Health Advice





Vaccination effectiveness -- it's important to de-stress

"Expecting Amy" chronicles Amy Schumer's stress-filled pregnancy and her remarkable resilience -- a result, in part, of her unsquashable sense of humor. At a checkup when she sees a sonogram of her pea-sized fetus, she tells it, "You're going to get bigger, and we don't want you to be body shamed. Eventually you'll be the size of a lima bean, ...Read more

High doses of misinformation can lead to diabetes

In October 2020, a study by the Digital New Deal found the number of interactions with false content on Facebook had spiked 242% since 2016. But social media isn't the only place where news gets skewed so innocent bystanders -- like you -- get skewered.

A recent study declared "high doses of saccharin don't lead to diabetes in healthy adults." ...Read more

Facial fillers and COVID-19 vaccine reactions

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: Will I have a reaction to the new COVID-19 vaccine because I have an implanted stimulator? I heard that people with face fillers had reactions since it was foreign items in the body. I also have had back surgeries and hip replacement. I'm a 72-year-old female with diabetes. I'm soon able to receive the vaccine, so I am concerned....Read more

Vaccinating the World

Health Advice / Scott LaFee /

As frustratingly slow as the COVID-19 vaccination rollout has been in the United States, it's a lot worse in many parts of the world, especially lower-income nations. The International Rescue Committee estimates that only 20% of populations in these nations are likely to be vaccinated in 2021.

The reasons for immunizations falling behind, ...Read more

For your child's future mental health, make smart choices today

When moms were interviewed about the qualities they hoped their children would develop, a survey from Motherly found kindness was No. 1, followed by attributes such as respect, resilience, curiosity, intelligence, generosity and bravery. All are characteristics of an emotionally healthy child, teen and adult.

But those traits may turn out to be...Read more

Pernicious anemia comes from lack of intrinsic factor

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I have had pernicious anemia for about eight years and must have an injection of vitamin B-12 every three weeks to stay alive. I am also a diabetic for over 10 years, with my A1C remaining in the 6.1-6.5 range over that time. My daily glucose level reading is very sensitive, almost overly so, to levels of stress in my life. Do ...Read more

Foods that cool chronic inflammation

Love Fest 2021, this year's free music extravaganza out of Chardon, Ohio, is being held virtually on June 26, streaming live on YouTube. Now that's something to love that's loving you in return -- just what Dr. Mike says is the dynamic that makes for a perfect meal plan. You want to love the foods that love you back.

Quick check: Do you have ...Read more

Placebo response may be at work on reader's leg cramps

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I was a bit surprised that in your response to a question about coping with nighttime leg cramps some time ago, you made no mention of vitamin E. I was troubled with these painful cramps increasingly often and tried both calcium and magnesium supplements without evident improvement. I then saw mention of using vitamin E (a long ...Read more

Finding your whey

Joe Manganiello, of "Spider-Man," "Magic Mike" and "Justice League" fame, is known for his ultra-defined abs and his love of smoothies made with whey powder, water and banana to boost his bodybuilding.

But you don't have to be aiming for a cinematic physique to use whey powder to build and retain muscle -- especially as you're losing weight, ...Read more

Breakfast bread induces half-day snoozefest

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: Why do I feel sleepy for almost half the day whenever I have bread for breakfast? This only happens when I take bread. I'm an 18-year-old female. -- A.B.

ANSWER: There are several reasons. Bread is made up mostly of starch, which in turn is composed of long strands of sugar molecules linked together. Your body breaks these down ...Read more

Nutrition News: Healthy Hearts

Health Advice / Nutrition News /

February is American Heart Month, a time when we focus on heart disease, the No. 1 killer of Americans. President Lyndon B. Johnson, who suffered a heart attack, issued the first proclamation in 1964. Since then, U.S. presidents have annually declared February American Heart Month.

Each year, 1 in 3 women are diagnosed with heart disease, ...Read more


Quinn on Nutrition: What's the catch with seafood?

Health Advice / Nutrition /

Even before we are born, we need key nutrients found in fish and seafood. That’s according to the current Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2020-2025 (DGA), which advises pregnant women to consume 8 to 12 ounces of a variety of seafood each week. Besides being an excellent source of baby-building protein, seafood provides nutrients such as ...Read more

A high cholesterol reading despite healthy habits needs review

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 52-year-old female. During my annual exam this year, my fasting cholesterol came back at 217. I usually come in around 170-180. I am not overweight, do not smoke, eat well (not lot of fatty foods) and exercise on a daily basis by walking 1.5-2 miles. In the note given to me by my doctor, she stated to start practicing ...Read more

Where there's smoke ...

Actress Jennifer Lawrence ("The Hunger Games" trilogy and the "X-Men" series) has been photographed smoking cigarettes and marijuana, and vaping. That's the trifecta of lung-damaging, life-shortening puffs. According to a trio of new studies, ditching cigs for vaping or marijuana isn't eliminating toxic chemicals or significantly reducing your ...Read more

The importance of managing obesity before becoming pregnant

Leah Remini, Molly Sims and Milla Jovovich each gained 70-80 pounds while pregnant. They're not alone. Around 48% of women gain too much, putting themselves and their fetus at risk for complications during pregnancy and birth.

As unhealthy as that is, for the 25% of women in the U.S. who go into pregnancy already obese, the health challenges ...Read more

Pernicious anemia patient needs pain fix for osteoarthritis

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I have pernicious anemia. My doctor told me not to take any NSAIDs, including aspirin, because they can cause stomach irritation, and that pernicious anemia raises the risk of stomach cancer to three times the rate of the average person.

I also have osteoarthritis in multiple joints and sometimes have quite a bit of pain. My ...Read more

Masking an Unfortunate Truth

Health Advice / Scott LaFee /

President Joe Biden has asked Americans to embrace mask-wearing for at least the first 100 days of his administration, an effort to stanch the spread of COVID-19. Many Americans say they are amenable and supportive, but that doesn't mean you'll see many of them actually wearing masks.

An online poll, conducted by the USC Dornsife Center for ...Read more

Say 'so long, fat' with oolong tea

Monty Python's sketch called "Hell's Grannies" featured a gang of gray-haired, leather-wearing troublemakers with the slogan "Make tea, not war" on the back of their jackets. Not bad, but we'd like to suggest a different slogan, one that touts another remarkable power of this much-loved, leafy beverage: "Hello, oolong; so long, belly fat."

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What is proper treatment for mild case of COVID-19?

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: With cases rising and all the information about COVID-19 out there, I have yet to read what should we be doing for people who have only a mild case. I know of three people in their late to mid-20s who all tested positive and only had sinus issues and one had a sore throat. Could you please share what treatment they should be ...Read more

More veggies, less blues

In 1940, when Franklin Roosevelt said, "Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people," science had not yet discovered the connection between a fiber-rich diet and a positive outlook. But we're betting he knew that the fiber that makes up your good nature is as beneficial to your well-being as the fiber ...Read more