Health & Spirit



Bike Accidents Are Up for Adults, Down for Kids

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

David Byrne, front man and co-founder of the Talking Heads, is also an avid bicyclist. In 2010 he wrote "Bicycle Diaries," tales of riding his bike in far-flung places, from Sydney to San Francisco.

But one evening in New York, while pedaling back from an art opening (he doesn't own a car), he slipped and broke two ribs. It could have been ...Read more

Which To Treat: Racing Heart Or Cough From Gerd?

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: My doctor put me on atenolol for occasional racing-heart incidents: In the past five or so years, I've experienced only three or four such incidents a year, lasting five to 15 minutes each time. I also have had a cough for years. I have had lung X-rays, a medication trial for asthma and an endoscopy to check for esophageal cancer...Read more

Jeb Bush rolls out health plan aiming to make care more affordable

Health / Health & Fitness /

Jeb Bush, like other Republican presidential candidates, is vowing to repeal Obamacare, while making health care more innovative and affordable.

Bush's health care plan, outlined Monday in a two-page document, is light on details of how he'd change a system that accounts for about 18 percent of the U.S. economy. The former Florida governor said...Read more

What to know before getting the genetic test for breast cancer

Health / Health & Fitness /

CHICAGO -- A genetic test to find out if people are more susceptible to breast cancer is available, but how do you decide whether to get it? With a lot of thought, cautioned Dr. Nora Hansen, director of the Lynn Sage Comprehensive Breast Center at Northwestern Memorial Hospital's Prentice Women's Hospital. She explained what patients should know...Read more

World's oldest working scientist takes on Alzheimer's

Health / Health & Fitness /

URBANA, Ill. -- Professor Fred Kummerow needs money. The bio-chemist at the University of Illinois wants to study the link between diet and Alzheimer's disease, and he won't find out until next spring if he won a three-year federal grant for his research lab.

He's asking for donations to keep the lab going. That's all he said he wanted for his ...Read more

Flu Vaccine Hits Its Target

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

Last summer on "The Tonight Show" host Jimmy Fallon and Mark Wahlberg played a few rounds of Headshots, a bow and arrow game in which you try to shoot an object off your opponent's head.

Jimmy hit the mark about as often as the flu shot did last year. That's when, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the annual flu-...Read more

Facing The Recurrent Vertigo Of Meniere's Disease

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: My wife is suffering from Meniere's disease, a condition that causes, at times, severe vertigo and disorientation. Although she's never actually been diagnosed with the condition, after several months of numerous tests on her heart, brain, ears, eyes and balance, the doctors "think" it's Meniere's disease. It came upon her rather...Read more

How the debate over health care is changing — just in time for the 2016 election

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WASHINGTON -- With the first contests of the 2016 presidential campaign just months away, the national health care debate is poised to enter a new phase, more focused on consumers' pocketbooks than on relitigating the 5-year-old Affordable Care Act.

Hillary Rodham Clinton, who is campaigning on a detailed program to crack down on rising drug ...Read more

Why life after beating cancer can be the hardest stage of the disease

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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

Quinn on Nutrition: Healthful cooked pumpkin too often loaded with sugar

Health / Nutrition /

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

Statins and cholesterol: What you need to know

Health / Health & Fitness /

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

Nutrition News: Family Meal Time

Health / Nutrition News /

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

Typical Rash Of Grover's Disease Is On Chest And Back

Health / Keith Roach /

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

Vitamin C Is Not An Exercise Replacement

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

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

HIV vaccine to be tested on people

Health / Health & Fitness /

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

Increased detection of low-risk tumors driving up thyroid cancer rates, costs

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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

Well Living Lab to study creation of healthier indoor spaces

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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

Hang out in style in this hammock-tent hybrid

Health / Adventure And Fitness /

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

Embracing the challenge of trail running

Health / Adventure And Fitness /

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

Rare Cardiomyopathy Ends Football Season

Health / Keith Roach /

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