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September 19th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Groups Offer Support for Brain Tumor Survivors

By Dana Sparks

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Groups offer support for brain tumor survivorsdiscussion group of patients talking about illness
If you have a brain tumor, finding information specific to its type is important. Here are support organizations that can help you.

Coping with chemotherapy side effects
Chemotherapy often triggers side effects. Taking steps to manage them can help you feel better and stay healthier as you go through treatment.

Cancer advocates are critical to research
Advocates ensure that the patient voice is represented in discussions about research.

Mayo Clinic launches 50-gene cancer panel test
A new test scans genes for mutations that help physicians customize cancer therapy.

 

 

 

 

 

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Tags: Brain Tumors, cancer, Chemotherapy, Living With Cancer Blog


September 19th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Researchers Reveal Pathway that Contributes to Alzheimer’s Disease

By Kevin Punsky

Loss of LRP6 in neurons leads to enhanced buildup of amyloid protein, a pathological hallmark of Alzheimer's disease.

Loss of LRP6 in neurons leads to enhanced buildup of amyloid protein, a pathological hallmark of Alzheimer's disease.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Researchers at Jacksonville’s campus of Mayo Clinic have discovered a defect in a key cell-signaling pathway they say contributes to both overproduction of toxic protein in the brains of Alzheimer’s disease patients as well as loss of communication between neurons — both significant contributors to this type of dementia.

Their study, in the online issue of Neuron, offers the potential that targeting this specific defect with drugs “may rejuvenate or rescue this pathway,” says the study’s lead investigator, Guojun Bu, Ph.D., a neuroscientist at Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, Fla.

“This defect is likely not the sole contributor to development of Alzheimer’s disease, but our findings suggest it is very important, and could be therapeutically targeted to possibly prevent Alzheimer’s or treat early disease,” he says.

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Tags: Alzheimer’s disease, Dr Guojun Bu, Florida News Release, Mayo Clinic, Medical Research, News Release


September 19th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

MAYO CLINIC RADIO

By Dana Sparks

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Has suicide ever touched your life or someone you know? On the next Mayo Clinic Radio, Saturday, September 20 at 9 a.m. CT, we'll talk with psychiatrist Marin Veldic, M.D., about why suicide is such a difficult subject to discuss. Please join this sensitive and important conversation. What should you do if you're feeling like life isn't worth living? How can you help someone you think may be having thoughts of suicide?  We'll find out.

Myth or Fact: The suicide of a celebrity leads to an increase in "copycat" suicides.

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 September 20, 2014 (right click MP3) 

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Tags: Dr Marin Veldic, Mayo Clinic Radio, Psychiatry and Psychology, Suicide


September 18th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Connect With Webinar Topic: Pediatric Epilepsy Treatment Options

By Dana Sparks

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Webinar Topic:

Pediatric Epilepsy Treatment Options:

Thursday Sept. 25 Noon CT

 This webinar will help you understand pediatric epilepsy treatment options discussed by Mayo Clinic experts.

Please register and receive email reminders for the event: http://mayocl.in/1lJLHOd

 

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Tags: Connect, Pediatric Epilepsy, Webinar


September 18th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Beating Ovarian Cancer Twice

By Dana Sparks

teal blue ribbon representing ovarian cancer awarenessAccording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 20,000 women in the U.S. are diagnosed with ovarian cancer each year. Most of them are over the age of 60, but the woman you’re about to meet was diagnosed the first time in her 30s ... and has beat the disease twice. This is her story of inspiration and triumph.  [TRT 1:58]  This report originally aired Sept. 2013

Journalists: The video package and extra b-roll are available in the downloads. To read the full script click here.

 

 

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Tags: cindy weiss, HL, Ovarian Cancer, Pkg


September 18th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

THURSDAY CONSUMER HEALTH TIPS

By Dana Sparks

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Senior health: How to prevent and detect malnutrition

Stress incontinence

Nocturnal panic attacks: What causes them?

Minimally invasive surgery

Aortic surgery: What patients need to know

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Tags: Aortic Surgery, Malnutrition, Panic Attacks, Senior Health, Stress Incontinence, Thursday Consumer Health Tips


September 18th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Center for Regenerative Medicine Forms Collaboration with National University Ireland Galway

By Jennifer Schutz

ROCHESTER, Minn. — The Mayo Clinic Center for Regenerative Medicine and colleagues at the National University Ireland Galway have signed a formal memorandum of understanding (MOU) to pave the way for joint clinical trials using regenerative therapies.

The MOU follows years of close collaboration with NUI Galway’s Regenerative Medicine Institute (REMEDI) and the Network of Excellence for Functional Biomaterials (NFB) and will focus on adult stem cell therapy, gene therapy, biomaterials and biomedical engineering. Furthermore, the agreement facilitates ongoing student and staff exchange between Galway and the United States.

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

Journalists: Sound bites with Dr. Windebank are in the downloads.

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Tags: Andre Terzic, clinical trials, Enterprise Ireland, Mayo Clinic, Minnesota news release, National University Ireland, regenerative medicine, stem cells, Tim O’Brien, Tony Windebank


September 18th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Running into Fall Marathon Season – Tip #7

By Micah Dorfner

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In order to see positive results you need to push yourself when you're training, but there's an appropriate threshold to reach when testing your limits. Beau Johnson, physical therapist at Mayo Clinic Health System, explains the importance of balancing your body's breakdown and ability to recover. In addition, he shares tips for better understanding what your body is telling you. (Follow new tips on Thursdays and learn more on Speaking of Health

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Tags: Beau Johnson, exercise, Mayo Clinic Health System, Overtraining, Running Tips


September 17th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic News Network — Headlines 9/17/14

By Dana Sparks


Mayo Clinic News Network Headlines include:

  • Less invasive medical advances
  • Radiation Therapy
  • Right running technique

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

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Tags: Medical Advances, radiation therapy, Running


September 17th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Study Opens Door for Early Screening Tools for Parkinson’s Disease

By Jim McVeigh

PHOENIX — A smell test could someday be one of the tools to screen for people at risk of developing Parkinson’s disease, according to a new Mayo Clinic study.

Parkinson's disease is a progressive disorder of the nervous system that affects movement. It develops gradually, sometimes starting with a barely noticeable tremor in just one hand. But while tremor may be the best-known sign of Parkinson's, the disorder also commonly causes stiffness and slowing of movement. Additionally, there are many non-movement problems, including constipation, loss of the sense of smell, sleep problems, lightheadedness, urinary difficulties, depression and anxiety. The non-movement symptoms can develop many years before movement disorders.

 

Although Parkinson's disease can't be cured, medications may markedly improve symptoms. Currently, there is no accurate diagnostic test for the disease; diagnosis is based on medical history, a review of signs and symptoms, a neurological and physical examination and by ruling out other conditions. Confirmation of the disease can only be made by performing an autopsy. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: Arizona News Release, Erika Driver-Dunckley, M.D., Mayo Clinic, Neurology, News Release, Parkinson's


September 17th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Caroline’s Courage After Stroke

By Dana Sparks

'Mayo 150 years serving humanity' 150th Sesquicentennial Logo

Who do you picture when you think of a stroke victim? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention most people who have strokes are over the age of 64. But a little girl named Caroline knows all too well they can strike at any age. She was just 10 years old when she was rushed to Mayo Clinic for emergency treatment of a massive brain hemorrhage.   [TRT  2:47 ]

Journalists: The video package and extra b-roll are available in the downloads. To read the full script click here.

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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Tags: Caroline Simmons, Dr Nicholas Wetjen, HL, Neurology, Pediatric Stroke, Pkg


September 16th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

U.S. Senate Telehealth Roundtable Featuring Mayo’s Dr. Ommen

By Dana Sparks

Aging

Harnessing the Power of Telehealth: Promises and Challenges?

Mayo Clinic’s Medical Director of Connected Care Steve Ommen, M.D., is participating in a roundtable discussion before the U.S. Senate’s Special Committee on Aging Tuesday, Sept. 16 at 2 p.m. ET entitled “Harnessing the Power of Telehealth.”

Click to WATCH at 2 p.m. ET 

Dr. Ommen will explain how Mayo Clinic uses telehealth or connected care - from saving lives with its telestroke program, to enabling video consultations in skilled nursing facilities, to monitoring intensive care patients across state borders, to sharing our knowledge with physicians across the country though eConsults and AskMayoExpert. Dr. Ommen will also discuss how government policies are inhibiting the effective use of this valuable technology. For example, the patchwork of state-by-state medical licensing rules and a lack of consistent reimbursement present costly and administrative barriers to connected care services.

Read more: Future of Health Care

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Tags: Committee on Aging, Dr Steve Ommen, Telehealth, U.S. Senate


September 16th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Tuesday Q and A: Several treatment options decrease symptoms of Graves’ disease

By lizatorborg

Thyroid glandDEAR MAYO CLINIC: Three months ago I was diagnosed with Graves’ disease. I have decided to have a thyroidectomy and want to know what to expect after the procedure. Will all of my symptoms (Graves’ ophthalmopathy, heart palpitations, irritability) go away immediately after surgery? What are the side effects of having the thyroid removed?

ANSWER: Thyroid removal is one of several treatment options that can effectively decrease symptoms of Graves’ disease. Others include anti-thyroid medications and radioiodine. Each person is different, and no one treatment is best for everyone. A thyroidectomy often relieves symptoms of Graves’ disease. But as with all surgery, there are risks and possible complications associated with thyroidectomy.

Graves’ disease is an immune system disorder that results in the overproduction of thyroid hormones, a condition known as hyperthyroidism. Because thyroid hormones affect many of your body’s functions, signs and symptoms of Graves’ disease can be wide ranging. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: Dr Melanie Richards, Dr Richards, Graves' Disease, hyperthyroidism, ophthalmopathy, radioiodine, thyroid medication, thyroidectomy, Tuesday Q & A


September 15th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Monday’s Housecall

By Dana Sparks

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teal blue ribbon representing ovarian cancer awarenessman sitting at work desk on a fitness exercise ballTHIS WEEK'S TOP STORIES
Ovarian cancer
The signs of ovarian cancer may not appear until the later stages. Find out if you're at risk.

Office exercise: Add more activity to your workday
Is an office job keeping you from exercising? From balancing on a fitness ball to adjusting your commute, try these tips to rev up your routine.

EXPERT ANSWERS
Natural remedies for depression: Are they effective?
Herbal and dietary supplements for depression can't replace proper treatment. But some show promise.

Cold or allergy: Which is it?person sleeping with cold and flu medicine on bedside table
Is your fall cold really a seasonal allergy? Learn the symptoms of each.

PLUS ADDITIONAL HIGHLIGHTS
Prediabetes
Domestic violence against women: Recognize patterns, seek help
Celiac disease
Breakfast recipes

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Tags: Allergy, Calcium, Celiac Disesase, Depression, Flu, Monday's Housecall, Office Exercise, Ovarian Cancer, Prediabetes


September 15th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Quick Hints for Improving Men’s Health

By Micah Dorfner

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Hesitant about going to the doctor for a checkup? Don’t be. A healthy patient-provider relationship and some regular maintenance can give you a long, healthy life.

Paul Loomis, M.D., Family Medicine at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire says, “Prioritizing your health in your thirties and forties is analogous to financial investing. If you start when you’re 50, you’re behind the eight ball. Start when you’re 25, and you will have invested well.” He says some men take better car of their cars than their health and offers these reminders.

Keep your engine tuned - Men don’t appreciate the significance of cardiovascular disease, such as heart disease and stroke, according to Dr. Loomis. “There’s a lack of awareness about how significant that risk is, but we have better screening and treatment options than ever before.”

Make the connection - Establishing a trusting relationship with your health provider is extremely important for prevention. Checking blood pressure, establishing healthy weight goals and understanding cholesterol and blood glucose numbers puts men on track for long-term health. It also helps with discussing sensitive topics, such as prostate exams. Dr. Loomis says, “Current evidence says you should at least have the discussion at age 50,”  Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: Dr Paul Loomis, Mayo Clinic Health System, men's health