Health & Spirit



Advice to a 7-year-old interested in becoming a doctor

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: My 7-year-old grandson has a question: "How can I be a science doctor like you? Thank you, Colton Fancher from Florida" -- C.F.

DEAR COLTON: Being a doctor is great -- I wouldn't change it for any other job -- but it isn't right for everyone. It's also a hard road that takes years of dedication.

The first part is the desire, ...Read more

The alcohol cigarette equivalency

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

In Paul Newman's booze- and cigarette-laced performance in the 1982 film "The Verdict" we watch a man struggle to find a way out of his smoky, alcoholic haze. On and off the silver screen, smoking and alcohol often go together, since alcohol can be a trigger that makes you reach for a smoke even if you've been abstaining for days or weeks.

The ...Read more

Americans overwhelmingly want federal protections against surprise medical bills

Health / Health & Fitness /

WASHINGTON -- Three-quarters of the public -- including a majority of Republicans -- want the federal government to protect patients from being stuck with surprise medical invoices after they are unwittingly treated by doctors or medical facilities that are out of their insurance network, a poll released Wednesday found.

These unexpected bills,...Read more

Again: Vaccines Don't Cause Autism

Health / Scott LaFee /

Another major study, this one involving more than 650,000 Danish children, has found no link between autism and the vaccine for measles, mumps and rubella. Multiple past studies have also proven no association, and public health experts consider the matter settled science.

The latest study followed children for more than a decade, beginning ...Read more

Even more evidence that when you eat is important

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

Sesame Street's Cookie Monster was on a recent broadcast of "The Wilder Project" on Sports Illustrated's SITV. When asked who his favorite quarterback is, he chose the Cleveland Browns' Baker Mayfield: "How could me not go with guy named Baker?"

Now, us love "CM," bad grammar and all, but we're not really cookie fans unless they're made with ...Read more

Nighttime urination is a common problem for men

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: My husband, 79 years old, is getting up five or six times at night to urinate. The urgent care doctor said he doesn't have an infection but doesn't know what's going on. He is taking Flomax, but that doesn't seem to be helping. Who should he see? -- E.L.O.

ANSWER: Urinating at nighttime ("nocturia") is a common problem for men, ...Read more

Boomeritis: Too Much of a Good Thing Causes Injuries

Health / Marilynn Preston /

Any body, at any age, can suffer a sports injury, but we baby boomers are famous for them. There's actually a term for it -- boomeritis -- and it refers to the high number of sports-related injuries that happen to people born between 1946 and 1964 -- the first generation of Americans who grew up working out, with or without the Jane Fonda leg ...Read more

Will regulators finally address supplement safety?

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

The teaser for the 2018 film "Vitamania," a documentary about the history of supplements, recounts a disastrous 1913 Antarctic trek. The last two remaining explorers, Douglas Mawson and Xavier Mertz, had to slaughter their Huskies for food. Later, they became progressively ill, with drying and fissuring of the skin and, for Mertz, madness and ...Read more

Gallbladder removal didn't stop formation of gallstones

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: My husband had his gallbladder removed many years ago. In the past few years, he has had six ERCPs to remove gallstones from his bile duct, as he is still making them. He has been told to drink lots of water but that there is no preventive remedy. Do you have any suggestions for how to prevent these gallstones from forming? -- B....Read more

Cancers controlled better when hit with multiple genetic drugs, UCSD study finds

Health / Health & Fitness /

Hitting cancer with an all-out salvo of genetically matched therapies works better than using them one at a time, according to a study led by UC San Diego researchers.

If the results are confirmed, it could change the standard of care for the worst of cancers. It would also represent an advance for the field of individualized medicine, which ...Read more

Woman's lethal cancer disappears after gene-matched therapy, leaving her in full remission

Health / Health & Fitness /

Less than three years ago, Teresa McKeown of Valley Center, Calif., was nearing the end of her struggle with lethal metastatic breast cancer. But after getting a drug genetically matched to her tumor's mutations, she became cancer free.

McKeown, 57 still has no trace of the cancer. She credits her turnaround to a clinical trial called I-PREDICT...Read more

Eat your broccoli and have sex

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

You know that Americans need to eat more fruits and vegetables. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says only about 10% of you get the recommended amounts: 1 1/2 to 2 cups of fruit, and 2 to 3 cups of vegetables daily. But did you also know that, according to the latest General Social Survey from the National Opinion Research Center, ...Read more

Caution a must to avoid refeeding syndrome in the very thin

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: My brother got very thin (112 pounds and he is 6 feet tall) from anxiety. When he gets really worked up, he doesn't eat. His doctor put him on medication for this, which she said would help him gain weight. Are there any side effects from gaining weight quickly when he is so thin? -- A.S.

ANSWER: Refeeding syndrome is a serious ...Read more

Parkinson's disease patients find their voices again with help from speech therapists

Health / Health & Fitness /

LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., -- The patients gathered around tables at Los Alamitos Medical Center speak clearly and strongly. It's no coincidence. The power of their individual voices is threatened by their shared diagnoses.

They are living with Parkinson's disease, a progressive, degenerative neurological condition that affects movement -- not just ...Read more

Nutrition News: Fatty Acids and Breast Cancer

Health / Nutrition News /

There are some cancers where diet can make a big difference -- breast cancer is one of them. Researchers at the University of Illinois in Champaign may have pinpointed the reason why.

"Scientists at the University of Illinois have found that free fatty acids in the blood appear to boost proliferation and growth of breast cancer cells," ...Read more

When talking osteoporosis treatment, expert opinions differ

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I'm a 50-year-old post-menopausal woman, and my first bone density test (DEXA) came back showing osteoporosis in a portion of my spine and osteopenia in an area of my neck. I did a FRAX score, and it indicated my risk for a major osteoporotic fracture is 4.5 percent in 10 years. I'm reading a lot of conflicting information about ...Read more

Discover omega-3's super heart-protective powers

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

Wolverine can regenerate any wounded tissue or limb; Superman has X-ray vision; and the Black Panther can smell fear, hear the unhearable and see in almost total darkness. Superpowers for sure, but they pale compared with the ability of a prescription form of EPA, an omega-3 fatty acid, to protect your heart if you have high triglycerides.

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Women's wellness: Causes, tests and treatments for infertility

Health / Health & Fitness /

Infertility is defined as trying to get pregnant (with frequent intercourse) for at least a year with no success. Female infertility, male infertility or a combination of the two affects millions of couples in the United States. An estimated 10 to 18 percent of couples have trouble getting pregnant or having a successful delivery. Infertility ...Read more

Measles: What you need to know about vaccines, outbreaks and staying safe

Health / Health & Fitness /

Once considered eliminated, measles is again on the rise with more cases this year already than in all of 2018.

Several incidents of measles in the Bay Area, including the recent case of a San Mateo resident at Google headquarters, have many wondering if they are at risk of getting infected. Here are some frequent questions about the highly ...Read more

Anaphylaxis usually happens within a few minutes of exposure

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I heard recently someone say that they had an anaphylactic reaction to a vaccine many hours after administration, say, 14 hours later. Can anaphylaxis actually happen that long after exposure to an allergen? This is a general question, not vaccine-specific. I've always been under the impression a reaction like this happens much ...Read more