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Environmental Nutrition: Onions are worth the cry!

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No pantry is complete without onions.

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Eaten and cultivated since prehistoric times, onions are integral to most every cuisine in the world. In addition to its tear-jerking effect on the eyes and pungency to the palate, onions have a many layered history. The Egyptians, Romans, and Greeks believed eating these strong-tasting orbs ...Read more

How to store leftover Thanksgiving turkey so it stays delicious

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Cooking a Thanksgiving turkey is no small feat. Not only is it the most important entrée of the year (no pressure), but it’s quite likely the only giant piece of poultry you’ll cook all year, making it more labor intensive (all that brining, basting, and butter-rubbing is serious work) than most proteins that go in your oven. Make your ...Read more

Preventable liver disease is rising: What you eat, and avoid, counts

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In today’s fast-paced world, our waking hours are filled with decisions — often surrounding what to eat. After a long day, dinner could well be fast food or takeout. While you may worry about the toll food choices take on your waistline or blood pressure, as a liver specialist, I also want to put fatty liver disease on your radar.

One ...Read more

Mayo Clinic Q&A: Facts about body acne

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DEAR MAYO CLINIC: When the weather is nice, I enjoy being outdoors and being active, including walking, swimming and boating. I prefer to wear scoop-neck T-shirts, but I am embarrassed about breakouts on my chest. I am noticing some on my back too. Other than covering up, what can I do about acne on my body?

ANSWER: Acne is a skin condition ...Read more


Mayo Clinic Minute: Reducing risk of Alzheimer's disease in families

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Alzheimer's disease is a progressive neurologic disorder that causes memory loss and other cognitive decline due to brain cell degeneration. It's the most common cause of dementia — a clinical syndrome characterized by a collection of symptoms that affect cognitive abilities, memory, thinking behavior. Dementia is not a specific disease itself...Read more

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Fact check: Do Republican spending cuts threaten federal HIV funding? For some programs, yes

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Republicans in Congress are “trying to wipe out federal funding to end the HIV epidemic.”

President Joe Biden on Oct. 14, 2023, in remarks at the 2023 Human Rights Campaign National Dinner.


Are Republicans threatening to stop spending federal money to end one of the world’s most pressing public health epidemics? That’s what ...Read more


Norovirus: What to know and how to avoid it

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Noroviruses are usually more widespread in the fall and winter, but you can get sick from the virus any time of the year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says norovirus is the leading cause of vomiting and diarrhea from acute gastroenteritis in the U.S.

Norovirus infection, sometimes referred to as stomach flu, is unrelated...Read more

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How lawmakers in Texas and Florida undermine COVID vaccination efforts

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Katherine Wells wants to urge her Lubbock, Texas, community to get vaccinated against COVID-19. “That could really save people from severe illness,” said Wells, the city’s public health director.

But she can’t.

A rule added to Texas’ budget that went into effect Sept. 1 forbids health departments and other organizations funded by the...Read more

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Gaza's health system has collapsed, multiplying the war's toll on children

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As the head of a humanitarian organization, I have been working for more than 30 years both to save the lives of injured children in Gaza and to help establish a modern health care system for specialized pediatric care in Gaza. That dream has been shattered. The lives of more than 5,000 children killed or missing in Gaza over the past month ...Read more

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Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson names Chicago Health commissioner

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Mayor Brandon Johnson appointed the next leader of the Chicago Department of Public Health Monday, his office announced three months after he fired the prior commissioner in the high-profile post.

Dr. Olusimbo “Simbo” Ige is the managing director at the nonprofit Robert Wood Johnson Foundation based in New Jersey. She succeeds Dr. Allison ...Read more

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What I learned from the world's last smallpox patient

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Rahima Banu, a toddler in rural Bangladesh, was the last person in the world known to contract variola major, the deadly form of smallpox, through natural infection. In October 1975, after World Health Organization epidemiologists learned of her infection, health workers vaccinated those around her, putting an end to variola major transmission ...Read more


Mayo Clinic Minute: Stomach cancer concerns

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Stomach cancer, also called gastric cancer, is an abnormal growth of cells that begins in the stomach. It can affect several areas of the stomach, including the main stomach lining or where the esophagus meets the stomach.

November is Stomach Cancer Awareness Month, and experts at Mayo Clinic say there is hope for patients with the disease as ...Read more


Sitting down all day is killing us. The cure is surprisingly simple -- and difficult

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From head to toe, our bodies are adapting to accommodate our devices. A majority of U.S. workers spend most of each weekday seated and looking at screens. We’ve thereby put ourselves in the midst of a slow-moving health crisis marked by alarming rates of early-onset diabetes and hypertension. Plus, by the end of most days — though it’s not...Read more


Consumer Health: Recognizing the signs of pneumonia

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Pneumonia causes more than 1 million hospitalizations and 50,000 deaths per year in the U.S., according to the American Lung Association.

Pneumonia is an infection that inflames the air sacs in one or both lungs. The air sacs may fill with fluid or pus, causing cough with phlegm or pus, fever, chills, and difficulty breathing.

Pneumonia can ...Read more

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A new RSV shot could help protect babies this winter -- if they can get it in time

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Emily Bendt was in her third trimester of pregnancy when she first heard the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had approved a new shot for infants to protect them from the respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV.

By Oct. 5, Bendt was cuddling with her new baby, Willow, on the couch at home in Vancouver, Washington. She was excited to get ...Read more


Ask the Pediatrician: Preventing preschool expulsions: AAP policy explained

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For very young children, preschool and child care should be safe, nurturing spaces that support learning and growth. All too often, though, children are forced to leave early education and child care programs when they behave in dangerous or disruptive ways.

Public and private preschool programs serving 3- to 4-year-olds suspend an estimated 50...Read more

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Wegovy study bolsters use in patients with obesity and heart disease

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Novo Nordisk A/S unveiled details from a closely watched study that support use of Wegovy, its blockbuster weight-loss drug, to cut heart attacks and strokes in obesity patients with a history of cardiovascular disease.

The results, presented on Saturday at the American Heart Association’s annual conference in Philadelphia, are “game-...Read more

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Little Steven on Bruce Springsteen: 'We had no idea how much pain' the Boss was in this summer

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PHILADELPHIA — When Bruce Springsteen abruptly postponed his two Philadelphia concerts at Citizens Bank Park in August ― and then went on to play five shows in New England and New Jersey before calling off the rest of his 2023 dates ― “we were just as surprised as everyone else to learn the extent of his illness,” E Street Band ...Read more


Mayo Clinic Q and A: Treatment for a parastomal hernia

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DEAR MAYO CLINIC: My friend had a stoma created after years of managing Crohn's disease. She recently had surgery to repair a hernia. What is a stoma, and are these types of hernias common? What is the typical treatment?

ANSWER: Occasionally, the surgical treatment of Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis and other gastrointestinal, gynecologic, ...Read more