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May 25th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Audrey’s Gastric Bypass: Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute

By Joel Streed

In this Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute, the story of one woman's struggle with weight and the answer she found.

To listen, click the link below.

Audrey's Gastric Bypass

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May 25th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic News Network Headline 5/25/15

By Deborah Balzer

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

  • Thousands of Americans are enjoying this Memorial Day on the water. Boating and swimming are traditional pastimes but they also come with opportunity for injury. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says about ten people die every day from unintentional drowning. Mayo Clinic trauma surgeon Dr. Donald Jenkins reminds us the majority of accidents are preventable so use caution when on and in the water.

Click here for more information on boat safety.

Journalists: Video is available in the downloads. [TRT 1:04] Click here for the script.

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Tags: boating accidents, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Donald Jenkins, Vivien Williams, Water Safety


May 25th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Osteoporosis/Teeth Whiteners/Food Allergies and Asthma: Mayo Clinic Radio

By Joel Streed

As we age, our bones may lose mass and become brittle. These are the signs and symptoms of osteoporosis. According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, osteoporosis is responsible for 2 million broken bones each year in the U.S. Mayo Clinic endocrinologist Dr. Bart Clarke discusses osteoporosis and how to reduce its impact on your health. Also on the program, we explore the world of teeth whiteners ... what works and what doesn't ... with Mayo Clinic dentist Dr. Phillip Sheridan. And pediatric allergy expert Dr. Martha Hartz will join us to discuss food allergies and asthma in children.

Here's the podcast:  MayoClinicRadioPODCASTMay232015

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Tags: Asthma, Dr Bart Clarke, Dr Martha Hartz, Dr Phillip Sheridan, Food Allergies, Mayo Clinic Radio, osteoporosis, podcast, teeth whiteners


May 25th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Monday’s Housecall

By Jen O'Hara

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THIS WEEK'S TOP STORIES

Omega-3 in fish: How eating fish helps your heartMediterranean-style grilled salmon
Worried about heart disease? Try eating one to two servings of fish a week. Discover the benefits of omega-3 fatty acids.

Prescription weight-loss drugs
Interest in weight-loss medicines is growing as more drugs become available. Could one of them help you? Find out if you may be a candidate.

EXPERT ANSWERS
Colon cleansing: Is it helpful or harmful?
Colon cleansing is popular among some alternative medicine practitioners who claim it has health benefits. Get the facts first.

Body fat analyzers: How accurate are they?
Body fat can be measured with hand-held body fat analyzers, but accuracy varies.

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Tags: Advanced Directives, age-related vision, animal bites, body fat, colon cleansing, denial, Healthy Recipes, Living Wills, Monday's Housecall, nutrition-wise blog, omega-3 fatty acids, prescription weight-loss drugs


May 23rd, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Wounded Warrior Captain Bacik Walking, Running and Standing Tall

By Dana Sparks

United States of America flag, with blue sky in background

There are heroes in every war and Captain Matthew Bacik is certainly one of those. He was in the elite U.S. Army Ranger Regiment, honored with three Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star Medal, but he left active duty when an ambush in Iraq resulted in a below-the-knee amputation. Today, however, because of a new device tested at Mayo Clinic, he's walking, running and standing tall. [TRT 3:08]

Journalists: The broadcast quality video package and additional b-roll are available in the downloads. Click here to read the full script. 

 

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Tags: amputation, Capt Bacik, HL, Pkg, prosthetics, Wounded Warrior


May 23rd, 2015 · Leave a Comment

MAYO CLINIC RADIO

By Dana Sparks

close up illustration of spine with osteoporosis, bone loss

As we age, our bones may lose mass and become brittle. These are the signs and symptoms of osteoporosis. According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, osteoporosis is responsible for 2 million broken bones each year in the U.S. Mayo Clinic endocrinologist Dr. Bart Clarke discusses osteoporosis and how to reduce its impact on your health. Also on the program, we explore the world of teeth whiteners ... what works and what doesn't ... with Mayo Clinic dentist Dr. Phillip Sheridan. And pediatric allergy expert Dr. Martha Hartz will join us to discuss food allergies and asthma in children.

Myth or Matter-of-Fact: Men are less likely than women to develop osteoporosis.

Mayo Clinic Radio is available on iHeart Radio.

Click here to listen to the program on Saturday, May 23, at 9:05 a.m., and follow #MayoClinicRadio.

To find and listen to archived shows, click here.

Mayo Clinic Radio is a weekly one-hour radio program highlighting health and medical information from Mayo Clinic. The show is taped for rebroadcast by some affiliates.

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Tags: Asthma, Dr Bart Clarke, Dr Martha Hartz, Dr Phillip Sheridan, Food Allergies, Mayo Clinic Radio, osteoporosis, Teeth


May 23rd, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Q and A: Several factors to consider before treatment for Barrett’s esophagus

By lizatorborg

illustration of normal esophagus and Barrett's esophagus

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: My husband is 68 and was recently diagnosed with Barrett’s esophagus. The doctor said it was low-grade dysplasia, and that he could be treated for now without having surgery, but that surgery may be necessary in the future. We are worried that his condition will eventually lead to esophageal cancer and want to know if having surgery now should be considered.

ANSWER: Before you and your husband decide on what type of treatment to pursue, there are several factors you need to carefully consider and discuss with a gastroenterologist.

First, the way the condition is diagnosed is critical. In Barrett’s esophagus, the color and composition of the cells lining the lower esophagus change. Normal esophagus tissue appears pale and glossy. In Barrett’s esophagus, the tissue is red and velvety instead. When Barrett’s esophagus is found, tissue samples (biopsies) are taken to determine the degree of tissue change. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: Barrett's esophagus, Dr Kenneth Wang, Dr Wang, Mayo Clinic Q A


May 22nd, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Something to Think About ~ 12 Reasons to be Happier!

By Dana Sparks


"Based on hundreds of research studies here are 12 proven benefits of happiness!"
- 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: 12 Reasons to be Happier, Alternative Medicine, Dr Amit Sood, Something to Think About


May 22nd, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Hospitales de Mayo Clinic calificados por U.S. News & World Report con alto rendimiento en todas las categorías generales de atención médica

By Soledad Andrade

Reflejo del Edificio Plummer de Mayo sobre las ventanas del Edificio GondaROCHESTER, Minnesota: Los hospitales de Mayo Clinic en Rochester, Minnesota, y Phoenix, Arizona, se ubicaron en el nivel superior para el “premio al alto rendimiento” en todas las categorías generales de atención médica en las últimas calificaciones de U.S. News & World Report (Noticias de EE. UU. e Informe Mundial).

Los “Mejores hospitales de U.S. News para atención médica general” evaluaron cuán bien rendían más de 4500 hospitales de todo el país en cada procedimiento habitual y/o afección. Las cinco áreas de enfoque fueron: cirugía de baipás cardíaco, reemplazo de cadera, reemplazo de rodilla, enfermedad pulmonar obstructiva crónica e insuficiencia cardíaca. Apenas 10 por ciento de los hospitales, aproximadamente, calificó con alto rendimiento en alguna de las categorías.

Los hospitales de Mayo Clinic en Rochester y Phoenix están entre menos de 50 instituciones (de más de 800) que calificaron con alto rendimiento en las cinco categorías. El hospital de Mayo Clinic en Jacksonville, Florida, obtuvo la calificación de alto rendimiento en reemplazo de cadera. El hospital del Sistema de Salud de Mayo Clinic en Eau Claire, Wisconsin, calificó con alto rendimiento en insuficiencia cardíaca.

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Tags: Dra Paula Santrach, En español, espanol, Sistema de Salud de Mayo Clinic, spanish, Spanish News Release, US and World Report


May 22nd, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Hígados donados después de muerte cardíaca son seguros para pacientes con cáncer hepático que constan en la lista de trasplantes, descubre estudio de Mayo Clinic

By Soledad Andrade

JACKSONVILLE, Florida: El cáncer hepático puede curarse con el trasplante de hígado, pero debido a la falta de órganos donados, estos pacientes generalmente mueren durante la espera por el órgano. La razón es que la mayoría de centros de trasplante predominantemente emplea hígados de donantes fallecidos por muerte cerebral.

Dr. Kristopher CroomeNo obstante, en el estudio más grande realizado en su tipo, los médicos de trasplante de Mayo Clinic en Florida descubrieron que los pacientes con cáncer hepático obtienen los mismos resultados provechosos con órganos donados por pacientes fallecidos por muerte cardíaca. El estudio acaba de publicarse en internet en la Revista Americana de Trasplantes.

“Nuestro programa es uno de los que más experiencia mundial tiene en el trasplante de hígado con órganos donados después de muerte cardíaca”, comenta el investigador principal del estudio y cirujano de trasplantes, Dr. Kristopher Croome. “Sabemos que estos órganos efectivamente ofrecen nueva vida a los pacientes con cáncer hepático”.

“Creo que este estudio responde de manera firme y terminal la pregunta de si los hígados donados después de muerte cardíaca son igual de viables para los pacientes con cáncer hepático que los hígados de donantes fallecidos por muerte cerebral… y la respuesta es que efectivamente lo son”, dice el médico.

Emplear los órganos de quienes fallecen por muerte cardíaca para trasplantes de hígado puede aumentar la cantidad de trasplantes realizados a nivel nacional en 10 a 15 por ciento, apostilla el Dr. Croome. “Una razón por la que el tiempo de espera para el trasplante de hígado es corto en Mayo Clinic de Florida es porque utilizamos con eficacia y éxito ambos tipos de donaciones de hígados, mientras que en el resto del país, crece la lista de trasplantes y aumenta la cantidad de pacientes con cáncer hepático”.

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Tags: Dr Kristohper Croome, En español, espanol, spanish, Spanish News Release, trasplante de hígado