Health & Spirit



Hi-fidelity earplugs aim to preserve both hearing, sound quality

Health / Health & Fitness /

PITTSBURGH -- For a long time, music lovers have been forced to make a choice: Go to concerts and fully hear the music while probably incurring permanent hearing damage, or wear earplugs that protect their hearing while distorting the sound of the music.

Enter high-fidelity earplugs, which are designed to preserve both sound quality and a ...Read more

Move It or Gain It

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

Don Pellman, age 99, did the high jump in college, but gave it up for the next 58 years. Then after retirement he decided to get back into track and field. He went on to win four U.S. track records in his age group (high jump, long jump, discus and pole vault -- including one at age 95) and set four world records. "You have to keep training 365 ...Read more

Promising Ebola drug protects rhesus monkeys

Health / Health & Fitness /

The newly refined version of a medication that showed early promise against the Ebola virus has proved highly effective in a small group of monkeys infected with the strain of Ebola responsible for the recent epidemic in Western Africa.

The experimental treatment, called TKM Ebola, is a version of a biologic medication made by the Canadian ...Read more

Weakened Immune System Comes With Vaccine Rules

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: My rheumatologist wants me to start Arava for my newly diagnosed rheumatoid arthritis. I have refused to start this medicine because the information sheet states to avoid contact with people who have recently received the oral polio vaccine. My 6-month-old grandson will be receiving his polio vaccines at ages 9 months, 12 months ...Read more

Diabetes Quick Fix: Seafood Kabobs with Brown Rice

Health / Health Advice /

Kabobs with a mixture of seafood and colorful vegetables make a quick, flavorful dinner. I chose shrimp and scallops for their texture and flavor. Zucchini and yellow squash add color and crispness. These kebobs need only 5 minutes to cook. The pieces will be crisp outside and moist and tender inside.

Helpful Hints:

-- You can use any type of ...Read more

Quinn on Nutrition: Lessons on heart disease from the ancients

Health / Nutrition /

Ancient Egyptians ate fish, birds, barley, dates, olives, beans, onions, cucumbers and food from domesticated cattle, sheep and goats.

Peruvians of old caught fish, hunted birds, deer and guinea pigs, farmed corn, potatoes and beans and raised alpaca for food and clothing.

Ancestral Native American Puebloans foraged on fish, rabbit, corn, ...Read more

Medicaid gap: Choosing between dinner and a medical test

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MIAMI --Cynthia Louis sees the bus bench advertising "Obamacare" near her Miami home as a reminder of a broken promise: that the Affordable Care Act would help her get the medical care she needs to return to work.

Louis, 57, has been unemployed since fall of 2013. Before then, the mother of three worked for Burger King for nearly 25 years, ...Read more

Hear, hear! Getting teen musicians to wear earplugs is a challenge

Health / Health & Fitness /

CHICAGO -- For New Trier High School sophomore Sophia Pellar, a pair of special earplugs recently donated by a North Shore audiologist has put an end to the pain she suffered when playing flute in the pep band.

Still, the Mozart-loving north suburban Kenilworth teen giggles nervously when she explains that the earplugs -- tethered by a bright ...Read more

Research indicates our skin color is evolutionary gateway to vitamin D

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PITTSBURGH -- All over the world, millions of people see skin color as a symbol of superiority or inferiority, whether they are conscious of it or not.

Others see humanity's array of skin tones, from white to ocher to black, as a positive mark of our remarkable diversity.

But Nina Jablonski sees skin color, first and foremost, as an ...Read more

Nutrition News: Carotenoids and Cancer

Health / Nutrition News /

Carotenoids -- found in foods like tomatoes, kale, spinach and carrots -- may play a role in reducing the risk of breast cancer, according to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

The study spanned 20 years and adds to a growing body of research on carotenoids, diet and breast cancer risk.

Carotenoids are a large ...Read more

Post-Surgery Heart Meds Are Necessary

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I just celebrated the one-year anniversary of my heart valve replacement surgery. The operation consisted of replacing my bicuspid aortic valve with a bovine valve. All went swimmingly, and I was back to work in two weeks. I recently ran a 5-mile road race.

My problem is with my medications. I am 55 years old and do not like ...Read more

Sex and The Seventies

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

People often are surprised (or even shocked) when someone in his late 70s becomes a dad (Tony Randall) or someone with a TV image as sweet as "The Partridge Family" mom Shirley Jones, now 79, insists that "old age and sexuality are not incompatible." But life and medical research clearly demonstrate that you're never too old to enjoy sexual ...Read more

Mental Health Doctors Can Be An Important Part Of Care

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I just read your column regarding K.V.'s concerns about anxiety and sleep disturbance. I take issue with your advice that she go back to her primary doctor. If a patient had cancer, would you send him or her to a general practitioner or an oncologist? Anyone needing help with medication for issues such as anxiety should be ...Read more

Aspirin's Cancer-Fighting Powers

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

Corbin Bernsen, 60, known as the irascible Henry Spencer on "Psych," is a smart guy when it comes to making sure he dodges the heart problems that run in his family: He's been taking low-dose aspirin for more than a decade and says, "You can't just take an aspirin and sit around and have 12 donuts and think, 'I'm not going to have a heart attack...Read more

Depression as Your Worst Nightmare

Health / Scott LaFee /

If you're prone to frequent nightmares, the underlying cause may be depression or, oddly enough, insomnia, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Turku in Finland.

The scientists surveyed the sleeping habits of more than 13,000 people over a period of 30 days. Almost 4 percent reported having frequent nightmares, more ...Read more

Go For Greens and Gain Yards of Brain Power

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

To date, 75 pro football players have spelled their last name G-R-E-E-N, notably the Cleveland Browns' Pro Bowl halfback/fullback Ernie Green (1962-1968), who gained 3,204 yards and caught 179 passes out of the backfield in his six-year career (while blasting open running lanes for his Hall-of-Fame teammate Jim Brown).

And the Redskins' speedy ...Read more

Poor Nutrition Leads To Infection Risk In Alzheimer's Patients

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: Our local newspaper just ran the obituary of a 59-year-old woman who died from Alzheimer's disease. I didn't know her, but I've known at least two other people with that illness. One has passed away; the other is in a memory-care unit. How does Alzheimer's cause or contribute to death? -- A.

ANSWER: Alzheimer's disease is a ...Read more

For one patient and possibly for many, cancer trial shows promising results

Health / Health & Fitness /

SEATTLE--A year ago, Meagan Mullanix was waiting to see whether the experimental therapy would work, whether her own genetically reprogrammed immune-system cells could truly target and destroy the cancer that nearly killed her.

Today, the 23-year-old returning college student is cancer-free, with no evidence of the acute lymphoblastic leukemia,...Read more

Weight-conscious smokers less likely to try quitting, study shows

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American women who believe smoking helps control weight are less likely than other female smokers to try quitting in response to higher cigarette prices and anti-smoking messages, a new study finds.

"We found that concerns about weight are a significant barrier to quitting among U.K. smokers and U.S. female smokers who believe smoking helps ...Read more

Ah-ha Moments in Mind-Body Med! Three Astonishing True-Life Tales

Health / Marilynn Preston /

I want to tell you three real-life stories to make one big point about the mind-body connection. It's real. It's not waiting to be proven some day -- it has been proven, with scientific rigor, time and time again. Your mind and body are communicating with each other right now, inside you, hormonally, chemically, energetically, whether you're ...Read more