Many people are familiar with the common condition osteoarthritis, but did you know there are actually more than 100 forms of arthritis? Learn about their causes, symptoms, treatment and prevention in #arthritischat this Wednesday from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Eastern.
Melanoma is rising faster than any other form of cancer, and it’s happening to young people _ especially to young women, and even teens. To learn the latest on skin cancer prevention, detection and treatment and to share your questions and experiences, please join #SkinCancerChat on Wednesday, May 15, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Eastern.
CNET’s Scott Stein will moderate the #healthapps Twitter chat.
Mayo Clinic and Scott Stein from CNET will be teaming up for a Twitter chat Wednesday, May 8 from 1-2 p.m. ET. to talk about health apps. Hashtag to follow: #healthapps
Mobile software (apps) is designed to run on handheld computers, personal digital assistants (PDAs), enterprise digital assistants (EDAs), smartphones and cellphones, according to Mashable. Apple’s App Store now has a selcetion of nearly 1 million apps – many of which target health related issues and topics ranging from daily fitness monitoring anxiety.
During the chat we’ll be talking about current health apps on the market, which type of apps work and what is coming down the pike in terms of new health apps and technology.
The chat is from 1-2 p.m. ET. To follow, simply use the hashtag #healthapps. We also recommend using tweetchat.com to more easily follow the flow of the conversation.
Using advanced genetic sequencing technology and analysis, Mayo Clinic vaccine researchers have identified 27 genes that respond in very different ways to the standard rubella vaccine, making the vaccine less effective for a portion of the population. Mayo Clinic vaccinologist Gregory Poland, M.D., says, “This study highlighted the genes potentially responsible for poor response to the rubella vaccine. We found differences in genes responsible for antigen interactions, inflammation and differences in the gene pathways involved between low- and high-vaccine responders. It’s another instance of using individualized medicine approaches to find potential solutions for patients not benefiting from standard treatments.” The findings are in the online journal PLOS ONE.
The study analyzed thousands of patients using the Rochester Epidemiology Project — which allows researchers access to medical records of nearly all residents of Olmsted County, Minn. — and found that receiving general anesthesia for procedures after age 45 is not a risk factor for developing dementia. The findings are published online in Mayo Clinic Proceedings.
The chat will focus on new research on autism; diagnosis (including biomarkers); treatment (drug and behavioral interventions); and risk factors (environmental factors, genetic work, etc…). Wang will be tweeting live from the International Meeting for Autism Research in Spain.
Autism is one of a group of serious developmental problems called autism spectrum disorders that appear in early childhood — usually before age 3. Though symptoms and severity vary, all autism spectrum disorders affect a child’s ability to communicate and interact with others.
About 1 in 88 children has been identified with an autism spectrum disorder, according to estimates from Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Autism spectrum disorders occur in all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups, although autism is 5 times more common in boys than girls.
We recommend logging into tweetchat.com to more easily follow the flow of the conversation.
Melanoma is deadly and it’s on the rise, particularly among teens and young adults. Research shows it’s up eightfold among women and fourfold among young men under 40. Mayo Clinic dermatologist Jerry Brewer, M.D., says, “We’re seeing melanoma happen more often in even teenagers nowadays … and one of the messages is that it can happen to you!”
Mayo Clinic is reminding people of all ages to have fun in the sun, but be sun smart! Helping to deliver this message, especially for younger audiences, are new public service announcements released in time for May’s Skin Cancer Awareness Month. Two cartoon moles — animal moles — illustrate the importance of four key skin cancer prevention and early detection tips:
• Wear sunscreen
• Skip tanning beds
• Seek shade
• Get spots checked
Using a one-of-a-kind computer-aided program, Mayo Clinic has developed and implemented a Mayo-wide electronic warning system to identify patients at risk of QT-related deaths from an abnormality in the heart’s electrical system. The system informs all physicians, regardless of their specialty or QT awareness, if their patient’s ECG activated the QT alarm. The findings are published in the current issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings.