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May 5th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

9 Tips to Protect Your Skin This Summer

By Micah Dorfner

Mother on beach applying sunscreen to child

Ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun can cause skin damage in as little as 15 minutes. Prolonged exposure and damage can lead to various forms of skin cancer, many of which, thankfully, are preventable. The sun isn’t the only skin-damaging predator — tanning beds, smoking and unhealthy diet can also have ill effects on the body’s outer layer.

The key is to be sun savvy and know how to keep your skin healthy. Tammy Losee, Mayo Clinic Health System nurse practitioner, offers nine tips to help protect your skin. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: Mayo Clinic Health System, Melanoma, Skin Cancer, Sun Safety, Tammy Losee


May 5th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic PathWays May 5: What’s the Diagnosis?

By 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


May 5th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Q and A: CBT addresses thoughts, behaviors that contribute to anxiety

By lizatorborg

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I have been diagnosed with anxiety but really do not want to take medication for it. What does cognitive behavioral therapy involve? How effective is it in treating anxiety?

ANSWER: Although an anxiety disorder can be difficult to manage on your own, anxiety is a highly treatable condition. Cognitive behavioral therapy, or CBT, is an evidence-based psychotherapy that addresses the thoughts and behaviors that contribute to anxiety. Research has shown CBT often can be effective in treating anxiety, even when it is used without medication.anxious woman with words stress, anxiety, depression written on chalkboard

Feeling anxious occasionally is part of life. But an anxiety disorder is different. People with anxiety disorders have intense, excessive and persistent worry and fear about everyday situations. These feelings often are hard to control and are out of proportion to the actual danger a person is facing. For many people, an anxiety disorder can disrupt daily life and interfere with normal routines. For example, you may have a tendency to think about worst-case scenarios and worry that you will be unable to cope with them. As you do, your mood may become more anxious. You may then try to control your anxiety by engaging in avoidance behaviors, which may include repeatedly asking for reassurance from others that everything will be okay, or staying away from situations that make you anxious. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: Anxiety, CBT, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dr Craig Sawchuk, Mayo Clinic Q A


May 4th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Proton Beam Therapy Promises Fewer Side Effects and Higher Cure Rates

By Dennis Douda


Mayo Clinic
will soon begin treating cancer patients with its new, state-of-the-art proton beam therapy facility. The technology delivers radiation therapy in a way that promises lower side effects and higher cure rates, often for patients whose cancers cannot be treated safely any other way. Here’s Dennis Douda for the Mayo Clinic News Network.

Journalists: The broadcast quality video package, additional b-roll of the building and facility, as well as elaborate animations, are available in the downloads. Click here to read the full script. 

Learn more about the Grand Opening Event Saturday May 9th, 11 am - 3 pm CT.

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Tags: Dr Michelle Clarke, Dr Robert Foote, Dr Sameer Keole, Mayo Clinic in Arizona, Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, Mayo Clinic Proton Beam Therapy Program, Radiation Oncology, HL, Pkg


May 4th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

MEDIA ADVISORY: Mayo Clinic to Host Grand Opening Event for Proton Therapy Facility

By Joe Dangor

Time lapsed video of construction

WHAT: Mayo Clinic is hosting a grand opening event for the Richard O. Jacobson Building, home to the Mayo Clinic proton beam therapy program. The new facility will begin treating patients in late June. Reporters will have a chance to tour the facility, take photos and video and interview experts.

WHERE: Richard O. Jacobson Building, 190 2nd Street NW, Rochester, Minn. 

WHEN: Saturday, May 9, 2015 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Dr. Sameer Keole - Proton Beam

Dr. Sameer Keole

Dr. Robert Foote Chair Radiation Oncology - Proton Beam

Dr. Robert Foote


WHO:

Interviews available with Robert Foote, M.D.,
chair, Radiation Oncology, Mayo Clinic in Rochester.

Sameer Keole, M.D., medical director, medical director of Mayo Clinic's Proton Beam Therapy Program.

 

 


RSVP:  Maureen Wegner, wegner.maureen@mayo.edu, 507-293-3677
MEDIA CONTACT: Joe Dangor, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 507-284-5005, newsbureau@mayo.edu

Learn more about Proton Beam Therapy in this video report.

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Tags: cancer, Dr Robert Foote, Dr Sameer Keole, Mayo Clinic, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, Mayo Clinic Proton Beam Therapy Program, Minnesota news release, News Release, Proton Beam Therapy, Radiation Oncology, Radiation Therapy, Richard O Jacobson Building


May 4th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

CREEPY, DREADFUL, WONDERFUL PARASITES: A Parasitologist’s View of the World – Week of May 4, 2015

By Dana Sparks

Every week Bobbi Pritt, M.D., 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!researcher Dr. Bobbi Pritt with lab microscope

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, Parasite Wonders, pathology, Mayo Medical Laboratories


May 4th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Monday’s Housecall

By Jen O'Hara

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THIS WEEK'S TOP STORIES
Acupunctureacupuncture needles being placed in the skin
Are you having trouble controlling pain with conventional methods? Since acupuncture has few side effects, it may be worth a try.

Hypnosis
Hypnosis can help you cope with a number of conditions, including stress, anxiety and pain. It can also help treat obesity, smoking, insomnia and more.

EXPERT ANSWERS
Acai berries: Do they have health benefits?
Acai berries are a good source of nutrients, but some health claims may go too far.

Can yoga or tai chi help control rheumatoid arthritis?
When used with conventional treatments, the movements and breathing of yoga and tai chi may ease RA symptoms.

Click here to get a free e-subscription to the Housecall newsletter.

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Tags: acai berries, Acupuncture, Anxiety, Healthy Recipes, hypnosis, long-term care, moles, Monday's Housecall, rheumatoid arthritis, stress blog, vaccines for adults


May 4th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic News Network Headline 5/4/15

By Deborah Balzer

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

  • Postmenopausal Dry Eye Syndrome — Mayo Clinic ophthalmologist Dr. Raymond Iezzi, Jr., explains how changes in estrogen as women age may cause dry eye discomfort and says there are treatment options.

Note: Watch the Mayo Clinic News Network for an extra dose of female-specific health stories throughout the month as we honor Mother's Day and National Women's Health Week, May 10-16, 2015.

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

 

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Tags: Dr Raymond Iezzi, dry eyes, eyesight, menopausal symptoms, Menopause, Vivien Williams, women's health


May 3rd, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Physicians to Present Research Findings From Late-breaking Transplant Studies at American Transplant Congress

By Ginger Plumbo

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Mayo Clinic transplant researchers will present findings from nearly 20 studies at the American Transplant Congress in Philadelphia, Penn., May 2-5.

Mayo Clinic is nationally recognized for research and clinical success in transplantation, and performs over 1,000 solid organ transplants each year. Researchers will share findings from the following late-breaking studies at the American Transplant Congress:

“Burden of Early Antibody-Mediated Rejection (AMR): Complications, Resource Utilization and Cost Differential in Treatment of AMR”
Mayo Clinic surgeons at work

  • This study examined the connection between early AMR (a situation following transplant surgery in which the body begins to reject the donor organ) and clinical complications, hospital resource utilization and related costs.
  • An examination of 48 adult patients with AMR found those who were diagnosed with early AMR experienced higher rates of complications, almost double the number of hospital days and surgical procedures, and significantly higher post-transplant health care costs.
  • Mayo Clinic researchers involved in this study include Ramandeep Banga, MBBS, Carrie Schinstock, M.D., Matthew Hathcock, Walter Kremers, Ph.D., and Mark Stegall, M.D.
  • Presentation Date: May 2, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. EDT

MEDIA CONTACT: Ginger Plumbo, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 507-284-5005, Email: newsbureau@mayo.edu. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: Minnesota news release, News Release


May 2nd, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Q and A: Health assessment can help overweight children on healthier path

By lizatorborg

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: At what age should I be concerned about my child’s weight? My six-year-old son is healthy and gets plenty of exercise, but I feel like he is quite large for his age. He does have a huge appetite and is always saying he’s hungry, and I don’t want to keep food from him when he wants to eat. Are BMI calculators for kids accurate or useful?young child sitting on the ground and eating an apple, healthy eating

ANSWER: There is not one specific age at which weight should become a concern. Instead, keep track of weight consistently at each well-child visit from the time your child is born. If at any time weight begins to rise quickly, a health assessment can identify diet and lifestyle changes that may help. Calculating weight for length or body mass index (BMI) can often be a useful part of that assessment.

In a situation like your son’s, it is a good idea to make an appointment for him to see his primary health care provider to evaluate his weight and review his diet and health history.  At that appointment, the doctor will weigh your son and calculate his BMI to see where he falls in the weight range for his age. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: BMI, BMI calculator, body mass index, childhood obesity, Dr Kumar, Dr Seema Kumar, Mayo Clinic Q A


May 1st, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Something to Think About ~ Is there a good way to get angry?

By Dana Sparks

woman is upset, angry frustrated with car

Is there a good way to get angry?

"Here are the five principles to harness your anger’s energy – right reason, right person, right place and time, right extent, and right intention." - 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: Alternative Medicine, Anger, Dr Amit Sood, Something to Think About


May 1st, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Age is One of The Biggest Misconceptions About Stroke

By Dana Sparks

It's National Stroke Awareness Month and one of the biggest misconceptions about stroke is that it only happens to the elderly. While age is one of the risk factors and your chance for a stroke increases with age, anyone can have a stroke.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)Every 40 seconds, someone in the United States has a stroke. A stroke, sometimes called a brain attack, occurs when a blockage stops the flow of blood to the brain or when a blood vessel in or around the brain bursts. Although many people think of stroke as a condition that affects only older adults, strokes can and do occur in people of all ages. In fact, nearly a quarter of all strokes occur in people younger than age 65. Each year, almost 800,000 strokes occur in the United States.

Know the signs and symptomsyoung woman with severe headache, migraine, stroke pain:

  • Sudden weakness or numbness on one or both sides of the body
  • Sudden loss of vision
  • Sudden inability to speak or understand
  • Sudden drooping of the face, arms, trouble walking
  • “The worst headache of my life”

David Miller, M.D., medical director of Mayo Clinic’s Comprehensive Stroke Center, says, "Thanks to advances in technology and medicine, we now have new treatments and therapies to treat stroke and reduce one’s risk of permanent damage – or death."

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May 1st, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Tucson Medical Center joins the Mayo Clinic Care Network

By Jim McVeigh

Tucson Medical CenterTUCSON, Ariz. – Mayo Clinic officials today announced Tucson Medical Center as a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, a national network of organizations committed to better serving patients and their families through collaboration. Members of the network have access to Mayo Clinic knowledge and expertise to give their patients additional peace of mind when making health care decisions, while continuing to offer the highest quality and value of care close to home.

The Mayo Clinic Care Network extends Mayo Clinic’s knowledge and expertise to physicians and providers interested in working together in the best interest of their patients. TMC physicians will now be able to connect with Mayo Clinic specialists on questions of patient care using an electronic consulting technique called eConsults. TMC physicians also will have access to Mayo-vetted medical information through the AskMayoExpert database. These tools, in addition to health care consulting, will help TMC provide the best care for its patients as well as improve its systems and the health of the community.

MEDIA CONTACT: Jim McVeigh, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 480-301-4222, Email: newsbureau@mayo.edu

Alicia Moura, Tucson Medical Center, 520-324-2174, Email: alicia.moura@tmcaz.com

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Tags: Arizona News Release, Dr Rick Anderson, Dr. Wyatt Decker, Judy Rich, Mayo Clinic Care Network, News Release, Tucson Medical Center


May 1st, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic News Network Headlines 5/1/15

By Deborah Balzer

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

  • Diagnosis of breast cancer may increase by 50 percent by the year 2030.
  • A new Mayo Clinic study shows vitamin D toxicity is rare in people who take supplements.

Click here for further information on the vitamin D study.
Journalists: Video is available in the downloads. [TRT 1:21 ] Click here for the script.

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Tags: Breast Cancer, Breast Cancer Screening, Dietary Supplements, Dr Thomas Thacher, nutritional supplements, vitamin D, Vivien Williams


May 1st, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Plant the Seed of Safety

By Micah Dorfner

spring planting, field of new corn, growing vegetables on a farm

RED WING, Minn. — With the snow finally gone and the frost out of the ground, many people but especially farmers are in the midst of spring planting. It’s a season of hope as seeds are planted and the green tinge of young shoots begins to cover the fields. As those seeds are planted, Mayo Clinic Health System urges farmers to use safe farming practices to avoid a visit to the Emergency Department.

“We know that spring is a hectic time on the farm,” says Greg Kays, M.D., director of Emergency Department services in Red Wing. “But we don’t want it to be a tragic time as well. Working on a farm can pose risks, but there are things that everyone can do to minimize those risks.”

Tips for a safe spring planting

  • Take the time to be sure your equipment is in top working order. Fix any minor problems now before they become major. Equipment breakdowns pose safety hazards as well as slow down work in the field.
  • Wear your seatbelt when operating equipment, and don’t wear loose or baggy clothing.
  • Use proper safety equipment, such as goggles or earplugs. Anyone working around noisy equipment is at risk for hearing loss.
  • Remember that pesticides and chemicals used on farms can be dangerous. These materials should be kept locked away in marked containers with warning labels. Use all proper precautions when handling chemicals. If someone is exposed to dangerous chemicals, call the toll-free American Association of Poison Control Centers number at 1-800-222-1222.
  • Avoid walking into grain storage areas and silos. It’s possible to become trapped and suffocate under flowing grain. If someone else is trapped in a grain storage area, do not rush in to rescue the person — you could become trapped as well. Call for help immediately.
  • Stay alert and focused. Get enough rest, take regular breaks, eat healthy meals and drink plenty of water. Avoid alcohol and drug use that can impair your mental and physical abilities.
  • Be prepared for any kind of weather. Both harsh cold and hot sun are likely in the spring. Wear sunscreen and reapply regularly, even on cloudy days. Dress in layers when the temperature drops.

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Tags: Dr Greg Kays, Farm Safety, Mayo Clinic Health System, News Release, Planting Season