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March 30th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Monday’s Housecall

By Jen O'Hara


Peaceful man sleeping in bed at home in the bedroomTHIS WEEK'S TOP STORIES
Help yourself to better sleep with these tips
Eager to catch more z's? See what to avoid during the day and how to prepare for bedtime.

Prophylactic oophorectomy: Preventing cancer by surgically removing your ovaries
Angelina Jolie Pitt recently had surgery to prevent ovarian cancer. Get the facts about this procedure and weigh the pros and cons.

What are superbugs and how can I protect myself from infection?
Superbugs are strains of bacteria that are resistant to a lot of antibiotics used today.

Cold or allergy: Which is it?
Do you get a "cold" each spring? It could be allergies. Learn how to recognize the symptoms.

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Tags: Blood Pressure Chart, cold vs allergy, Healthy Recipes, Monday's Housecall, prophylactic oophorectomy, pulmonary embolism, Sleep, Strength Training, stress blog, superbug, whiplash

March 28th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

“What is a migraine headache?”

By Dana Sparks

young woman with severe headache or migraine

Lake City, Minn. - Migraine is three times more common in women than in men and affects more than 10 percent of people worldwide, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Mayo Clinic Health System Family Medicine physician Rachel Batdorf, M.D., says, "Although any head pain can be miserable, migraines are often disabling."  In about 15 percent of cases, these painful headaches are preceded by a sensory warning sign (aura), such as flashes of light, blind spots or tingling in your arm or leg. Migraines are also often accompanied by other symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting and extreme sensitivity to light and sound. Migraine pain can be excruciating and may incapacitate you for hours or even days. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: Headache, Mayo Clinic Health System, migraine

March 28th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Q & A: Presbyopia normal in aging, but regular eye exams are recommended

By lizatorborg

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I am 43 and have started having trouble with my vision while reading. I know this is common for someone my age, and I do have “readers” that I sometimes use, but am hoping to put off regular glasses as long as possible. Am I doing harm by waiting? How often should I have my eyes checked?woman with glasses reading a book, vision

ANSWER: It is true that the vision changes you are noticing are very common in people in their 40s. But you are not harming your eyes by waiting to get reading glasses. You may find it useful to get an eye exam now, though, to see if glasses could be helpful and to check for other eye problems. Regular eye exams are recommended for adults beginning at age 40.

As we age, our eyes gradually lose their ability to focus on objects nearby. The medical term for this process is presbyopia. It typically becomes noticeable in the early to mid-40s and continues to get worse through the mid-60s. Many people become aware of presbyopia when vision seems blurry at a normal reading distance, and they have to hold reading material farther away to see it clearly. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: Dr Mahr, Dr Michael Mahr, Eye Exam, Mayo Clinic Q A, presbyopia, vision changes

March 28th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Something to Think About ~ Should you choose to trust and be vulnerable?

By Dana Sparks

two people rock climbing, exercising, helping and trusting each other
Should you choose to trust and be vulnerable?

"Trust is your willingness to cede control. Letting go of control makes you feel vulnerable. Most of us don’t like feeling vulnerable. But we don’t have a choice." - 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: Dr Amit Sood, Something to Think About, Trust, Vulnerable

March 27th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Health Letter: Highlights from the March 2015 Issue

By Brian Kilen

ROCHESTER, Minn. ― Here are highlights from the March issue of Mayo Clinic Health Letter. You may cite this publication as often as you wish. Reprinting is allowed for a fee. Mayo Clinic Health Letter attribution is required. Include the following subscription information as your editorial policies permit: Visit or call toll-free for subscription information, 1-800-333-9037, extension 9771. Full newsletter text: Mayo Clinic Health Letter March 2015 (for journalists only).

Alternate medications to manage chronic painchronic pain med

Pain medications might not work well for chronic pain ― pain that doesn’t go away with time. The March issue of Mayo Clinic Health Letter covers other types of medications and strategies to consider as part of long-term pain management.

Deciding on potential drug therapy for chronic pain usually involves analysis of the cause or causes of pain and knowing which type of drugs may be beneficial. Pain medications typically work well for pain resulting from headache, an injury or surgery. These same medications can lose their effectiveness over time, and some may even make pain worse or cause unacceptable side effects. Other options include:

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Tags: blood pressure guidelines, chronic pain, Dr Amit Sood, Mayo Clinic, Mayo Clinic Health Letter, Minnesota news release, News Release, pain medication

March 27th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic News Network Headline 3/27/15

By Deborah Balzer

In today's Mayo Clinic News Network Headline with Vivien Williams:

  • Colon cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death for both men and women in the United States - Eric Dozois, M.D., reminds us during this Colon Cancer Awareness month that screening can and does save lives.

Journalists: Video is available in the downloads. [TRT 1:03 ] Click here for script.

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Tags: Cologuard, colon cancer, Colonoscopy, colorectal cancer screening, Dr Eric Dozois, Vivien Williams

March 27th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Cancer Treatment and Fertility

By Jen O'Hara

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Cancer treatment and fertility Fertility - Microscopic image of sperm and egg
Some cancer treatments can affect your ability to have children. If you're planning to have a family, know your fertility options.

Ovarian cancer vaccine: Can it prevent recurrence?
Researchers hope to use ovarian cancer vaccines to train immune system cells. The mission? Find and attack any cancer cells that reappear after the initial treatment.

Chemotherapy and hair loss: What to expect
Find out what to expect when it comes to chemotherapy and hair loss. Plan to use your energy staying healthy rather than worrying about how you look.

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Tags: cancer treatment and fertility, chemotherapy hair loss, Living With Cancer Blog, ovarian cancer vaccine

March 26th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Bionic Eye Implant Update

By Deborah Balzer

patient with 'bionic second sight' eye glasses, with Dr. iezzi

It’s a video that's been seen around the world – the first time Allen Zderad sees his wife in more than a decade with the assist of a retinal prosthesis, or “bionic eye implant.” Mayo Clinic ophthalmologist and eye surgeon Raymond Iezzi, Jr.,M.D., talks about what the success of his patient's eye implant means to him as a physician, why this story resonates with people and how this technology is affecting Allen’s life. Dr. Iezzi says Allen is "like a kid in a candy store, experiencing his environment in ways he never has before."

Click here to find original video and background on this story. Stay tuned to the Mayo Clinic News Network for an update when reporter Dennis Douda and photographer Andy Shilts visit Allen at home to see how he's navigating life with his new eye.

Pronunciation key:
Dr. Iezzi:  eye-Eh’-zee
Allen Zderad:  zur-Ad’

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Tags: allen zderad, bionic eye, Dr Raymond Iezzi, ophthalmology, vision

March 26th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Media Expert Alert – Preventive Surgery for Gynecologic Cancers

By Joe Dangor

normal female reproductive organs -illustration of uterus, fallopian tubes, ovaries, cervixMayo Clinic oncologist and gynecologic surgeon Jamie Bakkum-Gamez, M.D., is available to provide context for reporters wishing to better understand preventive surgery for gynecologic cancers.

This is in light of actress Angelina Jolie’s announcement she had her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed as a cancer prevention strategy.

MEDIA: To interview Dr. Bakkum-Gamez, contact Joe Dangor at 507-284-5005 or e-mail

Journalists: Sound bites with Dr. Bakkum-Gamez are available in the downloads.

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Tags: cancer, Gynecologic Oncology, Mayo Clinic, Minnesota Expert Alert, Ovarian Cancer, preventive surgery, Dr Jamie Bakkum-Gamez

March 26th, 2015 · Leave a Comment


By Dana Sparks

family playing baseball

The Major League baseball season is about to begin and, for many of us, it signals the start of outdoor fitness activities. To avoid injury, it's a good idea to do some spring training before jumping into your favorite sport. On this week's program, Mayo Clinic sports medicine specialist Dr. Ed Laskowski has tips for getting back in shape. Also on the show, preventive and occupational medicine specialist Dr. Phil Hagen explains how wearable digital fitness devices can enhance your workout. three women walking and exercising togetherAnd we learn about vertigo and how it's treated from audiologist Dr. Neil Shepard.

Myth or Matter-of-Fact: Stretching as part of a workout is nice to do, but not critical for getting in shape.

Mayo Clinic Radio is available on iHeart Radio.

Click here to listen to the program on Saturday, March 28, at 9:05 a.m., and follow #MayoClinicRadio.

To find and listen to archived shows, click here.

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.

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Tags: Dr. Ed Laskowski, Dr Neil Shepard, Dr Phil Hagen, Fitness Activities, Fitness Devices, Mayo Clinic Radio, Vertigo

March 26th, 2015 · Leave a Comment


By Jen O'Hara

man angry with emotion and frustration

Anger management: 10 tips to tame your temper

Alzheimer's: Making meal times easier

Long-term care: Early planning pays off

Daily aspirin therapy: Understand the benefits and risks

Lead exposure: Tips to protect your child

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Tags: Alzheimer's, Anger Management, daily aspirin therapy, lead exposure, long-term care, Thursday Consumer Health Tips

March 25th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Work Site Wellness Centers Equate to Weight Loss and Health Care Savings

By Kelley Luckstein

ROCHESTER, Minn. — As employees and employers face higher health care costs, work site wellnessMale and females cycling in a fitness class centers are becoming increasingly more important to help control the costs of health care and encourage healthy lifestyle behaviors among the workforce, a Mayo Clinic study says.

Research published this month in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine shows that members of Mayo Clinic’s employee wellness center, the Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center (DAHLC), who regularly participated in wellness activities, experienced significant weight loss and health care costs savings.

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Tags: Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center, Dr Bijan Borah, health care costs, Weight Loss, Work Site Wellness Center

March 25th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Menopause Transition: What’s Normal?

By Micah Dorfner

Did you know the menopausal transition known as perimenopause begins four years before a woman’s final menstrual cycle? It’s true. Hormone production from the ovaries often starts to change when a woman is in her 40s, and thus the time between periods begins to shorten.

"Some women have menopausal symptoms clustered around the time of menses," says Kathryn Gruenwald, M.D., Mayo Clinic Health System obstetrician and gynecologist. Others do not. It’s important to know that perimenopausal symptoms are common and usually diminish with time.

Approximately 80 percent of women experience symptoms such as hot flashes, sleep disturbances, mood changes and vaginal dryness during perimenopause. Other symptoms include:middle aged Asian woman with headache pain and stress

  • Headache
  • Vertigo (dizziness)
  • Itchy skin
  • Restless leg symptoms
  • Heart palpitations
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Breast tenderness
  • Constipation
  • Bloating
  • Muscle and joint aches

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Tags: Dr Kathryn Gruenwald, Mayo Clinic Health System, Menopause, Perimenopause, women's health

March 25th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo News Network Headline 3/25/15

By Deborah Balzer

In today's Mayo Clinic News Network Headline with Vivien Williams:

  • A Mayo Clinic study shows tampons may be key to detecting endometrial cancer - Jamie Bakkum-Gamez. M.D., lead author of the study, says it is a critical step toward a convenient and effective screening test for endometrial cancer, which is the most common gynecologic malignancy in the United States

Journalists: Video is available in the downloads. [TRT 1:19] Click here for the script. For more information on the research, click here.

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Tags: Dr Jamie Bakkum-Gamez, endometrial cancer, Gynecologic Oncology, tampons, Vivien Williams, women

March 24th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Receives Cancer Center of Excellence Designation from the State of Florida

By Dana Sparks

Griffin-Birdsall Cancer Research Building in Florida

Mayo Clinic’s campus in Jacksonville, Fla. has been recognized as one of four Cancer Centers of Excellence to be designated by the State of Florida. The announcement was made Monday by state Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Dr. John Armstrong.  cancer research laboratory petri dishes

The Cancer Center of Excellence designation recognizes Mayo Clinic and three other cancer centers for demonstrating a commitment to excellence by providing patient-centered coordinated care for those undergoing cancer treatment and therapy in Florida. The goal of the program is to encourage excellence in cancer care in Florida, attract and retain the best cancer care professionals to the state, and help Florida organizations to be recognized nationally as a preferred destination for quality cancer care.

In addition to being recognized as a newly designated Cancer Center of Excellence, Mayo Clinic is also one of only two National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated comprehensive cancer centers in Florida.

Media Contact: Paul Scotti, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 904-953-0199. Email:

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

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Tags: Cancer Center of Excellence, Mayo Clinic in Florida, News Release, Dr Robert Smallridge, Griffin Cancer Research Building