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July 4th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Q and A: Whole foods generally a better source of vitamins than supplements

By lizatorborg

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I have read that the antioxidant vitamin E provides a lot of health benefits. Is taking a daily vitamin E supplement a good idea? Can it be harmful?bowl of spinach lettuce leaves representing vitamin E

ANSWER: The proposed benefits of vitamin E rest on its powerful antioxidant properties. Antioxidants are substances believed to protect cells from damage caused by free radicals, which are produced by your body. Exposure to certain environmental substances, such as sunlight, tobacco smoke or radiation, also can create free radicals.

Normally, free radicals perform a number of useful tasks. But too many free radicals cause what’s known as oxidative stress. They overwhelm and damage cells, resulting in tissue breakdown and damage to DNA. Oxidative stress has been tied to a number of conditions, including cancer, heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, cataracts and macular degeneration. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: antioxidants, Dr Bauer, Dr. Brent Bauer, Mayo Clinic Q A, viatmin E, whole foods


July 3rd, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Something to Think About ~ Who not to believe?

By Dana Sparks

sand and stone with the word 'believe'


Who not to believe?
"I have learned that there are instances when the negative feedback comes from a place of ignorance. It isn’t a well-meaning critique. The harsh words are meant to be vicious and not designed to help....Don’t believe in those who don’t believe in you."  -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, Believe, Criticism, Dr Amit Sood, Negative Feedback, Something to Think About


July 3rd, 2015 · Leave a Comment

HLN / CNN will encore the moving and inspirational film, GLEN CAMPBELL…I’ll Be Me

By Dana Sparks

Glen Campbell on stage with daughter

Glen Campbell… I’ll Be Me on Friday, July 3, at 9:00 pm Eastern on HLN.
The film will encore again on CNN on Saturday, July 4 at 9:00 pm Eastern.

Alzheimer's disease continues to encroach on singer-songwriter Glen Campbell's life. Instead of retreating to deal with the challenges privately, Glen and his family decided to share their struggle with documentary filmmakers. The production, called "Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me", includes both heartwarming and candidly frank moments Mr. Campbell experienced during his visits to Mayo Clinic for care. Ronald Petersen, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Mayo Clinic Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, praises the Campbell family for their determination to raise awareness about the condition's impact on patients, as well as their caregivers. [TRT 4:20]

Journalists: A broadcast quality video package is available in the downloads. Click here for full script.

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Tags: Alzheimer’s disease, CNN, Glen Campbell, HLN, I"ll Be Me


July 3rd, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic News Network Headline: 7/3/2015

By Deborah Balzer

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

Journalists: Video is available in the downloads. [TRT :57] Click here for the script.

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Tags: Dr David Claypool, Emergency Medicine, food borne illnesses, Mayo Clinic News Network Headline, salmonella


July 3rd, 2015 · Leave a Comment

High-dose vitamin C: Can it kill cancer cells?

By Dana Sparks

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

High-dose vitamin C: Can it kill cancer cells?vitamin C supplements with oranges, citrus fruits in background
Some have touted high-dose vitamin C as an effective alternative cancer treatment. See what researchers found.

Skin cancer on the rise in young people
It isn't just the sun that's causing a spike in the rate of skin cancer — especially among young women. Tanning beds are to blame, too.

Mayo Clinic Book of Alternative Medicine
Your guide to safe and effective therapies from the world of complementary and alternative medicine.

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Tags: Living With Cancer Blog, skin cancer, vitamin C


July 3rd, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Sunburn Treatment: What Works?

By Micah Dorfner

man with bright red sunburn on his back, sleeping in bed

"Unfortunately, there's no fast-fix sunburn treatment. Once you have sunburn, the damage is done — although it may take 12 to 24 hours after sun exposure to know the full extent and severity of sunburn, and several days or more for your skin to begin to heal," says Trent Anderson, D.O., Mayo Clinic Health System family medicine physician.

In the meantime, the most effective sunburn treatment simply helps ease your discomfort:

  • Keep it cool. Apply cold compresses — such as a towel dampened with cool water — to the affected skin. Or, take a cool bath.
  • Keep it moist. Apply aloe or moisturizing cream to the affected skin. Avoid products containing alcohol, which can further dry out skin. Beware of sunburn treatment products containing anesthetics, such as benzocaine. There's little evidence that these products are effective. In some cases, they may even irritate the skin. Benzocaine has been linked to a rare but serious, sometimes deadly, condition that decreases the amount of oxygen that the blood can carry. Don't use benzocaine in children younger than age 2 without supervision from a health care professional, as this age group has been most affected. If you're an adult, never use more than the recommended dose of benzocaine, and consider talking with your doctor.
  • Leave blisters intact. If blisters form, don't break them. Doing so only slows the healing process and increase the risk of infection. If needed, lightly cover blisters with gauze.
  • Take an over-the-counter pain reliever. If needed, take anti-inflammatory medication — such as aspirin or ibuprofen — according to the label instructions until redness and soreness subside. Don't give children or teenagers aspirin. It may cause Reye's syndrome, a rare but potentially fatal disease.
  • Treat peeling skin gently. Within a few days, the affected area may begin to peel. This is simply your body's way of getting rid of the top layer of damaged skin. While your skin is peeling, continue to use moisturizing cream.

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Tags: Dr Trent Anderson, Mayo Clinic Health System, Skin Safety, sunburn, sunscreen


July 3rd, 2015 · Leave a Comment

MAYO CLINIC RADIO

By Dana Sparks

woman in a gym running on a treadmill exercising

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) are two very different chronic digestive system conditions that are sometimes confused with one another. On this week's program, gastroenterologists Dr. Sunanda Kane and Dr. Yuri Saito discuss the differences between IBD and IBS, and explain how each is treated. Also on the program, Dr. Thomas Allison, director  of the Mayo Clinic Sports Cardiology Program, talks about a simple treadmill test that can help predict whether you'll live 10 years or more. And psychologist Dr. Karen Grothe has strategies for keeping the weight off after losing it.

Myth or Matter-of-Fact: Inflammatory bowel disease and irritable bowel syndrome are both conditions from which full recovery is possible.

Mayo Clinic Radio is available on iHeart Radio.

Click here to listen to the program on Saturday, July 4, 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: Mayo Clinic Radio, Dr Karen Grothe, Dr Sunanda Kane, Dr Thomas Allison, Dr Yuri Saito, IBD, Ibs, Treadmill Test, weightloss


July 2nd, 2015 · Leave a Comment

THURSDAY CONSUMER HEALTH TIPS

By Dana Sparks

July 4th celebration picnic table with watermelon, berries and sparkler

Celebrate July 4th with red, white and blue food

Thyroid nodules

Cholesterol: Top foods to improve your numbers

Facial fillers for wrinkles

Breast implants and cancer: Any connection?

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Tags: Breast Implants, cancer, Cholesterol, facial fillers, Thursday Consumer Health Tips, Thyroid Nodules


July 2nd, 2015 · Leave a Comment

From A to Z, Stay Tick-Free This Summer

By April Josselyn

Tick-CoverROCHESTER, Minn. — Mayo Clinic reports that in the summer months, its physicians see an increase in patients being treated, and even hospitalized, for tick-borne illnesses. In the upper Midwest, 40 percent of tick bites occur in July. However, even avid fans of the great outdoors can fully enjoy all their favorite activities without fear if they take the proper steps to protect themselves.

To protect you against tick-borne diseases, the Mayo Clinic Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology and its reference laboratory Mayo Medical Laboratories have developed “The ABCs of Ticks” flash cards.

“These unique online cards explain from A to Z what a person needs to know about staying safe this summer and avoiding ticks,” says Bobbi Pritt, M.D., director of the Clinical Parasitology Laboratory at Mayo Clinic. “Each card discusses something about ticks; how to avoid them; and how to enjoy a safe, tick-free summer with your family, friends, and our furry pets.”

MEDIA CONTACT: Gina Chiri-Osmond, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 507-284-5005, newsbureau@mayo.edu

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Tags: anaplasmosis, babesiosis, bug spray, bull's-eye, deet, Dr Bobbi Pritt, ehrlichiosis, laboratory, Lyme disease, Mayo Medical Laboratories, Minnesota news release, Pets, Rash, rocky mountain spotted fever, summer, tick bite, zoonotic


July 2nd, 2015 · Leave a Comment

CREEPY, DREADFUL, WONDERFUL PARASITES: A Parasitologist’s View of the World – Week of July 2, 2015

By Dana Sparks

routine Trichrome stain on laboratory slideEvery week Bobbi Pritt, M.D., 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


July 1st, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic News Network Headline 7/1/2015

By Deborah Balzer

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

  • Avian flu outbreaks around the United States and abroad have been disastrous for many chicken farmers, and the impact is being felt across a multitude of communities. Mayo Clinic infectious diseases specialist Dr. Pritish Tosh reminds us that the risk for human infection is extremely low.

For updates on avian flu, click here.

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

 

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Tags: avian flu, chicken, Dr Pritish Tosh, infectious diseases, Vivien Williams


July 1st, 2015 · Leave a Comment

5 Tips for Preventing Eye Injuries

By Micah Dorfner

African-American man with working in garage wearing eye protection goggles

FAIRMONT, Minn. — With the Fourth of July approaching and outdoor activities likely taking up much of your summer fun, it’s time to consider the importance of protecting your eyes. Eye injuries are largely preventable, but you need to be aware of risks and measures you can take to keep your eyes safe. Mayo Clinic Health System ophthalmologist Anna Kitzmann, M.D.,  shares five tips to help prevent eye injuries.

Leave fireworks to the pros

“Unfortunately, I’ve seen many severe eye injuries from fireworks. And most of these injuries resulted in permanent damage or blindness,” says Dr. Kitzmann. “In fact, a lot of people even lose their eye or eyes from a fireworks accident.”

The best method of eye injury prevention from fireworks is to leave these exploding wonders to the professionals. July 4 weekend offers many chances to see a well-orchestrated fireworks show from a safe distance. Take advantage of these opportunities rather than trying to conduct your own show.

If your family must have fireworks for the holidays, stick to sparklers, wear eye protection and make sure an adult supervises all activity. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: Dr Anna Kitzmann, Eye Injury Prevention, Fireworks, Fourth of July, Mayo Clinic Health System, News Release, Safety


July 1st, 2015 · Leave a Comment

One in 4 People Prescribed Opioids Progressed to Longer-Term Prescriptions

By Sharon Theimer

pain medication, pills in a bottle

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Opioid painkiller addiction and accidental overdoses have become far too common across the United States. To try to identify who is most at risk, Mayo Clinic researchers studied how many patients prescribed an opioid painkiller for the first time progressed to long-term prescriptions. The answer: 1 in 4. People with histories of tobacco use and substance abuse were likeliest to use opioid painkillers long-term.

The findings are published in the July issue of the medical journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

While the study identified past or present nicotine use and substance abuse as top risk factors for long-term use of opioids, all patients should proceed with caution when offered opioid painkiller prescriptions, says lead author W. Michael Hooten, M.D., an anesthesiologist at Mayo Clinic in Rochester.

“From a patient perspective, it is important to recognize the potential risks associated with these medications. I encourage use of alternative methods to manage pain, including non-opioid analgesics or other nonmedication approaches,” Dr. Hooten says. “That reduces or even eliminates the risk of these medications transitioning to another problem that was never intended.”

MEDIA CONTACT: Sharon Theimer, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 507-284-5005, Email: newsbureau@mayo.edu  Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: hyperalgesia, Mayo Clinic, Mayo Clinic Proceedings, Minnesota news release, News Release, opioid addiction, opioid painkiller, opioid prescriptions, opioids, W Michael Hooten


June 30th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Partnership strives to reduce impact of chronic disease on Minnesotans

By Naomi Ogaldez

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Mayo Clinic and the George Family Foundation are leading supporters of the newly formed Southeast Minnesota Partnership for Community-Based Health Promotion. A key aim of this partnership is to extend the care that occurs in Southeast Minnesota health systems into the communities. The partnership will focus first on ingym class of people exercising, showing the 'thumbs up' signcorporating clinical referrals of effective, community-based programs into routine primary care treatment strategies. The new program is called Living Well with Chronic Conditions (formally known as the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program).

“The goal of this partnership is to fundamentally change the way individuals and communities in Southeast Minnesota experience life with chronic health conditions,” says Aaron Leppin, M.D., a research associate in Mayo Clinic’s Knowledge and Evaluation Research Unit.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 7 out of every 10 deaths in the U.S. are the result of chronic disease. In Southeast Minnesota, Community Health Needs Assessments consistently identify chronic disease management as an area of priority.

Media Contacts: Colette Gallagher and Naomi Ogaldez, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 507-284-5005, newsbureau@mayo.edu  Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: Dr Aaron Leppin, Minnesota news release, News Release


June 30th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Q and A: During pregnancy, stick to the basics to ensure good nutrition for baby

By lizatorborg

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I’m newly pregnant and overwhelmed with food advice from my friends. Is it true that I shouldn’t eat any deli meat during my pregnancy? What about caffeine? Can it harm the baby? Are there other foods I should avoid while pregnant?pregnant woman eating healthy vegetables

ANSWER: The list of foods people think you should and shouldn’t eat while you’re pregnant can quickly become long and confusing. Although there are some specific do’s and don’ts, stick to the basics. Eating a healthy, well-balanced diet that’s low in fat and does not include alcohol is a solid way to ensure good nutrition for you and your baby.

For most people, pregnant women included, healthy eating involves plenty of vegetables, fruits, whole-grain foods and lean protein, as well as some healthy fats such as those found in fish, nuts, seeds and plant-based oils. Nutrients important for women during pregnancy include calcium and vitamin D for strong bones, folate to reduce the risk of birth defects, iron to prevent anemia and protein to help your baby grow. Getting enough fiber and fluids also is important to avoid constipation and to keep you hydrated. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: Dr Margaret Dow, fetal alcohol syndrome, Healthy Eating, listeria infection, Mayo Clinic Q A, Pregnancy