Health & Spirit



Better Teddy Than Deddy

Health / Scott LaFee /

The operating room of a hospital is one of the cleanest places on the planet -- or should be. Patients here are often at their most vulnerable to infection, and medical institutions take great precautions, large and small, to minimize exposure to harmful pathogens that might be lurking.

The operating room of a hospital is also a scary place, ...Read more

Avoiding 21st-Century Hazards While You're Pregnant

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

"Can you hear me now?" When actor Paul Marcarelli uttered that phrase -- over and over and over again -- in a mobile phone company ad, we're pretty sure he never thought the question should be directed at pregnant women and their fetuses.

But that's what researchers from Wyckoff Heights Medical Center in New York City wondered about. So they ...Read more

Thyroid Supplement Test Results In Question

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I have taken a thyroid supplement since it was first prescribed for me, nearly 30 years ago. The dose has changed from time to time as the lab work would indicate. My dosage has been 75 mcg for the past several years. A year ago, my TSH reading was 5.21 and my T4 free was 1.37. My physician at that time requested a second blood ...Read more

Enrollment in Obamacare health plans down since February

Health / Health & Fitness /

WASHINGTON -- Nationwide enrollment in health plans provided through the Affordable Care Act slipped to 10.2 million in March as consumers dropped coverage or failed to pay premiums on policies they selected, the Obama administration announced Tuesday.

That is down from 11.7 million sign-ups recorded in February when the 2015 enrollment period ...Read more

Guess What's Better for You: Watermelon Seeds or Diet Colas?

Health / Marilynn Preston /

Experts say kids might have to try a new good-for-them food eight or even 10 times before they develop a taste for it. That's a lot of buttered green beans shoved aside. But if you make it tasty, refuse to go to war and stay focused on the task at hand, suddenly, one day, they swallow ... and maybe even smile. Their little brains open up to ...Read more

Robin Williams link? Depression tied to Parkinson's

Health / Health & Fitness /

PITTSBURGH -- People with depression are at significantly greater risk for Parkinson's disease than the general population, and those with severe depression are especially vulnerable, according to an article published online recently by Neurology, the journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

Researchers reviewed data on more than 560,000 ...Read more

Preventing Teen Distracted Driving

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

Werner Herzog, acclaimed director of films like "Grizzly Man" and "Rescue Dawn," made a 30-minute documentary called "From One Second to the Next" that tells four stories about people whose lives were changed forever or taken away by a driver who was texting.

It's tough to watch, but that's the point -- and one that you, Mom and Dad, have to ...Read more

When To Worry About A Leaky Heart Valve

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: During a pre-op exam before minor surgery, I was told that I have a leaky heart valve (my heart has always been strong). I was told "Everybody has one" and "not to worry." I am elderly. What does this mean for me? -- M.C.

ANSWER: The heart has four valves: the aortic and mitral on the left side, and the pulmonic and tricuspid on...Read more

Study finds autism rates probably haven't changed even as cases have climbed

Health / Health & Fitness /

In the largest study of its kind, a Swedish group has determined that actual autism rates probably have not changed in recent years, even though diagnoses of autism cases continue to climb.

The research, led by Sebastian Lundstrom and colleagues at the University of Gothenburg, found that about 1 percent of those in an ongoing study of twins ...Read more

T. Rowe closes health fund to new investors

Health / Health & Fitness /

Money manager T. Rowe Price Group said Monday it closed its Health Sciences Fund to new investors after assets in the fund rose dramatically in recent years.

The Health Sciences Fund, which has $14.1 billion in assets, invests in the stocks of companies involved in health care, medicine and life sciences. The fund, which uses the ticker symbol ...Read more

Diabetes Quick Fix: Steak and Portobello Sandwich with Tapenade-Topped Tomatoes

Health / Health Advice /

Steak, mushrooms and sweet onions are sauteed in the same pan to make this quick sandwich supper. The balsamic and garlic marinade become a dipping sauce for the sandwich.

Meaty portobello mushrooms are perfect for this dish. Buy whole ones and sliced them after they're cooked.

A tapenade is a thick paste made from capers, olives, oil and ...Read more

Healthy pasta? Not an oxymoron, Bastianich siblings' cookbook promises

Health / Health & Fitness /

You're thinking through your weeknight meals, and you'd like to incorporate at least a few that resemble healthy. But you'd also like an easy, flavorful pasta you know you can whip up quickly. Are these two things compatible?

A new cookbook by Joe Bastianich, co-owner of Batali & Bastianich Hospitality Group and Eataly, and Tanya Bastianich ...Read more

Promoting a Healthy Environment Gets Results

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

A funny thing happened last year when a bunch of first- through third-grade kids walked to school: Their parents lost weight! The children were part of an obesity-prevention program designed by nutritionists at Tufts University and the community of Somerville, Massachusetts, called Shape Up Somerville.

The program consisted of overhauling ...Read more

Nature Is A Source Of Many Medicines

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: Are there any natural substitutes for blood thinners? Natural ingredients in aspirin work on some aspect of thinning the blood, perhaps for everyone taking them. It seems to me that testing natural substances would be relatively easy and cheap. -- G.T.

ANSWER: The term "blood thinners" is a misnomer. Although blood viscosity can...Read more

Study: Fitness goals met when it's part of the daily job

Health / Health & Fitness /

PITTSBURGH -- Mark Crisci was going to the gym and trying to lower his cholesterol levels, but it wasn't until he joined a healthy-lifestyle group at work that he found weight-loss success and continued support to keep his cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar levels in a healthy range.

Crisci, 51, of Weirton, W.Va., works as a product ...Read more

Make a bed and a day: Homeless shelters always need fresh sheets

Health / Health & Fitness /

The job, while humbling, looked easy enough.

Armed with freshly laundered sheets, we were assigned to make beds at the Pacific Garden Mission for the homeless on Chicago's Near West Side, where dozens of metal-framed bunk beds filled a barren room the size of a gymnasium.

But soon our small group of volunteers realized that most of the linens ...Read more

Stay safe on the water in the wake of these tips

Health / Health & Fitness /

Boating is fun, but it's important to do it safely. Whether it's a fishing boat, a canoe or kayak, or a personal watercraft, there are some basic safety tips that apply to all.

According to the National Safe Boating Council, learning to swim is one of the most important ways to stay safe on the water. But even expert swimmers can get into ...Read more

Researchers calculate 'risk score' for breast cancer from genetic data

Health / Health & Fitness /

ROCHESTER, Minn. -- Recent large-scale genomic analyses have uncovered dozens of common genetic variants that are associated with breast cancer. Each variant, however, contributes only a tiny amount to a person's overall risk of developing the disease.

A Mayo Clinic-led team of international researchers has now combined 77 of these common ...Read more

Quinn on Nutrition: Getting enough Vitamin D but not too much

Health / Nutrition /

Vitamin D seems to be the darling nutrient these days. And probably for good reason. This nutrient is critical for the growth and maintenance of sturdy bones. Without it, calcium -- the body's primary mineral -- cannot be absorbed. Yet vitamin D does more than that, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Dietary ...Read more

Nutrition News: Protein Power

Health / Nutrition News /

The newest research shows that we may need to be eating more protein -- up to 20 to 30 grams per meal, especially for those over 50. The studies, published in the Journal of Clinical Nutrition, June issue.

Dietary protein is a cornerstone of healthy aging, according to Stuart Phillips, Ph.D., FACSM, FACN, Physical Activity Centre of Excellence ...Read more