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'Buffy' star Nicholas Brendon 'doing fine' after dealing with heart issue

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"Buffy the Vampire Slayer" star Nicholas Brendon, best known for playing the titular heroine's pal Xander in the TV series, was hospitalized recently after suffering another cardiac incident, according to his sister.

The actor, 51, was rushed to a hospital about two weeks ago because of tachycardia, a condition that makes the heart beat ...Read more


After wiping out $6.7 billion in medical debt, this nonprofit is just getting started

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Soon after giving birth to a daughter two months premature, Terri Logan received a bill from the hospital. She recoiled from the string of numbers separated by commas.

Logan, who was a high school math teacher in Georgia, shoved it aside and ignored subsequent bills. She was a single mom who knew she had no way to pay. “I avoided it like the ...Read more

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Can you reverse abortions? Some say yes; others call the treatment unethical, possibly dangerous

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SEATTLE — The service advertised by Care Net of Puget Sound might seem startling to those unfamiliar with crisis pregnancy centers.

"Reverse Your Abortion," the organization's website proclaims. If you've started a medical abortion, taking only the first of two drugs, "you can still change your mind."

The proposed solution: a highly ...Read more

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Do some baby boomers have a defense against monkeypox?

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Folks of a certain vintage have the tell-tale crater on their upper arms: The discolored, shallow scars from the smallpox vaccine.

This ceased being a rite of passage in 1972, when the disease was eradicated from the U.S. The smallpox vaccine was also protective against monkeypox, though, and the question now arises: Do folks who got a smallpox...Read more

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Polio has resurfaced in the US. What's the risk?

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Vaccines helped neutralize the global threat of polio, a dreaded scourge that can cause paralysis and death, but that life-saving drug may have led unintentionally to the virus’ reappearance this year in the U.S. and other countries.

A form of the vaccine taken by mouth that uses a weakened live version of the poliovirus is believed to have ...Read more

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Hearing aids will now be available without a hearing test. Here's what to know about the new rule

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Adults with mild to moderate hearing loss will now be able to buy hearing aids without getting their hearing tested by an audiologist or other specialist, under a new FDA rule announced Tuesday.

The move is expected to lower prices for the devices, some of which cost several thousand dollars and often are not covered by insurance.

Some ...Read more

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Hailey, Justin Bieber 'unbreakable' in marriage despite their health challenges

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The Biebers are holding on.

Hailey Bieber is peeling back the curtain on some of the hardships she and husband Justin have endured of late — most of which have had to do with the couple’s string of health issues.

“I just think life is changing all the time,” the model, 25, who tied the knot with the 28-year-old “Hold On” singer in ...Read more

Environmental Nutrition: Benefits of pricey personalized vitamins are questionable

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The idea of having vitamin supplements formulated to meet your specific nutrient needs is appealing. Are custom supplements truly beneficial and are they worth the price, which tends to be greater than you might find at the local drugstore or health food store?

Personalized vitamin companies

Several online companies, including Persona ...Read more

6 nutritional benefits of beets you probably didn’t know

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Plenty of people cruise by beets at the grocery store or consciously avoid them because they’re not sure what to do with them. But there’s no reason to be intimidated by this root vegetable just because it looks a little different or is unfamiliar. Beets, or beetroots, are definitely worthy of a second look — they’re not only delicious, ...Read more

How can mindfulness practices help with migraine?

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Migraine is a common and disabling headache disorder. Painful migraine headaches frequently affect people between the ages of 18 and 44. Many common medication treatments for migraine may cause side effects that are difficult to tolerate, and can lead people to not take their medications as recommended, or to stop taking them altogether. A ...Read more

Mayo Clinic Q&A: What are skin tags?

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DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I have several unsightly skin tags on different areas of my body. As I age, I notice more of these skin tags appearing out of nowhere. What are skin tags, and are they harmful? Can I do something to get rid of them myself, or do I need to see a dermatologist?

ANSWER: Skin tags are common, and, as in your situation, they can ...Read more


Mayo Clinic Minute: Back-to-school COVID-19 vaccinations for kids

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Before kids head back to school this fall, make sure a COVID-19 vaccination is on their back-to-school list.

Dr. Nipunie Rajapakse, a Mayo Clinic Pediatric Infectious Diseases expert, says everyone 6 months of age and older is now eligible for an authorized COVID-19 vaccination. With vaccines becoming widely available for school-aged children, ...Read more


When you take a pill for that headache, lie down on your right side. Here's why

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When you have a pounding headache, it can be rough waiting for the pain meds to kick in. So don’t wait too long, say researchers at Johns Hopkins University.

The scientists took a look at the fastest way, using gravity and anatomy, to position your body to get the drugs out of your stomach and into your intestines and to work. The verdict: ...Read more

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Mayo Clinic Q and A: Help with sports injuries

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DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I am an athletic director at a middle school, and a new school year is almost here. I anticipate seeing an increase in sports-related injuries from soccer, football, cheerleading, flag football and other activities. Young athletes get plenty of bumps and bruises, but how can they avoid injuries? Any advice on how long they ...Read more

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Does decades-old smallpox vaccination protect against monkeypox?

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Health officials are scrambling to stretch scarce doses of vaccine to slow the mounting monkeypox outbreak, but do older people already vaccinated as kids for the related but deadlier smallpox virus already have protection?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention isn’t betting on it. The U.S. health agency says those exposed to the ...Read more

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COVID sewage surveillance labs join the hunt for monkeypox

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The same wastewater surveillance techniques that have emerged as a critical tool in early detection of COVID-19 outbreaks are being adapted for use in monitoring the startling spread of monkeypox across the San Francisco Bay Area and some other U.S. communities.

Before the COVID pandemic, wastewater sludge was thought to hold promise as an ...Read more

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The W-Curve Model: Understanding a new college student's experience

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The W-Curve Model was first proposed in 1963 to explain adjustment to culture shock. Starting college is a culture shock for many young people. It is often the first time students are away from home for an extended period.

Freshman year is known for new experiences, but it also presents various challenges. Each new college student's experience ...Read more

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Lower-income Americans are being shut out of life-saving treatments for anorexia

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The pandemic exacerbated many mental health problems, and eating disorders are no exception: Emergency room visits for girls suffering from anorexia and bulimia were twice as high in January of this year as they were three years earlier.

What hasn’t kept up is how government-funded insurance programs have responded to the crisis. Families are...Read more

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Mayo Clinic Minute: Benefits of blueberries

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Often labeled a superfood, blueberries are bursting with vitamins and minerals ─ many of which are classified as antioxidants. Much of the power of this little berry lies in its color.

Blueberries might be the best example of how good things come in small packages.

"Beyond their tangy sweetness, blueberries offer a wealth of health benefits,...Read more

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Community health centers' big profits raise questions about federal oversight

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DARLINGTON, South Carolina — Just off the deserted town square, with its many boarded-up businesses, people lined up at the walk-up pharmacy window at Genesis Health Care, a federally funded clinic.

Drug sales provide the bulk of the revenue for Genesis, a nonprofit community health center treating about 11,000 mostly low-income patients in ...Read more