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Kidney transplant puts Olympian hurdler Aries Merritt's 2016 hopes back on track
by Ken Alltucker and Jeff Metcalfe
After his sister greeted him with a hug at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport last weekend, they drove immediately to Mayo Clinic in Phoenix where they both underwent a final battery of tests before Tuesday’s transplant surgery. Merritt and Hubbard, who both spoke with The Arizona Republic, were still both slightly sore but in good spirits less than 48 hours after Mayo surgeons performed the successful surgeries. They were scheduled to be discharged from the hospital Thursday evening.
Reach: The Arizona Republic reaches 1.1 million readers every Sunday and has an average daily circulation of more than 261,000 readers. The newspaper’s website Arizona Republic - Online, averages more than 5.4 million unique visitors each month.
Additional coverage: USA Today (Arizona Republic)
Context: Mayo Clinic, with transplant services in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota, performs more transplants than any other medical center in the world. Since performing the first clinical transplant in 1963, Mayo's efforts to continually improve and expand organ transplantation have placed Mayo at the leading edge of clinical and basic transplant research worldwide.
Is thyroid cancer the ‘good’ cancer? It doesn’t feel that way when you get it
by Emily Mullin
… Robert Smallridge, deputy director of the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center in Jacksonville, Fla., says patients often come to him very worried even though they’ve been told that thyroid cancer is the “good” cancer. This dichotomy often makes them feel that they’re not entitled to complain or even feel bad. “They’re told they’re supposed to feel lucky, but they don’t. They have cancer,” says Smallridge, who is president of the American Thyroid Association.
Reach: Weekday circulation of The Washington Post averages 518,700, and Sunday circulation averages 736,800.
Context: Robert Smallridge, M.D., is an endocrinologist with the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, which combines personalized cancer treatment with leading-edge research to provide patients with unparalleled cancer care.
Contact: Paul Scotti
NYC takes on salt
Reach: Maria Bartiromo joined FOX Business Network as Global Markets Editor in January 2014. She is the anchor of Mornings with Maria from 6-9 am ET and hosts Sunday Morning Futures from 10-11 am ET on Fox News Channel every Sunday.
MSNBC Morning Joe
How to identify and precent doctor burnout
Context: John Noseworthy, M.D. is Mayo Clinic President and CEO.
Reach: MSNBC provides in-depth analysis of daily headlines, political commentary and informed perspectives. MSNBC’s home on the Internet is tv.msnbc.com. Joe Scarborough hosts “Morning Joe,” with co-hosts Mika Brzezinski and Willie Geist, featuring interviews with top politicians and newsmakers, as well as in-depth analysis of the day’s biggest stories. Morning Joe has about 375,000 viewers daily.
Contact: Traci Klein
NY Times (AP) — Experts: Unlikely German Sailor Fell Ill in Rio's Water — Medical experts and scientists said Friday it's unlikely that a German sailor with a bacterial skin infection that's resistant to antibiotics contracted the illness in polluted Olympic waters. Sailor Erik Heil fell ill after competing in a pre-Olympic test event held Aug. 15-22 in Rio's Guanabara Bay, into which dozens of rivers dump raw sewage… "You wouldn't expect to see somebody get MRSA from contact with water," said Dr. Pritish Tosh, an infectious disease physician and researcher at the Mayo Clinic in the U.S. "It's usually spread by skin contact." Additional coverage: Washington Post, USA Today, ABC News
Harvard Business Review — When the Customer Is Stressed by Leonard L. Berry, Scott W. Davis, Jody Wilmet…Progressive cancer centers periodically administer comprehensive assessments to keep tabs on their patients’ physical and emotional states. Mayo Clinic’s Phoenix campus was among the first to use iPads for this. Palliative care patients (who receive an extra layer of care for symptom management and psychosocial concerns) complete a questionnaire on an iPad, usually while in the waiting room prior to seeing a doctor… Avoid service gaps.Cancer patients who fall ill during treatment may have to visit a hospital emergency room whose staff is unfamiliar with their medical history. To address this issue, Mayo Clinic’s palliative care team in Arizona developed what is, in effect, a cancer urgent care clinic.
Reuters — Pathway launches 'liquid biopsy' to find cancer in healthy people by Julie Steenhuysen— Pathway Genomics, a company known for pushing the boundaries of direct-to-consumer genetic testing, on Thursday will launch a cancer screening test designed to detect bits of cancer DNA in the blood of otherwise healthy people…"For any given test, the rate of false positives causing unnecessary alarm and false negatives that provide false security should be known," said Dr. Keith Stewart, an oncologist who heads Mayo Clinic's Center for Individualized Medicine. Additional coverage: Yahoo! Canada, Times Live, Bloomberg
Philadelphia Inquirer — New code may make ‘turning off’ cancer cells possible — Cancer researchers dream of the day they can force tumor cells to morph back to the normal cells they once were. Now, researchers on Mayo Clinic’s Florida campus have discovered a way to potentially reprogram cancer cells back to normalcy. The finding, published in Nature Cell Biology, represents "an unexpected new biology that provides the code, the software for turning off cancer," says the study’s senior investigator, Panos Anastasiadis, chair of the Department of Cancer Biology on Mayo Clinic’s Florida campus. Additional coverage: Neos Kosmos
USA Today — Walk this way: Surgeon general wants Americans moving by Liz Szabo — Surgeon General Vivek Murthy has a prescription for the poor state of American health: a brisk walk. With half of Americans suffering from a chronic disease – and two-thirds overweight – Murthy wants the USA to make walking a priority…In many parts of the country, weather keeps people from walking, said Andrea Cheville, a professor at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and director of the cancer rehabilitation program. In northern climates like hers, Cheville said, icy temperatures and slippery roads can make walking dangerous. In the South, the heat can make walking dangerous for older people. These communities may need to open up schools, rec centers and malls for walking, she said.
Huffington Post — Doctors Play A Role In The Opioid Addiction Epidemic, Study Finds by Joe Satran...To begin to figure out how many, a team at the Mayo Clinic, led by pain specialist Dr. W. Michael Hooten, analyzed the medical records of 293 patients given a short-term prescription for opiates for the first time in 2009. These patients were being treated for acute pain -- from traumas such as sprained ankles or major surgeries -- so their doctors did not expect them to become long-term users of painkillers.
Washington Post — Review cites problems at Texas hospital during Ebola crisis by Emily Schmall – The report, the first outside review of the hospital’s response, was conducted by a panel of physicians and led by a former chief executive of the Mayo Clinic. It comes amid a lawsuit by Nina Pham, one of two nurses who contracted Ebola while caring for Duncan, who died in October. The suit alleges the hospital’s parent company, Texas Health Resources, failed to provide training and proper protective gear.
Huffington Post (BuzzFeed) — Here's What You'll Look Like If You Don't Quit Smoking by Lindsay Holmes — Here's yet another reason to kick that smoking habit for good: Your physical appearance. In the video above, BuzzFeed and a makeup artist teamed up with Taylor Hays, director of the Nicotine Dependence Center at the Mayo Clinic, to transform three smokers' faces to show what they'll look like in the future if they continue the habit. The results are an eye-opening insight into the damaging effects cigarettes have on the body.
WWLP New York (CNN) — Mapping the brain to track diseases by Holly Firfer — In the next 60 seconds or so, someone will begin to show signs of Alzheimer’s disease. Then, 67 seconds after that, someone else in the United States will begin to suffer from this most common form of dementia… “So this has enabled us now to image the entire disease process from the start of the tangle to the plaque, how they interact with each other,” said Dr. Val John Lowe, Professor of Radiology, Mayo Clinic. “The thinking is there’s an interaction then between the abnormal amyloid that’s been processed and the abnormal tau that’s being laid down and both of these may accelerate at that point and time and produce symptoms and ultimately Dementia.” Dr. Ron Petersen is also interviewed.
NY Times — What Are a Hospital’s Costs? Utah System Is Trying to Learn by Gina Kolata —Only in the world of medicine would Dr. Vivian Lee’s question have seemed radical. She wanted to know: What do the goods and services provided by the hospital system where she is chief executive actually cost?... thanks to a project Dr. Lee set in motion after that initial query several years ago, the hospital is getting answers, information that is not only saving money but also improving care…The effort is attracting the attention of institutions from Harvard to the Mayo Clinic…Other medical institutions, including MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston and the Mayo Clinic, based in Rochester, Minn., are also trying to get a handle on costs.
NY Times — We’re All Artists Now by Laura Holson… Zentangle, say practitioners, is helpful too as a dieting aid. Even the well-regarded Mayo Clinic recommends the benefits of painting and ceramics. In a recent four-year study, it reported that people who took up creative activities in middle age were less likely to suffer memory loss.
NY Times — Learning to Live With Vitiligo by Rich Cohen… After a physical, my doctor told me that, in addition to borderline cholesterol and questionable blood pressure, I had something called vitiligo…he gave me a rundown of the disease: the tone of your skin comes from melanin, a pigment that colors your eyes, hair, skin. In certain people, about 1 to 2 percent of the population, cells that produce melanin die off, leaving patches with no pigment. My doctor said the spots would likely increase. (According to the Mayo Clinic’s website, “In most cases, pigment loss spreads and eventually involves most of your skin.”) I felt like a human hourglass — instead of sand, pigment is draining away as my time runs out.
Forbes — The Comeback Of The Great Lakes States by Joel Kotkin – Other tech development has been tied to the health care industry, including such regional standouts as the Cleveland Clinic and Mayo Clinic. Madison, Wisc., has a strong government and education employment base but also is home to growing number of technology firms, with information employment since 2009 up an impressive 36.1%. But much of the growth is related to health care, with the leading local company being medical software maker Epic, which employs 6,800 at its sprawling campus in nearby Verona.
The Verge — Google now helps you easily look up details for 900 illnesses by Loren Grush – Health conditions are among the most frequently searched topics in their database, Google said in February, when they initially launched the initiative. Before the new search feature launched, information from reputable sources on various health conditions didn’t automatically pop up. Google worked with the Mayo Clinic and a team of doctors to make sure the most relevant — and most trustworthy — information showed up for health-related searches. Additional coverage: Geek Snack
Bustle — How To Cut Back On Caffeine With 5 Easy Tips That'll Actually Make It Seem Possible by Toria Sheffield…However, if you consume a lot of caffeine or you're particularly sensitive to it, side effects like nervousness, upset stomach, and muscle palpitations are common, according to the Mayo Clinic. When it comes to normal coffee consumption in particular, according to Dr. Daniel Hensrud of the Mayo Clinic in an article for CNN, "For most people who don't experience the side effects, the benefits far outweigh the risks." Hensrud said. "If you consume coffee, enjoy it but I wouldn't necessarily recommend taking it up if you don't like it."
Dunn County News — Grand opening for outdoor fitness equipment – On Thursday, Sept. 3, Mayo Clinic Health System celebrated the grand opening of the outdoor fitness equipment with a ribbon cutting event hosted by the Greater Menomonie Area Chamber of Commerce. The equipment is installed at Riverside Park playground, 792 Hudson Road, Menomonie. Participants must be ages 14 and older. Use is free. Additional coverage: The Leader Telegram
Engadget — Your doctor may soon check your heart with a smartphone by Steve Dent – The Eko Core is still useful without the algorithm, however, especially for family physicians who may lack the experience of heart specialists. The Mayo Clinic's cardiovascular head Dr. Charanjit Rihal said "this is probably one of the most important innovations in the plain old stethoscope in recent years." It's now on sale in the US for $199, or available with a stethoscope for $299.
The Chippewa Herald — Free Family Health Fare hosted by Mayo Clinic Health System – Saturday, Sept. 12, the Mayo Clinic Health System will be holding a free Family Health Fair featuring wellness information at the kiosk in the Oakwood Mall. Free car seat checks will be done in the southeast mall parking lot near Macy’s. People are encouraged to bring children in their vehicle’s car seat.
Bustle — Makeup Artist Ages Smokers To Show Them What They'll Look Like If They Don't Stop Smoking — VIDEO by Lara Rutherford-Morrison – Smoking is known to cause premature aging, wrinkles, stained teeth, and gum disease, among a host of other problems. As the smokers in this video discover, the results ain’t pretty. BuzzFeed teamed up with a makeup artist and Dr. Taylor Hays, Director of the Nicotine Dependence Center at the Mayo Clinic to show three smokers how they will age in the next 20 to 30 years if they keep up their current smoking habits.
Post-Bulletin — Paul John Scott: Article misses an important question by Paul John Scott – Readers of Sunday's New York Times were greeted with a front page story by Gina Kolata on the Mayo Clinic program for statin-intolerant patients. The story was another occasion for Kolata to write about PCSK9 inhibitors, a new class of cholesterol lowering drugs she has followed again and again in the paper of record, at times with breathless prose. In 2013, Kolata called the drugs' ability to deliver ultra-low LDL levels "dazzling." Last month, Kolata called cholesterol lowering drug Praluent "powerful almost beyond belief."
MHealth Intelligence — Healthcare Remote Monitoring Impacts Diabetes Care, Obesity by Vera Gruessner – New devices and tools such as biosensors and mobile health technologies could change and potentially strengthen the healthcare remote monitoring market. The Mayo Clinic announced in a news release that the organization is partnering with Gentag, Inc. to create wearable biosensors that could potentially help treat diabetes and assist in weight loss among the obese.
Run Haven — CAFFEINE OVERDOSE. IS THIS PRODUCT TO BLAME? by Laura Scaduto – According to the Mayo Clinic, a safe amount of coffee for most healthy adults is 400 mg or about four cups of brewed coffee per day. Posted on the FDA’s website is a warning to the companies that they have 15 business days from the date of receipt of the letter to communicate to the agency the specific steps they will take to bring their products into compliance with the law.
Texarkana Gazette — Mayo Clinic doctor has your prescription for happiness by AP – MINNEAPOLIS—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...
Janesville Argus — Mayo Clinic Health System invites children and teens to grief support camp by Debbie Zimmerman –Mayo Clinic Health System Hospice is hosting Camp Oz on Saturday, Oct. 3 at Camp Patterson on Lake Washington in Madison Lake.... Camp Oz is a day-long grief camp for children and teens, ages 6 to 18, who have experienced the death of someone in their life. Children are able to share their feelings of grief and participate in remembrance activities.
Chippewa Herald — Not a gardener? Reap the benefits of fresh and local foods at the farmers market by Katie Johnson – A trip to the farmers market may inspire your child (or even you) to try new dishes, says Katie Johnson, health educator at Mayo Clinic Health System. Your local farmers market can be a feast for the eyes, the stomach and maybe even the soul. Colorful produce. Neighbors meeting neighbors. That feel-good smile people get knowing they’re working toward healthier physical and mental well-being.
WXYZ Detroit — Teen with unknown disease getting help from Mayo Clinic by Tara Edwards – For almost three years, 13-year-old Maysie Madison has needed around the clock care. Stephanie is in desperate need to send her daughter to the Mayo Clinic. Doctors there believe they can help with Maysie’s seizure disorder and the Mayo Clinic has taken her case on as charity . The only problem is because Maysie is on a ventilator, and has brittle bone syndrome, she has to be airlifted which can cost up to $12,000, one way. When our viewers heard that, they sprang into action.
Star Tribune — Prescription drugs: Innovative medicines are worth the price by Joel White – Doctors affiliated with the world-famous Mayo Clinic recently called out the pharmaceutical industry for the high cost of cancer drugs. They argued that the prices for advanced treatments — some of which total $120,000 a year — are unsustainable, so the government must step in with price controls. The assertions, made in a number of articles, including a commentary in the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings (tinyurl.com/mcp-commentary), are interesting but misguided.
Medical Daily — Parkinson's Disease May Be Caused By Brain Cells Overheating And Burning Out by Steve Smith – Parkinson’s disease is “a progressive disorder of the nervous system that affects movement,” according to the Mayo Clinic. It develops slowly over time, with the first symptoms showing in a tremble in one hand. Famous sufferers of the disease include Muhammad Ali and Michael J. Fox, but even after years of seeing familiar faces connected to Parkinson’s, there is no known cure. A new study published in Current Biology may give insight into what causes Parkinson’s and pave a new way for treatment.
WPTZ Burlington — Stress at work is as bad as secondhand smoke by Elizabeth Cohen – The experts at the Mayo Clinic advise writing down when you feel stressed. Was it during conversations with a particular person, for example? It may not be your job, but an individual who's causing problems, and you need to think about better ways of dealing with him or her.
Arcadia News — Better Doctors’ recent ranking puts Mayo Clinic as 13th in the U.S. by Alessandra Dagirmanjian – Knowing which hospital to go to or send a loved one to can be difficult, and often health care statistics and rankings can be difficult to understand. Fortunately, though, Phoenix and Scottsdale residents can rest easy knowing that BetterDoctor recently ranked the Mayo Clinic 13th in the United States in a recent study on readmission numbers, complications and deaths.
More magazine — What Your Weird Health Symptoms Mean by Stacey Colino — Heart flutters, eye floaters, eyelid twitches—when and why some changes matter and some don’t…But most often these irregular rhythms have fairly minor causes: anxiety or stress; stimulants, such as caffeine and nicotine; and medications, such as some asthma inhalers. These heartbeats may also accompany the transition to menopause; like hot flashes, they’re one way your body may respond to hormonal fluctuations. “If the palpitations are infrequent and last just a few seconds, and you don’t have a history of cardiovascular disease, they are generally not worrisome,” says Carol L. Kuhle, DO, a preventive medicine physician at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.
More magazine — What You Should Do At Every Age by Ginny Graves — Certain health guidelines are so important, you should start following them now—and not stop until, well, you absolutely have to. Here are the top three…And keep this in mind: Adults who sit for more than 11 hours a day have a 12 percent increased risk of dying prematurely. “Standing or, better yet, moving should be your default mode whenever possible,” says James Levine, MD, PhD, professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona.
More magazine — 3 Fixes for Overactive Bladders by Cathy Garrard…In 2012 the FDA approved Myrbetriq, a new category of drug that works on a different set of nerves and doesn’t trigger the same side effects, notes Daniel S. Elliott, MD, of the department of female urology at Mayo Clinic. Patients may not see results for several weeks after starting the daily pills. Myrbetriq may raise blood pressure and may not be the right choice for those who suffer from uncontrolled hypertension.
MedPage Today — When Doctors Get Sick: How Much to Share About Mental Illness? by Shannon Firth…While the American Medical Association's Code of Medical Ethics lacks clear policies around disclosing a mental health condition, it is very direct when it comes to addressing patient safety. If a condition impedes a physician's ability to practice safely, a treating physician or colleague is obligated to take action, the code notes. Phil Hagen, MD, an occupational physician and medical director of the Physician Health Center at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., said part of his job is to evaluate physicians with physical, mental, and behavioral issues and determine who should practice. Safety is always the "overriding concern," he said.
WJXT Fla. — African-Americans and heart disease — Dr. Leslie Cooper of Mayo Clinic explains how we can raise money and awareness to fight heart disease.
Post-Bulletin — Rochester couple are social climbers by Paul Christian…The elevator has to be considered one of the best inventions ever. But Joe and Rachel Garber might disagree. They're not big fans. Given the option, they would just as soon climb stairs…In 2006, Joe suffered a heart attack and as part of his recovery his Mayo Clinic cardiologist, Dr. Kyle Klarich, urged him to keep exercising. And climbing stairs? Yes, most definitely, that was and is a big part of it. "Hats off to both Joe and Rachel," Klarich said. "Joe has been a model patient. At his age, to keep up with his exercise routine is truly amazing.
Chicago Tribune — Mayo Clinic News Network: Back to school: The 9-5-2-1-0 nutrition rule — If your children participate in school sports, you know proper nutrition will help them perform at their best. The same holds true for academics. Mayo Clinic Children's Center pediatrician Dr. Brian Lynch says healthy, nutritious foods will benefit kids' academic performance, behavior and overall health. Plus, it will combat childhood obesity.
Chicago Tribune — Why now's the time to attack winter blues by Alison Bowen…After temperatures briefly dropped to the 60s two weeks ago, she realized it was time. The Mayo Clinic reports that for most people with seasonal affective disorder, also known as SAD, symptoms begin in the fall and continue through winter.
KAAL — Managing Back-to-School Anxiety for Kids and Parents by Meghan Reistad…As it turns out, these feelings are common. “Anxiety is normal. It’s actually a good thing, it’s a normal part of life it’s helps us to be prepared,” said Dr. Whiteside with Mayo Clinic. “We call it Exposure Therapy so you’re exposing yourself to what you’re afraid of… So if you’re afraid of going to school, you practice going to school. If you’re afraid of being away from your parents, you have to practice being away from your parents.”
KELOLAND S.D. — Infant Twins Battle Cancer Together — Kenedi and Kendal Breyfogle may be small, but these baby girls are big fighters. The Pierre twins were born early at 33 weeks on May Day…But that wouldn't be the end of their hospital stays. Two months later, the twins' parents, Aaron and Abby, started noticing bruises on both of their babies. "We didn't think too much of it. We thought they might be bug bites," Aaron said. Skin biopsies would reveal something much more serious. Doctors diagnosed the 3-month-old girls both with a serious form of cancer: Acute myeloid leukemia, or AML… This is home video of the twins at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. They're limiting visitors to prevent infections. The twins just finished their first round of chemotherapy. Additional coverage: WKRN Tenn., KSFY S.D.,
Peter Herald — River’s Edge Clinic eyes changes, talks continue with Mankato Clinic, Mayo by Dana Melius—Faced with mounting deficits, River’s Edge Clinic has initiated discussions with Mankato Clinic and Mayo Health Systems to consider alternatives in hopes of preserving the local facility and its services. “It’s been a goal to get the clinic to a healthy state,” said George Rohrich, CEO of River’s Edge Hospital & Clinic in a Tuesday interview. “We’ve got a ways to go.”
Dallas Daily Gazette — Report: Texas Hospital Wasn’t Prepared for Ebola Crisis — The Florida clinic that handled the very first individual identified with Ebola within the U.S. happened a completely independent evaluation launched Friday, due to connection problems and wasn’t sufficiently prepared to get a patient using the lethal disease discovered… The statement, the very first exterior overview of a healthcare facility’s reaction, brought with a former leader of the Mayo Clinic and was performed with a cell of four doctors plus one nurse. It comes amid case by Nina Pham, one while taking care of Duncan, who died in March of two nurses who caught Ebola. Additional coverage: Modern Healthcare
Kenosha News — Mayo Clinic News Network: Seven tips for sleeping better — For those who struggle with sleep difficulties, developing good sleep practices is often key. Dr. Filza Hussain, Mayo Clinic Health System behavioral health expert, says the fundamentals of practicing good sleep hygiene are…
KAAL — Fighting for Her Life, Baby Aria Waits for Heart Transplant at Mayo by Meghan Reistad — A Wisconsin family has been waiting months at Mayo Clinic. A heart defect has left their one-year-old daughter with only one option, a heart transplant. The condition has the little girl dependent on machines and medical care, but her family is holding out hope for a miracle… "Aria has what's called cardiomyopathy and what that means is that there's a problem with the heart and how it squeezes and relaxes," said Dr. Nathan Taggart from Mayo Clinic. She has now been at Mayo Clinic for 95 days, waiting for a heart transplant. Additional coverage: WDIO Duluth
Arizona Republic — What is Celiac disease and how is it diagnosed? Ask the Expert: Dr. Lucinda Harris shares tips on spotting, diagnosing and living with Celiac disease. Question: What is Celiac disease and how is it diagnosed? Answer: Celiac disease is an immune reaction to eating gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. With celiac disease, eating gluten triggers an immune response in the small intestine.
La Crosse Tribune — Finding answers amid the prostate cancer confusion by Jeff Kish…Overtreatment — That’s just what the American Urological Association and the American Cancer Society, among other groups, want to see: informed men who get tested for prostate cancer and then carefully consider their options if signs point to disease.…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.”..
WKBT La Crosse — Dozens of babies born dependent on heroin in La Crosse area by Keely Arthur…The number of babies born with exposure to heroin known as neonatal abstinence syndrome doubled between 2008 and 2012 according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services latest report. With a growing number of instances in our community doctors are adjusting care in hopes that both mother and baby will eventually be drug free…"I now see more babies with addiction in our community in six months than I used to see in ten years,” said Dr. Dennis Costakos, the director of neonatal medicine at Mayo Clinic Health System. Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse reported 10 cases of heroin dependent newborns last year and nearly all of those babies are faced the same kind of withdrawals recovering drug addicts do.
Mankato Free Press — Changes on the horizon for River's Edge Clinic by Jessica Bies — Major changes are on the horizon for River's Edge Hospital and Clinic, one of the few city-run medical facilities left in the state. CEO George Rohrich said River's Edge's clinic model will change significantly in the upcoming months. Though no decisions have been made, it is possible the clinic will either merge with another clinic or move to providing urgent care only…Not only does Mankato Clinic have a presence in St. Peter in the Daniels Health Center, but Mayo Clinic Health Systems operates a clinic out of the same building as River's Edge.
Yahoo! Health — Your Body After a Night of Not-Enough Sleep by Rachel Grumman Bender…Your Heart — One study involving 3,000 adults over the age of 45 found that those who slept under six hours each night were nearly twice as likely to have a stroke or heart attack compared to adults who logged six to eight hours per night, according to the National Sleep Foundation. They were also 1.6 times more likely to have congestive heart failure. Another small study conducted by Mayo Clinic researchers found that not getting enough shut-eye significantly raises blood pressure at night.
Star Tribune — WCCO sport anchor Mark Rosen didn't dare test out his new knee at the State Fair — It’s just a coincidence that part of the recovery for WCCO-TV’s Mark Rosen’s full knee replacement took place during the State Fair. KFAN colleague Common Man has been telling listeners it was hip replacement just because passing out misinformation is more fun. “Common keeps saying ‘hip’ for a bit. I’ve been working my butt off the last four weeks to get back,” Rosen told me Wednesday…I found out in a hurry the exercises are extremely important. I’ve been very diligent going to Mayo Clinic downtown and icing the heck out of it. Feels good to be back at work, too. I’m down to one crutch.”
The Windsor Star — Million-dollar donation kicks off campaign to create new health institute by Dave Waddell…Dr. Faisal Rehman, site chief of medicine at London’s University Hospital, said the institute will transform healthcare in the Windsor region. “This will be the Mayo Clinic of Windsor with all the specialists at one site,” Rehman said. “There’s no other place like this in Canada.”
WKBT La Crosse — Study: Half of Americans at risk for diabetes…A study of government health surveys published in the Journal of the American Medical Association says 12 to 14% of adults have been diagnosed with diabetes and about 40% have pre-diabetes. Those considered pre-diabetic have elevated blood sugar levels that could lead to the full-fledged disease. Despite the high number, registered nurse Karen Klinkner of Mayo Clinic Health System says there is some good news in the study.
Arizona Daily Star — Hit the road, America — And not in your car - in your walking shoes. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy says with two-thirds of Americans overweight, walking needs to become a priority…Andrea Cheville, a professor at the Mayo Clinic, praised Murthy for putting attention on the chronic disease of obesity…"We have to do something as a country," Cheville said. "Obesity is a pandemic. . . . There has never been a time in history when we have had so much food, so many calories readily available to us. It is killing us." Additional coverage: The Southern Ill.
Saint Augustine Record — Mayo Clinic News Network: Sandman not doing the job? Use behavioral tips to sleep easy — “Many of my patients face sleep difficulties,” said Dr. Filza Hussain, Mayo Clinic Health System behavioral health expert. “It’s either difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep or both. This leads to feeling tired in the morning, having difficulties with daytime sleepiness, attention and concentration problems and irritability. Most of my patients have tried over-the-counter sleep aids or even prescription medications but remain dissatisfied and sleepless.”
KAAL — Syrian Native Living in Rochester Talks Refugee Crisis by Megan Stewart — A researcher at a Rochester hospital from Syria says many in his home country don't know if they should stay despite the danger, because fleeing to nearby countries could be equally as devastating. Dr. Fares Alahdab studied and practiced medicine in Syria. He took a research position with Mayo before the civil war started four years ago, and speaks with people in his home country frequently.
Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal — Chef Stewart Woodman leaving Kaskaid Hospitality, heads for Rochester by Mark Reilly — Stewart Woodman, the decorated chef and former owner of Heidi's who's been running culinary operations for the parent of Crave restaurants for the past year, is leaving the Twin Cities. Eater Minneapolis reports that Woodman, who'd been rumored to be exiting Kaskaid Hospitality, will be taking over culinary operations for the Kahler Grand, one of the biggest hotel businesses in Rochester, Minn. and the most valuable property in the city that doesn't have "Mayo Clinic" as an owner.
Star Tribune — Legacy of Pine Island biotech park: foreclosures, unpaid taxes and interchange to nowhere by Matt McKinney…The fast-growing biotech companies and high-paying jobs never materialized on the land formerly devoted to an elk farm. The school was left marooned in cornfields, and locals like landowner Elmer Stock were left to tell the story of what could have been…Elk Run was the brainchild of G. Steven Burrill, a venture capitalist and Wisconsin native. He sketched a vision that would turn a 2,325-acre piece of land into a biotech version of Silicon Valley, a vibrant center for medical device manufacturing and biotech jobs, with homes and retail to match. The project would sit on the Hwy. 52 corridor between the Twin Cities and Rochester, home of the Mayo Clinic.
Pierce County Herald — Taking one day at a time: Living with autoimmune encephalitis by Sarah Young — “Every time it’s like a new circus.” Twenty-seven-year-old Ellsworth resident Ashly Bell says this with a poise that some women twice her age don’t possess. The times she is talking about are the “flare-ups” of her rare condition…Bell is battling a form of autoimmune encephalitis, but doesn’t “technically have a solid diagnosis,” her mother Jennifer Smith said. Bell’s case has baffled the doctors at the world-renowned Mayo Clinic for 10 years. After years of tests and taking part in studies, they know Bell has a form of the rare disease, but it has astounded doctors due to how it mutates each time it flares up.
ABC Salud —Un inhibidor de la telomerasa demuestra su beneficio en tumores de la sangre by R. Ibarra – Los estudios, asegura Ayalew Tefferi, MD, hematólogo de la Clínica Mayo (EE.UU.) confirman que imtelstat posee una actividad anti-clonal selectiva y una capacidad inhibición del crecimiento de células cancerosas que no habíamos visto previamente documentada con otros fármacos.
Univision — Cómo evitar posibles caídas de tu bebé, Para prevenir que tu bebé se lastime, apunta estas medidas de precaución del sitio de la Clínica Mayo: 1. Sé consciente de las alturas y nunca lo dejes desatendido sobre la cama, la mesa u otro mueble. Colócalo en la cuna o en su sillita, con la correa de seguridad. Evita, también, que juegue en el balcón y monta ‘safety nets’.
La Voz (Argentina) — Video: los efectos del tabaco en el rostro de los fumadores, "La piel es la más afectada debido al a exposición al humo. Causa arrugas excesivas alrededor de la boca y los pliegues entre la nariz y la boca". Dijo al medio español el doctor Hays, uno de los expertos en el vídeo y director del Centro de Dependencia de la Nicotina de la Clínica Mayo. Additional coverage: Contexto Argentina
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