Health & Spirit



How a libertarian analyst inadvertently made a good case for Bernie Sanders' Medicare for All

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In this corner, Bernie Sanders, the former presidential candidate whose Medicare for All Act has become a rallying point for advocates of single-payer healthcare.

In that corner, Charles Blahous, an economics analyst who spent much of his tenure as a Social Security and Medicare trustee (2010-2015) arguing that the programs needed to be ...Read more

In the Heat of Summer, How to Avoid Heat Illness -- or Else!

Health / Marilynn Preston /

Where is Ekkapol Chantawong when we really need him?

Say what?

Ekkapol Chantawong is the man who taught the young Thai boys trapped in the Tham Luang cave to meditate. It turns out he'd been a Buddhist monk for 10 years before he was the coach for the Wild Boars soccer team. Of course!

Coach Ekkapol knew that if he could get the lost boys to ...Read more

Breakthrough treatment with ultrasound for prostate cancer

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

Cartoonist G.J. Caulkins may have been channeling Eric Clapton or Albert King when he captioned an image of a doctor with a guitar telling a startled patient, "At our clinic we take a more 'radical' approach to ultrasound treatment." But he wasn't far off the mark -- at least when it comes to the benefits of using high-intensity focused ...Read more

Treat the gout, not the elevated uric acid level

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I got a call from my internist that my blood test showed an elevated uric acid and I would need to start allopurinol for gout. I had been having big-toe pain at night. A nurse friend gave me some of her tart cherry extract pills to take until I started medication. Before picking up the medication, I read online about people who ...Read more

Quinn on Nutrition: Travel snacks

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On our peanut flight to a family wedding in Oregon, my six year-old granddaughter chattered, "Guess what my brother (age 4) can make in his mouth out of peanuts?"

What? I asked.

"Peanut butter."

Not a bad snack either way, I thought.

When we landed at our destination, she watched out the window as workers for this particular airline ...Read more

Being thin isn't enough; you need muscle tone to be healthy

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

Lindsey Vonn, the Olympic skier, challenged a flock of celebs at the 2013 Met Gala, saying they were half her weight but skinny fat, pointing out they lived on Diet Coke and lettuce, and lacked muscle. "Strong is beautiful," she rightly insisted.

Skinny fat can happen if you're not overweight but lose muscle mass and add flab, so your body's ...Read more

Abnormal Babinski response prompts neurological concern

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 70-year-old woman in good health. I recently saw a neurologist about my almost daily migraines. I also noted a feeling across the top of my right foot (and partway around it) that feels like a slightly tight band. It doesn't affect any part of my life.

During the examination, he noted an abnormal Babinski response. The ...Read more

Offering support through comforting touch

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Using the power of touch, more than 100 Caring Hands volunteers provide hand massages to ease stress and provide comfort to patients and caregivers across Mayo Clinic.

One of Linda Bonow's favorite quotes is, "We can do no great things, only small things with great love." She is reminded of that saying each time she gives a cancer patient a ...Read more

Nutrition News: Food Safety for Us

Health / Nutrition News /

Food Safety for Us

The latest round of foodborne illnesses from Romaine lettuce, pasta salads, veggie trays and even Ritz and Goldfish crackers leaves us wondering if foodborne illnesses are on the rise.

The Center for Disease Control suggests some types of foodborne illnesses may be increasing in the U.S., but the issue is complex and linked ...Read more

If medication efficacy changes, double-check these things

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: Why would thyroid medication no longer be effective after 20 years of taking it? I was diagnosed in 1995 with Graves' disease, quite severe. I was treated with radioactive iodine and eventually put on Synthroid, 100 mcg. I have taken the same dosage once a day ever since. Six months ago, my blood tests changed. My TSH level is ...Read more

Telling hidden trans fats to get lost!

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

"Lost in Translation" is a 2003 Sofia Coppola film about a once-was movie star (Bill Murray) who lost his twinkle, until he meets Charlotte (Scarlett Johansson) in a hotel in Tokyo. Their friendship is powerful and disruptive, and it's hard to know exactly where it will lead them.

Fortunately, you know exactly where the result of "lost trans ...Read more

A rare heart condition almost killed her. Now, she wants to protect other young women

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If Lauren Dungan had waited just 30 more minutes, she might be dead.

On the morning of Oct. 25, 2017, she was sitting in her Huntersville apartment living room, scrolling through Instagram and drinking a cup of coffee. Five days earlier, she had given birth to her second son, Hunter. Though still recovering, she was finally starting to feel ...Read more

How soon is soon enough to learn you have Alzheimer's?

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Jose Belardo of Lansing, Kan., spent most of his career in the U.S. Public Health Service. He worked on the front lines of disasters in such places as Haiti, Colombia, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic. At home with his three kids and wife, Elaine, he'd always been unfailingly reliable, so when he forgot their wedding anniversary two years in...Read more

For some Mexican immigrants, their next medical visit might be at the consulate

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LOS ANGELES -- On a recent morning at the Mexican Consulate in Los Angeles, people clutched manila folders swollen with documents. Others shuffled through papers cradled in their laps.

Surrounded by dull orange walls, they faced numbered counters and listened for their names to be called.

It seemed like a typical scene of bland, plodding ...Read more

What you won't see in the HBO Robin Williams documentary

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It's hard to imagine how anyone seeing the premiere of "Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind" on HBO could have walked away from the documentary the same.

While I can't say the film's title does what it promises -- gets us anywhere near what's inside the comedian's mind -- his struggles with addiction and depression, with family life, with ...Read more

Top Trump health official takes swipes at ACA, single-payer in enemy territory

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Stepping into the land of the Trump resistance, Seema Verma flatly rejected California's pursuit of single-payer health care as unworkable and dismissed the Affordable Care Act as too flawed to ever succeed.

Speaking Wednesday at the Commonwealth Club here, the administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services said ...Read more

Vitamin supplementation low-risk, but not rewards-filled

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I read your recent column on vitamin C. I am 88 years old, and my family and I have taken supplemental vitamins most of our lives. Five years ago, I was diagnosed with prostate cancer and survived it with radiation treatments and a change of diet. I had taken a handful of vitamins every day for years, including 400 IU of vitamin ...Read more

Smooth sailing -- and safe driving -- after cataract surgery

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

Cleopatra and her crew, floating down the Nile on her royal barge from Aswan to Khartoum, had to watch out for the six cataracts that could damage their craft and send them into the roiling waters. To this day, these sometimes-shallow, sometimes-rocky stretches of white water between Egypt and Sudan cause terrible accidents.

Cataracts that ...Read more

Mayo Clinic Q&A: What is a liquid biopsy?

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Dear Mayo Clinic: What is a liquid biopsy? Can it be used in place of a tumor biopsy to find cancer?

A: A liquid biopsy involves examining cancer-related material (like DNA) from a blood sample. At this time, a liquid biopsy can't replace a tumor biopsy. But researchers are studying the benefits of, and best uses for, liquid biopsies. They show...Read more

Overdose, Then Worse

Health / Scott LaFee /

People who survive an opioid overdose are at increased risk of death in the following year, though not always due to drug use. A new study in JAMA Psychiatry looked at 75,000 adults treated for an opioid overdose between 2001 and 2007; more than 5,000 of whom died within 12 months of the event.

Of those deaths, 25 percent were related to drug...Read more