Health & Spirit

A popular new treatment for an old case of lice

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CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- The 7-year-old girl bounces in her chair as the technician slides a fine metal comb through her wet hair.

"It's like a spa day," Ayla Marchante said. "I don't even have to go to school!"

Ayla and her twin sister, Alli, aren't at a high-end spa or hair salon. They're at Lice Troopers, a lice clinic in Coral Gables that ...Read more

Expert panel recommends expansion of services with no cost sharing for women

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The list of preventive services that women can receive without paying anything out of pocket under the health law could grow if proposed recommendations by a group of mostly medical providers are adopted by federal officials later this year.

The draft recommendations, which were open for public comment until Friday, update the eight recommended...Read more

Abdominal hernias do not go away on their own

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Dear Mayo Clinic: Six months ago I was diagnosed with a groin hernia. At the time, my doctor said that eventually I'll need surgery, but it doesn't bother me, so I have not been back. Is surgery always necessary, or do some hernias go away on their own? Is it dangerous to ignore it?

A: Abdominal hernias are common and not necessarily dangerous....Read more

Home remedies: What to do about bad breath

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There are many causes of bad breath, also called halitosis.

Your mouth may be the source. The breakdown of food particles and other debris by bacteria in and around your teeth can cause a foul odor. If your mouth becomes dry, such as during sleep or after smoking, dead cells can accumulate and decompose on your tongue, gums and cheeks, causing ...Read more

In Arizona, health law's gains and losses play in presidential race

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TEMPE, Ariz. -- Just weeks before the presidential election, Josephine has spent nearly every morning worrying as she drives to her breast cancer treatments, waits for her doctor and comes back home.

At 61, Josephine, who asked that her last name not be used because she has been under the protection of a restraining order, has much riding on ...Read more

Ditch the spoon or risk giving your kids the wrong amount of medicine

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Doctors are urging parents to ditch the spoon in favor of an oral syringe to measure medicine for young children, arguing that using spoons often leads to giving too little -- or worse yet -- too much of a good thing.

They say the best tool for accuracy is an oral syringe or dropper. Even dosing cups that come with many over-the-counter ...Read more

The numbers behind Trump versus Clinton health-reform proposals

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NEW YORK -- If Democrats keep the White House come November, millions of Americans could gain health-care coverage. If Republicans take it back, millions could become uninsured. A new study ran the numbers under the proposals of both U.S. presidential candidates.

Donald Trump's pledge to repeal the Affordable Care Act, President Barack Obama's ...Read more

Women's wellness: perimenopause symptoms

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Perimenopause symptoms occur as women's bodies transition.

Cooler temperatures are on the way. Yet, your body's thermostat is set on high. What's the deal? For many middle-age women, menopause symptoms, such as hot flushes and sleep deprivation, can range from slightly irritating to downright debilitating.

According to the National Institute ...Read more

Can't sit still while reading this? Keep fidgeting. Research says it's good for your health

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Finally, science comes to the rescue of those of us who have been told all our lives to "sit still."

Turns out fidgeting can be good for your health.

A study from researchers at the University of Missouri found that mild toe-tapping while seated can dramatically cut your risk of cardiovascular disease.

That's big news for a society that seems...Read more

Treating plantar fasciitis with ultrasonic energy

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Dear Mayo Clinic: Is it true that plantar fasciitis sometimes can be treated with ultrasonic energy? How does that work?

A: Yes. The treatment you are referring to is called percutaneous ultrasonic fasciotomy, which uses ultrasound technology to treat plantar fasciitis and other soft tissue problems. The treatment is showing promising results ...Read more

Chill out, ladies. Stress can erase the benefits of your healthful diet

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Life sometimes foils the best of our intentions.

New research on women, stress and diet amply illustrates that sad fact. It shows that even when women greeted a new day with a "better-for-you" fast-food breakfast, that meal's expected health-promoting qualities were washed away by the carry-over effects of yesterday's stresses.

For women who ...Read more

Don't give children codeine for a cough

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There are health risks for children who are given codeine for coughs or pain.

"Last year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) convened an advisory panel to consider the use of codeine specifically for suppression of cough and found little evidence of benefit," says Dr. Randall Flick, director of Mayo Clinic Children's Center. The ...Read more

Prostatitis: What is it and what can you do about it?

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Dear Mayo Clinic: What causes prostatitis, and how is it diagnosed? Is it treatable?

A: Prostatitis -- a general term that encompasses a group of conditions characterized by swelling or inflammation of the prostate gland -- generally isn't life threatening. Although it's less well-known than other prostate health concerns, such as prostate ...Read more

Pence is in excellent health, his doctor says

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Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence appears to be in good health.

A letter released by Pence's doctor Saturday notes that the 57-year-old governor of Indiana is in "excellent general and cardiovascular health" and "medically able to maintain (his) high level of professional work."

"You live a healthy lifestyle and maintain an ...Read more

Home remedies: taking care of airplane ear

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It's worse for some more than others -- that annoying and sometimes painful blockage in your ears when taking off or landing in an airplane.

The medical name for airplane ear is ear barotrauma or barotitis media. It's when air pressure in your middle ear and air pressure in the environment are out of balance. Signs and symptoms may include pain...Read more

Farm safety reminders and tips during harvest season

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In anticipation of the upcoming harvest season, it's important for those in farming communities to be well-prepared and safe. Long hours, powerful machinery and isolated jobs all make the risk of farm-related injuries, which can often be fatal, quite high. However, remembering a few dependable safety practices and picking up a new tip or two can...Read more

Trump calls for expanded Medicaid, birth control without doctor

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NEW YORK -- Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said that as president he would use Medicaid to cover poor people who can't afford private health insurance, and make birth control available without a prescription.

The comments appeared to differ both with what some Republicans have proposed in the past, and -- in the case of Medicaid -...Read more

Women's wellness: early diagnosis for ovarian cancer

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 20,000 women in the U.S. are diagnosed with ovarian cancer each year. September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness month and physicians want to raise awareness in the hopes of helping spur earlier diagnoses.

There are several types of ovarian cancer, which can include cancer of the...Read more

Studies: Employer costs slow as consumers use less care, deductibles soar

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Employer health insurance expenses continued to rise by relatively low amounts this year, aided by moderate increases in total medical spending but also by workers taking a greater share of the costs, new research shows.

Average premiums for employer-sponsored family coverage rose 3.4 percent for 2016, down from annual increases of nearly twice...Read more

For prostate cancer, monitoring is an option, but higher metastasis rate is a risk

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Among otherwise healthy younger men with an early diagnosis of prostate cancer, foregoing aggressive treatment in favor of active monitoring spares patients an abrupt disruption of sexual and urinary function, new research shows.

But a long-awaited clinical trial has found that for men who watch and wait instead of treating their prostate ...Read more