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Emerging from mastectomy

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When she was diagnosed with breast cancer, Margaret Pelikan had two goals: to get rid of the disease and to feel normal afterward. Her team at Mayo Clinic helped her accomplish both.

For eight years, Margaret Pelikan dreaded mammograms.

In 2008, she had been diagnosed with a condition called lobular carcinoma in situ in her left breast. The ...Read more

Crisis in Venezuelan hospitals: too many patients, too few beds

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The health crisis in Venezuela is approaching levels comparable to the poorest nations, with naked women forced to give birth in a waiting room, patients treated on hospital floors and forecasts that hundreds of thousands of children are at risk of dying from malnutrition.

The alarming scenario also includes a shortage of medicines for treating...Read more

Patient on a mission to help others after spine surgery

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When Marichu Rosales Brun, 17, began experiencing numbness in her upper right thigh almost two years ago, the teenager knew something was wrong. After visits to doctors near in her home of Colima, Mexico, the family learned Marichu had a thoracic spinal mass that threatened her mobility. In August 2016, the family connected with Mayo Clinic's ...Read more

Research finds hot flashes, night sweats connected to obstructive sleep apnea risk in middle-aged women

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ROCHESTER, Minn. -- In a new study published recently in Menopause, researchers have found that the hot flashes and night sweats faced by upward of 80 percent of middle-aged women may be linked to an increased risk of obstructive sleep apnea.

Obstructive sleep apnea, the most common form of sleep apnea, is characterized by repeated stopping and...Read more

Women's wellness: Hormone therapy and Alzheimer's disease

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Introducing hormone treatment for women in early stages of menopause might help decrease their risk of dementia or Alzheimer's disease.

For women, a drop in hormones during midlife may have some influence on developing dementia or Alzheimer's disease. Also, general brain volume gradually declines with advancing age, but the decline is faster in...Read more

Big premium hike? Blame it on the kids

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Dede Kennedy-Simington, an insurance agent in Pasadena, Calif., was "totally dismayed" when she learned recently that the premium on her family's Blue Shield PPO would rise $391 a month next year -- driven largely by huge increases for her two teenage children.

The cost of insuring her 16-year-old daughter will spike 60 percent in 2018, and it ...Read more

Heart stents fail to ease nonemergency chest pain, landmark study says

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MINNEAPOLIS--A study of 200 heart patients in the United Kingdom shocked the international cardiology community on Thursday when it reported that patients who had stents put in to treat nonemergency chest pain showed about the same improvements as patients who got a "sham" placebo procedure.

The findings from the first-of-its-kind study ...Read more

Safeguarding the blood supply

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Dear Mayo Clinic: I have given blood for 25 years, but just recently, I received a letter saying I could not give blood for six months because of an inconclusive hepatitis B test. What does this mean? Will I be able to give blood in the future?

A: The notification you received means the test used to check blood donations for infectious diseases...Read more

Watchdog group blasts study that suggests 80 percent of baby formula contains arsenic

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The watchdog website Snopes has blasted a new study that suggests up to 80 percent of products that we feed to our babies are tainted by arsenic and other potentially harmful contaminants.

The news media has picked up on an "alarming study" by The Clean Label Project, which found many baby food products tested positive for arsenic. Clean Label ...Read more

Complaint that Pitt kids' study on vitamin D and asthma is 'unethical' leads to changes

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PITTSBURGH--A federally funded, University of Pittsburgh research project, testing whether children with asthma attacks benefit from high doses of vitamin D, will be altered following complaints from an outside researcher to federal officials that the study was "unethical."

Bruce Davidson, a pulmonary and critical care researcher in Seattle who...Read more

Like black licorice? It could land you in the hospital, FDA warns

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Black licorice looks innocent enough.

But eat enough of those sticks or candies, and you could suffer the consequences.

We're not talking about weight gain or tooth decay. We're talking bonafide, serious health issues like arrhythmia, reports the FDA.

Blame it on one ingredient. Glycyrrhizin, the sweetening compound derived from licorice root...Read more

Rising health insurance costs frighten some early retirees

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Don and Debra Clark of Springfield, Mo., are glad they have health insurance. Don is 56 and Debra is 58. The Clarks say they know the risk of an unexpected illness or medical event is rising as they age and they must have coverage.

Don is retired and Debra works part time a couple of days a week. As a result, along with about 20 million other ...Read more

Trump wants to insert Obamacare repeal into tax bill -- giving Republicans a new headache as rollout stalls

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WASHINGTON -- As House Republicans struggle to produce their ambitious tax overhaul, President Donald Trump weighed in Wednesday with an off-topic suggestion: How about repealing part of Obamacare and use the money saved on health care for tax cuts?

"Wouldn't it be great to Repeal the very unfair and unpopular Individual Mandate in ObamaCare ...Read more

Past-due premiums, missing tax forms may hamstring marketplace customers

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The 2018 annual open-enrollment period for coverage on the health insurance marketplaces started November 1. But if you don't take care of lingering issues from your past coverage, they may come back to haunt you when you try to sign up this fall.


New rules will allow some insurers to require you to pay any back premiums you ...Read more

Obamacare insurance markets open this week amid confusion and uncertainty

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WASHINGTON -- Health insurance marketplaces created by the Affordable Care Act begin accepting 2018 applications Wednesday amid mounting concern that the Trump administration's repeated attacks on the law will dramatically depress enrollment.

The marketplaces -- a centerpiece of the law commonly called Obamacare -- continue to provide coverage ...Read more

Money for health law navigators slashed — except where it's not

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Despite all the efforts in Congress to repeal the health law this summer and fall, the Affordable Care Act is still the law of the land. People can start signing up for health insurance for 2018 starting Nov. 1. But the landscape for that law has changed a lot.

Take navigators. Those are specially trained people who help ...Read more

Big gains in Latino health insurance coverage poised to slip during chaotic enrollment season

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Latinos, who just a year ago were highly sought customers for the Affordable Care Act's marketplace plans may not get the same hard sell this year.

The Trump administration's laissez-faire approach toward the upcoming enrollment period for the health law's insurance marketplaces could reverse advances made in the number of Latinos with coverage...Read more

Hair transplant treatment for hair loss

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Dear Mayo Clinic: What is involved in a hair transplant, and how long does it last? How does this differ from hair plugs? I'm only 34 but have lost a lot of hair already and have tried hair-growth shampoo without much luck.

A: A hair transplant is a form of skin graft that rearranges the hair you have by taking hair and skin from one area of ...Read more

Rural areas, already short on health resources, face enrollment hitches

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ATLANTA -- Ms. Stella's, a home-cooking restaurant in Milledgeville, Ga., serves roast beef, grilled pork chops, chicken wings and oxtails with 24 sides from which to choose. Last spring, owners Jeri and Lucious Trawick opened a second restaurant in Eatonton, about 20 miles away, and Jeri decided to leave her full-time job to help shepherd the ...Read more

Mother is stuck in health care dilemma as her baby struggles with illness

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MIAMI--When Victoria Malave breathes, all you can hear is a relentless, insistent chirp.

It's the sound of her ventilator, which the 10-month-old Puerto Rican baby has needed to keep her alive for much of her short life. After Hurricane Maria knocked out power to the public housing where she and her parents lived, her gastric tube became ...Read more