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Mayo Clinic Q&A: Understanding tinnitus

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Q: What causes tinnitus, and is there anything that can be done to get rid of it?

A: Tinnitus -- the sensation of hearing a sound when no external sound is present -- often is described as a ringing, buzzing, roaring, clicking, humming, pulsing, or hissing sound, or any combination of these sounds. You may hear it in one or both ears. The sound...Read more

Study: Nutrition in nuts may help boost sperm count

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Eating nuts as part of a regular diet significantly improves the quality and function of human sperm, researchers in Spain found.

During a 14-week randomized clinical trial, 119 healthy and apparently fertile young men ages 18-35 were put into two groups. One followed their usual western-style diet supplemented with 60 grams -- roughly a half ...Read more

'It's not just a girl problem': When offering HPV vaccine, doctors advised to focus on cancer prevention

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LOCKPORT, Ill. -- In her children's pediatrician's office two years ago, Lockport mother Kelly DiFilippo declined the HPV vaccine for her oldest daughter, and "no one batted an eye," she said.

But when it was time for her second daughter's sixth-grade physical last winter, DiFilippo's refusal of the vaccine was met with a different reaction ...Read more

'If I lived on the North Side': Neighborhood may matter more than race in breast cancer survival rates

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CHICAGO -- In 2008, South Shore resident Cheryl King found a lump in her right breast.

When she told a health professional at a South Side facility, he dismissed it, saying many African-Americans have lumps in their breasts. In the three months it took to get appointments and tests with other professionals to verify it was cancer, it had grown ...Read more

What health risks will Thai soccer players face after they're rescued from cave?

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The worst is certainly over for the Thai boys who have been rescued from a flooded cave after being trapped there with their soccer coach for more than two weeks. But even though they're out of immediate danger, it may be some time before they've recovered from the physical and mental consequences of their harrowing ordeal.

The first four boys ...Read more

Insurers see 'uncertainty' from Trump administration payment halt

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The Trump administration's decision to halt federal health insurance transfer payments will lead to uncertainty and market disruption, insurers say.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, citing a federal court decision invalidating a statewide average premium, halted a program for individual and small group commercial markets that ...Read more

People are using social media to improve their odds of finding organ donors: 'Doing it can save my life'

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CHICAGO -- When Melanie Perry peers out the seventh-floor window of her Kenwood high-rise, she has a clear view of the helicopter pad at the University of Chicago Medical Center.

"It's as if God is telling me your kidney is in your view," she said. "God is keeping me. He can move mountains."

Perry, 34, has spent most of her life hoping for ...Read more

Healthy heatwave reminders: Heatstroke and hydration

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On bright summer days we may remember to apply the sunscreen, but we may not remember to give the heat the full respect it deserves. When temperatures soar, Mayo Clinic experts say we need to take precautions. We also need to be on guard for the warning signs of overheating. Family medicine physician Jennifer Nordstrom, M.D., at Mayo Clinic ...Read more

5 steps for lifesaving CPR

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More than 350,000 people had sudden cardiac arrest outside of a hospital in 2017. Those who received CPR were two to three times more likely to survive.

Joshua Moeckly, a Mayo Clinic cardiac nurse, explains the five steps you should go through in an effort to save a life.

It's a moment everyone hopes they never experience, but it could happen ...Read more

Home remedies: Treating your sunburn

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It boils down to what's in the term sunburn: "sun" and "burn." Simply put, the sun burns your skin. And the result can be pain, redness, blisters and peeling skin.

"Prevention is the key," says Dr. Cindy Kermott, a Mayo Clinic preventive medicine physician. "But if you've already been sunburned, taking a cool shower or bath can be a helpful ...Read more

Swimming pools, hot tubs are more likely than lakes to make you sick, studies find

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Taking a cool, refreshing dip in a lake or swimming pool is one of summer's enjoyments and sometimes a necessary escape from the stifling heat.

But two recent federal health studies found that some waters is better than others, at least when it comes to avoiding waterborne illnesses.

Of 633 outbreaks nationwide caused by bacteria, viruses or ...Read more

West Philadelphia nervously watches as fentanyl kills the unsuspecting

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At first, the medics thought the West Philadelphia man was having a heart attack. He had clutched his chest and passed out, they had been told at the scene, and now he was at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, intubated and still unresponsive.

Peter Sananman, the doctor on duty in the emergency room that day, took a look at the man's pupils. ...Read more

Immigrant families placed in detention centers face health care challenges

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The White House's plan to indefinitely detain immigrant families together threatens the care of young children, experts worry, by placing them with an agency with little experience in handling such complex needs.

Previously, the administration's "zero tolerance" immigration stance meant splitting children from parents, including 2,322 children ...Read more

Ditching the doctor? What to know about home health tests before trying them

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Medical tests save lives. Discovering diseases before they become more serious can mean the difference between life and death. But many Americans say they don't have time to see a doctor, live too far from a medical facility or are so uncomfortable with examinations that they avoid tests altogether.

These challenges have created a demand for ...Read more

Ever been depressed? Had cancer? Preexisting conditions can define your future

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Robin Shine Maddox has racked up $160,000 in charges for biopsies, chemotherapy, medications and scans since being diagnosed with breast cancer in February. Now the 55-year-old Mt. Airy resident looks forward to finishing treatment and being able to call herself a cancer survivor.

But even then, she'll be among the one-fourth of Americans under...Read more

ACA protections for sick patients still popular despite GOP's efforts to end them

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WASHINGTON--Even as many Republicans continue to back a repeal of the Affordable Care Act, a majority of GOP voters want to retain a core consumer protection of the law that prohibits insurers from denying care or charging more to people with histories of health problems, according to a poll released Wednesday.

The requirement that insurers ...Read more

Fearing deportation, immigrant parents are opting out of health benefits for kids

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The fear of family separation is nothing new for many immigrants already living in the U.S. In fact, that fear, heightened in recent weeks, has been forcing a tough decision for a while. Advocates say a growing number of American children are dropping out of Medicaid and other government programs because their parents are not citizens.

Marlene ...Read more

Police killings strain mental health of entire black community, study finds

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When an unarmed black American dies at the hands of police, the emotional impact reverberates so widely that black Americans who don't even know the victim report distress, anxiety and depression, creating a national mental health burden nearly comparable to the stress caused by a chronic illness like diabetes, a new study has found.

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Quality of life at diagnosis may predict survival for patients with aggressive lymphoma

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Self-reported quality of life among patients diagnosed with aggressive lymphoma can predict overall survival and event-free survival, a Mayo Clinic study has found. The results were presented at the 56th American Society of Hematology annual meeting, in San Francisco.

"We studied a large sample of patients with aggressive ...Read more

Surgical metrics do not provide a clear path to improvement

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PHOENIX -- While surgical outcomes have improved nationally over time, surgical outcome reporting does not necessarily lead to better outcomes, according to a Mayo Clinic study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Systems that capture, analyze, and report surgical outcomes are an increasingly important part of the ...Read more