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September 04, 2021
Dean Ornish, Leukemia and Masks
One American dies every 36 seconds from cardiovascular disease. This week, a conversation with well-known physician and researcher Dr. Dean Ornish, for lifestyle tips that may prevent or even reverse heart disease.

Then, approximately 1.5% of adults will be diagnosed with leukemia at some point during their lives, according to the National Cancer Institute. Dr. James Foran, chair of the Acute Leukemia and Myeloid Neoplasms Disease Group at Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, joins us to outline the different types of leukemia, plus signs, symptoms, and treatments.

And, could government orders to wear face masks lead to more infections? Dr. Eline van den Broek-Altenburg, Assistant Professor and Vice-Chair for Population Health Science in the Department of Radiology at the University of Vermont Medical Center says that proper public education on the use and effectiveness of masks is key.

 
August 28, 2021
New Approach to Prostate Cancer & Thyroid Dysfunction
Researchers at the Cleveland Clinic have identified a promising strategy for treating and preventing aggressive, drug-resistant prostate cancer. We'll talk with the doctor who led the effort.

Then, about 10% of us have some degree of thyroid dysfunction. But a new study by Mayo Clinic researchers suggests the most common drug treatment is significantly overused in people with mild hypothyroidism or no apparent thyroid dysfunction. On our Mayo Clinic Q&A segment, we'll talk with a Mayo Clinic endocrinologist to learn what this may mean for patients.

 
August 21, 2021
Avoiding GERD, Testicular Cancer, and a Surprising Way to Lower Blood Pressure
A third of the US population suffers from frequent heartburn or a condition known as GERD. This week, we will talk to Andrew Chan, MD, a gastroenterologist from Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, who says if you suffer from acid reflux, five diet and lifestyle changes may help.

Then, while testicular cancer is relatively rare, it is the most common cancer in American males ages 15 to 35. We will talk with Dr. Matthew Ziegelmann, a Mayo Clinic urologist, to learn about the diagnosis and treatment of testicular cancer.

And, activities like walking are often recommended to reduce high blood pressure. University of Saskatchewan kinesiology professor Dr. Phil Chilibeck found an activity even more effective than walking for lower blood pressure.

 
August 14, 2021
CT Imaging Breakthrough & Detecting Carotid Artery Stenosis
A major milestone in CT imaging recently arrived. The Mayo Clinic doctor who performed the first cardiac scan on the new photon-counting CT scanner will explain why this is such an important advancement.

Then, carotid artery stenosis is major cause of strokes, but most of the time, there are no signs or symptoms. On our Mayo Clinic Q&A segment, we'll talk with a Mayo Clinic neurosurgeon to learn about early detection and new therapies.

And, can a key to health and well-being be found in spending a few hours outdoors? We'll find out from an expert from the University of Exeter Medical School in the United Kingdom.

 
August 07, 2021
Surprising Risk for Older Women & Who is at Risk of Glioblastoma
First up, surprising results from a UC San Francisco study that found that older women who were broadly engaged in social activities had a 76 percent greater chance of experiencing emotional abuse or mistreatment than women who were less engaged.

Then, when it comes to malignant tumors in the brain and spinal cord, glioblastoma is the most common. On our Mayo Clinic Q&A segment, we'll learn who is most at risk and what treatments are most commonly used.

And, a first-of-its-kind study from the University of Colorado Denver found that light pollution can increase the likelihood of preterm birth or reduced birth weight.

 
July 31, 2021
New Approach to Schizophrenia & New Hope for Heart Failure Patients
Experts say one-fifth to one-half of patients with schizophrenia who show severe symptoms don't respond to medication. We'll talk with a researcher from Johns Hopkins Medicine who has pioneered a fascinating new approach, using deep brain stimulation.

And, a futuristic device has been developed at Mayo Clinic: an implantable mechanical pump that helps pump blood from the lower chambers of the heart. We'll learn about the life changing results, for people who have weakened hearts or heart failure.

 
July 24, 2021
Women's Heart Health, Knee Pain & Vaping Dangers
Women face a 20 percent greater chance than men of dying in the years after a heart attack. We will talk with Dr. Justin Ezekowitz, Professor, Division of Cardiology and Director of Cardiovascular Research at the University of Alberta to discuss his study that found that while the gender gap is improving, there is still a long way to go.

Then, knee pain is a very common problem that can have many causes, but one common reason is damage to the cartilage. We will talk with Dr. Daniel Saris, an orthopedic surgeon at Mayo Clinic, to learn about a cutting-edge regenerative medicine approach to treating knee cartilage damage.

And, Americans, particularly young adults, have traded Marlboros and Newports for Jewel pods and vape pens. Ana Maria Rule, PhD, MHS, an assistant scientist in the Johns Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Department of Environmental Health and Engineering, will explain why vaping poses the greatest health risks to teenagers.

 
July 17, 2021
Children and Violence & Carotid Artery Stenosis
A horrifying number of children visit a doctor or emergency room each year, as a result of an assault or other form of violence. We'll talk to David Finkelhor, Director of the University of New Hampshire's Crimes against Children Research Center, who says medical professionals need to know more about how to help.

Then, carotid artery stenosis is one of the top causes of strokes. On this week's Mayo Clinic Q&A segment, Dr. Luis Savastano, a Mayo Clinic neurosurgeon, will discuss new techniques find the root cause of a stroke.

And, do calorie counts on restaurant menus cause you to order healthier meals? We'll learn the answer from Alex M. Susskind, Professor of Food and Beverage Management and the Director of the Cornell Institute of Food and Beverage Management.

 
July 10, 2021
Young Adults and Exercise & Thoracic Aortic Aneurysms.
Are young adults getting enough exercise to reduce their chances of developing high blood pressure? We'll learn the answer from a researcher from the University of California San Francisco.

Then, 50,000 Americans lose their lives each year to thoracic aortic aneurysms. On this week's Mayo Clinic Q&A segment, a Mayo Clinic cardiovascular surgeon explains what you need to know about this silent killer.

And, do you simply pay a healthcare bill when it arrives? We'll talk to Marshall Allen, an author who will explain why and how smart consumers should carefully check those bills for inaccurate or unfair charges.

 
July 03, 2021
Statin Drugs, Cervical Health, Opioids and Wisdom Teeth
People with coronary artery disease are often prescribed a statin, the cholesterol-lowering drug that reduces the risk of a heart attack or stroke. But are statins used enough, and why do some patients refuse to take them? We will talk to Dr. Francisco Lopez-Jimenez, a preventive cardiologist from Mayo Clinic to find out.

Plus, HPV is the most common cause of cervical cancer. Dr. Kristina Butler, a gynecologic oncologist and co-chair of the Gynecologic Disease Group at Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, talks about about good cervical health and the importance of the HPV vaccine for protection.

And, each year, thousands of young people are prescribed opioids for pain relief after having their wisdom teeth removed. Are they at risk of opioid addiction? We will get the facts from Alan Schroeder, Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at Stanford University.

 
June 26, 2021
Treating Old Age in Mid-Life & What You Need to Know About Atrial Fibrillation
People grow old at different rates, regardless of what the calendar says. Maxwell Elliott, a Ph.D. student in Duke University's Department of Psychology & Neuroscience, led research that suggests that doctors should identify and treat the diseases of old age by the time people celebrate their 45th birthday, before the problems escalate.

Then, many people may be living with a serious heart condition and not know it. But the signs and symptoms can be vague, so people often think they are simply out of shape or just getting older. This week's Mayo Clinic Q&A segment looks at symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of atrial fibrillation with Dr. Christopher DeSimone, a Mayo Clinic cardiologist who specializes in cardiac electrophysiology.

And, a recent study from Stanford University found that the majority of mass shootings in America might be prevented with aggressive action to identify and treat psychiatric disorders. Ira D. Glick, M.D., Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, from the Department of Psychiatry at Stanford University School of Medicine, believes that mental health providers, lawyers, and the public should be made aware that some unmedicated patients do pose an increased risk of violence and should receive treatment, whether they want it or not.

 
June 19, 2021
Women's Reproductive Lifespan & The Unique Needs of Cancer Survivors
The reproductive lifespan of women in the United States has increased over the past six decades, according to a new study from Texas Tech University. Duke Appiah, Ph.D., MPH, Assistant Professor, Public Health, at the Obesity Research Institute at Texas Tech University, authored a recent study on the trend. He says that these changes can affect much more than a woman's reproductive health.

Then, according to the National Cancer Institute, there are nearly 17 million cancer survivors in the US, each with a different experience. On this week's Mayo Clinic Q&A segment, we'll learn about the unique needs and concerns of cancer survivors of all ages, from Dr. Kathryn Ruddy, associate director of Patient and Community Education and co-chair of the Symptom Control/Survivorship Cross-Disciplinary Group at Mayo Clinic Cancer Center,.

And, we all face everyday stress, and it seems to get worse by the day. We'll talk with Amy Serin, PhD, neuropsychologist, author of "The Stress Switch: The Truth About Stress and How to Short-Circuit It," for advice on how to recognize stress, and find relief.

 
June 12, 2021
Connection Between Obesity and Cardiovascular Health & What You Need to Know About Brain Tumors
Even if your weight is close to the normal range, can a pot belly increase your risk of heart disease? This week, we'll talk to one of the authors of a Scientific Statement from the American Heart Association that shines the spotlight on the connection between obesity and cardiovascular health.

Then, over 84,000 Americans will receive a primary brain tumor diagnosis this year. On this week's Mayo Clinic Q&A segment, an expert from the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center will discuss the various types of brain tumors and how they are diagnosed and treated.

 
June 05, 2021
New Colorectal Cancer Guidelines & a Roadblock in the War Against Opioid Addiction
An alarming rise in colorectal cancer cases among young people has led the US Preventive Services Task Force to establish new guidelines. We'll talk with Dr. Michael Barry, a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and vice chair of the Task Force, to learn why 45 is the new 50 for colon cancer screening.

Then, it's not the most common cancer, but esophageal cancer is one of the deadliest forms of the disease. On this week's Mayo Q&A segment, we'll learn from Dr. Shanda Blackmon, a Mayo Clinic general thoracic surgeon, why many people don't realize they have esophageal cancer until it's in the advanced stages.

And, one in five US pharmacies blocks access to a key opioid addiction treatment. We'll learn why from Daniel Hartung, Pharm.D., M.P.H., Professor in the Oregon State University College of Pharmacy.

 
May 29, 2021
Mental Health & Exercise, Integrative Health Care For Women, ER Telemedicine
Research from Michigan State University shows that most mental health patients can benefit from regular exercise, improving their mood and reducing anxiety. We will talk with Carol Janney, an MSU assistant professor of epidemiology, to learn how people struggling with mental health challenges can take full advantage of these benefits.

Then, women's healthcare often focuses on breast health and gynecological health. But integrative health care for women encompasses a much wider range of issues. We will get the facts from Dr. Jackie Thielen, an internal medicine physician with the Women's Health Specialty Center at Mayo Clinic in Florida.

Plus, a look at research from Dr. Shujing Sun from The University of Texas at Dallas that examined how the use of telemedicine in emergency rooms--even for things as serious as a stroke--can improve care and reduce ER congestion.

 
May 22, 2021
Latest Guidelines for Diabetes & What You Need to Know About Strokes
More than 1 in 10 Americans have diabetes, and roughly 1 in 3 have pre-diabetes. This week, we'll talk with diabetes specialist Rita Kalyani, MD, Johns Hopkins Medicine endocrinologist and associate professor, who recently wrote a summary of the latest guidelines to lower blood glucose and reduce the risk for cardiovascular disease.

Then, on average, someone in the U.S. has a stroke every 40 seconds. Prompt treatment can minimize brain damage, and every moment is crucial. On this week's Mayo Q&A segment, Dr. Robert Brown, Jr., chair of Mayo Clinic's Division of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases, will explain what you need to know about stroke warning signs, and who is most at risk.

 
May 15, 2021
Women Fend Off COVID Better Than Men & the Latest Treatments for Eye Diseases
When it comes to COVID-19, women seem to be the stronger sex, suffering severe disease at about half the rate as men. This week, a look at fascinating research from Duke University, that examined the reasons behind this trend.

Then, amid the pandemic, many people delayed routine eye appointments. A Mayo Clinic ophthalmologist explains the importance of eye care, and how artificial intelligence is helping to develop individual treatments for patients.

And, the use of tourniquets has increased substantially in recent years. We'll talk to a USC researcher to learn why, and what you need to know to save a life.

 
May 08, 2021
High Intensity interval Training & New Approaches to Breast Cancer
Can short bursts of intense activity at home keep you in shape? We'll examine a recent study from Angelo Sabag, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Western Sydney University in Sydney, Australia, who found that a four-minute session of high intensity interval training can improve your health.

And, breast cancer patients might typically receive five to six weeks of radiation therapy, but on this week's Mayo Q&A, Dr. Robert Mutter, a Mayo Clinic radiation oncologist, says the approach is changing, thanks to the development of new therapies to minimize patient side effects from radiation, including the increased use of proton therapy.

 
April 24, 2021
Eyeing an Innovation to Detect Alzheimer's disease, Physical Activity for Kids
It's been said that the eyes are the windows to the soul, but new findings from researchers at Johns Hopkins suggest they may offer insight into the mind, as well. We'll talk with an expert from Johns Hopkins to learn about an imaging technique that measures blood flow in the back of the eye, which may offer a noninvasive way to detect early-onset Alzheimer's disease. Then, everyone knows that physical activity is important for childhood development. On this week's Mayo Q&A segment, we'll get some practical tips and motivation, to get your kids moving! And, we'll talk stress, with a top neuropsychologist who will explain what you need to know about stress and how to short-circuit it.
 
April 17, 2021
Better Assessments of Breast Cancer Risk, Smoking Cessation for Hospitalized Patients
Did you know that 30% of breast cancer mutations occur in women who are not high-risk? We'll talk with Fergus Couch, Ph.D., a Mayo Clinic pathologist, who led an important multi-institution study to better assess the risks for women with no family history of breast cancer.

Then, nearly ten percent of Americans still smoke. We'll talk with Charles H. Hennekens, M.D., Dr.PH, First Sir Richard Doll Professor, and senior academic advisor in the Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University, who says whenever a smoker is hospitalized for any reason, hospitals often miss a prime opportunity to extend their lives, by helping them quit.

And, how much of the standard treatment for heart patients is supported by clinical trials and clear scientific data? Alexander Fanaroff, M.D., Fellow, Cardiovascular Medicine, at the Duke University Medical Center will have the surprising answer.

 
April 10, 2021
Breakthrough Treatment for Liver Tumors, What You Need to Know About Hearing Loss
Liver cancer is a leading cause of cancer deaths worldwide. Now, the Cleveland Clinic is the first hospital in the world to use a new technique to destroy large liver tumors, and we'll talk to Eren Berber, M.D., director of Cleveland Clinic's Surgical Liver Tumor Ablation Program, the doctor who led the effort.

Then, millions of Americans suffer from hearing loss. We'll talk to David Owen, author of "Volume Control: Hearing in a Deafening World," who will outline some surprising health effects connected to it, and explain why many of us have a hard time admitting when it's time for a hearing aid or other help.

And, depression in American children may be at an all-time high. But, Deanna Barch, PhD, chair of the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences in Arts & Sciences and the Gregory B. Couch Professor of Psychiatry at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, joins us for a look at a study that found that team sports can lead to less depression in kids as young as nine.

 
April 03, 2021
Latest Treatment for Macular Degeneration & A Simple Way to Avoid Weight Gain
For more than a decade, ophthalmologists have treated wet age-related macular degeneration with eye injections given every month or two, and dry AMD with antioxidant vitamins. Sunir J. Garg, MD, FACS, a retina specialist and clinical spokesperson for the American Academy of Ophthalmology explains what the next decade may hold for the 11 million Americans suffering from AMD.

Then, many adults gain a pound or two or three during vacations and holidays, but never lose them. We'll learn what daily 20 second activity may help you avoid weight gain, from Jamie Cooper from the Dept. Of Foods and Nutrition at the University of Georgia.

And, how truthful are you with your doctor? We'll look at a recent study led by Dr. Angela Fagerlin, Chair of the Department of Population Health Sciences at University of Utah School of Medicine, that found that a shocking number of Americans are less than honest with their healthcare providers. She explains why that can be a dangerous practice.

 
March 27, 2021
A Shocking Drop in Fertility Rates, and Avoiding Hip Replacement
This week, a shocking look at fertility in America, from Shanna H. Swan, PhD, Professor of Environmental Medicine and Public Health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City, and author of "Count Down: How Our Modern World Is Threatening Sperm Counts, Altering Male and Female Reproductive Development, and Imperiling the Future of the Human Race," who says sperm levels among men in Western countries have dropped by more than 50 percent over the past four decades. She explains what is hijacking our fertility and our health, and what can be done about it.

And, hip replacement surgery is a common procedure, sometimes necessary when the hip joint is worn or damaged. But what if a joint replacement could be avoided? On this week's Mayo Q&A segment, Dr. Rafael Sierra, an orthopedic surgeon at Mayo Clinic, explains who may be a candidate for a regenerative medicine approach to treating joint damage.

 
March 20, 2021
Blood Pressure Guidelines for Kidney Patients, Robotic Heart Surgery
More than 35 million Americans have chronic kidney disease. Josef Coresh, MD, PhD, the George W. Comstock Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, explains why a majority of those patients could benefit from new blood pressure-lowering guidelines.

Then, a fascinating conversation about heart surgery. Dr. Phillip Rowse, a Mayo Clinic cardiovascular surgeon, who says new developments in minimally-invasive heart surgery can result in smaller incisions, less pain and faster recovery.

And, each day in the United States, Poison Control Centers receive an average of 32 calls about children exposed to prescription opioids. We'll learn what parents need to know, to prevent a tragedy, from Dr. Henry Spiller, Toxicologist and former Director of the Central Ohio Poison Center and the Kentucky Regional Poison Center.

 
March 13, 2021
Diabetes Treatment, the Mind/Heart/Body Connection
Diabetes affects nearly 1 in 10 American adults. We'll talk to Rozalina McCoy, M.D., a primary care physician and endocrinologist at Mayo Clinic, who says there's a fine line between enough treatment and too much, in the effort to control blood sugar. She recommends customized treatment regimens, tailored to each individual patient.

Then, the American Heart Association recently released a new Scientific Statement, stressing the importance of the connection between mind and body. We'll learn about the most dangerous negative psychological health conditions, from Glenn N. Levine, M.D., FAHA, master clinician and professor of medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, chief of the cardiology section at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, who was chair of the writing committee for the Scientific Statement.

And, could a computer match or even outperform a human physician in diagnosing illnesses? Ateev Mehrotra, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Health Care Policy, Department of Health Care Policy, Harvard Medical School; Associate Professor of Medicine and Hospitalist, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, led a study to find out.

 
March 06, 2021
Dental Advice for Parents, New Research To Someday Restore Lost Hearing
Nearly 20% of American youngsters, aged 2 to 19, have untreated tooth decay. This week, we will talk with Dr. Kami Hoss, a pediatric orthodontist from the UCLA School of Dentistry, for advice every parent needs to hear.

Then, skin cancer has become the most common form of cancer in the US. If it is on the face, the cancer sometimes leaves a patient with deformities. Dr. Brittany E. Howard, a Mayo Clinic otolaryngologist, and head and neck surgeon, discusses a fascinating reconstructive surgical technique that can help.

And, 37 million Americans report some level of hearing loss. Dr. Angelika Doetzlhofer, an associate professor of neuroscience at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, will talk about innovative research from Johns Hopkins, that might one day lead to the restoration of damaged hearing.

 
February 27, 2021
Cancer Blood Test, New Treatment for Epilepsy, Diabetes
In 2020, an estimated 1.8 million new cases of cancer were diagnosed in the United States. This week, we will talk with Eric Klein, MD, Chairman of the Cleveland Clinic's Glickman Urological and Kidney Institute, who was the co-investigator in a study that found a new blood test that can detect more than 50 types of cancer, even before any signs or symptoms appear.

Then, we will hear from Dr. Jeffrey Britton, a neurologist and chair of the Division of Epilepsy at Mayo Clinic and one of his patients, Eric Berg, who found relief from epileptic seizures, thanks to a remarkable new treatment.

And, nearly ten percent of Americans have some form of diabetes. We will talk with Jason Fung, MD, author of The Diabetes Code: Prevent and Reverse Type 2 Diabetes Naturally, to learn about the most common causes behind this epidemic and how dietary changes and weight loss can often eliminate it.

 
January 30, 2021
COVID Safety, COVID and Eating Disorders, PTSD
You have heard the COVID mantras over and over: wear a mask, social distance, stay at home. This week, we will talk to Dr. Jim Merlino from the Cleveland Clinic for some practical advice you have probably never heard, that goes well beyond the general instructions.

Then, eating disorders are already complex medical issues, but how has the COVID-19 pandemic created additional challenges? We will get the answer from Dr. Leslie Sim, a Mayo Clinic psychologist.

And, even before the pandemic, America was struggling with an epidemic of anxiety issues, including PTSD. We will learn techniques from psychotherapist Laurie Nadel that may help those suffering from mental trauma.

 
January 16, 2021
The COVID Opioid Crisis, Living Liver Donations, Breakthrough Treat Swelling of the Brain
While COVID-19 has been the focus of so much attention over the past year, the opioid crisis has continued, as more than 40 states have reported increases in opioid related deaths. Dr. Tyler Oesterle, a psychiatrist and addiction expert at Mayo Clinic, discusses opioid use disorders and treatment options, including virtual medicine available during the pandemic.

Then, more than 12,000 Americans are on the waiting list for a liver transplant. And, 1 in 5 of those on the national waiting list will die or become too sick before an organ becomes available. Dr. Timucin Taner, a Mayo Clinic transplant surgeon, discusses Mayo Clinic efforts to expand living liver donation program, and how you can become an organ donor.

Plus, a look at a fascinating breakthrough from Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers to treat dangerous swelling of the brain. Dr. Chad Gordon, Director of Neuroplastic and Reconstructive Surgery at johns Hopkins, says there are nearly 70,000 hydrocephalus operations performed annually.