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At football stadium, a COVID-19 vaccination clinic designed for people with autism: 'We need to meet them where they are'

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PHILADELPHIA — Trey Gillece, 20, was nervous as he rode the escalator up to the second floor at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia and entered a concourse remade Saturday as a coronavirus vaccination clinic.

"I don't know, guys," he said. His father, Jim, patted him on the back, leading him toward the folding table.

Trey sat down and ...Read more

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They were battling the psychological toll of the pandemic. Their therapist was, too

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It was almost Shabbat, but Ariel Friedman was too busy to bake challah.

Anxiety among the Bay Area therapist's clients was spiking. It was mid-March 2020: More than 1,500 Americans had tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Forty-one had died. Friedman's clients — some with post-traumatic stress, others with obsessive-compulsive disorder ...Read more

Is arthritis pain making your lose sleep? Try this

In the 2002 movie "Insomnia," Al Pacino plays a Los Angeles detective looking for a suspect in the land of the midnight sun -- an Alaskan town named Nightmute (we kid you not). His character, Dormer, is racked with insomnia caused by personal and professional problems and the endless daylight.

For the 32.5 million Americans with osteoarthritis,...Read more

Compressed abdominal artery leads to aneurysm surgery

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: What is celiac artery compression syndrome? I'm told I have this, and it's causing an aneurysm that needs to get repaired. I found out on a scan taken for another reason. I have had some pain after eating. -- I.J.M.

ANSWER: The celiac artery is one of three large arteries that provide blood to the abdominal organs, especially ...Read more

Brain disorder with symptoms including hallucinations and memory loss has Canadian doctors baffled

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A “cluster” of patients experiencing hallucinations and memory loss has doctors in northeast Canada concerned that they’re seeing a new kind of brain disease.

The Guardian reports that for over the course of more than a year, public health officials in New Brunswick have encountered 43 cases of suspected neurological disorders with no ...Read more

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Doctors urge women to delay mammogram until 4-6 weeks after COVID-19 vaccine

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Soon after the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines came to market, doctors began to notice something different in the mammogram images of a small fraction of women who'd recently gotten their shots: enlarged lymph nodes.

Swollen lymph nodes under one arm can be a rare sign of breast cancer, and when doctors find that, they usually ...Read more

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What studies show about pregnancy, COVID-19 vaccines

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A recent data review by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices shows that over 30,000 women who are pregnant have been safely vaccinated for COVID-19. The preliminary safety study, which took place between December 2020 and January 2021, compared women who were pregnant and not pregnant, and who received the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 ...Read more

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Updated youth sport guidelines amid COVID-19 pandemic

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Besides the obvious physical benefits, youth sports provide social interaction that also provides a degree of mental health. Since most sports require getting up close and personal with other athletes, the COVID-19 pandemic has created some challenges.

"Initially, there was a fear of transmission of COVID-19 among athletes, especially with the ...Read more

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Mayo Clinic Minute: Understanding, treating lymphoma

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Lymphoma is a cancer of the lymphatic system, which is part of the body's germ-fighting network. The main two subtypes are Hodgkin lymphoma and non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Because of breakthrough research, this once fatal diagnosis has been transformed into a curable condition.

In this Mayo Clinic Minute, Dr. Stephen Ansell, a Mayo Clinic ...Read more

Health benefits of nutritional yeast — and how to use it

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Nutritional yeast could be one of the tastiest and healthiest ingredients missing from your pantry. Though it is a great food for vegans and vegetarians, all people can gain health benefits from adding it to their diet. Read on for the what, why and how on nutritional yeast.

What is nutritional yeast?

This cheesy-tasting powder is made up of a...Read more

I can’t tolerate CPAP, what can I do?

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Continuous positive airway pressure, or CPAP, is the most common treatment prescribed for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). CPAP involves wearing a mask that fits into the nostrils, underneath or over the nose, or over the nose and mouth, through which pressurized air is delivered via tubing from a machine to keep the upper airway open during sleep...Read more

Mayo Clinic Q&A 1: Diagnosing ADHD

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DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I am mom to two energetic boys, ages 5 and 8. A neighbor commented that my children must have ADHD. What is ADHD exactly and how do I tell the difference between a kid who just has a ton of energy and one who has a problem that needs to be addressed? Do I need an evaluation? Are there things that put a child at risk for ADHD?

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More risks associated with artificial sugars

When Matchbox Twenty sang, "I just want to make you go away/ But you taste like sugar/ Yeah, you taste like sugar," they could have been talking about saccharine, sucralose, aspartame and acesulfame potassium -- and that would have been a really smart for the health of the quartet. (They've struggled to keep their once robust popularity.)

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The best treatment plan is one the patient will follow

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: My doctor is insisting I take cholesterol medicine after I've refused to take it for years. I am 66 years old, and my total cholesterol is 301 (triglycerides 76, HDL 83 and LDL 206). He has prescribed rosuvastatin, 20 mg a day. I feel with my triglycerides and my HDL being good levels that perhaps the dose may be a little ...Read more

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How life changed for 10 health experts who got coronavirus vaccines

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TAMPA, Fla. – As Florida continues to roll out coronavirus vaccines, some health experts who were among the first to receive shots are taking baby steps back toward regular life.

Ten from across the state spoke with the Tampa Bay Times about how they’ve changed their habits since vaccination. They specialize in infectious diseases, public ...Read more

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Your COVID-19 vaccine card: What to do if you lost it, why you should laminate it

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DETROIT – Maybe this goes without saying, but don't destroy or lose your COVID-19 vaccine card once you get it.

In fact, you may want to take a picture of your card — it will last longer. (Just make sure it's not a selfie.)

At your first vaccination appointment, you should have received a CDC vaccination card that tells you what COVID-19 ...Read more

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Ask the Pediatrician: Can my kids hug their grandparents now that they’re vaccinated?

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Q: My parents have had both doses of the COVID vaccine. Can my kids visit them and safely hug them?

A: If your children's grandparents have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 for at least two weeks, then it is probably safe to let the hugs begin.

Many families have been keeping a safe distance from vulnerable family members such as ...Read more

Directed daydreaming -- the rewards are huge

The Monkees recorded "Daydream Believer" in 1967, and it topped the charts at No. 1. Believing in daydreams has always been a winning idea. Now researchers have confirmed that. They suggest that when you turn your idle thoughts to daydreaming about pleasant memories, a future accomplishment or an event you're looking forward to, you boost your ...Read more

An injection in the arm can protect the whole body

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I have had over 50 vaccinations in my life (I'm 78), most of them while I was in the military. I have often wondered how the vaccine spreads throughout the body, as the shots are almost always given in the upper arm. I would welcome your explanation of what exactly takes place. Pardon my ignorance. -- C.C.

ANSWER: Recognizing ...Read more

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Cannabis almost as addictive as opioids among teens, study finds

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Teenagers’ addiction rates for cannabis are about the same as for prescription opioids, according to a new study of drugs and youth.

A year after first trying cannabis, almost 10.7% of adolescents age 12 to 17 met the criteria of addiction. Those in the same age group who tried prescription opioids had a similar addiction rate of 11.2%, ...Read more