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Double lung transplants weren't typically recommended for lung cancer patients. But a new technique developed at Northwestern has been successful.

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CHICAGO — For decades, double lung transplants were not considered a viable option for treating lung cancer.

“It had been done, but it had always failed,” said Ankit Bharat, chief of thoracic surgery at Northwestern Medicine. “When you took out the lungs, the cancer cells would spread to the rest of the body, and it would come back a ...Read more

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Mayo Clinic Minute: Does intermittent fasting increase heart disease risk?

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For years, people have used intermittent fasting to lose unwanted pounds, while others fast for religious reasons. The popular diet trend is generally safe, but some studies suggest that time-restricted eating could cause heart problems.

Dr. Francisco Lopez-Jimenez, a Mayo Clinic cardiologist, says this type of dieting isn't for everyone.

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Commentary: What should we fear with AI in medicine?

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Will the threats associated with artificial intelligence be as bad as some fear? Or will AI be relatively benign? Could the answer be somewhere in between?

Perspectives on AI abound. Whether it be in medicine, security or education, new applications in search of an AI advantage continue to grow. This has prompted calls for well-intentioned ...Read more

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San Diego's biggest medical provider is all in on robot-assisted surgery

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SAN DIEGO -- Sharp HealthCare is among 11 medical providers worldwide to gain early access to the next generation of robot-assisted surgery. While this accomplishment may seem like a one-off upgrade, it actually signals a yearslong shift in how the region's largest health system operates.

When it announced its new da Vinci 5 system in March, ...Read more

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Mental health begins in infancy, child development experts tell parents

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CHICAGO -- Did you know babies can get depressed?

Andria Goss, associate vice president of clinical and community services at the Erikson Institute, a graduate school for social work, early childhood education and child development programs, said people are astonished when they learn and appreciate that fact.

“Babies experience everything as...Read more

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4 ways vaccine skeptics mislead you on measles and more

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Measles is on the rise in the United States. In the first quarter of this year, the number of cases was about 17 times what it was, on average, during the same period in each of the four years before, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Half of the people infected— mainly children — have been hospitalized.

It’s ...Read more

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Commentary: Most older Americans who need hearing aids don't use them. Here's how to change that

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Having depended on hearing aids for nearly three decades, I’m astounded by the lack of Medicare coverage for devices that can solve a problem afflicting tens of millions of older Americans.

Nearly two-thirds of Americans over age 70 have some degree of hearing loss, and over half of those 75 and older experience impairment serious enough to ...Read more

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'Hopeless': Idaho trans teens seeking to transition cope without gender-affirming care

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BOISE, Idaho — Inside a Boise clinic in April, Dr. Marvin Alviso was meeting with a transgender patient who had been on puberty blockers for a year. The Boise teen was ready and “giddy” to start taking testosterone, Alviso said, as part of the next step in his transition. It’s also a step in the slate of practices recommended in gender-...Read more

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Massachusetts shelled out nearly $400,000 for vaccine record checks in state-run shelters

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BOSTON — State officials have pumped nearly $400,000 into a program to review the vaccine records of families entering the emergency shelter system, including migrants from other countries who may have foreign documentation, according to the Healey administration.

Officials at Boston-based John Snow, Inc., which has long worked with the state...Read more

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Pitt, with military funding, develops technology to administer lifesaving care with minimal human intervention

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PITTSBURGH — On four occasions last year, medical helicopters flew over Pittsburgh transporting not injured humans, but wounded pigs.

The pigs — bleeding heavily from the abdomen — were stabilized in the air by an autonomous medical intervention system developed by the University of Pittsburgh as part of a military-funded study with the ...Read more

Louisiana set to reclassify abortion pills as controlled, dangerous substances − here’s what that means

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Louisiana’s Legislature approved a bill on May 23, 2024, that would reclassify two abortion pills, mifepristone and misoprostol, as “controlled, dangerous substances.” Both pills have a long history of safe and effective use in medication abortions as well as for treatment of miscarriages and other conditions. The bill, which is ...Read more

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Lawsuit accuses Florida´s Palm Beach County hospital network of sharing patients' private data with Facebook parent company

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ORLANDO, Fla. — The Palm Beach Health Network has become the latest health provider accused of illegally sharing identities and private health information of its patients with the social media company Meta, owner of Facebook.

A lawsuit filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in West Palm Beach says the health network’s websites share code ...Read more

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Monitoring the H5N1 avian influenza, bird flu, outbreak

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues to actively monitor the ongoing outbreak of H5N1 avian influenza, also known as bird flu, and says that the public health risk remains low.

Dr. Matthew Binnicker, director of the Clinical Virology Laboratory at Mayo Clinic, says scientists and public health officials have known about ...Read more

I want to keep my child safe from abuse − but research tells me I’m doing it wrong

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Child sexual abuse is uncomfortable to think about, much less talk about. The idea of an adult engaging in sexual behaviors with a child feels sickening. It’s easiest to believe that it rarely happens, and when it does, that it’s only to children whose parents aren’t protecting them.

This belief stayed with me during my early ...Read more

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Mayo Clinic Minute: Tips to prevent injuries while biking

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Bicycling is a great way to stay active and enjoy the outdoors. Whether you're a recreational rider or a daily commuter, it's important to protect your hands and wrists. Dr. Sanj Kakar, a Mayo Clinic orthopedic surgeon specializing in hands and wrists, shares practical tips to prevent injuries while biking.

Whether you're a pro or biking for ...Read more

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After a child's death, California weighs rules for phys ed during extreme weather

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LAKE ELSINORE, Calif. — Yahushua Robinson was an energetic boy who jumped and danced his way through life. Then, a physical education teacher instructed the 12-year-old to run outside on a day when the temperature climbed to 107 degrees.

“We lose loved ones all the time, but he was taken in a horrific way,” his mother, Janee Robinson, ...Read more

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Ask the Pediatrician: How AI affects children

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Artificial intelligence is rapidly changing the way we work, play and communicate. While artificial intelligence has potential to help solve complex problems, you've likely also heard serious concerns about it—and especially, the ways AI might change the lives of children and teens.

As child health experts at UNICEF have pointed out, kids ...Read more

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Mayo Clinic Minute: Who should be screened for skin cancer?

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Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the U.S. Each year, more than 6 million adults are treated for skin cancer, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Dr. Collin Costello, a Mayo Clinic dermatologist, says anyone can get skin cancer, but some people are at higher risk. So how often should you be screened?

A skin ...Read more

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Penn researchers made an avian flu vaccine using a technique that created COVID-19 vaccines

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University of Pennsylvania researchers have developed an mRNA vaccine for the H5N1 avian flu drawing increasing scrutiny by public health officials. The vaccine is effective against the virus in mice and ferrets, according to a new study published Thursday.

The Penn team is using the same technique that powered the speedy development of a COVID...Read more

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As states loosen childhood vaccine requirements, public health experts' worries grow

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Louisiana Republican state Rep. Kathy Edmonston believes no one ought to be required to vaccinate their children. So, she wants schools to proactively tell parents that it’s their right under Louisiana law to seek an exemption.

“It’s not the vaccine itself, it is the mandate,” Edmonston told Stateline. “The law is the law. And it ...Read more