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Gov. Kelly vetoes Kansas ban on gender transition surgery, hormone therapy for trans youth

Health Advice / Health & Fitness /

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly on Friday vetoed a bill that would ban transgender minors from receiving gender transition surgeries and hormone therapy, setting up another veto override fight over efforts to regulate the lives of trans residents.

Kelly, a Democrat, described the legislation passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature as divisive, ...Read more

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Nearly 1 in 4 adults dumped from Medicaid are now uninsured, survey finds

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Nearly a quarter of adults disenrolled from Medicaid in the past year say they are now uninsured, according to a survey released Friday that details how tens of millions of Americans struggled to retain coverage in the government insurance program for low-income people after pandemic-era protections began expiring last spring.

The first ...Read more

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After uphill battle, company is poised for takeover of bankrupt California hospital

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MODESTO, Calif. — When American Advanced Management made a bid for the bankrupt Madera Community Hospital last year, many local officials and others involved in trying to reopen the facility didn’t take the company seriously.

The 11-year-old firm, based in Modesto, was already running a handful of small, rural hospitals, but Madera had far ...Read more

Nitazenes found in 5 overdose deaths in Philly – here’s what they are and why they’re so deadly

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The Philadelphia Medical Examiner’s Office found that nitazenes, a synthetic opioid up to 40 times more powerful than fentanyl, were connected to at least five overdose deaths in Philadelphia in the past two years.

The nitazene deaths are just a small part of a much bigger problem. A record 1,413 people died from overdoses on ...Read more

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On Nutrition: Explore the National Agricultural Library

Health Advice / Nutrition /

As I waited with my cup of tea for a webinar to begin, I jotted down what I knew about our National Agricultural Library. It belongs to Americans. It is related to the science of agriculture. And it’s a storehouse of valuable information.

I had no idea what that all entails. The USDA National Agricultural Library is one of five national ...Read more

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After losing Medicaid, parents of Florida's sickest kids are in limbo

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ORLANDO, Fla. -- Osceola resident Oscar Hernandez is scrambling to ensure his 16-year-old terminally ill son, Llarell, will continue to receive medical care.

Llarell is paralyzed and relies on three life support machines and specialized nursing care for 16 hours per day. Hernandez thought his son would receive Medicaid coverage for the rest of ...Read more

Use Reliable Literature Sources For Information About Vitamins

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: Would you recommend the most reliable literature source(s) for vitamin and supplement information and interactions? For instance, health magazines give these examples of supplement information:

-- Take magnesium with vitamin D3 for best absorption.

-- Do not take magnesium with zinc or iron supplements. Take it hours apart to...Read more

Preventing and controlling autoimmune disease

There are more than 100 autoimmune diseases affecting 50 million Americans and, in general, there are no cures. That, says the Cleveland Clinic, is because we're not sure why your immune system turns on you and attacks healthy cells and tissue, as if they were outside invaders determined to cause sickness. The most common autoimmune conditions ...Read more

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Illinois unionized healthcare workers say staffing shortages compromise safety

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Health care workers and advocates held a rally inside the Illinois State Capitol on Thursday to promote legislation aimed at enhancing the safety of hospital employees amid staffing shortages at some medical facilities.

“This is something that impacts the workers but then think about your loved ones when they are the ...Read more

Domestic violence survivors seek homeless services from a system that often leaves them homeless

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About 1 in every 3 women, and 1 in 4 men, will experience domestic violence over their lifetime. Since domestic violence can escalate to the point of serious injury or murder, survivors must take action to increase their safety – potentially even fleeing their homes.

Of the total homicides that occurred in the U.S. in 2020, 34% of ...Read more

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Mayo Clinic study finds active workstations may improve cognitive performance

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ROCHESTER, Minn. — A recent Mayo Clinic study suggests that active workstations incorporating a walking pad, bike, stepper and/or standing desk are successful strategies for reducing sedentary time and improving mental cognition at work without reducing job performance. Extended sedentary behavior, whether at work or home, increases a person's...Read more

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The horrors of TMJ: Chronic pain, metal jaws and futile treatments

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A TMJ patient in Maine had six surgeries to replace part or all of the joints of her jaw.

Another woman in California, desperate for relief, used a screwdriver to lengthen her jawbone daily, turning screws that protruded from her neck.

A third in New York had bone from her rib and fat from her belly grafted into her jaw joint, and twice a ...Read more

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Having surgery? Here's what patients can ask surgeons to help prevent a particularly harmful error

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When a surgeon accidentally leaves a surgical tool inside a patient’s body after a procedure, the harm can be severe. The patient can suffer from life-threatening infections, organ damage, and an additional surgery to remove the object.

This type of medical error is extremely rare. But it does happen:

An Inquirer investigation identified 203...Read more

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Attacks on emergency room workers prompt debate over tougher penalties

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Patients hurl verbal abuse at Michelle Ravera every day in the emergency room. Physical violence is less common, she said, but has become a growing threat.

Ravera, an ER nurse at Sutter Medical Center in Sacramento, recalled an incident in which an agitated patient wanted to leave. “Without any warning he just reached up, grabbed my glasses, ...Read more

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Mayo Clinic Minute: Advances in treating kidney cancer

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Kidney cancer is one the most common cancers in the U.S., with over 81,000 new diagnoses in 2023 alone. Mayo Clinic sees a high volume of kidney cancer cases and is among the most experienced institutions in treating kidney tumors.

In this Mayo Clinic Minute, Dr. Aaron Potretzke, a Mayo Clinic urologist, explains how advances in diagnostics and...Read more

Ibuprofen Needs To Be Used In Caution After Hernia Operation

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: My second inguinal hernia operation resulted in pain and a lot of blood in my groin area. I can understand why I was prescribed acetaminophen, but I am confused about ibuprofen. It's a blood thinner, and I am not sure if my blood needed thinning, since there was plenty of blood in the groin and surrounding area. -- M.I.

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Almond joy

While a serving of Almond Joy candy bar delivers 9 grams of saturated fat, 21 grams of sugar and 220 calories -- not a happy outcome -- there's non-stop joy for folks who have obesity if they consume a bit less than 2 ounces a day of plain, raw, unsalted almonds for 12 weeks. That's the conclusion of researchers who pooled data from 37 studies ...Read more

PFAS ‘forever chemicals’: Why EPA set federal drinking water limits for these health-harming contaminants

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The more scientists learn about the health risks of PFAS, found in everything from nonstick cookware to carpets to ski wax, the more concerning these “forever chemicals” become.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency now believes there is no safe level for two common PFAS – PFOA and PFOS – in drinking water, and it ...Read more

Environmental Nutrition: There’s something about sauerkraut

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“Sauerkraut” is simply the German word for sour cabbage.

The folklore

Although sauerkraut is considered to be a national dish of Germany, and has been a staple of the German diet since the 1600s, it didn’t originate in Germany. It is believed to have originated in China and was then brought to Europe. Originally, sauerkraut was fermented...Read more

Eating Well: 7 vegetables you can eat from root to stem

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The average American household wastes nearly $2,000 worth of food a year. Fighting food waste sounds smart, right? What it doesn’t sound: delicious. That’s where this use-the-whole-veg, root-to-leaf cooking approach comes in. Here are some delicious ways to make the most of your vegetable bounty. 100% outrageously good food. Zero waste.

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