Dr. Julie Abbott

Preventive Medicine
Rochester, MN
47 years experience female

Locations

Retired from Mayo Clinic

Rochester, MN

Address

200 1st St SW, Rochester, MN
Directions

About

Bio

I come from a family of doctors, and even though I did what was expected and went into the family business ... medicine .... I'm very glad I did. My father was a brain surgeon, my grandfather and uncle were general practitioners, and my older brother is a radiologist. I trained at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota specializing in Internal Medicine and Preventive Medicine. I went on to work there for nearly 32 years in our Executive Health Program, in Mayo Employee Health, as the Medical Directors of Patient and Health Education as well as the Olmsted County (MN) Public Health Department. In my later years I served as the founding (and only) medical editor of Mayo's health newsletter for women. But my real claim to fame was becoming a mother for the first time at age 50! It's been a ride!

Specialties
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Preventive Medicine

Internal Medicine

Occupational Medicine

Public Health

Licenses

United States: California, Minnesota

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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Julie Abbott
Preventive Medicine 47 years experience
I presume you mean: stomach or gastric ulcer (there can be ulcerations of skin wounds, in the mouth, etc)? Burning pain in the lower chest or upper abdomen, often relieve... Read More
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Julie Abbott
Preventive Medicine 47 years experience
Redness of the hands: and feet suggests something is going on with your tiny arteries carrying oxygenated/red blood. This could be Raynaud's disease which causes tiny blood... Read More
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A 56-year-old male asked:
Dr. Julie Abbott
Preventive Medicine 47 years experience
The unusual thing: is the that the feeling is numbness...the most common cause of disability of walking when arising from sitting is degenerative arthritis of the knees... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Julie Abbott
Preventive Medicine 47 years experience
It may take a while: ....weeks, maybe even a couple months. It is really surprising how often variations in reproductive hormones, such as those contained in oral contrace... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Julie Abbott
Preventive Medicine 47 years experience
While TB-Gold or: QuantiFERON testing has contributed to accurate diagnosis of active and latent TB, it can not be used to determine if treatment has been adequate or i... Read More
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A 64-year-old female asked:
Dr. Julie Abbott
Preventive Medicine 47 years experience
I'm sorry to hear: this. Your question highlights something many physicians fail to explain to their patients: your body can look perfect, be in perfect alignment, etc.,... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Julie Abbott
Preventive Medicine 47 years experience
It's probably ok: It's quite reassuring that it is not swollen and/or red...one of the most worrisome things would be infection that redness and swelling could indicate... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Julie Abbott
Preventive Medicine 47 years experience
Taking the results: of the two home pregnancy tests together, I would interpret them as negative and say that you are not pregnant. Not sure if you were going to say some... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Julie Abbott
Preventive Medicine 47 years experience
It's not the cold: temperature so much, but the wind and associated conditions of cold weather: forced air heat. These things lead to DRY SKIN. Your skin loves moisture.... Read More
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A 53-year-old male asked:
Dr. Julie Abbott
Preventive Medicine 47 years experience
We normally see: results for total protein between 6 and 8.3 grams/deciliter for 87 g/l would be 8.7, I believe. And globulin at 39 g/l would be 3.9 g/dl: both are a l... Read More
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Julie Abbott
Preventive Medicine 47 years experience
No: There is no biologic harm from 6 times daily orgasm and ejaculation in a young male. Boys tend to grow the most between ages 12 and 15. The sex drive... Read More
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A 68-year-old female asked:
Dr. Julie Abbott
Preventive Medicine 47 years experience
Probably: There has been no conclusive research to help us know for certain what a safe dose of L-theanine is. However, there have been no reports of overdose ... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Julie Abbott
Preventive Medicine 47 years experience
Well, today is: May 9th so this question likely has no relevance now. But what you describe is not unusual and can be considered normal. Menstrual periods are highly ... Read More
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A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. Julie Abbott
Preventive Medicine 47 years experience
I'm not sure it is: important to know is she is definitely a "hoarder" or not (though there may be a higher rate of actual mental illness in definite hoarders), but it so... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Julie Abbott
Preventive Medicine 47 years experience
It is pesky: Often a stiff neck results from sleeping awkwardly, particularly in a cold or drafty room. It is good news that the pain improved and not surprising ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Julie Abbott
Preventive Medicine 47 years experience
Being able to: retain and preserve medical records when disaster hits it a major advantage of electronic medical records. Many hospitals have special protections (fi... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Julie Abbott
Preventive Medicine 47 years experience
You need to go ...: ...to ER or your doctor's. Any headache that is "bad" and quite localized (to the back right side of your head) and persists needs evaluation. I pre... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Julie Abbott
Preventive Medicine 47 years experience
A viral illness: It sounds somewhat like the flu/influenza, but almost always the flu causes a significant fever. So you probably have a different viral illness. It is... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Julie Abbott
Preventive Medicine 47 years experience
No ....: Occasionally an individual may only need dialysis a short time to get her through a health crisis, but if you have been on dialysis for two years you ... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Julie Abbott
Preventive Medicine 47 years experience
Need pic:): Best to see a picture...you can use HealthTap to send one if you wish. Best guess without picture is eczema, the result of very dry skin, or contact d... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Julie Abbott
Preventive Medicine 47 years experience
Well, the same way: most people are successful with weight loss: reduce your calorie intake to 200-300 calories less than you need each day (to probably around 1600-1800 ... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Julie Abbott
Preventive Medicine 47 years experience
I would: The recommendation for the interval between the two doses is greater than or equal to 4 weeks apart. This is done in case the first dose did not resu... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Julie Abbott
Preventive Medicine 47 years experience
OK .....: I presume you have given us a list of symptoms & I'll insert some commas! Hearing about itchy skin, muscle loss & weight loss all make me thin... Read More
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A 65-year-old male asked:
Dr. Julie Abbott
Preventive Medicine 47 years experience
You really don't: If your immune system is compromised by disease (ex. cancer) or treatments (ex. chemotherapy) the shingles vaccine will likely be less effective or di... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Julie Abbott
Preventive Medicine 47 years experience
I don't see why: Following a gluten free diet is incredibly difficult and expensive. Obviously, if you are sensitive to gluten and it causes GI symptoms, you will bene... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Julie Abbott
Preventive Medicine 47 years experience
Avoid decongestants: Decongestant OTC cold remedies cause the most concern. Avoid products that contain pseudoephedrine, (ephedrine sulfate) ephedrine, (ephedrine sulfate)... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Julie Abbott
Preventive Medicine 47 years experience
Probably ok: It is common to have a change in the amount and type of discharge one has during pregnancy. It this occurred quite suddenly it should be investigated... Read More
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A 66-year-old female asked:
Dr. Julie Abbott
Preventive Medicine 47 years experience
Plavix (clopidogrel) stopped: Yes, Plavix (clopidogrel) would be discontinued in this situation. Unfortunately it is really not safer than aspirin when it comes to risk for bleedin... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Julie Abbott
Preventive Medicine 47 years experience
Work with doctor: In the US, pin worms are more common in children, but there may be a different pattern of infection in Catalonia. Pin worms are a parasite; typically ... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Julie Abbott
Preventive Medicine 47 years experience
Yawning...: ...is a normal response by the body to drowsiness or fatigue. You yawn more when you are tired or drowsy, in response to some medications including an... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Julie Abbott
Preventive Medicine 47 years experience
Muscle contraction: When you yawn, the muscles in your throat contract, and cause your throat to close a bit. When your airway constricts, air is forced up past your voc... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Julie Abbott
Preventive Medicine 47 years experience
Believe her!: We all know that penis size can be a source of anxiety for men, especially young men, but you are already experiencing that larger size does not neces... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Julie Abbott
Preventive Medicine 47 years experience
It may: The Plan B emergency contraception pill is a high dose of progestin. It is intended to prevent or delay ovulation. It also may interfere with fertil... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Julie Abbott
Preventive Medicine 47 years experience
Probably not: Hypokalemic periodic paralysis (HPP) is a rare condition caused by a gene mutation. A kidney cyst would not cause this, but may also be present. I do... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Julie Abbott
Preventive Medicine 47 years experience
You probably don't..: need to worry, but it is something to pay attention to. At your age, you likely strained your lumbar support muscles during some, even mild, activity... Read More
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Julie Abbott
Preventive Medicine 47 years experience
Highly effective..: ..though precise estimates are not reliably known due largely to the challenge of needing to measure private behaviors that can not be directly observ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Julie Abbott
Preventive Medicine 47 years experience
No ....: It doesn't mean you ARE pregnant, but it certainly happens fairly frequently in early pregnancy. Some people attribute this to "implantation" bleeding... Read More
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A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Julie Abbott
Preventive Medicine 47 years experience
Not really: Most would expect you to be feeling pretty good 30 days after a hysterectomy, especially if done vaginally. Pain from the incision should largely be g... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Julie Abbott
Preventive Medicine 47 years experience
It's a virus: Hepatitis B is a virus transmitted by coming in contact with the blood/body fluids of someone infected. Symptoms can be mild to severe & appear wi... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Julie Abbott
Preventive Medicine 47 years experience
IBS? Ulcer?: The location of your pain isn't classic but might be caused by an ulcer or other inflammation of your stomach such as gastritis. Gall bladder discomfo... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Julie Abbott
Preventive Medicine 47 years experience
8 tests?: Modern HIV tests are highly sensitive. If negative 90 days after exposure, the chance of being truly negative is 99.9%. If this result is obtained 8... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Julie Abbott
Preventive Medicine 47 years experience
OTC steroid spray: Probably the most effective treatment with fewest side effects is nasal steroid spray such as Nasacort/Flonase. Some of these are now available withou... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Julie Abbott
Preventive Medicine 47 years experience
It might be semantic: Macrobid is nitrofurantoin, an older antibiotic which is quite effective in uncomplicated urinary tract infections (of the bladder). You are correct ... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Julie Abbott
Preventive Medicine 47 years experience
Mild trauma: When stool is quite hard and typically difficult to pass, micro trauma occurs in the anal tissues. This can lead to an actual slit-type opening calle... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Julie Abbott
Preventive Medicine 47 years experience
Possible: There really isn't any way to say for sure about this except to do a little trial & error on your own. The main goal is to not change too much at ... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Julie Abbott
Preventive Medicine 47 years experience
No .....: but it needs continued monitoring. In the US, we consider normal blood pressure to be 120/80 mm Hg so this is a bit higher. But not in the range wher... Read More
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A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Julie Abbott
Preventive Medicine 47 years experience
Likely unrelated: It is probably a coincidence. If your current hemoglobin is 12.5, that is actually probably normal (depending on the lab normals at your lab). So, ver... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Julie Abbott
Preventive Medicine 47 years experience
Absolutely!: Deciding to become a vegetarian can be one of the healthiest decisions you make. You may wish to adopt it gradually first excluding meat, fish, poultr... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Julie Abbott
Preventive Medicine 47 years experience
Not impossible: It would be unlikely. The pregnancy test is positive after the embryo implants, and home pregnancy tests are positive usually 12 to 19 days after ovu... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Julie Abbott
Preventive Medicine 47 years experience
I'm sure you know..: ...that flatulence is normal; many consider it to be a sign of a healthy digestive tract. The usual gases, nitrogen, oxygen, carbon dioxide, hydrogen ... Read More
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Testimonials
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HealthTap member
Jul 27, 2015
Dr. Abbott is inspiring, as one day I want to become a doctor. She is not afraid to use vocabulary appropriately to give knowledge to a person.
HealthTap member
Mar 15, 2015
I think she is a fantastic doctor she is caring and makes all who goes and see her a happy person
HealthTap member
Jun 1, 2015
Love the experience, caring attitude and dedication to the profession of helping others. Blessings!
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This made me feel good. Thanks! Thank you so much for your time. am 165 inches tall. But I tried many ways of taking food, but it did not given me good result. It took 3 years to increase For 2 kg of ...Read More
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This was very helpful. Thanks! I guess you are probably right. I do have dry skin and since this irritation happens in the evening when the climate gets cold it is probably because of it. Thank you I ...Read More
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Yes, it was caused by slipping on some metal bleachers - not my best moment. I'll make sure to check it out. Also, the weakness feels as if the muscle isn't fully activa...Read More

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

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MD

Medical/Graduate school

Loma Linda University School of Medicine, CA
Graduated 1976MD

Residency

MAYO CLINIC
Completed 1980

Residency

MAYO CLINIC
Completed 1980

Awards

Laureate Award, Department of Internal Medicine, Mayo Clinic
Top Preventive Medicine Specialist , First Place, National - Fall
2014
Top Doctor, Second Place, Minnesota - Fall
2014

Affiliations

American Medical Association
Association of Teachers of Preventive Medicine
American College of Preventive Medicine
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