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TSH tells thyroid gland to make more hormone

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 71-year-old female in very good health. I have been taking a thyroid replacement since I was 12 years old. I currently take 125 mcg of thyroxine once daily, as well as 60 mg of Cymbalta. Other than arthritis and obesity, I have no health problems. My question is regarding my lab results. My TSH is 0.04 (the normal range is...Read more

Nutrition News: Mindful Eating

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Mindful Eating

Ever wondered what mindful eating is all about? It's the opposite of dashboard dining, desktop lunches and grab-and-go dinners.

Mindful eating isn't about what you eat, but how -- recognizing that food and mealtimes are about more than fuel and are meant to be enjoyed.

The term "mindfulness" is defined as "paying attention in a...Read more

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Quinn on Nutrition: An apple a day?

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My grandkids — who can sometimes be picky about certain fruits and vegetables — have a different story when my two apple trees burst forth with sweet crisp fruit this time of year.

“Can we pick some apples, Grammy?” they beg. When my grandson’s apple gets down to the core, he carefully picks out the seeds and tucks them in his pocket ...Read more

Challenging the 'no food after midnight before surgery' rule

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: Why is it that no matter what time a surgery is scheduled, the rule is "no food or drink after midnight"? My recent procedure was scheduled for 12:30 p.m. I was told I could have no food after midnight. My procedure would take two hours and recovery was for two hours. That's over 16 hours without eating! When I told the scheduler...Read more

Pomegranates -- pros and cons

When the French writer Anais Nin said, "The possession of knowledge does not kill the sense of wonder and mystery ... there is always more mystery," she could have been talking about pomegranates. No matter how many times you tackle that red orb, it's always a bit of a challenge to figure out how to extract the seeds.

There are scores of videos...Read more

You really are what you eat

In 1826, the French epicure Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin wrote, "Tell me what you eat and I'll tell you what you are." A couple decades later, a German philosopher penned, "Man is what he eats." And in the U.S. in the 1940s, nutritionist Victor Lindlahr published "You Are What You Eat: How to Win and Keep Health with Diet."

Now, researchers ...Read more

Women: Don't ignore chest pain or discomfort

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I have been having pains and discomfort in my chest area for over a month now. I am a woman and in my early 30s. My doctor says my heart is OK, but I can't help but wonder. The pain is mostly in the right side of the chest but will stretch to the left and recently, I feel like the muscles in the left side of my chest are ...Read more

It's My Metabolism

Health Advice / Scott LaFee /

Our daily energy expenditure, otherwise known as our metabolism, changes over the course of our lives. A slower metabolism is often credited (blamed) for why we put on weight in later life, especially women.

As it turns out, while metabolism does change over time, it doesn't necessarily do it in the way we thought. New research shows distinct...Read more

The magic powers of exercise

Fairy tales and old epics are loaded with magic objects that empower lost, endangered and bewildered characters. Magic boots, apples, even cups of tea all are credited with helping heroes overcome difficulties and slay dragons.

You could add exercise to that list, because it has magic powers too. Exercise can increase your longevity, keep ...Read more

Dysplasic mole increases future risk of melanoma

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I recently went to my dermatologist because I noticed a dark mole I hadn't seen before. He did a biopsy, and it was called a "moderately dysplastic nevus." He recommended removal, which was done right away. During the appointment he mentioned that I am now at greater risk for melanoma, even though I have no family history of ...Read more

Protect your smile -- and your health

In the 1200s, Viking children were paid for their first lost tooth. Today the Tooth Fairy's under-the-pillow donation makes the transition from baby to permanent teeth less scary. But if you're an adult and you're losing a tooth -- or teeth -- there's nothing rewarding about it.

Around 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth and ...Read more

Long COVID refers to symptoms, not transmission of virus

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

Long COVID refers to symptoms, not transmission of virus

DEAR DR. ROACH: Can you elaborate on "long COVID"? Specifically, do people experiencing long COVID carry the virus for an extended period? Are they contagious during long COVID, or does the term refer to lingering symptoms but not necessarily testing positive? -- S.E.

ANSWER: People with...Read more

Diabetes Quick Fix: Cajun Chicken and Caramelized Onion Rice

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Cajun cooking is considered the country cousin to Creole cuisine. Creole is described as city food, while Cajun is often referred to as country food. It’s hot and spicy. If you like your food really hot, serve hot pepper sauce on the side.

Helpful Hints:

— You can use any type of onion.

— Spread seasonings over chicken and let stand ...Read more

The 3-minute glucose and cholesterol control trick

The two-minute warning sounds in NFL games at the end of the second and fourth quarters -- ostensibly to alert teams to how much time they have left to execute a series of plays before the clock runs out. It's a tradition left over from when the stadium clock wasn't the "official" timekeeper -- it is these days. But that doesn't make a short ...Read more

COVID vaccine OK for pregnant and breastfeeding women

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: My daughter is still nursing her 10-month-old son. She decided to get the Pfizer vaccine and continue breastfeeding. Her doctor did not advise her against it. Do you have an opinion or more information about this matter? I've read that COVID antibodies are present in breastmilk. -- B.H.

ANSWER: COVID-19 vaccination is ...Read more

Nutrition News: Healthy Eating Habits

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Healthy Eating Habits

A lot of what we do is routine, isn't it? We typically get up about the same time and go to bed around the same time from day to day. We often buy the same foods at the grocery store and cook the same meals over a several-week period.

Fall is a great time to start a new healthy eating routine and try some new healthy ...Read more

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On Nutrition: C is for citrus

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I get these ah-ha moments at the weirdest times. During my afternoon tea break at work, I decided to add a small packet of lemon juice to my iced tea. That’s pretty good!, I realized. Why don’t I do this more often?

I then admitted to myself that — besides the lemon I squeeze in water at restaurants — my current intake of fruit, ...Read more

Excessive alcohol consumption negatively impacts COVID risks

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: Recently, in the middle of all the news about the newly circulating delta COVID-19 variant, a friend of mine flew to Mexico with her husband and teenage daughter for a five-day resort vacation. After she returned, she went to an outdoor concert with a group of friends, and the following day went to an indoor event with several ...Read more

Advocating avocados

What is: a berry, loaded with fat and fiber, is sometimes called an alligator pear and, according to researchers, offers far-ranging health benefits, including banishing belly fat? An avocado. All that and guacamole, too!

A recent study in the Journal of Nutrition found that when women who are overweight or have obesity eat an avocado a day for...Read more

For managing diabetes, there's no substitute for proven therapies

There are only 11 positions available for starters on a pro soccer team -- and no one wants to be left on the bench when he's worked so hard to make it to the Premier League. But some second-stringers have managed to become major substitute players. James Milner played for five teams and made 161 substitute appearances, the most of anyone in the...Read more