Health & Spirit



The cycle of life (where's your helmet?!)

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

Over an eight-year span, 138 of 1,584 cyclists who started the Tour de France had to withdraw because of injuries -- almost half from crashes that fractured their clavicle (the most common injury), wrist, hand, femur, humerus (not funny) or ribs. Sounds pretty perilous, but it's nothing compared with the statistics in a recent Lancet article ...Read more

Cognitive impairment after surgery is not uncommon in seniors

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 67-year-old estate planning attorney. Last year I had back surgery and experienced substantial cognitive impairment immediately after. It has been over a year, and I have recovered perhaps 80% of my prior mental function. I would appreciate your thoughts on this issue, as many of my elderly clients have also experienced ...Read more

'Obamacare' insurers may win a $12 billion claim in Supreme Court

Health / Health & Fitness /

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court gave a sympathetic hearing Tuesday to health insurers who were promised their losses would be covered if they expanded coverage under the Affordable Care Act, only to have the Republican-controlled Congress later refuse to pay.

"This case involves a massive government bait-and-switch and the fundamental question ...Read more

Mayo Clinic Minute: Minimally invasive procedure for emphysema

Health / Health & Fitness /

Almost 15.7 million people in the U.S. report they've been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. One of the most common forms of COPD is emphysema. Symptoms include breathing difficulty, cough, mucus production and wheezing.

But a minimally invasive procedure is...Read more

Lifestyle changes essential to control high blood pressure

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

TV's Duane Chapman, aka "Dog the Bounty Hunter," is a smoker and has numerous health problems, including high blood pressure. When Dr. Oz tested it, Dog's was high: 148 over 97, stage 2 HBP. That level calls for remedial action to protect the heart, brain and kidneys. "Hypertension is the biggest ager of all," Dr. Oz told Dog.

According to the ...Read more

Very high calcium score could be a false positive

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am an 80-year-old male who's very physically active. Six years ago, I had a coronary calcium scan resulting in a score of 3,708 with no symptoms. A few days later, a thallium treadmill stress test showed no problems.

I have aortic stenosis that recently reached the borderline-severe stage and is being dealt with by my doctor. ...Read more

'Warm' hotlines deliver help before mental health crisis heats up

Health / Health & Fitness /

A lonely and anxious Rebecca Massie first called the Mental Health Association of San Francisco "warmline" during the 2015 winter holidays.

"It was a wonderful call," said Massie, now 38 and a mental health advocate. "I was laughing by the end, and I got in the holiday spirit."

Massie, a San Francisco resident, later used the line multiple ...Read more

'Obamacare' back at Supreme Court, with billions for insurers on the line

Health / Health & Fitness /

WASHINGTON -- More than $12 billion is at stake for the nation's health insurers Tuesday when the Supreme Court hears another Affordable Care Act case.

For the federal government, the potential damages could be far greater, as its reputation as a reliable partner to private businesses is on the line.

Unlike earlier Obamacare cases before the ...Read more

UnitedHealth Group buying specialty pharmacy

Health / Health & Fitness /

UnitedHealth Group's Optum division for health care services is acquiring a Michigan-based specialty pharmacy company that also provides infusion services for patients.

According to deal terms announced Monday, UnitedHealth is paying $4 per share for Diplomat Pharmacy Inc. while also assuming the company's debt.

The acquired pharmacy business ...Read more

Former Outcome Health executive pleads guilty to charges for alleged role in $1 billion fraud scheme

Health / Health & Fitness /

CHICAGO -- Former Outcome Health executive Ashik Desai pleaded guilty Monday to wire fraud charges for his alleged role in a nearly $1 billion fraud scheme at the Chicago-based company.

Desai was released on condition of bond after his federal court appearance in Chicago, and surrendered his passport Desai, now 26, served as Outcome's executive...Read more

Battling brain fog

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

In 1952, London was paralyzed for five days with a superfog that held in sulfurous coal-burning pollution from homes and offices, making it impossible in some parts of town to see your feet as you walked (and coughed) down the street. But the brain fog that often accompanies chronic illnesses like obesity, heart disease, dementia, depression and...Read more

What's the reason for the flu season?

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: Why is there a flu season instead of it being a year-round health challenge? And why do flu strains originate in Southeast Asia instead of, say, Poughkeepsie, New York? -- M.S.

ANSWER: Why there is a flu season is a bit of a mystery. Scientists used to think it was due to people staying indoors more during cold weather or ...Read more

Patient-induced trauma: Hospitals learn to defuse violence

Health / Health & Fitness /

SAN DIEGO -- When Mary Prehoden gets dressed for work every morning, her eyes lock on the bite-shaped scar on her chest.

It's a harsh reminder of one of the worst days of her life. Prehoden, a nurse supervisor at Scripps Mercy Hospital San Diego, was brutally attacked last year by a schizophrenic patient who was off his medication. He lunged at...Read more

Is Heart-Healthy Holiday Eating Possible?

Health / Nutrition News /

While celebrating the holiday and eating healthy may seem like a tug of war, there are strategies to help.

Don't think all or nothing. If you had a piece of pie (or two) at Thanksgiving, it's not time to give up on eating healthy. When morning rolls around, get back on track. One piece of pie, one meal or one day of overeating isn't going to ...Read more

The prognosis on extra heartbeat is usually normal

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I'm an 83-year-old woman in very good health who takes no medications. My doctor informed me that I have an "extra" heartbeat, but I have no noticeable symptoms. What is my prognosis? Will my heart wear out sooner? -- R.P.

ANSWER: Based on what you've told me, I'm going to guess that you have an irregular heart rate due to some ...Read more

Breaking your bad binge-watching habits

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

The website lets you find out how long it will take you to watch every episode of your favorite shows: Thirteen days and 22 hours will get you through the entire collection of "The Simpsons"; two days and 14 hours for all of "Breaking Bad"; and 20 hours and 50 minutes will complete "Stranger Things."

We suggest, if those times ...Read more

As his wife's caregiver, a doctor discovers what's missing at health care's core

Health / Health & Fitness /

Caring for someone with a serious illness stretches people spiritually and emotionally, often beyond what they might have thought possible.

Dr. Arthur Kleinman, a professor of psychiatry and anthropology at Harvard University, calls this "enduring the unendurable" in his recently published book, "The Soul of Care: The Moral Education of a ...Read more

Diabetes Quick Fix: Shrimp Mushroom Quesadillas and Black Bean and Tomato Salad

Health / Health Advice /

These quesadillas are little Tex-Mex sandwiches that are pan-fried and served with a quick Black Bean and Tomato salad. The variety of textures and flavors from the earthy, meaty mushrooms to the soft cheese and crisp tortillas combines to create a tasty, satisfying meal.

The mushrooms and spinach are pre-cooked, which can be done in the same ...Read more

California surprise-billing law protects patients but aggravates many doctors

Health / Health & Fitness /

More than two years after California's surprise-billing law took effect, there's one thing on which consumer advocates, doctors and insurers all agree: The law has been effective at protecting many people from bills they might have been saddled with from doctors who aren't in their insurance network.

But the consensus stops there.

"In general,...Read more

Quinn on Nutrition: Gifts that give back

Health / Nutrition /

And here we are in December. I don't understand it, but this year -- for the first time in a long time -- my Christmas shopping has been extremely easy. So far, I've happened upon gifts that are handmade or personal ... and not too expensive. I love when that happens.

So for those of you who missed Black Friday (I did) and would like some ...Read more