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October 31st, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Homemade Treats Not Best Choice at Halloween

By Micah Dorfner

Homemade Halloween cookies and treats.Although homemade goodies are often appreciated more than most store-bought treats, Halloween is not the time to distribute them to trick-or-treaters. There are several precautions children and parents should take before enjoying their treats.

“It is important to check all Halloween candy before it's consumed to make sure it's safe and not intentionally tampered with or unintentionally contaminated,” says Romi Londre, a registered dietitian with Mayo Clinic Health System Franciscan Healthcare in La Crosse. “It may seem like a great idea at first, but just remind your children not to accept — and especially not to eat — anything that isn't commercially wrapped.”

Londre offers additional tips to make sure your child has a safe Halloween.


  • Have a balanced meal before trick-or-treating, even pack a snack for the kids so they're not tempted to eat any candy before you can check all the pieces.
  • Inspect all candy under a bright light. Check for tampered wrappers, making sure they are intact and free of pinholes. Be on the look-out for any discolored or strange-smelling candy. If you are unsure, dispose of the candy.
  • Check the expiration date.
  • Review the listed ingredients for any allergies your children may have, especially nuts.
  • Monitor the amount of candy your child eats to avoid stomach aches and over-consumption.


  • Let your children eat any pieces of candy until they have been inspected.
  • Eat any homemade treats or peeled fruit.
  • Hand out gum, hard candies or small objects to young children, as they may pose a choking hazard.

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Tags: halloween, Mayo Clinic Health System, Nutrition, Romi Londre

October 31st, 2014 · Leave a Comment


By Dana Sparks

insulin needle, stethoscope and paper with the word diabetes


November is American Diabetes Month and Diabetic Eye Disease Month.  On the next Mayo Clinic Radio, Saturday, November 1 at 9 a.m. CT, we’ll discuss the prevention, detection and treatment of diabetes with endocrinologist and diabetes expert Adrian Vella, M.D., and ophthalmologist Sophie Bakri, M.D.   Do you know 13 percent of Americans have diabetes and 37 percent are pre-diabetic, meaning they are likely to develop diabetes?  It's also estimated that one-third of the babies born today will become diabetic in their lifetime.  Please join us to learn more.

Myth or Fact: Children can 'outgrow' diabetes.

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 November 1, 2014 (right click MP3)

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Tags: Diabetes, Dr Adrian Vella, Dr Sophie Bakri, Mayo Clinic Radio

October 31st, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Tips for Seeking Second Opinion on Cancer Care

By Dana Sparks

Blue and white banner logo for 'Living with Cancer' blog
Tips for seeking second opinion on cancer careillustration of colon cancer stages
A second opinion sheds new light on cancer treatment options and gives you confidence on how to proceed with your care.

Symptoms of colon cancer
Many people with colon cancer experience no symptoms in the early stages of the disease. When symptoms appear, they'll likely vary, depending on the cancer's size and location in your large intestine.

Get ready for possible side effects of chemotherapy
Chemotherapy works to kill cancer cells. But it can also destroy healthy cells, causing side effects. Know what to expect and what to ask your health care team.

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Tags: Chemotherapy, colon cancer, Living With Cancer Blog

October 31st, 2014 · Leave a Comment

After Her Breast Cancer Diagnosis, Nara Says Thank You to Dr. Sandhya Pruthi

By Dana Sparks

Nara with Dr. Pruthi - 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 for the next ten weeks, a new story will be posted on the Mayo Clinic News Network. 

Nara is interviewed by her Mayo Clinic physician Dr. Sandhya Pruthi about Nara's breast cancer and why early detection was important in her case. Nara also reflects on her mother’s ovarian cancer treatment. Click the link to listen to Nara's story .

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Tags: Breast Cancer, Dr. Sandhya Pruthi, StoryCorps

October 30th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Announces 2014 Distinguished Alumni Awards

By Alyson Gonzalez

group photo distinguished alumni award winners 2014ROCHESTER, Minn. —  Brian G.M. Durie, M.D., E. Rolland Dickson, M.D., K. Krishnan Unni,  M.D., and Richard Weinshilboum, M.D., have been named recipients of the 2014 Mayo Clinic Distinguished Alumni Award. The award honors individuals who exemplify Mayo Clinic’s ideals and mission. The honorees were recognized at a private event in Rochester recently.

The Mayo Clinic Board of Trustees established the Mayo Clinic Distinguished Alumni Award in 1981 to show appreciation for the exceptional contributions of Mayo alumni to the field of medicine. Individuals who receive the award have been recognized nationally and often internationally in their fields. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: cancer, Dr Brian GM Durie, Dr E Rolland Dickson, Dr K Krishnan Unni, Dr. Richard Weinshilboum, education, Gastroenterology, Hepatology, M.D., Mayo Clinic Board of Trustees, orthopedics, pathology

October 30th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Inspiring Scents and Compassionate Care

By Dana Sparks

'Mayo 150 years serving humanity' 150th Sesquicentennial Logo

Kim creates luxury fragrances that tell stories about the faraway places she’s visited. So when a brain tumor was found pressing on and damaging her olfactory nerve – the nerve that controls one’s sense of smell – she came to Mayo Clinic for minimally invasive, microsurgery technique to remove the tumor and, ultimately, enhance her sense of smell.  [TRT 3:02]

Journalists: The video package and extra b-roll are 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: Brain Tumor, Dr Robert Wharen, Mayo Clinic 150, Mayo Clinic 150 Anniversary, Mayo Clinic Florida, Mayo Clinic Sesquicentennial, microsurgery, Olfatory Nerve, Sense of Smell

October 30th, 2014 · Leave a Comment


By Dana Sparks

burlap bag of salt spilled on a table with the word salt spelled out

 Sodium: How to tame your salt habit 

Buying athletic shoes? Check your arch

Panic attacks and panic disorder

Anger management: Your questions answered

Fear drives shadowing of Alzheimer's caregivers

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Tags: Alzheimer's, Anger Management, Athletic Shoes, Panic Attacks, Salt, Thursday Consumer Health Tips

October 29th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic News Network — Headlines 10/29/14

By Dana Sparks

Mayo Clinic News Network Headlines include:

  • When to take children to the Emergency Department
  • Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS)
  • Medication List

Journalists: Video is available in the downloads. Click here for script.


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Tags: Weekly Headlines

October 29th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Remember the Vital Vaccinations

By Dana Sparks

Vaccines have all but wiped out some terrible diseases like polio and measles in the United States, but that success doesn't mean we shouldn't vaccinate against them anymore. Dennis Douda has this report.[TRT 1:55]

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Journalists: The video report and additional b-roll are available in the downloads. News Network pkgs. can be edited into vo/sots and incorporated in your reporting.  *Note: This report originally aired November 2012 ans has been updated. 

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Tags: HL, Pkg, Vaccinations

October 28th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Baby Boomers and Scoliosis: Osteoporosis Is Risk Factor

By Sharon Theimer

ex-ray scan showing scoliosis ROCHESTER, Minn. — For many adults, the word scoliosis conjures up childhood memories of lining up in gym class for an examination by the school nurse. But scoliosis isn't just a pediatric condition. Curvature of the spine can develop in adults too, and the osteoporosis that can accompany menopause is a risk factor. Mayo Clinic orthopedic surgeon Paul Huddleston, M.D., explains how scoliosis develops, prevention and treatment options and a trend he is seeing in Baby Boomer women.

What is scoliosis? Scoliosis is a misshaping of the spine as seen from the front — where the spine seems shifted  right or left — or from a side view, where the spine is bent too far forward or backward, or a combination of the two. It doesn’t always cause pain: Schools started screening in elementary school or junior high in part because many children and their parents didn’t know the children had it, Dr. Huddleston says.

To arrange an interview with Dr. Huddleston, please contact Sharon Theimer in Mayo Clinic Public Affairs at 507-284-5005 or  

Journalists: Sound bites with Dr. Huddleston are available in the downloads.    

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Tags: baby boomers, curvature of the spine, Mayo Clinic, menopause, osteoporosis, Paul Huddleston, scoliosis, scoliosis surgery, spine surgery, Women's Health

October 28th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Tuesday Q and A: Lifestyle changes, medication may help manage menopausal symptoms without hormones

By lizatorborg

woman sweating and hot trying to cool down with fanDEAR MAYO CLINIC: Is there anything that can be done for menopausal symptoms that doesn’t include taking hormones? I’ve had breast cancer in the past so am unable to take hormones, but I wake up nearly every night because of night sweats and have occasional hot flashes during the day.

ANSWER: There are options for managing night sweats and hot flashes that do not involve taking hormones. Many women find that making some lifestyle changes can make a big difference. In addition, several prescription medications that do not contain hormones are available to treat hot flashes.

As you mention, doctors often advise women who have had breast cancer not to take hormone therapy for menopause symptoms. But that does not mean you have to simply suffer through those symptoms. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: Dr Faubion, Dr. Stephanie Faubion, hormone therapy, hot flashes, menopausal symptoms, menopause, Night Sweats, Tuesday Q and A

October 27th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Halloween Safety: Tips for Trick-or-Treaters

By Dana Sparks

Trick or treaters on the porch

It's the time of year for costumes, sweets, and tricks and treats.
Put Halloween safety first with these common-sense tips.

Carve Safely: Before you start carving pumpkins, consider these Halloween safety rules:

  • Decorate with markers, glitter glue or paint. Let young children draw faces on pumpkins with art supplies. Leave any carving to an adult.
  • Use candles with care. Place candlelit pumpkins on a sturdy surface away from curtains and other flammable objects. Never leave candlelit pumpkins unattended. Better yet, light pumpkins with flashlights, battery-operated flameless candles or glow sticks instead.

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Tags: Halloween Safety, Trick or Treaters

October 27th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Multi-Million-Dollar Grants for Research in Dementia Striking Younger People

By Duska Anastasijevic

Projects will help advance research through collaborations and development of novel strategies for frontotemporal dementia

Rochester, Minn. — Mayo Clinic has been awarded two grants for large, five-year projects on frontotemporal dementia (FTD), characterized by degeneration of the frontal and temporal lobes of the brain. While rare, it may strike people in their twenties, even in their teens.

Duska Anastasijevic, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 507-284-5005, Email:

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Tags: Dr Bradley Bove, Dr Dennis Dickson, Dr Kevin Boylan, Dr Leonard Petrucelli, Dr Rosa Rademakers, Frontotemporal Dementia, Medical Research, Minnesota news release, News Release, NIH

October 27th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Monday’s Housecall

By Dana Sparks

Stress relievers: Tips to tame stress
Stress relievers can help restore calm to your chaotic life. When the pressure gets to be too much, try these tips for quick relief.

Hand-washing: Do's and don'tsshutterstock_196373114
Done properly, hand-washing is a simple way to avoid getting sick. Find out when to wash your hands and whether hand sanitizers can work in a pinch.

My 10-year-old has high cholesterol. How can we manage it?
Getting regular exercise and eating a healthy diet may help children lower their cholesterol.

Can prebiotics help control Crohn's disease?
It's not known whether prebiotics — food for a type of "good" bacteria — can help ease Crohn's disease.

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Tags: breast self-exam, Cholesterol, Crohn's disease, Hand-washing, Monday's Housecall, Prebiotics, stress

October 26th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

International Group Publishes Updated Criteria for Diagnosing Multiple Myeloma

By Joe Dangor

ROCHESTER, Minn. ― The International Myeloma Working Group (IMWG) today announced that it has updated the criteria for diagnosing multiple myeloma. A paper outlining the new criteria was published in the journal Lancet Oncology. Multiple myeloma is a blood cancer that forms in a type of white blood cell called a plasma cell.

"Our group, which includes more than 180 myeloma researchers worldwide, has updated the definition of multiple myeloma for diagnostic purposes to include validated biomarkers in addition to the current clinical symptoms used for diagnosis which include, elevated blood calcium levels, kidney failure, anemia and bone lesions," said lead author S. Vincent Rajkumar, M.D. a hematologist at Mayo Clinic.

Dr. Rajkumar said multiple myeloma is always preceded sequentially by two asymptomatic conditions, monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance (MGUS) and smoldering multiple myeloma (SMM).

However, since MGUS and SMM are both asymptomatic conditions, most myeloma patients are not diagnosed until organ damage occurs. "The new IMWG criteria allow for the diagnosis of myeloma to be made in patients without symptoms and before organ damage occurs, using validated biomarkers that identify patients with SMM who have an “ultra-high” risk of progression to multiple myeloma," Dr. Rajkumar said. "These biomarkers are associated with the near inevitable development of clinical symptoms and are important for early diagnosis and treatment which is very important for patients." Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: Lancet Oncology, MGUS, Minnesota news release, multiple myeloma, News Release, S Vincent Rajkumar, Smoldering Multiple Myeloma