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What is Alaskapox? A microbiologist explains the recently discovered virus that just claimed its first fatality

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Alaskapox, a virus in the same family as smallpox, cowpox and mpox, claimed its first fatality in January 2024 when an elderly Alaskan man died of the illness.

The virus, which was discovered in 2015, had previously resulted in only relatively mild illnesses in the six other people infected by it. So why did the Alaskan man die?

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Your heart changes in size and shape with exercise – this can lead to heart problems for some athletes and gym rats

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Exercise has long been recognized by clinicians, scientists and public health officials as an important way to maintain health throughout a person’s lifespan. It improves overall fitness, helps build strong muscles and bones, reduces the risk of chronic disease, improves mood and slows physical decline.

Exercise can also ...Read more

Environmental Nutrition: Eat to help prevent cancer

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According to the American Cancer Society, the lifetime risk of cancer in the United States is one in three. But, many people may not realize that more than half of all cancer deaths may be preventable by making healthier food choices, maintaining a healthy weight, and keeping physically active.

What can you do to help prevent cancer?

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7 things nutritionists eat at the airport

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Airport terminals are like a giant impulse aisle, full of temptations you may usually resist. That can lead to regrets later in the day: Opting for unhealthy snacks can result in gastrointestinal upset or feeling hangry, points out Ginger Hultin, RDN, owner of Champagne Nutrition.

Fortunately, there are plenty of good-for-you eats available at ...Read more

Is online gambling harming you?

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Online gambling — all those websites and apps that offer casino games, sports betting, poker, fantasy sports, and lotteries — can be exciting and entertaining. It’s an estimated$9.5 billion per year business, and growing. But for millions of Americans, what starts as occasional fun can lead to devastating gambling-related problems.

“You...Read more

Mayo Clinic Q&A: Thyroid nodules, cancer and treatment

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DEAR MAYO CLINIC: During a routine physical exam recently, my health specialist said she felt a thyroid nodule. I was told I'd need to have it checked, but I am concerned this might be cancer. What workup and treatment do I need?

ANSWER: The thyroid gland is an organ in the neck that is responsible for making hormones which regulate many ...Read more

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Dengue fever: A Mayo Clinic expert explains the mosquito-borne infection

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Recent outbreaks of dengue fever in Brazil have prompted public health officials to launch an immunization campaign targeting children ages 10 to 11.

Dengue fever is a potentially life-threatening viral infection transmitted through the bite of infected mosquitoes.

"Four different subtypes of the virus can cause infections in humans," says Dr....Read more

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The powerful constraints on medical care in Catholic hospitals across America

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Nurse midwife Beverly Maldonado recalls a pregnant woman arriving at Ascension Saint Agnes Hospital in Maryland after her water broke. It was weeks before the baby would have any chance of survival, and the patient’s wishes were clear, she recalled: “Why am I staying pregnant then? What’s the point?” the patient pleaded.

But the doctors...Read more

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The continued rise of maternal mortality in Georgia leaves families broken in its wake

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ATLANTA -- On August 16, 2022, Amanda Jones logged on to Facebook to share the good news. She posted pictures of a positive pregnancy test, a grainy black-and-white ultrasound image and test results confirming that she was expecting a second girl.

Jones had been a stay-at-home mother in Macon since she and her partner, Donald Tullius, welcomed ...Read more

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Mayo Clinic Minute: Can extra salt hurt your kidneys?

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Sodium is a mineral that your body needs to function well. When you combine sodium with the mineral, chloride, the two make table salt.

Sodium is added to many processed foods, including packaged and frozen meals. Many recipes call for salt in the ingredients, and many people add table salt to their food for flavor. But according to Dr. Ivan ...Read more

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Maryland lawmakers announce $111 in mental health funding for child-serving organizations

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Maryland state lawmakers on Tuesday announced $111 million in grant funding for child-serving organizations across the state to help them bolster their behavioral health service offerings, including counseling, early intervention and parent encouragement programs.

The grants, which were awarded to 129 Maryland community organizations — ...Read more

Nearly 2 million Americans are using kratom yearly, but it is banned in multiple states: A pharmacologist explains the controversy

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The herbal substance kratom, derived from the leaves of a Southeast Asian tree, is used by nearly 2 million people in the United States annually. It can be easily purchased at gas stations and convenience stores, smoke shops and online, and is marketed as an “herbal supplement.”

Proponents claim that kratom has many of the pain-...Read more

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Little-known devices restore vision to people who can't be helped by regular glasses

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Dick Bramer likes to watch birds flock outside the window of his home in Scandia. But for two years he couldn't see them well enough to identify the various species.

"I've got bird feeders and stuff out there, so that's kind of my thing," said Bramer, 76. "There are all kinds of birds coming in."

In July 2021 Bramer suffered what doctors ...Read more

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Try a cholesterol-lowering diet for heart health

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MANKATO, Minn. — With those New Year's resolutions behind us, some people may have reverted to less healthy ways of eating. Heart Month is a great time to remind yourself why a healthy diet is important for more than just your waistline.

"What you eat and drink affects your cholesterol and triglyceride levels, and if you have high cholesterol...Read more

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Mayo Clinic Minute: Health disparities in gynecologic cancers

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Each year, thousands of women are diagnosed with gynecologic cancers in the U.S. While cervical, ovarian and uterine cancer affects all races, Black women are often diagnosed at later stages and are more likely to die from these diseases.

Dr. Kristina Butler, a Mayo Clinic gynecologic oncologist, discusses health disparities and prevention.

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Southern lawmakers rethink long-standing opposition to Medicaid expansion

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As a part-time customer service representative, Jolene Dybas earns less than $15,000 a year, which is below the federal poverty level and too low for her to be eligible for subsidized health insurance on the Obamacare marketplace.

Dybas, 53, also does not qualify for Medicaid in her home state of Alabama because she does not meet the program ...Read more

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Calif. governor's top education adviser bares his mental health struggle: 'You're not alone'

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The boy hated himself.

Six months into his first year in high school, he dropped out. For more than a year, he isolated himself in his Huntington Beach bedroom where he became addicted to video games and anonymously vented his anger online with racist and misogynistic screeds, haunted by suicidal thoughts and fantasies about hurting others. His...Read more

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For Washington patients with serious mental illness, this little-known right may get stronger

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Andrea Boyd's son has been in crisis often enough to know the urgency of getting treatment when he needs it. In his 20s, without proper care and medication, he drifted onto the streets for nearly a decade.

He also knows the specific kind of care he needs when he's unstable.

"Please call a (designated crisis responder) or take me to emergency ...Read more

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Early detection may help Kentucky tamp down its lung cancer crisis

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Anthony Stumbo’s heart sank after the doctor shared his mother’s chest X-ray.

“I remember that drive home, bringing her back home, and we basically cried,” said the internal medicine physician, who had started practicing in eastern Kentucky near his childhood home shortly before his mother began feeling ill. “Nobody wants to get told ...Read more

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Ask the Pediatrician: My baby has a stuffy nose. How can I help them sleep safely?

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Welcome to the weary club of adults caring for little ones with respiratory illnesses. Nasal congestion from colds, flu, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), or COVID can make it harder for babies to breathe. This may keep them awake at night and upset family routines, too.

At this point, you're probably desperate for a solution. But, first, it'...Read more