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July 28th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Releases Findings and Treatment Criteria for Use of Left-ventricular Assist Devices on Heart Failure Patients

By Ginger Plumbo

Cirugía para trasplante cardíaco con el Dr. Richard DalyROCHESTER, Minn. — Mayo Clinic is announcing results of a study on the effectiveness of left-ventricular assist devices (LVAD) in treating patients with a form of cardiomyopathy called restrictive cardiomyopathy (RCM). The Mayo Clinic study, which is the largest study of its kind to date, demonstrates that LVAD devices are a viable and accessible option for treating patients with RCM, who would otherwise see their health deteriorate or who may not survive. The study suggests criteria that clinicians can use for successful implementation of these devices in RCM.

Approximately 500,000 people are currently living with cardiomyopathy, which is a condition that affects the muscles in the heart. RCM is a rare form of cardiomyopathy that limits the heart muscle from relaxing between beats when the blood returns from the body back to the heart. This causes the heart to pump weakly and restricts the flow of blood to the heart’s chambers. An LVAD is a mechanical pump that helps pump blood from the heart to the rest of the body.

MEDIA CONTACT: Ginger Plumbo, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 507-284-5005, Email: newsbureau@mayo.edu Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: Dr Lyle Joyce, Dr Sudhir Kushwaha, Heart Transplant, Mayo Clinic research, Minnesota news release


July 27th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

In case you missed the show: #MayoClinicRadio PODCAST 7/25/2015

By Jen O'Hara

Dr. Pritish Tosh talks on Mayo Clinic Radio

Listen: MayoClinicRadio 07-25-15 PODCAST

On this week's program, infectious diseases specialist Dr. Pritish Tosh explains how antibiotic resistance works and how to avoid it. Also on the program, a new study in Mayo Clinic Proceedings may help predict who is most vulnerable to opioid pain medication addiction. Anesthesiologist and pain management specialist Dr. Michael Hooten explains the study's results. And family medicine specialist Dr. John Wilkinson discusses the current recommendations for when to get a complete physical exam.

 

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July 27th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Minute 7/27/2015

By Deborah Balzer

In today's Mayo Clinic Minute with Vivien Williams:

  • A group of the nation's leading cancer experts works to reduce the high cost of cancer drugs, how fat around the hearts of many post-menopausal women increases risk of cardiovascular disease and researchers say the guidelines for dietary protein intake need updating.

Click here for more on the cost of cancer drugs, here for the heart study and here for the protein study.

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

 

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Tags: cancer drugs, cardiovascular disease, dietary protein, Dr Ayalew Tefferi, Mayo Clinic Minute


July 27th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

How to Overcome the Top 5 Fitness Barriers

By Micah Dorfner

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Sticking to a regular exercise schedule isn't easy. After all, there are plenty of potential hindrances — time, boredom, injuries, self-confidence. But these issues don't need to stand in your way.

Darcy Reber, nurse practitioner at Mayo Clinic Health System in Cannon Falls, shares practical strategies for overcoming common barriers to fitness.

  1. “I don't have enough time to exercise.”

Setting aside time to exercise can be a challenge. Use a little creativity to get the most out of your time.

Squeeze in exercise throughout the day. If you don't have time for a full workout, don't sweat it. Shorter spurts of exercise, such as 10 minutes of walking spaced throughout the day, offer benefits too. Additionally, you can try office exercises.

Get up earlier. If your days are packed and the evening hours are just as hectic, get up 30 minutes earlier twice a week to exercise. Once you've adjusted to early-morning workouts, add another day or two to the routine. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: Darcy Reber, Exercise, Fitness, Mayo Clinic Health System


July 27th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Monday’s Housecall

By Jen O'Hara

Housecall BannerTHIS WEEK'S TOP STORIES tick on a blade of grass
Stay safe this summer: Know the ABCs of ticks
For such tiny creatures, ticks can make a big impact. Here's how to protect yourself on the trails and in backyards this season.

Weight loss: Choosing a diet that's right for you
Dropping those extra pounds is your goal, but which diet will help you reach it? Get the skinny on how to rate weight-loss plans.

EXPERT ANSWERS
Statins: Do they cause ALS?
Statins can cause muscle injury in some people. But can they also trigger ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease)? See what researchers found.

Celiac disease diet: How do I get enough grains?
If you have celiac disease, there are plenty of gluten-free grains — including good-for-you whole grains — out there.

Click here to get a free e-subscription to the Housecall newsletter.

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Tags: ABC's of Ticks, ALS, Athletic Shoes, celiac disease, chest pain, Exercise, Healthy Recipes, Melanoma, Monday's Housecall, reducing stress, statins, stress blog, Weight Loss


July 25th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Q and A: Vaccine recommended for older adults even if they’ve had shingles

By lizatorborg

DEAR MAYO CLINIC:illustration of man with Shingles along his back I am a healthy 78-year-old man and have never had shingles or the shingles vaccine. I did have chickenpox when I was a child. Is the shingles vaccine something you would recommend for someone like me? What are the side effects of the vaccine?

ANSWER: Once you have had chickenpox, the virus that causes it — called the varicella-zoster virus — stays in your body for the rest of your life. That virus can be reactivated at any time, causing shingles. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, recommends that adults age 60 and older get the shingles vaccine, whether you’ve already had shingles or not.

When you get chickenpox, the varicella-zoster virus causes a rash to develop all over your body. Even though it’s itchy and uncomfortable, most people recover from chickenpox without any lasting problems. After the rash goes away, however, the virus remains and goes into hiding in your body’s nerve cells. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: Dr James Steckelberg, Dr Steckelberg, Mayo Clinic Q A, shingles, shingles vaccine


July 24th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Something to Think About ~ Should you laugh at yourself?

By Dana Sparks

young people taking a selfie picture, laughing and smiling

Should you laugh at yourself?

"I have a choice. I could be stiff and defensive. I could thwart any attempt of others to laugh at me. Or I can learn to laugh at myself. I believe the latter is a healthier option."
- 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, Dr Amit Sood, laughter, Something to Think About


July 24th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Tips for cancer survivors to keep cool in the summer heat

By Jen O'Hara

Blue and white banner logo for 'Living with Cancer' blog

Tips for cancer survivors to keep cool in the summer heatthermometer pointing up toward bright sunshine
Some cancer treatments can increase your risk for dehydration and sunburn. Here's how to stay safe and comfortable this summer.

Low white blood cell count
Why would the number of white blood cells (the ones that fight diseases) decrease? And what precautions should you discuss with your doctor?

Prostate cancer treatment
Does initial treatment preclude other treatments later? Learn more.

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Tags: Cancer Survivors, Living With Cancer Blog, low white blood cell count, prostate cancer treatment


July 24th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Minute 7/24/2015

By Williams

In today's Mayo Clinic Minute with Vivien Williams:

  • New recommendations for when women should start getting mammograms and how often, researchers say e-cigarettes may be just as addictive as tobacco cigarettes and Twitter pulls flickering videos because they may increase risk of epileptic seizures for some people.

Click here for more information on mammogram recommendations, here for the e-cigarette study and here for Twitter.

Journalists: Video is available in the downloads. [TRT :50] Click here for the script.

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Tags: Dr. Sandhya Pruthi, e-cigarettes, Epilepsy, Mammogram, Mayo Clinic Minute, twitter, Vivien Williams


July 23rd, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Radio

By Jen O'Hara

illustration of bacteria mutating into superbugs

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 23,000 people die each year in the U.S. as the result of antibiotic-resistant infections. Antibiotics are powerful weapons in the fight against infection, but misuse or overuse can create a serious health risk. On the next Mayo Clinic Radio, infectious diseases specialist Dr. Pritish Tosh explains how antibiotic resistance works and how to avoid it. Also on the program, a new study in Mayo Clinic Proceedings may help predict who is most vulnerable to opioid pain medication addiction. Anesthesiologist and pain management specialist Dr. Michael Hooten explains the study's results. And family medicine specialist Dr. John Wilkinson discusses the current recommendations for when to get a complete physical exam.

Mayo Clinic Radio is available on iHeartRadio.

Click here to listen to the program at 9:05 a.m. CT, Saturday, July 25, 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.

 

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Tags: antibiotic resistance, antibiotic resistant bacteria, Dr John Wilkinson, Dr Michael Hooten, Dr Pritish Tosh, Infection, Mayo Clinic Radio, opioid addiction, opioid painkiller, pain management, physical exam, routine physical exam


July 23rd, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Minute 7/23/2015

By Deborah Balzer

In today's Mayo Clinic Minute with Vivien Williams:

  • New hope in the fight against the Ebola virus, an extreme heat safety reminder and the link between mobile phone use and depression.

For more information, click here for the Ebola vaccine study and here for the mobile phone study.

Journalists: Video is available in the downloads. [TRT :56] Click here for the script.

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Tags: cell phones, Depression, Ebola, heatstroke, Mayo Clinic Minute, Vivien Willams


July 23rd, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Methodist Healthcare joins the Mayo Clinic Care Network

By Rhoda Madson

Methodist Healthcare front entrance Memphis, Mayo Clinic Care Network

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Methodist Healthcare and Mayo Clinic announced today that Methodist has joined the Mayo Clinic Care Network, a national network of health care providers committed to better serving patients and their families through collaboration.

Methodist Healthcare is the first health care organization in Tennessee and the mid-South to join the network. The formal agreement gives Methodist Healthcare access to the latest Mayo Clinic knowledge and promotes physician collaboration that complements local expertise. Through shared resources, more patients can get answers to complex medical questions while staying close to home. Methodist Healthcare Memphis logo, Mayo Clinic Care Network

“The relationship with Mayo Clinic places physician-to-physician collaboration at the pinnacle of providing high-quality, patient- and family-centered care for all of Methodist’s patients,” says Michael Ugwueke, president and chief operating officer, Methodist Healthcare. “More than a relationship between two well-known organizations, this is truly collaboration for sharing medical knowledge and Mayo Clinic expertise, while providing tools and resources for our physicians to further enhance patient care.”

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Mayo Clinic: Rhoda Madson 507-284-5005 newsbureau@mayo.edu
Methodist Healthcare: Mary Alice Taylor 901-581-7024 MaryAlice.Taylor@mlh.org Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: Dr. David Hayes, Mayo Clinic Care Network, Memphis, Methodist Healthcare, News Release


July 23rd, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Leading experts prescribe how to make cancer drugs more affordable

By Joe Dangor

ROCHESTER, MINN. – A group of 118 of the nation's leading cancer experts have drafted a prescription for reducing the high cost of cancer drugs and voiced support for a patient-based grassroots movement demanding action on the issue. Their recommendations and support are outlined in a commentary, co-authored by the group, in the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

"High cancer drug prices are affecting the care of patients with cancer and our health care system," says lead author Ayalew Tefferi, M.D., a hematologist at Mayo Clinic. "The average gross household income in the U.S. is about $52,000 per year. For an insured patient with cancer who needs a drug that costs $120,000 per year, the out-of-pocket expenses could be as much as $25,000 to $30,000 – more than half their average household income."

The group cites a 2015 study by D.H. Howard and colleagues et al, published in the Journal of Economic Perspectives, which found that cancer drug prices have risen by an average of $8,500 per year over the past 15 years.

"When you consider that cancer will affect 1 in 3 individuals over their lifetime, and [with] recent trends in insurance coverage [that] put a heavy financial burden on patients with out-of-pocket expenses, you quickly see that the situation is not sustainable," Dr. Tefferi, says. "It's time for patients and their physicians to call for change."

Journalists: Sound bites with Dr. Tefferi are available in the downloads.

MEDIA CONTACT: Joe Dangor, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 507-284-5005, newsbureau@mayo.edu Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: cancer drugs, Dr Ayalew Tefferi, Dr Hagop Kantarjian, Drug Costs, Mayo Clinic Proceedings, Minnesota news release, News Release


July 23rd, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Researchers decode molecular action of combination therapy for a deadly thyroid cancer

By Kevin Punsky

ResearchJACKSONVILLE, Fla. — In their bid to find the best combination of therapies to treat anaplastic thyroid cancer (ATC), researchers on Mayo Clinic’s Florida campus demonstrated that all histone deacetylase (HDAC) inhibitors are not created equal.

In testing multiple HDAC inhibitors in combination with the chemotherapy drug paclitaxel, known to give some benefit for this aggressive cancer, they found that class II HDAC inhibitors signal through a newly discovered pathway to promote synergy with chemotherapy treatment.

Journalists: Sound bites with Dr. Copland are available in the downloads.

MEDIA CONTACT: Kevin Punsky, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 904-953-0746, punsky.kevin@mayo.edu

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Tags: Dr John Copland, Dr Robert Smallridge, Florida, Florida News Release, Mayo Clinic’s Florida campus, Medical Research, News Release, thyroid cancer


July 23rd, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Thursday Consumer Health Tips

By Jen O'Hara

milk being poured into a glass

What you need to know about milk substitutes

Gout diet: What's allowed, what's not

Heart-healthy diet: 8 steps to prevent heart disease

Aerobic exercise: Top 10 reasons to get physical

Heatstroke: First aid

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Tags: aerobic exercise, gout diet, heart healthy diet, heatstroke, milk substitutes, Thursday Consumer Health Tips