LOS ANGELES -- As a teen member of the band U-KISS, Kevin Woo felt the hot glare of the K-pop limelight. His time in the band showed the California-born singer what life in the particular pressure cooker of South Korean fame meant, and how the expectations can be debilitating.
"In training, (the record labels) take a lot of privacy from you," ...Read more
As a supermarket dietitian, I get quite a few questions about those who may have been diagnosed as prediabetic. What exactly does that mean?
Prediabetes means that your blood sugar level is higher than normal (typically over 100 when fasting) but not yet high enough to be classified as Type 2 diabetes (a blood glucose level of 126 or higher ...Read more
DEAR DR. ROACH: I am an avid hiker, and I live in an area with lots of Lyme disease. I recently developed some fever, headache, shaking chills and dark urine, and just felt awful. My doctor did some blood tests and said I had Babesia and/or Anaplasma. Are these related to Lyme disease? -- I.J.M.
ANSWER: Like Lyme disease, babesiosis (caused ...Read more
Babe Ruth was known as the "Sultan of Swat" for his outstanding play on the baseball field. In 1924 he led the league with a .378 batting average and 46 home runs! But his off-field drinking turned him into the Baron of Binge, and in 1925 it caused him to miss part of spring training and 56 games.
A study found that binge drinking -- downing ...Read more
According to sports psychologist John F. Murray, the more success an athlete has achieved, the more likely it is that he or she will experience depression before and after surgery, say, to repair a ruptured Achilles tendon. (Are you listening, Kevin Durant?) That's an interesting theory, but it's certainly true that anyone who's having surgery ...Read more
DEAR DR. ROACH: I'm a 74-year-old female who smoked a pack a day for 40-plus years, having quit smoking about 18 years ago. As a precaution, I asked my primary doctor to order a screening CT scan, knowing that I'm a candidate for lung cancer. The results showed a 3-mm nodule in one lung, and I was advised not to worry and that my doctor would ...Read more
PHILADELPHIA -- When Jessica Dore decided to pursue a career as a therapist she worried about how those in the field might perceive her other, less-than-orthodox pursuit.
"I had all kinds of fears about coming out as a tarot card reader," she said. "What would people think and say, particularly in the mental health community?"
Dore came out ...Read more
Intermittent fasting is cutting yourself off from any food or beverages, other than water, for a certain amount of time. Some fasting is for religious reasons, while others fast for weight loss. But is it a healthy way to lose weight?
"We're hearing a lot more about intermittent fasting, and it essentially means the voluntary abstinence of food...Read more
Judging from the ubiquity of advertising by clinics touting stem cell-based treatments for everything from pain management to cancer, it may come as a surprise to learn there are very few actual stem cell therapies that are FDA-approved. Despite a crackdown by federal authorities on unlicensed stem cell clinics making unproven claims, they ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Most large employers say a "Medicare for all" system would lower the number of uninsured people in the United States, but they are concerned it could increase health care costs and taxes while stifling innovation and quality, a new survey shows.
The concerns come as health industry groups seek to block momentum for plans from ...Read more
The 2013 animated movie "Free Birds" tells the story of two turkeys who time-travel back to 1621, just before the first-ever Thanksgiving. Their mission: prevent the most fowl of crimes and remove turkey from the holiday menu.
Didn't work: Americans eat around 51.6 million turkeys on Thanksgiving Day! The rest of the year we're chowing down on ...Read more
DEAR DR. ROACH: I was diagnosed with COPD a year and a half ago and have several questions. I seem to be unable to get answers from my pulmonary doctor, as he is always busy and doesn't have a lot of time to spend with me.
How fast does COPD progress? I'm 78 years old, in reasonably good health and exercise regularly. I have chronic bronchitis ...Read more
Does following a weight-loss or healthy diet mean you must swear off fast food? Not necessarily.
An occasional stop for fast food can fit into a healthy diet -- if you're careful about what you order. Consider the following tips.
Keep portion sizes small. If the fast-food restaurant offers several sandwich sizes, pick the smallest. Bypass ...Read more
Sleep is the new black. It's trending up, and if you haven't woken up to how essential it is -- for your physical and mental well-being -- that's probably because you're not getting enough of it.
And what is enough? Aim for 8 hours or more a night. WHAT? It was easier before, when humans just naturally rose with the sun and bedded down with the...Read more
The Who bandmates Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend are both in their 70s and both admit to significant hearing loss from years of exposure to high-decibel rock music. Huey Lewis had to cancel part of his 2018 tour because of hearing loss, which his doctors seem to think is due to Meniere's disease. But can seasonal allergies cause muffled ...Read more
DEAR DR. ROACH: How are sleep apnea, sighing and heart failure related? Recently, I was told that I have severe sleep apnea and that I must use a CPAP machine. I have noticed that during the day I frequently take a spontaneous deep breath. Is that sleep apnea while awake? I have coronary heart disease and have three stents. Will the CPAP machine...Read more
SAN DIEGO -- Leading her congregation in prayer last Sunday, the Rev. Paige Blair-Hubert realized that her mind had wandered from the sacred to the shooters.
"I'm thinking 'If something goes down, how do I get the acolytes out of there? The kids? Everyone else?'" said Blair-Hubert, the rector at St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Del Mar.
"I ...Read more
When 13th-century explorer Marco Polo visited China, he was captivated by the culture's use of the bright-yellow root vegetable turmeric, which he described as having "the properties of saffron, yet it is not really saffron."
It was another 600 years until the hard-to-describe flavor of turmeric (musty, pungent, bitter, gingery, aromatic, ...Read more
DEAR DR. ROACH: I am looking for advice on diet pills. I have tried everything. I eat well, go to the gym and walk, but my meniscus problem limits my walking speed. Since menopause, I have gained 30 pounds. I am sure there is something out there that will kick-start my metabolism. I am so depressed, and my doctor has no sympathy. -- A.R.
I just love the airport in our small town. As soon as you enter the terminal (I use that term loosely), you are greeted by two clerks behind a lone counter. A couple of nearby TSA agents smile and nod as they anxiously wait to carefully check your luggage since there are only eight people on the flight.
When your bags are checked, the agent ...Read more
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