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LAM lung disorder is caused by overgrowth of smooth muscle

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: A woman in my town wears oxygen and has something called "LAM." What is LAM, and when should one get evaluated for it? -- A.L.

ANSWER: Lymphangioleiomyomatosis is a rare disorder (a few people per million will have it) that can affect many organs, but most commonly the lung. It is found mostly in women.

It is neoplastic (...Read more

Making sure your home pregnancy test is accurate

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

During Monica and Chandler's wedding on "Friends," Rachel reveals that she's pregnant. "Are you sure you peed on the stick right?" Monica asks. "How many ways are there to do that?" Rachel replies, before agreeing to take another test.

Well, there are more ways than you may think -- and how you do it really does matter.

Even though home ...Read more

The Joy of Soy

Health / Scott LaFee /

In 1999, the Food and Drug Administration approved the health claim that consumption of soy protein (as opposed to animal products) helped protect against heart disease. The agency doesn't do that very often -- only 12 times in fact -- and it has never rescinded an approved claim.

But it's thinking about it now. In recent years, the link ...Read more

Teaching your kids not to be racially biased

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

In game three of the World Series, the Houston Astros' Yuli Gurriel was suspended for the first five games of the 2018 season for his cruel and insensitive mockery of the LA Dodgers' Japanese-Iranian pitcher Yu Darvish. Gurriel's words and gesture -- ridiculing Darvish's Asian eye shape -- reveal humans' all-too-frequent tendency to negatively ...Read more

Blockage in intestinal blood vessel causes pain when eating

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: My wife, age 65, has been suffering from abdominal pain for over a year. The pain comes within minutes of eating a meal. She was diagnosed with abdominal angina, and had a stent placed to open the vessel that showed blockage. We were told that she'd get immediate relief if successful, but she did not get relief. We contacted the ...Read more

Infectious diseases A-Z: Antibiotics in farm animals

Health / Health & Fitness /

The World Health Organization is urging countries to restrict the use of antibiotics in food animal production. Food producers in many countries feed low-dose antibiotics to farm animals to encourage the animals to grow bigger and faster, which, in return, contributes to the antibiotic resistance in bacteria.

Mayo Clinic pediatric infectious ...Read more

Displaced Puerto Ricans face obstacles getting health care

Health / Health & Fitness /

The federal government has granted people affected by the devastating hurricanes that wracked coastal states and Puerto Rico 15 extra days to sign up for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

But Puerto Ricans who fled to the mainland after the destruction face problems well beyond timing.

Many of those Americans have complicated ...Read more

It's Q&A Time: Because Personal Well-Being Is So Personal

Health / Marilynn Preston /

As some of you know, I've written a book called "All is Well: The Art {and Science} of Personal Well-Being." It was published in late April, and in August it became an Amazon best-seller. Yippee. I can't really explain how we earned that status, but there's a sophisticated algorithm involved, and you can bet I'll be expressing gratitude for it ...Read more

Don't vape if you're pregnant

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

In the 1936 film "My Man Godfrey," Godfrey the butler (William Powell) must deal with the lady of the house (Carole Lombard), who's often afflicted with a case of the vapors -- in other words, she's conveniently prone to fainting. How Godfrey deals with this is pretty funny, but it's not something you see much of these days. Hard to picture a ...Read more

Regular Pap tests and HPV vaccine are keys to cervical health

Health / Keith Roach /

CORRECTION: In graf 3, sentence 1, "precancerous calls" was corrected to "precancerous cells."

DEAR DR. ROACH: Last year, I had an abnormal Pap smear. My follow-up colposcopy did not show anything. Two weeks ago, I had another abnormal Pap smear, and I am scheduled for another colposcopy next month. I am scared and nervous that precancerous ...Read more

Canadians root for an underdog US health policy idea

Health / Health & Fitness /

TORONTO -- Ask people in Canada what they make of American health care, and the answer typically falls between bewilderment and outrage.

Canada, after all, prides itself on a health system that guarantees government insurance for everyone. And many Canadians find it baffling that there's anybody in the United States who can't afford a visit to ...Read more

AMA cuts ties with Outcome Health after allegations of deception

Health / Health & Fitness /

CHICAGO -- The American Medical Association is ending its relationship with Outcome Health after allegations that the once-hot Chicago startup deceived advertisers and investors.

Outcome, which puts screens and interactive tablets in doctors' offices that run educational content and paid ads from pharmaceutical companies, had been donating ...Read more

A new way to clean apples

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

Apple picking is a fall tradition and, depending on where you live, you can enjoy that fresh-off-the-tree flavor of many of the more than 100 varieties grown commercially around the U.S. The colonists planted the first apple trees here in the 1600s -- crabapples are the only native variety.

No matter what your favorite apple is, unfortunately, ...Read more

CoolSculpting not a health solution, just an aesthetic one

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I would like to know your opinion regarding "cool sculpting." Does it really work? Are there any bad consequences that a person should know about it? Is it advisable for a person in her 80s who is in good health and is not overweight but is beginning to add fat around her middle? -- L.S.

ANSWER: CoolSculpting is a branded ...Read more

Quinn on Nutrition: Praise and pie

Health / Nutrition /

It's time to talk turkey ... and gravy and dressing and sweet potatoes, oh, my! It is also time to remember the true intention of this Thanksgiving holiday -- a day to give thanks.

Whether we view it as a cliche or a commandment, "Give thanks" is pretty good advice. According to an article published by Harvard Medical School, being grateful not...Read more

Despite ACA cost protections, most adolescents skip regular checkups

Health / Health & Fitness /

As children move through adolescence, some face health hurdles like obesity, sexually transmitted infections, depression and drug abuse. Regular checkups could help families address such problems, and the Affordable Care Act paved the way by requiring insurers to fully cover well-child visits, at no charge to patients.

But, both before and ...Read more

Nutrition News: Holiday Help

Health / Nutrition News /

Oh, the holidays. They can sabotage the greatest of intentions when it comes to healthy eating.

On average, Americans gain approximately one to two pounds during the holiday season. While this weight gain isn't dramatic, research shows it tends to stick and accumulate over the years. With just a few strategies, you can avoid holiday weight gain...Read more

Destruction of part of adrenal gland influences cortisone levels

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: Our 37-year-old daughter has Addison's disease. We have had some difficulty trying to regulate her electrolytes and her blood pressure, which is always low, sometimes extremely so. She has known about it for 10 years now. What can one do besides try to stay hydrated to keep the pressure up? Last evening, her blood pressure was 95...Read more

Yoga and aerobics for the heart

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

What do LeBron James, Kevin Garnett and Kevin Love have in common? If you said they're championship-winning basketball players (one is retired), you'd be right. But it turns out they share something else: They do yoga to improve their on-court performance. "Yoga helps me calm down and ... center my energy so I'm balanced, instead of going out ...Read more

How older patients can dodge pitfalls entrenched in health care system

Health / Health & Fitness /

Being old and sick in America frequently means a doctor won't ask you about troublesome concerns you deal with day to day -- difficulty walking, dizziness, a leaky bladder, sleep disturbances memory lapses, and more.

It means that if you're hospitalized, you have a good chance of being treated by a physician you've never met and undergoing ...Read more