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Maryland lawmakers announce $111 in mental health funding for child-serving organizations

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Maryland state lawmakers on Tuesday announced $111 million in grant funding for child-serving organizations across the state to help them bolster their behavioral health service offerings, including counseling, early intervention and parent encouragement programs.

The grants, which were awarded to 129 Maryland community organizations — ...Read more

Nearly 2 million Americans are using kratom yearly, but it is banned in multiple states: A pharmacologist explains the controversy

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The herbal substance kratom, derived from the leaves of a Southeast Asian tree, is used by nearly 2 million people in the United States annually. It can be easily purchased at gas stations and convenience stores, smoke shops and online, and is marketed as an “herbal supplement.”

Proponents claim that kratom has many of the pain-...Read more

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Little-known devices restore vision to people who can't be helped by regular glasses

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Dick Bramer likes to watch birds flock outside the window of his home in Scandia. But for two years he couldn't see them well enough to identify the various species.

"I've got bird feeders and stuff out there, so that's kind of my thing," said Bramer, 76. "There are all kinds of birds coming in."

In July 2021 Bramer suffered what doctors ...Read more

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Try a cholesterol-lowering diet for heart health

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MANKATO, Minn. — With those New Year's resolutions behind us, some people may have reverted to less healthy ways of eating. Heart Month is a great time to remind yourself why a healthy diet is important for more than just your waistline.

"What you eat and drink affects your cholesterol and triglyceride levels, and if you have high cholesterol...Read more

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Mayo Clinic Minute: Health disparities in gynecologic cancers

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Each year, thousands of women are diagnosed with gynecologic cancers in the U.S. While cervical, ovarian and uterine cancer affects all races, Black women are often diagnosed at later stages and are more likely to die from these diseases.

Dr. Kristina Butler, a Mayo Clinic gynecologic oncologist, discusses health disparities and prevention.

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Southern lawmakers rethink long-standing opposition to Medicaid expansion

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As a part-time customer service representative, Jolene Dybas earns less than $15,000 a year, which is below the federal poverty level and too low for her to be eligible for subsidized health insurance on the Obamacare marketplace.

Dybas, 53, also does not qualify for Medicaid in her home state of Alabama because she does not meet the program ...Read more

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Woman in 'shock' over $6,000 bill for lifesaving rabies treatment

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A suspected bat bite turned into a $6,000 hospital bill for a Seminole County, Florida, woman.

Worried she may have been exposed to rabies, Caroline Ford sought treatment from AdventHealth Altamonte Springs. She called her insurance company, Anthem Blue Cross, and expected she’d need to pay about $600 based on her conversation over the phone....Read more

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Calif. governor's top education adviser bares his mental health struggle: 'You're not alone'

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The boy hated himself.

Six months into his first year in high school, he dropped out. For more than a year, he isolated himself in his Huntington Beach bedroom where he became addicted to video games and anonymously vented his anger online with racist and misogynistic screeds, haunted by suicidal thoughts and fantasies about hurting others. His...Read more

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For Washington patients with serious mental illness, this little-known right may get stronger

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Andrea Boyd's son has been in crisis often enough to know the urgency of getting treatment when he needs it. In his 20s, without proper care and medication, he drifted onto the streets for nearly a decade.

He also knows the specific kind of care he needs when he's unstable.

"Please call a (designated crisis responder) or take me to emergency ...Read more

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Early detection may help Kentucky tamp down its lung cancer crisis

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Anthony Stumbo’s heart sank after the doctor shared his mother’s chest X-ray.

“I remember that drive home, bringing her back home, and we basically cried,” said the internal medicine physician, who had started practicing in eastern Kentucky near his childhood home shortly before his mother began feeling ill. “Nobody wants to get told ...Read more

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Ask the Pediatrician: My baby has a stuffy nose. How can I help them sleep safely?

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Welcome to the weary club of adults caring for little ones with respiratory illnesses. Nasal congestion from colds, flu, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), or COVID can make it harder for babies to breathe. This may keep them awake at night and upset family routines, too.

At this point, you're probably desperate for a solution. But, first, it'...Read more

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Patients see first savings from Biden's drug price push, as pharma lines up its lawyers

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Last year alone, David Mitchell paid $16,525 for 12 little bottles of Pomalyst, one of the pricey medications that treat his multiple myeloma, a blood cancer he was diagnosed with in 2010.

The drugs have kept his cancer at bay. But their rapidly increasing costs so infuriated Mitchell that he was inspired to create an advocacy movement.

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Largest COVID vaccine study yet finds links to health conditions

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Vaccines that protect against severe illness, death and lingering long COVID symptoms from a coronavirus infection were linked to small increases in neurological, blood, and heart-related conditions in the largest global vaccine safety study to date.

The rare events — identified early in the pandemic — included a higher risk of heart-...Read more

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Climate change is fueling a new type of anxiety, therapists say

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When psychotherapist Caroline Hickman was asked to help a child overcome a fear of dogs, she introduced them to her Labradoodle, Murphy.

“You get the child to feel confident in relation to the dog and teach the child skills to manage a dog,” she says. “You build the skills, build the competence, build the confidence, and then they’re ...Read more

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Can Ozempic treat your depression? Early signs point to yes

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Add depression to the growing list of chronic diseases that obesity medicines might alleviate. Signs of improved mental health are showing up in the health records of people who take the broader class of medicines known as GLP-1s, which include Novo Nordisk’s Wegovy and Eli Lilly & Co.’s Zepbound.

Formal studies are needed to confirm and ...Read more

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New eligibility rules are a financial salve for nearly 2 million on Medi-Cal

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Millions of Medi-Cal beneficiaries can now save for a rainy day, keep an inheritance, or hold on to a modest nest egg, without losing coverage, thanks to an eligibility change phased in over the past year and a half. It also has opened the door for thousands who previously did not qualify for Medi-Cal, the health insurance program for low-income...Read more

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Colorado prescription drug board declares Enbrel unaffordable in national first

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DENVER — A Colorado board voted unanimously Friday to consider setting a maximum price for a drug to treat autoimmune diseases, launching the state into uncharted territory and setting up a possible showdown with the drug’s manufacturer.

Colorado’s Prescription Drug Affordability Board voted that the injectable drug Enbrel is unaffordable...Read more

Candidates’ aging brains are factors in the presidential race − 4 essential reads

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The leading contenders in the 2024 presidential election are two of the three oldest people ever to serve as president. President Joe Biden is 81. Former President Donald Trump is 77. Ronald Reagan took office at 69 and left it at age 77.

Both Biden and Trump have faced criticism about what can appear to be obvious signs of aging, ...Read more

Stressed about your child's screen time? Here's what a Mayo Clinic expert recommends

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For decades, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has been studying the effects screens and media have on children. It's natural for parents and caregivers to be concerned about how much screen time their children are getting, especially when digital screens are everywhere, even at school. Dr. Nusheen Ameenuddin, a Mayo Clinic pediatrician ...Read more

Mayo Clinic Minute: What high triglycerides mean and why it matters to your heart

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You may be familiar with high-density, or good cholesterol; low-density lipoproteins (LDL), or bad cholesterol; and their connections to heart health. But what about triglycerides? Often that word gets skimmed over when talking about cholesterol levels.

Dr. Regis Fernandes, a Mayo Clinic cardiologist, says triglycerides provide the body with ...Read more