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January 25th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Snowstorm Slamming Northeast States

By Dana Sparks

snowstorm, poor visibility,slick roads and lots of traffic

 

Hospital emergency departments see an influx of weather-related injuries with each snowstorm. Mayo Clinic emergency medicine specialist David Nestler, M.D., says,"There are really four types of things that we'll see. Probably the most common are falls. The snow and ice make it easy to slip and fall. We see many, many broken bones because of that."  Weather-related vehicle accidents, heart attacks triggered while shoveling snow and exposure injuries, like frostbite, also send more people to emergency rooms.

winter storm map from the Weather Channel

Courtesy: The Weather Channel

Click on links below to see previous Mayo Clinic News Network posts:

To interview a Mayo Clinic expert about winter safety contact:
Mayo Clinic Public Affairs 507-284-5005 newsbureau@mayo.edu

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Tags: Emergency Department, frostbite, Snowstorm, winter


January 24th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Weekend Wellness: Gleason score indicates grade of prostate cancer

By lizatorborg

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I am 73 and just had a prostate biopsy that showed a malignant tumor with a Gleason score of 8. Is this an indication of an aggressive cancer and if so, what are my treatment options?

ANSWER: Gleason score indicates the grade of your prostate cancer. The higher the Gleason score, the more aggressive the cancer is likely to be. prostate biopsy pattern illustrationOf the factors related to prostate cancer that doctors take into consideration when deciding on treatment, Gleason score is probably the most important one. In most cases, treatment with radiation and hormonal therapy or with surgery is recommended based on a Gleason score of 8.

The Gleason score was developed in the 1960s by a pathologist named Donald Gleason. It has stood the test of time, and doctors now rely on it to predict how likely prostate cancer is to grow and spread.

For most kinds of cancer, tumor grade is determined by looking at individual cancer cells through a microscope using a high level of magnification to examine the details of those cells. Gleason score is different. With this method, a pathologist examines prostate tissue samples under a microscope using low magnification to observe the patterns of the cancer cells. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: Dr Jeffrey Karnes, Dr Karnes, Gleason score, prostate biopsy, Prostate Cancer, Weekend Wellness


January 23rd, 2015 · Leave a Comment

El sueño infantil: poner fin a los problemas de los niños preescolares a la hora de dormir

By Soledad Andrade

Una niña en edad preescolar toma una siestaLa hora de dormir no tiene que ser una batalla. Piense en qué problemas son comunes entre los niños preescolares a la hora de dormir y lo que se puede hacer al respecto. El resultado podría ser que toda la familia duerma bien por la noche.

Por: personal de Mayo Clinic

A pesar de que los cambios de pañal y las comidas a media noche hayan quedado atrás, dormir bien por la noche continúa siendo un tema escurridizo. Es posible que en su casa, la hora de acostarse se haya convertido en una batalla de voluntades o en una lucha para que el pequeño no se levante de la cama.

Piense en las siguientes tácticas a fin de acabar con los problemas para acostar al niño, y empiece esta misma noche.

El problema: la hora de acostarse es un caos
El escenario: usted lleva prisa cuando pone a dormir al niño.

La solución: convierta la hora de acostarse en una prioridad. Por lo general, la clave para una buena noche de sueño es contar con una rutina predecible y tranquilizante para acostarse.

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Tags: Consejos de salud, En español, espanol, spanish, sueño infantil


January 23rd, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Nuevo examen de mamas casi cuadruplica la detección de cáncer invasivo en mujeres con tejido mamario denso

By Soledad Andrade

ROCHESTER, Minnesota: Una nueva técnica para obtener imágenes estrenada en Mayo Clinic casi cuadruplica las tasas de detección de cáncer invasivo de mama en mujeres con tejido mamario denso, muestran los resultados de un gran estudio publicado esta semana en la American Journal of Roentgenology (revista de la Sociedad Americana de Roentgenología).

Lado a lado aparece la placa de la mamografía y de las imágenes moleculares de las mamas

En el último estudio realizado en más de 1500 mujeres con tejido mamario denso, las imágenes moleculares de la mama (derecha) detectaron 3,6 veces más cánceres invasivos que la mamografía digital (izquierda). Los resultados se publicaron en la revista de la Sociedad Americana de Roentgenología.

Las imágenes moleculares de las mamas (MBI, por sus siglas en inglés) son una técnica suplementaria para la obtención de imágenes creada para descubrir tumores que, de otra manera, serían opacados en la mamografía por la densidad del tejido mamario circundante. Los tumores y la densidad del tejido mamario aparecen de color blanco en la mamografía, lo que impide distinguir a un tumor del tejido de trasfondo en las mujeres con mamas densas. Alrededor del 50 por ciento de las mujeres sometidas a detección por la edad muestra tejido mamario denso, dice la Dra. Deborah Rhodes, médico de la Clínica de Mama de Mayo Clinic y autora experta del estudio.

El estudio revela que las imágenes moleculares de las mamas aumentaron la tasa de detección del cáncer invasivo de mama en más de 360 por ciento, cuando se las empleó después de realizar la mamografía de detección normal. Las imágenes moleculares de las mamas utilizan pequeñas cámaras gamma con semiconductores para mostrar el tejido después de la inyección de un rastreador de cáncer que los tumores absorben ávidamente. A diferencia de las técnicas tradicionales para la obtención de imágenes, tales como la mamografía y la ecografía, las imágenes moleculares de las mamas aprovechan el comportamiento diferente de los tumores respecto al tejido de trasfondo y producen una imagen funcional de la mama que puede detectar tumores no observados en la mamografía.

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Tags: cáncer de mama, Dr Michael O'Connor, Dra Amy Conners, Dra Deborah Rhodes, En español, espanol, imágenes moleculares de las mamas, mamografía, spanish, Spanish News Release


January 23rd, 2015 · Leave a Comment

MAYO CLINIC RADIO

By Dana Sparks

Mayo Clinic Radio with Dr. Tom Shives and Tracy McCray interviewing Dr. Reid-Lombardo
Does having a cancer biopsy increase the chances your cancer will spread? We’ll explore this topic with cancer
 surgeon Dr. KMarie Reid Lombardo on the next Mayo Clinic Radio. Also on Mayo Clinic Radio, we’ll talk with OB/GYN specialist Dr. Sean Dowdy about the latest advances in preventing, detecting and treating cervical cancer. Please join us.

Myth or Fact: Having a biopsy of my cancer will cause it to spread.

Mayo Clinic Radio is available on iHeart Radio.

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

Listen to this week’s Medical News Headlines: News Seg January 24, 2015 (right click MP3)

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: Cancer Biopsy, Cervical Cancer, Dr KMarie Reid Lombardo, Dr. Sean Dowdy, Mayo Clinic Radio


January 23rd, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Measles Can Almost Always be Prevented With a Vaccine

By Dana Sparks

close up of child's face with measlesUSA Today - "An outbreak of measles that began at Disneyland before Christmas is disrupting lives in six states. Arizona became the latest state to report a case of measles related to Disneyland when a woman in her 50s was diagnosed. The outbreak has spread to Utah, Washington, Colorado, Oregon and across the border to Mexico."

Measles is a childhood infection caused by a virus. Once quite common, measles can now almost always be prevented with a vaccine. Signs and symptoms of measles include cough, runny nose, inflamed eyes, sore throat, fever and a red, blotchy skin rash. Also called rubeola, measles can be serious and even fatal for small children. While death rates have been falling worldwide as more children receive the measles vaccine, the disease still kills more than 100,000 people a year, most under the age of 5. Learn more:

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Tags: Infectious Diseases, measles, Vaccination


January 23rd, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Enhanced Critical Care: Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute

By Joel Streed

In this Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute, Dr. Sean Caples describes an enhanced critical care model designed to help the most seriously ill patients.

To listen, click the link below.

Enhanced Critical Care

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January 23rd, 2015 · Leave a Comment

New Breast Exam Nearly Quadruples Detection of Invasive Breast Cancers in Women with Dense Breast Tissue

By Sam Smith

Rochester, Minn. — A new breast imaging technique pioneered at Mayo Clinic nearly quadruples detection rates of invasive breast cancers in women with dense breast tissue, according to the results of a major study published this week in the American Journal of Roentgenology.

Molecular Breast Imaging (right) detected 3.6 times as many invasive cancers as digital mammography (left) in the latest study of more than 1,500 women with dense breast tissue. Results are published in the American Journal of Roentgenology.

Molecular Breast Imaging (right) detected 3.6 times as many invasive cancers as digital mammography (left) in the latest study of more than 1,500 women with dense breast tissue. About half of screening-age women have dense breast tissue, which digital mammography renders the same whitish shade as tumors. Results are published in the American Journal of Roentgenology.

Molecular Breast Imaging (MBI) is a supplemental imaging technology designed to find tumors that would otherwise be obscured by surrounding dense breast tissue on a mammogram. Tumors and dense breast tissue can both appear white on a mammogram, making tumors indistinguishable from background tissue in women with dense breasts. About half of all screening-aged women have dense breast tissue, according to Deborah Rhodes, M.D., a Mayo Clinic Breast Clinic physician and the senior author of this study.

MBI increased the detection rate of invasive breast cancers by more than 360 percent when used in addition to regular screening mammography, according to the study. MBI uses small, semiconductor-based gamma cameras to image the breast following injection of a radiotracer that tumors absorb avidly. Unlike conventional breast imaging techniques, such as mammography and ultrasound, MBI exploits the different behavior of tumors relative to background tissue, producing a functional image of the breast that can detect tumors not seen on mammography.

The study, conducted at Mayo Clinic, included 1,585 women with heterogeneously or extremely dense breasts who underwent an MBI exam at the time of their screening mammogram.

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Tags: Breast Cancer, Dr Amy Conners, Dr Deborah Rhodes, Dr Michael O'Connor, mammogram, MBI, Minnesota news release, Molecular Breast Imaging, News Release, radiology, supplemental screening


January 23rd, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Magic mouthwash: Effective for mouth sores resulting from chemotherapy?

By Dana Sparks

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Magic mouthwash: Effective for mouth sores resulting from chemotherapy?
woman suffering from mouth aphtha canker sore on lip
Some forms of chemotherapy and radiation therapy cause painful mouth sores. Magic mouthwash may provide relief.

Research shows higher breast cancer risk for women with atypical hyperplasia
New findings may change screening and prevention recommendations for women with atypical hyperplasia of the breast.

Overview of Mayo Clinic Cancer Research
The Mayo Clinic Cancer Center is a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center with a multisite presence. Its three campuses — in Scottsdale, Ariz., Jacksonville, Fla., and Rochester, Minn. — give the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center a broad geographic reach, enabling it to serve diverse patient populations around the world.

 

 

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Tags: atypical hyperplasia, Chemotherapy, Living With Cancer Blog, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, Mouth Sore


January 23rd, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Treating Sinus Infections Without Antibiotics

By Dana Sparks

Tomah, WI - People often want antibiotics to tackle a sinus infection but thatillustration of person's face with sinus infection and inflammation might not be the best treatment since most infections are caused by viruses. Antibiotics fight bacteria, not viruses.

There are also complications that can develop with dependency on these drugs. The more antibiotics are used the less effective they can become, with possible side effects like dizziness, stomach problems and rashes.

Instead of turning to antibiotics, Alan Conway, M.D., family physician at Mayo Clinic Health SystemFranciscan Healthcare in Tomah, suggests some alternative methods of treatment. Dr. Conway says, “First of all, you should give yourself enough rest. Your body needs the time to fight the infection with full force, especially in the first few days when symptoms are the most severe.”

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