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Norovirus spikes across the Northeast: 'Very contagious virus that can cause vomiting and diarrhea'

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BOSTON — Some toilets have been working overtime across the region in recent weeks.

The “stomach bug” is unfortunately making the rounds these days. Norovirus rates in the Northeast are now at their highest levels since April, according to the CDC. The positive “stomach flu” rates in the Northeast are currently higher than the rest of...Read more

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Health package talks break down amid broader spending feud

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WASHINGTON — Lawmakers who hoped to address price transparency and lower drug costs are instead negotiating a smaller health care package after talks broke down again amid a broader stalemate over government funding.

They are now working on a pared-down deal that could exclude the vast majority of health proposals previously in the works, ...Read more

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Ask the Pediatrician: How can parents set safe and healthy media limits?

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As a parent, you can talk with your child about media use, setting healthy limits and being responsible citizens online. But how can you reinforce healthy digital habits when they're not with you? Parental media controls can be a great option to help keep children's media time happy and safe.

As a parent, you should always feel comfortable ...Read more

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Take heart murmurs seriously

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. — Detecting a heart murmur on your own can be tricky. A murmur is an extra heart sound that can be heard by a stethoscope.

Sometimes, a murmur sounds like a humming sound, which can be faint or loud. It might be temporary or persistent. Heart murmurs may be present at birth or develop later in life during pregnancy, phases of...Read more

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Know your numbers: What is your heart rate?

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Your heart rate, or pulse, is the number of times your heart beats per minute. Your resting heart rate is when the heart is pumping the lowest amount of blood you need because you're not exercising.

If you're sitting or lying down ― and you're calm, relaxed and aren't sick ― your heart rate is typically between 60 and 100 beats per minute....Read more

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Why health care has become a top target for cybercriminals

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When a cyberattack hit Seattle's Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center late last year and exposed the personal data of nearly a million patients, many were caught off guard, stunned a breach could infiltrate such a large and highly resourced health care organization.

But those working in computer security weren't surprised. In recent years, they've ...Read more

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First food allergy drug approved after Johns Hopkins researchers prove efficacy

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Laura Pleasants doesn’t leave her house without at least six EpiPens — autoinjectors about the size and shape of a whiteboard marker that contain medication that can calm a body’s allergic reaction.

She carries two in her laptop bag and another two in her purse. She’s taught all of her friends how to use one in case she’s experiencing...Read more

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Mayo Clinic Minute: Know the warning signs of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy

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It's often silent but can be a deadly killer. Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is a genetic condition that occurs in 1 in 500 people.

Dr. Said Alsidawi, a Mayo Clinic cardiologist, says the problem is that many people don't even know they have it because they have no symptoms. And in 20% of cases, the first presentation is sudden cardiac death.

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Types of encephalitis: A Mayo Clinic expert explains

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Encephalitis is a disease referring to the inflammation or swelling of the brain. Broadly, it can happen because of infections, including viral infections, or the immune system acting up.

That's why Dr. Sarosh Irani, a Mayo Clinic neurologist and researcher, says it's essential to recognize World Encephalitis Day.

"A number of physicians, and ...Read more

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When Summer Haskins' heart stopped, a 911 dispatcher, firefighters and her husband helped save her life

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SAN DIEGO -- Summer Haskins remembers opening the front door as her husband carried a pizza inside. Then she collapsed. The next thing she remembers was waking up in the hospital days later.

Kristopher Haskins immediately called 911. His wife, then 38 years old, was unconscious, barely breathing and turning purple. Dispatcher Juliana Rubio told...Read more

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Should you worry about measles in South Florida? What to know as school cases found

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It often starts with a cough. Red, watery eyes. A high fever. You might think it’s a normal cold. Perhaps it’s the flu.

But then days later, a rash sets in. Red spots and bumps appear on your face and begin to spread downward, to your neck, chest, legs, arms and feet.

Measles.

“Most physicians that have been practicing in the last 20 ...Read more

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Disinformation is a public health crisis. Here's how scientists and doctors are fighting it

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In recent years, disinformation has seemed to be on an inexorable march across the scientific and medical landscape.

Prominent politicians, up to and including the former president, have promoted useless drugs as supposed cures for COVID-19. Partisan attacks on the safety and efficacy of COVID vaccines have expanded into attacks on all vaccines...Read more

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Closing the clinical trials disparity gap

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Getting sufficient representation of racial and ethnic minority populations in clinical trials remains a pervasive challenge, despite concerted efforts by researchers and mandates set by funding sources and regulatory agencies. A lack of diversity in research results in continued disparities and poorer health outcomes in underrepresented ...Read more

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In California, faceoff between major insurer and health system shows hazards of consolidation

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For weeks, more than half a million Anthem Blue Cross enrollees who receive health care from the University of California were held in suspense. It wasn’t clear whether they would have to find new doctors or switch plans as the health system and one of its largest insurance partners struggled to reach agreement on a new contract.

UC Health ...Read more

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An essential medical device fails people of color. A clinic is suing to fix that

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Roots Community Health Center was slammed in 2020, with lines for its COVID-19 testing stations stretching around the block and exam rooms full of people struggling to breathe.

Patient after patient at the East Oakland clinic extended their fingers so that health care workers could clip on a pulse oximeter, a device that measures the degree to ...Read more

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Can you prevent cancer with lifestyle changes?

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In the U.S., 4 out of 10 cancer cases are associated with preventable risk factors. That's according to the latest Cancer Progress Report from the American Association for Cancer Research. February is National Cancer Prevention Month, and Dr. Jon Ebbert, medical director of the Mayo Clinic Nicotine Dependence Center, says it's never too late to ...Read more

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Idaho AG Raúl Labrador wants US Supreme Court to let the state ban transgender kids' health care

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BOISE, Idaho — Idaho Attorney General Raúl Labrador has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to allow the state to enforce its ban on gender-affirming health care for minors.

The request comes less than two months after the country’s highest court, which is dominated by conservative justices, sided with Labrador in a separate case over Idaho’s ...Read more

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Syphilis cases spike in Florida, especially in Orange County

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ORLANDO, Fla. — Syphilis, a sexually transmitted disease nearly eradicated 20 years ago, is back on the rise in Florida, particularly in Orange County.

The infection increased by nearly 80% in the five years before 2022, the latest year of data available, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Florida data shows the ...Read more

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'Fourth wave' of opioid epidemic crashes ashore, propelled by fentanyl and meth

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The United States is knee-deep in what some experts call the opioid epidemic’s “fourth wave,” which is not only placing drug users at greater risk but is also complicating efforts to address the nation’s drug problem.

These waves, according to a report out this week from Millennium Health, began with the crisis in prescription opioid ...Read more

What is Alaskapox? A microbiologist explains the recently discovered virus that just claimed its first fatality

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Alaskapox, a virus in the same family as smallpox, cowpox and mpox, claimed its first fatality in January 2024 when an elderly Alaskan man died of the illness.

The virus, which was discovered in 2015, had previously resulted in only relatively mild illnesses in the six other people infected by it. So why did the Alaskan man die?

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