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ADHD brains present unique challenges, but the condition is highly treatable − a primary care nurse practitioner with ADHD explains the science

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“My brain has way too many tabs open.”

“Why can’t I complete tasks?”

“Why do I lose track of time?”

“Why can’t I pay attention?”

These are all things people with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, may ask themselves daily, if not hourly.

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New treatments offer much-needed hope for patients suffering from chronic pain

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Hundreds of millions of people around the world experience chronic pain – meaning pain that lasts longer than three months. While the numbers vary from country to country, most studies estimate that about 10% of the global population is affected, so more than 800 million people.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ...Read more

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Mayo Clinic Minute: Dangers of heat-related illnesses

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Prolonged exposure to both heat and humidity can lead to heat-related illnesses — from heat cramps to exhaustion to life-threatening heatstroke.

Dr. Jesse Bracamonte, a Mayo Clinic family physician, offers recommendations on what to do if you begin to feel ill.

Prolonged exposure to the heat and humidity can put you at risk for a range of ...Read more

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Physicians' role crucial in using AI in patient care

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Artificial intelligence is quickly transforming the health care landscape from helping to diagnose diseases to assisting in surgery. Its rapid progression has the potential to transform how health care teams work by streamlining processes and improving patient outcomes.

As AI is used more in health care, researchers stress that the technology ...Read more

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What is laryngeal chondrosarcoma?

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You may have heard about a recent first at Mayo Clinic, a total larynx transplant. What you may not have heard was what precipitated that transplant. The patient developed a rare form of cancer called laryngeal chondrosarcoma.

Dr. David Lott is a Mayo Clinic otolaryngologist who specializes in laryngeal cancer. He says your larynx, or voice box...Read more

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COVID is surging again this summer in Maryland, hospitalization and wastewater data shows

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BALTIMORE — Judging from local wastewater surveillance trends, President Joe Biden has plenty of company in Maryland as he continues to recover this week from his third bout of COVID-19.

The state is currently seeing the biggest spike in COVID levels in its wastewater — or sewage — since early January, according to data from the U.S. ...Read more

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Can texting new parents to report their blood pressure help address maternal mortality? These doctors think so

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PHILADELPHIA — Two Penn Medicine physicians had an unorthodox idea for reducing the number of patients who develop dangerously high blood pressure in the weeks after giving birth: Stop asking them to come into the doctor's office for blood pressure screenings.

Dangerously high blood pressure, is a leading cause of maternal death and hospital-...Read more

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Oregon senator proposes criminal charges and fines for rogue Obamacare agents

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Health insurance agents who fraudulently enroll consumers in Affordable Care Act health plans could be subject to criminal charges — and civil penalties of $10,000 to $200,000 — under legislation introduced Wednesday by Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., chairman of the powerful Senate Finance Committee.

Wyden first promised the bill in May, when he ...Read more

Cancer costs for Americans with private health insurance rose after the ACA rollout and fell for those with Medicaid

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Low-income Americans ages 18 to 64 with cancer saved about US$1,250 per year on treatment within seven years of the 2014 rollout of the Affordable Care Act, according to my recent study.

Those patients either personally earned or were in families that made $17,609 or less per year and therefore were eligible for Medicaid, the ...Read more

Xylazine wounds are a growing crisis among drug users in Philly − a nurse explains potential causes and proper treatment

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Warning: This article contains graphic images.

Xylazine or “tranq” wounds – characterized by deep pockets of dead tissue – have become increasingly visible in Philadelphia among people who use drugs.

That’s because xylazine, an animal tranquilizer with no FDA-approved use in humans, is now pervasive in Philadelphia�...Read more

Environmental Nutrition: High fiber diet and CVD

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Q: Can eating a diet high in fiber reduce my risk of developing cardiovascular disease?

A: Yes, several studies have linked high-fiber diets to a reduced risk of developing cardiovascular disease (CVD).

Current fiber recommendations are for women to consume 25 grams/day and for men to consume 38 grams/day. However, surveys show that a meager 5...Read more

These 6 veggies are as hydrating as they are healthy

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Drinking plenty of fluids throughout the day is key to staying properly hydrated, but it’s not the only way to replenish your body’s water stores. In addition to keeping a filled water bottle on hand, there’s a variety of hydrating foods you can eat — especially fruits and vegetables — that are naturally full of water to help you meet ...Read more

Make virtual mental health care visits work for you

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Before the pandemic, talking to a therapist or psychiatrist on a video call was novel. Now it’s fairly common. One recent analysis, for example, found that video appointments within the massive Veterans Affairs Health Care System jumped from about 2% of all mental health care encounters in January 2019 to 35% of these encounters in August 2023...Read more

Mayo Clinic Q&A: Breast density reporting and supplemental testing

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DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I recently had my annual screening mammogram and was told everything was normal. However, I just read an article that said health care professionals must inform patients if they have dense breasts. My clinician did not share anything. Why is this information important? How do I know if I have dense breasts? What additional ...Read more

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Long COVID risk has decreased but remains significant, study finds

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LOS ANGELES — The risk of developing long COVID — enduring, sometimes punishing symptoms that linger well after a coronavirus infection — has decreased since the start of the pandemic, a new study found, with the drop particularly evident among those who are vaccinated.

But the dip does not mean the risk of developing long COVID has ...Read more

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Why these doctors are taking a new approach to primary care

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DEARBORN, Mich. — Dr. Ali Rida said he became a primary care doctor because he wanted to care for his patients at the most fundamental level. But a year and a half later, he left.

After late nights filing administrative notes to insurance companies and feeling lost in the health care industry "machine," Rida decided the modern-day primary ...Read more

Worried about the health effects of the sugar in your breakfast cereal? Little has changed since the days of ‘Unfrosted,’ the Pop-Tarts movie

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While Jerry Seinfeld, Melissa McCarthy, Amy Schumer and Hugh Grant got top billing, sweet breakfast foods from the 1960s are arguably the real stars of the recent movie “Unfrosted,” a comedy loosely based on the invention of Pop-Tarts.

What’s more, many of those breakfast products from the movie are still household names. When I...Read more

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Could Colorado communities not friendly to medicinal mushrooms put up roadblocks to stymie the industry?

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DENVER — No city or town in Colorado is allowed to prohibit natural medicine healing centers from opening and offering supervised consumption of mushrooms and other psychedelics to adults — that much was plain in an initiative passed by the state’s voters two years ago.

But local governments have enough tools in their regulatory toolbox ...Read more

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In the 10 states that didn't expand Medicaid, 1.6M can't afford health insurance

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Nearly 1 of every 5 uninsured working-age adults across the 10 states that have not expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act are, according to a new analysis, stuck in a health care limbo known as a “coverage gap.” That means they earn too much money to receive Medicaid but not enough to qualify for financial help to purchase their ...Read more

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A California medical group treats only homeless patients -- and makes money doing it

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LOS ANGELES — They distribute GPS devices so they can track their homeless patients. They stock their street kits with glass pipes used to smoke meth, crack, or fentanyl. They keep company credit cards on hand in case a patient needs emergency food or water, or an Uber ride to the doctor.

These doctors, nurses, and social workers are fanning ...Read more