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August 30th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Weekend Wellness: Osteoporosis medications can have negative effect on bone healing after tooth extraction

By lizatorborg

illustration of several teeth with magnifying glassDEAR MAYO CLINIC: I need to have a tooth extracted. Because of my osteoporosis the dentist said I should go to an oral surgeon. Why is that important? How do I find out their qualifications?

ANSWER: Removal of a tooth is usually a straightforward process that can be done by most general dentists. However, people who have osteoporosis often take medications that can increase the risk of complications after tooth extraction. In that case, having an experienced oral and maxillofacial surgeon surgically take out the tooth may reduce the likelihood of problems after the tooth is removed.

Osteoporosis is a condition that causes bones to become weak and brittle. The most widely prescribed medications used to treat osteoporosis are in a class of drugs called bisphosphonates. Examples include alendronate, risedronate, ibandronate and zoledronic acid.

These medications help keep your bones healthy as you age and lower the risk of a bone fracture if you have osteoporosis. Unfortunately, bisphosphonates can have a negative effect on bone healing following an injury, including after tooth extraction. Read the rest of this entry »

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August 29th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

MAYO CLINIC RADIO

By Dana Sparks

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For many students this is back-to-school time! On the next Mayo Clinic Radio, Saturday, August 30 at 9 a.m. CT, four physicians will join us and share important information related to sending your student back to class. Noelle Larson, M.D., will discuss scoliosis and finding the correct sized backpack. Dawn Davis, M.D., will talk about acne, warts, skin rashes and lice. Robert Jacobson, M.D., will give us the latest information on immunizations for students from preschool to college. Brian Mohney, M.D., will discuss eye exams, eyestrain and overall eye health for students. Join us!

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 August 30. 2014 (right click MP3) 

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August 29th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Help Relieve Stress of Cancer Fight

By Dana Sparks

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A few minutes a day spent outdoors does wonders for the soul in fighting off stress. Take time to be thankful and enjoy the beauty.

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In Hodgkin's lymphoma, cells in the lymphatic system (part of your immune system) grow abnormally and may spread. Get the facts.

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August 29th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Treating Golf Wrist Pain: Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute

By Joel Streed

t's a non-contact sport, but in this Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute, Mayo Clinic Dr. Sanj Kakar tells us you're still at risk of injury.

To listen, click the link below.

Treating Golf Wrist Pain

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August 29th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Get Grilling With These Tips

By Dana Sparks

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SPRINGFIELD, Minn. — Grilling season certainly doesn't end with summer. If you're firing up the grill this Labor Day weekend be sure to keep health and safety in mind. Mayo Clinic Health System registered dietician Linda Carruthers says, “Grilling is fun, delicious and can actually be a very healthy way to cook. You’re effectively using one of the best cooking methods around when you grill nutritious foods in a safe manner.”

Carruthers offers these tips to enhance your well-being:

  • Grill fruits and vegetables.  Meat is a traditional staple of any grilling menu, but don’t bypass fruits and vegetables. These foods go great on the grill, giving standard produce an interesting style and flavor. My particular favorite is to cut zucchini into strips, lightly spray the strips with olive oil, and sprinkle with oregano and fresh-ground black pepper. You can buy a grill basket to simplify the process of grilling fruits and vegetables. Looking for a creative idea? Try fruit puree as a healthy marinade.
  • Avoid cross-contamination. Keep raw meats separated from ready-to-eat foods. Use different utensils and cutting boards for raw and ready-to-eat foods as well. And always remember to wash your hands and sanitize your prep and cooking tools.
  • Watch out for char. Flame-ups and high heat cause charring, and charred meats may contain cancer-causing agents. Cut off any charred parts before serving grilled goodies. Marinating meat is shown to reduce the potential for carcinogen development. So, try some low-salt, low-fat marinades with your beef, chicken, pork and fish.
  • Cook meat to a safe temperature. Undercooked meats can lead to various illnesses, so make sure you’re hitting the minimum mark with each item. Safe meat temperatures are:

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August 28th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Puntos destacados de la edición de agosto de 2014 de Mayo Clinic Health Letter

By Soledad Andrade

ROCHESTER, Minnesota: Estos son los puntos más destacados de la edición de agosto de Mayo Clinic Health Letter. Puede citar esta publicación con la frecuencia que desee, pero para reimprimirla debe pagar una cuota.  Es necesario hacer referencia a Mayo Clinic Health Letter; por lo que según sus políticas editoriales, incluya la siguiente información para suscribirse: Visite  http://www.HealthLetter.MayoClinic.com o llame gratis para solicitar información sobre suscripciones al 800-333-9037, extensión 9771. Texto completo de la publicación: Mayo Clinic Health Letter, agosto de 2014 (sólo para periodistas). Texto completo del informe especial: Informe especial de Mayo Clinic Health Letter, agosto de 2014 (sólo para periodistas).

 

El dolor de la mano no es algo inevitable de la vejez

El dolor crónico y la disfunción de la mano no son parte inevitable del envejecimiento, pese a que las manos sean vulnerables a lesiones y afecciones degenerativas después de años de desgaste natural. Ilustración del dolor de la manoLa edición de agosto de Mayo Clinic Health Letter incluye un “Informe especial sobre el dolor de la mano” de ocho páginas que abarca las causas comunes, los métodos de alivio, el control y hasta la prevención del dolor de la mano.

Los problemas médicos cubiertos incluyen artritis, afecciones de los tendones y nervios, traumatismos e infecciones. Un médico de atención primaria puede tratar y diagnosticar algunas afecciones de la mano, pero dependiendo del problema, un cirujano de manos, un reumatólogo, un neurólogo o un especialista en rehabilitación también puede participar en el tratamiento.

A continuación se mencionan las partes más destacadas del informe:

Operar pronto el túnel carpiano. El síndrome del túnel carpiano, uno de los síndromes más conocidos de compresión nerviosa, ocurre cuando el nervio mediano se comprime o aprieta en la muñeca. Los síntomas pueden incluir ardor, hormigueo y entumecimiento. Una infección, un traumatismo o realizar repetidamente actividades vigorosas suele derivar en hinchazón y eso aumenta la presión sobre el nervio. Contrario a la creencia popular, existen pocos datos clínicos que demuestren que una actividad suave repetida, como la mecanografía, pueda ser la causa del túnel carpiano. Read the rest of this entry »

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August 28th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

How Does Fluzone High-Dose Differ from Other Flu Vaccines?

By Dana Sparks

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Fluzone High-Dose is an injected flu vaccine formulated for people age 65 years and older. Like other flu vaccines, Fluzone High-Dose is made up of the three flu strains most likely to cause the flu during the upcoming season. The high-dose vaccine, however, contains four times as much flu virus antigen — the part of the vaccine that stimulates the immune system — as regular Fluzone and other standard flu vaccines. Read more.

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August 28th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

New Tool Aids Stem Cell Engineering for Medical Research

By Bob Nellis

ROCHESTER, Minn. — A Mayo Clinic researcher and his collaborators have developed an online analytic tool that will speed up and enhance the process of re-engineering cells for biomedical investigation. CellNet is a free-use Internet platform that uses network biology methods to aid stem cell engineering. Details of CellNet and its application to stem cell engineering are described in two back-to-back papers in the journal Cell.

“This free platform has a broad range of uses for all types of cell-based investigations and can potentially offer help to people working on all types of cancer,” says Hu Li, Ph.D., investigator in the Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine and Department of Molecular Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics,  and co-lead investigator in the 3d rendered illustration of human cellstwo works. “CellNet will indicate how closely an engineered cell resembles the real counterpart and even suggests ways to adjust the engineering.”

The network biology platform contains data on a wide range of cells and details on what is known about those cell types. Researchers say the platform can be applied to almost any study and allows users to refine the engineering process. In the long term, it should provide a reliable short cut to the early phases of drug development, individualized cancer therapies, and pharmacogenomics. Read the rest of this entry »

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August 28th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

What is Vascular Dementia: Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute

By Joel Streed

In this Medical Edge Radio episode, Dr. David Knopman, a Mayo Clinic neurologist provides an overview of vascular dementia.

To listen, click the link below.

What is Vascular Dementia

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August 28th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

THURSDAY CONSUMER HEALTH TIPS

By Dana Sparks

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Nail biting: Does it cause long-term damage?

Unexplained weight loss

Recurring strep throat: When is tonsillectomy useful?

Crohn's disease

Cholesterol medications: Consider the options

 

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