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Newsom proposes health care for seniors without legal immigration status, but Democrats want more

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California would allow seniors living in the country illegally to apply for the state's health care program for low-income residents under Gov. Gavin Newsom's revised budget proposal unveiled Friday.

The $859-million expansion of Medi-Cal eligibility to cover adults 60 or older regardless of immigration status comes as the state's coffers have ...Read more

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Commentary: How to change an American medical system that harms Black maternal health

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The current state of Black maternal health in the United States is a grim indication that we as a country have lost our way.

The U.S. ranks last overall among industrialized countries with a maternal death rate of 20.1 per 100,000 pregnancies, and the rate is rising. The crisis for people of color in this country is even more acute. Despite ...Read more

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Consumer health: Stroke awareness

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May is National Stroke Awareness Month, which makes this a good time to learn more about stroke.

Stroke is one of the leading causes of death in the U.S. and a major cause of serious disability for adults. More than 795,000 people in the U.S. have a stroke each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Stroke risk ...Read more

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'I know what they're going through:' Husband's death prompts former teacher to become nurse

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – As Brad McGee battled pancreatic cancer — the same disease that took his mother in 2011 — the nurses that he and his family encountered made an incredible impact.

Especially for his wife, Kara McGee.

“When we went to the oncology office, those nurses were the people we interacted with the most,” McGee said. “Those ...Read more

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Mayo Clinic Q And A: What is extracorporeal membrane oxygenation?

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DEAR MAYO CLINIC: My uncle was diagnosed with COVID-19, and his doctors mentioned the possibility of putting him on ECMO. What does this mean?

ANSWER: A COVID-19 infection can lead to mild symptoms for many people, but for others, it can cause life-threatening lung failure.

In cases like your uncle's, traditional life support measures, such as...Read more

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Why you shouldn't forgo your second COVID-19 vaccine dose

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More than 35% of the U.S. population is fully vaccinated for COVID-19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). And for anyone who receives the Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines, two doses are required to complete the series and be fully vaccinated.

The CDC released a study earlier this year that revealed nearly 5% ...Read more

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Consumer health: Bladder cancer awareness

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May is Bladder Cancer Awareness Month, which makes this a good time to learn more about bladder cancer.

Bladder cancer is one of the most common cancers. Nearly 84,000 new cases will be diagnosed in the U.S. in 2021, according to the American Cancer Society. Bladder cancer occurs in men more frequently than in women, and the risk increases with...Read more

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Masks at the campfire: Summer camps for kids with medical needs adapt to COVID

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Olivia Klassen’s face lights up when she talks about summer camp. She loves to do the scavenger hunt with her camp friends. She also loves paddleboarding, swimming in the lake and “kitchen raids.” But what she loves most is being surrounded by kids who, just like her, have Type 1 diabetes — which allows her to focus on having fun instead...Read more

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Back from the brink: a COVID survivor's story

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ORLANDO, Fla. – On Halloween night 2020, Dr. Anthony Tucker woke up in a Palm Coast intensive care unit with the blurry figures of his wife and two teenage sons across the room. They wore what looked like spacesuits.

“Am I hallucinating?” he wondered, trying to piece together the few facts he could recall of the preceding days.

He ...Read more

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Doctors fear COVID-19 vaccines are messing with mammograms

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After more than a year of anxious waiting, women newly vaccinated against COVID-19 are flocking back to mammography clinics to catch up on routine tests that were delayed by the pandemic. In some cases, they're met with one more pandemic surprise: a false red flag for breast cancer.

Like a sore arm or slight fever, lymph nodes enlarged by the ...Read more

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Having anxiety about returning to normal after the pandemic? Here's how to deal with it

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The COVID-19 pandemic sparked a slew of mental health issues when it started nearly a year ago, and as the virus recedes it's likely to do so again.

Although a full return to pre-pandemic life may be months or even a year away, Dr. Tanya Middleton is already hearing from clients about the stresses and anxieties of returning ...Read more

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Democrats unveil bill to expand immigrant health care access

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WASHINGTON — A group of Democratic lawmakers on Wednesday are introducing legislation that would make health care coverage more accessible to immigrants, citing the ongoing pandemic and its impact on immigrant front-line workers.

The bill would lift a current five-year waiting period legal immigrants must undergo before enrolling in Medicaid ...Read more

HSA contribution limits for 2022 are out

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You might not be thinking about next year’s health insurance yet, but the IRS just released inflation-adjusted amounts that will apply to health savings accounts (HSAs) in 2022.

HSAs are becoming more popular each year in part because of the tax breaks that come with them. For instance, you can deduct contributions to an HSA (even if you don�...Read more

How to buy the healthiest hot dogs

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From Memorial Day to Labor Day, hot dogs are a cookout staple. So, if you’re in charge of the shopping, here’s what to keep in mind to pick franks that are reasonably healthy and tasty.

The biggest stumbling block is sodium. Several dogs on the market have over 600 mg — and that’s before the bun and condiments. Plus, know the terms on ...Read more

Lifestyle medicine for all: Healthy food comes first

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“Lifestyle medicine is only for rich people, right?” a colleague asked me several years ago, questioning my involvement in this relatively new field of medicine that guides people toward healthy habits. This has been a common misperception, for sure.

But across the U.S., a revitalized brand of health activism is intent on bringing lifestyle...Read more

Mayo Clinic Q&A: Risk for endometrial cancer and early screening

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DEAR MAYO CLINIC: My 54-year-old sister was diagnosed recently with early-stage endometrial cancer. She only went to the doctor because she had bleeding between menstrual cycles. I’m wondering if I am at risk also and if there is anything I can do to reduce my risk. Is there a screening test?

ANSWER: An increased risk for endometrial cancer ...Read more

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How schools can help kids heal after the pandemic's uncertainty

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Kai Humphrey, 9, has been learning from home for more than a year. He badly misses his Washington, D.C., elementary school, along with his friends and the bustle of the classroom.

“I will be the first person ever to have every single person in the world as my friend,” he said on a recent Zoom call, his sandy-brown hair hanging down to his ...Read more

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Trouble managing money may be an early sign of dementia

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After Maria Turner’s minivan was totaled in an accident a dozen years ago, she grew impatient waiting for the insurance company to process the claim. One night, she saw a red pickup truck on eBay for $20,000. She thought it was just what she needed. She clicked “buy it now” and went to bed. The next morning, she got an email about ...Read more

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Biden admin reinstates health care protections for trans people. Here's what changed

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President Joe Biden's administration announced Monday it will restore protections from health care discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said the Office for Civil Rights will "interpret" discrimination prohibitions included in Title IX and Section 1557 — which "...Read more

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What Black women in their 20s and 30s can do to prevent heart disease

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CHICAGO — Michelle Bradley Emebo’s maternal grandmother had open heart surgery. Her mother had a stroke at age 37, and her father has vascular dementia that has been linked to his smoking.

Bradley Emebo’s family medical history came into play during the third trimester of her pregnancy, when she was diagnosed with high blood pressure at ...Read more