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Little-known lung infection grabs limelight from COVID-19, RSV

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A little-known respiratory virus is grabbing the limelight from COVID-19 and RSV after cases surged earlier this year, spurring companies to prepare their vaccines for a waiting market.

About one in five U.S. lung patients who were tested in March for the illness, called human metapneumovirus, or hMPV, showed signs of the disease, according to ...Read more

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'This law specifically targets us': Idaho families sue to block trans health care ban

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BOISE, Idaho — Two Idaho families are suing to block a law that makes it a crime to provide gender-affirming care for transgender youth.

House Bill 71, passed by the Legislature this year and signed into law by Idaho Gov. Brad Little, makes it a felony for physicians to provide transition-related surgeries and medication, such as puberty ...Read more

Drugs that melt away pounds present more questions than answers, but they could be a key tool in reducing the obesity epidemic

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In the past five years, several new drugs have been brought to market that could lead to a profound, if not revolutionary, change in how health care providers – and the public – view weight loss.

Three drugs in particular – sold under the brand names Wegovy, Ozempic and Mounjaro – have shown remarkable effects on weight loss ...Read more

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Mayo Clinic Q and A: Staying safe while running

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DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I'm training for my first long-distance race, and I want to be safe on my runs. Unfortunately, due to where I live, the weather is often a challenge. On other days, I'm finding I cannot get in my miles until after dusk. I'm wondering if you have any advice for staying injury-free in cold, rainy or dark conditions?

ANSWER: ...Read more


Mayo Clinic Minute: What is this bright red birthmark on my baby?

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A hemangioma, also known as a strawberry birthmark, is a bright red birthmark that shows up in the first or second week of life. It looks like a rubbery bump and is made up of extra blood vessels in the skin.

In this Mayo Clinic Minute, Dr. Megha Tollefson, a Mayo Clinic pediatric dermatologist, explains what caregivers should know if their ...Read more

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Many people living in the 'Diabetes Belt' are plagued with medical debt

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Delores Lowery remembers vividly the day in 2016 when she was working in a weaving plant near her home in Bennettsville, South Carolina, and the world around her seemed to go dim.

She turned to her co-workers. “And I asked, I said, ‘Why y’all got it so dark in here? They said, ‘Delores, it’s not dark in here.’ I said, ‘Yes, it is....Read more


Denials of health insurance claims are rising -- and getting weirder

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Millions of Americans in the past few years have run into this experience: filing a health care insurance claim that once might have been paid immediately but instead is just as quickly denied. If the experience and the insurer’s explanation often seem arbitrary and absurd, that might be because companies appear increasingly likely to employ ...Read more

How a medical recoding may limit cancer patients' options for breast reconstruction

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The federal government is reconsidering a decision that breast cancer patients, plastic surgeons, and members of Congress have protested would limit women’s options for reconstructive surgery.

On June 1, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services plans to reexamine how doctors are paid for a type of breast reconstruction known as DIEP flap,...Read more

Cytomegalovirus lies dormant in most US adults and is the leading infectious cause of birth defects, but few have heard of it

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“Why didn’t anyone tell me about this virus?” is a frequent response I hear from parents upon learning their newborn is infected with cytomegalovirus, or CMV. Although more than half of the U.S. population will be infected with CMV by the age of 40 and the disease is common worldwide, few people have ever heard of it.

CMV ...Read more

Environmental Nutrition: Pack a stash of pistachios

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There’s no denying the irresistible pistachio. Its smooth beige shell reveals a peak of the green goodness within.

The folklore

Native to the Middle East, including what is now Turkey, Iran and Syria, pistachios were considered royalty and an aphrodisiac, and Chinese legend says they bring good luck to those who hear the shells pop open ...Read more

Can a multivitamin keep your brain healthy?

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Millions of people take a multivitamin each day. Some believe it’s a sort of insurance in case their diet is missing some essential nutrient. Others believe it will ward off disease by boosting immunity, improving brain health, or regulating metabolism. It's easy to see where these ideas come from: ads tout wide-ranging health benefits, even ...Read more

7 ways to avoid the worst summer calorie bombs

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Summer is the season of flip flops, swimsuits, and lots of traditions that revolve! Here’s how to sidestep seven classic calorie bombs, and seriously upgrade your health.

1. Trade ice cream for frozen treats.

Switching to frozen yogurt shaves off some calories, but a pint can still cost you 800 calories!

The swap: Whip up a ...Read more

Mayo Clinic Q&A: Ear infections can occur from a variety of activities, including swimming

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DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I swim for exercise and relaxation. I try to get in the pool about three times a week. Recently, I have begun to have episodes where it feels like water is still in my ear. Then my ear becomes red and painful. A friend suggested I might have swimmer’s ear. Is this something that is easy to treat? Do I need to stop swimming?

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This panel will decide whose medicine to make affordable. Its choice will be tricky.

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Catherine Reitzel’s multiple sclerosis medication costs nearly $100,000 a year. Kris Garcia relies on a drug for a blood-clotting disorder that runs $10,000 for a three-day supply. And Mariana Marquez-Farmer would likely die within days without her monthly $300 vial of insulin.

At best, a Colorado panel of medical and pharmacy experts seeking...Read more


Mayo Clinic Minute: What's the skinny on weight-loss drugs?

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Want to lose weight? It's really just basic math. Burn more calories than you take in. The best way to do that is by eating a healthy diet — reducing your calorie intake — and being physically active, which increases the number of calories burned.

While it appears to be simple, many people find it challenging to effectively lose weight and ...Read more


Hit it on the nose: Deviated septum

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Your nose is front and center on your face. It serves many functions, including humidifying and cleaning the air you breathe; delivering tone to your voice; and providing a sense of smell, which is important for taste, identification and memory. Love or loathe it, your nose is also a key part of your visual identity.

One of the most common nose...Read more

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California governor and Democratic lawmakers at odds over billions in health care funds

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — When Gov. Gavin Newsom took office four years ago, the Democrat went after Republicans on the national stage as they sought to gut the Affordable Care Act. Key to his ambitious health care agenda: reinstating the fine on Californians who don’t have health coverage, which had been eliminated at the federal level.

It was ...Read more


Abortion bans are driving off doctors and closing clinics, putting basic health care at risk

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The rush in conservative states to ban abortion after the overturn of Roe v. Wade is resulting in a startling consequence that abortion opponents may not have considered: fewer medical services available for all women living in those states.

Doctors are showing — through their words and actions — that they are reluctant to practice in ...Read more

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He returned to the US for his daughter's wedding. He left with a $42,000 hospital bill

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Last June, Jay Comfort flew to the United States from his home in Switzerland to attend his only daughter’s wedding. But the week before the ceremony — on a Friday evening — Comfort said he found himself in “excruciating pain.”

“I tried to gut it out for three hours because of the insurance situation,” said Comfort, a retired ...Read more


CDC encourages mpox vaccination to prevent summer outbreak

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PITTSBURGH — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report encouraging those at risk for the virus mpox — formerly called monkeypox — and in areas with low vaccination rates to get vaccinated.

The study is based on statistical modeling that takes into account total U.S. mpox cases since May 2022 and varying levels of ...Read more