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Study suggests foods like licorice can be used to 'landscape' your gut

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SAN DIEGO -- A new study from researchers at San Diego State University suggests that ancient viruses called biophages may be just the set of garden tools needed to cultivate a healthy microbiome.

One need look no further than the nation's multi-billion-dollar probiotics industry to understand that many people are entranced by the notion of ...Read more

Releasing the charley horse

The term "charley horse" has been around since the 1880s, when players on the Chicago White Stockings went to the racetrack and everyone bet on a horse named Charley -- except for one player named Joe Quest. When the horse the others bet on came up lame after the last turn, Quest is alleged to have told his teammates, "Look at your old Charley ...Read more

Amlodipine not associated with BP medicine recalls

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I keep hearing that amlodipine, my blood pressure medicine, has a cancer-causing agent in it. I had ovarian cancer surgery in 2010. So far, my doctors say I am doing well. I am very concerned the amlodipine might be to blame. -- M.H.

ANSWER: I do not find any literature showing a significant association of amlodipine (Norvasc ...Read more

Mayo Clinic Q&A: Hospitals are always in need of new blood donors

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DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I've never donated blood before because I'm nervous that I'll faint when I see the needle or blood. Is there anything that I can do to prevent that from happening?

ANSWER: It's common to be nervous about donating blood if you've never done it before. But blood donation center staff members are skilled at making the experience ...Read more

Managing Meds

Health Advice / Scott LaFee /

According to the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists, Americans ages 65 to 69 take an average of 15 prescriptions per year; those ages 80 to 84 have 18 prescriptions. That's in addition to the uncounted over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, herbal supplements and more that people may be taking, alone or in combination.

Health experts are ...Read more

Early exposure to cigarette smoke linked to hyperactivity

In 2010, a 2-year-old Indonesian boy, Aldi Suganda, made headlines when a video showing him smoking went viral! The poor kid was reportedly so addicted to nicotine that he was smoking up to 40 cigarettes a day, and would throw tantrums and hit his head against the floor whenever his parents tried to get him to cut back. Although this is a more-...Read more

Timing and food can be important in effectiveness of Viagra

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: My husband and I are very fortunate to have had a happy relationship for many years. Our lovemaking has always been a pleasure for both of us. Now, we have to add Viagra to the mix. Sometimes it works; sometimes it doesn't, which is a disappointment to both of us. Is there anything we can do to enhance its effectiveness? Or is ...Read more

Oregon cyclist makes transition to gravel racing after concussion scare

BEND, Ore. -- Growing up in Central Oregon as a dedicated road cyclist, Ian Boswell would take his road bike onto dirt roads every once in a while, getting off the beaten path and finding a different route.

"That's very much what I'm doing with my career going forward," Boswell said recently.

The 28-year-old professional cyclist from Bend ...Read more

Mayo Clinic Q&A: Cause of ventricular tachycardia determines treatment

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Dear Mayo Clinic: Recently, I was diagnosed with ventricular tachycardia, but doctors said a cause cannot be determined. What usually causes this problem? Does knowing the cause make a difference in treatment?

A: There are many causes of ventricular tachycardia. Some do not present a serious health threat, while others are potentially more ...Read more

For 2020, California goes big on health care

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California is known for progressive everything, including its health care policies, and, just a few weeks into 2020, state leaders aren't disappointing.

The politicians' health care bills and budget initiatives are heavy on ideas and dollars -- and on opposition from powerful industries. They put California, once again, at the forefront.

The ...Read more

High drug costs outweigh 'Medicare for All' as top health care issue for voters

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WASHINGTON -- The debate over creating a single government health plan for all Americans may have dominated the Democratic presidential campaign, but most voters are focused on a more basic pocketbook issue: prescription drug prices.

In poll after poll, the high cost of medications is at or near the top of voters' health care concerns, far ...Read more

Supreme Court puts off an election-year decision on Obamacare

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WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court refused Tuesday to take up another challenge to the Affordable Care Act, leaving the health care law known as Obamacare intact but still under legal challenge.

Instead, without comment or dissent, the justices turned away appeals from the California attorney general and House Democrats who sought a speedy ruling ...Read more

Driving under the influence includes marijuana

As Adam Sandler wrote in his lyrics for the "Pot Heads Anthem" (sung to the tune of "The Star-Spangled Banner"): "Oh say I can't see/Where the heck's my Visine?/And my eyesight's not keen/I hope you're not driving."

Unfortunately, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that during 2018, around 12 million U.S. residents 16 and ...Read more

Evidence of immunity to mumps may have waned over time

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 67-year-old woman who works with young children. I get a physical each year for my job, and until this year it was acceptable to say that because I was born before 1957, I was presumed to have immunity to measles, mumps and rubella. This year I was required to get an immunization titer, and it came back that I do not have...Read more

Better sleep in 6 steps

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You're not doomed to toss and turn every night. Consider simple tips for better sleep, from setting a sleep schedule to including physical activity in your daily routine.

Think about all the factors that can interfere with a good night's sleep -- from work stress and family responsibilities to unexpected challenges, such as illnesses. It's no ...Read more

Study finds single-payer health care plan would save money

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- As Democratic candidates propose a spectrum of health care options on the debate stage, the Medicare for all plan floated by progressive candidates Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders offers a utopian vision of health care in America: universal coverage with no premiums or co-pays. But what about the costs?

According to a ...Read more

What causes kidney stones?

People love Top 10 lists, like Billboard's Year-End Top 10 songs, Listverse's 10 Hilarious Historic Predictions of Life in the 2000s and Google's Top 10 searched-for health topics of 2019.

This year's Google 10 included topics we've covered recently, from how to lower blood pressure (No. 1), to how to get rid of hiccups (No. 3) and what causes ...Read more

A liver transplant is necessary with advanced disease

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: My son is 62 years old and has cirrhosis of the liver. He does not drink. Years ago, he had a blood transfusion that turned out to have hepatitis C. He cannot get a liver transplant. He has ascites, which needs to get drained once a week. It is very painful.

I heard that someone compatible could donate part of his or her ...Read more

What you don't know about pneumonia: It is the 'big killer' for people of any age

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For six hours in a Saint Luke's Hospital emergency room recently, Dakota Allen worried that he might become a fatal pneumonia statistic. He'd been coughing for weeks.

"I overlooked it," said the 20-year-old who works two jobs, one of them at Operation Breakthrough in Kansas City. "I thought it could be early flu.

"Then it just got to the point...Read more

With a shortage of obstetricians at rural hospitals, the answer may be: Call the midwife

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Midwives could save rural hospitals struggling with the challenge of being prepared 24/7 to deliver babies, a new Mayo Clinic study found.

Mayo's hospital in La Crosse, Wis., reported fewer surgical deliveries and birth complications requiring neonatal intensive care under a system in which seven certified nurse midwives provided round-the-...Read more