Almost 70 years ago a Swiss accordion player created the "Duck Dance." A few decades later, a German band performed the song at an Oktoberfest celebration but couldn't find a duck costume. They dressed the dancer as a chicken instead, and the world-famous "Chicken Dance" was born. It soon became a favorite activity at sporting events and ...Read more
DEAR DR. ROACH: I am an 82-year-old woman in good health. I recently had labwork that showed my TSH level is 6.14. I was told that I would need thyroid medicine because eventually I would feel tired and cold all the time. I do not have either of these symptoms. I'm usually warm when others say they are cold. I wake up at 6:30 and am ready for ...Read more
Cecilia Gray came home from work, only to smell the dreadful odor again. She knew just where it came from.
She walked through her living room and straight into the kitchen to find a pot on the stove coated with the burnt remains of food that had been cooking for hours.
She confronted her mother, Dolores Martinez-Graves, who had moved in with ...Read more
I have a client wanting to try intermittent fasting (where he has long periods of not eating) as a way to lose weight. Does it work?
First of all, a word of warning: It's a diet strategy that can be dangerous for individuals who take prescription medication, those with diabetes or heart conditions and pregnant women. Before you try it, consult ...Read more
DEAR DR. ROACH: My wife has been diagnosed with atrial fibrillation. Doctors tried an electrical cardioversion, but it came back after a few days. She is taking metoprolol and Eliquis. We have read about the supplements red clover, turmeric, omega-3 and hawthorn. Should she discontinue the pharmaceuticals and take supplements instead? -- J.C.
Actress Elizabeth Banks (Effie Trinket in "The Hunger Games") appeared in the 2012 PSA "A Little Heart Attack," about a working mother of two who is unaware she's experiencing a cardiac event. Banks' character is so absorbed in multitasking -- doing the laundry, taking a work phone call, making lunch for her kids -- that she never asks herself ...Read more
Stir-fried veal is a Chinese dinner that can be made faster than sending out for Chinese food. It takes several minutes to gather the ingredients for stir-fry dishes, but only a few minutes to cook. A stir-fry tip is to line up all of the ingredients on a plate or cutting board in order of use. Then you won't have to keep referring to the recipe...Read more
DEAR DR. ROACH: Short of sounding like a conspiracy theorist, why hasn't the Food and Drug Administration approved sildenafil in a set dosage for blood pressure medication? I saw a decrease from 150/90 to 115/70 in a reading about an hour after taking a 20-mg tablet. That's a far superior result compared with the medications I am on. -- J.I.C.
Shaquille O'Neal won three NBA championships (2000, 2001, 2002) with the LA Lakers, coached by the "Zen Master" Phil Jackson. During Shaq's initiation into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2016, he credited Jackson with helping him attain a higher level of play. In fact, he recalled how Jackson would make the players meditate before a game, while ...Read more
BERLIN -- Patients who come to the Havelhohe cancer clinic in the leafy outskirts of Germany's capital are often very sick.
Struggling with advanced-stage cancers, many need strong doses of expensive, cutting-edge chemotherapy that can run into the hundreds of thousands of dollars.
But like all Germans, none of the patients sitting quietly in ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Sens. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Patty Murray, D-Wash., who are pushing a major legislative package to lower health costs, announced their favored solution to handle disputes about surprise medical bills.
Those unexpected and often high charges patients face when they get care from a doctor or hospital that isn't in their ...Read more
You can make the all-star team 12 times, earn 10 Golden Gloves awards and get voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, but, as Mike Schmidt discovered, all that time spent in the sun may come at a price. In 2014, he was diagnosed with stage III melanoma. It had spread to his lymph nodes, lungs and brain; he had multiple ...Read more
DEAR DR. ROACH: My nephew has foot odor. Even after showering, his feet have a bad odor. His shoes smell bad and have to be replaced often. What is the remedy for this problem? -- B.C.
ANSWER: Foot odor is caused mostly by bacteria living on your feet. Bacteria thrive in warm and moist environments, so people who sweat a lot from their feet are...Read more
With the first Democratic debates a week away, health care is the top issue the party's voters say they want candidates to address, according to a poll released Tuesday.
But what they mean by that varies widely.
Nearly 9 out of 10 Democrats or Democratic-leaning independents said it is very important for candidates to discuss health issues. ...Read more
Wherever you happen to be on the rewarding and rocky road to a healthier lifestyle, you'll travel more gently and feel more joy if you learn to make friends with your Inner Critic.
We all have one. Well, maybe not Donald Trump. He just says what he says, does what he does, amazingly free of self-doubt.
But in most of us, the Inner Critic is ...Read more
In the satirical film "Idiocracy," an energy drink called Brawndo, "the Thirst Mutilator," has completely replaced water, which is used only to flush toilets. But then, it's a world in which everyone is living "la vida idioca."
In the U.S., too, a lot of people are drinking juiced-up, sweetened (or artificially sweetened) energy drinks. A new ...Read more
DEAR DR. ROACH: I read your recent column on pulmonary fibrosis. I especially appreciate knowing that there are medications known to slow progression of lung disease, reduce exacerbations and reduce mortality. With a 20-year-old diagnosis of COPD and having been prescribed medications to reduce exacerbations, you might imagine my interest in ...Read more
Did the Fonz (Henry Winkler) know that mountain climbers often get nosebleeds at high altitudes because as the amount of oxygen in the air decreases and the air becomes drier, blood vessels inside your nose can crack and bleed? Apparently he did. In one episode of "Happy Days," when he ends up sitting near the top of the cheap seats at a concert...Read more
DEAR DR. ROACH: My husband is tired all the time. He functions but frequently has to sit to recoup his energy, even after a shower.
He is diabetic and has been for over 10 years. He does not take insulin and manages to keep his A1C within 7.1 to 6.9. He weighs 207 pounds, and he's 6 feet, 1 inch tall and 75 years old.
His bloodwork always ...Read more
It's always nice when things fall together. Especially on vacation. Our recent trip to a state park with dogs and horses in tow was a good example. After a few minor delays I won't go into, we set out to ride and relax.
Food? The same rules for nutrition (let's call them guidelines...this was a special occasion, after all) apply away from home:...Read more
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- German patients get the latest drugs for just $11. Can such a model work in the US?