Dana Sparks (@danasparks)
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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. The 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, firstname.lastname@example.org [...]
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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]
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