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  1. Fibrosis treatment not ready for FDA's OK

    Dear Dr. Roach: I recently was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis. I am an otherwise healthy 73-year-old male who underwent bypass surgery seven years ago. I work out to keep in shape, not to look like a teenager. I had 12 weeks of pulmonary rehabilitation, which was very helpful.

  2. Is mother's cold intolerance part of dementia?

    Dear Dr. Roach: My mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2009, and she is taking Namenda and Aricept to help slow the advancement of the disease.

  3. Himalayan salt still salt despite minerals

    Dear Dr. Roach: What do you know about Himalayan salt? Is it harmful to take every day? I am told that it can help lower blood pressure because it has minerals and trace elements.

  4. If walking hurts, water excercise might help

    Dear Dr. Roach: I just wanted to touch base with you about my diabetes. While my weight has stayed stable around 320 pounds, my sugar numbers have been increasingly hard to keep in line. I’ve maxed out on the oral medications we use. My latest A1c was 6.6. The doctor says it should be under 6 and that our next step is insulin. He asked me to try to lose 50 pounds over the next six months in order to get my sugar back under control.

  5. Follow up on concerns after a hysterectomy

    Dear Dr. Roach: I am a 78-year-old woman who would be embarrassed to go to a doctor with my complaint. I have been having a brown vaginal discharge for a couple of months. I did have a complete hysterectomy about 14 years ago, including some of the cervix because of pre-cancerous cells. I followed up for five years to make sure that all was well. There is no pain and no odor with this discharge.

  6. Lack of hair can be the result of several conditions

    Dear Dr. Roach: I haven't had to shave my legs for a few years, because I never get growth anymore. My doctor said it may be from hormones. I'm 78. Could that be the reason?

  7. Is the prostate to blame for his slow-to-empty bladder?

    Dear Dr. Roach: I would like your opinion on enlarged prostate. My primary-care doctor sent me for a blood test and said my PSA number was too high, then sent me to a urologist. He said my bladder is not emptying and that I am having urine retention in the bladder. After one week of medication (Rapaflo), I had a catheter inserted for another week. He measured the urine in the bladder, and it was 880 ml. Now he is suggesting surgery.

  8. The placebo effect can be helpful to some patients

    Dear Dr. Roach: In your column that ran in our local newspaper, you cautioned a reader about having positive results from a dietary change:

  9. Excess yeast growth can occur in many places

    Dear Dr. Roach: I am a 63-year-old woman who has always carried extra weight, but I have gained a few more pounds in the past year. I am overweight but not obese. I have been having a problem with my navel, and have been told that it is a yeast infection. I was given medication and told to use it every day … forever! Is there no way to cut the amount of yeast one produces? I also get it under my breasts and anytime I take an antibiotic.

  10. Hyperparathyroidism surgery recommended

    Dear Dr. Roach: My primary-care doctor sent me to an endocrinologist after my blood test showed that I have high calcium levels in my blood (10.7 and 10.8) and very low vitamin D levels. I had a bone density test, which showed osteopenia, especially in my left hip. I was told that I have hyperparathyroidism, and the only treatment is to have the affected parathyroid glands removed.

  11. Supplements are not necessary for most

    Dear Dr. Roach: You recently wrote that you do not recommend healthy people take supplements. What about training athletes? I’m thinking creatine for weightlifters, coenzyme Q-10 and B vitamins for endurance sports. I also have read newspaper reports citing vitamin D deficiency as “epidemic” in the general populace. For someone training one to two hours per day, is diet sufficient?

  12. Pituitary tumor requires medicine for treatment

    Dear Dr. Roach: My son is 27 years old, and he was diagnosed with low testosterone at the age of 21, due to a tumor on the pituitary gland, seen on an MRI.

Health Columnist

Dr. Paul Donohue writes a daily column titled "To Your Health" that is syndicated to more than 175 newspapers. The question-and-answer series is one of the oldest health columns in the North America, having first appeared in the 50s. Dr. Donohue took over the series nearly 20 years ago.

Dr. Donohue is board-certified in his primary specialty, internal medicine, the specialty that emphasizes diagnosis and non-surgical treatment of illnesses. He also is board-certified in the subspecialty of infectious diseases.

He graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He has a master's degree in public health from Tulane University in New Orleans and did advanced work on infectious diseases at the University of California, Davis. After completing medical school, he served two years in the Army Medical Corps and 18 months as battalion surgeon in the 173rd Airborne Brigade-for which he was awarded two Bronze Stars, one of which was for valor during combat.

  • Write to Dr. Paul Donohue at P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475.
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