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Bean there? Done that? Probably not

Joe Bean, Colter Bean and Billy Bean were baseball players in 1902, 1980-1990s, and the 2000s. Their careers were a mixed bag from almost-made-it to much-traded and, in the case of Billy Bean, Major League Baseball's first Ambassador for Inclusion.

Beans are a mixed bag, on and off the field. Ranging from adzuki to black, cannellini, cranberry,...Read more

Swallowing study will give definitive answer

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am one of legions of women with osteoporosis and considering a bisphosphonate or similar medication. I am 72, and my osteoporosis is in my hips and spine. I know some women who have taken these drugs and shattered a bone so badly that it could not be mended, because these drugs tend to make bones brittle over time. I also have ...Read more

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You've added your kids to your health plan. What about Mom?

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — When Laura Chavez’s 74-year-old mom needed eye surgery last month, Chavez paid cash for the procedure.

The cost? $15,000 — and that was for just one eye. She couldn’t afford both.

Her mom, Esperanza Chavez, doesn’t qualify for Medicare because of her immigration status. And she can’t find a private health ...Read more

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COVID fears keep many Latino kids out of classrooms

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LOS ANGELES — For the past year, 13-year-old twins Ariel Jr. and Abraham Osorio have logged on to their online classes from their parents’ flower shop. Ariel nestles in a corner among flowers, bows and stuffed animals. Abraham sets up on a small table in the back, where his dad used to work trimming flowers and keeping the books.

It’s not...Read more

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Ask the Pediatrician: How old should my children be before we adopt a pet?

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Q: Should my children be a certain age before we adopt a dog or cat?

A: Having a cat or dog can be emotionally rewarding for children and adults, and owning a dog also can get the family out of the house for fresh air and exercise on daily walks.

The age of your children is one factor to consider when adopting a dog or cat. Generally, because ...Read more

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'I just feel like myself': A nonbinary child in their own words

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It’s 7:30 a.m. on a school day. Two parents are racing to get their three young children dressed, fed, packed for the day, into coats and out the door when 6-year-old Hallel runs downstairs, crying.

Ari, Hallel’s father, is the first to ask “What’s wrong?”

The answer launched a journey these parents never envisioned, described by ...Read more

Here's an often-neglected part of becoming a good dad

When the Pew Research Center asked more than 2,200 childless men ages 18 to 49 about their future dreams, almost half said they hope to have kids at some time. And 57% of men who have children say their kids are extremely important to their sense of self and identity -- almost tied with the 58% of moms who say that they feel the same way.

If ...Read more

The difference between pain relievers, treatment for cholesterol

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I have a question about prescription pain relievers. In the past, after getting stitches, I was given Percocet, which made me nauseated. I tolerated Vicodin after my knee surgery. A friend recently had foot surgery and was prescribed Nucynta. I am not familiar with this medicine. Is it similar to Vicodin and Percocet? Is it more ...Read more

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Psychedelic drugs could help treat mental health problems. But can you get there without the trip?

Health Advice / Health & Fitness /

For years, scientists have been looking into turning so-called “magic mushrooms” as a treatment for depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse and other health problems.

But progress has been slow, in part because the benefits seemed dependent on having potentially dangerous mind-altering psychedelic experiences that often ...Read more

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Consumer health: Bladder cancer awareness

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May is Bladder Cancer Awareness Month, which makes this a good time to learn more about bladder cancer.

Bladder cancer is one of the most common cancers. Nearly 84,000 new cases will be diagnosed in the U.S. in 2021, according to the American Cancer Society. Bladder cancer occurs in men more frequently than in women, and the risk increases with...Read more

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Newsom proposes health care for seniors without legal immigration status, but Democrats want more

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California would allow seniors living in the country illegally to apply for the state's health care program for low-income residents under Gov. Gavin Newsom's revised budget proposal unveiled Friday.

The $859-million expansion of Medi-Cal eligibility to cover adults 60 or older regardless of immigration status comes as the state's coffers have ...Read more

Healthy Eating tips

Health Advice / Nutrition News /

I've given several presentations lately on "food as medicine" -- meaning, eating for health. We all know the statistics. More than 74% of adults in the U.S. are obese or overweight. Another 1.6% are underweight. Both can negatively affect your health.

People who are underweight have a higher risk of malnutrition, decreased immune function and ...Read more

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Commentary: How to change an American medical system that harms Black maternal health

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The current state of Black maternal health in the United States is a grim indication that we as a country have lost our way.

The U.S. ranks last overall among industrialized countries with a maternal death rate of 20.1 per 100,000 pregnancies, and the rate is rising. The crisis for people of color in this country is even more acute. Despite ...Read more

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Consumer health: Stroke awareness

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May is National Stroke Awareness Month, which makes this a good time to learn more about stroke.

Stroke is one of the leading causes of death in the U.S. and a major cause of serious disability for adults. More than 795,000 people in the U.S. have a stroke each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Stroke risk ...Read more

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'I know what they're going through:' Husband's death prompts former teacher to become nurse

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – As Brad McGee battled pancreatic cancer — the same disease that took his mother in 2011 — the nurses that he and his family encountered made an incredible impact.

Especially for his wife, Kara McGee.

“When we went to the oncology office, those nurses were the people we interacted with the most,” McGee said. “Those ...Read more

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Mayo Clinic Q And A: What is extracorporeal membrane oxygenation?

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DEAR MAYO CLINIC: My uncle was diagnosed with COVID-19, and his doctors mentioned the possibility of putting him on ECMO. What does this mean?

ANSWER: A COVID-19 infection can lead to mild symptoms for many people, but for others, it can cause life-threatening lung failure.

In cases like your uncle's, traditional life support measures, such as...Read more

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Why you shouldn't forgo your second COVID-19 vaccine dose

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More than 35% of the U.S. population is fully vaccinated for COVID-19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). And for anyone who receives the Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines, two doses are required to complete the series and be fully vaccinated.

The CDC released a study earlier this year that revealed nearly 5% ...Read more

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Consumer health: Bladder cancer awareness

Health Advice / Health & Fitness /

May is Bladder Cancer Awareness Month, which makes this a good time to learn more about bladder cancer.

Bladder cancer is one of the most common cancers. Nearly 84,000 new cases will be diagnosed in the U.S. in 2021, according to the American Cancer Society. Bladder cancer occurs in men more frequently than in women, and the risk increases with...Read more

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Masks at the campfire: Summer camps for kids with medical needs adapt to COVID

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Olivia Klassen’s face lights up when she talks about summer camp. She loves to do the scavenger hunt with her camp friends. She also loves paddleboarding, swimming in the lake and “kitchen raids.” But what she loves most is being surrounded by kids who, just like her, have Type 1 diabetes — which allows her to focus on having fun instead...Read more

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Quinn on Nutrition: Food games readers play

Health Advice / Nutrition /

In response to a recent column about the food games we play, I got these delightful letters:

Hello Barbara,

I usually scan the newspaper but recently your article ("Food games we play") caught my attention. I'll tell you mine.

This habit started in high school. Whenever cake or a cookie was served at the table, I would cut the cake slice in ...Read more