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Maryland commissioners approve grant intended to help dementia patients

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BALTIMORE — Carroll County is working to bring more help, support and resources to people suffering with dementia.

The Board of Carroll County Commissioners unanimously gave approval Thursday to the county’s Bureau of Aging and Disabilities, which is part of the Department of Citizen Services, to file an application for a $26,732 state ...Read more

Calls to US poison centers spiked after ‘magic mushrooms’ were decriminalized

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Calls to poison control centers spiked across the U.S. for adolescents and young adults exposed to the hallucinogen psilocybin, according to our analysis of data from 55 U.S. poison centers between 2013 and 2022. The calls increased after 2019 when psilocybin was decriminalized and legalized in several cities and states.

Psilocybin is...Read more

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Advances in medulloblastoma treatment for children

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Though rare, medulloblastoma is the most common cancerous brain tumor in children. These tumors begin in the lower back part of the brain called the cerebellum, which is important for balance, coordination and movement. Medulloblastomas are embryonal tumors that grow from embryonal cells left over from fetal development.

"Of all the tumors we ...Read more

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Mayo Clinic Minute: Can lifestyle changes help with enlarged prostate?

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Benign prostatic hyperplasia, also called an enlarged prostate, is incredibly common, especially among men over 40. While it's not the same as prostate cancer, an enlarged prostate can cause significant quality of life issues.

Dr. Scott Cheney, a Mayo Clinic urologist, says there are ways to treat it and reduce the symptoms, including some ...Read more

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Bird flu tests are hard to get. So how will we know when to sound the pandemic alarm?

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Stanford University infectious disease doctor Abraar Karan has seen a lot of patients with runny noses, fevers, and irritated eyes lately. Such symptoms could signal allergies, COVID, or a cold. This year, there’s another suspect, bird flu — but there’s no way for most doctors to know.

If the government doesn’t prepare to ramp up H5N1 ...Read more

Supreme Court unanimously concludes that anti-abortion groups have no standing to challenge access to mifepristone – but the drug likely faces more court challenges

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On June 13, 2024, the Supreme Court of the United States unanimously decided to uphold access to mifepristone, one of two pills used in medication abortion. Mifepristone has long been used safely and effectively in medication abortions around the world.

Shortly after the 2022 Dobbs decision that overturned 50 years of abortion rights,...Read more

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All about tonsil stones

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Your tonsils are oval-shaped pads of tissue in the back of your throat, one on each side.

They work as part of your body's immune system to filter bacteria and viruses. Tonsils also make white blood cells and antibodies to help fight infections.

What are tonsil stones?

Tonsil stones form from substances like food particles that become lodged...Read more

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Exercise timing conundrum: Optimal workout timing

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It's a long-standing discussion for all who want to get into shape. When is the best time to exercise? According to Future Member, about 41% of workouts take place between 7-9 AM or 5-7 PM.

"The debate is intriguing with proponents of both morning and evening workouts citing various benefits," says Andrew Jagim, M.D., director of sports ...Read more

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End of pandemic internet subsidies threatens a health care lifeline for rural America

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FORT HALL RESERVATION, Idaho — Myrna Broncho realized just how necessary an internet connection can be after she broke her leg.

In fall 2021, the 69-year-old climbed a ladder to the top of a shed in her pasture. The roof that protects her horses and cows needed to be fixed. So, drill in hand, she pushed down.

That’s when she slipped.

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Colorado eases medical aid-in-dying rules, increases EpiPen manufacturer penalties in new laws

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DENVER — Colorado loosened regulations on medical aid in dying, made a mental health program for teens permanent and increased the penalties on EpiPen manufacturers who don’t participate in an affordability program, among other changes to the health care landscape this legislative session.

Gov. Jared Polis has signed Senate Bill 68, which ...Read more

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For some rural communities, a stripped-down hospital is better than none at all

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On many days, some small hospitals in rural Mississippi admit just one patient — or none at all.

The hospitals are drowning in debt. The small, tight-knit communities they’ve anchored for decades can do little but watch as the hospitals shed services and staff just to stay afloat.

The federal government recently offered a lifeline: a new ...Read more

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Thousands of children got tested for lead with faulty devices: What parents should know

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A company that makes tests for lead poisoning has agreed to resolve criminal charges that it concealed for years a malfunction that resulted in inaccurately low results.

It’s the latest in a long-running saga involving Massachusetts-based Magellan Diagnostics, which will pay $42 million in penalties, according to the Department of Justice.

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Massachusetts report largest single-year decline in opioid-related overdose deaths in two decades

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BOSTON — Massachusetts experienced a 10% drop in opioid-related overdose deaths from 2022 to 2023, the largest single-year decline over the past two decades and a trend that is expected to continue based on early data from 2024, according to a report released Wednesday morning.

But even as experts with the Department of Public Health signaled...Read more

Gross-tasting medications can be a barrier to treatment. Philly researchers developed a 'bitter blocker' to help.

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Peihua Jiang knows how difficult it can be to convince a child to take a sip of a bitter liquid medication.

When they were young, his kids sometimes balked at taking medicines because they didn't like how they tasted. And as a neurobiologist, Jiang knew the medical issues at stake went beyond a minor inconvenience.

Swallowing pills can be ...Read more

Environmental Nutrition: Gluten-free cookies, crackers, chips

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The onslaught of gluten-free foods has been a tremendous help to those managing celiac disease and other conditions requiring gluten avoidance. However, it has also led to misunderstandings for some trying to eat more healthfully.

Misconceptions include believing all gluten-free foods are inherently better for you than their gluten-containing ...Read more

What is the healthiest sugar substitute?

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Not going to lie about it: Sugar is pretty fantastic. And there are few of us who can ignore the siren call of a decadent brownie or a dish of ice cream. But we tend to eat quite a bit more sugar than we should — as we’re supposed to eat just six to nine teaspoons a day.

Good news: There are some smart (and sweet) alternatives to sugar that...Read more

Seeking ‘fitspiration’ on social media?

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Perhaps you've thought about taking up a new exercise program, eating better, or some other ways to improve your health. That's great! Or, as my grandfather would say, “there's nothing wrong with that” — his highest possible praise.

In fact, few medical treatments rival the massive health benefits of regular exercise. But how do you ...Read more

Mayo Clinic Q&A: Understanding chronic kidney disease

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DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease but did not have any symptoms, so far as I knew. Are there early symptoms that I missed? Is this hereditary? Should I be advising family members? Is this curable? Am I at risk for other issues?

ANSWER: In its early stages, chronic kidney disease rarely causes noticeable symptoms. ...Read more

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Editorial: Why is Florida hell-bent on stripping children of health insurance?

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To appreciate just how little the state of Florida cares for its children, look no further than the state’s arguments for kicking more kids off KidCare, a low-cost health insurance program.

The count was already at 22,500 when a federal judge last month dismissed Florida’s suit against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and ...Read more

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Mayo Clinic Minute: Menopause and the heart connection

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Women experience menopause at different ages — and different ways — which can, among other things, affect their heart health.

The average age of natural menopause in the U.S is 52. There's early menopause, under age 45, and premature menopause, under age 40, which may affect a very small group of women. There is also premature ovarian ...Read more