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May 26th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Q and A: Walking can be an excellent part of weight-loss plan

By lizatorborg

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I am 53 and about 60 pounds overweight. I want to start walking to lose some weight but don’t know where to start. What do you recommend? Would a tracking device help someone like me, or should I aim for a certain distance or number of minutes?Pedometer for walking

ANSWER: Walking can be an excellent part of a weight-loss plan, and wearing a monitor that tracks your activity can help you see if you are reaching your goals. It also gives you useful information about how much you are moving throughout the day, not just while you exercise. In addition, some studies show that wearing an activity tracker makes it more likely you will increase your activity.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends that all healthy adults get at least 150 minutes a week of moderate aerobic activity, or 75 minutes a week of vigorous aerobic activity. When you want to lose weight, however, you may need up to 300 minutes a week of moderate physical activity. The guidelines suggest that you spread out your exercise over the course of a week. Activity sessions should be at least 10 minutes long. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: activity tracker, Dr Edward Laskowski, Dr. Laskowski, Mayo Clinic Q A, stretching, walking, Weight Loss, weight training

May 25th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic News Network Headline 5/25/15

By Deborah Balzer

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

  • Thousands of Americans are enjoying this Memorial Day on the water. Boating and swimming are traditional pastimes but they also come with opportunity for injury. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says about ten people die every day from unintentional drowning. Mayo Clinic trauma surgeon Dr. Donald Jenkins reminds us the majority of accidents are preventable so use caution when on and in the water.

Click here for more information on boat safety.

Journalists: Video is available in the downloads. [TRT 1:04] Click here for the script.

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Tags: boating accidents, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Donald Jenkins, Vivien Williams, Water Safety

May 25th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Monday’s Housecall

By Jen O'Hara



Omega-3 in fish: How eating fish helps your heartMediterranean-style grilled salmon
Worried about heart disease? Try eating one to two servings of fish a week. Discover the benefits of omega-3 fatty acids.

Prescription weight-loss drugs
Interest in weight-loss medicines is growing as more drugs become available. Could one of them help you? Find out if you may be a candidate.

Colon cleansing: Is it helpful or harmful?
Colon cleansing is popular among some alternative medicine practitioners who claim it has health benefits. Get the facts first.

Body fat analyzers: How accurate are they?
Body fat can be measured with hand-held body fat analyzers, but accuracy varies.

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Tags: Advanced Directives, age-related vision, animal bites, body fat, colon cleansing, denial, Healthy Recipes, Living Wills, Monday's Housecall, nutrition-wise blog, omega-3 fatty acids, prescription weight-loss drugs

May 23rd, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Wounded Warrior Captain Bacik Walking, Running and Standing Tall

By Dana Sparks

United States of America flag, with blue sky in background

There are heroes in every war and Captain Matthew Bacik is certainly one of those. He was in the elite U.S. Army Ranger Regiment, honored with three Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star Medal, but he left active duty when an ambush in Iraq resulted in a below-the-knee amputation. Today, however, because of a new device tested at Mayo Clinic, he's walking, running and standing tall. [TRT 3:08]

Journalists: The broadcast quality video package and additional b-roll are available in the downloads. Click here to read the full script. 


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Tags: amputation, Capt Bacik, HL, Pkg, prosthetics, Wounded Warrior

May 23rd, 2015 · Leave a Comment


By Dana Sparks

close up illustration of spine with osteoporosis, bone loss

As we age, our bones may lose mass and become brittle. These are the signs and symptoms of osteoporosis. According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, osteoporosis is responsible for 2 million broken bones each year in the U.S. Mayo Clinic endocrinologist Dr. Bart Clarke discusses osteoporosis and how to reduce its impact on your health. Also on the program, we explore the world of teeth whiteners ... what works and what doesn't ... with Mayo Clinic dentist Dr. Phillip Sheridan. And pediatric allergy expert Dr. Martha Hartz will join us to discuss food allergies and asthma in children.

Myth or Matter-of-Fact: Men are less likely than women to develop osteoporosis.

Mayo Clinic Radio is available on iHeart Radio.

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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: Asthma, Dr Bart Clarke, Dr Martha Hartz, Dr Phillip Sheridan, Food Allergies, Mayo Clinic Radio, osteoporosis, Teeth

May 23rd, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Q and A: Several factors to consider before treatment for Barrett’s esophagus

By lizatorborg

illustration of normal esophagus and Barrett's esophagus

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: My husband is 68 and was recently diagnosed with Barrett’s esophagus. The doctor said it was low-grade dysplasia, and that he could be treated for now without having surgery, but that surgery may be necessary in the future. We are worried that his condition will eventually lead to esophageal cancer and want to know if having surgery now should be considered.

ANSWER: Before you and your husband decide on what type of treatment to pursue, there are several factors you need to carefully consider and discuss with a gastroenterologist.

First, the way the condition is diagnosed is critical. In Barrett’s esophagus, the color and composition of the cells lining the lower esophagus change. Normal esophagus tissue appears pale and glossy. In Barrett’s esophagus, the tissue is red and velvety instead. When Barrett’s esophagus is found, tissue samples (biopsies) are taken to determine the degree of tissue change. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: Barrett's esophagus, Dr Kenneth Wang, Dr Wang, Mayo Clinic Q A

May 22nd, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Something to Think About ~ 12 Reasons to be Happier!

By Dana Sparks

"Based on hundreds of research studies here are 12 proven benefits of happiness!"
- 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: 12 Reasons to be Happier, Alternative Medicine, Dr Amit Sood, Something to Think About

May 22nd, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic News Network Headline 5/22/15

By Deborah Balzer

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

  • Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start to summer and that means plenty of outdoor picnics and family gatherings which can bring us face-to-face with a host of insects including hornets, wasps and bees. For those with bee allergies, a sting may result in anaphylaxis — a potentially life-threatening reaction. Mayo Clinic emergency medicine specialist Dr. David Claypool provides tips on what to do if you get stung.

Journalists: Video is available in the downloads. [TRT 1:07] Click here for the script.

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Tags: allergic reaction, Anaphylaxis, bee stings, Dr David Claypool, insect bites, Vivien Williams

May 22nd, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Ginger for chemotherapy-induced nausea: Does it work?

By Jen O'Hara

Blue and white banner logo for 'Living with Cancer' blog

Ginger for chemotherapy-induced nausea: Does it work?fresh ginger root and ground ginger spice on wooden background
Looking for relief from the nausea and vomiting that chemo can cause? Research shows that ginger may help.

Groups offer support for brain tumor survivors
If you're a brain tumor survivor, you don't have to go it alone. Support organizations can help you navigate your treatment and recovery.

Ovarian cancer
In its early stages, ovarian cancer rarely causes any symptoms. Know whether you're at risk so you can be better prepared.

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Tags: Brain Tumor, Chemotherapy Nausea, Living With Cancer Blog, Ovarian Cancer, Support Groups

May 21st, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Play it Safe on Your Bike, Skateboard or In-Line Skates

By Micah Dorfner

people riding bicycles on bike path

LAKE CITY, Minn. — Learning to ride a bicycle is a part of most childhoods in the U.S. More than 70 percent of children between the ages of 5 and 14 ride bicycles, and 55 percent of those children don’t always wear a helmet, according to the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. At the same time, in-line skating and skateboarding are also popular.

Next to motor-vehicle injuries, bicycles injure more children any other consumer product, per the National SAFE KIDS Campaign. Head injuries are the most common and often most serious injury sustained on a bike, in-line skates, scooters or skateboards. Wearing a helmet can reduce the risk of death or injury due to a head injury.

“Summer weather promotes great outdoor activities, such as biking and skateboarding,” says Steven Adamson, M.D., Emergency Department director Mayo Clinic Health System in Lake City. “However, bicycle and skateboard injuries are far too common in the Emergency Department. Wearing a helmet and appropriate safety gear along with following safety rules can prevent many injuries. Adults and kids need to take appropriate safety precautions.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: Bike Safety, Dr Steven Adamson, Mayo Clinic Health System, News Release, Rollerblading, Skateboarding

May 21st, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Trauma Expert: Preventing Pediatric Falls

By Kelley Luckstein

ROCHESTER, Minn. — When people think of kids and trauma, they often think about car accidents. “However, in reality, falls are the leading cause of childhood injury and most of them happen around the home,” says Christopher Moir, M.D., pediatric surgeon at Mayo Clinic Children Center, who has cared for a wide variety of injuries related to falls.

There are approximately 8,000 children treated in emergency rooms for falls every day, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. At Mayo Clinic’s Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center, 35 percent of the children cared for in 2014 were the result of a fall.

Falls can happen anywhere but some of the most common mechanisms for kids’ falls are from playground equipment, off changing tables, off infant seats placed on high surfaces, from baby walkers, out of shopping carts and out of windows. When children fall out of windows, the injuries that result are more serious than other types of falls.

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

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Tags: childhood falls, Dr Chistopher Moir, Mayo Clinic Children Center, Minnesota news release, News Release, Pediatric Trauma Center

May 21st, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic, Phoenix Children’s Hospital Dog Bite Study Highlighted

By Jim McVeigh

outside Phoenix Children's Hospital with palm trees

PHOENIX — Prior studies have shown that most dog bite injuries result from family dogs. A new study conducted by Mayo Clinic and Phoenix Children’s Hospital shed some further light on the nature of these injuries.

The American Veterinary association has designated this week as Dog Bite Prevention Week.

The study, published last month in the Journal of Pediatric Surgery, demonstrated that more than 50 percent of the dog bites injuries treated at Phoenix Children’s Hospital came from dogs belonging to an immediate family member.

Phoenix Children's Hospital logoMEDIA CONTACT: Jim McVeigh, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 480-301-4222, Email:

Stacy Dillier, Phoenix Children’s Hospital, 602-933-0824, Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: Arizona News Release, dog bites, Erin Garvey, Mayo Clinic Pediatric Surgery, News Release, Ramin Jamshidi

May 21st, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Urologists Present Findings at 2015 American Urological Association Meeting

By Joe Dangor

AUA annual meeting logo 2015Embargoed Releases. See specific embargo information for each study.

Joe Dangor, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 507-284-5005,

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Mayo Clinic urologists will present research findings on several topics at the American Urological Association Annual Meeting May 15–19 in New Orleans. Researchers will be available to discuss their research with reporters who are covering the conference. Mayo Clinic studies to be presented include:

Holmium Laser Excision of Genitourinary Mesh Exposure Following Anti-Incontinence Surgery: Minimum Six-Month Follow-up.
Embargoed until Sunday, May 17, 2015 1:00 p.m. CT

The polypropylene mesh implants used in some incontinence surgeries for women can erode tissue and sometimes intrude into the bladder or urethra, often causing pain, bleeding and infection. Conventional treatment requires major open surgery.medical staff person holding chalkboard with the word urology

Mayo Clinic researchers have discovered they can trim mesh with an endoscopic laser and remove it without having to make incisions.

“Removal of mesh with old-fashioned surgery is a big surgery,” says lead author Daniel Elliott, M.D., a Mayo Clinic urologist. “We were trying to see if there is a way to get this done easier. With certain types of mesh exposures this is very effective and others it’s not. But it presents itself as a potential option for some of these people to avoid a major surgery.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: ADHD, AUA 2015 Annual Meeting, BMI, body mass index, Daniel Elliott, Derek Lomas, Jeffrey Karnes, M.D., MD sacral neuromodulation, Marco Moschini, Matthew Tollefson, Mayo Clinic urology, Minnesota news release, News Release, obesity, Prostate Cancer, PSA, robotic-assisted surgery, sarcopenia, Sexual Dysfunction, Urinary Incontinence, Urology

May 21st, 2015 · Leave a Comment


By Jen O'Hara

woman breast feeding, nursing baby

Breast-feeding nutrition: Tips for moms

Coping with stress: Workplace tips

Nervous breakdown: What does it mean?

Nutrition-wise: Seniors — Beef it up to prevent muscle loss

Does soy affect breast cancer risk?

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Tags: Breast Cancer Risk, breast-feeding, nervous breakdwon, nutrition-wise blog, Senior Health, soy, stress, Thursday Consumer Health Tips

May 20th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic News Network Headline 5/20/15

By Deborah Balzer

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

  • A drink designed to replace depleted fluids and minerals in babies and children who suffer from diarrhea and vomiting has found new popularity among adults seeking rehydration. Mayo Clinic performance nutritionist Luke Corey says electrolytes, which can be found in Pedialyte, as well as in sports drinks, are important for muscle and nerve function.

Journalists: Video is available in the downloads. [TRT :55] Click here for the script.

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Tags: dehydration, diarrhea, Electrolytes, Luke Corey, Pedialyte, rehydration, Vivien Williams