November 1, 2013

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights

By Karl Oestreich



November 1, 2013

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Mayo Clinic's cure for an ailing medical system
by Geoff Colvin

When you run the world's largest private medical practice, you don't just respond to sweeping changes in health care -- you can also influence them. That's one goal of Mayo Clinic chief Dr. John Noseworthy, who wants Washington to consider quality and effectiveness when reimbursing health care providers, a change he believes would benefit Mayo and motivate others to improve.

Reach:  FORTUNE has a circulation of more than 845,000 readers. It's website receives more than 4.5 million unique visitors each month.

Context: John Noseworthy, M.D. is Mayo Clinic President and CEO.

Public Affairs Contacts: Traci Klein, Sharon Theimer

USA Today
Guest column: The case against fighting
by Michael Stuart, David Dodick and Aynsley Smith

Fighting is not tolerated in the sport of ice hockey, except at the junior and professional levels in the USA and Canada. In our opinion, hockey without fighting is a better and safer game… Stuart, Dodick and Smith are with the Mayo Clinic.

Reach: USA Today has the highest daily circulation of any U.S. newspaper with a daily average circulation of 2.9 million, which  includes print and various digital editions.

Context: Mayo Clinic’s Sports Medicine Center held Ice Hockey Summit II: Action on Concussion on Oct. 8–9, 2013. The summit brought together top scientists, trainers, coaches, officials, retired professional players and manufacturers from across the United States, Canada and Europe to discuss concussion-related issues, including the science of concussion, impact on youth athletes and hockey community response.

Public Affairs Contact: Bryan Anderson

ABC News Radio
More Research Needed on E-Cigarettes, Say Experts

E-cigarettes still pose more questions than answers for health officials.  The American Association for Cancer Research is discussing the new tobacco-less smoking devices in Maryland at its international meeting, and a panel of experts agree more research is needed to determine any associated risks. A major question related to electronic cigarettes is how they will be regulated. Panel participant Dr. Scott Leischow of the Mayo Clinic says everyone's waiting for the Food and Drug Administration to possibly begin regulating the product in some way.

Reach: ABC News Radio provides hourly newscasts and news headlines for a network of affiliates for more than 2,000 affiliates and is the largest commercial radio news organization in the United States.

Additional E-Cigarette Coverage: East Idaho News, Augusta Chronicle, Health, HealthDay, News92 Houston, Ruidoso Free Press N.M., Cancer Research, DoctorsLounge, MedicineNet, Newsday, MSN Healthy Living, Washington Times, Ciencias Médicas News, El Nuevo Dia,

Context: E-cigarettes are becoming increasingly popular and widely available as the use of regular cigarettes drops. Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that e-cigarette use by children doubled from 2011 and 2012. The health effects of e-cigarettes have not been effectively studied and the ingredients have little or no regulation. Mayo Clinic's Nicotine Dependence Center experts are available to discuss what people should know before trying e-cigarettes.

News Release: Mayo Clinic Experts: What Should You Know About E-cigarettes?

Public Affairs Contact: Kelley Luckstein

Options for women at high risk for breast cancer

Dr. Sandhya Pruthi, a Mayo Clinic Breast Clinic specialist, talked to KARE Saturday about options for women who have a high risk of breast cancer. After skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States with more than 238,000 new diagnoses estimated this year. Prevention and early detection is important in order to offer the best treatment options if cancer is found.

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

Context: Sandhya Pruthi, M.D. is the principal investigator at Mayo Clinic for several nationwide multicenter breast cancer chemoprevention trials; these are interdisciplinary efforts with the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center. She is also actively involved in cancer education for both patients and health care providers.

Public Affairs Contact: Joe Dangor

Orlando Sentinel
Daily walk cuts dementia risk, studies show

Everyone knows walking is good exercise, but it has another benefit: a daily 20-minute walk can also cut the risk of dementia by 40 percent, studies show. Taking those findings a step further, neurologists at Jacksonville's Mayo Clinic are studying whether getting patients immobilized by disease to walk can also help stave off mental decline. Dr. Jay Van Gerpen, a neurologist who specializes in gait, is recruiting Parkinson's patients from across the state for a study to help them stay on their feet and retain brain health.

Reach: The Orlando Sentinel has a daily circulation of more than 162,000. The newspaper serves central Florida. It's website has more than 1.1 million unique visitors each month.

Context: Jay Van Gerpen, M.D., is a neurologist at Mayo Clinic in Florida.

Public Affairs Contact: Kevin Punsky

Additional Mayo Clinic News Highlights This Week:

Huffington Post, Inflammatory Bowel Disease Linked With Higher Stroke, Heart Attack Risk, People who have inflammatory bowel disease, such as ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease, may also have a higher stroke and heart attack risk, a new review of studies suggests…"Gastroenterologists should be cognizant of this relationship and should focus on better management of conventional risk factors, such as smoking cessation, recognition and control of hypertension and diabetes," study researcher Siddharth Singh, M.B.B.S., said in a statement.

MPR, More Minnesota hospitals reduce unnecessary blood transfusions by Lorna Benson, Blood transfusions save lives. If you need one, there's no question you should get one. But a lot of patients who get transfusions probably don't need them… Mayo Clinic in Rochester transfuses more blood each year than some western states. When it discovered that it was discarding a lot of blood because the portable coolers in its operating rooms could only chill blood packets effectively for about four hours, Mayo installed new coolers that stay cold for 18 hours. That's long enough to get through most surgeries, said surgeon Robert Cima.

New York Magazine, Gadget Sickness...Sleep deprivation, Doctors at the Mayo Clinic say smartphone and tablet use before bed messes with sleep cycles—bright lights too close to the face suppress melatonin release and keep the mind from entering the “default mode network,” the half-awake state that precedes sleep. One poll found three-quarters of 18-to-44-year-olds sleep within reach of their phones. Additional Coverage: FOX News

Post-Bulletin, Benefactor says he'll work rest of his life on behalf of Mayo Clinic, by Jeff Hansel, Saint Marys Hospital will open its new Helen and Jim Crossingham Family Emergency Department Lobby on Veterans Day, Nov. 11. Jim Crossingham and two of his daughters, Ann and Jamye, attended an internal unveiling Thursday with about 100 invited guests, including emergency-room personnel, nurses, doctors, flight-crew members and several Franciscan sisters who still live at the hospital.

Medical Research, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Increased Risk of Heart Disease, What are the main findings of the studies? Dr. Matteson: “The main finding is that patients with severe rheumatoid arthritis have a higher risk of heart disease.  Further, women who experience early menopause also have a higher risk of heart disease.”

Arthritis Today, RA Drugs May Be Safe Before Surgery by Marianne Wait, The researchers found that infection risk was not significantly higher in patients who stayed on their medication. But Timothy Bongartz, MD, associate professor of rheumatology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., finds several problems in the study as initially presented (the study has not yet been published, so he did not have access to the details). “I’m extremely doubtful that we can draw any meaningful conclusions with respect to clinical practice out of this,” says Dr. Bongartz.

Arthritis Today, Knee Brace Can Reduce Pain and Damage in OA by Alice Goodman….Eric Matteson, MD, chair of the division of rheumatology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., says the study points to a new benefit of knee bracing on the structural components of knee OA, including the bone.

MedPage Today, Biosimilar of Remicade Holds Up at 2 Years by Nancy Walsh, A monoclonal antibody that's "biosimilar" to infliximab (Remicade) in rheumatoid arthritis showed safety and efficacy profiles that were comparable with the now off-patent original biologic, according to studies presented here…"Overall, what we can say is that the two were definitely comparable," Eric Matteson, MD, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., who wasn't involved in the research, commented here at the annual meeting of the American College of Rheumatology.

Everyday Health, Rheumatoid Arthritis: More Bad News About Your Bad Habits, by Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Don’t wait for the new year to make a resolution about your health. Medical researchers have a good reason for you to cut back now on smoking and drinking. The reason is rheumatoid arthritis. “We think there is something in cigarette smoke that activates the immune system and causes a general activation and inflammation that attacks the joints and other organs,” said Eric Matteson, MD, chief of rheumatology at the Mayo Clinic.

MedPage Today, Biosimilars Will Star at ACR, by Nancy Walsh, The annual meeting of the American College of Rheumatology kicks off here this weekend, with a focus on advancing the science, fine-tuning treatment, and lowering the costs associated with the rheumatic diseases… But experience with biosimilars thus far is limited, so questions remain about their safety and efficacy, noted Eric Matteson, MD, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., who was not involved in these studies.

ABC Radio News, New Mayo Clinic studies are shedding light on the connection between rheumatoid arthritis and heart disease risk. Those with rheumatoid arthritis and other chronic inflammatory conditions are at higher risk, according to studies presented at the American College of Rheumatology annual meeting. Early menopause and immunity to a common virus, cytomegalovirus, are among factors that put patients in greater jeopardy. One's risk of developing heart disease doubles with rheumatoid arthritis, though Dr. Eric Matteson, head of rheumatology at Mayo, said they are unsure of exactly why there is a correlation. The link could be attributed to medication, blood vessel infections, or due to the fact that arthritis patients typically become less mobile. Additional Coverage: Healthline, WJBD Radio, WFIN Radio, ANI News, Yahoo! India, Deccan Chronicle

MedPage Today, Higher Dose Possible with Self-Injected Methotrexate Patients with rheumatoid arthritis who have difficulty tolerating, or don't respond adequately, to oral methotrexate may benefit from treatment with a new self-injectable form of the medication (Otrexup) because more of the drug may be absorbed. "There are data that demonstrate that injectable methotrexate is beneficial for some patients with RA when the response to the orally administered form is suboptimal," said Eric Matteson, MD, of Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., who was not involved in the study. "This new device has a convenience factor of an easy-to-administer, filled syringe," Matteson told MedPage Today.

Fitness Magazine, Out Run Danger, by Hollace Schmidt, You can be this fit and still suffer from the health threat that affects almost a quarter million women. Here, the must-know facts about what could be lurking in your veins and how to protect yourself… As many as 100,000 people a year die from DVT/PE in the United Statesmore than the number of deaths from breast cancer, HIV and car accidents combined—according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Women need to be aware of the symptoms of DVT/PE and seek medical attention immediately if they have any of them," says John A. Heit, M.D., a professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Rochester, Minnesota.

Modern Healthcare, Expensive. Confusing. Time consuming, by Joseph Conn, Looming shift to more complex ICD-10 coding system has hospitals and physicians scrambling … “There's no question it's a lot of work,” said veteran physician informaticist Dr. Christopher Chute, who founded the division of biomedical informatics at Mayo Clinic. Last year, Chute joined four other healthcare IT heavyweights in the policy journal Health Affairs in calling for a one-year delay in ICD-10, saying the conversion will be “expensive, arduous, disruptive, and of limited direct clinical benefit.” He said it will take several years of data collection before ICD-10 data will prove its worth in secondary uses for quality improvement and comparative effectiveness research.

KAAL, More Transplant Patients Getting Stem Cells, When you think of a transplant surgery most people think of organ transplant. But at the Gift of Life Transplant House they are seeing an increase in a different type of transplant. Stem cell transplants are becoming more common… Mayo Clinic says they do around 700 stem cell transplants a year  and they say that that number is growing each year mainly due to the fact they are finding more uses. "Our growth is due in part to the fact we can transplant a wider age range," said Dr. Patrick Johnston.

Chicago Tribune, Mayo Clinic Medical Edge: Understand the risks and benefits of ovary removal before menopause, by Sean Dowdy, M.D., Obstetrics and Gynecology, DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I am 43 and need to have a hysterectomy. Because I have a family member who's had ovarian cancer, I'm considering having my ovaries removed at that time. What are the risks of removing the ovaries before menopause?

Chicago Tribune, Mayo Clinic Medical Edge: MRI not intended to be used in place of a mammogram, by Stephanie Hines, M.D., Breast Clinic, Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, Fla., DEAR MAYO CLINIC: Why is a mammogram the standard screening tool used to look for breast cancer? Wouldn't MRI catch the disease earlier?

Jacksonville Business Journal, Meet Jacksonville's 2013 Health Care Heroes, 2013 Health Care Hero recipient Dr. Horacio Asburn of Mayo Clinic and Dr. Dawn Emerick of the Health Planning Council.

Post-Bulletin, Mayo Medical School student honored, A Mayo Medical School student is being honored for her work to improve medical care to people with disabilities. Julie Rogers will receive the Luther Granquist Systems Change Award from The Arc Minnesota on Friday at The Arc Minnesota's Awards Banquet in St. Louis Park, Minnesota… "Rogers approached the Mayo Clinic administration about incorporating disability topics into the medical school curriculum," according to the ARC news release. "She worked with Mayo Medical School faculty to develop 20 hours of mandatory medical student training."

Valley News Ariz., D-H Debuts ‘Telemedicine’ for Stroke Victims, by Chris Fleisher, The “telestroke” program, created in partnership with the Mayo Clinic, will make vascular neurologists — a highly trained sub-specialty within stroke care — available to consult with emergency room doctors around the clock via remote “telehealth” technology. Specialists at Dartmouth-Hitchcock or Mayo would use videoconferencing devices to talk with ER doctors elsewhere, examine patients, interpret brain images and confirm diagnosis with the physicians on-site. Additional Coverage: Concord Monitor

Huffington Post, Why Do We Fidget? By Meredith Melnick… Aside from cognitive advantages, there's some evidence that fidgeters have faster metabolisms -- and thus lower BMIs -- than their peers with sitzfleisch. In a Mayo Clinic study of both thin and overweight self-described "couch potatoes," researchers found that fidgeting in the midst of a day of lollygagging actually burned an additional 350 calories.

KEYC Mankato, MCHS Mankato Helps Spread Awareness of Strokes, Today is World Stroke Awareness Day. And medical experts at the Mayo Clinic Health System say the best way to prevent a stroke is to know the warning signs. Lindsay Hennek is the Stroke Coordinator at MCHS Mankato

Post-Bulletin, Local car dealer donates toward Mayo Clinic cancer research, Local car dealer Adamson Motors recently donated $250,000 to Mayo Clinic as part of the Hyundai Hope On Wheels check presentation to Mayo Clinic that took place on Sept. 16. Hyundai dealerships across the United States make contributions to the company's Hope On Wheels fund for every new Hyundai vehicle that is sold…For the second straight year, Mayo Clinic was chosen as a recipient, and was awarded a $250,000 grant.

Huffington Post, 7 Diet Habits You Should Drop Now by Anna Almendraia… 4. Completely cutting out entire food groups… The Mayo Clinic defines orthorexia nervosa as an obsession with "eating foods that make them feel pure and healthy," by avoiding things like artificial additives, pesticides, genetic modification, and unhealthy amounts of fat, sugar and salt.

WKRC Cincinnati, Local 5-Year-Old Boy Prepares for Brain Surgery, A young Clermont County will be going off to the Mayo Clinic for a rare surgery, and on the way he'll be getting a sendoff of a hundred balloons.  It's also his birthday and his parents want to share the story of his life so far and what they are hoping for in the future… Jack will be spending his fifth birthday at the Mayo Clinic in preparation for a surgery expected to reduce his symptoms. It's called deep brain stimulation or DBS.

AERO-News Network, High Altitude Hypoxia Can Be Detected Before Symptoms Are Apparent, A team of Mayo Clinic researchers have found that hypoxia can be detected prior to incapacitating physical symptoms which can be a safety threat at high altitudes. The findings were published as the lead article in the October issue of Aviation, Space, and Environmental Medicine. This study opens the door for objective assessments of hypoxia and additional safeguards for military and commercial pilots and others working in high altitudes,” says Jan Stepanek, M.D., the Aerospace Medicine Program Director and Co-Director of the Aerospace Medicine & Vestibular Research Laboratory. Additional Coverage: Aviation International News

Scholastic Child, Wipe out Warts…The good news is that most warts are harmless and fade over time, says Dawn Marie R. Davis, M.D., a pediatric dermatologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. If you want to treat them at home, salicylic bandages can help dissolve them. However, those that pop up near the cuticles, mouth, or eyes should be evaluated by a doc first.

CBS News, Bioidenticals no safer than other hormone replacement therapy by Michelle Castillo…The Mayo Clinic explains that some companies use a sample of the patient's saliva to figure out their hormone levels and then tailor-make a treatment specific to that patient. These treatments can include different bioidentical estrogens including 17 beta-estradiol, estrone, and estriol, as well as bioidentical progesterone, Harvard Health Publications said.

Huffington Post, 26 Reasons Not To Run A Marathon…22. It could cause shins splints. There are few running injuries more commonplace than this dreaded pain between the ankle and knee. Marathon training is the perfect recipe of constant pounding and the "'terrible toos' -- running too hard, too fast or for too long," according to the Mayo Clinic. If you insist, at least stop running in those worn-out, decades-old sneaks.

Chicago Tribune, Mayo Clinic Medical Edge: Shorter recovery time one of the benefits of laparoscopic surgery by Michael Kendrick, M.D., Surgery, Mayo Clinic, DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I am 74, and I need to have my gallbladder removed. My doctor recommends having it done with laparoscopic surgery. How is this different from regular surgery? Is it safe? What kind of recovery can I expect?

Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, Autistic artist, 18, communicates through paintings, donates artwork to Menomonie health care center by Christena O’Brien, Jake Schindler sat at the kitchen table of his rural Colfax home Tuesday. In front of him, his mother, Christina, had set out a blank white canvas and seven colorful bottles of paint…Dr. R. Gregg Kishaba, Jake’s pediatrician at Mayo Clinic Health System, also is impressed with the young artist and called his abilities “unique.”

WEAU Eau Claire, Autistic artist paints a thousand words, Mayo Clinic Health System – Red Cedar in Menomonie is looking brighter and more colorful, thanks to a local teen who donated his paintings. 18-year-old Jake Schindler of Colfax started painting in April and his paintings are worth a thousand words. Although he can’t express himself through words, a blank canvas and some paint gives him a place to share his artistic talents, rather than focusing on his autism…R. Gregg Kishaba, M.D. is Jake’s pediatrician at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire. He said art can bring benefits to patients like Jake. “Art definitely can be used as an outlet for all kinds of energy or stress,” Dr. Kishaba says. “Oftentimes, difficult behaviors can improve because of the outlets creating artwork can provide.”

WRVO NPR, Sugar and cavities: The "tooth" behind what causes decay…This week on Take Care, Dr. Thomas Salinas talks about why sugar, something most people -- particularly kids -- love, can cause cavities and dental decay. Dr. Salinas is a professor of dentistry at the Mayo Clinic, a world renown medical practice and research group in Rochester, Minnesota.

US News & World Report, How Hospitals Are Changing by Kimberly Leonard, Experts offer a glimpse into hospitals of the future, …Charles Rosen, a surgeon at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., wrote, "There is increasing pressure to manage transitions of care more efficently – from outpatient, to inpatient, to follow-up care." Doctors also are shifting some of their work to nurses and physician assistants, tweeted Howard. Mayo has reduced blood transfusions. Eliminating early elective delivery rates has been another cost-cutting measure, according to Thompson. Hospitals saved $10 million when they reduced the procedure by 42 percent. Additional coverage: US News & World Report

HealthDay, Are You Ready for Halloween? #HalloweenChat, Do you have questions about Halloween safety, including street smarts and sweet smarts? Tomorrow, Tues. Oct. 29, HealthDay's chief medical officer, Dr. Cindy Haines, along with experts from Mayo Clinic, Seattle Children's Hospital, Cleveland Clinic, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and Baylor Scott & White Health, will discuss Halloween safety in a Twitter Chat.

KAAL Mayo Eyes New Way to Improve Access To Healthcare,  by John Doetkott, Even before the Affordable Care Act became law, many wondered whether the new health insurance system would change their ability to see their current doctor. And while the impact remains to be seen, doctors at the Mayo Clinic said they’re developing a new model of treatment to make problems with accessing healthcare a thing of the past. On Monday night, officials from Mayo Clinic Health Systems in Austin and Albert Lea held a special forum in Austin to discuss the future of health care and get feedback from residents. Additional coverage: Albert Lea Tribune

KTTC, Mayo Clinic, Rochester Police Department take back unwanted prescription drugs…"It's important because we don't want the medicine to fall into the wrong hands and we don't want it to get in the drinking water supply. If you throw it down the drain then medication ends up in our drinking water supply. If you throw it out then people might go through your garbage and take the medication out," pharmacist Denise Nesbitt, a volunteer at the event, said.

Denver Post, Photos: Stepping Toward Hope – Mackenzie Gorden, Mackenzie Gorden’s teenage life somersaulted last year when she swerved to avoid a deer near her Iowa hometown and rolled her pickup truck into a ditch. The cheer squad and dance squad leader had her neck rebuilt at Minnesota’s Mayo Clinic, but Gorden has now come to Colorado twice for extensive, intensive therapy sessions aimed at teaching her spine and legs to walk again despite an injured connection to her brain.

WXOW La Crosse, Mayo Clinic resident battles breast cancer, During the month of October the color pink is everywhere, in recognition of breast cancer awareness month…"I had first noticed a lump in my armpit after the end of an inpatient rotation," said Alisha Husfeldt, a 3rd year family medicine resident at Mayo Clinic Health System…"Younger women do have a higher risk of developing a breast cancer on the other side in the future, and a lot of them just don't want to face what they're going through now again," said Dr. Kathleen Christian, breast surgeon and Husfeldt's doctor at Mayo Clinic Health System.

Stewartville Star, Mice are cute at the Mayo Clinic, Jacqui Dodd couldn't help but like the mice she worked with at the Mayo Clinic last summer. Dodd, one of five Stewartville High School seniors who completed mentorships at Mayo during summer vacation, studied diabetic mice while working at Mayo's renal artery research lab.

NBC2, Special Report: Breast cancer research, by Lindsay Logue, Anchor Lindsay Logue traveled to Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, where doctors are working on a revolutionary treatment that could make mastectomies a thing of the past…Doctors Judy Boughey and Matthew Goetz head up the Breast Cancer Genome Guided Therapy study (BEAUTY)…Individualized medicine is nothing new, but at Mayo Clinic researchers are taking it to a whole new level. "By really getting down to the genetic make up of each individual tumor, hopefully we can identify more novel agents, more cutting edge drugs that would be more effective in treating the patient," said Dr. Boughey.

Arthritis Today, Treat-to-Target Strategy Works Well for Psoriatic Arthritis, by Alice Goodman. Aggressive treatment addresses many symptoms of the disease and results in better outcomes. Eric Matteson, MD, chair of the division of rheumatology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., says patients should discuss early and tight control of their disease with their doctors: “The study highlights that this approach results in better clinical outcomes than a more relaxed approach.”

Digital Journal, Palliative Care Myths Debunked by Mayo Clinic Experts Who Say It is Not Just End-of-Life Care, November is Palliative Care Awareness Month; palliative care involvement being introduced too late in an illness - see video in story...In a recent article published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings, Mayo Clinic physicians Jacob Strand, M.D., and Elise Carey, M.D., along with Mihir Kamdar, M.D., from Massachusetts General Hospital, shared 10 Things Palliative Care Clinicians Wished Everyone Knew About Palliative Care.

Medscape, Blood Test May Predict Ketamine's Antidepressant Effect by Kathleen Louden, Researchers have identified biomarkers that they hope will eventually help predict which patients with bipolar depression will respond to subanesthetic doses of ketamine… Not Ready for Routine Use Commenting on the study for Medscape Medical News, Timothy Lineberry, MD, associate professor of psychiatry at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, said that identifying who will benefit from and have good response to ketamine is important.

InformationWeek, When Smartphones Do Dumb Things by Paul Cerrato…A new app being tested at the Mayo Clinic even allows you to reach a doctor, find a diagnosis, and track one's medical records. The app, which is simply called "Better," also includes Mayo's online symptom checker.

KIMT, 40 years since first CT scan by Jeron Rennie, The use of a CT scan is a fairly common practice nowadays, but 40 years ago the machines were new technology…“Part of this is to remind people CT helps doctors find out what's wrong with you and get to fixing it without doing surgery, which is way more safe than any little bit of radiation. The radiation levels are actually very low,” said Dr. Cynthia McCollough, director of the CT Clinical Innovation Center.

Salud, Síntomas poco conocidos del cáncer de mama, Cambios en la piel de las mamas, tales como enrojecimiento, hoyuelos o arrugas podrían ser claves para detectar cáncer de mama. La Dra. Sandhya Pruthi especialista de la Clínica de diagnóstico Mamario de Mayo Clinic en Rochester nos comparte una de las preguntas que más frecuencia tienen en su consultorio.

La Salud, Percepciones de los padres impiden el éxito de vacuna contra VPH, Un médico de Mayo Clinic y dos expertos pediátricos dicen que las percepciones de los padres son el mayor obstáculo para la vacuna contra el virus del papiloma humano (VPH), y muchas de esas ideas son equivocadas. Los comentarios se publican en un editorial sobre el motivo por el que las tasas de vacunación contra el VPH permanecen bajas, en Expert Review of Clinical Immunology (revisión experta de Inmunología Clínica).

FOX News Latino, Recuerdan medidas para mantener bajo control las alergias durante el otoño Con el otoño, además del clima fresco llegan los alérgenos típicos de la temporada, como la ambrosía, que pueden ocasionar complicaciones de salud si nos se tratan adecuadamente, tal como lo señaló el inmunólogo Juan Carlos Guarderas. "Esta es la época en la que las malas hierbas, o 'weed', comienzan a florecer, especialmente en la parte norte del país, y son plantas que producen mucho polen y son las que afectan más", dijo a Efe el especialista de Mayo Clinic, en Florida. Additional Coverage: Orlando Sentinel

Globedia, Los síntomas de la fibromialgia son peores en los pacientes jóvenes, Las personas jóvenes y de mediana edadcon fibromialgia tienen una peor sintomatología y, en consecuencia, una peor calidad de vida, que los pacientes más mayores. Así lo muestra un estudio llevado a cabo por investigadores de la Clínica Mayo en Rochester (Estados Unidos) y presentado en el marco de la Reunión Anual del Colegio Americano de Reumatología (ACR) que se está celebrando en San Diego (Estados Unidos).

El Nuevo Dia, ¿Qué se debe saber sobre los cigarrillos electrónicos? Los cigarrillos electrónicos cada vez se vuelven más populares y ampliamente disponibles, a medida que desciende el consumo de cigarrillos normales… “Hasta el momento, no existen datos prolongados sobre la seguridad de los cigarrillos electrónicos para demostrar la repercusión de la repetida inhalación de propilenglicol o glicerina vegetal sobre el tejido pulmonar”, comenta el doctor Jon Ebbert, director adjunto del Centro para Dependencia a la Nicotina de Mayo Clinic. Additional Coverage: KFGO ND, HealthCanal

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