November 24th, 2015 · Leave a Comment
From peewees to the pros, and every level in between, hockey season is in full swing. Although hockey's often considered a risky sport for injuries, Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine experts say smart precautions and top-notch training can lower the odds of getting hurt ‚ÄĒ while also greatly improving a player‚Äôs skills. Here‚Äôs Dennis Douda for the Mayo Clinic News Network.
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August 30th, 2013 · Leave a Comment
Our Labor Day weekend program (8/31) will feature a rebroadcast¬†of a previous show with Mark Christopherson, M.D.,¬†during which we discussed spinal cord injuries.¬† What happens in¬†a spinal cord injury and what‚Äôs the most common cause?¬† How can a rehabilitation program help?¬† How close are¬†we¬†to having a cure¬†for spinal cord injuries?¬†¬†It‚Äôs an interesting conversation!¬† We hope you‚Äôll listen.
Note: You can listen to the program LIVE Saturdays at 9 am CT on¬†I Heart Radio¬†via KROC AM. The show¬†is taped¬†for rebroadcast by some affiliates. On Twitter follow¬†#MayoClinicRadio¬†and tweet your questions.
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August 15th, 2013 · Leave a Comment
Mayo Clinic is now offering chronic pain sufferers¬†a new, implantable pain-blocking¬†device approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ‚ÄĒ that is safe for full-body MRI, or magnetic resonance imaging, scanners.¬†The device is an advancement on¬†neurostimulation technology¬†that's been¬†is use for decades, but has been denied many patients who would¬†likely¬†need ongoing MRI scans.
Also called spinal cord stimulation,¬†the small, battery-powered transmitters¬†deliver¬†signals through electrical¬†leads¬†implanted along the spinal cord. The signals¬†interfere with pain messages traveling from nerves¬†to the brain.¬†Mayo Clinic pain medicine¬†specialist, Halena Gazelka, M.D.,¬†says the devices work extremely well¬†for the majority of people with intractable back,¬†arm and leg¬†pain.¬†But, until now, she's¬†had to tell numerous¬†patients they couldn't use¬†one¬†because MRI scans¬†were more important for managing their medical conditions.
Journalists: Sound bites with Dr. Halena (hah-LEE-nah) Gazelka (gah-ZEL-kah) and b-roll of the device, x-rays and a spinal model are available in the downloads.
June 18th, 2013 · Leave a Comment
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Accidental overdose from prescription pain medication is on the rise. As a matter of fact, the¬†Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that the number of overdose deaths has gone up 300 percent since 1999.¬†Mayo Clinic's Dr. Christopher Wittich says it's possible to¬†reverse this trend with education. Vivien Williams reports. [TRT 2:11]
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June 14th, 2013 · Leave a Comment
Summertime¬†has many of us¬†getting out and getting more active once again. That means we may see some of the maladies that come with aggressive exercise. Mayo Clinicorthopedic surgeonDiane Dahm, M.D.,¬†says a common concern is a Baker's cyst, also known as a popliteal (pop-lih-teel) cyst. It's basically just an out-pouching of fluid on the back of the knee, ranging in size from one to six centimeters or larger. While there can be many causes,¬†Baker's cysts are¬†generally a symptom of some type of injury or arthritis within the knee joint. Dr. Dahm (Dom) says she sees Baker's cysts in the MRI scans of 30 to 40 percent of patients being treated for knee pain, but, they are no cause for alarm.
Journalists: Sound bites with Dr. Dahm¬†are available in the downloads
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December 18th, 2012 · Leave a Comment
Many people who have been through cancer and its treatment have trouble with their recovery because of severe, debilitating fatigue that can last for months or even years. But, according to a recent Mayo Clinic study appearing in Supportive Care in Cancer, even though a variety of treatments exist for cancer-related fatigue, few doctors are recommending them to patients.¬†Study author Andrea Cheville, M.D., says, "Fatigue is a factor that not only significantly diminishes quality of life but also is¬†associated with reduced survival. Our results suggest that cancer patients are not receiving appropriate treatment for a significant and widespread problem."¬†
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Sound bites with Dr. Cheville are available in the downloads above
Expert title for broadcast cg: Dr. Andrea Cheville, Mayo Clinic PM&R
December 12th, 2012 · Leave a Comment
Mayo Clinic Expert Available to Discuss Long-Term Health for People with MS
For people with multiple sclerosis ‚ÄĒ as many as 350,000 Americans, and an estimated 200 new diagnoses every week ‚ÄĒ managing the debilitating symptoms are difficult. A range of medications can help with the fluctuating neurological symptoms like numbness, lack of balance, muscle spasticity, pain and fatigue, but people with MS should get appropriate care for other health needs as well.¬†Kathryn Stolp, M.D., with the Mayo Clinic¬†Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation¬†says, ‚ÄúMS is not always disabling and very seldom life-ending. People with MS can live long, vibrant lives. Their other health needs, beyond MS treatment, should fit into the larger picture of their care.‚ÄĚ¬†
Sound bites with Dr. Stolp are in the downloads above
Expert title for broadcast cg: Dr. Kathryn Stolp, Mayo Clinic PM&R
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November 12th, 2012 · Leave a Comment
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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Expert title for broadcast cg: Kathy Cieslak, Mayo Clinic Physical Therapist
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