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Genetic screening results just got harder to handle under new abortion rules

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Ann was 15 weeks pregnant with her fourth child when the results of her prenatal genetic test came back last August. The test suggested that her daughter, whom she and her husband planned to name Juliet, was missing one of her two X chromosomes — a condition called Turner syndrome that can cause dwarfism, heart defects, and infertility, among ...Read more

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Welcome summer with 5 summer safety tips

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It's officially summer and extreme temperatures continue to affect many parts of the U.S.

"It's important to protect yourself and your family from high temperatures and humidity," says Dr. Brittany Beel, a Mayo Clinic emergency medicine physician. "Heat exhaustion can result if your body cannot regulate itself. Basically, it overheats. The good...Read more

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Mayo Clinic Minute: Why you should come out as LGBTQ to your health care team

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LGBTQ Pride Month is celebrated each June to recognize the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or gender-nonconforming people have had, and continue to have, on society. While millions may celebrate, many members of the LGBTQ community continue to experience stigma and keep their identities hidden. That may mean not sharing ...Read more

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5 Seconds of Summer abruptly ends its show after drummer falls ill onstage

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Pop band 5 Seconds of Summer had to cut its performance short Sunday when drummer Ashton Irwin fell victim to "extreme heat exhaustion."

The Australian band was performing at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, an outdoor venue in the Woodlands, Texas. After a few songs, the drummer was escorted off the stage and taken to a hospital to be treated ...Read more

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New weight-loss treatment is marked by heavy marketing and modest results

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First came the “edible billboard,” which appeared last year during the holidays in New York’s East Village loaded with cake treats. Then, in late January, came the national marketing campaign, with TV and digital media promoting the idea that trying to lose weight doesn’t mean a person can’t enjoy eating.

Those advertising messages ...Read more

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Doctors look to college athletes to understand COVID's effects on the heart

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BALTIMORE -- Doctors learned early in the pandemic that COVID-19 was more than a respiratory disease. It was attacking bodily organs, including the heart — even in healthy, young athletes.

Enough athletes with COVID were experiencing heart inflammation, called myocarditis, that doctors at the University of Maryland and other Big Ten schools ...Read more

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California to become first state offering health care to all undocumented residents

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California will become the first state to remove immigration status as a barrier to health care, making all low-income undocumented residents eligible for state-subsidized insurance regardless of age.

Gov. Gavin Newsom late Sunday announced a budget deal he struck with the Legislature included a new Medi-Cal expansion that would cover more ...Read more

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Race is often used as medical shorthand for how bodies work. Some doctors want to change that

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Several months ago, a lab technologist at Barnes-Jewish Hospital mixed the blood components of two people: Alphonso Harried, who needed a kidney, and Pat Holterman-Hommes, who hoped to give him one.

The goal was to see whether Harried’s body would instantly see Holterman-Hommes’ organ as a major threat and attack it before surgeons could ...Read more

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Healthy food is hard to come by in South L.A. These 3 activists are changing that

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LOS ANGELES — It starts with an Instagram DM.

That's where you'll find Straight Up Fast Food and its menu of organic smoothies and cold-pressed juices every day from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Once you've selected your drink (the Jefferson, filled with blackberries, açaí, apples and more, will never let you down), just shoot the page a message with ...Read more

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Ask the Pediatrician: What exactly is Tourette syndrome?

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Q: I’ve been told my son may have Tourette syndrome. What exactly is this and how worried should I be?

A: Tourette syndrome is a nervous system disorder. It causes people to have repetitive movements or sounds they can't control. These are known as tics, and they typically start in childhood. There are two types: motor tics and vocal tics. ...Read more

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Mayo Clinic Minute: Why it's important to help kids who identify as LGBTQ and may be struggling

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It's not uncommon for teens to experience mental health issues like anxiety. It's believed 1 in 5 young people experiences some type of mental health issue during their teen years. For LGBTQ youth, the statistics are alarming. A recent national survey showed 45% expressed serious suicidal ideation.

If the teen in your life identifies as LGBTQ ...Read more

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Consumer Health: What do you know about headaches?

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June is Migraine and Headache Awareness Month, which makes this a good time to learn more about headaches.

Headache is pain in any region of the head. Headaches may occur on one or both sides of the head, be isolated to a certain location, radiate across the head from one point, or have a viselike quality. A headache may appear as a sharp pain,...Read more

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Mayo Clinic Q and A: How does diabetes affect the heart?

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DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I am 42 and recently was diagnosed with diabetes. My doctor said I could manage the condition with diet and exercise for now but suggested I follow up with a cardiologist. As far as I know, my heart is fine. What is the connection between diabetes and heart health?

ANSWER: The number of people worldwide with diabetes is rising...Read more

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Veterans toxic exposure bill stalls as lawmakers head home

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WASHINGTON — A bipartisan bill to expand veterans health care and disability benefits will not make it to President Joe Biden’s desk until after the July Fourth congressional recess because of a minor tax provision.

The House is supposed to originate tax bills under the Constitution. So when the Senate passed the bill last week with the tax...Read more

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Commentary: Why is it so hard to get health care as a trans cancer patient?

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Nobody can know what it is like to be a cancer patient without actually having cancer. Before I was diagnosed, I had proximity to cancer patients and experiences in health care that I thought gave me insight. In some ways they did. Yet although I had previously experienced discrimination for being transgender, nothing could have prepared me for ...Read more

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Mayo Clinic Minute: Reducing dementia risks

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More than 55 million people worldwide are believed to be living with dementia, according to the World Health Organization. And women are likely to be twice as affected by dementia as men.

Dementia is an umbrella term for a group of symptoms affecting memory, thinking and social abilities. It's not one disease. And Alzheimer's disease is the ...Read more

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Medi-Cal will cover doulas at more than twice California's initial proposed rate

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California will cover doula services for low-income residents at more than twice the state’s initial proposed rate under a spending plan lawmakers passed last week.

Some advocates welcomed the new benefit in Medi-Cal, the state’s Medicaid health insurance program, as a step toward professionalizing this group of nonmedical birth workers. ...Read more

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CDC: Historic outbreak of meningococcal disease among LGBTQ men in Florida

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ORLANDO, Fla. — At least six people in Florida have died in what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday called “one of the worst outbreaks of meningococcal disease among gay and bisexual men in U.S. history,” with state and health officials and LGBTQ+ groups scrambling to alert the public about the deadly disease.

As ...Read more

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'Blue slip' problem hangs up veterans toxic exposure bill

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WASHINGTON — A Senate-passed bill to expand health care and disability benefits to veterans exposed to burn pits or other toxic substances during their service has run into a constitutional objection from the House.

The bill, which would make it easier for veterans to access benefits by presuming that certain types of cancer and respiratory ...Read more

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Mayo Clinic Q and A: Biggest benefits of exercise for teens

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DEAR MAYO CLINIC: When my daughter was young, she spent hours playing outside and running around. That happens a lot less now that she is a teen. I'm worried that she is not getting enough exercise. How much does she need each week, and do you have tips to motivate her to get moving?

ANSWER: As our children grow, many parents find it a ...Read more