Posted on October 23rd, 2013 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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Posted on October 16th, 2013 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]
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Posted on August 26th, 2013 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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Posted on August 7th, 2013 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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Posted on January 15th, 2013 by Admin
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.
Posted on December 18th, 2012 by Dana Sparks
Mayo Clinic on Pregnancy is a free app developed by Mayo Clinic, leveraging the medical and lifestyle expertise of specialists in obstetrics and gynecology, genetics, nutrition, midwifery and lactation. Obstetrics and gynecology expert Roger Harms, M.D., says,“Getting pregnant and becoming a parent are among the most significant experiences in a person’s life and can be overwhelming. This app will guide you from conception to delivery, and see you through the first three months with your newborn to give you peace of mind and enhance your sense of wonder throughout the experience.”
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Posted on November 12th, 2012 by Dana Sparks
Many women experience low back pain during pregnancy. Kathy Cieslak, a physical therapist in Mayo Clinic's Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation says, "Pregnancy-related back pain affects between 50 and 75 percent of all women. Our goal is to identify the potential source of the pain and help women return safely to physical exercise." So, Mayo Clinic physical therapists are using a rehabilitative ultrasound imaging tool which is radiation-free and allows a patient to see her abdominal muscles during a physical therapy workout. Cieslak says, "We can see which muscles are having trouble contracting, and we can modify the exercises to target specific muscle groups."
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Posted on August 29th, 2012 by Dana Sparks
Mayo Clinic has announced its first births resulting from in vitro fertilization (IVF) using a new time-lapse incubator. It minimizes disturbances from human handling and helps fertility specialists identify the healthiest embryos.
Dean Morbeck, Ph.D., embryologist and director of Mayo Clinic’s In Vitro Fertilization Laboratory, says, “With current technology, IVF is successful for many patients; however, we believe it can be improved even further." Mayo experts say it may improve pregnancy outcomes for all patients receiving IVF.
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