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

Most Recent Episodes

The latest on COVID-19
March 24, 2020

On today's Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast, Dr. Gregory Poland, an infectious diseases expert and head of Mayo Clinic's Vaccine Research Group, shares the latest information on the COVID-19 pandemic

Dr. Poland discusses the importance of testing for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19; work being done on antiviral medications; and how long social distancing might need to last.

Research disclosures for Dr. Gregory Poland.

Mental health and coping during COVID-19 crisis
March 23, 2020

Continuous news coverage about the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic is creating worry and anxiety for people across the globe. How can you be better prepared to cope with the crisis?

On today's Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast, Dr. Beth Rush, a Mayo Clinic neuropsychologist, shares ideas for taking care of your mental health and finding comfort amid the uncertainty.

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Infectious diseases expert Dr. Gregory Poland answers COVID-19 (coronavirus) questions
March 20, 2020

The information about the COVID-19 pandemic changes rapidly, and it's hard to stay up to date with the latest information. On today's Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast, Dr. Gregory Poland, a Mayo Clinic infectious diseases expert and head of Mayo Clinic’s Vaccine Research Group, answers COVID-19 questions. 

Dr. Poland discusses preventive measures to stop the spread of the virus, what to do if you do get sick, and the potential for effective treatments and a vaccine.

Research disclosures for Dr. Gregory Poland.

The importance of isolation to flatten the curve on COVID-19 (coronavirus)
March 19, 2020

In epidemiology, the idea of slowing a virus' spread so that fewer people need to seek treatment at any given time is known as "flattening the curve." It's a phrase you've likely heard in the news, and it is an important goal for governments and health care leaders during the COVID-19 pandemic.

On the Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast Dr. Clayton Cowl, chair of Mayo Clinic's Division of Preventive, Occupational and Aerospace Medicine, explains how isolation can stop a spike in the number of new coronavirus cases. 

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Long-term care facilities take precautions against COVID-19 (coronavirus)
March 18, 2020

Long-term care facilities are taking steps to prepare and respond to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak. With guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, long-term care facilities are restricting visitors in most cases.

On the Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast, Dr. Brandon Verdoorn, a Mayo Clinic geriatrician and medical director of Charter House, a continuing care retirement community affiliated with Mayo Clinic in Rochester, explains how staff are taking steps to keep residents safe and prevent spread of the coronavirus.

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Blood donations plummet during COVID-19 pandemic
March 17, 2020

With recommendations to stay home during the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. now has a critical blood shortage. Blood donation collections have plummeted due to canceled blood drives and concerns about being out in the community. Almost half of U.S. blood collectors are reporting that they only have a two-day supply or less of blood products.

On today's Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast, Dr. Justin Kreuter, transfusion medicine specialist with the Mayo Clinic Blood Donor Center, explains how new blood donors are needed to step up and fill the void.

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Simple steps to protect yourself against COVID-19 (coronavirus)
March 16, 2020

On the Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast, Dr. Nipunie Rajapakse, a Mayo Clinic pediatric infectious diseases specialist, gives helpful tips to protect yourself from COVID-19. Hand-washing, social distancing and respiratory etiquette all play a part in stopping the spread of coronavirus. 

Learn more on today's episode of Mayo Clinic Q&A:

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Vaccine expert's advice on COVID-19
March 11, 2020

This week’s episode of Mayo Clinic Q&A separates fact from fiction on COVID-19 (coronavirus).

Dr. Gregory Poland, head of Mayo Clinic’s Vaccine Research Group, discusses who is at risk, how to stay protected from the virus, and, if there will be a coronavirus vaccine in the future. 

Research disclosures for Dr. Gregory Poland.

Advancements in gamma knife radio surgery
March 4, 2020

Gamma knife radiosurgery is surgery without a scalpel. The procedure combines radiation oncology and neurosurgery to treat lesions in the brain, including tumors.

Among the upsides, there's no incision in the skull, the radiation can be given in a single outpatient setting, and there are no typical side effects like hair loss, and nausea and vomiting, that come with traditional radiation therapy.

This week on the Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast, Dr. Bruce Pollock, a Mayo Clinic neurosurgeon, explains how gamma knife radiosurgery is performed.

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Steps for reversing heart disease
Feb. 22, 2020

Millions of Americans have coronary artery disease caused by plaque buildup in their blood vessels. But once heart disease starts, can the damage be undone?

"Studies have shown you can reverse this narrowing of the arteries to the heart," says Dr. Stephen Kopecky, a Mayo Clinic cardiologist.

So what can you do to make your heart healthier than it is today? The answer is in this week's Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast.