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Cure for common cold? New research finds immune response in nose that plummets when temps drop

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The nose really does know, as it turns out.

New research has revealed a physical link between chilly weather and the severity of colds, and it’s right under — or, rather, inside — our noses.

Researchers at Massachusetts Eye and Ear and Northeastern University have discovered an immune response inside the nose that fights incoming ...Read more

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What is stiff-person syndrome? Celine Dion postpones tour due to rare disorder

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Celine Dion revealed on Thursday that she is suffering from a rare neurological disorder called stiff-person syndrome that is affecting her everyday life.

The iconic singer announced the news in a video posted on social media and said she has postponed her 2023 tour.

“While we’re still learning about this rare condition, we now know this ...Read more

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New initiative takes aim at mental health crisis among refugees

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ATLANTA — U.S. troops’ chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan is something Hogai Nassery has been confronted by long after August 2021, when the last plane took off from Kabul, marking the end of the U.S.’ longest war. Starting last year, Nassery has supported Afghan evacuees who have resettled in metro Atlanta through a new nonprofit, the ...Read more

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Rural Colorado tries to fill health worker gaps with apprenticeships

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colorado — During her 12-hour overnight shift, Brianna Shelton helps residents at BeeHive Homes Assisted Living go to the bathroom. Many of them have dementia, and some can’t get out of bed on their own. Only a few can remember her name, but that doesn’t matter to her.

“They’re somebody’s mom, somebody’s grandma, ...Read more

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Florida leaders misrepresented research before ban on gender-affirming care

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Behind Florida’s decision to block clinical services for transgender adolescents is a talking point — repeated by the state’s governor and top medical authorities — that most cases of gender incongruence fade over time.

The Florida Board of Medicine voted Nov. 4 to approve a rule that barred physicians from performing surgical ...Read more

Environmental Nutrition: The habit of healthy eating

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How many times have you reached for a cookie without even realizing you were doing it? Or maybe you find yourself automatically stopping for fast food on your way home from work?

We often think that our food choices are a conscious decision we make every day. In truth, many of the foods we buy, cook and eat are largely based on habit, developed...Read more

The 5 best foods for boosting your vitamin D levels

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As temperatures creep lower and we continue to lean fully into cozy season — stocking up on scarves and sweaters, sipping hot apple cider, baking every pumpkin spice recipe we can get our hands on — there’s a strong likelihood that we’re all about to be spending a significant amount of extra time indoors compared to summertime. We’re ...Read more

Mayo Clinic Q&A: Making New Year's resolutions that stick

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DEAR MAYO CLINIC: Every year I make one or more New Year’s resolutions that I have every intention of starting on Jan. 1. But I find myself losing momentum quickly into the new year when the holiday merriment starts to fade. Do you have tips for achieving resolutions and goals?

ANSWER: It is the time of year again when people make New Year’...Read more

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You've got COVID -- but what are the rules these days?

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Someone at your office had COVID a few days ago and is now back at their desk in the cubicle next to yours. That can’t be okay, can it?

COVID still spreads to an average of 12,000 Floridians a week or more if you count at-home tests. But what exactly does it mean to test positive in Florida now that masks are off and ...Read more

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Mayo Clinic Q and A: Teen stretch marks

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DEAR MAYO CLINIC: My 14-year-old son grew almost 4 inches in the last year. I noticed that he has a few pink and purple streaks on his legs and back. They look a bit like stretch marks, but I thought that happens only during pregnancy. Are stretch marks common during teen years? I've heard that putting cocoa butter on the skin will get rid of ...Read more

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Mayo Clinic Minute: The proper way to wash your hands

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Dec. 4-10 is National Hand-Washing Awareness Week. It's a good reminder that frequent hand-washing remains one of the best defenses against getting sick with the flu or COVID-19.

But to be effective, it has to be done the right way. Dr. Gregory Poland, a Mayo Clinic infectious diseases expert, offers a demonstration on hand-washing.

To ...Read more

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Flu levels high, vaccinations rates low among pregnant women

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, flu activity around the nation is increasing. Vaccination can help prevent serious illness, especially in high-risk groups, like pregnant women, but the CDC says that's the group showing lower vaccination rates.

"Pregnant women are a group that should especially get a flu shot," says ...Read more

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A new drug appears to slow Alzheimer's. Here's what to know

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An experimental drug appears to slow cognitive decline in people with early onset Alzheimer’s.

New data on lecanemab, which is manufactured by Biogen and Esai, was published last week in the New England Journal of Medicine that showed people who took the drug experienced “moderately less decline on measures of cognition and function.”

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Penn scientists made a universal flu vaccine using mRNA, and they plan to test it in humans

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PHILADELPHIA — For years, scientists have tried, and failed, to make a one-and-done vaccine that would provide at least partial protection against all types of the flu.

A University of Pennsylvania scientist now thinks he has cracked the case, using the same technology that was the basis for the Pfizer and Moderna COVID vaccines: messenger ...Read more

Early and mail-in voting: Research shows they don't always bring in new voters

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SciLine interviewed Jan Leighley, professor of government in the School of Public Affairs at American University in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 4, 2022. Leighley discussed how early voting affects turnout, how turnout differs for midterm and presidential elections, how pollsters predict turnout and how to understand the persistent gap between ...Read more

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Her apartment might have put her son's health at risk. But 'I have nowhere else to go'

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ATLANTA — When Louana Joseph’s son had a seizure because of an upper respiratory infection in July, she abandoned the apartment her family had called home for nearly three years.

She suspected the gray and brown splotches spreading through the apartment were mold and had caused her son’s illness. Mold can trigger and exacerbate lung ...Read more

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More states offer health coverage to immigrant children

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A small but growing number of states are extending government health benefits to children regardless of their immigration status.

Come January, Connecticut and New Jersey will join the nine states plus Washington, D.C., that already allow children without permanent legal status to enroll in either Medicaid, the public health plan for residents ...Read more

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A new use for dating apps: Chasing STIs

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Heather Meador and Anna Herber-Downey use dating apps on the job — and their boss knows it.

Both are public health nurses employed by Linn County Public Health in eastern Iowa. They’ve learned that dating apps are the most efficient way to inform users that people they previously met on the sites may have exposed them to sexually ...Read more

Pharma's expensive gaming of the drug patent system is successfully countered by the Medicines Patent Pool, which increases global access and rewards innovation

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Biomedical innovation reached a new era during the COVID-19 pandemic as drug development went into overdrive. But the ways that brand companies license their patented drugs grant them market monopoly, preventing other entities from making generics so they can exclusively profit. This significantly limits the reach of lifesaving drugs, ...Read more

Shorter days affect the mood of millions of Americans – a nutritional neuroscientist offers tips on how to avoid the winter blues

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The annual pattern of winter depression and melancholy – better known as seasonal affective disorder, or SAD – suggests a strong link between your mood and the amount of light you get during the day.

To put it simply: The less light exposure one has, the more one’s mood may decline.

Wintertime blues are common, but about...Read more