Items Tagged ‘Mayo Clinic Rochester’
August 6th, 2014 · Leave a Comment
By Chloe Piepho
ROCHESTER, Minn. — Wellness coaching has become an increasingly prevalent strategy to help individuals improve their health and well-being. Recently, wellness coaching was found to improve quality of life, mood and perceived stress, according to a Mayo Clinic study published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings. Matthew Clark, Ph.D., L.P., lead author of the study and resiliency expert at the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program, answers some common questions about wellness coaching:
Journalists: Sound bites with Dr. Clark are available in the downloads.
What is a wellness coach? Wellness coaches are trained and certified by professional organizations to help individuals identify their personal values and desires for change. The coaches provide practical recommendations to help individuals transform their goals into action, in order to sustain the changes over time and improve their quality of life.
“Mayo Clinic wellness coaches assist patients, through a strength-based approach, in identifying goals and potential barriers to success, and then create strategies to help them improve on a week-by-week basis,” explains Dr. Clark. “A strength-based approach recognizes that patients bring experience, knowledge and skills which will help them make positive lifestyle changes.”
What are popular areas of improvement? “Wellness coaching focuses on the specific problems someone wants to address, such as weight loss, stress management or goals focusing on work-life balance. We offer wellness coaching to help people have a better life, and improve their overall quality of life, whether it’s socially, emotionally, spiritually, physically or mentally,” says Dr. Clark.
How are these improvements maintained over time? Wellness coaching teaches individuals appropriate goal-setting techniques, strategies for enhancing social and emotional support and other skills to sustain progress over a substantial period of time. Read the rest of this entry »
June 18th, 2014 · Leave a Comment
By Brian Kilen
ROCHESTER, Minn. — Researchers at Mayo Clinic released a new study reversing current thought on the treatment of cirrhotic patients with type 2 diabetes. The study found that the continuation of metformin after a cirrhosis diagnosis improved survival rates among diabetes patients. Metformin is usually discontinued once cirrhosis is diagnosed because of concerns about an increased risk of adverse effects associated with this treatment in patients with liver impairment. The Mayo Clinic study was recently published in Hepatology.
Cirrhosis is scarring of the liver caused by forms of liver diseases, such as chronic viral hepatitis, chronic alcohol abuse and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. This condition is the consequence of damage done to the liver over many years. As cirrhosis progresses, more and more scar tissue forms, impeding proper liver functions. Read the rest of this entry »
March 13th, 2014 · Leave a Comment
By Nick Hanson
Journalists: Sound bites with Dr. Cerhan are available in the downloads.
ROCHESTER, Minn. — March 12, 2014 — Having a big belly has consequences beyond trouble squeezing into your pants. It’s detrimental to your health, even if you have a healthy body mass index (BMI), a new international collaborative study led by a Mayo Clinic researcher found. Men and women with large waist circumferences were more likely to die younger, and were more likely to die from illnesses such as heart disease, respiratory problems, and cancer after accounting for body mass index, smoking, alcohol use and physical activity. The study is published in the March edition of Mayo Clinic Proceedings.
The researchers pooled data from 11 different cohort studies, including more than 600,000 people from around the world. They found that men with waists 43 inches or greater in circumference had a 50 percent higher mortality risk than men with waists less than 35 inches, and this translated to about a three-year lower life expectancy after age 40. Women with a waist circumference of 37 inches or greater had about an 80 percent higher mortality risk than women with a waist circumference of 27 inches or less, and this translated to about a five-year lower life expectancy after age 40.
March 11th, 2014 · Leave a Comment
By Nick Hanson
ROCHESTER, Minn. — March 11, 2014 — People who develop diabetes and high blood pressure in middle age are more likely to have brain cell loss and other damage to the brain, as well as problems with memory and thinking skills, than people who never have diabetes or high blood pressure or who develop it in old age, according to a new study published in the March 19, 2014, online issue of Neurology. Middle age was defined as age 40 to 64 and old age as age 65 and older.
“Potentially, if we can prevent or control diabetes and high blood pressure in middle age, we can prevent or delay the brain damage that occurs decades later and leads to memory and thinking problems and dementia,” says study author and Mayo Clinic epidemiologist Rosebud Roberts M.B., Ch.B.
For the study, the thinking and memory skills of 1,437 people with an average age of 80 were evaluated. The participants had either no thinking or memory problems or mild memory and thinking problems called mild cognitive impairment. They then had brain scans to look for markers of brain damage that can be a precursor to dementia. Participants’ medical records were reviewed to determine whether they had been diagnosed with diabetes or high blood pressure in middle age or later.
March 7th, 2014 · Leave a Comment
The Far East met the Southwest as Mayo Clinic in Arizona employees, benefactors, community leaders, and Hitachi leadership joined together in a traditional Japanese ceremony to welcome the arrival of the first wave of proton beam equipment.
John Noseworthy, M.D., CEO and president at Mayo Clinic, reports that Mayo Clinic reached a record 63 million people in 2013.
Robert Nesse, M.D., vice-president at Mayo Clinic, explains how Mayo Clinic is a leader in the effort to change the health care system and improve the value of the care we deliver to patients.
February 5th, 2014 · Leave a Comment
What’s your heart health IQ? Learn the facts and share the signs
MINNEAPOLIS — Feb. 5, 2014 — Heart disease affects all of us, either directly or indirectly. It is the leading cause of death in the United States. In an effort to make a positive difference in women’s heart health, Progresso Heart Healthy soup is launching “The Heart Project,” in support of Mayo Clinic. The Heart Project is designed to inspire people to learn the facts, take action regarding their heart health, and spread the word with others during February for heart health month.
The Heart Project site — http://www.theheartproject.com — hosted by Progresso with content from Mayo Clinic, will encourage people to take the Heart Health Quiz. The quiz offers tools and information to educate them on the disease while sharing tips and ideas to help lower one’s risk of heart disease. Those who take the quiz are encouraged to share the information with a friend or loved one and start a conversation about heart disease.
“Heart disease is the nation’s number one cause of death for both men and women,” said Sharon Mulvagh, M.D., director of the Women’s Heart Clinic at Mayo Clinic. “What’s most astonishing is that almost 80% of heart disease is preventable, and even small lifestyle changes can have a big impact. Making a difference in your heart health is easier and more enjoyable than you may think.”
Journalists: Sound bites with Dr. Mulvagh are available in the downloads.
January 22nd, 2014 · Leave a Comment
Rochester, Minnesota — 8 de enero de 2014 — A continuación se presenta la última edición electrónica de Discovery's Edge, la revista sobre las investigaciones de Mayo Clinic. Usted puede citar y enlazar esta publicación con la frecuencia que desee, pero la reproducción se permite solamente con la debida atribución; por tanto, según lo permitan sus políticas editoriales, incluya la siguiente información para suscribirse: Visite Discovery's Edge para información sobre suscripciones.
Menos pánico ante incontinencia fecal
La incontinencia fecal es un problema común y vergonzoso, especialmente en las mujeres. Una investigación para descubrir las causas, realizada en Mayo Clinic con la colaboración de toda la institución, condujo a nuevas maneras de identificar mejor este problema sobre el que rara vez se habla.
Genómica: el amanecer de una nueva era médica
Analizar los genes de una persona para recetarle los medicamentos correctos, alguna vez, se pensó que era cosa de ciencia ficción; sin embargo, ahora los científicos de Mayo Clinic, basándose en décadas de investigación, exploran cómo el conocimiento genético más profundo de una persona puede servir para detectar pronto y tratar mejor ciertos problemas médicos urgentes, como un ataque cardíaco, la enfermedad de Alzheimer y el cáncer.
January 20th, 2014 · Leave a Comment
ROCHESTER, Minnesota — 7 de enero de 2014 — Si bien quebrarse los huesos podría parecer algo normal en los niños activos, alrededor de uno de cada tres pequeños que, por lo demás, es sano sufre una fractura ósea y la más frecuente es la rotura del hueso que corre desde el codo hasta la muñeca, sobre el lado del pulgar, y se conoce como fractura distal del antebrazo. Esto ocurre con más frecuencia durante el período del estirón que los niños atraviesan al iniciar la adolescencia.
Sin embargo, un estudio reciente de Mayo Clinic y publicado en la Journal of Bone and Mineral Research (Revista de Investigación Ósea y Mineral) indica que ciertos tipos de fracturas posiblemente conllevan implicaciones a largo plazo para la salud ósea infantil. El estudio descubrió evidencia de que los niños y adolescentes cuyas fracturas del antebrazo ocurrieron debido a un traumatismo leve tenían huesos menos fuertes que otros niños. Read the rest of this entry »
January 7th, 2014 · Leave a Comment
ROCHESTER, Minn. — Jan. 7, 2014 — Broken bones may seem like a normal part of an active childhood. About 1 in 3 otherwise healthy children suffers a bone fracture. Breakage of the bone running from the elbow to the thumb side of the wrist (distal forearm fracture) is the most common. It occurs most often during the growth spurt that children typically undergo in early adolescence.
But a recent study at Mayo Clinic, published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, indicates that certain types of fractures may have implications for a child's long-term bone health. The study found evidence that children and adolescents whose forearm fractures occurred due to mild trauma had lower bone strength compared to other children. Lower bone strength may predispose children to factures resulting from weakened bone (osteoporotic fracture) later in life. Read the rest of this entry »
December 16th, 2013 · Leave a Comment
ROCHESTER, Minn. — Dec. 16, 2013 — Mayo Clinic researchers and colleagues in Belgium have developed a specialized catheter for transplanting stem cells into the beating heart. The novel device includes a curved needle and graded openings along the needle shaft, allowing for increased distribution of cells. The result is maximized retention of stem cells to repair the heart. The findings appear in the journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Interventions.
“Although biotherapies are increasingly more sophisticated, the tools for delivering regenerative therapies demonstrate a limited capacity in achieving high cell retention in the heart,” says Atta Behfar, M.D., Ph.D., a Mayo Clinic cardiology specialist and lead author of the study. “Retention of cells is, of course, crucial to an effective, practical therapy.”