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Create Your Mayo Clinic Health Experience At Mall Of America(R) To ‘Help People Live The Best Lives They Possibly Can’

Construction Under Way on New Prototype Mayo Clinic Facility to Open This Summer

People will interact, engage, relate, participate and share with Mayo Clinic experts to learn more about what they want and need from their health care experience.

From the 3 May 2011 Mayo Clinic Press Release

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Construction has begun on ‘Create Your Mayo Clinic Health Experience’ at Mall of America. The new space is a health care laboratory designed to integrate health and health care needs to help people stay well and get well. People will interact, engage, relate, participate and share with Mayo Clinic experts to learn more about what they want and need from their health care experience.

“The concepts for ‘Create Your Mayo Clinic Health Experience’ are based on extensive interaction with individuals. We know that health permeates virtually all aspects of our lives — how we eat, socialize, care for our children, exercise, work and so on,” says David Hayes, M.D., a cardiologist at Mayo Clinic who is leading the Mall of America project. “We know health care in the future will not be limited to hospitals and doctor’s offices. Mall of America provides an opportunity for Mayo Clinic to help transform health care delivery by enhancing convenience and enabling more people to access Mayo Clinic health resources on a day-to-day basis.”

At ‘Create Your Mayo Clinic Health Experience,’ you will be able to:

Interact with touch-screen health applications designed to entertain, inform and educate.
Engage with health care experience navigators who will help you assemble the tools you need to improve your health and well-being. These navigators will be experienced, Mayo-trained experts.
Relate individually with more in-depth information and programs tailored to your needs.
Participate in health education classes.
Share offerings from Mayo Clinic health professionals specific to women’s health, sports and performance health, preventive health and family and lifestyle health.
Learn more about the services Mayo Clinic provides at its Arizona, Florida, Minnesota and Mayo Health System campuses.
“This is really about Mayo’s commitment to helping people live the best lives they possibly can. The development of ‘Create Your Mayo Clinic Health Experience’ will be an exploration of health care, wellness and targeted prevention,” adds John La Forgia, senior administrator for the project. “Mayo is well known as a place for patients to find answers, but we would also like to gather more input about the future of preventive health services.”

“Our collaboration with Mayo Clinic throughout the past year has not only built momentum for this exciting venture, it has helped promote healthy living for thousands of mall visitors,” says Maureen Bausch, executive vice president of business development at Mall of America. “We look forward to the opportunities that our visitors will have to provide feedback and shape their own health experiences when this prototype space opens.”

‘Create Your Mayo Clinic Health Experience’ will be located on the first level near the East Market Rotunda. Construction began in April and Mayo Clinic plans to open the space in July. ‘Create Your Mayo Clinic Health Experience’ is a prototype space through which Mayo Clinic experts will gather input as part of the possible permanent facility Mayo Clinic plans for the Phase II expansion of Mall of America.

Mayo Clinic’s Arizona, Florida and Minnesota campuses, including Mayo Health System, will remain the patient-focused care centers that have been the hallmark of Mayo Clinic for more than 100 years. Both ‘Create Your Mayo Clinic Health Experience’ and the eventual permanent facility as part of the Phase II Mall of America expansion will complement these locations by providing convenient, day-to-day services to improve health and well-being, as well as offering direct connections to Mayo Clinic.

May 6, 2011 Posted by | Health News Items, Public Health | , , | Leave a comment

Pain and depression: Is there a link?

From the Mayo Clinic article by Daniel K. Hall-Flavin, M.D.

Pain and depression are closely related. Depression can cause pain — and pain can cause depression. Sometimes pain and depression create a vicious cycle in which pain worsens symptoms of depression, and then the resulting depression worsens feelings of pain.

In many people, depression causes unexplained physical symptoms such as back pain or headaches. Sometimes this kind of pain is the first or the only sign of depression.

Pain and the problems it causes can wear you down over time, and may begin to affect your mood. Chronic pain causes a number of problems that can lead to depression, such as trouble sleeping and stress. Disabling pain can cause low self-esteem due to work, legal or financial issues. Depression doesn’t just occur with pain resulting from an injury. It’s also common in people who have pain linked to a health condition such as diabetes or migraines.

To get symptoms of pain and depression under control, you may need separate treatment for each condition. However, some treatments may help with both.

Because of shared chemical messengers in the brain, antidepressant medications can relieve both pain and depression.

Psychological counseling (psychotherapy) can be effective in treating both conditions.

Stress-reduction techniques, meditation, staying active, journaling and other strategies also may help.

Treatment for co-occurring pain and depression may be most effective when it involves a combination of treatments.

If you have pain and depression, get help before your symptoms worsen. You don’t have to be miserable. Getting the right treatment can help you start enjoying life again.

Some related links

Pain (MedlinePlus topic) has links to overviews, latest news, alternative therapies, health check tools, videos, research, and more

Depression (MedlinePlus topic) has links to overviews, latest news, treatments, related issues, and more

Depression (eMedicine Health) includes information on types of depression, causes, treatments, getting help, and much more
American Chronic Pain Association includes a consumer guide to pain medications and treatments, pain management tools

December 14, 2010 Posted by | Consumer Health | , , , , , , | Leave a comment


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