Health & Spirit



Straightening out colonoscopy guidelines

Health / Keith Roach /

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

Don't Drop Dead

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

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

Free clinics aim to fill VA's shortfalls in mental health

Health / Health & Fitness /

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

Buzz About a New Vaccine

Health / Scott LaFee /

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

Damage estimate: Repeal of Obamacare would leave 30 million without coverage

Health / Health & Fitness /

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

Risks of Social Media Health Advice

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

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

Shortness of breath can be symptom of angina

Health / Keith Roach /

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

You Want Change? Say Hello to Your Commander in Chief

Health / Marilynn Preston /

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

Another Reason to Track Those Triglycerides

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

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

Loss of appetite from meds may be the cause of weight loss

Health / Keith Roach /

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

Replacing Obamacare will be easier said than done

Health / Health & Fitness /

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

In House majority leader's district, many depend on health law he wants to scrap

Health / Health & Fitness /

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

Big Republican states could have a lot to lose from Obamacare repeal

Health / Health & Fitness /

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

Wake Up to Prediabetes

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

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

Mild neuropathy may be result of medication side effect

Health / Keith Roach /

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

Congress passes environmental health laws after states force its hand

Health / Health & Fitness /

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

Obama's health care law is behind 2nd straight year of faster rise in medical spending

Health / Health & Fitness /

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

As more Americans gained health coverage, nation's health care tab ticked up in 2015

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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

Glycemic Index Debunked

Health / Nutrition News /

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

Urinary tract infections are common in both men and women

Health / Keith Roach /

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