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August 22nd, 2014 · Leave a Comment

It’s Here! The Mayo Clinic Healthy Human Race Weekend

By Dana Sparks

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Experience the active lifestyle with a weekend of activities centered around healthy living for the entire family!  In collaboration with the Rochester Track Club, the City of Rochester and other partners, we are hosting a multifaceted event for people of all ages and activity levels.

Register now to reserve your spot! As a not-for-profit organization, Mayo Clinic will direct proceeds from the events to the 150th Patient Care Fund, a charitable effort during the Mayo Clinic Sesquicentennial to assist patients and families in need.

View a schedule of events, find additional information on the Healthy Human Race weekend, and learn about volunteer opportunities.

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August 22nd, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Ginger for Chemotherapy-Induced Nausea

By Dana Sparks

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Ginger for chemotherapy-induced nausea: Does it work?fresh ginger root and ground ginger spice on wooden background
Research shows that ginger may help ease nausea and vomiting during and after chemotherapy treatments.

Biomarkers help define individualized cancer treatment
A new biomarker program can help doctors customize cancer treatment. Find out which types of cancer are involved.

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The Mayo Clinic Cancer Center is a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center with a multisite presence.



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August 22nd, 2014 · Leave a Comment


By Dana Sparks

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On the next Mayo Clinic Radio, Saturday, August 23 at 9 a.m. CT,  we’ll discuss a long list of items regarding women’s health with Stephanie Faubion, M.D.  Of course our bodies are constantly changing, but what can be done about the symptoms accompany aging, especially for women?  We’ll touch on hot flashes, night sweats and new options for hormone therapy.  Plus, just what is perimenopause?  Join us!

Myth or Fact: Women have smaller bladders than men.

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 August 24, 2014 (right click MP3) 
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August 21st, 2014 · Leave a Comment


By Dana Sparks

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Diabetes: Does alcohol and tobacco use increase my risk?

Caffeine: Is it dehydrating or not?

Nail fungus

Genital herpes: Can you get it from a toilet seat?

Prenatal vitamins: OK for women who aren't pregnant?

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August 21st, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Running Into Fall Marathon Season – Thursday Tip #3

By Micah Dorfner

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You can find your perfect running shoe, but it's not all about spending big bucks. There are multiple elements that go into running efficiency, and just because a shoe fits doesn't mean it's going to enhance your running. Beau Johnson, physical therapist at Mayo Clinic Health System, debunks myths about running shoes, discusses running form and sheds some light on shoe mileage. 
(Follow new tips on Thursdays and learn more on Speaking of Health


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August 21st, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Convenes Thought Leaders to Discuss Transforming Health Care Delivery

By Duska Anastasijevic

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ROCHESTER, Minn. — The Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation (CFI) will hold Transform 2014, its seventh collaborative symposium focused on redesigning the way health care is experienced and delivered, Sept. 7–9 in Rochester. The symposium draws attendees from around the world looking to connect with colleagues inside and outside the health care industry.

Dozens of thought leaders from a wide array of backgrounds will share ideas and lessons on how to fast-track transformation amidst a rapidly changing environment. Topics include new models of care delivery that have a potential to disrupt the current health care system, the future of virtual health, the shift of the financial burden to the consumers and how to scale programs to large populations.

“We are delighted to welcome back some of the most creative and motivated people in the country to help us transform the way people experience health,” says Douglas Wood, M.D., Medical Director of the Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation and the Transform symposium. “I hope that Transform 2014 will arrive to practical solutions to the challenges that health care is facing today, and will reframe the health care conversation with a positive vision. I look forward to the exchange of the ideas.”

MEDIA CONTACT: Duska Anastasijevic, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 507-284-5005,

Journalist and commentator John Hockenberry will moderate the symposium discussions that include the following speakers: Read the rest of this entry »

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August 21st, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Connections and Conversations for Your Health

By Dana Sparks

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Keep up with the latest Mayo Clinic news, stories shared by patients and discussions on health topics on Mayo Clinic Connect. Today, sitting vs. standing at work, art from science, getting a good night's sleep, a kidney between friends, and much more. Click here.

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August 21st, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Health Letter: Highlights from the August 2014 Issue

By Brian Kilen

ROCHESTER, Minn. ― Here are highlights from the August issue of Mayo Clinic Health Letter. You may cite this publication as often as you wish. Reprinting is allowed for a fee. Mayo Clinic Health Letter attribution is required. Include the following subscription information as your editorial policies permit: Visit or call toll-free for subscription information, 1-800-333-9037, extension 9771. Full newsletter text: Mayo Clinic Health Letter August 2014 (for journalists only). Full special report text: Mayo Clinic Health Letter Special Report August 2014 (for journalists only).


Hand pain not inevitable with aging

hand pain imageChronic hand pain and dysfunction aren’t inevitable aspects of aging, but hands are vulnerable to injury and degenerative conditions after years of wear and tear. The August issue of Mayo Clinic Health Letter includes an eight-page Special Report on Hand Pain, including common causes and strategies to alleviate, manage and even prevent hand pain.

Health concerns covered included arthritis, tendon and nerve conditions, trauma and infections. A primary care provider can treat and diagnose some hand conditions. Depending on the concern, a hand surgeon, rheumatologist, neurologist or rehabilitation specialist could be involved in treatment. Read the rest of this entry »

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August 20th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic News Network — Headlines 8/20/14

By Dana Sparks


Mayo Clinic News Network Headlines include:

  • Back-to-school nutrition
  • Vaccinations
  • Healthy eyes

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

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August 20th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

#MayoClinicChat on #Stroke With First Coast News WTLV/WJXX

By Dana Sparks

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Join @Mayo Clinic and First Coast News WTLV/WJXX @FCN2go

for LIVE #MayoClinicChat on #Stroke 

THURSDAY AUGUST 28th, 11 am - 1 pm ET 

Mayo Clinic’s stroke center in Jacksonville is the first center in Florida to receive national Comprehensive Stroke Center certification, joining an elite group of centers throughout the United States that are focused on providing advanced and complex stroke care. Read more.

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August 19th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Investigator to Lead Alliance Research Base for New National, Community-based Cancer Research Initiative

By Joe Dangor

ROCHESTER, Minn. — The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has awarded Jan Buckner, M.D., a five-year, $47.5 million grant to lead the NCI’s National Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP) research base for the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology. Dr. Buckner is deputy director for cancer practice at the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center in Rochester, where the Alliance research base will be located.Cancer wordsJan Buckner M.D

NCORP is a national network of cancer investigators, cancer care providers, academic institutions and other organizations that provide care to diverse populations in community-based health care practices across the United States. NCORP will design and conduct trials to improve cancer prevention, cancer control, screening and post-treatment management.

The Alliance research base at Mayo Clinic Cancer Center in Minnesota will be one of seven research bases across the country that will design and conduct multicenter cancer clinical trials and cancer care delivery research. NCORP hubs will also provide overall administration, data management, scientific leadership and regulatory compliance for the NCORP program.

Joe Dangor, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 507-284-5005, Read the rest of this entry »

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August 19th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Two of a Kind: Abby and Belle

By Dana Sparks

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Formerly conjoined twins, Abby and Belle were separated after a daylong operation in May 2006. All these years later the family reflects on that deep moment of trust in the Mayo Clinic team. [TRT 4:14]

Journalists: The full package is available in the downloads. Click here for transcript.

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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August 19th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center to Offer Saturday Morning Injury Clinic

By Bryan Anderson

ROCHESTER, Minn. — The Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center will provide a Saturday morning injury clinic for middle school, high school and college athletes injured during Friday night or Saturday morning sports activities. The clinic will be open each Saturday from Aug. 23 to Oct. 11, from 8 a.m. to noon.

FootballGrass_00010205381_SP FeatureAppointments may be scheduled by calling 507-266-9100, starting at 8 a.m. on Saturday. Walk-ins also are welcome but must arrive by 11 a.m. Appointments will receive priority.

The Saturday morning injury clinic is in the Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center’s Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center location. The clinic will be staffed by a physician, physical therapist and athletic trainer. Care options may include X-rays, splinting, bracing, crutch instruction, concussion evaluation, treatment and rehabilitation exercises.

In addition to the injury clinic, Saturday sports medicine offerings include programs for hockey, running, golf, throwers, and any athlete wanting to improve athletic performance.

For more information, contact Chad Eickhoff, athletic training services coordinator, at 507-266-3461 or

MEDIA CONTACT: Bryan Anderson, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 507-284-5005,

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August 19th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Tuesday Q and A: With painful bunions, try other measures before turning to surgery

By lizatorborg

bunion on foot illustrationDEAR MAYO CLINIC: I have had bunions for years, but they have not bothered me much until recently. I now have pain every day and most shoes hurt my feet. Is surgery the only option at this point? What does that involve, and can it be done on both feet at the same time, or will I need to have each foot done separately?

ANSWER: In a situation like yours, surgery could be considered. But surgery is not the only treatment for bunions. More conservative measures may help decrease your symptoms and relieve pain. If you try them and they don’t work, though, then it would be a good idea to talk with a foot surgeon about surgical options.

The structure of your feet changes over time. Sometimes these are subtle changes that you do not notice. But in other instances, the changes are more substantial. Bunions happen due to changes that force the bones of your feet out of alignment and increase the width of your foot.

When a bunion develops, your big toe actually tilts or drifts away from the midline of your body, eventually crowding the second toe. The bone that is just behind the big toe, called the first metatarsal, drifts or tilts in toward the midline of your body. As the first metatarsal tilts in, it becomes more prominent. That is the bony bump referred to as a bunion. Read the rest of this entry »

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August 18th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Monday’s Housecall

By Dana Sparks

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Fitting in fitness: Finding time for physical activity
You know fitness is important, but making time to exercise can be tough. Try these tips for fitting more physical activity into your day.

Cancer prevention: 7 tips to reduce your risk
Simple lifestyle changes can make a big difference in helping prevent cancer. Find out what you can do, starting today.

Heart disease in women: Understand symptoms and risk factors
Heart disease is often thought of as a problem for men. But more women than men die of heart disease each year. Learn the risks and how to protect yourself.

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Diabetes: Does alcohol and tobacco use increase my risk?
Find out how your risk of type 2 diabetes increases with smoking and drinking.

Demyelinating disease: What causes it?
Demyelinating diseases, which include multiple sclerosis, result in neurological problems. Learn the causes.

Caffeine: Is it dehydrating or not?
Caffeinated drinks usually won't dehydrate you, but water is still your best option.

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

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