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Consumer Health: Osteoporosis and exercise

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May is National Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month, which makes this a good time to learn more about this bone disease. Osteoporosis affects approximately 10 million people in the U.S., 80% of whom are women, according to the Office on Women's Health.

Osteoporosis causes bones to become weak and brittle — so brittle that a fall or ...Read more

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Clashing abortion laws in northwest US show chaos of post-Roe care

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The stark divides and murky legalities of how U.S. states handle abortion rights may be most intense at the northwest corner of the country.

Less than two months before a leaked Supreme Court document signaled the imminent demise of Roe v. Wade, the governors of Washington and Idaho signed diametrically opposite abortion bills. Washington ...Read more

Exercise your right to smile

"You're only one workout away from a good mood." That may sound like a T-shirt slogan, but a new study confirms what we have long suspected: Regular physical activity is a great way to reduce the risk of depression and to improve your mood if you are feeling down. A study in JAMA Psychiatry looked at 15 studies with more than 190,000 ...Read more

Choosing the best blood pressure drug depends on the patient

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

Dear Dr. Roach: I'm trying to find the best high blood pressure drug with the least side effects for a Hispanic male, 77 years old, with swollen ankles at the end of the day and readings of 160/76 with a pulse of 64.

Of all the drugs in the market for treating high blood pressure, which one is the best with the least side effects? Some ...Read more

Diabetes Quick Fix: Oven-Fried Chicken with Creamed Corn and Lima Beans

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Fried chicken outstrips all other fast-food sales combined. I decided to bake this chicken in the oven and give it a crunchy crust without frying it. Placing the baking tray in the oven to preheat will cook the bottom side of the chicken without having to turn it.

Helpful Hints:

— You can substitute breadcrumbs for cracker crumbs.

— You ...Read more

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Mayo Clinic Minute: How lifestyle changes may help manage menopause symptoms

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The average healthy woman begins menopause at 51, though some women will begin in their 40s or in their late 50s. It's a natural biological process that marks the time a woman ends her menstrual cycle.

During National Women's Health Week, health care professionals at Mayo Clinic want to remind all women that mood swings, hot flashes and ...Read more

Ask the Pediatrician: How can parents help teens on autism spectrum transition to adulthood?

Health Advice / Health & Fitness /

Q: My teenage son has autism and I want to help him navigate the transition to being an adult, including adult health care. How can I do this?

A: We all go through transitions in life. Some of these transitions just happen without any fanfare, like when your infant became an active toddler. Others go more smoothly when we prepare and plan.

If ...Read more

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Ripple effects of abortion restrictions confuse care for miscarriages

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As the Supreme Court appears poised to return abortion regulation to the states, recent experience in Texas illustrates that medical care for miscarriages and dangerous ectopic pregnancies would also be threatened if restrictions become more widespread.

One Texas law passed last year lists several medications as abortion-inducing drugs and ...Read more

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Should you worry about data from your period-tracking app being used against you?

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It’s estimated that millions of people in the U.S. use period-tracking apps to plan ahead, track when they are ovulating, and monitor other health effects. The apps can help signal when a period is late.

After Politico published on May 2 a draft opinion from the Supreme Court indicating that Roe v. Wade, the law that guarantees the ...Read more

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Consumer Health: Understanding skin cancer and how to prevent it

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May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, which makes this and good time to learn about the three main types of skin cancer and what you can do to keep yourself healthy.

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer, according to the American Cancer Society. And most skin cancers are preventable.

The three main types of skin cancer are:

•Basal ...Read more

The week's roundup: bone scam, bariatric surgery, medical debts

In the late 1990s, National Geographic fell for a big bone scam. A fossil they declared was a missing link between dinosaurs and birds turned out to be a glued-together combo of bone bits from various species. The use of QCT (quantitative computed tomography) for bone scans, instead of dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) screening technology,...Read more

Dissociative identity disorder often misrepresented in media

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

Dear Dr. Roach: What is dissociative identity disorder? There are a lot of movies and TV shows about it. -- Anon.

Answer: Most people will be more familiar with dissociative identity disorder's former name: multiple personality disorder. DID is a complex psychiatric disorder that has been frequently mischaracterized in the media. The hallmarks ...Read more

Mediterranean Diet Pattern for Health

Health Advice / Nutrition News /

If you're looking for a healthy way to eat, look no further than the Mediterranean Diet. It's healthy, environmentally friendly, flexible and perhaps the most healthful way to eat.

May just happens to be International Mediterranean Diet Month, a great time to investigate the health benefits of the Mediterranean way of eating. It's the ...Read more

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Mayo Clinic Minute: Can uterine fibroids affect pregnancy?

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A uterine fibroid is a benign or noncancerous growth of the muscle portion of the uterus. While common, they may cause pain and excessive bleeding, and concerns about fertility and pregnancy for some.

Dr. Michelle Louie, a Mayo Clinic gynecologic surgeon and fibroid specialist, says it is important to know your treatment options and work with a...Read more

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Check moles during Skin Cancer Awareness Month

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MANKATO, Minn. — Learning your ABCs can alert you to changes in moles that could signal melanoma — the most serious type of skin cancer.

For Skin Cancer Awareness Month in May, Mayo Clinic Health System is reminding people that while most moles are harmless and rarely become cancerous, monitoring them is still an important step in detecting...Read more

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Mayo Clinic Q and A: Springtime allergies

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DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I love the changing seasons and am looking forward to the warmer days of spring. Unfortunately, I am often miserable because of seasonal allergies. What can I do to keep the box of tissues at bay and enjoy the springtime weather?

ANSWER: As we flip the calendars to April and May, spring is in the air. Warmer springtime ...Read more

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On Nutrition: Old and new diet trends

Health Advice / Nutrition /

This is how old I am: A few decades ago, I sat in on a nutrition debate between Dr. Dean Ornish and Dr. Robert Atkins, well-known cardiologists with polar opposite views on the best diet to lose weight and prevent heart disease. Each of the heart doctors was passionate about his diet plan, though the diets were/are in hard contrast to each ...Read more

Severe reaction to sulfa drug made his life miserable

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 78-year-old male in fairly good health. I recently was prescribed Bactrim (a sulfa drug) for an ear infection but didn't know I am allergic to sulfa. I had a severe reaction to the drug: a raging, very itchy rash on most of my body. It made my life miserable. I was given prednisone, which did not help a great deal. I was ...Read more

Five steps to living longer without Alzheimer's

Former "60 Minutes" host Andy Rooney once said, "It's paradoxical that the idea of living a long life appeals to everyone, but the idea of getting old doesn't appeal to anyone." Well, a new study may make you feel that getting old is a great reward for a long, healthy life.

The research, published in The BMJ, reveals that if you stick with a ...Read more

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Mayo Clinic Q and A: Springtime allergies

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DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I love the changing seasons and am looking forward to the warmer days of spring. Unfortunately, I am often miserable because of seasonal allergies. What can I do to keep the box of tissues at bay and enjoy the springtime weather?

ANSWER: As we flip the calendars to April and May, spring is in the air. Warmer springtime ...Read more