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Study: A single energy drink may increase heart disease risk in young adults

Health / Health & Fitness /

ORLANDO, Fla. – New research shows that drinking one 16-ounce energy drink can increase blood pressure and stress hormone responses significantly. This raises the concern that these response changes could increase the risk of cardiovascular events, according to a study presented recently at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions ...Read more

New health plans offer discounts for diabetes care

Health / Health & Fitness /

Talk about targeted. Consumers scrolling through the health plan options on the insurance marketplaces in a few states this fall may come upon plans whose name -- Leap Diabetes Plans -- leaves no doubt about who should apply.

Offered by Aetna in four regions next year, the gold-level plans are tailored for the needs of people with diabetes. ...Read more

Quinn on Nutrition: Recipe for a healthful holiday

Health / Nutrition /

Funny how priorities get adjusted when you lose a loved one, especially one as close as a sister. So this Thanksgiving and the weekend, I'm not Christmas shopping. I am thanking God for the incredible outpouring of love and concern these past few weeks from dear family members and friends.

Thank you especially to the United Methodist Women in ...Read more

Nutrition News: Breakfast and Your Child's Grades

Health / Nutrition News /

Whether or not your child eats before school makes a big difference in how he or she does in school, a new study finds.

Researchers at Cardiff University in the United Kingdom found a direct, positive link between students' breakfast quality and consumption and their school progress. The findings were published in the UK's Journal of Public ...Read more

Widespread Testing For Hemochromatosis Not Recommended

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am 64 years old and was diagnosed with hereditary hemochromatosis several years ago, following an enhanced annual physical exam that my company provides. My condition is now successfully managed through regular phlebotomies, or blood-letting. I consider myself very lucky, as I understand that many people with hemochromatosis ...Read more

When Antioxidant Supplements Are Risky

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

In 2014 Buffalo, New York, had record snow falls (as they often do). The Buffalo Bills had to clear 220,000 tons of snow off their football field before they could even think of playing the scheduled game against the New York Jets.

But clearing out trouble isn't always the smart move.

When it comes to cancer cells, the last thing you want to ...Read more

Marco Rubio didn't 'kill' Obamacare, but here's how he undermined it

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WASHINGTON -- An official presidential campaign account of Republican Marco Rubio pushed a lofty new boast this week, suggesting the first-term Florida senator singlehandedly did away with President Barack Obama's signature health care law.

The official Team Marco tweet said:

"Q: Did Marco Kill Obamacare?

"A: You bet he did."

Not exactly. ...Read more

Niacin's Link To Diabetes

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: A reader recently asked you about taking niacin for lowering cholesterol and what side effects might be expected. Your reply did not include the very serious side effect of diabetes. Although it may occur only rarely, it did happen to me, and to my brother. We had totally different experiences, but the same outcomes.

After a ...Read more

Older and Better at Correcting Mistakes

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

"You can't teach an old dog new tricks." That phrase has been applied to human seniors for centuries (it first appeared in a book on animal husbandry in 1534). But a new study shows that it's pretty far off the mark! Researchers at Columbia University and the New York State Psychiatric Institute recently found that with age you gain not only ...Read more

Turkey trots becoming annual Thanksgiving Day tradition

Health / Adventure And Fitness /

MILWAUKEE -- In 2004, world-class racewalker Amber Budahn just wanted to get together with her clients in honor of the Thanksgiving holiday.

The former All-American runner at Wisconsin-Parkside was a personal trainer in Cudahy. "When you see people two, three, four times a week -- every week -- they become a part of your life," she said.

...Read more

No weights? In these workouts, you are the machine

Health / Adventure And Fitness /

Never mind all those fancy fitness machines. Forgo the barbells and dumbbells, too, if you wish. These days, some of the fittest, strongest and most agile people around are embracing old-fashioned bodyweight exercises.

That's right, one of the hottest trends in fitness is to keep it simple and use the weight of your own body for workouts that ...Read more

Man has no memory of a freak accident that fractured his spine

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LOS ANGELES -- It was Friday night and Vamsi Polisetty was headed to Las Vegas for the weekend. But his bus was late.

The 33-year-old software engineer from Costa Mesa, Calif., waited at the Crowne Plaza Los Angeles International Airport, a 16-story tower less than a quarter-mile from the terminals. While waiting, Polisetty ambled into the ...Read more

Top Obamacare official makes tweaks as insurer complaints grow

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NEW YORK -- To reduce turbulence in Obamacare's fledgling insurance markets, the Obama administration's top health official is pushing to get more information to consumers about what they'll actually pay for health care, which can include out-of-pocket costs as well as premiums.

The changes are meant to help people choose coverage that fits ...Read more

Health-care options as physician shortage looms

Health / Health & Fitness /

The Association of American Medical Colleges projects that the nation will face a shortage of 12,000 to 31,000 primary-care physicians by 2025. So it's no wonder you may be finding it harder to find a doctor or to schedule an appointment with the one you have.

What's fueling this problem? The baby boom generation pouring into older age, an ...Read more

You're Sick. Go to Work.

Health / Scott LaFee /

We all know that when you're coming down with a cold or the flu, it's best to stay home. Most of us want to stay home. Many of us don't.

One in 4 Americans shows up to work sick. An English study asked why people (not just Americans) are so determined to work under the weather. It looked at data from 61 previous studies involving 175,950 ...Read more

Rekindle the Spark

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

Quiz: Who has 50 percent less sex: The couple with two kids; the couple with no kids, the couple who live in Paris or the couple who live in New York?

Answer: The couple who has a TV in their bedroom! That's right. No matter where you live or how many kids you have, if you have a TV in your bedroom, studies show that you're having 50 percent ...Read more

Myelin Damage Of Cidp Compromises Nerves

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: About eight years ago, I was diagnosed with CIDP (chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy). After several tests, it finally was diagnosed by a spinal tap. One of the effects of this disease is that one's toes feel as if they are asleep, and in my case, it made my legs very weak and affected my balance. About two years ...Read more

Conservatives want Congress to curb Obamacare aid for insurers

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WASHINGTON -- Conservative groups are pressing Republican leaders in Congress to renew a restriction on the U.S. government's ability to reimburse health insurers for some losses under Obamacare.

Organizations including Heritage Action for America, the Club for Growth and Americans for Tax Reform want the limits added to a broad spending bill ...Read more

Therapeutic riding is so much more than horse play

Health / Health & Fitness /

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. -- Eddie Brennan is all charged up. The hyper 4-year-old, who is autistic, has already charged through a puddle, and writhes as his nanny struggles to remove his shoes and socks.

But when Brennan climbs on the back of Kattie, a dark bay therapy horse, something magical happens.

The kinetic little boy becomes like Jell-...Read more

Study: Food restriction helps mice with kidney disease

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ROCHESTER, Minn. -- Researchers at Mayo Clinic have found that a mild to moderate reduction in calories effectively prevents and reverses polycystic kidney disease (PKD) in mice. The results appear online in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology and could have implications for humans with the disease.

"Currently, there is no FDA-...Read more