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Expert Alert: Increase in Opioid Prescriptions Parallels Spike in Heroin Use, Overdoses

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Feb. 12, 2014 — Not only is heroin addictive and deadly, its use is increasing among Americans. That disturbing trend parallels the spike of opioid based prescription painkiller abuse in recent years, say Mayo Clinic experts. Heroin, a drug that can be smoked, sniffed/snorted or injected intravenously, [...]

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Mayo Clinic Expert Available to Discuss Long-Term Health for People with Multiple Sclerosis

Note: Updated version ROCHESTER, Minn. — For people with multiple sclerosis — as many as 350,000 Americans, and an estimated 200 new diagnoses every week — managing the debilitating symptoms can be an arduous process. A range of medications are available to help with the fluctuating neurological symptoms such as [...]

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Whooping Cough Outbreaks: Mayo Clinic Expert Discusses Causes, Prevention

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Whooping cough, or pertussis, is making headlines, nearly all of them bad news. At least 18 children have died in recent months in what the U.S. government calls the highest infection rate in 70 years. And the problem is global, with similarly increasing rates reported overseas. While [...]

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Stem Cell 101: Mayo Clinic Expert Answers Commonly Asked Questions

ROCHESTER, Minn. — November 28, 2012.  Next week, more than 1,200 people from 25 countries are expected to attend the 8th Annual World Stem Cell Summit" in West Palm Beach, Fla., a gathering sponsored by Mayo Clinic. As those close to the science explore potential stem cell applications, many patients [...]

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Prematurity Awareness Month: Mayo Clinic Expert Explains Risk Factors

LA CROSSE, Wis. — Roughly 1 in 10 U.S. babies is born prematurely. Preterm labor can affect any pregnancy. To help highlight National Prematurity Awareness Month, Dennis Costakos, M.D., a neonatologist at Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse, explains some of the factors behind premature births. A child is [...]

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Harvest-Time Danger: Mayo Clinic Expert Discusses Common Farm Injuries

SPARTA, Wis. — October 10, 2012.  The hectic fall harvest is under way, and that means the dangers of everyday farm work — one of the nation's most hazardous occupations — are compounded by the rush to bring in crops on time. Many agricultural injuries can be prevented with basic [...]

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Fighting Physical, Mental Decline After a Hospital Stay: Mayo Clinic Experts Offer Tips

ROCHESTER, Minn. — October 9, 2012.  Physical and mental decline are common side effects of hospital stays, particularly among older patients. That can hold true even if someone is hospitalized for just a day or two for a common procedure such as knee replacement surgery. There are steps patients can [...]

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Keeping Hunters Out of the Hospital: Mayo Expert Offers Tips for a Safe Hunting Season

LA CROSSE, Wis. — October 1, 2012.  Errant gunshots are an obvious health risk during fall hunting season, but a range of other dangers also can send hunters to the hospital or worse: heart attacks, injured backs and broken bones are among the most common medical emergencies. Emergency medicine physician [...]

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Mayo Expert Offers Marathon Tips to Stay Healthy Before the Big Race

ROCHESTER, Minn. — October 1, 2012.  No matter how long or diligently runners train before a marathon, they invariably cross the finish line with some mark of the endurance test they've just experienced. To help alleviate injuries and stay healthy on race day, Ed Laskowski, M.D., co-director of the Mayo [...]

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Mayo Expert Offers Communication Tips for Medical Staff, Hearing-Impaired Patients

ROCHESTER, Minn. — September 24, 2012.  This week is the International Week of the Deaf, held to draw attention to deaf and hearing-impaired people, their accomplishments and challenges they face. One health care issue is a potential communication barrier between medical providers and deaf or hard-of-hearing patients. Mayo Clinic ear, [...]

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Mayo Clinic Experts Available to Discuss Football, Fall Sports Injuries

ROCHESTER, Minn. — August 27, 2012.  With the fall sports season getting under way, Mayo Clinic experts are available to discuss the full range of athletic injuries. Common football, soccer and other falls sports injuries include concussions, stingers, MCL and ACL sprains/tears, meniscus tears, hip pointers, hamstring pulls, muscle contusions [...]

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Can You Have Your Deep-Fried Butter & Eat It Too? Mayo Expert Weighs in on State Fair Food

ROCHESTER, Minn. — August 29, 2012.  It's state fair time in much of the country, and that means plenty of intriguing people watching, enjoying amusement rides, games and live music and, in nearly every scenario, eating a hearty amount of less-than-healthy food. How unhealthy? State fair food booths are famous [...]

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Should Doctors Treat Lack of Exercise as a Medical Condition? Mayo Expert Says 'Yes'

ROCHESTER, Minn. — August 13, 2012.  A sedentary lifestyle is a common cause of obesity, and excessive body weight and fat in turn are considered catalysts for diabetes, high blood pressure, joint damage and other serious health problems. But what if lack of exercise itself were treated as a medical [...]

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Kidney Stone Attacks More Common in Summer: Mayo Expert Offers Tips

Jacksonville, Fla. — August 7, 2012.  Summer can mean more than just an increase in temperatures, humidity and outdoor physical activity. It can also mean an increased risk of kidney stones, which affect approximately 3.8 million people in the United States and are on the rise. Multimedia Alert: Video and [...]

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The Olympics of Germs: Expert Offers Tips on Avoiding Illness in Crowds

ROCHESTER, Minn. — July 25, 2012.   Massive crowds from around the globe will mingle in London during the Olympics, and that means a world-class array of germs will mix with them. Mayo Clinic infectious diseases expert Gregory Poland, M.D., offers several tips for avoiding illness when you are around [...]

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Mayo Clinic Expert Offers Information on New Florida Concussion Law, Tips for Athletes

VIDEO ALERT: Audio and video resources available on Mayo Clinic's YouTube Channel. Jacksonville, Fla. — July 18, 2012.  As sports training season gets underway, Florida parents, particularly those of youth athletes, should be aware of a new law that goes into effect on Sunday pertaining to concussions and the ability [...]

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Mayo Clinic Experts Available to Comment on Olympics, Paralympic Games

ROCHESTER, Minn. — July 9, 2012.  Mayo Clinic experts are available to offer comment throughout the Olympics and Paralympic Games on everything from the physiology and psychology of competitive athletes to injuries they may be coping with and controversies such as gender testing and doping. Here is a sampling: Michael [...]

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Expert Alert: Mayo Physician Available to Give Tips on Staying Safe in Scorching Temps

ROCHESTER, Minn. — July 2, 2012.  People across the country are experiencing sweltering weather with temperatures and the heat index reaching well into the 100-degree range. While many will take refuge in air-conditioned homes or at a local lake or pool, it's important to remember that the heat can be [...]

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Mayo Clinic Expert Discusses Safe Swimming Practices to Reduce Water-Related Illnesses

ROCHESTER, Minn. — June 18, 2012.  With the hot, muggy summer season arriving, kids will be heading to the pool to cool off. While swimming is refreshing, fun and good exercise, even chlorinated pools contain many germs that can make them ill. Mayo Clinic pediatric experts warn that many swimmers [...]

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CPR Awareness Month: Mayo Expert Discusses New Developments for Public, Pros

ROCHESTER, Minn. — June 7, 2012.  Just the idea of performing CPR can intimidate the average person, whether it's the thought of what's at stake or simply trying to remember all of the steps. A move to simplify cardiopulmonary resuscitation practices for the public is one of many advances important [...]

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