Health & Spirit



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

Addressing the pain of peripheral neuropathy

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: My feet hurt me so much that I no longer want to live. I am a 63-year-old white female. I have Type 2 diabetes, since 2014. My podiatrist says that I have plantar fasciitis, osteoarthritis and foot neuropathy. I have all the symptoms of peripheral neuropathy and then some. My feet feel like I am walking on hot coals almost all ...Read more

Give whooping cough the whoopin' it deserves

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

The whooping crane is an endangered species -- about 400 of these noisy, 5-foot-tall birds are left in North America. If only whooping cough (that's pertussis) -- a virulent, life-threatening infection -- could be wiped out instead! In the 1970s, there were only a couple of thousand reported cases annually in the U.S.; but in 2014, the number ...Read more

How you should be exhaling

Health / Health & Fitness /

Much has been taught in the realm of relaxation around taking deep breaths.

But how much do we think about ending a breath well?

The exhale is the most important part, says Belisa Vranich, author of "Breathe: The Simple, Revolutionary 14-Day Program to Improve Your Mental and Physical Health."

Her book (and Breathing Class workshops for ...Read more

Yummy desserts for diabetics

Health / Health Advice /

I'm not going to lie to you: Desserts without sugar do not taste as good as desserts with it.

But diabetes is not to be taken lightly. It is literally a matter of life and limb. Amputations are common with diabetes. So is blindness. Sugar makes it worse, and so do carbohydrates.

Basically, everything that makes a dessert good is what makes it ...Read more

Fiber is under the radar, but still boosts health

Health / Health Advice /

Dietary fiber is so 20th century.

Important research published and widely publicized in the 1970s, '80s and '90s highlighted fiber's role in reducing the risk of heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, gastrointestinal disorders including diverticulitis, and some cancers -- all while helping to control weight. Save the world with fiber.

Here in the ...Read more

Studies estimate impact of AHCA on health insurance

Health / Health & Fitness /

The good old days of health insurance pricing could return, depending on what part of the country people live in.

Before the Affordable Care Act, it was difficult to buy an individual health insurance policy for those who were pregnant, had sleep apnea or diabetes, among other problems. These were reasons that insurers used to automatically ...Read more

House may be forced to vote again on GOP's Obamacare repeal bill

Health / Health & Fitness /

WASHINGTON -- House Republicans barely managed to pass their Obamacare repeal bill earlier this month, and they now face the possibility of having to vote again on their controversial health measure.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., hasn't yet sent the bill to the Senate because there's a chance that parts of it may need to be redone, depending...Read more

Obamacare premiums could skyrocket next year amid uncertain repeal efforts

Health / Health & Fitness /

WASHINGTON -- Early rate filings by Obamacare insurers suggest consumers will face significantly higher premiums for marketplace coverage next year due to regulatory and political uncertainty surrounding the Affordable Care Act.

After significant premium hikes in 2017 corrected for underpricing by insurers the previous two years, most analysts ...Read more


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