January is Cervical Health Awareness Month, which makes this a good time to learn about Pap smears.
A Pap smear, also called a Pap test, is a routine screening test for early diagnosis of cervical cancer. A Pap smear also...Read more
More and more of us are becoming political junkies looking for our next dopamine hit.
Dopamine, that pleasure reward in our brain, is offered as encouragement for most people when we do good things and is the reason our ...Read more
Keeping to a New Year's resolution is so difficult for some that there's even a day on the calendar for those unsuccessful to abandon their plans: Jan. 17, which is known as "Ditch New Year's Resolution Day." But before ...Read more
Dhaval Bhatt had been warned about hospital emergency rooms.
“People always told me to avoid the ER in America unless you are really dying,” said Bhatt, an immigrant from India who got a Ph.D. in pharmacology in the U...Read more
Health care spending in the United States far exceeds that of other Western nations and results in far-worse outcomes than in countries with single-payer systems.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services reports ...Read more
DEAR MAYO CLINIC: My sister tested positive for COVID-19 with an at-home test and has not been to her doctor because her symptoms are mild — just some congestion and a slight cough. Although the new omicron variant of ...Read more
I try and mostly I fail to cast a large enough net over the God Squad. Sadly, I fear that one could read the God Squad every week and come to the mistaken belief that the world of religious folks is populated mainly by ...Read more
"Sugar Rush" was a toothachingly sweet baking show. "Sugar High" is a spinoff that features confectioners who use blowtorches to create spun-sugar sculptures. And Sugar Alarm, well, that's my take on how dangerous it is to...Read more
Dear Amy: I have noticed in many responses about COVID-19, you and many others have said things like, "When this is over, we can get together” or, “When we reach the end of the virus, life will return to normal.”
DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 24-year-old woman. My mother had ductal carcinoma in situ in her mid-40s, successfully treated with surgery and radiation. One of my paternal aunts survived a malignant breast cancer. Am I considered...Read more
DEAR ABBY: My 38-year-old son is in jail for meth. He's been an addict for many years. I tried several times to help him, but he always relapsed. He has been in rehab. His mother and I divorced when he was 7. He was a ...Read more
From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham
Q: The old saying “live and let live” sounds irresponsible. My friends say that I take life too serious and I’m missing out on all that the world has to ...Read more
WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration is working to finalize a rule that would make it easier for many adults to get hearing aids, a policy change five years in the making that is sparking intense lobbying.
The ...Read more
You may have heard the adage, “Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper.” But the truth is most of us snack in the evening, sometimes even after a large dinner. According to the ...Read more
DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I am 56 and have noticed a few things are changing as I get older. I know as I age there will be more changes in my body and mind, but can you provide insights on what are some common things that I can ...Read more
You may associate cranberries with the holidays, but there are good reasons to consume them year-round, either frozen, dried or in juice form. Here are six cranberry benefits, including research about how these gems may ...Read more
If you’ve learned that your newborn or young child has sickle cell disease, you — and other family members and friends — may have many questions.
These days, most cases of sickle cell disease in the U.S. are ...Read more
By now, you should know that N95 and KN95 masks are better than surgical masks for protection from viral spread, and surgical masks are better than cloth masks. But which masks are best for understanding folks when they ...Read more
Last week, Dr. Raul Pino, Orange County’s top public health official, was placed on administrative leave by Gov. Ron DeSantis’ office.
In the middle of a pandemic. Just a few weeks after Orange County hit its all-time...Read more
January is Thyroid Awareness Month, which makes this a good time to learn about thyroid cancer risk factors.
Thyroid cancer occurs in the cells of the thyroid, which is a butterfly-shaped gland at the base of your neck. ...Read more