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May 4th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Proton Beam Therapy Promises Fewer Side Effects and Higher Cure Rates

By Dennis Douda

Mayo Clinic
will soon begin treating cancer patients with its new, state-of-the-art proton beam therapy facility. The technology delivers radiation therapy in a way that promises lower side effects and higher cure rates, often for patients whose cancers cannot be treated safely any other way. Here’s Dennis Douda for the Mayo Clinic News Network.

Journalists: The broadcast quality video package, additional b-roll of the building and facility, as well as elaborate animations, are available in the downloads. Click here to read the full script. 

Learn more about the Grand Opening Event Saturday May 9th, 11 am - 3 pm CT.

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Tags: Dr Michelle Clarke, Dr Robert Foote, Dr Sameer Keole, Mayo Clinic in Arizona, Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, Mayo Clinic Proton Beam Therapy Program, Radiation Oncology, HL, Pkg

May 4th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

MEDIA ADVISORY: Mayo Clinic to Host Grand Opening Event for Proton Therapy Facility

By Joe Dangor

Time lapsed video of construction

WHAT: Mayo Clinic is hosting a grand opening event for the Richard O. Jacobson Building, home to the Mayo Clinic proton beam therapy program. The new facility will begin treating patients in late June. Reporters will have a chance to tour the facility, take photos and video and interview experts.

WHERE: Richard O. Jacobson Building, 190 2nd Street NW, Rochester, Minn. 

WHEN: Saturday, May 9, 2015 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Dr. Sameer Keole - Proton Beam

Dr. Sameer Keole

Dr. Robert Foote Chair Radiation Oncology - Proton Beam

Dr. Robert Foote


Interviews available with Robert Foote, M.D.,
chair, Radiation Oncology, Mayo Clinic in Rochester.

Sameer Keole, M.D., medical director, medical director of Mayo Clinic's Proton Beam Therapy Program.



RSVP:  Maureen Wegner,, 507-293-3677
MEDIA CONTACT: Joe Dangor, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 507-284-5005,

Learn more about Proton Beam Therapy in this video report.

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Tags: cancer, Dr Robert Foote, Dr Sameer Keole, Mayo Clinic, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, Mayo Clinic Proton Beam Therapy Program, Minnesota news release, News Release, Proton Beam Therapy, Radiation Oncology, Radiation Therapy, Richard O Jacobson Building

May 4th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

CREEPY, DREADFUL, WONDERFUL PARASITES: A Parasitologist’s View of the World – Week of May 4, 2015

By Dana Sparks

Every 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!researcher Dr. Bobbi Pritt with lab microscope

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, Parasite Wonders, pathology, Mayo Medical Laboratories

May 4th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Monday’s Housecall

By Jen O'Hara


Acupunctureacupuncture needles being placed in the skin
Are you having trouble controlling pain with conventional methods? Since acupuncture has few side effects, it may be worth a try.

Hypnosis can help you cope with a number of conditions, including stress, anxiety and pain. It can also help treat obesity, smoking, insomnia and more.

Acai berries: Do they have health benefits?
Acai berries are a good source of nutrients, but some health claims may go too far.

Can yoga or tai chi help control rheumatoid arthritis?
When used with conventional treatments, the movements and breathing of yoga and tai chi may ease RA symptoms.

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

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Tags: acai berries, Acupuncture, Anxiety, Healthy Recipes, hypnosis, long-term care, moles, Monday's Housecall, rheumatoid arthritis, stress blog, vaccines for adults

May 4th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic News Network Headline 5/4/15

By Deborah Balzer

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

  • Postmenopausal Dry Eye Syndrome — Mayo Clinic ophthalmologist Dr. Raymond Iezzi, Jr., explains how changes in estrogen as women age may cause dry eye discomfort and says there are treatment options.

Note: Watch the Mayo Clinic News Network for an extra dose of female-specific health stories throughout the month as we honor Mother's Day and National Women's Health Week, May 10-16, 2015.

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


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Tags: Dr Raymond Iezzi, dry eyes, eyesight, menopausal symptoms, Menopause, Vivien Williams, women's health

May 3rd, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Physicians to Present Research Findings From Late-breaking Transplant Studies at American Transplant Congress

By Ginger Plumbo

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Mayo Clinic transplant researchers will present findings from nearly 20 studies at the American Transplant Congress in Philadelphia, Penn., May 2-5.

Mayo Clinic is nationally recognized for research and clinical success in transplantation, and performs over 1,000 solid organ transplants each year. Researchers will share findings from the following late-breaking studies at the American Transplant Congress:

“Burden of Early Antibody-Mediated Rejection (AMR): Complications, Resource Utilization and Cost Differential in Treatment of AMR”
Mayo Clinic surgeons at work

  • This study examined the connection between early AMR (a situation following transplant surgery in which the body begins to reject the donor organ) and clinical complications, hospital resource utilization and related costs.
  • An examination of 48 adult patients with AMR found those who were diagnosed with early AMR experienced higher rates of complications, almost double the number of hospital days and surgical procedures, and significantly higher post-transplant health care costs.
  • Mayo Clinic researchers involved in this study include Ramandeep Banga, MBBS, Carrie Schinstock, M.D., Matthew Hathcock, Walter Kremers, Ph.D., and Mark Stegall, M.D.
  • Presentation Date: May 2, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. EDT

MEDIA CONTACT: Ginger Plumbo, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 507-284-5005, Email: Read the rest of this entry »

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May 2nd, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Q and A: Health assessment can help overweight children on healthier path

By lizatorborg

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: At what age should I be concerned about my child’s weight? My six-year-old son is healthy and gets plenty of exercise, but I feel like he is quite large for his age. He does have a huge appetite and is always saying he’s hungry, and I don’t want to keep food from him when he wants to eat. Are BMI calculators for kids accurate or useful?young child sitting on the ground and eating an apple, healthy eating

ANSWER: There is not one specific age at which weight should become a concern. Instead, keep track of weight consistently at each well-child visit from the time your child is born. If at any time weight begins to rise quickly, a health assessment can identify diet and lifestyle changes that may help. Calculating weight for length or body mass index (BMI) can often be a useful part of that assessment.

In a situation like your son’s, it is a good idea to make an appointment for him to see his primary health care provider to evaluate his weight and review his diet and health history.  At that appointment, the doctor will weigh your son and calculate his BMI to see where he falls in the weight range for his age. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: BMI, BMI calculator, body mass index, childhood obesity, Dr Kumar, Dr Seema Kumar, Mayo Clinic Q A

May 1st, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Something to Think About ~ Is there a good way to get angry?

By Dana Sparks

woman is upset, angry frustrated with car

Is there a good way to get angry?

"Here are the five principles to harness your anger’s energy – right reason, right person, right place and time, right extent, and right intention." - 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, Anger, Dr Amit Sood, Something to Think About

May 1st, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Age is One of The Biggest Misconceptions About Stroke

By Dana Sparks

It's National Stroke Awareness Month and one of the biggest misconceptions about stroke is that it only happens to the elderly. While age is one of the risk factors and your chance for a stroke increases with age, anyone can have a stroke.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)Every 40 seconds, someone in the United States has a stroke. A stroke, sometimes called a brain attack, occurs when a blockage stops the flow of blood to the brain or when a blood vessel in or around the brain bursts. Although many people think of stroke as a condition that affects only older adults, strokes can and do occur in people of all ages. In fact, nearly a quarter of all strokes occur in people younger than age 65. Each year, almost 800,000 strokes occur in the United States.

Know the signs and symptomsyoung woman with severe headache, migraine, stroke pain:

  • Sudden weakness or numbness on one or both sides of the body
  • Sudden loss of vision
  • Sudden inability to speak or understand
  • Sudden drooping of the face, arms, trouble walking
  • “The worst headache of my life”

David Miller, M.D., medical director of Mayo Clinic’s Comprehensive Stroke Center, says, "Thanks to advances in technology and medicine, we now have new treatments and therapies to treat stroke and reduce one’s risk of permanent damage – or death."

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May 1st, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Tucson Medical Center joins the Mayo Clinic Care Network

By Jim McVeigh

Tucson Medical CenterTUCSON, Ariz. – Mayo Clinic officials today announced Tucson Medical Center as a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, a national network of organizations committed to better serving patients and their families through collaboration. Members of the network have access to Mayo Clinic knowledge and expertise to give their patients additional peace of mind when making health care decisions, while continuing to offer the highest quality and value of care close to home.

The Mayo Clinic Care Network extends Mayo Clinic’s knowledge and expertise to physicians and providers interested in working together in the best interest of their patients. TMC physicians will now be able to connect with Mayo Clinic specialists on questions of patient care using an electronic consulting technique called eConsults. TMC physicians also will have access to Mayo-vetted medical information through the AskMayoExpert database. These tools, in addition to health care consulting, will help TMC provide the best care for its patients as well as improve its systems and the health of the community.

MEDIA CONTACT: Jim McVeigh, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 480-301-4222, Email:

Alicia Moura, Tucson Medical Center, 520-324-2174, Email:

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Tags: Arizona News Release, Dr Rick Anderson, Dr. Wyatt Decker, Judy Rich, Mayo Clinic Care Network, News Release, Tucson Medical Center

May 1st, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic News Network Headlines 5/1/15

By Deborah Balzer

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

  • Diagnosis of breast cancer may increase by 50 percent by the year 2030.
  • A new Mayo Clinic study shows vitamin D toxicity is rare in people who take supplements.

Click here for further information on the vitamin D study.
Journalists: Video is available in the downloads. [TRT 1:21 ] Click here for the script.

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Tags: Breast Cancer, Breast Cancer Screening, Dietary Supplements, Dr Thomas Thacher, nutritional supplements, vitamin D, Vivien Williams

May 1st, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Plant the Seed of Safety

By Micah Dorfner

spring planting, field of new corn, growing vegetables on a farm

RED WING, Minn. — With the snow finally gone and the frost out of the ground, many people but especially farmers are in the midst of spring planting. It’s a season of hope as seeds are planted and the green tinge of young shoots begins to cover the fields. As those seeds are planted, Mayo Clinic Health System urges farmers to use safe farming practices to avoid a visit to the Emergency Department.

“We know that spring is a hectic time on the farm,” says Greg Kays, M.D., director of Emergency Department services in Red Wing. “But we don’t want it to be a tragic time as well. Working on a farm can pose risks, but there are things that everyone can do to minimize those risks.”

Tips for a safe spring planting

  • Take the time to be sure your equipment is in top working order. Fix any minor problems now before they become major. Equipment breakdowns pose safety hazards as well as slow down work in the field.
  • Wear your seatbelt when operating equipment, and don’t wear loose or baggy clothing.
  • Use proper safety equipment, such as goggles or earplugs. Anyone working around noisy equipment is at risk for hearing loss.
  • Remember that pesticides and chemicals used on farms can be dangerous. These materials should be kept locked away in marked containers with warning labels. Use all proper precautions when handling chemicals. If someone is exposed to dangerous chemicals, call the toll-free American Association of Poison Control Centers number at 1-800-222-1222.
  • Avoid walking into grain storage areas and silos. It’s possible to become trapped and suffocate under flowing grain. If someone else is trapped in a grain storage area, do not rush in to rescue the person — you could become trapped as well. Call for help immediately.
  • Stay alert and focused. Get enough rest, take regular breaks, eat healthy meals and drink plenty of water. Avoid alcohol and drug use that can impair your mental and physical abilities.
  • Be prepared for any kind of weather. Both harsh cold and hot sun are likely in the spring. Wear sunscreen and reapply regularly, even on cloudy days. Dress in layers when the temperature drops.

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May 1st, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Prostate Cancer Prevention: Ways to Reduce Your Risk

By Jen O'Hara

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

Prostate cancer lab documentProstate cancer prevention: Ways to reduce your risk
There's no proven prostate cancer prevention strategy. But you may reduce your risk of prostate cancer by making healthy choices, such as exercising and eating a healthy diet.

Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma
Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, also called non-Hodgkin lymphoma, is cancer that originates in your lymphatic system, the disease-fighting network spread throughout your body. Almost 70,000 people are diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma each year.

Cancer survivors, families set to celebrate life
National Cancer Survivors Day is an annual, worldwide celebration of life that is held in many communities throughout the United States, Canada and other participating countries, traditionally on the first Sunday in June. Learn more about celebrating in your local area.

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Tags: Living With Cancer Blog, National Cancer Survivors Day, Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, Prostate Cancer

April 30th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Health Letter: Highlights from the April 2015 Issue

By Brian Kilen

ROCHESTER, Minn. ― Here are highlights from the April 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 April 2015 (for journalists only).

Exercise eases depression symptoms

Increasing evidence shows that exercise can ease the symptoms of depression and anxiety. The April issue of Mayo Clinic Health Letter covers how exercise changes the brain and alleviates symptoms.

multi-generational exercise class doing yogaDepression is linked to abnormally low levels of certain neurotransmitters ― chemicals in the brain that allow nerves to communicate with one another. Having less norepinephrine, dopamine and serotonin in the brain results in lower nerve stimulation than usual, contributing to feelings of sadness and emptiness, loss of interest in normal activities, tiredness, anxiety and trouble thinking.

Antidepressant medications work by increasing the levels of these chemicals and bringing them back to normal. Exercise does the same thing. In addition, new evidence shows that exercise sets into motion changes that protect the brain against the damaging effects of stress and enhance resilience to depression.

Exercise also has positive emotional and social effects that can help deal with stress and depression. Regular exercise helps:

  • Regain a sense of control and boost confidence: This comes from learning new exercises, rising to new physical challenges and meeting activity goals.
  • Minimize worries: Exercise can be a distraction from recurring worries.
  • Cope in a healthy way: Exercise is a positive way to manage anxiety and depression. Trying to feel better by drinking alcohol, dwelling on negative feelings or hoping symptoms will go away can lead to worsening symptoms.

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Tags: Balance, depression, Exercise, Mayo Clinic Health Letter, sleep disorder, sleep medicine, Minnesota news release, News Release

April 30th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

NIH Funding Key to Health Care, Economy, Mayo Clinic Tells Congress

By Sharon Theimer

Dr. John NoseworthyMayo Clinic President and CEO John Noseworthy, M.D., submitted the following written testimony to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies on Wednesday on the fiscal 2016 federal budget:

Introduction.  On behalf of the Mayo Clinic, thank you for the opportunity to submit testimony regarding Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 appropriations.  For the reasons enumerated below, Mayo requests no less than $32 billion in FY 2016 funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  NIH-funded research is an essential national investment that increases understanding of human disease, spurs the development of novel diagnostics and therapies, and uncovers new strategies to prevent disease and to improve health. Because NIH is the largest source of biomedical research funding not only in the United States but also in the world, the failure of NIH funding to keep pace with medical inflation decreases support for and the conduct of basic research; inevitably, this compromises the realization of those crucial scientific breakthroughs that enhance health, lengthen life, and reduce disease and disability.  “Important secondary benefits of medical research such as job creation, regional and global economic activity, international competitiveness, intellectual property and commercializable products are likely adversely impacted as well.”[1]  While NIH funding is certainly not Mayo’s only Labor-HHS funding priority, it is on behalf of these research efforts that we focus on NIH funding in our testimony today.

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Tags: appropriations, congress, Dr. John Noseworthy, federal budget, Mayo Clinic, NIH, Research