Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights

Posted on March 10th, 2017 by Karl W Oestreich

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Editor, Karl Oestreich;  Assistant Editor: Emily Blahnik

 

Wall Street Journal

Zika Linked to Heart Problems
by Betsy McKay

In a study conducted at the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Caracas, Venezuela, researchers identified nine patients who developed heart rhythm disorders and other serious cardiovascular complications while they had Zika. “While we anticipated that we would see cardiovascular effects from Zika, we were surprised at the severity of the findings,” said Karina Gonzalez Carta, a cardiologist and research fellow at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., who led the study. She provided details of the findings to reporters ahead of the American College of Cardiology’s Annual Scientific Session in Washington where the findings will be presented.

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Context: Zika also may have serious effects on the heart, new research shows in the first study to report cardiovascular complications related to this virus, according to data being presented at the American College of Cardiology’s 66th Annual Scientific Session. In a study at the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Caracas, Venezuela, of nine adult patients with Zika and no previous history of cardiovascular disease, all but one developed a heart rhythm problem and two-thirds had evidence of heart failure. It is known that Zika can cause microcephaly, a severe birth defect in babies born to women infected with the virus, and Guillain-Barré syndrome, a neurological condition that can lead to muscle weakness and, in severe cases, paralysis. “We know that other mosquito-borne diseases, such as dengue fever and chikungunya virus, can affect the heart, so we thought we might see the same with Zika. But we were surprised by the severity, even in this small number of patients,” says Karina Gonzalez Carta, M.D., cardiologist and research fellow at Mayo Clinic and the study’s lead author. More information can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Contact:  Traci Klein

 

Jacksonville Business Journal
Mayo Clinic announces $70.5 million expansion in Jacksonville
by Derek Gilliam

Mayo Clinic took another step toward becoming the "premier destination medical center in the Southeast" with an $70.5 million expansion plan. That follows an already active development cycle for Mayo Clinic's Jacksonville Business Journal newspaper logoFlorida Campus that's located in Jacksonville. The hospital has invested more than $300 million in expanding its hospital campus. That has allowed for the global hospital system to grow their employee base to 5,900 in Jacksonville, according to Mayo Clinic. “We are extremely grateful to the family of Dan and Brenda Davis for their generous and unyielding support for Mayo Clinic,” said Dr. Gianrico Farrugia, vice president of Mayo Clinic and CEO of Mayo Clinic in Florida.

Reach:  The Jacksonville Business Journal is one of 61 newspapers published by American City Business Journals

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First Coast News, Mayo Clinic continues rapid expansion with two new projects announced Tuesday
WOKV JacksonvilleMayo Clinic plans $70 million construction project
Florida Times-UnionMayo Clinic continues rapid expansion with two new projects announced Tuesday
Jacksonville Business Journal, How Mayo Clinic plans to make Jacksonville a medical destination

Context: Over the past two years Mayo Clinic’s Florida campus has erupted with substantial growth in major construction projects and new staff to serve a fast-growing patient population, especially those who require complex medical care. During this time, Mayo Clinic has invested more than $300 million in major construction projects and added 900 new staff as it advances its status as the premier destination medical center in the Southeast. Mayo Clinic’s Florida campus now has about 5,900 employees and contributes roughly $2 billion to the Florida economy. As part of this economic boom, Mayo Clinic today announced another major construction project on its Florida campus – an investment of $70.5 million to add four floors for a total of five to Mayo Building South and remodel existing space in the Davis Building. The project will add 80,000 new square feet and renovate 40,000 existing square feet. More information can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Contact: Kevin Punsky

 

 

Star Tribune
Mayo spending $217 million on construction in Rochester
by Christopher Snowbeck

Mayo Clinic plans to spend $217 million on construction projects at its St. Marys hospital campus in Rochester. The project, announced Thursday, would help the clinic grow its patient volume and provide those patients better service in more efficient facilities, said Dr. Robert Cima, medical director for the Rochester hospital operations at the Mayo Clinic. “We anticipate continued growth in our patient visits,” Cima said inStar Tribune newspaper logo an interview. “We’ve been seeing that steadily year after year. This is really a commitment to providing access to as many patients as possible.”

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.

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KAALMayo Clinic Giving Saint Marys Campus $217 Million Expansion, Upgrade
KTTCMayo Clinic approves $217 million expansion for its Saint Marys Campus
KIMTMayo Clinic unveils $217 million construction project
KAAL,  In-Depth at 6:30: Impact of Saint Marys
Twin Cities BusinessMayo Clinic Spending $458M To Renovate, Expand Its MN, FL Campuses
Post-Bulletin, Mayo Clinic to invest $217M to expand, upgrade Saint Marys

Context: The Mayo Clinic Board of Trustees approved plans for enhanced and increased procedural and patient-dedicated facilities at Mayo Clinic Hospital – Rochester, Saint Marys Campus. Mayo Clinic will invest $217 million in the growth and modernization of Saint Marys Campus, while also relocating and upgrading its Cardiac Surgery facilities. Both sets of projects will address the needs of an increasingly complex patient population, rising inpatient volume and innovative practice, while providing the highest level of safe, efficient and affordable care. “These enhancements further Mayo Clinic’s mission of advancing the practice by investing in our facilities to help ensure we provide the best possible care for our patients,” says C. Michel Harper, M.D., executive dean for practice at Mayo Clinic. “The improvement of our facilities is a natural extension of Mayo Clinic’s efforts to provide both a modern and coordinated health care environment.” More information can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Contact:  Kelly Reller

 

CNN
Interval training exercise could be a fountain of youth
by Susan Scutti

Looking for a fountain of youth? You may need to search no further than your sneakers. "Any exercise is better than being sedentary," said Dr. Sreekumaran Nair, senior author of the study and a diabetes CNN Logoresearcher at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. However, Nair noted that high-intensity interval training (HIIT), in particular, is "highly efficient" when it comes to reversing many age-related changes.

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Context:  Everyone knows that exercise is good for you, but what type of training helps most, especially when you’re older - say over 65? A Mayo Clinic study says it’s high-intensity aerobic exercise, which can reverse some cellular aspects of aging. The findings appear in Cell Metabolism. Mayo researchers compared high-intensity interval training, resistance training and combined training. All training types improved lean body mass and insulin sensitivity, but only high-intensity and combined training improved aerobic capacity and mitochondrial function for skeletal muscle. Decline in mitochondrial content and function are common in older adults. High-intensity intervals also improved muscle protein content that not only enhanced energetic functions, but also caused muscle enlargement, especially in older adults. The researchers emphasized an important finding: Exercise training significantly enhanced the cellular machinery responsible for making new proteins. That contributes to protein synthesis, thus reversing a major adverse effect of aging. However, adding resistance training is important to achieve significant muscle strength. More information can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Contact: Bob Nellis

 

Woman’s Day
10 Simple Tips That Will Help You Prevent Alzheimer's Disease
by Stacey Colino

Many women fear losing their mental faculties as they age, and consider the future to be the luck of the draw. In fact, 44% of 1,200 adults surveyed by the Marist Institute for Public Opinion were more scared of getting Alzheimer's disease than cancer, stroke, heart disease or diabetes. What you may not realize is just how much you can protect yourself. "We all have the power to influence how our brains age," says RonWoman's Day Logo
Petersen, MD, PhD, director of Mayo Clinic's Alzheimer's Disease Research Center in Rochester, MN. "What you do at midlife will have late-life benefits on the health of your brain and heart." Know the facts, then take simple steps to get on track.

Reach: Woman’s Day reaches a monthly audience of more than 3.3 million. Its website receives more than 4.7 million unique visitors each month.

Context: Ron Petersen, M.D., Ph.D., is the Cora Kanow Professor of Alzheimer’s Disease Research at Mayo Clinic. Dr. Petersen is regularly sought out by reporters as a leading expert in his medical field. Dr. Petersen chairs the Advisory Council on Alzheimer’s Research, Care and Services.

Contact: Susan Barber Lindquist

 

Today.com
5 steps that helped this woman shed 68 pounds and transform her life

When Jacqueline Gilmore-Jackson’s mother passed away, she turned to food for comfort. It wasn’t uncommon for her to snack mindlessly and eat at odd hours, even enjoying dinner at midnight. Since that sad time in 2010, her weight slowly increased. In March, she applied to participate in the Woman’s Day Live Longer and Stronger Challenge. The magazine selected five women from across the country to receive nutrition and exercise counseling from Joy Bauer and guidance from experts at Mayo Clinic to lose weight and improve their health.

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Context: The Live Longer & Stronger challenge—headed by Joy Bauer, RDN, with guidance from experts at Mayo Clinic—is about more than just lowering the numbers on the scale. Some of these women walked more steps than they'd ever dreamed possible, while others cut out medications they'd been taking for years, leading to greater happiness and healthier hearts.

Contact:  Traci Klein

USA Today, Reclaim your bedroom: How to get your kids to sleep in their bed by Mary Bowerman — While you may feel like you're the only parent struggling when it comes to bedtime, you aren't alone, according to Angela Mattke, M.D. in Community Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. “This is a common thing that happens with kids, and there are things [parents] can do to help them, but the approach they decide to use has to be what’s going to fit with their family and something they can live with and be consistent with,” she said.

CNN, Mediterranean diet linked to lower risk of breast cancer type, study says by Robert Jimison — In the past, research has shown the Mediterranean diet is a key to longer lives, stronger bones and lower risk of cardiovascular disease and even other cancer."Diet is a significant factor in preventing breast cancer as it is one of the most modifiable lifestyle changes that women can undertake to prevent breast cancer," said Dr. Sandhya Pruthi, a professor at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, who was not involved in the research. "The plant and vegetable based diet with fish and monosaturated fat are key components of this diet and have a positive impact in lowering breast cancer incidence." Additional coverage: News4Jax

CNN, 5 things for Tuesday by AJ Willingham — #RelationshipGoals : And possibly piano-playing goals. This impromptu recital in the Mayo Clinic atrium will get you going.

Huffington Post, 5 Strange Things That — Really! — Can Increase Your Risk of STIs by Suzannah Weiss — You’ve had an STI before. In a unfortunate twist of fate, your chances of getting an STI are higher if you’ve already had to deal with one, according to the Mayo Clinic. This may be because some STIs can cause sores and skin tears, according to the CDC.

Reuters, Most older women don’t get bone tests after hip fractures by Lisa Rapaport — The study confirms a long recognized gap in routine osteoporosis care for patients with hip fractures, said Dr. Matthew Drake, a researcher at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, who wasn’t involved in the study. “Almost all patients who have a hip fracture should be screened for osteoporosis as this will allow their provider to assess their bone mineral density, and will also establish a baseline so that if pharmacologic or other treatment approaches are chosen there is data against which to compare later in order to determine how the therapy is working,” Drake said by email.

New York Times, Why Our Champions Are Getting Older by David Epstein — I was spending a lot of time talking about aging athletes with Michael Joyner, a physiologist at the Mayo Clinic, and we were both struck by the coverage of Olympic athletes beyond their 20s…Joyner sent me a paper about a Danish rower who won a medal in five straight Olympics between ages 19 and 40, and for a moment I thought about trying rowing. But beginning as a rower in Brooklyn felt tortuous. I wanted to start with something simple that could do anywhere.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Doctor developing vaccine that would prevent breast, ovarian and certain lung cancers — A vaccine called TPIV 200 would prevent breast, ovarian and some lung cancers, and it is being created in a Mayo Clinic lab by Dr. Keith Knutson. "It would not only enable us to prevent disease from recurring in individuals, it would be paradigm shifting," Knutson said.

Boston Globe, Prevengeance shall be mine! by Alex Beam — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has suggested aggressive screening for the condition, which it thinks may affect one of every three adult Americans. Yet Victor Montori, a Mayo Clinic endocrinologist, told The Wall Street Journal that “only a small portion of those people are going to progress” to full-blown diabetes. By presaging pre-diabetes, Montori adds, “the only thing you’re guaranteed to get is more tests, more appointments, more patients.”

STAT, Medicine with a side of mysticism: Top hospitals promote unproven therapies by Casey Ross — Many hospitals have also expanded into more general “wellness” offerings, with classes in healthy cooking, tai chi, meditation, and art therapy. UCSF offers a $375 class on “cultivating emotional balance” (and a free class on “laughter yoga”). Mayo Clinic sells a $2,900 “signature experience,” which includes consultations with a wellness coach.

Forbes, Organizational Strategies That Promote Well-Being And Reduce Burnout by Paula Davis Laack — Utilize the power of leadership. Leadership behaviors of supervisors play a critical role in the well-being of the people they lead. A recent study of more than 2,800 physicians (who were asked to rate their immediate supervisor) at Mayo Clinic found that, “each one-point increase in the leadership score of a physician’s immediate supervisor was associated with a 3.3% decrease in the likelihood of burnout and a 9.0% increase in satisfaction.

Yahoo! Finance, Frozen Foods That Are Worth the Freezer Space by Sally Wadyka — In honor of National Frozen Food Day (it’s today, in case you didn’t know) we’ve asked dietitians to share some pros and cons of frozen foods: products worth stocking your freezer with and pitfalls to avoid. “Frozen foods can be a lifesaver when you don’t have the time or ingredients to make a healthy meal from scratch,” says Angie Murad, R.D., a dietitian with the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program. “But not all frozen foods are ones you want to rely on, so you do have to be careful what you choose.”

ABC News, George Michael died of natural causes, dilated cardiomyopathy, coroner says by Michael Rothman — Iconic singer George Michael died of natural causes, a senior coroner told ABC News today. To be more specific, the 53-year-old died on Dec. 25 from heart disease and a "fatty liver." The coroner from Oxfordshire in southern England said in the statement that Michael had "dilated cardiomyopathy with myocarditis. "Myocarditis is inflammation of the heart muscles as well, leading to the "reduction in the heart's pumping function," according to the Mayo Clinic. Additional coverage: Yahoo! News

MSN, 7 Ways to Naturally Lower Your Blood Pressure by Nicole Dossantos — Exercise is an all-natural way to help lower and control your blood pressure. According to Mayo Clinic, “Regular physical activity makes your heart stronger. A stronger heart can pump more blood with less effort. If your heart can work less to pump, the force on your arteries decreases, lowering your blood pressure.” Try adding exercise in your daily routine whenever you can. Even something as small as taking the stairs instead of the elevator and walking to your destination instead of driving can make a huge impact.

HealthDay, Rheumatoid Arthritis Drug May Not Ease Chronic Fatigue Syndrome After All by Dennis Thompson — In addition, previous studies have shown that arthritis patients treated with anakinra experience a dramatic decline in their fatigue levels, said Dr. Kevin Fleming, a geriatric specialist with the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. He wasn't involved in the study…Meanwhile, Fleming noted that the women in this study had been long-time chronic fatigue sufferers. Perhaps anakinra could head off the onset of chronic fatigue syndrome in people who just suffered serious infection or physical stress and are at risk for developing the disorder, he said. "It could be there's a subgroup where if you intervene early, they might actually not develop it," Fleming said.

SELF, Chrissy Teigen Says She Has Postpartum Depression by Marissa G. Muller — ‘I couldn’t figure out why I was so unhappy. I blamed it on being tired and possibly growing out of the role: ‘Maybe I’m just not a goofy person anymore. Maybe I’m just supposed to be a mom.’ ”But Teigen also started suffering from many physical symptoms of postpartum depression, which include loss of appetite and loss of energy, the Mayo Clinic reports.

Reuters, Minnesota governor undergoes surgery for prostate cancer — Minnesota Democratic Governor Mark Dayton underwent surgery for prostate cancer on Thursday and will stay overnight at the hospital as he recovers, an aide said in a statement. Dayton's surgery proceeded as planned and was over by late morning, Deputy Chief of Staff Linden Zakula said in an emailed statement. Dayton, 70, said last month he would have his prostate removed. "The Governor is resting comfortably at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. As he recovers, he will be joined by his family and remain at the hospital overnight," Zakula said. Additional coverage: Star TribuneUS News & World Report, ABC News, KARE11, New York Times, KAAL, Pioneer Press, KTTC

Pioneer Press, Mark Dayton’s surgery recovery going fine, but slower than he had hoped by Rachel E. Stasen-Beger — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton’s recovery from prostate surgery is going well but slower than the governor hoped. The governor, 70, had a four-hour surgery March 2 and had planned to leave Rochester’s Mayo Clinic on Saturday — two days later — but delayed his return home until Sunday. He had also planned to make a public appearance Monday but delayed his public re-emergence. The governor has nothing public on his schedule for Tuesday but staff said that may change.

WEAU Eau Claire, Dayton to return to governor's residence after prostate surgery — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton will spend one more day at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester after undergoing surgery for prostate cancer. Dayton is expected to return to the governor's residence Sunday. Spokesman Linden Zakula on Saturday said that the governor's surgery was a success and the surgeon found no sign that the cancer had spread beyond the prostate. Additional coverage: Post-Bulletin, WCCO, US News & World Report, KSTP, KTTC, KMSP, KARE11, New York Times, Star Tribune, Associated Press, Pioneer Press, KEYC Mankato

Post-Bulletin, Dayton latest in long line of leaders to seek care at Mayo by Heather J. Carlson — Gov. Mark Dayton underwent prostate cancer surgery Thursday morning at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. He is expected to stay in Rochester until Saturday while he recuperates. Dayton is the latest in a long line of political leaders who have sought care at the Mayo Clinic. Former President Ronald Reagan, the Dalai Lama and Former Vice President Walter Mondale are just some of those that have made the trek to Rochester. So why do so many state and national leaders opt to go to Mayo Clinic?

MedCity News, Mayo Clinic startup OneOme pitches user-friendly pharmacogenomics by Juliet Preston — With the help of the Invenshure healthcare incubator, Mayo Clinic and three scientists came together in 2013 to launch OneOme, a startup dedicated to making this science accessible and routine. “We set out to provide the most comprehensive pharmacogenomic solution and the most cost-effective,” said CEO Paul Owen in a phone interview.

KQED Radio, Study: Higher Arsenic, Mercury Exposure in People Following Gluten-Free Diet — Gluten-free labels are increasingly common in grocery stores, but a new study published in the medical journal ‘Epidemiology,’ found higher concentrations of arsenic and mercury in people eating gluten-free diets. A separate study from the Mayo Clinic found that while the number of people with celiac disease was stable from 2009 to 2014, the number of people who followed a gluten-free diet increased significantly in the same timeframe. We’ll discuss the latest research on celiac disease and the potential benefits and risks of going gluten free. Interview with Joseph Murray M.D., gastroenterologist, Mayo Clinic; author of the Mayo Clinic's "Going Gluten Free: Essential Guide to Managing Celiac Disease and Related Conditions"

Twin Cities Business, Work On Mayo-Developed Heart Failure Therapy Dropped By California Company by Don Jacobson — A long-standing effort to commercialize a Mayo Clinic-developed type of a designer drug that addresses both chronic heart failure and associated renal failure has been suspended by a San Francisco biotech company, which licensed the technology in 2008. Capricor Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq: CAPR) of San Francisco announced this month that it was terminating its license agreement with Mayo for the technology, which it was developing for its Cenderitide pharmaceutical candidate.

Chippewa Herald, Mayo Clinic, YMCA open Camp Wabi registration — Joining together again, Mayo Healthy System and the YMCA of Eau Claire announced open registration for Camp Wabi, a summer camp for kids who struggle with their weight. The camp is open to kids entering sixth through 10th grade who enjoy swimming in a lake and singing by the campfire. In addition, campers will receive healthy lifestyle coaching for one hour a day from nutrition, behavior therapy, psychology and exercise physiology specialists.

WKBT La Crosse, Students attend Alternative Healing Lab to learn other ways of healing by Troy Neumann — The La Crosse YMCA hosted the lab to teach students about non-traditional medical treatments including yoga, oils, and massage therapy. Both Gundersen and Mayo Clinic Health System put on the event to show the students not every problem requires medicine. The lab was part of the Health Science Academy, a two-year program giving students a head start on careers in the medical field.

Dotmed.com, Mayo Clinic team develops 3-D printed scaffold for ACL reconstruction by Lauren Dubinsky — Researchers from Mayo Clinic have developed a 3-D-printed bioabsorbable scaffold that can reconstruct ruptured anterior cruciate ligaments in the knee and deliver a protein that promotes bone regeneration. Tendon graft reconstruction is the conventional method for treating ACL ruptures, and interference screw fixation is typically performed to fix the graft in place.

Sun Herald, Mayo Clinic News Network: Stem cell science in space happening with SpaceX rocket — The SpaceX rocket carrying samples of donated adult stem cells from a research laboratory at Mayo Clinic's Florida campus launched from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Feb. 19. The biological cells come from the laboratory of Dr. Abba Zubair, who specializes in cellular treatments for disease and regenerative medicine. Additional coverage: Lexington Herald-Leader, Tri-City Herald

Star Tribune, How much protein do you really need? — Judging by all the protein bars, shakes and powders on the market, you could easily get the impression that you need more protein. But what’s the real story? “Contrary to all the hype that everyone needs more protein, most Americans get twice as much as they need,” said Kristi Wempen, a Mayo Clinic Health System registered dietitian nutritionist. Another myth about extra protein is that it leads to bigger muscles. Strength training is what leads to muscle growth, not ramping up protein intake. “The body can’t store protein, so once needs are met, any extra is used for energy or stored as fat,” added Wempen.

Dotmed.com, Mayo Clinic earns Joint Commission top honor for chest pain care — Mayo Clinic’s Florida campus has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Chest Pain Certification, which designates high-quality, safe and effective care. This new certification is a hallmark of excellence and signifies a well-run disease management program. Since 2010, Mayo Clinic hospital in Florida has been accredited by the Society of Chest Pain Centers for its care of chest pain patients.

Wisconsin State Journal, Exact Sciences and Mayo Clinic offer hope for a lung cancer blood test by Judy Newman — Exact Sciences Corp. and Mayo Clinic are touting early results of a study on a blood test for lung cancer. They say the blood test, involving nearly 400 people, correctly identified people with cancer more than 9 out of 10 times. It also was able to determine which people did not have cancer at least 90 percent of the time.

First Coast News, Doctors uncertain exactly why colorectal cancer rates are climbing among millennials by Jason Rantala — Doctors like Victoria Gomez at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville haven't quite pinpointed the cause just yet, but she believes it may have to do with poor diet: not enough fruits, too much red and processed meat, and not enough exercise. "The thought is that these risk factors may be the cause of these rising rates in colorectal cancer in millennials," says Gomez. He says the large number of young people with dietary issues has to do with how our society now takes in such high calories, diets high in carbohydrates and low in fiber. It all sets up for what she calls a metabolic disaster.

Post-Bulletin, Second-grader makes unexplainable recovery after being shot with arrow by Kristine Goodrich — Kirsten and Ron Bressler decided they'd be the ones to tell their 8-year-old son he would never walk again. They recalled how overwhelmed they were by the stream of doctors who filed into a waiting room. The stray arrow that struck their youngest child in the chest had shattered part of his spine and he would be paralyzed from the chest down, the doctors told them. Somehow, despite a diagnosis of a severed spinal cord, Curtis is well on his way to a full recovery after being accidentally shot by an archery arrow. The second-grader is not only walking again, he's jumping and climbing stairs. "Sometimes we don't have explanations from a medical standpoint," said Mayo Clinic pediatric surgeon Denise Klinkner in a video about Curtis. "But with this kind of outcome, I'm OK not having an explanation."

Post-Bulletin, Teens usually outgrow postural tachycardia syndrome – DEAR MAYO CLINIC: What is postural tachycardia syndrome, and how is it diagnosed? Can it be treated, or do you just have to live with it?...Because postural tachycardia syndrome is a complicated disorder that can show up in a variety of ways, those with postural tachycardia syndrome may need to use several different treatment options. At times, it can be challenging to find a treatment regime that successfully controls all postural tachycardia syndrome symptoms. If you don't respond well to initial treatment, it's important to continue medical care and work with a provider familiar with postural tachycardia syndrome who can customize care to your individual needs. — Jeremy Cutsforth-Gregory, M.D., Neurology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester.

Post-Bulletin, Obsessive-compulsive disorder is known to affect young children — DEAR MAYO CLINIC: At what age does obsessive-compulsive disorder typically become noticeable in children? My 7-year-old recently has become very focused on having things straight (e.g., blankets, toy cars and papers) and checking to make sure his stuffed animals are lined up a certain way before he goes to sleep. He even gets up to check them multiple times. Is this typical of a kid his age, or should I have him evaluated?...Keep in mind as you consider whether or not to have your son evaluated for OCD that it is the feelings his behaviors produce in addition to the behaviors themselves that must be examined. If he simply likes lining up his stuffed animals and straightening his things, and that doesn't cause disruption or undue stress in your household, you can feel confident just letting him continue to enjoy these activities. — Stephen Whiteside, Ph.D., L.P., Psychiatry and Psychology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester.

KIMT, Maintaining a healthy BMI is important by Hannah Funk — Emily Schmidt, Registered Dietitian at Mayo Clinic Health System- Albert Lea, says 150 minutes of physical activity each week and a well-balanced diet will reduce your BMI. However, she’s seeing an increase in childhood obesity and believes it’s a team effort to make sure your child is living a healthy lifestyle. “I think a preventable approach is important,” said Schmidt. “So work at changing the habits of the whole family. If there is a lot of screen time and staying indoors then try to get outside.”

KIMT, Recognition for Mayo dermatologist by Mike Bunge — A doctor at Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea and Austin is being honored by the Women’s Dermatologic Society. Kathleen Hectorne, M.D. will receive both the Rose Hirschler and President’s awards during the annual meeting March 5 of the American Academy of Dermatology. “I am so honored to have been recognized by my peers, whom I hold in high regard, and am humbled that I have been chosen for not one but two awards,” says Dr. Hectorne.

MedCity News, AI is “still pretty dumb” and like a “2-year-old” by Arundhati Parmar — Last month, Mayo Clinic’s CIO gave the strongest endorsement so far of artificial intelligence technology at the annual HIMSS conference in Orlando, Florida. Cris Ross along with Tuffia Haddad, a breast cancer oncologist, at Rochester, Minnesota institution, portrayed the tangible benefits of using artificial intelligence, specifically IBM Watson Health’s AI engine. “Artificial intelligence is still pretty dumb,” Ross declared before adding, “And I don’t mean that in a really derogatory way.” He described IBM Watson Health “as some of the best computer science on the planet” but noted that AI is heavily dependent on mammoth amounts of data.

Tradeline, Mayo Clinic Consolidates and Relocates Labs with Zero Downtime — Mayo Clinic’s Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology (DLMP) has relocated and consolidated three laboratories—Endocrine, Toxicology and Drug Monitoring, and the Proteomics Core Mass Spectrometry Development Lab (CMSL)—into a singular core mass spectrometry laboratory. The two-story, 65,000-gsf addition to the Superior Drive Support Center (SDSC) is 10 to 15 minutes from Mayo Clinic’s downtown Rochester, Minn., campus. “Expansion of SDSC improves service levels and extends DLMP’s capacity to align with market opportunities, and the move frees up much-needed research space for DLMP at its downtown Hilton Building facility,” explains DLMP operations coordinator Matthew Barthel, PMP.

Chippewa Herald, Lazy eye diagnosis, patient dedication help prevent permanent damage — Saydee, 8, is happy that she can see better and ride in a car without feeling dizzy. After a visit to see pediatric ophthalmologist Naomie Warner, D.O., in the Eye Care Center at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire last year, Saydee learned that she had lazy eye. Untreated, lazy eye can cause permanent vision loss, which affects 2.9 percent of adults, according to mayoclinic.org. Dr. Warner says, “Vision loss can usually be treated, and often reversed, if caught early during childhood development before the age of 10.”

Albert Lea Tribune, Gold Cross Ambulance building clears first hurdle by Sam Wilmes — Mayo Clinic’s plan for a new facility for Albert Lea Gold Cross Ambulance came one step closer to reality on Tuesday night. The Albert Lea Planning Commission approved a conditional use permit for Gold Cross Ambulance to construct an approximately $2.2 million, 8,100-square foot facility on the campus of Mayo Clinic Health System near Central Park. The facility, at 109 West Ave., would house office and training space, crew quarters and ambulance space.

Refinery29, How To Give The Heimlich Maneuver To Everyone In Your Life — Including You by Sarah Jacoby — There are actually a few different techniques out there for helping someone who's choking. But the most well-known is the Heimlich maneuver, named for it's recently-deceased inventor. Here are the basic Heimlich maneuver steps, courtesy of the Mayo Clinic. Before you get all heroic, though, definitely ask that person if they're really choking. If they give you the universal hands-around-neck signal or some other confirmation that they're in trouble, get to it

Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, First patient has TAVR surgery — Eighty-seven-year-old Charles Kaeding of Augusta has faced his share of health issues through the years, including battling prostate cancer and sustaining hip and knee replacement surgeries. Until recently, though, he’d considered himself to be in fairly good health, feeling well most days if not for “the arthritis from my toes to my nose.” Kaeding, a lifelong farmer who still enjoys helping his son on the farm, addressed his worrisome symptoms with his primary care physician, who referred him to Dr. Vien Le, a Mayo Clinic Health System cardiologist. Fortunately, for Kaeding, Mayo Clinic Health System recently began offering TAVR, which is a minimally invasive procedure perfect for higher risk patients, like Kaeding, in Eau Claire.

1011 News Nebraska, Jake Diekman's journey back to the mound — Jake Diekman throws a 96 mph fastball, but he's also overcoming the curve balls life has thrown at him. Diekman, a Wymore native and pitcher for the Texas Rangers, has battled ulcerative colitis for 20 years. A recent surgery will take him off the mound at least until the all-star break in July. However, he'll now have the chance to live his healthiest life yet. In late January, doctors at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota performed the first of three surgeries that will ultimately rid Diekman's body of the colitis he's fought most of his life.

News-medical.net, Mayo Clinic researchers find new experimental drug that shrinks tumors in multiple myeloma patients — Mayo Clinic researchers have found that an experimental drug, LCL161, stimulates the immune system, leading to tumor shrinkage in patients affected by multiple myeloma. The findings are published in Nature Medicine. "The drug, LCL161, was initially developed to promote tumor death," says Marta Chesi, Ph.D., a Mayo Clinic biochemist and lead author of the study of 25 Multiple Myeloma patients. "However, we found that the drug does not kill tumor cells directly. Rather, it makes them more visible to the immune system that recognizes them as foreigner invaders and eliminates them."

El Mercurio, El ejercicio aerobico hace bien porque rejevenece las celulas del cuerpo — Un estudio de la Clinica Mayo demostro que este efecto positivo es superior en personas mayores, lo que les permite vivir mas y con mejor salud.

High Trends, El maravilloso transplante de cara — Un equipo pluridisciplinario de cirujanos, médicos y otros profesionales de la salud acaba de completar el trasplante casi total de cara de un hombre procedente de Wyoming en la sede de Mayo Clinic en Rochester. La extensa cirugía cambiará la vida del paciente al mejorar su capacidad de masticar, deglutir, respirar y oler. El receptor es Andrew Sandness, hombre de 32 años, procedente de la zona oriental del estado de Wyoming y a quien un arma de fuego destrozó la cara cuando tenía 21 años; el paciente se encuentra bien.

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