Health & Spirit

Can walking make you smarter?

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

Few folks can keep pace with 51-year-old, four-time Olympic gold medal race walker Robert Korzeniowski. After all, he's won medals in the 20 km (12.4 miles) and 50 km (31 miles) race formats. But making sure your walking speed is moving along at a good clip when you're a young adult and holding steady as you age is essential for overall physical...Read more

A new wrinkle on preventing wrinkles

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"If you don't have wrinkles, you haven't laughed enough," said funny woman Phyllis Diller, who was known for her cackling laugh, big personality and, later in life, wrinkles! Those lines and creases that appear around the eyes, chin and forehead (and elsewhere) are a natural part of aging as skin thins and fewer nutrients are delivered to the ...Read more

Four ways to spot fake celebrity endorsements

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If you see an ad for the Raspberry Ketone Diet with a picture of Adele in it, you might think, "Well, she did slim down and she's a straight shooter, so it must be safe and effective."

Think again. She never gave permission to that company to use her name and image in a sales pitch for the supplement. Plus, there are no legit studies showing ...Read more

Mood food is real -- here's how to have a truly happy meal

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In the NBC series "This is Us," Kate Pearson (Chrissy Metz) has struggled with her weight since childhood, and she's contended with periods of depression throughout her life. In one episode, we see a young Kate ask her mother Rebecca for more cookies and her mom suggests that she eat apples instead. Rebecca was onto something.

A recent study ...Read more

New recommendations for tapering off opioids

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Eminem released his album "Relapse" in 2009; "Recovery" followed in 2010. In that second album, he details his addiction to prescription opioids: 10 to 20 Vicodin a day, as well as Xanax and Valium. But he is one of the lucky ones. In April of this year, he was 11 years sober.

For many folks, there's a different ending: Around 1.7 million ...Read more

What can daily aspirin do for you?

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Earlier this year, "Jeopardy" host Alex Trebek was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. After his initial treatment, the cancer aggressively reappeared. Now he says he's come to terms with the fact that the five-year survival rate is around 10%.

Risk factors include smoking; obesity; diabetes; pancreatitis; cirrhosis or hepatitis B; toxic ...Read more

The nose knows: Sleep deprivation and food choices

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Multitalented vaudevillian Jimmy Durante (1893-1980) often made fun of his oversized nose calling it his "schnozzola." He loved to declare "the nose knows" -- it was one of his signature phrases -- but he probably didn't have a clue that the nose might know a bit too much if you're sleep deprived.

When you're tired, you may seek out high-energy...Read more

Preventing weight gain after surgery

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A few years after undergoing hip and knee replacement surgeries, Jane Fonda launched an exercise DVD for aging baby boomers. The former lean queen of workout videos is now dedicated to helping herself and others thrive after surgery by making sure they stay active and don't pack on pounds.

That's so smart. According to this year's Global ...Read more

Teen girls need more sleep

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In the musical "Grease," the band of tightknit female high school friends, known as the Pink Ladies, have all of their fun after dark. There are slumber parties and late-night milkshakes and obsessing over a crush when they should be sleeping -- all in the name of capturing the hearts of the handsome bad-boys greasers called the T-Birds.

That ...Read more

How Mom and Dad affect future baby's health with their behavior

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In the 2007 comedy "Knocked Up," a young woman (played by Katherine Heigl) ends up pregnant after an inebriated one-night stand with an underachiever, played by Seth Rogan. Thankfully, the baby is born healthy, despite their lapse in judgment (and like all good romantic comedies, the pair fall in love).

But in real life, many couples aren't so ...Read more

Boning up on bone health

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Nineteen-year-old Bobby Clay was on track to be an outstanding Olympic runner for the U.K. before she was diagnosed with severe osteoporosis (brittle bone disease), brought on by over-exercising and undereating. But while the disease is a risk for serious athletes who put a premium on light weight and super training, low bone density is two to ...Read more

Ammunition to fight inflammation, ease autoimmune conditions

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The cheetah is the fastest animal on earth with a top recorded speed of 75 mph; the black marlin is the speediest fish, zipping through the water at 82 mph; and neither can compare to how fast a falcon can dive -- 242 mph!

But for us humans, it looks like the number to shoot for when it comes to fast(ing) is 19. Researchers have discovered that...Read more

A vote for less political stress

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Barack Obama was a night owl who often held 11 p.m. conference calls with staffers and worked until 2 a.m. John Quincy Adams got up every morning at 5 a.m. to go for a 6 mile walk to prepare himself for the coming day. Lyndon B. Johnson was both a night owl and a morning person, staying up past midnight and rising at 6:30 or 7 a.m.

But ...Read more

Are you making a faux-pizza crust faux pas?

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October is national Pizza Month, but the latest stats on Americans' pizza passions make it clear: Every month is devoted to eating this (usually) white-flour, high-fat, processed-meat-laden food! There are approximately 61,269 pizzerias in the U.S., dishing up about 100 acres worth each day. That's enough to provide every one of you with 46 ...Read more

Should you bag tea bags?

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In 1902, two Milwaukee women applied for a patent for a one-cup, mesh "tea-leaf holder." Four years later, a U.S. tea importer began to send out samples in silk bags instead of tins. Folks plopped the whole thing into their teapot and loved the easy-brewing technique. Those two events are credited with popularizing the tea bag.

Today, Americans...Read more

Obesity-related cancers are starting earlier

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In 2011, Usain Bolt was disqualified from the World Championships 100-meter finals -- a race he had dominated for years -- because he left the starting blocks early. A harsh rule change the year before meant that one false start (some call it "sudden death"), instead of two, meant disqualification.

When obesity starts out early, it can mean ...Read more

Speak up for your health

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Although Will Rogers wittily asked for less blather and a lot more listening when he said, "never miss a good chance to shut up," and Lao Tzu advocated silence as "a source of great strength," there's a serious downside to stifling the expression of your thoughts and feelings -- and the toll it takes isn't just emotional.

Researchers from the ...Read more

What's the real story with CBD?

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When Dr. Oz had four audience members on the show reveal their month-long experience with CBD -- that's cannabidiol -- they reported mixed results. Not surprising. When it comes to this product, derived from hemp (federally legal) and cannabis (not federally legal; it delivers some get-you-high THC with CBD), there's no clear consensus about its...Read more

Is your child at risk for diabetes? How to know and what to do

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When David "Boomer" Wells was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in 2007, it wasn't surprising that the heavy-drinking, big-bellied pitcher would be having trouble with his metabolic health. In 1998, 18 years after retiring from basketball, when the 6 feet, 3 inch Hall of Famer Earl "The Pearl" Monroe was diagnosed, it confirmed just how hard it is ...Read more

The pawpaw patch

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The Appalachian folksong "The Paw Paw Patch" -- "Where, O where is pretty little Susie? Way down yonder in the pawpaw patch" -- celebrates the pawpaw tree and its fruit. Pawpaws are the largest native fruit in North America. The earliest written record of them was made in 1541 by a Portuguese crew member on Hernando de Soto's expedition through ...Read more


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