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Coronavirus and heart inflammation in athletes: What we know about myocarditis

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A small but growing body of evidence shows that COVID-19 can damage the heart, sometimes fatally, even in a previously healthy young athlete.

This frightening fact is shrouded in so many unknowns that even expert medical groups can offer only limited guidance. That's why collegiate athletic conferences, professional sports leagues, and high ...Read more

Column: Trump promotes shoddy faith-based health plans in new attack on Obamacare

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Never let it be said that President Trump doesn't know how to take advantage of a crisis. For our latest example, let's look at how he has exploited the distractions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic to quietly launch yet another attack on the Affordable Care Act.

This attack involves promoting "healthcare sharing ministries," which are typically...Read more

Women's wellness: Cervical cancer screening guidelines updated

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Cervical cancer used to be one of the top causes of cancer for women in the U.S. But over the past decade, rates have been declining. As a result, the American Cancer Society recently updated its guidelines about when women should begin screening.

The updated guidelines recommend that women begin regular cervical cancer screenings with an HPV ...Read more

CDC study finds behavioral health concerns rose in June amid coronavirus

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WASHINGTON -- Symptoms of anxiety disorder, depressive disorder, substance use and suicidal thoughts have increased in the second quarter of this year compared to the same period last year, with over 40% of individuals in June reporting an adverse mental or behavioral health condition, according to a report released Thursday from the Centers for...Read more

Nurses and doctors sick with COVID-19 feel pressured to get back to work

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The first call in early April was from the testing center, informing the nurse she was positive for COVID-19 and should quarantine for two weeks.

The second call, less than 20 minutes later, was from her employer, as the hospital informed her she could return to her job within two days.

"I slept 20 hours a day," said the nurse, who works at a ...Read more

Inspired by essential workers, teenage brothers use a 3D printer to make face shields

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LOS ANGELES -- During the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States, Zubin and Tenzing Carvalho were on high alert. The two brothers from Hemet, Calif., ages 14 and 12, come from a family of healthcare workers, many of them in New Jersey and New York, two of the hardest hit states at the time.

Some relatives got COVID-19 and ...Read more

A review of differences in non-organic milk vs. organic milk

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Residues of at least one antibiotic were found in most of the conventional or non-organic milk samples (60%) collected from retail stores across the U.S., while none were detected in any of the organic samples, according to a study published in Public Health Nutrition 2019. Residues of several currently used pesticides were also detected in ...Read more

7 anti-inflammatory foods for anxiety

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One-third of Americans will experience prolonged anxiety at some point in their lives, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. While treatment once largely focused on medication and therapy, research suggests food and nutrients should play a role too.

This is because inflammation is often a root cause or underlying contributor to ...Read more

What are ultra-processed foods and are they bad for our health?

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You hear it all the time: the advice to “eat less processed food.” But what is processed food? For that matter, what is minimally processed food or ultra-processed food? And how does processed food affect our health?

What are processed and ultra-processed foods?

Unprocessed or minimally processed foods are whole foods in which the vitamins...Read more

Mayo Clinic Q&A: Bee sting allergies can occur at any stage in life

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DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I am 50 years old and recently had a pretty severe reaction to a bee sting. I remember as a kid that I was stung without any reaction. Is it normal to become allergic later in life? Is there anything I should do to protect myself from now on?

ANSWER: Although it’s uncommon to develop an allergy at age 50, it can happen. ...Read more

A coronavirus vaccine is on the horizon, thanks to a key discovery by these researchers

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AUSTIN, Texas -- When the latest coronavirus emerged, Jason McLellan and his team were ready to take action.

McLellan, an associate professor of molecular biosciences at the University of Texas, has been studying respiratory diseases for years. In 2017, McLellan's postdoctoral researcher Nianshuang Wang identified genetic mutations necessary to...Read more

A COVID 'silver lining': You can start drug treatment over the phone — and more people are starting to

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SEATTLE -- Denny Bos's ministry is the foothills of Mt. Baker, in east Whatcom County, Wash., a vast forest home to hundreds of people without addresses. Some live in ramshackle RVs, some in tents, some under tarps.

People go there when they lose their jobs or homes, when their addictions get too serious, or to get away from society, Bos said. ...Read more

Yale neuroscientist discusses how coronavirus pandemic stress alters brain chemistry

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For months, the nation has been assaulted by an invisible enemy that has the upper hand. The stress of the COVID-19 pandemic has many wondering, how is this affecting the mental health of the populace?

At their best, Americans are feeling distracted, forgetful, disorganized and helpless. At their worst, there are highly publicized incidents of ...Read more

Pandemic hampers reopening of joint replacement gold mine

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Dr. Ira Weintraub, a recently retired orthopedic surgeon who now works at a medical billing consultancy, saw a hip replacement bill for over $400,000 earlier this year.

"The patient stayed in the hospital 17 days, which is only 17 times normal. The bill got paid," mused Weintraub, chief medical officer of Portland, Oregon-based WellRithms, ...Read more

CDC tells parents, docs to watch for rare, neurologic condition in children this fall

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- One morning at breakfast six years ago, as Dawn Sticklen's healthy 13-year-old son tried to eat a bowl of cereal, his arms started shaking and got so weak he couldn't feed himself.

"We thought maybe it was because he had been sick for a few days and maybe he was just kinda weak from not eating properly," said Sticklen, who ...Read more

Rapid, cheap, home tests for coronavirus are in the works, but accuracy is an issue

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Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine tweeted early Thursday that he had tested positive for the coronavirus and would not be greeting President Donald Trump. Hours later, DeWine announced that two different tests had come back negative.

There, in a nutshell, is the nation's next pandemic testing dilemma.

DeWine first had an "antigen" test -- fast and ...Read more

Dr. Marshall vs. Dr. Bollier: Kansas Senate race offers sharp contrast on health policy

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WASHINGTON -- During a global pandemic, Kansas voters will have a choice between two doctors offering competing remedies for the current crisis and the health care system as a whole.

In the race for Kansas' open U.S. Senate seat, U.S. Rep. Roger Marshall, a Great Bend Republican and OB-GYN, faces state Sen. Barbara Bollier, a Mission Hills ...Read more

How to integrate work, home life during the COVID-19 pandemic

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Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, more people are working from home than ever before. As physical boundaries between work and personal life blur, it can become difficult to manage the two worlds.

Dr. Adam Perlman, director of Integrative Health and Well-Being at Mayo Clinic in Florida, says instead of separating your professional and personal ...Read more

Masks could save the lives of 66,000 Americans by Dec. 1 — if more people wear them

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By Dec. 1, there will be an estimated 295,011 coronavirus deaths in the United States since the start of the pandemic. But nearly 66,000 of these deaths -- about one in four -- could have been prevented if all Americans would wear a mask in public, according to the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of ...Read more

California's public health director resigns amid questions about coronavirus test data

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Gov. Gavin Newsom's director of the California Department of Public Health resigned on Sunday, an abrupt departure of a key adviser in the state's coronavirus battle just days after the discovery of a computer system failure that resulted in the undercounting of COVID-19 cases.

Dr. Sonia Angell, who held the position for ...Read more