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March 26th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Bionic Eye Implant Update

By Deborah Balzer

patient with 'bionic second sight' eye glasses, with Dr. iezzi

It’s a video that's been seen around the world – the first time Allen Zderad sees his wife in more than a decade with the assist of a retinal prosthesis, or “bionic eye implant.” Mayo Clinic ophthalmologist and eye surgeon Raymond Iezzi, Jr.,M.D., talks about what the success of his patient's eye implant means to him as a physician, why this story resonates with people and how this technology is affecting Allen’s life. Dr. Iezzi says Allen is "like a kid in a candy store, experiencing his environment in ways he never has before."

Click here to find original video and background on this story. Stay tuned to the Mayo Clinic News Network for an update when reporter Dennis Douda and photographer Andy Shilts visit Allen at home to see how he's navigating life with his new eye.

Pronunciation key:
Dr. Iezzi:  eye-Eh’-zee
Allen Zderad:  zur-Ad’

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Tags: allen zderad, bionic eye, Dr Raymond Iezzi, ophthalmology, vision


March 26th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Media Expert Alert – Preventive Surgery for Gynecologic Cancers

By Joe Dangor

normal female reproductive organs -illustration of uterus, fallopian tubes, ovaries, cervixMayo Clinic oncologist and gynecologic surgeon Jamie Bakkum-Gamez, M.D., is available to provide context for reporters wishing to better understand preventive surgery for gynecologic cancers.

This is in light of actress Angelina Jolie’s announcement she had her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed as a cancer prevention strategy.

MEDIA: To interview Dr. Bakkum-Gamez, contact Joe Dangor at 507-284-5005 or e-mail newsbureau@mayo.edu

Journalists: Sound bites with Dr. Bakkum-Gamez are available in the downloads.

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Tags: cancer, Gynecologic Oncology, Mayo Clinic, Minnesota Expert Alert, Ovarian Cancer, preventive surgery, Dr Jamie Bakkum-Gamez


March 26th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

MAYO CLINIC RADIO

By Dana Sparks

family playing baseball

The Major League baseball season is about to begin and, for many of us, it signals the start of outdoor fitness activities. To avoid injury, it's a good idea to do some spring training before jumping into your favorite sport. On this week's program, Mayo Clinic sports medicine specialist Dr. Ed Laskowski has tips for getting back in shape. Also on the show, preventive and occupational medicine specialist Dr. Phil Hagen explains how wearable digital fitness devices can enhance your workout. three women walking and exercising togetherAnd we learn about vertigo and how it's treated from audiologist Dr. Neil Shepard.

Myth or Matter-of-Fact: Stretching as part of a workout is nice to do, but not critical for getting in shape.

Mayo Clinic Radio is available on iHeart Radio.

Click here to listen to the program on Saturday, March 28, 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: Dr. Ed Laskowski, Dr Neil Shepard, Dr Phil Hagen, Fitness Activities, Fitness Devices, Mayo Clinic Radio, Vertigo


March 26th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

THURSDAY CONSUMER HEALTH TIPS

By Jen O'Hara

man angry with emotion and frustration

Anger management: 10 tips to tame your temper

Alzheimer's: Making meal times easier

Long-term care: Early planning pays off

Daily aspirin therapy: Understand the benefits and risks

Lead exposure: Tips to protect your child

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Tags: Alzheimer's, Anger Management, daily aspirin therapy, lead exposure, long-term care, Thursday Consumer Health Tips


March 25th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Work Site Wellness Centers Equate to Weight Loss and Health Care Savings

By Kelley Luckstein

ROCHESTER, Minn. — As employees and employers face higher health care costs, work site wellnessMale and females cycling in a fitness class centers are becoming increasingly more important to help control the costs of health care and encourage healthy lifestyle behaviors among the workforce, a Mayo Clinic study says.

Research published this month in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine shows that members of Mayo Clinic’s employee wellness center, the Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center (DAHLC), who regularly participated in wellness activities, experienced significant weight loss and health care costs savings.

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Tags: Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center, Dr Bijan Borah, health care costs, Weight Loss, Work Site Wellness Center


March 25th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Menopause Transition: What’s Normal?

By Micah Dorfner

Did you know the menopausal transition known as perimenopause begins four years before a woman’s final menstrual cycle? It’s true. Hormone production from the ovaries often starts to change when a woman is in her 40s, and thus the time between periods begins to shorten.

"Some women have menopausal symptoms clustered around the time of menses," says Kathryn Gruenwald, M.D., Mayo Clinic Health System obstetrician and gynecologist. Others do not. It’s important to know that perimenopausal symptoms are common and usually diminish with time.

Approximately 80 percent of women experience symptoms such as hot flashes, sleep disturbances, mood changes and vaginal dryness during perimenopause. Other symptoms include:middle aged Asian woman with headache pain and stress

  • Headache
  • Vertigo (dizziness)
  • Itchy skin
  • Restless leg symptoms
  • Heart palpitations
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Breast tenderness
  • Constipation
  • Bloating
  • Muscle and joint aches

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Tags: Dr Kathryn Gruenwald, Mayo Clinic Health System, Menopause, Perimenopause, women's health


March 25th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo News Network Headline 3/25/15

By Deborah Balzer

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

  • A Mayo Clinic study shows tampons may be key to detecting endometrial cancer - Jamie Bakkum-Gamez. M.D., lead author of the study, says it is a critical step toward a convenient and effective screening test for endometrial cancer, which is the most common gynecologic malignancy in the United States

Journalists: Video is available in the downloads. [TRT 1:19] Click here for the script. For more information on the research, click here.

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Tags: Dr Jamie Bakkum-Gamez, endometrial cancer, Gynecologic Oncology, tampons, Vivien Williams, women


March 24th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Receives Cancer Center of Excellence Designation from the State of Florida

By Dana Sparks

Griffin-Birdsall Cancer Research Building in Florida

Mayo Clinic’s campus in Jacksonville, Fla. has been recognized as one of four Cancer Centers of Excellence to be designated by the State of Florida. The announcement was made Monday by state Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Dr. John Armstrong.  cancer research laboratory petri dishes

The Cancer Center of Excellence designation recognizes Mayo Clinic and three other cancer centers for demonstrating a commitment to excellence by providing patient-centered coordinated care for those undergoing cancer treatment and therapy in Florida. The goal of the program is to encourage excellence in cancer care in Florida, attract and retain the best cancer care professionals to the state, and help Florida organizations to be recognized nationally as a preferred destination for quality cancer care.

In addition to being recognized as a newly designated Cancer Center of Excellence, Mayo Clinic is also one of only two National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated comprehensive cancer centers in Florida.

Media Contact: Paul Scotti, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 904-953-0199. Email: scotti.paul@mayo.edu

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

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Tags: Cancer Center of Excellence, Mayo Clinic in Florida, News Release, Dr Robert Smallridge, Griffin Cancer Research Building


March 24th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic News Network Headline 3/24/15

By Deborah Balzer

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

  • What you need to know about Spring Break and Sun Safety - 
    Dawn Marie Davis, M.D.
     shares sun exposure safety tips

Journalists: Video is available in the downloads. [TRT 1:08] Click here for script.

 

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Tags: Dr. Dawn Davis, headlines, Melanoma, Skin Cancer, Spring Break, Vivien Williams


March 24th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Center for Tuberculosis Launches New TB Journal

By Bob Nellis

The Mayo Clinic Center for Tuberculosis,  a regional training and consultation center at Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minn, is today launching a new medical journal, the Journal of Clinical Tuberculosis and Other Mycobacterial Diseases. The online journal is published by Elsevier.cover of Clinical Tuberculosis magazine

“We believe that the Journal of Clinical Tuberculosis and Other Mycobacterial Diseases fills an unmet need by providing a platform for the dissemination of the results of clinically relevant research,” say the editors in their inaugural editorial for the publication. They also cite the continue spread of tuberculosis as a global health problem, making it the second greatest cause of death from infectious diseases after HIV.

“We are very excited that we are launching this journal on World TB Day and hope that it will effectively advance new knowledge that will ultimately help end this terrible disease,” says Editor-in-Chief Zelalem Temesgen, M.D [Za-La-Lum Tah-mezg-in]. Two other Mayo Clinic physician-researchers, Stacey Rizza, M.D. and John Wilson, M.D., will serve as associate editors. All three are members of the Division of Infectious Diseases at Mayo Clinic and members of the tuberculosis center. An editorial board composed of leading experts in the field from around the globe has already been established to help advance the journal's mission.

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Tags: Dr John Wilson, Dr Stacey Rizza, Dr Zelalem Temesgen, Mayo Clinic Center for Tuberculosis, Minnesota news release, News Release


March 24th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic PathWays March 24: What’s the Diagnosis?

By Dana Sparks

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


March 24th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Could a Tampon Help Predict Endometrial Cancer? Mayo Clinic Researchers Say Yes

By Joe Dangor

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Researchers at Mayo Clinic have shown that it is possible to detect endometrial cancer using tumor DNA picked up by ordinary tampons. The new approach specifically examines DNA samples from vaginal secretions for the presence of chemical “off” switches — known as methylation — that can disable genes that normally keep cancer in check.

The finding is a critical step toward a convenient and effective screening test for endometrial cancer, which is the most common gynecologic malignancy in the United States. The results are published in the journal Gynecologic Oncology.

“Unfortunately, there is no equivalent to a Pap smear or a mammogram for endometrial cancer,” says Jamie Bakkum-Gamez, M.D., a gynecologic oncologist at Mayo Clinic and lead author of the study. “We know that the earlier a woman is diagnosed, the better the likelihood is that she is going to have a positive outcome from cancer treatment. Our goal is to use our findings to develop a tool for the early detection of endometrial cancer that women could use in the comfort of their own homes.”

MEDIA CONTACT:
Joe Dangor, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 507-284-5005, newsbureau@mayo.edu

Journalists: Several sound bites with Dr. Bakkum-Gamez are available in the download link.

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Tags: cancer, cancer screening for endometrial cancer, Dr Bakkum-Gamez, endometrial cancer, Gynecologic Oncology, Jamie Bakkum-Gamez, M.D., Mayo Clinic, Minnesota news release, News Release, tampons, Tumor DNA


March 24th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Q and A: Genetic, environmental factors appear to play a role in risk for RA

By lizatorborg

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: My daughter, 31, was recently diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. Do doctors know what causes the disease, especially at a young age? Will she need to be on medication for the rest of her life?close up of hands with rheumatoid arthritis

ANSWER: The precise cause of rheumatoid arthritis, or RA, remains unclear. However, both genetic and environmental factors appear to play a role in raising a person’s RA risk. Because we do not know the exact cause, we do not have a cure for RA. Most people with this disease do need long-term treatment.

Rheumatoid arthritis is a kind of disease known as an autoimmune disorder. These disorders happen when your immune system mistakenly attacks your body’s own tissues. In RA, the immune system attacks the lining of the membranes that surround your joints, called the synovium. That causes inflammation. The inflammation, in turn, thickens the synovium, which can eventually destroy the cartilage and bone within the joint. The tendons and ligaments that hold the joint together weaken and stretch. Gradually, the joint loses its shape and alignment. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: Autoimmune Disorder, Dr. Davis, Dr John Davis, Mayo Clinic Q A, RA, rheumatoid arthritis


March 23rd, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic News Network Headline 3/23/15

By Deborah Balzer

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

  • Revolutionary procedure makes it easier to remove rectal polyps - Eric Dozois, M.D., describes the surgery and what it means to patients.

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

 

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Tags: bowels, colon and rectal surgery, colon cancer, colon polyps, dr eric dozois, Mayo Clinic News Network Headlines, Vivien Williams


March 23rd, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Colon Cancer Prevention Webinar Wednesday, March 25 at 12:00 p.m. CT

By Dana Sparks

illustration of colon cancer distribution

Fight Colorectal Cancer and join the ‪#‎StrongArmSelfie‬ Campaign

 ‪#‎ColonCancer‬ Awareness 

 FREE colon cancer prevention webinar Wednesday, March 25 from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. CT

Mayo Clinic gastroenterologist, Paul J. Limburg, M.D. will discuss the latest information on colon cancer prevention and screening, with a LIVE question and answer session following his presentation. Sign up to ask questions and to receive email reminders. Click here to view event page.  

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Tags: #strongarmselfie, colon cancer, Dr Paul Limburg, Social Media, Webinar