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October 13th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Oral health: Brush up on Dental Care Basics

By danasparks Dana Sparks


woman helping little girl brush her teeth for dental health
Oral health begins with clean teeth. Keeping the area where your teeth meet your gums clean can prevent gum disease, while keeping your tooth surfaces clean can help you stave off cavities. Consider these brushing basics from the American Dental Association:

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day. When you brush, don't rush. Take enough time to do a thorough job.
  • Use the proper equipment. Use a fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush that fits your mouth comfortably. Consider using an electric or battery-operated toothbrush, which can reduce plaque and a mild form of gum disease (gingivitis) more than does manual brushing. These devices are also helpful if you have arthritis or other problems that make it difficult to brush effectively.

Click HERE to read more about brushing up for National Dental Hygiene Month.

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October 13th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Q and A: Effective treatment is available for excessive sweating

By lizatorborg lizatorborg

medical illustration of sweat pores, hair follicle, hyperhidrosisDEAR MAYO CLINIC: I’m a 57 year-old woman and am so warm all the time that I don’t even wear a coat in the winter, just a heavy sweater. I sweat so much that it drips off my nose sometimes, and if I do any kind of physical activity — even just a short walk — I start sweating. It is uncomfortable but it is also embarrassing, and I stay away from social situations because of it. Is there anything that can be done for this? I don’t see other women having this problem.

ANSWER: Excessive sweating such as you describe is called hyperhidrosis. Rest assured, effective treatment is available. In order to decide on the best treatment options for you, you will need a thorough evaluation with your doctor to review your symptoms and check for an underlying medical condition that could be contributing to the problem.

The most common form of hyperhidrosis is called primary focal (or essential) hyperhidrosis. It happens when excess sweating is not triggered by a rise in temperature or physical activity. There is no medical cause for it and it tends to mainly affect the palms, face and soles of the feet, although in some cases it can involve the entire body.

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Tags: Dr Fealey, Dr Robert Fealey, excessive sweating, Hyperhidrosis, iontophoresis, Mayo Clinic Q A

October 13th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic PathWays October 13: What’s the diagnosis?

By apriljosselyn April Josselyn

Mayo Medical Labs Pathways bannner

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

October 13th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Creepy, Dreadful, Wonderful Parasites: Week of Oct. 12, 2015

By jenohara Jen O

Slide of a Giemsa-stained sputum specimen - violet shapes on a white backgroundEvery 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

October 12th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Harvest Safety Tips for Farmers

By micahd7 Micah Dorfner

farm field of wheat with harvesting equipment in background

During the harvest season, farmers spend countless hours in combines, tractors, trucks and other equipment in fields and on roads. "Living and working on a farm can be quite rewarding; however, heavy equipment and long hours can increase your risk for injuries," says Dawn Mihalovic-Bayer, physician assistant at Mayo Clinic Health System. "Fatigue, stress and medication can cause you to lose focus. Be sure to get enough sleep and take frequent breaks so you can safely enjoy your life on the farm."

Mihalovic-Bayer explains the following safety tips can help make harvest time as safe as possible:

Equipment Safety

  • Turn all equipment off before making repairs or adjustments. Don't reach into equipment while parts are moving.
  • Don't remove safety shields, roll bars or guards.
  • Avoid wearing baggy clothing, loose jewelry or long hair near moving equipment.
  • Use safety glasses, noise protection and other precautions, including masks, when using chemicals and pesticides.
  • Never leave running equipment unattended.

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Tags: Dawn Mihalovic-Bayer, farm injuries, Farming, Harvest safety, Mayo Clinic Health System, Trauma Prevention

October 12th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

In Case You Missed the Show: #MayoClinicRadio Podcast 10/10/15

By jenohara Jen O

Dr. Marius Stan being interviewed on Mayo Clinic Radio
Listen: Mayo Clinic Radio podcast 10-10-15

The thyroid gland works as one of the body's control centers ... helping to regulate heart rate and metabolism. When your thyroid gland isn't working properly, it can cause a number of problems ... including hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism. On Mayo Clinic Radio, endocrinologist Dr. Marius Stan discusses thyroid disorders and how they're treated. Also on the program, gastroenterologist Dr. Jean Fox explains the causes of bloating. And pain management specialist Dr. Jason Eldrige offers suggestions for treating chronic pain, a condition that affects more than 25 million Americans.

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October 12th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Monday’s Housecall

By jenohara Jen O

woman having a mammogram, checking for breast cancerTHIS WEEK'S TOP STORIES
Breast cancer: Prevention
In addition to having regular mammograms, making changes in your daily life may help reduce your risk of breast cancer. Try these tips.

Depression: Supporting a family member or friend
Do you think a loved one could be depressed? Learn the signs and see how to encourage the person to get treatment.

Trouble breathing: Could it be asthma?
Wheezing and other breathing problems that last more than a few weeks could be signs of asthma or another condition.

How is brown fat different from other fat?
Researchers have uncovered a type of body fat that appears to burn calories. Can it help with weight loss?

Low-sodium recipes
Slide show: Weight training exercises
High cholesterol: Lifestyle and home remedies
Urinary tract infection (UTI)

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

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Tags: asthma, breast cancer prevention, brown fat, depression, Healthy recipes, high cholesterol, low-sodium recipes, Monday's Housecall, nutrition-wise blog, urinary tract infection, UTI, weight training exercises

October 11th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Game On! … in Ruth’s Battle with Depression after Stroke

By danasparks Dana Sparks

Ruth and physicians

Ruth Tibesar with the physicians she calls her "two knights" and who she says inspired her and helped her in her battle depression.

This patient story originally appeared March 2014 in Sharing Mayo Clinic.

For many years, those lucky enough to share a work space with Ruth Tibesar, a lab technician at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, had come to expect to hear at least one thing when they came to work every day: Laughter. Because that's just the kind of person Ruth Tibesar is -- she enjoys making those around her smile. But a little more than two years ago, that laughter disappeared soon after Ruth's mother passed away. Soon after that, Ruth suffered a mild stroke while at work, and it was while she was in the hospital recovering that she says she began to feel herself change into a person she and those around her no longer knew.

"I was angry," Ruth says. "I wasn't talking to anyone. Something had changed. But then I just went on like nothing was wrong."  Read the rest of Ruth's story.

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October 11th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic and St. Vincent’s HealthCare collaborate on cancer care services

By kevinpunsky Kevin Punsky

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Mayo Clinic’s Florida campus and St. Vincent’s HealthCare, a ministry of Ascension Health, are collaborating to bring Mayo Clinic’s nationally ranked cancer services to patients in a newly built medical suite on the campus of St. Vincent’s Riverside. The goal is to offer Mayo Clinic Comprehensive Cancer Center’s programs and services to more patients directly in the community.

Construction of the 11,500-square-foot medical suite is expected to be completed in summer of 2016. Financial details of the agreement will not be disclosed.

“We are thrilled to collaborate with a local health system that is known worldwide for delivering superior cancer care,” says Michael Schatzlein, M.D., President and CEO of St. Vincent’s HealthCare. “Every year, thousands of patients travel across the globe to be treated by Mayo Clinic physicians, and, now, St. Vincent’s will offer our patients the same high-quality care right here on our Riverside campus.”

Kevin Punsky, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 507-284-5005, email:
Kyle Sieg, St. Vincent’s HealthCare, 904-308-7992,

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Tags: Cancer, collaboration, Florida News Release, News Release, St Vincents HealthCare

October 10th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Q and A: Various treatments available for uterine fibroids that cause symptoms

By lizatorborg lizatorborg

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I’ve had heavy bleeding with bad cramps for almost two months and was recently diagnosed with uterine fibroids. My doctor prescribed hormone treatment, which helped with the bleeding for a couple weeks,

Medical illustration of a woman's reproductive system highlighting the different types of uterine fibroids

There are three major types of uterine fibroids. Intramural fibroids grow within the muscular uterine wall. Submucosal fibroids bulge into the uterine cavity. Subserosal fibroids project to the outside of the uterus.

but when I stopped taking it due to negative side effects the bleeding started again. What are my other options for treatment? I am 31.

ANSWER: When uterine fibroids cause symptoms such as bleeding and cramping, treatment is either directed at managing the symptoms, as is the case with hormone therapy, or it is focused on shrinking or removing the fibroids themselves. Treatment choices are typically based on severity of symptoms, as well as the size and location of the fibroids.

Uterine fibroids are growths of the uterus that are not cancer. These firm masses can range from tiny and almost undetectable to large and bulky. Many women have uterine fibroids without knowing it because about 70 percent don’t have any symptoms.

When uterine fibroids do cause symptoms, those you’ve experienced — bleeding and cramping — are the most common. Uterine fibroids can also lead to increased urinary frequency, constipation and a feeling of pressure within the pelvic area. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: Dr Laughlin-Tommaso, Dr Shannon Laughlin-Tommaso, hormone therapy, hysterectomy, Mayo Clinic Q A, uterine artery embolization, Uterine Fibroids

October 9th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Lupus: Your body’s immune system attacks your own tissues and organs

By danasparks Dana Sparks

word cloud for autoimmune diseases
is a chronic inflammatory disease that occurs when your body's immune system attacks your own tissues and organs. Mayo Clinic rheumatologist Thomas Osborn, M.D., says the inflammation caused by lupus can affect many different body systems — including your joints, skin, kidneys, blood cells, brain, heart and lungs.

Dr. Osborn adds that lupus can be difficult to diagnose because its signs and symptoms often mimic those of other ailments. The most distinctive sign of lupus — a facial rash that resembles the wings of a butterfly unfolding across both cheeks — occurs in many but not all cases of lupus. Read more about symptoms, causes and treatments.

Journalists: Broadcast quality sound bites with Dr. Osborn are available in the downloads.

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Tags: Autoimmune Disease, Dr Thomas Osborn, Lupus, #Newsapp

October 9th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Minute: Menopause and Abuse, Phubbing and Relationships

By balzerdeb Deborah Balzer

In today's Mayo Clinic Minute with Vivien Williams:

Click here to read more about the menopause and abuse study and here for the cell phone study.

Journalists: Video is available in the downloads. [TRT 1:03] Click here for the script.

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Tags: Abuse, cell phones, domestic abuse, Dr. Stephanie Faubion, Mayo Clinic Minute, Menopause, relationships, Vivien Williams, #Newsapp

October 9th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic to host the BRAIN Initiative symposium

By duska Duska Anastasijevic

computer monitor of brain image of patient with epilepsy

Rochester, Minn. — Mayo Clinic will host the Brain Research Through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) symposium Oct. 9-10, 2015. The symposium aims to further the collaborative approach to initiate and accelerate discovery in brain science. Government, industry and academic leaders and researchers from across the globe will convene in Rochester to further their work in neuroscience research and therapies. Walter Koroshetz, M.D., the director of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, will be the keynote speaker.BRAIN Symposium Logo

“By bringing together stakeholders from across the range of groups involved in the BRAIN Initiative, we hope to highlight the dual promises of the BRAIN Initiative: to drive public/private collaboration toward developing revolutionary tools to aid the basic understanding of the brain and to quickly translate these discoveries into therapies,” says Kendall Lee, M.D., Ph.D., Mayo Clinic neurosurgeon, who leads the Mayo Clinic Neural Engineering Laboratory, a team of more than 30 neurosurgeons, neurobiologists, engineers, imaging scientists and support staff. This team and the collaborators from the University of Texas in El Paso and Hanyang University in Korea won the BRAIN Initiative award to develop deep brain stimulation technology to detect the release of neurotransmitters in the living brain and modulate brain activity.

MEDIA CONTACT: Duska Anastasijevic, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 507-284-5005, Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: BRAIN Symposium, Dr Kendall Lee, Kevin Bennet, Minnesota news release, neuroscience research, News Release

October 9th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Focusing on the Biology of the Brain

By jstreed Joel Streed

Journalists: Broadcast quality sound bites with Dr. Lee and Kevin Bennet are available in the downloads. To read a transcript of their quotes, click here. MEDIA CONTACT:
 507-284-5005 or

The Mayo Clinic Neural Engineering Laboratory is hosting a symposium on the federal Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative October 9-10, 2015, at the Mayo Clinic campus in Rochester, Minn. "What we’re going to be able to do is showcase all the work that is being done in a variety of laboratories across the nation focused on the biology of the brain," says Kevin Bennet, chair of the Mayo Clinic Division of Engineering.

Dr. Walter Koroshetz, the newly announced director of the National Institutes of Health's/National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, will be the keynote speaker. The BRAIN Initiative is a major federal research funding initiative announced by the White House in April 2013 as a partnership between government agencies, corporations, research groups and private philanthropic foundations.medical illustration of the brain with cerebral cortex and brain stem

“The BRAIN Initiative is to develop novel technologies to probe the function and the structure of the brain," says Kendall Lee, M.D., Ph.D., a neurosurgeon and director of the Mayo Clinic Neural Engineering Laboratory. "Through these types of technologies here at Mayo Clinic, we are [using] implantable devices to treat a whole variety of disorders. For example, in deep brain stimulation, we are now able to implant electrodes that are able to help our patients with Parkinson’s disease, tremor, dystonia. And, now we’re moving into even treating psychiatric disorders, like Tourette’s and obsessive compulsive disorder, as well as depression."

Learn more: Mayo Clinic to host the BRAIN Initiative symposium


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Tags: BRAIN Initiative, Dr Kendall Lee, Dr Walter Koroshetz, HL, Kevin Bennet, Neural Engineering, #Newsapp

October 9th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Living With Cancer

By jenohara Jen O

women's hands in a circle with a pink ribbon for breast cancer awarenessBreast cancer types: What your type means
What makes one kind of breast cancer different from another? Location, hormones, genetic makeup and more. Get the facts.

Tips on balancing cancer treatment, desire to work
Remaining involved in work or returning to your job as you complete cancer treatment helps you get back to a normal routine.

Atypical cells: Are they cancer?
Atypical cells appear abnormal, but they aren't necessarily cancerous. Discover possible causes.

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Tags: atypical cells, Breast Cancer, Living With Cancer Blog, types of breast cancer, working during cancer treatment