Health & Spirit



Diet advice for kidney stone sufferers

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: Please tell me the foods to avoid since I am a kidney-stone maker (I believe my stones are oxalate). I have had six stones to date that I have passed, and one is now lodged -- and I can't take much more. Is tea a cause of stones (since I drink quite a bit of tea, year-round)? -- J.J.

ANSWER: Kidney stones are common in both men ...Read more

How to use foods to calm down and dodge dementia

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

Cherimoya, samphire, jabuticaba, kiwano, pumelo and Romanesco. No, that is not the name of an international law firm, or the six magic words that will open the hidden door in King Tut's tomb. Those are very memorable fruits and vegetables (four are fruits, two are veggies; can you guess which is which?) that help reduce stress, bolster your ...Read more

McCarthy: No health care vote Friday or Saturday

Health / Health & Fitness /

WASHINGTON -- The House will not vote on a measure to repeal and replace the 2010 health care law Friday or Saturday, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said Thursday.

"We've been educating people on health care," he said. "It's not tomorrow. I never said it was going to be tomorrow. ... We are not voting on health care tomorrow."

When asked...Read more

Moderate Republicans could derail the revived Obamacare repeal bill

Health / Health & Fitness /

WASHINGTON -- Moderate Republicans will determine whether the bill to repeal Obamacare makes it out of the House of Representatives in the coming days, as skeptical conservatives are now on board with a health care bill that failed moments before a scheduled vote last month.

An amendment offered earlier this week by New Jersey Republican Rep. ...Read more

GOP shuts out doctors, experts, Democrats as they work on Obamacare repeal

Health / Health & Fitness /

WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump and House Republicans, in their rush to resuscitate a bill rolling back the Affordable Care Act, are increasingly isolating themselves from outside input and rejecting entreaties to work collaboratively, according to multiple health care officials who have tried to engage GOP leaders.

The White House and its...Read more

Play to Your Strength

Health / Marilynn Preston /

Summer is around the corner, and so are shorts, sleeveless tops, and swimsuits -- all in bright colors and zippy designs that often reveal doughy arms and generous thighs.

A few rounds of golf can't help you. You can run a 10K every weekend, or hike, bike and play tennis till the cows come home ("who has cows?" you're asking), and still the ...Read more

Uncommon genetic disorder prevents fatty acid metabolization

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I'm a 55-year-old mother of three daughters. I found out through genetic testing that I am a carrier for adrenoleukodystrophy. My middle daughter also is a carrier. She has three children, the last being a male, who was born with ALD. The positive result came too late to save cord blood.

Thanks to the Aidan Jack Seeger ...Read more

One more reason not to drink sodas: that sound in the attic

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

You've seen the movie: A bump in the attic; an attractive young woman, alone in the house, decides to investigate. Slowly, she ascends the stairs. At the top, there's a door that's closed. She listens, thinks she hears something, and reaches for the doorknob. You want to scream out, "Don't do it!"

Well, that's how we feel when we see anyone ...Read more

GOP leaders weigh Saturday health bill vote amid new support

Health / Health & Fitness /

WASHINGTON -- House Republican leaders are considering holding a quick vote on their embattled health care bill after a group of conservative holdouts endorsed a revised version

Facing White House pressure to pass the bill, the Republican vote-counting team is trying to gauge support for a vote Saturday, according to a Republican aide familiar ...Read more

GOP's Obamacare repeal plan would give Congress and its staff special treatment

Health / Health & Fitness /

WASHINGTON -- The latest Republican plan to replace Obamacare exempts members of Congress and their staff from key changes to the health care system the GOP is trying to unravel.

The new proposal would allow members of Congress, their families and their employees to have access to the same list of benefits that Obamacare guarantees, and ...Read more

Trump backs down: Obamacare subsidies can stay, for now

Health / Health & Fitness /

WASHINGTON -- With barely two days to go before the federal government would run out of money, lawmakers remained at odds Wednesday over a few details, although one major sticking point between the White House and Democrats was resolved, reducing the likelihood of a shutdown on Friday.

Chiefly, the White House confirmed that payments owed to ...Read more

White House to continue Obamacare payments, averting potential obstacle

Health / Health & Fitness /

WASHINGTON -- One potential obstacle in the negotiations to prevent a government shutdown was averted Wednesday when the White House announced it would continue -- at least for now -- to provide critical funding for the Affordable Care Act.

President Donald Trump had once threatened to withhold money that helps many low-income Americans cover ...Read more

Moderates hedge on new Obamacare repeal amendment

Health / Health & Fitness /

WASHINGTON -- Moderate Republicans are not embracing the latest Republican amendment to the party's GOP health care overhaul.

At least four members who did not support the original legislation, including Reps. Dan Donovan, R-N.Y.; Charlie Dent, R-Pa.; Jeff Denham, R-Calif.; and Leonard Lance, R-N.J., still do not support it. More centrists are ...Read more

Trump may get his health care deal after all

Health / Health & Fitness /

WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration's push to revive the moribund GOP health care proposal has apparently paid off.

The White House and key Republicans in the House of Representatives are reportedly close to an agreement to amend the bill so that states could opt out of two popular Affordable Care Act provisions, including one that requires ...Read more

With Trump's wall off the table, Obamacare takes center stage in shutdown showdown

Health / Health & Fitness /

WASHINGTON -- It appears President Donald Trump will settle for enhanced funding for border security instead of his signature wall.

Talks about averting a government shutdown progressed Tuesday after funding for building the wall between the U.S. and Mexico fell off the negotiating table, but lawmakers still had to work through a thicket of ...Read more

Keeping Abreast -- Or Not

Health / Scott LaFee /

More women with early-stage cancer in one breast are deciding to have preventive surgery to remove the other, cancer-free breast, say researchers in a new study published in JAMA Surgery.

The scientists looked at data from more than 1.2 million women age 20 and older who had been diagnosed with invasive cancer in one breast. One-third of ...Read more

Protect children from the opioid epidemic

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

The old saying "Curiosity killed the cat" dates back to the middle of the 16th century. And the idea that cats have nine lives may predate that. Some believe the phrase originated with the Egyptian's obsession with cats (think Sphinx). But either way, the bottom line is that cats are really curious and that can get them in big trouble, just like...Read more

There's no getting 'addicted to' oxygen

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I have COPD and have been on oxygen for about 12 years now. I recently saw a cardiologist for the first time, and he found that I have atrial fibrillation. He added Xarelto and atenolol to my regimen. My heart rate is now steady at 65-70, but my oxygen reserve has disappeared: Any activity drops my oxygen saturation to below 80 ...Read more

HHS, states move to help insurers defray costs of sickest patients

Health / Health & Fitness /

As congressional Republicans' efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act remain in limbo, the Trump administration and some states are taking steps to help insurers cover the cost of their sickest patients, a move that industry analysts say is critical to keeping premiums affordable for plans sold through the law's online marketplaces...Read more

All Is Well: Read This Book and Make Us All Happy

Health / Marilynn Preston /

As many of you dear readers already know, I'm a big fan of yoga, race walking and mini haystacks of crispy fries. But when it comes to the aerobic tooting of my own horn, I'm a slacker. If it is in my DNA, it's been hiding for decades.

And now this. After more than 40 years as the author of America's longest-running healthy lifestyle column, I'...Read more


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