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Mayo Clinic researchers' new tool links Alzheimer's disease types to rate of cognitive decline

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Mayo Clinic researchers have discovered a series of brain changes characterized by unique clinical features and immune cell behaviors using a new corticolimbic index tool for Alzheimer's disease, a leading cause of dementia. Their findings are published in JAMA Neurology. The tool categorizes Alzheimer's disease cases into three subtypes ...Read more

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Drownings rose among young children after decades of decline. It's 'highly concerning,' CDC says

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LOS ANGELES — During the pandemic years of shuttered pools and difficult-to-find swim lessons, the drowning rate of very young children increased significantly in the U.S., following decades of declines, according to a new federal report.

Drowning rates among children 1 to 4 were about 28% higher in 2021 and 2022, compared to 2019, according ...Read more

$3.3 billion available for mental health beds as California Gov. Gavin Newsom kick-starts Prop. 1 spending

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LOS ANGELES — Gov. Gavin Newsom is set to announce Tuesday that the state will make $3.3 billion in funding available by July to begin building inpatient and outpatient mental health treatment centers as part of a massive effort to transform California's mental health system and address the homelessness crisis.

The money is the first tranche ...Read more

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Medical residents are increasingly avoiding states with abortion restrictions

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Isabella Rosario Blum was wrapping up medical school and considering residency programs to become a family practice physician when she got some frank advice: If she wanted to be trained to provide abortions, she shouldn’t stay in Arizona.

Blum turned to programs mostly in states where abortion access — and, by extension, abortion training �...Read more

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Operating rooms are major sources of greenhouse gasses. Penn is eliminating a form of anesthesia that hangs in the air for more than a decade after use.

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Philadelphia-area health systems are phasing out a common anesthesia gas that hangs in the atmosphere for 14 years.

Desflurane is the most potent greenhouse gas found in hospitals, which are increasingly engaged in efforts to reduce their carbon footprint.

Desflurane was once favored by doctors because it leaves the body quickly, enabling ...Read more

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Could being online actually be good for you? New study reveals a surprising finding

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Spending time online may boost your well-being, the results of a large international study revealed Monday.

Researchers at the University of Oxford examined 16 years of data from 2.4 million people, tracking things like life satisfaction and sense of purpose. They found that people with access to the web scored 8% higher in measures of well-...Read more

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Kids living near Colorado airports have slightly elevated levels of lead in their blood, new study finds

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DENVER — Children living near small airports in Colorado had slightly higher levels of lead in their blood than the statewide average, according to a new study — though experts had diverging opinions on how significant that difference was.

The study, by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, found levels to be within the ...Read more

Binge drinking is a growing public health crisis − a neurobiologist explains how research on alcohol use disorder has shifted

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With the new Amy Winehouse biopic “Back to Black” in U.S. theaters as of May 17, 2024, the late singer’s relationship with alcohol and drugs is under scrutiny again. In July 2011, Winehouse was found dead in her flat in north London from “death by misadventure” at the age of 27. That’s the official British term used for accidental...Read more

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Mayo Clinic Q & A: Supporting weight-loss medications with adequate, tailored nutrition

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DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I have a family member taking a prescription weight-loss drug. She has been successful thus far, which I know is improving her health. She admitted, though, that she often eats less than 1,000 calories per day. How can I encourage her weight-loss journey, but also ensure she is getting adequate nutrition?

ANSWER: While weight-...Read more

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Ask the Pediatrician: How to support healthy mental and emotional development in your child

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Children, teens and their families are facing a lot of stress and challenges to mental wellness. Is it possible to prevent mental health problems and help kids be resilient during tough times?

The answer is yes. Parents and caregivers have powerful tools to help their children thrive, no matter what life throws their way. Positive experiences ...Read more

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Forget ringing the button for the nurse. Patients now stay connected by wearing one

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Patients admitted to Houston Methodist Hospital get a monitoring device about the size of a half-dollar affixed to their chest — and an unwitting role in the expanding use of artificial intelligence in health care.

The slender, battery-powered gadget, called a BioButton, records vital signs including heart and breathing rates, then wirelessly...Read more

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Mayo Clinic Minute: Melanoma misconception: Dark skin tones at risk, too

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The myth that people with dark skin are immune to melanoma, a type of skin cancer, has persisted for many years. It's a dangerous misconception that has caused some people not to be diligent about protecting themselves against dangerous ultraviolet (UV) rays.

Dr. Dawn Davis , a Mayo Clinic dermatologist, says people with darker skin tones need ...Read more

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Mayo Clinic Minute: Preventing stroke

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May is National Stroke Awareness Month, and as part of everyday awareness, Mayo Clinic healthcare professionals suggest reducing stroke risk and knowing the signs. A stroke happens every 40 seconds in the U.S., and the likelihood of stroke increases with age, according to the National Institutes of Health.

Preventing a stroke is a crucial ...Read more

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Breakthrough therapies are saving lives. Can we afford them?

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Harnessing the body’s own cells to fight disease, long a medical dream, is finally a reality.

Now comes the bill.

Last month, Stanford became the first hospital in the nation to use a new $515,000 cell therapy to treat a patient with advanced melanoma. A related approach, costing $420,000 to $475,000, is offering hope to patients with lethal...Read more

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What's keeping the US from allowing better sunscreens?

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When dermatologist Adewole “Ade” Adamson sees people spritzing sunscreen as if it’s cologne at the pool where he lives in Austin, Texas, he wants to intervene. “My wife says I shouldn’t,” he said, “even though most people rarely use enough sunscreen.”

At issue is not just whether people are using enough sunscreen, but what ...Read more

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Biden team's tightrope: Reining in rogue Obamacare agents without slowing enrollment

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President Joe Biden counts among his accomplishments the record-high number of people, more than 21 million, who enrolled in Obamacare plans this year. Behind the scenes, however, federal regulators are contending with a problem that affects people’s coverage: rogue brokers who have signed people up for Affordable Care Act plans, or switched ...Read more

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Coming off Ozempic slowly could prevent weight gain, study shows

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Patients could wean themselves off blockbuster obesity drugs such as Ozempic or Wegovy without piling the pounds back on, according to a scientific study.

Data presented at the European Congress on Obesity in Venice, Italy on Sunday provides some of the first evidence that it could be possible to stop taking Novo Nordisk’s Ozempic or Wegovy ...Read more

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A blood test to help detect lung cancer? New test offered at OSF Healthcare part of trend in medicine

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CHICAGO — Julie Harris had never been tested for lung cancer. A low-dose CT scan, the only recommended screening for adults at risk of developing lung cancer, was not something she’d ever found time to do.

But when her primary care doctor recently suggested a new blood test to help look for signs of the disease, Harris was intrigued. She ...Read more

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Energy drinks can lead to serious heart issues in kids and teens, health experts say

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Hennessy Sepulveda thought she was going to die.

“I began dissociating as I was driving. I was 10 minutes away from my house. My vision started warping and the lights were hitting me really bright,” she said. “I felt my chest pounding, I felt a wave of panic hit me — I knew something was wrong.”

Sepulveda, a Florida International ...Read more

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30-year study: Ultraprocessed foods increase risk of death by any cause

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Low in nutrition and high in calories, ultraprocessed foods account for 57% of adult diets in the United States. A study published in the BMJ on Wednesday associated these snacks, drinks and ready meals with an increased risk of death by any cause.

“Higher ultra-processed food intake was associated with slightly increased all cause mortality,...Read more