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Calcium intake for adults over age 55

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Questions about calcium supplements for older adults are in the news. Recent studies published in the British Medical Journal found that extra dietary calcium intake was not associated with fracture reduction and that increasing dietary calcium intake does not prevents fractures.

However, says Mayo Clinic endocrinologist Dr. Robert Wermers, ...Read more

Stage 0 breast cancer: When should you wait and see?

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In cancer, as in other areas of medicine, early detection can save lives. But the screening tests used to find early tumors also detect disease that would never cause problems -- disease you'll die with but not from. Managing those cases means giving potentially harmful treatment to patients who won't benefit.

DCIS, or ductal carcinoma in situ,...Read more

Jeb Bush rolls out health plan aiming to make care more affordable

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Jeb Bush, like other Republican presidential candidates, is vowing to repeal Obamacare, while making health care more innovative and affordable.

Bush's health care plan, outlined Monday in a two-page document, is light on details of how he'd change a system that accounts for about 18 percent of the U.S. economy. The former Florida governor said...Read more

What to know before getting the genetic test for breast cancer

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CHICAGO -- A genetic test to find out if people are more susceptible to breast cancer is available, but how do you decide whether to get it? With a lot of thought, cautioned Dr. Nora Hansen, director of the Lynn Sage Comprehensive Breast Center at Northwestern Memorial Hospital's Prentice Women's Hospital. She explained what patients should know...Read more

World's oldest working scientist takes on Alzheimer's

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URBANA, Ill. -- Professor Fred Kummerow needs money. The bio-chemist at the University of Illinois wants to study the link between diet and Alzheimer's disease, and he won't find out until next spring if he won a three-year federal grant for his research lab.

He's asking for donations to keep the lab going. That's all he said he wanted for his ...Read more

How the debate over health care is changing — just in time for the 2016 election

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WASHINGTON -- With the first contests of the 2016 presidential campaign just months away, the national health care debate is poised to enter a new phase, more focused on consumers' pocketbooks than on relitigating the 5-year-old Affordable Care Act.

Hillary Rodham Clinton, who is campaigning on a detailed program to crack down on rising drug ...Read more

Why life after beating cancer can be the hardest stage of the disease

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For some cancer patients, the time after treatment ends can be the toughest.

Stephanie Logan still remembers the moment her doctor told her she was done -- done with four rounds of chemotherapy, done with seeing nurses more than friends, done with regular pokes and prods.

She remembers thinking, "What am I supposed to do now?"

"You're kind of...Read more

Statins and cholesterol: What you need to know

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Almost one out of three. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, that's how many people in the United States have high cholesterol. Your body needs cholesterol, which is made in the liver, to build healthy cells. But too much "bad" cholesterol, or low-density lipoprotein (LDL), can increase your risk of heart attack and ...Read more

HIV vaccine to be tested on people

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BALTIMORE--After years of research, a promising HIV/AIDS vaccine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine is moving into the critical human testing stage.

The school's Institute of Human Virology, headed by Dr. Robert Gallo, who helped discover the human immunodeficiency virus that causes AIDS and who developed the HIV blood test, ...Read more

Increased detection of low-risk tumors driving up thyroid cancer rates, costs

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ROCHESTER, Minn. -- Low-risk cancers that do not have any symptoms and presumably will not cause problems in the future are responsible for the rapid increase in the number of new cases of thyroid cancer diagnosed over the past decade, according to a Mayo Clinic study published in the journal Thyroid. According to the study authors, nearly one-...Read more

Well Living Lab to study creation of healthier indoor spaces

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Exposure to indoor environments is at an all-time high. In fact, Americans spend more than 90 percent of their time indoors, whether at home, work, school, retail stores, fitness centers, health care facilities and more. But what many people don't realize is that buildings, and everything in them, can affect human health and well-being. Mayo ...Read more

Are anxiety disorders really only in your head?

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We all experience periods of anxiety. It's the brain's way of getting us ready to face or escape danger or deal with stressful situations. For example, anxiety before exams can make one study more and, hence, do well on a test. However, at times, the anxiety can be quite severe or exaggerated in relation to the actual situation. This can lead to...Read more

Florida has one of the highest rates of C-section surgeries in the country

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MIAMI--The average rate of cesarean section surgeries for Florida hospitals was among the highest in the nation -- about 32 for every 100 deliveries -- according to a study released Wednesday by The Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit that surveys hospitals for quality and safety measures.

The numbers, which were self-reported by Florida hospitals and ...Read more

Some e-cig smokers are vaping active ingredient in marijuana

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E-cigarettes increasingly are being used as a less detectable way to inhale cannabis, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana.

A study published recently in the journal Pediatrics said 16 percent of high school students, with percentages expected to rise, are using e-cigarettes to vaporize hash oil or wax infused with tetrahydrocannabinol or ...Read more

Helping depressed patients feel better about medications

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Choosing the right antidepressant can be a daunting task. With so many choices and such unpredictability in their individual effects, patients with depression often spend months or years casting about for the right medication, while clinicians are often uneasy or unwilling to offer options other than their preferred prescriptions.

A new study ...Read more

Controversial study suggests e-cigs draw young smokers to regular cigarettes

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For years, electronic cigarettes have ridden the vapor of respectability as a technology cigarette smokers can use to get nicotine while avoiding tobacco's health risks.

Their use continues to grow, based in part on their reputation as a gateway out of the cigarette habit.

While that point is not the focus of debate, the discussion has shifted...Read more

Will nation follow state's lead on health care for immigrants?

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LOS ANGELES -- Like many blue states, California enthusiastically embraced Obamacare, signing up millions for health insurance. Now, it's venturing into a potentially costly and controversial new frontier of health policy: offering medical coverage to hundreds of thousands people living in the country illegally.

In a matter of months, the ...Read more

UnitedHealth plans to hire 1,700 in Twin Cities

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MINNEAPOLIS -- UnitedHealth Group plans to hire 1,700 employees in the Twin Cities over the next six months, the health insurer announced Monday.

UnitedHealth, based in suburban Minneapolis, also announced openings for 140 customer service representatives in Duluth and for more than 1,000 jobs that could be filled by people working from home ...Read more

What the new aspirin guidelines mean

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Are you confused about the new guidelines for taking aspirin? A Mayo Clinic expert offers information to help explain them. In mid-September, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force issued new recommendations for taking aspirin. They found "taking aspirin can help 50- to 69-year-olds who are at increased risk of cardiovascular disease, prevent...Read more

Team hopes to sniff out the basics of our mysterious sense of smell

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PITTSBURGH -- In some ways, humans take the sense of smell for granted -- like knowing when dinner's on the stove -- or find it a bother, like when the family dog digs into the garbage for chicken bones.

We know that the sense of smell, or olfaction, is essential to our health and safety, but we actually don't know that much about it.

Leading ...Read more