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PTSD triggers can include medical trauma

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I work with a group for people with a type of cancer resistant to chemo or radiation, and many of the members have had to have numerous, life-altering surgeries, including amputations. A member asked whether others had symptoms of PTSD and said two therapists told her that PTSD could not be caused by medical issues. But I have ...Read more

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What may be behind the unexplained cases of hepatitis in kids

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Several countries, including the U.S., have identified or are investigating unexplained hepatitis cases in children. While the reported cases are appearing in clusters, they remain rare. About 200 children are affected worldwide.

"What we're hearing from the places that are reporting these cases is that there are some children — usually ...Read more

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Tips on preventing falls at home

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Each year, millions of people are treated in emergency departments across the country for fall injuries. In fact, falling accounts for the most trauma center visits in all ages. A fall can put you at risk of serious injury and can be a sign of another health issue.

There are some simple tips to prevent falls, especially in your home.

Mayo ...Read more

Nutrition News: Protein For Older Adults

Health Advice / Nutrition News /

Protein For Older Adults

Can protein help you stay independent as you age?

Protein is known to slow the loss of muscle mass. Having enough muscle mass can help preserve the ability to perform daily activities and prevent disability. Older adults tend to have a lower protein intake than younger adults due to poorer health, reduced physical ...Read more

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Mayo Clinic Q and A: Just a little tug can cause nursemaid's elbow

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DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I have a 2-year-old daughter who loves to swing in between my husband and me as we walk. But a friend told me that wasn't safe because she could develop nursemaid's elbow. Can you explain the condition?

ANSWER: Sometimes all it takes to cause nursemaid's elbow is a little tug, such as when you're helping toddlers down a step, ...Read more

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How COVID is helping us move away from white-centered clinical trials to reach more patients

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PHILADELPHIA -- Rutgers researchers made a startling discovery when the pandemic curtailed routine medical visits: Going virtual to test cutting-edge therapies reached more diverse patients.

Clinical trials test the effectiveness and safety of new medications or devices. Yet the vast majority of such studies do not enroll participants that ...Read more

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On Nutrition: The pros and cons of pork

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Valerie T writes: "I am emailing you on the request of my dad who is 88 and has several health issues. He read what you had to say about beef and fish. He wanted to know about pork and the pros and cons of it.

He has diabetes, heart problems, circulatory problems due to the diabetes, kidney problems due to the diabetes, and arthritis. So just ...Read more

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Mayo Clinic Minute: How to manage hay fever allergy symptoms

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Don't be alarmed if you are experiencing seasonal allergies for the first time. While hay fever — also known as allergic rhinitis — often begins in childhood, more adults are being diagnosed, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Dr. Jay-Sheree Allen, a Mayo Clinic family medicine physician, says seasonal allergies ...Read more

No chance for successful ectopic pregnancy

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

Dear Dr. Roach: What is an ectopic pregnancy? -- SA

Answer: "Ectopic" comes from the Greek roots meaning "out of place," and that's just what it is. A normal pregnancy is in the uterus (also called "womb"). The most common places for an ectopic pregnancy are along the path the ovum (egg) travels, meaning from the ovary, through the fallopian ...Read more

Are you in the dark about healthy sleep habits? You should be

"To sleep, perchance to dream." Wouldn't that be lovely? Unfortunately, about half of you -- 55% of women and 46% of men -- say you're light sleepers. Well, light sleeping problems, such as waking up many times a night, may be precisely that: sleep disturbances caused by excess light in your bedroom.

If you're one of the 70% of people with ...Read more

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Could leg pain be due to varicose veins?

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LA CROSSE, Wis. ― Patients experiencing an achy, heavy feeling or a burning sensation in their legs may be feeling the symptoms of varicose veins. These twisted, enlarged veins often develop as people age, but they also can begin when people are younger. Any vein that is close to the skin's surface — called a superficial vein — can become ...Read more

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Consumer Health: Do you know the warning signs of stroke?

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May is National Stroke Awareness Month, which makes this a good time to learn about the warning signs of stroke and the need for prompt treatment.

Stroke is one of the leading causes of death in the U.S. and a major cause of serious disability for adults. More than 795,000 people in the U.S. have a stroke each year, according to the Centers for...Read more

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7 hours of sleep is ideal for middle-age and elderly people, study finds

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Don’t sleep on this study.

Middle-age and older people should sleep seven hours each night for ideal rest and recovery, according to a study published last week.

The research, published in Nature Aging, studied nearly 500,000 people between the ages of 38 and 73.

“While we can’t say conclusively that too little or too much sleep causes ...Read more

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Want free, at-home COVID-19 tests from pharmacies and insurers? It's not always easy, despite requirements

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CHICAGO -- Some Illinois residents say they’re still having trouble getting free at-home COVID-19 tests from pharmacies and insurance companies, more than three months after the White House began requiring insurers to cover them.

President Joe Biden’s administration announced in January, amid an intense COVID-19 surge, that health insurance...Read more

Weekly roundup -- new news you can use

A recent note from an 89-year-old asked, "What's you recommendation for steps per day for people in my age group? My minimum step number is 3,000 (I usually exceed that), and gardening and yardwork (my favorite form of exercise) tops out at 7,000 to 10,000 a day."

The short answer -- as much as you can do, as often as possible. But keep in mind...Read more

Underlying problem needs to be identified

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

Dear Dr. Roach: I am a 65-year-old woman and have had pain in my right hip for more than a year. I have a normal body mass index. My general practitioner diagnosed trochanteric bursitis and recommended stretches plus Voltaren cream to reduce the pain. The stretching helped control the pain, but Voltaren cream did nothing for me.

At my last ...Read more

Ready to eat soups

Health Advice / Health & Fitness /

A steaming bowl of soup is the perfect meal for a chilly, damp day. But the time required for it to simmer for hours on the stovetop is a luxury we don’t always have. Ready-to-eat soup to the rescue! Prepared soups, however, are one of the highest sodium-containing foods at the grocery store. Fortunately, many soup companies have been ...Read more

5 foods with more calcium than a glass of milk

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When it comes to calcium, the first food that probably comes to mind is cow’s milk. Undoubtedly, cow’s milk is an excellent source of calcium, with 1 cup (8 fluid ounces) providing 309 milligrams, or 24% of your daily value. Calcium is vital for building and maintaining healthy bones and teeth and ensuring the heart, nerves and muscles ...Read more

Can wearing contacts harm your vision?

Health Advice / Health & Fitness /

Since I first started wearing contacts decades ago, they seemed like a minor miracle. Not having to wear glasses made driving, sports and everyday life better.

But then I’d see the occasional report of sight-threatening infections and other problems related to contact lens use. These were alarming, to say the least — almost enough to ...Read more

Mayo Clinic Q&A: Treatment for vaginal dryness for menopausal women

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DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I began menopause about two years ago at age 52. I am noticing that I am beginning to experience vaginal dryness. Is this normal? Is there anything that can be done about it? I have tried using over-the-counter lubricants, and they don’t help much.

ANSWER: Vaginal dryness is common in women who are approaching menopause and ...Read more