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Orthopedics/Sports July 24, 2024 Thousands of Americans suffer from thumb arthritis. This disorder can greatly affect daily life and can make it a struggle to do simple things like opening doors or holding objects. Dr. Sanj Kakar, a Mayo Clinic orthopedic surgeon who specializes in wrist and hand disorders, explains the condition and available treatments. Watch: The Mayo Clinic Minute Journalists: Broadcast-quality video (1:05) is in the downloads at the end of this post. Please courtesy: “Mayo Clinic News Network.” Read the script. Does your thumb hurt when you’re scrolling on your phone? Is it made worse when gripping objects?…

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In SELF’s franchise, The Meal I Eat When I’m Feeling…, we talk with chefs, celebs, athletes, and people in the culinary space about the specific foods or meals they turn to amid certain emotions—and how eating their favorites plays a vital role in their self-care.As heptathlete Anna Hall prepared for the US Olympic Track and Field Trials in late June, she couldn’t help but wonder if her knee—she had undergone surgery back in January—would hold up. “The whole time I was like, ‘Can I do this?’” Hall tells SELF.She ended up answering that question by winning the final event, the…

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We’re calling it: Summer 2024 is the *official* Summer of Champions. Here at Well+Good, we’re celebrating the incredible athletes, coaches, and stories behind the Paris Olympics and the U.S. Open tennis championships. Tap in as we shine a spotlight on everything from the fitness routines and self-care practices of today’s top athletes to the larger cultural conversations inspired by this summer’s spectacular events. See More The 2024 Summer Olympics officially kick off in Paris on July 26, and whether you’re watching for the inspiring athletics (see: runner Nia Akins, skateboarder Bryce Wettstein, and gymnast Jade Carey) or for the Siene…

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Health & Wellness July 23, 2024 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued an alert after a listeria outbreak in several states. There have been at least two fatalities, and dozens have become sickened. Dr. Nipunie Rajapakse, a Mayo Clinic pediatric infectious diseases expert, discusses the risks associated with listeria. “Listeria is a type of bacteria that is usually transmitted through food and food products. It is especially a concern if you’re pregnant, if you’re elderly or if you have a weakened immune system for some reason,” says Dr. Rajapakse. Watch: Dr. Rajapakse talks about risks associated with…

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Intuitive eating is a revolutionary approach to health and wellness that encourages individuals to listen to their body’s natural hunger and satiety cues rather than adhering to strict dietary rules or restrictions. Dietitians Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch developed this method, which focuses on fostering a healthy relationship with food, emphasizing self-care and mindfulness over calorie counting or portion control. The concept of intuitive eating is grounded in 10 key principles. These principles guide individuals toward a more harmonious and respectful relationship with food, encouraging them to trust their instincts and make choices that feel good both physically and emotionally.…

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AI and Digital Health July 23, 2024 A Mayo Clinic retrospective study of 9,731 patients explored the potential of artificial intelligence (AI) to predict a patient’s need for opioid refills after surgery. The study used deep learning models, a form of AI, to predict which patients are most likely to require additional opioid refills after surgery while ensuring adequate pain management and minimizing the risk of opioid dependence. Refills were defined as any opioid prescribed from one to 30 days after hospital discharge. Researchers looked at a wide range of surgeries, including 280 thoracic, 1,680 abdominal, 1,575 pelvic and 5,952…

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Compared to protein or omega-3 fatty acids, fiber may not always be the most exciting topic in the world of nutrition. It’s a really important one, though.  Because most of us eat so little fiber, it’s been a “nutrient of concern” according to the USDA since 2005.  And there’s every reason to be concerned about fiber. Only about 5% of Americans meet the minimum recommended daily fiber requirements.  The average North American only eats about 17 grams per day when they need more like 25 to 35 grams. The list of reasons why fiber is a must for good health is long.  For…

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If you’re brand new to pickleball, you don’t need to blow your entire budget to find a solid paddle. Case in point: This affordable pick from MTEN that’s ideal for beginner players. The wide-body shape provides an ample sweet spot, the honeycomb core offers good ball control, and the midweight design helps ease newbies into the game without overloading their arms. Shoppers appreciate the bold color combinations and how this paddle feels in their hands. Another bonus: It’s also USAPA-approved.Weight: 7.78 to 7.8 oz. | Shape: Wide-body | Surface Material: Fiberglass3. Best Paddle Set: Selkirk LatitudeSelkirk Latitude Pickleball BundlePros: Affordable,…

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Besides laziness or lack of motivation, time or lack of it is one of the biggest excuses for not working out. Not everyone is a freak for working out, but constantly using no time as a reason an excuse for not working out doesn’t do your health and fitness any favors. Your health and fitness don’t need any more excuses; It requires action. This is where this 5-move, 15-minute EMOM conditioning workout comes to the rescue. It’s perfect when you’re tired of using time as an excuse or when you have little time to work out and want to stay…

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For many Americans, the day cannot officially start without a boost of caffeine from their favorite cup of coffee. Some brew it themselves, using methods like a French press, an espresso machine, or a traditional coffee maker. Others prefer quicker, ready-to-drink options like bottled cold brew. And with coffee being such a morning staple, many like to buy it in bulk, and there are few places better equipped to help shoppers stock up on products than Costco. The members-only warehouse club offers an array of enticing coffee options, including ground coffee, whole beans, coffee pods, and canned and bottled choices.…

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