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From peewees to the pros, and every level in between, hockey season is in full swing. Although hockey's often considered a risky sport for injuries, Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine experts say smart precautions and top-notch training can lower the odds of getting hurt â€” while also greatly improving a playerâ€™s skills. Hereâ€™s Dennis Douda for the Mayo Clinic News Network.
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Congenital heart problems are the most common structural birth defect. They affect about 1 in 100 children. However, the condition a little North Dakota girl came into the world with is incredibly uncommon. She was born with her heart outside of her chest. Sadly, itâ€™s also uncommon for most children to survive it â€” unless, the stars align perfectly. In this case, they did and those stars were wearing hospital-blue surgical gowns. For the Mayo Clinic News Network, Dennis Douda has the story of baby Kieran's special heart.
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World Stroke Day is October 29th. Strokes will take the lives of more than six million people around the globe this year. But, Mayo Clinic neurosurgeon Giuseppe Lanzino, M.D., says quick action can make all the difference, often sparing victims from death or a lifetime of impairment. Dennis Douda, with the Mayo Clinic News Network, has a perfect example. [TRT 2:09]
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The American Cancer Society (ACS)Â has updated its recommendations for breast cancer screening for women at average risk of the disease. The recommendations strongly support the value of mammograms and provide some further direction for women at both ends of the age spectrum.
Sandhya Pruthi, M.D., a Breast Clinic physician and Mayo Clinic Cancer Center researcher says,"This is an important paper and we are pleased thatÂ ACS has paid attention to and respected patient preferences and values in its recommendation. While the ACS now recommends annual screening mammograms for women who have no risk factors at age 45, it did recommend that women age 40 and up still receive anÂ annualÂ screening mammograms if they choose to seek screening.Â This shared-decision making approach between a patient and her providerÂ is something weÂ support at Mayo Clinic. Overall, the new ACS recommendations reaffirm that screening mammography for women in their 40s is associated with a decrease in breast cancer deaths."
Breast Cancer is the most common cancer among women and the second deadliest cancer for women, surpassed only by lung cancer. More than 230,000 women in the United States are expected to be diagnosed with breast cancer this year.
The new guidelines were just released in JAMAÂ (Journal of the American Medical Association).Â Among the key updates by age:
Dr. Pruthi says, â€śSo, we have been recommending for years that women in their forties be screened annually with mammogram. So, itâ€™s nice to have the American Cancer Society support what weâ€™ve been telling patients at Mayo Clinic.â€ť
Dr. Pruthi does say she was surprised, however, that the ACS no longer recommends clinical breast exams by physicians for women of average risk.Â "One surprising part of theÂ recommendation was that ACS no longer supports annual clinical breast exams. We know that mammograms can miss detecting a breast cancer due to the presence ofÂ veryÂ dense breast tissue. Clinical breast exams conducted by providers can improve the opportunity to detect breast cancers or abnormalities early.Â Women are encouraged to be aware of breast changes and bring this to the attention of their providers promptly for evaluation."
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The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced a new framework this week for beginning to collect and decode the genetic information of a huge sampling of volunteers over the next three years in an effort to improve health care at an individualized level. Called the Precision Medicine Cohort Initiative, it's part of the President's Initiative on Precision Medicine announced earlier this year.
The director of the Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine, A. Keith Stewart, M.B., Ch.B., welcomes the announcement. "This is a project to take the DNA of one million Americans, across all walks of life and diversity of populations, and to sequence the genome of each of those individuals and then follow them over time to understand what the genome could tell us and what it could predict about our future health," says Dr. Stewart. "Itâ€™s a highly important project."
NIH says $130 million of the $215 million budgeted in fiscal year 2016 for the President's Personalized Medicine Initiative is allocated for development of the participant cohort, meaning the group of patients who will be involved in the research. To read the full NIH news release on the program, click here.
As he prepares to host Mayo Clinic's 4th International Individualized Medicine Conference beginning September 20th, Dr. Stewart says, "Here at Mayo Clinic, weâ€™ve long recognized that this is going to transform medicine and weâ€™re very pleased to see this project moving forward and to be, potentially, a part of that going into the future.â€ť
Not all great advances in surgery happen in the operating room. Some are coming off the printer â€“ a 3D printer. At Mayo Clinic, radiologists and surgeons are teaming up to discover every possible detail about complex cases before the operation. In some situations, it means patients experience less pain, shorter hospital stays and quicker recoveries. Hereâ€™s Dennis Douda for the Mayo Clinic News Network.
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Two groups of American researchers recently announced progress in their efforts to create a single flu vaccine. The goal is to find a universal vaccine that will offer broader coverage against all types of influenza each season. It's possible such a vaccine would even provide long-term protection, preparing our immune systems to fight off the flu for many seasons.
The challenge in developing such a vaccine has been the flu virus's ability to mutate quickly. Even slight changes to a virus may interfere with our body's ability to control it before it makes us sick. This newly reported single vaccine research focuses on a protein called hemagglutinin, which all influenza virus strains share in common.
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Mayo Clinic infectious diseases specialist Pritish Tosh, M.D.Â says,"Thereâ€™s a lot of research going on looking at some of these other options, in terms of our target for the influenza vaccine." Dr. Tosh, who is also a member of the Vaccine Research Group at Mayo Clinic, says the new avenues of investigation are definitely needed. However, he cautions, the single flu vaccine has only been tested in animals and is not yet available. So, he urges everyone to get immunized with the safe and proven vaccines that we already have. "Influenza is a real killer. It kills tens of thousands of Americans each year, either directly or through its complications. And we really only have one great way in terms of prevention and that is with [the current] influenza vaccine." Play the video to hear more of Dr. Tosh's comments about different research approaches for improving flu vaccines.
Integrated care. A multidisciplinary approach. These are words often heard when talking about the way Mayo Clinic seamlessly incorporates many medical specialties to diagnose and treat patients. A young man from Wisconsin offers up a couple more â€“ lifesaving teamwork. Hereâ€™s Dennis Douda for the Mayo Clinic News Network.
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In the United States, two-thirds of the population is said to be either overweight or obese. Now thereâ€™s a new option for those who might need medical help to lose weight but donâ€™t qualify for weight loss surgery.
This week Mayo ClinicÂ gastroenterologistsÂ were the first in the U.S. to implant a new device recently approved by the FDA. The procedure involves the temporary placement of a special balloon in the stomach and has the potential for lasting results. Hereâ€™s Dennis Douda for the Mayo Clinic News Network.
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Mayo Clinic has a financial interest in Apollo Endosurgery, manufacturer of the ORBERA managed weight loss system. Revenue Mayo Clinic receives is used to support its not-for-profit mission in patient care, education and research.
The Trans Am Muscle Car Challenge promises to be a high-octane eventÂ FridayÂ in Lexington, Ohio. But, one of the drivers is already a winner. With help from his extensive Mayo Clinic health care team, Tommy Archer outraced prostate cancer in order to get back on the track. Hereâ€™s Dennis Douda for the Mayo Clinic News Network.
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On any given day about 15,000 Americans are on the liver transplant waiting list, hoping they can get a lifesaving donor organ in time. Itâ€™s that kind of statistic thatâ€™s had doctors looking for alternatives for decades. Now, a new study in the Journal of Hepatology reports thatÂ Mayo Clinic researchers may have a bioartificial liver ready to do the job for some of those patients. Hereâ€™s Dennis Douda for the Mayo Clinic News Network.
With Fatherâ€™s Day coming up, everyone wants to give Dad something he can really use. So, how about a gift that might even save his life? That was the idea behind a Mayo Clinic nurseâ€™s gift; a tourniquet, of all things! Hereâ€™s Dennis Douda for the Mayo Clinic News Network. Â [TRT 2:29]
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The FDA may approve the new medications for use later this year.
A Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory panel has recommended approval of the first drug in a new class of cholesterol-lowering medications, called PCSK9 inhibitors. PCSK9 is a protein that interferes with the liver's ability to reduce levels of LDL, often called the bad cholesterol. A similar drug made by another company will be considered by the panel today. "The thing thatâ€™s different about [these medications] is that they actually enhance your own bodyâ€™s ability to clear cholesterol," says Stephen Kopecky, M.D., with Mayo Clinic's division of cardiovascular diseases and the immediate past president of the American Society for Preventive Cardiology (ASPC).
Mayo Clinic participated in some of the research to evaluate the medications. â€śOf the three that are coming along, weâ€™ve studied two of them here, giving them to patients in research studies and looked at their benefits and side effects; their good effects and bad effects. Weâ€™ve found them to be very, very effective,â€ť Dr. Kopecky says.
Play the video to hear more of Dr. Kopecky's comments about how the drugs work and why they could be lifesavers for some patients with high cholesterol.
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Full disclosure: Dr. Kopecky is an adviser to the pharmaceutical company Merck, which is not one of the companies awaiting FDA approval for a PCSK9 inhibitor medication.
"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.
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Medical innovation has helped a Chicago-area woman receive a lifesaving double organ transplant, even after sheâ€™d been told it wasnâ€™t an option. Previous surgeries had made her risk of organ rejection too high. Her Mayo ClinicÂ doctors, however, turned her dire situation into an advantage. Hereâ€™s Dennis Douda with the Mayo Clinic News Network.
Courtney is working to raise organ donor awareness. Anyone whoâ€™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 therapyÂ 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. Hereâ€™s Dennis Douda for the Mayo Clinic News Network.
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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.
â€śThis 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,â€ť says Dr.Â Rakesh Suri, the Mayo Clinic cardiovascular surgeon who performed Hoibergâ€™s surgery. â€śHe will do well, and his prognosis is for a normal life.â€ť
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.Â 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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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 developÂ heart failure. Itâ€™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. Heâ€™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.Â says, a â€śbionic eyeâ€ť may help some of those who do. For the Mayo Clinic News Network, hereâ€™s Dennis Douda with Allenâ€™s story. [TRT 6:35]
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Millions of Americans are living with a heart murmur, a telltale sound caused by blood rushing through the heart. Some are harmless, but sometimes theyâ€™re a clue to serious problems with the heartâ€™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 surgeonÂ Rakesh Suri, M.D., says Mayo Clinic has proven that - not only does this minimally invasive heart surgeryÂ 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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