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DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I have been working at home for the past year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. My work requires me to be on a computer much of the day, and over the past few months, I've noticed more frequent headaches, and pain in my lower back and sometimes my neck. Could my workspace b…

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Nearly 270,000 people in the U.S. die each year as a result of sepsis, and one-third of people who die in a hospital have sepsis, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Writer’s note: With the advent of cooler days and a sprinkle or two, it’s tempting to think that we here in the Mother Lode have survived one more fire season. This may not be true, but a taste of fall has convinced me that I can write about our annual, ever-worsening scourge without scaring…

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Q: I've heard some theories circulating about the COVID-19 vaccine, including that it was developed to control the general population through microchip tracking or "nanotransducers" in our brains. I've also heard that it will alter my DNA. Are these theories true? 

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"Long-haul COVID," "long COVID" and "post-COVID syndrome" are references to patients who have been infected with COVID-19 and are still experiencing long-term effects and symptoms.

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We all need to muse more, and fall is the perfect time for sitting, pondering and reflecting, particularly in front of a fire. So says a piece I read recently. This was good news because all our adult children have outdoor fire pits. Lucky for us, from time to time we are invited to join them.

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DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. The doctor mentioned using immunotherapy. What is immunotherapy, and how does it differ from chemotherapy, which I've traditionally heard about for treating cancer?

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I get these ah-ha moments at the weirdest times. During my afternoon tea break at work, I decided to add a small packet of lemon juice to my iced tea. That’s pretty good!, I realized. Why don’t I do this more often?

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — When Dimeji Lawal rolled out of the Intensive Care Unit at Cleveland Clinic in Weston, Florida — hospital staff cheering him in his wheelchair — he began to comprehend that he had survived COVID-19. More than two months on a ventilator, he had beat the disease and was…