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Strong Bones

Health Advice / Nutrition News /

No matter what age, we need strong bones. And building strong bones starts early in life. We continue to build bone until the age of 30, and then we strive to maintain that strong foundation. That's why calcium -- and other nutrients -- are so important to kids and teens.

Calcium is a key component to healthy bones, but it can't act alone. It ...Read more

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At a senior complex, a COVID vaccine clinic imbues sense of relief amid discussions of racial gap

Health Advice / Health & Fitness /

BALTIMORE – In the 1960s and ’70s, they called him “Dancing Harry.”

A fixture at Baltimore Bullets and then New York Knicks basketball games, Edward Marvin Cooper was a fan well-known for his moves, his costumes and the hexes he cast on whatever opponents dared set foot in the Baltimore Civic Center or Madison Square Garden.

Cooper, 77...Read more

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Quinn on Nutrition: National Nutrition Month quiz

Health Advice / Nutrition /

For many reasons, I’m always glad when I can bid February goodbye and welcome the march toward spring. March is also National Nutrition Month️ when the experts at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics walk us toward a diet that can help put spring in our steps.

This year’s theme is “Personalize Your Plate.” I like that. It means that...Read more

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Report: Racial, ethnic disparities continue for Alzheimer's patients and their caregivers

Health Advice / Health & Fitness /

ATLANTA – When Keondra Williams went to her first support group meeting for Alzheimer's caregivers in Cobb County, she felt more alone than ever.

All the caregivers in the meeting where older white women. Williams, who was in her early 40s at the time, was Black and a mother of one then-teen and two adult children.

"I didn't feel that my ...Read more

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Is it safe to take aspirin during pregnancy?

Health Advice / Health & Fitness /

Generally, aspirin isn't recommended during pregnancy unless you have certain medical conditions.

This article is written by Mayo Clinic Staff.

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Use of low-dose aspirin — 60 to 100 milligrams (mg) daily — hasn't been found to be harmful during pregnancy and is sometimes recommended for pregnant ...Read more

Elevated ANA sparks search for associated conditions

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 58-year-old healthy female. I am 6 feet tall, and weigh 130 pounds. My last blood pressure reading was 100/58. I have Raynaud's phenomenon. I exercise every day (walk, bike, snowshoe).

All of my medical laboratory results are within the normal range with the exception of my antinuclear antibody. In 2012, it was at 1:640 ...Read more

Teach -- and feed -- your children well

When Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young sang "Teach Your Children Well" in 1969, they were imploring parents to raise children with "a code to live by." More than 50 years later, we still need to be reminded of how important that is -- especially when it comes to kids' nutritional code of conduct.

Two new studies reveal that the food choices kids ...Read more

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10 ways to control high blood pressure without medication

Health Advice / Health & Fitness /

By making these 10 lifestyle changes, you can lower your blood pressure and reduce your risk of heart disease.

This article is written by Mayo Clinic Staff.

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If you've been diagnosed with high blood pressure, you might be worried about taking medication to bring your numbers down.

Lifestyle plays an ...Read more

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College tuition sparked a mental health crisis. Then the hefty hospital bill arrived

Health Advice / Health & Fitness /

Despite a lifelong struggle with panic attacks, Divya Singh made a brave move across the world last fall from her home in Mumbai, India. She enrolled at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, to study physics and explore an interest in standup comedy in Manhattan.

Arriving in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and isolated in her dorm room,...Read more

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Mayo Clinic Minute: What you should know about colorectal cancer

Health Advice / Health & Fitness /

Cancer of the rectum and colon often are referred together as colorectal cancer, but treatments can be different.

Dr. David Etzioni, a Mayo Clinic colorectal surgeon, reminds people that early diagnosis and treatment are crucial to ensure better outcomes, and that it all starts with scheduling a screening.

"Colorectal cancer is a type of ...Read more

The hidden risks of adult peanut allergies

Charles Schulz launched the "Peanuts" cartoon on October 2, 1950, in seven newspapers. Eventually it appeared daily in 2,600 papers in 75 countries. The funny and often poignant responses of Charlie Brown and the other Peanuts characters resonated with adults, not just kids.

According to a Northwestern University survey published in the Journal...Read more

Immunity after COVID does not appear to be long-lasting

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: In your recent column about the COVID-19 vaccine, you review the Pfizer vaccine results along with your suggested approach. You say: "People with a history of COVID-19 infection benefitted from the vaccine just as much as those without, suggesting no natural immunity was present." I'm curious what specific results from the study ...Read more

Make a Clean Getaway

Health Advice / Scott LaFee /

The Food and Drug Administration is advising consumers to avoid hand sanitizers from Mexico, which may contain a toxic form of alcohol. Some of these products use methanol or wood alcohol, which can be toxic when absorbed through the skin.

Methanol-contaminated hand sanitizers have been implicated in blindness, cardiac and central nervous ...Read more

When will U.S. public schools re-open? A sobering forecast from The Kiplinger Letter

Health Advice / Health & Fitness /

On the whole, K-12 public schools won’t be back to normal this school year. The reopening status of schools varies greatly and the data are hard to track. According to Burbio, a local data service firm, most students in Wyoming, Montana and Florida attend schools that offer daily in-person learning. In stark contrast, many counties in ...Read more

Ask the EN Experts: Kimchi

Health Advice / Health & Fitness /

Many of us are still up to our eyeballs in winter. Frigid temperatures. Snow. Ice. Sleet. Gray skies. Sigh. It may be time for a little dietary pick-me-up. Maybe it’s time to give kimchi a try.

For those who are unfamiliar, kimchi is a spicy and tangy pickled vegetable dish. Kimchi hails from Korea and consists of salted and fermented ...Read more

9 essential pantry staples to transition you from winter to spring

Health Advice / Health & Fitness /

As the weather warms up and fresh produce starts to appear in the stores, you know it’s time for spring. While spring cleaning is usually reserved for one’s closets or cluttered areas, we think you should also take a hard look at your pantry. Start updating your grocery shopping habits to match the season by stocking up on these nine pantry ...Read more

Can a daily pill lighten heavy menstrual bleeding caused by fibroids?

Health Advice / Health & Fitness /

Fibroids are generally benign (not cancerous) tumors that form within the tissues of the uterus. They are very common in reproductive-age women: Studies report that up to 70% of white women and 80% of Black women may develop fibroids by age 50. And research suggests Black women are more likely to experience severe or very severe symptoms related...Read more

Mayo Clinic Q&A: How to reverse prediabetes

Health Advice / Health & Fitness /

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I’m a 36-year-old man recently diagnosed with prediabetes. Is there a way to reverse this, or am I destined to eventually get diabetes? My health care provider says I’ve likely been in the prediabetes stage for a year or more.

ANSWER: There are steps you can take to slow the progression of prediabetes to Type 2 diabetes. ...Read more

More on the amazing benefits of drinking coffee -- and green tea

In the late 1960s, American Airlines public relations specialist Donald Bain ghostwrote a supposed expose on the wild times of three stewardesses titled "Coffee, Tea or Me?" The book's publisher hired two stewardesses as the "authors" for book tours and television appearances -- even though their escapades were pure fiction. That would never fly...Read more

Crohn's disease caused narrowing of colon but no symptoms

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 77-year-old man in good health. I was diagnosed with Crohn's disease about 15 years ago, but had no symptoms. Recently I had a colonoscopy after blood was found in my stool. A biopsy confirmed Crohn's disease, and a follow-up CT scan showed a stricture in the terminal ileum. My doctor prescribed Humira, but I am concerned ...Read more