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November 26th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Something to Think About ~ Five Depths of Gratitude

By danasparks danasparks

woman looking at sky and sun with open arms, thankful, grateful
WATCH: The Five Depths of Gratitude

"Cultivate deeper gratitude by being thankful for the simple and the ordinary. It will help you become happier and more resilient. Wish you peace, joy and love."  - Amit

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: #Newsapp, Dr Amit Sood, Gratitude, Something to Think About

November 26th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Holidays a Time to Talk Plainly About End-of-Life Care Wishes

By micahdorfner micahdorfner

patient in bed and physician, doctor sitting with patient and family member

Mary Thelen is a registered nurse and director of Palliative and Supportive Care for Mayo Clinic Health System in northwest Wisconsin.

Let’s talk turkey. And, no, I don’t mean gobbling like that festive holiday bird. I mean use the holidays, when family members are gathered, to go beyond the “How ’bout them Packers?” discussion. Use that precious time to speak honestly and openly about your end-of-life wishes. For example:

  • Would I want a feeding tube?
  • Would I want to be put on a breathing machine?
  • Would I want CPR if my heart or breathing stops?
  • What would be important to me if my days were numbered?

“Depressing,” some people groan. “I’ll make those big decisions when the time comes.”

It’s human to want to put off thoughts of death and dying. Unfortunately, a health care crisis can happen at any time, at any age. When the unthinkable strikes — a debilitating illness, a devastating accident — families who haven’t had these discussions often are left agonizing over “what would my loved one want?” Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: #Newsapp, Advance Directive, End of life, hospice, Mary Thelen, Mayo Clinic Health System, Palliative Care, Power of Attorney

November 26th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Minute: Tired on Thanksgiving? Don’t Blame the Bird

By Jeff_Olsen Jeff_Olsen

young man asleep at table with empty plate in front of him
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  • It's a story that's told around many a Thanksgiving table, but it's not really true. In this Mayo Clinic Minute, Jeff Olsen debunks the tale of how  turkey makes you tired.

Journalists: Video is available in the downloads. [TRT 1:00] Download the script.

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Tags: #Newsapp, amino acid, Jeff Olsen, Katherine Zeratsky, Thanksgiving, Tryptophan

November 26th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Consumer Health Tips: Handwashing Do’s and Don’ts

By jenohara jenohara

person washing hands in soap and water
Handwashing do's and don'ts

Rosacea treatment: Can light therapy reduce symptoms?

Ear infection (middle ear)

Hospice care: Comforting the terminally ill

Video: New Alzheimer's research

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Tags: Alzheimer's research, ear infection, handwashing, Hospice Care, rosacea treatment, Thursday Consumer Health Tips, #Newsapp

November 25th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

In the Loop: Staying Young in the Age of Aging

By danasparks danasparks

Aging mother with adult daugher

This article appeared November 19, 2015 In the Loop.

You can't beat the clock. No matter who you are and what you do, you're going to get older. The hours keep ticking by. And if you're like us, that brings a couple questions to mind: "What is getting older going to be like?" And, "Is there anything that can be done to make it better?" NaBREAKTHROUGH_AGING_PR_DIGITAL_PC1tional Geographic's new television series "Breakthrough" will explore those very questions (and more) in a segment titled "The Age of Aging" on Sunday, Nov. 29. (Put it on your fast-changing calendar and download and view a segment of the program on Mayo research.)

The segment is directed and narrated by Ron Howard (yes, that Ron Howard) and has a strong Mayo Clinic connection. It includes interviews with retired residents living in Rochester. And it will feature the latest research developments from the Mayo Clinic Robert and Arlene Kogod Center on Aging. That includes work being done to "extend the healthy years of lifespan," a phrase researchers in the Center on Aging use to refer to "the period of life when individuals are independent and free" from the aches, pains and struggles of chronic health conditions.

"There are so many questions to be made around the question of aging," Howard says in a promotional trailerfor the segment. "It's, on one hand, wonderful to imagine living long, feeling better, being productive well into the golden years. But also important in taking a look at our moment to recognize that it's a struggle."

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Tags: #Newsapp, aging, In The Loop, National Geographic

November 25th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Minute: Early Detection of Alzheimer’s Disease

By vivienw vivienw

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  • More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's disease. There is no cure, however, early and accurate diagnosis of this progressive form of dementia allows patients and families to prepare for the future. Vivien Williams has more in this Mayo Clinic Minute.

Journalists: Video is available in the downloads. [TRT 1:02] Download the script.

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Tags: #Newsapp, Alzheimer’s disease, Dementia, Dr. Ronald Petersen, Mayo Clinic Minute, Vivien Williams

November 25th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Minute: E. Coli Facts

By danasparks danasparks

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E. coli outbreaks around the nation have many people asking questions. What is it? Who is at risk? Mayo Clinic emergency medicine specialist Dr. David Claypool says it's a common bacteria that can be spread through contaminated food or water. Reporter Jeff Olsen has more E. coli facts in this Mayo Clinic Minute.

Journalists: Video is available in the downloads. [TRT 1:00]  Download the script.

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Tags: #Newsapp, Dr David Claypool, Ecoli, emergency department, Food-borne Illness, Jeff Olsen, Mayo Clinic Minute

November 25th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Food Safety Tips: Keep Your Family and Guests Safe this Holiday

By DebBalzer DebBalzer

turkey in a roasting pot with a thermometer
'Tis the season for family gatherings and plenty of turkey. This Thanksgiving, be sure to keep your family and guests safe from foodborne illnesses. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates 1 in 6 Americans (48 million) get sick with foodborne illnesses each year. Broken down further, 128,000 people require hospitalization and 3,000 die of these illnesses, with the most vulnerable being children and the elderly. Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program dietician Angela Murad offers insight and tips on how to keep your family and guests healthy this holiday.

Thawing Your Turkey

  • Plan ahead when thawing turkey. If needed, thaw turkey breast-side down in a clean, sanitized sink (use 1 tablespoon of chlorine bleach to one gallon water). Change the water every 30 minutes and allow 30 minutes to thaw for every pound. Be sure to clean and sanitize the sink again after thawing the turkey.

Most Common Food Safety Mistake Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: Angela Murad, dietician, food handling, Food Poisoning, food safety tips, Healthy Living Program, Thanksgiving turkey, #Newsapp

November 25th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

National Family History Day: Why Your Family Medical History is Important

By DebBalzer DebBalzer

multi generational African American family sitting on a couch

Do you know what health conditions run in your family? Take advantage of upcoming holiday gatherings to find out. Having access to this vital information may reveal the history of disease in your family and allow you to identify patterns that might be relevant to your own health. To encourage families to talk and write down their medical history, the U.S. Surgeon General's office has declared Thanksgiving National Family History Day — a time to discuss  and share information about family medical issues that may be common, such heart disease, cancer and diabetes — or less common, such as hemophilia, cystic fibrosis and sickle cell anemia.

"Knowing your family history can help your health care provider determine if you are at an increased risk for any conditions that may warrant additional testing or screening," says Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine genetic counselor supervisor Teresa Kruisselbrink.

Create Your Family Medical Treeillustration of family medical tree
Family history should be gathered for three or four generations on both sides. Include information about your children, siblings, parents, aunts, uncles and grandparents. Helpful information to gather includes:

  • Major medical conditions and the age they started
  • Cause and age of death
  • Birth defects
  • Family’s ethnic background — some conditions can be more prevalent in certain ethnicities.

To help you get started, the U.S. Surgeon General's office has designed a free online tool called My Family Health Portrait.

"The tool allows you to collect the information and create a family pedigree that can be printed and shared with your family and health care provider. Remember to ask about any updates. Thanksgiving is a great time to do this," she adds. This information can help improve the health of your family for generations to come.

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Tags: Cancer, center for individualized medicine, cystic fibrosis, diabetes, Genetic Counseling, Heart Disease, hemophilia, medical history, sickle cell anemia, Teresa Kruisselbrink, U.S. Surgeon General, #Newsapp

November 24th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Superbug Gene Outsmarts “Antibiotic of Last Resort”

By Jeff_Olsen Jeff_Olsen

illustration of bacteria mutating into superbugs
A new gene that makes bacteria highly resistant to a last-resort class of antibiotics has been identified in China, and doctors are warning of the global implications.

“These genes could result in infections that are very difficult to treat in humans,” explains Dr. Ritu Banerjee, a Mayo Clinic pediatric infectious diseases expert.

The gene, called MCR-1, makes bacteria resistant to a class of antibiotics known as polymyxins, which are antibiotics of last resort, used to fight superbugs. The discovery is described as "alarming" by scientists quoted in a Reuters article. They call for urgent restrictions on the use of polymyxins, a class of antibiotics that includes the drug colistin, widely used in livestock farming.

“Our findings emphasize the urgent need for coordinated global action,” researchers said in a published summary of their research.

Dr. Banerjee agrees. “The fact that it has just been found in China doesn’t mean that we are safe from that here. International travel and global food supply networks mean that resistant bacteria anywhere in the world can be spread to the United States.”

An expert at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, quoted on the website STAT, says if the resistance spreads, it will seriously limit the treatment options available to doctors facing antibiotic-resistant infections.

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Tags: #Newsapp, antibiotic resistance, antibiotic resistant bacteria, Dr Ritu Banerjee, mcr-1, superbugs

November 24th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Preventing Hockey Injuries

By ddouda ddouda

hockey player falling on the ice
From peewees to the pros, and every level in between, hockey season is in full swing. Although hockey's often considered a risky sport for injuries, Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine experts say smart precautions and top-notch training can lower the odds of getting hurt — while also greatly improving a player’s skills. Here’s Dennis Douda for the Mayo Clinic News Network.

Journalists: The broadcast quality package is available in the downloads. Click here to read the script. 

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Tags: #Newsapp, Athletes Performance, Dr. Michael Stuart, EXOS, HL, hockey, Joe Eischen, Pkg, Shawn Vinz, sports medicine

November 24th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Minute: Diagnosing Lupus, Heart-Healthy Cranberries

By DebBalzer DebBalzer

glass of cranberry juice and a bowl of cranberries
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  • In today's Mayo Clinic Minute, we look at cranberries – they're not just for Thanksgiving! Research shows drinking cranberry juice is good for heart health. Plus, why lupus can be difficult to diagnose. Reporter Vivien Williams has more.

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

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Tags: #Newsapp, cranberries, Cranberry Juice, Heart Health, Lupus, Mayo Clinic Minute, Vivien Williams

November 24th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

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

By apriljosselyn apriljosselyn

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

November 24th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Talking Turkey: From the Grocery Store To the Table

By danasparks danasparks

roasted turkey on platter

Former Mayo Clinic chef Richard Johnson shares his expertise and demonstrates how to take a turkey from the grocery store to the table, including how to properly select, thaw, prepare, roast and serve a turkey. The above video is an overview and the links below take you to specific turkey tips:

Journalists: All tip segments are in broadcast quality video and are available to download for re-purposing on your various platforms.

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Tags: carving a turkey, Chef Richard Johnson, holiday meals, Nutrition, roasting a turkey, salmonella, Thanksgiving turkey, thawing a turkey, #Newsapp

November 24th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Q and A: Rate of progression of Parkinson’s disease hard to predict

By lizatorborg lizatorborg

medical illustration showing hand tremor due to Parkinson's Disease
My father is 64 and was diagnosed with Parkinson’s last year. So far his symptoms are very mild, but I’m wondering what the typical progression of the disease is like. I have read that deep brain stimulation is sometimes recommended. When is this type of treatment usually considered? Is it safe?

ANSWER: The symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, or PD, tend to begin very gradually and then become progressively more severe. The rate of progression is hard to predict and is different from one person to another. Treatment for PD includes a variety of options, such as exercise, medication and surgery. Deep brain stimulation is one surgical possibility for treating PD, but it’s usually only considered in advanced cases when other treatments don’t effectively control symptoms. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: #Newsapp, atypical parkinsonism, Deep Brain Stimulation, Dr Ryan Uitti, Dr Uitti, Mayo Clinic Q A, Parkinson's disease, PD