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February 26th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Cancer Treatment and the Heart

By Dana Sparks

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Cancer treatment and the heart
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Radiation treatment and chemotherapy can increase the chance of heart damage. Know the risks.

Alternative cancer treatments: 10 options to consider
Looking for relief from cancer treatment side effects? These 10 types of alternative medicine may help.

cancer imaging for HBO measles virus documentaryMayo Clinic to be featured in "Killing Cancer" — a special report from VICE on HBO Don't miss the HBO documentary "Killing Cancer" on Friday, Feb. 27, at 10 p.m. ET. Follow the revolution happening in the treatment of cancer and discover how viruses will become a main driver for cancer therapy. Thanks to thousands of hours of research, the courage and optimism of our patients, and generous gifts from people like you, we are closer than ever to cures for some of the deadliest, hardest to treat cancers. Learn more.

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Tags: Cancer Treatments, HBO, heart, Living With Cancer Blog


February 26th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

THURSDAY CONSUMER HEALTH TIPS

By Dana Sparks

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Fever treatment: Quick guide to treating a fever

Dense breast tissue: What it means to have dense breasts

Carbon monoxide poisoning

Blood pressure chart: What your reading means

Diabetes diet: Create your healthy-eating plan

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Tags: Blood Pressure Chart, Carbon Monoxide Poisoning, Dense Breast Tissue, Diabetes, fever, Thursday Consumer Health Tips


February 26th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

What Do You Know About Superbugs?

By balzerdeb

illustrations of superbugs microbiome animationYou may have heard the term superbug in the news lately. Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (En-tero-bacteria-ce·ae) (CRE) has been linked to several deaths around the United States after those patients had endoscopic procedures using a duodenoscope. CRE is often referred to as a superbug because it's resistant to the carbapenem antibiotic and other commonly used antibiotics.

The duodenoscope is a complex instrument used in an endoscopic procedure called endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP). Bret Petersen, M.D., calls the ERCP a very important procedure that potentially saves many lives and says more than 100,000 ERCP procedures are done annually in the U.S.

Instruments used in common procedures such as colonoscopy and upper endoscopy have not been related to these cases of CRE. Dr. Petersen says patients should not be fearful of having these important procedures.

Journalists: Sound bites with Dr. Petersen are available in the downloads. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: Colonoscopy, CRE, Dr Bret Petersen, duodenoscope, superbug, upper endoscopy


February 26th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Melanoma Targeted Therapies: Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute

By Joel Streed

In this Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute, Dr. Richard Joseph on the advancement of melanoma treatments targeted to certain patients.

To listen, click the link below.

Targeted Therapies for Melanoma

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Tags: Dr. Richard Joseph, Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute, Melanoma, podcast


February 26th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

La rehabilitación cardíaca es beneficiosa para varios trastornos del corazón

By Soledad Andrade

ESTIMADA MAYO CLINIC:
¿Qué implica la rehabilitación cardíaca, y la recomiendan ustedes a todos los que han sufrido un ataque cardíaco, o solamente en ciertos casos?

Un hombre grafica el latido cardíacoRESPUESTA:
La rehabilitación cardíaca es sumamente provechosa para las personas que sufren varios trastornos del corazón, e implica una combinación de ejercicios supervisados médicamente, educación y control de los factores de riesgo.

Los objetivos de la rehabilitación cardíaca son de reducir los síntomas, mejorar la funcionalidad física y mental, así como prevenir futuros problemas del corazón. Quienes participan en la rehabilitación cardíaca son menos proclives a reingresar al hospital y, además, presentan tasas de supervivencia entre 25 y 45 por ciento mejores que las personas que no participan en la rehabilitación cardíaca.

La rehabilitación cardíaca es definitivamente recomendable para las personas con los siguientes diagnósticos: ataque cardíaco; intervenciones coronarias percutáneas, entre ellas, angioplastia o estent coronario; angina crónica estable; cirugía para baipás coronario; reparación de válvula cardíaca o cirugía para reemplazo de válvula; trasplante cardíaco; e insuficiencia cardíaca sistólica (alteración de la contracción cardíaca).

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February 25th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

What to Do About Dry Skin

By Micah Dorfner

Dry skin is can be temporary — for example you might only suffer from it during the winter months — but for some it can be a lifelong condition. Although skin is often driest on your hands, arms and lower legs, this varies from person to person. What's more, signs and symptoms of dry skin depend on your age, your health, where you live, time spent outdoors and the cause of the problem.

Megan Johnston Flanders, M.D., family medicine physician at Mayo Clinic Health System in Cannon Falls, says dry skin is likely to cause one or more of the following:

  • A feeling of skin tightness, especially after showering, bathing or swimmingwoman scratching her arm, dry skin itch
  • Skin that feels and looks rough
  • Itching (pruritus)
  • Slight to severe flaking, scaling or peeling
  • Fine lines or cracks
  • Gray, ashy skin in people with dark skin
  • Redness
  • Deep cracks that may bleed

Dr. Johnston Flanders says the following measures can help keep your skin moist and healthy: Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: Dermatology, Dr Megan Johnston Flanders, Dry Skin, Mayo Clinic Health System


February 25th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

A. Keith Stewart, M.B., Ch.B., Named Director of Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine

By Sam Smith

~Stewart, Keith.photoROCHESTER, Minn. — A. Keith Stewart, M.B., Ch.B., has been appointed medical director of the Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine. Dr. Stewart is a consultant in the Division of Hematology-Oncology, Department of Medicine.

“I am honored to have this opportunity,” says Dr. Stewart. “We will build on the excellent work of the center to date, with a renewed focus on helping our clinicians access genomics based diagnostics and therapeutics on a routine basis to improve patient care. The integrated complex care delivered at Mayo Clinic provides a unique ability to lead in the development of precision medicine advances with global impact.”

Dr. Stewart’s own research and clinical interest is in translational genomics in multiple myeloma, including both basic and clinical research to identify novel targets for therapy in multiple myeloma. A diversity of public and private institutions currently support this work: the National Cancer Institute, Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, and Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, as well as numerous partnerships with the pharmaceutical industry for clinical trials. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: Arizona News Release, Center for Individualized Medicine, Dr A Keith Stewart, Dr Keith Stewart, Minnesota news release


February 25th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic’s Measles Virus Therapy for Cancer Profiled in VICE Documentary on HBO

By Joe Dangor

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On Friday, Feb. 27 at 10 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT, HBO will broadcast a documentary entitled Killing Cancer.

Shane Smith from HBO VICE on measles virus and cancer vaccineVICE founder and host Shane Smith follows pioneering researchers across the U.S. — including specialists from the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center — who are changing the face of modern-day medicine through their work with oncolytic virus therapy.

This revolutionary treatment uses HIV, measles and other viruses that have killed millions to combat cancer. You can view the trailer:

 

 

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Tags: HBO, Killing Cancer, Mayo Clinic, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, measles virus therapy, Multiple Myeloma, oncolytic virus therapy, Shane Smith, VICE


February 25th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Quicker Recoveries Possible with Robotic Heart Valve Surgery

By Dennis Douda

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.

Journalists: Broadcast quality video is available in the downloads. Click here to read the script. 

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Tags: Dr. Rakesh Suri, HL, mitral valve, mitral valve prolapse, mitral valve regurgitation, Pkg, Robotic Surgery


February 25th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Early-Term Elective Deliveries: Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute

By Joel Streed

How long is a full-term pregnancy?  In this Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute, Dr. Jani Jensen explains why there are some limits on early-term elective deliveries.

To listen, click the link below.

Early-Term Elective Deliveries

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Tags: Dr Jani Jensen, Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute, podcast