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What is a ketamine therapy session like? A Philly-based therapist explains her process

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PHILADELPHIA — Jess Jones, a licensed clinical social worker, treats a number of patients with ketamine-assisted therapy — where clients take ketamine, prescribed by a psychiatrist, in a series of sessions to treat severe depression or other serious mental health issues.

Interest in psychedelic-assisted therapies such as these is growing in...Read more

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Could these antiviral pills treat long COVID?

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Could Paxlovid solve one of the pandemic’s biggest puzzles? A new study at Stanford University aims to find out.

In the nation’s first medical trial of an antiviral strategy to treat long COVID, scientists are testing the drug to see if it helps ease the misery of fatigue, brain fog, shortness of breath, body aches, ...Read more

Vitamin B12 deficiency is a common health problem that can have serious consequences – but doctors often overlook it

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For several months during the summer of 2022, my dog Scout vomited at 3 a.m. nearly every day. If you have a dog, you know the sound. And each time, she gobbled up her mess before I could get to it, making diagnosis of the cause difficult.

The vet and I eventually settled on my hydrangeas as the source of the problem – but keeping ...Read more

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As STDs proliferate, companies rush to market at-home test kits. But are they reliable?

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Among the more remarkable legacies of the COVID-19 pandemic is how quickly federal regulators, the health care industry and consumers moved to make at-home testing a reliable tool for managing a public health crisis.

But that fast-track focus is missing from another, less publicized epidemic: an explosion in sexually transmitted diseases that ...Read more

Do you eat to impress?

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What we eat as well as how much we eat are determined by a multitude of factors that go well beyond physical sustenance, such as culture, religion, income level, family, cooking skills and accessibility, to name a few. Social forces also play a significant role, especially when it comes to making healthier food choices.

Studies show that our co...Read more

5 germy office habits that can make you sick

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Food-related germs cause an unbelievable 48 million cases of illness (aka food poisoning) each year in the U.S., including 128,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 deaths. The good news is, it’s largely preventable. If you do most of your eating at the office, that’s where you’re most at risk. Here are some of the most common mistakes that lead ...Read more

Enjoy avocados? Eating one a week may lower heart disease risk

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The creamy, pale green flesh of an avocado is full of nutrients closely tied to heart health. Now, a long-term study finds that eating at least two servings of this popular fruit per week is linked to a lower risk of cardiovascular disease.

Study co-author Dr. Frank Hu, the Frederick J. Stare Professor of Nutrition and Epidemiology at the ...Read more

Mayo Clinic Q&A: Transplant options for patients who are obese

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DEAR MAYO CLINIC: My kidneys are failing, and my doctor has told me that I need to have a kidney transplant. I am severely overweight, and losing weight has been extremely difficult. Due to my weight, my doctor also said that I would not qualify for a transplant. What options are available for patients who are overweight and in need of a ...Read more

Unionized Pa. health care workers find new bargaining strength in the wake of COVID-19

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Temple University's unionized health care workers secured a new contract this month that made its nurses the highest paid in Pennsylvania, while lowering their patient loads and enhancing security to make them feel safer while working at the Philadelphia hospital.

The state's other organized health care workers are now looking to replicate ...Read more


Researchers develop tool to detect pancreatic cysts

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PITTSBURGH — Pancreatic cancer is a silent disease, said Dr. Aatur Singhi, a surgical pathologist at the UPMC Department of Pathology and an associate professor at the University of Pittsburgh. It often is not detected until it has spread to other organs, making it difficult to treat.

To help change that, Pitt scientists led the development ...Read more

Air pollution harms the brain and mental health, too – a large-scale analysis documents effects on brain regions associated with emotions

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The Research Brief is a short take about interesting academic work.

People who breathe polluted air experience changes within the brain regions that control emotions, and as a result, they may be more likely to develop anxiety and depression than those who breathe cleaner air. These are the key findings of a systematic review that my ...Read more


The player-coaches of addiction recovery work without boundaries

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CENTENNIAL, Colo. — Sarah Wright stops by her peer support specialist’s hotel room-turned-office in this Denver suburb several times a day.

But her visit on a Wednesday morning in mid-October was one of her first with teeth.

The specialist, Donna Norton, had pushed Wright to go to the dentist years after homelessness and addiction had ...Read more


Era of hope for patients with lung cancer

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November is Lung Cancer Awareness month. Lung cancer is the most common cancer worldwide, with more than 2.1 million cases, according to the American Lung Association.

Advancements in lung cancer management, from early diagnosis through treatment are improving patient outcomes.

"Lung cancer is not a death sentence anymore," says Dr. Rami ...Read more


Ask the Pediatrician: What changes can families make to mitigate the effects of climate change?

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Q: The news about climate change is overwhelming. Are there steps average people can take that actually make a difference?

A: Climate change can be scary and overwhelming for children and families. It causes harm from storms, wildfires, emerging illnesses and heat and air pollution. Many of these harms build upon one another to worsen child ...Read more


Consumer Health: Epilepsy: causes and risk factors

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November is National Epilepsy Awareness Month, which makes this a good time to learn about the causes of and risk factors for epilepsy.

Epilepsy is a neurological disorder that affects about 3.4 million people in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Epilepsy affects both males and females of all races, ethnic ...Read more

How banks and private equity cash in when patients can't pay their medical bills

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Patients at North Carolina-based Atrium Health get what looks like an enticing pitch when they go to the nonprofit hospital system’s website: a payment plan from lender AccessOne. The plans offer “easy ways to make monthly payments” on medical bills, the website says. You don’t need good credit to get a loan. Everyone is approved. ...Read more

Doctors often miss depression symptoms for certain groups – a routine screening policy for all adult primary care patients could significantly reduce the gap

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Depression is a costly and debilitating condition that profoundly influences a person’s quality of life. In 2020, more than 21 million adults in the U.S. reported having at least one major depressive episode in the previous year. Depression symptoms increased dramatically during the COVID-19 pandemic, and now affect nearly 1 in 3 American ...Read more

COVID-19, RSV and the flu are straining health care systems - two epidemiologists explain what the 'triple threat' means for children

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Every fall and winter, viral respiratory illnesses like the common cold and seasonal flu keep kids out of school and social activities. But this year, more children than usual are ending up at emergency departments and hospitals.

In California, the Orange County health department declared a state of emergency in early November 2022 ...Read more


Healthy Men: Why guys need to man up to flu

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Dear Healthy Men: I’ve already had my COVID-19 shot and two boosters, but my wife is bugging me to get a flu vaccine. I say that the COVID shots will protect me. She disagrees. Who’s right?

A: In two words, she is. Many people, particularly guys, are trying to decide whether to get an influenza (flu) shot this year and, as your question ...Read more


Patients complain some obesity care startups offer pills, and not much else

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Many Americans turn to the latest big idea to lose weight — fad diets, fitness crazes, dodgy herbs and pills, bariatric surgery, just to name a few. They’re rarely the magic solution people dream of.

Now a wave of startups offer access to a new category of drugs coupled with intensive behavioral coaching online. But already concerns are ...Read more