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Analyzing web searches can help experts predict, respond to COVID-19 hot spots

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ROCHESTER, Minn. — Web-based analytics have demonstrated their value in predicting the spread of infectious disease, and a new study from Mayo Clinic indicates the value of analyzing Google web searches for keywords related to COVID-19. Strong correlations were found between keyword searches on the internet search engine Google Trends and COVID-19 outbreaks in parts […]

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Mayo Clinic Q and A: Adolescents and gynecologic health

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DEAR MAYO CLINIC: My daughter is 14 and her pediatrician recently reminded us that she should get the HPV vaccine because it can help prevent cervical cancer. That got me thinking about gynecologic health for my daughter. Are there conditions and issues that I should talk to my daughter about? ANSWER: Taking time to discuss gynecologic issues […]

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Do Halloween masks protect you from COVID-19?

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Wearing a costume and mask for Halloween has long been a holiday tradition. But a costume mask is not a substitute for a protective mask. Cloth masks combined with other preventive measures, such as frequent hand-washing and social distancing, slow the spread of COVID-19. “A mask as part of a costume would not be considered to be protective against transmission […]

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Mayo Clinic contributes to diagnostic, therapeutic advance for rare neurodegenerative disorder

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Mayo Clinic researchers, along with national and global collaborators, have developed a potential test for Machado-Joseph disease, or spinocerebellar ataxia type 3 (SCA3) ― a disease that has no cure. They also have clarified the role of a gene target associated with the disease. The inherited disease is linked to a mutation […]

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Mayo Clinic remembers Florida physician leader Dr. Leo Black

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Leo Black, M.D., a distinguished Mayo Clinic physician, longtime chair of the Board of Governors at Mayo Clinic in Florida, and former member of Mayo Clinic Board of Trustees, passed away on Oct. 19. He was 86. Dr. Black is recognized for his strong leadership in numerous roles at Mayo Clinic. He […]

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Lowering blood pressure: Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute

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Recently updated guidelines mean more Americans are considered to have high blood pressure.  But does that mean more treatment? In this Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute, Dr. Sandra Taler, a nephrologist at Mayo Clinic, will share some advice on how to lower your blood pressure. To listen, click the link below. Lowering blood pressure

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Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: COVID-19 trials pause over safety concerns

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The race to COVID-19 vaccines and treatments continues, with multiple clinical trials now in the final stages of testing. While the research is moving rapidly, it’s not without challenges. Two different trials were paused recently over potential safety concerns. On the Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast, Dr. Gregory Poland, an infectious diseases expert and head of Mayo […]

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Consumer Health: Understanding stuttering

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International Stuttering Awareness Day will be observed on Thursday, Oct. 22, which makes this a good time to learn more about this speech disorder. Stuttering, also called stammering or childhood-onset fluency disorder, involves frequent and significant problems with normal fluency and flow of speech. People who stutter know what they want to say, but they have […]

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Consumer Health: Treating osteoporosis with bisphosphonates

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Osteoporosis causes bones to become weak and brittle — so brittle that a fall or even mild stresses, such as bending over or coughing, can cause a fracture. Osteoporosis-related fractures most commonly occur in the hip, wrist or spine. The disease affects men and women of all races. But white and Asian women, especially older […]

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Facts about the flu vaccine, COVID-19

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The race toward a vaccine for COVID-19 continues as multiple clinical trials are in the end stages of testing. While the wait for that vaccine continues, experts are urging people to get vaccinated for another infectious disease: influenza. While there have been questions about whether the flu vaccine could affect the effectiveness of a potential […]

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