Health & Spirit



As school begins, tips to help kids eat right

Health / Nutrition /

My morning commute to work is suddenly filled with big yellow buses and cars darting through traffic to drop off kids at school. Yep, the school year is here once again. This is also Kids Eat Right Month, an ongoing initiative of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to teach families how to shop, cook and eat smart.

How do we get kids -- in ...Read more

Factors to Control Alzheimer's Risk

Health / Nutrition News /

This may be surprising news about Alzheimer's: Lifestyle choices may affect the risk for up to two-thirds of Alzheimer's cases, according to a review of research published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry, Aug. 20 online issue.

Investigators reviewed the findings of 323 studies completed between 1968 and 2014. Collectively...Read more

Metformin Treats Insulin Resistance In Diabetes

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: My friend's wife, who is 70, has a fasting glucose level of around 200. She is perhaps 40 pounds overweight with blood pressure of around 145/80. I do not think she eats an excessive amount of carbohydrates. She does take a lot of nutritional supplements. How long would it take a drug like metformin to drop her level to around ...Read more

Grab a Protein Blast Before You Head Into the Ring

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

Things didn't look good for Rocky (Sylvester Stallone) when he fought Clubber Lang (Mr. T., who pitied the fool) in "Rocky 3." Then Rocky started taunting him, "You ain't so bad!" Clubber lost his cool and wore himself out, and Rocky won the fight.

The lesson? Whether you're off for a brisk walk or a championship bout, it's important to eat ...Read more

Life Rolls On helps disabled surfers: 'Just to ride a wave again … is the best'

Health / Adventure And Fitness /

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. -- For a few minutes on recent morning, Nathan Bowser was weightless in the ocean -- a feeling that let him temporarily forget about the spinal cord injury that left him paralyzed.

Bowser, surrounded by volunteers ready to jump into action if he slipped off his surfboard, was all smiles as his body was propelled forward...Read more

Quick-dry towel is a must for your water adventures

Health / Adventure And Fitness /

It's a towel. No, it's a sarong. No, it's a blanket. Actually, it's all three in the form of Discovery Trekking Extreme Ultralite Towel. But here's a pressing question: Is it necessary for travel, especially if you'll be staying in hotels, where towels are plentiful and not the great outdoors? The manufacturer makes its case by pointing out that...Read more

New code may make 'turning off' cancer cells possible

Health / Health & Fitness /

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Cancer researchers dream of the day they can force tumor cells to morph back to the normal cells they once were. Now, researchers on Mayo Clinic's Florida campus have discovered a way to potentially reprogram cancer cells back to normalcy.

The finding, published in Nature Cell Biology, represents "an unexpected new ...Read more

Risks, Benefits Of Hpv Vaccine For Boys

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: What are your thoughts on the pros and cons of HPV vaccine for boys? -- L.P.B.

ANSWER: There are risks and benefits to the individual, but also benefits to society.

The HPV vaccine should really be considered an anticancer vaccine, since its goal is to reduce infection from the kinds of human papilloma virus strains that can ...Read more

Avoid the Cookie Monster

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

AVOIDWhen the Muppets' Cookie Monster grumbles, "Me want cookie! Om nom nom nom," his mouth-stuffing antics delight children and parents alike. But in Colorado, where recreational marijuana is legal and marijuana-laced cookies and other consumables account for 45 percent of the drug's sales, marijuana cookies can turn into lethal monsters.

That...Read more

Rubio: GOP needs 60 votes to repeal Obamacare

Health / Health & Fitness /

LONDONDERRY, N.H. -- Sen. Marco Rubio sounds rather bearish on repealing Obamacare anytime soon, even if he or another Republican becomes president.

Outlining his economic and foreign policy visions at a town hall meeting in Londonderry, N.H., on Wednesday, the Floridian said upending the 2010 health care overhaul law would take the support of ...Read more

Back to school: Know the warning signs of bullying

Health / Health & Fitness /

For many children, the start of a new school year can be very stressful, especially if they've been victims of bullying in the past. Mayo Clinic Children's Center psychologist Dr. Bridget Biggs says parents and caregivers should know the warning signs. "If your child is reluctant to go to school, stressed after spending time online or avoids ...Read more

No escaping medical co-payments, even in prison

Health / Health & Fitness /

WASHINGTON -- Not even going to prison spares patients from medical co-payments.

In response to the rapidly rising cost of providing health care, states are increasingly authorizing the collection of fees from prisoners for medical services they receive while in state prisons or local jails. At least 38 states now do it, according to the ...Read more

Spice of Life

Health / Scott LaFee /

A recent Chinese study that followed more than 485,000 participants over an average of seven years found that a spicier diet was associated with a reduced risk of death.

After controlling for variables such as age, education, smoking and family medical history, researchers found that people who consumed spicy food (mainly chili peppers) less ...Read more

Your Fat Chance of Beating Stress

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

In Monty Python's "The Meaning of Life," the maitre d' of a French restaurant (John Cleese) persuades the monstrously obese patron Mr. Creosote (Terry Jones) to have just one more little after-dinner mint. When Creosote eats the mint, he explodes all over the restaurant.

True, a healthy amount of body fat has great powers: It promotes ...Read more


Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: Please tell me about the supplement SAMe. I am a woman, 58, who suffers from osteoarthritis from my exercise routine, which is three days of heavy lifting with free weights and 15 miles of jogging each week. I love the workouts but not the pain it causes in my hands, knees and lower back.

I get relief from ibuprofen and the like...Read more

'Stand up straight': What healthy posture is and how to maintain it

Health / Health & Fitness /

ROCHESTER, Minn. -- Modern lifestyle factors, such as texting, reaching for your keyboard or wearing high heels, can create postural stressors that often cause muscle imbalances and injury. Having good posture is essential for good health; however, understanding what good posture is and maintaining it are hard.

"When some people try to work on ...Read more

Left for dead with gunshot wound to brain, Hope saved by a 'miracle'

Health / Health & Fitness /

FORT WORTH, Tex. -- Doctors had begun preparing Hope DeHart's parents for her death.

On Aug. 6, three days after Hope was left for dead on a north Fort Worth road with a gunshot wound to her head, doctors warned Paige and Mark "Randy" DeHart that there was nothing more they could do for the 18-year-old.

Watching the monitors that showed her ...Read more

Man, 79, one of first to get new device aimed at preventing strokes

Health / Health & Fitness /

SEATTLE -- A 77-year-old Lake Stevens, Wash., man with a serious history of stroke was at the front of the line this spring when the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finally approved a new device aimed at stopping a common cause of the often-deadly problem.

Edwin Dixon, a retired electrician and husband of 55 years, was the first post...Read more

Adults Only! Use That Back-to-School Feeling to Make Change

Health / Marilynn Preston /

I haven't been in a classroom for years, and still, as August slips away and Labor Day reappears, an alarm goes off in my brain. It's back-to-school time! Do I have my ruler, my pencil sharpener, my three-ring binder? -- three things that have no meaning whatsoever in classrooms today.

And still, I find meaning in that back-to-school feeling,...Read more

Screen Time and Alzheimer's

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

When teen idol Chris Hemsworth played a computer hacker in this year's "Blackhat," moviegoers wondered how someone who spends his life sitting in front of a computer screen could look so over-the-top athletic. Wanna know a secret? He can't!

The average North American adult (70 percent are overweight) sits for five to eight and a half hours a ...Read more