November 25, 2015

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights

By Karl Oestreich

Mayo Clinic in the News LogoMayo Clinic in the News is a weekly highlights summary of major media coverage. If you would like to be added to the weekly distribution list, send a note to Laura Wuotila with this subject line: SUBSCRIBE to Mayo Clinic in the News. Thank you.

Editor, Karl Oestreich; Assistant Editor: Carmen Zwicker



Happy Thansgiving

Washington Post
How you can figure out whether you’re too fat with a single piece of string
by Darla Cameron

Everybody knows that having a a bit of belly -- or more -- could be bad for your health, but is that always true? According to new research, one way to answer that question is pretty simply: measure the broadest part of your waist and hips with a piece of string. “If it takesWashington Post newspaper logo more string to measure waist than hips that’s bad, and it relates to a higher rate of death,” said Francisco Lopez-Jimenez, a Mayo Clinic researcher and lead author on a study exploring the relationship between body mass index and weight distribution.

Reach: Weekday circulation of The Washington Post averages 518,700, and Sunday circulation averages 736,800.

Context: Francisco Lopez-Jimenez, M.D. is a Mayo Clinic cardiologist. Dr. Lopez-Jimenez studies obesity and cardiovascular disease from different angles, from physiologic studies assessing changes in myocardial mechanics and structural and hemodynamic changes following weight loss, to studies addressing the effect of physicians' diagnosis of obesity on willingness to lose weight and successful weight loss at follow-up. This recent study was published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. More information about the study can be found in the abstract and in the summary for patients.

Contact: Traci Klein


Are Pets In The Bedroom A Problem For Sleep?
by Lisa Rapaport

There are many potential health benefits to pet ownership, but a good night’s sleep may not necessarily be one of them, a small study suggests…Reuters LogoEven though pets have the potential to jostle their humans or make noise that keeps people awake, the question of whether pets might contribute to sleeping problems isn’t one doctors regularly ask patients, said lead study author Dr. Lois Krahn, a specialist in sleep medicine and psychiatry at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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Context: This study was recently published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings. According to the study, the presence of pets in the bedroom can alter the sleep environment in ways that could affect sleep. Data were collected by questionnaire and interview from 150 consecutive patients seen at the Center for Sleep Medicine, Mayo Clinic in Arizona. Seventy-four people (49%) reported having pets, with 31 (41% of pet owners) having multiple pets. More than half of pet owners (56%) allowed their pets to sleep in the bedroom. Fifteen pet owners (20%) described their pets as disruptive, whereas 31 (41%) perceived their pets as unobtrusive or even beneficial to sleep. Lois Krahn, M.D. is a Mayo Clinic sleep medicine specialist. Mayo Clinic doctors and other staff trained in sleep disorders evaluate and treat adults in the Sleep Disorders Center at Mayo Clinic in Arizona.

Contact: Jim McVeigh


KJZZ Ariz.
Joseph Sirven: The Power of Thanks

It was the end of the appointment. My patient was seeing me after successful surgery to eliminate a nonmalignant tumor causing his epilepsy.  He stood up to leave and said, "Doc, do you mind if I give you a hug because saying thank you just doesn't seem enough?"KJZZ NPR -AZ Logo

Reach: KJZZ-FM is a commercial station owned by Maricopa Community Colleges in Tempe, AZ. The format of the station is news and jazz. KJZZ-FM's target audience is news and jazz music listeners, ages 18 to 64, in the Tempe, AZ area.

Context: Joseph Sirven, M.D., is a Mayo Clinic neurologist.

Contact:  Jim McVeigh


Men’s Health
Why You Shouldn’t Take Herbal Viagra
by Cindy Kuzma

… Unlike the real Viagra, you don’t need a prescription for these pills—you can pick them up at your local drugstore, gas station, or even online. Mens Health LogoSure, these supplements are often cheaper than what your doctor can order up, and you don’t have to talk to him or her about your sex life to procure them. But you’re putting your health at risk if you take them, says Landon Trost, M.D., a urologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Here’s why.

Reach:  Mens' Health is a monthly magazine with an audience of more than 1.8 million readers. The magazine was established in 1986 and written to help men take control of their physical, mental and emotional lives.

Context: Landon Trost, M.D., is a Mayo Clinic urologist. Mayo Clinic urologists diagnose and treat problems involving the male and female urinary tract and the male reproductive organs. Unlike most other medical subspecialists, urologists provide care throughout the life cycle — from newborns to elderly. Because of the broad range of clinical problems they encounter, urologists have a familiarity with many other medical fields — such as internal medicine, pediatrics, gynecology, geriatrics and oncology — in addition to surgical training.

Contact: Joe Dangor


Wall Street Journal — Tourniquet Use Urged in Public-Safety Push by Michael Phillips  The White House is pushing to make tourniquets as commonplace as heart defibrillators in U.S. schools, stadiums, airports, malls and other public places, to reduce fatalities from mass shootings and terror bombings… The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., provides tourniquet education to farmers at the annual Farmfest agricultural show. In the area around Janesville, Wis., more than 3,000 teachers have been trained to apply tourniquets, and classrooms have bleeding-control kits.

Wall Street Journal — Risk of Off-Label Uses for Prescription Drugs by Sumathi Reddy…Other studies have found higher estimated rates of off-label drug use—perhaps as much as 20% of all prescriptions. The rate is greatest among patient groups that normally aren’t included in drug companies’ clinical trials, such as children, pregnant women and psychiatric patients, said William Lanier, a professor of anesthesiology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn…Dr. Lanier, of the Mayo Clinic, said it isn’t surprising patients given drugs off-label would have more side effects. “The patients for whom off-label drugs, doses or formulations are prescribed tend to be the sicker patients and the ones who have the greatest demand for some intervention,” he said. “In many instances, there are simply not adequate on-label drugs to treat these challenging patients.”

Wall Street Journal — What Is the Best Drink to Help Ease Nausea? by Heidi Mitchell—There are many reasons we might feel nauseated, and drinking liquids is often the fastest way to fight back. Many people have their pet remedies, such as cola, ginger ale and coconut water. So what works best? One expert, Lawrence Szarka, a gastroenterologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., explains the evolutionary drive behind nausea and why fizzy drinks can keep a stomach stable.

NY Times — MAYO AND TURKEY — The Mayo Clinic is taking its wellness programs well beyond its home in Minnesota and setting up shop at the spa at the Mandarin Oriental, Bodrum in southwest Turkey for the winter. From Jan. 8 to April 30, the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program at the coastal resort will feature Mayo staff offering health, body composition and movement evaluations, and stress and posture assessments. The spa will provide treatments, healthy meals and wellness classes including yoga, Pilates and meditation, and the resort features a fitness center, tennis court and indoor pool. Programs run one to five days and start at 950 euros ($980) per person, per night, all-inclusive. Additional coverage: Skin Inc.

TODAY Show — Boot camp for the brain! How this program might help stave off dementia by Linda Carroll — Just as we exercise and eat healthy to keep our bodies strong as we age, we may also need to give our brains workouts and good food to keep them fit. At Cleveland Clinic, doctors have designed a program to do just that, a sort of boot camp for the brain…While the strategies may seem to make sense, most haven't had studies to back them up, said Ronald Petersen, director of the Mayo Clinic Alzheimer's Disease Research Center. "There are some data to support claims regarding life style modifications slowing cognitive decline," Petersen said, adding that the best evidence is for aerobic exercise.  — Serving up some serious portion control — Size matters, especially when it comes to how much food we eat. Problem is, our idea of "normal" portions are skewed. "Years ago, when you would go to McDonald's the value meal was a cheeseburger. Now it's a double cheeseburger," says Felicia Hackett, R.D. at weight-loss center Hilton Head Health. "It's become normal for us to eat those larger sizes." The United States is the most obese country in the world, not only because of what we eat, but how much of it we are eating. "When I go over portions with my clients many are often shocked by the difference in how much they have been eating verses how much they should be eating," says nutritionist Cathy Deimeke, R.D. at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Forbes — 10 Leadership Traits That Predict Higher Engagement And Lower Burnout by Paula Davis Laack… As part of a regular survey process Mayo Clinic uses to foster a cohesive organization, 2,813 physicians and scientists provided a detailed evaluation of the leadership qualities of their direct supervisor. The respondents were asked to numerically rate the extent to which they agreed or disagreed with the following statements about their immediate supervisor, and these 10 statements predicted subsequent levels of burnout and engagement.

Washington Post — A government panel said drinking coffee is harmless. Why that might be wrong by Peter Whoriskey — When an expert federal panel concluded earlier this year that drinking five cups of coffee a day can be part of a “healthy lifestyle,” even hinting that coffee is good for you, the announcement prompted a glut of headlines extolling the national habit… For example, two years ago, a group of researchers from various universities looked at records for 43,000 people over more than 30 years and came to different conclusions: Among people less than 55 years old, people who drank more than 4 cups per day had a 50 percent higher risk of death. “Based on our findings, it seems appropriate to suggest that younger people avoid heavy coffee consumption,” the researchers wrote in Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

FOX News Health — 6 effective ways to treat baby eczema Give more baths  It used to be believed that bathing frequently made eczema worse, when in fact if can be helpful. Cleansing the skin can help remove an overgrowth of staphylococcal bacteria, which may trigger eczema flares, said Dr. Megha M. Tollefson, an assistant professor of dermatology and pediatrics at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

Outside magazine — Niche Sports and the Doping You Don't Hear About by Warren Cornwall… “Some of these fringe sports might not have enough money to spend thousands of dollars testing at every event,” says Daniel Eichner, the former science director at the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, who now runs one of two U.S. drug testing labs certified by the World Anti-Doping Agency. “The question with these new sports is what are they trying to accomplish?” says Dr. Michael Joyner, an expert in human performance at the Mayo Clinic, who helped with a recent articles about gaps in drug testing by the investigative website ProPublica. “Are they trying to let this not be a pharmaceutical arms race, or are they involved in some sort of brand protection?”

Yahoo! Health — 10 Health Problems You Think You Have by Amanda Chan — Diabetes…Symptoms of both types of diabetes can vary depending on the person and his or her blood sugar levels, but often include presence of ketones in the urine, hunger, frequently needing to pee, feeling thirsty, blurred vision, sores that take a long time to heal, frequent infections, and fatigue, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Yahoo Health  — Costco salad linked to e. coli outbreak — If you bought a package of rotisserie chicken salad from Costco last Friday (Nov. 20) or earlier, you might want to throw it out. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports an outbreak of Escherichia coli infection that seems to be linked with rotisserie chicken salad from Costco. Nineteen people have been sickened with Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O157:H7 infections, five of whom required hospitalization. Two of those hospitalized have developed a kind of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome …  most healthy people will recover without need for medical intervention, but young children and the elderly are at particular risk for kidney failure, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Yahoo! Parenting — Anonymous Note to Dad: 'You Have No Idea What a Gift You Are Giving' Daughter by Melissa Walker — A Minnesota dad posted on Facebook about the message that a stranger left for him in a coffee shop this week, and the kind, appreciative note — as well as this dad’s thoughts on it — is going viral. On Sunday, Dr. David Rosenman of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., spent the morning with his 9-year-old daughter. The two have a routine where he does a little work, and she keeps herself busy with a project (she brought supplies to crochet), while they sit together. But this Sunday was different.

Men’s Health — Power 12 Foods: Never Go Hungry…Mayo Clinic researchers studying the diets of two African tribes found that the tribe that ate fish frequently had leptin levels nearly five times lower than the tribe that primarily ate vegetables.

Irish Times — ‘Mayo is a place where people never give up. Nothing is really impossible’ by Genna Tipton — Dubliner Lorna Ross uses her design background to help develop patient services. I grew up in Dublin and went to NCAD back in the 1980s, and after my degree I stayed on to set up a fashion company, Francobolli. It seems a long way now from my career at the Mayo Clinic, but each step has been a crucial part of what got me where I am today... I believe design should be part of the conversations, people’s experience should be considered, and design is frequently just not at the table. That’s why I’m now at the Mayo Clinic, as strategic leader in directing the discovery and implementation of transformative, user-centric care models; which is a bit of a mouthful, but it’s essentially about developing patient-first services, transforming the systems in which diagnosis and care take place.

News4Jax — Antibiotics in meat — A health alert that may impact what you eat for dinner. A study by the American Academy of Pediatrics says the overuse and misuse of antibiotics in animals is mainly to blame for antibiotic resistance and that doctors say can cause people to get sick, even die. Dr. Vandana Bhide from Mayo Clinic says use of antibiotics in animals also cuts down the supply of antibiotics for humans.

3D Print — 3D Printed Model from Mimics Innovation Suite Turns a Major Surgery into a Minor One — When Dr. Michael Slag was diagnosed with a rare tumor, he immediately knew the risks of the surgery that would be needed to remove it. The Pancoast tumor sitting at the top of his right lung is such a rare type of cancer that the Mayo Clinic, where Dr. Slag went for treatment, has only seen 60 cases in the last 20 years… “We frequently may have a plastic surgeon, an orthopedic surgeon, a vascular surgeon, and myself: all involved in a Pancoast tumor resection,” said Dr. Shanda Blackmon, a thoracic surgeon at Mayo Clinic. “And when that’s the case, there’s nothing better than having a model, for the whole team to meet around and plan the case…Clearly everyone’s tumor is different, and it’s always in a different location.”

KTTC — PossAbilities workers become the glue holding Mayo Clinic Research labs together by Mike Sullivan — Hidden within the fabric of Mayo Clinic is a pretty unique group of workers. They are the oil that makes the whole machine work smoothly. These men and women are part of PossAbilities, an organization catering to children and adults living with disabilities. "We do numbers on the test tubes for the Mayo Clinic," said Jacquelynn Heidebrink who works the Mayo Job at PossAbilities…. "Its something that they have to do, and try to fit into their free time," explained Matthew Hanley of Mayo Clinic, "It becomes a distraction, and it becomes something that prevents them from focusing on their main job, which is providing high quality patient results."

Prevention — 9 Everyday Habits Preventing You From Having Great Sex by Amy Roberts… You're a smoker  Need yet another reason to quit? Smoking messes with blood flow, which is bad for your heart and your sex organs, shows research from the Mayo Clinic. "Smoking is strongly related to erectile dysfunction," Prause explains. "There are even antismoking campaigns that talk about this." So listen up and don't do it... if you want to, you know, do it. (Check out these 11 surprising causes of erectile dysfunction.)

Digital Supply Chain — Mayo Clinic tops healthcare supply chain ranking by Lucy Dixon — The Mayo Clinic has taken the top spot on the Gartner, Inc. annual Healthcare Supply Chain Top 25 ranking. The 2015 ranking recognises companies across the healthcare value chain that demonstrate leadership in improving patient care and lowering costs. "Alignment to patient outcomes, company strategy and future revenue models in healthcare are the key themes for 2015," said Eric O'Daffer, research vice president at Gartner

Medscape — MI-GENES: Discussing Genetic Risk for CHD May Motivate Patients to Lower LDL-C Levels by Deborah Brauser — The MI-GENES study, which included 203 patients, showed that those who received their genetic-risk score, based on 28 genetic variants, plus discussion about traditional CHD risk factors, had significantly lower levels of LDL-C 6 months later vs those who heard about traditional risk factors only (the primary end point, P=0.04). Lead investigator Dr Iftikhar J Kullo (Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN) told heartwire from Medscape that the LDL-C lowering most likely came from the group's greater initiation of statins. Kullo presented the results here at the American Heart Association (AHA) 2015 Scientific Sessions.

Medscape — Addressing Cachexia for Cancer Patients (and Their Caregivers) by Kate O’Rourke…Treatment Options — At the Palliative Care in Oncology Symposium, Charles Loprinzi, MD, the Regis professor of breast cancer research at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and other clinicians discussed the management of anorexia/cachexia. This complex metabolic syndrome, associated with a variety of diseases, is characterized by decreased appetite and food intake and loss of body weight.

WQAD Quad Cities — Local woman risks her life with stem cell transplant to fight rare disease by Jenna Morton… Jaime was finally diagnosed with Stiff Person Syndrome or SPS….At least every three months they have to drive to Rochester, MN to the Mayo Clinic. It's the first autoimmune clinic in the U.S., and the clinic tests 150,000 people a year. Dr. Sean Pittock diagnosed Jaime. "Despite being on really high dosages of the drug, we're not really getting the response that we need," Dr. Pittock said. "And unfortunately, in those cases, we're at a juncture of where we have to make a decision."

WEAU Eau Claire — Local businesses learn about active shooter situations — Workplace violence is something no one wants to think about, but a workshop in Eau Claire hopes to get employers to think about what to do if there is an active shooter. Area businesses and organizations gathered at Mayo Clinic Health System to talk about how to prepare and prevent such a situation. Organizers say the high level of attendance at the event, shows that people are concerned about recent violence. "We're learning that businesses need to have plans to be prepared if these events will occur, and they don't necessarily always make the national news, but they can happen in a smalled scale as well," explains Chris Straight.

Healthcare Dive — HHS, OptumLabs join forces on healthcare research by Heather Caspi — OptumLabs, which was co-founded by Optum and Mayo Clinic, has announced the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is now collaborating with the healthcare research and innovation center.

Forbes — Myopic Views Confuse Investors, Entrepreneurs And Policymakers by Marianne Hudson… Not only is wealth everywhere, but interesting entrepreneurs are too.  Importantly different areas have their own competitive advantages that spawn entrepreneurs, innovative ideas, and exit possibilities.  For instance Minnesota is home to Mayo Clinic, one of the premier healthcare centers in the world, in addition to strong Med Tech, 3D printing, and food and agriculture industries. David Russick, Founder of Gopher Angels, notes, “The Fortune 500 companies in the state provide the expertise to keep our entrepreneurial activity flourishing while serving as the potential strategic acquirers of these new ventures.”

Mankato Free Press — Family raises awareness about epilepsy after 2-year-old diagnosed with the disorder by Jessica Bies…Epilepsy itself isn't that uncommon, though no one in the Vlasaks' families has ever been diagnosed with the condition, and they have no friends or acquaintances that have it. About 1 in 26 people in the U.S. will develop a seizure disorder, according to Mayo Clinic. That's nearly 3 million people in the U.S. and 65 million around the world.  To be diagnosed, someone must have at least two unprovoked seizures. Andrew Reeves, an epileptologist (a neurologist specializing in epilepsy) at Mayo Clinic Health System, said "unprovoked seizures" don't just happen randomly. They can be the result of a genetic default or brain injury.

Yale Insights — Can Technology Help Transform Healthcare? by Christopher Ross — Healthcare expenses keep straining the budgets of families, companies, and governments, and information technology hasn’t yet delivered promised efficiencies and cost savings. Is the groundwork finally in place for a digital transformation of the industry? Christopher Ross ’88, chief information officer for Mayo Clinic, discusses trends in the industry and how Mayo is revamping its own technology.

Portland Press Herald — After more than 18 months fighting abuse allegations, Maine parents reunited with children by Eric Russell — More than 18 months after the state took their children from them amid allegations of child abuse they say were patently false, Brandon and Cynthia Ross have been reunited with their son and daughter…MAYO CLINIC WEIGHS IN Dr. David Deyle, an assistant professor of medical genetics at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, said Ehlers Danlos syndrome has a few different forms but generally manifests in frequent joint dislocation and easy bruising or bleeding. He said bone fractures are certainly possible. Asked whether a child with Ehlers Danlos could be misdiagnosed as abused, Deyle said he’s never seen that happen but didn’t rule it out.

Le Center Leader — Mayo Clinic Health System in New Prague expands cancer care with addition of oncologist by Suzy Rook — Access to cancer care in New Prague recently expanded as Mayo Clinic Health System welcomed once-per-week services from Arunabh Sekhri, a Mayo Clinic Health System oncologist and hematologist… “I really like Mayo as an organization. There’s good support, more time allotted for patient interaction and a direct link to Mayo Clinic in Rochester,” said Sekhri.

Eau Claire Leader-Telegram — Taboo subject of death addressed…Lisa DeSieno, director of bereavement with Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, attended the discussion, having never been to one before. “I think it is very interesting in a short time to meet a group you have never met before and talk about the big things in life as you are talking about death,” she said.

KEYC Mankato — FluMist In Stock After Statewide Shortage by Shawn Loging…Mayo Clinic Health System Mankato says they recently got a shipment of the FluMist. Mayo Clinic Health System Mankato Sheri Paulsen, R.N. says, "We have about 800 different doses of the FluMist so that we can finally get that out there to our patent population that has been waiting for that FluMist. So, if you've been waiting to get your flu vaccination until you can get the FluMist for yourself, for your children, we have it now."

National Post — Standing up for sitting down by Rebecca Tucker…In January of this year, CNN wondered if sitting was the new smoking in a story reporting the findings of researchers in Toronto, whose analysis of 47 studies of sedentary behaviour determined that the risk of developing chronic diseases increased in those whose lifestyles involved prolonged periods of sitting. In September 2014, Time magazine published a massive feature titled, yes, “Sitting is killing you.” And earlier that year, Mayo Clinic co-director Dr. James Levine published a book called Get Up! Why Your Chair is (wait for it) Killing You and What You Can Do About It.

ABC15 Phoenix — Phoenix woman lives without a stomach after being diagnosed with cancer  November is “Stomach Cancer Awareness Month” and one Phoenix resident wants a lot more awareness for the disease. Nicole and Brian Rimsza lead a normal life. They have jobs, a house and a family, but Nicole lives without a stomach…Mayo Clinic reports that almost one in 100 adults will get the disease and it’s the third most deadly of all the cancers, killing three quarters of a million people every year according to the World Health Organization.

News4Jax — Heart transplant recipient talks about her recovery, future…She couldn't even walk or play with her five young children, but her spirits would be lifted in September, when she was admitted into the Mayo Clinic and placed on the top of the heart transplant list. She spent two months making flowers and butterflies, meditating, all to keep from crying, but on November 4th, the difficult road and tears of sorrow would end and her beautiful destination would begin with these words from her doctor. He says, “We have a heart for you.”

Post-Bulletin — Heard on the Street: Guthrie becomes 36th member of Mayo network…"We're very pleased to welcome Guthrie to the network," said Dr. David Hayes, M.D., medical director of the Mayo Clinic Care Network. "This relationship gives us the opportunity to build on our uniquely similar cultures. We are expanding on a collaborative approach to medicine that is innovative, yet deeply familiar to both organizations."

KTTC — Man Upstairs: Some perspective from the Saint Marys Hospital tower crane operator by Devin Bartolotta — After four years, the cranes above Saint Marys Hospital are practically part of the downtown Rochester skyline. But what few think about is the man in the cab, looking down on us every day from way up there. Dewey Larson is the man at the helm of Rochester's tallest machine. He spends his work days 280 feet above the city of Rochester. "It's fantastic. I get to see some of the most beautiful sunrises. It's peaceful, beautiful, quiet. It's a great job,” Larson said.

KTTC — Carillonist plays French national anthem to honor Paris victims by Chris Yu — People around the world continue to show their support for France after last week's terrorist attacks. It's no different in Rochester. At noon on Thursday, Ralph Schornack played the French National Anthem using the carillon at the top of the Plummer Building at Mayo Clinic's downtown campus. It was to honor the 129 people killed in the terror attacks in Paris on November 13. Hundreds more were hurt.

Live Science — Concussions: Signs, Symptoms & Treatment by Alina Bradford… Concussions are a common injury. There are about 1.4 million TBI-related deaths, hospitalizations and emergency department visits each year, and 75 to 90 percent of them are concussions or other forms of mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI), according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)…Symptoms may be apparent immediately or they may be delayed by hours or days after injury. Some symptoms that may take time to appear, according to the Mayo Clinic, are irritability or other personality changes, problems with concentration and memory, sensitivity to light and noise, problems sleeping, depression and sensory problems such as the inability to taste or smell.

Post-Bulletin — Report: Rising costs trim Mayo Clinic margins in 3rd quarter by Brett Boese — Mayo Clinic's new quarterly financial report reveals its operating surplus was trimmed as costs continue to rise across multiple sectors. The report, which covers the period ending Sept. 30, details cost increases of 9.7 percent in supplies and services, 9.2 percent in salaries and benefits and 9.1 percent in facility costs.

Florida Times-Union — Mayo pullout means uncertain future for Waycross hospital, officials say by Andy Miller — Mayo Clinic’s startling decision to pull out of its “integration agreement’’ with Satilla Health Services has left the South Georgia hospital with an uncertain future. Officials with Mayo’s Florida operation said Friday that they ended the deal with Satilla in Waycross to focus on expanding specialty care for people with complex medical needs. Mayo said it will concentrate on building relationships with other providers through affiliation models, rather than acquisitions. Additional coverage: Georgia Health News, My Informs, Augusta Chronicle, Gwinnett Daily Post, Metro Jacksonville

Florida Times-Union — Mayo in Florida returning Waycross hospital to local control by Terry Dickson — Mayo Clinic in Florida will end an agreement with Satilla Health Services and return governance of the Waycross hospital to local control, Mayo announced Friday…As it focuses on developing a destination medical center for patients throughout the Southeast and across the country, Mayo will concentrate on building relationships with other providers through affiliation rather than acquisitions, the company said. “Mayo Clinic’s Florida Campus has been privileged to work with hospital staff in Waycross, and we are honored to have been a part of the Waycross community, said Gianrico Farrugia, CEO of Mayo Clinic’s Florida Campus. Additional coverage: First Coast News, The Blackshear Times

Healio Hepatology — Vitamin E, TZDs, OCA help patients with NASH…“We made several key observations: (1) pentoxifylline and [obeticholic acid] are superior to placebo for improving fibrosis, with moderate confidence in estimates; (2) vitamin E, [thiazolidinediones] and [obeticholic acid] are superior to placebo for improving ballooning degeneration, with high confidence in estimates; and (3) [thiazolidinediones], pentoxifylline and [obeticholic acid] are superior to placebo for improving steatosis and lobular inflammation, with at least moderate confidence in estimates,” Siddharth Singh, of the Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minn., and colleagues wrote.

Allergic Living — Reducing Asthma Meds Safely Is Possible, Study Says by Jason Rehel… While encouraging, Dr. Matthew Rank, an immunology specialist at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona, urged caution. “A good candidate who is ready to step down his or her asthma controller medications should work with their doctor to safely initiate this,” Rank said. “Many patients try to step down on their own, but we highly encourage them to consult with their doctor first.”

Post-Bulletin — 'She leaves a hole in our cast' by Kay Fate — The Stewartville High School production of "Beauty and the Beast" had just about everything: A talented cast and crew, a spot-on set and a full house for all three of its weekend performances. But something — or rather, someone — was missing. "She leaves a hole in our cast," said Kaysie Manion, director of the musical. "She" is Kaitlyn Claeys, a senior this year at SHS who was cast as Babette after auditions this fall, just weeks after being diagnosed with a brain tumor… The family is hopeful Claeys will be a candidate for proton beam therapy at Mayo. The pencil-beam technology has served mostly pediatric cancer patients, as the targeted radiation reduces or eliminates side effects in developing organs.

9News — What does it take to 'earn' a Thanksgiving feast? — As a clinician, I've heard it a million times: "I got a really tough workout in, so I figured I could eat whatever I wanted."…There are several factors which affect calorie burn during exercise. Size and intensity play the biggest part in calorie burn, meaning the more you weigh, the more you burn during exercise. For example, based on data from Mayo Clinic,a 160-pound person running for one hour at 5 mph burns 606 calories, while a 240-pound person burns 905.

Crookston Times — Traill County, North Dakota sheriff doing fine after liver transplant  Traill County Sheriff Steve Hunt is recovering at the Mayo Clinic after undergoing a liver transplant. KFGO radio reports that Hunt was diagnosed with a genetic liver disease more than a year ago, and it was complicated by cancer and an infection that developed last month. Wife Shannon Hunt says the transplant surgery was done Nov. 12. She says it saved her husband's life. Steve Hunt will remain in Rochester, Minnesota, for several weeks undergoing tests to make sure everything is OK. He could be home by Christmas and back on the job by early January.


Medscape — Olfactory Dysfunction Linked to Amnestic MCI and AD by Pauline Anderson — A new study has added more detail to what is known already about the connection between olfactory dysfunction and cognitive decline…."We found that impaired smell or impaired olfaction is a marker for progressing from normal cognition to MCI, particularly for the amnestic type, where we found a two-fold increased risk, and for progression from having amnestic MCI, which we think is a precursor for Alzheimer's disease, to actually developing Alzheimer's disease, where we had a five-fold increased risk," said lead study author Rosebud Roberts, MB, ChB, professor of epidemiology and neurology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota.

Luxury Daily  — Mandarin Oriental taps Mayo Clinic expertise for wellness clinics — Mandarin Oriental Bodrum in Turkey is helping its guests lead a more holistic lifestyle with the introduction of the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program. Starting Jan. 8, 2016, guests will be able to book services that combine the medical knowledge of the Mayo Clinic with the treatments available at the hotel’s spa. The first collaboration of its kind for the Mayo Clinic, this partnership will go beyond relaxation to actually promote health within participants. Additional coverage: Luxury Feed

Sedalia Democrat Mo. — Rick Ball donates to breast cancer research — Staff members at Rick Ball Lincoln Ford in Sedalia pose with a check for $10,800 for The Breast Cancer Endowed Fund for Breast Cancer Research at Mayo Clinic, which was raised during the month of October. Rick Ball, team members and customers are celebrating raising more than $10,800 for The Breast Cancer Endowed Fund for Breast Cancer Research at Mayo Clinic during the month of October.

The Blackshear Times — Mayo Clinic departure stuns community — A change in corporate philosophy may have been a factor in the end of Mayo Clinic Health System’s tenure in Waycross but the loss of millions of dollars over the past three years didn’t help. The Times has information indicating the once-profitable community hospital has struggled financially under management by one of the most heralded names in healthcare. Sources close to the situation, insisting on anonymity because they have not been authorized to speak, tell this newspaper that, despite a world-recognized reputation for healthcare expertise and the addition of a number of doctors offering experience in a variety of specialties, Mayo Clinic Health System simply has been unable to attract enough patients to avoid serious red ink. “They lost too big a part of the market share,” said two sources, both familiar with the operation. “Part of it drifted away to hospitals in Jacksonville and Wayne Memorial in Jesup took part of it.”

Fierce Biotech — Generon Collaborating with Mayo Clinic to Initiate a Phase IIa Study with F-652, a First-in-Class Biologic, to Treat Patients with Alcoholic Hepatitis — Generon Corporation, a leading biotech company in China, announced today that the US FDA has cleared a phase IIa IND entitled "An open-label, cohort dose escalating study to assess the safety and efficacy of F-652 in patients with alcoholic hepatitis". The clinical study is a multi-center trial led by Dr. Vijay Shah, Chair, Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN. Generon had reached an agreement with Mayo Clinic to conduct the phase IIa clinical study earlier this year.

Lonsdale News-Review  — Lonsdale woman battles illness with grace and determination — “According to the Mayo Clinic, MS occurs when a person’s immune system attacks the protective sheath (myelin) that covers nerve fibers, and causes communication problems between the brain and the rest of the body.”

WECT  — How to protect yourself against kissing bugs spotted in southern U.S. — Kissing bugs have been spotted recently in Georgia and Alabama, but have yet to show themselves in Missouri. The bugs are not new to America, having been seen across the lower half of the United States, but public health officials in Cape Girardeau say they have no reports of the bugs in the county. Health officials at The Mayo Clinic say the Chagas brings on flu like symptoms, however there are a few that stand out.

WJHG  — PCB resident celebrates new lease on life — Thanksgiving is a time where many people reflect on their lives and appreciate everything they have. One local man has a lot to be grateful for this year. After a life saving transplant, Brian Rust now has a new lease on life …Rust had the surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville this past September. It was a success and he couldn't have been happier with the care he received. "You don't know much about your donor, just that she was in her teens or early 20's and died in a traffic accident, but if you could say anything to her or her family what would you tell her?",  — ¿Dormir con mascotas es bueno? — A muchos dueños de mascotas les resulta casi imposible separarse de su mejor amigo incluso para dormir. Quizá no saben que ésto podría condicionar sus hábitos de sueño. Determinar en qué medida afecta compartir almohada con un animal de compañía era el objetivo del trabajo realizado por la Clínica Mayo de Scottsdale (Estados Unidos).

Mujer Hoy — Si tienes poco tiempo libre, ¿es mejor entrenar o dormir? "Yo no podría decir cuál es más importante, ni elegir entre una y otra", dice a la revista TIME Edward Laswoski, profesor de Medicina Física de la Clínica Mayo. "Son como el agua y la comida. No solo son necesarias ambas sino que es difícil estar saludable renunciando a una de ellas", añade.

La Cronica — El cacahuate y sus efectos en niños…En el último tiempo, la prevalencia de las alergias infantiles al cacahuate ha aumentado más de tres veces en Estados Unidos. Aunque no son claras las razones detrás del drástico aumento, parece que tanto el estilo de vida como las opciones alimentarias y la genética inciden en alguna forma, comenta la Dra. Martha Hartz, de Alergia e Inmunología Pediátrica de Mayo Clinic.

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