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November 27th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Press the Pause Button and Connect With Your Heart

By Dana Sparks

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

Press the pause button and connect with your heartturning off technolgy and television
This holiday season, make a personal connection by turning off the technology.

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.

Risk factors for pancreatic cancer
Factors that may increase your risk of pancreatic cancer.

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Tags: Chemotherapy, living with cancer, Pancreatic Cancer


November 27th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

MAYO CLINIC RADIO

By Dana Sparks

researcher working in laboratory on measles virus and cancer study

On Saturday, November 29, at 9 a.m. CT, we’ll rebroadcast a conversation with two of our favorite guests this year - Stacy Erholtz and  Stephen Russell, M.D..  Stacy's been involved in groundbreaking research at Mayo Clinic led by Dr. Russell, which uses the measles virus to fight cancer. Stacy shares her story about receiving 10 million doses – a seemingly lethal amount – of the measles virus to treat her multiple myeloma. It's called oncolytic virotherapy, and Dr. Russell discusses the science behind virus therapy. He talks about where future research might be headed, are there other diseases that could be cured by using viruses and where did all those doses of measles vaccine come from?  Join us. 

WATCH this video to learn more:

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 November 29, 2014  (right click MP3)

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Tags: Dr Stephen Russell, Mayo Clinic Radio, Measles Virus, Multiple Myeloma


November 27th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Avoiding Progression to Type 2 Diabetes

By Dana Sparks

sugar cubes representing glucose and diabetes
ST. PETER, Minn. — Most people are aware how serious diabetes is and whether type 1 or type 2, it's especially harmful when not properly managed. There's also a form of the disease called prediabetes which, according to the National Diabetes Education Program, affects approximately 79 million adults in the United States. Mayo Clinic Health System family medicine physician Nadia Malik, M.D. answers several questions about this disease that can be prevented.

Q. What is prediabetes?

A. First, we need to understand what diabetes is. Diabetes is a group of diseases that results from insufficient production of or resistance to a hormone called insulin. There are several types of diabetes, all of which are a result of blood sugar (glucose) levels being excessively high.

Prediabetes is essentially a warning sign for Type 2 diabetes. It occurs when blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not elevated to the point of Type 2 diabetes. Although not yet classified as diabetes, prediabetes may be already damaging your body.

Q. What are the symptoms?

A. Prediabetes doesn’t cause symptoms in most cases. One sign that may indicate a risk of diabetes is darkening of the skin on your neck, armpits, elbows, knees and knuckles. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: Diabetes, Dr Nadia Malik, Mayo Clinic Health System, Prediabetes


November 27th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

THURSDAY CONSUMER HEALTH TIPS

By Dana Sparks

racanxious woman with words stress, anxiety, depression written on chalkboard

Chronic stress: Can it cause depression?

Celiac disease

Can foods I eat affect my asthma symptoms?

Thoracic aortic aneurysm

Anger management: 10 tips to tame your temper

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Tags: Anger Management, Asthma, celiac disease, Chronic stress, thoracic aortic aneurysm, Thursday Consumer Health Tips


November 26th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic News Network — Headlines 11/26/14

By Dana Sparks

 

Mayo Clinic News Network Headlines include:

  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Lung cancer screening
  • Healthy tips in cold and flu season

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

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Tags: Cold and Flu Season, Lung Cancer Screening, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Weekly Headlines


November 26th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Enjoyable Eating During the Holidays

By Dana Sparks

festive holiday meal on the tableLA CROSSE, Wis. -  Many people look forward to eating turkey and stuffing, potatoes and gravy, buttered beans, fruitcake, cookies, nuts, and pie throughout the holiday season. But excessive culinary celebrating creates the perfect recipe for dietary disaster and it can be very tempting to disregard healthy eating habits. According to MayoClinic.org the average American gains 5 pounds of weight between Thanksgiving and New Year's Eve. It is no wonder losing weight is the most popular New Year’s resolution.

Registered dietitian Paula Przywojski at Mayo Clinic Health System Franciscan Healthcare says that by making simple changes, holiday meals can be less costly on the waist, while staying healthy. "Most holiday meals are not bad for you if they are prepared properly," says Przywojski. "The trouble arises when fat and sugar are added. For example, including large amounts of sugar, butter and gravy in recipes negates many of the benefits of healthy foods like squash, potatoes, and meat. It also makes it more difficult to enjoy these foods' natural flavors."

Przywojski recommends these tips for holiday eating:

  • Cut away all visible fat from meat before cooking
  • Roast poultry on a rack so fat can drip away, remove skin before eating
  • Remove fat from homemade soup: cool soups in the refrigerator; skim off the fat that rises to the surface
  • Make sauce with fat free broth, tomato juice or skim milk, thickened with flour
  • Use whole grain bread for stuffing
  • Substitute skim milk for whole milk or cream in desert recipes
  • Decrease sugar in recipes by 1/4 cup

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Tags: healthy food, holiday eating, Mayo Clinic Health System, thanksgiving


November 25th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Proton Pump Inhibitors Decrease Diversity in Gut Microbiome, Increase Risk for Complications

By Sam Smith

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Before reaching for that daily antacid, you might consider what it’s doing to the trillions of bugs living in your gut. A new Mayo Clinic study in the open access journal Microbiome shows that people who regularly take proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) have less diversity among their gut bacteria, putting them at increased risk for infections like clostridium difficile and pneumonia, in addition to vitamin deficiencies and bone fractures.

MEDIA CONTACT: Sam Smith, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 507-284-5005, Email: newsbureau@mayo.edu

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Tags: Arizona News Release, bacteria, center for individualized medicine, Clostridium Difficile, genome, genomics, GERD, gut microbiome, gut microflora, John DiBaise, microbiome, Minnesota news release, News Release, nexium, nicholas chia, osteoporosis, pneumonia, prilosec, Proton Pump Inhibitors, vitamin b12, vitamin deficiency


November 24th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Tuesday Q and A: Reverse shoulder arthroplasty may be best option for patient with torn rotator cuff and arthritis

By lizatorborg

illustration of shoulder anatomy rotator cuff tearDEAR MAYO CLINIC: I have severe arthritis in my shoulder. I recently found out my rotator cuff is also torn. I can’t lift my arm much anymore without a lot of pain. My doctor recommends reverse shoulder arthroplasty. What does this surgery involve? How successful is it for someone in my situation?illustration of shoulder arthroplasty

ANSWER: Reverse shoulder arthroplasty is surgery used to replace a damaged shoulder joint. The procedure differs from standard shoulder replacement surgery because it switches the shoulder’s normal ball-and-socket structure around to allow for more stability in the joint after surgery. Reverse shoulder arthroplasty is particularly useful for people like you who have a damaged rotator cuff along with shoulder arthritis. In such cases, this surgery often can effectively reduce pain and increase shoulder mobility. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: Dr John Sperling, reverse shoulder arthroplasty, Rotator Cuff Injury, Shoulder Replacement, Tuesday Q and A


November 24th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Monday’s Housecall

By Dana Sparks

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THIS WEEK'S TOP STORIESmulti-generational family having healthy Thanksgiving dinner
Thanksgiving recipes: Delicious and healthy options
Serve up a healthier Thanksgiving this year. These recipes have all the taste of the foods you love, but with less fat and fewer calories.

Quit smoking: Strategies to help you quit
Start with these tips that have helped others.

EXPERT ANSWERS
Celiac disease diet: How do I get enough grains?
Including enough grains in your diet can be challenging if you have celiac disease.

Flu shots for kids: Does my child need a flu shot?
Find out the latest recommendations for childhood flu vaccines.

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

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Tags: celiac disease, Flu Shots, Monday's Housecall, Smoking


November 24th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Seeing Cancer Sooner with CT Lung Scans

By Dennis Douda

'Mayo 150 years serving humanity' 150th Sesquicentennial LogoAs the number one cancer killer, lung cancer claims more lives than breast, prostate and colon cancers combined. To help detect it sooner, when it’s far more treatable, Mayo Clinic has launched a Lung Cancer Screening Program. For some, the process is already proving to be a life saver. [TRT: 3:00]

Those wishing to contact Mayo Clinic’s Lung Cancer Screening Program in Rochester, Minn., may call 507-538-0340.

Journalists: A broadcast quality video package and additional b-roll are available in the downloads. To access the script, click here

This is a special report produced for the Mayo Clinic 150th Anniversary Collection of Stories. To view other stories and learn about Mayo Clinic's sesquicentennial, please click here.  

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Tags: CT Scan, Dr. Stephen Cassivi, HL, Lung Cancer, lung screening, Mayo Clinic, Pkg, Pulmonology, thoracic surgery


November 22nd, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Cancer Survivors – Take Time for Thanksgiving

By Dana Sparks

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

Cancer survivors, take time for Thanksgivingillustration that says Give Thanks
The holidays are a good time to reflect on the past, give thanks and give back.

Lung cancer
Find out how lung cancer is treated and ways to manage shortness of breath on your own.

Symptoms of pancreatic cancer
Signs and symptoms of pancreatic cancer often don't occur until the disease is advanced.

 

 

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Tags: Living With Cancer Blog, Lung Cancer, Pancreatic Cancer


November 22nd, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Weekend Wellness: Tracking headaches may help teen see patterns, avoid triggers

By lizatorborg

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: My daughter, 16, has had headaches off and on for the past year. Ibuprofen seems to help, and she says the headaches are not severe. But I am concerned that they are so frequent. What could be the cause of recurring headaches in teens? young teenaged woman with migraine or tension headache

ANSWER: Headaches in teens are common. In most cases, they are not symptoms of a larger medical problem. But when headaches continue, it is a good idea to have them evaluated. There also are steps to take at home that may help reduce headaches.

There are many kinds of headaches. Two of the most common are tension headaches and migraine headaches. Tension headaches are often described as feeling like a tight band around the head. A migraine headache usually causes intense throbbing on one side of the head. It can be accompanied by nausea, vomiting and sensitivity to light and sound. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: Dr Jennifer Fisher, Headache, Migraine, tension headaches, Weekend Wellness


November 21st, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Susan and Her Daughter Kristy Remember …

By Dana Sparks

Susan and Kristy 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, for the next ten weeks, a new story will be posted on the Mayo Clinic News Network.

Susan Sands and her daughter Kristy remember the amazing kidney transplant she received at Mayo Clinic in 2003. But the story begins 30 years earlier. Listen to Susan's Story.

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Tags: StoryCorps, kidney transplant, Susan, Kristy, Mayo Clinic Health System


November 21st, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Ten Turkey Tips for Thanksgiving

By Dana Sparks

Journalists: The broadcast quality video is available in the downloads.

Preparing a Thanksgiving turkey can prove tricky for even the most experienced cooks. How big of a bird to select, how to thaw it in time and how to avoid undercooking, overcooking or — even worse — food poisoning, are among the challenges faced by holiday chefs. Here are some tips from Mayo Clinic to help avoid turkey-related mishaps:

*Turkey selection: At least 1 pound per person is the rough rule of thumb. That might sound like a lot, but much of that weight comes from bone and fat that you will trim away. If you enjoy leftovers, do the math for the number of people you will serve, then choose a turkey at least a few pounds heavier.

*Defrosting: Keep your turkey frozen until it is ready to thaw. To thaw it in the refrigerator, leave it in its original wrapper, place it on a tray and allow at least a full day for every 4 pounds. For example, a 12-pound turkey, enough for about eight people plus leftovers, will take three or four days to thaw. You can also thaw the turkey in its wrapper submerged in cold water in a clean sink; allow a half-hour per pound and change the water every 30 minutes.

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Tags: Dr. Donald Hensrud, Holiday Cooking, Turkey Tips


November 20th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

MAYO CLINIC RADIO

By Dana Sparks

illustration of pancreatic cancer and related anatomy

Many of us might not really know where our pancreas is located or what it does, but one thing we DO know is that a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer has a poor prognosis, even when discovered early.  Pancreatic cancer typically spreads rapidly and is seldom detected in its early stages, which is a major reason why it's a leading cause of cancer death.  On the next Mayo Clinic Radio, Saturday, November 22 at 9 a.m. CT, we'll be joined by KMarie Reid Lombardo, M.D., and Gloria Petersen, Ph.D., to discuss signs and symptoms of pancreatic cancer, how it is diagnosed and what the future holds in research.

Myth or Fact: There is a pancreatic cancer screening test available.pancreatic cancer awareness

 
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 Seg November 22, 2014 (right click MP3)

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Tags: Dr Gloria Petersen, Dr KMarie Reid Lombardo, Mayo Clinic Radio, Pancreas, Pancreatic Cancer