Rochester, Minnesota - The seasonal flu virus has made a widespread appearance across the U.S., just in time for heavy holiday travel. Most flu illnesses are being caused by the influenza B virus, which is unusual for this time of year, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). To date, more than 3.7 million illnesses and 1,800 deaths have been attributed to the flu this season.

Rochester, Minnesota - Research shows that positivity is good for your heart health. Dr. Stephen Kopecky, a Mayo Clinic cardiologist, agrees. He says negative feelings that often happen as a result of too much stress may affect how your body functions. Dr. Kopecky has tips on how you can become more optimistic and decrease your risk of some heart-related illnesses.

Dallas, Texas - The resources needed to treat fulminant myocarditis – severe, inflammation of the heart that develops rapidly – are outlined in a new Scientific Statement (Statement) from the American Heart Association on how best to reduce fatalities from this rare condition. The Statement is published today in the Association’s premier cardiovascular journal Circulation.

Scottsdale, Arizona - Avocado has soared in popularity over the past few decades. The U.S. consumed 436 million pounds of the green fruit in 1985. Compare that to the more than 2.4 billion pounds eaten in the U.S. in 2018. Other than being trendy, the avocado gets an 'A' for nutritional benefits.

Washington, DC - CDC announced the updated number of hospitalized e-cigarette, or vaping, product use associated lung injury (EVALI) cases* and EVALI deaths.

Washington, DC - "We believe the American people have a right to know the price of services before they go to visit the doctor." ~ President Donald J. Trump