February 26, 2015

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights

By Karl Oestreich

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Editor, Karl Oestreich; Assistant Editor, Carmen Zwicker

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CBS News
Man gains sight with bionic eye

Man gains sight with bionic eye, Allen Zderad was recently able to see his wife of 45 years for the first time in a decade. The Minnesota man seemed to burst into simultaneous laughter and tears as he caught a glimpse of her with his new "bionic eye."… Now CBS News Logowith the help of a recently developed medical device, Zderad's vision of the world has changed. He's one of just a handful of people in the world to get the "bionic eye" device known as Second Sight Argus II retinal prosthesis system. Zderad's was implanted by Dr. Raymond Iezzi of the Mayo Clinic.

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CNN Headline News
Blind Man Sees Wife

A Minnesota man who had a bionic eye implant is seeing his wife for the first time in ten years. So he can now make out forms and CNN Logoshapes and send a signal to his optic nerve. His sight began to fail just 20 years ago. Now Diane is commenting on the Mayo Clinic’s Facebook page, writing “you are really awesome, Mayo Clinic.” He said seeing the wife for the first time. First time in ten years.

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ABC News Good Morning America
Bionic Eye Lets Blind Man See Wife For 1st Time In 10 Years
by Liz Neporent

ABC News logoIt was love again at first sight for a man who went blind 10 years ago. Allen Zderad, a 68-year-old retiree from Minnesota, saw his wife for the first time in more than a decade thanks to a bionic eye implanted by doctors at the Mayo Clinic earlier this month.

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Context: It’s a medical story, a science and technology advancement and a romance wrapped into one moment: when a man who is blind sees his wife again for the first time in a decade. Allen Zderad began to have serious vision problems about 20 years ago due to retinitis pigmentosa, a degenerative eye disease affecting the retina. There is no effective treatment or cure. It ended his professional career and after a decade he was effectively blind, unable to see anything other than very bright light. He adjusted, even continuing woodworking by developing his sense of touch and spatial relationships. But he was unable to see his family, including ten grandchildren or his wife, Carmen. More information can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Public Affairs Contact: Bob Nelllis


Wall Street Journal
New Screening Tests for Hard-to-Spot Breast Cancers
by Melinda Beck

…Past versions of MBI exposed patients to too much radiation to use for regular screenings. A new version developed at the Mayo Wall Street Journal Life and Culture logoClinic in Rochester, Minn., uses a lower dose. In a study of 1,585 women with dense breasts published in the American Journal of Roentgenology this month, Deborah Rhodes, a Mayo Clinic internist, and colleagues found that MBI detected nearly four times as many invasive breast cancers as mammography, with fewer unnecessary biopsies. As of now, only about 100 hospitals offer the newest MBI technology, which is made by GE Healthcare and Gamma Medica Inc.

Reach: The Wall Street Journal, a US-based newspaper published by Dow Jones & Company, has the largest print circulation in America with 1.4 million (60 percent) of a total of 2.3 million. Its website has more than 4.3 million unique visitors each month.

Context: A new breast imaging technique pioneered at Mayo Clinic nearly quadruples detection rates of invasive breast cancers in women with dense breast tissue, according to the results of a major study published recently in the American Journal of RoentgenologyMolecular Breast Imaging (MBI) is a supplemental imaging technology designed to find tumors that would otherwise be obscured by surrounding dense breast tissue on a mammogram. Tumors and dense breast tissue can both appear white on a mammogram, making tumors indistinguishable from background tissue in women with dense breasts. About half of all screening-aged women have dense breast tissue, according to Deborah Rhodes, M.D., a Mayo Clinic Breast Clinic physician and the senior author of this study. More information can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Public Affairs Contacts: Sam Smith, Traci Klein, Joe Dangor
Florida Times-Union
Health notes: Mayo Clinic researchers have identified a possible cause of pancreatic cancer

A research team led by investigators from Mayo Clinic’s campus in Jacksonville and the University of Oslo in Norway have identified a molecule that pushes normal pancreatic cells to transform their shape, laying the groundwork for deFlorida Times-Union newspaper logovelopment of pancreatic cancer — one of the most difficult tumors to treat.

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

Context:  A research team led by investigators from Mayo Clinic’s campus in Jacksonville, Florida, and the University of Oslo, Norway, have identified a molecule that pushes normal pancreatic cells to transform their shape, laying the groundwork for development of pancreatic cancer — one of the most difficult tumors to treat. Their findings, reported in Nature Communications, suggest that inhibiting the gene, protein kinase D1 (PKD1), and its protein could halt progression and spread of this form of pancreatic cancer, and possibly even reverse the transformation. More information can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Public Affairs Contact: Kevin Punsky


Medical News Today, Gene identified that lays foundation for pancreatic cancer, A team of researchers have identified a gene that influences the shape of normal pancreatic cells and, as a result, could set the foundation for pancreatic cancer to develop. The study, published in Nature Communications, suggests that targeting the gene in question - protein kinase D1 (PKD1) - could lead to new ways of halting the development of one of the most difficult tumors to treat. "As soon as pancreatic cancer develops, it begins to spread, and PKD1 is key to both processes. Given this finding, we are busy developing a PKD1 inhibitor that we can test further," says the study's co-lead investigator, Dr. Peter Storz. Additional coverage: Science Newsline, Science Daily, News Medical, gov, BioPortfolio, EndoNurse

LA Times, Patient's family cites earlier case of superbug at UCLA… Bret Petersen, a professor of medicine in gastroenterology and hepatology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., said a single case of CRE in October wouldn't necessarily raise red flags because the bacteria can be picked up many different ways in a hospital. Petersen said it can take weeks or months for an infection to develop in patients and symptoms can vary from fever and chills to an infection in the lungs or urinary tract. “If you experience one case at a time over a few months it's not so clear-cut,” Petersen said. Additional coverage: News Oklahoma

LA Times, UCLA superbug outbreak: Why the medical scope used is hard to disinfect by Geoffrey Mohan…The duodenoscope that apparently spread an antibiotic-resistant strain of enterobacteria has a side-mounted video camera and a small "elevator" designed to steer fine-scale instruments at oblique angles into tiny ducts. "There’s a little pocket behind the elevator that’s a potential site for contamination to reside," said Dr. Bret Petersen, a professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., who led a 2011 effort by the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy to establish guidelines for disinfecting the instruments. Additional coverage: Star Tribune, com, Virginia Gazette, Chicago Tribune

KAAL, Repairs Being Done on Mayo Helipad — There's a spot 120 feet up in the air where Mayo Employees have been replacing the old fueling systems for the medical choppers. Crews began the repairs on Monday and Wednesday was one of the worst days with a steady winds around 30 miles per hour making wind chills around twenty below zero…"A lot of things they are doing require a lot of manual dexterity, it's hard to do that with gloves on using their bare skin to take care of the things up there," Chief Pilot Robert Ringold said.

Fox News, Docs failed to detect life-threatening condition in pregnant mom, family says — A California family says a hospital failed to detect a 36-year-old mother of seven’s ectopic pregnancy that has put her in a coma since Sunday. Lisa Avila’s husband, Robert, took her to the hospital Saturday after she was experiencing severe abdominal pain. Doctors performed an ultrasound on Avila, who is 12 weeks pregnant, and told the couple the baby was fine…According to the Mayo Clinic, an ectopic pregnancy occurs when a fertilized egg implants somewhere other than the main cavity of the uterus. The condition interferes with the normal progression of pregnancy because the fertilized egg can't survive, and the growing tissue may destroy numerous maternal structures. Women who suffer from ectopic pregnancies and aren’t treated may die from excess blood loss.

Men’s Health, Sitting: The Most Unhealthy Thing You Do — He converted his office desk to a standing station and cut his sedentary time in half. In weeks, his hip muscles released. Two months later, he raced a 50-miler in Vermont in his personal-best time of eight hours, 18 minutes. "I felt great," he says. "Since, I've even noticed my chronic low-back pain fade away.".. In addition to thinking, "How much will I exercise this week?" ask yourself, "How little will I sit?" Small movements can have a big impact. The experts call it nonexercise activity thermogenesis, or NEAT — think flexing your calves, stretching, even fidgeting in your chair. All of those movements require energy, and the calories add up, says Mayo Clinic researcher James Levine.

Herald-News, Don’t Let Cavities Ruin Your Teeth! — Cavities are permanently damaged areas in the hard surface of your teeth that develop into tiny openings or holes. If left untreated, they get larger and affect deeper layers of your teeth, according to www.mayoclinic.org.  They can lead to toothaches, tooth sensitivity to hot and cold food and beverages, visible pits in your teeth, dark staining on the tooth’s surface, infection, and tooth loss.

MPR, From store to rink? Wild considers former Macy's spot for practice site by Tim Nelson…If the Wild move practices to the Macy's building, the team would follow an approach taken by the Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx. Those two teams have joined the Mayo Clinic in its $50 million jumpstart of the Block E development in downtown Minneapolis. Later this year, Mayo Clinic will open a 20,000-square-foot medical facility and take over medical care for the NBA and WNBA franchises. The Timberwolves plan to open four new practice courts and the Lynx will move team offices across the street.

Paris Guardian, What the fiercely independent Virginia Hospital Center says it gets out of joining up with Mayo Clinic network — Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington has joined up with the Mayo Clinic Care Network, made up of more than 30 health organizations around the country giving member physicians access to Mayo Clinic expertise. It is the only D.C.-area hospital that is part of the network. One thing Virginia Hospital Center officials have been clear about in this age of health care mergers is their passion for remaining independent.

NPR Here & Now, Shortage Of Nicorette Lozenges Prompts Hoarding — A shortage of Nicorette lozenges has led some ex-smokers to hoard them. The lozenges have been disappearing from shelves since the manufacturer, GlaxoSmithKine, halted production of the lozenges last February for quality-control reasons. The pharmaceutical company says it plans to have the lozenges back on shelves later this year, but in the meantime, people who rely on the lozenges to ease their cigarette cravings are jittery about the dwindling supply. Dr. Taylor Hays of the Mayo Clinic’s Nicotine Dependence Center joins…

Forbes, Smoking, More Harmful Than Thought, Needs New Approaches To Cessation —  The perils of smoking, known for decades, include 12 types of cancers, particularly lung cancer, cardiovascular disease, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) to name a few. It is not surprising that the mortality among smokers is 2 – 3 times higher than among those who have never smoked…If approved by the FDA, this result could lead to a major change in helping the 42 million Americans smokers to quit. As one of the authors of the study, Dr. Jon Ebbert of the Mayo Clinic, told the New York Times: “It’s a paradigm shift because instead of only giving the medication to patients who have set a quit date, you are potentially giving it to every smoker. It opens the door to a much larger population of smokers that we can treat.” Additional coverage: CBS News

CNN, Decline in smoking rates could increase deaths from lung cancer by Sandee LaMotte— More people may die from undiagnosed lung cancer because they don't qualify for low-dose CT scans, according to a study by Mayo Clinic researchers. The researchers blame current screening guidelines that have remained the same despite the decline in smoking rates in the U.S. "Our data raise questions about the current recommendations," said Mayo pulmonologist, Dr. David E. Midthun, one of the study authors. "We do not have the best tool to identify who is at risk for lung cancer." Additional coverage: News4Jax, KAAL, WWLP Mass.

Chicago Tribune, Durbin, health advocates celebrate 25 years of no smoking on U.S. flights by Lexy Gross…Olsen stood alongside flight attendants, health advocates and U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin on Monday at O'Hare International Airport to celebrate 25 years without smoking on American flights. Beginning Feb. 25, 1990, nearly all domestic flights turned on their no-smoking signs permanently.…E-cigarettes look like cigarettes, but are battery-operated and heat a liquid that contains nicotine, according to the Mayo Clinic. Unlike the smoke exhaled from a tobacco cigarette, e-cigarette users release a vapor.

Reader’s Digest Best Health, 5 ways women can reduce their risk of heart disease Don’t smoke — You can side step one of the biggest risk factors for heart disease just by quitting smoking or avoiding the bad habit altogether. The Mayo Clinic says that the chemicals in tobacco can seriously damage your blood vessels and your heart leading to the potential for narrowing of the arteries and heart attack.

Republican-Eagle, Good for the body, good for the heart — Whether living with a heart condition or trying to prevent one, there are things people can do — and not do — to keep healthy. “For both of those patient populations, the single most important thing you can do for your heart health would be not to smoke,” said Dr. Tyler Peterson, a cardiologist at Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing.

Hospitals & Health Networks — Five Steps to Monetizing the Value of Your Care, The time has come for organizations with superior outcomes to translate that critical asset into revenue. From defining your care model to refining your processes, here is how to monetize care value. …Across the street from the pavilion in Rochester, Minn., is the Mayo Clinic, the 1,132-bed general medical and surgical facility that is one of the best-recognized hospitals in the country, if not the world. For several years now, Mayo, along with other established brands like Cleveland Clinic and Johns Hopkins, have partnered with employers to extend their geographic reach and challenge existing players.

Post Bulletin, DMC administrative cost bill clears first hurdle — A bill to make sure Destination Medical Center's administrative costs aren't funded with property tax increases easily won the support Tuesday of a House panel. Rochester City Council President Randy Staver told House members the legislation ensures any administrative costs related to the Destination Medical Center initiative don't fall on the shoulders of Rochester property taxpayers. "Absent the requested change, the city will need to look for other funding sources, up to and including raising property taxes, and that is something we do not want to do," Staver said.

KAAL, Start-Up Gaining Momentum In Rochester's Social Scene by Megan Stewart…Nate Nordstrom, founder of BrandHoot, works out of his basement with his team of developers and social media experts. The company creates website, mobile and social media campaigns for companies in the Rochester area. They are the ones behind the social media efforts of Destination Medical Center. The company also works with Mayo Clinic.

LeHigh Valley Live, Allentown man, 86, dies of hypothermia after being found outside his home — An 86-year-old Allentown man, found unresponsive before 4 a.m. Thursday outside his home, died of hypothermia, the Lehigh County Coroner's Office reports…Hypothermia happens when the body loses heat faster than it can generate it, according to the Mayo Clinic. When the body temperature drops below 95 degrees, hypothermia can kick in, the Mayo Clinic said. "Left untreated, hypothermia can eventually lead to complete failure of your heart and respiratory system and to death," the Mayo Clinic said.

Consultant360, Oral drug reduces proliferating infant hemangiomas — Six months of oral therapy with a propranolol solution eliminated or nearly eliminated proliferating hemangiomas in 60% of infants, according to a new study at 56 centers in 16 countries. The findings show "that propranolol is a largely safe and effective treatment for children with infantile hemangiomas that require systemic treatment," said Dr. Megha Tollefson, a Mayo Clinic Children's Center researcher and pediatric dermatologist who was not connected with the study.

Men’s Health UK, Why every man should lift weights…It Strengthens Bones — As you age, you lose bone mass, increasing the likelihood that you'll one day suffer a debilitating fracture in your hips or vertebrae. That's even worse than it sounds, since Mayo Clinic researchers found that 30 percent of men die within 1 year of breaking a hip.

The Star Phoenix (Canada), Pointless to argue with anti-vaxxers by John Gormley…This generation's vaccine opponents missed the ravages of smallpox and polio or, more recently for baby boomers, the memory of children with permanent eye damage from measles or even dying from measles-induced pneumonia or encephalitis. Within the cult-like "us-them" thinking that sustains anti-vaxxers, reputable research from the World Health Organization, Web-MD or the Mayo Clinic are lumped into the conspiracy and gullibly tossed aside for "real" research on the net which supports the antivaccine position. Additional coverage: Leader-Post (Canada)

Hamilton Spectator, Rx: Take one 20-minute walk daily by Jack Kelly…While researchers believe an active lifestyle contributes to long-term health, most people still get little to no exercise. If doctors "medicalized" physical inactivity, exercise could be the prescription of choice for heart disease, high blood pressure, and some cancers, wrote Michael Joyner, professor of anesthesiology at the Mayo Clinic, in a commentary in the Journal of Physiology in 2012.

Huffington Post, 7 Reasons You're So Sensitive To Caffeine by Alena Hall…To be sure, coffee is safe. According to the S. Food and Drug Administration, the average American consumes 300 milligrams of caffeine each day, and the Mayo Clinic says it is safe for adults to consume upward of 400 milligrams daily-- the equivalent of four cups of coffee.

Poets & Writers Magazine, Eleven Authors Share Stories of Life-Changing RetreatsThe Mimes of Bogota — The Mayo Clinic Dolores Jean Lavins Center for Humanities in Medicine in Rochester, Minnesota, was full of artists. In a hospital conference room, Jack Becker, executive director of the nonprofit Forecast Public Art, told us about the mimes of Bogota….Jack Becker's anecdote about the mimes of Bogota called to mind a deeper truth I hold about narrative: that stories permit one to imaginatively leave the hospital…Becker's talk at the Mayo Clinic Arts in Healthcare Symposium gave me a much-needed reminder of the importance of writing and literature. --Kathryn Savage works at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis.

Omaha World-Herald, Beloved Council Bluffs doctor Farid Sadr was close with staff, patients — Council Bluffs has lost a “much-loved” local physician. Dr. Farid Sadr died Saturday at Mercy Hospital after a long battle with cancer…After medical school, he served his residency at Maricopa Medical Center in Phoenix and the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Fast Company Design, Beyond Fun: The Vital Future Of Wearables by Daniel Gomez — Tomorrow's Wearables Might Not Turn On Your Microwave Or Help You Get Out Of A Bad Date. But They Could Save Lives.…Preventice Body Guardian is a non-intrusive wearable body sensor that allows physicians to monitor a patient’s psychological data anywhere, anytime. Developed by the Mayo Clinic, Body Guardian is one of the few FDA-approved devices that leverages technology to either entirely replace or alleviate the need for a caregiver.

AP, Challenges For Doctors Using Fitness Trackers & Apps by Anick Jesdanun…Doctors also need to ensure that they aren't getting data only from younger patients who are already highly motivated and aware about their health. "What we need is data for older people, and they are not doing that right now, with rare, rare exceptions," said Dr. David J. Cook, who is leading research at the Mayo Clinic into how trackers and apps can improve care. Because hip-replacement patients that Mayo wants to track tend to be older, Mayo has had to loan them Fitbit trackers and $60 Android phones. Additional coverage: Star Tribune, FOX News, Huffington Post, KAAL, News 724 UK, Winnipeg Free Press, Times of India, Today online, Vida en el Valle, ABC News, Chicago Tribune, KVOA Tucson

Crain’s Chicago Business, An app store for health care professionals — Paul Magelli, CEO of Apervita, aims to change that. In mid-January, the Chicago-based company announced the launch of an exchange with more than 10 hospitals, including the Mayo Clinic and Britain's Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust.…One example of technology that could be shared rather than reinvented is an algorithm developed by Mayo Clinic researchers to analyze information stored in medical records and identify high-risk patients most in need of implantable cardiac defibrillators.

CNBC, Press Release: New Travel Health App "My Travel Health" Now Available on Apple App Store…Travel Health and Wellness LLC announced today a new iOS app, “My Travel Health,” on the Apple App Store. The app allows international travelers to learn about health alerts in their destinations, take precautions before departing and better address illnesses and medical conditions while traveling. “International travelers are frequently unaware or unprepared for common illnesses encountered during foreign travels, especially to developing countries,” said Dr. Rizwan Sohail, a consultant in travel and tropical medicine at Mayo Clinic, and chief medical officer of Travel Health and Wellness.

Incentive Travel UK, An app for international travellers to help safeguard their health when traveling abroad… “International travellers are frequently unaware or unprepared for common illnesses encountered during foreign travels, especially to developing countries,” said Dr. Rizwan Sohail, a consultant in travel and tropical medicine at Mayo Clinic, and chief medical officer of Travel Health and Wellness. “Travellers often end up spending valuable business or vacation time in hotel rooms due to illness, are forced to seek medical help in foreign countries, or return home with serious illnesses such as measles, typhoid, malaria, dengue or tuberculosis…

Self magazine (PDF), What’s so wrong with wheat?... UNLEAVENED EVIDENCE — It's easy to conclude that for everyone else, the gluten-free trend is nothing but hype. But this doesn't actually seem to be true. Instead, celiac experts now acknowledge that there are people who have legitimately bad reactions to wheat and gluten, even though they've never been diagnosed with celiac or a wheat allergy. "We know something is happening," says Joseph Murray, M.D., gastroenterologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and president of the North American Society for the Study of Celiac Disease.

Self magazine (PDF), Natural energy boosts, Energy drinks can cause insomnia and anxiety, a new study reveals, so try these caffeine-free uppers. MINT GUM Research shows that the scent of peppermint can decrease fatigue, "and the strong mint flavor can boost alertness," says Michael Joyner, M.D., an exercise researcher at the Mayo Clinic. CONTROLLED BREATHING Tuning in to your breath and establishing a steady rhythm helps you feel more focused and ready to go, Dr. Joyner says.

Post-Bulletin, Klobuchar touts importance of precision medicine by Heather Carlson, U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar said Friday it is critical that America increase its investment in promising medical advances like precision medicine or risk losing its competitive edge. "If we aren't doing this, someone else in the world is going to do it," the senator told reporters after touring Mayo Clinic's Biobank. Precision medicine has been thrust into the national spotlight after President Obama made the case to fund this groundbreaking research last month in his State of the Union address. Mayo Clinic Dr. Richard Weinshilboum said precision medicine involves using genetic information to tailor treatment to the needs of specific patients. Additional coverage: KTTC, KIMT

Post-Bulletin, Many answer Mayo Clinic's research call by Jeff Hansel — People often choose to be involved in medical studies to make a little cash, but along the way they advance scientific knowledge in areas ranging from heart disease to athletic endurance. At Mayo Clinic in Rochester, thousands of people volunteer to participate in research studies annually.Participants have become the building blocks of research into human health. Dr. Sundeep Khosla, dean of clinical and translational science at Mayo Clinic, said hundreds of research studies are underway each day at Mayo Clinic.

Post-Bulletin, Try a little experiment on yourself — get involved in research by Jeff Hansel — The research nurse seemed to like it when I faded in and out, dozing peacefully but staying partially conscious. That's exactly what was needed for a study of metabolism that included some sort of plastic hood placed around my head.

Post-Bulletin, Medical strides require baby steps from volunteers by Jeff Hansel — Mayo Clinic personals: White-hot research teams seek vibrant community volunteers for collaborative quest. Mayo currently has 9,629 research studies underway nationally, requiring thousands of research-study participants — both healthy individuals and those with specific ailments. "They're absolutely critical. We can't do this without our committed volunteers," said Dr. Sundeep Khosla, dean of clinical and translational science at Mayo.

Post-Bulletin, Biking away from exhaustion by Jeff Hansel…Know those times when you're exercising and just can't go on? Mayo Clinic anesthesiologist and physiologist Dr. Timothy Curry said that feeling is related to dramatic drops in blood-sugar. Mayo researchers are using dopamine to turn off those normal regulatory processes in marathon bikers. The study subjects ride a stationary bike for three hours at 70 percent of their maximum ability.

Huffington Post, Proof Even The World's Worst Meditator Should Give It Another Try by Sarah Klein — Broody the Brain is like many of us who have yet to take up meditating: We're intrigued by the well-documented benefits of the mindful practice, but we've struggled to ease into it. As a result, we assume it's just not our thing. But what if that struggle is due to our own misguided stereotypes of what meditation really is? "Meditation isn't leaving the world behind, it is being engaged, feeling content and kind," Broody the Brain learns in the video above, created by Amit Sood, M.D., professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic and the author of The Mayo Clinic Guide to Stress-Free Living.

Global News Canada, Calgary mother looking for Lymphedema cure outside of Canada to help son by Tracy Nagai…For Tristan and his family it will mean flying to France, paying for the surgery and costs while he recovers. But some believe more research needs to be done.  with the Mayo Clinic states in part in an email, “let the profession refine the techniques and clarify what training and experience are needed to optimally perform the surgery.”

Star Tribune, Wolves' Muhammad feared the worst with injury by Kent Youngblood — Shabazz Muhammad knew something was wrong right away. It was early in practice Wednesday when the middle finger of his left hand got caught in Andrew Wiggins’ jersey…Muhammad will have surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester on Monday to repair a ruptured ligament. Muhammad tried to play through the injury, even after it was diagnosed Thursday; he played 12 minutes in Friday’s game, scoring seven points and wanted to try to play through it down the stretch of the season. But the decision was made to get it fixed now. Additional coverage: KMSP, CBS Sports, Bleacher Report, FOX Sports

Health IT Outcomes, Google, Mayo Clinic Team Up To Provide Medical Information In Searches by Christine Kern — Google and the Mayo Clinic are partnering to improve the types of information available to individuals who use the Google search app to engage in online searches for information about common health conditions. Knowledge Graph will display typical symptoms and treatments, as well as details regarding how common the searched condition is, according to the Google blog. Some conditions also include medical-quality illustrations.

Pioneer Press, Getting diagnosis gave St. Paul woman insight into handling POTS syndrome by Molly Guthrey — Ellen Kirchoff is the American Heart Association's 2015 Twin Cities Go Red for Women spokeswoman, but her health problems began more than a decade ago.…Fortunately, her cardiologist didn't agree; he suspected postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome, or POTS -- a disorder of the part of the nervous system that regulates the heart, stomach and intestines, among other organs. This diagnosis was confirmed in 2012 by the Mayo Clinic. There is no cure.

Jamaica Observer, When the Memory Goes by Donna Hussey-Whyte — WHILE everyone forgets things from time to time, memory loss becomes a problem when it interferes with normal, everyday activities. Some people suffer from what is considered short-term memory loss, while for others the problem is long-term…Professor Keith Josephs, consultant of neurology at Mayo Clinic, Rochester Minnesota, told All Woman that the most common cause of memory loss, regardless of gender, is Alzheimer's disease. "Memory is stored in an area of the brain called the hippocampus. The hippocampus shrinks as a result of Alzheimer's disease. But it is very uncommon to have memory loss at age 40. Typically it occurs after age 65."

WebMD, Kids Can Get Migraines Too — Migraines aren't just a problem for adults -- about 6 percent of children and more than one-quarter of teens aged 15 to 17 have migraines, according to the American Migraine Foundation (AMF). "There are many things that can be done if your child suffers from migraine, or if you suspect that he or she does," foundation chair Dr. David Dodick, a professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Scottsdale, Ariz., said in an AMF news release.

Daily Times N.M., Column: Husband reflects on wife's chronic illness…In the fall of 2013, I noticed a significant change in my wife's energy, mood and spirit. Suddenly just getting up in the morning to go work became a challenge for her. She began to sleep a lot, her memory seemed foggy, she began to complain of muscle and joint pain and she began to develop skin lesions that would not heal. We have all experienced fatigue and exhaustion at times, but this was different…We both had full time jobs in supervisor roles, but we truly didn't know what to do next. I decided to take her to the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., and it was the smartest thing we could have done. It was definitely not just one visit and a quick fix; rather, we spent six months going back and forth for treatment — not just for one autoimmune disease. We learned she also had Wegener's granulomatosis, which causes inflammation of your blood vessels and restricts blood flow to various organs.

Eau Claire Leader-Telegram — Health issues not keeping former top-notch skier from returning to Birkie — Kurt “Charlie” Steil would be the first to admit that he’s not the elite athlete he was as a young man.…In 2012, not long after co-workers and family members began noticing his memory lapses, he retired as supervisor of cardio-pulmonary services, rehabilitation and diagnostics at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire and went on disability. He had worked at Mayo for 26 years. Also in: Sawyer County Record

Medscape, Chondroitin-Glucosamine Reduced Pain in Knee Arthritis in RCT…Thomas Osborn, MD, a rheumatologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, who was not involved in the MOVES trial, told Medscape Medical News. "The data and investigators are very solid. I am convinced. There does not appear to be anything overlooked. While they used a particular preparation of glucosamine/chondroitin, it would seem US clinicians should at least expect similar results with similar preparations found in the US."

ABC News, Why Some Cancer Centers Offer Yoga to Their Patients…“There is no downside to teaching cancer patients yoga,” said Cindy Finch, a clinical psychologist with the Mayo Clinic and with Reimagine, an online resource for cancer survivors. Finch, who is also a cancer survivor, said she believed that health care need not treat patients exclusively with medications, surgery and other therapies that address only the physical side of illness. Treating the whole person, including the mind and spirit, helps the whole person recover, she said.

The ASCO Post, Axillary Ultrasound After Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy for Node-Positive Breast Cancer Could Reduce Sentinel Lymph Node False-Negative Rate — In the American College of Surgeons Oncology Group Z1071 trial, sentinel lymph node surgery after neoadjuvant chemotherapy was associated with a 12.6% false-negative rate in breast cancer patients with cN1 disease. …Judy C. Boughey, MD, of the Mayo Clinic, is the corresponding author of the Journal of Clinical Oncology article.

Daily Rx, Guidelines Excluded Some from Lung Cancer Screening… A new study found that fewer people in recent years met the criteria for lung cancer screening — even some who might have gone on to develop lung cancer. "Our findings may reflect a [change over time] in smoking patterns in which the proportion of adults with a 30 pack-years smoking history and having quit within 15 years declined," wrote Yi Wang, MD, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, and colleagues. Additional coverage: Gant Daily, American Live Wire, Diabetes Insider

Puget Sound Business Journal, Seattle Children's and Mayo Clinic team to slash genetic testing costs by Annie Zak — Seattle Children's hospital and Mayo Medical Laboratories are creating a partnership to develop ways for children's hospitals around the country to decrease costs and errors that come from unnecessary lab testing…"All parts of health care have got to contribute to reducing costs, improving patient safety and improving outcomes, and often the laboratory is not thought of as an area that can make significant contributions to that," said Don Flott, director of utilization management at Mayo Medical Laboratories, a department of the Mayo Clinic. Additional coverage: Regator,

News Press Naples, Technology key to future of health care by Frank Gluck… Rothman and Dr. Gianrico Farrugia, CEO of the Mayo Clinic in Florida, were the featured speakers at a forum about the future of health care at the 2015 Imagine Solutions Conference…In terms of expanding access to that kind of world-class care, Farrugia pointed to the Mayo Clinic's Care Network. That program allows member hospitals to consult with Mayo doctors on particularly complicated cases. Additional coverage: Naples Daily News,

Chippewa Valley Kids & Families, Birthing Options: A Rundown…However, things have changed in recent decades, even in the hospital setting, says Dr. Don Weber, an obstetrician/gynecologist at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire. “This is a trendy business, actually,” Weber says with a laugh. When he first came to what was then known as Luther Hospital in 1986, most mothers-to-be were given nitrous oxide and delivered in a birthing chair or bed.

Medical Daily, Washing Dishes By Hand, Other Lax Lifestyle Choices Can Strengthen Your Family's Immune System by Samantha Olson…In a new study published in Pediatrics, Swedish researchers from the Queen Silvia Children’s Hospital in Gothenburg studied how less sanitary hand-washed plates we eat off of can strengthen a family’s immune system, specifically a reduced likelihood for allergy development.…The scientific reasoning is all based on the “hygiene hypothesis,” which states without exposure to bacteria early in life, children are left with an untrained and unarmored immune system that isn’t strong enough to defend against bacteria, according to Mayo Clinic.

Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal, Mayo may expand its reach in Arizona by Mark Reilly — Tucson Medical Center in Arizona is planning to join the network of hospitals affiliated with Mayo Clinic. The Arizona Daily Star reports that the medical center — which will be the last in the city that is independently owned after a rival merges with the University of Arizona Health Network next month — is currently in the due-diligence process on a deal with the Mayo Clinic Care Network. Additional coverage: Post-Bulletin

Washington Post (AP), Wolves F Muhammad undergoes finger surgery — Minnesota Timberwolves forward Shabazz Muhammad has undergone season-ending surgery on the middle finger of his left hand. The team says the operation was performed Monday at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. Additional coverage: USA Today, Winnipeg Free Press, WCCO, com

Star Tribune (AP), Recharged Ryan: After cancer scare, healthy GM has eyes on guiding Twins to contention again by Dave Campbell…Ryan was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma after he found a hard lump on his neck about an inch in diameter during the winter before last season. Because doctors caught the cancer early, subsequent surgery and radiation was able to fully eradicate the disease from his body…Checkups are required every three months with his doctor at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, about 85 miles southeast of Minneapolis, but he's otherwise living a normal life again. Additional coverage: USA Today

Huffington Post, 5 Things Women Don't Know About Heart Disease by Emily Gurnon — Stress can hurt you. When you feel stressed out, your body releases adrenaline, which in turn increases your breathing, heart rate and blood pressure. The hormone cortisol also surges, releasing sugars into the bloodstream and suppressing functions not essential in a “fight or flight” situation, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Red Wing Republican Eagle, Column: County works to meet the challenges ahead…Along with these legacy issues, we look forward to assisting the Goodhue County Board as it considers questions of rail transportation safety, zip rail development and issues raised by the development of the Mayo Clinic Destination Medical Center — to name a few developing topics.

MedPage Today, 'Bionic Hand' Boosts Function After Braxial Plexus Injury by Molly Walker — Bionic reconstruction of the hand through a myoelectric prosthesis was associated with better hand function and less pain for three patients in Austria who suffered global brachial plexus injuries.…Brian Carlsen, MD., a hand surgeon at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., who was not involved in the current study, added that these kinds of injuries can be a tremendous cost to society, as well as being devastating for the patient.

Huffington Post, Body Image and the Airbrush, Co-authored by Jordan Rullo, Ph.D., Mayo Clinic clinical psychologist and certified sex therapist — Recently, an untouched photo of supermodel Cindy Crawford went viral on the internet. There are lots of photos of Cindy Crawford on the internet; why in the world did this particular photo go viral? Was she juggling fire? Engaged in some daring feat? No. The image went viral simply because it was unedited, un-photo shopped, untouched. This says a lot about our society.

CNN, Scope superbug: How long did the FDA know about problem? by Elizabeth Cohen — Dr. John Allen, a gastroenterologist, had to morph into a detective when 10 of his patients came down with the exact same type of rare bacterial infection. Alarmed and mystified, he and his colleagues rushed to find the source of the highly lethal superbug…Doctors hope that manufacturers will come up with a plan soon. "I do think it will take a redesign of the scope to solve the problem, or new sterilization technology," said Dr. Bret Peterson, a professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic and lead author of the 2011 guidelines from the medical societies. Additional coverage: FOX6 Wis.

KEYC Mankato, Fairmont Area Lawmakers Learn About Telemedicine at MCHS — Mayo Clinic Health System in Fairmont Friday showed off how they're utilizing technology to deal with changes in how health care is provided. In anticipation of proposed legislation for telemedicine and licensing agreements with surrounding states, Senator Julie Rosen and Representative Bob Gunther received a tour of the hospital to see how it is implementing the use of technology to give specialized care to patients hours away.

Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, Stents improve blood flow in man's leg — Emil “Al” Gluck can pinpoint just when his foot troubles started: two years ago, when the bottom of his feet began to burn. “We went through shoes. We tried everything,” said Gluck, 82, of the Menomonie area, who later was diagnosed with peripheral artery disease, or PAD, a circulatory problem in which narrowed arteries reduce blood flow to the limbs…But with the help of his Mayo Clinic Health System medical team, it didn’t take long for Gluck to get back on his feet. Following the amputation, Gluck met with Dr. Ryan Jean-Baptiste, an interventional radiologist at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire.

KIMT, Documentary film “Little Brother” shown at Mayo by DeeDee Stiepan — Sometimes just starting a discussion about race can be the hardest part, which is why groups at Mayo Clinic are hoping to help begin that dialogue. Tuesday night the Mayo Office of Diversity and Inclusion and African Descendants MERG hosted a screening of the documentary film “Little Brother.”… “Thinking about ways to be thoughtful to encourage diversity and inclusion and encourage dialogues about tough conversations about blackness as well as how to be more engaging and more inclusive in our community,” says Joyce Balls-Berry with the Office of Community Engagement and Research at Mayo Clinic.

Al Jazeera America, The Scrutineer: The CDC knows what ails you — and now, so do many others by Gregg Levine — Perhaps it will not come as a big surprise to learn that the highly trafficked, for-profit medical information site WebMD keeps track of your search terms and then makes some of the information available to third-party vendors…But it also means something similar is happening when you look up something on what seem like more secure or, at least, less nakedly capitalist sites like the Mayo Clinic, Planned Parenthood or, yes, the CDC.

KTTC, New blood draw service to open at Gift of Life Transplant House — A home that helps and heals in Rochester will be making the lives of its guests a little easier in the coming months. Guests at the Gift of Life Transplant House won't have to travel far for their next blood draw. Beginning in March, Mayo Clinic plans on installing two outpatient blood draw stations at both of its homes. Blood samples will then be transported to laboratories for testing.

Post-Bulletin, Delta to end Rochester-Detroit flights in April by Jeff Kiger — Despite their popularity, nonstop flights to Detroit will soon end for passengers using the Rochester International Airport, after just seven months. Delta Air Lines notified the airport that it will be pulling the plug April 9 on the daily nonstop flights to Detroit, according the new Airport Director John Reed.

Star Tribune, Delta adds third daily flight between Twin Cities and Rochester by Paul Walsh — Delta Air Lines plans to add a third daily flight between the Twin Cities and Rochester on April 9. The move comes as Delta again drops its service connecting Rochester and Detroit. That once-a-day service also wraps up April 9, said John Reed, executive director of the Rochester International Airport…When Delta service between the Mayo Clinic-operated Rochester airport and Detroit began in September, the airline also started new service connecting Rochester and Atlanta. Additional coverage: BringMeTheNews

Post-Bulletin, Biosciences company taking entire 5th floor of BioBusiness Center by Jeff Kiger — After amending its original lease, Belgium-based Cardio3 BioSciences is now finally cleared to take over the entire fifth floor of Rochester's Minnesota BioBusiness Center…The deal is being driven by the city, Rochester Area Economic Development Inc., Mayo Clinic and the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development to make Rochester more attractive to the Cardio3 in hopes that the company will build a major manufacturing plant here.

Post-Bulletin, Oddchester: My body needs a maintenance plan by Steve Lange — Recently, and during the same week, I took my car to Virgil's Auto and myself to Mayo Clinic, both for scheduled maintenance and repairs. One needed to have multiple leaks repaired and under-body work done. The other needed to have multiple leaks repaired and under-body work done…I left Mayo with the realization that I am far more familiar with the maintenance schedule of my 1997 Pontiac Sunfire than I am with that of my own body.

Health Imaging, Jacksonville Mayo Clinic planning radiology dept. renovation — The Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., is getting set to renovate its 12,250 sq. ft. radiology waiting and dressing rooms, according to the Jacksonville’s The Daily Record…Patient satisfaction is becoming increasingly important as a way of maintaining a radiology practice’s success, and a patient’s experience and comfort before and after a procedure plays a big role in this.

Jacksonville Daily Record, Development today: Mayo Clinic planning $1.5M renovation of radiology area — The Daily Record will regularly provide updates about building permits and development plans filed with the city and other agencies. Hospital, institutional: Mayo Clinic, 4500 San Pablo Road, contractor is Batson-Cook Co., refurbish 12,250-square-foot radiology waiting and dressing areas, $1,575,208.

Chicago Tribune, Michael Franti concert helps fight juvenile diabetes…Friends United began as a grassroots movement by Susan Mandell of Highland Park, a mother of a child with diabetes, and a few friends some 16 years ago. Since then, the organization has raised nearly $2 million in support of vital research at institutions such as the University of Chicago, the Mayo Clinic and Harvard University Medical School.

Post-Bulletin, Type 2 diabetes and insulin bursts under study by Jeff Hansel…In healthy people, insulin gets released from the pancreas in bursts instead of a constant seep, said Dr. Adrian Vella. "It's like Morse code almost," Vella said. Like dots and dashes of insulin that the body puts out to help sugars get into the cells.

Diabetes Self-Management, Exercise Has Tangible Benefits for People With Diabetes by Gilles Beaudin…Let’s start off easy: Sit less. If you think about it, you sit during your commute, you may sit at work, you sit for meals, and you sit in front of the TV. Recent research on the negative effects of prolonged sitting is very strong. Dr. James Levine, director of the Mayo Clinic-Arizona State University Obesity Solutions Initiative and inventor of the treadmill desk, is credited with coining the now-common phrase “sitting is the new smoking.”

Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, Event raises awareness of heart health — On one memorable Christmas Eve, I ended up taking a family member to the emergency room at Luther Hospital for a heart-related problem. On Thursday night, I sat in the Luther Building Auditorium at Mayo Clinic Health System…to learn how to improve my own heart health…Some of what they said really stuck with me. A lot of us stoic Midwesterners might dismiss warning signs of a heart attack, such as shortness of breath, chest pain or nausea. But Pope said it is not your job to diagnose, but only to be aware of symptoms.

Reuters, Daily tasks predict hospitalization, death for heart failure patients by Kathryn Doyle — Heart failure patients who struggle with daily tasks like bathing or dressing are more likely to be hospitalized and tend to die sooner than those who are more independent, according to a new study… “I certainly suspected that patients who had increasing difficulty with daily living would be at increased risk for death,” but just how accurately a brief questionnaire could predict hospitalization and death was surprising, said Dr. Shannon Dunlay, lead author of the study and an advanced heart failure cardiologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Additional coverage: HealthDay, Medical Xpress, Medical News Today, US News & World Report, News Max, FOX news

NY Times, Researchers Warn on Anesthesia, Unsure of Risk to Children by Denise Grady — Faced with mounting evidence that general anesthesia may impair brain development in babies and young children, experts said Wednesday that more research is greatly needed and that when planning surgery for a child, parents and doctors should consider how urgently it is required, particularly in children younger than 3 years… “On the one hand, we don’t want to overstate the risk, because we don’t know what the risk is, if there is a risk,” said Dr. Randall P. Flick, a pediatric anesthesiologist and director of Mayo Clinic Children’s Center in Rochester, Minn., who has conducted some of the studies in children suggesting a link to learning problems. “On the other hand, we want to make people aware of the risk because we feel we have a duty to do so.”

Forbes, How Mayo's "Dr. Google" Deal Disrupts Medicine by Michael Millenson… In that context, Mayo’s agreement to produce clinical summaries under its name for common Google medical searches is like a medieval pope happily handing out Bible translations. The mission of the most-used search engine on the planet is to make the world’s information “universally accessible and useful.” Mayo, in contrast, has for decades been a global symbol of doctor-knows-best. Recommending a Google search “as the first stop for those needing health information,” in the words of a Mayo physician executive, represents a true paradigm change.

Huffington Post, Can You Really Get A Cold From Going Outside With Wet Hair? by Sarah Klein… "In order to get an infection you need to be exposed to an infectious agent," said Dr. Pritish Tosh, an infectious diseases physician and researcher at the Mayo Clinic. "There are several things that circulate during periods of cold weather -- influenza, different cold viruses. That's what you need to get infected. Going out with wet hair is not going to cause an infection. I think it more so just makes people uncomfortable."

Mankato Free Press, Falls, bed sores remain top problems by Nate Gotlieb… Falls and pressure ulcers, or bed sores, remained the top adverse health events in 2013-14 in Minnesota, according to an annual patient safety report released Thursday. Steve Campbell, Chief Quality Officer of Mayo Clinic Health System Southwest Minnesota Region, said the Mankato hospital has seen a significant reduction in falls since implementing a fall-reduction strategy a few years ago. The hospital assesses the fall risk of every admitted patient, he said, and staff members check on patients each hour to anticipate their needs.

News4Jax, Watch out for 2 very contagious illnesses: Strep throat, stomach flu by Melanie Lawson — Rarely do all the local doctors we talk with each week say the same thing is going around but this week that's the case. Strep throat will send you running to the doctor…The other illness that's going around is stomach flu.  It's miserable, spreads like wildfire, and always runs rampant in the winter time. Dr. Vandana Bhide with Mayo Clinic says this year is no exception and it actually seems to be a little worse this season.

WEAU Eau Claire, Doctor battling cancer continues to run marathon of life — Running a marathon is a feat in itself, but doing it with terminal cancer is even harder to fathom. However that's just what a Mayo Clinic Health System physician did despite facing tongue cancer. When talking with Dr. David Eitrheim, an avid runner and family man, his illness appears to be one of the last things on his mind.

WEAU Eau Claire, Have your cake and cut calories too… The morning team ventured to Grizzly's Grill in Eau Claire with a Nutrition Educator to learn a few easy ways to cut back. The atmosphere, the smells, the food is one of the many reasons, Americans enjoy venturing out to a restaurant. But you're walking a fine line of 'calories' when you finally sit down and open the menu. Nutrition Educator, Katie Johnson with Mayo Clinic Health System joined the morning team for lunch to take us through a meal from start to finish.

Science World Report, Reduced Visual Contrast Acuity Common In Parkinson's Patients by Kathleen Lee — New findings published in the Journal of Parkinson's Disease show that patients with Parkinson's disease have difficulties with visual acuity in low-contrast images. "Visual impairments can have a significant impact on quality of life and day-to-day functions," lead study author Charles H. Adler, MD, PhD, Department of Neurology, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Scottsdale, Ariz, said in a news release. "However, impaired contrast sensitivity in PD patients is a topic that has received relatively little attention in clinical practice…Additional coverage: ScienceDaily, HealthCanal

Jacksonville Daily Record, Workspace: Volunteers in Medicine makes sure working people who can’t afford insurance get help by Max Marbut — With more than 20 million people enrolled under the Affordable Care Act, the government program intended to ensure access to health insurance coverage, you might think business would be slow at Volunteers in Medicine… Financial support comes from individual and corporate donors. The area’s major health care institutions treat patients who need more than primary care for free. Baptist Health, St. Vincent’s HealthCare and Mayo Clinic are major supporters, Corrigan said. Grants cover the cost of medications needed by patients.

KMSP, Bipartisan bill would expand 'telemedicine' in Minnesota — Thanks to telemedicine, Mayo Clinic neurologist Bert Vargas can use a video camera to examine concussion patients in rural hospitals hundreds of miles from Rochester. It's a medical practice hospital and doctors want to expand in Minnesota."The technology is there, and our consumers are expecting this from us," says Essential Health's Maureen Ideker.

Post-Bulletin, Adverse events report focuses on botched test results by Mike Klein — The number of adverse medical events reported last year increased both statewide — from 258 in 2013 to 308 in 2014 — and at Mayo Clinic Hospital - Rochester campus — from 29 to 44, according to the 2015 Minnesota Adverse Events report released today.

Post-Bulletin, Letter: Rochester Public Library needs to continue to be the heart of the city by Lee Harold — If asked what is the heart of the family, I think most people would say their job is very important, but the heart is the home, our castle, our refuge. So when I think of the heart of the city, I respect the financial importance of Mayo Clinic, but the heart is the library. If you stop the library, you stop the heart, and the city is dead. It would be a prison.

Today’s Geriatric Medicine, Anti-VEGF Treats Wet Macular Degeneration by Jennifer Anderson — Landmark Treatment— Michael W. Stewart, MD, chair of ophthalmology at the Florida Mayo Clinic, describes the medications as revolutionary. Before the first anti-VEGF drug, bevacizumab (Avastin), became available in 2005, “we saw people go blind,” he says. “It was a very frustrating disease. There were only a small percentage of patients we could treat with a laser.”

Woman’s World, Your Good Health warning! Spring allergy season starts now! by Brenda Kearns — Already congested and sneezing? Blame the onset of spring allergies! Fortunately, Mayo Clinic research shows taking a few steps before pollen counts peak doubles your odds of enjoying a sniffle-free spring!

Woman’s World, Cure Thinning Hair! Chill out, too! by Camille Pagan...A little stress is normal, but Mayo Clinic researchers say high levels of stress for weeks on end can cause some hair follicles to enter a "resting phase," which promotes shedding! The great news? Relaxing prompts faster regrowth! Try walking, reading or doing yoga, three activities proven to squash stress.

MLB Kansas City Royals, Election to Royals Hall special for Sweeney and his dad by Jeffrey Flanagan — Being elected into the Royals Hall of Fame on Wednesday was at least a small bit of light in what has been a dark two months for Mike Sweeney. Sweeney learned on New Year's Eve that his father, Mike, was diagnosed with esophageal cancer. "He's at the Mayo Clinic [in Scottsdale, Ariz.] right now," Sweeney said, his eyes tearing up, "fighting for his life."

KETV Omaha, Antibiotics: Misuse puts you, others at risk by Mayo Clinic News Network — Antibiotics are important drugs. It would be difficult to overstate the benefit penicillin and other antibiotics have played in treating bacterial infections, preventing the spread of disease and minimizing serious complications of disease.

Forbes, The Veterans Independence Act: Giving Vets A Way Out Of Socialized Medicine… The Veterans Independence Act proposes to turn the VA’s health care facilities into a new Veterans Accountable Care Organization, or VACO. VACO could be required to report how it’s performing on health quality benchmarks, and compare its performance to leading private-sector ACOs like the Cleveland Clinic and the Mayo Clinic.

Jakarta.com, Tahukah Anda ternyata ada cara yang praktis untuk meredakan stres? Tak perlu mengonsumsi obat pereda stres. Tak harus pergi liburan ke tempat asing. Dan juga tak harus mengeluarkan banyak uang. Caranya adalah mencium aroma buah-buahan segar. Seperti yang dilansir oleh prevention.com, Barbara Thomley kepala koordinator Complementary and Integrative Medicine Program di Mayo Clinic mengatakan bahwa aroma buah-buahan segar bisa memberikan banyak sekali manfaat.

La Salud Mexico, ¿Qué es la espondilitis anquilosante?...Para detectar esta enfermedad, el especialista en Reumatología  de Mayo Clinic,  Eric Matteson, menciona que la espondilitis anquilosante es una enfermedad que ocasiona inflamación, que conlleva al dolor y rigidez.

El Periodico, Recomiendan modificar hábitos antes de dormir a niños de preescolar, Para los niños de preescolar cuya edad oscila entre tres y cinco años, dormir bien resulta complicado pero puede convertirse en una lucha de voluntades o bien, que el pequeño no se levante de la cama. De acuerdo con el centro de especialidades Mayo Clinic, las batallas a la hora de acostarse ponen a prueba la resolución de los padres, por lo que, además de paciencia, recomienda modificar las costumbres previas a dormir.

Univision, Separan con éxito a unas siamesas en Texas — Las gemelas Knatalye Hope y Adeline Faith Mata han recorrido un difícil camino desde que nacieron en abril de 2014. A casi un año de que su madre las diera a luz en el Pabellón para la Mujer del Hospital de Niños de Texas las siamesas pudieron ser separadas tras atravesar una serie de cirugías…Se desconoce exactamente qué provoca que los bebés nazcan como siameses y aproximadamente el 40% y el 60% de ellos mueren en el útero, según un estudio de la Clínica Mayo.

El Universal, Detectan la molécula que ayuda a crecer al peor cáncer de tiroides…Los investigadores de cáncer de la Clínica Mayo en Jacksonville, Florida, identificaron una molécula, a la que consideran importante para la supervivencia del paciente del carcinoma anaplásico de tiroides, tumor letal sin ningún tratamiento eficaz hasta ahora. Al parecer, la molécula también podría desempeñar alguna función en una amplia gama de cánceres. Additional coverage: Entorno Inteligente, com, Gerencia y Negocios

hearaldo.es, El consumo moderado de cerveza podría ser beneficioso en la menopausia — De hecho, según una investigación realizada por la Unidad de Investigación en Endocrinología de la Clínica Mayo en Minnestota (Estados Unidos), el silicio puede ser un componente favorable para la formación de masa ósea, porque aumenta la proliferación osteoblástica, la síntesis del componente extracelular de hueso e incrementa la actividad de los marcadores propios de las células que forman el hueso como la fosfatasa alcalina y la osteocalcina.

Vanity Fair (Italy), Google, risposte più sicure su salute e malattie — Novità per il colosso delle ricerche: quando si cercano patologie o farmaci appariranno informazioni verificate da uno staff medico nel box sulla parte destra della schermata con i risultati…Ecco perché Big G ha deciso di migliorare le proprie risposte, fornendo informazioni più immediate e attendibili con contenuti in parte compilati o comunque supervisionati da medici, del proprio team o della Mayo Clinic, una ong statunitense con cui collabora da tempo.

El Semanario, Guía ilustrada y animada que te explica como cuidar tu salud cardíaca…La doctora Sharon L. Mulvagh, de la Clínica para el Corazón Femenino en Mayo Clinic (Rochester, Minnesota), menciona que uno de los factores de riesgo más importantes para padecer una enfermedad cardíaca, tanto en hombres como en mujeres, es el hábito de fumar. Additional coverage: Mundo de Hoy

Mundo Agropecuario, Afrodisíacos naturales que sí funcionan — “Hay pocas evidencias que apoyen la efectividad de la mayor parte de sustancias que consideramos afrodisiacos naturales”, señala tajantemente Jaine B. Swanson en la página de la Clínica Mayo. Es cierto que muchos de los afrodisiacos que históricamente han sido asociados con la virilidad no sólo no causan ningún efectivo positivo en nuestras relaciones sexuales, sino que además pueden ser tóxicos.

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