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May 23rd, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Wounded Warrior Captain Bacik Walking, Running and Standing Tall

By Dana Sparks

United States of America flag, with blue sky in background

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


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

May 22nd, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic News Network Headline 5/22/15

By Deborah Balzer

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

  • Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start to summer and that means plenty of outdoor picnics and family gatherings which can bring us face-to-face with a host of insects including hornets, wasps and bees. For those with bee allergies, a sting may result in anaphylaxis — a potentially life-threatening reaction. Mayo Clinic emergency medicine specialist Dr. David Claypool provides tips on what to do if you get stung.

Journalists: Video is available in the downloads. [TRT 1:07] Click here for the script.

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Tags: allergic reaction, Anaphylaxis, bee stings, Dr David Claypool, insect bites, Vivien Williams

May 22nd, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Ginger for chemotherapy-induced nausea: Does it work?

By Jen O'Hara

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

Ginger for chemotherapy-induced nausea: Does it work?fresh ginger root and ground ginger spice on wooden background
Looking for relief from the nausea and vomiting that chemo can cause? Research shows that ginger may help.

Groups offer support for brain tumor survivors
If you're a brain tumor survivor, you don't have to go it alone. Support organizations can help you navigate your treatment and recovery.

Ovarian cancer
In its early stages, ovarian cancer rarely causes any symptoms. Know whether you're at risk so you can be better prepared.

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Tags: Brain Tumor, Chemotherapy Nausea, Living With Cancer Blog, Ovarian Cancer, Support Groups

May 21st, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Play it Safe on Your Bike, Skateboard or In-Line Skates

By Micah Dorfner

people riding bicycles on bike path

LAKE CITY, Minn. — Learning to ride a bicycle is a part of most childhoods in the U.S. More than 70 percent of children between the ages of 5 and 14 ride bicycles, and 55 percent of those children don’t always wear a helmet, according to the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. At the same time, in-line skating and skateboarding are also popular.

Next to motor-vehicle injuries, bicycles injure more children any other consumer product, per the National SAFE KIDS Campaign. Head injuries are the most common and often most serious injury sustained on a bike, in-line skates, scooters or skateboards. Wearing a helmet can reduce the risk of death or injury due to a head injury.

“Summer weather promotes great outdoor activities, such as biking and skateboarding,” says Steven Adamson, M.D., Emergency Department director Mayo Clinic Health System in Lake City. “However, bicycle and skateboard injuries are far too common in the Emergency Department. Wearing a helmet and appropriate safety gear along with following safety rules can prevent many injuries. Adults and kids need to take appropriate safety precautions.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: Bike Safety, Dr Steven Adamson, Mayo Clinic Health System, News Release, Rollerblading, Skateboarding

May 21st, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Trauma Expert: Preventing Pediatric Falls

By Kelley Luckstein

ROCHESTER, Minn. — When people think of kids and trauma, they often think about car accidents. “However, in reality, falls are the leading cause of childhood injury and most of them happen around the home,” says Christopher Moir, M.D., pediatric surgeon at Mayo Clinic Children Center, who has cared for a wide variety of injuries related to falls.

There are approximately 8,000 children treated in emergency rooms for falls every day, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. At Mayo Clinic’s Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center, 35 percent of the children cared for in 2014 were the result of a fall.

Falls can happen anywhere but some of the most common mechanisms for kids’ falls are from playground equipment, off changing tables, off infant seats placed on high surfaces, from baby walkers, out of shopping carts and out of windows. When children fall out of windows, the injuries that result are more serious than other types of falls.

MEDIA CONTACT: Kelley Luckstein, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 507-284-5005, email:

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Tags: childhood falls, Dr Chistopher Moir, Mayo Clinic Children Center, Minnesota news release, News Release, Pediatric Trauma Center

May 21st, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic, Phoenix Children’s Hospital Dog Bite Study Highlighted

By Jim McVeigh

outside Phoenix Children's Hospital with palm trees

PHOENIX — Prior studies have shown that most dog bite injuries result from family dogs. A new study conducted by Mayo Clinic and Phoenix Children’s Hospital shed some further light on the nature of these injuries.

The American Veterinary association has designated this week as Dog Bite Prevention Week.

The study, published last month in the Journal of Pediatric Surgery, demonstrated that more than 50 percent of the dog bites injuries treated at Phoenix Children’s Hospital came from dogs belonging to an immediate family member.

Phoenix Children's Hospital logoMEDIA CONTACT: Jim McVeigh, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 480-301-4222, Email:

Stacy Dillier, Phoenix Children’s Hospital, 602-933-0824, Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: Arizona News Release, dog bites, Erin Garvey, Mayo Clinic Pediatric Surgery, News Release, Ramin Jamshidi

May 21st, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Urologists Present Findings at 2015 American Urological Association Meeting

By Joe Dangor

AUA annual meeting logo 2015Embargoed Releases. See specific embargo information for each study.

Joe Dangor, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 507-284-5005,

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Mayo Clinic urologists will present research findings on several topics at the American Urological Association Annual Meeting May 15–19 in New Orleans. Researchers will be available to discuss their research with reporters who are covering the conference. Mayo Clinic studies to be presented include:

Holmium Laser Excision of Genitourinary Mesh Exposure Following Anti-Incontinence Surgery: Minimum Six-Month Follow-up.
Embargoed until Sunday, May 17, 2015 1:00 p.m. CT

The polypropylene mesh implants used in some incontinence surgeries for women can erode tissue and sometimes intrude into the bladder or urethra, often causing pain, bleeding and infection. Conventional treatment requires major open surgery.medical staff person holding chalkboard with the word urology

Mayo Clinic researchers have discovered they can trim mesh with an endoscopic laser and remove it without having to make incisions.

“Removal of mesh with old-fashioned surgery is a big surgery,” says lead author Daniel Elliott, M.D., a Mayo Clinic urologist. “We were trying to see if there is a way to get this done easier. With certain types of mesh exposures this is very effective and others it’s not. But it presents itself as a potential option for some of these people to avoid a major surgery.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: ADHD, AUA 2015 Annual Meeting, BMI, body mass index, Daniel Elliott, Derek Lomas, Jeffrey Karnes, M.D., MD sacral neuromodulation, Marco Moschini, Matthew Tollefson, Mayo Clinic urology, Minnesota news release, News Release, obesity, Prostate Cancer, PSA, robotic-assisted surgery, sarcopenia, Sexual Dysfunction, Urinary Incontinence, Urology

May 21st, 2015 · Leave a Comment


By Jen O'Hara

woman breast feeding, nursing baby

Breast-feeding nutrition: Tips for moms

Coping with stress: Workplace tips

Nervous breakdown: What does it mean?

Nutrition-wise: Seniors — Beef it up to prevent muscle loss

Does soy affect breast cancer risk?

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Tags: Breast Cancer Risk, breast-feeding, nervous breakdwon, nutrition-wise blog, Senior Health, soy, stress, Thursday Consumer Health Tips

May 20th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic News Network Headline 5/20/15

By Deborah Balzer

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

  • A drink designed to replace depleted fluids and minerals in babies and children who suffer from diarrhea and vomiting has found new popularity among adults seeking rehydration. Mayo Clinic performance nutritionist Luke Corey says electrolytes, which can be found in Pedialyte, as well as in sports drinks, are important for muscle and nerve function.

Journalists: Video is available in the downloads. [TRT :55] Click here for the script.

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Tags: dehydration, diarrhea, Electrolytes, Luke Corey, Pedialyte, rehydration, Vivien Williams

May 20th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Hospitals Rated High Performing in All Common Care Categories by US News & World Report

By Jim McVeigh

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ROCHESTER, Minn. — Mayo Clinic Hospitals in Rochester, Minn, and Phoenix earned the top-tier High Performing distinction in all five common care categories in the latest ratings by U.S. News & World Report.

U.S. News Best Hospitals for Common Care evaluated how well more than 4,500 hospitals nationwide performed on routine individual procedures and conditions. The five areas of focus are heart bypass surgery, hip replacement, knee replacement, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and heart failure. Only about 10 percent of the hospitals were rated as high performers in any category.

Mayo Clinic hospitals in Rochester and Phoenix are among fewer than 50 of more than 800 institutions that rated High Performing in all five categories. Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, Florida, earned the High Performing rating in hip replacement. Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, Wis., is rated High Performing in heart failure.

The ratings placed hospitals into one of five performance tiers, with hospitals that performed consistently well rated highest. The two highest tiers were collapsed to a single “High Performing” tier and the two lowest were collapsed to a “Below Average” tier. Approximately 800 hospitals were rated High Performing in at least one procedure or condition.

MEDIA CONTACT: Ann Schauer, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 507-284-5005, Email: Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: Mayo Clinic Health System, Minnesota news release, News Release, Paula Santrach, US News & World Report

May 20th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Boating Safety: Tips to Stay Safe on the Water

By Micah Dorfner

man and woman boating in a canoe on a lake, water safety

National Safe Boating Week May 16-22 

Boating is fun, but it’s important that it's also safe. Whether it’s a fishing boat, a canoe or kayak, or a personal watercraft, there are some basic safety tips that apply to all.

According to the National Safe Boating Council, learning to swim is one of the most important ways to stay safe on the water. But even expert swimmers can get into trouble. It’s important to be sure that everyone in the watercraft is wearing a life jacket.

“Statistics from the U.S. Coast Guard show that watercraft accident victims are more likely to survive if they are wearing a life jacket,” says Janet Chestnut, M.D., Emergency Department director at Mayo Clinic Health System in Cannon Falls. “There are excellent models of life jackets that are comfortable and easy to put, so there really is no excuse not to wear one.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: boating safety, Dr Janet Chestnut, Mayo Clinic Health System, Vacation safety

May 19th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Peanut Allergies: A Bigger Threat to Kids with Asthma

By Dennis Douda

girl using asthma inhaler"Children with food allergies and asthma have a higher risk of a severe allergic reaction to the food allergy, than does a child without asthma," says Mayo Clinic Children's Center, Martha Hartz, M.D., division chair of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology.

Dr. Hartz says, in general, children with asthma are more likely to be allergic to peanuts, as well as other foods. New research presented at the American Thoracic Society 2015 International Conference found that half of families whose children have asthma were unaware their child also had a peanut sensitivity. She says it's an issue to be taken seriously. "Peanut allergy is the most common cause of fatal food anaphylaxis in the country," Dr. Hartz says. "So, parents are appropriately concerned about peanut allergy."peanutbutter

Children with asthma who have shown a history of food allergy may benefit from allergy testing. However, she says, screening broadly across the population is likely to cause more problems than it solves, with too many false positive results. For those children with known peanut allergies, Dr. Hartz urges careful avoidance of any foods that may contain peanut products and to always carry an epinephrin injector pen in case of emergency. Click on the video to hear more of Dr. Hartz's advice, including how exposing children to peanut butter at a very young age may prevent peanut allergies.

To read more about the latest research linking asthma and peanut allergies, click here.

Journalists, broadcast quality sound bites from Dr. Hartz are available in the downloads. To read a transcript of her comments, click here.

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Tags: Asthma, Dr Martha Hartz, Food Allergies, immunology, Peanut Allergy, pediatrics