A kidney transplant is a life-changing and life-saving procedure.
Yet, a new study conducted by Mayo Clinic and the University of Michigan shows that only one-third of patients who ultimately receive a living donor kidney transplant receive it pre-emptively (i.e., before starting dialysis). Less than two-thirds receive a transplant either pre-...Read more
When I heard that Temple Grandin was speaking an hour away, I jumped into my pickup and made the trip. Grandin is a hero in these parts and elsewhere -- a well-known animal behavior professor at Colorado State University (my alma mater) and an advocate for autistic populations.
Grandin knows first hand about autism; she was diagnosed as a young...Read more
For years, we have heard to eat low-fat or fat-free foods. Now, we hear about "healthy" fats in avocados, olive and salmon. What's the bottom line? Knowing the difference between saturated, trans, polyunsaturated (omega-3s and omega-6s), and monounsaturated (omega-9s) fats is key to choosing a well-balanced diet.
Saturated and trans fats are ...Read more
DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 73-year-old male. I see my doctor on a regular basis and am taking various meds for age-related ills. I had gout in one foot and then the other about two years ago, but I now have a burning sensation in the toes of both feet. It is not painful to walk, but it feels as if I have a second-degree burn.
My doctor says it's ...Read more
The Cowboy called Forgetful Jones is a Sesame Street character who can't even remember that he needs his horse to take a ride around his ranch. That's cute, except when it's children who have problems with their working memory.
That may happen because of hearing issues, ADHD or developmental difficulties, and it can lead to problems with ...Read more
Even by Super Bowl standards, the constipation ad shown Sunday was an eye-grabber.
The main character glances sadly at another middle-aged man who has just come out of a bathroom looking triumphant.
"If you need an opioid to manage your chronic pain, you may be so constipated it feels like everyone can go -- except you," a narrator says.
The ...Read more
We may not be able to change the world.
But we can make our own little corner of it better.
And that's what one determined and energetic gym teacher, Patty Kestell, did with her kids at an elementary school in Cedarburg, Wis.
Offering different vegetable taste tests every month, creating new smoothies, putting healthy food in the front of the...Read more
New cases of tuberculosis in the southern region of the United States have raised questions about this deadly disease. It's caused by bacteria that spread from person to person through microscopic droplets released into the air. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says there are almost 2 million TB-related deaths worldwide each year, ...Read more
I, Alexandra (A Legacy of Stehle's Door)William M. O'Brien Jr.
It began very incidentally. One odd occurrence after another. Then came the dreams. And then the apparitions. Alexandra and Stephanie had figured something was wrong early on. Then, one bright Saturday morning, Johanna appeared. Chased into her apartment and hiding in a locked downstairs ...
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
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