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2 days ago · Video Q&A about Pink Eye in About Kids & Teens

Join us Thursday, July 25th at 11 a.m. CT for a video Q&A with Dr. Angela Mattke, pediatrician, and Dr. Marcie Billings, Pediatrician and Division Chair of Community Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, about pink eye.

Learn more about:

  • What causes pink eye
  • How to know if it’s viral or bacterial
  • If it needs to be treated and when are antibiotics appropriate

Dr. Mattke and Dr. Billings 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 July 25th at 11 a.m. CT. It will also be archived on this page.

6 days ago · Ventricular Assist Devices Offer Hope for Heart Failure Patients in Podcasts

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When one of the heart’s natural pumps isn’t working well, a ventricular assist device can be used to increase the amount of blood that flows through the body. A ventricular assist device is an implantable mechanical pump that helps pump blood from the lower chambers of your heart (the ventricles) to the rest of your body. It is used in people who have weakened hearts or heart failure.

Although a ventricular assist device can be placed in the left, right or both ventricles of your heart, it is most frequently used in the left ventricle. When placed in the left ventricle, it is called a left ventricular assist device. Having a ventricular assist device implanted can improve quality of life for people with weakened hearts, heart failure or for those who are awaiting a heart transplant.

On this Mayo Clinic Radio program episode, Dr. John Stulak, a Mayo Clinic cardiovascular surgeon, covers ventricular assist devices and heart transplant.

Mon, Jul 8 12:38pm · Pituitary Gland Tumors in Podcasts

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The pituitary gland is a hormone-producing gland at the base of the brain. Sometimes known as the “master gland,” the pituitary gland produces and regulates hormones that help the body function. Pituitary tumors are abnormal growths that develop in your pituitary gland.

Some pituitary tumors result in too many of the hormones that regulate important functions of your body. Some pituitary tumors can cause your pituitary gland to produce lower levels of hormones. Most pituitary tumors are noncancerous (benign) growths that remain in your pituitary gland or surrounding tissues, and don’t spread to other parts of your body. There are various options for treating pituitary tumors, including removing the tumor, controlling its growth and managing your hormone levels with medications. Your health care provider also may recommend a wait-and-see approach.

On this Mayo Clinic Radio program episode, Dr. William Young Jr., a Mayo Clinic endocrinologist, discusses pituitary tumors.

Mon, Jul 1 12:34pm · Alcohol-related Liver Disease is on the Rise in Podcasts

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A recent study suggests that severe alcohol-related liver disease is on the rise, especially in young adults. There appears to be an increase in those who are at greater risk of cirrhosis, liver cancer and death, according to the study published in JAMA. And the potential cause is binge drinking.

Binge drinking is a pattern of drinking where a male consumes five or more drinks within two hours or a female consumes at least four drinks within two hours. Heavy drinking can cause hepatic steatosis, or increased fat in the liver, and alcoholic hepatitis, or inflammation of the liver. Over time, heavy drinking can cause cirrhosis, which is scarring and destruction of liver tissue.

On this episode of the Mayo Clinic Radio program, Dr. Doug Simonetto, a Mayo Clinic gastroenterologist and hepatologist, discusses diagnosis and treatment options for liver disease.

Mon, Jun 24 12:31pm · Treatment Options for Enlarged Prostate in Podcasts

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For men over 50, prostate problems are common. The prostate gland is located just below the bladder and surrounds the top portion of the urethra, which is the tube that drains urine from the bladder. The prostate’s primary function is to produce the fluid that nourishes and transports sperm.

As men age, the prostate gland tends to grow larger. Benign prostatic hyperplasia, also called prostate gland enlargement, can cause uncomfortable urinary symptoms, such as blocking the flow of urine out of the bladder, or bladder, urinary tract or kidney problems. Fortunately, a wide variety of treatments are available for enlarged prostate, including medication, minimally invasive therapies and surgery.

On this episode of the Mayo Clinic Radio program, Dr. Mitchell Humphreys, a Mayo Clinic urologist, highlights prostate health and treatment options for benign prostatic hyperplasia.

Mon, Jun 17 12:28pm · The Role of Kindness in Cancer Care in Podcasts

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Cancer is a disease that affects nearly everyone. An estimated 1.7 million new cases of cancer were diagnosed in the U.S. in 2018 and more than 600,000 people died from the disease, according to the National Cancer Institute. A cancer diagnosis brings with it emotions for the patient, as well as the family and caregivers. Feelings of depression, anxiety and fear are common, presenting a challenge for the care team. “Cancer is a life-changing experience, it may not be life ending, but it’s always life-changing. And it impacts the family, not just the patient,” says Dr. Leonard Berry, a health care delivery expert and author of “Management Lessons From Mayo Clinic.”

On this Mayo Clinic Radio program episode, Dr. Berry will share his thoughts on the role of kindness in cancer care.

Mon, Jun 10 12:17pm · American Society of Breast Surgeons Weighs in on Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines in Podcasts

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After skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in women in the U.S. When it comes to screening for breast cancer, mammograms are still the gold standard for early detection. But changing guidelines and competing recommendations on when to start screening has caused confusion for many women. Recently, The American Society of Breast Surgeons weighed in, calling for a breast cancer risk assessment for all women over 25. In addition, The American Society of Breast Surgeons recommends a return to the traditional screening age of 40 for average-risk women and earlier annual screening for those at higher risk for the disease.

On this Mayo Clinic Radio program episode, Dr. Amy Degnim, a Mayo Clinic breast cancer surgeon, discusses screening guidelines and advances in breast cancer surgery.

Mon, Jun 3 12:12pm · Complementary Medicine during Cancer Care in Podcasts

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Complementary medicine, also known as integrative medicine, uses wellness practices to help people cope with cancer, persistent pain, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia and other medical conditions. Integrative therapies, such as stress management, meditation, massage therapy and acupuncture, are intended to complement — not replace — conventional Western medicine. Combining integrative therapies with conventional medicine aims to help patients better manage their symptoms and improve their quality of life by reducing fatigue, pain and anxiety.

On this episode of the Mayo Clinic Radio program, Dr. Brent Bauer, director of research for the Mayo Clinic Integrative Medicine Program, shares how integrative medicine is used in cancer care.