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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