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Harvard Business Review
Getting Rid of “Never Events” in Hospitals
by Timothy Morgenthaler, M.D., chief patient safety officer at Mayo Clinic, and Charles Harper, M.D., executive dean for practice at Mayo Clinic
… A number of techniques and process-improvement tools from inside and outside the industry have been brought to bear: lean engineering to simplify and standardize care, Crew Resource Management to improve teamwork, checklists to help teams focus and improve reliability, and so on. Human factors science, which studies the relationship between human beings and systems in order to improve efficiency, safety, and effectiveness is now being applied broadly in health care in everything from information management to the design of operating rooms.
Reach: Harvard Business Review – Online provides editorial content designed to complement the coverage found in its parent print publication, which focuses on business management. The site receives more than 232,000 unique visitors each month.
Context: Timothy Morgenthaler, M.D., is a Mayo Clinic Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine physician who also practices in Mayo Clinic's Center for Sleep Medicine. Intrinsic in Dr. Morgenthaler's work in his role as chief safety officer is developing the capability to measure important components of patient safety, such as preventable harm, aggregated near-miss analysis, and relationship between risk conditions and serious harm events. Charles (Michel) Harper, M.D. is a Mayo Clinic neurologist who also serves as executive dean for practice at Mayo Clinic. In his role as chair of Mayo Clinic's Clinical Practice Committee, Dr. Harper and the committee's key role in not only sharing, but implementing best practices and outcomes across sites.
Contact: Duska Anastasijevic
Forget Last Year's Hiccups, Go Get Your Flu Shot
by Pattie Neighmond
Last year, public health officials were taken by surprise when new strains of the flu virus appeared. Not so this year and they advise everyone six months or older to get vaccinated against the flu…For scientists, every year presents a new challenge to predict exactly which strains of the flu will be powerful enough to make people sick. Pritish Tosh is an infectious disease doctor and researcher at the Mayo Clinic. He says there are dozens of different flu strains.
Reach: National Public Radio, NPR, creates and distributes news, information, and music programming to a network of 975 independent stations and reaches 26 million listeners every week.
Context: Mayo Clinic infectious diseases specialist Pritish Tosh, M.D. says,"There’s a lot of research going on looking at some of these other options, in terms of our target for the influenza vaccine." Dr. Tosh, who is also a member of the Vaccine Research Group at Mayo Clinic, says the new avenues of investigation are definitely needed. However, he cautions, the single flu vaccine has only been tested in animals and is not yet available. So, he urges everyone to get immunized with the safe and proven vaccines that we already have. "Influenza is a real killer. It kills tens of thousands of Americans each year, either directly or through its complications. And we really only have one great way in terms of prevention and that is with [the current] influenza vaccine." More information, including a video interview with Dr. Tosh, can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.
Contact: Bob Nellis
US News & World Report
Improving Hospital Quality and Reducing Costs
by Kimberly Leonard
… Sunday at the U.S. News Hospital of Tomorrow conference in the nation's capital, hospital executives discussed how the act has changed the way they do business and deliver care. They discussed the impacts of innovation, coverage and how to reduce waste in the system. Dr. John Noseworthy, president and CEO for the Mayo Clinic, opened the conference with a keynote speech on "The Faces of High-Value Health Care: People and Processes." He highlighted a few ways the Mayo Clinic has better coordinated care, including the creation of "Ask Mayo Expert," which allows patients to avoid a trip to the hospital by allowing them to connect with a health care professional online.
Reach: US News reaches more than 10 million unique visitors to its website each month.
The Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program Pampers Guests While Promoting Good Health
by Janice O’Leary
Can a wellness boot camp at a medical center feel like a luxury retreat? Upon entering the center where the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program is headquartered, in Rochester, Minn., it is hard to remember that the building belongs to a medical center. Designed to maximize open space and sunlight, the architecture itself conveys a sense of health and well-being. Sun streams into stairwells, making them more appealing than the elevator. Seamless windows wrap around the fitness studios, so they have the feel of a luxury athletic club. The equipment in the strength-training area is top notch. This feels like the perfect place to hit reset.
Reach: The Robb Report publishes it's Health & Wellness publication quarterly. The magazine targets affluent individuals interested in health and wellness topics. The Robb Report Online has more than 648,900 unique visitor to its site each month.
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Contact: Kelley Luckstein
WQOW Eau Claire
Car Control Class prepares teens for emergency driving situations…
Instructors said giving teens the practice they need for keeping control in emergencies is key. "The bigger crash comes from someone panicking or over-correcting or overreacting, and if you have not felt those things with the car, what the car can do, you're likely to panic and overreact," Dr. Lee Mayer, Mayo Clinic Health Systems Orthopedic Surgeon said. Mayer played a key role in starting the Car Control Classes eight years ago.
Context: The car control classes held at Chippewa Valley Technical College & sponsored by Mayo Clinic Health System.
Reach: WQOW is an ABC affiliate serving the Eau Claire, Wis. area.
Contact: Kristin Everett
Boston Globe — Tracking hospital trust on Twitter… 10 hospitals getting the most positive responses in Tweets — CloudClinical uses software to automatically detect which tweets are about patient experience and how positive or negative the sentiment of those responses are. Out of hospitals that had received more than 20 tweets, these were the ones that got the highest ratio of positive response about patient care. 1. Seattle Children’s Hospital @seattlechildren; 2. Mayo Cinic@mayoclinic
Washington Post — Will anyone ever run a marathon in less than two hours? It’s a matter of time by Carlos Lozada — Review of "Two Hours: The Quest to Run the Impossible Marathon" by Ed Caesar… he recounts efforts at Adidas to design the fastest running shoes. And he dwells on the work of Mike Joyner, a professor of anesthesiology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., who estimates that the best possible marathon time — assuming ideal values for an athlete’s lactate threshold, running economy and oxygen consumption — would be an extraordinary 1:57:58.
Washington Post — For the first time, Fukushima recovery worker diagnosed with cancer… Asahi Shimbun, a major Japanese daily newspaper, reported the man, from Kitakyushu, is now 41. He worked at the Daiichi plant near the No.3 and No.4 reactors from 2012 to 2013. He was diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia — a cancer of the blood and bone marrow, according to the Mayo Clinic — in January 2014. The word “acute” indicates “the disease’s rapid progression,” according to Mayo.
Wall Street Journal — CFO Journal: C-Suite Health Perks on Decline by Emily Chasan — For years executives at Brocade Communications Systems Inc. were treated to a full day of physical exams and assessments in the spa-like setting of Stanford University’s executive medicine program. But the firm ended the perk in 2013, in an effort to eliminate inequalities in its employee benefits package and avoid taxes and penalties associated with the Affordable Care Act…Executives still get a full suite of health benefits at Polaris Industries. The Minnesota recreational vehicle maker offers up to $50,000 in supplemental health coverage for executives and the full cost of an annual physical at the Mayo Clinic for executive officers and their spouses.
CNN — Weight watching? Here's how Oprah can help by Ben Tinker…"Oprah Winfrey and Weight Watchers International, Inc. have joined together in a groundbreaking partnership to inspire people around the world to lead a healthier and more fulfilling life."…When U.S. News and World Report recently ranked 35 of the most popular diets, Weight Watchers tied for third place overall (alongside the Mayo Clinic Diet and Mediterranean Diet; and just below the DASH Diet and TLC Diet).
Huffington Post — A Surprising Number Of Expectant Dads Also Get 'Pregnancy Blues' by Erin Schumaker … Hormone changes during pregnancy can trigger depression in women, according to the Mayo Clinic, but the general risk factors for pre-baby depression -- such as lack of partner support -- are fairly similar for mothers and fathers.
Reuters — Sit-stand desks linked to less sedentary time at work by Lisa Rapaport — Giving workers adjustable-height desks may contribute to less sedentary time in the office, a small U.S. study suggests. Researchers found that people with the sit-stand desks spent about 60 minutes more on their feet during the workday and 66 fewer minutes sitting down than their colleagues with ordinary desks.…Even without sit-stand desks, there are still plenty of things workers can do to decrease sedentary time during the day, noted Dr. Francisco Lopez-Jiminez, a cardiology researcher at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, who wasn’t involved in the study.
Reuters — News Release: Viewics and Mayo Clinic Team Up to Use Data Analytics to Better Serve Patients and Laboratory Clients — Viewics, Inc., a provider of health care analytics solutions, and Mayo Clinic recently signed an agreement that will use the Viewics analytics platform to drive key initiatives for safety, service, costs, and quality. As part of the agreement, Viewics will deploy its data platform Viewics Health Insighter across various divisions within Mayo’s Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, including the health care organization’s reference laboratory Mayo Medical Laboratories. Additional coverage: Virtual-Strategy Magazine
FOX News — Are gourmet salts healthier than table salt? by Julie Relevant…Even though most of us know to cut back on the amount of salt we’re cooking with and sprinkling on our food, most people are still getting way too much sodium that’s hidden in take-out, restaurant fare and processed foods— this accounts for about 90 percent of the sodium in our diets, said Katherine Zeratsky, a registered dietitian nutritionist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.
Huffington Post (originally published on Footnote) — Genomics Moves From the Lab to the Doctor's Office…The spread of genomics is launching a "new era" in medicine, according to Dr. Alexander Parker, an epidemiologist and the Associate Director of the Mayo Clinic's Center for Individualized Medicine (CIM) in Florida.(b) We're transitioning from a one-size-fits-all model to a world of individualized medicine that is tailored to each patient's genomic profile.
Wall Street Journal — Adventures in Babysitting — Dan Ariely answers readers’ questions on accidental bills, closet tactics and irrational locales…Dear Dan, What is the best example of human irrationality? — I must admit that I’ve never understood why the most important medical center in the world, the Mayo Clinic, is conveniently located in balmy Rochester, Minn. I deeply appreciate the care they’ve given me—but it’s a long trip.
CBS News — The puzzling case of sudoku-induced seizures by Mary Brophy Marcus — Solving sudoku puzzles led to seizures in a young German man, say scientists from the University of Munich who wrote about the unusual medical tale in JAMA Neurology…The brain consists of brain cells connected by fibers, explained Mayo Clinic neurologist Dr. Elson So, an epilepsy specialist. "We can look at the brain as a network system. There are some centers for mathematical concepts and others for language. The authors have shown with some evidence that the fibers connecting the centers were damaged," So said.
CBS News — Are the kids all right? When breast cancer runs in the family by Mary Brophy Marcus…Women who have inherited mutations in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes face a much higher risk of developing breast cancer and ovarian cancer compared with the general population. Inherited BRCA gene mutations are responsible for about five percent of breast cancers and about 10 to 15 percent of ovarian cancers, according to Mayo Clinic experts.
NY Times — This Column Is Gluten-Free by Roger Cohen…There has been a huge and mysterious rise in celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder that results in damage to the small intestine when gluten is ingested. According to the Mayo Clinic web site, four times as many people suffer from celiac disease as 60 years ago, and roughly one in 100 people are now affected. Why is unclear.
Huffington Post — Forgiveness: The Secret to a Healthy Relationship by Lisa Firestone…In practicing forgiveness, people are able to break a cycle that so many couples get into, where there is an ongoing, destructive back and forth, and no one really wins. As an article from the Mayo Clinic warned, "If you don't practice forgiveness, you might be the one who pays most dearly." The article goes on to list some of the effects of holding a grudge as…
US News & World Report — Could an Inexpensive, Underused Drug Reduce Blood Loss During Surgery?... Whether it’s appropriate to use a drug called tranexamic acid, or TXA, which is increasingly being viewed as a way to enhance joint replacement surgery by reducing blood loss during these procedures… TXA is widely known as a potential lifesaver, such as on battlefields, where it's used to slow blood loss among soldiers injured in combat. Back in the civilian world, clinicians at medical centers including Saint Marys Hospital, one of Mayo Clinic's hospitals in Rochester, Minnesota, also administer the drug to stop patients’ bleeding in cases ranging from automobile crashes to farming accidents, says Dr. Donald Jenkins, medical director for the hospital’s Level I Trauma Center. Jenkins says doctors at Saint Marys and elsewhere at Mayo use the drug during elective joint replacement surgery as well, and he says the positive results that Canadian researchers found reflect their experience.
Reuters — Almost half of elderly patients miscalculate life expectancy by Lisa Rapaport — Almost half of elderly people don’t have an accurate sense of how much longer they’re likely to live, a problem that may lead some of them to make poorly informed medical decisions, a U.S. study suggests… “The logic goes that if patients underestimate their survival they may not think it is worthwhile to stop smoking, or eat healthy meals or stay active or undergo cancer screening tests or other preventive care,” Dr. Victor Montori, an expert in shared decision making at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, said by email. Additional coverage: Reuters UK, Yahoo! Canada
Reuters — WomenHeart to Host First National Policy & Science Summit on Women and Cardiovascular Health… This first ever meeting of the nation's most influential leaders in the science, policy, and practice of women's cardiovascular health provides a groundbreaking opportunity to create a roadmap for improving the lives of women with or at risk for heart disease… Sharonne Hayes, MD, Mayo Clinic, National Policy & Science Summit Co-Chair.
FDA News — Mayo Clinic Wins NIH Grant to Develop Devices to Stop Seizures by Michael Cipriano — The National Institutes of Health has awarded the Mayo Clinic a five-year, $6.8 million grant to develop devices to track and treat abnormal brain activity in people with epilepsy. The goal of the research is to develop an implant that can monitor activity of the brain to forecast upcoming seizures and stimulate multiple brain regions to prevent seizures from happening. The grant is part of the presidential initiative aimed at understanding of the human brain. It will support a multidisciplinary team of neurologists, scientists and engineers from industry and academia.
ABC15 Arizona — Rally for Red: Mayo Clinic discusses sudden, unexpected death in young athletes — Komandoor Srivathsan, M.D., Mayo Clinic Cardiologist, joined the hosts of Sonoran Living Live to discuss sudden, unexpected death in young athletes.
ABC15 Arizona — Valley man's persistence leads to diagnosis, new heart by Katie Raml…"I like to joke, but I'm serious when it comes to the heart," David Wipprect tells us. "It's still fresh."…He was told by doctors it was just pneumonia and was sent home. But Wipprect says he knew it was something more. That's when he was sent to Mayo Clinic -- and the father of three found out he needed a new heart.
ABC15 Arizona — Mayo Clinic News Network: Should you get a flu shot if you have heart disease? The answer is yes — If you have heart disease, flu season can be a dangerous time. Death from influenza (flu) is more common among people with heart disease than among people with any other chronic condition. Fortunately, getting a flu shot can reduce your risk of catching the flu or developing complications from the flu.
WEAU Eau Claire — New CPR guidelines reinforce quick action and chest compressions… Cardiac arrest, or the heart suddenly stopping, is a leading cause of death in the U.S. Dr. Fearghas O'Cochlain, a cardiologist at Mayo Clinic Health System, said immediate CPR is important because it keeps blood flow around the body. He said if you are a bystander, don't just stand by. "The key is not to be afraid of it. The person on the ground has nothing to lose. If you don't do CPR for them if they're truly in need of it, they have no hope," said Dr. O'Cochlain.
Dunn County News — New physician joins old friends at MCHS–Red Cedar — When Carla Carlson, M.D., joined Internal Medicine at Mayo Clinic Health System–Red Cedar in Menomonie, she greeted her new colleagues like old friends. Because they are. Boyceville native, Dr. Carlson works alongside family medicine physician James Walker, M.D., who delivered her as a baby, and surgeon Derek Scammell, M.D., who fixed her ruptured appendix when she was in middle school.
MedPage Today — HER2-Positive Breast CA Patients Prosper on Solo Chemo by Pam Harrison — Prognosis for human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2)-positive patients with lymphocyte-predominant breast cancer (LPBC) was significantly better following treatment with chemotherapy alone than it was for their counterparts receiving chemotherapy plus trastuzumab (Herceptin), an exploratory analysis of the North Central Cancer Treatment Group-N9831 trial has shown…"Analysis of HER2-positive cancers from patients enrolled in the FinHER adjuvant study has suggested that the levels of STILs are predictive of benefit from adjuvant trastuzumab therapy," Edith Perez, MD, Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, Florida and colleagues write in JAMA Oncology.
Peter Herald — FALL HEALTH: Paying attention to ADHD by Amanda Schuh N.P., Behavioral Health Department at Mayo Clinic Health System — ADHD stands for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. It is a condition that is common in young and old alike, and can occur in both males and females. It tends to start during the early grade school years and very often persists into adulthood.
LifeZette — Too Many Head Cases? by Matt Morrison…The King-Devick test was developed in the 1970s to determine reading dysfunction through eye movement. Researchers have now found the principles of the test can be applied to brain injury when compared to baseline data before a concussion. Dr. David Dodick, a neurologist and concussion specialist at the Mayo Clinic Arizona, said several recent studies show the examination to be highly accurate in screening for brain injury.
Family Practice News — Midlife contraception strategy should include transition to menopause by Kari Oakes — Though fertility declines precipitously as menopause nears, women in midlife may still conceive. Clinicians and patients need guidance to develop a rational plan for contraceptive management and a clear path to transition to menopausal symptom management, said Dr. Petra Casey at the NAMS 2015 Annual Meeting. Dr. Casey, professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., noted that the rate of infertility approaches, but does not reach, 100% by age 50, so women need a game plan to take them through the end of their fertile years.
Albert Lea Tribune — Mayo, Hormel enter new health kiosk partnership — Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea and Austin has expanded its HealthSpot kiosk program to its biggest partner yet: Hormel Foods Corp. Mayo will now allow Hormel employees and their dependents to connect with Mayo Clinic and Mayo Clinic Health System providers through the Mayo Clinic Health Connection kiosks, which feature high-definition videoconferencing and interactive, digital medical devices… Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea and Austin CEO Dr. Mark Ciota said that collaboration with Austin Public Schools has been received very positively.
Dunn County News — Double duty — Amanda Lafky wouldn’t seem to be the picture of someone serving in the U.S. military. The senior at University of Wisconsin-Stout is majoring in professional communication and emerging media, a major that likely will lead her to an office job someday. With a concentration in applied journalism, she is aiming for a career in public relations… She also is working this fall in public relations at Mayo Clinic Health System — Red Cedar through the university’s Cooperative Education Program.
Washington Post — What Bill O’Reilly’s new book on Ronald Reagan gets wrong about Ronald Reagan — “Killing Reagan,” by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard, is supposed to be a book of new scholarship on the Reagan presidency. Instead, it restates old claims and rumors, virtually all of which have been discredited by the historical record…As far as Reagan’s mental acuity, which this book presents as nose-diving very early in his presidency, only in 1994 did Reagan’s doctors at the Mayo Clinic find evidence of Alzheimer’s, six years after he left office, and they issued a statement at the time stating such.
Cannon Falls Beacon — SE MN seeks help on highest health care premiums in State by Ken Haggerty — A crowd of about 60 people gathered in Cannon Falls at the Cannon River Winery on October 8 seeking answers at a Health Policy Summit on why Southeastern Minnesota residents have to pay so much more in health care insurance premiums (surcharges near 50% for some plans) than anywhere else in the State… Mayo's Witt said they are frustrated as anyone over the divergence of rates between the metro and the southeast in recent years, saying they have kept cost increases at 3% or less over the last few years.
Las Vegas Review-Journal — 11 everyday habits that are making you poor… Having Several Nightly Drinks — You've probably heard that a little alcohol can actually be good for your heart. At least, that's what various studies have found. But if you're tossing back several drinks a night, you could be hurting your health and your budget…Ideally, women of all ages and men older than 65 should limit themselves to one drink a day, and men 65 and younger should have no more than two, according to the Mayo Clinic.
KCCI Des Moines — Mayo Clinic News Network: Hysterectomy may indicate cardiovascular risk in women under age 50 — Hysterectomy may be a marker of early cardiovascular risk and disease, especially in women under 35, according to Mayo Clinic experts… “Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death among women, and women see primarily gynecologists between 18 years and 64 years – a time when early screening for cardiovascular disease would be important,” says lead author and Mayo Clinic OB-GYN Shannon Laughlin-Tommaso, M.D., “We wanted to do this study to find a gynecologic screening method for cardiovascular disease.”
Denver Post — 42 jobs lost as Datu Health closes its Boulder headquarters… The company, originally a division of St. Louis-based Bick Group, has been backed by Irvine, Calif.-based Joseph Health since 2013, landing at least $35 million from the $5.5 billion hospital system. Datu grew to as many as 55 people in Boulder, and the company recently was selected as a finalist in the Mayo Clinic's Think Big Challenge.
Rolling Stone — Grateful Dead's Phil Lesh Reveals Bladder Cancer Battle by Daniel Kreps — Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh has canceled a pair of October concerts after revealing that he is battling bladder cancer. In a letter to fans Friday on Facebook apologizing for the nixed Phil & Friends shows, Lesh wrote, "I was diagnosed with bladder cancer in early October, and have spent the last few weeks at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale doing tests and eventually surgery to remove the tumors." Additional coverage: Music Times, CNN, Toronto Sun, NBC News, FOX8, com, ABC15 Ariz., AP, USA Today, Chicago Tribune, NY Times, Star Tribune, Arizona Republic, Entertainment Weekly
Post-Bulletin — U.S. health secretary visits Mayo's Biobank by Heather Carlson — U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell emphasized the importance of investing in precision medicine and health care research during a visit Friday to the Mayo Clinic Biobank. Burwell told reporters the work being done at Mayo Clinic to personalize medicine is critical for the future of health care… Joining Burwell on the tour were Mayo Clinic President and CEO Dr. John Noseworthy and U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar. Noseworthy said Mayo Clinic wholeheartedly backs the president's precision medicine initiative. Additional coverage: KAAL, Pioneer Press, KSTP, KIMT
News4Jax — Talking to kids about tragedy — Dr. Vandana Bhide of the Mayo Clinic joins explaining how to talk to your children about different tragedies happening in our world.
KTTC — "Feel the Beat" raises awareness for rare heart condition by Alanna Martella — Dozens of people gathered at Mayo Clinic's Gonda building Saturday to "Feel the Beat", a family event hosted by the Mayo Clinic Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, or HLHS, Program. Nathan Bortnick was born with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, a disease in which the heart is severely underdeveloped. "When I was eight months pregnant, we found out that Nathan had HLHS, which is basically missing two chambers of his heart. But we found out that right now, it's something that can be fixed," said Hannah Bortnick, Nathan's mother.
Eau Claire Leader-Telegram — After winning two bouts against breast cancer, survivor stresses the importance of early detection by Christena O’Brien — Juliann Johannsen has tackled breast cancer not only once, but twice. “I’m just lucky,” said the 48-year-old Eau Claire woman, settling back into a chair at her kitchen table with a smile on her face and a twinkle in her eye...The second time around, her doctor called Johannsen — who was home alone at her southside home — to tell her the news. “I only cried twice,” she said. Both times the tears came when she had to tell the charge nurse at Mayo Clinic Health System, where she works as a critical care nurse. “When you tell someone, it becomes real.”
Chippewa Herald — If it’s green, don’t eat it — and other struggles with weight loss by Jad Roeske, M.D., Mayo Clinic Health System — Kicking and screaming. That is how I began my weight loss journey with the Mayo Clinic Diet. To say I was an unwilling participant at first was an understatement. I felt trapped, however, because my pants were too tight even though I had bought the kind with the hidden elastic waistband. I even had the unpleasant experience of having a patient whom I hadn’t seen for a while remark, “Boy, you’ve gained weight.” Ouch, that hurt!
Las Vegas Review-Journal — Blood clots can surprise through genetic conditions, lifestyle habits by Art Nadler — It's estimated that about 100,000 deaths occur each year in the U.S. from blood clots, while these clumps of sticky blood also play a contributing factor in an additional 100,000 deaths annually, according to medical statistics. It's also estimated on average 800,000 people, at any one time, are diagnosed with venous thrombosis, the most common form of blood clots that park themselves in the legs. Dr. Fadi Shamoun, medical director of the Anticoagulation Clinic and Vascular Medicine Division of Cardiovascular Diseases at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., said blood clots can be attributed to two factors: external and internal.
Star Tribune — Editorial: The U and Fairview make a wise bet on future of the 'Healthy State' — “The Healthy State.” That desirable brand could be Minnesota’s to own in the 21st century. This state can already make a strong claim to leading the nation in the quality and affordability of its health care delivery, the reach of its insurance coverage and the well-being of its citizens. But additional steps to solidify its claim on health leadership are needed…Many details remain to be decided. The same can be said for another major initiative already in progress that also would build Minnesota’s “Healthy State” brand — the Destination Medical Center (DMC) project at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. The two stand to be complementary, with M Health serving Minnesota patients and Mayo seeking to boost its international clientele.
WEAU Eau Claire — Women Rock to raise funds and fight breast cancer…Mayo Clinic Health system and Spectrum Reach are sponsoring a rejuvenated ‘Women Rock’ event to raise money for the American Cancer Society to fight breast cancer. Jackie Bachmeier, Account Executive of Spectrum Reach, Jen Theisen, Publisher of 5ive for Women and Dr. Jennifer Bantz, of Mayo Clinic Health System joined Hello Wisconsin to share more.
Post-Bulletin — A new option in health care by Jeff Kiger… Hormel Foods just joined the Austin Public Schools and the Mayo Clinic Health System is offering employees access to three walk-in HealthSpot telemedicine kiosks…Each one is staffed by a Mayo Clinic employee who then connects the patient to doctor, nurse practitioner or physicians assistant via video conference equipment in kiosk. The patient can use some basic diagnostic tools to give the caregiver more information. "The glory of the system is that the provider could be anywhere," said Melissa Barr, Mayo Clinic's operations manager in Austin and Albert Lea.
South Florida Reporter — Mayo Clinic News Network: Dietary Supplements: More Than 23,000 People End Up In ER…A key issue is that many over-the-counter dietary supplements are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), so there’s often no way to tell if a supplement is safe or if it will cause adverse side effects. Mayo Clinic nutrition expert Dr. Donald Hensrud says, “The evidence supporting beneficial health effects of most dietary supplements is not very strong, and there are potential adverse effects. One reason people take dietary supplements is to improve their general health. However, the evidence supporting a healthy, balanced diet is magnitudes stronger than any dietary supplement.”
Modern Healthcare — Nurses devise their own innovations by Sabriya Rice — If necessity is the mother of invention, Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers Anna Young and José Gómez-Márquez figured they would find cheap, practical innovations in the small Nicaraguan town of Ocotal, 3,000 miles from Cambridge. The object of their 2011 search was to find creative doctors delivering quality care at low cost by using locally procured fabrics, electronics and other supplies…In September 2013, Young and Gómez-Márquez co-founded MakerNurse and launched a study that set up temporary do-it-yourself medical-device workspaces in six U.S. hospitals. …The labs in the study are stationed at…the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn…
Minnesota Golfer magazine — Golf Medicine by Joe Bissen — Advancements in medical technology are helping golfers with sport-specific injury prevention and rehab measures…The Golf Performance Program at the Mayo Clinic’s Sports Medicine Center in Rochester is perhaps the most comprehensive golf and physiology program in the state.
mHealthNews — How Mayo Clinic sees mHealth as a catalyst for change by Eric Wicklund — Douglas Wood, MD, mHealth works when it pays attention to what the patient wants and needs. And right now, healthcare providers aren't listening. Wood, medical director at the Mayo Clinic's Center for Innovation, says providers traditionally have managed their patients by telling them to "do things we want people to do," rather than understanding what patients want. But that authoritative approach is turning people off, and in this age of consumer-facing and value-based healthcare, that means providers are missing out on opportunities to improve their practice.
Pioneer Press — Norm Coleman battling throat cancer, ex-U.S. senator says by David Montgomery — Former senator and St. Paul mayor Norm Coleman has throat cancer, the Republican politician revealed on his Facebook profile Monday. "It is clear that my cancer, while serious, is very treatable and the prognosis is extremely positive," wrote Coleman, 66…He is working with doctors in the Twin Cities and at Rochester's Mayo Clinic. Coleman said he will undergo aggressive procedures in the coming weeks to treat the cancer, but will "continue to live my life, enjoy my family, go to my cabin, do my work, stay involved in politics and public policy, and be a husband and a dad. Additional coverage: Star Tribune, KARE11, FOX9, KAAL, WCCO, West Central Tribune
Footnote 1 — Tailoring Treatment, One Cancer Patient At A Time by Judy Boughey, M.D., and Matthew Goetz, M.D., Mayo Clinic — At age 42, Holly Boehle was diagnosed with aggressive breast cancer. Fortunately, the cancer cells have been banished by chemotherapy targeted against a specific genetic abnormality in her tumor. She’s now back home in Michigan with her children, husband, and friends, and has returned to her job as a school psychologist. But a record of the cancer that affected Boehle lives on in our lab at the Mayo Clinic, in a set of mice that each host a living genetic replica of her tumor and in a file that contains the tumor’s complete genetic blueprint. We can use this information to design targeted treatments for Boehle, if her cancer should ever return, and to help other women with genetically similar tumors.
WQOW Eau Claire — Breast cancer affects men but rare, local doctor says by Jesse Yang… News 18 spoke with a medical oncologist at Mayo Clinic Health System, and he said breast cancer can be more easily detected in males since they don't have as much fat and connective tissue in the breast as females. Dr. Eyad Al Hattab, with Mayo Clinic Health System, said only one percent of all breast cancer cases are men. He said because of this rarity affected men are least likely to talk about their battle against breast cancer.
MedPage Today — Older TNF Inhibitors Better for Psoriatic Arthritis by Wayne Kuznar — An older tumor necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitor or secukinumab appear to work better than newer biologic agents in promoting response in patients with psoriatic arthritis (PsA) who have inadequate response to or do not tolerate disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)… Study co-author John M. Davis III, MD, said that the reason for the superiority of older TNF inhibitors in this meta-analysis is unclear. "It is possible that those first molecules are ultimately more effective at inhibiting the activity of TNF," he said.
Scottsdale Independent — The value of innovative medicines is 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 argue 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.
Harvard Business Review — Getting Bundled Payments Right in Health Care by Derek Haas… Cleveland Clinic, Mayo Clinic, and MD Anderson Cancer Center achieve alignment in a different but still effective way: by directly employing their physicians. Not surprisingly, these institutions are also among the leaders in offering bundled payments for complex medical conditions.
Reuters — Kenneth R. DeVault Elected President of the American College of Gastroenterology — Kenneth R. DeVault, MD, FACG, was elected by the membership as the 2015-2016 president of the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG), a national specialty association representing more than 13,000 clinical gastroenterologists and other specialists in digestive diseases…Dr. DeVault is Professor and Chair of the Department of Medicine at Mayo Clinic Florida.
KEYC Mankato — Mankato Marathon Cleaning Up After Successful Weekend by Shawn Loging… The marathon didn't just go well for organizers. The medical team credits the weather for the low number of health emergencies on the course. Mayo Clinic Health System Public Affairs Kevin Burns says, "We saw approximately 15 patients for a variety of cramps or hydration issues or things like that. We did transport one runner." As the final remnants of the Mankato Marathon are getting cleared away, organizers say they are using this year to help them learn and plan for future marathons.
Becker’s Hospital Review — 7 takeaways from the U.S. News Hospital of Tomorrow conference by Kelly Gooch — The U.S. News Hospital of Tomorrow conference kicked off this weekend in Washington, D.C., with hospital leaders discussing a myriad of healthcare topics, including the Affordable Care Act and its impact. Here are seven things to know about the meeting, which ends Tuesday. 1. This is the third annual Hospital of Tomorrow forum. 2. John Noseworthy, MD, president and CEO of Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic, opened the conference with a keynote speech on "The Faces of High-Value Health Care: People and Processes."
The Blaze — Glenn Beck Finds ‘Hope’ in Unlikely Place: ‘Last Week, I Was Out for a Couple of Days, and I Will Share With You Now Where I Was’…“Last week, I was out for a couple of days, and I will share with you now where I was,” Beck said. “I was at the Mayo Clinic. And you know that I lost my voice over the summer and I just wanted to make sure that was right and some things that have been happening in my life for the last five years have returned…it sucks.” But Beck said he actually found “hope for all mankind” during his time at the Mayo clinic — but not because of his own personal situation. “I saw a privatized hospital treat people in remarkable fashion,” he added. “It was the best hospital experience I’ve ever had in my life.”
EurekAlert! — Research!America to honor leaders in medical and health research advocacy — Dr. John Noseworthy, George and Trish Vradenburg, Dr. Robert Langer, The ALS Association, and Lisa Paulsen and the Entertainment Industry Foundation to receive 2016 Research!America Advocacy Awards; Dr. Harold Varmus to receive the Legacy Award.
Florida Times-Union — CT scan for lung cancer can benefit most at risk by Margaret Johnson, chair of the Division of Pulmonary Medicine at Mayo Clinic Florida — In 1984, lung cancer became the No. 1 cancer killer of both men and women. It was previously thought that lung cancer was a disease that nearly exclusively affected men. But as the number of women who smoked in the U.S. increased in the 1950s and ’60s, deaths from lung cancer in women increased dramatically. Surprising to many, lung cancer kills more women than cancers of the breast, uterus and ovary combined.
GQ — How to Nuke Your Cold Into Oblivion (Before It Starts) by Chris Gayomali…Waking up with the sniffles—and their shitty brethren, the scratchy throat and faint headache associated with cold season—is the pits. “The best thing to do,” says Dr. Pritish Tosh, a disease specialist at the Mayo Clinic, “is drink lots of fluid and get plenty of rest. There are old wives’ tales and things that circulate on the Internet. But there is no substitute to getting a lot of rest.”
Healio-Gastroenterology — EQUIP-3: Endoscopic quality improvement program increases ADR — In the third trial of an endoscopic quality improvement program, adenoma detection rates were shown to increase after training in a multicenter clinical practice setting, but not significantly compared with a control intervention, according to data presented at ACG 2015… “In our original trial … called EQUIP-1, … we performed a single-center, randomized, controlled trial at the Mayo Clinic in Florida,” Michael B. Wallace, MD, from the division of gastroenterology and hepatology at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., said during his presentation.
Targeted Oncology — Sparing Women of an Axillary Lymph Node Dissection by Abigail Caudle, M.D….“The ultimate goal here is to speed drug development by determining which genetic variations determine who responds to a given treatment, and to develop novel therapies for women whose tumors are resistant to standard chemotherapy. Currently, every woman receives a standard course of treatment, and it fails to completely eradicate tumors in a substantial number of patients,” said Matthew P. Goetz, MD, associate professor of Oncology and Pharmacology, at Mayo’s College of Medicine.
Live Science — Poop Goes Mainstream: Fecal Transplants Get Past the 'Ick' by Christopher Wanjek… The standard treatment for initial C. diff infection, perhaps ironically, is more antibiotics, even though this poses a 20 percent risk for a recurrent infection, said Dr. Sahil Khanna of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, who presented his results yesterday at the Hawaii meeting. Khanna and his colleagues have developed a technique to accurately predict, for the first time, which patients are unlikely to benefit from antibiotic treatment, based on the number of various bacterial species in the patients' stool. Those who are at high risk of failing to improve with antibiotic treatment could consider FMT instead, he said.
Everyday Health — Why Tommy Archer Stopped Taking Medication for Prostate Cancer – And Why It Worked by Dr. Sanjay Gupta… Gupta: Tommy Archer was diagnosed with an aggressive form of prostate cancer in 2012. Surgery removed most of it, but his doctors knew there was still cancer in his body. Tommy Archer: For me, as a person not knowing what’s going on, every night you go to bed, you’re thinking there’s a Pac-Man inside you, but you don’t know where; but he’s going to get me if we don’t get him first. Eugene Kwon, MD, Mayo Clinic: So, he was put on hormone therapy and a number of other medications to basically try to control his prostate cancer.
RT Magazine — Sepsis and Shock Response Team in ED Reduces Mortality — To study the effects on patient care and outcomes, researchers from Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla, formed a multidisciplinary sepsis and shock response team (SSRT) to help alert emergency department providers when he conditions were suspected… “Implementation of automatic electronic alerts followed by systematic assessment and early intervention will improve compliance with diagnosis and treatment protocols,” Mayo Clinic physician and lead researcher Dr. Moreno Franco said in a press release. Additional coverage: Nursing Times, Medical News Today
Medscape — Dozens of Societies Seek Ways to Collaborate on Obesity by Marlene Busko…And sleep specialist Timothy I Morgenthaler, MD, Mayo Clinic Center for Sleep Medicine, said: "The [American Academy of Sleep Medicine] AASM recognizes that healthy sleep helps prevent obesity, and that helping our patients with obesity lose weight is an integral part of sleep apnea treatment." "This conference is a great step toward whole person healthcare," said Dr Morgenthaler, past president of the AASM.
Medscape — Radiation in Children With Ependymoma Improves Outcomes by Zosia Chustecka… Merchant commented that now the results of this study are out, pediatric patients with ependymomas should not be followed with observation but should receive radiotherapy. The results also demonstrate the important of surgery, he said. This is one of the important messages to come out of this study, said Sammer Keole, MD, assistant professor of radiation oncology at the Mayo Clinic, Phoenix, Arizona, who was approached for comment on the study. "Gross total resection is the cornerstone of treatment, as this doubles your chance of cure," he told Medscape Medical News.
KIMT — Flu vaccine available in our area by Jeron Rennie…Health officials said the flu is not something to mess around with. “It can be very dangerous,” said Brenda Haynes, primary care nurse manager at Mayo Clinic Health System in Austin. “You can spread it to others, especially people who have immunocompromised states, or are very young or very old. It can lead to a lot of hospitalizations and, unfortunately, several thousand deaths per year.”
Medscape — Aggressive Approach to Anaplastic Thyroid Cancer Shows Benefit by Nancy Melville — Survival rates of the rare anaplastic thyroid carcinoma, which has a very poor prognosis, show significant improvement when patients are treated with an aggressive combined-modality therapy, although the toxicities associated with such therapies can take their toll, according to research describing experience with the approach at the Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minnesota. "Aggressive, combined-modality therapy appears to be associated with improved overall survival in anaplastic thyroid carcinoma, especially among patients with lower-stage disease," coauthor Keith C Bible, MD, PhD, chair of the endocrine malignancies disease-oriented group with the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, told Medscape Medical News.
WESH Orlando — Mayo Clinic News Network: Kids are not big enough to handle ATV's…Nationwide, children account for about one-third of ATV-related emergency department visits and one-quarter of the deaths. For the first time, more children are likely to require hospitalization or die in ATV mishaps than in bicycle accidents. "An ATV is basically a chassis with four wheels and a high center of gravity, so it's inherently unstable. And the driver's body movement is an integral part of the handling," says Todd M. Emanuel, R.N., injury prevention coordinator for Mayo Clinic's emergency services in Rochester, Minn.
MD Magazine — Q&A with Douglas Faigel: Starting to Win The War on Colon Cancer — Douglas Faigel, Md, FACG, FASGE, Mayo Clinic, Arizona, and President of ASGE, spoke at the 2015 American College of Gastroenterology Annual Scientific Meeting very crucial and hot topics he and his colleagues discussed with the CMS early Monday morning. Faigel said, "We're starting to win the war on colon cancer and the last thing we want to do is put up barriers for patient Medicare beneficiary access to colonoscopies."
Chicago Tribune — Battling ALS, Auroran still finds ways to give back by Denise Crosby — I have to admit, some of my motives were selfish in requesting a sit-down with Bruce Lindgren... he's been a tireless fundraiser for The ALS Association that is dedicated to medical research and providing support for patients and families…In the two years since his Mayo Clinic diagnosis, Lindgren has lost almost all strength in his arms and legs. He can barely feed himself, and walks haltingly now, with the help of his wife and a walker. And he's not seen the benefits he'd hoped for after taking part in an stem cell research procedure at Mayo Clinic this spring, although he can't rule out the possibility the disease's progression has been slowed.
Florida Times-Union — Patients fortunate to have quality treatment, support — There is no good place to get breast cancer, but those dealing with the disease in the Jacksonville area are fortunate to have several top-notch breast cancer treatment centers and a strong support network standing by to help. Our thanks to the panel of local experts who took the time to answer questions about breast cancer… Stephanie Hines, Assistant professor of medicine at the Breast Clinic at Mayo Clinic… Susan Kane, Breast cancer nurse navigator at Mayo Clinic… Dr. Michelle D. McDonough, Assistant professor of radiology and chief of Breast Imaging at Mayo Clinic; Dr. Sarah McLaughlin, Associate professor of surgery and associate director of the Multidisciplinary Breast Clinic at Mayo Clinic… Dr. Sarvam P. TerKonda, Assistant professor of surgery, plastic and cosmetic surgery at Mayo Clinic.
Inquisitr — Shigella Outbreak Shuts Down San Jose’s Mariscos San Juan Restaurant by Lindsay McCane…As defined by the Mayo Clinic, shigella infection, also known as shigellosis, is an intestinal disease that is caused by the bacteria shigella. The main symptom of the infection is severe diarrhea, which can oftentimes be bloody. There are several different ways in which shigella can be passed around. One way is through direct contact with the bacteria in the stool. The Mayo Clinic gives the example of a childcare worker not properly washing their hands after changing a dirty diaper. It can also be passed through contaminated food, or by drinking or swimming in contaminated water. Additional coverage: KRON San Francisco
HealthLeaders Media — Interim Nursing Leadership and its Ins and Outs by Jennifer Thew, R.N. — The use of interim nurse leaders is common, but information on how-to help them transition to their roles is not. Mayo Clinic's nurse administrator Dale Pfrimmer shares advice on how to support interim leaders.
Popular Science — Tamping Down Epilepsy With Electricity by Murray Carpenter… By age 32, Sheri Finstad’s epileptic seizures had become unbearable. She frequently fell, injured herself, and got concussions. Her doctors tried neurosurgery to better understand her condition, and a special diet and medication to treat it, to no avail. Then she enrolled in an experimental trial at the Mayo Clinic. A surgical team implanted two stimulators, each about the size of a deck of cards, below Finstad’s clavicles. They threaded wires up her neck, just beneath the skin, to four probes implanted in her brain.
Advisory Board — CEO: Why Mayo Clinic doesn't want to acquire hospitals — John Noseworthy, the president and CEO of Mayo Clinic, tells U.S. News & World Report that increasing hospital consolidation might not be good for care—and argues that the clinic's patient-centered approach is a better way to compete. According to a recent JAMA study, there were more hospital mergers in 2014 than any other year since 2000. Many health systems view size as a way to gain more leverage with payers, provide more coordinated care, and compete in a changing health care market.
Bloomberg — Mammogram Giant Adjusts as Doctors Cut Back on Breast Screening by Michelle Cortez…Researchers from the Mayo Clinic, meanwhile, found evidence that screening actually may have increased among some women, as the debate brought mammography to their attention. American Cancer Society statistics show the number of women getting mammograms has leveled off in recent years, with 66 percent undergoing screening within the past two years, compared with the 70 percent coverage rate seen in 2000.
OncLive — Boughey on Locoregional Trials for Breast Cancer — Judy C. Boughey, MD, chair, Division of Surgery Research, Mayo Clinic, discusses locoregional clinical trials for breast cancer. Boughey stresses the importance of understanding active clinical trials and unanswered questions to advance breast cancer care.
KIMT — A local hospital is getting in the holiday spirit — A local hospital is bringing holiday cheer into their gift shop.This is helping uplift the patient’s spirits at Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea. This annual event turns their normal inventory gift shop into holiday merchandise for a couple of months. It takes a few days for the staff to get the new items set up and leaving them to shut down prior to the opening said Pat Palmer, Co-chair for the Gift Shop Committee.,
Cure Today — Preventive Drugs Keep Cancer — and Fear — Away by Sonya Collins — Fear of breast cancer was always at the back of Shari Levy’s mind. “I always felt that I would get breast cancer. It was only a question of when,” says the 65-year-old retired hospital administrator from Plymouth, Minn…For women at high risk for breast cancer, “There are lifestyle changes that can prevent breast cancer, such as maintaining a healthy weight and exercising,” says Sandhya Pruthi, a general internist at Mayo Clinic who studies chemoprevention in clinical trials. “The next level of prevention is to consider a drug.”
MSR News — Many sports carry risk of concussion by Charles Hallman — PBS’ FRONTLINE for the last couple of years has been tracking concussions each week suffered by NFL players. The program recently reported that 91 former players were tested for brain disease and all but four tested positive, but the tests took place after the players had died…Dr. Jonathan Finoff of the Mayo Clinic pointed out during an August NABJ panel discussion on concussions and other head-related injuries in sport, “You’ll find structural [damage] with all these concussions, and it can be both permanent and cumulative.”
Medical Daily — 'Hair Of The Dog' Theory: Does Drinking More Alcohol Actually Cure A Hangover? by Steve Smith…Dr. Daniel K. Hall-Flavin, a consultant in addiction psychiatry at the Mayo Clinic, told Men’s Health magazine that “Hair of the Dog” is a bad idea. “It will provide a numbing effect, but all you're doing is prolonging the inevitable, and it will likely make your headache worse." In other words, you’re only prolonging your hangover by drinking more alcohol. And chances are that when it finally hits, you’ll wish you didn’t take that hangover shot.
Le Center Leader — New Mayo occupational therapist an area native by Suzy Rook — Carla Kes, registered occupational therapist at Mayo Clinic Health System, is the newest member of the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation team in New Prague. She specializes in caring for children but also sees adult patients in the New Prague hospital. Common occupational therapy interventions include helping children with disabilities participate fully in school and social situations; helping people recovering from injury regain skills; and providing support for older adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes.
La Crosse Tribune — Mayo-Franciscan doc answers call of this wild to help rescue woman by Mike Tighe — One of Dr. Bob Key’s main attractions to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness is that it provides a restful, secluded respite from his job as a physician in Prairie du Chien. But duty calls, even if cellphones won’t, Key discovered Sept. 21 when he had to reel in his bait while fishing on Caribou Lake to help rescue a woman with a broken leg…“It’s nice to get away from everyday life, phones, the radio” and other technological distractions, said Key, a family practice physician at Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare in Prairie du Chien.
Oman Daily Observer — Sedentary lifestyle can lead to kidney disease — Being sedentary for too long during the day may be a risk factor for chronic kidney disease, according to a study.…An increased level of cardiac troponin T (cTnT) in the blood can be an early indicator of the disease and accurately identify patients who need intervention, said lead study author LaTonya Hickson, nephrology and hypertension physician at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, US. “Early intervention and treatment can be key to stopping kidney disease progression and, potentially, preventable death events,” Hickson said.
The Concordian — Student Healthcare Management Association gets hands-on experience at Mayo Clinic by Anna Erickson — Student Healthcare Management Association toured the Mayo Clinic and talked to professionals working there on Oct. 16. The purpose of SHMA is to bring together a group of students who have an interest in leadership in healthcare said Shelly Gompf, advisor of SHMA and assistant professor and director of healthcare administration…The tour started with introductions to Rustad and Jim Akaason, 1980 graduate and administrator at Mayo Clinic. “It’s a great opportunity for networking,” Butler said.
Crain’s Cleveland Business — Parker Hannifin Corp.(NYSE: PH) said it will supply Indego exoskeleton devices for a four-year, multi-center study funded by the U.S. Department of Defense and the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs. The Mayfield Heights-based company is commercializing the Indego device, which helps gait-impaired individuals to stand and walk again. Three rehabilitation centers will participate in the extensive study: Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville, the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and the James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital in Tampa, Fla.
Yahoo! Health — Drew Barrymore’s Postpartum Depression Battle: ‘I Really Got Under the Cloud’ by Emily Sundberg…Although Barrymore’s experience wasn’t long in duration, for many women that isn’t the case. “The public has an idea that postpartum depression is just in the short term, but it certainly is not,” Julie Lamppa, RN, a certified nurse midwife at the Mayo Clinic, told Yahoo Health. “It can happen any time in the first year after a baby is born.”…Once women realize they need help, Lamppa says it’s important to turn to their OB/GYN, general health provider, or a therapist who they’ve previously worked with for assistance.
Boston Business Journal — Here's why shares of Radius Health are up 60% this year so far by Don Seiffert — One explanation for why the value of Waltham biotech Radius Health has grown by about $1 billion this year can be found in a recent report from the Mayo Clinic. The report, published earlier this year, found that the burden on the U.S. healthcare system due to osteoporosis-related bone fractures in older women is greater than that of heart attacks, cancer or stroke in the same population. Bob Ward, CEO of Radius (Nasdaq: RDUS), a Waltham biotech that plans to file for approval of a new drug to treat osteoporosis before the end of the year, contends that more effective treatments for the disease are needed not only by patients, but by the health insurance companies that cover them.
Yahoo! Lifestyle UK — Heading to the ER? Use Twitter to find hospitals with the best care by Christina Majaski — If you’ve ever wondered how pleasant an experience you can expect at your local hospital, you might be able to get an idea from data provided by an unexpected source — Twitter…The Mayo Clinic (@mayoclinic) leads in having the most followers, with 1,214,922 of them, and Kaiser Permanente snagged first place for being the most active and leading in social media success.
Black Enterprise — Fewer Mammograms? How American Cancer Society Decision Could Affect Black Women by Janell Hazelwood…This comes during a month when breast cancer awareness is advocated nationally with drives to promote early testing and diagnosis, and at a time when African American women are more likely to die from the disease than white women…The Mayo Clinic indicates that breast cancer affects black women earlier than other groups and the tumors are more aggressive. Another issue among black women is that they’re less likely to take action early enough.
MPR — Minnesota bride dances with the donor who saved her by Bob Collins — Greta Perske, of Sartell, Minn., was 15 years old when she was diagnosed with chronic myelogenous leukemia. She needed a bone marrow transplant. Danny Daniels, a military veteran, had joined a bone marrow registry, figuring he could help a fellow soldier. Instead, he helped a Minnesota school girl…We had to quickly come to terms with the fact that this was her only hope. We knew how difficult a bone marrow transplant could be. We went to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester to seek a second opinion and they concurred with the University of MN – a bone marrow transplant was necessary, and probably the sooner the better…Let’s fast-forward nine years. It’s October 10, 2015 and Greta is all grown up and got married. Who got to dance with the bride? Danny.
Huffington Post (Live Science) — Why Poop Transplants Are The Wave Of The Future…The standard treatment for initial C. diff infection, perhaps ironically, is more antibiotics, even though this poses a 20 percent risk for a recurrent infection, said Dr. Sahil Khanna of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, who presented his results yesterday at the Hawaii meeting.
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