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August 28th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

How Does Fluzone High-Dose Differ from Other Flu Vaccines?

By Dana Sparks

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Fluzone High-Dose is an injected flu vaccine formulated for people age 65 years and older. Like other flu vaccines, Fluzone High-Dose is made up of the three flu strains most likely to cause the flu during the upcoming season. The high-dose vaccine, however, contains four times as much flu virus antigen — the part of the vaccine that stimulates the immune system — as regular Fluzone and other standard flu vaccines. Read more.

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August 28th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Running Into Fall Marathon Season – Tip #4

By Micah Dorfner

running and exercise clothes and equipment gearFuel belts, gel packs, water bottles and more. Every runner has their equipment preferences, but some runs require certain items more than others. While most runners simply opt for shoes and workout clothes, you may want to consider additional items for long distances. Beau Johnson, physical therapist at Mayo Clinic Health System, identifies what equipment you need or don't need while running. (Follow new tips on Thursdays and learn more on Speaking of Health)


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August 28th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

New Tool Aids Stem Cell Engineering for Medical Research

By Bob Nellis

ROCHESTER, Minn. — A Mayo Clinic researcher and his collaborators have developed an online analytic tool that will speed up and enhance the process of re-engineering cells for biomedical investigation. CellNet is a free-use Internet platform that uses network biology methods to aid stem cell engineering. Details of CellNet and its application to stem cell engineering are described in two back-to-back papers in the journal Cell.

“This free platform has a broad range of uses for all types of cell-based investigations and can potentially offer help to people working on all types of cancer,” says Hu Li, Ph.D., investigator in the Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine and Department of Molecular Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics,  and co-lead investigator in the 3d rendered illustration of human cellstwo works. “CellNet will indicate how closely an engineered cell resembles the real counterpart and even suggests ways to adjust the engineering.”

The network biology platform contains data on a wide range of cells and details on what is known about those cell types. Researchers say the platform can be applied to almost any study and allows users to refine the engineering process. In the long term, it should provide a reliable short cut to the early phases of drug development, individualized cancer therapies, and pharmacogenomics. Read the rest of this entry »

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August 28th, 2014 · Leave a Comment


By Dana Sparks

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Nail biting: Does it cause long-term damage?

Unexplained weight loss

Recurring strep throat: When is tonsillectomy useful?

Crohn's disease

Cholesterol medications: Consider the options


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August 27th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic News Network — Headlines 8/27/14

By Dana Sparks

Mayo Clinic News Network Headlines include:

  • High blood pressure
  • Scoliosis
  • Insect repellent

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August 27th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Summer Camp Fights Obesity

By Dennis Douda

Kids' summer camp season may be winding down but, for one special group of campers, this may be just the beginning. Camp Wabi is a place where children learn to escape what could otherwise be a lifelong cycle of obesity. Here’s Dennis Douda for the Mayo Clinic News Network. [TRT  2:20]

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August 27th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

#MayoClinicChat on #Stroke With First Coast News WTLV/WJXX

By Dana Sparks

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Join @Mayo Clinic and First Coast News WTLV/WJXX @FCN2go

for LIVE #MayoClinicChat on #Stroke 

THURSDAY AUGUST 28th, 11 am - 1 pm ET 

Mayo Clinic’s stroke center in Jacksonville is the first center in Florida to receive national Comprehensive Stroke Center certification, joining an elite group of centers throughout the United States that are focused on providing advanced and complex stroke care. Read more.

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August 26th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic study examines thoughts on predictive tests for Alzheimer’s

By Admin

PHOENIX — A new Mayo Clinic study examines the question “what would you do if you knew you are predisposed to Alzheimer’s disease?”

The study, which will be published in the October edition of Mayo Clinic Proceedings, was conducted to measure attitudes concerning Alzheimer’s genetic and biomarker tests. Other studies have shown that many people would want to have tests to know if they carry the gene that causes Alzheimer’s disease. The new study showed that many people may not understand what the results mean.



“About a third of the people who say they want the testing really don’t know what the implications of the tests are,” says Richard Caselli, M.D., Mayo Clinic neurologist and lead author of the study. “More education is needed before we can advocate widespread predictive testing for a disease which, at this time, we have no effective treatment.” Read the rest of this entry »

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August 26th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Tuesday Q and A: Former smoker should be screened for abdominal aortic aneurysm

By lizatorborg

medical illustration of abdominal aortic aneurysmDEAR MAYO CLINIC: My father, who is 70, was a smoker for 30 years. I have read that men who used to smoke should be screened for an abdominal aortic aneurysm. What does the screening involve? What would be done if he is found to have an aneurysm?

ANSWER: Because of his history of smoking, you are correct that your father should be screened for an abdominal aortic aneurysm. The screening usually includes a physical exam and an ultrasound of the abdomen. Other imaging tests may be needed in some cases, too. If an abdominal aortic aneurysm is found, treatment depends on the size of the aneurysm, its rate of growth, and if it is causing any symptoms.

The aorta is a large blood vessel about the size of a garden hose that runs from your heart through the center of your chest and abdomen. An abdominal aortic aneurysm is a bulge in the aorta just above the area of your belly button that forms due to weakness in the blood vessel’s wall. The greatest risk of such an aneurysm is that it will rupture. Because it provides the body with much of its blood supply, a rupture in the abdominal aorta can lead to life-threatening internal bleeding. Read the rest of this entry »

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August 25th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Monday’s Housecall

By Dana Sparks

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THIS WEEK'S TOP STORIESweight scale wrapped with a yellow measuring tape
Getting past a weight-loss plateau
Has the number on the scale not budged in a while? Don't fall back on bad habits. Restart your weight-loss plan with these tips.

Whole grains: Hearty options for a healthy diet
Whole grains have been linked to a lower risk of heart disease, diabetes and other health problems. Isn't it time you added more whole grains to your diet?

Grilled flank steak salad with roasted corn vinaigrette
Cucumber pineapple salad
Curried vegetable couscous
Gazpacho with garbanzo beans


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Tanning: Does a base tan prevent sunburn?
There's little evidence that a base tan protects against sunburn.

Alzheimer's test: Detection at the earliest stages
New experimental Alzheimer's tests may help find the disease earlier, but more research is needed.

Torn meniscus
Video: Tai chi
Hepatitis C


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

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August 25th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Exact Sciences Says Mayo Clinic is First Healthcare System to Offer Cologuard®

By Brian Kilen

Stool-based DNA (sDNA) screening test for colorectal cancer to be available by prescription to patients

News Conference Advisory: An audio news conference was held this morning with representatives from Exact Sciences Corp. and Mayo Clinic.

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Click here for a transcript of the news conference.

MADISON, Wis., and ROCHESTER, Minn., — Exact Sciences Corp. (NASDAQ: EXAS) today announced that Mayo Clinic will be the first health system to offer Cologuard®, the first and only Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved, noninvasive stool DNA screening test for colorectal cancer. Cologuard will be available to patients through their primary care physicians at Mayo Clinic.cologuard

Available by prescription only, Cologuard offers people 50 years and older who are at average risk for colorectal cancer an easy to use screening test which they can do in the privacy of their own home. It is the first noninvasive screening test for colorectal cancer that analyzes both stool-based DNA and blood biomarkers to detect cancer and precancer. The Cologuard technology platform was co-developed by Exact Sciences Corp. and Mayo Clinic as part of a broad, exclusive collaboration.

“Cologuard represents a significant advancement in identifying colorectal cancer at its most treatable stage. We believe offering this new tool will promote patient and community public health and may move more patients to get screened earlier—a critical step in beating this prevalent and preventable cancer,” says Vijay Shah, M.D., chair of Mayo Clinic gastroenterology and hepatology.

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

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August 23rd, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Weekend Wellness: Symptoms of sarcoidosis vary depending on organs affected

By lizatorborg

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Sarcoid chest X-ray

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I am very healthy and active, but was recently diagnosed
with sarcoidosis. My doctor said it may go away on its own, but I am worried it will worsen. How often should I see my doctor for monitoring the condition? What treatments do you recommend?

ANSWER: Your doctor is correct that sarcoidosis often goes away on its own. In many cases, it does not require treatment. But how often you need to see your doctor and any specific treatment recommendations for you should be based on your individual situation, including what triggered your diagnosis and any symptoms you may have.

Sarcoidosis is the growth of tiny collections of inflammatory cells in different parts of the body. The condition can affect almost any organ, but it is most commonly found in the lungs, lymph nodes, eyes and skin. Doctors believe sarcoidosis happens as a result of the body’s immune system responding to an unknown substance, most likely something inhaled from the air. Read the rest of this entry »

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August 22nd, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic President and CEO Participates in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, Pledges Support to ALS Research

By Kelley Luckstein

To help raise awareness and support for ALS research, John Noseworthy, M.D., Mayo Clinic president and CEO, braved the shower of icy water and took part in the Ice Bucket Challenge this week. Dr. Noseworthy was nominated by reporter, Mike Sullivan, at KTTC News, the local NBC News affiliate in Rochester, Minn., to take part in the challenge. Though he was miles away in Canada on vacation, Dr. Noseworthy didn’t hesitate to pledge his support to ALS research and take the challenge.  Learn more about ALS research at Mayo Clinic.

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August 22nd, 2014 · Leave a Comment

It’s Here! The Mayo Clinic Healthy Human Race Weekend

By Dana Sparks

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Experience the active lifestyle with a weekend of activities centered around healthy living for the entire family!  In collaboration with the Rochester Track Club, the City of Rochester and other partners, we are hosting a multifaceted event for people of all ages and activity levels.

Register now to reserve your spot! As a not-for-profit organization, Mayo Clinic will direct proceeds from the events to the 150th Patient Care Fund, a charitable effort during the Mayo Clinic Sesquicentennial to assist patients and families in need.

View a schedule of events, find additional information on the Healthy Human Race weekend, and learn about volunteer opportunities.

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August 22nd, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Ginger for Chemotherapy-Induced Nausea

By Dana Sparks

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Ginger for chemotherapy-induced nausea: Does it work?fresh ginger root and ground ginger spice on wooden background
Research shows that ginger may help ease nausea and vomiting during and after chemotherapy treatments.

Biomarkers help define individualized cancer treatment
A new biomarker program can help doctors customize cancer treatment. Find out which types of cancer are involved.

Mayo Clinic Cancer Center - Research
The Mayo Clinic Cancer Center is a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center with a multisite presence.



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