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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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Dana Sparks (@danasparks) posted · Mon, Jul 21 2:07pm · View  

Monday's Housecall

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Cancer causes: Popular myths about the causes of cancer
Myths about secret cancer causes may lead you to worry about your own health and the health of your family. Before you panic, take a look at the facts.

Heart attack symptoms: Know what's a medical emergency
Besides chest pain, do you know the signs of a heart attack? Watch for these symptoms.

Carbohydrates: How carbs fit into a healthy diet
Carbohydrates have numerous health benefits. In fact, your body needs them to function. But some carbs may be better for you than others.

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Ginkgo biloba: Can it prevent memory loss?
Ginkgo biloba is said to prevent memory loss, but study results suggest otherwise.

Salt craving: A symptom of Addison's disease?
Excessive salt craving may indicate an underlying medical condition, such as Addison's disease

Late-day exercise: Can it cause insomnia?
For some people, exercising within a few hours of bedtime may cause problems getting to sleep.

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Dana Sparks (@danasparks) posted · Mon, Jul 21 1:06pm · View  

Four Tricks to Save Yourself from Ticks

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ROCHESTER, Minn. — Summer fun often includes hiking, biking, and just enjoying the great outdoors. But hanging out in parks or walking on trails also invites ticks to hop a ride. Below are four tips from the Mayo Clinic Parasitology Laboratory for arming yourself against these unwanted visitors: 

1. Use repellants that contain 20 to 30 percent DEET or 20 percent picaridin: Bobbi Pritt, M.D., clinical microbiologist at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, says that applying repellant to exposed skin and clothing will provide protection for several hours. “You can also wear clothing treated with permethrin to keep bugs away,” adds Dr. Pritt. 

2. Wear long sleeves and tuck pants into socks: Covering your body and sealing off “entry points” from little critters helps prevent bites. Dr. Pritt also suggests wearing light-colored clothing to make it easier to spot ticks. 

3. Avoid areas where ticks are prevalent: When hiking, stay in the middle of the trail and avoid areas with high grass or leaf litter. 

4. Check yourself carefully for ticks, removing any right away using small forceps: When you get back from a hike or picnic, make sure you check yourself carefully for ticks. “Ticks can transmit important disease-causing organisms to humans and pets,” says Dr. Pritt, “It’s vital to remove any attached ticks right away using forceps.”

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Andy Tofilon, Mayo Medical Laboratories, 507-538-5245, newsbureau@mayo.edu

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Dana Sparks (@danasparks) posted · Fri, Jul 18 3:58pm · View  

Trial Uses TheraSphere for The Treatment of Liver Metastases

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TheraSphere delivers radiation through tiny glass beads — about a third of the width of a human hair — directly into liver tumors.

Positron emission tomography (PET) scan

Learn about this imaging test that can help reveal whether your cancer has spread, check whether a cancer treatment is working and find a cancer recurrence.

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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Dana Sparks (@danasparks) posted · Fri, Jul 18 11:46am · View  

MAYO CLINIC RADIO

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The next Mayo Clinic Radio will make you smile!  On Saturday, July 19, at 9 a.m. CT, Thomas Salinas, D.D.S., will join us to discuss different aspects of oral health.  We’ll talk about new ways to restore teeth and replacing missing teeth. Also on the list for discussion — the dramatic increase in oral cancers in those afflicted with HPV, how oral health impacts overall health, the affect of certain medications on oral health and the importance of oral health for aging patients.  Join us! 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 19, 2014 (right click MP3) 

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Dana Sparks (@danasparks) posted · Thu, Jul 17 4:49pm · View  

Mayo Clinic News Network — Headlines 7/17/14

Mayo Clinic News Network Headlines include:

  • Rheumatoid arthritis patients with heart problems
  • Stem cell research for ALS 
  • Lung nodules

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