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July 7th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

In Case You Missed the Show: #MayoClinicRadio PODCAST July 4

By Jen O'Hara

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LISTEN: MayoClinicRadio 07-04-15 PODCAST

On this week's program, gastroenterologists Dr. Sunanda Kane and Dr. Yuri Saito discuss the differences between inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and explain how each is treated. Also on the program, Dr. Thomas Allison, director of the Mayo Clinic Sports Cardiology Program, talks about a simple treadmill test that can help predict whether you'll live 10 years or more. And psychologist Dr. Karen Grothe has strategies for keeping the weight off after losing it.

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July 7th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Prescription Drug Study: Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute

By Joel Streed

In this Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute, we hear from Dr. Jennifer St. Sauver who studied prescription drug use in the United States.

To listen, click the link below.

Prescription Drug Study

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July 7th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic PathWays July 7: What’s the Diagnosis?

By April Josselyn

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This week's Mayo Clinic PathWays case study is LIVE
View the case and make your diagnosis.

Learn more about Mayo Clinic PathWays in this news release.

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July 7th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Aquatic exercise: Gentle on your bones, joints and muscles

By Micah Dorfner

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Done correctly, water workouts can give you gains similar to those on land, including aerobic fitness, muscular strength and endurance, flexibility and better balance. Darcy Reber, D.N.P., family medicine provider at Mayo Clinic Health System in Cannon Falls, recommends aquatic exercise because:

  • Water’s buoyancy supports your weight. When you’re submersed up to your neck, the water cancels out about 90 percent of your body weight, significantly reducing stress on your weight-bearing joints, bones and muscles. Instead of landing on a hard surface with the impact of your full weight, you land with only 10 percent of your bodyweight. This reduces risk of injury.
  • When you’re submerged in water, your circulation may increase, improving your cardiovascular health.
  • The pressure of the water on your body can reduce swelling if you have painful injuries.
  • Water offers resistance, which strengthens your muscles as you push against it.
  • Since the effects of gravity diminish in water, you can do stretching exercises that you may not be able to do on land.

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Tags: Aquatic Exercise, Darcy Reber, Mayo Clinic Health System, Water Aerobics, Water Exercise, Water Walking

July 7th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Radio: Kidney Stones/Benefits of Chocolate/High-Tech Anesthesia

By Richard Dietman

They're often no larger than a grain of sand ... but they can be extremely painful. Kidney stones are small, hard mineral deposits that form in your kidneys, and they're more common during the summer months. On this week's program, urologist Dr. Amy Krambeck explains what causes kidney stones and how they're treated. Also on the show, cardiologist Dr. Stephen Kopecky discusses a new study that shows cardiovascular benefits from eating both dark and milk chocolate. And anesthesiologist Dr. Denise Wedel reviews the latest advances in high-tech anesthesia.

Myth or Matter-of-Fact: There is a kidney stone "belt" in the U.S. where kidney stones are more prevalent.

To listen to the program at 9:05 a.m. CT, Saturday, July 11, click here.

Follow #MayoClinicRadio and tweet your questions.

Mayo Clinic Radio is available on iHeartRadio.

Mayo Clinic Radio is a weekly one-hour radio program highlighting health and medical information from Mayo Clinic.

To find and listen to archived shows, click here.

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Tags: Anesthesia, chocolate, Dr Amy Krambeck, Dr Denise Wedel, Dr. Stephen Kopecky, general anesthesia, healthy chocolate, Heart Disease, Heart Health, kidney stones, kidneys, Mayo Clinic Radio, Radio

July 7th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Q and A: Work with counselor before weight-loss surgery for success

By lizatorborg

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I have decided that I want to have bariatric surgery, but was told that I need to first go through counseling. What will those sessions involve, and does it really improve my chances of the surgery being successful?young overweight woman looking out at the ocean and thinking

ANSWER: Before you have weight-loss surgery, it’s important to understand what to expect and to prepare yourself, physically and mentally, for what’s ahead. Working with a counselor for several months prior to the procedure can help set you up for long-term success following your surgery.

“Bariatric surgery” is the broad term used to describe all types of weight-loss surgery, including gastric bypass, gastric sleeve, placement of an adjustable gastric band and a procedure known as a duodenal switch, among others. Although the techniques used in each vary, all are considered major procedures that can pose serious risks and side effects. Going through counseling beforehand can help identify if having such a significant surgery is the best choice for you. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: bariatric surgery, Dr Grothe, Dr Karen Grothe, Weight Loss, weight-loss program, weight-loss surgery

July 6th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic News Network Headline 7/6/15

By Deborah Balzer


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

  • As we enjoy the outdoors, make sure you keep your family safe — especially the little ones — from too much sun exposure. Mayo Clinic dermatologist Dr. Dawn Davis says babies under 6 months of age should be kept out of the the sun completely. Follow these sunscreen guidelines for infants and toddlers and you'll have the summer made in the shade.

Journalists: Video is available in the downloads. [TRT 1:00] Click here for the script.

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Tags: Dermatologist, Dr. Dawn Davis, pediatrics, sunscreen, Vivien Williams, Mayo Clinic News Network Headline

July 6th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Durante el embarazo, apegarse a lo básico garantiza la buena nutrición del bebé

By Soledad Andrade

Estoy embarazada desde hace poco y mis amistades me abruman con sus consejos alimentarios. ¿Es verdad que no debería comer ningún tipo de carne para fiambres mientras esté encinta? ¿Es nociva la cafeína para el bebé? ¿Hay otros alimentos que debo evitar durante el embarazo?

Una mujer embarazada come verduras sanasRESPUESTA:
La lista de alimentos que la gente recomienda comer o no hacerlo durante el embarazo puede crecer rápidamente, además de ser confusa. Si bien hay ciertos alimentos específicos que una mujer encinta debe comer o evitar, lo mejor es apegarse a lo básico. Ingerir una alimentación sana, bien balanceada, baja en grasa y sin alcohol es una manera segura de garantizar la buena nutrición de la madre y del bebé.

En la mayoría de personas, incluidas las mujeres embarazadas, alimentarse sano implica ingerir mucha verdura y fruta, cereales integrales, proteína magra y algunas grasas saludables, tales como pescado, frutos secos, semillas y aceites vegetales. Los nutrientes que son importantes para las mujeres embarazadas incluyen calcio y vitamina D para huesos fuertes, folato para reducir el riesgo de defectos congénitos, hierro para prevenir anemia y proteína para ayudar al bebé a crecer. Es también importante ingerir suficiente cantidad de fibra y líquido para evitar el estreñimiento y mantenerse bien hidratada.

Por lo tanto, los alimentos que usted debe comer son los antes mencionados; sin embargo, lo que no debe ingerir posiblemente sea un poco más complicado. Primero, no consuma alcohol porque las mujeres embarazadas que beben corren más riesgo de sufrir un aborto o tener un mortinato. Además, ingerir demasiado alcohol durante el embarazo puede conducir al síndrome de alcoholismo fetal que, a su vez, conlleva la posibilidad de ocasionar deformidades faciales, defectos cardíacos y retraso mental. Consumir alcohol, aunque sólo sea en cantidad moderada,  puede repercutir sobre el desarrollo cerebral del bebé.

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Tags: Dra Margaret Dow, embarazo, En español, espanol, Infección por listeria, Preguntas y respuestas, Síndrome de alcoholismo fetal, spanish

July 6th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Todo lo que se necesita saber para un verano sin garrapatas

By Soledad Andrade

garrapataROCHESTER, Minnesota: Mayo Clinic informa que en los meses de verano, sus médicos observan un aumento en la cantidad de pacientes tratados, e incluso hospitalizados, debido a una enfermedad provocada por las garrapatas. En la parte alta de la zona central del país, 40 por ciento de las picaduras de garrapatas ocurren en el mes de julio; no obstante, hasta los más asiduos hinchas de las actividades al aire libre pueden disfrutar de las que más prefieran plenamente y sin temor, siempre y cuando tomen las medidas adecuadas para protegerse.

A fin de protegerse contra las enfermedades provocadas por la garrapatas, el Departamento de Medicina de Laboratorio y Patología de Mayo Clinic y su laboratorio de referencia, los Laboratorios Médicos de Mayo, crearon unas tarjetas llamadas “El abecedario de las garrapatas”.

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Tags: Dra Bobbi Pritt, En español, espanol, garrapatas, Laboratorios Médicos de Mayo, picadura de garrapata, spanish, Spanish News Release

July 6th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

CREEPY, DREADFUL, WONDERFUL PARASITES: A Parasitologist’s View of the World – Week of July 6, 2015

By Dana Sparks

researcher Dr. Bobbi Pritt with lab microscopeEvery week Bobbi Pritt, M.D., posts a new case, along with the answer to the previous case. Read Dr. Pritt's blog: Parasite Wonders and submit your answers, comments and questions. Enjoy science! Read more about Dr. Pritt's work.

Note from Dr. Pritt: All opinions expressed here are mine and not my employer's. Information provided here is for medical education only. It is not intended as and does not substitute for medical advice. I do not accept medical consults from patients.

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Tags: Dr Bobbi Pritt, Mayo Medical Laboratories, Parasite Wonders, pathology