For some cancer patients, the time after treatment ends can be the toughest.
Stephanie Logan still remembers the moment her doctor told her she was done -- done with four rounds of chemotherapy, done with seeing nurses more than friends, done with regular pokes and prods.
She remembers thinking, "What am I supposed to do now?"
"You're kind of...Read more
It was an amazing display of pumpkins at this roadside junction. Brightly colored pumpkins of every shape and size flirted with us to take them home. So we filled our carts (make it two carts) and hauled them home -- some for decoration and others for eating. And all for the fun of this, my favorite season.
Pumpkins are big business this time ...Read more
Almost one out of three. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, that's how many people in the United States have high cholesterol. Your body needs cholesterol, which is made in the liver, to build healthy cells. But too much "bad" cholesterol, or low-density lipoprotein (LDL), can increase your risk of heart attack and ...Read more
Studies continue to suggest that family dynamics have an impact on children's body weight, especially when it comes to certain parental strategies, according to research by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The group recently held its annual meeting in Nashville. Parenting strategies that can have an impact on children's body weight ...Read more
DEAR DR. ROACH: My husband has a terrible rash on his back and front, diagnosed by a dermatologist as Grover's disease. He is 79 and has had it for five years. My husband's internist said it would go away within six to 12 months, but his never went away. The doctor gave him some triamcinolone cream, and it helped, but the rash is still ...Read more
John F. Kennedy once said, "There are risks and costs to a program of action, but they are far less than the long-range risks and costs of comfortable inaction." These words certainly apply to a new study of obese people that found daily supplementation of vitamin C (500 mg per day, time-released) reduces circulatory constriction in small blood ...Read more
BALTIMORE--After years of research, a promising HIV/AIDS vaccine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine is moving into the critical human testing stage.
The school's Institute of Human Virology, headed by Dr. Robert Gallo, who helped discover the human immunodeficiency virus that causes AIDS and who developed the HIV blood test, ...Read more
ROCHESTER, Minn. -- Low-risk cancers that do not have any symptoms and presumably will not cause problems in the future are responsible for the rapid increase in the number of new cases of thyroid cancer diagnosed over the past decade, according to a Mayo Clinic study published in the journal Thyroid. According to the study authors, nearly one-...Read more
Exposure to indoor environments is at an all-time high. In fact, Americans spend more than 90 percent of their time indoors, whether at home, work, school, retail stores, fitness centers, health care facilities and more. But what many people don't realize is that buildings, and everything in them, can affect human health and well-being. Mayo ...Read more
Sometimes, in the outdoors, you just want to hang out.
This contraption -- is it a tent or a hammock or a crazy hybrid? -- will allow you to do that in style. You hang the hammocky thing, which weighs in at 14 pounds and is made of a cotton/polyester blend, from a sturdy tree and then kick back. Its website says the design was inspired by "the ...Read more
OTTAWA, Wis. -- Laura Mueller lives in West Allis and works downtown Milwaukee at the Pabst Theater, managing and marketing some 400 shows a year. She really didn't have much of an athletic background as a kid, but she loves the arts and respects the live performance and the connection an audience has with a performer in that arena.
So what is ...Read more
DEAR DR. ROACH: My 18-year-old grandson has just been informed that he has left ventricular noncompaction cardiomyopathy. He has been VERY active his whole life, playing football, baseball, basketball and soccer all through high school. He had no symptoms. This was found when getting a physical for college, where he was supposed to play football...Read more
When Cybill Shepherd recorded the "Menopause Blues" (it's on YouTube) in 2004, she crooned about "those hot-flashin', mood-swingin'" miseries. But we bet she didn't know that for millions of women with breast cancer (and men with prostate cancer), those symptoms are a direct result of their life-saving treatments.
Up to 80 percent of prostate ...Read more
We all experience periods of anxiety. It's the brain's way of getting us ready to face or escape danger or deal with stressful situations. For example, anxiety before exams can make one study more and, hence, do well on a test. However, at times, the anxiety can be quite severe or exaggerated in relation to the actual situation. This can lead to...Read more
Despite legalization (in one form or another) in many states, marijuana use has declined in a surprising demographic: American high-school students. Data published recently in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence indicate that pot use is significantly lower among high schoolers now than it was 15 years ago. Forty percent of teens polled in ...Read more
Dale Carnegie said, "When fate hands us a lemon, let's try to make a lemonade." It's rule No. 6 in his book "How to Stop Worrying and Start Living." But there are actually lots of other tasty ways to change your outlook from sour to sweet that don't call for added sugar.
The newly published SUN (Seguimiento Universidad de Navarra) study tracked...Read more
DEAR DR. ROACH: My husband has cancer in his bladder. It was found when he was having his prostate checked. He asked the doctor what caused it. My husband used to smoke and drink in his younger years and was told that those probably took a toll on his bladder. He has had outpatient surgery to remove the cancer and two small masses have returned....Read more
MIAMI--The average rate of cesarean section surgeries for Florida hospitals was among the highest in the nation -- about 32 for every 100 deliveries -- according to a study released Wednesday by The Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit that surveys hospitals for quality and safety measures.
The numbers, which were self-reported by Florida hospitals and ...Read more
E-cigarettes increasingly are being used as a less detectable way to inhale cannabis, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana.
A study published recently in the journal Pediatrics said 16 percent of high school students, with percentages expected to rise, are using e-cigarettes to vaporize hash oil or wax infused with tetrahydrocannabinol or ...Read more
Choosing the right antidepressant can be a daunting task. With so many choices and such unpredictability in their individual effects, patients with depression often spend months or years casting about for the right medication, while clinicians are often uneasy or unwilling to offer options other than their preferred prescriptions.
A new study ...Read more