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Daily Mail UK Scientists discover how to 'switch off' cancer: Remarkable breakthrough means diseased cells can be made healthy again by Fiona Macrae
Scientists have found a code for turning off cancer, it was announced today. In exciting experiments, they made cancerous breast and bladder cells benign again...The research, from the Mayo Clinic in Florida, showed it to be missing or faulty in a range of cancers. When this happens, key genetic instructions to the cells are scrambled and they turn cancerous. A research team, led by Panos Anastasiadis, was able to reset the instructions – turning off the cancer. Experiments in a dish showed that human cells from highly dangerous bladder cancers can be made normal again.
Reach: The Daily Mail has a circulation of more than 1.4 million.
NY Times Jet Lag ‘Cures’ Aplenty, but None That Work for All by Joan Raymond
…Doctors do know that heading west is generally easier on the body than traveling east, because it requires a person’s internal clock to “set later, not earlier,” said Dr. R. Robert Auger, a sleep specialist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. But the more time zones crossed, the tougher the jet lag. The rule of thumb to get your body clocks back in sync is about one day per time zone change, making it “very difficult for real road warriors to get acclimated,” Dr. Auger said.
Reach:The New York Times has a daily circulation of nearly 649,000 and a Sunday circulation of 1.18 million.
Context:R. Robert Auger, M.D., is a Mayo Clinic sleep specialist. Mayo Clinic doctors trained in sleep disorders evaluate and treat adults and children in the Center for Sleep Medicine at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. The Center for Sleep Medicine is one of the largest sleep medicine facilities in the United States. Staff in the center treats about 6,500 new people who have sleep disorders each year. The Center for Sleep Medicine is accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.
Star Tribune Mayo Clinic doctor has your prescription for happiness
By Allie Shah
A doctor at Rochester’s Mayo Clinic believes that he has the prescription for happiness. He isn’t arguing that we can buy happiness, but that we can achieve it. We can train our brains to feel less stressed and increase our inner bliss, overriding even genetic tendencies toward unhappiness, said Dr. Amit Sood, author of the new book “The Mayo Clinic Handbook for Happiness.”
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.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution —Melanoma a highly treatable cancer, doctors say by Virginia Anderson – Doctors who treat cancer said that some of the most
important advances in their field in the past five years have come in the treatment of melanoma, which is a cancer of the skin. “When we look at the big cancer meetings we have every year, the most exciting news recently has been about melanoma,” said Dr. Alan Bryce, a medical oncologist at Mayo Clinic Arizona who treats melanoma.
Reach: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has a daily circulation of more than 168,000. Its website has more than one million unique visitors each month.
Context:Alan Bryce, M.D. is a Mayo Clinic medical oncologist. Dr. Bryce studies cancer genetics and novel therapeutics with a focus on personalized medicine. His clinical practice centers on genitourinary malignancies (prostate, kidney, bladder, and testicular cancers) and melanoma.
Modern Healthcare —100 Most Influential People in Healthcare – 2015 – #8, Dr. John Noseworthy.
Vice.com —Watch 'Killing Cancer,' Our HBO Special Report on the Race to Find a Cancer Cure, In the beginning of 2015, HBO aired Killing Cancer—our special report about the world's cutting-edge cancer labs and doctors working tirelessly at the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center to search for a cure. In tandem with the special report last winter, VICE's co-founder Shane Smith launched a fundraising campaign to help the Mayo Clinic continue their groundbreaking research. It was a huge success—more than 10,000 donors raised $1 million in the campaign, with Shane matching the donations for a total of $2 million going to the Clinic.
Chicago Tribune —Finding answers amid the prostate cancer confusion by Kay Manning – Following lung cancer, prostate cancer "is the second leading cause of cancer death in men," said Jeffrey Karnes, a urologist with the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., with 27,540 deaths estimated for 2015. "There is overtreatment, and we're mindful of that. But I can't say men should bury their heads in the sand and not get screened."
Bleacher Report —Preseason ACL Injures Can Be Drastically Reduced. Here's How by Mike Tanier – "You can reduce risk [of non-contact ACL injuries in the NFL] somewhere between 50 and 70 percent," according to Dr. Timothy Hewett, director of biomechanics and sports medicine research at the Mayo Clinic, who has researched knee injuries for over 20 years. This drastic reduction does not involve abolishing preseason games, eliminating joint practices or boxing players in packing peanuts until the opening-day kickoff.
Fortune — Science says working long hours is seriously bad for your health by Claire Zillman – There are critics of the study, though. Stephen Kopecky, a professor of medicine in the division of cardiology at the Mayo Clinic, told The New York Times, that the analysis did not fully account for the effects of cholesterol, family history, and blood pressure in all cases, so it is possible that long hours are not the only cause of the increased health risks.
CBS News —Diabetes drug may protect against heart attack and stroke – Dr. Ananda Basu, a diabetes specialist at the Mayo Clinic, cautioned that it's impossible to predict how patient treatment will be affected until details of the study design, the size of Jardiance's benefits and any side effects are disclosed. The two drugmakers plan to release detailed findings at a major diabetes conference in Europe on Sept. 17 and simultaneously publish them in a medical journal.
New York Times —A Racial Gap in Attitudes Toward Hospice Care by Sarah Varney – “You have people who’ve had a difficult time getting access to care throughout their lifetimes” because of poverty, lack of health insurance or difficulty finding a medical provider, said Dr. Maisha Robinson, a neurologist and palliative medicine physician at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville Fla. “And then you have a physician who’s saying, ‘I think that we need to transition your mother, father, grandmother to comfort care or palliative care.’ People are skeptical of that.”
The Guardian —How cheats cheat: why dopers have the edge in athletics’ war on drugs by Sean Ingle – Dr Michael Joyner, an expert in human performance at the Mayo Clinic, says that the method of delivering drugs has changed too. “In old days when people were taking synthetic steroids they took them by mouth,” he says. “But they get out of your intestinal tract and into the liver and make all sorts of metabolites that have these very long footprints which are easy to detect. So then people switched to plant-based testosterone administered in ways that bypass the liver, such as using patches and gels, and they are micro-dosing by using short-acting compounds.”
Propublica —Speed Bumps: Why It’s So Hard to Catch Cheaters in Track and Field by David Epstein –Earlier this month, London’s Sunday Times and German broadcaster ARD published a joint investigation on doping in track and field that included an analysis of 12,000 leaked blood tests from 5,000 athletes between 2001 and 2012. The tests had been carried out by the IAAF, track and field’s international governing body. Two respected experts in doping methods said blood tests of 800 of the athletes were “highly suggestive of doping or at the very least abnormal”. Michael J. Joyner is a physiologist and expert in human performance at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. The views expressed here are his own.
Daily Mail —Couple who broadcast details about their 'miscarriage' on YouTube hit back at critics and 'haters' - and claim they are being 'persecuted' because of their Christian faith by Carly Stern and Charlie Lankston – According to an article posted on BuzzFeed, Wendy White, M.D., a perinatologist at Mayo Clinic confirmed that the method used by the couple to administer the pregnancy test would not have resulted in a reliable result, with the medical expert adding that 'it would lead to false negatives, and theoretically could lead to false positives as well'.
Boston Globe —Voters want candidates to address drug prices by David Nather…Many oncologists say the problem is that there’s no real oversight for prices. Medicare is legally banned from negotiating drug prices, patients want the full course of cancer treatments, and no one is about to tell them they can’t have it — not the insurance companies, and certainly not the doctors. “That’s what has to be a part of the campaign: You can’t have a benefit where you can’t control the price, and whether it works for one year or one week, I have to pay whatever the drug companies want to charge,” said S. Vincent Rajkumar of the Mayo Clinic, one of the 100-plus oncologists who published a joint letter about rising prices this summer.
FOX News —Scientists seeking cause of mysterious heart attack plaguing young women by Melinda Carstensen… Mandy Holt went to an auction for a coworker…Holt, a surgical nurse at Knox Community Hospital, had a cookie and shortly afterward began having what she first thought was ordinary heartburn. But when the pain began intensifying within about 15 minutes— spreading to her back, jaw and down her arms— and she started to feel nauseous, she knew something was wrong. Holt, who was 38 at the time, was suffering from spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD), a type of heart attack that’s on the rise among women in their 30s, 40s and 50s…In the SCAD Alliance’s first research effort, Leon collaborated with Dr. Sharonne N. Hayes, a cardiologist and the founder of the Women’s Heart Clinic at the Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minn., to try to identify genetic risk factors for the disease. Hayes is one of only two researchers worldwide who is consistently studying SCAD.
Wall Street Journal – Water, Water Everywhere — in Bottles by Mike Estrel – The Government Accountability Office also noted in a 2009 report that the Food and Drug Administration can’t make bottlers use certified laboratories for water-quality tests or share their results. The Mayo Clinic, meanwhile, says the science on specialty waters like alkaline water is thin and that “for most people, plain water is best.’’
Bustle —Do Trigger Warnings Help? They Are Vital Acts Of Compassion, Not Weak Attempts At Being "Politically Correct" by MADHURI SATHISH – The authors of September's Atlantic cover story, Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt, suggest cognitive behavioral therapy as an alternative to trigger warnings and as a possible way to heal from trauma. According to Mayo Clinic, "cognitive behavioral therapy helps you become aware of inaccurate or negative thinking, so you can view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them in a more effective way."
Republican Eagle —Column: Beyond the blue signs by Tom Witt, M.D., CEO of Mayo Clinic Health System in Cannon Falls, Lake City and Red Wing – In the initial months and even first year following Mayo Clinic Health System’s acquisition of Fairview Red Wing, we would occasionally be asked by patients and community members: “What’s different besides the new signs?” Although it may not have been immediately apparent, the transition of Red Wing’s clinic and hospital to Mayo Clinic Health System three years ago this past July marked the beginning of tremendous change in local health care. I believe it’s improved health care for our patients and communities.
Leader-Telegram —Dragon Boat races raise $155,000 – When 33 teams paddled the waters of Half Moon Lake in Eau Claire Aug. 8, they did so for a purpose. More than $155,000 was raised at Mayo Clinic Health System’s first Half Moon Dragon Boat Festival to support hospice and bereavement services. “The Dragon Boat Festival was a great way to help us spread the message about hospice care,” said John Dickey, chief administrative officer of Mayo Clinic Health System in northwest Wisconsin. “We’re so appreciative of all the teams, community members and volunteers. This event caught fire and will continue to build year after year.”
White Hall Journal —White Hall's Daily accepts position at the prestigious Mayo Clinic – When 2011 White Hall High School graduate Torie Dailey first started thinking about college, she had decided that she wanted to be anything in the medical field except for a nurse...or so she thought. But now, the 21-year old White Hall resident has accepted an R.N. position at the Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minnesota, one of the most respected research and diagnostic medical centers in the nation.
Lompoc Record —One in 4 people prescribed opioids progressed to longer-term prescriptions – Opioid painkiller addiction and accidental overdoses have become far too common across the United States. To try to identify who is most at risk, Mayo Clinic researchers studied how many patients prescribed an opioid painkiller for the first time progressed to long-term prescriptions. The answer: 1 in 4. People with histories of tobacco use and substance abuse were likeliest to use opioid painkillers long-term. The findings are published in the July issue of the medical journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings.
Star Tribune —Fat helps us acclimate to the cold by Kim Ode – “It’s our Neanderthal DNA,” said Dr. Kevin Fleming, who is in general internal medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. “We’re genetically equipped to handle this.” Fleming says this like it’s a good thing — and it is — yet no one likes to think about how this shift actually works: The way to get better at withstanding the cold is by exposing ourselves to the cold.
Outside Magazine — The 16 Best Places to Live in America: 2015 – 14. Rochester, Minnesota. In 1978, six inches of rain in six hours produced a flood that decimated this southern Minnesota town of 111,000. But the resulting flood-control project, which took nearly 20 years to complete and created a series of channels through downtown, yielded ten miles of bike and pedestrian trails. Those trails are now the epicenter of an 85-mile paved system that radiates out from the world-renowned Mayo Clinic downtown to lakes, green spaces, concert venues, restaurants, and bars. Here are the spots to hit in the spiderweb-like network.
PBS Newshour —Many rural hospitals remain at risk nationwide by Michael Ollove – Copper Queen Community Hospital, in Bisbee, the fourth rural member of the alliance and probably the rural hospital in the best financial shape, is the most advanced user of telemedicine. Its networks in cardiology, neurology, pulmonology and radiology can connect doctors and their patients to specialists at major institutions such as the Mayo Clinic and St. Luke’s Medical Center, in Phoenix. The alliance also will make it easier for patients who have surgery in Tucson to be transferred back to their home hospitals for recovery and rehabilitation, saving them and their families from traveling long distances.
Chicago Tribune, What men need to know about the prostate and the PSA test by Kay Manning – Screening guidelines by age: Mayo Clinic: Annual PSA and DRE between 50 and 75; between 45 and 75 for African-Americans and those with family history of prostate cancer. All should have life expectancy of at least 10 years.
Post-Bulletin —Popular TEDxTalks coming to Rochester by Jeff Kiger – Rochester is cleared to host events with more than 100 audience members. Spurrier, who is the administrative director of Mayo Clinic's Center for Innovation, says this shows the confidence in Rochester because TEDx starts most franchise groups off with audiences of only up to 100. Creo and Spurrier are hoping to attract a crowd of about 1,000 for the inaugural TEDxZumbroRiver event in the spring of 2016. They expect to have about 20 people speaking. No local venue has been finalized to host it yet.
Mankato Times —Hepatitis C: Testing could save your life by Victoria Louwagie – Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato offers comprehensive, confidential, affordable testing and has liver specialists on staff. Open Door Health Center in Mankato offers low-cost, confidential testing. The Rural Action Aids Network (RAAN) offers free, confidential testing with same-day results.
Bustle —What Is Female Sexual Dysfunction & Can It Be Cured With Female Viagra? by Gina Florio – The Mayo Clinic Staff bluntly calls the female sexual response a "complex interaction" of sorts. There are multiple factors to consider, including but not limited to physiology, chronic conditions, lifestyle, romantic relationships, and emotional state. When even one of these are thrown into disarray, the consequences show up between the sheets.
FiveThirtyEight —Statistics Could Do More For Your Sex Life Than ‘Female Viagra’ by Leah Libresco – According to the Mayo Clinic, any level of libido that falls short of a patient’s expectation could be considered “low.” Flibanserin — wrongly nicknamed “female Viagra” — raises desire modestly, but it might do less for sexual satisfaction than just having an accurate idea of what other people are doing.
KAAL — Minnesota Adds More Tech Jobs Than Any Other State by Ben Henry – In Rochester, the Mayo Clinic Business Accelerator is home to some of those jobs, and it says the growth is here to stay. "All the jobs we see in the business accelerator are highly technical jobs," Xavier Frigola said of the Accelerator. Another Rochester based tech company is Corporate Web Services, or CWS, which started in 1996.
Competitor.com —Is Running Good For Weight Loss? by Kelly O’Mara – “Variety is the spice of life,” says Edward Lakowski, the co-director of Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine. While running isn’t a bad way to lose weight, just running might not burn off as many pounds as you’re hoping. Weight training can also have a benefit, he says, since muscle does burn additional calories—though people tend to overestimate the amount they truly worked in the gym.
Post-Bulletin — Curb student anxiety before that first bus ride 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.
News Medical —Simple exercises, stretches can help eliminate postural stressors by Mayo Clinic News Network – Those who sit at a desk all day should be conscious of posture and the importance of getting up at least once an hour to move. "Standing up and focusing on good posture for a few minutes can relieve muscle strain and improve breathing and circulation, which also helps improve attention and engagement," says Deborah J. Rhodes, M.D., physician and cancer researcher at Mayo Clinic. Nonetheless, having good office ergonomic habits can keep your muscles and ligaments healthy. Here are some tips on ergonomics at the office.
Post-Bulletin —Ask Mayo Clinic: Regular checks can help catch skin cancers early – DEAR MAYO CLINIC: When I was in my teens and 20s, I regularly used a tanning bed. I'm now 43 and very worried about melanoma, so I go to a dermatologist every year for a skin check. I have numerous moles, but the skin check only takes about five minutes. Is this enough time for a thorough evaluation? What are they looking for? What should I be looking for on my own?
Bulletin Leader — Illumina, Friends Launch Helix: Digital Hub for Genetic Information by Watson Dong – Diagnostic testing giant Laboratory Corporation of America (LabCorp) and Mayo Clinic’s Center for Individualized Medicine are initial partners and they are injecting money in Helix and will offer services to its customers. Helix has already announced two major collaborations. Mayo Clinic also made a strategic investment in Helix. In addition to investing, the Mayo Clinic-which was recently bumped to the top of search engine Google for medical information-has also signed up to work with Helix to develop applications focused initially on consumer education and health-related queries.
Post-Bulletin —Letter: Decision to not allow clinical trial for waterbirths is disappointing by Ben Ross – In turn, Mayo Clinic has decreed there will be no more water births. I must say I am disappointed. I am disappointed the AAP is too gutless to allow the studies they recommended. I am disappointed safety is cited as the reason for the decision when legal concerns seem more likely. I am disappointed our patients now will ponder giving birth at home with fewer resources to assist them in an emergency. I am disappointed an organization with international fame and clout like Mayo did not support its rural doctors.
Medical Daily —The Human Body Suffers When It's Stressed Out; How To Handle Adverse Health Effects by Samantha Olson – According to the Mayo Clinic, the human body is innately hardwired to react to stress in order to protect itself from threats and aggressors. When the body perceives a threat, like a barking dog during a morning run, the hypothalamus (a tiny region at the base of the brain) sets off an alarm system. The hormones adrenaline and cortisol are then released into the blood stream.
Daily Herald —Health care facilities work to decrease infections by Barbara Christiansen – The Mayo Clinic’s website indicates C. diff infections have increased, both in frequency and severity.“Illness from C. difficile most commonly affects older adults in hospitals or in long-term care facilities and typically occurs after use of antibiotic medications,” says the website. “However, studies show increasing rates of C. difficile infection among people traditionally not considered high risk, such as younger and healthy individuals without a history of antibiotic use or exposure to health care facilities.
Desert News National —Why patients don't follow doctors' orders — and what doctors could do about it by Kelsey Dallas – The path from advice about eating better to weight loss is complicated, and doctors make matters worse when they assume patients willfully disobey instructions, said Dr. Victor Montori, a professor of medicine at Mayo Clinic. "It's fairly natural for people not to follow orders exactly as indicated," he said. "What's wrong is that we then (make these patients) feel guilty or label them as bad." According to Montori, the relationship between doctors and patients has long been hindered by the fact that medical schools don't provide lessons on the compromises that have to be made when designing care plans.
EmpowHer —Want to Keep Your Kids Moving? 5 Fun Ways To Get Them Active by Susan Cody – The Mayo Clinic agrees that walking is a great form of exercise. The more you walk, the more you can benefit. Going for brisk walks regularly can help you to: - Develop better coordination and balance - Improve mood - Keep your bones strong or make them stronger- Prevent or maintain control over type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and other chronic conditions- Stay at a healthy weight...Start off slowly with your kids and build up. Change routes to make things interesting.
Post-Bulletin —New design for hotel in Saint Marys area by Andrew Setterholm – new plan has emerged to build a 225-room Holiday Inn and Suites hotel at Second Street and 13th Avenue Southwest, across from Mayo Clinic's Francis Building. The site has long been discussed as a potential location for a hotel, said developer Larry Brutger, of St. Could. Brutger is in talks to purchase the property if plans for the development move through the city of Rochester's process.
Austin Daily Herald —Mayo acquires 2 more properties near clinic by Jason Schoonover – After acquiring the former A&W site in 2014, Mayo Clinic Health System in Austin is demolishing two more recently acquired properties near the clinic. Mayo representatives confirmed the clinic purchased 906 Fourth St. NW and 400 Eighth Place NW. With these latest properties, Mayo has spent more than $1.2 million acquiring properties since 2012, according to Mower County public records. The two most recent dwellings acquired were set for demolition this month, with plans for additional employee parking on one site and no formal plans yet for the other site, according to Austin’s Operations Administrator Scot Ramsey.
WQOW Eau Claire —8/21: Sports Injury Clinic by Heidi Bohl – Sports injury clinics are being offered to athletes at Mayo Clinic Health System locations in Eau Claire and Menomonie. Injured athletes can receive immediate diagnosis and treatment during Saturday Morning Sports Medicine Clinics. Clinics are from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturdays, Aug. 15 through Oct. 17. The walk-in clinics are specifically designed to help athletes injured during practices or events earlier in the week.
Canada Occupational Safety — CFL adding a 2-minute test to standard sideline exams for suspected concussion by AP – 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.
National Pain Report —Opioid Progression Cited in Study – Also Men at Increased Risk by Ed Coghlan – Two medical studies released this week regarding opioid use point to risks. Researchers at the Mayo Clinic say that one in four people prescribed an opioid painkiller progressed to longer term prescriptions. People who were tobacco users and substance abusers were likeliest to use opioids long term. The findings were published in the medical journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings. The lead author is Dr. W. Michael Hooten, an anesthesiologist for the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.
Tech.co —Is Sitting Really as Bad as Smoking? by Kathleen Hale – Similarly, research is clear that prolonged sitting has negative health effects independent of a person’s exercise level. A study published in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings concluded for every two hours of sitting, you cancel the cardiorespiratory fitness benefits of 20 minutes of exercise. The researchers reached this result after following the activity levels of 2,233 people between the ages of 12 and 49. Just like that cigarette still has harmful effects on health even for those for make it to spin class, so too does sitting in the office chair for hours at a time.
Bloomberg Business — Merck’s Diabetes Dominance at Risk as Rival Drug Helps Out Heart by Michelle Cortez – With the new data, sales of Januvia won’t immediately plunge, since doctors keep patients on the medications that are working well, Butler said. And just because a drug is effective in a large study doesn’t mean everyone will benefit from it uniformly, said Adrian Vella, head of diabetes research at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. The full implications of the Jardiance study won’t be clear until the detailed data is presented at the European Association of for the Study of Diabetes annual meeting in Stockholm next month. “It’s too early to claim victory, but it’s certainly promising,” Nissen said.
iHealthBeat — Mayo Clinic To Develop Apps To Educate Consumers on Genomics —The Mayo Clinic is partnering with a gene sequencing technology provider to launch a genomic data hub focused on consumer education, Clinical Innovation & Technology reports. Under the partnership, the Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine will develop a suite of applications to help consumers learn about their genetic data and other health information (Walsh, Clinical Innovation & Technology, 8/19).
Red Wing Republican Eagle — Guide offers tips for choosing home care provider by Michael Brun — “I think it’s important for families to be thinking ahead rather than waiting until the crisis moment,” said Nikki Gruis Diekmann, director of home care and hospice for Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing. She said the goal of home care is for clients to remain independent as long as possible, which helps maintain their physical and emotional wellbeing. “People want to be in their home,” Gruis Diekmann said, “they don’t want to have to go to a nursing facility or assisted living facility unless it’s their last resort.”
Newsmax Health — Top Causes of Immunodeficiency by Jerry Shaw — Health problems occur from primary immunodeficiency because the immune system is affected, allowing infections to invade the body more easily without a defense from immunity cells. Sometimes the types of primary immunodeficiency aren’t noticed for years, but the disease can be spotted in infants when the signs are severe, the Mayo Clinic noted.
Irish Examiner — Researching health symptoms online is a prescription for anxiety by Margaret Jennings — If a surfer clicks on to a reputable website like the Mayo Clinic for example, there won’t be any escalation; it gives the facts and most likely will suggest a visit to your doctor. However, a 2010 study carried out of 12,262 people across 12 countries showed that nearly half used the search engine Google for self-diagnosis. Research carried out earlier this year for Aviva Health Insurance revealed that 81% of Irish adults had gone online seeking to self diagnose, with 46% reporting increased stress or worry as a result of their search.
Buzzfeed — 17 Times Double-Jointed People Took It Way Too Far by Caroline Kee – It actually has nothing to do with “double” anything. The technical term is hypermobility or hyperextensibility of the joints, which means that the joint can move beyond the normal range of motion. “This happens because the tendons and ligaments, which make up the connective tissue around the joint, are too loose or flexible,” Dr. Jennifer Hand, medical geneticist who specializes in hypermobility at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, told BuzzFeed Life.
Kaiser Health News — A racial gap in attitudes toward hospice care by Sarah Varney…"You have people who've had a difficult time getting access to care throughout their lifetimes" because of poverty, lack of health insurance or difficulty finding a medical provider, said Dr. Maisha Robinson, a neurologist and palliative medicine physician at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville. "And then you have a physician who's saying, 'I think that we need to transition your mother, father, grandmother to comfort care or palliative care.' People are skeptical of that." Additional coverage:Tampa Bay Times,KIRO TV,
Bellingham Herald — Breaking down the brain…Research continues to grow by Reed Strong — Researchers have hypothesized what happens inside the human brain during a concussion through tests on mice, but there is not yet a truly accurate way to physically see what is going on in the brain when it receives a concussion…The obscurity of medical evidence in the study of concussions is an obstacle when it comes to advancing the field, Arizona neurologist at the Mayo Clinic Amaal Starling said. The process for concussion recovery is ongoing, and the effects and dangers are newly being studied as a field.
WEAU Eau Claire — Doctors use video technology to diagnose patients, Monday, experts from Mayo Clinic Health System demonstrated a new tool to treat patients. Local legislators were at the demonstration in Menomonie and were able to see a system that virtually connects patients with doctors through video. Doctors said it will help reduce time in an emergency situation. They also said seeing a patient is much easier, than to diagnose a patient over the phone. “It allows us to really do a detailed assessment of the patient and have a collaborative discussion of what the treatment is,” Paul Horvath said, the Mayo Clinic Health System Regional Chair for Emergency Medication.
KOMO News radio — HPV: THE ANTI-CANCER VACCINE —Herb Wiesbaum interviews Dr. Greg Poland.
WKBT La Crosse — Back-to-School Week: Doctor visits and vaccinations —Taking your kids to the doctor is a big part of the back-to-school routine, and vaccines and booster shots are a part of those visits…They say recent outbreaks of measles are a reminder of the importance of vaccinations and so-called "herd immunity." Dr. Charlie Peters, a pediatrician at Mayo Clinic Health System, says the vaccines are safer than leaving your child unprotected.
Fiji Sun Online —A Science-Backed Reason For Leaving Work Early…Both genetics and lifestyle choices can impact a person’s risk for stroke. Being overweight, smoking, having diabetes and having high blood pressure are all risk factors, according to the Mayo Clinic. “You have higher blood pressure when you have job strain,” Dr. Stephen Kopecky, a professor of medicine in the division of cardiology at the Mayo Clinic, told the New York Times. “And guess what that’s associated with? Stroke.” Kopecky noted that the analysis didn’t take the effects of cholesterol, family blood pressure and family history into account as risk factors for stroke.
Live Science —Vigorous Flossing Caused Woman's Knee Infection in Strange Case by Laura Geggel …It's likely that the bacteria spread from the mouth, though her bloodstream and onto the knee implant, the doctors said in the report, published Aug. 11 in the journal BMJ Case Reports. "This bacteria lives in the mouth, [but doctors] happened to find it in a place where we don't typically find it, which is the knee joint," said Dr. Ala Dababneh, an infectious diseases doctor at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota and a co-author of the report.
OncLive — NowakowskiResponds to Phase II Study Criticism and Discusses Future of R2-CHOP in DLBCL by Laura Martin — Patients with non-germinal center B-cell-like (GCB) diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) have historically experienced poorer outcomes with traditional R-CHOP regimens compared to patients with GCB DLBCL. However, the addition of lenalidomide (Revlimid) to R-CHOP (R2-CHOP) showed promise in non-GCB DLBCL in a phase II study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology (JCO)… Grzegorz S. Nowakowski, MD, assistant professor of Medicine, Mayo Clinic, and an author of both the phase II and ROBUST trials, recently spoke with OncLive.
Superior Telegram —Community opens heart to girl awaiting transplant by Maria Lockwood — Hooked up to a battery of machines, Aria Rose Grams can still turn a curious eye to her toys, give her parents the gift of occasional smile and whisper "Hi, Daddy." The 1-year-old South Range girl is a warrior. "She’s strong; she’s a fighter," said her father, Joshua Grams…After three cardiac arrests, six open-heart surgeries and dozens of blood transfusions, Aria is waiting for a heart transplant at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester.…It’s scary, Grams said, but the staff at the Mayo Clinic is "incredible." "They’re the best of the best," he said. A modified heart-lung machine called an ECMO is giving Aria the gift of time as her family prays for a heart, a chance to hold her like they used to before tubes and machines.
SPACE.com —Stem Cells Survive Wild Ride on Prototype Space Capsule by Elizabeth Howell — The RED-4U capsule was created by Terminal Velocity Aerospace to return science experiments to Earth and carried a cargo of adult stem cells, which can grow into any cell type. The cells, provided by the Mayo Clinic, are thriving despite a parachute's deployment issue, the company's CEO said. The failure's cause is being investigated, but is not related to the parachute design. "That [Mayo] experiment is going to fly to the International Space Station, where they're looking at how the stem cells grow in space," Terminal CEO Dominic DePasquale told Space.com.
North American Tier III Hockey League—34 in 34: Rochester Ice Hawks…One advantage that the Ice Hawks have in developing their players over many other junior organizations is the ability to conduct their off ice training in a world class training facility. The Ice Hawks train at the Mayo Clinic training facility in Rochester, MN. “The Mayo Clinic training facility really is second to none when it comes to training athletes. Our players are blessed with this opportunity and we take full advantage of it as an organization. It gives us a big advantage on the ice. By the end of the season our players are in top shape physically and it really shows in their performance,” said Fatis.
Quad-City Online—Health Digest:How to deal with back-to-school stress…Mayo Clinic Children's Center psychologist Stephen Whiteside says that if back-to-school anxiety or separation anxiety become overwhelming and disruptive, taking steps to reduce those fears is important…Should you be taking vitamins? "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.
Faribault Daily News— Mayo Clinic Health System now providing orthopedic services in Faribault — Mayo Clinic Health System announced Monday that it now offers orthopedic services in Faribault. Scott Perkinson, M.D., orthopedic surgeon, and Bryan Voracek, certified physician assistant, can care for individuals of all ages with issues related to muscles, bones and joints.
Celiac.com —Why Do U.S. Asians Suffer More and Deadlier Enteropathy-associated T-cell Lymphoma? by Jefferson Adams... To date, there have been no comparative epidemiological study in a racially diverse large population. A team of researchers recently set out to conduct such a study. The research team included Pawan K. Karanam, Mohammed Al-Hamadani, and Ronald S. Go. They are variously associated with the Departments of Medical Education and Medical Research at the Gundersen Medical Foundation in La Crosse, USA, and with the Division of Hematologyat the Mayo Clinic, and the Mayo Clinic's Robert D, and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery, Rochester, MN, USA.
EHR Intelligence — Minnesota Physician EHR Use to Target HIV Testing by Kyle Murphy, PhD. — Leading healthcare providers in Minnesota are seeking to leverage physician EHR use to improve HIV screening, according to Star-Tribune. The support for the state's HIV screening rules is visible in its uptake by two leading healthcare organizations in the state, HealthPartners and the Mayo Clinic.
Times Herald-Record – Can saying 'thank you' make you healthier? by Deborah J. Botti – Walls, 53, of Cornwall, says he’s been sick for 35 years, battling Dupuytren’s contracture, also known as Vikings’ disease (because the disease is reputed to have begun with the Vikings). It is characterized by fingers that bend toward the palm and cannot be fully extended. As it progresses, knots of tissue form under the skin, and according to the Mayo Clinic, Dupuytren's often occurs in concert with conditions that cause contractures in other parts of the body, such as the feet or penis.
Mother Nature Network – How much does a good attitude matter when you're fighting a serious illness? by Mary Jo DiLonardo – There's no scientific proof that a positive attitude improves you chance of being cured, says Dr. Timothy J. Moynihan, a cancer specialist at Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minnesota. But he admits there is a benefit to an upbeat mindset. "What a positive attitude can do is improve the quality of your life during cancer treatment and beyond," he writes on Mayo Clinic. "You may be more likely to stay active, maintain ties to family and friends, and continue social activities. In turn, this may enhance your feeling of well-being and help you find the strength to deal with your cancer."
US News and World Report – Should I Have My Appendix Removed? by Michael O. Schroeder ...Moreover, Zielinski says that even researchers' preset expectations for success and failure, had they been met, would have fallen short of the higher success rate for appendectomy, or appendix removal surgery, routinely performed to treat appendicitis at Mayo. "Our default is almost always to offer an operation," he says, adding that approach remains unchanged following the research. "In the patient population that this trial is talking about, our standard of practice is not to do antibiotics, but to do an appendectomy."
PR Newswire – Chrono Therapeutics Receives Second Fast Track SBIR Grant from National Cancer Institute for Patient-individualized Smoking Cessation Therapy – Dr. Michael Burke and Dr. Taylor Hays of the Mayo Clinic are among several of the world's leaders in nicotine dependence treatment working with Chrono to integrate tailored nicotine delivery with evidence-based, proactive and personalized behavioral strategies to help smokers quit…. “We are very excited to collaborate with Chrono on this innovation," stated Dr. Burke, Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine and Program Coordinator at the Mayo Clinic Nicotine Dependence Center.
Business Insider – Skipping blood pressure pills may raise heart failure risk by Lisa Rapaport – “As treating hypertension reduces the risk of heart failure, it is logical to hypothesize that not taking prescribed drugs would be associated with an increase in the risk of heart failure,” Dr. Veronique Roger, a cardiovascular disease researcher at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. “It is important to demonstrate it with ‘real life’ clinical practice studies such as this one,” added Roger, who wasn’t involved in the study. “These findings will help convey an important message to patients about the importance of taking treatment as prescribed to control hypertension.”
Arizona State University News – New study provides links between inflammation, spread of colon cancer by Joe Caspermeyer – The findings appear in the latest issue of the journal Gastroenterology. Key contributors from DuBois’ Laboratory for Cancer and Inflammation at Biodesign include Dingzhi Wang, Lingchen Fu and Haiyan Sun; and Lixia Guo, from Mayo Clinic, Rochester. The study was supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health and the National Colorectal Cancer Research Alliance.
MPR —Painkiller abuse in Minnesota vexes doctors, cops, politicians by Jon Collins – Much of today's drug problem stems from legally produced and distributed prescription drugs rather than street drugs, Gov. Mark Dayton conceded in his comments to the "Pain. Pill. Problem" conference, which included the Minnesota U.S. Attorney's Office, Mayo Clinic and Minnesota Department of Human Services." They're manufactured in offshore sites by legitimate pharmaceutical companies. And brought legally into the U.S.," Dayton said. "They're prescribed legally and distributed legally to people who supposedly need them, all ostensibly under tight control."
Vice – Ancient Grains Might Be the Key to Solving the Gluten Problem by Sarah Freeman – It wasn’t always like this. Today, one-third of the population claims to suffer from gluten sensitivity, even though only 1 percent has been diagnosed with celiac disease, according to the Celiac Disease Foundation. Researchers at the Mayo Clinic say the number of patients reporting gastrointestinal symptoms has quadrupled over the past 60 years. What happened?
Northfield News – 'Recovery's Got Talent' competition comes to Arts Guild on Sept. 4 – In conjunction with September's "Recovery Month," a Mayo Clinic Health System program for substance abuse and addiction is teaming up with Recovery is Happening, a recovery community organization in Rochester. The two groups are collaborating on the third annual "Recovery's Got Talent" showcase for talent from individuals in recovery and those that support recovery. The competition comes to Northfield at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 4, at the Northfield Arts Guild.
KARE 11–Summit seeks solutions to prescription painkiller problem by Renee Tessman — Dr. Michael Hooten is a pain medicine specialist from the Mayo Clinic. "Recently we published information or data that suggested at least one in four individuals who are prescribed an opioid for short term use will go on to use the drug longer than intended," he said. The problem even surpasses other drug addictions. "More people are dying every year from prescription opioids compared to a combination of both cocaine and heroin," Hooten said.
San Luis Obispo Tribune – Back to school: Know the warning signs of bullying by Mayo Clinic News Network – For many children, the start of a new school year can be very stressful, especially if they've been victims of bullying in the past. Mayo Clinic Children's Center psychologist Dr. Bridget Biggs says parents and caregivers should know the warning signs. "If your child is reluctant to go to school, stressed after spending time online or avoids social situations, he or she may be being bullied." Dr. Biggs points out that the consequences of bullying can be serious. Victims are at increased risk of depression, anxiety, sleep problems, self-harm, poor grades and, in rare cases, suicide.
Tech.Mic —Scientists Invented a Brilliant Method That Stops the Spread of Cancer by Max Plenke – We're one step closer to better cancer treatment. When a team from Mayo Clinic's Florida campus injected breast, lung and bladder cancer cells with the protein PLEKHA7, they were able to "program" some cancers to stop multiplying and spreading, the Telegraph reports. So far, the method has only been performed in vitro and not tested on living human patients, but if it's successful in human trials, it could eliminate the need for brutal treatments like chemotherapy. Additional coverage:Ask Men, ActionNewsJax, Daily Times Gazette, MNR Daily, Pharmaceutical Technology, The Science Times
The Arizona Republic — Paul Gosar addresses health problems: 'I'm as healthy as a horse' by Rebekah L. Sanders – “Surgeons and probably dentists who spend long hours hunched over patients can certainly be more prone to getting arthritis in the cervical spine,” said Dr. Brent Goodman, a consultant in neurology at Mayo Clinic. “That can manifest in any number of ways. It’s not uncommon for people to have neck pain, and sometimes the pain can radiate into the arm. Sometimes people can experience numbness, tingling or even weakness.”
Twin Cities Business — Mayo Clinic’s Venture into Entrepreneurism by Don Jacobson – When he looks out from his small office in the Mayo Clinic Business Accelerator, veteran Rochester entrepreneur Al Berning says he see something special going on in his city’s business start-up scene…Key to this is a recent change in the way Mayo leadership views the organization’s mission: not only practicing and improving medicine internally, but helping improve healthcare through other means, including technology transfer to the private sector. It recently capitalized a $100 million venture and growth fund ($35 million has been invested thus far) and set up the incubator – complete with offices for five well-funded costal venture capital firms specializing in biotech.
Battle Creek Enquirer —Alzheimer’s walk takes a step toward a cure by Chuck Carlson – “Beyond fundraising, it’s a way for people to come together and share their stories. It’s a very lonely journey and to connect with each other and share their stories, it’s a very powerful story. One woman said these walks are just like Christmas.” And though Daly has seen the ravages of the disease up close, she’s optimistic about the future. “I do see a cure,” she said. “The Mayo Clinic has come up with some new discoveries and they seem to be having results. So I think it’s just around the corner.”
The Dallas News —Psychiatrists praise Hawk for disclosing depression by Sherry Jacobson – Although the illness is largely hidden, about 8 percent of Americans ages 12 and older suffer from depression in any two-week period, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The disease, a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest, accounts for 8 million visits to doctor’s offices and emergency rooms every year. Also called major depressive disorder or clinical depression, it affects how a person feels, thinks and behaves and can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Huntington Beach Independent —The Mayo Clinic: Irritable bowel syndrome often chronic, but treatments can ease symptoms – DEAR MAYO CLINIC: For the past year or so, I have felt like I'm often either constipated or I have diarrhea, with only a few "normal" days here and there. I have a friend with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) who suggested I be tested for this. However, my symptoms are not as severe as hers. Would you suggest I see a doctor about my symptoms?
Huffington Post — It's Time We Crowd-Fund Disease Cures by Chris Peak – I'm usually a guarded optimist. But there are remarkable medical breakthroughs happening today, but more centrally, within the study of cancers. Vice's HBO special "Killing Cancer," outlined some of these advancements. Like the work being done at the Mayo Clinic, where they're using a reengineered HIV virus to help fight blood cancers (with a 90% success rate among young patients receiving the treatment).
KAAL —Co-op, Mayo Clinic Receive 'Bike-Friendly Business' Recognition – Also in Rochester, Mayo Clinic received an honorable mention. Jessica Schmitt, program manager at Mayo School of Continuous Professional Development, says the recognition highlights Mayo's push toward the future of transportation. "This award will hopefully put an important focus on the growing needs of bicycle commuters that go beyond the installation of bike racks," Schmitt said in a news release.
Latinos Health —High blood pressure prevention: Losing cholesterol is as easy as gaining it, study finds by Ma. Claribelle D. Deveza – Oatmeal is high in soluble fiber, states Mayo Clinic. The medical site elaborates that consuming 5 to 10 grams of fiber everyday can actually decrease the amount of LDL cholesterol in the body. There are six grams of fiber in one and a half cups of cooked oatmeal. Adding fruits could increase the amount of fiber you consume.
Livescience — What is Fiber? by Jessie Szalay – Most plant-based foods contain both soluble and insoluble fiber, but the amounts of each vary in different foods, according to the Mayo Clinic. Good sources of soluble fiber include beans, lentils, oatmeal, peas, citrus fruits, blueberries, apples and barley. Good sources of insoluble fiber include foods with whole-wheat flour, wheat bran, brown rice, cauliflower, potatoes, tomatoes and cucumbers. Some foods, like nuts and carrots, are good sources of both types of fiber.
Lompoc Record —Multivitamins and supplements: To take or not to take? by 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,'" said 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. So, Harguth cautions, it’s important to understand the exact impact supplements will have on your body before getting out your wallet.
Mankato Free Press — Area clinics score high on patient satisfaction survey by Jessica Bies – Mayo Clinic Health System in Le Sueur scored poorly in terms of access for care — though it was average (for a health system), it had the lowest score out of the hospitals The Free Press analyzed, with only 47 percent of patients giving it the highest rating possible. Stephen Campbell, chief medical quality officer for Mayo Clinic Health System's southwest Minnesota region, said in some rural areas, providing top-level access to care can be more difficult, mostly because they have smaller staffs.
The New York Post —The killers that even top hospitals just wink at by Betsy McCaughey – Rigorous cleaning is the answer to C. diff. The Mayo Clinic reduced it by 85 percent simply by cleaning surfaces around patients’ beds once a day with a bleach wipe. Why isn’t every hospital doing this? Pay attention, Memorial-Sloan Kettering, Long Island Jewish, St. Barnabas and Buffalo General. These hospitals have among the worst C. diff problems, according to state data. The good news is that New York area hospitals have made substantial progress against one killer — “central line” infections, caused when bacteria invade the bloodstream.
Pharmacy Practice News —Celiac Disease Increases Risk for Pneumonia –Joseph A. Murray, MD, professor of medicine in gastroenterology at Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minn., agreed. For the past 15 years or so, he has advocated earlier pneumonia vaccination for patients with celiac disease. “I know several of the celiac experts do this, too,” he added.
Sonoran News —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.
El Financiero —Contaminación y enfermedades del corazón por Salvador Garcia Linan…“Investigaciones en EU han mostrado que la permanencia de las condiciones graves de contaminación incrementan las enfermedades de las arterias”. El Dr. Russell Lucpher, cardiólogo de la Clínica Mayo y Profesor de la Escuela de Medicina de la Universidad de Minnesota indica que “la evidencia médica vincula la contaminación del aire, las enfermedades del corazón y la mortalidad cardiovascular en personas más susceptibles como bebés y ancianos”. Se recomienda que ante contaminaciones graves como las del DF, permanecer en el interior de las casas.
El Sol de Mexico —Clínica Mayo hace descubrimiento sobre obesidad infantil y la vitamina D – México.- Un estudios reciente realizado por Mayo Clinic sobre obesidad infantil, reveló que dosificar a los adolescentes obesos con vitamina D no aporta ninguna ventaja para la salud cardíaca ni para el riesgo de diabetes; sin embargo, pueden generar consecuencias no deseadas como aumentar el colesterol y los triglicéridos que almacenan grasa, afirmó la doctora Seema Kumar, endocrinóloga pediátrica del Centro Pediátrico de Mayo Clinic.
El Nuevo Herald —Cirugía puede ayudar con convulsiones epilépticas by Katie Lepri – “En todo West Palm, Broward y el condado Miami-Dade norte, no hay un solo centro avanzado de epilepsia que sea capaz de proveer servicios básicos para pacientes con epilepsia”, dice el Dr. Tarek Zakaria, neurólogo de Memorial Healthcare System, quien trabajaba anteriormente en la Escuela de Medicina de la Clínica Mayo. La mayoría de estos pacientes tienen que ir a otro lugar a recibir pruebas diagnósticas y tratamiento para la epilepsia”.
La Informacion —Científicos encuentran un código que posibilita la reprogramación de las células cancerosas by Europa Press – Investigadores del campus de Florida de la Clínica Mayo, en Estados Unidos, han descubierto una manera que podría reprogramar las células de cáncer para que vuelvan a la normalidad. El hallazgo, publicado en la revista 'Nature Cell Biology', representa "una inesperada nueva biología que proporciona el código y el 'software' para apagar el cáncer", afirma el investigador principal del estudio, Panos Anastasiadis, director del Departamento de Biología del Cáncer en el Campus de Florida de la Clínica Mayo.
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