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July 28th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Monday’s Housecall

By Dana Sparks

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Menopause hormone therapy: Pros and cons
Hormone therapy can provide effective relief from menopause symptoms. Talk with your doctor to weigh your personal risks and benefits.

Best sunscreen: Understand sunscreen options
With so many types of sunscreen out there, it can be hard to know which to choose. This Q&A with a Mayo Clinic dermatologist can help.

Buying prescription drugs online Ordering prescription medications online can save you time and money, but not all pharmacies are licensed. Stay safe with these do's and don'ts.

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Are there any effective alternative treatments for food allergies?
Find out which alternative treatments have shown promise for treating food allergies.

Acute hepatitis C infection: Is it serious?
Acute hepatitis C infection precedes chronic hepatitis C. Find out how acute hepatitis C develops and what the diagnosis means.

Thirdhand smoke: What are the dangers to nonsmokers?
Toxic tobacco residue clings to walls, carpets, clothes, cars and other surfaces.

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July 28th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Cochlear Implants: Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute

By Joel Streed

In this Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute, audiologist Sarah Oakley has more on technology that's helping some patients with hearing loss.

To listen, click the link below.

Cochlear Implant

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July 28th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Aneurismas aórticos abdominales: cirujano de Mayo Clinic explica quiénes debes someterse a exploración y tratamiento

By Soledad Andrade

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ROCHESTER, Minnesota: El aneurisma aórtico abdominal es una afección potencialmente mortal cuando llega a romperse la arteria principal del cuerpo. El Grupo de Trabajo Estadounidense para Servicios de Prevención acaba de actualizar las recomendaciones para exploración, y el cirujano vascular de Mayo Clinic, Dr. Peter Gloviczki, explica en quiénes se debe vigilar un posible aneurisma aórtico abdominal, cómo diagnosticar y cómo mejoran las tasas de supervivencia con la cirugía, la misma que ahora incluye una alternativa endovascular menos invasiva.aneurisma aórtico abdominal

¿Qué es el aneurisma aórtico abdominal? Es un abultamiento en la aorta (arteria más larga del cuerpo), que ocurre en la zona del abdomen, justo encima del ombligo. El mayor riesgo es que el aneurisma reviente.

“Cada uno de los latidos cardíacos aumenta la presión en la zona de la aorta cuya pared está debilitada, ocasionando un abultamiento, que termina por romperse cuando alcanza un cierto tamaño”, comenta el Dr. Gloviczki, Profesor Joe M. and Ruth Roberts de Cirugía en Mayo Clinic y ex-presidente de la Sociedad de Cirugía Vascular. “La rotura del aneurisma representa una complicación mortal”.

¿Quién debe someterse a estudios de exploración, aunque no presente síntomas? Los hombres corren más riesgo que las mujeres. El Grupo de Trabajo Estadounidense para Servicios de Prevención recomienda que los hombres de 65 a 75 años, fumadores o ex-fumadores, se sometan a una ecografía de exploración por una ocasión.

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July 26th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Weekend Wellness: Thorough evaluation needed to determine if surgery an option for patient with emphysema

By lizatorborg

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: My father, 68, has advanced emphysema. Medication for it doesn’t seem to help as much as it used to. We’ve heard that volume reduction surgery is sometimes used in cases like his. What does this surgery involve? What are the benefits? How do we find out if he’s a good candidate for it?medical illustration of damaged lung with emphysema

ANSWER: Lung volume reduction surgery can help treat some severe cases of emphysema. The procedure involves removing part of the damaged lung tissue, so the remaining healthy tissue can work better. But it is only appropriate in a small number of cases. A thorough medical evaluation would be necessary to see if your father might be a good candidate for lung volume reduction surgery.

Emphysema is a form of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, that damages the lungs’ air sacs, called alveoli. The alveoli are clustered like bunches of grapes. In emphysema, the inner walls of the air sacs weaken and eventually break down. That creates one larger air space instead of many small ones. This decreases the surface area of the lungs and lowers the amount of oxygen that reaches the bloodstream.

Emphysema cannot be cured. Medications and pulmonary rehabilitation are the main therapies for this disease. Medications including bronchodilators, inhaled steroids, oxygen and antibiotics often are used to help ease breathing problems and prevent flare-ups. Read the rest of this entry »

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July 25th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Síndrome de intestino irritável e sensibilidade ao glúten

By Kevin Punsky

Por muitos anos, a síndrome do intestino irritável (SII) foi diagnosticada em milhões de pessoas em todo o mundo, depois de apresentarem diversas moléstias e dores gastrintestinais de forma recorrente. Ainda não existe cura definitiva para essa doença, que é um problema de saúde crônico, embora benigno.

Dr. Maria Vazquez Roque leaning on the railing of the second floor of the Cannaday BuildingPorém uma nova esperança surgiu para alguns pacientes. Dentro do espectro das intolerâncias e/ou alergias relacionadas à toxicidade resultante da ingestão de glúten, se acrescentou outra patologia conhecida como “sensibilidade ao glúten não celíaca” ou, simplesmente, “sensibilidade ao glúten (SG)”. O glúten é uma substância encontrada nos grãos de alguns cereais como o trigo e a aveia. Os sintomas da SG são praticamente idênticos aos apresentados por pacientes com a síndrome do intestino irritável. Por isso, fazer um diagnóstico que diferencie uma patologia da outra pode ser a solução para pacientes que podem estar recebendo o tratamento errado. A sensibilidade ao glúten apresenta uma melhora clara depois que o paciente adota uma dieta livre de glúten.

A gastrenterologista da Clínica Mayo, María Vázquez Roque, que também é professora assistente da Escola de Medicina da Mayo, explica essas doenças: Read the rest of this entry »

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July 25th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

MAYO CLINIC RADIO

By Dana Sparks

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If you have shoulder problems the next Mayo Clinic Radio is for you!  On Saturday, July 26, at 9 a.m. CT, John Sperling, M.D., will join us to discuss the many causes of shoulder pain. What do you know about shoulder bursitistendinitis and something called Wiiitis? How are torn rotator cuffs diagnosed and repaired? We'll discuss a new option for patients with arthritis called reverse arthroplasty. Join us!

Myth or Matter of Fact: Rotator cuff tears can heal without surgery.

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 July 26, 2014 (right click MP3) 

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July 25th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Síndrome de Intestino Irritable y Sensibilidad al Gluten

By Kevin Punsky

Por muchos años, millones de personas en el mundo entero han sido diagnosticadas con Síndrome de Intestino Irritable (SII) tras presentar diversas molestias y dolores gastrointestinales en forma recurrente. Para esta afección no existe aún una cura definitiva, pues se trata de una enfermedad crónica, aunque benigna.

Dr. Maria Vazquez Roque leaning on the railing of the second floor of the Cannaday BuildingPero una nueva luz ha surgido para algunos de ellos. Dentro del espectro de las intolerancias y/o alergias relacionadas con la toxicidad provocada por la ingesta de gluten, se ha agregado otra patología conocida como Sensibilidad al Gluten No Celiaca o simplemente, Sensibilidad al Gluten (SG). El gluten es una sustancia que se encuentra en los granos de algunos cereales como el trigo y la avena. Los síntomas de la SG son prácticamente idénticos a los que presentan los pacientes con Síndrome de Intestino Irritable. Por eso, hacer un diagnóstico diferencial entre ambas patologías puede ser la solución para quienes están siendo tratados de manera errada. La Sensibilidad al Gluten muestra una evidente mejoría ante una dieta libre de este componente.

Acerca de este tema nos habla la doctora María Vázquez Roque, gastroenteróloga de la Clínica Mayo de Jacksonville y Profesora Asistente en esta institución. Read the rest of this entry »

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July 25th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Managing Headaches: Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute

By Joel Streed

In this Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute, Dr. Robert Sheeler has some advice for managing headaches.

To listen, click the link below.

Managing Headaches

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July 25th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

La viudez podría retrasar la demencia, dice estudio de Mayo Clinic

By Soledad Andrade

PHOENIX, Arizona: Un nuevo estudio de Mayo Clinic plantea que el cuidado y apoyo brindados por los familiares a los ancianos viudos después del fallecimiento del cónyuge podría influir en la aparición tardía de la demencia.

manosEl estudio, que se presentó la semana pasada durante la conferencia internacional de la Asociación de la Enfermedad de Alzheimer en Copenhague, Dinamarca, fue creado para evaluar los efectos de la viudez sobre las personas con deterioro cognitivo leve, que es el precursor de la demencia. La idea era que la viudez aceleraba el desarrollo de la demencia en las personas con deterioro cognitivo leve, pero el estudio reveló exactamente lo opuesto.

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July 25th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Pay it Forward with Random Acts of Kindness

By Dana Sparks

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Practice kindness and pass it on. You'll make someone's day, and when that person passes the kindness on, it multiplies.

Pediatric white blood cell disorders
Learn the basics about children's white blood cell disorders.

Fertility preservation: Understand your options before cancer treatment
Cancer treatment can have a major impact on fertility. Get the facts about fertility preservation options for men and women.

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