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October 28th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

World Stroke Day: Be Aware of Risks & Symptoms

By ddouda ddouda

Bob in the hospital after stroke with his wife Ruth

Watch Bob and Ruth's Story

World Stroke Day is October 29th. Strokes will take the lives of more than six million people around the globe this year. But, Mayo Clinic neurosurgeon Giuseppe Lanzino, M.D., says quick action can make all the difference, often sparing victims from death or a lifetime of impairment. Dennis Douda, with the Mayo Clinic News Network, has a perfect example. [TRT 2:09]

Journalists: Broadcast quality videos of the package are available in the downloads, with narration and with natural sound only. The script explaining Bob & Ruth's experience is also available.

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Tags: #Newsapp, Dr Giuseppe Lanzino, HL Pkg, Neurology, stroke symptoms

September 25th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Hunting Season: Staying Safe in Your Tree Stand

By micahdorfner micahdorfner

LA CROSSE, Wis. — Tree stand injuries are common throughout the hunting season. In fact, a study by the International Hunter Education Association found that one in every three hunters who hunts from a tree stand will fall at some point in their hunting career.shutterstock_45773254 Eric Grube, D.O., Emergency Medicine physician at Mayo Clinic Health System — and avid hunter — says with archery and crossbow deer hunting in full swing and gun season approaching, it’s time to re-establish safety practices to prevent accidents from occurring.

“These injuries can easily be avoided if hunters use caution and common sense,” Dr. Grube acknowledges. “Multiple injuries and even death can result from falling asleep, slipping while climbing in or out of the stand and having faulty equipment.”

Dr. Grube emphasizes the use of the safety harness. “It’s a necessary yet simple, preventative measure all hunters can and should use. When using a safety harness, make sure it's fully secured,” he says. He also suggests if you have an older style waist harness, consider purchasing a chest or five-point harness as these provide better support through the upper body and reduce chance of internal organ injuries. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: Deer Stand Safety, Dr Eric Grube, Hunting Injuries, Hunting Safety, Mayo Clinic Health System

June 19th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Father’s Day Gift Tourniquet Comes in Handy!

By ddouda ddouda

With FMayo Clinic nurse Maria Flor and her father Randy Therkilsen with the tourniquet that came in handy. ather’s Day coming up, everyone wants to give Dad something he can really use. So, how about a gift that might even save his life? That was the idea behind a Mayo Clinic nurse’s gift; a tourniquet, of all things! Here’s Dennis Douda for the Mayo Clinic News Network.   [TRT 2:29]

Journalists, a broadcast quality package and a how-to video demonstrating proper tourniquet use are available in the downloads.

  • To read the Father's Day Tourniquet script, click here.
  • To read a transcript of Dr. Jenkins' comments, click here.
  • To see Dr. Jenkins demonstrate how to use a tourniquet properly in an emergency, click here.


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Tags: Dr. Donald Jenkins, emergency department, Emergency Medicine, Tourniquet, trauma, HL, Pkg

May 1st, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Plant the Seed of Safety

By micahdorfner micahdorfner

spring planting, field of new corn, growing vegetables on a farm

RED WING, Minn. — With the snow finally gone and the frost out of the ground, many people but especially farmers are in the midst of spring planting. It’s a season of hope as seeds are planted and the green tinge of young shoots begins to cover the fields. As those seeds are planted, Mayo Clinic Health System urges farmers to use safe farming practices to avoid a visit to the Emergency Department.

“We know that spring is a hectic time on the farm,” says Greg Kays, M.D., director of Emergency Department services in Red Wing. “But we don’t want it to be a tragic time as well. Working on a farm can pose risks, but there are things that everyone can do to minimize those risks.”

Tips for a safe spring planting

  • Take the time to be sure your equipment is in top working order. Fix any minor problems now before they become major. Equipment breakdowns pose safety hazards as well as slow down work in the field.
  • Wear your seatbelt when operating equipment, and don’t wear loose or baggy clothing.
  • Use proper safety equipment, such as goggles or earplugs. Anyone working around noisy equipment is at risk for hearing loss.
  • Remember that pesticides and chemicals used on farms can be dangerous. These materials should be kept locked away in marked containers with warning labels. Use all proper precautions when handling chemicals. If someone is exposed to dangerous chemicals, call the toll-free American Association of Poison Control Centers number at 1-800-222-1222.
  • Avoid walking into grain storage areas and silos. It’s possible to become trapped and suffocate under flowing grain. If someone else is trapped in a grain storage area, do not rush in to rescue the person — you could become trapped as well. Call for help immediately.
  • Stay alert and focused. Get enough rest, take regular breaks, eat healthy meals and drink plenty of water. Avoid alcohol and drug use that can impair your mental and physical abilities.
  • Be prepared for any kind of weather. Both harsh cold and hot sun are likely in the spring. Wear sunscreen and reapply regularly, even on cloudy days. Dress in layers when the temperature drops.

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Tags: Dr Greg Kays, Farm Safety, Mayo Clinic Health System, News Release, Planting Season

February 19th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

SAVING LIVES WITH GUS: Don’t get frostbite!!

By danasparks danasparks

Outdoor winter thermometer showing -30 degrees

Signs and symptoms of frostbite include:

  • A slightly painful, prickly or itching sensation
  • Red, white, pale or grayish-yellow skin
  • Hard or waxy-looking skin
  • A cold or burning feeling
  • Numbness
  • Clumsiness due to joint and muscle stiffness
  • Blistering, in severe cases

Read more about symptoms and treatment. Watch this video designed to educate, entertain and deliver lifesaving tips with high-tech mannequins.



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Tags: frostbite, Saving Lives with Gus

January 8th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Winter’s Severe Cold Snap Calls for Extra Dose of Caution

By ddouda ddouda

snowy winter scene in city parkHospital emergency departments see an influx of weather-related injuries with each icy assault from old man winter. "There are really four types of things that we'll see," says David Nestler, M.D., an emergency medicine specialist at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. "Probably the most common is actually falls. The snow and ice make it easy to slip and fall. We see many, many broken bones because of that," Dr. Nestler says. Weather-related vehicle accidents, heart attacks triggered while shoveling snow and exposure injuries, like frostbite, also send more people to emergency rooms with each new storm.

Slowing down, exercising caution and wearing the proper winter clothing, Dr. Nestler says, will greatly reduce your risk of injury in most situations. With many northern states caught in the grip of sub-zero temperatures this week, Dr. Nestler offers additional insights on frostbite's warning signs and when to seek medical care in this video.

Journalists: Broadcast quality video of Dr. Nestler's comments and b-roll of people out in the extreme cold are available in the downloads. To see a transcript of potential sound bites, click here.  To schedule an interview with Dr. Nestler, contact Kelley Luckstein, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 507-284-5005 or


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Tags: Dr David Nestler, emergency department, frostbite, winter

February 17th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Women and Heart Attacks

By ddouda ddouda

Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, yet according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about half of all women are unaware of this fact. Founder of the Women's Heart Clinic at Mayo Clinic Sharonne Hayes, M.D., says, "While there’s been a steady decline in cardiovascular deaths in the general American population over the past 30 years, that has not been the case for women under the age of 55, which has seen a slight increase."

Journalists: Sound bites are available in the downloads. This is part 1 of Dr. Hayes' insights on women's heart health. Also see "Women Urged to Take Charge for Better Heart Health" posted February 24, 2014.

Dr. Hayes says part of the problem has been an outdated belief that women had a lower risk of heart disease than men. She says it's now known that women actually have some additional risk factors that can damage their cardiovascular health.

Sound bite #1 - Women’s Risk Factors (Dr. Sharonne Hayes, Mayo Clinic Cardiovascular Expert) "Some of those are autoimmune diseases, like Lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, or depression and anxiety,
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Tags: cardiovascular, Cholesterol, Dr. Sharonne Hayes, Dr.Hayes, heart attack, High Blood Pressure, pregnancy, Women's Heart Clinic

February 5th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

When Cats Bite: 1 in 3 Patients Bitten in Hand Hospitalized, Infections Common

By stheimer stheimer

Grey cat with mouth open showing sharp teeth.

Middle-aged women were most common cat bite victims

Rochester, Minn. — Feb. 5, 2014 — Dogs  aren’t the only pets who sometimes bite the hands that feed them. Cats do too, and when they strike a hand, can inject bacteria deep into joints and tissue, perfect breeding grounds for infection. Cat bites to the hand are so dangerous, 1 in 3 patients with such wounds had to be hospitalized, a Mayo Clinic study covering three years showed. Two-third of those hospitalized needed surgery. Middle-aged women were the most common bite victims, according to the research, published in the Journal of Hand Surgery.

Journalists:  sound bites with Dr. Carlsen are available in the downloads.

Why are cat bites to the hand so dangerous? It’s not that their mouths have more germs than dogs’ mouths — or people’s, for that matter. Actually, it’s all in the fangs. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: animal bite, antibiotics, bacteria, Brian Carlsen, cat, cat bite, debridement, Dog, dog bite, emergency room, fang, hand, hand surgery, Hospital, Infection, irrigation, Matthew Clark PhD, middle-aged, News Release, Orthopedics, Plastic Surgery, reconstructive surgery, redness, surgeon, swelling, women, Minnesota news release

January 21st, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Reminders for Avoiding Winter Mishaps

By danasparks danasparks

Snow, ice and the arctic air of winter are more than inconveniences  — there are major health concerns to be aware of, some which can be prevented.

Lori Schumacher, emergency medicine physician assistant at Mayo Clinic Health System, discusses a few common potential health issues to watch out for throughout the rest of winter.Woman hurts leg in winter fall on snow and ice

Slips and falls  

Slips and falls account for nearly 9 million injuries in the United States each year, per the National Safety Council. Most slips and falls occur at building entrances, on lawns, in parking lots and garages, and inside of walkways.

Watch out for uneven ground, protruding structures, holes, and debris that can cause slips, trips and falls. Also, be aware of ice- and snow-packed surfaces — they increase the risk of falling.

Some tips for preventing slips and falls:

  • Wear the right shoes. Properly fitted shoes increase comfort, reduce fatigue and improve safety.
  • Take your time. If you notice that the floor or ground doesn’t have much traction, walk slowly and be careful with each step.
  • Walk safely. Walk with your feet slightly pointed forward and try the “shuffle step” to prevent slips, trips and falls. Watch this video to learn more.
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Tags: dangerous falls, Emergency Medicine, Flu, frostbite, ice, Lori Schumacher, Mayo Clinic Health System, MCHS, slipping on ice, snow, winter falls, winter illness

January 7th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Frostbite Isn’t Only Danger in This Bitter Cold

By danasparks danasparks

The frigid temperatures barreling across much of North America this week are creating many serious health conditions. Frostbite is often the first concern that comes to mind when faced with such freezing temperatures. Mayo Clinic emergency medicine specialist, David Nestler, M.D., explains how dangerous frostbite can be and reminds the public there are other health concerns to be aware of in the bitter cold.

Journalists: Sound bites with Dr. Nestler are available in the downloads.


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Tags: cold weather, Dr David Nestler, Dr Nestler, emergency department, Emergency Medicine, freezing temperatures, frostbite