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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Mayo Clinic Platform aims to create new care delivery possibilities
September 28, 2020

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.

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Time for your flu vaccine
September 25, 2020

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.

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How flu vaccines can help in COVID-19 fight
September, 23, 2020

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.

Research disclosures for Dr. Gregory Poland.

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Protecting yourself from wildfire smoke
September 21, 2020

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. 

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.

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#AskTheMayoMom about COVID-19, school children
September 18, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to create challenges, including returning to school with hybrid learning modules for children. There are also anxieties and uncertainties to navigate, while trying to follow COVID-19 guidelines. 

In this "Mayo Clinic Q&A" podcast, Dr. Angela Mattke, a Mayo Clinic pediatrician and host of #AskTheMayoMom, talks about the concerns her patients have, and what important things parents and caregivers should take into consideration when helping children stay healthy.

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Bringing COVID-19 vaccines to the public
September 16, 2020

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.

Research disclosures for Dr. Gregory Poland.

Advanced Care at Home patient John Jolly sitting at his dining room table talking with a Mayo doctor on a telehealth monitor

Advanced Care at Home
September 14, 2020

Using a new technology platform, Mayo Clinic recently began a new care model called Advanced Care at Home. Some patients with conditions that were previously managed in the hospital will now have the option to be treated and monitored from the comfort of their own home.

On the Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast, Dr. Michael Maniaci, chair of the Division Hospital Internal Medicine at Mayo Clinic in Florida, discusses the benefits of the new Advanced Care at Home platform. Dr. Maniaci leads the Advanced Care at Home program in Florida.

Physician shares his experience battling COVID-19
September 11, 2020

Dr. Deepi Goyal, a Mayo Clinic emergency physician and regional chair of practice for Southeastern Minnesota, was infected with COVID-19 after his daughter was exposed at work and brought the virus home. Despite his best efforts to isolate and avoid contact, Dr. Goyal started experiencing COVID-19 symptoms on day nine of the recommended 10-day isolation period.

On today's Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast, Dr. Goyal shares his experience battling COVID-19 and offers tips for being prepared to quarantine at home when necessary.

Don’t delay cancer screenings
September 8, 2020

Cancer diagnoses have decreased since the COVID-19 pandemic began, according to a recent study in JAMA

"We can speculate that putting off routine screening tests means early cancers are not being detected," says Dr. Nabil Wasif, a Mayo Clinic surgical oncologist. He says this suggests that patients will eventually show up but with more advanced cancer. 

Routine screenings are recommended for breast, cervical and colon cancer, as well as lung cancer if the patient is a smoker. 

On the Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast, Dr. Wasif, says patients are taking a risk by delaying screening.

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Children, COVID-19 and multisystem inflammatory syndrome
September 4, 2020

Children can become ill with COVID-19, and sometimes they develop a rare but serious reaction called multisystem inflammatory syndrome (MIS-C). When this reaction happens, different body parts become inflamed, including the heart, lungs, intestinal tract and brain. More than 600 cases of MIS-C have been reported in the U.S. as of Aug. 20, most in minority populations.

On the Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast, Dr. Emily Levy, a pediatric critical care and infectious diseases expert, gives an overview of MIS-C, including its similarities with Kawasaki disease.