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Brian Kilen (@briankilen) posted · Tue, Sep 30 10:23am · View  

Mayo Clinic Health Letter: Highlights from the September 2014 Issue

ROCHESTER, Minn. ― Here are highlights from the September 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 http://www.HealthLetter.MayoClinic.com or call toll-free for subscription information, 1-800-333-9037, extension 9771. Full newsletter text: Mayo Clinic Health Letter September 2014 (for journalists only).

Medical staff in operating room performing surgeryAfter celebrating, survivors often face anxieties and fear

Adjusting from being a cancer patient to a cancer survivor isn't just about celebration and gratitude. The September issue of Mayo Clinic Health Letter covers why this transition isn’t always smooth or easy. In addition to dealing with fatigue or other side effects of surgery or treatment, patients may be surprised by feelings that can include fear and uncertainty, anxiety, sadness and irritability.

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Dana Sparks (@danasparks) posted · Mon, Sep 22 6:00am · View  

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Weight loss: Gain control of emotional eating
Do you turn to food when you're stressed? Emotional eating can sabotage your weight-loss efforts. Here's how to get back on track.

Prostate cancer prevention: Ways to reduce your risk
There's no sure way to prevent prostate cancer. But you may lower your risk by exercising and adjusting your diet. Try these tips.

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Ocular migraine: When to seek help
An ocular migraine can mean one of two conditions. Learn which is more serious.

Hepatitis C: How common is sexual transmission?
Although hepatitis C is highly contagious, the risk of sexual transmission is very low.

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Micah Dorfner (@micahd7) posted · Tue, Aug 12 1:04pm · View  

Understanding Headache Types is Key to Treatment

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We have all experienced the annoying, relentless and throbbing pain associated with a headache. They can slow us down or even bring us to a complete stop. However, did you know that there are several different types of headaches, and knowing the type you've got can be the first step in effectively treating it?

Mayo Clinic Health System nurse practitioner Erin Pokorny takes a look at different types of headaches and shares what you can do to fight them.

  • Tension-type headaches: These are considered to be the most common types of headaches. They are often described as dull and achy and are often brought on by stress, neck pain, missing meals and a variety of other things. Treatment options: Tension-type headaches can often be treated by over-the-counter medication, such as aspirin, ibuprofen or acetaminophen. You may also want to try alternative treatments including meditation, relaxation training and massage.
  • Migraines: We've all heard about migraines, and we know that they’re not to be taken lightly. The pain associated with migraines is often described as throbbing and severe. Migraines are often associated with nausea, vomiting or increased sensitivity to light and sound. Pain may worsen with increased activity. Untreated, migraines can typically last anywhere from 4 to 72 hours. Treatment options: If you know the triggers for your migraines, make sure to avoid these known causes. Over-the-counter medication can help. Other treatment options include prescription medications; rest in a quiet, dark room; or a hot/cold compress to the head or neck.

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Soledad Andrade (@soledadandrade) posted · Mon, Jun 16 2:22pm · View  

Preguntas y respuestas: los dolores de cabeza que acompañan a la menstruación pueden ser fuertes

ESTIMADA MAYO CLINIC:
Tengo 38 años y todos los meses alrededor de la fecha de la menstruación sufro de dolores de cabeza. En el transcurso del último año aproximadamente, los dolores parecen ser más fuertes y de mayor duración, a veces hasta tres días. ¿Por qué podría estar ocurriendo esto? ¿Existe alguna manera de prevenirlos o tratarlos?   

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Mujer con dolor de cabeza o migraña
No es raro que las mujeres sufran de dolores de cabeza antes o durante la menstruación. Dichas cefaleas suelen controlarse con medicamentos y, por lo general, no ameritan una evaluación profunda; pero cuando ocurren cambios en la gravedad o tipo de dolor de cabeza, tales como los que usted describe, es oportuno acudir al médico para descubrir si existe otra enfermedad subyacente que pueda ocasionar las cefaleas.

En la mayoría de casos, los dolores de cabeza vinculados a la menstruación se desencadenan a consecuencia de los cambios hormonales que particularmente ocurren durante los días previos al ciclo menstrual, cuando los niveles de estrógeno descienden de forma rápida. Las prostaglandinas, o sustancias químicas producidas naturalmente por el revestimiento uterino, también desempeñan una función en los dolores de cabeza.

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lizatorborg (@lizatorborg) posted · Tue, Jun 3 9:00am · View  

Tuesday Q & A: Headaches that come with menstruation can be severe

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I am 38 and have headaches each month around the first day of my period. Over the last year or so they seem to be getting more severe and lasting longer — sometimes up to three days. Why might this be happening? Are there ways to prevent or treat it?

Woman with headache or migraineANSWER: It is not uncommon for women to have headaches before and during their periods. These headaches often can be effectively controlled with medication and usually don’t require in-depth evaluation. When, as you describe, there’s a change in the severity or type of headache, though, then it is time to see your doctor to find out if another underlying medical condition could be causing the headaches.

In most cases, headaches associated with menstruation are triggered by hormone changes. This is particularly true during the days leading up to a menstrual cycle, when estrogen levels fall rapidly. Prostaglandins, natural chemicals made in the lining of the uterus, play a role, too.

Due to these changes, many women have mild headaches, along with other symptoms like bloating and cramping, beginning just before the onset of a period and sometimes lasting a few days after it starts. These headaches tend to be mild. Over-the-counter pain medications are usually all that is needed to manage them.

In some women, though, the headaches that come with menstruation can be more severe. These headaches, called menstrual migraines, typically start two days before a period begins and last until the third day of menses. [...]

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Admin (@hinadmin) posted · Thu, May 29 12:38pm · View  

Mayo Clinic Neurologist Joins President Obama’s Dialogue on Concussions

sideline footballPHOENIX —  David Dodick, M.D., a neurologist at Mayo Clinic in Arizona and an expert in concussion care and research, joined other medical experts and President Barack Obama in Washington, D.C., at the White House Healthy Kids & Safe Sports Concussion Summit today.

The summit is a White House initiative to raise awareness of the increasing rate of concussions among young athletes, and to develop an action plan to protect the safety and health of youth athletes who participate in sport. Medical experts, coaches, parents and players joined President Obama to talk about safe sports. [...]

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Dana Sparks (@danasparks) posted · Mon, May 5 10:45am · View  

Monday's Housecall

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Managing your cholesterol
Learn how medications and healthy lifestyle choices can help keep your cholesterol in check.

Fingernails: Do's and don'ts for healthy nails
Find out what's normal and what's not for fingernails, and get tips on taking good care of them.

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Weightlifting: Best before or after an aerobic workout?
Experiment to see if doing weights or cardio first works best for you.

Pseudoclaudication: Is it related to claudication?
These two conditions cause similar symptoms — leg pain while standing or walking — but for different reasons.

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Stress and headaches: Stop the cycle
Stress can make your head hurt, and a headache can really stress you out. Either way, you can rein in the pain with these tips to keep stress under control: 1. Simplify. Ask yourself what really needs to be done and what can be dropped. 2. Delegate. Look over your to-do list and delegate what you can. 3. Laugh. Humor is a great way to relieve stress. 4. Relax. When you feel your muscles begin to tense, breathe deeply. Focus on inhaling and exhaling deeply and slowly for at least 10 minutes. 5. Exercise. Regular exercise provides a healthy break from the stress of daily life.

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