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Dana Sparks (@danasparks) posted · Fri, Apr 17 9:09pm · View  

Something to Think About ~ How Best to Help Yourself

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How best to help yourself

"Remember that because of the way your brain works, when you are helping others, you are actually helping yourself."    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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Dana Sparks (@danasparks) posted · Thu, Apr 16 9:06am · View  

MAYO CLINIC RADIO

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Taking a prescription drug can be confusing. And taking several medications ... some before breakfast and others just before bed ... can multiply the challenges. On this week's Mayo Clinic Radio, pharmacist Jeremy Anderson answers common questions about managing your prescriptions. Also on the program, gynecologic oncologist Dr. Jamie Bakkum-Gamez talks about a new screening test for endometrial cancer that uses tampons. And we'll discuss ringing in your ears, known as tinnitus (TIN-ih-tus), with Mayo Clinic audiologist Dr. Janalene Niichel.

Myth or Matter-of-Fact: If you miss a daily dose of medication, it's usually OK to take two doses the next day to make up for it.

Mayo Clinic Radio is available on iHeart Radio.

Click here to listen to the program on Saturday, April 18, at 9:05 a.m., 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. The show is taped for rebroadcast by some affiliates.

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Dana Sparks (@danasparks) posted · Fri, Apr 17 4:10pm · View  

Sharp Increase in E-Cigarette Use Among Teens

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A report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows use of e-cigarettes by middle and high school students has tripled in one year. Traditional cigarette smoking declined but according to the CDC report about 25 percent of all high school students and 8 percent of middle school students used some form of tobacco. That's estimated to be more than four million young people. (Click here for the complete CDC report.)

Jon Ebbert, M.D., associate director for research in the Mayo Clinic Nicotine Dependence Center, says this is very concerning.

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

 

Read other Mayo Clinic News regarding E-cigarettes:
Nicotine Dependence Center
What are electronic cigarettes? Are they safer than conventional cigarettes?
Mayo Clinic Experts: What Should You Know About E-cigarettes?

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Dana Sparks (@danasparks) posted · Thu, Apr 16 8:33pm · View  

Fan Spotlight on "The Voice" Is Story of Inspiration

Jason Hanold in the Fan Spotlight on NBC's 'The Voice'

Jason Hanold in the Fan Spotlight on NBC's 'The Voice'

Jason Hanold was in his kitchen when one of his sons said, "Dad, your picture's on TV." Not only that, but Carson Daly was talking about Jason's story during a new "Fan Spotlight" segment during the (just slightly popular) TV show "The Voice." Then his youngest son, age 5, asked if he was up next to sing. That wouldn't have ended well, Jason suggests. But he was happy to talk about how the show and his cancer treatment at Mayo Clinic have come together. 

Jason's moment went something like this (and included about 21 seconds of air time): "This week's Fan Spotlight: Jason H. from Kenilworth, Illinois," host Carson Daly said. "He told us he schedules his cancer treatments at Mayo Clinic to coincide with our show because he says it gives him great courage. He and his four sons look forward to The Voice each and every week because they get a lot of inspiration from watching our artists perform."   Read the rest of the story In the Loop.

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Dana Sparks (@danasparks) posted · Wed, Apr 15 3:17pm · View  

All in a Day's Work

Dr. Charles Rosen in operating room for heart and liver transplant

This article was previously published In the Loop

It began in the early afternoon of March 3 when the news was received that a liver was available for a patient who needed both a heart and a liver transplant. From there, it cascaded into the completion of five liver transplants within a span of 24 hours.

Charles Rosen, M.D., a Mayo transplant surgeon, tells us that each year, Mayo Clinic’s Rochester campus typically performs two or three transplant clusters, where more than one transplant is performed in a single day. “We do a little over 100 deceased donor transplants and around 20 living donor transplants a year,” he says.  

Read the rest of the story: In the Loop

 

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Dana Sparks (@danasparks) posted · Tue, Apr 14 9:52pm · View  

U.S. Senate Approves Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) Repeal

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Mayo Clinic President and CEO John Noseworthy, M.D., offers this statement following the U.S. Senate vote to approve the SGR repeal:

"Mayo Clinic is pleased with today’s bipartisan action. Mayo has actively supported the repeal and replacement of the SGR for years. This ends 17 years of uncertainty for hospitals and physicians and moves Medicare towards paying for quality and efficiency. This is important for patients, taxpayers and long-term solvency of Medicare. The road to value-based payment will be challenging. We believe the next step must be to develop performance measures that accurately differentiate levels of care and complexity of patients."

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Dana Sparks (@danasparks) posted · Tue, Apr 14 11:38am · View  

Transplanting Sibling Love

For his entire life, radio host James Rabe has known that one day he’d need a new kidney. A disease called Alport Syndrome slowly caused his kidneys to fail. As his condition advanced, the search for a new organ began. His big sister stepped up and gave part of herself so her little brother could live.  [TRT 2:08] (Previously aired April 2013)

Read Script: Sister's Kidney for Little Brother

Journalists: The video report and additional b-roll are available in the downloads. News Network pkgs. can be edited into vo/sots and incorporated into your local reporting.

 

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Dana Sparks (@danasparks) posted · Mon, Apr 13 8:39pm · View  

Take a Minute to Check Your Golf Swing

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Did watching the Masters Golf Tournament last weekend inspire you to finally pull out your clubs? Well, before you book a tee time remember injuries, particularly hand and wrist, can be common even for the pros. [Tiger Woods suffers wrist injury at the Masters.] How can you minimize your risk and what should you do if a day on the course has you hurting? Reporter Dennis Douda and photographer Andy Shilts spent time with Mayo Clinic orthopedic surgeon and avid golfer Sanj Kakar, M.D., and asked him for advice. (Previously aired May 2012)

Journalists: There are four one-minute split track pkgs. available in the downloads.

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