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September 18th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Center for Regenerative Medicine Forms Collaboration with National University Ireland Galway

By Jennifer Schutz

ROCHESTER, Minn. — The Mayo Clinic Center for Regenerative Medicine and colleagues at the National University Ireland Galway have signed a formal memorandum of understanding (MOU) to pave the way for joint clinical trials using regenerative therapies.

The MOU follows years of close collaboration with NUI Galway’s Regenerative Medicine Institute (REMEDI) and the Network of Excellence for Functional Biomaterials (NFB) and will focus on adult stem cell therapy, gene therapy, biomaterials and biomedical engineering. Furthermore, the agreement facilitates ongoing student and staff exchange between Galway and the United States.

Jennifer Schutz, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 507-284-5005,

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Tags: Andre Terzic, clinical trials, Enterprise Ireland, Mayo Clinic, Minnesota News Release, National University Ireland, regenerative medicine, stem cells, Tim O’Brien, Tony Windebank

September 18th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Running into Fall Marathon Season – Tip #7

By Micah Dorfner

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In order to see positive results you need to push yourself when you're training, but there's an appropriate threshold to reach when testing your limits. Beau Johnson, physical therapist at Mayo Clinic Health System, explains the importance of balancing your body's breakdown and ability to recover. In addition, he shares tips for better understanding what your body is telling you. (Follow new tips on Thursdays and learn more on Speaking of Health

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Tags: Beau Johnson, Exercise, Mayo Clinic Health System, Overtraining, Running Tips

September 17th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic News Network — Headlines 9/17/14

By Dana Sparks

Mayo Clinic News Network Headlines include:

  • Less invasive medical advances
  • Radiation Therapy
  • Right running technique

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Tags: Medical Advances, radiation therapy, Running

September 17th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Study Opens Door for Early Screening Tools for Parkinson’s Disease

By Jim McVeigh

PHOENIX — A smell test could someday be one of the tools to screen for people at risk of developing Parkinson’s disease, according to a new Mayo Clinic study.

Parkinson's disease is a progressive disorder of the nervous system that affects movement. It develops gradually, sometimes starting with a barely noticeable tremor in just one hand. But while tremor may be the best-known sign of Parkinson's, the disorder also commonly causes stiffness and slowing of movement. Additionally, there are many non-movement problems, including constipation, loss of the sense of smell, sleep problems, lightheadedness, urinary difficulties, depression and anxiety. The non-movement symptoms can develop many years before movement disorders.


Although Parkinson's disease can't be cured, medications may markedly improve symptoms. Currently, there is no accurate diagnostic test for the disease; diagnosis is based on medical history, a review of signs and symptoms, a neurological and physical examination and by ruling out other conditions. Confirmation of the disease can only be made by performing an autopsy. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: Arizona News Release, Erika Driver-Dunckley, M.D., Mayo Clinic, Neurology, News Release, Parkinson's

September 17th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Caroline’s Courage After Stroke

By Dana Sparks

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Who do you picture when you think of a stroke victim? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention most people who have strokes are over the age of 64. But a little girl named Caroline knows all too well they can strike at any age. She was just 10 years old when she was rushed to Mayo Clinic for emergency treatment of a massive brain hemorrhage.   [TRT  2:47 ]

Journalists: The video package and extra b-roll are available in the downloads. To read the full script click here.

This is a special report produced for the Mayo Clinic 150th Anniversary Collection of Stories. To view other stories and learn about Mayo Clinic's sesquicentennial, please click here.

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Tags: Caroline Simmons, Dr Nicholas Wetjen, HL, Neurology, Pediatric Stroke, Pkg

September 16th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

U.S. Senate Telehealth Roundtable Featuring Mayo’s Dr. Ommen

By Dana Sparks


Harnessing the Power of Telehealth: Promises and Challenges?

Mayo Clinic’s Medical Director of Connected Care Steve Ommen, M.D., is participating in a roundtable discussion before the U.S. Senate’s Special Committee on Aging Tuesday, Sept. 16 at 2 p.m. ET entitled “Harnessing the Power of Telehealth.”

Click to WATCH at 2 p.m. ET 

Dr. Ommen will explain how Mayo Clinic uses telehealth or connected care - from saving lives with its telestroke program, to enabling video consultations in skilled nursing facilities, to monitoring intensive care patients across state borders, to sharing our knowledge with physicians across the country though eConsults and AskMayoExpert. Dr. Ommen will also discuss how government policies are inhibiting the effective use of this valuable technology. For example, the patchwork of state-by-state medical licensing rules and a lack of consistent reimbursement present costly and administrative barriers to connected care services.

Read more: Future of Health Care

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Tags: Committee on Aging, Dr Steve Ommen, Telehealth, U.S. Senate

September 16th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Tuesday Q and A: Several treatment options decrease symptoms of Graves’ disease

By lizatorborg

Thyroid glandDEAR MAYO CLINIC: Three months ago I was diagnosed with Graves’ disease. I have decided to have a thyroidectomy and want to know what to expect after the procedure. Will all of my symptoms (Graves’ ophthalmopathy, heart palpitations, irritability) go away immediately after surgery? What are the side effects of having the thyroid removed?

ANSWER: Thyroid removal is one of several treatment options that can effectively decrease symptoms of Graves’ disease. Others include anti-thyroid medications and radioiodine. Each person is different, and no one treatment is best for everyone. A thyroidectomy often relieves symptoms of Graves’ disease. But as with all surgery, there are risks and possible complications associated with thyroidectomy.

Graves’ disease is an immune system disorder that results in the overproduction of thyroid hormones, a condition known as hyperthyroidism. Because thyroid hormones affect many of your body’s functions, signs and symptoms of Graves’ disease can be wide ranging. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: Dr Melanie Richards, Dr Richards, Graves' Disease, hyperthyroidism, ophthalmopathy, radioiodine, thyroid medication, thyroidectomy, Tuesday Q & A

September 15th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Monday’s Housecall

By Dana Sparks


teal blue ribbon representing ovarian cancer awarenessman sitting at work desk on a fitness exercise ballTHIS WEEK'S TOP STORIES
Ovarian cancer
The signs of ovarian cancer may not appear until the later stages. Find out if you're at risk.

Office exercise: Add more activity to your workday
Is an office job keeping you from exercising? From balancing on a fitness ball to adjusting your commute, try these tips to rev up your routine.

Natural remedies for depression: Are they effective?
Herbal and dietary supplements for depression can't replace proper treatment. But some show promise.

Cold or allergy: Which is it?person sleeping with cold and flu medicine on bedside table
Is your fall cold really a seasonal allergy? Learn the symptoms of each.

Domestic violence against women: Recognize patterns, seek help
Celiac disease
Breakfast recipes

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Tags: Allergy, Calcium, Celiac Disesase, Depression, Flu, Monday's Housecall, Office Exercise, Ovarian Cancer, Prediabetes

September 15th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Quick Hints for Improving Men’s Health

By Micah Dorfner

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Hesitant about going to the doctor for a checkup? Don’t be. A healthy patient-provider relationship and some regular maintenance can give you a long, healthy life.

Paul Loomis, M.D., Family Medicine at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire says, “Prioritizing your health in your thirties and forties is analogous to financial investing. If you start when you’re 50, you’re behind the eight ball. Start when you’re 25, and you will have invested well.” He says some men take better car of their cars than their health and offers these reminders.

Keep your engine tuned - Men don’t appreciate the significance of cardiovascular disease, such as heart disease and stroke, according to Dr. Loomis. “There’s a lack of awareness about how significant that risk is, but we have better screening and treatment options than ever before.”

Make the connection - Establishing a trusting relationship with your health provider is extremely important for prevention. Checking blood pressure, establishing healthy weight goals and understanding cholesterol and blood glucose numbers puts men on track for long-term health. It also helps with discussing sensitive topics, such as prostate exams. Dr. Loomis says, “Current evidence says you should at least have the discussion at age 50,”  Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: Dr Paul Loomis, Mayo Clinic Health System, men's health

September 13th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Weekend Wellness: Treatment helpful if essential tremor affects daily activities

By lizatorborg

woman staring out a window deep in thoughtDEAR MAYO CLINIC: My father-in-law, husband and daughter all have essential tremor. My husband has never needed treatment, since the tremor is quite mild. But my daughter was just diagnosed at 41, and her symptoms seem to really bother her. What are the treatment options for essential tremor?

ANSWER: Essential tremor is among the most common of all movement disorders. Mild essential tremor usually does not require treatment. But if the tremor becomes worse or if it interferes with a person’s daily activities, treatment may be helpful. Medications can often keep essential tremor under control. Rarely, surgery may be used to treat severe cases.

By definition, tremor causes involuntary, rhythmic shaking. Essential tremor most often affects the hands, but may also involve the head or voice. The hand tremor typically is most obvious when a person is holding his or her hands outstretched or when using the hands for fine motor skills, such as writing. Essential tremor gradually worsens — but very slowly — over many years. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: dbs, deep brain stimulation, Dr Ahlskog, Dr J Eric Ahlskog, essential tremor, tremor, Weekend Wellness

September 12th, 2014 · Leave a Comment


By Dana Sparks

little boy sick on a couch coughing


Are you concerned about the Ebola virus spreading outside Africa?  Have you heard about the respiratory virus Enterovirus 68 affecting children in the United States? On the next Mayo Clinic Radio, Saturday, September 13 at 9 a.m. CT, infectious disease expert Pritish Tosh, M.D., will join us to talk about both issues. He'll also discuss drug-resistant bacteria, the overuse of antibiotics and the importance of hand-washing.  Join us.

Myth or Fact: The Ebola virus is more dangerous than influenza.

Follow #MayoClinicRadio and tweet your questions.

To listen to the program on Saturday, click here.

Mayo Clinic Radio is available on iHeart Radio.

Listen to this week’s Medical News Headlines: News Segment September 13, 2014 (right click MP3) 

Mayo Clinic Radio is a weekly one-hour radio program highlighting health and medical information from Mayo Clinic. The show is taped for rebroadcast by some affiliates.

For future topics, click on Upcoming Programs.
To listen to archived shows, click on Episodes.

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Tags: Dr Pritish Tosh, Ebola, enterovirus, Mayo Clinic Radio, respiratory infection

September 12th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Physicians Find Liver Transplant Patients Can Avoid Costly Stay In ICU Post Surgery

By Paul Scotti

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Sept. 12, 2014 — The liver transplant team at Mayo Clinic in Florida has found, based on 12 years of experience, that more than half of patients receiving a new liver can be “fast-tracked” to return to a surgical ward room following their transplant, bypassing a one- or two-day stay in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

In the September issue of the American Journal of Transplantation, the physicians and researchers have turned their knowledge of who can be safely fast-tracked into a scoring system that other transplant centers can also use — thus sparing patients potentially overly aggressive treatment and saving substantial health care dollars.

MEDIA CONTACT: Paul Scotti, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 904-953-0199. Email:

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Tags: C Burcin Taner, Florida News Release, liver transplant, M.D., Mayo Clinic In Florida, News Release, Transplant Center

September 12th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Worldwide Study Demonstrates Accuracy of Genetic Analyses

By Kevin Punsky

E. Aubrey Thompson, Ph.D., Mayo Clinic in Florida

E. Aubrey Thompson, Ph.D., Mayo Clinic in Florida

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Physicians envision a future in which genomic data from patients is heavily used to manage care — but experts have questioned the accuracy and reliability of these analyses. Now, a study by 150 researchers in 12 countries finds real strength and agreement across RNA genomic sequencing techniques and laboratories — as well as ways to improve what little variability exists to set a new high standard.

The results of the study were published in Nature Biotechnology in three separate research articles.

These results should provide assurance to patients, clinicians and the research community that genomic sequencing is accurate, says E. Aubrey Thompson, Ph.D., a professor of cancer biology at Mayo Clinic in Florida, one of three institutions that led the study. Dr. Thompson is a study co-author and member of the project leadership. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: cancer biolog, Dr E Aubrey Thompson, Florida News Release, genomic sequencing, Mayo Clinic, Mayo Clinic In Florida, Medical Research, News Release

September 12th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Mentoring for New Cancer Survivors

By Dana Sparks

Blue and white banner logo for 'Living with Cancer' blog

Mentoring for new cancer survivorstwo women laughing together and sharing friendship - diversity
Long-time cancer survivors provide a valuable service in mentoring those who are newly diagnosed.

PSA and other tests to monitor slow-growing prostate cancer
 Are you undergoing active surveillance for prostate cancer? Find out which tests doctors say you should have.

Miles for Melanoma
A new lease on life inspires one man to give back to cancer research at Mayo Clinic.

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Tags: cancer, Living With Cancer Blog, Melanoma, PSA

September 11th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Multi-Institutional Research Team Measures Multiple Morbidities

By Bob Nellis

Journalists: Sound bites with Dr. Rocca are in the downloads.

ROCHESTER, Minn. — A collaborative study by researchers from Mayo Clinic, Olmsted Medical Center and Johns Hopkins University has measured multimorbidity — multiple diseases or medical conditions co-occurring in a single patient — and has determined which combinations of medical conditions are more prevalent by age, sex, and race/ethnicity in a geographically-defined Midwestern population. Investigators say that their findings, published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings, are valuable in light of the aging population, the need to plan and prioritize health care interventions, and have broad implications for clinical research.

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Using a list of 20 medical conditions developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the research team accessed records for over 138,000 persons who lived in Olmsted County, Minnesota, during 2010 via the Rochester
Epidemiology Project. They concluded that multimorbidity is fairly common in the general population; it increases steeply with older age; has different combinations in men and women; and varies by race/ethnicity.

MEDIA CONTACT: Robert Nellis, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 507-284-5005,

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Tags: chronic illnesses, epidemiology, Minnesota News Release, morbidity, multiple conditons, News Release, population studies, research, Rochester Epidemiology Project