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As a vaccine ambassador, she's uniquely qualified to speak with people experiencing homelessness

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PHILADELPHIA -- As one of Philadelphia’s first vaccine ambassadors, Dominai Taylor’s capacity for listening is equally as important as her compassion for those she listens to.

During her weekly visits to city-operated shelters to speak about the COVID-19 vaccine with people experiencing homelessness, Taylor, 38, who is currently ...Read more

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Don't take a rapid COVID test too soon: how and when to swab

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — With new COVID cases in Florida on the rise, taking an easy-to-get rapid test can give you quick results.

But the timing has become tricky.

If you have COVID-19 symptoms, such as fever, cough, congestion or a sore throat, test yourself immediately but know that a negative result may mean that you swabbed too early.

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Few eligible families have applied for government help to pay for COVID funerals

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On a humid August afternoon in 2020, two caskets ― one silver, one white ― sat by holes in the ground at a small, graveside service in the town of Travelers Rest, South Carolina.

The family had just lost a mom and dad, both to COVID-19.

“They died five days apart,” said Allison Leaver, their daughter who now lives in Maryland with her ...Read more

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Q&A: A parents' guide to COVID booster shots for kids 5-11

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- With COVID-19 cases rising again in the Bay Area, parents have a new consideration for protecting their children this week: The Food and Drug Administration granted emergency use authorization Tuesday for kids ages 5-11 to get a booster shot of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine.

So should they? Tuesday’s announcement didn’t ...Read more

Environmental Nutrition: Do you need a gender-specific supplement?

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Studies show that most Americans don’t get enough of several important nutrients from their diets. A multivitamin/mineral supplement can help fill in those nutrient gaps. But does it make scientific sense to choose a supplement specifically tailored to men or women? There is some rationale behind creating gender-specific supplements, but the ...Read more

4 sweet health benefits of eating cantaloupe

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Longer days and warmer weather are a happy indication that cantaloupe season is just around the corner. And while you can usually find this delicious melon variety in grocery stores year-round, it’ll be most delicious when in season, which can start as early as April or as late as August, depending on where you live.

Cantaloupe may not be the...Read more

Tooth loss truth: It’s no longer about the tooth fairy

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When you hear the phrase tooth loss, what comes to mind first? Trauma? Tooth decay? The tooth fairy? While all of these are acceptable associations, there are many more factors involved in tooth loss. From a population perspective, older Americans are keeping their teeth longer, according to a 2016 study. In fact, complete tooth loss has ...Read more

Mayo Clinic Q&A: Do I need congenital heart disease revision surgery?

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DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I have a congenital heart defect and my initial surgery at 32 was complicated. I continue to have heart problems. At my last visit, my cardiologist said I would likely need another surgery. I’m afraid to have another procedure. How do I know if I need one, and why would a revision be needed?

ANSWER: Patients with moderate to...Read more

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Mayo Clinic Q and A: Ear infections after swimming

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DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I swim for exercise and relaxation. I try to get in the pool about three times a week. Recently, I have begun to have episodes where it feels like water is still in my ear. Then my ear becomes red and painful. A friend suggested I might have swimmer's ear. Is this something that is easy to treat? Do I need to stop swimming?

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Consumer Health: Osteoporosis and exercise

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May is National Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month, which makes this a good time to learn more about this bone disease. Osteoporosis affects approximately 10 million people in the U.S., 80% of whom are women, according to the Office on Women's Health.

Osteoporosis causes bones to become weak and brittle — so brittle that a fall or ...Read more

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Clashing abortion laws in northwest US show chaos of post-Roe care

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The stark divides and murky legalities of how U.S. states handle abortion rights may be most intense at the northwest corner of the country.

Less than two months before a leaked Supreme Court document signaled the imminent demise of Roe v. Wade, the governors of Washington and Idaho signed diametrically opposite abortion bills. Washington ...Read more

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Mayo Clinic Minute: How lifestyle changes may help manage menopause symptoms

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The average healthy woman begins menopause at 51, though some women will begin in their 40s or in their late 50s. It's a natural biological process that marks the time a woman ends her menstrual cycle.

During National Women's Health Week, health care professionals at Mayo Clinic want to remind all women that mood swings, hot flashes and ...Read more

Ask the Pediatrician: How can parents help teens on autism spectrum transition to adulthood?

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Q: My teenage son has autism and I want to help him navigate the transition to being an adult, including adult health care. How can I do this?

A: We all go through transitions in life. Some of these transitions just happen without any fanfare, like when your infant became an active toddler. Others go more smoothly when we prepare and plan.

If ...Read more

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Ripple effects of abortion restrictions confuse care for miscarriages

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As the Supreme Court appears poised to return abortion regulation to the states, recent experience in Texas illustrates that medical care for miscarriages and dangerous ectopic pregnancies would also be threatened if restrictions become more widespread.

One Texas law passed last year lists several medications as abortion-inducing drugs and ...Read more

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Should you worry about data from your period-tracking app being used against you?

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It’s estimated that millions of people in the U.S. use period-tracking apps to plan ahead, track when they are ovulating, and monitor other health effects. The apps can help signal when a period is late.

After Politico published on May 2 a draft opinion from the Supreme Court indicating that Roe v. Wade, the law that guarantees the ...Read more

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Consumer Health: Understanding skin cancer and how to prevent it

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May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, which makes this and good time to learn about the three main types of skin cancer and what you can do to keep yourself healthy.

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer, according to the American Cancer Society. And most skin cancers are preventable.

The three main types of skin cancer are:

•Basal ...Read more

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Mayo Clinic Minute: Can uterine fibroids affect pregnancy?

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A uterine fibroid is a benign or noncancerous growth of the muscle portion of the uterus. While common, they may cause pain and excessive bleeding, and concerns about fertility and pregnancy for some.

Dr. Michelle Louie, a Mayo Clinic gynecologic surgeon and fibroid specialist, says it is important to know your treatment options and work with a...Read more

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Check moles during Skin Cancer Awareness Month

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MANKATO, Minn. — Learning your ABCs can alert you to changes in moles that could signal melanoma — the most serious type of skin cancer.

For Skin Cancer Awareness Month in May, Mayo Clinic Health System is reminding people that while most moles are harmless and rarely become cancerous, monitoring them is still an important step in detecting...Read more

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Mayo Clinic Q and A: Springtime allergies

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DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I love the changing seasons and am looking forward to the warmer days of spring. Unfortunately, I am often miserable because of seasonal allergies. What can I do to keep the box of tissues at bay and enjoy the springtime weather?

ANSWER: As we flip the calendars to April and May, spring is in the air. Warmer springtime ...Read more

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Mayo Clinic Q and A: Springtime allergies

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DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I love the changing seasons and am looking forward to the warmer days of spring. Unfortunately, I am often miserable because of seasonal allergies. What can I do to keep the box of tissues at bay and enjoy the springtime weather?

ANSWER: As we flip the calendars to April and May, spring is in the air. Warmer springtime ...Read more