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Mayo Clinic Q and A: Endometrial ablation when pelvic pain or endometriosis are present

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DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I've been diagnosed with endometriosis and have heavy menstrual bleeding. My health care provider said I should consider endometrial ablation. A friend told me it might be problematic because I'm only in my late 20s, and it could affect my ability to conceive a child down the road. What are the risks? Are other treatments ...Read more

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It's never too late to start moving, but science is finding you may not catch up to lifelong exercisers

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PHILADELPHIA — Seventy-seven-year-old David Pallett, who began exercising seriously about four months ago, started a recent workout by donning a 15-pound vest and climbing 100 stairs — two at a time.

After that little warm-up, personal trainer Jim Hart, who specializes in working with older adults, led Pallett through an hour of exercises ...Read more

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Mayo Clinic Q and A: Endometrial ablation when pelvic pain or endometriosis are present

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DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I've been diagnosed with endometriosis and have heavy menstrual bleeding. My health care provider said I should consider endometrial ablation. A friend told me it might be problematic because I'm only in my late 20s, and it could affect my ability to conceive a child down the road. What are the risks? Are other treatments ...Read more

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In prison, the gym was his safe haven. Now he's helping others reach their fitness goals as a gym owner, trainer

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CHICAGO -- When Luis Centeno was younger, he had life goals that included wanting to build his own business.

He eventually did, but the enterprise he worked to create on the streets of Chicago's Little Village neighborhood and beyond was selling drugs. He controlled blocks of the neighborhood while having run-ins with the law.

Centeno would ...Read more

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Census: Insured population holds steady, with a slight shift from private to public coverage

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Despite a pandemic-fueled recession, the number of uninsured Americans has increased only slightly since 2018, according to Census Bureau health insurance data released this week.

Twenty-eight million people, or 8.6% of Americans, were uninsured for all of 2020. In 2019, 8% of people were uninsured during the full year; in 2018, it was 8.5%.

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Democrats' sweeping health care expansion at risk amid new clash over drug pricing

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WASHINGTON — Democrats are sharply divided over whether to require drugmakers to negotiate prices with the federal government, a rift threatening key parts of President Joe Biden's $3.5-trillion social safety net bill — including the possible expansion of Medicare or Obamacare — and one that could put the entire effort at risk.

Three ...Read more

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US states with high obesity almost doubles to 16, CDC says

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The number of U.S. states where more than a third of adults are obese has nearly doubled since 2018, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

That was the case for 16 states last year, up from nine states in 2018 and 12 in 2019, the CDC said in a report Wednesday. Texas, Ohio, Iowa and Delaware were new additions to the ...Read more

Environmental Nutrition: Spotlight on Supplements: L-Lysine

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An increasing number of Americans are open to eating a more plant-based diets including protein from non-animal sources. Since nutritional properties of animal and plant-based proteins differ, it is important to consider the quality of dietary protein, especially certain amino acids such as lysine. EN evaluates this amino acid and its role in ...Read more

COVID-19 home test kits and PPE are tax deductible

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According to the IRS, COVID-19 home testing kits are an eligible medical expense under the tax code. Personal protective equipment (PPE), such as masks, hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes, are also eligible medical expenses if they’re used primarily for preventing the spread of COVID-19. That means taxpayers who itemize can deduct the cost of...Read more

Eat right for healthy aging

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Eating right can help you age gracefully and healthfully — and sometimes all it takes to make smarter diet choices are just tiny tweaks. Consider these healthy-aging helpers:

Don’t let “low-fat” sabotage your diet.

As you age, your metabolism slows, and so your calorie needs decrease. Since fat packs almost twice as many calories as ...Read more

Heavy metals in baby food? What parents should know and do

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If there is anything you can trust to be safe, it should be baby food, right?

Well… maybe not.

A report from the US House Committee on Oversight and Reform says that commercial baby foods are tainted with dangerous levels of arsenic, lead, cadmium, and mercury.

Which baby food companies are involved?

The report was based on information ...Read more

Mayo Clinic Q&A: Incorporating yoga into your workout routine can be helpful.

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DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I have always been fairly flexible, so I have never felt compelled to include yoga in my fitness routine. Typically, I just walk and maybe do some weights for strength training. I was talking to a friend who said her physical therapist recommended yoga as part of a well-rounded workout routine. What is the benefit of yoga? ...Read more

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Back to school -- and bullying

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For many families, the start of school is a busy, exciting time of year. For some students, though, returning to school also means bullying, and the feelings of anxiety, sadness and loneliness bullying can cause.

Up to 20% of students 12-18 experience bullying in the U.S. each year, according to StopBullying.gov, which is a resource managed by ...Read more

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'I didn't know I needed this': New nonprofit uses yoga to address Black men's mental health

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CHICAGO — A group of Black men in Chicago are bending over backward to create community with one another after a year and a half of isolation, grief and trauma.

At least, that’s the goal of The Healing, a new nonprofit where Black men can practice yoga together — and then open up the floor to conversations about their struggles with ...Read more

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Mayo Clinic Minute: Managing atrial fibrillation

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Nearly 3 million Americans are living with a heart condition called atrial fibrillation, according to the American Heart Association. And the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that number could be as high as 12 million by the start of the next decade.

But what is atrial fibrillation and how do you fix it?

Reporter Jason Howland ...Read more

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Many of the changes wrought by the pandemic helped the disabled. They're not ready to give them up

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BALTIMORE — Traveling about 30 miles from Glen Burnie, Maryland, to Towson for her community language program has been a struggle for 63-year-old veteran Alison Elinoff. A stroke 15 years ago left the right side of her body paralyzed.

She skipped class several times — often for a doctor’s appointment at the Veterans Administration ...Read more

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Mom of 4 who hid HIV status for 14 years shares her story and warns people about the dangers of living undiagnosed

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CHICAGO -- When Chatrivia Kennedy was summoned to her doctor’s office for the results of a blood test at eight months pregnant with her second child, she prepared herself for the news.

Less than two weeks earlier, the then 24-year-old’s partner was diagnosed with pneumocystis pneumonia, a condition that strikes those with a compromised ...Read more

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What to know about treating sepsis

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September is Sepsis Awareness Month, which makes this a good time to learn more about the treatment of this potentially life-threatening condition.

Nearly 270,000 people in the U.S. die each year as a result of sepsis, and one-third of people who die in a hospital have sepsis, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Sepsis...Read more

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Health care unions defending Newsom from recall will want single-payer payback

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Should Gavin Newsom survive the Republican-driven attempt to oust him from office, the Democratic governor will face the prospect of paying back supporters who coalesced behind him.

And the leaders of California’s single-payer movement will want their due.

Publicly, union leaders say they’re standing beside Newsom ...Read more

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Ask the Pediatrician: Should parents be concerned about long-term COVID-19 effects in children?

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Q: My son had COVID-19 a few months ago and seems to have some lingering effects. Should I talk to his pediatrician?

A: Millions of U.S. children and teens have tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Fortunately, they have been less likely than adults, so far, to become very ill.

However, even if they had few or no ...Read more