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Different ages get different flu shots

Dear Doctors: I went to our local pharmacy to get a flu shot for myself and also for my dad. It turns out that because he is 68 years old, he didn’t get the same vaccine as me. They gave him something called “fluad quadrivalent.” How is that different from the regular flu vaccine? Why…

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Single reader wants to get comfortable being alone

DEAR HARRIETTE: I’ve been single for a while now, and I’m starting to feel overwhelmed by the prospect of finding someone new. I want to take this time to focus on myself and what I need. It’s important for me to build confidence in myself and know that I can thrive alone if I need…

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Intensive blood pressure control may lower risk for cognitive problems in more people

Laura Williamson American Heart Association News Several years ago, researchers published in JAMA a promising discovery: intensively lowering blood pressure appeared to reduce the risk for cognitive decline in people 50 and older with high blood pressure. But questions remained about whether the strategy was safe or effective in people whose diastolic blood pressure –…

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Despite success, reader suffers health setbacks

DEAR HARRIETTE: I am embarrassed to say that I suffer from almost all of the chronic health problems that commonly befall Black people in this country. I feel like such a failure in this regard. Outside of my health, I am killing it at work and have a good life. I checked off all the…

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At annual ‘Thriller’ event, zombie went into cardiac arrest

Deborah Lynn Blumberg American Heart Association News A week before Halloween 2021 and five days before her 68th birthday, Sarah Katzenmaier slipped into a royal blue bridesmaid dress and carefully applied her zombie makeup. Then she made her way to Main Street in Lexington, Kentucky, like she had for the past 12 years to perform…

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Stroke symptoms require emergency treatment even if they quickly disappear

American Heart Association News Stroke symptoms that vanish in less than an hour still require emergency medical assessments to prevent a full-blown stroke, according to a new science report from the American Heart Association. The scientific statement, published Thursday in the AHA journal Stroke, offers guidance for evaluating suspected “warning strokes” – called transient ischemic…

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New pill treats diabetic cats without daily insulin shots

JONEL ALECCIA AP Health Writer When Mark Winternheimer’s 12-year-old tabby cat was diagnosed with diabetes last year, the treatment was daunting: twice-daily injections of insulin, an implanted monitor and frequent visits to the vet. Despite their qualms, Winternheimer and his wife, Courtnee, of New Albany, Indiana, learned to give Oliver his shots. “For us, they’re…

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Friend’s angry lecture resonating after dream

DEAR HARRIETTE: In my dreams the other night, I remembered a troubling conversation I had with someone who used to be a dear friend years ago. This conversation marked the end of that friendship for a lot of reasons. She was so cold and mean when we spoke. I felt like God was judging me…

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Long COVID remains a mystery to providers and patients

Dear Doctors: I had COVID-19, and now I’ve got long COVID. I have neuropathy and brain fog, and when I try to exercise, I get exhausted right away. My doctor said it just takes a while to get back on your feet, like after you’ve had the flu, but this feels different. What is the…

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