DEAR DR. ROACH: A friend has been suffering from persistent erectile dysfunction, whereby he can achieve (usually) an erection but has difficulty maintaining it. He is currently in rehab for a lower-back injury, so it could be physical rather than psychological in nature.
He has sworn to me that he is going to talk to his doctor. In the ...Read more
"The Hunger Games" may have finally satisfied young-uns' ravenous appetite for terribly tragic teenage tales. The $110 million U.S. opening weekend take of "Mockingjay Part 2" fell short of the four-part series' record-breaking $158 million opening two years earlier. Seems some folks don't feel the hunger anymore.
Now, if you're battling excess...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Urging Congress to provide more resources in the fight against Zika, a top federal health official on Wednesday warned Congress that the virus is likely to spread into tropical areas of the United States such as Puerto Rico and South Florida, where the Aedes aegypti mosquito is common.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ...Read more
Heart disease is the number one killer of women. While both men and women are affected by heart disease, the warning signs and symptoms can be quite different.
Dr. Amy Pollak , a cardiologist at Mayo Clinic on the Florida campus, says one in three women die each year of heart disease and stroke, and 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented...Read more
A first-ever "National Health Check-Up poll by the Mayo Clinic shows that as we age, the kinds of health problems we talk about with our friends change. Twenty-somethings focus on healthy eating. In your 30s, the topic du decade is your parents' health. In your 40s, it's your kids' health. After age 50, it's all about you and your health ...Read more
The 2012 Yankees had the biggest payroll in MLB -- $197,962,289 -- but all those great athletes couldn't keep them from getting quickly swept by the Tigers in the American League Championship series. So management upped their ante to $219,282,196 in 2015, and they lost to the Astros, with a comparatively meager $70,910,100 payroll, in the AL ...Read more
DEAR DR. ROACH: I am an 85-year-old male and am having trouble with frequent trips to the bathroom and a weak stream. I was prescribed 0.4 mg of tamsulosin daily, which worked very well. However, my blood pressure dropped significantly, with the systolic measurement in the 90s and sometimes in the 80s. Standing was always accompanied by ...Read more
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the spread of Zika virus through blood transfusion and sexual contact has been reported. Zika virus is transmitted to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes genus mosquito -- the same mosquito that spreads dengue and chikungunya viruses.
"It is important to remember the primary...Read more
Ellen's Submission: Intrigue Next Door [Kindle Edition]Lydia Keane
Ellen Jacobs is a straitlaced grad student stuck in a relationship that isn't working.
When she meets her adventuresome neighbor, Sam, her world is changed.
Now, she wonders how she will handle the challenge that comes from being drawn to Sam.
Here's some juicy news: Oranges, grapefruit, lemons, blueberries, cherries and blackberries can really keep your juices flowing, guys! It turns out that a diet rich in those tasty treats, as well as black currants and radishes, delivers a good dose of circulation-lovin' phytochemicals called anthocyanins, flavanones and flavones.
A new study of...Read more
DEAR DR. ROACH: You have made several claims about statins in your column. Could you please clarify the studies or data on which you are basing these statements?
The idea that statins are the first line of heart health seems to be nearly universally accepted among medical practitioners, to the point of being a mantra. However, I have had ...Read more
Dear Mayo Clinic: Is it true that people with rheumatoid arthritis have a higher risk of heart disease? How are the two conditions related? Is there a way to lower the risk?
A: Studies have shown that if you have rheumatoid arthritis, your risk of developing heart disease is two to three times higher than people who do not have the disorder. ...Read more
Celebrating Chinese New Year? Try this quick Asian dish. The pungent flavor of Chinese five-spice powder gives fish fillet an intriguing flavor. Chinese five spice powder is used in many Asian dishes and includes cinnamon, cloves, fennel seed, star anise and Szechwan peppercorns. Use it to flavor meat, vegetables, rice or noodles.
Chinese ...Read more
New Year's resolutions can lift you up with a rush of optimism and determination ("I WILL lose 25 pounds and exercise regularly!"). But too often they're followed six to eight weeks later by the self-defeating thought, "I just can't do it!"
But still you resolve, year after year, to become as healthy as possible. As Oprah once said: "Cheers to ...Read more
DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 39-year-old male with systemic lupus. I read your article on artificial and natural immunity and how getting the flu shot helps "prime" the immune system. I have been told by some that priming the immune system with any vaccine is not a good idea in my case, since I could develop antibodies that attack my own body.
What I...Read more
Nearly six years after its enactment, the Affordable Care Act remains a hot-button issue in the presidential race -- in both parties.
"Our health care is a horror show," said GOP candidate Donald Trump at the Republican debate in South Carolina Dec 15. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, winner of the Iowa caucuses, said at the debate in Des Moines Jan. 28 ...Read more
Stung by losses under the federal health law, major insurers are seeking to sharply limit how policies are sold to individuals in ways that consumer advocates say seem to discriminate against the sickest and could hold down future enrollment.
Anthem, Aetna and Cigna, all among the top five health insurers, told brokers they will stop paying ...Read more
Nearly a third of patients who get colonoscopies to screen for cancer visit a gastroenterologist before having the procedure, at an average cost of $124, even though such visits may be unnecessary, a new study found.
Primary care doctors are generally in a good position to alert their patients that they should be screened, discuss the risks and...Read more
WASHINGTON -- If there's a silver lining for Democrats in Republicans' repeated efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, it's that they've made good money from it.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has raised more than $627,000 since early December in digital grassroots fundraising off Affordable Care Act repeal votes in the ...Read more
Sleep is essential for a healthy heart. People who don't sleep enough are at higher risk for heart disease. One study that examined data from 3,000 adults over age 45 found that those who slept fewer than six hours per night were about twice as likely to have a stroke or heart attack as people who slept six to eight hours per night. Sleep ...Read more
Our local supermarket is stocking blue and orange tortilla chips this week. And that's all I'm going to say about the SuperBowl. On to some questions received from readers this month:
Q: Who are candidates for food supplements such as Ensure or Boost and what is the purpose and nature of these products? I have a friend who has dementia. Where ...Read more