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Is it time to redefine high blood pressure?
by Crystal Moyer
Results of a study by the National Institutes of Health show a change in the treatment of high blood pressure may save lives…."The findings were surprising. I think they were even surprising to the folks that put this trial together,” said Dr. William Haley, principal investigator for Mayo Clinic. "Compared to the usual goal blood pressure that's been traditional, that a goal blood pressure of 120 was found to be associated with much lower risk of cardiovascular diseases and stroke and significant lowered risk of death."
Reach: WJXT is an independent television station serving Florida’s First Coast that is licensed to Jacksonville.
Context: Mayo Clinic’s Florida campus was the nation’s second largest recruiting site, and largest in the Southeast, to participate in a landmark study that has found maintaining systolic blood pressure at a target of 120 greatly reduced the risk of cardiovascular complications and death in older adults with high blood pressure. “It’s been widely assumed that if you’re older, it’s OK to have a higher blood pressure, and this study challenges that notion,” said William E. Haley, M.D., principal investigator for Mayo Clinic of the SPRINT study and a nephrologist at Mayo Clinic’s Florida campus. More information can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.
Contact: Kevin Punsky
First Coast News
Mayo Clinic awarded $13.3 million grant to test cancer vaccine
by Keitha Nelson
The Mayo Clinic has received a $13.3 million dollar grant from the U.S. Department of
Defense's Breast Cancer Research Program to fund a clinical trial. Researchers believe they now have a vaccine that could bring new found hope to those who have been told in the past that there are no targeted therapies for the disease they're fighting… "What we want to do is intervene during that period between conventional therapy and when they relapse and see if we can boost the body's immune defenses to fight off that relapse," said Dr. Keith Knutson in the Department of Immunology at Mayo Clinic's Florida campus.
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Florida Times-Union — Jacksonville's Mayo Clinic gets $13.2 million grant for new breast cancer study
KAAL — Mayo Receives Grant to Start Clinical Trials for Breast Cancer Vaccine
Context: Researchers on Mayo Clinic’s Florida campus have been awarded a $13.3 million, five-year federal grant to test a vaccine designed to prevent the recurrence of triple-negative breast cancer, a subset of breast cancer for which there are no targeted therapies. The clinical trial, which will enroll 280 patients at multiple clinical sites, is expected to begin early in 2016. More information, including an interview with the principal investigator, Keith Knutson, Ph.D., can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.
Contact: Kevin Punsky
School-based flu shot clinics
For the seventh year, Mayo Clinic is teaming up with the Olmsted Medical Center, Olmsted County Public Health and schools in the county for the school-based clinics…“It can spread easily and then they bring it home to their family members and the community that are susceptible like the elderly and so vaccinating school aged children has helped dramatically decrease illness in the older population without them even being vaccinated,” says Jennifer Brickley, the Program Coordinator.
Reach: KIMT 3, a CBS affiliate, serves the Mason City-Austin-Albert Lea-Rochester market.
Context: “Everyone needs to get the flu vaccine every year, and, this year, the school-based immunization program of Olmsted County is bigger than ever, making it easier for more families to get their school children vaccinated on time,” says Robert Jacobson, M.D., pediatrician and medical director of the Employee and Community Health Immunization Program at Mayo Clinic. “This year, for the first time, we will bring the flu vaccine program to every middle school in the county and four of the seven high schools. That’s great news for parents.” More information can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.
Contact: Kelley Luckstein
Infant Twins Share Heartbreaking Cancer Diagnosis
by Nicole Pelletiere
After nine months in the womb together, a set of 3-month-old twin girls, Kenedi and Kendal, are now sharing something else -- the same heartbreaking cancer diagnosis…On Aug. 17, following a bone marrow biopsy, Breyfogle received confirmation that her twins both had acute myeloid leukemia…On Aug. 19, Kenedi and Kendal were admitted into the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Two days later, the girls received their first rounds of chemotherapy. "This one is very rare and to have both identical twins have it at the same time, at least at the Mayo Clinic, in our group we have never seen it," said Dr. Shakila Khan, division chair of pediatric hematology-oncology at the clinic.
Context: Experts from Mayo Clinic's Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology in Minnesota work as part of a multispecialty team to provide customized care for children and adolescents who have blood disorders or cancer. Shakila Khan, M.D., chairs the division and is a pediatric hematologist and oncologist.
Contact: Kelley Luckstein
Arizona Capital Times (subscription required) — State invests millions in medical schools, lacks enough physician residency programs, by Luige Del Puerto — Erin Garvey is sitting at a Mayo Clinic office in Phoenix, wearing a white lab coat and green pants. She has 10 months left in her five-year residency training. After that, she’s off to Charlotte, North Carolina, where she’ll learn more about minimal invasive surgery.
ESPN — Motocross champ Adrienne Cooper gave up kidney, career for 10-year-old boy by Johnette Howard — Logan Carson didn't know Adrienne Cooper, and Cooper knew only what she'd heard and read about the 10-year-old boy before they met at a youth motorcycle race near Phoenix in November 2014. But it was a day that would change both of their lives dramatically…The transplant surgery took place on March 31 -- less than five months after the first meeting. Cooper was rolled into surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix and afterward her kidney was transported about 15 miles to an operating room at Phoenix Children's Hospital, where Logan would have the transplant surgery. Additional coverage: ESPN UK
NBC News (Reuters) — Pathway Launches 'Liquid Biopsy' to Find Cancer in Healthy People — Pathway Genomics, a company known for pushing the boundaries of direct-to-consumer genetic testing, will launch a cancer screening test on Thursday that's 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: FOX News
Bloomberg — Sifting DNA Databases for the Right Diagnosis by Michelle Cortez — Genetic analysts can now more quickly identify rare illnesses…DNA sequencing and analysis needs to be better standardized to make it more reliable, says Dusica Babovic-Vuksanovic, chair of medical genetics at the Mayo Clinic. Part of that process, she says, involves getting more organizations to build or join larger databases. Another part is keeping eager doctors from making promises they can’t keep. “The tests are fairly complicated and very new,” she says. “Someone who understands what these tests can and cannot do should be involved.”
NY Times — The ‘Golden Age for Women in TV’ Is Actually a Rerun by Nell Scovell…In this sense, gender inequality resembles a bacterial infection two days into a 10-day course of antibiotics. The patient’s temperature may be down, but the Mayo Clinic’s website warns: “It is tempting to stop taking an antibiotic as soon as you feel better. But the full treatment is necessary to kill the disease-causing bacteria. Failure to do so can result in the need to resume treatment later.”
Wall Street Journal — New Treatments for Deadly Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis by Laura Landro… Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis leads to a buildup of scar tissue that makes it increasingly difficult for the lungs to function normally and provide the body with oxygen. The disease has no known cause, setting it apart from related pulmonary diseases where doctors can identify specific irritants or exposures to toxins such as asbestos…“Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis is usually a progressive disease, but its course varies widely among individual patients,” says Teng Moua, a physician in the division of pulmonary and critical care at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. “As the disease has become more well-known, we are finding it earlier and making attempts to slow it down and manage it.”
NPR — Go Ahead, Give Your Toddler A Kitchen Knife by Sujata Gupta… From a health and nutrition standpoint, studies have shown that getting kids cooking makes them more open to eating healthful foods, such as fruits and vegetables. With picky eating peaking between the ages of 2 and 6 — and my son is no exception — I've been hoping that letting him interact with his food in a meaningful way may reduce struggles at the dinner table. Both the Mayo Clinic and the American Heart Association suggest that getting kids involved with grocery shopping and food prep can reduce picky eating.
NPR — How To Save Money On Prescription Drugs, Insured Or Not by Emily Bazar — If you haven't experienced it yourself, you've no doubt heard about the outrageous — and rapidly growing — prices of certain prescription medications. The average price for about one year of cancer-drug therapy has skyrocketed from $10,000 or less before 2000 to more than $100,000 by 2012, according to a recent Mayo Clinic study. The new hepatitis C drug Sovaldi comes at a retail price tag of $84,000 for a 12-week course.
Washington Post — Honey isn’t as healthy as we think by Peter Whoriskey… So you might think that honey is healthier. But a study published this month compared the health effects of honey and the processed sweetener and found no significant differences…“At this time, there's insufficient evidence to say that high-fructose corn syrup is any less healthy than other types of sweeteners,” according to the Mayo Clinic website.
Huffington Post — For Some Cancers, Experts Increasingly Favor A 'Wait And See' Approach To Treatment by Joe Satran…Yet the study noted that the small, slow-growing tumors that doctors are now able to catch aren't actually life-threatening. Indeed, they often don't cause any symptoms at all. But isn't knowing about them better than staying in the dark? Not necessarily. Because when screening picks up a growth, patients and doctors often move to treat it with surgery -- even if doing so wouldn't help the patient's health, and can actually hurt it. For that reason, Mayo Clinic endocrinologist Dr. Juan Brito Campana, the lead author on the Thryoid study, said in an email, "There is absolutely no evidence that screening for thyroid cancer provides any benefit to the patients."
Dunn County News — CVTC nursing students prepare for emergency work… Seeking experience — Andrea Glad of Menomonie is working as an LPN at Mayo Clinic Health Systems facilities at Red Cedar, Osseo, Elmwood and Glenwood City. “I’m familiar with a lot of the emergency room work already,” she said. “At Osseo, I work right next to the ER. I get down to the ER at Red Cedar on occasion. I like the way it’s set up there, with different areas for triage.”
Star Tribune — Wolves' Saunders to take leave to fight cancer; Mitchell will coach by Jerry Zgoda — Timberwolves associate head coach Sam Mitchell will lead the team while Flip Saunders recovers from cancer treatment… Yahoo! Sports reported Mitchell will coach at least half the season, although that hasn’t be definitively determined, according to the source. Training camp begins Sept. 29 at the team’s new Mayo Clinic Square facility.
KTTC — 6-year-old surprised by super heroes after completing proton beam therapy treatment by Kimberly Davis — It's the day many who have endured cancer wait for. Walking through the waiting room doors to ring the bell symbolizing the last day of cancer treatment. After six weeks of proton beam therapy treatment, 6-year-old Connor Weckworth was met with a round of applause from family, Mayo Clinic staff, and four special super heroes.
TIME — Here’s What 6 Doctors Really Think of Dr. Google by Alexandra Sifferlin — Google is expanding the health information it provides to readers. Here's what medical experts think about that…Google says it has worked with a team of doctors led by Google’s Dr. Kapil Parakh, to “carefully compile, curate, and review this information. All of the gathered facts represent real-life clinical knowledge from these doctors and high-quality medical sources across the web, and the information has been checked by medical doctors at Google and the Mayo Clinic for accuracy.”
Star Tribune — Commentary: On 9/11, let's resolve to finally fix VA health care by Pete Hegseth and Jason Quick…We believe the VA needs to be strengthened, streamlined — and preserved. To do this, our plan would bring about efficient, effective and accountable service from the VA. Our bipartisan report fully separates the VA’s insurance and benefits administration from its health care services. This will streamline the benefits administration, preventing the kind of mistakes Minnesota veterans endured, while freeing VA doctors and nurses to focus on their patients rather than paperwork. VA’s health care services should operate like a health care network (think Mayo Clinic), not a Washington bureaucracy. The steps in our reform report would achieve that.
WDAY N.D. — Fighting for Her Life, Baby Aria Waits for Heart Transplant at Mayo — 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. Additional coverage: Inforum N.D., WDAZ N.D.
The Guardian — Paula Radcliffe facing her biggest and loneliest challenge yet…Before Radcliffe’s world record in 2003 she was running 150-155 miles a week. And her reward came on a sedate April day with that time of 2:15:25 – a marathon performance that few expect to be eclipsed in the next decade. Some who have questioned Radcliffe, particularly on social media, have done so on the basis they doubt a woman can run a marathon that quickly without cheating. But one world-leading physiologist, Dr Michael Joyner, of the Mayo clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, insists that is not the case. “Most people thought it was impossible to climb Mount Everest without oxygen, until somebody did it, and while Radcliffe’s world record is remarkable it is not beyond the realms of possibility that she did it clean,” he says.
News4Jax — Lack of sleep & colds — Vandana Bhide, Mayo Clinic, is back in the studio explaining how the lack of good rest can put you at a higher risk for getting sick.
HealthDay — Better Imaging Scans Catching More Thyroid Cancers: Study — Advanced imaging technology has helped doctors spot more cases of thyroid cancer over the past decade, a new study finds. But the Mayo Clinic researchers warn that nearly one-third of these cases involve people with low-risk tumors. "We are spotting more cancers, but they are cancers that are not likely to cause harm," study author Dr. Juan Brito Campana, an assistant professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., said in a Mayo news release.
Healio Pain Management — The ACR publishes new guidelines for treating polymyalgia rheumatic…The new criteria for the screening and treatment of polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR) was developed in collaboration between the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) and the European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) and includes nine PMR disease management recommendations. “These recommendations will inform primary, secondary and tertiary care physicians about an international consensus on the management of PMR,” Eric Matteson, MD, chair of rheumatology at the Minnesota-based Mayo Clinic and co-primary investigator for the new recommendations, said in the press release.
WEAU Eau Claire — Car seat safety at upcoming 'Family Health Fair' — When you’re on the road with young kids, you want to be sure your precious cargo is safe. Registered nurse Kim Strasburg says a child passenger safety technician can help you make sure your car seat is installed and used properly. Free car seat checks are part of Saturday’s Family Health Fair at Oakwood Mall.
KEYC Mankato — Cochlear Implant Patients Join with Doctors for Picnic — Mayo Clinic Health System Mankato is bringing together doctors and patients outside of the exam room to enjoy some time together. The ninth annual Cochlear Implant picnic started as a way for staff with Mayo's Cochlear Implant Program to see those they are helping in a relaxed environment.
Health News Review — Half of Americans have diabetes or pre-diabetes? Really? What does that mean?... Victor Montori is a diabetes specialist at the Mayo Clinic. He’s an endocrinologist and a researcher who actively promotes shared decision-making between doctors and patients. I talked with him by phone today about the new study, the news coverage, and the definition of pre-diabetes.
CNET — Can't get your startup funded in Silicon Valley? Think Minnesota — Minnesota's entrepreneurs are fiercely loyal to the North Star State and proud of its non-cutthroat, collaborative atmosphere. They also say it's easier to attract investors there… Startups occupy old warehouses and historic buildings across Minneapolis, neighboring St. Paul and office parks throughout the state. Many are early-stage companies making medical and health care software. They revolve around the area's big businesses, including the Mayo Clinic, medical instruments company Medtronic and a subsidiary of UnitedHealthGroup, the nation's largest health insurer.
Arizona Daily Star — Tucsonan grateful for every breath of life after transplant by Stephanie Innes — Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist and Tucson resident Jack Dykinga is, at 72, having what he calls an artistic rebirth. A little more than a year ago, his lungs ravaged by a disease called pulmonary fibrosis, he was prepared to die. He’s now back shooting landscape photos and video of the desert Southwest for publications like National Geographic and Arizona Highways. But his good health did not come without struggle. The problems began in 2010, when Dykinga began feeling short of breath during his regular hikes around Southern Arizona. Concerned, he went to see a specialist — pulmonologist Dr. Lewis Wesselius — at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix.
ModernHealthcare — Providers want overhaul of Medicare hip, knee payment test by Virgil Dickson — Providers say a CMS model to have 800 U.S hospitals participate in a test of bundled payments for hip and knee replacements would have to be changed significantly in order to succeed. …Most comments asked to delay implementation of the model until Jan. 1, 2017. The Mayo Clinic pointed out that more time is needed to fully understand and implement the rule requirements and educate staff and beneficiaries.
Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal — Mayo Clinic Square lures architecture/engineering firm HDR from St. Paul by Clare Kennedy — Mayo Clinic Square has scored its first new office tenant since the Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx basketball teams signed on in 2014. The redevelopment of Block E in downtown Minneapolis landed the local branch of HDR, an Omaha-based global firm that specializes in architecture, engineering, construction and environmental services.
Duluth News Tribune — National View: Medical innovation keeps cancer patients alive, and running by Jonathan Wilcox…But a Duluth native is breaking through this dispute and delivering a special kind of clarity. Don Wright is a 74-year-old grandfather who lives now in Stillwater, Minn. He’s the epitome of “Minnesota Nice.” He’s also the cancer patient nonpareil…The journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings recently published a commentary signed by 118 physicians focusing broadly (and essentially only) on the cost of cancer pharmaceuticals, rather than their value or even their inherent potential and possibility…To a Mayo Clinic patient like Don Wright, the hyper-obsession about cost is nothing short of baffling. “I like my Mayo doctors. I just don’t like what Mayo is doing here,” he said.
MPR — Enrollment drop forces U-Rochester to rethink strategy by Elizabeth Baier …"The Wonderful 100 come with perseverance and passion and some amazing stories," Carrell told a recent gathering to welcome the UMR freshmen. They're also coming with fewer peers. The 100-member freshman class is down 20 percent from last year, and about 33 percent from two years ago…The 9-year-old school is located on the top floor of a downtown shopping mall just blocks from Mayo Clinic. It offers just two majors, both in health-related fields.
Pioneer Press — Austin Wentworth says he's lucky to be alive, grateful for Vikings' support by Chris Tomasson…Wentworth, 25, had his legs go numb in March because of tissue clots and lost so much muscle mass in his left leg he was forced to retire after just one season. Then in July at the Mayo Clinic, with doctors finally having found a reason for what happened, he underwent open heart surgery.
Star Tribune — Mayo Clinic News Network: Straight talk about bad posture — Having good posture is essential for good health, but understanding what good posture is and maintaining it can be hard. “When some people try to work on their posture, they tend to overdo it,” said Alynn Kakuk, physical therapist at the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program. “They get into a super-extended position with their shoulders way back — enough that it creates too much of an arch on their back. So, they just start shifting their weight too far back.”
SHAPE magazine — Pain During Sex? This Estrogen Cream May Help by Charolotte Andersen… As a woman ages, her estrogen naturally declines, causing the mucous lining of the vagina to thin outand lose moisture. Not only does this make the vagina more vulnerable to infections, but it can make sex very painful, lessening pleasure and increasing the risk of tearing, bleeding, and abrasions (ouch!). And while menopause is the most common reason for vaginal dryness, the Mayo Clinic notes that hormonal changes associated with menstrual cycles, childbirth, and breast-feeding can also reduce estrogen, causing the painful condition.
Runner’s World — Experts: Surprisingly Little Running Extends Lifespan by Amby Burfoot...Running six miles per week appears to improve longevity by three to six years and reduces the risk of several chronic diseases, according to a review of research published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings.
Hamilton Spectator — Mayo Clinic News Network: Don’t expect people to ‘snap out’ of depression — Filza Hussain, M.D., behavioural health physician at Mayo Clinic Health System, offers some thoughts on depression and society's views of it: Our relationship with the word "depression" is paradoxical. On the one hand, we so freely admit that we are depressed because our team lost the Super Bowl or because the store doesn't carry an outfit in our size. Yet when it comes to talking about clinical depression, the stigma attached becomes omnipotent.
Star Tribune — Mock refugee crisis trains next generation of humanitarians by Jean Hopfensperger — The refugee camp that sprung up in Minnesota last weekend was much like others in conflicts across the globe. Exhausted refugees cried out for food. Camp doctors struggled to aid the sick. Soldiers toting M16s tried to keep peace…The sound of screams and groans from the small building greeted them. Inside, the emergency physician — in real life Dr. Rahul Kashyap of the Mayo Clinic — leaned over a patient. He asked for a volunteer to hold the IV fluid bag and help with the exam, tiredly explaining, “I’ve been working nonstop.”
Virtual-Strategy Magazine — Becker's Hospital Review Names 50 Critical Access Hospital CEOs to Know — The administrators, presidents, CEOs and other executives on this list lead the hospitals on Becker's "50 Critical Access Hospitals to Know" list, which can be viewed here. Under their leadership and guidance, their hospitals have achieved success and earned recognitions from multiple reputable organizations…Hank Simpson, MD. Vice CMO of Mayo Clinic Health System in Northwest Wisconsin and Chairman of the Board at Mayo Clinic Health System-Red Cedar (Menomonie, Wis.).
Macomb Daily Mich. — Family ‘elated' Clarkston teen with seizures to be airlifted to Mayo Clinic — Maysie Madison, 13, who unable to speak, has been in and out of hospitals since early 2013 when she began having seizures. She was diagnosed with autoimmune encephalitis, a rare and serious condition in which the immune system attacks the brain, resulting in impaired brain function, according to the Autoimmune Encephalitis Alliance…Maysie and her family, including her 19-month-old sister Willow, will fly to Mayo on Sept. 23 and stay until Sept. 29.
Reno Gazette-Journal — Local experts give top tips for good sleep hygiene by Brandi Schlossberg… It’s not abnormal to have trouble sleeping on occasion, but a long-term lack of sleep can be cause for concern. The Mayo Clinic reports “someone with insomnia will often take 30 minutes or more to fall asleep and may get only six or fewer hours of sleep for three or more nights a week over a month or more.”
MedGadget — Mayo Clinic Researchers Reprogram Cancer Cells to Stop Them from Multiplying by Allison Bedell — One deadly and defining characteristic of cancerous cells is that they divide in an unregulated manner, allowing the tumor to grow larger and become more disruptive to the body. Researchers at Mayo Clinic in Florida, led by Panos Anastasiadis and Antonis Kourtidis, have identified a critical difference between cancerous cells and noncancerous cells that could lead to a treatment therapy that corrects the root cause of the cells’ cancerous behavior.
MedPage Today — ACR/EULAR: Treating Polymyalgia Rheumatica in 2015 by Nancy Walsh — An international collaborative group has released recommendations for the management of polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR), highlighting the necessity for careful diagnosis, a collaborative and individualized approach to treatment, and the safe and effective use of glucocorticoids…"The most important aspects of these guidelines are that they first of all emphasize the importance of correct diagnosis and the importance of the collaboration between general practitioners and specialists in the management of PMR," said co-author Eric L. Matteson, MD, chair of rheumatology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.
The Columbian (Wash.) — Mayo Clinic News Network: FAQs about cord-blood banking, its uses — Blood from a newborn’s umbilical cord was once considered a waste product, but it actually contains potentially life-saving cells. Dr. Seanna Thompson, Mayo Clinic Health System OB/GYN physician, answers some common questions about cord blood banking and what options are available.
Waseca County News — Waseca County volunteers invited to emergency response team training by Jacob Stark — Nancy Lageson, Waseca County's emergency management director, remembers what it was like to receive help from a community emergency response team…Vicky Neidt is a Waseca resident who is attending the training this year. A retired registered nurse who assisted with emergency preparedness at the Mayo Clinic Health System Waseca since 1975, Neidt says that she looks forward to learning new information.
KTTC — Rochester named Best Place to Live — Rochester has topped another list for being a great place to live. Livabilaty.com has put Rochester on the top of the 100 Best Places to Live for 2016. The website cites business expansion surrounding Mayo Clinic that could lead to tens of thousands of new jobs.
Huffington Post — Can You Die of a Broken Heart? by Kristin Meekhof — The Mayo Clinic defines it as this: "Broken heart syndrome may be caused by the heart's reaction to a surge of stress hormones. The condition may also be called takotsubo cardiomyopathy, apical ballooning syndrome or stress cardiomyopathy by doctors."
Financial — Hitachi's Advanced Proton Beam Therapy System "PROBEAT-V" Begins Treatments at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, M.N. — Hitachi, Ltd. has announced it has received FDA 510(k) clearance for commercial supply of the new PROBEAT-V system, which it designed and developed for Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. Treatments began in late June and the first patient treatment was completed in August 2015.
US News & World Report — Diabulimia: When Diabetes Meets an Eating Disorder by Samantha Costa — Forty percent of girls and women with Type 1 diabetes have or will develop an eating disorder…Though she didn't know it then, Brown was suffering from "diabulimia," an increasingly recognized disorder among people with diabetes who "starve" themselves of insulin in hopes of slimming down. Weight gain often goes "hand in hand" with insulin therapy, according to the Mayo Clinic's website, and while weight can be safely kept in check, the prospect of gaining can lead some down a dangerous path.
MedPage Today — Less Regulation in Healthcare. Please. by Rocky Bilhartz, M.D. — Pharmaceutical drugs cost too much. The new ones are always so expensive. Hence, we need more regulations. And, the government should impose them. Set price limits. Cap drug maker profits. This will make it better for all of us. The paternalism of our government should be the strongest when we are ill. Because we may need that medicine…Slowing the regulatory parade It's now quite obvious to those on the front lines of patient care that overregulation is actually impairing our ability to heal the sick, help the needy, and improve well-being. Unprecedented frustration currently abounds. Interestingly, when healthcare was less regulated, the Mayo Clinic gave away 30%of its medical care for free. Now, that number is less than 0.5 percent. Have excessive regulations even made us less generous?
KAAL — Aria Receives Heart Transplant, Still Long Road Ahead by Meghan Reistad — Last week, ABC 6 first introduced Aria’s story, a one-year-old girl from Wisconsin with a rare heart condition. For more than three months, Aria waited at Mayo Clinic for a heart transplant. On Sunday, surgeons performed a transplant and her parents were given good news after the procedure. "We talked to the surgeons and were just crying because they told us she did so good, the heart was really strong," said Aria’s Mom Tara Grams. Aria soon had an allergic reaction, causing her condition to become critical. “Causing us to need to support her with life support for a couple days," said Dr. Jonathan Johnson with Mayo Clinic Children’s Center. Additional coverage: Grand Forks News, WDAY N.D., WDIO Duluth, KBMY Bismarck
News4Jax — Mother of 5 to get new heart by Francesca Amiker — Laquisha Mathis has been living with cardiomyopathy and congestive heart failure. In February she was told she had six months to live unless she received a life-saving heart transplant… For the last few months Channel 4 has followed Mathis’ journey as she said her health weakened but her faith remained strong until she received the news from the Mayo Clinic saying that because of her declining health she would now be placed at the top of the list for the first available heart transplant.
ABC15 Phoenix — Rally for Red: How traumatic events can lead to heart failure by Katie Raml — We often talk of having a broken heart, but the deep sadness that comes along with life changing events can cause real physical problems. In extreme cases, it can even kill. "Some type of event has stressed them out acutely, and their heart is affected by it. It doesn't work," Mayo Clinic's Dr. Eric Yang explained. An Arizona mother suffered the deadly fate after losing her soldier son. Within hours of seeing his body, she died of a "broken heart." just days after learning her soldier son had passed away.
ABC15 Phoenix — Mayo Clinic: Heart transplantation as an option — Mayo Clinic talks about options for advanced, end-stage heart failure. Evan Kransdorf, M.D., Mayo Clinic cardiologist is on the show.
Live Science — Skip the Anti-Bacterial Soap: Regular Suds Work Just as Well by Laura Geggel — Regular soap is just as effective as anti-bacterial soap at getting rid of germs through hand washing, a new study finds… It's encouraging that researchers are examining triclosan's effectiveness in soap, said Dr. Pritish Tosh, an infectious diseases physician at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, who was not involved with the study. Additional coverage: Yahoo! Canada
My Record Journal Conn. — Reducing concussions in youth and high school sports… Coaches and parents can administer the King-Devick Test to a youth or high school athlete after a minimum of instruction, according to an article in USA Today.“Youth athletes are at a higher risk for concussion and a longer recovery time than adults,” said David Dodick, M.D., Mayo Clinic neurologist and director of the clinic’s concussion program.
Oncology Times — DEBATE: Is There a Role for Adjuvant Oxaliplatin in Rectal Cancer? by Mark Fuerst — Can adding oxaliplatin to neoadjuvant chemoradiation therapy or adjuvant chemotherapy improve the outcomes of patients with locally advanced rectal cancer? That was one of the topics considered here at the Great Debates & Updates in GI Malignancies meeting here. Yes, of course there is a role for oxaliplatin in rectal cancer, said Axel Grothey, MD, Professor of Oncology at the Mayo Clinic, who was also Co-Chair (with David Ilson, MD, PhD) of the meeting.
Mankato Times — Mayo Clinic Health System achieves national accreditation for bariatric surgery program by Joe Steck…Mayo Clinic Health System announced its bariatric surgical center has been accredited as a Low Acuity Center under the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP), a joint program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS)… “Our local Mayo Clinic bariatric surgery team is honored to have achieved national accreditation,” says Megan Gilmore, M.D., bariatric surgeon at Mayo Clinic Health System.
San Luis Obispo Tribune — Mayo Clinic News Network: Researchers work on one flu shot to cover all strains… This newly reported single vaccine research focuses on a protein called hemagglutinin, which all influenza virus strains have in common. "There's a lot of research going on looking at some of these other options, in terms of our target for the influenza vaccine," says Mayo Clinic infectious diseases specialist Dr. Pritish Tosh.
Red Wing Republican Eagle — Psychiatrist joins local Mayo staff by Danielle Killey — Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing recently added a psychiatrist to its Behavioral Health team. Brian Proctor, M.D., will work with psychologists and primary care providers in Red Wing to treat and prevent mental and emotional problems. His special interest is in studying the use of medications in treating mental disorders.
FOX13 Utah — U of U Hospital cuts costs through new program — University of Utah Health Care has implemented a new system to calculate unnecessary costs for medical procedures in their hospitals. Since starting the program, hospital officials say they’ve cut costs by a half percent every year. Now they’re receiving national attention for their work.… Now hospitals around the country are recognizing the program. Harvard Hospital and Mayo Clinic have recently visited Utah to see what they’ve done.
News Everyday — Big News: Cancer Cells Can Be Programmed To Make Them 'Normal' by R. Kumar — There is stunning news in the cancer world. Scientists at the Mayo Clinic in Florida have successfully reprogrammed the lung, breast and bladder cancer cells into healthy ones, according to Collective Evolution… "We can effectively reprogram them (cancer cells) to become and behave as normal," said Panos Anastasiadis, chair of the Department for Cancer Biology on Mayo Clinic's Florida Campus.
General Surgery News — Bowel Prep With Oral Antibiotics Cuts Complication Risk in Colorectal Cases by Christina Frangou…Heidi Nelson, MD, chair of surgery and the Fred C. Anderson Professor of Surgery, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, in Rochester, Minn., cautioned that the study has limited value because it’s retrospective, relies on administrative claims data and has a high risk for bias. Patients who received no preparation had more preoperative sepsis, ascites, steroid use, bleeding disorders, disseminated cancer and higher American Society of Anesthesiologists classifications than other patients, she noted.
Medical News Today — World's first 3D-printed ribs given to cancer patient, In a "world first," 3D printing has been used for the creation a new sternum and part of a rib cage to replace those of a 54-year-old man with cancer… 3D technology is gaining momentum Interest is growing in 3D technology for the medical field. According to the Cardiothoracic Surgery Network (CTSNet), the Mayo Clinic have been using 3D models made from liquid polymers since 2006. 3D models offer better opportunities for surgeons to plan procedures and to educate patients.
Albuquerque Journal — Good habits can help sleep come faster — “Many of my patients face sleep difficulties,” says 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.”
Medical Daily — Obama's Precision Medicine Initiative, The Human Genome Project, And Your Individualized Genetic Data by Samantha Olson…When President Obama announced in his State of the Union Address on Jan. 20, 2015 that the White House, through the National Institutes of Health, would allocate a $215 million investment into a Precision Medicine Initiative, Mayo Clinic rejoiced. Mayo’s Center For Individual Medicine practices under the term “individualized medicine,” but whether it’s referred to as “personalized,” “precision,” or “individualized,” the future of medicine is clearly moving toward one goal: tailoring the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease to specific patients through the use of the most advanced technologies available.
Reuters — Over a third of U.S. children and adolescents eat fast food daily by Daniel Bases — On any given day in the United States, 34.3 percent of children and adolescents are consuming a significant portion of their daily nutrition from fast food restaurants, the National Center for Health Statistics reported on Wednesday…More than 12 percent of the children and adolescents surveyed got over 40 percent of their calories from fast food, which was defined as "restaurant fast food/pizza," according to the data brief from the NCHS, a unit of the CDC. "It is certainly a significant amount and it would be more concerning if someone were not astonished by that number. It is a sign we have some work to do to help families come up with practical solutions," said Dr. Esther Krych, a pediatrician with the Mayo Clinic's Children's Center in Rochester, Minnesota. Additional coverage: WHBL Wis., Yahoo! News
Huffington Post — Do You Need To Break Up With Your Birth Control? by Catherine Pearson…Clarify your expectations. Beyond pregnancy prevention, there's a lot that birth control can do for women. Do you want lighter periods? Protection against sexually transmitted diseases? Are you looking for a birth control pill that fights acne? …"Some women are looking not to bleed at all, and for other woman, it's very concerning," said Dr. Petra Casey, an associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology with the Mayo Clinic. "So what one woman thinks of as an advantage of some contraceptive methods is a disadvantage for others. It's very individual." Once you've zeroed-in on your must-haves, really push your care provider to spend time counseling you about the various options, Casey urged -- maybe even schedule it as a separate visit from your annual exam. This is a big deal. Don't let anyone rush you. Additional coverage: Daily Read List, North Korea Times, Just Medical News
The Hospitalist (Reuters) — Coating on Endovascular Devices Could Cause Stroke or Death by Shannon Aymes — Coating on endovascular devices is associated with embolization and microvascular occlusion leading to purpura or livedo racemosa, according to a new report. Dr. Alina Bridges, of the Department of Dermatology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, said by email that the study was conducted “to make clinicians and pathologists aware of this underrecognized phenomenon of iatrogenic hydrophilic polymer gel embolization that can involve the skin and present with purpura.”
Star Tribune — Minnesota teen world's youngest recipient of bionic arm by Jeremy Olson — Kate Jorgenson has played volleyball and basketball and swum competitively without her left arm, which she lost above the elbow in an ATV accident two years ago…And that’s where a new type of bionic prosthesis — aided by a surgery that reassigns nerves in the arm — has made a big difference in the teenager’s life…With the surgery, which was performed last year at the Mayo Clinic, she also became the first to have six nerves rewired, giving her the ability at will to move the robotic elbow up and down, rotate the wrist, and open and close the hand.
San Luis Obispo — Mayo Clinic News Network: Posted: A social-media certification program for health-care pros…With that in mind, Hootsuite, the most widely use platform for managing social media, and the Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media recently announced a joint initiative to create an industry-leading social media credential for medical and health-care professionals. The training leading to the credential will teach medical and health-care communications professionals how to effectively use social media technologies within the health care industry. "It's important for physicians and other health care professionals to understand how online social networks matter to them," says Dr. Farris Timimi, a Mayo Clinic cardiologist and medical director for the MCCSM. "Even if they're not yet active online - or maybe even particularly if they're not involved - what others say about them affects their practices."
OncLive — Treating Relapsed and Refractory Multiple Myeloma — Panelists: Morie A. Gertz, MD, Mayo Clinic; Heather J. Landau, MD, MSKCC; Sagar Lonial, MD, Emory University; Noopur Suresh Raje, MD, Harvard Medical School; Jatin J. Shah, MD, MD Anderson…Evidence of disease progression does not necessarily trigger treatment, says Morie A. Gertz, MD. Individuals with high-velocity relapse will need immediate therapy, while patients who are asymptomatic with low-velocity reappearance of the M protein may not require intervention. The immunoglobulin free light chain assay is helpful as a leading indicator of progression in patients who plateau, adds Gertz.
News4Jax — Peanut allergies can be avoided — New statistics prove that if you introduce peanuts early in life, peanut allergies could actually be avoided. Dr. Vandana Bhide with Mayo Clinic is here to discuss the results and also how to introduce peanuts safely.
WKBT La Crosse — House Calls – Shingella — Pediatrician Dr. Jennifer Brumm is here today from Mayo Clinic to talk to us about a stomach bug that has made its way to the US.
Clinical Innovation + Technology — Mayo, AVIA announce innovation challenge finalists by Beth Walsh — Mayo Clinic and AVIA, a Chicago-based provider-led accelerator, have announced the six finalists who will be competing in Mayo's inaugural THINK BIG Challenge. The challenge focused on two key categories: Got Health, promoting health maintenance and prevention, and I Am Not My Disease, helping people with chronic illnesses live productive lives. Selected finalists will compete on Oct. 1 during Transform 2015 for one of two $50,000 awards. Additional coverage: iHealthBeat
Yahoo! Parenting — Breastfeeding Photos Shame Moms About What They Eat by Jennifer O’Neill…Experts at the Mayo Clinic advocate that nursing mothers consider the nutritional benefit of their food for babies. “Focus on making healthy choices to help fuel your milk production,” advises a breastfeeding tip sheet on the hospital’s website.
Wall Street Journal — Olympus Bets On Asian Healthcare — Healthcare is fast becoming one of the hottest targets for private equity firms in Asia. On Thursday, Olympus Capital Asia said it had invested $40 million in private Chinese hospital manager Tendcare Medical Group…In January, Minnesota-based Mayo Clinic partnered with fund manager Hillhouse Capital Group to expand in China. KKR & Co. invested in Chinese blood lab testing company China Cord Blood Corp. in 2012.
Grand Forks Herald — Levi's Hope: Friends help Cavalier family with son facing rare muscle disease…Levi has a rare form of congenital muscular dystrophy called LCMD that hinders his ability to crawl or hold up his head on his own. Just after his first birthday, Levi was diagnosed with LCMD, which is caused by a genetic mutation. Melissa and her husband, Kyle Gagner, explained the "muscles in his body get weaker faster than they get stronger."The Gagners live a hectic schedule. They take Levi to Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., for neurological visits every six months. They also go to the pediatric cardiologist and pulmonologist every six months at Sanford Health in Fargo. And they go to Grand Forks once a week for physical and occupational therapy.
AP — Report: Health care apps available in US top 165,000 by Tom Murphy — Smartphone users now have more than 165,000 apps available to help them stay healthy or monitor a medical condition, but just three dozen account for nearly half of all downloads, according to a new report…Dr. Mike Sevilla said he started recommending apps to patients a few years ago after they began asking for advice about them. He frequently recommends apps to help patients track their exercise or diet. The Salem, Ohio, family doctor also said the Mayo Clinic offers good apps to help people learn about conditions like diabetes.
LiveScience — Bladder: Facts, Function & Disease by Alina Bradford…An over active bladder, according to the Mayo Clinic, can be caused by a wide range of conditions, constipation, excess caffeine in the system and many other causes. Leakage of urine can also be caused by bladder spasms or stress. A bladder sling is sometimes used to treat stress urinary incontinence.
Red Wing Republican Eagle — Column: Kids will make gains as food programs grow by Brenton Lexvold — The end of summer marks the end of another successful Summer Food Service Program for Red Wing Public Schools. With the help of many volunteers (543 total volunteer hours) throughout the local community and vended meals from Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing, RWPS was able to provide 2,487 meals to children in Red Wing — a 138 percent increase in participation in comparison to the previous first year.
KJCT Colo. — Montrose's Ben Gibson handles golf and life's frustrations like a pro — Ben Gibson hasn't been a golfer for very long, but he's already picked up a valuable lesson. "It can put it in perspective to how easy this is compared to everything else," Gibson said. "Or how hard it is to some other things."That is uncanny perspective from a 15-year-old, considering it was everything else that forced him away from the sports he loves, soccer and football. That's when his family began to notice something wasn't right…Ten months of frustration, before an eventual trip to the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota revealed that Ben had what doctors called a very malignant brain tumor.
KAAL — Rochester First Responders Go Through Disaster Training by Ben Henry —Rochester’s first responders were put to the test Thursday morning in a unique, but important disaster training. Specifically, it was a plane crash that left many “actors,” who portrayed the people on the plane, injured and needing help…Rochester fire, police, state troopers, Gold Cross, and Mayo Clinic were among the responders. Not only did this help them, but the airport as well as this is a requirement for them every three years. Additional coverage: KTTC
World Socialist Web Site — Doctors protest high prices of cancer drugs in US by Brad Dixon — In a commentary appearing in the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings in July, a group of 118 oncologists called for measures to address the skyrocketing prices of cancer drugs, which have increased by five- to ten-fold over a period of 15 years. “It’s time for patients and their physicians to call for change,” said the commentary’s lead author, Ayalew Tefferi, a hematologist at the Mayo Clinic.
Tucuman Noticias — Un tratamiento médico más intenso para reducir la presión arterial ayuda a salvar muchas vidas, Un prominente estudio multicéntrico del que participó un equipo de la prestigiosa clínica Mayo descubrió que mantener la presión arterial sistólica en el objetivo de 120 logró reducir enormemente el riesgo de complicaciones cardiovasculares y muerte en las personas mayores con hipertensión.
Genética Médica News — Inhibición de los telómeros para el tratamiento de la mielofibrosis por Amparo Tolosa—Un estudio dirigido por la Clínica Mayo ha revelado el potencial del Imetelstat, fármaco inhibidor de los telómeros, en el tratamiento de los pacientes con mielofibrosis.
El Manana — Pérdida de peso, alerta de enfermedades en adultos mayors, La pérdida de peso en la mayoría de las personas de 70 o más años que no tengan la intención de bajarlo puede ser la primera señal de un problema de salud, alertaron especialistas del Instituto Mayo Clinic. En un comunicado, el instituto indicó que cuando las personas de la tercera edad comienzan a perder apetito puede indicar que tienen un problema médico profundo, por lo que es importante investigar su causa y verificar que no exista un problema mayor. Additional coverage: Informador Mexico, El Imparcial, Diario Presencia, Diario Rotativo
Salud180 — ¿Qué pasa en tu cuerpo y mente tras un divorcio?...3.- Organismo. Un estudio del Dr. Amir Lerman, cardiólogo de Mayo Clinic da a conocer que las personas que han pasado por situaciones como el divorcio, la muerte de la pareja o de algún familiar, entre otros, puede generarles el padecimiento del Síndrome del Corazón Roto.
Yahoo! Noticias — Piden valorar riesgos previo a operación de cáncer colorectal…En casi 20 por ciento de los pacientes con cáncer colorrectal, la enfermedad ya se diseminó provocando metástasis más allá del colon al momento del diagnóstico, siendo el hígado el lugar más común para dichas metástasis, indica un comunicado de Mayo Clinic.
El Mundo de Orizaba — No ignore la falta de apetito, Cuando una persona de la tercera edad pierde el apetito, antes de consumir bebidas para sustituir una comida o suplementos alimenticios, debe acudir con el médico, ya que no sentir hambre puede ser síntoma de alguna enfermedad. Paul Takahashi, especialista en medicina interna de la Clínica Mayo, explica que la pérdida de peso en la mayoría de los adultos mayores puede ser la primera señal de un problema de salud, sobre todo cuando la persona no tenía intención de perder kilos. Additional coverage: Terra Noticias
CNN Expansion, ‘Startup’ de la salud crea un estetoscopio inteligente por Sara O’Brien…Aunque gran parte del campo de la medicina ya es digital, para el bicentenario estetoscopio ha sido una transición lenta. "Se quedó estancado en el mundo analógico", dijo el Dr. Charanjit S. Rihal de Mayo Clinic’s. "Con los sonidos del corazón… aunque seas bueno examinando pacientes, ¿qué queda? Está en nuestras cabezas, hacemos diagramas, pero un año más tarde, ¿recuerdan de verdad los médicos lo que escucharon? La respuesta es que no pueden. "
El Financiero, El misterio del jet lag está por ser descifrado…Los médicos saben que dirigirse al oeste generalmente es más fácil para el cuerpo que viajar al este, porque requiere que el reloj interno de una persona “se ajuste para más tarde, no antes”, dijo R. Robert Auger, un especialista del sueño en la Clínica Mayo en Rochester, Minnesota.
El Universal, Mantener la presión en 120 reduce el riesgo de muerte en 25%, Un importante estudio determinó que mantener la presión arterial sistólica en 120 redujo enormemente el riesgo de complicaciones cardiovasculares y muerte en las personas mayores con hipertensión. "Se ha supuesto ampliamente que cuando uno es mayor es normal tener hipertensión, pero este estudio desafía esa idea", comentó William Haley, investigador principal de Clínica Mayo en el estudio Sprint y nefrólogo de la Clínica Mayo de Florida.
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