Health & Spirit



Cholangiocarcinoma is a rare cancer of the bile ducts

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: A family friend has just been diagnosed with bile duct cancer. She is a breast cancer survivor and is 75 years old. The tumor is said to be the size of a quarter, and it was discovered after she complained of heartburn symptoms.

Are there screening tests that could have detected the condition before the heartburn symptoms? Are ...Read more

Bend biker reflects on a trip along Oregon's Timber Trail

Health / Adventure And Fitness /

Ninety hours of mountain biking over two weeks. Nearly 700 miles and 70,000 feet of climbing.

And then there were the crashes, the downed trees, the scarce water sources, the bugs, the broken bike frame ...

Bend's Dakota Gale and three of his buddies completed the Oregon Timber Trail from Lakeview to Hood River in July and lived to tell about ...Read more

A historic adult-to-child lung transplant saved their daughter, who's now a thriving teen

Health / Health & Fitness /

It has been a little more than five years since Sarah Murnaghan left Children's Hospital of Philadelphia with a new set of lungs, harvested from an adult donor and trimmed down to fit a 10-year-old with cystic fibrosis.

Five years since her parents helped save her life by challenging a national organ allocation system that effectively denied ...Read more

Flu: Pediatrics group OKs nasal spray for first time in three years

Health / Health & Fitness /

Health officials are urging everyone over 6 months old to get their flu vaccine as soon as possible to help avoid another nasty season. And to encourage needle-phobic kids to get immunized, a leading pediatric group is softening its insistence that they get it in a shot rather than a painless nose spray.

"Preferentially, we want kids to get the...Read more

Sign Up for Happiness 101! Rewire Your Brain so All Is Well

Health / Marilynn Preston /

Would you be surprised to learn that one of the most popular college courses in America teaches students how to be happy? Probably not.

Most adults discover that you can be crazy rich, drive the biggest Tesla, take a luxury vacation that costs $4,500 a night -- breakfast not included -- but if inside you're feeling miserable and depressed and ...Read more

Mushrooms' hidden power

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

When Jefferson Airplane sang "White Rabbit," they were musing over the power of some fungi to make gut changes in your consciousness: "When the men on the chessboard get up and tell you where to go, and you've just had some kind of mushroom and your mind is moving low, go ask Alice, I think she'll know."

But while psilocybin mushrooms can turn ...Read more

The risks and myths of marijuana use

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am absolutely convinced that marijuana is a serious health hazard. As the legalization of marijuana appears to be spreading, are you aware of any authoritative medical studies confirming the health hazards of marijuana and that it is a gateway drug to more-serious drug addictions? -- A.D.

ANSWER: This is an extremely large and...Read more

Quinn on Nutrition: Cycling long miles on cinnamon buns

Health / Nutrition /

A reader writes: "I have a question about eating cinnamon buns on a regular basis. My cycling group likes to ride 40 to 70 miles at least twice a week. They also like to eat cinnamon buns and have gone so far as to rank the best buns. I wonder, considering the high fat and sugar content of these sweets, is it a good idea from a health standpoint...Read more

Does using extra oxygen really help football players recover, or is that hot air?

Health / Health & Fitness /

In these steamy days of late summer, when large men in pads batter one another on the playing field, some try to speed their recovery on the sidelines by breathing pure oxygen.

Eagles tight end Josh Perkins did it during this year's final preseason game against the New York Jets, for example, when the temperature at 7 p.m. kickoff was a toasty ...Read more

How eating green helps you avoid colon cancer

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

Gang Green Nation is fan-central for the New York Jets football team. But since gangrene is also the name for limb-threatening cell death, fans may have been better off calling their group Jolly Green Giants ... er ... Jets -- after all, fresh, frozen and canned vegetables are the real winners. The Jets had five wins, 11 losses last year, ...Read more

Twist in colon is a surgical emergency

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 75-year-old male with a family history of colon cancer. I have a colonoscopy every five years. The results usually show some polyps, which are removed and biopsied. After my most recent procedure, the doctor said I have a twisted, spiral intestine and that he had never encountered that before. I am taking a stool softener ...Read more

Mayo Clinic Q&A: Women 65 and older may not need Pap tests

Health / Health & Fitness /

Dear Mayo Clinic: I am way past my childbearing years and do not have any health problems. Do I need to continue getting Pap smears? At what age is this test no longer necessary?

A: Getting regularly scheduled Pap smears is important for almost all women. That said, whether you need to continue getting Pap smears, also called Pap tests, depends...Read more

Nutrition News: Sugar Busters

Health / Nutrition News /

Myths abound concerning sugar. Does it feed cancer? Is sugar addictive? Are natural sugars better than added sugars?

Environmental Nutrition Newsletter took a look recently at the connection between sugar and cancer. Researchers found that sugar feeds both cancer cells and regular cells.

Karen Collins, registered dietitian with the American ...Read more

Alcohol use not the only, or even most likely, cause of cirrhosis

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 78-year-old woman who was diagnosed just one year ago with primary biliary cirrhosis, which is an autoimmune liver disease. It was determined that it took me many years to get to this stage, but I had no symptoms other than high liver enzymes from time to time (but not always). I am currently monitored for progression and ...Read more

Oversleeping: Wake up to the risks

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

At the beginning of the 1999 comedy "Office Space," corporate tech worker Peter's hypnotherapist dies in the middle of his session, leaving him in a trance. As a result, he doesn't care about his job, which he hates. The next morning, he lies in bed ignoring repeated voicemails from his boss, and doesn't get up until 3:30 p.m., at which point ...Read more

Is a low carb diet dangerous?

Health / Health & Fitness /

Pasta. Sourdough. Mashed potatoes. If you are one of the legions of dieters out there who have been religiously cutting carbs in an attempt to get lean and fit, you may be surprised by a recent study that showed that low carb diets may not be healthy after all. In fact, they may be unsafe.

Research presented at the European Society of ...Read more

Diapers from hospital, Huggies and anonymous donor help needy St. Louis families

Health / Health & Fitness /

Between Labor Day 2017 and Labor Day 2018, the Missouri Baptist Medical Center committed to donate one pack of diapers to families in need for every tour given at its childbirth center.

Each tour guest left a tally mark on a banner at the center, and by the end of the year, the number reached 1,600. An anonymous donor agreed to match the amount...Read more

Back-to-school tips: Childhood test anxiety

Health / Health & Fitness /

It's normal for both adults and children to feel nervous once in a while. A little anxiety prior to an event like a presentation or test is common -- and normal.

"For some, a little nervousness can actually be helpful," says Dr. Tina Ardon, a Mayo Clinic family medicine specialist. "But, for others, they struggle a bit more with what we call '...Read more

With flu season on the horizon, Q&A on this year's vaccine

Health / Health & Fitness /

School's back, summer's over, and area pharmacies are enticing customers with low-cost flu vaccinations on every corner.

The Baltimore Sun checked in with Dr. Kathleen M. Neuzil, director of the Center for Vaccine Development at University of Maryland School of Medicine, and area pediatrician Dr. Dan Levy, to pose questions about this year's ...Read more

Inflammation of stomach structure gives reader a bellyache

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: After a stomach probe two years ago, I was told that I have mesenteric panniculitis. I know it's inflammation of the stomach lining and that there's no known cause of it. So, what can I do for it? Are there special foods I should eat or stay away from? I wasn't given any information about it at all!

I can't take a lot of ...Read more