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Belonging while battling bowel disease

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Dealing with chronic conditions like Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis can be challenging and sometimes embarrassing. Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) can cause diarrhea, stomach pain, weight loss and other symptoms. Also, the intersectionality of LGBTQ+ identity and having a chronic illness like IBD can sometimes make it difficult for ...Read more

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Ask the Pediatrician: Food safety tips for your next outdoor family meal

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When planning a family cookout or packing a picnic to enjoy at the park, pool or beach, keep food safety in mind.

Children under age 5 are at higher risk of getting seriously sick from contaminated food. Food poisoning tends to be more common in the summer. It's when more people cook and enjoy meals outdoors, away from refrigerators, sinks and ...Read more

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Mayo Clinic Minute: Can energy drinks cause heart issues?

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In recent years, there's been a big boost in the beverage industry when it comes to the sale of energy drinks. Classified as dietary supplements, most of these drinks contain stimulating ingredients, in addition to high amounts of caffeine, that aren't regulated by the Food and Drug Administration.

Researchers at Mayo Clinic recently published ...Read more

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How Zac Clark turned his 'Bachelorette' fame into a platform for people in recovery

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When Season 16 of "The Bachelorette" finished airing in December 2020, Zac Clark went back to life before falling for Tayshia Adams on national television: managing substance use and mental health programs and building the nonprofit he cofounded to provide scholarships for treatment.

But now, Clark — who grew up in Haddonfield, New Jersey, �...Read more

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From Dr. Oz to heart valves: A tiny device charted a contentious path through the FDA

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In 2013, the FDA approved an implantable device to treat leaky heart valves. Among its inventors was Mehmet Oz, the former television personality and former U.S. Senate candidate widely known as “Dr. Oz.”

In online videos, Oz has called the process that brought the MitraClip device to market an example of American medicine firing “on all ...Read more

Become a non-meat protein pro

Feel like you get contradictory advice on protein? On one hand, "they" say "Eat more protein as you age to protect your muscle mass." Some evidence shows an older 185-pound adult needs 84 to 101 grams or more of protein a day! And you're told that at any age to make sure you get enough to build and repair muscle and bones and produce the ...Read more

X-Ray Done For Lower Back Pain Results In The Finding Of A Tumor

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DEAR DR. ROACH: My husband is 81 and in good health. He doesn't have any blood in his urine or any other abnormal symptoms. He recently had an X-ray done for lower back pain, and the radiologist observed abnormalities that resulted in a CT scan with contrast (oral and IV). The major finding is as follows: "There is an ill-defined soft tissue ...Read more

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Colorado reports 3 more presumed human cases of bird flu after outbreak at commercial egg facility

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Three poultry workers in northeastern Colorado tested “presumed positive” after state health officials responded to an outbreak of bird flu at a commercial egg-laying facility.

According to a news release from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, the workers were culling poultry from an infected population at a farm in ...Read more

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Sleep expert breaks down why some people need multiple alarms to wake up

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For many people, the snooze alarm is a vital part of the morning. Once, twice or more, it delays the inevitable start to the day. According to sleep experts, however, it may be more accurate to call that button an enemy.

“It’s satisfying in the moment to hit the snooze and delay getting out of bed and starting the day, but it does actually ...Read more

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Nearly half of cancers linked to lifestyle factors, study finds

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About 40% of new cancer cases among U.S. adults — and nearly half of all cancer deaths — are linked to lifestyle risk factors including smoking, obesity and alcohol consumption, according to a new study by American Cancer Society.

The study points to the possibility that the daily choices people make can give them some control over their ...Read more

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On Nutrition: Sugar in wine?

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I recently had the opportunity to sample a new brand of white wine. It was excellent. As good, in fact, as any nice sauvignon blanc I’ve enjoyed.

What caught my attention, however, was the bottle. It touted a nutrition facts label. We don’t often see nutrition labels on alcoholic beverages because alcohol is not regulated by the Food and ...Read more

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Maximize memory function with a nutrient-rich diet

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Research suggests that the ability to maximize memory function may be related to what you eat. Following an eating plan that provides a healthier selection of dietary fats and a variety of plant foods rich in phytonutrients could positively affect your health. Phytonutrients are substances found in certain plants that are believed to be ...Read more

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It's not just hype. AI could revolutionize diagnosis in medicine

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The history of medical diagnosis is a march through painstaking observation. Ancient Egyptian physicians first diagnosed urinary tract infections by observing patterns in patients’ urine. To diagnose diseases of the heart and lungs, medieval doctors added core elements of the physical examination: pulse, palpation and percussion. The 20th ...Read more

Insomnia And Increased Urination Occur After Stopping Alcohol

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I switched to nonalcoholic beer a week ago due to an upcoming fibroscan on my liver later next month. I was diagnosed with a mild fatty liver this past August. I'm experiencing insomnia, plus I get up to urinate five to six times a night. Previously, it was only two to three times a night. Any thoughts or recommendations? -- A....Read more

Tattoo risks

Tattoos are no longer an act of outrageous rebellion. Fully 32% of U.S. adults have one, and that number rises to 40% of folks 18-34 years old. But it turns out all that ink is lighting up more than folks' appearance.

It can trigger an increased risk of heart failure, as well as allergic dermatitis, according to a study in the Journal of the ...Read more

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Do you have COVID? Here's how long the CDC recommends you stay home

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MIAMI — COVID is going around again this summer, with infections rising across Florida and the country.

The good news is that the most common variants circulating in the country — KP.3, KP.2, and LB.1 — cause similar symptoms to previous COVID strains, such as cough, fever and fatigue. And many people can recover at home.

The bad news: ...Read more

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Fine, white hairs on your nose? Could indicate cancer, doctor warns

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A recent social media video highlights an unusual but potentially critical cancer indicator that often goes unnoticed — the sudden growth of fine, white hair on typically hairless areas of the body.

Dr. Scott Walter, a board-certified dermatologist, recently highlighted this issue in a TikTok post. This condition is known as acquired ...Read more

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Lack of affordability tops older Americans' list of health care worries

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What weighs most heavily on older adults’ minds when it comes to health care?

The cost of services and therapies, and their ability to pay.

“It’s on our minds a whole lot because of our age and because everything keeps getting more expensive,” said Connie Colyer, 68, of Pleasureville, Kentucky. She’s a retired forklift operator who ...Read more

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Mayo Clinic Minute: Misconceptions about how diet affects kidney stones

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Kidney stones often have no definite, single cause, although several factors may increase someone's risk. While diet can be one of those factors, there are several misconceptions about what foods and drinks to avoid or consume more of in order to prevent kidney stones. However, in this Mayo Clinic Minute, Dr. Aaron Potretzke, a Mayo Clinic ...Read more

Eliquis Still Being Absorbed Properly Amid Removal Of Stomach

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I take Eliquis. I have no stomach; it was totally removed as a preventative measure due to the risk of stomach cancer. So, I have been trying to find out how much of this expensive drug is actually being absorbed. So far, my cardiologist, my primary care physician, nor my pharmacist can answer this question. I sent an email to ...Read more