Acupuncture may help Parkinson’s Disease symptoms

DEAR DR. ROACH: Is acupuncture a possible therapy to relieve back pain and stiffness associated with Parkinson’s disease? — R.G. ANSWER: There have been many trials that show acupuncture is superior to no treatment for various symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. This is true especially for fatigue, but also in a composite score that includes stiffness. A systematic review of published […]

BOCC approves funding for new mammography unit for Community Health NWFL

At the Sept. 28 commissioner regular meeting, the Santa Rosa Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) approved $331,583 in funding to support the purchase of a new mammography unit (GE Senographe Pristina Gen 2) to be installed at Community Health Northwest Florida’s newly renovated primary care location at 6671 Caroline St. in Milton. “We all know someone who has been affected […]

High blood pressure can thicken heart wall

DEAR DR. ROACH: What is the difference between eccentric LVH and concentric LVH? Which one is more dangerous and needs more attention? My mother was diagnosed with severe eccentric LVH for body surface area with adequate systolic and diastolic functions. What does that mean? — C.F. ANSWER: The left ventricle is the chamber of the heart that pumps blood to […]

Estrogen insert may help with bladder problems

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am an 83-yearold female with bladder problems. I get up two or three times a night and usually make it to the bathroom. I thought it would be good to see a doctor in case the problem got worse. An operation was mentioned, which I am not interested in, so they gave me a pessary, which […]

Surgery is valid option for severe sleep apnea

DEAR DR. ROACH: My son, who is 30 years old, was recently diagnosed with severe obstructive sleep apnea and currently uses a CPAP machine. He says does not want to use this for the rest of his life, therefore, he has researched surgery to correct his OSA. Recently he consulted with a sleep expert, and now has surgery scheduled with […]

This is suicide prevention month

September is National Suicide Prevention Month, a time for us to think about ways we can help prevent suicide. The Florida Department of Health in Santa Rosa County would like everyone to consider ways “to be there” for someone who might be struggling or is in crisis. Examples of how someone can be there include: • Check in with a […]

Alkaline diet may help boost cancer treatment

DEAR DR. ROACH: What is your opinion of the alkaline diet? I have several friends who have battled cancer, and they have adopted alkaline diets as adjuncts to their cancer treatments. Do alkaline diets assist in the treatment and prevention of cancers, or is it just another urban myth? — T.F.C. ANSWER: A diet high in fruits and vegetables may […]

Reader seeks alternative to Rx antidepressant

DEAR DR. ROACH: I suffer from depression. It comes and goes, but I’ve been feeling sad, worried and angry, as well as irritable, for the past four months or so. I force myself to function. My family doctor prescribed a 37.5 mg dose of Effexor once a day to start and after one week, twice a day. I looked up […]

Can Lyme disease lead to Parkinson’s?

DEAR DR. ROACH: Can Lyme disease send a person into Parkinson’s disease? I tested positive for Lyme — I had the bulls-eye rash, fever and terrible headaches. After a month on doxycycline, my left arm started shaking and my neurologist diagnosed me with Parkinson’s. The doctor said it had nothing to do with the Lyme disease. What is your opinion? […]

Studies don’t support CDB oil for depression

DEAR DR. ROACH: My son is taking hemp-based CBD oil for depression. He purchased this at a health food store. His doctor prescribed pills that he was unable to tolerate due to suicidal thoughts. He is unable to go outside when taking CBD. We would like to know if it will show up in a drug test as part of […]

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