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Environmental Nutrition: This ins and outs of instant sides

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Instant side dishes might be the best thing since sliced bread. There’s no waiting for water to boil and then for the rice or other grain to cook. Simply give a pouch a little squeeze, pop it in the microwave and 90 seconds later you’ve got a steaming hot side dish to round out your meal.

They’re especially helpful if you’re trying to ...Read more

How to choose the healthiest canned fruits and vegetables, according to a dietitian

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Canned foods may get a bad rap, but they are a super-nutritious and cost-effective way to up your produce intake. Plus, they are easy to stock your pantry with, so you can always have fruits and vegetables ready to add to your meals. That said, there can be a lot of different products and options on the shelves at the grocery store. Here are ...Read more

Wondering what your lymph nodes have done for you lately?

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Here’s a question you may not have been asked lately: what do you know about lymph nodes?

If your answer is “not much,” you’re not alone. But even as our lymph nodes maintain a low profile, they’re working around the clock to deal with potential health problems ranging from common viruses to deadly bacteria and even cancer.

Read on ...Read more

Mayo Clinic Q&A: Understanding ear infections

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DEAR MAYO CLINIC: My 4-year-old daughter already has had three ear infections this winter. When she isn’t feeling well, our entire family is miserable. The pediatrician says she may continue to get more infections and it is just her body. Why do some kids get ear infections so easily? And is there anything I can do to prevent the infections ...Read more

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Hours on hold, limited appointments: Why California babies aren't going to the doctor

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LOS ANGELES -- Maria Mercado's 5- and 7-year-old daughters haven't been to the doctor for a check-up in two years. And it's not for lack of trying.

Mercado, a factory worker in South Los Angeles, has called the pediatrician's office over and over hoping to book an appointment for a well-child visit, only to be told there are no appointments ...Read more

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What is frontotemporal dementia?

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Frontotemporal dementia (FTD) is a group of neurologic disorders associated with changes in personality, behavior, language or movement. Some FTD forms are inherited, and some are not. Typically, people develop FTD symptoms before age 60.

While there is no cure for this progressive decline, FTD research has made significant strides in the past ...Read more

A Mayo Clinic expert explains aphasia

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Aphasia is a condition that can affect a person's ability to communicate.

To better understand the condition, the Mayo Clinic News Network reached out to Dr. Hugo Botha, a neurologist at Mayo Clinic, to explain.

What is aphasia?

Aphasia is a broad term that refers to a problem with language. So, for example, patients with aphasia may have ...Read more


Newborns diagnosed with syphilis at alarming rates

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A recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that looks at sexually transmitted infections (STIs) has some concerning news, especially when it comes to syphilis. While cases of other STIs, like chlamydia and gonorrhea, have decreased or seen modest increases, syphilis has jumped 80% in the four years from 2018 to 2022.

Dr...Read more


Why confirmed cases of Lyme disease have increased

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Recent tracking rule changes led to a significant increase in reported Lyme disease cases in the U.S.

The Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated definitions to better understand the tick-borne disease. In 2022, reported cases rose by 68.5% after the new definition went into ...Read more

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If you're poor, fertility treatment can be out of reach

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Mary Delgado’s first pregnancy went according to plan, but when she tried to get pregnant again seven years later, nothing happened. After 10 months, Delgado, now 34, and her partner, Joaquin Rodriguez, went to see an OB-GYN. Tests showed she had endometriosis, which was interfering with conception. Delgado’s only option, the doctor said, ...Read more

Hundreds of thousands of US infants every year pay the consequences of prenatal exposure to drugs, a growing crisis particularly in rural America

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Nearly 1 in 12 newborns in the United States in 2020 – or about 300,000 infants – were exposed to alcohol, opioids, marijuana or cocaine before they were born. Exposure to these substances puts these newborns at a higher risk for premature birth, low birth weight and a variety of physical and mental disabilities.

These substances ...Read more

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Health care workers push for their own confidential mental health treatment

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States are redefining when medical professionals can get mental health treatment without risking notifying the boards that regulate their licenses.

Too often, health care workers wait to seek counseling or addiction treatment, causing their work and patient care to suffer, said Jean Branscum, CEO of the Montana Medical Association, an industry ...Read more

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Is ketamine an antidepressant, wellness trend or dangerous drug?

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When an autopsy revealed that actor Matthew Perry died of “acute effects of ketamine,” it put fresh attention on an ongoing debate in the field of psychiatry: What’s the right balance between expanding access to a drug that can treat depression and imposing boundaries to prevent its abuse?

It’s a question that needs more attention from ...Read more

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Lawsuits claim South Carolina kids underwent unnecessary genital exams during abuse investigations

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Warning: Some readers may find graphic details in this article to be offensive or disturbing.

CAMDEN, S.C. — Three ongoing federal lawsuits filed in South Carolina accuse the state of forcing boys and girls to undergo traumatic genital exams during child abuse investigations, even when no allegations of sexual abuse have been raised.

One 14...Read more


Norovirus spikes across the Northeast: 'Very contagious virus that can cause vomiting and diarrhea'

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BOSTON — Some toilets have been working overtime across the region in recent weeks.

The “stomach bug” is unfortunately making the rounds these days. Norovirus rates in the Northeast are now at their highest levels since April, according to the CDC. The positive “stomach flu” rates in the Northeast are currently higher than the rest of...Read more

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Health package talks break down amid broader spending feud

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WASHINGTON — Lawmakers who hoped to address price transparency and lower drug costs are instead negotiating a smaller health care package after talks broke down again amid a broader stalemate over government funding.

They are now working on a pared-down deal that could exclude the vast majority of health proposals previously in the works, ...Read more


Ask the Pediatrician: How can parents set safe and healthy media limits?

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As a parent, you can talk with your child about media use, setting healthy limits and being responsible citizens online. But how can you reinforce healthy digital habits when they're not with you? Parental media controls can be a great option to help keep children's media time happy and safe.

As a parent, you should always feel comfortable ...Read more

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Take heart murmurs seriously

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. — Detecting a heart murmur on your own can be tricky. A murmur is an extra heart sound that can be heard by a stethoscope.

Sometimes, a murmur sounds like a humming sound, which can be faint or loud. It might be temporary or persistent. Heart murmurs may be present at birth or develop later in life during pregnancy, phases of...Read more


Know your numbers: What is your heart rate?

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Your heart rate, or pulse, is the number of times your heart beats per minute. Your resting heart rate is when the heart is pumping the lowest amount of blood you need because you're not exercising.

If you're sitting or lying down ― and you're calm, relaxed and aren't sick ― your heart rate is typically between 60 and 100 beats per minute....Read more

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Why health care has become a top target for cybercriminals

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When a cyberattack hit Seattle's Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center late last year and exposed the personal data of nearly a million patients, many were caught off guard, stunned a breach could infiltrate such a large and highly resourced health care organization.

But those working in computer security weren't surprised. In recent years, they've ...Read more