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Health care spending is projected to rise modestly over the next decade

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WASHINGTON -- The total amount America spends on health care will rise modestly over the next decade, continuing a trend that began during the recession, according to new projections from government economists.

However, national health spending is still expected to outpace economic growth, threatening to make medical care increasingly ...Read more

Life with a food allergy; any bite could be your last

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One of Matthew Mitchell's earliest memories involves a fast-food hamburger in a drive-thru late at night.

It wasn't a happy meal.

Mitchell, now 25, was just 3 at the time, but he was already hyper-alert about his food. So when his mother passed the patty to the back seat, Mitchell instantly knew something was wrong.

"I was never allowed to ...Read more

Molecular research may improve diagnosis, treatment of brain tumors

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ROCHESTER, Minn. -- The molecular makeup of brain tumors can be used to sort patients with gliomas into five categories, each with different clinical features and outcomes, researchers at Mayo Clinic and the University of California San Francisco have shown. The finding could change the methods that physicians rely on to determine prognosis and ...Read more

The Pros and Cons of Taking Your Summer Vacation

Health / Marilynn Preston /

This column is called "The Pros and Cons of Taking Your Summer Vacation." Just kidding. From a healthy lifestyle POV, there are no cons when it comes to taking a vacation. It's all positive, nothing negative. Sure, there can be bears in the campsite, delayed flights, tension over air conditioning controls, but really, the only thing that ...Read more

Love Your Way to a Cancer-Free Prostate

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

"Good Lovin'," "Love Me Tender," "Love Me Do" (the Rascals, Elvis, the Beatles): Those classic songs of love and desire might steam up your glasses and put a smile on your face, but we bet you never thought of them as anthems for good health!

The verdict is in -- a new study that tracked the lovin' and lives of more than 31,000 men since the ...Read more

Heart Finds A Way Around Bundle Branch Block

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I'm a female, age 70, who is 5 feet, 4 inches tall and weighs 125 pounds. I have no problems with cholesterol, diabetes or blood pressure. I do not take any medications, just vitamins. I take dance exercise classes and walk often. I recently went for my checkup and found that I have a left bundle branch block. What happened? How ...Read more

Obamacare rates to rise 4 percent in California for 2016

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LOS ANGELES -- Defying dire predictions about health insurance rate shock across the country, California's Obamacare exchange negotiated a 4 percent average rate increase for the second year in a row.

The modest increase for 2016, announced Monday, may be welcome news for many of the 1.3 million Californians who buy individual policies through ...Read more

Diabetes Quick Fix: Pork Pita Pocket with Greek Salad

Health / Health Advice /

Sauteed pork garnished with a refreshing cucumber sauce is stuffed in a pita bread to make this quick supper. For the Greek Salad side dish, doctor up washed, ready-to-eat salad with cherry tomatoes, radishes and Greek feta cheese.

Helpful Hints:

-- If pre-cut pork strips aren't available, use pork tenderloin and slice into 1/4 to 1/2-inch ...Read more

Save Antibiotics For Kids' Significant Infection Risks

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

On March 31, 1973, Muhammad Ali lost more than just a fight with Ken Norton. Ali fought 10 rounds with a broken jaw! Today, research shows that the average kid in the U.S. has gone through 10 rounds of antibiotics by the age of 10 -- and that's a losing battle, too!

Scientists from New York University Langone Medical Center have extended their ...Read more

Adrenal Nodules Can Produce Hormones

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: My husband's recent CT scan of his stomach and digestive system with and without contrast revealed that he has nodules on both adrenal glands. It was suggested that he undergo a blood test to determine if the nodules are producing hormones.

For the past 21 months, he has been experiencing high blood pressure, nausea, diarrhea, ...Read more

As death nears, chemotherapy may do more harm than good

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It's been documented that many terminal cancer patients don't benefit from chemotherapy and other types of treatments toward the end of their lives. Nonetheless, many, with their doctors, opt to continue treatment -- faced with impossible choices, they hold on to hope that treatment might buy some time, or improve the quality of the days they ...Read more

Repairing fatal mutations behind mitochondrial disease

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A multidisciplinary team of researchers has eliminated fatal mitochondrial DNA mutations in stem cells from patients with mitochondrial diseases. The study is published in a recent online issue of Nature as a collaboration between some of the nation's top institutions and Mayo Clinic's Center for Regenerative Medicine.

Mitochondrial diseases ...Read more

Researchers test bioartificial liver device to treat acute liver failure

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ROCHESTER, Minn. -- Approximately 30,000 to 40,000 people die from liver disease each year, according to the American Liver Foundation. For people who experience acute liver failure, the only proven treatment has been liver transplantation. Researchers at Mayo Clinic have developed and are testing an alternative to liver transplantation called ...Read more

Two heart transplants not slowing teen down

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Ryan Brown refuses to let his medical challenges limit the possibilities of his future.

"You have scientists and statistics that say it's very rare to get a second transplant, and it is," Brown said. "But it's very rare to be not normal, and being not normal -- whether you're autistic, or you have ADHD, or any problem; yeah, its a crutch ...Read more

Quinn on Nutrition: When friends come to visit

Health / Nutrition /

It had been a while since my BFF (Best Friend Forever) had come out for a visit. Terry and I met long ago when we were silly eighth-graders. Now we have silly memories of those days and all the years between.

I picked her up at the airport late Friday night. As she climbed in my car, I asked if she'd had a chance to eat before she left Phoenix....Read more

Nutrition News: Fighting Inflammation With Foods

Health / Nutrition News /

We are hearing more and more about the benefits of a low-inflammation diet -- one that helps reduce inflammation, which can lead to other problems. Low-grade inflammation can operate for years in our bodies until stress or some other event, causes it to turn into cancer, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis or heart disease.

The right foods can make ...Read more

Calcium Sources Differ, Needs Remain The Same

Health / Keith Roach /

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DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 64-year-old woman with a thin frame who was recently diagnosed with osteoporosis. In the past 10 years, my bone density has declined despite regular exercise, a diet high in dairy products and taking calcium carbonate supplements. My doctor prescribed Forteo injections for one ...Read more

Pregnant and Smoking Pot? Cool It!

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

Alanis Morissette, the Canadian songstress who penned the tune "Mary Jane," admits to using pot in the past to juice up her creativity. But when she became pregnant -- her son Ever is 4 now -- she gave up the weed.

"You Oughta Know" what she knows: Smoking pot while you're pregnant or breastfeeding is dangerous for your fetus and your child. ...Read more

A primer on 'traumatic grief,' and its complicated treatment

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A traumatic event often causes deep-rooted, profound feelings. Depending on the nature of the event, those feelings may be fear, confusion, grief or a combination of emotions.

"Feelings of traumatic grief are complex and encompass many challenges and reactions -- both emotional and physical. In order to effectively support someone who is ...Read more

One in 4 people prescribed opioids progressed to longer-term prescriptions

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Opioid painkiller addiction and accidental overdoses have become far too common across the United States. To try to identify who is most at risk, Mayo Clinic researchers studied how many patients prescribed an opioid painkiller for the first time progressed to long-term prescriptions. The answer: 1 in 4. People with histories of tobacco use ...Read more