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Mayo Clinic study looks at changes in patient characteristics, outcomes for coronary revascularization

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ROCHESTER, Minn. -- The most common type of heart disease -- coronary artery disease -- affects 6.7% of adults and accounts for 20% of deaths of adults under age 65. The condition builds over time as inflammation and cholesterol-containing plaques settle in the heart's arteries, where they can eventually cause narrowing and blockages that lead ...Read more

Trump's budget plan could cut Medicaid and Medicare health services. Here's how

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President Donald Trump's federal budget plan for fiscal year 2021, which begins in October, includes close to $1 trillion in cuts to Medicaid that analysts say could hurt access to health insurance and care for the millions of people covered by the safety-net program.

Politicians have tried for years to tamp down Medicaid costs, though soon ...Read more

Race Porter and Myles Gaskin are raising awareness about mental health, one broken heart at a time

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SEATTLE -- Race Porter paid $3.99 for his first broken heart.

Actually, it was two hearts -- a two-pack of iron-on patches he purchased at Michaels craft store last May. He kept one heart intact and, using his mom's iron, attached it onto the left sleeve of a Costco-brand plain white T-shirt.

He took the other red patch and cut a jagged line ...Read more

With national spotlight dimmed, Parkland students tackle the real struggle: Mental health

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- All it takes is the shrill sound of a fire alarm.

When Ryan Deitsch heard the sound in his dorm at American University earlier this month, he froze. As the rest of the students fled, yelling at him to follow, the freshman's heart raced as he relived the afternoon of Feb. 14, 2018 -- when a fire alarm put students and ...Read more

Home remedies: Just jammed your finger?

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A jammed finger is typically a sprain to the joint or knuckle, of the finger. There may also be a small fracture or dislocation of the joint. The injury can be extremely painful, and the joint usually becomes swollen. A jammed finger is a common sports injury. For example, your fingertip receives the full impact of a hard hit baseball, ...Read more

Consumer health: eating nuts for heart health

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Discover how walnuts, almonds and other nuts can help lower your cholesterol when eaten as part of a balanced diet.

Eating nuts as part of a healthy diet may be good for your heart. Nuts contain unsaturated fatty acids and other nutrients. And they're a great snack food -- inexpensive, easy to store and easy to pack when you're on the go.

One ...Read more

Home remedies: Acne affects people of all ages

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Acne is a skin condition that occurs when your hair follicles become plugged with oil and dead skin cells. It often causes whiteheads, blackheads or pimples, and usually appears on the face, forehead, chest, upper back and shoulders. Acne is most common among teenagers, though it affects people of all ages.

Effective treatments are available, ...Read more

Mayo clinic minute: Reversing versus preventing heart disease

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Regular exercise, a heart-healthy diet, maintaining a healthy weight and not smoking can help prevent heart disease. But is there anything that you can do to reverse it?

Yes, in certain cases, says Dr. Stephen Kopecky, a Mayo Clinic cardiologist.,

"The heart disease you can reverse is the narrowing of the arteries in the heart," says Dr. ...Read more

Infectious diseases A to Z: Novel coronavirus named covid-19

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Covid-19 is the new name for the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

The World Health Organization (WHO) says that "Co" and "vi" are derived from coronavirus, "d" stands for disease, and "19" is the year first cases were seen.

WHO says public health experts and researchers continue to discuss the ongoing global response to the outbreak.

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Mayo Clinic Q&A: Bone marrow transplants save lives, but more donors are needed

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DEAR MAYO CLINIC: Who can be a bone marrow donor? What's the process for becoming one?

ANSWER: In general, anyone between the ages of 18 and 60 who's in good health can be a bone marrow donor. To be considered, all you need to do is join the national registry of potential donors.

People who need a bone marrow transplant often have blood ...Read more

Mayo Clinic Q And A: Consistent oversight to ensure purity, safety of nonprescription CBD products doesn't exist

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DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I'm interested in trying CBD for knee pain. I see CBD for sale everywhere -- even at gas stations. How do I figure out which kind to buy? Are CBD products that are available without a prescription safe and effective?

ANSWER: When it comes to trying products made with cannabidiol, or CBD, that you can buy without a prescription...Read more

Infectious diseases A to Z: the common cold versus the flu

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Influenza and the common cold are respiratory illnesses caused by viruses. The more intense flu symptoms tend to come on more abruptly than the gradual, more mild symptoms of a cold. Dr. Nipunie Rajapakse, a pediatric infectious diseases specialist at Mayo Clinic, explains these two viral illnesses.

"Influenza is a specific type of infection ...Read more

Fact check: Better than other plans or better than nothing? Trump's claim about 'affordable' options

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In his wide-ranging State of the Union address, President Donald Trump returned to a favorite theme: the cost of health insurance.

He cited the high cost of premiums for people who buy their coverage through the Affordable Care Act marketplaces and said his administration has provided new, less costly coverage.

"I moved quickly to provide ...Read more

Gov. Newsom touts California's 'public option.' What public option?

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Several Democratic presidential hopefuls are pitching a federal "public option" as a way to expand health coverage and make it more affordable.

The details of their proposals vary, but the general idea is to create a government-sponsored plan that could compete with private insurance.

"We have a public option, just so folks know," California ...Read more

Mayo Clinic Minute: 3 things women should know about heart disease

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All women face the threat of heart disease, which is the No. 1 killer of Americans, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Mayo Clinic cardiologist Dr. Amy Pollak, a Mayo Clinic cardiologist, says there are many important things women should know about heart disease.

"The first one is to know your risk factors -- you know,...Read more

Mayo Clinic Q and A: Most aortic aneurysms are small, develop slowly

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DEAR MAYO CLINIC: What causes a thoracic aortic aneurysm? Does it always grow slowly, or do some develop more quickly?

ANSWER: A thoracic aortic aneurysm occurs when one or more areas along the wall of the aorta -- the body's largest blood vessel -- becomes weak or damaged. The aorta carries oxygen-filled blood from the heart to the body, ...Read more

Mayo Clinic Minute: Medications versus surgery for heart patients

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Coronary artery disease is the most common type of heart disease in the U.S, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The condition develops when the major blood vessels that supply your heart with blood become damaged or diseased. Plaque buildup narrows your coronary arteries, causing symptoms such as chest pain and ...Read more

To increase disposal of leftover opioids, give parents a bag of … coffee grounds?

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To combat opioid misuse, doctors who prescribe the addictive painkillers for youngsters should give their parents a Ziploc bag loaded with coffee grounds.

Dirt, cat litter, or another unappealing substance can be used instead of coffee grounds.

The idea -- validated by a University of Michigan study -- is that parents will be nudged to trash, ...Read more

Connecting patients: Talking about congenital heart disease

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Congenital heart disease (congenital heart defect) is one or more abnormalities in your heart's structure that you're born with. This most common of birth defects can alter the way blood flows through your heart. Defects range from simple, which might cause no problems, to complex, which can cause life-threatening complications.

Advances in ...Read more

Women's wellness: Understand heart disease symptoms and risk factors unique to women

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Heart disease is often thought to be more of a problem for men. However, it's the most common cause of death for both women and men in the United States. Because some heart disease symptoms in women can differ from those in men, women often don't know what to look for.

Fortunately, by learning their unique heart disease symptoms, women can ...Read more