Health & Spirit



Car Giving and Taking Away

Health / Scott LaFee /

At some point, almost everybody becomes too old to drive -- safely. But deciding when is often left to caregivers, as most drivers don't see the end of the road until, well, something bad happens.

It's a fraught time. No one wants to lose the independence that driving provides. According to surveys, adult children say the "car key ...Read more

Poor dental care ups your risk for a roster of other diseases

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

In the film "Castaway," Tom Hanks' character, stranded on an island, performs a successful dental extraction on himself using the blade of an ice skate. He eases his pain and avoids a spread of the infection.

While you may not opt for do-it-yourself dental care, chances are you don't get regular check-ups and cleanings. A 2013 survey found 23 ...Read more

What's in a name?

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: How does a medical condition get named? Once named, can the name be changed (for example, Lou Gehrig's disease, ALS)? I have a condition called hemiplegic migraines. It is rare and misunderstood. I am part of an online support group, and many people with the condition feel it should be renamed because the term "migraine" makes it...Read more

Confessions of a Winter Wimp: How Layering Changed My Life

Health / Marilynn Preston /

When it comes to exercising in cold weather, are you a winter wimp?

I'm not talking brutal polar vortex weather. I just mean enough cold to give you an excuse to stay indoors with the taco chips instead of doing some outdoor activity that melts your stress, boosts your energy and -- most especially in these high-tech times -- calms your ...Read more

Taking pressure off kids -- elevated blood pressure, that is!

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

When your dad's a pro athlete, there's a lot of pressure on you as a kid to measure up. These kids sure did:

-- Brett Hull was an eight-time All-Star in the NHL; dad Bobby is a 12-time NHL All-Star; both are in the Hockey Hall of Fame.

-- Harvey Catchings was a defensive force in the NBA from 1974 to 1985. His daughter, Tamika, played 15 years...Read more

Better oversight on supplements would be a welcome change

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 72-year-old retired operating room nurse. I grow tired of seeing endless television advertisements for "holistic" remedies that claim to cure everything from low testosterone and erectile dysfunction to baldness. The ones that claim to "cure" enlarged prostate are particularly infuriating. They might as well claim to "cure...Read more

Is work making you fat?

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

In a fifth-season episode of "The Office," the staff, including executive Michael (Steve Carell), decides to play a game of food catch. They start by throwing cheese puffs into each other's mouths. By the end, they're stuffing their newly orange-colored faces with the junky snack food. Michael gets 32 into his mouth at once!

We've all ...Read more

Splenda use won't set up consumer for diabetes

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I'm a 75-year-old man in good health and not obese (my BMI is around 20-21). I like coffee, and drink four or five cups a day. But I like it with a packet of Splenda, and the same thing goes for my breakfast cereal. Am I setting myself up for diabetes? -- D.G.D.

ANSWER: Splenda is made from sucralose, a poorly absorbable ...Read more

Mayo Clinic Q&A: What is cat scratch fever?

Health / Health & Fitness /

Dear Mayo Clinic: My cat scratched me while I was trimming his claws and the wound later became infected. Are cat scratches a special concern?

A: A bite or scratch from a cat carries particular risks, and infection is common. Cat scratch disease (or cat scratch fever) is a specific type of bacterial infection that occurs when a cat bites or ...Read more

A 9-year-old's brain tumor left her paralyzed. After a Hopkins trial, doctors are using the word 'cure.'

Health / Health & Fitness /

Eight years ago, Kaitlyn Dorman was so sick with cancer she was paralyzed and her vision blurred. Dependent on a wheelchair, the little girl was confined to living on the first floor of her family's home.

Now 17, Kaitlyn can walk and see clearly. And she's staring down her final months at Liberty High School, weighing college acceptance letters...Read more

Glimpsing the future at gargantuan health technology showcase

Health / Health & Fitness /

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Imagine going to the doctor and finding out before you leave the exam room how much your prescribed drug will cost, avoiding sticker shock at the pharmacy.

Or what if you could wear a tiny device at the top of your back that would gently nudge you to sit up straight whenever you slump.

How about not having to sign by hand a ...Read more

Nutrition News: Type 3 Diabetes

Health / Nutrition News /

You've probably heard of Type 1 diabetes (mainly in children) and Type 2 diabetes (which occurs later in life), but now there is a Type 3 diabetes. It's the result of a link between diabetes and Alzheimer's disease.

Type 1 occurs when the body's pancreas is unable to make insulin. About 5 percent of diabetes cases are Type 1. It's considered an...Read more

Vitamin E worth a trial for some NASH patients

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I was diagnosed with nonalcoholic steatohepatitis and had very high AST and ALT numbers. I lost about 25 pounds, and the numbers were normal. As a result of other health issues, the weight came back and the numbers went up. My liver specialist suggested we try 800 IU of vitamin E daily. Without losing weight the reports are now ...Read more

Water, water, everywhere -- so why aren't you drinking it?

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

In the 2018 Marvel movie "Aquaman," Arthur Curry (Jason Momoa) learns that he is heir to the underwater kingdom of Atlantis, and realizes how he's been left high and dry by his land-locked life. He must take his rightful place as protector of the deep and savior of the world.

Water can do that for a person! A study in Clinical and Experimental ...Read more

5 things to know about this year's flu season

Health / Health & Fitness /

As influenza season trudges on, public health officials report fewer cases than last year's severe and deadly season.

A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report released recently shows a more effective vaccine compared with the previous two seasons and called this season a low-severity year so far for influenza -- classified as having ...Read more

Study: High-fat Western diet could increase risk, severity of sepsis

Health / Health & Fitness /

The traditional Western diet could increase your risk of deadly sepsis, according to a new study.

In a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, researchers found the traditional Western diet, which is high in fats and sucrose and low in fiber, could have an impact on sepsis.

The ...Read more

He'll be the oldest player in the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game. Why is Dr. Oz doing this?

Health / Health & Fitness /

Mehmet Oz was still in his forties the first (and only other) time he's suited up to play in the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game, in Dallas in 2010, opposite former pros like Chris Mullin and Robert Horry. But although that was nearly a decade ago, the man better known as Dr. Oz can remember how many points he scored that night like it was yesterday...Read more

UnitedHealth Group employment hits 300,000

Health / Health & Fitness /

Employment at Minnetonka, Minn.-based UnitedHealth Group has hit the 300,000 mark with about 40,000 workers added to the payroll during 2018 alone.

The new employment figure comes from a regulatory filing this week and covers worldwide operations. The Minnesota workforce is a small fraction of the total at about 18,000 people.

Of the new hires...Read more

What is the optimum healthy level of cholesterol?

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: A 74-year-old woman has a total cholesterol of 123 and was told that low cholesterol like this greatly increases the risk of diabetes, stroke and cancer. It seems she has had low cholesterol for many years. What do you think is the optimum healthy level? What would you recommend to increase her total cholesterol? -- R.I.

ANSWER:...Read more

Stair master

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

In what some consider the ultimate test of endurance, the Empire State Building Run-Up covers, from bottom to top, 86 flights of stairs -- for a total of 1,576 steps. Winners do it in about 10 minutes! In the sport of tower running, it's considered the most prestigious victory.

Now, we don't advocate running up and down the stairs in your 20-...Read more