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    October 18, 2019

    Low pulse rate doesn’t guarantee a future pacemaker

    DEAR DR. ROACH: My husband has been on metoprolol for about eight years. He was prescribed that medication right after he had a stent put in due to a clogged heart vessel. He is doing very well. His recent stress test was normal. The metoprolol took his heart rate down to a pulse of between […]

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    October 17, 2019

    Waterford church to begin year-long discussion series on climate change

    Each session will involve an expert presentation to better understand the issues involved, a facilitated discussion/working group, and a call to action featuring specific steps that can be taken.

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    October 17, 2019

    NAMI Maine to host 6th annual National Alliance on Mental Illness Conference

    The theme of this year’s conference is “Healthier Together: Honoring Diverse Perspectives.”

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    October 17, 2019

    Vapor may be better than smoke, but best is quitting both

    DEAR DR. ROACH: I quit smoking about six months ago and was able to resist the temptation to smoke again because I took up vaping immediately afterward. Thanks to vaping, I think this time I will be able to stay off of cigarette smoking permanently after unsuccessfully quitting a half dozen times over the years. […]

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    October 16, 2019

    Honey has long been used as a treatment for wound care

    DEAR DR. ROACH: In a recent column, a reader questioned the advice of their doctor to use Vaseline rather than an antibiotic ointment on a surgical incision following removal of skin cancer. The doctor stated concern about antibiotic resistance, and you added that antibiotic creams could cause skin irritations. I have had eight surgical procedures […]

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    October 15, 2019

    More advice for women taking aromatase inhibitors

    DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a medical oncologist, specializing in breast cancer, at the University of Michigan Rogel Cancer Center. In regard to your recent column on side effects of aromatase inhibitors, there are other approaches to helping women stay on potentially life-saving anti-estrogen therapies in addition to “regular exercise and anti-inflammatory drugs.” The first […]

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    October 14, 2019

    No need to rush surgery for some types of abdominal hernia

    DEAR DR. ROACH: A few years ago, I developed visible fat between my naval and my rib cage. My doctor told me that it’s a ventral hernia, which is nothing serious. I was told surgery is an option but not necessary. I am a female, 75 years old. Should I be concerned? — A.M. ANSWER: […]

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    October 11, 2019

    It’s time for your annual flu vaccine

    DR. ROACH WRITES: If you haven’t gotten your influenza vaccine yet, it’s time to think about it. This year’s vaccine is similar to last year’s, but two of the components have been updated to match the strains that are circulating worldwide and expected to be epidemic in North America. In fact, this year’s decision on […]

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    October 10, 2019

    Mono is no fun

    DEAR DR. ROACH: Our 18-year-old has been exposed to mono. Can you provide some information about this disease, including symptoms, treatment, complications and dangers of exposure to other family members, including toddlers and senior citizens? — F.J.M. ANSWER: Infectious mononucleosis symptoms can be caused by several viruses and one parasite (toxoplasmosis), but classically, it is […]

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    October 9, 2019

    For the best ride, consult a professional bike fitter

    DEAR DR. ROACH: I am writing to you about an orthopedic problem for which I hope you can suggest a treatment. Apparently, not having my bike saddle high enough has caused pain in the right side of my right knee. Cycling is now my primary source of exercise, as I am no longer a runner. […]

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