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August 28th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Q and A: Double vision can often be effectively treated

By lizatorborg lizatorborg

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I have double vision in my right eye and can read with glasses, but distance is not very clear. What causes double vision? Is there a procedure to correct it?

ANSWER: A number of conditions can lead to double vision. Treatment typically depends on the underlying woman having an eye examcause. With a careful evaluation and accurate diagnosis, double vision can often be effectively treated.

Double vision, also called diplopia, is either monocular or binocular. Monocular double vision is present in each eye separately. Binocular double vision is only present with both eyes open. This distinction is very important because monocular double vision is never dangerous, while binocular double vision can be caused by some serious neurologic conditions.

If you have new symptoms of double vision, a quick way to assess which type you have is to close each eye separately. Using your question as an example, “I have double vision in my right eye,” suggests that you have monocular, or “one-eyed,” diplopia. This means that when you close your left eye, you see images as double out of your right eye. But when you close your right eye, the double vision goes away. If you have binocular double vision, when you close either your right eye or left eye, the double vision goes away. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: binocular diplopia, double vision, Dr Chen, Dr John Chen, dry eye syndrome, Mayo Clinic Q A, retinal disease

August 28th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Something to Think About ~ Which worries are right?

By Dana Sparks Dana Sparks

man and woman, couple, sitting at computer worried and concerned about finances
Which worries are right?

"Worry that motivates is useful, worry that paralyzes isn’t. Beyond a limit, worry is paralyzing. Worry has impaired my ability to think clearly, making my family and me unsafe. Worry is the price we pay for our intellect and imagination. Let your worries focus mostly on those actionable problems that are worthy of your attention and where actions can make a difference."  - 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, Dr Amit Sood, Something to Think About, Worry

August 28th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Minute 8/28/2015

By Deborah Balzer Deborah Balzer

In today's Mayo Clinic Minute with Vivien Williams:

  • We look at why head lice are in the headlines, the results of  a Mayo Clinic study on vitamin D and obese kids, plus the link between green space and good sleep.

Click here for more on the Mayo Clinic vitamin D study and here for the green space sleep study.

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

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Tags: back to school, childhood obesity, head lice, Mayo Clinic Minute, obesity, sleep, vitamin D, Vivien Williams

August 28th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Hurricane Season – Preparing for the Storm

By Joel Streed Joel Streed

NOAA image of storm Erika 8/28

MEDIA ADVISORY: Hurricane Season Food Safety and Meal Plans: Mayo Clinic Experts Offer Storm Prep Suggestions

As Tropical Storm Erika brews in the Atlantic, residents of coastal communities are starting to prepare for a potential severe weather emergency. But hurricane shutters, flashlights and batteries are not the only things to consider. Food safety is critical to maintaining well being during a natural disaster, and finding creative ways to feed a family can become an issue if refrigeration and electricity are unavailable.

"Whether it's a hurricane or another natural disaster, it's critical to understand basic food and water safety, particularly if power outages or flooding occur. Having a plan in place will ensure proper nutrition, energy, and long-term wellness," says Sherry Mahoney, director of Nutrition and Food Services at Mayo Clinic in Florida.

She advises creating a meal plan in advance, "since most people aren't thinking about recipes (during a disaster), and refrigeration and cooking may become a problem."

But registered dietitian and nutritionist Emily Brantley says eating out of a can doesn't have to be boring."There are many options to mix and match from your pantry, and with advanced planning and a little creativity, you can provide healthy and delicious meals for your family."

To interview Mayo Clinic experts please contact Cynthia Weiss (904) 953-2299

Journalists:  sound bites with Emily Brantley are available in the downloads.

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Tags: hurricane, Preparation, safety, Florida, Emily Brantley

August 28th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

A Simple Path to Resilience

By Jen O'Hara Jen O

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

Woman cancer survivor with scarf on her head after chemoA simple path to resilience
From moving more and eating well to taking time to relax, discover simple things you can do to nurture your inner strength.

Coping with pain after breast surgery
Nerves are often cut in breast cancer surgery, possibly leading to different types of chest pain. See how to find relief.

Although melanoma is a type of skin cancer, in rare cases it can spread to other parts of the body. Former President Jimmy Carter was recently diagnosed with melanoma in his brain.

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Tags: Breast Surgery, cancer survivor, Living With Cancer Blog, Melanoma, resiliency

August 27th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Radio

By Jen O'Hara Jen O

medical illustration of stage I and II ovarian cancerAccording to the American Cancer Society, about 21,000 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer this year ... and more than 14,000 will die from the disease. September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, and on the next program gynecologic cancer specialist Dr. Jamie Bakkum-Gamez discusses diagnosis and treatment of ovarian cancer. Joining her is ovarian cancer survivor Cynthia Weiss, who describes her personal journey. Also on the program, family medicine specialist Dr. Elizabeth Cozine explains the treatment of family dysfunction. And cardiologist Dr. Stephen Kopecky offers 10 tips for lowering high blood pressure without using medication.

Myth or Matter-of-Fact: Ovarian cancer is sometimes called a "silent killer" because its symptoms often go unrecognized until the disease is in an advanced stage.

Mayo Clinic Radio is available on iHeartRadio.

Click here to listen to the program at 9:05 a.m. CT Saturday, August 29, 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.

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Tags: Anxiety, Cynthia Weiss, Depression, Dr Elizabeth Cozine, Dr Jamie Bakkum-Gamez, Dr. Stephen Kopecky, family dysfunction, High Blood Pressure, hypertension, managing high blood pressure, Mayo Clinic Radio, National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, Ovarian Cancer

August 27th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Back to School: Feed the Body and Brain

By Deborah Balzer Deborah Balzer

If your children participate in school sports, you know proper nutrition will help them perform at their best. The young girl, girl holding two apples over her eyessame holds true for academics. Mayo Clinic Children's Center pediatrician Dr. Brian Lynch says healthy, nutritious foods will benefit kids' academic performance, behavior and overall health. Plus, it will combat childhood obesity. Dr. Lynch and his colleagues encourage families to follow the 9-5-2-1-0 Let's Go! rule as a guide to good health and nutrition for kids:

  • 9 – get nine hours of sleep per night
  • 5 – eat five or more servings of fruit and vegetables every day
  • 2 – limit screen time to two hours per day
  • 1 – get one hour of exercise per day
  • 0 – drink zero sugar-sweetened beverages such as soda and juice

Dr. Lynch says when it comes to feeding your children, avoid processed foods and foods containing trans fats, saturated fats, sugar and sodium. Instead, opt for more of what he calls "real" foods – fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meats, and low-fat dairy.

Journalists: Sound bites are available in the downloads. [TRT 1:58] Click here for the transcript.

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Tags: back to school, childhood obesity, dietary guidelines, Dr Brian Lynch, Healthy Snacks, Mayo Clinic Children's Center, school lunch, school nutrition

August 27th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Depression — Let’s Snap Out Of Expecting People to Snap Out Of It

By Micah Dorfner Micah Dorfner

sad man with depression, headache

Filza Hussain, M.D.
, behavioral health physician at Mayo Clinic Health System, provides some expert perspective on depression and our culture's understanding of the subject.

Our relationship with the word depression is quite paradoxical. Although, on the one hand, we so freely admit that we are depressed because our team lost the Super Bowl or because the store doesn’t carry a desired outfit in our size. When it comes to talking about clinical depression, the stigma attached with the word becomes omnipotent. Rather than admitting to feelings of sadness, loss of interest in usual activities, guilt, decreased energy, difficulty with attention and concentration, and sleep difficulties, we clam up, put a bright smile on our face and pretend everything is OK. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: Depression, Dr Filza Hussain, Mayo Clinic Health System, mental health

August 27th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Thursday Consumer Health Tips

By Jen O'Hara Jen O

young Asian woman comforting older woman who is sad

Living with dementia shows value of focusing on the present

Video: Need to relax? Take a break for meditation

Antidepressants: Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs)

Weight loss after pregnancy: Reclaiming your body

Sea salt vs. table salt: What's the difference?

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Tags: antidepressants, Dementia, MAOIs, Meditation, sea salt, table salt, Thursday Consumer Health Tips, weight loss after pregnancy

August 26th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Minute 8/26/2015

By Deborah Balzer Deborah Balzer


In today's Mayo Clinic Minute with Vivien Williams:

  • We hear from Dr. Stephanie Faubion, director of Mayo Clinic's Women's Health Clinic, about the first pill designed to treat women's low sexual desire. Plus, we look at how a popular video game may help with addictive behavior, and a possible link between yoga and reduction of disease symptoms.

Listen to more of Dr. Faubion's interview here, read the video game study here and the yoga study here.

Journalist:  Video is available in the downloads. [TRT :53) Click here for the script.


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Tags: Dr. Stephanie Faubion, Flibanserin, Mayo Clinic Minute, Mayo Clinic Women's Health Clinic, Vivien Williams, women's sexual health, Yoga

August 25th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Pain. Pill. Problem. Use and overuse of prescription painkillers in Minnesota

By Rhoda Madson Rhoda Madson

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Mayo Clinic experts participated in the Minnesota Moving Forward Together conference  examining the use and overuse of opioids and painkillers in Minnesota. Michael Hooten M.D., a board-certified pain medicine specialist, and Keith Berge M.D., an anesthesiologist – both from Mayo Clinic’s Rochester campus – attended the conference in Minneapolis, Tuesday Aug. 25.pain. pill. problem. logo for moving forward conference

Dr. Hooten contributed to a panel discussion on the history of prescribing, the physiological mechanism that links overuse to dependency, the new state Opioid Prescribing Improvement Program and current practice around opioid prescribing. He spoke about the role of psychiatric comorbidities, such as depression and anxiety, and says the prevalence of these conditions is high among people with chronic pain. “My overall approach is to treat the underlying psychiatric illness directly, then trend away or taper the opioid.”  Dr. Hooten was lead author a recent study that found that 1 in 4 people prescribed opioids progressed to longer-term prescriptions.

Journalists: B-roll of the event and sound bites with Drs. Hooten and Berge are available in the downloads.

Media Contact: To schedule an interview with Drs. Hooten or Berge, contact Rhoda Madson at 507-284-5005 or

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Tags: Dr Keith Berge, Dr W Michael Hooten, Expert Alert, Mayo Clinic Rochester, opioid, opioid addiction, opioid painkiller, opioid prescriptions, pain medicine addiction

August 25th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Back to School: A Good Night’s Sleep

By Deborah Balzer Deborah Balzer

Children need to get plenty of sleep in order to perform well in school. After a summer of staying up late and then young teenage boy asleep on his schoolbookssleeping in, many kids are out of their school year bedtime routines.  Mayo Clinic Children's Center pediatric neurologist and sleep specialist Dr. Suresh Kotagal says in order for most school-age children to be at their best, they need to get from 8 1/2 to 9 hours of sleep every night. He also says, "Children should work back into a school year sleep schedule gradually, starting a week or two before the first bell rings."

Dr. Kotagal has tips on how to help children and teens get the sleep they need for a productive school year.

  • Wake children up 30 minutes earlier every few days as school approaches
  • Turn off electronics 30 minutes to an hour before bed
  • Temporarily avoid or shorten naps to help children be sleepy at night
  • Make sure the bed is used for sleep only

 Journalists: Sound bites are available in the downloads. [2:29] Click here for the transcript.

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Tags: back to school, Children Sleeping, Dr. Suresh Kotagal, Mayo Clinic Children's Center, sleep

August 25th, 2015 · 1 Comment

Sandman Not Doing the Job? Use These Behavioral Strategies for Sleep Difficulties

By Micah Dorfner Micah Dorfner

couple in bed with woman suffering from insomnia and sleep problems
"Many of my patients face sleep difficulties," says Filza Hussain, M.D., Mayo Clinic Health System behavioral health expert. "It’s either difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep or both. This leads to feeling tired in the morning, having difficulties with daytime sleepiness, attention and concentration problems, and irritability. Most of my patients have tried over-the-counter sleep aids or even prescription medications but remain dissatisfied and sleepless."

Sleep aids certainly can help in the short term, but developing good sleep practices is often key. Sleep hygiene is a term used to describe good sleep habits. Dr. Hussain says the fundamentals of practicing good sleep hygiene are: Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: Dr Filza Hussain, insomnia, Mayo Clinic Health System, sleep

August 25th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic PathWays August 25: What’s the Diagnosis?

By April Josselyn 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

August 25th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Q and A: Vaginal infections have similar symptoms, require different treatments

By lizatorborg lizatorborg

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: What is the difference between bacterial vaginosis and a yeast infection? I’ve had painful itching for two weeks but have not been to see a doctor yet. Are over-the-counter medications effective in treating both?pathological fungus or yeast. microscopic view

ANSWER: Bacterial vaginosis, or BV, and vaginal yeast infections may have some symptoms that seem similar, but they have different causes and require different treatment. Over-the-counter remedies are available for a yeast infection. BV typically requires prescription medication. See your doctor to get an accurate diagnosis. Then he or she can help you decide on the best treatment.

BV and yeast infections both fall under the broad category of vaginal infections, called vaginitis. These infections are quite common in women. They usually can be treated effectively without any long-term problems. You need to know which type of infection you have, however, to make sure you get the right treatment. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: bacterial vaginosis, BV, Dr Marnach, Dr Mary Marnach, Mayo Clinic Q A, vaginal yeast infection, vaginitis, yeast infection