Health & Spirit



Quinn on Nutrition: Plan ahead says AND

Health / Nutrition /

Before the month gets away, we need to recognize National Nutrition Month -- so designated by the world's largest organization of nutrition professionals, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Theme this year is a cute play on words: Go Further with Food.

While no one diet is best for everyone, say experts, we all need a variety of healthful ...Read more

Women's wellness: Infertility causes, tests and treatments

Health / Health & Fitness /

Infertility is defined as trying to get pregnant (with frequent intercourse) for at least a year with no success. Female infertility, male infertility or a combination of the two affects millions of couples in the United States. An estimated 10 to 18 percent of couples have trouble getting pregnant or having a successful delivery.

Infertility ...Read more

Nutrition News: Diabetes and Fruit

Health / Nutrition News /

Diabetes and Fruit

For many of us, diabetes is part of the family --that means there's always a concern, since it tends to run in families.

There's a myth that continues to circulate throughout the diabetes-concerned population that those with diabetes shouldn't eat fruit.

A study published in PLoS Medicine finds that's simply not true. ...Read more

A look at several markers can give insight into 'uncertain significance' of MGUS

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: In September 2016, I was diagnosed with IgM MGUS. Repeat bloodwork in November 2017 revealed both IgA and IgM MGUS. I have no measurable M protein. I have had no fatigue, bone pain or other symptoms. I am a 65-year-old female in good health; I eat carefully, do not drink or smoke and exercise almost every day. Can you comment on ...Read more

Taking a bite out of chronic pain

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

In 1908 chemist Ikeda Kikunae isolated an ingredient in sea kelp that gave flavor to konbu dashi, a Japanese broth. He turned it into a powdered additive -- monosodium glutamate. The Suzuki Chemical Company began marketing it in 1909 under the brand name Ajinomoto, meaning "essence of taste." For decades it has been considered a natural flavor-...Read more

Cardiologist Joel Kahn's push for plant-based lifestyle is outlined in new book

Health / Health Advice /

We all know we should eat better.

That's the standard message from health professionals, dietitians and nutritionists. A sedentary lifestyle paired with foods that are highly caloric, high in fat and loaded with sodium is seen as nobody's friend.

Adopting a plant-based style of eating is gaining popularity as a way to live healthier.

For some...Read more

Cooper doctors study 'compassion crisis' in health care

Health / Health & Fitness /

CAMDEN, N.J. -- Stephen Trzeciak's obsession with compassion started with his son's seventh-grade cultural geography assignment three years ago.

The son asked the father, a critical-care doctor at Cooper University Hospital, for help with a speech that would count for half his grade. Trzeciak saw a father-son bonding opportunity. Then he read ...Read more

Sudden total deafness in one ear has no identifiable cause

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I hope you can advise me on a current hearing issue. I'm a 63-year-old man, and I woke up one morning to total deafness in my left ear (my right ear was OK). I got in to see an ENT doctor immediately. He ran a hearing test, which verified my deafness, and started me on a regimen of steroids (prednisone). After two weeks, there ...Read more

Dodging hidden dangers in household cleansers with homemade alternatives

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

In the late 1950s and 1960s June Cleaver and Donna Reed ruled over fantasy homes in which there was virtually no dirt. That relentlessly home-sweet-home fantasy shifted in the 1980s with "Roseanne," and more recently "Mom" and "Modern Family." But still, you rarely see anyone on TV scrubbing floors, scouring tubs or seriously de-greasing a ...Read more

California's tax on millionaires yields big benefits for people with mental illness, study finds

Health / Health & Fitness /

A statewide tax on the wealthy has significantly boosted mental health programs in California's largest county, helping to reduce homelessness, incarceration and hospitalization, according to a report released this week.

Revenue from the tax, the result of a statewide initiative passed in 2004, also expanded access to therapy and case ...Read more

No, Uh, Kidding

Health / Scott LaFee /

The influential Infectious Diseases Society of America has stepped into it (an ongoing debate, that is), recommending that fecal transplants -- in which donor fecal matter is transferred to a patient - be used for persons in which standard antibiotic treatments for severe diarrhea caused by a bacterium called C. difficile have failed.

More ...Read more

A new way to reduce gun suicides, and maybe mass shootings too

Health / Health & Fitness /

Mass shootings dominate the headlines and seem to drive the movement to change gun policy, but reducing gun suicides could save many more lives.

More than 20,000 people each year kill themselves with a gun; that's twice the number of gun homicides. The Parkland, Fla., massacre claimed 17 lives; roughly 59 people die by gun suicide each day.

An...Read more

Environmental Nutrition: Turn to dark chocolate for a heart-healthy treat

Health / Health & Fitness /

Environmental Nutrition

EN investigates the not so dark side of eating chocolate.

The mighty Mayans touted it as the "Food of the Gods," and ever since millions of palates have been held hostage to the seductive, silky ways of chocolate. Beyond its feel-good factor, partly in thanks to a mix...Read more

Eating to beat elevated LDL cholesterol

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

The hardworking poor in ancient Egypt dined mostly on vegetables such as onions, garlic, leek, lentils, cabbage, radish, turnip, lupines, tomatoes and cucumber; fruits like figs, grapes and pomegranates; and proteins, including whole grains and some poultry. Too bad the upper classes didn't stick with the same heart-loving diet. A study of ...Read more

Is permanent remission from rheumatica possible?

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 69-year-old woman who has been recently diagnosed with polymyalgia rheumatica after three months of severe pain and no diagnosis. I am now on prednisone, with some pain relief. It is worse in the evening, and I take the prednisone before bed. There is a great deal of pain and some weakness in all my joints, but ...Read more

What's the No. 1 Sport for Getting Into Shape? Guess Again

Health / Marilynn Preston /

Last week was the last hurrah... until next winter... for my most invigorating and humbling workout: cross-country skiing. The sun was dazzling; the snow was fluffy, and the Royal Gorge Cross Country Ski Resort in Soda Springs, California -- one of the largest ski centers in North America -- had half of their vast network of trails nicely ...Read more

To lose weight, eat more slowly

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

When Luke (Paul Newman) downed 50 hard-boiled eggs in 60 minutes in the 1967 movie "Cool Hand Luke," he set the bar for cinematic lessons on the evils of eating too much too fast. While that scene may be surpassed in grossness by the blueberry-pie-eating contest in the 1986 movie "Stand by Me" or Daryl Hannah munching down a whole lobster (shell...Read more

Meds and PT are indicated for arthritis and herniated disks

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am 44 years old and female. Nine months ago, I suddenly experienced severe low backache without any associated physical activities. I was bedridden for five days, though during that time I experienced severe spasmodic lower backache just in my back. My bowel and bladder function were normal. I had pain on lifting my right leg. ...Read more

Breast cancer patients risk heart damage. UK doctor's study shows a way around that

Health / Health & Fitness /

For years, breast cancer patients on the chemotherapy drug regimen of doxorubicin and Herceptin have risked heart damage.

A University of Kentucky cardiologist thinks that for some of those patients, there's a solution.

Dr. Maya Guglin of the UK Gill Heart & Vascular Institute recently presented data from a major clinical trial on the ...Read more

Can men pass exposure to PBBs to kids? Emory U. study seeks volunteers

Health / Health & Fitness /

It was the worst agricultural contamination incident in U.S. history -- the accidental inclusion of PBB fire retardant in cattle feed at the Velsicol Chemical factory in St. Louis, Mich., in 1973.

Researchers have identified ongoing human health problems from exposure to the chemical in the four and a half decades since -- from thyroid ...Read more