Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights

Posted on April 22nd, 2016 by Karl W Oestreich

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Florida Times-Union
Renowned neurosurgeon recruited by Mayo Clinic
by Charlie Patton

Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa, a brilliant neurosurgeon with a fascinating personal story, has been hired as the William J. and Charles H. Mayo Professor and chair of Neurologic Surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville. “I think by any measure this is aFlorida Times-Union newspaper logo remarkably accomplished surgeon,” said Gianrico Farrugia, CEO of the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville. “Any place in the world would be pleased to have him coming ... It’s a real coup to have him coming to Florida. I think he will have a remarkable impact on Jacksonville”. His recruitment is part of a strategy that Mayo in Jacksonville has been pursing for the last 15 months of increasing its status as a destination medical center for the Southeast United States and Latin America, Farrugia said.

Reach: The Florida Times-Union reaches more than 120,000 daily and 173,000 readers Sunday.

Context: Dr. Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa, prominent neurosurgeon, researcher and educator, will join Mayo Clinic as chair of the Department of Neurosurgery on the Florida campus in September, along with several members of his research team from Johns Hopkins Medicine. Dr. Quinones-Hinojosa is renown nationally and internationally as a surgeon, researcher, humanitarian and author. His laboratory has published many manuscripts and articles, submitted a number of patents and obtained three NIH grants. Students and fellows who worked with Dr. Quinones-Hinojosa have gone on to join leading neuroscience programs throughout the world. Mayo Clinic's world-renowned neurosurgeons perform more than 7,000 complex surgical procedures every year at campuses in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota.

Contact: Kevin Punsky

 

Florida Times Union
Mayo Clinic researcher honored with prestigious award
by Charlie Patton

In 2011, Rademakers’ lab identified a mutation of the C9orf72 gene, which turned out to be the most common cause of both Florida Times-Union newspaper logofrontotemporal dementia and of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often called Lou Gehrig’s disease. Her lab has since discovered several genetic factors that help explain why some people with the mutation develop ALS while others develop frontotemporal dementia and still others develop both.

Reach: The Florida Times-Union reaches more than 120,000 daily and 173,000 readers Sunday.

Additional coverage: Yahoo! News — Two Researchers to Receive $100,000 Potamkin Prize for Dementia Research

Context: Rosa Rademakers, Ph.D., a neurogeneticist on Mayo Clinic’s Florida campus, will receive one of the highest honors in neuroscience: the 2016 Potamkin Prize for Research in Pick’s, Alzheimer’s and Related Diseases. The $100,000 prize is an internationally recognized tribute for advancing dementia research. It recognizes major contributions to the understanding of the causes, prevention, treatment and cure for Pick's, Alzheimer's and related diseases. More information can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Contact: Kevin Punsky

 

 

Star Tribune
Mayo Clinic parasite researcher is ticked off by her work
by Allie Shah

A giant plush-toy tick hovers over Dr. Bobbi Pritt from atop the high-powered microscope at her Mayo Clinic office. She pays it no mind as she examines slides of various parasites, describing each creature in a merry tone of voice. “This one is the head ofStar Tribune Variety Logo
a tapeworm that lives inside your gut,” she chirped. “It basically just gets longer and longer and it kind of just absorbs the food that you’re eating. So you’re eating for two.

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: Bobbi Pritt, M.D., Mayo Clinic Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, research focus is in clinical parasitology, vector-borne diseases, trainee education and appropriate test utilization. As director of the Clinical Parasitology Laboratory in Mayo Clinic's Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, Dr. Pritt has coordinated the development of real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) assays for multiple tick and mosquito-borne pathogens such as Plasmodium knowlesi, Borrelia mayonii, Borrelia miyamotoi, Powassan virus and chikungunya virus. She is author of the Parasite Wonders blog where she posts a weekly parasite case.  You can also learn about the ABCs of ticks on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Contact: Gina Chiri-Osmond

 

Twin Cities Business
Q&A: How Mayo Is Integrating 3D Printing Into The Operating Room
by Sam Schaust

The emerging technology is revolutionizing the way surgeons tackle complicated operations, and the practice of simulating Twin Cities Business Magazine Logosurgeries with anatomically correct, patient-specific models is becoming a tactic widely adopted by medical professionals at Mayo Clinic’s Rochester campus. Dr. Jonathan “Jay” Morris, a diagnostic and interventional neuroradiologist, and Dr. Jane Matsumoto, a pediatric radiologist, head the organization’s burgeoning 3D printing lab. (They instead call it “the anatomical modeling lab.”)

Reach: Twin Cities Business is a monthly business magazine with a circulation of more than 30,000 and more than 74,000 readers. The magazine also posts daily business news on its website.

Context: Not all great advances in surgery happen in the operating room. Some are coming off the printer – a 3D printer. At Mayo Clinic, radiologists and surgeons are teaming up to discover every possible detail about complex cases before the operation. In some situations, it means patients experience less pain, shorter hospital stays and quicker recoveries. More information can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Contacts: Ethan Grove, Dennis Douda

 

Post Bulletin
Mayo Clinic doctor wins award for MS research
by Brett Boese

A Mayo Clinic doctor will be honored this week in Canada for her groundbreaking research on multiple sclerosis. Dr. Claudia Lucchinetti will be given the 2016 John Dystel Prize for MS Research Tuesday at the American Academy of Neurology annualLogo for Post-Bulletin newspaper meeting in Vancouver. She'll be given $15,000 for the award, the second time a Mayo doctor has been honored by the group since its inception in 1995.

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: Claudia Lucchinetti, M.D., will be awarded the 2016 John Dystel Prize for Multiple Sclerosis Research for her outstanding contributions to understanding and treating multiple sclerosis. Dr. Lucchinetti is one of only a few neurologists in the world with expertise in neuroinflammation, and her research has led to paradigm shifts in our understanding of central nervous system demyelinating diseases over the past two decades. More information can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Contact: Duska Anastasijevic

New York Times — It’s Not Cancer: Doctors Reclassify a Thyroid Tumor by Gina Kolata — An international panel of doctors has decided that a type of tumor that was classified as a cancer is not a cancer at all. As a result, they have officially downgraded the condition and thousands of patients will be spared removal of their thyroid, treatment with radioactive iodine and regular checkups for the rest of their lives, all to protect against a tumor that was never a threat....“If it’s not a cancer, let’s not call it a cancer,” said Dr. John C. Morris, president-elect of the American Thyroid Association and a professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic. Dr. Morris was not a member of the renaming panel. Additional coverage: Seattle Times,

Forbes — 7 Habits That May Actually Change The Brain, According To Science by Alice G. Walton — Mental activity may or may not keep a brain from developing disease (like Alzheimer’s), but it certainly seems to be linked to fewer symptoms, since it fortifies us with what’s known as cognitive reserves. “It is not that the cognitive activity stops amyloid beta production or neurofibrillary tangle development or spread,” David Knopman of the Mayo Clinic told me recently, “but rather that higher cognitive activity endows the brain with a greater ability to endure the effects of brain pathologies compared to a person with lower cognitive engagement throughout life.”

CBS News — Commonly used heartburn drugs may lead to kidney damage: study — Dr. Kenneth R. DeVault, president of the American College of Gastroenterology and chair of medicine at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, emphasizes that although the risk appears to be real, it is overall very low. "Keep in mind that the study population was a veteran's hospital, a relatively older population that had lots of other diseases," he told CBS News. "One would have to assume if you were the average healthy person taking a proton pump inhibitor for heartburn the odds would be even lower than the low odds in this study."

AOL News — Potato chip may have saved woman's life — Kristine Moore says she takes Ruffles potato chips to work every day. She told KIRO that in February, she discovered a cancerous tumor on her tonsil after it was poked by a potato chip. "The potato chip was a blessing in disguise. I probably wouldn't have found out for another year," Moore said. According to the Mayo Clinic, "Tonsil cancer is often diagnosed late in the disease, when cancer has spread to nearby areas, such as the tongue and the lymph nodes."

Wall Street Journal — Surprise Allergies to ‘Natural’ Skin-Care Products by Anna Wilde Mathews — Christina Boland, a 42-year-old writer in Sierra Vista, Ariz., switched to products billed as all-natural after she learned that allergies to certain chemicals were causing her chronic rashes. She started mixing her own lotion and using shampoos and soaps made from organic ingredients. Instead of going away, her condition worsened. Her body erupted in red, bumpy patches so itchy that she had to sleep with ice packs next to her skin, she says. Extensive testing at the Mayo Clinic’s Scottsdale, Ariz., campus revealed that Ms. Boland was reacting to botanical substances including tea tree oil, rosemary and propolis. “It challenges my knowledge of Latin,” says  James A. Yiannias, the Mayo Clinic dermatologist who treated Ms. Boland. “Every day I’m encountering ingredients” he hadn’t previously seen in skin-care products.

Wall Street Journal — Letter: Valve Jobs, Cost, Benefits and Medicare Rules — Scott Gottlieb’s call for more market competition for non-invasively placed aortic heart valves (TAVR) fails to mention that manufacturers charge twice as much for these valves in the U.S. as they do in Europe—approximately $35,000 versus $17,000 per valve…At a recent Mayo Clinic cardiology conference, the participants were told that the clinic loses money on every one of these TAVR cases. Right now, it will be the high cost of the valves rather than Medicare regulations that will limit their use in the bundled payment schemes of ObamaCare’s Accountable-Care Organizations.

Wall Street Journal — How the 15-Minute Doctor’s Appointment Hurts Health Care by Peter Pronovost — The 15-minute appointment arose not out of evidence that it improves patient outcomes but out of production pressures—both the need to meet patient demand and to see enough patients to stay profitable Unpopular among patients, these production pressures have few fans among physicians either. A Mayo Clinic report stated that 54% of physicians meet the criteria for burnout in 2014—up nearly 10% from three years earlier.

Yahoo!   Does This Lost-for-Decades Study Mean Everything We Know About Eating Is Wrong? by Jenna Birch — Between 1968 and 1973, researchers fed half of the participants diets high in saturated fats found in milk, cheese, and other animal products. The remaining men and women were given diets nearly devoid of saturated fat, with corn oil in its place. …Although lead study author Ivan Frantz Jr. had since passed away, his son, Mayo Clinic cardiologist Robert Frantz, found data from the Minnesota Coronary Experiment hidden in a box in the basement of the family home, which he sent over to Ramsden for a second look. “My father definitely believed in reducing saturated fats, and I grew up that way,” the junior Frantz told the Times. Additional coverage: MinnPost

HealthLeaders Media Stop Ignoring Physician Burnout by Debra Beaulieu — Physician burnout is threatening to engulf the provider workforce, a Mayo Clinic study published this month suggests. And contrary to stereotypes, this trend was not linked to a greater proportion of women physicians or younger physicians reducing professional work effort, Tait Shanafelt, MD, professor of medicine at Mayo Clinic and lead author of the study, told me. "Rather, it was primarily due to an increased proportion of men, particularly male physicians over age 55, reducing professional work effort."

Huffington Post — Ask Healthy Living: Why Do I Get A Headache During My Period? by Anna Almendrala — There are a few ways to both treat and prevent headaches during your period, but they depend on what kind of menstrual migraines you get, says Dr. Rashmi Halker, an assistant professor of neurology at the Mayo Clinic Arizona and a fellow at the American Headache Society. The first step is to establish a pattern by keeping a diary of when your period starts and when your migraines usually start.

Huffington Post — 12 Surprising Ways Sleep Makes You Happy, Healthy and Wealthy by Laura Tong — 1. Sleep can keep you slim. Based on a sleep deprivation study, Dr. Hensrud of the Mayo Clinic highlighted how repeatedly getting insufficient sleep can lead you to reach for high-calorie foods over healthier choices…

Huffington Post — How I Overcome College Student Sleep Struggles by Tara Wong — Sleep is something that many college students constantly talk about but can never find enough time for. Everyone is different when it comes to managing their sleep. Here are some helpful tips from the Mayo Clinic (2014) that I have used to try to ensure I am getting enough sleep every single day….

People magazine — Olympic Gold Medalist Picabo Street Says Father Is 'Literally Like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde' When He Goes Into Hypoglycemic State by Rose Minutaglio — A physical altercation between Olympic skiing champion Picabo Street and her father, Roland "Ron" Street, was triggered by his low blood sugar levels, the athlete tells PEOPLE. "With hypoglycemia you become less and less able to think clearly. You become less yourself," Dr. Robert Rizza, professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic's Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, Metabolism & Nutrition, tells PEOPLE. "The vast majority of people with [hypoglycemia] can live normally if they are educated about it, but for some it can become a real problem. Especially if you don't know the best way to control it."

Aol.On — Mayo Clinic Minute: Decoding Food Dates — In this Mayo Clinic Minute, dietitian Angie Murad decodes the dates and explains that most don't have anything to do with expiration.

CBC News — Heart disease a silent killer of women in Canada by Idil Mussa — Heart disease experts are trying to shine light on a deadly health issue that claims the lives of far more Canadian women than breast cancer, yet often goes ignored. They're gathered in Ottawa for the 2016 Canadian Women's Heart Health Summit, a two-day event hosted by the University of Ottawa Heart Institute and the Heart and Stroke Foundation. "Heart disease is the number one killer of women. When we talk about women's health, we should be talking about heart disease," said Dr. Sharonne Hayes. Hayes is the summit's keynote speaker and a cardiologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Additional coverage: Ottawa Citizen, Yahoo! News Canada, Ottawa Sun

Everyday Health — Multiple Sclerosis Treatment Options by Beth Orenstein — Corticosteroids are a short-term solution and will have no effect on your disease course long term, the National MS Society says. People who don’t respond well to corticosteroids — usually within a week to 10 days — may be offered a procedure known as plasma exchange, says Orhun Kantarci, MD, a nationally recognized MS expert at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

Reader’s Digest — 7 Clear Signs You’re Not Eating Enough Healthy Fats by Clare Varellas — It sounds completely counterintuitive, but you need to eat fat to burn fat. Katherine Zeratsky, RD, a registered dietitian at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, told Fitness magazine that eating a small amount of unsaturated fats at each meal will help you feel more satisfied over a longer period of time, and therefore consume less overall.

Vice Media — Why I'm Hooked on 'Doctor-Hailing' Apps by Gabriela Barkho — Feeling sick? Just fire up an app on your phone, talk to a nurse or doctor and have your drugs sent to the nearest pharmacy within the hour...“Doctor shortages are more common in rural communities, and this would give those areas a chance to connect to more doctors,” Humza Ansari, a third-year student at Mayo Medical School, told me. “Additionally, the role of mid-level providers (nurse practitioners, physician assistants) in primary-care is growing in many states, and I would envision mid-levels playing a big role in ‘staffing’ primary care done through tech. At the end of the day, with or without this technology, America will need more primary care physicians, especially in under-served communities.”

CNBC — Deskercise or die! The business of office workouts by Diana Olick — Attention to workplace fitness really ramped up in just the last few years, after the Mayo Clinic published a study on the detrimental effects of sitting for long periods of time. Mayo's Dr. James Levine is credited with coining the term "sitting is the new smoking." He is also inventor of a treadmill desk. "Any extended sitting — such as behind a desk at work or behind the wheel — can be harmful," Levine wrote in an article on the clinic's website.

UPI.com — Study: Aspirin use may prevent bile duct cancer by Stephen Feller — Daily aspirin use can reduce the risk for bile duct cancer, researchers at the Mayo Clinic found in a recent study. Although researchers are unsure of the anti-cancer effects of aspirin, recent studies have shown its effects on inflammation, which plays a role in many types of cancer, may reduce risk. Additional coverage: Zee News India

Live Science — Bedwetting: Causes & Treatment by Alina Bradford …Parents should consult with their pediatrician if the child is still wetting the bed after the age of 7, or if the child seems to have successfully stayed dry for several months and then starts wetting the bed. Parent should also seek medical attention for their child if the urine is pink or red, the child experiences unusual thirst, the child snores or if the child has hard stools, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Phys.org — How big data can enhance medical research by George Thomas Jr. — Although Internet search data can be a valuable source of data for medical researchers, Yom-Tov also cautioned that much of the medical information published online "is not of the highest quality." He recommends that people rely on trustworthy sources like the Mayo Clinic, government organizations, and websites certified by the Health on the Net Foundation, which promotes useful and reliable online health information.

News-Medical.net — Physicians failing to talk to stroke patients about end-of-life treatment preferences by Lucy Piper — US research suggests that physician-patient discussion about limitations on life-sustaining interventions following ischaemic stroke is low, poorly documented and often left too late…"This suggests that there is an opportunity to improve patient-physician communication, and thus the quality of palliative care in stroke, in the early poststroke period", say lead researcher Maisha Robinson (Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, Florida, USA) and colleagues.

Omaha World Herald — Encouraging signs in delaying onset, stabilizing patients of Alzheimer's, but cure still a dream by Rick Ruggles — The news is both exciting and disappointing from the front lines of the battle against Alzheimer’s disease, an expert from the Mayo Clinic said Friday in Omaha. Clinical trials are taking place to test drugs to combat the disease, said Dr. Ronald Petersen. Scientists and physicians hope the meds can stabilize Alzheimer’s patients, bring about improvement or delay the onset of memory loss and other symptoms. At the same time, Petersen shunned the word “cure.” Just as heart disease isn’t being cured, the best hope for the next few years is to slow the disease’s progress or delay its onset, he said in an interview at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

Alzforum — Genetic Resilience — Can We Find Treatments for the Sick by Studying the Healthy? — As reported in the April 11 Nature Biotechnology, researchers scrutinized data from more than half a million genomes to identify 13 healthy adults who harbor mutations that normally cause deadly or debilitating childhood diseases. This is a really exciting approach to find individuals who escape [disease], but because people with neurodegenerative diseases live a long time, protection will be less black-and-white than that preventing lethal childhood disease,” noted Rosa Rademakers, Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, Florida.

KIMT-TV — Mayo Clinic volunteers honored by Adam Sallet — To honor everything they do for patients year-round, hundreds of volunteers were celebrated Thursday by Mayo Clinic. The luncheon happened at the International Events Center near the Rochester airport. In total, nearly 1,500 volunteers gave back their time to patients — whether it’s giving directions or creating crafts for kids, which was on display at the event. Additional coverage: KAAL-TV, Post Bulletin

Twin Cities Business — Can An Investment Fund Make Minnesota A Medtech Mecca? by Don Jacobson — If Minnesota really wants to realize its long-held dream of becoming a national hub for medtech and biotech research and to benefit from the high-paying jobs that could spawn, it needs a well-funded, long-range commitment from the state -- and what better time to do that than with a $900 million budget surplus in hand?...In addition to the $1 billion total in funding and borrowing, another key part of Thissen’s bill is a provision to establish an independent, statewide research and development authority to oversee the fund. Its advisory board would include permanent spots at the table for such R&D powerhouses as the University of Minnesota and the Mayo Clinic.

News 4 Jax — Mayo Clinic News Network: Tips for eating well during chemotherapy — It's important to eat well when you're fighting cancer. Chemotherapy drugs can damage the lining of your stomach and intestines, though, causing side effects that can dull your appetite. They can also affect receptors in your mouth, changing how some foods taste….

ecancer — Protective mastectomies that preserve nipple safe for women at high breast cancer risk — Protective mastectomies that preserve the nipple and surrounding skin prevent breast cancer as effectively as more invasive surgeries for women with a genetic mutation called BRCA that raises their risk of developing breast cancer, a multi-institution study led by Mayo Clinic found. "Nipple-sparing mastectomy is gaining wide acceptance because of its superior cosmetic results, but pockets of the medical community remain sceptical that it is the right choice for the BRCA population," says study lead author James Jakub, M.D., a breast surgeon at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

Live Science — Why Do Teeth Turn Yellow? by Alina Bradford …Similarly, your enamel thins as you age, making your teeth appear more yellow. This can also cause sensitivity problems in teeth. According to the Mayo Clinic, the best protection against thinning enamel is proper saliva production and fluoride. Brush twice a day with a fluoridated toothpaste, drink water treated in fluoride and see a doctor if you are experiencing dry mouth to help prevent thinning.

Cardiovascular Business — 16: Shared decision-making tool helps inform patients with chest pain about their risks and options by Tim Casey — Lead researcher Erik Hess, MD, an emergency medicine physician and health services researcher at the Mayo Clinic, presented the results during a late-breaking session at the ACC scientific session on April 3. The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute funded the study. “From a human rights perspective, patients have made it clear that one way they interpret the idea of ‘care with dignity’ is being involved in their health care decisions,” Hess said in a news release.

The Guardian — Are my emotions giving me migraines? by Luisa Dillner —  The Mayo Clinic in the US is a centre of excellence and Dr. Todd Schwedt is a professor of neurology there who thinks neuroticism is an outdated and unhelpful term. “Migraine,” he says, “is a neurological disorder and not a maladaptive response to stress.” There is a strong genetic predisposition: up to 70% of sufferers have family members who are also affected. The mechanism is not fully understood but includes electrical changes in nerve cells spread over the brain: the brain functions abnormally during an attack.

Arizona Republic — Alzheimer's medical studies continue seeking volunteers by Ken Alltrucker — More than 213,000 people have signed up for one list, the Alzheimer's Prevention Registry. But more volunteers are needed to do preventive research on the disease….Katherine Hunt Brendish, a genetic counselor with Mayo Clinic, said the challenge of disclosing genetic status is that people may not correctly interpret their risk for developing the disease. This may cause undue worry. "Even if you have two copies of APOE4, it is not definitive enough for us to tell you will have Alzheimer's disease," Hunt Brendish said. "Likewise, we can't necessarily do anything for you if you have that genotype."

Valley News Live — Mayo hosts new program to help wounded warriors — The Mayo Clinic hosted a special event today, about the health and well-being of people who served our country. The clinic hosted female veterans today for a physical health and wellness expo. The focus was on fitness and nutrition education, and for the women to be able to apply what they have learned to their home lives.

ABC 15 Arizona — Rally for Red — Hari Chaliki, M.D., Mayo Clinic Cardiologist, joined the hosts of Sonoran Living Live to discuss the diagnosis and treatment of mitral valve prolapse. Find out about more about heart disease and treatment by joining ABC15's Rally for Red, and from Mayo Clinic staff members each month on Sonoran Living Live.

Star Tribune — Reliance on opioids: One of the greatest mistakes in medical history by Paul John Scott — To this day there are no randomized control trials showing that opioids are safe and effective for long-term use. To the contrary, animal and observation studies suggest the drugs actually make pain worse over time, a paradoxical effect known as hyperalgesia. “Back pain, neck pain, headache pain, fibromyalgia, there’s actually no indication that opioids help those conditions,” according to Jeannie Sperry, a pain-management clinician in the Comprehensive Pain Rehabilitation Center at Mayo Clinic. “… [A]fter about 30 days they start making pain worse.”

WWL-TV New Orleans — Zika concerns lead to debate over delaying pregnancy by Sonia Dasgupta — “Right now, we don’t have the data to answer that question, and for that reason, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have not put out specific guidance yet on how long couples should wait,” Mayo Clinic infectious diseases specialist Dr Pritish Tosh said. “They know this is a burning question, and they’re working very diligently on looking at the epidemiologic data to hopefully provide that answer as soon as feasible.”

Florida Times-Union — Kidney disease patients to bond, raise money and spread awareness at May 1 event at Jacksonville Landing by Beth Reese Cravey — Jim McGarry was living large. As director of sales for a Fortune 500 company, he traveled extensively, had an ample expense account and ate at the best restaurants in the country. But his health suffered and he developed diabetes, which led in 2014 to a diagnosis of kidney failure. Now 58, McGarry is retired on disability, receives dialysis treatments three days a week at Jacksonville’s Mayo Clinic and is on a national kidney transplant list. He is in the care of doctors at the Mayo Clinic, which he calls “the best hospital in town.”

KTTC-TV — Donate Life Day in Rochester celebrates gift of organ donation by Alanna Martella — April is National Donate Life Month. To celebrate, it was a sea of green at the Saint Marys Hospital campus for the "walk of remembrance" and flag raising event on Friday. Lifesource, Gift of Life Transplant, and Mayo Clinic Transplant banded together to put on the commemorative event. Each year, more than 122,000 men, women, and children await lifesaving organ transplants, and every 10 minutes, another name is added to the national waiting list.

Oncology Times — 3 Questions on... Better Use of Genetic Testing in Cancer Care: With Kathryn J. Ruddy, M.D. of Mayo Clinic by Sarah DiGiulio …For example, in the past it might have been that only certain BRCA mutations were tested for, Ruddy said. But now, newer panel tests allow other mutations to be identified as well.“ It's not so much that the recommendations are different [than previous recommendations], it's more that the options have expanded,” she said. Plus, the costs for genetic testing have come down, making them more affordable for more patients—and there is better insurance coverage, too, she added.

Neurology Advisor — Hypertensive Pregnancy Disorder May Be Detrimental to Cognitive Function, Brain Volume — Long-term outcomes suggest that women who experienced hypertension during pregnancy demonstrate worse cognitive function and smaller brain volume when compared with women who were normotensive when pregnant. “These results suggest that [hypertensive pregnancy disorders (HPDs)] are independent predictors of impaired brain structure and cognitive function, and may identify those women at greater risk of future dementia,” study investigator Michelle Mielke, PhD, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, told Neurology Advisor.

Bethel University News — Bethel Students Participate in Mayo Innovation Scholars Program by Lauren Pareigat - Bethel undergraduate students from three academic areas have worked together on a research project that culminated with the team presenting their six months of research to business professionals and medical researchers at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, in March. The Mayo Innovation Scholars Program, designed in 2006 by retired Medtronic executive John Meslow, offers an exciting opportunity for selected graduate students and undergraduate science and business students to research projects submitted by Mayo Clinic professionals through several Mayo Clinic departments …

LaCrosse Tribune — Exercise, touring dovetail when you let your fingers do some of the walking by Mike Tighe — Talk about stepping out for a little exercise: Beth Burgos logged about 2,335,090 steps during her 1,115.1-mile trek from the southern tip of England to its northernmost point — with stops at a few of the hundreds of pubs and restaurants along the way.... “If you can walk, you have a lot of other health benefits,” said Burgos, communications director at Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare in La Crosse. “The virtual part just added extra spice.”

Mankato Free Press — Local clinics have healthy showing in new ratings by Brian Arola — Clinics across Mankato and the surrounding area largely received high marks in new state ratings, although areas of improvement were also revealed for some sites. The MN Community Measurement study, which was recently released as a Consumer Reports insert, rated 500 clinics on a 1 through 3 scale in colon cancer screening rates, diabetes care and heart care. Tops in the area, with a three rating in all three measures, was the Mankato Clinic — Wickersham Campus. Other campuses in the Mankato Clinic system and Mayo Clinic Health System achieved top ratings in at least one category.

KARE11-TV — Mpls. family awaiting heart for daughter by Adrienne Broaddus — Jett Everly Young is four months old and waiting for a new heart. In honor of Donate Life Month, Jordan and Katelyn are sharing the story of their baby girl to raise awareness about donation. She had open hurt surgery in December but it didn't work. Machines at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester have kept her alive since January.

Business Insider — The Japanese would never use this popular ‘superfood’ knockoff – here’s why by Ruchika Agarwal — What makes Japanese matcha tea popular — as well as its knockoff versions — are its alleged health benefits. Like traditional green tea, matcha contains a compound called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG)…A  series of preliminary Mayo Clinic studies showed promise for the potential use of EGCG in reducing the number of cancer cells in patients with a specific type of cancer: chronic lymphocytic leukemia.

LaCrosse Tribune — Time to celebrate Healthy Kids Day by Paula Przywojski — Here at Mayo Clinic Healthy System-Franciscan Healthcare, we have started a program for children and families to assist in dealing with weight management. It is based on the “5-2-1-0 Let’s Go” program-www.letsgo.org. This is based on small steps every day that can help achieve healthier kids and parents.

ABC 15 Arizona — Did you know? Dogs are good for your heart health by Katie Raml — Steering clear of stress is crucial to heart health, and it turns out “man’s best friend” may be just right for the job. Mayo Clinic knows this well. They have been bringing in dogs and their “parents” to volunteer visiting patients. Mayo Clinic has 34 pet teams on rotation now, enough to have one at the hospital almost every day.

Post Bulletin — Women veterans build healthy life, overcome injuries (video) by Hannah Yang — Megan Carr, 32, of Louisville Ky., lifted several weights on Friday in the Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center at Mayo Clinic, while her service dog — lovingly named Champ — sat nearby.  Additional coverage: KTTC-TV, KARE11-TV, KIMT-TV

Post Bulletin — Give and Go: Wolves on the cusp of becoming relevantInterview between Brett Boese and Kevin Ruff — BOESE  It's a big off-season for the Wolves to legitimize themselves as the next "it" team, that's for sure. But there's a lot of background noise, too. Mayo Clinic has to be considered the favorite to land the new advertising spot on Minnesota's jerseys, which was just approved by owners Thursday night.

Post Bulletin — Amateur update: Lynx game in Rochester is unique by Ed Hruska — The Lynx see a lot of good in holding this game in Rochester, such as the opportunity to expose the team to a new market in Minnesota and creating new fans of the Lynx. Also, there's a chance for the folks in our community to appreciate first-hand the incredible dynasty the Lynx have become and the amazing role models they have on their team. And it allows them to highlight their relationship/partnership with the Mayo Clinic here locally. We still have some work to do on details as we hold a weekly conference call with about 20 folks from the Lynx organization and our local team of Sports Commission and Mayo Civic Center staff.

Post Bulletin — American Indian science summit in Rochester — Students and professionals from the American Indian Science and Engineering Society will begin a three-day leadership conference today in Rochester with support from meeting hosts IBM and Mayo Clinic…Sessions to be included in the three-day summit include "Maintaining Cultural Identity," "Change Management: Managing Personal Change" and "Bridging Native Tradition with STEM." The summit will take place at the IBM Executive Briefing Center and Mayo Clinic Medical Center Campus.

Post Bulletin — DMC rolls out new hospitality accreditation program by Jeff Kiger — For more than two years, Mayo Clinic, DMC and the Rochester Convention & Visitors Bureau have worked to create the Experience Accreditation program. A new website has been created for the program…"Having the best possible service at all touchpoints is imperative for the approximately 3,000 patients and companions who visit Rochester daily for Mayo Clinic. This level of service throughout the care and healing journey is in the best interest of the patient," stated Dr. Sandhya Pruthi in the announcement of the program. Pruthi is the medical director of Mayo Clinic's Patient Experience department.

Post Bulletin — Mayo leaders announce $30,000 'shared value' grant by Jeff Kiger — To encourage collaboration to solve local problems, Mayo Clinic announced a new $30,000 annual grant at its community luncheon event Wednesday. Martha Cashman, Mayo Clinic's director of community relations, told the invited crowd of almost 200 about the new Mayo Clinic Shared Value Award. She explained that the grant is designed to support partnerships of three or more local groups coming together to address "a complex social challenge impacting health and vibrancy in Olmsted County." The groups must include at least one tax-exempt organization to serve as fiscal agent for the project.

Mankato Free Press — Mayo opens new nursery unit by Brian Arola — Jenny and Tyler Hokanson of St. Peter quickly found that out when their newborn, Mia, was born six weeks ahead of schedule on April 13. A birth that early might’ve required a stay in hospitals an hour away, but the new, expanded specialty care nursery opened by the Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato ensures no such inconvenience is necessary…The area is more spacious and private than the old nursery, providing the infant with the best environment to catch up in development, said Dr. Katie Linnemann, Mayo Clinic pediatrician. “We know babies grow better and do better if they are allowed a private, quiet, dimmed space,” she said. “With the other nursery, we couldn’t do that there.”

Finance & Commerce — New program recognizes Rochester’s best hospitality businesses by Karlee Weinmann — A new initiative in Rochester will prop up its best hotels, retailers and restaurants – the businesses expected to help drive growth as the city improves its visitor experience. The program will provide accreditation to businesses that provide quality experiences to patients at the world-renowned Mayo Clinic, other visitors and community members. Those groups are primary stakeholders in the Destination Medical Center initiative, a 20-year overhaul of downtown Rochester.

Fairmont Sentinel — Mayo inviting public in by Judy Bryan — The new portion of the $4.5 million emergency department expansion and renovation at Mayo Clinic Health System in Fairmont will be unveiled this week, and the public will have an opportunity to tour the state-of-the-art wing at an open house from 2-7 p.m. Thursday.

Managed Care magazine — Well-Being and the Next Industrial Revolution by Paul Terry — What has the world come to that a hospital CEO and a former president would be conversing earnestly and knowledgably about food colors? It is the realization that global economic growth and the well-being of both employees and their communities are inexorably linked …This was top of mind for John Noseworthy, CEO of the Mayo Clinic, when he described what he learned at the recent World Economic Forum on the “Fourth Industrial Revolution.” In an interview with the Minneapolis StarTribune, Noseworthy talked about a presentation about a workplace cafeteria where “you can buy a cheeseburger. But it will cost you $7. You can buy a veggie burger and it will cost you $2.50.” He is hopeful that the rest of the world will “learn from our mistakes” and move more rapidly toward incentives that drive healthier choices.

KOGO-Radio San Diego — Think Twice About Plastic Bottles — Plastic bottles are made with an industrial chemical, BPA, which is an industrial chemical that's been used to make certain plastics and resins since the 1960's….The best practice to reduce your exposure to BPA is by not using plastic at all. Take note that plastics marked with recycle codes 3 or 7 may be made with BPA. Dr. Brent Bauer with the Mayo Clinic says you may want to cut back on cans because most are lined with BPA containing resin.

Arizona Republic — Alzheimer's medical studies continue seeking volunteers by Ken Alltucker — Katherine Hunt Brendish, a genetic counselor with Mayo Clinic, said the challenge of disclosing genetic status is that people may not correctly interpret their risk for developing the disease. This may cause undue worry. "Even if you have two copies of APOE4, it is not definitive enough for us to tell you you will have Alzheimer's disease," Hunt Brendish said. "Likewise, we can't necessarily do anything for you if you have that genotype."

WKBT-TV LaCrosse — Mayo Clinic Health System hosts volunteer appreciation party — Mayo Clinic Health System held an 'Alice in Wonderland'-themed tea party as a thank you to all of the people who volunteer at their clinics in La Crosse, Onalaska, Holmen, and Sparta. Organizers say it's a fun way to recognize those who do everything from transporting patients in wheelchairs to greeting families of patients in waiting rooms.

FierceHealthIT — Preoperative videos help to cut patient anxiety by Dan Bowman — Surgery patients at the Mayo Clinic in Florida who watched a series of internally developed pre-operation educational videos felt less anxious than those who did not, according to a study published in the Interactive Journal of Medical Research. The effort focused on educating patients set to undergo hip and knee replacements about their forthcoming hospital experience in a manner complementary to face-to-face consultations.

MobiHealthNews — White House Science Fair highlights several health tech projects from students by Jonah Comstock — One mobile health-focused team consisted of Lydia Mindermann, 13, and Andrea Richard Kasson, 14, two Minnesotan teens who built an app called "Mayo Free Time" for patients at the Mayo Clinic. The app helps patients locate hospital activities to fill their free time between appointments and treatments. It won the Technovation challenge last year and, according to local Minnesota paper the Post-Bulletin, the Mayo Clinic is interested in developing the app and helped pay for the team's trip to Washington, D.C.

KAAL-TV — Albert Lea School Board Discusses Policy Change after Secret Recording by Megan Stewart — Some Albert Lea school board members are calling for a new policy Monday after a conversation between one member and another person was recorded without either one knowing. The recording happened at a previous board meeting. Board member Linda Laurie says she discovered it while on Facebook last week. Laurie says she was on a tour at a district clinic with the school board and having a private conversation with another mom about their kids. "The person was clearly close by me and did not say to me or Ashley that we were being recorded," Laurie said. “I was violated.” Board chair Mark Ciota, also CEO of Mayo Clinic Health Systems-Austin and Albert Lea, says the posting violated HIPPA laws and could open the board up to a lawsuit.

Mic.com — Male Circumcision Doesn't Decrease Sexual Pleasure, Says New Study by Leigh Cuen — Uncircumcised men are also more vulnerable to various health hazards. In 2012, studies published by the Mayo Clinic Proceedings suggested that approximately "half of uncircumcised males will require treatment for a medical condition treatment sometime throughout their life" for a foreskin-related issue, such as infection, according to hospital discharge data across the United States.

Healio — March Toward Elastography for Assessing Fibrosis in HCV — There are a number of ways to assess fibrosis in HCV, but none are perfect. Richard L. Ehman, MD, professor of radiology and Blanche R. & Richard J. Erlanger Professor of Medical Research at the Mayo Clinic, shared the basics in an interview with HCV Next. “The main problem with biopsy is that you only sample a small section of the liver,” he said. “If the fibrosis in the liver is not homogeneous then that small sample may overestimate or underestimate the overall level of fibrosis.”

WKBT-TV LaCrosse — Community partnership creates starter kit for beginner gardeners — Mayo Clinic Health System is partnering with WISCORP to build square-foot gardens kits for residents. “We're really trying to promote healthy communities and healthier people. There are a lot of food deserts in La Crosse and we're partnering with Mayo to help solve some of these issues,” said Willie Bittner, operations director for WISCORPS.

Burlington Hawk Eye — Mayo Clinic News Network: Self-care can strengthen weak fingernails — Dear Mayo Clinic: My fingernails are thin, and they tear and split easily. Is there anything I can do to make them stronger? Weak fingernails often can be strengthened with some basic self-care steps. If you try those techniques and you don’t see any improvement after about a month, though, consider talking to your doctor or seeing a dermatologist.

KAAL-TV — Chateau Theatre Reuse Task Force Meets to Discuss Future of Building by Megan Reistad — The Chateau Theatre Reuse Task Force met Tuesday to talk about the future of the historic building. The former Barnes and Noble building has held several events since the book store moved out, including a Mayo Clinic event Wednesday. Mayor Ardell Brede shared his thoughts on the speed of the progress for the building so far. "Not as fast as I would like. I would hope we could move a little faster but there's work to be done," said Brede.

Twin Cities Business — Mayo Study Looks To Link Vitamins And Concussion Recovery by Don Jacobson — A Mayo Clinic doctor and leader in alternative medicine research has teamed with a University of Minnesota professor to explore whether a vitamin supplement can boost the levels of an enzyme the brain uses to recover from concussions. Dr. Brent Bauer, director of Mayo’s Complementary and Integrative Medicine Program, as well as its recently opened Well Living Lab in Rochester, says he and U of M magnetic resonance imaging expert Xiao Hong Zhu will be leading a pre-clinical study on college football players.

KIMT-TV — Dodge County dispatch and Mayo Clinic continue relationship by Adam Sallet — One year after launching the program, the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office is continuing its relationship with Mayo Clinic. When someone calls into Dodge County dispatch with a medical condition, dispatchers can’t give out medical advice. But last year, they started handing over the calls to Mayo so they could give potentially life-saving measures to the victim.

Tech Times — Aspirin May Be A Potential Bile Duct Cancer Treatment by Dianne Depra — Researchers have found that taking aspirin can be connected to a dramatic reduction in bile duct cancer risk. According to them, people who take aspirin have up to 3.5 times lesser chances of developing the cancer compared to those who don't. In a study published in the journal Hepatology, the researchers used data from the Rochester Epidemiology Project, the Mayo Clinic Biobank and the Mayo Clinic Hepatobiliary Neoplasia registry. According to Lewis Roberts and colleagues, continuous inflammation is one of the major contributors to bile duct cancer progression.

FOX News — 5 work snacks to help you avoid the vending machine — 1.) Veggie sticks and hummus - Work breaks are maybe 12 percent about food, and 88 percent about inventing an excuse to get up and do something that is not work. "We don't want to eat something in two bites and be done with it," says Emily Brown, a retired professional runner and wellness dietitian at the Mayo Clinic. "Anything that takes a little bit of time to eat gives us a manual distraction."

Star Tribune — Kakookies serve up energy snack by Beth Dooley — Sue Kakuk started baking what she called breakfast cookies for her daughter’s University of Vermont bike racing team when she realized those young athletes were living off fast food and junk… As Kakuk worked through the process, she would send off test samples to her daughter, Alynn, and friends for taste testing. Today Alynn is a wellness physical therapist at the Mayo Clinic and continues to occasionally help with the business.

Lexington Herald Leader — Illinois identifies cluster of bloodstream infection cases — An outbreak of infections caused by a bacterium called Elizabethkingia anophelis has killed 20 people in three states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It was first reported in Wisconsin, and has now spread to Illinois and Michigan. The bacteria is found in the soil but it is unusual to see it cause infections in humans, says Mayo Clinic infectious diseases specialist Dr. Pritish Tosh.

The Wichita Eagle — Via Christi CEO leaving Wichita for Minnesota by Bryan Horwath — Via Christi’s chief executive is leaving Wichita, according to a news release Thursday.  Jeff Korsmo, CEO of Via Christi Health in Kansas since 2011, will leave next month for a new position in his home state of Minnesota, the release said. Korsmo is leaving for a leadership position with Essentia Health, which is headquartered in Duluth, Minn. Before joining Via Christi, Korsmo worked for Minnesota-based Mayo Clinic, serving in several different capacities over the course of nearly three decades, according to the release.  Additional coverage: Post Bulletin, Toronto Telegraph

Blackshear Times — Waycross will be known as Okefenokee Health System as of July 1 — Waycross’ regional hospital will be known as “Okefenokee Health System” as of July 1 — The new branding was announced last Thursday by the Waycross Board of Directors. Selection of a new name follows the November, 2015 announcement by Mayo Clinic in Florida that it would be withdrawing from a roughly three-year partnership with Satilla Health Services.

Workday Minnesota Negotiations stall at Mayo Clinic hospital in Albert Lea by Barb Kucera — Workers at Mayo Clinic Health System-Albert Lea Hospital held an informational picket to protest management proposals that they say would set back employees, the hospital and the community. Monday’s picketing was the second at the hospital since bargaining began last August between hospital management and SEIU Healthcare Minnesota.(link is external) Workers were joined by supporters from the community and from other unions, including the Minnesota Nurses Association(link is external), AFSCME Council 65(link is external), Albert Lea Education Association, Southeast Area Labor Center and the Minnesota AFL-CIO. Additional coverage: Albert Lea Tribune

Post Bulletin — Second picket held at Mayo Clinic-Albert Lea by Brett Boese — Dozens of picketers attended Monday's protest outside Mayo Clinic Health System - Albert Lea in the ongoing contract dispute involving the facility's maintenance workers. The two sides have engaged in 10 negotiating sessions over the past seven months, but Henry Tews, a 26-year maintenance veteran, says the second picket shows SEIU Healthcare Minnesota is "willing to fight" over what's been characterized as "proposed language that takes away the voice of longtime workers." The first picket was held in November and drew more than 100 people. Additional coverage: KTTC-TV

Post Bulletin — Pickets at Mayo Clinic-Albert Lea 'willing to fight' by Brett Boese — Dozens of pickets attended Monday's protest outside Mayo Clinic Health System-Albert Lea in the ongoing contract dispute involving the facility's maintenance workers. The two sides have engaged in 10 negotiating sessions over the past seven months, but Henry Tews, a 26-year maintenance veteran, says the second picket shows SEIU Healthcare Minnesota is "willing to fight" over what's been characterized as "proposed language that takes away the voice of longtime workers." The first picket was held in November and drew more than 100 people.  Additional coverage: MinnPost

Rumbo — ‘Mindfulness’ o la magia de vivir en el presente — Así lo afirma la doctora Anjali Bhagra, profesora asociada de la Escuela de Medicina de Mayo Clinic y experta en manejo de estrés y resiliencia, quien comparte su experiencia aplicando la técnica de “mindfulness” a la salud paliativa y preventiva. Es importante conquistar este desafío porque cuando permites que el estrés te domine abres la puerta a muchos malestares, e incluso, problemas de salud.  Additional coverage: La Raza

Slate France — Et si les inégalités face à l'orgasme étaient aussi d'ordre anatomique? by Peggy Sastre — Elizabeth Emhardt a donc co-écrit avec Leslie Hoffman, maître de conférences en anatomie et biologie cellulaire et Jason Siegel, du département de neurologie de la Mayo Clinic, une étude sur le sujet publiée début avril dans la revue Clinical Anatomy. Leur travail passe en revue près d'une soixantaine d'articles scientifiques portant sur l'anatomie et la neuroanatomie sexuelles humaines. Et, comme on aurait pu s'y attendre, les éléments de réponse divergent selon les sexes.

Imprimalia 3D — Operada en el vientre de su madre con la ayuda de la impresión 3D — A pesar de que problemas congénitos del corazón afectan a uno de cada cien niños, lo que supone una incidencia relativamente alta, el del bebé de Caitlin era uno de los más raros con que se había encontrado la Medicina, según el testimonio de Joseph Dearani, cirujano pediátrico de la Clínica Mayo, en los Estados Unidos.

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