Immunology

January 29, 2013

A Model of a Physician’s Successful Social Media Journey

By Logan Lafferty Logan Lafferty (@loganlafferty)

When Jenny McCarthy, a former Playboy bunny, claimed that vaccines were linked to autism, Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson knew she had to do something…Swanson says social media gives her a deeper connection with other doctors and families. She’s made meaningful friendship with colleagues across the country, sits on the advisory board for the Mayo Clinic […]

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Tags: autism, Center for Social Media, Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson, Health Care, Jenny McCarthy, Ragan.com, vaccine


January 29, 2013

Adult Chicken Pox: How Is Barbara Walters’ Condition Different From Shingles?

By Logan Lafferty Logan Lafferty (@loganlafferty)

Barbara Walters, the 83-year-old veteran news anchor and co-host of “The View,” is in the hospital with chicken pox, according to news reports…Stacey Rizza, who is the chair of the HIV clinic at Mayo Clinic, an infectious disease expert and associate professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic, told HuffPost that getting chicken pox as […]

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Tags: Barbara Walters, chicken pox, Dr. Stacy Rizza, HIV clinic, Huffington Post, immune system, The View


January 17, 2013

H1N1 Flu Vaccines Safe During Pregnancy

By Logan Lafferty Logan Lafferty (@loganlafferty)

A new study confirms that giving H1N1 flu vaccines to pregnant women during the 2009 swine flu pandemic was safe for them and their babies, and likely reduced the risk of miscarriage and stillbirth…The Norwegian study — supported by the Norwegian Institute of Public Health and the U.S. National Institutes of Health — involved a […]

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Tags: Gregory Poland, H1N1 flu, Norwegian Institute of Public Health, pregnancy, U.S. National Institutes of Health, USA Today, vaccine


January 15, 2013

Flu Shot Flaws Leave Experts Queasy

By Logan Lafferty Logan Lafferty (@loganlafferty)

The flu shot, it might be said, is the black sheep of the vaccine family. In good years, people ignore it because they think the flu is no big deal. In bad years — like this one — they complain that it doesn’t work well enough. But the biggest problem, says Dr. Gregory Poland, a […]

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Tags: Dr. Gregory Poland, flu shot, Influenza, Mayo Clinic, Star Tribune, vaccine, Vaccine Research Group


January 15, 2013

As Flu Rages, Caregiving Suffers

By Logan Lafferty Logan Lafferty (@loganlafferty)

Nationally, about 60 percent of health care workers get flu vaccines, which are voluntary in most hospitals, nursing homes and assisted-living facilities, according to Dr. Gregory Poland, director of the Mayo Clinic Vaccine Research Group. And when workers are struck by the flu, infections among residents can follow. “The disruptions, the costs, the complications from […]

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Tags: Dr. Gregory Poland, flu, flu vaccine, mandatory immunizations, Mayo Clinic, New York Times, Vaccine Research Group


January 2, 2013

Questcor Finds Profits, at $28,000 a Vial

By Logan Lafferty Logan Lafferty (@loganlafferty)

The doctor was dumbfounded: a drug that used to cost $50 was now selling for $28,000 for a 5-milliliter vial…The story of Questcor’s wonder drug begins in Rochester, Minn. It was there, at the Mayo Clinic, that Dr. Philip S. Hench spent more than 20 years searching for what he called Substance X. Dr. Hench, a rheumatologist, […]

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Tags: adrenals, Dr. Edward Kendall, Dr. Philip Hench, immune system, New York Times, Questcor, rheumatoid arthritis, Substance X


October 15, 2012

Study Looks Into Flu Shot Effectiveness

By Kelley Luckstein Kelley Luckstein (@KelleyLuckstein)

Flu season is here. The first case in Olmsted County was reported last week. But new Monday, a study done by the University of Minnesota found vaccines for the flu could be improved…Dr. Gregory Poland of Mayo Clinic says the study is less for individuals and more for government and policy makers. “What the authors […]

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Tags: Dr. Gregory Poland, flu season, flu shot, KAAL, University of Minnesota, vaccine


August 29, 2012

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights

By Mystery User

August 30, 2012 Mayo Clinic in the News is a weekly highlights summary of major media coverage. If you would like to be added to the weekly distribution list, send a note to Emily Blahnik with this subject line: SUBSCRIBE to Mayo Clinic in the News. Thank you. Karl Oestreich, manager enterprise media relations NY […]

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Tags: ABC, Alejandro Rabinstein, Bloomberg, CNN, Dr. David Knopman, Dr. Francisco Lopez-Jimenez, Dr. Greg Poland, Dr. Gregory Worrell, Dr. Manoj Mittal, Dr. Ray Gibbons, Dr. Richard Winkelmann, Dr. Robert Jenkins


June 23, 2012

Children With Asthma at Higher Risk for Shingles: Study

By Mystery User

Children with asthma have a higher risk for developing shingles — a painful skin rash — following infection with the herpes zoster virus, new research reveals. The authors noted that 1 million Americans are estimated to be infected with the herpes zoster virus every year. However, typically it’s a problem that strikes men and women […]

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Tags: asthma, Dr. Young Juhn, herpes zoster virus, Mayo Clinic Children's Center, shingles


June 22, 2012

Nick Cannon’s Autoimmune Disease: ‘America’s Got Talent’ Host Opens Up About His Health

By Mystery User

Nick Cannon is opening up about the series of health problems he’s faced over the last couple of months.  The 31-year-old has revealed that the kidney disease he was hospitalized for earlier this year was a result of an autoimmune disease, People magazine reported…Lupus in particular is when the immune system attacks the body’s tissues […]

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Tags: kidney disease, lupus, Nick Cannon


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