Doctors are urging parents to ditch the spoon in favor of an oral syringe to measure medicine for young children, arguing that using spoons often leads to giving too little -- or worse yet -- too much of a good thing.
They say the best tool for accuracy is an oral syringe or dropper. Even dosing cups that come with many over-the-counter ...Read more
NEW YORK -- If Democrats keep the White House come November, millions of Americans could gain health-care coverage. If Republicans take it back, millions could become uninsured. A new study ran the numbers under the proposals of both U.S. presidential candidates.
Donald Trump's pledge to repeal the Affordable Care Act, President Barack Obama's ...Read more
Finally, science comes to the rescue of those of us who have been told all our lives to "sit still."
Turns out fidgeting can be good for your health.
A study from researchers at the University of Missouri found that mild toe-tapping while seated can dramatically cut your risk of cardiovascular disease.
That's big news for a society that seems...Read more
Dear Mayo Clinic: Is it true that plantar fasciitis sometimes can be treated with ultrasonic energy? How does that work?
A: Yes. The treatment you are referring to is called percutaneous ultrasonic fasciotomy, which uses ultrasound technology to treat plantar fasciitis and other soft tissue problems. The treatment is showing promising results ...Read more
Life sometimes foils the best of our intentions.
New research on women, stress and diet amply illustrates that sad fact. It shows that even when women greeted a new day with a "better-for-you" fast-food breakfast, that meal's expected health-promoting qualities were washed away by the carry-over effects of yesterday's stresses.
For women who ...Read more
There are health risks for children who are given codeine for coughs or pain.
"Last year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) convened an advisory panel to consider the use of codeine specifically for suppression of cough and found little evidence of benefit," says Dr. Randall Flick, director of Mayo Clinic Children's Center. The ...Read more
Dear Mayo Clinic: What causes prostatitis, and how is it diagnosed? Is it treatable?
A: Prostatitis -- a general term that encompasses a group of conditions characterized by swelling or inflammation of the prostate gland -- generally isn't life threatening. Although it's less well-known than other prostate health concerns, such as prostate ...Read more
Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence appears to be in good health.
A letter released by Pence's doctor Saturday notes that the 57-year-old governor of Indiana is in "excellent general and cardiovascular health" and "medically able to maintain (his) high level of professional work."
"You live a healthy lifestyle and maintain an ...Read more
The Railroad ManJohn V. Pasquariello
Mike Vincente’s life hit rock bottom after being unjustly drummed out from the New Jersey State Police. Now a railroad cop, he thinks he’s nothing more than a boxcar babysitter. But while he’s on a routine call to roust yet another trespasser from the yard, Laura ...
It's worse for some more than others -- that annoying and sometimes painful blockage in your ears when taking off or landing in an airplane.
The medical name for airplane ear is ear barotrauma or barotitis media. It's when air pressure in your middle ear and air pressure in the environment are out of balance. Signs and symptoms may include pain...Read more
In anticipation of the upcoming harvest season, it's important for those in farming communities to be well-prepared and safe. Long hours, powerful machinery and isolated jobs all make the risk of farm-related injuries, which can often be fatal, quite high. However, remembering a few dependable safety practices and picking up a new tip or two can...Read more
NEW YORK -- Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said that as president he would use Medicaid to cover poor people who can't afford private health insurance, and make birth control available without a prescription.
The comments appeared to differ both with what some Republicans have proposed in the past, and -- in the case of Medicaid -...Read more
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 20,000 women in the U.S. are diagnosed with ovarian cancer each year. September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness month and physicians want to raise awareness in the hopes of helping spur earlier diagnoses.
There are several types of ovarian cancer, which can include cancer of the...Read more
Employer health insurance expenses continued to rise by relatively low amounts this year, aided by moderate increases in total medical spending but also by workers taking a greater share of the costs, new research shows.
Average premiums for employer-sponsored family coverage rose 3.4 percent for 2016, down from annual increases of nearly twice...Read more
Among otherwise healthy younger men with an early diagnosis of prostate cancer, foregoing aggressive treatment in favor of active monitoring spares patients an abrupt disruption of sexual and urinary function, new research shows.
But a long-awaited clinical trial has found that for men who watch and wait instead of treating their prostate ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- One candidate posts pictures of himself eating fried chicken and a taco bowl and says he's 15 or 20 pounds overweight. The other hid a pneumonia diagnosis until it knocked her off the campaign trail.
It took a while, but health has suddenly vaulted to prominence in the race between the oldest pair of presidential nominees in ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump added new mystery to the question of how healthy he is, recording an episode of "The Dr. Oz Show" on Wednesday with what the show said were results from a recent physical.
The show will not air until Thursday, so it is unclear how much detail, if any, the Republican nominee went into with the controversial television ...Read more
Dear Mayo Clinic: Are there any special health benefits to fermented foods?
A: The jury's still out. In recent years, claims of possible health benefits of fermented dairy or plant foods, such as yogurt, kefir, aged cheese, tempeh, miso, sauerkraut and many others, have gained the spotlight.
The digestive tract is loaded with beneficial ...Read more
SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- On a hot summer day last month, Sydney, 15, and Laney, 8, were enjoying their last two weeks of freedom before school started. The sisters tried to do flips over a high bar at a local playground.
"You've got to pull your hips into the bar, like you've got to kick up like that," explained their mother, Selena.
"I tried to ...Read more
How much should presidential candidates tell the public about their health?
Hillary Clinton, 68, was recently diagnosed with pneumonia, and the public didn't know about it until two days later, when she abruptly left a Sept. 11 memorial ceremony feeling unwell and needing to be helped into a vehicle.
If Donald Trump, 70, were elected, he would...Read more
Dehydration occurs when you use or lose more fluid than you take in, and your body doesn't have enough water and other fluids to carry out its normal functions. If you don't replace lost fluids, you will get dehydrated.
Common causes of dehydration include vigorous exercise, especially in hot weather; intense diarrhea; vomiting; fever or ...Read more
- Ditch the spoon or risk giving your kids the wrong amount of medicine
- Don't give children codeine for a cough
- Golfer's elbow and when to see your doctor
- Can't sit still while reading this? Keep fidgeting. Research says it's good for your health
- The numbers behind Trump versus Clinton health-reform proposals