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Getting to the heart of presidential fitness: How much do we need to know?

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Differences in health policy weren't the only bones presidential candidates had to pick last week. They also sparred over details of their personal health. And with the Super Tuesday primaries fast approaching, these skirmishes are likely to escalate.

In the run-up to the Las Vegas Democratic presidential primary face-off, Vermont Sen. Bernie ...Read more

UnitedHealthcare tackles homelessness as a root cause of poor health, and Philly is a test bed

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PHILADELPHIA -- Purvis Wright's health, and life, were spiraling out of control.

Wright went to the hospital in July 2018 after a spate of blackouts and throwing up blood. "It was all downhill," Wright said this month. "I wound up with my eight or nine different sicknesses all at once."

After a long stay at Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia...Read more

Mayo Clinic Minute: What's a cardiac stress test?

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Your heart provides blood to all parts of your body. In order to determine if it's pumping properly, your health care provider may order a cardiac stress test. It makes the heart pump harder and faster, and can reveal potential problems with blood flow.

Stressing the heart might not sound like a safe thing for someone with a cardiovascular ...Read more

Women's wellness: Stay heart-healthy during breast cancer

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A diagnosis of breast cancer is never easy to hear. Thanks to early diagnosis and better treatments, more women are surviving the disease. Dr. Jordan Ray, a Mayo Clinic cardiologist, urges all cancer patients to also pay attention to their heart health during and after treatment.

Cancer treatment, while lifesaving, can affect your heart health....Read more

Mayo researchers recommend all women with breast cancer diagnosis under age 66 be offered genetic testing

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ROCHESTER, Minn. -- A study by researchers at Mayo Clinic published this week in the Journal of Clinical Oncology suggests that all women with a breast cancer diagnosis under the age of 66 be offered germline genetic testing to determine if they have a gene mutation known to increase the risk of developing other cancers and cancers among blood ...Read more

Amazon launches app-based health-care service for Seattle-based employees

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SEATTLE -- In its most direct foray yet into the $3.8 trillion medical sector, Amazon has launched a pilot program to administer health care services to many of its nearly 54,000 Seattle-area employees and their families.

An app, called Amazon Care, provides on-demand chat and video consultations with medical professionals and enables users to ...Read more

Mayo clinic minute: Brush your way to heart health

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Poor oral health has been debated as a possible cause of heart disease for many years. Some research suggests that heart disease, clogged arteries and stroke might be linked to the inflammation and infections caused by oral bacteria.

Dr. Thomas Salinas, a Mayo Clinic dental specialist, says while there appears to be some connection between oral...Read more

Early exposure to cleaning products linked to asthma in small children

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Infants who live in houses where cleaning products are used more frequently have a higher risk for developing asthma and wheeze, a Canadian study found.

"The prevalence of childhood asthma has steadily increased over the past several decades and is now a leading cause of childhood chronic disease and admissions to hospital in developed ...Read more

Home remedies: animals as healers

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Pet therapy is gaining fans in health care and beyond. Animal-assisted therapy can reduce pain and anxiety in people with a range of health problems.

What is pet therapy?

Pet therapy is a broad term that includes animal-assisted therapy and other animal-assisted activities. Animal-assisted therapy is a growing field that uses dogs or other ...Read more

Fewer than 5% of pregnant women have good heart health, according to study. Experts say doctors need to do more in response.

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CHICAGO -- Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death during pregnancy and the postpartum period, and U.S. health experts are working to better understand why so many moms are dying.

But many women might be unaware of their heart risks while pregnant -- and the importance of taking steps to improve heart health is becoming clearer in ...Read more

Mayo Clinic Q&A: Thyroid disorder may not show symptoms until pregnancy

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DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I'm five months pregnant and was just diagnosed with hypothyroidism. I've never had thyroid problems before. Could this diagnosis be connected to my pregnancy? Will the hypothyroidism go away after I have my baby?

ANSWER: It's likely that the hypothyroidism was triggered by your pregnancy, but the underlying cause of the ...Read more

How AI helps people with atrial fibrillation

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Atrial fibrillation is an irregular and often rapid heart rate that can increase your risk of stroke and other heart-related complications. Up to 6.1 million people in the U.S. have the condition, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Dr. Paul Friedman, a Mayo Clinic cardiologist, uses artificial intelligence (AI) to ...Read more

Mayo Clinic Q and A: Respiratory syncytial virus outbreaks tend to occur from October to May

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DEAR MAYO CLINIC: My granddaughter is less than 1 year old and has had RSV twice. I seem to hear about RSV more often these days. How common is it? Could it have lasting effects on my granddaughter's health?

ANSWER: You question is a timely one, as we're in the peak of RSV season. Respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, is a respiratory illness ...Read more

Healthy Men: How education levels affect men's health

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Dear Healthy Men: What's the connection between education and health and how men are affected?

A: Great question. In broad terms, the more education someone has, the longer and healthier his or her life will be. The connection between the two is fairly intuitive, but it takes a few steps to get there. Here's how it works:

The first two steps ...Read more

Mayo Clinic Minute: Women, estrogen and heart disease

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Men and women have an increased risk of heart attack as they age. But women who have gone through menopause, no matter their age, are at increased risk.

Dr. DeLisa Fairweather, a Mayo Clinic cardiovascular disease researcher, points to decreasing levels of estrogen as the cause.

After menopause, women should pay close attention to their heart ...Read more

Mayo Clinic Q and A: Panic attack isn't life-threatening, but can be frightening experience

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DEAR MAYO CLINIC: After going to the emergency department for what I thought was a heart attack, the doctor told me there were no issues with my heart and that my symptoms were likely from a panic attack. How can I tell the difference, and how can I prevent future panic attacks?

ANSWER: While having a heart attack and experiencing a panic ...Read more

Want to live longer? Consider playing golf

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Those 25 million Americans who take to the golf course each week just might outlive us all.

New research suggests hitting the links at least once a month can lower the risk of death in older adults.

"Our study is perhaps the first of its kind to evaluate the long-term health benefits of golf, particularly one of the most popular sports among ...Read more

Women's wellness: What pregnant women need to know about heart health

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Pregnancy is a great time to talk about heart health. Dr. Sharonne N. Hayes, a Mayo Clinic cardiologist, says that women should know that they are at risk for heart disease and that pregnancy is a time of increased risk.

"Women should know what their risks are and address them, and talk to their doctor about: 'What should I be doing? Maybe my ...Read more

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