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September 13th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Weekend Wellness: Treatment helpful if essential tremor affects daily activities

By lizatorborg

woman staring out a window deep in thoughtDEAR MAYO CLINIC: My father-in-law, husband and daughter all have essential tremor. My husband has never needed treatment, since the tremor is quite mild. But my daughter was just diagnosed at 41, and her symptoms seem to really bother her. What are the treatment options for essential tremor?

ANSWER: Essential tremor is among the most common of all movement disorders. Mild essential tremor usually does not require treatment. But if the tremor becomes worse or if it interferes with a person’s daily activities, treatment may be helpful. Medications can often keep essential tremor under control. Rarely, surgery may be used to treat severe cases.

By definition, tremor causes involuntary, rhythmic shaking. Essential tremor most often affects the hands, but may also involve the head or voice. The hand tremor typically is most obvious when a person is holding his or her hands outstretched or when using the hands for fine motor skills, such as writing. Essential tremor gradually worsens — but very slowly — over many years. Read the rest of this entry »

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September 13th, 2014

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September 12th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

MAYO CLINIC RADIO

By Dana Sparks

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Are you concerned about the Ebola virus spreading outside Africa?  Have you heard about the respiratory virus Enterovirus 68 affecting children in the United States? On the next Mayo Clinic Radio, Saturday, September 13 at 9 a.m. CT, infectious disease expert Pritish Tosh, M.D., will join us to talk about both issues. He'll also discuss drug-resistant bacteria, the overuse of antibiotics and the importance of hand-washing.  Join us.

Myth or Fact: The Ebola virus is more dangerous than influenza.

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 September 13, 2014 (right click MP3) 

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.

For future topics, click on Upcoming Programs.
To listen to archived shows, click on Episodes.

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September 12th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Physicians Find Liver Transplant Patients Can Avoid Costly Stay In ICU Post Surgery

By Paul Scotti

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Sept. 12, 2014 — The liver transplant team at Mayo Clinic in Florida has found, based on 12 years of experience, that more than half of patients receiving a new liver can be “fast-tracked” to return to a surgical ward room following their transplant, bypassing a one- or two-day stay in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

In the September issue of the American Journal of Transplantation, the physicians and researchers have turned their knowledge of who can be safely fast-tracked into a scoring system that other transplant centers can also use — thus sparing patients potentially overly aggressive treatment and saving substantial health care dollars.

MEDIA CONTACT: Paul Scotti, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 904-953-0199. Email: scotti.paul@mayo.edu

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September 12th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Worldwide Study Demonstrates Accuracy of Genetic Analyses

By Kevin Punsky

E. Aubrey Thompson, Ph.D., Mayo Clinic in Florida

E. Aubrey Thompson, Ph.D., Mayo Clinic in Florida

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Physicians envision a future in which genomic data from patients is heavily used to manage care — but experts have questioned the accuracy and reliability of these analyses. Now, a study by 150 researchers in 12 countries finds real strength and agreement across RNA genomic sequencing techniques and laboratories — as well as ways to improve what little variability exists to set a new high standard.

The results of the study were published in Nature Biotechnology in three separate research articles.

These results should provide assurance to patients, clinicians and the research community that genomic sequencing is accurate, says E. Aubrey Thompson, Ph.D., a professor of cancer biology at Mayo Clinic in Florida, one of three institutions that led the study. Dr. Thompson is a study co-author and member of the project leadership. Read the rest of this entry »

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September 12th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Mentoring for New Cancer Survivors

By Dana Sparks

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Long-time cancer survivors provide a valuable service in mentoring those who are newly diagnosed.

PSA and other tests to monitor slow-growing prostate cancer
 Are you undergoing active surveillance for prostate cancer? Find out which tests doctors say you should have.

Miles for Melanoma
A new lease on life inspires one man to give back to cancer research at Mayo Clinic.

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September 11th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Multi-Institutional Research Team Measures Multiple Morbidities

By Bob Nellis

Journalists: Sound bites with Dr. Rocca are in the downloads.

ROCHESTER, Minn. — A collaborative study by researchers from Mayo Clinic, Olmsted Medical Center and Johns Hopkins University has measured multimorbidity — multiple diseases or medical conditions co-occurring in a single patient — and has determined which combinations of medical conditions are more prevalent by age, sex, and race/ethnicity in a geographically-defined Midwestern population. Investigators say that their findings, published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings, are valuable in light of the aging population, the need to plan and prioritize health care interventions, and have broad implications for clinical research.

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Using a list of 20 medical conditions developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the research team accessed records for over 138,000 persons who lived in Olmsted County, Minnesota, during 2010 via the Rochester
Epidemiology Project. They concluded that multimorbidity is fairly common in the general population; it increases steeply with older age; has different combinations in men and women; and varies by race/ethnicity.

MEDIA CONTACT: Robert Nellis, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 507-284-5005, newsbureau@mayo.edu

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September 11th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

THURSDAY CONSUMER HEALTH TIPS

By Dana Sparks

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HDL cholesterol: How to boost your 'good' cholesterol

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Alzheimer's care: Simple tips for daily tasks

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September 11th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Back Pain and Pregnancy: Ways to Minimize Strain

By Micah Dorfner

Back pain is a common complaint for pregnant women. As you gain weight, your center of gravity shifts forward. To avoid falling forward you compensate by leaning back, which can strain the muscles in your lower back.torso of pregnant woman with backache - holding back because of pain

Laura Damrow, certified nurse midwife at Mayo Clinic Health System in Tomah, says, "In general, good posture can help alleviate back pain.Stand up straight, hold your chest high while keeping your shoulders back and relaxed, and don’t lock your knees.” She offers these other tips:

  • Good posture also means sitting with care. Choose a chair that supports your back or place a small pillow behind your lower back. You may even want to prop your feet on a low stool.
  • Regular physical activity can keep your back strong and might relieve pain during pregnancy. Gentle activities, such as walking, are okay for pregnant women. For every day footwear, choose low-heeled — not flat — shoes with good arch support.

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September 11th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Running into Fall Marathon Season – Tip #6

By Micah Dorfner

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The core element of an effective, efficient running performance is properly training your core muscles. Beau Johnson, physical therapist at Mayo Clinic Health System, reveals that core muscles are more than abs. In fact, according to Johnson, targeting your core means addressing everything from your chin to your ankles. And optimizing this massive muscle group can help you take your running to the next level. (Follow new tips on Thursdays and learn more on Speaking of Health

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September 10th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

External Drive: Charles’ Artificial Heart

By Dana Sparks

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In the world of medicine, miracles happen every day. People overcome serious illnesses that not long ago were considered incurable and untreatable. Charles Okeke [oh-KAY’-kay] is a good example of this. After his own heart failed, he became one of the first patients to have an artificial heart implanted at Mayo Clinic. [TRT 3:33]

Journalists: The video package and extra b-roll are available in the downloads. To read the full script click here.

This is a special report produced for the Mayo Clinic 150th Anniversary Collection of Stories. To view other stories and learn about Mayo Clinic's sesquicentennial, please click here.

 

 

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September 10th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic News Network — Headlines 9/10/14

By Dana Sparks

Mayo Clinic News Network Headlines include:

  • Flu shot 
  • Stress before cancer surgery
  • Weight loss plateau

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

 

 

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September 9th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Experts Comment on Respiratory Illnesses

By Kelley Luckstein

ROCHESTER, Minn. — With the recent news about a large number of children affected by respiratory illnesses in the central U.S., Mayo Clinic Children’s Center pediatrician Phil Fischer, M.D., and pediatric infectious diseases specialist W. Charles Huskins, M.D., share information about these illnesses, what parents should look for and how to prevent them from spreading.

Journalists: Broadcast quality video of Dr. Huskins are available in the downloads.

Dr. Huskins explains that, based on a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Sept. 8, it appears that infections in Missouri and Illinois are due to a previously known, but relatively uncommon enterovirus, called enterovirus D68.

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September 9th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Dallas-based Methodist Health System Newest Member of Mayo Clinic Care Network

By Bryan Anderson

DALLAS — Mayo Clinic and Methodist Health System (Methodist) officials announced today that Methodist has joined the Mayo Clinic Care Network. Methodist, one of North Texas’ oldest nonprofit health systems, was selected following a comprehensive evaluation that ranged from its clinical and business practices to quality, safety and service efforts and patient satisfaction.

Methodist Health System location in Dallas.

Methodist Health System location in Dallas.

Mayo Clinic and Methodist share a common philosophy and commitment to improve the delivery of health care through high-quality, collaborative medical care.

“Methodist is home to some of the most accomplished and preeminent physicians in the Southwest,” says Stephen Mansfield, Ph.D., FACHE, president and CEO, Methodist Health System. “Working with Mayo Clinic through the Mayo Clinic Care Network will be accretive for Methodist physicians and will afford access to world-class Mayo Clinic specialization for patients treated at Methodist Health System.”

The Mayo Clinic Care Network extends Mayo Clinic’s knowledge to physicians and providers interested in working together in the best interest of their patients. Methodist physicians will now be able to collaborate with Mayo Clinic on patient care, community health and innovative health care delivery. Using digital technology to consult and share knowledge, these physicians will have access to the latest evidence-based medical information and will connect with Mayo specialists on questions related to complex medical cases.

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Bryan Anderson, Mayo Clinic, 507-284-5005, anderson.bryan@mayo.edu
Joe Brown, Methodist Health System, 214-947-4603, joembrown@mhd.com Read the rest of this entry »

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September 9th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Tuesday Q and A: Hormone replacement therapy may protect against health risks

By lizatorborg

woman holding hormone replacement medicationDEAR MAYO CLINIC: I am 42 years old and have a BRCA1 gene mutation. I’ll have a prophylactic oophorectomy later this year. I have had a prophylactic mastectomy as well, and am considering hormone replacement therapy. How soon after surgery would I need to start taking hormones? What are the risks if I decide against hormone replacement?

ANSWER: For a woman carrying a BRCA mutation without a personal history of cancer, hormone replacement therapy, or HT, is usually recommended from the time your ovaries are removed until you turn 50. Beyond that age, the risks of continuing HT for a BRCA mutation carrier are not fully known. So HT is usually stopped around age 50. Going without any hormone therapy after prophylactic oophorectomy may increase the likelihood of some significant health risks, including problems that could affect your bones, heart and brain.

A mutation in the BRCA1 gene significantly raises your risk of breast and ovarian cancer. Surgery done in an effort to prevent cancer by removing the breasts, called prophylactic mastectomy, and removing the ovaries, called prophylactic oophorectomy, often can dramatically lower those cancer risks. Read the rest of this entry »

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