Health & Spirit



Nutrition News: Is There a Good Diet?

Health / Nutrition News /

Dieting is nothing new to the U.S., but various diets come in and out of vogue. Remember Atkins, South Beach, the Zone, "eat for your blood type" and that recurring cabbage soup diet? Some of the diets making headlines now include paleo, ketogenic, intermittent fasting ... and the list goes on. So what makes a diet stick around, and, more ...Read more

Most cases of H. pylori infection stem from unknown causes

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: Could you give some additional information about H. pylori infection? I was diagnosed with it recently, via biopsies taken during an endoscopic procedure. I was given instructions on antibiotics to be taken, which I followed through on. When talking to my doctor's physician assistant, I asked what could have caused the infection,...Read more

Over- and undertreating Type 2 diabetes

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

The over/under on the Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield's passing yards for the 2019 season is 4,325.5. That's more than the oddsmakers give Super Bowl champ Tom Brady (4,170.5)! How will the season play out? Who knows! But over/under wagers are tricky, and losses can be devastating. Just ask the almost 30 million folks in America with Type 2 ...Read more

In search of age-friendly health care, finding room for improvement

Health / Health & Fitness /

Recently, during a visit to her doctor's office in Sequim, Wash., Sue Christensen fell to her knees in the bathroom when her legs suddenly gave out.

The 74-year-old was in an accessible stall with her walker, an older model that doesn't have brakes. On her left side was a grab bar; there was nothing to hold onto on the right.

Christensen tried...Read more

Health care: Still potent, but more complicated in 2020 election

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ATLANTA -- On a recent sweltering August morning, Congresswoman Lucy McBath headlined a rally extolling the Affordable Care Act's protections for patients. But the freshman Democrat, who represents a fast-changing swath of Atlanta's northern suburbs, took care not to mention the 9-year-old law's name from the podium even once.

"Families should ...Read more

Climate change is hurting Philadelphians' health, and the worst is yet to come

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The day they found Lee Odgers, it was so hot that the wax candles inside her Northeast Philadelphia apartment had started to melt.

The 87-year-old woman had been dead for hours, too long for investigators to get an accurate reading of her body temperature at the time of her death. They could not list hyperthermia -- an abnormally high ...Read more

The science and sensibility of a good soak in the tub

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

In 2010's "Hot Tub Time Machine," John Cusack, Rob Corddry and Craig Robinson play three bummed-out friends who go to a ski resort. When they juice up their hot tub's controls (don't ask) with an illegal Russian energy drink called Chernobly, it transports them back to 1986. Not exactly the relaxing soak they were expecting. But there's no ...Read more

Advanced lung cancer not likely to be missed by CT scan

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: Is it possible for X-rays and a CT scan to miss advanced lung cancer? My brother worked two days before he died. He went to the hospital, was admitted to hospice and died the next day. I wonder if he knew at least a year ago, but didn't tell anyone. He said his scans showed pneumonia. His son was called to the hospital and spent ...Read more

'Gravely disabled' homeless forced into mental health care in more states

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WASHINGTON -- Often, when she got high on meth, "Melanie," who suffers from schizophrenia, would strip naked and run screaming straight into San Francisco traffic. Invariably, police would bring her to the hospital, where she'd undergo treatment. There, her psychotic symptoms would quickly subside.

But by law, Melanie, who is homeless, couldn't...Read more

Daytime naps could help you avoid heart attacks, strokes, study says

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Need an excuse to squeeze in a midday snooze? Occasional napping could help you maintain a healthy heart, according to a new report.

Researchers from University Hospital of Lausanne, Switzerland, recently conducted a study, published in the Heart journal, to explore the association between napping and cardiovascular disease risk.

To do so, ...Read more


Health / Scott LaFee /

Nearly 52 million people in the U.S. wear some sort of device with a heart rate tracker, such as a Fitbit or Apple Watch. New research suggests these devices may not necessarily be accurate for persons of color.

The reason: Some devices rely on green light optical sensors, which emit shorter wavelengths than the infrared sensors used in, say, ...Read more

Walking the dog and fracture risk

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

Many NBA players have been known to "walk the dog," but LeBron James may have done the definitive stroll in 2013, when playing for the Miami Heat. He spent more than 10 seconds gently pushing the ball down the court with his foot before picking it up and taking his team to victory with 36 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds.

But sometimes, ...Read more

Immigration and vaccinations

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am in my mid-50s and in good health (I don't take any medications). I rarely get sick with colds or flu. I have been vaccinated with all the common vaccinations for our childhood. With all the immigrants coming into our country, I am wondering if any have been given childhood vaccinations in their countries. I fear that ...Read more

Study: Untreated high blood pressure could lead to poor brain health

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High blood pressure can lead to diabetes, heart disease and other illnesses. It can also cause cognitive decline, according to a new report.

Researchers from Columbia University recently conducted an observational study, presented at a recent American Heart Association session, to explore the association between brain health and hypertension.

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Teen suicide: What parents and caregivers need to know

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Is your teen at risk of suicide? While no teen is immune, there are factors that can make some adolescents more vulnerable than others. Understand how to tell if your teen might be suicidal and where to turn for help and treatment.

What makes teens vulnerable to suicide?

Many teens who attempt or die by suicide have a mental health condition. ...Read more

Poverty level drops, but the uninsured rate takes a turn for worse, census figures show

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WASHINGTON -- The nation's poverty rate dropped further last year, but household income stalled, and the share of people without health insurance went up for the first time since the Affordable Care Act took effect in 2013, according to federal government data released Tuesday.

The Census Bureau found that the percent of U.S. residents who went...Read more

Belly Fat Hangs On -- and On. Learn To Let It Go

Health / Marilynn Preston /

Of all the things America worships -- the luxury car, the happy family, the high-paying job -- the flat stomach is one of the hardest to achieve. We know it's possible because look at all those magnificent Olympians -- super-strong, terrifically tight and belly fat-free.

Michael Phelps! Misty May-Treanor! The adorably named Destinee Hooker! ...Read more

Why intermittent fasting is so good for you and how to do it

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

You can argue about whether 1949's animated movie "Fast and Furry-ous" (it debuted Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner) is better or worse -- or more or less real -- than Vin Diesel's 2001-2017 "Fast and Furious" series. But there's no longer any argument about what makes intermittent fasting so furiously, er, seriously, good for you.

According ...Read more

Fast heartbeat doesn't show up on EKG

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I had symptoms of lightheadedness, so my doctor ordered an EKG and sent me to a cardiologist. They did a heart monitor for a week and said I have inappropriate sinus tachycardia but that I don't need any treatment. I'm still having symptoms. What can I do? -- B.V.

ANSWER: Inappropriate sinus tachycardia is an uncommon diagnosis,...Read more

Infectious diseases A-Z: Who is at risk of histoplasmosis infection?

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Histoplasmosis is an infection caused by a fungus or mold that often affects the lungs. In the U.S., it is most common in the Ohio and Mississippi river valley areas.

"This is a fungus that lives in the environment and is found in higher concentrations in areas where you have a lot of bird or bat droppings mixed into soil," says Dr. Nipunie ...Read more