The drug overdose crisis that has swept across our country affects us all, but some areas have been hit harder than others. In New York, the borough of Staten Island has some of the highest rates of overdose deaths in the city. With a population of less than half a million residents, the inhabitants of this island are truly feeling the effects of this epidemic. The story of one man’s death made national headlines when his journal, which chronicled his struggle with addiction, was discovered by his mother. We recently hosted his mother and brother on the show to tell more of his story so we can all learn from it.
Written by: Dr. Matthew Messina, D.D.S.
As we all know, flossing was in the news in 2016, and some media reports focused on the benefits of cleaning between your teeth while others showed some skepticism. However, I can’t state it clearly enough: using an interdental cleaner (like floss) is an essential part of taking care of your teeth and gums. In fact, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reaffirmed flossing is “an important oral hygiene practice” in an August 2016 statement.
Today marks the release of the Surgeon General’s landmark report on addiction. Titled “Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Report On Alcohol, Drugs, and Health”, it’s the first report on this topic from a Surgeon General and is meant to change the way our society approaches this important issue. »
Written by Arthur W. Perry, MD, FACS
Organic may be the most bastardized word in the English language.
Organic chemicals are supposed to be carbon-based, according to their strict definition. Somewhere along the line (actually more than 100 years ago), the term became associated with edible products that did not contain toxins, such as pesticides, herbicides, or antibiotics. While the definition was not particularly good, the concept was a welcomed one. And over the last two decades, the “organic food” industry has steadily grown. »
Many Americans struggle with sleep problems. The current clinical mind-set, among sleep specialists, is that about a third of the population has insomnia at any given time, with 10 percent of that being chronic.
It is amazing how many people have issues with sleep. I was excited to work with Tia and Dr. Oz on today’s show to teach everyone what CBT is and how it can be so very helpful. Despite its status as the most common sleep disorder among adults in the U.S., many people who suffer from insomnia aren’t receiving treatment. Treatment for insomnia isn’t always—or even often—made accessible and affordable by insurers and health-care organizations, or addressed actively by physicians.
Many people with symptoms of insomnia—whether they recognize them as such or not—take a go-it-alone approach to managing their sleep problems. They attempt to treat their sleep issues themselves, relying on over-the-counter sleep aids and supplements, or using alcohol—mistakenly—as a sleep aid. »
Do you have trouble sleeping? If so, you are definitely not alone. Insomnia is an epidemic and in our survey of more than 1,000 women this summer, we discovered that 42 percent of them sleep less than six hours per night. That’s a big problem, because the average adult needs around seven or eight hours for a good night’s rest. We all know that sleep is important for our mood and our productivity, but it’s also important for the health of our brains, hearts, and even skin. »
Although it goes by many names: the wattle, turkey-gobbler, tech-neck, or the ultimate selfie-killer, a double chin or submental fullness is one of the most common complaints I hear in the office. And with social media and the rise of a photo-obsessed world, the numbers of patients seeking treatment is rising. According to a 2015 survey conducted by the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, 67 percent of people said they are bothered by fat under their chin. A double chin can be caused by genetics, aging, or weight gain. Even with diet and exercise, sometimes the unwanted fat and extra skin doesn’t go away and can make people look heavier and appear older than they actually are. Until recently, liposuction was the only option available to reduce a double chin. Liposuction is a surgical procedure that requires an incision and recovery. The good news: now there are multiple ways to treat submental fullness without surgery or a prolonged recovery process. »
Yesterday Ben Stiller announced to the world that at the age of 48 he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. His doctor first started testing him about two years earlier and when he saw his PSA levels rise, Ben had a surgery to remove the cancer. Since then he says, he has been cancer free. In a blog post he credited the PSA test as saving his life. This revelation has brought questions about the utility of a PSA test for screening back into the public spotlight once again. So here is what you may be asking and what you need to know. »
Written by Art Markman, PhD
Television is inspiring because it brings you into contact with the extraordinary. You get to watch stories and dramas that tell us about heroes and villains. You get travel the world without leaving your own home. You get to come in contact with experts like Dr. Oz, who bring their knowledge and skills into your living room.
As fascinating as these stories can be, it is hard not to compare your own life to what you see on screen. But, the people you see on TV are selected because they are extreme. As a result, it can be hard to figure out what is normal.
If you have ever wondered whether you are normal, we are here to help. I am Art Markman, PhD, a member of The Dr. Oz Show medical advisory board. My colleague Bob Duke and I have a radio show and podcast called Two Guys on Your Head that focuses on everyday psychology. How do you think? How does your memory change as you get older? Are kitten videos on the Internet bad for you?
Today, we are launching a new book called Brain Briefs: Answers to the Most (and Least) Pressing Questions About Your Mind. This book explores 40 questions that you have probably had about the way you think, act, and interact with other people. It is focused on helping to answer that nagging question, “Am I normal?” We answer that question with a combination of humor and science. »