Health Advice





Food For Naught

Health Advice / Scott LaFee /

Children are increasingly getting the majority of their daily calories from ultraprocessed foods high in sugar, salt and trans fat, says a new report. In 2000, data on daily food intake estimated ultraprocessed foods constituted 61% of children's caloric consumption. In 2018, the latest data available, it had risen to 67%.

The rise in ...Read more

Going out for the long one -- and winning the game

"In any team sport, the best teams have consistency and chemistry," said quarterback Roger Staubach, who led the Dallas Cowboys to the Super Bowl five times, winning twice. That formula for victory applies to a successful pursuit of better health, too.

Folks who team up to get regular physical activity, over weeks, months and years, improve ...Read more

Could changes in spinal health cause thyroid problems?

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I recently had a full spinal health check done, since I have a history of scoliosis and a few other things I can't pronounce in my spine in my neck. My neck no longer has a 45-degree curve -- it is now straight up and down, and it has my thyroid completely pinched off. Would this cause me to gain weight or lose hair, or have any ...Read more

Finding relief for nonspecific back pain

Harrison Ford, Usain Bolt and Peyton Manning have all had to deal with back pain. And they're just some of the 31 million Americans who, on any given day, contend with that agony.

What causes all this discomfort? Sometimes it's a slipped disc, muscle spasm or congenital spine problem like scoliosis. Other times, however, the source of pain is ...Read more

Temporary loss of memory triggered by stress

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 67-year-old woman in good health. I received two doses of the Moderna vaccine. Within 16 hours of receiving the second dose I developed what was ultimately diagnosed as transient global amnesia after an extensive workup at our local hospital. My family was extremely concerned, and now they all say I shouldn't get a booster...Read more

Diabetes Quick Fix: Beef Stroganoff with Egg Noodles

Health Advice / Health Advice /

Stroganoff is an old Russian classic. The mixture of mushrooms, tomato paste, and mustard gives the stroganoff sauce a tangy blend of flavors and a creamy texture.

Helpful Hints:

— Find diced fresh onions in the produce section of the supermarket.

— Use any type of mushrooms.

— Use a skillet that is just big enough to hold the meat in ...Read more

Are you flexor-ble?

Around 1900, circus folk used the word "hip" to describe a person who was on to something -- hip to the news. During Prohibition, "hipsters" carried illicit liquor in a hip flask. Today, while "hip" and "hipster" are still part of everyday slang, we're more interested in helping you get hip to your hip flexors! They're a group of muscles near ...Read more

Even normal hearts sometimes have abnormal heartbeats

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I was diagnosed with paroxysmal atrial tachycardia when I was 5 years old. I had an ablation to treat it when I was 48, which was successful. I have always had and continue to have abnormal heartbeats, especially when I get sick or tired, and when I was pregnant. For the past year, I occasionally have been woken up with these ...Read more

Heart-healthy Coffee

Health Advice / Nutrition News /

Here's happy news for coffee drinkers: Up to three cups a day may be beneficial for your heart. But there's a catch -- if you're adding sugar and cream, coffee's benefits may be canceled out.

A recent study on middle-aged coffee drinkers without existing heart issues found that drinking up to three cups per day was associated with a lower risk ...Read more


Quinn on Nutrition: Agriculture workers deserve our support

Health Advice / Nutrition /

We were having breakfast at a hotel in eastern Colorado when the manager decided to give us his opinions on the state of the world. And he was very vocal about what needed to change in his community in particular.

“You know,” he said, “Like it or not, agriculture is going belly up.”

I didn’t say it at the time — my mouth was full ...Read more

Colonoscopy is a valid screening test for 70-year-old

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR ROACH: I am a 70-year-old man in good health. I have had regular colonoscopies since my 50s, but I wonder about the wisdom of a colonoscopy at my age. My doctor has sent repeated requests for me to schedule the procedure. Is this a valid exam at my age, or is the clinic taking advantage of my excellent medical insurance? -- R.R.

ANSWER:...Read more

Using intermittent fasting to vanquish diabetes, heart conditions

On-again, off-again romances may seem hard on the heart, but sometimes an intermittent affair ends up fueling a healthy relationship. Take Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin, who dated off and on from 2015 to 2016, then happily tied the knot in September 2018.

Intermittent fasting turns out to deliver happy endings, too -- especially for folks ...Read more

Turns out strength training burns fat, too

"Great ideas," declared Thomas Edison, "originate in the muscles." He meant that inspiration actually comes from hard work. Well, researchers from the University of New South Wales have a great idea -- about how fat loss can originate in the muscles, too.

For years, the myth has been that you do aerobics to burn fat, resistance training to ...Read more

What's next for overmedicated diabetic?

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: About 15 years ago I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, and began years of increasing numbers of medications and higher doses, until all but one is maxed out. The Jardiance, metformin and Rybelsus I take are at their max doses, and the Tresiba is close.

About six months ago, my doctor decided to find out how much insulin my ...Read more

Restored Hearing Not Nearing

Health Advice / Scott LaFee /

Even as medical science expands its abilities to regrow cells to restore lost functions, hearing loss remains a stubborn, unsolved challenge. Researchers now may know why. The inner ear's hair cells, which pick up sound vibrations, don't regenerate after being damaged, which is why hearing loss is irreversible.

Scientists have discovered that...Read more

Tip top swaps

Swap meets were originally places where folks could exchange unwanted household items for someone else's unwanted stuff! But today, lots of such bartering is online -- there are sites that swap clothes, games, books, even houses (temporarily) and cars! However the transactions take place, the benefit is the same: Out with the old and in with the...Read more

Antibiotics for recurrent UTI cause concern

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a fit 85-year-old woman. I walk regularly and eat healthily. I have severe COPD and have been on the recommended dosage of Symbicort for 40 to 50 years. Within the past several years I have been getting urinary tract infections every second month, if not every month. My doctor has given me a standing order for urinalysis and...Read more

Getting your picky eater to pick those peas

Alton Brown, the Food Network's chief food grump and chef extraordinaire, says the reason kids don't eat their peas -- or other vegetables -- is because parents cook them into "gray, lifeless orbs." That seems unfair to the millions of good home cooks who know how to steam, season and sneak well-prepared veggies onto their child's dinner plate. ...Read more

Dandruff shampoo isn't the reason for husband's skin cancer

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: My 61-year-old husband has had 24 squamous cell carcinoma (skin cancer) surgeries on his scalp in the past five years. He has used dandruff shampoo (Head & Shoulders brand or similar) for the past 36 years or more. He has a full head of hair and is not bald. My question for you: Do you know of any correlation between using ...Read more

Appealing peels

Banana peels are a mainstay of slapstick comedy. Why? Well, Danny DeVito says it's because "you have to give people permission to laugh. That's why they would always cut to the banana peel in the Laurel and Hardy movies."

Turns out that there are a lot more uses for fruit and vegetable peels than finding amusement in another person's minor ...Read more