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Waist not, want not

Around the world, people generate more than 2 billion metric tons of solid waste annually -- and high-income countries like the U.S. account for more than a third of that pollution. So it shouldn't come as a surprise that Americans are also experts at accumulating pollution around their waists. Since 1999, the average American guy's waist size ...Read more

Tales from the tailgate and other nutritional nightmares

Did you tailgate with (masked) friends to watch the Super Bowl outdoors? All kinds of innovative ways to share the day safely were tried this year and with viewer numbers hitting around 100 million, we're betting more than 100 million bags of chips, corndogs, doughnuts and beers were consumed.

Seems even if your team won, it's likely your food ...Read more

Bell's palsy not likely attributable to COVID vaccine

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: In 2002, I had a severe case of Bell's palsy that lasted eight months. I was unable to close my left eye for seven months. The doctors said there was a good chance I would not get back to normal. However, I eventually did. Only a slight indication of a droopy mouth remains, which isn't noticeable unless you are looking for it. ...Read more

Signs you may need more omega-3s

"Omega Man" was a 1971 Charlton Heston movie about survival in a diseased and dangerous world. Film critic Gene Siskel gave it one star; Roger Ebert begrudged it two. Guess the movie makers should have made more of the omega than the man! Omegas -- well, omega-3s -- are superstars.

Omega-3s -- DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), ALA (alpha-linolenic ...Read more

There are treatments for overactive bladder

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: Is there a cure for overactive bladder? -- R.H.

ANSWER: The underlying reason for overactive bladder is not well understood, and although there are medications to treat symptoms, there is not a cure for the condition.

The main symptoms of overactive bladder are urinary symptoms, especially urgency (the need to go RIGHT AWAY), ...Read more

Acute pain medication regimen reduces opioid use and pain too

In 1834, Richard Henry Dana Jr. took a two-year sea voyage from Boston to California and chronicled it in his book "Two Years Before the Mast," revealing the hardships and pain of the daring adventure.

Today, researchers at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston are revealing the incredible benefits of their MAST regimen, ...Read more

Autism is a spectrum, not a stereotype

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: Are people with autism spectrum disorder normal functioning? I'm thinking of "Rain Man," and I don't know how to behave around a friend who has this diagnosis. -- R.S.

ANSWER: Autism and related disorders are much more commonly diagnosed now compared with years ago, probably due mostly to better recognition of the condition -- ...Read more

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Diabetes Quick Fix: Beef Stroganoff with Egg Noodles

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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:

— Diced fresh onions can be found in the produce section of the supermarket.

— Any type of mushrooms can be used.

— Use a skillet that is just big enough to ...Read more

Drink to me only with thine eyes -- not a bad idea!

In March of 2020, Nielsen reported a 54% increase in alcohol sales compared to the same time period in 2019. The initial reaction to the pandemic shutdown was to down more drinks.

Are you still drinking more than usual? Many of you may be and that has us worried. Evidence is accumulating that when it comes to alcohol (even with its heart- and ...Read more

Can employment drug screening detect alcohol use?

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I will be starting a new job that requires regular, but random, drug testing. I have never used drugs, so that is not a problem. But I am wondering how long alcohol can be detected in the urine. -- M.M.

ANSWER: Alcohol can be found in the urine in small amounts as long as it is present in the blood and for a short time afterward...Read more

Nutrition News: Eating Well Is Key

Health Advice / Nutrition News /

In keeping with February being heart-healthy month, I want to continue to think about the foods we choose most often. Most of us tend to eat the same foods over and over, so it's important we make healthy choices more often. The foods we eat most often can affect future diseases such as high blood pressure (too much salt), high cholesterol (too ...Read more

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Quinn on Nutrition: Clearing up readers' confusion

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Reader Pat L. From Mt. Vernon, Washington, writes: “In today's paper there were two nutrition columns, yours included, that both said babies should receive nothing but breast milk for their first 6 months. But yours went on to say, ‘Studies show that gradually introducing (potentially allergenic) foods along with other new foods when baby is...Read more

Doctor changed diabetes meds to avoid too-low blood sugar

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I have a question about medications. I'm a soon to be 77 female. I have had Type 2 diabetes since about age 53. I am still on medication -- metformin, glipizide and Actos. I previously was on glyburide and was doing well with an A1C around 7.1% or 7.2%. Then my doctor suddenly said glyburide was a dangerous drug and I must stop ...Read more

Vaccination effectiveness -- it's important to de-stress

"Expecting Amy" chronicles Amy Schumer's stress-filled pregnancy and her remarkable resilience -- a result, in part, of her unsquashable sense of humor. At a checkup when she sees a sonogram of her pea-sized fetus, she tells it, "You're going to get bigger, and we don't want you to be body shamed. Eventually you'll be the size of a lima bean, ...Read more

High doses of misinformation can lead to diabetes

In October 2020, a study by the Digital New Deal found the number of interactions with false content on Facebook had spiked 242% since 2016. But social media isn't the only place where news gets skewed so innocent bystanders -- like you -- get skewered.

A recent study declared "high doses of saccharin don't lead to diabetes in healthy adults." ...Read more

Facial fillers and COVID-19 vaccine reactions

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: Will I have a reaction to the new COVID-19 vaccine because I have an implanted stimulator? I heard that people with face fillers had reactions since it was foreign items in the body. I also have had back surgeries and hip replacement. I'm a 72-year-old female with diabetes. I'm soon able to receive the vaccine, so I am concerned....Read more

Vaccinating the World

Health Advice / Scott LaFee /

As frustratingly slow as the COVID-19 vaccination rollout has been in the United States, it's a lot worse in many parts of the world, especially lower-income nations. The International Rescue Committee estimates that only 20% of populations in these nations are likely to be vaccinated in 2021.

The reasons for immunizations falling behind, ...Read more

For your child's future mental health, make smart choices today

When moms were interviewed about the qualities they hoped their children would develop, a survey from Motherly found kindness was No. 1, followed by attributes such as respect, resilience, curiosity, intelligence, generosity and bravery. All are characteristics of an emotionally healthy child, teen and adult.

But those traits may turn out to be...Read more

Pernicious anemia comes from lack of intrinsic factor

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I have had pernicious anemia for about eight years and must have an injection of vitamin B-12 every three weeks to stay alive. I am also a diabetic for over 10 years, with my A1C remaining in the 6.1-6.5 range over that time. My daily glucose level reading is very sensitive, almost overly so, to levels of stress in my life. Do ...Read more

Foods that cool chronic inflammation

Love Fest 2021, this year's free music extravaganza out of Chardon, Ohio, is being held virtually on June 26, streaming live on YouTube. Now that's something to love that's loving you in return -- just what Dr. Mike says is the dynamic that makes for a perfect meal plan. You want to love the foods that love you back.

Quick check: Do you have ...Read more