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January 31st, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Super Recipes for Super Bowl Weekend

By Dana Sparks

Super Bowl Sunday graphic

Fruit salsa -n- sweet chips   Sweet and spicy snack mix   Southwestern potato skins

                  Hearty Turkey Chili   Philly Steak Sandwich  Black Bean Burgers   Veggie pizza                  


Perhaps you've heard the phrase, "stuffing 10 pounds into a 5-pound bag?" What about making a 4-pound meatloaf with only 1-pound of beef? Here's © Chef Richard's super healthy 4-pound "meatloaf" just in time for Super Bowl weekend. Bake at 325 degrees for about an hour. The internal temperature as checked with a meat thermometer should be 165 degrees. Enjoy!  [TRT 1:05 ]
Journalists: Broadcast quality video available in the downloads. Click for more healthy recipes.



1  lb. ground beef, 95% lean meat 
6  stalks of celery
1  lb. carrots
½  lb. sweet, raw onions
¾  lb. eggplant
3  cups chickpeas or garbanzo beans 
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Tags: healthy recipes, Nutritional Snacks, Super Bowl

January 31st, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Weekend Wellness: In many cases, trigger finger can be safely and effectively corrected

By lizatorborg

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: My index finger is often stiff and sometimes makes a clicking sound when I move it.illustration of hand with trigger finger It even sometimes gets “stuck.” My doctor told me I have trigger finger and that I should rest it for a few weeks to see if it improves, but that’s been hard to do since I work with my hands. Are there any other treatment options I could try?

ANSWER: Trigger finger happens as a result of inflammation and irritation around a finger tendon. Therapies such as rest, applying ice or heat, and splinting the finger usually are the first steps in treatment. But other options are available, including steroid injections and surgery.

Your tendons are like ropes that connect muscle to bone. Each tendon within your hand is surrounded by natural thickenings, called pulleys, which allow your fingers to move easily. Trigger finger develops when a pulley that lies underneath your knuckle becomes irritated and inflamed. This interferes with the normal gliding motion of the tendon through the pulleys in your hand. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: Dr. Sanjeev Kakar, Steroid Injection, trigger finger, Weekend Wellness

January 30th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Communities Need ‘Herd Immunity’ to Prevent Measles Outbreaks

By Dana Sparks

illustration of young boy with measles on his face and body

measles, mumps and rubella vaccine tubeCenters for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), "The United States experienced a record number of measles cases during 2014, with 644 cases from 27 states reported to CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD). This is the greatest number of cases since measles elimination was documented in the U.S. in 2000."

Pediatrician with the Mayo Clinic Children's Center, Robert Jacobson, M.D., who also leads the Employee and Community Health (ECH) Research Initiative at Mayo Clinic, says measles is a horrific disease and up to 40 percent of patients may need hospitalization.

Journalists: Sound bites with Dr. Jacobson are available in the downloads. 


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Tags: Dr. Robert Jacobson, Infectious Diseases, Mayo Clinic Children's Center, Measles, Vaccination

January 30th, 2015 · Leave a Comment


By Dana Sparks

Dr. Rullo
Do you and your partner have less time for intimacy than you’d like? Mayo Clinic psychologist and certified sex therapist Dr. Jordan Rullo has tips Young beautiful couple in love kissing on the beach on can use on the next Mayo Clinic Radio. Also on the program, glaucoma and macular degeneration are leading causes of blindness. We’ll talk with Mayo Clinic ophthalmologist Dr. Sophie Bakri about close up illustration of normal eye and glaucoma eye - optic nervesthese and other vision problems.

Please join us!

Myth or Matter-of-Fact: Sex therapy is only for people with serious problems.

Mayo Clinic Radio is available on iHeart Radio.

Click here to listen to the program on Saturday January 31st, at 9:05 a.m. and follow #MayoClinicRadio.

Listen to this week’s Medical News Headlines: News Segment January 31, 2015  (right click MP3)

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: Dr Jordan Rullo, Dr Sophie Bakri, eye health, glaucoma, Intimacy, Macular Degeneration, Mayo Clinic Radio, Sex Therapy

January 30th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Precision Medicine Initiative and the Mayo Clinic Biobank

By Sam Smith

Mayo Clinic is excited about the national focus on individualized medicine and what the future holds. More than half ($130 million) of the total $215 million budget request, put forth by President Obama's Precision Medicine Initiative, is for a national biobanking initiative that draws on existing collections across the country. Mayo Clinic has among the country’s largest collections through the Mayo Clinic Biobank and the Biorepositories Program.President Obama addressing patients, researchers, physicians about Precision Medicine

Mayo Clinic and the Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine have made a significant commitment to building a scalable biorepository infrastructure, which includes multiple specimen processing laboratories and centralized storage.

One of these collections is the Mayo Clinic Biobank, a collection of blood samples and health information donated by Mayo Clinic patients. The Biobank collects samples and health information from patients and other volunteers, regardless of health history. The Biobank was established at Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minn., and recruitment began in April 2009. Since then, the Biobank has expanded to Mayo Clinic's campuses in Jacksonville, Fla. and Scottsdale, Ariz., in addition to the Mayo Clinic Health System. The Biobank aims to enroll 50,000 Mayo Clinic patients by 2016 to support a wide array of health-related research studies at Mayo Clinic and other institutions.

Steve Thibodeau, David F. and Margaret T. Grohne Director, Biorepositories Program facts about the Mayo Clinic Biobank.

Journalists: Soundbites with Dr. Thibodeau and b-roll of the Mayo Clinic Biobank are available in the downloads.

MEDIA CONTACT: Sam Smith, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 507-284-5005,

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Tags: biobank, Biorepositories, Center for Individualized Medicine, CIM, genomics, Grohne, Mayo Clinic Biobank, State of the Union, Steve Thibodeau

January 30th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Health Letter: Highlights from the January 2015 Issue

By Brian Kilen

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

Wrist fractures: Treatment decisions not always straightforward

wrist pain photo (2)Treatment decisions for wrist fractures quickly can become complicated, according to the January issue of Mayo Clinic Health Letter.

The wrist is made up of eight small bones at the base of the hand and two in the forearm ― the radius and ulna ― that connect the elbow to the wrist bones. Any one of these bones can be fractured; a wrist fracture is a widely variable injury.

One of the primary decisions is the choice between nonsurgical and surgical treatment. Sometimes the choice is clear, and sometimes it’s not. Factors to consider include overall health, lifestyle, ability to tolerate surgery and the desire for a fully functioning wrist. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: hip replacement, joint injury, knee surgery, Mayo Clinic Health Letter, Minnesota news release, News Release, Shoulder Replacement, sports injuries

January 30th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Easier, Less Expensive Way to Screen for Colorectal Cancer

By Dana Sparks

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

New stool DNA test screens for colorectal cancerillustration of colon cancer stages
The Cologuard test may offer an easier, less expensive way to screen for colorectal cancer, which is highly preventable.

Tests and diagnosis for colon cancer
If your signs and symptoms indicate that you could have colon cancer, your doctor may recommend one or more tests and procedures,

Bone marrow biopsy and aspiration
These two procedures offer detailed information about the condition of your bone marrow and blood cells. They can help show how your cancer treatment is working.

Tests and diagnosis for cervical cancer
Most guidelines suggest that women begin screening for cervical cancer and precancerous changes at age 21.

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Tags: Bone Marrow Biopsy, Cervical Cancer, Cologuard, DNA Stool Testing, Living With Cancer Blog, Colon Cancer

January 30th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Quick Quiz: Women’s Heart Health

By Micah Dorfner

woman holding a red heart stone

It's time we start seeing red!

That's what Mayo Clinic Health System nurse practitioner Susan Pope says, as we prepare to recognize American Heart MonthHeart disease is more deadly than all forms of cancer combined and according to the American Heart Association, while one in 31 American women dies from breast cancer each year, heart disease claims the lives of one in three. That’s about one death each minute.

So make sure you’re as committed to heart disease prevention as you should be to your yearly mammogram. That means maintaining a healthy weight, keeping your blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol at healthy levels and quitting smoking. Or better yet, don’t start. Stay physically and mentally active.

The more we know about our nation’s No. 1 killer of women, the better. So, take this quick quiz on heart disease and women.

True or False: Heart disease only affects older women.

False. Heart disease affects women of all ages. The combination of birth control pills and smoking boosts heart disease risks by 20 percent in young women, the American Heart Association says. Yes, our risk increases as we age. Overeating and leading a sedentary lifestyle are factors that lead to blocked arteries over time. But don’t let your age lull you into a false sense of security. I take care of women of all ages in the hospital. Heart disease is an equal opportunity threat. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: American Heart Month, Cardiology, Go Red for Women, Heart Health, Mayo Clinic Health System, Susan Pope, Women's Health

January 29th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Telemedicine & You: Mayo Clinic Expert Explains New Health Care Option, How State and National Policies Can Catch Up

By Sharon Theimer

A telestroke robot is used by Mayo Clinic neurologist Bart Demaerschalk, M.D., to assess whether a patient at another hospital has had a stroke. Source: Mayo Clinic.

A telestroke robot is used by Mayo Clinic neurologist Bart Demaerschalk, M.D., shown on the robot's screen, to assess a patient at another hospital and confer with her local care team.

Rochester, Minn. — If you haven’t already experienced telemedicine, you may soon have the option. Technology is helping people connect with their physicians in new ways and from a distance, and interest is growing in updating state and federal policies to help make telemedicine available to more patients.

Mayo Clinic this week responded to a request from the House Energy and Commerce Committee for recommendations on how lawmakers can help this new health care option progress. Steve Ommen, M.D., medical director of Mayo Clinic Connected Care, explains telemedicine and outlines state and national moves that would help more patients take advantage of it:

 What is telemedicine? Telemedicine most commonly refers to communication with or among a patient’s health care team via video connection, secure text messaging or another platform rather than in person. It can be used to schedule appointments, answer questions, handle routine checkups, allow physicians in different locations to consult about a patient’s case, collect vital signs or even to help examine and diagnose patients. To protect patient privacy, secure communication methods are used.

Mayo Clinic views development of telemedicine as an important next step to improve health care access, quality and efficiency across the country.

MEDIA CONTACT: Sharon Theimer, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 507-284-5005, Email:

Journalists: Sound bites with Dr. Ommen are available in the downloads.

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January 29th, 2015 · Leave a Comment


By Dana Sparks

ear acupunture


Choosing a birth control pill

Glucose levels can fluctuate for variety of reasons

Dislocation: First aid

Bipolar medications and weight gain

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Tags: Acupuncture, Bipolar Medications, birth control pills, First Aid, Glucose Levels, Thursday Consumer Health Tips

January 28th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Thyroid Disease Can Diminish Quality of Life

By Micah Dorfner

illustration of normal thyroid glandMuch like motor vehicles have engines, our bodies have similar parts to help us function. The heart and brain are the big anatomy regulators, but did you know the thyroid is also a crucial driver of bodily operation? When your thyroid experiences problems, your whole body starts to feel out of sorts — and your quality of life suffers.

Knowing how your thyroid works and what signs indicate something is wrong will
help you get the care you need and enhance your livelihood. Deb Vogelsang, nurse practitioner at Mayo Clinic Health System, answers some common questions about thyroid disease.

QWhat is a thyroid?

A. A thyroid is a gland at the base of the neck. This important part of your body produces hormones that regulate blood pressure, body temperature, heart rate and weight.

Q. What are potential thyroid problems?how thyroid works illustration

A. There are four main thyroid afflictions: hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism, thyroid cancer and thyroid nodules.

While all of these conditions can be serious, each has its own symptoms and distinctions.

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Tags: cancer, Deb Vogelsang, hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism, Mayo Clinic Health System, thyroid gland

January 28th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic News Network Highlights 1/28/15

By Dana Sparks

Mayo Clinic News Network Highlights include:

  • Sleep issues
  • Flu and sepsis

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

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Tags: Flu, sepsis, Sleep, Weekly Highlights

January 28th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Receives $5.75 Million Gift for Lewy Body Dementia Research

By Kevin Punsky

This is a confocal image of a Lewy body from the brain of a patient with Lewy body dementia double stained for tyrosine hydroxylase (the enzyme that makes dopamine) and α-synuclein (the major protein constituent of Lewy bodies).

This is a confocal image of a Lewy body from the brain of a patient with Lewy body dementia double stained for tyrosine hydroxylase (the enzyme that makes dopamine) and α-synuclein (the major protein constituent of Lewy bodies).

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Mayo Clinic’s campus in Jacksonville, Florida, has received a $5.75 million gift from the Harry T. Mangurian Jr. Foundation in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to advance the study of Lewy body dementia, a deadly disease that causes a progressive decline in mental and physical abilities. The new Mayo program is one of a few in the world dedicated to finding answers and treatments for the disease.

The gift establishes the Mayo Clinic Dorothy and Harry T. Mangurian Jr. Lewy Body Dementia Program and builds on the foundation’s previous support of Mayo research to advance awareness and understanding of Lewy body dementia. It also helps support the brain bank on Mayo’s Florida campus, which includes about 1,000 donated organs of deceased patients confirmed to have had Lewy body dementia.

MEDIA CONTACT: Kevin Punsky, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs,

Journalists: Sound bites with Dr. Dickson are available in the downloads.

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Tags: Alzheimer’s disease, Dr Dennis Dickson, Florida News Release, Lewy Body Dementia, Mayo Clinic, Medical Research, News Release, Parkinson's disease

January 27th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Safety Tips for Digging Out

By Dana Sparks

man shoveling deep snow in winter

Hospital emergency departments see an influx of weather-related injuries with each snowstorm. Mayo Clinic emergency medicine specialist David Nestler, M.D., says falls are among the most common emergencies. "The snow and ice make it easy to slip and fall. We see many, many broken bones because of that."  Weather-related vehicle accidents, heart attacks triggered while shoveling snow and exposure injuries, like frostbite, also send more people to emergency rooms.

Click on links below to see previous Mayo Clinic News Network posts:

To interview a Mayo Clinic expert about winter safety contact:
Mayo Clinic Public Affairs 507-284-5005

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Tags: Mayo Clinic Health System, Snowstorm, Winter Safety Tips

January 27th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo and King-Devick Test Have Licensing Agreement for Sideline Concussion Test

By Jim McVeigh

Phoenix, AZ — Concussions are in the national spotlight for the damage being done to student and professional athletes. Determining when an athlete should be removed from play is a major challenge in preventing injury. Athletes routinely deny symptoms.

King-Devick test logoThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that between 1.6 and 3.8 million students have concussions every year. In an effort to bring awareness and increase concussion screening, Mayo Clinic has agreed to a licensing agreement with King-Devick Test Inc., which has developed a proven indicator of ocular motor, visual and cognitive function for concussion detection and evaluation on the sidelines of sporting events to help with the decision to sideline athletes to prevent injury.

Under the terms of the agreement, the King-Devick Concussion Screening Test will be formally recognized as the King-Devick Test In Association With Mayo Clinic. The King-Devick Test is a quick, accurate and objective concussion screening tool that can be administered on the sidelines by parents, coaches, athletic trainers, school nurses and medical professionals.

Click here to listen to audio from today's news conference.

Click here for a transcript of today's news conference.

MEDIA CONTACT: Jim McVeigh, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 507-284-5005,

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Tags: Arizona News Release, Dr. David Dodick, King-Devick test, concussion test

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