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Gout pain is excruciating

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 50-year-old female in fair health who was recently diagnosed with gout. I experienced excruciating pain in my left big toe only that came in bursts, then would subside to a dull pain, followed by another burst of pain. This pain was as bad as kidney stones, which were worse than childbirth. Why is gout so painful, and what...Read more

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Diabetes Quick Fix: Chicken and Walnuts in Lettuce Puffs with Chinese Rice

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Stir-fried chicken, walnuts and vegetables in lettuce puffs is one of my favorite dishes. Crisp, cool lettuce topped with warm chicken and vegetables combine to create a taste and texture sensation.

This is a 20-minute meal. As with most Chinese recipes, there are several ingredients to be prepared, but the actual cooking time is only about 4 ...Read more

Another gutsy move that might reduce your diabetes risk

Bugs are tromped, stomped and sprayed to a fare-thee-well in this country. But around the globe, they're often prized as a tasty food. It's estimated that 9.5 billion caterpillars are harvested each year in southern Africa, bringing in $85 million in sales. And in Mexico, maguey worms can end up in a tortilla or at the bottom of a bottle of ...Read more

Excessive parathyroid hormone raises blood calcium level

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am an 88-year-old man in quite good health. I spend at least 30 hours a week doing yard work. I have had high blood calcium for many years, usually around 10.7. I take pravastatin and triamterene/HCTZ. My doctor has been a little concerned and has been monitoring it. She sent me to an endocrinologist who did the same. Neither ...Read more

Inflammation and Your Diet

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Your body needs some inflammation to fight infection and speed healing. But too much for too long can push your immune system to attack healthy organs and tissues. This can lead to heart disease, diabetes, cancer, arthritis and irritable bowel diseases.

A study published recently in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology suggests ...Read more

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Quinn on Nutrition: What's new in feeding babies

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When I was a young nutrition professional, I would regularly critique my mom on how she cooked for us when we were kids.

“You overcooked the vegetables,” I remarked to her on one occasion.

To which she answered, “My, it’s a wonder you kids ever grew up to live this long!”

Generations do find new ways to feed kids. Yet some basics of...Read more

Beta blockers, ACE inhibitors can elevate potassium levels

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: My lab results showed my potassium level was 5.4 mmol/L. My primary care doctor does not seem concerned at all with this reading. After checking on the internet I have found that this reading can be life threating, especially with my heart. My previous readings have all been between 4.4 and 5. Can you tell me anything that can ...Read more

The Goldilocks Principle

In "Goldilocks and the Three Bears," the heroine declares one bowl of porridge tastes too hot, another too cold and the third, well, that's just right. The idea that avoiding extremes provides the best results is called the Goldilocks Principle and researchers from New Zealand's Otago University are advocating it so you can flourish emotionally....Read more

Slash your GERD symptoms by 40%

So many pro football players have had to contend with gastrointestinal reflux disorder that you could call their playing field a GERD-iron. But both the Denver Broncos' John Elway and the Green Bay Packers' Brett Favre, who suffered mightily during their former quarterback days, now know how lifestyle changes can help keep GERD under control.

A...Read more

Crunching sounds during joint movement are not unusual

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 64-year-old female in good health, but after years at a desk I have upper back and shoulder flexibility issues. About 20 years ago I had frozen shoulder syndrome that resolved through physiotherapy and exercise. I now want to keep my upper shoulder flexibility and maybe enhance it.

I have been doing some exercises to ...Read more

Oxygen Bias

Health Advice / Scott LaFee /

Pulse oximeters are devices clipped painlessly onto fingers to externally measure blood oxygen levels. That would seem to be a singularly straightforward diagnostic, but new research suggests there is a potential racial bias that might put Black patients at risk.

Oximeters work by passing small beams of light through skin and the blood in the...Read more

Say hello -- and then goodbye -- to VLDL

In September 2017, workers in London discovered the world's biggest fatberg -- a clog of fat and debris in a sewer line that was the size of 11 of that city's iconic double-decker busses. One way to avoid such a mess would be to cook with and eat less fat and therefore have less fatty waste flowing through the sewers.

The same solution would ...Read more

Cardio and strength training both benefit metabolism

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: Can you comment on the benefits of weightlifting over aerobic exercise? I know that any exercise is beneficial compared with nothing, but which is better for losing weight long term? Running or jogging can burn calories, but I have read that muscle requires more energy metabolically and therefore the more muscle you build, the ...Read more

Optimizing your health after retirement

There's a retirement boom going on. In the third quarter of 2020, about 28.6 million baby boomers born between 1946 and 1964 said they'd retired. That's 3.2 million more boomers than retired in the same quarter of 2019.

If that's you -- or soon to be you -- it's important to recognize retirement's rough spots and access its pleasures. Those who...Read more

The relationship between blood-pressure meds and tinnitus

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I recently spent time with a seasoned hearing-impaired citizen. She told me that tinnitus is sometimes caused by prescription meds, especially those for high blood pressure. I have been taking 25 milligrams of losartan, one per day in the morning for about 15 years. About five years ago, my tinnitus began. Lately, it seems to ...Read more

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Recipe: Frozen peas, canned tomatoes create healthy, penny-pinching dish

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Nutritious eating on a dime is the premise of Melanie Lionello's recently published cookbook, "Frugal Mediterranean Cooking: Easy, Affordable Recipes for Lifelong Health" (Page Street Publishing Co., $21.99).

Saving money while still serving a wholesome meal to the family is certainly on the minds of Americans who are looking to stay healthy ...Read more

Dodge the risks, get the benefits of bisphosphonates

Five years ago, TechCrunch predicted that in 2021 checkbooks, cash, credit cards and passwords would be entirely replaced by digital magic. Well, that didn't happen. But we can see the advantages of eliminating them (especially passwords).

The new recommendations for postmenopausal use of the bone-building medications called bisphosphonates say...Read more

What's best for arthritis: elliptical or treadmill?

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: If I have the beginnings of arthritis of the knee, is an elliptical machine better to use than a treadmill? -- M.D.

ANSWER: If you had an inflammatory arthritis like rheumatoid arthritis, there are powerful medicines that can dramatically slow or stop progression of the disease. So I'm going to assume you have osteoarthritis, ...Read more

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Quinn on Nutrition: Tea: The perfect brew

Health Advice / Nutrition /

After helping me put away Christmas decorations for another year, my younger daughter and I decided to have a tea party … just because. I retrieved my treasured china tea pot that my mom hand-painted many years ago and pulled two of my favorite tea cups out of the cabinet.

Using guidance from tea experts, I poured fresh water into the kettle...Read more

The Diet for Health

Health Advice / Nutrition News /

If your New Year's resolution hasn't lasted any longer than your kids' Christmas toys, here's a way to get started again. Consider the Mediterranean diet to make some lasting healthy changes.

For the fourth year in a row, it ranked as the best overall diet by U.S. News and World Report. It also claimed the top spot in five other lists -- best ...Read more