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Dana Sparks (@danasparks) posted · Wed, Jul 30 3:36pm · View  

Eating for Eye Health

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Most people have heard that carrots are good for their eyes, but do you know that other foods help protect vision and prevent eye disease?  The National Eye Institute and other vision experts note that a healthy diet is an important factor in eye health. Researchers have found that certain nutrients with antioxidant properties are beneficial. These include carotenoid compounds such as beta-carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin, and vitamins C and E. Zinc and omega-3 fatty acids are also important for eye health.

Mayo Clinic eye and nutrition experts offer the following lists to help you choose foods for better eye health:

  • Vegetables: Kale, collard greens, peppers, broccoli, sweet potato, spinach, peas, pumpkin, carrots and Swiss chard
  • Fruits: Peaches, blueberries, oranges, tangerines, mango, tomato, apricot, papaya, cantaloupe, honeydew, avocado and grapefruit
  • Sources of zinc: King crab, lamb, bulgur, lean beef, fortified breakfast cereals, beans, lean pork, dark meat of poultry, whole-wheat or buckwheat flours, pumpkin seeds
  • Omega-3-rich foods: Salmon, herring, tuna, mackerel, rainbow trout, sardines, flaxseed, English walnuts, canola oil, roasted soybeans

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Dana Sparks (@danasparks) posted · Wed, Jul 30 3:44pm · View  

Early Diagnosis and Aggressive Approach to Rheumatoid Arthritis

Being diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis can be frightening. It's a lifelong chronic condition that not only causes painful damage to your joints but can affect other areas of the body, including heart and kidneys. So, an early diagnosis and an aggressive approach to treatment can mean having much better control of the disease. [TRT 2:35]

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Dana Sparks (@danasparks) posted · Mon, Jul 28 3:30pm · View  

Monday's Housecall

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Menopause hormone therapy: Pros and cons
Hormone therapy can provide effective relief from menopause symptoms. Talk with your doctor to weigh your personal risks and benefits.

Best sunscreen: Understand sunscreen options
With so many types of sunscreen out there, it can be hard to know which to choose. This Q&A with a Mayo Clinic dermatologist can help.

Buying prescription drugs online Ordering prescription medications online can save you time and money, but not all pharmacies are licensed. Stay safe with these do's and don'ts.

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Are there any effective alternative treatments for food allergies?
Find out which alternative treatments have shown promise for treating food allergies.

Acute hepatitis C infection: Is it serious?
Acute hepatitis C infection precedes chronic hepatitis C. Find out how acute hepatitis C develops and what the diagnosis means.

Thirdhand smoke: What are the dangers to nonsmokers?
Toxic tobacco residue clings to walls, carpets, clothes, cars and other surfaces.

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Dana Sparks (@danasparks) posted · Fri, Jul 25 12:22pm · View  


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If you have shoulder problems the next Mayo Clinic Radio is for you!  On Saturday, July 26, at 9 a.m. CT, John Sperling, M.D., will join us to discuss the many causes of shoulder pain. What do you know about shoulder bursitistendinitis and something called Wiiitis? How are torn rotator cuffs diagnosed and repaired? We'll discuss a new option for patients with arthritis called reverse arthroplasty. Join us!

Myth or Matter of Fact: Rotator cuff tears can heal without surgery.

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 July 26, 2014 (right click MP3) 


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Dana Sparks (@danasparks) posted · Fri, Jul 25 6:00am · View  

Pay it Forward with Random Acts of Kindness

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Practice kindness and pass it on. You'll make someone's day, and when that person passes the kindness on, it multiplies.

Pediatric white blood cell disorders
Learn the basics about children's white blood cell disorders.

Fertility preservation: Understand your options before cancer treatment
Cancer treatment can have a major impact on fertility. Get the facts about fertility preservation options for men and women.

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Dana Sparks (@danasparks) posted · Wed, Jul 23 1:00pm · View  

Mayo Clinic News Network — Headlines 7/23/14

Mayo Clinic News Network Headlines include:

  • Unruptured  brain aneurysm
  • Imaging for children
  • Functional foods improving health

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Dana Sparks (@danasparks) posted · Wed, Jul 23 10:50am · View  

21st Century Cures Roundtable on Personalized Medicine

Dr. Frank Cockerill LIVE at Capitol Hill roundtable on personalized medicine

Frank Cockerill, M.D.
, chair of the Mayo Clinic Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, is participating in a roundtable discussion hosted by the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee today, Wednesday, July 23, at 10 a.m ET.  

Click for LIVE stream.   Go to Mayo Clinic Medical Laboratories for more information.

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