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Muscle Aches And Joint Pain Occur After Starting More Meds

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 65-year-old man. In May 2023, I had a major heart attack. Three stents were installed. I have been doing well since the heart attack, except I now get bone and joint pain and aches. I have lost 85 pounds. My blood pressure is very good now, as is my cholesterol. My primary doctor advised me that 70 mg/dL is in the more ...Read more

Bone up on bone health

Almost half of women and a third of men older than age 65 will contend with a bone fracture at some point, and more than 300,000 folks annually are hospitalized for hip fractures -- almost all of which are caused by falling. Experiencing a bone fracture or break when you are older is risky business. Only a third of senior men and half of senior ...Read more

The process of getting off ultra-processed foods

If getting off of ultra-processed foods is a complicated process for you, the place to start is by ditching processed meats and ready-to-eat poultry and seafood. That's the conclusion of a study in BMJ. Researchers looked at data on 100,000 folks in the U.S. from 1986 to 2018 and concluded that people eating the most processed food -- around ...Read more

Eating Chocolate Before Bed Oddly Helps With Nightly Urination

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR ROACH: I am a 75-year-old male who has had benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) for about 20 years and have taken tamsulosin during this time. I have always had to urinate at least once per night and up to three to four times per night periodically.

Two weeks ago, I had a chocolate craving just before bed and had three Hershey's Kisses....Read more

Are you getting out and about?

COVID could be nicknamed CAVE-ID for the lingering apprehension some folks feel about going out into the world like they used to. But with reasonable self-care, we think it's time to embrace the incredible benefits of participating in your community. According to a new study of around 7,000 adults age 50 and older, those who spend the most time ...Read more

Biphosphonates Can Cause Esophageal Disorders To Worsen

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR ROACH: I'm a 68-year-old female with osteopenia. My doctor wants me to take a bone medication such as Boniva or Fosamax. I've read that folks with esophageal issues may be harmed by taking these. Can you explain why? -- C.M.C.

ANSWER: First off, we don't usually treat isolated low bone mass (osteopenia) with powerful medicines like ...Read more


On Nutrition: Do we need more sodium?

Health Advice / Nutrition /

A well-meaning friend encouraged me to add an electrolyte powder into my daily water bottle.

“It’s got a lot of sodium,” she explained. “But you need extra sodium when you’re active and sweating.”

This particular product contains potassium, magnesium and sodium — essential minerals that can be lost in sweat and urine. It was the ...Read more

Less-Severe Spondylolisthesis Can Be Improved With Therapy

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I was recently diagnosed with grade 1 spondylolisthesis. I had been a runner for most of my life and had lifted weights for a number of years. Could these two activities have been the culprits?

I have a little numbness at times down my left leg and around my ankles. As long as I don't arch backward, I don't feel any pain. The ...Read more

Olive oil's special benefits

In the 1980 film version of "Popeye," Robin Williams (as Popeye) asks Shelley Duvall (as Olive Oyl) "What kind name is Olive Oyl? It sounds like some kind of lubricant."

Exactly. Olive oil can help you slide into better health! Extra-virgin olive oil delivers more than 20 kinds of polyphenols that help tamp down inflammation and protect you ...Read more

Purpura Spots Appear As Skin Begins To Get Thinner

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am an 84-year-old male and have had atrial fibrillation for many years. In 2022, I had the WATCHMAN procedure. Prior to the WATCHMAN implant, I took Eliquis to help prevent strokes. During this time, I never had an issue with purpura spots. After the WATCHMAN, I took Plavix for six months and had many occurrences of purpura. ...Read more

3 Signs that you aren't active enough

When it comes to the benefits of physical activity, the list stretches from A (for attitude improvement) to Zzzz (for better sleep). Unfortunately, only 25% of U.S. adults get the recommended minimum of 150 minutes of aerobics and two strength-building sessions weekly. But almost 40% of folks say they're getting enough physical activity! So, to ...Read more

The Wizzard of Cause

Health Advice / Scott LaFee /

"Latchkey incontinence" refers to the repeated, sudden need to use the bathroom when you arrive home. It's believed to be a form of brain conditioning. According to Dr. Joseph Salhab, a Florida-based gastroenterologist known as "The Stomach Doc" on TikTok, that urge to purge also occurs when one is shopping.

He suggests two reasons.

No. 1: ...Read more

Finding The Best-In-Class Care For An Iliac Artery Aneurysm

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 68-year-old male in excellent health. I had an exam that incidentally noticed a relatively small, internal iliac artery aneurysm. Since then, I have had annual CT scans to monitor the size. As of January, it had grown to 3.2 cm.

As we get closer to surgical intervention, my vascular surgeon only sees an "open" procedure...Read more

Getting a raw deal?

Sushi, steak tartare and even raw ground lamb are showing up on menus everywhere these days. And TikTok influencers like the Liver King, who boasts about downing raw liver daily, are luring folks into sampling raw animal proteins. The Docs are worried! While you may enjoy the flavors that are being dished up, you definitely don't want a serving ...Read more


Diabetes Quick Fix: Bronzed Tilapia with Rice and Spinach Pilaf

Health Advice / Health Advice /

The coat of this bronzed tilapia is golden and caramelized from the cooking method. The secret to bronzing is to keep the skillet at a medium temperature. The tilapia should take 4 to 5 minutes to cook. Bring the fish to room temperature before cooking. This creates more even cooking.

The Spinach Rice Pilaf recipe is easy to make and takes ...Read more

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On Nutrition: Hunt for sugar-free candy

Health Advice / Nutrition /

Elaine L., who reads this column in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes, “I am diabetic and also get a very dry mouth frequently. Sucking on a hard candy helps my mouth, but I really don't need the sugar. I have searched for sugar-free hard candies, but every one I have found contains sugar alcohols, which greatly upset my stomach. Are there ...Read more

The Dark Side of Light

Health Advice / Scott LaFee /

Air pollution exposure is a known risk factor for strokes because inhaled particulates can cause pulmonary blood vessel inflammation. A new study suggests outdoor light pollution at night may also boost stroke risk.

The theory is that too much light at night may interfere with melatonin production and the sound sleep it induces.

Body of ...Read more


On Nutrition: Dear Graduate

Health Advice / Nutrition /

Graduation celebrations abound this time of year. Even our 4-year-old granddaughter got into it. With a miniature square cap proudly balanced on her head, she excitedly waved at us the entire time she and her classmates were recognized for completing preschool.

Amid the flurry of high school announcements were two we received from our nephews ...Read more

This Will Hurt You More Than Me

Health Advice / Scott LaFee /

Is the idiomatic suggestion that it's best to "rip off a Band-Aid" actually good advice?

Is one quick OUCH! better than a series of smaller ows?

Researchers in Australia recruited 65 students to determine which bandage removal approach was less painful: quick or slow. Using an 11-point pain scale (0 for no pain, 10 for extreme pain), the ...Read more


Diabetes Quick Fix: Southwestern Chicken Burgers with Tortilla Salad

Health Advice / Health Advice /

Spicy tomato salsa gives these light, juicy chicken burgers a hint of the Southwest.

Look for ground chicken made from chicken breast meat only. If it says ground chicken, then skin, fat and dark meat may have been added.

Helpful Hints:

Be sure to drain the salsa to keep the hamburgers from being too wet to retain their shape.

Any type of ...Read more