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Mayo Clinic Q and A: Pregnancy and the heart

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DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I am ready to start a family, but my doctor said that pregnancy may be high-risk for me because I have a heart condition. Can you explain how pregnancy affects the heart and what I can do to lower my risk for complications?

ANSWER: Pregnancy results in many changes that can increase the workload of the heart. During pregnancy,...Read more

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Overdose deaths in Tampa Bay's Black community are skyrocketing

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TAMPA, Fla. — Former Tampa Bay Buccaneer Keith McCants was to be the keynote speaker at a September meeting to address a subject he knew too well, the rise in opioid use among Black people.

Then he died on Sept. 2 in St. Petersburg of a suspected overdose.

McCants, 53, was trying to rebuild a life crushed by addiction to painkillers. He was ...Read more

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Ask the Pediatrician: How can parents teach kids to properly brush their teeth?

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Q: Teaching my 3-year-old how to brush her own teeth is difficult — and messy. What can I do to make this easier?

A: It can take time, and, yes, it can be quite messy, but children eventually do master brushing their teeth for themselves. Be patient and try the following practical suggestions to help make brushing more successful and fun — ...Read more

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They use live bees for mental health therapy at their Philly biz, Half Mad Honey

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PHILADELPHIA — Meet Amelia Mraz and Natasha Pham, the founders of Half Mad Honey, an apiary at the Navy Yard in Philadelphia. They use their hives to help people practice both mindfulness and distress tolerance through apiary therapy.

—Don't worry, bee happy: "It's incredible to see the transformation from fear to joy when people come here,...Read more

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Sitting at your desk doesn't have to be a pain in the neck

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Do you feel creaky, achy and stiff by the end of the workday? Sitting most of the day is detrimental to your health, but other work-related factors can compromise your well-being, too, Mayo experts say.

Working at a desk is a common cause of back and neck pain, often because you accommodate your workstation rather than the other way around.

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University opens free Speech and Language Clinic with bilingual services: 'Our clients need to be able to look into the face of their providers and see themselves'

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CHICAGO — Chicago resident Precious Tahiru just wants to hear her 2-year-old son say three things — Mama, Dada and his name, Paris Thompson. Tahiru noticed a delay in her child’s speech development at 10 months and set forth on trying to help him. That journey has entailed speech therapy, occupational therapy, as well as visiting an ear, ...Read more

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Mayo Clinic Q and A: Immunotherapy and breast cancer

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DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. The doctor mentioned using immunotherapy. What is immunotherapy, and how does it differ from chemotherapy, which I've traditionally heard about for treating cancer?

ANSWER: Immunotherapy is a newer therapy in the current treatment landscape for breast cancer. It also has been used ...Read more

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Stand all day at work? 7 tips to lower your risk for varicose veins

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Have you noticed large, tender veins in your legs? Do you experience aching or swelling in your legs at the end of the day? Do suffer from restless legs? Have you noticed changes in the color or texture of the skin near your ankles?

If you have answered yes to any of these questions, you may have varicose veins or venous insufficiency.

As the ...Read more

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Solitary confinement condemns many prisoners to long-term health issues

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ATLANTA — Sometimes, Pamela Winn isn’t sure how to connect with people, even those she loves, like her 9-month-old granddaughter. When the baby is in her arms, “I sit there quietly, and I don’t know what to say. What to do,” she said, her eyes filling with tears. “My socializing skills are just not there anymore.”

On days like ...Read more

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Youthful advisers help shape a mental health program for their peers

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Phebe Cox grew up in what might seem an unlikely mental health danger zone for a kid: tony Palo Alto, California, in the heart of Silicon Valley. But behind its façade of family success and wealth, she said, is an environment of crushing pressure on students to perform. By 2016, when Cox was in middle school, Palo Alto had a teen suicide rate ...Read more

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Researchers studied COVID viral loads in vaccinated cases. Here's what they found

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Viral loads of the delta variant of coronavirus are similar between unvaccinated and vaccinated persons who are infected, as well as between symptomatic and asymptomatic cases, UC Davis and UC San Francisco researchers wrote in a recent study that aligns with similar findings from other research teams.

This does not mean ...Read more

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COVID queries: The speed of vaccine development

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Q: How can I be expected to trust the safety of the COVID-19 vaccine when it was developed so rapidly?

A: We hear this question frequently, and we can understand how it may seem like the development of the vaccine was quick.

The speed was a result of many pharmaceutical companies simultaneously investing significant resources into quickly ...Read more

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What to know about metastatic breast cancer

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which makes this a good time to learn more about metastatic breast cancer.

Breast cancer will affect 1 in 8 women, according to the American Cancer Society. After skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in women in the U.S.

Metastatic breast cancer is cancer that originated in ...Read more

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ER doctor travels US in COVID-19 crisis says mask-wearing, getting vaccine is patriotic

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DETROIT — A lack of confidence in science and a boundless supply of misinformation spread via social media has led America to where it is today — a nation still grappling with the coronavirus pandemic, unable to get enough people fully vaccinated to stop its spread, said Dr. Marc Rosenthal, an emergency department physician from Grosse ...Read more

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Nurses have had a tough year (and then some). How they've stayed resilient

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LOS ANGELES — At the beginning of the pandemic, Penny Weismuller, director of Cal State Fullerton's School of Nursing, said everyone in her Southern California neighborhood would come outside at 7 p.m. to make noise in celebration of the health care workers on the front lines.

Her neighborhood still comes out to honor the resiliency of health...Read more

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The best medicine for COVID-19 is prevention

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Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, health care professionals have worked hard to develop treatments for patients, and they have learned to manage the risk of hospitalization and death from COVID-19.

From protective measures to monoclonal antibody therapy and other treatments, Dr. Raymund Razonable, a Mayo Clinic infectious diseases ...Read more

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During WWII, getting the flu vaccine was patriotic. Some no longer view science that way

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PHILADELPHIA — The world had lurched into a dark and uncertain winter. Americans were dying by the thousands, and the rhythms of everyday life seemed to carry only mournful notes of loss and deprivation.

Even mundane things, like a trip to the grocery store, were different. Shelves were increasingly bare, and shoppers discovered ordinary ...Read more

With most pregnant women unvaccinated, doctors worry about virus's toll

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ATLANTA — Kyndal Nipper started the morning with a sense of relief.

To the eight-months pregnant, 29-year-old from Columbus, it seemed that her bout with COVID-19 had ended and she had made it through the illness with only mild symptoms: a low-grade fever, fatigue and a loss of taste and smell. She felt better than she had in days as she ...Read more

Spotlight on Supplements: Lemon balm

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It’s no secret this past year introduced a new level of stress to our lives. Many of us looked to exercise, meditation, and even dietary or herbal remedies to induce a sense of calm. Is lemon balm a safe and effective solution? EN examines this question.

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Melissa officinalis L., commonly known as lemon balm, is a widely known ...Read more