What Is the MIND Diet? And Can It Prevent Dementia?

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If you’re concerned about developing dementia later in life, it’s natural to wonder if you might be able to prevent it. Experts have estimated that 40 percent of dementia cases worldwide might be prevented or delayed with certain modifiable factors, such as by prioritizing exercise and sleep and addressing health conditions like hearing loss or … Read more

Many Children May Have Lost Medicaid Coverage Because of State Errors

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Federal officials have discovered major errors in the systems and procedures that some states have been using to verify eligibility for Medicaid, possibly leading to a substantial number of children losing health coverage despite still being eligible for it. State agencies have been “unwinding” a pandemic-era policy that allowed people to keep their health insurance … Read more

Narcan Available for Over-the-Counter Purchase: What to Know

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Narcan, the first opioid overdose reversal medication approved for over-the-counter purchase, is being shipped to drugstore and grocery chains nationwide, its manufacturer said Wednesday. Big-box outlets like Walgreens, CVS, Walmart and Rite Aid said they expected Narcan to be available online and on many store shelves early next week. Public health experts have long called … Read more

As Teens Take to E-Bikes, Parents Ask: Is This Freedom or Danger?

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With e-bikes soaring in popularity, regulators have been unable to keep up with the quickly-evolving market. Safety and law enforcement officials note that many models marketed to children and teenagers exceed legal speed limits and more closely resemble motor vehicles, which require a license and registration to operate. For the moment, the power to decide … Read more

Do Expired Covid Tests Work? What to Know During the Surge

Can heat damage at-home tests? Extreme heat can mess with tests. According to the F.D.A., at-home tests work best when you use them in an environment that’s between roughly 59 to 86 degrees Fahrenheit. If a test is delivered to you on a sweltering day, for example, the agency recommends bringing the package inside and … Read more

Explaining a Response to Rape

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Times Insider explains who we are and what we do and delivers behind-the-scenes insights into how our journalism comes together. Last summer, Jen Percy, a contributing writer at The New York Times Magazine, came across a peculiar video of an opossum pretending to be dead. The animal was actually involuntarily paralyzed, in a state known … Read more

How to Make Running Errands Count as Exercise


Recognizing that day-to-day tasks often involve movement is an opportunity to “build physical activity habits into our everyday lives,” he added. Every weekday, after driving his kids two miles to school, Dr. Gardner said, he parks his car and walks home, occasionally calling into meetings as he strolls. Then, in the afternoon, he walks back … Read more

Mental Health Spending Surged in Pandemic, Study Finds

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Use of mental health care increased substantially during the coronavirus pandemic, as teletherapy lowered barriers to regular visits, according to a large study of insurance claims published Friday in JAMA Health Forum. From March 2020 to August 2022, mental health visits increased by 39 percent, and spending increased by 54 percent, the study found. Its … Read more

Researchers Dispute High-Profile Discoveries of Cancer Microbes

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Over the past few years, a flurry of studies have found that tumors harbor a remarkably rich array of bacteria, fungi and viruses. These surprising findings have led many scientists to rethink the nature of cancer. The medical possibilities were exciting: If tumors shed their distinctive microbes into the bloodstream, could they serve as an … Read more

How to Deal With Regret

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Years ago, when I was a music reporter, I visited Stevie Nicks at her home in Los Angeles. It was a dream assignment: We spent hours in her closet, trying on outfits. We paged through her diary together. As dusk approached, she offered to have me stay in her guest room. I said no, but … Read more

C.D.C. Sets New Standards for Hospitals to Combat Sepsis

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On a Wednesday afternoon in 2012, 12-year-old Rory Staunton got a scrape during a middle-school basketball game. His gym teacher applied two Band-Aids to the cuts on his arm. By Thursday, Rory had a 104-degree fever, vomiting and leg pain, but the emergency room staff at NYU Langone Health suspected dehydration and gave him fluids … Read more

Nonprofit Health System Says It Is Ending Policy That Denied Care to Indebted Patients

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Allina Health, a large nonprofit health system based in Minnesota, announced Wednesday that it would end its policy of denying medical care to patients with $4,500 or more in outstanding bills. Although Allina’s hospitals treated anyone in emergency rooms, other services were cut off for indebted patients, including children and those with chronic illnesses like … Read more

Does Wildfire Smoke Cause Sinus Issues?

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Q: I’ve noticed I get a runny nose when there’s wildfire smoke in the air. Should I be concerned? It’s well understood that wildfire smoke can wreak havoc on the body — taxing the lungs and heart, stinging the eyes and prompting headaches. But nasal passages are particularly susceptible, said Dr. Mark Dykewicz, an allergist … Read more

Mallinckrodt’s Bankruptcy Plan Would Cut Payments to Opioid Victims by $1 Billion

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A major opioid manufacturer that had promised to pay $1.7 billion as compensation over its role in the opioid crisis disclosed on Wednesday that it had reached an agreement with its creditors to reduce the settlement payments by $1 billion. The manufacturer, Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals, had originally agreed to pay the $1.7 billion over eight years … Read more

Gender Surgeries Nearly Tripled From 2016 Through 2019, Study Finds

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The Context: Transition care has become a political issue. Gender-affirming care has become a key political issue for conservatives in the run-up to the presidential election. At least 20 states led by Republicans have restricted or banned such care for minors. Gender-affirming surgery is endorsed by a wide array of medical groups. Yet surprisingly little … Read more

How Menopause Affects Women of Color

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It was the guffaw of her gynecologist. That’s the thing Dannette Fogle, a 65-year-old retired schoolteacher in New York, remembers most clearly about her introduction to menopause. She was 34 when she noticed changes in her otherwise regular menstrual cycle — a hallmark symptom of perimenopause, the transition toward the end of a woman’s fertility … Read more

Robert Paulson, Long-Term A.L.S. Survivor, Is Dead at 86

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He lived with the condition also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease much longer than most and spread the message, an admirer said, that disability was “just a different way of living.” Source link Dr. Susanna AshtonDr. Susanna Ashton has been practicing medicine for over 20 years and she is very excited to assist Healthoriginaltips in … Read more

Writing Therapy Shows Promise for PTSD

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The two therapies were found to be equally effective, and only 12.5 percent of subjects dropped out of the written exposure group before completing a course of treatment, compared with 35.6 percent in the prolonged exposure group. In 2018, a study by the same team found that written exposure therapy was as effective as cognitive … Read more

How a Small Gender Clinic Landed in a Political Storm

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The small Midwestern gender clinic was buckling under an unrelenting surge in demand. Last year, dozens of young patients were seeking appointments every month, far too many for the clinic’s two psychologists to screen. Doctors in the emergency room downstairs raised alarms about transgender teenagers arriving every day in crisis, taking hormones but not getting … Read more

The Best Relationship Advice of 2023, So Far


Experts increasingly know that human connection is integral to well-being, every bit as essential as getting enough sleep or moving your body. But relationships, particularly romantic partnerships, can be tricky. And we seldom receive the straightforward, evidence-based guidance we might get from a doctor about exercise or rest. Relationships are a big part of what … Read more

Expert Panel Recommends New Drugs for HIV Prevention

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An influential expert panel has given its highest recommendation to an expanded menu of H.I.V. prevention strategies for adults and adolescents, a move that will require private insurers to cover the drugs without a co-pay or deductible under the Affordable Care Act. The recommendation arrives as the Biden administration is fighting to preserve no-cost coverage … Read more

Leptospirosis – A disease that peaks during the monsoon season

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As we transition from scorching summer to the relief of rain, it’s common to become less vigilant about health risks. Ironically, the monsoon season poses some of the most significant threats to human health due to the proliferation of bacterial, viral, and fungal infections. Among these, leptospirosis stands out as a crucial infectious disease, often … Read more

The Unending Indignities of ‘Vaginal Atrophy’

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Besides causing offense, the phrase may contribute to the underdiagnosing of treatable problems associated with menopause. Source link Dr. Susanna AshtonDr. Susanna Ashton has been practicing medicine for over 20 years and she is very excited to assist Healthoriginaltips in providing understandable and accurate medical information. When not strolling on the beaches she loves to … Read more

More Screen Time Delays Development in Babies, Study Finds

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The News One-year-olds exposed to more than four hours of screen time a day experienced developmental delays in communication and problem-solving skills at ages 2 and 4, according to a study published today in The Journal of the American Medical Association Pediatrics. The research also found that 1-year-olds who were exposed to more screen time … Read more

IP framework is critical for healthcare data

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In today’s technologically driven world, healthcare infrastructure and health data have emerged as critical components. The value of health care includes both the provision of high-quality medical care and the promotion of overall well-being. Similarly, health data, comprising of patients’ health conditions, medical histories, and outcomes, has become valuable for medical research, policy development, and … Read more

How Nursing Homes Failed to Protect Residents From Covid

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The first terrifying wave of Covid-19 caused 60,000 deaths among residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities within five months. As the pandemic wore on, medical guidelines called for promptly administering newly approved antiviral treatments to infected patients at high risk of severe illness, hospitalization or death. Why, then, did fewer than one … Read more

Jerome Hauer, 71, Manager of Catastrophes and Other Crises, Dies

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Jerome M. Hauer, who as the first director of the mayor’s Office of Emergency Management oversaw New York City’s response to floods, manhole explosions, mold outbreaks, building collapses, water main breaks, blackouts, hurricanes, sink holes, downed trees, terrorist threats, vermin and the uncertain digital impact on computer networks of Y2K, the turn of the millennium, … Read more

Flesh-Eating Bacteria at the Beach? What You Need to Know.

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The Back Story: An infection that surprises beachgoers. It’s not clear whether the appearance of these cases farther north than usual may be a result of better diagnosis or to warming waters associated with climate change. The illness, technically called vibriosis, may be caused by infection with several related bacteria. Among the worst is V. … Read more

Jerome Hauer, 71, Manager of Catastrophes and Other Crises, Dies

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Jerome M. Hauer, who as the first director of the mayor’s Office of Emergency Management oversaw New York City’s response to floods, manhole explosions, mold outbreaks, building collapses, water main breaks, blackouts, hurricanes, sink holes, downed trees, terrorist threats, vermin and the uncertain digital impact on computer networks of Y2K, the turn of the millennium, … Read more

What wildfire smoke means for birds

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The Maui wildfires are an ongoing human tragedy. At least 111 people have died, more than 1,000 people are unaccounted for, and many have been displaced from their homes. But such fires also put animals at risk. Wildlife, livestock and pets often perish in fires. Flames can destroy critical habitats for endangered species and set … Read more

MDMA Risks and How to Reduce Them

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Because of this, hyperthermia, or overheating, can occur in certain settings, such as clubs where people may dance for hours in a hot environment without taking breaks or drinking water, said Matthias Liechti, a professor of clinical pharmacology at the University Hospital of Basel in Switzerland. Signs of hyperthermia include redness, shivering and a lack … Read more

Where Ozempic, Wegovy and New Weight Loss Drugs Came From

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Every so often a drug comes along that has the potential to change the world. Medical specialists say the latest to offer that possibility are the new drugs that treat obesity — Ozempic, Wegovy, Mounjaro and more that may soon be coming onto the market. It’s early, but nothing like these drugs has existed before. … Read more

Psyllium Husks Entice the Ozempic Generation

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Victor Nevarez had tried dozens of prescription medications and powders to manage his irritable bowel syndrome, and nothing was working. Max Wittek wanted to curb his appetite without relying on drugs like Ozempic. And Rachel Conners was just looking for a way to make chewy cinnamon rolls without any gluten. They all arrived at the … Read more

Aumenta la exposición a nicotina de vapes entre los niños

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La Administración de Alimentos y Medicamentos de Estados Unidos (FDA, por su sigla en inglés) les recuerda a los cuidadores que deben almacenar los cartuchos de tabaco para vaporizadores de manera segura para evitar que los niños se intoxiquen con el líquido que contienen, y señala que la exposición a los cigarrillos electrónicos ha aumentado … Read more

Appeals Court Upholds Abortion Pill Restrictions

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A federal appeals court panel said Wednesday that it would impose restrictions on the abortion pill mifepristone that would prevent the drug from being prescribed by telemedicine or dispensed through the mail. But the decision — the latest development in a closely watched lawsuit filed by abortion opponents seeking to block access to abortion pills … Read more

‘Forever Chemicals’ Are Everywhere. What Are They Doing to Us?

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DuPont and 3M, which was manufacturing PFAS and using one in Scotchgard, began studying the potential health effects of their formulations in part as an occupational-safety measure. Initially, scientists assumed that because the first compounds were so stable and resistant to change — “inert,” in chemistry parlance — it would be impossible for them to … Read more

ADHD Medication Shortage Continues as the School Year Begins

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In the spring, Riana Shaw Robinson learned that her 11-year-old son, Madison, had sprinted out of class to chase a squirrel through his school’s courtyard in Berkeley, Calif. It’s not how her sixth grader would typically behave. But that day Madison hadn’t taken his Adderall — the medication that, in his words, helps his brain … Read more

Addiction Treatment Eludes More Than Half of Americans in Need

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Why It Matters: Opioid addiction affects every part of American society. Addiction cuts across class, race and geography, the KFF researchers found. Rural and white Americans were the likeliest to report personal or family opioid addiction, but significant percentages of Black, Hispanic, urban and suburban families did, as well. White families were more likely than … Read more

Opioid Settlement Money Is Being Spent on Police Cars and Overtime

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After years of litigation to hold the pharmaceutical industry accountable for the deadly abuse of prescription painkillers, payments from what could amount to more than $50 billion in court settlements have started to flow to states and communities to address the nation’s continuing opioid crisis. But though the payments come with stacks of guidance outlining … Read more

Should Opioid Settlement Money Be Spent on Law Enforcement?

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After years of litigation to hold the pharmaceutical industry accountable for the deadly abuse of prescription painkillers, payments from what could amount to more than $50 billion in court settlements have started to flow to states and communities to address the nation’s continuing opioid crisis. But though the payments come with stacks of guidance outlining … Read more

Why is Fiber Good For You? And How to Eat More of It

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Decades of research have shown that fiber-rich diets offer a range of health benefits, including healthier guts, longer lives and reduced risks of chronic conditions like heart disease, diabetes and some types of cancer. Yet time and again, national surveys have found that few people in the United States are consuming enough fiber. Between 2015 … Read more

Out-of-pocket health expenditure in India: Inter-state variations

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Adequate public investment in health, by ensuring better affordability and availability of health care, is crucial for sustaining a resilient public health system. Low public health spending can result in catastrophic out-of-pocket expenditure (OOPE), pushing households in the lowest income groups further below the poverty line. A World Health Organization (WHO) study published in March … Read more

Mütter Museum in Philadelphia Weighs Dialing Down its ‘Electric Frankness’

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The Mütter Museum, a 19th-century repository of medical oddments and arcana at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, attracts as many as 160,000 visitors a year. Among the anatomical and pathological specimens exhibited are skulls corroded by syphilis; spines twisted by rickets; skeletons deformed by corsets; microcephalic fetuses; a two-headed baby; a bound foot from … Read more

U.S. Suicide Deaths Rose in 2022, C.D.C. Estimates Say

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The estimated number of suicide deaths in the United States rose to nearly 50,000 in 2022, according to provisional data released on Thursday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The total would be an increase of approximately 2.6 percent since 2021. The C.D.C. estimates the overall number of deaths to be 49,449 but … Read more

How to Manage Mismatched Sex Drive in a Relationship

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Frances and her wife have been together for more than 40 years, and early on in their relationship they couldn’t keep their hands off each other. Then came three children and a series of health issues (along with accompanying medications) that slowly eroded her wife’s libido. “Her interest just went away,” said Frances, 61, who … Read more

How Becoming a Regular Can Help Soothe Loneliness

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Surely my friend Amy would rescue me. She was a roll-up-your-sleeves-and-conquer-the-world kind of person, crushing it in her own career; if anyone could help me solve what was wrong in my life — which was more or less everything — she could. Here’s how it would happen: I’d bike over to her apartment, and she’d … Read more

Supreme Court Pauses Purdue Pharma Bankruptcy Deal

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The Supreme Court agreed on Thursday to consider the government’s challenge of a bankruptcy settlement involving Purdue Pharma, putting on pause a deal that would have shielded members of the wealthy Sackler family from civil opioid lawsuits in exchange for payments of up to $6 billion to thousands of plaintiffs. In doing so, the court … Read more

Research Trials Halted at Columbia’s Psychiatric Center After Suicide

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Federal regulators have suspended research on human subjects at the Columbia-affiliated New York State Psychiatric Institute, one of the country’s oldest research centers, as they investigate safety protocols across the institute after the suicide of a research participant. A spokesperson for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Kate Migliaccio-Grabill, confirmed on Wednesday that … Read more

U.S. Judge Strikes Down F.D.A. Regulation of Premium Cigars

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Not Everyone Is Celebrating Public health groups including the American Lung Association, American Heart Association, American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Cancer Society had filed briefs in court urging the judge to keep the regulations in place. On Thursday, Thomas Carr, the national director of policy for the American Lung Association, called the ruling … Read more

Heat Singes the Mind, Not Just the Body

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If you find that the blistering, unrelenting heat is making you anxious and irritable, even depressed, it’s not all in your head. Soaring temperatures can damage not just the body but also the mind. As heat waves become more intense, more frequent and longer, it has become increasingly important to address the impact on mental … Read more