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Dana Sparks (@danasparks) posted · Fri, Oct 24 3:20pm · View  

Randy Talks With His Wife Crystal About His Near Death Experience

Randy and Chrystal

Listening to patients is what medical teams at Mayo Clinic do each day. To honor Mayo's 150th Anniversary, StoryCorps was asked to listen to and record several patient stories. Each Friday for the next ten weeks, a new story will be posted on the Mayo Clinic News Network.

Randy Setzer experienced multiple blood clots stemming from a genetic blood disease he didn’t know he had. Consequently, doctors and the emergency team at Mayo Clinic in Eau Claire, Wisc., had to bring him back to life numerous times. He and his wife Crystal talk about the life-and-death experience.  Click the link to listen to Randy and Crystal's story.

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Dana Sparks (@danasparks) posted · Fri, Oct 24 8:24am · View  


women dressed in pink shirts for breast cancer awareness - diversityOctober is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and on the next Mayo Clinic Radio, Saturday, October 25 at 9 a.m. CT, two Mayo Clinic Breast Clinic physicians will be with us to discuss the latest in research and the ongoing efforts to diagnose, treat and prevent breast cancer. Director of the Breast Clinic Karthik Ghosh, M.D., and practice chair of the Medical Oncology Breast Group Tufia Haddad, M.D., will be ready  to answer your questions. Please join us.

Myth or Fact: Breast feeding reduces the risk of breast cancer.

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 October 25, 2014 (right click MP3)


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Dana Sparks (@danasparks) posted · Fri, Oct 24 9:00am · View  

Stem Cell Transplant for Cancer Patients

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Stem cell transplantillustration of stem cells
This procedure may help if your bone marrow stops working or if you've had high-dose chemotherapy or radiation therapy for certain blood disorders.

Personality affects how cancer survivors deal with care
Extroverts and introverts have different ways of interacting while managing cancer.

Breast Cancer risk factors
A breast cancer risk factor is anything that makes it more likely you'll get breast cancer. But having one or even several breast cancer risk factors doesn't necessarily mean you'll develop breast cancer.

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Dana Sparks (@danasparks) posted · Thu, Oct 23 1:51pm · View  

Patient Stories Highlight Social Media Week at Mayo Clinic

Social Media 5The Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media (MCCSM) provides training and resources to help accelerate effective adoption of social media in health care. Through its Social Media Health Network, #MCCSM offers opportunity for health-rSocial Media 1elated organizations to learn together and share best practices.

During this year's Social Media Week winners of the Patient-Caregiver Scholarship Contest shared how social media has contributed to their health. Their message was simple:

Social media is about more than likes and shares and getting messages out. It's about connection, engagement and much more.

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Following are themes from the conversation.

Social media:

  • Helps patients connect
  • Helps patients heal emotionally
  • Lets you know you're not alone
  • Helps you get educated
  • Allows you to become an advocate
  • Save lives

The scholarship winners share a few thoughts in the videos below. View their bios and videos, and then keep reading for a special announcement from the summit — the introduction of the Mayo Clinic Champions program.

Danielle Ripley-Burgess (@DanielleisB)

Danielle Ripley-Burgess is a two-time colon cancer survivor who works as the director of communications for Fight Colorectal Cancer. She was diagnosed with colon cancer a few weeks after her 17th birthday in 2001 and again at age 25 in 2009. During more than a decade of survivorship she’s gotten involved in the colorectal cancer community to inspire others. Through her advocacy work, Danielle has traveled coast-to-coast to host events and share stories of those touched by colon cancer. [...]

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Dana Sparks (@danasparks) posted · Wed, Oct 22 2:18pm · View  

When Breast Cancer Travels to the Brain: Laser Therapy

A diagnosis of cancer alone is difficult and especially challenging if the disease has spread to other areas of the body. For instance, many cancer patients who develop brain tumors may be faced with a surgery and recovery time that affects their participation in other necessary treatments. However, Mayo Clinic is using a less invasive procedure called thermal laser ablation for people with metastatic cancer that travels to the brain. [TRT 2:04]

Journalists: The video package and extra b-roll are available in the downloads. To read the full script click here.


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Dana Sparks (@danasparks) posted · Wed, Oct 22 5:38pm · View  

Mayo Clinic News Network — Headlines 10/22/14

Mayo Clinic News Network Headlines include:

  • Blood tests
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • Plantar fasciitis

Journalists: Video is available in the downloads. Click here for script.

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Dana Sparks (@danasparks) posted · Mon, Oct 20 10:51am · View  

Monday's Housecall

Tips for dining in or out safely when you have food allergiesfamily eating in restaurant with mother feeding baby
Having a food allergy means taking precautions at mealtime. Learn about safe food handling and preparation when you're at home or away.

Medication errors: Cut your risk with these tips
Medication errors and mistakes injure many people each year. Get tips on how to protect yourself.

Acne scars: What's the best treatment?
Various procedures can improve acne scars, but no single treatment is best for everyone.

Vitamin B-12 injections for weight loss: Do they work?
A weight-loss shot sounds appealing, but there's no solid evidence that vitamin B-12 injections work.

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