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August 26th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic study examines thoughts on predictive tests for Alzheimer’s

By Admin

PHOENIX — A new Mayo Clinic study examines the question “what would you do if you knew you are predisposed to Alzheimer’s disease?”

The study, which will be published in the October edition of Mayo Clinic Proceedings, was conducted to measure attitudes concerning Alzheimer’s genetic and biomarker tests. Other studies have shown that many people would want to have tests to know if their carry the gene that causes Alzheimer’s disease. The new study showed that many people may not understand what the results mean.



“About a third of the people who say they want the testing really don’t know what the implications of the tests are,” says Richard Caselli, M.D., Mayo Clinic neurologist and lead author of the study. “More education is needed before we can advocate widespread predictive testing for a disease which, at this time, we have no effective treatment.” Read the rest of this entry »

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August 26th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Tuesday Q and A: Former smoker should be screened for abdominal aortic aneurysm

By lizatorborg

medical illustration of abdominal aortic aneurysmDEAR MAYO CLINIC: My father, who is 70, was a smoker for 30 years. I have read that men who used to smoke should be screened for an abdominal aortic aneurysm. What does the screening involve? What would be done if he is found to have an aneurysm?

ANSWER: Because of his history of smoking, you are correct that your father should be screened for an abdominal aortic aneurysm. The screening usually includes a physical exam and an ultrasound of the abdomen. Other imaging tests may be needed in some cases, too. If an abdominal aortic aneurysm is found, treatment depends on the size of the aneurysm, its rate of growth, and if it is causing any symptoms.

The aorta is a large blood vessel about the size of a garden hose that runs from your heart through the center of your chest and abdomen. An abdominal aortic aneurysm is a bulge in the aorta just above the area of your belly button that forms due to weakness in the blood vessel’s wall. The greatest risk of such an aneurysm is that it will rupture. Because it provides the body with much of its blood supply, a rupture in the abdominal aorta can lead to life-threatening internal bleeding. Read the rest of this entry »

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August 25th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Monday’s Housecall

By Dana Sparks

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THIS WEEK'S TOP STORIESweight scale wrapped with a yellow measuring tape
Getting past a weight-loss plateau
Has the number on the scale not budged in a while? Don't fall back on bad habits. Restart your weight-loss plan with these tips.

Whole grains: Hearty options for a healthy diet
Whole grains have been linked to a lower risk of heart disease, diabetes and other health problems. Isn't it time you added more whole grains to your diet?

Grilled flank steak salad with roasted corn vinaigrette
Cucumber pineapple salad
Curried vegetable couscous
Gazpacho with garbanzo beans


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Tanning: Does a base tan prevent sunburn?
There's little evidence that a base tan protects against sunburn.

Alzheimer's test: Detection at the earliest stages
New experimental Alzheimer's tests may help find the disease earlier, but more research is needed.

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Video: Tai chi
Hepatitis C


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

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August 25th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Exact Sciences Says Mayo Clinic is First Healthcare System to Offer Cologuard®

By Brian Kilen

Stool-based DNA (sDNA) screening test for colorectal cancer to be available by prescription to patients

News Conference Advisory: An audio news conference was held this morning with representatives from Exact Sciences Corp. and Mayo Clinic.  Click here to listen or right click to download.

MADISON, Wis., and ROCHESTER, Minn., — Exact Sciences Corp. (NASDAQ: EXAS) today announced that Mayo Clinic will be the first health system to offer Cologuard®, the first and only Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved, noninvasive stool DNA screening test for colorectal cancer. Cologuard will be available to patients through their primary care physicians at Mayo Clinic.cologuard

Available by prescription only, Cologuard offers people 50 years and older who are at average risk for colorectal cancer an easy to use screening test which they can do in the privacy of their own home. It is the first noninvasive screening test for colorectal cancer that analyzes both stool-based DNA and blood biomarkers to detect cancer and precancer. The Cologuard technology platform was co-developed by Exact Sciences Corp. and Mayo Clinic as part of a broad, exclusive collaboration.

“Cologuard represents a significant advancement in identifying colorectal cancer at its most treatable stage. We believe offering this new tool will promote patient and community public health and may move more patients to get screened earlier—a critical step in beating this prevalent and preventable cancer,” says Vijay Shah, M.D., chair of Mayo Clinic gastroenterology and hepatology.

MEDIA CONTACT: Brian Kilen, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 507-284-5005,

Journalists: Video is available in the downloads.

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August 23rd, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Weekend Wellness: Symptoms of sarcoidosis vary depending on organs affected

By lizatorborg

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Sarcoid chest X-ray

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I am very healthy and active, but was recently diagnosed
with sarcoidosis. My doctor said it may go away on its own, but I am worried it will worsen. How often should I see my doctor for monitoring the condition? What treatments do you recommend?

ANSWER: Your doctor is correct that sarcoidosis often goes away on its own. In many cases, it does not require treatment. But how often you need to see your doctor and any specific treatment recommendations for you should be based on your individual situation, including what triggered your diagnosis and any symptoms you may have.

Sarcoidosis is the growth of tiny collections of inflammatory cells in different parts of the body. The condition can affect almost any organ, but it is most commonly found in the lungs, lymph nodes, eyes and skin. Doctors believe sarcoidosis happens as a result of the body’s immune system responding to an unknown substance, most likely something inhaled from the air. Read the rest of this entry »

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August 22nd, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic President and CEO Participates in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, Pledges Support to ALS Research

By Kelley Luckstein

To help raise awareness and support for ALS research, John Noseworthy, M.D., Mayo Clinic president and CEO, braved the shower of icy water and took part in the Ice Bucket Challenge this week. Dr. Noseworthy was nominated by reporter, Mike Sullivan, at KTTC News, the local NBC News affiliate in Rochester, Minn., to take part in the challenge. Though he was miles away in Canada on vacation, Dr. Noseworthy didn’t hesitate to pledge his support to ALS research and take the challenge.  Learn more about ALS research at Mayo Clinic.

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August 22nd, 2014 · Leave a Comment

It’s Here! The Mayo Clinic Healthy Human Race Weekend

By Dana Sparks

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Experience the active lifestyle with a weekend of activities centered around healthy living for the entire family!  In collaboration with the Rochester Track Club, the City of Rochester and other partners, we are hosting a multifaceted event for people of all ages and activity levels.

Register now to reserve your spot! As a not-for-profit organization, Mayo Clinic will direct proceeds from the events to the 150th Patient Care Fund, a charitable effort during the Mayo Clinic Sesquicentennial to assist patients and families in need.

View a schedule of events, find additional information on the Healthy Human Race weekend, and learn about volunteer opportunities.

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August 22nd, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Ginger for Chemotherapy-Induced Nausea

By Dana Sparks

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Ginger for chemotherapy-induced nausea: Does it work?fresh ginger root and ground ginger spice on wooden background
Research shows that ginger may help ease nausea and vomiting during and after chemotherapy treatments.

Biomarkers help define individualized cancer treatment
A new biomarker program can help doctors customize cancer treatment. Find out which types of cancer are involved.

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The Mayo Clinic Cancer Center is a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center with a multisite presence.



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August 22nd, 2014 · Leave a Comment


By Dana Sparks

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On the next Mayo Clinic Radio, Saturday, August 23 at 9 a.m. CT,  we’ll discuss a long list of items regarding women’s health with Stephanie Faubion, M.D.  Of course our bodies are constantly changing, but what can be done about the symptoms accompany aging, especially for women?  We’ll touch on hot flashes, night sweats and new options for hormone therapy.  Plus, just what is perimenopause?  Join us!

Myth or Fact: Women have smaller bladders than men.

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 August 24, 2014 (right click MP3) 
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August 21st, 2014 · Leave a Comment


By Dana Sparks

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Diabetes: Does alcohol and tobacco use increase my risk?

Caffeine: Is it dehydrating or not?

Nail fungus

Genital herpes: Can you get it from a toilet seat?

Prenatal vitamins: OK for women who aren't pregnant?

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August 21st, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Running Into Fall Marathon Season – Thursday Tip #3

By Micah Dorfner

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You can find your perfect running shoe, but it's not all about spending big bucks. There are multiple elements that go into running efficiency, and just because a shoe fits doesn't mean it's going to enhance your running. Beau Johnson, physical therapist at Mayo Clinic Health System, debunks myths about running shoes, discusses running form and sheds some light on shoe mileage. 
(Follow new tips on Thursdays and learn more on Speaking of Health


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August 21st, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Convenes Thought Leaders to Discuss Transforming Health Care Delivery

By Duska Anastasijevic

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ROCHESTER, Minn. — The Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation (CFI) will hold Transform 2014, its seventh collaborative symposium focused on redesigning the way health care is experienced and delivered, Sept. 7–9 in Rochester. The symposium draws attendees from around the world looking to connect with colleagues inside and outside the health care industry.

Dozens of thought leaders from a wide array of backgrounds will share ideas and lessons on how to fast-track transformation amidst a rapidly changing environment. Topics include new models of care delivery that have a potential to disrupt the current health care system, the future of virtual health, the shift of the financial burden to the consumers and how to scale programs to large populations.

“We are delighted to welcome back some of the most creative and motivated people in the country to help us transform the way people experience health,” says Douglas Wood, M.D., Medical Director of the Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation and the Transform symposium. “I hope that Transform 2014 will arrive to practical solutions to the challenges that health care is facing today, and will reframe the health care conversation with a positive vision. I look forward to the exchange of the ideas.”

MEDIA CONTACT: Duska Anastasijevic, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 507-284-5005,

Journalist and commentator John Hockenberry will moderate the symposium discussions that include the following speakers: Read the rest of this entry »

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August 21st, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Connections and Conversations for Your Health

By Dana Sparks

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Keep up with the latest Mayo Clinic news, stories shared by patients and discussions on health topics on Mayo Clinic Connect. Today, sitting vs. standing at work, art from science, getting a good night's sleep, a kidney between friends, and much more. Click here.

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August 21st, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Health Letter: Highlights from the August 2014 Issue

By Brian Kilen

ROCHESTER, Minn. ― Here are highlights from the August 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 August 2014 (for journalists only). Full special report text: Mayo Clinic Health Letter Special Report August 2014 (for journalists only).


Hand pain not inevitable with aging

hand pain imageChronic hand pain and dysfunction aren’t inevitable aspects of aging, but hands are vulnerable to injury and degenerative conditions after years of wear and tear. The August issue of Mayo Clinic Health Letter includes an eight-page Special Report on Hand Pain, including common causes and strategies to alleviate, manage and even prevent hand pain.

Health concerns covered included arthritis, tendon and nerve conditions, trauma and infections. A primary care provider can treat and diagnose some hand conditions. Depending on the concern, a hand surgeon, rheumatologist, neurologist or rehabilitation specialist could be involved in treatment. Read the rest of this entry »

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August 20th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic News Network — Headlines 8/20/14

By Dana Sparks


Mayo Clinic News Network Headlines include:

  • Back-to-school nutrition
  • Vaccinations
  • Healthy eyes

Journalists: Video is available in the downloads. Click here for script.

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