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DEAR DR. ROACH: I have read that there is a correlation between the use of statins and suicide in men over 60, especially if they have suffered from chronic depression. Can you tell me if this has … more
After years working in healthcare in Murray County, Nurse Practitioner Jody Cook saw a need that she believed she could fill in the community.That’s why she opened Nightfall Medical in … more
ATLANTA - The first certificate of need (CON) reform bill to surface in the General Assembly this year was prompted by a specific hospital project but would have statewide implications.Senate Bill 99 … more
ATLANTA - A Georgia House committee has approved legislation aimed at breaking a legal logjam that has held up the state’s medical marijuana program for years.House Bill 196, which cleared the … more
 Melodi Lewis-Carvour, PA-C, has joined AdventHealth Medical Group OB/GYN at Chatsworth.Lewis-Carvour joins Joy Nwadike, MD, Kristi Cobb, WHNP-C, and the care team at AdventHealth Medical Group … more
DEAR DR. ROACH: I am 78; I had a hysterectomy in 1976 due to excessive vaginal bleeding, but I still have my ovaries. I have had hot flashes since undergoing menopause -- they usually last three to … more
DALTON – Hamilton Medical Center (HMC) is providing free heart health assessments at various locations in Northwest Georgia in February.February is American Heart Month, and HMC is encouraging … more
DALTON – Hamilton Medical Center (HMC) will offer its next Take it to Heart Program on Monday, Feb. 20 at 6 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 25 at scheduled times. The program includes a free cardiac … more
DEAR DR. ROACH: Are oral antibiotics ever prescribed to treat chalazions, in addition to eye drops and ointment? I have had two this year for seemingly no reason. They were treated with tobramycin … more
One night last month, a 9-year-old boy who had autism and talked about killing himself was among about 70 foster care children and youth under state supervision sleeping in hotels across … more
Mental Health Day at the Georgia State Capitol will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Jan. 31, to raise awareness of mental health issues and allow mental health advocates to share their insights … more
DALTON – Highland Rivers Behavioral Health is now partnering with Findhelp to make it easier for individuals served by the agency to connect with other local resources they may need. As one of … more
DEAR DR. ROACH: My mother and both of her sisters had breast cancer in their 30s, with my mother eventually passing after her third bout at age 43. They all grew up in the same house that I grew up … more
ATLANTA - Georgia’s long-delayed medical marijuana program is about to take off, despite a spate of unresolved lawsuits from companies that lost out in the bidding for licenses.The Georgia … more
ATLANTA – The mental health of Georgians, especially children, took center stage Tuesday during the first day of state budget hearings at the state Capitol.Leaders of Georgia’s main … more
DEAR DR. ROACH: I am an 86-year-old woman who was recently diagnosed with stage 3A follicular lymphoma. It was discovered on a CAT scan when I went to the ER for diverticulitis. I have no symptoms. … more
A Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) graduate who defeated breast cancer is now a mammography technician.Kim Raulerson grew up in Thomaston, but moved to Bartow County 28 years ago. She … more
DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a healthy 46-year-old woman who exercises daily for health, strength, and stress relief. I also want to stay relatively lean. In order to maintain muscle mass and control fat, … more
If you were to browse any online news site or flip through the pages of most health and lifestyle magazines this time of year, you would very likely find an article about New Year’s … more
DEAR DR. ROACH: I suffered a lower back injury in 2001, with crushed and bulging discs in the L2, L3, L4 and L5 vertebras. After over a year of physical therapy and drugs, my pain doctor tried an … more
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