Mar 1, 2021

Click here for Mayo Clinic COVID-19 (coronavirus) information

By Joel Streed @jstreed
This site will be updated regularly with information from Mayo Clinic experts.
Click here for Mayo Clinic COVID-19 (coronavirus) information
Mar 1, 2021

Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Screening for colorectal cancer can be prevention

By Dana Sparks @danasparks
Colorectal cancer is a term that includes colon and rectal cancers, both of which originate in the lower portion of the large intestine and into the rectum. "The vast majority of the time, we don't know exactly what causes any specific cancer," says Dr. Jeremy Jones, a Mayo Clinic oncologist. "But there [...]
Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Screening for colorectal cancer can be prevention
Mar 1, 2021

Medications and supplements that can raise your blood pressure

By Dana Sparks @danasparks
From pain medications to stimulants, know which drugs and supplements can affect your blood pressure. This article is written by Mayo Clinic Staff.  ___________________________________ Some prescription and over-the-counter medications, as well as supplements and other substances, can raise your blood pressure. Certain ones can also interfere with medications intended to lower your blood pressure. Here [...]
Medications and supplements that can raise your blood pressure
Mar 1, 2021

Consumer Health: What do you know about kidney stones?

By Laurel Kelly @laureljkelly
March is National Kidney Month, which makes this a good time to learn more about kidney stones. Kidney stones are hard deposits made of minerals and salts that form inside your kidneys. Diet, excess body weight, some medical conditions, and certain supplements and medications are among the many causes of kidney [...]
Consumer Health: What do you know about kidney stones?
Feb 28, 2021

Consumer Health: Top 5 lifestyle changes to improve your cholesterol level

By Laurel Kelly @laureljkelly
Cholesterol is a waxy substance found in your blood. Your body needs cholesterol to build healthy cells, but high levels of cholesterol can increase your risk of heart disease. With high cholesterol, you can develop fatty deposits in your blood vessels. Eventually, these deposits grow, making it difficult for enough blood [...]
Consumer Health: Top 5 lifestyle changes to improve your cholesterol level
Feb 28, 2021

Sharing Mayo Clinic: Transplant patient says 'I'm in the safest place I can be'

By Dwight Boyum @dwightboyum1
George Caceres' smile is contagious. Just ask his Mayo Clinic care team, who came to know him well during his 165-day stay after a liver transplant. "He was so pleasant to visit," says Lyda Velez, his case manager. "Even on days when he didn't feel well and didn't take off his [...]
Sharing Mayo Clinic: Transplant patient says 'I'm in the safest place I can be'
Feb 27, 2021

Science Saturday: Inspiration from the sea for improved wound closure

By Sara Tiner @saratiner
Researchers from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Mayo Clinic announce news of a proof-of-concept patch for surgical and emergency situations where stitches or staples would normally be used. Published in the journal Advanced Materials, the patch brings together three technological innovations into what may be a better way to close surgical [...]
Science Saturday: Inspiration from the sea for improved wound closure
Feb 27, 2021

Science Saturday: Mayo Clinic algorithm shows potential in individualizing treatment for depression

By Susan Murphy @susanmurphy
Finding an effective antidepressant medication for people diagnosed with depression, also called major depressive disorder, is often a long and complex process of "try and try again" ― going from one prescription to the next until achieving a therapeutic response. This complex disease, which affects more than 16 million people in the U.S., [...]
Science Saturday: Mayo Clinic algorithm shows potential in individualizing treatment for depression
Feb 27, 2021

Mamografías de detección y vacuna contra la COVID-19

By Sharon Theimer @stheimer
Los informes de algunos pacientes respecto a la presencia de ganglios linfáticos hinchados después de la vacuna contra la COVID-19 han cuestionado si sería mejor reprogramar las mamografías debido a la inquietud de que se malinterprete este hallazgo como un posible diagnóstico de cáncer de mama.  «Aunque se haya vacunado contra [...]
Mamografías de detección y vacuna contra la COVID-19
Feb 26, 2021

MEETING THE CHALLENGES OF A HISTORIC YEAR: 2020 Mayo Clinic Performance Highlights

By Jay Furst @jayfurst
A global leader in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic Mayo Clinic developed and adopted treatments, therapies and protocols that have improved outcomes for patients and reduced mortality rates. Mortality rates for patients with COVID-19 who received care at Mayo Clinic are significantly lower than the national rates.Mayo Clinic Laboratories developed highly [...]
MEETING THE CHALLENGES OF A HISTORIC YEAR:  2020 Mayo Clinic Performance Highlights
Feb 26, 2021

Plans for an integrated education and research building in Phoenix

By Jim McVeigh @jimmcveigh
PHOENIX — The Mayo Clinic Board of Trustees approved the construction of a $131 million Integrated Education and Research Building in Arizona to accelerate the growth of Mayo Clinic’s education and research programs. The 150,000 square-foot building is part of a massive $748 million expansion project underway on Mayo Clinic’s [...]
Plans for an integrated education and research building in Phoenix
Feb 26, 2021

Conexión entre casos nuevos de diabetes y COVID-19

By Sharon Theimer @stheimer
Las personas que tienen una afección subyacente, como diabetes, corren más riesgo de enfermar gravemente con la COVID-19 y ahora, al parecer, también existe una relación entre infecciones graves de COVID-19 y casos nuevos de diabetes. Los estudios preliminares descubrieron que en más del 14 por ciento de los pacientes recuperados [...]
Conexión entre casos nuevos de diabetes y COVID-19
Feb 26, 2021

Mayo Clinic Q and A: Mechanical or tissue heart valve replacements

By Cynthia Weiss @cindyweiss
DEAR MAYO CLINIC: My father is having issues with his aortic valve. He is 53 years old and was told he needs to have a valve replacement. I was reading that there are different types of valves. Can you explain the differences and what option may be best? ANSWER: There are four major [...]
Mayo Clinic Q and A: Mechanical or tissue heart valve replacements
Feb 26, 2021

Monoclonal antibodies: Update on this COVID-19 experimental therapy

By Dana Sparks @danasparks
Current experimental treatments for COVID-19 focus on two targets: the virus or the immune system.  On the immune system side, the number of experimental treatments is growing. The vast majority are called monoclonal antibodies. This type of drug is not new, and many are currently approved to treat conditions such [...]
Monoclonal antibodies: Update on this COVID-19 experimental therapy
Feb 26, 2021

Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Less pain and faster recovery with minimally invasive heart surgery

By Dana Sparks @danasparks
Smaller incisions, less pain and faster recovery are just a few reasons minimally invasive heart surgery can be a good option for patients with heart disease. "I would define minimally invasive heart surgery, or robotic-assisted surgery as essentially performing a standard surgical operation through smaller incisions, without going through the [...]
Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Less pain and faster recovery with minimally invasive heart surgery
Feb 25, 2021

Investigadores de Mayo Clinic crean prueba para medir efecto de variantes genéticas del cáncer de mama

By Sharon Theimer @stheimer
ROCHESTER, Minnesota: Los investigadores de Mayo Clinic combinaron los resultados de una prueba funcional que mide el efecto de las variantes heredadas en el gen BRCA2 del cáncer de mama y ovario con la información clínica de mujeres sometidas a pruebas genéticas a fin de determinar la importancia clínica para [...]
Investigadores de Mayo Clinic crean prueba para medir efecto de variantes genéticas del cáncer de mama
Feb 25, 2021

Heart disease in African American women: The health disparities and how to overcome them

By DeeDee Stiepan @deedeejstiepan
Heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death in women in the U.S. And African American women have an even higher risk of dying from heart disease, at a younger age, that white women, according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Dr. LaPrincess Brewer, a Mayo Clinic cardiologist, [...]
Heart disease in African American women: The health disparities and how to overcome them
Feb 25, 2021

Preclinical research shows senescent cell removal improves cognitive function

By Dana Sparks @danasparks
Mayo Clinic research findings indicate that the removal of senescent cells in aging mice improves cognitive ability in animals that already show signs of dementia. The results of these tests using senolytic drugs in aging mice appear in Aging Cell. Senescent cells are those cells in the body that have ignored the [...]
Preclinical research shows senescent cell removal improves cognitive function
Feb 25, 2021

Consumer Health: Preventing lung cancer

By Laurel Kelly @laureljkelly
February is National Cancer Prevention Month, which makes this a good time to learn about what you can do to reduce your risk of developing cancer. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S., according to the American Cancer Society. Lung cancer claims more lives each year than colon, breast [...]
Consumer Health: Preventing lung cancer
Feb 24, 2021

Mayo Clinic Q and A: Tetralogy of Fallot and surgery

By Cynthia Weiss @cindyweiss
DEAR MAYO CLINIC: My new grandson has tetralogy of Fallot. Can you explain the condition and treatment? Can I expect him to live a normal life? ANSWER: Tetralogy of Fallot (teh-TRAL-uh-jee of fuh-LOW) is a congenital heart disease that affects the structure of the heart. This abnormality occurs during development. It is not [...]
Mayo Clinic Q and A: Tetralogy of Fallot and surgery
Feb 24, 2021

Mitochondria vs. Alzheimer's

By Dana Sparks @danasparks
Targeting mitochondria is a promising therapeutic strategy. _________________________________________ "Mitochondria are the powerhouses of the cell." Many a young science student has heard that truism. "Mitochondria are extremely important because they ensure that we have energy supply for cells to conduct functions," says Mayo Clinic researcher Eugenia Trushina, Ph.D. "Otherwise, we would all be dead without energy." With [...]
Mitochondria vs. Alzheimer's
Feb 24, 2021

Infographic: Women and heart disease

By Dana Sparks @danasparks
Other health tip infographics: mayohealthhighlights.startribune.com.
Infographic: Women and heart disease
Feb 24, 2021

Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: COVID-19 variants and the evolving science

By Dana Sparks @danasparks
People may be curious, confused or critical of what seem to be changing messages related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Gregory Poland, an infectious diseases expert and head of Mayo Clinic's Vaccine Research Group, reminds folks that messages change because data changes and the science evolves. "As we learn new science, we use that science [...]
Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: COVID-19 variants and the evolving science
Feb 23, 2021

Monoclonal antibody treatment helps couple recover quickly from COVID-19

By Dan Lea @danlea
When Bob and Joyce Wachsmuth were diagnosed with COVID-19, their care team told them about two programs that could help with their care and recovery: remote patient monitoring and monoclonal antibody therapy. They quickly signed on for both. In early January, Bob Wachsmuth felt like a winter cold was coming on. [...]
Monoclonal antibody treatment helps couple recover quickly from COVID-19
Feb 23, 2021

Consumer Health: Preventing throat cancer

By Laurel Kelly @laureljkelly
February is National Cancer Prevention Month, which makes this a good time to learn about what you can do to reduce your risk of developing cancer. Throat cancer is a general term that applies to cancer that develops in the throat or in the voice box. Most throat cancer symptoms aren't specific [...]
Consumer Health: Preventing throat cancer