Walt Whitman, the American poet, may have written "Leaves of Grass," but he was an advocate of what he called a "manly" diet: "Let the main part of the diet be meat, to the exclusion of all else," he wrote in a newly discovered essay. Well, ol' Walt apparently didn't know that diets without a balanced approach to nutrition can leave you starved ...Read more
DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 63-year-old female. I have been treated for high cholesterol since I was in my 30s. My cholesterol levels are difficult to control, and as a result I am closely monitored. My meds are adjusted accordingly. I find this frustrating but am used to it. My weight has ranged from underweight to the upper range of normal, where I...Read more
The blanket defense, now adopted by many Gaelic football teams, was widely criticized as the death of the game when Donegal instituted the near-impenetrable "rearguard unit" (and won All-Ireland with it). It created a game in which, as one blogger wrote, try to smother their opponents into submission." Fortunately, over the years, teams have ...Read more
DEAR DR. ROACH: I am always asked to redo tests -- echo ECG, stress test ECG, nuclear stress test. The results are barely mentioned, yet the test is always indicated another time. Is this a waste of money (for the patient)? In someone with no known blockages and no symptoms, how often should a stress test be done? -- M.W.
ANSWER: Stress tests ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Smaller insurers with experience in Medicaid, such as Centene Corp. and Molina Healthcare, are outperforming the broader insurance industry on the federal health exchanges. Their success is putting a spotlight on their business model as the Obama administration and other insurers seek to stabilize the fledgling individual market.
When a penalty's called in a hockey game, a player ends up off the ice for a few minutes. This creates an imbalance of players (one team has five, the other four) and a window of opportunity, called a power play, for the unpenalized team to score a goal.
For parents of preschoolers, a window of opportunity also exists. And if parents can score ...Read more
DEAR DR. ROACH: I'm a 67-year-old female. I've been talking in my sleep while dreaming. Usually the dream is about me being chased or struggling to get away from someone. I'm shouting out loudly, but my son says that I'm making muffled noises, as if someone has a hand over my mouth. I wake myself up making noise. This really is scaring me. Is ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- As senior House Republicans work on a promised replacement for the Affordable Care Act, two GOP lawmakers plan to introduce an alternative Thursday that would dramatically reshape the nation's health care system.
The legislation -- co-sponsored by Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Texas, and Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La. -- stands little chance of...Read more
It's time to clean the grill and get ready for the summer grilling season. Just how can you stay healthy and cancer-protective when cooking out?
The American Institute for Cancer Research experts say there is not yet enough evidence to know for certain that grilling meat specifically increases risk for cancers. But they offer a few simple ...Read more
DEAR DR. ROACH: I just read your recent article on osteopenia, and would like to know if your information also applies to males? I so often read these articles that make reference to women, but men also need guidance.
I am a 78-year-old man. I fell in 2004 while hiking and broke my right femur. The surgeon said my bones were in great shape, and...Read more
Running back Jerome "The Bus" Bettis played in the NFL for 13 seasons (a Super Bowl win with the Steelers) and landed in the Hall of Fame -- all while contending with asthma.
When he had an attack in a 1997 game played in Jacksonville, Florida ("Imagine someone putting a plastic bag over your head," he said of the incident), they gave him a ...Read more
DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 55-year-old woman. To date, I have had two bone scans -- one around age 50 and the other quite recently. Both times, I was told that I have osteopenia. I understand I have to keep an eye on that, since it could otherwise develop into osteoporosis, a common problem for postmenopausal and senior women.
My concern is what to...Read more
The roster of A-listers with weight fluctuations includes those who gain for a role and then lose it again (Bradley Cooper, Renee Zellweger), beef up during the season (Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia went from 275 to 305 pounds during the 2014-15 season) and struggle to keep it off (Kristie Alley, John Travolta, John Goodman).
Turns out that one ...Read more
You know those times when you're just about to say something and -- poof! -- it's gone. Researchers think the phenomenon is linked to your brain's stop-start mechanism, which triggers actions like telling your legs to stop moving just before you blithely step into that unnoticed pothole.
Scientists looked at a cluster of neurons in the brain ...Read more
What do Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, Washington, D.C., and Washington state have in common? They've legalized recreational marijuana use for adults. And a total of 24 states allow medical marijuana in various ways: In New York, you cannot smoke it, although you can inhale a vapor, eat it, use a tincture or take pills! More than 12 states have ...Read more
DEAR DR. ROACH: I had a radical prostatectomy in 2012 and two subsequent inguinal hernias. Due to having three surgeries in eight and a half months and the recovery from them, my desire for intimacy was very low. My understanding is that the longer you delay intimacy, the greater the chance of erectile dysfunction. Am I correct? Daily pills did ...Read more
Dear Mayo Clinic: What is the best age for boys and girls to get the human papillomavirus, or HPV, vaccine? There seems to be a range, but I have read recommendations where that range differs. Is it true that if they don't get the vaccine by a certain age, they are better off waiting until their 20s? Finally, what are the known side effects of ...Read more
Consumer surveys find that vitamin D now outsells all other supplements, including fish oil, probiotics and even multivitamins. That's rather surprising given that vitamin D is actually one of the few vitamins we can make on our own. All we need is to expose our skin to the sun, and our bodies take care of the rest. But the D boom isn't a scam, ...Read more
Despite increasing worries about the Zika outbreak, an international health official says the 2016 Summer Olympics should not be postponed, canceled or moved from Rio de Janeiro.
Margaret Chan, director-general of the World Health Organization, addressed the issue at a Tuesday briefing in Geneva.
She advised against halting movement of people ...Read more
Every 67 seconds, someone in America develops Alzheimer's.
I can't remember where I read this terrifying fact, but it stuck in my brain the way you remember your first lover or your last root canal. (Why can't I remember where I read that study? Is this a sign of age-related mental decline? Or just Trump-induced stress?)
Get me to the ...Read more