Health & Spirit



Is there a safe dose of long-term steroids for back pain?

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: Last April, I had back surgery to enlarge the disc openings. Some of my problems were corrected with the surgery, but one major problem still exists: After I sit upright in a chair or drive a car for a period of time, when I attempt to get up, I struggle and have to wait a bit before I can walk away. It's like a nerve is pinched ...Read more

Mistaken worries about cancer risks

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

In Stanley Kubrick's 1964 film "Dr. Strangelove," Sterling Hayden played an insane general determined to trigger a nuclear war. (Peter Sellers had three roles, including the nefarious doctor.) Back then, the only thing people were more frightened of than a nuclear exchange was cancer, and cancer phobia was widespread. Then Rachel Carson's ...Read more

Smoke signals: Cash, not electronic cigarettes, help get smokers to quit

Health / Health & Fitness /

When it comes to helping smokers quit, financial rewards are much more effective than electronic cigarettes.

But the sad truth is that nothing works all that well, according to the results of a large clinical trial that tested five smoking-cessation strategies in real-world conditions.

Out of 6,006 smokers who enrolled in the trial, only 80 ...Read more

How Do You Check Out?

Health / Scott LaFee /

In a new study published in the journal Circulation, researchers describe a handful of healthy habits linked to adding years to life expectancy. They used decades of health data from more than 120,000 people to look at five factors: eating healthy, exercising regularly, maintaining a healthy body weight, not drinking too much and not smoking. ...Read more

Sugar-labeling delay jeopardizes millions

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

The Cleveland Browns are sweet on their first-round draft pick quarterback Baker Mayfield from Oklahoma, but they may have learned a thing or two from their past two disastrous seasons (1-15 in 2016 and 0-16 in 2017). Instead of pushing the rookie onto the field, they're sticking with Tyrod Taylor as starting quarterback and Drew Stanton as ...Read more

Heart attack symptoms vary, not always classic angina

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: My very healthy husband collapsed and died on the way to the hospital. They worked on him for a long time but could not revive him. They didn't do an autopsy, and they declared his death as "atherosclerotic vascular disease." He was 79 years old and had no health problems. He came into the house and said that something was in his...Read more

Unnecessary and accidental use of ADHD drugs on the rise, study finds

Health / Health & Fitness /

An American Academy of Pediatrics study published recently revealed that the rate of adolescent exposure to ADHD medication reported to U.S. poison control centers increased 71.2 percent from 2000 to 2011, with a 6.2 percent decrease from 2011 to 2014.

Exposure could include children finding and ingesting the medication, accidental dosage ...Read more

Plan a Getaway! Adventure Travel Takes You Outside and Inside

Health / Marilynn Preston /

I've been a cheerleader for adventure travel since the first time I jumped on my Schwinn one-speed and yelled, "Giddyap!" What's ahead, around the corner, up the trail? Whom will I meet? What will I see? Why am I here?

I'm here to tell you that spring is the perfect time to plan an adventure travel trip of your own. What will it be? Where will ...Read more

Helping someone dial down anxiety

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

In 1977, Mel Brooks made a parody of Alfred Hitchcock suspense films (Hitchcock worked with Brooks on the screenplay) called "High Anxiety," in which Brooks played Dr. Richard Thorndyke of the Psycho-Neurotic Institute for the Very, Very Nervous. It's a ridiculous send-up, and the film certainly doesn't take itself seriously.

But if someone you...Read more

False positive from mammogram provokes anxiety in reader

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 42-year-old, completely healthy woman. I recently went for my first mammogram. I delayed it, despite being told I should start at 40, because I did not think I really needed it. After the initial screening mammogram, I was called back for additional mammogram pictures and two breast ultrasounds. During the process, I was ...Read more

Understanding the real risk for toxic shock from tampons

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

The tampon was invented in 1929 by Dr. Earl Haas, and many women immediately found it to be a more convenient option than pads. But having your period was a taboo topic; when buying tampons or other menstrual products, women had to deposit money in a box elsewhere in the store rather than interact with a salesperson.

While periods aren't quite ...Read more

Small upfront benefit of keto diet doesn't warrant extended use

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: What is your opinion of the keto diet? I have been doing it for a few weeks now and lost a few pounds, but it goes against everything I usually eat -- high quantities of red meat, lots of full-fat foods and dairy. Since I am losing some weight and actually feel better and am sleeping better, I like the short-term results, but I ...Read more

How a perceptive friend saved a life

Health / Health & Fitness /

John Murphy had grown accustomed to seeing the age spot on his forehead. He had even had a dermatologist look at it in the past. So he was surprised when a friend and work colleague noticed it.

"After lunch she very quietly, very respectfully said to me, 'John, I think that age spot on your face has changed,'" Murphy says. "And I said, 'Do you ...Read more

Choosing between death and deportation

Health / Health & Fitness /

"Dear the most highly respected judge and court, I'm writing this because I love my mom. My mom is very important to me. I have no idea what to do without her. Even though my mom's afraid, she's not giving up."

This is the beginning of a plea written by a 13-year-old girl to the Department of Homeland Security. The goal: to get her mother the ...Read more

Nutrition News: Seeing the Rainbow Clearly

Health / Nutrition News /

Seeing the Rainbow Clearly

For those of us reaching for our glasses more often to read, it's a sobering reminder that we are aging -- daily.

New research suggests that those of us who eat lots of leafy greens and a variety of other fruits and vegetables may have less risk for developing eye diseases, such as age-related macular degeneration ...Read more

Don't let bad online reviews delay osteoporosis treatment

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 63-year-old woman with osteoporosis. A few years ago, I had osteopenia, and my doctor put me on an oral medication that I was unable to tolerate. Since then I have tried to eat many calcium-rich foods, do weight-bearing exercises and walk. But now she wants me to try Reclast or Boniva. I went online to find reviews about ...Read more

You can overcome a genetic predisposition to heart disease

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

The 2007 "Nova" episode "The Ghost in Your Genes," delivered big news: Your DNA contains chemical markers that allow genes to be turned on and off, meaning that, at least for some inherited characteristics, you're not condemned to their preprogrammed influence. That was dubbed "epigenetics," and it's now widely acknowledged that a person's ...Read more

Eat nuts for heart health and lower cholesterol

Health / Health Advice /

The health benefits of nuts continue to make news.

A feature on nuts in the May edition of Tufts University's Health & Nutrition letter says "nuts should be part of a healthy dietary pattern" because nuts contain healthful fats.

Tufts says nuts "deliver a lot of nutrition in a small package." Noshing in moderation on Brazil nuts, almonds ...Read more

Mayo study identifies new potential treatment option for triple negative breast cancer

Health / Health & Fitness /

ROCHESTER, Minn. -- In a recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, Mayo Clinic researchers identified that an FDA drug approved for myelodysplastic syndrome may be useful to treat triple-negative breast cancer, which is one of the most aggressive and lethal types of breast cancer.

In this study, Mayo investigators ...Read more

As nearly 100 doctors abandon Atrium Health, some experts see the start of a trend

Health / Health & Fitness /

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The surprise exodus of nearly 100 Atrium Health doctors intent on leaving the hospital system has some industry experts saying it could be the start of a trend in Charlotte and elsewhere.

In bucking a nationwide movement of hospitals gobbling up independent doctor practices, the Charlotte physicians have criticized Atrium's ...Read more