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Dana Sparks (@danasparks) posted · Thu, Nov 20 5:00pm · View  

Signs and Symptoms of Pertussis

ZUMBROTA, Minn. — Symptoms of an ordinary common cold are hard not to miss. But could it be worse? Mayo Clinic Health System has diagnosed several confirmed cases of pertussis, also commonly known as whooping cough.

Family medicine physician at Mayo Clinic Health System – Red Wing in Zumbrota, Elizabeth Cozine, M.D. has seen patients present with symptoms. “Children and adults alike can contract whooping cough,” she says. “Yet, a simple vaccination could have prevented many of these cases.” Whooping cough can take one to three weeks for signs and symptoms to appear. They're usually mild at first and resemble those of a common cold:

  • Runny nose
  • Nasal congestion
  • Sneezing
  • Red, watery eyes
  • A mild fever
  • Dry cough

Journalists: Video of baby coughing is available in the downloads.

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lizatorborg (@lizatorborg) posted · Tue, Nov 4 2:00am · View  

Tuesday Q and A: Convergence insufficiency not diagnosed until children read more

children reading booksDEAR MAYO CLINIC: My son, 9, liked reading when he was younger. But over the last year, he’s started to struggle with it, and he was recently diagnosed with convergence insufficiency. What is the best treatment for this? Are there some cases that are not treatable? I am concerned that we did not catch it soon enough.

ANSWER: Your son’s situation is common. Convergence insufficiency often is not identified until around the age of 8 or 9 when children begin to read more. A number of treatments are available and, in most cases, they are effective in relieving the problem. In rare cases when other therapies have not worked, surgery may be needed to correct convergence insufficiency.

Convergence insufficiency is an eye disorder that affects vision when focusing on something nearby. To focus when you read or look at an object up close, your eyes need to turn inward together. This is called convergence. It allows you to clearly see the object you are looking at as a single image. [...]

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Dana Sparks (@danasparks) posted · Mon, Oct 27 10:38am · View  

Monday's Housecall

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My 10-year-old has high cholesterol. How can we manage it?
Getting regular exercise and eating a healthy diet may help children lower their cholesterol.

Can prebiotics help control Crohn's disease?
It's not known whether prebiotics — food for a type of "good" bacteria — can help ease Crohn's disease.

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lizatorborg (@lizatorborg) posted · Tue, Sep 16 6:00am · View  

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

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. [...]

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Dana Sparks (@danasparks) posted · Fri, Sep 5 10:32am · View  


young man in bed with eyes opened suffering insomnia and sleep disorder

On the next Mayo Clinic Radio, Saturday, September 6 at 9 a.m. CT, we’ll discuss sleep issues with Eric Olson, M.D., and Joseph Kaplan, M.D.  Do you have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep?  What can be done to address sleep concerns?  From childhood to old age, how do sleep patterns change as we age? Plus, what are the five things you should do if you suffer from insomnia?  Join us.

Myth or Fact: During sleep, your brain rests.

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Listen to this week’s Medical News Headlines: News Segment September 6, 2014 (right click MP3) 


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Joel Streed (@jstreed) posted · Tue, Sep 2 8:38am · View  

Back to School: Mayo Clinic Radio

For many students this is back-to-school time!  On the next Mayo Clinic Radio, four physicians will join us and share important information related to sending your student back to class.  Noelle Larson, M.D., will discuss scoliosis and finding the correct sized backpack.  Dawn Davis, M.D., will talk about acne, warts, skin rashes and lice. Robert Jacobson, M.D., will give us the latest information on immunizations for students from preschool to college. Brian Mohney, M.D., will discuss eye exams, eyestrain and overall eye health for students.

Miss the show?  Here's the podcast: Mayo Clinic Radio Full Show 8-30-2014

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lizatorborg (@lizatorborg) posted · Tue, Sep 2 6:00am · View  

Tuesday Q and A: Eyelid lift can help reduce vision problems caused by excess skin

medical illustration of how blepharoplasty is done on the eyesDEAR MAYO CLINIC: I just turned 48 and am considering having blepharoplasty surgery to remove the excess skin on my eyelids, which has bothered me for years. What does this procedure involve? What are the risks? Is the change permanent, or is there a chance my eyelids will return to the way they look now?

ANSWER: The surgery you are considering typically includes removing extra skin, muscle and fat from both the upper and lower eyelids. Blepharoplasty, also called an eyelid lift, can help reduce vision problems caused by excess eyelid skin. It also can make your eyes look younger and more alert. As with all surgery, there are risks involved.

As you age, your eyelids stretch, and the muscles supporting them get weaker. As that happens, extra fat may gather above and below your eyelids, causing droopy upper lids and bags under your eyes. If the skin around your eyes sags significantly, it can make it harder to see, especially in the upper and outer parts of your field of vision. Eyelid surgery may be able to reduce or eliminate these problems. [...]

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Dana Sparks (@danasparks) posted · Mon, Sep 1 12:25pm · View  

Monday's Housecall

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