Posted on February 10th, 2017 by Karl W Oestreich
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The Neurologist as National Health Care Leader: Mayo Clinic's John H. Noseworthy, MD, FAAN
by Gina Shaw
John H. Noseworthy, MD, discusses his pathway from a passion in multiple sclerosis research and clinical practice to heading up the Mayo Clinic enterprise as its president and chief executive officer…Today, the world of health care knows John H. Noseworthy, MD, FAAN, as the influential president and chief executive officer (CEO) of the Mayo Clinic. But the world of neurology, and of multiple sclerosis (MS) research, might be very different today had Dr. Noseworthy elected to pursue the medical specialty he had originally planned on: cardiology.
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Context: John Noseworthy, M.D. is Mayo Clinic President and CEO.
Contact: Susan Barber Lindquist
Doctors Push for Flu Immunizations After Surge of Cases Nationwide
According to the Centers for Disease Control, 40 states are reporting widespread flu activity — with more than 30,000 reported cases in the U.S. Interview with Dr. Pritish Tosh, Infectious Diseases, Mayo Clinic.
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Context: Pritish Tosh, M.D. is a Mayo Clinic infectious diseases specialist. Dr. Tosh is interested in emerging infections and preparedness activities related to them, ranging from collaborating with the Mayo Clinic Vaccine Research Group in basic science vaccine development to hospital systems research related to pandemic preparedness. Influenza is a viral infection that attacks your respiratory system — your nose, throat and lungs. Influenza, commonly called the flu, is not the same as stomach "flu" viruses that cause diarrhea and vomiting.
Red Dress Awards: Meet two women who’ve made heart-healthy changes
The Woman’s Day Red Dress Awards, the premiere event to spotlight the fight against heart disease among women, are Tuesday night, and Hoda Kotb will be a presenter. Nutritionist Joy Bauer and cardiologist Dr. Sharonne Hayes are joined on TODAY by two women who will be honored at the awards for meeting the challenge of making heart-healthy changes to their lives.
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Context: Sharonne Hayes, M.D. is a Mayo Clinic cardiologist. Dr. Hayes studies cardiovascular disease and prevention, with a focus on sex and gender differences and conditions that uniquely or predominantly affect women. With a clinical base in the Women's Heart Clinic, Dr. Hayes and her research team utilize novel recruitment methods, social media and online communities, DNA profiling, and sex-specific evaluations to better understand several cardiovascular conditions. A major area of focus is spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD), an uncommon and under-recognized cause of acute coronary syndrome (heart attack) that occurs predominantly in young women.
Contact: Traci Klein
Action News Jax
Mayo Clinic to test vaccine to prevent, treat precancerous breast lesions
by Jenna Bourne
Mayo Clinic doctors will test a vaccine to prevent women from developing precancerous breast lesions. It could someday become part of routine vaccinations for women, but the Mayo Clinic has to first put it through extensive clinical trials. The hospital is able to do that because of a $3.7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense…Mayo Clinic immunology professor Dr. Keith Knutson has been working on a vaccine for nearly a decade. Knutson hoped it will help hundreds of thousands of women avoid surgeries and radiation treatments. “That’s been a big problem, because treatments have side effects. And that’s something that we may be able to eliminate by boosting the body’s own natural drug making machinery, which is the immune system,” said Knutson.
Context: Researchers on Mayo Clinic’s Florida campus have been awarded a $13.3 million, five-year federal grant to test a vaccine designed to prevent the recurrence of triple-negative breast cancer, a subset of breast cancer for which there are no targeted therapies. The grant, the Breakthrough Award from the U.S. Department of Defense’s Breast Cancer Research Program, will fund a national, phase II clinical trial testing the ability of a folate receptor alpha vaccine to prevent recurrence of this aggressive cancer following initial treatment. More information, including a video interview with Dr. Knutson, can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.
Contact: Kevin Punsky
Wall Street Journal
A New Device May Mean Fewer Breast-Cancer Surgeries
by Lucette Lagnado
Viewing low re-excision rates as a key indicator of quality, other institutions are highlighting their techniques to reduce second surgeries. At Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., breast surgeons point to their method of having pathologists nearby in the operating suite to examine frozen tissue samples while the patient is in surgery. Their second-surgery rates are 3.6%, though the technique is a century old, says Dr. Judy Boughey, Mayo’s surgical-research chair.
Context: When diagnosed with breast cancer, women may have thousands of questions running through their minds, but one they may not have immediately is: Will my choice of provider save me time and money? Mayo Clinic researchers have answered this question with what they believe are compelling statistics that may encourage women and their doctors — and the health care system at large — to consider a different way of doing business, specifically with respect to lumpectomies as a treatment for early-stage breast cancer. The different way would be to use intraoperative frozen section analysis to determine whether the tumor was removed completely during the first surgery. Doing this in a widespread manner could save untold hours of lost work, anxiety and more for women and tens of millions of dollars. “With the routine use of frozen section analysis of margins on Mayo Clinic’s Rochester campus, we rarely — in only 3 to 5 percent of cases — require a second operation for margin re-excision,” says first author Judy Boughey, M.D., a breast surgeon in the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center. “So, for over 95 percent of patients undergoing lumpectomy, only one operation is required.” More information can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.
Contact: Sharon Theimer
School of Doc
by Jessie Martin
This summer, the University of Arizona College of Medicine’s 50-year run as the only M.D.-granting institution in Arizona will come to an end with the debut of the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine in Scottsdale. It will be the third branch of the medical college, which was founded in 1972 in Rochester, Minn., followed by a sister campus in Jacksonville, Fla. Lois Krahn, a Mayo Clinic physician of 22 years, says a common misconception of this partnership is that ASU and Mayo Clinic are opening a joint medical school. “It’s important to note that we are not partnering with ASU in the legal sense. We have a very rich and productive collaboration with ASU that dates back over a decade,” Krahn says.
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AMA blog, Not your grandfather’s med school: Changes trending in med ed
Context: Mayo Medical School announced that its planned expansion in Scottsdale, has received licensure by the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education, the group responsible for regulating private postsecondary degree-granting institutions within the state of Arizona will open with its first class of students this year. "This is a major milestone in our journey to open a full four-year branch campus of Mayo Medical School in Scottsdale,” says Wyatt Decker, M.D., CEO of Mayo Clinic in Arizona. Earlier this month, Mayo Medical School leaders announced they had also received endorsement for the expansion from the Liaison Committee for Medical Education (LCME), the accrediting body for medical education. More information about the medical school can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network and on the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine's website.
KABC Los Angeles, Experts Suggest Crawling to Increase Fitness and Strength by Lori Corbin — Mayo Clinic physical therapist Dani Johnson said getting back to basics like crawling fires up muscles that don't get used like they should. "Crawling on your core for your shoulder girdle for your hips," Johnson said. "Really managing those developmental movement patterns, reciprocal movement back and forth."
TIME, Your All-Day Guide to Better Sleep by Abigail Adams — While short naps help some people feel refreshed and alert, research has shown that longer naps can leave people feeling groggy and make it harder to fall asleep at bedtime. If you feel the need to rest your head during the day, the Mayo Clinic recommends limiting naps to 10-30 minutes and planning them for after lunch, when your body is naturally less alert.
TIME, What It's Like to Have a Heart Attack in Your 20s or 30s by Maria Masters — Kara Spurling, 41, had a heart attack at age 39…As a former cardiology nurse, I knew all about the symptoms of a heart attack. But that was the farthest thing from my mind when I was hit with sudden chest pain one morning in 2013.I started going up to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and got involved with the WomenHeart organization. For years, never wanted to talk about it, but now I do so openly. I’m finally getting the strength to share my story.
Reader’s Digest, Why 20 Minutes Is the Magic Number for a Healthier Immune System by Claire Nowak — Previous research has already demonstrated that exercise can reduce inflammation, but the significance of this study is in the physiological explanations about why and how this happens, says Carmen Terzic, MD, PhD, chair of the physical medicine and rehabilitation department at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Terzic says that people who engage in moderate exercise regularly can increase their lifespan by up to 10 years. “Exercise is our best medicine for almost every single disease you can think of,” she says.
CBS News, A gel instead of a snip for male birth control? — Landon Trost, a urologist and specialist in male infertility with the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., said there’s unlikely to be demand for the gel as a vasectomy alternative unless it’s easily reversible. That’s because traditional vasectomy has been honed to the point where it’s a very safe and effective procedure that takes four to 10 minutes, Trost said. “Vasectomy is about as good as it comes, from a successful outcome standpoint,” he said. “Your success rates with the gel, I think, are never going to be able to match up with vasectomy.” Additional coverage: KTTC
HealthDay, A Plug Instead of a Snip for Male Birth Control? by Dennis Thompson — Landon Trost, a urologist and specialist in male infertility with the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., said there's unlikely to be demand for the gel as a vasectomy alternative unless it's easily reversible. That's because traditional vasectomy has been honed to the point where it's a very safe and effective procedure that takes four to 10 minutes, Trost said. "Vasectomy is about as good as it comes, from a successful outcome standpoint," he said. "Your success rates with the gel, I think, are never going to be able to match up with vasectomy."
Outside, What We Can Learn from This 105-Year-Old Cyclist by Charlie Ebbers — In 2014, a then 103-year-old Frenchmen and former wine dealer named Robert Marchand rode his bicycle into the record books: he cycled 26.92 kilometers (16.7 miles) in one hour, the farthest anyone over 100 has gone. “Almost all humans respond to training,” says Michael Joyner, a physiologist at the Mayo Clinic who studies how humans react to physical and mental stress during exercise. Marchand had a lot going for him—previously good health, a solid support team, and a structured fitness program that was tailored to his ability level. "Marchand shows that theoretically that there’s no upper age limits to training," says Joyner. In other words, anyone at any age who's willing to work hard will see results.
Voice of America, Staying Active Mentally Helps Protect Your Brain From Dementia by Carol Pearson — Mayo Clinic psychiatrist Dr. Yonas Geda co-authored a study published January 30 in JAMA Neurology. Nearly 2,000 adults without memory issues, aged 70 and older, participated in the study. The research went on for ten years, from 2006 to 2016, but the average participant was followed for four years. “This study is very important because dementia, MCI, these conditions are really common as we get older," Geda said, "We need to find out non-pharmacological approaches to decrease the risk of MCI or dementia.”
New Scientist, Drug stops nasty chemotherapy side effects in mice with cancer by Jessica Hamzelou — …The team looked at blood cells from women with breast cancer. They found that women with higher levels of senescent cells in their blood before starting chemotherapy had more severe side effects when their treatment began. “It’s really interesting,” says Darren Baker at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. “Chemotherapeutics are obviously good, but they really do have caustic side effects.” Just as it had with the mice, wiping out senescent cells might help protect people from these unpleasant effects. The idea would be to administer such a drug once a person’s cancer has been cleared from the body through chemo. “If you have senescent cells, it’s a good idea to get rid of them as soon as you can,” says Baker.
The Doctors, Boy Survives Being Shot by Arrow — Kirsten’s 8-year-old son Curtis was shot in the chest by an arrow that punctured his spine. She shares how the family remained positive when they learned he would probably never walk again. Additional coverage: Part 2
New York Times, Minnesota Gov. Dayton's Cancer 'Treatable and Curable' — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton's doctors said Thursday that his recently revealed prostate cancer was caught early and hasn't spread, making the cancer "treatable and curable." "The governor should be able to carry on his duties serving the citizens of Minnesota without significant interruption," Mayo Clinic spokesman Karl Oestreich said. Dayton visited the famed Mayo Clinic in Rochester this week for several rounds of tests. The Democratic governor revealed the diagnosis a day after he collapsed during his State of the State address — an episode doctors said was likely related to dehydration, not the cancer. Additional coverage: Associated Press, WDIO Duluth, SFGate, MPR, KMSP, KVRR, KEYC Mankato, MinnPost, ABC News, Star Tribune, Pioneer Press, KTTC, Reuters, KAAL, KARE11
Post-Bulletin, Mayo: Dayton's cancer was caught early by Heather J. Carlson — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton's prostate cancer was caught early and is treatable with little disruption to his duties, according to a statement issued today by the governor's office. Mayo Clinic spokesman Karl Oestreich says in the statement that the governor's cancer "was caught early and is localized, treatable and curable." Additional coverage: Miami Herald, Washington Post, City Pages, WCCO, Lincoln Journal Star, Muskogee Daily Phoenix, Inforum, Times Leader, Albert Lea Tribune, KDAL Duluth, Pioneer Press
Post-Bulletin, Dayton to undergo surgery at Mayo on March 2 by Heather J. Carlson — Gov. Mark Dayton announced this morning he will undergo surgery to have his prostate removed on March 2 at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. Dayton announced his decision on his personal Facebook page this morning. "I have decided upon surgery to remove my prostate and, hopefully, all of the cancer," Dayton wrote on Facebook. "It is presently scheduled for the morning of Thursday, March 2nd, at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. I am told that I will likely need to spend one night in the hospital; however, after the surgery, I will be in constant contact with Lt. Governor Tina Smith and my senior staff throughout my time at Mayo." Additional coverage: Reuters, Duluth News Tribune, Star Tribune, Washington Post, MPR, KDAL Duluth, KMSP, KARE11, KAAL, Daily Mail, Yahoo! News UK
Star Tribune, In wake of Dayton's cancer diagnosis, clinic phone lines are lighting up by Jeremy Olson — One thing hasn’t changed over the past two decades as prostate cancer has stricken public figures such as New York Mayor Rudi Giuliani, U.S. Sen. John Kerry, and now Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton: Patients don’t know whether to get screened, and doctors often don’t know what to do when they find cancer. Those uncertainties were reflected by the spike in calls to Minnesota clinics following Dayton’s disclosure last month that he has prostate cancer, and his announcement Monday that he would have it surgically removed.In the case of the 70-year-old governor, Dayton opted for surgery that will take place March 2 at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. Dayton anticipates resuming his full schedule four days later.
CNN, The legal arguments around Trump's travel ban challenges by Ariane de Vogue — The claim brought by attorneys general in Washington and Minnesota -- the one that led federal Judge James Robart in Seattle to put a temporary nationwide halt to the travel ban Friday night -- is the furthest along so far, but the legal landscape changes quickly. Minnesota stresses that the order would impact the Mayo Clinic that is based there. "The Mayo Clinic, an internationally known health care institution that treats patients who travel to it for health care services from around the world, has publicly stated that approximately 80 staff, physicians and scholars have ties to the affected countries."
STAT, These newlyweds dreamed of being US doctors. Only one arrived before Trump’s order by Andrew Joseph — March was supposed to be an auspicious month for Abdelsalam Elshaikh and Israa Taha, a chance for them to pursue their long-awaited career aspirations and to begin their lives together as a family. Elshaikh and Taha, who are married, have each dreamed of becoming physicians in the United States since growing up in Sudan. And next month, Elshaikh, who now lives in Minnesota, will find out whether he “matched” for a residency program. Elshaikh, 32, had finished medical school in Sudan and was in the middle of his training there in 2010 when he obtained a visa to come to the United States. In the years since, he has worked as a nursing aide and cardiac monitor technician at the Mayo Clinic while completing the necessary tests and certifications so that, as a graduate of a foreign medical school, he can enter a US residency program…Additional coverage: PBS NewsHour
Business Insider, Sleep tied to sexual activity and satisfaction among older women — Sleep tied to sexual activity and satisfaction among older women —Based on the findings, doctors may want to consider an older woman's overall health if she brings up issues like sexual satisfaction, said lead author Dr. Juliana Kling, a women’s health internist at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona. For the new study, Kling and colleagues analyzed data collected from nearly 94,000 women, ages 50 to 79, who were enrolled in the Women’s Health Initiative Observational Study. The women had answered questions about their sexual function in the previous year and their sleep in the previous month.
SELF, 4 Symptoms That Could Be Early Menopause by Amy Marturana — Hot flashes: Hot flashes are the most common symptom of menopause, according to the Mayo Clinic. Some women get them once a day, some, once an hour. They can also manifest as night sweats, disrupting your sleep and even causing insomnia. Luckily, there are a lot of treatment options, including hormone therapy, prescription medication, and alternative medicine methods, that can help you ease the symptoms.
Vox, Sean Spicer swallows whole packs of gum daily. Is that really a good idea? by Brian Resnick — For adults, swallowing gum seems to be mostly safe. It will just pass through the body like kernels of corn after a summertime lunch. “If you swallow gum, it's true that your body can't digest it,” the Mayo Clinic’s Michael F. Picco writes. “But the gum doesn't stay in your stomach. It moves relatively intact through your digestive system and is excreted in your stool.”
First Coast News, Twins tackle ultramarathon in memory of grandmother by Alexander Osiadacz — Runners are making their final preparations for the 26.2 with Donna including twin sisters who will take-on the ultramarathon starting Saturday. “Well running a marathon can be intimidating, but running over four marathons consecutively is very daunting to say the very least,” Smirnoff said. Nutritionist Erica Goldstein with Mayo Clinic has worked with dozens of ultra marathon runners just like Smirnoff. Getting them prepared takes a lot of work and a lot of fluids. “Hydration is really important because it helps reduce the stress on your heart and also helps cool your body during exercise,” Goldstein said.
Tampa Bay Times, Mayo Clinic Q&A: sleep and blood pressure; myofascial release therapy — I've heard that having sleep apnea can increase your blood pressure. What if you don't sleep well but don't have sleep apnea. Does that raise your blood pressure, too?... Nearly everyone has a bad night or two of sleep now and then, but if you're consistently getting less than six hours of sleep, talk to your doctor about ways to improve your rest. Not only is poor sleep linked to elevated blood pressure, it also can have a big impact on your enjoyment of life and has been associated with other health risks, such as obesity, diabetes, depression, risk of accidents or falls, and even premature death. — Naima Covassin, Ph.D., Cardiovascular Diseases, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.
WJCT Jacksonville, Go Red For Women by Kevin Meerschaert — Dr. Amy Pollak from the Mayo Clinic and heart attack survivor Kathy Ellis talked about Go Red for Women Day, as part of Heart Disease Awareness Month.
News4Jax, Mayo Clinic symposium raises heart health awareness by Ashley Mitchum — Doctors spoke out Sunday about heart disease at a free congenital heart symposium at the Mayo Clinic. The symposium was an opportunity for doctors to educate the community about heart health and heart conditions, like congenital heart defects. Doctors at the Mayo Clinic said that regular cardiovascular screenings are very important to maintain heart health and catch potential issues in time to treat them.
Miami Herald, Want more and better sex after 50? That involves a bed by Ana Veciana-Suareza — Researchers at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona, looked at data about sleep and sex for almost 94,000 women ages 50 to 79. They discovered that 31 percent had insomnia, while 56 percent said they were somewhat or very satisfied with their sex life. “We know that sleep is really important for our functioning,” Kling, an assistant professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic, told the Today show. “Lack of sleep oftentimes leads to difficulty with concentration along with other ramifications. A lot of sex is in the brain and if we’re not alert and we’re not able to focus, that might help explain some of the findings.”
Star Tribune, Mayo, Norway partner up to push the limits of survival for hypothermia victims by Jeremy Olson — Promising approaches have emerged in a partnership between Mayo Clinic and the University Hospital of North Norway, which, located above the Arctic Circle, has gained expertise on saving hypothermic skiers, adventurers and outdoor workers. Its work is identifying new, safer methods to rewarm frozen patients to improve on the existing survival rate of 30 to 40 percent. “As long as you can continue to maintain circulation,” frozen and pulseless patients stand a chance, said Gary Sieck, a Mayo physiology professor taking part in the research. “And that’s where CPR really becomes important.”
Star Tribune, Widespread illness closes part of Minnehaha Academy by Mary Lynn Smith —Minnehaha Academy in Minneapolis closed its Upper School campus for the rest of the week after what appears to be an outbreak of the norovirus. The Lower and Middle schools, which are located in a building 1 1/2 miles south of the Upper School campus, are not affected by the closure. Norovirus can cause the sudden onset of severe vomiting and diarrhea, according to the Mayo Clinic. Diarrhea, abdominal pain and vomiting typically begin 12 to 48 hours after exposure, according to the Mayo website. Norovirus symptoms last one to three days.
Pioneer Press, Mark Dayton: Add human rights offices to boost Minnesota workforce by Bill Salisbury — While Republican lawmakers look to hold down state spending this year, Gov. Mark Dayton is calling for a major funding boost for the Minnesota Department of Human Rights to expand its services outside the metro area… In Rochester, Lt. Gov. Tina Smith, chair of the Destination Medical Center Corp. board overseeing Mayo Clinic’s massive economic development project, asked the department to help grow “emerging entrepreneurial opportunities” in the increasingly diverse city, he said.
MPR, Rochester eyes 'game changer' transit plan. Will public get on board? by Rochester Richert — Rochester has big plans to add 30,000 jobs over the next 20 years, driven by Mayo Clinic's expansion. That rapid growth, however, could make downtown a mess if city leaders don't figure out how to handle the traffic. The city is spending $5 million now to craft an extreme transportation makeover. But even as developers plow ahead building new condos and hotels downtown, there's no consensus on how to remake the transit system. Solutions are likely to revolve around getting people out of their cars. That may not be an easy sell. "We need a game changer," said RT Rybak, the former Minneapolis mayor who's now vice chair of Rochester's Destination Medical Center economic development board. "We have to be really smart about the way people move throughout Rochester.
Cancer Network, Chemotherapy Overused in Young, Middle-Aged Adults With Colon Cancer by Leah Lawrence — In an editorial that accompanied the study, Tonia M. Young-Fadok, MD, of the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine in Phoenix, wrote, “The study by Manjelievskaia et al invites contemplation and in-depth study. Further investigation of the discrepancies in stage II disease would be worthwhile, and additional research on the age discrepancies in stage I disease would not only be interesting but also mandatory. Colorectal cancer tumor boards frequently concentrate on the complex care of rectal cancer and metastatic colon cancer. This is also a clear call for improved oversight of chemotherapy for colon cancer.”
Post-Bulletin, Nath appointed editor of Mayo Clinic Proceedings by Brett Boese — Mayo Clinic announced last week that Dr. Karl Nath is the new editor-in-chief of Mayo Clinic Proceedings, its peer-reviewed medical journal that circulates across the globe.Dr. Nath will be replacing Dr. William Lanier, who is retiring after filling that same role since 1999. Nath has been the editor-in-chief of Journal of the American Society of Nephrology since 2013 and has spent the last three years as medical editor of Discovery's Edge, Mayo's research magazine.
Post-Bulletin, Mayo CEO emphasizes 'right thing for the community' by Jeff Kiger — Mayo Clinic CEO John Noseworthy used "a simple story" Thursday night to show how Rochester's business community supports the world famous clinic. He told a crowd of 700 business leaders gathered for the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce's annual meeting that a dying patient at Saint Marys Hospital last fall asked nurses for a piece of pumpkin pie. Unfortunately, there was no pumpkin pie in the hospital. "Now Joe (Powers) didn't say make the pie. He wasn't there. But the staff knew it was the right thing to do for the patient and the right thing for the community," Noseworthy said. He said that is just one small example of the teamwork between Rochester's businesses and Mayo Clinic that happens every day. Noseworthy, who recently met with President Donald Trump to discuss health care, also acknowledged the current "challenging times."
Post-Bulletin, Mayo's Noseworthy talks veterans issues at White House by Brett Boese — Mayo Clinic President and CEO Dr. John Noseworthy is in the nation's capital today to meet with White House officials "to share Mayo Clinic's insights and expertise in order to support best possible care for the U.S. veterans," according to a statement released by Mayo spokeswoman Duska Anastasijevic. Leaders from Cleveland Clinic, Johns Hopkins Medicine, Partners HealthCare and Kaiser Permanente also attended the meeting, though it's unclear if President Donald Trump met with the health care heavyweights. Additional coverage: KIMT
Post-Bulletin, Geneticure personalizes medical treatment by Jeff Kiger — Scott and Dr. Eric Snyder grew up in Rochester and graduated from John Marshall High School. In 2013, they founded a start-up firm called Geneticure, which is built around the idea that the correct genetic test can eliminate the need for traditional trial-and-error medication adjustments to find the best treatment for an individual…Though it started elsewhere, the Snyders wanted to bring their young business to Rochester. They moved Geneticure into the Mayo Clinic Business Accelerator in the Minnesota BioBusiness Center in downtown Rochester in late 2016.
Post-Bulletin, Answer Man: Mayo not planning museum in new hotel — Dear Answer Man, at the City Council meeting on Monday, it was said that either the new Hilton hotel or the new parking ramp that will be built next door will have a Mayo-related museum. What do you know about that? …There may be some pie-in-the-sky discussion about a Mayo display or exhibit of some kind, but Mayo spokeswoman Kelly Reller, "Mayo Clinic does not currently have any plans to build a museum in the upcoming Hilton hotel." FYI, for now that ramp is simply called Ramp No. 6. It's expected to be bid out this month with construction to start in May, at a cost of roughly $20 million to $25 million.
Post-Bulletin, RCTC puts forward legislative requests by Taylor Nachtigal — Guy Finne, a Mayo Clinic human resources manager, said the region really needs to focus on ramping up its "skilled and capable workforce." "The time's right for this conversation because it's obvious that it needs to be done," he said. "We need to make sure higher ed grows so that we can attract more talent." Last year, nearly 300 hires came from RCTC and nearly 200 came from Winona State University, Finne said. "There's no doubt about it, year in and year out our regional schools provide Mayo Clinic with a ton of quality candidates."
Post-Bulletin, 'That last voice that looked beyond' by Heather J. Carlson — Lou Kasischke knows what it feels like to die slowly. It happened to him May 10, 1996, as he stared at Mount Everest's summit. On Friday, Kasischke shared with Mayo Clinic staff how he survived the worst mountaineering disaster in Mount Everest history. On that day in 1996, eight of his fellow climbers died on the mountain. Kasischke recently wrote a book about his experience called "After The Wind." He also served as a consultant for the 2015 film "Everest," which tells the story of the ill-fated expedition. He spoke as part of the Hickman Lectureship sponsored by the Mayo Clinic Division of Preventive, Occupational and Aerospace Medicine.
Post-Bulletin, Many with Lewy body dementia also have Alzheimer's disease by Tom Jargo — DEAR MAYO CLINIC: What's the difference between Lewy body dementia and Alzheimer's? How is Lewy body dementia diagnosed?... Many patients with Lewy body dementia also have overlapping Alzheimer's disease. About half of Lewy body dementia patients have significant Alzheimer's disease, as well. Thus, it is not surprising that those diagnosed with Lewy body dementia have symptoms associated with Alzheimer disease, such as memory loss and naming difficulty. However, when doctors who have expertise and experience with the disease make a Lewy body dementia diagnosis, that diagnosis is often correct — as confirmed later during an autopsy. — Neill Graff-Radford, M.D., Neurology, Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, Fla.
Post-Bulletin, Wright-Peterson is finalist for state book award by Matthew Stolle — Rochester author Virginia Wright-Peterson has been named a finalist for a Minnesota Book Award for her book, "Women of Mayo Clinic: The Founding Generation." The work is her first published book, and news of the award shocked her, she said. "I'm really grateful, because I've been such an advocate of women's stories and trying to get women's stories out there," Wright-Peterson said.
KTTC, Mayo Clinic to mark National Wear Red Day in fight against heart disease — For the 15th year in a row, people all over the country are wearing red to raise awareness for the battle against heart disease. Mayo Clinic is once again taking part in National Wear Red Day with several activities open to the public, including the Wear Red Group Photo and the Wear Red Day Indoor Walk.
KTTC, Destination Medical Center Corporation moves forward Alatus development project by Chris Yu — plan to build a 13-story multi-use building in downtown Rochester is moving forward, thanks to a vote by the Destination Medical Center Corporation Wednesday. The Alatus project calls for the construction of a 13-story building on 2nd Street Southwest, between 14th Avenue Southwest and 15th Avenue Southwest, near Mayo Clinic Hospital, Saint Marys Campus. The building will feature 347 residential units, 21,000 square feet of retail and office space, and 560 parking spots.
KTTC, Mayo Clinic gives students a glimpse of a career in science by Ala Errebhi — More than 200 middle and high school students came to Mayo Clinic on Tuesday to learn about careers in science. Mayo Clinic opens its doors every two years to students from eighth grade through 12th grade who are interested in the field, and hosts demonstrative and hands-on experiments. Tuesday marks the 17th Celebration of Research. Organizers of the event said they hope to encourage students to continue pursuing science and possibly choose careers in science and engineering. Additional coverage: Post-Bulletin, KIMT
KIMT, NAMI gets another big boost by Adam Sallet — They help those struggling with mental illness and now they are getting a boost from Mayo Clinic. Along with their own raising of $25,000, the National Alliance on Mental Illness Southeast Minnesota is also getting $50,000 from the medical giant. Those with NAMI tell us the funds will be used to keep their new peer support program going and what’s called the “lighthouse” room which is a space for people to drop by if they are having problems. NAMI also mentions this shows how dedicated Mayo Clinic is in battling mental illness in this area.
WEAU Eau Claire, Digital Directions by Jessica Bringe — Psychotherapist at Mayo Clinic Health System Jennifer Wickham says managing kids screen time is necessary to their health as excessive screen over the long-term can be damaging. “Our society is so digitalized that it's literally changing the brains of our young people,” said Wickham. Wickham says like with anything, media in moderation is just fine for kids but parents need to find balance between screen time and social interaction to prevent underdeveloped neurological pathways.
WEAU Eau Claire, Experts provide heart healthy tips on National Wear Red Day by Jessica Bringe — Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire said heart disease can be harder to diagnose in women because they don't always have the typical symptoms. Angelique Van Sistine, N.P., explained, “Women present with different symptoms. It might be something like shortness of breath, more fatigue type problems, things that can be a little more vague and not as obvious being heart related.” For most healthy adults Mayo Clinic says a normal blood pressure reading is less than 120 over 80.
Mankato Free Press, Q&A: Falls and fall prevention — Depending on how you fall, different bones of the body can be affected. Common locations for osteoporosis-related fractures are the spine, hip and wrists. These fractures are often called “fragility fractures.” More than 400,000 fragility fractures occur each year. Falls can have many long-term ramifications. Fractures can often mean loss of independence and the need for additional support. For elderly patients, this could mean staying at a temporary rehabilitation facility or permanently moving to a family member’s home or an assisted living facility that can aid with activities of daily living. — Jacqueline Crona, M.D. Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato
WQOW Eau Claire, Project SEARCH helps young adults with disabilities receive career training in Eau Claire by Kaitlyn Riley — Graduating from high school can be a scary transition as young adults leave for higher education or start applying for first jobs, but it can be even more challenging for those living with developmental disabilities. For the first time since September 2016, Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire has teamed up with Project SEARCH, a program that helps young adults with developmental disabilities prepare for work. The program teaches interns employability skills through job training, classroom work and career exploration.
KEYC Mankato, Wear Red Day Raises Awareness For Heart Health by Elizabeth Bateson —According to the American Heart Association, cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of women, causing one in three deaths each year. But, one cardiologist says a lot of women don't recognize the warning signs. "They're more likely to have some atypical symptoms, or what's been called atypical in the past. They may present shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting, or sweating. Any time they notice symptoms that are a little bit different; those are things to pay attention to," said Dr. John Haley, Cardiologist with the Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato. While heart disease can affect people of all ages and genders, there are still some preventative measures you can take.
Medical Xpress, Association between autoimmune disease and bone marrow disorders — "Similar associations were already documented in case reports and case series, but have never been evaluated in a broad spectrum of autoimmune diseases in that many patients and in context of individual medications," says Raoul Tibes, M.D., Ph.D., senior author of the study and former director of the Acute and Chronic Leukemia Program at Mayo Clinic's Arizona campus. "Interestingly, there was no association with length of time on therapy and resulting myeloid neoplasm."
Financial Tribune, Brain-Stimulating Activity Crucial — A new study from Mayo Clinic in the US city of Scottsdale, published in February, illustrates that mentally stimulating games and other activities could protect against new-onset mild cognitive impairment, which is the intermediate stage between normal cognitive aging and dementia. “Persons who performed these activities at least one to two times per week had less cognitive decline than those who engaged in the same activities only two to three times per month or less,” said Dr. Yonas E. Geda, senior author of the study and a psychiatry and neurology researcher at the clinic. Additional post: Jakarta Post
ThinkProgress, The uncertain future of concussion research under Donald Trump by Lindsay Gibbs — “Junior is telling me that I need to speak for him,” Mary Seau, Junior’s sister, said, as reported by VICE Sports. She was speaking on behalf of “Faces of CTE,” a campaign launched by concussion and sport safety advocate Kimberly Archie. Archie’s son, Paul, was diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), the degenerative brain disease found in people who have , after his death at the age of 24. The purpose of the campaign is to bring families who have been impacted by CTE together and to encourage people to donate their brains to the Mayo Clinic Brain Bank, where they can be posthumously studied.
MinnPost, Sherlock Holmes pays a stealth visit to the Mayo Clinic in Larry Millett’s new mystery by Amy Goetzman — In Millett’s books, Holmes gets caught up in the Hinckley Fire of 1847, investigates a murder at the 1896 St. Paul Winter Carnival Ice Palace, takes a crack at the Kensington Rune Stone, and teams up with Millett’s own creation, Minnesota detective Shadwell Rafferty. Millett has done well with Holmes, and has cultivated a loyal following of readers. “At my local liquor establishment, the clerk asked me if Holmes was still alive,” said Millett. Yet his seventh mystery book, “Sherlock Holmes and the Eisendorf Enigma” (University of Minnesota Press), opens with a visit to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, where Dr. Henry Plummer hands down a dire diagnosis.
MedPage Today, Hyaluronic Acid Eases Knee Symptoms by Wayne Kuznar — In an e-mail exchange with MedPage Today, Shane Shapiro, MD, of the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., indicated that intra-articular hyaluronic acid injections have been the subject of controversy in the U.S., in addition to payment denials, since a 2013 recommendation against the use of hyaluronic acid by the AAOS: "This is unfortunate, because we see the benefits many patients receive from these medications on a daily basis," he wrote. "The task force convened by ESCEO goes so far as to suggest the regular use of multiple rounds of intra-articular injections on a regular basis to treat osteoarthritis, even if the patients' knee pain is mild and otherwise reasonably well controlled. While this is a thought-provoking recommendation, more clinical trials investigating the regular, repeated administration of hyaluronic acid injection series would be required before I could support such a practice," Shapiro said.
Deadspin, Can Grieving Mothers Stop The Public From Forgetting The NFL's Brain-Trauma Crisis? by Lindsey Adler — On Monday afternoon, a group of mothers and other family members of men who have died with chronic traumatic encephalopathy gathered in a room at a hotel in Houston to hold a press conference announcing CTE Awareness Day and promoting their group’s eponymous website, Faces of CTE. They brought life-sized cardboard cutouts of their family members or other notable people who have been found to have CTE, like Dave Duerson, the former Chicago Bears safety. They talked about their main project, a collaboration with the Mayo Clinic which would aid CTE research by coordinating with families to send the brains of the recently deceased to Mayo.
Milwaukee Business Journal, Medical College of Wisconsin names new director for human genetics center by Rich Kirchen — Nearly two years after scientist Howard Jacob announced his departure as director of the Medical College of Wisconsin’s Human and Molecular Genetics Center, the private medical school named a successor: Dr. Raul Urrutia of Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. At the Mayo college in Rochester, Minn., Urrutia is a professor in the departments of biochemistry and molecular biology, biophysics and medicine. He is director of epigenomics education and academic relationships in the epigenomics program of the Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine.
South Morning China Post, The idea that some people don’t respond to exercise might just be a myth — Tough as that may sound, these are encouraging findings, according to Dr. Michael Joyner, a physician and Mayo Clinic researcher who is one of the world’s top experts on fitness and human performance, who wrote a commentary to go along with the study in the Journal of Physiology. That’s because even modest levels of fitness provide “impressive protection” for health and mortality, he tells Business Insider via email. Still, in his commentary Joyner points out that many people already have a hard time hitting the recommended amount of exercise, which is at least 150 minutes of moderate activity per week.
WEAU Eau Claire, Her Story, Her Heart — February is American Heart Month and Mayo Clinic Health System is offering two free heart events in February. Dr. Andrew Calvin, a Cardiologist with Mayo Clinic Health System joined Hello Wisconsin to share more.
KEYC Mankato, Paralyzed Truman Boy Makes Comeback by Brittany Kemmerer — "I received a phone call from my son. Told me to hurry up and get home, there had been an accident," Curtis' Mother, Kirsten Bressler said. "I kept praying and hoping that everything was going to be okay and I knew he was in good hands," Kirsten said. Not occurring to responders that this could be a spinal injury until he wasn't moving from the waist down. "My first thought was well you have a penetrating injury to the chest and how is he breathing because injury to the chest presumably injury to the lung first and I in fact expected he would have what's called a pneumothorax, air between the lung and the chest wall," Pediatric Surgeon, Denise Klinkner said.
Albert Lea Tribune, MCHS to offer 24-hour behavioral health services — Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea and Austin is now offering behavioral health services to patients in its emergency department via telemedicine. These services include assessment, treatment and placement for outpatient or inpatient behavioral health needs. “On any given day, a number of patients who have behavioral health needs but are medically stable come to our local emergency department seeking help,” Bo Madsen, medical director of emergency medicine at Mayo Clinic Health System throughout southeast Minnesota said. “Through the use of technology, we can now connect those patients experiencing a behavioral crisis with the right resources when they’re needed.”
Le Center Leader, Heart healthy tips from Mayo Clinic Health System by Mairaid Breitbarth — According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease is the No. 1 killer of men and women, accounting for more than 600,000 deaths in the United States each year. Additionally, about 735,000 Americans experience a heart attack. Fortunately, many forms of heart disease are largely preventable by making healthy choices on a consistent basis. Mayo Clinic Health System experts recommend starting with the following steps to improve heart health…
WKBT La Crosse, Five most effective diets — Mayo Clinic diet: The Mayo Clinic diet focuses on weight loss, claiming participants will lose 6 to 10 pounds in the first two weeks and then 1 to 2 pounds a week after. The diet focuses on developing healthy habits that participants can continue for life, and teaches dieters how many calories they should be consuming.
WKBT La Crosse, Report shows opioid prescriptions down in Wisconsin by Eric Jacobson — Experts also point to the prescription drug monitoring program as another reason for the decrease. It's a website that allows doctors and pharmacists the ability to check a patient's history with opioids and other prescriptions. This past month, the site received a big upgrade. "You just know where to click without having to recall and search, so it's quick and easy to find what you need,” said Jennifer Tempelis, the regional pharmacy director for the Mayo Health System. Additional coverage: WXOW La Crosse
La Crosse Tribune, Rochester eyes 'game changer' transit plan by Catharine Richert — Rochester has big plans to add 30,000 jobs over the next 20 years, driven by Mayo Clinic’s expansion. That rapid growth, however, could make downtown a mess if city leaders don’t figure out how to handle the traffic. The city is spending $5 million now to craft an extreme transportation makeover. But even as developers plow ahead building new condos and hotels downtown, there’s no consensus on how to remake the transit system. Solutions are likely to revolve around getting people out of their cars. That may not be an easy sell.
La Crosse Tribune, Mayo-Franciscan snags employee wellness award by Mike TIghe — The You Matter employee wellness program at Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare received the Platinum Well Workplace Award from the Wellness Council of America. “Our goal is to help employees in our organization be happy and healthy. Doing so creates a more positive environment for our patients and staff, making Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare a great place to work and receive care,” Mayo-Franciscan health promotion director Lori Freit-Hammes said.
Knowridge Science Report, Sleepiness and fatigue might hurt the brain in cognitively normal elderly — In the Mayo Clinic Study of Aging, the authors identified 1,374 cognitively normal elderly aged 50 years and older who completed sleepiness and fatigue surveys and had a baseline structural magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). “Our results may help to identify individuals at higher susceptibility or risk for dementia prior to symptom onset so that appropriate interventions can be undertaken early to prevent progression to dementia,” said lead author, Diego Z. Carvalho, MD.
Minnesota Women’s Press, Creativity and arts at the hospital by Yuko Taniguchi — Framing my exploration "within creative activities," instead of strictly "in writing," has been insightful. I am not only a writer. I am a dancer, a teacher, a yoga student and a passionate cook. All these creative activities seem to work collaboratively in my unconscious to uncover self-awareness. Currently, I facilitate sessions for the patients at the psychiatric units at Mayo Clinic. I incorporate reading poetry, writing and origami making, and often receive enthusiastically positive feedback from the patients. — Yuko Taniguchi teaches at the Center for Learning Innovation at the University of Minnesota, Rochester campus.
Fierce Healthcare, The importance of shared decision-making in the ER by Ilene MacDonald — “There is tremendous potential for driving value-based care in the emergency setting through shared decision-making, wrote Edward Melnick, M.D., assistant professor of emergency medicine at the Yale School of Medicine and Erik Hess, associate professor of emergency medicine and research chair for the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Mayo Clinic. “As we continue to build incentives for value-based care into our healthcare system, we should not leave the ED out.”
KARE11, Health workers stealing drugs, patients at risk by Lauren Leamanczyk — Spurred by high profile cases, Minnesota health officials, doctors and law enforcement convened a task force to address the problem. Mayo Clinic’s Dr. Keith Berge was part of the group. He is a nationally known expert on drug diversion. “Every facility that houses these drugs has a problem. Everywhere these drugs touch, they corrode,” Berge told KARE 11. Dr. Berge argues cases like that should be reported to police. He says the Mayo Clinic has a zero tolerance policy. “It’s our goal to have those people criminally prosecuted,” he explained.
Men’s Health, 30 Former NFL Players Are Donating Their Brains To Science by Christa Sgobba — Researchers one day hope to use a range of tests, including brain imaging and biomarkers, to help diagnose CTE. While experts are studying possibilities for diagnose and treatment, avoiding head injury remains the best preventive strategy, the Mayo Clinic says.
The Californian, New treatments to extend life for multiple myeloma patients — Historically, patients with multiple myeloma did not survive more than a couple of years after diagnosis. Now, patients with this type of cancer are living more than three times as long thanks to new, more effective treatments. “We are now able to diagnose and treat myeloma earlier, before it starts damaging the body, so that it may be controlled effectively and any irreversible damage to the body may be delayed significantly,” says Dr. Sikander Ailawadhi, a hematologist/oncologist at Mayo Clinic Cancer Center in Jacksonville, Fla.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Sweat it out at Pennsylvania's first infrared sauna by Courtney Linder — The Mayo Clinic in Minnesota also notes infrared saunas may have health benefits in relation to cardiovascular conditions and rheumatoid arthritis. “However,” Dr. Brent A. Bauer writes on Mayo’s website, “larger and more rigorous studies are needed to confirm these results. To date, no adverse side effects have been attributed to infrared use.” Due to the combined nature of infrared sauna use with exercise and diet choice, qualitative claims like weight loss are difficult to prove outside customer feedback.
Refinery29, Should You Take Prenatal Vitamins Even If You're Not Pregnant? by Sarah Jacoby — Usually, once you tell your doctor you're trying to conceive (TTC), she will either prescribe supplements or give you instructions for buying the right ones on your own. But if you're neither pregnant nor actively TTC, that advice is very different: Don't take 'em, says Katherine Zeratsky, RD, at the Mayo Clinic. Although it may seem like you're just getting even more of that good stuff, it's possible to have too much.
River Towns, Dayton scheduled for early March prostate surgery by Maureen McMullen — A round of tests carried out at Mayo Clinic last week indicated the cancer had not spread beyond the prostate. According to a post on Dayton's personal Facebook page, the surgery is expected to remove all of the cancer. "I am told that I will likely need to spend one night in the hospital," Dayton said in his post. "However, after the surgery, I will be in constant contact with Lt. Governor Tina Smith and my senior staff throughout my time at Mayo.
BBC Mundo, El sufrimiento de las personas a las que no les hace efecto la anestesia local by Chris Baraniuk — Había ido a la Clínica Mayo en Jacksonville, Florida, para extraerse del codo un lipoma, un crecimiento de tejido graso blando debajo de la piel. Necesitaba que el área alrededor de la masa grasosa estuviera entumecida para el procedimiento, pero eso resultó inexplicablemente difícil. "De todas las vías y todos los diferentes medicamentos que ellos tenían a su disposición, ninguno funcionó", cuenta ella. Steven Clendenen, un anestesiólogo de la clínica, confirma su historia. "Los nervios fueron inundados con anestesia local, y al momento de proceder no funcionó", recuerda.
El Universal, Ensayan primera vacuna contra lesiones de mama precancerosas — Keith Knutson, doctor en investigación, director del Programa de Investigación sobre el Cáncer de los Laboratorios para Descubrimiento y Traducción de Clínica Mayo en Florida, recibió un subsidio para llevar a cabo un ensayo clínico de fase II que probará una vacuna creada para establecer inmunidad de por vida contra el desarrollo de lesiones precancerosas. Si esto termina en éxito, la vacuna puede sustituir a la terapia actual contra el carcinoma ductal in situ y convertirse en parte de las vacunas habituales de las mujeres.
El Clasificado, Cómo prevenir las enfermedades del corazón — El Dr. Francisco López-Jiménez, cardiólogo de Mayo Clinic, y en apoyo a la campaña “Mes del Corazón Americano”, opina que aproximadamente del 70% a 80% de los infartos o ataques al corazón se pueden prevenir si se toman las medidas adecuadas de prevención; por ejemplo.
CNN en Espanol, ¿Te duele el corazón? Estos son los consejos para cuidarlo – El ejercicio y la dieta son las dos prácticas más efectivas para poder cuidar el corazón. El doctor Francisco López asegura que las enfermedades cardiacas en muchos de los casos son silenciosas.
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