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12-year-old boy finally goes home — with a new heart
by Gabrielle Frank
For three years, the Panama native had suffered from dilated cardiomyopathy, a condition that affects the heart's ability to pump blood. Gonzalez-Salas received his new heart last July, but because transplant surgeries are not done in Panama, doctors at the Mayo Clinic requested he and his parents stay in Rochester, Minnesota for a year…"Speaking for our surgeons, cardiologists, nurses, and the whole care team, it has been an honor to care for Joseph and his family over the last two years," said Dr. Jonathan Johnson, Gonzalez-Salas' pediatric cardiologist.
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Context: Jonathan Johnson, M.D., is a Mayo Clinic pediatric cardiologist and hear transplant surgeon. Dr. Johnson's research encompasses several different areas of pediatric cardiology. Dr. Johnson's primary focus is researching clinical outcomes in pediatric patients with congenital heart disease, as well as those with cardiomyopathy or heart failure, or those who have required heart transplantation or ventricular assist device (VAD) placement. Dr. Johnson is also interested in cardiac imaging, including fetal, transthoracic and transesophageal echocardiography, and studies how these imaging modalities can be used to improve patient outcomes.
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Mayo Clinic Putting a Spin on the Typical Pitch Competition
by Jason Grill
It’s hard to imagine that any American has not heard of the Mayo Clinic. However, if you have not, it’s a nonprofit that is heavily involved in clinical practice, education and research that works with individuals who need medical care or healing. The Mayo Clinic is based in Rochester, Minnesota. Now what many, if not all Americans, don’t know is the Mayo Clinic has a Center of Innovation and a Mayo Clinic Ventures operation that is turning pitch competitions upside down with the Think Big Challenge. Talk about flying under the radar.
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Context: The Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation and Mayo Clinic Ventures today announced the second Mayo Clinic Think Big Challenge, a national competition for innovators and entrepreneurs. This year, one business or entrepreneur will earn the opportunity to license Mayo Clinic technology, lead a team and score a $50,000 cash prize. The 2016 Mayo Clinic Think Big Challenge opens today at transformconference.mayo.edu/thinkbig. Application deadline is Aug. 15. More information can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.
Contact: Duska Anastasijevic
Everything You Need to Know About Flexibility Exercise
by Rachael Rettner
Flexibility exercises stretch your muscles and may improve your range of motion at your joints…Dynamic stretches are intended to get your muscles used to the types of movement you'll be doing during some other part of your workout, said Dr. Edward Laskowski, co-director of the Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center in Rochester, Minnesota. For example, if you plan to do an aerobic activity such as running, warm up with some dynamic stretches for your legs (see some examples below).
The 4 Types of Exercise You Need to Be Healthy
by Rachael Rettner
When you think of exercise, you may imagine strenuous activities such as running or biking — the ones that make you breathe hard, turn flush and drip with sweat. But aerobic activity is only one type of exercise, and although it is critical for boosting fitness, there are actually three other types of exercise that are also important: strength training, balance training and flexibility training. "While aerobic exercise is very important, it's not as effective for overall health" when done alone compared with when people include all four types of exercise in their routine, said Dr. Edward Laskowski, co-director of the Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center in Rochester, Minnesota. "They all kind of go together" and complement each other, Laskowski said.
Aerobic Exercise: Everything You Need to Know
by Rachel Rettner
Doing aerobic exercise can also have other long-term advantages. A recent study of 1.4 million people in the United States and Europe found that high amounts of aerobic exercise were linked with a reduced risk of 13 types of cancer… Dr. Edward Laskowski, co-director of the Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center in Rochester, Minnesota, recommended that people use the mantra, "start out low, and progress slow." This means starting with a level of activity that's fairly light, and gradually increasing the duration and intensity of your exercise sessions.
Strength Exercise: Everything You Need to Know
by Rachel Rettner
Strength exercise, or resistance training, works your muscles by using resistance, like a dumbbell or your own body weight. This type of exercise increases lean muscle mass, which is particularly important for weight loss, because lean muscle burns more calories than other types of tissue. … It's very important that you have the correct form and body position when you do resistance training. "If you do some of these exercises poorly, with bad technique, you can injure yourself," said Dr. Edward Laskowski, co-director of the Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center in Rochester, Minnesota. You may need to work with a professional trainer, or watch exercise videos online, to make sure you use the correct technique.
Balance Exercise: Everything You Need to Know
by Rachel Rettner
…These exercises are also important for reducing injury risk. For example, if you sprain your ankle, you could be at risk for reinjury if you don't retrain your balance, said Dr. Edward Laskowski, co-director of the Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center in Rochester, Minnesota. That's because when you sprain your ankle, the muscles around the joint stop contracting in a coordinated fashion, and this destabilizes the joint, Laskowski said. If you do balance exercises after the injury, it retrains the muscles to contract together, which better stabilizes the joint during movements and prevents reinjury, he said.
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Context: Edward Laskowski, M.D., co-director of the Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center, a global leader in sports and musculoskeletal injury prevention and rehabilitation, concussion research, diagnostic and interventional ultrasound, sports performance optimization, and surgical and nonsurgical management of sports-related injuries.
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Associated Press, Oregon Star Earns Trip to Rio in 100 Hurdles by Pat Graham —Defending Olympic champion Aries Merritt finished fourth, falling just short of making the team after a kidney transplant. "For me to be where I am is a miracle," said Merritt, the world-record holder in the event. "It's a pity that I'm not going to the Games. I know in six weeks times I'll be in much better shape and probably pull off something similar as I did in Beijing. However, that's not the case.”… "Every time Aries does something else, somehow gets to the next round, is one more thing to stand back and just say, 'Wow,'" said Dr. Les Thomas, who treated Merritt at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona and was on hand for the trials. "Just for him to be here is unbelievable." Additional coverage: ESPN, Marietta Daily Journal
The Hill, Collaboration essential for Cancer Moonshot success by Gregory J. Gores and Robert B. Diasio — At Mayo Clinic, we believe that leadership in the global fight against cancer — one of the most complex and important endeavors that humanity will ever undertake — is not just our work, it is our calling. Mayo Clinic applauds the promise that President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden have made to redouble the nation’s efforts through this program. That is why is it is so crucial to approach this endeavor with the right tools and a collaborative mindset that will position us for success. The stakes are too high to risk missing out on the lessons learned over the past decades of research and delivery of cancer care… Gregory J. Gores is Executive Dean of Research, and Dr. Robert B. Diasio is Director of the Cancer Center at the Mayo Clinic.
HealthDay, Heart Failure After Heart Attack Tied to Cancer Risk in Study by Randy Dotinga — People who develop heart failure after a heart attack may also face a higher risk of cancer, a new study suggests. And, they may be prone to cancers affecting the lungs or the digestive system, according to the researchers. "Patients with cardiovascular disease experience a high burden of other diseases and should be followed with that awareness in mind," said study co-author Dr. Veronique Roger, a professor of medicine and epidemiology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Additional coverage: Express UK, Daily Mail, Healio
Buzzfeed, Here’s What Actually Happens When You Pee On A Jellyfish Sting by Caroline Kee — BuzzFeed Health reached out to board-certified internist Dr. Vandana Bhide at The Mayo Clinic in Florida, to find out…“There’s no proof that the urine helps neutralize toxins from the jellyfish or bring the stingers to the surface of the skin,” says Bhide. Urine probably won’t harm the sting, but it definitely isn’t healing it… “It’s important to sit, relax, and keep the stung part of your body very still to minimize the amount of venom which travels to your blood and the rest of the body,” Bhide says.
Huffington Post, Can Workplace Design Cure Obesity? by Amanda Schnieder — For anyone who follows workplace trends, it’s no secret that health and wellness are becoming all the rage when it comes to designing for the built environment…To explore these concepts even further, Delos recently established the Well Living Lab in collaboration with Mayo Clinic. The Well Living Lab is the first scientific research center that uses exclusively human-centered research to understand the interaction between health, well-being, and indoor environments.
New York Times, Olympic Hurdler Isn’t Letting Disease Stand in His Way by Jere Longman — Beginning Friday, Merritt will attempt to qualify for another Olympic team at the national track and field trials, with the aim of winning a second gold medal in August at the Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro… “In my line of work, I feel like I see a lot of amazing things,” said Thomas, who heads a division of rare kidney diseases at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix. “This one really takes it. It’s incredible that somebody who has a kidney transplant is doing what he’s doing.”
New York Times, Using the Web or an App Before Seeing a Doctor? Caution Is Advised by Austin Frakt — A few years ago, doctors from the Mayo Clinic tested the wisdom of online health advice. Their conclusion: It’s risky. According to their study, going online for health advice is more likely to result in getting no advice or incomplete advice than the right advice. The doctors assessed the quality of advice on the top sites returned from Google, Yahoo and Bing for searches on common health complaints — like “chest pain” or “headache.” No site they examined listed all the necessary symptoms so that a user could obtain an accurate triage — whether to rush to the emergency room, call the doctor or treat the condition at home.
NPR, Hassle Of Being A Patient Can Turn Into A Crisis Without Sick Leave by Alison Kodjak — …So unless they work odd hours, people without either benefit lose income if they want to take care of their health. That's a real problem, but it's not the only consequence of what Dr. Victor Montori of the Mayo Clinic refers to as the "work" of being a patient. He says the health care system is designed for the convenience of doctors — and the result is that patients find themselves running between doctor's offices, labs, imaging centers and back, often carrying their records along with them. "That is not an organization of care that started by thinking, 'How do we meet the needs of our patients?' " Montori says.
CNN, Could kids' thumb-sucking, nail-biting offer benefits? by Jacqueline Howard — Thumb-sucking and nail-biting can cause health problems for kids and potential financial problems for parents paying for braces. Those two childhood habits, however, come with a surprising upside, according to a study published in the journal Pediatrics on Monday…The data would be much stronger if they showed a consistent strong correlation between thumb-sucking or nail-biting and allergies as well as asthma, after controlling for other known factors which affect these diseases, noted Dr. Purna Kashyap, a gastroenterologist at the Mayo Clinic who was not involved in the study."Overall, it is interesting but needs better data to support the conclusion," he said.
Washington Post, Thumb-sucking and nail-biting might prevent allergies by Lateshia Beachum — If you’re a parent, you might want to think twice about shooing a thumb from your child’s mouth. Researchers in New Zealand have found that children who suck their thumbs or bite their nails are less likely to develop allergies later in their lives…Children in the study were reported by their parents as being thumb-suckers or nail-biters at ages 5, 7, 9 and 11. These study participants were given skin-prick tests at ages 13 and 32 to detect allergies. These tests can reveal allergic reactions to 40 substances, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Wall Street Journal, Prediabetes Awareness Campaign Sparks Pushback by Dana Wechsler Linden — ...Some experts say the agency has set the bar too low on what level of blood sugar should define prediabetes. And the number of people with the condition who will develop Type 2 diabetes is far lower than the CDC estimates, they say. “Only a small portion of those people are going to progress” to Type 2 diabetes, says Victor Montori, an endocrinologist who specializes in diabetes at the Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minn. By raising alarms about prediabetes, “the only thing you’re guaranteed to get is more tests, more appointments, more patients.” Another concern: Some people could end up taking medications that aren’t needed.
Voice of America, Strengthen Your Core With 5 Simple Exercises — Experts at the Mayo Clinic explain on their website that core exercises train the muscles in your pelvis, lower back, hips and abdomen to work together. This improves your balance and stability…These five exercises suggested by the Mayo Clinic target the smaller muscles in your core that are often overlooked in other types of exercise…
Voice of America, Social Media Communities Help Redefine Health Care by Aida Akl — Social media health communities have been quietly reshaping healthcare as part of a growing trend to raise awareness and empower patients. Some medical professionals caution, however, that these websites might contain inaccurate or unsubstantiated information. “The Internet allows these conversations to expand beyond our typical geographic confines and connects us with like people faster than ever before,” said Colleen Young, Community Director at Mayo Clinic Connect. The Mayo Clinic was one of the early adopters of social media channels to further health-related discussion.
PBS Newshour, Community health worker numbers boosted by Affordable Care Act by Michael Ollove —Pay close attention to Tara Nelson as she chitchats with clients about their families, their pets, their hairstyles, their air conditioning, and you’ll detect the string of questions she slips in. Nelson is a community health worker connected to the Mayo Clinic here, and when she visits her clients’ homes it’s like two old friends catching up on each other’s lives. But Nelson is there for a specific purpose: to prod and to fish for any information that might help improve the clients’ health…Minnesota is one of only a handful of states (including Texas) that require special training for community health workers. But Dr. Onelis Quirindongo-Cedeno, a Mayo Clinic primary care doctor who works with Nelson and other community health workers, said that course work is less important than personal qualities like empathy, commitment and life experience. Additional coverage: Pew Charitable Trust
US News & World Report, Health Buzz: Estrogen Patch Could Reduce Alzheimer’s Risk by David Oliver — Could an estrogen patch cut Alzheimer's risk among newly postmenopausal women? According to new findings from researchers at the Mayo Clinic, it could be. The team used data from the Kronos Early Estrogen Prevention Study, which looked at healthy and younger women's reaction to menopausal hormone therapy, to explore the therapy's effects five to 36 months after menopause, when estrogen loss is swift…"If our results are confirmed in the larger group of women, this finding has the potential to change the concepts for preventive interventions that drive the Alzheimer's disease field today," Dr. Kejal Kantarci, a radiologist at the Mayo Clinic, said in a press release. Additional coverage: Express UK, Tech Times, com, Daily Mail, Indian Express, Parent Herald
CNBC, Educated workforce is paying off for Minnesota: Gov. Dayton — From a world-class education comes an unparalleled workforce ready to innovate in Minnesota's growing economy. Minnesota Lt. Gov. Tina Smith has been at the forefront of our innovation economy as chair of the board of the Destination Medical Center Corp., an ambitious public-private partnership to grow Mayo Clinic and the city of Rochester into America's City for Health… by Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton
Yahoo! News India, 18 Foods You're Eating Wrong by Lauren Brown West-Rosenthal — 10. Salad Dressing…Just like dairy, going low fat with salad dressing is actually not the healthiest way to go. It's much better to reach for a dressing with fat. "Along with increasing the feeling of fullness, the bioavailability of certain nutrients, including lutein and beta-carotene, is higher when the full-fat counterparts are consumed," says Jessica Holst, RDN, LD and Wellness Dietitian at the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program. "Good choices include oil and vinegar or herb-infused olive oils."
Twin Cities PBS, Medical Research Has a Sex Problem by Eben Bein —Back in the hospital, Carolyn Thomas woke from sedation hours later to learn that a major artery feeding her heart muscle had been 95% blocked. Many physicians still think of heart disease as a man’s problem,” Thomas says…Dr. Sharonne N. Hayes, cardiologist and founder of the Women’s Heart Clinic at Mayo Clinic, agrees. “Physicians who see a younger woman come in with classic symptoms sometimes don’t even run the tests. It’s not even on their radar.”
WNAX-Radio South Dakota, Mayo Clinic’s Children’s Center Among Nation’s Best — Mayo Clinic’s Children’s Center has once again been ranked as one of the top performing chilren’s hospitals in Minnesota, the Dakotas and Iowa on “U.S. News & World Report’s 2016-2017 best Children’s Hospital Rankings.” Medical Director of the Mayo Clinic Children’s Center Dr. Randall Flick says they look at the survey as a means of reviewing their practice on an annual basis, as a way to improve the care Mayo gives to the children. Flicks adds that there are even more unique services provided by Mayo. Much of the research they do at Mayo also originates in house. Flick says a large portion of the research is funded outside the clinic, often from the National Institutes of Health.
Health Imaging, Radiologists anything but immune to clinical depression by Dave Pearson — Long exposure to low ambient light has been associated with an increased risk for clinical depression—think SAD, for seasonal affective disorder—and radiologists spend many hours working in the literal dark. Because of this and other risk factors, do rads tend to be more depressed than physicians in other medical specialties? It’s possible but not proven, as there’s scant data in the literature looking at radiology and depression per se. Claire Bender, MD, of the Mayo Clinic and fellow researchers found this out when they searched PubMed, Scopus and Google, as they report in the July edition of the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
MedPage Today, Precision Medicine Initiative Gearing Up by Joyce Frieden — President Obama's precision medicine initiative (PMI) is moving forward on several fronts, according to Obama administration officials...In addition, in May the NIH designated the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. as the institution that would operate the "biobank" that will collect and store data generated from the PMI.
LifeZette, Sun Damage When We’re Not Looking by Kristen Fischer — “People are getting outdoors more and more,” said Dr. Scott Fosko, chair of the dermatology department at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida. Many people know to wear sunscreen when they’re on the beach or poolside, he told LifeZette — but they forget to apply it when they’re doing other activities like being on the water, washing their cars, attending a sports event, or even skiing during the winter. Those are the times when people really put themselves at risk, especially if they go out unprotected regularly.
Star Tribune, Major Rochester investment hits roadblock, is stalled again by Matt McKinney — An on-again, off-again project seen as one of the major early investments in Rochester’s push to remake itself as a global destination for health care is off again, this time due to a Saudi prince who apparently backed out of a pledge to invest in the project. The $145 million Broadway at Center project from Rochester developer Gus Chafoulias promised to bring a 23-story residential and retail tower to downtown Rochester with a 269-room Hilton hotel. First announced in March 2014, it would have been among the first significant private investments in Rochester’s Destination Medical Center plan, a 20-year project that blends billions of dollars of investment from the Mayo Clinic with private money and public tax dollars to retain the city’s role as a leading destination for health care, medicine and research.
WXOW-TV LaCrosse, Communicating violence to children by Tianna Vanderhei — Dr. Chelsea Ale, PhD, a Child Psychologist at Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse, said when a child is aware of a violent situation, it's essential to address it with facts. "Kids hear and absorb a lot of information and sometimes what they hear is not exactly the truth or not exactly what we hear. So I think it's really important to ask kids questions, what have you heard about this? What do you understand about what happened? Get from them, kind of what they understand and how they're interpreting it," said Ale.
Outbreak News Today, Borrelia mayonii discovery: An interview with Dr. Bobbi Pritt by Robert Herriman — I spoke with Dr Bobbi Pritt with the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota on the February 14, 2016 airing of the Outbreak News This Week Radio Show about the recently published discovery of a new species of bacteria (Borrelia mayonii) that causes Lyme disease in people. Dr. Pritt discussed how Mayo researchers made the discovery and the differences and similarities seen between Lyme caused by Borellia mayonii and Borrelia burgdorferi. Interview at link.
WQAD-TV, Could kids’ thumb-sucking, nail-biting offer benefits? by Katrina Lamansky — In theory, the findings suggest that thumb-sucking and nail-biting may lead to a more diverse variety of environmental bacteria and other microbes entering the body, possibly boosting defense against developing allergies. However, that was not really tested…The data would be much stronger if they showed a consistent strong correlation between thumb-sucking or nail-biting and allergies as well as asthma, after controlling for other known factors which affect these diseases, noted Dr. Purna Kashyap, a gastroenterologist at the Mayo Clinic who was not involved in the study. “Overall, it is interesting but needs better data to support the conclusion,” he said.
MedPage Today, TNF Inhibitor Dose Cut Possible in Spondylarthropathy by Wayne Kuznar — According to Eric L. Matteson, MD, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., although the strategy is a "real-world" retrospective observation, it is practical from the standpoint of being doable in standard practice -- "and indeed mirrors what is done in many practices." The dose-reduction approach offers several benefits, he said, including lowering drug exposure and, presumably, costs, and the likelihood that in patients who develop more active disease with the taper, it can be brought under control in most cases with resumption of the standard or previous dosing regimen.
Mother Nature Network, 6 teas you've probably never tried by Chanie Kirschner — Kombucha tea is all the rage these days. It’s a fermented drink made with tea, sugar, bacteria and yeast. There’s a lot of debate about the actual health benefits of kombucha tea. Some say it can help with anything from PMS symptoms to joint pain to constipation and even cancer prevention. But there are docs who say to stay away. Dr. Brent A. Bauer of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota recently told MNN: “Because there are no studies documenting that [kombucha tea] provides a specific benefit, and because there are at least a few case reports of people being harmed by it, I tell my patients who ask to steer clear.”
KEYC-TV Mankato, Sensory Adventure For Kids Take Place At Children's Museum by Makenzie Kramer — The Children's Museum paired with Mayo Clinic Health System hosted a sensory adventure for kids. Parents and children were invited to sample out frozen, fresh, and dried fruits to show the different varieties to children; it's all a apart of health initiative plan. Mayo Clinic Health Systems does events throughout the year with Children's Museum to help create nutrition awareness at a young age. Executive Director of The Children's Museum Peter Olson said, "At the Children's Museum we're all about the whole child, and children's wellbeing; their health is really critical to the development. The partnership with Mayo Clinic Health System is really focused in helping families to look at Mayo and the Children's Museum as partners in keeping their family healthy."
Healio, Intense pulsed light treatment with meibomian gland expression relieves refractory dry eye — Refractory dry eye treated with a combination of intense pulsed light and meibomian gland expression resulted in a significant improvement in dry eye symptoms and meibomian gland function, according to a retrospective analysis of 35 subjects. “For older patients with years of meibomian gland disease, automated thermal pulsation alone was not giving patients relief,” according to co-investigator Joanne F. Shen, MD, chair of the Department of Ophthalmology at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona, which has a large referral practice of recalcitrant dry eye patients. Shen and colleagues modeled the combination therapy of David R. Hardten, MD, who treats ocular rosacea dry eye with serial intense pulsed light (IPL)/meibomian gland expression (MGX).
Inverse, The Last Sane Drug on Earth Fights for Survival by Kastalia Medrano — “When ibuprofen came out, they thought aspirin was going to go away, but it’s still here,” Mayo Clinic neuro-radiologist Dr. John Port said of lithium’s staying power. “The bottom line is that lithium, for a large number of patients, goes really well. And it’s really cheap. So that combination makes it very attractive. For those people who can tolerate it, it’s just a godsend.”
Mankato Free Press, Keep your cool while exercising in the heat by Chaun Cox —The warm weather is a perfect motivator to get outside, go for a walk and generally get off the couch and move around. For many people, exercising outdoors certainly feels better than being stuck inside due to the bitter cold. But when our summer goes from warm to hot, exercising could be risky — unless you’re prepared. Staying active, even exercising in hot weather, can be done safely, but you really have to pay attention to the environment and your body to make sure a good thing doesn’t go bad. Here are a few tips…Chaun Cox, M.D., is a Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato family physician and an avid runner.
KTVQ-TV, Does Drinking Water Cause Hydrated Skin? — Out of the three layers of skin that covers your body, it is the topmost layer that displays the effects of poor hydration. If this epidermis lacks a substantial amount of water, then your skin loses some of its pliability and looks and feels rougher than it should. Despite this, Dr Lawrence Gibson of the Mayo Clinic states that there isn’t much medical evidence that proper hydration can really correct this once it happens; however, proper hydration can help keep it from happening in the first place.
Post-Bulletin, Mayo's new immersion program is a hit by Brett Boese — Kim Hall traveled more than 200 miles to spend the week at Mayo Clinic. Hall was one of 40 high school students from around the state selected to attend the inaugural career immersion program developed by the Mayo School of Health Sciences…Students arrived Sunday and will spend the week being introduced to 15 of the 125 programs currently offered at Mayo School of Health Science. They're scheduled to head home Friday afternoon. "Our goal is to introduce them to careers they've never heard of before," said Ruth Bello, Mayo Clinic's operations manager who developed the pipeline program.
MedCity News, Here’s how the pause in the medical device tax has been a boon by Arundhati Parmar — …Another positive development that can be traced to the repeal is the recent collaboration between Boston Scientific and Mayo Clinic. In March, Boston Scientific publicly shared details of a collaboration with the Mayo Clinic that began three years ago borne of a desire to speed up product development. One aim of the multimillion-dollar investment by Boston Scientific is to develop and commercialize novel products quickly while another is to test cleared products in new clinical environments.
WQOW-TV, Eau Claire hospital hosts free "Safety Camp" by Jesse Yang — School may be out, but dozens of kids spent the day at the park learning about safety. On Tuesday, about 140 kids in fourth and fifth grades from the Chippewa Valley participated in Mayo Clinic Health System's "Safety Camp". The two day event allows kids to learn about topics including electrical, seat belt and weather safety, taught by our own Chief Meteorologist, Nick Grunseth. Staff said new this year is a topic about internet safety, something that was not offered in the camp ten to 15 years ago. Kim Strasburg, a registered nurse and the trauma injury prevention coordinator at Mayo Clinic Health System, said it's important for kids to learn about these topics as they mature and gain more independence.
BCIndian.com, Gut bacteria may cause rheumatoid arthritis — Researchers, including one of Indian-origin, have discovered that unhealthy bacteria in your gut could be the culprit that causes rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disorder that occurs when the body mistakenly attacks itself. As a result of this disease, the body breaks down tissues around joints, causing swelling that can erode bone and deform the joints. The disease can damage other parts of the body, including the skin, eyes, heart, lung and blood vessels. "Using genomic sequencing technology, we were able to pin down some gut microbes that were normally rare and of low abundance in healthy individuals, but expanded in patients with rheumatoid arthritis," said Veena Taneja, immunologist at Mayo Clinic's Centre for Individualised Medicine in the US. Additional coverage: NDTV
KAAL-TV, New App Brings Ease to Becoming Organ Donor by Megan Reistad — "I wake up every day and every day is a gift, a miracle. Every day, I look at my iPad and my donor’s face is on my iPad," said Heart Transplant Recipient Jimmy Dunbar…Dunbar had his first heart attack in May 2014. After his second, he got a total artificial heart and waited for nine months before going to Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona. 45 days after arriving, he received his heart transplant.
The Rheumatologist, Find Your Mentor in Medicine by Karen Appold — Medicine has traditionally been an apprenticeship model. The most elemental and constructive method of passing on knowledge is the mentor–mentee relational experience. Mentorship encompasses not only the role of teacher, but also that of coach, role model, advisor and confidante. Matthew J. Koster, MD, rheumatology fellow and instructor in medicine, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., can attest to the value of being mentored. “Having a mentor is a vital component of any physician’s mental growth and well-being,” he says. “At every level of my training in medicine, I have sought out mentors, because they are an essential part of my learning and growing process.”
PerfScience, Estrogen patch may lower amyloid deposits in menopausal women — Starting estrogen therapy in menopausal women before the age of 65 as per a novel research lessens the risk for Alzheimer's disease. Researchers at Mayo Clinic noticed reduced levels of amyloid deposits in the brains of women who were less than three years past menopause…"If our results are confirmed in the larger group of women, this finding has the potential to change the concepts for preventive interventions that drive the Alzheimer's disease field today," Dr. Kejal Kantarci, a radiologist at the Mayo Clinic, said in a press release. "It also may have a significant impact on women making the decision to use hormone therapy in the early postmenopausal years." Additional coverage: Canindia News, Medical Xpress
Modern Medicine, Study reveals physicians’ technology-related frustration by Mark K. Pratt — A new study measures physician thoughts on the increasingly computerized clinical environment in which they work – and the findings aren’t good. “In their current form and implementation, EHR, CPOE and the current electronic environment have had a variety of unintended negative consequences,” Tait Shanafelt, MD, a Mayo Clinic hematologist and researcher who is also one of the study’s authors, told Medical Economics. Published in July’s Mayo Clinic Proceedings, the study found that only 36% of the responding 5,358 physicians using EHRs were satisfied or very satisfied with their EHRs.
News4Jax, Keeping an eye on pink eye by Crystal Chen — Waking up with your eyes swollen shut with crust or blood shot can be scary, especially for young children. But pink eye is what's going around this week and catching it is as easy as touching a door knob or rubbing your eyes…"A lot of times in Florida we have a lot of smoke in the summer and fires and that can cause a conjunctivitis," said Dr. Vandana Bhide with Mayo Clinic. "It's important not to share for example washcloths or towels or any personal things between kids," said Dr. Bhide.
Hospitals & Health Networks, Should Nurse Licenses Hold Across States? By Marty Stempniak — …Minnesota is also contemplating hopping aboard, and health systems such as the Mayo Clinic are lobbying state officials there for approval. The Rochester, Minn., organization needs nurses with flexibility to help staff its emergency Mayo 1 helicopter, and the system operates intensive care units through video and telephone capabilities in such states as Iowa, Wisconsin and Georgia, says Sharon Prinsen, R.N., nurse administrator…“It really opens the door for technology and new models of care to address meeting patients wherever they are versus having to come forward to a traditional facility to be cared for,” Prinsen says.
Post-Bulletin, Main Event: Sun run raises hefty sum for melanoma research by Holly Galbus — Raising awareness of the sun's danger and supporting melanoma research, more than 880 people participated in the 11th annual Stay out of the Sun Run on May 20…For Tim Burriss, race founder and director, it was a time to reflect on his 20 years of surviving melanoma and his stepping down from 11 years of coordinating the annual event. Burriss expressed his gratitude to the local businesses who "have done so much for me," and to his oncologist, Dr. Svetimor Markovic. Markovic, who has chaired the melanoma program at Mayo Clinic, said "It's wonderful to see the energy of the community come to this."
News Medical, Mayo Clinic earns recognition for efforts in disability-inclusion practices — Mayo Clinic has been recognized by the U.S. Business Leadership Network and the American Association of People With Disabilities for its efforts in its disability inclusion efforts. On a survey of Fortune 1,000 companies, Mayo Clinic was 1 of 42 companies that scored a perfect 100 on the Disability Equality Index. Mayo Clinic is featured on the 2016 DEI Best Places to Work list. "It is an honor for Mayo Clinic to be recognized among the leaders in disability-inclusion practices," says Sharonne Hayes, M.D., a Mayo Clinic cardiologist and director of Mayo's Office of Diversity and Inclusion.
Fierce Biotech, Mayo Clinic scientists develop new combination therapy for advanced cancers by Oliver Worsley — Researchers at the Mayo Clinic have figured out a new way to beat metastatic cancer in a mouse model using a combination therapy that targets the immune system. The therapy is now being pursued in clinical trials and may hold promise for patients with advanced cancers such as pancreas, breast, colorectal and melanoma. The co-authors of the study, Peter Cohen and Sandra Gendler, published their findings in the journal Oncotarget. “It appears very likely that each round of treatment stimulates the bone marrow to churn out freshly activated monocytes, which distribute throughout the body, spare normal cells, and find and kill cancer cells,” said Gendler.
TCTMD, MI Patients Who Develop Heart Failure Vulnerable to Higher Risk of Cancer by Michael H. Wilson — Among MI patients, those who develop heart failure after their event face a much higher risk of developing cancer than those who don’t, according to an observational study. The study, published in the July 19, 2016, issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, highlights a number of potential shared risk factors associated with both heart failure and cancer. “Management of patients with CVD or any other form of disease really needs to be holistic. Patients very seldom, if ever, present with one single disease,” senior author Veronique Roger, MD (Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN), told TCTMD, stressing the importance of “multimorbidity.”
El Universal, El ejercicio ayuda a mejorar a los pacientes con cancer — Varios estudios muestran que la actividad física regular se vincula con mayor expectativa de vida después de un diagnóstico de cáncer y en muchos casos, con una disminución en el riesgo de recurrencia del cáncer. Por lo menos 20 estudios de personas con cáncer de mama, de colon y recto, de próstata y de ovario han planteado que los supervivientes de cáncer que son físicamente activos tienen menor riesgo de recurrencia del cáncer y mayor supervivencia que quienes son inactivos”, comenta Kaye Holt, enfermera especialista de Clínica Mayo.
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