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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

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

A coronavirus survivor's story shows how doctors are learning and sharing treatment discoveries

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PHILADELPHIA -- Four days after he tested positive for COVID-19, Radames Plaza reluctantly told his wife to call 911 because he couldn't catch his breath.

As he was loaded into the ambulance, gasping for air, Plaza was struck by how familiar -- and how foreign -- the situation felt. He had spent 22 years as an emergency medical technician, but ...Read more

Coronavirus infection by race: What's behind the health disparities?

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Research increasingly shows that racial and ethnic minorities are disproportionately affected by coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the United States.

For example, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), African Americans make up only 13% of the U.S. population, but represent a third of people ...Read more

Safety tips for returning to school during COVID-19

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Returning to school has taken on new meaning and a new set of worries for parents and caregivers during the age of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). As schools reopen, they must balance the educational, social and emotional needs of their students along with the health and safety of students and staff in the midst of the evolving COVID-19 ...Read more

Chaos? Irrelevant? Pandemic shifts Affordable Care Act legal fight

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AUSTIN, Texas -- A lot has happened since March 2, when the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear Texas' bid to strike down the Affordable Care Act.

Two days later, Texas discovered its first case of COVID-19, and Gov. Greg Abbott declared a statewide emergency over the pandemic nine days after that.

As the coronavirus spread over the next five ...Read more

Americans are more likely to report mental health concerns related to the pandemic than other developed countries, survey finds

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As the United States works to stop rising coronavirus case numbers, behavioral health professionals warn that mental health will continue to deteriorate as a result of the pandemic.

Between March and May, one-third of Americans reported experiencing stress, anxiety and sadness that was difficult to cope with by themselves, according to a survey...Read more

Healthy Men: Male infertility may predict other health problems

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Dear HealthyMen: My wife and I have been trying for a year and have been unable to get pregnant. I want to be there to support her, but I'm suffering too and feeling something less than manly. Is there something wrong with me?

Masculinity is a complicated thing. And there's no more masculine way for a man to express his, well, masculinity than ...Read more

Health care workers of color nearly twice as likely as whites to get COVID-19, study finds

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Health care workers of color were more likely to care for patients with suspected or confirmed COVID-19, more likely to report using inadequate or reused protective gear, and nearly twice as likely as white colleagues to test positive for the coronavirus, a new study from Harvard Medical School researchers found.

The study also showed that ...Read more

Cancer diagnoses plummet during COVID-19, and experts fear that could mean worse disease later

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Diagnoses of six common cancer types dropped in the early months of the coronavirus pandemic, as routine screenings were postponed by health systems and patients avoided going to the doctor for fear of contracting the virus, a new study suggests.

The study, an analysis of Quest Diagnostics data published online in the Journal of the American ...Read more

Importance of home exercise while being isolated

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As social distancing becomes the norm due to COVID-19, it's important to find new ways to remain active, as exercise is important.

"We need fitness for better overall health but in particular to keep our stress level down, especially now. We don't want our muscles to become sedentary since we're staying at home," says Dr. Sunni Alessandria, a ...Read more

Hand-washing: Do's and don'ts

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Hand-washing is an easy way to prevent infection. Understand when to wash your hands, how to properly use hand sanitizer and how to get your children into the habit.

Frequent hand-washing is one of the best ways to avoid getting sick and spreading illness. Find out when and how to wash your hands properly.

When to wash your hands

As you touch...Read more