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Struggle is real: Is there a cure for the yips?
Dr. Charles Adler, Neurologist at the Mayo Clinic, explains what is behind the yips.
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Health Cast: Proton Therapy for Cancer
Radiation treatment for cancer has become as precise as the tip of a pencil. With pencil beam proton therapy, doctors can pinpoint tumors more accurately than ever before, while greatly reducing the number of treatments and the risk of damaging healthy cells. Interview with Dr. Sameer Keole, Director of Proton Therapy Center, Mayo Clinic, at link.
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US News & World Report, The Promise (and Limits) of Pediatric Proton Radiation
Context: Mayo Clinic introduced its Proton Beam Therapy Program, with treatment for patients available in new facilities in Minnesota in 2015 and in Arizona in 2016. Proton beam therapy expands Mayo Clinic's cancer care capabilities. In properly selected patients — especially children and young adults and those with cancers located close to critical organs and body structures — proton beam therapy is an advance over traditional radiotherapy. More information about Mayo Clinic's Proton Beam Therapy Program can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.
Contact: Jim McVeigh
Headache? Google to offer better symptom search results
by Jessica Guynn
Google is rolling out the new feature over the next few days in English in the U.S. to make it easier to get a more accurate list of health conditions that could be causing your symptoms. Google created the list of symptoms by researching health conditions mentioned in Web results and then checking those conditions against information collected from doctors. A team of doctors reviewed the symptom information and experts at Harvard Medical School and Mayo Clinic evaluated related conditions for a representative sample of searches, said product manager Veronica Pinchin.
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Context: When people seek information on health-related symptoms, many turn to the internet, and Google in particular, as the first stop. Now, when consumers access Google’s mobile search for information about certain symptoms, they will get facts on relevant related medical conditions up front on their smartphone or other mobile device. For example, a symptom search — even one using common language free of medical terminology like “my tummy hurts” or “nose blocked” — will show a list of related conditions. For individual symptoms like “headache,” searchers will see overview information as well as have the ability to view self-treatment options and suggestions of when to seek help from a healthcare professional. To ensure quality and accuracy, teams of doctors, including expert clinicians at Mayo Clinic, have written or reviewed individual symptom information and evaluated related conditions. More information can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.
Contact: Kelly Reller
Parkinson's rates rising among American men
In the new study, a team led by the Mayo Clinic's Dr. Walter Rocca tracked long-term data on people living in Olmsted County, Minn. The research showed that rates of Parkinson's disease nearly doubled for men between 1996 and 2005, and the increase was steepest for men aged 70 and older. Rates of a related condition called "parkinsonism" among men also rose sharply between 1996 and 2005.
Context: The incidence of Parkinson’s disease and parkinsonism increased significantly in 30 years from 1976 to 2005, Mayo Clinic researchers reported today in a study in JAMA Neurology. This trend was noted in particular for men age 70 and older. According to the researchers, this is the first study to suggest such an increasing trend. The study shows that men of all ages had a 17 percent higher risk of developing parkinsonism and 24 percent higher risk of developing Parkinson’s disease for every 10 calendar years. The study also showed that men 70 and older had an even greater increase — a 24 percent higher risk of developing parkinsonism and 35 percent higher risk of developing Parkinson’s disease for every 10 calendar years. More information can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.
Contact: Susan Barber Lindquist
Mayo's Thomas Gonwa receives Lifetime Achievement Award
by Charlie Patton
The American Society of Transplantation awarded its highest honor, the Lifetime Achievement Award, to Thomas Gonwa at the recent American Transplant Congress in Boston. The Lifetime Achievement Award honors a senior investigator whose work has advanced the field of transplantation. Gonwa helped bring the Baylor University Medical Center renal and liver transplant programs to prominence in the 1990s. He then moved to the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville in 2001 where he has built the solid organ transplant program. He has also guided the Mayo system toward recognizing the need for a focus on regenerative medicine as the field advances.
Context: Thomas Gonwa, M.D., is a Mayo Clinic nephrologist at Mayo Clinic's campus in Florida. His primary research interestshave been in the development of new immunosuppressive drug regimens in solid organ transplantation.
Contact: Kevin Punsky
CBS News, New weight-loss device makes some medical experts queasy by Mary Brophy Marcus — In the trial, 111 patients used the AspireAssist and received lifestyle therapy, while 60 control patients received only the lifestyle therapy. After one year, patients who used the device lost an average of 12.1 percent of their total body weight. The control patients only lost 3.6 percent. Dr. Michael Jensen, a professor of medicine at Mayo Clinic, was an investigator for the clinical trial. "I would say that 90-plus percent of people have the reaction, 'It's yuck, I wouldn't do that for any amount of money,''' he said. Mayo recruited 20 patients who made it through the study wearing the device, and 10 control group patients who didn't use it. All received lifestyle counseling.
CBC News, Deluge of studies leaves coffee lovers dizzy by Mark Gollom — "If you look at the data, it's actually quite clear that coffee is beneficial," says Hensrud. (Full disclosure: he also likes a good cup of joe). The evidence, according to Hensrud, shows that coffee can protect against Parkinson's, liver disease, liver cancer and Type 2 diabetes. It may help prevent multiple sclerosis and dementia, in addition to Alzheimer's. Coffee improves mood, decreases the risk of depression and may boost overall longevity rates, he adds.
CBS News, How the health care system falls short for transgender patients by Mary Brophy Marcus — J. Michael Bostwick, a psychiatrist with the Mayo Clinic who also specializes in transgender care there, told CBS News it's common for patients to be discriminated against, both in and out of the health care system. "That results in fearing that if you're honest with who you are, you'll be rejected by your community or humiliated by the people you ask for help from," said Bostwick. Bostwick said his interest in transgender medicine began when he was working in the military. "In the military, I was told to find a way to document they were crazy, and I wasn't able to find they were crazy. They're just transgender," he said.
Washington Post, How high-tech tools gave this often-injured runner hope by Emily Sohn — …My next stop was the Mayo Sports Clinic in downtown Minneapolis, where I squeezed into a pair of wet-suit-like shorts attached to a bib, as if I were about to strap myself into a kayak for a cold-water plunge. Instead, physical therapist Allison Mumbleau zipped me into an anti-gravity treadmill called the AlterG.
Washington Post, What happens when a gay person grows up in an anti-gay home by Jessica Nordell — The stress caused by internal stigma can evoke a biological response. According to the Mayo Clinic, this kind of cumulative stress disrupts almost all the body’s processes. Indeed, gay people who live in communities with high levels of anti-gay prejudice have a life expectancy that is shorter by 12 years.
New York Times, New Ways to Treat Pain Meet Resistance by Barry Meier and Abby Goodnough —The Obama administration recently published a national pain strategy that calls for far more research into alternative pain treatments. A 2008 study by the Mayo Clinic, though, found that patients who were weaned off opioids and undergo a nondrug-based program such as the one Mr. Scott went through experienced less pain than while on opioids and also significantly improved in function. Other studies have had similar findings.
New York Times, Hastert Will Begin Prison Term This Week — Former Speaker J. Dennis Hastert will report to a federal prison in Minnesota this week to begin a 15-month sentence in his hush-money case, his lawyer said. Mr. Hastert, who served in the House as a Republican from Illinois, has a Wednesday afternoon deadline to report to the Rochester Federal Medical Center. Judge Thomas M. Durkin said at Mr. Hastert’s April sentencing in Federal District Court in Chicago that the facility would be a good fit, in part because it specializes in health care and is near Mayo Clinic. Mr. Hastert, 74, is diabetic and had a stroke last year.
TIME, This Startup Wants to Bring Power-Napping to Your Office by Katy Steinmetz — Medical research has found that naps help people relax, reduce fatigue, increase alertness, improve people’s moods and can even boost memory and reaction times. The practice Pham suggests—having a lie-down that is less than an hour to break up the work day—is close to the napping practices recommended by the Mayo Clinic. Though the clinic’s guidance notes that napping isn’t for everyone, they suggest that those who could use forty winks take them in the early afternoon for between 10 and 30 minutes, to minimize grogginess once the real world fades back in.
The Lancet, US presidential candidates urged to support health research by Susan Jaffe — “Our hope is continued strong commitment to advance biomedical research from the new president and Congress”, said Gregory Gores, the Mayo Clinic's executive dean for research. “Despite the enormous progress in therapeutic capabilities in the last two decades, we are acutely aware of the unmet medical needs of patients and the challenges that remain.”
SELF magazine, 8 Signs Of Lyme Disease To Watch Out For by Melinda Wenner Moyer — …Still, even calling it Lyme oversimplifies things, because species of closely related bacteria can cause the disease. In February, scientists from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, announced that they’d discovered an entirely new bacterial species causing the disease in the Midwest. It brings on symptoms like extreme drowsiness and vomiting—things doctors don’t typically associate with Lyme.
PC Magazine, Columbia Researchers Tease Solution for VR Motion Sickness by Tom Brant — The Mayo Clinic recently announced another medical advance in curing VR motion sickness, which involves placing sensors on the user's forehead, neck, and ears to tell the VR software exactly where the head is positioned at all times. That approach is intended to eliminate the lag between a user's inner ear and what he or she is seeing on the display. Additional coverage: MIT Technology Review, Tech Times
Good Housekeeping UK, Women working long hours at increased risk of life-threatening illness — Women who work longer hours during their careers could put their health at risk and significantly increase their chances of developing life-threatening illnesses including heart disease and cancer, new research by The Ohio State University has revealed…Dembe and his collaborator, Mayo Clinic researcher and former Ohio State doctoral student Xiaoxi Yao, then examined data for survey participants who were at least 40 in 1998, and when interview questions began to include questions about health status and chronic conditions.
Aol.com, The surprising effects dehydration can have on your body by Angel Chang — According to the Mayo Clinic, other illnesses like cardiovascular and kidney diseases have also been linked to dehydration. Always make sure to visit your doctor if you are feeling unwell, so that you can understand the underlying causes of your discomfort, and be treated correctly.
Money magazine, Why Staying Sharp Is a Smart Money Move by Katherine Hobson — Aerobic exercise can be beneficial, studies find. “Even light, leisurely exercise, two to three times a week, was associated with a decreased risk of cognitive decline in older adults,” says Yonas Geda, a professor of neurology and psychiatry at the Mayo Clinic. You get the optimal benefit, however, from five to six days per week of moderate intensity exercise like walking briskly, swimming, or biking, he adds.
Florida Times-Union, MOSH opens 'Health in Motion,' a new interactive exhibit by Charlie Patton — The 725-square-foot exhibit uses data gathered from the 2012 Community Health Needs Assessment, a joint effort by the five not-for-profit health systems. “The exhibit will do wonders to help educate, inform, inspire and, most importantly, improve the quality of health for many who view and learn from it,” said Gianrico Farrugia, CEO of Mayo Clinic’s Jacksonville campus.
News4Jax, Dealing with the dangerous heat by Ashley Harding — With the dangerous heat we could feel Friday, there is a health alert you need to be aware of. The Weather Authority forecasts the hottest day in six years -- a chance we may see triple digits. Vhandana Bhide with Mayo Clinic had some tips for staying hydrated in this heat…
News4Jax, First-time blood donors increase after Orlando tragedy by Crystal Chen — The night before your donation, get a good night’s rest, drink plenty of water and despite what you may have heard- you don't need to fast. If you have something that has a little bit of protein in it and some kind of hydration, Dr. Vandana Bhide with Mayo Clinic says it's the best thing that you can have. "Avoid things like high sugar because your sugar will go up and down and then you'll be light headed and dizzy," said Dr. Bhide. Eat foods rich in iron, that includes, red meat, fish, spinach or beans.
Phoenix Business Journal, Mayo Clinic opens 4th primary care clinic in Phoenix area by Angela Gonzales — Mayo Clinic has opened its fourth primary care clinic in the Phoenix area. The 13,000-square-foot facility cost about $2.9 million to develop. It was designed by Orcutt/Winslow and built by McGough Construction. The new primary care practice comes on the heels of a recent 50 percent expansion at Mayo's primary care practice in Chandler, said Paula Menkosky, chief administrative officer of Mayo Clinic in Arizona. "While our focus remains on complex specialty care, we continue to evaluate our primary care presence in the Valley," she said.
Twin Cities Business, Mayo Landed $135M In 2016 Federal Research Funds by Don Jacobson — The Mayo Clinic made headlines last month with the announcement that it had won a five-year, $142 million award from the U.S. National Institute of Health to serve as the “biobank” of human samples for a million-patient government study to advance precision medicine. But the big grant for the Precision Medicine Initiative got TCB to thinking: What other NIH awards have come Mayo’s way this year? And how much are they worth? After some digging, we found the answer is (perhaps unsurprisingly) impressive: This year, Mayo researchers attracted $135.4 million in NIH funding spread over 241 grants for its campuses in Rochester; Jacksonville, Florida; and Scottsdale, Arizona.
Twin Cities Business, Licensing Deal Moves Mayo-backed Breast Cancer Vaccine Closer To Market by Don Jacobson — A breast cancer vaccine therapy researched by the Mayo Clinic is getting closer to commercialization, and with its advances, the clinic has solidified a potentially lucrative licensing deal with biotech firm TapImmune Inc. (OTC: TPIV). TapImmune, which recently relocated to Jacksonville, Florida to be near Mayo’s researchers there, confirmed its plans last week to enter Phase II clinical trials with its TPIV 100/110 immunotherapy platform, and so has exercised an option it held for a worldwide license on the Mayo know-how behind the product.
Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, Mayo Clinic and U of M rank among nation's top children's hospitals by Katharine Grayson — Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic Children's Center earned the highest marks of Minnesota institutions. The care provider ranked nationally in eight pediatric specialties, including diabetes and endocrinology (No. 18); cardiology and heart surgery (No. 27); and neurology and neurosurgery (No. 28).
Star Tribune, Facing backlogs, Minnesota hospitals develop housing for psychiatric patients by Chris Serres — Frustrated by chronic bottlenecks in the state mental health system, three of Minnesota’s largest hospitals are taking matters into their own hands. Mayo Clinic and Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) have cemented plans to develop short-term housing for adults with psychiatric illnesses who may be ready for discharge from the hospital, but need more therapy before returning to their own homes…Mayo Clinic has a similar vision for two houses it acquired across from its campus in Rochester. The homes will provide round-the-clock services for six to 10 residents each. Unlike the HCMC house in Minneapolis, however, patients will stay six months or longer, with a focus on participating in job training, school and other activities that will help them integrate back into the community, administrators said.
Star Tribune, Iraq, Afghan vets may have their own Agent Orange by Mike Brunswick — They are known as the Agent Orange of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars: Massive open-air burn pits at U.S. military bases that billowed the toxic smoke and ash of everything from Styrofoam, metals and plastics to electrical equipment and even human body parts… During two deployments to Balad with the Minnesota Air National Guard, Amie Muller worked and lived next to the pits. And now, she believes, she is paying the price. Diagnosed last month with Stage III pancreatic cancer, the 36-year-old mother of three from Woodbury has just completed her third round of chemotherapy at the Mayo Clinic here.
The Spokesman-Review, Is your hearing at risk? Protect your ears — According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, approximately 15 percent of adults in the U.S. from 20 to 69 and 5 percent of children older than 6 are affected by noise-induced hearing loss. “The two most common reasons for hearing loss are aging and noise-induced hearing loss,” said Dr. Greta Stamper, an audiologist at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida.
KAAL-TV, Mayo Clinic, HCMC Building Homes for Mental Health Patients by Ben Henry — The growing demand for mental health resources is leaving some health providers in a bind, Mayo Clinic and a twin cities medical center are doing what they can to help fill the void. "This program is to help people become a part of a community,” said Dr. Brian Palmer with Mayo Clinic. Palmer will serve as the medical director for the facilities and says this is a response to the growing demand, "There's a high need for this type of service today. We routinely send patients to other places in the country for this type of service, and the idea that we can provide it here in Minnesota, here in Rochester, with Mayo Clinic quality and an innovative treatment model, is very exciting for us." Additional coverage: Post-Bulletin, Star Tribune, News & Observer
KTTC-TV, Study: Electronic medical practice environment can lead to physician burnout by Alanna Martella — Growth and evolution of the electronic health care environment might not always be a good thing, as it's taking a toll on U.S. physicians. That's according to a national study of physicians led by Mayo Clinic. The study shows that the use of electronic health records and computerized physician order entry actually leads to lower physician satisfaction and higher rates of professional burnout.
Post-Bulletin, Mayo Clinic Radio celebrates 25 years by Natalie Howell — In 1987, Dr. Tom Shives, an orthopedic surgeon for the Mayo Clinic, had surgery that put him out of work for three months, and he was looking for something to do during his recuperation. Shives approached a friend that worked at KROC, a local Rochester radio station, about reading the news on the radio. After auditioning, Shives spent two months at the radio station. During that time, the idea for Mayo Clinic Radio began to form. At 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 1, 1991, the first Mayo Clinic Radio show was broadcast.
Post-Bulletin, Mayo Clinic wants to diversify its suppliers by Jeff Kiger — Mayo Clinic is starting to make some headway in its effort to work with more suppliers owned by minorities, women and veterans. While Mayo Clinic originally began work on this project in 2011, a new push called the Supplier Diversity Initiative program launched in 2015. That kicked off with a well-attended summit and expo event. This year's event with the theme "The Power of Diversity" is scheduled for Aug. 3 at the Mayo Civic Center. Mayo Clinic is hosting the event with support from the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce, Destination Medical Center, the Diversity Council and the City of Rochester.
Post-Bulletin, If you build it, will business come? by Brian Todd — "We are blessed to have the finest health care institution in the world," said John Wade, chairman of Journey to Growth, a regional initiative working to build a framework to promote economic development and diversity in the region surrounding Rochester. Wade said health care, dominated by Mayo Clinic, represents 40 percent of the local economy. But eventually even the Mayo Clinic's survival hinges on having diversity throughout the region."We need to be a location that people want to come to," Wade said. "It's a mosaic, and if we get all the pieces right, it's be a much more beautiful painting."
Post-Bulletin, Answer Man: Mystery of Saint Marys' missing apostrophe is solved — Over the many years I've penned this column for readers worldwide, one of the most common queries and haunting mysteries is, why doesn't Mayo Clinic use an apostrophe in "Saint Marys Hospital"?... I stumbled over a footnote reference to a letter written in 1955 by Sister Mary Brigh Cassidy, then head of Saint Marys Hospital. "Obviously replying to an inquiry about the ungrammatical missing apostrophe, she states, 'After 1940, Saint Mary's Hospital deleted the apostrophe. The present title, which functions as a trademark, is Saint Marys Hospital.'
Post-Bulletin, St. Marys-area project a '100-year' building by Andrew Setterholm — A 100-year building with materials and design directly informed by the context of Mayo Clinic and the historic Folwell neighborhood — that's how the developers of a major mixed-use project neighboring Mayo Clinic Hospital St. Marys Campus described the 13-level building. After seeing and hearing the plans described at a meeting Thursday, members of the city of Rochester Committee on Urban Design and Environment called the project "striking" and a project that would bring new concepts to the city. The project is a product of longtime local developer Ed Pompeian and son Nick Pompeian, who lead 1406 Second Street Associates, with Twin Cities real estate developer Alatus LLC.
Chicago Health, Treatment is crucial for women with postpartum depression — DEAR MAYO CLINIC: What causes postpartum depression, and is it possible to have it immediately after giving birth? Are some women more likely to have postpartum depression than others, and at what point does it require treatment? My sister does not seem like herself after having her baby a month ago, but I don’t want to offend her by suggesting she get help. ANSWER: Postpartum depression can happen from the time a baby is two weeks old, all the way through the first year of life. It is important that women who suspect they might have postpartum depression seek help as soon as possible. If you think postpartum depression may be affecting your sister, gently suggest that she talk with her health care provider about how she’s feeling.
Bicycle Retailer, Thorne Research named first-ever nutritional supplements partner to USA Triathlon — USA Triathlon has named Thorne Research its exclusive nutritional supplements partner. USA Triathlon's athletes will have access to expert health data from Mayo Clinic to support the evaluation of supplement usage and understanding of supplement ingredient labels, manufacturing and regulation.
Red Wing Republican Eagle, New Mayo Clinic research site will grow in dynamic way — Mayo Clinic is more than doubling its research space, the first major step in a $6.5 billion plan to increase its Rochester presence. The overall plan, known as Destination Medical Center, would add 30,000 jobs to world-famous Mayo and double Rochester’s 100,000 population.
KEYC-TV Mankato, Minnesota Adds To Already Robust Newborn Screening Program by Ryan Gustafson — Minnesota adds three new conditions to its newborn screening program. MPS-1, Pompe Disease and X-ALD will now be screened for, increasing the total number of genetic disorders tested to 60. The common theme among the new diseases added to Minnesota's newborn screening program are genetic defects that affect enzymes in the body, keeping them from doing their job. Dr. Walid Maalouli, a pediatrician with Mayo Clinic says, "The main problem with all these diseases is there's an accumulation of unbroken, large molecules in the cells of the body. That causes various dysfunction."
WEAU-TV Eau Claire, Mayo Clinic Health System upgrades mobile mammography unit by Erin O’Brien — Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare unveiled their new mobile 3-D mammography unit on Friday. The 3-D technology is more accurate and detailed than 2-D mammograms, and it decreases the need for follow-up testing. The vehicle will travel to local businesses and Franciscan Healthcare locations. Additional coverage: LaCrosse Tribune
MD Magazine, Gabriela Spencer-Bonilla from Mayo Clinic: How Can Social Networks Help Manage Diabetes by Adam Hochron — Gabriela Spencer-Bonilla, a graduate student from the Mayo Clinic and a medical school student from the University of Puerto Rico discussed this study during the American Diabetes Association's annual meeting in New Orleans. As part of her research Bonilla noted when patients have people they can depend on in their lives it can have a positive affect on their lives including glycemic control.
WKBT-TV LaCrosse, Students form dragon boat team for teacher with cancer — We're about a month away from this year's Big Blue Dragon Boat Festival and teams are starting to take to the water to train for the event. The boat races help raise money for breast cancer survivors through the Center for Breast Care at Mayo Clinic Health System while also providing support for those who are affected by the disease. One team that's competing this year is made up of students from West Salem Middle School who are racing in honor of art teacher Krista Beron who has breast cancer.
Teen Vogue, This Is the Scary Stuff That Happens to Your Body During a Heat Wave by Brittney McNamara — Heat exhaustion is a little less serious, but still dangerous. Symptoms include cool and moist skin with goose bumps in the heat, heavy sweating, faintness, dizziness, fatigue, nausea, headache and more according to the Mayo Clinic. If you think you’re experiencing heat exhaustion, stop and rest in a cool place immediately and drink cool water or sports drinks. If you’re not careful, the Mayo Clinic warns heat exhaustion can progress to heat stroke.
WQOQ-TV Eau Claire, New Information: Area hospitals, Visit Eau Claire respond to Marshfield plans by Amy Maetzold — Mayo Clinic Health System did not address the plans specifically in their statement from Randall Linton, M.D., president and CEO of Mayo Clinic Health System northwest Wisconsin: "The Chippewa Valley has a long history of providing exceptional health care to its residents, and Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire is proud to be part of that long and cherished tradition. We look forward to bringing Mayo Clinic care to the residents of the Chippewa Valley for years to come. As a national leader in health care, Mayo Clinic is committed to providing care of the highest quality to each patient. Mayo Clinic Health System brings Mayo Clinic care to our community through a fully integrated practice that includes world-class cancer care. “ Additional coverage: Eau Claire Leader-Telegram
Medical Xpress, Mayo Clinic introduces precision medicine in psychiatry — Mayo Clinic is highlighting the potential merits of using precision medicine in prescribing antidepressants. Details appear in the current issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings. Eleven percent of Americans 12 years and older have been prescribed antidepressant medication, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data from 2005-2008. "The medical community continues to recognize that genetic variation may contribute to disparate patient reactions to drugs," Dr. Frye says. "For example, some may experience adverse side effects, while others respond positively to the same drug."
Inc.com, Why Forgiveness Is Great for Your Health, According to Science by Justin Bariso — "The act that hurt or offended you might always remain a part of your life, but forgiveness can lessen its grip on you and help you focus on other, more positive parts of your life," according to the Mayo Clinic. But "forgiveness doesn't mean that you deny the other person's responsibility for hurting you, and it doesn't minimize or justify the wrong. You can forgive the person without excusing the act."
Daily Mail, From tackling depression and anxiety to boosting your sex life... the 8 ways exercise WILL make you happier by Alyssa Hodenflied — According to Mayo Clinic, physical activity increases feel-good neurotransmitters in the brain producing that euphoric feeling you get when you exercise that is sometimes referred to as 'runner's high'. These endorphins produced from exercise can reduce stress, make it easier to manage and lead to a deeper sense of relaxation. The Mayo Clinic also found that exercise helps you rest and relax more effectively when necessary.
Psychiatry Advisor, Parkinson Disease May Be Increasing Among American Men — Rates of Parkinson disease have increased for U.S. men over the past 3 decades, and the trend could be tied to declines in smoking, according to a report published online in JAMA Neurology. In the new study, a team led by the Mayo Clinic's Walter Rocca, MD, MPH, tracked long-term data on individuals living in Olmsted County, Minn. Additional coverage: Maine News Online
Medical Design Technology Online, Details Emerge About the NIH Biobank Program at Mayo Clinic — The NIH award will be administered by Mine Cicek, PhD, director of the Mayo Clinic Biospecimen Accessioning and Processing Core Laboratory, and Stephen Thibodeau, PhD, co-director of the Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine Biorepositories Program, the David F. and Margaret T. Grohne Director of the Biorepositories Program for the Center for Individualized Medicine, and the William H. Donner Professor. Cicek notes that the highly automated Mayo Clinic Bioservices facility allows for efficient and accurate handling and processing of specimens, which will include robotic systems to separate, label and store biospecimen components, including automated DNA extraction.
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