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Mayo Clinic Minute: Symptoms of colorectal cancer

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Colorectal cancer refers to a cancer that begins to form in the colon or the rectum. It's the second most common cause of cancer death in the U.S., behind lung cancer.

The good news is colorectal cancer is treatable, especially if diagnosed early.

The symptoms of colorectal cancer can be very vague or nonspecific says Mayo Clinic ...Read more

How to travel safely during the COVID-19 pandemic

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Are you considering rescheduling travel that you put off because of coronavirus disease? Maybe you have work or family obligations that require you to travel. Yet worries about safe travel and lodging are holding you back.

Get the facts about your travel options and learn how to protect yourself if you must travel.

Stay safe when you travel

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Open (your wallet) wide: Dentists charge extra for infection control

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After nearly two months at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Erica Schoenradt was making plans in May to see her dentist for a checkup.

Then she received a notice from Swish Dental that the cost of her next visit would include a new $20 "infection control fee" that would likely not be covered by her insurer.

"I was surprised and then annoyed,...Read more

A word about wine

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If you enjoy a glass of merlot, pinot noir or shiraz, you may be pleased to hear that red wine contains compounds that may also be beneficial to your health.

While red wine has been considered a celebratory and wholesome part of traditional diets in much of Europe for thousands of years, it wasn’t until research identifying the “French ...Read more

Mayo Clinic Q&A: Skin condition melasma can be challenging to get rid of completely

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DEAR MAYO CLINIC: Years ago, I had some patches of melasma on my face removed with IPL treatment. When I went to make an appointment with my dermatologist recently for the same condition, I was told IPL should not be used for melasma. Why is this? What treatment should be used?

ANSWER: The skin condition melasma can be challenging to get rid of...Read more

Mid-year changes to your health plan, FSA or HSA

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You probably never heard of COVID-19 when you picked this year’s health insurance policy at work. You couldn’t have planned for the coronavirus pandemic when you signed up for a 2020 flexible spending arrangement (FSA), either. But you might not be stuck with the choices you made in 2019 with respect to employer-provided health insurance and...Read more

A guide to making sense of coronavirus studies

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Here at The Inquirer's Health & Science desk, we often are asked how we decide what to write about. My answer always includes this statement:

A huge part of the job is deciding what not to write about.

That is true even for the coronavirus, a topic for which people seem to have an insatiable appetite, no matter how small the development. We ...Read more

Coronavirus surprise: IRS allows midyear insurance and FSA changes

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The economic upheaval and social disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic have upended the assumptions many people made last fall about which insurance plan to sign up for, or how much of their pretax wages to sock away in health or dependent care flexible spending accounts.

You may find yourself in a high-priced health plan you can no ...Read more

Remote devices for telehealth see surge in demand

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Smartphone apps and connected devices that largely have seen niche use in the telemedicine context are likely to see a significant growth as online and remote consultations with doctors during the COVID-19 pandemic become more routine and established in the months to come.

The devices and apps range from ones that are worn like a skin patch and...Read more

Workplace infection rule could backfire, Labor Department says

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Forcing the Labor Department to adopt an emergency temporary standard to protect workers against COVID-19 infections could result in an "ineffective or counterproductive" regulation that would be difficult to modify if necessary, the department said in court documents.

And ordering the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to issue such...Read more

Unemployment, isolation and depression from COVID-19 may cause more 'deaths of despair'

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PHILADELPHIA -- Even before protesters across the country took to the streets in rage and grief over police brutality, Americans were already facing unprecedented stress, isolation, depression and fear brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Earlier this month, as the country began to consider relaxing stay-at-home orders and reopening businesses,...Read more

Coronavirus pandemic is fueling efforts to increase access to abortion pills

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PHILADELPHIA -- The pandemic is helping U.S. abortion-rights advocates achieve a long-standing goal: Make it easier for women to use pills to end pregnancies up to 10 weeks.

Federal and state regulations have restricted access to "medication abortion" ever since the Food and Drug Administration approved it two decades ago. Nonetheless, use of ...Read more

UnitedHealth to donate $10M to George Floyd family, rebuilding causes

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UnitedHealth Group said it will pay for the college education of George Floyd's children and donate more than $10 million to help Twin Cities neighborhoods hurt by the riots of the last week.

After Floyd died while in Minneapolis police custody, an offshoot of peaceful protests turned violent, resulting in days of looting and destruction in ...Read more

Cancer summit presses toward treatments in shadow of COVID-19

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The year's biggest meeting of cancer researchers was subjected to a coronavirus overhaul this year, but even in scaled-back form it forced investors to recalibrate their expectations for some closely watched medicines.

The American Society of Clinical Oncology meeting is the field's most important gathering each spring, providing a stage for ...Read more

'It matters': Nurse asks to work 60-hour weeks to help COVID-19 patients

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The middle-aged man lay dying of COVID-19 in the intensive care unit, only moments from his last, shallow breath. The ventilator was removed. His brain had already been hit by blood clots caused by the coronavirus during respiratory failure.

Sarah Kiehl stood at his bedside, her face and head beneath a plastic hood, her ...Read more

Coronavirus grief: Coping with the loss of routine during the pandemic

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It isn't easy adjusting to changes brought on by the pandemic. Consider how to deal with grief caused by the loss of your normal routine.

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has changed people's lives in many ways. In addition to feeling grief over the loss of life caused by COVID-19, you're likely grieving the loss of your normal ...Read more

COVID-19 clouds early health insurance premium requests

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WASHINGTON -- Health insurance premium requests are beginning to trickle in from states with early filing deadlines, but the potential effects from the coronavirus pandemic are still largely speculative.

Some health insurers in early deadline states such as Vermont, Oregon and the District of Columbia are attributing portions of their proposed ...Read more

Mayo Clinic Minute: Why tobacco users should call it quits

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Tobacco users have an increased risk of becoming very sick if they contract the virus that causes COVID-19. If you use tobacco and want to stop, consider World No Tobacco Day on Sunday, May 31 as a start date.

"During this time when the COVID-19 pandemic has made maintaining the health of ourselves and our families top of mind, is the best time...Read more

For seniors, COVID-19 sets off a pandemic of despair

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As states relax coronavirus restrictions, older adults are advised, in most cases, to keep sheltering in place. But for some, the burden of isolation and uncertainty is becoming hard to bear.

This "stay at home awhile longer" advice recognizes that older adults are more likely to become critically ill and die if infected with the virus. At ...Read more

Advocates for domestic violence victims discuss COVID-19 challenges, ways to support victims

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SAN DIEGO -- Advocates and experts on domestic violence likely saw this coming: the response to keep people safe from COVID-19 would result in greater harm for victims of domestic violence. All of that time isolated and at home alone with an abusive partner has meant that the severity of the abuse can increase.

According to Futures Without ...Read more