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3 hours ago by Dana Sparks · View  

Greater Risk for Kidney Stones in Summer

Kidney stones affect approximately 3.8 million people in the U.S. each year and they are especially more common in the summer. The stones are described as small, hard deposits of mineral and acid salts that form when urine becomes concentrated. medical illustration of kidneys, bladder, ureters, kidney stonesThe minerals crystallize and stick together, forming a stone which can range in size from a grain of sand to a golf ball.

According to Mayo Clinic nephrologist William Haley, M.D., heat, humidity and lack of proper hydration all lead to a higher prevalence of kidney stones in the summer. “The main reason is due to the amount of water we take in and use. Our bodies are made up of mostly water and we use it regularly. But in the heat, we may not be drinking as much as we should, or taking in the right types of fluids, so we become dehydrated, which can lead to more stones.”

MEDIA: To interview Dr. Haley contact Cindy Weiss, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 507-284-5005, newsbureau@mayo.edu [...]

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3 days ago by Dana Sparks · View  

Something to Think About ~ Can a perfect world remain perfect?

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Can a perfect world remain perfect?

"Our neural system isn’t adapted for a perfect world. We need the world’s imperfections. They inspire us to improve, cultivate compassion and forgiveness, and find meaning, so we could rise above human limitations. The imperfections that surround us are the cause of our happiness and growth. Accept them to work with them."  - 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

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Fri, Jul 24 at 7:34pm EDT by Dana Sparks · View  

Something to Think About ~ Should you laugh at yourself?

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Should you laugh at yourself?

"I have a choice. I could be stiff and defensive. I could thwart any attempt of others to laugh at me. Or I can learn to laugh at myself. I believe the latter is a healthier option."
- 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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Fri, Jul 17 at 9:29pm EDT by Dana Sparks · View  

Something to Think About ~ How to direct your assumptions?

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How to direct your assumptions

"Judging a person out of context is like reading one page in a novel and calling the story uninteresting. Whenever you can, assume positive intent."   - 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

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Fri, Jul 10 at 11:18pm EDT by Dana Sparks · View  

Something to Think About ~ What is the true paradigm shift?

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What is the true paradigm shift?

"A true paradigm shift – living to give out (and not receive) energy. Fear and greed attract energy, while compassion gives out energy. In compassion, for a brief moment, you forget self-interest. During that moment, you feel freedom – like a sage. The true paradigm shift is living to give out (and not receive) energy."  - 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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Mon, Jul 6 at 3:13pm EDT by Dana Sparks · View  

CREEPY, DREADFUL, WONDERFUL PARASITES: A Parasitologist’s View of the World – Week of July 6, 2015

researcher Dr. Bobbi Pritt with lab microscopeEvery week Bobbi Pritt, M.D., posts a new case, along with the answer to the previous case. Read Dr. Pritt's blog: Parasite Wonders and submit your answers, comments and questions. Enjoy science! Read more about Dr. Pritt's work.

Note from Dr. Pritt: All opinions expressed here are mine and not my employer's. Information provided here is for medical education only. It is not intended as and does not substitute for medical advice. I do not accept medical consults from patients.
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Fri, Jul 3 at 11:27pm EDT by Dana Sparks · View  

Something to Think About ~ Who not to believe?

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Who not to believe?
"I have learned that there are instances when the negative feedback comes from a place of ignorance. It isn’t a well-meaning critique. The harsh words are meant to be vicious and not designed to help....Don’t believe in those who don’t believe in you."  -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

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Fri, Jul 3 at 6:49pm EDT by Dana Sparks · View  

HLN / CNN will encore the moving and inspirational film, GLEN CAMPBELL...I'll Be Me

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Glen Campbell… I’ll Be Me on Friday, July 3, at 9:00 pm Eastern on HLN.
The film will encore again on CNN on Saturday, July 4 at 9:00 pm Eastern.

Alzheimer's disease continues to encroach on singer-songwriter Glen Campbell's life. Instead of retreating to deal with the challenges privately, Glen and his family decided to share their struggle with documentary filmmakers. The production, called "Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me", includes both heartwarming and candidly frank moments Mr. Campbell experienced during his visits to Mayo Clinic for care. Ronald Petersen, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Mayo Clinic Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, praises the Campbell family for their determination to raise awareness about the condition's impact on patients, as well as their caregivers. [TRT 4:20]

Journalists: A broadcast quality video package is available in the downloads. Click here for full script.

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