Health & Spirit

Mayo Clinic minute: Is CBD safe to use?

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CBD has surpassed all other supplements in history in terms of rapid rise in sales and use in the U.S., says Dr. Brent Bauer, director of the Mayo Clinic Integrative Medicine and Health Research Program. It's being marketed to help with a myriad of aliments and diseases.

Before considering CBD, Dr. Bauer says it's important to speak with your ...Read more

How to tell if your teen is depressed

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Teen depression is a serious mental health problem that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest in activities. It affects how your teenager thinks, feels and behaves, and it can cause emotional, functional and physical problems. Although depression can occur at any time in life, symptoms may be different between teens and ...Read more

Mayo mindfulness: Tips to reclaim some control in your life-work balance

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There was a time when the boundaries between work and home were fairly clear. Today, however, work is likely to invade your personal life -- and maintaining work-life balance is no simple task. When your work life and personal life are out of balance, your stress level is likely to soar.

This might be especially true if you're concerned about ...Read more

Home remedies: How to treat, and prevent, swimmer's itch

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Swimmer's itch is an itchy rash that can occur after swimming or wading outdoors. Also known as cercarial dermatitis, swimmer's itch is most common in freshwater lakes and ponds, but it occasionally occurs in salt water.

The rash is usually caused by an allergic reaction to parasites that burrow into your skin while you're swimming or wading in...Read more

With a mystery illness surrounding vaping, what parents need to know

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CHICAGO -- As public health officials try to identify a respiratory illness that has hospitalized teenagers who vape across the country, including as many as 22 in Illinois, experts say some parents still don't realize the dangers of the practice, which can be even more addictive than tobacco cigarettes.

In recent weeks, adolescents with ...Read more

'We are a team': Retiring neonatal pioneer helped California's tiniest babies survive — and thrive

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- He was a pioneer in medical care for the Sacramento region's tiniest and most vulnerable patients, who in his 45 years at Sutter Health transformed its neonatal unit into a regional powerhouse.

And at his retirement ceremony this month, Dr. Andrew Wertz shared some wisdom he's learned over the years:

"Listen to the nurses...Read more

A brush with a notorious cat, my rabies education and the big bill that followed

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I was just petting an orange tabby cat in my Falls Church, Va., neighborhood, a cat I'd never met before. He was very cute. And he was purring and butting his head against my hand. Until he wasn't.

He sunk his teeth into my wrist, hissed at me and ran off. So began my personal episode of Law & Order: Feline Victims Unit, complete with cat mug ...Read more

Mayo Clinic study calls for screening of family members of celiac disease patients

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ROCHESTER, Minn. -- Parents, siblings and children of people with celiac disease are at high risk of also having the disease, according to a Mayo Clinic study. This study calls for screening of all first-degree relatives of patients -- not just those who show symptoms.

The retrospective study, to be published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings in ...Read more

Twin Cities paramedic works magic — literally — when responding to emergencies involving kids

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Ivan Mazurkiewicz knows there will never be a typical day on his job. As a paramedic for Allina Health, he might be called to assist an older adult who's taken a bad fall, before rushing to the home of someone else going into cardiac arrest.

But it's children whose medical emergencies tend to weigh most heavily on his mind. So Mazurkiewicz, who...Read more

ICE provides 'deplorable' health care to detained immigrants, advocates allege in massive lawsuit

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LOS ANGELES -- Immigrant rights advocates filed a sweeping class-action lawsuit in federal court against the Trump administration Monday, alleging that lax oversight by Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Department of Homeland Security has caused severe deficiencies in medical and mental health care, as well as discrimination against ...Read more

At KCON L.A., frank talk about mental health amid the ear-splitting meet-and-greets

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LOS ANGELES -- As a teen member of the band U-KISS, Kevin Woo felt the hot glare of the K-pop limelight. His time in the band showed the California-born singer what life in the particular pressure cooker of South Korean fame meant, and how the expectations can be debilitating.

"In training, (the record labels) take a lot of privacy from you," ...Read more

What the Trump home dialysis plan would really look like

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Mary Epp awoke from a deep sleep to the "high, shrill" sound of her dialysis machine's alarm. Something was wrong.

It was 1 a.m. and Epp, 89, was alone at home in Marion Junction, Ala. No matter. Epp has been on home dialysis since 2012, and she knew what to do: Check the machine, then call the 24/7 help line at her dialysis provider in ...Read more

As wages stagnate, health costs escalate for Americans with employer-based insurance

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Health costs for people with employee-sponsored health plans rose 18% over the past five years, outpacing inflation and wage increases, according to a new report by Kaiser Family Foundation.

The findings reinforce a decade-long trend of rising employee health costs that is partly driven by rising deductibles. Over the past 10 years, average ...Read more

Can hormone stabilization keep suicidal thoughts at bay for women?

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Alyse Ruriani, 24, is living in recovery from the depression and suicidal thoughts that plagued her teenage years.

But every month she knows there's a possibility some symptoms could return -- and it's timed to her menstrual cycle.

"Most days, I'm not feeling depressed," Ruriani said. "But I notice that the days I'm down, I'll check, and it ...Read more

Health law's 'Cadillac tax' may finally be running out of gas

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The politics of health care are changing. And one of the most controversial parts of the Affordable Care Act -- the so-called Cadillac tax -- may be about to change with it.

The Cadillac tax is a 40% tax on the most generous employer-provided health insurance plans -- those that cost more than $11,200 for an individual policy or $30,150 for ...Read more

She uses tarot cards to discuss mental health, and at least 89,000 people are paying attention

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PHILADELPHIA -- When Jessica Dore decided to pursue a career as a therapist she worried about how those in the field might perceive her other, less-than-orthodox pursuit.

"I had all kinds of fears about coming out as a tarot card reader," she said. "What would people think and say, particularly in the mental health community?"

Dore came out ...Read more

Mayo Clinic minute: Intermittent fasting facts

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Intermittent fasting is cutting yourself off from any food or beverages, other than water, for a certain amount of time. Some fasting is for religious reasons, while others fast for weight loss. But is it a healthy way to lose weight?

"We're hearing a lot more about intermittent fasting, and it essentially means the voluntary abstinence of food...Read more

Large employers question 'Medicare for all' plans, survey shows

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WASHINGTON -- Most large employers say a "Medicare for all" system would lower the number of uninsured people in the United States, but they are concerned it could increase health care costs and taxes while stifling innovation and quality, a new survey shows.

The concerns come as health industry groups seek to block momentum for plans from ...Read more

Fast food: Tips for choosing healthier options

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Does following a weight-loss or healthy diet mean you must swear off fast food? Not necessarily.

An occasional stop for fast food can fit into a healthy diet -- if you're careful about what you order. Consider the following tips.

Keep portion sizes small. If the fast-food restaurant offers several sandwich sizes, pick the smallest. Bypass ...Read more

Feeling the jitters in an anxious age

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SAN DIEGO -- Leading her congregation in prayer last Sunday, the Rev. Paige Blair-Hubert realized that her mind had wandered from the sacred to the shooters.

"I'm thinking 'If something goes down, how do I get the acolytes out of there? The kids? Everyone else?'" said Blair-Hubert, the rector at St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Del Mar.

"I ...Read more


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