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December 17th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic News Network — Headlines 12/17/14

By Dana Sparks

Mayo Clinic News Network Headlines include:

  • Healthy holiday eating
  • Breast cancer and tamoxifen therapy
  • Sleep tips

Journalists: The video is in the downloads. Click here for script.

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Tags: Breast Cancer, holiday eating, Sleep, Tamoxifen, Weekly Headlines


December 17th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Mumps Outbreak in the NHL?

By Dana Sparks

Mumps is often thought to be a childhood disease but in a recent article reporter Tara Haelle says, "The number of NHL hockey players diagnosed with the mumps may rise to 14 soon, depending on the test results that come back for Pittsburgh Penguins forward Beau Bennett." Mayo Clinic vaccine expert Gregory Poland, M.D., explains in the same article one factor could be some players never received a second vaccine dose. Read more in Forbes.

SYMPTOMS:

Some people infected with the mumps virus have either no signs or symptoms or very mild ones. When signs and symptoms do develop, they usually appear about two to three weeks after exposure to the virus and may include:Young Toddler with Mumps

  • Swollen, painful salivary glands on one or both sides of face
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Weakness and fatigue
  • Loss of appetite
  • Pain while chewing or swallowing

The primary — and best known — sign of mumps is swollen salivary glands that cause the cheeks to puff out. In fact, the term "mumps" is an old expression for lumps or bumps within the cheeks.

More about causes, symptoms, treatment and prevention on mayoclinic.org.

 

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Tags: Dr. Greg Poland, Forbes, Mumps, vaccine


December 16th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Women’s Wellness ~ Is the way I’m doing the holidays working for me?

By Dana Sparks

Women report more stress over the holidays compared to men. They say it’s harder to relax during the holidays. Women also are more likely to engage in default coping skills, like comfort eating. Why is this the case?

Women's Wellness logo illustration of woman sitting down with arms raised

Just take a look at the magazine rack at your local grocery store. Women are being instructed to make the perfect meal, decorate the home, buy the perfect gifts — all this pressure for perfection. This societal pressure is strong, and research shows women are almost twice as likely as men to say they’ll do all the work necessary to pull off the festivities. No wonder women have more stress than men when it comes to the holidays. So, how do you handle this stress?

In-the-moment de-stressors:

  • Read a book, go for a walk, journal.
  • Have a lunch or phone date with a friend.
  • Deep breathing – Pretend you’re breathing air all the way down to your toes - inhale for five, and exhale for five. Notice your belly moving up and down, not your chest.

Journalists: B-roll and soundbites with Dr. Rullo are available in the downloads. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: Dr Jordan Rullo, Holiday Stress, Women's Wellness


December 16th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Physicians Say High-definition Scopes Accurately Assess Polyps, Costly Pathological Examinations May Not Be Necessary

By Kevin Punsky

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — It may not be necessary for experienced gastroenterologists to send polyps they remove from a patient’s colon to a pathologist for examination, according to a large study conducted by physician researchers at the Jacksonville campus of Mayo Clinic.

The benign hyperplastic polyp appears very pale and bland on imaging.

The benign hyperplastic polyp appears very pale and bland on imaging.

Their 522-patient study, published in the December issue of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, found that physicians correctly evaluated whether a polyp was precancerous or benign using high-definition optical lenses during a colonoscopy. Their assessment was 96 or 97 percent accurate — depending on which of two generations of scopes was used — compared with a standard pathological evaluation of the polyps.

The Mayo Clinic researchers conclude that the pathological polyp examination now required by national practice guidelines may not be necessary — an advance they say could result in substantial cost savings for the patient and the health care system, as well as more rapid information and recommendations for follow-up for the patient. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: Colon Cancer, colonoscopy, Dr Michael Wallace, Florida News Release, Gastroenterology, Mayo Clinic, Medical Research, News Release


December 16th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Tuesday Q and A: In some cases, ED may be early warning sign of heart disease

By lizatorborg

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I am 58 and asked my doctor for a prescription for erectile dysfunction. He recommended I also have tests done to evaluate my heart. How are ED and heart disease related?illustration of atherosclerosis narrowing of the arteries

ANSWER: In some cases, erectile dysfunction, or ED, may be an early warning sign of heart disease. It is often a good idea for men diagnosed with ED to have tests to make sure that ED is not a symptom of a heart condition. That is especially true if you have risk factors that increase your chances of developing heart problems. If a heart condition is found, treatment for that disorder also may help reverse ED.

The connection between ED and heart disease involves a condition known as atherosclerosis — sometimes called hardening of the arteries. Atherosclerosis happens when plaques build up in your arteries. When plaques start to accumulate, the smaller arteries in the body, including those in the penis, are the first to get plugged up. The plaque lowers blood flow in the penis, making an erection difficult.

Erectile dysfunction alerts doctors to look for atherosclerosis in larger arteries that supply your heart and other organs and, if found, to take steps to treat atherosclerosis. In addition to heart problems, atherosclerosis also increases your risk of other serious health problems, including aneurysm, stroke and peripheral artery disease. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: Dr David Simper, Dr Simper, ED, erectile dysfunction, Heart Disease, Tuesday Q and A


December 15th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Holiday Health and #ToxicStress

By Dana Sparks

Join  Tues, Dec. 16, 1-2 pm ET

holiday stress with woman in santa hat and holding presents

 What is it? How do you prevent it? How do you manage it?

When does stress go from mild to toxic, & what can you do about it?
 

Mayo Clinic's @AmitSoodMD & @DrAmyPollak will participate in the

#abcdrbchat w/ @DrRichardBesser to tweet about how stress harms your health.

 

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Tags: abcDrBchat, Dr. Richard Besser, Holiday Stress, Twitter Chat, Dr Amit Sood, Dr Amy Pollak


December 15th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Monday’s Housecall

By Dana Sparks

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THIS WEEK'S TOP STORIES
Menus for heart-healthy eating: Cut the fat and salt
Do you want to adopt a heart-healthy diet but aren't sure where to start? Use these menus to jump-start your meals.

Coping with stress: Workplace tips
Year-end projects can be a lot to handle. Dealing with stress at work is easier when you identify your triggers — and address them head on.person sleeping with cold and flu medicine on bedside table

EXPERT ANSWERS
Self-care for the flu
The flu can make you feel awful, but if you're otherwise healthy and you're not pregnant, try these home remedies.

Ebola transmission: Can Ebola spread through the air?
Ebola virus disease is not transmitted through casual contact or the air. Find out how it is spread.

Click here to get a free e-subscription to the Housecall newsletter.

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Tags: Ebola, Flu, Heart Health, Menopause, Stroke, Whooping Cough, Monday's Housecall


December 13th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Weekend Wellness: Carefully consider treatment options when diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer

By lizatorborg

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I just found out I have stage I breast cancer, and I’m trying to decide on the kind of surgery I’ll have. My doctor says I could have either a mastectomy or a lumpectomy. I’m leaning toward a lumpectomy. But how do you know if a lumpectomy is enough treatment? I’m worried the cancer could come back.breast cancer word cloudANSWER: Research has shown that for women with early-stage breast cancer, survival rates are very similar between those who choose to have a lumpectomy followed by radiation therapy and those who choose a mastectomy. Choosing which surgery to have is a very personal decision. It is important to take time to carefully consider your options.

A lumpectomy is surgery that removes the breast cancer along with a rim of normal tissue around the tumor, called the margin. This surgery allows you to keep the rest of your breast tissue.

A mastectomy involves removing most of the breast tissue from your breast. With early-stage breast cancer, radiation is not recommended after a mastectomy unless cancer cells are found in the lymph nodes or the tumor is larger than anticipated. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: Breast Cancer, Dr. Judy Boughey, Lumpectomy, mastectomy, Weekend Wellness


December 12th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Len and Lindsay talk about fighting cancer together

By Dana Sparks

Len and Lindsay picture for StoryCorps

 

Listening to patients is what medical teams at Mayo Clinic do each day. To honor Mayo's 150th Anniversary, StoryCorps was asked to listen to and record several patient stories. Each Friday, until the end of 2014, a new story will be posted on the Mayo Clinic News Network.

Leonard "Len" and his wife Lindsay talk with each other about his prostate cancer and her battle with breast cancer. They also touch on their lives together as ministers and writers. Hear Len & Lindsay's story of beating cancer together.

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Tags: Breast Cancer, Prostate Cancer, StoryCorps, Len and Lindsay


December 12th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

MAYO CLINIC RADIO

By Dana Sparks

ds00194_im04637_mcdc7_scoliosis_surgerythuScoliosis is not a condition that develops in just teenagers. The S-shaped or C-shaped curve in the spine can happen to anybody at any age. Saturday, December 13, at 9 a.m. CT, orthopedic surgeon Paul Huddleston, M.D., will join us to talk about detecting and treating scoliosis, including surgical options. We'll also discuss osteoporosis, spinal stenosis, degenerative changes of the spine and disc replacement surgery. Please join us.

Myth or Matter of Fact: Poor posture can cause scoliosis.

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 December 13, 2014  (right click MP3) Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: Dr Paul Huddleston, Mayo Clinic Radio, Scoliosis, Orthopedic Surgery


December 12th, 2014

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By Dana Sparks

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December 12th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Leica Biosystems and Mayo Clinic Collaborate on Future of Cytogenetics Imaging

By Gina Chiri-Osmond

CytogeneticsNUSSLOCH, Germany — Leica Biosystems and Mayo Clinic’s Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology announced today a collaboration to develop the next generation of cytogenetics imaging software. The new tool will optimize software workflow and improve the overall user experience for cytogenetics imaging technicians.

The two organizations intend to help cytogenetics laboratories effectively process increased case loads. Their solution will reduce manual steps in the imaging process through paperless workflow. It will also pioneer secure remote case access, which will enable flexible on- and off-shoring of case reviews.

“Our goal is to develop the fastest and most accurate cytogenetic information tool to enhance patient care,” says Patricia Greipp, D.O., co-laboratory director of the Mayo Clinic Cytogenetics Laboratory. “Mayo Clinic now has the opportunity to incorporate its expertise within an imaging solution from Leica that we feel will produce the most sophisticated and efficient cytogenetics analysis tool for the modern cytogenetics laboratory.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: Biosystems, Cytogenetics, dlmp, Dr Patricia Greipp, eMedicine, Genetics, imaging, Laboratory Genetics, laboratory medicine, Leica, Mayo, Mayo Clinic, Mayo Medical Laboratories, Minnesota news release, News Release, Research


December 12th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

A Seasonal Wish for Cancer Survivors: Celebrate Life

By Dana Sparks

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

A seasonal wish for cancer survivors: Celebrate lifeholiday ornaments and gifts with the year 2014
Here are some things to keep in mind during the holidays, including how to simplify, live in the moment and share the hope.

Cancer fatigue: Why it occurs and how to cope
You can take steps to lessen your cancer fatigue. Also, discover the causes of this tiredness and know when to tell your doctor.

Chemotherapy side effects after treatment is done
Get the facts about late effects — chemotherapy side effects that last after you've finished treatment or new ones that emerge.

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Tags: cancer survivor, Chemotherapy, Fatigue, Living With Cancer Blog


December 12th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Names Christina Zorn, J.D., as Chief Administrative Officer in Jacksonville, Florida

By Kevin Punsky

Christina Zorn, J.D.

Christina Zorn, J.D.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Mayo Clinic has appointed Christina Zorn, J.D., as chief administrative officer of its campus in Jacksonville, Fla., and vice chair of Administration, Mayo Clinic.

She will serve as administrative partner to Gianrico Farrugia, M.D., incoming vice president of Mayo Clinic and chief executive officer of the Jacksonville campus, as previously announced. Zorn assumes her new role on Jan. 1.

“Christina Zorn has significant experience at Mayo Clinic as well as excellent insight into the strengths of Mayo Clinic’s Florida staff and the unique challenges of the local and regional market,” says Dr. Farrugia. “I look forward to working with Christina as we continue the excellent efforts underway in delivering outstanding care to our patients, advancing research and educating the next generation of providers in Florida and throughout the Southeast.”

Zorn has been with Mayo Clinic since 2002. She began her career at Mayo Clinic as a legal counsel and now serves as the chair of the Florida division of the Legal Department. In addition, Zorn has served as an administrator for the Department of Ophthalmology in Florida and for several key initiatives.

She succeeds Robert Brigham, who has served as chief administrative officer in Florida since 2005. Brigham will retire from Mayo Clinic at the end of 2014. Zorn will work closely with Brigham to ensure a smooth leadership transition.

MEDIA CONTACT: Kevin Punsky, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 904-953-0746,
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Tags: chief administrative officer, Christina Zorn, Dr. Gianrico Farrugia, Florida News Release, Mayo Clinic leadership, News Release


December 12th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Don’t Brush Off That Feeling as a Case of the “Winter Blues”

By Dana Sparks

woman sitting with a light therapy lamp for SAD or depression

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that's related to changes in seasons — SAD begins and ends at about the same times every year. If you're like most people with SAD, your symptoms start in the fall and continue into the winter months, sapping your energy and making you feel moody. Don't brush off that yearly feeling as simply a case of the "winter blues" or a seasonal funk that you have to tough out on your own. Take steps to keep your mood and motivation steady throughout the year. Read about symptoms, causes, risk factors and more.

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Tags: depression, SAD, Seasonal Affective Disorder, Winter Blues