Dr. Roach

Crohn's disease creates challenges

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am 61 years old and in good shape. I have Crohn's disease, which makes eating a good diet difficult. Fruit...

Chronic fatigue syndrome has new name

DEAR DR. ROACH: For two years, I have had symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome. Like many of my fellow sufferers, I continually feel bad,...

High-purine diet can bring on gout

DEAR DR. ROACH: I have gout in my big toes. Does uric acid cause gout? Also, I read that gout is caused by red...

High blood pressure with only the second number high

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I haven't found out why the second number of my blood pressure is consistently high. It's around 90 to 100 or...

Does exercise trump a poor diet?

DEAR DR. ROACH: My husband is physically fit and works out daily through biking, elliptical trainer, playing hockey, working outside, etc. He is of...

What are colonoscopy prep options?

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 72-year-old male in good health. I've had a couple of colonoscopies (the first one found some adenomas), but...

Is low white blood cell count related to fatigue?

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I have been hoping someone would ask you about my condition, leukopenia. I had numerous blood tests this past summer. My...

Blood pressures in arms shouldn't be too different

DEAR DR. ROACH: At a routine follow-up at my doctor's office, the nurse took my blood pressure on my left arm, and it was...

New pharmacogenomics help in guiding dosages

DEAR DR. ROACH: Do you have any information on cytochrome P450 testing for drug sensitivity? — S.S. ANSWER: Cytochrome P450 is a family of enzymes...

Clonazepam for anxiety and OCD

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 58-year-old woman with a long medical history of anxiety. In 2007, my doctor prescribed me clonazepam 0.5 mg...
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