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New code may make 'turning off' cancer cells possible

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Cancer researchers dream of the day they can force tumor cells to morph back to the normal cells they once were. Now, researchers on Mayo Clinic's Florida campus have discovered a way to potentially reprogram cancer cells back to normalcy.

The finding, published in Nature Cell Biology, represents "an unexpected new ...Read more

Rubio: GOP needs 60 votes to repeal Obamacare

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LONDONDERRY, N.H. -- Sen. Marco Rubio sounds rather bearish on repealing Obamacare anytime soon, even if he or another Republican becomes president.

Outlining his economic and foreign policy visions at a town hall meeting in Londonderry, N.H., on Wednesday, the Floridian said upending the 2010 health care overhaul law would take the support of ...Read more

Back to school: Know the warning signs of bullying

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For many children, the start of a new school year can be very stressful, especially if they've been victims of bullying in the past. Mayo Clinic Children's Center psychologist Dr. Bridget Biggs says parents and caregivers should know the warning signs. "If your child is reluctant to go to school, stressed after spending time online or avoids ...Read more

No escaping medical co-payments, even in prison

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WASHINGTON -- Not even going to prison spares patients from medical co-payments.

In response to the rapidly rising cost of providing health care, states are increasingly authorizing the collection of fees from prisoners for medical services they receive while in state prisons or local jails. At least 38 states now do it, according to the ...Read more

'Stand up straight': What healthy posture is and how to maintain it

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ROCHESTER, Minn. -- Modern lifestyle factors, such as texting, reaching for your keyboard or wearing high heels, can create postural stressors that often cause muscle imbalances and injury. Having good posture is essential for good health; however, understanding what good posture is and maintaining it are hard.

"When some people try to work on ...Read more

Left for dead with gunshot wound to brain, Hope saved by a 'miracle'

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FORT WORTH, Tex. -- Doctors had begun preparing Hope DeHart's parents for her death.

On Aug. 6, three days after Hope was left for dead on a north Fort Worth road with a gunshot wound to her head, doctors warned Paige and Mark "Randy" DeHart that there was nothing more they could do for the 18-year-old.

Watching the monitors that showed her ...Read more

Man, 79, one of first to get new device aimed at preventing strokes

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SEATTLE -- A 77-year-old Lake Stevens, Wash., man with a serious history of stroke was at the front of the line this spring when the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finally approved a new device aimed at stopping a common cause of the often-deadly problem.

Edwin Dixon, a retired electrician and husband of 55 years, was the first post...Read more

Why do many kidney patients stay on dialysis rather than getting a transplant?

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Despite widespread acceptance that kidney transplants are the best treatment for patients with end-stage kidney disease, many of these patients do not get transplants and are given long-term dialysis instead.

Looking into the possible reasons why, a study of Georgia's three transplant centers in a recent issue of the Journal of the American ...Read more

Be generous: It's a simple way to stay healthier

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If there's a magic pill for happiness and longevity, we may have found it.

Countless studies have found that generosity, both volunteering and charitable donations, benefits young and old physically and psychologically.

The benefits of giving are significant, according to those studies: lower blood pressure, lower risk of dementia, less ...Read more

Indian university students test anti-anxiety app

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HYDERABAD, India -- At some point during his four years at the Birla Institute of Technology and Science, one of India's most prestigious universities for aspiring engineers, Edwin Anthony got lost.

The Indian electronics student suffered from fatigue, mood swings and bouts of anxiety that kept him from focusing on his studies. Normally quiet ...Read more

Lawsuit against Obama and his health care law has stronger chance of proceeding to next legal level

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WASHINGTON -- An unprecedented House lawsuit against President Barack Obama that was once derided as a certain loser looks stronger now and may soon deliver an early legal round to Republican lawmakers complaining of executive branch overreach.

A federal judge is expected to decide shortly whether to dismiss the suit, but thanks to an amended ...Read more

Abused women who become homeless find more sexual violence on the street

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PITTSBURGH -- Blaire Goode said she can remember dancing across her living room with the father of her 6- and 7-year-old children like it was yesterday.

The night sky was dry, a pleasant departure from Pittsburgh's typically wet springs, and 1980s soul music melted through the low ceilings, throwing the couple back to their teenage days.

"I ...Read more

GOP's plans to replace Obamacare have a problem: House Republicans

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WASHINGTON -- A dilemma facing Republican presidential candidates who want to repeal Obamacare is how to care for people with pre-existing conditions. While polls show that the law isn't popular, Americans also don't want to return to an era where they can be denied coverage due to an illness.

The solution, according to many Republican ...Read more

Study: Easy does it on Vitamin D supplements for obese teens

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ROCHESTER, Minn. -- Dosing obese teens with vitamin D shows no benefits for their heart health or diabetes risk, and could have the unintended consequences of increasing cholesterol and fat-storing triglycerides. These are the latest findings in a series of Mayo Clinic studies in childhood obesity.

Seema Kumar, a pediatric endocrinologist in ...Read more

Another outbreak from tainted scopes suspected at a Southern California hospital

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LOS ANGELES--A Pasadena hospital is investigating a suspected outbreak related to the same type of medical scope tied to superbug infections across the country, the Los Angeles Times has learned.

Huntington Memorial Hospital said Wednesday it has alerted health authorities about a potential link between patients who have the bacteria known as ...Read more

Are e-cigarettes a 'gateway' to teen smoking? A new study investigates

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LOS ANGELES--Even though teenage smoking rates have plunged in recent decades, teen use of electronic cigarettes has been on the rise in the last few years. Now, a new study involving more than 2,500 students at 10 Los Angeles schools has found that teens who began using e-cigarettes were far more likely than their peers to start smoking ...Read more

Walker offers Obamacare alternative as he tries to regain footing in GOP race

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WASHINGTON -- Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker rebuked both Obamacare and the Republicans who have failed to repeal it in a speech Tuesday that was intended to recharge his campaign and attract some of the anti-establishment wave that has helped Donald Trump overshadow him and other rivals.

Walker's proposal to repeal and replace President Barack ...Read more

New imaging helps detect cancer in dense breast tissue

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ROCHESTER, Minn. – For women with dense breast tissue, supplementing standard mammography with a new imaging technique called molecular breast imaging (MBI) can lower the cost of diagnosis of breast cancers, according to a Mayo Clinic study published in the American Journal of Roentgenology (AJR).

Researchers at the Mayo Clinic Center for ...Read more

Lyme disease still stuck in controversy, but research making strides

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Mary Dell Harrington, 59, of Larchmont, N.Y., considers herself lucky. In 2009, she caught Lyme disease from a tick bite but recovered after taking antibiotics.

"I never saw the bite or the (hallmark) Lyme bull's-eye rash," said Harrington. But her doctor recognized her fatigue, nausea and fever as common symptoms.

Not everyone is as fortunate...Read more

Help for back-to-school separation anxiety, fears and stress

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Getting ready for a new school year can be exciting for children, parents and caregivers. It may also be a major cause of anxiety or stress. Whether kids are heading off to elementary school, high school or college, leaving the safety and familiarity of home can prompt feelings of fear.

Mayo Clinic Children's Center psychologist Dr. Stephen ...Read more