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August 3rd, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Creepy, Dreadful, Wonderful Parasites: Week of Aug. 3, 2015

By Jen O'Hara Jen O

researcher Dr. Bobbi Pritt with lab microscopeEvery week, Dr. Bobbi Pritt 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, Mayo Medical Laboratories, Parasite Wonders, pathology


August 3rd, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Atlantic Council names Mayo Dr. Pierre Noel to prestigious post

By Jim McVeigh Jim McVeigh

Dr. Pierre Noel

Dr. Pierre Noel

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Pierre Noel, M.D., a bone marrow transplant surgeon at Mayo Clinic in Arizona, was recently named to the Atlantic Council, a prestigious think tank for international affairs. Dr. Noel will be a Nonresident Senior Fellow in the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security.

Dr. Noel is a professor of medicine and serves as the director of the Blood and Marrow Transplant Program. He is an adviser to the federal government on issues pertaining to medical support to counterterrorism operations. Dr. Noel joined Mayo in 1988 and left in 2000 to serve as the chief of hematology and a senior clinician for the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, and a consultant for the U.S. Homeland and National Security Council. He rejoined Mayo Clinic in 2010.

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

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Tags: Arizona News Release, Atlantic Council, News Release, Pierre Noel


August 3rd, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Monday’s Housecall

By Jen O'Hara Jen O

Housecall BannerTHIS WEEK'S TOP STORIES African-American woman sleeping, napping resting on pillow
Napping: Do's and don'ts for healthy adults
Naps aren't just for kids. Catching 40 winks may help you feel more alert and improve your mood. Here's how to make the most of your snooze.

Healthy diet: Do you follow dietary guidelines?
There's a lot of nutrition advice out there. So how much protein, fat, sugar and salt are you really supposed to consume?

EXPERT ANSWERS
Weightlifting belt: Do I need one?
For most strength training enthusiasts, there's no need to invest in a weightlifting belt.

PSA levels: Can they rise after prostate removal?
If you've had surgery for an enlarged prostate, a number of factors can cause PSA levels to go up again.

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Tags: dry eyes, healthy diet, Healthy Recipes, Mayo Clinic Diet, Monday's Housecall, Naegleria fowerli, Naegleria infection, napping, nutrition-wise blog, personalized medicine, pharmacogenomics, PSA levels, weightlifting belt


August 1st, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Q and A: TIA increases risk for having a stroke in the future

By lizatorborg lizatorborg

word cloud for stroke, brain, ischemic
DEAR MAYO CLINIC:
What is a “mini-stroke” and how does it differ from the stroke we typically hear about? My mother recently had a mini-stroke, but her symptoms went away. Now she seems fine. Is she at greater risk of having another stroke?

ANSWER: The condition you’re describing is called a transient ischemic attack, or TIA. Symptoms of TIA come and go and, as in your mother’s case, they don’t cause any lasting problems. But a TIA should not be ignored because it significantly increases the risk for having a stroke in the future.

There are two main kinds of stroke: ischemic and hemorrhagic. Hemorrhagic strokes happen when there is bleeding into the brain tissue. They are much less common than ischemic strokes. Ischemic strokes happen when a blocked artery cuts off the blood supply to the brain. This type of stroke accounts for about 85 percent of all strokes. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: diabetes, Dr. Robert Brown, High Blood Pressure, Mayo Clinic Q A, stroke, TIA, transient ischemic attack


July 31st, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Something to Think About ~ Can a perfect world remain perfect?

By Dana Sparks Dana Sparks

woman holding clear glass globe representing a perfect world

Can a perfect world remain perfect?

"Our neural system isn’t adapted for a perfect world. We need the world’s imperfections. They inspire us to improve, cultivate compassion and forgiveness, and find meaning, so we could rise above human limitations. The imperfections that surround us are the cause of our happiness and growth. Accept them to work with them."  - 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: Alternative Medicine, Dr Amit Sood, Perfect World, Something to Think About


July 31st, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Minute 7/31/2015

By Deborah Balzer Deborah Balzer

In today's Mayo Clinic Minute with Vivien Williams:

  • Treating summer colds, how the "fatherhood effect" makes new dads gain weight and researchers say losing just one night of sleep can affect your health.

Click here for more on summer health issues, here for the "fatherhood effect" study and here for the sleep study.

Journalists: Video is available in the downloads. [TRT :57] Click here for the script.

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Tags: colds, Dr Vandana Bhide, Fatherhood, sleep, summer viruses, Vivien Williams, weight gain


July 31st, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Part of New Clinical Trial to Treat Advanced Melanoma

By Jen O'Hara Jen O

Blue and white banner logo for 'Living with Cancer' blogMayo Clinic part of new clinical trial to treat advanced melanomalab image of testing
Treating melanoma in some people can be a challenge. Now a new clinical trial is creating custom drug options.

Liver transplant
If treatments don't work for cancers of the liver or bile duct, a liver transplant may be an option. Learn how to prepare and what you can expect.

No appetite? How to get nutrition during cancer treatment
If cancer treatment leaves you without an appetite, try these tips to get the calories and nutrients you need.

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Tags: advanced melanoma, liver transplant, Living With Cancer Blog, melanoma clinical trial, nutrition during cancer treatment


July 30th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Radio

By Jen O'Hara Jen O

stethoscope and book binding with words health and medical, on tablePrimary care doctors are often on the front lines of providing medical care. But they are increasingly in short supply as more aging Americans need health care. On the next Mayo Clinic Radio, family medicine specialist Dr. John Bachman discusses the growing doctor shortage and how to reverse it. Also on the program, Mayo Medical School Interim Dean Dr. Michele Halyard and Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Dr. Darcy Reed outline what's new in training tomorrow's doctors. Also, Dr. Paul Takahashi, a specialist in geriatric medicine, talks about how house calls are again being used to provide more efficient care. And psychologist and eating-disorder specialist Dr. Karen Grothe explains binge eating and how it's treated.

Mayo Clinic Radio is available on iHeartRadio.

Click here to listen to the program at 9:05 a.m. CT, Saturday, August 1, 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.

 

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Tags: binge eating, doctor shortage, doctor training, Dr Darcy Reed, Dr. John Bachman, Dr Karen Grothe, Dr Michele Halyard, Dr. Paul Takahashi, Family Medicine, geriatric medicine, house calls, Mayo Clinic Radio, Mayo Medical School, primary care


July 30th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Summer Health Issues: Poison Ivy, Dehydration and More…

By Vivien Williams Vivien Williams

close up of three leaf poison ivy

Enjoying summer weather and the outdoors can bring on certain health issues. Poison ivy rashes and dehydration are two common culprits. Internal medicine specialist and pediatrician at Mayo Clinic Florida Dr. Vandana Bhide says, "Everybody is outdoors and it's very easy to be exposed to poison ivy even if you don't know it. We see lots of rashes. The second thing I see is dehydration."

Dr. Bhide says to make sure you drink water, some sports drinks, even eat popsicles to stay hydrated. For poison ivy, any kind of topical agent or anti-itch agent, calamine lotion or a soothing oatmeal bath will help decrease the itch. If symptoms persist, see your health care provider.

Other common summer health issues include:

Journalists: Sound bites are available in the downloads. [TRT 1:14] Click here for the transcript of her comments.

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Tags: dehydration, Dr Vandana Bhide, enterovirus, heat exhaustion, Heat Rash, Mayo Clinic Florida, poison ivy, Summer illnesses


July 30th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Cost-effective addition to mammography in detecting cancer in dense breast tissue

By Bob Nellis Bob Nellis

ROCHESTER, Minn. – For women with dense breast tissue, supplementing standard mammography with a new imaging technique called molecular breast imaging (MBI) can lower the cost of diagnosis of breast cancers, according to a Mayo Clinic study published in the American Journal of Roentgenology (AJR).

Researchers at the Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine found that adding MBI to mammography of women with dense breast tissue increased the costs of diagnosis 3.2 times, compared to costs of mammography alone, and nearly quadrupled the rate of cancer detection. Because the supplemental test found more cancer, screening with a combination of mammography and MBI saved $8,254 per cancer detected.

While mammography is still the standard tool for widespread breast cancer screening, it is now known to perform less effectively in women with dense breast tissue. Both tumors and normal dense breast tissue can appear white on a mammogram, making tumors hard to detect. Nearly half of all women over age 40 have mammograms classified as “dense,” according to Carrie Hruska, Ph.D., a medical physicist in the Mayo Clinic Department of Radiology and the study’s lead author. Supplemental screening techniques like MBI address a significant need for better cancer detection methods for this patient population.

Journalists: Sound bites with Dr. Hruska are in the downloads.

MEDIA CONTACT: Bob Nellis and Shea Jennings, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 507-284-5005, newsbureau@mayo.edu Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: Breast Cancer, Center for Individualized Medicine, Dr Carrie Hruska, Dr Deborah Rhodes, Dr Michael O'Connor, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, MBI, molecular breast imaging, Research, Rochester news release


July 30th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Thursday Consumer Health Tips

By Jen O'Hara Jen O

unhappy male teenage student sitting outside on college steps

Teen depression

Acne treatments: Medical procedures may help clear skin

Weight loss: Feel full on fewer calories

Temper tantrums in toddlers: How to keep the peace

Alzheimer's: Smoothing the transition on moving day

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Tags: acne treatments, Alzheimer's, teen depression, temper tantrums in toddlers, Thursday Consumer Health Tips, Weight Loss


July 29th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Learn the ABCs of Ticks with Dr. Bobbi Pritt

By Vivien Williams Vivien Williams

More areas in the United States are seeing human cases of Lyme disease. A recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows a significant increase in geographic areas — as much as 320 percent in the Northeast — determined as high risk for contracting the tick-borne illness.

The Mayo Clinic Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology and Mayo Medical Laboratories have developed “The ABCs of Ticks" flash cards to help protect you against tick-borne diseases.

Dr. Bobbi Pritt, director of the Clinical Parasitology Laboratory, says the online, interactive and easy-to-use tool explains what a person needs to know about tick bite prevention, treatment and more. Dr. Pritt invited medical reporter Vivien Williams to the Bacteriology Laboratory where she explains how the flashcards work and how you, your family and your pets can stay safe from ticks.

Journalists: Video is available in the downloads. [TRT 2:41] 

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Tags: ABC's of Ticks, Dr Bobbi Pritt, Lyme disease, Mayo Clinic Health System, Mayo Medical Laboratories, Tick-Borne Diseases, Vivien Williams


July 29th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Hysterectomy may indicate cardiovascular risk in women under age 50

By Kelley Luckstein Kelley Luckstein

woman talking to female physician about healthROCHESTER, Minn. — Hysterectomy may be a marker of early cardiovascular risk and disease, especially in women under 35, according to Mayo Clinic experts.

In a study recently published in Menopause: The Journal of the North American Menopause Society, researchers found that women who underwent hysterectomy were much more likely to have pre-existing cardiovascular risk factors – especially obesity – than women of the same age in the control group who did not undergo hysterectomy. In particular, women under age 35 had the most cardiovascular risk factors and disease, including stroke.

“Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death among women, and women see primarily gynecologists between 18 years and 64 years – a time when early screening for cardiovascular disease would be important,” says lead author and Mayo Clinic OB-GYN Shannon Laughlin-Tommaso, M.D., “We wanted to do this study to find a gynecologic screening method for cardiovascular disease.”

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Tags: cardiovascular disease, Dr Shannon Laughlin-Tommaso, gynecologist, hysterectomy, Mayo Clinic Rochester, Minnesota news release, News Release, OB-GYN, obesity, Research, stroke, women


July 28th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Raffles Medical Group first member in Asia joins Mayo Clinic Care Network

By Rhoda Madson Rhoda Madson

Raffles Medical Building, Mayo Clinic Care Network
SINGAPORE — Mayo Clinic and Raffles Medical Group announced today that Singapore-based Raffles has joined the Mayo Clinic Care Network, a growing network of organizations committed to better serving patients and their families through collaboration.

Dr. Nair and Dr. Hayes at MCCN announcement sharing

Dr. Prem Kumar Nair, Managing Director, Singapore Healthcare and Dr. David Hayes, Medical Director, Mayo Clinic Care Network.

Raffles Medical Group, the largest private group practice in Singapore, is the first health care organization in Asia to join the network. The formal agreement gives Raffles Medical Group access to the latest Mayo Clinic knowledge and promotes physician collaboration that complements local expertise. Through shared resources, more patients can get answers to complex medical questions while staying close to home.

“Our patients have always looked to Raffles to provide them with quality care,” says Dr. Donald Poon, general manager, RafflesHospital. “We share a commitment to enhance care and add value for patients, which has become increasingly important in a changing health care landscape. By working with Mayo Clinic, we will be in an even stronger position to deliver high-quality, best-practice care. This is especially true for both our Centres of Excellence – Raffles Heart Centre and Raffles Cancer Centre.”

“We are pleased to welcome Raffles Medical Group to the network,” says David Hayes, M.D., medical director, Mayo Clinic Care Network. “As we have worked together toward today’s announcement, we have been impressed by the cultural alignment of our two institutions. Raffles continues to raise the bar on the ways in which an integrated, team-based approach can be used to meet the needs of its patients, and we’re very proud of our shared purpose — to bring the highest quality patient care to the region."

Journalists: B-roll video of the Mayo Clinic Rochester campus is available in the downloads.

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Rhoda Madson, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 507-284-5005, newsbureau@mayo.edu
Joanna Lee, Raffles Medical Group, +65 6311-1312, lee_joanna@rafflesmedical.com

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Tags: Dr. David Hayes, Mayo Clinic Care Network, Minnesota news release, News Release, Raffles Medical Group, singapore


July 28th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Creepy, Dreadful, Wonderful Parasites: Week of July 27, 2015

By Jen O'Hara Jen O

researcher Dr. Bobbi Pritt with lab microscopeEvery week, Dr. Bobbi Pritt 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, Mayo Medical Laboratories, Parasite Wonders, pathology