August 4th, 2017

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights

By Karl W Oestreich

Mayo Clinic in the News is a weekly highlights summary of major media coverage. If you would like to be added to the weekly distribution list, send a note to Emily Blahnik with this subject line: SUBSCRIBE to Mayo Clinic in the News.

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US News & World Report
Students Begin Class at New Metro Phoenix Medical School

Fifty students in Arizona took the first steps of a four-year journey to becoming medical doctors. The Mayo Clinic School of Medicine, also called Mayo Med School, began instruction last week at its metro Phoenix campus in Scottsdale. Its inaugural class includes 10 students who from Arizona or with ties to the state. Mayo Med School Interim Dean Dr. Michele Halyard toldUS News Best States Logo the school's inaugural class her stress-reliever as a student doctor came in the form of exercising regularly and eating a healthy diet.

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Context: This July, Mayo Clinic's campuses in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona, will become the third campus of Mayo Medical School. Students will join about 5,700 Mayo Clinic employees who care for more than 100,000 patients every year. It's a close-knit (but not too small) Mayo Clinic campus in one of the biggest metropolitan areas in the country.

Contact: Jim McVeigh

 

Univision
Q’s Hands
by Jorge Ramos

The brain is pulsating in front of me — I never imagined that the brain could pulsate as the heart does. It’s beige, almost light brown. Purple veins and arteries sprawl like a spider web…The patient, who we’ll call M, is a 29-year-old who had a brain tumor. He allowed me and my television crew to record the procedure. M put his faith and his brain in the hands of Dr. Alfredo Quiñones and the experts at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida. I would have done the same. Dr. Q is a living legend. At 49, he has performed some 2,500 brain surgeries. But the most riveting story is how he managed to become one of the world’s most talented neurosurgeons.

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Context: Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa, M.D., prominent neurosurgeon, researcher and educator, joined Mayo Clinic in 2016 as chair of the Department of Neurosurgery on the Florida campus, along with several members of his research team from Johns Hopkins Medicine. Dr. Quinones-Hinojosa is renown nationally and internationally as a surgeon, researcher, humanitarian and author. His laboratory has published many manuscripts and articles, submitted a number of patents and obtained three NIH grants. Students and fellows who worked with Dr. Quinones-Hinojosa have gone on to join leading neuroscience programs throughout the world. Mayo Clinic's world-renowned neurosurgeons perform more than 7,000 complex surgical procedures every year at campuses in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota.

Contact: Kevin Punsky, Sharon Theimer

 

First Coast News
Doctors studying CTE injuries at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville
by Janny Rodriguez

Boston University study finding that 110 of 111 deceased NFL players showed Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), a disease caused by repeated blows to the head, has gotten national attention. Locally, the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville isFirst Coast News Logo studying ways to determine if people have CTE, especially at a young age. Mayo Dr. Kevin Bieniek says even at a high school level players are at risk. His own research has found that one third of high school football players had CTE. "Even younger cases are not immune and that's what this Boston study shows and that's what our research shows," said Dr. Bieniek.

Reach: First Coast News refers to two television stations in Jacksonville, Florida. WJXX, the ABC affiliate and WTLV, the NBC affiliate.

Context: Kevin Bieniek, Ph.D. is associated with Dennis Dickson, MD's brain bank as part of Mayo Clinic's neuroscience research. Neuroscientists at Mayo Clinic in Florida are leaders in the discovery of new genes, biomarkers and therapeutic targets. Dennis Dickson, M.D., a member of the Department of Neuroscience and a Potamkin Prize winner, directs the brain bank, which contains more than 5,000 specimens.

Contact: Kevin Punsky

 

Post-Bulletin
What's Mayo Clinic's impact?
by Jeff Kiger

The Mayo Clinic Effect spreads far beyond the hospital walls to add an estimated $28 billion to the U.S. economy is no surprise Logo for Post-Bulletin newspaperof residents of Rochester. "There's no doubt it makes a huge impact for us," said Nick Powers, general manager of the Canadian Honker restaurant across Second Street from Mayo Clinic's Saint Marys Hospital. When we started 33 years ago, this was a small restaurant that seated 40 people. We essentially grew along with Mayo."

Reach: The Post-Bulletin has a daily readership of more than 32,000 people and more than 442,000 unique visitors to its website each month. The newspaper serves Rochester, Minn., and Southeast Minnesota.

Context: Today, Mayo Clinic released a societal impact report demonstrating the powerful effect the organization has on medical practice, patients and the American economy. The report ─ a first-of-its-kind study for Mayo Clinic ─ shows that Mayo Clinic contributed $28 billion to the U.S. economy and created 167,000 jobs nationwide through its business expenditures and the employer multiplier effect. TEConomy Partners, LLC, a consulting firm that provides econometric analysis, conducted this study. While the study confirms that Mayo Clinic is a national economic force, the report, Remarkable Moments of Sharing, details how Mayo Clinic also provides many additional benefits to households, businesses, government and other organizations across the U.S. Mayo Clinic’s unique integration of clinical care, research and education creates connections that lead to a meaningful impact on patients, researchers, medical students and communities. More information can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.

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New York Times, Hey Charlie Hustle! Use Your Head and Slide Feet First by Jere Longman — … Mike Trout, the Los Angeles Angels’ center fielder and perhaps baseball’s best player, drew a walk here last week, trotted to first base and put on a protective sliding glove that resembled an oven mitt. Trout, a two-time most valuable player in the American League, is one of three prominent players who have hurt their thumbs and fingers while sliding headfirst this season, along with Carlos Correa, the Houston Astros’ All-Star shortstop, and Kris Bryant, the Chicago Cubs’ third baseman and the reigning M.V.P. in the National League.These high-profile incidents have occurred soon after the publication of the first in-depth study about the frequency and effects of sliding injuries in professional baseball. The study suggests it could be more risky to slide headfirst, which some players prefer for strategic reasons.The study, partly funded by Major League Baseball and employing its injury database, found 236 sliding injuries over all during those five seasons, which is not necessarily a large number. “I was surprised with how few injuries actually occurred while sliding,” said Dr. Christopher L. Camp, the lead author of the study and an assistant professor of orthopedics at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

CNN, Is 'overfat' the new obesity? by Jen Christensen — What may be a better way to assess if you are overfat is for your doctor to look more like a tailor and take a tape measure to your waist, the authors argue...It's not as perfect a measure as if your doctor were to calculate your fat using an X-ray, but it's a good indicator, suggests Dr. Francisco Lopez-Jimenez, a cardiologist and obesity expert at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. Lopez-Jimenez, who is not connected to this study, finds overfat an interesting concept and thinks the author's suggestion of measuring waist circumference is a good one. He said you could even do something simpler and look at your hip to waist ratio -- something a doctor could eyeball quickly. "If the waist is bigger than the hips, it tells me that the risk carried with that weight is much higher for that person for premature death," Lopez-Jimenez said. Additional coverage: News4Jax

CNN, What are the benefits of coconut water? by Daniella Emanuel — So what is the truth about this trendy beverage, often marketed for its hydrating benefits and praised as a hangover cure? … There has been some talk on the Internet that drinking coconut water on an empty stomach in the morning can stimulate metabolism, as well as boost immunity and reduce bad cholesterol. Jason Ewoldt, registered dietitian and wellness dietitian at the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program, said the research would not support this. "It seems like there's always some new breaking thing that you have to eat in the morning on an empty stomach to help with weight loss or energy or what have you," Ewoldt said. "There's nothing special about coconut water. It's essentially water with some electrolytes, which you could do in the morning by drinking a glass of water and having a banana." Additional coverage: WENY-TV

CNN, Hot car deaths reach record numbers in July by Susan Scutti — How heat kills kids: The central nervous system is not fully developed in children, and this makes their bodies less able to cope with temperature changes, according to the Mayo Clinic. Children have difficulty remaining hydrated for this same reason. And a child's core body temperature can rise five times more quickly than that of an adult. When body temperature rises, heatstroke may occur.

CBS News, Could a little alcohol lower your diabetes risk? — That glass of wine or pint of beer you enjoy with dinner every night might come with an added benefit -- a lower risk of type 2 diabetes, a new Danish study contends…At least one diabetes expert suggested that if you're thinking of drinking just to prevent type 2 diabetes, you might want to put the corkscrew down. "I wouldn't recommend increasing alcohol consumption on the basis of this study," said Dr. Adrian Vella, an endocrinologist and internist with the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Additional coverage: KTTCHealthDayKansas City Star

ABC News, Mom's alarming photo of sleeping toddler warns parents of indoor heatstroke by Nicole Pelletiere — Dr. Venkatesh Bellamkonda, emergency medicine specialist of Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, said indoor heatstroke is possible depending on the conditions. "Heatstroke is about being in a room or environment where the body temperature is forced to rise unnaturally," Bellamkonda told ABC News. "It can be in a boiler room, in a greenhouse, it can be in front of the sun. Heatstroke might be something other than the person's own body causing that temperature [to rise]." Additional coverage: Yahoo!

FOX News, Health benefits of breast-feeding by Zoe Szathmary — Continuing the practice past one year can have positive upsides for babies and moms, according to the Mayo Clinic. “Extended breast-feeding — as well as breast-feeding for 12 months or more cumulatively in life — has been shown to reduce the risk of breast cancer, ovarian cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes” for a breast-feeding mom, the clinic says.

Daily Mail, Top doctor reveals negative-calorie foods that claim to burn more energy than they contain are a MYTH (and that includes cabbage and celery) by Imogen Blake — It sounds too good to be true: foods that don't contain any calories because you burn off more energy chewing them than you consume by eating them. And sadly it is, as a top doctor has now confirmed that so-called negative-calorie foods are a myth. Dr Donald Hensrud, a professor at leading medical research practice the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, wrote about the alleged foods in a bid to dissuade slimmers from following an ultra-low calorie diet, such as an all-cabbage diet, which he said could impact on your health…He wrote: 'Following extreme diets that promote eating only a few foods can cause you to miss out on important nutrients. 'The key to successful weight loss is adopting a healthy lifestyle that includes a balanced diet and regular exercise.'

Washington Post, Confusion after surgery linked to later dementia in older people, study finds by Tara Bahrampour — While earlier studies have showed a relationship between POD and dementia, this is the first to look entirely at subjects who showed no cognitive decline in pre-surgery assessments, said David Warner, an anesthesiologist at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota and the study’s senior author…Further study is needed to determine whether delirium contributes to later cognitive decline or is an indicator of some underlying factor that made people more likely to develop dementia, Warner said.

Washington Post, Angelina Jolie said she had a rare condition. Here’s what we know about it. by Lindsey Bever — In a recent interview with Vanity Fair, actress and humanitarian Angelina Jolie opened up about her personal health struggles — threats of cancer that led her to the decisions to have a preventive double mastectomy and then to have her ovaries removed. She said she developed hypertension and Bell’s palsy, a condition she said had caused her face to droop on one side…What is Bell's palsy, a condition that affects about 40,000 other people in America each year? Although alarming, the condition is not as scary as it may seem. “Most people will go through life without having a Bell's palsy,” Lyell Jones Jr., a neuromuscular neurologist at the Mayo Clinic, told The Washington Post. “But for most patients who have it — whether or not they get treatment for it — they tend to do very well, and most patients will have a complete recovery.”

New York Times, The Secret Life of Pain by David C. Roberts — …It turned out that my salvation had always been within reach. But it took an agonizing series of flights to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., to find that out. For a month the doctors there pushed, prodded and ran their tests. But they found nothing remarkable. They had no fix. Out of options, I joined the other no-hopers at Mayo’s pain rehabilitation center. There, chronic pain, unlike the acute variety, was treated as a malfunction in perception, whether or not an ongoing physical cause had been identified. The brain becomes addicted to dramatizing pain, they said; and the more you feed it, the stronger the addiction. So don’t dwell on the pain, and don’t try to fix it — no props, no pills. Eventually the mind should let go.

HuffPost, Increased Doctor Burnout Rates Lead To Decreased Patient Safety by Dr. Kristy Taylor — Burnout syndrome is an epidemic occurring in the medical community due to growing demands on health care providers and increased personnel shortages. It is a form of chronic stress that leads to health care providers becoming disconnected from their profession and apathetic to their patients’ needs. In 2015, the American Medical Association (AMA) and Mayo Clinic conducted a survey of 6,880 doctors to assess the occurrence of burnout; the top 5 specialties with the highest rates of burnout were providers who practiced: 1. Emergency Medicine. Urology.3. Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 4. Family Medicine. 5. Radiology.

HuffPost, Experiencing Delirium After Surgery Might Be An Early Warning Sign Of Dementia — Postoperative delirium could be a warning sign of trouble ahead for patients just above the threshold for mental decline, researchers said. Lead scientist Professor Juraj Sprung, from the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, US, said: “Our research shows that delirium after surgery is not only distressing for patients and their families, but also may be a warning that patients could later develop dementia. “We don’t yet know whether taking steps to prevent postoperative delirium could also help prevent dementia, but we need to find out.” Additional coverage: Independent UK, The Times UK, AOL, News-medical.net, Yahoo!

Chicago Tribune, Reduce cancer risk with these five lifestyle changes — There is no single sure way to completely avoid cancer. However, there are several ways to reduce your chances of developing cancer. The American Institute for Cancer Research reports than nearly half of the most common cancers in the United States could have been prevented by changing harmful every day habits. Here are five ways to reduce your cancer risk from the Mayo Clinic…

US News & World Report, What Role Do Hormones Play in Women With ADHD? by Jennifer Lea Reynolds — According to the Mayo Clinic, “cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia, sometimes called CBT-I, is an effective treatment for chronic sleep problems and is usually recommended as the first line of treatment.” The cognitive part of CBT-I, the clinic notes, involves teaching a person to be aware of and change the beliefs that may impede sleep, such as worrisome or negative thoughts. The behavioral aspect has to do with development of good sleep habits and refraining from engaging in behaviors that prohibit sound sleep.

SELF, What Everyone With Ovaries Should Know About Ovarian Cysts by Korin Miller — If you’re ovulating regularly, you have plenty of chances to make a cyst. That’s why ovarian cysts are common—many women have ovarian cysts at some time during their lives, according to the Mayo Clinic. Most of them will go away on their own in a few months, while larger cysts might cause pelvic pain or bloating.

Men’s Health, Penis Enhancement Surgery Results In Death For The First Time Ever by Cara Sprunk — One man's penis enlargement surgery turned fatal has become a cautionary tale, with doctors in Sweden warning those desiring to enhance their manhood. A healthy, 30-year-old man in Stockholm wanted to increase both the girth and length of his genitals using a process where fat is transferred from his belly to his penis. …Urologist Tobias Kohler, of the Mayo Clinic, who was not involved in this study, told BuzzFeed News that among the reasons surgeons advise against the "completely useless" surgery, is because it "never works" and because of "other horrible consequences, from disfigurement to permanent erectile dysfunction to even worse.” Additional coverage: FOX News

Reader’s Digest, 11 Ways to Navigate a Buffet Like a Boss by Erica Lamberg — Pick desserts smartly: Don't deny yourself—there are at least eight legitimate reasons you should eat dessert. When choosing, try and finish your main meal before venturing back to the buffet. By the time you're done, you'll be fuller and will be less likely to overdo it, according to experts at the article from the Mayo Clinic. They suggest splitting it with one of your companions or picking healthy dessert options like fresh fruit or sorbet.

Healthcare IT News, NLP Logix working on AI, cloud-based diagnostic technology by Bernie Monegain — Jackson, Florida-based analytics and machine learning company NLP Logix is developing deep learning algorithms targeted at mining the years of diagnostic work done by Mayo Clinic and the healthcare system’s experience in developing and deploying artificial intelligence solutions by NLP Logix. “This collaboration is bringing together the clinical expertise of Mayo Clinic, the extensive deep learning infrastructure and experience we have gained over the past six years here at NLP Logix, and the ability to quickly distribute these models via Azure,” NLP Logix Chief Scientist Matt Berseth said in a statement.

MedPage Today, No Special Risks Seen with Long-Term Steroids in Polymyalgia Rheumatica by Wayne Kuznar — With the exception of cataracts, morbidities associated with prolonged low-dose glucocorticoids in polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR) were no more common than in matched comparators without PMR, researchers said. A retrospective, observational, population-based study found no difference in rates of diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, or hip, vertebral or Colles fractures in PMR versus non-PMR patients on long-term steroid therapy, reported Eric Matteson, MD, MPH, and colleagues at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. "Importantly, the risk of many glucocorticoid-related [adverse events] such as cardiovascular disease, osteoporotic fractures and others is related to dose and duration, and cannot be assumed to fall to baseline once glucocorticoid use is related to dose and duration, and cannot be assumed to fall to baseline once glucocorticoid use is discontinued," the Mayo group wrote in Arthritis Care & Research.

MedPage Today, TMS May Help Distinguish Alzheimer's from Frontotemporal Dementia by Judy George— Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) reliably distinguished Alzheimer's disease from frontotemporal dementia and healthy controls, according to Italian researchers..."More experience is obviously needed before we can fully appreciate the limits of TMS as a diagnostic tool, but these are very encouraging results," commented Richard Caselli, MD, of the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, who was not involved in the study.

Modern Healthcare, Back office relief: Automating the arcane world of device warranties by Alex Kacik — As many organizations work to coordinate care, reduce overhead and cut costs during the gradual shift to value-based payment models, they are looking to automate and integrate supply-chain processes across the continuum, including the little-known world of device warranty credits. “The issue of tracking warranties of medical devices can be complex, difficult to manage and a liability 
for hospitals,” said Jesse Schafer, explant control manager for Mayo Clinic, which is one of the few systems in the country that has a full-time employee dedicated to tracking replacement medical devices and passing the credits on to Medicare, he added.

Consumer Reports, Why You Need Plenty of Potassium by Sally Wadyka — When it comes to dietary strategies to control blood pressure, sodium gets all the attention. But too little potassium could be just as important as too much salt. “When you get enough potassium, it helps your body excrete sodium,” says Angie ­Murad, R.D., a nutritionist at the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program. “That eases tension in the blood vessel walls, which can help lower blood pressure.”

AccuWeather, How to avoid contracting swimmer’s ear after a day in the water by Kevin Byrne — Spending time in the water during the summer is one of the most common and practical ways to find relief from the heat. However, as fun and enjoyable as a day splashing around in lakes, pools or oceans can be, there are certain precautions you should take to avoid a common ailment known as swimmer's ear, which occurs when water gets trapped in the ear for long periods of time.  “Swimmer's ear is an infection of the ear canal,” said Dr. Karthik Balakrishnan, a pediatric otolaryngology specialist with the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. The malady is most often caused by bacteria and can impact people of all ages, Balakrishnan explained, adding that it can be very painful.

Politico, McCain to return to Arizona for chemotherapy and radiation by Louis Nelson — Fresh off of casting one of the decisive votes to sink his party’s latest effort to repeal Obamacare, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) will return to his home state to undergo treatment for brain cancer. “In accordance with the guidance of his physicians, Sen. McCain is returning to Arizona to undergo further treatment at Mayo Clinic,” his office said in a statement Friday. “On Monday, July 31, he will begin a standard post-surgical regimen of targeted radiation and chemotherapy.”

KTTC, DMC Corporation Board approves Discovery Square Phase 1 by Chris Yu — The Destination Medical Center Corporation Board has approved the first phase of the Discovery Square development project Phase 1 calls for a four-story, 89,000 square-foot building that would be located at the corner of 2nd Avenue Southwest and 4th Street Southwest, according to developer Mortenson Company. The Discovery Square building would serve as a space where doctors, researchers and entrepreneurs can collaborate to improve health care. Officials say the $35 million project would create about 400 short-term jobs and 325 permanent jobs. During a DMC Corporation meeting Thursday morning, the board green-lighted the project to move forward.

WQOW Eau Claire, New exhibit, "Eat! Move! Live!", to open at Children's Museum of Eau Claire — A new exhibit at a local children's museum could soon make its way to downtown Eau Claire. According to a press release, the Children's Museum of Eau Claire is planning a new health and wellness exhibit, called, "Eat! Move! Live!". Staff said the new exhibit will feature a playground designed around the themes of eating, moving and healthy living, as well as a life-sized climber, noodle forest, pneumatic air system, kid-powered bicycle and other pop-up galleries and programs. Michael McHorney, the executive director for the Children's Museum, said the new exhibit will be funded by a grant from Mayo Clinic Health System.

Green Valley News, Mayo Clinic Minute: Robotics refine knee replacement — America's aging population has created a steadily increasing demand for knee replacement surgeries. Osteoarthritis is the most common reason knee joints wear out. It's a condition that becomes more prevalent with age. However, Dr. Cedric Ortiguera, a Mayo Clinic orthopedic surgeon, says the precision of robotic assistance in surgery is expanding the patient population that can be helped.

WQOW Eau Claire, Half Moon Dragon Boat Festival — The 3rd annual Half Moon Dragon Boat Festival kicks off the first weekend of August, and we have the details. This event is organized by Mayo Clinic Health System to support & promote hospice services. The race will happen Saturday, Aug. 5, at 9 a.m. at Half Moon Beach in Eau Claire.

Post-Bulletin, Jeeps, Sikhs and Mayo Clinic by Brett Boese — While Guri Sandhu's rebuilt World War II jeep stole the show July 4 in Stewartville, it's also offered a surprising glimpse into historical connections between Sandhu's family, the legendary Sikh military and Mayo Clinic. Sandhu, a 56-year-old cardiologist who heads Mayo's catheterization lab in Rochester, has spent most of the last two years scouring the internet for obscure parts to personally rebuild a 1945 Army jeep. The self-taught gearhead, who learned mechanical skills by reading Popular Mechanics magazine, now routinely ferries kids on low-speed joy rides near Century High School. However, the jeep's first time being introduced to the general public was July 4 at the Stewie Cruisers event. Surrounded by classics, it thrilled people of all ages while earning "Best in Show."

Post-Bulletin, Our View: New standards may help curb opioid abuse — Earlier this month, the medical journal Annals of Surgery published a study of the prescribing habits of Mayo Clinic doctors in Minnesota, Arizona and Florida. The research analyzed records of more than 7,000 surgical patients from 2013 through 2015, and the authors concluded that 80 percent of prescriptions exceeded new state guidelines for opioid use. That's worrisome information, especially in light of the well-deserved attention being paid to the nation's epidemic of opioid addiction and abuse, but this isn't a "smoking gun" moment that discredits Mayo Clinic and its doctors. Quite the opposite, in fact…

Post-Bulletin, Seen and Heard: 'Warriors' didn't win this time; maybe next year by Megan Kennedy — Last year, Andrew "Roo" Yori advanced to the Las Vegas Finals of NBC's "American Ninja Warrior," a reality TV show sports competition in which athletes go up against insane obstacle courses. This year, Yori, an assistant lab supervisor at Mayo Clinic, was not the only area ninja folks were cheering on. Dr. Candace Granberg, a pediatric urologist at Mayo Clinic, also was invited to a city qualifier event as a first-time contestant. Yori competed in Kansas City, and Granberg competed in Denver.

Post-Bulletin, Hospital rankings delayed by data glitch by Jeff Kiger — U.S. News & World Report magazine ranks U.S. hospitals every year. Mayo Clinic was named #1 in 2016-2017 and it has proudly promoted that fact for a year. The new 2017-2018 hospital rankings were expected to be released today. However, the magazine recently announced it's delaying that rollout by a week to check some numbers…Overall, Mayo Clinic received 418 points in U.S. News' scoring system. Cleveland Clinic had 378 points, Massachusetts General 371 points, and Johns Hopkins 349 points.

Post-Bulletin, Rochester social media policy has gray areas by Randy Petersen — Paul Sims said he's still cautious when asked about the impact of Rochester's social media policy, which affects volunteer board and commission members. "There have been discussions about it," said the Committee on Urban Design and Environment chairman, who noted he's been asked by potential board applicants whether it's a concern… CUDE member Nick Dibble also raised concern about protection from false claims. A Mayo Clinic information security engineer, he said he knows fake posts could be generated and submitted in a complaint. "It's those gray areas that concern me," he said.

Gizmodo, Will US Healthcare Inequality Cause Genetic Diseases To Disproportionately Impact The Poor? by Kristen V. Brown — Today, most women are offered screenings for diseases such as Down syndrome that result from an abnormal presence of chromosomes, and targeted testing of the parents can hunt for inherited disease traits like Huntington's at risk of being passed on to a child, as well. But there is a dark side to this miracle of modern medicine, which is that choice is exclusive to those who can afford and access it. "This is one of those aspects of prenatal testing that we don't want to talk about," Megan Allyse, who studies reproductive ethics at the Mayo Clinic, told Gizmodo. "There's a wide variety of reasons people might not get access to reproductive technologies. But what is unavoidable is that you are more likely to have access if you are socio-economically well-off."

Williston Daily Herald, Mayo Clinic Minute: What happens when you vocal fry — Pop culture's impact on our society is significant. It influences how some people dress and even how they speak. Vocal fry is a way of using the lowest register of your voice, and it's very popular, especially for teens girls and young women. Mayo Clinic's Dr. David Lott says using vocal fry regularly may be bad for your voice.

Lifehacker, What to Do Throughout the Day to Keep Sitting From "Killing" You by Adriana Velez — Jill Henderzahs-Mason, physical therapist at the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program agrees that moving every half hour is ideal. “At the bare minimum, you should get up and change positions for at least a minute or two,” she says. Holding the same position for hours every day will break down the body over time… Henderzahs-Mason likes using a desk chair to do lunges, squats, heel and toe raises, and standing balances. You can do shoulder rolls to take tension out of the neck and then do press-ups out of your chair with your hands bracing on the arm rests. “Really it’s just a matter of getting as creative as you can and getting out of your comfort zone as much as you can.”

Bemidji News, Essentia Health in Duluth, Mayo Clinic named in challenge to clinical trial by John Lundy — A clinical trial planned for heart attack patients at Duluth's Essentia Health and 66 other institutions is unethical and should be suspended, a public interest group argues. The Myocardial Ischemia and Transfusion Trial "fails to satisfy the basic ethical principles" required of such research, write Drs. Michael A. Carome and Sidney M. Wolfe of the Public Citizen's Health Research Group in a letter to officials at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Veterans Health Administration…lIn addition to Essentia, the Mayo Clinic in Rochester and the University of Minnesota are among the 67 institutions in the U.S. and Canada that agreed to participate in the trial, according to Public Citizen. The group has objected to other clinical trials in the past, Carome said, but often they haven't learned of the trials until they were completed. When it has objected at the beginning of a trial, Public Citizen has never succeeded in getting officials to suspend a trial, he said. Additional coverage: Inforum

WKBT La Crosse, Report shows rural Wisconsin hospitals rank high by Erik Jacobson — The reports said the 58 rural critical access hospitals in Wisconsin, or hospitals with 25 beds or less, are the best in the nation. One local hospital said that ranking comes from a number of factors. Dr. Mark Tumerman is a family physician at the Mayo Clinic Health System Hospital in Sparta. "(We are here) In the middle of the night, in the mornings, any time of the day, regardless of the type of problem, we don't have that specialist right at our elbow."

Fatherly, Two Resistance Band Partner Workouts For Spouses Down to Sweat Together by Matt Schniederman — Resistance Band Partner Workout #1: This workout, created by Dan Gaz, wellness exercise specialist at the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program in Rochester, MN., hits your entire body. Perform 8-12 repetitions, 2-3 sets per person for each exercise, alternating roles between sets.

KCRG Cedar Rapids, Iowan to undergo surgery for bionic eye — On August 17, a 63-year-old Boone man will see for the first time in decades thanks to his newly-implanted bionic eye. Steve Myers was diagnosed with a rare eye disease called retinitis pigmentosa at the age of 16 and has since lost most of his vision. "I am the first one in Iowa that the device will be activated on August 17,” Myers said. After a full month of recovery, Myers will head back to Mayo Clinic, where he will then put on special glasses and see for the first time in decades.

The Oregonian, In breakthrough, OHSU corrects defective gene that causes deadly disease by Lynne Terry — A scientific breakthrough in Oregon that offers hope to those with genetic defects that cause deadly diseases faces steep hurdles to be tested. Congress has enacted barriers to clinical trials for such genetic trials, and the National Institutes of Health has banned funding…Specialists in the field hailed his accomplishment as the next step in genetic research. "It is a very important study," said Dr. Dusanka Babovic-Vuksanovic, genomics chair at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. "We are seeing the potential to prevent human disease -- this is very good."

Twin Cities Business, Mayo’s Collaboration with Startup NeuroOne Includes an 11 Percent Stake by Don Jacobson — Mayo Clinic has taken an 11 percent ownership stake in the parent firm of Eden Prairie-based medtech startup NeuroOne Inc. as they collaborate on developing a new implantable system to treat epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease and other brain disorders, according to newly filed financial documents. NeuroOne was founded in October to commercialize research developed at the University of Wisconsin and being advanced by Mayo. It revolves around a new kind of “thin film” electrode technology which, when implanted into the brain, is capable of quickly detecting irregular brain activity down to a single neuron, thus pinpointing the source of seizures and tremors.

KEYC Mankato, Recognizing And Preventing Heatstroke — KEYC News 12 talked to health officials to learn how you can recognize and prevent heatstroke. Symptoms include headaches, increased thirst, increased sweating, nausea and confusion. Sara Domeyer, nurse practitioner at the Mayo Clinic, said the best way to prevent heatstroke is by avoiding being outside during the afternoon when it's hottest. However, if you do have to be outside, there are precautions you can take, Domeyer said. "If you're going to have to work out in the heat, make sure you take frequent breaks, increase the amount of fluid that you intake, and just really watch out for the signs of the heat stroke," Domeyer said.

KEYC Mankato, Back To School Vaccinations — Jessica Sheehy discusses back to school vaccinations.

WEAU Eau Claire, Teams gather to practice for Half Moon Dragon Boat Festival in Eau Claire — Teams of the Half Moon Dragon Boat Festival took to the water Wednesday to practice. The Half Moon Dragon Boat Festival takes place this Saturday at 9 a.m. Half Moon Beach in Eau Claire. The event raises awareness of hospice care in the community. The teams are competing over a 250- meter course with each race taking less than two minutes. Organizers say they are busy making the beach ready and doing final preparations for the big day.

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