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May 27th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

#SunscreenProtectionDay: Understand Sunscreen Options

By Dana Sparks

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Confused about the best sunscreen to use? Wondering whether sunscreen can be harmful? Lawrence Gibson, M.D., a dermatologist at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., offers his guidance. What's the best way to sort through information about sunscreens? Start by remembering the bigger picture when it comes to sun safety and what you can do to protect yourself. For example:

  • Avoid the sun during peak hours. Generally, this is between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. — regardless of season. These are prime hours for exposure to skin-damaging ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun, even on overcast days.
  • Wear protective clothing. This includes pants, shirts with long sleeves and sunglasses. Top it off with a wide-brimmed hat. Also, consider investing in sun-protective clothing or using an umbrella for shade.
  • Use sunscreen. Apply sunscreen generously and reapply regularly.

Read more on mayoclinic.org

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Tags: sunscreen, Dermatology, Dr Lawrence Gibson, skin cancer


May 27th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

In Case You Missed the Show: #MayoClinicRadio PODCAST May 23

By Dana Sparks

LISTEN:  MayoClinicRadio PODCAST May 23, 2015

As we age, our bones may lose mass and become brittle. These are the signs and symptoms of osteoporosis. According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, osteoporosis is responsible for 2 million broken bones each year in the U.S. Mayo Clinic endocrinologist Dr. Bart Clarke discusses osteoporosis and how to reduce its impact on your health. Also on the program, we explore the world of teeth whiteners ... what works and what doesn't ... with Mayo Clinic dentist Dr. Phillip Sheridan. And pediatric allergy expert Dr. Martha Hartz talks about food allergies and asthma in children.Dr. Martha Hartz on Mayo Clinic Radio

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May 26th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic PathWays May 26: 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


May 26th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

CREEPY, DREADFUL, WONDERFUL PARASITES: A Parasitologist’s View of the World – Week of May 25, 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, Parasite Wonders, Mayo Medical Laboratories, pathology


May 26th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Shriners Hospitals for Children Joins Mayo Clinic Care Network

By Dana Sparks

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Non-Ownership Relationship Expands Knowledge and Reach 

TAMPA, Fla. (May 26, 2015)Mayo Clinic and Shriners Hospitals for Children today announced Shriners Hospitals for Children as a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, a national network of organizations committed to better serving patients and their families through physician collaboration.

The network will allow Shriners Hospitals for Children, a national health care system, to offer providers and patients convenient access to additional expertise from Mayo Clinic. The closer relationship will enhance the delivery of local care and promote peace of mind as providers and patients make health care decisions.

“With Mayo Clinic’s similar mission of providing the best care to every patient through integrated clinical practice, education and research, a relationship will give Shriners Hospitals the opportunity to further transform children’s lives,” said Dale W. Stauss, Chairman of the Board of Directors for Shriners Hospitals for Children. 

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Kevin Punsky, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 904-953-0746, punsky.kevin@mayo.edu
Fabiana Lowe, Shriners Hospitals for Children, 813-281-7164, filowe@shrinenet.org Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: Children's Center, Dr. David Hayes, Florida News Release, Mayo Clinic Care Network, News Release, pediatrics, Shriners Hospitals


May 26th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Q and A: Walking can be an excellent part of weight-loss plan

By lizatorborg

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I am 53 and about 60 pounds overweight. I want to start walking to lose some weight but don’t know where to start. What do you recommend? Would a tracking device help someone like me, or should I aim for a certain distance or number of minutes?Pedometer for walking

ANSWER: Walking can be an excellent part of a weight-loss plan, and wearing a monitor that tracks your activity can help you see if you are reaching your goals. It also gives you useful information about how much you are moving throughout the day, not just while you exercise. In addition, some studies show that wearing an activity tracker makes it more likely you will increase your activity.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends that all healthy adults get at least 150 minutes a week of moderate aerobic activity, or 75 minutes a week of vigorous aerobic activity. When you want to lose weight, however, you may need up to 300 minutes a week of moderate physical activity. The guidelines suggest that you spread out your exercise over the course of a week. Activity sessions should be at least 10 minutes long. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: activity tracker, Dr Edward Laskowski, Dr. Laskowski, Mayo Clinic Q A, stretching, walking, Weight Loss, weight training


May 25th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic News Network Headline 5/25/15

By Deborah Balzer

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

  • Thousands of Americans are enjoying this Memorial Day on the water. Boating and swimming are traditional pastimes but they also come with opportunity for injury. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says about ten people die every day from unintentional drowning. Mayo Clinic trauma surgeon Dr. Donald Jenkins reminds us the majority of accidents are preventable so use caution when on and in the water.

Click here for more information on boat safety.

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

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Tags: boating accidents, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Donald Jenkins, Vivien Williams, Water Safety


May 25th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Monday’s Housecall

By Jen O'Hara

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THIS WEEK'S TOP STORIES

Omega-3 in fish: How eating fish helps your heartMediterranean-style grilled salmon
Worried about heart disease? Try eating one to two servings of fish a week. Discover the benefits of omega-3 fatty acids.

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Interest in weight-loss medicines is growing as more drugs become available. Could one of them help you? Find out if you may be a candidate.

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Colon cleansing: Is it helpful or harmful?
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Click here to get a free e-subscription to the Housecall newsletter.

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Tags: Advanced Directives, age-related vision, animal bites, body fat, colon cleansing, denial, Healthy Recipes, Living Wills, Monday's Housecall, nutrition-wise blog, omega-3 fatty acids, prescription weight-loss drugs


May 23rd, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Wounded Warrior Captain Bacik Walking, Running and Standing Tall

By Dana Sparks

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There are heroes in every war and Captain Matthew Bacik is certainly one of those. He was in the elite U.S. Army Ranger Regiment, honored with three Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star Medal, but he left active duty when an ambush in Iraq resulted in a below-the-knee amputation. Today, however, because of a new device tested at Mayo Clinic, he's walking, running and standing tall. [TRT 3:08]

Journalists: The broadcast quality video package and additional b-roll are available in the downloads. Click here to read the full script. 

 

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Tags: amputation, Capt Bacik, HL, Pkg, prosthetics, Wounded Warrior


May 23rd, 2015 · Leave a Comment

MAYO CLINIC RADIO

By Dana Sparks

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As we age, our bones may lose mass and become brittle. These are the signs and symptoms of osteoporosis. According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, osteoporosis is responsible for 2 million broken bones each year in the U.S. Mayo Clinic endocrinologist Dr. Bart Clarke discusses osteoporosis and how to reduce its impact on your health. Also on the program, we explore the world of teeth whiteners ... what works and what doesn't ... with Mayo Clinic dentist Dr. Phillip Sheridan. And pediatric allergy expert Dr. Martha Hartz will join us to discuss food allergies and asthma in children.

Myth or Matter-of-Fact: Men are less likely than women to develop osteoporosis.

Mayo Clinic Radio is available on iHeart Radio.

Click here to listen to the program on Saturday, May 23, 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: Asthma, Dr Bart Clarke, Dr Martha Hartz, Dr Phillip Sheridan, Food Allergies, Mayo Clinic Radio, osteoporosis, Teeth


May 23rd, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Q and A: Several factors to consider before treatment for Barrett’s esophagus

By lizatorborg

illustration of normal esophagus and Barrett's esophagus

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: My husband is 68 and was recently diagnosed with Barrett’s esophagus. The doctor said it was low-grade dysplasia, and that he could be treated for now without having surgery, but that surgery may be necessary in the future. We are worried that his condition will eventually lead to esophageal cancer and want to know if having surgery now should be considered.

ANSWER: Before you and your husband decide on what type of treatment to pursue, there are several factors you need to carefully consider and discuss with a gastroenterologist.

First, the way the condition is diagnosed is critical. In Barrett’s esophagus, the color and composition of the cells lining the lower esophagus change. Normal esophagus tissue appears pale and glossy. In Barrett’s esophagus, the tissue is red and velvety instead. When Barrett’s esophagus is found, tissue samples (biopsies) are taken to determine the degree of tissue change. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: Barrett's esophagus, Dr Kenneth Wang, Dr Wang, Mayo Clinic Q A


May 22nd, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Something to Think About ~ 12 Reasons to be Happier!

By Dana Sparks


"Based on hundreds of research studies here are 12 proven benefits of happiness!"
- 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: 12 Reasons to be Happier, Alternative Medicine, Dr Amit Sood, Something to Think About


May 22nd, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic News Network Headline 5/22/15

By Deborah Balzer

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

  • Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start to summer and that means plenty of outdoor picnics and family gatherings which can bring us face-to-face with a host of insects including hornets, wasps and bees. For those with bee allergies, a sting may result in anaphylaxis — a potentially life-threatening reaction. Mayo Clinic emergency medicine specialist Dr. David Claypool provides tips on what to do if you get stung.

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

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Tags: allergic reaction, Anaphylaxis, bee stings, Dr David Claypool, insect bites, Vivien Williams


May 22nd, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Ginger for chemotherapy-induced nausea: Does it work?

By Jen O'Hara

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Ginger for chemotherapy-induced nausea: Does it work?fresh ginger root and ground ginger spice on wooden background
Looking for relief from the nausea and vomiting that chemo can cause? Research shows that ginger may help.

Groups offer support for brain tumor survivors
If you're a brain tumor survivor, you don't have to go it alone. Support organizations can help you navigate your treatment and recovery.

Ovarian cancer
In its early stages, ovarian cancer rarely causes any symptoms. Know whether you're at risk so you can be better prepared.

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Tags: Brain Tumor, Chemotherapy Nausea, Living With Cancer Blog, Ovarian Cancer, Support Groups


May 21st, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Play it Safe on Your Bike, Skateboard or In-Line Skates

By Micah Dorfner

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LAKE CITY, Minn. — Learning to ride a bicycle is a part of most childhoods in the U.S. More than 70 percent of children between the ages of 5 and 14 ride bicycles, and 55 percent of those children don’t always wear a helmet, according to the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. At the same time, in-line skating and skateboarding are also popular.

Next to motor-vehicle injuries, bicycles injure more children any other consumer product, per the National SAFE KIDS Campaign. Head injuries are the most common and often most serious injury sustained on a bike, in-line skates, scooters or skateboards. Wearing a helmet can reduce the risk of death or injury due to a head injury.

“Summer weather promotes great outdoor activities, such as biking and skateboarding,” says Steven Adamson, M.D., Emergency Department director Mayo Clinic Health System in Lake City. “However, bicycle and skateboard injuries are far too common in the Emergency Department. Wearing a helmet and appropriate safety gear along with following safety rules can prevent many injuries. Adults and kids need to take appropriate safety precautions.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: Bike Safety, Dr Steven Adamson, Mayo Clinic Health System, News Release, Rollerblading, Skateboarding