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An App for Insomnia

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

In Christopher Nolan's 2002 thriller "Insomnia," Al Pacino plays a detective who accidentally shoots his partner while trying to apprehend a suspect. His guilt, plus the never-setting Alaskan sun (that's where he's investigating the case), rob him of sleep, even when he's past the point of exhaustion.

But you don't need nagging guilt and the ...Read more

Take a Facebook Break

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

In the movie "The Social Network," a fictional depiction of the founding of Facebook, tech entrepreneur Sean Parker, played by Justin Timberlake, remarks, "We lived on farms, we lived in cities, and now we're going to live on the Internet!"

Turns out, living on Facebook isn't as healthy as living on a farm -- not by a long shot. Two recent ...Read more

Questions to Ask Your Surgeon

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

In director John Hughes's 1989 movie "Uncle Buck," Buck (John Candy) is the last person you'd trust to baby-sit your kids. But a family emergency puts him in charge of his nephews and niece. Eight-year-old nephew Miles grills Buck about his credentials:

"Do you have a house?"

"Apartment," replies Buck.

"Own or rent?" asks Miles.

"Rent."

"...Read more

Shaving Points

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

One of the most famous point-shaving scandals of all time involved a handful of underworld bookies, some gangsters and the 1978-79 Boston College basketball team. (Point shaving is when a player tries to manipulate the score to fit a bet.) But it didn't work out too well for the co-conspirators; they all ended up suffering a serious case of ...Read more

Not Dead Yet Because of Cardiac Rehab

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

In the 1975 film "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," a villager (John Cleese) tries to find a place on the dead collector's (Eric Idle) wagon for the body of an old man, when the old guy proclaims, "But I'm not dead yet." That's the same happy declaration that tens of thousands of cardiac patients in the U.K. can make today.

That's because the U...Read more

Getting a Bang Out of Dietary Magnesium

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

The 2015-2016 New Year's fireworks display in Manila, Philippines, was the largest ever: 810,904 fireworks lit up the night sky for more than an hour. The pyrotechnics were fueled in part by magnesium, an element that creates an intense white light when ignited.

If you want to light up your nutrition and get a healthier bang for your buck, you,...Read more

Bounce Back From a Bone Bruise

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

In the movie "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan," Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy (DeForest Kelley) confronts a disheartened Captain Kirk (William Shatner) on his birthday and delivers a "Bones bruise" that's designed to get the captain going again: "Jim ... get back to your command. Get back ... before you really do grow old."

It took Kirk a while to ...Read more

Taking a Shot at Better Health

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

We did several tips last year about how vaccinations prevent illnesses by bolstering your immune system and how the benefit-to-risk ratio -- for ALL vaccines -- is 40,000-to-1!

We reported: The HPV (human papilloma virus) vaccine protects against most genital warts, 70 percent of cervical cancers, cancers of the anus, penis, vulva, vagina, and ...Read more

A Healthy Weight and Regular Exercise Help Block Cancer

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

Over the past year, major research has shown clearly that your risk for some cancers goes up as you gain weight. Here were the most significant findings.

--Excess body weight contributes to as many as 20 percent of all cancer-related deaths. And even if you aren't overweight, a fatty belly is cancer-friendly: One study found that men's risk for...Read more

Great Tips to Defeat Prediabetes and Diabetes

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Prediabetes and diabetes are rampant in the U.S. So in 2016, we offered several tips to help you get a handle on your glucose levels, if your blood sugar control is slipping away, because that's when you have a real opportunity to make your new year much healthier!

Get checked: If you're overweight, have a waist size greater than half your ...Read more

New Info About The Risks of Smoking

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We weren't blowin' smoke when we warned (over and over) about the health risks of smoking -- anything! We know you want to kick the habit: Over 80 percent of U.S. tobacco smokers say they intend to quit. According to Dr. Mike's Cleveland Wellness Center data, most folks need to try six times before succeeding. But it's worth it!

There are 600-...Read more

You and Your Smartphone in 2016

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

Let's ring in the new year with awareness of some of the health hazards -- both mental and physical -- that your smartphone dials up.

We reported: Researchers from the Mayo Clinic found that "cortical processing in the contemporary brain is uniquely activated" by the use of personal electronic devices, such as a cellphone, and that texting ...Read more

Targeting Successful Psoriasis Treatment

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

Americans spend over $71 billion a year on lottery tickets -- and scratch-off games are a huge favorite. But that's nothing compared with the $112 billion that's spent annually to deal with the itchy skin condition psoriasis and its associated health problems, such as arthritis, depression and cardiovascular disease.

Fortunately, these days the...Read more

The Sperm Workout

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

Feodor Vassilyev (1707-1782) fathered 69 children with one wife -- she gave birth to 16 twins, seven triplets and four sets of quadruplets. That's the largest documented number of children born to one mother. Clearly, fertility wasn't an issue for that pair!

But these days, one in three couples has a hard time conceiving because of poor semen ...Read more

The Real Facts About Pseudogout

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

There are pseudokudos ("My, that's a nice jacket. What street did you pick that up on?") and pseudomusicians ("It must be heavy lifting carrying that tune"), and then there's pseudogout, which is nothing to make light of, because there's nothing false, feigned or erroneous (that's what "pseudo" means in Greek) about the sudden, intense joint ...Read more

Let the Sunshine In

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In 1967, when "Hair" opened at the Public Theater in New York, no one thought "Let the Sunshine In" would become a world-wide chart-topper (sung by The 5th Dimension). Certainly no one imagined that the song's message could be the Rx for nearsightedness (myopia)! But it turns out kids 14 to 19 and adults 20 to 39 who put down the books, walk ...Read more

Night Owl or Early Bird, Does it Matter When You Exercise?

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

Apple CEO Tim Cook sends out company emails at 4:30 a.m. and heads to the gym at 5:00. LeBron James often exercises at that same early hour -- even when the season is over. Lots of highly successful folks use the morning hours to get their workouts in. But there are advantages to working out late.

A 2010 study found that postmenopausal women ...Read more

A Master Plan to Reduce Strokes

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

When 2015 Master's champion 21-year-old Jordan Spieth came to Augusta National's 10th hole this year, he held a five-shot lead after four straight birdies. But that was before Amen Corner. He then lost six strokes -- four of them to a quadruple bogey 7 on number 12!

That colossal, stroke-accumulating meltdown was bad enough, but it was nothing ...Read more

Dry Eye: Breakthroughs in Understanding and Treatment

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

Aoulef, Algeria, receives less than 0.5 inches of rain annually; Ica, Peru, averages 0.09 inches, and the Dry Valleys of Antarctica get 0.0! Those super-arid spots might sound familiar to the 3 million folks in the U.S. suffering from dry eye. Fortunately, they have a better chance of seeing sufficient moisture than those locales.

Causes: ...Read more

Get Winter Off to a Running Start

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trots got thousands of folks from Maine to Southern California and scores of places in between (Franklin, Tennessee; Tallahassee, Florida; and St. Charles, Missouri, for example) up and running BEFORE the day of overindulgence kicked in. We say, "Bravo!" to everyone who participated in this important step toward a younger...Read more

 
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