Health & Spirit



Play Ball! How a Tiny Toilet Can Help You Focus ... and Flush

Health / Marilynn Preston /

Dr. Ken Ravizza, a sports psychologist with more than 40 years in the field, training baseball players to knock it out of the park, died this summer.

I'm guessing you've never heard of him. Neither had I before I read a touching tribute to him in The New York Times by Billy Witz, who calls Ravizza a "pioneer" and a "trailblazer" and one big ...Read more

Eating too late in the day could up your cancer risk

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

In a scene from the hit TV show "Mad Men," Don Draper and Harry Crane go to White Castle for a late-night snack after a Rolling Stones concert. Don watches in disgust as Harry downs 20 sliders and doesn't save any to bring to his family. "Let them get their own," Harry says. "You bring home a bag of food and they go at it and there's nothing ...Read more

Atrial fibrillation increases the risk of stroke

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I was diagnosed with atrial fibrillation in July 2017. A week after that, I had an MRI that showed I'd had a ministroke and probably several others in the past. I love ribeye steak, and eat it maybe two or three times a year. Is this safe? -- R.A.

ANSWER: Atrial fibrillation is a rhythm problem of the heart. The natural rhythm ...Read more

Is bacon makin' you manic?

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

When a reporter asked Oprah Winfrey what makes some celebrities act like jerks, she said, "If you were a jerk before the fame, you just become a jerk with a bigger spotlight. Whoever you are really comes through." Jerks are like that, and so is jerky -- beef jerky that is.

It's been around for centuries (the Conquistadors called the Incas' ...Read more

Measles vaccination schedule for children has multiple doses

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: My daughter is 4 years old and has, in the past five days, developed measles. She was vaccinated at 9 months and has been treated with antibiotics, Tylenol and vitamin A supplements. What concerns me is that she is now experiencing seizures, even without a fever. They are not grand mal seizures, but simple ones. They have me ...Read more

Should doctors ask patients about their sexual orientation?

Health / Health & Fitness /

Asking about patients' sexual orientation is not routine, even among medical professionals who specialize in sexual health.

About half of the medical professionals surveyed by John Hopkins Medicine researchers said they asked patients directly about sexual orientation, according to a study published July 31 in The Journal of Sexual Medicine, ...Read more

Nutrition News: The Truth About Beef

Health / Nutrition News /

Chances are you've heard mixed messages about beef. Beef is full of saturated fat, so you shouldn't eat it. Or lean beef is healthful and nutrient-rich, so you should eat it. It can be confusing.

I grew up eating and raising beef on our family farm. Like most foods, it can be part of a healthy diet, as long as it's eaten in moderation and you ...Read more

Gallstones are the biggest reason for gallbladder removal

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: My husband's doctor is telling him to have his gallbladder removed because sometimes he has pain in his right side. They did all kind of tests, but he has pain when he drives long hours or when he eats salads, not fried or fatty foods. Can you tell me more about the surgery, and what it might be like for him after the surgery? --...Read more

Overcoming your fear of air travel

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

On an episode of "Cheers," the often self-deceived psychiatrist Dr. Frasier Crane decides to help the bar's feisty server, Carla, overcome her fear of "crashing" by launching a class for people with aviophobia (fear of flying). The final lesson is a flight, which Frasier pompously informs Carla will cure her once and for all. But when the plane ...Read more

See a dermatologist for skin reactions of any kind

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I get horrible fever blisters when I go on any tropical vacation and am exposed to lasting sun. These blisters develop on my lower lip. I have tried sunscreen, but nothing has worked. On my most recent trip, the blisters appeared on the final day and took nearly three weeks to heal. It's painful and horribly embarrassing. Is ...Read more

Nut butters: badder, better or as nutty as nuts themselves?

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

What is it about peanut butter that makes it attractive to so many songwriters, from the Australian kids' songsters The Wiggles ("There's a food going round that's a sticky, sticky goo/Peanut, peanut butter") to the rappers in Wu-Tang Clan ("Don't eat Skippy, Jif or Peter Pan peanut butter")? And why did singer Gwen Stefani say about herself, ...Read more

California wildfires threaten the health of young and old

Health / Health & Fitness /

Debbie Dobrosky noticed a peculiar hue in the sky on Monday -- "a very ugly yellow casting" -- as she peeked outside. A large cloud of smoke had begun to cover the sun.

By Tuesday, the smoke was so heavy that "even inside my apartment I've had to use my inhaler twice this morning, which is not a normal thing," said Dobrosky, a Riverside County,...Read more

There's Not a Vitamin for That

Health / Scott LaFee /

A meta-analysis of 18 studies that investigated the link between vitamin and mineral supplements and cardiovascular disease outcomes concludes that the former doesn't seem to do much to curb the risk of the latter.

In other words, taking multivitamins and minerals wasn't associated with a significantly lower risk of stroke or death due to ...Read more

Tie this one off

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

When you say you "tied one on," you're saying that you had too much to drink. That turn of a phrase makes about as much sense as "belting" down a drink, or being "hung over." But as fuzzy as the origins of those idioms are, one thing is clear: tying one on really does reduce your brainpower -- even if all you're doing is fastening a piece of ...Read more

Conversion disorder is a complicated neurological condition

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am 69 and take medications for blood pressure and cholesterol, as well as plenty of vitamins. I have had many medical conditions (e.g., Meniere's disease and lower back pain) that eventually were resolved. I've been diagnosed with conversion disorder by two doctors whose opinions I respect.

Both doctors assured me that it was ...Read more

Once its greatest foes, doctors are embracing single-payer health care

Health / Health & Fitness /

When the American Medical Association -- one of the nation's most powerful health care groups -- met in Chicago this June, its medical student caucus seized an opportunity for change.

Though they had tried for years to advance a resolution calling on the organization to drop its decadeslong opposition to single-payer health care, this was the ...Read more

Trump says drug prices will drop 'really, really substantially'

Health / Health & Fitness /

WASHINGTON -- U.S. President Donald Trump said he would make an announcement next week that would bring drown prescription drug prices "really, really substantially."

Trump didn't further explain the action he would take in comments to reporters at the beginning of a dinner Tuesday with corporate leaders at his golf club in Bedminster, N.J.

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Some GM employees to get 'direct-to-employer' health care option

Health / Health & Fitness /

DETROIT -- General Motors announced Monday that it will offer a new "direct-to-employer" lower-cost health insurance option next year for the nearly 24,000 salaried employees and their families who live in southeast Michigan.

The plan, called GM ConnectedCare, would cost employees $300 to $900 less in annual payroll contributions than the ...Read more

Too Bored to Bother? Five Ways to Beat the Workout Blahs

Health / Marilynn Preston /

It's August, and my friend Bobby mentions he's bored with his running routine. (I'm a certified fitness trainer. People tell me these things.)

He's on the treadmill most every day, pounding it out, mile after mile, sparking no joy whatsoever. But it's still good for him, right? Not really. Exercise is the miracle drug we all know, but when your...Read more

Bare grills meet Bear Grylls

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

When Bear Grylls is taping his TV show "Running Wild," he and his celebrity co-adventurers have to prepare a cook-what-you-can-find meal under the most rugged circumstances. You can bet they hope they won't have to grill up and devour a hairy spider, like Bear does on a YouTube video he shot in 2010. (He's terrorized Julia Roberts, Roger Federer...Read more