Health & Spirit



HPV Vaccine Stands Tall Against Scientific Scrutiny

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

Legend has it that Paul Bunyan created the Great Lakes as a watering hole for his blue ox, Babe, and dug the Grand Canyon as a drainage ditch. To honor those feats, a 50-foot statue of Paul and a 35-foot one of Babe stand tall in California's Redwood National Park. And just like those statues, the amazingly accomplished HPV vaccine is standing ...Read more

Persistent Cough Can Be Tricky To Treat

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I went through many tests for a cough that lasted for 30 years. No treatments worked. The only sign my doctor could find was that my throat had scars from coughing that long. My allergy specialist had tried for years with all kinds of prescriptions, to no avail.

I am now living a normal life since a doctor prescribed tramadol (...Read more

World AIDS Day brings optimism for cure on horizon within five years

Health / Health & Fitness /

SAN FRANCISCO -- After nearly three decades of battling the HIV virus, Frank Brooks is daring to believe what once seemed unthinkable: A life free of AIDS.

"That is what I'm living for," said Brooks, 70. "I am optimistic, if I hang on, I will be here for that cure."

Long-term survivors like Brooks were buoyed by news Tuesday at the first-ever ...Read more

Coke battling detractors on many fronts

Health / Health & Fitness /

ATLANTA -- Coca-Cola's success as the world's No. 1 soda brand is as much about marketing superiority as it is about delivering a secret formula of fizzy sugar water to the masses.

But for some, the Atlanta-based beverage giant has become synonymous with the obesity epidemic, and the company has struggled to change that perception, especially ...Read more

UnitedHealth Group CEO takes blame for exchange push

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MINNEAPOLIS -- UnitedHealth Group chief executive Stephen Hemsley said Tuesday his company should have stayed out of government-run health insurance exchanges for a longer time period, and said the new marketplaces still need time to develop.

At an investors meeting in New York, Hemsley added more detail on why the nation's largest insurer has ...Read more

Antibiotics influence childhood weight gain

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Kids who take antibiotics during childhood gain weight faster than those who do not, according to Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health research. Still, antibiotics are necessary in some cases.

The study examined the medical records of 163,820 children between 3 and 18 years old to find the association between antibiotic prescriptions...Read more

It's Counterintuitive: Less Medicine Means Better Care

Health / Marilynn Preston /

"The cancer's back," a dear friend casually mentioned on the phone the other day. I gulped. Emily was diagnosed with an early-stage breast cancer more than 25 years ago. She had surgery, it was successful, and she went on to live a full, beautiful life as an artist, an architect and a Buddhist. Now, in her early 70s, she discovered that ...Read more

How to Keep Your Happiness from Eroding

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

Songs like the 1960s favorite from The Turtles, "Happy Together," and the 2013 chart-buster from Pharrell Williams, "Happy," raise our spirits and reaffirm how important happiness is. And scientists agree: Research shows gleeful joy and quiet pleasure dispel stress, bolster cardio health and help you make healthier lifestyle choices.

But ...Read more

Diabetes And Hypertension Often Go Hand In Hand

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: My 72-year-old aunt has both hypertension and Type 2 diabetes. She is not on any medications yet. If she took medication to correct her hypertension only, would her blood sugar levels normalize? Or, if she took medication to correct Type 2 diabetes only, would her hypertension be eliminated?

I need to know what advice to give ...Read more

10 healthy holiday nutrition tips to tame temptation

Health / Health & Fitness /

Holidays are usually enjoyable. However, unhealthy habits can be attached to the parties and gatherings. Here are 10 tips from Allie Wergin, registered dietitian nutritionist at Mayo Clinic Health System, to help you have a healthier holiday:

-- Don't skip meals. Skipping a meal with the goal of saving calories prior to a holiday event can ...Read more

Diabetes Quick Fix: Brandied Apples and Pork with Egg Noodles

Health / Health Advice /

Apples caramelized with brandy dresses up sauteed pork chops in this dinner that is great for friends or for a weeknight meal. There are many varieties of apples. Both Granny Smith and Golden Delicious apples will hold their shape when cooked. I prefer the tart Granny Smith for this recipe, but either one will work well.

Boneless, pork chops ...Read more

Losing your life savings to long-term care

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SAN DIEGO -- When he was growing up in Queens, N.Y., in the 1930s, Robert Raymond's family struggled with money. He remembers vowing that he wouldn't be in the same financial position when he got older.

"We had some Thanksgiving dinners with just franks and beans on the table. I didn't say this to my parents, but I made a promise to myself that...Read more

Teens, Antibiotics, and Weight Gain

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

In the 1980 sci-fi thriller "Altered States," Harvard Medical School professor Eddie Jessup (William Hurt) claims he entered an alternate physical and mental state by using drugs and an isolation chamber. Just recently, researchers at Johns Hopkins University claimed that people altered the physical state of their intestinal biome, where ...Read more

Health Professionals: Practice What You Preach

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I retired from a large hospital after smoking was prohibited in the building. At that time, doctors still smoked in their lounge, and other employees -- nurses, technicians, etc. -- smoked on the adjacent strip-mall property or in their personal vehicles. I imagine that the doctors no longer smoke in their lounge and are not seen...Read more

Study: A single energy drink may increase heart disease risk in young adults

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ORLANDO, Fla. – New research shows that drinking one 16-ounce energy drink can increase blood pressure and stress hormone responses significantly. This raises the concern that these response changes could increase the risk of cardiovascular events, according to a study presented recently at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions ...Read more

New health plans offer discounts for diabetes care

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Talk about targeted. Consumers scrolling through the health plan options on the insurance marketplaces in a few states this fall may come upon plans whose name -- Leap Diabetes Plans -- leaves no doubt about who should apply.

Offered by Aetna in four regions next year, the gold-level plans are tailored for the needs of people with diabetes. ...Read more

Quinn on Nutrition: Recipe for a healthful holiday

Health / Nutrition /

Funny how priorities get adjusted when you lose a loved one, especially one as close as a sister. So this Thanksgiving and the weekend, I'm not Christmas shopping. I am thanking God for the incredible outpouring of love and concern these past few weeks from dear family members and friends.

Thank you especially to the United Methodist Women in ...Read more

Nutrition News: Breakfast and Your Child's Grades

Health / Nutrition News /

Whether or not your child eats before school makes a big difference in how he or she does in school, a new study finds.

Researchers at Cardiff University in the United Kingdom found a direct, positive link between students' breakfast quality and consumption and their school progress. The findings were published in the UK's Journal of Public ...Read more

Widespread Testing For Hemochromatosis Not Recommended

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am 64 years old and was diagnosed with hereditary hemochromatosis several years ago, following an enhanced annual physical exam that my company provides. My condition is now successfully managed through regular phlebotomies, or blood-letting. I consider myself very lucky, as I understand that many people with hemochromatosis ...Read more

When Antioxidant Supplements Are Risky

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

In 2014 Buffalo, New York, had record snow falls (as they often do). The Buffalo Bills had to clear 220,000 tons of snow off their football field before they could even think of playing the scheduled game against the New York Jets.

But clearing out trouble isn't always the smart move.

When it comes to cancer cells, the last thing you want to ...Read more