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September 30th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Tuesday Q and A: Right treatment for knee bursitis depends on underlying cause

By lizatorborg

Illustration of knee bursitis with fluid-filled sacsDEAR MAYO CLINIC: What is the most effective way to treat knee bursitis? I have had it for months and the pain is worsening, but I have heard that even after treatment it can come back. Is there a way to prevent it in the future?

ANSWER: Bursitis is a term used to describe a variety of disorders that involve inflammation in the knee’s soft tissues. These problems can be caused by exercise, injury, overuse or infection. In many cases, they resolve on their own with little or no treatment. But some cases of bursitis may require medical care. The right treatment usually depends on the underlying cause of bursitis.

Knee bursitis is inflammation of a bursa located near your knee joint. A bursa is a small fluid-filled sac that reduces friction and cushions pressure points between your bones and the tendons and muscles near your joints. Each of your knees has 11 bursae. While any of these can become inflamed, knee bursitis most commonly occurs over the kneecap or on the inner side of your knee below the joint. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: Arthritis, bursitis, Dr Clarke, Dr Henry Clarke, Knee, Tuesday Q and A

September 29th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Data From Worldwide Trial of Two HER2-Positive Breast Cancer Drugs Shows That Trastuzumab Should Remain as Standard of Care

By Paul Scotti

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Sept. 29, 2014 — Analysis of more than 8,000 women who participated in the world’s largest study of two treatments for HER2-positive breast cancer reinforces other findings from the clinical trial showing that trastuzumab (Herceptin) should remain the standard of care for this cancer, says a Mayo Clinic researcher.

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September 29th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Monday’s Housecall

By Dana Sparks


Chronic stress puts your health at risk
Your body's stress reaction was meant to protect you. But when it's constantly on alert, your health can pay the price.

cup of steaming coffee or tea on tableCaffeine content for coffee, tea, soda and more
Are you bothered by headaches, restlessness or anxiety? Your daily caffeine fix may be the culprit. See how much caffeine is in your favorite drinks.

Fitness: Tips for staying motivated
Many people start fitness programs but stop when they get bored or when results come too slowly. Here are 7 tips to help you stay motivated.

Alzheimer's: Can a head injury increase my risk?
Some research indicates a link between head injuries and Alzheimer's disease. Learn more.

Dry mouth treatment: Tips for controlling dry mouth
From chewing sugar-free gum to avoiding certain products, find out how to ease dry mouth.

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

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Tags: Alzheimer's, Caffeine, Dry Mouth, Hepatitis C, Monday's Housecall, Rabies, stress

September 27th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Weekend Wellness: Family history of kidney stones increases risk

By lizatorborg

Kidney stones illustrationDEAR MAYO CLINIC: My family has a history of kidney stones, and I would like to prevent them if possible. What should I do to keep from getting kidney stones? Are there foods or drinks I should avoid?

ANSWER: A family history of kidney stones does increase your risk of developing stones. But you can take a number of steps to help prevent kidney stones from forming. One of the most important is to drink plenty of fluids each day. Making certain dietary choices and staying at a healthy weight also can lower your risk.

Your kidneys filter waste and excess fluid from your blood. That waste and fluid leave your body through urine. Kidney stones form when urine contains more crystal-forming substances —such as calcium, oxalate and uric acid — than the fluid in your urine can dilute. At the same time, due to your genetics or other factors, your urine may not have substances that keep crystals from sticking together. That creates an ideal environment for kidney stones to form.

For people with family members who have had kidney stones, the risk of stones is about twice as high as people that do not have a family history. Other factors that can raise your risk include surgeries that change your digestive process, such as gastric bypass, and diseases that affect your digestion, such as inflammatory bowel disease or chronic diarrhea.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: dehydration, diabetes, Dr Amy Krambeck, Dr. Krambeck, kidney stones, Weekend Wellness

September 26th, 2014 · Leave a Comment


By Dana Sparks

coronary artery illustration with meshOn the next Mayo Clinic Radio, Saturday, September 27 at 9 a.m. CT, we'll discuss coronary artery disease with Chair of the Department of Cardiology at Mayo Clinic Charanjit 'Chet' Rihal, M.D. Why is heart disease such a big problem? 

coronary artery disease illustrationHow do you tell the difference between heartburn and a heart attack? How do surgeons replace a heart valve without opening your chest?  We'll find out this and more. Join us!

Myth or Fact: Someone with diabetes is at higher risk of having a heart attack than someone who has already had a heart attack.

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 27, 2014 (right click MP3) 

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Tags: Coronary Artery Disease, Dr Chet Rihal, Heart Disease, Mayo Clinic Radio

September 26th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Cultural Traditions Influence Caregiving With Cancer Patients

By Dana Sparks

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woman caregiver with older African-American womanCultural traditions influence caregiving with cancer patients
After a diagnosis of cancer, cultural traditions may play a key role in helping you feel cared for and loved during treatment and recovery.

Ovarian cancer
September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. Find out how this cancer is treated and what you can do to cope.

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.

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Tags: caregiver, Chemotherapy, Cultural Traditions, Living With Cancer Blog, Ovarian Cancer

September 25th, 2014 · Leave a Comment


By Dana Sparks


Pregnancy nutrition: Foods to eat and not eat during pregnancy

Spider veins: How are they removed?

Bipolar disorder

Social anxiety disorder (social phobia)

What to bring to your appointment

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Tags: Bipolar Disorder, phobia, Pregnancy, Spider Veins, Thursday Consumer Health Tips

September 25th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Running into Fall Marathon Season – Tip #8

By Micah Dorfner

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Are you suffering from a running injury? Are you concerned about maintaining your cardiovascular health while you're on the mend? According to Beau Johnson, physical therapist at Mayo Clinic Health System, there are activities to make sure your cardio progress doesn't disappear while you're recovering from an injury. (Follow new tips on Thursdays and learn more on Speaking of Health

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

September 24th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Jude’s Wish: Unraveling a Medical Mystery

By Dennis Douda

'Mayo 150 years serving humanity' 150th Sesquicentennial LogoBeing a parent of a very sick child is a frightening experience. That’s particularly true when the illness is a mystery and each possibility seems more serious than the last. But, getting to the right diagnosis quickly is the first step toward recovery. Little Jude is one of about 30,000 people who develop an autoimmune blood disorder called idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) each year. The Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Division at Mayo Clinic's Children's Center has been helping him survive it. September, incidentally, is ITP Awareness Month. [TRT 4:18]

Journalists: The video package and extra b-roll are available in the downloads. To read the full 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: blood, Dr Behzad Bidadi, Hematology, HL, idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, ITP, Mayo Clinic 150, Mayo Clinic 150th anniversary, Mayo Clinic Children's Center, Mayo Clinic Sesquicentennial, Pkg, platelet

September 24th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Connect With Webinar Topic: Pediatric Epilepsy Treatment Options

By Dana Sparks

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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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September 24th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Most Breast Cancer Patients Who Had Healthy Breast Removed at Peace with Decision

By Sharon Theimer

More than 8 of 10 say they would make same choice again, Mayo Clinic study finds

woman discussing breast screening with medical staffROCHESTER, Minn. — More women with cancer in one breast are opting to have both breasts removed to reduce their risk of future cancer. New research shows that in the long term, most have no regrets. Mayo Clinic surveyed hundreds of women with breast cancer who had double mastectomies between 1960 and 1993 and found that nearly all would make the same choice again. The findings are published in the journal Annals of Surgical Oncology.

The study made a surprising finding: While most women were satisfied with their decision whether they followed it with breast reconstruction or not, patients who decided against reconstructive surgery were likelier to say they would choose to have both breasts removed again. In the reconstructive surgery group, women who needed additional operations due to complications, breast implant-related issues or other reasons were likelier to regret their prophylactic mastectomy, though overall, most women with breast reconstructions were satisfied with their choices.

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

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Tags: Breast Cancer, Breast Surgery, Judy Boughey, mastectomy, Minnesota news release, News Release

September 24th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Clifford Hudis, M.D., to Anchor Mayo Clinic Genomics Conference

By Sam Smith

ASCO immediate past president and Breast Cancer Research Foundation Scientific Committee Chair to offer keynote address at Individualizing Medicine 2014: From Promise to PracticeConference-feature-image

ROCHESTER, Minn. ― Mayo Clinic announced today that Clifford Hudis, M.D., immediate past president of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), will deliver the keynote address at Individualizing Medicine 2014: From Promise to Practice.

Individualizing Medicine 2014 is scheduled for Oct. 6–8, with optional workshops and sessions before and after the conference. Presentations will cover a wide range of topics, including cardiovascular disease, the role of genomics in the pharmacy, insurance and reimbursement issues, the use of deep sequencing for predictive medicine, and more. A complete schedule and list of speakers is available on the conference website. Focused concurrent sessions are also available.

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

Journalists: Lab b-roll and sound bites with Richard Weinshilboum, M.D., co-director, Individualizing Medicine Conference, are available in the downloads.

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Tags: center for individualized medicine, Clifford Hudis, Conference, genomics, genomics conference, individualized medicine, Mayo Clinic, Medical Research, Minnesota news release, News Release, research, Richard Weinshilboum

September 23rd, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Founding Partner in Online Patient Registry for Inherited Cancer Risk

By Joe Dangor

three generations of women

Rochester, Minn. – Mayo Clinic announced today that it is part of a newly formed consortium, including experts from academic medical centers and commercial genetics laboratories across the country, that has established the Prospective Registry of Multi-Plex Testing (PROMPT), an online registry for individuals and families who have undergone testing for inherited cancer-causing genetic mutations.

Co-founded by Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK), Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Penn Medicine, the goal of the registry is to provide data vital to improving our understanding of the level of risk associated with and outcomes following testing for “panels” of cancer-associated genes. The consortium is now enrolling patients in the first phase of the study.

“An enormous challenge in the practice of medicine today is that posed by panel testing of dozens of cancer genes, some of which are recently discovered and for which we do not have adequate information to guide preventive strategies,” said co-founder, Susan Domchek, M.D., director of the Basser Research Center for BRCA at the University of Pennsylvania’s Abramson Cancer Center.

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Tags: Breast Cancer, Fergus Couch, genetic testing, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, PROMPT, Inherited Cancer

September 23rd, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic and Invenshure Launch Oneome™

By Sam Smith

Startup company to offer next-generation sequencing-based pharmacogenomics interpretation

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Mayo Clinic and venture catalyst Invenshure announce the launch of Oneome, a genomics interpretation company that exports Mayo’s extensive pharmacogenomics knowledge in the form of concise, actionable reports to help providers anywhere deliver the right medication at the right time.

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Oneome represents a new collaboration between the Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine and Invenshure. The company's tagline is: "Helping clinicians make every prescription the right one."

Oneome reports will focus on providing pharmacogenomically driven guidance for medications with high levels of evidence in medical literature. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Mayo’s collaboration with Oneome is led by the Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine.

“Our own genetic makeup can have a significant impact on how our bodies process and use prescription medication, which in turn affects whether or not a drug works the way our doctor intended,” says Oneome co-founder John Logan Black, M.D., a Mayo Clinic physician and co-director of the Personalized Genomics Laboratory in Mayo's Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology. “We have developed sophisticated decision algorithms that can help providers use genomic testing to get their prescriptions right the first time.” Read the rest of this entry »

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September 23rd, 2014 · 1 Comment

Tuesday Q and A: GI symptoms that come on quickly not always a 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