Health

Knee replacement, bariatric surgery for obese patients; when to test for Covid

 Q: My sister-in-law is 55 and morbidly obese. She can’t walk very well, so she had bariatric surgery and then later she’s having a knee replacement. Is that double barrel surgery really necessary? — Belinda, K., Chattanooga, Tennessee A: Havi… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content. Username Password Remember Me     […]

Study confirms value of family meals; shingles vaccine can help prevent strokes

 Q: Both my husband and I are working from home and the kids are home too, doing teleschool. I was wondering if you had any advice for making the most of our at-home time. — Bonita M., Atlanta A. We sure do. The coronavirus situation won’t las… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this […]

Coach Tom’s Corner

Give some thought to your feelings


 I’ve observed that many of my friends are using this “Stay at Home” time in a productive manner. I’ve seen social media posts on loads of activities seemingly prompted (enabled?) by the order: extensive spring cleaning, remodeling and redecorat… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Teeth-brushing tips; walking for your health

 Q: I just got back from my annual dental checkup, and even though I didn’t have any new cavities, my dentist told me I should brush my teeth three times a day. Isn’t he being a bit over-the-top? — Marion B., Lambertville, New Jersey A: Since … Please register for a free account or log in below to access this […]

Finding creative ways to stay healthy while staying at home



 During this time of uncertainty when we are being asked to distance ourselves from others, we need to find ways to care for ourselves at home. Humans are naturally social beings, and even the most introverted people need to interact with others… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Encouraging healthy snacks on game day; importance of eating fruits and vegetables

 Q: It was my sister’s turn to bring some of the post-game snacks for her 10-yearold son’s soccer team last fall, and as a good aunt I volunteered to supply them. I brought water, orange and apple slices, a bunch of cut carrots and celery, and y… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this […]

Coach Tom’s Corner

Take necessary precautions to stay well


 The past 90 days have seen astonishing occurrences around the world in public health. The next 90 days will no doubt be equally astonishing and far closer to home. Yet, throughout the Midwest, from the Northland down to Oklahoma (where I drove … Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Coach Tom’s Corner

A healthy brain needs plenty of sleep


 My column is often described as “basic,” “general” or even “simplistic.” That’s reasonably accurate. My thinking is that the people who most need health and fitness information tend to be the least informed or knowledgeable about health and fit… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Explore options in relieving back pain; Omega-3 health benefits of eating fish

 Q: I’ve had lower back pain for a long time. I finally went to see my doctor, and she wrote me a prescription for physical therapy. I think I may need surgery. Should I get a second opinion? — Macdonald Q., Lexington, Kentucky A: Generally, l… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Alleve knee pain with variety of exercise; aspects of smoking which affect everyone

 Q: I have a fair amount of knee pain but don’t want to have surgery. I can’t really exercise — run, walk distances, bike — without it hurting. Any suggestions? — Wanda S., Glendale, California A: First, go see an orthopedist to find out wha… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.


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