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In Illinois, medical marijuana can now replace opioids

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An old photo popped up on Tashena Altman's Facebook profile recently, showing her a memory from three years ago.

"I had maybe 15 pill bottles in the picture, just to do my daily life," said Altman, who has pain from sickle cell anemia.

Altman, 31, has been using marijuana bought on the black market to wean her off the pills, many of them ...Read more

With mom's green card on the line, family forgoes autism services for citizen child

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AUSTIN, Texas -- As U.S. immigration enforcement becomes stricter under the Trump administration, more immigrant families are cutting ties with health care services and other critical government programs, according to child advocates who work with such families.

In Texas, researchers studying the issue say it's a major reason why more children ...Read more

Anti-cancer gene might actually fuel a tumor's growth, study finds

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A cancer-fighting gene known as the "guardian of the genome" actually promotes certain tumors, according to a study by researchers at the University of California, San Diego. That means drugs that affect its activity may backfire in some cases, fueling a tumor's growth.

The gene, called p53, makes a protein that causes abnormal cells to self-...Read more

Judge dismisses Maryland suit to preserve Affordable Care Act, saying there's no firm evidence of impending harm

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BALTIMORE -- A federal judge on Friday dismissed Maryland's attempt to protect the Affordable Care Act, known as "Obamacare," from any Trump administration efforts to dismantle it.

The Maryland attorney general's office had sought a declaration that the national health care act is constitutional.

But U.S. District Judge Ellen Hollander in ...Read more

Nutrition News: Fiber and Added Fiber

Health / Nutrition News /

Most of us need more fiber in our diets. The goal is 25 to 35 grams per day, and as Americans, we typically get about half that amount. The Dietary Guidelines categorize dietary fiber as a "nutrient of public health concern," meaning our low level of intake could actually be detrimental to our health.

It seems like good news that food ...Read more

Burning tongue may be burning mouth syndrome

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I have a "burning tongue." I've had it since my 40s. I'm now 84 years old. I could cook an egg on my tongue. It never goes away. I once mentioned this to my doctor, but she just shook her head and didn't have a clue. I'm convinced I'll never know what causes this. Any ideas? -- C.B.

ANSWER: Burning mouth syndrome is the term ...Read more

Are your food allergies real?

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

Many parents refused to take their children to see last year's film "Peter Rabbit." The movie includes a scene in which Peter and a gang of bunnies use blackberries as a weapon to gain access to veggies in Thomas McGregor's garden. He's allergic to the fruit, and when the rabbits slingshot a berry into his mouth, he struggles with an EpiPen, ...Read more

Diabetes Quick Fix: Braised Chinese Shrimp

Health / Health Advice /

Thinking of Chinese food with the Chinese New Year coming up. Here is a quick one pot meal. The total cooking time for this dinner is 7 minutes. Add 10 minutes preparation time and the meal can be ready in under 20 minutes.

For easy stir-frying, place all of the prepared ingredients on a cutting board or plate in order of use. You won't have to...Read more

Insurance companies decide which test, meds are 'experimental'

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: Due to an elevated PSA (5.3) my urologist recommended a fairly new test prior to deciding on a prostate biopsy. The test is referred to as an ExoDx Prostate (Intelliscore). It is performed on a urine sample and results in a score that indicates a higher or lower probability of high-grade prostate cancer.

Subsequent to taking ...Read more

Getting real about artificial sweeteners

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

Tab, one of the first diet colas on supermarket shelves in the 1960s, was billed as a soft drink "for beautiful people." The original Tab was sweetened with saccharin, which caused bladder cancer in rodents. The company reformulated the soda with the artificial sweetener aspartame, which some studies indicate is associated with changes in your ...Read more

Nothing to Sneeze At

Health / Scott LaFee /

Millions of people think they have a food allergy, and millions of people actually do -- but maybe not so many as you (or they) think. Writing in the JAMA Network, researchers surveyed more than 40,000 adults about whether they thought they were allergic to particular foods and, if so, what kinds of symptoms they experienced.

They determined ...Read more

Solving bladder leak problems

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

Horror fiction novelist Stephen King, say aficionados on reddit, has at least one character in every novel ("The Stand" and "Under the Dome," for example) who pees in his or her pants.

Being frightened does that to you, because the limbic system in the brain (where the fight-or-flight impulse lives) can override the command center in your ...Read more

PPIs not the best choice for occasional heartburn

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: For the past 50 years I have been bothered by occasional indigestion or heartburn after eating a greasy or spicy meal. This might occur several times per month, but not more than once a week. I have always gotten instant relief through either calcium carbonate tablets (Tums) or a teaspoon of sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) in ...Read more

Celebrate Your Heart: Four Pulsating Ways to Add Zing to Every String

Health / Marilynn Preston /

With Valentine's Day on your mind -- candles at dinner, red silk undies, chocolate-covered anything -- now's a good time to think about your heart.

Thump, thump, thump. Don't be distracted by the obvious rhyme. Focus! When your heart gets sick, so do you. When it stops, you drop. There are many reasons to take care of your heart -- oh, the ...Read more

Food that loves you back twice!

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

In 1983 Danny Ainge was playing for the Boston Celtics (he's now their GM and president of basketball operations) when he and 7-foot-1 Monte "Tree" Rollins, a center for the Atlanta Hawks, got into a scuffle that ended with Rollins biting Ainge's right hand. "Tree Bites Man" read the headline in the next day's Boston Herald.

Not much love in ...Read more

Nasal irrigation can soothe inflamed sinuses

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I'm asking this question for my sister. Is it safe to use a nasal rinse solution when one has a sinus infection with green phlegm? She also sufferers from a deviated septum, dysfunctional Eustachian tubes and vestibular disorder with vertigo and tinnitus. -- K.C.H.

ANSWER: Sinus infections are common. Most are caused by viruses....Read more

Obesity, climate change and hunger must be fought as one, health experts declare

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Maybe, when it comes to finding a way out of a global crisis of obesity, we're just thinking too small.

Maybe the steps needed to reverse a pandemic of unhealthy weight gain are the same as those needed to solve two other crises of human health: malnutrition and climate change.

So instead of trying to tackle each of these problems individually...Read more

The health benefits of giving up alcohol for one month a year

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

Dean Martin and Foster Brooks had successful Las Vegas nightclub careers based on characters who were fun-loving drunks. Once people sobered up and realized that a drunk wasn't something to laugh at, those characters were retired. Now, it seems sobriety is all the rage, at least for the month of January in the U.K.

The charitable group Alcohol ...Read more

Men with enlarged prostate have options for daily meds

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I have an enlarged prostate. My urologist has recommended that I take 5 mg of finasteride daily for this. I'm hesitant to take this medication because of potential side effects, particularly the sexual side effects that can go along with it. What is your opinion of this medication? Also, my urologist says that Flomax would not be...Read more

Sixers move past short-handed setback to Nuggets, focus on getting healthy for Tuesday's tilt with Lakers

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LOS ANGELES -- A lot of things had to go right for the 76ers to beat the Denver Nuggets on Saturday.

The Nuggets (33-15) entered the game with the NBA's second-best home record (now 22-4), while the Sixers entered the contest without their starting front court of two-time NBA All-Star game starter Joel Embiid, swingman Jimmy Butler, and power ...Read more