April 9, 2015

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights

By Karl Oestreich

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Editor, Karl Oestreich; Assistant Editor, Carmen Zwicker


Washington Post

Alzheimer’s warning signs
by Fredrick Kunkle
For people of a certain age, it’s not uncommon to seize on any forgetfulness as a symptom of Alzheimer’s disease. Lose the car keys, forget a name, read a Top 10 list of dementia’s warning signs and the worry begins…So in an attempt to offer some perspective,

Washington Post newspaper logo here’s another list. We interviewed three experts: Lipton, who also heads the division of cognitive aging and dementia at Montefiore Medical Center; Ronald C. Petersen, director of the Mayo Clinic’s Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center; and Heather M. Snyder, director of medical and scientific operations at the nonprofit Alzheimer’s Association… Sometimes it’s not even a retrieval problem. In today’s frenzied, multitasking world, people don’t always form memories in the first place. Petersen says focusing more attention on tasks at hand might be more helpful than obsessing over what you can’t remember.

Reach: Weekday circulation of The Washington Post averages 518,700, and Sunday circulation averages 736,800.

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

Public Affairs Contacts: Sharon Theimer, Duska Anastasijevic


Star Tribune
Head strong: 5 ways to boost your brain, from 'neurobics' to walnuts
by Allie Shah

…Advances in technology have enabled scientists to explore the brain as never before — and they’re making bold discoveries. The Star Tribune Health newspaper logonew thinking is that our brains are malleable and capable of building new connections between nerve cells, even as we grow older. “We had these assumptions for a long time that your brain was fully formed and shaped in late adolescence,” said Glenn Smith, a neuropsychologist at the Mayo Clinic who specializes in Alzheimer’s. “Then … it was all downhill from there.”

Reach: The Star Tribune Sunday circulation is 518,745 copies and weekday circulation is 300,277. The Star Tribune is the state’s largest newspaper and ranks 16th nationally in circulation.

Context: Glenn Smith, Ph.D., L.P., is a Mayo Clinic neuropsychologist. Dr. Smith is a principal investigator for the Education Core, Mayo Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, and associate director for Education Resources, Mayo Clinic Center for Translational Science Activities. The research conducted by Dr. Smith and his colleagues has led to the development of the Mayo Clinic Healthy Action to Benefit Thinking and Independence (HABIT) program, a 10-day, 50-hour, intensive intervention program for people with mild cognitive impairment.

Public Affairs Contact: Bob Nellis


Mayo Medical School to Establish Branch Campuses in Arizona, Florida

Mayo Medical School announced Tuesday that it has received the endorsement of the national accrediting body for medical education to establish branch campuses in Scottsdale, Arizona, and Jacksonville, Florida…"This signifies an important step in ourKSTP-5 Twin Cities
transformation to a national medical school and our ability to deliver extraordinary medical education and highly diverse clinical experiences to our students across all campuses," said Sherine Gabriel, the dean of Mayo Medical School and professor of Epidemiology and Medicine.

Reach: KSTP-TV, Channel 5, is an ABC affiliate serving the Twin Cities area, central Minnesota and western Wisconsin, the 15th largest market in the U.S.

Context: Mayo Medical School announced that its expansion plan to establish branch campuses in Scottsdale, Arizona, and Jacksonville, Florida, has received the endorsement of the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), the national accrediting body for medical education. “We are thrilled with the positive response from LCME,” says Sherine Gabriel, M.D., M.Sc.,(retiring) dean of Mayo Medical School and William J. and Charles H. Mayo Professor of Epidemiology and Medicine, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. “This signifies an important step in our transformation to a national medical school and our ability to deliver extraordinary medical education and highly diverse clinical experiences to our students across all campuses.” More information on the announcement can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Public Affairs Contact: Deborah Anderson


Women’s Health magazine
Are Tampons the New Pap Smear?

... So how soon will your tampon be able to diagnose cancer? Not so fast. First, researchers need to do more studies; a clinical trial is Womens Healthunderway right now, says lead study author Jamie Bakkum-Gamez, M.D., a gynecological oncologist at the Mayo Clinic. Currently, there’s no routine way to screen for endometrial cancer (aside from reporting vague symptoms to your doctor, such as irregular bleeding), which strikes more than 50,000 women each year, most of them post-menopausal, and is the most common gynecological cancer in the U.S., according to the study.

Reach: Women's Health magazine has a monthly circulation of 1.5 million readers and covers health and beauty, fitness and weight loss, career and stress, sex and relationships, nutrition and diet and technology. Women's Health - Online has more than 5.3 million unique visitors each month.

Context: Researchers at Mayo Clinic have shown that it is possible to detect endometrial cancer using tumor DNA picked up by ordinary tampons. The new approach specifically examines DNA samples from vaginal secretions for the presence of chemical “off” switches — known as methylation — that can disable genes that normally keep cancer in check. The finding is a critical step toward a convenient and effective screening test for endometrial cancer, which is the most common gynecologic malignancy in the United States. The results are published in the journal Gynecologic Oncology. More information about the study can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Public Affairs Contact: Joe Dangor


Midlife arts, crafts and socializing tied to better late-life cognition
by Kathryn Doyle

In a new study of people over age 85, those who said they engaged in things like painting, quilting or book clubs during middle age were less likely to develop memory impairments that may precede dementia. Based on these results, using your brain for cognitiveReuters Logo and social activities seems to preserve cognitive function or keep the neurons stimulated, said lead author Rosebud O. Roberts of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

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Context: People who participate in arts and craft activities and who socialize in middle and old age may delay the development in very old age of the thinking and memory problems that often lead to dementia, according to a new study published in the April 8, 2015, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.  “As millions of older US adults are reaching the age where they may experience these memory and thinking problem called Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI), it is important we look to find lifestyle changes that may stave off the condition,” said study author Rosebud Roberts, MB, ChB, MS, of Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. and a member of the American Academy of Neurology. “Our study supports the idea that engaging the mind may protect neurons, or the building blocks of the brain, from dying, stimulate growth of new neurons, or may help recruit new neurons to maintain cognitive activities in old age.” More information about the study can be found here.

Public Affairs Contact: Duska Anastasijevic


HealthDay, 1 in 5 Medicare Patients Faces Delay in Melanoma Surgery: Study by Kathleen Doheny — More than 20 percent of Medicare patients with melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, face delays in getting surgical treatment, a new study reveals…It's difficult to pinpoint when a melanoma has a higher chance of spreading, said Dr. Jerry Brewer of the Mayo Clinic, co-author of an accompanying commentary. "Every tumor is a little different," he said. "What we do know is that melanoma can be a dangerous cancer that can spread and kill, with that outcome being more likely in thick tumors at the time of biopsy." Additional coverage: Medscape, US News & World Report

Medscape, Medullary Thyroid Cancer Guidelines: New Risk Classes and More…Asked to comment, ATA President Robert C. Smallridge, MD, professor of medicine and former chair of the endocrinology Division at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, said that the document "should be a valuable reference for all clinicians who are involved in the care of patients with this disorder." According to Dr Smallridge, key recommendations include those "describing a change in risk category classification, a reclassification of MEN2A, an update on genetic testing, and a discussion of the role of genetic counseling."

Medscape, 3D Carotid Ultrasound May Reveal Hidden Atherosclerosis by Lisa Rapaport — Significant trends for increasing risk associated with either CAC or cPB persisted even after adjusting for all risk factors for both endpoints.…In an editorial, Dr. Tasneem Naqvi of the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona, agrees. Imaging-based assessment of atherosclerosis to predict CVD instead of a risk factor-based approach might help implement preventive intervention and thwart the increasing CVD toll, Dr. Naqvi writes.

Red Wing Republican-Eagle, Expanded, integrated care by Michael Brun — Mayo Clinic Health System officials talked about last year's accomplishments and gave a preview of things to come Monday night during a presentation of the clinic and hospital network's annual report.  "Integration is still the key word," said Dr. Tom Witt, Mayo Clinic Health System president and CEO, in the Red Wing medical center's Garden View Café. That means greater collaboration among medical centers in Red Wing, Cannon Falls and Lake City, as well as with the health system's regional clinics and colleagues at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Witt said.

Cardiovascular Business, Robotic telestroke model takes longer but is as safe as standard care by Angela Marshall — Patients receiving telestroke care may wait as much as 18 minutes longer for treatment, but safety outcomes may be as good as standard, vascular neurologist stroke alert care…these findings could influence how care is provided to patients in areas where a vascular neurologist may not be immediately available, such as rural areas. Cumara B. O’Carroll, MD, MPH, from the neurology department at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, and colleagues retrospectively assessed care at the primary stroke center between 2009 and 2012. The Mayo Clinic’s robotic telepresence stroke alert assessments began in 2009.

Reader’s Digest, 13 Silent Signs of a Thyroid Problem by Alyssa Jung — Sleep changes — If you’ve always been a good sleeper but suddenly can’t snooze through the night, it could signal a thyroid problem. An overactive thyroid pumps out certain hormones (triiodothyronine, known as T3, and thyroxine, known as T4) in excess, which can overstimulate the central nervous system and lead to insomnia, says Hossein Gharib, MD, a Mayo Clinic endocrinologist.

Yahoo! Health, A No-Go For Achy Backs: The Limits Of Tylenol For Pain Relief by Korin Miller…Despite popular practice, some experts say the new findings aren’t surprising—and there are many more effective ways of relieving pain from lower back issues and osteoarthritis. “Overall, there is mounting evidence that acetaminophen is not effective for relief of these conditions, which reflects what patients relate to their physicians in routine clinical practice,” Eric Matteson, MD, rheumatology chair at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., tells Yahoo Health.

HemOnc Today, Oncologists examine rising costs of cancer drugs — The rising costs of cancer drugs are detrimental to patient care and must be addressed, according to the authors of a special article published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings. Hagop Kantarjian MD, chair of the department of leukemia in the division of cancer medicine at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, and S. Vincent Rajkumar MD, professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center in Rochester, Minnesota, described the consequences of rising costs, disagreed with justifications for costly cancer treatments and offered solutions to control drug costs.

Waseca County News, Right care. Right place. Right time. by Daniel Stahl, M.D., Mayo Clinic Health System — Evolutions in health care services and strategy have given patients a variety of options when it comes to receiving care from a provider. However, sometimes understanding what type of care is best for your particular need is challenging. Should you go to Urgent Care? Can you address your needs over the phone? Is it best to wait to schedule an appointment with your primary doctor?

Science 2.0, Can You Be Whole Grain And Gluten Free? by Hank Campbell... Thanks to Jennifer Nelson and Katherine Zeratsky on the Mayo Clinic blog site, I learned that there are five whole grains that are safe for celiac patients and those people who just prefer foods loaded with extra sugar, extra fat, hydroxypropyl methyl cellulose and xanthan gum that cost 240% more than regular food.(1)

Globe and Mail, Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me is a poignant farewell to country’s golden boy by Brad Wheeler…Directed by James Keach (younger brother of actor Stacey Keach, Jr.), Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me is an affecting documentary of the musician’s final tour – a string of shows that celebrated his career but also showed him in a steep cognitive decline caused by Alzheimer’s disease. Early in the film we see him consulting with a Mayo Clinic white coat. When asked if he knows which season it is, Campbell, in his mid-70s and physically fit, says he doesn’t worry about that. What year is it? “I don’t pay attention.” First president? He has no idea.

MPR, U President: Tuition freeze can't last forever by Alex Friedrich The University of Minnesota is asking the Legislature to fund a second two-year tuition freeze. But University President Eric Kaler on Thursday cautioned that student costs must rise eventually.

Post-Bulletin, Heard on the Street: Cardio3 announces plans for IPO — Cardio3 Biosciences, the Belgium-based biotech firm building a manufacturing facility in downtown Rochester, has announced plans to issue stock in the U.S. Cardio3 BioSciences, which works closely with Mayo Clinic and has its U.S. headquarters in Boston, Mass., confidentially filed "a draft registration statement" with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission this week about its intention.

Rutgers University, Rutgers Names Dean for Robert Wood Johnson Medical School — Sherine E. Gabriel has been appointed dean of Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, effective August 2015. Gabriel currently serves as dean of Mayo Medical School at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, a position she has held since 2012. She is also professor of medicine and professor of epidemiology at Mayo Medical School, where she has held the William J. and Charles H. Mayo endowed professorship since 2005. Additional coverage: New Jersey Biz

Popular Science, Drones Could Carry Blood to Critically Injured Patients by Kelsey Atherton…Blood supplies, especially platelets and plasma, are vital for taking care of injured people. But blood comes with an expiration date. Certain parts of it, like platelets and plasma, survive for less than a week after they’ve been donated, and even red blood cells only last up to six weeks in storage. In the future, drones could help transport vital blood supplies to where they need to be, saving time and lives, according to a post by the Mayo Clinic.

Vox, Joni Mitchell suffers from a disease most doctors think isn't real…That last conclusion is echoed by other research on Morgellons patients. One study, out of the Mayo Clinic, concluded this way: "Although patients are convinced that their skin is infested with parasites or inanimate material," skin biopsies and specimen analyses turned up no evidence of infestation. The patients were probably suffering from delusional parasitosis — or the false belief that one is infected with parasites — the researchers determined.

Weather Channel, What Happens When You Have Hypothermia? Brutal winters — and even chilly springs — force many people to bundle up or stay indoors to avoid freezing temperatures and cold weather illnesses. Staying warm can be a good way to avoid these illnesses in winter, but some cold weather problems, such as hypothermia, occur all year round, even if the weather isn’t unbearably cold. Commonly caused by cold temperatures, people can also have hypothermia as a result of immersion in a cold body of water, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Waseca County News, Dan Hoehn’s battle with pancreatic cancer draws overwhelming community support by Dana Melius Easter’s message of hope and renewal could be a difficult pill to swallow for the Dan Hoehn family. But Kendra Hoehn, wife and mother of five, keeps the faith. Dan keeps battling the ravaging pancreatic cancer that has hospitalized him often since a startling Jan. 20…“It’s overwhelming,” said Dan, who returned Wednesday afternoon from the Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato and a third round of chemotherapy. “It’s amazing how people have been and I’m thankful for the amount of support, even from people we don’t even know. It’s all helpful.”

Pioneer Press, Founder of Odegard Books dies at 69 by Mary Ann Grossmann — When Dan Odegard was a patient at the Mayo Clinic, a nurse asked, "Are you THE Dan Odegard?" The former owner of Odegard Books in St. Paul and Edina died Tuesday after being diagnosed five years ago with multiple myeloma (plasma cancer) that included bone erosion, fractures, kidney failure and participation in an experimental trial. He was 69.

Star Tribune, MobCon Digital Health conference signals growing industry by Tyler Gieseke— Health professionals, entrepreneurs and regulators will descend on Minneapolis next week for the debut of MobCon Digital Health, a conference focused on consumer medical devices. The gathering, slated for Thursday at a Minneapolis hotel, is a spin-off of MobCon, a mobile technology conference that is set for November…Start-ups, speakers from Mayo Clinic and Medtronic are among those expected to attend, Cosentino said.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Separating fact from fiction on wine's health benefits by Anne Schamberg… The other physician who weighed in is Donald D. Hensrud, director of the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program in Minnesota. He answered a battery of questions about alcohol and health. And — just so you don't overfill your glass — he began the discussion by defining "moderate drinking." For women, it means at most one drink a day; and for men it's two. One drink equals about 12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine or 1½ ounces of 80-proof spirits.

World Magazine, The culture of death lives on — Ten years after Terri Schiavo’s death, the debate still rages over what true ‘death with dignity’ looks like…Today’s diagnostic criteria are based on that foundation and enjoy widespread acceptance among physicians. But debate continues over the ethics and application of brain death. According to the Mayo Clinic’s  Eelco F. Wijdicks, worldwide guidelines bear “stunning” variation, ranging from the tests required to the number of doctors necessary to declare brain death. Some of those differences extend to jurisdictions in the United States.

Le Center Leader, Mayo Clinic adds sexual assault response program in New Prague — Mayo Clinic Health System in New Prague now has specially trained Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) available 24 hours a day to ensure victims of sexual assault have prompt, comprehensive care. “Victims of sexual assault or abuse need specialized, compassionate physical and emotional care as quickly as possible,” says Kelly Ashley, registered nurse, patient care manager at Mayo Clinic Health System in New Prague.

Waseca County News, Mayo Clinic enhances sexual assault response program in Waseca — Mayo Clinic Health System now has specially trained Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) available 24 hours a day to ensure victims of sexual assault have prompt, comprehensive care. “Victims of sexual assault or abuse need specialized, compassionate physical and emotional care as quickly as possible,” says Ryannon Frederick, registered nurse, chief nursing officer at Mayo Clinic Health System in the Southwest Minnesota region. “By having this service available around the clock, victims don’t have to travel out of the community to get the assistance they need.”

Faribault Daily News, Mayo Clinic Health System brings Express Care to Faribault — On Monday, April 6, Mayo Clinic Health System will open an express care clinic in Faribault… Jacob Kruger, Mayo Clinic Health System physician assistant, will treat patients at express care. He brings extensive experience in urgent care to this practice.

GOOD Magazine, Delivery Drones May Form a Blood Supply Network for Hospitals by David Rhee — Forget pizza and Amazon products—the Mayo Clinic wants to use drones to supply hospitals with precious medical supplies like blood. “Blood is unique because it’s expensive and expires—platelets and thawed plasma last just five days—and the supply is very limited,” said Cornelius A. Thiels, D.O., a general surgery resident at Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota in the statement. Additional coverage: Sputnik News, Yahoo! Tech

Boston Business Journal, Regenerated trachea could cost $100k by Jessica Bartlett — Harvard Apparatus Regenerative Technology said it could be marketing its regenerative organs as soon as 2018, but it isn’t likely the product will be cheap. In federal filings, the Holliston-based company said it estimates that its HART-Trachea — which is comprised of the patient’s own bone marrow cells seeded in a porous, plastic trachea — could cost upwards of $100,000 a piece…The company is still conducting pre-clinical work on the HART-Trachea device. Thanks to an agreement with the Mayo Clinic, announced in January, the company will likely begin clinical trials in the first half of 2016.

Healthcare Global, Is This the Best Alternative to Health Care M&A? by Stephanie Ocano — The Mayo Clinic is one source that believes remaining independent and forging a clinical affiliation is a powerful alternative means for integrating care. They further believe it complements local expertise and helps ensure that a particular service is delivered at the place where its value is highest. The Mayo Clinic elected to adopt this mindset back in 2011 and chose to support independent medical centers by creating the Mayo Clinic Care Network.

Mankato Free Press, Speaking of Health: Importance of primary care provider by Nadia Malik, M.D., is a family physician at Mayo Clinic Health System — Primary care can seem like a general, slightly ambiguous term. What does it really mean? What is a primary care provider? Well, primary care is indeed general medical care. In fact, a primary care provider — who may come from family medicine or internal medicine, depending on your needs — is specialized in diagnosing, treating and preventing a wide variety of conditions.

Post-Bulletin, A Renaissance man in our Midst by John Sievers — Though the Renaissance is long past, there are still Renaissance men in our midst. Paul Anderson, M.D., is a prime example. Described by his friend Brian Archer as a "pillar of energy," Anderson finished the grueling American Birkenbeiner, or "Birkie," in February. Anderson, completing a fellowship in preventive medicine at Mayo Clinic, will publish results about the health habits of Birkie racers.

Yuma News Now, Shingles: Not Just A Band of Blisters — Shingles (herpes zoster) is a common condition in which the virus that causes chickenpox (varicella-zoster virus) reactivates after years of lying dormant in your body. As the virus reactivates, it causes pain and tingling and eventually a rash of short-lived blisters. "Shingles normally isn't a serious condition, but in some people the rash can cause an eye infection," explains Jeffery Wheeler, M.D., Mayo Clinic Health System family physician.

KEYC Mankato, Lake Crystal Author's Book Explains Cancer to Kids — Kelly Strenge is the author of 'The Truth About Cancer,' a children's book explaining the disease after her husband Brett was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma in 2007 and their son was just one-years-old. Kelly says, "He ( their son) was so young he didn't ask questions. He thought it was fun to see the nurses and we had a vacation house which was really a house we rented in Rochester during his stem cell transplant."… Kelly says, "The whole reason my husband is alive is because of clinical trial programs through Mayo Clinic and if I can get more money for them and it can give my family or somebody else's the gift of time then that's what I'm going to try to do."

nj.com, Rutgers taps Mayo Clinic dean for $560K-a-year med school post by Kelly Heyboer — A veteran doctor and administrator at the prestigious Mayo Clinic will be the new dean of Rutgers University's Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Sherine Gabriel, 57, will take over as head of the New Brunswick-based medical school in August, Rutgers officials announced. "Rutgers can now steal people from the Mayo Clinic," Brian Strom, chancellor of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, said when he announced the appointment to the university's board of governors Thursday. Additional coverage: Conscious Evolution Institute, Med Study Guides, Post-Bulletin, New Jersey Business

INFORUM N.D., Minding our Elders: Spouse continues unhealthy lifestyle even after diabetes diagnosis by Carol Bursack — Dear Carol: My husband has Type 2 diabetes and refuses to take care of himself. He's overweight and is haphazard about taking his medications. He eats what he wants without a thought toward his disease. I try to cook healthy meals aimed at his needs but he complains and wants his old favorites…According to the Mayo Clinic, Type 2 diabetes can be easy to ignore, especially in the early stages when you're feeling fine, but diabetes affects many major organs. Controlling your blood sugar levels can help prevent serious complications.

PSYBlog, The Real Cause of Alzheimer’s Revealed By Thousands of Brains… The fight against Alzheimer’s should be focused on the tau protein from now on, the researchers think. Dr Melissa Murray, a neuroscientist at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, and one of the study’s authors, said: “The majority of the Alzheimer’s research field has really focused on amyloid over the last 25 years. Initially, patients who were discovered to have mutations or changes in the amyloid gene were found to have severe Alzheimer’s pathology — particularly in increased levels of amyloid…”

Myeloma Beacon, Pat’s Place: Decision Made - I’m Going To Transplant Again… I plan to undergo a second, modified autologous stem cell transplant. Here is a bit of background information: Despite a dropping M-spike (now a barely detectible 0.1 g/dL), I have been experiencing more bone pain than usual lately. That’s disappointing, because the doublet of Pomalyst (pomalidomide, Imnovid) and dex had surprisingly put a lid on the pain I was enduring late last fall. My former myeloma specialist had argued that I had become a nonsecretor, which means that my M-spike was fading and no longer an indicator of how my myeloma was progressing. My new specialist at the Mayo Clinic here in Florida agreed.

Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier, A 'coachable moment:' Ex-Panther QB inspires ex-Hawkeye dad in cancer battle by Pat Kinney — Jerry O'Donnell, a former Iowa Hawkeye football player and Columbus High School teacher is fighting a rare form of cancer…Now, O'Donnell's most important job is taking care of himself. It's working. When first diagnosed with cancer at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., he was given 12 to 15 months to live. That was almost 16 months ago. The cancer has contracted; blood clots in his lungs have dissipated. He's trying for a longer interval between chemotherapy treatments.

La Crosse Tribune, Mayo Clinic unravels a mystery disease for Minnesota lawyer… Mayo is one the world’s leaders in the diagnosis and treatment of autoimmune neurological diseases, an emerging specialty that drives about 2,500 patients a year to seek help at its Rochester campus. Widseth said neurologists near his home had no idea what to do for him after standard anti-seizure drugs failed to stop the lightning jolting his brain. “They were like, ‘Well, it just happens,’” said Widseth’s wife, Nan. “No, it doesn’t just happen,” she said, recalling that her husband didn’t even recognize her after the first seizures struck. When it became clear that her husband wasn’t getting better, she called her sister in Rochester, whose neighbor happened to be Dr. Jeffrey Britton, a Mayo neurologist specializing in autoimmune encephalitis. Britton and his colleague, Dr. Jeffrey Britton, a neuroimmunologist, agreed to see Widseth within a few days.

Bloomberg Business, Canaccord CEO Dies After Hawaii Triathlon, Paul Reynolds, who rose from the trading floor to chief executive officer of Canaccord Genuity Group Inc., Canada’s biggest independent investment bank, has died after competing in a Hawaii triathlon. He was 52… The death rate for triathlons is about twice that of marathons due to the increased intensity of the competition, according to a 2012 study published last year in the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

Arab News, New mobile app targets travel health and wellness, With Mayo employees seeming to be constantly dreaming up new and innovative ways to help improve the health care landscape for its patients, it has come up with plans like Mayo Clinic Ventures and Mayo's Employee Entrepreneurship Program to help make it all happen. Two recent beneficiaries of those services are Mayo's Dr. Rizwan Sohail, MD, and Rashid Fehmi, whose Mayo Clinic Ventures-supported startup company, Travel Health & Wellness, recently launched a mobile app to help international travelers stay safe and healthy. Additional coverage: com, Congoo

KMSP, New Wolves, Lynx practice facilities near completion in Block E, Block E in downtown Minneapolis is undergoing a massive renovation. It now houses the Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center, and soon the Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx will move into their new practice facilities there. Additional coverage: WCCO, Pioneer Press, Finance & Commerce

Prevention magazine, 3 Weird Things That Will Happen To You When You Stay Up Late To Watch Mad Men… Your blood will start to boil No, we aren't talking about mood swings—we mean your blood pressure actually rises, according to research presented at the American College of Cardiology's Annual Scientific Session. Researchers from the Mayo Clinic found that people exposed to prolonged periods of shortened sleep have significant increases in blood pressure during nighttime hours… A rise in blood pressure at night is particularly concerning, according to Naima Covassin, PhD, a cardiovascular diseases research fellow at the Mayo Clinic.

Modern Healthcare, Leaders on a quest to improve patient safety, quality of care by Steven Ross Johnson, Modern Healthcare's 11th annual ranking of the 50 Most Influential Physician Executives and Leaders in many ways reflects the transformation of healthcare over the past several years…Others in the top 10 include Dr. Jonathan Perlin, president of clinical services and chief medical officer at Nashville-based HCA, at No. 5;  John Noseworthy, president and CEO of the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.

Modern Healthcare, Meet the Harmonicats: Using musical therapy for COPD, “Play three verses of ‘Oh! Susanna’ and call me in the morning.” That could become a common “prescription” pulmonary specialists pass on to their patients as “harmonica therapy” for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease starts to take hold. Harmonicas have been used to improve lung function at hospitals across the country, including the Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, Fla.; El Camino Hospital, Mountain View, Calif.; Seton Medical Center, Austin, Texas; and Advocate Christ Medical Center near the South Side of Chicago—an area that’s produced some legendary blues harmonica players.

My Chicago Fox, Chicago home to new 'techno yoga' movement…The Mayo Clinic endorses yoga as a way to reduce stress, lower blood pressure and improve your heart. As an added bonus, techno yoga unleashes creative energy, giving participants a healthy dose of self-confidence.

ABC News, How Ashya King's Dramatic Recovery Is Changing Cancer Treatment by Liz Neporent — The United Kingdom is set to open its first three proton beam therapy centers to treat cancer after a 5-year-old boy appeared to make a complete recovery after seeking the treatment in the Czech Republic…Proton beam therapy is a type of radiation therapy that uses protons -- positively charged subatomic particles from hydrogen atoms -- rather than x-rays, said Dr. Sameer Keole, the medical director for proton therapy at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota.

Zawya, Patient care, sustainability lead priorities in MENA Hospital Design and Construction — Challenges and future expansion plans of regional hospitals revealed at Hospital Design and Infrastructure Conference in Dubai…Barbara Spurrier, Administrative Director at the Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation USA said: "Our Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation is working to transform the experience and delivery of health and health care. "The core of our model is human-centered design to understand the needs of patients and staff as we build new services and products to meet those needs. Our health and health care infrastructure needs to incorporate a human-centered design approach so our built environments work for the people who occupy them."

Chicago Tribune, An active lifestyle makes life and death better by James Fell… we're talking about the big "D" here, and it's coming for you. It's coming for us all. But for many, it's not the rainbows and puppy hugs compressed-morbidity version. They're dying younger after an unpleasant and lengthy period of disability. "People get into middle age, and their health begins to ratchet down, often due to specific diseases that frequently occur due to poor lifestyle: hypertension, diabetes, obesity and coronary artery disease," said Dr. Mike Joyner, a physician-researcher and expert in exercise physiology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Being sedentary is a common cause for a lot of these diseases. Additional coverage: Pioneer Press, com, Telegraph Herald

NY Times, If Algorithms Know All, How Much Should Humans Help?...The concern is similar in other fields. Since its Watson computer beat human “Jeopardy” champions four years ago, IBM has taken its data-driven artificial intelligence technology well beyond brainy games. Health care has been a major initiative.... But IBM scientists in collaboration with researchers at leading medical groups — including the Cleveland Clinic, the Mayo Clinic and the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center — are making progress. Watson can read through medical documents at a pace incomprehensible to humans: many thousands per second, searching for clues, correlations and insights.

Dark Reading, The Changing Role of the Chief Information Security Officer: What Every CISO Should Know… In this special videocast sponsored by Veracode and moderated by Dark Reading, two of the IT security industry’s best-known voices – Chris Wysopal, CTO & CISO of Veracode and Jim Nelms, CISO of The Mayo Clinic – will discuss the changing role of the CISO and how the importance of that role is growing within the organization.

Healio Gastroenterology, YKP10811 improves bowel function in patients with functional constipation — YKP10811, a novel selective agonist of the serotonin 5-hydroxytryptamine-4 receptor, was superior to placebo in accelerating GI and colonic transit and improving bowel function in patients with functional constipation, according to recent study data. The mechanism of action of YKP10811 (SK Biopharmaceuticals) “appears to be related to stimulation of intestinal and colonic motility,” Michael Camilleri, MD, from the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Rochester, Minnesota, told Healio Gastroenterology.

Fierce Enterprise Communications, Videoconferencing analytics provide deeper insight into usage by Chris Talbot…The larger the enterprise and the greater the number of videoconferencing endpoints, the more difficult it becomes to track usage. But analytics platforms are making it simpler. In an article on TechTarget, Warren Harmon, the Mayo Clinic's director of media operations, noted the challenges of managing the medical institution's more than 400 conference rooms spread across hospitals, clinics and other locations throughout the U.S. The Mayo Clinic appears to have greatly benefited from a more collaborative, video-oriented environment, but it's a large system to manage.

CIO Today, FDA OKs Ambient Clinical Analytics Decision Support Tool…AWARE is a pivotal technology in Ambient’s portfolio of technologies, licensed from Mayo Clinic, that are changing the way critical care providers operate. Ambient Clinical Analytics provides clinical decision support tools for the ICU, Emergency Departments and other critical care areas right at the patient’s bedside. In addition to AWARE, Ambient Clinical Analytics’ technologies include: Mayo Clinic YES Board®, a multi-patient management tool that provides real-time situational awareness for Emergency Departments and hospital Pediatric departments…

Modern Healthcare, How much doctors are paid for quality may not be as important as some think by Melanie Evans — A sizable bonus or sharp pay cut riding on the quality of patient care did little to change doctors' performance in a study… But the results also come with a critical caveat. The study measured quality improvement among Fairview doctors for the first two years that the health system put 40% of physician pay at risk for quality performance. Researchers compared Fairview's improvement to that of five other Minnesota health systems—including the Mayo Clinic—for the same period, using quality data reported to the state. Researchers do not know whether the Mayo Clinic or other Minnesota health systems also made changes to how they paid their doctors for quality during the same period.

Florida Times-Union, Guest column: Legislature should recognize Mayo Clinic by Rep. Mia Jones — Florida is blessed to have some of the highest quality cancer care centers in the world. Among them is the renowned Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, which is designated by the National Cancer Institute as a Comprehensive Cancer Center. In fact, Mayo Clinic is unique among major providers of cancer care in that its Comprehensive Cancer Center is the nation’s only multi-campus, multi-state cancer center.

MinnPost, Block E's retail conundrum by Burl Gilyard — Block E is being reborn. Again. The failed — and dreadfully designed — retail/entertainment complex has new anchors, a new look and a new name: Mayo Clinic Square. The Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center is on the third floor; the Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx are taking a big chunk of space for practice facilities and executive offices. But what many don’t realize is that the ground floor space is meant to contain… wait for it… destination restaurants and retail.

WEWS Cleveland, Mayo Clinic Blog Says Drones Could Help Doctors — Well, could drones soon be used to transport blood and medical supplies a blog posted bid the Mayo Clinic identifies how the unmanned aircraft could be used to get supplies to hard to reach disaster areas.

Fierce Healthcare, Art heals: How creative expression improves the patient experience [Slideshow] by Sean West…In this special report, FierceHealthcare explores how Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital in Pennsylvania, Lee Memorial Hospital in Florida and the Mayo Clinic in Arizona have incorporated art in their facilities and in care delivery. The acrylic pictured above, entitled "She Kept the Faith" by Richard Retter, is on display at the Mayo Clinic.

Dallas / Fort Worth Healthcare Daily, Forbes Snubs Texas Healthcare Employers In Annual Best Companies To Work For List by Matte Goodman — No Texas healthcare systems made the annual Forbes magazine list of the 500 best companies to work for… The closest Lone Star State representation came in the Mayo Clinic, which counts the Dallas-based Methodist Health System as its sole Texas member in the Mayo Clinic Care Network.

KTTC, Chateau Theatre purchase deal passes in Rochester City Council by Alanna Martella — The purchase agreement for the Chateau Theatre in downtown Rochester that was proposed in March, has passed. The deal of the purchase was announced by members of the DMCC Board, officials from the city of Rochester, and Mayo Clinic. Members of city council ruled in favor of the deal on Monday night, carrying the purchase motion forward.

SHAPE magazine, Should You Ice a Sports Injury? By Rachael Schultz… And consider the heat method: According to the Mayo Clinic, the best way to treat sore muscles is with cold therapy first and heat therapy later, since warmth promotes better blood flow and circulation to the area, eliminating the buildup causing the swelling.

Insight News (In The Loop), No longer fitness challenged — Al McFarlane would like to one day say he's not half the man he used to be. McFarlane, of Minneapolis, who once weighed more than 300 pounds, decided he needed to take better care of himself, so he set a goal, made a plan and set about getting there… Being able to bring challenge participants to Mayo Clinic Square, hear from Mayo experts, and workout with equipment that the Minnesota Lynx, Timberwolves, Wild and Twins players use was a highlight, according to Minor. "I think when a world-class organization like the Mayo Clinic involves the local community, it will hopefully cause them to redefine health and the importance of health," he says.

WWL CBS New Orleans, Getting into the Habit of Happiness — Dr. Amit Sood is live talking about his new book.

My Central Oregon, How Boy's 'Miracle Recovery' Is Changing Cancer Care in the UK — The United Kingdom is set to open its first three proton beam therapy centers to treat cancer after a 5-year-old boy appeared to make a complete recovery after seeking the treatment in the Czech Republic.…Proton beam therapy is a type of radiation therapy that uses protons — positively charged subatomic particles from hydrogen atoms — rather than x-rays, said Dr. Sameer Keole, the medical director for proton therapy at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota.

Modern Healthcare, 50 Most Influential Physician Executives and Leaders – 2015 — The ranking for Modern Healthcare's 11th annual 50 Most Influential Physician Executives and Leaders recognition program includes seven newcomers and a number of repeat honorees…6. John Noseworthy President and CEO, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn. Additional coverage: Medscape, Post-Bulletin, Advisory Board

KJZZ Ariz., Joseph Sirven: Mysterious Ways — “Dr. Sirven, do you believe?” I was taken aback and playfully responded “In?” “Seriously! Do you believe in God?”  I froze knowing that only a positive response would allow for us to move on — and fortunately, it was an honest one. “Yes, of course” The question of faith and medicine is complicated for all physicians; yet this question seems to be increasingly common during my clinic and hospital visits.  Like most American doctors, I’ve been trained to separate faith and science at the exclusion of faith.

Cardiovascular Disease News, Mayo Clinic Identifies SCAD As Inherited Condition by Isaura Santos — A recent study from Mayo Clinic published in the March issue of JAMA Internal Medicine shows evidence of a familial association in spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD) that strikes younger women along a genetic predisposition do develop the condition. According to researchers, this is the first project identifying SCAD as an inherited condition.

KTTC, Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program featured in Organic Spa Magazine — Mayo Clinic's Healthy Living Program is featured in Organic Spa Magazine. Writers with the magazine interviewed Dr. Brent Bauer about rejuvenating spa treatments and practices that are offered through the program. Dr. Bauer cited Mayo Clinic research that shows the benefits of massage, meditation, yoga and acupuncture.

Huffington Post, Cancer Research Progress Spotlights Cruel Irony by Deborah Cornwall —  To hear the words "cancer" and "cure" in the same sentence from experienced cancer researchers is both breathtaking and unexpected. Researchers and top oncologists are usually cautious to a fault…Mayo Clinic's use of a modified measles virus in treating glioma (brain cancer) has been so successful in Phase 1 trials (usually intended to test only for safety and dosage of a new treatment) that it is being expanded to explore its applicability to other solid tumors like lung, breast, and ovarian cancers and even for multiple myeloma.

Fountain Hills Times Ariz., Parkinson's I have experienced by Alan Cruikshank…My original neurologist was Dr. Gary Reese in Scottsdale. He had discussed with me about the possibility of DBS surgery several times in the past…Dr. Reese told me there were two places in the Valley that were doing DBS surgery and both had good success rates. One was Barrows Neurological Center at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Phoenix. The other was Mayo Clinic and since I had Mayo insurance due to Diane being employed there, there was little question as to where I would have it done. Dr. Reese’s honesty cost him a patient. Since I was going to have the surgery done at Mayo, I had to start seeing a Mayo neurologist.

Des Moines Register, Former IPTV leader fights relentless rare disease by Tony Leys — Dan Miller wears his heart on his hat…Just a few years ago, Miller was the polished, upbeat leader of Iowa Public Television. He worked at the network 38 years, including a decade as its executive director and general manager…Last September, doctors at Mayo Clinic delivered a more devastating diagnosis. Miller, 64, has Multiple System Atrophy, a relatively rare disease sometimes described as "Parkinson's on speed."

Consumer Affairs, Researchers develop genetic breast cancer screening tool…The researchers combined 77 of these common genetic variants into a single risk factor that can help identify women with an increased risk of breast cancer. This factor is known as a polygenic risk score and was compiled from the genetic data of more than 67,000 women. “This genetic risk factor adds valuable information to what we already know can affect a woman’s chances of developing breast cancer,” said Celine Vachon, an epidemiologist at Mayo Clinic and the study’s co-author.

Star Tribune (AP), Delta Regional Medical Center in Greenville enters into lab deal with Mayo Clinic — The Mayo Clinic's Medical Laboratories will be handling specialized tests for the Delta Regional Medical Center in Greenville. Delta Regional chief executive Scott Christenson told the Delta Democrat Times (http://bit.ly/1CRk8Y5 ) that Delta Regional, samples, as needed, will be flown to the Rochester, Minnesota, clinic. He said results typically are digitally available the next day. Additional coverage: KTTC, Delta Democrat-Times, New Ulm Journal

KTTC, 5-year strategy to grow and diversify Rochester's economy…"Our economy will rise and fall not only on Mayo Clinic, Rochester and Olmsted County, but on the eight county region that surrounds us," said Barbara Jordan of the Diversity and Inclusion Journey Committee. "So we're excited about the inclusivity of our county neighbors and we're excited about all of the talent that exists outside of our Rochester, Minnesota."

Toronto Star (LA Times), Migraine studies yield fresh ways to battle pain — “It’s key to remember, though, that migraines are caused in many people by compounding factors. If you experience a strong smell like perfume, flickering or flashing lights, less sleep and you eat a cold-cut sub with nitrates all in one day, yes, you may get a migraine, but if you ate that sub on a day when you didn’t experience those other triggers, you might be just fine,” said Dr. Fred Cutrer, a neurologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., in an interview. If a migraine does strike, try eating bread or crackers to raise your blood sugar and potentially ease symptoms.

E! Online, Model Sarah Stage Is 9 Months Pregnant, Still Has Abs!...Of course, having a baby (and everything leading up to it) is different for every woman. According to The Mayo Clinic, "There's no one-size-fits-all approach to pregnancy weight gain. How much weight you need to gain depends on various factors, including your pre-pregnancy weight and body mass index."

Estevan Mercury, Wolfpack involved in exhibition games — The Man-Sask AAA novice WolfPack hockey team began the spring hockey season with a couple of exhibition games against the Regina Junior Pats on March 5 at Affinity Place…Before the puck dropped in the first game, the WolfPack paid tribute to Jeff Marcotte. He was diagnosed with stage 4 Glioblastoma Multiforme (brain cancer) and had the tumour in his brain removed in early March. Since March 16, Marcotte has been in Scottsdale, Arizona at the Mayo Clinic for treatment. He takes radiation treatment five times per week and chemotherapy for seven days a week.

KAAL, Legislation for Long-Term Patient Lodging…Local legislators are working to amend that to extend its definition to include places like the Serenity House Network, those exclusively for patients and families undergoing long-term treatment. "That have a history of offering these specialized homes for medical patients can continue to do so and be advertised as these medical homes," said Republican Senator Carla Nelson.

Northfield News, 'Lottery of love' helps Randolph woman with her last wishes…But for Randolph resident Jana Bell, that hasn’t entirely been the case. In fact, she has been able to have meaningful experiences she otherwise would not have had. Bell was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 31 three years ago…The road to being able to take part in the last wishes has been a bumpy one for Bell, to say the least. She has seen a reduction in the size of her tumors, but found new ones in new places during her appointment at the Mayo Clinic in early April.

Le Sueur News-Herald, The importance of a primary care provider by Nadia Malik, M.D., family physician at Mayo Clinic Health System — Primary care can seem like a general, slightly ambiguous term. What does it really mean? What is a primary care provider? Well, primary care is indeed general medical care. In fact, a primary care provider — who may come from family medicine or internal medicine, depending on your needs — is specialized in diagnosing, treating and preventing a wide variety of conditions.

Financial Times, Tech industry and universities clash over US patent law…But research institutions remain on edge over what they say are overly broad reforms that seek to address abusive behaviour that could be more easily remedied with more targeted measures or better enforcement of existing laws. “It’s very rare for us to go and sue somebody, but to put us in a position where we can’t legitimately have that conversation — where we’re lumped in with the patent trolls — just doesn’t make any sense,” said Jim Rogers III, head of Mayo Clinic Ventures, which holds the clinic’s intellectual property.

MedPage Today, Rural, Urban Residents Fare Equally Well With TAA by Wayne Kuznar — Living in a rural area was not a barrier to undergoing total ankle arthroplasty (TAA), and outcomes following TAA were not significantly different between residents of urban and rural areas, according to an analysis of a national database. TAA utilization rates increased significantly over time among patients in either location (P<0.0001 for each), and this increase appeared to accelerate in 2010 and 2011, reported Jasvinder A. Singh MD, MPH from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and Rekha Ramachandran, MS, from Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

MedPage Today, Catheter-Based VAD an Option for Cardiogenic Shock by Crystal Phend —  Percutaneous circulatory support devices should be considered for complicated acute myocardial infarction (MI) patients, a consensus statement recommended.…"Patients in cardiogenic shock represent an extremely high risk group in whom mortality has remained high despite revascularization and pharmacologic therapies," lead author Charanjit S. Rihal, MD, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and colleagues wrote online in Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions and the journals of the other societies.

Star Tribune, Mayo Clinic doctor to lead University of Minnesota team beginning human research changes — The University of Minnesota has formed a team to begin plans to change its human research program. A Mayo Clinic doctor, William Tremaine, will lead the group examining how the school can strengthen human research practices. The group will deliver a plan to President Eric Kaler next month. Additional coverage: Pioneer Press, KTTC, KAAL, MPR

Hamilton Spectator, Alzheimer’s worries? Read this list — For people of a certain age, it's not uncommon to seize on any forgetfulness as a symptom of Alzheimer's disease. Lose the car keys, forget a name, read a Top 10 list of dementia's warning signs and the worry begins. So in an attempt to offer some perspective, here's another list. We interviewed three experts: Lipton, who also heads the division of cognitive aging and dementia at Montefiore Medical Center; Ronald C. Petersen, director of the Mayo Clinic's Alzheimer's disease Research Center; and Heather M. Snyder, director of medical and scientific operations at the nonprofit Alzheimer's Association. Additional coverage: New Zealand Herald

Arizona Republic, Phoenix Mayor Stanton pushes light rail, economy…The mayor said the city's investment in its downtown Phoenix Biomedical Campus, a cluster of research and education facilities, had a $1.3 billion economic impact in 2013. He said the city is building on that by supporting a 1,000-acre health-care corridor in northeast Phoenix with ASU and the Mayo Clinic.

Woman’s World (PDF), 5 easy ways to outsmart foot and leg cramps…4. Quench your thirst to prevent pain, Even mild dehydration inhibits the transportation of essential potassium and magnesium to your muscles. Mayo Clinic experts advise drinking six glasses of fluids daily.

Latinos Health, Masters Tournament 2015 Dates & TV: 8 Common Golf Injuries & Prevention… #1: Back Pain… To prevent any back pain or injury, Mayo Clinic recommends adjusting the swing of a player through proper posture… #2: Golfer's Elbow About Sports states that Golfer's elbow "is an inflammation, soreness or pain on the inside of the upper arm near the elbow." Mayo Clinic advises to warm up before a game to increase the range of motion in the body

Chicago Tribune, Knee replacement and rehabilitation benefit from expertise, luxury at Whitehall of Deerfield — According to the Mayo Clinic, knee replacement surgery usually occurs to fix joint damage caused by osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis. People who need knee replacement surgery usually have mobility problems.

FierceHealthIT, Mayo Clinic survey: Few patients have experience with video calls by Katie Dvorak — Patients support use of telehealth from home via videoconferencing, but hurdles such as the consumer's age and distance from a clinic remain, according to a study published this month in Telemedicine and e-Health. Researchers from the Mayo Clinic surveyed 263 patients to find out if they would be willing to meet with a provider via telemedicine using their own communication tools. Of those, 38 percent said they were ''very likely'' to see their provider through a video chat, and 33.8 percent said they were ''not at all likely.''

Seattle Times (LA Times), Mayo Clinic: Computer use helps keep aging brains sharp… A Mayo Clinic Study of Aging found that among cognitively healthy people 85 to 89 who were followed for four years, engaging in significant social activity in mid- and late life drove down the risk of developing mild cognitive impairment by 55 percent. Engaging in craft projects in mid- to late life drove risk of such intellectual decline down 45 percent.

New Jersey Biz, A vision for health care: Better integration that yields higher quality, less waste by Beth Fitzgerald — Dr. Robert Pearl envisions an American health care system that works, where high-quality care is available to individuals and families regardless of their place on the economic spectrum, and where the tools of preventive care and electronic health records are deployed to make efficient use of precious health care resources…Pearl heads the Council of Accountable Physician Practices, or CAPP, whose 30 members are large, integrated health care systems in the vanguard of the U.S. health care reform movement — institutions such as the Mayo Clinic, the Cleveland Clinic and Kaiser Permanente.

NSS Oaxaca, Insomnio, presente en 40% de personas con depresión … No se trata de un asunto local. Jarrett Richardson, investigador del Centro para Medicina del Sueño de la Clínica Mayo, en Rochester, Minnesota –uno de los complejos médicos de mayor prestigio en Estados Unidos- apunta que los problemas del sueño, tales como el insomnio o dormir demasiado, pueden ser síntomas de depresión, presente en la población mundial.

Activa Sapo, 15 maneiras de proteger a sua saúde5 PROCURE A FELICIDADE E O OTIMISMO Já nos anos 50 um estudo da Mayo Clinic estimava que as pessoas positivas viviam, em média, mais oito anos do que as pessimistas. Uma pesquisa mais recente afirma que os otimistas têm um risco 50% inferior de morrerem prematuramente. O otimismo até fortalece o sistema imunitário.

La Cronica, Corticosteroides pueden desaparecer los dolores articulares, El Dr. Paul Huddleston — de Cirugía Ortopédica de Mayo Clinic en Rochester, Minnesota, menciona que la inyección de corticosteroides sirve para aliviar el dolor de la articulación porque reduce la inflamación en y alrededor de la misma. Las inyecciones se administran a personas con osteoartritis debido a que la enfermedad provoca dolor, sensibilidad e hinchazón en las articulaciones, sobre todo de las manos, rodillas, cadera y columna. Additional coverage: info, Imagen Poblana

Salud 180, Reduce el dolor de espalda durante el embarazo…Algunas mujeres experimentan este dolor en la parte baja de la espalda entre los cinco y siete meses de embarazo, aunque en algunos casos puede comenzar en las 8 a 12 semanas de gestación. Para que disfrutes esta inigualable etapa de tu vida, especialistas de Mayo Clinicmuestran algunas posturas que te podrían calman el dolor de espaldadurante el embarazo.

SuperMexicanos.com, ¿Tus hijos no quieren comer? ¿Cansada de que tus hijos no quieran comer? Anne Harguth, especialista en dietética del Sistema de Salud de Mayo Clinic conoce muy bien lo difícil que es preparar alimentos para niños quisquillosos con la comida, por ello comparte estas sugerencias para que los niños prueben platillos nuevos, más sanos y hasta de apariencia extraña.

Vida y Salud, Estudio de Mayo Clinic en miles de cerebros revela que la proteína tau conduce a la enfermedad de Alzheimer…Los resultados publicados en la revista Brain ofrecen nueva y valiosa información respecto al debate continuo y duradero sobre la contribución relativa del amiloide y de la proteína tau al desarrollo y avance de la disfunción cognitiva de la enfermedad de Alzheimer, comenta la autora principal, Dra. Melissa Murray, neurocientífica de Mayo Clinic en Jacksonville.

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