Health & Spirit



Clinton's mental health plan shares goals with Hill effort

Health / Health & Fitness /

WASHINGTON -- Hillary Clinton's plan for mental health care has a lot in common with proposals in Congress to improve mental health treatment and expand access, including potential hurdles -- namely, how to pay for it.

The Democratic presidential candidate would aim to promote early diagnosis and intervention, especially for children. She would...Read more

School's In! 5 Ways to Jump to the Head of the Class

Health / Marilynn Preston /

This Labor Day is especially laborious. The fun of summer is over, the stress of presidential politics is curling my hair, and it's time to stow my kayak, sharpen my pencils and head back to school.

Who uses pencils? What school? I haven't been in a classroom since computers were the size of a tennis court, but that's how I'm hardwired to ...Read more

Making Mom and Baby Healthier and Happier

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

Around 1900, the average weight of a 5 foot, 3 inch American woman age 25 to 29 was 132 pounds; a normal weight. Today, according to a new report, 50 percent of moms-to-be (average height 5 foot, 4 inches) are overweight (25.6 percent) or obese (24.8 percent) before becoming pregnant.

That can cause trouble for Mom (gestational diabetes and pre...Read more

Help for IBS

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am 92 and in exceptional health. I have irritable bowel syndrome, and my digestive system goes through a cycle of constipation and loose bowels. I also have episodes of incontinence with clear liquid. I would appreciate anything you can tell me about this troubling condition. -- R.B.

ANSWER: While fecal incontinence is common,...Read more

Teaching medical teamwork right from the start

Health / Health & Fitness /

CLEVELAND -- There's a new building going up on the campus of the Cleveland Clinic. A very big building.

The structure will house the new Case Western Reserve University Health Education campus, eventually including Case Western's medical, dental and nursing schools, as well as Cleveland Clinic's in-house medical school.

"The idea is to create...Read more

True or Floss?

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

W.C. Fields once said, "Horse sense is the thing a horse has, which keeps it from betting on people." For some reason that came to mind when we read news reports on flossing that declared an Associated Press investigation (Flossgate?) had proved the practice wasn't beneficial.

Let's apply a little horse sense to this discussion. What the AP ...Read more

Surgery best option for ruptured appendix

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: A co-worker of mine recently had a ruptured appendix. The doctors did not remove it, but instead gave him heavy doses of antibiotics for three weeks. I thought they had to remove it. What is going on? -- D.M.

ANSWER: Surgery remains the preferred therapy for acute appendicitis, the inflammation of the appendix of the large ...Read more

Is strength training safe for teens?

Health / Health & Fitness /

Dear Mayo Clinic: My daughter is 15 and lifts weights regularly to stay in shape. Lately, she's complained about stretch marks on her legs as a result of weight lifting. She doesn't like how they look, but I'm more concerned that she is doing too much. Is weight training healthy for girls who are still growing? How much is too much?

A: Muscle ...Read more

Is your child snoring? It may be a sign of a serious sleep issue

Health / Health & Fitness /

Snoring can be a normal symptom of a cold or virus in children. But when snoring persists and children have difficulty sleeping, parents should take their children to a doctor to look for signs of more serious conditions.

Snoring occurs in about 20 percent of children and is most common among children between 2 and 6, said Dr. Marcel Deray, a ...Read more

Fiber to the Rescue

Health / Nutrition News /

For those of use trying to maintain or lose weight (and that covers most of us), there may be a simple answer that many of us overlook: getting more fiber in our diets.

The average American gets about 17 grams of fiber a day, but we need much more -- women need 25 grams a day and men need 38 grams.

If getting more fiber is the only dietary ...Read more

Bacterial infection in lung requires long-term antibiotics

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am an 80-year-old woman in good health. After numerous CT scans, a PET scan and a bronchoscopy, it was determined that I have MAI. I am aware that the standard treatment is 18 months of antibiotics. Can you tell me what side effects I can expect if I go ahead with this treatment? I am not comfortable taking all these ...Read more

Haul in the Oats

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

In the 1970s, the pop-rock duo of Daryl Hall and John Oates (Whole Oats was their original name) became one of the best-selling music groups of all time. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April 2014, they still tour today. Clearly, Oates and his partner are able to keep their career's RealAge forever young!

You can keep your ...Read more

Temporal arteritis requires long-term prednisone

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I was diagnosed in March 2015 with giant cell arteritis. I was started on 60 mg of prednisone, but it has decreased steadily and I am now on 5 mg. Can you tell me what prednisone does that's harmful to the body? I hear not to take it long term, but I might have to. -- D.M.R.

ANSWER: Prednisone does indeed cause many problems to ...Read more

Best Defensive Player: The Flu Shot

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

When the New York Giants' Michael Strahan was crowned the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year in 2001, he could never have predicted that one day he would be co-captain of "Live With Kelly and Michael" or on the team of "Good Morning America." But he sure has demonstrated that a great defense can give you a long and productive life.

Now, if you ...Read more

Not so sweet news: Doctors set new limits for kids' sugar intake

Health / Health & Fitness /

A group of heart doctors is calling on parents to stop indulging children's sweet tooths by curbing the amount of added sugars in their kids' diets.

The American Heart Association (AHA) is recommending that children under 2 consume no added sugars and that youngsters between 2 and 18 limit added sugars in their daily diets to just six teaspoons...Read more

Cancer now kills more people than heart disease in 22 states

Health / Health & Fitness /

Cancer has surpassed heart disease as the leading cause of death in California and 21 other states, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

That total is in stark contrast to the situation at the start of this century, when only two states -- Alaska and Minnesota -- lost more people to cancer than heart ...Read more

Obesity linked to 8 more types of cancer, studies show

Health / Health & Fitness /

ST. LOUIS -- Carrying extra weight is a risk factor for eight more types of cancer, according to a review of more than 1,000 medical studies.

Obesity is now linked to an increased risk of developing cancer of the thyroid, liver, stomach, gall bladder, pancreas and ovaries, plus meningioma, a type of brain tumor, and multiple myeloma, a blood ...Read more

Tall Tale

Health / Scott LaFee /

A century ago, Americans were among the tallest people in the world -- and each generation could expect to be taller than its predecessor. These days, we're coming up short. Or more precisely, shorter. The average stature of an 18-year-old American male has declined over the past 20 years; American women stopped getting taller, on average, ...Read more

We're Not Just Blowing Smoke

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

When Woodie Guthrie sang, "Let me go here one more time/And one more time," he was hoping to recapture a past that had faded away. When we ask you to let us revisit, one more time, the subject of e-cigarettes, we're hoping to help you capture a better future.

Seems every time we turn around, there's more bad news about these not-exactly-...Read more

With no symptoms, it's best to hold off treating CLL

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 75-year-old white female who recently was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia. My doctor, a hematologist, completed a FISH blood test, which showed it to be the type of leukemia associated with an abnormal chromosome called del(13q). I am in relatively good health, and my doctor says that at this time I show no ...Read more