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COVID is still out there. Here's what to do if you get it now

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LOS ANGELES — The government is ready to declare COVID-19 over: The nationwide state of emergency is set to end on May 11. In California, the state of emergency concluded in February. Johns Hopkins University shut down its nationwide COVID-19 data tracking this month.

But COVID-19 isn't gone. Though cases and deaths are on a downswing, plenty...Read more


Tuberculosis cases are up for the second year in a row, CDC warns

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Tuberculosis cases have increased for the second year in a row, according to a March 2023 report from the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While incidence of tuberculosis within the U.S. declined substantially during the COVID-19 pandemic, cases of the disease are now returning to pre-pandemic levels.

“During 2022, ...Read more

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'Blonde with a dog,' guardian angels saved life of CEO. He's trying to find them

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If you’re going to jog and essentially drop dead on the sidewalk, you’d want it to happen like it did for Jon Cook of Johnson County, Kansas — who’d still like to find the unknown “blonde with a dog” and other guardian angels who helped save his life.

“We’ve tried hard. We’ve gone door to door. I’ve tried going on (the app) ...Read more

Gender-affirming care has a long history in the US – and not just for transgender people

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In 1976, a woman from Roanoke, Virginia, named Rhoda received a prescription for two drugs: estrogen and progestin. Twelve months later, a local reporter noted Rhoda’s surprisingly soft skin and visible breasts. He wrote that the drugs had made her “so completely female.”

Indeed, that was the point. The University of Virginia ...Read more


Mayo Clinic Minute: Is your exercise program heart-healthy?

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You're getting to the gym regularly. Meeting your friends for a walk around the block. Maybe aerobics class is your go-to exercise. But is your exercise program the best for your heart health?

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the U.S. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one person dies ...Read more


Ask the Pediatrician: Is it OK to need a break from my children?

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Parenting is hard. You give all you've got to love your children and make sure they're safe and thriving. You may not be sleeping well. You haven't had time to yourself. You miss being with other adults.

Every parent has asked themselves this question at some point: Is it OK to take a break from my children?

The daily pressures of juggling ...Read more


There's a new invasive mosquito species in Florida. Will this one spread disease?

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An invasive mosquito with a curved mouth and a striped body is the latest addition to a growing list of nonnative mosquito species bridging the gap between the tropics and Florida.

The insect is known only by its scientific name, a moniker you’d expect from a comic book: Culex lactator.

This new species resides in two Southwest Florida ...Read more

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Mayo Clinic Minute: Can the MIND diet improve brain health?

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You might be hearing more about the MIND diet of late. A recent study has added to the evidence that the diet, which includes a variety of brain-friendly foods, may help protect against Alzheimer's disease.

In this Mayo Clinic Minute, Angie Murad, a registered dietitian and nutritionist and patient educator at Mayo Clinic, explains the benefits...Read more

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Kentucky governor vetoes controversial bill banning gender-affirming care for youth

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LEXINGTON, Ky. — Gov. Andy Beshear vetoed a controversial bill Friday that would ban gender-affirming care for transgender youth in Kentucky.

In addition to banning puberty-blockers, hormones and surgeries for kids under 18, Senate Bill 150 would also ban lessons on gender identity and sexual orientation, prevents trans students from using ...Read more

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Sen. Bernie Sanders shows fire, but seeks modest goals, in his debut drug hearing as health chair

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Sen. Bernie Sanders, who rose to national prominence criticizing big business in general and the pharmaceutical industry in particular, claimed the spotlight Wednesday on what might at first seem a powerful new stage from which to advance his agenda: chairmanship of the Senate health committee.

But the hearing Sanders used to excoriate a ...Read more


Johns Hopkins study highlights promise of IV mistletoe extract for cancer therapy

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BALTIMORE -- Ivelisse Page already had 15 inches of her colon and 28 lymph nodes removed to treat her colon cancer, but in the winter of 2008 she received more devastating news.

The cancer had spread to her liver.

Page’s doctor, Dr. Luis Diaz – an oncologist at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York and professor at the ...Read more


Five ways AI promises to transform organ transplants

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ROCHESTER, Minn. — Artificial intelligence (AI) has the potential to become a valuable tool for transplant to save more patients' lives. Recent studies have already shown promise in using AI to analyze large sets of data to discover important trends and patterns. In this expert alert, Mayo Clinic transplant experts share how this technology ...Read more

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Ready to Run: Mayo Clinic Health System gives tips on planning for a long race

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MANKATO, Minn. — You've thought about it for years. You've dreamed of crossing the finish line. It's on your bucket list, or maybe it's become a tradition. You've registered for a long-distance race like a 5K, 10K, half-marathon or marathon. So now's the time to plan and prepare for your big day.

This critical process will be shaped by your ...Read more

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South Carolina GOP senators consider ban on transgender care for children, joining a growing list of states

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COLUMBIA, S.C. — A group of South Carolina Republican lawmakers are looking to join a handful of other states that have passed restrictions on certain medical care for transgender children.

A Republican-led Senate panel on Thursday held the first of what is slated to be a much longer two-part public hearing next Wednesday, gathering testimony...Read more

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Florida families sue state for banning transgender care for youth

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Florida’s ban on gender-affirming medical treatment for youth is unconstitutional, a group of parents and transgender children alleged in a federal lawsuit filed Thursday.

The ban violates the 14th Amendment’s equal protection clause because it singles out transgender minors and blocks them from obtaining medically necessary care for gender...Read more

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Georgia governor signs bill limiting treatment to transgender minors

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ATLANTA — Gov. Brian Kemp on Thursday signed a bill into law that bans health care providers from providing certain hormones or surgical treatment to children to align with their gender identity.

Senate Bill 140 passed the Legislature on a party-line vote, with Republicans supporting it.

“As Georgians, parents and elected leaders, it is ...Read more


Consumer Health: Nutritional needs during pregnancy and breastfeeding

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March is National Nutrition Month, which makes this a good time to learn about your nutritional needs during pregnancy and while breastfeeding.

During pregnancy, the basic principles of healthy eating remain the same — get plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein and healthy fats. However, a few nutrients in a pregnancy diet ...Read more


Mayo Clinic Minute: How is kidney cancer treated?

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More than 50,000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with kidney cancer each year. Risks factors for developing this type of cancer include environmental exposures, such as smoking, high blood pressure, a history of kidney failure, obesity or not having a healthy weight. And there are also hereditary syndromes that may increase your risk for kidney...Read more

Mounting research points to health harms from cannabis, THC and CBD use during pregnancy, adolescence and other periods of rapid development

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Cannabis is a widely used psychoactive drug worldwide, and its popularity is growing: The U.S. market for recreational cannabis sales could surpass US$72 billion by 2023.

As of early 2023, 21 U.S. states and the District of Columbia have legalized cannabis for recreational use for people age 21 and up, while 39 states plus the ...Read more

Can a vegan diet treat rheumatoid arthritis?

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I recently learned about a study suggesting a vegan diet is an effective treatment for rheumatoid arthritis.

While that sounded intriguing, another claim made in an interview about the study really caught my attention: the lead author of the study said that physicians should encourage people with rheumatoid arthritis to try changing their ...Read more