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Praluent injections significantly decrease LDL level

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 66-year-old male diagnosed about 15 years ago with mild coronary artery disease, with some blockages in my peripheral arteries. I was taking the maximum recommended dosage of pravastatin to maintain a low cholesterol, but I experienced complete ruptures of both Achilles tendons. These incidences occurred five years apart, ...Read more

Family Breakfast Benefits

Health Advice / Nutrition News /

A new study finds eating a healthy breakfast -- together at home -- goes a long way to help your children's psychosocial health.

We already know that eating a healthy breakfast is important to help children's cognitive scores at school. This study found eating a healthy breakfast was just as important for children's behaviors.

In the study ...Read more


On Nutrition: A primer on probiotics

Health Advice / Nutrition /

My grandkids are already back in school.

“What did you like the most?” I asked after their first day.

“Recess and lunch,” they answered in unison.

So I changed my question: “Tell me one thing you learned today.”

Perhaps that’s something we should all ask ourselves, especially in the ever-changing field of nutrition. So today, ...Read more

Left anterior fascicular block diagnosis causes alarm

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 66-year-old woman who recently had an ECG prior to my knee surgery. The interpretation I received stated that I had an abnormal ECG with a "left anterior fascicular block." Needless to say, this alarmed me. I saw a nurse practitioner who stated: "Don't be concerned by the language; your doctor viewed the ECG and said it ...Read more

Two simple ways to reduce your risk for Alzheimer's

A 2014 study looked at tests of 413 Alzheimer's disease drugs and found that over 99% showed no benefit. In 2017, both Eli Lily's Alzheimer's medication failed to mop up plaque as it was expected to do, and Accera's drug, which was supposed to improve how the brain processes sugar -- and fight off Alzheimer's, proved ineffective. Just recently, ...Read more

How to help prevent first-time and recurrent kidney stones

When William Shatner was on the set of "Boston Legal," he was whisked off to the emergency room for acute lower back pain. Turned out, he had a kidney stone. When he passed it, he auctioned it off for $75,000, which he donated to a housing charity.

Great use of that wickedly painful stone; but, in general, it's better to take steps to avoid one...Read more

Prostate cancer med greatly decreases libido in men

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: My romantic partner of one year (a 51-year-old male) is being treated for prostate cancer with Eligard. He received a second injection two months ago. I am satisfied with our level of sexual intimacy, even though it has not included penetration. He is frustrated that his sexual desire has decreased. This is not about an erection,...Read more

A Weighty Response

Health Advice / Scott LaFee /

Studies suggest flu shots are less effective in people with obesity, perhaps due to an altered immune response, so similar concerns have been raised about COVID vaccines. But a large study found that the two-dose COVID vaccines were effective in preventing severe illness across the spectrum of weight.

Nonetheless, there was some variation: ...Read more

Why sufficient sleep is essential for your child's health

The classic lullaby "Rock-a-Bye Baby" is oddly, well, unrestful. The last line in the refrain is "when the bough breaks, the cradle will fall and down will come Baby, cradle and all!" Although that's a scary image, it does get one thing right: If children don't regularly get a good night's sleep, they are going to face some pretty serious ...Read more

Coffee provides positive, albeit minimal, health benefits

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I read on the internet that coffee is full of antioxidants. Is this true? -- L.C.

ANSWER: The simple answer is that yes, coffee has lots of antioxidants. At least six different families of antioxidant compounds are found in coffee that has been roasted and brewed, the way coffee is almost always consumed in North America.

What ...Read more

Are your medications increasing your risk for a fall?

When Harry Styles sings in "Falling," "I'm falling again, I'm falling again, I'm falling. What if I'm down? What if I'm out? ... I'm falling again, I'm falling again, I'm falling" -- it's heartbreaking. But if you're at risk of falling because of medications you're taking, it's nothing short of potential bone breaking or worse.

According to ...Read more

Longtime medication for osteoporis in need of a change

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I have osteoporosis. My mother had it very badly, so I was screened and treated early. I've had a five-year-long Reclast prescription, and I worry about my chance of a femur fracture. My T-score for my hip is -3.4 and has worsened despite the Reclast. Prolia scares the heck out of me. I just wonder if you know anything about ...Read more

A whole new way to manage and resolve chronic back pain

In 2018, Amy Schumer started physical therapy -- and boxing -- for excruciating back pain. In about seven months, despite her herniated and bulging discs, she had a new attitude about her pain and her body, and the pain subsided.

Turns out her solution was in line with a new approach to managing back pain that looks at it as a modifiable ...Read more

Cardiac stent can bring risk of infection or heart damage

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 71-year-old woman diagnosed with coronary artery disease. My latest calcium score was 801. My right coronary artery was 80% blocked, and the left artery was 25%. My cardiologist asked me to decide if I want to do angioplasty or not. I don't have any symptoms, only shortness of breath on exertion. I also can't breathe, as ...Read more

Fiber Up

Health Advice / Nutrition News /

Constipation is one of those subjects we usually only discuss with close friends. But if you suffer from it, you're not alone. Some 63 million Americans experience the inability to empty their bowels regularly. Having three or fewer bowel movements a week is an indicator of constipation. Left unresolved, it can lead to discomfort and pain, as ...Read more

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On Nutrition: Do your kids eat right?

Health Advice / Nutrition /

This is interesting. Researchers from Cornell University conducted phone interviews with teens in New York City to explore how they define the word “snack.” Overall, the adolescents defined a snack as “a small, unhealthy food item that can be quickly eaten to reduce hunger between meals.”

We’ve got some work to do. Yes, the food kids ...Read more

CHEK2 genetic mutation might increase risk of cancer

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: My almost-42-year-old daughter was informed today by her gynecologist that she has two CHEK2 genetic mutations. She has always been healthy. She and her husband have three young children, so my daughter is rather concerned. This revelation came during an otherwise routine visit with her gynecologist. Do you have any statistics on...Read more

Exercise your right to a longer life

Seven-time Olympic gold medalist, Katie Ledecky's exercise routine includes 10 pool workouts over five days and three weight room sessions a week -- with Sundays off.

You can bet she gets in a lot more than the minimum recommended amount of moderate physical activity (150-300 minutes weekly) or vigorous physical activity (75-150 minutes weekly)...Read more

Inflammation, diabetes and heart disease vs. green tea

Lu Yu, the ancient Chinese "Sage of Tea," famously declared, "Tea tempers the spirit and harmonizes the mind ... awakens thought and prevents drowsiness." If that sounds like a pretty tall order for a small cup of warm liquid, listen up.

Researchers at Ohio State University have found that green tea extract (it contains flavonoids -- especially...Read more

Weight training still provides benefits for those over 50

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I'm a 75-year-old female in excellent health. I either walk or exercise daily with fitness videos that are great and provide a lot of body science along the way. The only thing I'm unsure about is that the video instructor doesn't believe in using weights, and feels that using and raising our arms, legs, etc., will offer enough ...Read more