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Tech titans want the richest Californians to pay for pandemic preparedness

Health Advice / Health & Fitness /

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Gabe Bankman-Fried, a former Wall Street trader, has raised $12 million from a cryptocurrency trading firm founded by his brother, Sam Bankman-Fried. Dustin Moskovitz, a billionaire who roomed with Mark Zuckerberg in college and helped found Facebook in 2004, funds a nonprofit with his wife that has ponied up $6.5 million....Read more

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Phillip Hanks celebrates his transplant-aversary with 5 new organs

Health Advice / Health & Fitness /

CHICAGO -- One year ago, Phillip Hanks was enduring the first of two surgeries. One was almost eight hours to give him a new intestine, stomach, liver and pancreas. The following day, Hanks was back on the operating table to get a kidney.

Hanks, a father of six, received a multivisceral transplant — a simultaneous transplant of multiple ...Read more

Lowering Your Sodium Intake

Health Advice / Nutrition News /

Most of us eat too much salt. We may not use the salt shaker, but we eat out too often and we eat too many processed and packaged foods.

Three slices of bread or one teaspoon of table salt gives us all we need for a day. More than 90% of Americans consume too much sodium, which can lead to high blood pressure, hypertension and increased risk of...Read more

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On Nutrition: Don't be embarrassed to put prunes into your grocery cart

Health Advice / Nutrition /

Why is it that, real or not, we tend to reject things that associate us with being old? Case in point: A little over two decades ago, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a petition to allow prune producers to market their product as “dried plums.” They hoped the new designation might help remove any stigma for those who think ...Read more

Fourth dose of COVID vaccine recommendations

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: My wife and I are both in our late 60s. She has gotten three doses of the Pfizer vaccine, and I have gotten three doses of the Moderna, only because that was what was available when we got our first dose. Because of our age, we are considering getting a second booster dose. I know the recommendation is that either vaccine would ...Read more

To tell the tele-truth

On "To Tell the Truth," Kitty Carlisle asked a contestant "What is Lawrence of Arabia's real name?" He replied (without missing a beat), "Peter O'Toole." Close -- but not close enough to be right.

Whether skirting the truth is inadvertent or intentional, it's a losing proposition. Nothing demonstrates that more clearly than the challenges that ...Read more

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'I just need a space to cry.' How hospitals have set up places where nurses can recharge

Health Advice / Health & Fitness /

MIAMI -- Caring for very sick children daily can be emotionally taxing, even for professionals with years of experience. As front-line workers who also support grieving parents, nurses often cope with chronic stress.

To help support their nurses, Nicklaus Children’s Hospital recently created two serenity spaces in the oncology and ICU ...Read more

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Expert Alert: Mayo Clinic expert shares tips for good outcomes after hip, knee replacement surgery

Health Advice / Health & Fitness /

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Total hip and knee replacement surgeries are among the most commonly performed operations in the U.S., with an estimated 1 million of these procedures performed each year. Demand for these surgeries also has been rising globally.

Patients can make lifestyle changes before surgery to improve their chances of successful ...Read more

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Mayo Clinic Minute: Why early treatment of esophageal cancer is critical

Health Advice / Health & Fitness /

Esophageal cancer, which is cancer that occurs in the esophagus — a long, hollow tube that runs from your throat to your stomach — is on the rise in the U.S.

"We think esophageal cancer is on the rise with the obesity pandemic as well as with the problem with the increase in reflux in the United States," says Dr. Shanda Blackmon, a Mayo ...Read more

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Philadelphians exercise less than much of America

Health Advice / Health & Fitness /

PHILADELPHIA -- You know that woman in your office who says she runs five miles every morning and lifts weights three times a week?

Turns out she might be exaggerating.

In reality, Philadelphians don’t exercise a whole lot compared with folks in other large U.S. cities, according to an analysis of 2021 data from the Centers for Disease ...Read more

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How to help someone with a gunshot wound

Health Advice / Health & Fitness /

PITTSBURGH — When police officers and paramedics arrived at the scene of the Pittsburgh shooting in the early hours of April 17, they rushed to transport the injured to the hospital.

Time is of the essence in such situations. It can take as little as five minutes for a person with a life-threatening injury to bleed to death. Much like CPR, ...Read more

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Program is bringing youth of color into health care sooner rather than later

Health Advice / Health & Fitness /

CHICAGO -- Jayline Perez, 21, graduated three semesters early from Roosevelt University in December 2021. With her parents and grandparents only having gone through school as far as elementary school, she credits Rush Education and Career Hub, or REACH, with changing her future.

“I grew up kind of not really knowing that college was an option...Read more

COVID-19 update: How to stay out of the hospital

Baghdad, Iraq, was home to the first-known general hospital in 805 A.D. By the 900s, the city had five more. Some were open to all, whether male or female, civilian or military, child or adult, rich or poor, Muslim or non-Muslim. Today in the U.S., there are 6,093 hospitals with 920,531 beds. And while the care can be exceptional, it's still ...Read more

Gluten-free diet may not be cause of relief of symptoms

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: For several months I was having constipation, diarrhea, stomach cramps, dizziness and a general feeling of unwellness. It got so bad that my gastroenterologist sent me for a CT scan and colonoscopy, which both turned out negative. Finally, my daughter said, "Mom, I'm sure it is gluten intolerance." Sure enough, in just a few days...Read more

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Consumer Health: Recognizing symptoms of Parkinson's disease

Health Advice / Health & Fitness /

April is Parkinson's Disease Awareness Month, which make this a good time to learn about the symptoms of Parkinson's disease.

An estimated 1 million people in the U.S. and more than 10 million people worldwide are living with Parkinson's disease, according to the American Parkinson Disease Association.

Parkinson's disease is a progressive ...Read more

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Physicians are uneasy as Colorado collects providers' diversity data

Health Advice / Health & Fitness /

Shaunti Meyer, a certified nurse-midwife and medical director at STRIDE Community Health Center in Colorado, doesn’t usually disclose her sexual orientation to patients. But at times it feels appropriate.

After telling a transgender patient that she is a lesbian, Meyer learned the woman had recently taken four other trans women, all estranged...Read more

Eating Well: What are drinkable greens? Are they healthy?

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You may have seen one of the many targeted ads on social media for drinkable green powders. They usually have a professional athlete or influencer raving about how much they love the product (it is an ad, after all). But are these trendy drinkable green powders even healthy? We dove into the science around green powder drinks to see if they are ...Read more

Trained Fat

Health Advice / Scott LaFee /

Fat, or adipose, tissue isn't just inert blubber threatening our health and self-esteem; it's a functional part of our bodies, interacting with other organs to boost muscle and brain metabolism.

Like everything else, it loses functionality with age, but new research shows that rigorous, regular exercise can help keep your fat fully functional...Read more

Another possible benefit from taking statins

The great Roman emperor and Stoic philosopher Marcus Aurelius once said, "You have power over your mind -- not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength." Flexing your mental muscle can be a pretty big task, but if you're taking a statin, you may be getting some significant help.

Researchers from the Rush University Medical ...Read more

Needle biopsy benefits outweigh the risks

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: After not having a mammogram for about 10 years, I developed soreness in one breast. I was recently examined by my doctor, and a lump was detected in my breast at "10 o'clock," about 7 centimeters from the nipple. I had a standard mammogram that showed a 2.5 cm mass, and I was recalled for follow-up for a spot compression ...Read more