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Dennis Douda (@ddouda) published a blog post Thu, Mar 20 1:06am · View  

Advanced Home Stool Test Finds Colorectal Cancer’s DNA

Mayo Clinic research results presented in NEJM could change colorectal screening practice

A clinical trial of Cologuard shows unprecedented results for finding colorectal cancer with a noninvasive test. “Cologuard detection rates of early stage cancer and high-risk precancerous polyps validated in this large study were outstanding and have not been achieved by other noninvasive approaches,” says the study’s author David Ahlquist M.D., a Mayo Clinic gastroenterologist and co-inventor of the Cologuard test.

Colorectal cancer has become the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States, but it is highly treatable if found early. Cologuard uses a self-contained collection kit that allows patients to send stool samples to a high-tech lab for screening.

Journalists: Sound bites with Dr. Ahlquist, animation and b-roll of the Cologuard test kit are available in the downloads.

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Dennis Douda (@ddouda) published a blog post Wed, Feb 26 4:15pm · View  

1st State Moving to Ban Antibacterial Chemical Triclosan?

Mayo Clinic Expert Says Such an Ingredient Would Not Be Missed in Household Products

Citing environmental concerns, Minnesota state legislators next month are expected to debate banning the use of the common antibacterial ingredient triclosan. By an executive order effective in 2013, Minnesota's governor had already barred state agencies from purchasing any hand washing, dish or laundry soaps containing triclosan. The concern is that natural chemical interactions in the environment will create dioxins that pose a threat to aquatic life. Dioxins also have been associated with an increased risk of cancer.

Mayo Clinic infectious disease expert Pritish Tosh, M.D. says for the benefit of public health, fewer antibacterial products on the market could actually be a good thing. Dr. Tosh says the misuse of antibiotics and the overuse of antibacterial agents are at least partially to blame for the growth of so-called "super-bugs."

Journalists: Sound bites with Dr. Tosh are available in the downloads.

Sound bite #1  Resistant Bacteria Thrive (Dr. Pritish Tosh, Mayo Clinic) [pronounced: prih-TEESH Tahsh] "This is contributing worldwide to problems

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Dennis Douda (@ddouda) published a blog post Tue, Feb 25 5:28pm · View  

Cancer Prevention Chat, Thursday Feb. 27th, 1 to 2 p.m. EST

sick woman patient in hospital bedThe number of new cancer cases can be reduced, and many cancer deaths can be prevented, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Join @Newshour (PBS NewsHour)   
with @mayoclinic and @AACR (American Association for Cancer Research)
to talk 
about cancer prevention.

#newshourchats 

Feb. 27, from 1 to 2 p.m. EST 

 


Topics will include:
Risks for developing cancer
Roles of environment, lifestyle & play in cancer prevention
How genes impact our risk of developing cancer
Screening guidelines
The latest research in cancer prevention

Drs. Axel Grothey, M.D.; Paul Limburg, M.D.Sandhya Pruthi, M.D.; and Stephanie Hines, M.D.; along with psychologist Matthew Clark, PhD.; and Sheryl Ness, R.N., editor of the Mayo Clinic’s Living with Cancer blog, will take questions on cancer risks and prevention.

If you’ve never participated in a Twitter chat, be sure to watch this how-to video before jumping in. We recommend you use a website such as Tweetdeck.com or Twubs.com to more easily follow the flow of the conversation.

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Dennis Douda (@ddouda) published a blog post Mon, Feb 24 2:40pm · View  

Women Urged to Take Charge for Better Heart Health

When it comes to heart disease, men and women are not created equal, says the founder of Mayo Clinic's Women's Heart Clinic Sharonne Hayes, M.D. "Women have more risk factors and they have different risk factors," says Dr. Hayes. "Some of those are autoimmune diseases, like lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. They also have to go through all the vascular and physical changes of pregnancy."

In spite of long held beliefs that men have more to worry about, more women die of heart attacks each year in the United States than men. That's why Dr. Hayes encourages women to take charge and be proactive every day to lower their heart disease risk.

Journalists: Sound bites are available in the downloads. This is part 2 of Dr. Hayes' insights on women's heart health. Also see "Women and Heart Attacks" posted February 17, 2014.

Sound bite #4 - Exercise Appointments (Dr. Sharonne Hayes, Mayo Clinic Cardiovascular Expert) "Schedule in exercise just like you would

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Dennis Douda (@ddouda) published a blog post Mon, Feb 17 3:20pm · View  

Women and Heart Attacks

Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, yet according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about half of all women are unaware of this fact. Founder of the Women's Heart Clinic at Mayo Clinic Sharonne Hayes, M.D., says, "While there’s been a steady decline in cardiovascular deaths in the general American population over the past 30 years, that has not been the case for women under the age of 55, which has seen a slight increase."

Journalists: Sound bites are available in the downloads. This is part 1 of Dr. Hayes' insights on women's heart health. Also see "Women Urged to Take Charge for Better Heart Health" posted February 24, 2014.

Dr. Hayes says part of the problem has been an outdated belief that women had a lower risk of heart disease than men. She says it's now known that women actually have some additional risk factors that can damage their cardiovascular health.
Sound bite #1 - Women’s Risk Factors (Dr. Sharonne Hayes, Mayo Clinic Cardiovascular Expert) "Some of those are autoimmune diseases, like Lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, or depression and anxiety,

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Dennis Douda (@ddouda) published a blog post Wed, Feb 12 8:30am · View  

New Clinic Treats Rising Number of EOE Swallowing Disorder Cases (pkg)

There is a swallowing disorder that’s sending more and more people to see their doctors. Its nickname is EOE. Mayo Clinic experts say it’s being reported 30 times more often than it was just three decades ago, which is why they’ve just opened a new clinic dedicated to diagnosing and treating it.  Here's Dennis Douda for the Mayo Clinic News Network.

Journalists: The full package, animation and additional b-roll are available in the downloads. To access the script, with intro and tag, click here.

 

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Dennis Douda (@ddouda) published a blog post Thu, Jan 30 5:58pm · View  

Mayo Clinic Expert Says Heart Risks From Unnecessarily Treating “Low T” Serious Concern

"Anytime a physician prescribes a medication, there are going to be some risks associated with that medication," says William Young, Jr., M.D., the chair of Mayo Clinic's Division of Endocrinology.

Dr. Young says advertising for testosterone medications to treat so-called low T, particularly during televised sporting events, is prompting men to seek out prescriptions for a medication most of them don't need. "So successful has the marketing for this testosterone therapy been that, according to Drugs.com, an independent medicine website, sales of the testosterone gel Androgel in 2013 exceeded sales of Viagra," according to a statement from the UCLA newsroom regarding a new study of the cardiovascular risks of testosterone therapy.

Journalists: Sound bites with Dr. Young are available in the downloads.  

The joint study by UCLA, the National Institutes of Health and Consolidated Research Inc., found the risk of a heart attack shortly after beginning testosterone therapy roughly doubled for men under 65 with a history of heart disease. The study, in the Jan. 29 online edition of the journal PLOS ONE, is the largest to date examining heart disease in men using testosterone supplements.

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Dennis Douda (@ddouda) published a blog post Fri, Jan 17 4:23pm · View  

Mayo Clinic Discovery Leads to FDA Approval for Stem Cell Trial for Heart Failure Patients

U.S. FDA Approves Phase III Cardiopoietic Stem Cell Trial for Heart Failure Patients Based on a Mayo Discovery

Cardio3 BioSciences, an international Mayo Clinic collaborator, has received FDA approval for a phase III pivotal clinical trial of its stem cell therapy. The trial will test the Mayo Clinic discovery of cardiopoietic (cardiogenically-instructed) stem cells designed to improve heart health in people suffering from heart failure. The multisite U.S. trial, called CHART-2, will aim to recruit 240 patients with chronic advanced symptomatic heart failure. Cardio3 BioSciences is a bioscience company in Mont-Saint-Guibert, Belgium.

"Regenerative medicine is poised to transform the way we treat patients," says Andre Terzic, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Mayo Clinic Center for Regenerative Medicine. Watch the video below to see how stem cells are being used to treat people with heart failure.

Journalists: Video b-roll of today's news conference, plus sound bites with Dr. Terzic and Christian Homsy, M.D., CEO of Cardio3 BioSciences, are available in the downloads. The video pkg. is also available in the downloads in MOV format.

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Dennis Douda (@ddouda) published a blog post Fri, Dec 20 2013 · View  

MAYO CLINIC RADIO

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Stress-Free Living

Does “lower my stress levels” show up on your list of New Year’s resolutions for 2014? On Saturday, Dec. 21, Amit Sood, M.D., will join us to discuss the new “Mayo Clinic Guide to Stress-Free Living.” What is most often misunderstood about the effects of stress on us? What is most often misunderstood about meditation? What are the first steps toward a New Year’s resolution of “less stress in 2014?” Please join us.

Myth or Matter of Fact:  Multitasking is easier for women than men.

Listen to this week’s Medical News Headlines: News Segment December 21, 2013 (right click MP3)

The show is taped for rebroadcast by some affiliates. On Twitter follow #MayoClinicRadio and tweet your questions.

Mayo Clinic Radio is a weekly one-hour radio program highlighting health and medical information from Mayo Clinic. 

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Dennis Douda (@ddouda) published a blog post Fri, Dec 13 2013 · View  

Mayo Clinic Radio

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How often have you heard or read about a “heart-healthy diet” and wondered what exactly that means? 

Get the full story on Saturday, Dec. 14, when Stephen Kopecky, M.D., and Mayo Clinic dietitian Peg Menzel join us to discuss the Mediterranean diet.  What is it that's so healthy about eating this way?  How can we begin to incorporate it into our diet? Please join us.

Myth or Matter of Fact: Olive oil lowers LDL (“bad”) cholesterol.Closeup of Mediterranean diet lettuce salad with sliced tomatoes feta cheese and olive oil dripping from a spoon

Listen to this week’s Medical News Headlines: News Segment December 14, 2013 (right click MP3)

The show is taped for rebroadcast by some affiliates. On Twitter follow #MayoClinicRadio and tweet your questions.

Mayo Clinic Radio is a weekly one-hour radio program highlighting health and medical information from Mayo Clinic.

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