blood donor, as I am 84 years of age.

By Dr. Keith Roach September 2, 2019
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DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 75-year-old man with an arthritic back, urinary tract problems and, worst of all, highly sensitive skin!

By Dr. Keith Roach August 26, 2019
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DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 63-year-old female in very good health. Admittedly, I smoked for 22 pack-years, but that is pretty far in the past. I have had two CT lung scans as a result of a pneumonia diagnosis last fall.

By Dr. Keith Roach August 19, 2019
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DEAR DR. ROACH: I’m a 65-year-old male. I’ve had scoliosis since childhood. I experience stiffness, discomfort and some soreness. What is the best treatment for my scoliosis? Chiropractic was not helpful, and although I had only mixed results with physical therapy, I still do those exercises.

By Dr. Keith Roach August 12, 2019
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DEAR DR. ROACH: My grandson, age 26, was diagnosed with aortic stenosis at birth. He has had two surgeries to temporarily fix the problem.

By Dr. Keith Roach July 29, 2019
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DEAR DR. ROACH: Recently I was in the hospital. I had a CT scan and was told that I have a “mass” on my kidney (unrelated to my hospital stay). One doctor said they would probably do an aspiration to determine what was in it, and another doctor told me not to worry, that it was just a cyst.

By Dr. Keith Roach July 22, 2019
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DEAR DR. ROACH: I’ve heard that there are issues with the enzymes, proteins and chemicals that are found in animal meat and plant matter. Somehow, I’m told, it affects a woman’s brain and makes her go crazy when they’re mixed together.

By Dr. Keith Roach July 15, 2019
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DEAR DR. ROACH: My neighbor is battling cancer for the third time. The medical personnel she sees when she goes for her chemotherapy treatments are urging her to get rid of her two cats. They claim the cats are a danger to her health. Wearing gloves and a mask while cleaning litter boxes will not help. Why? What do the cats have that can hurt someone going through chemotherapy? — S.C.

By Dr. Keith Roach July 8, 2019
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After many years of various treatments, including allergy shots, food studies and an ear tube, I was recently diagnosed with “semicircular canal dehiscence.”

By Dr. Keith Roach June 24, 2019
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I am a faithful reader of your column, but I don’t read many questions about brain tumors. I am 53 years old, diagnosed almost four years ago...

By Dr. Keith Roach June 17, 2019
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DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 60-year-old woman who has been taking a 200-mg tablet of acyclovir (Zovirax) every day for HSV-2 suppression.

By Dr. Keith Roach June 10, 2019
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DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a faithful reader of your column, but I don’t read many questions about brain tumors. I am 53 years old, diagnosed almost four years ago with multiple meningiomas.

By Dr. Keith Roach May 27, 2019
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DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 60-year-old woman who has been taking a 200-mg tablet of acyclovir (Zovirax) every day for HSV-2 suppression.

By Dr. Keith Roach May 26, 2019
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DEAR DR. ROACH: I started going through natural menopause in my late 50s. I will be 65 in September. Should I still be having hot flashes? — B.G.

By Dr. Keith Roach May 20, 2019
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I’m an 88-year-old woman whose platelets went into the 500,000 range. I was sent to a hematologist/oncologist, who said it was a bone marrow disease.

By Dr. Keith Roach May 13, 2019
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DEAR DR. ROACH: I am 77 years old. When I go to a new doctor, there is always that past history form to fill out. I know to include current medications, including OTC and allergies, but how far back should I go?

By Dr. Keith Roach May 6, 2019
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DEAR DR. ROACH: Would you please comment on common or uncommon issues that might be expected in a pregnancy at age 57?

By Dr. Keith Roach April 29, 2019
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DEAR DR. ROACH: My boyfriend recently was diagnosed with an aneurysm. The report says the abdominal aorta is 3.02 cm in largest dimension and recommends screening every six months. Do we need to see a cardiologist for a second opinion? Is there medication to help? -- B.S.

By Dr. Keith Roach April 22, 2019
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DEAR DR. ROACH: My husband’s doctor is telling him to have his gallbladder removed because sometimes he has pain in his right side.

By Dr. Keith Roach April 15, 2019
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DEAR DR. ROACH: Is there any evidence that taking turmeric prevents cancer? I have a friend who is convinced that it does. — M.S.

April 9, 2019
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I have seen numerous articles extolling the advantages of eating nuts because they are a good fat. I often have wondered if it matters whether the nuts are raw or roasted.

By Dr. Keith Roach April 8, 2019
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DEAR DR. ROACH: Recently I was diagnosed with FCS (familial chylomicronemia syndrome) by my primary physician.

By Dr. Keith Roach April 5, 2019
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DEAR DR. ROACH: After treatment for prostate cancer (with brachytherapy) at age 69 my husband started self-medicating for pain with alcohol.

By Dr. Keith Roach March 29, 2019
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DEAR DR. ROACH: Is there such a thing as male menopause, with the associated hot flashes?

By Dr. Keith Roach March 26, 2019
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DEAR DR. ROACH: I am 69 and take medications for blood pressure and cholesterol, as well as plenty of vitamins.

By Dr. Keith Roach March 25, 2019
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My teens keep smoking all these flavored, ethereal wand vapors. They claim it tastes good and even try tricks with the vapor....

By Dr. Keith Roach March 21, 2019
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DEAR DR. ROACH: I received the first dose of Shingrix this week and had pretty severe side effects, though in the range of what can be expected: high fever (101.5), intense shivering, a severe headache and 12 hours of extreme fatigue.

By Dr. Keith Roach March 19, 2019
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I recently was diagnosed with kidney cancer, and my wife is now getting treatment for breast cancer. Would cooking on a nonstick skillet have caused the cancers?

By Dr. Keith Roach March 18, 2019
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DEAR DR. ROACH: I had polio when I was 11 years old, many years ago, and miraculously, recovered enough to live a normal life.

By Dr. Keith Roach March 14, 2019
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DEAR DR. ROACH: I recently have been diagnosed with early prostate cancer.

By Dr. Keith Roach March 12, 2019
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DEAR DR. ROACH: I have allergies and am congested a lot at night. I have read about over-the-counter clips and adhesive tapes. Would they help me breathe better? Are they safe for the long term? — M.V.M.

By Dr. Keith Roach March 8, 2019
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DEAR DR. ROACH: In a recent column, you described symptoms of malabsorption as weight loss, diarrhea and abdominal discomfort.

By Dr. Keith Roach March 7, 2019
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DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 61-year-old woman in fairly good health except that I have been taking prescription omeprazole once a day for heartburn for at least 10 years, if not more. I’ve read articles that say this isn’t good to take long term, like I’ve been doing.

March 4, 2019
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DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 70-year-old woman in good health. I recently saw a neurologist about my almost daily migraines.

By Dr. Keith Roach February 25, 2019
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DEAR DR. ROACH: I’m female, 68 years old with hypothyroidism but no other medical problems. I exercise about 10 hours a week and try to eat healthy. During one of my physical checkups, my TSH was 0.002, so I saw an endocrinologist. After three months of blood tests, everything became normal even without medicine.

By Dr. Keith Roach February 18, 2019
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DEAR DR. ROACH: My son had an ultrasound the other day for a hernia. I have had six hernias. His results showed an inguinal hernia, 2.2 centimeters and “reducible.” Will he need surgery? Can he wear a truss? What does “reducible” mean? Is this a risk for strangulation of the bowel? — B.E.

By Dr. Keith Roach February 11, 2019
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DEAR DR. ROACH: My fiancee wants to have her breasts lifted, as they are starting to sag.

By Dr. Keith Roach January 29, 2019
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DEAR DR. ROACH: I hope you can shed some light on an issue that I have not seen you address: the dawn phenomenon.

By Dr. Keith Roach January 28, 2019
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DEAR DR. ROACH: I read that a new drug, Xofluza, has been approved to treat flu.

By Dr. Keith Roach January 25, 2019
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DEAR DR. ROACH: For the past four weeks now, I wake up during the night because both of my hands have gone numb.

By Dr. Keith Roach January 22, 2019
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I have dealt with irritable bowel syndrome for over 40 years. I have had less cramping and loose stools when I quit drinking milk.

By Dr. Keith Roach January 21, 2019
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My daughter’s iron level has been dangerously low for several years.

By Dr. Keith Roach January 14, 2019
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DEAR DR. ROACH: I hope you can help elderly folks (like myself, age 83) who have a very embarrassing situation wherein their stool seeps out of them. The problem is only noted when I sit down and find that my underwear sticks to me. The problem appears to happen anytime, and sometimes AFTER a bowel movement. -- R.C.

By Dr. Keith Roach January 7, 2019
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DEAR DR. ROACH: Could you please address the benefits and safety of taking an oral collagen supplement.

By Dr. Keith Roach December 17, 2018
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DEAR DR. ROACH: My son is a kidney transplant recipient. Is it safe for transplant recipients to get the new Shingrix vaccine? -- J.O.

By Dr. Keith Roach December 10, 2018
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I have found that it takes months, not weeks, to schedule an appointment with primary care physicians in my area.

By Dr. Keith Roach November 26, 2018
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DEAR DR. ROACH: My 45-year-old daughter was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis about a year ago following alarming bladder problems and numbness.

By Dr. Keith Roach November 19, 2018
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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.

By Dr. Keith Roach November 12, 2018
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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.

By Dr. Keith Roach October 29, 2018
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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.

By Dr. Keith Roach October 22, 2018
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DEAR DR. ROACH: What are your thoughts about the security and integrity of patient portals?

By Dr. Keith Roach October 15, 2018
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DEAR DR. ROACH: My whole family has heart problems. I’m 74 years old.

By Dr. Keith Roach October 12, 2018
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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.

By Dr. Keith Roach October 8, 2018
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Dear Dr. Roach: My husband suffers from systemic pain; sometimes it is worse than others.

By Dr. Keith Roach September 28, 2018
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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.

By Dr. Keith Roach September 24, 2018
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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?

By Dr. Keith Roach September 17, 2018
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I am a 78-year-old woman who was diagnosed just one year ago with primary biliary cirrhosis, which is an autoimmune liver disease.

By Dr. Keith Roach September 11, 2018
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DEAR DR. ROACH: I am absolutely convinced that marijuana is a serious health hazard.

By Dr. Keith Roach September 10, 2018
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DEAR DR. ROACH: My wife is 69 and in very good health, exercising at least two hours a day.

By Dr. Keith Roach, Syndicated Columnist August 31, 2018
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In 2000 (at age 53), I had a mastectomy with a TRAM flap reconstruction.

By Dr. Keith Roach August 20, 2018
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DEAR DR. ROACH: I was diagnosed with atrial fibrillation in July 2017. A week after that, I had an MRI that showed I’d had a ministroke and probably several others in the past.

By Dr. Keith Roach August 13, 2018
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I am a 70-year-old woman in good health. I recently saw a neurologist about my almost daily migraines.

By Dr. Keith Roach July 30, 2018
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DEAR DR. ROACH: My son had an ultrasound the other day for a hernia. I have had six hernias.

By Dr. Keith Roach July 23, 2018
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DEAR DR. ROACH: Please discuss Brugada syndrome. Three members of my family died from it before we finally got a diagnosis. Where does it come from? — V.K.

By Dr. Keith Roach July 17, 2018
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