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Understanding the issues surrounding depression in men

Many factors in our society have trained men to hide their emotions and try to tough out any feelings of sadness. Unfortunately, that approach couldn’t be more unhealthy when it comes to male depression. It’s a serious medical condition and it’s important to learn the signs—and what actions to…
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Constipation in your kids

Sara Hassan, M.D.
No one likes to talk about constipation, least of all school-age children, preteens and teenagers. While a degree of banter on the subject may be common at school, the realities of living with it amount to a very private embarrassment. Pediatric constipation affects 10% to 30% of kids under 18…
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Building self-esteem is an important part of self-care

When you have low self-esteem, it can have negative effects on virtually every aspect of life, including your relationships, job and health. Boosting your self-esteem takes work and probably won’t happen overnight, but mental health counseling can often have a very positive impact on how you feel about yourself.
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Think you’ve tried every migraine medication? Think again.

Amaal Starling, M.D.
Migraine is an all-too-common and potentially disabling disorder. Migraine attacks can cause severe throbbing head pain or pulsing sensations, as well as nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light and sound. Some treatments stop symptoms of a migraine attack (acute, or as-needed treatment) and other long-term treatments decrease the frequency and…
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To prevent running injuries, avoid these common mistakes

Jeffrey E. Carson, P.T., D.P.T.
If you’re a long-distance runner, you’re probably no stranger to running injuries. Up to 90% of long-distance runners experience at least one running injury every year. Recent research has found that the best predictors of running injuries are prior injury, body weight, gender, experience, running form and the amount of…
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Do collagen and biotin supplements work?

Lisa Mejia, R.D.N., LD/N
DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I’ve read that collagen and biotin are good for the body. What are these supplements and are they beneficial? ANSWER: Collagen and biotin supplements are promoted for healthy aging, along with joint and bone health. However, it is important to understand what collagen and biotin are and what research is available…
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Plasma biomarker screening could improve accuracy, health equity in Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis

Joseph Reddy, Ph.D.,
Minerva Carrasquillo, Ph.D.
Mayo Clinic researchers have identified a new set of molecular markers in blood plasma. This discovery could lead to the development of improved diagnostic tests for Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, affecting 6.2 million people in the U.S. The Mayo Clinic study, published in eBioMedicine, is…
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Parents and Children’s Athletics: Are You a Spoilsport or Wise Mentor?

David B. Soma, M.D.
You’ve heard the stories and seen the videos: A parent of a 13-year-old player in a youth football game didn’t like a penalty flag so he grabbed the referee and body-slammed him onto the ground; parents at their 8-year-old’s soccer game verbally abusing (to put it mildly) officials; and parents…
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Good bacteria for your gut

Amanda Gingrasso, D.N.P.
The lining of your digestive tract — like every surface of your body — is covered in microorganisms, mostly bacteria. This microecosystem, called a microbiome, plays a large role in your health. Your mood and behavior also may be impacted by the microorganisms living in your microbiome. You may be…