Mayo Clinic Q&A

From complex or serious conditions like cancer and heart disease to the latest news on research and wellness, host Dr. Halena Gazelka asks the questions and gets easy-to-understand answers from Mayo Clinic experts

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December 2, 2022

Holiday travel, gatherings likely to increase the spread of respiratory virusesDecember 2, 2022 Three respiratory viruses — COVID-19, influenza and respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV — are currently circulating in the U.S., and experts worry that holiday travel and gatherings could fuel their spread and further increase the number of cases. Recently, the Centers for Disease Control [...]

November 29, 2022

An inside look at invention at Mayo ClinicNovember 29, 2022 At Mayo Clinic, the Department of Business Development is the front door to business. From technology commercialization to strategic partnerships, the ultimate goal of innovation at Mayo Clinic is to improve health outcomes and benefit patients. Business Development has two divisions: Mayo Clinic Ventures, which [...]

November 21, 2022

The latest options for treating epilepsyNovember 22, 2022 Epilepsy is a neurological disorder in which brain activity becomes abnormal, causing seizures or periods of unusual behavior, sensations, and sometimes loss of awareness. Anyone can develop epilepsy and epilepsy affects both males and females of all races, ethnic backgrounds, and ages. Treatment with medications [...]

November 18, 2022

Ask the Mayo Mom: Vitamins, nutritional supplements and special diets for childrenNovember 18, 2022 Commercials and advertisements often target parents, suggesting they should give their kids vitamins and supplements to help them grow strong and stay healthy. But is it true? The short answer is no.  "By and large, when kids are generally [...]

November 15, 2022

Survivorship after surgery for lung cancerNovember 15, 2022 More than 200,000 people in the U.S. will be diagnosed with lung cancerin 2022, according to the National Cancer Institute. A new lung cancer diagnosis can be scary and confusing, but having a support system can help. "Probably the best advice I give patients with lung [...]

November 11, 2022

Caring for veteransNovember 11, 2022 Like all patients, military veterans bring their unique experiences and backgrounds with them as they navigate medical and end-of-life care. At Mayo Clinic, programs are in place to honor military service and care for veterans. Mayo Clinic Hospice is a partner of the We Honor Veterans Program run by the National [...]

November 8, 2022

Barrett’s esophagus requires monitoring and treatment to decrease esophageal cancer riskNovember 8, 2022 Barrett's esophagus is a condition in which the lining esophagus becomes damaged by acid reflux, which causes the lining to thicken and become red. Over time, the valve between the esophagus and the stomach may begin to fail, leading to [...]

November 4, 2022

Navigating a new epilepsy diagnosisNovember 4, 2022 Epilepsy is a neurologic central nervous system disorder in which brain activity becomes abnormal, causing seizures or periods of unusual behavior, sensations and sometimes loss of awareness. Seizure symptoms can vary widely. Some people with epilepsy simply stare blankly for a few seconds during a seizure, [...]

November 1, 2022

Advances in bone marrow transplant and cellular therapyNovember 1, 2022 Mayo Clinic performed its first bone marrow transplant in 1963 and today hundreds of people receive blood and marrow transplants every year at Mayo Clinic in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota. Recently, Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota celebrated its 10,000th blood and marrow transplant. Bone marrow [...]

October 28, 2022

World Stroke Day — know the warning signs, take actionOctober 28, 2022 When someone has a stroke, every second is crucial. The longer it takes to receive treatment, the more likely it is that damage to the brain will occur.  "The mantra is 'time is brain,'" explains Dr. James Meschia, a Mayo Clinic neurologist [...]

October 25, 2022

Proton beam therapy offers benefits to patients with breast cancerOctober 25, 2022 The type of breast cancer a person has and how far it has spread determine the appropriate treatment. Previously, a patient with breast cancer might have received five to six weeks of radiation therapy. But the approach is changing. "For many years, we [...]

October 21, 2022

Imaging plays key role in improving endometriosis treatmentOctober 21, 2022 Endometriosis is often a painful disorder in which tissue similar to the tissue that normally lines the inside of the uterus — the endometrium — grows outside the uterus.  "Endometriosis is a very common condition," explains Dr. Tatnai Burnett, a gynecologic surgeon at Mayo [...]