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Introduce peanut products as early as 4 months to prevent allergies, report says

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Pediatricians now recommend introducing peanut-based foods to infants before their first birthday to prevent peanut allergies, according to a report from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

"The big news is to introduce peanuts early," said Dr. Frank Greer, co-author of the study, which summarizes the latest research on food allergies and ...Read more

Suicidal thoughts and other mental health problems drive more youth to emergency rooms

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The number of children and young adults visiting the emergency department for psychiatric concerns rose 28 percent over a four-year period, and visits having to do with suicide more than doubled, according to a study published this week in the journal Pediatrics.

The findings amplify concerns that the mental health care system is failing to ...Read more

Mayo Clinic Q&A: Research needed into treating anxiety with CBD

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Dear Mayo Clinic: Is there any harm in trying CBD for anxiety? It seems to have helped my co-worker, but I am hesitant to try it without knowing more about it.

A: Cannabidiol, also known as CBD, has not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat anxiety. Although some research appears to indicate that CBD might hold ...Read more

A spate of sleep-related infant deaths in Baltimore sparks review of successful health program

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During a six-week stretch in December and January, six infants died in their sleep in homes around Baltimore.

It was the worst spate of sleep-related infant fatalities since the city began a campaign in 2009 to teach new mothers how to avoid such a tragedy, and health officials say they are trying to understand what happened and how to bolster ...Read more

New Baltimore-based health initiative aims to close disparities in research, treatment of brain disorders

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A Baltimore-based research institute that focuses on brain disorders has partnered with a prominent local African-American clergy group to establish the nation's first research outfit aimed at closing long-standing racial disparities in research and in treatment, the groups announced recently.

The Lieber Institute for Brain Development, an ...Read more

Unvaccinated Kentucky high schooler banned from basketball. He sues health department.

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A Northern Kentucky high school student is suing his local health department after he was told he couldn't play for his basketball team -- and later that he could not attend school -- because he was not vaccinated for chickenpox.

The lawsuit filed on behalf of 18-year-old Jerome Kunkel, a student at Assumption Academy in Walton, was filed ...Read more

'Short sleepers' can get just 4 hours a night and feel fine. But is their health at risk?

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"Sleep is overrated."

So proclaims Stephen Klasko, who throughout his life has taken pride in sleeping only four or five hours a night. Those extra few hours away from his pillow, he believes, have allowed him to write books, run marathons, and achieve his lofty professional goals. An obstetrician and gynecologist, he's the president and CEO of...Read more

When you get your flu shot matters

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Every year, there is controversy involving the flu vaccine. How effective is it? Should you get it? But a new study aims to address another question: When is the best time to get the shot?

An analysis from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine found that tens of thousands of flu cases and hundreds of deaths might be avoided if older ...Read more

Judge vows to rule on Medicaid work requirements by end of March

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WASHINGTON -- The federal judge who shot down a Medicaid work requirement plan last June remained deeply skeptical Thursday of the Trump administration's renewed strategy to force enrollees to work.

U.S. District Judge James Boasberg, who last year blocked Kentucky's work requirement, heard testimony on a revised federal approval. He also had a...Read more

Mental health problems are on the rise among American teens and young adults

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You can call the generation of young Americans now working their way to adulthood Generation Z, because they follow Generations X and Y. You can call these 14-to-27-year-olds "iGen," after the wireless devices that seem permanently affixed to their persons. And if they're your kids and still living with you, you can even call (or text) them late...Read more

Components in carrots, green tea could reverse Alzheimer's symptoms, study says

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While scientists have not found a cure for Alzheimer's disease, they may be able to reverse the symptoms with some key compounds, according to a new report.

Researchers from the University of Southern California recently conducted a study, published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, to determine how diet can impact the brain disorder. ...Read more

Home remedies: Tips for dealing with dandruff

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Dandruff is a common chronic scalp condition marked by flaking of the skin on your scalp. It isn't contagious or serious, but it can be embarrassing and sometimes difficult to treat.

The good news is that dandruff usually can be controlled. Mild cases of dandruff may need nothing more than daily shampooing with a gentle cleanser. More-stubborn ...Read more

UnitedHealth Group expands prescription drug discount program

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UnitedHealth Group said Tuesday it is expanding a program to provide consumer discounts at the pharmacy counter via rebates from drug manufacturers -- the very rebates that have been labeled by the Trump administration as a driver of high medication costs.

Drug companies have long provided rebates to pharmaceutical benefit managers (PBMs) that ...Read more

British boy who crowdfunded money for T-cell therapy is now free of cancer

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Zac Oliver, the British tyke whose worldwide following helped his family raise $840,000 for immunotherapy at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, has no sign of his rare form of leukemia.

"Guess what, everyone? I have no cancer," Zac, 4, said in a video posted to YouTube on Friday, March 8, the day after he arrived back in his little home town ...Read more

Low-carb diets could cause common heart disorder, study says

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Many doctors have warned against low-carbohydrate diets, and now they believe they could cause a common heart disorder.

According to the American College of Cardiology, scientists from health institutions in China recently conducted a study to determine the relationship between carbohydrate intake and AFib, the most common heart rhythm disorder...Read more

Child enrollment in public health programs fell 600,000 last year

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The number of children enrolled in Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program, or CHIP -- two government health plans for the poor -- fell by nearly 600,000 in the first 11 months of 2018, a precipitous drop that has puzzled and alarmed many health policy analysts, while several states say it reflects the good news of an improving ...Read more

Mayo Clinic minute: What you need to know about polyps in your colon

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Perhaps one of the most dreaded parts of turning 50, is having to get a colonoscopy. While regular colon screening can be uncomfortable, Dr. John Kisiel, a Mayo Clinic gastroenterologist, says this screening is a crucial step in catching colorectal cancer and precancerous polyps early. Kisiel says polyps play a bigger role in colorectal cancer ...Read more

How to train like Captain Marvel, physically and mentally

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Brie Larson was hanging upside down and suspended by her legs when she was about to attempt one of her most challenging "Captain Marvel" stunts for the first time on set.

It had already been a long day by the time the 29-year-old actress was dangling by a wire system. She had filmed other scenes for hours, dashed to a costume fitting and ...Read more

Chicago has one female, African-American organ transplant surgeon. She fights disease — and distrust of doctors

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When transplant surgeon Dinee Simpson sits in a consultation room with a patient, often they're joined by the patient's spouse or children or both.

Sometimes a meeting includes a patient's cousins or siblings or friends -- anyone who will weave together the fabric of support that patient will rely on when he or she receives a new kidney or ...Read more

What giving up added sugar gave us

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More energy. Changed taste buds. Better sleep.

After a month without sugar, the (completely unscientific yet very compelling) anecdotal evidence is in from some of the more than 3,000 folks -- myself included -- who tackled the Star Tribune's 28-Day Sugar-Free Challenge.

Overwhelmingly, challengers said they found that going for a month ...Read more