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Healthy foods nutritionists snack on each day

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We all love our snacks. They not only hold us over until our next big meal, but they also satisfy our need for crispy, crunchy, sweet and savory treats.

Too much snacking on the wrong foods, however, can lead to health problems. So Eat This, Not That asked some nutritionists what they munch on every day.

Sarah Schlichter, MPH, RD, a registered...Read more


Ask the Pediatrician: What steps should parents take to keep guns out of kids' hands?

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Q: I’m thinking about getting a handgun for protection. What are the best ways to keep my kids safe with a gun in the house?

A: Roughly a third of U.S. homes with children have guns. In fact, an estimated 4.6 million kids live with unlocked, loaded guns. That's a scary statistic when you think about the fact that even toddlers are capable of ...Read more


Mayo Clinic Minute: Don't skip your child's HPV vaccine

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Kids are heading back into the classroom, and health care professionals say it's important to prepare for the first day of school by keeping up to date with childhood immunizations.

Dr. Nipunie Rajapakse, a Mayo Clinic pediatric infectious diseases physician, says if you have a preteen, make sure he or she gets vaccinated for HPV now. It could ...Read more

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Does washing clothes eliminate monkeypox? What to know about disinfecting for the virus

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The monkeypox virus remains a global health emergency.

The 2022 monkeypox outbreak started after the first case was reported on May 17 in Portugal.

The monkeypox virus is rarely fatal, with over 99% of infected people likely to survive.

Monkeypox can spread when a person comes into contact with the virus from an infected animal, infected ...Read more

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EPA action boosts grassroots momentum to reduce toxic 'forever chemicals'

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ROME, Ga. — The intake pumps that once drew 6 million gallons of water a day from the Oostanaula River now sit mostly dormant in this northwestern Georgia city.

Local officials contend that years of contamination miles upstream sent toxic perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, known as PFAS, into Rome’s water supply, rendering it ...Read more


Consumer Health: Teens and depression: a back-to-school concern

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With many teens heading back to school, peer pressure and academic expectations are once again a reality. These added pressures can cause ups and downs during what can be an already tumultuous time of life. For some teens, though, the lows are more than just temporary feelings. They're symptoms of depression.

Depression is one of the most ...Read more

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They call it 'tranq' -- and it's making street drugs even more dangerous

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Approaching a van that distributes supplies for safer drug use in Greenfield, Massachusetts, a man named Kyle noticed an alert about xylazine.

“Xylazine?” he asked, sounding out the unfamiliar word. “Tell me more.”

A street-outreach team from Tapestry Health Systems delivered what’s becoming a routine warning. Xylazine is an animal ...Read more

Study: Women on this diet are 33% more likely to break a hip

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A two-decade cohort study has found women who follow one particular diet have a higher risk of breaking a hip.

The study, from the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom, compared vegetarians, pescatarians and meat eaters, and found vegetarian women ages 35 to 69 were 33% more likely to experience a hip fracture than those who regularly ate ...Read more


Skin cancer is a risk no matter the skin tone. But it may be overlooked in people with dark skin

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Brykyta Shelton found herself standing in a checkout line of a big-box retailer, uncomfortably aware as a woman ahead of her stared at her sandaled feet.

Shelton had been taking medication for months for what her doctor said was toenail fungus, but one nail still looked gross.

After Shelton completed her purchase, the woman pulled her aside ...Read more

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After 'a lot of doors shut in our face,' crusading couple celebrate passage of burn pit bill

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The battle was just beginning for Le Roy Torres and his wife, Rosie, when the Army captain returned to Texas in 2008, already starting to suffer from the toxic substances he’d inhaled from the 10-acre burn pit at Camp Anaconda in Balad, Iraq.

Along the way, Le Roy would lose the job he loved as a Texas state trooper and take his fight all the...Read more

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What is metastatic breast cancer, the type Olivia Newton-John had?

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The death of Australian superstar Olivia Newton-John has drawn attention to an often misunderstood stage of breast cancer — metastatic breast cancer.

Newton-John was first diagnosed with breast cancer in the 1990s and spent 25 years in remission. When the cancer returned in 2017, this time in her spine, she fostered greater public awareness ...Read more

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More than two years into the pandemic, hospital care still may not save you from dying of COVID-19

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PHILADELPHIA — By the fall of 2020, the pandemic’s first year, doctors treating hospitalized COVID-19 patients said they were starting to get the regimen down to a science. They learned when to put patients on ventilators, administer steroids, and deploy an expanding array of newer drugs.

Yet the latest data from Pennsylvania and the U.S. ...Read more

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I'm a 'COVID virgin.' Does that make me a sitting duck?

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Now that most Americans have been infected with COVID — more than 70%, according to a recent estimate from the White House — the rest of us are the outliers.

There’s been lots of speculation about what makes us different.

Is it genetics, diet, exercise, good air quality or, as one South Korean doctor implied, are we just friendless ...Read more

6 kitchen organizing tricks to simplify back-to-school

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As the school year approaches, you probably turn your attention to purchasing required supplies, buying new clothes and creating a smooth morning routine. However, to truly streamline your back-to-school season, don’t forget to focus on the most trafficked area of the house: the kitchen. After all, it’s the setting for speedy breakfasts, ...Read more

Environmental Nutrition: Should you cheat on your diet?

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Many people live for the glory of cheating on their diets. This concept of eating your favorite treats while otherwise following what you consider an optimal diet is often referred to as “cheat meals.”

Many nutrition experts recommend that people don’t try to be a dietary saint all of the time and incorporate some leeway into an otherwise...Read more

Saturated fat and low-carb diets: Still more to learn?

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Various versions of low-carbohydrate diets have been popular for many years. The details of what is allowed and what is not vary quite a bit, and the amount of carbohydrates also differs. Too often these diets contain plates piled high with bacon, meat, eggs, and cheese. Due to the high saturated fat content in these diets, doctors and ...Read more

Mayo Clinic Q&A: Reducing the risk of medication errors

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DEAR MAYO CLINIC: My friend’s father recently died from a medication error. One of his prescriptions was filled incorrectly and caused a fatal reaction. I take multiple medications for various conditions. How can I reduce my risk for a medication error?

ANSWER: Medication errors refer to mistakes in prescribing and dispensing medications. ...Read more


Commentary: LGBTQ+ youth need inclusive health care

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When I first was outed at age 14, I realized I would have to learn how to navigate a world that didn’t fully accept me. Part of that was figuring out how to access health care as a gay person and a minor at odds with his parents. Though my family knew of my sexuality, they didn’t accept it.

It’s especially hard for LGBTQ+ teens to receive...Read more

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Consumer Health: Enjoy the summer sun safely

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August is Summer Sun Safety Month, which makes this a good time to learn more about protecting yourself and your family from the harmful effects of ultraviolet, or UV, radiation from sunlight.

Exercising and enjoying time outdoors are important for good health. Staying protected from the sun will allow you and your family to do so safely.

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How to tell if your COVID test is expired

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Did you stock up on rapid at-home COVID-19 tests only to realize they all expire much sooner than you expected?

Don’t toss them just yet. The Food and Drug Administration recently updated its guidance on COVID test expiration dates after researchers discovered some tests have a longer shelf life than originally believed.

“Most people who ...Read more