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10 ways to control high blood pressure without medication

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By making these 10 lifestyle changes, you can lower your blood pressure and reduce your risk of heart disease.

This article is written by Mayo Clinic Staff.

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If you've been diagnosed with high blood pressure, you might be worried about taking medication to bring your numbers down.

Lifestyle plays an ...Read more

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College tuition sparked a mental health crisis. Then the hefty hospital bill arrived

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Despite a lifelong struggle with panic attacks, Divya Singh made a brave move across the world last fall from her home in Mumbai, India. She enrolled at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, to study physics and explore an interest in standup comedy in Manhattan.

Arriving in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and isolated in her dorm room,...Read more

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Mayo Clinic Minute: What you should know about colorectal cancer

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Cancer of the rectum and colon often are referred together as colorectal cancer, but treatments can be different.

Dr. David Etzioni, a Mayo Clinic colorectal surgeon, reminds people that early diagnosis and treatment are crucial to ensure better outcomes, and that it all starts with scheduling a screening.

"Colorectal cancer is a type of ...Read more

When will U.S. public schools re-open? A sobering forecast from The Kiplinger Letter

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On the whole, K-12 public schools won’t be back to normal this school year. The reopening status of schools varies greatly and the data are hard to track. According to Burbio, a local data service firm, most students in Wyoming, Montana and Florida attend schools that offer daily in-person learning. In stark contrast, many counties in ...Read more

Ask the EN Experts: Kimchi

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Many of us are still up to our eyeballs in winter. Frigid temperatures. Snow. Ice. Sleet. Gray skies. Sigh. It may be time for a little dietary pick-me-up. Maybe it’s time to give kimchi a try.

For those who are unfamiliar, kimchi is a spicy and tangy pickled vegetable dish. Kimchi hails from Korea and consists of salted and fermented ...Read more

9 essential pantry staples to transition you from winter to spring

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As the weather warms up and fresh produce starts to appear in the stores, you know it’s time for spring. While spring cleaning is usually reserved for one’s closets or cluttered areas, we think you should also take a hard look at your pantry. Start updating your grocery shopping habits to match the season by stocking up on these nine pantry ...Read more

Can a daily pill lighten heavy menstrual bleeding caused by fibroids?

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Fibroids are generally benign (not cancerous) tumors that form within the tissues of the uterus. They are very common in reproductive-age women: Studies report that up to 70% of white women and 80% of Black women may develop fibroids by age 50. And research suggests Black women are more likely to experience severe or very severe symptoms related...Read more

Mayo Clinic Q&A: How to reverse prediabetes

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DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I’m a 36-year-old man recently diagnosed with prediabetes. Is there a way to reverse this, or am I destined to eventually get diabetes? My health care provider says I’ve likely been in the prediabetes stage for a year or more.

ANSWER: There are steps you can take to slow the progression of prediabetes to Type 2 diabetes. ...Read more

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Fact check: Becerra has long backed single-payer. That doesn't mean it will happen if he's HHS secretary

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A digital ad running in Georgia and New Hampshire says Xavier Becerra, President Joe Biden’s nominee for Health and Human Services secretary, supports “Medicare for All.”

“Becerra supports Bernie’s government takeover of your health care, eliminating your employer-provided coverage,” the narrator says.

The ad, funded by the ...Read more

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Ask the Pediatrician: Is it safe to travel over spring break this year?

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Q: After being cooped up for months, my family would like to take a trip for spring break. Is it safe?

A: As the COVID-19 vaccine rollout continues, we get a glimmer of hope that the end of the pandemic may finally be within sight. Some families are wondering if it’s safe to travel this spring. At the same time, many popular vacation spots ...Read more

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COVID strikes clergy as they comfort pandemic's sick and dying

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The Rev. Jose Luis Garayoa survived typhoid fever, malaria, a kidnapping and the Ebola crisis as a missionary in Sierra Leone, only to die of COVID-19 after tending to the people of his Texas church who were sick from the virus and the grieving family members of those who died.

Garayoa, 68, who served at El Paso’s Little Flower Catholic ...Read more

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Mayo Clinic Q And A: Mechanical or tissue heart valve replacements

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DEAR MAYO CLINIC: My father is having issues with his aortic valve. He is 53 years old and was told he needs to have a valve replacement. I was reading that there are different types of valves. Can you explain the differences and what option may be best?

ANSWER: There are four major valves in the heart, two on the left side of the heart (aortic...Read more

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I wanna shot: How life on the road with Twisted Sister prepared the man running one county's COVID vaccine sites

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BALTIMORE – Rock concerts and COVID vaccine clinics aren’t all that different, if you ask Terry Sapp.

The man running the show at Baltimore County’s vaccine sites has spent decades training and coordinating emergency preparedness at the state and local levels. But he credits much of his skill to his years on tour with Twisted Sister ...Read more

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COVID vaccine websites violate disability laws, create inequity for the blind

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Many COVID vaccination registration and information websites at the federal, state and local levels violate disability rights laws, hindering the ability of blind people to sign up for a potentially lifesaving vaccine, a KHN investigation has found.

Across the country, people who use special software to make the web accessible have been unable ...Read more

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As COVID-19 surged, vaccines came too late for at least 400 medical workers

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As health care workers in the U.S. began lining up for their first coronavirus vaccines on Dec. 14, Esmeralda Campos-Loredo was already fighting for oxygen.

The 49-year-old nursing assistant and mother of two started having breathing problems just days earlier. By the time the first of her co-workers were getting shots, she was shivering in a ...Read more

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After the surge: Optimism replaces anxiety in COVID-19 wards as cases plummet

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – To Brandon Mulvany, the past 11 months have felt more like five or ten years. And though it's not over yet, he's finally feeling a sense of relief he hasn't felt since the summer.

Mulvany is an intensive care unit nurse at Mount Carmel Grove City Hospital, where he worked through the winter coronavirus surge of cases and ...Read more

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The death of a teenager has focused a shattered community's attention on mental health

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On a Friday night in January, several dozen people gathered outside Karen Buckner's house.

Bundled against the freezing weather and wearing face masks, the group joined her on a half-mile walk to the football field parking lot at Glenbrook North High School. One week before, a memorial for her son Dylan Buckner stood at the site. Flowers, ...Read more

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Why you still can't visit unmasked, even if you're fully vaccinated

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The day has finally come — two weeks have passed since you received your second dose of the vaccine, making you officially fully vaccinated. You’re ready to celebrate. And you’re dreaming of having your other vaccinated friends over to join. But is it a good idea?

It’s a question on many people’s minds, and one recently posed to ...Read more

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Kids' mental health is still pediatricians' greatest concern, one year into pandemic

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PHILADELPHIA – Physician Steven Shapiro chairs the pediatrics department at Abington Hospital. He’s never been a therapist. Yet a big chunk of his medical practice these days is devoted to mental health issues, far more than ever before.

“Twenty percent of the calls I take now are to put kids on more medicine for panic attacks and anxiety...Read more

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What to know about the side effects of the COVID-19 vaccination

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You’ve gone through the appointment rigmarole to get signed up for a COVID vaccine, got your first shot, waited the required three to four week period for your second. But when that booster dose comes, be warned that you might be experiencing symptoms a few hours later.

Emily Miller, an ICU nurse at OhioHealth Riverside, said she experienced ...Read more