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Nearly half of cancers linked to lifestyle factors, study finds

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About 40% of new cancer cases among U.S. adults — and nearly half of all cancer deaths — are linked to lifestyle risk factors including smoking, obesity and alcohol consumption, according to a new study by American Cancer Society.

The study points to the possibility that the daily choices people make can give them some control over their ...Read more

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Maximize memory function with a nutrient-rich diet

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Research suggests that the ability to maximize memory function may be related to what you eat. Following an eating plan that provides a healthier selection of dietary fats and a variety of plant foods rich in phytonutrients could positively affect your health. Phytonutrients are substances found in certain plants that are believed to be ...Read more

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Commentary: It's not just hype. AI could revolutionize diagnosis in medicine

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The history of medical diagnosis is a march through painstaking observation. Ancient Egyptian physicians first diagnosed urinary tract infections by observing patterns in patients’ urine. To diagnose diseases of the heart and lungs, medieval doctors added core elements of the physical examination: pulse, palpation and percussion. The 20th ...Read more

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Do you have COVID? Here's how long the CDC recommends you stay home

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MIAMI — COVID is going around again this summer, with infections rising across Florida and the country.

The good news is that the most common variants circulating in the country — KP.3, KP.2, and LB.1 — cause similar symptoms to previous COVID strains, such as cough, fever and fatigue. And many people can recover at home.

The bad news: ...Read more

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Fine, white hairs on your nose? Could indicate cancer, doctor warns

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A recent social media video highlights an unusual but potentially critical cancer indicator that often goes unnoticed — the sudden growth of fine, white hair on typically hairless areas of the body.

Dr. Scott Walter, a board-certified dermatologist, recently highlighted this issue in a TikTok post. This condition is known as acquired ...Read more

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Lack of affordability tops older Americans' list of health care worries

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What weighs most heavily on older adults’ minds when it comes to health care?

The cost of services and therapies, and their ability to pay.

“It’s on our minds a whole lot because of our age and because everything keeps getting more expensive,” said Connie Colyer, 68, of Pleasureville, Kentucky. She’s a retired forklift operator who ...Read more

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Mayo Clinic Minute: Misconceptions about how diet affects kidney stones

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Kidney stones often have no definite, single cause, although several factors may increase someone's risk. While diet can be one of those factors, there are several misconceptions about what foods and drinks to avoid or consume more of in order to prevent kidney stones. However, in this Mayo Clinic Minute, Dr. Aaron Potretzke, a Mayo Clinic ...Read more

Stricter monitoring of tween and teen internet use may not always be better

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A national conversation about potential links between smartphones and digital media and the ongoing teen mental health crisis has reached a fever pitch.

Research does not definitively show that excessive screen time causes teen anxiety or depression, though research is ongoing. Still, in June 2024, the U.S. surgeon general called for ...Read more

Toxoplasma is a common parasite that causes birth defects – but the US doesn’t screen for it during pregnancy

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Imagine the shock of your baby being born with a swollen brain, blindness and debilitating seizures. Now imagine learning that these devastating conditions could have been prevented if you took a simple test for the common parasite Toxoplasma gondii.

Toxoplasma can be picked up anywhere an infected cat has defecated, such as the ...Read more

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Nearly 200 NY, NJ residents diagnosed with dengue fever amid spike in cases

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Nearly 200 people in New York and New Jersey have been sickened with dengue fever amid a rise in cases across the Americas, prompting a warning from the Centers for Disease Control.

At least 143 New York residents and 41 people in the Garden State have been infected with the virus as of July 2, according to the CDC’s most recent data — with...Read more

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Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker says new law will curb 'predatory practices' by insurance industry

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CHICAGO — Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Wednesday signed legislation advocates say will do away with health insurance practices that make it harder for patients to receive needed care.

“For too long, insurance companies have used predatory tactics to make an extra dime at the expense of Illinois consumers. … For too long, shoddy networks, price ...Read more

Environmental Nutrition: Should you try greens powder?

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If the sales pitches are to be believed, then you should consider a greens powder as your nutrition savior. Just mix a scoop into water or your favorite drink and get all the nutrition you might have been missing. Since eating fruits and vegetables is known to promote gut health, boost immunity, and benefit the brain and heart, these powdered ...Read more

7 creative ways to repurpose food scraps into something delicious

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It’s a pretty safe bet that at some point, we’ve all thrown away a leftover scrap of food. The average American household tosses up to $2,000 worth of food every year. While making good use of leftovers or preserving and canning foods are excellent ways to prevent food waste, you may be throwing out food scraps that you didn't even know were...Read more

New urine test may help some men with elevated PSA avoid biopsy

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When a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test produces an abnormal result, the next step is usually a prostate biopsy. A biopsy can confirm or rule out a cancer diagnosis, but it also has certain drawbacks. Prostate biopsies are invasive procedures with potential side effects, and they often detect low-grade, slow-growing tumors that may not...Read more

Mayo Clinic Q&A: What is benign breast disease?

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DEAR MAYO CLINIC: A mammogram showed a lump in my breast, and my doctor said it’s benign breast disease. I’m glad it’s not cancer, but I’m still worried. What does this mean? Does it increase my risk of getting breast cancer in the future?

ANSWER: Changes to your breasts can cause a lot of worry. This is understandable. As you ...Read more

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Commentary: Pain doesn't belong on a scale of zero to 10

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Over the past two years, a simple but baffling request has preceded most of my encounters with medical professionals: “Rate your pain on a scale of zero to 10.”

I trained as a physician and have asked patients the very same question thousands of times, so I think hard about how to quantify the sum of the sore hips, the prickly thighs, and ...Read more

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Mayo Clinic Minute: Tips from a gynecological surgeon on recovery from surgery

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Every year, about 4 million gynecologic surgeries are performed in the U.S. Among these, hysterectomies are the most common, with over half a million procedures done annually, excluding those related to childbirth.

Dr. Megan Wasson, a gynecologic surgeon who specializes in minimally invasive procedures at Mayo Clinic, says it's a priority to ...Read more

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Editorial: The US primary-care system can't withstand the next pandemic

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An unprecedented strain of bird flu is spreading among dairy cattle in the U.S. An outbreak of a flesh-eating bacteria has infected more than 1,000 people in Japan. At least 13 communicable diseases including measles, dengue and polio have surged past pre-pandemic peaks in regions across the world. The threat of COVID-19 may have subsided, but ...Read more

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Mayo Clinic Minute: Helping kids with anxiety through exposure therapy

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It's normal for kids to feel anxious sometimes. When these feelings get too big and help is needed, experts often suggest cognitive behavioral therapy. According to a recent study at Mayo Clinic, guiding kids through parent-coached exposure therapy can be more effective.

Dr. Stephen Whiteside, a psychologist with the Mayo Clinic Children's ...Read more

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Safety of generic Viagra, other drugs called into doubt after false data found by FDA

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Generic versions of erectile dysfunction drugs Viagra and Cialis, among other medications, were allowed on the U.S. market using potentially problematic data that call into question their safety and efficacy, a Bloomberg analysis found.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration alerted brand-name and generic companies June 18 about a research ...Read more