Health & Spirit



Quinn on Nutrition: When heating cooking oils creates possible hazards

Health / Nutrition /

In response to a column about tossing vegetables in olive oil and roasting them in a 400 degree oven, a reader from Connecticut writes: "My wife and I often roast vegetables as you described. But we recently heard that olive oil, when used with high heat, creates (compounds) that are definitely not good for us. We are now concerned about using...Read more

Nutrition News: Exercise for a Healthier Liver

Health / Nutrition News /

A new study finds that just 15 minutes of daily exercise -- regardless of intensity or weight loss -- can reduce the risk of both liver fat and belly fat, compared to those who are inactive. That belly fat, also called visceral fat, is a sign of poor metabolic health and a risk factor for many cancers.

The study also found that obesity ...Read more

Keep Looking For Cause Of Stiff, Swollen Knee

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: Two months ago, my right lower leg and knee became swollen, stiff and painful. My GP did an EKG (normal) and ordered a sonogram for detection of deep vein thrombosis. The test was negative. He also ruled out infection and cellulitis.

The leg is still stiff and painful, though not as swollen. The scariest aspect of this is that ...Read more

A Legacy Without A-fib

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

Actor Idris Elba may be the busiest man in showbiz, with seven movies in post-production or filming. And while he's always intense, his portrayal of a solider slowly unraveling in the 2010 movie "Legacy" was enough to make anyone's heart skip a beat.

Now the LEGACY Study from Australia reveals that if you have atrial fibrillation (or a-fib, an ...Read more

UnitedHealth shares up 3 percent as earnings top Wall Street estimates

Health / Health & Fitness /

MINNEAPOLIS -- Strong performance at the company's health services unit drove better-than-expected first-quarter results at UnitedHealth Group, company officials said Thursday.

Minnetonka-based UnitedHealth is the nation's largest health insurer. The company during the period ending March 31 added more than 1 million people to coverage through ...Read more

Florida governor sues feds over health care money, Medicaid expansion

Health / Health & Fitness /

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Republican Gov. Rick Scott announced Thursday he will sue the federal government for allegedly coercing Florida to expand Medicaid.

"It is appalling that President Obama would cut off federal health care dollars to Florida in an effort to force our state further into Obamacare," Scott said in a statement.

The announcement ...Read more

Lifelong Health: Disorders, Poor Habits Can Obstruct Good Sleep

Health / Lifelong Health /

What I would not do for a good night's sleep. For many years, I felt perpetually fatigued, and as I reached my 60s, I never felt refreshed upon wakening. After progressively developing a middle-age spread, it dawned on me one day that perhaps I have sleep apnea.

I saw my doctor and arranged to have my oxygen level measured during sleep. Called ...Read more

Vegan Does Not Need Fish To Be Healthy

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I have been vegan for 15 years. I avoid sugar, limit salt and have no caffeine. Recently, a pharmacist told me that I will not get proper protein unless I add fish to my diet. However, long ago, my doctor told me that my vegan diet was good and that I should take vitamin B-12 daily. I have been doing that daily. What are your ...Read more

Free Pedometer Apps for Smartphones

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

"Step right up, ladies and gents. Step right up!" Carnival barker Gabby Gilfoil (W.C. Fields) in the silent 1927 film "Two Flaming Youths" enticed passersby to try a new experience. And we'd like to get you to step right up, too, and get your free step-counter app for your smartphone! It can help you reduce your risk of heart disease; improve ...Read more

Is reconciliation a real challenge to Obamacare?

Health / Health & Fitness /

WASHINGTON -- Even if some Republicans don't really want to go there, even if it's an exercise in futility, many are convinced the guaranteed-to-be-vetoed process of budget reconciliation promises to put Obamacare at the center of the 2016 debate.

And that, conservatives say, is exactly where they want it.

Reconciliation is the optional ...Read more