Watermelon may be the best picnic dessert nature ever created with its sweet juice cleverly bound inside that spongy red (sometimes yellow) matrix, and fully protected by psychedelic green rind.
Talk about a party orb.
But much like the thespian whose good looks overshadow brilliant acting skills, the watermelon's sweet, colorful qualities ...Read more
It's a beautiful summer -- and you're an itchy, sunburned, broken-boned mess stuck inside.
Sadly, summer is the time when many people are inclined to have a multitude of ailments, ranging from broken bones to bug bites.
"In the summer, rather than staying at your safe little desk, you're out doing things," said Roy Archambault, a podiatrist ...Read more
In the movie "Rush Hour 3," Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker race, and stumble, across Paris trying to protect a French woman from the menace of a criminal organization called The Triad. But the danger they fear from The Triad is nothing compared to the dangers of what the Journal of the American College of Orthopedic Surgeons identifies as the ...Read more
DEAR DR. ROACH: My sister broke out in a full-body rash of red, itchy blotches, and her doctor told her it was erythema multiforme. It is rare, and he sees only a few cases per year. Could you elaborate more on it -- causes, treatment, etc.? -- A.M.
ANSWER: Erythema multiforme is a skin condition with a characteristic rash -- it looks like a ...Read more
Sticking to a regular exercise schedule isn't easy. After all, there are plenty of potential hindrances -- time, boredom, injuries, self-confidence. But these issues don't need to stand in your way.
Darcy Reber, nurse practitioner at Mayo Clinic Health System in Cannon Falls, shares practical strategies for overcoming common barriers to fitness...Read more
I was doing my usual stop-fooling-around-and-write-your column dance with myself this week when I happened across an article in a recent issue of the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. "Is vinegar an effective treatment for blood sugar control or weight loss?" the article began. I stopped fooling around to find out.
Vinegar is a...Read more
BALTIMORE -- A wonder drug came on the market two years ago that cures hepatitis C, a potentially deadly liver disease afflicting millions of Americans, killing 15,000 a year.
The problem is, many patients could not afford it. A standard course of Sovaldi cost $84,000, or $1,000 a day. And many insurers would not approve it for any but the ...Read more
PITTSBURGH -- As a baby, Kim Nyalka's now 7-year-old daughter would twist her fingers through her mother's hair as she fell asleep, and playing with her mother's hair is still a treasured habit.
So when Nyalka found out that she'd have to have chemotherapy for breast cancer, she started first looking into wigs, and then into scalp cooling -- a ...Read more
Look at a food label and you'll see the amount of fat, cholesterol, sodium and even sugar. Everything but the sugar is also listed as a percent daily value -- the percentage of recommended daily calories for a particular nutrient. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is proposing to change that. The agency wants food labels to include more ...Read more
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DEAR DR. ROACH: My husband had open heart surgery and has a pacemaker. He fell while getting out of the car, and his cardiologist recommended that he see an ENT doctor, who said he has the worst case of vertigo there is. He had a CT scan, but nothing showed up. Ever since then, he needs to sit down ...Read more
When the Portland Thorns' star player, Tobin Heath, isn't scoring goals for the U.S. World Cup Champion Women's Soccer League team, she and other women soccer players across the U.S. and Canada are trying to figure out how to supplement their income. While playing on the national team, you earn a living wage, but back on a local team, salaries ...Read more
An apple a day may keep the doctor away for most people, but for Jolanta Garbarz, one bite of an apple used to send her straight to her dentist's chair.
"My teeth would break," Garbarz said.
So a few years ago, the Schaumburg, Ill., resident forked over more than $30,000 and asked her dentist to replace the top teeth in her mouth with implants...Read more
BALTIMORE -- While the use of asbestos peaked about 40 years ago, the number of cases of the rare but deadly cancer it causes has not declined.
Every year, doctors diagnose about 3,000 new cases of mesothelioma after patients come in with a cough, fever, fatigue, excessive sweating and pain in the chest. In most cases the disease already has ...Read more
DEAR DR. ROACH: I read a lot about research for cancer and HIV, and nothing about money spent for help with arthritis. That one strikes almost everybody, with age. Is some research in progress for inventing a substance that can be sprayed on joints afflicted with a loss of cartilage to make them slippery? How much money is provided for arthritis...Read more
Roald Dahl, who wrote "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," was buried with a good supply of chocolate and red wine, along with snooker cues, pencils and a power saw. Apparently, he knew chocolate and red wine are two healthful choices. (We're not sure what to make of the other supplies!)
Red wine in moderation has long been touted as heart-...Read more
MILWAUKEE -- Flo knows explosives.
She knows how to find buried IEDs, how to detect the smells of more than 50 types of chemicals, and how to alert her handler when she finds something designed by humans to kill humans.
Flo knows love.
She knows the unconditional affection of the Marine who stayed by her side for seven intense months in ...Read more
Among the traditional rites at high-school reunions and similar events is the universal assessment of attendees who have hardly seemed to age and those who have, well, gotten "really old." Scientists are not immune to such observations. The Dunedin Study in New Zealand has tracked the lives of 1,000 Dunedin residents, all born in 1972 or 1973,...Read more
In the 1960s, the Detroit Lions' Roger Brown was the NFL's first regular player to weigh 300 pounds. In 2014, when 256 players entered the league, 57 weighed in at 300 pounds or more! That trend mirrors the ever-increasing weight of all Americans. This year for the first time, according to a new study published in JAMA, there are more obese ...Read more
DEAR DR. ROACH: Have you heard that lymphoma patients are more likely than others to develop blood clots after surgery? I nearly died of a pulmonary embolus six days after hernia surgery. I have indolent non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and never have had chemotherapy or radiation treatment. -- P.R.
ANSWER: People with many different types of cancers are...Read more
WASHINGTON -- The total amount America spends on health care will rise modestly over the next decade, continuing a trend that began during the recession, according to new projections from government economists.
However, national health spending is still expected to outpace economic growth, threatening to make medical care increasingly ...Read more