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August 28th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Q and A: Double vision can often be effectively treated

By lizatorborg lizatorborg

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I have double vision in my right eye and can read with glasses, but distance is not very clear. What causes double vision? Is there a procedure to correct it?

ANSWER: A number of conditions can lead to double vision. Treatment typically depends on the underlying woman having an eye examcause. With a careful evaluation and accurate diagnosis, double vision can often be effectively treated.

Double vision, also called diplopia, is either monocular or binocular. Monocular double vision is present in each eye separately. Binocular double vision is only present with both eyes open. This distinction is very important because monocular double vision is never dangerous, while binocular double vision can be caused by some serious neurologic conditions.

If you have new symptoms of double vision, a quick way to assess which type you have is to close each eye separately. Using your question as an example, “I have double vision in my right eye,” suggests that you have monocular, or “one-eyed,” diplopia. This means that when you close your left eye, you see images as double out of your right eye. But when you close your right eye, the double vision goes away. If you have binocular double vision, when you close either your right eye or left eye, the double vision goes away. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: binocular diplopia, double vision, Dr Chen, Dr John Chen, dry eye syndrome, Mayo Clinic Q A, retinal disease

August 28th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Something to Think About ~ Which worries are right?

By Dana Sparks Dana Sparks

man and woman, couple, sitting at computer worried and concerned about finances
Which worries are right?

"Worry that motivates is useful, worry that paralyzes isn’t. Beyond a limit, worry is paralyzing. Worry has impaired my ability to think clearly, making my family and me unsafe. Worry is the price we pay for our intellect and imagination. Let your worries focus mostly on those actionable problems that are worthy of your attention and where actions can make a difference."  - 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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Tags: Alternative Medicine, Dr Amit Sood, Something to Think About, Worry

August 28th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Minute 8/28/2015

By Deborah Balzer Deborah Balzer

In today's Mayo Clinic Minute with Vivien Williams:

  • We look at why head lice are in the headlines, the results of  a Mayo Clinic study on vitamin D and obese kids, plus the link between green space and good sleep.

Click here for more on the Mayo Clinic vitamin D study and here for the green space sleep study.

Journalists: Video is available in the downloads. [TRT 1:07] Click here for the script.

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Tags: back to school, childhood obesity, head lice, Mayo Clinic Minute, obesity, sleep, vitamin D, Vivien Williams

August 28th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Hurricane Season – Preparing for the Storm

By Joel Streed Joel Streed

NOAA image of storm Erika 8/28

MEDIA ADVISORY: Hurricane Season Food Safety and Meal Plans: Mayo Clinic Experts Offer Storm Prep Suggestions

As Tropical Storm Erika brews in the Atlantic, residents of coastal communities are starting to prepare for a potential severe weather emergency. But hurricane shutters, flashlights and batteries are not the only things to consider. Food safety is critical to maintaining well being during a natural disaster, and finding creative ways to feed a family can become an issue if refrigeration and electricity are unavailable.

"Whether it's a hurricane or another natural disaster, it's critical to understand basic food and water safety, particularly if power outages or flooding occur. Having a plan in place will ensure proper nutrition, energy, and long-term wellness," says Sherry Mahoney, director of Nutrition and Food Services at Mayo Clinic in Florida.

She advises creating a meal plan in advance, "since most people aren't thinking about recipes (during a disaster), and refrigeration and cooking may become a problem."

But registered dietitian and nutritionist Emily Brantley says eating out of a can doesn't have to be boring."There are many options to mix and match from your pantry, and with advanced planning and a little creativity, you can provide healthy and delicious meals for your family."

To interview Mayo Clinic experts please contact Cynthia Weiss (904) 953-2299

Journalists:  sound bites with Emily Brantley are available in the downloads.

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Tags: hurricane, Preparation, safety, Florida, Emily Brantley

August 28th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

A Simple Path to Resilience

By Jen O'Hara Jen O

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

Woman cancer survivor with scarf on her head after chemoA simple path to resilience
From moving more and eating well to taking time to relax, discover simple things you can do to nurture your inner strength.

Coping with pain after breast surgery
Nerves are often cut in breast cancer surgery, possibly leading to different types of chest pain. See how to find relief.

Although melanoma is a type of skin cancer, in rare cases it can spread to other parts of the body. Former President Jimmy Carter was recently diagnosed with melanoma in his brain.

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Tags: Breast Surgery, cancer survivor, Living With Cancer Blog, Melanoma, resiliency

August 27th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Radio

By Jen O'Hara Jen O

medical illustration of stage I and II ovarian cancerAccording to the American Cancer Society, about 21,000 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer this year ... and more than 14,000 will die from the disease. September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, and on the next program gynecologic cancer specialist Dr. Jamie Bakkum-Gamez discusses diagnosis and treatment of ovarian cancer. Joining her is ovarian cancer survivor Cynthia Weiss, who describes her personal journey. Also on the program, family medicine specialist Dr. Elizabeth Cozine explains the treatment of family dysfunction. And cardiologist Dr. Stephen Kopecky offers 10 tips for lowering high blood pressure without using medication.

Myth or Matter-of-Fact: Ovarian cancer is sometimes called a "silent killer" because its symptoms often go unrecognized until the disease is in an advanced stage.

Mayo Clinic Radio is available on iHeartRadio.

Click here to listen to the program at 9:05 a.m. CT Saturday, August 29, and follow #MayoClinicRadio.

To find and listen to archived shows, click here.

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

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Tags: Anxiety, Cynthia Weiss, Depression, Dr Elizabeth Cozine, Dr Jamie Bakkum-Gamez, Dr. Stephen Kopecky, family dysfunction, High Blood Pressure, hypertension, managing high blood pressure, Mayo Clinic Radio, National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, Ovarian Cancer

August 27th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Back to School: Feed the Body and Brain

By Deborah Balzer Deborah Balzer

If your children participate in school sports, you know proper nutrition will help them perform at their best. The young girl, girl holding two apples over her eyessame holds true for academics. Mayo Clinic Children's Center pediatrician Dr. Brian Lynch says healthy, nutritious foods will benefit kids' academic performance, behavior and overall health. Plus, it will combat childhood obesity. Dr. Lynch and his colleagues encourage families to follow the 9-5-2-1-0 Let's Go! rule as a guide to good health and nutrition for kids:

  • 9 – get nine hours of sleep per night
  • 5 – eat five or more servings of fruit and vegetables every day
  • 2 – limit screen time to two hours per day
  • 1 – get one hour of exercise per day
  • 0 – drink zero sugar-sweetened beverages such as soda and juice

Dr. Lynch says when it comes to feeding your children, avoid processed foods and foods containing trans fats, saturated fats, sugar and sodium. Instead, opt for more of what he calls "real" foods – fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meats, and low-fat dairy.

Journalists: Sound bites are available in the downloads. [TRT 1:58] Click here for the transcript.

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Tags: back to school, childhood obesity, dietary guidelines, Dr Brian Lynch, Healthy Snacks, Mayo Clinic Children's Center, school lunch, school nutrition

August 27th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Thursday Consumer Health Tips

By Jen O'Hara Jen O

young Asian woman comforting older woman who is sad

Living with dementia shows value of focusing on the present

Video: Need to relax? Take a break for meditation

Antidepressants: Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs)

Weight loss after pregnancy: Reclaiming your body

Sea salt vs. table salt: What's the difference?

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Tags: antidepressants, Dementia, MAOIs, Meditation, sea salt, table salt, Thursday Consumer Health Tips, weight loss after pregnancy

August 26th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Científicos de Mayo Clinic descubren nuevo código que permite reprogramar a células cancerosas

By Soledad Andrade Soledad Andrade

JACKSONVILLE, Florida: Los científicos que estudian el cáncer sueñan con el día en que logren obligar a las células tumorales a metamorfosearse nuevamente en las células normales que alguna vez fueron. Por el momento, los científicos de Mayo Clinic de Florida han descubierto una posible manera de reprogramar a las células nuevamente a la normalidad.

Los autores principales Dr. Panos Anastasiadis y Dr. Antoni Kourtidis

Los autores principales Dr. Panos Anastasiadis y Dr. Antoni Kourtidis.

El resultado, publicado en Nature Cell Biology, constituye “una nueva e inesperada biología que provee el código o software para apagar el cáncer”, dice el investigador experto del estudio, Dr. Panos Anastasiadis, director del Departamento de Biología del Cáncer en Mayo Clinic de Florida.

El código se descifró gracias al descubrimiento de la interacción entre las proteínas de adhesión (el pegamento que mantiene unidas a las células) con el microprocesador (componente clave en la producción de las moléculas llamadas micro ARN o miARN). Los miARN organizan programas celulares completos mediante la regulación simultánea de la expresión de un grupo de genes. Los investigadores descubrieron que cuando las células normales entran en contacto unas con otras, un subconjunto específico de miARN suprime los genes que promueven el crecimiento celular. Sin embargo, cuando la adhesión en las células cancerosas se altera, estos miARN no se regulan bien y las células crecen fuera de control. A través de experimentos de laboratorio, los investigadores mostraron que el restablecimiento de los niveles normales de miARN en las células cancerosas puede revertir este crecimiento celular aberrante.

“A fin de resolver el largo problema que ha desconcertado a los científicos respecto a la función de las proteínas de adhesión en el comportamiento celular, el estudio juntó dos campos de estudio que hasta el momento no se habían relacionado: la adhesión de célula a célula y la biología del miARN”, explica el autor principal del estudio, Dr. Antonis Kourtidis, investigador adjunto en el laboratorio del Dr. Anastasiadis. “Lo más importante es que puso de manifiesto una nueva táctica para la terapia contra el cáncer”, añade.

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Tags: Cancer, Dr Antonis Kourtidis, Dr Panos Anastasiadis, En español, espanol, spanish, Spanish News Release

August 26th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Minute 8/26/2015

By Deborah Balzer Deborah Balzer


In today's Mayo Clinic Minute with Vivien Williams:

  • We hear from Dr. Stephanie Faubion, director of Mayo Clinic's Women's Health Clinic, about the first pill designed to treat women's low sexual desire. Plus, we look at how a popular video game may help with addictive behavior, and a possible link between yoga and reduction of disease symptoms.

Listen to more of Dr. Faubion's interview here, read the video game study here and the yoga study here.

Journalist:  Video is available in the downloads. [TRT :53) Click here for the script.


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Tags: Dr. Stephanie Faubion, Flibanserin, Mayo Clinic Minute, Mayo Clinic Women's Health Clinic, Vivien Williams, women's sexual health, Yoga