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April 1st, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Bionic Eye Patient “Thrilled” to Reconnect with Visual World

By Dennis Douda

Allen Zderad thought darkness had invaded his world to stay. He’s among the 1-in-4,000 people who are born with retinitis pigmentosa, a degenerative eye condition. There is no effective treatment or cure. While not all patients will lose their sight entirely, Mayo Clinic researcher and ophthalmologist Raymond Iezzi Jr., M.D. says, a “bionic eye” may help some of those who do. For the Mayo Clinic News Network, here’s Dennis Douda with Allen’s story.

Journalists: Broadcast quality video and additional b-roll are available in the downloads. Click here to read the script. Pronunciation key - Dr. Iezzi:  eye-Eh’-zee, Allen Zderad:  Zar'-ad 

To schedule an interview with Dr. Iezzi, contact Bob Nellis at Mayo Clinic Public Affairs: 507-284-5005 or newsbureau@mayo.edu

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Tags: Argus II, bionic eye, Dr Raymond Iezzi, HL, ophthalmology, Pkg, retinal prosthesis, retinitis pigmentosa, second sight


March 31st, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Study Suggests Acute Injured Kidneys can be considered for Transplant

By Lynn Closway

PHOENIX — The shortage of kidneys needed for organ transplantation in the U.S. can be alleviated in part by using select kidneys with Acute Kidney Injury (AKI), resulting in safe and positive outcomes, according to research conducted at Mayo Clinic in Arizona.

Results of the single-site study, led by Raymond Heilman, M.D., Chair of the Division of Nephrology, suggest that acutely injured kidneys from deceased donors can be considered for transplantation — reconsidering previous thinking that such kidneys should be discarded.

Kidneys can result in acute injury when the organ ceases to function, generally caused by heavy blood loss, severe infection, extreme dehydration and some medications.  At the same time, according to Dr. Heilman, “The kidney has a remarkable ability to regenerate parts of the organ that weren’t working.”

MEDIA CONTACT: Lynn Closway, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 480-301-4337, closway.lynn@mayo.edu Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: Acute Kidney Injury, Arizona News Release, kidney transplant, News Release, Organ Transplantation, Raymond Heilman


March 31st, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Q and A: Lifestyle changes often help ease symptoms of peripheral artery disease

By lizatorborg

illustration of peripheral artery diseaseDEAR MAYO CLINIC: My mother, 67, was recently diagnosed with peripheral artery disease. She has been having leg pain and other symptoms for many months. She was prescribed medication but her doctor said she may need surgery. What would that involve? Are there any other treatment choices?

ANSWER: In people who have peripheral artery disease, narrowed arteries limit blood flow to the arms and legs. When the limbs do not get enough blood, it can trigger a variety of symptoms. The most common include leg pain when walking, leg cramps after doing an activity, leg numbness and leg weakness. If left untreated, pain and other symptoms may get worse over time.

Treatment for peripheral artery disease usually includes lifestyle changes and medication. For many people, those two therapies are all they need to effectively manage the disease. If they are not enough, though, a procedure to open blocked arteries (angioplasty) may be recommended. Surgery to bypass a blocked or narrowed artery can be another useful treatment option for some cases of peripheral artery disease.

Lifestyle changes often can help ease symptoms and slow the disease’s progress. Smoking is one of the biggest risk factors for peripheral artery disease. Smoking frequently leads to artery narrowing and damage. It also can make the disease get worse more quickly. If your mother smokes, quitting is one of the most important steps she can take to combat peripheral artery disease. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: angioplasty, bypass surgery, Dr De Martino, Dr Randall De Martino, Mayo Clinic Q A, peripheral artery disease


March 30th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic News Network Headline 3/30/15

By Deborah Balzer

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

  • March is Traumatic Brain Injuries Month — Allen Brown, M.D., says the highest risk group is the elderly who most often fall at home. Dr. Brown shares tips on how to provide a safe home environment

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

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Tags: Dr Allen Brown, elderly, preventing falls, Senior Health, TBI, traumatic brain injury, Vivien Williams


March 30th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Monday’s Housecall

By Jen O'Hara

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Peaceful man sleeping in bed at home in the bedroomTHIS WEEK'S TOP STORIES
Help yourself to better sleep with these tips
Eager to catch more z's? See what to avoid during the day and how to prepare for bedtime.

Prophylactic oophorectomy: Preventing cancer by surgically removing your ovaries
Angelina Jolie Pitt recently had surgery to prevent ovarian cancer. Get the facts about this procedure and weigh the pros and cons.

EXPERT ANSWERS
What are superbugs and how can I protect myself from infection?
Superbugs are strains of bacteria that are resistant to a lot of antibiotics used today.

Cold or allergy: Which is it?
Do you get a "cold" each spring? It could be allergies. Learn how to recognize the symptoms.

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

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Tags: Blood Pressure Chart, cold vs allergy, Healthy Recipes, Monday's Housecall, prophylactic oophorectomy, pulmonary embolism, Sleep, Strength Training, stress blog, superbug, whiplash


March 28th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

“What is a migraine headache?”

By Dana Sparks

young woman with severe headache or migraine

Lake City, Minn. - Migraine is three times more common in women than in men and affects more than 10 percent of people worldwide, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Mayo Clinic Health System Family Medicine physician Rachel Batdorf, M.D., says, "Although any head pain can be miserable, migraines are often disabling."  In about 15 percent of cases, these painful headaches are preceded by a sensory warning sign (aura), such as flashes of light, blind spots or tingling in your arm or leg. Migraines are also often accompanied by other symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting and extreme sensitivity to light and sound. Migraine pain can be excruciating and may incapacitate you for hours or even days. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: Headache, Mayo Clinic Health System, migraine


March 28th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Q & A: Presbyopia normal in aging, but regular eye exams are recommended

By lizatorborg

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I am 43 and have started having trouble with my vision while reading. I know this is common for someone my age, and I do have “readers” that I sometimes use, but am hoping to put off regular glasses as long as possible. Am I doing harm by waiting? How often should I have my eyes checked?woman with glasses reading a book, vision

ANSWER: It is true that the vision changes you are noticing are very common in people in their 40s. But you are not harming your eyes by waiting to get reading glasses. You may find it useful to get an eye exam now, though, to see if glasses could be helpful and to check for other eye problems. Regular eye exams are recommended for adults beginning at age 40.

As we age, our eyes gradually lose their ability to focus on objects nearby. The medical term for this process is presbyopia. It typically becomes noticeable in the early to mid-40s and continues to get worse through the mid-60s. Many people become aware of presbyopia when vision seems blurry at a normal reading distance, and they have to hold reading material farther away to see it clearly. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: Dr Mahr, Dr Michael Mahr, Eye Exam, Mayo Clinic Q A, presbyopia, vision changes


March 28th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Something to Think About ~ Should you choose to trust and be vulnerable?

By Dana Sparks

two people rock climbing, exercising, helping and trusting each other
Should you choose to trust and be vulnerable?

"Trust is your willingness to cede control. Letting go of control makes you feel vulnerable. Most of us don’t like feeling vulnerable. But we don’t have a choice." - 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: Dr Amit Sood, Something to Think About, Trust, Vulnerable


March 27th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Health Letter: Highlights from the March 2015 Issue

By Brian Kilen

ROCHESTER, Minn. ― Here are highlights from the March issue of Mayo Clinic Health Letter. You may cite this publication as often as you wish. Reprinting is allowed for a fee. Mayo Clinic Health Letter attribution is required. Include the following subscription information as your editorial policies permit: Visit http://healthletter.mayoclinic.com/ or call toll-free for subscription information, 1-800-333-9037, extension 9771. Full newsletter text: Mayo Clinic Health Letter March 2015 (for journalists only).

Alternate medications to manage chronic painchronic pain med

Pain medications might not work well for chronic pain ― pain that doesn’t go away with time. The March issue of Mayo Clinic Health Letter covers other types of medications and strategies to consider as part of long-term pain management.

Deciding on potential drug therapy for chronic pain usually involves analysis of the cause or causes of pain and knowing which type of drugs may be beneficial. Pain medications typically work well for pain resulting from headache, an injury or surgery. These same medications can lose their effectiveness over time, and some may even make pain worse or cause unacceptable side effects. Other options include:


MEDIA CONTACT: Brian Kilen, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 507-284-5005,
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Tags: blood pressure guidelines, chronic pain, Dr Amit Sood, Mayo Clinic, Mayo Clinic Health Letter, Minnesota news release, News Release, pain medication


March 27th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic News Network Headline 3/27/15

By Deborah Balzer

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

  • Colon cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death for both men and women in the United States - Eric Dozois, M.D., reminds us during this Colon Cancer Awareness month that screening can and does save lives.

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

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Tags: Cologuard, colon cancer, Colonoscopy, colorectal cancer screening, Dr Eric Dozois, Vivien Williams


March 27th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Cancer Treatment and Fertility

By Jen O'Hara

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Cancer treatment and fertility Fertility - Microscopic image of sperm and egg
Some cancer treatments can affect your ability to have children. If you're planning to have a family, know your fertility options.

Ovarian cancer vaccine: Can it prevent recurrence?
Researchers hope to use ovarian cancer vaccines to train immune system cells. The mission? Find and attack any cancer cells that reappear after the initial treatment.

Chemotherapy and hair loss: What to expect
Find out what to expect when it comes to chemotherapy and hair loss. Plan to use your energy staying healthy rather than worrying about how you look.

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Tags: cancer treatment and fertility, chemotherapy hair loss, Living With Cancer Blog, ovarian cancer vaccine


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’

Journalists: Soundbites with Dr. Iezzi are available in the downloads. Read the rest of this entry »

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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