Health & Spirit



Parenting 101: Kids Just Want to Have Fun

Health / Marilynn Preston /

There's a short chapter in "All Is Well: The Art {and Science} of Personal Well-Being" about how to raise an active kid, and here's how it begins:

"I grew up loving sports. I wish I could say the same for French or algebra. Early on, my folks stepped up to the plate and made sure my sister and I knew how to ride a bike, hit a ball, swim, bowl...Read more

Lower your blood pressure to up your brain power

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

"Only one thing concerns me," says the doctor to Archie Bunker on an episode of "All in the Family." "Your blood pressure is 170 over 98. That's just a little high. Now, let me ask you, Mr. Bunker, are you the kind of person who gets upset easily?"

"No, no I don't. Ask her," Archie replies, pointing to his wife, Edith.

"Uh, only when he's ...Read more

Epilepsy can result from measles complication

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: When I was young, I had mumps and chickenpox, and one type of measles (German measles?) when I was 16, and the other when I was about 18. I had three grand mal seizures within 12 months after the second round of measles. I was told that the seizures were a result of the second bout of measles. I have been on anti-seizure ...Read more

Trump's deadline on 'Dreamers' reverberates through health industries

Health / Health & Fitness /

Karla Ornelas said she has "always had the idea of being a doctor, I've never seen myself doing anything else." The third-year pre-medical student at the University of California, Davis said she plans to become a family medicine physician and work in California's Central Valley, where there is a great need for doctors and especially bilingual ...Read more

Ryan says House would vote on Graham-Cassidy if Senate passes it

Health / Health & Fitness /

WASHINGTON -- Speaker Paul D. Ryan said Monday that the House would bring up a health care measure sponsored by Sens. Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy for a vote if it were to pass the Senate.

"It would be our intention to bring the matter through," Ryan said at a news conference from a Harley Davidson facility in Wisconsin, where he was ...Read more

Lindsey Graham tries to beat the clock and odds on health care

Health / Health & Fitness /

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Lindsey Graham's journey to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act that started as a lonely crusade has in just one week picked up both followers and steam -- but prospects for winning congressional approval remain murky.

Despite a handful of Senate GOP co-sponsors and high-profile endorsements from governors and ...Read more

With deadline near, Republicans' last push to roll back Obamacare gains strength

Health / Health & Fitness /

WASHINGTON -- A last-ditch Republican push to roll back the Affordable Care Act appeared to pick up momentum Monday even as opposition from leading patient advocates and health care organizations mounted, setting the stage for another potentially dramatic Senate vote on the future of the 2010 law, often called Obamacare.

Prospects for the new ...Read more

Graham pushes his health care plan—and his state's governor keeps his distance

Health / Health & Fitness /

WASHINGTON -- As Sen. Lindsey Graham races against a rapidly approaching congressional deadline for selling his health care proposal, his own state's governor is refusing to offer support.

"I'm studying it," South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster told reporters in the state's capitol on Monday morning.

McMaster confirmed he has had several ...Read more

Keep your kids active when they return to school

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

"Shut Up and Sit Down with 'The Sopranos'" was an evening Q&A/dinner theater put together by Lorraine Bracco (Tony Soprano's psychiatrist on the HBO series) to benefit the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation. Many of the stars of the series attended this hilarious event on June 7, 2017, the 10th anniversary of the last show of the series.

In that ...Read more

There are treatment options for diabetic neuropathy

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: What are the treatment options for diabetic neuropathy? What is likely to happen over time to someone with this condition? -- M.P.

ANSWER: Diabetic neuropathy is a condition of nerve damage associated with diabetes, both Type 1 and Type 2. It affects the long nerves of the body earliest, especially those to the feet, causing ...Read more

Why the unpopular individual mandate is likely to endure — for now

Health / Health & Fitness /

WASHINGTON -- The Affordable Care Act's requirement that Americans either carry health insurance or pay a fine remains the law's most unpopular feature. Nevertheless, a bipartisan group of governors is insisting that the so-called individual mandate remain in place -- at least for now.

In a letter sent late last month, the governors urged ...Read more

Nutrition News: Food Safety First

Health / Nutrition News /

So many families have been affected by Harvey and Irma, and unfortunately, the hurricane season isn't over yet. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and offer guidance on food safety issues after a hurricane or flooding, as detailed below.

The first order of business in cleaning up after a disaster is to assess all food and ...Read more

Face touching or pinching associated with multiple causes

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I have a grandson who pinches his face. He just graduated from high school and did very well. He will be going to college in the fall. He does not like to be around people, and when I ask him where or what would he like to go or do, he says nowhere. He does play a lot of games on his phone and TV. I have watched him and am very ...Read more

DHA omega-3 fish oil boosts brain estrogen

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

"To catch a fish, think like a fish." That's an aphorism repeated over and over in a New York Times opinion piece, YouTube videos and online seminars for entrepreneurs. We'd add: To think (period), catch some fish oil (DHA omega-3)!

A lab study in Scientific Reports found that taking supplements of DHA -- the omega-3 fatty acid found in fish ...Read more

It would be a really good idea to get a flu shot this year

Health / Health & Fitness /

Companies and pharmacies are already reminding people that it's time to get a flu shot, and the push may be more warranted this year.

A particularly bad flu season was reported in Australia, which has served as a rough measuring stick for the flu season that follows in the Northern Hemisphere.

From Jan. 1 to Aug. 19, 2016, the Australian ...Read more

Chia seeds make eating healthy a crunchy delight

Health / Health Advice /

I have a love/hate relationship with breakfast. Besides being allergic to everything most people eat for breakfast, it's just not my meal.

Dinner is my favorite meal. I absolutely love to eat, but I'm not a morning person and rarely do I rise with enough time to really cook or leisurely eat. I can hear my Gigi saying, "Breakfast is the most ...Read more

Diabetes Quick Fix: Texas Tuna Burger and Jalapeno Coleslaw

Health / Health Advice /

Fresh tuna seasoned with sweet pickle relish and scallions creates a tasty burger. Texans use peppers to add flavor to many of their dishes without too much heat. I have used hot pepper sauce in the burgers and jalapeno pepper in the coleslaw.

Serve the coleslaw on the side or spoon some on top of the tuna burger.

Helpful Hints:

-- Any type ...Read more

Quinn on Nutrition: Keep your family nourished during a disaster

Health / Nutrition /

I still have vivid memories of helping friends who experienced heartbreaking floods in our community several years ago. One especially exhausting day of trying to salvage what we could from water-soaked lives was interrupted with the precious sight of Red Cross volunteers driving through the neighborhood offering sandwiches and beverages. It was...Read more

Bernie Sanders, the man with single-payer clout

Health / Health & Fitness /

WASHINGTON -- The seismic shift in support for Sen. Bernie Sanders' plan to transform the U.S. health care system into a single-payer program indicates the reach the Vermont independent has within the Democratic Party.

At the same time that his onetime presidential foe Hillary Clinton is reminding people of the party's devastating loss last ...Read more

GOP sees offensive opening on health care for 2018

Health / Health & Fitness /

WASHINGTON -- As more and more Democrats come out in favor of some form of "Medicare for all" legislation, Republican campaign strategists are salivating.

In much the same way the GOP has tried to tie all Democrats to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi in attack ads, they're planning to tie all Democratic incumbents and challengers to different...Read more

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