Mayo's DIY Prenatal Program Enters Third Trimester

Rochester, Minnesota - In 2012, Mayo Clinic's Center for Innovation and Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology began enrolling volunteers in an experimental program called the OB Nest Project. The program's goal: Reduce the number of prenatal visits for women with uncomplicated pregnancies by giving them equipment and education to monitor their blood pressure and the baby's heartbeat at home. This approach broke new ground in a care system that hadn't seen much change "since the telephone was invented," the Star Tribune reported at the time.

Mayo Assists Google in Providing Quick, Accurate Symptom and Condition Information

Rochester, Minnesota - When people seek information on health-related symptoms, many turn to the internet, and Google in particular, as the first stop. Now, when consumers access Google’s mobile search for information about certain symptoms, they will get facts on relevant related medical conditions up front on their smartphone or other mobile device.

U.S. Chamber on House Republican Health Care Reform Plan

Washington, DC - U.S. Chamber of Commerce Executive Vice President for Government Affairs Bruce Josten issued the following statement today on the House Republicans’ health care reform package:

Sunscreen Best Practices

Rochester, Minnesota - Both chemical and physical sunscreens offer effective sun protection when applied correctly. Physical sunscreens usually are less expensive than chemical sunscreens. Given that they also are hypoallergenic, physical sunscreens may be a safer choice for some people who have sensitive skin. It is a good idea to wear sunscreen every day even if you work indoors.

Household air pollution linked to higher risk of heart attacks, death

Dallas, Texas - Long-term exposure to household air pollution from lighting, cooking or heating with fuels, such as kerosene or diesel, may increase the risk of heart attacks and death, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation.