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Fla. dad with brain cancer goes high-tech to get more time with his daughters

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MIAMI -- Mike Hugo, a 37-year-old Wellington, Florida, resident, has two young daughters, a wife, and a rare form of brain cancer.

Hugo spends his days in South Florida writing milestone birthday cards to his daughters, recording a song for their weddings, and benefiting from advancements in medical technology that give him a better quality of ...Read more


Ask the Pediatrician: How do I help my baby transition from drinking from a bottle to a cup?

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You've probably heard that when your baby is around 6 to 9 months old, it's time to begin moving away from bottle feeding. But like many parents, you may feel a little apprehensive about this next step in your child's growth and development.

If your little one pouts, shouts or bursts into tears when you offer them a "big kid cup," take a deep ...Read more


Six-month Ozempic shortage mostly over after weight-loss craze drained supply

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Novo Nordisk A/S replenished supplies of Ozempic, a treatment for diabetes, after social media-driven enthusiasm over the drug’s use for weight loss led to six months of shortages.

Two common doses of Ozempic are now available again, according to an update posted on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s drug shortage database that Novo ...Read more

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2 counties square off with California over mental health duties

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Sacramento and Solano counties are in a standoff with the state over mental health coverage for a portion of Medicaid patients in those counties — a dispute that threatens to disrupt care for nearly 50,000 low-income residents receiving treatment for severe mental illness.

The Department of Health Care Services, which ...Read more

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Northwestern unveils program to perform more double lung transplants for terminal cancer patients, after successful surgeries

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CHICAGO -- When traditional treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation fail, lung cancer can be a death sentence for many patients.

That, however, may be changing, with Northwestern Medicine leading the way.

Northwestern plans to begin regularly performing double lung transplants on patients with terminal lung cancer, after successfully ...Read more

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Depression can get better. These four are living proof

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PHILADELPHIA -- When U.S. Sen. John Fetterman checked into a hospital for clinical depression last month, critics questioned whether he would be able to serve his six-year term.

Mental illness is often portrayed as an inescapable condition.

Everyone's experience is different, and people who've had an episode of mental illness are at greater ...Read more

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KY legislature bans gender-affirming care for kids after last-minute swap

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FRANKFORT, Ky. — The Kentucky General Assembly voted Thursday to ban gender-affirming care for transgender kids as a part of an omnibus anti-LGBTQ bill, following a last-minute committee substitute.

The Senate vote was 30 to 7, with one Republican voting against it and one Democrat voting for Senate Bill 150. The bill now goes to Gov. Andy ...Read more

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Last-minute move revives ban on gender-affirming care for Kentucky youth. House OKs it

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FRANKFORT, Ky. — In a last-minute switch Thursday, Republicans revived an omnibus anti-LGBTQ bill, which includes a ban on gender-affirming health care for Kentucky’s transgender youth.

Less than a day after Senate Republicans voted to dramatically scale back a bill that many in the party said went too far because it left trans kids with no...Read more

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Georgia House approves bill to limit treatment for transgender children

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ATLANTA — The Georgia House on Thursday approved a bill that would prevent medical professionals from giving transgender children certain hormones or surgical treatment.

Senate Bill 140 passed 96-75 on a party-line vote, with Republicans supporting the measure. Since the bill was amended in a House committee earlier this week, SB 140 will go ...Read more

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She risked coming to Colorado for an abortion. Now she wants to protect others from Texas 'bounty system'

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DENVER — When Lauren Miller found out she was pregnant at the end of July, she wrote a journal entry about how she hoped her pregnancy would be as uncomplicated as her last, especially because of the fall of Roe v. Wade.

“If it’s not, I want to be able to share what I’m going through,” the Dallas woman wrote. “I hate the ‘don’t ...Read more

Why it's hard for the US to cut or even control Medicare spending

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President Joe Biden’s 2024 proposed budget includes plans to shore up the finances of Medicare, the federal health insurance program that covers Americans who are 65 and up and some younger people with disabilities.

His administration aims to increase from 3.8% to 5% an existing Medicare tax that’s collected on the labor and ...Read more


Mayo Clinic Q and A: Is it allergies or a sinus infection?

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DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I have had allergies since childhood, suffering during both the spring and fall seasons. This past month, however, I am experiencing more congestion and mucus, and I even have some facial pain. I'm beginning to wonder if my symptoms are really from allergies or if they may be caused by a sinus infection instead. How can I tell ...Read more


CDC: All adults should be screened for hepatitis B

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People with chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection are at in increased risk for liver cancer, cirrhosis and are 70% to 85% more likely to die prematurely than the general population, according to the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. With an estimated 580,000 to 2.4 million people in the U.S. infected with HBV, the CDC...Read more


Mayo Clinic Q and A: How can hospice care provide comfort to those with terminal illnesses?

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DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I have a loved one who was referred for hospice care. I'm not sure what this means. Can you share more about what hospice care is and how it may help my family member?

ANSWER: Hospice care might be an option for people who are nearing the end of life due to a terminal illness and have exhausted all other treatment options.

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Mayo Clinic Minute: What is multiple myeloma?

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Multiple myeloma is a relatively uncommon form of blood cancer that affects less than 1% of the U.S. population, according the American Cancer Society.

March is Myeloma Awareness Month. People younger than 45 rarely get the disease, and it occurs more in older men than women. And your risk is doubled if you're African American.

"Multiple ...Read more

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Anti-trans rally set for Missouri Capitol on Monday

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — A conservative political action committee is organizing a rally at the Missouri Capitol on Monday to push state lawmakers to enact strict limits on transgender health care for minors.

Jodi Widhalm, a Jefferson City activist associated with the Missouri Freedom Foundation PAC, said she is not sure how many people will ...Read more

Environmental Nutrition: The psychology of food choices

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A salad or a cheeseburger? A fruit bowl or chocolate cake? A milkshake or a diet soda? There are many factors that determine which food you would choose, and the decision-making process is far more complicated than many of us even realize.

Some food choices are deliberate, while others are unconsciously made. Our food choices are driven by a ...Read more

Health benefits of artichokes, according to a dietitian

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Spinach and artichoke dip is delicious, but it’s not the only way to enjoy artichokes. Fresh artichokes are in season in the spring and fall, and if these pinecone-looking veggies are new to you, here's what you need to know about their nutrition, health benefits and how you can include them in your meals.

Artichoke nutrition

One serving of ...Read more

A refresher on childhood asthma: What families should know and do

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Asthma is the most common chronic lung disease in children. In the US, it affects about 6 million children, or about one in every 12 children.

Breathing is key to life, obviously, so asthma can make life very hard. It can make going for a walk outside feel very hard. It leads not just to visits with the doctor or to the emergency room, and to ...Read more

Mayo Clinic Q&A: Testing for food allergies and sensitivities

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DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I have struggled with stomach issues for many years. Is it possible my upset stomach can be an allergy or sensitivity to certain foods? I want to feel better, and I am curious about testing that may be available to identify food sensitivities and food allergies.

ANSWER: Gastrointestinal issues are challenging, and it can be ...Read more