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On Nutrition: Sodium in unexpected places

Health Advice / Nutrition /

A patient with diabetes and heart disease told me he hardly uses salt. “I do buy more convenience foods since my wife died, though,” he continued. That’s an issue, according to new guidance to food manufacturers from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Citing that more than 70% of the sodium we ingest resides in packaged or restaurant ...Read more

Reader: What makes the COVID vaccine so great?

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I had COVID-19 in February 2021. I had no fever, no loss of taste or smell, lasted two days with no persistent symptoms at all! I was cold and tired, and that is all that I experienced.

I am a healthy 66-year-old and take no medication. I have natural God-given immunity, and I do not want to be vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine...Read more

Getting to the root of your heart health -- with root vegetables

What's soft, slightly sweet, old-fashioned-sounding and brimming with goodness? Well, yes, that could describe your grandmother. But it also describes winter's favorite root vegetables: sweet potatoes, rutabagas, turnips and beets. They give you unconditional love, too, because they're loaded with heart-happy nutrition, whether you roast or ...Read more

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Incentives boosted hospital staff vaccination rates in South Florida. Mandates did more

Health Advice / Health & Fitness /

MIAMI — With a Jan. 4 deadline looming for medical providers to abide by new federal rules and fully vaccinate their workers against COVID-19, many of South Florida’s largest hospitals are reporting that they have achieved staff vaccination rates of 80% or higher using policies that strongly encourage the shots but do not make them a ...Read more

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8 COVID precautions you can leave behind this holiday season

Health Advice / Health & Fitness /

Our second holiday season under the shadow of COVID-19 is right around the corner. And though the pandemic isn't over and it's still important to take precautions, this year, many are vaccinated, so we're in a better starting place than we were last year.

Gone are the days when we knew nothing about the coronavirus — and therefore needed to ...Read more

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Study finds that using automated texts to monitor COVID-19 patients at home saved lives

Health Advice / Health & Fitness /

PHILADELPHIA — Just two weeks after COVID-19 shut Philadelphia down in March 2020, Penn Medicine had already reengineered a program designed to monitor lung disease patients so that its staff could keep tabs on those suffering from the new virus at home.

Doctors quickly realized there was a "huge swath" of patients who had tested positive but...Read more

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Mayo Clinic Minute: Fighting influenza

Health Advice / Health & Fitness /

It's cold and flu season on top of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The concern this year is the early arrival of respiratory syncytial virus, along with an uncertain flu season after a mild one last year due to many people in isolation and wearing masks.

So how can you protect yourself and your family?

Dr. Nipunie Rajapakse, a pediatric ...Read more

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Consumer Health: Diabetes and menopause

Health Advice / Health & Fitness /

November is National Diabetes Month, which makes this a good time to learn about the particular challenges of diabetes and menopause.

More than 34 million people in the U.S. have diabetes, and more than 88 million adults in the U.S. — over one-third — have prediabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Diabetes ...Read more

Vaping to stop smoking? You already know it doesn't really work

During the Victorian Era (1837-1901), it was common to say that a woman was having vapors -- a condescending and wildly inaccurate way of attributing everything from menstrual cramps to depression to the "Hysterick Fits" that women were said to suffer.

We've come a long way from those days. But vapers -- that's people who vape -- are still ...Read more

Person-to-person main COVID risk

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I belong to a garden club that meets in a local indoor hall. We have one member who has been driving herself crazy worrying about COVID-19. She wants us to meet outdoors even in the winter, because she says we can't be sure the building is clean enough and we don't know the status of others who may have used the building while we...Read more

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Make your holiday gatherings COVID-safer with rapid tests

Health Advice / Health & Fitness /

LOS ANGELES — Even with nearly 63% of Californians fully vaccinated, some public health officials worry that big gatherings this holiday season could lead to big outbreaks of COVID-19. But families looking to reunite have at least one infection-averting tool that they didn't have last year: rapid at-home testing kits.

The kits aren't ...Read more

EN on Food: Egg-ceptional Eggplant!

Health Advice / Health & Fitness /

Named for early varieties that were egg-sized and egg-colored, eggplants now come in many shapes, sizes, and colors, though purple is most popular.

The folklore

The eggplant, also called aubergine, brinjal, and guinea squash, is known for its signature deep purple, glossy skin. Eggplant is known for its role in traditional international dishes...Read more

How healthy is butternut squash, really?

Health Advice / Health & Fitness /

Butternut squash is incredibly versatile. It’s just as delicious when pureed and served with pork as it is roasted and served with salad greens. You can use it to bake bread or layer it into lasagna and (news flash), butternut squash is probably what you’re actually eating when you cook anything with canned pumpkin.

Butternut squash is also...Read more

Mayo Clinic Q&A: How to add variety to your cardiovascular routine

Health Advice / Health & Fitness /

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: Heart disease runs in my family, so I try to eat a mostly Mediterranean diet and get plenty of exercise. Lately, though, I feel stuck in a rut when it comes to my cardio workout. Do you have any advice for exciting exercises to improve my cardiovascular health?

ANSWER: Eating well and exercising are key elements of a heart-...Read more

Want to improve your memory? Get a good night’s sleep!

Health Advice / Health & Fitness /

There are few things that are as beneficial for your memory as having a good night’s sleep. Let’s understand why.

If you’re tired, it’s hard to pay attention, and memory requires attention

To remember information, you need to pay attention to it. If you’re tired, you simply cannot pay attention as effectively as you would if you were...Read more

Personality and Alzheimer's Disease

Health Advice / Scott LaFee /

Apart from biological factors such as amyloid plaques and tau tangles, new research suggests some personality traits may be risk factors for Alzheimer's disease. The factors have been proven to be causal but may be associated with Alzheimer's and related dementias.

Specifically, scientists found that neuroticism -- the personality trait that ...Read more

Enjoy flavors without adding sugar, salt or unhealthy fats

Not all substitutions are wise. Recently, when Major League Soccer's D.C. United was trailing Atlanta United 2-0, head coach Ben Olsen brought in Russell Canouse as a sub for Moses Nyeman. Problem was, Canuose wasn't on the game's player roster, making him an illegal substitution. He was banished to the locker room. That substitution was as ...Read more

Infection usually treated with incision and drainage

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I watch a lot of skin-care videos by dermatologists. Sometimes they will have a patient who has a very infected and inflamed blackhead, boil or cyst, etc. It seems like the main treatment is oral antibiotics. My question is: How come we don't inject antibiotics into infected areas like this? Why do we take them by mouth or IV? ...Read more

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A simple tool has brought health insurance to thousands

Health Advice / Health & Fitness /

Maryland and Massachusetts, soon to be followed by other states, now allow taxpayers to begin the sign-up for health care coverage on their tax returns, aiming to draw many residents into low- or no-cost plans they may not know they qualify for.

The effort is intended to gather in many of the last Americans — more than 28 million of them — ...Read more

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At this county health center, a lawyer is just what the doctor ordered

Health Advice / Health & Fitness /

LOS ANGELES — Maria Guadalupe Reyes was worried about the urgent notice that had arrived, saying that her landlord was seeking to evict her from the house she rents.

So she went straight to the usual place: the Martin Luther King Jr. Outpatient Center.

There, the 72-year-old handed the document over to paralegal Alejandra Patlán — a ...Read more