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Tips for dining in or out safely when you have food allergies
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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Signs and symptoms typically begin abruptly within five to 10 days of infection with Ebola or Marburg virus.
Learn more: Ebola virus and Marburg virus
Mayo Clinic was monitoring the evolving Ebola situation well before the first U.S. case was diagnosed on Sept. 30. The institution is working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state health departments. Mayo Clinic is fully prepared to screen, evaluate and treat patients suspected to have Ebola. That said, at this time, there are no confirmed or suspected cases of Ebola across the institution. While Ebola continues to dominate news coverage, and there is reason for concern, you should not overreact or panic.
On the next Mayo Clinic Radio, Saturday, October 18 at 9 a.m. CT, the topic is Men's Health. Two physicians from the new Mayo Clinic Men's Health Program in Arizona will be here to discuss endocrine issues like diabetes and thyroid health. Other topics will include low testosterone and how prostate and sexual health relate to cardiovascular health. Urologist Jason Jameson, M.D., and cardiologist David Simper, M.D., will join us. Hope you do, too!
Myth or Fact: Men experience their own type of menopause.
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Alternative Medicine for Fatigue
Many breast cancer survivors experience fatigue during and after treatment, that can continue for years.
Can bleeding problems during chemotherapy be prevented?
When you have low levels of platelets due to chemotherapy, you bleed and bruise more easily. Here's how to lower your risk of bleeding.
Tips on balancing cancer treatment, desire to work
Work can be a good distraction from thinking about cancer, and it can keep you motivated.
Maybe you’ve heard the complaints: I’m too tired to get up, my stomach hurts, I just want to sleep. These symptoms might be typical of some teenagers, but for others they're signs of a very real illness called postural tachycardia syndrome or POTS. Today, social media has helped spread awareness of the syndrome, but historical documents suggest Dr. William Worrall Mayo, founder of Mayo Clinic, may have treated young people with it more than a century ago. [TRT 4:43]
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This is a special report produced for the Mayo Clinic 150th Anniversary Collection of Stories. To view other stories and learn about Mayo Clinic's sesquicentennial, please click here.
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Written by Greg Brown, Mayo Clinic News Specialist
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), enterovirus infections are common in the summer and fall. However, hospitals throughout the U.S. are seeing more children than usual with severe respiratory illness caused by enterovirus D68. The CDC is watching the situation and helping with testing of specimens. Health care providers should consider enterovirus D68 in young children with severe respiratory illness or unexplained muscle weakness, and report unusual increases in cases to their state health department.
There is no vaccine or medicine that treats enterovirus infection specifically; but, children can be treated with supportive care, including oxygen, breathing treatments and fluids, as needed.
Clinicians at the Mayo Clinic Children’s Center have been treating a surge of children with acute respiratory illness, involving wheezing and difficulty breathing, since mid-August. One case was confirmed to be due to enterovirus D68, and several other cases are suspected to be due to that virus. Adults also can be infected with enterovirus D68, although the current outbreak of disease appears to affect children primarily. The reason for this is not known. Enterovirus D68 is particularly hard on those with asthma and reactive airway disease.
If you or your children have asthma and or reactive airway disease, the CDC recommends that you:
Proactively manage your child’s health by taking these steps: [...]