Health & Spirit

Not so sweet news: Doctors set new limits for kids' sugar intake

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A group of heart doctors is calling on parents to stop indulging children's sweet tooths by curbing the amount of added sugars in their kids' diets.

The American Heart Association (AHA) is recommending that children under 2 consume no added sugars and that youngsters between 2 and 18 limit added sugars in their daily diets to just six teaspoons...Read more

Cancer now kills more people than heart disease in 22 states

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Cancer has surpassed heart disease as the leading cause of death in California and 21 other states, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

That total is in stark contrast to the situation at the start of this century, when only two states -- Alaska and Minnesota -- lost more people to cancer than heart ...Read more

Obesity linked to 8 more types of cancer, studies show

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ST. LOUIS -- Carrying extra weight is a risk factor for eight more types of cancer, according to a review of more than 1,000 medical studies.

Obesity is now linked to an increased risk of developing cancer of the thyroid, liver, stomach, gall bladder, pancreas and ovaries, plus meningioma, a type of brain tumor, and multiple myeloma, a blood ...Read more

Clean eating: getting to the source

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"I've seen many nutrition trends over the years," says Anne Bauch, Mayo Clinic Health System registered dietitian. "Many of us are looking for the best ways to eat to promote weight loss, lower the risk of chronic disease or improve overall wellness. The most recent nutrition trend is called clean eating."

Clean eating is the practice of ...Read more

Children's fears after unsettling experiences

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Dear Mayo Clinic: A few months ago my 12-year-old daughter and I were on a flight that had significant turbulence, which was really upsetting for her. Since then, she has had nightmares about the flight and has told me almost daily that she will never fly again. We have a wedding coming up that will require us to fly, and she insists she will ...Read more

Some women with high breast density should get annual screenings, study says

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For women older than 50 who have been confused by conflicting advice on how frequently to get a mammogram, some new science is here to guide their decisions.

An ambitious research effort published Monday in the Annals of Internal Medicine set out to tailor women's breast cancer screening practices to match their actual risk of breast cancer. It...Read more

Lichen sclerosus needs ongoing care

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Dear Mayo Clinic: A little more than two years ago, I was diagnosed with vulvar lichen sclerosus. My doctor prescribed a topical cream, which I still use once or twice each week. I have never been back for a recheck, but I recently read that I should be getting a regular exam, because this condition might cause vulvar cancer. How often do you ...Read more

Obamacare marketplace shakeout rocks Arizona, Southeast

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Some of the Affordable Care Act's insurance marketplaces are in turmoil as the fourth open enrollment season approaches this fall, but what's ahead for consumers very much depends on where they live.

Competition on these exchanges will be diminished next year when three of the nation's largest health insurers -- Aetna, UnitedHealthcare and ...Read more

This doctor biked across the US to ask Americans about Obamacare. Here's what he learned

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FORSYTH, Mont. -- Jim Vetsch shifted uncomfortably as Dr. Paul Gordon leaned in and asked him about Obamacare.

The two men -- one a retired power plant operator, the other a medical school professor -- were standing in Vetsch's kitchen at the Horse Creek Bed and Breakfast in eastern Montana where Gordon had stopped for the night.

Vetsch wasn't...Read more

Study: Patients with Obamacare filling more prescriptions and paying less for drugs

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WASHINGTON -- Patients who gained health coverage through the Affordable Care Act are filling significantly more prescriptions while paying less for their drugs, according to a new study that credits the health law and adds to evidence of its benefits for previously uninsured Americans and those with chronic conditions such as asthma, diabetes ...Read more

Which work desks and chairs are best for health?

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Chances are, you're sitting right now. Your back may be aching. Or maybe it's your shoulders.

Most of us don't have a choice: We're locked into our offices for eight hours a day, and that's if we're lucky. And that means that our bottoms are firmly tucked into an office chair.

A few years ago, standing desks were all the rage. You could burn ...Read more

Avoid trans fats for heart health

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Dear Mayo Clinic: I've heard that some foods that are labeled as "trans fat-free" actually may contain harmful trans fats. Is this true?

A: Yes. Under labeling laws, a food can be labeled as "trans fat-free" or "containing no trans fat" if it has less than 0.5 grams of trans fats a serving.

This may seem like a minor issue, because the amount ...Read more

Insurer exits from Obamacare turn few choices into none

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NEW YORK -- Later this year, residents of Pinal County, Ariz., who go shopping for health insurance under Obamacare will face a peculiar dilemma -- they'll have to buy a product that may not exist.

The 400,000-population county southeast of Phoenix currently doesn't have a single health insurer offering coverage next year on the Affordable Care...Read more

Safe sleeping space for babies

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Many parents and caregivers are placing babies in unsafe sleeping environments associated with increased risks of death. That's according to a new report released by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

"This study points out what many of us fear. Parents are failing to take the necessary steps to prevent sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS," ...Read more

Catching the signs of concussion

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According to the Brain Injury Association of America, every 13 seconds, someone in the U.S. sustains a traumatic brain injury, which is caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head that disrupts the normal function of the brain. The most common type of TBI is a concussion.

Concussions can happen to anyone, but children and athletes are at a ...Read more

Healthy lean & green smoothie recipe

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Increase energy, lose fat, flatten your stomach, curb cravings and keep the digestive process moving! Fitness expert John Basedow of prepares one of his favorite health shakes, the LEAN & GREEN Smoothie, which is full of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber to help you achieve all of those goals. FMS LEAN & GREEN ...Read more

Planning for successful weight loss

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Dear Mayo Clinic: My mother, age 64, has been on a weight-loss roller coaster for years. She will stick to a strict diet for many months, sometimes losing 50 pounds or more. Then, those eating habits fade, she gains all the weight back and feels terrible about it. Right now, she's quite overweight again and is thinking about starting another big...Read more

Dieting techniques you can learn from Olympic athletes

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Despite our best intentions, when it comes to weight loss and healthy habits, we all have our weak moments -- those times we always slip up, no matter how determined we are.

Yours might be eating at restaurants, snacking at work or overeating when under stress. How can you combat these "uncomfortable" eating situations?

Well, the Summer ...Read more

Why are women losing the battle of the bulge?

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Frances Traphagan has been battling weight issues her whole life.

For years, the south Minneapolis mom struggled to balance work demands and motherhood. After every pregnancy, her weight problem grew. Her habit of eating on the run also tipped the scales in the wrong direction.

Finally, at 240 pounds, the 5-foot-3 Traphagan ...Read more

Administration paints rosy future for Obamacare marketplaces

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WASHINGTON -- Despite dire warnings from Republicans and some large insurers about the stability of the Affordable Care Act exchanges, an Obama administration report released Thursday indicated the individual health insurance market has steadily added healthier and lower-risk consumers.

Medical costs per enrollee in the exchanges in 2015 were ...Read more