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Pregnancy is no picnic when it comes to listeria

Food safety is important for everybody, but it is especially important if you’re expecting. Hormonal changes during pregnancy can change a pregnant person’s immune system, making her more susceptible to contracting foodborne illness. In this Mayo Clinic Minute, Dr. Nipunie Rajapakse, a Mayo Clinic pediatric infectious diseases expert, discusses the risks associated with listeria and […]

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Ask the pediatrician: How can parents of children with autism prepare for telehealth appointments?

Q: How can I help my daughter, who has autism, prepare for a telehealth appointment? A: Telehealth visits can be a helpful part of your child’s ongoing medical care. Because regular visits and therapy may require time away from work and school, using a video or phone call can be a beneficial, convenient and fun […]

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Tips for reducing risk of hearing loss

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I recently realized that I often ask people to repeat themselves, and I must turn up the volume on the TV louder than before. How do I know if I have hearing loss? I am 46. Aren’t I too young for hearing loss? Can I take steps to prevent future hearing loss? […]

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Skin tags? Moles? Products promising to treat them can do real harm

It may seem tempting to remove a mole or skin tag you don’t like with a product that promises to make them disappear quickly. Don’t do it, experts say. Dermatologists and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration both warn about the dangers of using unregulated products for do-it-yourself removal of moles, skin tags and another […]

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US death rate from alcoholic liver cirrhosis triples over two decades

Americans may have a collective drinking problem, made worse by the obesity epidemic, new research suggests. The new study found that deaths from alcoholic cirrhosis have more than tripled in 20 years. In 1999, alcoholic cirrhosis—an advanced form of alcohol-related liver disease—killed just over 6,000 Americans (a rate of 3 per 100,000). By 2019, deaths […]

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Dual effect identified for arsenic in carcinogenesis

Ming-Hsien Lin, from China Medical University in Taiwan, and colleagues examined exposure to arsenic in drinking water using 0.05 mg/L as the cutoff for two exposure categories in a cohort of Taiwanese people and linked these data to the Taiwan Cancer registry. The standardized incidence ratios (SIRs) of lymphoma and leukemia were computed by sex, […]

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Researchers propose new strategy for prevention and treatment of dental caries

One of the most common biofilm-related infections is dental caries which affects more than 60% of children and almost all adults around the world. The pathogenic bacteria, Streptococcus mutans (S. mutans), induce cavities based on the formation of extracellular polysaccharides (EPS) and their survival in acidic environments. The plaque biofilm formed has the characteristics of […]