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Drooling in older people has many causes

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DR. ROACH: My friend is taking care of his 89-year-old mother. She has been drooling for the past two years or so. I read that aging causes muscles used for swallowing to become weaker and causes dysphagia, which in turn causes drooling. Is this true? -- G.P.

ANSWER: Drooling in older people is a common problem that, in addition to being ...Read more

Long COVID Uncommon in Children

Health Advice / Scott LaFee /

Adding to a small but growing body of research, an English study found that the vast majority of children recover from COVID-19 within two months after testing positive. However, the number with persistent symptoms wasn't zero. Of roughly 1,700 pediatric patients surveyed, roughly 4% of children still felt symptoms after one month after ...Read more

Meet the newest meatless meat

Hard to believe, but in one recent year, Americans ordered 2.3 billion restaurant servings of chicken nuggets. So, when meatless nuggets were launched onto menus and put in grocery stores, it caused quite a commotion.

What are these concoctions made of? Impossible Chicken Nuggets contain 28 ingredients -- never a good sign when a "food" is ...Read more

What could be the cause of sudden osteonecrosis in knee?

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 69-year-old Caucasian woman with newly found necrosis of the knee bone, along with a fracture. I do not have diabetes, but I received a month of steroids last November when I had COVID. I also use Adair daily for asthma. I am scheduled for total knee replacement this coming October. My primary care doctor, my orthopedist ...Read more

Don't paint yourself into a corner: foods to stay younger longer

In "The Picture of Dorian Gray," by Oscar Wilde, Dorian was able to avoid (for a while, at least) the tribulations of aging by making a deal with the devil to have his portrait get old and wrinkly as he stayed young and smooth-skinned. A masterpiece of self-deception for sure.

Chances are you are making an opposite -- but just as deadly -- deal...Read more

Male breast growth could be the result of low testosterone

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 70-year-old male who has been experiencing an increase in breast size (slightly more on the left than the right) over the past year. I am healthy and have taken no medications for the past six months except sildenafil, on an as-needed basis. I am approximately 10-15 pounds overweight, but exercise regularly. Because of ...Read more

Exercise and the brain

Myron Rolle played football at Florida State University (and graduated in two and a half years) and was headed for the NFL when he became a Rhodes Scholar. So he postponed his football career a year to attend Oxford University. Afterward, he was picked by the Tennessee Titans in the 2010 draft. An outstanding safety, nonetheless, he headed back ...Read more

Shedding after vaccine? No. Asyptomatic and contagious? Yes

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: In a recent column, you wrote that there is no risk to family from shedding after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. You failed to mention that according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the grandparents could catch COVID and spread it even after being fully vaccinated. Also, according to the CDC, they might be ...Read more


Quinn-Essential Nutrition: Junk Jaunt treasures

Health Advice / Nutrition /

We accidentally stumbled upon it last year as we drove through the rolling Sandhills of Nebraska.

“What’s with all these garage sales?” I asked my husband as town after tiny town along our route displayed bright signs announcing a plethora of old treasures.

I later learned about Nebraska’s Junk Jaunt — a yearly event along a 300-mile...Read more

The difference between the common cold and the delta variant

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: Could you explain the difference between the delta variant and the common cold? How is one to know if an illness is the common cold with cough for weeks or the virus! -- Anon.

ANSWER: The virus that causes COVID-19 -- SARS-CoV-2 -- is a coronavirus that can cause many different symptoms, some of which are similar to the cold. ...Read more

Everyday activities that count as exercise

Jamal Crawford is basketball's all-time high scorer of four-point plays -- he totaled 60 in his career with nine teams. That rarity happens when a player makes a three-point field goal while simultaneously being fouled by a defensive player -- and makes the resulting free throw.

You gotta love the unusual ways athletes find to get a little ...Read more

Be bold, feel 'yold' (Psst! That's feeling young when you are old)

In 1900, only 12% of white men and women born then would live past 65. For people of color, it was even worse: Only 11% of African American women and 10% of African American men would make it to what we now call retirement age. Only 4% of any group reached age 85.

According to Dr. Mike's new book, "The Great Age Reboot," by 2050, life ...Read more

Viagra and any form of nitroglycerine do not mix!

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: My husband is taking Eliquis 5 mg (half a tab daily). He has had erectile dysfunction for 15 to 20 years and is 78 years old. Since we are in a new marriage, he obtained Viagra in Mexico. His cardiologist would not prescribe it. What precautions should he take or symptoms to look for when he starts taking it? He also takes ...Read more

Doses In Abundance

Health Advice / Scott LaFee /

With vaccination rates slowing (or never really getting momentum) in some parts of the country, U.S. public health officials have begun to worry about unused COVID-19 vaccines going to waste as their expiration dates come up this summer. Authorities estimate there are enough doses at risk to vaccinate more than 13 million people.

A Pox On ...Read more

A good theory about how to get yourself off the couch

Theories come and go. For example, 18th-century chemists thought phlogiston was a substance that was released when something burned ... and breathing removed it from your body so you wouldn't spontaneously ignite. And it's long been said that the best way to get into a new exercise routine is to start slowly. But a study published in JAMA ...Read more

Guillain-Barre syndrome is an autoimmune response

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I have multiple sclerosis, Addison's disease, rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. I am on steroids daily as well as potent immunosuppressives. In November 2013, I received a flu shot, and 10 days later I came down with Guillain-Barre syndrome. I was paralyzed for six months. Half of my doctors say I should take the COVID vaccine; the...Read more

Gut instincts? Now that's using your brain

The 1975 movie "Muhammad Ali: Skill, Brains and Guts" sums up the artful relationship that exists between the mind and the digestive system -- and how, when they're working together, you're likely looking at a champion performance, whether you're the greatest athlete and boxer of all time or an ordinary Joe or Jane simply trying to stay healthy....Read more

Order matters when it comes to taking pneumonia vaccines

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: My doctor recommended both pneumococcal vaccines for me. He recommended the PCV-13 (Prevnar) first, followed two months later by the PPSV-23 (Pneumovax). He also told me that if I had them in the reverse order, I would have had to wait a full year between the shots, not just two months. Why is that? -- R.S.

ANSWER: I'm afraid ...Read more

Diabetes Quick Fix: Pork and Caraway Scented Red Cabbage

Health Advice / Health Advice /

Caraway-scented red cabbage combines with sauteed pork for this German-style dinner.

Helpful Hints:

— You can use a Golden Delicious apple instead of Granny Smith.

— Dark German bread goes well with this dinner. You can use whole wheat bread instead.

— If only larger heads of red cabbage are available, ask the produce manager to cut ...Read more

Work to prevent one hazard and you help prevent six others

You may hate childproof lids that make it difficult to take an aspirin when you need one fast, but as a direct result of the 1970 Poison Prevention Packaging Act, deaths have decreased by 1.4 for every million kids ages 5 and younger. Simple changes have big benefits.

The same is true for the leading causes of death in adults. Most cases might ...Read more