Mayo Clinic podcasts offer in-depth discussion

July 31, 2007

ROCHESTER, Minn. - - Mayo Clinic is launching a series of new free audio podcasts so people can learn more about diseases or conditions that interest them through in-depth discussions with Mayo Clinic experts.

The first six categories for these extended discussions include Heart Disease, Cancer, Bones and Muscles, Women's Health, Men's Health and Children's Health.

"Television and radio broadcasters typically keep their news stories short to attract and hold the interest of the mass audience," explains Thomas Shives, M.D., a Mayo Clinic orthopedic surgeon who is the medical editor for Mayo Clinic's daily Medical Edge radio program and the audio podcasts. "But because in podcasting people are subscribing to topics in which they are interested, a more in-depth discussion is typically what they want."

Since April 2000, Mayo Clinic has offered Mayo Clinic Medical Edge, a series of weekly 90-second news features, to television stations throughout the United States and Canada. The daily 60-second radio version has been available since March 2004.

Podcasting is a method of distributing audio and visual information using the Internet. The electronic files can be downloaded to electronic devices (like iPods) or computers and replayed at a convenient time. The term "podcast" is a combination of "iPod" and "broadcasting."

Mayo Clinic began podcasting in September 2005, offering its Mayo Clinic Medical Edge radio program directly to individuals through iTunes. In January 2007, Mayo Clinic added its Medical Edge video podcast, providing weekly patient-focused stories featuring the latest research and health tips.

Computer users may subscribe to any of these podcasts at mayoclinic.org/podcasts, through online podcast directories such as podcastalley.com or by going to iTunes and searching for "Mayo Clinic."

Here are introductions to the first episodes of the new audio podcasts:
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