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Gary Johnson, a triathlete, is 'extremely physically fit and healthy,' according to doctor's note

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Gary Johnson's doctor has given him a bill of "extraordinary good health," according to a note released by his campaign Friday afternoon.

The letter details Johnson's unusually active lifestyle; the Libertarian presidential contender has competed in 17 marathons and four Ironman Triathlons, and he has climbed the highest mountain peaks on each ...Read more

Nutrition News: Diabetes Risk and Your Diet

Health / Nutrition News /

Diabetes Risk and Your Diet

What you eat really can increase your risk of diabetes. In a study by researchers at Harvard, eating less of the right foods over a four-year period resulted in a 34 percent increase risk of type 2 diabetes.

The study, which was published online in the Diabetes Care Journal, followed 124,607 adult participants who ...Read more

Inflammatory bowel disease best managed by an expert

Health / Keith Roach /

Correction: Added period after "Dr" in first question; removed end paren in first answer's first paragraph. Added the word "also" in first sentence of final paragraph before "leads."

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am 59 and recently received a diagnosis of mild to moderate Crohn's disease. Having been quite healthy my entire life, I find the treatment ...Read more

Avoiding Traffic Pollution

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

In the 1991 movie "L.A. Story," TV meteorologist Harris Telemacher (Steve Martin) is feeling trapped in a cliche-ridden existence when his car breaks down on the side of an L.A. freeway. Suddenly, the signpost above him comes to life and inquires, "R.U.O.K.?" For most commuters, however, the roadway isn't such a caring environment.

According to...Read more

Immunodeficiency could put kibosh on daughter's tattoo or piercing plan

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: My daughter, 18, has low immunoglobulin, which was found inadvertently at age 12 while undergoing testing for a different medical issue. Her levels of immunoglobulin G (2.55g/L), immunoglobulin A (0.10g/L) and immunoglobulin M (0.10g/L) are at the lowest level since being tested two years ago. She has no illness, and other than a...Read more

Depression Going Untreated

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

Super-salesman Zig Ziglar once said, "The first step in solving a problem is to recognize that it does exist." But it's the second and third steps (or even more) that actually solve it!

The importance and challenges of acting to solve problems was reaffirmed recently by a study in JAMA Internal Medicine. Researchers examined data on over 46,000...Read more

A popular new treatment for an old case of lice

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CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- The 7-year-old girl bounces in her chair as the technician slides a fine metal comb through her wet hair.

"It's like a spa day," Ayla Marchante said. "I don't even have to go to school!"

Ayla and her twin sister, Alli, aren't at a high-end spa or hair salon. They're at Lice Troopers, a lice clinic in Coral Gables that ...Read more

One Flu Over, More to Come

Health / Scott LaFee /

While flu season is variable by year and region, it typically spans October to May in the United States, with the peak period being between December and February. That means you'll soon be hearing messages about getting your flu shot for the 2016-17 season.

Emphasis on the word "shot." The American Academy of Pediatrics isn't recommending the...Read more

What You Should Know About Searching for a Cheaper EpiPen

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

When "The School for Scandal" was first performed in London in 1777, the main character, Lady Sneerwell, was a comic sensation. These days, when we get schooled in scandal, there's much to sneer at and not much to laugh at. Take the recent EpiPen price hike (300 percent over the past few years) to $600 for two pens. That could deny some American...Read more

"Vacation" from osteoporosis treatment hinges on fracture risk

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I read your article recently regarding weighing the risk of medication against the risk of not taking it. I recently was injected with Prolia (denosumab), and am scheduled again for one in December. I am 79 years old, 5 feet, 4 inches tall and weigh 108 pounds. I started Fosamax in 2007, and took 35 mg until several years ago, ...Read more

Expert panel recommends expansion of services with no cost sharing for women

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The list of preventive services that women can receive without paying anything out of pocket under the health law could grow if proposed recommendations by a group of mostly medical providers are adopted by federal officials later this year.

The draft recommendations, which were open for public comment until Friday, update the eight recommended...Read more

On Turning 40: Not Me, Silly -- the Column!

Health / Marilynn Preston /

The same week that Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump were preparing for their big debate, I was having a slightly smaller debate with my inner critic, who is usually dormant.

Do I dare write a column celebrating 40 years of writing this column?

"Why not?" I answer, striking the power pose. I've put in my 10,000-plus-plus hours. I've become an...Read more

Stroke Awareness and Timely Action

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

Roberto De Vicenzo signed an incorrect scorecard at the 1968 Masters (the Argentinian's score on the 17th hole was three, not four). He overlooked that added stroke and that disqualified him from the tournament and a playoff -- the harshest penalty in golf!

Researchers recently did a study of stroke victims and discovered that two-thirds of ...Read more

Parkinson's or parkinsonism -- what's the difference?

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: Could you please explain the difference between Parkinson's disease and parkinsonism? My neurologist told me that I have parkinsonism. I have been reading about Parkinson's disease and read that with it, one does not produce dopamine, which regulates movement. My internist (a geriatrician) wonders why I am not on medication from ...Read more

Taking Candy From a Baby

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

In 1966, when Len Barry sang "1-2-3 ... let's fall in love, it's easy (it's so easy),

Like takin' candy from a baby," he was nominated for a Grammy Award. Len clearly thought it was a piece of cake to take candy from a young 'un, but researchers would disagree. Turns out, kids take to sweet treats pretty quickly if they're exposed to them, and ...Read more

A slow heartbeat can cause symptoms

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 65-year-old male who has enjoyed running on a regular basis for most of my life. I'm not an exercise fanatic by any means, usually running 4 miles three to four times per week. My resting heart rate normally has been in the 50s, which has never created any problems for me. But this past year, my heart rate has been ...Read more

Abdominal hernias do not go away on their own

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Dear Mayo Clinic: Six months ago I was diagnosed with a groin hernia. At the time, my doctor said that eventually I'll need surgery, but it doesn't bother me, so I have not been back. Is surgery always necessary, or do some hernias go away on their own? Is it dangerous to ignore it?

A: Abdominal hernias are common and not necessarily dangerous....Read more

Home remedies: What to do about bad breath

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There are many causes of bad breath, also called halitosis.

Your mouth may be the source. The breakdown of food particles and other debris by bacteria in and around your teeth can cause a foul odor. If your mouth becomes dry, such as during sleep or after smoking, dead cells can accumulate and decompose on your tongue, gums and cheeks, causing ...Read more

Quinn on Nutrition: Cherries and humans have similar nutritional needs

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How many experts does it take to produce a quality cherry? About as many as it takes to keep us healthy. That was one eye-opening fact I learned at a recent symposium sponsored by the Montana Department of Agriculture and attended by cherry growers from Montana, Washington, Idaho and Canada.

Cherries and other dark colored fruits and berries ...Read more

In Arizona, health law's gains and losses play in presidential race

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TEMPE, Ariz. -- Just weeks before the presidential election, Josephine has spent nearly every morning worrying as she drives to her breast cancer treatments, waits for her doctor and comes back home.

At 61, Josephine, who asked that her last name not be used because she has been under the protection of a restraining order, has much riding on ...Read more