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October 30th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Baby Kieran’s Special Heart

By ddouda ddouda

Brian and Caitlin Veitz with daughter Kieran

Congenital heart problems are the most common structural birth defect. They affect about 1 in 100 children. However, the condition a little North Dakota girl came into the world with is incredibly uncommon. She was born with her heart outside of her chest. Sadly, it’s also uncommon for most children to survive it — unless, the stars align perfectly. In this case, they did and those stars were wearing hospital-blue surgical gowns. For the Mayo Clinic News Network, Dennis Douda has the story of baby Kieran's special heart.

Journalists: Broadcast quality videos of the package are available in the downloads, with narration and with natural sound only. The script explaining Kieran's diagnosis and treatment is also available.

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Tags: #Newsapp, Congenital Heart Defect, Dr Carl Rose, Dr Christopher Moir, Dr Jane Matsumoto, Dr Joseph Dearani, Ectopia Cordis, HL, Pkg, Cardiology, Pediatrics, Radiology, 3d printing, cardiac surgery, Obstetrics, Mayo Clinic Children's Center

September 11th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

The Importance of a Birth Plan

By micahdorfner micahdorfner

group of pregnant couples in birthing class

"If a baby is in your future, you’ve likely been planning ahead — stocking up on diapers, newborn clothes and blankets, as well as considering how you’ll name your new little one. But before the baby is born, you should make a plan leading up to the very moment of birth," says Jana Brand, OB-GYN nurse practitioner at Mayo Clinic Health System. "This is known as a birth plan, and it’s an important piece of two-way communication."

Brand covers a few frequently asked questions about birth plans and some considerations to help you design a plan best meets your needs:

Why is a birth plan necessary?

A birth plan is a way for you to communicate your wishes to those caring for you during your labor and after the birth of your baby. Every birth is a unique experience. Creating a birth plan empowers you to become informed of all your options during labor. At the same time, it’s a tool to let the team caring for you know about your preferences. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: Birth Plan, Family Planning, Jana Brand, Mayo Clinic Health System, pregnancy, #Newsapp

August 21st, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Cord Blood Banking: Frequently Asked Questions

By micahdorfner micahdorfner

illustration of red blood cellsBlood 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 »

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Tags: Cord Blood Banking, Dr Seanna Thompson, Mayo Clinic Health System, regenerative medicine, stem cells

May 5th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Expert Alert – Fertility and Conception

By briankilen briankilen


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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Tags: Caffeine, conception, Dr Jani Jensen, Fertility, GBS, Minnesota news release, News Release, pregnancy, stress, women's health

April 28th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Exercise During Pregnancy: Safe And Beneficial

By micahdorfner micahdorfner

pregnant women doing exercises in a gym or yoga medication class

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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Tags: Dr Seanna Thompson, Mayo Clinic Health System, Pregnancy exercises

April 13th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

10 Tips To Help Survive Nausea During Pregnancy

By micahdorfner micahdorfner

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 danasparks danasparks

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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Tags: African American Women, Fertility, gynecologic surgery, hysterectomy, Uterine Fibroids, Dr Elizabeth Stewart, focused ultrasound, uterine leiomyomas

October 16th, 2013 · Leave a Comment

Preventing Influenza During Pregnancy Could Reduce Autism Risk (pkg)

By ddouda ddouda

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.

[1.] Pediatrics, 2012 Dec;130(6):e1447-54. doi: 10.1542/peds.2012-1107.
Epub 2012 Nov 12.
[2.] NIH/National Inst. Of Mental Health
[3.] Pediatrics, 2001 May;107(5):E84.

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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 danasparks danasparks

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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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 danasparks danasparks

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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Tags: Acupuncture, Alternative Medicine, hot flashes, Medical Edge, HL, Pkg