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Mayo Clinic Q and A: What's the benefit of yoga?

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DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I am a mother of two, work full time and am also a breast cancer survivor. I know physical exercise is important, so I try to visit the gym a few times a week for weight training and to walk. A friend recently invited me to a yoga class. I have never thought about adding yoga to my fitness routine. What are the benefits, and ...Read more

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Children in Northern California learn to cope with wildfire trauma

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SONOMA, Calif. — Maia and Mia Bravo stepped outside their house on a bright summer day and sensed danger.

A hint of smoke from burning wood wafted through their dirt-and-grass yard anchored by native trees. Maia, 17, searched for the source as Mia, 14, reached for the garden hose, then turned on the spigot and doused the perimeter of the ...Read more

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Actors help medical students learn the less technical side of medicine

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PHILADELPHIA -- Michael Onori thought he recognized the ER doctor who was treating him, even though it had been about a decade since they met.

Back then, she was a medical student at the University of Pennsylvania. Despite all the people she encountered then and in the years since, she remembered him, as well.

“She thanked me for teaching ...Read more

Listen up! Get a reasonably priced hearing aid

Stephen Colbert has been deaf in his right ear since childhood; Whoopie Goldberg says years of listening to loud music damaged her hearing in both ears. They're just two of the millions of Americans with disabling hearing loss-from about 2% of adults ages 45-54 to 50% of folks age 75 and older. Unfortunately, only about 16% of people ages 20-69...Read more

Allergy shots have a small risk of inciting an allergic reaction

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR ROACH: I have a lot of allergies, and my allergist wants to start me on allergy shots. She wants me to discontinue atenolol before starting allergy shots. Can you please shed some light on this? -- B.S.

ANSWER: Allergy immunotherapy involves giving a patient very small doses of the substance that they are allergic to. This causes the ...Read more

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Newsom signs mental health care overhaul. Will it make a dent in homelessness crisis?

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SAN JOSE, Calif. — Gov. Gavin Newsom signed legislation Wednesday to push some Californians with severe mental illness into treatment, kicking off what’s sure to be a long and challenging process to get the unprecedented new framework up and running across the state.

The new system, dubbed CARE Court, attempts to overhaul the state’s ...Read more

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A new virus to worry about: EV-D68 can cause paralysis in children

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LOS ANGELES — Health officials are warning doctors about another contagious virus that, in rare cases, can send children to the hospital or lead to permanent paralysis.

In an advisory, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention noted an increase last month in the number of children hospitalized for severe respiratory illness — ...Read more

E-cigarette maker Juul settled a lawsuit over its practice of targeting teens through social media, parties and models – here’s why the company is paying $438.5 million to dozens of states

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In early September 2022, electronic cigarette maker Juul Labs – the face of the vaping epidemic among teenagers – agreed to pay US$438.5 million to 33 states.

The settlement concludes a two-year bipartisan investigation into the e-cigarette maker’s marketing and sales practices for its vaping products. Those states claimed that ...Read more

All the health benefits of lentils you should know

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If you’re looking to eat healthier, lentils should be one of the top foods in your meal plan — and, fortunately, learning how to cook lentils isn’t too complicated. Packed with vitamins, protein and a whole lot of fiber, lentils have nutritional benefits (similar to the health benefits of beans) to cover all of your bases.

The health ...Read more

Can ALS be caused by traumatic brain injury?

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Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease) is a neurologic disease that damages nerve cells in the spinal cord and brain, causing widespread muscle wasting and weakness. It strikes without warning, usually beginning between the ages of 55 and 75. As it worsens, ALS disables a person’s ability to move, speak, eat, or breathe...Read more

Environmental Nutrition: Is raspberry ketone a supplement worth taking?

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With more than 40% of U.S. adults reporting weight gain during the pandemic, many turned to diets or supplements for weight loss support. One supplement, raspberry ketone, is widely used as a food flavoring substance and has grown in popularity in recent years for weight loss. EN examines the scientific support and safety for this supplement.

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Mayo Clinic Q&A: Does CBD live up to its claims?

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DEAR MAYO CLINIC: For years, I have been hearing about the advantages of taking CBD products for sleep, pain and just about anything that ails you. I now see these products everywhere being sold over the counter in drug stores. Is CBD beneficial, and does it live up to its claims?

ANSWER: CBD is one of the main cannabinoids found in the ...Read more

Holey Microbes!

Health Advice / Scott LaFee /

A used kitchen sponge wallowing in the sink may be the germiest thing you touch on a daily basis, far "dirtier" than the dishes it is supposed to clean. A Duke University study compared old, used sponges to petri dishes in terms of supporting 80 different strains of E. coli bacteria under different conditions.

The researchers found that ...Read more


Mayo Clinic Minute: When should you keep your child home from school?

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Some parents and caregivers are asked, "Can I stay home from school?" by children on a daily basis, but knowing what's best in each case takes knowing the child, their symptoms and the situation. Dr. Tina Ardon, a Mayo Clinic family medicine physician, explains some of things to consider before sending your child to school or keeping them home. ...Read more


Consumer Health: What do you know about sepsis?

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With September designated Sepsis Awareness Month, this is a good time to learn more about this potentially life-threatening condition.

Nearly 270,000 people in the U.S. die each year as a result of sepsis, and one-third of people who die in a hospital have sepsis, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Sepsis occurs when ...Read more

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Duke doctors performed world's first partial heart transplant on NC newborn

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DURHAM, N.C. -- The procedure had only ever been performed on pigs, doctors told Tayler and Nick Monroe as they huddled over their dying newborn son.

If they elected to go through with the surgery, their son would be the first person to ever undergo a partial heart transplant. If it worked, it might pave the way for thousands of newborns to ...Read more

Going nuts -- for walnuts, peanuts and almonds

If you cultivate a daily nut-snacking habit, you may see improvements in cognition, heart health -- even your love life.

For your brain: Almonds, pistachios and macadamias are brain-friendly. Almonds improve memory, according to a lab study that found that the tocopherol, folate, mono- and poly-unsaturated fatty acids, and polyphenols they ...Read more

Informing your spouse's doctor about hidden symptoms

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: Should a patient's spouse surreptitiously inform the patient's physician that the patient is intentionally refusing to report an important symptom? I am guessing that the "unforthcoming patient" situation happens frequently, because several of my own doctors over the years have said to me, "Is there anything else you should tell ...Read more


Consumer Health: When suicidal thoughts seem overwhelming

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Suicide affects people of all ages and is a leading cause of death in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Suicide is a tragic reaction to stressful life situations. Most often, suicidal thoughts are the result of feeling helpless or unable to cope with what seems like an overwhelming life situation. Without ...Read more

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When does life begin? As state laws define it, science, politics, and religion clash

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As life-preserving medical technology advanced in the second half of the 20th century, doctors and families were faced with a thorny decision, one with weighty legal and moral implications: How should we define when life ends? Cardiopulmonary bypass machines could keep the blood pumping and ventilators could maintain breathing long after a ...Read more