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Mayo Clinic Minute: Should you wash your raw meats and vegetables before cooking?

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When it comes to food safety in the kitchen, it's important to keep your work area clean from bacteria and the possibility of cross-contamination. It's best to use hot, soapy water to wash utensils, cutting boards and other surfaces you use, especially when handling raw meat and poultry.

But what about washing raw meat and chicken before ...Read more

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Ask the Pediatrician: How can parents deal with children's tantrums?

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Q: Our son seems easily stressed out and has awful tantrums. What can we do to deal with this?

A: As a behavioral pediatrician, I have seen and heard it all. Children who have tantrums to end all tantrums in the middle of a store. Children who refuse to eat or won't sit still at a restaurant, which quickly escalates to screaming and throwing ...Read more

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Mayo Clinic Q and A: Constipation in children

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DEAR MAYO CLINIC: My 10-year-old daughter spends hours in the bathroom daily. Every time I inquire, she tells me she is constipated. We do not eat out a lot, and we incorporate fruits or vegetables at each meal. She also drinks water most of the day. Is constipation normal at this age, and what can I do to help her?

ANSWER: Constipation can ...Read more

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Healthy Men: The benefits of weightlifting

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Sure-fire, get-in-the-best-shape-of-your-life-or-your-money-back fitness fads have been around for thousands of years. Just in my lifetime, I’ve seen boot camps, Bowflex, CrossFit, hula hooping, Insanity, Jazzercise, kettle bells, P90X, Pilates, pole dancing, spinning, Tabata — and that’s by no means a complete list. Over the years — ...Read more

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Balloons, cards from 7-year-old brighten hospital patients' day

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Mary Allman had been in OhioHealth Doctors Hospital for four days already, waiting on results of tests, when Aaron Raney walked into her room Monday with a shiny balloon and an attached card.

"Feel better," read the blue balloon with a smiley-faced yellow sun on it.

The card was from Raney's son George. On one side was a ...Read more

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Mental health could be the next casualty of global warming

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One evening in July, Stephanie Felts was lying in bed trying to process simultaneous climate disasters all over the world. From a crushing Canadian heatwave to U.S. wildfires and China floods, the drumbeat triggered memories of a close call her family had with a raging inferno when they lived in Salt Lake City a few years ago.

“I just ...Read more

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Mayo Clinic Q and A: COVID-19 vaccine boosters and third doses

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DEAR MAYO CLINIC: Both of my parents have been vaccinated for COVID-19. The doctor told my mom she is eligible for a third dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, but my dad is not eligible for a booster now. Can you explain who needs an additional vaccine now, and the differences between a booster and third dose.

ANSWER: It's good to know that your ...Read more

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Is a 'twindemic' on the horizon? Experts warn of brutal flu season as COVID-19 still spreads. Here are 8 things to know about getting your flu shot

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CHICAGO -- Medical experts warn the approaching flu season could be particularly severe, renewing fears of a potential “twindemic,” with COVID-19 still spreading.

In preparation, health officials are urging the public to get vaccinated against the flu as soon as possible. Here are eight things to know about the upcoming flu season and ...Read more

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Sharon Stone says 11-month-old nephew saved three lives through organ donations

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Sharon Stone said her infant nephew saved three lives through organ donations.

The donations helped bring “some peace” to the actress and her family after 11-month-old River William Stone tragically died late last month, she told People.

“The fact that my godson was able to save three lives, two infants and a 45-year-old man was ...Read more

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Mayo Clinic Q and A: Endometrial ablation when pelvic pain or endometriosis are present

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DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I've been diagnosed with endometriosis and have heavy menstrual bleeding. My health care provider said I should consider endometrial ablation. A friend told me it might be problematic because I'm only in my late 20s, and it could affect my ability to conceive a child down the road. What are the risks? Are other treatments ...Read more

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It's never too late to start moving, but science is finding you may not catch up to lifelong exercisers

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PHILADELPHIA — Seventy-seven-year-old David Pallett, who began exercising seriously about four months ago, started a recent workout by donning a 15-pound vest and climbing 100 stairs — two at a time.

After that little warm-up, personal trainer Jim Hart, who specializes in working with older adults, led Pallett through an hour of exercises ...Read more

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Mayo Clinic Q and A: Endometrial ablation when pelvic pain or endometriosis are present

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DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I've been diagnosed with endometriosis and have heavy menstrual bleeding. My health care provider said I should consider endometrial ablation. A friend told me it might be problematic because I'm only in my late 20s, and it could affect my ability to conceive a child down the road. What are the risks? Are other treatments ...Read more

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In prison, the gym was his safe haven. Now he's helping others reach their fitness goals as a gym owner, trainer

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CHICAGO -- When Luis Centeno was younger, he had life goals that included wanting to build his own business.

He eventually did, but the enterprise he worked to create on the streets of Chicago's Little Village neighborhood and beyond was selling drugs. He controlled blocks of the neighborhood while having run-ins with the law.

Centeno would ...Read more

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Census: Insured population holds steady, with a slight shift from private to public coverage

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Despite a pandemic-fueled recession, the number of uninsured Americans has increased only slightly since 2018, according to Census Bureau health insurance data released this week.

Twenty-eight million people, or 8.6% of Americans, were uninsured for all of 2020. In 2019, 8% of people were uninsured during the full year; in 2018, it was 8.5%.

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Democrats' sweeping health care expansion at risk amid new clash over drug pricing

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WASHINGTON — Democrats are sharply divided over whether to require drugmakers to negotiate prices with the federal government, a rift threatening key parts of President Joe Biden's $3.5-trillion social safety net bill — including the possible expansion of Medicare or Obamacare — and one that could put the entire effort at risk.

Three ...Read more

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US states with high obesity almost doubles to 16, CDC says

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The number of U.S. states where more than a third of adults are obese has nearly doubled since 2018, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

That was the case for 16 states last year, up from nine states in 2018 and 12 in 2019, the CDC said in a report Wednesday. Texas, Ohio, Iowa and Delaware were new additions to the ...Read more

Environmental Nutrition: Spotlight on Supplements: L-Lysine

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An increasing number of Americans are open to eating a more plant-based diets including protein from non-animal sources. Since nutritional properties of animal and plant-based proteins differ, it is important to consider the quality of dietary protein, especially certain amino acids such as lysine. EN evaluates this amino acid and its role in ...Read more

COVID-19 home test kits and PPE are tax deductible

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According to the IRS, COVID-19 home testing kits are an eligible medical expense under the tax code. Personal protective equipment (PPE), such as masks, hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes, are also eligible medical expenses if they’re used primarily for preventing the spread of COVID-19. That means taxpayers who itemize can deduct the cost of...Read more

Eat right for healthy aging

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Eating right can help you age gracefully and healthfully — and sometimes all it takes to make smarter diet choices are just tiny tweaks. Consider these healthy-aging helpers:

Don’t let “low-fat” sabotage your diet.

As you age, your metabolism slows, and so your calorie needs decrease. Since fat packs almost twice as many calories as ...Read more

Heavy metals in baby food? What parents should know and do

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If there is anything you can trust to be safe, it should be baby food, right?

Well… maybe not.

A report from the US House Committee on Oversight and Reform says that commercial baby foods are tainted with dangerous levels of arsenic, lead, cadmium, and mercury.

Which baby food companies are involved?

The report was based on information ...Read more