Health & Spirit



Tactile hypersensitivity is aversion to scratchy clothes on skin

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 75-year-old man with an arthritic back, urinary tract problems and, worst of all, highly sensitive skin! There are few items of clothing that I can tolerate. I turn tank top shirts inside out, preventing seams from irritating my skin. This has been a progressive problem since birth, worsening significantly over time. I've ...Read more

Beware the soupy mess of chemicals in personal care products

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

Ludwig von Beethoven declared, "Only the pure of heart can make a good soup." Da-da-da-daaaa! Unfortunately, many soups you're exposed to (we're not talking chicken noodle or split pea) are made from chemicals found in personal beauty and hygiene products.

Parabens, used as antimicrobial preservatives in personal care products, fragrances, ...Read more

Cost of family health coverage nears $20,000 in US

Health / Health & Fitness /

Health insurance deductibles pushed higher once again this year, according to a new report, contributing to a 10-year trend where out-of-pocket spending in employer health plans is causing financial anxiety for those with medical problems.

The California-based Kaiser Family Foundation on Wednesday issued its annual report on trends in employer-...Read more

Avoiding an outbreak of HIV infection

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: My local news outlet here in Saskatchewan published a story on mutated strains of HIV present in my province being a concern to the medical community. As a sexually active adult, but not a user of injectable recreational drugs, what does this mean for me and other citizens in my area? How are these strains different from regular ...Read more

Diclofenac warning

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

Voltar was a Viking comic-book character in an award-winning comic-book series by the same name. It first appeared in 1963. He was the precursor of Conan the Barbarian, who, when brought to the silver screen in 1982, launched Arnold Schwarzenegger's movie career.

Voltaren, on the other hand, is a U.S. brand name for a strong-armed NSAID (non-...Read more

EatingWell: Bring on the greens

Health / Health & Fitness /

This salmon dinner gives you a healthy dose of greens (six or more weekly servings of dark leafy greens can help keep your brain in top shape). This dish also features a simple method for doctoring a can of chickpeas: Just spice them up, and roast until crispy.

Roasted Salmon with Smoky Chickpeas & Greens

Yield: 4 servings

Serves 4

Serving ...Read more

Workers' health costs continue to rise, eroding wages, new survey finds

Health / Health & Fitness /

WASHINGTON -- American workers' health insurance premiums and deductibles continued to tick upward in 2018, outpacing wage growth and inflation, according to a new national survey of employers.

The increases extend a long-running trend that is pinching workers and their families, and fueling widespread anxiety about medical costs.

More than a ...Read more

Taking Aspirin with a Grain of Salt

Health / Scott LaFee /

A new large study suggests that a daily dose of aspirin does not lower risk of having a heart attack or stroke for the first time. A randomized trial of more than 12,500 people considered to be at moderate risk for cardiovascular disease found that the rate of heart problems didn't differ between those who took a preventive aspirin pill daily ...Read more

New guidelines for kids and car seats

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

Chris Evert and Andy Mills met at the top of a black diamond ski slope in Aspen, Colorado, over New Year's 1986. There was just one problem. Although Ms. Evert was closing in on her 18th Grand Slam tennis singles victory, she wasn't that great at skiing. Fortunately, Mr. Mills -- America's top downhill racer at the time -- came to her rescue. He...Read more

Scoliosis is treated with medicine, physical therapy or surgery

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I'm a 65-year-old male. I've had scoliosis since childhood. I experience stiffness, discomfort and some soreness. What is the best treatment for my scoliosis? Chiropractic was not helpful, and although I had only mixed results with physical therapy, I still do those exercises. What other treatments are available? I would like to ...Read more

Angry in America: Are You a Brett or a Christine?

Health / Marilynn Preston /

Anger is a negative emotion that crushes well-being and leads to depression, dysfunction and way too many Krispy Kremes. And, yet, we all lead complicated lives, and anger is unavoidable.

How do you deal with your anger?

That's the question for today, when so many Americans are furious about the unfolding drama surrounding the nominee for the ...Read more

Strength training? What to eat when, to lose weight

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

Last May, 27-year-old Icelander Hafthor Julius Bjornsson, renowned for his role as "The Mountain" Gregor Clegane, in "Game of Thrones," won the World's Strongest Man competition. At 6 feet, 9 inches tall and weighing over 390 pounds, Bjornsson eats eight meals a day, while lifting tons of weights.

His meals consist of lean meats, grains, ...Read more

Could butterfly rash be the start of systemic lupus?

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 65-year-old woman, very active and in good health, my only medication being a daily 5-mg tablet of Exforge to control high blood pressure. My mother had systemic lupus erythematosus and passed away when I was 13 years old.

For the past three weeks I have had a smooth, bright-red butterfly-shaped blush over my upper cheeks...Read more

Taking the right steps to live longer and healthier

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

Betty White turned 96 this year and claims that her long-term good health is the result of hot dogs and vodka, not necessarily in that order!

Well, some people's genes are programmed to defy the odds (never worth betting on) -- either that or Betty's just a great comic who's not afraid of a politically incorrect joke (that's the smart bet)!

...Read more

Significant weight loss requires a support system

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: My grandson, age 26, was diagnosed with aortic stenosis at birth. He has had two surgeries to temporarily fix the problem.

He recently saw his doctor and was told that he must reduce his weight (311 pounds) within a few months in order to undergo his final surgery (valve replacement). He was told how to do this -- more exercise ...Read more

Quinn on Nutrition: Healthful carbs for fall

Health / Nutrition /

I tend to have a pumpkin obsession this time of year. And it's fueled by all the products from pumpkin bagels to body cream that are marketed in autumn. Nutritionally, pumpkin is a seasonal vegetable; it reaches its peak ripeness for harvest in these cooler days. Other produce abundant in the fall includes apples, beets and sweet potatoes.

Some...Read more

Diabetes Quick Fix: Roast Beef Hash with Mixed Green Salad

Health / Health Advice /

Roast beef, shiitake mushrooms and fresh thyme transform a '50s-style hash to a modern version that takes only 20 minutes to make. This hash keeps well. Make double, if you have time.

Helpful Hints:

-- Ask deli to cut roast beef into a 1/2-inch thick slice. It can then easily be cut into cubes.

-- Any type of canned beans can be used in the ...Read more

Mayo Clinic Q&A: Treatment for Hurthle cell thyroid cancer

Health / Health & Fitness /

Dear Mayo Clinic: Is it common to only have a partial thyroidectomy to remove Hurthle cells? My doctor is recommending this procedure, but I wonder if I should have my entire thyroid removed instead to eliminate the risk of the cancer coming back. Would it be better to have a total thyroidectomy?

A: A partial thyroidectomy can be an appropriate...Read more

UnitedHealth Group division says it's combining with Genoa Healthcare

Health / Health & Fitness /

UnitedHealth Group's Minnesota-based OptumRx division for pharmacy services is combining operations with a large, privately backed behavioral-health pharmacy company called Genoa Healthcare in a deal reportedly worth more than $2 billion.

Neither UnitedHealth, Genoa, nor the private equity fund that owns Genoa issued an announcement of the ...Read more

Kitchen Makeover

Health / Nutrition News /

I went on a cleaning spree last weekend and cleaned my kitchen -- refrigerator, cabinets, all of it. I pitched the cans that were out of date and organized what was left to make it more accessible.

I'm amazed at the ease in preparing food now that I've organized. September just happens to be National Family Meals Month, but don't let the start ...Read more