January 22, 2016

Mayo Clinic in the News

By Karl W Oestreich

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Editor, Karl Oestreich;  Assistant Editor: Carmen Zwicker

 

HealthDay
Study Questions Use of Physical Therapy for Early Parkinson's

Physical therapy might not benefit people with mild-to-moderate Parkinson's disease, a new study suggests. "These results should be interpreted with attention to the study details," Dr. J. Eric Ahlskog of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., wrote in an accompanying editorial. Only patients Health Day Logowith mild to moderate Parkinson's disease were included, and the study excluded patients thought to need physical or occupational therapy, he said.

Reach: HealthDay distributes its health news to media outlets several times each day and also posts its news on its website, which receives more than 39,000 unique visitors each month.

Additional coverage: Canoe.ca, Dublin News, Business Standard - Online, Cambodian Times, Doctors Lounge, Financial Express, Health.com, Israel Herald, MedPageToday

Context:  You’ve likely heard this before: Exercise is good for you. It helps your heart, bones, back and more. But here’s one thing you might not have heard: Ongoing aerobic exercise may slow the progression of Parkinson’s disease, a progressive disorder of the nervous system. “Aerobic exercise means vigorous exercise, which makes you hot, sweaty and tired” says  J. Eric Ahlskog, Ph.D., M.D., a neurologist at Mayo Clinic. This could include activity such as walking briskly or using an elliptical machine. More information can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Contact: Susan Barber Lindquist

 

Huffington Post
Which Should You Do First: Cardio or Strength?
by Chris Freytag

The fact that you are even questioning the order of your workout means you are working out. This puts you ahead of most of the population and HuffPost Healthy Livingthis is truly what matters. If you are working out consistently, chances are the order of your workout will not make THAT much of a difference. Even the Mayo Clinic remains neutral. According to Edward R. Lasowski, M.D. "whether you do weightlifting before or after an aerobic workout is up to you. Research hasn't definitively shown that one way is better than another."

Reach: The Huffington Post attracts over 28 million monthly unique visitors.

Context: Edward Laskowski, M.D., co-director of the Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center.

Contact: Rhoda Fukushima Madson

 

Bloomberg Business
Integris Health announces partnership with Mayo Clinic

After almost 30 years in oncology, Dr. Brian Geister has treated several types of cancer in several types of patients. Most of the tiBloomberg Business Logome, Geister feels confident about what he should do -- but sometimes, a patient will come along with a truly difficult case. Recently, Geister asked for advice through an electronic consultation with the Mayo Clinic Care Network, a new collaborative opportunity that's available for Integris Health physicians.

Reach: Bloomberg BusinessWeek has a weekly circulation of more than 990,000 and has more than six million unique visitors to its online site each month.

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KWTV Oklahoma — Integris First Okla. Healthcare Organization To Join Mayo Clinic Network

The Oklahoman — Oklahoma ScissorTales: Better care through collaboration

Post-BulletinHeard on the street

Four States HomepageKOCO Oklahoma City, com, Enid News & Eagle, KFOR OklahomaTulsa World, Miami News Record, NewsUnited.com, KROC-AM

Context: INTEGRIS has joined the Mayo Clinic Care Network, a national network of health care providers committed to better serving patients and their families through collaboration. INTEGRIS is the first health care organization in Oklahoma to join the network. The formal agreement gives INTEGRIS access to the latest Mayo Clinic knowledge and promotes physician collaboration to benefit patients. Through shared resources, more patients can get answers to complex medical questions — and peace of mind —while staying close to home. “While INTEGRIS works with some of the most accomplished and preeminent physicians in the region, we are constantly striving for ways to provide our patients with the best care possible,” says Bruce Lawrence, president and CEO, INTEGRIS. “This collaboration between INTEGRIS and Mayo Clinic brings together two trusted names – each with unique strengths – to the betterment of all Oklahomans.” More information can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Contact: Rhoda Fukushima Madson

 

News 4 Jax
Mayo Clinic offers new life-saving treatment

Mayo Clinic is ready to break ground on a center that could revolutionize the way lungs are transplanted. Scientists and doctors have come up News Jax 4 Logowith a way to rejuvenate lungs that were previously considered not good enough for transplant. News4Jax spoke with the first Florida woman ever to get the life-saving treatment.

Reach: WJXT is an independent television station serving Florida’s First Coast that is licensed to Jacksonville.

Additional coverage:

WJXT Jacksonville — Construction begins on Mayo Clinic's lung restoration center

Florida Times-Union, Mayo Clinic's lung restoration center ready to break ground in Jacksonville

Jacksonville Business Journal, Mayo Clinic begins construction on new lung transplant center

Bloomberg Business, Mayo Clinic's lung restoration center ready to break ground in Jacksonville

Context: Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, and United Therapeutics Corporation (NASDAQ: UTHR) broke ground this week on a lung restoration center on the Mayo campus. The goal is to significantly increase the volume of lungs for transplantation by preserving and restoring selected marginal donor lungs, making them viable for transplantation.  The restored lungs will be made available to patients at Mayo Clinic and other transplant centers throughout the United States. Construction of the center is expected to be completed in late 2017. More information can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Contact: Kevin Punsky

Star Tribune
Mayo survey finds 30-somethings less optimistic about aging
by Jeremy Olson

The first-ever national survey on attitudes toward health and aging found that Americans in their 30s are the least liStar Tribune newspaper logokely to believe they will age better than their parents…Some 56 percent of respondents aged 30 to 39 said they expect to age better, according to the Mayo survey released Wednesday. That was well below the levels of confidence expressed by Americans in their 40s (79 percent), 50s (67 percent) and 60s (72 percent).

Reach: The Star Tribune Sunday circulation is 518,745 copies and weekday circulation is 300,277. The Star Tribune is the state’s largest newspaper and ranks 16th nationally in circulation.

Additional coverage:

Post BulletinMayo survey looks at health opinions

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Context:  According to the first-ever Mayo Clinic National Health Check-Up, most Americans experience barriers to staying healthy, with their work schedule as the leading barrier (22 percent), particularly among men and residents of the Northeast. While work schedule is a top barrier for women, as well, they are significantly more likely than men to cite caring for a child, spouse or parent. “The Mayo Clinic National Health Check-Up takes a pulse on Americans’ health opinions and behaviors, from barriers to getting healthy to perceptions of aging, to help identify opportunities to educate and empower people to improve their health,” says John T. Wald, M.D., Medical Director for Public Affairs at Mayo Clinic. “In this first survey, we’re also looking at ‘health by the decades’ to uncover differences as we age.” More information can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Contact: Ginger Plumbo

 

CBS News
Mayo Clinic CEO: How data science is making health care more effective, affordable

With U.S. health care costs surpassing $3 trillion a year -- an unsustainable 20% of the American economy -- we all must find ways to cut costs. CBS News LogoAt the World Economic Forum in Davos, Dr. John H. Noseworthy, head of the famed Mayo Clinic, explains how the latest advances in computer science offer a promising solution, where better collection and understanding of the billions of data points generated by medical research and treatments can improve patient "outcomes" and lead more effective and affordable health care for millions of people.

Reach: CBSNEWS.com is part of CBS Interactive, a division of CBS Corporation. The CBS web properties have more than 250 million people visit its properties each month.

Additional coverage: MSN.com

Context: John Noseworthy, M.D. is Mayo Clinic President and CEO. Dr. Noseworthy participated in the World Economic Forum annual meeting recently in Davos, Switzerland. This annual meeting engages the world’s top leaders in collaborative activities focused on shaping the global, regional and industry agendas.

Contact: Duska Anastasijevic

Esquire  — The Mayo Clinic On Metabolism by Julia Black — The math is pretty simple: The more you exercise, the more calories you burn and the less you have to worry about eating whatever you damn well please. How our metabolism changes as we get older, though? That's what makes things tricky. …With thanks to Dr. Donald D. Hensrud, medical director of the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program, and Dr. Michael D. Jensen, endocrinologist at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota.

Reuters — Ticks carrying Lyme disease in almost half of US counties by Lisa Rapaport — Environmental and climate changes may be helping ticks to expand their territory in the U.S., noted Dr. Bobbi Pritt, director of clinical parasitology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. "Warmer temperatures, increases in rainfall, and milder winters can favor tick survival," Pritt, who wasn't involved in the study, said by email. "These factors can also favor survival and expansion of the mammals and birds that the ticks feed on." Additional coverage: Channel News Asia, AOL News, Fox News

Yahoo! Health — Eagles Founder Glenn Frey’s Death: A Look at Rheumatoid Arthritis, Colitis, and Pneumonia by Korin Miller — Glenn Frey, founder of the legendary rock band the Eagles, has died at 67 after battling several health problems….Eric Matteson, MD, a rheumatologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, tells Yahoo Health that Frey’s death highlights the severity of rheumatoid arthritis and ulcerative colitis. “The life expectancy of people who have rheumatoid arthritis that is very severe can be diminished, especially if there are complications of the disease outside the joints,” he says.

Washington Post — Environmental toxin linked to dementia, study shows by Tara Bahrampour — Chronic exposure to a toxin found in some lakes and desert topcrusts contributes to neurological problems commonly associated with ALS, Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases, a new study shows…Ron Petersen, director of the Mayo Clinic Study of Aging and the Mayo Alzheimer’s Research Center, called the vervet study interesting but cautioned that more research would be necessary to understand the implications for human diseases. He also urged people not to rush out and buy the amino acid L-serine before further studies are done.

Washington Post — That knee replacement you just underwent might make it onscreen by Thomas Heath — Medical mistakes: B-Line Medical is about catching them before they happen…..B-Line Medical also sells a platform called “LiveCapture.” That involves filming doctors and nurses caring for patients. Hospitals using B-Line Medical can document events including operating-room activities, emergencies and routine hospital-room visits….Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, the Cleveland Clinic, the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston are among its customers.

Huffington Post — What Really Happens To Your Body After Birth Control by Carolyn Gregoire — The Question: What can you really expect to happen to your body, brain and hormones when you stop taking oral contraception?... Petra Casey, a women's health doctor at the Mayo Clinic, agreed that most women's hormones take only a cycle or two to adjust. "Some women experience an interval of time when their periods are irregular or absent, other women immediately get back to a regular period," she said.

Huffington PostActress Jamie-Lynn Sigler Reveals She Has Multiple Sclerosis by Carly Ledbetter — Jamie-Lynn Sigler has revealed that she has been battling multiple sclerosis (MS) for the past 15 years. According to the Mayo Clinic, MS affects the central nervous system of the body and can lead to permanent nerve damage and loss of the ability to walk. There is no cure for the disease, though various treatment options are available.

Wall Street Journal — Between City Strivers, Small-Town Residents, Who Is Healthier? by Sue Shellenbarger — Wherever you are, active work, community ties and education can boost longevity… Community ties and warm friendships with conscientious, productive people aid longevity, too. Some people find these bonds in small towns, others in big cities, says Dr. Friedman, a psychology professor at the University of California, Riverside. Many small towns in Minnesota’s Olmsted County, the home of Mayo Clinic, are healthy, too, because residents are in tune with the latest scientific findings about health.

HealthDay — Can Berries, Citrus Fruits Boost Male Sexual Health? by Dennis Thompson…Despite these drawbacks, it is good to remind men that lifestyle has a big impact on erectile function, said Dr. Landon Trost, a Mayo Clinic urologist. "It will not be surprising to many that increasing fruits and vegetables reduces diseases, including erectile dysfunction," Trost said. "However, it provides yet another motivating factor to adopt healthy lifestyle changes."

MedPage Today — Tau Tangles Seen in Monkey Brains by Kristina Fiore — Researchers have developed an animal model of a neurodegenerative disease in the indigenous Chamorro people of Guam that may be useful for testing new Alzheimer's drugs, particularly those that target tau…David Knopman, MD, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., noted that the proof of the model will be in replication and generalization. "Experience taught us that [mouse models developed 20 years ago] were a poor predictor of therapeutic outcomes in humans, and therefore the same caveat applies to vervets now," Knopman said.

Men’s Health — 6 nutrition mistakes you always make that keep you fat Eating in Front of the TV, Then Dozing Off...Donald Hensrud, M.D., medical editor-in-chief of The Mayo Clinic Diet, says, "If you want to watch TV, be active at the same time or go work out and come back—then you can treat yourself with some TV." And make your Sky+ earn its keep so you can go to bed on a regular schedule. Sleep is a fine habit when done correctly.

Everyday Health — Are Seniors Getting Enough Medical Care or Too Much? by Dr. Sanjay Gupta — Regardless of the patient’s age, there are tools available to help them make informed treatment choices. Known as decision aids, these tools combine printed materials, video demonstrations, and risk calculators. According to a 2015 report in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), over 500 decision aids have been developed so far. Many are available on websites such as the Mayo Clinic’s Shared Decision Making National Resource Center.

STAT — What is actually in erectile dysfunction supplements?  by Bob Tedeschi — In western Iran and other parts of the Middle East, some men forcefully strike their penises to generate stronger erections. “We hear a lot of things” men will try to treat erectile dysfunction, said Dr. Landon Trost, head of andrology and male infertility at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. “That’s probably the most violent.”

SELF — 12 Small Ways To Be Much Nicer To Yourself by Amanda Schupak — 6. Do unto yourself as you do unto others. In his book, The Mayo Clinic Handbook for Happiness, Amit Sood, M.D., a specialist in mind-body medicine, says, “Kindness to the world starts with kindness to the self.” When you sense you might be getting (or, more aptly, accepting) the short end of the proverbial stick, Sood suggests asking yourself these two questions: Am I doing something to myself that I would never do to someone else? Am I letting someone else do something to me that I would never do to him or her?

US News & World ReportAnesthesia After 40 Not Linked to Mental Decline Later, Study Finds by Robert Preidt — Receiving general anesthesia for surgery after age 40 doesn't appear to raise the risk for mild thinking and memory problems later in life, a new study finds. "The bottom line of our study is that we did not find an association between exposure to anesthesia for surgery and the development of mild cognitive [mental] impairment in these patients," study senior author and anesthesiologist Dr. David Warner said in a Mayo news release. Additional coverage: Chicago Tribune Online, MD Magazine, UPI.com, Bel Marra Health, Medical Daily, Latinos Health, The California Post

MPRAppetites: Learning to cook better, at the clinic by Krystyna PeaseIt's no secret that food and health are linked. Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl visited the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program for her latest article in "Mpls. St.Paul Magazine." Patients who'll go there could be recovering from an illness or a surgery, for example, and will learn how to cook food to help them recover and live a healthier life. Those who enter the program will be able to work with both chefs and doctors from Mayo, Grumdahl said, to learn about what foods are better and how they'll work for each patient.

OncLive — High T-Cell Diversity Linked to Better Prognosis in mRCC by Wayne Kuznar — Renal cell carcinoma (RCC) with higher entropy, a measure of T-cell diversity, may portend a favorable prognosis. However, in a randomized clinical study, the VEGFR inhibitor pazopanib (Votrient) was efficacious independent of T-cell receptor (TCR)–gamma entropy in metastatic RCC setting, according to data presented at the 2016 Genitourinary Cancers Symposium. “High entropy may represent a broader response to tumor antigens,” said Thai Ho, MD, PhD, medical oncologist, Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale, Arizona.

KNXV-TV Online — Mayo Clinic shares a new study on dogs and heart patients — Eric Steidley, M.D., Mayo Clinic Cardiologist, joined the hosts of Sonoran Living Live to discuss an interesting new study that will launch soon at Mayo Clinic Hospital to examine the impact the dog therapy has on heart failure patients

Post Bulletin — Deal for Mayo data center could be epic — Dear Answer Man, Mayo recently sold its data center on West Circle Drive to Epic Systems Corp., which is handling the clinic's electronic health records. Will the Rochester center only be used for Mayo recordkeeping or will Epic use it for other purposes -- in other words, is there potential for growth here by Epic? I don't know about the latter, but I know the 62,000-square-foot data center in Rochester will be used as a disaster recovery backup for Epic's headquarters data center in Verona, Wis., near Madison.

KIMT.com — Mayo research suggests radiation important part of cancer treatment after surgery by Adam Sallet — It’s one of the deadliest forms of cancer, and now local researchers believe they’ve learned more about what patients might do after surgery. “I think the interpretation we get from this research study is really now in the field of pancreas cancer, the real role of radiation and who we give it to is somewhat fuzzy. There’s a clear role of chemotherapy. We are still trying to work out which patients benefit the most from radiation therapy,” said Dr. Kenneth Merrell, lead author of the study.

Anza Valley Outlook - Online — FDA approved doesn’t guarantee drugs are safe or effective — Certainly many drugs make people better and save lives, but many others are being marketed for more questionable reasons. Prescribing diabetes drugs for “pre diabetics” who may or may not get the disease is a case in point. I asked Mayo Clinic diabetes expert Dr. Victor Montori about this. “The trend to offer drugs to patients to delay a diagnosis of diabetes without making them healthier is a significant problem,” he said. “Almost half of those included in the definition of patients with pre-diabetes won’t develop the disease in 10 years.”

Spears — Why medi-spas could be the next big thing for silver surfers — The new Mandarin Oriental in Bodrum, Turkey, is opening a complete version of Minnesota's world-famous destination medical centre, the Mayo Clinic, in January, thus saving Europeans the schlep to the US and enabling them to combine a properly pampering holiday in a wonderful location with serious medical advice and investigations.

Pioneer Press — Minnesota Gov. Dayton says rumors that he’ll leave office early are insulting by Rachel E. Stassen-Berger — Gov. Mark Dayton insists that anyone who believes or even suggests he may quit the job before 2017 lacks a basic understanding of his character. After each of the Mayo Clinic visits, he has quit taking any prescription painkillers when he left the hospital “so I’m mentally sharp,” he said. Additional coverage: INFORUM, Duluth News Tribune, WDAZ.com

Mankato Free Press — Mayo Clinic Health System prepares to unveil expanded nursery by Jessica Bies — Mayo Clinic Health System is hoping to bring some of Mankato's smallest bundles of joy home faster this year with a special nursery that can more easily facilitate transfers from intensive care units in Rochester and the Twin Cities. Dr. Jason DeWitt, OB/GYN and medical director of women and children's services at MCHS in Mankato, said the city's Mayo-operated birthing center is currently a level 2 neonatal unit and can provide short-term intensive care.

Philanthropy News Digest — Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville Receives $10 Million for Residency Program — The Jacksonville, Florida, branch of the Mayo Clinic has received a $10 million gift from John H. and Carolyn O. Sonnentag in support of its neurosurgery residency program, the Florida Times-Union reports.

WKOW.com LaCrosse — Up for the challenge: Mario Miller, community rally around transplant by Nick Tabbert — Miller, a junior at La Crescent High School, was a two-sport athlete for the Lancers and a promising AAU basketball prospect as recently as last summer. But what started as pneumonia quickly turned into a collapsed lung, and then another, and ultimately a fight for survival. Dr. Jonathan Johnson, Medical Director of Pediatric Heart Transplant Program at Mayo Clinic, said Mario's diagnosis was a combination of cryptogenic organizing pneumonia and acute respiratory distress syndrome, essentially filling his lungs with fluid and making breathing difficult. Additional coverage: WXOW.com

Finance and Commerce — Texas firm pays $14.5M for center in Rochester by Hank Long — The president of a Texas-based real estate investment company that paid $14.5 million for a Rochester shopping center said it couldn’t pass up the opportunity to enter a market partially driven by Mayo Clinic. An entity associated with Austin-based Epic Real Estate Partners paid cash for the Broadway Commons at 30 25th St. SE, according to a certificate of real estate value that became public Friday. The sale closed Jan. 12….“We really like Rochester because it has unique economic drivers — obviously the Mayo Clinic being a primary component of that,” Holland said Monday.

KEYC Mankato — With the Cold Here to Stay, Mayo Offers Frostbite Prevention Tips by Ashley Hanley — With the recent cold winter blast and more frigid days ahead, people heading outdoors should be aware that frostbite can occur within a short amount of time. Mayo Clinic Health System says prevention is key. They also say if your fingers, nose or toes start to hurt or have a prickling feeling, it's a warning to get out of the cold….

KAAL-TV.com — Rochester Hospitality Home at Capacity as Organ Transplants in U.S. Reach Record Numbers by Megan Stewart — The Gift of Life Transplant House on 2nd Street recorded an occupancy rate of 87.2 percent in 2015, a 10 percent increase from the year before and significantly higher than expected, according to Executive Director Ginger Holmes. According to a report released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 30,973 organ transplants took place in 2015, the most ever in a single year. Nearly 1,000 of those took place at Mayo Clinic, which is also increasing its number of transplants.

The Villages Daily Sun Online — Winning the fight against cancer by Eddy Duryea — Outcomes have improved greatly for people diagnosed with cancer, according to the American Cancer Society’s latest annual report. Helping patients not just survive, but also have a good quality of life, is the ultimate goal of oncology research, said Dr. Asher Chanan-Khan, oncologist and chairman of hematology and oncology at the Mayo Clinic Florida campus. “This is certainly an exciting time in cancer medicine, and we can see the positive results already,” he said. “The two important factors contributing to this change are an increased understanding of the processes leading to certain cancers, and designing new therapeutics such as immunotherapies and targeted agents that are more cancer directed.”

SheKnows.com, — The Biggest Loser trainer criticised for postpartum exercise advice by Sarah Duncan — The Biggest Loser trainer Michelle Bridges has come under fire this week after sharing some exercise advice to her community of health-inspired mums…..There is no concrete research into how long a woman should wait to exercise after giving birth. Even the Mayo Clinic says that if you feel great, there's no need to wait. "In the past, health care providers often instructed women to wait at least six weeks after giving birth to begin exercising," the clinic says.

Post Bulletin — Rochester woman selected for 'Create a Miracle' medical mission trip by Brett Boese — Christina Sprunger jumped at the chance to add one more commitment to her already hectic life. The 25-year-old Rochester native is married with a full-time job at the Mayo Clinic.  In March, she'll depart on a 13-day mission trip to Uganda to help underprivileged African children after being selected from a pool of applicants with Sylvia's Children's "Create a Miracle" program.

ABC Online (Australia) — Brain-training app aims to develop creativity to stave off dementia, rehabilitate stroke patients by Rebecca Turner — Creative pursuits are better at staving off dementia than popular brain-training apps, according to a leading Australian researcher…For example, research by the Mayo Clinic Study of Aging, published last year, found that people engaged in artistic pursuits were 70 per cent less likely to develop dementia.

Wrangler News (Tempe) — For whatever ails you, a pet in your life could just be what the doctor ordered by Deborah Hilcove — Swedish research suggests early exposure to dogs and other animals can reduce children’s asthma risks. Nursing homes and hospitals often encourage visiting therapy dogs to lower stress. Dr. Lois Krahn of Mayo Clinic’s Center for Sleep Medicine in Scottsdale, says a pet in the bedroom might encourage better sleep. And Psychology Today says owning a dog will make a single male appear smarter, more attractive and sexier.

New Scientist — Head transplant carried out on monkey, claims maverick surgeon — The head transplant juggernaut rolls on. Last year, maverick surgeon Sergio Canavero caused a worldwide storm when he revealed his plan to attempt a human head transplant to New Scientist. “If the so-called head transplant works, this is going to open up a whole new science of spinal cord trauma reconstruction,” says Michael Sarr, editor of the journal Surgery and a surgeon at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal — Kiosk-maker bankruptcy kills Mayo Clinic's telemedicine effort by Katharine Grayson — The bankruptcy of an Ohio-based kiosk-maker has ended a Mayo Clinic telemedicine project in the Austin, Minn. area. HealthSpot Inc. filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in December. The Dublin, Ohio-based company provided Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo with three kiosks that let users remotely seek diagnoses for minor health conditions, the Rochester Post Bulletin reports.

Post Bulletin — Mayo at forefront of transplants by Andrew Setterholm — Organ transplants in the United States have hit a record annual high mark with 30,000 performed in 2015. It is the third consecutive year a new annual high has been achieved and at the forefront of that growth is Rochester's Mayo Clinic. The Mayo Clinic system as a whole, including its campuses in Arizona and Florida, is the nation's highest-volume organ transplant provider in the country, said Dr. Brooks Edwards, Transplant Center director.

Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier — Former C.F. mayor, spouse promoting community stress-relief workshop by Pat Kinney — …Crews, who left office last year after more than 30 years of public service, and his wife, Ronelle Langley, are outreach coordinator and executive director, respectively, for the Cedar Valley Center for Resiliency and Well Being. She is developing a pilot community-based stress-relief project as an extension of a program developed by Dr. Amit Sood, professor of medicine at The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

Post Bulletin — Oddchester: Mayo in the movies by Steve Lange — Five of our favorite Mayo Clinic references from TV, movies, and music. The movie: Airplane! The reference: Capt. Oveur (played by Peter Graves) is talking to a Mayo Clinic doctor on one of the airport's courtesy phones (and the doc is sitting in front of a shelf lined with jars of mayonnaise). Then, an operator interrupts….

My Yellowknife Now (Canada) — Hay River ‘bubble child’ preparing for last-ditch US move by Ollie Williams — A Hay River one-year-old termed a ‘bubble child’ by doctors may move to the United States in search of answers about his condition....“The National Institute of Health [a biomedical research facility in Maryland] is an option, as well as the Mayo Clinic [based in Minnesota]. We’ve been talking about going there – they are the only ones able to deal with his complex case.”

Pioneer Press10 Minnesota winter health hazards (and 10 solutions) by Bob Shaw — No. 1: Heart Attacks. This was the top hazard chosen by Dr. Donald Hensrud, director of the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living program. Heart attacks are up to 20 percent more common in winter months, he said.

Nine MSN Australia Five ways to torch belly fat by Kimberly Gillan — 3. Back off the booze. "In general, alcohol intake is associated with bigger waists, because when you drink alcohol, the liver burns alcohol instead of fat," says Michael Jensen, MD, an endocrine expert and obesity researcher with the Mayo Clinic.

Medical Xpress Endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty: A promising new weight loss procedure — In the fight against obesity, bariatric surgery is currently the most effective treatment; however, only 1 to 2 percent of qualified patients receive this surgery due to limited access, patient choice, associated risks and the high costs. "Given the low use of bariatric surgery and limited effectiveness of lifestyle changes and drug treatments, a significant gap exists in our current approach to obesity," said lead study author Barham K. Abu Dayyeh, MD, MPH, from the department of gastroenterology and hepatology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN.

ActionNewsJax.comCDC issues travel alert for pregnant womenThe CDC said Zika can cause Microcephaly, which is when a baby is born with an abnormally small head and underdeveloped brain. Three cases have been reported in Florida, with two in Miami alone. Laboratory medical director Dr. Gretchen Johns, of the Mayo Clinic, is heading to Miami. “Travel, especially if you're pregnant, to South America or areas that are endemic right now for it would be probably be a bad idea. You might want to delay your travel until later when you're not pregnant,” Dr. Johns said.

The Atlantic The Patient Who Diagnosed Her Own Genetic Mutation—and an Olympic Athlete's by David Epstein — Jill’s dad remembered having some trouble walking as a kid, and his doctors told him he’d had a very mild case of polio. But Jill’s symptoms were much more pronounced, and her pediatrician was stumped. He told the family to go to the Mayo Clinic. They were stumped there, too. They tested the entire family, and saw that Jill, her father, and her brother had higher than normal levels of creatine kinase in their blood. That is an enzyme that leaks out of muscles when they are damaged, but Jill was the only one struggling to walk. Jill returned to the Mayo Clinic every summer, and it was always the same. There was nothing doctors could do, and nothing new they could tell her….

Post BulletinGroup aims to continue Second Street talks by Andrew Setterholm — A high-profile development proposal near Mayo Clinic Hospital Saint Marys Campus has drawn a huge amount of conversation and reactions from both public officials and Rochester residents….A proposed Holiday Inn across from the Saint Marys Campus has been a catalyst for design and development conversations spanning the Second Street corridor. The potential developer, Larry Brutger and Brutger Equities, has requested tax-increment financing to fund public parking in an attached ramp and a tunnel connection to Saint Marys.

KDLT News Sioux Falls1 of 500: A Benefit For Brylie by Sydney Kern — Brylie Helling is 1 of 500 people in the world who is diagnosed with a dead spleen. Brylie Helling, a happy go lucky girl, is now facing an extremely rare diagnosis. Last week, doctors at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota discovered that Brylie's spleen is not functioning. "While people live without a spleen, she is just going to be 2,” says Sarah. “She's going to be 2 on Feb. 5, so her immune system hasn't had time to build up yet.”

Health IT Outcomes OnlineLeading Healthcare IT Association Announces $1M Initiative To Protect Patients From Life-Threatening Medical Errors — At the Mayo Clinic, each case of misidentification costs at least $1,200, according to the Office of the National Coordinator's 2014 report, "Patient Identification and Matching: Final Report."

New York Times Dalai Lama travels to US for medical checkup — The Dalai Lama was traveling Tuesday to the United States for prostate treatment and a medical checkup, the Tibetan spiritual leader's website said. However, he told reporters before leaving the Himalayan hill town of Dharamsala that he had no "specific health complaints." The 80-year-old Buddhist leader's website said he "is scheduled to undergo prostate treatment at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, followed by a period of rest from the end of January 2016 for approximately one month." Additional coverage: Washington Post, Daily MailABC News, Huffington Post, Lexington Herald Leader, Voice of America, Yahoo News, Hindustan Times

ABC News — Dalai Lama Travels to US for Medical Checkup — The Dalai Lama was traveling Tuesday to the United States for prostate treatment and a medical checkup, the Tibetan spiritual leader's website said. The 80-year-old Buddhist leader's website said he "is scheduled to undergo prostate treatment at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, followed by a period of rest from the end of January 2016 for approximately one month." Additional coverage: KAAL-TV.com, The Chronical Herald Canada, e! Science News, el Mexicano, TwinCities.com, Hannoversche Allgemeine ZeitungLa Hora, MPR, KTTC.com, MinnPost, Hong Kong Standard

LaRepública.pe — ¿El líquido preseminal puede causar embarazo? Acaba con la duda — El doctor Roger W. Harms, de la Clínica Mayo (EE.UU.), asegura que respuesta es afirmativa. “El fluido preseminal puede contener espermatozoides, lo que significa que una mujer puede quedar embarazada aún cuando la eyaculación completa no se produjo dentro de la vagina”, sostuvo.

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