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Edward T. Creagan, M.D.Edward Creagan, M.D.
"The magic of the electronic village is transforming health information. The mouse and keyboard have extended the stethoscope to the 500 million people now online." — Dr. Edward Creagan
The power of the medium inspires Dr. Edward Creagan as he searches for ways to share Mayo Clinic's vast resources with the general public.
Dr. Creagan, a Newark, N.J., native, is board certified in internal medicine, medical oncology, and hospice medicine and palliative care. He has been with Mayo Clinic since 1973 and in 1999 was president of the staff of Mayo Clinic.
Dr. Creagan, a professor of medical oncology at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, was honored in 1995 with the John and Roma Rouse Professor of Humanism in Medicine Award and in 1992 with the Distinguished Mayo Clinician Award, Mayo's highest recognition. He has been recognized with the American Cancer Society Professorship of Clinical Oncology.
He describes his areas of special interest as "wellness as a bio-psycho-social-spiritual-financial model" and fitness, mind-body connection, aging and burnout.
Dr. Creagan has been an associate medical editor with Mayo Clinic's health information websites and has edited publications and CD-ROMs and reviewed articles.
"We the team of (the website) provide reliable, easy-to-understand health and wellness information so that each of us can have productive, meaningful lives," he says.
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Mindfulness for a healthy mind and body
By Edward T. Creagan, M.D.
Mindfulness is generally defined as focused, deliberate attention to a task or thought to quiet the mind and eliminate distractions. It's well accepted that practicing mindfulness can help restore peace of mind. Evidence is now building that it can also benefit the body's immune system.
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Inflammation is emerging as a factor in heart disease and perhaps some types of cancers. Evidence for this comes from the fact that some people with cancer have higher frequencies of blood studies reflecting inflammation. People with heart attacks likewise seem to be at risk for these inflammatory markers.
There are fascinating studies that mindfulness can decrease inflammation as seen on these blood tests. Of course, this is not to say that you can simply sit in a room and wish away heart disease or cancer. But practicing mindfulness may be one step to shift the odds in your favor, in concert with healthy lifestyle choices and appropriate medical interventions.blog index