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Mayo Clinic in race for Florida patients
by Christopher Snowbeck
Like college kids at spring break, the nation’s biggest names in health care are spending some serious coin in Florida. In March, the Mayo Clinic said it would spend $100 million at its hospital in Jacksonville to better position the medical center as a health care destination for the southeastern U.S. It was the latest move by Mayo in Florida, where the Rochester-based clinic isn’t the only out-of-town operator that’s growing in the state.
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Becker’s Hospital Review, What is drawing Cleveland Clinic, Mayo Clinic and other AMCs to Florida?
Context: Advancing its position as the premier medical destination center for health care in the Southeast, Mayo Clinic’s campus in Florida will invest $100 million in major construction projects building on its 150-year history of transforming health care and the patient experience. This summer, Mayo Clinic will begin constructing an innovative destination medical building that will provide integrated services needed for complex cancer, as well as neurologic and neurosurgical care. Initially rising four stories, the 150,000-square-foot building has the potential for 11 more stories. More than 126,000 patients are expected to visit the first year the building opens. More information can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.
Contact: Kevin Punsky
New Mayo Clinic book offers women menopause solutions
Menopause expert Dr. Stephanie Faubion, M.D., has written a new book. “The Menopause Solution: A Doctor’s Guide to: Relieving Hot Flashes,
Enjoying Better Sex, Sleeping Well, Controlling Your Weight and Being Happy.” The book is available now at major bookstores everywhere. Dr. Faubion, Director of the Mayo Clinic’s Women’s Health Clinic, appeared on KARE 11 News to talk about her book, which covers everything from perimenopause to post-menopause, debunks common myths, uses the most up-to -date research and confronts the controversial topic of hormone therapy.
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Context: As preteens, girls often take health classes to teach them about their changing bodies during puberty. For moms-to-be, classes deal with pregnancy and newborn care. Yet, few classes are offered about menopause, a part of life that 6,000 U.S. women reach every day. A new book released today aims to address that gap. Mayo Clinic The Menopause Solution is subtitled A Doctor’s Guide to Relieving Hot Flashes, Enjoying Better Sex, Sleeping Well, Controlling Your Weight and Being Happy! “This book serves to inform women about what’s happening to their bodies, what treatment options are available and how to remain healthy in the years past menopause,” says Stephanie Faubion, M.D., medical editor of The Menopause Solution and director of the Women’s Health Clinic and Office of Women’s Health at Mayo Clinic. Dr. Faubion, a North American Menopause Society-certified menopause practitioner, is one of the nation’s leading experts on menopause and regularly treats women with menopause-related conditions. More information can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.
Contact: Susan Barber Lindquist
Study: Swaddling babies may increase risk of SIDS
by Mary Bowerman
An infant that is unable to flip from his or her back to their side or stomach can safely be swaddled, according to Chris Colby, division chair of neonatology at Mayo Clinic, who is not associated with the study. He notes that swaddling is used to mirror the constricted nature of the womb and promotes the baby falling asleep more quickly. "The concern is that as babies get older – even tho swaddled -- they could wiggle around and end up in a prone position, face-down, looking at the mattress," Colby said. "You have to be mindful as your baby gets older, and assess if swaddling your baby tight at 2-3 months if still a safe practice."
Context: Christopher Colby, M.D., is affiliated with Mayo Clinic Children's Center. At Mayo Clinic Children's Center, more than 200 medical providers in 40 medical and surgical specialties offer integrated care to over 50,000 children and teenagers every year, inspiring hope and providing healing.
Contact: Kelley Luckstein
Rapid City Journal
Mayo oncologist pioneer in new protocols
by Tom Griffith
Talk to a patient of pioneering Mayo Clinic oncologist Dr. Mark Truty, or even the doctor himself, and you’ll find he has a tendency to deflect credit for advancements in the treatment of pancreatic cancer that have changed what was once a near-certain death sentence into real hope for survival. “Subconsciously, it’s probably been a huge motivator,” Truty admitted last week. “He went through the old approach. He was diagnosed, was in terrible shape, had an operation by a surgeon who was inexperienced, suffered complications, was in the hospital for three months, and died six months later. It was a pointless exercise, and it’s a problem that continues to happen on a daily basis around the world.”
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Rapid City Journal, Spearfish man defies odds, survives bout with pancreatic cancer by Tom Griffith — Tom Hoffman will never forget the day he received his death sentence…Following nine days of tests that confirmed the diagnosis, Hoffman was introduced to Dr. Mark Truty, assistant professor and section chair of hepatoeiliary and pancreatic surgery at the famed clinic in Rochester, Minn. The doctor, part of a team of Mayo oncologists developing pioneering protocols in the treatment of pancreatic cancer, was blunt.
Context: Mark Truty, M.D., who treated Tom Hoffman of Spearfish, leads a surgical team at the Mayo Clinic that is pioneering new protocols in the treatment of pancreatic cancer that have resulted in vastly improved survival rates.
Contact: Sharon Theimer
Las Vegas Review-Journal
Sleep apnea causes problems from fatigue to traffic accidents
by Apt Nadler
People with sleep apnea are more prone to become a Type 2 diabetic, because of developing a resistance to insulin. Individuals with sleep apnea are also at risk for a stroke and depression. “Sleep apnea is one of our focuses in primary care management,” said Dr. Martina Mookadam, a family medicine physician at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. “It creates a very strong physical stress on the body. If your primary care doctor fails to ask you if you have symptoms, you should bring it up. Sleep apnea can happen at any age.”
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Context: Martina Mookadam, M.D. is a family medicine physician at Mayo Clinic in Arizona. Mayo Clinic Family Medicine doctors in Arizona provide comprehensive care for individuals of all ages at facilities in Arrowhead (Glendale) and Thunderbird (Scottsdale).
Contact: Jim McVeigh
New York Times, Man vs. Marathon by Jere Longman — With times becoming faster and faster, most sports scientists believe a two-hour marathon is a matter of when, not if. Since 1998, the world record in the marathon has dropped by a precipitous 3 minutes 8 seconds. Michael Joyner, a researcher at the Mayo Clinic, predicted in 1991 that it was theoretically possible to finish in 1:57:58. But numerous experts predicted that two hours would not be breached until 2028 or 2035 or even 2041.
CBC News, Mayo Clinic fees for blood tests reduced for Nova Scotia Health Authority by Michael Gorman — The Nova Scotia Health Authority has received a 16 per cent reduction in fees for tests sent to the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. Since January 2015, the health authority has spent more than $1.5 million sending away some hematology work related to blood-borne illnesses. But the senior director for pathology and laboratory medicine at the health authority, Shauna Thompson, said recent hires and the renegotiated contract are helping reduce costs. Additional coverage: Yahoo! News Canada
Chicago Tribune, From obese to Ironman, a tale of two tattooed triathletes by James Fell —Imagine what it's like to go from being sedentary and obese to accomplishing such a feat. Kristine Thompson and Steve Osani don't have to imagine it. They did it…"These stories are not as uncommon as people think," said Dr. Mike Joyner, a physician and exercise physiology expert at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. "Among people who lose a lot of weight will be those who become true enthusiasts."
Vox, The truth about high-intensity interval training by Julia Belluz — A number of meta-analyses have shown that HIIT routines lead to greater gains in VO2 max compared with other forms of training. For this reason, athletes have long used the interval technique to up their game, said Mayo Clinic exercise researcher Michael Joyner. "There's observational data in athletes going back almost 100 years showing the benefits of a few bouts of really high-intensity exercise in people." He added: "If you want to get people to their biological maximum, they need to be doing four to five times of three- to five-minute intervals."
Yahoo! Lifestyle, Vegetarians Live Longer Than Meat Eaters by Kate Moffat — According to a new study conducted by the Mayo Clinic in Arizona, eating a plant-based diet can actually add four years to your life. Before you shake your head, rest assured that the researchers investigated 1.5 million people in order to reach the conclusion. Their theory? That death from ALL causes was higher for those who regularly eat meat.
Prevention magazine, "I Got Lung Cancer Even Though I Never Smoked" by Hallie Levine —…The next few weeks were agony. Everything—even sitting and sleeping—seemed to take a tremendous amount of effort. So when I got a call from the Mayo Clinic asking if I wanted to join a research study on meditation and paced breathing, I agreed. I would have done anything at that point to feel better. Dr. Amit Sood sent me a DVD with instructions to do 15 minutes of breathing exercises in the morning and another 15 at night, but I ended up doing them for hours at a time. Meditating calmed my mind and body; I really feel like it saved me.
CNN, How to stop the afternoon munchies by K. Aleisha Fetters — ...And if you have just one sleepless night, it could influence your food choices the next day. In a Mayo Clinic study, people who cut 80 minutes from their regular sleep schedule ended up eating an extra 549 calories the next day.
Fast Company, What Health Care Designers Can Learn From The Apple Store by Dianna Budds — It's not often that an architect gets to reimagine the future of health care. But presented with the rare opportunity to build an entire health center from the ground up at a new clinic and surgery center in Minneapolis, the University of Minnesota Health, or M Health, decided to completely upend how it thinks about patient experience and up the ante against its competition—and it enlisted CannonDesign to help. "If you look at M Health, you have a 'small' competitor due south called the Mayo Clinic," Michael Pukszta, leader of CannonDesign's health care practice, says. "When you look at who you’re going up against—what is recognized as the finest clinic—the task is pretty large. It’s like a new computer company going up against Apple."
Reuters, The asthma talk teens need before they leave for college by Lisa Rapaport — Parents can do a lot to help teens with asthma prepare for college by getting them organized to stay on top of their medications before they move away, said Dr. Avni Joshi, an allergist and immunologist at the Mayo Clinic Children’s Center in Rochester, Minnesota, who wasn’t involved in the article. If a child takes pills, parents should invest in pill boxes as reminder tools for weekly medication refills to help teens get in the habit of managing these medications, Joshi said by email.
STAT, All the weird things kids have swallowed, in one hospital’s collection by Megan Thielking — Dr. Karthik Balakrishnan, a pediatric ear, nose, and throat specialist at the Mayo Clinic, said he’s seen kids ingest everything from straight pins to a hearing aid. Once, he treated a young girl with a googly eye wedged in her ear. “When I looked in her ear, I saw an eye looking back at me,” he said. Dozens of those cases prepared him for his own role as the father of a 2-year-old son. “Just recently, he put a bunch of soybeans in his nose and shouted, ‘Daddy! Edamame in my nose!’” Balakrishnan said. He had to pull them out one by one.
Time magazine, How Junk Food Wrecks Your Body by Alexandra Sifferlin — A 2015 study published in the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings found that a calorie from sugar is much more dangerous to the body than a calorie from other carbohydrates, like starch. Added sugars were linked to poor insulin levels and blood sugar, as well as harmful fat storage around the belly, which promotes problems like inflammation and high blood pressure.
HealthDay, Think You're Allergic to Penicillin? Maybe Not — While many people tell their doctor they are allergic to penicillin, a Mayo Clinic study found that 80 percent to 90 percent of people who list a penicillin allergy have no evidence of a true reaction and avoid the drug unnecessarily. There is a skin test for penicillin allergy. Another reason why people mistakenly believe they are allergic to penicillin is inappropriate prescribing of the drug for conditions it can't treat, such as the flu and colds.
MedPage Today, Does Patient Privacy Trump Hospital Security? by Cheryl Clark — In 2012 Sharp Grossmont Hospital, a sprawling healthcare facility located in La Mesa, a community east of San Diego, installed cameras inside computer monitors attached to anesthesia machines used in three operating rooms at the hospital's Women's Health Center. The goal, according to hospital officials, was to catch a thief. The result, court documents charge, was multiple violations of patients' privacy. Keith Berge, MD, an anesthesiologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, who has led efforts to detect drug theft among healthcare workers there and nationally, said Sharp should have made "every effort ... to aim (the camera) in such a way that the activity can be monitored while keeping the likelihood of showing a patient to an absolute minimum. They made this harder than it needed to be by not attending to that detail."
Becker’s Hospital Review, 5 health systems with strong finances by Ayla Ellison — 2. Mayo Clinic has an "Aa2" rating and stable outlook with Moody's and an "AA" rating and stable outlook with S&P. The Rochester, Minn.-based system has an excellent enterprise profile and strong fundraising ability, according to the credit rating agencies.
Twin Cities Business, Mayo Strikes Multi-Product Licensing Agreement With Exact Sciences by Don Jacobson — The Mayo Clinic and a company that produces a home colorectal cancer-screening kit based on its patents have deepened their financial and research ties, according to the newly filed SEC documents. Exact Sciences Corp. (NASDAQ: EXAS) of Madison, Wis., maker of the Cologuard multi-target stool DNA test, revealed in a quarterly report filed last week that it has amended its licensing agreement with Mayo to cover not only Cologuard but also future products based on the clinic’s know-how.
MedPage Today, 'Bag of Pills': Is It Necessary? by Joyce Frieden — Polypharmacy is a difficult problem for many physicians who treat older patients, but there are steps they can take to cut down on their patients' medications, Amit Shah, MD, said here at the American College of Physicians annual meeting. "I do a lot of medical student and resident teaching, and whenever I teach this topic, I like to say, 'As a geriatrician, I have cured more disease by stopping medications than starting them,'" said Shah, who is at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz. "It's a bit of an overstatement but it gets people's attention" because they never thought about fixing problems by taking medications away rather than adding things on."
Star Tribune, Looking to lose weight? How a nutrition assessment can help you get fit by Connie Nelson — When I met with performance dietitian Jill Merkel, she asked me for details about my goals, daily diet and activity level. Then she launched into a simple but effective lesson in nutrition. She divided food into four groups based on what they do for the body — fuel (grains and starches), build (protein), prevent (fruits and vegetables) and protect (fats)… Bottom line: It was well worth the $75 for the one-hour session. In fact, I plan to schedule a follow-up as soon as I lose 10 pounds (or in a few months, whichever is sooner). EXOS-Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center, 612-313-0520, sportsmedicine.mayoclinic.org.
HealthDay, What a Change in DEA's Pot Rules Might Mean for Medical Research by Dennis Thompson — Schedule I drugs are considered drugs "with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse," the DEA says on its website. Heroin, LSD and ecstasy stand alongside marijuana on the DEA's Schedule I list. On the other hand, Schedule II drugs have a high potential for abuse, but "there is the recognition that they have some medical value as well," said Dr. J. Michael Bostwick, a professor of psychiatry at the Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minn. "This could be an important softening of regulations that make it difficult to do marijuana or cannabis research in this country," Bostwick said.
Daily Globe, Benefit Sunday for Brewster boy’s battle: Four-year-old Remme faces 40 chemotherapy treatments by Alex Chhith — Aiden Remme and his family discovered in February that the 4-year-old had a large tumor growing on the right side of his brain. Aiden has Glioma Grade 2 and will receive nearly 40 chemotherapy treatments within the next year at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. Right now, doctors are unsure if he will need more. “The hope is that the tumor will shrink, but currently their goal is to stop the growth and allow for him to get older,” Tracy said in an email, adding that surgically removing the tumor would be dangerous because it is “mixed” into his brain and located in the middle of his brain.
Finance & Commerce, Alatus plans Rochester apartment project near St. Marys by Hank Long — Alatus LLC is partnering with a Rochester developer to bring a “precedent-setting” mixed-use apartment project to a site across from Mayo Clinic’s St. Marys Hospital. The $100 million-plus market-rate complex is planned on a roughly 2.5-acre site in the 1400 block of Second Street Southwest in Rochester. Developer Ed Pompeian leads a group of investors who have spent several years assembling ownership of the site.
Post-Bulletin, Study: Mayo hospitals among most profitable by Brett Boese — A new study from Health Affairs says that two Mayo Clinic not-for-profit hospitals based in Rochester were among the most profitable in the country, according to 2013 data. Methodist and Saint Marys finished No. 14 and No. 17 in the recent report that ranked the Top 100 medical facilities across the United States for profitability. Methodist had a patient-service surplus of $148.3 million, while Saint Marys' surplus was $141.6 million, according to the report that focused on patient-care services rather than overall profit margins.
EHR Intelligence, GAO Appoints 3 New Members to Health IT Policy Committee by Kyle Murphy, Ph.D. — The Government Accountability Office has named three new members of the Health IT Policy Committee to represent payers, patients and consumers, and employers, the federal agency announced Thursday…1. Carolyn Petersen is Senior Editor for Mayoclinic.org of Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. She is a thirty-year pediatric cancer survivor and has served as a consumer representative for multiple groups, including the Food and Drug Administration’s Anesthesiology and Respiratory Therapy Devices Panel, the National Cancer Informatics Program, and the Improving Healthcare Systems Advisory Panel of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute.
Advisory Board, A human head transplant sounds crazy. But might it work? — An Italian doctor has a plan. Some call it groundbreaking; others call it demented. He says he is prepared to transplant a human head in 2017, following "successful" experiments on mice and monkeys. The surgery is expected to occur at Harbin Medical University in China...Others are more hopeful and say Canavero should be taken more seriously. "He's a little bit fantastic, but he's a serious guy," says Michael Sarr, professor emeritus of surgery at the Mayo Clinic and co-editor-in-chief of the journal Surgery, which recently accepted a paper by Canavero for publication.
ScienceDaily, You could mistakenly believe you're allergic to this common antibiotic — Penicillin allergies are widely listed in patient histories, but, a Mayo Clinic study found 80 to 90 percent of patients who listed a penicillin allergy had no real evidence of a true reaction and avoided the drug unnecessarily. Moreover, anaphylaxis (a severe, potentially life-threatening allergic reaction) to penicillin is still quite rare.
Consumer Affairs, Meat consumption leads to higher mortality rates, say researchers by Christopher Maynard — Many of us enjoy a nice steak every now and then, but are your meat-eating tendencies shortening your lifespan? Researchers working at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona believe that may be case. In a review of six different studies from around the world, which involved over 1.5 million participants in all, researchers have found that those who eat meat have a higher all-cause mortality than those who don’t. Additional coverage: The Independent, Huffington Post India, MD Magazine, The Sun
Modern Healthcare, Blog: Kaiser, Mayo staffers among those advising HHS on medical record exchange by Joseph Conn — A trio of healthcare information technology experts that includes a vice president of IT from Kaiser Permanente and a senior editor for the Mayo Clinic's website will advise HHS on standards for sharing patient medical information. James “Jamie” Ferguson, vice president of HIT Strategy and Policy at Kaiser; Carolyn Petersen, senior editor for Mayoclinic.org; and Karen van Caulil, president and CEO of the Florida Health Care Coalition, a business coalition on health, will sit on the federally chartered HIT Policy Committee.
Live Science, Christina's Diagnosis: Famous Painting Gets New Look by Christopher Wanjek — It ranks as one of the most iconic paintings in modern American history: Andrew Wyeth's 1948 "Christina's World" depicting a woman crawling across a bleak, rural landscape with her sights focused on a distant, gray farmhouse. The portrait is imbued with an ambiguous sense of determination and hopelessness. Wyeth's inspiration for the painting was his real-life friend and neighbor, Anna Christina Olson, a lifelong resident of the Cushing, Maine, farm on which she's pictured. Now, after being challenged to diagnose Olson's condition, neurologist Dr. Marc Patterson of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, said it was very unlikely that Olson had polio. In reviewing details of Olson's life, Patterson said the woman most likely had a form of Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease. Additional coverage: Daily Mail, Discovery News
Sacramento Bee, Mayo Clinic News Network: Listeria fears spur Costco and Trader Joe’s to pull food — The temperature, how you arrange the food, and how often you clean the inside of your refrigerator and freezer can affect your health. Jeff Olsen speaks with a registered dietitian from the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program about a plan for a healthy refrigerator-freezer.
Tech Times, Risk For Heart Failure, Atrial Fibrillation Rises As Temperature Drops: Study by Ted Ranosa — Cardiologist Dr. Abhishek Deshmukh and his colleagues at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota set out to discover the seasonal differences involved strokes and heart attacks. They examined various factors that were present in patients in the United States who were hospitalized because of heart failure and atrial fibrillation. The team found that hospitalization rates were at their highest during cooler months of the year, particularly in February. Additional coverage: Health24
Health magazine, 9 Health Mistakes New College Grads Make by Lauren Oster —Truth is, in the working world, many of us aren’t counterbalancing our hours of inactivity with regular movement (such as crisscrossing campus for classes). Moreover, “when we eat distracted, we tend not to enjoy, appreciate, or even register the calories—they’re calories eaten, calories forgotten,” says Katherine Zeratsky, RD, an associate professor of nutrition at the Mayo Clinic. “If you absolutely have to eat at your desk, appreciate each bite of food in your mouth, chew it, notice that you’re chewing it—and do so at least several times before you swallow it—and then type a paragraph or read what you have to read.
Modern Medicine, Dusting vs. basketing: Which method is better? by Randy Dotinga — Now, a new study, presented at the AUA annual meeting in San Diego, offers insight into the outcomes of both procedures after 4 to 6 weeks. The verdict: “At first blush, there’s not a difference between patients who were dusted or basketed,” said study co-author Mitchell Humphreys, MD, of Mayo Clinic, Phoenix. “I can’t say one is clearly better than the other. This shows that both techniques have a role in stone disease.”According to Dr. Humphreys, dusting has become a feasible option thanks to the advent of high-powered lasers that offer flexibility in terms of increasing frequency rather than hertz.
Post-Bulletin, A big day for Lynx 'Kid Captains' by Matthew Stolle — Davis, a Benjamin Franklin Elementary School student, didn't go to Sunday's Lynx pre-season game as a mere spectator but as a "Kids Captain," an honorary title that conferred all kinds of privileges, including courtside seats, a meet with the team captains at center court and $50 concessionaire check. Mayo Clinic President and CEO John Noseworthy also chatted with the captains before tip-off.
Post Bulletin, Lynx looking for Rochester love by Donny Henn — Is Rochester a basketball town in May? If advance ticket sales for the Minnesota Lynx game here on Sunday is any indication, the answer is a slam-dunk: "Yes." About 3,000 tickets had been sold by midday Thursday for the Lynx vs. Washington Mystics WNBA preseason game which tips off at 4 p.m. on Mothers Day at Mayo Civic Center Taylor Arena. "With the Lynx coming off the 2015 WNBA Championship, it's a great opportunity to give our fans in Southern Minnesota a chance see our phenomenal product as well as showcase our great partnership with Mayo Clinic," said Lynx team president Chris Wright.
Dunn County News, Mayo offers Living Well with Chronic Conditions workshops — Living Well with Chronic Conditions workshops offered by Mayo Clinic Health System will be held this spring at various locations in northwest Wisconsin. This free six-week workshop is for those who have, or live with someone who has, a chronic condition, such as diabetes, heart disease, arthritis or another long-term health problem.
Healio, Chromoendoscopy effective for surveillance in IBD patients with history of colorectal dysplasia — “The recent SCENIC guidelines suggested chromoendoscopy rather than white light endoscopy for initial dysplasia surveillance in inflammatory bowel disease patients. However, the yield of chromoendoscopy in patients with a history of dysplasia on white light endoscopy and the impact of chromoendoscopy on management plans for patients with a history of colorectal dysplasia remain unclear,” Parakkal Deepak, MBBS, from the division of gastroenterology and hepatology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., told Healio Gastroenterology.
KAAL-TV, WSU Students Propose Ideas to Attract Millennials to Rochester and DMC Initiative by Meghan Resitad — In coming years, Destination Medical Center says up to 45 thousand jobs will be added to Rochester, thanks Mayo Clinic growth and the DMC initiative. On Wednesday, Winona State University students offered some suggestions on bringing millennials to the city. "We want to understand what the needs and wants are of our key audience. Our key audience was millennials who live outside of Minnesota," said Professor Muriel Scott.
Arizona Republic, Arizona companies hiring 100 or more in May by Ronald J. Hansen — Mayo Clinic, hiring 170. The hospital has positions ranging from instrument technician to pharmacist.
HealthDay, Aspirin May Help Protect Against Bile Duct Cancer: Study — "Aspirin is an anti-inflammatory agent and may reduce the risk of bile duct cancer by reducing inflammation... Previous studies have shown that aspirin also blocks additional biological pathways that promote cancer development," added Choi, who did the research while at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Rochester, Minn.
PerfScience, How a Smartphone App Helps Atrial Fibrillation Patients? by Diana Bretting — "Researchers from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., were curious to see if there were any seasonal differences when it came to the rate of hospital admissions for heart attacks and atrial fibrillation. Heart failure, which affects more than 5 million people in the U.S., occurs when the heart cannot pump enough blood and oxygen to support other organs in your body," according to a news report published by Medical Daily. "In the past, seasonal differences have been noted for heart attacks and strokes," said Dr. Abhishek Deshmukh, study co-author and a cardiac electrophysiologist with the Mayo Clinic, according to HealthDay. "It is striking that people get more sick with cardiac diseases during cooler months."
Bend Bulletin Oregon, Genetics-based medicine a matter of debate by Kathleen McLaughlin — Critics say precision medicine isn’t living up to the hype that began with the Human Genome Project, which completed the sequencing and mapping of all human genes in 2003. They say breakthroughs, such as the identification of BRCA1/2 mutations, are the exception, and large reductions in cancer deaths stem from broad societal changes like fewer people smoking cigarettes. “Yet the sort of meta-narrative continues,” said Dr. Michael Joyner, who studies blood pressure at the Mayo Clinic. “We’re going to get a whole bunch of people, genotype them, find out the mysteries of disease, rapidly turn that information into cures. It’ll all be sweetness and light.”
KIMT-TV, Dribbling to success by Brian Tabick — The Rochester Mayo Clinic is teaming up with the Rochester Sports Mentorship Academy to give some lucky locals a chance to meet the Minnesota Lynx as part of the Captain Kids Program. “Sometimes I need to be a better teammate,” one of the girls said. “I’m on a basketball team and it is good to look up to basketball stars like the Lynx,” says Heavenly Davis of Rochester. That’s exactly what the Captain Kids Program is all about. Four girls with very different stories, all facing a different hardship — but for most of them, basketball is how they cope.
Post-Bulletin, Ask Mayo Clinic: Risk for developing depression increases following brain injury — DEAR MAYO CLINIC: Is there a link between traumatic brain injury, or TBI, and depression? Would the treatment for depression in someone with a TBI be different than treatment for depression without this sort of injury? …Quite a bit of research has been done on this topic. The results clearly show that when people without any prior mental health concerns or history of depression suffer a traumatic brain injury, their risk for depression increases significantly.
HIT Consultant, Mayo Clinic Launches CQI Program to Minimize Complications from Retained Blood in Heart Surgery Patients — ClearFlow, a California-based company that develops technology to maximize post-operative blood evacuation after cardiac surgery and Mayo Clinic are launching research a Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) program for patients recovering from heart surgery. Simon Maltais, MD, PhD, Mayo Clinic Associate Professor of Surgery, Division of Cardiovascular Surgery will serve as the Principal Investigator for the CQI program.
WTVG-TV Toledo, Baby Lucas: A Healing Heart by Sashem Brey — Lucas Gutman looks like any other happy, healthy baby, however, the first ten months of his life have been anything but ordinary. Lucas was born last July, not long after his parents learned he had a rare heart defect called Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome…The cheerful boy is also the subject of a groundbreaking Mayo Clinic research trial. In December, doctors injected Lucas with stem cells harvested from his umbilical cord.
Post-Bulletin, Veteran recalls how simple conversation changed his life by Taylor Nachtigal — In 1953, Ron Hatcher returned to the U.S. from Guam, where he had served in the Navy during the Korean War. He spent a year and a half overseas, but the few hours on the bus home would impact his life more…On April 29, he and his family recounted that conversation and many other memories during a veteran's pinning ceremony at Mayo Hospice. "Thank you for the sacrifices you made and your willingness to serve our country," said Lance Berg, a retired military man who works with Mayo Hospice to honor veterans. "You endured hardships, and you were willing to risk your life to maintain our freedom."
York Dispatch, Let's talk about poop by Katherine Ranzenberger — According to the Mayo Clinic, there's nothing wrong with varying shades of brown and even sometimes green colored stool. However, changes in the color and even texture of your feces can indicate something might be wrong. "Stool color is generally influenced by what you eat as well as by the amount of bile — a yellow-green fluid that digests fats — in your stool," the Mayo Clinic website reads. "As bile pigments travel through your gastrointestinal tract, they are chemically altered by enzymes — changing the pigments from green to brown."
Florida Politics, Brad Pitt, immigration, Mayo Clinic, and ‘Dr. Q’ by Melissa Ross — Dr. Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa first came to this country as an illegal immigrant... And now, the brilliant doctor has landed in Florida. Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville has hired Dr. Q, as he’s called, as its William J. and Charles H. Mayo Professor and chairman of neurologic surgery. He’s slated to start at Mayo this fall. Meanwhile, his story is also getting the Hollywood treatment. Disney and Brad Pitt’s Plan B production company are developing “Dr. Q”, a biopic based on the surgeon’s life. The film will reportedly be based on the physician’s 2012 memoir, Becoming Dr. Q: My Journey from Migrant Farm Worker to Brain Surgeon.
KPNX-TV Phoenix, Call 12 tackles surprise medical bills by Stacia Naquin — It’s been awhile since Mike Mooney and Sherri Mahoney could enjoy simple pleasures like a quiet morning in their Queen Creek backyard. Mounting medical bills and health complications for Sherri plagued the last two years, after what they thought would be a routine hysterectomy at the Mayo Clinic...What they didn’t expect was two years of bills stacking up from the Mayo Clinic…As Sherri focused on healing, Mike focused on the bills. He says no one from the Mayo Clinic would listen and no lawyer would take their case. So, they tried another route and decided to Call 12 for Action.
WEAU-TV Eau Claire, Changing demand for jobs in nursing by Jesse Horne — "The need for nurses continues to grow. The diversity of the job is growing significant daily. So, we need more nurses," Pam White, Mayo Clinic Health System’s vice president and chief nursing officer said to WEAU 13 News on Wednesday. The Bureau of Labor Statistics includes registered nurses on its list of occupations with the largest number of projected job openings. Demand is expected to increase by 19 percent with over 1 million new or replacement jobs by 2022.
WXOW-TV LaCrosse, Mayo honors its nurses on National Nurse Day by Ginna Roe — Friday marks National Nurses Day and Mayo Clinic Health System took time to say thank you to its more than 800 nurses. The annual celebration included a catered lunch and award ceremony. It's a chance to recognize nurses for their service, often times putting their own lives on hold. "Nursing is really a calling. It's really hard work. We come to work and most of the time we have to forget about what's going on in our own lives and focus on our patients and their families to do what's needed for them," Mayo's Chief Nursing Officer Diane Holmay said.
WEAU-TV Eau Claire, Camp Wabi inspires healthy lifestyle for kids — Now in its 6th year, Camp Wabi allows youngsters the opportunity to have all of the fun of a traditional summer camp while also learning about healthy lifestyle choices. Joni Gilles R.N. with Mayo Clinic Health System joined Hello Wisconsin to talk more about Camp Wabi which started in 2011. It’s held at YMCA's Camp Manitou on beautiful Long Lake in New Auburn, Wis. All campers dealing with weight; comfortable environment to make healthy choices.
WKBT-TV LaCrosse, New study: Swaddling babies increases risk of SIDS — Renee Mullenberg, a Nurse Practitioner at Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse says swaddling becomes more of an issue with age.“Swaddling in blankets during sleep has been shown to be associated with SIDS more in older babies, who are able to roll side to side or even roll over onto their stomachs,” said Mullenberg.
WEAU-TV, Assignment 13: Nolan's Rally by Bob Gallagher — Nolan was diagnosed with testicular cancer during a routine physical in December 2014, a month before his daughter Evelyn was born. Making the past eighteen months a bittersweet time for his family… Glenn Kauppila from Mayo Clinic Health System is Nolan's physician. Doctors found Nolan's cancer in an early stage. Kauppila says most men in that situation can expect to be cancer-free for many years to come. Kauppila says, "As with all cancers, he will be monitored appropriately by his doctor at regular intervals and during the course of that follow-up they found it, but even though he had a recurrence, there's a high probability the cancer will stay away."
WEAU-TV Eau Claire, Stroke Awareness Month by Lindsay Veremis — May is Stroke Awareness Month. Registered Nurses Angie Gullicksrud and Sara Sandager with Mayo Clinic Health System joined Hello Wisconsin to talk more about strokes and stroke prevention. Sandager says strokes are often referred to as a brain attack."A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or bursts," she said. "When that happens, part of the brain cannot get the oxygen it needs, so it starts to die."
WEAU-TV Eau Claire, Healthy spring party planning ideas by Courtney Everett — We're right in the middle of spring party planning, including memorial day and graduation parties. Making memorable food for these get-together does not have to be complicated. In fact, it can even be healthy. Katie Johnson, Nutrition Educator, Mayo Clinic Health System joined Hello Wisconsin to help us start planning.
Mankato Times, Auxiliary at Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato awards four scholarships to college students by Joe Steck — Four Mankato college students pursuing health care professions were recently awarded scholarships from the Auxiliary at Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato. The Auxiliary presented $1,000 scholarships to one student from each of the following local higher education institutions: Bethany Lutheran College; Minnesota State University, Mankato; Rasmussen College; and South Central College.
Mankato Free Press, Mayo event promotes safe family fun by Brian Arola — In an effort to promote play — and safety while playing — Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato held its annual family health and wellness event Thursday. The longtime event has over the years served as a place for families to purchase bike helmets and make sure they fit properly. This year’s event at River Hills Mall continued the effort but also expanded to promote other fun activities families can do together. Jamie Johannes, doctor of osteopathic medicine at Mayo, said when it comes to promoting physical activity, parents have to set the example for their children. “What parents put in their bodies is what kids mimic,” she said.
El Universal, Las pastillas para dormir pueden provocar depression — Aunque las pastillas para dormir suelen ser un componente eficaz para recuperar el sueño, su consumo debe ser cuidadoso porque pueden provocar diversos problemas como depresión, dolor crónico, presión arterial alta y más riesgo de sufrir accidentes, alertó el Instituto Clinica Mayo.
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