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SSDI and COVID-19: How to apply for disability benefits now

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After a year of challenges and uncertainty, the world is emerging from the pandemic. Even as the economy picks back up and life resumes some semblance of normal, for some people, the long-term impact of the virus on their health may persist for many years.

Doctors and researchers are still working to understand why many Americans are suffering ...Read more

Seeds to the rescue

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There is an old saying that “great things come in small packages” — a way of expressing that the size of something does not always properly indicate its value. When it comes to edible seeds and their role in our diet, this surely holds true. Don’t let their diminutive size fool you: “In many cases, the nutritional make-up of seeds ...Read more

6 reasons raspberries are so good for you

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Raspberries are enjoyable all year long, whether they’re fresh or frozen. These gorgeous gems aren’t just delicious and versatile; they also have an impressive nutritional profile that makes them one of the healthiest choices in the produce aisle. Here are six health benefits of raspberries, plus simple ways to include both fresh and frozen ...Read more

Type 2 diabetes: Which medication is best for me?

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If you are living with Type 2 diabetes, you certainly are not alone. One in 10 people in the U.S. has diabetes, according to the CDC. However, despite considerable progress in diabetes treatment over the past 20 years, fewer than half of those with diabetes actually reach their target blood sugar goal.

In part, this may be because doctors can ...Read more

Mayo Clinic Q&A: Advances in ablation for prostate cancer

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DEAR MAYO CLINIC: My husband was diagnosed with prostate cancer, and we are looking at treatment options. One doctor suggested a prostatectomy, but my husband finds ablation appealing because of quality of life advantages. I’ve been reading about ablations and came across information about different techniques. I am wondering if one technique ...Read more

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Editorial: Rubio calls it 'crazy nonsense.' To Black and brown people, health inequity is dead serious

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In one short tweet Tuesday, Florida's senior senator, Marco Rubio, managed to dismiss the idea that racial and social inequities exist in health care in this country.

And he did it during a pandemic that has disproportionately harmed minorities. Talk about tone deaf — and hurtful.

"The American Medical Association has fallen victim to the ...Read more

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You'd think COVID gives smokers a reason to quit. But many did the opposite

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Valerie Howard thought smokers in Missouri had a big incentive to quit this past year: the fear of dying from COVID-19.

"But I think in some cases the converse happened," said Howard, Tobacco Control Program manager for the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.

"People were really struggling, there was a lot ...Read more

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Another COVID vaccine option? Here's what we know about the Novavax shot that's on the way

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Novavax, a Gaithersburg, Maryland-based pharmaceutical company, reported Monday that its coronavirus vaccine was highly effective against COVID-19 infections after testing in about 30,000 people.

The trial included about 500 people followed by the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and the results from the United States and Mexico ...Read more

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Lost sleep because of the pandemic? More people turning to doctors, new treatments to help cure newfound insomnia

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – As the country emerges from the pandemic, South Florida doctors say they are flooded with patients who are battling sleep disorders.

Some people can’t get back on a normal sleep schedule after working from home and staying up late. Others gained weight and their airway obstruction worsened. Then, there is a group ...Read more


Colorado bill aims to give farmworkers easier access to medical care

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SAN LUIS VALLEY, Colo. — A woman with pregnancy complications needed permission from her boss to visit a doctor. Community health volunteers were turned away from delivering food and COVID-19 information to worker housing. A farmworker had a serious allergic reaction but was afraid to seek treatment.

To Nicole Civita, policy director with ...Read more


Ask the Pediatrician: Does my unvaccinated child still need to wear a mask?

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Q: Does my unvaccinated child still need to wear a mask if the rest of our family has gotten their shots?

A: New guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 no longer need to wear masks indoors or outdoors in most cases. But we realize that families with children who are not...Read more

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Breast cancer patients face insurance denials that complicate recovery: 'The emotional toll was enormous'

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PHILADELPHIA – It had been a long four years since that July night when Marianne Sarcich first felt the lump in her right breast as she toweled off from a shower.

Breast cancer.

The cancer was caught early enough that it had not spread to other parts of her body, but doctors said she would need a mastectomy to remove the breast and the ...Read more

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Women now drink as much as men -- and are prone to sickness sooner

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Victoria Cooper thought her drinking habits in college were just like everyone else’s. Shots at parties. Beers while bowling. Sure, she got more refills than some and missed classes while nursing hangovers, but she couldn’t have a problem, she thought.

“Because of what my picture of alcoholism was — old men who brown-bagged it in a ...Read more


Consumer Health: Treating cluster headaches

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June is Migraine and Headache Awareness Month, which makes this a good time to learn more about one of the most painful types of headache: the cluster headache.

Cluster headaches occur in cyclical patterns or cluster periods that can last from weeks to months. During a cluster period, headaches usually occur daily, sometimes several times a day...Read more


Mayo Clinic Q And A: Viral skin bumps that are a common occurrence in childhood

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DEAR MAYO CLINIC: My 7-year-old son developed a small pink bump on his arm recently. Soon we started noticing more on his back and under his arms. His pediatrician said they were called "molluscum," and we didn't have to do anything about them. But I am worried about them spreading to his little sister. What are these spots, and should I be ...Read more


No link between stress and infertility, doctor says, so stop telling couples, 'Oh, just relax and you'll get pregnant'

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Kasmirah Scarbrough wants people to know that infertility is not a dirty word.

The Montgomery, Illinois, resident has been on a journey to have a baby with her husband, Derick, since 2010.

“It’s a roller coaster of emotions,” she said. “It’s hope, it’s fear, it’s loss. It’s a constant barrage of ‘I feel really good about this...Read more


For caffeine drinkers having surgery, withdrawal might be more than just unpleasant. A cardiologist thinks hospitals should worry more about it

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Given that 90% of adults are caffeine users, you'd think that hospitals might consider what those orders not to eat or drink before and after surgical procedures might mean for people who have to miss their daily doses of coffee, tea or Diet Coke.

Caffeine withdrawal = fatigue, nausea, muscle pain and wicked headaches.

Jeffrey Goldberger, a ...Read more


Mayo Clinic Q And A: The connection between skin care and transplant

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DEAR MAYO CLINIC: About a year ago, I had a heart transplant and I've been doing well since. At a recent follow-up visit, my transplant doctor recommended a skin check with a dermatologist. What's the connection?

ANSWER: It's always a good idea to be evaluated by a dermatologist for a baseline skin check, regardless of your past medical history...Read more

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With roots in civil rights, community health centers push for equity in the pandemic

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In the 1960s, health care across the Mississippi Delta was sparse and much of it was segregated. Some hospitals were dedicated to Black patients, but they often struggled to stay afloat. At the height of the civil rights movement, young Black doctors launched a movement of their own to address the care disparity.

“Mississippi was Third World ...Read more


My mom sent me to TikTok therapy -- and it kind of ... worked?

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My mom got on TikTok before I did. I wish I could pretend like this was some big shock — my Gen X mom scrolling with the likes of Gen Z! — but it wasn't.

This was her first experience on any social media platform. She wasn't interested in keeping up with the drama of her childhood friends on Facebook or following celebrity chatter on ...Read more