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Mayo to livestream a colonoscopy to boost screenings
by Allie Shah
Live from Rochester, Minn. it’s … a colonoscopy. The Mayo Clinic is jumping into the emerging trend of livestreaming medical procedures via the mobile app Periscope with a live broadcast Tuesday morning of a colonoscopy. “Hopefully, we’ll encourage a lot more people to get screened,” said Lee Aase, director of the Mayo Clinic Social Media Network and the patient who will be undergoing Tuesday’s colonoscopy.
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Bring Me The News, ‘Hey, Lee, I watched your colonoscopy on my phone the other day’
KAAL.com, Mayo Clinic Makes History with Live Stream of Colonoscopy
KTTC.com, Mayo Clinic live streams colonoscopy to de-mystify the process
STAT, Morning Rounds: Mayo Clinic is live streaming a colonoscopy on Periscope this morning
Context: Mayo Clinic live-streamed a colonoscopy on the mobile app Periscope on March 1. The broadcast was part of Mayo Clinic’s ongoing collaboration with Fight Colorectal Cancer to raise awareness of the importance of colorectal cancer screening. March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. “We’ve worked with Fight Colorectal Cancer on its One Million Strong campaign for the last three years to highlight the importance of appropriate screening,” says Lee Aase, director of the Mayo Clinic Social Media Network. “Our previous promotions included live patient events, a music video and a social media campaign. As we discussed plans for our 2016 promotion, I received a reminder for my colonoscopy, so we decided to take this opportunity to demystify the process by live-streaming the procedure on Periscope.” More information can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network, including the news release and a video package.
Contact: Joe Dangor
Mayo Clinic income slips with labor costs
by Christopher Snowbeck
Higher labor costs cut into income last year at the Mayo Clinic, according to numbers being released Monday, as the state's largest employer didn't score a repeat of 2014's record financial results. The income decline wasn't a surprise, clinic officials said, and reflected increased staffing needs as sicker patients spent more time in the hospital. Mayo Clinic saw more pension costs in 2015, too, and needed more staff as it launched information technology projects plus a next-generation radiation treatment center in Rochester.
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.
Post Bulletin, Mayo financials stable after record '14
Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, Price tag for Mayo's big electronic medical records project: $1B
HIT Consultant, Mayo Clinic to Pay $1B for Epic Implementation Over 5 Years
KTTC.com, Mayo Clinic announces $526 million in income for 2015
Twin Cities Business, Mayo Clinic Income Falls After Upping Staff, Capital Project Investments
Context: Providing direct care for more than 1.3 million people, Mayo Clinic continues to advance its mission to be a trusted source for clinical quality, medical education and research discoveries that improve lives. Mayo Clinic reported a strong financial position in 2015, with contributions of $505 million to its pension plan for employees and more than $600 million in capital projects. “When we look at these numbers, we see people — our patients and our dedicated employees,” says John Noseworthy, M.D., president and CEO, Mayo Clinic. “We believe Mayo Clinic has a moral responsibility to provide compassionate care to patients who put their trust in us. We’re not just treating a symptom; our team of experts delivers a seamless, integrated experience that patients expect. Our results solidify our ability to deliver complex care to our patients and provide a secure future for our staff.” More information can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.
Contact: Susan Barber Lindquist
Stocking a Healthy Kitchen
Video and interview with Angie Murad, dietician – Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program.
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Context: The Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program is redefining healthy living. It’s a comprehensive, whole-body wellness experience guided by medical research and evidence-based medicine to offer guests trusted solutions to improve quality of life.
Contact: Kelley Luckstein
Busy Brains Delay Alzheimer's Symptoms But Not the Disease
Keeping an active mind with intellectual pursuits in midlife may delay the onset of Alzheimer's disease symptoms, but it does not appear to prevent the physical changes in the brain for most people, a new study finds. "Studies have shown that it reduces the onset of symptoms," said lead author Prashanthi Vemuri of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.
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Additional coverage: Reuters
Context: Keeping the mind active may delay symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease; however, the activity does not change the underlying disease in the brain for most people, according to a study published recently in the online edition of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. “When we looked specifically at the level of lifetime learning, we found that carriers of the APOE4 gene who had higher education and continued to learn through middle age had fewer amyloid deposition on imaging when compared to those who did not continue with intellectual activity in middle age,” says study author Prashanthi Vemuri, Ph.D., a Mayo Clinic dementia researcher. More information can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.
Contact: Susan Barber Lindquist
Wall Street Journal — Training NFL Prospects—and Office Workers by Kevin Clark — For months now, some of the top prospects for April’s NFL draft have been honing their bodies under the guidance of EXOS, a leading training center for pro football players…“The thing that surprised us,” said Dr. Michael Stuart, of the Mayo Clinic, where EXOS has an installation, “is that most of the principles used on most elite athletes are applicable to everyone—that crosses age, gender, sport.”
International Business Times — Mayo Clinic discovers cell that possibly holds secret to aging extra gracefully by Vittorio Hernandez — Medical science has a growing interest in ageing because of the graying population in many industrialised nations… However, a long life is not worth it if the person suffers from various ailments linked with aging. That makes a Mayo Clinic study, published in Nature journal of Wednesday, very much anticipated to move from mice to people. The clinic possibly discovered the cell that could be the key to ageing gracefully. Fortune reports that by injecting mice with a drug, it pushes out worn-out and toxic cells, the senescent cells which “litters the body with aging.”
International Business Times — US college bans energy drinks sale because they lead students to participate in ‘high-risk sex’ by Anne Lu — A college in the US has banned energy drinks over fears that these lead to high-risk sex and bad study habits. The Middlebury College in Vermont will ban the sale of Red Bull, 5-Hour Energy and other energy drinks on campus starting March 7. A Mayo Clinic study in 2015 found out that energy drinks can blood pressure and stress home responses in young adults significantly.
CBS News — Rare heart procedure saves tiny newborn's life by Chris Martinez — Just looking at baby Grayson Davila, you wouldn't know what he's been through. Until you see the scars on his tiny chest. Twenty-two weeks into his mother Samantha's pregnancy, doctors at Children's Hospital Los Angeles discovered he had hypoplastic left heart syndrome, a condition that leaves the left side of the heart underdeveloped. The cause of hypoplastic left heart syndrome is unknown, but it tends to run in families. A mother who's already had one child with the condition is at an increased risk for having another baby with it, or a similar condition, say Mayo Clinic experts.
People magazine — Zika Virus Linked to Temporary Paralysis, New Study Suggests – What You Need to Know by Tiare Dunlap — New research has led to evidence that the Zika virus can cause Guillain-Barré syndrome, a severe neurological disorder that causes temporary paralysis. There is no known cure for the syndrome, but several treatments can ease symptoms and reduce the duration of the illness, according to the Mayo Clinic.
SELF magazine — New Study Says Zika Causes Guillain-Barre—Here’s What You Need To Know About This Rare Disorder by Korin Miller — People don’t contract Guillain-Barre and immediately become paralyzed all over, says James Dyck, M.D., a professor of neurology at the Mayo Clinic. Instead, they typically develop what’s known as “ascending paralysis” where they’ll feel weakness in their legs that works its way up through their trunk and so on. Symptoms can progress over a matter of hours, days, or weeks, and get progressively worse. “It can be a very scary disorder,” says Dyck.
FOX News — Heart benefits of good diabetes control may last for decades — Dr. Rozalina G. McCoy, another proponent of intensive diabetes therapy from Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, said, "For me, as a practicing primary care physician and endocrinologist, this study reinforces the importance of starting patients with type 1 diabetes on treatment early and utilizing every possible resource to help patients and their families manage their diabetes in a way that not only achieves and maintains glycemic targets, but is also sustainable by being affordable and tolerable (e.g., with least possible hypoglycemia and burden of treatment)."
Reuters — History of fainting linked to increased risk of car crashes by Lisa Rapaport — “Despite the concern of syncope-related driving accidents, there are many other conditions or factors which contribute to motor vehicle accidents to a greater degree,” Chen-Scarabelli said by email. That’s because with syncope, drivers often have several seconds or minutes of symptoms like dizziness or heart palpitations before losing consciousness, said Dr. Dan Sorajja, a researcher at Mayo Clinic in Arizona who wasn’t involved in the study. Additional coverage: Business Insider
CNN — 8 professions that could hurt your heart (and make you fat) by Jen Christensen — "When people have no autonomy and everything in their workday is constrained, that can be hard on your health," said Dr. Sharonne Hayes, a cardiologist at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. Hayes would add farming to the list of professions that are hard on your health. She sees a good number of farmers and says many are incredibly strong because of the work they do, but they are unfit because of their poor eating habits. Often they grab what they can as they go out in the fields, and often that choice isn't a healthy one.
Huffington Post — Promising News On the Concussion Front by Ken Reed — In another development, one that is especially encouraging for youth sports leagues that can't afford to have medical personnel on the sidelines for every game, the Mayo Clinic has endorsed the King-Devick sideline concussion test and will help promote it to youth coaches, parents and athletes.The King-Devick Test is an inexpensive, quick (approximately two minutes) and accurate test for concussion detection and evaluation on the sidelines of sporting events. Just as importantly, it's easy to administer -- for almost anyone.
Vox — The way we think about cancer is outdated. Here’s how to change that by Julia Belluz — The psychological effects of cancer are in fact so widespread that the American College of Surgeons recently required all accredited cancer centers to screen for the level of cancer distress in new patients and then offer psychosocial care to match patients' needs. "Distress can mean anxiety, depression, and anything else that causes stress," explains Shawna Ehlers, a psycho-oncologist at the Mayo Clinic. "The cancer community in general is getting much better at recognizing these psychological impacts."
VICE — How Having a Chronic Illness Can Screw Up Your Sex Life by Alison Segel — Narcolepsy and Sexsomnia - Extreme tiredness from narcolepsy can lead to low sex drive or impotence, according to the Mayo Clinic, and some narcoleptics will even fall asleep during sex.
Men’s Fitness — 6 Reasons to Never Neglect Water — Water is the building block of life as we know it, and you should be proactive about keeping yourself hydrated even when you aren’t training or being active. The Mayo Clinic has found that an average daily water intake for a man is about three liters.
SELF magazine — 6 Surprising Reasons You Have Bad Breath by Amanada Schupak — 4. You take medication for allergies, depression or pain. There are hundreds of medications, both prescription and over the counter, that cause dry mouth, according to the Mayo Clinic, which, as we know, can give you nasty breath.
SELF magazine — This Baby Being Born In His Amniotic Sac Will Honestly Blow Your Mind by Zahra Barnes — When babies are born en caul, they’re still nestled inside the amniotic sac, which is a protective membrane that holds them during pregnancy, according to Mayo Clinic. Along with the fetus, the sac is filled with amniotic fluid, which serves many important functions for a growing baby.
Hospitals & Health Networks — How Health Care Organizations Should Manage Social Media by Amanda Karfakis — As social media becomes an increasingly important tool for reaching patients, it becomes more critical for C-suite executives to understand their health care organization’s ongoing social media effort and to feel confident that it is enhancing, not hindering, the organization’s brand. Mayo Clinic’s social media policy, for example, says that employees are not permitted to use Mayo Clinic’s name or logo in their social media names, handles or URLs unless that employee has received approval to do so. This is critical in protecting your health care organization’s brand and making sure employees’ personal opinions are not directly tied to your organization.
Forbes — Are You At Risk Of Job Burnout? by Raquel Baldelomar — As many workers can attest, the typical workweek is no longer 40 hours. Adults in the U.S. reported working an average of 47 hours per week, according to a Gallup survey, and four in 10 employees claimed to work at least 50 hours per week… The Mayo Clinic defines Health Cloud as a “a state of physical, emotional or mental exhaustion combined with doubts about your competence and the value of your work.”
Star Tribune — Study says shopping on price can cut nation's health care costs by Christopher Snowbeck — The pricing program seems like a "great idea," says Dr. Randy Saliares with CentraCare Gastroenterology Clinic in St. Cloud, but it raises a key question: How do insurers factor the quality of different care providers?...Dr. Douglas Wood, medical director of the Center for Innovation at Mayo Clinic, questioned whether the program is wrongly focused on prices when the goal should be eliminating procedures that aren't needed. "Even a lower price for hip replacement, if it was not necessary, is still too high and represents wasteful spending," Wood wrote in an e-mail. "Reference pricing for colonoscopy ... won't help us reduce costs."
Star Tribune — Rochester prosthetic maker helps injured veterans by Brett Boese — Limb Lab opened its downtown Rochester location in 2014 with a modest staff of four to fill its unique 3,000-square-foot facility, which routinely draws curious looks on Broadway due to expansive windows that reveal manikins with prosthetic limbs…. Arizona's Dan Metzdorf suffered life-threatening injuries in a roadside blast that killed three soldiers during a 2004 tour in Iraq...Mayo Clinic doctor Kenton Kaufman was among those consulted during Metzdorf's visit. He's conducting a Department of Defense-funded lab aimed at preventing falls for veterans with amputated limbs like Metzdorf. "Our goal is to have them learn how to use their prosthesis in a more effective manner, and hopefully increase their function and their quality of life," Kaufman said.
Star Tribune — Even tougher battle ahead for maverick priest the Rev. Mike Tegeder by Jon Tevlin — An updated post expressed some optimism because the type of lung cancer was less aggressive than expected, but on Sunday Tegeder added more bad news: Tests showed a small patch of cancer on the lining of his brain. “I don’t feel too bad,” he said. “I’m going to Rochester [Mayo Clinic] next week to see if they can do anything. Doctors told me there’s probably not much they can do. You hate to hear something like that.”
Star Tribune — Jack Jablonski forges a new life in Southern California by Pam Louwagie — He serves as adviser to a foundation bearing his name — a nonprofit for which organizers are working to complete tax-exemption compliance requirements. The foundation has committed to raising $300,000 for two patients to undergo an experimental epidural stimulation procedure at the Mayo Clinic. The procedure has produced promising results in patients: giving them voluntary arm and leg movement, the ability to stand, and gains in bowel, bladder and sexual function. Jablonski’s family has watched the study expand around the country, and they are more hopeful than ever that he will benefit from it someday.
Star Tribune — Kombucha craze spreads to DIYers by Kevyn Burger — Proponents of the drink call it a natural detoxifier that aids in digestion, promotes immunity, enhances energy — and is a great hangover cure. But those purported benefits are challenged by skeptic …Writing on the Mayo Clinic website, Dr. Brent Bauer, director of Mayo’s Department of Internal Medicine’s Complementary and Integrative Medicine Program, also noted that there’s no solid support for the health claims. “There have been reports of adverse effects, such as stomach upset, infections and allergic reactions in kombucha tea drinkers,” Bauer wrote. “
WEAU Eau Claire — COMMUNITY FIRST: Dragon Boat Festival — Dragons, paddles and pumped up teams! The Half Moon Dragon Boat Festival was a big hit on water last year. Now, Eau Claire is gearing up for round two. It is already time to think about registration. Anna Sizer with Mayo Clinic Health System and two members of the winning team "In Deep Ship", Manda Henry and Al Christian joined the show.
FiveThirtyEight — BMI Is A Terrible Measure Of Health by Katherine Hobson — Weight includes fat, but it also includes bones, muscle, fluids and everything else in the body. Yes, when someone’s BMI is very high, it’s very likely that he is carrying extra fat, said Francisco Lopez-Jimenez, director of preventive cardiology at the Mayo Clinic. But among those who are overweight or normal weight by BMI, the measurement tool fails, he said. “When we have a measurement that doesn’t really differentiate those who have excess fat, it’s useless.”
Inside Indiana Business — Hancock County Aims to be State's Healthiest by Andy Ober — Hancock Regional Health has launched an effort with the lofty goal of creating the "healthiest county in Indiana." Chief Executive Officer Steve Long says the healthy county initiative, based on a Mayo Clinic model, will focus on moving “outside the traditional role of the hospital” to focus more on prevention and wellness than treatment of disease.
European Hospital — We need to go into clouds by Marcel Rasch — Mayo Clinic decided to outsource IT in 2015, selling its entire local IT department to Epic, a major US player in electronic health records and software. ‘This is a first move and very significant change,’ Ranschaert says. ‘There certainly will be hospitals that follow in the near future.’
Grub Street — Doctors Say You Shouldn’t Start Drinking Coffee Just Because It Sounds Super-Healthy by Caitlin Rainey — The director of the Mayo Clinic's Healthy Living Program calls it "kind of an individual decision," explaining to the paper that coffee consumption is one of a tiny number of topics where the medical community says it's fine either way.
HCP Live — Study: Stenting, Surgery Get Equal Longterm Results by Megan Daily — The results of the CREST (Carotid Revascularization Endarterectomy versus Stenting Trial) study are in. In the final analysis, stent-assisted carotid angioplasty (CAS) proved equal to carotid endarterectomy (CEA) in stroke prevention for patients with carotid-artery stenosis. A research team led by Thomas Brott, MD, of the Jacksonville, FL Mayo Clinic and Rutgers New Jersey Medical School (Rutgers NJMS) “did not find a significant difference between patients who underwent stenting and those who underwent endarterectomy” with regard to subsequent stroke, myocardial infarction, or death.
WBRC Ala. — Non-profit: 'We need to know more about what causes of ovarian cancer' — A Missouri jury awarded $72 million to the family of an Alabama woman who they said died from ovarian cancer caused by Johnson & Johnson talcum powder… According to the Mayo Clinic, symptoms include abdominal bloating or swelling, quickly feeling full when eating, weight loss, discomfort in the pelvis area, changes in bowel habits, such as constipation, and a frequent need to urinate… It remains unclear what causes ovarian cancer, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Post-Bulletin — Sister Lauren's last sale stocked with memories by Jeff Kiger — After 48 years of running rummage sales and bazaars in Rochester, Sister Lauren Weinandt has raised more $1 million to help Mayo Clinic patients. She has sold lamps, homemade jellies, stuffed animals, Sister Generose's pickles and much more. In fact, it's said to be careful what you set down at her sales. Jackets laid down at her rummage sales are rumored to have been sold before the owners could return for them.
City Pages — Hockey Is The Best Medicine For Josh Karels, Who's Battling A Rare Disease — Whether the 15-year-old Josh Karels is just chilling with his Cottage Grove teammates or lacing up his blades for practice, the world of pucks, sticks, and locker room sweat serves as refuge from a rare immune deficiency disease that is eating away at his body.… "Hypogammaglobulinemia" would be the diagnosis. It's an immune disorder that can be congenital, in which the body struggles to fight off common infections. Karels' case is doubly perilous….Every three weeks, Karels visits Children's Hospital in St. Paul, where his system is intravenously boosted by antibodies. While insurance pays for a chunk of the $13,000 treatment, family co-pays add up fast, as do trips to specialists at Rochester's Mayo Clinic and, later this year, Boston's Children's Hospital.
Imperial Valley News — Heart Health Challenge: Feeding Your Heart by Cynthia Weiss — While research shows consuming food high in sugar, salt and saturated fat can increase the risk for heart disease, it’s often difficult to change your eating habits. Dr. Amy Pollak, a cardiologist at Mayo Clinic’s Florida campus, encourages embracing a Mediterranean diet, which offers many heart-healthy benefits.
Medscape — The Molecular Autopsy in Evaluating Sudden Death by Michael J. Ackerman, M.D. Ph.D., Frank Cetta Jr. M.D. — Frank Cetta Jr, MD: Hello, I'm Frank Cetta, professor of pediatrics and medicine at Mayo Clinic. During today's recording, we'll be discussing the molecular autopsy. I'm joined today by my colleague, Dr Michael Ackerman, professor of medicine, director of the Genetic Heart Rhythm Clinic and the Sudden Death Genomics Laboratory here at Mayo Clinic, Rochester.
KAAL.com — Remembering Dr. Jack, Mayo Clinic's First Therapy Dog by Brianna Long — Dr. Jack is probably one of Mayo Clinic's most famous staff members. He retired from his position as a Facility Based Service Dog back in 2013. "Before June he was a healthy dog, in the blink of an eye all of this started. It gave me the opportunity to care for him, and to give back to Jack what he gave to so many other people. It affected his kidneys and his liver," said Marcia. Then, on Saturday, Dr. Jack passed away in Marcia's arms.
Toronto Sun — New Leafs goalie Alex Stalock will ‘bounce back’ by Lance Hornby — Alex Stalock has already had a major career scare — and recovered…He was taken for delicate surgery at the Mayo Clinic to have it re-attached. But the drop foot condition that persisted made it near impossible to walk correctly without dragging his left leg and making exaggerated strides with his right.
KTTC.com — Uneven Ground: St. Ansgar teen walking on even legs thanks to magnetic technology by Devin Bartolotta — Appointments at Mayo Clinic have become a regular thing for Elsa Jensen and her family.“We've had a million, and a million more to come,” said Jensen's mom, Paige Warrington. They make the trek from St. Ansgar, Iowa, often to meet with specialists. But walking on two even legs, until recently, wasn't so regular.
The Virginian-Pilot — Operation Blessing helps to fight the Zika virus in Mexico by Cindy Clayton — Operation Blessing International is helping fight the Zika virus in Mexico with mosquito-eating fish…The group has worked with the Mayo Clinic’s Program for Underserved Global Health to create a public service announcement that will air on TV stations in Latin American countries to educate people about the virus.
Duluth News Tribune — Purls of Wisdom: Knitters say their hobby relieves stress, and that’s no yarn by John Lundy — A 2011 study led by Dr. Yonas E. Geda, a neuropsychiatrist at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., and published in the Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, concluded that craft activities such as quilting and knitting were among those that reduced the odds of having mild cognitive impairment by 30 to 50 percent.
Modern Medicine — Telehealth yields efficiency equivalent to office visits by Chase Doyle — Telemedicine may provide the answer to costly consultations. According to data from a recent study, remote video visits demonstrated equivalent efficiency and satisfaction when compared with traditional office visits for men with surgically treated prostate cancer. “Video visits preserve efficiency and quality of care. They reduce patient costs, and they are a viable alternative to traditional health care delivery models,” said Boyd Viers, MD, a urologist at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.
Canada Free Press — How does my Diet compare with The Mayo Clinic’s? by Dr. Gifford Jones — “What diet do you follow?” is a question I’m often asked when writing about cardiovascular disease. So I was interested to read a report from The Mayo Clinic recommending ways to have a heart-healthy diet. How did mine stack up? Sometimes I threaten the waiter !I couldn’t agree more with Mayo’s. For years I’ve stressed that calories do count and the larger the portion on the plate the greater the number of calories.
KIMT.com — Medical “mistakes” down at Mayo by Adam Sallet — We all know mistakes can happen from time to time, and for a medical giant in our area, the number of those cases was actually down in 2015….“Many of these are occurring in patients who have multi-organ failure. They are in the intensive care unit. When we carefully review exactly what could we have done to prevent those, we’ve followed all of the state’s best practices, and then some,” Chief Patient Safety Officer Dr. Timothy Morgenthaler says.
eWeek — Salesforce Floats Health Cloud for Patient Record Management by David Needle — Salesforce.com's Health Cloud aims to transform health care patient record management without requiring hospitals to rip out their legacy systems… In the case of Health Cloud, Newman said hospital personnel will be able to share information about patients more easily online using Chatter and other tools to exchange information. "We designed it to be like the Mayo Clinic, which is famous for bringing everyone in the room to talk about a patient," Newman told eWEEK. "Now they can do it with an electronic tool regardless of where they are."
KARE 11.com — Hopkins parents raise awareness on Rare Disease Day by Lindsey Seavert — Monday, February 29th is National Rare Disease Day, and a family from Hopkins hopes the date raises awareness for their family's struggle. Erica and Philip Barnes' daughter Chloe was diagnosed with metachromatic leukodystrophy when she was 2 years old. The disease, also known as MLD, is a rare, degenerative genetic disorder that affects the central nervous system and eventually leads to paralysis and death. When Chloe was 2 years old, she still struggled to walk and her parents had the instinct she was in pain when she begin waking up several times a night. They sought expertise from specialists at Children's Hospital Minnesota and Mayo Clinic, which led to the diagnosis. She only lived six weeks between diagnosis and her death after a stem cell transplant to slow down the disease brought more complications.
WEAU Eau Claire — Leap Year baby born at Mayo by Alyssa Kroeten — A leap year baby was born at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire. Oliver Thomas Mitchell was born just before noon, and weighs in at 8 pounds, 11 ounces.
Press of Atlantic City — Fitness tips for those still-cold outdoor spring workouts by Sara Tracey — The Mayo Clinic Health System has similar recommendations when watching for wind chill temperatures. If wind chill temperatures reach below -18 degrees, exposed skin can take on frostbite in 30 minutes, at the very most. The Mayo Clinic recommends “if the temperature dips below 0 degrees, or the wind chill is extreme, consider taking a break or choosing an indoor exercise instead.”
Bloomberg News — Ambient Clinical Analytics announces a collaboration with Philips on new clinical analytics solution to enhance staff efficiency in critical care — Ambient Clinical Analytics today at HIMSS 2016 announced a collaboration with Philips on their launch of IntelliSpace Console Critical Care, a cloud-based clinical decision support dashboard. IntelliSpace Console is a novel user interface designed to improve critical care, standardize clinical decision making, enhance patient monitoring and better implement quality metrics that is based on Mayo Clinic bedside analytics technology - AWARE (Ambient Warning and Response Evaluation) that is licensed and commercialized by Ambient Clinical. The easy-to-read dashboard gives clinicians access to patient data across multiple systems and EMRs to help streamline, prioritize and analyze data quickly.
Post-Bulletin — Founding women of Mayo come to life by Andrew Setterholm — For more than four years, author Virginia Wright-Peterson rifled through records of Mayo Clinic's founding members to shed new light on the lives of some lesser-known but hugely important women. On Tuesday, Wright-Peterson was witness to "a writer's dream," she said, as her years of work came to life in a new exhibit at Mayo Clinic, based on her book, "Women of Mayo Clinic — The Founding Generation."
Pioneer Press — Get smarter with these new nonfiction offerings by Mary Ann Grossmann — “Women of Mayo Clinic: The Founding Generation” by Virginia M. Wright-Peterson (Minnesota Historical Society Press, $19.95): The story of how Dr. William W. Mayo and his sons, Dr. William J. Mayo and Dr. Charles H. Mayo, established the Mayo Clinic in Rochester is a familiar one. Besides their dedication to their medical facility, which would become world-renowned, the doctors should be congratulated for their openness to hiring women in the days when many institutions refused to do so.
Frederick News Post— 60 pounds later: Smoothie shop owner wins battle with obesity by Sylvia Carignan — Frederick resident Troy Clinedinst just won the battle he’s been fighting all his life. Clinedinst, who is 44, watched his weight go up and down as he struggled with obesity…In a talk at the National Press Foundation earlier this month, Dr. Gregory Poland, director of the Vaccine Research Group at Mayo Clinic, said obesity can increase the severity of infectious diseases. Obese people also respond less well to vaccines, making them more susceptible to some preventable diseases.
ActionNewsJax — 'Super lice' make their way into Florida, Georgia by Ben Becker — New research shows an outbreak of super lice, a super-strain that is more resistant to treatment, has made its way to Florida and Georgia. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said 12 million children a year get lice. And according to the Mayo Clinic, head lice are a very common problem, second only to the common cold among schoolchildren.
Washington Free Beacon — Feds Spend $1.7 Million on Exercise Program for Refugees by Elizabeth Harrington — The National Institutes of Health is spending over $1.6 million on an exercise program for immigrants and refugees, which is sending “community partners” into mosques to talk about physical activity. The project, which began in 2012 and will continue through November, has received $1,679,030 from taxpayers. The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., is conducting the study.
Dickinson News Press, Grandmother’s cancer inspires girl to make, sell bead designs by Tom LaVenture — A 7-year-old child is using her crafting skills to support cancer patients, including her own grandmother. Priscilla Thorpe of Tappen established Priscilla's Perler Beads, a project to sell decorative and functional bead designs to raise money. Priscilla’s grandmother is Theresa Henderson of Park Rapids, Minn. She was diagnosed with uterine cancer in July, and after six rounds of chemotherapy will undergo surgery in March at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.
WEAU Eau Claire — Stroke cases of younger patients on rise by Jesse Horne — On average, a stroke happens in the United States every 40 seconds. While the risk of having a stroke increases after the age of 55, doctors say strokes can happen at any age. "Going back to the 1990s and even the 1980s, the estimated frequency was about 10 percent of all strokes then were typically with people of a younger age - less than 55,” Felix Chukwudelunzu, a stroke neurologist, said to WEAU 13 News. “Over the last 10 years, we've seen that number increase to about 19 or 20 percent."
MedPage Today — Bad Science Means Good Business for Abbott in India by Frederik Joelving — When findings from a survey of thyroid disorders in India hit the news in 2013, the headlines were not subtle. "India's cities in the grip of thyroid disease as new study reveals one in ten suffer from disorders," blared one. "Time to get your thyroid checked," another exhorted. But the survey was bogus, experts now say. "They did not say anything about the thyroid-hormone levels in the blood, so clearly they are mislabeling hypothyroidism as one group," said Juan Brito, MD, MS, an endocrinologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.
The Virginian-Pilot — 2016 Health Care Heroes: Antoinette Hood, physician – dermatology by Sandra J. Pennecke — Dr. Antoinette Hood has been called a legend in the field of dermatology. With numerous degrees, decades in practice, several academic medical institutions as both a student and a teacher, countless patients cared for, and thousands taught by her, Hood has certainly earned the moniker. “She has had a gigantic and positive influence on our specialty as a whole,” said Dr. Clark Otley, chair of dermatology at the Mayo Clinic. “Perhaps more importantly, though, has been her substantial inspirational impact on thousands of young dermatologists who have, from near or far, admired and emulated her.”
WEAU.com — Critical Conversations by Jessica Bringe — Child psychotherapist Jennifer Wickham with Mayo Clinic Health System says it's important to not discourage children from speaking up. Wickham said, “Letting the child know that we're there to listen to any of their worries they have when they're ready to talk about it but not to avoid it and not to hide it because these are things are, unfortunately, part of our life and we want our children to be prepared.”
FOX 9 Minnesota — Minnesota company designed a bag to help dispose of prescription drugs safely by Jonathan Chloe — Instead of a box some agencies are now giving away a bag. You drop in the unwanted prescription, pour in some water to make it dissolve, and then simply throw it away…The Mayo Clinic, along with several hospitals in Minnesota, is now testing out the bag. Verde Technologies hopes the bag will encourage people to avoid flushing these prescription drugs down the toilet, polluting our water ways.
Lexington Herald-Leader — Mayo Clinic News Network: Many tests available to try to find reason for recurrent miscarriages — Dear Mayo Clinic: I am 32 and have had one healthy pregnancy and baby. But over the past 18 months, I have had two miscarriages, both in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. My doctor does not recommend testing until after a third miscarriage. What do you recommend?
KAAL.com — Dalai Lama Speaks To Mayo Clinic Staff by Meghan Resitad — Monday afternoon, Mayo Clinic staff had the chance to listen to the Dalai Lama speak inside Saint Marys Chapel. The speech focused on how health care staff can provide compassionate care. "Use our intelligence and try to reduce destructive emotion. If you have believe in God, wonderful. If you haven't, okay. Still, you are a human being," said Dalai Lama. "Oneness of human beings, whether poor or rich or believer or non-believer or this nation or that nation, simply accept as a human patient." Additional coverage: KTTC.com, Post Bulletin
Red Wing Republican Eagle — Dalai Lama talks compassion to Mayo Clinic staff by Michael Brun — The Dalai Lama brought his teachings - and sense of humor - to Mayo Clinic on Monday for a talk on compassion in health care. The Tibetan spiritual and political leader spoke for more than an hour and a half to a full crowd of Mayo Clinic staff seated in the Saint Marys Campus chapel. He fielded written questions as well as told anecdotes that elicited laughs from the audience and Twin Cities journalist Cathy Wurzer, who moderated the event. He discussed the negative health impacts of holding in destructive emotions such as anger. The remedy to anger, he said, is analyzing its cause from different angles.
Tibet Post International — His Holiness the Dalai Lama of Tibet says compassion is caring for others by Jane Cook — Explaining that all 7 billion human beings belong to one human family in today's world, the spiritual leader of Tibet, His Holiness the Dalai Lama said "compassion is about showing care and concern for others."… President and CEO of Mayo Clinic, John Noseworthy, was on hand to introduce him and invite him to speak about Compassion in Medicine. When he had done so, His Holiness insisted that he sit next to him. The talk was broadcast over the Clinic's internet and webcast around the world.
Center for Research on Globalization — Big Pharma’s Nefarious Control of Health Care. The Vaccine Injury Compensation Program by Dr. Gary G. Kohls — It has increasingly come to my attention that institutions such as the CDC, the FDA, the AMA, the AAP, the AAFP and even the prestigious Mayo Clinic (perhaps to keep competitive with other for-profit, corporate-influenced medical institutions) have begun taking money from corporations interested in selling their products and services at a high profit….For some reason (corporate interests being served?), Mayo’s website fails to mention ANY of the serious adverse effects that were reported on VAERS. The principle of informed consent is being shamefully side-stepped by the Mayo Clinic. Not giving adequate information about the risks and benefits of a treatment makes a health provider liable to a malpractice lawsuit if adverse outcomes occur, notwithstanding the 1986 law.
Mic— Marijuana and Depression: Can Pot Cure Depression? Or Make It Worse? by Liz Rowley — Though regular marijuana users tend to be diagnosed with depression more frequently than those who don't use cannabis, marijuana does not cause depression, wrote Dr. Daniel K. Hall-Flavin for Mayo Clinic…"It's likely that the genetic, environmental or other factors that trigger depression also lead to marijuana use," Hall-Flavin wrote for the Mayo Clinic. "Some people with depression may use marijuana as a way to detach from their depressive symptoms. Heavy users may appear depressed as a result of the dulling effects of the drug on feelings and emotions."
Informe21.com — La reparación del cartílago es cada vez más común — Consulte a su médico acerca de otros tratamientos para su caso. Aunque el restablecimiento del cartílago probablemente no funcione, existen otras alternativas que tal vez mejoren sus síntomas y le ayuden a sentirse mejor. Dr. Aaron Krych, Cirugía Ortopédica de Mayo Clinic en Rochester, Minnesota. Nota de prensa
Entorno Inteligente — La actividad mental puede retrasar los síntomas del Alzheimer, pero no la enfermedad subyacente, descubre estudio — "Al observar específicamente el nivel de educación alcanzado durante toda la vida, se descubrió que los portadores del gen APOE4 que contaban con mayor educación y continuaron aprendiendo durante la madurez tenían menos depósitos de amiloide en los estudios por imágenes, comparado frente a quienes no continuaron con la actividad intelectual durante la madurez", comenta la autora del estudio Dra. Prashanthi Vemuri, investigadora sobre demencia en Mayo Clinic.
Univision — Una mente y un cuerpo activos combaten el Alzheimer, pero solo hasta cierto punto, Ejercitar la mente y el cuerpo podría retrasar los síntomas de la enfermedad de Alzheimer , dijeron los investigadores, pero en la mayoría de las personas no ralentiza los cambios cerebrales subyacentes vinculados con la enfermedad. El estudio fue dirigido por Prashanthi Vemuri, de la Clínica Mayo en Rochester, Minnesota. Su equipo se centró en casi 400 personas de a partir de 70 años de edad. Aunque ninguno de los participantes tenía demencia, 53 habían experimentado deterioros leves en sus capacidades mentales.
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