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    How can I stop getting so many yeast infections?

    Kate White, M.D., OB-GYN
    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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    The science of sunburns: Why they happen and how to treat them

    Taylor Viggiano
    Have you ever stopped to consider what happens when your skin burns or tans? And other than coating yourself in aloe and tossing and turning in bed to find a comfortable sleeping position, what can you do to manage a burn? Let’s dig into the science of sunburns — why…
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    Calming, Engaging, Rewarding: How music can help children’s mental health

    Candace Nelson
    If you’ve ever made a workout playlist or felt a wave of emotion when you heard a familiar song playing at the grocery store, you may already use music therapeutically. Hearing a song a parent loved might feel comforting while hearing a favorite song from your high school years might…
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    Beyond contraception: Other uses for birth control

    Hannah Lodin
    During my time as a fourth-year medical student, I saw someone come to the Mayo Clinic for a problem with headaches. I thought there would be a discussion about using medicines to stop the headaches or even prevent them. So I was surprised when that individual walked out with a…
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    What does fentanyl do and how is it misused?

    Julie Vollenweider
    Fentanyl is a powerful painkiller. According to the Centers for Disease Control, it’s up to 100 times more potent than morphine. Its strong potency means it can be used in operating rooms, to control pain after surgery and to alleviate pain for people with advanced cancer.
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    The Opioid Epidemic: Understanding the Crisis

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    How exactly did we manage to end up with the opioid epidemic, and how do we dig ourselves out? Dr. Holly L. Geyer, Addiction Medicine Specialist at Mayo Clinic, sits down with us to discuss the opioid epidemic: how we got here, how we approached solutions in the past, and…
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    Defining Opioids

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    You’ve likely heard the term “opioids” before, as well as all the negative connotations that come with it. But what exactly ARE opioids, and is there a safe way to use them? Dr. Holly L. Geyer, Addiction Medicine Specialist at Mayo Clinic, sits down with us to explain how opioids…
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    A brief history of morphine use

    Melissa Rach
    Morphineis one of the world’s most ubiquitous and useful pain relievers. It’s a natural medicine derived from the opium poppy plant. Since its discovery, it has been the key element in the family of opioid drugs  — including cough syrup, codeine, fentanyl (Actiq, Fentora, Sublimaze), heroin,…
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    Which opioids are prescribed today and when are they used?

    Melissa Rach
    Whenever your health care provider prescribes a medicine, it’s important to learn about the drug you’ll be taking. In this short guide, we’ll discuss different types of opioids. For more information about opioids, read the Mayo Clinic Press Book “Ending the Crisis: Mayo Clinic’s Guide to Opioid Addiction and Safe…
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    Navigating insurance coverage for treatment of opioid use disorder

    Health care insurance isn’t always easy to figure out. The language may not be clear, and you may feel a bit lost in conversations regarding your coverage. Despite these challenges, it’s important to thoroughly understand whether the cost of treatment will be covered by your insurance to avoid financial hardship…
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    What exactly are opioids?

    Opioids are a powerful class of medications meant to be used for a short time after an injury or surgery to manage acute pain and enable activity. Drugs that fall into this class include morphine, oxycodone, hydrocodone, hydromorphone, fentanyl and the illegal drug heroin. The term “opioid” is often used…

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