Health & Spirit



Nutrition News: Fiber to the Rescue

Health / Nutrition News /

For those of use trying to maintain or lose weight (and that covers most of us), there may be a simple answer that many of us overlook: getting more fiber in our diets.

The average American gets about 17 grams of fiber a day, but we need much more -- women need 25 grams a day and men need 38 grams.

If getting more fiber is the only dietary ...Read more

Bacterial infection in lung requires long-term antibiotics

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am an 80-year-old woman in good health. After numerous CT scans, a PET scan and a bronchoscopy, it was determined that I have MAI. I am aware that the standard treatment is 18 months of antibiotics. Can you tell me what side effects I can expect if I go ahead with this treatment? I am not comfortable taking all these ...Read more

Haul in the Oats

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

In the 1970s, the pop-rock duo of Daryl Hall and John Oates (Whole Oats was their original name) became one of the best-selling music groups of all time. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April 2014, they still tour today. Clearly, Oates and his partner are able to keep their career's RealAge forever young!

You can keep your ...Read more

Temporal arteritis requires long-term prednisone

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I was diagnosed in March 2015 with giant cell arteritis. I was started on 60 mg of prednisone, but it has decreased steadily and I am now on 5 mg. Can you tell me what prednisone does that's harmful to the body? I hear not to take it long term, but I might have to. -- D.M.R.

ANSWER: Prednisone does indeed cause many problems to ...Read more

Best Defensive Player: The Flu Shot

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

When the New York Giants' Michael Strahan was crowned the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year in 2001, he could never have predicted that one day he would be co-captain of "Live With Kelly and Michael" or on the team of "Good Morning America." But he sure has demonstrated that a great defense can give you a long and productive life.

Now, if you ...Read more

Not so sweet news: Doctors set new limits for kids' sugar intake

Health / Health & Fitness /

A group of heart doctors is calling on parents to stop indulging children's sweet tooths by curbing the amount of added sugars in their kids' diets.

The American Heart Association (AHA) is recommending that children under 2 consume no added sugars and that youngsters between 2 and 18 limit added sugars in their daily diets to just six teaspoons...Read more

Cancer now kills more people than heart disease in 22 states

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Cancer has surpassed heart disease as the leading cause of death in California and 21 other states, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

That total is in stark contrast to the situation at the start of this century, when only two states -- Alaska and Minnesota -- lost more people to cancer than heart ...Read more

Obesity linked to 8 more types of cancer, studies show

Health / Health & Fitness /

ST. LOUIS -- Carrying extra weight is a risk factor for eight more types of cancer, according to a review of more than 1,000 medical studies.

Obesity is now linked to an increased risk of developing cancer of the thyroid, liver, stomach, gall bladder, pancreas and ovaries, plus meningioma, a type of brain tumor, and multiple myeloma, a blood ...Read more

Tall Tale

Health / Scott LaFee /

A century ago, Americans were among the tallest people in the world -- and each generation could expect to be taller than its predecessor. These days, we're coming up short. Or more precisely, shorter. The average stature of an 18-year-old American male has declined over the past 20 years; American women stopped getting taller, on average, ...Read more

We're Not Just Blowing Smoke

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

When Woodie Guthrie sang, "Let me go here one more time/And one more time," he was hoping to recapture a past that had faded away. When we ask you to let us revisit, one more time, the subject of e-cigarettes, we're hoping to help you capture a better future.

Seems every time we turn around, there's more bad news about these not-exactly-...Read more

With no symptoms, it's best to hold off treating CLL

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 75-year-old white female who recently was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia. My doctor, a hematologist, completed a FISH blood test, which showed it to be the type of leukemia associated with an abnormal chromosome called del(13q). I am in relatively good health, and my doctor says that at this time I show no ...Read more

Children's fears after unsettling experiences

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Dear Mayo Clinic: A few months ago my 12-year-old daughter and I were on a flight that had significant turbulence, which was really upsetting for her. Since then, she has had nightmares about the flight and has told me almost daily that she will never fly again. We have a wedding coming up that will require us to fly, and she insists she will ...Read more

Some women with high breast density should get annual screenings, study says

Health / Health & Fitness /

For women older than 50 who have been confused by conflicting advice on how frequently to get a mammogram, some new science is here to guide their decisions.

An ambitious research effort published Monday in the Annals of Internal Medicine set out to tailor women's breast cancer screening practices to match their actual risk of breast cancer. It...Read more

Turning Bronze Into Gold -- and More Olympic Magic

Health / Marilynn Preston /

The Olympics are over, and I'll miss Usain Bolt the most. The mighty champion from Jamaica smoked his competition and became the fastest runner in the world, over and over again.

I never got tired of watching him, smiling, relaxed, joshing with Andre de Grasse as they crossed the finish line with seemingly no effort. To me, Bolt sparks joy ...Read more

The Olympic-Size Benefit of an Hour of Daily Exercise

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

As the Summer Olympics come to a close, it's an excellent time to think about... the U.S. Men's Olympic Basketball team? No, they got plenty of attention. We're thinking more about new insights from a study about exercise that began at the start of the 2012 Olympic cycle.

Researchers set out to test the findings of a study published in the ...Read more

Recurring kidney stones may be linked to hyperparathyroidism

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I would appreciate any advice on my recurring kidney stones. In 2013 and 2014, I had kidney stones that got stuck in my lower left kidney tube. It required a lithotomy procedure to break up the stone fragments so they could pass easier. I had to visit my urologist again this month because I was feeling the same pressure and pain ...Read more

Something's Fishy Here

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

Once again, headline-grabbing health news is sending folks into a whirl, just like ... well ... exactly which political news story should we cite? How about this one: On Nov. 3, 1948, the Chicago Tribune printed the front-page headline, "Dewey Defeats Truman." That was just plain wrong, and so may be recent headlines declaring that eating any ...Read more

Difficulty swallowing is not due to aging

Health / Keith Roach /

Editor's note: Note accents in "Meniere's"; there are three instances in the second answer.

DEAR DR. ROACH: My mother, who is in her late 70s and who always has enjoyed eating meat, can no longer do so. She says that she just has a hard time getting it down. So sometimes she just chews on a piece of meat (e.g., chicken) and then spits it out. ...Read more

Lichen sclerosus needs ongoing care

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Dear Mayo Clinic: A little more than two years ago, I was diagnosed with vulvar lichen sclerosus. My doctor prescribed a topical cream, which I still use once or twice each week. I have never been back for a recheck, but I recently read that I should be getting a regular exam, because this condition might cause vulvar cancer. How often do you ...Read more

Little Steps

Health / Nutrition News /

One thing I've learned in the 25 years I've been a dietitian: Little steps/everyday decisions make a big difference in a healthy diet -- whether it's what you order at the fast food restaurant, or whether you choose to eat fruit instead of a sweet. Those little steps become the big thing that helps you maintain, gain or even lose weight.

Here's...Read more