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September 23rd, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Tuesday Q and A: GI symptoms that come on quickly not necessarily cause for concern

By lizatorborg

woman on couch having menstrual cramps or intestinal stomach painDEAR MAYO CLINIC: I am 44 and in good health. Two weeks ago I became very ill (bloody diarrhea and severe abdominal cramping for three days) after eating at a restaurant. The stool samples did not show any sign of food-borne disease, and I was told my symptoms were probably the result of a virus. I am concerned that it could be something more serious. Should I request further testing?

ANSWER: A variety of conditions could be the cause of your illness. If you no longer have any symptoms, then it is unlikely you need additional testing. If you are still having some symptoms, then more investigation is required.

In someone who has previously been well, who has no history of gastrointestinal (GI) complaints and who has a bloody, diarrheal illness that comes on quickly, we can divide the likely possible causes into two main categories: infectious diarrhea versus inflammatory diarrhea. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: abdominal cramping, Clostridium Difficile, colon cancer, colonoscopy, Crohn's disease, diarrhea, Dr Sarah Umar, ischemic colitis, Tuesday Q and A

September 22nd, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Join The #ProtonBeam Therapy Twitter Chat on Tuesday

By Dana Sparks

close up animation of pencil thin proton beam on tumor

Mayo Clinic Cancer Center and the American Association for Cancer Research host Twitter Chat  

Mayo Clinic Cancer Center and the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) will partner with TIME magazine for a Twitter chat titled, “The Role of Proton Beam Therapy in Cancer Care.”

Tuesday, Sept. 23, 1-2 p.m. ET.
Follow #ProtonBeam

The chat will be moderated by TIME’s senior health reporter @AlicePark.

Mayo Clinic Radiation oncologists Sameer Keole, M.D., Nadia Laack, M.D. and Samir Patel, M.D. will join Dennis Hallahan, M.D., from the AACR’s Radiation Oncology Task Force.  Dr. Hallahan is chairman of the Radiation Oncology Department and the Elizabeth H. and James S. McDonnell III distinguished professor in medicine at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

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Tags: AACR, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, Proton Beam Therapy, Social Media, Twitter Chat

September 22nd, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease

By Dennis Douda

With schools back in session, many parents are again on the alert for easily transmissible childhood diseases. Hand, foot and mouth disease is one of them. Pediatric dermatologist with the Mayo Clinic Children's CenterMegha Tollefson, M.D., says it's usually not a big concern. But, in certain circumstances, hospitalization may be required. Here’s Dennis Douda for the Mayo Clinic News Network. [TRT 2:02]

Journalists: Broadcast quality video is available in the downloads. 

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Tags: Dermatology, eczema, hand foot and mouth, HL, Pediatrics, Pkg, Dr Megha Tollefson, Mayo Clinic Children's Center

September 22nd, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Monday’s Housecall

By Dana Sparks


THIS WEEK'S TOP STORIESgroup of fruits and vegetables wrapped with measuring tape for representing healthy weight
Weight loss: Gain control of emotional eating
Do you turn to food when you're stressed? Emotional eating can sabotage your weight-loss efforts. Here's how to get back on track.

Prostate cancer prevention: Ways to reduce your risk
There's no sure way to prevent prostate cancer. But you may lower your risk by exercising and adjusting your diet. Try these tips.

young woman with healthy sking washing face at bathroom sink

Skin care: 5 tips for healthy skin
Aging: What to expect
Slide show: Aquatic exercises
Fruit recipes

Ocular migraine: When to seek help
An ocular migraine can mean one of two conditions. Learn which is more serious.

Hepatitis C: How common is sexual transmission?
Although hepatitis C is highly contagious, the risk of sexual transmission is very low.

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

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Tags: Aging, Monday's Housecall, Ocular Migraine, Prostate Cancer, Skin Care, Weight Loss

September 20th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Weekend Wellness: Rotator cuff injury involving torn tendon may require surgery

By lizatorborg

Rotator CuffDEAR MAYO CLINIC: I have a rotator cuff tear that isn’t getting better despite physical therapy. My shoulder is painful and weak, and I have trouble raising my arm. At what point should I consider surgery? How likely is the surgery to completely relieve the pain and fix the problem?

ANSWER: For some mild to moderate rotator cuff injuries, treatment with physical therapy and medication usually relieves pain and restores shoulder function. But if the injury is more serious and you have a complete tear of one of your rotator cuff tendons, then surgery may be necessary to repair the damage and relieve the pain.

Your rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons that surround your shoulder joint. They hold the joint in place, provide stability and strength to your shoulder, and help you raise your arm. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: Dr John Sperling, rotator cuff, Weekend Wellness

September 19th, 2014 · Leave a Comment


By Dana Sparks

suicide word cloud

Has suicide ever touched your life or someone you know? On the next Mayo Clinic Radio, Saturday, September 20 at 9 a.m. CT, we'll talk with psychiatrist Marin Veldic, M.D., about why suicide is such a difficult subject to discuss. Please join this sensitive and important conversation. What should you do if you're feeling like life isn't worth living? How can you help someone you think may be having thoughts of suicide?  We'll find out.

Myth or Fact: The suicide of a celebrity leads to an increase in "copycat" suicides.

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 September 20, 2014 (right click MP3) 

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Tags: Dr Marin Veldic, Mayo Clinic Radio, Psychiatry and Psychology, Suicide

September 19th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Groups Offer Support for Brain Tumor Survivors

By Dana Sparks

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

Groups offer support for brain tumor survivorsdiscussion group of patients talking about illness
If you have a brain tumor, finding information specific to its type is important. Here are support organizations that can help you.

Coping with chemotherapy side effects
Chemotherapy often triggers side effects. Taking steps to manage them can help you feel better and stay healthier as you go through treatment.

Cancer advocates are critical to research
Advocates ensure that the patient voice is represented in discussions about research.

Mayo Clinic launches 50-gene cancer panel test
A new test scans genes for mutations that help physicians customize cancer therapy.

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Tags: Brain Tumors, cancer, Chemotherapy, Living With Cancer Blog

September 19th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Researchers Reveal Pathway that Contributes to Alzheimer’s Disease

By Kevin Punsky

Loss of LRP6 in neurons leads to enhanced buildup of amyloid protein, a pathological hallmark of Alzheimer's disease.

Loss of LRP6 in neurons leads to enhanced buildup of amyloid protein, a pathological hallmark of Alzheimer's disease.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Researchers at Jacksonville’s campus of Mayo Clinic have discovered a defect in a key cell-signaling pathway they say contributes to both overproduction of toxic protein in the brains of Alzheimer’s disease patients as well as loss of communication between neurons — both significant contributors to this type of dementia.

Their study, in the online issue of Neuron, offers the potential that targeting this specific defect with drugs “may rejuvenate or rescue this pathway,” says the study’s lead investigator, Guojun Bu, Ph.D., a neuroscientist at Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, Fla.

“This defect is likely not the sole contributor to development of Alzheimer’s disease, but our findings suggest it is very important, and could be therapeutically targeted to possibly prevent Alzheimer’s or treat early disease,” he says.

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Tags: Alzheimer’s disease, Dr Guojun Bu, Florida News Release, Mayo Clinic, Medical Research, News Release

September 18th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Connect With Webinar Topic: Pediatric Epilepsy Treatment Options

By Dana Sparks

physician talking with two children

Webinar Topic:

Pediatric Epilepsy Treatment Options:

Thursday Sept. 25 Noon CT

 This webinar will help you understand pediatric epilepsy treatment options discussed by Mayo Clinic experts.

Please register and receive email reminders for the event:


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Tags: Connect, Pediatric Epilepsy, Webinar

September 18th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Beating Ovarian Cancer Twice

By Dana Sparks

teal blue ribbon representing ovarian cancer awarenessAccording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 20,000 women in the U.S. are diagnosed with ovarian cancer each year. Most of them are over the age of 60, but the woman you’re about to meet was diagnosed the first time in her 30s ... and has beat the disease twice. This is her story of inspiration and triumph.  [TRT 1:58]  This report originally aired Sept. 2013

Journalists: The video package and extra b-roll are available in the downloads. To read the full script click here.




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Tags: cindy weiss, HL, Ovarian Cancer, Pkg

September 18th, 2014 · Leave a Comment


By Dana Sparks

senior (elderly) woman having nutritious meal

Senior health: How to prevent and detect malnutrition

Stress incontinence

Nocturnal panic attacks: What causes them?

Minimally invasive surgery

Aortic surgery: What patients need to know

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Tags: Aortic Surgery, Malnutrition, Panic Attacks, Senior Health, Stress Incontinence, Thursday Consumer Health Tips

September 18th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Center for Regenerative Medicine Forms Collaboration with National University Ireland Galway

By Jennifer Schutz

ROCHESTER, Minn. — The Mayo Clinic Center for Regenerative Medicine and colleagues at the National University Ireland Galway have signed a formal memorandum of understanding (MOU) to pave the way for joint clinical trials using regenerative therapies.

The MOU follows years of close collaboration with NUI Galway’s Regenerative Medicine Institute (REMEDI) and the Network of Excellence for Functional Biomaterials (NFB) and will focus on adult stem cell therapy, gene therapy, biomaterials and biomedical engineering. Furthermore, the agreement facilitates ongoing student and staff exchange between Galway and the United States.

Jennifer Schutz, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 507-284-5005,

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Tags: Andre Terzic, clinical trials, Enterprise Ireland, Mayo Clinic, Minnesota news release, National University Ireland, regenerative medicine, stem cells, Tim O’Brien, Tony Windebank

September 18th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Running into Fall Marathon Season – Tip #7

By Micah Dorfner

medium shot of runners feet on pavement
In order to see positive results you need to push yourself when you're training, but there's an appropriate threshold to reach when testing your limits. Beau Johnson, physical therapist at Mayo Clinic Health System, explains the importance of balancing your body's breakdown and ability to recover. In addition, he shares tips for better understanding what your body is telling you. (Follow new tips on Thursdays and learn more on Speaking of Health

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Tags: Beau Johnson, exercise, Mayo Clinic Health System, Overtraining, Running Tips

September 17th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic News Network — Headlines 9/17/14

By Dana Sparks

Mayo Clinic News Network Headlines include:

  • Less invasive medical advances
  • Radiation Therapy
  • Right running technique

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

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Tags: Medical Advances, radiation therapy, Running

September 17th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Study Opens Door for Early Screening Tools for Parkinson’s Disease

By Jim McVeigh

PHOENIX — A smell test could someday be one of the tools to screen for people at risk of developing Parkinson’s disease, according to a new Mayo Clinic study.

Parkinson's disease is a progressive disorder of the nervous system that affects movement. It develops gradually, sometimes starting with a barely noticeable tremor in just one hand. But while tremor may be the best-known sign of Parkinson's, the disorder also commonly causes stiffness and slowing of movement. Additionally, there are many non-movement problems, including constipation, loss of the sense of smell, sleep problems, lightheadedness, urinary difficulties, depression and anxiety. The non-movement symptoms can develop many years before movement disorders.


Although Parkinson's disease can't be cured, medications may markedly improve symptoms. Currently, there is no accurate diagnostic test for the disease; diagnosis is based on medical history, a review of signs and symptoms, a neurological and physical examination and by ruling out other conditions. Confirmation of the disease can only be made by performing an autopsy. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: Arizona News Release, Erika Driver-Dunckley, M.D., Mayo Clinic, Neurology, News Release, Parkinson's