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April 28th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Q and A: Researchers studying variety of potential new treatments for CLL

By lizatorborg

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: Are there any new treatment options for chronic lymphocytic leukemia? I am 61 and was diagnosed 18 months ago. Until recently, I have not had any symptoms so have not received treatment for it.

illustration overview of what bone marrow makes and where lymphocytes come fromANSWER: Researchers are currently studying a variety of potential new treatments for chronic lymphocytic leukemia, or CLL. Many of them are available now through clinical trials. Depending on your situation, you may be eligible to participate in a clinical trial and receive one of the new therapies.

CLL is a cancer of the blood and the spongy tissue inside bones where blood cells are made, called bone marrow. In particular, this disease affects a group of white blood cells called lymphocytes that help your body fight infection.

CLL usually progresses slowly. As in your situation, many people in the early stages of CLL do not have any symptoms. When symptoms start to develop, they may include enlarged lymph nodes, pain in the upper left abdomen, fatigue, fever, night sweats, weight loss and frequent infections. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: chronic lymphocytic leukemia, clinical trials, CLL, Dr Asher Chanan-Khan, Dr Chanan-Khan, Mayo Clinic Q A


April 27th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic News Network Headline 4/27/15

By Deborah Balzer

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

  • April is IBS Awareness Month. IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) is a common and chronic disorder that affects the large intestine, causing cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, gas, diarrhea and constipation. Mayo Clinic gastroenterologist Dr. Yuri Saito says 1 out of 10 adults may suffer from IBS and provides tips on how to manage symptoms.
Journalists: Video is available in the downloads. [TRT 1:35] Click here for the script.
Pronunciation key - Dr. Yuri Saito: Your’-ee Sigh’-toe

 

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Tags: Constipation, diarrhea, Dr Yuri Saito, Gastroenterology, Ibs, irritable bowel syndrome, Vivien Williams


April 27th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic-led Team Identifies Master Switch for Cancer-Causing HER2 Protein

By Joe Dangor

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Herceptin has been touted as a wonder drug for women with HER2-positive breast cancer, an aggressive form of the disease that is fueled by excess production of the HER2 protein. However, not all of these patients respond to the drug, and many who do respond eventually acquire resistance.

A team of researchers led by Mayo Clinic has found a promising way to circumvent this obstacle. They identified a small site in the HER2 protein that enables it to form a molecular switch that sets off a cascade of events that turn normal cells cancerous. The researchers showed that disrupting this site can stem the growth of breast cancer cells, even more effectively than drugs currently used in the clinic. Their study is published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

“This study is the first to look at the specific sequences for dimerization of HER2 as a possible anti-cancer target,” says the study’s senior author Ruth Lupu, Ph.D., a professor of experimental pathology and laboratory medicine and biochemistry and molecular biology at Mayo Clinic. “This finding could be beneficial not only for breast cancer, but also for other cancers with abnormal HER2 levels, such as ovarian, stomach and prostate cancer.”

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

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

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Tags: and prostate cancer, cancer, Dr.Lupu, HER2-positive breast cancer, Herceptin, Mayo Clinic, Minnesota news release, molecular switch, News Release, Ovarian Cancer, PhD, stomach cancer


April 27th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

CREEPY, DREADFUL, WONDERFUL PARASITES: A Parasitologist’s View of the World – Week of April 26, 2015

By Dana Sparks

Every 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!researcher Dr. Bobbi Pritt with lab microscope

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, MML, Parasite Wonders


April 27th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Monday’s Housecall

By Jen O'Hara

HousecallBanner1High Fiber Bowl of Cereal with Strawberries, Blueberries and AlmondsTHIS WEEK'S TOP STORIES
Healthy breakfast: Quick, flexible options
Short on time in the morning? You don't have to skip breakfast. These fast and healthy foods can help you start your day off right.

Cholesterol-lowering supplements: Lower your numbers without prescription medication
Diet and exercise are proven ways to reduce cholesterol. Should you take a cholesterol-lowering supplement, too?

EXPERT ANSWERS
Electronic cigarettes: A safe way to light up?
More and more teens are using electronic cigarettes. Makers say they're safe, but experts warn of health risks.

Apple cider vinegar for weight loss
Proponents tout apple cider vinegar as a weight-loss aid, but there's little proof that it works.

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Tags: Arthritis, avian influenza, Bird Flu, cholesterol lowering supplements, electronic cigarettes, fingernail problems, healthy breakfast, Healthy Recipes, Healthy Snacks, meningitis, Monday's Housecall, nutrition-wise blog, Weight Loss


April 25th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Q and A: Causes of fecal incontinence vary, but treatment is available

By lizatorborg

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: What causes fecal incontinence? Can it be treated?medical illustration of rectum with anus, external and internal sphincters

ANSWER: Fecal incontinence, or leakage of stool from the rectum, can range from occasional leakage while passing gas to a complete loss of bowel control. An estimated 8 percent of the general population and 15 percent of people age 70 and older are affected. Although fecal incontinence is more common in middle-aged and older adults, it isn’t an inevitable part of aging. It’s often the result of another treatable medical issue or can be a warning sign of a more serious problem.

Your rectum and anus are at the end of your large intestine. Normally, the muscles and nerves in and around these two structures sense the presence of waste, allow storage in the rectum, and then move and eliminate stool. Changes in the function of this complex system can interfere with normal stool elimination. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: Dr Stephanie Hansel, fecal incontinence, Mayo Clinic Q A


April 24th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Something to Think About ~ What to admire in others?

By Dana Sparks

hands holding coins and green tree leaves representing values instead of weath

What to admire in others?

"Wealth and values do not always go together. Avoid judging people based on their financial success. Instead, honor people based on the values they live by."   - 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: Admiration, Alternative Medicine, Dr Amit Sood, Happiness, Something to Think About, Values


April 24th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic News Network Headline 4/24/15

By Deborah Balzer

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

  • A recent study shows that men and women who keep regular late night hours are at a higher risk of developing health issues than those who go to bed early. Mayo Clinic sleep medicine expert Peter Gay, M.D., says an average of 7 hours of sleep a night is important for good health.

Journalists: Video is available in the downloads. [TRT 1:03] Click here for the script.

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Tags: Dr Peter Gay, Mayo Clinic Center for Sleep Medicine, Sleep, sleeping, Vivien Willams


April 24th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Named a DiversityInc Top Hospital and Health System Four Consecutive Years

By Kelley Luckstein

Blue, Black and White Logo that says: DiversityInc 2015 Top 5 Hospitals and Health SystemsROCHESTER, Minn. — Mayo Clinic earned No. 3 on the 2015 DiversityInc Top 5 Hospitals and Health Systems list for its continued commitment to diversity and inclusion. This is the fourth year that Mayo has earned a spot on the list. This year's rankings were announced at the annual DiversityInc Top 50 event in New York on April 23.

“Mayo Clinic is beginning a deep dive into understanding unconscious bias and how it affects both our staff and the patients under our care,” says Sharonne Hayes, M.D., Mayo’s director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. “Putting the needs of the patient first means asking difficult questions about where bias exists in medicine and then finding the most effective ways to intervene.”

Companies named to the list are measured in four key areas:

  • CEO/Leadership Commitment
  • Talent Pipeline
  • Equitable Talent Development
  • Supplier Diversity

Mayo Clinic’s workforce brings together people with diverse talents, experiences and beliefs to provide high quality, culturally appropriate care to its patients. Mayo Clinic continues to embrace diversity and inclusion by creating a welcoming environment where individual differences are valued, allowing each person to achieve and contribute to his or her fullest potential. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: Diversity, Dr. Sharonne Hayes, Minnesota news release, News Release, Office of Diversity and Inclusion


April 24th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Announces Apple Watch app for Patients and Physicians

By Brian Kilen

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Today Mayo Clinic announced two new applications for the Apple Watch that will help patients and providers manage schedules and visits. The Mayo Clinic app update is available on iTunes. The Synthesis app for providers is available to Mayo Clinic staff.

“It is important that we interact with patients so that it seamlessly enhances their health care experiences. Whether this is through the Mayo Clinic app., remote monitoring, or the Apple watch, health consumer experience will continue to drive these technologies forward and Mayo Clinic will continue to lead with cutting edge technologies that benefit both our patients and

staff.” says John T. Wald M.D., Medical Director, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs.

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

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

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Tags: iPhone, Mayo Clinic, Mayo Clinic App, Mayo Clinic Rochester, Minnesota news release, synthesis


April 24th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Cancer Diagnosis: 11 Tips for Coping

By Jen O'Hara

Blue and white banner logo for 'Living with Cancer' blogAdult woman talking to doctor about her diagnosisCancer diagnosis: 11 tips for coping
If you've been diagnosed with cancer, knowing what to expect and making plans for how to proceed can help make this stressful time easier.

Planning ahead with an advance directive is crucial
Dealing with a life-changing diagnosis such as cancer makes outlining the medical treatment you want even more important.

Treating multiple myeloma
Whether you've just been diagnosed with multiple myeloma or you're having a recurrence, know your treatment options.

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Tags: advance directive, coping with cancer, Living With Cancer Blog, Multiple Myeloma


April 23rd, 2015 · Leave a Comment

MAYO CLINIC RADIO

By Dana Sparks

CIM-Logo Center for Individualized MedicinePrecision medicine ... also called individualized medicine ... got special attention recently when President Obama announced a Precision Medicine Initiative and called for the creation of a national biobank. On this week's program, Dr. Keith Stewart, director of the Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine, discusses the biobank and what it might mean for the future of health care. Also on the program, Mayo Clinic psychologist Dr. Karen Grothe explains the importance of a psychological evaluation when planning weight-loss surgery. Dr. Phil Hagan as guest on Mayo Clinic RadioAnd preventive medicine specialist Dr. Phil Hagen talks about how Mayo Clinic and Google have teamed up to increase the odds of finding realiable health information on the Web.

Myth or Matter-of-Fact: Precision medicine can help predict diseases you're likely to get.

Mayo Clinic Radio is available on iHeart Radio.

Click here to listen to the program on Saturday, April 25, 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: bariatric surgery, Center for Individualized Medicine, Dr Karen Grothe, Dr Keith Stewart, Dr Phil Hagen, Google, Mayo Clinic Biobank, Mayo Clinic Radio, Precision Medicine Initiative, weight-loss surgery


April 23rd, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Exploring Treatment Options for Women with Fibroids

By Kelley Luckstein

Mayo Clinic expert demonstrates women have options that preserve the uterus

Medical illustration of a woman's reproductive system highlighting the different types of uterine fibroids

There are three major types of uterine fibroids. Intramural fibroids grow within the muscular uterine wall. Submucosal fibroids bulge into the uterine cavity. Subserosal fibroids project to the outside of the uterus.

ROCHESTER, Minn. — A 47-year-old African-American woman has heavy menstrual bleeding and iron-deficiency anemia. She reports the frequent need to urinate during the night and throughout the day. A colonoscopy is negative and an ultrasonography shows a modestly enlarged uterus with three uterine fibroids, noncancerous growths of the uterus. She is not planning to become pregnant. What are her options?

Elizabeth (Ebbie) Stewart, M.D., chair of Reproductive Endocrinology at Mayo Clinic, says the woman has several options, but determining her best option is guided by her symptoms, the size, number and location of the fibroids, as well as where she is in her reproductive life span. These options are highlighted in a Clinical Practice article by Dr. Stewart in this month’s New England Journal of Medicine.

“Uterine-conserving therapy should be an available option for women even if there is no plan for childbearing,” says Dr. Stewart, a uterine fibroid researcher. “Although myomectomy, a surgical procedure to remove uterine fibroids, is the traditional alternative to hysterectomy, there are other options for medical and interventional treatment. Before determining which alternative therapy may be an option, the symptoms caused by fibroids must first be assessed.”

MEDIA CONTACT: Kelley Luckstein, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 507-284-5005 or newsbureau@mayo.edu

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

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Tags: Dr Elizabeth Stewart, hysterectomy, hysteroscopic myomectomy, Minnesota news release, News Release, Uterine Fibroids


April 23rd, 2015 · Leave a Comment

THURSDAY CONSUMER HEALTH TIPS

By Jen O'Hara

elderly woman in bed, caregiver by her sideElder care for Alzheimer's: Choosing a provider

Strategies to prevent heart disease

Pain and depression: Is there a link?

Exercise and stress: Get moving to manage stress

Allergy medications: Know your options

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Tags: Allergy Medications, Alzheimer's, elder care, heart disease prevention, pain and depression, stress management, Thursday Consumer Health Tips


April 22nd, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic News Network Headline 4/22/15

By Deborah Balzer

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

  •  A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) shows there is no link between the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccination and autism. Mayo Clinic pediatrician Robert Jacobson, M.D., says it is vital to vaccinate our children to keep them safe from dangerous and deadly diseases and emphasizes that years of extensive research shows that vaccines are safe. This news comes during National Infant Immunization Week — April 18 -25.

Journalists: Video is available in the downloads. [TRT 1:27 ] Click here for the script.

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Tags: Dr. Robert Jacobson, immunizations, infant immunization, Vaccinations, vaccines, Vivien Williams