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Is a 'twindemic' on the horizon? Experts warn of brutal flu season as COVID-19 still spreads. Here are 8 things to know about getting your flu shot

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CHICAGO -- Medical experts warn the approaching flu season could be particularly severe, renewing fears of a potential “twindemic,” with COVID-19 still spreading.

In preparation, health officials are urging the public to get vaccinated against the flu as soon as possible. Here are eight things to know about the upcoming flu season and ...Read more

HIPAA is for insurance company, not employer or business

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am confused about how HIPAA applies to my medical information. Some people are saying they don't have to tell people if they have been vaccinated or not or respond to an employer that is requiring the vaccine to go back to work or to businesses that may require vaccination for entry. I always thought HIPAA applied to doctors ...Read more

Time-restricted eating gets another round of applause

Time travel that lets you zip ahead 1,000 years to see what's going to happen in the future is a concept that's fascinated everyone from H.G. Wells, who wrote "The Time Machine" in 1895, to Stephen Hawking, in his 2018, posthumously published "Brief Answers to the Big Questions." But it's only recently that people have been talking about the far...Read more

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Sharon Stone says 11-month-old nephew saved three lives through organ donations

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Sharon Stone said her infant nephew saved three lives through organ donations.

The donations helped bring “some peace” to the actress and her family after 11-month-old River William Stone tragically died late last month, she told People.

“The fact that my godson was able to save three lives, two infants and a 45-year-old man was ...Read more

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Mayo Clinic Q and A: Endometrial ablation when pelvic pain or endometriosis are present

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DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I've been diagnosed with endometriosis and have heavy menstrual bleeding. My health care provider said I should consider endometrial ablation. A friend told me it might be problematic because I'm only in my late 20s, and it could affect my ability to conceive a child down the road. What are the risks? Are other treatments ...Read more

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It's never too late to start moving, but science is finding you may not catch up to lifelong exercisers

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PHILADELPHIA — Seventy-seven-year-old David Pallett, who began exercising seriously about four months ago, started a recent workout by donning a 15-pound vest and climbing 100 stairs — two at a time.

After that little warm-up, personal trainer Jim Hart, who specializes in working with older adults, led Pallett through an hour of exercises ...Read more

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Mayo Clinic Q and A: Endometrial ablation when pelvic pain or endometriosis are present

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DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I've been diagnosed with endometriosis and have heavy menstrual bleeding. My health care provider said I should consider endometrial ablation. A friend told me it might be problematic because I'm only in my late 20s, and it could affect my ability to conceive a child down the road. What are the risks? Are other treatments ...Read more

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In prison, the gym was his safe haven. Now he's helping others reach their fitness goals as a gym owner, trainer

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CHICAGO -- When Luis Centeno was younger, he had life goals that included wanting to build his own business.

He eventually did, but the enterprise he worked to create on the streets of Chicago's Little Village neighborhood and beyond was selling drugs. He controlled blocks of the neighborhood while having run-ins with the law.

Centeno would ...Read more

Have you been fructosed?

The Hollywood Reporter says that when movies laced with strong language end up on TV, the offensive words are often taken out and others that sort of fit the speech patterns are dropped in -- whether they make any sense or not. When "The Usual Suspects" was broadcast, one irate thug ended up shouting, "Hand me the keys, you fairy godmother."

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Pain of shingles can linger, sometimes for months or years

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 78-year-old female, and I am in my 10th week of shingles. I have them on my left chest and back (at the bra line!) and on my upper arm. I can't go anywhere because I can't stand when my clothes or bra touches me. I now have severe shooting pains on my arm area, mostly at night but also during the day. The rash on my chest,...Read more

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Census: Insured population holds steady, with a slight shift from private to public coverage

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Despite a pandemic-fueled recession, the number of uninsured Americans has increased only slightly since 2018, according to Census Bureau health insurance data released this week.

Twenty-eight million people, or 8.6% of Americans, were uninsured for all of 2020. In 2019, 8% of people were uninsured during the full year; in 2018, it was 8.5%.

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Democrats' sweeping health care expansion at risk amid new clash over drug pricing

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WASHINGTON — Democrats are sharply divided over whether to require drugmakers to negotiate prices with the federal government, a rift threatening key parts of President Joe Biden's $3.5-trillion social safety net bill — including the possible expansion of Medicare or Obamacare — and one that could put the entire effort at risk.

Three ...Read more

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US states with high obesity almost doubles to 16, CDC says

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The number of U.S. states where more than a third of adults are obese has nearly doubled since 2018, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

That was the case for 16 states last year, up from nine states in 2018 and 12 in 2019, the CDC said in a report Wednesday. Texas, Ohio, Iowa and Delaware were new additions to the ...Read more

Environmental Nutrition: Spotlight on Supplements: L-Lysine

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An increasing number of Americans are open to eating a more plant-based diets including protein from non-animal sources. Since nutritional properties of animal and plant-based proteins differ, it is important to consider the quality of dietary protein, especially certain amino acids such as lysine. EN evaluates this amino acid and its role in ...Read more

COVID-19 home test kits and PPE are tax deductible

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According to the IRS, COVID-19 home testing kits are an eligible medical expense under the tax code. Personal protective equipment (PPE), such as masks, hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes, are also eligible medical expenses if they’re used primarily for preventing the spread of COVID-19. That means taxpayers who itemize can deduct the cost of...Read more

Eat right for healthy aging

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Eating right can help you age gracefully and healthfully — and sometimes all it takes to make smarter diet choices are just tiny tweaks. Consider these healthy-aging helpers:

Don’t let “low-fat” sabotage your diet.

As you age, your metabolism slows, and so your calorie needs decrease. Since fat packs almost twice as many calories as ...Read more

Heavy metals in baby food? What parents should know and do

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If there is anything you can trust to be safe, it should be baby food, right?

Well… maybe not.

A report from the US House Committee on Oversight and Reform says that commercial baby foods are tainted with dangerous levels of arsenic, lead, cadmium, and mercury.

Which baby food companies are involved?

The report was based on information ...Read more

Mayo Clinic Q&A: Incorporating yoga into your workout routine can be helpful.

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DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I have always been fairly flexible, so I have never felt compelled to include yoga in my fitness routine. Typically, I just walk and maybe do some weights for strength training. I was talking to a friend who said her physical therapist recommended yoga as part of a well-rounded workout routine. What is the benefit of yoga? ...Read more

Cancer Deaths Are Down -- And Up

Health Advice / Scott LaFee /

Overall, cancer deaths continue to decline, but the news isn't universally good. Between 2001 and 2018, lung cancer deaths steeply declined, as did rates for melanoma, female breast and colorectal cancers.

Cancer incidence rates are higher for men, but increasing among women. Black people have lower rates of cancer incidence than white people...Read more

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Back to school -- and bullying

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For many families, the start of school is a busy, exciting time of year. For some students, though, returning to school also means bullying, and the feelings of anxiety, sadness and loneliness bullying can cause.

Up to 20% of students 12-18 experience bullying in the U.S. each year, according to StopBullying.gov, which is a resource managed by ...Read more