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How to integrate work, home life during the COVID-19 pandemic

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Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, more people are working from home than ever before. As physical boundaries between work and personal life blur, it can become difficult to manage the two worlds.

Dr. Adam Perlman, director of Integrative Health and Well-Being at Mayo Clinic in Florida, says instead of separating your professional and personal ...Read more

Masks could save the lives of 66,000 Americans by Dec. 1 — if more people wear them

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By Dec. 1, there will be an estimated 295,011 coronavirus deaths in the United States since the start of the pandemic. But nearly 66,000 of these deaths -- about one in four -- could have been prevented if all Americans would wear a mask in public, according to the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of ...Read more

California's public health director resigns amid questions about coronavirus test data

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Gov. Gavin Newsom's director of the California Department of Public Health resigned on Sunday, an abrupt departure of a key adviser in the state's coronavirus battle just days after the discovery of a computer system failure that resulted in the undercounting of COVID-19 cases.

Dr. Sonia Angell, who held the position for ...Read more

Coronavirus infection by race: What's behind the health disparities?

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Research increasingly shows that racial and ethnic minorities are disproportionately affected by coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the United States.

For example, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), African Americans make up only 13% of the U.S. population, but represent a third of people ...Read more

Safety tips for returning to school during COVID-19

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Returning to school has taken on new meaning and a new set of worries for parents and caregivers during the age of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). As schools reopen, they must balance the educational, social and emotional needs of their students along with the health and safety of students and staff in the midst of the evolving COVID-19 ...Read more

Chaos? Irrelevant? Pandemic shifts Affordable Care Act legal fight

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AUSTIN, Texas -- A lot has happened since March 2, when the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear Texas' bid to strike down the Affordable Care Act.

Two days later, Texas discovered its first case of COVID-19, and Gov. Greg Abbott declared a statewide emergency over the pandemic nine days after that.

As the coronavirus spread over the next five ...Read more

Americans are more likely to report mental health concerns related to the pandemic than other developed countries, survey finds

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As the United States works to stop rising coronavirus case numbers, behavioral health professionals warn that mental health will continue to deteriorate as a result of the pandemic.

Between March and May, one-third of Americans reported experiencing stress, anxiety and sadness that was difficult to cope with by themselves, according to a survey...Read more

Healthy Men: Male infertility may predict other health problems

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Dear HealthyMen: My wife and I have been trying for a year and have been unable to get pregnant. I want to be there to support her, but I'm suffering too and feeling something less than manly. Is there something wrong with me?

Masculinity is a complicated thing. And there's no more masculine way for a man to express his, well, masculinity than ...Read more

Health care workers of color nearly twice as likely as whites to get COVID-19, study finds

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Health care workers of color were more likely to care for patients with suspected or confirmed COVID-19, more likely to report using inadequate or reused protective gear, and nearly twice as likely as white colleagues to test positive for the coronavirus, a new study from Harvard Medical School researchers found.

The study also showed that ...Read more

Cancer diagnoses plummet during COVID-19, and experts fear that could mean worse disease later

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Diagnoses of six common cancer types dropped in the early months of the coronavirus pandemic, as routine screenings were postponed by health systems and patients avoided going to the doctor for fear of contracting the virus, a new study suggests.

The study, an analysis of Quest Diagnostics data published online in the Journal of the American ...Read more

Importance of home exercise while being isolated

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As social distancing becomes the norm due to COVID-19, it's important to find new ways to remain active, as exercise is important.

"We need fitness for better overall health but in particular to keep our stress level down, especially now. We don't want our muscles to become sedentary since we're staying at home," says Dr. Sunni Alessandria, a ...Read more

Hand-washing: Do's and don'ts

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Hand-washing is an easy way to prevent infection. Understand when to wash your hands, how to properly use hand sanitizer and how to get your children into the habit.

Frequent hand-washing is one of the best ways to avoid getting sick and spreading illness. Find out when and how to wash your hands properly.

When to wash your hands

As you touch...Read more

Pandemic's effect on already rising suicide rates heightens worry

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WASHINGTON -- Officers in Los Alamos, New Mexico, were called to check on an individual earlier this year, and after breaching the door realized they were too late.

"One of our suicides we had just barely missed," said Oliver Morris, operations commander for the Los Alamos Police Department, who had conducted countless checks as an officer for ...Read more

Do you know how to take your temperature?

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Always use a digital thermometer to check your temperature. Because of the potential for mercury exposure or ingestion, glass mercury thermometers have been phased out and are no longer recommended.

No matter which type of thermometer you use, take these precautions:

Read the instructions that came with the thermometer.

Wash your hands with ...Read more

Safe outdoor activities during the COVID-19 pandemic

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For many people, the summer of 2020 has been like no other in recent memory. Public health restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic have led to canceled festivals, concerts and other events. Many vacations and large celebrations have been limited or put on hold.

Despite the changes caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, there's still plenty of ...Read more

What's the difference between quarantine and isolation?

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Preventing the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19 is key to slowing the pandemic. People who have symptoms or who have suspected or known exposure to the virus, should practice self-quarantine or self-isolation. But what do the terms mean, and which should you do?

Dr. Clayton T. Cowl, a pulmonologist and chair of Mayo Clinic's Division of...Read more

What to do when anxiety affects your sleep

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In these days where there is high anxiety around COVID-19, getting your sleep isn't easy. But a good night's sleep is a key factor in maintaining your health and protecting your immune system.

"Sleep is so important. It can make you happier and healthier," says Jenny Prinsen, a pulmonology nurse practitioner at Mayo Clinic Health System in ...Read more

2020 Election: The health care debate

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Health care is high on the minds of Americans as November approaches. According to a Kaiser Family Foundation poll, 23% of registered voters said health care is the most important issue in determining their vote for president. Only the economy ranked higher, at 25%. Tens of millions of people lost their jobs and health insurance because of the ...Read more

Healthier fish choices

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We know fish is important for health — high in protein, low in saturated fat, a good source of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids and rich in vitamins, such as vitamins D and B2, and minerals, including iron, iodine, magnesium, and potassium. Research shows that eating fish once or twice a week may reduce risk of several chronic conditions, ...Read more

7 health benefits of tomatoes

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You might be surprised to learn that the tomato on your kitchen counter is a low-calorie package chock-full of nutrients. To reap the benefits, you can incorporate tomatoes into your diet in a number of ways, such as fresh, dried or as sauce, salsa or paste.

Try adding fresh tomatoes to omelets and salads, or serve them sliced, drizzled with ...Read more