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Dana Sparks (@danasparks) posted · Fri, Nov 28 10:00am · View  

Liz and Tom always remember “Where There’s Will”

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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, until the end of 2014, a new story will be posted on the Mayo Clinic News Network.

Liz and Tom Canan talk about losing their son Will to cancer. They remember his gentleness, his strength, the lives he touched and his love of baseball. Listen to Liz and Tom's story about Will.

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Dana Sparks (@danasparks) posted · Thu, Nov 27 3:56pm · View  

Press the Pause Button and Connect With Your Heart

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Press the pause button and connect with your heartturning off technolgy and television
This holiday season, make a personal connection by turning off the technology.

Chemotherapy side effects after treatment is done
Get the facts about late effects — chemotherapy side effects that last after you've finished treatment or new ones that emerge.

Risk factors for pancreatic cancer
Factors that may increase your risk of pancreatic cancer.

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Dana Sparks (@danasparks) posted · Thu, Nov 27 2:37pm · View  

MAYO CLINIC RADIO

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On Saturday, November 29, at 9 a.m. CT, we’ll rebroadcast a conversation with two of our favorite guests this year - Stacy Erholtz and  Stephen Russell, M.D..  Stacy's been involved in groundbreaking research at Mayo Clinic led by Dr. Russell, which uses the measles virus to fight cancer. Stacy shares her story about receiving 10 million doses – a seemingly lethal amount – of the measles virus to treat her multiple myeloma. It's called oncolytic virotherapy, and Dr. Russell discusses the science behind virus therapy. He talks about where future research might be headed, are there other diseases that could be cured by using viruses and where did all those doses of measles vaccine come from?  Join us. 

WATCH this video to learn more:

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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 November 29, 2014  (right click MP3)

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Dana Sparks (@danasparks) posted · Thu, Nov 27 1:32pm · View  

Avoiding Progression to Type 2 Diabetes

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ST. PETER, Minn. — Most people are aware how serious diabetes is and whether type 1 or type 2, it's especially harmful when not properly managed. There's also a form of the disease called prediabetes which, according to the National Diabetes Education Program, affects approximately 79 million adults in the United States. Mayo Clinic Health System family medicine physician Nadia Malik, M.D. answers several questions about this disease that can be prevented.

Q. What is prediabetes?

A. First, we need to understand what diabetes is. Diabetes is a group of diseases that results from insufficient production of or resistance to a hormone called insulin. There are several types of diabetes, all of which are a result of blood sugar (glucose) levels being excessively high.

Prediabetes is essentially a warning sign for Type 2 diabetes. It occurs when blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not elevated to the point of Type 2 diabetes. Although not yet classified as diabetes, prediabetes may be already damaging your body.

Q. What are the symptoms?

A. Prediabetes doesn’t cause symptoms in most cases. One sign that may indicate a risk of diabetes is darkening of the skin on your neck, armpits, elbows, knees and knuckles. [...]

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Dana Sparks (@danasparks) posted · Wed, Nov 26 8:00pm · View  

Mayo Clinic News Network — Headlines 11/26/14

 

Mayo Clinic News Network Headlines include:

  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Lung cancer screening
  • Healthy tips in cold and flu season

Journalists: The video is in the downloads. Click here for script.

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Dana Sparks (@danasparks) posted · Wed, Nov 26 9:50am · View  

Enjoyable Eating During the Holidays

festive holiday meal on the tableLA CROSSE, Wis. -  Many people look forward to eating turkey and stuffing, potatoes and gravy, buttered beans, fruitcake, cookies, nuts, and pie throughout the holiday season. But excessive culinary celebrating creates the perfect recipe for dietary disaster and it can be very tempting to disregard healthy eating habits. According to MayoClinic.org the average American gains 5 pounds of weight between Thanksgiving and New Year's Eve. It is no wonder losing weight is the most popular New Year’s resolution.

Registered dietitian Paula Przywojski at Mayo Clinic Health System Franciscan Healthcare says that by making simple changes, holiday meals can be less costly on the waist, while staying healthy. "Most holiday meals are not bad for you if they are prepared properly," says Przywojski. "The trouble arises when fat and sugar are added. For example, including large amounts of sugar, butter and gravy in recipes negates many of the benefits of healthy foods like squash, potatoes, and meat. It also makes it more difficult to enjoy these foods' natural flavors."

Przywojski recommends these tips for holiday eating:

  • Cut away all visible fat from meat before cooking
  • Roast poultry on a rack so fat can drip away, remove skin before eating
  • Remove fat from homemade soup: cool soups in the refrigerator; skim off the fat that rises to the surface
  • Make sauce with fat free broth, tomato juice or skim milk, thickened with flour
  • Use whole grain bread for stuffing
  • Substitute skim milk for whole milk or cream in desert recipes
  • Decrease sugar in recipes by 1/4 cup

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Dana Sparks (@danasparks) posted · Mon, Nov 24 2:47pm · View  

Monday's Housecall

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Serve up a healthier Thanksgiving this year. These recipes have all the taste of the foods you love, but with less fat and fewer calories.

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Start with these tips that have helped others.

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Find out the latest recommendations for childhood flu vaccines.

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