Health & Spirit

Bleach as a 'miracle cure' for cancer? Authorities are investigating NJ pastor's medical claims to Ugandans

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PHILADELPHIA--A South Jersey pastor accused of distributing a so-called "miracle cure" drink containing industrial bleach in Uganda says the concoction has natural healing power to cure serious diseases and that "you just have to believe it."

Robert Baldwin, 52, of Willingboro, N.J., recently landed in the international spotlight after media ...Read more

Dog owners more active than others, study finds

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Dog owners, maybe you already know this, but your furry friend might be making you more active.

A study in the U.K. found that dog owners spend about 300 minutes walking with their dogs per week, about 200 minutes more than those without dogs.

Hundreds of households in a Liverpool community participated, meaning each dog owner lived in a ...Read more

Meet Saybie, the world's smallest baby

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Weighing in at just 8.6 ounces, Saybie is believed to be the smallest baby ever to survive a premature birth.

Sharp HealthCare announced Wednesday, May 29, that the infant girl was delivered by Caesarean section in December at just 23 weeks gestation after her mother suffered from pre-eclampsia, a life-threatening condition that causes very ...Read more

Instagram and self-harm: 1 in 3 youth who see cutting images try it themselves, study suggests

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Young people who see images of cutting on Instagram are more likely to hurt themselves by imitating the act, and also are at higher risk for suicide, a new study suggests.

The research, led by the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg Public Policy Center, the University of Vienna, and the University of Leuven in Belgium, was published ...Read more

Mayo Clinic Q&A: Understanding Duchenne muscular dystrophy

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Dear Mayo Clinic: What is Duchenne muscular dystrophy, and what causes it? Is treatment available? Can Duchenne muscular dystrophy be cured?

A: As with all forms of muscular dystrophy, Duchenne muscular dystrophy is caused by a genetic defect. The defect leads to muscle weakness and loss of muscle mass that worsens over time. Medication and ...Read more

Infectious Diseases A-Z: Vaccine best way to prevent hepatitis A as infections rise nearly 300%

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Drug use and homelessness are cited as two main reasons why hepatitis A infections have increased nearly 300% in the U.S. since 2015, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). "Hepatitis A is a viral hepatitis that can infect humans, and it infects through the oral-fecal route," says Dr. Stacey Rizza, an infectious ...Read more

Analysis: A health care overhaul could kill 2 million jobs, and that's OK

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As calls for radical health reform grow louder, many on the right, in the center and in the health care industry are arguing that proposals like "Medicare for All" would cause economic ruin, decimating a sector that represents nearly 20% of our economy.

While exploring a presidential run, former Starbucks chief Howard Schultz called Medicare ...Read more

Women's wellness: Vaccinations important for pregnant women

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Vaccines have received a lot of news attention lately. And while vaccinations are most often thought of as a childhood rite of passage, adults need immunizations to remain healthy, too.

While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently simplified the adult immunization schedule, questions about vaccines remain, especially from...Read more

Heat and violence pose twin threats for asylum-seekers waiting at border

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MEXICALI, Mexico -- It wasn't even May before thermometers hit 100 degrees in this Mexican border city. Tania was washing clothes for her two daughters when she started to feel queasy and weak. She lay down in a bed at the stifling migrant shelter where she'd taken refuge with her fiance and children.

But the throbbing pain and nausea wouldn't ...Read more

Sens. Alexander, Murray outline plan to lower health costs

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WASHINGTON -- Two influential senators released draft health care legislation Thursday, a package of narrowly tailored proposals that will likely be part of a measure to lower health care costs that lawmakers hope to pass this year.

The draft bill, from Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Chairman Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and ranking member ...Read more

Are surprises ahead for legislation to curb surprise medical bills?

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Surprise medical bills -- those unexpected and often pricey bills patients face when they get care from a doctor or hospital that isn't in their insurance network -- are the health care problem du jour in Washington, with congressional lawmakers from both sides of the aisle and the White House calling for action.

These policymakers agree on the...Read more

Program providing life-extending layer of care for people struggling with severe chronic illnesses

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On a recent Friday night, Betty McLintock slumped forward in her chair without warning.

It was not the first time Andy McLintock had seen his 87-year-old mother collapse; she has long struggled with congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

And he knew he wouldn't be able to persuade her to leave the home they share ...Read more

ACC seeks to bolster mental health treatment for athletes

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DURHAM, N.C. -- Several times during his speech on Tuesday, Mark Hilinski paused a few moments to compose himself. He always cries, his wife said later, when he addresses an audience and tells the story of his son, Tyler, the former Washington State quarterback who died by suicide in 2018.

In a large banquet room filled with about 200 people, ...Read more

Fact check: Did the ACA create preexisting condition protections for people in employer plans?

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During a recent appearance on MSNBC, Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., answered questions from "Morning Joe" co-host Mika Brzezinski about the latest lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. "The most important part of Obamacare, as you know, Mika, is the protection against preexisting condition discrimination that extended ...Read more

Mayo Clinic Q and A: treating vocal cord cancer

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DEAR MAYO CLINIC: My brother was diagnosed with stage 0 squamous cell carcinoma in situ in one of his vocal cords. He has been through several endoscopic surgeries, but the carcinoma keeps coming back. His doctors do not recommend radiation therapy. Are more surgeries the answer, or are other treatments available?

ANSWER: For your brother's ...Read more

Women's wellness: Menopause misconceptions

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Menopause marks the end of a woman's fertility. By definition, it occurs one year after a woman's last menstrual period. While menopausecan happen in a woman's 40s or 50s, the average age is 51 in the U.S. Jacqueline Thielen, M.D., a women's health expert from Mayo Clinic, saysmenopause is a journey that occurs over many years.

Changes in a ...Read more

Fact check: Trump's talk on preexisting conditions doesn't match his administration's actions

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Delivering remarks on surprise medical billing, which is a concern that has drawn bipartisan interest, President Donald Trump waded into another high-profile health issue: making sure insurance protects people who have preexisting health conditions.

"We will always protect patients with preexisting conditions, very importantly," Trump said on ...Read more

Mayo seeking patients from on-site workplace health centers

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Mayo Clinic will start taking referrals for specialty care from a company that runs on-site clinics for employers, the latest example of a Minnesota-based health system sizing up the market for patients who get health care in the workplace.

With the new agreement, Rochester-based Mayo Clinic will offer services to patients with costly and risky...Read more

Home remedies: self-care measures to relieve tension-type headaches

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Frequent headaches can interfere with your daily life. But healthy lifestyle choices can help you head off the pain. Start with the basics, including diet, exercise and relaxation.

Nearly everyone is familiar with the pain of tension-type headaches. But that doesn't mean that the world stops when the pain strikes. Over-the-counter or ...Read more

Father's disease inspires son's journey to find a cure

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It's amazing how far some people will go to accomplish their dream.

Dr. Fouad Chebib grew up in a small town in Lebanon. After finishing medical school in Lebanon's capital city, Beirut, Chebib chased his dream across the world to Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

"I'm one of the kidney doctors," Dr. Chebib says. "I am a physician-scientist."

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