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September 1st, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Legionnaires’ disease: What you need to know

By Vivien Williams Vivien Williams

Legionnaires' disease has surfaced in Illinois, California and areas of New York and Pennsylvania. The disease is caused by a type of bacterium called Legionella, which can be found in fresh water. Symptoms include severe pneumonia and, in some cases, theThis image depicts a large grouping of Gram-negative Legionella pneumophila bacteria. infection can be deadly. Should you worry about it? Mayo Clinic infectious diseases specialist Dr. Pritish Tosh says, "While Legionnaires' disease can be a very serious infection, the general population should not panic about the recent outbreaks. Legionnaires' disease is usually not a problem when concentrations are low. Unless you've been directly exposed to it, you're really not at risk." He says the infection is not spread from person to person. Instead, you get it by inhaling the bacteria that's been aerosolized.

Treatment for Legionnaires' disease includes antibiotics. Fast treatment is key in order to avoid serious and potentially deadly complications.

Journalists: Sound bites are available in the downloads. [TRT 1:34]  Click here for the transcript.

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Tags: Dr Pritish Tosh, infectious diseases, Legionnaire's disease, pneumonia

September 1st, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic PathWays September 1: What’s the Diagnosis?

By April Josselyn April Josselyn

Mayo Medical Labs Pathways bannner

This week's Mayo Clinic PathWays case study is LIVE
View the case and make your diagnosis.

Learn more about Mayo Clinic PathWays in this news release.

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Tags: Mayo Clinic PathWays, Mayo Medical Laboratories, pathology

September 1st, 2015 · 1 Comment

Mayo Clinic and Hootsuite introduce new health care social media training program

By Rhoda Madson Rhoda Madson

Certificate program to offer best practices on using social media tools effectively

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, and BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA  — Hootsuite, the most widely used platform for managing social media, and the Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media (MCCSM) today announced an industry-leading social media credential for medical and health care professionals. This joint initiative is being launched at the first-international Healthcare and Social Media Summit presented by Mayo Clinic in Brisbane, Australia, Sept. 1-2.

Social media has become a vital communications tool in the health care industry. More than 40 percent of consumers say that information on social media affects the way they deal with their health, and another 41 percent of people said social media would affect their choice of doctor, hospital or medical facility. The training program developed by Hootsuite and Mayo Clinic will teach medical and health care communications professionals how to effectively use social media technologies within the health care industry.

“It’s important for physicians and other health care professionals to understand how online social networks matter to them,” says Farris Timimi, M.D., a Mayo Clinic cardiologist and medical director for the MCCSM. “Even if they’re not yet active online — or maybe even particularly if they’re not involved — what others say about them affects their practices.”

Media Contacts:
Julie Huang, @juliewh11, Hootsuite Corporate Communications
Rhoda Madson, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 507-284-5005, Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: Dr Farris Timimi, Health Care Social Media, Hootsuite, Lee Aase, Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media, Minnesota news release, News Release

September 1st, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic, University of North Florida to host 11th annual Upbeat Pink: A Musical Tribute to Breast Cancer Survivorship

By Paul Scotti Paul Scotti

pink ribbon with sign that says breast cancer awarenessJACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Mayo Clinic and the University of North Florida (UNF) are honoring National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October by hosting the 11th annual “Upbeat Pink: A Musical Tribute to Breast Cancer Survivorship” concert on Friday, Oct. 9 at 7:30 p.m. in Lazzara Performance Hall, UNF Fine Arts Building on the university’s campus in Jacksonville. The Upbeat Pink concert is free and open to the public.

The theme for this year’s program, “The Wild West Through TV and Movies”, showcases the UNF Wind Symphony, which will be conducted by Gordon Brock, D.M.A.

Guest speakers will include Stephanie Hines, M.D. from Mayo Clinic’s Florida campus and Patricia Dunbar-Norris, a breast cancer survivor.

MEDIA CONTACT: Paul Scotti, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 507-284-5005, Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: Breast Cancer, Donna Foundation, Florida News Release, Gordon Brock, Mayo Clinic, News Release, UNF Wind Symphony, University of North Florida, Upbeat Pink, 262 with Donna

September 1st, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Q and A: Toenail fungus often difficult to eliminate completely

By lizatorborg lizatorborg

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: What causes toenail fungus, and what can be done to treat it? Is it contagious?

Toenail fungus is an infection that’s usually caused by a microscopic organism called dermatophyte fungus. These infections can be contagious, and they are often difficult to eliminate completely. Fortunately, for most healthy adults toenail fungus doesn’t pose any serious health risks.medical illustration of toenail fungal infection

Toenail fungus is a common condition that begins as a white or yellow spot under the tip of your toenail. As the infection goes deeper, nail fungus may cause your nail to discolor, thicken and crumble at the edge. Fungal infections are more likely to happen in your toenails than in your fingernails because toenails often are confined in a dark, warm, moist environment — inside your shoes — where fungi can thrive. Toes also have less blood flow than fingers, making it harder for your body’s immune system to detect and stop the infection.

The older you are, the more likely you are to get toenail fungus. That’s because as you age, your immune system changes. In addition, your nails become more brittle and drier over time, creating more cracks where fungus can live. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: Dr. Dawn Davis, Mayo Clinic Q A, toenail fungus

August 31st, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Creepy, Dreadful, Wonderful Parasites: Week of Aug. 31, 2015

By Jen O'Hara Jen O

slide of a parasite from Parasite Wonders BlogEvery week, Dr. Bobbi Pritt posts a new case, along with the answer to the previous case. Read Dr. Pritt's blog Parasite Wonders and submit your answers, comments and questions. Enjoy science! Read more about Dr. Pritt's work.

Note from Dr. Pritt: All opinions expressed here are mine and not my employer's. Information provided here is for medical education only. It is not intended as and does not substitute for medical advice. I do not accept medical consults from patients.

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Tags: Dr Bobbi Pritt, Mayo Medical Laboratories, Parasite Wonders, pathology

August 31st, 2015 · Leave a Comment

In Case You Missed the Show: #MayoClinicRadio Podcast 08/29/2015

By Jen O'Hara Jen O

Dr. Stephen Kopecky being interviewed on Mayo Clinic Radio

Listen: Mayo Clinic Radio PODCAST 08-29-15

September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, and on the program, gynecologic cancer specialist Dr. Jamie Bakkum-Gamez discusses diagnosis and treatment of ovarian cancer. Joining her is ovarian cancer survivor Cynthia Weiss, who describes her personal journey. Also on the program, family medicine specialist Dr. Elizabeth Cozine explains the treatment of family dysfunction. And cardiologist Dr. Stephen Kopecky offers 10 tips for lowering high blood pressure without using medication.

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August 31st, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo researchers examine risk factors and patient outcomes associated with colorectal cancer operations, identify benchmarks

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Young Elizabeth Zimmermann Young

colon cancer mets2ROCHESTER, Minn. — About 20 percent of colorectal cancer patients have cancers that have spread (metastasized) beyond the colon at the time of their diagnosis. The liver is the most common site for these metastases. The approach to treating primary tumors within the colon and metastatic tumors in the liver continues to evolve; however, it typically involves chemotherapy plus surgical removal (resection) of both types of tumors. However, experts continue to debate whether surgical resection of primary tumors and metastatic tumors should be performed at the same time (synchronously) or in separate operations (sequentially).

In the August issue of the Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery, Mayo Clinic researchers provided a detailed comparison of patient outcomes associated with synchronous and sequential colorectal and liver resections in patients with stage IV colorectal cancer, identifying some benchmarks for surgical practice.

MEDIA CONTACTS: Elizabeth Zimmermann Young, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 507-284-5005, Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: Christopher Shubert, Colon Cancer, Colorectal Cancer, David Nagorney, Minnesota news release, News Release, Surgery

August 31st, 2015 · Leave a Comment

National Cancer Institute Awards SPORE grant to multiple myeloma research team from Mayo Clinic Cancer Center

By Joe Dangor Joe Dangor

ROCHESTER Minn. — A team of Mayo Clinic Cancer Center scientists has been awarded a Specialized Program of Research Excellence (SPORE) grant in multiple myeloma from the National Cancer Institute. The Mayo Clinic Cancer Center is one of only three cancer centers to receive a SPORE grant for multiple myeloma cancer research.

“With project leaders from Mayo campuses in Arizona, Rochester and Florida, our SPORE team will study the genetic basis for myeloma, develop novel viral and immunologic therapies, and optimize the use of existing therapies with a goal of controlling and eventually curing this deadly disease,” says Leif Bergsagel, M.D., lead investigator. “Starting from the pioneering work of Robert Kyle, M.D., over the last half-century, the myeloma group at Mayo Clinic is one of the strongest in the world.”

Journalists: Sound bites with Dr. Bergsagel are available in the downloads.

MEDIA CONTACT: Joe Dangor, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 507-284-5005, 

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Tags: Cancer, Dr Bergsagel, Dr Kyle, Leif Bergsagel, M.D., Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, Minnesota news release, multiple myeloma, national cancer institute, News Release, Robert Kyle, Tom Brokaw

August 31st, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Minute 8/31/2015

By Deborah Balzer Deborah Balzer

In today's Mayo Clinic Minute with Vivien Williams:

Mayo researchers discover a way to potentially reprogram cancer cells, more evidence that vaccines saves lives, plus making flu shots less painful.

Click here for more on Mayo Clinic research on cancer cells.

Journalists: Video is available in the downloads. [TRT :54] Click here for the script.

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Tags: cancer cells, Dr Panos Anastasiadis, flu vaccine, Mayo Clinic Minute, Vivien Williams

August 31st, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Monday’s Housecall

By Jen O'Hara Jen O

THIS WEEK'S TOP STORIES healthy woman running on street for exercise and wellness
Exercise intensity: How to measure it
To get the most out of your workouts, aim for a moderate to vigorous exercise intensity. See how taking note of your heart rate and how you feel can help.

Memory loss: 7 tips to improve your memory
Forgetting where your keys or glasses are happens to most of us. To help keep your memory sharp, try these seven suggestions.

NSAIDs: Do they increase my risk of heart attack and stroke?
Taking these common pain medications may increase the chance of having a heart attack or stroke. Learn about alternatives and how to lower your risk.

Psoriasis diet: Can changing your diet treat psoriasis?
There's no special psoriasis diet, but eating certain foods may improve or worsen your symptoms.

Click here to get a free e-subscription to the Housecall newsletter. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: bruxism, exercise intensity, Healthy recipes, illness anxiety disorder, job burnout, memory loss, Monday's Housecall, polysomnography, sleep study, stress blog, teeth grinding

August 28th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Q and A: Double vision can often be effectively treated

By lizatorborg lizatorborg

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I have double vision in my right eye and can read with glasses, but distance is not very clear. What causes double vision? Is there a procedure to correct it?

ANSWER: A number of conditions can lead to double vision. Treatment typically depends on the underlying woman having an eye examcause. With a careful evaluation and accurate diagnosis, double vision can often be effectively treated.

Double vision, also called diplopia, is either monocular or binocular. Monocular double vision is present in each eye separately. Binocular double vision is only present with both eyes open. This distinction is very important because monocular double vision is never dangerous, while binocular double vision can be caused by some serious neurologic conditions.

If you have new symptoms of double vision, a quick way to assess which type you have is to close each eye separately. Using your question as an example, “I have double vision in my right eye,” suggests that you have monocular, or “one-eyed,” diplopia. This means that when you close your left eye, you see images as double out of your right eye. But when you close your right eye, the double vision goes away. If you have binocular double vision, when you close either your right eye or left eye, the double vision goes away. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: binocular diplopia, double vision, Dr Chen, Dr John Chen, dry eye syndrome, Mayo Clinic Q A, retinal disease

August 28th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Something to Think About ~ Which worries are right?

By Dana Sparks Dana Sparks

man and woman, couple, sitting at computer worried and concerned about finances
Which worries are right?

"Worry that motivates is useful, worry that paralyzes isn’t. Beyond a limit, worry is paralyzing. Worry has impaired my ability to think clearly, making my family and me unsafe. Worry is the price we pay for our intellect and imagination. Let your worries focus mostly on those actionable problems that are worthy of your attention and where actions can make a difference."  - Dr. Amit Sood

Amit Sood, M.D., is director of research in the Complementary and Integrative Medicine Program at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. He also chairs the Mind-Body Medicine Initiative at Mayo Clinic

Click here to read previous blog posts. Follow Dr. Sood on Twitter @AmitSoodMD

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Tags: Alternative Medicine, Dr Amit Sood, Something to Think About, Worry

August 28th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Minute 8/28/2015

By Deborah Balzer Deborah Balzer

In today's Mayo Clinic Minute with Vivien Williams:

  • We look at why head lice are in the headlines, the results of  a Mayo Clinic study on vitamin D and obese kids, plus the link between green space and good sleep.

Click here for more on the Mayo Clinic vitamin D study and here for the green space sleep study.

Journalists: Video is available in the downloads. [TRT 1:07] Click here for the script.

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Tags: back to school, childhood obesity, head lice, Mayo Clinic Minute, obesity, sleep, vitamin D, Vivien Williams

August 28th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Hurricane Season – Preparing for the Storm

By Joel Streed Joel Streed

NOAA image of storm Erika 8/28

MEDIA ADVISORY: Hurricane Season Food Safety and Meal Plans: Mayo Clinic Experts Offer Storm Prep Suggestions

As Tropical Storm Erika brews in the Atlantic, residents of coastal communities are starting to prepare for a potential severe weather emergency. But hurricane shutters, flashlights and batteries are not the only things to consider. Food safety is critical to maintaining well being during a natural disaster, and finding creative ways to feed a family can become an issue if refrigeration and electricity are unavailable.

"Whether it's a hurricane or another natural disaster, it's critical to understand basic food and water safety, particularly if power outages or flooding occur. Having a plan in place will ensure proper nutrition, energy, and long-term wellness," says Sherry Mahoney, director of Nutrition and Food Services at Mayo Clinic in Florida.

She advises creating a meal plan in advance, "since most people aren't thinking about recipes (during a disaster), and refrigeration and cooking may become a problem."

But registered dietitian and nutritionist Emily Brantley says eating out of a can doesn't have to be boring."There are many options to mix and match from your pantry, and with advanced planning and a little creativity, you can provide healthy and delicious meals for your family."

To interview experts please contact Cynthia Weiss Mayo Clinic Public Affairs,

Journalists:  sound bites with Emily Brantley are available in the downloads.


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Tags: hurricane, Preparation, safety, Florida, Emily Brantley