Health & Spirit



Spasm diagnosed by measuring pressure in esophagus

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 72-year-old woman. For many years, or even decades (but infrequently, like every few months), I have experienced sudden chest pressure or tightness while eating my evening meal.

Out of the blue, I feel extreme pressure or tightness in my chest, and I must stop eating and take a few deep breaths. It then goes away and I ...Read more

The problem with sleeping pills for the elderly

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

You may remember the comedian Irene Ryan as Granny on "The Beverly Hillbillies," but does the name Jerry Brutsche ring a bell? He was her stunt double for 20 episodes from 1963 to 1970. So when Granny -- after making and sampling a batch of moonshine -- would do cartwheels, chances are it was actually her stunt double Jerry risking life and limb...Read more

Time to revisit sun protection for the whole family

Health / Health & Fitness /

Spring sunshine is finally here, and summer is fast approaching. As adults and kids gear up for beach vacations, outdoor play and dining alfresco, it's a good time to revisit sun protection for the whole family.

The Skin Cancer Foundation, on its website, recommends nine simple ways to protect your skin, including using a broad-spectrum ...Read more

Was the CBO report on health care bill good or bad? Depends on whom you ask

Health / Health & Fitness /

WASHINGTON -- The revised House Republican bill to replace Obamacare would leave 23 million people without health insurance by 2026 and 14 million uninsured in its first year, according to a new analysis released Wednesday by the Congressional Budget Office.

The new estimates for the American Health Care Act are a slight improvement over ...Read more

CBO analysis: Millions would lose health coverage under House-passed bill

Health / Health & Fitness /

WASHINGTON -- The Republican health care bill that passed the House earlier this month would nearly double the number of Americans without health insurance over the next decade, according to a new analysis by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.

The much-anticipated report cast a new shadow over the controversial legislation and likely ...Read more

Ryan on GOP health care bill: 'We will get hit for this'

Health / Health & Fitness /

WASHINGTON -- Speaker Paul D. Ryan is acutely aware that Republicans will be attacked over the health care bill that his chamber passed a few weeks ago, but the Wisconsin Republican felt that inaction was not an option.

"I'll accept that we will get hit for this," Ryan said Wednesday at an Axios' News Shapers event. "But we're in leadership. We...Read more

Republican senator seeks to save Obamacare before dismantling it

Health / Health & Fitness /

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Lamar Alexander has found himself in an uncommon position for most Republicans this year: trying to save the shaky insurance markets created by the 2010 health care law before attending to a major overhaul of the law.

The opinions of the Tennessee's senior senator carry significant weight among his colleagues. He is a close ...Read more

Gator Aid

Health / Scott LaFee /

Humans naturally come with only two sets of teeth -- baby and adult -- so most of us work pretty hard to hang onto the latter. Alligators, on the other hand, can be reasonably assured of a toothy grin throughout life. They may replace each of their 80 teeth as many as 50 times in a lifespan.

Scientists at the University of Southern California...Read more

Leading the fight against lead pollution

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

Chicago Bear's Mike Ditka was playing his first pro game against the Vikings in 1961 when he audaciously told teammate and veteran guard Alex Karras to get the lead out of his rear end. Karras took a swing at Ditka for that -- but Ditka's ferocious attitude kept him at the top of his game, and made him the Bears' head coach from 1982 to 1992. ...Read more

Where does weight go when you lose it?

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: When you lose weight through diet and exercise, where does the weight go? -- L.A.J.

ANSWER: Weight gain and weight loss in the very short term can be related to body fluid, but I think you are really talking about people who have made a long-term loss of, say, 10 pounds. Those 10 pounds can be fat or muscle. In people who are ...Read more

Senate Republicans face pressure to buck Trump and stabilize health markets

Health / Health & Fitness /

WASHINGTON -- Senate Republicans face increasing pressure to rescue health insurance markets and protect coverage for millions of Americans amid growing fears the Trump administration is going let the markets collapse.

In recent days, leading hospitals, physician groups, health insurers and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce have pleaded with the ...Read more

Game On! When Times Are Tough, the Tough Need to Play

Health / Marilynn Preston /

Sigmund Freud didn't get everything right, but here's one thing he said that has the ring of truth. "In our innermost soul," the world's most famous shrink tells us, "we are children and remain so for the rest of our lives."

Some years earlier, Plato delivered this bit of wisdom: "What then is the right way of living? Life must be lived as play...Read more

Emotional eating starts early

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine who died in Greece in 370 B.C., often is quoted as saying, "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food." That certainly fits in with his philosophy that disease is a result of environmental factors, diet and living habits. And we're sure he didn't mean that you should eat sweet, fatty foods to ...Read more

To best fix nutrition gap, determine what is affecting appetite

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I'm a 78-year-old woman, and I don't have the greatest appetite. My doctor has recommended that I take a liquid breakfast drink (like Carnation Instant Breakfast) and vegetable juice along with my regular meals. Are they worth the expense? Do they help nutrition? -- E.I.

ANSWER: I'd want to find out why your appetite isn't so ...Read more

Health insurers plan higher premiums as exasperation with Trump grows

Health / Health & Fitness /

WASHINGTON -- Health insurers across the country are making plans to significantly raise premiums or leave Affordable Care Act marketplaces as exasperation grows with the Trump administration's erratic management of the program.

Meanwhile, state insurance regulators -- Democratic and Republican -- have increasingly concluded they cannot count ...Read more

Trump administration gets delays on decision over legal challenge to Obamacare aid for the poor

Health / Health & Fitness /

WASHINGTON -- A federal court Monday granted the Trump administration more time to decide how to handle a lawsuit challenging federal healthcare aid for low-income Americans who rely on Obamacare health plans.

The move may put off a showdown over the assistance, which health insurers and many experts believe is crucial to sustaining insurance ...Read more

Gut check: No time like the pretty soon

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

After contracting with a publisher to write "The Hunchback of Notre Dame," Victor Hugo procrastinated writing it for more than a year. Finally, six months before the manuscript was due, he locked all of his clothes away, save one shawl, so that he was forced to stay inside and finish the book. The strategy worked. He turned the book in two weeks...Read more

Medical research has more than just a profit motive

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I recently have been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. I have read all sorts of pamphlets and brochures; I have been to classes at the local hospital to learn about managing this disease; I have seen the vast array of supplies for testing blood sugar at my local pharmacy. I have come away with a theory on which I would like to hear...Read more

New mail campaign highlights AHCA impact on older voters

Health / Health & Fitness /

WASHINGTON -- Older voters in two GOP districts are the targets of a new direct mail campaign highlighting higher costs for seniors under the GOP health care bill.

The liberal advocacy group Save My Care is launching a direct mail campaign this weekend aimed at 30,000 voters between the ages of 50 and 64 in Arizona's 2nd District, home to Rep. ...Read more

Nutrition News: Metabolism Myths

Health / Nutrition News /

Why can one person eat like a growing teenager and not gain a pound, while another person's every indulgence shows up on the scale? Chalk it up to individual differences in metabolism, muscle mass and physical activity. Metabolism is the process by which our bodies convert what we eat into the energy we need to survive and function. It powers ...Read more


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