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April 25th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Q and A: Causes of fecal incontinence vary, but treatment is available

By lizatorborg

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: What causes fecal incontinence? Can it be treated?medical illustration of rectum with anus, external and internal sphincters

ANSWER: Fecal incontinence, or leakage of stool from the rectum, can range from occasional leakage while passing gas to a complete loss of bowel control. An estimated 8 percent of the general population and 15 percent of people age 70 and older are affected. Although fecal incontinence is more common in middle-aged and older adults, it isn’t an inevitable part of aging. It’s often the result of another treatable medical issue or can be a warning sign of a more serious problem.

Your rectum and anus are at the end of your large intestine. Normally, the muscles and nerves in and around these two structures sense the presence of waste, allow storage in the rectum, and then move and eliminate stool. Changes in the function of this complex system can interfere with normal stool elimination. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: Dr Stephanie Hansel, fecal incontinence, Mayo Clinic Q A

April 24th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Something to Think About ~ What to admire in others?

By Dana Sparks

hands holding coins and green tree leaves representing values instead of weath

What to admire in others?

"Wealth and values do not always go together. Avoid judging people based on their financial success. Instead, honor people based on the values they live by."   - 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: Admiration, Alternative Medicine, Dr Amit Sood, Happiness, Something to Think About, Values

April 24th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic News Network Headline 4/24/15

By Deborah Balzer

In today's Mayo Clinic News Network Headline with Vivien Williams:

  • A recent study shows that men and women who keep regular late night hours are at a higher risk of developing health issues than those who go to bed early. Mayo Clinic sleep medicine expert Peter Gay, M.D., says an average of 7 hours of sleep a night is important for good health.

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

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Tags: Dr Peter Gay, Mayo Clinic Center for Sleep Medicine, Sleep, sleeping, Vivien Willams

April 24th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Named a DiversityInc Top Hospital and Health System Four Consecutive Years

By Kelley Luckstein

Blue, Black and White Logo that says: DiversityInc 2015 Top 5 Hospitals and Health SystemsROCHESTER, Minn. — Mayo Clinic earned No. 3 on the 2015 DiversityInc Top 5 Hospitals and Health Systems list for its continued commitment to diversity and inclusion. This is the fourth year that Mayo has earned a spot on the list. This year's rankings were announced at the annual DiversityInc Top 50 event in New York on April 23.

“Mayo Clinic is beginning a deep dive into understanding unconscious bias and how it affects both our staff and the patients under our care,” says Sharonne Hayes, M.D., Mayo’s director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. “Putting the needs of the patient first means asking difficult questions about where bias exists in medicine and then finding the most effective ways to intervene.”

Companies named to the list are measured in four key areas:

  • CEO/Leadership Commitment
  • Talent Pipeline
  • Equitable Talent Development
  • Supplier Diversity

Mayo Clinic’s workforce brings together people with diverse talents, experiences and beliefs to provide high quality, culturally appropriate care to its patients. Mayo Clinic continues to embrace diversity and inclusion by creating a welcoming environment where individual differences are valued, allowing each person to achieve and contribute to his or her fullest potential. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: Diversity, Dr. Sharonne Hayes, Minnesota news release, News Release, Office of Diversity and Inclusion

April 24th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Announces Apple Watch app for Patients and Physicians

By Brian Kilen

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Today Mayo Clinic announced two new applications for the Apple Watch that will help patients and providers manage schedules and visits. The Mayo Clinic app update is available on iTunes. The Synthesis app for providers is available to Mayo Clinic staff.

“It is important that we interact with patients so that it seamlessly enhances their health care experiences. Whether this is through the Mayo Clinic app., remote monitoring, or the Apple watch, health consumer experience will continue to drive these technologies forward and Mayo Clinic will continue to lead with cutting edge technologies that benefit both our patients and

staff.” says John T. Wald M.D., Medical Director, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs.

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

MEDIA CONTACT: Brian Kilen, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 507-284-5005,


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Tags: iPhone, Mayo Clinic, Mayo Clinic App, Mayo Clinic Rochester, Minnesota news release, synthesis

April 24th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Cancer Diagnosis: 11 Tips for Coping

By Jen O'Hara

Blue and white banner logo for 'Living with Cancer' blogAdult woman talking to doctor about her diagnosisCancer diagnosis: 11 tips for coping
If you've been diagnosed with cancer, knowing what to expect and making plans for how to proceed can help make this stressful time easier.

Planning ahead with an advance directive is crucial
Dealing with a life-changing diagnosis such as cancer makes outlining the medical treatment you want even more important.

Treating multiple myeloma
Whether you've just been diagnosed with multiple myeloma or you're having a recurrence, know your treatment options.

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Tags: advance directive, coping with cancer, Living With Cancer Blog, Multiple Myeloma

April 23rd, 2015 · Leave a Comment


By Dana Sparks

CIM-Logo Center for Individualized MedicinePrecision medicine ... also called individualized medicine ... got special attention recently when President Obama announced a Precision Medicine Initiative and called for the creation of a national biobank. On this week's program, Dr. Keith Stewart, director of the Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine, discusses the biobank and what it might mean for the future of health care. Also on the program, Mayo Clinic psychologist Dr. Karen Grothe explains the importance of a psychological evaluation when planning weight-loss surgery. Dr. Phil Hagan as guest on Mayo Clinic RadioAnd preventive medicine specialist Dr. Phil Hagen talks about how Mayo Clinic and Google have teamed up to increase the odds of finding realiable health information on the Web.

Myth or Matter-of-Fact: Precision medicine can help predict diseases you're likely to get.

Mayo Clinic Radio is available on iHeart Radio.

Click here to listen to the program on Saturday, April 25, at 9:05 a.m., 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. The show is taped for rebroadcast by some affiliates.

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Tags: bariatric surgery, Center for Individualized Medicine, Dr Karen Grothe, Dr Keith Stewart, Dr Phil Hagen, Google, Mayo Clinic Biobank, Mayo Clinic Radio, Precision Medicine Initiative, weight-loss surgery

April 23rd, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Exploring Treatment Options for Women with Fibroids

By Kelley Luckstein

Mayo Clinic expert demonstrates women have options that preserve the uterus

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.

ROCHESTER, Minn. — A 47-year-old African-American woman has heavy menstrual bleeding and iron-deficiency anemia. She reports the frequent need to urinate during the night and throughout the day. A colonoscopy is negative and an ultrasonography shows a modestly enlarged uterus with three uterine fibroids, noncancerous growths of the uterus. She is not planning to become pregnant. What are her options?

Elizabeth (Ebbie) Stewart, M.D., chair of Reproductive Endocrinology at Mayo Clinic, says the woman has several options, but determining her best option is guided by her symptoms, the size, number and location of the fibroids, as well as where she is in her reproductive life span. These options are highlighted in a Clinical Practice article by Dr. Stewart in this month’s New England Journal of Medicine.

“Uterine-conserving therapy should be an available option for women even if there is no plan for childbearing,” says Dr. Stewart, a uterine fibroid researcher. “Although myomectomy, a surgical procedure to remove uterine fibroids, is the traditional alternative to hysterectomy, there are other options for medical and interventional treatment. Before determining which alternative therapy may be an option, the symptoms caused by fibroids must first be assessed.”

MEDIA CONTACT: Kelley Luckstein, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 507-284-5005 or

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

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Tags: Dr Elizabeth Stewart, hysterectomy, hysteroscopic myomectomy, Minnesota news release, News Release, Uterine Fibroids

April 23rd, 2015 · Leave a Comment


By Jen O'Hara

elderly woman in bed, caregiver by her sideElder care for Alzheimer's: Choosing a provider

Strategies to prevent heart disease

Pain and depression: Is there a link?

Exercise and stress: Get moving to manage stress

Allergy medications: Know your options

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Tags: Allergy Medications, Alzheimer's, elder care, heart disease prevention, pain and depression, stress management, Thursday Consumer Health Tips

April 22nd, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic News Network Headline 4/22/15

By Deborah Balzer

In today's Mayo Clinic News Network Headline with Vivien Williams:

  •  A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) shows there is no link between the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccination and autism. Mayo Clinic pediatrician Robert Jacobson, M.D., says it is vital to vaccinate our children to keep them safe from dangerous and deadly diseases and emphasizes that years of extensive research shows that vaccines are safe. This news comes during National Infant Immunization Week — April 18 -25.

Journalists: Video is available in the downloads. [TRT 1:27 ] Click here for the script.

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Tags: Dr. Robert Jacobson, immunizations, infant immunization, Vaccinations, vaccines, Vivien Williams

April 22nd, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Asthma Discovery May Lead to New Therapeutic Approach

By Bob Nellis

Embargoed: Do not release before 2:00 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time, April 22, 2015

Mayo Clinic researchers and collaborators have discovered a key cellular mechanism that contributes to bronchoconstriction and inflammation in asthma. Their studies may lead to a novel, effective asthma therapy for patients. The findings appear in the journal Science Translational Medicine.illustration of healthy lung and airway, airway with mucous membrane and buildup

The team of researchers from Mayo Clinic, Cardiff University in Wales, King’s College London, the University of Manchester and the Open University in the United Kingdom, as well as the University of California San Francisco, showed that elevated extracellular calcium as well as other internal chemicals released in asthma can activate a “calcium-sensing receptor” (CaSR) on airway cells. The researchers found that CaSR expression is increased in asthma, and contributes to enhanced bronchoconstriction and inflammation that is typically seen in asthma. Importantly, they found that the effects of CaSR can be reversed by CaSR antagonists, also called calcilytics.

Media Contact: Bob Nellis at Mayo Clinic Public Affairs: 507-284-5005 or Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: Asthma, Cardiff University, Dr Y S Prakash, Minnesota news release, News Release, physiology, Research, Science Translational Medicine

April 22nd, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Heart Surgery Puts ISU Coach Back in the Game

By Dennis Douda

Iowa State University head men's basketball coach Fred Hoiberg says he's feeling surprisingly well five days after open heart surgery.

ISU basketball coach Fred Hoiberg

(Courtesy Iowa State University)

The 42-year-old Hoiberg underwent the replacement of his aortic valve April 17th at Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minn. He is expected to be released from the hospital tomorrow.

“This was a second open heart surgery for Mr. Hoiberg, so it was a long operation, but because he is in such good shape and healthy, he is recovering quickly,” says Dr. Rakesh Suri, the Mayo Clinic cardiovascular surgeon who performed Hoiberg’s surgery. “He will do well, and his prognosis is for a normal life.”

Iowa State Coach Fred Hoiberg in hospital bed after surgery

ISU Coach Fred Hoiberg with his surgeons - Dr. Rakesh Suri/2015 surgery (L), Dr. Hartzell Schaff/2005 surgery(R).


The surgery was not unexpected. In 2005 an aortic root aneurysm was discovered during a physical examination. He had surgery to repair the aneurysm at Mayo Clinic that same year, but it was predicted at the time that heart valve replacement was likely in his future. His heart has been closely monitored ever since. Hoiberg says it was a relief to finally have the procedure taken care of.

Hoiberg's fan support is strong, after playing as a star athlete at Iowa State University in the early 1990's, then enjoying a decade-long NBA career, which included time with the Indiana Pacers, the Chicago Bulls and the Minnesota Timberwolves. He has been head men's basketball coach at ISU since 2010. He says wishes for a speedy recovery have come from all over the world and are very much appreciated.

MEDIA CONTACT: Traci Klein, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 507-284-5005, email:

Journalists: Broadcast quality video and b-roll are available in the downloads. Click here to read a transcript of  Fred Hoiberg's comments. 


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Tags: cardiac surgery, Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease, cardiovascular surgery, Dr Hartzell Schaff, Dr. Rakesh Suri, Heart Valve, HL

April 22nd, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Ophthalmologist talks Glaucoma, Macular Degeneration and Diabetes

By Deborah Balzer

Vision loss due to glaucomamacular degeneration and diabetes are topics in the news this week. Mayo Clinic ophthalmologist Raymond Iezzi, Jr., M.D., tells us these can be very serious diseases that can lead to impaired vision, blindness and blind spots.

Click here for more medical information on eye care.

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


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Tags: age-related vision, diabetes, Dr Raymond Iezzi, Eye Care, glaucoma, Macular Degeneration

April 22nd, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Rochester’s innovative recycling program makes an impact

By Dana Sparks

infographic for Mayo Clinic recycling in Rochester Minnesota going green

This is a republished article from the employee Mayo Clinic News Center:

Last year in Rochester alone, Mayo Clinic staff’s recycling habits saved 11 million gallons of water and over 45,000 trees. Recycling rates at Mayo Clinic in Arizona more than doubled in 2013, and increased efforts in Florida and the health system are tingeing the Mayo blue ever greener.

The Rochester recycling team also focuses on items unique to health care and research environments. A recent focus on laboratory plastics has been a resounding success. “We’ve increased our plastic recycling volume by 28 percent while increasing our revenue and cost savings by 83 percent,” says Angela Dalenberg, Waste Management. “We get paid for what we recycle and we save on disposal fees for all of that material.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: Conservation, recycling, Sustainability, Waste Management

April 21st, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Researchers Identify Methylated DNA Markers That May One Day Lead To Noninvasive Whole Body Cancer Screening

By Joe Dangor

PHILADELPHIA — A team of Mayo Clinic researchers has succeeded in identifying the source of cancer in patients’ gastrointestinal tracts by analyzing DNA markers from tumors. The results open the possibility that doctors could one day be able to screen for cancer anywhere in the body with a noninvasive blood test or stool sample. Such tests, if they prove practical and feasible, could mean greater convenience for patients and saved lives through earlier diagnosis of cancer, especially rare and often lethal diseases such as pancreatic cancer or lung cancer.

The researchers' findings will be presented on April 21 in a poster presentation at the AACR Annual Meeting 2015 in Philadelphia by John Kisiel, M.D., a gastroenterologist at Mayo Clinic.

MEDIA CONTACT: Joe Dangor, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 507-284-5005,

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

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Tags: blood test, DNA methylation, Mayo Clinic, methylated DNA markers, noninvasive cancer screening, stool sample AACR Annual Meeting 2015, cancer, Minnesota news release, News Release, Dr John Kisiel