Health & Spirit



Getting rid of thrush requires battle on multiple fronts

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I have been prescribed an inhaler for asthma, and recently have been developing thrush after using it. I rinse out my mouth after each use, brush my teeth like I am supposed to do and even have tried using a spacer to avoid thrush. I've been through two prescriptions for nystatin mouth rinse. The thrush seems to clear up with ...Read more

How cholesterol promotes cancer

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

A good word to describe Christopher Lloyd's character Jim Ignatowski on the sitcom "Taxi" would be "disheveled." He's a mess -- harmless when he's fixing taxis around the garage, just don't let him drive. But when a hard-driving protein named Dishevelled (we're not kidding) meets up with cholesterol -- that can add up to a pretty harmful ...Read more

White House signals own path on health care

Health / Health & Fitness /

WASHINGTON -- The White House declined Wednesday to rule out that President Donald Trump will push his own plan to replace the Affordable Care Act rather than pursue one course with congressional Republicans.

When asked if there will be a single White House-congressional GOP plan, White House press secretary Sean Spicer left open the door that ...Read more

GOP fix to insurance markets could spike premiums for older customers

Health / Health & Fitness /

Dale Marsh has not been enamored with his health insurance since the Affordable Care Act took effect. Premiums for Marsh, 53, and his wife, Tammy, rose, their deductibles grew, and they gave up access to their regular doctors to keep costs down. This year, facing monthly premiums of $1,131 -- a 47 percent increase from four years before -- they ...Read more

Health coverage questions persist for Republicans

Health / Health & Fitness /

WASHINGTON -- As Republican lawmakers face questions from constituents and colleagues about their plans to repeal and replace the 2010 health care law, there are few answers available, starting with what kind of legislation can pass the Senate.

Republicans do not need Democratic support to undo much of the law, since they will move the ...Read more

Hyper, Schmyper

Health / Scott LaFee /

High blood pressure, or hypertension, is generally viewed as a bad thing. It's a major risk factor for heart attacks and stroke. But there may be an upside as well. An analysis of 559 people, mostly women, found that those who develop hypertension in their 80s have a 42 percent lower risk of developing dementia after age 90 compared to those ...Read more

Don't be a nattering nabob of negativism parent

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

President Richard Nixon's VP, Spiro Agnew, called investigative journalists "nattering nabobs of negativism." But it was the VP who showed up in the "negative" column when reporters at The Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post and The Baltimore Sun discovered that Agnew had taken bribes and didn't pay taxes while vice president. He was forced...Read more

Injections of painkiller into the spine not always a relief

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: At 64, I was in very good health except for moderate hypertension, which was treated with lisinopril. I then had an incident lifting a heavy load, which injured my back. Long story short, three years of pain drove me to have an L4-L5 vertebrae back fusion. I am now 67, and in hindsight, surgery was a bad decision.

Since my ...Read more

Health law's 10 essential benefits: A look at what's at risk in GOP overhaul

Health / Health & Fitness /

As Republicans look at ways to replace or repair the health law, many suggest shrinking the list of services insurers are required to offer in individual and small group plans would reduce costs and increase flexibility. That option came to the forefront last week when Seema Verma, who is slated to run the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid ...Read more

Back Pain? Down With Drugs, Up With Standing Desks and Yoga

Health / Marilynn Preston /

I've been waiting for some good news about U.S. health care, which is the world's most expensive but not even close to the world's best. So far, I've been seeing very little that sparks joy.

The Affordable Care Act is in limbo, to be kind, and that's creating deep anxiety nationwide.

All the talk from policymakers dealing with health care ...Read more

Amid merger speculation, Oreo-maker Mondelez launches new health-focused brand

Health / Health & Fitness /

CHICAGO -- Oreo-maker Mondelez International announced the launch of a savory snack brand Tuesday tailor-made for today's health-conscious consumers, even as merger speculation continues to envelop the company.

In midmorning trading, Mondelez shares were up more than 4 percent to about $44.35 per share, bolstered by market speculation that the ...Read more

Don't quit the gym

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

In one episode of "Friends," Chandler -- who never works out -- admits that he actually belongs to a gym. Seems that whenever he goes in to terminate his membership, an attractive woman named Maria changes his mind. So Ross goes to the gym to help Chandler keep his resolve, but when he meets Maria HE ends up joining the gym! The two then decide ...Read more

There are treatment options for adults diagnosed with ADHD

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: There is an extensive history of ADHD in my family. My son, who was formally diagnosed at 8 and is now 14, has just started taking meds. His transition to high school was difficult to manage. In looking at my own history, I can see the same patterns in my behavior (poor grades in school although identified as very intelligent, ...Read more

Infectious diseases A-Z: measles in the US

Health / Health & Fitness /

Since the first of the year, nearly two dozen people from six states -- California, Colorado, Florida, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania -- were reported to have been infected with measles, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Mayo Clinic infectious diseases specialist Dr. Pritish Tosh says measles is among the...Read more

Achoo! The distance germs can travel is nothing to sneeze at

Health / Health & Fitness /

We all do it. Some of us do it quite loudly. Others do it not once, but several times in a row.

Sneezes are everywhere these days, during this, the height of cold and flu season. The chorus of achoos in offices, on buses and in homes often sends bystanders scrambling to get out of the line of germ-spreading fire.

But how far is far enough away...Read more

The Danger of a Fatty Meal

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

King Henry VIII is renown for having had six wives, two of whom he executed. But he also is an infamous glutton. He expanded the kitchens at Hampton Court Palace to 55 rooms, had over 200 people on his kitchen staff, and offered guests meals with up to 14 courses.

While you're probably no King Henry, chances are you like to have a rich meal now...Read more

In thyroiditis, should treatment go beyond hormone levels?

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: My wife, age 67, has been under treatment for Hashimoto's thyroiditis for 18 years now. The diagnosis was confirmed by antibody tests, and she has been taking some form of thyroid medication ever since. She has been treated by four different doctors, including two endocrinologists. She has tried both synthetic and natural ...Read more

Autonomic neuropathy after chemotherapy — is it permanent?

Health / Health & Fitness /

Dear Mayo Clinic: After six months of chemotherapy, I developed autonomic neuropathy. I have been done with chemotherapy for a few months, but the neuropathy has not gone away. Is there a chance it could be permanent?

A: Autonomic neuropathy can be a rare side effect of certain chemotherapy drugs. Because it is rare, and because there are many ...Read more

UnitedHealth Group targeted by whistleblower lawsuit

Health / Health & Fitness /

MINNEAPOLIS -- A whistleblower lawsuit alleges that UnitedHealth Group and health plans that hire a subsidiary of the insurer have overbilled the federal Medicare program by submitting risk adjustment claims in ways that wrongly boost payment rates.

If true, the scheme could have caused hundreds of millions, if not billions, of dollars in ...Read more

Nutrition News: The REAL Facts About Weight Loss

Health / Nutrition News /

It seems we're all trying to drop a few pounds -- or just fit into our spring clothes, if anything. Don't misdirect your good intentions by falling for false information. True weight loss is about fewer calories eaten and more calories burned. It isn't about your blood type, the time you eat or the combination of foods you choose. Environmental ...Read more