Posted on March 6th, 2014 by Dana Sparks
Posted on March 5th, 2014 by Jim McVeigh
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. — Mayo Clinic and Yampa Valley Medical Center officials announced today that the Steamboat Springs hospital is the newest member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network. The network connects Mayo Clinic and health care providers who are interested in working together to enhance the delivery of locally provided high quality health care. Yampa Valley Medical Center is the second hospital in Colorado to be invited to join the network.
"We are pleased to announce this collaboration with Mayo Clinic,” said Frank May, CEO, Yampa Valley Medical Center. “We share a common philosophy and commitment to improve the delivery of health care and now our relationship through the Mayo Clinic Care Network will allow our physicians and providers to have access to Mayo’s knowledge and expertise to best address the needs of our patients in northwest Colorado.” Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on March 4th, 2014 by Dana Sparks
DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I am 30 weeks pregnant with our first baby. After an ultrasound last week, our doctor informed us our baby will likely have a cleft lip. How soon after he is born do you recommend surgery? Will I still be able to breastfeed him?
ANSWER: Learning that your baby may have a cleft lip or a cleft palate can be upsetting. But fortunately, in most cases these conditions can be successfully repaired with surgery. The specific timing of surgery depends on how extensive the cleft is, and that cannot be definitely determined until your baby is born.
A cleft lip is an opening, or split, in a newborn’s upper lip, and a cleft palate is an opening in the roof of the mouth. Cleft lip and cleft palate may occur separately, or they can happen together. These birth conditions result when the developing facial structures in a growing baby don’t close completely during the first trimester of pregnancy.
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Posted on March 4th, 2014 by Jim McVeigh
PHOENIX – Mayo Clinic will host a special sneak preview of the highly anticipated documentary, Head Games: The Global Concussion Crisis.
WHEN - Saturday, March 8 at 6:30 p.m.
WHERE - the Phoenix campus of Mayo Clinic, 5777 East Mayo Boulevard.
BACKGROUND – From the acclaimed director Steve James (Academy Award-nominated Hoop Dreams, Emmy Award-winning The Interrupters), Head Games: The Global Concussion Crisis is a revealing documentary featuring never-before-seen neurological findings related to rugby and soccer players that will serve as a wake-up call for people who think that the devastating chronic effects of repetitive head trauma are only an American football and boxing injury. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on March 3rd, 2014 by Dana Sparks
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HEALTH TIP OF THE WEEK
Do you need sunscreen in the winter?
You bet! It's as easy to get sunburned in winter as in summer. Snow reflects the sun's rays, so sunburn is possible even if you're cold. When you're outdoors in the winter, wear sunscreen on any exposed areas. Use lip balm that contains sunscreen, too.
Posted on March 3rd, 2014 by Sharon Theimer
New York — March 3, 2014 — A new approach to breast reconstruction surgery aimed at helping patients’ bodies get back to normal more quickly cut their postoperative opioid painkiller use in half and meant a day less in the hospital on average, a Mayo Clinic study found. The method includes new pain control techniques, preventive anti-nausea treatment and getting women eating and walking soon after free flap breast reconstruction surgery. It has proved so effective, it is now being used across plastic surgery at Mayo Clinic. The findings were being presented at the Plastic Surgery Research Council annual meeting March 7-9 in New York.
Breast reconstruction surgery is common after breast tissue is removed to prevent or treat breast cancer; in free flap breast reconstruction, the plastic surgeon transfers a section of tissue from one part of the body to the chest. Using traditional care, the hospital stay averaged roughly four and a half days after that procedure. Using a new approach known as an “enhanced recovery pathway,” patients spent an average of three days in the hospital, the researchers found.
Opioid painkiller use by patients in the hospital after surgery also declined with the new method, and those patients reported less pain at 24 hours after surgery than those who received the traditional approach. Calculated in oral morphine equivalents, opioid use averaged 142.3 milligrams over the first three days in the hospital, compared with an average of 321.3 milligrams over the same period with traditional care.
Posted on February 28th, 2014 by Dana Sparks
Planning ahead with an advance directive is crucial
Dealing with a life-changing diagnosis such as cancer makes having an advance directive to outline treatment even more important.
Monoclonal antibody drugs for cancer: How they work
Get the facts on how monoclonal antibodies are being used in cancer treatment.
Managing chemotherapy side effects
Chemotherapy treatment carries with it a host of potential side effects — fatigue, hair loss and more. Learn about managing chemotherapy side effects.
Posted on February 28th, 2014 by Dana Sparks
The eyes have it! March is Save Your Vision month and we hope you can join us Saturday, March 1, at 9 a.m. CT, when the topic is eyesight. Ophthalmologists Sophie Bakri, M.D.; and Michael Mahr, M.D. will be with us to discuss macular degeneration, glaucoma and cataracts, in addition to workplace eye safety.
Myth or Matter of Fact: Only patients with a family history can develop glaucoma.
To listen to the program LIVE, click here.
Listen to this week’s Medical News Headlines: News Segment March 1, 2014 (right click MP3)
Posted on February 28th, 2014 by Susana Shephard
John Noseworthy, M.D., CEO and president at Mayo Clinic, discusses how Mayo's first 150 years will shape the future of health care.
At the Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine, we're gathering knowledge about a patient’s genome (or DNA) to diagnose, predict, treat and prevent disease.
Seven leading health care organizations are joining the Optum Labs collaborative, bringing their own unique mix of data and expertise focused on creating the highest value health care possible for patients.
Posted on February 27th, 2014 by Dana Sparks
Posted on February 27th, 2014 by Ginger Plumbo
ROCHESTER, Minn. — Feb. 27, 2014 — Here are highlights from the February 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://www.HealthLetter.MayoClinic.com or call toll-free for subscription information, 1-800-333-9037, extension 9771. Full newsletter text: Mayo Clinic Health Letter February 2014 (for journalists only). Full special report text: Mayo Clinic Health Letter Special Report February 2014 (for journalists only).
Older adults often report a good night’s sleep is hard to come by. In an eight-page Special Report on sleep, the February issue of Mayo Clinic Health Letter covers changes in sleep that can occur with aging and how to get better sleep without taking pills.
Poor sleep isn’t an inevitable part of aging. Yet, older adults are twice as likely to be prescribed a sedative medication for insomnia as are young adults. These medications ― zolpidem (Ambien, others), eszopiclone (Lunesta) or zaleplon (Sonata) ― aren’t meant to be used beyond four to eight weeks. Many older adults use them for months or years even though these medications can cause unwanted side effects including residual sleepiness during the day, dizziness, lightheadedness and mental impairment.
Mayo Clinic Health Letter covers several nondrug approaches and strategies that have proved to help relieve insomnia. Strategies include:
Exercise: Evidence shows that incorporating regular exercise into the daily routine improves sleep. Exercise increases the amount of energy expended, and the amounts of “feel-good” hormones (endorphins) the body produces. Both are likely to lead to better sleep. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on February 27th, 2014 by Dana Sparks
Posted on February 27th, 2014 by Sharon Theimer
Patients with dental extractions before cardiac surgery still at risk for poor outcomes, study finds
Rochester, Minn. — Feb. 27, 2014 — To pull or not to pull? That is a common question when patients have the potentially dangerous combination of abscessed or infected teeth and the need for heart surgery. In such cases, problem teeth often are removed before surgery, to reduce the risk of infections including endocarditis, an infection of the inner lining of the heart that can prove deadly. But Mayo Clinic research suggests it may not be as simple as pulling teeth: The study found that roughly 1 in 10 heart surgery patients who had troublesome teeth extracted before surgery died or had adverse outcomes such as a stroke or kidney failure.
The findings are published in The Annals of Thoracic Surgery.
Prosthetic heart valve-related endocarditis accounts for up to one-fourth of infective endocarditis cases and proves fatal for up to 38 percent of patients who develop it. In light of that high mortality rate, physicians try to address risk factors such as poor dental health before cardiac surgery. Removing diseased teeth at some point before surgery as a preventive measure is common, but research on whether that helps has been limited. Medical guidelines acknowledge a lack of conclusive evidence, the Mayo researchers noted.
The new study shows that the risk for patients who do have teeth removed before heart surgery “may be higher than we thought,” says senior author Kendra Grim, M.D., a Mayo Clinic anesthesiologist.
“We are always concerned with improving safety, and pulling infected teeth before heart surgery seemed to be the safer intervention. But we became interested in studying this complex patient group, as many patients that come to the operating room for dental surgery just before heart surgery are quite ill,” Dr. Grim says.
The study is believed to be the largest so far evaluating adverse outcomes after pre-cardiac surgery dental extractions. The researchers studied outcomes in 205 adult Mayo patients who had teeth pulled before cardiovascular surgery. The study covered January 1, 2003, through Feb. 28, 2013; 80 percent of the patients were men, the median age at the time of tooth extraction was 62, and the median time lapse between dental extraction and heart surgery was seven days. The research found:
More information is needed to understand why patients died or had other major adverse outcomes, the researchers say. In addition to the stress placed on the body by dental extraction and heart surgery themselves, potential factors include the severity of individual patients’ heart disease, other serious health problems they may have had, and how they reacted to anesthesia.
The bottom line for patients and physicians, the researchers conclude: Rather than following a rule of thumb, physicians should evaluate each patient individually to weigh the possible benefit of tooth extraction before heart surgery against the risk of death and other major adverse events.
“We hope this study sparks future discussion and research,” Dr. Grim says. “In the meantime, we recommend an individualized approach for these patients, to weigh their particular risk and benefit of a dental procedure before cardiac surgery with the information we have currently available.”
The study was funded by Mayo Clinic. The first author is Mark M. Smith, M.D., a Mayo anesthesiologist. The co-authors are anesthesiologists David Barbara, M.D., and William Mauermann, M.D.; Christopher Viozzi, D.D.S., M.D., an oral and maxillofacial surgeon; and cardiovascular surgeon Joseph Dearani, M.D., all of Mayo Clinic.
About Mayo Clinic
Recognizing 150 years of serving humanity in 2014, Mayo Clinic is a nonprofit worldwide leader in medical care, research and education for people from all walks of life. For more information, visit 150years.mayoclinic.org, MayoClinic.org or http://newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/.
Posted on February 26th, 2014 by Dennis Douda
Mayo Clinic Expert Says Such an Ingredient Would Not Be Missed in Household Products
Posted on February 26th, 2014 by Jim McVeigh
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Feb. 26, 2014 — The future holds promise for multiple sclerosis research based on advancements of the past two decades according to a review from Mayo Clinic neurologists published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings.
The paper states that many people with newly diagnosed or early stage MS are overwhelmed by the combination of uncertain prognosis and the often-unsettling prospect of starting preventive measures that are used indefinitely. However, the authors say that patients and physicians can benefit from an awareness of recent and emerging developments.
“MS is the second most common disabling disease of young adults - it is a lifelong disease with an unpredictable clinical course for the most part,” said Dean Wingerchuk, M.D., Mayo Clinic neurologist and co-author of the review. “That means that people are challenged with making decisions about treatment. It’s important for both the patient and physicians to be aware of current and emerging therapies to make appropriate decisions going forward.”
Journalists: Sound bites with Dr. Wingerchuk are available in the downloads.
Dr. Wingerchuk said that MS research has been prolific and that scientific advances in understanding the relapsing form of the disease have led to the recent development of several new treatments. Read the rest of this entry »