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Dana Sparks (@danasparks) posted · Fri, Oct 31 12:00pm · View  


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November is American Diabetes Month and Diabetic Eye Disease Month.  On the next Mayo Clinic Radio, Saturday, November 1 at 9 a.m. CT, we’ll discuss the prevention, detection and treatment of diabetes with endocrinologist and diabetes expert Adrian Vella, M.D., and ophthalmologist Sophie Bakri, M.D.   Do you know 13 percent of Americans have diabetes and 37 percent are pre-diabetic, meaning they are likely to develop diabetes?  It's also estimated that one-third of the babies born today will become diabetic in their lifetime.  Please join us to learn more.

Myth or Fact: Children can 'outgrow' diabetes.

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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 1, 2014 (right click MP3)


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Dana Sparks (@danasparks) posted · Fri, Oct 31 9:30am · View  

Tips for Seeking Second Opinion on Cancer Care

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A second opinion sheds new light on cancer treatment options and gives you confidence on how to proceed with your care.

Symptoms of colon cancer
Many people with colon cancer experience no symptoms in the early stages of the disease. When symptoms appear, they'll likely vary, depending on the cancer's size and location in your large intestine.

Get ready for possible side effects of chemotherapy
Chemotherapy works to kill cancer cells. But it can also destroy healthy cells, causing side effects. Know what to expect and what to ask your health care team.

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Dana Sparks (@danasparks) posted · Fri, Oct 31 1:00am · View  

After Her Breast Cancer Diagnosis, Nara Says Thank You to Dr. Sandhya Pruthi

Nara with Dr. Pruthi - StoryCorps

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. 

Nara is interviewed by her Mayo Clinic physician Dr. Sandhya Pruthi about Nara's breast cancer and why early detection was important in her case. Nara also reflects on her mother’s ovarian cancer treatment. Click the link to listen to Nara's story .

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Dana Sparks (@danasparks) posted · Thu, Oct 30 2:37pm · View  

Inspiring Scents and Compassionate Care

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Kim creates luxury fragrances that tell stories about the faraway places she’s visited. So when a brain tumor was found pressing on and damaging her olfactory nerve – the nerve that controls one’s sense of smell – she came to Mayo Clinic for minimally invasive, microsurgery technique to remove the tumor and, ultimately, enhance her sense of smell.  [TRT 3:02]

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

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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Dana Sparks (@danasparks) posted · Wed, Oct 29 6:15pm · View  

Mayo Clinic News Network — Headlines 10/29/14

Mayo Clinic News Network Headlines include:

  • When to take children to the Emergency Department
  • Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS)
  • Medication List

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Dana Sparks (@danasparks) posted · Wed, Oct 29 6:00pm · View  

Remember the Vital Vaccinations

Vaccines have all but wiped out some terrible diseases like polio and measles in the United States, but that success doesn't mean we shouldn't vaccinate against them anymore. Dennis Douda has this report.[TRT 1:55]

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Journalists: The video report and additional b-roll are available in the downloads. News Network pkgs. can be edited into vo/sots and incorporated in your reporting.  *Note: This report originally aired November 2012 ans has been updated. 

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Dana Sparks (@danasparks) posted · Mon, Oct 27 2:22pm · View  

Halloween Safety: Tips for Trick-or-Treaters

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It's the time of year for costumes, sweets, and tricks and treats.
Put Halloween safety first with these common-sense tips.

Carve Safely: Before you start carving pumpkins, consider these Halloween safety rules:

  • Decorate with markers, glitter glue or paint. Let young children draw faces on pumpkins with art supplies. Leave any carving to an adult.
  • Use candles with care. Place candlelit pumpkins on a sturdy surface away from curtains and other flammable objects. Never leave candlelit pumpkins unattended. Better yet, light pumpkins with flashlights, battery-operated flameless candles or glow sticks instead.


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