August 21st, 2015 · Leave a Comment
Blood from a newborn’s umbilical cord was once considered a waste product, but it actually contains potentially life-saving cells. But how do you know if cord blood banking is right for you? Seanna Thompson, M.D., Mayo Clinic Health System OB/GYN physician, answers some common questions about cord blood banking and what options are available to you.
What is cord blood?
Cord blood is the remaining blood that was part of the umbilical cord after birth. It contains cells called stem cells that can be used to treat an estimated 70 different diseases, including some cancers, blood disorders and inherited disorders of the immune system. Examples include lymphoma, leukemia, thalassemia (an inherited blood disorder), sickle cell anemia, neuroblastoma and retinoblastoma. Read the rest of this entry »
May 5th, 2015 · Leave a Comment
By Brian Kilen
ROCHESTER, Minn. -- With Mother’s Day being May 10 and May being Women’s Health Month, Mayo Clinic offers expert guidance on fertility and conception.
Mayo Clinic expert Jani Jensen, M.D. is available to talk about the latest research and provide expert guidance for reporters writing articles on women’s health and fertility and conception.
She is co-author of the recently released Mayo Clinic Guide to Fertility and Conception. The comprehensive book provides answers and explanations for nearly every aspect of achieving a successful pregnancy. It covers lifestyle and nutrition, the intricacies of natural conception, common fertility problems, the latest medical treatments to help (including intrauterine insemination, in-vitro fertilization and donors), and information on special situations (fertility preservation, choosing single parenthood, same-sex couples and more). Read the rest of this entry »
April 28th, 2015 · Leave a Comment
Pregnancy might seem like the perfect time to sit back and relax. You may feel more tired than usual, your back might ache and your ankles might be swollen.
But there's more to pregnancy and exercise than skipping it entirely. Unless you're experiencing serious complications, sitting around won't help. In fact, pregnancy can be a great time to get active — even if you haven't exercised in a while.
What are the benefits of exercise during pregnancy?
Regular exercise can help your body adapt to the changes that occur during pregnancy. Exercise reduces constipation, bloating, swelling and backaches. Physical activity improves mood, posture, muscle tone, strength and endurance. It may also help you sleep better. Additionally, exercise can benefit the baby and may even prevent or treat gestational diabetes.
Overall, exercise regularly keeps you fit during pregnancy, increases your energy level and can help you cope better with labor. Post-baby workouts will also help you take weight off more quickly after delivery. Read the rest of this entry »
October 23rd, 2013 · Leave a Comment
By Dana Sparks
Uterine fibroids cause significant fear and morbidity and can compromise workplace performance, according to a recently published survey of nearly 1,000 women in the U.S.
Elizabeth Stewart, M.D., lead author and gynecologic surgeon at Mayo Clinic, says, "We conducted this survey to better understand the experience and needs of women with fibroids. Many people are unaware that the vast majority of women will experience uterine fibroids in their lifetime and that this condition can cause significant morbidity for those who are symptomatic.”
The results are published this month in American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Journal of Women’s Health. The findings shed new light on the impact, prevalence and treatment concerns related to uterine leiomyomas (fibroids), which affect up to 80 percent of women by age 50.
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October 16th, 2013 · Leave a Comment
By Dennis Douda
Expectant moms have yet another good reason to get their flu shot. It may lower their new baby’s risk of autism. "From a public health point of view, this is very exciting news," says Greg Poland, M.D., head of Mayo Clinic's Vaccine Research Group. "About 1 in 88 kids or so in the U.S. are getting diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), so this is a major public health issue and the potential benefit is huge." The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says autism has increased tenfold over the past 40 years. So, who wouldn’t roll up their sleeve to lower the risk? [TRT 1:42]
Journalists: To read a transcript of the video report click here. Additional b-roll is available in the downloads.
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Epub 2012 Nov 12. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23147969
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[3.] Pediatrics, 2001 May;107(5):E84. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11331734
August 26th, 2013 · Leave a Comment
By Dana Sparks
A Mayo Clinic study has found that patients who had complex gynecologic surgery managed by an enhanced recovery pathway (ERP) had decreased narcotic use, earlier discharge, stable readmission rates, excellent patient satisfaction and cost savings. Patients were eating, drinking and ambulating shortly after surgery.
Mayo Clinic gynecologic surgeon and lead study author Sean Dowdy, M.D., says, “Patients are much happier when we are able to eliminate the use of unproven and unpleasant interventions such as bowel preparations, caloric restriction, sedating medications and the use of surgical drains. We show that patients undergoing the most complex and invasive operations have the most to gain from this recovery pathway.”
The findings are published in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology.
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August 7th, 2013 · Leave a Comment
By Dana Sparks
For thousands of years, the Chinese have used acupuncture to treat a variety of conditions. Today many western health experts have incorporated the ancient art into their practice. Stress, digestive problems, headaches, mood disorders, infertility and chronic pain are just some of the ailments acupuncture may help. Now you can add hot flashes to that list. [TRT 2:00]
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January 15th, 2013 · Leave a Comment
DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I am newly pregnant and not looking forward to the terrible morning sickness I experienced with my first two pregnancies. There were weeks when it felt like I could not keep any food down. What causes morning sickness? Is there any way to prevent it? At what point should I be seen by a physician?
ANSWER: It is not clear what causes morning sickness — the nausea and vomiting many women have during pregnancy. There are home remedies you can try that may help. If you start to lose weight, if you can’t keep liquids down or if vomiting becomes severe, see your doctor right away.
Although it is called morning sickness, that term is not accurate, as the symptoms can happen any time and, in some women, may last all day. Morning sickness is most common during the first trimester. But when it starts and how long it lasts can vary quite a bit. In a small number of cases, morning sickness can be an issue throughout pregnancy.