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3 hours ago · Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine welcomes first students to 2+2 program in Florida

Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine welcomed the first group of 12 students to its 2+2 program in Florida on Monday, July 6.

This is the first official year of the 2+2 program, where students spend their first two years of medical school in either Arizona or Rochester, and then complete the final two years in Florida. These students were accepted to the program in 2018 by an Admissions subcommittee composed of staff from Mayo Clinic in Florida.

“Our staff are excited to have full-time students on our campus and be involved in training the next generation of physician colleagues,” says Gerardo Colon-Otero, M.D., vice dean of Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine and the school’s dean in Florida. “As somebody who has met all of the students, I can attest to their character and great potential to bring hope and healing to our future patients. I am excited for our institution to reach this major education milestone that will ultimately have a great impact for our Jacksonville community and its future medical workforce needs.”

Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine’s curriculum is built to encourage off-campus experiences in various fields of interest across a broad spectrum of patient and practice settings.

From selectives to electives to core clerkship rotations, research opportunities and more, students can choose where they want to complete certain aspects of the curriculum.

7 hours ago · Research to address the shortage of donor livers: Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute

Right now, just in the United States, between 10 and 15 thousand people are waiting for a liver transplant. In this Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute, Dr. Scott Nyberg, director of the liver program at the Mayo Clinic Center for Regenerative Medicine, discusses research efforts that could make more transplants possible.

To listen, click the link below.

Research to address the shortage of donor livers

10 hours ago · Mayo Clinic Radio: Neuromuscular diseases / intestinal obstruction / health consequences of hearing loss

There are more than 600 types of neurologic and neuromuscular diseases that can affect your nervous system. The nervous system includes the brain, spinal cord and nerves that control all the workings of the body. When something goes wrong with a part of your nervous system, you can have trouble moving, speaking, swallowing or breathing. Other problems can develop with your memory, senses or mood. Two such diseases are muscular dystrophy and multiple sclerosis (MS).

Muscular dystrophy is a group of diseases that cause progressive weakness and loss of muscle mass. In muscular dystrophy, abnormal genes (mutations) interfere with the production of proteins needed to form healthy muscle.

In MS, the immune system attacks the protective sheath (myelin) that covers nerve fibers and causes communication problems between your brain and the rest of your body. Eventually, the disease can cause nerves to deteriorate or become permanently damaged.

On the Mayo Clinic Radio program, Dr. Jennifer Martinez-Thompson, a Mayo Clinic neurologist, discusses treatment options for muscular dystrophy and MS. Also on the program, Dr. Erica Loomis, a Mayo Clinic trauma and critical care surgeon, explains what causes intestinal obstruction and how it’s treated. And Dr. Colin Driscoll, a Mayo Clinic otolaryngologist, tells us about the health consequences of untreated hearing loss.

1 day ago · Click here for Mayo Clinic COVID-19 (coronavirus) information

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1 day ago · Why kids need to play: Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute

In a recent report, the American Academy of Pediatrics stresses the importance of letting children play. They say unstructured play allows for proper development and relieves toxic stress.  In this Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute,  Dr. Angela Mattke, agrees that this type of playtime is important for good health.

To listen, click the link below.

Why kids need to play

4 days ago · Uncovering universal protection factor (UPF) in clothing: Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute

You’re heading out the door for a day of fun in the sun with your family. You grab the sunscreen because you know a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 is going to protect your exposed skin from getting sunburned.  In this Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute, Dr. Dawn Davis tells us that most people don’t know that skin covered by clothing still can get sunburned.  But there is clothing that provides added protection.

To listen, click the link below.

Uncovering universal protection factor (UPF) in clothing

5 days ago · Shining a light on SPF in sunscreen: Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute

You’re heading to the pool or beach, and you stop to pick up some sunscreen. But knowing what is the best sun protection factor (SPF) for you is tough when you have no idea what SPF actually means. In this Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute, Dr. Dawn Davis, a Mayo Clinic dermatologist, says there’s a specific formula for calculating SPF. Understanding this formula can be the key to avoiding sunburns.

To listen, click the link below.

Shining a light on SPF in sunscreen

6 days ago · Avoiding salmonella: Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute

With the warmer weather, you know what that means… picnics and cookouts.  Unfortunately, those things often come with a risk of salmonella.  In this Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute, Dr. Nipunie Rajapakse, a Mayo Clinic infectious disease specialist, will explain how to avoid salmonella and keep food safe in the heat.

To listen, click the link below.

Avoiding salmonella