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'Do I have to get a flu shot?' Your flu questions answered

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PHILADELPHIA -- The flu is poised for a comeback this year after two seasons in the shadows of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Influenza circulates year-round in the United States but the virus is most active in the winter. Cases usually start climbing in October or November, peaking around January or February, and declining through May. In a regular ...Read more

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This pharmacist is taking a loss to share the monkeypox vaccine. Here's why

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Pucci’s Pharmacy co-owner Clint Hopkins heeded his conscience and the Sacramento County public health team’s call for help with vaccinating people at high-risk of contracting monkeypox.

The county provided Hopkins’ independent drugstore with the vaccines at no charge, and his team started giving shots on July 8.

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Mayo Clinic Q and A: Sinusitis and treatment options

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DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I have had ongoing nasal congestion and mucus for the past several months. I thought it was allergies, but my doctor says I likely have acute sinusitis brought on by allergic rhinitis. I was advised to try nonprescription medications to relieve my symptoms rather than antibiotics. What is the difference between this and a ...Read more

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Professor offers pandemic health advice for Halloween: 'Treat it like the flu'

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TAMPA, Fla. -- In 2020, we created chutes to send candy to trick-or-treaters at a distance. We canceled Halloween house parties. The theme parks put their scare actors behind hedges or up on platforms to frighten guests from a distance. Halloween stores sold loot scoop bags so kids could collect treats from the end of a long stick.

So how do we...Read more

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Mayo Clinic expert offers perspective on experimental Alzheimer's disease drug

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According to drugmakers Eisai and Biogen, a Phase 3 clinical study on a potential new Alzheimer's disease drug shows promise. The study findings show that the drug, lecanemab, reduced clinical decline of people with Alzheimer's disease by 27% compared with a placebo after 18 months of treatment.

"This is very good news for Alzheimer's disease ...Read more

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Texas researchers receive $149 million for large study of Alzheimer's in racial, ethnic groups

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FORT WORTH, Texas — The National Institutes of Health is giving $149 million to researchers at the University of North Texas Health Science Center to pay for researchers to study the biology of Alzheimer’s disease in multiple racial and ethnic groups.

The money will fund the first large-scale study of the biology of Alzheimer’s disease in...Read more

No, it's not just sugary food that's responsible for poor oral health in America's children, especially in Appalachia

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Brushing your teeth is essential for maintaining optimal oral health, but like most aspects of health, the full story is more complicated.

As directors of the Center for Oral Health Research in Appalachia, we know firsthand that inequalities exist when it comes to oral health, including in children. Some people or groups have ...Read more

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Ask the Pediatrician: How should parents childproof their home?

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Q: Our daughter is crawling and exploring, and we are hurrying to childproof our house. What are some areas that we might overlook?

A: As you go through and childproof your home, you'll likely pay special attention to certain areas like the nursery, bathroom and kitchen. But some safety rules and preventive steps apply to every room.

Here are ...Read more

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From BTS to Zoom therapy, why Korean Americans are seeking more mental health help

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LOS ANGELES — For more than 3 million followers on TikTok, Nick Cho is their "Korean Dad."

He walks his followers through a back-to-school shopping trip and wonders if they should buy "anime backpacks." He does a finger heart as he cooks Korean ramen for two in stone pots with slices of cheese.

But lately, he has also been serving as a ...Read more

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9/11 survivors upset latest legislation doesn't include $3B for World Trade Center health program funding gap

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WASHINGTON – By a vote of 400–31, the “Fairness for 9/11 Families Act” was approved by the House on Friday, leaving many survivors and responders wondering why a similar bill is not advancing to shore up their underfunded health program.

As House leaders advanced a nearly $3 billion measure to level up compensation payments to more ...Read more

Trump properties aren't the only ones to see wild valuations – putting a price on real estate isn't straightforward

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On the lower tip of Manhattan there is a prime piece of real estate, the price of which is somewhat up for debate.

To the owners, the Trump Organization, 40 Wall Street is worth an eye-watering US$735 million, or at least it was in 2015. Others disagree, pointing to an appraisal that year by a real estate firm that priced it at $540 ...Read more

Summer swimming season may be over, but you can still get swimmer's ear – and you don't even need to go in the water

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Many forms of ear infections strike children and adults alike, but among the most common is acute otitis externa, also known as swimmer’s ear.

About 10% of Americans will experience swimmer’s ear during their lifetimes. Adults are affected more commonly, and children only rarely, generally ages 5 to 12.

But you don’t ...Read more

Health plan shake-up could disrupt coverage for low-income Californians

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Almost 2 million of California’s poorest and most medically fragile residents may have to switch health insurers as a result of a new strategy by the state to improve care in its Medicaid program.

A first-ever statewide contracting competition to participate in the program, known as Medi-Cal, required commercial managed-care plans to rebid ...Read more

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'People have the ability to heal and to let go. Healers help you with that'

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LOS ANGELES -- The home of the Sacred Circles Center in Whittier, California, is inside a small white structure with blue trim. The building doesn't have a sign in front, but co-founder Jerry Tello says "the people that need to be here, will be here."

The center was created to be a place for people to come together and heal through ...Read more

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Pediatric brain cancer is rare. A doctor explains why some kids are more vulnerable than others.

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The odds that a doctor will diagnose your child with pediatric cancer are slim, and the chances of a brain cancer diagnosis are even smaller.

Each year, roughly 4,000 kids — out of about 73 million in the United States — will be diagnosed with a brain tumor. Of those, roughly half will have one of several types of a malignant, aggressive ...Read more

Hurricane Ian flooded a hospital and forced evacuations from dozens of nursing homes – many health facilities face similar risks from severe storms

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Hurricane Ian, one of the most powerful storms to hit the U.S., tore part of the roof off a hospital in Port Charlotte, Florida, and flooded the building’s lower level emergency room, sending staff scrambling to move patients as water poured in. At least nine hospitals and dozens of nursing homes had to transfer patients after losing access...Read more

Why it's such a big deal that Alla Pugacheva, 'the tsarina of Russian pop,' came out against the war in Ukraine

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Days before Russian President Vladimir Putin announced hasty referendums in the occupied regions of Ukraine and the conscription of Russian men, Russian singer Alla Pugacheva posted a message decrying the war on Instagram, where she commands 3.5 million followers.

As someone who has followed Pugacheva’s artistic career and written ...Read more

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'Shocking' rise in STIs during COVID alarms health workers

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In 2019, Columbus, Ohio, had seven reported cases of congenital syphilis, or cases in which a newborn child was infected during pregnancy. Two years later, that number rose to 20. And now?

“Year to date, we’ve already seen 28 cases,” said Dr. Mysheika Roberts, the city’s health commissioner. One of this year’s cases, she added, ...Read more

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Do COVID-19 vaccines help keep you from going bald?

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The COVID-19 vaccines can help keep you from getting the nasty virus, missing many days of work or school, and ending up in the hospital or the graveyard.

But can they keep you from going bald?

“Rona can lead to hair loss,” warns a social media ad from California’s Vaccinate All 58 campaign depicting a fellow with a pencil-thin moustache...Read more

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Mayo Clinic Minute: Debunking head lice myths

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September is National Head Lice Prevention Month, a time to understand the signs, importance of screenings and available treatments.

Dr. Tina Ardon, a Mayo Clinic family medicine physician, debunks common myths associated with these wingless insects, which affect millions of children each school year.

As kids return to school, they may bring ...Read more