April 8th, 2016

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights

By Karl W 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 Emily Blahnik with this subject line: SUBSCRIBE to Mayo Clinic in the News. Thank you.

Editor, Karl Oestreich;  Assistant Editor: Carmen Zwicker

 

Jimmy Kimmel Live
Jimmy Kimmel and Guillermo Learn How to Wash Their Hands

Washing your hands is very important. Jimmy wanted to make sure he was doing it right, so we got in touch with a doctor at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota named Dr Poland. He is a specialist in infectious disease and he flew all the way to LA just to teach Jimmy and Guillermo how to wash their hands.Jimmy Kimmel Live

Reach: Jimmy Kimmel Live averages more than 2.4 million viewers each night.

Context: Gregory Poland, M.D. is a Mayo Clinic infectious disease expert. Dr. Poland and his team within the Vaccine Research Group aim to improve the health of individuals across the world by pursuing challenges posed by infectious diseases and bioterrorism through clinical, laboratory and epidemiologic vaccine research. Dr. Poland recently appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live to demonstrate the proper hand washing technique.

Contact: Sharon Theimer

 

Tampa Bay Times
Experts say research shows promise for a breast cancer vaccine
by Kathleen McGrory

There are vaccines to help the body fight off measles, mumps and the flu. But breast cancer? That's exactly the technology a Florida-based company is hoping to bring to the market in the Tampa Bay Timesnot-so-distant future. The company, TapImmune Inc., is teaming up with the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville to test two vaccines that could help the body fend off certain types of breast, ovarian and lung cancers. Mayo plans to launch a 280-patient clinical trial on one of the vaccines this summer. "There's a lot of potential," said Keith Knutson, the Mayo faculty member who designed the vaccine.

Reach: The Tampa Bay Times has a daily circulation of more than 166,000 readers and serves readers in the greater St. Petersburg, Tampa, and Clearwater, Florida market. Its website has more than 4.6 million unique visitors each month.

Context: Researchers on Mayo Clinic’s Florida campus have been awarded a $13.3 million, five-year federal grant to test a vaccine designed to prevent the recurrence of triple-negative breast cancer, a subset of breast cancer for which there are no targeted therapies. The grant, the Breakthrough Award from the U.S. Department of Defense’s Breast Cancer Research Program, will fund a national, phase II clinical trial testing the ability of a folate receptor alpha vaccine to prevent recurrence of this aggressive cancer following initial treatment. More information, including a video interview with Dr. Knutson, can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Contact: Kevin Punsky

 

Arizona Republic
Ask a Doc: Going vegan? Consider this

Question: Could vegans be at risk for deficiency of essential nutrients? Answer: The health benefits of a whole foods plant-based diet are well-known, but the question of essential nutrients remains….The Mayo Clinic review team recommends that health care providers monitor vegan patients for adequate blood levels of vitamin B-12, iron, ferritin, calcium and vitamin D.Arizona Republic newspaper logo

Reach: The Arizona Republic reaches 1.1 million readers every Sunday and has an average daily circulation of more than 261,000 readers. The newspaper’s website Arizona Republic - Online, averages more than 5.4 million unique visitors each month.

Context: The health benefits of a plant-based diet is well-known, but the question remains: Could vegans be at risk for deficiency of essential nutrients? A retrospective review by Mayo Clinic physicians recently published in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association indicated that vegans should ensure adequate intake of a few nutrients. “We found that some of these nutrients, which can have implications in neurologic disorders, anemia, bone strength and other health concerns, can be deficient in poorly planned vegan diets,” says Heather Fields, M.D., Community and Internal Medicine at Mayo Clinic in Arizona. Contrary to popular belief, "Vegans have not been shown to be deficient in protein intake or in any specific amino acids." More information can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Contact: Jim McVeigh

 

NPR
New Advances In The Understanding And Treatment Of Migraines

Severe, throbbing head pain, sensitivity to light, nausea…these are just some of the symptoms the 36 million migraine sufferers in the U.S. regularly endure…Interview with Dr. David Diane Rehm Show LogoDodick  director, migraine program at the Mayo Clinic; chair, American Migraine Foundation.

Reach: Each week, more than 2.4 million listeners across the country tune in to The Diane Rehm Show, which has grown from a small local morning call-in show on Washington’s WAMU 88.5 to one of public broadcasting’s most listened-to programs.

Context: David Dodick, M.D. is a neurologist at Mayo Clinic in Arizona and an expert in concussion care and director of the Mayo Clinic Concussion Program.

Contact: Jim McVeigh

 

WCCO-TV
Mayo Clinic Center Reaches Out To Young Athletes

Athletic training continues to get more sophisticated and more specialized. That is why the Mayo Clinic Center in downtown Minneapolis held a clinic Monday to bring in experts to talk to high school kids about what it really means to be a “healthy” athlete in a variety of ways. The hottest topics in high school sports are changing. The athletes of today are getting moreWCCO logo information on the total being, meaning nutrition, athleticism and over-specialization.

Reach: WCCO 4 News is the most-watched newscast in the Twin Cities, in 5 out of 7 newscasts.

Context: Mayo Clinic now extends its global expertise in sports medicine to the Twin Cities with the opening of Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine located at Mayo Clinic Square in downtown Minneapolis, across the street from Target Center. Mayo's Sports Medicine practice also offers athletes of all ages and abilities performance training programs.

Contact: Rhoda Fukushima Madson

 

Modern Healthcare — 50 Most Influential Physician Executives and Leaders 2016 by David May — As conversations in healthcare continue to focus on quality, patient safety and a system shifting to value over volume, Modern Healthcare's 12th annual ranking of the 50 Most Influential Physician Executives and Leaders increasingly reflects the industry players charged with making it happen. No. 1 this year is Dr. Robert Califf, the newly confirmed commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration…Dr. John Noseworthy, CEO at Mayo Clinic, No. 2.

Today.com — What's 'moderation' anyway? 6 tips for enjoying chocolate, cheese (and wine!) by Keri Glassman, R.D. — Ask a group of people what the phrase "everything in moderation" means and each person will give you a different answer. That's why I've come up with these 6 tips for common foods we really should eat in moderation — but I also explain why that's the case, and suggest healthy alternatives…NUTS: The American Heart Association and the Mayo Clinic both recommend daily intake of nuts as part of an overall healthy diet.

Boston Globe — Did Brigham ignore protocols to offer a patient royal treatment? by Liz Kowalczyk — At the Mayo Clinic, based in Minnesota, Dr. Paul Mueller, chair of general internal medicine, said it makes sense to treat some high-profile patients on separate floors, where it is easier to maintain their privacy and security and their presence is less disruptive. But altering the actual medical care is a different story. VIP syndrome, he said, can lead caregivers to overtreat patients with unneeded imaging tests, for example, or to undertreat them by avoiding biopsies or other procedures that might be upsetting or painful. Often the pressure comes from a VIP’s entourage rather than from the patient, Mueller said. “The golden rule is, what would you do for the patient from Ames, Iowa?’’ he said.

Washington Post — Study finds surprising reason why more black, Latino children aren’t insured by Erin Blakemore — A new study published in the journal International Journal for Equity in Health found a distressing information gap among parents of uninsured Latino and African American kids. “It tells us that this system is not designed to keep kids on insurance,” says Glenn Flores, a health policy researcher and pediatrician at Medica Research Institute and the Mayo Clinic who led the study.

Washington Post — Time to wake up! Spain’s prime minister wants to end the siesta by Niraj Chokshi — Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy wants to end a long-standing and well-recognized tradition: the mid-afternoon nap. The word siesta derives from the Latin word sexta, or sixth hour, according to the Atlas of Sleep Medicine. Some believe the practice evolved out of a desire to avoid the crushing midday heat, but according to the authors of that book — all Mayo Clinic researchers — people in colder climates were also known to have followed a similar tradition.

Wall Street Journal — Pfizer’s Arthritis Drug Meets Endpoints in Phase 3 Study by Joshua Jamerson — Pfizer Inc. ’s psoriatic arthritis treatment drug met its primary endpoints in a phase 3 study, the company said Tuesday. Psoriatic arthritis often overlaps with skin inflammation that occurs with psoriasis, a condition that causes red patches of skin. The main symptoms of psoriatic arthritis are joint pain, stiffness and swelling, which can occur at any part of the body and can range from relatively mild to severe, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Wall Street Journal — Notable & Quotable: GlutenFrom “The Gluten Lie: And Other Myths About What You Eat” ( Regan Arts, 2015), by  Alan Levinovitz: If you suspect gluten sensitivity, get tested for celiac disease: for yourself, for your family, and for the greater community of celiac sufferers who don’t want the seriousness of their condition diminished. And “test right,” as Dr. Joseph Murray of the Mayo Clinic put it in an interview.

Huffington Post — Will Angola’s Yellow Fever Outbreak Be ‘Another Zika?’ by Erin Schumaker — The world may be fixated on Zika virus, but in Angola, there’s a more pressing infectious disease spread by mosquitos to worry about. “Yellow fever, in and of itself, is a bad disease,” Dr. Gregory Poland, head of the Mayo Clinic’s Vaccine Research Group and editor-in-chief of the journal Vaccine, told HuffPost. According to the WHO, the disease affects between 84,000 and 170,00 people each year, killing about 60,000 annually.

Huffington Post — Black Patients May Get Better Treatment At These Kinds Of Hospitals by Lisa Rapaport — Black patients may do better when they’re treated at U.S. hospitals with more racially diverse populations, a recent study of outcomes for common gastrointestinal problems suggests. While the study can’t prove diversity improves outcomes for black patients, the findings suggest that doctors may do a better job of caring for minorities when they routinely see patients from a broad variety of racial and ethnic backgrounds, said lead study author Dr. Philip Okafor, a researcher at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Additional coverage: Becker’s Hospital Review

Huffington Post — Experts Say 1 In 5 Adults Will Be Obese By 2025 by Anna ALmendrala — If current trends continue, about one-fifth of adults around the world will be obese by 2025. The new data, published Thursday in the British medical journal the Lancet, is the largest population-base dataset on obesity to date, according to the researchers. Dr. James Levine, director of Obesity Solutions at the Mayo Clinic and Arizona State University, wasn’t involved in the publication of this study, but pointed out it isn’t the first time an analysis has predicted that obesity rates will continue to worsen. “We need to be looking at the models of success — the countries that seem to be somehow winning their battle — with greater intensity because the need is great and predicted to get even worse,” Levine told The Huffington Post.

Men’s Fitness — Should Fit Guys Eat Full Fat Dairy – Or Any Dairy At All? by Caitlin Carlson — A recent study published in the journal Circulation reports that consuming full fat dairy products can reduce your risk of diabetes. “Fat tastes good, feels good in our mouths—and our bellies—and since it is digested slowly, it gives us a feeling of satisfaction and satiety,” says Katherine Zeratsky, R.D.N., a nutritionist at the Mayo Clinic.

Prevention — 7 Things You Don't Know About Arthritis by Stacey Colino — Because RA is an inflammatory condition, it also makes you prone to inflammation in your arteries and atherosclerosis (a buildup of plaque). Fortunately, RA treatments have improved in recent years, so with aggressive treatment patients should now be able to dodge heart disease and have a normal lifespan, says Ruderman. In fact, a 2016 study from the Mayo Clinic found that people who have RA that's in remission aren't any more likely than others to develop cardiovascular disease.

The Atlantic — Lost for Words by Ed Yong — When I first start talking to Joanne Douglas, she speaks slowly but eloquently, with deliberation and confidence. But after ten minutes, I start to notice subtle changes. Douglas has primary progressive aphasia (PPA)—a brain disorder that robs people of their language skills….“It can be a truly devastating condition,” says Joseph Duffy from the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. “It sucks our humanity, or what makes us uniquely human, from us.”

UPI.com — Two new drugs equally effective against common skin cancer by Stephen Feller — Two newer drugs, Vismodegib and Sonidegib, were found in a study to be equally effective against basal cell carcinoma, according to researchers at the Mayo Clinic and Translational Genomics Research Institute… The new article was written by Dr. Danial Von Hoff, a professor at the TGRI, and Dr. Aleksander Sekulic, a professor of dermatology at the Mayo Clinic, who were asked by the journal Cell to report on separate studies conducted by the researchers on the drugs, according to a press release. For the article, published in the journal Cell, researchers outline uninhibited SMO signals leading to the activation of cancer, and the effects of each drug when patients were treated.

Scientific American — New Clues Show Out-of-Control Synapse Pruning May Underlie Alzheimer's by Jordana Cepelewicz — In another rodent study published this week in Science Translational Medicine a group of researchers from multiple institutions identified a pathway responsible for the formation of amyloid plaques…“Rather than using an immune method or targeting an enzyme, which have side effects, we want to target this specific pathway so that the brain can naturally clear amyloid-beta peptides when they’re not trapped by heparan sulfate,” says Guojun Bu, a neuroscientist at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., and the study’s lead author. Additional coverage: Daily Mail, HealthDay, US News & World Report, Doctors Lounge, Philly.com.

MIT Technology Review — Zapping Your Skull Could Alleviate Virtual Reality Motion Sickness by Rachel Metz — Technology that the Mayo Clinic developed to help military pilots avoid nausea while using flight simulators may soon find its way into virtual-reality headsets, though you’ll have to be willing to tolerate some electrodes on your head to try it. Mayo Clinic researchers have been working for over a decade on this technology, which uses software to analyze motion you see on a screen in front of you and an electrical current applied to your head to stimulate the inner ear in hopes of tricking you into feeling that motion. Additional coverageKSTP.com

Post Bulletin — Mayo Clinic develops upgrade to virtual reality — Mayo Clinic announced Wednesday it has partnered with an entertainment company to make a revolutionary technology available to further enhance the experience of virtual reality. Mayo's patented galvanic vestibular stimulation technology — dubbed the 3v Platform in reference to virtual, vestibular and visual — is touted as a way for the general public to be fully immersed in VR, while also eliminating the motion sickness often associated with the emerging technology. Additional coverage: Yahoo! News France, MedCity News, Tech Times, TechSpot

HealthDay — New Prostate Technique May Help Men's Nighttime Urination by Dennis Thompson — The procedure, called prostatic artery embolization (PAE), involves placing microscopic spheres in the arteries that supply blood to the prostate gland to partially block the blood flow. PAE is a safe procedure, and "post-procedure discomfort is typically modest," said Dr. John Knoedler, a urologist with the Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minn. But there is some question regarding how long PAE remains effective, he added. "Available studies to date have relatively short-term follow, typically of no more than 36 to 48 months, and at those time frames, a decline in the benefit is often seen," Knoedler said. "With the long-term outcome of these patients unknown, one wonders whether the improvement seen will be sustained."

Live Science — Sit Up Straight! How Good Posture Benefits Your Health by Cari Nierenberg — The main health risks of poor posture are aches and pains, which can occur right away or down the road, said Jill Henderzahs-Mason, a wellness physical therapist at the Mayo Clinic's Healthy Living Program in Rochester, Minnesota. This discomfort may start in the neck or back, but ultimately, it may affect the hips or knees, she said. People who exhibit bad posture also may be less efficient when they move, Henderzahs-Mason said. "They don't move as well or as fast, and are predisposed to injury," she said.

Becker’s Hospital Review — Where are the 10 most affordable private medical schools? by Erin Marshall — Although U.S. News & World Report ranked Baylor College of Medicine and Mayo Medical School among the top 25 on its list of Best Medical Schools for research, the majority of the following institutions were ranked in the bottom one-fourth of U.S. News' Best Medical Schools…10. Mayo Medical School (Rochester, Minn.) — $49,900

Politico — Healthy Profits for Minnesota’s Hospitals by Dan Diamond — Minnesota’s hospitals enjoyed big profit margins in 2014, according to a new report from independent financial analyst Allan Baumgarten. Hospitals outside of the Twin Cities market increased their net income by 22 percent in 2014, topping $1 billion in profits. Sample profit margins around the state: Mayo Clinic: 17.7 percent.

Sciencecodex.com — Professional burnout associated with physicians limiting practice — At a time when the nation is facing projected physician shortages, a Mayo Clinic study shows an association between burnout and declining professional satisfaction with physicians reducing the number of hours they devote to clinical practice. The findings appear in Mayo Clinic Proceedings. "A dramatic increase in burnout has occurred among U.S. physicians over the last several years," says Tait Shanafelt, M.D., Mayo Clinic physician and lead author of the study. "Using independent payroll records, this study objectively found that the measured level of burnout today predicts whether physicians will cut their work hours over the next 12-24 months."

MedPage Today — Heart Failure Risk Rises With CAD Burden Post-MI by Jeff Minerd — Compared with post-myocardial infarction (MI) patients with no more than one occluded coronary artery, those with two obstructed arteries were 25% more likely to suffer heart failure within 6 years. That risk rose to 75% in patients with three blocked arteries, senior investigator Véronique Roger, MD, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and colleagues reported online in JAMA Cardiology. "This study provides important information on the role of the extent of coronary disease at the time of the first MI on the future development of heart failure.

MedPage Today — Persistent RA Activity Predicts Major Surgery by Pam Harrison — In the U.S., there is some heterogeneity in the care of moderate RA, according to John M. Davis III, MD, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., who was not involved in the study."I think a lot of that heterogeneity is driven at times by uncertainty on the part of the patient, or even the doctor, about the benefits of treating patients more aggressively," he said. For example, patients might feel so much better than they once did, that they are hesitant to accept any additional treatment or any change in treatment.

KEYC-TV Mankato — Annual Hospice Fundraiser to Cover More than End of Life Care by Kassandra Sepeda — MCHS Mankato Health Care Foundation will host the 23rd Annual Hospice Family Fundraiser at the Verizon Wireless Center on Friday, April 15, at 6 p.m. This annual event helps provide services, programs and bereavement support to patients and their families.

Medscape — Psychostimulant Promising for Long-term Cocaine Dependence by Megan Brooks — Commenting on the study for Medscape Medical News, Victor M. Karpyak, MD, PhD, psychiatrist and medical director, Intensive Addiction Treatment Program, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, said, "At the present time, there is no approved medication options for controlling craving for cocaine. In these circumstances, reported research findings are of interest. "However, given the highly addictive nature of psychostimulants (including dexamphetamine) and lack of evidence about potential outcomes of the long-term use of this approach, results of this study should be considered with caution and not ready for wide implementation," said Dr Karpyak, who was not involved in the study.

Healthcare Finance News — Mayo Clinic's Florida Campus invests $100 million in expansion, including new "destination" cancer center by Jeff Lagasse — The Mayo Clinic's Florida campus will invest $100 million in major construction projects, with the first one slated to begin this summer. The world-renowned health organization will start the build on what it calls a "destination" medical building, providing integrated services for complex cancer, as well as neurologic and neurosurgical care. In a statement, Gianrico Farrugia, M.D., CEO of the Mayo Clinic in Florida, said the new building represents one of the clinic's "significant investments" in its facilities and patients.

WKBT-TV Lacrosse — Mayo to divert patients from inpatient behavioral health unit by Madalyn O’Neill — Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare will be temporarily diverting patients from its La Crosse inpatient behavioral health unit starting in mid-June. Susan Halter, M.D., medical director of Behavioral Health Services said it’s because of a lack of psychiatry coverage. Patients may be sent to other health systems like Gundersen. "Diversion means we would send someone outside the hospital system they're at to receive care they need,” said Gundersen Health System's Vice President of Clinical Operations Kelly Barton. Additional coverage: WXOW-TV LaCrosse

Becker’s Hospital Review — 14 healthcare layoffs in March by Kelly Gooch — The following healthcare layoffs were reported by Becker's Hospital Review in March. They are listed below, beginning with the most recent…. Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic will shut down Mayo Medical Laboratories New England in Andover, Mass., the site of its East Coast lab operations. The lab's 105 employees were informed of the closure. They will be invited to move to Minnesota and work at Mayo Clinic's headquarters or take a severance package.

The Columbus Telegram — Silver Creek girl still suffering from tick bite by Christina Lieffring — In April 2015, Stortzum, of Silver Creek, contracted tularemia, also known as rabbit fever, from a tick bite. One year later, it’s still affecting her health… Susan Stortzum said Cady has had antibiotic IV drips that work for two months, but then her symptoms relapse. Their next move is to visit the Mayo Clinic and an immunologist to see if they can figure out why Cady’s symptoms aren't going away.

The Guardian — Workplace wellness: how offices could be the healthiest place for you by Max Opray —  In the city of Rochester within the US state of Minnesota, further innovations are being trialled at the Well Living Lab, a collaboration between Delos and the Mayo Clinic. The lab features research space brimming with sensors and is capable of being reconfigured to simulate a variety of indoor spaces, allowing researchers to study how built structures can influence human health.

Latina — 6 Ways to Help Alleviate Sexual Pain by Sujeiry Gonzalez — Imagine never enjoying sex because it literally hurts. It happens more often than you think. According to Dr. Lynne T. Schuster, a physician at Mayo Clinic, intercourse pain, or dyspareunia, occurs in 40 percent of women. What’s the cause? You may have vaginismus, problems with the opening of your cervix, or other common issues like an STD. Luckily, you can deal with the problem and get your sexy back.

Health IT Analytics — CDC Announces Eight Patient Safety Improvement Awards by Jacqueline Belliveau — Healthcare Network or Multi-Hospital System, Large Reach: The first Champion in this category was the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. The healthcare network developed customized VTE prevention plans for special populations (e.g. neurosurgery, OB-GYN), a VTE Prophylaxis Tollgate, and a standard admission screening tool for pediatric patients in the ICU.

The Myeloma Beacon — Myeloma Morning: Darzalex Closer To European Approval, And Allogeneic Transplantation by Boris Simkovich — A new article has been published with a review of an imaging method described as “hybrid PET-MRI”, or just “PET-MRI”… We thought we'd take advantage of the publication of the article, however, to check with Beacon Medical Advisor Dr. Prashant Kapoor about PET-MRI and how it's being used in multiple myeloma. “The role of PET-MRI in myeloma is still under intense evaluation. I feel that PET-MRI can be potentially useful for response-assessment both at the intramedullary (within the bones) and extramedullary (outside the bones) level in myeloma patients.

Post Bulletin — Analyst: Mayo had 'strongest margins' in Minnesota by Brett Boese — Mayo Clinic had the "strongest margins" among Minnesota hospitals in 2014, according to the Minnesota Health Market Review released this week. The study, conducted by Minneapolis-based research consultant Allen Baumgarten, includes data from 31 hospitals in the Twin Cities and 53 hospitals in non-metropolitan Minnesota and neighboring states. Baumgarten, an independent analyst who has reviewed the medical field for 27 years, found the Mayo Clinic system, which includes Rochester and its other community hospitals, had a net income of $441.4 million in 2014, which reflects a margin of 17.7 percent.

Forbes — 5 Reasons Executives Should Schedule A Massage Today by Raquel Baldelomar — 2. Massage can help reduce pain and even boost your immune system. According to the Mayo Clinic, massage has proven to be an effective treatment for reducing stress, pain and muscle tension.

ATTN.com — How Likely You Are to Get Sick From a Toilet Seat by Laura Donovan — Can you get an STD from a toilet seat?"It's very unlikely that you would get genital herpes from a toilet seat," James M. Steckelberg wrote on the Mayo Clinic's website. "Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) spread by skin–to–skin contact. In most cases, the virus enters your body through mucous membranes — the type of skin found in your mouth, genitals, or anus. The virus can also enter your body through skin that has tiny scrapes or tears."

Post Bulletin — Concussion debate dates back to Dr. Charles Mayo by Brett Boese — While the debate about player safety and legal liability in high-impact sports rages across the country, it's interesting to note that the discussion is at least a century old and the most prominent voice once called Rochester home. In an Oct. 27, 1916, article published in "The Post & Record" newspaper — a precursor to the Post-Bulletin — Dr. Charles Mayo, co-founder of the Mayo Clinic, went on record denying that "men die in prime of life from after-effects of college athletics.""All erroneous and untrue," Dr. Mayo said when asked about the adverse health impacts of college football and baseball. "It is a fallacy to say, when business men who were prominent athletes in college die in the prime of life, that athletics really killed them. There is nothing further from the truth

Sioux Falls Argus Leader — Avera's 'Gamma Knife' a new way to treat cancer by Patrick Anderson —  Sounds like something out of a video game, but Gamma Knife technology is used by the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and Methodist Hospital in Omaha, Neb.The treatment’s precision reduces harm to healthy tissue and in some cases leads to fewer side effects. Gamma Knife focuses 200 beams of radiation to its target, according to the Mayo Clinic. It is a one-time treatment, compared to other forms of radiation, which can take weeks.

Science 2.0 — Professional Burnout Associated With Physicians Limiting Practice — At a time when the nation is facing projected physician shortages, a Mayo Clinic study shows an association between burnout and declining professional satisfaction with physicians reducing the number of hours they devote to clinical practice. The findings appear in Mayo Clinic Proceedings. "A dramatic increase in burnout has occurred among U.S. physicians over the last several years," says Tait Shanafelt, M.D., Mayo Clinic physician and lead author of the study. "Using independent payroll records, this study objectively found that the measure level of burnout today predicts whether physicians will cut their work hours over the next 12-24 months."

Post Bulletin — Heard on the Street: MEP engineering move to new Rochester office — The Rochester office of Eau Claire, Wis.-based MEP Associates plans to move into the former Venture Computer Systems/ Marco Inc. complex at 3416 Lakeridge Place NW. MEP began operating in Rochester, this location has flourished and grown. It opened in 2009 with the nine ex-Holabird engineers. MEP, which handles a lot of projects for Mayo Clinic, the University of Minnesota and Carleton College, now has 15 staffers in Rochester.

Cancer Therapy Advisor — Local Liposomal Bupivacaine Linked With Reduced Need for IV Opioids, Analgenics After Surgery for Gynecologic Malignancy — In complex operations with laparotomy, the use of liposomal bupivacaine “will reduce the need for total narcotics use, reduce the need for intravenous narcotics, and also reduce nausea,” Sean Dowdy, MD, FACS, professor and chair of the Division of Gynecologic Surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, told Cancer Therapy Advisor.

The Real Deal magazine — Mayo Clinic to invest $100M in Jacksonville campus — The Mayo Clinic announced it will make a $100 million investment in its campus in Jacksonville including construction of a 150,000-square-foot medical building and a radiochemistry facility. Mayo said the new medical building will house services for complex cancer care and neurologic and neurosurgical care. The organization also said it also will build a PET (positive emission technology) radiochemistry facility at its 400-acre campus in Jacksonville. Additional coverage: Post Bulletin

ABC 15 Arizona — JOBS: Valley companies hiring workers now by Angie Koehle — Mayo Clinic: The Mayo Clinic is always looking for talent to work at their world renowned facility.  Currently, there are 119 Arizona positions listed on the Mayo Clinic website.

Steamboat Pilot & Today — Monday Medical: World-class medical resources close to home by Susan Cunningham — Your local doctors might be based in Steamboat Springs, but they have world-class medical resources available at their fingertips. Yampa Valley Medical Center has been part of the Mayo Clinic Care Network for the past two years. In March of 2014, YVMC became the second hospital in Colorado to join the network.

ATTN — How to Get the Most Caffeine for Your Buck by Kyle Jaeger — "If you're like most adults, caffeine is a part of your daily routine," Mayo Clinic writes. "And most often it doesn't pose a health problem. But be mindful of those situations in which you need to curtail your caffeine habit."

KEYC Mankato — Hy-Vee Awards Grants to Local Community Gardens by Robert Clark — Hy–Vee awards local community gardens with some grant money to kick start this year's planting. That money will go towards starting up a community garden at the Mayo Clinic Health System's Eastridge Clinic. "Hopefully it'll help these patients be healthier and have better active lifestyle, and ultimately we're going to have some educational seminars as well that it's going to help us provide for them, and hopefully it'll grow every year, and get bigger and bigger, and have more than just our patients and just maybe everyone in the community can be involved," said Heather Wells, MCHS Physician.

PC Magazine — Have VR Motion Sickness? There May Soon Be a Cure by Tom Brant — As consumers begin to get their hands on the first wave of virtual reality headsets like the Oculus Rift, which is now shipping, they might also find themselves dealing with headaches and nausea from the motion effects of VR. But we're talking about technology here—if it can revolutionize healthcare, surely it can offer a remedy for an affliction it caused itself. Indeed, the Mayo Clinic may have found an answer to VR sickness: galvanic vestibular stimulation.

Creators Syndicate — The Feminist Blind by Susan Estrich — The first time I was aware of these feminist blinders of mine is when a doctor nearly killed me… This doctor convinced me to have half my insides removed. The cost of the surgery, if cited by a man, would have made me laugh; his claims of zero complications would have left me rolling my eyes. Instead, I ate it up. She is my age, has a similar education, has strong credentials and seemed to be a determined feminist. Did I mention that she withheld information about a second opinion given by a Mayo Clinic gastroenterologist, who said I should  not  have the surgery?... This is, of course, after Dr. T had perforated my colon and nicked my spleen, causing peritonitis. It was all an effort to show that the physicians at my local hospital are wimps. This happened at a Mayo clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona. The Mayo Clinic's main office is in Minnesota.

Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal — Florida will get a Mayo Destination Medical Center, too by Mark Reilly — When the state of Minnesota approved hundreds of millions in taxpayer aid for the Mayo Clinic-led Destination Medical Center in Rochester, Minn., at least one of the reasons cited was to keep Mayo from building the DMC at one of its other U.S. campuses instead. Mayo got the money it sought, but it's building a Destination Medical Center in Jacksonville, Fla., anyway, according to the Jacksonville Business Journal.

Florida Times-Union — Jacksonville leaders look at local health issues, disparities by Sebastian Kitchen — Community leaders talked Monday about the tough work ahead of them to address health disparities and other health-care concerns in Jacksonville…. Ann-Marie Knight, operations administrator at the Mayo Clinic, said a soon-to-be released report will demonstrate the challenges ahead with a more than 20 percent increase in the population of senior citizens in the next five years.

Fierce Practice Management — At Mayo Clinic, burnout predicts whether physicians will cut work hours by Joanne Finnegan — At the same time the country faces predicted physician shortages over the next decade, burned out doctors are cutting back on the number of hours they work, a new study finds. A study by the Mayo Clinic found that doctors who reported burnout and declining professional satisfaction were more likely to reduce the number of hours they devote to clinic practice. The study, published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings, found burnout was a predictor of whether physicians will cut their work hours over the next 12 to 24 months.

Washington Times — Bismarck teen battles unknown autoimmune disease by Blair Emerson — To her peers in school, Sophee Poppe doesn’t appear to be sick. But Sophee, 15, is battling an unknown autoimmune disease that has some doctors baffled, the Bismarck Tribune reported. In essence, the disease is causing her body to attack itself. A doctor she’s een seeing at Sanford Health had no answers and recommended Sophee be sent to a team of doctors at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. “This is the worst case I’ve ever seen of it,” said Dr. Megan Miller, a physician at Sanford who has seen Sophee ever since the autoimmune disease breakout. Miller said she’s the go-to source for doctors at Mayo, and she’s been conferring back and forth with them to devise a plan.

ABC News — 'Emotional Pain' of Miscarriage Captured in Photo Series by Nicole Pelletiere — A California woman has captured the heartbreak of miscarriage in a powerful photo series…. The Mayo Clinic estimates that 10 to 20 percent of known pregnancies end in miscarriage -- but many more occur in early pregnancy, before the woman is aware she is pregnant.

KRVN-Radio Nebraska —  Mayo Clinic Expert on Alzheimer’s Disease talks about Strides Made, Work Yet to be Done — Ronald Petersen, M.D., Ph.D., a national leader on Alzheimer’s disease and diagnosis of the disease, delivered a lecture, titled, “How Early Can We Diagnose Alzheimer’s Disease?” at noon in the Durham Research Center Auditorium. He was guest speaker for the annual Denham Harman, M.D., Ph.D., Lectureship in Biomedical Gerontology. Dr. Petersen is director of the Mayo Clinic Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center in Rochester, Minn.

WJCT-TV Florida — Katie Ride For Life by Sean Birch — April is National Donate Life Month, a time to raise awareness of the importance of organ donation. The annual Katie Ride for Life event is a big part of this effort on the First Coast, and the story of the late Katie Caples is the reason why. We also learn more about organ donation with Dr. Martin Mai, medical director of the kidney transplant program at Mayo Clinic, and Savannah and Cameron Mullis. Savannah, a Mayo Clinic employee, donated one of her kidneys to Cameron, her husband.

Post Bulletin — Mayo's biggest donor leaves far-reaching legacy by Jeff Kiger — Richard O. Jacobson, the Iowa businessman who gave Mayo Clinic $100 million, has died. "I always dreamed about doing something major with Mayo. With my success in business, this has made my dream come true," he said when the donation was announced. "The proton beam center will help tens of thousands of people throughout the world. For years, I had indicated I wanted to do a major project, and when Mayo brought this project to me, it really excited me."

Radio Iowa — Iowa businessman Richard Jacobson has died by Dar Danielson — Richard “Dick” Jacobson was born in 1936 and grew up in Belmond. After graduating from the University of Iowa he reportedly used $3,500 to build what became Jacobson Companies. The successful warehouse and trucking business allowed him to turn to philanthropy. Jacobson has gave money to a variety of organizations, including all three state universities, the Iowa State Fair, and the largest ever gift to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester of $100 million. Additional coverage: WHO-TV Iowa, Des Moines Register, The Gazette, Iowa City Press Citizen

Tech Crunch — Google search now provides access to basic healthcare information in India by Jon Russell — Why is Google doing this? With one in twenty searches health-related, the search giant is keen to help users gain greater access to information — although it cautions that the “search results are not intended as medical advice.” The feature is already live in the U.S. — where Google worked with the Mayo Clinic to fact check its answers — and Brazil as of a few weeks.

LaCrosse Tribune — Emotions high as Mayo-Franciscan dedicates center to beloved nun by Mike Tighe — Emotions ran close to the surface Monday during the open house and blessing of the new Sister Leclare Beres Learning Resource Center at Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare. The sentiment flowed from the fact that the $1.1 million center is named for one of the city’s most revered health care icons — the late member of the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration who was a longtime nursing educator and founder of the St. Clare Health Mission, which provides free health care for uninsured and underinsured people.

Medscape — Deferred Stenting, Postconditioning Strike Out for STEMI in DANAMI 3 by Patrice Wendling — "This probably does put the nail in the coffin for ischemic postconditioning, which really looks extremely good in the animal lab, but this is now one of two or three large studies showing it is not beneficial," said panelist Dr Bernard Gersh (Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN). The reasons for this disconnect are likely complex and multifactorial, "but some of it has to do with the fact that in the experimental lab you can reperfuse within minutes, but you're not going to be able to do that clinically."

Medscape — Stimulant Use Tied to Reduced Bone Density in Kids With ADHD by Miriam Tucker — This is one of the first studies to examine the effect of amphetamines and related compounds on bone, say the researchers. And the finding is cause for concern, session moderator Sundeep Khosla, MD, of the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, told Medscape Medical News.

MedPage Today — NOACs Similarly Effective for Stroke Prevention by Ed Susman — Using propensity matching methodology, patients treated with rivaroxaban (Xarelto) had a risk of 1.12 events per 100-person years compared with a risk of 1.03 events per 100 person years if that individual had been taking dabigatran (Pradaxa), when looking at the primary outcome of stroke or systemic embolism (P=0.99), reported Peter Noseworthy, MD, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. Minn., and colleagues.

Health Rising — A Mayo Clinic ME/CFS Love Story and the Chink in Their Armor — The Mayo Clinic has a special place in the hearts and minds of people not just in the U.S. but around the world. The Mayo Clinics (there are three of them) make up the largest nonprofit medical group practice in the world. They employ more than 3,800 physicians and scientists and specializes in treating difficult cases. In this blog we take a look at the stories of two ME/CFS patients with POTS who visited a Mayo Clinic recently. Their stories suggest the Mayo Clinic is changing in some important ways but is still behind the times as well….

Florida Times-Union — Mayo transplants its 3,000th liver — The liver transplant team at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville recently completed the 3,000th transplant since the liver program started in 1998. Mayo Clinic’s Jacksonville campus is only the seventh transplant center in the country to complete 3,000 adult liver transplants. Overall the liver transplant program at Mayo Clinic’s campuses in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota have performed 6,681 liver transplants, making it the largest overall program in the country.

Finance & Commerce — Sustainable: ‘WELL Building Standard’ offers breath of fresh air by Frank Jossi — Cleaner indoor air and more opportunities to reduce screen time to improve employee health have become the new frontier for the construction industry after years of focusing on energy and water…It’s a big enough concern, in fact, that Mayo Clinic has teamed with New York City-based Delos Living LLC, which developed the standard, to build a first-in-the-world research laboratory in Rochester, Minnesota, to study indoor environment and human health.

Mankato Free Press — Mayo Clinic physicians update Rotary on health care changes in Owatonna by Ashley Stewart — Wallner and Dr. James Wray-Raabolle, assistant medical director at Mayo Clinic Health System – Owatonna, spoke to the Rotary Club of Owatonna about local health care changes Monday afternoon at the Owatonna Country Club. “Today’s medicine doesn’t look like the medicine of yesterday, nor would you want it to,” Wallner said. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t challenges. Some challenges, Wallner noted, are the United States’ aging population, the decreased number of primary care providers and the lifestyle contributing to an obesity epidemic.

Chicago Tribune — Satisfy your hunger for love with these foods, drinks by Bill Daley —There's a lot of talk, online and off, about certain foods that contain certain ingredients that will give certain parts of your body a boost or maybe a tingle. "There's little evidence to support the effectiveness of most substances thought of as natural aphrodisiacs," the Mayo Clinic declares in a kill-joy online report, which reported that research found foods had little impact on the male libido and "slightly more encouraging" evidence for women, and noted that more research is needed.

LaCrosse Tribune — WTC respiratory therapy students compete by Marc Wehrs — Five Western Technical College students competed last month in the first-ever Mayo Clinic School of Medicine Top Gun competition for respiratory therapy students. The event was a two-day competition, consisting of individual and four-person team challenges.

TCTMD — Involving Low-Risk Patients in Chest Pain Test Decisions Eases Fears, Saves Money by Caitlin Cox — Engaging better with patients who present to emergency departments with low-risk chest pain (ED) and involving them in diagnostic plans can diffuse emotions and ultimately reduces costs with no downsides in terms of safety, a new study shows. Nothing about me without me,” said lead author Erik Hess, MD (Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN), quoting Valerie Billingham’s advice for “patient dignity in the context of medical care” to start his presentation yesterday in a late-breaking trial session at the American College of Cardiology 2016 Scientific Sessions. The study results are built around a tool of the same name, Chest Pain Choice, developed by investigators as a single-page guide for the care of low-risk chest pain patients.

Post Bulletin — People picked for Heart of the City committee by Jeff Kiger — The city of Rochester and the Destination Medical Center Corp. have a created a 14-member advisory committee to help guide the design of the Heart of the City DMC district…The DMC plan says the Heart of the City district will "bring together Mayo Clinic, commercial, hospitality, retail and residential sectors, while also serving as a gateway to other DMC sub-districts."

KIMT-TV — 2016 Public Health Awards by DeeDee Stiepan — A Mayo Clinic doctor, Hy-Vee Food grocery stores, and the Tuberculosis Clinic Team all received awards from Olmsted County Public Health Tuesday morning. Dr. Brian Lynch, a board certified general Pediatrician at Mayo Clinic was one of the recipients, he was recognized for his work with health promotion projects. “When we look at the health problems for our population, for our generation and the next generation; they’re not going to be solved, for example, in Mayo Clinic,” he explains. “They’re going to be solved with collaboration and coordination between the medical clinics, public health, and the great community agencies.”

Post Bulletin — Who'll be Rochester's next Iron Chef? by Holly Ebel — Come taste and vote this Thursday at the third Iron Chef Challenge benefit for the Gift of Life Transplant House. The fun takes place at Johnny Mango's Event Center, 505 Frontage Road in Byron, beginning at 6 p.m. All funds generated by this event go to the Gift of Life Transplant House, a home away from home for those needing transplants or in recovery. It was founded in 1984 by Ed Pompeian, a Rochester entrepreneur and himself a kidney transplant patient. His vision and mission was to provide Mayo Clinic transplant patients with high quality, affordable accommodations in a home-like environment.

Nevada Appeal — An Eyeful by Sam Bauman — Dr. Sophie Bakri is a vision specialist at Mayo Clinic. “It’s my privilege to serve patients who’ve experienced age-related vision loss. But frankly, I’d rather you never need the services my colleagues and I provide. We much prefer you prevent age-related vision loss and enjoy clear vision for life,” Bakri said. “Yes, we can help you prevent age-related vision loss. Our book ‘Mayo Clinic Guide to Better Vision’ provides reliable, practical information on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of serious eye disorders and on basic eye care and safety. Much of the information comes directly from the experience of health care professionals at Mayo Clinic, a world leader in medicine for over a century.”

Post Bulletin — Letter: Music of Gonda Singers seemed to fit goal of holistic medicine — It is with deep sadness that I read the April 1 article, "Gonda Singers perform last concert." The decision by Mayo Clinic Administrator Jonathan Torrens-Burton to cancel these popular performances is especially surprising in light of the Mayo Clinic support of holistic medicine. The cancellation seems inconsistent with the information on the Mayo website as follows: "Mayo Clinic's Complementary and Integrative Medicine Program offers wellness-promoting treatments that complement conventional Western medical care,"…

HealthNewsReview.org — Wearable monitors: what do we really know? — The following guest post is by Dr. Michael Joyner, a medical researcher at the Mayo Clinic. One of the most interesting pieces of health care reporting I have read in the last couple of weeks was Charles Piller’s article in Stat on leadership issues at Verily, Google’s effort to “transform” medicine.  As you might be aware, Google has bet that a combination of gene sequencing, biomarkers, intensive monitoring, and big data will give individuals the information they need to stay healthy and/or intervene early and effectively in many diseases.

HealthDay — Chemo May Prolong Lives of Some Brain Cancer Patients: Study by Amy Norton — Adding chemotherapy to radiation treatment may add years to the lives of people with certain slow-growing brain tumors, a new study finds. The findings come from a long-term follow-up of patients who took part in a trial that began in 1998. Until now, there hasn't been any therapy known to improve life expectancy for these patients," said lead researcher Dr. Jan Buckner. He is the chair of oncology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Additional coverage: MedPage Today, US News & World Report

Healio — VIDEO: Speaker recommends shift in focus from cure to impact for BCC — Aleksandar Sekulic, MD, PhD, associate director of the Center for Individualized Medicine at Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona, presented updates on surgical and systemic therapy options to treat advanced basal cell carcinoma at HemOnc Today Melanoma and Cutaneous Malignancies. “With a drug class that works well but does have toxicities over the long term, sometimes refocusing from ‘cure at any cost’ to improvement may be useful,” Sekulic said. “This is also important for neoadjuvant use. Can you shrink the tumor and make the surgery smaller? Can you turn operable into inoperable? That is a possibility.”

Twin Cities Business — As Mayo's DMC Project Moves Forward, SE Minnesota Faces Worker, Housing Shortage by Don Jacobson — The Mayo Clinic-driven Destination Medical Center project aims to transform Rochester into a “global destination for health and wellness,” envisioning the creation of up to 45,000 new jobs in the city. Those job projections have been an important selling point that backers of the ambitious $5 billion effort have used to garner political support and state funding for the project.  But there is already a significant and growing labor shortage in southeastern Minnesota even without the DMC project, leaving open a key question: Since the area is basically at full employment now, where are the tens of thousands of additional workers needed to fill existing and future labor gaps going to come from?

Post Bulletin — TB clinic, pediatrician, Hy-Vee win health awards by Andrew Setterholm — Leadership, partnership and community values led Olmsted County to hand out three public health awards during a ceremony Tuesday. The Outstanding Partnership Award went to a team of Mayo Clinic physicians who have spent their time staffing the Olmsted County Tuberculosis Clinic, operated from the county's Public Health Services building. The tuberculosis clinic's partnership in guiding referrals, testing and treatments has been recognized regionally, nationally and internationally, according to Pete Giesen, Public Health Services director. Giesen presented the award to Dr. Tim Aksamit at a Tuesday meeting of the Olmsted County Board of Commissioners.

Daily Courier — Sign seeking organ donor earns man life-saving kidney by Nanci Hutson — A chance encounter in the gas station at the Sam’s Club in Prescott Valley between Prescott Club at Stoneridge Sales Director Janis Russell and a retired school teacher from Rimrock proved a miracle – the exchange spared Russell’s husband, Clint, an almost certain funeral. On the driver and passenger doors of Janis Russell’s ruby red 2013 Honda CRV were black and red signs in big block type that read: Type O Blood? Husband Needs a Kidney.” Before she spotted the sign, the retired 30-year school teacher who moved with her husband, Jim, to the Verde Valley in August 2014 had already gone through donor testing at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix. The chairman of nephrology at the Mayo Clinic, Dr. Raymond Heilman, said kidney donation and transplant has grown substantially over the last decade such that the Mayo Clinic performed 325 such operations last year. The Mayo Clinic is the third largest transplant center in the United States, the largest in Arizona.

Post Bulletin — Letter: Reducing access to public music in Gonda Building is a mistake — Rack up another win for the suits at Mayo Clinic. To curtail music in the Gonda Building's lobby would have been unthinkable back when Mayo was run by doctors. Perhaps the suits should take an hour off (using vacation time) to visit Seasons Hospice and talk to them about the music therapy program they put into operation in 2009. This program has had amazing results.

Post Bulletin — Gonda Singers perform last concert by Jeff Kiger — It was an end of a musical era Thursday as Jane Belau's informal Gonda Singers played their final Thursday concert in the Landow Atrium of the Gonda Building. "That's sad to hear," said Tim Lee, when told the group would no longer play due to Mayo Clinic rules.

Folio Weekly — 29 Agitators, Truth-seekers & Crusaders — For our 29th birthday, we’ve decided to honor influential locals who stomp around, kicking ass and taking names, saving lives through advancements in medicine, opening their hearts and homes to strangers, and generally crusading for the environment, social justice, truth and the American way... Keith Knutson: Department of Defense Breakthrough Award grants are not bestowed lightly. Recipient Mayo Clinic researcher Keith Knutson, PhD, will soon begin the Phase II clinical trial for a breast cancer vaccine for survivors of the terrible disease. “What we want to do is prevent the recurrence because that’s when it gets really unmanageable,” Dr. Knutson said. His novel approach to fighting cancer by tricking the body into attacking cancer cells — but not other cells — has the potential to be the breakthrough that eventually leads to a cure.

WKBT-TV LaCrosse — La Crosse partnership implements social worker to help families in need — More support for families is coming to La Crosse's Washburn Neighborhood. It's thanks to a community partnership between Mayo Clinic Health System and the La Crosse Area Family Collaborative. The group hired a social worker to work directly with community resource officers in the neighborhood. They group will work out of 'Washburn Corner,' a two story home owned by Mayo, at the intersection of 10th and Ferry Streets.

US News & World Report — 7 Ways to Fight Caregiver Stress by Laura Dixon — Caring for a loved one can be overwhelming. And as the population ages, more and more family members are taking on that role. In fact, the Mayo Clinic estimates that informal caregivers provide 80 percent of long-term care in the U.S. If you're tackling the responsibility of caring for a loved one on top of work, raising kids or other responsibilities, the stress can feel crushing.

New York Daily News — Wisconsin woman suing Mayo Clinic, funeral home after husband's body is mistakenly cremated: 'They burned his soul' by David Boroff —  Wisconsin woman admittedly "went berserk" after her husband's body was mistakenly cremated. Jennifer Huber is suing a Rochester, Minn. funeral home and the Mayo Clinic after they botched arrangements for the body of her husband Tony last year.  Additional coverage: Aberdeen News

KTTC — Piano prodigy to perform in Rochester to raise awareness for brother's heart defect by Chris Yu — A piano prodigy is using his talents for a good cause. Fifteen-year-old Ethan Bortnick will be performing at the Mayo Civic Center for the first time this weekend. And he'll be doing it for his little brother, who was born with a rare heart defect. Ethan was just 5 years old when his brother, Nathan, was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome (or HLHS) a condition in which the left side of his heart is severely underdeveloped. A portion of the concert proceeds will go toward research at the Mayo Clinic's "Todd and Karen Wanek Family Program for HLHS." Dr. Tim Nelson and his team are studying the effects of injecting stem cells into the heart in hopes of improving the health of HLHS patients.

Star Tribune — Minnesota doctors sharing medical records with patients weigh changing how they take notes by Jeremy Olson — A growing number of Minnesota doctors are giving patients unfiltered access to their clinical notes in an effort to help them understand and follow treatment recommendations…Some large Minnesota medical groups have already adopted the practice. Mayo Clinic uploads outpatient lab results to an online portal so quickly that patients theoretically can see them before doctors have analyzed and interpreted them. Patients admitted to the University of Minnesota Medical Center receive daily printouts of their care records.

Arizona Republic — Arizona companies hiring 100 or more in April by Ronald Hansen — The school year is winding down but many districts are still hiring, along with other employers around the state. E ach of these employers is looking to fill at least 100 jobs…Mayo Clinic: hiring 190. The hospital has positions ranging from instrument technician to pharmacist.

Mic — Are Kegels Actually Helpful? Here's Everything You Wanted to Know About Vagina Exercises by Anna Swarz — What are Kegels? According to Mayo Clinic, Kegels aren't actually just a vaggercise, "Kegel exercises strengthen the pelvic floor muscles, which support the uterus, bladder, small intestine and rectum." That means that Kegels can help strengthen muscles that may have been weakened over time by everything from pregnancy and childbirth to "chronic coughing."

Des Moines Register — Forbes: Without oversight, Medicaid MCOs endanger the vulnerable by State Rep. John Forbes — Ready or not, Managed Medicaid is now a reality for 560,000 Iowans. The rubber is already hitting the road. We learned this week of a 9-year-old northeast Iowa boy with a brain tumor who was ready to begin treatment at Mayo Clinic. He was turned away because the clinic will no longer routinely accept Iowa Medicaid patients under Iowa’s new managed care program. From now on, Mayo will accept Iowa Medicaid patients on a case-by-case basis. Additional coverageAJMC.com, Sioux City Journal, Iowa Public Radio, KIMT-TV

WDAM-TV Mississippi — Insurance issues slow 9-year-old's cancer fight — Shaun Mohs, a 9-year-old boy with brain cancer, was supposed to start chemotherapy Wednesday at Minnesota's Mayo Clinic, but Mayo said no because he is on Medicaid in Iowa. The Mayo Clinic has not signed a contract yet with the private companies that will manage Iowa's Medicaid program. The three managed-care organizations had not reached a deal with the Rochester, MN, clinic.

KIMT-TV — Medicaid deadline is here by Emily Boster …Her now 10 year old son Ty is suffering from severe joint pain.  He’s had four surgeries including hardware put in his leg. Recently he went in for a check-up at Mayo Clinic in Rochester and got some shocking news. “They said it’s time to come out the hardware has done its job almost too well, it’s time to come out. I said our insurance ends on Friday, you haven’t contracted with our insurance, so what can we do. They went out of the room and came back in, we have to squeeze you in, it’s got to come out,” Lucas said.

KCRG-TV Iowa — MAYO RESPONDS: Medicaid Privatization Delays 9-Year-Old's Cancer Treatment — Mayo Clinic now says it is advocating for Shaun Mohs to continue receiving cancer care at Mayo but is waiting for a decision under Iowa's privatized Medicaid system. Mayo Clinic Spokesperson Ginger Plumbo received permission to discuss 9 year-old Shaun Mohs case Thursday, a day after KCRG-TV9 reported the McGregor boy was forced to delay treatment for an aggressive brain tumor because of the Medicaid switch.

Tucson News Now — Insurance issues slow 9-year-old's cancer fight — Shaun Mohs, a 9-year-old boy with brain cancer, was supposed to start chemotherapy Wednesday at Minnesota's Mayo Clinic, but Mayo said no because he is on Medicaid in Iowa. The Mayo Clinic has not signed a contract yet with the private companies that will manage Iowa's Medicaid program. The three managed-care organizations had not reached a deal with the Rochester, MN, clinic. Additional coverage: WDAM-TV, Dubuque Telegraph Herald

KCRG-TV Iowa — UPDATE: Mayo Approved to Keep Treating McGregor Boy — The 9 year-old McGregor boy awaiting treatment on a brain tumor will be able to keep going to the Mayo Clinic for those treatments. KCRG-TV9 first reported Shaun Mohs was told he may have to transfer to an Iowa hospital under the state's new privatized Medicaid system, which took effect April 1.  Mayo Clinic filed an appeal to continue treating Mohs under the new privatized system. On Sunday, the Iowa Governor's Office sent out a notice that Mohs had been approved to keep getting treatment at Mayo.

El Universal, La vacuna contra la tos ferina pierde eficacia con el tiempo — La vacuna contra la tos ferina o pertussis surte efecto, pero la inmunidad tiende a debilitarse con el tiempo. Así lo alertó el infectólogo pediatra Thomas Boyce, de la clínica Mayo en Minnesota, quien sgirió que se refuercen las dosis entre los adultos, que pueden contraer la enfermedad y transmitirla a los niños.

Radio Reloj — ¿Por qué no deberías morderte las uñas? — Para empezar, ello aumenta el riesgo de contraer una enfermedad, pues estás poniendo tus manos sucias en la boca. “También puede aumentar el riesgo de paroniquia o infección de la piel que rodea la uña y aunque la mayoría de los casos son bacterianos, también pueden llegar a ser hongos. Fácilmente podrías terminar con enrojecimiento, inflamación, dolor y malestar; lo cual es un signo de infección,” dijo Rochelle Torgerson, dermatóloga de la Clínica Mayo.

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