Health & Spirit



GOP lawmakers who voted for years to repeal Obamacare now campaigning to save popular parts of it

Health / Health & Fitness /

WASHINGTON -- Republican lawmakers and candidates across the country are suddenly telling voters they'll protect pre-existing conditions rules, brushing aside the fact that many voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act dozens of times and that GOP leaders pledge to resume that fight in 2019.

The shift reflects the growing popularity of Obamacare...Read more

Physical prostate exam not always part of annual physical

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 66-year-old male and was a patient of the same doctor for over 30 years. He recently retired. Part of my annual physical for as long as I can remember included a prostate exam. I now have a young, new doctor and at my recent physical, he did not give me a prostate exam. While the exam isn't something I looked forward to, I...Read more

Beware hidden sugars in so-called healthy foods

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

Robe Lowe's remake of the "The Bad Seed" fills you with horror as you (and he) realize his sweet daughter Emma (Mckenna Grace) actually is the personification of evil. Kinda like what U.K. researchers found when they looked into 900 supposedly nice and healthy yogurt products and found that their sweetness is amped up with more added sugar than ...Read more

States act to safeguard young cancer patients' chances to have children

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When Katherine Frega was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma eight years ago at age 17, she was so sick that all she could focus on was starting chemotherapy to treat her aggressive blood cancer. It was her dad who thought to ask the oncologist, "How is this treatment going to affect her ability to have children?"

The oncologist discussed the risks...Read more

Why Are You Sitting While Reading This?

Health / Scott LaFee /

A new analysis of self-reported activity levels among adults in 168 countries indicates that more than one-quarter of the world's adult population doesn't get enough exercise.

Guidelines recommend 150 minutes of moderate exercise, or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise, per week to stay healthy. Roughly one-third of women and one-quarter of men ...Read more

Not enough sleep may be because of stress

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

The Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk looks just like an ordinary Jeep Grand Cherokee, but it has a 707-horsepower supercharged V8 that can go from 0 to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds. It's in a class of car Road and Track Magazine calls "sleeper cars." Well, if you want to be high performance, you should aim to be a super sleeper.

But is this you? You head...Read more

Gilbert syndrome, thalassemia and gallstone formation

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am blessed to be a very healthy 63-year-old woman. I am a vegetarian who eats fish occasionally. I take 600 mg of calcium a day, along with 1 mg folic acid for thalassemia minor. I exercise every day. I sleep well. I feel great and full of energy.

I have diverticulosis due to pockets in my colon, but I have never had an attack...Read more

UnitedHealth Group profit jumps 28 percent, beating analysts' forecasts

Health / Health & Fitness /

Third quarter profit was up 28 percent over last year at Minnetonka, Minn.-based UnitedHealth Group, as the nation's largest health insurer beat analyst expectations and raised financial guidance for the year.

United's health insurance division UnitedHealthcare continued to generate most of the company's revenue in the quarter, but the Optum ...Read more

Warm Up to Thermograms. What? You've Never Head of Them?

Health / Marilynn Preston /

Every woman I know worries about breast cancer, including me. It doesn't just run in my family; it gallops. My grandmother, mother, sister, niece and way too many more 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 ...Read more

Physical activity linked to healthy metabolic profiles in kids

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

As a high-school junior, Baker Mayfield was the starting quarterback for the Lake Travis Cavaliers football team in Austin, Texas. He led those Cavs to a 25-2 record in two seasons and won the 2011 4A State Championship. His teen commitment to sports propelled him to a Heisman Trophy after playing for the University of Oklahoma, later becoming ...Read more

Nobel or no, vitamins don't treat the common cold

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I cannot believe you would talk people out of vitamins as the flu season is approaching. You have some nerve to not quote studies to back up your false premises. Have you never heard of Dr. Linus Pauling? He got the Nobel Prize. -- H.R.

ANSWER: Dr. Linus Pauling won the Nobel Prize in chemistry in 1954 for his work on the nature...Read more

Democrats double down after 8 years defending health care law

Health / Health & Fitness /

WASHINGTON -- Democrats have devoted half their advertising spending in midterm races to health care, according to a report released Monday from a left-leaning group that seeks to protect provisions of former President Barack Obama's signature 2010 law.

The survey of recent polling and advertising spending from Protect Our Care underscores a ...Read more

Frustrated with health insurance costs, some turn to religious plans: 'For us it's been a godsend'

Health / Health & Fitness /

Sarah Barazza doesn't have health insurance, but money was the last thing on her mind as she and her 15-month-old son raced to the hospital in an ambulance last year. The toddler's airway had become swollen from croup, and he struggled to breathe.

"Wow, I'm so grateful I don't have to worry about finances," the Plainfield woman said. "I'm just ...Read more

Use eco-friendly household cleaners

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

When Mr. Fred Rogers came into living rooms around the country (and the world), he spoke to children with a directness, kindness and respect that was, and still is, pretty unparalleled. His remarkable instinct for what would make a child happy and healthy shines through in the recently released documentary on his life titled "Won't You Be My ...Read more

Are patient portals secure?

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: What are your thoughts about the security and integrity of patient portals? Almost all of the physicians we see offer them now; some of them pushing their patients to sign up. While we understand that they offer advantages for both the patient and the physician's office, we have been very reluctant to use them. The main reason is...Read more

Diabetes Quick Fix: Veau aux Oranges (Veal in Orange Sauce) and Broccoli Rice Pilaf

Health / Health Advice /

Veal doesn't have to be a company-only dish. This dinner of Veal in Orange Sauce and Broccoli Rice Pilaf doesn't take long to make. In fact, the veal itself cooks in less than 5 minutes. The secret is to carefully cook the thin slices of veal. If veal is overcooked, it will be tough and dry and even a good sauce won't help.

A pilaf is a rice ...Read more

Environmental Nutrition: Get your passion (fruit) on!

Health / Health & Fitness /

Environmental Nutrition

Passion fruit (Passiflora edulis) is a type of berry that grows on a vine.

The folklore

It's been said that after eating passion fruit, you'll fall in love with the next person you see. Playful, or risqué as that may be, the historical passion behind this tropical ...Read more

Mayo Clinic Q&A: What are eye floaters?

Health / Health & Fitness /

Dear Mayo Clinic: I've noticed several dark spots and cobweblike strings in my vision. Is this something to be concerned about?

A: Dark spots such as those you describe may be floaters. These black or gray specks, strings, or cobwebs typically drift about when you move your eyes and appear to dart away when you look at them directly. They may ...Read more

Weight Loss and Breast Cancer

Health / Nutrition News /

October is breast cancer awareness month. The fight to find a cure is dear to many of our hearts, as we've been touched by family and friends who have had to fight this battle.

A new study finds there is a powerful weapon available to all of us to prevent breast cancer: losing as little as 5 percent of our body weight.

A study in the journal, ...Read more

Cannabis and its effect on motor vehicle accidents

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: In a recent column, you mentioned that "Cannabis adversely affects driving ability." Yet, further on in the article, you state that, "Early data from areas that legalized recreational marijuana suggest reduced rates of motor vehicle accidents."

These two statements seem to contradict each other. I believe I've read several ...Read more