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Being told where their blood ends up encourages donors to give again – new research

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Telling people who have donated blood when and where the blood was used makes them more likely to do it again, according to our new study. Donors who got details like the date and the hospital were 10% more likely to donate again than people who were just thanked.

Together with University of Hamburg marketing scholars Besarta Veseli ...Read more

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Travis Barker reveals health trifecta: 'I can pretty much handle anything god throws at me'

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Travis Barker has been through the wringer recently, health-wise, and now he’s sharing the details.

In an X post Friday, the Blink-182 drummer listed the things he’s been dealing with.

“(L)ast week I had covid, an episode of trigeminal neuralgia, and a root canal,” he wrote. “Which means I can pretty much handle anything god throws ...Read more

HIV self-test kits are meant to empower those at risk − but they don't necessarily lead to starting HIV treatment or prevention

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HIV self-test kits were developed to make it easier for people to access HIV testing. However, our research team has found that many people who use self-test kits do not go on to receive needed HIV treatment or start preexposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, to prevent future infection.

In 2016, the World Health Organization recommended HIV ...Read more


Consumer Health: Treating thyroid cancer

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Nearly 44,000 new cases of thyroid cancer will be diagnosed in the U.S. this year, and more than 2,000 people will die of the disease, according to the American Cancer Society.

Thyroid cancer occurs in the cells of the thyroid, a butterfly-shaped gland at the base of your neck. Your thyroid produces hormones that regulate your heart rate, blood...Read more


Mayo Clinic expert: Joint replacement surgery, arthritis are not inevitable

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ROCHESTER, Minn. — Don't worry about your hips or knees as you age. Arthritis in those joints isn't inevitable. Keep doing the activities you enjoy. Those hopeful words come from Rafael Sierra, M.D., an orthopedic surgeon at Mayo Clinic specializing in hip and knee reconstruction. Dr. Sierra says there is no need to curtail your activities out...Read more


The American Academy of Pediatrics conjures 10 Halloween pedestrian safety tips

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With Halloween around the corner, it’s a good time to consider ways to improve the safety of trick-or-treaters planning to roam neighborhoods and communities. The holiday brings delight to many but also heightens the risk of pedestrian injuries, as costumed characters dart from house to house or are distracted by scary sights and sounds, ...Read more

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6 people died by suicide in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian. Experts fear more

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Editor’s note: This story includes discussion of suicide. If you or someone you know is considering suicide, help is available. You can call or text 988 to be connected to the suicide & crisis helpline . Additional resources are listed at the bottom of this story.


TAMPA, Fla. — Arthur Schnurpel’s daughter heard it in his voice. ...Read more

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Caregivers want answers to mystery link between ALS, military service

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Darrell Lee has lost almost all control over his body as he grapples with the relentless grip of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Lying in his daughter Ashley Lee’s Winter Garden home, the 72-year-old is kept alive by a series of medical marvels: a ventilator, feeding tube and a catheter. ...Read more


Mayo Clinic Minute: Common myths about epilepsy and kids

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Epilepsy is one of the more common neurologic disorders in children. About 1 in 26 people have epilepsy, and 1 in 10 people will have at least one seizure in their lifetime.

Dr. Anthony Fine, a pediatric neurologist and epileptologist at Mayo Clinic, says even though it's fairly common in children, there are a few misconceptions when it comes ...Read more

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Mayo Clinic Minute: How to get hay fever relief from fall allergies

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Autumn is the season of change, with green leaves turning color and temperatures cooling. It's also the season of hay fever, or allergic rhinitis.

So how can people with fall allergies get relief? Dr. James Li, a Mayo Clinic allergist has more in this Mayo Clinic Minute.

"Fall is a very common season for seasonal allergies to kick in," says Dr...Read more

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Florida foster kids are given powerful medications, but feds find state oversight lacking

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The powerful anti-seizure drug the 5-year-old boy had been taking for more than a year made him “almost catatonic,” his new foster mom from Florida’s Pinellas County worried.

And there was no paperwork showing that the boy’s biological mother or a judge had authorized the psychotropic medication, Keppra, as required by state law.

“I ...Read more

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UPS to acquire MNX Global Logistics to grow services for health care

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UPS announced it is acquiring Long Beach, California-based MNX Global Logistics as it seeks to grow its health care logistics unit and other specialized lines of business.

UPS has been increasingly focused on growing specialized and lucrative types of shipments and logistics services, especially with its UPS Healthcare unit.

Kate Gutman, ...Read more

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GOP presidential primary debate No. 2: An angry rematch and the same notable no-show

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From the start of the second Republican presidential primary debate of the 2024 campaign, the seven candidates on stage were boisterous and unruly.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott, entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy, former Vice President Mike Pence, former New Jersey Gov. Chris ...Read more

Tracking daily step counts can be a useful tool for weight management – an exercise scientist parses the science

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Over the last decade, smartphones have become ubiquitous not just for sending texts and staying abreast of news, but also for monitoring daily activity levels.

Among the most common, and arguably the most meaningful, tracking method for daily physical activity is step counting.

Counting steps is far more than a fad: The U.S. ...Read more

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A decades-long drop in teen births is slowing, and advocates worry a reversal is coming

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Cicely Wilson’s work doesn’t end when she leaves her day job as a lactation consultant, doula and child care expert.

Wilson founded a nonprofit called Sunnyside Up Youth Pregnancy Services, which connects girls ages 13 to 19 with resources they need to care for their babies. After-hours, she looks for affordable ...Read more


What to expect for the flu, RSV and COVID-19 respiratory season

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Influenza, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), and COVID-19 are all part of the seasonal respiratory virus lineup. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the upcoming fall and winter are expected to have a similar number of hospitalizations for respiratory diseases as last year. However, they say it's important to note...Read more


Mayo Clinic Minute: The importance of supplemental screenings for dense breasts

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You might need supplemental screenings if you've been diagnosed with dense breast tissue. Women with dense breast tissue have less fat and more glandular and connective tissue. They are also at a higher risk of developing cancer.

Dense breast tissue refers to the way breast tissue appears on a mammogram. According to the Centers for Disease ...Read more

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What happens to health programs if the federal government shuts down?

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For the first time since 2019, congressional gridlock is poised to at least temporarily shut down big parts of the federal government — including many health programs.

If it happens, some government functions would stop completely and some in part, while others wouldn’t be immediately affected — including Medicare, Medicaid, and health ...Read more

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After a rare double lung retransplant, teen gets a special visit with Sue the T. rex

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CHICAGO -- The many months Josh Burton was in the hospital, dinosaurs kept him company.

They were there when his lungs failed, comforting him while he awaited the miracle of new lungs, just as his first dinosaur, a stuffed animal purple Barney, buoyed him as a small child.

And when those lungs also failed and his family faced the impossible, ...Read more

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Officials agree: Use settlement funds to curb youth addiction. But the 'how' gets hairy

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When three teenagers died of fentanyl overdoses last year in Larimer County, Colorado, it shocked the community and “flipped families upside down,” said Tom Gonzales, the county’s public health director.

Several schools began stocking naloxone, a medication that reverses opioid overdoses. Community organizations trained teens to use it. ...Read more