Chicago Sun-Times Latest news from the Chicago Sun-Times Online en-us (Editor) Newspapers Chicago Sun-Times 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Positive link between prostate cancer and metformin users ]]> Lead story image

My dad has had Type 2 diabetes for about 10 years (he takes metformin) and recently was diagnosed with prostate cancer. He’s been through a lot; is there anything I can do or say to make him feel better? ]]> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 12:16:00 -0600 <![CDATA[ Chronic stress can slow the healing process ]]> Lead story image

Q. My husband, 70, broke his ankle two years ago, and he still limps around in pain that keeps him awake at night. He’s always under a lot of stress, so I was wondering, could stress be why he isn’t healing properly? A. Many factors, such as weight, poor nutrition, lack of exercise or physical therapy, and especially chronic stress, can contribute to a slow-healing ankle. Studies on skin repair following surgery show that stress slows down wound healing by as much as 40 percent. We also know that stress can worsen asthma, cardiovascular and heart disease, obesity, diabetes headaches, … ]]> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 12:58:00 -0600 <![CDATA[ New car smell may be enjoyable, but risky ]]> Lead story image

Q. I’m ready for a new car, but someone just told me that “new car smell” is actually toxic. Is that true? Should I get a used car? A. That was a fairly big problem in the not-so-distant past, but car manufacturers today are taking steps to make sure your new car is as clean on the inside as it is outside. Here’s the health story. In 2006, consumer watchdog groups started testing the air inside new cars. It turned out that off-gassing (evaporation of volatile chemicals) from flame retardants, adhesives, sealers, chemical softeners, lubricants, paints, carpeting and interior leather … ]]> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 09:37:44 -0600 <![CDATA[ Strategies to use to keep your kids at healthy weight ]]> Lead story image

I was a fat kid, so I’ve worked hard (sometimes) to stay at a healthy weight as an adult. Now I have a 4-year-old and he’s becoming overweight, too. I don’t want him to have to go through the same struggle. Help! ]]> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 15:42:18 -0600 <![CDATA[ New idea on how to combat newborn’s colic ]]> Lead story image

Finally, researchers may have discovered a way to prevent colic or soothe its symptoms. Although the data aren’t conclusive, it appears that an imbalance in an infant’s gut bacteria (the biome) could be at the heart of the matter. ]]> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 14:42:00 -0600 <![CDATA[ Before intimacy, be direct and ask for STD testing ]]> Lead story image

After I broke up with my last boyfriend, I found out I had chlamydia. So I got tested for everything, and once the chlamydia was treated, I got a clean bill of health. I just started seeing a new guy, and I want him to get tested for STDs. How do I ask? ]]> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 12:13:32 -0600 <![CDATA[ Not all the trans fat substitutes are healthier ]]> Lead story image

What will be replacing trans fats? Fast food restaurants, manufacturers of cookies, cakes, crackers and frozen breakfast products, and butter-substitute companies have come up with some (but not all) healthier alternatives. ]]> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 15:34:00 -0600 <![CDATA[ Understanding — and combatting — the middle age spread ]]> Lead story image

Q. I’ve always been active, and I don’t eat any more than I used to, but year after year (I’m 65 now) I gain a few pounds! Why does that happen? A. There are a lot of possible explanations. Your metabolic rate may have slowed, in large part because you’re not expending as much physical energy as before. Take a look at time spent exercising and simply moving around (that accounts for a lot of calories burned). And your eating habits may have changed. Have you gotten tired of cooking, so you’re eating prepared foods or going out? That amps … ]]> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 13:08:01 -0600 <![CDATA[ Time spent with friends can be good for your health ]]> Lead story image

Q. I’m done with partying: hanging with friends, drinking and spending more than I should! I want to get healthy again. What now? A. Hold on a minute, before you give up too much! Hanging with friends, drinking (in moderation) and being generous are actually good for you! And if you want to get healthy, they’re a pretty good place to start. Seeing friends regularly for a walk around the neighborhood (make a pact to do it three days a week) or enjoying afternoon tea together actually makes you healthier. Feeling connected boosts oxytocin levels, and that builds bonds. Plus, … ]]> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 13:00:00 -0600 <![CDATA[ Energy drinks and your heart ]]> Lead story image

I heard that energy drinks with amino acids in them could hurt my heart. I didn’t think they could market something so risky. What gives? ]]> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 16:02:00 -0600 <![CDATA[ Hearing aid blocks out sound too well ]]> Lead story image

I have a new hearing aid, and I love it. It’s digital, has background noise suppression, and a directional mike. I can join in an animated conversation with several friends in a busy restaurant. But last week I almost missed a flight because I didn’t hear an announcement about a gate change. I couldn’t understand anything coming over the public address system. Can’t they clean up their end of the noise problem? ]]> Wed, 04 Dec 2013 20:21:41 -0600 <![CDATA[ Can diet, exercise protect against Alzheimer’s? ]]> Lead story image

Drs. Roizen and Oz: Some people say that a diet extremely low in carbs and high in protein and fat can prevent Alzheimer’s disease. What is your opinion of this type of diet for brain health, and for general health, too? ]]> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 11:08:48 -0600 <![CDATA[ Supply is good, so no excuses: get that flu shot! ]]> Lead story image

DRS. ROIZEN AND OZ: I put off getting my flu shot last year because they ran out and it wasn’t available when I asked. I finally got the shot in January, but came down with the flu a week later. This year, are the shots going to be available earlier and work better? ]]> Wed, 02 Oct 2013 16:50:00 -0600 <![CDATA[ Dr. Oz: What to do when pain won’t go away ]]> Lead story image

DRS. ROIZEN AND OZ: I’ve had shoulder pain for a couple of years, and the constant low-level agony is making me nuts. What should I do? ]]> Wed, 25 Sep 2013 13:42:00 -0600 <![CDATA[ Is the pain all in her head? ]]> Lead story image

DRS. ROIZEN AND OZ: My sister has battled chronic pain for years. When she joined a clinical trial for a new pain reliever, her pain virtually disappeared. It turned out she was given a useless sugar pill —a placebo. So was the pain all in her head? ]]> Wed, 11 Sep 2013 16:00:00 -0600 <![CDATA[ Kicking the sugary drink habit ]]> Lead story image

DRS. OZ AND ROIZEN: Hot summer days means downing four or five sodas a day. That can’t be good, can it? ]]> Wed, 07 Aug 2013 18:38:00 -0600 <![CDATA[ Electronic cigarettes have their own dangers ]]> Lead story image

DRS. ROIZEN AND OZ: A smoker wants to kick the habit. Are electronic cigarettes the way to go? ]]> Mon, 13 May 2013 15:32:00 -0600 <![CDATA[ Dr. Oz: Safe ways to cut blood pressure meds ]]> Lead story image

DRS. ROIZEN AND OZ: Remembering to take meds for high blood pressure can be a drag. Is skipping them now and then such a bad thing? ]]> Mon, 06 May 2013 13:31:29 -0600