June 17, 2016

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights

By Karl Oestreich

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Huffington Post
8 Reasons You Can’t Get Rid Of Your Belly Fat
by Emily Haak

A lot of medications have weight gain as a potential side effect, but corticosteroids like prednisone (used to treat arthritis, multiple sclerosis and more) and cortisone (used for arthritis, ulcerative colitis, among other conditions) lead to pounds in your stomach, specifically, says Michael
Huffington Post LogoJensen, MD, an endocrinologist and obesity expert at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. They’re often used to treat asthma too.

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

Context:  Michael Jensen, M.D. is a Mayo Clinic endocrinologist. Dr. Jensen and his lab study the effects of obesity and how body fat (adipose tissue) and body fat distribution influence health. The regulated uptake, storage and release of fatty acids from adipose tissue play a major role in determining its health effects.

Contact: Bob Nellis


Mayo Clinic touts planned bio-research campus

The next big phase of Rochester's transformation is getting underway. A few years ago, Mayo Clinic initiated a 20-year plan called the MPR News logoDestination Medical Center... Wednesday, Mayo is starting the process of finding a developer to start building one of those districts. It's called Discovery Square. It will be a big bio-research campus that will more than double the footprint Mayo currently has in Rochester. Tom Weber talked with Dr. John Noseworthy, President and CEO of Mayo Clinic.

Reach: Minnesota Public Radio operates 43 stations and serves virtually all of Minnesota and parts of the surrounding states. MPR has more than 100,000 members and more than 900,000 listeners each week, which is the largest audience of any regional public radio network.

Additional coverage:
KTTC-TV, Mayo's Discovery Square to bring big changes to downtown
Twin Cities Business magazine, Mayo’s ‘Transformational Centers’ Could Be First Beneficiaries Of DMC Build-Out
Sioux Falls Argus LeaderWest Central Tribune, NuJournal

Previous Discovery Square coverage in June 10, 2016 Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights

Contact: Karl Oestreich


Why Aren't Women Told About New, Better Way To Detect Breast Cancer? A Real Scandal
by Steve Forbes

Mammograms aren’t very good at discovering early-stage cancers in women who have dense breast tissue, which accounts for about 45% of all women. But there is a major advance whose efficacy has been confirmed in a study conducted by the Mayo Clinic . It’s called molecular breastForbes magazine logo imaging (MBI), and it vastly improves the chances of early detection.

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


Jacksonville Business Journal
Mayo Clinic transplantation leader wins top honor
by Alexa Epitropoulos

A pioneer in transplantation at the Mayo Clinic has been awarded one of the top honors in his field. The American Society of Transplantation Jacksonville Business Journal newspaper logogave its Lifetime Achievement Award to Dr. Thomas Gonwa, who has been working at Mayo's Jacksonville campus since 2001. Gonwa has, during his time at Mayo, worked to advance its organ transplant program, particularly liver transplantation, where he has done significant research on transplant patients who suffer from chronic kidney disease. He has had a particular focus on promoting regenerative medicine.

Reach:  The Jacksonville Business Journal is one of 61 newspapers published by American City Business Journals

Context: Thomas Gonwa, M.D., is a Mayo Clinic nephrologist at Mayo Clinic's campus in Florida. His primary research interests have been in the development of new immunosuppressive drug regimens in solid organ transplantation.

Contact: Kevin Punsky


ABC15 Arizona
Mayo Clinic discusses cholesterol and the importance of your numbers

Reza Arsanjani, M.D., Mayo Clinic Cardiologist, joined the hosts of Sonoran Living Live to discuss cholesterol and how important it is to know your cholesterol numbers.ABC affiliate, channel 15 in Arizona

Reach:  KNXV-TV, ABC 15, is the ABC television station affiliate in Phoenix, Arizona.

Additional coverage on ABC15 Arizona:

ABC15 Arizona, Want to be heart healthy? Go to sleep!

Context: Reza Arsanjani, M.D. is a Mayo Clinic cardiologist. Mayo Clinic's top-ranked team of cardiologists diagnoses and treats many heart conditions, including many rare and complex disorders. Mayo Clinic's Division of Cardiovascular Diseases is one of the largest and most integrated in the United States, with locations in Arizona, Florida, Minnesota and several communities throughout Mayo Clinic Health System. Mayo Clinic's campuses in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota include more than 200 cardiologists and 1,100 allied health staff trained in caring for heart patients.

Contact:  Jim McVeigh

MedCity News, Germ-zapping robots prove their mettle in OR infection control by Mark Taylor — A peer-reviewed study published in the American Journal of Infection Control revealed a 46 percent decrease in surgical-site infections (SSIs) after a Massachusetts hospital used disinfecting robots in its operating rooms…In an earlier study, Mayo Clinic researcher and Infection Control Committee Chair Dr. Priya Sampathkumar found a 30 percent decrease of deadly clostridium difficile bacterial infection rates in units treated with the pulsed UV light. Sampathkumar plans to present the results of Mayo’s study at a conference of the Association of Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology.

Motley Fool, Tricking the Common Cold Into Destroying Cancer by Cheryl Swanson … "Viruses are professional gene delivery vehicles," says Dr. Stephen Russell, leader of the Gene and Virus Therapy Program at the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center. "We are now able to harness that." It's something to think about the next time a nasty virus lays you low. Maybe someday you will reap a lifesaving benefit from being infected by a genetically engineered form of the common cold. Even today, virus-based treatments are offering hope to patients facing the bleakest prognosis.

FiveThirtyEight, The 5K, Not The Marathon, Is The Ideal Race by Christie Aschwanden — Keeping mileage on the lower end comes with another bonus — a reduced risk of getting hurt. “Injuries are typically related to training volume,” said Michael Joyner, a sports physician and exercise researcher at the Mayo Clinic. That’s not to say that you can’t get injured training for a 5K — but it’s less likely, especially if you take care to gradually increase your mileage and intensity.

NBC News, Refugee's American Dream Comes True — Ethiopian refugee Ngathe Bongo was forced to flee his homeland at 15 and now works as a translator and nursing assistant at the Mayo Clinic.

ABC News, Pet Turtles Linked to Salmonella Outbreaks, CDC Finds by Jennifer Yui — Even if your pet turtle is not teenaged, a mutant, and living in a sewer hideout, it may still be dangerous in a very real way. There were 15 multi-state salmonella outbreaks linked to pet turtles between 2006 and 2014, according to a new report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention… Jennifer Yui is a resident in internal medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. She is currently a resident in the ABC News Medical Unit.

Bloomberg, Only One Big Drugmaker Is Working on a Nanobot Cure by Matthew Campbell — At the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., scientists are working with electrically conductive synthetic diamonds, manufactured at 3,500F, to make brain implants more effective. Diamonds are a good material for measuring the concentration of neurotransmitters, such as dopamine, in real time. Perfecting that process would help “close the loop” for some devices, allowing them to monitor the impact they have on the brain and adjust their settings autonomously. Because of the boron used in the fabrication process, the stones glow blue, like the Hope Diamond.

Harvard Health, The opioid crisis and physician burnout: A tale of two epidemics by Steven A. Adelman, M.D. — In the past, physician health programs across the country focused on assisting doctors with drinking problems, drug addiction, and mental illness. Indeed, a recent study on physician burnout published in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings demonstrated that more than half of all physicians are experiencing professional burnout. As burnout increases, satisfaction with work-life balance drops.

US News & World Report, Irregular Heartbeat May Be Deadly in Car Crash by Robert Preidt — Researchers report the condition is linked to higher chances of dying if you're in a crash, although their study didn't prove a cause-and-effect relationship. "Atrial fibrillation is the most common heart rhythm disorder, and incidence is rising. Many of these patients are on anticoagulants to lower their stroke risk, but these drugs increase the chance of bleeding," said study author Dr. Abhishek Deshmukh, a cardiologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

SELF, Lil Wayne Had A Seizure, Forcing His Plane To Make An Emergency Landing by Haley Goldberg — Rapper Lil Wayne—aka Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr.—reportedly had a seizure on his flight from Milwaukee to California today, forcing his private jet to make an emergency landing in Omaha, Nebraska, according to TMZ … Wayne said the triggers for his seizures are “stress, no rest, and overworking myself.” According to the Mayo Clinic, epilepsy is a central nervous system disorder. The disorder can disrupt nerve cell activity in the brain, causing symptoms like seizures, unusual behavior, and even loss of consciousness.

SELF, The Best Sources Of Probiotics by Zahra Barnes … In addition, there may be other probiotic-related benefits that science has yet to fully back up. “Although more research is needed, there’s encouraging evidence that probiotics may help treat diarrhea, especially following treatment with certain antibiotics, prevent and treat vaginal yeast infections and urinary tract infections, treat irritable bowel syndrome, speed treatment of certain intestinal infections, and prevent or reduce the severity of colds and flu,” says Mayo Clinic.

SELF, 5 Vitamins And Minerals You Need More Of When You’re Pregnant by Amy Marturana — Being pregnant puts you at a greater risk of iron-deficiency anemia as your body helps the baby create its own blood supply. This can leave you feeling the unpleasant symptoms of anemia, and increase the risk of preterm delivery and low birth weight, according to the Mayo Clinic. If you can’t get enough iron from your diet, your ob/gyn may either prescribe a prenatal vitamin containing iron or a separate iron supplement.

Reader’s Digest, 4 Signs of Thyroid Cancer You Should Never Ignore by Marissa Laliberte — Men will often find a nodule while shaving, while women might notice one while putting on makeup, says Robert Smallridge, MD, professor of medicine at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida and deputy director of Mayo Clinic Cancer Center. About 90 percent of thyroid nodules are benign, but if you have a large lump in the front of your neck below the Adam’s apple, pay attention to how it acts.

The Atlantic, Coffee, for Your Health by Adrienne Lafrance — “Coffee has a long history of being blamed for many ills,” writes the Mayo Clinic on its website, “from stunting your growth to claims that it causes heart disease and cancer. But recent research indicates that coffee may not be so bad after all. So which is it—good or bad? The best answer may be that for most people the health benefits outweigh the risks.”

MedPage Today, MitraClip Feasible for Obstructive Thickening of Heart by Nicole Lou — A first experience with percutaneous mitral valve plication with the MitraClip for patients with symptomatic, obstructive hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) appeared successful … The other alternative, alcohol septal ablation, "has gained wide acceptance in many centers with limited experience in surgical myectomy," commented Hartzell V. Schaff, MD, of Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. "But reduction in septal thickness by iatrogenic myocardial infarction has unknown late consequences regarding ventricular arrhythmias and, compared with septal myectomy, the procedure is associated with twice the risk of need for permanent pacemaker implantation and a 5-fold higher rate of need for subsequent septal reduction therapy," he wrote in an accompanying editorial.

ActionNewsJax, Rescuer keeps in touch with teen bitten by shark in Neptune Beach by Deanna Bettineschi —Action News Jax spoke with chair and professor of plastic surgery at Mayo Clinic, Dr. Galen Perdikis. He said cadaver parts have been used for at least 10 years. Especially with a deep shark bite, Perdikis said cadaver parts can fill in the defects of the teen's leg. For example, he said the 13-year-old’s own tissue will grow into the cadaver tissue and become one.

Daily Mail, From freshening up the oven to whitening your teeth, and even alleviating stress: The ingenious ways to use orange peel for both your health and your home by Alisha Buaya — Citrus aromas are often useful in curbing stress and anxiety, as well as helping with digestion and overall stomach health. Nausea expert, Barbara Thomley, from the Mayo Clinic says: 'If you like the smell, and it has positive connotations for you, you'll experience the most benefit.'

Gulf Times, Mayo Clinic News Network: Should I be tested for hepatitis C?Dear Mayo Clinic: I’m a 62-year-old man with no health problems. At my last checkup, my doctor recommended that I be tested for hepatitis C, even though I don’t have any symptoms. Is this really necessary? Dear Mayo Clinic: I’m a 62-year-old man with no health problems. At my last checkup, my doctor recommended that I be tested for hepatitis C, even though I don’t have any symptoms. Is this really necessary?A: It is important for people in your age group to be tested for hepatitis C. Studies have shown that Americans born between 1945 and 1965 are five times more likely than other individuals to be infected with the virus. Most people who have hepatitis C do not show symptoms, so the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that anyone who falls in the high-risk age range get tested.

Chicago Tribune, Whole grains can help you live longer, Harvard study finds by Greg Trotter … Eating whole grains can help you live longer, according to a new analysis from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health that included results from 12 published studies and health information from more than 786,000 participants. While the whole grain movement has been afoot for years, this is the first analysis of this type linking whole grains to mortality risk, said Qi Sun, assistant professor in the school's department of nutrition and senior author of the study... But unrefined whole grains are better sources of fiber and other important nutrients, such as magnesium, potassium and selenium, according to the Mayo Clinic website.

Chicago Tribune, Paralyzed hockey player Matt Olson released from Mayo Clinic by Phil Thompson — Matt Olson, the Chicago Cougars junior hockey player who was paralyzed during a game, has left the Mayo Clinic and will continue his rehabilitation at another facility in Minneapolis. Olson stumbled and hit the boards during the team's last regular season game Feb. 21 at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates. He broke bones in his neck and was paralyzed below the shoulders, though he has some feeling in his biceps and forearm, according to a statement from the Mayo Clinic. Additional news: WCCO-TV, Bring Me the News, Dnainfo.com

Star Tribune, Minnesota Scene: Paralyzed hockey player Olson leaves Mayo Clinic — Former Totino-Grace hockey captain Matt Olson, who was paralyzed during a game playing for a Chicago junior team, has left the Mayo Clinic and will continue his rehabilitation at Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute in Golden Valley, according to the Chicago Tribune. Additional coverage: Post-Bulletin

Star Tribune, 3M bumps Google out of top preferred workplace for millennials in survey by Dee DePass — …3M Co. has displaced Google to claim the top spot in a national survey of millennials as the most preferred potential workplace. The Mayo Clinic in Rochester also made the list, ranking 13th.

Men’s Fitness, The 5 Most Common Killers of Young American Men (and How to Avoid Them) by Michael Rodio — We here at Men’s Fitness took a hard look at the five biggest causes of death that disproportionately affect young American men—in the age groups of 15–19, 20–24, and 25–34—and tried to figure out some surprisingly simple but valuable suggestions on how guys can take some steps to live longer and healthier. We consulted data from the Centers for Disease Control, and asked two experts: Dr. David Asp, Ed.D., a practicing psychologist at the Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing, Minnesota, who has extensive experience helping young men deal with anger issues…

Twin Cities Business magazine, Mayo Develops Groundbreaking Test On Anti-Aging Protein by Sam Schaust — Researchers at Mayo Clinic have discovered how to measure GDF11, described as an anti-aging protein in the body that can give foresight into a patient’s chances to suffer from chronic issues, frailty or cardiovascular disease later in life. “This is a crucial first step,” said Dr. Nathan LeBrasseur, senior author of the report, “and we need further studies designed to understand how we might be able to use GDF11 as a predictor of health outcomes as well as potential therapeutic benefits.” Additional coverage: Medical News Today

Post-Bulletin, Hiker who fell is mending at home by Lauren Kotajarvi — Amber Kohnhorst, the hiker who fell nearly 100 feet onto a ledge in the Cane Beds of Arizona, is finally out of the hospital and at home in Wisconsin. "I thought, if I do die, at least I died doing something that makes me happy," she told Inside Edition from her hospital bed at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, where she works as a nurse.

Forbes India, Innovation, Mayo Clinic-Style by Karen Christensen — Mayo Clinic is unique because of our integrated practice model. This essentially means that all the services a patient might need— doctor visits, testing, surgery, hospital care—are integrated. The scheduling is done in a coordinated and efficient way, so what might take months to accomplish at a community hospital can be done in a matter of days here. Our approach also brings a range of ideas, knowledge and experience to bear on each case, ultimately providing better answers than any single physician could provide individually. So, rather than trying to ‘fix’ a broken model, we are working together to imagine an alternative future for our patients. Lorna Ross is Director of Design in the Center for Innovation at Mayo Clinic.

Bethesda magazine, Should You be Sleeping With Your Pet? by Renee Klahr — Standard sleep recommendations have long suggested that pets should be kept out of the bedroom. Dr. Lois Krahn, a specialist at the Mayo Clinic Center for Sleep Medicine, co-authored a study in support of keeping pets out of owners’ bedrooms in 2013. In the study’s abstract, Krahn wrote, “a pet in the sleep environment creates the potential for disruptions that compromise sleep quality.”

Audio Boom WJR News/Talk, Charles Adler, Mayo Clinic Neurologist and expert on the Yips — Just in time for the U.S. Open Golf Tournament or your game of golf….do you choke? Or have performance anxiety? Or just have a case of the Yips? What causes all of these and how do we fix them?

WKBT La Crosse, La Crosse hospitals prepared for mass casualty situation — The hospital in Orlando which treated victims following Sunday's mass shooting is considered a "Level I" trauma center, meaning they're trained to handle the most critical of emergency situations … Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare is designated as a "Level III" trauma center by the state of Wisconsin, while Gundersen Health System carries a "Level II" trauma center designation from both the state and the American College of Surgeons … "We are capable of taking care of almost all patients to a point at Level III," said Rick Thiesse of Mayo Clinic Health System. "If they're more critical, then we forward them to other locations that can take care of those patients at that point."

Post-Bulletin, Biz buzz by Jeff Kiger — Almost a year since buying a former Med City mail processing center for $2.11 million, Mayo Clinic still is working out what to do with it. Mayo Clinic purchased the former U.S. Postal Service facility at 3939 Valleyhigh Drive in July 2015. The 72,662-square-foot center closed in January 2015, when mail processing was transferred to the Twin Cities. When asked this week about its plan, the Mayo Clinic was pretty much the same as when it bought the building. "No decisions have been made regarding the use of space at 3939 Valleyhigh Drive NW," wrote Kelley Luckstein of Mayo Clinic Public Affairs on Friday in response to the query about the building.

Telegraph UK, The disease that could end Eric Clapton’s career: why musicians fear peripheral neuropathy — … Last week, Eric Clapton revealed the name of the condition which could spell the end of his musical career: peripheral neuropathy. “I’ve had quite a lot of pain over the last year,” the guitarist told Classic Rock magazine… According to the Mayo Clinic, it can be provoked by nerve pressure from making repetitive motions, such as typing. Additional coverage: 2Paragraphs

Democrat & Chronicle, Pet therapy can help patients, nursing home residents by Les Moore … Research has shown that animal-assisted therapy can reduce pain, anxiety, depression and fatigue in people with a number of health problems. The Mayo Clinic’s Caring Canines program, which includes more than a dozen dogs, is used with patients in long-term care facilities, patients receiving cancer therapies, patients hospitalized with chronic heart failure, children undergoing dental procedures, and veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Post-Bulletin, Mayo honors shooting victims — Flags at Mayo Clinic will fly at half-staff this week in memory of the victims of the violence this past weekend in Orlando, Fla., the clinic has announced. In addition, the Plummer Building in Rochester and other Mayo landmarks in Arizona and Florida will be lighted in red, white and blue in a show of solidarity with the nation. "Mayo Clinic joins with our nation and the world to mourn the tragic act of hate and violence in Orlando. Our hearts go out to those who are grieving and to those who may be feeling unsafe. Our compassion extends to employees, patients, families and community members.” Additional coverage: KTTC-TV

KAAL-TV, New Weight Loss Device Receiving Mixed Reviews by Karsen Forsman — Mayo Clinic Dr. Michael Jensen says there is a counter on the device to help prevent over-use and should be used three times a day, “In addition people need to chew their food very carefully and consume a fair amount of liquid so that the particles are small enough that actually can get out through this tube."

Healio, Mayo Clinic first to offer new device for fecal incontinence — Mayo Clinic’s Florida campus is, so far, the first and only medical center to approve of and offer patients with fecal incontinence a new breakthrough treatment, according to a press release. Paul Pettit, MD, female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery specialist at Mayo Clinic, is the first physician to perform the surgery and implant the device known as the Fenix Continence Restoration System.

Lifescript, A New Way of Discussing Vaginal Atrophy by Linda Childers — Vaginal atrophy isn’t new, but the term is dated…“Many women mistakenly believe their symptoms are a normal part of aging – or they’re too embarrassed to talk about their symptoms with their physician,” says Stephanie Faubion, M.D., assistant professor of medicine and director of the Office of Women’s Health at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

I’mTakingCharge.com, Breast Cancer Beauty: Mayo Psychologist Shares Wisdom on Self-Esteem by Robin Gardner — Cancer treatment is no friend to self esteem. Wanting or needing to feel “normal” again is a justified esire. Here we offer some psychological tips and wisdom about breast cancer beauty from both research and from our interview with psychologist Steven Ames of the Mayo Clinic Breast Center.

KAAL-TV, KM Students Look to Their Future by Ben Henry — While many grade school students are working on getting that pool pass – a group of Kasson-Mantorville students were working on dissecting sheep brain. These students are part of HOSA Future Health Professionals; a group aimed to introduce students to the medical field. Tuesday the students got to get their hands dirty at a BioMed Camp with lessons from a Mayo Clinic physician, a 3D DNA model and a student favorite, dissecting a sheep brain. "Seeing that they are already kind of honing in on this field and this direction at this young age I think is really exciting," said Mayo Clinic physician Eva Fried.

KTTC-TV, Mayo Clinic researchers find new enzyme by Kimberly Woo — Mayo Clinic researchers discovered a new enzyme that affects your metabolism. The enzyme, CD 38, slows down an age-related metabolic process called nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD). One of the researchers, Dr. Eduardo Chini, said as NAD declines, older people are more prone to health-related issues, like obesity and diabetes.

MeriTalk, NIH Increases Focus on Health Care Data Sharing with New Initiatives by Robin Tiberio — The Mayo Clinic will provide all required infrastructure to handle the data, in particular utilizing lab automation and robotics. The program is expected to launch later in 2016. “This is an extraordinary opportunity for Mayo Clinic to participate with NIH and share our expertise in such an important national research initiative,” said Stephen Thibodeau, Co-Director, Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine Biorepositories Program.

Healthcare IT News, Mayo Clinic engineer says healthcare analytics need a system-based approach by Mike Miliard — Frontline clinicians appreciate the need for data-driven insights, but they're also overwhelmed with the competing mandates of quality improvement and cost-reduction, says Jeanne M. Huddleston, MD, associate professor of medicine at Mayo Clinic. Making analytics work for them – but most especially for patients – requires a broad-based approach. "We need your great work, but we're tired and confused," said Huddleston, speaking Wednesday at the HIMSS Big Data and Healthcare Analytics Forum in San Francisco.

WQOW-TV Eau Claire, Mayo Clinic Health System explains emergency procedure in case of an active shooter situation by Kaitlyn Riley — It could be hard to imagine a mass shooting like what happened in Orlando occurring in Eau Claire, but Mayo Clinic Health System said if something like that does happen, they are prepared. "These are real eye-opening opportunities for us, and they allow us to change or modify our processes and improve on them. To open up a dialogue so when a disaster strikes, we can reach out to a familiar face. We know who to call. We have spoken with them in the past. We know how they operate. And it makes for a smoother transition as you ramp up your resources to provide treatment and care for a disaster," Emergency Medicine Physician and Northwest Wisconsin Health Care Coalition and Disaster Manager Medical Adviser Dr. Paul Krantz said.

KEYC-TV Mankato, Screen Time Can Have Consequences by Shawn Loging — Bob Friese, O.D., Mayo Clinic Health System-Fairmont Optometry, said, "The blue light of high energy actually is a contributing risk factor of developing macular degeneration as we get older." Even though the light is similar to what we see in the sky, experts warn that constant consumption of the blue light from our screens can cause the onset of macular degeneration up to ten years earlier for young kids later in life. Dr. Friese said, "Blue light scatters a lot and it causes visual noise, so it's actually harder to focus on a digital device than it is to focus on a printed page, and so we have eye strain, we don't blink as much, our eyes get dry."

WEAU-TV Eau Claire, Healthy treats to celebrate July 4th by Courtney Everett — Hard to believe, but in less than 4 weeks, we'll be celebrating the 4th of July - and it's never too early to think about ways to stay healthy during the holidays. Many traditional recipes can be made healthy and still tasty, including 4th of July themed recipes, using colorful fruits and vegetables.

KIMT-TV, Practicing for the worst by Adam Sallet — The Charter House Mayo Clinic Retirement Living center in downtown Rochester certainly got a lot of attention on Thursday. Mayo Clinic along with first respnders and 40 actors went through a fire drill. But this wasn’t your typical drill, the one of a kind event tested staff at the facility in getting residents out and keeping them calm at the same time. As for what happened to the building, officials were going on the notion that a natural gas powered vehicle had a fire and that caused an explosion. After getting residents to the main floor, staff then lead them out and into a building across the street.

Mankato Free Press, Camp gives high schoolers chance to explore variety of health care fields by Kristine Goodrich — On Tuesday, camp participants visited the Mayo Clinic Health System hospital and specialty clinics in the Madison East Center. At the hospital, campers visited hands-on learning stations that included opportunities to try skills such as assessing vital signs and experience hospital operations such as how to properly garb up to go into an operating room.

Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, North tennis player has heart of a champion by Eric Lindquist — When North High School senior Jackson Lindquist took the court at UW-Madison’s Nielsen Tennis Stadium last weekend after qualifying for his third straight WIAA state individual tennis tournament, I couldn’t have been more proud. Jackson, you see, was born with a serious heart defect and has endured four heart surgeries in 18 years. To say we have been blessed by advances in medical technology and caring, skilled health care providers — especially Dr. Allison Cabalka, a family friend and Jackson’s primary pediatric cardiologist since birth — is an understatement. The weekend after qualifying for his third straight WIAA state individual tennis tournament, I couldn’t have been more proud.

Chippewa Herald, Nonprofits receive $200,000 in Mayo grants — Mayo Clinic Health System invested $200,000 in grant money awarded to nonprofits in northwest Wisconsin in an effort to improve the health of communities in the region. “While improving the health of the populations we serve is core to our work at Mayo Clinic Health System, we are also keenly aware that we cannot do it alone,” says Randall Linton, M.D., president and CEO of Mayo Clinic Health System in northwest Wisconsin.

WKBT-TV LaCrosse, Mayo Clinic hosts 'The Best Baby Shower In Town' — Expecting a baby can be an exciting yet stressful time for many new parents. And that's why Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse held 'The Best Baby Shower in Town' at the Children's Museum today. The event promotes new and unique pregnancy options being offered at Mayo Clinic, and provides a chance for parents to connect with health providers.

WEAU Eau Claire, Representatives present dementia, Alzheimer's task force report — Local representatives gathered Monday in Eau Claire to present a report on the speaker's task force on Alzheimer’s and dementia. Republicans representatives Kathy Bernier and Mike Rohrkaske presented the report to Mayo Health System officials and community members…"Alzheimers and dementia is a significant problem as our aging population, baby boomers, are getting older and older and I think we brought it to everyone's attention. People are taking note of it, I guess, and just educating people is a huge advantage," said Rep. Kathy Bernier. Additional coverage: Chippewa Herald

Albert Lea Tribune, Mayo Clinic Health System awards scholarships — Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea and Austin awarded 20 $1000 scholarships to graduating high school seniors in its service area interested in pursuing an education in health care. According to a press release, the scholarship encourages students and gives them the opportunity to achieve their goals. According to a press release, scholarships were awarded primarily on the basis of leadership, commitment, character and academic ability.

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