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September 2nd, 2015 · Leave a Comment

From Marine to Miracle Cancer Survivor

By ddouda ddouda

marine Josh Russell in uniform, eating breakfast
Integrated care. A multidisciplinary approach. These are words often heard when talking about the way Mayo Clinic seamlessly incorporates many medical specialties to diagnose and treat patients. A young man from Wisconsin offers up a couple more – lifesaving teamwork. Here’s Dennis Douda for the Mayo Clinic News Network.

Journalists: A broadcast quality video package is available in the downloads. To read the full script, click here.



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Tags: Cancer, Dr Bradley Leibovich, Dr Dennis Wigle, Dr James Lynch, Dr Jan Kasperbauer, Dr Thomas Bower, Endovascular, Oncology, surgery, teratoma, Testicular Cancer, Thoracic Oncology, Thoracic Surgery, Urology

July 9th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Oboe Becomes a Surgical Instrument

By ddouda ddouda

For all of the high-tech and futuristic technology finding its way into health care, Mayo Clinic surgeon Shelagh Cofer, M.D., proves that old-fashioned common sense has its place too. How do you make sure a procedure to restore a musician’s wind power has worked before you leave the operating room? You just bring a little something extra. [TRT 2:24]

Journalists: The video package and extra b-roll of the patient/musician performing are available in the downloads. To read the full script click here.

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Tags: Dr Cofer, Dr Shelagh Cofer, ENT, HL, oboe, otorhinolaryngology, velopharyngeal insufficiency, VPI

February 12th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

It’s National Tube Feeding Awareness Week

By bobnellis bobnellis

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, Matthew Clark PhD, swallowing, swallowing disorder, throat cancer, tube feeding

October 30th, 2013 · Leave a Comment

Mayo, Medicine and Social Media (pkg)

By ddouda ddouda

The reach of social media cannot be denied. It has the potential to connect us, inform us and empower us to achieve healthier, happier lives. That is certainly true when it comes to raising public awareness about medical challenges and solutions. In fact, this past week Mayo Clinic invited doctors, researchers, patients and caregivers to explore the possibilities at The 5th Annual Health Care Social Media Summit. Dennis Douda profiles one of the speakers who is already making a big difference in the lives of others. [pkg. 2:12]

Journalists: Broadcast quality video and audio is available in the downloads.
Click here for a transcript of the video report. 

Learn more about the Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media.

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Tags: Dr. Robert Jacobson, HL, HPV, HPV vaccine, human papillomavirus, Pamela Tom, Pkg, Vaccination

September 17th, 2013 · Leave a Comment

Celebrating 1,000th Patient to Get Cochlear Implant

By danasparks danasparks

For more than 30 years, cochlear implants have been making a profound impact in the lives of deaf or severely hard of hearing children and adults by restoring their ability to hear. The program at Mayo Clinic was one of the earliest in the country to offer cochlear implants to patients when they were first approved. This month, surgeons at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota performed surgery on their 1,000th cochlear implant patient. The patient, a 44-year-old man from northern Minnesota, lost his hearing more than three months ago due to a medical condition; this week, he was able to hear sounds once again.

Otolaryngologist Colin Driscoll, M.D., says, “I think it might be impossible to overstate the profound impact that these devices have on people. The first day you turn it on everyone is emotional. It’s a scary time sometimes, but it’s also an exciting time.”

Read news release.

Journalists: Sound bites with Dr. Driscoll and the 1,000 patient, Ritchie Hanson, are available in the downloads. B-roll and animations are also available.

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Tags: 1000 patient, Cochlear Implant, deaf, Dr. Colin Driscoll, ENT, hard of hearing, hearing devices, hearing impaired

July 16th, 2013 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Lauded in Quality Rankings, Most Recently by US News & World Report

By danasparks danasparks

Graphic for US News and World Report's Best Hospitals ranking

The 24th US News & World Report annual America’s Best Hospitals list released today reveals Mayo Clinic earned the No. 3 overall spot on the “Best Hospitals” list. 

Mayo ranked No. 1 in the nation in five clinical areas — gynecology, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology, nephrology and pulmonology. Mayo is ranked No. 2 in five additional specialties — cardiology and heart surgery; ear, nose and throat; geriatrics; neurology and neurosurgery; and orthopedics. Mayo Clinic earned the No. 1 spot in Minnesota, ranked No. 1 in Arizona and specifically in the Phoenix metro, and tied for the No. 1 rank as best hospital in the Jacksonville area.

Mayo Clinic President and CEO John Noseworthy, M.D., says, ““These endorsements reinforce our century-old commitment to provide the highest quality care to each patient every day. While no single set of measures can perfectly represent health care quality, we are proud to be recognized by so many. We are honored by this recognition, and we remain focused on our primary mission: putting the needs of our patients first and creating for them the best possible, most trusted and affordable model of health care for the future.”

Graphic stating Mayo Clinic is ranked top more often

There are many external agencies that rate quality in health care, and Mayo Clinic is top ranked for quality by more well-known national assessment organizations than any other academic medical center in the nation.

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Journalists: Mayo Clinic campus b-roll and sound bites with Mayo Clinic leadership are available in the downloads.

Jan Buckner, M.D.- Cancer Center: Video Interview
Brooks Edwards, M.D.- Transplant Center: Video Interview

Wyatt Decker, M.D., CEO Mayo Clinic in Arizona

Bio Bill Rupp, M.D., CEO Mayo Clinic in Florida 

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Tags: Arizona, Best Hospitals List, Cardiology, diabetes and endocrinology, Dr. Brooks Edwards, Dr. Jan Buckner, Dr. William Rupp, Dr. Wyatt Decker, ear nose and throat, ENT, Florida, Gastroenterology, geriactrics, gynecology, Heart Surgery, Matthew Clark PhD, Minnesota, nehrology, neurology and neurosurgery, Orthopedics, pulmonolgy, US News & World Report

April 12th, 2013 · Leave a Comment

The Eye-Popping Truth About Why We Close Our Eyes When We Sneeze

By danasparks danasparks

woman sneezing

Optometrist Bert Moritz, D.O., of the Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, Wis., explains that six extraocular muscles firmly hold the eye in the socket, making it almost impossible for eyeball subluxing (what a relief!).  And though it may feel as if pressure builds in your entire face before you sneeze, it doesn’t increase in your eyes. So why then do we clamp our eyes shut when we sneeze?


“This is an involuntary reflex,” explains Moritz. “When our brain sends this muscle message, one part of the message is to close our eyes. It’s similar to a deep tendon reflex.”  

Read more in this article from "The Body Odd"

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Tags: Dr. Bert Moritz, eyes, MCHS, refulx, sneezing

April 9th, 2013 · Leave a Comment

TUESDAY Q & A: Exact cause of vocal cord paralysis often difficult to determine

By danasparks danasparks

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: My 55-year-old brother-in-law has developed a vocal cord palsy out of the blue. What can cause this and what can be done to restore his voice?  

ANSWER: Vocal cord palsy, more commonly called vocal cord paralysis, happens when vocal cord muscles become paralyzed. This condition comes from a disruption in the nerve impulses to the voice box, or larynx. There are a variety of possible causes, including injury, stroke, tumors and infections. Treatment depends on how severe the symptoms are and how long they last.  

Your vocal cords are inside your voice box, located in the throat between the base of your tongue and the top of your windpipe, or trachea. The vocal cords are two folds made up of muscle and soft tissue that act like a gate between your airway and mouth. When you breathe, your vocal cords open. When you speak, they come together and vibrate, creating the sound of your voice.  

In most cases of vocal cord paralysis, only one vocal cord is paralyzed. The result is often hoarseness with a breathy quality to the voice. Vocal cord paralysis can make swallowing difficult. Some people with this disorder feel a need to clear their throat frequently. They also may need to stop and take a breath often while they speak.  

Many health problems can lead to vocal cord paralysis. The most common cause is a viral infection. Also common is injury to the nerve as a result of surgery such as thyroidectomy or an operation on the chest or mediastinum (the space behind the breast bone or sternum). Tumors in the chest or neck can also affect the nerve to the larynx and vocal cord. In many cases, though, it can be hard for doctors to pinpoint the exact cause of vocal cord paralysis.  

For some people with the disorder, vocal cord paralysis may go away on its own. Other people who have mild symptoms may choose not to have treatment. When symptoms are more severe, treatment usually is needed.  

As a first step, voice therapy may be useful. The therapy typically includes exercises that improve breath control during speech, protect the airway during swallowing, and prevent tension in muscles around the paralyzed vocal cord. If a person’s voice is very breathy and weak, voice therapy may not provide any benefit.  

Surgery is often necessary to improve the voice. This involves repositioning the paralyzed vocal cord to bring it closer to the middle of the voice box, which allows the other vocal cord to make closer contact with the paralyzed cord when speaking or swallowing.  

The repositioning may be accomplished with an injection of a substance that bulks up the vocal cord. Or, an implant may be used to reposition the vocal cord. If a large gap remains between the vocal cords that makes speaking difficult, it may be necessary to surgically reposition the back part of the vocal cord, also called the arytenoid cartilage.  

Another option is to replace the damaged nerve with a healthy nerve from a different area of the neck. It can take as long as six months before a new nerve starts working. Some doctors combine this surgery with a bulk injection.  

It is important for those affected with vocal cord paralysis to talk with a doctor who has experience treating this disorder. A thorough review of possible causes, as well as a comprehensive evaluation of a person’s medical history and symptoms, can help the care team create a treatment plan that best fits that individual’s situation. — Dale Ekbom, M.D., Laryngology and Voice Disorders, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.


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Tags: Ekbom, ENT, Medical Edge column, Tuesday Q & A, vocal cord paralysis

February 28th, 2013 · Leave a Comment

Is it Allergy or Sinusitis? (Español and English)

By danasparks danasparks

More than 30 million people in the U.S. have congestion and facial pressure that can be symptoms of any number of medical issues and sometimes they self-medicate unnecessarily. Doctors at Mayo Clinic say defining the cause of the various symptoms is the first step and now specialists in allergy and ENT are combining their expertise in a Sinus Clinic to provide accurate answers to lingering problems.

Clínica de la Nariz y Senos Nasales en Mayo Clinic ofrece soluciones a problemas de congestión y sinusitis 
Especialistas de Mayo Clinic en inmunología y otorrinolaringología combinan sus conocimientos en una Clínica de la Nariz y los Senos Nasales para brindar respuestas a problemas crónicos. Y contrario a la noción de que no hay nada que hacer contra el polen y el polvo, los médicos dicen que hay mucho que usted puede hacer para mejorar sus síntomas una vez disponga de las respuestas correctas.
(Lea el comunicado de prensa)

Read news release: Sinus Clinic

Sound bites with William Bolger, M.D., (English) and Juan Carlos Guarderas, M.D.,  (Español) are available in the downloads above

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Dr. William Bolger, Mayo Clinic ENT
Dr. Juan Carlos Guarderas, Mayo Clinic Allergist

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Tags: allergies, Bolger, Florida, Guardera, sinus, SInus Clinic, sinusitis

February 26th, 2013 · Leave a Comment

New Guidelines to Treat Pediatric Ear Infections

By danasparks danasparks

Toddler having his ear examed by physician

Ear infections are one of the most common reasons children visit the doctor and the leading reason antibiotics are prescribed. Now, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has issued new guidelines for how doctors should diagnose and treat ear infections.  

Information from AAP: "The AAP is updating its guidelines for treating acute otitis media (AOM), the type of ear infection that is one of the most common illnesses in U.S. children. The evidence-based clinical guideline, “The Diagnosis and Management of Acute Otitis Media,” published in the March 2013 Pediatrics provides recommendations to physicians managing uncomplicated AOM in children ages 6 months through 12 years. Compared to the previous guidelines issued in 2004, the new guidelines highlight more stringent criteria to use in making an accurate diagnosis of AOM, which will enable clinicians to prescribe antibiotics most effectively. The guidelines include recommendations for treatment with antibiotics and pain relievers, or observation alone, based on the child’s age and severity of symptoms."

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Tags: AAP, ear infections, ENT, Family Medicine, Guidelines, Pediatrics