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Can massage relieve symptoms of depression, anxiety and stress?

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Stress is an inevitable part of life. It is nearly impossible to remove all stress from day-to-day life. Stress is physiological and psychological responses to situations the body and mind find to be overwhelming.

Even situations perceived as good, like getting married, starting a new job or becoming a parent, can produce significant stress. ...Read more

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Study looking at whether history of concussions increases odds of long COVID

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DENVER -- A study in Denver is trying to determine whether a history of concussions increases a person’s odds of developing cognitive or psychological symptoms of long COVID, and, if so, whether that points to new ways to treat the post-viral condition.

Daniel Linseman, a professor at the University of Denver who studies diseases and injuries...Read more


Mayo Clinic Minute: Can your child hear the teacher?

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Checking your child's hearing should be on your back-to-school list. Dr. Kelly Conroy, a Mayo Clinic audiologist, says children with an undiagnosed hearing issue can face both academic and social struggles.

You know your child can see the video board, but what if he can't hear the teacher?

"Hearing loss on school performance is quite impactful...Read more

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'Children are not little adults' and need special protection during heat waves

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After more than a week of record-breaking temperatures across much of the country, public health experts are cautioning that children are more susceptible to heat illness than adults are — even more so when they’re on the athletic field, living without air conditioning, or waiting in a parked car.

Cases of heat-related illness are rising ...Read more

UPS to acquire health care logistics firm Bomi Group

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UPS announced plans to acquire Italian-based health care logistics firm Bomi Group to expand the reach of its health unit globally.

Through the acquisition, UPS said it will gain temperature-controlled facilities in 14 countries, 350 temperature-controlled vehicles and nearly 3,000 employees in Europe and Latin America.

Kate Gutmann, president...Read more

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Do wildfires put Californians at higher risk for lung cancer?

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In California and across the country, more people are likely to die from lung cancer than any other cancer, the American Lung Association states in an August press release, as wildfire season is in full swing.

The organization estimated that more than 17,000 people in California will be diagnosed with lung cancer in 2022 and more than 9,600 ...Read more

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Many people don't know basic facts about monkeypox, making them susceptible to public health messaging but also to conspiracy theories

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PHILADELPHIA — Did evil scientists intentionally release monkeypox?

Fourteen percent of respondents to a survey by University of Pennsylvania researchers think so. Another 10% think the virus was intentionally spread to "deflect attention from the failures of the Biden administration," and 5% said getting a COVID-19 vaccine increases their ...Read more


Ask the Pediatrician: What should parents know about SIDS and how to prevent it?

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Q: I’ve been reading about SIDS and wonder if some babies are at greater risk for it? How do I prevent it?

A: Thousands of U.S. babies die suddenly and unexpectedly each year, usually during sleep. Sometimes, the cause is found, such as when bedding or other items near them blocks breathing.

Other times, such as with sudden infant death ...Read more

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Florida Board of Medicine votes to start writing rules for gender-confirming treatment of minors

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MIAMI — The Florida Board of Medicine on Friday voted to initiate the rule-making process for minors seeking gender-confirming therapy, hormones and surgery.

With the exception of Dr. Kevin Cairns, the entire board voted during its meeting in Dania Beach in favor of beginning the rule-making process. The vote follows a petition from the ...Read more

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Editorial: Senate GOP's sudden opposition to a good bill looked a lot like vengeance

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How angry are some Republicans at what they see as betrayal by a centrist Democrat? Angry enough to betray sick military veterans, apparently. That’s the only rational explanation for last week’s sudden about-face by two dozen Senate Republicans, including Missouri’s Roy Blunt and Josh Hawley, who opposed legislation they previously ...Read more


Mayo Clinic Minute: Learning the ABCDEs of melanoma

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Melanoma is a type of skin cancer that develops in cells that produce your skin's pigment. Regular skin checks can help you identify the warning signs and differentiate melanoma from noncancerous skin formations, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.

Moles are a common skin growth, and most are harmless. But changes in moles and ...Read more

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Mayo Clinic Q and A: New variants of COVID-19

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DEAR MAYO CLINIC: Cases of COVID-19 are once again surging in parts of the U.S., and I'm hearing about different strains, such as the BA.5 and BA2.75 omicron subvariants. What do I need to do to keep my family safe, especially as I prepare to send my kids back to school? My children and I have received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine and a ...Read more

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Tips from three mental health providers about making sure your therapist is the best match

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PHILADELPHIA -- What makes a good relationship between a patient and a mental health provider? It starts with a good match.

Providers have different styles, skills and experience. At the same time, patients have different needs — from ability to pay, communication style, and sensitivities around identity and culture that require a competent ...Read more

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Sunburn treatment: What works?

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Great summer days are full of relaxation, fun and plenty of sunshine. Unfortunately, spending too much time in the sun can lead to a sunburn. Your skin may be inflamed, painful and feel hot to the touch.

Any exposed part of the body, including your lips, earlobes and scalp, can burn. The symptoms of sunburn usually appear a few hours after sun ...Read more

Johns Hopkins-led consortium gets $200 million to fight tuberculosis

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BALTIMORE — Johns Hopkins Medicine has received $200 million in federal funding to head up a consortium aimed at treating and stemming spread of one of the world’s oldest and deadliest scourges: tuberculosis.

The money from the U.S. Agency for International Development, to be spent over the next five years, will boost research into ...Read more

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Will California keep offering health care plans at $10 a month? It's up to Congress

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Two out of every three California residents qualified this year for a health insurance premium of $10 or less through Covered California, but those rates will skyrocket next year without congressional action.

It looks like U.S. legislators are about to vote on legislation that would extend the federal financial assistance that drastically ...Read more

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How does heat affect medications?

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You know by now that high temps and humidity can affect your mood, your child’s behavior, your pet’s well-being and even your favorite zoo animal’s appetite.

Heat can also affect medications. Here’s what to know:

How does extreme heat affect medications?

Extreme temperatures can affect the potency and effectiveness of medication, ...Read more

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Are there monkeypox myths? A doctor breaks down disease fact and fiction

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MIAMI -- As monkeypox stays on our minds, people turn to the internet for answers to their questions. The internet has no shortage of information, but it also has no shortage of misinformation.

Much of the confusion is due to the mystery surrounding the monkeypox outbreak this year, said Dr. John Esin, medical director for the department of ...Read more

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LA school lunches go healthy with mango smoothies, ramen, berries. Will students bite?

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LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles school chefs — largely responsible for providing the main source of daily nutrition for tens of thousands of children — served up new back-to-school options Friday, the latest attempt to provide healthful yet appealing food to youthful taste buds. But in a world of Flamin' Hot Cheetos, will students eat their ...Read more

Environmental Nutrition: Scoopable frozen treats

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If your heart skips a beat at the sound of the ice cream truck, and your eyes widen at displays of round tubs of ice cream, frozen yogurt, gelato, and sorbet at your supermarket, it must be ice cream season! There’s nothing like a frozen treat to make you feel like a kid again, taming summertime heat and satisfying a sweet tooth with each ice-...Read more