Health & Spirit



Pneumonia vaccine not perfect, but high success rate

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: When I was 55, my doctor recommended that I have the pneumonia vaccination, and a booster a couple of years ago. I am 72 now. Is it likely Hillary Clinton would have gotten one? Can you get pneumonia after having the vaccination? If so, why would it be recommended, and are they harmful? -- S.M.

ANSWER: I don't know whether Mrs. ...Read more

Giving Kidney Stones the Ride of Their Life

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

Kingda Ka is the world's fastest rollercoaster, going from 0 to 128 mph in 3.5 seconds. That's enough loosen your fillings, and it's hard to imagine any doctor prescribing a ride for your good health! But a study published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association suggests that once around on an ever-so-much-more-sedate coaster like...Read more

Clinton's promise to 'fix' Obamacare rate hikes unlikely to happen with GOP-held House

Health / Health & Fitness /

WASHINGTON -- Hillary Clinton promised to fix problems with Obamacare that led to average rate hikes of 25 percent next year for mid-level health plans before subsidies.

But a quick fix, or any fix, seems unlikely given that it would probably require congressional action.

"We're going to make changes to fix problems like that," Clinton said in...Read more

No More Measles, with an Asterisk

Health / Scott LaFee /

The Pan American Health Organization, part of the United Nations, has declared that measles, a highly contagious viral illness, has been eliminated in all of the countries of North, South and Central America, plus the Caribbean region.

The United States officially eliminated measles in 2000.

But that doesn't mean measles cases in the U.S. ...Read more

Going With the Ancient Grain

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

Movies shot on film often opt for grain to give gritty texture to a scene. Remember the scowling Benicio Del Toro in "Traffic"? For some directors, the high-def glossiness of digital movie-making is just too refined.

We like unrefined graininess too ... at least when it comes to nutrition. Ancient grains dish up a big helping of health benefits...Read more

Do calcium-channel blockers block calcium supplements?

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: My doctor put me on Norvasc 10 mg to keep my blood pressure normal. Since Norvasc is a calcium-channel-blocking medicine, can I still take my calcium and vitamin D-3 supplements? I was advised by my gynecologist that I should take calcium every day for my bones and D-3 by my general practitioner. The research I have done says ...Read more

University of Washington global health initiative gets $210 million from Gates Foundation

Health / Health & Fitness /

SEATTLE -- A bold initiative by the University of Washington to improve the health of all the world's people is getting a big boost from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which is writing a $210 million check to build a home for the project -- the largest single donation the UW has ever received.

The new building will house many of the ...Read more

Wellness for All! Who Can Debate That?

Health / Marilynn Preston /

There I was, watching the third presidential debate along with tens of millions of battle-weary Americans, and suddenly I heard something so extraordinary, it made me jump up and cheer.

"No ... you're the puppet!"

Not that, though it was a highlight of the evening. The words I heard speak to the heart and soul of this column, a concept that ...Read more

Fructed Again?

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

Getting fructed? The Merriam-Webster dictionary says that edgy-sounding word simply means "bearing fruit." And while it could stand for participating in the Finnish-Russian University Cooperation in Telecommunication, or FRUCT, here's one more definition: getting way too much added fructose in your diet!

A study published in the Journal of ...Read more

Lipoma between heart and esophagus is rare, tricky to remove

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: My husband has been diagnosed with a lipoma that is located between his heart and esophagus. It is approximately 4 inches by 6 inches in size. The surgeon said he has never seen one in this location in all of his 50 years of practice. It is not currently a health issue and has not changed in size in the past 18 months. When the ...Read more

Don't Slip Up When It Comes to Physical Activity

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

When Paul Simon sings "Slip Slidin' Away" he's crooning about the elusive nature of life, love and good intentions. Well, research now confirms how, despite good intentions, it's all too easy to go slip slidin' away from the benefits of your regular exercise routine. Fortunately, there's a lot you can do to sustain your commitment to move it, ...Read more

Exercise can be a double-edged sword with dilated aortic root

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 66-year-old male in good health who was just informed by my doctor that the diameter of my aortic root has increased to 4.3 centimeters. Last year, the echocardiogram showed a number of 4.1. I have heard that running, which makes the heart rate go up, can contribute to the enlargement of the aortic root. Is there any truth...Read more

Infrared sauna heat comforts with precautions

Health / Health & Fitness /

KIRKWOOD, Mo. -- Touted for pain relief, cellular detox, cardiovascular improvement, lowered blood pressure and anti-aging, infrared saunas are celebrity-approved and gaining popularity.

But the spa treat is not without detractors who have medical degrees and reason for suspicion.

Traditional dry saunas heat the room, which in turn heats the ...Read more

Good Gut Health = Good Health

Health / Nutrition News /

Gut health was one of the hottest topics at this year's annual Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics convention held recently in Boston. The choice of carbohydrates and more importantly, dietary fiber, play an important role in influencing the gut microbiota.

Then there are prebiotics and probiotics. Nutrition research has pinpointed specific ...Read more

Follow medical team's plan for pancreatic cancer treatment

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: My brother-in-law is 57 and has pancreatic cancer the size of a golf ball. He is on his second chemo treatment. The doctors first want to shrink the tumor. They eventually want to take out the tumor. Do you think this is wise? He does not have cancer anyplace else in his body. I am worried that once the tumor shrinks it will ...Read more

A Healthy Dose of Strength and Generosity

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

When George Harrison wrote "I Me Mine" in 1969, he was commenting on the oversized egos of John Lennon and Paul McCartney, which ended up pulling the band apart less than a year later. In Harrison's Eastern faith, one could not be united with the Higher Power until one renounced those three first-person, selfish pronouns.

Me, me, me: ...Read more

Belly up to the TV: Binge watching could lead to more stomach fat

Health / Health & Fitness /

Binge watchers, you may want to hit the pause button for this: watching TV has been linked to more belly fat -- even for people who exercise regularly and maintain a healthy weight.

For every hour and a half spent watching TV, abdominal fat increased by about 3 cubic centimeters, according to a study from the University of Minnesota School of ...Read more

An idea borrowed from South Africa: Ordinary citizens fill gaps in health care

Health / Health & Fitness /

NEW YORK -- Destini Belton isn't a doctor or a nurse. She's a trained health coach, and as a trusted neighbor in Harlem, she goes where clinics and hospitals can't -- into patients' homes to understand the mundane but vital details of their lives.

She visits people like Jessica Gonzalez who went blind at the age of 22 because of uncontrolled ...Read more

Reader left unable to cry after loss of husband

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: My husband of 53 years passed away six years ago. Since that time, I have been unable to cry. I have always cried easily and found it a tremendous help in minimizing sadness, stress and pain. In the past six years, there have been many sad situations in which I could not cry. I am 85 years of age. I look forward to hearing from ...Read more

Laugh Your Way to Exercise

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

In the movie "Mary Poppins" when Mary (Julie Andrews) and Bert (Dick Van Dyke) take the Banks children (Matthew Garber and Karen Dotrice) to visit Uncle Albert (Ed Wynn), Albert starts to laugh and suddenly, with every chortle, he floats higher and higher off the ground. Soon the visitors start laughing, and they levitate, too. Only sad thoughts...Read more