Health & Spirit



Don't worry, guys; bike riding won't mess with your reproductive and urinary systems

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

When Miguel Indurain won the Tour de France five times from 1991 to 1995, he may not have had fatherhood on his mind (getting over those Pyrenees was challenge enough). But his two sons, Miguel and Jon, born shortly after his last victory, seem to validate a new study debunking the often-reported damage that cycling can do to a man's ...Read more

Should you avoid asparagus? Maybe not

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Are you eschewing asparagus because of recent headlines suggesting that it raises your cancer risk?

Some recent research suggested that foods which contain high levels of asparagine, an amino acid, may be associated with the spread of breast cancer, as USA Today reported.

A study of lab mice found cutting levels of asparagine "dramatically" ...Read more

Skipping breakfast is not a good idea in the long run, study finds

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Although there have been countless opinions over the years about the importance of breakfast, researchers studying how it affects overall health are now saying that your mother was right when she told you it's the most important meal of the day.

A study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology shows a correlation between ...Read more

Changing the way we look at dementia 

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In November, six people with Alzheimer's disease and related types of cognitive impairment stood before an audience of 100 in North Haven, Conn.

One by one, they talked about what it was like to live with dementia in deeply personal terms.

Before the presentation, audience members were asked to write down five words they associated with ...Read more

Pumpkin seed oil shows promise for overactive bladder

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I'm an 81-year-old mother of five, and I have an overactive bladder. My situation was the usual "can't get there in time." I had taken an expensive drug for this, which worked but gave me a "brain fog" feeling that I didn't need or want. My doctor, a female specialist, recommended pumpkin seed oil. I took it for about two months ...Read more

Haunted by negative thoughts? It may be a sleep problem

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

In a popular 2017 "SNL" skit, Ryan Gosling plays a weirdly troubled man. "I thought it was behind me, but the dreams came back," he narrates. "I was up all night. I can't eat. I can't sleep ... I forgot about it for years, but then I remembered that 'Avatar,' the giant international blockbuster, used the Papyrus font as its logo. [The graphic ...Read more

Mayo Clinic Q and A: Pain near artificial hip should be evaluated without delay

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Dear Mayo Clinic: Six years ago, at age 67, I had my right hip replaced. I'd been feeling fine until about eight weeks ago, when it started to hurt toward the front of my hip when I lift my right leg. The pain is quite significant -- to the point where it hurts every time I get in my car or attempt to put on socks. What could be causing this to ...Read more

Update your child's immunizations

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Updated immunization schedules were released on recently, by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

"The biggest change this year is the recognition that all babies should get the first dose of the hepatitis B vaccine within 24 hours of life," says Dr. Robert Jacobson, a Mayo Clinic pediatrician. "There's no logic or science to ...Read more

Despite Trump's attacks, Obamacare sign-ups for 2018 hold steady

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WASHINGTON -- Almost 12 million Americans signed up for 2018 health coverage through marketplaces created by the Affordable Care Act, according to a new tally that indicates nationwide enrollment remained virtually unchanged from last year despite President Donald Trump's persistent attacks on the 2010 health law.

The new enrollment numbers -- ...Read more

Nurse calls cops after new mom seeks help for depression. Was it the right call?

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Four months after having her second baby, Jessica Porten started feeling really irritable. Little things would annoy her, like her glider chair.

"It had started to squeak," she said. "And so when I'm sitting there rocking the baby and it's squeaking, I would just get so angry at that stupid chair."

She read online that this ...Read more

The President's Number

Health / Scott LaFee /

President Trump had a physical recently, after which his Navy doctor declared that he stood 6-foot-2 and weighed 236 pounds, which based on the Body Mass Index (BMI) scale, defined him as overweight but not quite in the category of obese.

There were many skeptics, who doubted both the numbers and the conclusion. But there are other things to ...Read more

Heart health do-over: You have the power

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

In the 2013 movie "About Time," 21-year-old Tim Lake decides to use newly discovered powers to travel back in time and win over the girl of his dreams. His success emboldens him to "fix" more past events, threatening the future. As with most time-travel tales, the lesson is, "You don't get a do-over."

Well, nothing could be further from the ...Read more

Hemp oil for arthritis treatment bears further investigation

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I have severe pain from osteoarthritis. I am able to get some relief with one tablet of 5/325 Norco a day. My doctor is trying to wean me off Norco, and some days I can manage with a half-tablet. To help control my pain, I have been using hemp oil with the Norco. I take up to three tablets a day. Hemp oil seems to be a new trend ...Read more

Minnesota effort has health care revamp lessons for Amazon and its partners

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MINNEAPOLIS -- The effort rolled out last week by three of the nation's most influential companies to revamp health care is the latest in a series of such pushes by corporate America, including a widely heralded effort in the Twin Cities that ultimately failed.

For a period during the late 1990s, big employers in Minnesota launched an ...Read more

Trump administration: Let states decide if health plans have enough doctors

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WASHINGTON -- In Washington state, a woman in Spokane named Cynthia Harvey bought health insurance from Coordinated Care, in part because the brochure promised a robust roster of physicians and coverage for an array of services, including, if needed, emergency room services.

According to a federal lawsuit, however, Coordinated Care failed to ...Read more

Take Heart: You're the Cupid You've Been Waiting For

Health / Marilynn Preston /

I'm taking Valentine's Day to heart this year for one good reason: So many hearts are feeling the stress of all that's going on. Anxiety is the cheesy chicken-fried steak of the healthy heart, the open heart, the heart that is so at ease, you barely flinch when someone cuts in line or steals your parking place.

Whether it comes from politics, ...Read more

Making kids soccer safer: Warmup is key

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

There's a soccer training camp called De Toekomst (The Future) where kids as young as 7 from around The Netherlands are brought, having been spotted as potential professionals. Now, Ajax, the Dutch soccer club that runs the camp, is "flying in their world-famous youth coaches, directly from their famed Academy in Amsterdam," to start training ...Read more

Females experience thinning hair, too

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: After a diagnosis of low thyroid levels, my formerly long, thick hair has thinned out. I'd say 50 to 60 percent over the years since menopause (I am 78). It is especially thin from the front to the middle of my head. All I have found to help my hair look presentable and fuller is a product to increase hair volume, which just ...Read more

Heart issues affecting younger people

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Many of the heart disease risk factors are the same for everyone. Lifestyle choices, such as lack of exercise, obesity, smoking and drinking alcohol excessively, are risk factors that affect many adults. But Dr. Regis Fernandes, a Mayo Clinic cardiologist, says such behaviors seem to be more prevalent in younger people now than in the past.

Ian...Read more

Trump stirs a hornet's nest in Britain by blasting its National Health Service

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump has a way of bringing Britons together.

He united them in outrage when he retweeted anti-Muslim videos posted by a far-right British party. He galvanized popular support for London's mayor when he accused the mayor of not taking terror threats seriously -- even as London was recovering from a deadly terror ...Read more