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For those living in the Southwest or those visiting the Southwest for the first time, it's important to be aware of the dangers of the desert. Rattlesnakes and scorpions are common desert companions. And, according to Dr. Steven Maher, a Mayo Clinic emergency medicine physician, you should be aware of your surroundings and bring plenty of water if you go hiking.

Learn more in this #MayoClinicMinute.
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"You have the final word in how your story turns out." — Edward T. Creagan, M.D.

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As a paramedic, Kris Keltgen knows that making people feel comfortable and building relationships is important for his work. He uses those same skills during his off hours as the lead in a local polka band.

Kris tells us that gig isn't as different as you might think from his day job as an operations manager for Mayo Clinic Medical Transport, Gold Cross Ambulance. "Whether you're a paramedic like me, a nurse, physician or other caregiver, you have to be able to interact with people and make them feel comfortable," he says. "As an entertainer, you also have to be able to do all of those things and more, albeit for different reasons. The ability to build and maintain interpersonal relationships and treat people respectfully and compassionately are pretty universal between what I do for the band and what I do for Mayo Clinic." Read the full story on https://mayocl.in/2l9t0qa.
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t's called "avocado hand," and fans of the fruit – both famous and not – are feeling the effects these days when they slice up their hands or fingers while trying to slice up the avocado.

Dr. Sanj Kakar, a Mayo Clinic orthopedic hand surgeon, says he's seen an increase in hand injuries requiring surgery as a result of the rise in popularity of avocados.

Jen Welper, an executive chef with the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program, says most of the injuries can be avoided with four simple tips.

Learn more in this #MayoClinicMinute.
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It's considered by most health experts to be the worst type of fat you can eat. So what's really wrong with having trans fat in your diet? And what are some healthier alternatives? "Trans fat lowers your HDL [high-density lipoprotein], which is your good cholesterol, and it raises your LDL [low-density lipoprotein], which is your bad cholesterol," says Anya Guy, a Mayo Clinic registered dietitian nutritionist. "So, all in all, trans fat increases your risk of heart disease." "Rather than choosing snacks in the packaged aisle, choose carrots and ranch or apples and peanut butter as a snack," she says. Learn more in this #MayoClinicMinute.
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Neurosurgeon Michael Link, M.D., says he loves teaching in one of the largest neurosurgery residencies in the country and is almost always accompanied by several residents and a fellow. That’s OK. He says teaching “brilliant minds” is energizing. He recently received his second Teacher of the Year award from the Mayo Fellows’ Association. He calls it the most prestigious award you can receive at Mayo Clinic. “There are a lot of great teachers at Mayo Clinic. Receiving this award is extraordinarily motivating to be an even better teacher. There’s no greater honor.” Dr. Link says he remembers very well what it’s like to be a resident. “It’s not easy, and I hope the residents recognize that I’m on their side and am an advocate for them. I know this work is hard and demanding. Every day is challenging. I try to help foster work-life balance in our residents. I want them to see their children and partners.” Dr. Link says what’s most rewarding about teaching young physicians is seeing them begin to understand and execute the complex problems encountered in neurosurgery. “I see them progress from being tentative or unsure of the next step of an operation to doing exactly what I would do. That makes me feel like I’m passing on what I know in a worthwhile way. There’s no question that if you want to take the best care of patients and have great colleagues, there’s no better place than Mayo Clinic.”
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It's a hormone that makes men masculine. But it's often the one that causes the most confusion for men.

So much of a man's physical characteristics are affected by testosterone levels. And Dr. Landon Trost, a Mayo Clinic urologist, says a drop in testosterone level can cause a long list of side effects.

In this #MayoClinicMinute, Dr. Trost explains what is considered a low testosterone value, how low testosterone can affect men's bodies, and why treating low testosterone does not always produce the results some men hope for.
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“As a scientist, I see philanthropy as an opportunity. When I make a gift, I am able to earmark it and have it directed back into discovery science, which is one of those investments in research that doesn’t get the same daylight as the clinical practice. I also feel very passionate about education and philanthropy is so important in that area as well. Why wouldn't I contribute? Why wouldn’t I give back to Mayo?” Diane Jelinek, Ph.D.
Mayo Clinic benefactor and employee
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Build balance now to prevent falls down the road.

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You're ready to drop some pounds and get your body ready for the beach. But what's the best way to lose those pounds: exercising or starting a diet?

Dr. Donald Hensrud, who heads up the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program and is the author of the Mayo Clinic Diet Book, says it's a trick question.
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"If your loved one expresses a desire, need or commitment to change, fan the flame! Your encouragement may make all the difference." – Kristin Vickers Douglas, Ph.D.

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