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How Long Should You Keep Your Holiday Leftovers?

Are you gearing up for the holidays by pulling out all of your old family recipes? Some of us love holiday eating more than holiday cooking, but whatever side you're on, almost everyone enjoys leftovers. But just how long should you be snacking on them after the holiday party has ended? Leftovers can be kept for three to four days in the refrigerator, but after that, the risk of food poisoning increases. If you don't think you'll be able to eat leftovers within four days, freeze them immediately. When you’re ready to eat, heat them on the stove, oven or microwave until the internal temperature reaches 165 F (74 C).

Relieving Side Effects of Breast Cancer Treatment with Microsurgery

Angenette Monroe received a mastectomy as part of her cancer treatment plan. She never expected her treatment would prevent her from enjoying life - but it did. Angenette’s treatment stopped her from running and traveling, as well as visiting her grandchildren. She turned to Mayo Clinic for help. Mayo Clinic physicians recommended a unique surgical approach called lymphovenous bypass to ease her symptoms. As a former gastroenterology technologist, Angenette understands high-quality patient care. She says she is amazed by the care at Mayo Clinic and thanks the team for her health every day.

National Flu Shot Week

We’re all guilty of putting off getting our shots, but winter is here and it can be easy to confuse a common seasonal cold for something more serious like the flu. Best way to eliminate the risk? Get a flu shot! This week is National Influenza Vaccination Week, so there’s no better time to cross it off your list. No one wants to be sick during the holidays, or kick off 2017 with the sniffles, so get started on your resolutions early.


Changing Minds While Learning to Live With Epilepsy

When Tehya Mrotek had a seizure for the first time in class six years ago, she wasn’t the only one caught off guard by it. It wasn't until Tehya’s seizure that her high school realized they weren’t familiar with epilepsy, nor were they equipped to administer seizure first-aid. With the help of Mayo Clinic, Tehya’s care team was able to provide treatment to diminish the frequency of her seizures. As a result of her condition, not only had all of Tehya’s teachers and administrators become proficient in epilepsy education, but the town of Stewartville had received certification as a Seizure Smart Community from the Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota within three years.

World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day is an opportunity to show support and solidarity for the estimated 34 million people who have HIV. Wear RED, educate yourself and support the individuals who face HIV every day, not just today. #RETHINKHIV


Sweating in November? Get Help Managing Menopause

Menopause - the part of life every woman is looking forward to, right?  As much as we’re all dreading it, it’s unfortunately inevitable. So what’s the bright side? There are a lot of treatments available to help manage symptoms like hot flashes and sleeping issues. Remember, every woman will eventually go through it, so you’re never alone!

Minimally Invasive Bariatric Procedure Brings Relief, Joy in Food Again

Stephanie Cortez battled weight issues for most of her life, until she decided to undergo gastric bypass surgery. She adopted a healthier lifestyle and better eating habits. But everything changed in 2014 when Stephanie developed a bleeding stomach ulcer and was diagnosed with dumping syndrome – a condition that occurs when food moves from the stomach into the small bowl too rapidly. Stephanie decided it was time to visit Mayo Clinic, where doctors recommended she undergo a transoral outlet reduction to alleviate her symptoms. Now Stephanie is able to go out with her husband and enjoy her favorite foods without worrying about getting sick, all thanks to team at Mayo Clinic.

Taste Success for American Diabetes Month

No matter the type, having diabetes means that you have too much glucose in your blood, and watching your diet is just something you have to do to help manage diabetes. But it doesn’t have to be hard, and Mayo Clinic has a ton of resources to help you taste success!

How the Weather May Be Affecting Your Blood Pressure

The changing of the seasons can be a beautiful thing, but the effects that it may have on your health…not so beautiful. With autumn’s cooler temperatures, it’s important to be mindful of more than just your wardrobe. Sudden weather changes and cooler temperatures can cause your blood vessels to narrow and raise your blood pressure. Especially if you already have high blood pressure, be mindful of treatment options; the temperature doesn’t have to be the only thing getting lower!


We Are Grateful For You

We’re grateful that you, our patients and your families, trust us to provide exactly the care you need. You inspire us every day.


National Family Health History Day

Gathering with loved ones is one of the best parts of the holiday season – and it’s also the perfect time to talk about your family’s health. As part of National Family Health History Day, take time to fill out the Family Health Portrait tool to help you paint a picture of your family’s generations and the health disorders that may move from generation to generation.


Routine Exam Leads to Successful Tonsil Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment

Gary Pearson went in for a routine physical required to maintain his commercial driving privileges, but he left with more than a renewed driver’s license. Gary’s nurse at Mayo Clinic told him to visit his primary doctor immediately due to a bulbous lump on his neck. Shortly after the visit, he was diagnosed with tonsil cancer and quickly began treatment at Mayo Clinic. Gary credits his prognosis to the Mayo team and says “the care he received at Mayo Clinic was universally compassionate.”

Give Thanks by Spreading an #AttitudeofGratitude

Tag your family and friends to challenge them to spread an #AttitudeOfGratitude every day.



Life’s happiest moments have one or more of these three ingredients—creating, connecting, caring. What brings you the most happiness—creating, connecting or caring? #AttitudeOfGratitude


How to Help Overweight Kids Get Healthier

It’s never an easy thing to have your children struggle with obesity, but according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it affects more than 12.7 million children in the U.S. Between all of the snack times, birthday parties and sugary lunch options, choosing the right foods may be more challenging than we think. While obesity may be caused by many different factors, the best thing a parent can do is be a role model and set an example for your kids. Not sure where to begin? Start with managing your child’s eating habits and choices.

Great American Smokeout

42 million Americans still smoke cigarettes, and tobacco remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and early death in the U.S. Drop the habit during the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout. Quit smoking – or help your loved ones quit – with these tips from Mayo Clinic.


Mayo Clinic Connect Welcomes New Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Group

Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy or HCM, is a disease in which the heart muscle becomes abnormally thick, making it harder to pump blood. If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with HCM, there’s an online community waiting to support you. Mayo Clinic Connect is an online community where you can share your experiences and find support from people in similar situations. Connect has many different groups that cover a variety of health topics, so that you can find the place where you fit in. Connect continues to grow based on the needs of  its users, and this month launched the Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Group.

A Mother’s Frightening Fight Against Autoimmune Encephalitis

Gloria Pena thought her earache was a bad cold, but within a few weeks, it escalated into confusion and sensory loss. Determined to find answers, Gloria visited Mayo Clinic. Her condition spiraled downward to the point where Gloria was in a coma, and doctors knew they needed to pinpoint her condition quickly as Gloria’s health was deteriorating. After several tests at Mayo Medical Laboratories, doctors diagnosed Gloria with autoimmune encephalitis, an inflammation of the brain. Two years later, Gloria is back to caring for her family and living life to the fullest.

Spreading #AttitudeOfGratitude

Spread the #AttitudeOfGratitude . Tag the people who took care of you when you needed it most.


National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

It’s National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. Your first thought may be that Alzheimer’s is a more common disease among the elderly, but early onset Alzheimer’s can actually start showing symptoms as early as your 30s.  There is no cure for Alzheimer’s, so early intervention is key. Know what to look for and make sure to speak with your doctor if Alzheimer’s runs in your family.