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July 28th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Q and A: Many safe choices available to help whiten teeth

By lizatorborg

teeth whiteningDEAR MAYO CLINIC: What is the most effective way to whiten teeth? Is it worth it to pay the extra expense for treatment from a dentist, or do the over-the-counter options work just as well? Are they safe for your teeth?

ANSWER: There are quite a few choices available if you want to whiten your teeth. The approved products — both those you can buy at drugstores and those available from your dentist — are safe. Just make sure you follow the directions carefully. Many teeth whiteners are quite effective, particularly if you use them for an extended period of time. If cost is a concern, try the over-the-counter options first. If those don’t give you the results you want, then talk to your dentist about other choices he or she offers.

One of the simplest options is whitening toothpaste. It whitens teeth by removing surface stains, such as those caused by drinking coffee or smoking. Some whitening toothpastes contain the chemical blue covarine. It stays on the surface of the teeth and makes them appear less yellow. Read the rest of this entry »

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July 28th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Releases Findings and Treatment Criteria for Use of Left-ventricular Assist Devices on Heart Failure Patients

By Ginger Plumbo

Cirugía para trasplante cardíaco con el Dr. Richard DalyROCHESTER, Minn. — Mayo Clinic is announcing results of a study on the effectiveness of left-ventricular assist devices (LVAD) in treating patients with a form of cardiomyopathy called restrictive cardiomyopathy (RCM). The Mayo Clinic study, which is the largest study of its kind to date, demonstrates that LVAD devices are a viable and accessible option for treating patients with RCM, who would otherwise see their health deteriorate or who may not survive. The study suggests criteria that clinicians can use for successful implementation of these devices in RCM.

Approximately 500,000 people are currently living with cardiomyopathy, which is a condition that affects the muscles in the heart. RCM is a rare form of cardiomyopathy that limits the heart muscle from relaxing between beats when the blood returns from the body back to the heart. This causes the heart to pump weakly and restricts the flow of blood to the heart’s chambers. An LVAD is a mechanical pump that helps pump blood from the heart to the rest of the body.

MEDIA CONTACT: Ginger Plumbo, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 507-284-5005, Email: newsbureau@mayo.edu Read the rest of this entry »

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July 27th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Dental Issues and Heart Surgery: Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute

By Joel Streed

In this Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute, Dr. Kendra Grim explains why you might need to consider dental work before your heart surgery.

To listen, click the link below.

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Tags: Dental Work, Dr Kendra Grim, Heart Surgery, Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute, podcast


July 27th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

In case you missed the show: #MayoClinicRadio PODCAST 7/25/2015

By Jen O'Hara

Dr. Pritish Tosh talks on Mayo Clinic Radio

Listen: MayoClinicRadio 07-25-15 PODCAST

On this week's program, infectious diseases specialist Dr. Pritish Tosh explains how antibiotic resistance works and how to avoid it. Also on the program, a new study in Mayo Clinic Proceedings may help predict who is most vulnerable to opioid pain medication addiction. Anesthesiologist and pain management specialist Dr. Michael Hooten explains the study's results. And family medicine specialist Dr. John Wilkinson discusses the current recommendations for when to get a complete physical exam.

 

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July 27th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Minute 7/27/2015

By Deborah Balzer

In today's Mayo Clinic Minute with Vivien Williams:

  • A group of the nation's leading cancer experts works to reduce the high cost of cancer drugs, how fat around the hearts of many post-menopausal women increases risk of cardiovascular disease and researchers say the guidelines for dietary protein intake need updating.

Click here for more on the cost of cancer drugs, here for the heart study and here for the protein study.

Journalists: Video is available in the downloads. [TRT :57] Click here for the script.

 

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Tags: cancer drugs, cardiovascular disease, dietary protein, Dr Ayalew Tefferi, Mayo Clinic Minute


July 27th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Antibiotic Resistance/Opioid Addiction/Routine Physical Exams: Mayo Clinic Radio

By Joel Streed

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 23,000 people die each year in the U.S. as the result of antibiotic-resistant infections. Antibiotics are powerful weapons in the fight against infection, but misuse or overuse can create a serious health risk. On the next Mayo Clinic Radio, infectious diseases specialist Dr. Pritish Tosh explains how antibiotic resistance works and how to avoid it. Also on the program, a new study in Mayo Clinic Proceedings may help predict who is most vulnerable to opioid pain medication addiction. Anesthesiologist and pain management specialist Dr. Michael Hooten explains the study's results. And family medicine specialist Dr. John Wilkinson discusses the current recommendations for when to get a complete physical exam.

Here's the podcast:MayoClinicRadio 07-25-15 PODCAST

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Tags: Antibiotic-resistant infection, Dr John Wilkinson, Dr Michael Hooten, Dr Pritish Tosh, Mayo Clinic Radio, opioid addiction, Physical Exams, podcast


July 27th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Radio: Doctor Shortage/Medical School/House Calls/Binge Eating

By Richard Dietman

Primary care doctors are often on the front lines of providing medical care. But they are increasingly in short supply as more aging Americans need health care. On the next Mayo Clinic Radio, family medicine specialist Dr. John Bachman discusses the growing doctor shortage and how to reverse it. Also on the program, Mayo Medical School Interim Dean Dr. Michele Halyard and Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Dr. Darcy Reed outline what's new in training tomorrow's doctors. And Dr. Paul Takahashi, a specialist in geriatric medicine, talks about how house calls are again being used to provide more efficient care. And psychologist and eating-disorder specialist Dr. Karen Grothe explains binge eating and how it's treated.

Myth or Matter-of-Fact: According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, a shortage of around 130,000 doctors is projected by the year 2035.

To listen to the program at 9:05 a.m. CT, Saturday, August 1, click here.

Follow #MayoClinicRadio and tweet your questions.

Mayo Clinic Radio is available on iHeartRadio.

Mayo Clinic Radio is a weekly one-hour radio program highlighting health and medical information from Mayo Clinic.

To find and listen to archived shows, click here.

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Tags: binge eating, doctor shortage, doctor training, Dr Darcy Reed, Dr. John Bachman, Dr Karen Grothe, Dr Michele Halyard, Dr. Paul Takahashi, Family Medicine, geriatric medicine, house calls, Mayo Clinic Radio, Mayo Medical School, primary care, Radio


July 27th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Monday’s Housecall

By Jen O'Hara

Housecall BannerTHIS WEEK'S TOP STORIES tick on a blade of grass
Stay safe this summer: Know the ABCs of ticks
For such tiny creatures, ticks can make a big impact. Here's how to protect yourself on the trails and in backyards this season.

Weight loss: Choosing a diet that's right for you
Dropping those extra pounds is your goal, but which diet will help you reach it? Get the skinny on how to rate weight-loss plans.

EXPERT ANSWERS
Statins: Do they cause ALS?
Statins can cause muscle injury in some people. But can they also trigger ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease)? See what researchers found.

Celiac disease diet: How do I get enough grains?
If you have celiac disease, there are plenty of gluten-free grains — including good-for-you whole grains — out there.

Click here to get a free e-subscription to the Housecall newsletter.

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July 25th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Q and A: Vaccine recommended for older adults even if they’ve had shingles

By lizatorborg

DEAR MAYO CLINIC:illustration of man with Shingles along his back I am a healthy 78-year-old man and have never had shingles or the shingles vaccine. I did have chickenpox when I was a child. Is the shingles vaccine something you would recommend for someone like me? What are the side effects of the vaccine?

ANSWER: Once you have had chickenpox, the virus that causes it — called the varicella-zoster virus — stays in your body for the rest of your life. That virus can be reactivated at any time, causing shingles. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, recommends that adults age 60 and older get the shingles vaccine, whether you’ve already had shingles or not.

When you get chickenpox, the varicella-zoster virus causes a rash to develop all over your body. Even though it’s itchy and uncomfortable, most people recover from chickenpox without any lasting problems. After the rash goes away, however, the virus remains and goes into hiding in your body’s nerve cells. Read the rest of this entry »

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July 24th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Something to Think About ~ Should you laugh at yourself?

By Dana Sparks

young people taking a selfie picture, laughing and smiling

Should you laugh at yourself?

"I have a choice. I could be stiff and defensive. I could thwart any attempt of others to laugh at me. Or I can learn to laugh at myself. I believe the latter is a healthier option."
- Dr. Amit Sood

Amit Sood, M.D. is director of research in the Complementary and Integrative Medicine Program at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. He also chairs the Mind-Body Medicine Initiative at Mayo Clinic

Click here to read previous blog posts. Follow Dr. Sood on Twitter @AmitSoodMD

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