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Most people know that milk and other dairy products are a great source of calcium. But if you're restricted from dairy, there are nondairy options for calcium intake in your diet. And some of them might surprise you. "If you can't take dairy products because of lactose intolerance or you have other dietary preferences that limit that, not to worry because there are so many other foods out there that have calcium," says Dr. Clarke, who is medical editor of Mayo Clinic Guide to Preventing & Treating Osteoporosis.

Common alternatives to milk are almond milk and soy milk, particularly the kind that is calcium-fortified. Certain vegetables are higher in calcium, including rhubarb, spinach, black-eyed peas, okra and broccoli. Other options include tofu, hummus, sunflower seeds, calcium-fortified orange juice, shrimp, and canned sardines and salmon.

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Order your copy of Mayo Clinic’s companion book to The Mayo Clinic: Faith - Hope - Science," a documentary executive-produced by #KenBurns airing on #PBS September 25 at 9/8C. The companion book chronicles the history of Mayo Clinic, from its roots as an unlikely partnership between a country doctor and an order of Franciscan nuns to its position today as a leader in patient care, research and education. $24.95 | Available at https://marketplace.mayoclinic.com/
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Polycystic kidney disease is one of the leading causes of kidney failure. "So far, there has been no cure," says Dr. Fouad Chebib, a Mayo Clinic nephrologist.

But for the first time, there is hope: a drug called tolvaptan that the Food and Drug Administration recently approved for treating polycystic kidney disease.  Dr. Chebib, who was on the Mayo Clinic team researching the drug, says it's not a cure, but it can slow the disease's progression. "It blocks the thirst hormone," he says. "It's called 'vasopressin.' So, by blocking the thirst hormone and its effect on the kidney, we block the cyst from forming more ... fluids. So what happens is that the cyst doesn't grow as fast." And slowing the disease means patients won't need dialysis or need a transplant until they are much older.

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In just over 10 years, John and Barb Meyer have gone from a few gladiola bulbs to a few acres of gladiolas, which they gladly give away to patients at Mayo Clinic and nursing home residents each week. "We enjoy doing it," John tells us. "It's a hobby for us to grow them and to hybridize them, and it's kind of a hobby to give them away, too, I guess, though my wife calls it more of an obsession." You might have to be a bit on the obsessive side when you consider that the deliveries require the weekly washing and drying of more than 200 vases. And that's to say nothing of the work that goes into cutting the flowers and creating bouquets, which John says is a true family effort. "We have two daughters and other family members who help us plant, cut, clean and deliver the flowers," he says. "We have neighbors and grandchildren who help, too." "I have a brother-in-law who works at one of the information desks at Saint Marys, and he helps us wheel the flowers in on wheelchairs every week," John says. "We put eight vases of flowers to a wheelchair and wheel them in to the staff, who then hand them out to patients. There are a lot of people helping us." And a lot of people are enjoying the fruits of that work. For them, the Meyers' homegrown gladiolas are colorful rays of sunshine in what can sometimes be dark situations. "We've had a lot of people tell us their stories and their heartbreak throughout the years," John says. "Some have lost loved ones and have come to thank us for the flowers after the fact, and that means a lot."
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We are in Washington D.C. at the @librarycongress for the #WETA premiere of “The Mayo Clinic: Faith - Hope - Science” with @kenburnspbs, @christopher_loren_ewers_dp, Erik Ewers and Dr. John Noseworthy. The film airs on @pbs Sept. 25 at 9/8C (check local listings). #MayoClinicPBS
Drinking enough fluids, especially water, is one of the most important things you can do to prevent heat illness while doing the strenuous work involved in hurricane recovery. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, you should drink water before, during and after a day of cleanup. "You need to be mindful of the symptoms of dehydration," says Dr. Michael Boniface, an emergency medicine physician. Dr. Boniface says the initial sign can be easy to miss. "One of the symptoms of dehydration that will present first is decreased urine output" explains Dr. Boniface. If you’re not using the bathroom, you might not be getting enough water. And that may create more symptoms. "There could be light-headedness, maybe some dizziness, feeling like you might pass out," says Dr. Boniface.

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What an amazing night at the Florida premiere of #KenBurns latest documentary, “The Mayo Clinic: Faith - Hope – Science.” Attendees watched an advanced screening followed by a panel discussion with @kenburnspbs, Executive Producer & Co-director; Erik Ewers, Co-director; @christopher_loren_ewers_dp, Co-director; and Dr. John Noseworthy, President & CEO, Mayo Clinic; moderated by #WJCT’s Melissa Ross. Learn more at explore.mayoclinic.org. 
Tune in to the national premiere on PBS Sept. 25 at 9/8C or Sept. 26 at 10/9C (check local listings). #MayoClinicPBS
Menopausal symptoms can be annoying, but did you ever think they could be life-threatening? A Mayo Clinic study found some common menopausal symptoms may be linked to obstructive sleep apnea — a condition that can lead to serious health issues, including increased risks of coronary heart disease, high blood pressure and stroke.

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Yogesh Reddy, M.B.B.S., is completing a fellowship in cardiovascular medicine at Mayo Clinic. He received the 2018 Mayo Clinic Alumni Association Donald C. Balfour Award for Meritorious Research for his work in heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF). He further defined the characteristics of the condition and investigated new treatments. Still a trainee, Dr. Reddy already has 80 peer-reviewed publications in high-impact journals and received a training grant from the Heart Failure Society of American and National Institutes of Health. His Mayo Clinic mentor Barry Borlaug, M.D., says Dr. Reddy is an almost-unparalleled rising star. Dr. Reddy says he’s always been interested in human physiology and bioengineering. “Cardiology is pure engineering. If you understand hemodynamics, you can understand the mechanics of how the heart pumps.” Dr. Reddy’s father is a chemical engineer and pushed his son to try new things and think outside the box. “Discovery is exciting. The opportunity to give back to science motivates me. Without discovery and innovation, we just keep doing things the same way. To translate an idea into clinical practice is what research is all about for me. I’ll be even happier when patients with HFpEF tell me they feel better or are living longer.”
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Take a look back at all the activities on Monday for the TPT premiere of “The Mayo Clinic: Faith - Hope - Science." Tune in to your local PBS station on September 25 at 9/8C for the national premiere.
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What an amazing “Evening with @kenburnspbs” hosted by @arizonapbs at @tempearts  to launch the national premiere of the new Burns documentary “The Mayo Clinic: Faith - Hope - Science.” On to Florida this Thursday. Tune in to watch the two-hour documentary on @pbs Sept. 25 9/8C. #MayoClinicPBS
Normally, you think of bacteria as something bad that you should avoid. But, turns out, most of the bacteria inside your gut play an important role in keeping you healthy.

That group of gut bacteria is called your "microbiome." Dr. Purna Kashyap, a Mayo Clinic gastroenterologist who researchers the microbiome, says everyone's is unique to them based on factors like where they live, what they eat and how they live their life.

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