Newswise — Mayo Clinic Experts Available for Concussion DiscussionAs thousands of student athletes across the country prepare for the fall sport season, thousands of parents are concerned about concussions. Up to 4 million sports-related concussions occur in the U.S. each year. And that number may even be higher because many more concussions are not actually diagnosed correctly. Even with all the recent attention on concussions, how much do people really know about how to spot a concussion, what to do about it and how they are treated? Mayo Clinic experts are available to clear up the myths and emphasize the importance of baseline testing during sports physicals.

MEDIA CONTACTJim McVeigh, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 480-301-4222, [email protected]

Estrogen Patch in Newly Postmenopausal Women May Reduce Alzheimer’s RiskCan estrogen preserve brain function and decrease the risk of Alzheimer’s disease when given early in menopause? A Mayo Clinic study published this month in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease found new postmenopausal women who received estrogen via a skin patch had reduced beta-amyloid deposits, the sticky plaques found in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s disease. A rapid decline in estrogen with menopause may be associated with an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease in women.

MEDIA CONTACTSusan Barber Lindquist, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs,507-284-5005, [email protected]

Wellness Coaching Can Produce Significant and Long-term Improvements in Health Behaviors Making a lifestyle change can be a daunting task, as an overwhelming amount of popular health trends seem unsustainable at best and, at worst, could be dangerous. However, promising results of a study conducted by Mayo Clinic experts suggests that one of these latest trends ─ wellness coaching ─ can produce substantial lifestyle improvements that align with an individual’s personal values and foster confidence to sustain these changes after the program has concluded.

MEDIA CONTACTKelley Luckstein, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 507-284-5005, [email protected]

Mayo Clinic Scientist Receives Pre-eminent International Award for Alzheimer’s Research Guojun Bu, Ph.D., a neuroscientist on Mayo Clinic’s Florida campus, will receive the 2016 MetLife Foundation Major Award for Medical Research in Alzheimer’s Disease ─ one of the most prestigious awards given annually to the top scientist in this field of study. The award was presented to Dr. Bu today at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Toronto.

MEDIA CONTACTKevin Punsky, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 904-953-0746, [email protected]

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