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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

Staying safe in your tree stand during hunting season

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LA CROSSE, Wis. -- Tree stand injuries are common throughout the hunting season. In fact, a study by the International Hunter Education Association found that one in every three hunters who hunts from a tree stand will fall at some point in their hunting career. Eric Grube, emergency medicine physician at Mayo Clinic Health System -- and avid ...Read more

Government payment for end-of-life counseling draws more support than criticism

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WASHINGTON -- Medicare officials received more support than criticism for a plan to pay health care providers for time spent counseling people about their medical options in case of terminal illness or failing health, an approach that was derided in the past as a path toward so-called death panels.

About 500 comments submitted on a 2016 ...Read more

Ankle sprains: Pain free does not mean normal

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The American College of Sports Medicine says 25,000 people sprain their ankles every day in the United States. Some of those injuries recover over time on their own -- or do they? A recent New York Times article sites studies that confirm what Mayo Clinic experts have known for a while. Ankle sprains are not simple injuries. Without proper ...Read more

Health watchdog gives RXs for interpreting myriad studies

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Readers eat up health news like popcorn for the brain, and that's understandable. Most people want to know what they can do to stay healthier longer. But study findings can be tricky to a point that people don't know what to believe.

Today you may read about a study showing that a particular diet may cause cancer. Tomorrow another study will ...Read more

Sleep apnea has moved past Darth Vader masks

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People with sleep apnea need not suffer anymore. Long gone are the days of only one or two mask options and loud, noisy and bulky CPAP machines. You can find relief if you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea -- or think you may have sleep apnea -- but do not want to be strapped to a mask that reminds you of Darth Vader.

Sleep apnea is a ...Read more

Hillary Clinton joins the growing chorus against Obamacare's 'Cadillac Tax'

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NEW YORK -- While Republican presidential candidates debate the best way to repeal and replace Obamacare, Democrats have a different issue to work out: what to do about the law's excise tax on high-cost employer-based health care plans.

On Tuesday, Hillary Clinton called on Congress to repeal the so-called "Cadillac Tax" soon. "Too many ...Read more