As Americans head into the holiday season, a rapidly intensifying flu season is straining hospitals already overburdened with patients sick from other respiratory infections.
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A federal judge has approved a nearly $58 million settlement in a class-action lawsuit filed in response to the deaths of dozens of veterans who contracted COVID-19 at a Massachusetts veterans home.
BEIJING (AP) — China’s ruling party called for strict adherence to the hard-line “zero-COVID” policy Tuesday in an apparent attempt to guide public perceptions after regulations were eased slightly in places.
A toddler is thriving after doctors in the U.S. and Canada used a novel technique to treat her before she was born for a rare genetic disease that caused the deaths of two of her sisters.
NEW YORK — The U.S. flu season is off to an unusually fast start, adding to an autumn mix of viruses that have been filling hospitals and doctor waiting rooms.
NEW YORK — The rate of deaths that can be directly attributed to alcohol rose nearly 30% in the U.S. during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to new government data.
Research in Africa found a one-time dose of an experimental drug protected adults against malaria for at least six months, the latest approach in the fight against the mosquito-borne disease.
GENEVA (AP) — The number of people infected with tuberculosis, including the kind resistant to drugs, rose globally for the first time in years, according to a report Oct. 27 by the World Health Organization.
TUCSON — A new study co-authored by a University of Arizona researcher has discovered a coronavirus epidemic broke out in the East Asia region more than 20,000 years ago, with traces of the outbreak evident in the genetic makeup of people from that area.
PHOENIX — Arizona ranks close to last in the nation when it comes to available mental health care providers – a problem that’s been underscored during a pandemic that is increasing anxiety and depression.
At the end of 2019, a novel coronavirus was identified as the cause of a cluster of pneumonia cases in Wuhan, a city in the Hubei Province of China. It rapidly spread, resulting in an epidemic throughout China, with sporadic cases reported globally. In February 2020, the World Health Organiz…
LOS ANGELES — Dozens of airlines have canceled flights to China in the wake of the novel coronavirus outbreak, but at least one Asian American traveler is skipping his summer trip to the Philippines to avoid a spreading social illness: racism.
Over the past 13 years in Casa Grande, I have treated hundreds of breast cancer patients. Since it is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I thought it would be good to review breast cancer screening guidelines. Guidelines continue to evolve, so it is important to understand a woman’s ris…
September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. It is a time of year when people, health care experts and caregivers make an extra effort to raise awareness about prostate cancer and educate those at risk.
DEAR DR. BLONZ: How do imitation crab meats compare with regular crab in terms of omega-3 fats? I asked my local fish store and was told that imitation crab comes from pollock, and I heard this is a low-mercury fish. I don’t buy it to pretend that it is crab; I buy it because it’s the only w…
DEAR DOCTOR: I’ve heard that the keto or paleo diets are good for weight loss and controlling blood sugar. Now I’m reading that a new study says they’re bad for your heart. What’s actually true?
DEAR DOCTOR: Your recent column about how potassium can help lower blood pressure was quite helpful, but when I looked into supplements, they turned out to be almost useless. Why is that? What foods should I be eating?
DEAR DR. BLONZ: I need a clarification about the meaning of “elemental” as it applies to the minerals in the diet. My confusion comes from the lack of consistent terminology in books, online, and on products I have seen. I have also asked “knowledgeable” clerks in supplement stores, and the …
The first half of the year is over and I don’t know about you, but I am exhausted! As I prepared for a much-needed week off, I thought back on some recent interviews I conducted with guests who inspired me. Three seem apt, as I prepared for vacation.
As more employers incorporate Roth options into work-based retirement accounts, many of you have written to ask which one is preferable. As always, the answer depends on your situation.
Dear Doctor: My second husband and I have tried to get pregnant for over a year now, but we have had no luck. Should we be worried about infertility? I’m the mother of a 2-year-old girl and a 4-year-old boy, so the problem probably isn’t with me. What causes that in a man?
DEAR DR. BLONZ: I am hoping you have some information about taking copper and zinc at the same time, as I have read there is an issue with this combination. They are both in the dietary supplement I take, but I will switch to another one if this combination is not a good idea. — I.R., Berkel…
As millions of high school graduates collect their degrees, it’s time to prepare them for the next phase of their lives. In addition to the common sense wisdom that parents, grandparents and friends will be imparting, please allow Aunt Jill to add a few financial tips.
Dear Doctor: My wife wants me to quit eating black licorice because she heard it’s bad for you. I think it’s just that she can’t stand the taste of it herself. I told her I was writing this email, and she said I have to include that I’m 42 and on blood pressure meds.
DEAR DR. BLONZ: For the three years since leaving graduate school, I have been attempting to start my own business, and my job has become more intense. In college, I visited the gym, worked out and ate well, but now I have no time to exercise, except a bit of walking.
A couple of months ago, I offered advice to first time homebuyers. Today, it’s time to turn to those who are selling their homes, because the market dynamics may have shifted while you were trying to decide whether or not to pull the trigger.
DEAR DOCTOR: I keep hearing about something called halotherapy, or salt therapy. Can it really help people who have respiratory problems and inflammation? I’ve heard that it’s good for arthritis and for regulating blood pressure, too.
DEAR DR. BLONZ: I am aware of the dangers of trans fats, but I am also concerned that some foods, like shortening, still use hydrogenated fats. Are these any better than the trans fats in partially hydrogenated shortening? One brand now uses “fully hydrogenated,” rather than partially. Is th…
DEAR DOCTOR: A relative of mine was recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. I read recently that exercise can help slow the progression, so I want to suggest it to him, but I don’t know if it’s actually true.
DEAR DR. BLONZ: In doing a research paper on health issues faced by indigenous peoples, I came across the issue of the Pima American Indians in Arizona, who have a very high incidence of Type 2 diabetes. Is this a genetic issue, or a dietary and lifestyle issue? — J.D., Casa Grande, Arizona
There are hundreds of thousands of folks offering financial products and services, some with an alphabet soup after their names. Before you sign on any dotted lines or commit to any firm, here are six questions to consider:
GILBERT — Black socks peek from Roman Phillips’ shiny loafers, his cherry-red polo neatly pressed and tucked as he sits in the backseat, tapping on his mother’s smartphone. The ride to school is the only time his mom, Jacquelyn Phillips, allows her 12-year-old son to play video games.
PHOENIX – Health officials warn that vaccination rates are deteriorating across Arizona, risking public health as parents continue to opt out of immunizations.
DEAR DR. BLONZ: On a TV show, I watched a hospital nutritionist cook a chicken breast by putting it in a resealable plastic bag, submerging it in a pan of water, bringing the water to a boil, turning off the heat and letting the pot rest for two hours. I am skeptical of this method, because …
Recent college graduates need to take control of their financial lives. If you are a parent, grandparent or close friend, you can help in this process by highlighting these financial goals.
DEAR DR. BLONZ: Six months ago, I moved into a wonderful apartment that included some furnishings. The kitchen table appears to be constructed from an old painted door. It is beautiful and solid, but what concerns me is that I noticed a powder on the surface when I moved in. I keep the table…
The continued progress in the economy has made Americans more confident about retirement. Recent upbeat data from the government may explain why the good mood prevails.
DEAR DOCTOR: I’m a tea drinker, and I like it best when it’s steaming hot. My sister says drinking liquids that hot is bad for you, and that they can cause cancer. Is she right? Should I be worried?
DEAR DR. BLONZ: My friend is lactose-intolerant, and I was wondering if her allergy to milk means that she should not have butter. — S.T., Orlando, Florida
Do you ever feel that being healthy results in endless expenses? Costly gym memberships, organic groceries and regular doctor visits, to name a few. What if I could give you some tools and techniques that can profoundly impact your health at no cost? Sound too good to be true? Well, the evid…
DEAR DOCTOR: What is the link between smoking and bladder cancer? My urologist says smoking is one of the main causes, but until I got diagnosed with bladder cancer earlier this year, I had never heard about that connection.
DEAR DR. BLONZ: Is there truth to the “raw foods” movement’s claim that cooking kills the natural living enzymes in foods, including vegetables, and that this creates poisons in our bodies? — R.V., Berkeley, California
As Financial Literacy Month winds down, I am completing the task of defining some of the most frequently asked financial words or terms that you have emailed to me. Here is the M-Z list.
Hello dear readers, and welcome to our first letters column of spring. We hope you’re enjoying the lengthening days and are recovering from the jolt of losing an hour to Daylight Saving Time. Speaking of which, we received mail regarding a recent column about the negative health effects of n…
DEAR DR. BLONZ: Are flaxseeds an appropriate source of omega-3 fats? I have been buying and sprinkling ground flaxseed on my cereal, and also using it in baking. My concerns are a couple of conflicting bits of information that I found. One is that raw flaxseed is toxic until it is heated, an…
Last month, I wondered whether college is worth it (answer: yes). Now with acceptances out, a new question has emerged: Why are college financial award letters so inscrutable?
DEAR DOCTOR: We’re used to hearing about the measles outbreaks that happen in areas where parents have refused to let their kids get childhood vaccinations. Is it true that now a kid wound up with tetanus for the same reason? That sounds so dangerous.