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CFL adds another sideline test to determine concussions
Dr. David Dodick, a neurologist at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix who specializes in concussions, said numerous studies have concluded the King-Devick test is highly accurate in picking up the brain injury. ''And that's what makes it a very valuable tool,'' said Dodick, noting that the time-based test is more objective than standard balance and cognition assessment tests and is not affected by player fatigue.
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Context: Concussions are in the national spotlight for the damage being done to student and professional athletes. Determining when an athlete should be removed from play is a major challenge in preventing injury. Athletes routinely deny symptoms. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that between 1.6 and 3.8 million students have concussions every year. In an effort to bring awareness and increase concussion screening, Mayo Clinic has agreed to a licensing agreement with King-Devick Test Inc., which has developed a proven indicator of ocular motor, visual and cognitive function for concussion detection and evaluation on the sidelines of sporting events to help with the decision to sideline athletes to prevent injury. More information can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.
Contact: Jim McVeigh
The Wall Street Journal
A Fuller Life After Rectal Cancer Treatment
by Jeanne Whalen
Doctors say there’s less reason than ever for certain cancer patients to fear the colostomy bag. Medical advances are making it easier for the 40,000 Americans diagnosed with rectal cancer each year to resume normal lives after treatment…“Rectal cancer treatment has undergone significant improvements over the last 20 years on all fronts,” says Robert Cima, a colorectal surgeon at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.
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Context: Robert Cima, M.D., is a Mayo Clinic colorectal surgeon. Dr. Cima offers five questions to ask your surgeon before the operation on Mayo Clinic News Network.
Contact: Duska Anastasijevic
CBS Minnesota (WCCO)
Minnesota Patient 1st To Try New Weight Loss Balloon
There’s excitement about a new weight loss procedure just approved by the FDA. Mayo Clinic doctors say it could be a powerful tool in the fight against obesity. The key feature is a silicone balloon filled with saline. Doctors use an endoscope to place a deflated balloon inside a patient’s stomach. Then it’s inflated, taking up space and reducing hunger. Six months later, it’s removed.
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Valley News Live (WCCO) — Weight loss balloon being tested at Mayo Clinic
Context: Mayo Clinic recently released an article about the launch of a new weight-loss program for moderately obese patients, centered on the intragastric balloon system, a device that has been available outside the United States for 17 years and just received FDA approval. In an outpatient procedure lasting just 15 to 20 minutes, the saline-filled balloon is inserted into the patient’s stomach for 6 months, suppressing appetite to promote weight loss. This month, Mayo became one of the first hospitals in the country to offer this device to patients, and will also serve as a training facility for physicians. Gastroenterologist Barham Abu Dayyeh, M.D., will lead the program. He is lead author on a study to be published next month in Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, which demonstrates that the device is an effective and safe addition to lifestyle changes in promoting weight loss in obese patients.
Contacts: Joe Dangor, Brian Kilen
San Diego Gene-Sequencing Giant Illumina Launches Consumer-Focused Company
by David Wagner
San Diego gene-sequencing giant Illumina launched a new consumer-facing genomics company Tuesday called Helix…The Mayo Clinic's Keith Stewart says his organization will be on board to educate consumers about what their genetic variants actually mean.
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New York Times — Helix, a New Gene Sequencing Venture, Aims to Create Digital Hub for Genomics
Bloomberg — Illumina, Warburg Pincus Form Consumer-Genomics Startup Helix
GenomeWeb Daily News — Mayo Clinic Team Shares Comparison of Sequencing, Array Methods for Methylation Profiling
Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal — Mayo Clinic joins private equity giants, biotech firm in new gene-sequencing venture
FierceMedicalDevices — Illumina, LabCorp, Mayo Clinic, Warburg assemble to back latest consumer genomics entrant: Helix
Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News — New Company, Helix, Founded to Allow Individuals Access to and Insights on Their Genomes
Post-Bulletin — Mayo enters partnership with genomic sequencing venture
Junior College, Helix a new consumer-facing human genome platform
GenomeWeb, Helix Aims to Deliver 'Sequence Once, Query Often' Goal to Consumers
Context: llumina, Inc. (NASDAQ: ILMN), Warburg Pincus and Sutter Hill Ventures announced this week that they have formed a company to empower consumers to discover insights into their own genomes through a vibrant ecosystem of high-quality content partners. The company, called Helix, is based in the San Francisco Bay Area and received financing commitments in excess of $100 million. Jay Flatley, CEO of Illumina, will serve as Chairman of the Board. More information about the announcement can be found here.
Contact: Bob Nellis
Fox 40 Sacramento — Lodi High School to Start Testing Athletes for Concussions by Mark Demsky – The test consists of a series of cards with numbers placed in alternating patterns. The players must read each number, in order, from start to finish. And they are timed while doing so. “We’re looking at rapid eye movement as well as attention,”explained Dr. Amaal Starling with the Mayo Clinic. “Those are two things we know are very much affected in our concussed athletes.
Post Bulletin — EDA names DMC economic development head by Andrew Setterholm – The EDA announced Seeb's hiring on Wednesday. He will join EDA Executive Director Lisa Clarke and three other EDA staff members yet to be hired as the agency leads implementation of the DMC plan and goals. Seeb will begin his work with the EDA Sept. 8. As of Sept. 1, he said, he will be a downtown Rochester resident. He said that staying close and connected to the city he serves is a principle approach to his work.
Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal — St. Paul Riverfront Corp. chief Patrick Seeb takes role in Rochester's giant DMC plan by Mark Reilly – Patrick Seeb, one of the most prominent development officials in St. Paul, is taking a job leading investment and development for the multibillion-dollar project surrounding the Mayo Clinic. Rochester's Destination Medical Center Economic Development Agency on Wednesday named Seeb, long-time executive director of the Saint Paul Riverfront Corp., as its director of economic development and place making.
Yahoo! News Canada — Vitamin D May Be Harmful For Obese Teenagers, According to a recent small study, Vitamin D supplements showed no benefit for heart health or lowering the risk for diabetes in obese teenagers, and may increase cholesterol and triglycerides for them. Previous studies have linked vitamin D deficiency with obesity, as well as complications of obesity just as cardiovascular disease and insulin resistance, but the risks of developing toxicity from taking too much of the supplements are real. Dr. Seema Kumar, a pediatric endocrinologist at the Mayo Clinic's Children's Center, said in a press release, "We're not saying the links between vitamin D deficiency and chronic diseases don't exist for children -- we just haven't found any yet."
DoctorPulse.co — Vitamin D Supplements Little Help for Obese Teen — Contrary to the common belief, taking vitamin D supplements is found to be of little help for obese teens. Dr. Seema Kumar, a pediatric endocrinologist at the Mayo Clinic Children’s Center in Rochester, said, “But this latest research found the supplements do not improve obese teens’ heart health or reduce their diabetes risk. In addition, the supplements may be linked to increased levels of cholesterol and fat-storing triglycerides, according to a Mayo Clinic news release.”
Weekly Observer — Giving your Kids Vitamin D Pills will Increase their Risk of Obesity — Giving vitamin D pills to teenagers, especially to those suffering from obesity, may not be such a good idea. Researchers have discovered that vitamin D can increase cholesterol levels and fat storing triglyceride levels, which also makes things worse for obesity sufferers…Seema Kumar, the leader of the research team and pediatric endocrinologist at Mayo Clinic children’s center, explains that after testing for three months involving increasing vitamin D with supplements, the researchers have not found changes in body weight, body mass index, waistline, blood pressure, or blood flow.
Pioneer News — Vitamin D Overdose Does More Bad In Teenagers Than Good: New Study — An increasing body of research is pointing to vitamin D – from sunshine, food or nutritional supplements – as benefitting people’s health in a number of ways…According to Dr. Seema Kumar of the Mayo Clinic Children’s Center, there was no significant benefits of extra vitamin D supplements in teenagers even after three months of having it. The researchers didn’t find changes in the body mass index, body weight, blood flow and blood pressure.
NEWS10 ABC — Mayo Clinic studies impacts on Vitamin D and overweight teens by DeeDee Stiepan — A vast majority of obese teens are Vitamin D deficient, according to doctors at Mayo Clinic. Giving those patients doses of Vitamin D has become a popular treatment, but a new study is showing limited benefits. A small study done at Mayo Clinic found there were no improvements in weight, body mass index, blood sugars or blood flow for overweight teens given the Vitamin D supplementation.
Parent Herald — Teen Obesity: Vitamin D Pill Increases Cholesterol Level Among Teenagers, Warns Study by Rachel — While vitamin D is crucial for bone development, taking vitamin D supplements in excess may lead to serious health problems among overweight teens, according to experts. In an interview with Mayo Clinic, Dr. Seemar Kumar, M.D., said that her study has shown that vitamin D supplements intake, among children older than 10 years old and suffering from obesity, have little benefit.
KIMT 3 — Mayo Clinic studies impacts on Vitamin D and overweight teens by DeeDee Stiepan — A vast majority of obese teens are Vitamin D deficient, according to doctors at Mayo Clinic. Giving those patients doses of Vitamin D has become a popular treatment, but a new study is showing limited benefits. A small study done at Mayo Clinic found there were no improvements in weight, body mass index, blood sugars or blood flow for overweight teens given the Vitamin D supplementation.
WLNS (KIMT) — Study: Majority of obese teens are vitamin D deficient — A vast majority of obese teens are vitamin D deficient, according to doctors at Mayo Clinic. Giving those patients doses of vitamin D has become a popular treatment, but a new study is showing limited benefits. A small study done at Mayo Clinic found there were no improvements in weight, body mass index, blood sugars or blood flow for overweight teens given the vitamin D supplementation.
Post Bulletin — Letter: Safety must be priority as Rochester grows with Destination Medical Center – Is this what we want for Rochester? I don't care how fancy the buildings are, how great the entertainment is or how much money is funneled into parks, skating rinks, bike routes, stores or bus stops. None of these will make Rochester a safe place. All the fancy restaurants, stores, entertainment or buildings in the world will not draw patients to Mayo Clinic if they are afraid to walk across the street.
Huffington Post — Let's Remember Why Fetal Tissue Research Matters by Michele Goodwin – Remember polio -- that highly contagious viral illness that causes paralysis? The Mayo Clinic describes the symptoms like this: "within a week.. signs and symptoms specific to paralytic polio appear, including: Loss of reflexes. Severe muscle aches or weakness. Loose and floppy limbs (flaccid paralysis), often worse on one side of the body."
Huffington Post — IBM Is Teaching Watson to Interpret Medical Images by Joe Satran – Watson could serve a particularly crucial role in areas underserved by advanced medicine, suggested Dr. Kimberly Amrami, a musculoskeletal radiologist at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. "If I were a physician in a remote part of sub-Saharan Africa, say, I might have access to a computer, but not a bunch of people with specialized knowledge," she said. "So Watson could serve as a first pass and help determine whether, based on this exam, you need another more advanced, more expensive test, or consultation from an expert far away."
USA Today — Swimmer dies after contracting brain-eating amoeba in Oklahoma lake by Mary Bowerman – Naegleria fowleri symptoms typically mirror bacterial meningitis, starting with fever, chills, headaches and a stiff neck, Jessica Sheehy, a physician assistant and infectious diseases specialist at Mayo Clinic Health System, told USA TODAY Network last month. The organism enters the brain through the nasal cavity, typically from jumping or diving into water, according to Sheehy.
Star Tribune — Mayo-Franciscan says it will no longer offer water births as delivery option – Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare plans to end the option of water births because of two national physician organizations that believe the practice can have adverse effects on babies. Thirty babies were born under water last year at Mayo-Franciscan's La Crosse hospital. Women will still be able to use immersion while in labor to help manage pain, but the hospital will stop offering underwater births as of Sept. 1, said spokesman Rick Thiesse.
WEAU — Outdoor fitness zone aims to keep community active by Amanda Tyler – The fitness area, which will be completed by the end of October, was made possible thanks to a $25,000 grant from Mayo Clinic Health System. Through the investment, the hospital says it hopes to make an even bigger impact on community health and wellness. “There are so many health benefits to fitness but even exercising outside, there are health benefits with that. To be outside and see greenery is great for mental health as well.” Mayo Clinic Director of Community Engagement and Wellness, Sara Carstens said.
Bustle — Are Vasectomies Reversible? 5 Facts You Should Know About The Form Of Male Birth Control by Gabrielle Moss – Some surgeons believe that a vasectomy performed many years ago is more difficult to reverse than a recent one — according to the Mayo Clinic website, a vasectomy performed within the last three years has a 95 percent chance of being successfully reversed, but if a man has waited more than 15 years to have his vasectomy reversed, his odds of a successful reversal drop to 70. But these odds are still better than, say, tubal ligation, a surgical birth control for women that is very difficult to reverse.
KEYC — Mayo Quadrupling The Size Of The Fairmont Emergency Department by Ryan Gustafson — Mayo Clinic Health System in Fairmont is expanding its emergency room. In fact, when construction is completed, it will have nearly quadrupled in size. Hospital staff and officials, as well as city and community leaders ceremonially broke ground on the $4.5 million expansion this afternoon, which they hope will provide more advanced care for the 12,000 visits they get every year, as well as the increase they expect to see in the future.
Dubuque Telegraph Herald (AP) — Mayo-Franciscan ends option of water births — Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare plans to end the option of water births because of two national physician organizations that believe the practice can have adverse effects on babies. Thirty babies were born under water last year at Mayo-Franciscan's La Crosse hospital. Women will still be able to use immersion while in labor to help manage pain, but the hospital will stop offering underwater births as of Sept. 1, said spokesman Rick Thiesse. Additional Coverage: Dubuque Telegraph Herald (AP)
Chippewa Herald — Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire ranked among state's best — Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire has been ranked among the best hospitals in Wisconsin and is recognized as the top ranked hospital in northwestern Wisconsin in the 26th U.S. News & World Report annual America’s Best Hospitals list. It also was recognized as “high performing” in orthopedics. “This national ranking is a tremendous honor and a credit to all our hard-working employees,” says Randall Linton, M.D., president and CEO of Mayo Clinic Health System in northwest Wisconsin. “We strive daily to give patients comprehensive, whole-person care, so being included in this national ranking is a great distinction.”
Post-Bulletin — Did Tower's missteps with Mayo Clinic sink Elk Run? by Brett Boese — Did a peeved Mayo Clinic play a pivotal role in torpedoing the $1 billion development at Elk Run? That's the provocative claim being made by one of the state's most prominent supporters of the biobusiness development in Pine Island. Additional Coverage: Post-Bulletin
abc27 (KIMT), Mayo Clinic studies impacts on Vitamin D and overweight teens by DeeDee Stiepan — A vast majority of obese teens are Vitamin D deficient, according to doctors at Mayo Clinic. Giving those patients doses of Vitamin D has become a popular treatment, but a new study is showing limited benefits. A small study done at Mayo Clinic found there were no improvements in weight, body mass index, blood sugars or blood flow for overweight teens given the Vitamin D supplement.
Yumanewsnow — Back to School: Separation Anxiety, Fears and Stress by Deborah Balzer — Getting ready for a new school year can be exciting for children, parents and caregivers. It may also be a major cause of anxiety or stress…Mayo Clinic Children's Center psychologist Dr. Stephen Whiteside says if back-to-school anxiety or separation anxiety become overwhelming and disruptive, taking steps to reduce those fears is important. "Some kids are more anxious than others, and transitions like going back to school can be more difficult for them. Talking to them and preparing them ahead of time by doing things such as visiting the schools and meeting teachers can be beneficial."
North Central Ohio — Diabetes Patients Check Their Blood Sugar Levels Frequently by Larry Stine — People with diabetes know it's important to stay vigilant about their health and constantly monitor their food intakes and exercise… "All of the strips have an expiration date on them. So you look on the vial of strips and see what the expiration date is," says Rose Mader, Mayo Clinic Diabetes Educator.
Imperial Valley News — Negative News Overload: Turn Off, Take Action by Deborah Balzer — In our society, we are constantly bombarded by news…Mayo Clinic psychiatrist Dr. Sheila Jowsey says adults and children should avoid media overload, and they should be careful about the amount of negative or bad news to which they're exposed. "Some stories are so noteworthy that we end up feeling like it's all bad news, and I believe that this has been happening quite a bit lately. There are many ways we can reframe what we're hearing so we don't drift into discouragement or depression."
Imperial Valley News — Back to School: Vaccinations and Immunizations by Deborah Balzer — At back-to-school time, many parents and caregivers make checklists to ensure children have the supplies they need for the school year. Mayo Clinic Children's Center pediatrician Dr. Robert Jacobson says vaccinations should definitely be on that list. He says they protect children from contracting and spreading diseases that could cause serious complications. "Work done here at Mayo Clinic in the 1970s showed how severe chickenpox can be for some children. That research convinced experts throughout the country that we needed a chickenpox vaccine." Dr. Jacobson says to check and see that school-age kids, including those going off to college, have vaccinations that are up to date.
The Cannon Falls Beacon — Exceptional care — To the Editor: My husband recently spent 37 days at the Cannon Falls hospital after having surgery at Mayo - Methodist. From the moment we entered the hospital, we were treated with exceptional care! We were most impressed with the team approach during our stay. Everyone, from the doctors and nurses to the PT & OTs, was committed to making sure Rob's recovery went well and that he was comfortable. They also went out of their way to make sure that I was comfortable as well.
MedPage Today — Statin Use Linked to Lower Mortality in RA by Wayne Kuznar — Statins may lower the risk of death in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), according to an incident user cohort study…Rekha Mankad, MD, at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., noted that, in her department, there is the belief that the presence of RA should elevate the risk score for CVD, "there is nothing out there to state how to do this." "I think this study highlights that we have more to look into with the RA patient than maybe we are doing right now," Mankad told MedPage Today. "There may be reason to be more aggressive with lipid pharmacotherapy. I think it underscores the importance of treating the RA patient as a higher risk individual for heart disease."
Post-Bulletin — NIH reauthorization bill is a Christmas tree by Paul John Scott — As all who watched last week as Jon Stewart closed out his run as host of "The Daily Show" now know, he ended it all with a short speech about the ubiquity of a two-syllable word for baloney…"We are particularly pleased to see the draft's emphasis on reducing regulatory barriers that unnecessarily slow clinical trials," Mayo Clinic CEO Dr. John Noseworthy said of this bill back in April. I can understand Mayo's support of precision medicine language in the bill, but it's unfortunate that Mayo is supporting the bill for some of the very things it does wrong.
Albert Lea Tribune — Doctor stresses the importance of a simple 30 minutes a day of exercise by Elena Schewe — Russell Bergum, a doctor of sports medicine and orthopedics with Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea, has been supporting a new kind of treatment that has been here all along: exercise. Bergum has seen a lot of after-the-fact injuries and disorders that he has tried to prevent with a simple exercise prescription. “One thing I’d like to promote is the whole concept that exercise is medicine,” he said.
Post-Bulletin — Rochester seeks state funding for $16 million airport project by Heather J. Carlson — In a bid to make sure international flights can keep landing in Rochester, the city plans to ask state lawmakers for help with a $16 million upgrade of Rochester International Airport's customs facility…Mayo Clinic founders Drs. William and Charles Mayo founded the airport in 1928. In 1945, the Mayo Foundation gave the airport to the city of Rochester. The Rochester Airport Co., a Mayo Clinic affiliate, continues to operate it.
The San Luis Obispo Tribune — Help for back-to-school separation anxiety, fears and stress by Mayo Clinic News Network — Getting ready for a new school year can be exciting for children, parents and caregivers. It may also be a major cause of anxiety or stress. Whether kids are heading off to elementary school, high school or college, leaving the safety and familiarity of home can prompt feelings of fear. Mayo Clinic Children's Center psychologist Dr. Stephen Whiteside says that if back-to-school anxiety or separation anxiety become overwhelming and disruptive, taking steps to reduce those fears is important. "Some kids are more anxious than others, and transitions like going back to school can be more difficult for them. Talking to them and preparing them ahead of time by doing things such as visiting the schools and meeting teachers can be beneficial."
GenomeWeb — Mayo Team Turns to NGS Method to Understand Role of HPV in Cancer by Monica Heger — The human papillomavirus is known to play a role in the development of cervical cancer, but increasingly the virus is being found in individuals that develop other types of cancer, including head and neck as well as the whole spectrum of anogenital cancers…Researchers from the Mayo Clinic have now begun using a next-generation sequencing method, called mate-pair sequencing, or MP-seq, that could cost-effectively shed light on the role of HPV in these cancer types and lead to better prognostics and decision making for patient management, David Smith, professor of laboratory medicine and pathology and co-author of a recent review published in the journal Viruses, told GenomeWeb.
Post-Bulletin — Reporter’s Notebook: New Chateau task force forming by Andrew Setterholm — A task force to determine the future use of the Chateau Theater, a historic downtown building being purchased by the city of Rochester, is being formed of 13 community individuals of various backgrounds…The city council and the DMC Corp. Board of Directors will give final approval to the future use of the Chateau, a $6 million city purchase with $500,000 in Mayo Clinic support.
WFTV Orlando — A Mayo Clinic Care Network Member, Parrish Medical Center now in Teleneurology Program Parrish Medical Center (PMC) — The first hospital in Central Florida selected last year to be a Mayo Clinic Care Network (MCCN) member, is now part of the Mayo Clinic’s Teleneurology Program. The program enables Mayo Clinic neurologists to provide consultative care remotely using advancements in telemedicine technology while providing expert neurological support to PMC physicians.
KTTC — Mayo Clinic unveils 60,000 square foot expansion to Superior Drive facility by Taj Simmons — The Mayo Clinic Department of Lab Medicine and Pathology celebrated a large milestone in Rochester on Tuesday afternoon. A 60,000 square foot lab expansion at their Superior Drive Support Center is finally a reality after more than five years of planning.
School of Earth and Space Exploration - Arizona State University — ASU and Mayo Clinic Researchers develop near real-time test for osteoporosis and bone cancer — Are your bones getting stronger or weaker? Right now, it’s hard to know. But a new test for detecting bone loss, being developed by Arizona State University and Mayo Clinic researchers, offers the possibility of near real-time monitoring of bone diseases. The technique, which measures changes in calcium isotope ratios, has passed an important hurdle by being tested on urine samples from NASA space shuttle astronauts.
Owatonna People’s Press — Legislators call on Washington to support telemedicine by William Morris — The future of medicine might involve a lot less time in the doctor’s office, and local legislators are trying to help that process along…Bennett recently toured a Mayo Clinic test project in Austin in which computerized kiosks are used to conduct routine check-ups while health care providers conduct examinations via video connection.
Albuquerque Journal, Supplement necessity depends on your diet by The Mayo Clinic News Network — “People ask me this question quite often: ‘Should I be taking certain vitamins and supplements?’ And the answer is, quite honestly, ‘It depends,’ ” says Anne Harguth, registered dietitian at Mayo Clinic Health System. According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, you should meet your nutritional needs primarily through diet. For some people, however, taking certain supplements may be the best way to get nutrients they may be lacking through diet.
Palm Beach Post, Not all vitamins are good for teens, it turns out by John Pacenti...So when my 15-year-old vegetarian daughter came home with news from the doctor that she had high cholesterol, my wife and I racked our brains for a reason why. Could her diet be that bad? Sure, she probably eats too much Taco Bell – meatless, of course – but should she have the clogged arteries of a 50-year-old?...Dr. Seema Kumar, a pediatric endocrinologist at the Mayo Clinic Children’s Center in Rochester, Minn., said doctors are mistaken that vitamin D will help teenagers because it increases levels of cholesterol and fat-harboring triglycerides.
ABC News (Good Morning America), Dad of 'Success Kid' Undergoes Successful Kidney Transplant by Gillian Mohney — The father of the boy made into a famous meme dubbed "Success Kid" is back at home after having a successful kidney transplant last week…Justin Griner, of Jacksonville, Florida had been spending hours on dialysis nearly every day for six years after his kidneys started to fail. But last week the family got the exciting call that a kidney was available, according to their GoFundMe account. Hours after the call Griner successfully underwent the kidney transplant operation at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida.
The Wall Street Journal — For a Rare Disease, Drug Trials Scramble for Patients by Amy Dockser Marcus — After years of effort, scientists and families of young patients with the genetic condition Niemann-Pick Type C are in a position to which any rare-disease community aspires: the prospect of not one, not two, but three companies launching clinical trials to develop therapies…Dr. Patterson, a Mayo Clinic neurologist who served as moderator at a session that discussed trials, said, “If you are the primary proponent of a study, however objective you try to be, it is very hard not to regard other competing studies as a threat.”
KTTC (FOX47) — Rochester International Airport asking for $16 million to maintain customs facilities by Tori Bokios — The Rochester International Airport is now asking for almost $16 million to stay an international airport…According to Reed the Rochester Airport welcomes over 200 international flights each year. Most are non-commercial private planes coming to do business with Mayo Clinic.
Healio — Pentoxifylline may benefit patients with severe acute pancreatitis — A recent pilot trial demonstrated that pentoxifylline was well tolerated and improved outcomes in patients with severe acute pancreatitis. Aiming to determine the safety and efficacy of pentoxifylline in patients with severe acute pancreatitis, researchers from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., performed a double-blind, randomized controlled trial involving 28 patients with predicted severe acute pancreatitis who were randomly assigned to receive 400-mg oral pentoxifylline three times daily or placebo within 72 hours of diagnosis. Baseline characteristics were comparable between groups and all other standard of care treatments for severe acute pancreatitis were administered.
WTVY (KTTC) — Superheroes Save the Day For Children of Minnesota Mayo Clinic — Some costumed heroes showed up Wednesday at Minnesota's Mayo Clinic to brighten the day. The windows at the Mayo Clinic Children's Center are now sparkling thanks to these superheroes. They swooped in to bring in the sunshine, and put some smiles on the faces of the children here.
KAAL — Window Washers Visit Children in Hospital Dressed as Superheroes by Hannah Tran — Many children at Mayo Clinic face a long stretch of daunting days of treatment and medical care, but on Wednesday afternoon, some of their favorite heroes brought them the joy and the break they need to feel like a kid again…With their own eyes, Mayo Clinic's youngest patients saw their heroes descending down the Mayo Clinic Hospital, Saint Marys Campus.
WEAU (Mayo Clinic Health System) — Healthy Labor Day cooking by Lindsay Veremis — Preheat oven to 375 F. Trim the ends off the zucchini. At every half-inch along the zucchini, slice most of the way through the zucchini, but don't cut all the way down. It should look like the zucchini is sliced in rounds but all the slices are still connected underneath.
San Angelo Standard Times (Mayo Clinic News Network) — Vitamins, supplements unnecessary for many — Anne Harguth, a registered dietitian at Mayo Clinic Health System, is often asked “Should I be taking certain vitamins and supplements?” “And the answer is, quite honestly, ‘It depends,’” she says.
Post-Bulletin — Rochester Area Foundation hopes to raise $19M for affordable housing by Andrew Setterholm — Rochester Area Foundation plans to play a critical role in a community-wide effort to address affordable housing. The foundation is preparing to embark on a $19 million fundraising campaign that will provide partner funds to the Olmsted County Housing and Redevelopment Authority.
Medical Daily — Obese Teens May Not Reap Vitamin D Benefits: When Supplements Hurt More Than Help by Samantha Olson — Obese teenagers may face a bizarre side effect from seemingly safe vitamin D supplementation. Research conducted at the Mayo Clinic has found vitamin D does nothing for obese teens’ heart health and diabetes risk, and may even lead to an increase in cholesterol.
Post-Bulletin — Heard on the Street: Mayo Clinic officially opens lab expansion — About a year after breaking ground on the project, Mayo Clinic officially opened a 60,000-square-foot expansion of its Superior Drive Support Center on Tuesday. The Superior Drive Support Center, which houses Mayo Medical Laboratories, is located at 3050 Superior Drive NW.
Diario El País — Padres y síntomas de embarazo — "Desde que estábamos en la sala de espera estaba mareado y medio raro, y cuando entramos la verdad es que me sentía bastante mal. La enfermera me dijo que si me desmayaba nadie se iba a preocupar por mí, porque la mamá y el bebé eran lo más importante", cuenta Ignacio…Según Todd B. Nippoldt, médico de la Clínica Mayo en Estados Unidos, hay investigadores que dicen que este síndrome es común, pero a pesar de eso no está reconocida como una enfermedad mental y aún no hay suficiente información al respecto.
Noventa Grados, Con tan sólo pararse podría mejorar su salud cardíaca — El doctor Francisco Lopez-Jiminez, de la Clínica Mayo, Rochester, Minnesota, publica en un editorial sobre el estudio que los resultados también demuestran que los enfoques de salud pública para reducir las conductas sedentarias no pueden estar orientados sólo a promover el ejercicio. "Alguien que es muy, muy activo todo el día, quizás no necesita hacer ejercicio cinco días por semana", indicó.
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