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'We never ran from it.' COVID-19 left emotional scars on Florida's health care heroes

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MIAMI — Like the lungs of acute COVID-19 survivors, nurses, doctors and front-line health care workers remain scarred a year after the pandemic flooded South Florida hospitals with gasping patients sickened by an invisible, insidious virus.

While most people huddled at home, they stood at bedsides, knowing their own infected patients could ...Read more

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DDT's toxic legacy can harm granddaughters of women exposed, study shows

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When Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring” first sounded the alarm on DDT and its devastating effects on birds and fish, our understanding of how this pesticide affected humans was just beginning. Chemicals can take years to reveal their insidious power, and so for decades, scientists have been piecing together — study by study — the reasons...Read more

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Does COVID test positivity still matter? Vaccines are upending trusted virus metrics

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MIAMI — About four out of every 10 Floridians have received at least one dose of a COVID vaccine — a shift in the pandemic landscape that has upended the meaningfulness of various statistics that health experts, government officials and the public have relied on for the last year.

Vaccines haven't just cut the number of people at risk of ...Read more

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Cerebral venous sinus thrombosis: What to know about rare blood clot condition

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Cerebral venous sinus thrombosis was reported in six American women after they were injected with the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, prompting federal officials to recommend a pause Tuesday in giving doses of the one-shot vaccine until an investigation can be completed.

But what is cerebral venous sinus thrombosis, and why are the U.S. ...Read more

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Closing the COVID vaccine gap: Small clinics at churches and apartment buildings reach vulnerable residents

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BALTIMORE – Joanne Bennet eagerly slipped off the blue jacket covering her right arm so a nurse could inject a dose of COVID-19 vaccine. Bennet was all smiles, despite a dislike of needles, sitting in a chair in a community room of her own apartment building.

“It’ll be nice to get back to a little bit of normal after being incarcerated,�...Read more

Environmental Nutrition: A tough pill to swallow: Are supplements safe?

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The dietary supplement industry brings in billions of dollars each year, with an estimated 90,000 products on the market, including vitamins, minerals, herbs or other botanicals, amino acids, probiotics, or other substances in pill, capsule, tablet, or liquid form. About half of American adults take at least one dietary supplement for health or ...Read more

4 ways fiber helps protect your heart

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As part of a healthy diet, fiber is a nutrient most associated with keeping the digestive tract regular and — thanks to the marketing on the oatmeal container — lowering cholesterol.

But fiber’s role in the body goes way beyond regularity, and one of fiber’s most important roles stems from the influence that gut health has on heart ...Read more

5 ways to ease pain using the mind-body connection

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I smashed my elbow recently. There was no bone break — just a bad bruise after slipping in the kitchen and landing on my arm — but at times the pain has been excruciating. So, I followed doctor’s orders: babying my elbow, icing it, and taking an occasional over-the-counter painkiller. (P.S. I wear sneakers in the kitchen now.)

Something ...Read more

Mayo Clinic Q&A: Hypothyroidism and dietary challenges

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DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I was recently diagnosed with hypothyroidism and have been getting conflicting information what I should eat and drink. I love yogurt and ice cream, for instance, but one source said a calcium-rich diet was fine, whereas another said I should limit dairy. I’ve also read that I should avoid soy and iodine. But then a friend ...Read more

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Commentary: Children's health, futures deserve a climate-resilient energy system

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The electrical grid failure in Texas and its continuing fallout once again highlight the urgent threat that climate change and extreme weather pose for the most vulnerable everywhere: children.

After a sweeping energy breakdown during a storm in February, Texans now face the daunting task of reforming the power grid, and, as pediatricians, we ...Read more

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Rare COVID-19 complication is putting kids in ICU

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MACOMB TOWNSHIP, Mich. — When Michelle Elkhoury's 4-year-old daughter spiked a low-grade fever in mid-March, she didn't panic.

Juliana had been attending preschool virtually, and Michelle and her husband, John, had been working from home for a year while caring for 2-year-old daughter Alexandria. No one in the family showed signs of COVID-19 ...Read more

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Editorial: A golden opportunity to narrow California's racial health disparities

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The COVID-19 pandemic brought into sharp relief one of the maladies of the U.S. health care system: White patients routinely fare better than nonwhite ones. The industry calls this a disparity in outcomes, and policymakers have been working for years to narrow the gap — only to have the pandemic highlight just how wide it continues to be.

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Commentary: Why a Nepali doctor is treating the biology -- and the sociology -- behind mental illness

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The Nepali doctor Rishav Koirala is, by his own admission, an unusual Nepali. He's a fan of Jim Morrison and the Doors, loves European philosophy and practices psychiatry in a country where medical schools offer little or no mental health training. What makes him especially unusual is that as the world embraces the idea that mental illnesses ...Read more

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They tested negative for COVID. Still, they have long COVID symptoms

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Kristin Novotny once led an active life, with regular CrossFit workouts and football in the front yard with her children — plus a job managing the kitchen at a middle school. Now, the 33-year-old mother of two from De Pere, Wisconsin, has to rest after any activity, even showering. Conversations leave her short of breath.

Long after their ...Read more

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Ask the Pediatrician: How can I help my kids handle disappointment when things get canceled?

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Q: My kids really love playing sports and are worried about more COVID-19 cancellations. How can I help them cope?

A: The pandemic continues to affect children and teens. It has interrupted their normal school, social and athletic activities. Many kids are feeling more anxious, depressed and stressed. It is understandable that kids are ...Read more

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Caring at home for yourself and others suffering from COVID-19

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Providing care at home for a person sick with COVID-19? Or caring for yourself at home? Understand when emergency care is needed and what you can do to prevent the spread of infection.

This article is written by Mayo Clinic Staff.

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If you have coronavirus (COVID-19) and you're caring for ...Read more

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Children are waiting longer in the ER for mental health care, study finds

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COVID-19 has cast a spotlight on the shortages of mental health resources, especially for children and adolescents, but problems of accessing care have been increasing for years.

A new study, published this week in the journal Pediatrics, found children who visited emergency departments for mental health crises in 2015 were more likely to ...Read more

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Is California ready to open health care to undocumented adults? Latino leaders say yes

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Members of the California Latino Legislative Caucus announced this week they are prioritizing two health care bills that would expand Medi-Cal coverage for nearly 1 million undocumented adults.

The Democratic lawmakers have carried similar bills in the past only to see them fail, largely over concerns about costs.

This ...Read more

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Healthy Men: National Minority Health Month: Fighting for health equity year 'round

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April is National Minority Health Month, making it the perfect time to focus on the often-significant disparities in health and well-being that affect racial and ethnic minorities across our country. But it’s important to remember that these inequities exist every single day of the year, not just in April.

What do we mean by “disparities”...Read more

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COVID-19 vaccines bring optimism amid concerns about a fourth wave of infections

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More than 60 million Americans have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The large scale vaccination efforts underway across the U.S. to vaccinate those eligible come at a time health care experts are concerned about people becoming lax about safety precautions.

"We are all ...Read more