Holidays are usually enjoyable. However, unhealthy habits can be attached to the parties and gatherings. Here are 10 tips from Allie Wergin, registered dietitian nutritionist at Mayo Clinic Health System, to help you have a healthier holiday:
-- Don't skip meals. Skipping a meal with the goal of saving calories prior to a holiday event can ...Read more
Apples caramelized with brandy dresses up sauteed pork chops in this dinner that is great for friends or for a weeknight meal. There are many varieties of apples. Both Granny Smith and Golden Delicious apples will hold their shape when cooked. I prefer the tart Granny Smith for this recipe, but either one will work well.
Boneless, pork chops ...Read more
SAN DIEGO -- When he was growing up in Queens, N.Y., in the 1930s, Robert Raymond's family struggled with money. He remembers vowing that he wouldn't be in the same financial position when he got older.
"We had some Thanksgiving dinners with just franks and beans on the table. I didn't say this to my parents, but I made a promise to myself that...Read more
In the 1980 sci-fi thriller "Altered States," Harvard Medical School professor Eddie Jessup (William Hurt) claims he entered an alternate physical and mental state by using drugs and an isolation chamber. Just recently, researchers at Johns Hopkins University claimed that people altered the physical state of their intestinal biome, where ...Read more
DEAR DR. ROACH: I retired from a large hospital after smoking was prohibited in the building. At that time, doctors still smoked in their lounge, and other employees -- nurses, technicians, etc. -- smoked on the adjacent strip-mall property or in their personal vehicles. I imagine that the doctors no longer smoke in their lounge and are not seen...Read more
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ORLANDO, Fla. – New research shows that drinking one 16-ounce energy drink can increase blood pressure and stress hormone responses significantly. This raises the concern that these response changes could increase the risk of cardiovascular events, according to a study presented recently at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions ...Read more
Talk about targeted. Consumers scrolling through the health plan options on the insurance marketplaces in a few states this fall may come upon plans whose name -- Leap Diabetes Plans -- leaves no doubt about who should apply.
Offered by Aetna in four regions next year, the gold-level plans are tailored for the needs of people with diabetes. ...Read more
Funny how priorities get adjusted when you lose a loved one, especially one as close as a sister. So this Thanksgiving and the weekend, I'm not Christmas shopping. I am thanking God for the incredible outpouring of love and concern these past few weeks from dear family members and friends.
Thank you especially to the United Methodist Women in ...Read more
Whether or not your child eats before school makes a big difference in how he or she does in school, a new study finds.
Researchers at Cardiff University in the United Kingdom found a direct, positive link between students' breakfast quality and consumption and their school progress. The findings were published in the UK's Journal of Public ...Read more
DEAR DR. ROACH: I am 64 years old and was diagnosed with hereditary hemochromatosis several years ago, following an enhanced annual physical exam that my company provides. My condition is now successfully managed through regular phlebotomies, or blood-letting. I consider myself very lucky, as I understand that many people with hemochromatosis ...Read more
In 2014 Buffalo, New York, had record snow falls (as they often do). The Buffalo Bills had to clear 220,000 tons of snow off their football field before they could even think of playing the scheduled game against the New York Jets.
But clearing out trouble isn't always the smart move.
When it comes to cancer cells, the last thing you want to ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- An official presidential campaign account of Republican Marco Rubio pushed a lofty new boast this week, suggesting the first-term Florida senator singlehandedly did away with President Barack Obama's signature health care law.
The official Team Marco tweet said:
"Q: Did Marco Kill Obamacare?
"A: You bet he did."
Not exactly. ...Read more
DEAR DR. ROACH: A reader recently asked you about taking niacin for lowering cholesterol and what side effects might be expected. Your reply did not include the very serious side effect of diabetes. Although it may occur only rarely, it did happen to me, and to my brother. We had totally different experiences, but the same outcomes.
After a ...Read more
"You can't teach an old dog new tricks." That phrase has been applied to human seniors for centuries (it first appeared in a book on animal husbandry in 1534). But a new study shows that it's pretty far off the mark! Researchers at Columbia University and the New York State Psychiatric Institute recently found that with age you gain not only ...Read more
MILWAUKEE -- In 2004, world-class racewalker Amber Budahn just wanted to get together with her clients in honor of the Thanksgiving holiday.
The former All-American runner at Wisconsin-Parkside was a personal trainer in Cudahy. "When you see people two, three, four times a week -- every week -- they become a part of your life," she said.
Never mind all those fancy fitness machines. Forgo the barbells and dumbbells, too, if you wish. These days, some of the fittest, strongest and most agile people around are embracing old-fashioned bodyweight exercises.
That's right, one of the hottest trends in fitness is to keep it simple and use the weight of your own body for workouts that ...Read more
LOS ANGELES -- It was Friday night and Vamsi Polisetty was headed to Las Vegas for the weekend. But his bus was late.
The 33-year-old software engineer from Costa Mesa, Calif., waited at the Crowne Plaza Los Angeles International Airport, a 16-story tower less than a quarter-mile from the terminals. While waiting, Polisetty ambled into the ...Read more
NEW YORK -- To reduce turbulence in Obamacare's fledgling insurance markets, the Obama administration's top health official is pushing to get more information to consumers about what they'll actually pay for health care, which can include out-of-pocket costs as well as premiums.
The changes are meant to help people choose coverage that fits ...Read more
The Association of American Medical Colleges projects that the nation will face a shortage of 12,000 to 31,000 primary-care physicians by 2025. So it's no wonder you may be finding it harder to find a doctor or to schedule an appointment with the one you have.
What's fueling this problem? The baby boom generation pouring into older age, an ...Read more
We all know that when you're coming down with a cold or the flu, it's best to stay home. Most of us want to stay home. Many of us don't.
One in 4 Americans shows up to work sick. An English study asked why people (not just Americans) are so determined to work under the weather. It looked at data from 61 previous studies involving 175,950 ...Read more