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Commentary: When an asymptomatic, COVID-positive doctor is still treating patients, we're losing a war

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I’ve been dodging COVID since March 2020. Back then, I would have been appalled at having asymptomatic doctors and nurses infected with COVID treating patients, which state officials now say is permissible.

Now I see this as a necessity.

We’re losing this war.

Omicron is surging in huge numbers, a wave bred in the unvaccinated, the ...Read more

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E-cigarette users who test positive for COVID-19 are more likely to experience COVID-19 symptoms

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ROCHESTER, Minn. — People who use electronic cigarettes and test positive for COVID-19 have a higher frequency of experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, compared to people who don't vape, according to new research from Mayo Clinic.

The study, which is published in the Journal of Primary Care & Community Health, finds that people who vape and test ...Read more

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Mayo Clinic Minute: How to be healthier in 2022

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As the new year rolls on, sticking to a healthy lifestyle doesn't hinge only on days spent at the gym.

With goals in mind and a checkup with your health care provider, 2022 could be one of the best years for your mind and body.

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Is your health a priority in the new year?

Dr. Stephen McMullan, a Mayo Clinic family medicine physician, ...Read more

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'It's almost like a love letter': ICU doctor paints for his colleagues treating COVID patients

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CHICAGO -- Every morning, Dr. Justin Fiala rides a CTA bus along Lake Shore Drive, and it feels like going into battle. Before the pandemic, stepping onto a bus was just a commute to work. He and other Chicagoans headed into the city together, toward busy downtown offices and mask-free cubicles.

Now, he wears an N95, and his 5 a.m. bus rides ...Read more

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Mayo Clinic Q and A: At-home tests for COVID-19

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DEAR MAYO CLINIC: With COVID-19 continuing to be a concern, should I stock up on at-home COVID-19 tests so I don't have to wait in long lines to get tested elsewhere? What kind of tests are sold over the counter, and what should I know before purchasing them?

ANSWER: The emergence of the new omicron COVID-19 variant has increased the number of ...Read more

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Sources: Florida health officer Raul Pino placed on administrative leave after vaccination email

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ORLANDO, Fla. — Dr. Raul Pino, who became a trusted voice of the pandemic response in the nation’s tourist capital, has been placed on administrative leave from his post as the state’s chief health officer in Orange County as the Florida Department of Health conducts an investigation.

Sources who spoke to the Orlando Sentinel on condition...Read more

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5 things to know about ordering free COVID tests

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WASHINGTON — The federal website to order free rapid coronavirus tests went live on Tuesday, ahead of its scheduled Wednesday launch.

Covidtests.gov is an attempt by the Biden administration to remedy nationwide shortages of such at-home tests, with the president pledging the government will provide millions of such kits to Americans for free...Read more

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How to get free COVID-19 tests from the federal government

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Americans can begin ordering rapid COVID-19 tests from the federal government free of charge.

You can now order your free COVID tests from COVIDTests.gov, and the federal government will send them out at no cost to you — including no shipping fees. A half-billion tests will be available for order at first, with an additional half-billion on ...Read more

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Emergency departments are not for COVID-19 testing

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If you need to test for COVID-19, Mayo Clinic health experts remind you not to go to the emergency department for testing. Emergency departments are for patients with life-threatening health care needs.

"Emergency departments are an important part of the overall health care system," says Dr. Laura Walker, an Mayo Clinic emergency medicine ...Read more

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Healthy Men: Fertility is not just a women's issue

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Dear Healthy Men: My wife and I have been trying for seven months to have a child but haven’t had any luck. We’ve got an appointment scheduled with my wife’s OB, but I’ve been reading about how sperm counts around the world are down and I’m wondering whether our trouble conceiving could be on my end. Is that possible?

A: It’s ...Read more

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Ask the Pediatrician: How are undescended testicles in babies treated?

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Q: I think my baby has undescended testicles. Is this a cause for concern, and what can be done about it?

A: Before birth, a baby boy's testes (testicles) develop inside the abdomen. Closer to delivery, these organs travel through a canal in the groin. When all goes as it should, the testicles then fall into place in the scrotum, the bag of ...Read more

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Mayo Clinic Minute: Dermatologist discusses male-pattern baldness

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You look in the mirror and notice you're going bald. It's a reality that many men must face.

Dr. Dawn Davis, a Mayo Clinic dermatologist, says there's a reason why many men lose their hair as they age. And in some cases, there are solutions.

"You can have androgenetic alopecia," says Dr. Davis.

It's a genetic condition also known as male- or ...Read more

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Single-payer health care is the right system

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California, which has shown the determination to go it alone in areas such as environmental protection, scientific research and workers' rights when its values conflict with policies at the federal level, is moving forward with its most audacious effort yet.

That's a plan to create a universal single-payer health care system.

Called CalCare, ...Read more

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'This is live or die.' Owner of beloved Fla. restaurant is fighting for his life

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MIAMI -- Everyone thought it odd when Nino Pernetti called the afternoon of Dec. 31, 2020, to say he was skipping the annual New Year’s Eve dinner at his landmark Coral Gables, Florida, restaurant of more than 30 years, Caffe Abbracci.

He injured his ankle while playing his daily round of tennis, he told his friends, family and staff at the ...Read more

COVID patient spent 322 days on a ventilator. At last she has some good news

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — This was the headline the first time The Star told of Gwen Starkey's battle against COVID-19:

"100 days on a ventilator: Can Missouri COVID patient be one of the rare lucky ones?"

And here's the answer: Yes. But it took nearly all of 2021.

Starkey is headed to rehabilitation in Johnson County this week without the machine...Read more

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Young Alzheimer's patients dealt a blow by Medicare's refusal to cover drug

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Jay Reinstein and Michele Hall wouldn't seem to most people like they would be in danger of suffering from a disease typically associated with aging.

Reinstein is just 60 years old, and Hall is 54. Both of them have young adult children. Yet both already struggle with driving, and they can no longer work because their minds don’t function as ...Read more

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Because omicron is so contagious, should you try to catch it and get it out of the way? Experts say no

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CHICAGO -- As the super-contagious omicron variant sweeps Chicago, pushing case count graphs vertical, some people who assumed they were safe from infection after they got their vaccines are entering a new psychological stage of the pandemic: a sense that infection is unavoidable.

“It’s so much more contagious,” Maggie Coons, 52, of ...Read more

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The Red Cross says there's a national blood shortage. Here's how to donate

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LOS ANGELES — The Red Cross is currently experiencing what it's calling "the worst blood shortage in over a decade."

Always in need of blood, the nonprofit said that the combination of the relentless pandemic and an unusual flu season have exacerbated the preexisting shortage. Overall donations have dropped 10% since March 2020. Students ...Read more

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Consumer Health: What is Hashimoto's disease?

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January is Thyroid Awareness Month, which makes this a good time to learn more about Hashimoto's disease.

Hashimoto's disease, also known as Hashimoto's thyroiditis, is an autoimmune disorder where your immune system creates antibodies that damage your thyroid gland. The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland at the base of your neck. Your thyroid...Read more

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He's a husband, father, planning board member -- and shamanic practitioner

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Stephen Kavalkovich serves on the planning board of his Burlington County, New Jersey, hometown, where he also became an emergency medical technician, began his recovery from opioid addiction, and founded a shamanic practice called Ancient Healing Pathways.

"The word shaman means someone who sees in the dark. I've had a lot of dark, and my own ...Read more