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Mayo Clinic Minute: Improvements in prostate surgery

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There will be approximately 299,010 new cases of prostate cancer diagnosed in 2024, according to the American Cancer Society.

Treatments vary, including chemotherapy, hormone therapy, ablative therapy, immunotherapy, targeted drug therapy, radiation and prostate robotic surgery.

Dr. Matthew Tollefson, a urologist at Mayo Clinic, explains how ...Read more

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States struggle to help patients navigate insurance hurdle known as 'step therapy'

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Cassidy Yermal, 32, began experiencing debilitating migraines when she was 17 years old. As a teenager growing up in northeastern Pennsylvania, she saw numerous neurologists and tried a variety of medications before finding one that provided relief.

In 2022, her new insurer asked her to prove it.

Yermal now lives in Marlboro, Maryland, where ...Read more

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Commentary: Native Americans face huge health care disparities. Here's a way to help close the gaps

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One of my patients who lives in Diné Bikéyah, the vast Navajo reservation in New Mexico, sleeps in an old Ford pickup truck that often doesn’t start. He has heart failure and relies on oxygen. But since he is without electricity, he spends his nights sneaking into the Walmart parking lot to charge his oxygen concentrator so he can survive ...Read more

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Montana creates emergency 'drive-thru' blood pickup service for rural ambulances

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Crystal Hiwalker wonders if her heart and lungs would have kept working if the ambulance crew had been able to give her a transfusion as the blood drained from her body during a stormy, 100-mile ride.

Because of the 2019 snowstorm, it took 2.5 hours to drive from her small town of Lame Deer, Montana, to the advanced trauma center in Billings.

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This one thing may derail your shot at healthy aging, scientists say

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Before you settle in to binge the new season of "The Bear" or watch Team USA go for the gold at the Paris Olympics, think twice about the amount of time you spend on the couch in front of the TV. Your future self may thank you.

A new study by Harvard researchers links the popular pastime of sitting and watching television to the likelihood of ...Read more

Supplements And A Precancer Scan Wrack Up Large Bills

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I'm 65 and in good health. I'm only on a low-dose cholesterol medication and a blood pressure medication. I also have laryngopharyngeal (LPR) reflux. I went to a functional doctor and was sold $350 worth of supplements to do a 21-day cleanse/clean-eating/vegan-type diet. She said I would then need to go get a full blood panel ...Read more

ER visits for cannabis poisoning skyrocket for older folks

When country singer Kacey Musgraves sings "High Time": "... I've been too low, so it's high time," there are a lot of folks nodding their heads in agreement these days. A new study shows that for the first time in the U.S., daily or almost-daily marijuana users outnumber daily or almost-daily drinkers.

Many of the 18 million daily marijuana ...Read more

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Will California remember the lessons of the COVID health emergency?

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Inside secret warehouses strategically placed around the state, California is storing a massive cache of vital medical supplies, including masks, gloves and life-saving medicines, seeking to be better-equipped than it was during the COVID crisis.

Four years after our lives were upended by the coronavirus, with a new viral threat looming, public...Read more

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A sizzling summer may be even more painful for migraine sufferers

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As temperatures continue to rise, so will cases of migraine headaches. That’s the latest from a new study helmed by University of Cincinnati College of Medicine researchers.

The discovery comes just days before the official kickoff of summer.

With global temperatures more than 2 degrees warmer than the 20th century average, last year was ...Read more

3 tips for preventing heat stroke

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As a primary care physician who often treats patients with heat-related illnesses, I know all too well how heat waves create spikes in hospitalizations and deaths related to “severe nonexertional hyperthermia,” or what most people call “heat stroke.”

Heat stroke is when a person’s core body temperature rises too high – ...Read more

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During a heat wave, high indoor temperatures can also prove dangerous, a Drexel study shows

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PHILADELPHIA — During hot weather — like the wave of 90-plus-degree days that Philly will experience this week — most of the public's attention is focused on skyrocketing outdoor temperatures that can cause serious medical complications such as heat stroke.

But for many people, especially those who lack access to air-conditioning, ...Read more

Raw milk health risks significantly outweigh any potential benefits − food scientists and nutritionists explain why

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Despite an ongoing outbreak of bird flu in dairy cows, the popularity of raw milk has only risen. Advocates claim raw milk has superior health benefits over pasteurized milk. There is little evidence to support these claims, however, and the risk of serious illness is much greater.

Mississippi State University food scientists Juan ...Read more

4 watermelon tricks for finding one that’s perfectly sweet and juicy

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You know summer has arrived with the season’s first bite of watermelon. It’s so disappointing when that bite is dry, underripe and lacking sweetness.

With a few watermelon tricks from the National Watermelon Promotion Board and Lee Wroten, vice president of Global Produce Sales in Lakeland, Florida, you’ll know how to pick a perfect ...Read more

Environmental Nutrition: Foods not tasting the same as they used to? Here’s why

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We know that as we age, eyesight and hearing may decline, but did you know that taste and smell can as well? We start out with thousands of taste buds, not only on the tongue, but in the throat and on the roof of the mouth. Some taste buds are sensitive to sweet, others to sour, salty, bitter, and more. When taste buds are damaged (like from ...Read more

Dialectical behavior therapy: What is it and who can it help?

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Feeling sad, anxious or angry at times is a normal part of the human experience. But do you — or someone you’re close to — seem to experience these and similar emotions more quickly, more frequently, and more intensely than most people?

This problem, known as emotional dysregulation, is a hallmark of many mental health conditions, but ...Read more

Mayo Clinic Q&A: Teens and healthy sleep habits

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DEAR MAYO CLINIC: My 14-year-old daughter goes to bed each night around 10 p.m. Some nights she complains that she cannot fall asleep until hours later. Although she wakes up and says she isn’t tired, she does sleep in on weekends. I’m concerned about insomnia, but I’m also worried it’s affecting her ability to concentrate in school. ...Read more

They Feel Your Pain

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A new study suggests that patients whose doctors are more empathetic to their suffering tend to feel less lower back pain than patients whose doctors don't create much of an emotional connection.

Levels of improvement among patients reporting the most empathetic care were higher than for such treatments as exercise therapy, yoga, massage, ...Read more

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Be sun savvy, protect yourself from skin cancer

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Ultraviolet rays from the sun can cause skin damage in as little as 15 minutes. Prolonged exposure and damage can lead to various forms of skin cancer, many of which, thankfully, are preventable.

The sun isn't the only skin-damaging predator. Tanning beds and smoking also can have ill effects on the body's outer layer.

What are the common ...Read more

Pathologists Can Determine If Cancer Is Due To Outside Exposure

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I recently lost a brother to non-small cell carcinoma in his lungs. He was 82 years old. He was a heavy smoker in his younger years, but quit smoking 31 years ago. He worked many years in the construction trade as a union carpenter and also worked with roofing materials. He had been exposed to many toxic materials during those ...Read more

Don't hem 'n haw about hemorrhoids

Many world leaders have contended with hemorrhoids, including U.S. presidents Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford. But we don't hear about the millions of other Americans who have to deal with the itching, bleeding, swelling and pain that hemorrhoids can cause. According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, about half of folks have them by age 50.

If that's you...Read more