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3 days ago · Video Q&A about Immunizations in About Kids & Teens

Join us Thursday, September 26 at 11 a.m. CT for a video Q&A with Dr. Angela Mattke, pediatrician, and Dr. Robert Jacobson, pediatrician, about immunizations. They will be debunking myths and talking about how vital they are to protect us from serious and life-threatening infections.

Drs. Mattke and Jacobson will answer questions during the broadcast. Please post your questions below.

Return to this webpage to take part in the video Q&A live on September 26 at 11 a.m. CT. It will also be archived on this page.

6 days ago · Alzheimer’s Disease Update in Podcasts


Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia. The disease affects almost 6 million Americans, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. As the population ages, it’s predicted that the number of people in the U.S. with Alzheimer’s could more than double by 2060. Current Alzheimer’s disease medications may improve symptoms temporarily or slow the rate of decline, but there is no cure or treatment that alters the disease process in the brain.

On this Mayo Clinic Radio program segment, Dr. Ronald Petersen, director of the Mayo Clinic Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, will share an update on ongoing research and the fight against Alzheimer’s.

Sat, Sep 7 4:59pm · The Benefits of Minimally Invasive and Robotic Heart Surgery in Podcasts


Advances in surgical techniques have made minimally invasive and robotic surgery an option for many heart surgery patients. Robotic surgery usually is associated with minimally invasive surgery, but it also can be used in certain traditional open surgical procedures. The benefits of minimally invasive surgery include fewer complications; less pain and blood loss; quicker recovery; and smaller, less noticeable scars.

In minimally invasive heart surgery, heart surgeons perform surgery through small incisions in the right side of your chest as an alternative to open-heart surgery. Minimally invasive heart surgery may be performed to treat various heart conditions. Robotic surgery, or robot-assisted surgery, enables doctors to perform many types of complex procedures with more precision, flexibility and control than is possible with conventional techniques.

On this Mayo Clinic Radio program segment, Dr. Joseph Dearani, the chair of Cardiovascular Surgery at Mayo Clinic, will discuss minimally invasive and robotic heart surgery.

Sat, Aug 31 4:56pm · Six Decades in Medicine – A Conversation with Dr. Robert Kyle in Podcasts


Growing up in North Dakota, Dr. Robert Kyle was heading toward a career in forestry until a family friend suggested that he become a doctor. He kept that thought in the back of his mind until his brother was diagnosed with meningococcal meningitis. Impressed by the doctor who treated his brother, Dr. Kyle decided to pursue medicine.

After graduating from Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago in 1952 and completing his training, Dr. Kyle came to Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN in August 1961 and began a career in hematology. His career has focused on helping people with myeloma and related disorders. As a result of Dr. Kyle’s work, today’s patients have a much clearer idea of whether their condition will progress to myeloma and, if so, at what stage in their life they can expect to develop symptoms. Patients haven’t been the only beneficiaries, as Dr. Kyle’s work also has helped specialists understand the benign, intermediate and severe forms of myeloma.

On this Mayo Clinic Radio program segment, Dr. Kyle will discuss how he has stayed grounded in his nearly six decade career.

Mon, Aug 26 3:44pm · Video Q&A about Nature Deficit in About Kids & Teens

Join us Thursday, August 29nd at 11 a.m. CT for a video Q&A with Dr. Angela Mattke, pediatrician, and Lori Forstie, Public Relations and Outreach Coordinator, Quarry Hill Nature Center, about getting children out in nature.

Drs. Mattke and Loriwill answer questions during the broadcast. Please post your questions below.

Return to this webpage to take part in the video Q&A live on August 29nd at 11 a.m. CT. It will also be archived on this page.

Sat, Aug 24 4:26pm · How to Talk to Your Teenagers about Pornography in Podcasts


Children are growing up in an age where technology and screen time are a part of life. More than 80% of U.S. teens have access to a smartphone, according to a recent study done by Common Sense Media. And while a mobile device can be used to stay connected to family and friends, it also can be used to explore the web away from the watchful eyes of parents. One area of concern for parents is access to pornography and how it may affect the developing teenage brain. Dr. Jennifer Vencill, a Mayo Clinic psychologist and licensed sex therapist, says there is limited research to date about whether the use of pornography can lead to compulsive sexual behavior.

On this Mayo Clinic Radio program segment, Dr. Vencill and Dr. Dagoberto Heredia Jr., a Mayo Clinic psychology resident, will discuss how to talk to teens about sex.

Wed, Aug 21 7:09am · Festival of Cultures

This event is sponsored by the Rochester Mayo Employee Resource Groups and includes exhibits, live performance and the annual parade of international fashions.

11:30a-1:30p – Cultural performances

1p – Fashion show

1:25-1:30p – Bag pipe led parade of fashion show participants

No registration necessary – everyone is welcome!

Mon, Aug 19 11:15am · Back to school: How to Help Kids Prepare in Podcasts


August is here, and parents across the country are helping children get ready to head back to school. The to-do list might include meeting the teacher, schedule pickup and back-to-school shopping. But it also should include a yearly health checkup. At this back-to-school appointment, your child’s health care provider can check that immunizations are up to date, provide a routine physical examination, and discuss your child’s overall health and well-being.

On the next Mayo Clinic Radio program, Dr. Summer Allen, a Mayo Clinic family medicine physician, will share helpful tips to get your kids ready to start the school year, including the importance of schedules, and developing healthy eating and sleeping habits.