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New Baltimore-based health initiative aims to close disparities in research, treatment of brain disorders

Health / Health & Fitness /

A Baltimore-based research institute that focuses on brain disorders has partnered with a prominent local African-American clergy group to establish the nation's first research outfit aimed at closing long-standing racial disparities in research and in treatment, the groups announced recently.

The Lieber Institute for Brain Development, an ...Read more

Unvaccinated Kentucky high schooler banned from basketball. He sues health department.

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A Northern Kentucky high school student is suing his local health department after he was told he couldn't play for his basketball team -- and later that he could not attend school -- because he was not vaccinated for chickenpox.

The lawsuit filed on behalf of 18-year-old Jerome Kunkel, a student at Assumption Academy in Walton, was filed ...Read more

Shift With the Season: Ways to Spring Clean Mind and Body

Health / Marilynn Preston /

The spring solstice is here with a secret and sparking message that everyone on the rocky path to a healthier lifestyle needs to hear: When the seasons change, we can, too.

"Springtime is in the air," writes Kenneth Cohen, a Qigong master. "A good time for spring cleaning of mind and body through meditation, healing practices, eating spring ...Read more

'Phacts' about phthalates

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

In 1973, The Kinks released "Plastic Man": "He eats plastic food with a plastic knife and fork ... And he likes to lick his gravy off a plastic plate." Little did they know 46 years later their rant would end up being an accurate warning about the health hazards of chemicals in plastics.

For instance, take hormone-disrupting phthalates. They're...Read more

Prevention is priority for hard-to-treat post-herpetic neuralgia

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am 77 and developed shingles in December 2016. Although my blisters are long gone, I still have pain and topical discomfort, which I know are from the nerve endings. My doctor says I will probably live with this the rest of my life. I have seen doctors, including pain management. I tried gabapentin (300 mg three times daily), ...Read more

A foolproof way to lose weight: Write it when you bite it

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

Top athletes make sure they know precisely what they eat every day. This year's Super Bowl champ, Patriot's quarterback Tom Brady follows a strict routine of 80 percent vegetables and whole grains, 20 percent lean meats.

But chances are you can't remember what you ate yesterday! A couple of years ago, 75 percent of Americans told pollsters they...Read more

Itchy ear canal has stopped producing earwax

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am turning 68 years old tomorrow. For the past couple of months, my ear canals have been very itchy. Also, my wife was constantly cleaning earwax out of my ears. Now for some reason I no longer produce earwax, but my ears itch a lot. Do you have any idea what may be causing this? How do I stop the itching? I have tried olive ...Read more

'Short sleepers' can get just 4 hours a night and feel fine. But is their health at risk?

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"Sleep is overrated."

So proclaims Stephen Klasko, who throughout his life has taken pride in sleeping only four or five hours a night. Those extra few hours away from his pillow, he believes, have allowed him to write books, run marathons, and achieve his lofty professional goals. An obstetrician and gynecologist, he's the president and CEO of...Read more

When you get your flu shot matters

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Every year, there is controversy involving the flu vaccine. How effective is it? Should you get it? But a new study aims to address another question: When is the best time to get the shot?

An analysis from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine found that tens of thousands of flu cases and hundreds of deaths might be avoided if older ...Read more

Nutrition News: Diets vs. Healthy Eating

Health / Nutrition News /

Oh, those headlines full of promises that this diet is the one that guarantees you will be 10 pounds lighter in just a week. We've all seen them, and there's a pull to try them in hopes that the promises might be true.

The truth? Diets don't work. Going on and off a diet is a recipe for disaster and may be harmful in the long run.

Here'...Read more

Surgeon's version of 'concierge service' raises ethical red flag

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I used a local orthopedic surgeon to replace my knee. He said my hip was bone on bone, and treated it with cortisone shots, which did not help. I finally had an appointment to talk about a hip replacement, and the first available surgery date was seven months away. I signed up for that date.

The nurse then gave me a paper ...Read more

Avoiding triclosan

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

What do credit cards, hockey helmets, kids' toys, trashcans, toothpaste, deodorants and shaving creams have in common? They all could contain triclosan, which for a long time has been touted as an effective antimicrobial (a bacteria slayer). Then, a few years ago, it was discovered that triclosan could contribute to the development of antibiotic...Read more

Quinn on Nutrition: Caring for our kidneys

Health / Nutrition /

Call them the great filters. Every day, 120 to 150 quarts of blood are strained through our two fist-sized kidneys. During this process, these little organs produce 1 to 2 quarts of urine to rid the body of waste and excess fluid.

And our kidneys do a lot more than that. They produce enzymes that help normalize blood pressure. They make a ...Read more

Diabetes Quick Fix: Pan Fried Pork with Garlic Greens, Spicy Roast Potatoes

Health / Health Advice /

Baby arugula tossed with garlic and dressing makes a quick topping for pan-fried pork chops. Cooking the pork chops in a skillet over high heat for just a few minutes seals in the juices and keeps the meat juicy and tender. To speed the cooking time for the pork, I buy boneless, thin cut loin chops. They are about 1/2 inch thick and can be found...Read more

Judge vows to rule on Medicaid work requirements by end of March

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WASHINGTON -- The federal judge who shot down a Medicaid work requirement plan last June remained deeply skeptical Thursday of the Trump administration's renewed strategy to force enrollees to work.

U.S. District Judge James Boasberg, who last year blocked Kentucky's work requirement, heard testimony on a revised federal approval. He also had a...Read more

Mental health problems are on the rise among American teens and young adults

Health / Health & Fitness /

You can call the generation of young Americans now working their way to adulthood Generation Z, because they follow Generations X and Y. You can call these 14-to-27-year-olds "iGen," after the wireless devices that seem permanently affixed to their persons. And if they're your kids and still living with you, you can even call (or text) them late...Read more

When it comes to cholesterol, women do have an advantage

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR ROACH: I am a 66-year-old male, 6 feet, 3 inches tall and weighing 220 pounds. I am active and fit. My cholesterol recently has been between 208 and 214 in the past two physicals. My HDL is 54. My doc said it is time for 20 mg Lipitor, as better eating did not lower it as I had hoped. Since I started, my cholesterol is 145.

My ...Read more

Push away your risk for heart disease and cancer

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

In "Rocky," Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) does 11 one-arm and clap-and-dip pushups that give ferocious definition to his muscles and make it clear that he has amazing stamina!

The benefits of pushups have been confirmed by a study in JAMA Open Network. Researchers found that pushup ability directly correlates with resistance to heart ...Read more

Components in carrots, green tea could reverse Alzheimer's symptoms, study says

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While scientists have not found a cure for Alzheimer's disease, they may be able to reverse the symptoms with some key compounds, according to a new report.

Researchers from the University of Southern California recently conducted a study, published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, to determine how diet can impact the brain disorder. ...Read more

Home remedies: Tips for dealing with dandruff

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Dandruff is a common chronic scalp condition marked by flaking of the skin on your scalp. It isn't contagious or serious, but it can be embarrassing and sometimes difficult to treat.

The good news is that dandruff usually can be controlled. Mild cases of dandruff may need nothing more than daily shampooing with a gentle cleanser. More-stubborn ...Read more