Health & Spirit



Bush says he misspoke about funding for women's health care

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As Republicans prepare for their first presidential debate, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush was forced to walk back a statement he made Tuesday questioning federal spending on women's health care as he appealed to evangelical voters.

Responding to a question about federal funding for Planned Parenthood, which is under fire over its fetal tissue ...Read more

Tennessee health care company buys LA firm for $1.6 billion

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LOS ANGELES -- IPC Healthcare Inc., a Los Angeles company that employs doctors at hospitals across the United States, agreed Tuesday to be acquired by a Tennessee company for about $1.6 billion.

Team Health Holdings Inc. of Knoxville will pay $80.25 per share for IPC in an all-cash deal it said would create "the nation's leading physician ...Read more

Study uncovers key differences among ALS patients

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Researchers on Mayo Clinic's Florida campus have identified key differences between patients with sporadic amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease) and those with the most common genetic form of ALS, a mutation in the C9orf72 gene.

Their findings, recently reported online in Nature Neuroscience, ...Read more

Why Kayak? What's SUP? Two Ways to Paddle Into Pleasure

Health / Marilynn Preston /

This is the time of year I get to kayak on a small wilderness lake in the North Woods of Wisconsin. Think loons, eagles, otters, herons, brats and fried cheese curds.

I love paddling Walter, my well-worn, 17-foot foot Solstice, and not just because it's an inspiring upper body workout. In less than a minute, kayaking transports me into the ...Read more

Is High Blood Pressure Blowing Your Mind?

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

From Japan (Sakurajima) to Italy (Stromboli), 41 volcanoes are currently relieving their high magma pressure, spewing ash that makes the countryside unrecognizable. In much the same way, if you have chronic high blood pressure, it fogs your brain, making it hard for you to see clearly what's going on!

Two new studies reveal that if your blood ...Read more

Reader Finds Marital Status Query Intrusive

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I recently visited an ophthalmologist. Prior to the consultation, his staff member went over a form with me, including my marital status -- single, married, divorced, widowed, partnered, etc. I've gotten questions like this in a number of doctors' offices, and it's on a form I've seen a number of times. I can understand that a ...Read more

Nutritional benefits round out watermelon's scrumptious taste

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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

How to deal with the common ailments of summer

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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

The Female Athlete Triad: Are You At Risk?

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

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

Erythema Multiforme Presents With Distinctive Rash

Health / Keith Roach /

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

How to overcome the top 5 fitness barriers

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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

Quinn on Nutrition: The value of vinegar

Health / Nutrition /

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

Hepatitis C drug can cure, if patients can get it

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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

Ice caps near FDA approval to prevent hair loss during chemotherapy

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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

Nutrition News: How Much Sugar?

Health / Nutrition News /

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

Help For Prolonged Vertigo

Health / Keith Roach /

Editor's Note: See new address in shirttail.

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

Supplement Smarts

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

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

Say goodbye to yesterday's iffy dental implants

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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

Research finally increasing on rare asbestos-related lung cancer

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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

Research Funding Doesn't Match Level Of Disability

Health / Keith Roach /

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