On the healthy lifestyle beat, you can't ignore politics. Well, you can, but it would be wrong. Congress is finally having a go at redoing the shoddy and shameful Toxic Substances Control Act. It was passed 40 years ago, in 1976, to the delight of the chemical industry, and it should have been called the Toxic Substances Out of Control Act. It...Read more
The United Nations Office of Disaster Risk Reduction (sounds like something out of a futuristic British sci-fi movie!) boldly states: "There is no such thing as a natural disaster, only natural hazards."
If you think about it, it makes sense. Take the ever-increasing risk of breast cancer: There are a lot of natural hazards that play a role in ...Read more
DEAR DR. ROACH: Our 19-year-old son, who is 6 feet, 2 1/2 inches tall and weighs 130 pounds, wants to know if there's anything that can decrease his metabolism. He's always been thin and very active, loves outdoor sports, running, hiking, surfing. He's employed and will be graduating high school next month, but lately he is so self-conscious ...Read more
Serena Williams signed a five-year endorsement deal with Nike. American Ballet Theater prima ballerina Misty Copeland landed an Under Armour deal (we're thinking because under that grace is pure steel). These top athletes dodged one of the unrecognized risks of endorsements: touting products that turn out to be, well, potentially toxic! Plenty ...Read more
DEAR DR. ROACH: I lost weight, and had terrible symptoms. My gastroenterologist gave me several tests but couldn't seem to make a diagnosis. Long story short, it was chronic pancreatitis, which my mom also has (we even had the same doctor). There seems to be a stigma attached to this disease and a lot of ignorance about it. It can be inherited. ...Read more
Need another reason to hit the gym more often? It may help you stay cancer-free.
New research shows that people who exercise a lot enjoy a lower risk of 13 kinds of cancer than those who don't work out much.
In general, the most active people had a 7-percent lower risk of developing any type of cancer, according to a giant study from the ...Read more
In the first major overhaul of the Nutrition Facts Panel since 1993, the Food and Drug Administration recently announced changes that will be made to the Nutrition labels over the next two to three years.
While marketing words such as "all natural" and "made with whole grains" are often part of the manufacturer's package design, each line ...Read more
DEAR DR. ROACH: I am 76 years old. For the past three years, my hemoglobin has been very low. The lowest it has been is 7. I took iron for more than three months, and it made no difference. I have been checked several times for internal bleeding and do not have any. I have rheumatoid arthritis and take azathioprine. I was taken off my medication...Read more
Tales of My Large, Loud, Spiritual FamilyKatherine Agranovich
When Katherine hypnotizes her daughter Jessica to pass a math quiz, the teenager reports seeing two angels who give her sage advice. With that, the gates of consciousness fly open and the realm of spirit bursts through, propelling the Agranovich clan on a rollercoaster ride full of mystical ...
In 1996, Kerri Strug helped the U.S. women's gymnastics team win an Olympic gold medal when she stuck a landing from the vault with two torn ligaments in her left ankle. This superathlete overcame acute pain not just because of her competitive nature, but also because of her sense of being part of a community of teammates, coaches and fans who ...Read more
Cumin-scented pork has a hint of the Southwest. Adding salsa to potato salad completes the meal.
I like to use red potatoes for the salad. To help them absorb more of the dressing flavor, mix them into the dressing while they are still hot.
-- Thin cut boneless pork chops can be used instead of pork tenderloin.
-- Minced ...Read more
"Should I take dietary supplements?" is a question much like, "Should I stop for gas?" The answer depends on what's in the tank. In other words, only take dietary supplements if you need them.
Dietary supplements should be just that -- a way to get the nutrients missing from our diets. Still, real food is the best way to get the right balance ...Read more
DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 77-year-old woman who has enjoyed good health. Several weeks ago, I fell off a stepstool while trimming a tree in the backyard, bruising the shin on my left leg. The bruising has all disappeared by now, but a large (quarter-size), hard lump remains on my leg. I massage it gently each day, hoping it will dissolve. Should I ...Read more
After flying from Long Beach, California, to New York City in 1938, Douglas Corrigan filed a flight plan to head back to California. When he landed in Ireland, he also landed the nickname "Wrong Way." He blamed the navigational error on low light and cloud cover that caused him to misread his compass. That may seem amusing, but heading off in ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Massachusetts has replaced Vermont as the healthiest state for seniors, while Louisiana ranks as the unhealthiest for the second-straight year, according to a new report released Wednesday by the United Health Foundation, a nonprofit arm of insurer UnitedHealth Group.
Mississippi, which usually scores poorly in national health ...Read more
In medical science, there's something called the "obstetrical dilemma hypothesis," which basically suggests that a woman's pelvis changes shape over her life to adapt to different needs.
A young girl's pelvis looks much like a similarly aged boy up to about age 10. It's narrow for enable efficient walking. Then it begins widen in preparation ...Read more
Walt Whitman, the American poet, may have written "Leaves of Grass," but he was an advocate of what he called a "manly" diet: "Let the main part of the diet be meat, to the exclusion of all else," he wrote in a newly discovered essay. Well, ol' Walt apparently didn't know that diets without a balanced approach to nutrition can leave you starved ...Read more
DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 63-year-old female. I have been treated for high cholesterol since I was in my 30s. My cholesterol levels are difficult to control, and as a result I am closely monitored. My meds are adjusted accordingly. I find this frustrating but am used to it. My weight has ranged from underweight to the upper range of normal, where I...Read more
Dear Mayo Clinic: What is the best way to treat acne scars that are a few years old? How effective and safe are treatments?
A: A variety of treatments can be used to help reduce the appearance of acne scars. To be most effective, the inflammatory phase of acne that includes active pimple formation and redness needs to be resolved before ...Read more
Want a diet that might help your eyes? Think green.
Chicago ophthalmologist Dr. Jonathan Rosin recommends a diet rich in green, leafy vegetables, plus adding in two servings of fish a week.
"It's all the things that mom told you to do," Rosin said.
The federal National Eye Institute's Age-Related Eye Disease Study found that taking in high ...Read more
More than 60 percent of working-age Americans who signed up for Medicaid or a private health plan through the Affordable Care Act are getting health care that they couldn't previously get, a new nationwide survey indicates.
And consumers are broadly satisfied with the new coverage, despite some cost challenges and an ongoing Republican campaign...Read more