Health & Spirit



You Want Change? Say Hello to Your Commander in Chief

Health / Marilynn Preston /

On this all parties agree: Changing old habits isn't easy. We humans are lulled by the usual things: getting along on five hours of sleep a night; the mindless munching of too many gluten-free cookies; sidestepping our workout because we're too busy, too tired, too stressed. We know we can live healthier and feel perkier, but instead ...Read more

Another Reason to Track Those Triglycerides

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

In the children's book "Matilda," when Bruce Bogtrotter, a student at Crunchem Hall Primary School, stole a chocolate cake from the mean headmistress, Ms. Trunchbull, she punished the lad by making him eat an enormous cake in front of a school assembly.

Ms. Trunchbull hoped to humiliate Bruce, but failed totally. She did succeed, however, in ...Read more

Loss of appetite from meds may be the cause of weight loss

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am an active 77-year-old male in relatively good health.

In April, I had some silent reflux causing mild asthma. My asthma doctor suggested trying Dexilant 60 mg, which stopped the reflux/asthma but started digestive discomforts, including loss of appetite, mild nausea and irregular bowels, but no cramps, pain or blood. I went...Read more

Replacing Obamacare will be easier said than done

Health / Health & Fitness /

WASHINGTON -- Campaigning to repeal and replace Obamacare was the easy part. Now comes the hard slog of legislative reality.

With some Republicans talking publicly and privately about a phase-out period of two years or more, and others expressing a desire to keep parts of the 2010 health care reform, the first order of business for Congress in ...Read more

In House majority leader's district, many depend on health law he wants to scrap

Health / Health & Fitness /

U.S. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy wants to repeal the Affordable Care Act first and replace it sometime later. That doesn't sit well with Victoria Barton, who lives in McCarthy's rural California district.

"It's like they dangled the carrot and now they're taking it away," said Barton, 38, of Bakersfield, an unpaid photographer and stay...Read more

Big Republican states could have a lot to lose from Obamacare repeal

Health / Health & Fitness /

WASHINGTON -- The Republican drive to repeal President Barack Obama's health care law just as soon as President-elect Donald Trump takes office already has hit snags, and new state-by-state data help show why.

Of the five states whose residents receive the most in subsidies to help them buy insurance, four -- Florida, Texas, North Carolina and ...Read more

Wake Up to Prediabetes

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

In Tom Cruise's 2013 Jack Harper movie, "Oblivion," it's hard to know who was less hip to what was going on: Earth's beleaguered inhabitants or their supposed controllers. Kinda like what's happening right here in the U.S.A. Turns out that more than a third of the country's population has prediabetes, and they're often oblivious to it.

That's ...Read more

Mild neuropathy may be result of medication side effect

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I have slight numbness and tingling in my feet and lower calves in both legs. It feels almost like my feet are going to sleep. I can feel pressure but not fine-touch sensation. I have been taking 200 mg of amiodarone daily for a year for heart PVCs, and that works very well. However, I have been told that it might be the cause of...Read more

Congress passes environmental health laws after states force its hand

Health / Health & Fitness /

WASHINGTON -- For much of the last two years, Democratic state Sen. David Zuckerman of Vermont thought he was victorious. For more than a decade, the organic farmer had tried to force companies that sell food in his state to label products that include genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

His legislative colleagues finally agreed to his ...Read more

Obama's health care law is behind 2nd straight year of faster rise in medical spending

Health / Health & Fitness /

WASHINGTON -- Public and private spending for U.S. health care increased to $3.2 trillion in 2015 or nearly $10,000 per person, according to a government report released Friday.

The 5.8 percent spending increase last year is up from a 5.3 percent hike in 2014. Both increases followed five straight years of historically slower growth from 2009 ...Read more

As more Americans gained health coverage, nation's health care tab ticked up in 2015

Health / Health & Fitness /

WASHINGTON -- Health spending in the U.S. picked up again in 2015, but the growth was driven largely by millions of Americans getting coverage through the Affordable Care Act, rather than price increases for care, according to a new government report that tracks the nation's overall health care tab.

The 5.8 percent increase -- which pushed ...Read more

Glycemic Index Debunked

Health / Nutrition News /

A new study finds that the glycemic index just can't be trusted. The study, done by researchers at Tufts University, found that an individual's blood sugar response to foods, which the glycemic index measures, varies widely.

What that means is your response to white rice can be totally different than mine.

Researchers found the glycemic index,...Read more

Urinary tract infections are common in both men and women

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I'm a diabetic woman. I keep getting urine infections. I can't get them cleared up, and I am taking antibiotics every month. Is there anything that can be done? My kidney function is good. -- G.D.

ANSWER: Recurrent urinary infections are common in men and women, especially as they get older, but for different reasons. In men, ...Read more

Apprenhensive About Heart-Health Apps

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

We know YOU wouldn't buy the Brooklyn Bridge -- although many folks have believed they did! Around 1900, con man George C. Parker sold it over and over (once for $50,000). During that era, William McCloundy, known as "I.O.U. O'Brien," also sold the bridge and spent two years in Sing Sing for his efforts.

But chances are better that you'd fall ...Read more

4 things depression-symptom checklists don't tell you

Health / Health & Fitness /

Let's just get this out of the way up top: I have depression.

That doesn't mean that I'm weeping inconsolably as I write this. Or that I need an emergency visit from Clarence Odbody, AS2. And it doesn't mean that I'm just a sad guy.

It means that I have a diagnosable illness recognized by the medical profession and the National Institute of ...Read more

Health law's test kitchen for payment reforms could offer tool for GOP ideas

Health / Health & Fitness /

Joint replacements. Cardiac care. Chemotherapy.

What do those things have to do with the repeal of the Affordable Care Act?

Economists and policymakers think the U.S. may be overpaying for such services, which helps drive up health care expenses for everyone. And the health law has a program that includes testing new ways to pay for care -- ...Read more

There is effective treatment for auditory hallucinations

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: Years ago, I went to a doctor for sinus problems. He needed to put a drainage hole in my ear. For a while, everything was fine. But now I hear people talking to me. They say they are hooked up to my head. They talk through my head day and night, and I can't get any peaceful sleep or rest. Sometimes they talk very ugly and vulgar....Read more

Competion vs. Cooperation: What Motivates You?

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

A recent University of Pennsylvania study found that college students' attendance at exercise sessions was 90 percent higher if they felt they were competing against their peers. But as Franklin D. Roosevelt once said: "Competition has been shown to be useful up to a certain point and no further. But cooperation, which is the thing we must ...Read more

Need pricey drugs from an Obamacare plan? You'll shoulder more of the cost

Health / Health & Fitness /

Substantially more health plans on the federal insurance marketplaces require consumers next year to pay a hefty portion of the cost of the most expensive drugs, changes that analysts say are intended to deter persistently ill patients from choosing their policies.

The class of medicines known as specialty drugs often treat chronic illnesses ...Read more

Poll finds Obamacare has widespread support

Health / Health & Fitness /

WASHINGTON -- Despite sharp partisan differences over the Affordable Care Act, Democrats and Republicans, including voters who backed President-elect Donald Trump, strongly support most of the law's key provisions, a new national poll indicates.

And although most Trump voters still favor repealing the law, often called Obamacare, an increasing ...Read more