Wellness & Lifestyle

  • Consumer Health: Understanding thyroid cancer risk
    by Laurel Kelly on January 21, 2022 at 3:00 pm

    January is Thyroid Awareness Month, which makes this a good time to learn about thyroid cancer risk factors. Thyroid cancer occurs in the cells of the thyroid, which is a butterfly-shaped gland at the base of your neck. Your thyroid produces hormones that regulate your heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature and weight. There may be The post Consumer Health: Understanding thyroid cancer risk appeared first on Mayo Clinic News Network.

  • Consumer Health: Blood donation saves lives; are you a donor?
    by Laurel Kelly on January 19, 2022 at 12:59 pm

    January is National Blood Donor Month, which makes this a good time to become a blood donor. Nearly 16 million blood components are transfused each year in the U.S., according to the American Red Cross. Daily needs include 29,000 units of red blood cells, 5,000 units of platelets and 6,500 units of plasma. People need a blood The post Consumer Health: Blood donation saves lives; are you a donor? appeared first on Mayo Clinic News Network.

  • Consumer Health: What is Hashimoto’s disease?
    by Laurel Kelly on January 7, 2022 at 2:09 pm

    January is Thyroid Awareness Month, which makes this a good time to learn more about Hashimoto’s disease. Hashimoto’s disease, also known as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, is an autoimmune disorder where your immune system creates antibodies that damage your thyroid gland. The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland at the base of your neck. Your thyroid produces hormones that The post Consumer Health: What is Hashimoto’s disease? appeared first on Mayo Clinic News Network.

  • Mayo Clinic Minute: Get stretching in the new year
    by Jason Howland on January 6, 2022 at 4:31 pm

    The COVID-19 pandemic has made it more difficult for many people to get in their daily workout. Sedentary behavior, including sitting for long periods of time, can contribute to adverse health effects, including something referred to as “sitting disease.” In this Mayo Clinic Minute, Dani Johnson, a wellness physical therapist with the Mayo Clinic Healthy The post Mayo Clinic Minute: Get stretching in the new year appeared first on Mayo Clinic News Network.

  • Mayo Clinic Minute: Toss the junk food for better health
    by Jason Howland on January 5, 2022 at 2:20 pm

    The steady stream of holiday cookies and treats may have slowed, but for millions of Americans, the appetite for high-fat, sodium-laden sweets continues. Making the switch from highly-processed junk food to healthier whole foods can be challenging. Kate Zeratsky, a Mayo Clinic registered dietitian nutritionist, says making changes in your eating habits can help. Watch: The post Mayo Clinic Minute: Toss the junk food for better health appeared first on Mayo Clinic News Network.