Health & Spirit

Mayo mindfulness: Improve your well-being

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What is mindfulness?

Mindfulness is the act of being intensely aware of what you're sensing and feeling at every moment -- without interpretation or judgment.

Spending too much time planning, problem-solving, daydreaming, or thinking negative or random thoughts can be draining. It can also make you more likely to experience stress, anxiety and...Read more

Things you didn't know about cold sores

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Cold sores on the lips can be embarrassing and tough to hide, but they're more common than you might think. They're so common, that Dr. Pritish Tosh, a Mayo Clinic infectious diseases specialist, says you might not have a reason to be embarrassed when you have a cold sore.

"About 70-plus percent of the U.S. population has been infected with ...Read more

Third vaccination dose urged for youngsters to fend off resurging mumps

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PHILADELPHIA--Recent waves of mumps outbreaks like those that hit Penn State students last winter and spring and interrupted Syracuse University's lacrosse season last fall can be blamed not on students' failure to get vaccinated but on the fact that the vaccine can lose its effectiveness over time, according to a new Harvard study.

A third ...Read more

Infectious diseases A-Z: Avoid illness during spring break at the beach

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March is a traditional travel month for thousands of college students and families as spring break gets underway. And many of those travel destinations include sandy beaches. Dr. Pritish Tosh, an infectious diseases specialist at Mayo Clinic has a word of advice for those traveling outside of the U.S.: "While packing your beach bag, pack your ...Read more

The other opioid crisis: Hospital shortages lead to patient pain, medical errors

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Even as opioids flood American communities and fuel widespread addiction, hospitals are facing a dangerous shortage of the powerful painkillers needed by patients in acute pain, according to doctors, pharmacists and a coalition of health groups.

The shortage, though more significant in some places than others, has left many hospitals and ...Read more

Fewer foreign doctors are coming to study in the United States, report shows

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Fearing he would die if he stayed, Mohamed fled the civil war in his home country of Syria, heading to Saudi Arabia where he spent six years working as a physician. While there, Mohamed worked toward his goal of coming to the United States to train.

He aced the U.S. exams required of all physicians and scored an interview with a New York ...Read more

California's anti-abortion pregnancy centers want the Supreme Court to overturn state notice law

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SAN FRANCISCO -- At a faith-based pregnancy center here, rooms are crammed with baby supplies, new and used, for expectant mothers, and a medical office contains equipment to allow pregnant women to view their fetuses.

"Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass," reads a saying on a wall, "but learning to dance in the rain."

The Alpha ...Read more

Women's wellness: Infertility causes, tests and treatments

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Infertility is defined as trying to get pregnant (with frequent intercourse) for at least a year with no success. Female infertility, male infertility or a combination of the two affects millions of couples in the United States. An estimated 10 to 18 percent of couples have trouble getting pregnant or having a successful delivery.

Infertility ...Read more

Cooper doctors study 'compassion crisis' in health care

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CAMDEN, N.J. -- Stephen Trzeciak's obsession with compassion started with his son's seventh-grade cultural geography assignment three years ago.

The son asked the father, a critical-care doctor at Cooper University Hospital, for help with a speech that would count for half his grade. Trzeciak saw a father-son bonding opportunity. Then he read ...Read more

California's tax on millionaires yields big benefits for people with mental illness, study finds

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A statewide tax on the wealthy has significantly boosted mental health programs in California's largest county, helping to reduce homelessness, incarceration and hospitalization, according to a report released this week.

Revenue from the tax, the result of a statewide initiative passed in 2004, also expanded access to therapy and case ...Read more

A new way to reduce gun suicides, and maybe mass shootings too

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Mass shootings dominate the headlines and seem to drive the movement to change gun policy, but reducing gun suicides could save many more lives.

More than 20,000 people each year kill themselves with a gun; that's twice the number of gun homicides. The Parkland, Fla., massacre claimed 17 lives; roughly 59 people die by gun suicide each day.

An...Read more

Environmental Nutrition: Turn to dark chocolate for a heart-healthy treat

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Environmental Nutrition

EN investigates the not so dark side of eating chocolate.

The mighty Mayans touted it as the "Food of the Gods," and ever since millions of palates have been held hostage to the seductive, silky ways of chocolate. Beyond its feel-good factor, partly in thanks to a mix...Read more

Breast cancer patients risk heart damage. UK doctor's study shows a way around that

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For years, breast cancer patients on the chemotherapy drug regimen of doxorubicin and Herceptin have risked heart damage.

A University of Kentucky cardiologist thinks that for some of those patients, there's a solution.

Dr. Maya Guglin of the UK Gill Heart & Vascular Institute recently presented data from a major clinical trial on the ...Read more

Can men pass exposure to PBBs to kids? Emory U. study seeks volunteers

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It was the worst agricultural contamination incident in U.S. history -- the accidental inclusion of PBB fire retardant in cattle feed at the Velsicol Chemical factory in St. Louis, Mich., in 1973.

Researchers have identified ongoing human health problems from exposure to the chemical in the four and a half decades since -- from thyroid ...Read more

Fetal surgery sets the stage for a healthy birth

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Diagnosed with a life-threatening condition at 20 weeks gestation, Xavier Sorying underwent an innovative operation while in utero that helped him overcome his birth defect.

Xavier Sorying is a calm, smiley 7-month-old who seldom fusses and recently discovered his voice. His baby squeals and babble, and even his cries, delight his parents, ...Read more

A health plan 'down payment' is one way states try retooling individual mandate

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WASHINGTON -- As President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans tirelessly try to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, a number of states are scrambling to enact laws that safeguard its central provisions.

The GOP tax plan approved by Congress in the last days of 2017 repealed the ACA penalty for people who fail to carry health insurance, a...Read more

No-go for Idaho: Back to the drawing board on state-based health plans

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No, you can't.

That's what federal officials told Idaho regulators and the state's governor late Thursday regarding the state's plan to allow insurers to sell health plans that fall short of the Affordable Care Act's requirements.

But the letter from the Trump administration did offer an alternative: Tweak your plan a bit to make them qualify ...Read more

Tips to avoid traveler's diarrhea

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Millions of people traveling internationally experience traveler's diarrhea every year. And, during spring break, that number is especially high for Americans, who may have symptoms ranging from mild to severe, as they travel to countries with warmer climates. But there are some steps you can take to ensure that your trip isn't interrupted by ...Read more

From the ER to inpatient care — at home

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Phyllis Petruzzelli spent the week before Christmas struggling to breathe. When she went to the emergency department on Dec. 26, the doctor at Brigham and Women's Faulkner Hospital near her home in Boston's Jamaica Plain neighborhood said she had pneumonia and needed hospitalization. Then the doctor proposed something that made Petruzzelli ...Read more

Male OB-GYNs are in decline, stirring debate

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Some patients wait until Dr. Jerome Chelliah snaps on his gloves to make the request. Others blurt it out as soon as he walks in the exam room.

"I'd rather see a female doctor," they say.

Chelliah thinks he can be a sensitive obstetrician-gynecologist even though he's a man. But he has no choice but to comply.

"I've been rejected many times ...Read more