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"Children with food allergies and asthma have a higher risk of a severe allergic reaction to the food allergy, than does a child without asthma," says Mayo Clinic Children's Center, Martha Hartz, M.D., division chair of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology.
Dr. Hartz says, in general, children with asthma are more likely to be allergic to peanuts, as well as other foods. New research presented at the American Thoracic Society 2015 International Conference found that half of families whose children have asthma were unaware their child also had a peanut sensitivity. She says it's an issue to be taken seriously. "Peanut allergy is the most common cause of fatal food anaphylaxis in the country," Dr. Hartz says. "So, parents are appropriately concerned about peanut allergy."
Children with asthma who have shown a history of food allergy may benefit from allergy testing. However, she says, screening broadly across the population is likely to cause more problems than it solves, with too many false positive results. For those children with known peanut allergies, Dr. Hartz urges careful avoidance of any foods that may contain peanut products and to always carry an epinephrin injector pen in case of emergency. Click on the video to hear more of Dr. Hartz's advice, including how exposing children to peanut butter at a very young age may prevent peanut allergies.
To read more about the latest research linking asthma and peanut allergies, click here.
Journalists, broadcast quality sound bites from Dr. Hartz are available in the downloads. To read a transcript of her comments, click here.
Medical innovation has helped a Chicago-area woman receive a lifesaving double organ transplant, even after she’d been told it wasn’t an option. Previous surgeries had made her risk of organ rejection too high. Her Mayo Clinic doctors, however, turned her dire situation into an advantage. Here’s Dennis Douda with the Mayo Clinic News Network.
Courtney is working to raise organ donor awareness. Anyone who’d like to wish her well can do so at her Facebook page.
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Mayo Clinic will soon begin treating cancer patients with its new, state-of-the-art proton beam therapy facility. The technology delivers radiation therapy in a way that offers the potential for fewer side effects and higher cure rates, often for patients whose cancers cannot be treated safely any other way. Here’s Dennis Douda for the Mayo Clinic News Network.
Journalists: The broadcast quality video package, additional b-roll of the building and facility, as well as elaborate animations, are available in the downloads. Click here to read the full script.
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Iowa State University head men's basketball coach Fred Hoiberg says he's feeling surprisingly well five days after open heart surgery.
“This was a second open heart surgery for Mr. Hoiberg, so it was a long operation, but because he is in such good shape and healthy, he is recovering quickly,” says Dr. Rakesh Suri, the Mayo Clinic cardiovascular surgeon who performed Hoiberg’s surgery. “He will do well, and his prognosis is for a normal life.”
The surgery was not unexpected. In 2005 an aortic root aneurysm was discovered during a physical examination. He had surgery to repair the aneurysm at Mayo Clinic that same year, but it was predicted at the time that heart valve replacement was likely in his future. His heart has been closely monitored ever since. Hoiberg says it was a relief to finally have the procedure taken care of.
Hoiberg's fan support is strong, after playing as a star athlete at Iowa State University in the early 1990's, then enjoying a decade-long NBA career, which included time with the Indiana Pacers, the Chicago Bulls and the Minnesota Timberwolves. He has been head men's basketball coach at ISU since 2010. He says wishes for a speedy recovery have come from all over the world and are very much appreciated.
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Journalists: Broadcast quality video and b-roll are available in the downloads. Click here to read a transcript of Fred Hoiberg's comments.
April is National Donate Life Month. Nearly 125,000 Americans are currently on the national transplant waiting list.
A heart transplant has spared a Michigan man from the fate that took the lives of all of his brothers. Ernie Balcueva inherited a condition that caused him to develop heart failure. It’s been a long journey, but he has a bright future ahead once again. From the Mayo Clinic News Network, Dennis Douda has his story. [TRT 6:00]
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Allen Zderad thought darkness had invaded his world to stay. He’s among the 1-in-4,000 people who are born with retinitis pigmentosa, a degenerative eye condition. There is no effective treatment or cure. While not all patients will lose their sight entirely, Mayo Clinic researcher and ophthalmologist Raymond Iezzi Jr., M.D. says, a “bionic eye” may help some of those who do. For the Mayo Clinic News Network, here’s Dennis Douda with Allen’s story. [TRT 6:35]
Journalists: Broadcast quality video and additional b-roll are available in the downloads. Click here to read the script. Pronunciation key - Dr. Iezzi: eye-Eh’-zee, Allen Zderad: Zar'-ad
To schedule an interview with Dr. Iezzi, contact Bob Nellis at Mayo Clinic Public Affairs: 507-284-5005 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Millions of Americans are living with a heart murmur, a telltale sound caused by blood rushing through the heart. Some are harmless, but sometimes they’re a clue to serious problems with the heart’s valves. When surgery is called for, robotic technology is allowing repairs to be made safer than ever before.
After more than 500 robot-assisted mitral valve repair procedures, cardiac surgeon Rakesh Suri, M.D., says Mayo Clinic has proven that - not only does this minimally invasive heart surgery get patients back on their feet faster, it does so at no added cost. Watch the video to see how it works. [TRT 2:37]
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It’s a medical story, a science and technology advancement and a romance wrapped into one moment: when a man who is blind sees his wife again for the first time in a decade.
Allen Zderad began to have serious vision problems about 20 years ago due to retinitis pigmentosa, a degenerative eye disease affecting the retina. There is no effective treatment or cure. It ended his professional career and after a decade he was effectively blind, unable to see anything other than very bright light. He adjusted, even continuing woodworking by developing his sense of touch and spatial relationships. But he was unable to see his family, including ten grandchildren or his wife, Carmen.
Journalists: B-roll of patient Allen Zderad's first experiences with the Second Sight system and of his surgery to implant the device is available in the downloads. Dr. Iezzi's sound bites on the technology, retinitis pigmentosa and the patient experience are also available. Click here for transcript.
Watch KARE 11 medical news report: Man gets bionic eye, sees wife for first time in decade.
To schedule an interview with Dr. Iezzi, contact Bob Nellis at Mayo Clinic Public Affairs: 507-284-5005 or email@example.com [...]