Health & Spirit



Stroke Awareness and Timely Action

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

Roberto De Vicenzo signed an incorrect scorecard at the 1968 Masters (the Argentinian's score on the 17th hole was three, not four). He overlooked that added stroke and that disqualified him from the tournament and a playoff -- the harshest penalty in golf!

Researchers recently did a study of stroke victims and discovered that two-thirds of ...Read more

Parkinson's or parkinsonism -- what's the difference?

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: Could you please explain the difference between Parkinson's disease and parkinsonism? My neurologist told me that I have parkinsonism. I have been reading about Parkinson's disease and read that with it, one does not produce dopamine, which regulates movement. My internist (a geriatrician) wonders why I am not on medication from ...Read more

Taking Candy From a Baby

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

In 1966, when Len Barry sang "1-2-3 ... let's fall in love, it's easy (it's so easy),

Like takin' candy from a baby," he was nominated for a Grammy Award. Len clearly thought it was a piece of cake to take candy from a young 'un, but researchers would disagree. Turns out, kids take to sweet treats pretty quickly if they're exposed to them, and ...Read more

A slow heartbeat can cause symptoms

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 65-year-old male who has enjoyed running on a regular basis for most of my life. I'm not an exercise fanatic by any means, usually running 4 miles three to four times per week. My resting heart rate normally has been in the 50s, which has never created any problems for me. But this past year, my heart rate has been ...Read more

Screening and treatment for prostate cancer are not obligatory

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: My husband, who is paralyzed on the left side from a stroke suffered eight years ago, underwent a prostate biopsy five years ago. The biopsy released E. coli into his bloodstream, resulting in several days of hospitalization with sepsis, and several weeks of rehab in a nursing center, where he contracted MRSA. Now his doctor is ...Read more

Tha Importance of Contact Lens Care

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

In the 1997 movie "Contact," astronomer Ellie Arroway (Jodi Foster) gets a message from outer space instructing her to build a machine. Hmmm. Will it destroy the earth, or redefine space travel? She and Palmer Joss (Matthew McConaughey) wonder what the real deal is.

When it comes to your contacts -- lenses, that is -- you, too, may wonder what'...Read more

Ditch the spoon or risk giving your kids the wrong amount of medicine

Health / Health & Fitness /

Doctors are urging parents to ditch the spoon in favor of an oral syringe to measure medicine for young children, arguing that using spoons often leads to giving too little -- or worse yet -- too much of a good thing.

They say the best tool for accuracy is an oral syringe or dropper. Even dosing cups that come with many over-the-counter ...Read more

The numbers behind Trump versus Clinton health-reform proposals

Health / Health & Fitness /

NEW YORK -- If Democrats keep the White House come November, millions of Americans could gain health-care coverage. If Republicans take it back, millions could become uninsured. A new study ran the numbers under the proposals of both U.S. presidential candidates.

Donald Trump's pledge to repeal the Affordable Care Act, President Barack Obama's ...Read more

Pulmonary hypertension is high blood pressure in lungs

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I recently was diagnosed with pulmonary arterial hypertension after a long list of tests. I went to Boston and had the CPET (Cardio Pulmonary Exercise Test). Since being put on the drug Letairis and learning my exercise limits, I had been doing much better. This week, I have had four days of complete exhaustion, was lightheaded ...Read more

Substituting BPS for BPA, Not a Good Swap

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

The Who first recorded the song Substitute in 1970, the Sex Pistols in 1979 and the Ramones in 1993. The first line: "I was born with a plastic spoon in my mouth."

Another and more recent substitute concerning plastic manufacturing -- it includes spoons -- happens when the hormone-disrupting chemical BPA (bisphenol A) gets replaced by BPS (...Read more

Can't sit still while reading this? Keep fidgeting. Research says it's good for your health

Health / Health & Fitness /

Finally, science comes to the rescue of those of us who have been told all our lives to "sit still."

Turns out fidgeting can be good for your health.

A study from researchers at the University of Missouri found that mild toe-tapping while seated can dramatically cut your risk of cardiovascular disease.

That's big news for a society that seems...Read more

Longer, But Not Twice as Long

Health / Scott LaFee /

Twins tend to live longer than people who aren't twins (another way of saying pretty much everybody else), report University of Washington researchers in a new study, and identical twins live even longer.

The data comes from the Danish Twin Registry, which contains information on 2,932 same-sex twins born between 1870 and 1900 who survived ...Read more

New Cancer Risks Piling On

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

In the NFL, a scramble for a fumble usually results in a pile of players, all vying for the football. But when a player is late to the party and "piles on," his team incurs a 15-yard penalty. (Ditto if he pulls an opponent off the pile.)

Clearly, piling on is never a good thing, especially if you're overweight or obese and piling on bad food ...Read more

Leaking lymph causes lower-extremity swelling

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: Forty-five years ago, I had ovarian cancer. I had surgery, followed by 30 radiation treatments. Twenty years later, I was diagnosed at first with venous insufficiency, then with lymphedema in my lower extremities. I was on spironolactone for 15 years before I was told that a diuretic does nothing for either condition, so I ...Read more

Chill out, ladies. Stress can erase the benefits of your healthful diet

Health / Health & Fitness /

Life sometimes foils the best of our intentions.

New research on women, stress and diet amply illustrates that sad fact. It shows that even when women greeted a new day with a "better-for-you" fast-food breakfast, that meal's expected health-promoting qualities were washed away by the carry-over effects of yesterday's stresses.

For women who ...Read more

Love Tennis, Hate Tennis Elbow? Ball's in Your Court

Health / Marilynn Preston /

The U.S. Open is over (goodbye, Serena and Novak, hello Angelique and Stan), but our love of tennis goes on. Sadly, so does the curse of lateral epicondylitis -- tennis elbow -- one of the sport's most common and painful injuries.

It's also the most talked about, with cures and remedies ranging from copper bracelets to controversial-at-best ...Read more

How Houseplants Can Clear the Air

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

In the movie "Little Shop of Horrors," Audrey II is a blood-thirsty, alien houseplant that devours humans to satisfy "her" desire to take over the planet. And although the potted plant manages to clear the air of some bad guys -- flowershop owner Mr. Mushnick (Vincent Gardenia) and sadistic dentist Orin Scrivello (Steve Martin) -- she's clearly ...Read more

How germy is that toilet seat, actually?

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: Like most women, I was raised to avoid letting any part of my body touch the seat of a public toilet. As I age, I find it more and more difficult to maintain "the stance." Just how dangerous is that toilet seat? What awful diseases are we chancing by giving in to our quivering thighs and sitting down? Millions of women want to ...Read more

Don't give children codeine for a cough

Health / Health & Fitness /

There are health risks for children who are given codeine for coughs or pain.

"Last year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) convened an advisory panel to consider the use of codeine specifically for suppression of cough and found little evidence of benefit," says Dr. Randall Flick, director of Mayo Clinic Children's Center. The ...Read more

What You Eat May Increase Alzheimer's Risk

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

If you could watch only Sergio Leone westerns ("A Fistful of Dollars," "Once Upon a Time in the West," "My Name is Nobody"), that steady diet of macho and mayhem might seem tasty at first, but eventually could leave you longing for something to feed your imagination.

Well, the same is true of the typical Western diet, loaded with red meats, ...Read more