May 20, 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: Emily Blahnik

 

Forbes
How Women Are Leading The Charge In Changing Healthcare
by Sarah Hedgecock

“We’re transforming from a passive patient to an empowered patient,” MedImmune head Bahija Jallal said by way of introduction. And in the new world of patient empowerment, that could mean anything from finding your own doctor to taking on decades of standard healthcareForbes Pharma and Healthcare logo practice. Deborah Rhodes, an associate medical professor at Mayo Clinic, is undertaking the latter. She is disturbed by the fact that mammograms are not an effective way to find tumors in dense breasts, despite the fact that about half of all women have dense breasts. “Trying to find a tumor in a dense breast on a mammogram is like looking through a periscope trying to find enemy ships in dense water,” she said. “The problem is you don’t know how many enemy ships you’re failing to see until you use a better tool to spot them.”

Reach: Forbes magazine focuses on business and financial news with core topics that include business, technology, stock markets, personal finance, and lifestyle. The magazine is published twice each month and has more than 925,000 subscribers. Forbes Online receives more than 10.4 million unique visitors each month.

Context: Deborah Rhodes, M.D., is a physician with Mayo Clinic's Breast Diagnostic Clinic. Dr. Rhodes studies the application of a new breast imaging device, molecular breast imaging, to breast cancer screening. The long-term goal of Dr. Rhodes' research is to develop an individualized approach to breast cancer screening that incorporates breast density, age, and other factors that impact breast cancer risk and mammography sensitivity. Dr. Rhodes recently spoke at Forbes Women's Summit 2016.

Contact: Traci Klein

 

NBC News
White House Goes With Its Gut, Backs New Microbiome Project
by Maggie Fox

Anyone who watched "The Martian" learned that crops cannot grow without partner organisms in the soil. Now the White House wants to NBCNewsComencourage research into the microbiome: the microbes living in and on animals, the dirt, oceans and the atmosphere...The Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine says it will open a $1.4 million Microbiome Clinic offering whole-genome sequencing, checking patients to see if their bodies harbor antibiotic-resistant "superbugs, and offering fecal transplants — the experimental new way of cleaning out killer Clostridium infections with transplants of "healthy" poop from donors.

Reach: NBC News provides information about breaking news in business, health, entertainment, politics etc… and receives more than 21,547,025 unique visitors each month.

Additional coverage:

STAT, Obama administration to launch microbiome initiative, heeding scientists’ calls
KAAL-TV, Mayo Clinic Creating New "Microbiome Clinic"
KTTC-TVFederal government to back microbiome research

Context: The Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine joined the National Microbiome Initiative sponsored by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). More than 100 institutions committed to advance microbiome research in areas such as health care, food safety and security, environmental protection, and bioenergy production. In support of the National Microbiome Initiative Mayo Clinic is committed to establishing a Microbiome Clinic, offering clinical services, diagnostics and patient education. “The new clinic will focus on improving the care of the individual patient through knowledge of the human microbiome,” says Purna Kashyap, M.B.B.S. , consultant in gastroenterology, associate director of the Mayo Clinic Microbiome Program. More information can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Contact: Colette Gallagher

 

Chicago Tribune
Looking beyond the obvious superfoods
by Bill Daley

Dr. Donald Hensrud, medical director of the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program in Rochester, Minn., said people should Chicago Tribune Logotry to focus on "patterns of eating" rather than specific foods themselves. To focus on the blueberry — as one of his patients did, going so far as to ask how many to eat each day — means excluding the benefits of other berries out there. Variety means obtaining different nutrients, as each food has its own nutritional profile, Hensrud says.

Reach:  The Chicago Tribune has a daily circulation of nearly 385,000 and its website has more than 13.5 million unique visitors each month.

Context: The Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program is redefining healthy living. It’s a comprehensive, whole-body wellness experience guided by medical research and evidence-based medicine to offer guests trusted solutions to improve quality of life. Donald Hensrud, M.D. is the program’s medical director.

Contact: Kelley Luckstein

 

Prevention magazine
"I Got Lung Cancer Even Though I Never Smoked"
by Hallie Levine

Linda Wortman was perfectly healthy, athletic, and enjoying her work as a flight attendant when she found out she had lung cancer….The next Prevention logofew weeks were agony. 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.

Reach:  Prevention magazine has a monthly circulation of more than 1.5 million readers and covers practical health information and ideas on healthy living. Its website has nearly 1.3 million unique visitors each month.

Context: Amit Sood, M.D. is a Mayo Clinic physician in General Internal Medicine and the Cancer Center. Dr. Sood is editor of the  Mayo Clinic Handbook for Happiness and The Mayo Clinic Guide to Stress-Free Living.

Contact: Susan Barber Lindquist

Huffington Post, What 5 Nurses Keep In Their Medicine Cabinets by Erin Schumaker — 3. Janelle Olson, pediatric care coordinator, Mayo Clinic: What’s in her medicine cabinet: Hand sanitizer, adhesive bandages, lotion/hand cream, alcohol/disinfectant wipes, over-the-counter pain reliever. The profession of nursing never ends when we leave the bedside, hospital or clinic. Nursing is held deep within your heart and is a part of you anywhere your journey takes you, which is why I (personally) have these items in my ‘medicine cabinet.’ If you dig a little deeper, you may find many mints/gum, pens, scissors and hemostats among other things — stethoscope and tape!

Arkansas Online, Unity Health links up to Mayo by Andy Davis — Unity Health announced Thursday that it is the first health system in the state to join the Mayo Clinic Care Network. In exchange for an annual fee, Unity Health, which includes White County Medical Center in Searcy and Harris Medical Center in Newport, will have access to an online reference tool from the Mayo Clinic Health System and will be able to submit electronic requests for advice to Mayo Clinic specialists. At a news conference at White County Medical Center on Thursday, former Gov. Mike Beebe called it "a great day for Arkansas," as well as for Unity Health and Beebe's hometown of Searcy. Additional coverage: KUAR-Radio Arkansas, Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette

Prevention magazine, 5 Reasons You Feel So Awful When You Fly—And How To Feel Better Fast by Amy Whitley — Jet lag: Jet lag, or desynchronosis, is a temporary disorder that causes fatigue, insomnia, and other symptoms as you travel across time zones. According to the Mayo Clinic, jet lag is tied to the disruption of the internal body clock, and pressurized airplane cabins and high altitude can contribute to the problem.

SELF magazine, Hayden Panettiere Says She’s Still Battling Postpartum Depression 17 Months After Giving Birth by Korin Miller — Julie Lamppa, APRN, a certified nurse midwife at the Mayo Clinic, agrees that postpartum depression and recovery can be different for every woman. “I see women who were treated for postpartum depression after their first baby and still remain on medications as they begin their third pregnancy,” she tells SELF . “Conversely, some women will only need treatment for a short time to help get them through a rough spot.”

Men’s Health magazine, Do You Drink Too Much?  — “These questions deal with the loss of control associated with the start of a drinking problem,” says Terry Schneekloth, M.D., a Mayo Clinic addiction expert. “Even if you can generally stop drinking when you want to, talk to your doctor to devise a drinking plan so it doesn’t get worse.”

Washington Post, I ate the wrong things for years. Now I have prediabetes, and that’s a problem. by Elana Dure — …Victor Montori, an endocrinologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., said the campaign targets too many people who may have slightly elevated blood sugar but will never develop diabetes.“The definition [of prediabetes] that is currently being used is very broad, and that broad definition makes it easy to find the people who are at risk, but unfortunately it classifies too many people as being at risk,” he said.

Washington Post, Immune cells may act as ‘trash compactors’ to fight Alzheimer’s by Tara Bahrampour — Richard Caselli, a professor of neurology at the Mayo Clinic and clinical core director for the Arizona Alzheimer’s Disease Center, called the study groundbreaking. “It’s cool; it’s putting us in the opposite direction of what some of the common wisdom has assumed,” he said. “It excites me, because all the old directions have been failing miserably.”

New York Times, Dogs Test Drug Aimed at Humans’ Biggest Killer: Age by Amy Harmon — Researchers in the field, in turn, say they might have more to show for themselves if they could better explain to Congress and the public why basic research on aging could be useful. “People understand ‘my relative died of a heart attack, so I’m going to give money to that,’ ” said Dr. James L. Kirkland, a Mayo Clinic researcher. “It’s harder to grasp ‘my relative was older, that predisposes them to have a heart attack, so I should give money to research on aging.’ ” Additional coverage: Seattle Times

New York Times, Finding Organ Donors Concealed in Plain Sight by David Bornstein — One beacon of light is the Hispanic Transplant Program, established by Juan C. Caicedo, an associate professor in surgery and organ transplantation at Northwestern. By hiring bilingual staff, inviting patients to bring family members along to visits, particularly parents and grandparents, and respecting cultural sensitivities, the program has increased living donor kidney transplants among Latino patients at Northwestern Medicine by 70 percent. They are now working with the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix and Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas to test these approaches there.

Chicago Tribune, Air purifiers aren't for everyone by Debbie Carlson — Dr. Clayton Cowl, chair of the division of preventive occupational and aerospace medicine at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and a pulmonologist, said buyers need to understand the limitations of air purifiers. "I think it's a waste of money for people who feel that sticking (one) in their home is suddenly going to rid them of all respiratory diseases. That they'll never be ill, and that's all they need, and they're completely protected. That is not the case," he said.

Vox, Most of us misunderstand metabolism. Here are 9 facts to clear that up. by Julia Belluz — A lot of people talk about their metabolism like it's a muscle or organ that they can flex or somehow control. But in reality, your metabolism refers to a series of chemical processes in each cell that turn the calories you eat into fuel to keep you alive, said Michael Jensen, a researcher who studies obesity and metabolism at the Mayo Clinic. Your "resting" or "basal" metabolic rate measures how many calories you burn while you're doing nothing, he added. "It's the culmination of different tissues with different needs and how many calories it takes to keep them functioning," he said.

CNN, What the Sandy Hook gun lawsuit can borrow from the Big Tobacco fight by Ray Sanchez — "A successful suit that would have a similar level of discovery in this kind of litigation would be ... of historic proportions," said Dr. Richard Hurt, a Mayo Clinic internal medicine specialist who was a key witness in a 1994 Minnesota suit against the tobacco industry. "The gun manufacturers know more about their product than anybody else on the planet."

Nature, Drug development: A healthy pipeline by Branwen Morgan — The current IBS drug pipeline includes several 5-HT4 agonists for use in patients with IBS-C, but with one crucial difference from tegaserod. “The greater specificity of the newer drugs suggest they'll be much safer,” says gastroenterologist Michael Camilleri at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and president of the American Gastroenterological Association.

Time magazine, B12 Shots: Should You Get One? by Markham Heid —… And even if you’re low on B12, there’s no evidence injections of it will help you lose weight, says Dr. Brent Bauer, director of the complementary and integrative medicine program at Mayo Clinic. “Everybody’s looking for a shortcut,” he says. “B12 supplementation has its benefits, but it’s not a solution for weight loss.”

MedPage Today, Primary CV Prevention in RA? — It’s now widely accepted that patients with rheumatoid arthritis have an elevated risk for cardiovascular disease and mortality, which is not entirely attributable to conventional cardiovascular risk factors. But is the risk high enough to warrant primary prevention with statins and aspirin for all patients, including those with few conventional risk factors and no history of cardiac events? Elaine Husni, MD, Barbara Goldstein, MD, Daniel Solomon, MD and Eric Matteson, MD weigh in.

Twin Cities Business, Opioid Abuse Adds Billions To Employers’ Health Care Costs by David Burda — It’s not just the famous or infamous who are abusing prescription pain medications. It could be the person in the next cubicle or in the office down the hall, and it’s costing your business big bucks. That’s according to a new report from Castlight Health, a San Francisco-based health transparency company that enables employers and their employees to compare the prices and quality of care at hospitals, doctors and other health care providers…The analysis also ranked cities by the percentage of opioid prescriptions being abused by employees. The top 25 cities ranked by opioid prescription abuse included only one city from Minnesota. That was Rochester, home of the Mayo Clinic, where Castlight Health says 45 percent of the prescriptions written for opioids were abused by employees from 2011 through 2015.

Twin Cities Business, Mayo's Relationship With Anti-Cancer Biotech Firm Revealed by Don Jacobson — The first commercialization fruits of a joint venture between the Mayo Clinic’s individualized medicine program and a New Jersey-based anti-cancer biotech firm are about to be realized, and with it, more financial details about their privately-held collaboration have been revealed. The company, Cancer Genetics Inc. (Nasdaq: CGIX), indicated in SEC filings last week it will release a genetic blood test panel for multiple myeloma into general clinical use during the second quarter – the first tangible results of its partnership with Mayo Clinic in OncoSpire G The Carotid Controversyenomics LLC, the joint venture formed three years ago in Rochester.

KARE11-TV, Marlow Cowan, elderly YouTube star, dies at 97 by Jay Knoll — In September 2008, an elderly couple from Iowa became an internet sensation after a piano performance in the atrium of Mayo Clinic. Frances and Marlow Cowan, of Ames, often made trips to Mayo for appointments. To pass the time, the duo would hop onto the piano for a tune or two. One of their impromptu performances, 'Old Grey Bonnet,' was uploaded to YouTube. More than 6 million views later, they were internet stars. Unfortunately, Frances no longer has her duet partner. Marlow passed away Thursday morning. He was 97.

OncLive, Krishna Vanaja Donkena on Using Immune Markers to Predict Survival in Bladder Cancer — Krishna Vanaja Donkena, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Center for Individualized Medicine, Mayo Clinic, discusses using immune and checkpoint markers to predict cancer-specific survival in bladder cancer.

MedPage Today, Ketamine May Relieve Suicidal Thinking by Kristin Jenkins — Although this treatment for depression is not FDA-approved, this is an important study with relevant preliminary findings, Mark Frye MD, director of the Mayo Clinic Depression Center in Rochester, Minn., told MedPage Today. "There is increasing interest in looking at clinical designs to sustain the robust antidepressant response (with associated reduction in suicidal thinking) that is increasingly recognized with intravenous ketamine," Frye, who wasn't involved in the study, said in an email. "Further research is encouraged to confirm these findings and if so, how best to then implement this potentially life-saving treatment for patients struggling with depression."

MedPage Today, Pregnancy: Remote Monitoring Improves Satisfaction by Molly Walker — Co-author Abimbola Famuyide, MBBS, also of the Mayo Clinic, said that his team decided to test this approach after touring a Mayo Clinic Center of Excellence, where remote monitoring was being done on patients with end-stage kidney disease. "We thought 'Wait a minute, this may have application for pregnant patients,' so we started looking around if people had looked at ways of doing home monitoring for pregnant women and there really wasn't much out there," he told MedPage Today. "That's how we came about to this project to see if it's possible for a pregnant woman to track her blood pressure and monitor the baby's heartbeat at home and share results with us."

FiveThirtyEight, Theranos Is Wrong: We Don’t Need More Blood Tests by Katherine Hobson — As for prediabetes, while there is an awareness campaign to identify those who have it (about 86 million, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), there’s little evidence that that doing so will change outcomes. And identifying someone as “sick” can change self-image and cause stress, even though most people with prediabetes will not actually develop diabetes, said Gabriela Spencer Bonilla, who conducts health services research at the Mayo Clinic. It will also funnel millions more people into lifestyle management programs that are already strained by the needs of people with full-blown diabetes.

Consumer Reports, Could That Old Mole Be Skin Cancer? by Catherine Winters — Sometimes, a melanoma may not resemble other melanomas in shape, color, or size, says Scott W. Fosko, M.D., chair of dermatology at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla. For example, he says, the unusual amelanotic melanoma has little to no color.

WOWT-TV Omaha, Columbus woman battles cancer and insurance company by Mike McKnight — When a rare form of cancer struck a young Nebraska woman, she learned the treatment could save her life but do damage to healthy tissue along the way. That risk would be eliminated by a unique therapy at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. But there's a catch. Her insurance calls the procedure experimental and won't pay for it.  Recovering from mononucleosis in January, Ashlyn developed a lump on her neck. "It just kept growing so it was really scary and I didn't know what it was." It's Nasopharynx Carcinoma that strikes just five people in a million each year. "I want to give her the best treatment that I can give her and I feel like I can give her a better treatment," said the Mayo Clinic's Dr. Michelle Neben Wittich. "That's very frustrating for me."

WJCT-TV Jacksonville, With All Due Respect: From Illegal Immigrant To Neurosurgeon by Jay Solomon —Fast forward and Quiñones-Hinojosa became Dr. Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa, a neurosurgeon. He is now widely known as "Doctor Q." His other title includes director of the Brain Tumor Surgery program at Johns Hopkins Medical Center in Baltimore.   Oh, and by the way, Dr. Q is leaving Johns Hopkins this fall and heading, here, to the Mayo Clinic, as chairman of neurologic surgery – the focus, eradicating brain tumors.

Star Tribune, Midwest hospitals blast report on profits as misleading, incomplete by Christopher Snowbeck — Researchers writing this month in the journal Health Affairs compiled figures showing what they describe as the country’s 100 hospitals with the biggest profits from patient care. Others on the list, who also objected, include two Mayo Clinic hospitals in Rochester, a medical center in Duluth and a hospital in Sioux Falls.  The Mayo Clinic’s Methodist and St. Marys hospitals in Rochester rank No. 14 and No. 17 on the researchers’ profitability list. The Rochester hospitals offer specialized care not available at many other medical centers, Mayo Clinic officials say, which explains the big numbers. The performance should be considered in the context of the overall system, Mayo argues, adding that any excess funds go back into health research and educational efforts at the academic medical center.

The Telegraph, Afternoon naps can raise blood pressure, scientists find by Danny Boyle — Researchers from the Mayo Clinic, in the US state of Minnesota, pooled data from nine previous studies with a total of 112,267 participants. They found those sleeping for a short period in the middle of the day were between 13 and 19 percent more likely to have hypertension, which is abnormally high blood pressure. But when the researchers looked at the association between nighttime napping in those who work night shifts and high blood pressure, there was not the same link.

Washington Times, Searcy-based hospital joins Mayo Clinic Care Network — A Searcy-based hospital system has become the first health care organization in Arkansas to join the Mayo Clinic Care Network. Unity Health will have access to online resources from the Mayo Clinic and the ability to submit electronic requests to Mayo specialists. Unity Health joins about three dozen health systems that have partnered up with the Mayo Clinic.

Imperial Valley News, Amateur Athletes Who Use Steroids Experience Side Effects Both on and Off Testosterone — Since the 1980s, illicit use of androgenic and anabolic steroids has spread from elite athletes into the general population. Despite the high level of steroid use among amateur athletes, little is known about this population. Mayo Clinic researchers sought to identify and characterize patterns of anabolic-androgenic steroids (AAS) in a cohort of this population. “Current estimates are that 1 million to 3 million amateur athletes use steroids in the U.S.,” says the study’s lead author, Mary Westerman, M.D., a urology fellow at Mayo Clinic.

MedCity News, VA, Mayo ramp up telemedicine to increase patient access, satisfaction by Nancy Crotti — One of the most maligned healthcare systems in the United States and one of the most respected ones have something in common. They’re both using telemedicine to improve patient care and save money. Minnesota-based Mayo Clinic treats 1.3 million patients a year in 140 countries, said Mayo CEO Dr. John H. Noseworthy, “so we have an awful lot of opportunities to use telemedicine going forward.” Telemedicine can help patients and healthcare systems to save money as well as reduce fragmentation in healthcare delivery, Noseworthy said. “The future is ours to create; it’s yours to create,” Noseworthy said. “You’re doing remarkable things.”

Tech Times, Non-Narcotic Nerve Blocker Can Reduce Pain, Shorten Hospital Stays For Children — Different methods of pain control have been explored before but researchers have discovered that a non-narcotic nerve blocker known as a paravertebral blockade can be used to promote more efficient pain control in pectus excavatum patients. "It's better than an epidural, because it is reliable, and kids can go home with it. For the first time, we consistently deliver on our promise to minimize pain," said Dr. Christopher Moir, a Mayo Clinic Children's Center thoracic and pediatric surgeon and the study's co-author.

ABC15 Arizona, Mayo Clinic explains when you should worry about chest pains — William Freeman, M.D., Mayo Clinic Cardiologist, joined the hosts of Sonoran Living Live to talk about when you should worry about chest pains. Find out about more about heart disease and treatment by joining ABC15's Rally for Red, and from Mayo Clinic staff members each month on Sonoran Living Live.  For information or to schedule an appointment with a Mayo Clinic cardiologist, please call 480-301-8200.

Anesthesiology News, Video Laryngoscopy Is Primary Choice for Initial and Backup ICU Airway Management — “Video laryngoscopy devices seem to be the primary modality chosen when it comes to airway management in the intensive care unit, and post-intubation low blood pressure is a frequent occurrence that is associated with poor outcomes,” Nathan Smischney, MD, an anesthesia intensivist at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., and the lead author of the study, said about the findings.

Watertown Daily Times, Franklin County native a double-transplant organ pioneer by Chris Brock — Randy K. Marlow doesn’t know who it was who gave him his life back. Perhaps the answer to that question — exactly who provided the new heart and liver now vigorously pumping and filtering his blood — will come another day...On May 28, 2014, he began counting days for another reason. He was admitted then to Saint Mary’s Hospital Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., to await a liver-heart transplant. The Mayo Clinic in Rochester is made up of Saint Mary’s Hospital along with Mayo Clinic Hospital, Methodist Campus. Mayo also has campuses in Arizona and Florida.

Post-Bulletin, Our View: Mental health crisis needs attention — One in five Americans live with a mental-health condition, and treatment is increasingly harder to get…Adding to the problem is the 48-hour rule, which requires jailed people needing psychiatric care be put at the front of the line, often ahead of those waiting in emergency rooms. "That's when we really started seeing an inflection point in our emergency room at St. Mary's and our difficulty discharging people," said Bruce Sutor, clinical practice chairman of Mayo Clinic's Department of Psychiatry and Psychology.

Post-Bulletin, Mayo Clinic: Zika vaccine could take decade to develop, cost $1B by Brett Boese — While concerns grow about the spread of the Zika virus, Mayo Clinic researchers have been quietly working to develop a vaccine, but progress has been "shockingly slow," according to the doctor leading the charge. Mayo Clinic's Dr. Gregory Poland, an internal medicine specialist and director of the Vaccine Research Group, recently said his team is collaborating with researchers in Brazil and India to develop a Zika vaccine, with funding from the National Institutes of Health. He says final results won't be available for 6-10 years due to the extensive testing and trial periods required in the United States. "What we first have to come to grips with is how little we know about the virus," Poland said on Mayo Clinic Radio.

Post-Bulletin, Mayo Clinic to take over Biobusiness Center floor as Celyad pulls out by Jeff Kiger — Mayo Clinic is returning to the fifth floor of Rochester's Minnesota BioBusiness Center, after a Belgium-based biotech firm left it empty for more than a year. In March 2015, the Rochester City Council approved a five-year lease for Mayo Clinic-linked Celyad to take over the fifth floor to create a prototype manufacturing facility that would add 33 jobs to Rochester. Celyad's lease meant displacing all the Mayo Clinic workers based on that floor. Mayo Clinic moved its employees out at the start of 2015.

Post-Bulletin, Real ID advances in Minnesota Senate by Heather Carlson — Minnesota would begin issuing Real ID compliant driver's licenses in 2018, under a bill that won Senate approval on Thursday. Backers of the bill said it's critical to bring the state into compliance to make sure that Minnesotans will be able to use their driver's licenses in the future to board commercial aircrafts. Mayo Clinic is among the businesses pushing for a fix to the Real ID situation… "Because Mayo Clinic has employees who are traveling or need to access federal buildings as part of their job functions, we support Minnesota becoming Real ID compliant," said Mayo Clinic spokesman Karl Oestreich.

Post-Bulletin, Mayo Clinic unveils 'holy grail' of prenatal care by Brett Boese — Mayo Clinic researchers have unveiled a new study that's being hailed as the "holy grail" to prenatal care. OB Nest, as the new method has been dubbed, was formally presented at the 2016 Annual Clinical and Scientific meeting of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists last weekend in Washington, D.C. "This fulfills the holy grail of what patients expect today," said Abimbola Famuyide, chairman of the Department of OB-GYN and the study's principal investigator. "How can we continue to improve patient experience and clinical outcomes, while, at the same time, keep costs down?"

Russellville Courier, Searcy-based hospital joins Mayo Clinic Care Network — A Searcy-based hospital system has become the first health care organization in Arkansas to join the Mayo Clinic Care Network. Unity Health will have access to online resources from the Mayo Clinic and the ability to submit electronic requests to Mayo specialists. Unity Health joins about three dozen health systems that have partnered up with the Mayo Clinic. Officials say the agreement will allow patients to get more information on their medical situations without having to travel far from home.

Florida Times-Union, Surgical unit nurses at Mayo honored by Charlie Patton — The Mayo 4 South Surgical Intensive Care Unit at Mayo Clinic’s Jacksonville campus has received a silver-level Beacon Award for Excellence from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. The three-year award recognizes caregivers on Mayo 4 South for meeting national criteria for excellence and continuous learning. The Mayo 4 South Intensive Care Unit cares for neurology and neurosurgery patients, which make up about half of the patient population, as well as cardiothoracic surgery, heart and lung transplant patients.

MedCity News, Telemedicine as a way to save critically ill newborns by Nancy Crotti — Researchers at the Mayo Clinic have shown that telemedicine can save the lives of critically ill babies born at hospitals in rural, small, and low-income, urban communities. The guidance provided by Mayo neonatologists to the neonatal teams at six participating hospitals prevented having to transfer some infants for critical care and helped stabilize others before transfer. Every transfer avoided saved the system $35,000, for a total of more than $1 million over the course of the three-year study, according to lead author Dr. Jennifer Fang, a fellow in neonatal and perinatal medicine at Mayo in Rochester, Minn.

Windy City Times, How to donate a kidney to one of your newspaper's readers by Gretchen Rachel Hammond — … So my journey to Elvie began with calling the Mayo Clinic's transplant center, answering an awful lot of questions about my health and mental background, releasing my medical records and assuring them that no one had coerced me, threatened, blackmailed or bribed me into wanting to donate. They even wanted to know if Tracy had offered me a promotion in exchange. The answer was of course no.

The Hindu, JSS Hospital introduces tool to reduce human errors in treatment — The JSS Hospital in Mysuru has introduced new software as a tool to reduce human errors in the treatment of patients under critical care. This is a collaborative programme with Mayo Clinic, Rochester, U.S., and JSS University, Mysuru, and is being used in the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit. A release said the tool is called CERTAIN (Checklist for Early Recognition and Treatment of Acute Illness and Injury).

Science Daily, Risk factors identified for readmission to hospital following esophagectomy — Researchers at Mayo Clinic (Rochester, MN) have identified risk factors for unplanned readmissions following esophageal resection. The results of their new study provide complete follow-up data for all patients undergoing esophagectomy at a high volume center over a one-year period in order to identify risk factors associated with unplanned readmissions. "Careful collection of data regarding patient outcomes, including unplanned hospital readmissions, is essential to improve the quality of patient care since national databases can leave gaps in data regarding follow up of these patients by failing to identify all readmissions or emergency department visits patients may make after their surgery," asserted Dr. Dickinson.

Jerusalem Post, Mayo Clinic launches initiative to invest in Israeli medical tech by Niv Elis — In the first initiative of its kind, the Mayo Clinic, one of the best-regarded medical research and practice groups in the world, will seek to partner with Israeli life science and medical technology companies. “We recognized the amount of start-up companies generated in Israel to help clinical practice and improve patient care and we wanted to explore the possibility to partner with them,” said Dr. Amir Lerman, the medical director of the Mayo Clinic Israeli Startup Initiative. The Israel initiative is the clinic’s first country-directed investment and partnership program.

KQED Sceince, Big Brother or Better Care? Sensors Track ER Patients and Docs by Lindsey Hoshaw — Monitoring a person’s every move may sound like something out of Dave Eggers’ dystopian novel, “The Circle.” But, in fact, wireless RFID (radio frequency identification) technology, which uses radio waves to transmit information to nearby devices, is already being used to track everything from jeans to cattle to Disney World visitors. From his office in Rochester, Dr. Tom Hellmich, knows exactly what’s going on in Mayo Clinic’s Emergency Department, half a mile away. “There is a medical emergency that came in by ambulance, and I can tell you that a physician has been in that room for 38 minutes and there are 11 people in there right now,” he tells me over the phone.

KAAL-TV, A Thank You, and a Reminder by Ben Henry — Nurses at Mayo Clinic were inspired by a man, that has been inspired by his nurses. Josh Bleill is a Corporal Marine Veteran and had numerous years of recovery after getting hit by a road side bomb; he says the recovery wouldn’t have been possible without his nurses… For years he did not know if he was going to walk again. He had many complications along the way but says one thing stayed the same – the support from his nurses. He now has prosthetic legs; he is married with two children." He was very moving, very moving. It makes me love what I do," said Mayo Clinic Nurse Jody Doll. Additional coverage: KTTC-TV

Healio, The Carotid Controversy — Since its inception, carotid artery stenting for patients with carotid artery stenosis has been underutilized in the United States, mainly due to limited reimbursement. “The long-term results of 10 years showed that carotid artery surgery and [CAS] were both very safe during the periprocedural period, and equivalent with regard to the primary outcome of stroke, death and MI,” said Thomas G. Brott, MD, principal investigator for CREST and CREST-2 and director for research at Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, Florida.

ATTN:, How the Rhythm Method Is Changing the Way People Think About Birth Control by Almie Rose — The Mayo Clinic explains how. Get a calendar and write down the number of days your period lasts, counting from the first day of your period to the first day of the following period. Figure out what the shortest number of days is in your mentrual cycle, then subtract 18 to get the first fertile day in your cycle.

KEYC-TV Mankato, Mayo Clinic Provides Hospice Families with Memory Teddy Bear Tribute by Barrett Anderson — Teddy bears are a symbol of comfort, Mayo Clinic Health System Hospice is using them as a tribute as well. An all day event allows individuals and families to create teddy bears with fabric from a loved one. "To create a really fun, positive experience for people who are dealing with the loss of a loved one where they can come together and talk about their loved one with volunteers and create something that's really special," Jeanne Atkinson, Mayo Clinic, said.

Mankato Free Press, Rays now lead to risks later by Brian Arola — Growing up fair skinned, Kelly Joerg of Lake Crystal tanned often in the hopes of attaining the bronzed look still en vogue. The past caught up to her though, as it does with many frequent tanners, when she was diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma last year.…Dr. Melanie Dixon, a family physician specializing in skin care at the Mayo Clinic Health System’s Madison East location, sees Joerg for checkups now. She said many people equate skin cancer with moles, but Joerg’s rash-like sores are often the indicators of cancer. “People most often think of melanoma, which is the deadliest, but it’s not the most common,” she said.

Waseca County News, Mayo Clinic Health System brings annual bicycle safety event to Waseca by Jacob Stark — While rain moved Mayo Clinic's annual bicycle safety event indoors, the name of the game remained the same — spreading awareness about bicycle safety. Mayo Clinic Health System held its annual bicycle safety event May 11. From 4 to 6 p.m., area families were encouraged to stop by to buy helmets for $15, get these helmets sized and learn safety tips…Mayo Clinic Health System Waseca Administrator Tom Borowski says that this type of education is what the annual event is all about. "The purpose of the event is two-fold — to promote awareness of bicycle safety and to prevent, as much as we can, head injuries," Borowski said.

WXOW-TV La Crosse, Workplace fitness growing in popularity by Caroline Hecker — As baby-boomers continue to retire from the workforce and millennials take their place, companies are trying to remain competitive and offer services some millennials expect. One of those perks is the opportunity for fitness and wellness at work. "If they actually have a choice to choose between two organizations and one of those helps support their choice to be well, that might be a deciding factor in the end," Sue Karpinksi, Health Promotions Coordinator at Mayo Clinic Health System Franciscan Healthcare said.

Mankato Free Press, Prepping the next generation of nurses by Brian Arola — In response to the increased demands of the job, there’s an industry-wide push for more nurses with four-year baccalaureate degrees. Ryannon Frederick, chief nursing officer for the Mayo Clinic Health System in southwest Minnesota region, said the well-roundedness of a nurse with a baccalaureate degree is attractive to hospitals.“I know that’s something that health care organizations are really looking at,” she said.

El Universal, Una proteína puede predecir cuáles pacientes con melanoma pueden salvarse — Una proteína llamada Bim puede indicar qué pacientes con melanoma metastástico tendrían éxito con la inmunoterapia, dicen los resultados de un estudio realizado por los investigadores de Clínica Mayo. El estudio fue realizado bajo la dirección del científico Haidong Dong y publicado en la edición digital del 5 de mayo de la revista JCI Insight.

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