Health & Spirit

Making Mom and Baby Healthier and Happier

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

Around 1900, the average weight of a 5 foot, 3 inch American woman age 25 to 29 was 132 pounds; a normal weight. Today, according to a new report, 50 percent of moms-to-be (average height 5 foot, 4 inches) are overweight (25.6 percent) or obese (24.8 percent) before becoming pregnant.

That can cause trouble for Mom (gestational diabetes and pre...Read more

True or Floss?

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

W.C. Fields once said, "Horse sense is the thing a horse has, which keeps it from betting on people." For some reason that came to mind when we read news reports on flossing that declared an Associated Press investigation (Flossgate?) had proved the practice wasn't beneficial.

Let's apply a little horse sense to this discussion. What the AP ...Read more

Haul in the Oats

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

In the 1970s, the pop-rock duo of Daryl Hall and John Oates (Whole Oats was their original name) became one of the best-selling music groups of all time. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April 2014, they still tour today. Clearly, Oates and his partner are able to keep their career's RealAge forever young!

You can keep your ...Read more

Best Defensive Player: The Flu Shot

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

When the New York Giants' Michael Strahan was crowned the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year in 2001, he could never have predicted that one day he would be co-captain of "Live With Kelly and Michael" or on the team of "Good Morning America." But he sure has demonstrated that a great defense can give you a long and productive life.

Now, if you ...Read more

We're Not Just Blowing Smoke

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When Woodie Guthrie sang, "Let me go here one more time/And one more time," he was hoping to recapture a past that had faded away. When we ask you to let us revisit, one more time, the subject of e-cigarettes, we're hoping to help you capture a better future.

Seems every time we turn around, there's more bad news about these not-exactly-...Read more

The Olympic-Size Benefit of an Hour of Daily Exercise

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

As the Summer Olympics come to a close, it's an excellent time to think about... the U.S. Men's Olympic Basketball team? No, they got plenty of attention. We're thinking more about new insights from a study about exercise that began at the start of the 2012 Olympic cycle.

Researchers set out to test the findings of a study published in the ...Read more

Something's Fishy Here

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

Once again, headline-grabbing health news is sending folks into a whirl, just like ... well ... exactly which political news story should we cite? How about this one: On Nov. 3, 1948, the Chicago Tribune printed the front-page headline, "Dewey Defeats Truman." That was just plain wrong, and so may be recent headlines declaring that eating any ...Read more

Keep Kids Away from Sports Drinks

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

Gatorade was invented by the University of Florida Gators' medical team in 1965 -- it's dehydrating to play sports in the tropics. But it wasn't until 1991, when Michael Jordan signed on as its celebrity sponsor, that the sports drink became a go-to beverage for kids. The brand's slogan, "Be like Mike," encouraged way-too-young fans to gulp it ...Read more

Ringing the Bell On Ringing in the Ears

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

When folksinger Phil Ochs crooned, "What's that I hear now ringing in my ear/ I've heard that sound before./ What's that I hear now ringing in my ear/I hear it more and more," he wasn't describing tinnitus, but he could have been. (He was describing the push for civil rights.)

Tinnitus is a continuous or pulsating sound only you can hear; it's ...Read more

Preventing a Middle-Age Slump

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

Satchel Paige was around 60 when he took the mound for the last time in 1965, throwing three shutout innings for the Kansas City Athletics. Clearly this super-star of the Negro League and the majors embodied one of his favorite sayings: "Age is a question of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter."

But a new study reveals that ...Read more

The Accuracy of Fertility Apps

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

At age 73, Mick Jagger is about to become a dad for the eighth time, this time with girlfriend Melanie Hamrick, a 29-year-old ballerina. Now, we don't know if she used a fertility app and the pregnancy was planned, or maybe she used a fertility app incorrectly and it was unplanned. There may have been no fertility apps involved at all, but for ...Read more

Gestational Diabetes and the Power of Breastfeeding

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

When Mariah Carey developed gestational diabetes mellitus before she delivered twins in April of 2011, she hoped giving birth would put her worries about diabetes behind her! And a new study shows she might have done just that, since she breastfed the twins from April until July.

That's just enough time to afford her protection from developing...Read more

A Stroke of Good Health

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

At this year's Rio Olympics, the U.S. women's eight rowing squad, which has won every world title and Olympic gold medal since 2006, is lead by coxswain Katelin Snyder. Her calls of "stroke, stroke, stroke," echo through the amazing Lagoa Stadium (a huge lake with bleachers!), pacing her team to victory.

For most folks, however, a stroke is ...Read more

Getting Your Couchasarus to Move

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The world's largest dinosaur, with an 8-foot-long thighbone, was unearthed in Argentina this year. The vegetarian giant, dubbed Titanosaur, seems to have kept its 70-ton skeleton healthy by roaming the pampas feasting on nutrient-rich vegetation.

Fast-forward to 2016: Millions of vegetable-avoiding, youthful, 60- to 125-pound Couchasauruses are...Read more

How Sleep Protects Your Child from Obesity

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"Rock-a-bye Baby" may seem like a harsh song to sing as you put a child to sleep ("When the bough breaks, the cradle will fall/and down will come baby, cradle and all"). But millions of little ones have dozed off contentedly to the sweet melody that delivers the threatening news.

Well, researchers at Ohio State University College of Public ...Read more

Making Super-Nutrition Irresistible

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What do you call consumers who want to buy everything they see advertised and don't care what it costs? Children. That's why advertising to kids is so powerful -- and dangerous.

According to the American Psychological Association, the average child in the U.S. sees more than 40,000 ads annually, many of which are designed to make snacks, sweets...Read more

Five Foods That Quiet Your Appetite and Lower LDL

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It takes five starters to get a basketball team on court, but -- as the Cleveland Cavaliers effectively demonstrated this year -- you need another set of healthy players who can come off the bench if you want to win a championship.

That same balance of all-star frontmen and a reliable backup is required for a healthy diet. Five foods should be ...Read more

Dancing Away from Chemo-Induced Neuropathy

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When Tina Fey played real-life war correspondent Kim Barker in the movie "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot," some reviewers thought the script was off-balance. The usually sure-footed Fey seemed to stumble in this offering. And that's a shame since it's been proved that a good tango (and we bet a foxtrot) can do a lot for your balance!

Researchers at ...Read more

Boost Your ERA with Healthy Fats

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BoHeading into the 2016 season, Kansas City Royal's Wade Davis was the best relief pitcher around. His ERA was 0.97 in 139 1/3 innings! But inflammation in his forearm halted his amazing performance just before the July All-Star break. And inflammation can bench even the strongest of you too.

If you're eating inflammation-inducing trans fats (...Read more

Que Pasta

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

We couldn't help but laugh and shake our heads when we saw the headline, "Pasta is not fattening -- quite the opposite, Italian study finds," and then read the associated article asserting that pasta IS NOT associated with obesity.

First, there's a language problem: The opposite of "Pasta is not fattening" is "Pasta is fattening!" Second, the ...Read more


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