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Mayo Clinic Health Letter: Highlights from the March 2015 Issue

Here are highlights from the March issue of Mayo Clinic Health Letter. You may cite this publication as often as you wish. Reprinting is allowed for a fee. Mayo Clinic Health Letter attribution is required. Include the following subscription...
27-Mar-2015 10:05 AM EDT

Work Site Wellness Centers Equate to Weight Loss and Health Care Savings, Mayo Expert Says

As employees and employers face higher health care costs, work site wellnessMale and females cycling in a fitness class centers are becoming increasingly more important to help control the costs of health care and encourage healthy lifestyle...
25-Mar-2015 4:05 PM EDT

Mayo Clinic Center for Tuberculosis Launches New TB Journal

The Mayo Clinic Center for Tuberculosis, a regional training and consultation center at Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minn, is today launching a new medical journal, the Journal of Clinical Tuberculosis and Other Mycobacterial Diseases. The...
24-Mar-2015 10:05 AM EDT

Could a Tampon One Day Help Predict Endometrial Cancer? Mayo Clinic Researchers Says Yes

Researchers at Mayo Clinic have shown that it is possible to detect endometrial cancer using tumor DNA picked up by ordinary tampons. The new approach specifically examines DNA samples from vaginal secretions for the presence of chemical “off”...
23-Mar-2015 5:05 PM EDT

Mayo Clinic Study of Thousands of Brains Reveals Tau as Driver of Alzheimer’s Disease

By examining more than 3,600 postmortem brains, researchers at Mayo Clinic’s campuses in Jacksonville, Florida, and Rochester, Minnesota, have found that the progression of dysfunctional tau protein drives the cognitive decline and memory loss...
23-Mar-2015 10:05 AM EDT

Mayo Clinic Study First to Identify Spontaneous Coronary Artery Disease as Inherited

A Mayo Clinic study has identified a familial association in spontaneous coronary artery dissection, a type of heart attack that most commonly affects younger women, suggesting a genetic predisposition to the condition, researchers say. The results...
20-Mar-2015 12:05 PM EDT

The Arizona Cancer Coalition Elects Mayo Clinic’s Dr. Ruben Mesa as New Chair

Ruben Mesa, M.D. was unanimously elected to serve as the next chair of the Arizona Cancer Coalition, a coalition that seeks to improve the systems and policies that prevent disease, improve the care of our loved ones, and ultimately protect life.
23-Mar-2015 10:05 AM EDT

Is it Dementia, or Just Normal Aging? New Tool May Help Triage

Researchers at Mayo Clinic developed a new scoring system to help determine which elderly people may be at a higher risk of developing the memory and thinking problems that can lead to dementia. The study is published in the March 18, 2015, online...
17-Mar-2015 3:05 PM EDT

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Expert Alert – Preventive Surgery for Gynecologic Cancers

Jamie Bakkum-Gamez, M.D., an oncologist and gynecologic surgeon, is available to provide context for reporters wishing to better understand preventive surgery for gynecologic cancers in light of Angelina Jolie’s announcement that she had her...
24-Mar-2015 11:30 AM EDT

Telemedicine & You: Mayo Clinic Expert Explains New Health Care Option, How State and National Policies Can Catch Up

If you haven’t already experienced telemedicine, you may soon have the option. Technology is helping people connect with their physicians in new ways and from a distance, and interest is growing in updating state and federal policies to help make...
29-Jan-2015 10:00 AM EST

When Your Summer Travel Includes Surgery; Mayo Clinic Expert Offers Tips for a Safe Trip

Summer travel isn’t for vacation alone. For some people, it may include a trip to an out-of-town hospital for surgery. If you are traveling for chest surgery, you may wonder whether it is safer to return home by car or plane. A new Mayo Clinic...
20-May-2014 12:00 PM EDT

National DNA Day is April 25; Experts Available for Comment

Friday, April 25, is National DNA Day, the date which commemorates completion of the Human Genome Project, the national effort to identify and decode all 6 billion letters in human DNA. Since that time, medical researchers and practitioners have...
17-Apr-2014 4:00 PM EDT

Expert Alert: Increase in Opioid Prescriptions Parallels Spike in Heroin Use, Overdoses

Not only is heroin addictive and deadly, its use is increasing among Americans. That disturbing trend parallels the spike of opioid based prescription painkiller abuse in recent years, say Mayo Clinic experts.
12-Feb-2014 12:00 PM EST

Plan Ahead for Holiday Travel to Avoid Health Concerns, Such As Sleepiness and Stiffness, Mayo Clinic Expert Says

Traveling long distances during the holidays -- whether by car, plane or train -- is a common custom for many Americans, but taking health precautions for the journey isn’t often at the top of to-do lists. Taking some simple steps to stay healthy...
16-Dec-2013 11:00 AM EST

Mayo Clinic Experts Available to Discuss New Epilepsy Therapy

People with epilepsy may have a new high-tech way to manage hard-to-control seizures. A new implantable medical device that delivers responsive neurostimulation has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The technology is designed...
26-Nov-2013 10:00 AM EST

Osteoarthritis and You: Mayo Clinic Experts Offer Tips for Prevention, Coping

Most everyone is bound to get osteoarthritis -- if they live long enough. That old saying among arthritis experts is backed up by the numbers. The painful and often debilitating joint condition is the most common form of arthritis.
8-Oct-2013 1:00 PM EDT

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