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Study shows any contact with police may be detrimental to health, well-being of Black youth: 'I feel like there's always going to be fear because that's how we still live'

Health Advice / Health & Fitness /

CHICAGO — Marques Watts, 18, remembers his first encounter with police at the age of 13, when he was in eighth grade. Visiting his father, who lived in Skokie, Illinois, Watts was walking to Dunkin’ Donuts with his headphones on listening to music to get some morning coffee. That’s when a white police officer flipped on his lights and ...Read more


Mayo Clinic Q and A: Talking to young children about anatomy and sex

Health Advice / Health & Fitness /

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I have two children — a 3-year-old son and a newborn daughter. My son is beginning to notice his anatomy more, touching his genitals and asking questions about his sister. He is noticing that her anatomy is different from his. He also asked how she got into and out of my body. I am wondering if you have advice on how best to ...Read more

Are you a sheet cheat?

Khloe Kardashian says she changes her bedsheets every two days -- making her downright un-American. A survey of 1,000 of folks revealed that, on average, people change their sheets every 24 days -- single guys only do it every 37 days, while married couples make the switch every 20.

Turns out, it's a good idea to be more Khloe than casual if ...Read more

Hair growth vs. skin irritation

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: You recently wrote that minoxidil (Rogaine) provides some benefit for hair growth. My friend broke out in hives after using it. Would you please print the pros and cons associated with Rogaine? -- T.A.

ANSWER: Topical minoxidil is generally well-tolerated. The most common side effect was what your friend had, a local skin ...Read more

How your diet can improve your breast cancer outcome

One day, as Abraham Lincoln was walking down the street with his two sons, both of whom were crying, a passerby asked, "What's the matter with your boys?" Lincoln replied: "Exactly what is wrong with the whole world. I have three walnuts, and each boy wants two."

Fortunately, there are plenty of nuts to go around these days (and that's not ...Read more

Spasms may be unrelated to angioplasty

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 71-year-old male. I had a heart attack at age 50, and my doctor inserted four stents in my heart. I was overweight at that time, and the doctor told me if I do not change my lifestyle, I will need open heart surgery in five years. I lost 40 pounds and changed my diet and started exercising. Two years ago, another stent was...Read more

Nutrition News: Managing Diabetes

Health Advice / Nutrition News /

November is National Diabetes Month, a month set aside to focus on this disease that affects the more than 34 million Americans who live with diabetes, both diagnosed and undiagnosed.

In all forms of diabetes (Type 1, Type 2 and gestational diabetes), the body's ability to make or properly use insulin is affected. Insulin is a hormone that is ...Read more


On Nutrition: Travel food

Health Advice / Nutrition /

I’m thankful my husband and I already enjoyed social isolation before it became mandatory. One of our greatest pleasures is to take our horses and dogs to an out-of-the-way place where we can ride and explore nature.

So here we go again on our longest trip yet, to the warmth of Arizona. Besides a couple of stops along the way to see family in...Read more

Embarrassed by incontinence? Your doctor has heard it all before -- and can help!

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a woman, in my late 80s and have been healthy my whole life. I don't take any medications for any conditions. However, I have one issue I would like to ask your advice on. Over the past few years I'm afraid I have become incontinent. When I feel the urge, I have to go to the bathroom right away or I might have an accident, ...Read more

Preventing and managing arthritis

In 1959, funnyman Jack Benny was appointed Chief Justice of the "Ancient and Independent Province of Beverly Hills." He told the audience, "I don't deserve this award, but I have arthritis and I don't deserve that either."

No one deserves arthritis, but it's a major cause of disability in the U.S., affecting more than 58 million people ages 18 ...Read more

Food choices and memory

In the 2011 movie "Bridesmaids," when the wedding party, played by Kristin Wiig, Rose Byrne, Melissa McCarthy, Ellie Kemper and Wendi McLendon-Covey, is hit with food poisoning while shopping for their dresses, McCarthy screams "What did we eat?"

If you find yourself wondering that, too -- the answer may be "highly processed foods." According ...Read more

Despite breakthrough infections, it's the unvaccinated who are perpetuating the pandemic

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: You recently replied to a question regarding vaccination among health care workers by saying "they are ethically obligated to get the vaccine in order not to infect their patients." But isn't it true that the vaccinated are getting COVID and also infecting others? It is protection for the vaccinated, but it's not protection for ...Read more

Can't Beat a Good Story

Health Advice / Scott LaFee /

When people watch the same movie together, their hearts begin to beat in time. It's not the shared emotional experience however that causes the effect but rather similar cognitive work in their brains.

In a new study, researchers tested volunteers listening to an audiobook of Jules Verne's "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea," watching ...Read more

You can walk away from cancer

Sylvester Stallone, age 75, works out relentlessly on weight machines, using hand weights and his own body weight. Serena Williams, 40, does an intense lineup of arm, glute and core/leg exercises, designed to increase her metabolism and endurance. Good for them. But, it turns out, such over-the-top routines aren't necessary to reap one of the ...Read more

Five ways to correct your posture that won't cost you a thing

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: Now that working from home has become very commonplace, I've noticed a lot of people raving about posture correcting devices. They seem particularly popular with social media influencers, but some media companies frequently feature them in their articles with links to shopping platforms for you to buy them without consulting with...Read more

Waist not, want not

The world's largest waist, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, was 119 inches -- the circumference of a 1,400-pound man named Walter Hudson. The average adult male American weighs almost 198 pounds, is just over 5 feet, 9 inches and has a 40.2-inch waist. The average American woman's waist size is 38.7 inches -- and she's not quite ...Read more

Tight bra straps in youth led to shoulder arthritis

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 75-year-old female suffering with very painful "end-stage, bone on bone" osteoarthritis with bone spurs of both shoulders and rotator cuff damage (tendonitis). This shoulder arthritis seems strange, because I have little or no arthritis in my hips, knees, etc. I'm wondering if the cause of this shoulder damage could be ...Read more

Diabetes Quick Fix: Fish in a Pouch with Garlic Couscous

Health Advice / Health Advice /

This is a wonderful way to cook fish. Sealed in a package with mushrooms and tomatoes, it steams in its own juices. Quick-cooking whole wheat couscous takes only 5 minutes to make and has a nutty flavor.

Helpful Hints:

— You can use any type of fish fillet such as snapper, sole or tilapia.

— You can use any type of sliced mushrooms.

— ...Read more

Salt and battery: Stop excess sodium from damaging your health

Buddha advised, "Let yourself be open, and life will be easier. A spoon of salt in a glass of water makes the water undrinkable. A spoon of salt in a lake is almost unnoticed." World Cup champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist Hope Solo, goalkeeper for the U.S. women's national soccer team from 2000 to 2016, gets to about the same conclusion...Read more

Vitamin cocktail for COVID is harmless, but not helpful

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: You stated in a recent column that there is no evidence to support taking vitamins D, C and zinc when treating/preventing COVID-19. I recently spoke to an infectious disease doctor who told me that doctors are giving this very vitamin "cocktail" to hospitalized patients with COVID. Lots of resources say having these vitamin ...Read more