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May 5th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Expert Alert – Fertility and Conception

By Brian Kilen

 

ROCHESTER, Minn. -- With Mother’s Day being May 10 and May being Women’s Health Month, Mayo Clinic offers expert guidance on fertility and conception.

Mayo Clinic expert Jani Jensen, M.D. is available to talk about the latest research and provide expert guidance for reporters writing articles on women’s health and fertility and conception.

Dr. Jensen is a Mayo specialist in the division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility and co-director of the In Vitro Fertilization Program at Mayo Clinic.

She is co-author of the recently released Mayo Clinic Guide to Fertility and Conception. The comprehensive book provides answers and explanations for nearly every aspect of achieving a successful pregnancy. It covers lifestyle and nutrition, the intricacies of natural conception, common fertility problems, the latest medical treatments to help (including intrauterine insemination, in-vitro fertilization and donors), and information on special situations (fertility preservation, choosing single parenthood, same-sex couples and more). Read the rest of this entry »

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April 28th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Exercise During Pregnancy: Safe And Beneficial

By Micah Dorfner

pregnant women doing exercises in a gym or yoga medication class

Pregnancy might seem like the perfect time to sit back and relax. You may feel more tired than usual, your back might ache and your ankles might be swollen.

But there's more to pregnancy and exercise than skipping it entirely. Unless you're experiencing serious complications, sitting around won't help. In fact, pregnancy can be a great time to get active — even if you haven't exercised in a while.

Seanna Thompson, M.D., Mayo Clinic Health System OB/GYN physician, answers a few common questions about pregnancy and exercise.

What are the benefits of exercise during pregnancy?

Regular exercise can help your body adapt to the changes that occur during pregnancy. Exercise reduces constipation, bloating, swelling and backaches. Physical activity improves mood, posture, muscle tone, strength and endurance. It may also help you sleep better. Additionally, exercise can benefit the baby and may even prevent or treat gestational diabetes.

Overall, exercise regularly keeps you fit during pregnancy, increases your energy level and can help you cope better with labor. Post-baby workouts will also help you take weight off more quickly after delivery. Read the rest of this entry »

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April 13th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

10 Tips To Help Survive Nausea During Pregnancy

By Micah Dorfner

pregnant woman feeling sick with nausea, morning sicknessPositive pink line on pregnancy test? Check.
Small flutter on early ultrasound? Check.
Nausea and vomiting? Double-check.

Often the constant feeling of nausea, which is accompanied by vomiting, soon overshadows the excitement of early pregnancy. Approximately 50-90 percent of women experience nausea and vomiting in their pregnancy, and 5 percent of women have the same symptoms throughout the entire pregnancy, per The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

"The term 'morning sickness' is misleading; nausea can occur any time of the day," says Emily Linklater, D.O., Mayo Clinic Health System OB/GYN physician. "For most women, the nausea ends sometime in the late stages of the first trimester. Nausea may also be worse — or better — in one pregnancy versus another." Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: Dr Emily Linklater, Mayo Clinic Health System, morning sickness, Nausea, Pregnancy


March 25th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Menopause Transition: What’s Normal?

By Micah Dorfner

Did you know the menopausal transition known as perimenopause begins four years before a woman’s final menstrual cycle? It’s true. Hormone production from the ovaries often starts to change when a woman is in her 40s, and thus the time between periods begins to shorten.

"Some women have menopausal symptoms clustered around the time of menses," says Kathryn Gruenwald, M.D., Mayo Clinic Health System obstetrician and gynecologist. Others do not. It’s important to know that perimenopausal symptoms are common and usually diminish with time.

Approximately 80 percent of women experience symptoms such as hot flashes, sleep disturbances, mood changes and vaginal dryness during perimenopause. Other symptoms include:middle aged Asian woman with headache pain and stress

  • Headache
  • Vertigo (dizziness)
  • Itchy skin
  • Restless leg symptoms
  • Heart palpitations
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Breast tenderness
  • Constipation
  • Bloating
  • Muscle and joint aches

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Tags: Dr Kathryn Gruenwald, Mayo Clinic Health System, Menopause, Perimenopause, women's health


February 10th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

“Jolie Effect” on Awareness of the Breast Cancer Genes

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Young

What every woman needs to know … and do

In a study released Feb. 11, 2015, the AARP Public Policy Institute reported that BRCA genetic testing among women without breast cancer increased dramatically in the days after Angelina Jolie’s announcement that she carried the BRCA1 mutation and had an elective double mastectomy.

Referred to among health care circles as the “Jolie Effect,” her openness led to increased awareness and action. When celebrities or other public figures talk freely about their medical journeys, it raises awareness of specific health issues and may facilitate patient-doctor conversations leading to more informed decision-making.

MEDIA CONTACT: Joe Dangor, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 507-284-5005, newsbureau@mayo.edu

Amy Degnim, M.D., a breast cancer surgeon at Mayo Clinic, answers some of the important questions surrounding breast cancer genes: Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: Angelina Jolie, BRCA gene mutation, BRCA1, BRCA2, Breast Cancer, Optum Labs, preventive mastectomy


February 2nd, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Quick Quiz: Women’s Heart Health

By Micah Dorfner

woman holding a red heart stone

It's time we start seeing red!

That's what Mayo Clinic Health System nurse practitioner Susan Pope says, as we prepare to recognize American Heart MonthHeart disease is more deadly than all forms of cancer combined and according to the American Heart Association, while one in 31 American women dies from breast cancer each year, heart disease claims the lives of one in three. That’s about one death each minute.

So make sure you’re as committed to heart disease prevention as you should be to your yearly mammogram. That means maintaining a healthy weight, keeping your blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol at healthy levels and quitting smoking. Or better yet, don’t start. Stay physically and mentally active.

The more we know about our nation’s No. 1 killer of women, the better. So, take this quick quiz on heart disease and women.

True or False: Heart disease only affects older women.

False. Heart disease affects women of all ages. The combination of birth control pills and smoking boosts heart disease risks by 20 percent in young women, the American Heart Association says. Yes, our risk increases as we age. Overeating and leading a sedentary lifestyle are factors that lead to blocked arteries over time. But don’t let your age lull you into a false sense of security. I take care of women of all ages in the hospital. Heart disease is an equal opportunity threat. Read the rest of this entry »

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December 24th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Christmas Eve Discovery 100 Years Ago is Still Helping Millions

By Dennis Douda

'Mayo 150 years serving humanity' 150th Sesquicentennial LogoSome medical discoveries truly stand the test of time. The case of a dedicated Mayo Clinic chemist is a prime example. Feeling he was on the verge of a breakthrough that could help countless people, Edward Kendall spent Christmas Eve 1914 locked away in his lab. What he accomplished by Christmas morning was a gift to millions, one that is still improving lives 100 years later. [TRT 4:43]

Journalists: A broadcast quality video package is available in the downloads. To read the full 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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May 6th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Radio: Incontinence

By McCray

It's estimated that over 20 million men and women in the United States have some form of  incontinence, and on Saturday, May 10, urologist Dan Elliott, M.D., will join us to discuss this sensitive topic. It's a great concern for many people and sometimes uncomfortable to talk about. When you should see a doctor?  Are there medications to treat incontinence?  When can outpatient surgery help?  We hope you'll join us!

Myth or Matter of Fact:  It's normal to leak a little urine.

Did you miss the show? Here is the podcast: Mayo Clinic Radio Full Show 5-10-14

 

50 years ago - in 1964 (when a postage stamp was just 5 cents!!) the U.S. Postal Service actually issued a stamp in honor of the Mayo brothers. The centennial seal used in1964 is the first depiction of practice (patient care), education and research, which are visually represented in the 1970s as the three-shield logo of Mayo Clinic.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jx5PCRprcBk

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Mayo Clinic Radio is a weekly one-hour radio program highlighting health and medical information from Mayo Clinic. The show is taped for rebroadcast by some affiliates.

 

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March 20th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Minnesota Partnership Launches Six Research Projects

By Bob Nellis

University of Minnesota Research Partnership Logo

Laser-guided Malaria Detectors
Smart Socks that Predict Heart Attacks
Mouse Avatars to Study Ovarian Cancer

These are just three of the joint projects now underway involving collaborative research teams from Mayo Clinic and the University of Minnesota. Over $4 million in research awards from the Minnesota Partnership for Biotechnology and Medical Genomics will make those investigative projects possible. The research grants are intended to jump start innovative ideas and generate scientific data in order to secure more long-term funding. These "seed" grants are for two years and involve ideas that have a strong likelihood of turning into marketable products or processes.

The other three projects include development of a genomic research tool to help scientists engineer DNA, a study looking for links between stress and obesity, and an exploration of the causes of and possible therapies for irritable bowel syndrome involving microbiotics. The funding comes from the state of Minnesota.

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Tags: DNA, genomics, heart attack, heart attack prevention, irritable bowel syndrome, malaria, Minnesota Partnership, obesity, Ovarian Cancer, stress, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center


February 24th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Women Urged to Take Charge for Better Heart Health

By Dennis Douda

When it comes to heart disease, men and women are not created equal, says the founder of Mayo Clinic's Women's Heart Clinic Sharonne Hayes, M.D. "Women have more risk factors and they have different risk factors," says Dr. Hayes. "Some of those are autoimmune diseases, like lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. They also have to go through all the vascular and physical changes of pregnancy."

In spite of long held beliefs that men have more to worry about, more women die of heart attacks each year in the United States than men. That's why Dr. Hayes encourages women to take charge and be proactive every day to lower their heart disease risk.

Journalists: Sound bites are available in the downloads. This is part 2 of Dr. Hayes' insights on women's heart health. Also see "Women and Heart Attacks" posted February 17, 2014.

Sound bite #4 - Exercise Appointments (Dr. Sharonne Hayes, Mayo Clinic Cardiovascular Expert) "Schedule in exercise just like you would Read the rest of this entry »

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