KANSAS CITY, Mo. — This was the headline the first time The Star told of Gwen Starkey's battle against COVID-19:
"100 days on a ventilator: Can Missouri COVID patient be one of the rare lucky ones?"
And here's the answer: Yes. But it took nearly all of 2021.
Starkey is headed to rehabilitation in Johnson County this week without the machine...Read more
Jay Reinstein and Michele Hall wouldn't seem to most people like they would be in danger of suffering from a disease typically associated with aging.
Reinstein is just 60 years old, and Hall is 54. Both of them have young adult children. Yet both already struggle with driving, and they can no longer work because their minds don’t function as ...Read more
CHICAGO -- As the super-contagious omicron variant sweeps Chicago, pushing case count graphs vertical, some people who assumed they were safe from infection after they got their vaccines are entering a new psychological stage of the pandemic: a sense that infection is unavoidable.
“It’s so much more contagious,” Maggie Coons, 52, of ...Read more
LOS ANGELES — The Red Cross is currently experiencing what it's calling "the worst blood shortage in over a decade."
Always in need of blood, the nonprofit said that the combination of the relentless pandemic and an unusual flu season have exacerbated the preexisting shortage. Overall donations have dropped 10% since March 2020. Students ...Read more
January is Thyroid Awareness Month, which makes this a good time to learn more about Hashimoto's disease.
Hashimoto's disease, also known as Hashimoto's thyroiditis, is an autoimmune disorder where your immune system creates antibodies that damage your thyroid gland. The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland at the base of your neck. Your thyroid...Read more
Stephen Kavalkovich serves on the planning board of his Burlington County, New Jersey, hometown, where he also became an emergency medical technician, began his recovery from opioid addiction, and founded a shamanic practice called Ancient Healing Pathways.
"The word shaman means someone who sees in the dark. I've had a lot of dark, and my own ...Read more
JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s annual healthcare conference in San Francisco, which will wrap up on Thursday, has long been considered the industry’s flagship event. Executives flock to outline priorities for the year ahead, or set plans in motion behind closed doors. It's a stage on which to announce deals or a setting for clinching them.
Want to eat healthier and save more money? Contrary to popular belief, those two things aren’t mutually exclusive. It's possible to make better food choices without spending a fortune; you just have to know where to look.
First things first. Start by cooking more at home, because it hits two birds with one stone. Home cooked meals are both ...Read more
Long before it was proclaimed a modern-day superfood, spirulina was reportedly cultivated and consumed in Aztec culture. Today, EN explores the popularity and proof behind spirulina.
Spirulina is a microscopic, cyanobacterium (blue-green pigmented) whose name originates from its spiral shape. Spirulina naturally grows in mineral-...Read more
Often, the skin can be a window to what is occurring inside your body. For women with polycystic ovary syndrome, or PCOS, this this may mean acne, hair loss, excessive facial or body hair growth, dark patches on the skin, or any combination of these issues.
What is PCOS?
Skin and hair issues can be the most readily perceptible features of PCOS...Read more
DEAR MAYO CLINIC: My doctor told me that I have congestive heart failure and I have to change my lifestyle, including my diet. What kind of diet should I be on?
ANSWER: When patients have congestive heart failure, their heart isn’t able to manage fluid well, and it builds up in the body. This fluid can cause shortness of breath, swelling in ...Read more
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — In any other year, Gov. Gavin Newsom's proposal to add an estimated 700,000 immigrants without legal status to the state's health care program for low-income residents would be a monumental lift. On Tuesday, it was painted as the "status quo" as legislators considered a separate proposal with a much broader reach.
A group...Read more
As waves of the coronavirus battered the U.S., parents of young kids could comfort themselves with the knowledge that COVID-19 tends to have milder effects in children and that most — but not all — kids who get infected are fine.
But even though it's low-risk, many parents don't want to gamble with their kids' health. And others might be ...Read more
No, flurona is not some scary new variant of the coronavirus. And — do we really need to say this? — it is not an actual scientific term.
But the phenomenon of "coinfection" with influenza and the coronavirus is real and, to those in the medical community, not the least bit surprising. A person can be infected with multiple viruses at the ...Read more
SAN DIEGO — Physicians at the University of Maryland Medical Center stunned many people this week when they announced that they had successfully transplanted the heart of a pig into a 57-year-old man who was dying of a heart disorder.
It was the first successful attempt to place a pig’s heart into a human. And it immediately raised hopes ...Read more
The U.S. government limited Medicare coverage of Biogen Inc.’s Alzheimer’s disease treatment and similar drugs to patients enrolled in clinical trials, a highly unusual move that will curb access to the controversial treatment approved last year.
Coverage of Biogen’s therapy, sold under the brand name Aduhelm, and other amyloid-targeted ...Read more
COVID-19 vaccines protect you from getting sick. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says people who are up to date with their COVID-19 vaccinations and booster shots are well-protected from serious illness and dying from the disease.
But millions of people in the U.S. remain hesitant or refuse to be vaccinated. As of early ...Read more
DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I threw out my back doing yardwork. While I was laid up for a few weeks, I'm OK now. I'm concerned I will reinjure my back shoveling snow this winter. How can I protect my back while shoveling?
ANSWER: Winters in certain parts of the country can be long and snowy. While seemingly an innocuous task, snow shoveling can be a ...Read more
ROCHESTER, Minn. — Winter is a wonderful time of year, especially if you can avoid slipping, falling and getting hurt.
Sanjeev Kakar M.D., a Mayo Clinic orthopedic surgeon who specializes in injuries to the hand and wrist, treats his share of injuries during the winter.
Here are some of the common injuries Dr. Kakar sees and how he treats ...Read more
There are various types of COVID-19 tests that people may choose from to find out if they are infected with the virus.
Dr. Matthew Binnicker and the team at Mayo Clinic Laboratories help break down the different types of COVID-19 tests and when to use them.
Test at the health care provider's office or testing site:
POLYMERASE CHAIN REACTION ...Read more
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