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Could the days of ‘springing forward’ be numbered? A neurologist and sleep expert explains the downside to that borrowed hour of daylight

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As people in the U.S. prepare to set their clocks ahead one hour on Sunday, March 10, 2024, I find myself bracing for the annual ritual of media stories about the disruptions to daily routines caused by switching from standard time to daylight saving time.

About one-third of Americans say they don’t look forward to these twice-...Read more

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Ask the Pediatrician: What household chores are appropriate for children and teens?

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Age-appropriate chores and responsibilities are an important part of a child's development.

Young children are naturally eager helpers. Take advantage of this and develop a culture of teamwork in your home. Most preschool age kids can start pitching in with some simple household tasks. This teaches them life skills and how to cooperate with a ...Read more

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'California sober' may be bad for your heart

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The evidence is mounting that your daily toke can be bad for your heart. A large new study in the Journal of the American Heart Association found that the more often someone partakes in cannabis, the higher their risk of heart disease, heart attack or stroke. Daily users had a 25% higher chance of having a heart attack and 42% higher odds of a ...Read more

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Hacking at UnitedHealth unit cripples a swath of the US health system: What to know

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Early in the morning of Feb. 21, Change Healthcare, a company unknown to most Americans that plays a huge role in the U.S. health system, issued a brief statement saying some of its applications were “currently unavailable.”

By the afternoon, the company described the situation as a “cyber security” problem.

Since then, it has rapidly ...Read more

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Post-pandemic vaccine hesitancy fueling latest measles outbreak

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WASHINGTON — Cases of measles are rising across the country and seem to be striking counties at random, but experts say there is one thing the public health system can do to turn the tide, and that’s to stem the post-pandemic vaccine lag and get parents to vaccinate their kids.

General vaccination rates, including measles vaccination, ...Read more

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The cost of Prop. 1: Newsom's plan to transform California's mental health system

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If approved by voters on Tuesday, Gov. Gavin Newsom's ballot measure to overhaul the state's mental health services system and sell bonds to finance more than 10,000 treatment beds across California could cost the state up to $14 billion.

Opponents of Proposition 1 argue the price is too high.

"What California needs to do is take a step back ...Read more

COVID-19 rapid tests still work against new variants – researchers keep ‘testing the tests,’ and they pass

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By September 2020, just six months after COVID-19 triggered shutdowns across the U.S., it was clear that SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, had mutated from its original form.

The question quickly arose whether existing rapid antigen tests could detect newly emerging variants.

Using clinical samples obtained from ...Read more

Altitude sickness is typically mild but can sometimes turn very serious − a high-altitude medicine physician explains how to safely prepare

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Equipped with the latest gear and a thirst for adventure, mountaineers embrace the perils that come with conquering the world’s highest peaks. Yet, even those who tread more cautiously at high altitude are not immune from the health hazards waiting in the thin air above.

Altitude sickness, which most commonly refers to acute ...Read more

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Without Medicare Part B's shield, patient's family owes $81,000 for a single air-ambulance flight

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Debra Prichard was a retired factory worker who was careful with her money, including what she spent on medical care, said her daughter, Alicia Wieberg. “She was the kind of person who didn’t go to the doctor for anything.”

That ended last year, when the rural Tennessee resident suffered a devastating stroke and several aneurysms. She ...Read more

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This doctor got a shoutout from Maryland Gov. Wes Moore and is overcoming systemic barriers

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BALTIMORE -- Dr. Elizabeth Clayborne is beating the odds.

Since she started fundraising in 2021, Clayborne said she’s raised $3.25 million for her medical device company, NasaClip. As a biracial Black woman, the numbers aren’t necessarily always on Clayborne’s side — in 2021, startups founded by Black women received just 0.34% of ...Read more

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Post-pandemic vaccine hesitancy fueling latest measles outbreak

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Cases of measles are rising across the country and seem to be striking counties at random, but experts say there is one thing the public health system can do to turn the tide, and that’s to stem the post-pandemic vaccine lag and get parents to vaccinate their kids.

General vaccination rates, including measles vaccination, declined during the ...Read more

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The new beauty regimen: Lose weight with Ozempic, tighten up with cosmetic surgery

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LOS ANGELES — Jeniffer Brown wanted the Ozempic body. She just didn’t want “Ozempic face.”

She got both, dropping 20 pounds in the first four months after she started taking the blockbuster injectable drug, which is intended to treat diabetes but has become better known for triggering dramatic weight loss fast.

By last May, Brown was ...Read more

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Horse sedative use among humans spreads in deadly mixture of 'tranq' and fentanyl

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TREASURE ISLAND, Fla. — Andrew McClave Jr. loved to lift weights. The 6-foot-4-inch bartender resembled a bodybuilder and once posed for a photo flexing his muscles with former pro wrestler Hulk Hogan.

“He was extremely dedicated to it,” said his father, Andrew McClave Sr., “to the point where it was almost like he missed his medication...Read more

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A government video would explain when abortion is legal in South Dakota

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South Dakota lawmakers want state officials to create an educational video to help doctors understand when they can end a pregnancy without risking prison time under the state’s near-total abortion ban.

It’s an example of how states are responding to the national controversy over what exceptions to abortion bans actually mean. Critics point...Read more

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Maryland announces $238 million in new opioid settlements with Walgreens, Walmart, two drugmakers

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Maryland’s top lawyer announced Wednesday afternoon that the state had reached settlements with Walgreens, Walmart and two opioid manufacturers that are expected to add $238 million to its efforts to fight the opioid crisis over the course of 15 years.

The settlements follow multi-year investigations of the roles of the opioid manufacturers ...Read more

Mounting research shows that COVID-19 leaves its mark on the brain, including with significant drops in IQ scores

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From the very early days of the pandemic, brain fog emerged as a significant health condition that many experience after COVID-19.

Brain fog is a colloquial term that describes a state of mental sluggishness or lack of clarity and haziness that makes it difficult to concentrate, remember things and think clearly.

Fast-forward ...Read more

Environmental Nutrition: This ins and outs of instant sides

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Instant side dishes might be the best thing since sliced bread. There’s no waiting for water to boil and then for the rice or other grain to cook. Simply give a pouch a little squeeze, pop it in the microwave and 90 seconds later you’ve got a steaming hot side dish to round out your meal.

They’re especially helpful if you’re trying to ...Read more

How to choose the healthiest canned fruits and vegetables, according to a dietitian

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Canned foods may get a bad rap, but they are a super-nutritious and cost-effective way to up your produce intake. Plus, they are easy to stock your pantry with, so you can always have fruits and vegetables ready to add to your meals. That said, there can be a lot of different products and options on the shelves at the grocery store. Here are ...Read more

Wondering what your lymph nodes have done for you lately?

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Here’s a question you may not have been asked lately: what do you know about lymph nodes?

If your answer is “not much,” you’re not alone. But even as our lymph nodes maintain a low profile, they’re working around the clock to deal with potential health problems ranging from common viruses to deadly bacteria and even cancer.

Read on ...Read more