Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights

Posted on May 29th, 2014 by Karl W Oestreich

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NY Times
Ask Well: For Fitness, 2,000 Calories a Week?
By Gretchen Reynolds

I have read and heard that a person should aim to expend 2,000 calories weekly in exercise for optimum health. Is there any basis at all for this notion?...Adhering to these guidelines means that most of us would burn about 1,000 calories per week in planned The New York Times newspaper logoexercise, said Michael J. Joyner, an exercise researcher at the Mayo Clinic. And with the stairs we climb and chores we do, we come closer to that 2,000 calorie a week number, he said.

Reach: The New York Times has a daily circulation of more than 735,000. Its website receives more than 16.2 million unique visitors each month.

Context: Michael Joyner, M.D., is a Mayo Clinic anthesiologist. Dr. Joyner and his lab team are interested in how humans respond to various forms of physical and mental stress during activities such as exercise, hypoxia, standing up and blood loss.

Public Affairs Contacts: Traci KleinBryan Anderson

 

ABC News
Wrong Women Getting Double Mastectomies, Study Finds
By Suneeta Ganji, MD

…A growing number of women with cancer in one breast are choosing to have both breasts removed. But new research suggests that the women who should be doing this aren’t – ABC News logoand, ironically, those who don’t need to take this approach are opting for it.The study, published Wednesday in JAMA Surgery, reveals what some doctors are pointing to as a problematic trend – as well as possible evidence of a breakdown in communication between women anxious about a breast cancer diagnosis and their doctors...Dr. Judy Boughey, a breast surgeon at Mayo Clinic who was not involved in the study, said breast cancer patients often have various reasons for either opting for or avoiding surgery to remove a healthy breast.

Reach:  ABCNews.com is the official website for ABC News. Its website receives more than 16.9 million unique visitors each month.

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Context: Unique laboratory testing during breast cancer lumpectomies to make sure surgeons remove all cancerous tissue spares patients the need for a repeat lumpectomy in roughly 96 percent of cases at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, a success rate much higher than the rate nationally, a Mayo study shows. During the years reviewed, 13.2 percent of breast cancer lumpectomy patients nationally had to return to the operating room within a month of their initial surgery, compared to 3.6 percent at Mayo in Rochester, which uses a technique called frozen section analysis to test excised tissue for cancer while patients are still on the operating table. The findings are published in the journal Surgery. More information on this study can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Public Affairs Contact: Sharon Theimer

 

US News & World Report
Air Travel Safe After Chest Surgery, Surgeon Says

If you're returning home after having chest surgery at an out-of-town hospital, flying is as safe as driving, an expert says. It's widely believed that ground travel is safer than air US News & World Report Logotravel after chest surgery, but a study by Mayo Clinic thoracic surgeon Dr. Stephen Cassivi found that isn't true. He also concluded there is no reason to wait for weeks after chest surgery to fly home.

Reach: US News reaches more than 10 million unique visitors to its website each month.

Additional Coverage:
HealthDay, Air Travel Safe After Chest Surgery, Surgeon Says
Health.com, MSN Healthy Living, Philadelphia Inquirer, HHS Healthfinder.gov, Newsday, Yahoo! Health, Winnipeg Free Press Ciencias Medicas News

Context: Summer travel isn’t for vacation alone. For some people, it may include a trip to an out-of-town hospital for surgery. If you are traveling for chest surgery, you may wonder whether it is safer to return home by car or plane. A new Mayo Clinic study found that, contrary to conventional wisdom, air travel is just as safe as ground travel after chest surgery, and there is often no reason to wait for weeks after an operation to fly home. Lead study author Stephen Cassivi, M.D., a Mayo Clinic thoracic surgeon, offers these five tips for safer, more comfortable travel home after surgery on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Public Affairs Contact: Sharon Theimer

 

Star Tribune
Miracle fruit: Is the coconut all it's cracked up to be?
By Allie Shah

…“I always say: If all else fails, try coconut,” said Oprish, who recently wrote about the wonders of coconut for the Twin Cities Moms blog. The 33-year-old is part of a consumer movement that is transforming a tropical fruit once maligned for its high fat content into aStar Tribune Health newspaper logo super food embraced by people who swear by its therapeutic powers. The coconut’s healing abilities are said to be vast — from bad-breath-erasing mouthwash to Alzheimer’s treatment. As with other so-called miracle foods, “things start snowballing, and that’s what happened with coconut,” said Dr. Donald Hensrud of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester.

Reach: The Star Tribune Sunday circulation is 518,745 copies and weekday circulation is 300,277. The Star Tribune is the state’s largest newspaper and ranks 16th nationally in circulation.

Context: Donald Hensrud, M.D. is a preventive medicine expert at Mayo Clinic and medical editor of The Mayo Clinic Diet; David Knopman, M.D., is a Mayo Clinic neurologist and Katherine Zeratsky, R.D., L.D. helps people sort through the facts and figures from the fads and the hype to learn more about nutrition and diet.

Public Affairs Contacts: Joe Dangor, Duska Anastasijevic, Ginger Plumbo

 

KARE11
Mayo Clinic says sideline test detects youth concussions
by Renee Tessman

On the sidelines of youth sports, a new Mayo Clinic study shows a simple test, known as KARE-11 TV, Minneapolis-St. Paulthe King-Devick,can detect concussions. Dr. Amaal Starling of the Mayo Clinic is co-author of the study. She said for youth athletes, "This is really the first accurate, rapid, cost effective, removal-from-play tool that is available for concussion screen."

Reach: KARE is a an NBC affiliate in the Minneapolis-St.Paul market.

Additional Coverage:
KSTP, Forum at Edina High School Addresses Concussions in Sports
Healio Optometry News, King-Devick test effective in detecting concussions for adolescents, study finds

Context:  A rapid, easy-to-administer eye movement test is showing great promise as a sideline concussion test for youth sports, a Mayo Clinic study finds. In the study, Mayo Clinic researchers assessed high school hockey players using the King-Devick test. The test requires an athlete to read single-digit numbers displayed on cards. After suspected head trauma, the athlete is given the test, which takes about two minutes, and the results are compared to a baseline test administered previously. If the time needed to complete the test takes longer than the baseline test time, the athlete should be removed from play until evaluated by a medical professional. Amaal Starling, M.D. is a Mayo Clinic neurologist and a co-author of the study. More information about the study can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Public Affairs Contact: Jim McVeigh

 

Post-Bulletin
Back and Forth: Mayo’s 150 Years Included Dr. Donald Balfour
by Harley Flathers

One of the many people we might describe as a "Rock" at Mayo Clinic shortly after entering the 20th century was Dr. Donald C. Balfour, an early associate with Drs. Will andLogo for Post-Bulletin newspaper Charlie Mayo...Balfour took a liking to Dr. Will and Hattie Mayo's daughter Carrie…One of the Balfour daughters, Mary, married the late Henry Frederic Helmholz Jr., who died Jan. 6, 2012, at age 100. Their daughter, Martha Mayo Helmholz-Anderson, told me Balfour was a loving grandfather.

Reach: The Post-Bulletin has a weekend readership of nearly 45,000 people and daily readership of more than 41,000 people. The newspaper serves Rochester, Minn., and southeast Minnesota.

Context: This year marks 150 years of continuous service to patients, and Mayo Clinic is launching a yearlong recognition that will honor a legacy of medical accomplishments and a model for the future of health care. Dr. Mayo’s sons, Drs. William and Charles Mayo, joined the practice in the late 1880’s and, with their father, created Mayo Clinic’s medical hallmark: The integrated care model that focuses a team of experts on one patient at a time and puts patients’ needs first. More information can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Public Affairs Contact: Kelley Luckstein

CNN, White House to talk concussion prevention at summit by Nadia Kounang, The NFL will commit $25 million to work with the National Athletic Trainers Association to get more athletic trainers in high schools. Currently, about half of all high schools have no athletic trainers on their sidelines. Dr. David Dodick of the Mayo Clinic told CNN the summit will focus unprecedented attention on the issue of concussions and youth athletes. "It really highlights this as a public health crisis, and elevates this to a national health priority," he said. Additional coverage: Bloomberg, Arizona ABC 15, News4Jax

Reuters, Doctors call for stricter limits on checking in youth hockey by Genevra Pittman, Body checking should be kept out of youth hockey until boys are at least 15 years old, pediatricians said on Monday…Sixty-five of the children needed to be admitted to the hospital, and 14 required intensive care. “Hockey is a fast moving contact sport played on a hard surface with players striking a frozen object with sticks; injuries will happen but can be minimized with proper equipment, coaching and parental supervision,” Dr. Michael B. Ishitani told Reuters Health in an email. He and his colleagues from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester found that intentional contact, including body checking or fighting, was responsible for 38 percent of the injuries, more than any other cause. Additional coverage: Chicago Tribune

DailyRX, Checking Injury in Youth Ice Hockey by Tara Haelle…A recent study looked more closely at the injuries that occur with youth ice hockey. The study, led by Stephanie Polites, MD, of the Department of Surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, investigated injuries resulting during youth ice hockey. The authors analyzed all the cases of children under age 18 who came to the Mayo Clinic with ice hockey injuries between July 1997 and July 2013.

CNN, 15 natural back pain remedies, Achy back? You're not alone: back problems send more Americans to the doctor annually than nearly any other medical problem, according to a 2013 Mayo Clinic study. Whether you're recovering from misjudging a heavy load (we've all been there), dealing with a lingering injury, or have a chronic problem, you don't necessarily need to resort to popping tons of pain relievers. Talk to your doc about these 15 expert-approved natural back pain remedies, and find out if they are safe and appropriate for you.

CNN, E. coli outbreak linked to sprouts; hummus, dips, walnuts recalled by Elizabeth Landau, This has been a big week for food product recalls and the risk of food borne illness. Seven confirmed and three likely cases of E. coli infection linked to raw clover sprouts have been reported, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday. …Most listeria infections may not be noticed because the symptoms are mild, according to the Mayo Clinic.

NBC News, E. Coli Contaminates Portland, Ore., Tap Water, All of Portland, Ore., was told Friday to boil its tap water after the city found E. coli in water samples….Most types of E. coli, a bacterium, are harmless or cause brief diarrhea, according to the Mayo Clinic. But some strains can cause abdominal cramps, bloody diarrhea and vomiting.

USA TODAY, Exercise program keeps older adults on their feet by Kim Painter, In old age, losing the ability to walk a short distance often means losing independence. Now researchers say they have found a treatment that, for some, can prevent that loss of mobility…Many lose the ability to live in their longtime homes, says Andrea Cheville, a specialist in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn. Cheville, who was not involved in the new research, says "it's very exciting" to see something that helps maintain mobility. Additional coverage: KARE11

USA Today, Five top stressors in retirement and how to cope by Nanci Hellmich, Oh, the retirement years — hours of relaxation, visiting family and doing many of the activities you've always wanted to do. Stress-free at last. Or maybe not…Amit Sood, author of The Mayo Clinic Guide to Stress-Free Living, says the keys to lowering your stress include creatively tackling your stressors, having an attitude of gratitude, accepting people, especially your spouse, for who they are, and being kind to others and yourself. Additional coverage: Houma Today La., Detroit Free Press

TIME, Don’t Drink the Maple Water: Which Health Drinks Are Actually Healthy by Markham Heid, The popularity—and price point—of beverages touting miracle health benefits is exploding, but science doesn’t always back up the hype Liquid nutrition is having a moment. From kombucha teas to high-priced “cleanses,” grocery stores are devoting whole aisles to a rash of new beverages that claim to energize your mind, trim your waistline, and supercharge your body. But while some offer legitimate health perks, “no drink is going to offer you a magic bullet against whatever ails you,” promises Mayo Clinic’s Katherine Zeratsky, RD, LD.

US News & World Report, Should You 'Friend' Your Doctor? By Kristine Crane...Some doctors shy away from social media because they worry patients will seek clinical advice on it. "What do you do when patients reach out on Twitter and ask about medication dose?" he says. "That’s a common concern that keeps doctors offline." "My general recommendation is that we don’t practice medicine online," says Farris Timimi, the medical director of the Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media in Rochester, Minnesota…But Timimi does, through the Mayo Clinic, use Facebook, Twitter (especially Twitter chats), Instagram, Pinterest and Google Plus to provide general information to patients. He says that these platforms are an efficient way to partner with patients.

Wall Street Journal, INVENT Ventures Portfolio Company Sanguine to Begin Work with Mayo Clinic Bioservices INVENT Ventures (OTCQB: IDEA), a venture firm that builds, manages, and invests in early-stage web and mobile technology companies, announced today that its portfolio company Sanguine Biosciences, Inc. ("Sanguine") has secured an agreement with Mayo Clinic Bioservices. Under this agreement, Mayo Clinic Bioservices will process, store and ship biospecimens collected by Sanguine for the purpose of developing new therapies. Mayo Clinic Bioservices will provide integrated laboratory services including specimen accessioning, processing, nucleic acid extraction, specimen tracking, storage and shipping.

Chicago Tribune, Mayo Clinic Medical Edge: Range of treatment options available for stage 0 cervical cancer by Timothy Wilson, M.D., Gynecologic Surgery, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., DEAR MAYO CLINIC: Years ago, I had mild cervical dysplasia and was treated with cryotherapy. I now have cervical cancer (stage 0) and am leaning toward having a hysterectomy since I'm done having children, but my doctor says there are other options for treatment. What do you recommend?

Chicago Tribune, Mayo Clinic Medical Edge: GERD a more severe form of acid reflux by Jeffery Alexander, M.D., Gastroenterology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., DEAR MAYO CLINIC: How do I know if what I have is acid reflux or GERD? Are treatments the same for both? I've had what I would describe as heartburn for years and it's getting worse as I age.

CTV News, E-cigarette claims of braking habits goes up in smoke, Author of e-cigarette study Andrew Nickels says there is no evidence that E-cigarettes break smoking habit.

Business Standard, E-cigarettes may not be a healthy alternative to smoking, E-cigarettes have long been touted as a safe alternative to smoking, but researchers, including one of Indian-origin, have warned that there is no evidence to support the claims…The authors said that theory hasn't been proven, and there's no evidence to support the claims. "Despite the apparent optimism surrounding e-cigarettes and their purported therapeutic role in smoking cessation, there just simply is not enough evidence to suggest that consumers should use e-cigarettes for this purpose," said allergist Andrew Nickels, lead author, ACAAI member, Mayo Clinic Division of Allergy and Immunology. Additional coverage: ABC Salud, Medical Xpress, Times of IndiaMedical News Today

Toronto Telegraph, E-ciggies ‘not a healthy alternative to smoking’…Allergist Andrew Nickels, MD, lead author, ACAAI member, Mayo Clinic Division of Allergy and Immunology, said despite the apparent optimism surrounding e-cigarettes and their purported therapeutic role in smoking cessation, there just simply is not enough evidence to suggest that consumers should use e-cigarettes for this purpose.

CBS News, How robotic rehab may help young stroke victim reclaim future by Heba Kanso, A stroke was the last thing Jessica Berman suspected when her husband called frantically during her workout last August, telling her to come home...The cause of his stroke was a brain arteriovenous malformation (AVM), a developmental defect that causes a tangle of arteries and veins in the brain. AVM typically does not cause symptoms unless it ruptures, according to the Mayo Clinic.

NBC News, Doctor: New Weight Loss Surgery 'a Winner' Mayo Clinic develops minimally invasive weight loss surgery for patients who aren't good candidates for gastric bypass. KTTC's Courtney Sturgeon reports.

Star Tribune, Stem cell research gets a multimillion-dollar boost at the Capitol by Dan Browning…The new law will place Minnesota among about 15 other states that have backed such research with special taxpayer funds, according to Dr. Andre Terzic, director of the Mayo Clinic Center for Regenerative Medicine, who testified before a Senate committee in March. California was the first, when voters passed Proposition 71 in 2004 to set up the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) with $3 billion in funding.

Post-Bulletin, Mayo Clinic, U of M to get millions for regenerative medicine research by Heather Carlson, Millions of state dollars soon will start flowing to Mayo Clinic and the University of Minnesota to support a new regenerative medicine partnership aimed at finding cures for illnesses such as cancer, Parkinson's disease and heart disease. Tucked within a budget bill passed by the DFL-led Legislature this month and signed by Gov. Mark Dayton is $4.5 million for the regenerative medicine partnership and ongoing annual funding of $4.4 million. Dr. Andre Terzic, director of Mayo Clinic's Center for Regenerative Medicine, said these dollars will help Minnesota become a hub for regenerative medicine. Additional coverage: Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal

Chicago Tribune (Print), NEAT way to get in shape by James Fell…”The data is clear that anyone who is on a diet won’t keep weight off unless they have a high level of physical activity,” said James Levine, a professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona…I want to tell you about a neat way to burn calories. Make that a NEAT way. This stands for nonexercise activity thermogenesis, which is scientist speak for “moving around doing stuff that is not sport or exercise.”

Fitness Magazine, Health Pulse: 60 Minutes of vigorous exercise the average obese woman gets per year. No matter what you weigh, every fit minute counts. Keep moving! Source: Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

KAAL, United Way of Olmsted County CEO Leaving for Mayo Job in Mankato, Wednesday morning, the United Way of Olmsted County announced there will be a change in leadership. Current President and CEO Laura Bowman, will be leaving in early July for a job at Mayo Clinic Health System Mankato.

FOX News, 60-shot Starbucks coffee is the chain's most expensive drink ever, We know that Starbucks customers can get a little obsessed with their drinks. But one customer, identified only on the blog Consumerist as “Andrew” reportedly ordered a massive, 60-espresso-shot 128-ounce milkshake, which would have cost an astounding $54.75…Some estimated that the drink had a whopping 4.5 grams of caffeine and at least 2,000 calories. The Mayo Clinic advises that up to 400 mg of caffeine per day is safe for an adult.

Healthcare IT News, Mayo's tricks of the trade for portals by Erin McCann…Officials at Mayo Clinic can offer some valuable insight into their own portal rollout – challenges that have arisen, privacy concerns and how to do it right. Enterprise-wide, Mayo Clinic, with locations in Rochester, Minn.; Jacksonville, Fla.; and Scottsdale, Ariz.,…Over the last year, "the interests, the volumes really spiked," said Barbara McCarthy, health information management services and privacy officer at Florida's Mayo Clinic, who will also be speaking at the Privacy and Security Forum this June.

KAAL, Fighting a Battle With Brain Cancer, Imagine being 29 years old and hearing you have a tumor in your brain the size of a soda can. That was reality for a Wisconsin man currently undergoing treatment at Mayo Clinic in Rochester and working to raise awareness of brain cancer… Mark Chrudimsky of Antigo, WI was diagnosed in 2004. "I thought my life was over," Mark says…Doctor Nadia Laack is a radiation oncologist at Mayo Clinic and is Mark's Doctor. Dr. Laack says, "Unfortunately we still tell these patients that get this tumor that at this point we don't usually cure it, but we try to treat it for as long as possible."

St. Joseph News-Press Now, Mobile Mayo Clinic rolls past Heartland, More than a century of medical history on wheels rolled through St. Joseph Tuesday morning when the Mayo Mobile Clinic Care vehicle visited. "When the Mayo clinic started 150 years ago, the Father Mayo was an itinerant surgeon, he moved everything around the country," said Dr. David Hayes, Medical Director of the mobile clinic. "Now it's come to the point, with the improvement in electronic tools and tele-health and tele-medicine, you can provide instantaneous connection with other practitioners."

KQTV Mo., Mayo Clinic Marks 150 Years by Carla Fields, The Mayo Clinic made a pit stop in St. Joseph to commemorate its 150th anniversary. The clinic visited Heartland Health as part of a nationwide tour to celebrate its medical history and leadership in health care. The exhibit featured the history of the non-profit hospital and also included what plans they have for the future. Heartland officials say they're excited to be apart of the network since the Mayo Clinic offers state-of-the-art services to patients in Missouri. "It gives us the ability to care for our patients with the most cutting-edge research and technology," stated Heartland President & CEO Mark Laney. Heartland Mosiac has been an affiliate of the Mayo Clinic care network for two years. Additional coverage: News-Press Now

Men’s Health, Fly above these 5 Air-Travel Dangers…Your biggest threat? Neighbors. The people sitting beside you, directly in front of you, or in the seat behind are your most-likely sources of exposure to germs, according to a study published in the Journal of Emerging Infectious Diseases. Your best play in this situation? Self-defense: “If you are sitting next to someone who is coughing, hold a tissue or handkerchief discreetly over your nose/mouth when they do it,” says infectious diseases researcher Abinash Virk, MD, of the Mayo Clinic.

Smithsonian magazine, The Next Wave of Cancer Cures Could Come From Nasty Viruses by Matt Safford…Earlier this month, a team led by Dr. Stephen Russell at Minnesota’s Mayo Clinic announced that a patient with previously unresponsive, blood-borne cancer (multiple myeloma) had gone into complete remission after being treated with a massive dose of a modified measles virus. A second patient given a similar dose (10 million times the amount in the common measles vaccine) didn’t respond as dramatically to the treatment, but the patient’s tumors did shrink, indicating the virus was at least attacking the targeted areas.

ESPN Tennis, Why more wrist injuries? By Shaun Assael, Richard Berger, the Mayo Clinic's leading hand surgeon, wasn't surprised when top-10 aces Juan Martin del Potro and Novak Djokovic both withdrew from tournaments this spring with wrist injuries. In 2001, the Mayo Clinic warned that world-class players were already nearing the limits of human physiology by striking serves packing rotational velocities of 1,500 degrees per second. And now that the top-seeded men can deliver 150 mph serves that crack 1,800 DPS, wrists are reaching the breaking point.

VOXXI, Is weightlifting safe for children? By John Benson, The combination of living in a fitness-crazed society coupled with concerns regarding childhood and teen obesity has VOXXI exploring the notion of weightlifting and kids…“Years ago they used to tell people don’t start weightlifting until your growth plates are solid and you reach 12 or 13 years old,” Mayo Clinic Health System Clinical Exercise Specialist Chip Gay told VOXXI. “They’ve done some studies and strength training on kids, and that’s actually a myth. Kids can start strength training at an early age.” Additional coverage: La Opinion

Florida Times-Union, VA scandal hitting home in Florida, Georgia by Clifford Davis, Reports of long wait times, secret waiting lists and poor patient care at certain Veterans Administration hospitals and clinics spread across the nation in recent weeks…Grantham visited the Dublin, Ga., VA hospital on Jan. 11, 2008, for a routine colonoscopy. Four days later, a convenience store clerk found him in a bathroom. He was laying in a pool of blood. The clerk called 911. He took the results of the test — which showed blood, polyps and lesions in his intestines — to the VA. It took another year, letters from a congressman and being escorted out of hospitals by VA police for him to be sent to the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville for treatment. At Mayo, the doctors took a stage 2, malignant tumor out of his small intestine. He hasn’t bled since.

Broadway World, LaRusso Appointed as Board Chair at VitalHealth Software, VitalHealth Software announces the appointment of Nicholas F. LaRusso, M.D. as the organization's new non-executive Chairman of the Board of Directors. LaRusso succeeds Al Schilmoeller, who is retiring from Mayo Clinic after nearly forty years of service and after having been a member of the VitalHealth Board of Directors since 2006 and Chairman since 2010.

Missoulian, What to do when healthy lifestyle change isn’t mutual, One of the first things Dr. Donald Hensrud learned when he began working with patients in the area of wellness and prevention is the futility of trying to change another’s behavior. “I realized quickly you can’t change someone else,” said Hensrud, medical director of the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program, Rochester, Minn. “Change is difficult for people. Some are ready; some are not.”

KTVZ Oreg., Some lice can be resistant to over-the-counter treatments, By Mayo Clinic News Network, Although they are often effective, over-the-counter treatments for head lice don’t work in all cases. Some strains of lice can be resistant to the over-the-counter treatments. If head lice persist despite treatment at home, then it’s time to ask your doctor about prescription medication alternatives. Additional coverage: News4Jax

Cedar Republican Mo., Is it possible to prevent cataracts?...The prevalence of cataracts makes some wonder if they can be prevented. According to The Mayo Clinic, studies have yet to determine a way to prevent cataracts or even slow their progression. However, eye doctors and other experts say that certain strategies can help keep the eyes and the body healthy, which may keep cataracts at bay.

Post-Bulletin, Microscopic army helps body fight premature death by Jeff Hansel, Strains of microscopic organisms that live in communities inside — and upon — our bodies soon might get tested to help diagnose and prevent illness. Mayo Clinic has announced a new collaboration with a San Francisco-based startup biotech company called Whole Biome, which has developed a product called "Complete Biome Test" that is able to generate microbiome profiles at a low cost. "The 'microbiome' refers to the totality of microbes and genetic information that they have, their DNA, that kind of inhabit our bodies," said colorectal surgeon Dr. Heidi Nelson, director of the Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine Microbiome Program.

KAAL, Number of Severe Injuries Rise in Summer by Jenna Lohse, Seven Minnesotans die of injury every day. Sadly, nearly all are completely avoidable. With Memorial weekend kicking off the summer, we talked with a trauma doctor who says the amount of serious injuries double during the warmer months…"They don't give safety a second thought, said Dr. Donald Jenkins, Trauma Medical Director at Mayo Clinic Hospital. "Each summer we have watched the number of injured patients come into our trauma center not only go up but the severity of their injuries also go up,” he said.

Star Tribune, Travel briefs: It's sunglasses season, SHADES OF GRAY – in sunglasses, As summer driving season approaches, remember to don sunglasses. Opt for a close-fitting pair with large lenses that block 100 percent of UVA and UVB rays. The Mayo Clinic’s website suggests that drivers wear gray-tinted glasses to see traffic lights correctly.

Live Science, Man's Hormonal Condition Was 'Eating' His Finger Bones…Cases of overactive parathyroid glands that are as severe as this man's case are rarely seen nowadays. Instead, the condition is now usually caught before the hand bones begin to be affected to such an extent, experts say. "This patient had a very high parathyroid hormone level, and a large tumor by today's standards, likely indicating long-standing and severe disease," said Dr. Bart Clarke, an endocrinologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, who wasn't involved with the case.

KAAL, Local Nurses Prepare For Colombian Mission Trip by Dan Conradt, Ellendale, Minnesota and Bogota Colombia are a world apart, geographically, economically and culturally. But they might have more in common than you think. “There is no feeling in the world like being able to give back," said Mayo Clinic Health System – Albert Lea emergency room nurse Shelli Clabaugh.

Daily Mail UK, Drug that works like an anitbody banishes migraines for good in one dose by Roger Dobson…Researchers at The Mayo Clinic in the U.S. found 33 per cent of patients on the drug had a  full reduction  in attacks. Those on a placebo had at best a 17 per cent reduction. This approach could be a breakthrough, suggests Dr Peter Goadsby, professor of neurology at King's College London, who has been involved in trials of the drug. 'It is the first time a treatment specifically for migraine prevention has been tested,' he said.

Everyday Health, How Obesity and Anorexia Damage the Heart by Barbara Sadick…Francisco Lopez-Jimenez, MD, director of preventive cardiology at the Mayo Clinic, said that in addition to increasing blood pressure and diabetes, obesity is a risk factor for sleep apnea and atrial fibrillation, an irregular heartbeat. “It’s essential,” he said, “that for patients to maintain a healthy weight, they must be careful about what they eat and engage in physical activity regularly.”

Huffington Post UK, DIY Poo Transplants Could Cure Clostridium Difficile Infection…Other doctors have hailed the benefits of faecal transplants, with the Mayo clinic reporting success in 2011. The Mayo Clinic in Arizona FMT team first performed a colonoscopic fecal transplant in 2011 for a patient with severe refractory C. difficile pseudomembranous colitis, using donated stool from the patient's brother. Robert Orenstein, D.O., of Mayo Clinic in Arizona said: "Unbelievably, the patient left the hospital 24 hours after the procedure, after having been bedridden for weeks. That opened my eyes to the possibilities for helping others."

Chicago Tribune, Obamacare lightens load for cancer patients…Kathy Kinsella, 62, of Hinsdale, is also happy with her new coverage. Like O'Connell, Kinsella has a history of breast cancer as well as other illnesses and injuries that caused her to rack up hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical bills. …Kinsella now pays $274.29 a month — after a $386 subsidy — for a gold-level policy with a $250 annual deductible and an out-of-pocket cap of $2,000 that allows her to continue receiving care both locally and at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

Post-Bulletin, Nine Franciscan sisters to celebrate jubilees Nine members of the Sisters of Saint Francis, Rochester, will celebrate jubilee years on May 22 with other members of their congregation. Two of them are celebrating their 75th Diamond Jubilee: Sisters Generose Gervais and Gretchen Bergare. Seven others are celebrating their 60th Diamond Jubilee: Sisters Darleen Maloney, Helen Haag, Jutta Gleichauf, Martha Ann McGinnis, Rogene Fox, Una O'Meara and Wanda Scherer.

Kansas City Star (KARE11), Fort Hood survivor faces challenges in Minnesota Patrick Zeigler sits quietly in a traveling museum celebrating 150 years of the Mayo Clinic. Patrick is volunteering his time at the wounded warrior display. Visitors stop to read the text and view the pictures around him. Some notice Patrick's Army cap and his service dog Ranger, then extend a hand to thank Patrick for his service.

Massage Magazine, Massage May Help Relieve Baby’s Cold and Congestion, The Mayo Clinic reported that within the first year of life, a baby may get as many as seven colds. The clinic defines the common cold as a viral infection of baby’s nose and throat with primary symptoms of nasal congestion and a runny nose.

Pioneer Press, St. Paul plans to be more than spectator of Super Bowl, So Minneapolis is getting Super Bowl LII in 2018. What could St. Paul possibly get out of that deal?...The bid committee has proposed a possible new legacy program in partnership with the Mayo Clinic, with a focus on youth health and nutrition.

Motley Fool, The Most Commonly Prescribed Drugs in America by Napala Pratini, We remain a prescription nation. Nearly 70% of Americans take one prescription drug and more than half take two, according to researchers at the Mayo Clinic and Olmsted Medical Center. What's more, about 20% of Americans use at least five prescription medications.

Jamaica Observer, The overactive bladder, MANY persons find themselves going to the bathroom frequently to pass urine or having the sudden urge to urinate, an urge which may be difficult to stop. According to the Mayo Clinic, this is a sign of an overactive bladder which may lead to the involuntary loss of urine (incontinence).

News and Tribune New Albany, Ind.,  Given early warning: New Albany practice chosen for Mayo Clinic trial, Due in part to steps the center had already taken to improve detection of colon cancer, Gastroenterology of Southern Indiana was tabbed by Mayo Clinic to take part in a national trial aimed at preventing the disease…Dr. Michael Wallace of the Mayo Clinic visited the center, 2630 Grant Line Road, as part of the trial. He discussed procedures and practices, and ways to prevent colorectal cancer.

KEYC Mankato, Minnesota's Ticks Survive Winter…Jessica Sheehy, physician assistant in infectious diseases at Mayo Clinic Health System Mankato says, "Making sure that you wear long sleeves when you're out walking in the woods or in the tall grass. We do recommend that you tuck your pants into your socks in order to prevent ticks from walking up your pants. Also, using bug spray."

KSAZ Ariz., Surprising Cancer CureI love the Mayo Clinic, a woman with incurable cancer is in remission because of what happened at the Mayo Clinic. What helped her was not chemo or a stem cell transplant or anything like that, it was a mega dose of the measles vaccine, can you believe that? So our FOX medical team Beth Galvin, what is this about?

Health magazine, Your Colon, by Hallie Sklar, Don't put up with cramps, bloating and other bellyaches: Get relief with this guide, Clear out that colon! 90% - That's the estimated cure rate in people with C. difficile— a bacterium that causes frequent diarrhea and colitis in more than 3 million people in the U.S.—who received stool transplants from healthier donors, per the Mayo Clinic. (This is reserved for cases where antibiotics don't work.) You can get the transplants as an enema or a pill; within minutes, the good bacteria go to work ridding you of the bad.

The Durango Herald, ‘Go Joe Go’, Cyclist Joe Williams, leading a team of supporters up the Animas Valley on County Road 203 during a training ride for the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic, uses cycling to help slow Parkinson’s disease, which is causing him to lose control of the left side of his body….Williams learned during a July 2010 trip to the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona, that he has Parkinson’s disease. A doctor advised him to stay active to keep the pathways working from his brain to his body as best he could.

CNN Espanol, Cuándo necesitas tomar antibióticos y cuándo no…Neumonía La neumonía puede ser causada por una variedad de cosas: bacterias, virus y hongos, según la Clínica Mayo de Estados Unidos. Los antibióticos funcionarán si el médico identificó el tipo específico de bacteria que causa tu infección. Los medicamentos antivirales también pueden utilizarse para tratar la neumonía viral.

El Tribuno, Emprendedoras: 6.500 salteñas crearon empresas sin la ayuda del sistema bancario…Esto se concretará por medio del programa “Pregunte a un Experto de Mayo”, que se lanzó el jueves pasado en Salta. “La Clínica Mayo tiene una base de datos que concentra el conocimiento de todos sus especialistas. Médicos, enfermeras y nutricionistas que trabajan en Pro Mujer en Salta tendrán acceso libre a esta información”, explicaron a El Tribuno Gabriela Salvador, directora de salud y desarrollo humano de Pro Mujer y Patricia Simmons, miembro de la Clínica Mayo. Additional coverage: El Tribuno

La Salud Mexico, Comida y ejercicio: 5 sugerencias para mejorar la actividad física, La comida y el ejercicio van de la mano. Cuándo y qué comer puede repercutir de manera importante sobre cómo se siente cada persona para realizar ejercicio, sea en una sesión de entrenamiento informal o en una competencia. Mayo Clinic te comparte algunas sugerencias:

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