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Posted on April 18th, 2014 by Dana Sparks


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April is Donate Life Month, which focuses attention on the importance of registering as organ, eye and tissue donors. Tune in Saturday, April 19, at 9 a.m. CT as we discuss organ donation with Good Samaritan kidney donor Philip Fischer, M.D., and director of the Mayo Clinic kidney transplant program Mikel Prieto, M.D. There is so much to learn about donating the gift of life! Join us!

Myth or Matter of Fact:  I'm not in the best of health, so I probably can't be a donor.

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Treating Warts: Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute

Posted on April 18th, 2014 by Joel Streed

Warts.  They can be bothersome and embarrassing. In this Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute, Dr. Dawn Davis has some ideas on how to treat warts.

To listen, click the link below.

Treating Warts

National DNA Day is April 25; Experts Available for Comment

Posted on April 17th, 2014 by Sam Smith

Digital illustration DNA structure

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Friday, April 25, is National DNA Day, the date which commemorates completion of the Human Genome Project, the national effort to identify and decode all 6 billion letters in human DNA. Since that time, medical researchers and practitioners have found new ways to apply genomics for everyone who needs healing, and thanks to staggering technological advancements and next-generation sequencing, the cost to sequence a patient’s genome has decreased from $3 billion for the first human genome in 2003 to approximately $1,500.

MEDIA: Gianrico Farrugia, M.D., director of the Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine, is available for interviews and background about the future of genomic medicine, as well as information about the latest practices and transformative clinical trialsTo interview Dr. Farrugia contact Sam Smith, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 507-284-5005,

Watch video on genome sequencing:


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Standards of Genomic Data: Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute

Posted on April 17th, 2014 by Joel Streed

In this Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute, find out why Dr. Christopher Chute advocates the need for standardizing genomic information.

To listen, click the link below.

Standards for Genomic Data


Posted on April 17th, 2014 by Dana Sparks

Pomegrante fruit sliced in half

Pomegranate juice: Can it lower cholesterol?

Laryngospasm: What causes it?

Detox diets: Do they work?

Resilience: Build skills to endure hardship

Narrow stools: Should I be concerned?

Intolerancia a la fructosa: ¿Qué alimentos deben evitarse?

Posted on April 17th, 2014 by Soledad Andrade

Mi hija tiene intolerancia a la fructosa. ¿Podrían por favor decirme qué alimentos contienen fructosa para que ella pueda evitarlos?

RESPUESTA DE Katherine Zeratsky, especialista en dietética:
frutas y verdurasLa fructosa es un azúcar que se encuentra presente de manera natural de las frutas, jugos de frutas, algunas verduras y la miel. La fructosa también es un componente básico del azúcar de mesa (sucrosa), y el jarabe de maíz con alto contenido de fructosa sirve para endulzar muchos alimentos procesados y bebidas.

Cuando el sistema digestivo no absorbe bien la fructosa, ésta puede provocar dolor abdominal, diarrea y flatulencia.

Las personas con intolerancia a la fructosa deben restringir los alimentos con alto contenido de fructosa, como los jugos, las manzanas, las uvas, la sandía, los espárragos, las arvejas (guisantes o chícharos) y el zucchini (calabacín o courgette). Otros alimentos que contienen menos fructosa, tales como los plátanos, los arándanos azules, las fresas, las zanahorias, el aguacate (palta), las judías verdes (vainas o ejotes) y la lechuga, pueden tolerarse en poca cantidad con la comida. Read the rest of this entry »

WW II Skier Battles Heart Disease (pkg)

Posted on April 16th, 2014 by Dana Sparks

'Mayo 150 years serving humanity' 150th Sesquicentennial LogoHe's a veteran of the WW II 10th Mountain Division and survived intense fighting during his tour of duty in that war. But decades later George Nelson faced another battle. This time a serious heart problem took him to Mayo Clinic for a highly specialized operation.   [TRT 3:25]

Journalists: The full package and additional b-roll are available in the downloads. To access the script, click here.   

This is a special report produced for the Mayo Clinic 150th Anniversary Collection of Stories. To view other stories and learn about Mayo Clinic's sesquicentennial, please click here.

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Mayo Clinic and Better Team-up to Make Healthcare Experience Simpler

Posted on April 16th, 2014 by Ginger Plumbo

PALO ALTO, Calif. and ROCHESTER, Minn. — April 16, 2014 — Better, a consumer health start-up, and Mayo Clinic have launched a new way for people to navigate the complexity of the healthcare system simply and quickly.  Through a mobile device, Better provides tailored Mayo Clinic health information, 24/7 access to the clinic's experienced and highly-skilled nurses, and a Better Personal Health Assistant who helps simplify and manage people's care so they can use their time to focus on being well.

"Our culture of learning, innovation, and the desire to find answers has allowed Mayo to remain at the forefront of health and wellness, and we want to extend this expertise to people anywhere," explained Paul Limburg, M.D., medical director of Mayo Clinic Global Business Solutions. "People consistently tell us they want more convenient access to Mayo Clinic knowledge. We collaborated with and invested in Better to create a powerful way for people to connect with Mayo Clinic in their homes and communities, wherever they are."
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¿Es usted donante de órganos? Experto de Mayo Clinic aclara cinco mitos sobre la donación de órganos

Posted on April 16th, 2014 by Soledad Andrade

Abril es el mes para donar vida: aproveche para comunicar sus deseos y no permita que la falta de información le impida salvar vidas

ROCHESTER, Minnesota — Abril es el mes para donar vida, reconocimiento nacional para motivar a los estadounidenses a inscribirse como donantes de órganos, ojos y tejidos, así como para felicitar a quienes han salvado vidas a través del regalo de la donación.Banderola para la web sobre donar vida

Mayo Clinic tiene a nivel nacional 3000 pacientes en la lista de espera para trasplante de órganos. A fin de celebrar el mes para donar vida, el Dr. Brooks Edwards, cardiólogo de trasplantes y director del Centro William J. von Liebig para Trasplantes y Regeneración Clínica, se pone a las órdenes de los medios de comunicación para responder preguntas comunes y tratar sobre los mitos y malentendidos de la donación de órganos.

A continuación se exponen algunos mitos comunes.

Mito: Si consiento en donar órganos, el personal del hospital no es esforzará igual por salvar mi vida.

Realidad: Cuando una persona acude al hospital para recibir tratamiento, los médicos se concentran en salvar esa vida, no la de otra persona. Usted será atendido por el médico que tenga la especialización más cercana a su emergencia personal y no por un médico de trasplantes. Read the rest of this entry »

Risk of Contracting Hepatitis C: Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute

Posted on April 16th, 2014 by Joel Streed

In this Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute, Dr. Michael Charlton looks at the risk factors for contracting hepatitis C.

To listen, click the link below.

Risk of Contracting Hepatitis C