New Year's resolutions can lift you up with a rush of optimism and determination ("I WILL lose 25 pounds and exercise regularly!"). But too often they're followed six to eight weeks later by the self-defeating thought, "I just can't do it!"
But still you resolve, year after year, to become as healthy as possible. As Oprah once said: "Cheers to ...Read more
DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 39-year-old male with systemic lupus. I read your article on artificial and natural immunity and how getting the flu shot helps "prime" the immune system. I have been told by some that priming the immune system with any vaccine is not a good idea in my case, since I could develop antibodies that attack my own body.
What I...Read more
Nearly six years after its enactment, the Affordable Care Act remains a hot-button issue in the presidential race -- in both parties.
"Our health care is a horror show," said GOP candidate Donald Trump at the Republican debate in South Carolina Dec 15. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, winner of the Iowa caucuses, said at the debate in Des Moines Jan. 28 ...Read more
Stung by losses under the federal health law, major insurers are seeking to sharply limit how policies are sold to individuals in ways that consumer advocates say seem to discriminate against the sickest and could hold down future enrollment.
Anthem, Aetna and Cigna, all among the top five health insurers, told brokers they will stop paying ...Read more
Nearly a third of patients who get colonoscopies to screen for cancer visit a gastroenterologist before having the procedure, at an average cost of $124, even though such visits may be unnecessary, a new study found.
Primary care doctors are generally in a good position to alert their patients that they should be screened, discuss the risks and...Read more
WASHINGTON -- If there's a silver lining for Democrats in Republicans' repeated efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, it's that they've made good money from it.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has raised more than $627,000 since early December in digital grassroots fundraising off Affordable Care Act repeal votes in the ...Read more
Sleep is essential for a healthy heart. People who don't sleep enough are at higher risk for heart disease. One study that examined data from 3,000 adults over age 45 found that those who slept fewer than six hours per night were about twice as likely to have a stroke or heart attack as people who slept six to eight hours per night. Sleep ...Read more
Our local supermarket is stocking blue and orange tortilla chips this week. And that's all I'm going to say about the SuperBowl. On to some questions received from readers this month:
Q: Who are candidates for food supplements such as Ensure or Boost and what is the purpose and nature of these products? I have a friend who has dementia. Where ...Read more
“For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.” How far would you go to follow the money trail? Would you have the courage to see how far you could go, or would you follow your instincts to walk away? Nigeria is a New York law student getting ready to graduate from college. An ...
Here's some startling news: Feed your adolescent daughter lots of fruits and vegetables, and she'll have a lower risk of developing breast cancer. Who knew fruits and vegetables could be that powerful?
It's all because of the fiber.
A new large-scale study, published in the journal, Pediatrics, found that the fiber from fruits and vegetables ...Read more
DEAR DR. ROACH: Is Lyrica a safe type of medication for fibromyalgia? I am worried about side effects and interactions with other medicines. -- L.M.
ANSWER: Fibromyalgia is a chronic disorder whose hallmark symptoms include disordered sleep, pain and fatigue. Treatment can include, among other strategies, careful attention to sleep and exercise...Read more
Once gold-medalist Michael Phelps was in training, he was up to his neck in water and seemed to leave his self-destructive habits behind. Could it be that there's something about water that's just plain health-inducing? Well, making an ample supply of water available to school kids sure seems to clean up their bad habits -- at least when it ...Read more
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- For weeks following the birth of her first son, Morgan Jones felt angry and overwhelmed.
"It was very illogical," says Jones, who lives in Lee's Summit, Mo.
"I had this beautiful baby in front of me, and I didn't want anything to do with it."
Her symptoms were typical of postpartum depression, a serious mood disorder that ...Read more
Two big factors affect your skin during the winter: colder temperatures and a lack of moisture in the air. Both can damage unprotected skin.
By following a few simple self-care steps, though, you can help ensure healthy skin, even during the toughest winter weather.
The weather changes that come with winter can have a huge effect on skin. ...Read more
PITTSBURGH--Dermatologists who prescribe women powerful anti-acne medication may soon find themselves taking on another role: contraception counselor.
Isotretinoin, formerly marketed as Accutane, can cause heart and craniofacial birth defects. As a result, the Food and Drug Administration requires women of childbearing age who are taking the ...Read more
DEAR DR. ROACH: I am 68 years old. A recent column discussed a woman on antibiotics for seven years, and I was concerned about my own situation. I had a knee replacement four years ago, and I had a severe staph infection afterward. I also have an artificial mitral heart valve, which added to my fears. I had a large hematoma, and I was on a wound...Read more
You may be a fan of Jillian Michaels' BodyShred or Shaun T's CIZE Dance Workout, but oversexualized, boot-camp-style exercise DVDs can backfire big time if you're new to working out, have body-confidence issues or are dealing with injuries or physical restrictions.
Researchers at Oregon's College of Public Health and Human Sciences recently ...Read more
NEW YORK -- "Price-gouging." "Predatory." "Outrageous." Those are just a few of the barbs presidential candidates, including Hillary Clinton, have thrown the way of the pharmaceutical industry this campaign season.
That rhetoric helped sink drug and biotech stocks over the last six months and has overshadowed the candidates' criticism of the ...Read more
An unpublished study by a kinesiologist at the University of Maryland suggests that drinking a particular brand of chocolate milk may speed recovery from concussions. The research found that high school football players who drank the milk after every practice or game fared better on some cognitive and motor tests after a concussion than those ...Read more
In the animated Disney comedy, "The Emperor's New Groove," haughty Yzma (Eartha Kitt) dismisses the concerns of one unfortunate subject: "You really should've thought of that before you became peasants!" Pretty funny line, since no one ever decides to be a disadvantaged peasant.
But here's one thing you can decide, before your actions put you ...Read more
DEAR DR. ROACH: My girlfriend has been taking pseudoephedrine HCL for at least a year. She takes an average of four 30-mg pills per day. As far as I know, she started this to keep her sinuses open and help her nasal breathing. I am concerned about addiction and long-term effects. She was on Adderall once, and claims that the pseudoephedrine ...Read more