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    Ehlers-Danlos syndrome: A common but overlooked cause of chronic pain

    A middle-aged woman recently sent a panicked email to Mayo Clinic’s Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS) Clinic. She wrote: “I’m worried I have hypermobility, and my doctor said I might have Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. What does this mean? Is this going to get worse? Is there anything I can do to make the…
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    Is my sex drive “normal”?

    In this recurring guest column, Kate White, M.D., of Boston Medical Center, answers your questions on all things gynecology. As the author of the Mayo Clinic Press book Your Sexual Health, she’s ready to dole out wisdom on sex, periods, menopause and more. Submit a question …
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    Beyond the flu shot: Stay up to date on your vaccines

    “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” — Benjamin Franklin One of the most powerful tools you have for preventing infection is vaccination. You may be familiar with annual flu shots, or maybe you’ve accompanied your kids to their vaccinations at the pediatrician’s office. But did you…
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    Mind over matter: Practicing sexual mindfulness

    As a women’s sexual health expert, I often have conversations with my patients about their sexual health difficulties. Take Ruth, who came to my office one day and asked: “What happened to my sex life? I used to have good libido and great, intimate, pleasurable sex. I adore my partner,…
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    Taking shame out of the equation: Addressing binge eating disorder

    Jane loves getting together with her family, and her family loves gathering around a good meal. They routinely make traditional dishes and family recipes that go back for generations. Then the pandemic came and in one swoop, took away all her interactions with her family — and all those events…
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    Ask the Gynecologist: How can I orgasm more often during sex?

    In this recurring guest column, Kate White, M.D., of Boston Medical Center, answers your questions on all things gynecology. As the author of the Mayo Clinic Press book Your Sexual Health, she’s ready to dole out wisdom on sex, periods, menopause and more. Submit a question …
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    Dr. Kate shares five things you may not know about sex

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    In her recurring guest column, Kate White, M.D., of Boston Medical Center, answers your questions on all things gynecology. As the author of the Mayo Clinic Press book “Your Sexual Health,” she’s ready to dole out wisdom on sex, periods, menopause and more. Watch the video…
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    What women need to know about stroke

    There are many health issues that affect men and women differently — and stroke is an important, potentially life-altering one.   “Women have unique health care challenges ranging from having different risk factors for stroke, to having different symptoms of stroke, to responding differently to treatments for stroke, and sometimes being…
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    What’s your favorite go-to snack?

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    Finding healthy snacks you actually enjoy can be challenging. See which tasty options Mayo Clinic doctors, dietitians and other experts go nuts for.
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    UTIs: Do you always need an antibiotic?

    Heather LaBruna
    You immediately recognize the dreaded symptoms of a urinary tract infection (UTI) — the burning when you pee, the feeling that you constantly have to go or a feeling that it’s hard to pass urine when you try. And you know what’s next: A visit to your health care provider…
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    Think your way to sleep: Cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia

    You look at the clock: 2:09 a.m. You groan. You’ve been lying in bed, awake, for over three hours. You have to be up before 7 a.m., meaning that you’ll get less than five hours of sleep — at best. At this point, you’re super stressed about falling asleep, and…
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    Working out for better bones

    When it comes to building bone strength, you probably know the basic advice: Get your fill of calcium and vitamin D, exercise, and don’t smoke. Like muscles, bones require stresses on them to get stronger. Being inactive, like on bed rest, leads to rapid bone decline.  But what if your…
    In this recurring guest column, Kate White, M.D., of Boston Medical Center, answers your questions on all things gynecology. As the author of the Mayo Clinic Press book Your Sexual Health, she’s ready to dole out wisdom on sex, periods, menopause and more. Submit a question here.
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    New, longer breastfeeding guidelines. Sounds great, but what about my job?

    Candace Nelson
    In June and July 2022, the American Academy of Pediatrics put out a statement in support of breastfeeding exclusively for six months and breastfeeding “as long as mutually desired by mother and child for 2 years or beyond.”  The academy has long supported breastfeeding. What’s…
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    Gestational diabetes — Will it affect your future health?

    You made it through pregnancy and delivery with a happy, healthy baby and now there’s more good news: You no longer have high blood sugar levels. You are relieved that your gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) — diabetes diagnosed for the first time during pregnancy — is gone. While this is…
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    What’s one health check you never miss?

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    What screenings and cleanings should you prioritize? Learn which health appointments Mayo Clinic doctors, dietitians and other experts always keep, and why.
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    HIV doesn’t just affect men – and it’s not a thing of the past.

    In the 1980s and ’90s, HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) and AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome) entered the public consciousness in a big way: Think about the musical Rent or the moment when basketball player Magic Johnson publicly revealed his diagnosis. After those two decades, HIV quickly seemed to disappear from popular…
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    Direct-to-consumer fertility tests: Warnings and pitfalls

    Fertility potential reflects a woman’s likelihood of becoming pregnant. This is important to consider when you’re trying to become pregnant or thinking about procedures like egg freezing — but it’s a potentially confusing topic for many women. While your OB-GYN and primary care physician can walk you through prenatal care…
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    Challenging weight bias in the doctor’s office — and in your own thoughts

    Shannon just got a reminder from her primary care office: “It’s been over a year since you’ve had an annual physical exam. Consider scheduling one today!” Shannon actually does have a few health issues she’d like to address — an old knee injury has been flaring up and she’s got…
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    Is chestfeeding the new breastfeeding?: Explaining gender-neutral medical terms.

    Caroline Davidge-Pitts, M.B., B.Ch.,
    Cesar A. Gonzalez, Ph.D., ABPP,
    Lisa Speckhard Pasque
    Articles or online posts — even other articles on this blog — are now often using phrases like “person with a uterus,” “pregnant person” or “anyone with a prostate,” instead of the words “woman” or “man.” Some people may find this phrasing awkward or wonder why it is used —…
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    Ask the Gynecologist: Why does my nipple point in?

    In this recurring guest column, Kate White, M.D., of Boston Medical Center, answers your questions on all things gynecology. As the author of the Mayo Clinic Press book “Your Sexual Health,” she’s ready to dole out wisdom on sex, periods, menopause and more. Submit a question here. Q: Why…
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    Answers to all your burning sunscreen questions

    Elika Hoss, M.D.,
    Lisa Speckhard Pasque
    Like flossing your teeth or taking your vitamins, slathering on sunscreen is probably something you know you should do every day — but may skip. Of course, protecting yourself from the sun is important for preventing skin cancer. But if you don’t find that particularly motivating, think about this: Sunscreen…
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    What gives you energy during your workday?

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    What to do when your energy is zapped but your workday is still going? Get beyond caffeine. Get tips for recharging your day from Mayo Clinic experts.
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    What’s the best health advice you ever received?

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    Even medical professionals need the support and advice of others to stay healthy. Which advice has the biggest impact? For some experts, it starts with quieting the mind. For others, there’s a focus on enjoyment. For one, there’s a trick that takes two minutes that might just work for you.
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    Leadership check-in: Are you the leader you intend to be?

    Leadership is influence. Nothing more. Nothing less. It is estimated that each of us will influence at least 10,000 other people during our lifetime. Listen: The question is not whether you will influence. The question, my friends, is how you will use your influence. My 30-plus years in health care…
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    Forget Photoshop: Learn to embrace the unique and real you

     “You look like you gained some weight.” This comment by a family member instantly made me feel self-conscious. It was around the holidays, and instead of enjoying the company of loved ones, I found myself eyeing each side dish like an adversary. While passing by mirrors, I secretly peeked at…
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    Ask the Gynecologist: Is abortion illegal?

    In this recurring guest column, Kate White, M.D., of Boston Medical Center, answers your questions on all things gynecology. As the author of the Mayo Clinic Press book Your Sexual Health, she’s ready to dole out wisdom on sex, periods, menopause and more. Submit a question here.
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    7 steps to better nutrition habits for cancer survivors

    Jessica Saenz
    Diet and nutrition are key aspects of good health for everyone. But for people living with cancer, it can mean healthier years ahead. Making the change to a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle isn’t always easy, especially when breaking lifelong habits, but slow and consistent changes can help. “Cancer is…
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    How to worry less during pregnancy

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    Are health worries stealing some joy from pregnancy? Dr. Yvonne Butler Tobah believes taking charge can help you find balance while you wait for baby.
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    Thick skin or something more?: Five facts about scleroderma

    Candace Nelson
    A small patch of thickened skin might seem like a cosmetic issue or something that will go away on its own — and it could. But if it lasts, it’s worth mentioning to your doctor. Thick or tight skin, particularly on the fingers or feet, could be a sign of…
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    What is pharmacogenomic testing and who is it for?

    “Kate” greeted me with a pleasant but constrained smile. Her hands tightly clenched her black purse. Although she was courteous, I sensed she was anxious, confused or both. Kate, a 41-year-old software engineer, had come to see me about her pharmacogenomic test results. She was referred to Mayo Clinic’s Center…
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    Is a thyroid problem causing your symptoms? It’s easy to find out.

    Q: I’ve been struggling with weight gain and fatigue for years now and had many medical tests and examinations without any answers. After doing some research, I think the problem might be with my thyroid. My primary care doctor checked my thyroid levels, but they were normal. Is it possible…
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    How do you recharge when you have time off?

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    Instead of using time off to catch up on chores, why not use it to feed your soul? Find some inspiring ideas from Mayo Clinic staff.
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    Conversations with the experts: Cannabis 101

    Hi, Dr. D’Andre, integrative oncologist, here. I often have patients asking about cannabis for different health conditions, so I put together the most common questions I get. If you are considering using medical cannabis, talk to your primary care provider or a cannabis clinician to see if it may be…
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    Why exercise? Know the benefits

    Augustine S. Chavez, M.D.,
    Mayo Clinic Press Editors
    Exercise has benefits. Hiking connects you with nature. Playing pickleball with friends strengthens social support. Going for a jog helps relieve the stress of a busy day. Exercise also improves health. It can help you live longer, prevent disease and even treat some medical conditions. While most people realize exercise…
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    Fibroids: What do you do?

    Sarah L. Rassier, M.D., M.P.H.,
    Mayo Clinic Press Editors
    My patients with fibroids often ask me, “What would you do if you were in my situation?” This is a great question. As the Fibroid Clinic Director at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, I completely understand where folks are coming from — but it is a deceptively difficult question to answer.
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    Stopping the slow fizzle of burnout

    My heart is racing. My brow is sweating. I am slowing my breathing down, hoping to catch a break. I’m running, fast and furious. Time is short, and I have to make it count. As soon as I step off the treadmill, there will be text messages waiting, emails to…
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    Mayo Clinic Q&A: Immunotherapy and breast cancer

    Cynthia Weiss
    Q: I was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. The doctor mentioned using immunotherapy. What is immunotherapy, and how does it differ from chemotherapy? A: Immunotherapy is a newer therapy in the current treatment landscape for breast cancer. It has also been used in treating other cancers, including lung cancer, melanoma…
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    I took an at-home DNA test. Is my health information safe?

    Teresa M. Kruisselbrink, M.S., CGC,
    Mayo Clinic Press Editors
    Q: Can insurance companies find and use information from my direct-to-consumer genetic test? A: In the past, genetic tests were only available as a part of formal medical care. But today, kits from genetic testing companies such as 23andMe are available for direct purchase and are even marketed around the…