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DEAR MAYO CLINIC: Why is it that children are the ones most affected by the enterovirus? I have read that it starts with mild cold symptoms, so how will I know when it’s time to see a doctor? What symptoms should I look for in my children?
ANSWER: There are many forms of enteroviruses. The one making headlines now is called enterovirus D68. This virus most often affects children and teens because their bodies have not built up immunity to it yet. In most cases, enterovirus D68 causes only mild symptoms. But it can become severe in some people. If your child has severe cold symptoms, or if symptoms get progressively worse, make an appointment to see your doctor. If a child has problems breathing, seek medical care right away.
Enteroviruses can cause a wide range of infections, depending on the strain of the virus that is involved. Some can be very serious, such as the enterovirus strain that leads to viral meningitis, while others tend to be only a nuisance, such as those that cause the common cold. [...]
Peace, Joy and Health: Rochester’s Capitol Christmas Tree Celebration
ROCHESTER, Minn. – Mayo Clinic and the Rochester Downtown Alliance are teaming up to host the nation’s U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree this November. For the past 50 years, a beautiful evergreen tree has appeared on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol during the holiday season. The U.S. Forest Service, in collaboration with Choose Outdoors and the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, will bring this special tree from Minnesota to Washington. It will make nearly 30 community stops along the way, including the Rochester Peace Plaza on Friday, Nov. 7, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will be free and the public is welcome.
Here is a video of the lighting of the 2013 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree (Source: U.S. Forest Service, United States Department of Agriculture)
As part of the upcoming celebration, children from Civic League Day Nursery and students from Mayo High School participated in a tree planting in front of Mayo Clinic's Mayo Building this week during Mayo's Heritage Days festivities. The students also decorated the tree with ornaments made from local children.
“The last time the Capitol Christmas Tree came from a forest in Minnesota was 1992 so this is a special event,” says Jane Matsumoto, M.D., Mayo Clinic Children’s Center, one of the event organizers. “The visit of the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree is an opportunity to highlight the wonderful forests and the Native American heritage of Minnesota. It is also a time for our community to celebrate joy, peace and health, the theme of the Rochester event. Over 1,000 ornaments were made by Rochester and Winona school children earlier this fall and these have already been shipped to Washington D.C., to be hung on the tree when it arrives.”
DEAR MAYO CLINIC: My 10-year-old daughter has very dry skin, and it seems to get worse when school starts. She develops red, itchy patches on her arms and lower legs. They usually fade away after a while, but they really bother her. What could be the cause? Should we be using lotion on these areas, or something stronger? At what point should she be seen by a dermatologist?
ANSWER: From your description, it sounds like your daughter may have a skin condition called eczema. In children, it often flares up when they go back to school in the fall. To find out if it is eczema, make an appointment with her primary care provider or a dermatologist to have her symptoms evaluated. A number of treatments and self-care steps can help ease the discomfort.
Eczema, also called atopic dermatitis, is common in children. Symptoms typically include dry, scaly skin with red patches that may weep. In many cases, the itching caused by eczema can be severe. Eczema symptoms tend to come and go. [...]
ROCHESTER, Minn. — Mayo Clinic and the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) announced today that they have signed an agreement to broaden and deepen their collaboration in clinical trials, other medical research and education. The agreement is a formal commitment to enhance the relationship that has been steadily building for the past 20 years.
“This agreement builds on our already strong relationship with the University of Mississippi Medical Center and lays the groundwork for more discovery and application,” says John Noseworthy, M.D., president and CEO, Mayo Clinic. “We’re thrilled to work even more closely to improve care for patients.”
An earlier memorandum of understanding formed an institutional bond in 2010, designed to enhance and expand shared initiatives in translational research and training. [...]
ROCHESTER, Minn. — Mayo Clinic announced today that it is part of a team of research centers chosen by Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to evaluate the effectiveness of different treatment strategies for women with uterine fibroids.
AHRQ has awarded the team a $3.95 million, first-year grant for the project, called Comparing Options for Management: Patient-Centered Results for Uterine Fibroids (COMPARE-UF). Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI) will serve as the research and data coordinating center for the teams.
“We are very excited to have funding to provide the key clinical evidence that all women and their physicians need to make informed choices about fibroid treatments,” says Elizabeth Stewart, M.D., chair of Reproductive Endocrinology at Mayo Clinic and the clinical leader of the study. [...]
Mayo Clinic Cancer Center and the American Association for Cancer Research host Twitter Chat
Tuesday, Sept. 23, 1-2 p.m. ET.
The chat will be moderated by TIME’s senior health reporter @AlicePark.
Mayo Clinic Radiation oncologists Sameer Keole, M.D., Nadia Laack, M.D. and Samir Patel, M.D. will join Dennis Hallahan, M.D., from the AACR’s Radiation Oncology Task Force. Dr. Hallahan is chairman of the Radiation Oncology Department and the Elizabeth H. and James S. McDonnell III distinguished professor in medicine at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.
With schools back in session, many parents are again on the alert for easily transmissible childhood diseases. Hand, foot and mouth disease is one of them. Pediatric dermatologist with the Mayo Clinic Children's Center, Megha Tollefson, M.D., says it's usually not a big concern. But, in certain circumstances, hospitalization may be required. Here’s Dennis Douda for the Mayo Clinic News Network. [TRT 2:02]
Journalists: Broadcast quality video is available in the downloads.
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Las escuelas públicas y privadas del área del condado de Olmsted ofrecen en las escuelas clínicas para vacunación contra la influenza
ROCHESTER, Minnesota: “Todos debemos recibir anualmente la vacuna contra la influenza,” dice el Dr. Robert Jacobson, pediatra y director médico del Programa para Vacunación de los Empleados y de la Comunidad en Mayo Clinic. “Sin embargo, los niños en edad escolar tienen dos razones más que el resto para hacerlo: son más proclives a contraer la infección por influenza y a contagiar la enfermedad en la comunidad”.
Los niños contagian fácilmente la influenza y llevan a casa el virus para compartirlo con sus familiares. El resultado es que los niños deben faltar al colegio y los padres, al trabajo.
Por eso, Mayo Clinic, el Centro Médico de Olmsted, la Salud Pública del condado de Olmsted y las escuelas privadas y públicas del área del condado de Olmsted se unieron para vacunar a los niños en las escuelas. “Equivale a destapar la olla antes de que se derrame el agua hirviente”, comenta Linda Haeussinger, enfermera administradora de la Salud Pública del Condado de Olmsted.