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Iron is a mineral needed by our bodies. Iron is part of all cells and does many tasks in our bodies. One way is as part of the protein hemoglobin, which carries oxygen from our lungs throughout our bodies. Too little hemoglobin is called anemia. Iron also helps our muscles store and use oxygen.

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In a placebo-controlled study by Drs. David Rakel and Bruce Barrett from the University of Wisconsin, it turned out that patient perception of doctor empathy in a population of older patients with common colds improved their outcomes, reducing the length of the condition by a day and a half. This is a huge effect size in a condition lasting around a week on average.

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National organizations have launched extensive public service campaigns to demystify the disorder, and popular network television shows like "Sesame Street" now feature children affected by autism spectrum disorder.

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Uncontrolled, diabetes can cause blindness, nerve damage, kidney disease and other health problems and affects many. One in 10 Americans have the disease and another 84 million are at high risk for developing Type 2 diabetes.

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Open enrollment in the 2020 Health Insurance Marketplace runs through Dec. 15. Those who don’t enroll by Dec. 15 cannot get 2020 coverage unless they qualify for a special enrollment period.

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Colds are caused by viruses. These are much smaller “bugs” than bacteria. It’s widely believed before we knew what viruses are, that the illness known as the common cold was caused by exposure to cold weather since that’s the time of year that cold and influenza viruses are more active. Howe…

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In an era of high-tech medical miracles like robotic surgery, DNA analysis, immunotherapy for cancer, super sensitive scanning instruments and much more, it may seem quaint to introduce the topic of love and healing.

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People often ask why we vaccinate against diseases no longer in the United States. A frequent example is polio because it has been 40 years since the last case of wild polio here. Wild polio is only seen in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria.

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The third annual Conference on Migration and Health will be held Monday, Dec. 9, and Tuesday, Dec. 10, in the Health Education Center on the Galveston campus. The conference provides a platform for constructive policy dialogue among relevant stakeholders to advance strategies and build partn…

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Iknow that someone reading wants to know the answer to why we can’t tickle ourselves. The latest research may provide some insight.