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For flu season, it's still best to get vaccinated by October

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: Both my husband and I just had the flu. We initially suspected that it was COVID, but the tests were negative. My symptoms, especially cough and runny nose, hung on for over two weeks. I visited an urgent care clinic where I was told I most likely had the (seasonal) flu, and I was prescribed an inhaler as well as a cough ...Read more

On balance, let's go for longevity

Simone Biles graced the balance beam in the 2019 World Championships and took the gold -- without a single wobble. On the other hand, for mere mortals, just getting through a 10-second, one-leg balance test can be a major challenge.

That's the conclusion of a study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. The researchers found that...Read more


Mayo Clinic Minute: Red flags for heart failure during pregnancy

Health Advice / Health & Fitness /

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the U.S. Deaths from heart disease in women who are pregnant or delivered a baby within one year has increased over the previous 30 years.

Dr. Demilade Adedinsewo, a Mayo Clinic cardiologist, explains the red flags for heart failure during pregnancy and how health care professionals are ...Read more

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Mayo Clinic Q and A: What's the benefit of yoga?

Health Advice / Health & Fitness /

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I am a mother of two, work full time and am also a breast cancer survivor. I know physical exercise is important, so I try to visit the gym a few times a week for weight training and to walk. A friend recently invited me to a yoga class. I have never thought about adding yoga to my fitness routine. What are the benefits, and ...Read more

Listen up! Get a reasonably priced hearing aid

Stephen Colbert has been deaf in his right ear since childhood; Whoopie Goldberg says years of listening to loud music damaged her hearing in both ears. They're just two of the millions of Americans with disabling hearing loss-from about 2% of adults ages 45-54 to 50% of folks age 75 and older. Unfortunately, only about 16% of people ages 20-69...Read more

Allergy shots have a small risk of inciting an allergic reaction

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR ROACH: I have a lot of allergies, and my allergist wants to start me on allergy shots. She wants me to discontinue atenolol before starting allergy shots. Can you please shed some light on this? -- B.S.

ANSWER: Allergy immunotherapy involves giving a patient very small doses of the substance that they are allergic to. This causes the ...Read more

Holey Microbes!

Health Advice / Scott LaFee /

A used kitchen sponge wallowing in the sink may be the germiest thing you touch on a daily basis, far "dirtier" than the dishes it is supposed to clean. A Duke University study compared old, used sponges to petri dishes in terms of supporting 80 different strains of E. coli bacteria under different conditions.

The researchers found that ...Read more

Going nuts -- for walnuts, peanuts and almonds

If you cultivate a daily nut-snacking habit, you may see improvements in cognition, heart health -- even your love life.

For your brain: Almonds, pistachios and macadamias are brain-friendly. Almonds improve memory, according to a lab study that found that the tocopherol, folate, mono- and poly-unsaturated fatty acids, and polyphenols they ...Read more

Informing your spouse's doctor about hidden symptoms

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: Should a patient's spouse surreptitiously inform the patient's physician that the patient is intentionally refusing to report an important symptom? I am guessing that the "unforthcoming patient" situation happens frequently, because several of my own doctors over the years have said to me, "Is there anything else you should tell ...Read more

Don't let your child's prediabetes be a prequel to high drama

The 10-episode prequel to "Game of Thrones," "House of the Dragon," lays out how the House of Targaryen got entangled in a civil war known as the Dance of the Dragons. Fans are debating whether or not it pales in comparison to the original series.

While the verdict on that is not in yet, we know for sure that when kids have a prequel to ...Read more

Longstanding diabetes affects nerves within the stomach

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: My 38-year-old daughter has an impacted stomach. The doctors gave her antibiotics to take with her food. She still cannot eat much, because it makes her so sick to eat anything. She tries eating soft foods like soup. She's tough, and has had Type 1 diabetes since age 11. Can you help with any suggestions? -- R.P.

ANSWER: It ...Read more

Diabetes Quick Fix: Nantucket Fish Chowder

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The essence of this dish is the sweet flavor of fresh fish. It’s a New England and Nantucket favorite. This is a light chowder allowing the fresh ingredients to shine.

Helpful Hints:

— Cod is a flaky white fish common to New England fish. Select whatever fish looks fresh. Try to choose a fairly firm fish if selecting a substitute such as ...Read more

New stats on statins

Seven brands, over 4,414,000 prescriptions annually in New York and California alone, tens of thousands of lives saved every year -- that's the basic information on statin use in the U.S. But, that may change. More people may reap the benefits in the coming years.

A new U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendation says a daily statin is a...Read more

Physician revokes driver's license without an explanation

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: My wife's handicap parking placard expired, and she asked her primary care physician to fill out a renewal application. The new placard was received, followed by a letter from the DMV instructing my wife to return her license within 10 days because a medical professional had deemed it unsafe for her to drive. There was no ...Read more

Nutrition News: Fruits and Vegetables to Your Health

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Fruits and Vegetables to Your Health

This is National Fruits & Veggies Month -- a great time to boost your intake and improve your health at the same time. Collectively, fruits and vegetables give a boost to our minds, our bodies and our souls. While we often single out certain ones as superfoods -- blueberries, strawberries, pomegranates, ...Read more

High total cholesterol with normal LDL needn't cause worry

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: My husband and I recently achieved the near impossible task of becoming attached to a family doctor! After many years without getting tested, our first order of business was a complete blood panel test, which -- to our horror -- showed that we both have high cholesterol. Our results are almost identical with high HDL, normal LDL,...Read more

Get hip to your risks for hip fracture if you're vegetarian

Country music star Carrie Underwood and actress Kristen Bell (the voice of Anna in "Frozen") are vegetarians. Carrie dodges meats but does eat eggs from chickens in her backyard, and Kristen went from vegan to vegetarian when she was pregnant with her first child. Both are health-focused and nutrition wise.

But they -- and around 5% of ...Read more

D-Lightful vitamin D

"It's delightful, it's delicious, it's delectable ... it's deluxe, it's de-lovely." Cole Porter's lyrics sum up the newly confirmed benefits of vitamin D perfectly.

One new study published in the International Journal of Epidemiology shows that getting enough vitamin D may help you tamp down or avoid inflammation -- an underlying troublemaker ...Read more

Long-term treatment for continuous panic attacks is necessary

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: What causes a sudden feeling of being nervous and having your chest beat hard and restless? One time, I ran to the hospital because I thought I was having a heart attack, but all test results came back normal, including my electrocardiogram, hormone level, potassium, complete blood count, cholesterol, uric acid, liver, blood ...Read more

Latest Buzz

Health Advice / Scott LaFee /

You probably missed it, but Aug. 20 was World Mosquito Day in recognition (if not honor) of the insect responsible for nearly one-fifth of all vector-borne infectious diseases worldwide, including malaria, dengue, Zika, West Nile, chikungunya and yellow fever -- and 700,000 deaths worldwide each year. Mosquitos kill more people than any other ...Read more