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New CDC guidance for vaccinated adults. What does it mean?

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today announced updated COVID-19 guidance for masking outdoors and for fully vaccinated people. For instance, fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a protective mask outdoors, except in certain crowded settings and venues. “I completely agree with the updated CDC recommendations,” says Dr. Abinash Virk, a […]

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The beat goes on, thanks to deep brain stimulation

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When drummer Patrick Bautz is performing, he’s in the zone.  He says he doesn’t even think about what he’s doing, it’s just natural. It’s what he calls “the nothingness of drumming.” But not that long-ago, Pat started getting distracted. Physical symptoms were turning that nothingness into something. And it was something that worried him enough […]

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Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Reducing rejection by reversing order of heart-liver transplant

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For heart-liver transplants, the liver and heart must come from the same donor, and some patients wait years to receive both organs. Also, antibodies from the donor can increase chances of the receiving patient rejecting the heart. But Dr. Sudhir Kushwaha, a Mayo Clinic cardiovascular transplant surgeon, says when a liver transplant is also involved, […]

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Mayo Clinic’s New Research Building Growing to 11 Floors

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ROCHESTER, Minn. — The long tradition of biomedical innovation that makes up Mayo Clinic’s DNA will continue with the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Building on the Rochester, Minnesota, campus, set to open in the fourth quarter of 2023. Research is the engine that drives advances in medical care, and the new facility will enable the […]

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COVID-19: Who’s at higher risk of serious symptoms?

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Over a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s important to remind people who is more at risk of serious coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) symptoms, which can vary widely. Some people have no symptoms at all, while others become so sick that they eventually need mechanical assistance to breathe. This article is written by Mayo Clinic […]

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Mayo Clinic Q and A: Congestive heart failure and diet

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DEAR MAYO CLINIC: My doctor told me that I have congestive heart failure and I have to change my lifestyle, including my diet. What kind of diet should I be on? ANSWER: When patients have congestive heart failure, their heart isn’t able to manage fluid well, and it builds up in the body. This fluid can cause shortness […]

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J&J COVID-19 vaccine pause ends

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On Friday, April 23, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), an independent immunization advisory group for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, voted to resume distribution of the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) COVID-19 vaccine after a 10-day pause to investigate reported cases of rare blood clotting events in recipients. The committee met twice […]

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Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Avoid preventable vision loss

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Has your eyesight become blurry? Do you have glaucoma, but you haven’t been in for an exam or treatment? Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, many people may have delayed eye appointments. Dr. Cheryl Khanna, a Mayo Clinic ophthalmologist, says it’s important to catch eye diseases early. “I think the main take-home message is that if you […]

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Mayo Clinic researchers question effectiveness of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines for solid organ transplant patients

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A small study from Mayo Clinic researchers raises the concern that some transplant patients may have a limited immune response after being vaccinated for COVID-19 with an mRNA vaccine. Their findings are published as a letter to the editor in the American Journal of Transplantation. The letter covers seven organ transplant recipients […]

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This South African NPO wants children living with Down syndrome to be first in line for the COVID-19 vaccine

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Down Syndrome South Africa said people with Down syndrome should be prioritised in the national COVID-19 vaccine rollout. The organisation said people with Down syndrome are more vulnerable to contracting the disease, and have struggled under the pandemic regulations.

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