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May 5th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Expert Alert – Fertility and Conception

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.

Dr. Jensen is a Mayo specialist in the division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility and co-director of the In Vitro Fertilization Program at Mayo Clinic.

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 »

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April 28th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Exercise During Pregnancy: Safe And Beneficial

By Micah Dorfner

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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.

Seanna Thompson, M.D., Mayo Clinic Health System OB/GYN physician, answers a few common questions about pregnancy and exercise.

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 »

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April 13th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

10 Tips To Help Survive Nausea During Pregnancy

By Micah Dorfner

pregnant woman feeling sick with nausea, morning sicknessPositive pink line on pregnancy test? Check.
Small flutter on early ultrasound? Check.
Nausea and vomiting? Double-check.

Often the constant feeling of nausea, which is accompanied by vomiting, soon overshadows the excitement of early pregnancy. Approximately 50-90 percent of women experience nausea and vomiting in their pregnancy, and 5 percent of women have the same symptoms throughout the entire pregnancy, per The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

"The term 'morning sickness' is misleading; nausea can occur any time of the day," says Emily Linklater, D.O., Mayo Clinic Health System OB/GYN physician. "For most women, the nausea ends sometime in the late stages of the first trimester. Nausea may also be worse — or better — in one pregnancy versus another." Read the rest of this entry »

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October 23rd, 2013 · Leave a Comment

Uterine Fibroids Have Significant Impact on Quality of Life, Workplace Performance

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.Uterine Fibroids

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.”Fibroid Locations

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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October 16th, 2013 · Leave a Comment

Preventing Influenza During Pregnancy Could Reduce Autism Risk (pkg)

By Dennis Douda

Pre-loaded syringes of 2013/2014 flu vaccine.

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.

REFERENCES:
[1.] Pediatrics, 2012 Dec;130(6):e1447-54. doi: 10.1542/peds.2012-1107.
Epub 2012 Nov 12.  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23147969
[2.] NIH/National Inst. Of Mental Health   http://www.nimh.nih.gov/news/science-news/2013/flu-in-pregnancy-may-quadruple-childs-risk-for-bipolar-disorder.shtml
[3.] Pediatrics, 2001 May;107(5):E84.  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11331734

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Tags: autism, bipolar disorder, Dr. Greg Poland, Flu, flu shot, influenza, Pregnancy, Vaccination, vaccine, HL, Pkg


August 26th, 2013 · Leave a Comment

Getting Patients Back To Health Faster with Enhanced Recovery Pathway for Gynecologic Surgery

By Dana Sparks

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

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Tags: Dr. Dowdy, Dr. Sean Dowdy, enhanced recovery pathway, ERP, gynecologic surgery, gynecology, OBGYN


August 7th, 2013 · Leave a Comment

Using Acupuncture for Hot Flashes (pkg)

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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Journalists: The video report, animation and additional b-roll are available in the downloads. News Network pkgs. can be edited into vo/sots and incorporated in your reporting.

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July 29th, 2013 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic on Pregnancy App is Now Available on iPhone/iPod

By Dana Sparks

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Mayo Clinic on Pregnancy is a trustworthy guide to pregnancy, childbirth and baby’s first three months. It was developed to leverage the medical and lifestyle expertise of Mayo's team of pregnancy experts in obstetrics and gynecology, genetics, nutrition, midwifery, and lactation. Plans are underway to release the app for Android devices later this year.

Person's hand holding iPhone with image of Mayo Clinic Pregnancy App

Roger Harms, M.D., a Mayo Clinic specialist in obstetrics and gynecology, 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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Journalists: Sound bites with Dr. Harms and b-roll of a patient using the app are available in the downloads

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Tags: Apple, baby questions, childbirth, Dr. Roger Harms, iPhone, iPod, Mayo Clinic Pregnancy App, OBGYN, obstetrics and gynecology, pregnancy questions, pregnant


January 15th, 2013 · Leave a Comment

TUESDAY Q & A: Home Remedies May Help Prevent Morning Sickness

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.  

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December 18th, 2012 · Leave a Comment

There’s a Pregnancy App for That!

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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Sound bites with Dr. Harms, b-roll and sound bites with (Kelley) a woman 36 weeks pregnant, reviewing the app, are available in the downloads above

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Tags: app, Dr. Harms, Genetics, Nutrition, OBGYN, Pregnancy