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April 18th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Q and A: Number of factors play into increased heart disease risk for people with RA

By lizatorborg

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: Is it true that people with rheumatoid arthritis have a higher risk of heart disease? How are the two conditions related? Is there a way to lower the risk?illustration of heart disease complications

ANSWER: Studies have shown that if you have rheumatoid arthritis, your risk of developing heart disease is two to three times higher than people who do not have the disorder. Although the exact connection between the two conditions is unclear, a number of factors seem to play into the increased heart disease risk. Regular check-ups, tests to check for heart problems, lifestyle changes and being able to recognize symptoms of heart disease can all help manage the risk.

Rheumatoid arthritis is an inflammatory disease that causes swelling. It often affects the small joints in the hands and feet and causes joint tenderness, pain and stiffness. But the disorder can go beyond the joints, too, and that is part of the connection to heart disease. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: atherosclerosis, Dr. Mankad, Dr Rekha Mankad, Heart Disease, Mayo Clinic Q A, rheumatoid arthritis


April 17th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Something to Think About ~ How Best to Help Yourself

By Dana Sparks

circle of life paper doll people holding hands

How best to help yourself

"Remember that because of the way your brain works, when you are helping others, you are actually helping yourself."    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: Dr Amit Sood, Helping, Something to Think About


April 17th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

MAYO CLINIC RADIO

By Dana Sparks

pile of prescription drug bottles

Taking a prescription drug can be confusing. And taking several medications ... some before breakfast and others just before bed ... can multiply the challenges. On this week's Mayo Clinic Radio, pharmacist Jeremy Anderson answers common questions about managing your prescriptions. Also on the program, gynecologic oncologist Dr. Jamie Bakkum-Gamez talks about a new screening test for endometrial cancer that uses tampons. And we'll discuss ringing in your ears, known as tinnitus (TIN-ih-tus), with Mayo Clinic audiologist Dr. Janalene Niichel.

Myth or Matter-of-Fact: If you miss a daily dose of medication, it's usually OK to take two doses the next day to make up for it.

Mayo Clinic Radio is available on iHeart Radio.

Click here to listen to the program on Saturday, April 18, 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, cancer screening, Dr Jamie Bakkum-Gamez, Dr Janalene Niichel, endometrial cancer, Hearing Loss, Jeremy Anderson, Prescription Drugs, Tinnitus


April 17th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Sharp Increase in E-Cigarette Use Among Teens

By Dana Sparks

person puffing and smoking an e-cigarette

A report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows use of e-cigarettes by middle and high school students has tripled in one year. Traditional cigarette smoking declined but according to the CDC report about 25 percent of all high school students and 8 percent of middle school students used some form of tobacco. That's estimated to be more than four million young people. (Click here for the complete CDC report.)

Jon Ebbert, M.D., associate director for research in the Mayo Clinic Nicotine Dependence Center, says this is very concerning.

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

 

Read other Mayo Clinic News regarding E-cigarettes:
Nicotine Dependence Center
What are electronic cigarettes? Are they safer than conventional cigarettes?
Mayo Clinic Experts: What Should You Know About E-cigarettes?

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Tags: CDC, Dr. Jon Ebbert, e-cigarettes, Mayo Clinic Nicotine Dependence Center, Smoking, Teenagers


April 17th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Low Blood Cell Counts: Side Effect of Cancer Treatment

By Jen O'Hara

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

 

Low blood cell counts: Side effect of cancer treatmentmedical person with needle taking a blood draw
There's a good reason your doctor has your blood drawn so often — low blood cell counts put you at risk of serious complications. Discover treatments, ways to cope and more.

Understanding how you learn key to cancer care
As you find out more about cancer, reflect on how you learn best. Then share it with your health care team, who can help you absorb information better.

Intraoperative radiation therapy (IORT)
IORT is an intensive radiation treatment that's administered during surgery. It allows direct radiation to the target area while sparing normal surrounding tissue. Learn more about IORT treatment and research at Mayo Clinic.

 

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Tags: Cancer Care, cancer side effects, Intraoperative radiation therapy, IORT, Living With Cancer Blog, low blood cell counts


April 16th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Fan Spotlight on “The Voice” Is Story of Inspiration

By Dana Sparks

Jason Hanold in the Fan Spotlight on NBC's 'The Voice'

Jason Hanold in the Fan Spotlight on NBC's 'The Voice'

Jason Hanold was in his kitchen when one of his sons said, "Dad, your picture's on TV." Not only that, but Carson Daly was talking about Jason's story during a new "Fan Spotlight" segment during the (just slightly popular) TV show "The Voice." Then his youngest son, age 5, asked if he was up next to sing. That wouldn't have ended well, Jason suggests. But he was happy to talk about how the show and his cancer treatment at Mayo Clinic have come together. 

Jason's moment went something like this (and included about 21 seconds of air time): "This week's Fan Spotlight: Jason H. from Kenilworth, Illinois," host Carson Daly said. "He told us he schedules his cancer treatments at Mayo Clinic to coincide with our show because he says it gives him great courage. He and his four sons look forward to The Voice each and every week because they get a lot of inspiration from watching our artists perform."   Read the rest of the story In the Loop.

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Tags: Chemo Therapy, In The Loop, Jason Hanold, The Voice


April 16th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic News Network Headline 4/16/15

By Deborah Balzer

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

  • Severe weather can strike anytime. That's why preparation is key. Mayo Clinic's emergency management team tells us how to build a three-day disaster kit and explains what essentials you need to stay safe during a weather emergency.

Click here for storm predictions and here for more information on how to build an first aid disaster kit.

Journalists: Video is available in the downloads. [TRT 1:32] Click here for the script.

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Tags: First Aid Kit, Mark Bilderback, Meredie Sexton, Severe weather, tornadoes, Vivien Williams, weather emergency


April 16th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Children and Screen Time: How Much is Too Much?

By Micah Dorfner

little boy staring at electric , digital television screen

How much time does your child spend watching TV or movies, playing with a smartphone or computer, or enjoying video games? Although some screen time can be educational, it's easy to go overboard. Consider this guide to children and TV, including what you can do to keep your child's screen time in check.

The American Academy of Pediatrics discourages media use by children younger than age two and recommends limiting older children's screen time to no more than one or two hours a day. Too much screen time can be linked to:

  • Obesity. The more TV your child watches, the greater his or her risk is of becoming overweight. Having a TV in a child's bedroom increases this risk as well. Children can also develop an appetite for junk food promoted in TV ads, as well as overeat while watching TV.
  • Irregular sleep. The more TV children watch, the more likely they are to have trouble falling asleep or to have an irregular sleep schedule. Sleep loss, in turn, can lead to fatigue and increased snacking.
  • Behavioral problems. Elementary students who spend more than two hours a day watching TV or using a computer are more likely to have emotional, social and attention problems. Additionally, exposure to video games is linked with an increased possibility of attention problems in children.
  • Impaired academic performance. Elementary students who have TVs in their bedrooms tend to perform worse on tests than do those who don't have TVs in their bedrooms.
  • Violence. Too much exposure to violence through media — especially on TV — can desensitize children to violence. As a result, children might learn to accept violent behavior as a normal way to solve problems.
  • Less time for play. Excessive screen time leaves less time for active, creative play.

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Tags: Children and Television, Dr Dennis Spano, Family Health, Kids Health, Mayo Clinic Health System, Screen Time, TV


April 16th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

THURSDAY CONSUMER HEALTH TIPS

By Jen O'Hara

man in bed with eyes opened suffering insomnia

Insomnia: How do I stay asleep?

Water after meals: Does it disturb digestion?

Stress: Control email to regain control of your life

Antidepressants and weight gain: What causes it?

The Mayo Clinic Diet: A weight-loss program for life

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Tags: Antidepressants, digestion, insomnia, Mayo Clinic Diet, stress blog, Thursday Consumer Health Tips


April 15th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

All in a Day’s Work

By Dana Sparks

Dr. Charles Rosen in operating room for heart and liver transplant

This article was previously published In the Loop

It began in the early afternoon of March 3 when the news was received that a liver was available for a patient who needed both a heart and a liver transplant. From there, it cascaded into the completion of five liver transplants within a span of 24 hours.

Charles Rosen, M.D., a Mayo transplant surgeon, tells us that each year, Mayo Clinic’s Rochester campus typically performs two or three transplant clusters, where more than one transplant is performed in a single day. “We do a little over 100 deceased donor transplants and around 20 living donor transplants a year,” he says.  

Read the rest of the story: In the Loop

 

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Tags: Dr Charles Rosen, Heart and Liver Transplant, In The Loop


April 15th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

April 17 is ‘Donate Life Day’ in Rochester

By Ginger Plumbo

Wear blue and green, attend ‘Walk of Remembrance’ and flag ceremony to commemorate

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Friday, April 17, is “Donate Life Day” in Rochester, an annual recognition to raise awareness about organ donation. LifeSource, Gift of Life Transplant House and Mayo Clinic Transplant Center are hosting a “Walk of Remembrance” and flag ceremony starting at 4:30 p.m. on the Saint Marys Hospital campus. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend.Gift of Life Transplant House

More than 120,000 people are waiting for an organ transplant in the United States. Nearly 2,000 of those are children. Mayo Clinic has over 3,000 patients on the waiting list for an organ transplant. Every 10 minutes another name is added to the national waiting list. An average of 21 people die each day in the United States waiting for transplants that can't take place because of the shortage of donated organs.

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

April is National Donate Life Month, and events are happening across the country to increase support for organ, tissue and eye donation. In addition to the Donate Life Day event in Rochester, there are several other ways to participate or observe Donate Life Month: Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: Gift of Life Transplant House, LifeSource, Mayo Clinic Transplant Center, Minnesota news release, National Donate Life Month, News Release, Organ Donation


April 14th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

U.S. Senate Approves Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) Repeal

By Dana Sparks

Washington DC, US Capitol Building in a cloudy sunrise with mirror reflection

Mayo Clinic President and CEO John Noseworthy, M.D., offers this statement following the U.S. Senate vote to approve the SGR repeal:

"Mayo Clinic is pleased with today’s bipartisan action. Mayo has actively supported the repeal and replacement of the SGR for years. This ends 17 years of uncertainty for hospitals and physicians and moves Medicare towards paying for quality and efficiency. This is important for patients, taxpayers and long-term solvency of Medicare. The road to value-based payment will be challenging. We believe the next step must be to develop performance measures that accurately differentiate levels of care and complexity of patients."

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Tags: Dr. John Noseworthy, SGR, Sustainable Growth Rate, U.S. Senate


April 14th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Transplanting Sibling Love

By Dana Sparks

For his entire life, radio host James Rabe has known that one day he’d need a new kidney. A disease called Alport Syndrome slowly caused his kidneys to fail. As his condition advanced, the search for a new organ began. His big sister stepped up and gave part of herself so her little brother could live.  [TRT 2:08] (Previously aired April 2013)

Read Script: Sister's Kidney for Little Brother

Journalists: The video report and additional b-roll are available in the downloads. News Network pkgs. can be edited into vo/sots and incorporated into your local reporting.

 

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Tags: Dr. Mikel Prieto, HL, Pkg, transplant


April 14th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic and Optum360 Collaborate to Improve Experience for Patients

By Brian Kilen

Agreement includes deployment of existing Optum360 revenue management services technology, development of new tools and delivery of services to increase patient satisfaction

Optum360 and Mayo Clinic announced today that they are collaborating to develop new revenue management services capabilities aimed at improving patient experiences and satisfaction while reducing administrative costs for health care providers.

Medical Director for Patient Experience, Rochester

Medical Director for Patient Experience, Rochester

Optum360 and Mayo Clinic will collaborate on enhancing and redesigning specific elements of the revenue cycle to increase efficiency while creating a convenient, accurate, transparent and personal experience for patients. A key focus is improving the interaction between the provider and payer by opening channels of communication early in the care process. The agreement includes a next-generation patient cost estimator, streamlining prior authorization/pre-certification, enhanced claims editing functions and administrative simplification of billing activities associated with pre-care packaged pricing.

“Mayo Clinic and Optum360 have a shared vision of how a patient can best experience the revenue cycle as part of their care,” said Sandhya Pruthi, M.D., Mayo Clinic Medical Director for Patient Experience, Rochester. “Through our work together, we will also address the unique needs and regulatory requirements of the market and deliver a superior patient experience.”

MEDIA CONTACT: Brian Kilen, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 507-284-5005, newsbureau@mayo.edu

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Tags: business, Dr. Sandhya Pruthi, insurance, News Release, Optum360, RCM, revenue cycle management, Rochester news release


April 14th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Q and A: Tests may be needed to determine cause of abnormal bleeding

By lizatorborg

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I am 40 years old. After having a period that lasted nearly two months, I had tests done that showed a small, hyperechoic lesion within the endometrium. What exactly does this mean? My primary care doctor suggested a hysterectomy as treatment. Are there other ways to treat this condition?illustration of uterus, fallopian tubes, ovaries, cervix, endometrial cancer, gynecological surgery

ANSWER: Thank you very much for your important question. This can be a source of much confusion and concern, so I hope I can help you with that.

The endometrium is the layer of cells that make up the lining of your uterus. It is not uncommon for small lesions to form within that lining. When that happens, the lesion may trigger abnormal uterine bleeding similar to the kind you are experiencing. In some cases, lesions in the endometrium can signal a larger problem, such as cancer. But in many situations, they are not cancerous and pose no serious health risks.

The term “hyperechoic” is used to describe how the tissue looks during an ultrasound exam. This is a rather nonspecific term meaning that during the test the tissue reflected back an unusually large number of ultrasound echoes. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: abnormal uterine bleeding, Dr Hopkins, Dr Matthew Hopkins, endometrial lesion, Mayo Clinic Q A