Health & Spirit



HPV does NOT stand for "Haven't Picked a Vaccine"

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

Elvis Presley was proud to get his polio vaccine at CBS's Studio 50 in New York City on Oct. 28, 1956. (Polio is vanquished in the U.S.) Amanda Peet is an outspoken spokeswoman for (83% of babies 19-35 months old get vaccinated for diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis with four plus doses of DTP, DT or DTaP). And Marcia Cross is ...Read more

No need to rush surgery for some types of abdominal hernia

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: A few years ago, I developed visible fat between my naval and my rib cage. My doctor told me that it's a ventral hernia, which is nothing serious. I was told surgery is an option but not necessary. I am a female, 75 years old. Should I be concerned? -- A.M.

ANSWER: If your doctor is right, which I have no reason to doubt, you ...Read more

Taking the cops out of mental health-related 911 rescues

Health / Health & Fitness /

DENVER -- Every day that Janet van der Laak drives between car dealerships in her sales job, she keeps size 12 shoes, some clothes and a packed lunch -- a PB&J sandwich, fruit and a granola bar -- beside her in case she sees her 27-year-old son on the streets.

" 'Jito, come home," she always tells him, using a Spanish endearment. There he can ...Read more

All About Whole Grains

Health / Nutrition News /

There is a lot of confusion when it comes to grains. Should you eat grains? What is a whole grain? How do you cook them? Here are some answers from a Whole Grains: Breaking Barriers conference held in Boston.

Grains worldwide provide nearly 50% of the calories eaten. All grains start out as whole grains, which contain all three original edible ...Read more

It's time for your annual flu vaccine

Health / Keith Roach /

DR. ROACH WRITES: If you haven't gotten your influenza vaccine yet, it's time to think about it. This year's vaccine is similar to last year's, but two of the components have been updated to match the strains that are circulating worldwide and expected to be epidemic in North America. In fact, this year's decision on which specific types to ...Read more

Adipose tissue, lipids and aging

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

The record for the most turnovers in a football game (12) was set on Nov. 22, 1942, during a game between the Detroit Lions and the Chicago Bears. In football, turnovers are not a good thing. In your body, however, adipose lipid turnover is essential to maintain a healthy weight.

A recent study from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden has found ...Read more

New study shows potential link between bad quality sleep and Alzheimer's in Hispanics

Health / Health & Fitness /

Hispanics who have trouble sleeping may be at a higher risk of Alzheimer's disease or other dementias, according to a new study.

The study found a possible link between insomnia, prolonged sleep duration (more than nine hours of sleep) and a decline in neurocognitive functioning, which could precede Alzheimer's disease or other dementias, said ...Read more

Are you a fat head?

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

David "Fathead" Newman played on many of Ray Charles' greatest hits. But he didn't earn his nickname because of how he looked when he played the sax. He got it from his high school music teacher because he refused to learn to read music, preferring to play by ear. Seems being a fathead worked out pretty well for him. It sure doesn't for most ...Read more

Mono is no fun

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: Our 18-year-old has been exposed to mono. Can you provide some information about this disease, including symptoms, treatment, complications and dangers of exposure to other family members, including toddlers and senior citizens? -- F.J.M.

ANSWER: Infectious mononucleosis symptoms can be caused by several viruses and one parasite...Read more

Federal health officials propose loosening anti-kickback laws

Health / Health & Fitness /

WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration on Wednesday unveiled plans to loosen two anti-corruption laws for doctors, in a bid to promote new ways of delivering coordinated health care while attempting to preserve the laws' core aim of combating fraud and abuse.

Physician groups have long sought changes to the anti-kickback law and the Stark self-...Read more

Social Media and Girls

Health / Scott LaFee /

A study of nearly 10,000 teens in the United Kingdom found that more than 25% of girls who used social media frequently throughout the day reported greater anxiety and lower rates of happiness than girls who were on social media sites on only a weekly basis, or even less frequently.

The researchers concluded that the effect could be linked to...Read more

How PG&E's historic blackouts will put California's medical emergency planning to the test

Health / Health & Fitness /

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Health care providers and officials around Northern California said that PG&E's electrical grid shutdown, expected to trigger blackouts in 34 of 58 counties on Wednesday, will test on a grand scale whether residents and medical care facilities have done enough to planning for medical emergencies.

"Placer County is expected...Read more

Stop sepsis before it kills

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

Many people assume that actor Christopher Reeve, known for his role as Superman, died from complications of paralysis (he became quadriplegic after falling in a horse-riding accident). But that wasn't the case. What started as a bedsore, a common hazard for folks with profound mobility issues, triggered sepsis.

It's an overreaction by the body'...Read more

For the best ride, consult a professional bike fitter

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am writing to you about an orthopedic problem for which I hope you can suggest a treatment. Apparently, not having my bike saddle high enough has caused pain in the right side of my right knee. Cycling is now my primary source of exercise, as I am no longer a runner.

The pain occurs when I walk and to some extent when I cycle,...Read more

Study: If you have heart disease, here's how much you should sleep to prevent early death

Health / Health & Fitness /

If you've been diagnosed with hypertension, diabetes or heart disease, getting enough sleep at night is imperative, according to a new report.

Researchers from the Pennsylvania State College of Medicine recently conducted a study, published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, to explore the association between lack of sleep and ...Read more

Diabetes Quick Fix: Pork Scaloppini with Broccoli and Sweet Potatoes

Health / Health Advice /

Pork scaloppini with fresh sauteed tomatoes and garlic accompanied by broccoli and sweet potatoes is a quick family meal.

Helpful Hints:

-- Any type of potato and vegetable can be substituted.

-- Minced garlic can be found in the produce section or condiment section of the supermarket.

-- Diced fresh tomatoes can be found in the produce ...Read more

Cancer patients often need this one basic thing to participate in clinical trials

Health / Health & Fitness /

When Paul Bagga was diagnosed with metastatic lung cancer that soon spread to his brain, the nonsmoker was devastated and terrified.

More than five years later, the Flourtown retiree, 67, is going strong, thanks to participating in clinical testing of a targeted drug developed by Pfizer. Lorbrena was approved last November, and it is still ...Read more

Mayo Clinic Q&A: What are seborrheic keratoses?

Health / Health & Fitness /

Dear Mayo Clinic: I have brown spots over the top half of my body, which my doctor says are seborrheic keratoses and are harmless. What causes them, and is there a way to prevent more from appearing?

A: Seborrheic keratoses are a common skin issue, particularly in older adults. Although they don't pose any health risks, these skin growths can ...Read more

Why Is This Powerful Secret Weapon Against Breast Cancer Still a Secret?

Health / Marilynn Preston /

As I've mentioned before, breast cancer doesn't just run in my family, it gallops. My grandmother, my mother, my sister, my niece and way too many women I know and love have all been diagnosed, so when I tell you I keep abreast of this subject, you'll know I'm not just punning you.

And here's what I've discovered about the war on breast cancer ...Read more

Obese adolescents may benefit gastric bypass surgery

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

Sometimes being overweight as a child turns a person into a fitness buff as an adult. Jennifer Hudson wore a size 16 as a teenager, but through diet and exercise lost 80 pounds. Superfit Superman star Henry Cavill says "Fat Cavill" was his nickname as a kid. And in school, Kate Winslet says she was nicknamed "Blubber." But not every obese or ...Read more