Certain drugs can slow glaucoma progress

 DEAR DR. ROACH: What can be done to slow down glaucoma? Mine went from bad to worse. Isn’t there any medication or surgery to stop it? — A.H. ANSWER: Glaucoma is an eye disease caused by damage to the optic nerve, usually due to elevated pressure inside the eye. There are several types of glaucoma, but the most common in […]

Husband’s jerking legs keep her up

 DEAR DR. ROACH: My husband will be 82 in July. About three years ago, I became aware of his sudden movements during the night. We were renting in Florida, and the bed was smaller than our bed at home. His body would jerk, sometimes strongly. These movements would not wake him; he just seemed asleep. He does not remember anything […]

What could cause voice to change?

  DEAR DR. ROACH: Over the past year, my voice has become hoarse or raspy. I find that I often have to clear my throat while speaking. I’ve had a stomach endoscopy and a colonoscopy done, the results of which were noted as “normal.” Nothing has changed in my life, such as climate, diet, clothing, furnishings, etc. I have never […]

How low is too-low when it comes to blood pressure?

 DEAR DR. ROACH: You have written many articles about high blood pressure, but I want to know about low blood pressure. What is normal? What is low, and what is dangerously low? I have a heart issue for which I take medication. I want to know if my blood pressure is too low. — Anon. ANSWER: Among young adults, only […]

NFL to support Andrews Institute Injuries in Football Conference

Medical professionals work with athletes at all levels of football

The 13th Annual Andrews Institute Injuries in Football Conference, presented by the Andrews Research & Education Foundation, will be held on May 3-5 in Miramar Beach. The National Football League (NFL) will serve as the official conference sponsor. The conference will feature some of the most knowledgeable health care professionals in sports medicine, including Allen Sills, M.D., FACS, Professor of […]

Pinpointing the cause of hearing loss

  DEAR DR. ROACH: I have worked in a loud facility for 35 years and have always worn protection and had my hearing tested annually. Several years ago, I had a threshold shift (a loss in my hearing range), and the plant nurse sent me to a hearing specialist. He said that my hearing loss is not due to noise […]

Sacred Heart MG pediatrician earns top award

Drs. Robin Renfroe, Jessica Tate and Brandy Boutin, Medical Group pediatricians in Gulf Breeze, were recently recognized by a national research firm for patient care excellence.Dr. Brandy Boutin, a Medical Group pediatrician in Gulf Breeze, received the Top Performer Award by national healthcare research leader Professional Research Consultants. In addition, five providers in Gulf Breeze were also recognized for patient […]

Why hysteria over measles?

DEAR DR. ROACH: I do not understand the hysteria over the measles outbreak. In my day, every kid had the measles and other childhood diseases, and all survived with strengthened immune systems. Today, young people have no natural defenses against diseases because their immune systems have been compromised by drugs. With the exception of smallpox and polio, childhood diseases are […]

Statins are no match for cheeseburgers

DEAR DR. ROACH: My son is 53, and three years ago he had three stents put in due to clogged arteries. His cardiologist put him on Lipitor at 80 mg. I don’t know if this is necessary. I worry that it might do more harm than good. — J.K. ANSWER: In people with blockages in the arteries in their hearts, […]

Unnecessary procedure on terminal patient

 DEAR DR. ROACH: My mother has stage 4 cancer. She just went to a dermatologist, who performed Mohs surgery on her nose. I am beyond upset by this unethical behavior. The country is already deeply in debt, and Medicare is paying for this? Unconscionable. Not to mention the pain and suffering of my mother, who is now at risk of […]

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