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September 2nd, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic, University of North Florida Host Tenth Annual Upbeat Pink: A Musical Tribute to Breast Cancer Survivorship

By Paul Scotti

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Sept. 2, 2014 – Mayo Clinic and the University of North Florida are honoring Upbeat Pink ConcertNational Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October by hosting the tenth annual “Upbeat Pink: A Musical Tribute to Breast Cancer Survivorship” concert on Friday, Oct. 10 at 7:30 p.m. in Lazzara Performance Hall, UNF Fine Arts Building on the university’s campus in Jacksonville. The Upbeat Pink concert is free and open to the public.

The theme for this year’s program, “Dancing with the Survivors,” showcases a variety of dance music performed by the UNF Wind Symphony, conducted by Gordon Brock, D.M.A., and features special guest artist and multi-instrumentalist,  Bill Prince, D.M.A.

Guest speakers will include Laura Vallow, M.D., radiation oncologist at Mayo Clinic and Dianne Wagner, a local breast cancer survivor.
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September 2nd, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Family Conflicts, Other Non-Physical Worries Before Cancer Surgery Raise Patients’ Complication Risk

By Sharon Theimer

Meeting non-medical needs ahead of operations can aid recovery, cut health care costs, study suggests

ROCHESTER, Minn. — How well patients recover from cancer surgery may be influenced by more than their medical conditions and the operations themselves. Family conflicts and other non-medical problems may raise their risk of surgical complications, a Mayo Clinic study has found. Addressing such quality-of-life issues before an operation may reduce patients’ stress, speed their recoveries and save health care dollars, the research suggests. The study specifically looked at colon cancer patients, and found that patients with a poor quality of life were nearly three times likelier to face serious postoperative complications.Sad girl looking out window

The findings are published in the Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery.

“We know that quality of life is a very complex thing, but we can now measure it and work with it almost like blood pressure,” says lead author Juliane Bingener, M.D., a gastroenterologic surgeon at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. “We can say, ‘This is good, this is in the normal range, but this one here, that is not good, and maybe we should do something.’”

Quality of life as measured in the study is about more than happiness and how well people feel physically, Dr. Bingener says. It also includes the financial, spiritual, emotional, mental and social aspects of their lives and whether their needs are being met. Read the rest of this entry »

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September 1st, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Monday’s Housecall

By Dana Sparks

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heart shape with words donate bloodTHIS WEEK'S TOP STORIES
Blood donation
Millions of people need blood transfusions each year. They may need it during surgery, after an accident or because of a disease. Help save a life today. Be a blood donor.

Home care services: Questions to ask
If you're recovering from surgery or have a chronic illness, you may need some support. Home care services can include nursing assistance and help with chores and errands.

Colloidal silver: Is it safe or effective?
Colloidal silver products aren't cure-alls and may wind up being harmful.

Leg pain after prolonged standing or sittingCologuard stool DNA screening box
New, persistent leg pain or aching may indicate an underlying circulation problem.

Grilling recipes
Slide show: Age-related vision problems
Stool DNA test

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August 30th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Weekend Wellness: Osteoporosis medications can have negative effect on bone healing after tooth extraction

By lizatorborg

illustration of several teeth with magnifying glassDEAR MAYO CLINIC: I need to have a tooth extracted. Because of my osteoporosis the dentist said I should go to an oral surgeon. Why is that important? How do I find out their qualifications?

ANSWER: Removal of a tooth is usually a straightforward process that can be done by most general dentists. However, people who have osteoporosis often take medications that can increase the risk of complications after tooth extraction. In that case, having an experienced oral and maxillofacial surgeon surgically take out the tooth may reduce the likelihood of problems after the tooth is removed.

Osteoporosis is a condition that causes bones to become weak and brittle. The most widely prescribed medications used to treat osteoporosis are in a class of drugs called bisphosphonates. Examples include alendronate, risedronate, ibandronate and zoledronic acid.

These medications help keep your bones healthy as you age and lower the risk of a bone fracture if you have osteoporosis. Unfortunately, bisphosphonates can have a negative effect on bone healing following an injury, including after tooth extraction. Read the rest of this entry »

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August 29th, 2014 · Leave a Comment


By Dana Sparks

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For many students this is back-to-school time! On the next Mayo Clinic Radio, Saturday, August 30 at 9 a.m. CT, four physicians will join us and share important information related to sending your student back to class. Noelle Larson, M.D., will discuss scoliosis and finding the correct sized backpack. Dawn Davis, M.D., will talk about acne, warts, skin rashes and lice. Robert Jacobson, M.D., will give us the latest information on immunizations for students from preschool to college. Brian Mohney, M.D., will discuss eye exams, eyestrain and overall eye health for students. Join us!

Follow #MayoClinicRadio and tweet your questions.

To listen to the program on Saturday, click here.

Mayo Clinic Radio is available on iHeart Radio.

Listen to this week’s Medical News Headlines: News Segment August 30. 2014 (right click MP3) 

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August 29th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Help Relieve Stress of Cancer Fight

By Dana Sparks

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A few minutes a day spent outdoors does wonders for the soul in fighting off stress. Take time to be thankful and enjoy the beauty.

Hodgkin's lymphoma
In Hodgkin's lymphoma, cells in the lymphatic system (part of your immune system) grow abnormally and may spread. Get the facts.

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

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August 29th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Get Grilling With These Tips

By Dana Sparks

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SPRINGFIELD, Minn. — Grilling season certainly doesn't end with summer. If you're firing up the grill this Labor Day weekend be sure to keep health and safety in mind. Mayo Clinic Health System registered dietician Linda Carruthers says, “Grilling is fun, delicious and can actually be a very healthy way to cook. You’re effectively using one of the best cooking methods around when you grill nutritious foods in a safe manner.”

Carruthers offers these tips to enhance your well-being:

  • Grill fruits and vegetables.  Meat is a traditional staple of any grilling menu, but don’t bypass fruits and vegetables. These foods go great on the grill, giving standard produce an interesting style and flavor. My particular favorite is to cut zucchini into strips, lightly spray the strips with olive oil, and sprinkle with oregano and fresh-ground black pepper. You can buy a grill basket to simplify the process of grilling fruits and vegetables. Looking for a creative idea? Try fruit puree as a healthy marinade.
  • Avoid cross-contamination. Keep raw meats separated from ready-to-eat foods. Use different utensils and cutting boards for raw and ready-to-eat foods as well. And always remember to wash your hands and sanitize your prep and cooking tools.
  • Watch out for char. Flame-ups and high heat cause charring, and charred meats may contain cancer-causing agents. Cut off any charred parts before serving grilled goodies. Marinating meat is shown to reduce the potential for carcinogen development. So, try some low-salt, low-fat marinades with your beef, chicken, pork and fish.
  • Cook meat to a safe temperature. Undercooked meats can lead to various illnesses, so make sure you’re hitting the minimum mark with each item. Safe meat temperatures are:

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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

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

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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]

Journalists: Broadcast quality video of the package and natural sound b-roll are available in the downloads.

To read the script, click here.

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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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