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March 28th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

“What is a migraine headache?”

By Dana Sparks

young woman with severe headache or migraine

Lake City, Minn. - More than 28 million Americans — three times more women than men — suffer from migraine, a type of headache that’s often severe. Mayo Clinic Health System Family Medicine physician Rachel Batdorf, M.D., says, "Although any head pain can be miserable, migraines are often disabling."  In about 15 percent of cases, these painful headaches are preceded by a sensory warning sign (aura), such as flashes of light, blind spots or tingling in your arm or leg. Migraines are also often accompanied by other symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting and extreme sensitivity to light and sound. Migraine pain can be excruciating and may incapacitate you for hours or even days. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: Headache, Mayo Clinic Health System, migraine


March 28th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Q & A: Presbyopia normal in aging, but regular eye exams are recommended

By lizatorborg

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I am 43 and have started having trouble with my vision while reading. I know this is common for someone my age, and I do have “readers” that I sometimes use, but am hoping to put off regular glasses as long as possible. Am I doing harm by waiting? How often should I have my eyes checked?woman with glasses reading a book, vision

ANSWER: It is true that the vision changes you are noticing are very common in people in their 40s. But you are not harming your eyes by waiting to get reading glasses. You may find it useful to get an eye exam now, though, to see if glasses could be helpful and to check for other eye problems. Regular eye exams are recommended for adults beginning at age 40.

As we age, our eyes gradually lose their ability to focus on objects nearby. The medical term for this process is presbyopia. It typically becomes noticeable in the early to mid-40s and continues to get worse through the mid-60s. Many people become aware of presbyopia when vision seems blurry at a normal reading distance, and they have to hold reading material farther away to see it clearly. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: Dr Mahr, Dr Michael Mahr, Eye Exam, Mayo Clinic Q A, presbyopia, vision changes


March 28th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Something to Think About ~ Should you choose to trust and be vulnerable?

By Dana Sparks

two people rock climbing, exercising, helping and trusting each other
Should you choose to trust and be vulnerable?

"Trust is your willingness to cede control. Letting go of control makes you feel vulnerable. Most of us don’t like feeling vulnerable. But we don’t have a choice." - Dr. Amit Sood

Amit Sood, M.D. is director of research in the Complementary and Integrative Medicine Program at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. He also chairs the Mind-Body Medicine Initiative at Mayo Clinic

Click here to read previous blog posts. Follow Dr. Sood on Twitter @AmitSoodMD

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Tags: Dr Amit Sood, Something to Think About, Trust, Vulnerable


March 27th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Health Letter: Highlights from the March 2015 Issue

By Brian Kilen

ROCHESTER, Minn. ― Here are highlights from the March issue of Mayo Clinic Health Letter. You may cite this publication as often as you wish. Reprinting is allowed for a fee. Mayo Clinic Health Letter attribution is required. Include the following subscription information as your editorial policies permit: Visit http://healthletter.mayoclinic.com/ or call toll-free for subscription information, 1-800-333-9037, extension 9771. Full newsletter text: Mayo Clinic Health Letter March 2015 (for journalists only).

Alternate medications to manage chronic painchronic pain med

Pain medications might not work well for chronic pain ― pain that doesn’t go away with time. The March issue of Mayo Clinic Health Letter covers other types of medications and strategies to consider as part of long-term pain management.

Deciding on potential drug therapy for chronic pain usually involves analysis of the cause or causes of pain and knowing which type of drugs may be beneficial. Pain medications typically work well for pain resulting from headache, an injury or surgery. These same medications can lose their effectiveness over time, and some may even make pain worse or cause unacceptable side effects. Other options include:


MEDIA CONTACT: Brian Kilen, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 507-284-5005,
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Tags: blood pressure guidelines, chronic pain, Dr Amit Sood, Mayo Clinic, Mayo Clinic Health Letter, Minnesota news release, News Release, pain medication


March 27th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

El tratamiento de la escoliosis en adultos se basa en la gravedad de los síntomas

By Soledad Andrade

ESTIMADA MAYO CLINIC:
¿Qué implica y cuán eficaz es la cirugía para el tratamiento de la escoliosis en los adultos?

Ilustración de la columna vertebral de un adulto con escoliosis

La columna vertebral de un adulto con escoliosis

RESPUESTA:
Afortunadamente, en la mayoría de adultos con escoliosis, la afección puede tratarse con éxito sin ninguna cirugía. No obstante, en quienes tienen artritis o muy desviada la columna, la cirugía puede ser muy eficaz para aliviar los síntomas. La cirugía es un procedimiento complejo que abarca la extirpación de algunas articulaciones de la columna y la fusión de dos o más huesos para equilibrar bien la columna y mejorar la calidad de vida.

La escoliosis es una alteración tridimensional en la forma normal de la columna que conduce a una desviación excesiva o una curvatura lateral. A pesar de que la escoliosis generalmente se presenta en los niños durante la época del estirón, algunos adultos también pueden padecerla.

En los adultos afectados por escoliosis, la curvatura puede ser el remanente de la escoliosis desarrollada durante la infancia, aunque lo más común es que sea el resultado del desgaste natural de la columna que ocurre con la edad y que suele presentarse en combinación con otra afección que también afecta la columna, como la artritis o la osteoporosis. De hecho, son los síntomas de la artritis o de la osteoporosis los que normalmente producen las molestias y discapacidad que llevan a las personas a buscar atención médica.

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Tags: cirugía para fusión de la columna, Dr Paul Huddleston, En español, escoliosis, espanol, Preguntas y respuestas, spanish


March 27th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic News Network Headline 3/27/15

By Deborah Balzer

In today's Mayo Clinic News Network Headline with Vivien Williams:

  • Colon cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death for both men and women in the United States - Eric Dozois, M.D., reminds us during this Colon Cancer Awareness month that screening can and does save lives.

Journalists: Video is available in the downloads. [TRT 1:03 ] Click here for script.

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Tags: Cologuard, colon cancer, Colonoscopy, colorectal cancer screening, Dr Eric Dozois, Vivien Williams


March 27th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Seis sugerencias para lidiar con los niños quisquillosos para comer

By Soledad Andrade

Escrito por Micah Dorfner, Relaciones Públicas de Mayo Clinic

Anne Harguth, especialista en dietética del Sistema de Salud de Mayo Clinic sabe muy bien la lucha que es preparar alimentos para niños quisquillosos con la comida, y no sólo dice “ya basta”, sino que comparte estas sugerencias para que los niños prueben comidas nuevas, más sanas y hasta de apariencia extraña:Una niña pone cara de disgusto frente al brócoli

  1. Entender que los alimentos nuevos llevan tiempo. Los niños no siempre quieren probar un alimento nuevo desde el comienzo, así que continúe ofreciéndoselo porque puede requerir varios intentos hasta que al niño le guste el alimento. ¡No se rinda!
  2. Recordar que una cantidad pequeña ofrece grandes ventajas. Ofrezca al niño una porción pequeña de los alimentos sanos que le gustan. A medida que más diversa se torne su alimentación, más fácil será planificar las comidas.
  3. Servir de modelo. A un niño quisquilloso con la comida, preséntele a menudo alimentos nuevos y descríbale el sabor y la textura. Si el niño ve que usted disfruta del nuevo tipo de comida, quizás decida que es seguro probarlo.
  4. Intentar un solo alimento a la vez. Servir nuevos alimentos con la comida que a todos les gusta en casa puede ayudar, porque ofrecer muchos alimentos nuevos a la vez puede resultar atemorizante.
  5. Escoger el momento oportuno. Siempre vale la pena ofrecer un nuevo alimento al comienzo de la comida, cuando todos están con hambre.
  6. Combinar alimentos, en caso necesario. Algunos niños pueden gustar de los nuevos alimentos cuando se los mezcla con otros, en por ejemplo, una cazuela. Otros niños, en cambio, pueden gustar un alimento nuevo si lo comen separado y, en ese caso, un plato con divisiones es lo mejor.

“Lidiar con niños quisquillosos para comer puede parecer una batalla dura y sin final, pero se vuelve más fácil con el tiempo”, explica Harguth. “Recuerde que no está sola, pues casi todo padre lucha con un niño quisquilloso para comer. La clave está en no darse por vencido y continuar ofreciéndole nuevos alimentos”.

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Tags: alimentos, Consejos de salud, En español, espanol, nutrición, quisquilloso para comer, spanish


March 27th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Cancer Treatment and Fertility

By Jen O'Hara

Blue and white banner logo for 'Living with Cancer' blog

Cancer treatment and fertility Fertility - Microscopic image of sperm and egg
Some cancer treatments can affect your ability to have children. If you're planning to have a family, know your fertility options.

Ovarian cancer vaccine: Can it prevent recurrence?
Researchers hope to use ovarian cancer vaccines to train immune system cells. The mission? Find and attack any cancer cells that reappear after the initial treatment.

Chemotherapy and hair loss: What to expect
Find out what to expect when it comes to chemotherapy and hair loss. Plan to use your energy staying healthy rather than worrying about how you look.

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Tags: cancer treatment and fertility, chemotherapy hair loss, Living With Cancer Blog, ovarian cancer vaccine


March 26th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Bionic Eye Implant Update

By Deborah Balzer

patient with 'bionic second sight' eye glasses, with Dr. iezzi

It’s a video that's been seen around the world – the first time Allen Zderad sees his wife in more than a decade with the assist of a retinal prosthesis, or “bionic eye implant.” Mayo Clinic ophthalmologist and eye surgeon Raymond Iezzi, Jr.,M.D., talks about what the success of his patient's eye implant means to him as a physician, why this story resonates with people and how this technology is affecting Allen’s life. Dr. Iezzi says Allen is "like a kid in a candy store, experiencing his environment in ways he never has before."

Click here to find original video and background on this story. Stay tuned to the Mayo Clinic News Network for an update when reporter Dennis Douda and photographer Andy Shilts visit Allen at home to see how he's navigating life with his new eye.

Pronunciation key:
Dr. Iezzi:  eye-Eh’-zee
Allen Zderad:  zur-Ad’

Journalists: Soundbites with Dr. Iezzi are available in the downloads. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: allen zderad, bionic eye, Dr Raymond Iezzi, ophthalmology, vision


March 26th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Kidney For A Little Brother: Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute

By Joel Streed

In this Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute, the bond between these siblings is stronger than most.

To listen, click the link below.

Kidney for a Little Brother

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Tags: kidney transplant, Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute, podcast