Dr. Roach

M. marinum bacteria

DEAR DR. ROACH: I read your recent column about "flesh-eating bacteria." Is it in any way related to Mycobacterium marinum? My son is having multiple...

Acetaminophen considered safe as well as effective

DEAR DR. ROACH: You recently wrote an article on the risk of heart disease with aspirin and anti-inflammatory drugs. What about acetaminophen (Tylenol)? I...

Adrenal nodules can produce hormones

DEAR DR. ROACH: My husband’s recent CT scan of his stomach and digestive system with and without contrast revealed that he has nodules on...

Alzheimer’s disease does have some genetic link

DEAR DR. ROACH: My wife and her two siblings all have Alzheimer's disease. My wife is 81 and now lives in a nursing home....

Side effects may call for alternative atrial fibrillation medication

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am 64 years old. I was diagnosed with atrial fibrillation about 10 years ago. I have had three to five...

Importance of BP numbers

DEAR DR. ROACH: Decades ago, I served in the Marines and was wounded in action in the Korean War. While recuperating in the naval...

Surgery is the ultimate answer for arthritic joints

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: What is your recommendation for osteoarthritis? I am a 77-year-old man currently taking diclofenac and Tylenol for arthritis, as prescribed by...

Rheumatic fever calls for treatment long after its symptoms have gone

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I am a 48-year-old woman. I had rheumatic fever when I was 9 and had a mild heart murmur for less...

An upbeat look at parkinson’s disease

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: Will you please write about Parkinson's disease? And will you make this upbeat in some manner? — R.M.ANSWER: It's not hard...

Medical research in constant search for better outcomes, procedures

DEAR DR. ROACH: There once was what I thought was a promising procedure to increase blood flow to the myocardium — transmyocardial revascularization (TMR)....
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