Health & Spirit



Wash away UTIs

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

Remember Adam Sandler in "Billy Madison," Bill Paxton in "True Lies" and (most poignant) Jeremy Blackman in "Magnolia"? In those movies, it's the men and boys who, finding themselves in some supposedly amusing or heartfelt situation, fail to hold their water, so to speak, and pee on screen.

But peeing in your pants because of a urinary tract ...Read more

Safeguarding the blood supply

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Dear Mayo Clinic: I have given blood for 25 years, but just recently, I received a letter saying I could not give blood for six months because of an inconclusive hepatitis B test. What does this mean? Will I be able to give blood in the future?

A: The notification you received means the test used to check blood donations for infectious diseases...Read more

Watchdog group blasts study that suggests 80 percent of baby formula contains arsenic

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The watchdog website Snopes has blasted a new study that suggests up to 80 percent of products that we feed to our babies are tainted by arsenic and other potentially harmful contaminants.

The news media has picked up on an "alarming study" by The Clean Label Project, which found many baby food products tested positive for arsenic. Clean Label ...Read more

Complaint that Pitt kids' study on vitamin D and asthma is 'unethical' leads to changes

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PITTSBURGH--A federally funded, University of Pittsburgh research project, testing whether children with asthma attacks benefit from high doses of vitamin D, will be altered following complaints from an outside researcher to federal officials that the study was "unethical."

Bruce Davidson, a pulmonary and critical care researcher in Seattle who...Read more

Like black licorice? It could land you in the hospital, FDA warns

Health / Health & Fitness /

Black licorice looks innocent enough.

But eat enough of those sticks or candies, and you could suffer the consequences.

We're not talking about weight gain or tooth decay. We're talking bonafide, serious health issues like arrhythmia, reports the FDA.

Blame it on one ingredient. Glycyrrhizin, the sweetening compound derived from licorice root...Read more

Rising health insurance costs frighten some early retirees

Health / Health & Fitness /

Don and Debra Clark of Springfield, Mo., are glad they have health insurance. Don is 56 and Debra is 58. The Clarks say they know the risk of an unexpected illness or medical event is rising as they age and they must have coverage.

Don is retired and Debra works part time a couple of days a week. As a result, along with about 20 million other ...Read more

Trump wants to insert Obamacare repeal into tax bill -- giving Republicans a new headache as rollout stalls

Health / Health & Fitness /

WASHINGTON -- As House Republicans struggle to produce their ambitious tax overhaul, President Donald Trump weighed in Wednesday with an off-topic suggestion: How about repealing part of Obamacare and use the money saved on health care for tax cuts?

"Wouldn't it be great to Repeal the very unfair and unpopular Individual Mandate in ObamaCare ...Read more

Fatty Breath

Health / Scott LaFee /

When you exercise, you burn carbohydrates, such as sugar. If you exercise long and hard enough, you burn fat too. Currently, the only way to know for sure when you're actually burning fat is to measure biomarkers in blood or urine, which is obviously problematic if, say, you're in the middle of a swim or long run.

Swiss researchers, however, ...Read more

Talking to kids about traumas and disasters

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

In the 2004 movie "Into the Storm" a tornado devastates a high-school community. As the townspeople work to rebuild their connections, they find hope and security. Good for them. But in the real world, with all the deadly storms and tragic shootings that have happened lately, many parents are struggling to help their children cope. Fortunately, ...Read more

Most cases of sinusitis don't require antibiotics to clear up

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: Every year and a half to two years, someone in our house gets a sinus infection. We are in our mid-60s, and it is always a fight with our doctor to get antibiotics to cure it. We go through at least two weeks of misery with nasal sprays, Tylenol, etc., before he finally decides that it is bacterial and prescribes the antibiotics....Read more

Past-due premiums, missing tax forms may hamstring marketplace customers

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The 2018 annual open-enrollment period for coverage on the health insurance marketplaces started November 1. But if you don't take care of lingering issues from your past coverage, they may come back to haunt you when you try to sign up this fall.


New rules will allow some insurers to require you to pay any back premiums you ...Read more

Obamacare insurance markets open this week amid confusion and uncertainty

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WASHINGTON -- Health insurance marketplaces created by the Affordable Care Act begin accepting 2018 applications Wednesday amid mounting concern that the Trump administration's repeated attacks on the law will dramatically depress enrollment.

The marketplaces -- a centerpiece of the law commonly called Obamacare -- continue to provide coverage ...Read more

Autumn Is for Rebooting: As Seasons Change, So Can We

Health / Marilynn Preston /

Autumn is one of my favorite times of year, and it's not just the oversized taffy apples. I'm talking crispy cool days that call for turtlenecks and yoga tights, a seasonal shift to fading colors and falling leaves, great sales on outdoor furniture.

"Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree," writes Emily Bronte.

"This is...Read more

Teeing up a cup of tea

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

In the 2003 film "Green Tea," a woman named Wu Fang (played by Zhao Wei) orders a cup of green tea on every date, hoping that by reading the tea leaves she'll be able to predict her future with each man she meets. But she's never able to get a fix on the guys' character and goes from one disastrous encounter to the next. Although green tea is ...Read more

Hair loss on legs has reader puzzled

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I'm a 65-year-old male. For the past five years or so, I have been losing the hair on my legs. At this point, I seem to have stabilized, with virtually no hair from my toes to the tops of my thighs; however, from my groin to my neck, I am perfectly normal. I have a full head of rather thick hair for someone my age. My doctor has ...Read more

Money for health law navigators slashed — except where it's not

Health / Health & Fitness /

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Despite all the efforts in Congress to repeal the health law this summer and fall, the Affordable Care Act is still the law of the land. People can start signing up for health insurance for 2018 starting Nov. 1. But the landscape for that law has changed a lot.

Take navigators. Those are specially trained people who help ...Read more

Big gains in Latino health insurance coverage poised to slip during chaotic enrollment season

Health / Health & Fitness /

Latinos, who just a year ago were highly sought customers for the Affordable Care Act's marketplace plans may not get the same hard sell this year.

The Trump administration's laissez-faire approach toward the upcoming enrollment period for the health law's insurance marketplaces could reverse advances made in the number of Latinos with coverage...Read more

Video games to combat STDs

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

"Super Mario Bros 3" (1990) and "Doom" (1993) are two of the top video games ever -- even if they've been left in the dust by 2017's more souped-up "Arms" (Nintendo Switch) and "Dragon Quest Heroes II." But whatever your video game favorites, we're bettin' you never figured there'd be one devoted to preventing sexually transmitted diseases. Well...Read more

It's OK to discuss sexual health with your doctor, no matter who your partner is

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: What are the chances of picking up a disease if I engage in homosexual sex? What are the types of diseases I might encounter and their consequences? I don't think you have ever discussed the medical implications of this important subject. Has it become taboo in the medical profession? -- D.A.

ANSWER: Many people feel ...Read more

Quinn on Nutrition: You are what you just ate

Health / Nutrition /

My favorite session at the 2017 Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Food and Nutrition Conference was presented by physiologist and researcher Dr. Luc Van Loon of Maastricht University Medical Centre in the Netherlands. (And by the way, the moderator who introduced him was Roberta Anding -- the sports dietitian for the Houston Astros.)

"Take a ...Read more