Health & Spirit



The virtues of being an airhead

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

In the movie "Pitch Perfect," the captain of the a capella group the Barden Bellas decides they all need to get in shape, so she has them run around the gym. She comes over to one of the Bellas, Amy, to ask why she's lying on her side. "I'm doing horizontal running," Amy responds, lazily cycling her legs in the air.

If you're a horizontal ...Read more

Treating pain: Types of pain for which opioids may be prescribed

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Opioid medications, commonly called narcotics, are derived from the poppy plant. Some opioids are available as prescription medications. They are regulated as controlled substances by the Drug Enforcement Administration. A health care provider must have a special license to prescribe these opioids. Other opioids, such as heroin, are illegal ...Read more

Ovarian cancer is hard to detect

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Ovarian cancer is estimated to affect more than 22,000 women each year and is the fifth leading cause of cancer deaths among women, according to American Cancer Society.

Unlike other gynecologic cancers, there are no screening tests for ovarian cancer. While some women diagnosed with ovarian cancer have elevated levels of the CA 125 protein, ...Read more

UnitedHealthcare expands program for hip, knee and spine procedures

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MINNEAPOLIS -- UnitedHealthcare has expanded a program that's changing payment terms for certain hip, knee and spine surgeries in hopes of improving quality while lowering costs.

Launched as a pilot in 2015, the program is now saving employers about $18,000 per procedure, the insurer announced Wednesday, and has been expanded this year to nine ...Read more

Good Grief, Gooddoctor

Health / Scott LaFee /

In China, there is an indoor farm that raises cockroaches -- about 6 billion per year. It's the biggest farm of its type in the world, but not the only one. There are at least 100 other large-scale Chinese farms.

What's the demand for the insect, which has never seemed to have much trouble breeding abundantly on its own, in the wild or in the...Read more

Meningioma is a tumor of the brain's lining

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: In January 2014, I was diagnosed with a benign neoplasm of my cerebral meninges (meningioma). I am a healthy 64-year-old Caucasian woman. I do not take any medications. The finding was incidental. I have no symptoms from the meningioma. I sometimes feel as if my mental capacity has declined somewhat (such as memory), but I ...Read more

Get over your afternoon slump with a healthy boost

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

Elon Musk needed a boost (three boosters, actually) from one of the biggest rockets ever assembled -- the SpaceX Falcon Heavy Rocket -- to get his cherry-red Tesla Roadster convertible launched into space and headed toward Mars' orbit. (Psst! It overshot that target.)

If you're looking for a less-costly boost to get you into a better ...Read more

Shortage of home health workers forcing young Minnesotans with disabilities into institutions

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Every so often, Korrie Johnson closes her eyes and tries to forget that she is a healthy 25-year-old living in a nursing home surrounded by older people with dementia and other debilitating conditions.

Time and again, reality intrudes. In the past year, more than a dozen of her new friends at the GracePointe Crossing nursing home in Cambridge, ...Read more

How the farm bill could erode part of the Affordable Care Act

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Some Republican lawmakers continue to try to work around the federal health law's requirements. That strategy can crop up in surprising places. Like the farm bill.

Tucked deep in the House version of the massive bill -- amid crop subsidies and food assistance programs -- is a provision that supporters say could help provide farmers with cheaper...Read more

To Bike or Not to Bike: Is That Even a Question?

Health / Marilynn Preston /

Let's celebrate! May 18 is National Bike to Work Day, which is part of Bike to Work Week, which happens to coincide with National Bike to Work Month.

It's all part of the healthy-lifestyle revolution, of which I am a tireless spokesperson.

From 2000 to 2013, the number of bike commuters in the U.S. grew by more than 62 percent. Bike-sharing ...Read more

Finally, a solution to treatment-resistant high blood pressure

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

Sam Cohn, the legendary talent agent and co-founder of ICM, was one of the infamous "10 percenters" who transformed Hollywood into a star-making machine. His 10 percent cut of the huge paydays for Paul Newman, Meryl Streep, Robin Williams, Macaulay Culkin and many more transformed him into a wealthy man with a rich future.

But the 10 percenters...Read more

Could 'beaver fever' be the source of digestive trouble?

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: Last summer I went camping and ran out of clean water. I had to boil water and drink it without any treatment tablets. That evening, I had painful cramps in my stomach, and in my upper abdomen, under my ribcage. Since then, my digestion has been horrific. I have constant rank gas and bloating when eating foods I've never had a ...Read more

Are teens consuming too many sports drinks?

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The campaign by public health advocates against sugar-sweetened sodas may have had an unintended consequence: Teens are drinking more sugar-sweetened sports drinks.

Drinks shown in advertisements being consumed by impossibly fit athletes and named for fruits like mango, kiwi, and blackberry are aggressively marketed to teens. The packaging and ...Read more

Obamacare menu labeling rules ushered in

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President Donald Trump has found one part of the federal health law palatable: He's allowing Obamacare rules that require chain restaurants to post calorie counts to go into effect Monday.

The rules, which are among the final pieces of the 2010 Affordable Care Act to be implemented, require restaurants to list calories on all menus and menu ...Read more

What to put on toast when you're done with avocados

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Somehow, despite the popularity of low-carb, no-carb and paleo diets, toast is having a moment. A long moment at that.

Avocado toast graces the menus of all manner of restaurants. Sliced, toasted rustic bread smeared with smashed ripe avocado and a sprinkle of salt. The combination has taken the country by storm. We eat it up! Happily. Carbs be...Read more

Environmental Nutrition: Food synergy boosts nutrition

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Environmental Nutrition

Pancakes and maple syrup, spaghetti and meatballs, chocolate and strawberries -- these are the "Thelma and Louises" of the food world -- items that just belong together. Beyond flavor, when certain foods are eaten together, their nutritional firepower is amplified. It'...Read more

A foolproof way to promote healthier choices

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

When the Philadelphia 76ers cruised to a 130-103 victory over the Miami Heat in Game 1 of their best-of-seven playoff series this year, and the Cleveland Cavs were struggling to reach their potential, Dr. Mike looked around for a possible reason for the discrepancy in their performances. One theory he came up with: Philly has a soda tax that's ...Read more

Flesh-eating bacteria: terrifying, but rare condition

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: What do you know about flesh-eating bacteria? After going to a hospital to get a mole checked, I developed an itchy rash that won't go away. I am worried. -- H.W.

ANSWER: Let me reassure you that this isn't flesh-eating bacteria. Itchy rash around a mole can be due to eczema, or it might be a fungal infection or one of several ...Read more

Let Salads Serve as Shortcuts

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Spring is salad season. Restaurant menus, online pages and cafe sidewalk chalkboards are often bursting with descriptions of conglomerations featuring seasonal bounties. Entree salads make their entry this time of year.

When you want to emulate at home, whether traditional treats, like a chef or Cobb salad, or a one-of-a-kind spring special, ...Read more

How to use opioids safely

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If you are taking opioids or talking with your health care provider about this treatment option, now is the time to plan for safe use and disposal of these medications. Practicing caution can mean the difference between life and death for you, your loved ones and your neighbors. Opioid painkillers are highly addictive. After just five days of ...Read more