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Study: Women on this diet are 33% more likely to break a hip

Health Advice / Health & Fitness /

A two-decade cohort study has found women who follow one particular diet have a higher risk of breaking a hip.

The study, from the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom, compared vegetarians, pescatarians and meat eaters, and found vegetarian women ages 35 to 69 were 33% more likely to experience a hip fracture than those who regularly ate ...Read more

Changing Habits

Health Advice / Nutrition News /

Healthy eating, working out daily, losing weight -- it's all in the habits, the tiny little habits that add up over time to be big habits.

James Clear, author of "Atomic Habits: Tiny Changes, Remarkable Results," defines a habit as a routine or behavior that is performed regularly -- and in many cases, automatically. Changes that seem small and...Read more


Skin cancer is a risk no matter the skin tone. But it may be overlooked in people with dark skin

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Brykyta Shelton found herself standing in a checkout line of a big-box retailer, uncomfortably aware as a woman ahead of her stared at her sandaled feet.

Shelton had been taking medication for months for what her doctor said was toenail fungus, but one nail still looked gross.

After Shelton completed her purchase, the woman pulled her aside ...Read more


On Nutrition: More on sweeteners

Health Advice / Nutrition /

In response to a recent column about the safety of sugar substitutes, reader P.S. from Ohio asks: “What are your sources for this article? I have read in several sources which I consider reputable that aspartame and acesulfame are carcinogens. However, on the internet there is mixed information.”

Ah, yes, the internet is teeming with mixed ...Read more

Bruise discoloration on foot isn't from a blood clot

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I'm a 68-year-old woman in good medical/physical condition. I run three times a week and work out with weights regularly. The only medicine I take is bioidentical hormones. Recently, the side of my foot near my baby toe felt sore as if, when I walked, I was stepping on a small pebble. It's not really painful, but annoying. This ...Read more

Stay sharp by staying at a healthy weight

David "Fathead" Newman was an outstanding saxophonist who played with Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Gregg Allman and Natalie Cole. He earned the nickname "Fathead" from his high school band teacher because he stubbornly refused to learn to read music, preferring instead to play by ear.

Being a "fathead" didn't diminish his artistry, but it ...Read more

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After 'a lot of doors shut in our face,' crusading couple celebrate passage of burn pit bill

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The battle was just beginning for Le Roy Torres and his wife, Rosie, when the Army captain returned to Texas in 2008, already starting to suffer from the toxic substances he’d inhaled from the 10-acre burn pit at Camp Anaconda in Balad, Iraq.

Along the way, Le Roy would lose the job he loved as a Texas state trooper and take his fight all the...Read more

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What is metastatic breast cancer, the type Olivia Newton-John had?

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The death of Australian superstar Olivia Newton-John has drawn attention to an often misunderstood stage of breast cancer — metastatic breast cancer.

Newton-John was first diagnosed with breast cancer in the 1990s and spent 25 years in remission. When the cancer returned in 2017, this time in her spine, she fostered greater public awareness ...Read more

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More than two years into the pandemic, hospital care still may not save you from dying of COVID-19

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PHILADELPHIA — By the fall of 2020, the pandemic’s first year, doctors treating hospitalized COVID-19 patients said they were starting to get the regimen down to a science. They learned when to put patients on ventilators, administer steroids, and deploy an expanding array of newer drugs.

Yet the latest data from Pennsylvania and the U.S. ...Read more

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I'm a 'COVID virgin.' Does that make me a sitting duck?

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Now that most Americans have been infected with COVID — more than 70%, according to a recent estimate from the White House — the rest of us are the outliers.

There’s been lots of speculation about what makes us different.

Is it genetics, diet, exercise, good air quality or, as one South Korean doctor implied, are we just friendless ...Read more

Keto vs. Mediterranean diets: It's a draw ... or is it?

When Marvin Hagler fought Vito Antuofermo in 1979 for a shot at a world title, the 15-round match ended in a draw. But Hagler came back to defeat Antuofermo three years later, retaining his newly won WBC and WBA world middleweight titles.

A draw doesn't always mean two opponents are truly equal. You can see that clearly in a study from Stanford...Read more

Joint replacement not neccessary yet for moderate arthritis

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a highly active 74-year-old female. I walk a mile and a half every morning (my dog insists), then do two step-aerobic classes with weights, two serious weight workouts with a trainer, 1-3 miles on an elliptical walker and 2-4 hours of horseback riding, plus miscellaneous activities and yard work each week. My left hip is ...Read more

6 kitchen organizing tricks to simplify back-to-school

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As the school year approaches, you probably turn your attention to purchasing required supplies, buying new clothes and creating a smooth morning routine. However, to truly streamline your back-to-school season, don’t forget to focus on the most trafficked area of the house: the kitchen. After all, it’s the setting for speedy breakfasts, ...Read more

Environmental Nutrition: Should you cheat on your diet?

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Many people live for the glory of cheating on their diets. This concept of eating your favorite treats while otherwise following what you consider an optimal diet is often referred to as “cheat meals.”

Many nutrition experts recommend that people don’t try to be a dietary saint all of the time and incorporate some leeway into an otherwise...Read more

Saturated fat and low-carb diets: Still more to learn?

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Various versions of low-carbohydrate diets have been popular for many years. The details of what is allowed and what is not vary quite a bit, and the amount of carbohydrates also differs. Too often these diets contain plates piled high with bacon, meat, eggs, and cheese. Due to the high saturated fat content in these diets, doctors and ...Read more

Mayo Clinic Q&A: Reducing the risk of medication errors

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DEAR MAYO CLINIC: My friend’s father recently died from a medication error. One of his prescriptions was filled incorrectly and caused a fatal reaction. I take multiple medications for various conditions. How can I reduce my risk for a medication error?

ANSWER: Medication errors refer to mistakes in prescribing and dispensing medications. ...Read more

Monkeypox by Another Name

Health Advice / Scott LaFee /

There's a push by scientists in Africa and elsewhere to rename the virus that causes monkeypox because it is stigmatizing and inaccurate. Historically, monkeypox infections have been restricted to West and Central Africa, where the virus is endemic in some animals. But now, more than 30,000 cases have been detected in more than 40 countries ...Read more


Commentary: LGBTQ+ youth need inclusive health care

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When I first was outed at age 14, I realized I would have to learn how to navigate a world that didn’t fully accept me. Part of that was figuring out how to access health care as a gay person and a minor at odds with his parents. Though my family knew of my sexuality, they didn’t accept it.

It’s especially hard for LGBTQ+ teens to receive...Read more

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Consumer Health: Enjoy the summer sun safely

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August is Summer Sun Safety Month, which makes this a good time to learn more about protecting yourself and your family from the harmful effects of ultraviolet, or UV, radiation from sunlight.

Exercising and enjoying time outdoors are important for good health. Staying protected from the sun will allow you and your family to do so safely.

...Read more

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How to tell if your COVID test is expired

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Did you stock up on rapid at-home COVID-19 tests only to realize they all expire much sooner than you expected?

Don’t toss them just yet. The Food and Drug Administration recently updated its guidance on COVID test expiration dates after researchers discovered some tests have a longer shelf life than originally believed.

“Most people who ...Read more