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December 27th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Weekend Wellness: Surgery first treatment step in almost all cases of testicular cancer

By lizatorborg

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: What causes testicular cancer? How do doctors determine which treatment will be most effective?

ANSWER: Compared with other types of cancer, testicular cancer is rare. However, testicular cancer is the most common cancer in male Americans between the ages of 15 and 34.  While the cause of testicular cancer is not well understood, there are some factors that can raise a man’s risk. Key risk factors are age and a condition known as cryptorchidism, where one or both of the testes are in the abdomen instead of in the scrotum. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: cryptorchidism, Dr Alan Bryce, Klinefelter syndrome, Testicular Cancer, Weekend Wellness


December 26th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

MAYO CLINIC RADIO

By Dana Sparks

illustration of red blood cellsTis' the season of giving and donating!

Saturday, December 27, at 9 a.m. CT, director of the Mayo Clinic Blood Donor Center Justin Kreuter, M.D., will join us to talk about the importance of donating blood no matter where you live. What's involved, does it take a lot of time and does it hurt?  Is there a certain time of year when blood is in short supply?  Is there an artificial substitute for blood?  What happens to the blood we donate, and how is it used to save lives? We'll find out on the next Mayo Clinic Radio.  Please join us.

Myth or Fact: I can't donate blood because I had cancer.

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 December 27, 2014 (right click MP3) Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: Blood Donation, Dr Justin Kreuter, Mayo Clinic Radio


December 26th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Tara tells StoryCorps about surviving her heart and double lung transplant

By Dana Sparks

Tara with StoryCorps producer Christina

Listening to patients is what medical teams at Mayo Clinic do each day. To honor Mayo's 150th Anniversary, StoryCorps was asked to listen to and record several patient stories.

Tara Klein tells StoryCorps facilitator Christina Stanton about her heart and double lung transplant at Mayo Clinic. She was diagnosed at age 17 and had to wait eight years for the match. Listen to Tara's story.

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Tags: Heart, lungs, Mayo Clinic 150th anniversary, StoryCorps, Tara, transplant


December 26th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Cancer survivors: Managing your emotions after cancer treatment

By Dana Sparks

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

Cancer survivors: Managing your emotions after cancer treatmentemotional circle of people hugging each other
Get to know the emotions that are common for cancer survivors and how to manage your feelings. Find out what's normal and what indicates you should consider getting help.

Cancer survivors, patients need flu shot
If you have cancer or had it in the past, you may have a higher risk of complications from the flu. Protect yourself by getting a flu shot.

Chemotherapy and hair loss: What to expect during treatment
Whether or not you lose hair from chemotherapy depends mostly on the type and dose of medication you receive. Learn how to maintain a healthy body image after hair loss.

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Tags: Chemotherapy, flu shot, Living With Cancer


December 24th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Christmas Eve Discovery 100 Years Ago is Still Helping Millions

By Dennis Douda

'Mayo 150 years serving humanity' 150th Sesquicentennial LogoSome medical discoveries truly stand the test of time. The case of a dedicated Mayo Clinic chemist is a prime example. Feeling he was on the verge of a breakthrough that could help countless people, Edward Kendall spent Christmas Eve 1914 locked away in his lab. What he accomplished by Christmas morning was a gift to millions, one that is still improving lives 100 years later. [TRT 4:43]

Journalists: A broadcast quality video package is 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: cortisone, Department of Endocrinology, Dr John Morris, Edward Kendall, Endocrinology, HL, hormone, Levothyroxine, Nobel Prize, Pkg, Thyroid, thyroxin, thyroxine, Collection of Mayo Clinic Stories, Mayo Clinic 150th anniversary


December 24th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic News Network — Headlines 12/24/14

By Joel Streed

Mayo Clinic News Network Headlines include:

  • Seasonal Affective Disorder
  • Salt intake during the holidays
  • Battling the flu

Journalists: The video is in the downloads. Click here for script.

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Tags: Flu, salt intake, Seasonal Affective Disorder, Weekly Headlines


December 23rd, 2014 · Leave a Comment

MicrobeWatch: Influenza Update in Minnesota

By Dana Sparks

Dec 22 - influenza A microbe watch graphic

Dec 22 - influenza A microbe watch graphic

According to data from the Mayo Clinic Clinical Virology Laboratory, influenza activity has hit its peak in Rochester, Minnesota, and is widespread in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and 27 other states. The most common subtype is H3N2, which appears to be responding well to antivirals. Read more from Matt Binnicker, Ph.D., on MicrobeWatch blog and on Mayo Medical Laboratories website.

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Tags: influenza, Mayo Medical Laboratories, Microbe Watch, Dr Matt Binnicker


December 23rd, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Health Letter: Highlights from the December 2014 Issue

By Brian Kilen

ROCHESTER, Minn. ― Here are highlights from the December issue of Mayo Clinic Health Letter. You may cite this publication as often as you wish. Reprinting is allowed for a fee. Mayo Clinic Health Letter attribution is required. Include the following subscription information as your editorial policies permit: Visit http://healthletter.mayoclinic.com/ or call toll-free for subscription information, 1-800-333-9037, extension 9771. Full newsletter text: Mayo Clinic Health Letter December 2014 (for journalists only).

Myths and facts about how medications affect older adults

pills for mchlOlder adults need to be especially vigilant about drug safety, according to the December issue of Mayo Clinic Health Letter. That’s because older adults are more likely to be taking more than one medication at a time. Interactions between drugs can cause side effects that might not occur if a drug were taken alone. And, physical changes in older adults can alter both the effectiveness of a medication and side effects, compared with what a younger adult might experience. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: drug safety, home oxygen therapy, Mayo Clinic Health Letter, Minnesota news release, News Release, nonallergic rhinitis


December 23rd, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic’s Campus in Phoenix Leads Nation for Highest One-Year Survival Rate for Liver Transplants

By Lynn Closway

Two hands holding a heartPHOENIX—Mayo Clinic's campus in Phoenix, Arizona, has been identified as having the highest one-year patient survival rate in the U.S. for adult liver transplantation.  The statistics include both deceased and living-donor liver transplants.

These statistics indicate that 98.52 percent of all patients are living one year following their liver transplant – best in the nation. This compares with the national average of 90.83 percent.

Mayo also leads the nation in three-year living donor liver transplant patient and graft (the organ) survival. The one-year patient survival rate for living donor liver transplant is 100 percent, and the three-year patient survival is highest in the nation at 96.3 percent. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: Arizona News Release, Bashar Aquel, David Douglas, liver transplants, Mayo Clinic, Mayo Clinic Transplant Center, News Release


December 23rd, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Researchers Receive $1.2 Million from new Florida Program to Study Alzheimer’s

By Kevin Punsky

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Three researchers at Mayo Clinic’s campus in Jacksonville, Florida have received $1.2 million from the newly funded Florida Health Ed and Ethel Moore Alzheimer’s Research Program to study various aspects of Alzheimer’s disease. The program was created earlier this year to improve the health of Floridians by researching prevention and diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease.

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Tags: Alzheimer’s disease, Dr Ertekin-Taner, Dr Guojun Bu, Dr Rosa Rademakers, Florida News Release, Mayo Clinic, Medical Research, News Release


December 23rd, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Tuesday Q and A: Lung cancer screening used to find cancer at an early stage

By lizatorborg

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: At my last physical, my doctor suggested that I should be screened for lung cancer. I used to smoke about a pack of cigarettes a day, but I quit 12 years ago. I am 63 now and in good health. Is screening really necessary for me? What does it involve?1376346690_lung cancer

ANSWER: Screening programs are used to find lung cancer at an early stage, when it is more likely to be successfully treated. In general, screening is recommended for people at higher risk of developing lung cancer. That often includes people like you who smoked heavily at some point in their lives.

Lung cancer is currently the number one cancer killer in the United States. More people die in the U.S. each year from lung cancer than from colon, breast and prostate cancer combined. But studies have shown that a properly organized screening program can reduce the number of people who die from lung cancer by 20 percent. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: Dr Cassivi, Dr. Stephen Cassivi, low-dose CT scan, Lung Cancer, lung cancer screening program, Tuesday Q and A


December 22nd, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Knockout Calories in Your Holiday Eggnog

By Micah Dorfner

holiday eggnog drink

Are you looking for a way to trim extra calories off your cup of eggnog this holiday season? If not, perhaps you should consider the change. On average, a cup of eggnog will cost you anywhere from 280 to about 400 calories. Romi Londre, registered dietitian at Mayo Clinic Health System, shares ways to control holiday drink calories.

When making your own eggnog recipe, cut the amount of sugar you would normally use in half. Instead, you can enhance the sweetness of your drink by adding a touch of nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla or citrus. The strong flavor of these ingredients means that you don’t need to add as much of it to get the taste you desire.

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Tags: Holiday Health, holiday recipes, Mayo Clinic Health System, Nutrition


December 22nd, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Monday’s Housecall

By Dana Sparks

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THIS WEEK'S TOP STORIESDoctor writing on clipboard with airplane taking off in background
Airplane ear
Will you be flying this holiday season? Airplane ear can make plane travel uncomfortable, so get tips on preventing and treating the condition.

Walking: Trim your waistline, improve your health
Walking can be an ideal low-impact exercise, helping with weight, mood, balance and more. Get tips on how to stay motivated.

EXPERT ANSWERS
Eye exam: Is a laser retina scan worthwhile?
A laser retina scan can complement a traditional eye exam, but it's usually not necessary.

Flu vaccine: Safe for people with egg allergy?
If you're allergic to eggs, you still may be able to receive the flu vaccine.

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

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Tags: Monday's Housecall, airplane ear, Flu, Retina, vaccine


December 20th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Weekend Wellness: Take steps to combat prediabetes and prevent its progression

By lizatorborg

the word glucose on diabetes testing stripsDEAR MAYO CLINIC: Is it possible to cure prediabetes, or does being diagnosed with it mean you will either always have it or eventually become diabetic?

ANSWER: Having prediabetes does not automatically mean you will go on to develop diabetes. But it is a warning sign. If you do not make any changes, then the risk is high that prediabetes may eventually progress to diabetes. But taking certain steps, such as improving your diet and exercising regularly, can often make a big difference.

Diabetes happens when you have too much sugar, also called glucose, in your blood. Normally when your body digests food, sugar goes into your bloodstream then into your cells where it serves as fuel for those cells. Sugar gets into the cells with the help of the hormone insulin. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: Diabetes, Dr Adrian Vella, Dr Vella, Prediabetes, Weekend Wellness


December 19th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Lois and her doctor daughter-in-law

By Dana Sparks

Lois McIntosh with daughter in law Dr. Amy McIntosh on StoryCorps

Listening to patients is what medical teams at Mayo Clinic do each day. To honor Mayo's 150th Anniversary, StoryCorps was asked to listen to and record several patient stories. Each Friday, until the end of 2014, a new story will be posted on the Mayo Clinic News Network.

Lois McIntosh tells her daughter-in-law Dr. Amy McIntosh about her health issues and the special care she (and her dog) received at Mayo Clinic. Hear Lois' story.

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Tags: Dr. Amy McIntosh, Lois McIntosh, StoryCorps