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19 hours ago · Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: 'COVID fatigue' fueling a rise in cases

a patient being swabbed and tested for COVID-19 through a care window by a health care staff person wearing a face mask, blue gloves, face shield and protective gown

With the COVID-19 pandemic entering a tenth month, experts says adherence to public health measures appears to be waning in some parts of the country. “COVID fatigue,” meaning failing to comply with masking, hand hygiene and physical distancing guidelines, has fueled a resurgence in COVID-19 cases in more than half of the U.S. states.

On the Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast, Dr. Gregory Poland, an infectious diseases expert and head of Mayo Clinic’s Vaccine Research Group, discusses the rising number of COVID-19 cases and how vaccine experts in science and industry are working together in unprecedented ways.


Information in this post was accurate at the time of its posting. Due to the fluid nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, scientific understanding, along with guidelines and recommendations, may have changed since the original publication date.  

For more information and all your COVID-19 coverage, go to the Mayo Clinic News Network and mayoclinic.org.

2 days ago · Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Mayo Clinic Platform aims to create new care delivery possibilities

a young or middle aged Black woman curled up on a couch and reading information on a computer iPad or tablet

The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the use of digital health care, with telemedicine playing a big role in treating patients during the pandemic. But telemedicine appointments are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to changing the way health care will be delivered in the future.

Mayo Clinic Platform is a collection of initiatives focused on transforming health care by using technology, big data and artificial intelligence to make connections. On the Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast, Dr. John Halamka, president of Mayo Clinic Platform, explains how the platform initiatives are meeting patient needs and creating new care delivery possibilities.


Information in this post was accurate at the time of its posting. Due to the fluid nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, scientific understanding, along with guidelines and recommendations, may have changed since the original publication date.  

For more information and all your COVID-19 coverage, go to the Mayo Clinic News Network and mayoclinic.org.

4 days ago · Mayo Clinic Radio: Musculoskeletal tumors / LASIK surgery / appendicitis

On the Mayo Clinic Radio program, Dr. Peter Rose, division chair of Orthopedic Oncology at Mayo Clinic, discusses tumors of the musculoskeletal system. Musculoskeletal tumors can originate in boneor soft tissues, such as muscle and cartilage. Also on the podcast, Dr. Leo Maguire, a Mayo Clinic ophthalmologist, explains how laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) eye surgery can correct common vision problems. And Dr. Erica Loomis, a Mayo Clinic trauma and critical care specialist, discusses treatment for appendicitis.

5 days ago · Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Time for your flu vaccine

a health care provider sitting at a computer with medical equipment with Get Your Flu Shot written across the photo

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, it’s more important than ever to get a flu vaccine this year to keep people healthy and not overload the health care system. While a flu vaccine won’t protect against COVID-19, flu vaccines will reduce your risk of flu illness, hospitalization and death.

“You need to get the flu vaccine at least two weeks prior to the onset of flu activity in your region,” says Dr. Priya Sampathkumar, a Mayo Clinic infectious diseases specialist. On this edition of the Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast, Dr. Sampathkumar discusses who should get a flu vaccine and when.


Information in this post was accurate at the time of its posting. Due to the fluid nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, scientific understanding, along with guidelines and recommendations, may have changed since the original publication date

For more information and all your COVID-19 coverage, go to the Mayo Clinic News Network and mayoclinic.org.

Wed, Sep 23 7:25am · Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: How flu vaccines can help in COVID-19 fight

close up of a nurse with blue surgical gloves giving a flu shot in the upper arm of a patient

With fall approaching and winter just around the corner, many are wondering how COVID-19 will affect this flu season. Some experts warn of a “twindemic,” with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the onset of influenza overlapping here in the Northern Hemisphere. To keep people healthy and not overload the health care system, experts say getting a flu vaccine this year is more important than ever.

On the Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast, Dr. Gregory Poland, an infectious diseases expert and head of Mayo Clinic’s Vaccine Research Group, discusses flu vaccinations and shares some good news from the Southern Hemisphere’s flu season.


Information in this post was accurate at the time of its posting. Due to the fluid nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, scientific understanding, along with guidelines and recommendations, may have changed since the original publication date.  

For more information and all your COVID-19 coverage, go to the Mayo Clinic News Network and mayoclinic.org.

Mon, Sep 21 9:50am · Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Protecting yourself from wildfire smoke

With wildfires burning in the western U.S., smoke is affecting air quality for hundreds of miles. Wildfire smoke can irritate the eyes and respiratory system, and also can be dangerous for the elderly and people with heart and lung conditions.

Wildfire smoke on across a highway in Oregon
Photo courtesy: Lizzie Wise

On the Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast, Dr. Clayton Cowl, chair of the Division of Preventive, Occupational and Aerospace Medicine at Mayo Clinic, discusses the health risks of breathing in wildfire smoke and what you can do to protect yourself.


Information in this post was accurate at the time of its posting. Due to the fluid nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, scientific understanding, along with guidelines and recommendations, may have changed since the original publication date.  

Check the CDC website for additional updates on COVID-19. For more information and all your COVID-19 coverage, go to the Mayo Clinic News Network and mayoclinic.org.

Sat, Sep 19 10:39am · Mayo Clinic Radio: ALS / opioid research / new radiotherapy techniques

On the Mayo Clinic Radio program, Dr. Jennifer Martinez-Thompson, a Mayo Clinic neurologist, discusses diagnosis and treatment options for Lou Gehrig’s disease, also called amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Also on the program, Dr. Molly Jeffery and Dr. W. Michael Hooten share new Mayo Clinic research on trends in opioid use. Dr. Jeffery is the scientific director of Emergency Medicine Research at Mayo Clinic, and Dr. Hooten is a Mayo Clinic anesthesiologist and pain medicine specialist. And Dr. Paul Brown, a Mayo Clinic radiation oncologist, explains a new radiotherapy approach aimed at preserving cognitive function for some brain tumor patients.

Wed, Sep 16 8:33am · Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Bringing COVID-19 vaccines to the public

Once a vaccine to prevent COVID-19 is approved, there will be logistics to consider. For example, who will receive the vaccine first, and how can the supply chain safely deliver the vaccine to 330 million Americans and potentially more than 7 billion people worldwide? In addition, multiple vaccines may be brought to market within weeks to months of each other, confusing consumers.

On the Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast, Dr. Gregory Poland, an infectious diseases expert and head of Mayo Clinic’s Vaccine Research Group, explains the challenges of rolling out a COVID-19 vaccine.


Information in this post was accurate at the time of its posting. Due to the fluid nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, scientific understanding, along with guidelines and recommendations, may have changed since the original publication date.  

Check the CDC website for additional updates on COVID-19. For more information and all your COVID-19 coverage, go to the Mayo Clinic News Network and mayoclinic.org.