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October 24th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

En la mayoría de personas, el enterovirus D68 sólo ocasiona síntomas leves

By Emily Hiatt

ESTIMADA MAYO CLINIC:
¿Por qué el enterovirus afecta más a los niños? Leí que empieza con síntomas leves de gripe y, entonces, ¿cómo se puede saber cuándo hay que ir al médico? ¿Cuáles son los síntomas a los que debo prestar atención en mis hijos?

Niña enferma a quien se examina en el consultorio médicoRESPUESTA:
Existen muchos tipos de enterovirus. El que ahora aparece en todos los titulares de la prensa se llama enterovirus D68 y afecta principalmente a niños y adolescentes porque sus cuerpos todavía no son inmunes a él. En la mayoría de casos, el enterovirus D68 solamente causa síntomas leves; pero en algunas personas, puede ser muy grave. Si su hijo presenta síntomas fuertes de gripe o los síntomas empeoran progresivamente, haga una cita con el médico. Si el niño tiene problemas para respirar, busque atención médica de inmediato.

El enterovirus puede ocasionar una amplia variedad de infecciones, dependiendo de la cepa  implicada. Algunas cepas pueden ser muy graves, como la del enterovirus que conduce a meningitis viral, mientras que otras tienden a ser solamente una molestia, como las que causan la gripe común.

El enterovirus D68 no es nuevo, pues fue identificado por primera vez hace 50 años. Este virus es preocupante porque parece ser más agresivo que la mayoría de las demás cepas que también derivan en enfermedades respiratorias. Eso significa que quienes padecen enfermedades del sistema respiratorio, especialmente asma, corren más riesgo de presentar peores síntomas y complicaciones como resultado del enterovirus D68.

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Tags: asma, Dr Pritish Tosh, En español, Enterovirus D68, espanol, gripe común, meningitis viral, Preguntas y respuestas, spanish


October 24th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Randy Talks With His Wife Crystal About His Near Death Experience

By Dana Sparks

Randy and Chrystal

Listening to patients is what medical teams at Mayo Clinic do each day. To honor Mayo's 150th Anniversary, StoryCorps was asked to listen to and record several patient stories. Each Friday for the next ten weeks, a new story will be posted on the Mayo Clinic News Network.

Randy Setzer experienced multiple blood clots stemming from a genetic blood disease he didn’t know he had. Consequently, doctors and the emergency team at Mayo Clinic in Eau Claire, Wisc., had to bring him back to life numerous times. He and his wife Crystal talk about the life-and-death experience.  Click the link to listen to Randy and Crystal's story.

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Tags: Blood Disease, Mayo Clinic Health System, MCHS, StoryCorps


October 24th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Alcohol Induced Cardiomyopathy: Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute

By Joel Streed

In this Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute, Dr. Daniel Yip helps us understand a condition known as alcohol induced cardiomyopathy.

To listen, click the link below.

Alcoholic Cardiomyopathy

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Tags: Alcoholic Cardiomyopathy, Dr. Daniel Yip, Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute, podcast


October 24th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

MAYO CLINIC RADIO

By Dana Sparks

women dressed in pink shirts for breast cancer awareness - diversityOctober is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and on the next Mayo Clinic Radio, Saturday, October 25 at 9 a.m. CT, two Mayo Clinic Breast Clinic physicians will be with us to discuss the latest in research and the ongoing efforts to diagnose, treat and prevent breast cancer. Director of the Breast Clinic Karthik Ghosh, M.D., and practice chair of the Medical Oncology Breast Group Tufia Haddad, M.D., will be ready  to answer your questions. Please join us.

Myth or Fact: Breast feeding reduces the risk of breast cancer.

Follow #MayoClinicRadio and tweet your questions.

To listen to the program on Saturday, click here.

Mayo Clinic Radio is available on iHeart Radio.

Listen to this week’s Medical News Headlines: News Segment October 25, 2014 (right click MP3)

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Tags: Breast Cancer, Dr Karthik Ghosh, Dr Tufia Haddad, Mayo Clinic Radio


October 24th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Hospital – Rochester Receives 2014 Quality Leadership Award

By Rebecca Eisenman

Mayo Clinic is recognized among University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC) Quality Leadership Award winners for 2014. Mayo Clinic Hospital – Rochester ranked second in the UHC Quality and Accountability Study — up from 2013’s fourth-place ranking. Quality leadership award logo-UHCThe award is given to the top performing academic medical centers that demonstrate excellence in delivering high-quality care, as measured by the UHC Quality and Accountability Study.

“Receiving a five-star rating and being named a UHC Quality Leadership Award winner is a testament to the extraordinary efforts of our hospital-based staff,” states Amy Williams, M.D., Nephrology, and medical director of Clinical Operations, Mayo Clinic Hospital - Rochester. “Their dedication, expertise, teamwork and continual efforts to ensure the safety and satisfaction of our patients are what set Mayo Clinic apart as a leader.”

UHC, an alliance of approximately 90 percent of the nation's nonprofit academic medical centers, conducts the Quality and Accountability Study. This comprehensive analysis and ranking assesses organizational performance of its members across high-priority dimensions of care, including mortality, safety, equity, patient-centeredness, effectiveness and efficiency.

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Tags: Mayo Clinic, Minnesota news release, quality, rankings


October 24th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Stem Cell Transplant for Cancer Patients

By Dana Sparks

Blue and white banner logo for 'Living with Cancer' blog

Stem cell transplantillustration of stem cells
This procedure may help if your bone marrow stops working or if you've had high-dose chemotherapy or radiation therapy for certain blood disorders.

Personality affects how cancer survivors deal with care
Extroverts and introverts have different ways of interacting while managing cancer.

Breast Cancer risk factors
A breast cancer risk factor is anything that makes it more likely you'll get breast cancer. But having one or even several breast cancer risk factors doesn't necessarily mean you'll develop breast cancer.

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Tags: Breast Cancer, Living With Cancer Blog, Stem Cell Transplant


October 23rd, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Patient Stories Highlight Social Media Week at Mayo Clinic

By Dana Sparks

Social Media 5The Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media (MCCSM) provides training and resources to help accelerate effective adoption of social media in health care. Through its Social Media Health Network, #MCCSM offers opportunity for health-rSocial Media 1elated organizations to learn together and share best practices.

During this year's Social Media Week winners of the Patient-Caregiver Scholarship Contest shared how social media has contributed to their health. Their message was simple:

Social media is about more than likes and shares and getting messages out. It's about connection, engagement and much more.

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Following are themes from the conversation.

Social media:

  • Helps patients connect
  • Helps patients heal emotionally
  • Lets you know you're not alone
  • Helps you get educated
  • Allows you to become an advocate
  • Save lives

The scholarship winners share a few thoughts in the videos below. View their bios and videos, and then keep reading for a special announcement from the summit — the introduction of the Mayo Clinic Champions program.

Danielle Ripley-Burgess (@DanielleisB)

Danielle Ripley-Burgess is a two-time colon cancer survivor who works as the director of communications for Fight Colorectal Cancer. She was diagnosed with colon cancer a few weeks after her 17th birthday in 2001 and again at age 25 in 2009. During more than a decade of survivorship she’s gotten involved in the colorectal cancer community to inspire others. Through her advocacy work, Danielle has traveled coast-to-coast to host events and share stories of those touched by colon cancer. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media, MCCSM, Patient Stories


October 23rd, 2014 · Leave a Comment

THURSDAY CONSUMER HEALTH TIPS

By Dana Sparks

photograph memories hanging on a clothesline
Alzheimer's and memory: Use mementos as cues

Self-esteem check: Too low or just right?

Menus for heart-healthy eating: Cut the fat and salt

Shift work: Improving daytime sleep

Colon cancer screening: Weighing the options

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Tags: Alzheimer's, Colon Cancer, Self-esteem, Sleep, Thursday Consumer Health Tips


October 23rd, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Receives $6 Million for ALS, FTD Research

By Kevin Punsky

Lab image of testingJACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) and the U.S. Department of Defense have awarded researchers at Mayo Clinic’s campus in Jacksonville approximately $6 million in two grants to further their studies aimed at improving the diagnosis and treatment of patients suffering from either amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) or Lou Gehrig’s disease and frontotemporal dementia (FTD).

NINDS has awarded Leonard Petrucelli, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Neuroscience, and his colleagues Kevin Boylan, M.D., Rosa Rademakers, Ph.D., and Dennis Dickson, M.D., a five-year P01 grant (P01 NS084974-1) to combine their expertise in neurology, genetics, neuropathology and cell biology. Given that no biomarker or blood test currently exists for clinicians to definitely diagnose ALS or FTD, the funding will allow researchers to improve understanding of C9ORF72-related neurodegeneration, identify potential biomarkers and therapeutic targets, and develop a biological fluid and tissue resource to aid future drug discovery.

MEDIA CONTACT: Kevin Punsky, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 904-953-0746.
Email: punsky.kevin@mayo.edu

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Tags: ALS, Dr Dennis Dickson, Dr Kevin Boylan, Dr Leonard Petrucelli, Dr Rosa Rademakers, Florida News Release, FTD, Mayo Clinic, Medical Research, News Release


October 23rd, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Post-Menopausal Iron Supplements: Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute

By Joel Streed

In this Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute, Dr. Jacquelin Thielen comments on iron levels in post-menopausal women.

To listen, click the link below.

Post Menopausal Iron Supplements

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Tags: Dr Jacquelin Thielen, Iron, Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute, podcast, post-menopausal women