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Dana Sparks (@danasparks) posted · Mon, Sep 1 12:25pm · View  

Monday's Housecall

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Blood donation
Millions of people need blood transfusions each year. They may need it during surgery, after an accident or because of a disease. Help save a life today. Be a blood donor.

Home care services: Questions to ask
If you're recovering from surgery or have a chronic illness, you may need some support. Home care services can include nursing assistance and help with chores and errands.

Colloidal silver: Is it safe or effective?
Colloidal silver products aren't cure-alls and may wind up being harmful.

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New, persistent leg pain or aching may indicate an underlying circulation problem.

Grilling recipes
Slide show: Age-related vision problems
Stool DNA test

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Dana Sparks (@danasparks) posted · Fri, Aug 29 12:51pm · View  


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For many students this is back-to-school time! On the next Mayo Clinic Radio, Saturday, August 30 at 9 a.m. CT, four physicians will join us and share important information related to sending your student back to class. Noelle Larson, M.D., will discuss scoliosis and finding the correct sized backpack. Dawn Davis, M.D., will talk about acne, warts, skin rashes and lice. Robert Jacobson, M.D., will give us the latest information on immunizations for students from preschool to college. Brian Mohney, M.D., will discuss eye exams, eyestrain and overall eye health for students. Join us!

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 August 30. 2014 (right click MP3) 


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Dana Sparks (@danasparks) posted · Fri, Aug 29 9:36am · View  

Help Relieve Stress of Cancer Fight

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A few minutes a day spent outdoors does wonders for the soul in fighting off stress. Take time to be thankful and enjoy the beauty.

Hodgkin's lymphoma
In Hodgkin's lymphoma, cells in the lymphatic system (part of your immune system) grow abnormally and may spread. Get the facts.

Mayo Clinic Cancer Center - Research
The Mayo Clinic Cancer Center is a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center with a multisite presence.

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Dana Sparks (@danasparks) posted · Fri, Aug 29 5:00am · View  

Get Grilling With These Tips

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SPRINGFIELD, Minn. — Grilling season certainly doesn't end with summer. If you're firing up the grill this Labor Day weekend be sure to keep health and safety in mind. Mayo Clinic Health System registered dietician Linda Carruthers says, “Grilling is fun, delicious and can actually be a very healthy way to cook. You’re effectively using one of the best cooking methods around when you grill nutritious foods in a safe manner.”

Carruthers offers these tips to enhance your well-being:

  • Grill fruits and vegetables.  Meat is a traditional staple of any grilling menu, but don’t bypass fruits and vegetables. These foods go great on the grill, giving standard produce an interesting style and flavor. My particular favorite is to cut zucchini into strips, lightly spray the strips with olive oil, and sprinkle with oregano and fresh-ground black pepper. You can buy a grill basket to simplify the process of grilling fruits and vegetables. Looking for a creative idea? Try fruit puree as a healthy marinade.
  • Avoid cross-contamination. Keep raw meats separated from ready-to-eat foods. Use different utensils and cutting boards for raw and ready-to-eat foods as well. And always remember to wash your hands and sanitize your prep and cooking tools.
  • Watch out for char. Flame-ups and high heat cause charring, and charred meats may contain cancer-causing agents. Cut off any charred parts before serving grilled goodies. Marinating meat is shown to reduce the potential for carcinogen development. So, try some low-salt, low-fat marinades with your beef, chicken, pork and fish.
  • Cook meat to a safe temperature. Undercooked meats can lead to various illnesses, so make sure you’re hitting the minimum mark with each item. Safe meat temperatures are:


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Dana Sparks (@danasparks) posted · Thu, Aug 28 2:54pm · View  

How Does Fluzone High-Dose Differ from Other Flu Vaccines?

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Fluzone High-Dose is an injected flu vaccine formulated for people age 65 years and older. Like other flu vaccines, Fluzone High-Dose is made up of the three flu strains most likely to cause the flu during the upcoming season. The high-dose vaccine, however, contains four times as much flu virus antigen — the part of the vaccine that stimulates the immune system — as regular Fluzone and other standard flu vaccines. Read more.

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Dana Sparks (@danasparks) posted · Wed, Aug 27 3:02pm · View  

Mayo Clinic News Network — Headlines 8/27/14

Mayo Clinic News Network Headlines include:

  • High blood pressure
  • Scoliosis
  • Insect repellent

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

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Dana Sparks (@danasparks) posted · Wed, Aug 20 4:06pm · View  

#MayoClinicChat on #Stroke With First Coast News WTLV/WJXX

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Join @Mayo Clinic and First Coast News WTLV/WJXX @FCN2go

for LIVE #MayoClinicChat on #Stroke 

THURSDAY AUGUST 28th, 11 am - 1 pm ET 

Mayo Clinic’s stroke center in Jacksonville is the first center in Florida to receive national Comprehensive Stroke Center certification, joining an elite group of centers throughout the United States that are focused on providing advanced and complex stroke care. Read more.

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