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When it comes to colored or decorative contact lens – Halloween buyer beware. "The only safe contact lenses are when you go to an eye doctor – so somebody who is actually certified in being able to look at your eyes and fit you for a prescription," says Dr. Vandana Bhide, an internal medicine specialist.

Dr. Bhide is echoing a recent warning from the FDA, saying, for contacts, a prescription is a must. The alert specifically lists boutiques, novelty and Halloween stores as places not to buy contact lens.

Scratches on the cornea, infections and impaired vision are all possible results of bad lenses. "It’s really not worth all of the potential problems that you can have," adds Dr. Bhide.

Her advice is skip the colored contacts and the risks that come with them, and choose a happy – albeit slightly less spooky – Halloween.
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"Everybody should be concerned about influenza," Dr. Vandana Bhide, an internal medicine specialist at Mayo Clinic, says.

Every fall health experts urge Americans to get vaccinated, but Dr. Bhide says every year there are people who decide they don't need to get a flu shot. "The bottom line is, really, anybody over the age of 6 months should be considered for an influenza vaccine," Dr. Bhide says. "Influenza is around all the time, so it's never too late to get your flu shot," It's also never too early.
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Eighty percent of adults experience low back pain at some point in their lifetime, according to the National Institutes of Health. A recent study found more than a quarter of adults reported having low back pain during the past three months. And those are just complaints about the lower back. "The overwhelming majority of people will experience back or neck pain at some point in their lives," says Dr. Mohamad Bydon, a Mayo Clinic neurologic surgeon. "Back and neck pain are two of the top-five reasons for [individuals] to see their doctor." “The first person that you want to talk to is your primary care provider,” says Dr. Bydon. He says treatments generally begin with the least intrusive therapies first. “You know, rest, ice packs, heat packs, physical therapy, [anti-inflammatory] injections. And if those things don’t succeed in alleviating the pain, then you may need to see a surgeon to discuss the problem.” If surgery seem does seem to be the best choice for long-term relief, Dr. Bydon says to ask if a minimally invasive surgical approach may be an option. For the right patients, it can offer several advantages.

Learn more about minimally invasive surgical treatment in this #MayoClinicMinute.
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Keeping a nationally recognized historic building looking its best is no small feat, especially when it involves the 290-foot-high dome of the Plummer Building in Rochester.

Scaffolding and swing stages, the work platforms hung from cables on the roof, provide access to the exterior facade, so that restoration crews can repair and brighten the dome, says David Eide, Facilities Project Services.

A nine-person crew from Building Restoration Corp. is power-washing, replacing broken pieces of terra cotta, repairing cracks and the colored glazing of the terra cotta, and replacing all the joint sealant. Think of it as grouting a huge, tilted, tiled floor hundreds of feet in the air.

The pyramid dome consists of thousands of pieces of terra cotta separated by silicone sealant, says Brad Hoffmann, project manager for Building Restoration.

The Plummer Building, opened in 1928 and now listed as a National Historic Landmark, was designed by, and named for, Henry Plummer, M.D., who created Mayo Clinic's health record and registration systems. Dr. Plummer collaborated with Ellerbe architects in Minneapolis on the building's Romanesque style, which evoked traditions of European architecture.
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If, when you think carving pumpkins, you think of a carving knife, you should know: "That’s probably the worst thing that you can use," says Dr. Vandana Bhide, a Mayo Clinic pediatrician and internal medicine physician.

Dr. Bhide says a carving knife isn’t the right tool for the pumpkin-carving trade. "It can get stuck and, then, you’re trying to pull it out," she explains. "And it pulls out, and you can cut yourself. Or it can go all the way through the pumpkin onto the other side." So leave the big knives for Thanksgiving, and pick up a pumpkin decorating kit for Halloween.

Learn more about pumpkin carving safety in this #MayoClinicMinute.
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Her doctors at home told Elizabeth Vines she had two years to live. Now three years have passed, and she’s alive and thriving. When her breast cancer diagnosis seemed like a death sentence, Vines sought a second opinion at Mayo Clinic, which turned around her fortune in a big way. "When I met with them, I started to realize that Mayo Clinic is a special place," she says. After arriving at a final diagnosis — stage 3B HER2 positive breast cancer — the team "spent hours with us, going over my treatment options and answering all of our questions." They also spent time getting to know Elizabeth. "It was mind-blowing to have doctors care so much about you on an individual level," she says. "They wanted to know about my family and my interests." Read the full story on intheloop.mayoclinic.org.
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The American Academy of Pain Medicine reports that in 2011, more than 100,000 American adults suffered from chronic pain. Some chronic pain sufferers turn to prescription opioid medication for relief. Dr Brent Bauer, director of the Mayo Clinic Complementary and Integrative Medicine Program, says alternative therapies such as acupuncture, meditation or yoga can be effective pain relievers for some people.

Dr. Bauer says the integrative therapies used at Mayo Clinic are evidence-based and found to work. They are not magic bullets or cures, but they can be effective tools to help manage pain and bring balance to the mind and body.

Learn more in this #MayoClinicMinute.
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"Imagine perfectionism as a castle surrounded by a moat and armed-guards — it may feel safe inside the castle, but it also stops fresh ideas and creative solutions from coming in the door." — Amy Charland, wellness coach 
For daily quotes from Mayo Clinic, download the Mayo Clinic app (link in profile).
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It had been 15 years since Tom Manuel had a heart transplant, but he never forgot the name of his transplant surgeon.

Tom still remembers the day like it was yesterday. "I was sitting in my chair looking out at my backyard and I got a phone call asking, 'Are you ready?'" he tells us. "And to be perfectly honest, for a microsecond, I really thought about it because when you get down to the essence of what a heart transplant is, you need to decide how you really feel about it." That was 15 years ago. In the time since, it's not just Tom's life that changed as a result of the heart transplant. After going through the experience with Tom, his wife, Terry, enrolled in nursing school and spent time working with heart transplant patients at Mayo Clinic's Florida campus. Tom's daughter Shannon, who was just four months old when Tom had the heart attack, completed a medical research internship at Mayo Clinic and is working toward becoming a pathologist. "This whole experience has transformed my family, there's no question about that," Tom says.

Read the full story on intheoop.mayoclinic.org.
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Got back pain? You're definitely not alone. Millions of Americans suffer with back and neck pain. Luckily, there are a wide range of options to treat it. The key is figuring the cause and the best treatment option.
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Injuries can end up being the Halloween trick nobody wants. Every year, ill-fitting costumes are blamed for cuts, lacerations and fractures that send disappointed trick-or-treaters to the emergency department.

There are some simple things you can do before Halloween to lessen the chances of bumps in the night.
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On Oct. 11, the Human Rights Campaign celebrates National Coming Out Day. The campaign encourages LGBTQ people to come out, because it still matters. Dr. John Knudsen, a Mayo Clinic radiologist, wants all LGBTQ people to also come out to their health care provider, because their health matters.

He says some people in the LGBTQ community don't get regular exams or reveal their sexual identities because they worry that their health care providers might react negatively to them.

Dr. Knudsen says, “On average, it takes patients five visits to their primary care physician or provider before they ever disclose the fact that they are lesbian gay, bisexual or even transgender.” Learn why coming out to your health care provider is important in this #MayoClinicMinute.
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