Two months after Haiti confirmed it was having an outbreak of the painful mosquito-borne virus chikungunya in 2014, Haitians began complaining about a new fever epidemic and wondered whether it was Zik or Zika, the other virus carried by the same mosquito.
Haiti health officials and experts from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and ...Read more
Eat Your Broccoli
Research shows that eating broccoli three to five times per week can lower the risk of breast, prostate and colon cancers. A new study from the University of Illinois finds that including broccoli in the diet may also protect against liver cancer.
"The normal story about broccoli and health is that it can protect against a ...Read more
DEAR DR. ROACH: I am an 84-year-old male in excellent health. In 2009, I had a stroke, which the doctors called a "sensory stroke." I was told that I was very lucky to come out of it with no paralysis. What I do have is partial numbness on my left side, especially in my left arm, hand and side of my face. I don't have any pain. The doctor ...Read more
The "Ziggy" cartoonist Tom Wilson once wrote: "A waist is a terrible thing to mind." And boy, was he right! But if you've lost your waist and really want to get it back, you won't mind doing the work. You'll be wasting belly fat and reclaiming a younger RealAge! That's why, despite the challenge, it's something to embrace -- and then you'll be ...Read more
When Democrats fault the Affordable Care Act, it's increasingly because it does not go far enough, a poll released Thursday shows.
The results come as Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has repeatedly derided the law for including too many concessions to the private health care industry and costing consumers too much.
The Kaiser ...Read more
DEAR DR. ROACH: My 58-year-old daughter has Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. She started to have memory problems in April 2015. I know this disease is rare, and I can't find out much about it. Most people and even some doctors have never heard of it. We know she doesn't have long to live, because she can't feed or take care of herself. Needless to say...Read more
Can you match the following authors, Benjamin Franklin, Plutarch (an ancient Greek moralist) and Paracelsus (one of the fathers of Western medicine), with their quotes about fasting?
1. Fasting is the greatest remedy -- the physician within.
2. The best of all medicines is resting and fasting.
3. Instead of using medicine, better fast today. ...Read more
For patients with terminal cancer, there is often a final choice: Die at home or in the hospital. A new study shows that patients tend to live longer when they choose the former.
Most people prefer to die in the comfort of their homes, according to past studies, but many worry that they'll die sooner because comprehensive medical care is not ...Read more
Lord Sugar (no kidding) is the star of the BBC One's version of "The Apprentice." (Think he'll end up as prime minister?) Sugar Shane Mosley is a three-weight world boxing champ. And WBA guard Ta'Shauna Sugar Rodgers is an up-and-coming star. They're all upfront about their ability to turn from sweet to ferocious when they're looking to beat ...Read more
DEAR DR. ROACH: Our 44-year-old son was diagnosed with gout 10 years ago. He was given different medications to help with the terrific pain. Several of the meds were steroids. He seems to have this condition under control, somewhat. However, one year ago, he started to experience a different kind of pain in his hips. After a visit with an ...Read more
With spring often comes spring cleaning. You may have a chance to clean your house inside and out.
However, what about your pantry? How often do you clean your pantry? If you're trying to lose weight or adopt a healthy lifestyle, consider these questions.
"There are many reasons to consider cleaning out your pantry," says Amanda Leisenheimer, ...Read more
UnitedHealthcare's decision to quit insurance exchanges in about 30 states next year has patient advocates concerned that fewer options could force consumers to pay more for coverage and have a smaller choice of network providers.
The company's departure could be felt most acutely in several counties in Florida, Oklahoma, Kansas, North Carolina...Read more
Is exercise good for you? Duh. Regular workouts give you strength, energy, a trimmer body, a healthier heart, a calmer mind and a much lower risk of at least 35 (!) different devastating diseases, including high blood pressure, stroke, osteoporosis, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, diverticulitis, Type 2 diabetes, colon and breast cancer and, ...Read more
Michael Moore's movie, "Where to Invade Next," shows the filmmaker "invading" other countries to seize their solutions to social problems for use here at home. When he looked at school lunches in rural France (they were serving a four-course meal with scallops as an appetizer), it was clear that the French promote nutritious food (with ...Read more
DEAR DR. ROACH: My daughter's blood pressure has been high since she was 14, and she is now 43. Her blood pressure recently has been 210/142, and she is having trouble getting it down. She has seen several doctors, and none has an answer. -- J.E.
ANSWER: There are two big warning signs in your story. The first is that the high blood pressure ...Read more
BALTIMORE -- Stacey McHoul left jail last summer with a history of heroin use and depression and only a few days of medicine to treat them. When the pills ran out she started thinking about hurting herself.
"Once the meds start coming out of my system, in the past, it's always caused me to relapse," she said. "I start self-medicating and trying...Read more
SEATTLE -- Leukemia patients out of options and given just months to live have achieved sustained remissions thanks to a new twist on cancer immunotherapy, according to a highly anticipated study from scientists at Seattle's Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.
Experts at Fred Hutchinson refined an experimental technique that genetically ...Read more
For all you guys out there who are taking Viagra (sildenafil citrate) for erectile dysfunction, we've got some good news and some bad news. The good news is that the first generic version of Viagra has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration, so your costs are going down. The bad news is that a recent study found that your sildenafil ...Read more
DEAR DR. ROACH: In February, I experienced a massive gastrointestinal bleed, resulting in a seven-pint transfusion. Luckily for me, I was in my bariatric doctor's office for a well checkup when I used the toilet, and I had the presence of mind, or overcame modesty, to ask a nurse to verify if that was indeed blood in the toilet.
When the ...Read more
Dear Mayo Clinic: Are over-the-counter allergy medications safe to take year-round? I've been taking them for a couple of years, and they seem to help. Are there any other allergy treatments I should think about using instead?
A: Allergy medications that you can buy without a prescription are considered relatively safe and can be taken on a ...Read more