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July 28th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Creepy, Dreadful, Wonderful Parasites: A parasitologist’s view of the world – week of July 27, 2015

By Jen O'Hara

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


July 28th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic PathWays July 28: 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


July 28th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Q and A: Many safe choices available to help whiten teeth

By lizatorborg

teeth whiteningDEAR MAYO CLINIC: What is the most effective way to whiten teeth? Is it worth it to pay the extra expense for treatment from a dentist, or do the over-the-counter options work just as well? Are they safe for your teeth?

ANSWER: There are quite a few choices available if you want to whiten your teeth. The approved products — both those you can buy at drugstores and those available from your dentist — are safe. Just make sure you follow the directions carefully. Many teeth whiteners are quite effective, particularly if you use them for an extended period of time. If cost is a concern, try the over-the-counter options first. If those don’t give you the results you want, then talk to your dentist about other choices he or she offers.

One of the simplest options is whitening toothpaste. It whitens teeth by removing surface stains, such as those caused by drinking coffee or smoking. Some whitening toothpastes contain the chemical blue covarine. It stays on the surface of the teeth and makes them appear less yellow. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: Dr Phillip Sheridan, Dr Sheridan, Mayo Clinic Q A, teeth whitening, whitening toothpaste


July 28th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Releases Findings and Treatment Criteria for Use of Left-ventricular Assist Devices on Heart Failure Patients

By Ginger Plumbo

Cirugía para trasplante cardíaco con el Dr. Richard DalyROCHESTER, Minn. — Mayo Clinic is announcing results of a study on the effectiveness of left-ventricular assist devices (LVAD) in treating patients with a form of cardiomyopathy called restrictive cardiomyopathy (RCM). The Mayo Clinic study, which is the largest study of its kind to date, demonstrates that LVAD devices are a viable and accessible option for treating patients with RCM, who would otherwise see their health deteriorate or who may not survive. The study suggests criteria that clinicians can use for successful implementation of these devices in RCM.

Approximately 500,000 people are currently living with cardiomyopathy, which is a condition that affects the muscles in the heart. RCM is a rare form of cardiomyopathy that limits the heart muscle from relaxing between beats when the blood returns from the body back to the heart. This causes the heart to pump weakly and restricts the flow of blood to the heart’s chambers. An LVAD is a mechanical pump that helps pump blood from the heart to the rest of the body.

MEDIA CONTACT: Ginger Plumbo, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 507-284-5005, Email: newsbureau@mayo.edu Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: Dr Lyle Joyce, Dr Sudhir Kushwaha, Heart Transplant, Mayo Clinic research, Minnesota news release


July 27th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

In case you missed the show: #MayoClinicRadio PODCAST 7/25/2015

By Jen O'Hara

Dr. Pritish Tosh talks on Mayo Clinic Radio

Listen: MayoClinicRadio 07-25-15 PODCAST

On this week's program, infectious diseases specialist Dr. Pritish Tosh explains how antibiotic resistance works and how to avoid it. Also on the program, a new study in Mayo Clinic Proceedings may help predict who is most vulnerable to opioid pain medication addiction. Anesthesiologist and pain management specialist Dr. Michael Hooten explains the study's results. And family medicine specialist Dr. John Wilkinson discusses the current recommendations for when to get a complete physical exam.

 

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July 27th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Minute 7/27/2015

By Deborah Balzer

In today's Mayo Clinic Minute with Vivien Williams:

  • A group of the nation's leading cancer experts works to reduce the high cost of cancer drugs, how fat around the hearts of many post-menopausal women increases risk of cardiovascular disease and researchers say the guidelines for dietary protein intake need updating.

Click here for more on the cost of cancer drugs, here for the heart study and here for the protein study.

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

 

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Tags: cancer drugs, cardiovascular disease, dietary protein, Dr Ayalew Tefferi, Mayo Clinic Minute


July 27th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

How to Overcome the Top 5 Fitness Barriers

By Micah Dorfner

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Sticking to a regular exercise schedule isn't easy. After all, there are plenty of potential hindrances — time, boredom, injuries, self-confidence. But these issues don't need to stand in your way.

Darcy Reber, nurse practitioner at Mayo Clinic Health System in Cannon Falls, shares practical strategies for overcoming common barriers to fitness.

  1. “I don't have enough time to exercise.”

Setting aside time to exercise can be a challenge. Use a little creativity to get the most out of your time.

Squeeze in exercise throughout the day. If you don't have time for a full workout, don't sweat it. Shorter spurts of exercise, such as 10 minutes of walking spaced throughout the day, offer benefits too. Additionally, you can try office exercises.

Get up earlier. If your days are packed and the evening hours are just as hectic, get up 30 minutes earlier twice a week to exercise. Once you've adjusted to early-morning workouts, add another day or two to the routine. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: Darcy Reber, Exercise, Fitness, Mayo Clinic Health System


July 27th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Monday’s Housecall

By Jen O'Hara

Housecall BannerTHIS WEEK'S TOP STORIES tick on a blade of grass
Stay safe this summer: Know the ABCs of ticks
For such tiny creatures, ticks can make a big impact. Here's how to protect yourself on the trails and in backyards this season.

Weight loss: Choosing a diet that's right for you
Dropping those extra pounds is your goal, but which diet will help you reach it? Get the skinny on how to rate weight-loss plans.

EXPERT ANSWERS
Statins: Do they cause ALS?
Statins can cause muscle injury in some people. But can they also trigger ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease)? See what researchers found.

Celiac disease diet: How do I get enough grains?
If you have celiac disease, there are plenty of gluten-free grains — including good-for-you whole grains — out there.

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

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Tags: ABC's of Ticks, ALS, Athletic Shoes, celiac disease, chest pain, Exercise, Healthy Recipes, Melanoma, Monday's Housecall, reducing stress, statins, stress blog, Weight Loss


July 25th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Q and A: Vaccine recommended for older adults even if they’ve had shingles

By lizatorborg

DEAR MAYO CLINIC:illustration of man with Shingles along his back I am a healthy 78-year-old man and have never had shingles or the shingles vaccine. I did have chickenpox when I was a child. Is the shingles vaccine something you would recommend for someone like me? What are the side effects of the vaccine?

ANSWER: Once you have had chickenpox, the virus that causes it — called the varicella-zoster virus — stays in your body for the rest of your life. That virus can be reactivated at any time, causing shingles. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, recommends that adults age 60 and older get the shingles vaccine, whether you’ve already had shingles or not.

When you get chickenpox, the varicella-zoster virus causes a rash to develop all over your body. Even though it’s itchy and uncomfortable, most people recover from chickenpox without any lasting problems. After the rash goes away, however, the virus remains and goes into hiding in your body’s nerve cells. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: Dr James Steckelberg, Dr Steckelberg, Mayo Clinic Q A, shingles, shingles vaccine


July 24th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Something to Think About ~ Should you laugh at yourself?

By Dana Sparks

young people taking a selfie picture, laughing and smiling

Should you laugh at yourself?

"I have a choice. I could be stiff and defensive. I could thwart any attempt of others to laugh at me. Or I can learn to laugh at myself. I believe the latter is a healthier option."
- 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, laughter, Something to Think About


July 24th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Tips for cancer survivors to keep cool in the summer heat

By Jen O'Hara

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

Tips for cancer survivors to keep cool in the summer heatthermometer pointing up toward bright sunshine
Some cancer treatments can increase your risk for dehydration and sunburn. Here's how to stay safe and comfortable this summer.

Low white blood cell count
Why would the number of white blood cells (the ones that fight diseases) decrease? And what precautions should you discuss with your doctor?

Prostate cancer treatment
Does initial treatment preclude other treatments later? Learn more.

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Tags: Cancer Survivors, Living With Cancer Blog, low white blood cell count, prostate cancer treatment


July 24th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Minute 7/24/2015

By Vivien Williams

In today's Mayo Clinic Minute with Vivien Williams:

  • New recommendations for when women should start getting mammograms and how often, researchers say e-cigarettes may be just as addictive as tobacco cigarettes and Twitter pulls flickering videos because they may increase risk of epileptic seizures for some people.

Click here for more information on mammogram recommendations, here for the e-cigarette study and here for Twitter.

Journalists: Video is available in the downloads. [TRT :50] Click here for the script.

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Tags: Dr. Sandhya Pruthi, e-cigarettes, Epilepsy, Mammogram, Mayo Clinic Minute, twitter, Vivien Williams


July 23rd, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Radio

By Jen O'Hara

illustration of bacteria mutating into superbugs

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 23,000 people die each year in the U.S. as the result of antibiotic-resistant infections. Antibiotics are powerful weapons in the fight against infection, but misuse or overuse can create a serious health risk. On the next Mayo Clinic Radio, infectious diseases specialist Dr. Pritish Tosh explains how antibiotic resistance works and how to avoid it. Also on the program, a new study in Mayo Clinic Proceedings may help predict who is most vulnerable to opioid pain medication addiction. Anesthesiologist and pain management specialist Dr. Michael Hooten explains the study's results. And family medicine specialist Dr. John Wilkinson discusses the current recommendations for when to get a complete physical exam.

Mayo Clinic Radio is available on iHeartRadio.

Click here to listen to the program at 9:05 a.m. CT, Saturday, July 25, 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: antibiotic resistance, antibiotic resistant bacteria, Dr John Wilkinson, Dr Michael Hooten, Dr Pritish Tosh, Infection, Mayo Clinic Radio, opioid addiction, opioid painkiller, pain management, physical exam, routine physical exam


July 23rd, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Minute 7/23/2015

By Deborah Balzer

In today's Mayo Clinic Minute with Vivien Williams:

  • New hope in the fight against the Ebola virus, an extreme heat safety reminder and the link between mobile phone use and depression.

For more information, click here for the Ebola vaccine study and here for the mobile phone study.

Journalists: Video is available in the downloads. [TRT :56] Click here for the script.

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Tags: cell phones, Depression, Ebola, heatstroke, Mayo Clinic Minute, Vivien Willams


July 23rd, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Methodist Healthcare joins the Mayo Clinic Care Network

By Rhoda Madson

Methodist Healthcare front entrance Memphis, Mayo Clinic Care Network

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Methodist Healthcare and Mayo Clinic announced today that Methodist has joined the Mayo Clinic Care Network, a national network of health care providers committed to better serving patients and their families through collaboration.

Methodist Healthcare is the first health care organization in Tennessee and the mid-South to join the network. The formal agreement gives Methodist Healthcare 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. Methodist Healthcare Memphis logo, Mayo Clinic Care Network

“The relationship with Mayo Clinic places physician-to-physician collaboration at the pinnacle of providing high-quality, patient- and family-centered care for all of Methodist’s patients,” says Michael Ugwueke, president and chief operating officer, Methodist Healthcare. “More than a relationship between two well-known organizations, this is truly collaboration for sharing medical knowledge and Mayo Clinic expertise, while providing tools and resources for our physicians to further enhance patient care.”

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Mayo Clinic: Rhoda Madson 507-284-5005 newsbureau@mayo.edu
Methodist Healthcare: Mary Alice Taylor 901-581-7024 MaryAlice.Taylor@mlh.org Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: Dr. David Hayes, Mayo Clinic Care Network, Memphis, Methodist Healthcare, News Release