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Minnesota Partnership Launches Six Research Projects

Posted on March 20th, 2014 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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Women Urged to Take Charge for Better Heart Health

Posted on February 24th, 2014 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 »

Women and Heart Attacks

Posted on February 17th, 2014 by Dennis Douda

Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, yet according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about half of all women are unaware of this fact. Founder of the Women's Heart Clinic at Mayo Clinic Sharonne Hayes, M.D., says, "While there’s been a steady decline in cardiovascular deaths in the general American population over the past 30 years, that has not been the case for women under the age of 55, which has seen a slight increase."

Journalists: Sound bites are available in the downloads. This is part 1 of Dr. Hayes' insights on women's heart health. Also see "Women Urged to Take Charge for Better Heart Health" posted February 24, 2014.

Dr. Hayes says part of the problem has been an outdated belief that women had a lower risk of heart disease than men. She says it's now known that women actually have some additional risk factors that can damage their cardiovascular health.

Sound bite #1 - Women’s Risk Factors (Dr. Sharonne Hayes, Mayo Clinic Cardiovascular Expert) "Some of those are autoimmune diseases, like Lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, or depression and anxiety,
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Heart Disease Risks: Mayo Clinic Radio

Posted on February 11th, 2014 by McCray

Miss the show? Here is the podcast: Mayo Clinic Radio Full Show 2-15-14 44min mp3

February is American Heart Month and a great opportunity to focus on the importance of heart disease prevention.
On Saturday, Feb. 15, at 9 a.m. CT, heart specialists Sharon Mulvagh, M.D., and Rekha Mankad, M.D., will join us to discuss unrecognized dangers of heart disease. Some might think heart disease is a more serious problem for men, but it's the no. 1 killer of women and is more deadly than all forms of cancer combined. We'll also discuss why the numbers 5, 10 and 8 are so important.  Please join us.

Myth or Matter of Fact:  Sitting for most of the day is worse for your health than no exercise at all.

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When Cats Bite: 1 in 3 Patients Bitten in Hand Hospitalized, Infections Common

Posted on February 5th, 2014 by Sharon Theimer

Grey cat with mouth open showing sharp teeth.

Middle-aged women were most common cat bite victims

Rochester, Minn. — Feb. 5, 2014 — Dogs  aren’t the only pets who sometimes bite the hands that feed them. Cats do too, and when they strike a hand, can inject bacteria deep into joints and tissue, perfect breeding grounds for infection. Cat bites to the hand are so dangerous, 1 in 3 patients with such wounds had to be hospitalized, a Mayo Clinic study covering three years showed. Two-third of those hospitalized needed surgery. Middle-aged women were the most common bite victims, according to the research, published in the Journal of Hand Surgery.

Journalists:  sound bites with Dr. Carlsen are available in the downloads.

Why are cat bites to the hand so dangerous? It’s not that their mouths have more germs than dogs’ mouths — or people’s, for that matter. Actually, it’s all in the fangs. Read the rest of this entry »

Thyroid Awareness Month: Mayo Clinic Radio

Posted on January 21st, 2014 by McCray

How aware are you of your thyroid gland?

On Saturday, Jan. 25, at 9 a.m. CT, Ian Hay, M.D., Ph.D., will join the program to mark Thyroid Awareness Month.  How do you know if your thyroid gland isn't working?  Who should be screened for hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism?  What is Hashimoto’s disease? Why are cases of thyroid cancer increasing?  Are women at greater risk of thyroid problems and why?  We hope you'll listen.

Myth or Matter of Fact:  Once you begin taking thyroid medication, you’re on it forever.

Miss the show? Here is the podcast: Mayo Clinic Radio Full Show 1-25-2014

To listen to the program live, click here.

For future topics, click on Upcoming Programs.

To listen to archived shows, click on Episodes.

If there is a topic you would like us to address, drop us a note.  Click here to create a guest account.

 

 

Mayo Study Finds Shoulder Replacement Eases Pain, Improves Motion in Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients

Posted on January 13th, 2014 by Sharon Theimer

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Jan. 13, 2014 — Shoulder arthritis is a common problem for rheumatoid arthritis patients: pain and difficulty moving their arms can grow so severe that daily tasks and sleep become difficult.  If medication and physical therapy aren’t enough, shoulder replacement surgery is a common next step. Despite surgical challenges with some rheumatoid arthritis patients, the procedure improves range of motion and reduces pain in nearly all cases, especially for those with intact rotator cuffs, a Mayo Clinic study shows. The findings are published in the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery.

Person in pain gripping shoulder

“I think it’s quite encouraging,” says senior author John Sperling, M.D., an orthopedic surgeon at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. “What we’ve learned from this study is that if people do develop significant pain in their shoulder due to arthritis associated with rheumatoid arthritis, shoulder arthroplasty really is a predictable and reliable operation to help them improve their function and relieve pain.”

Journalists: Sound bites with Dr. Sperling are available in the downloads.

Rheumatoid arthritis is an inflammatory autoimmune disorder in which the immune system attacks the body’s own tissues, causing joint problems and sometimes affecting other organs. Many patients eventually develop shoulder arthritis; sometimes, bones start wearing away and rotator cuffs tear, making shoulder replacement surgery more complicated. Read the rest of this entry »

Metabolizing Tamoxifen: Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute

Posted on December 13th, 2013 by Admin

In this Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute, Dr. Matthew Goetz comments on a study that could impact breast cancer treatment in some women.

To listen, click the link below.

Metabolizing Tamoxifen

Breast Cancer Desicions: Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute

Posted on December 11th, 2013 by Admin

In this Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute, Dr. Sarah McLaughlin discusses some of the important decisions that come following a diagnosis of breast cancer.

To listen, click the link below.

Breast Cancer Decisions

November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month (pkg)

Posted on November 7th, 2013 by Dana Sparks


Pancreatic cancer
 is the fourth leading cause of cancer death in the United States. It's often very aggressive and tough to treat. But research is offering great hope for patients in terms of early diagnosis and better treatments. As a matter of fact, the woman in this report that first aired two years ago, tells us today ... she's cancer free four years later and feels great. [TRT 2:07 ] 

Journalists: Broadcast quality video and audio is available in the downloads. 

Click here for a transcript of the video report.