Health & Spirit



Juicing or Smoothie?

Health / Nutrition News /

We need 5 cups of fruits and vegetables a day, according to the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. That's a banana, 8 large strawberries, 12 baby carrots, 10 broccoli florets and 1 large sweet potato. Sound like a lot? Most of us don't come close.

So can we drink or fruits and veggies and get the same effect?

In the end, Tufts ...Read more

Lip inflammation causes unending irritation

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: For over two years, my wife has been having a problem with her lower lip. From morning on, it swells, irritating her and causing her to lick her lips constantly. She has seen doctors, dentists and specialists, all of whom have no answer and have no one to refer her to. It causes her no end of irritation. Do you have a reason, a ...Read more

When flu delivers the old one-two

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

Around 1919, the phrase "the old one-two" first appeared when sports writers described a left-right combo that landed an opponent flat on his back. And it's just as appropriate today when using the phrase to describe what can happen if you come down with the flu.

This is an especially flu-ish year. As of Feb. 2, 42 states plus New York City and...Read more

High pulse rate may be side effect of blood pressure meds

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I have been on blood pressure medicine (nifedipine) and cholesterol medicine for approximately 30 years. I am 72. Over the past two years, an average of my readings (morning and night) is 135/85, and my pulse is 103.

I exercise 20-25 minutes every day, farm, play golf, work in my wood shop and stay active. Why is my pulse so ...Read more

Don't overdo it on the laxatives

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

In the 2005 movie "Wedding Crashers," John (Owen Wilson) and Jeremy (Vince Vaughn) cruise weddings (without invitations) to find dates. That is, until John falls for a bride's sister, Claire. To steal her away from her boyfriend named Sack (really!), John puts medicated eyedrops into his wine, producing a laxative effect that leaves him stuck in...Read more

Why Lupus is Mostly a Woman's Disease

Health / Scott LaFee /

Of the 16,000 cases of lupus -- a chronic autoimmune disease that can damage any part of the body -- that are reported each year in the United States, 90 percent occur in women. Sex differences have long and obviously been suspect as a driving factor, but now scientists think they have a specific culprit: over-expression of a gene called Tlr7....Read more

The health pitfalls of juice

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

In the 2005 comedy "Kicking and Screaming," former NFL coach Mike Ditka plays an assistant to kids' soccer coach Phil (Will Ferrell). At one point, the ever-bossy coach Phil yells, "You're supposed to back me up and go get me juice boxes ... Now go get me a juice box!" "Are you crazy?" retorts Ditka. "Oh, I'm not crazy," says Phil, "I'm just ...Read more

It's time for a more thorough examination of nipple pain

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a healthy 94-year-old woman. Over the past four months, I have had pain in the nipple of my left breast. I went to my doctor and was told to put hydrocortisone on it twice a day. I did and it didn't help, but the doctor told me to continue. I saw a gynecologist, who ordered a mammogram, which was negative. I had an ...Read more

Mayo Clinic Q&A: Is daily drinking problem drinking?

Health / Health & Fitness /

Dear Mayo Clinic: Is it possible to become an alcoholic just by having one or two drinks nightly? I have a glass or two of wine with dinner but never drink to the point of feeling drunk. Should I be concerned?

A: Occasional beer or wine with dinner, or a drink in the evening, is not a health problem for most people. When drinking becomes a ...Read more

Mayo Clinic minute: Play hockey safely

Health / Health & Fitness /

From peewees to the pros as well as the 2018 Winter Olympics, this is the heart of hockey season. Although some may consider it a risky sport for injuries, Dr. Michael Stuart, a Mayo Clinic orthopedic surgeon, says smart play and top-notch training can lower the odds of getting hurt.

Stuart knows hockey and its athletes' health better than most...Read more

Health care billing process is costly and inefficient, study concludes

Health / Health & Fitness /

Health care in the United States is really expensive, and one of the reasons is that managing health care bills is really, really expensive.

Just how expensive? At one large academic medical center, the cost of collecting payments for a single primary care doctor is upward of $99,000 a year.

And billing for primary care visits is a bargain ...Read more

Trump administration takes new steps to loosen health insurance rules

Health / Health & Fitness /

WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration took new steps Tuesday to loosen health insurance rules, moving to allow the sale of more short-term health plans that do not need to offer consumers a full range of health protections.

The proposed regulations – which represent the latest in a series of administrative attacks on the Affordable Care Act ...Read more

Going for Gold: How to Champion Your Inner Olympian

Health / Marilynn Preston /

I'll miss the Olympics when it ends, if it ever ends. I've been tethered to the tube night after night, chip after chip, dazzled by the incredible athleticism on display, constantly humming the Olympic theme song that keeps repeating and repeating: Dum-dum, da-dum-dum-dum-dum... It almost makes me want to run out and buy a Toyota.

Can ...Read more

NSAIDs can get nasty!

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

Ben Affleck, Lisa Kudrow and Janet Jackson suffer from migraines, as do 39 million other Americans. Tension headaches will afflict probably everyone at one time or another. Add to that the fact that 100 million folks in the U.S. deal with chronic pain, and it's hardly surprising that 30 billion doses of prescription and over-the-counter ...Read more

When bladder doesn't empty, urinary-tract infection is likely

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 70-year-old male. In 2013, I experienced an episode of total urinary retention. My urologist's diagnosis was enlarged prostate, and he tried treating me, unsuccessfully, with drugs, after which I underwent a TURP operation. Six months later, I experienced another episode of urinary retention, which resulted in a ...Read more

Don't give me no hand-me-down toys

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

In 1970, The Guess Who sang, "Don't give me no hand-me-down shoes." Correct grammar aside, we'd like to add a lyric: "Don't give me no hand-me-down toys."

You can find old toys in Grandma's attic, on the internet or at a garage sale. Maybe it's a Lionel train set, an old dollhouse or building blocks. Look, but don't buy! Regulations on toy ...Read more

Who owns medical records: patient or physician?

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: On three different occasions, I have had to change doctors: once when I moved out of state, once when my doctor moved out of state and just recently when my doctor sold his private practice. The two first times, I asked for my personal medical records and received a complete file, including notes the doctor had written as to ...Read more

Diabetes Quick Fix: Scaloppine al Marsala (Veal Marsala) with Penne alla Siciliana (Sicilian Penne Pasta)

Health / Health Advice /

Succulent veal with a sweet Marsala wine sauce and pasta brings a touch of Sicily to your table. Marsala wine is a sweet fortified wine that is produced in Sicily by families who have owned their vineyards for many generations.

Helpful Hints:

-- Sherry can be used instead of Marsala.

-- Boneless skinless chicken breasts can be substituted for...Read more

Quinn on Nutrition: Why don't we cook?

Health / Nutrition /

I have a special connection with my bro-in-law, Brian. Not just because we have the same initials and he makes me laugh. Brian is a chef, a really good chef. He and wife Lisa graduated from the former California Culinary Academy in San Francisco. And he's passionate about getting families and kids back into the kitchen.

Sometimes Brian likes to...Read more

Easy Ways to Eat Healthier

Health / Nutrition News /

Most of us really want to eat healthier. We're aware of the many advantages it will yield in better health and reduced risk for disease.

The question is how do you really eat healthier?

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics offers some practical tips.

--Eat Breakfast . There's no better way to start your morning than with a healthy breakfast...Read more