DEAR DR. ROACH: Could you please advise what the current recommendation is as far as follow-up colonoscopies are concerned? It has always been my understanding from what I have read that virtually all colon cancers start as polyps in the colon and that it takes between five and 10 years for a polyp to become cancerous. My doctor says that a ...Read more
Members of the punk-rock band Dropdead also have played with crust-punk and grind-core bands Exploding Corpse Action and Conniption. (We don't make this stuff up, folks.) Because they're in an underground music scene, they're easy to miss.
And if you have familial hypercholesterolemia -- a genetic condition that causes hyped-up levels of lousy ...Read more
Elenilson Franco, who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and anxiety, first sought mental health care from the Department of Veterans Affairs nearly four years ago.
He is still waiting. The VA lost his original paperwork and hasn't yet approved a new application, he said.
"It's frustrating," lamented Franco, 46, who served...Read more
Malaria is one of the world's great, enduring scourges: Roughly half of the world's population lives in areas at risk for disease transmission. Last year, there were 214 million recorded clinical cases and 438,000 deaths.
The Nobel Prize has been awarded five times to people working on malaria, but until now, there has been no vaccine. The ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Partial repeal of the Affordable Care Act through a budget reconciliation bill could cause nearly 30 million Americans to lose health insurance and 9.3 million to lose government subsidies to help them purchase marketplace coverage, according to a new analysis.
The additional 29.8 million uninsured -- 22.5 million from the ...Read more
We found a meme of "Honest Abe" Lincoln online accompanied by the quote, "Don't believe everything you read on the internet." Well, a new study confirms Abe's advice -- and shows how often it is ignored!
Researchers from the Medical College of Wisconsin and Tulane University published a study in the American Journal of Infection Control ...Read more
DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 66-year-old male who gets shortness of breath when walking up a hill or on a trail. I had a stent put in in 2002, and I had a stress test done. My doctor said it was fine, but he said I just had shortness of breath. It seems that it happens only when I am walking. I just went to my lung doctor, and he said my lungs are OK....Read more
On this all parties agree: Changing old habits isn't easy. We humans are lulled by the usual things: getting along on five hours of sleep a night; the mindless munching of too many gluten-free cookies; sidestepping our workout because we're too busy, too tired, too stressed. We know we can live healthier and feel perkier, but instead ...Read more
In the children's book "Matilda," when Bruce Bogtrotter, a student at Crunchem Hall Primary School, stole a chocolate cake from the mean headmistress, Ms. Trunchbull, she punished the lad by making him eat an enormous cake in front of a school assembly.
Ms. Trunchbull hoped to humiliate Bruce, but failed totally. She did succeed, however, in ...Read more
DEAR DR. ROACH: I am an active 77-year-old male in relatively good health.
In April, I had some silent reflux causing mild asthma. My asthma doctor suggested trying Dexilant 60 mg, which stopped the reflux/asthma but started digestive discomforts, including loss of appetite, mild nausea and irregular bowels, but no cramps, pain or blood. I went...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Campaigning to repeal and replace Obamacare was the easy part. Now comes the hard slog of legislative reality.
With some Republicans talking publicly and privately about a phase-out period of two years or more, and others expressing a desire to keep parts of the 2010 health care reform, the first order of business for Congress in ...Read more
U.S. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy wants to repeal the Affordable Care Act first and replace it sometime later. That doesn't sit well with Victoria Barton, who lives in McCarthy's rural California district.
"It's like they dangled the carrot and now they're taking it away," said Barton, 38, of Bakersfield, an unpaid photographer and stay...Read more
WASHINGTON -- The Republican drive to repeal President Barack Obama's health care law just as soon as President-elect Donald Trump takes office already has hit snags, and new state-by-state data help show why.
Of the five states whose residents receive the most in subsidies to help them buy insurance, four -- Florida, Texas, North Carolina and ...Read more
In Tom Cruise's 2013 Jack Harper movie, "Oblivion," it's hard to know who was less hip to what was going on: Earth's beleaguered inhabitants or their supposed controllers. Kinda like what's happening right here in the U.S.A. Turns out that more than a third of the country's population has prediabetes, and they're often oblivious to it.
That's ...Read more
DEAR DR. ROACH: I have slight numbness and tingling in my feet and lower calves in both legs. It feels almost like my feet are going to sleep. I can feel pressure but not fine-touch sensation. I have been taking 200 mg of amiodarone daily for a year for heart PVCs, and that works very well. However, I have been told that it might be the cause of...Read more
WASHINGTON -- For much of the last two years, Democratic state Sen. David Zuckerman of Vermont thought he was victorious. For more than a decade, the organic farmer had tried to force companies that sell food in his state to label products that include genetically modified organisms (GMOs).
His legislative colleagues finally agreed to his ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Public and private spending for U.S. health care increased to $3.2 trillion in 2015 or nearly $10,000 per person, according to a government report released Friday.
The 5.8 percent spending increase last year is up from a 5.3 percent hike in 2014. Both increases followed five straight years of historically slower growth from 2009 ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Health spending in the U.S. picked up again in 2015, but the growth was driven largely by millions of Americans getting coverage through the Affordable Care Act, rather than price increases for care, according to a new government report that tracks the nation's overall health care tab.
The 5.8 percent increase -- which pushed ...Read more
A new study finds that the glycemic index just can't be trusted. The study, done by researchers at Tufts University, found that an individual's blood sugar response to foods, which the glycemic index measures, varies widely.
What that means is your response to white rice can be totally different than mine.
Researchers found the glycemic index,...Read more
DEAR DR. ROACH: I'm a diabetic woman. I keep getting urine infections. I can't get them cleared up, and I am taking antibiotics every month. Is there anything that can be done? My kidney function is good. -- G.D.
ANSWER: Recurrent urinary infections are common in men and women, especially as they get older, but for different reasons. In men, ...Read more
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