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Americans are more likely to report mental health concerns related to the pandemic than other developed countries, survey finds

Health Advice / Health & Fitness /

As the United States works to stop rising coronavirus case numbers, behavioral health professionals warn that mental health will continue to deteriorate as a result of the pandemic.

Between March and May, one-third of Americans reported experiencing stress, anxiety and sadness that was difficult to cope with by themselves, according to a survey...Read more

Nutrition News: Sodium Math

Health Advice / Nutrition News /

So, how much sodium is too much? Depends on how much sodium you've had already. It's the total amount for the day that matters the most -- a combination of salt from the shaker and sodium in processed foods.

The American Heart Association recommends consuming no more than 2,300 milligrams of sodium per day. That's equivalent to a little more ...Read more

Active surveillance is today's approach to some prostate cancer

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am 58 years old and have early stage prostate cancer. My PSA is 6.5. How do you know when "wait and see" is the right approach? If I do need treatment, what are your thoughts about high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU)? Why don't some insurances cover the procedure? -- T.B.

ANSWER: "Wait and see" or "watchful waiting" was a...Read more

Breakthrough in treating PTSD

Monica Seles, Mick Jagger and Ariana Grande all have been diagnosed with PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder). The triggers? Tennis great Seles was stabbed during a match by a crazed fan in 1993; Jagger's long-term partner L'Wren Scott committed suicide; and a suicide bomber at Grande's 2017 concert in Manchester, England, killed 22 people. In ...Read more

Cancer diagnoses plummet during COVID-19, and experts fear that could mean worse disease later

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Diagnoses of six common cancer types dropped in the early months of the coronavirus pandemic, as routine screenings were postponed by health systems and patients avoided going to the doctor for fear of contracting the virus, a new study suggests.

The study, an analysis of Quest Diagnostics data published online in the Journal of the American ...Read more

Eating omega-3-rich fish protects your brain from shrinking

As Lewis Carroll, author of "Alice in Wonderland," once said, "No good fish goes anywhere without a porpoise." And, it turns out, no wise person would porpoisely avoid a fish. According to a new study published in the journal Neurology, which tracked more than 1,300 women with an average age of 70, eating baked or broiled, omega-3-rich fish ...Read more

There's more to a COVID-19 test than positive or negative

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: Considering things I've heard on the news regarding the accuracy of the COVID-19 tests for both the virus and the antibodies, what are the chances of a false positive or false negative? I understand that there are different "brands" of tests, for lack of a better word, and some are better than others. Would it be wise to get ...Read more

What's the difference between quarantine and isolation?

Health Advice / Health & Fitness /

Preventing the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19 is key to slowing the pandemic. People who have symptoms or who have suspected or known exposure to the virus, should practice self-quarantine or self-isolation. But what do the terms mean, and which should you do?

Dr. Clayton T. Cowl, a pulmonologist and chair of Mayo Clinic's Division of...Read more

What to do when anxiety affects your sleep

Health Advice / Health & Fitness /

In these days where there is high anxiety around COVID-19, getting your sleep isn't easy. But a good night's sleep is a key factor in maintaining your health and protecting your immune system.

"Sleep is so important. It can make you happier and healthier," says Jenny Prinsen, a pulmonology nurse practitioner at Mayo Clinic Health System in ...Read more

2020 Election: The health care debate

Health Advice / Health & Fitness /

Health care is high on the minds of Americans as November approaches. According to a Kaiser Family Foundation poll, 23% of registered voters said health care is the most important issue in determining their vote for president. Only the economy ranked higher, at 25%. Tens of millions of people lost their jobs and health insurance because of the ...Read more

Healthier fish choices

Health Advice / Health & Fitness /

We know fish is important for health — high in protein, low in saturated fat, a good source of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids and rich in vitamins, such as vitamins D and B2, and minerals, including iron, iodine, magnesium, and potassium. Research shows that eating fish once or twice a week may reduce risk of several chronic conditions, ...Read more

7 health benefits of tomatoes

Health Advice / Health & Fitness /

You might be surprised to learn that the tomato on your kitchen counter is a low-calorie package chock-full of nutrients. To reap the benefits, you can incorporate tomatoes into your diet in a number of ways, such as fresh, dried or as sauce, salsa or paste.

Try adding fresh tomatoes to omelets and salads, or serve them sliced, drizzled with ...Read more

What parents need to know about a vegan diet

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A vegan diet is made up of only plant-based products — no meat, fish, dairy or eggs (some people also exclude honey). While these diets are still relatively rare, they are becoming more common. Some families or teens choose them for health reasons, and it’s certainly true that plant-based diets are low in saturated fat and can have other ...Read more

Mayo Clinic Q&A: Complications that result in loss of vision after LASIK are rare

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DEAR MAYO CLINIC: What are the risks of LASIK surgery, and will my vision deteriorate again over time, even after surgery?

ANSWER: It is not typical for a person’s vision to regress after LASIK, or laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis, and complications that result in a loss of vision after LASIK are rare. Although the procedure may lead to ...Read more

Maybe Smoke Got in Their Eyes

Health Advice / Scott LaFee /

For more than a decade, tobacco companies have been compelled to sponsor antismoking advertising campaigns. New research suggests the effort hasn't quite caught fire.

Scientists surveyed more than 5,300 people (610 smokers) about their smoking habits and whether they had seen any industry-sponsored antismoking messages. Those who said they ...Read more

Sugary beverages increase your risk for metabolic syndrome

Five years ago, Kate Hudson kicked her sugar addiction. "I realized I was craving it like an addict around 4 p.m. every day ... and it hit me how much sugar we really eat." It's a lot! According to Health and Human Services, 200 years ago, the average American ate 2 pounds of sugar a year. Today, it's almost 152 pounds annually.

However, all ...Read more

Most people with A1C of 7 do have diabetes

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: My recent fasting blood test showed my glucose number as 99, but the A1C said 7%. My doctor immediately wanted to put me on metformin, but I refused for two reasons:

1. I am a senior, 69 years old, and I heard this medicine's side effects could be dangerous;

2. I am not convinced I have Type 2 diabetes, because I don't exhibit ...Read more

Head back to school with 4 Be's for mental health

Health Advice / Health & Fitness /

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused much stress and uncertainty for students, parents, teachers and staff. "For students and the adults who care for them, the desire is so strong to have our lives return to normal, which also involves schooling," says Craig Sawchuk, Ph.D., a Mayo Clinic psychologist. "School is one of the most important places that...Read more

Fight to expand Medicaid in Missouri tightens

Health Advice / Health & Fitness /

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Ignoring pleas from Republican leaders, Missouri voters appeared on track Tuesday to approve a plan to expand Medicaid coverage to more than 230,000 low-income people in the state.

With 74% of the vote tallied, the push to join 37 other states that have already expanded the federally subsidized health insurance program ...Read more

HPV vaccine has reduced need for cervical cancer screening, medical group says

Health Advice / Health & Fitness /

For the first time, an expert medical group has recommended delaying, decreasing and simplifying cervical cancer screening, largely because the HPV vaccine, introduced 14 years ago, is protecting young women from the disease.

Most Americans still don't know that the human papillomavirus, or HPV, causes oral and genital cancers, and too many ...Read more