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Dana Sparks (@danasparks) published a blog post Wed, Apr 23 9:53am · View  

On the Road with Mayo Clinic: Next Stops – Phoenix and Scottsdale

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 Bringing the Story of Mayo Clinic to the People in a One-of-a-Kind Exhibit

Mayo Clinic takes its story to the public in a free exhibit 

Look for this truck on your U.S. and Canada travels April through October

Follow #MayoClinic150 

Route 66 gas tank sign on 150th Mobile Exhibit trip


Watch this animation to see what's inside.

Click here to view the road trip itinerary.

Click here to learn more about the mobile exhibit.

Please click here, to find out more about Mayo Clinic's 150th Anniversary. 

MEDIA CONTACT: Rebecca Eisenman, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs,
507-284-5005, Email: newsbureau@mayo.edu

WATCH: 'In The Loop' reporter Hoyt Finnamore and photographer Elizabeth Harty trek through the desert this week, looking for the traveling truck. Read more:  In The Loop.

 

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Dana Sparks (@danasparks) published a blog post Tue, Apr 22 2:58pm · View  

Violinist Still Making Music After DBS Surgery (pkg)

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You may remember the story, a few years ago, about the professional musician who played the violin during his brain surgery? That journey began at Mayo Clinic when a surgical team implanted electrodes in his brain to stop a tremor that could have ended his career. Today, more than five years after his deep brain stimulation surgery, Roger Frisch continues to be one of the world's foremost violinists.  [TRT 4:07]

Journalists: The full package and additional b-roll are available in the downloads. To access the 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) published a blog post Mon, Apr 21 4:16pm · View  

Heroin Use and Fatalities Rising May Be Due to Cost, Other Opioid Use

Journalists: Sound bites with Dr. Hall-Flavin are available in the downloads.

Heroin is cheap, easily obtainable and on the rise as a killer across the nation. Because it is so cheap, heroin abuse is being seen in younger people and more people in the middle class. Experts say oxycontin use can easily lead to heroin addiction as it costs costs a fourth as much. Parents, friends and colleagues should be aware of the symptoms of heroin use, especially if they suspect or know that a person has used illegal drugs or prescription painkillers before:

  • The person shows a reduced sense of pain.
  • They appear to be sedated.
  • They are frequently depressed or seem confused.
  • If they are constipated.
  • If their breathing appears slow.

MEDIA CONTACT:Bob Nellis, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 507-284-5005, newsbureau@mayo.edu

“Heroin is prevalent, it’s out there and it is deadly,” says Dr. Daniel Hall-Flavin, M.D., Ph.D., a Mayo Clinic psychiatrist and addiction expert. “But it doesn’t have to be. There is hope out there for people if they can get treatment.” 

A heroin overdose most often occurs when the heart stops or from lack of breathing, says Dr. Hall-Flavin. That’s because opiates suppress the brain stem, the part of the brain that regulates breathing and your heartbeat.

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Dana Sparks (@danasparks) published a blog post Mon, Apr 21 11:33am · View  

Monday’s Housecall

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THIS WEEK'S TOP STORIES
Eating and exercise: 5 tips to maximize your workouts
Eating and exercise go hand in hand. When and what you eat can be important to how you feel when you work out. Consider these tips.

How do rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis differ?Person holding senior woman's hand with arthritis
Learn about the differences between the two most common types of arthritis.

EXPERT ANSWERS
Wisdom teeth removal: When is it necessary?
Many dentists recommend wisdom teeth removal to improve oral health.

Psoriasis diet: Can changing your diet treat psoriasis?
There is no special psoriasis diet, but eating healthy foods is still beneficial.

HEALTHY RECIPES
Cinnamon rolls
Rolled ham and Swiss omelet
Nutty berry granola
Fruit smoothies

HEALTH TIP OF THE WEEK
Can't sleep? Try daytime exercise
Regular physical activity, especially aerobic exercise, can help you fall asleep faster and make your sleep more restful. However, for some people, exercising right before bed may make getting to sleep more difficult. If that's you, don't exercise within three hours of bedtime.

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Dana Sparks (@danasparks) published a blog post Fri, Apr 18 4:02pm · View  

MAYO CLINIC RADIO

 

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April is Donate Life Month, which focuses attention on the importance of registering as organ, eye and tissue donors. Tune in Saturday, April 19, at 9 a.m. CT as we discuss organ donation with Good Samaritan kidney donor Philip Fischer, M.D., and director of the Mayo Clinic kidney transplant program Mikel Prieto, M.D. There is so much to learn about donating the gift of life! Join us!

Myth or Matter of Fact:  I'm not in the best of health, so I probably can't be a donor.

To hear the program LIVE on Saturday, click here.
Follow #MayoClinicRadio and tweet your questions.
Mayo Clinic Radio is available on iHeart Radio.

Listen to this week’s Medical News Headlines: News Segment April 19, 2014 (right click MP3) 

 

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Dana Sparks (@danasparks) published a blog post Wed, Apr 16 5:30pm · View  

WW II Skier Battles Heart Disease (pkg)

'Mayo 150 years serving humanity' 150th Sesquicentennial LogoHe's a veteran of the WW II 10th Mountain Division and survived intense fighting during his tour of duty in that war. But decades later George Nelson faced another battle. This time a serious heart problem took him to Mayo Clinic for a highly specialized operation.   [TRT 3:25]

Journalists: The full package and additional b-roll are available in the downloads. To access the 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) published a blog post Tue, Apr 15 1:20pm · View  

TUESDAY Q &A : Children diagnosed with ADHD may continue to have symptoms into adulthood

DEAR MAYO CLINIC:
Our son was diagnosed at the age of 9 with ADHD. He is now 13 and doing well but is still on medication. Will he need to continue taking the medication until adulthood, or do children usually outgrow the condition as they mature?Chalkboard with writing - ADHD

ANSWER:
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), is a chronic, lifelong condition. Throughout their teen years, children with ADHD need to continue taking medication to effectively control the disorder. As adults, about 50 to 60 percent of people diagnosed with ADHD as children continue to have symptoms and may benefit from treatment.

Children with ADHD usually have a combination of problems, such as hyperactivity, impulsive behavior, disorganization and difficulty maintaining attention. Hyperactivity tends to decrease in the teen years and often goes away in adulthood. However, for most people, difficulty with attention and organization persist as they get older. With that in mind, physicians usually recommended that children stay on ADHD medication throughout their teen years.

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Dana Sparks (@danasparks) published a blog post Mon, Apr 14 12:40pm · View  

Monday’s Housecall

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THIS WEEK'S TOP STORIES
Skin care: 5 tips for healthy skin
Skin care gimmicks abound — but don't fall for the hype. Learn how to get younger, healthier looking skin.

Organic foods: Are they safer? More nutritious?
Understand the differences between organic food and traditionally grown food when it comes to nutrition, safety and price.

EXPERT ANSWERS
Hypothyroidism: Can it cause peripheral neuropathy?
Rarely, hypothyroidism can cause peripheral neuropathy, such as carpal tunnel syndrome.

Can you outgrow food allergies?
Learn which food allergies are more likely to fade with age and which tend to persist into adulthood.

Women shopping and fitting shoes on their feetHEALTHY RECIPES
Broiled scallops with sweet lime sauce
Brown rice pilaf
Green beans with red pepper and garlic
Baked apples with cherries and almonds

HEALTH TIP OF THE WEEK
Shopping for shoes?
To find shoes that fit properly, try these tips: 1. Have your feet measured. Shoe size can change as you age. 2. Ask the salesperson to measure both feet. If one foot is larger than the other, try on a pair that fits your larger foot. 3. Shop for shoes in the early afternoon after you've been walking for some time, when your feet are at their largest.

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Dana Sparks (@danasparks) published a blog post Fri, Apr 11 9:42pm · View  

Caring for Skin During and After Radiation

Blue and white banner logo for 'Living with Cancer' blogCancer-related fatigue: Create a personal exercise plan
Cancer fatigue can be overwhelming and intense. One of the most effective ways to address it is with exercise.

How to care for skin during and after radiationWoman's hands holding jar of skin care moisturizer cream
Most side effects from radiation therapy are limited to the area being treated and go away within weeks. Use these tips to care for your skin.

Biopsy: Types of biopsy procedures used to diagnose cancer
You might be nervous about an upcoming biopsy. Learning how and why it's done may help reduce your anxiety.

Managing chemotherapy side effects
Chemotherapy treatment carries with it a host of potential side effects — fatigue, hair loss and more. Learn about managing chemotherapy side effects.

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