Yahoo! Health Herpes From a Tanning Bed? It's Possible by Amanda Chan
A whopping number of people still use tanning beds (about one in three U.S. adults say they’ve used one before, according to 2014 data), despite the fact that they’re known to cause skin cancer. But if the prospect of melanoma isn’t enough to turn you off to indoor tanning, maybe this will: You could risk getting an infection. Dermatologist Dawn Marie Davis, MD, an associate professor of dermatology and pediatrics at the Mayo Clinic, tells Yahoo Health that bacteria and virus can survive in tanning beds, despite the heat.
Reach:Yahoo! reaches more than a half a billion across devices and around the globe. According to news sources roughly 700 million people visit Yahoo websites every month.
MPR Medicare bipartisan 'doc fix:' What you need to know by Emily Kaiser
A bill to reform the way Medicare reimburses doctors has now overwhelmingly passed the U.S. House and Senate and is now on the way to the president. It's called the "doc fix," and the legislation would get rid of the physician payment formula that Congress has been patching for years… Two veteran reporters and the Mayo Clinic CEO joined MPR News' Tom Crann to discuss the long history of the Medicare fix, and how a gridlocked Congress got to a solution.
Reach:Minnesota Public Radio operates 43 stations and serves virtually all of Minnesota and parts of the surrounding states. MPR has more than 100,000 members and more than 900,000 listeners each week, which is the largest audience of any regional public radio network.
Star Tribune Mayo Clinic taps UnitedHealth to help with managing hospital revenue by Christopher Snowbeck
Mayo Clinic and a division of UnitedHealth Group Inc. are partnering on a new system for managing hospital revenue in Rochester, including everything from price estimates before people get care to collecting payment from patients afterward… The work on hospital revenue is distinct from the two-year-old partnership between Mayo and Optum on a high-profile health care research project called OptumLabs, said Dr. Sankhya Pruthi, medical director for patient experience for the Mayo Clinic in Rochester.
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:Optum360 and Mayo Clinic announced this week that they are collaborating to develop new revenue management services capabilities aimed at improving patient experiences and satisfaction while reducing administrative costs for health care providers. Optum360 and Mayo Clinic will collaborate on enhancing and redesigning specific elements of the revenue cycle to increase efficiency while creating a convenient, accurate, transparent and personal experience for patients. A key focus is improving the interaction between the provider and payer by opening channels of communication early in the care process. The agreement includes a next-generation patient cost estimator, streamlining prior authorization/pre-certification, enhanced claims editing functions and administrative simplification of billing activities associated with pre-care packaged pricing. More information can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.
KTTC New Mayo Clinic technology tests genes for heart disorders by Devin Bartolotta
A new type of genetic testing at Mayo Clinic is making it easier to diagnose and properly treat heart disorders. This new technology is allowing doctors to search your genes for heart disorders that could be hard to detect…Linnea Baudhuin, Ph.D., who helped develop the panels, says this kind of innovative testing could save lives. "A physician may have difficulty giving the exact diagnosis of what the patient has because there's so much overlap with how these disorders present, even though they're due to different genetic causes. But with this testing, we're able to really specify which disorder the patient has,” said Dr. Baudhuin.
Reach:KTTC is an NBC affiliate that serves the Rochester, Minn. area including the towns of Austin, Mason City, Albert Lea and Winona. Its website receives more than 73,300 unique visitors each month.
Post-Bulletin, Mayo Clinic exec remembered as compassionate leader by Jeff Kiger — A Mayo Clinic executive, who mentored and counseled many in Rochester, died from a sudden illness this week. D.C. Mangum Jr. was the program director of Mayo Clinic's Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Administrative Fellowship Program…Dr. Sharonne Hayes, Mayo Clinic's director of diversity, remembers him as a caring and private man who helped many people during his time at Mayo Clinic. "Many people have told me he is the reason they are at Mayo Clinic, or that he helped them get through something very difficult," she said…"It's like a stone thrown in water. Some stones make a big splash and yet nothing is left beyond the wake of the splash," said Barlow. "With D.C., it was never about the splash. It always was about the result and the effect for him."
Yahoo! News, Can You OD On Vitamin Pills? by Korin Miller — Khloe Kardashian posted this photo of her supplement regimen that she’s taken to go with her on a trip to Armenia. “Vitamin party!”, she says. “I don’t have a pillbox because for all the pills I take, the pull box is large and bulky.” But is it too much?...Which supplements do we actually need? While there are a lot of supplements we don’t really need, Donald Hensrud, MD, medical director of the Mayo Clinic’s Healthy Living Program, tells Yahoo Health there are a few most people should consider.
HemOnc Today, Targeted agents trigger ‘paradigm shift’ in treatment of Hodgkin’s lymphoma…As the potential increases for these personalized approaches to selectively destroy tumors while preserving healthy tissue, oncologists are increasingly favoring them over other standard-of-care regimens that have proved effective but carry risks for considerable short- and long-term toxicities.…“Even in this resistant group of patients, the response rates were dramatic … and every single patient benefited in some way from the treatment,” Stephen M. Ansell, MD, PhD, professor of medicine at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, a HemOnc Today Editorial Board member and a researcher on the nivolumab trial, said in an interview.
GenomeWeb, Large Study Shows Polygenic SNP Score Can Predict Breast Cancer Risk — An international team, led by researchers at the University of Cambridge and the Institute of Cancer Research, London, has shown that a 77-SNP polygenic risk prediction method can stratify breast cancer risk among women both with and without a family history of the disease…"This genetic risk factor adds valuable information to what we already know can affect a woman's chances of developing breast cancer," study co-author and Mayo Clinic epidemiologist Celine Vachon said in a statement. "We are currently developing a test based on these results, and though it isn't ready for clinical use yet, I think that within the next few years we will be using this approach for better personalized screening and prevention strategies for our patients," she added.
Post-Bulletin, Mayo Clinic expansion in Arizona, Florida approved by Brett Boese — Mayo Medical School's plans to expand in Arizona and Florida took a key step forward this week, putting the Arizona campus just two years away from accepting its first class of students…We are thrilled with the positive response from LCME," said Dr. Sherine Gabriel, 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."
Mankato Times, Mayo Clinic enhances sexual assault response program in Mankato — 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.
Medscape, Arts and Crafts Linked to Lower Risk for Cognitive Decline — Engaging in arts and crafts and social activities in mid-life and late life and using a computer in late life were associated with a reduced risk for mild cognitive impairment (MCI) in elderly patients, a new study has shown. "The key point we want to get across is that you need to start these activities early," said lead author Rosebud Roberts, MB, ChB, professor of epidemiology and neurology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota. "There's no cure for Alzheimer's disease and there's no treatment that lasts beyond 18 months to 2 years." Additional coverage:Huffington Post
KIMT, Remembering Tim Rasmusson and raising awareness of organ donations by DeeDee Stiepan — One year ago, 26-year old Tim Rasmusson of Rochester passed away suddenly of an aortic aneurysm. But through his passing, Tim was able to save countless lives by donating his organs, including two people who received the gift of sight. His parents, Jackie and Steve Rasmusson, along with other family and friends have formed the Tim Rasmusson Foundation. This weekend they’re holding the first ever Timmay 5K Fun Run/Walk. The 5K will not only celebrate the life of “Timmay” as his friends called him, but to bring awareness to the immense gains the gift of someone’s organs can make to the lives of others.
Chicago Tribune, Mayo Clinic Q&A: Researchers studying a variety of potential new treatments for CLL by Asher Chanan-Khan, M.D., Hematology, Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, Fla. — Dear Mayo Clinic: Are there any new treatment options for chronic lymphocytic leukemia? I'm 61 and was diagnosed 18 months ago. Until recently, I have not had any symptoms so have not received treatment for it.
WIBW (Kan.), Stormont-Vail, Mayo Clinic Celebrate One Year Of Collaboration — Cotton-O'Neil Heart Center cardiologist Dr. Lambert Wu recalls a recent patient who'd suffered a stroke. As he reviewed the case information, the best treatment option wasn't clear, so Dr. Wu sent the information to the chief of cardiac surgery at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota…The case was just one of 163 e-consults done between Stormont and Mayo in the one year since Stormont became the 31st organization to join the Mayo Clinic Care Network. The collaborative effort between Mayo Clinic and select health care organizations gives local doctors and hospitals access to the professional expertise of Mayo's 3,000 physicians, plus their facilities' best practices.
Intel, Challenge for Health IT: Move Beyond Meaningful Use by Dr. Douglas Wood, Mayo Clinic…So if we look at this situation from the perspective of people (both the patient and physician), and how we can use electronic tools, we could rapidly be liberated from the oppression of regulatory interactions. It would be so easy, right now, to capture patient’s activities and health to create a historical archive. This could be created in some template using video and audio technologies, and language dictation software that could give the physician much more content about what is going on. I say this after visiting the Center for Innovation team at the Mayo Clinic Scottsdale location, where they are conducting a wearables experiment, on which the provider is wearing Google Glass when at an office visit with a patient.
Washington Post,Ten things to toss: With spring weather finally here to stay, Outlook asked 10 writers to nominate something we're better off without. Here are their picks…Office chairs by David Epstein — So this spring, get rid of the desk chairs in your office. Consider following the lead of Mayo Clinic endocrinologists and hold walking meetings. If people need an occasional break, keep some communal chairs on hand.
Pioneer Press, UMN psychiatry chief leaving job amid research criticism by Josh Verges — The chairman of the University of Minnesota's Department of Psychiatry is stepping down amid continued criticism over research involving human subjects. Charles Schulz had chaired the department since 1999 and will remain a member of the faculty…The university has appointed William Tremain, a doctor at the Mayo Clinic, to lead a team examining how the school can strengthen human research practices. Additional coverage:Star Tribune
Mankato Times, April 17 fundraiser to celebrate the mission of hospice and palliative care in Mankato area — The Mankato Health Care Foundation will host the 22nd annual Hospice Family Fundraiser on Friday, April 17, at 6 p.m. at the Verizon Wireless Center. The fundraiser celebrates Mayo Clinic Health System’s mission of hospice and palliative care, which focuses on providing emotional, physical and spiritual care for seriously ill patients and their families.
MedCity News,New concierge care service wants to match up Chinese patients with U.S. specialists…Medical tourism is nothing new for the likes of prominent U.S. hospitals like the Cleveland Clinic, MD Anderson Cancer Center, or Mayo Clinic and other institutions sought out by non U.S. patients for specialty care. But Hanson points out that the goal of More Health is to make the process more efficient.
Medscape, Societies Release Consensus Document on Percutaneous Circulatory Support Devices — In a joint consensus statement, experts from multiple societies provide guidance for using currently available percutaneous mechanical circulatory support devices in typical clinical scenarios. The document not only fills a gap in existing guidelines, it also highlights the need for a registry to provide more knowledge about the clinical use of newer devices, lead author Dr Charanjit S Rihal (Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN) told heartwire from Medscape.
WDIV Detroit, Mayo Clinic News Network: Prevent injuries when you start spring sports — Thinking of starting a new physical activity program or ramping up your current training routine? If so, you may be at risk of an overuse injury — which could ultimately prevent you from being active. Find out what can cause an overuse injury and how to safely increase your activity level.
Quad-City Times,Less smoking has benefits similar to quitting by editorial board — New research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows that gradual reduction might work as well or perhaps even better than the current U.S. Clinical Practice Guidelines mantra of quit now. That idea of just quitting on the spot, and it’s your own fault if you’re still smoking, is not a one-size-fits-all approach. On to the research: When researchers at the Mayo Clinic surveyed 1,000 smokers, they found 44 percent said they would quit by “gradual reduction,” while only 8 percent said they would just stop immediately.
The Northwestern Wisc., UW-Oshkosh alumni propose fundraisers to save sports…Meanwhile, a group of alumni have launched a nationwide effort to save the men’s soccer program, using their alumni status and prestige in their respective fields, said Derek Christiansen, a physical therapist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, who served as captain of the UWO men’s soccer team during the 2007 season in its run to the Sweet 16.
La Crosse Tribune, SKOL: State not doing enough about CWD by Dave Skoloda…The setting for this natural history tableau is the vacant land across Sand Lake Road from Menards – land purchased by Mayo Clinic Health System for future development. So far there’s no word from Mayo about what the development will be, but the city is making preparations for “something big.” The 187.4 acre parcel includes 80 acres suitable for development and the rest wooded bluff land.
KTVA Ala., Cases of Syphilis in Alaska on the rise — Since 2009, the number of reported cases of syphilis has grown eightfold, according to a release from the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services…Symptoms of syphilis include a lesion known as a chancre, a growing rash, fever, muscle aches, swollen lymph nodes and “wart-like sores in the mouth or genital area,” according to the Mayo Clinic’s website.
Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, Eau Claire's public library will sow seeds, community through new program…Those interested in cultivating their own seedlings can turn to a resource known more for periodicals than plants — the Eau Claire library…The seed library is funded in part by a donation from Mayo Clinic Health System.
WTTG D.C.,Happiness Study — The Mayo Clinic reports that 50% of our happiness is reflected through our daily decisions, so everyday obstacles can cause our happiness levels to decrease. Doctors say it's hard for people to maintain a peaceful state of mind when they hit an obstacle. Dr. Sood is interviewed. Additional coverage: WGHP N.C., KJTV Texas, WKMG Fla., KMSP
KIMT, Timmay 5K — The month of April is known as National Donate Life month, which is to help bring awareness to the necessity of organ donations…On Saturday the first annual Timmy 5K was held in memory of a local Rochester man, Tim Rasmusson, who died of an aortic aneurysm suddenly last year. He was an organ donor and some of his tissue has already been sued to help those in need… “We need everybody to check yes on their drivers licenses,” says Cathy Dudley, the Organ Procurement Organization with Mayo Clinic. “We need everybody to know there are people that are waiting because the people that are waiting don’t have as much of a voice as we can as a community.”
News Chief Fla., Nursing Home Residents Given Risky Dementia Drugs by Skyler Swisher — Despite government warnings, doctors in Volusia and Flagler counties continue to prescribe powerful mood-altering drugs to treat dementia — contributing to the nation's skyrocketing health care bill and potentially worsening the quality of life for the elderly, a News-Journal investigation uncovered.… Antipsychotic medications should only be used as a last resort, and families should be aware of their potential harmful side effects, said Dr. Neill R. Graff-Radford, a professor of neurology at Mayo Clinic Jacksonville. Additional coverage: The Ledger Fla.,
Mankato Free Press, Project for Teens gets students talking about peer pressure, sex … “We're hoping to get a lot of adolescents there, but also parents, just to start a discussion about how do you talk to your kids about sex and sexuality,” said Project for Teens coordinator Kate Cox…Cox, a pediatric health care provider at Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato, said the lessons mean more to teens when they're coming from their peers.
Talent Management, Say, What Did You Mean by That?... Sharonne Hayes, a cardiologist and director of diversity and inclusion at Mayo Clinic, said most microaggressions offered the example of a male boss who compliments a woman on a well-delivered report and her prowess as a mother in the same breath…Mayo Clinic’s Hayes said being cautious and picking one’s battles is a smart thing to do. Attacking after a slight or calling someone out publicly will almost certainly make someone defensive because that person didn’t mean any offense. And if it’s a peer or a boss with whom one must continue to work, relationships can be strained at best and ruined at worst.
Medscape, Anticonvulsant May Trigger, Exacerbate Eating Disorders…Leslie Sim, PhD, an eating disorder specialist at the Mayo Clinic Children's Center, Rochester, Minnesota, who worked on the study, told Medscape Medical News these seven cases are not at all surprising, "given that research has shown that starvation and weight loss can trigger eating disorder thoughts and behaviors and topiramate has well-documented weight loss side effects."
Gizmodo, What Is Liquid Cremation and Why Is It Illegal? by Sarah Zhang…Alkaline hydrolysis—also known as liquid cremation or water cremation or bio-cremation—is currently legal in only 8 U.S. states. Despite being one of the cheapest and most environmentally-friendly forms of dealing with a cadaver, it is not an option for most of us.…“I think there’s a lot people who just don’t understand the process,” says Terry Regnier, Director of Anatomical Services at Mayo Clinic, which successfully got Minnesota to become the first state to legalize the process in 2003. The clinic now uses the process on all bodies donated for research and teaching.
iPick Canada, The 6 Smartest Ways to Beat Pain — Many wounded Iraq veterans have a tragedy in common: Their chronic pain led to pill dependency. It's a common side effect of pain potions. Plus, as many as 41 percent of chronic-pain sufferers abuse their meds, according to a 2007 health-policy review published in the journal Pain Physician. But there are other ways to tackle pain. "Usually the smartest plan is to start with the least invasive treatments and work up to more invasive treatments if the pain isn't going away," says Peter Dorsher, M. D., a pain-management specialist at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida.
Everyday Life Global Post, How to Help Teens With Nervous Stomachs by Amber Keefer — Nervous stomach is a gastrointestinal disorder often triggered by diet or stress. A common symptom of anxiety, it can cause stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Even if your teen’s stomach doesn’t hurt because of an abnormality of the digestive system, recurrent abdominal pain with no known medical cause can still make her miserable. Dr. Michael F. Picco, a gastroenterologist at Mayo Clinic in Florida, points out that certain nervous system functions can affect digestion, causing uncomfortable symptoms.
KEYC Mankato,Dozens Of Youth Race In Maverick Mini Mile by Kelsey Hering…Sponsored by Mayo Clinic Health System Mankato, the goal is to encourage kids to stay active year–round. Vickie Parsons with Mayo Clinic Health System said, "Well especially in Minnesota we had a really long winter and now it's time that the kids need to get outside and get moving and we need to teach daily activities for kids and this is one way to encourage them to have fun with exercise."
Chippewa Dunn County News, 'Heart' at work, In honor of National Volunteer Week, April 12-18 — Mayo Clinic Health System is proud to recognize its 920 volunteers across northwest Wisconsin who collectively have volunteered 87,029 hours in 2014. In Osseo, a group of retired employees has shifted its focus to volunteering for the clinic and nursing home.
KAAL, Local Survivors Remember Polio Scare Before Vaccine was Made by Ben Henry… Some that contracted Polio had a milder case, like Scott Litin who grew up in Rochester. "Here’s my sister who is on crutches you can see the crutches she was afflicted by Polio and paralyzed legs. Here’s my mother’s wheel chair,” Scott said as he was holding a family portrait of his mother, father, sister and himself. Both his mother and sister had serious cases of the virus. "This was as I say it's the closest thing that's similar recently as the Ebola virus. And the fact that people could get immunized and protect themselves and their family from this dreaded disorder was amazing," Scott said, who also is a doctor of internal medicine at Mayo Clinic.
International Business Times, Mayo Study: Engage In Art, Craft and Painting In Old Age To Prevent Dementia by Guneet Bhatia…"Our study supports the idea that engaging the mind may protect neurons, or the building blocks of the brain, from dying, stimulates growth of new neurons, or may help recruit new neurons to maintain cognitive activities in old age," said Dr Rosebud Roberts from the Mayo Clinic, reported The Telegraph.
Press of Atlantic City, Those 5 extra pounds can really do you harm… Many people understand the health dangers of large amounts of extra body weight, but re-searchers in this study wanted to see the impact of a small weight gain of about 5 to 11 pounds. "To our knowledge, for the first time, we showed that the blood pressure increase was specifically related to increases in abdominal visceral fat, which is the fat inside the abdomen," said Dr. Naima Covassin, the study's lead author and a re-search fellow at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.
General Surgery News (PDF),Experts Discuss Major Advances in Breast Cancer, Make Recommendations, by Christina Frangou… Margins were the biggest issue in breast cancer surgery in 2014. Last winter, the Society of Surgical Oncology and the American Society for Radiation Oncology issued consensus guidelines that set "no ink on tumor" as the appropriate margin for surgery in women undergoing breast-conserving surgery (BCS) with whole-breast radiation for stages I and II invasive breast cancer…Despite strong support from professional organizations, the no ink on tumor standard remains an uncomfortable one for many surgeons and pathologists, said Richard Gray, MD, co-director of the Breast Clinic at Mayo Clinic, Phoenix.
Topeka Capital-Journal, Stormont-Vail, Mayo Clinic to build on partnership with care research — Stormont-Vail HealthCare announced Thursday that about 163 patients had benefitted from its first year of working with Mayo Clinic, but many more will be helped by the next phase of the partnership. Last April, Stormont announced it was joining Minnesota-based Mayo Clinic’s Care Network, which allows its doctors to consult with Mayo experts through an electronic system. Stormont doctors have done 163 e-consultations so far, either to seek guidance when a patient has a rare illness or to confirm that a certain course of treatment is the best one, Stormont president and CEO Randy Peterson said.
Iowa Press-Citizen, Can Vitamin C kill cancer? UIHC seeking answer — By Holly Hines, Research at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics is reintroducing a once controversial idea: using high doses of Vitamin C to treat cancer…Scientists Ewan Cameron and Linus Pauling studied using a mix of orally-ingested and intravenous Vitamin C against cancer and found the method showed promise. However, a Mayo Clinic study in the early '80s contradicted these findings, indicating oral Vitamin C was ineffective against cancer. Cullen said UIHC researchers could face challenges combatting the idea that the Vitamin C treatment doesn't work.
KARE 11,Experimental surgery changes man's life — Seventeen years ago Friday the Jensen family added a third child. "My wife and I adopted Jesse when he was five," Jake Jensen explained talking about his son. Jesse, the brown eyed boy had a smile that melted your heart, but just two years later it was wiped away by something sinister. "He came down with an incredible case of the hiccups that would not stop," Jake said. For two weeks those hiccups went strong until a doctor confirmed the problem was much bigger, Jesse had severe Tourette syndrome…Hope came when the family learned the Mayo Clinic performed a high risk experimental surgery, deep brain stimulation. Jesse knew if he wanted to live, he would risk dying he said, and do it.
Star Tribune, Addict admits tricking Mayo Clinic staff out of thousands of doses of potent drugs — A woman has pleaded guilty to assuming 31 identities and feigning shoulder pain to obtain thousands of doses of potent narcotics from more than 150 doctors at numerous Mayo Clinic satellite locations in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Nanci M. Dusso, 50, of Eyota, Minn., entered her plea last week in federal court in St. Paul to charges of fraudulently obtaining a controlled substance and Social Security fraud. Additional coverage:BringMeTheNews, Picayune Leader N.Y.
Pioneer Press, Mayo, Target among those developing Apple Watch apps by Julio Ojeda-Zapata… The Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, recently revealed it's developing an Apple Watch app intended for doctors. The physicians would use the app to monitor their schedules, know when patients have arrived at a clinic lobby or exam room, and access patient information such as age, sex and weight. Additional coverage: Minneapolis /St. Paul Business Journal
NY Times, Iowa St Coach Fred Hoiberg to Have Heart Valve Replaced — Iowa State fans wondered all last season why coach Fred Hoiberg had suddenly stopped wearing ties. Hoiberg skipped the neckwear because it made him dizzy — one of many signs that further heart surgery was inevitable. The 42-year-old Hoiberg said Friday that he's scheduled to have open heart surgery to replace his aortic valve, a procedure he put off twice during the season. Hoiberg, who retired from the NBA following the 2004-05 season because of heart issues, will have the surgery next Friday at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Additional coverage: KTTC,Pioneer Press, KARE11, FOX News, Huffington Post
Wall Street Journal,A Brief Tour of Bedlam by Joanna Bourke — One prominent cure kept patients in bed for months, force-fed a high-calorie diet and denied any occupation…No wonder depressed patients like Ernest Hemingway (who underwent electroconvulsive therapy at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., in 1960 and 1961) complained bitterly that “It was a brilliant cure but we lost the patient.” Hemingway asked, “What is the sense of ruining my head and erasing my memory?” Two days after being discharged from the hospital he blew away his brains with a shotgun.
Florida Times-Union,Katie Ride for Life special for pediatric trauma surgeon who tried to save life of Katie Caples — Memories of April 18, 1998, remain vivid for Joseph Tepas, who was on duty as pediatric trauma surgeon in the TraumaOne center at what is now UF Health Jacksonville (it was Shands Jacksonville in 1998)… Exactly one month after he first experienced the symptoms, on July 16, Tepas entered the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Northeast Florida’s only transplant center. He had a clear understanding that the only way he would leave the hospital alive was if a donor was found and he received a lung transplant…On Sunday night, as he and his wife, Jeanie, watched “60 Minutes,” they received word a donor had been found.
Star Tribune, Companies labor to get visas for skilled foreign professionals by Mila Koumpilova… In recent years, Minnesota employers have made growing use of H-1B visas. In 2013, the most recent for which state data is available, they lined up more than 5,500 H-1Bs, a more than 40 percent increase in five years. Rochester-based Mayo Clinic — exempt from the cap as a nonprofit educational and research institution — has 400 H-1B employees from 66 countries out of 59,000 on its campuses nationwide.
Morehead State, MSU, Mayo Clinic join forces for “CDTX” experiment — Bob Twiggs, professor of space science, is leading an innovative microgravity experiment for Morehead State University. MSU along with the Mayo Clinic will team up for the “CDTX” experiment which will launch an edge-of space balloon test of a reentry capsule built by Terminal Velocity Aerospace, of Atlanta, Georgia, and will contain an exomedicine experiment designed by researchers at the May Clinic using instrumentation built by MSU faculty and staff.
Times of India, 13 scientifically PROVEN ways to be happy…12) Have a good hearty laugh — Do ANYTHING that can make you laugh out loud, even better if you ROFL. Anything, like a viral video, or a cat-dog video, watch a sit-com show or a movie. A good laugh is a lighter relaxation technique. "Laughter enhances your intake of oxygen-rich air, stimulates your heart, lungs and muscles, and increases the endorphins that are released by your brain," explains the Mayo Clinic.
NY Magazine, Here’s Video of a Man With Hodor’s Speech Condition…Usually, it reduces patients to a vocabulary of just a few words, but in some cases they end up with just one. (As the Mayo Clinic website explains, aphasia is a blanket term for a variety of symptoms touching on both speech and comprehension, with different versions corresponding to different symptoms.)
MedPage Today, Part 2: Oncologists Weigh In on PBS Cancer Documentary by Eric Rosenthal — The three-part PBS documentary, "Ken Burns Presents Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies, a Film by Barak Goodman,"based on medical oncologist Siddhartha Mukherjee, MD, PhD's 2010 Pulitzer Prize-winning book, "The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer," was promoted as a vehicle to both educate and mobilize the public about cancer, but what did it mean to oncologists?…Edith A. Perez, MD, Deputy Director at Large, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center. Perez responded by email that she thought it might change the public's awareness and perception of cancer "a bit," but noted that thus far none of her patients had mentioned the film.
Huffington Post UK, 'My Implants Saved My Life': Mother Reveals How Boob Job Alerted Her To Breast Cancer…Slideshow: What Are The Symptoms? "A new painless, firm breast lump with irregular margins is a potential symptom of breast cancer," says Dr. Sandhya Pruthi, a breast cancer researcher at the Mayo Clinic. "The cancer diagnosis is confirmed following a biopsy of the lump." She notes that usually, women who are newly diagnosed with breast cancer are healthy and don't feel sick at all.
EndoNurse, Mayo Clinic Creates Profile to Identify Patients Most at Risk of Developing Pancreatic Cancer — When people find out — usually from a diagnostic scan looking at something else — that they have a lesion in their pancreas that could morph into pancreatic cancer, they can panic. They insist on having frequent CT scans and biopsies to monitor the lesion, or they ask for surgery. Physicians also don’t know if these abnormalities are dangerous, so the patients end up in surgery having part of their pancreas removed. Often the lesion is nothing to worry about.…“The factors we found that increase risk of pancreatic cancer now allow us to separate patients as either low- or high-risk," said the study’s senior author, Michael B. Wallace, MD, MPH, a gastroenterologist at Mayo Clinic. Additional coverage:BrightSurf, Science Newsline, Press-News
Medscape, Coronary Calcium Score: Basics and Beyond, Calcium and Atherosclerosis: The Connection by Naveen L Pereira MD, Assistant professor of medicine and pharmacology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Today we will be discussing the very pertinent and interesting topic of coronary calcium testing, with professor of medicine Dr Iftikkhar Kullo, who has a strong research interest in preventive cardiology, with a focus on using biomarkers for identifying cardiovascular risk. Why is calcium associated with atherosclerosis?
Chippewa Dunn County News, Glen Campbell film to be shown in Eau Claire; ticket sales support Alzheimer’s Association…At the reception before the April 30 screening, Mayo Clinic Health System and ADRC staff will be on hand to discuss resources for people with memory issues or their families. “Through a story like Glen Campell’s, we can bring people together to talk about diagnosis and treatment options for patients and support for caregivers,” says nurse practitioner Angie Oldenberg of Mayo Clinic Health System’s Memory Care Clinic. “We’re so appreciative of partnering with the ADRC and Micon to offer this film locally.”
Post-Bulletin, Destination Medical Center EDA lobbying bill: $72,000 by Heather Carlson…A 'pressing need' to pass fix — Destination Medical Center is a multibillion dollar initiative to transform Mayo Clinic and Rochester into a more attractive destination for medical patients and providers. In 2013, the Minnesota Legislature approved $585 million funding package to help pay for public infrastructure to support Mayo Clinic's planned $3.5 billion expansion in downtown Rochester, which is expected to spur an additional $2 billion in private investment.
The Daily Nonpareil,Bluffs man to undergo cutting-edge surgery by Tim Johnson — A Council Bluffs man will undergo a cutting-edge procedure today at Nebraska Medicine in Omaha. Dave Davison is scheduled to have islet cells transplanted into his liver where, if all goes well, the cells will produce at least some insulin to help make up for the removal of his diseased pancreas. The experimental treatment is so new that a team from the Mayo Clinic will oversee the procedure, said Becky Green, volunteer public relations coordinator for a local fundraising campaign.
Wall Street Journal, IBM Positions Itself as Large Broker of Health Data by Elizabeth Dwoskin — An unlikely set of partners teamed up to capitalize on a gathering flood of health-related personal information. International Business Machines unveiled on Monday a partnership with Apple Inc.,Johnson & Johnson and Medtronic Inc., as well as the acquisition of two medical-data software companies…Similar big-data efforts under way in health care include Optum Labs, a collaboration between UnitedHealth Group and the Mayo Clinic, in which researchers mine clinical and insurance data in search of micro-patterns that give clues to early indicators of disease and help to tailor treatments. Precision Medicine, an initiative announced by President Barack Obama earlier this year, will combine genetic data with information from fitness trackers. Additional coverage:Fortune
Augusta Chronicle,Link between better breathing and beet juice studied in Augusta — As Carole Davies sits ready to pedal on an exercise bike while hooked up to machines that will measure her breathing and other vital functions, bottles of juice sit on a nearby table. Something like beet juice might help chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patients like Davies breathe better. Davies is one of the patients in a multi-center study to look at exactly how blood vessels in their lungs respond to exercise and to potential interventions like beet juice. The study includes Augusta physician Mehrdad Behnia and is part of his ongoing collaborations with Mayo Clinic researcher Bruce Johnson and Dr. Alberto Avolio of Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia.
Springfield News-Leader, SGF men use social media to find kidneys, raise awareness by Jackie Rehwald — Chris Plate was diagnosed at age 4 with focal segmental glomerulosclerosis, an autoimmune disease that causes scar tissue in the filtering cells of the kidney.…Because of complications from the surgery, Plate went into renal failure again and began dialysis in March 2013. He is on the transplant list at Mayo Clinic. Last month during one of those dialysis treatments, Plate said he "hit a wall" and decided he couldn't do dialysis for the rest of his life. He posted a message — a plea — to his friends and family on his personal Facebook page.
Bustle,8 Bad Habits That Are Actually Good For You, Because Your Parents Were Totally Wrong About Biting YourNails…It’s Actually Good For You Because: Fidgeting counts as exercise.…And researchers at the Mayo Clinic found that all that wiggling in your seat, compulsively tapping your foot, and otherwise annoying your co-workers increases your metabolism and can play a positive role in our overall physical fitness. So squirm away in that quarterly staff meeting! You’re just looking after your health. I think your boss should understand.
FOX News, Rare form of amnesia causes woman, 32, to wake up thinking she’s 15 — One morning in 2008, 32-year-old Naomi Jacobs woke up in a home she didn’t recognize, to a son she didn’t know, thinking she was 15 years old. Jacobs, who is British, wasn’t admitted to a hospital the night prior for any head trauma. Rather, her personal memories disappeared due to a rare form of amnesia called dissociative amnesia, which is induced by stress, BBC reported. …According to the Mayo Clinic, dissociative, or psychogenic, amnesia results from emotional shock or trauma. The condition causes a loss of personal memories and autobiographical information but typically only for a brief time.
Chelsea Standard, Chelsea Knights of Columbus raise money for ailing Franciscan Sister (PHOTO GALLERY)… One year ago, Sr. Mahany learned that her liver was failing, and she would need a liver transplant to help keep her alive. She and Sr. Hackett made a number of trips to the Mayo Clinic for life sustaining treatments, until eventually in the month of December, she rose to the top of the transplant list and a donor liver became available.
KAAL, Woman Pleads Guilty to Using 31 Aliases to Get Thousands of Drugs by Jennie Olson — A southeastern Minnesota woman has pleaded guilty to using dozens of identities to obtain thousands of prescription drugs from doctors in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Fifty-year-old Nanci Mae Dusso of Eyota, Minnesota, pleaded guilty Thursday, April 9, to social security fraud and obtaining a controlled substance by fraud. Additional coverage:KSTP
Healio Endocrine Today, Thyrotropin, insulin sensitivity negatively associated in euthyroid adolescent boys with obesity — Seema Kumar, MD, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and colleagues evaluated 36 euthyroid adolescents (aged 12 to 18 years) with obesity but without diabetes to determine the relationship between thyrotropin and insulin sensitivity, lipids and adipokines. Overall, the mean BMI was 32.5 kg/m2, the mean thyrotropin level was 2.7 mIU/L, and 47% of participants were boys.
ABC News, Success Kid's Dad Needs a Kidney Transplant — If you've spent any time on the Internet in the past few years, you've come across the Success Kid meme, featuring a baby making a fist and a victory face. That baby is now an 8-year-old boy named Sammy Griner, and his father needs a kidney transplant. Thanks to Success Kid's popularity, his GoFundMe site has already reached nearly $9,000 in five days… Justin isn't on a list yet for a deceased donor, but they hope to find a living donor soon, Griner said. Mayo Clinic's Florida campus confirmed that Griner is indeed a patient there. Additional coverage: Huffington Post, My Central Oregon, NBC News, First Coast News, Yahoo! News
Owatonna People’s Press,Owatonna clinic, partners encourage area residents to move during program by Ashley Stewart — Morehouse Park was filled with walkers, runners and skateboarders Tuesday afternoon in Owatonna, and it’s likely there will be more next week. At least that’s the hope of this year’s organizers of the “On the Move” program…“The goal is to get people moving,” said Stephanie Olson, a spokesperson with Mayo Clinic Health System — Owatonna. “We want the community to get active.”
PC Advisor UK,Healthcare players are actively blocking data sharing…Cris Ross, CIO at the Mayo Clinic, said healthcare interoperability is not a "crisis," it's more like a "perpetual rainy day." Hospital departments are frustrated because they can't get laboratory reports on time, they can't get radiological images or they don't get complete records. "We have patients who show up today literally with banker boxes full of paper. And, you know, the job gets done," he said. "We're sort of gutting it out."
Raconteur, A Health App A Day Keeps The Doctor Away…According to Mayo Clinic’s medical director for public affairs John Wald, speaking following the launch of Apple HealthKit integration with a Mayo app: “Users of the new Mayo Clinic app will have easier access to health information, guidance and care when they need it most. Through the Apple Health app, users will be able to integrate information from other apps with their Mayo Clinic health information, creating actionable data to improve health and wellness.”
Mankato Times, Mayo Clinic Health System partners with Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota, invests $185,000 by Joe Steck — Mayo Clinic Health System today announced it will partner with the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota to develop a multi-faceted wellness initiative. The partnership includes an investment of $185,000, as well as in-kind support. The funding and other resources will be used for the café, courtyard and wellness initiatives. “Mayo Clinic Health System is excited to partner with the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota to foster well-being through activity, education and healthy choices,” says T, M.D., regional president and CEO of Mayo Clinic Health System. Additional coverage: Mankato Free Press, Star Tribune, KTTC, KIMT
Everyday Health, Finally — Some Hope for People With ALS by Dr. Sanjay Gupta…A trial at the Mayo Clinic is using stem cells that are harvested from the patient’s own body fat. They are grown in a dish then injected into the spinal fluid…“There are different mechanisms by which stem cells may be helpful for ALS,” says Nathan Staff, MD, PhD, a neurologist at Mayo Clinic. “The avenue that we’re pursuing is to use them as a neuro-protective agent.” He says the stem cells are known to secrete factors that help the nerve cells in the spine live longer. Additional coverage: MedPage Today
Medscape, Polygene Test Can Predict Risk for Breast Cancer by Ricki Lewis, Ph.D. — A new polygenic risk score (PRS) can be used to predict a woman's risk of developing breast cancer, especially when it is used in conjunction with information about breast tissue density and family history…"This genetic risk factor adds valuable information to what we already know can affect a woman's chances of developing breast cancer," said study coauthor Celine Vachon, PhD, an epidemiologist at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.
Peoria Journal Star, Glasford teenager struggles with headaches, depression, fatigue before Mayo Clinic diagnosis…Each time Josy was diagnosed with something, her family was filled with hope, only to be disappointed when the treatment failed. It happened over and over again for more than four years. In February doctors at Mayo Clinic diagnosed the 16-year-old with something the family had never heard of — postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome, or POTS. Today Josy is finally getting better.
Reuters, Actress Rita Wilson undergoes double mastectomy for breast cancer — Rita Wilson, the actress and wife of actor Tom Hanks, said she underwent a double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery after being diagnosed with an invasive form of breast cancer.…Two other pathologists diagnosed invasive lobular carcinoma. That type makes up a small portion of breast cancers and can spread cancer cells to other areas of the body, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Arizona Republic,Phoenix leaders grade Mayor Stanton's performance by Dustin Grandiner… "We are facing a budget crisis in Phoenix. Starting next year, we will be facing tens of millions in deficits for the foreseeable future. That should be the focus of every council member. We cannot claim credit for a balanced budget this year and ignore this looming problem. It will affect every council decision going forward. He does deserve credit for making Mayo Clinic a point of emphasis. It is a terrific facility, and with prudent planning it will continue to be a world class institution." — Jim Waring, District 2,northeast Phoenix
Star Tribune, Wolves won where they could during a losing season — The way Timberwolves coach and chief decision maker Flip Saunders sees it, there exists two divergent roads to lasting NBA success and his team definitely followed one of them in this long, lousy season when it has won only 16 games with one yet to play…He is hopeful the franchise’s new partnership with Mayo Clinic and consulting the country’s top specialists will help address an injury issue they do not have alone.
Reuters, Snoring, apnea linked to earlier memory decline in elderly — Older people who have sleep apnea, which can be marked by heavy snoring, tend to begin experiencing cognitive decline about ten years earlier than those without the disorder, or those who use a breathing machine to treat their apnea, according to a new U.S. study…The study adds to growing evidence that obstructive sleep apnea is not only “a severe and serious disease associated with cardiovascular morbidity or mortality, but also brain health and neurocognitive health,” said Dr. Timothy I. Morgenthaler, a sleep-disordered breathing expert at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Additional coverage: Yahoo! Canada, Business Insider
MPR,Mayo Clinic hiring means nursing shortage for other facilities — For 30 years, Bobbi Jo Funke has worked some form of nursing job. From working as a nurse aid in high school to her current job as a licensed practical nurse at the St. Isidore Health Center in Plainview, Funke has showed a willingness to work long hours…In May, she'll begin a new position as an LPN in Mayo Clinic's renal studies unit, a job that comes with a pay increase — and better hours…Mayo officials declined an interview request. But in an e-mail, Chief Nursing Officer Pamela Johnson said with the increasing retirement of baby boomers, the clinic's hiring has been "much more robust in the past six to eight months."
Cronkite News, ASU researchers find potential clues to detecting ovarian cancer by Meryl Fishler — Arizona State University researchers said they have identified three promising biological signals that could help detect ovarian cancer before patients display any symptoms. Researchers from the Biodesign Institute said identifying the biomarkers – a type of blood-born signal – is another step toward early detection…In the U.S., ovarian cancer is the most lethal gynecological cancer “with over 15,000 deaths per year,” said Dr. Kristina Butler, a gynecological oncology specialist at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale. Additional coverage: AZ Big Media
ABC15 Arizona, Rally for Red: When fainting is linked to heart disease — Win K. Shen, M.D., Mayo Clinic Cardiologist, joined the hosts of Sonoran Living Live to discuss fainting. Dr. Shen explained how you know when it's just common fainting or when it's related to heart disease.
Milwaukee Business Times, Palliative Care Network of Wisconsin launches — Palliative care leaders from across Wisconsin have joined together to create the new Palliative Care Network of Wisconsin (PCNOW… The organization’s mission is to support the growth of palliative care services in Wisconsin through education, systems change and advocacy…“So many of us feel like we’re working on islands,” said Dr. Jim Deming, a board certified family physician at Mayo Clinic Health Eau Claire. “PCNOW is already succeeding at building bridges and bringing us together.”
Prevention magazine,7 Things Your Balance (Or Lack Thereof) Says About You by Kasandra Brabaw…Any issue with your inner ear, from an infection to hearing loss, will make you feel unsteady. The inner ear has five, hair-like sensors that manage your balance—three that monitor rotation and two that keep track of up and down motions, says David Zapala, PhD, an audiologist at the Mayo Clinic who specializes in balance disorders. If those sensors either get faulty signals or are unable to send signals to the brain, your balance will suffer.
La Crosse Tribune,Institutions put safety ahead of profit — There are plenty of stories and plenty of editorials to be written about corporations that put profit over people, secrecy over transparency, the easy way instead of the right way. This isn’t one of those. In fact, it’s just the opposite. As we know, doing the right thing isn’t necessarily the easiest course. But watching the people of a large institution focus on the right thing safely serving its customers and its staff — is a joy to watch. —Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare focused on the right thing recently when some dust settled where it wasn’t supposed to.
KEYC Mankato, MCHS Donates $185,000 To the Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota…Mayo says it will encourage children and their parents to live healthier lives. Greg Kutcher, the President and CEO of Mayo Clinic Health Systems in Southwestern Minnesota, says, "It's also an investment in healthy living. Particularly around teaching, around nutrition and other healthy living activities, because we know the kids learn fast, and they're at a time in their life where they do, and they influence their parents and then the rest of us with those behaviors." Additional coverage:Albert Lea Tribune
Arab News Daily, UAE Sheikh Al Nahyan to meet with President Obama… Relations between the UAE and the United States are growing, especially in the social and cultural sectors…In ways, Johns Hopkins, the Cleveland Clinic and the Mayo Clinic are each contributing to the delivery of health care services and facilities in the UAE.
Milwaukee Business Times, Myanmar looks to Milwaukee as it builds health care infrastructure…The Southeast Asian country, otherwise known as Burma, visited Aurora St. Luke’s in order to bring home knowledge and solutions as it seeks to build its own emerging health care infrastructure…Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center and GE are among multiple tours planned by the Myanmar Ministry of Health over the course of its two-week visit to the U.S. During their stay, they will visit health care manufacturers Varian Medical Systems of Palo Alto, Calif.; Medtronic of Minneapolis; and Hill-Rom of Batesville, Ind., with hospital tours at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel,Marshfield Clinic expansion plan includes new hospitals, other facilities by Guy Boulton — Marshfield Clinic Health System has laid out an ambitious expansion plan that includes new hospitals in Marshfield and Eau Claire, and additional ambulatory surgical centers and skilled-nursing facilities in north-central and northern Wisconsin…Eau Claire has three hospitals, including one that is part of Mayo Clinic's system and another that is part of Hospital Sisters Health System, which has hospitals in Sheboygan and Green Bay.
Le Sueur News-Herald,Minnesota Valley Health Center plans to stand alone by Pilip Weyhe — Minnesota Valley Health Center officials feel they're ready to stand alone, as Essentia Health notified the city it would be withdrawing its affiliation with the Le Sueur organization June 30…MVHC is planning to operate on its own at least for the present, and despite already having a relationship with Mayo Clinic, the center is not planning to add any new members.
CNN Mexico, La actriz Rita Wilson, esposa de Tom Hanks, se somete a doble mastectomía — Rita Wilson, actriz y esposa del actor Tom Hanks, dijo este martes que se sometió a una doble mastectomía y cirugía reconstructiva luego de que le diagnosticaron una forma de cáncer de mama invasive… Otros dos patólogos diagnosticaron carcinoma lobular invasivo. Ese tipo de cáncer representa una pequeña parte de los cánceres mamarios y puede propagar células cancerosas a otras zonas del cuerpo, según la Clínica Mayo. Additional coverage: El Observador, El Financiero, Gulf News
El Pajareo, Cuatro efectos graves de la falta de sueño…Accidente vascular cerebral Un estudio realizado por la Clínica Mayo en los Estados Unidos, ha determinado que las personas que no duermen bien tienen un mayor riesgo de sufrir un accidente vascular cerebral. Las personas adultas que duermen 6 horas o menos tienen hasta cuatro veces más riesgos de presentar los síntomas de accidentes vasculares cerebrales.
Yahoo! Noticias,10 mitos más comunes sobre el estreñimiento…10. Organismo se contamina con las toxinas de las heces Bajo esta creencia las personas recurren a los laxantes y a lavados de colon para eliminar lastoxinas, lo cual puede ser peligroso, dice información de Mayo Clinic.
Super Mexicanos, ¿Los 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.
Huffington Post Voces,¿Puede un tampón algún día servir para predecir el cáncer de endometrio?... Los científicos de Mayo Clinic demostraron que es posible detectar el cáncer de endometrio con el ADN tumoral, recogido por un tampón normal…La Dra. Jamie Bakkum-Gamez, ginecóloga oncóloga de Mayo Clinic y autora principal del estudio, dice que desgraciadamente, el cáncer de endometrio no cuenta con nada equivalente al examen de Papanicolaou ni a la mamografía.
20 Minutos Mexico, Presbicia, deterioro visual que comienza cuando llegan los 40 años, Las personas mayores de 40 años experimentan cambios visuales que se manifiestan por la dificultad para leer, situación que los obliga a utilizar lentes pregradudados, a este padecimiento se le conoce como presbicia, por lo que especialistas recomiendan ir al oftalmólogo. El doctor Michael Mahr, de Oftalmología de Mayo Clinic en Rochester, Minnesota, indica que es importante realizar un examen de los ojos después de cumplir 40 años para saber si es necesario utilizar anteojos o revisar si existen otros males.
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