Mehmet Oz, M.D. & Michael Roizen, M.D.

Dr. Oz, 48, earned his undergraduate degree from Harvard, his M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, and his M.B.A. from the Wharton School of Business. …

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Strategies to use to keep your kids at healthy weight

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!

New idea on how to combat newborn’s colic

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.

Before intimacy, be direct and ask for STD testing

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?

Not all the trans fat substitutes are healthier

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.

Understanding — and combatting — the middle age spread

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, …

Time spent with friends can be good for your health

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 …

Energy drinks and your heart

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?

Hearing aid blocks out sound too well

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?

Can diet, exercise protect against Alzheimer’s?

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?

Supply is good, so no excuses: get that flu shot!

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?

Dr. Oz: What to do when pain won’t go away

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?

Is the pain all in her head?

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?

Kicking the sugary drink habit

DRS. OZ AND ROIZEN: Hot summer days means downing four or five sodas a day. That can’t be good, can it?

Electronic cigarettes have their own dangers

DRS. ROIZEN AND OZ: A smoker wants to kick the habit. Are electronic cigarettes the way to go?

Dr. Oz: Safe ways to cut blood pressure meds

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?

How to cope with an overscheduled life

Q: I’m 38, a wife and a working mom with three kids. My days are jammed. I’m worried about taxes; my boss wants me to take on more responsibility at work; the cellphone is always ringing. Sometimes I can’t remember what I am supposed to …

Is it Alzheimer’s or something else?

DRS. ROIZEN AND OZ: A recent report looked at nearly 1,000 people with dementia and found that up to 30 percent didn’t have Alzheimer’s disease; many had what are treatable medical conditions or negative reactions to medication. Here are some of them.