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Medical Experts for Media - Infectious Diseases

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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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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 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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A Physician's Guide for Anti-Vaccine Parents

ROCHESTER, Minn. — In the limited time of an office visit, how can a primary care physician make the case to parents that their child should be vaccinated? During National Infant Immunization Week, a Mayo Clinic vaccine expert and a pediatrician offer suggestions for refuting three of the most common [...]

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Mayo Clinic Reports Emerging Fungal Infection in Southwest That Mimics Cancer

PHOENIX — March 29, 2012.  An emerging fungal infection of the gastrointestinal tract that mimics cancer and inflammatory bowel disease appears to be emerging in the Southwestern United States and other desert regions, according to Mayo Clinic researchers in Arizona investigating the disease. The invasive fungus, Basidiobolus ranarum, is typically [...]

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Community, Mayo Clinic Team to Address Immigrant Health Needs

In a joint effort, Mayo Clinic, Rochester Public Schools' Hawthorne Education Center, Winona State University and various community agencies are working together to identify opportunities to improve the health of immigrant and refugee families in Rochester. The National Institutes of Health has awarded a grant to Rochester Healthy Community Partnership [...]

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Outbreaks of 'Whooping Cough' Reported Across the Country (pkg)

Outbreaks of pertussis or 'whooping cough' are being reported across the country, and according to a recent study published online in the journal Pediatrics, the outbreaks are linked to unvaccinated children. While the bacterial infection can be mild in adults, if a baby who hasn’t received a full course of vaccinations is infected, whooping cough can be [...]

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Wednesday #Fluchat with @HealthDay

Join @HealthDayEditor @BrophyMarcus, @drcindyhaines and @mayoclinic for a #fluchat Wednesday, September 25 at 1:30 p.m. ET.    Topics we’ll discuss include: flu strains this year, symptoms, treatments, vaccinations and why to get vaccinated, important information for parents/kids, and more. Experts on hand will be ready to answer your questions.  Other participants will include @AmerAcadPeds, @CDCFlu & its director @DrFriedenCDC, and @UCLAHealth’s @DrMommyCalls. Never [...]

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Lyme Disease 10 Times More Common than Reported, Says CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says 300,000 cases of Lyme disease are diagnosed in the United States each year. That's roughly 10 times more cases than are generally reported to the CDC through routine surveillance. It also makes Lyme disease the most common tick-borne illness in the U.S. The CDC says this [...]

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Stomach Bug Spreading in the U.S.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says mysterious stomach infections have been reported in at least 14 states: Iowa, Texas, Nebraska, Florida, Wisconsin, Illinois, Georgia, Missouri, Arkansas, Connecticut, Kansas, Minnesota, New Jersey and Ohio. It's thought to be a Cyclospora infection, linked to package lettuce.  Cyclospora infection causes watery, and sometimes [...]

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Rotavirus Vaccine Given to Newborns in Africa is Effective

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Mayo Clinic and other researchers have shown that a vaccine given to newborns is at least 60 [...]

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The ABCs of Hepatitis: Attention Baby Boomers!

The Centers for Disease Control is calling for all baby boomers to be checked out for hepatitis C. For reasons not entirely clear, Americans born between 1945 and 1965 are five times more likely to be infected. Hepatitis can linger in the body and cause damage to the liver as we age. Click [...]

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27 Genes Make Rubella Vaccine Less Effective

Using advanced genetic sequencing technology and analysis, Mayo Clinic vaccine researchers have identified 27 genes that respond in very different ways to the standard rubella vaccine, making the vaccine  less effective for a portion of the population. Mayo Clinic vaccinologist Gregory Poland, M.D., says, “This study highlighted the genes potentially responsible [...]

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Debunking At Least Five Common Flu Myths

A hand washing demo with glow-in-the-dark germs is available in the downloads. The flu bug continues to spread across the country and unfortunately this season's outbreak is one of the worst in years. To make matters worse, there are a number of myths that are keeping people from doing more to prevent [...]

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TUESDAY Q & A: Foregoing Immunizations Puts Child and Others at Risk

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: My sister-in-law has chosen not to vaccinate her children. She believes they don’t need the vaccinations in the first place, and that vaccines actually do more harm than good. I know this can’t be true. What are the facts behind the safety and effectiveness of vaccinations? Isn’t [...]

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Mayo Clinic Experts Refute Vaccination Myths

This is National Infant Immunization Week , and Mayo Clinic vaccine expert Gregory Poland, M.D., and Mayo pediatrician Robert Jacobson, M.D. are refuting three of the most common myths about child vaccine safety. Those myths are:  • Babies’ systems aren’t ready for the number of vaccines given today. • Vaccines can cause autoimmune diseases. • Natural [...]

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