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National Bullying Prevention Month

Many of us can look back at our memories of grade school or high school and remember that one kid that made it their job to torment us. It may have seemed like a rite of passage in the past, but bullies today are more relentless and have more outlets than ever to bully their peers. If left untreated, bullying can lead to consequences like depression, a decline in academic performance or worst. In honor of National Bullying Prevention Month, make sure to check in on your child’s well-being.


Can New Smartphone Apps Help Migraine Sufferers?

Around 38 million Americans suffer from migraines, often brought on by triggers such as hormonal changes, lack of sleep, certain types of food or weather changes. But there is good news for those 38 million people – some relief may be here! Curelator Headache is a new app that can identify personal triggers and rank them by importance. It can also help by pinpointing behaviors that protect against an attack. David Dodick, director of headache medicine at Mayo Clinic, says apps like Curelator are more likely to benefit people whose migraines occur when several triggers stack on top of each other. Have you used one of these apps? Share with us and your friends!

What Are Canker Sores And How Do You Get Rid Of Them?

Ever bite into something spicy or acidic and get unexpectedly greeted by a sharp pain notifying you of a mouth sore? If you look in the mirror and see a small white spot on the surface of your mouth, it could be a canker sore. Mayo Clinic found that these small, shallow lesions can be triggered by overzealous brushing, harsh mouthwashes, spicy or acidic foods, hormonal changes or stress. Canker sores can be frustrating and triggered somewhat easily, so Mayo Clinic suggests dabbing milk of magnesia on the stores a few times a day to relieve the pain. Using these treatments can help speed up recovery and reduce pain along the way.

Health conditions that impact men the most

Men, listen up! Do you know the top men’s health threats? Mayo Clinic says heart disease, cancer and unintentional injury are the most common. Lucky for you, these threats are preventable by making healthy lifestyle choices and managing risky behavior. Learn more from Mayo Clinic.mens_health_10-18

Tampon test for endometrial cancer

Okay ladies, we know tampons are a common grocery list item but new findings are showing they may be key in the role of detecting endometrial cancer, a form of cancer that starts in the uterus. Endometrial cancer is curable when caught early but there is currently no reliable test to detect it. Dr. Jamie Bakkum-Gamez and her Mayo Clinic team are hoping to find a solution by developing a screening test that women can administer at home ─ using a tampon.  While this test is still in development, being able to potentially screen cancer through a product most women have on hand could be life-changing (and life-saving)!

Down Syndrome Awareness Month

Finding out that your child has Down Syndrome can be an incredible challenge that you may not have been planning for. It’s important to know that you and your child aren’t alone, and there are a variety of ways to cope. Consider joining a local support group to find families who know what you’re going through, build a team of trusted professionals for ongoing support, or check out Mayo Clinic Connect, where you can ask questions and share your experiences with a community that understands. Plus, continue to make people aware of your child’s abilities and accomplishments.


A Male Mammogram Brings Relief, Life and Marketing Lessons

As an entrepreneur, author, speaker and musician, Marty Weintraub wears many hats, but “Mayo Breast Clinic patient” wasn’t one he was expecting. After beating stage three Hodgkin's lymphoma and starting his own marketing agency, Marty found a lump in his breast that lead to the need for a mammogram. While the possibility of cancer was a familiar fear to Marty, the idea of breast cancer was not. Marty’s doctor and care team at Mayo Clinic helped put him at ease: "I was out of place and felt it. She welcomed me. I was a man grappling with the thought of breast cancer, presenting distinctive circumstances. Dr. Neal patiently studied me from the inside out." Relieved that his results showed no sign of malignancy, Marty is sharing his gratitude for the care he received at Mayo Clinic through his story.


Men Get Osteoporosis, Too

Osteoporosis is not just a women’s disease, so men listen up! Men experience about half as many osteoporotic fractures as women, but when a man breaks a hip, the injury is much more severe. Dr. Sundeep Khosla, an endocrinologist at Mayo Clinic, says “men remain inadequately tested and treated after low-trauma fractures, even though their risk of a subsequent fracture is increased.” Men experience less bone loss than women, but they still lose bone density as they age. Men, talk to your doctor about a bone density test and know your risks.

Abnormal Mammogram? 7 Questions You Must Ask

Hearing that your mammogram result is abnormal is not something you want to hear. But experts say that being called back for a second opinion is actually quite common for people under 50 after initially receiving a false positive result. Dr. Sandhya Pruthi, consultant at the Breast Diagnostic Clinic at Mayo Clinic, says that being called back is often good news because the extra views help clarify and give more information to the radiologist. So if you are called back, it’s important that you’re asking your healthcare provider the smart questions.

SIDS Awareness Month

Becoming a parent is a beautiful thing but it sure is a full-time job. Whenever you’re not watching your baby, you’re probably reading every baby book you can get your hands on…or worrying about them, even when they sleep. It’s critical to know the signs of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), and while there is no known cause or guaranteed way to prevent SIDS, you can help your baby sleep more safely with these tips.


Liver Transplant Allows Young Father to Be There for His Family

When you’re feeling fine and don’t have any pre-existing conditions, you probably think routine checkups are just that; routine. That’s how Bryan Duncan, a 29-year-old father of two, felt when he went in for checkup, but lab results showed otherwise. Bryan discovered he had a rare liver disorder known as primary sclerosing cholangitis, or PSC, for which the only cure is a liver transplant. After looking to Mayo Clinic for help, they found that Bryan’s father-in-law was a match for his transplant. After his successful surgery at Mayo Clinic, Bryan is happy, healthy and looking forward to the future with his kids: “Now I’ll get to see them grow up, walk my daughter down the aisle, the kind of things every dad looks forward to,” says Bryan.

Depression Screening Day

Depression is more common than you think, as more than 350 million people globally suffer from it. National Depression Screening Day is a time to spread the word to reduce the stigma on mental health. Learn more and join the discussion on Mayo Clinic Connect.


9-Year-Old Twin Sisters Dance With Bone Marrow Donor Who Saved Them

You may not remember what you were doing when you were 9-years-old, but for Elizabeth and Kathryn Girtler, they’ve formed memories that will last a lifetime. The twin girls recently met the man responsible for the bone marrow donation that saved their lives nearly four years ago. After being diagnosed with a rare condition that prevents blood from forming the platelets needed for clotting, the girls were placed on Be The Match’s recipient list by Mayo Clinic. Now living healthy lives, Kathryn and Elizabeth have finally been able to thank (and dance) with the man whose gift keeps them going.

10 Sneaky Things That Make You Eat When You’re Not Hungry

Are you really hungry? Or eating just because? Feeling stressed or watching an action-packed movie may cause you to grab an extra snack or two. Or ten. The result? You end up overeating and ultimately gaining weight, according to Dr. Amit Sood of Mayo Clinic. Learn why we eat when we’re not actually hungry, and options for stress-free living from Mayo Clinic.

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Mayo Clinic is here to arm you with resources so that you (and your breasts) are covered! Here are 3 things you can do to increase your breast cancer knowledge:


Brothers Bond Over Kidney Disease, Transplant

Fifteen years ago, Scott was diagnosed with IgA nephropathy, a rare autoimmune disease that causes inflammation of the kidneys and affects the kidney’s ability to filter waste, excess water and electrolytes from the blood. After coming close to kidney failure and joining the transplant list, Scott’s youngest brother, David, came forward for testing and proved to be a compatible match for Scott. After a positive and successful experience and recovery, the brothers celebrate every day in good health. “My brother’s unselfish act of kindness and love gives me and my family gifted years to enjoy. It takes someone very special to be willing to go through that process,” Scott says. “It’s a tremendous gift I’ve been given, and I have to treat it as such.”


World Heart Day

Today is World Heart Day, and in case you didn’t know, cardiovascular disease continues to be the leading cause of death and disability in the world today: over 17.3 million people die from cardiovascular disease every year. Make sure you know what signs to look for and the steps you can take to prevent heart disease. Together, we can make a whole-hearted effort to end cardiovascular disease!


Home Remedies: Taking Care of Airplane Ear

Your summer vacations have finally come to an end, but holiday travel is just around the corner and sometimes flying can be even more stressful than spending time with your in-laws. Flying can have an effect on your health in numerous ways, one of which is “airplane ear,” a condition caused by air pressure in your ear and environment being off balance. Fortunately, simple steps like taking a decongestant or chewing gum while in-flight can help prevent or reduce airplane ear. Home remedies for airplane ear with Mayo Clinic.

Artist Back at the Drawing Board After a Stroke

Thud! That was the sound Shirley Gessner heard as she woke up startled at 3:30 a.m. Her husband Bob had fallen out of bed and couldn’t move or talk. He was rushed to the hospital where doctors confirmed he had a stroke, but were unable to determine its cause, so he was transferred to the Comprehensive Stroke Center at Mayo Clinic. While doctors removed the blood clot that was blocking Bob’s artery, his recovery remained uncertain. Bob’s hand remained paralyzed, affecting his ability to continue his passion of painting. With his wife’s encouragement, Bob continued exercising his hand to restore feeling and muscles – and he was able to start painting again within four months! To celebrate his recovery, Bob threw himself the 21st birthday party he never had. Read more about his story. Cheers, Bob!

Whole Grains Month

Did you know September is Whole Grains Month? It may seem strange that there’s an entire month devoted to whole grains, but it’s because these little grains pack a big punch and can do wonders for your health! They've been linked to a lower risk of heart disease, diabetes, certain cancers and other health problems. So go ahead, stress a little less about carbs and just make sure you’re incorporating whole grains into your diet.