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ATLANTA — When schools reopen, the American Academy of Pediatrics wants to see masks on all students over the age of 2, regardless of whether they're vaccinated, a recommendation likely to reignite the mask wars in area school districts.
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PITTSBURGH — A yo-yo led Erik Wiesemann to a discovery that would change the course of his life and help countless Pittsburghers.
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Researchers at the University of California, Davis have discovered a new way to administer heart medicine for cats.
The Entomological Society of America, an organization that oversees bug naming, dropped the term "gypsy moth," considered an ethnic slur to the Romani people.
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DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I am in my early 40s. During the COVID-19 pandemic, I didn't get as much exercise and I gained some weight. I now feel like I have less energy. I was previously infected with COVID-19. Is it safe to start exercising again in a crowded gym so that I can work out, lose some w…
When a parent takes an infant to the Children’s Health Center in San Francisco for a routine checkup, a pediatrician will check the baby’s vitals and ask how the child is doing at home.
SAN DIEGO — As she typed on a laptop computer on the dining room table last month, wrapping up some work for her job at UC San Diego, Yvonne Grobe could feel the weight of a very serious stare burning into her from the next room.
If you could invest $56 billion each year in improving health care for older adults, how would you spend it? On a hugely expensive medication with questionable efficacy — or something else?
DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I am due to get my second dose of COVID-19 vaccine in a few weeks. I understand this is an important step for me and my community, but I'm unsure what guidelines I should follow. Some of my friends are traveling, and they seem to have thrown all caution to the wind. What ca…
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SEATTLE — It was Alex Churchman's mother who found Beloved Arise first. She was searching for a way to help her 13-year-old, who had been questioning his gender identity and hospitalized after an attempt to harm himself.
DEAR JOAN — I discovered a hummingbird nest in the corner of my backyard on May 5, hidden in the crook of my rose tree. The two eggs hatched about 10 days later, and I enjoyed watching the mother hummer scare off the jays and the two growing larger and stronger.
While the Pacific Northwest has gotten the most attention for its heat wave a quarter of the state of California remains in an “exceptional drought,” the most severe category possible.
CASTINE, Maine — For years, Louise Shackett has had trouble walking or standing for long periods, making it difficult for her to clean her house in southeastern Maine or do laundry. Shackett, 80, no longer drives, which makes it hard to get to the grocery store or doctor.
PHILADELPHIA — Any cat lover who has watched an allergic friend react to a beloved pet knows the dark powers that lurk in that luxurious feline fur. Within minutes, an allergic human exposed to a cat can begin sneezing and wheezing. Eyes water and itch. The misery is obvious.
CHICAGO –Even though she is fully vaccinated, Barbara Creed can’t yet visit her grandchildren in Texas.
COLUMBUS, Ohio – When Lana Moy would go to the Westerville Jaycee Community Pool in Westerville, Ohio, growing up, she'd typically wear shorts and a t-shirt over her bathing suit - even when she went in the water.
CHICAGO – After 40 days without solid food, Rachelle Zola ended her hunger strike for slavery reparations with a few small bites of yogurt Saturday.
Q: We want to install a swimming pool in our backyard. How can we make it as safe as possible for our young children and their friends?
When Walter Wilkins roots through his memories, the decades between boyhood and old age, one lasting image of his older brother appears. He sees Paul walking away, up a mountain road in rural Pennsylvania.
SACRAMENTO — California this week banned taxpayer-funded travel to five states that recently adopted measures viewed by Democratic leaders as discriminatory against transgender Americans.
MINNEAPOLIS – As we emerge from the pandemic, we're starting to see the return of an age-old ritual: the handshake.
Claire Lang-Ree was in a lab coat taking a college chemistry class remotely in the kitchen of her Colorado Springs, Colorado, home when a profound pain twisted into her lower abdomen. She called her mom, Jen Lang-Ree, a nurse practitioner who worried it was appendicitis and found a nearby ho…
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