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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,

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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Tags: American Heart Month, Cardiology, Go Red for Women, Heart Health, Mayo Clinic Health System, Susan Pope, women's health

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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Tags: cortisone, Department of Endocrinology, Dr John Morris, Edward Kendall, Endocrinology, HL, hormone, Levothyroxine, Nobel Prize, Pkg, Thyroid, thyroxin, thyroxine, Collection of Mayo Clinic Stories, Mayo Clinic 150th anniversary

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


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Tags: Dr Dan Elliott, Dr Elliott, incontinence, leaking urine, Radio, Urinary Incontinence, Urology, podcast

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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Tags: Cardiovascular Disease, cariovascular, diet, Dr. Sharonne Hayes, Dr.Hayes, exercise, heart attack, Heart Disease, heart healthy diet, obesity, Smoking, Women's Heart Clinic

February 17th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Women and Heart Attacks

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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Tags: cardiovascular, Cholesterol, Dr. Sharonne Hayes, Dr.Hayes, heart attack, High Blood Pressure, Pregnancy, Women's Heart Clinic

February 11th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Heart Disease Risks: Mayo Clinic Radio

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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Tags: Cardiology, Dr. Mankad, Dr Mulvagh, Dr Rekha Mankad, Dr Sharon Mulvagh, heart, Heart Disease, Mayo Clinic Radio, Radio