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October 24th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

En la mayoría de personas, el enterovirus D68 sólo ocasiona síntomas leves

By Emily Hiatt

ESTIMADA MAYO CLINIC:
¿Por qué el enterovirus afecta más a los niños? Leí que empieza con síntomas leves de gripe y, entonces, ¿cómo se puede saber cuándo hay que ir al médico? ¿Cuáles son los síntomas a los que debo prestar atención en mis hijos?

Niña enferma a quien se examina en el consultorio médicoRESPUESTA:
Existen muchos tipos de enterovirus. El que ahora aparece en todos los titulares de la prensa se llama enterovirus D68 y afecta principalmente a niños y adolescentes porque sus cuerpos todavía no son inmunes a él. En la mayoría de casos, el enterovirus D68 solamente causa síntomas leves; pero en algunas personas, puede ser muy grave. Si su hijo presenta síntomas fuertes de gripe o los síntomas empeoran progresivamente, haga una cita con el médico. Si el niño tiene problemas para respirar, busque atención médica de inmediato.

El enterovirus puede ocasionar una amplia variedad de infecciones, dependiendo de la cepa  implicada. Algunas cepas pueden ser muy graves, como la del enterovirus que conduce a meningitis viral, mientras que otras tienden a ser solamente una molestia, como las que causan la gripe común.

El enterovirus D68 no es nuevo, pues fue identificado por primera vez hace 50 años. Este virus es preocupante porque parece ser más agresivo que la mayoría de las demás cepas que también derivan en enfermedades respiratorias. Eso significa que quienes padecen enfermedades del sistema respiratorio, especialmente asma, corren más riesgo de presentar peores síntomas y complicaciones como resultado del enterovirus D68.

Los enterovirus son comunes, motivo por el que la mayoría de adultos se ha visto expuesto a ellos en algún momento de su vida. Debido a que estos virus tienden a ser leves, y algunos ni siquiera provocan síntomas, muchas personas posiblemente nunca se percaten que lo contrajeron. Sin embargo, esa exposición ofrece al sistema inmunitario más protección contra el virus y cuando esas personas se vuelven a exponer, el virus ejerce poco o ningún efecto en ellas.

Muchos niños y adolescentes nunca han estado expuestos al enterovirus D68, razón por la que sus cuerpos no han tenido oportunidad de desarrollar la inmunidad necesaria para protegerlos contra esa enfermedad y son más proclives a presentar síntomas.

Los síntomas del enterovirus D68 generalmente son similares a los de la gripe común: tos, catarro, estornudos, fiebre y dolores musculares. En muchas personas, incluso niños y adolescentes afectados por primera vez, el virus no sobrepasa esos síntomas; en tales casos, no es necesario ningún tratamiento y el virus pasa en cuestión de pocos días.

Sin embargo, en una minoría de personas que contraen el virus, los síntomas pueden tornarse graves y suscitar dificultades respiratorias. Cuando eso ocurre, es preciso recibir atención médica de inmediato, y pese a que sea muy raro, algunos pacientes con problemas respiratorios graves necesitan ingresar al hospital.

Usted puede tomar medidas para evitar que sus hijos contraigan un enterovirus: anímelos a lavarse las manos regularmente con agua y jabón; enséñeles a cubrir la tos y los estornudos con el pliegue del codo en lugar de con las manos; limpie y desinfecte a menudo las superficies de la casa, especialmente en la cocina y baños; mantenga alejados a los niños de toda persona enferma, dentro de lo posible; y si los niños empezaran a presentar síntomas, manténgalos en casa sin enviarlos a la escuela ni guardería hasta que se sientan mejor.

Si tiene alguna pregunta o duda respecto a los síntomas de su hijo, comuníquese con el proveedor de atención médica, quien puede ayudarle a decidir el mejor plan de cuidado. Recuerde también que si en algún momento el niño tiene dificultad para respirar o desarrolla otros síntomas más graves, usted debe buscar atención médica de inmediato.

Dr. Pritish Tosh, Enfermedades Infecciosas, Mayo Clinic de Rochester, Minnesota.

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Tags: asma, Dr Pritish Tosh, En español, Enterovirus D68, espanol, gripe común, meningitis viral, Preguntas y respuestas, spanish


October 24th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Randy Talks With His Wife Crystal About His Near Death Experience

By Dana Sparks

Randy and Chrystal

Listening to patients is what medical teams at Mayo Clinic do each day. To honor Mayo's 150th Anniversary, StoryCorps was asked to listen to and record several patient stories. Each Friday for the next ten weeks, a new story will be posted on the Mayo Clinic News Network.

Randy Setzer experienced multiple blood clots stemming from a genetic blood disease he didn’t know he had. Consequently, doctors and the emergency team at Mayo Clinic in Eau Claire, Wisc., had to bring him back to life numerous times. He and his wife Crystal talk about the life-and-death experience.  Click the link to hear Randy and Crystal's story.

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Tags: Blood Disease, Mayo Clinic Health System, MCHS, StoryCorps


October 24th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Alcohol Induced Cardiomyopathy: Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute

By Joel Streed

In this Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute, Dr. Daniel Yip helps us understand a condition known as alcohol induced cardiomyopathy.

To listen, click the link below.

Alcoholic Cardiomyopathy

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Tags: Alcoholic Cardiomyopathy, Dr. Daniel Yip, Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute, podcast


October 24th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

MAYO CLINIC RADIO

By Dana Sparks

women dressed in pink shirts for breast cancer awareness - diversityOctober is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and on the next Mayo Clinic Radio, Saturday, October 25 at 9 a.m. CT, two Mayo Clinic Breast Clinic physicians will be with us to discuss the latest in research and the ongoing efforts to diagnose, treat and prevent breast cancer. Director of the Breast Clinic Karthik Ghosh, M.D., and practice chair of the Medical Oncology Breast Group Tufia Haddad, M.D., will be ready  to answer your questions. Please join us.

Myth or Fact: Breast feeding reduces the risk of breast cancer.

Follow #MayoClinicRadio and tweet your questions.

To listen to the program on Saturday, click here.

Mayo Clinic Radio is available on iHeart Radio.

Listen to this week’s Medical News Headlines: News Segment October 25, 2014 (right click MP3)

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.

For a look at future program topics, click here.
To find and listen to archived shows, click here.

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Tags: Breast Cancer, Dr Karthik Ghosh, Dr Tufia Haddad, Mayo Clinic Radio


October 24th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Hospital – Rochester Receives 2014 Quality Leadership Award

By Rebecca Eisenman

Mayo Clinic is recognized among University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC) Quality Leadership Award winners for 2014. Mayo Clinic Hospital – Rochester ranked second in the UHC Quality and Accountability Study — up from 2013’s fourth-place ranking. Quality leadership award logo-UHCThe award is given to the top performing academic medical centers that demonstrate excellence in delivering high-quality care, as measured by the UHC Quality and Accountability Study.

“Receiving a five-star rating and being named a UHC Quality Leadership Award winner is a testament to the extraordinary efforts of our hospital-based staff,” states Amy Williams, M.D., Nephrology, and medical director of Clinical Operations, Mayo Clinic Hospital - Rochester. “Their dedication, expertise, teamwork and continual efforts to ensure the safety and satisfaction of our patients are what set Mayo Clinic apart as a leader.”

UHC, an alliance of approximately 90 percent of the nation's nonprofit academic medical centers, conducts the Quality and Accountability Study. This comprehensive analysis and ranking assesses organizational performance of its members across high-priority dimensions of care, including mortality, safety, equity, patient-centeredness, effectiveness and efficiency.

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Tags: Mayo Clinic, Minnesota news release, quality, rankings


October 24th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Stem Cell Transplant for Cancer Patients

By Dana Sparks

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

Stem cell transplantillustration of stem cells
This procedure may help if your bone marrow stops working or if you've had high-dose chemotherapy or radiation therapy for certain blood disorders.

Personality affects how cancer survivors deal with care
Extroverts and introverts have different ways of interacting while managing cancer.

Breast Cancer risk factors
A breast cancer risk factor is anything that makes it more likely you'll get breast cancer. But having one or even several breast cancer risk factors doesn't necessarily mean you'll develop breast cancer.

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Tags: Breast Cancer, Living With Cancer Blog, Stem Cell Transplant


October 23rd, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Patient Stories Highlight Social Media Week at Mayo Clinic

By Dana Sparks

Social Media 5The Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media (MCCSM) provides training and resources to help accelerate effective adoption of social media in health care. Through its Social Media Health Network, #MCCSM offers opportunity for health-rSocial Media 1elated organizations to learn together and share best practices.

During this year's Social Media Week winners of the Patient-Caregiver Scholarship Contest shared how social media has contributed to their health. Their message was simple:

Social media is about more than likes and shares and getting messages out. It's about connection, engagement and much more.

Social Media 2
Following are themes from the conversation.

Social media:

  • Helps patients connect
  • Helps patients heal emotionally
  • Lets you know you're not alone
  • Helps you get educated
  • Allows you to become an advocate
  • Save lives

The scholarship winners share a few thoughts in the videos below. View their bios and videos, and then keep reading for a special announcement from the summit — the introduction of the Mayo Clinic Champions program.

Danielle Ripley-Burgess (@DanielleisB)

Danielle Ripley-Burgess is a two-time colon cancer survivor who works as the director of communications for Fight Colorectal Cancer. She was diagnosed with colon cancer a few weeks after her 17th birthday in 2001 and again at age 25 in 2009. During more than a decade of survivorship she’s gotten involved in the colorectal cancer community to inspire others. Through her advocacy work, Danielle has traveled coast-to-coast to host events and share stories of those touched by colon cancer.

In addition to working for Fight CRC, she was featured as Miss October in the 2009 Colondar, a calendar of young colon cancer survivors, and serves on the board of directors for The Colon Club. Her story has been told around the world through syndicated online and print newspaper articles, blogs and on numerous TV and radio shows, including The Today Show, BBC’s ‘World Have Your Say’, and Sirius Radio’s Doctor Radio, and she is a contributor to the Huffington Post blog.

Sarah Bramblette (@Born2bFat)

Sarah Bramblette is a lipedema and lymphedema patient who combines her experiences as a patient and health care administrative professional in her advocacy efforts. She writes about her life experiences on her blog, born2lbfat.com, and uses social media platforms to raise awareness and advocate for improved diagnosis, treatment and insurance coverage. She also crusades against weight bias and stigma, specifically in health care and the workplace.

Sarah is the community advocate for ObesityHelp.com, and is a member of the Obesity Action Coalition, theNational Lymphedema Network, and the American Health Lawyers Association. Her story has been shared on ObesityHelp.com and HealthCentral.com, and in Your Weight Matters magazine, Psychology Today, and the Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics on Obesity. She also is working toward a master's degree in health law.

Cindy Chmielewski (@myelomateacher)

Cindy Chmielewski is a teacher who was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2008. She began treatment immediately, and when induction therapy stopped working after only a few cycles, she opted for a stem cell transplant, retiring from education when the stem cell transplant failed to put her into remission. Now that consolidation therapy has resulted in a remission, she uses her skills as an educator to teach a new group of “students” — myeloma patients.

Cindy serves on the board of the Philadelphia Multiple Myeloma Networking Group, is a trained mentor, and participates in several online communities. She has attended the American Society of Hematology’s and the American Association for Cancer Research’s Annual Meetings as a Patient Advocate. She’s a member of the IMF ACTION TEAM (@IMFadvocacy) and has represented New Jersey at the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Mission Day in Washington, D.C. She also serves on the Advisory Board of the Patient Empowerment Network and was instrumental in starting the #MMSM monthly Twitter-based chats.

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Introducing the Mayo Clinic Social Media Champions program

The Mayo Clinic Social Media Champions program is a way you can help Mayo Clinic help others by sharing trustworthy information and inspiring stories with your social networking connections.

Social Media Champions share helpful health information and stories curated by Mayo Clinic with their friends and followers on Facebook, Twitter and other social networking platforms.

Champions also participate in discussion groups on Mayo Clinic Connect, providing encouragement and perspective to others who have health issues or concerns, or who are considering coming to Mayo Clinic for care.

It's easy to join:

  • Just log in with your Mayo Clinic Social Networking Account (the one you use to log in to Mayo Clinic Connect or any of our other blogs or communities) or create your account now.
  • Then enroll in the Mayo Clinic Social Media Champions program and start sharing.

If you have a helpful or inspiring personal story about your experience as a patient or employee at Mayo Clinic, you can submit it for consideration here.

 

 

 

 

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Tags: Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media, MCCSM, Patient Stories


October 23rd, 2014 · Leave a Comment

THURSDAY CONSUMER HEALTH TIPS

By Dana Sparks

photograph memories hanging on a clothesline
Alzheimer's and memory: Use mementos as cues

Self-esteem check: Too low or just right?

Menus for heart-healthy eating: Cut the fat and salt

Shift work: Improving daytime sleep

Colon cancer screening: Weighing the options

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Tags: Alzheimer's, Colon Cancer, Self-esteem, Sleep, Thursday Consumer Health Tips


October 23rd, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Receives $6 Million for ALS, FTD Research

By Kevin Punsky

Lab image of testingJACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) and the U.S. Department of Defense have awarded researchers at Mayo Clinic’s campus in Jacksonville approximately $6 million in two grants to further their studies aimed at improving the diagnosis and treatment of patients suffering from either amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) or Lou Gehrig’s disease and frontotemporal dementia (FTD).

NINDS has awarded Leonard Petrucelli, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Neuroscience, and his colleagues Kevin Boylan, M.D., Rosa Rademakers, Ph.D., and Dennis Dickson, M.D., a five-year P01 grant (P01 NS084974-1) to combine their expertise in neurology, genetics, neuropathology and cell biology. Given that no biomarker or blood test currently exists for clinicians to definitely diagnose ALS or FTD, the funding will allow researchers to improve understanding of C9ORF72-related neurodegeneration, identify potential biomarkers and therapeutic targets, and develop a biological fluid and tissue resource to aid future drug discovery.

MEDIA CONTACT: Kevin Punsky, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 904-953-0746.
Email: punsky.kevin@mayo.edu

 

 

The grants come on the heels of two groundbreaking discoveries made by neuroscientists at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville. In 2011, Dr. Rademakers identified an unusual mutation — a short DNA sequence repeated and expanded hundreds to thousands of times — in the C9ORF72 gene. This expanded repeat sequence in the C9ORF72 gene is the most common cause of familial ALS, a major cause of familial FTD, and is also found in people with ALS or FTD who report no family history of either disorder.

In 2013, Dr. Petrucelli uncovered a potentially new therapeutic target and biomarker, termed c9RAN proteins, in ALS and FTD associated with the C9ORF72 repeat expansion. The c9RAN proteins are generated only when the mutation is present making them unique to patients with “c9FTD/ALS.”

“The P01 grant award is a testament to the quality of our patient-driven research, which is enabling our team to identify factors that determine disease severity and potential biomarkers that would be detectable in c9FTD/ALS patients,” says Dr. Petrucelli.

More than 30,000 Americans live with ALS, a condition that destroys motor neuron cells that control essential muscle activity such as speaking, walking, breathing and swallowing. Statistics show that veterans of the U.S. military are twice as likely to develop ALS than the general public. After Alzheimer’s disease, frontotemporal dementia is the most common form of early onset neurodegenerative dementia. It is characterized by changes in personality, behavior and language due to loss of gray matter in the brain’s frontal lobe.

With the support of Mayo Clinic’s ALS Association Certified Center of Excellence, investigators will conduct longitudinal studies incorporating clinical, neuropsychological and motor function in people with ALS and their family members to analyze whether changes in the levels of potential biomarkers correlate with symptoms, and if biomarker levels change as disease progresses. Researchers will also establish whether c9RAN proteins are toxic in cell models and the role of other genetic mutations in the disease.

The Department of Defense also recently awarded Dr. Petrucelli and his collaborators at The Scripps Research Institute and University of Massachusetts a one-year, $400,000 grant to develop a new therapeutic strategy for ALS. By targeting abnormal cellular processes caused by the C9ORF72 mutation and the generation of toxic ribonucleic acid (RNA) species, the researchers aim to identify chemical compounds that bind to the RNA before it can form abnormal clumps and disrupt nerve cell function. They hypothesize that by therapeutically targeting the RNA, thereby preventing the formation of abnormal RNA clumps in brain cells and the secondary production of c9RAN proteins, they can combat cell death and the associated disease symptoms c9FTD/ALS patients suffer.

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Tags: ALS, Dr Dennis Dickson, Dr Kevin Boylan, Dr Leonard Petrucelli, Dr Rosa Rademakers, Florida News Release, FTD, Mayo Clinic, Medical Research, News Release


October 23rd, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Post-Menopausal Iron Supplements: Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute

By Joel Streed

In this Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute, Dr. Jacquelin Thielen comments on iron levels in post-menopausal women.

To listen, click the link below.

Post Menopausal Iron Supplements

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