Health & Spirit



Laws to equalize cancer patients' out-of-pocket costs provide uneven protection

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Laws passed by many states that require health plans to charge the same cost-sharing amounts for cancer patients receiving chemotherapy -- regardless of whether they get the medication intravenously or take a pill or liquid by mouth -- are providing uneven pocketbook protection, according to a new study.

These "parity" laws became popular as ...Read more

Quinn on Nutrition: Diabetes news

Health / Nutrition /

We got the historic news a little over a year ago ... FDA's approval of an artificial pancreas for people with type 1 diabetes. These folks must needle-poke their fingers several times a day to determine if their blood sugar is too high or too low and then give themselves multiple daily shots of insulin to regulate their blood sugar levels.

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Why health officials are concerned about the Madagascar plague outbreak

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A large outbreak of plague, including the rare form known as pneumonic plague, has health officials in Madagascar working to prevent the bacterial infection from spreading to neighboring countries. The World Health Organization (WHO) says there have been more than 1,800 confirmed, probable or suspected cases of plague since Aug. 1, including 127...Read more

Diabetes Quick Fix: Parmesan Sole with Dilled Potatoes

Health / Health Advice /

Using fresh fish fillet and canned potatoes, this meal is ready in under 15 minutes. For the best flavor, the fish should be very fresh. Buy whatever looks best that day. Also look for good quality Parmesan-Reggiano.

Helpful Hints:

-- Any type of white flesh fish such as tilapia, flounder or snapper can be used as an alternative.

-- Any type ...Read more

Even one drink a day can increase risk of cancer, study finds

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Do you enjoy the occasional cocktail? Beware, because even moderate consumption of alcohol can increase your risk of cancer, according to a new report.

Researchers from the American Society of Clinical Oncology recently conducted an experiment, published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, to determine the link between drinking and the disease...Read more

Customers defy Trump attacks to buy Obamacare, and vote for it

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump and Republican leaders in Congress have repeatedly said Obamacare is failing, or even dead. Yet there are signs across the country that support for the Affordable Car Act's programs is stronger than opponents have portrayed.

This past week in Virginia, where Democrats won a competitive race for governor, two...Read more

Nutrition News: A Yogurt a Day

Health / Nutrition News /

A Yogurt a Day

You may want to snack on a yogurt while you read this. Several studies back up the theory that dairy, especially yogurt, can help you maintain your weight, according to Angelo Tremblay, researcher with the Department of Kinesiology at Laval University in Quebec.

"Weight management and dairy isn't a new story, but it's certainly ...Read more

Aftereffects of anesthesia during surgery can include delirium

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: My wife, who is 72 years of age, has had a horrendous number of surgeries in her life. After one surgery, she had her first complication, delirium and hallucinations that lasted for days. Not knowing the cause, I was under the impression that it was possibly an overdose of morphine from the pain management not kicking in fast ...Read more

Do as I do

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

That much-favored, hypocritical saying bandied about by lazy authoritarians, "Do as I say, not as I do," never seems very convincing to any kid. And now, research has demonstrated that the exact opposite is actually what motivates kids to tackle tough situations -- because when responsible adults communicate "Do as I do," it's inspiring to young...Read more

Home remedies: Problems with pink eye

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Pink eye (conjunctivitis) is an inflammation or infection of the transparent membrane (conjunctiva) that lines your eyelid and covers the white part of your eyeball. When small blood vessels in the conjunctiva become inflamed, they're more visible. This is what causes the whites of your eyes to appear reddish or pink.

Pink eye is commonly ...Read more

Breathing fire: Health is a casualty of climate-fueled blazes

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SANTA ROSA, Calif. -- As the deadliest fires in California history swept through leafy neighborhoods here, Kathleen Sarmento fled her home in the dark, drove to an evacuation center and began setting up a medical triage unit. Patients with burns and other severe injuries were dispatched to hospitals. She set about treating many people whose ...Read more

'Sun and Aloha saved me': How Seattleites cope as our fall and winter days get darker

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SEATTLE, Wash. -- John Walker, formerly of Kentucky, made it through his first Seattle winter last year just fine, but recently he started feeling blue.

Suspecting a lack of brightness was the problem, he began taking vitamin D supplements and hung a small string of white Christmas lights in his bedroom, "so it would seem like the sun is rising...Read more

Tips for flying with special needs

Health / Health & Fitness /

1. Let reservation agents, gate agents and flight attendants know that you or someone you are traveling with has special needs.

2. Book early to get the seats you want. Seats in the front of the aircraft are quieter and you can exit sooner.

3. When booking, consider putting the child with special needs in the center seat if traveling with two ...Read more

What is Hashimoto's disease?

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Your thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped organ on the front of your neck. Its main function is to produce a thyroid hormone that regulates your metabolism. Hypothyroidism occurs when a person's thyroid function decreases. Hashimoto thyroditis, also known as Hashimoto's disease, is the most common cause of hypothyroidism in the U.S.

"Hashimoto's...Read more

Obamacare sign-ups surge despite Trump

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WASHINGTON -- Large numbers of Americans signed up for health coverage through the Affordable Care Act in the first days of this year's open enrollment period, according to new federal figures that show Americans flocking to insurance despite the Trump administration's ongoing attacks on the health care law.

In the first four days of the 2018 ...Read more

Pros and cons of finasteride treatment for enlarged prostate

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I have an enlarged prostate but no diagnosed prostate cancer, having had a prostate MRI.

My most recent exam showed an enlarged prostate. My PSA is still below 4, and I have been taking two tamsulosin pills daily, but from time to time I get up more than several times during the night. My doctor is recommending adding ...Read more

Do the math and stay young

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

The top U.S. elementary school in the 2016-2017 Math League was Medina Elementary School in Medina, Washington. Congratulations, kids! These students know their numbers. Unfortunately, many high school students around the country don't.

According to the latest results of the Program for International Student Assessment -- its worldwide exam is ...Read more

In the loop: Mayo physician dispels popular coffee misconceptions

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Is coffee good or bad for us? How much is too much? Can it stunt growth? Donald Hensrud, M.D., director of Mayo Clinic's Healthy Living Program, provides answers to these much-debated questions.

The greatest of all holidays -- International Coffee Day -- was celebrated by all (we assume) on Sept. 29. If you're like us, though, you don't need a ...Read more

Fish oil supplements and dry eyes

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Dear Mayo Clinic: Is it true that fish oil or an omega-3 supplement can help people with dry eyes? If I decide to take them, do omega-3 supplements have any side effects I should worry about?

A: Research suggests that taking an omega-3 fatty acid supplement can reduce symptoms of dry eyes. Omega-3 supplements are safe for most healthy adults ...Read more

Health care, for years a political winner for GOP, now powers Democratic wins

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WASHINGTON -- The polarizing issue of health care, which has dragged down Democrats since passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010, emerged from Tuesday's state elections as a potentially formidable new force in the party's efforts to regain power in next year's congressional elections.

In Maine, voters resoundingly backed a ballot measure to...Read more