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July 7th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic PathWays July 7: What’s the Diagnosis?

By April Josselyn

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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


July 7th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Q and A: Work with counselor before weight-loss surgery to set stage for success

By lizatorborg

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I have decided that I want to have bariatric surgery, but was told that I need to first go through counseling. What will those sessions involve, and does it really improve my chances of the surgery being successful?young overweight woman looking out at the ocean and thinking

ANSWER: Before you have weight-loss surgery, it’s important to understand what to expect and to prepare yourself, physically and mentally, for what’s ahead. Working with a counselor for several months prior to the procedure can help set you up for long-term success following your surgery.

“Bariatric surgery” is the broad term used to describe all types of weight-loss surgery, including gastric bypass, gastric sleeve, placement of an adjustable gastric band and a procedure known as a duodenal switch, among others. Although the techniques used in each vary, all are considered major procedures that can pose serious risks and side effects. Going through counseling beforehand can help identify if having such a significant surgery is the best choice for you. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: bariatric surgery, Dr Grothe, Dr Karen Grothe, Weight Loss, weight-loss program, weight-loss surgery


July 6th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic News Network Headline 7/6/15

By Deborah Balzer

 

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

  • As we enjoy the outdoors, make sure you keep your family safe — especially the little ones — from too much sun exposure. Mayo Clinic dermatologist Dr. Dawn Davis says babies under 6 months of age should be kept out of the the sun completely. Follow these sunscreen guidelines for infants and toddlers and you'll have the summer made in the shade.

Journalists: Video is available in the downloads. [TRT 1:00] Click here for the script.

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Tags: Dermatologist, Dr. Dawn Davis, pediatrics, sunscreen, Vivien Williams, Mayo Clinic News Network Headline


July 6th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

CREEPY, DREADFUL, WONDERFUL PARASITES: A Parasitologist’s View of the World – Week of July 6, 2015

By Dana Sparks

researcher Dr. Bobbi Pritt with lab microscopeEvery week Bobbi Pritt, M.D., posts a new case, along with the answer to the previous case. Read Dr. Pritt's blog: Parasite Wonders and submit your answers, comments and questions. Enjoy science! Read more about Dr. Pritt's work.

Note from Dr. Pritt: All opinions expressed here are mine and not my employer's. Information provided here is for medical education only. It is not intended as and does not substitute for medical advice. I do not accept medical consults from patients.

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Tags: Dr Bobbi Pritt, Mayo Medical Laboratories, Parasite Wonders, pathology


July 6th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Monday’s Housecall

By Jen O'Hara

Housecall Banner
woman outside on bicycle drinking waterTHIS WEEK'S TOP STORIES
Water: How much should you drink every day?
Does the advice about drinking 8 glasses of water a day still apply? See how exercise, illness and where you live all play a role.

Food poisoning: Prevention
You've got charcoal for the grill, but at what temperature should you cook meat? And how do you defrost foods safely? Here's how to make your cookout a healthy one.

EXPERT ANSWERS
Calcium supplements: A risk factor for heart attack?
More studies are needed to see whether taking calcium supplements may put your heart at risk.
Chronic fatigue: Can a natural remedy boost my energy?
Researchers have studied natural ways to ease chronic fatigue, and there's little evidence that the treatments will help.

Click here to get a free e-subscription to the Housecall newsletter. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: biceps curl, Calcium Supplements, chronic fatigue, Food Poisoning, gluten-free recipes, Healthy Recipes, living with diabetes blog, Mayo Clinic Diet, Monday's Housecall, stress management, water intake guidelines


July 4th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Q and A: Whole foods generally a better source of vitamins than supplements

By lizatorborg

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I have read that the antioxidant vitamin E provides a lot of health benefits. Is taking a daily vitamin E supplement a good idea? Can it be harmful?bowl of spinach lettuce leaves representing vitamin E

ANSWER: The proposed benefits of vitamin E rest on its powerful antioxidant properties. Antioxidants are substances believed to protect cells from damage caused by free radicals, which are produced by your body. Exposure to certain environmental substances, such as sunlight, tobacco smoke or radiation, also can create free radicals.

Normally, free radicals perform a number of useful tasks. But too many free radicals cause what’s known as oxidative stress. They overwhelm and damage cells, resulting in tissue breakdown and damage to DNA. Oxidative stress has been tied to a number of conditions, including cancer, heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, cataracts and macular degeneration. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: antioxidants, Dr Bauer, Dr. Brent Bauer, Mayo Clinic Q A, viatmin E, whole foods


July 3rd, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Something to Think About ~ Who not to believe?

By Dana Sparks

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Who not to believe?
"I have learned that there are instances when the negative feedback comes from a place of ignorance. It isn’t a well-meaning critique. The harsh words are meant to be vicious and not designed to help....Don’t believe in those who don’t believe in you."  -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, Believe, Criticism, Dr Amit Sood, Negative Feedback, Something to Think About


July 3rd, 2015 · Leave a Comment

HLN / CNN will encore the moving and inspirational film, GLEN CAMPBELL…I’ll Be Me

By Dana Sparks

Glen Campbell on stage with daughter

Glen Campbell… I’ll Be Me on Friday, July 3, at 9:00 pm Eastern on HLN.
The film will encore again on CNN on Saturday, July 4 at 9:00 pm Eastern.

Alzheimer's disease continues to encroach on singer-songwriter Glen Campbell's life. Instead of retreating to deal with the challenges privately, Glen and his family decided to share their struggle with documentary filmmakers. The production, called "Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me", includes both heartwarming and candidly frank moments Mr. Campbell experienced during his visits to Mayo Clinic for care. Ronald Petersen, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Mayo Clinic Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, praises the Campbell family for their determination to raise awareness about the condition's impact on patients, as well as their caregivers. [TRT 4:20]

Journalists: A broadcast quality video package is available in the downloads. Click here for full script.

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Tags: Alzheimer’s disease, CNN, Glen Campbell, HLN, I"ll Be Me


July 3rd, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic News Network Headline: 7/3/2015

By Deborah Balzer

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

Journalists: Video is available in the downloads. [TRT :57] Click here for the script.

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Tags: Dr David Claypool, Emergency Medicine, food borne illnesses, Mayo Clinic News Network Headline, salmonella


July 3rd, 2015 · Leave a Comment

High-dose vitamin C: Can it kill cancer cells?

By Dana Sparks

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High-dose vitamin C: Can it kill cancer cells?vitamin C supplements with oranges, citrus fruits in background
Some have touted high-dose vitamin C as an effective alternative cancer treatment. See what researchers found.

Skin cancer on the rise in young people
It isn't just the sun that's causing a spike in the rate of skin cancer — especially among young women. Tanning beds are to blame, too.

Mayo Clinic Book of Alternative Medicine
Your guide to safe and effective therapies from the world of complementary and alternative medicine.

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Tags: Living With Cancer Blog, skin cancer, vitamin C


July 3rd, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Sunburn Treatment: What Works?

By Micah Dorfner

man with bright red sunburn on his back, sleeping in bed

"Unfortunately, there's no fast-fix sunburn treatment. Once you have sunburn, the damage is done — although it may take 12 to 24 hours after sun exposure to know the full extent and severity of sunburn, and several days or more for your skin to begin to heal," says Trent Anderson, D.O., Mayo Clinic Health System family medicine physician.

In the meantime, the most effective sunburn treatment simply helps ease your discomfort:

  • Keep it cool. Apply cold compresses — such as a towel dampened with cool water — to the affected skin. Or, take a cool bath.
  • Keep it moist. Apply aloe or moisturizing cream to the affected skin. Avoid products containing alcohol, which can further dry out skin. Beware of sunburn treatment products containing anesthetics, such as benzocaine. There's little evidence that these products are effective. In some cases, they may even irritate the skin. Benzocaine has been linked to a rare but serious, sometimes deadly, condition that decreases the amount of oxygen that the blood can carry. Don't use benzocaine in children younger than age 2 without supervision from a health care professional, as this age group has been most affected. If you're an adult, never use more than the recommended dose of benzocaine, and consider talking with your doctor.
  • Leave blisters intact. If blisters form, don't break them. Doing so only slows the healing process and increase the risk of infection. If needed, lightly cover blisters with gauze.
  • Take an over-the-counter pain reliever. If needed, take anti-inflammatory medication — such as aspirin or ibuprofen — according to the label instructions until redness and soreness subside. Don't give children or teenagers aspirin. It may cause Reye's syndrome, a rare but potentially fatal disease.
  • Treat peeling skin gently. Within a few days, the affected area may begin to peel. This is simply your body's way of getting rid of the top layer of damaged skin. While your skin is peeling, continue to use moisturizing cream.

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Tags: Dr Trent Anderson, Mayo Clinic Health System, Skin Safety, sunburn, sunscreen


July 3rd, 2015 · Leave a Comment

MAYO CLINIC RADIO

By Dana Sparks

woman in a gym running on a treadmill exercising

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) are two very different chronic digestive system conditions that are sometimes confused with one another. On this week's program, gastroenterologists Dr. Sunanda Kane and Dr. Yuri Saito discuss the differences between IBD and IBS, and explain how each is treated. Also on the program, Dr. Thomas Allison, director  of the Mayo Clinic Sports Cardiology Program, talks about a simple treadmill test that can help predict whether you'll live 10 years or more. And psychologist Dr. Karen Grothe has strategies for keeping the weight off after losing it.

Myth or Matter-of-Fact: Inflammatory bowel disease and irritable bowel syndrome are both conditions from which full recovery is possible.

Mayo Clinic Radio is available on iHeart Radio.

Click here to listen to the program on Saturday, July 4, 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: Mayo Clinic Radio, Dr Karen Grothe, Dr Sunanda Kane, Dr Thomas Allison, Dr Yuri Saito, IBD, Ibs, Treadmill Test, weightloss


July 2nd, 2015 · Leave a Comment

THURSDAY CONSUMER HEALTH TIPS

By Dana Sparks

July 4th celebration picnic table with watermelon, berries and sparkler

Celebrate July 4th with red, white and blue food

Thyroid nodules

Cholesterol: Top foods to improve your numbers

Facial fillers for wrinkles

Breast implants and cancer: Any connection?

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Tags: Breast Implants, cancer, Cholesterol, facial fillers, Thursday Consumer Health Tips, Thyroid Nodules


July 2nd, 2015 · Leave a Comment

From A to Z, Stay Tick-Free This Summer

By April Josselyn

Tick-CoverROCHESTER, Minn. — Mayo Clinic reports that in the summer months, its physicians see an increase in patients being treated, and even hospitalized, for tick-borne illnesses. In the upper Midwest, 40 percent of tick bites occur in July. However, even avid fans of the great outdoors can fully enjoy all their favorite activities without fear if they take the proper steps to protect themselves.

To protect you against tick-borne diseases, the Mayo Clinic Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology and its reference laboratory Mayo Medical Laboratories have developed “The ABCs of Ticks” flash cards.

“These unique online cards explain from A to Z what a person needs to know about staying safe this summer and avoiding ticks,” says Bobbi Pritt, M.D., director of the Clinical Parasitology Laboratory at Mayo Clinic. “Each card discusses something about ticks; how to avoid them; and how to enjoy a safe, tick-free summer with your family, friends, and our furry pets.”

MEDIA CONTACT: Gina Chiri-Osmond, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 507-284-5005, newsbureau@mayo.edu

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Tags: anaplasmosis, babesiosis, bug spray, bull's-eye, deet, Dr Bobbi Pritt, ehrlichiosis, laboratory, Lyme disease, Mayo Medical Laboratories, Minnesota news release, Pets, Rash, rocky mountain spotted fever, summer, tick bite, zoonotic


July 2nd, 2015 · Leave a Comment

CREEPY, DREADFUL, WONDERFUL PARASITES: A Parasitologist’s View of the World – Week of July 2, 2015

By Dana Sparks

routine Trichrome stain on laboratory slideEvery week Bobbi Pritt, M.D., posts a new case, along with the answer to the previous case. Read Dr. Pritt's blog: Parasite Wonders and submit your answers, comments and questions. Enjoy science! Read more about Dr. Pritt's work.

Note from Dr. Pritt: All opinions expressed here are mine and not my employer's. Information provided here is for medical education only. It is not intended as and does not substitute for medical advice. I do not accept medical consults from patients.

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Tags: Dr Bobbi Pritt, Mayo Medical Laboratories, Parasite Wonders, pathology