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Discovery's Edge: The fault in our bars

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

When bar charts take over the world of scientific figures, Mayo Clinic researchers and colleagues sound the alarm. Looking up, into the night sky overwhelms the senses.?All those stars, all that space. Then the brain picks up a pattern?three bright stars? Oh, that?s Orion?s belt. And from there a viewer can find the Orion nebula, [...]

In the Loop: Furry friends and fun take fear out of the hospital

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

It may look like Amy K. Olson's job is all fun and games. Her 9-to-5 routine includes activities like playing bingo, bandaging dolls and leading crazy "crafternoons." But for Olson, a child life specialist at Mayo Clinic Children's Center, all that play has a serious purpose. "Our job in child life is to provide education [...]

Treating skin abrasions known as ?raspberries?

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Raspberries are usually bright red and painful, and, no ? not the fruit. Raspberries, strawberries, road rash ? whatever you call these scrapes ? are painful and can be difficult to treat. Some suggest wrapping the wound, while others suggest airing it out. Chelsea Mann, M.D., a Mayo Clinic Health System Family Medicine physician, sets [...]

Parasite Wonders: A parasitologist's view of the world

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

This week's case involves an object seen in a stool specimen from a patient in Cambodia. What is it? Every week, Mayo Clinic microbiologist Dr. Bobbi Pritt?posts a new case, along with the answer to the previous case. Read Dr. Pritt's blog, Creepy, Dreadful, Wonderful Parasites, and submit your answers, comments and questions. Learn more [...]

Dialysis and the elderly: Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

In this Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute, ?Dr. Bjorg Thorsteindottir comments on a study looking at dialysis treatment in the elderly. To listen, click the link below. Dialysis and the Elderly

Mayo Clinic Minute: Peeling into the health benefits of bananas

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

What's yellow, weighs more than 25?pounds and is something you'll likely have eaten?by the end of December? The answer: a year's supply of bananas. "The average American consumes 27 pounds of bananas per year," explains Angie Murad, a dietitian with the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program. "That averages out to 90 bananas per year." In [...]

Infectious Diseases A-Z: Flu vaccine reduces a child's risk of death

Monday, May 08, 2017

A recent Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC) study?shows that children who are vaccinated against?influenza?are significantly less likely to die from the flu.?Dr. Gregory Poland, director of Mayo Clinic's?Vaccine Research Group,?says the study found that, across the five-year time period of the study, the flu vaccine provided 65 percent protection against death due to [...]

Genetic testing of pancreatic cyst fluid accurately detects pre cancerous and early cancer lesions

Monday, May 08, 2017

ROCHESTER, Minn. ? Mayo Clinic researchers have found that a panel of methylated DNA markers in pancreatic cyst fluid can accurately detect advanced precancerous lesions and early cancer in pancreatic cysts. Hypermethylation is a process thought to play a role in silencing of tumor suppressor genes, which are involved in controlling cell growth and division. [...]

'Stem the tide' of rising syphilis rates in United States

Monday, May 08, 2017

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)?has issued a ?call to action? to hopefully slow the spread of syphilis.?Syphilis is a bacterial infection usually spread by sexual contact. The disease starts as a painless sore ? typically on your genitals, rectum or mouth. Syphilis spreads from person to person via skin or mucous membrane [...]

#MayoClinicRadio Podcast: 5/6/17

Monday, May 08, 2017

Listen: Mayo Clinic Radio 5/6/17 On the Mayo Clinic Radio podcast, Dr. Kristin Zhao, director?of Mayo Clinic's Assistive and Restorative Technology Laboratory, and Dr. Kendall Lee, director of Mayo Clinic's Neural Engineering Laboratory, discuss a study being done at Mayo Clinic, in collaboration with UCLA researchers, that has successfully used intense physical therapy and electrical [...]

World Ovarian Cancer Day

Monday, May 08, 2017

Ovarian cancer often goes undetected until it has spread within the pelvis and abdomen. At this late stage, ovarian cancer is more difficult to treat and is frequently fatal.?World Ovarian Cancer Day?is designed to heighten awareness and encourage women to look for early symptoms of ovarian cancer. The article below was previously published on the [...]

Fit versus fat: Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute

Monday, May 08, 2017

Being overweight increases your risk of health problems, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes and stroke. Exercise helps to reduce those risks. So, what happens if you are overweight, but in good physical shape? Can you be fat and fit? In this Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute, we?talk to Mayo Clinic cardiologist Dr. [...]

Housecall: Caring for a dying loved one

Monday, May 08, 2017

THIS WEEK'S TOP STORIES End of life: Caring for a dying loved one When someone you care about is approaching the end of life, you might not feel prepared. Understanding what to expect ? and what you can do to increase your loved one's comfort ? can help. Here's what you should know. Breast lumps: [...]

Mayo Clinic Q and A: Treatment often can keep morphea symptoms in check

Saturday, May 06, 2017

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: About six months ago, a large, white dent appeared on my left buttock. After a biopsy, I was diagnosed with morphea. I was told that it is not systemic, but that the drug methotrexate could prevent future skin lesions and possibly cure the morphea. Is this possible, and what are the risks [...]

Making Mayo's Recipes: 3 healthy ways to cook with nuts

Friday, May 05, 2017

Stock your pantry with whole, raw nuts and seeds. They make great snacks. Plus, these nutritional powerhouses add crunch and quality protein to your cooking. When you cook with nuts, you'll use them more quickly, so you can buy them in bulk at your local health food store on in large bags at a discount [...]

Mayo Clinic Minute: Tanning beds and OCD

Friday, May 05, 2017

What do?tanning beds ?have to do with obsessive compulsive disorder, or OCD? Mayo Clinic experts say some people who tan frequently may do so for the same reasons someone with OCD performs repetitive behaviors. They say it may have to do with the affects ultraviolet light has on the brain or skin. In this Mayo [...]

Parkinson?s disease study featured in top research article for 2016

Friday, May 05, 2017

SUN CITY WEST, Ariz., and SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. ? Researchers at Banner Sun Health Research Institute and Mayo Clinic are continuing to study how to diagnose early Parkinson?s disease. The research team?s most recent article, ?Peripheral Synucleinopathy in Early Parkinson?s Disease: Submandibular Gland Needle Biopsy Findings,? has been recognized by Movement Disorders, the official journal of [...]

Home Remedies: Complications of ingrown toenails

Friday, May 05, 2017

Ingrown toenails are a common condition in which the corner or side of a toenail grows into the soft flesh. The result is pain, redness, swelling and, sometimes, an infection. Ingrown toenails usually affect your big toe. Often you can take care of ingrown toenails on your own. If the pain is severe or spreading, [...]

Sunglasses as protection: Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute

Friday, May 05, 2017

In this Mayo Clinic Minute, dermatologist Dr. Dawn Davis explains why a good pair of sunglasses is much more than a fashion statement. To listen, click the link below. Sunglasses as Protection

Living With Cancer: Vegetables might taste good right now

Friday, May 05, 2017

Tastes change during cancer treatment: Try more vegetables During and after treatment for cancer, your tastes can change and you may prefer vegetables over meat in particular. Here are some easy ways to add more vegetables to your diet. Photodynamic therapy Photodynamic therapy uses medications to make cancer cells and other abnormal cells vulnerable to [...]