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    For this Mayo Clinic expert, pancreatic cancer is personal

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    Dr. Mark Truty encourages people to ask a lot of questions after a pancreatic cancer diagnosis. Watch for the personal reasons he promotes hope when he meets people with a recent diagnosis.
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    What is the one key to a successful diet?

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    What’s the key to a successful diet? A little perseverance can go a long way. A diet is like a marriage: * Find one you love: you know you can stick with it for the rest of your life. * It’s healthy and stable: your diet is…
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    Small steps and changes to live a healthier life

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    What are some small steps and small changes you can do to live a healthier life? It’s the little things that add up. Both in a good way and in a bad way. Try to do more of the little steps that are good, and less of the little…
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    Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Understanding heart testing and evaluation

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    We all associate the heart with life, and it can be stressful to think there might be a problem with your heart. Heart tests — such as an EKG, an echocardiogram, a coronary angiogram and a stress test — are important ways to evaluate the health of your heart if…
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    Can you “catch up” on your sleep debt?

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    Is it possible to “catch up” on sleep you’ve lost? Unfortunately, it’s not that easy. Join Stephen Kopecky, M.D., Preventative Cardiologist at Mayo Clinic, as he busts myths surrounding sleep debt and provides information surrounding the importance of sleep.
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    Mayo Clinic Minute: What’s the best sleeping position?

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    Most people spend a third of their lives either asleep or resting, according to the Sleep Foundation. During sleep, the body recharges and repairs itself. And a good night’s sleep often can be determined by what position you are lying in bed. Back-sleepers beware. “I know many people find it to be…
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    Mayo Clinic Q&A: Don’t ignore the warning signs of stroke

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    A stroke is a medical emergency, and prompt treatment is crucial. Taking fast action can reduce brain damage and other complications. When a stroke occurs, blood supply to part of the brain is interrupted. Strokes can happen at any age. It’s vital to know the risk factors and to recognize…
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    How do I reverse aging?

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    While there isn’t a way to reverse the aging process, we CAN tell you about ways to slow aging and live a healthier life. Join Stephen Kopecky, M.D., Preventative Cardiologist at Mayo Clinic, as he provides tips to achieve a healthier and longer life.
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    Are you getting too much protein?

    Judging by all the protein bars, shakes and powders out there, you could be led to believe that you need a protein supplement. These products claim to curb appetite, help with weight loss and build muscle. But what’s the real story? Contrary to all the hype that everyone needs more…
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    Mayo Clinic Q&A: Immunotherapy for multiple myeloma

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    Immunotherapy uses the body’s immune system to fight cancer, and it’s now a standard treatment option for people with multiple myeloma. Multiple myeloma is a cancer that forms in the type of white blood cell called a plasma cell. In this Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast, Dr. Yi Lin, a Mayo…
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    Lasting physical side effects of cancer

    Cancer and cancer treatments can change how you look and feel about your body. Active treatment is a physically intense journey that can alter your body permanently. You may have scars, changes to your hair and skin, or even lose a body part. Your weight and strength can fluctuate substantially.
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    How much stuff is too much stuff?

    Everyone likes to acquire and hold on to things for a variety of reasons. This item is unique. It reminds me of an important event in my life. It’s a great deal. I could have a use for it one day. Most people have a balance among what they obtain,…
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    Think you’ve tried every migraine medication? Think again.

    Migraine is an all-too-common and potentially disabling disorder. Migraine attacks can cause severe throbbing head pain or pulsing sensations, as well as nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light and sound. Some treatments stop symptoms of a migraine attack (acute, or as-needed treatment) and other long-term treatments decrease the frequency and…
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    Why some patients need a second heart surgery

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    People who’ve had an aortic dissection, which is emergency, lifesaving surgery, may need additional surgeries later to repair the aorta. Also, people who’ve had heart valve surgery and received replacement tissue valves will need the valves replaced after 10 years. In addition, adults with congenital heart disease often have surgery…
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    Good bacteria for your gut

    Amanda Gingrasso, D.N.P.,
    Mayo Clinic Press Editors
    The lining of your digestive tract — like every surface of your body — is covered in microorganisms, mostly bacteria. This microecosystem, called a microbiome, plays a large role in your health. Your mood and behavior also may be impacted by the microorganisms living in your microbiome. You may be…
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    Olfactory retraining after COVID-19

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    The loss or change in a person’s sense of taste and smell is something that can happen to people who have had COVID-19.  It’s a common symptom with other viruses, including influenza, but it’s happening at a much larger magnitude due to the scale of the COVID-19 pandemic. Current estimates indicate that…
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    Not all low back pain is the same

    Kendall Snyder, M.D.,
    Mayo Clinic Press Editors
    Your back is made up of 30 bones stacked in a column surrounded by muscles and ligaments. It allows you to stand, walk, bend, sit and twist. It connects other parts of your skeleton and supports your spinal cord and nerve roots. Nearly every movement you make involves your back…
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    Recognizing and responding to delirium

    Heidi Lindroth, Ph.D.,
    Margaret Paulson, D.O.,
    Mayo Clinic Press Editors
    Delirium is a type of confusion that occurs suddenly and without warning. When people have delirium, they may have trouble focusing or paying attention. They also may feel groggy and drowsy, or act or say things out of character. Delirium can be a warning signal that someone is not feeling…
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    Preparing for surgery?

    Liz Cumberland, C.N.P.,
    Mayo Clinic Press Editors
    It’s official. You need surgery. You may have many thoughts and questions running through your head, whether it’s a minor, same-day procedure or a complex operation that requires you to stay in the hospital overnight. You may even feel anxious, confused or scared. While these emotions are normal and expected,…
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    The best diet to help prevent kidney stones

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    It’s estimated that 1 in 10 people will get a kidney stone in his or her lifetime. Kidney stones are not only painful, but they can lead to serious complications that may require hospitalization and even surgery. The good news is kidney stones are preventable, and prevention can be as simple as…
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    Relief for dry eyes

    Cynthia Weiss,
    Mayo Clinic Press Editors
    Since the beginning of winter, my eyes feel dry and scratchy. I can no longer wear contacts because my eyes burn and sting, and are watery. How can my eyes be dry and watery at the same time, and what can be done to fix this? It’s common to have…
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    Your heart can break from stress

    Niti Aggarwal, M.D.,
    Nkechinyere Ijioma, M.B.B.S.,
    Mayo Clinic Press Editors
    Emotional stress — which can be brought on by grief, anger, loss or death of a loved one, domestic abuse, heated arguments, physical illness, or surgery — can be so bad that it feels like your heart is breaking. And in a way, it is. Broken heart syndrome is also…
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    Integrative oncology uses lifestyle medicine approach

    Mayo Clinic Press Editors
    Integrative medicine uses an approach to health care that includes practices not traditionally part of conventional medicine, such as herbs, acupuncture, massage, yoga and meditation. Integrative oncology incorporates these therapies into conventional cancer care. Integrative oncology helps people with cancer feel better by reducing the fatigue, nausea, pain and anxiety and other…
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    Cancer myths vs. facts

    Laurel Kelly,
    Mayo Clinic Press Editors
    In many cases, what is known about cancer prevention is still evolving. However, it’s well-accepted that your lifestyle affects your chances of developing cancer. From your diet and exercise routines to protecting yourself from the sun and avoiding risky behaviors, a few simple lifestyle changes can make a difference in your risk of developing…
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    Mayo Clinic Minute: The relationship between food and disease

    DeeDee Stiepan,
    Mayo Clinic Press Editors
    The phrase “you are what you eat” is commonly used in conversations about health and the connection between food and the body. Eating an unhealthy diet can have serious consequences and can increase someone’s risk of dying from heart disease, stroke and Type 2 diabetes. In this Mayo Clinic Minute, Dr. Stephen Kopecky, a preventive…
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    Seizure forecasting device with epilepsy: anticipate seizures, take action

    Mayo Clinic Press Editors
    Despite treatments that include medications, surgery and neurostimulation devices, many people with epilepsy continue to have seizures. And the uncertainty of when a seizure could occur affects their quality of life. But what if these people could anticipate a seizure and take action? A recent Mayo Clinic study tested a technology to do…
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    Constipation in women, explained

    Bob Nellis,
    Mayo Clinic Press Editors
    Chronic constipation is a reality for many people ― more often women than men. Fortunately, these symptoms generally respond to dietary fiber supplements or over-the-counter laxatives. But when these symptoms do not respond, tests can determine the cause. Sometimes contents move slowly through the colon, or patients have a rectal…
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    Memory lapses: Normal aging or something more?

    Mayo Clinic Press Editors
    Have you ever walked into a room and forgot why you entered? Lost the name of an acquaintance you met a few years ago? Forgot the name of a tool in your shop? Memory lapses and modest decline in thinking skills are common as you age. There’s a difference, however,…
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    Mayo Clinic Q&A: Living as a prostate cancer survivor

    Mayo Clinic Press Editors
    Thanks to early detection and treatment, most people with prostate cancer survive, and many may live for decades, according to Matthew Tollefson, M.D., a Mayo Clinic urologist. But many who survive prostate cancer may have concerns about life post-cancer. Side effects of treatment might include problems with urinary control and…
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    Mayo Clinic Q&A: Breaking down the difference between eczema and psoriasis

    Mayo Clinic Press Editors
    Eczema and psoriasis are both long-term skin conditions that don’t have a cure. In eczema, the immune system comes to the skin and releases chemical inflammatory markers that cause the skin to become red, weepy and itchy, according to Dawn Davis, M.D., a Mayo Clinic dermatologist. In psoriasis, the immune…
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    Fibromyalgia: changing the pain experience

    Mayo Clinic Press Editors
    Science is just beginning to understand this long-term, widespread form of chronic pain and how nerves can be “re-mapped” to make pain signals grow quitter, while allowing more pleasant signals to come through. Fibromyalgia is a term many people know, but it’s much less common for people to truly understand…
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    Advanced care at home

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    January’s Mayo Clinic Health Letter included an interview with Michael Maniaci, M.D., physician leader of Advanced Care at Home at Mayo Clinic. He explained that some people in the hospital can be treated in their own homes, as long as they don’t require surgery, invasive procedures or advanced imaging. Receiving…
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    Mayo Clinic Q&A: Small steps to increase longevity

    Mayo Clinic Press Editors
    The average American goes on a couple of diets a year that last only a few months at most, according to Dr. Stephen Kopecky, a Mayo Clinic preventive cardiologist. But rather than trying to overhaul your lifestyle all at once, Dr. Kopecky recommends focusing on small steps that add up…
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    Understanding heart tests

    DeeDee Stiepan,
    Mayo Clinic Press Editors
    Every year, World Heart Day is celebrated on Sept. 29 to increase awareness of cardiovascular diseases and how to control them. Having a healthy heart is always the goal, but sometimes you need some help to make sure everything is working just right. And that’s where heart tests come in.
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    What’s on the horizon for cardiac regenerative therapies?

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    Stable angina shouldn’t be ignored. If you’re feeling chest discomfort, talk to your doctor. In the meantime, it’s helpful to know how your heart works and the regenerative potential of the cardiovascular system. In this Mayo Clinic Talks podcast, Mayo Clinic cardiologist Dr. Atta Behfar explains what types of regenerative…
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    How high-intensity intervals impact cardiovascular health

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    High-intensity interval training (HIIT) — doing short bursts of higher intensity exercise followed by lower intensity exercise for a number of cycles — brings big benefits when it comes to your cardiovascular health. A HIIT workout increases your peak oxygen consumption (peak VO2), says Dr. Amanda Bonikowske, an exercise physiologist…
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    Add citrus colors, flavors to meals

    Mayo Clinic Press Editors
    Citrus fruits are not only juicy and refreshing, they’re extremely healthy. Lemons, oranges, limes, grapefruit, tangerines and pomelos are just a few of the juicy fruits classified as citrus. Like tangerines, clementines are a type of mandarin. They look like tangerine fruit, but they’re not quite the same. Tangerines and…
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    Benefits of sedation-free colonoscopy

    Jaime Zighelboim, M.D.,
    Mayo Clinic Press Editors
    Few people look forward to having a screening colonoscopy. Some people even put off having the procedure done because they hear horror stories that are unfounded. Millions of people each year have a colonoscopy and do well, even without sedation. A colonoscopy is the gold standard for colon cancer screening. During…
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    How to exercise safely during the winter

    Cynthia Weiss,
    Mayo Clinic Press Editors
    DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I am an active 43-year-old female who enjoys exercising and staying in shape. I usually try to work out at least three days per week at the gym, but I also like to exercise and run outside. Recently, I moved to a colder climate. As winter begins, should…
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    Who should be screened for lung cancer?

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    One of the challenges of treating lung cancer is that it’s often diagnosed at an advanced stage, but screening can help catch it at an early stage. In this Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast, Dr. Aaron Mansfield, a Mayo Clinic medical oncologist, describes the types of lung cancer and talks about…
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    Mayo Clinic Connect: 10 years of social support for health concerns, questions and celebrations.

    Mayo Clinic Press Editors
    As Mayo Clinic Connect celebrates its 10th anniversary, Rosemary Huckleberry, better known as @rosemarya, reflects on the evolution of the past 10 years—Mayo Clinic Connect’s and her own from member to mentor. Here I am, in the photo above, just one year after my transplant, sitting with the Mayo brothers on…
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    Shoulder injuries and winter weather safety tips

    Mayo Clinic Press Editors
    DEAR MAYO CLINIC: Our family recently moved to a state that has plenty of cold, ice and snow during the winter. While my children are excited, I have heard stories about how common shoulder injuries are during the winter due to shoveling snow and other activities. I have arthritis in one…
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    Exercise is first-line treatment for Parkinson’s

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    There’s voluminous evidence that supports exercise as a first-line treatment for Parkinson’s disease, according to Dr. Edward Laskowski, a Mayo Clinic specialist in physical medicine and rehabilitation. Experts think exercise has neuroprotective effects. Listen to this Mayo Clinic Talks podcast to hear Dr. Laskowski explain why people who are…
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    Why the risk of frostbite is greater than you think

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    It’s almost a worst-case scenario when you’re out in extreme cold, and it’s more common than you might think. Dr. Sanj Kakar, a Mayo Clinic orthopedic hand and wrist surgeon, says frostbite is more common and often more serious than many people think. The good news is it’s fairly easy to avoid. As…
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    Dangers of mixing antidepressants and alcohol

    Dr. Daniel K. Hall-Flavin,
    Jenny Radack,
    Mayo Clinic Press Editors
    Can you drink alcohol while taking antidepressants? Answer From Daniel K. Hall-Flavin, M.D. It’s recommended to avoid combining antidepressants and alcohol. Drinking while taking antidepressants may worsen your symptoms, and in some cases can be dangerous. Combining the two may cause the following: An increase in depression and anxiety. Drinking alcohol…
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    Try these nutrient-packed recipes

    Mayo Clinic Press Editors
    The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has recommended against taking vitamin E and beta carotene supplements for prevention of cancer or heart disease. The task force said the supplements don’t help prevent the disease and have the potential to be harmful. It’s best to get vitamin E and beta carotene…
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    How Mayo Clinic doctors are discussing the new Alzheimer’s drug with patients

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    Earlier this year, the Food and Drug Administration approved the drug aducanumab to treat Alzheimer’s disease. In this Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast, Mayo Clinic neurologists Dr. Ronald Petersen and Dr. David Knopman discuss the ongoing research into the drug and how they’re talking about aducanumab’s risks and benefits with patients.