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Mayo Clinic Q And A: How lung restoration improves organ availability

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DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I was reading about lung restoration and innovation in the field of lung transplantation. Can you share more about this?

ANSWER: Over the past several years, devices outside the body have been used to evaluate human lungs donated for organ transplant before the lungs are transplanted. In the future, lung restoration may ...Read more

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Mayo Clinic Minute: When the liver can no longer function

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In the U.S., it's estimated that 4.5 million adults are diagnosed with chronic liver disease. It develops over time and may be caused a number of conditions including, hepatitis, genetics, alcohol overuse or cancer.

Chronic liver disease is different than acute liver disease, which can come on quickly and may be the result of an injury or a ...Read more

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He almost died in an explosion. Now, he faces a nearly $2 million debt

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — For 23-year-old Alexis Hernández, leaving Puerto Rico in January 2019 to study medicine in Mexico was the culmination of a lifelong dream. For as long as he can remember, the young man from the coastal town of Camuy aspired to be a doctor.

"I always felt a call to serve others," he said. "And medicine has a big impact...Read more

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Q&A: Can you skip the second dose of your COVID-19 vaccine?

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You dread the prospect of aches and pains. That trip to the clinic is inconvenient and takes time. And that first dose already offers some protection.

Tempted to skip that second dose of your COVID-19 vaccine? Don't do it, experts say. Here's why.

Q: Why do we need two doses?

A: A single dose of Pfizer's or Moderna's vaccine was 80% effective...Read more

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Ask the Pediatrician: Is it OK to make baby food at home?

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Q: Is it OK if I make food for my baby at home?

A: Yes. You may find several benefits to feeding your baby homemade foods.

It can be less expensive than the baby food found in grocery stores, for example. It can let your child enjoy baby-friendly versions of foods he or she sees the rest of the family eating, and it may be easier than you ...Read more

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Mayo Clinic Q And A: Diabetes and fasting during Ramadan

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DEAR MAYO CLINIC: Our family celebrates Ramadan, but my father was recently diagnosed with diabetes. He is very spiritual and would like to continue to fast during the holiday, but I don't think it's wise. Can you share whether he can safely fast or if he should avoid this practice due to his condition?

ANSWER: When you have diabetes, your diet...Read more

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Age is one of the biggest misconceptions about stroke

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It's National Stroke Awareness Month and one of the biggest misconceptions about stroke is that it only happens to the elderly. While age is one of the risk factors and your chance for a stroke increases with age, anyone can have a stroke.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Every 40 seconds, someone in the United...Read more

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'We never ran from it.' COVID-19 left emotional scars on Florida's health care heroes

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MIAMI — Like the lungs of acute COVID-19 survivors, nurses, doctors and front-line health care workers remain scarred a year after the pandemic flooded South Florida hospitals with gasping patients sickened by an invisible, insidious virus.

While most people huddled at home, they stood at bedsides, knowing their own infected patients could ...Read more

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DDT's toxic legacy can harm granddaughters of women exposed, study shows

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When Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring” first sounded the alarm on DDT and its devastating effects on birds and fish, our understanding of how this pesticide affected humans was just beginning. Chemicals can take years to reveal their insidious power, and so for decades, scientists have been piecing together — study by study — the reasons...Read more

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Does COVID test positivity still matter? Vaccines are upending trusted virus metrics

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MIAMI — About four out of every 10 Floridians have received at least one dose of a COVID vaccine — a shift in the pandemic landscape that has upended the meaningfulness of various statistics that health experts, government officials and the public have relied on for the last year.

Vaccines haven't just cut the number of people at risk of ...Read more

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Cerebral venous sinus thrombosis: What to know about rare blood clot condition

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Cerebral venous sinus thrombosis was reported in six American women after they were injected with the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, prompting federal officials to recommend a pause Tuesday in giving doses of the one-shot vaccine until an investigation can be completed.

But what is cerebral venous sinus thrombosis, and why are the U.S. ...Read more

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Closing the COVID vaccine gap: Small clinics at churches and apartment buildings reach vulnerable residents

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BALTIMORE – Joanne Bennet eagerly slipped off the blue jacket covering her right arm so a nurse could inject a dose of COVID-19 vaccine. Bennet was all smiles, despite a dislike of needles, sitting in a chair in a community room of her own apartment building.

“It’ll be nice to get back to a little bit of normal after being incarcerated,�...Read more

Environmental Nutrition: A tough pill to swallow: Are supplements safe?

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The dietary supplement industry brings in billions of dollars each year, with an estimated 90,000 products on the market, including vitamins, minerals, herbs or other botanicals, amino acids, probiotics, or other substances in pill, capsule, tablet, or liquid form. About half of American adults take at least one dietary supplement for health or ...Read more

4 ways fiber helps protect your heart

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As part of a healthy diet, fiber is a nutrient most associated with keeping the digestive tract regular and — thanks to the marketing on the oatmeal container — lowering cholesterol.

But fiber’s role in the body goes way beyond regularity, and one of fiber’s most important roles stems from the influence that gut health has on heart ...Read more

5 ways to ease pain using the mind-body connection

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I smashed my elbow recently. There was no bone break — just a bad bruise after slipping in the kitchen and landing on my arm — but at times the pain has been excruciating. So, I followed doctor’s orders: babying my elbow, icing it, and taking an occasional over-the-counter painkiller. (P.S. I wear sneakers in the kitchen now.)

Something ...Read more

Mayo Clinic Q&A: Hypothyroidism and dietary challenges

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DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I was recently diagnosed with hypothyroidism and have been getting conflicting information what I should eat and drink. I love yogurt and ice cream, for instance, but one source said a calcium-rich diet was fine, whereas another said I should limit dairy. I’ve also read that I should avoid soy and iodine. But then a friend ...Read more

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Commentary: Children's health, futures deserve a climate-resilient energy system

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The electrical grid failure in Texas and its continuing fallout once again highlight the urgent threat that climate change and extreme weather pose for the most vulnerable everywhere: children.

After a sweeping energy breakdown during a storm in February, Texans now face the daunting task of reforming the power grid, and, as pediatricians, we ...Read more

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Rare COVID-19 complication is putting kids in ICU

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MACOMB TOWNSHIP, Mich. — When Michelle Elkhoury's 4-year-old daughter spiked a low-grade fever in mid-March, she didn't panic.

Juliana had been attending preschool virtually, and Michelle and her husband, John, had been working from home for a year while caring for 2-year-old daughter Alexandria. No one in the family showed signs of COVID-19 ...Read more

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Editorial: A golden opportunity to narrow California's racial health disparities

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The COVID-19 pandemic brought into sharp relief one of the maladies of the U.S. health care system: White patients routinely fare better than nonwhite ones. The industry calls this a disparity in outcomes, and policymakers have been working for years to narrow the gap — only to have the pandemic highlight just how wide it continues to be.

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Commentary: Why a Nepali doctor is treating the biology -- and the sociology -- behind mental illness

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The Nepali doctor Rishav Koirala is, by his own admission, an unusual Nepali. He's a fan of Jim Morrison and the Doors, loves European philosophy and practices psychiatry in a country where medical schools offer little or no mental health training. What makes him especially unusual is that as the world embraces the idea that mental illnesses ...Read more