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May 13th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Little-Known Condition Causes 5%-10% of High Blood Pressure Cases (pkg)

By Dennis Douda

More than 1 out of 4 Americans has high blood pressure. For millions of them, a little-known condition is to blame; primary aldosteronism or PA. It's caused when nodules on the adrenal glands increase the production of a specific, and even toxic,  hormone. The good news - the right treatment may cure their hypertension permanently and even save their life. Dennis Douda has more on how the condition is diagnosed and treated. A word of caution: There are graphic surgery images in the video. [TRT 2:21]

To read the script, click here.

Journalists: The video package and additional b-roll are available in the downloads. (TV stations: The graphic surgery images are at 1:35 & 1:55 in the video.)

Members of the media wishing to interview Dr. William Young may call 507-284-5005 or write to newsbureau@mayo.edu to make a request. 

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Tags: adrenal gland, adrenal vein sampling, aldosterone, AVS, Dr Geoffrey Thompson, Dr Thompson, Dr William Young, Dr Young, Endocrinology, primary aldosteronism, HL, Pkg


February 12th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

It’s National Tube Feeding Awareness Week

By Bob Nellis

Tube feeding is a seldom talked about way of allowing patients to overcome a serious injury or condition and continue to lead a relatively normal and productive life. Yet it’s largely invisible unless the individual wants to make it known.

An inability to swallow due to stroke, cancer, cystic fibrosis, ALS or other condition makes tube feeding a necessity for thousands. Often it’s a temporary measure while someone is undergoing radiation or recovering from surgery. For others it’s a life-long practice and many people go to work, take vacations and manage their feeding as they go.

Click here to see a demonstration of how feeding tubes work.

Journalists:  Dr. Manpreet Mundi oversees the home enteral nutrition program at Mayo Clinic.  Sound bites with Dr. Mundi and broll are available in the downloads

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Tags: Dr Manpreet Mundi, Dr Mundi, enteral nutrition program, enteric medicine, Mayo Clinic, swallowing, swallowing disorder, throat cancer, tube feeding


January 30th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Expert Says Heart Risks From Unnecessarily Treating “Low T” Serious Concern

By Dennis Douda

"Anytime a physician prescribes a medication, there are going to be some risks associated with that medication," says William Young, Jr., M.D., the chair of Mayo Clinic's Division of Endocrinology.

Dr. Young says advertising for testosterone medications to treat so-called low T, particularly during televised sporting events, is prompting men to seek out prescriptions for a medication most of them don't need. "So successful has the marketing for this testosterone therapy been that, according to Drugs.com, an independent medicine website, sales of the testosterone gel Androgel in 2013 exceeded sales of Viagra," according to a statement from the UCLA newsroom regarding a new study of the cardiovascular risks of testosterone therapy.

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

The joint study by UCLA, the National Institutes of Health and Consolidated Research Inc., found the risk of a heart attack shortly after beginning testosterone therapy roughly doubled for men under 65 with a history of heart disease. The study, in the Jan. 29 online edition of the journal PLOS ONE, is the largest to date examining heart disease in men using testosterone supplements.
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Tags: Dr William Young, Dr Young, Endocrinology, heart attack, Low-T, prostate, stroke, testosterone


January 21st, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Thyroid Awareness Month: Mayo Clinic Radio

By McCray

How aware are you of your thyroid gland?

On Saturday, Jan. 25, at 9 a.m. CT, Ian Hay, M.D., Ph.D., will join the program to mark Thyroid Awareness Month.  How do you know if your thyroid gland isn't working?  Who should be screened for hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism?  What is Hashimoto’s disease? Why are cases of thyroid cancer increasing?  Are women at greater risk of thyroid problems and why?  We hope you'll listen.

Myth or Matter of Fact:  Once you begin taking thyroid medication, you’re on it forever.

Miss the show? Here is the podcast: Mayo Clinic Radio Full Show 1-25-2014

To listen to the program live, click here.

For future topics, click on Upcoming Programs.

To listen to archived shows, click on Episodes.

If there is a topic you would like us to address, drop us a note.  Click here to create a guest account.

 

 

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Tags: Radio, hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism, Thyroid, thyroid cancer, thyroid tumors, Dr Hay, Dr Ian Hay, Hashimoto's disease, thyroid awareness, Thyroid Awareness Month


November 19th, 2013 · Leave a Comment

TUESDAY Q & A: For those with diabetes, smoking can increase complications

By Dana Sparks

Dear Mayo Clinic: Does smoking have an effect on diabetes?caucasian person checking blood sugar counter for diabetes

Answer: Yes. There is some evidence that cigarette smoking can raise the risk of developing diabetes. And for those who have diabetes, smoking can increase the number of complications from the disease, as well as the severity of those complications.

Someone who has diabetes has too much blood sugar (commonly called blood glucose), which can lead to serious health concerns, such as cardiovascular disease, nerve damage (neuropathy), kidney damage, problems with the eyes and feet, bone and joint disorders, and skin problems.

Smoking may increase the risk of diabetes because it can increase blood sugar levels. It also affects the body's ability to respond to its own insulin — a hormone whose main job is to keep the level of sugar in the bloodstream within a normal range. Eventually, smoking may lead to insulin resistance. Thus, the more a person smokes, the greater the risk of diabetes. Heavy smokers — more than 20 cigarettes a day — almost double their risk of developing diabetes, when compared with nonsmokers.
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Tags: cigarettes, Diabetes, Dr Adrian Vella, endocrinolgy, Medical Edge column, smoking


November 18th, 2013 · Leave a Comment

Join Back-to-Back Twitter Chats on Diabetes

By Dana Sparks

Diabetes word cloud graphic with other words like glucose and insulin

Diabetes During the Holidays


Join #holidaydiabetes
 chat

Tues. Nov. 19 11 am - noon ET

Hosted by @HealthDay and @DrCindyHaines 

Topics:
Blood sugar levels
Kids, diabetes and the holidays
Travel
Newly diagnosed with diabetes
Resources

*If you missed the chat click here for the transcript.

 

 

Twitter Chat on Type 2 Diabetes and Dietary Supplements

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)

Join #NCCAMchat Tues. Nov. 19 noon-1 p.m. ET

Follow  @NCCAM@NDEP@NatEyeInstitute@JoslinDiabetes@Mayo Clinic

*If you missed the chat click here for the transcript.

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Tags: holidaydiabetes, blood sugar, Diabetes, Health Day, NCCAM, social media, Twitter Chat


November 14th, 2013 · Leave a Comment

Planning Meals to Help Manage and Maybe Prevent Diabetes

By Dana Sparks

diabetesdayA healthy approach to eating is important for everyone but for people with diabetes and prediabetes – having a higher than normal blood sugar level – appropriate monitoring and management of diet is crucial. Mayo Clinic Health System registered dietitian Sue Seykora offers these meal-planning tips to help keep diabetes under control or maybe avoid it all together.

For more information, please click here. 

Carbohydrate counting

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Tags: calories, carbohydrate counting, Diabetes, dietician, endocrinilogy, managing diabetes, MCHS, plate method, Prediabetes


November 12th, 2013 · Leave a Comment

Bone Deterioration is Added to List of Diabetes Complications

By Dana Sparks

The list of complications from type 2 diabetes is long: vascular and heart disease, eye problems, nerve damage, kidney disease, hearing problems and Alzheimer’s disease. Physicians have long thought of osteoporosis as another outcome. Based on a Mayo Clinic study published in Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, that’s confirmed: You can definitely add skeletal problems to that list.

Mayo Clinic endocrinologist and senior author of the study Sundeep Khosla, M.D., says, “This is the first demonstration — using direct measurement of bone strength in the body — of compromised bone material in patients with type 2 diabetes. Clearly, the skeleton needs to be recognized as another important target of diabetes complications.”

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Journalists: B-roll of and sound bites with Dr. Khosla are available in the downloads.
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Tags: Diabetes, Dr Sundeep Khosla, Endocrinology, skeletal problems, Type 2 Diabetes


November 7th, 2013 · Leave a Comment

FDA: Cutting Trans Fats out of Processed Foods

By Dana Sparks

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has made a preliminary determination that "partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs), the primary dietary source of artificial trans fat in processed foods, are not “generally recognized as safe” for use in food." Read the full FDA news release.

Public health specialist Donald Hensrud, M.D., says there's no benefit to trans fats and in fact they present a clear hazard to heart health.

Journalists: Video and audio sound bites with Dr. Hensrud are available in the downloads.

Dr. Hensrud is chair of the Division of Preventive, Occupational and Aerospace Medicine, with a joint appointment in the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, Metabolism and Nutrition at Mayo Clinic.

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Tags: Diabetes, Dr. Donald Hensrud, Endocrinology, FDA, Heart Disease, processed food, trans fats


October 4th, 2013 · Leave a Comment

Talking about Hepatitis C, A Mayo Clinic Twitter Chat, Monday, Oct. 7

By Dennis Douda

The word hepatitis written on a blackboard held by a doctor. Join us on Monday, October 7 from 11am-Noon EDT for an @Mayo Clinic hosted twitter chat where our panel of experts will be answering these and other HCV related questions.

- I have been diagnosed with Hepatitis C Virus, HCV—What What tests do I need now?

- What treatments for chronic HCV are available now?

- What new treatment options may be available to treat HCV in the next 6 months?

This twitter chat will be hosted by Mayo Clinic in Florida hepatologist Andrew Keaveny, M.D.

The following experts will be answering your HCV questions:

•          Moderator: Dr. Andrew Keaveny (@AndrewKeavenyMD)—Mayo Clinic in Florida

•          Maria Yataco, M.D. (@MariaYatacoMD)—Mayo Clinic in Florida

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Tags: HCV, Hepatitis C, Mayo Clinic, Twitter Chat