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Breast cancer awareness campaigns too often overlook those with metastatic breast cancer – here's how they can do better

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Is there anyone who isn’t aware of breast cancer?

Since 1985, cancer-related nonprofits, along with pharmaceutical firms and other businesses, have sponsored an international campaign to observe October as “Breast Cancer Awareness Month.” During these weeks, the public is bombarded with awareness and education messaging ...Read more

Gonorrhea became more drug resistant while attention was on COVID-19 – a molecular biologist explains the sexually transmitted superbug

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COVID-19 has rightfully dominated infectious disease news since 2020. However, that doesn’t mean other infectious diseases took a break. In fact, U.S. rates of infection by gonorrhea have risen during the pandemic.

Unlike COVID-19, which is a new virus, gonorrhea is an ancient disease. The first known reports of gonorrhea date from ...Read more

'This is trans health care': Barriers to testosterone limit care options in Missouri

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — In April, Kenny Caldwell walked into a Costco pharmacy in Kansas City to pick up their monthly medication. They walked out empty-handed.

“The pharmacist was like, well, we’re not willing to take that risk. You’ll have to go somewhere else,” they recalled. “It just felt (like) it was very much a trans thing. … I ...Read more

Environmental Nutrition: Turn up the heat!

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Chili peppers turn up the heat and the health benefits of many cuisines around the globe.

The folklore

The chili pepper was named “pepper” by Christopher Columbus on a Caribbean exploration when he assumed, based on the spicy hot taste, it was related to black pepper. There’s no relation, but the name stuck. Once their culinary potential...Read more

Even low-level air pollution may harm health

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A new scientific report supports research suggesting that even low levels of pollution — well below the current national regulatory cutoffs — may harm our health.

Outdoor air pollution stems largely from the burning of fossil fuels (coal, gas, oil), which generate noxious gasses, smog, and soot. Smog, which makes air look hazy, is created ...Read more

Mayo Clinic Q&A: What are high-dose flu vaccines?

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DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I just turned 65 and had my annual physical. This year, my doctor recommended that I receive a high-dose flu vaccine. Why do I need a high-dose vaccine?

ANSWER: Influenza is a viral infection that attacks your respiratory system, including your nose, throat and lungs. Influenza, commonly called the flu, is not the same as ...Read more

Think safety in fall as weather changes

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Nights are getting cooler, and the trees are starting to change colors as autumn begins.

And routines are changing because kids are back to school, the days are shorter and winter planning is underway.

Think safety as you enjoy the cooler temperatures and vibrant colors:

Safely warm up by the fire.

Inspect your fireplace before lighting the...Read more

Consumer Health: Breast cancer types and what your type means

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which makes this a good time to learn about breast cancer types and what your type means.

Breast cancer accounts for 1 in 3 of all new cancers diagnosed in women in the U.S. each year, according to the American Cancer Society. It's estimated that more than 43,00 women in the U.S. will die from breast ...Read more

Sports programs in states in northern climes face a new opponent: scorching Septembers

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BIGFORK, Mont. — On a recent afternoon, it was a crisp 70 degrees on the football field at the high school in this northwestern Montana community less than 200 miles south of the U.S.-Canada border.

Vikings head coach Jim Benn was running his team through drills in the pristine fall weather, without much interruption. Just a couple of weeks ...Read more

How easy is it to get a concussion like Tua's?

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As the sports world debates all aspects of Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa’s concussion, the injury affects more than just athletes and is becoming increasingly more common.

Getting hit on the pickleball court or merely falling off your bicycle can lead to a blow to the head hard enough to cause a concussion. In South Florida, where...Read more

Three years after clinical trial, ketamine provides hope for severely depressed

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LOS ANGELES -- Patients arriving at Dr. Philip O'Carroll's Newport Beach office for their first ketamine treatment are in pain and often lost. They have visited other doctors, tried other solutions and are ready for what is considered a last resort.

They are led to a private room with a reclining lounge chair. Their blood pressure is checked, ...Read more

Eating Well: What to eat and drink when you didn’t get enough sleep, according to a dietitian

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Sleep is super important — not only for feeling energized and focused, but also for immunity, heart health, glowing skin and weight stabilization. If you have a bad night of sleep, don’t sweat it too much. Lean on foods and drinks, like these, to help give you a boost until you’re able to get the rest you need.

Water

Water is the most ...Read more

Medical guidelines that embrace the humility of uncertainty could help doctors choose treatments with more research evidence behind them

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Clinical guidelines greatly influence how doctors care for their patients. By providing recommendations on how to diagnose and treat particular situations, guidelines can help standardize the care patients receive. For instance, when a patient is suffering from an infection, a physician can consult the relevant guidelines to confirm that ...Read more

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'Do I have to get a flu shot?' Your flu questions answered

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PHILADELPHIA -- The flu is poised for a comeback this year after two seasons in the shadows of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Influenza circulates year-round in the United States but the virus is most active in the winter. Cases usually start climbing in October or November, peaking around January or February, and declining through May. In a regular ...Read more

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This pharmacist is taking a loss to share the monkeypox vaccine. Here's why

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Pucci’s Pharmacy co-owner Clint Hopkins heeded his conscience and the Sacramento County public health team’s call for help with vaccinating people at high-risk of contracting monkeypox.

The county provided Hopkins’ independent drugstore with the vaccines at no charge, and his team started giving shots on July 8.

...Read more

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Mayo Clinic Q and A: Sinusitis and treatment options

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DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I have had ongoing nasal congestion and mucus for the past several months. I thought it was allergies, but my doctor says I likely have acute sinusitis brought on by allergic rhinitis. I was advised to try nonprescription medications to relieve my symptoms rather than antibiotics. What is the difference between this and a ...Read more

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Professor offers pandemic health advice for Halloween: 'Treat it like the flu'

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TAMPA, Fla. -- In 2020, we created chutes to send candy to trick-or-treaters at a distance. We canceled Halloween house parties. The theme parks put their scare actors behind hedges or up on platforms to frighten guests from a distance. Halloween stores sold loot scoop bags so kids could collect treats from the end of a long stick.

So how do we...Read more

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Mayo Clinic expert offers perspective on experimental Alzheimer's disease drug

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According to drugmakers Eisai and Biogen, a Phase 3 clinical study on a potential new Alzheimer's disease drug shows promise. The study findings show that the drug, lecanemab, reduced clinical decline of people with Alzheimer's disease by 27% compared with a placebo after 18 months of treatment.

"This is very good news for Alzheimer's disease ...Read more

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Texas researchers receive $149 million for large study of Alzheimer's in racial, ethnic groups

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FORT WORTH, Texas — The National Institutes of Health is giving $149 million to researchers at the University of North Texas Health Science Center to pay for researchers to study the biology of Alzheimer’s disease in multiple racial and ethnic groups.

The money will fund the first large-scale study of the biology of Alzheimer’s disease in...Read more

No, it's not just sugary food that's responsible for poor oral health in America's children, especially in Appalachia

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Brushing your teeth is essential for maintaining optimal oral health, but like most aspects of health, the full story is more complicated.

As directors of the Center for Oral Health Research in Appalachia, we know firsthand that inequalities exist when it comes to oral health, including in children. Some people or groups have ...Read more