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UnitedHealth cyberattack compromised credit cards, health history, Social Security numbers

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Hackers made off with Social Security numbers, credit card information, medical histories and more in the February cyberattack on a UnitedHealth Group subsidiary, the company disclosed Thursday.

The Minnetonka-based health care behemoth revealed greater detail on the type of consumer data compromised and a timeline for contacting those affected...Read more

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center breast cancer vaccine study begins with first patient

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An innovative study of a breast cancer vaccine is officially underway, as UPMC announced Thursday that the first participant had received her full course of the vaccine.

"Today, more than 30 years of research has brought us to the first of its kind clinical trial vaccine that could significantly change a breast cancer diagnosis," said Elizabeth...Read more

Making art is a uniquely human act, and one that provides a wellspring of health benefits

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When you think about the word “art,” what comes to mind? A child’s artwork pinned to the fridge? A favorite artist whose work always inspires? Abstract art that is hard to understand?

Each of these assumes that making art is something that other people do, such as children or “those with talent.”

However, as I ...Read more

Boost your immune system with this centuries-old health hack: Vaccines

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There are a dizzying number of tips, hacks and recommendations on how to stay healthy, from dietary supplements to what color of clothes promotes optimal wellness. Some of these tips are helpful and based on good evidence, while others are not.

However, one of the easiest, most effective and safest ways to stay healthy is rarely ...Read more

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Indiana weighs hospital monopoly as officials elsewhere scrutinize similar deals

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Locals in this city of 58,000 are used to having to wait at railroad crossings for one of the dozens of daily cargo trains to pass through.

But a proposed merger between the two hospitals on either side of the city could exacerbate the problem in emergencies if the hospitals shut down some services, such as trauma care, at...Read more

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Americans with HIV are living longer. Federal spending isn't keeping up

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DECATUR, Ga. — Malcolm Reid recently marked the anniversary of his HIV diagnosis on Facebook. “Diagnosed with HIV 28 years ago, AND TODAY I THRIVE,” he wrote in a post in April, which garnered dozens of responses.

Reid, an advocate for people with HIV, said he’s happy he made it to age 66. But growing older has come with a host of ...Read more

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Mayo Clinic Minute: Improvements in prostate surgery

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There will be approximately 299,010 new cases of prostate cancer diagnosed in 2024, according to the American Cancer Society.

Treatments vary, including chemotherapy, hormone therapy, ablative therapy, immunotherapy, targeted drug therapy, radiation and prostate robotic surgery.

Dr. Matthew Tollefson, a urologist at Mayo Clinic, explains how ...Read more

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States struggle to help patients navigate insurance hurdle known as 'step therapy'

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Cassidy Yermal, 32, began experiencing debilitating migraines when she was 17 years old. As a teenager growing up in northeastern Pennsylvania, she saw numerous neurologists and tried a variety of medications before finding one that provided relief.

In 2022, her new insurer asked her to prove it.

Yermal now lives in Marlboro, Maryland, where ...Read more

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Commentary: Native Americans face huge health care disparities. Here's a way to help close the gaps

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One of my patients who lives in Diné Bikéyah, the vast Navajo reservation in New Mexico, sleeps in an old Ford pickup truck that often doesn’t start. He has heart failure and relies on oxygen. But since he is without electricity, he spends his nights sneaking into the Walmart parking lot to charge his oxygen concentrator so he can survive ...Read more

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Montana creates emergency 'drive-thru' blood pickup service for rural ambulances

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Crystal Hiwalker wonders if her heart and lungs would have kept working if the ambulance crew had been able to give her a transfusion as the blood drained from her body during a stormy, 100-mile ride.

Because of the 2019 snowstorm, it took 2.5 hours to drive from her small town of Lame Deer, Montana, to the advanced trauma center in Billings.

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This one thing may derail your shot at healthy aging, scientists say

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Before you settle in to binge the new season of "The Bear" or watch Team USA go for the gold at the Paris Olympics, think twice about the amount of time you spend on the couch in front of the TV. Your future self may thank you.

A new study by Harvard researchers links the popular pastime of sitting and watching television to the likelihood of ...Read more

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Will California remember the lessons of the COVID health emergency?

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Inside secret warehouses strategically placed around the state, California is storing a massive cache of vital medical supplies, including masks, gloves and life-saving medicines, seeking to be better-equipped than it was during the COVID crisis.

Four years after our lives were upended by the coronavirus, with a new viral threat looming, public...Read more

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A sizzling summer may be even more painful for migraine sufferers

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As temperatures continue to rise, so will cases of migraine headaches. That’s the latest from a new study helmed by University of Cincinnati College of Medicine researchers.

The discovery comes just days before the official kickoff of summer.

With global temperatures more than 2 degrees warmer than the 20th century average, last year was ...Read more

3 tips for preventing heat stroke

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As a primary care physician who often treats patients with heat-related illnesses, I know all too well how heat waves create spikes in hospitalizations and deaths related to “severe nonexertional hyperthermia,” or what most people call “heat stroke.”

Heat stroke is when a person’s core body temperature rises too high – ...Read more

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During a heat wave, high indoor temperatures can also prove dangerous, a Drexel study shows

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PHILADELPHIA — During hot weather — like the wave of 90-plus-degree days that Philly will experience this week — most of the public's attention is focused on skyrocketing outdoor temperatures that can cause serious medical complications such as heat stroke.

But for many people, especially those who lack access to air-conditioning, ...Read more

Raw milk health risks significantly outweigh any potential benefits − food scientists and nutritionists explain why

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Despite an ongoing outbreak of bird flu in dairy cows, the popularity of raw milk has only risen. Advocates claim raw milk has superior health benefits over pasteurized milk. There is little evidence to support these claims, however, and the risk of serious illness is much greater.

Mississippi State University food scientists Juan ...Read more

4 watermelon tricks for finding one that’s perfectly sweet and juicy

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You know summer has arrived with the season’s first bite of watermelon. It’s so disappointing when that bite is dry, underripe and lacking sweetness.

With a few watermelon tricks from the National Watermelon Promotion Board and Lee Wroten, vice president of Global Produce Sales in Lakeland, Florida, you’ll know how to pick a perfect ...Read more

Environmental Nutrition: Foods not tasting the same as they used to? Here’s why

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We know that as we age, eyesight and hearing may decline, but did you know that taste and smell can as well? We start out with thousands of taste buds, not only on the tongue, but in the throat and on the roof of the mouth. Some taste buds are sensitive to sweet, others to sour, salty, bitter, and more. When taste buds are damaged (like from ...Read more

Dialectical behavior therapy: What is it and who can it help?

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Feeling sad, anxious or angry at times is a normal part of the human experience. But do you — or someone you’re close to — seem to experience these and similar emotions more quickly, more frequently, and more intensely than most people?

This problem, known as emotional dysregulation, is a hallmark of many mental health conditions, but ...Read more

Mayo Clinic Q&A: Teens and healthy sleep habits

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DEAR MAYO CLINIC: My 14-year-old daughter goes to bed each night around 10 p.m. Some nights she complains that she cannot fall asleep until hours later. Although she wakes up and says she isn’t tired, she does sleep in on weekends. I’m concerned about insomnia, but I’m also worried it’s affecting her ability to concentrate in school. ...Read more