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Dennis Douda (@ddouda) posted · Wed, Aug 27 10:12am · View  

Mayo Clinic Summer Camp Fights Obesity

Kids' summer camp season may be winding down but, for one special group of campers, this may be just the beginning. Camp Wabi is a place where children learn to escape what could otherwise be a lifelong cycle of obesity. Here’s Dennis Douda for the Mayo Clinic News Network. [TRT  2:20]

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Dennis Douda (@ddouda) posted · Wed, Jul 9 12:02pm · View  

Oboe Becomes a Surgical Instrument

For all of the high-tech and futuristic technology finding its way into health care, Mayo Clinic surgeon Shelagh Cofer, M.D., proves that old-fashioned common sense has its place too. How do you make sure a procedure to restore a musician’s wind power has worked before you leave the operating room? You just bring a little something extra. [TRT 2:24]

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Dennis Douda (@ddouda) posted · Sun, Jun 22 8:10pm · View  

Twitter Chats Connect Medical Experts

Twitter boasts hundreds of millions of subscribers. So, why wouldn't doctors with important news to share about treatment see if they could get the word out with a few well-worded tweets? Take a discussion recently on immunotherapy and ways medicine can work with our immune systems to fight cancer. Here's Dennis Douda with the Mayo Clinic News Network.

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Mayo Clinic regularly participates in Twitter chats on a wide variety of medical interests and specialties. In addition, other social media platforms are used daily to share news about health care and research, including Facebook, Pinterest and Google +.

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Dennis Douda (@ddouda) posted · Wed, Jun 18 12:50pm · View  

Mayo Clinic's Zebrafish Program

'Mayo 150 years serving humanity' 150th Sesquicentennial LogoThere is a tiny unsung hero in the medical world, the zebrafish. Studying it has led to countless breakthroughs, from understanding how the body works, to treatments for conditions like cancer and heart disease. At Mayo Clinic, researchers often take their quest for answers to the "Fish Farm.”

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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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Dennis Douda (@ddouda) posted · Tue, May 13 11:55am · View  

Little-Known Condition Causes 5%-10% of High Blood Pressure Cases (pkg)

More than 1 out of 4 Americans has high blood pressure. For millions of them, a little-known condition is to blame; primary aldosteronism or PA. It's caused when nodules on the adrenal glands increase the production of a specific, and even toxic,  hormone. The good news - the right treatment may cure their hypertension permanently and even save their life. Dennis Douda has more on how the condition is diagnosed and treated. A word of caution: There are graphic surgery images in the video. [TRT 2:21]

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Journalists: The video package and additional b-roll are available in the downloads. (TV stations: The graphic surgery images are at 1:35 & 1:55 in the video.)

Members of the media wishing to interview Dr. William Young may call 507-284-5005 or write to to make a request. 

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Dennis Douda (@ddouda) posted · 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.

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Dennis Douda (@ddouda) posted · 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."

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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) posted · 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 @Mayo Clinic and @AACR (American Association for Cancer Research)
to talk 
about cancer prevention.


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 or to more easily follow the flow of the conversation.

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