Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Contact tracing slows the spread of infectious diseases

Contact tracing is a tool that can help slow the spread of infectious diseases, such as coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). In communities using contact tracing, clinics, labs and hospitals send the names of people who have ...

Oncology & Cancer

Q&A: Understanding endometrial cancer

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: My 54-year-old sister was diagnosed recently with early stage endometrial cancer. She only went to the doctor because she had bleeding between menstrual cycles. I'm wondering if I am at risk, too, and if ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Wildfire smoke poses special threat to people with asthma

(HealthDay)—People with asthma and other respiratory illnesses need to be aware of the threat that wildfire smoke poses to their breathing and take steps to protect themselves, an allergy expert warns.

Dentistry

One in 10 older dental patients inappropriately prescribed opioids

A new study by researchers at the University of Illinois Chicago and the University of Pittsburgh suggests that a significant proportion of older patients receiving opioids at dental visits also use psychotropic medications—a ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Q&A: Back pain issues

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I am 45 and relatively healthy. But about a year ago, I hurt my lower back while working in the yard. I felt a sharp pain and could barely walk. It took about a month to heal. Then about a month ago, I hurt ...

Attention deficit disorders

Q&A: Diagnosing ADHD

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I am mom to two energetic boys, ages 5 and 8. A neighbor commented that my children must have ADHD. What is ADHD exactly and how do I tell the difference between a kid who just has a ton of energy and one ...

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