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May 28th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic in Florida Receives Highest Nursing Designation

By Paul Scotti

Mayo Building and Hospital, Jacksonville, FL

Mayo Building and Hospital, Jacksonville, FL

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Mayo Clinic’s Florida campus has been recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) with a Magnet Recognition Program® designation. This credential recognizes health care organizations for quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice. Mayo Clinic is one of only 20 hospitals in Florida and 401 nationally with Magnet Recognition Program status.

In the nursing profession, Magnet recognition is considered the gold seal that epitomizes the importance of quality, safety and improvement; intradisciplinary and interdisciplinary teamwork; understanding of evidence based practice and research; and formal nursing education. It requires organizations to develop, disseminate and enculturate evidenced-based criteria that results in a positive work environment for nurses and, by extension, all employees. U.S. News & World Report includes the Magnet designation as a primary competence indicator in its assessment of almost 5,000 hospitals to rank and report the best medical centers in 16 specialties.

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May 28th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

THURSDAY CONSUMER HEALTH TIPS

By Jen O'Hara

happy and content woman in a rowboat on a lake
How to be happy: Tips for cultivating contentment

Bird flu (avian influenza): Prevention

Vitamin D: Can it prevent Alzheimer's and dementia?

Video: Upper body stretches for the workplace

Butter vs. margarine: Which is better for my heart?

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Tags: Alzheimer's prevention, avian influenza, Bird Flu, butter vs margarine, contentment, Dementia, Happiness, Heart Health, stretching, Thursday Consumer Health Tips, vitamin D


May 27th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Safety Tips for UTV Drivers as Summer Season Arrives

By Dana Sparks

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. –– They are popular, practical and fun but quickly can turn dangerous or even deadly. Utility terrain vehicles, or UTVs, are growing in popularity. Much like the popular, single-rider all-terrain vehicle, or ATV, the UTV is designed for hauling on rough terrain but allows two people to sit beside each other.utility terrain vehicle, UTV

According to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, since the beginning of 2015, six UTV fatalities in Wisconsin have been reported. Victims range in age from 10 to 77. Half of all reported victims were not wearing helmets at the time of the accident. UTVs often are capable of reaching speeds up to 55 miles per hour.

David Ciresi, M.D., a trauma surgeon at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, says most of these events are preventable. “There often is a false sense of security for drivers and passengers in UTVs,” says Dr. Ciresi. “While one may feel safer in a UTV, it quickly can lead to a feeling of overconfidence. The UTV has a high center of gravity, giving it the potential to roll more easily than a car and is often driven in uneven terrain.”

Kristin Everett 715-838-5805  everett.kristin@mayo.edu

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Tags: Dr David Ciresi, Emergency Medicine, Mayo Clinic Health System, Utility Terrain Vehicle, UTV Accidents


May 27th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

#SunscreenProtectionDay: Understand Sunscreen Options

By Dana Sparks

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Confused about the best sunscreen to use? Wondering whether sunscreen can be harmful? Lawrence Gibson, M.D., a dermatologist at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., offers his guidance. What's the best way to sort through information about sunscreens? Start by remembering the bigger picture when it comes to sun safety and what you can do to protect yourself. For example:

  • Avoid the sun during peak hours. Generally, this is between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. — regardless of season. These are prime hours for exposure to skin-damaging ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun, even on overcast days.
  • Wear protective clothing. This includes pants, shirts with long sleeves and sunglasses. Top it off with a wide-brimmed hat. Also, consider investing in sun-protective clothing or using an umbrella for shade.
  • Use sunscreen. Apply sunscreen generously and reapply regularly.

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Tags: sunscreen, Dermatology, Dr Lawrence Gibson, skin cancer


May 27th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

In Case You Missed the Show: #MayoClinicRadio PODCAST May 23

By Dana Sparks

LISTEN:  MayoClinicRadio PODCAST May 23, 2015

As we age, our bones may lose mass and become brittle. These are the signs and symptoms of osteoporosis. According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, osteoporosis is responsible for 2 million broken bones each year in the U.S. Mayo Clinic endocrinologist Dr. Bart Clarke discusses osteoporosis and how to reduce its impact on your health. Also on the program, we explore the world of teeth whiteners ... what works and what doesn't ... with Mayo Clinic dentist Dr. Phillip Sheridan. And pediatric allergy expert Dr. Martha Hartz talks about food allergies and asthma in children.Dr. Martha Hartz on Mayo Clinic Radio

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May 26th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic PathWays May 26: What’s the Diagnosis?

By April Josselyn

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This week's Mayo Clinic PathWays case study is LIVE
View the case and make your diagnosis.

Learn more about Mayo Clinic PathWays in this news release.

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Tags: Mayo Clinic PathWays, Mayo Medical Laboratories, pathology


May 26th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

CREEPY, DREADFUL, WONDERFUL PARASITES: A Parasitologist’s View of the World – Week of May 25, 2015

By Dana Sparks

researcher Dr. Bobbi Pritt with lab microscopeEvery 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!

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, Mayo Medical Laboratories, pathology


May 26th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Shriners Hospitals for Children Joins Mayo Clinic Care Network

By Kevin Punsky

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Non-Ownership Relationship Expands Knowledge and Reach 

TAMPA, Fla.  — Mayo Clinic and Shriners Hospitals for Children today announced Shriners Hospitals for Children as a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, a national network of organizations committed to better serving patients and their families through physician collaboration.

The network will allow Shriners Hospitals for Children, a national health care system, to offer providers and patients convenient access to additional expertise from Mayo Clinic. The closer relationship will enhance the delivery of local care and promote peace of mind as providers and patients make health care decisions.

“With Mayo Clinic’s similar mission of providing the best care to every patient through integrated clinical practice, education and research, a relationship will give Shriners Hospitals the opportunity to further transform children’s lives,” said Dale W. Stauss, Chairman of the Board of Directors for Shriners Hospitals for Children. 

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Kevin Punsky, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 904-953-0746, punsky.kevin@mayo.edu
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Tags: Children's Center, Dr. David Hayes, Florida News Release, Mayo Clinic Care Network, News Release, pediatrics, Shriners Hospitals


May 26th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Q and A: Walking can be an excellent part of weight-loss plan

By lizatorborg

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I am 53 and about 60 pounds overweight. I want to start walking to lose some weight but don’t know where to start. What do you recommend? Would a tracking device help someone like me, or should I aim for a certain distance or number of minutes?Pedometer for walking

ANSWER: Walking can be an excellent part of a weight-loss plan, and wearing a monitor that tracks your activity can help you see if you are reaching your goals. It also gives you useful information about how much you are moving throughout the day, not just while you exercise. In addition, some studies show that wearing an activity tracker makes it more likely you will increase your activity.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends that all healthy adults get at least 150 minutes a week of moderate aerobic activity, or 75 minutes a week of vigorous aerobic activity. When you want to lose weight, however, you may need up to 300 minutes a week of moderate physical activity. The guidelines suggest that you spread out your exercise over the course of a week. Activity sessions should be at least 10 minutes long. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: activity tracker, Dr Edward Laskowski, Dr. Laskowski, Mayo Clinic Q A, stretching, walking, Weight Loss, weight training


May 25th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic News Network Headline 5/25/15

By Deborah Balzer

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

  • Thousands of Americans are enjoying this Memorial Day on the water. Boating and swimming are traditional pastimes but they also come with opportunity for injury. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says about ten people die every day from unintentional drowning. Mayo Clinic trauma surgeon Dr. Donald Jenkins reminds us the majority of accidents are preventable so use caution when on and in the water.

Click here for more information on boat safety.

Journalists: Video is available in the downloads. [TRT 1:04] Click here for the script.

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Tags: boating accidents, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Donald Jenkins, Vivien Williams, Water Safety


May 25th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Monday’s Housecall

By Jen O'Hara

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THIS WEEK'S TOP STORIES

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Interest in weight-loss medicines is growing as more drugs become available. Could one of them help you? Find out if you may be a candidate.

EXPERT ANSWERS
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Body fat can be measured with hand-held body fat analyzers, but accuracy varies.

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

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Tags: Advanced Directives, age-related vision, animal bites, body fat, colon cleansing, denial, Healthy Recipes, Living Wills, Monday's Housecall, nutrition-wise blog, omega-3 fatty acids, prescription weight-loss drugs


May 23rd, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Wounded Warrior Captain Bacik Walking, Running and Standing Tall

By Dana Sparks

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There are heroes in every war and Captain Matthew Bacik is certainly one of those. He was in the elite U.S. Army Ranger Regiment, honored with three Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star Medal, but he left active duty when an ambush in Iraq resulted in a below-the-knee amputation. Today, however, because of a new device tested at Mayo Clinic, he's walking, running and standing tall. [TRT 3:08]

Journalists: The broadcast quality video package and additional b-roll are available in the downloads. Click here to read the full script. 

 

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Tags: amputation, Capt Bacik, HL, Pkg, prosthetics, Wounded Warrior


May 23rd, 2015 · Leave a Comment

MAYO CLINIC RADIO

By Dana Sparks

close up illustration of spine with osteoporosis, bone loss

As we age, our bones may lose mass and become brittle. These are the signs and symptoms of osteoporosis. According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, osteoporosis is responsible for 2 million broken bones each year in the U.S. Mayo Clinic endocrinologist Dr. Bart Clarke discusses osteoporosis and how to reduce its impact on your health. Also on the program, we explore the world of teeth whiteners ... what works and what doesn't ... with Mayo Clinic dentist Dr. Phillip Sheridan. And pediatric allergy expert Dr. Martha Hartz will join us to discuss food allergies and asthma in children.

Myth or Matter-of-Fact: Men are less likely than women to develop osteoporosis.

Mayo Clinic Radio is available on iHeart Radio.

Click here to listen to the program on Saturday, May 23, 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: Asthma, Dr Bart Clarke, Dr Martha Hartz, Dr Phillip Sheridan, Food Allergies, Mayo Clinic Radio, osteoporosis, Teeth


May 23rd, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Q and A: Several factors to consider before treatment for Barrett’s esophagus

By lizatorborg

illustration of normal esophagus and Barrett's esophagus

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: My husband is 68 and was recently diagnosed with Barrett’s esophagus. The doctor said it was low-grade dysplasia, and that he could be treated for now without having surgery, but that surgery may be necessary in the future. We are worried that his condition will eventually lead to esophageal cancer and want to know if having surgery now should be considered.

ANSWER: Before you and your husband decide on what type of treatment to pursue, there are several factors you need to carefully consider and discuss with a gastroenterologist.

First, the way the condition is diagnosed is critical. In Barrett’s esophagus, the color and composition of the cells lining the lower esophagus change. Normal esophagus tissue appears pale and glossy. In Barrett’s esophagus, the tissue is red and velvety instead. When Barrett’s esophagus is found, tissue samples (biopsies) are taken to determine the degree of tissue change. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: Barrett's esophagus, Dr Kenneth Wang, Dr Wang, Mayo Clinic Q A


May 22nd, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Something to Think About ~ 12 Reasons to be Happier!

By Dana Sparks


"Based on hundreds of research studies here are 12 proven benefits of happiness!"
- 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: 12 Reasons to be Happier, Alternative Medicine, Dr Amit Sood, Something to Think About