July 22, 2016

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights

By Karl Oestreich

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New York Times
Fecal Transplants Can Be Life-Saving, but How?
by Carl Zimmer

Now scientists are testing fecal transplants against such diseases as ulcerative colitis, and even obesity and diabetes…The bacteria in stool seem to be particularly important. Dr. Sahil Khanna of the Mayo Clinic and his colleagues isolated the spores of about 50 different species of bacteriaThe New York Times newspaper logo found in stool samples donated by healthy people. They put the spores in pills, which they gave to 30 patients with C. difficile infections. As they reported in the July 15 issue of The Journal of Infectious Diseases, 29 of the patients recovered.

Reach: The New York Times has a daily circulation of nearly 649,000 and a Sunday circulation of 1.18 million.

Context: Clostridium difficile (klos-TRID-e-um dif-uh-SEEL), often called C. difficile or C. diff, is a bacterium that can cause symptoms ranging from diarrhea to life-threatening inflammation of the colon. Mayo Clinic specializes in treating people with difficult cases of C. difficile who haven't responded to standard medical treatments or who have developed complications such as an inflamed colon. The Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, opened a C. difficile clinic that specializes in treating patients with C. difficile infection.

Contact: Joe Dangor


New York Times
Pat Summitt’s Public Fight Spurs Research Support

Perhaps the most tangible evidence of the difference Summitt made is set to come in December with the opening of the Pat Summitt Alzheimer’s The New York Times newspaper logoClinic at the University of Tennessee Medical Center. “I think it’s going to become a real icon in the Southeastern part of the States for Alzheimer’s disease care and research,” said Ronald Petersen, the director of the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota…“People raved about her willingness to do this,” Petersen said. “She maintained a sense of humor as far into the disease as she could. She likened the battle to coaching basketball, and the way the players would react to a challenge on the court is the way she was reacting to dealing with this disease.”

Reach: The New York Times has a daily circulation of nearly 649,000 and a Sunday circulation of 1.18 million.

Context: Ron Petersen, M.D., Ph.D., is the Cora Kanow Professor of Alzheimer’s Disease Research at Mayo Clinic. Dr. Petersen is regularly sought out by reporters as a leading expert in his medical field. Dr. Petersen chairs the Advisory Council on Alzheimer’s Research, Care and Services.

Contact: Susan Barber Lindquist


Blue Cross honors Mayo's kidney donor program
by Brett Boese

An innovative Mayo Clinic program that pairs kidney donors with needy transplant patients was recognized Tuesday by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota's new Trailblazing Tour. It was one of 11 programs honored for its creative and forward-thinking methods, according to Blue Cross. Logo for Post-Bulletin newspaperThe thought process behind Mayo's new donor program is simple, but it has drawn high praise while being hailed as revolutionary. "Mayo Clinic Living Donor Program's pioneering Paired Donation Program is evolving how patients receive transplants – in turn, proving how innovative trailblazers can accelerate the pace of improving health across Minnesota," said Garrett Black, senior vice president of health services at Blue Cross. "By recognizing the Mayo Clinic Living Donor Program, we hope to start a meaningful conversation and engage communities like Rochester throughout the state to reach their full potential and work together to transform health care."

Reach: The Post-Bulletin has a weekend readership of nearly 45,000 people and daily readership of more than 41,000 people. The newspaper serves Rochester, Minn., and Southeast Minnesota.

Context: The Paired Donation Program came out of the knowledge that the current system simply wasn’t working as well as it could. Mayo Clinic – ranked number one in the nation for nephrology by US News & World Report –realized that by matching up people willing to donate a kidney with those in need of a transplant, they may be able to help someone else, if not their immediate friend or family member. A kidney from a living donor leads to better outcomes for the patients, and those that have had a friend or family member go through a kidney transplant tend to be more willing to be on the list to donate if a match arises. More information can be found here.

Contact: Susan Barber Lindquist


Chicago Tribune
How to shop for sunscreen
by Alison Bowen

Spray, stick or lotion? The Mayo Clinic lays out pros and cons. A stick might be easy to apply around the eye, or a gel might help with a hairy Chicago Tribune Logochest. Lotions are easy for large applications. And if you use a spray, stay away from the wind — spraying your limbs in the wind might not result in full coverage.

Reach:  The Chicago Tribune has a daily circulation of more than 384,000 and a weekend circulation of more than 686,000.

Context:  Mayo Clinic experts say the best sunscreen is one that you'll use generously and according to label directions. Here's help understanding sunscreen ingredients, types of sunscreen and more.

Contact: Kelley Luckstein


Expert weighs in possible Zika virus transmitted by mosquito in Miami
by Letisha Bereola

The first possible homegrown case of Zika transmitted by mosquito is being investigated in Miami. Action News Jax went to the Mayo Clinic to find out what health officials are zeroing in on. Dr. Vandana Bhide is an internist and pediatrician at the Mayo Clinic. She says a medical team will be examining the virus closely. “What are the DNA fingerprints of this particular infection? And we want to be sure it’s a recent infection ActionNewsJaxand not a similar infection like dengue fever,” she said.

Reach: WAWS-TV/30 is the Fox affiliate. WTEV-TV/47 is the CBS affiliate in Jacksonville, Florida.

Context: Vandana Bhide, M.D. is a Mayo Clinic internist and pediatrician.

Contact: Kevin Punksy

Washington Post, FDA: Electroshock has risks but is useful to combat severe depression by Dan Hurley — …Thomas G. Brott, chairman of the 2011 panel and a neurologist at the Mayo Clinic’s campus in Jacksonville, Fla., said at the time that he opposed easing the classification because he could find no research into the effects of ECT based on MRI imaging, repeated brain wave (EEG) studies, or autopsy examinations. “I tried to look and saw very little. I concluded that the evidence is not there to decide either way,” he said in 2011. He declined to comment on the FDA’s new action.

Reuters, Women on osteoporosis drugs still need bone density screenings — Because changes in bone mineral density occur fairly slowly in most women, “there is some controversy as to what time point following an initial baseline bone mineral density test should a repeat test be performed,” said Dr. Matthew Drake, a researcher in radiology at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Rochester, Minnesota. If the test is repeated too quickly, it may be hard to tell if any measured change really represents bone loss, Drake, who wasn’t involved in the study, said by email. Waiting at least two to three years before a repeat test may be better for many patients, he said.

New York Post, ‘Burrito saunas’ are the latest wacky health trend by Molly Shea — While not inherently more dangerous than regular saunas, doctors say there’s no evidence to prove these so-called “burrito saunas” actually work. “You have to rely on your own experience,” says Dr. Brent Bauer, director of the Complementary and Integrative Medicine Program at Mayo Clinic. “You have to take [the claims] with a grain of salt.”

HealthDay, Anesthesia Safe for Kids, Doctors' Group Says — Anesthesia eases the pain of millions of children who must have surgery every year, but parents who are worried about the safety of these medications should talk to their anesthesiologist about their fears, experts advise. "Particularly in infants and toddlers, surgery is only recommended when necessary for the child's health, so parents should not avoid an important procedure out of fear," said Dr. Randall Flick. He is chair of the Committee on Pediatric Anesthesia at the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA). "Physician anesthesiologists have completed years of special training to ensure safe, high-quality care, which should set parents' minds at ease," said Flick, who is also associate professor of pediatrics and anesthesiology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

Live Science, Does Caffeine Really Dehydrate You? by Kate Goldbaum — …It is possible to consume too much caffeine, but Armstrong said the lethal dose is about 10,000 milligrams in a day. To put that number into perspective, the Mayo Clinic reports that an 8-ounce cup of coffee contains about 95 milligrams of caffeine. So, in order to overdose, you'd have to drink more than 100 cups of coffee in a day.

Science Daily, Liquid biopsies offer hope for earlier treatment, better tracking of ovarian cancer — Researchers at the Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine have found a promising new way to monitor and treat recurrence of ovarian cancer -- a hard-to-detect disease that claims many lives. New research from George Vasmatzis, Ph.D., of the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at Mayo Clinic, finds liquid biopsies from blood tests and DNA sequencing can detect a return of ovarian cancer long before a tumor reappears.

Daily Mail, Are YOU at risk of a midlife crisis? Doctors describe the 6 tell-tale signs - and how to get past them by Micah Dorner — Is a midlife crisis real, or is it a common myth that you may feel significant uncertainty or discontent at a certain point in your adult life? People often wonder if someone can have a midlife crisis,' says Jennifer Wickham, a licensed professional counselor for Mayo Clinic Health System. 'It's a good question to ask, as all of us go through personal issues and transitions in our lives.'

ALS News Today, Brainstorm’s NurOwn for ALS Gets High Marks in Phase 2 Trial by Daniela Semedo — “We are very encouraged by these Phase 2 data that show that NurOwn cell therapy is safe and that a single administration produces a transient and clinically meaningful beneficial response in terms of both the ALS-FRS-R rating scale and CSF biomarkers,” said Dr. Robert H. Brown, Professor and Chair of Neurology at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center and Medical School, and an investigator in the trial. “These exciting findings clearly indicate that it is appropriate to conduct a longer study with repetitive dosing.”

Prevention, 4 Types Of Herbal Remedies You Should Never Try by Kasandra Brabaw — In a recent report, scientists at Baylor College of Medicine called herbal remedies a "global health hazard," due to their potential to contain carcinogens or other toxic compounds…It sounds alarming. But Brent A. Bauer, MD, director of the Mayo Clinic Complementary and Integrative Medicine Program, says there's no need to panic. It's not that there's no risk involved with taking herbal supplements, but Bauer says it's about as risky as taking medicine your doctor prescribes—both could have unforeseen side effects.

UPI.com, Mayo Clinic doctor gives skin safety tips — We've known for decades that exposure to U-V rays can lead to much more than a bad sunburn. But there are simple and effective ways to protect your skin from the summer sun according to dermatologist Dr. Aleksander Sekulic PhD, an Associate Professor of dermatology at the Mayo Clinic Phoenix.  He says, "If you can stay in the sun in the morning or in the evening, rather than in the middle of the day. Second, if you can stay in the shade rather than the direct sun when you have an option, that is also a good choice."

Health.com, 7 Things to Know Before You Donate Blood by Lauren Oster — The summer’s no vacation for blood banks, and this one has been especially hard: Just after the fourth of July, the American Red Cross issued an emergency call for blood and platelet donations. This time of year, “blood donors are typically out of town and unable to give," explains Justin Kreuter, MD, medical director of the Mayo Clinic Blood Donor Center in Rochester, Minnesota; or they may not be eligible to donate after traveling to certain areas outside the United States. “It really hits us in the summer months,” Dr. Kreuter says.

Health Data Management, Mayo Clinic initiative takes analytics to the enterprise level by Greg Slabodkin — Implementing an enterprise analytics organization at the Mayo Clinic has not been an easy journey, but it’s starting to pay dividends for one of America’s most respected healthcare organizations. Mayo Clinic’s analytics capabilities are fast becoming one of the largest and most sophisticated in the nation. However, that hasn’t always been the case, according to Joe Dudas, division chair of enterprise analytics, who has been leading efforts to tap into Mayo’s database of more than 5 million patient records and healthcare partners that provide access to more than 100 million. Nonetheless, “big data is not about the data—it is about the analytics,” Dudas said during an address at HDM’s Healthcare Analytics Conference in Chicago.

FOX News, Women on osteoporosis drugs still need bone density screenings — Because changes in bone mineral density occur fairly slowly in most women, "there is some controversy as to what time point following an initial baseline bone mineral density test should a repeat test be performed," said Dr. Matthew Drake, a researcher in radiology at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Rochester, Minnesota. If the test is repeated too quickly, it may be hard to tell if any measured change really represents bone loss, Drake, who wasn't involved in the study, said by email. Waiting at least two to three years before a repeat test may be better for many patients, he said.

Quartz, Why our weight fluctuates on a daily basis by Katherine Ellen Foley — Throughout any given day, our weight fluctuates over about a 5lb. range as our bodies work to balance sodium with water. “Your body wants to be in an equilibrium,” Katherine Zeratsky, a nutritionist with the Mayo Clinic, said…The kidneys scan and filter our blood so it can recirculate through our body and deliver oxygen. If we’ve eaten extra salt that day, or haven’t had enough water, our kidneys will spot it in our blood. “If we say have more sodium for one reason or another, our kidneys are saying ‘Hold onto some fluid,'” Zeratsky said.

Next Avenue, Do You Really Need That Back Surgery? by Nancy Crotti —…The Mayo Clinic lists surgical risks as infection, a tear in the membrane that covers the spinal cord, a blood clot in a leg vein, and neurological deterioration. Nine out of 10 patients who develop a herniated disc can avoid surgery by refraining from certain positions, performing prescribed exercises and judiciously using pain medication, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Becker’s Hospital Review, Mayo Clinic launches innovation competition to license technology by Akanksha Jayanthi — Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic's Think Big Challenge encouraging healthcare innovation has returned, but with a twist. This year, one business or entrepreneur will create and pitch a strategy to take a Mayo Clinic technology to market. Previously, Mayo's Think Big Challenge asked innovators to develop a new technology and pitch a strategy to take it to market. This year, innovators will choose one of four technologies from Mayo Clinic Ventures and pitch the strategy for it.

Twin Cities Business, Mayo’s Precision Chemotherapy Delivery Platform Attracts Investor Attention by Don Jacobson — Common chemotherapy drugs such as aflibercept, bevacizumab or ranibizumab can inhibit VEGF and thus control or slow tumor growth, and if delivered precisely on target, can be rendered more effective than they are currently. Enter Dr. Svetomir Markovic, a Mayo Medical School professor and faculty researcher at its Cancer Center in Rochester. One of his focus areas is the development of a new kind of molecular platform that has been shown capable of carrying what he calls a “car bomb” of anti-cancer drugs into tumor cells – and then delivering their “payloads” once inside.

Goop, The Ultimate First Aid Cheat Sheet — Summer is the season for tiring kids out with everything from biking and hiking to tennis and swimming, but all that fun inevitably brings scrapes, bruises, ticks, and a whole host of mini-injuries. For a refresher on how to deal with the basics, we tapped Dr. Heather Heaton of the Mayo Clinic, an expert in emergency medicine and first-aid. In order to administer most of the recommendations below, you’ll want a fully outfitted first aid kit in both your home and your car. If you can make the time, Heaton also recommends a first aid class—she says that in time-sensitive situations like heart attacks and strokes, basic education can truly save a life…

Business Standard, Twitter can help spread the word on healthcare — A new study has shown the power of Twitter for sharing the physician-generated medical news. Over a 1-year period, academic cardiovascular physicians at the Mayo Clinic used a new Twitter account to share medical news and gained more than 1,200 followers, with tweets of original journal content garnering the greatest response. In the article 'An Academic Healthcare Twitter Account: The Mayo Clinic Experience,' R. Jay Widmer and coauthors presented data describing the gender and geographic distribution of their Twitter account's followers. Additional coverage: Medical Xpress, Toronto Telegraph

Vox, We asked hundreds of scientists what they’d change about science. Here are 33 of our favorite responses. by Julia Belluz, Brad Plumer and Brian Resnick —… "Most papers are generated for advancement of careers rather than advancement of human knowledge." —Joseph Hyder, professor of anesthesiology, Mayo Clinic

AccuWeather, How to prevent foodborne illness at your summer barbecues by Randi Ivler — Preparing the food…Katherine Zeratsky, a Mayo Clinic nutritionist, said that marinating, defrosting, cleaning and cutting foods are some of the easiest ways to spread bacteria in the kitchen. "We often forget the importance of maintaining a clean kitchen. It is important to handle raw food cautiously," Zeratsky said.

Victoria Advocate, Probiotics help with may different conditions by Phylis Canion — Diet plays an enormous factor in how well a probiotic works in the gut. Although more research is needed, there is encouraging evidence that probiotics may help with the following, according to Katherine Zeratsky, a Registered Dietician with Mayo Clinic; to treat diarrhea (especially following treatment with certain antibiotics), to prevent and treat vaginal yeast infections and urinary tract infections, to treat irritable bowel syndrome, to speed treatment of certain intestinal infections and to prevent or reduce the severity of colds and flu.

KTTC-TV, Radon interactive map launched by Minnesota Department of Health by Chris Yu — The Minnesota Department of Health has launched an interactive map to help residents determine the radon levels in their counties. Radon produces little particles, and those particles are kind of sticky. So when people breathe in the radon, it attaches to the actual cells in the lung and that causes mutations," explained Dr. Andrew Vaughn of Mayo Clinic…"It's present everywhere. It's in the air we're breathing now. It's certainly in the water and it's in the soil," said Dr. Vaughn.

Stuff.co.nz, Could you be going through a midlife crisis? — Is a midlife crisis real, or is it a common myth that you may feel significant uncertainty or discontent at a certain point in your adult life? "People often wonder if someone can have a midlife crisis," says Jennifer Wickham, a licensed professional counsellor for Mayo Clinic Health System. "It's a good question to ask, as all of us go through personal issues and transitions in our lives."… "Your midlife crisis, or transition, may occur around significant life events, such your youngest child moving away or finishing college," says Wickham. "You may feel it when you're entering a new decade or after the death of a parent."

Mankato Free Press, Area clinics earn rewards, recognition in new report by Brian Arola — Mayo Clinic Health System’s Lake Crystal clinic received a top honor for vascular care. Jennifer Johnson, regional physician lead for clinical outcomes and quality for Mayo, said they too have historically reinvested the funds they receive for the honors. “The recognition is important to our system as acknowledgement of the work we do every day,” she said. “We recognize that there’s still room for improvement. We don’t have all our clinics on the system, but the recognition for the hard work is nice.” Other Mayo Clinic Health System and Mankato Clinic facilities earned improvement distinctions in the report. Mankato Clinic’s Daniel’s Health Center in St. Peter, and Mayo facilities in Belle Plaine, Janesville, Kiester, Lake Crystal, Waseca and Waterville all improved enough in one category to make the list.

Post-Bulletin, Planning commission delays vote on Alatus project by Jeff Kiger — After hours of discussion and public comment, the Rochester Planning & Zoning Commission voted to delay its decision on a $110 million Second Street Southwest housing and commercial project late Wednesday. Developer Alatus LLC brought a preliminary plan for a high-end 13-story housing and commercial complex to be built on more than two acres at the southwest corner of 14th Avenue Southwest and Second Street. Beside putting it in the shadow of Mayo Clinic's Saint Marys campus, the plan calls for the development to extend into the quiet Folwell neighborhood.

Star Tribune, Mayo Clinic, Regions among hospitals finding they're not off-limits in Pokemon Go by Jeremy Olson — The Pokémon Go mobile game that suddenly has teenagers and adults wandering the earth — camera-enabled phones in hand — has some hospitals concerned about just how far players might wander…In Minnesota, officials at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester have reacted as well. Apparently there are several Pokémon “gyms’’ surrounding its campus.“Staff and security personnel at our facilities are being updated on potential patient privacy and security issues that could arise,” said Joe Dangor, a Mayo spokesman, noting that an intern found a character in his office.

Post-Bulletin, Pokestops draw mixed reactions from businesses by Lauren Kotajarvi — With the influx of Pokemon Go users around Rochester, local businesses are starting to notice… One organization, the Mayo Clinic, is unsure about this new interactive game. There are multiple Pokestops within Mayo Clinic Buildings, including the Plummer Building, Gonda Building and the Charlton Building. There has been a lot of extra traffic coming through the medical buildings that could potentially be a risk. "We are aware of the new augmented reality game Pokemon Go, and staff and security personnel at our facilities are being updated on potential patient privacy and security issues that could arise," said Joe Dangor, of Mayo Clinic public affairs.

Mankato Free Press, Pokemon Go craze gets gamers off the couch by Kristine Goodrich — Mayo Clinic Health System is filing a request that its facilities be removed from the game, said spokesman Kevin Burns. The concern is the use of phone cameras during the game can violate patient confidentiality, Burns said. At the Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato Emergency Department earlier in the week, a visitor who was accompanying a patient was asked to stop playing the game.

ABC15 Arizona, Mayo Clinic Cardiologist talks about what you know about heart palpitations — John Beshai, M.D., Mayo Clinic Cardiologist, joined the hosts of Sonoran Living Live to discuss. Find out about more about heart disease and treatment by joining ABC15's Rally for Red, and from Mayo Clinic staff members each month on Sonoran Living Live.

Post-Bulletin, Diversity Council to honor 'Champions of Diversity' — The Diversity Council will celebrate its Champion of Diversity Awards on Aug. 4 at the Rochester Art Center. The event will recognize individuals who have made a significant contribution to creating a welcoming and inclusive community.  Danny Solis will serve as master of ceremonies, and Dr. James Li and Kaia Yngve of Mayo Clinic's Diversity and Inclusion Community Team will be the evening's hosts.The celebration is sponsored in part by Mayo Clinic.

Player FM, Mayo Clinic's Dr. Stephanie Faubion — WBZ's Laurie Kirby speaks with menopause expert Dr. Stephanie Faubion about the changes this time of life brings.

KIMT-TV, A Race to Remember raises money for Alzheimer’s research by Hannah Funk — The 5th Annual Race to Remember is bringing some of the fastest barrel racers in the Midwest together at the Freeborn County Fairgrounds this weekend. All of the proceeds from pledges and the silent auction will go directly to Mayo Clinic for Alzheimer’s research. The race has raised over $45,000 since it started in 2012.

WKBT-TV LaCrosse, Dragon Boat Festival wraps up two-day event — The Big Blue Dragon Boat Festival wrapped up its two-day event Saturday afternoon. The Mayo Health System's event "(There have been) Lots of team spirit. Lots of energy,”Heidi Odegaard, Mayo Clinic Health System’s community events coordinator, said. “It's a really great event with a wellness background. Every year, the event grows and it gets bigger, and we're honing in on our cause." on the Black River along Copeland Park featured dragon boat races between 40-plus teams with breast cancer survivors from the area.

Post-Bulletin, Disability Equality Index honors Mayo Clinic by Brett Boese — Rochester's biggest employer added another feather to its cap earlier this week. Mayo Clinic was one of 42 companies in the country to receive a perfect score on the inaugural Disability Equality Index score in a survey conducted by the U.S. Business Leadership Network and the American Association of People With Disabilities. The survey sought feedback from Fortune 1,000 companies and resulted in Mayo being recognized 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," said Sharon Hayes, a Mayo Clinic cardiologist who is also director of Mayo's Office of Diversity and Inclusion. "Mayo prides itself on bringing healing, hope and inclusiveness for not just our patients, but our employees, as well."

Mankato Free Press, Here comes the heat by Brian Arola — … That means plenty of fluids — water or sports drinks — as well as frequent breaks in the shade when possible. Recommendations like that might seem like common sense. But heat stroke or exhaustion still happens despite most people knowing what to do to prevent it, said Dr. Ruth Bolton, Mayo Clinic Health System’s Southwest Minnesota regional urgent care director. “You really do have to plan for it and make sure you have a cup of something you’re drinking constantly,” she said. “That’s the biggest thing. People don’t realize how dehydrated they can get.”

Post-Bulletin, Mayo Clinic seeks ways to avoid physician burnout by Brett Boese — By this time next year, Mayo Clinic will be well on its way to training 45,000 employees across its campuses in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Arizona and Florida to use Epic's electronic health records system. Whether that's a positive or a negative may depend upon who you ask… Mayo Clinic's Tait Shanafelt authored a study last month in Mayo Clinic Proceedings that further confirmed those findings. In collaboration with American Medical Association, Shanafelt surveyed more than 6,000 physicians across the country before determining that the increased clerical burden — particularly among family medicine physicians, urologists, otolaryngologists and neurologists — led to decreased job satisfaction and an increased risk of burnout.

WEAU-TV Eau Claire, High heat means extra care for youngsters by Jesse Horne — Along with what will go into a kid's body, parents should be aware of what is outside their body. "They need to make sure that they're dress appropriately,” Paul Horvath, doctor of emergency medicine at Mayo Clinic Heath System said to WEAU 13 News on Monday. “They need to make sure they're taking breaks and sitting down and drinking and cooling down in the midst of their playing." Dr. Horvath says his team is ready for this week's planned opressive heat - as they will have thier fluids fully stocked as well as adequate staff on-hand.

KAAL-TV, Mower Co. Relay for Life Hits Close to Home for Austin Boy by Megan Stewart — Jaxon Gorman is one active kid. He likes playing football, baseball, basketball and wrestling. However, 5 months ago, Jaxon was bedridden at Mayo Clinic. He has a rare cancer and underwent proton beam treatment at Mayo. Jaxon's mom, Terra Gorman, says he was diagnosed last winter. Terra says she didn't know if she'd ever see Jaxon out playing again. But, treatment with Mayo's proton beam has worked wonders on her son.

KIMT-TV, Mayo looks at lung cancer screening guidelines by Adam Sallet — It impacts thousands of people each and every year, but now Mayo Clinic researchers are hoping they can help those at risk of developing lung cancer. As it stands right now, those who stop smoking for 15 years or longer do not have to have lung cancer screenings, but Mayo found that shouldn’t be the case. What they discovered is that even after quitting for decades, those patients remain at a high risk for the deadly disease and should be getting screened.

MinnPost, Long workweeks take a bigger toll on women than on men, study finds by Susan Perry — “Women — especially women who have to juggle multiple roles — feel the effects of intensive work experiences and that can set the table for a variety of illnesses and disability,” said Allard Dembe, the study’s lead author and a professor of health services management and policy at Ohio State University, in a released statement. Dembe and his co-author, Xiaoxi Yao, now a research fellow at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, used data from almost 7,500 American adults who had participated in the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1979, which tracked the job history and health status of adults born between 1957 and 1964 over a 32-year period.

Post-Bulletin, Olmsted County's pertussis cases still 'spiking' by Brett Boese — Dr. Thomas Boyce, who specializes in pediatric infectious diseases, said pertussis outbreaks tend to occur once every 3 to 5 years and typically peak during the summer. The health recommendations change during an outbreak, Dr. Boyce said. During normal times, residents are encouraged to see a doctor if a cough persists for more than two weeks. During a pertussis outbreak, Dr. Boyce says that "a patient with a cough of any type for any duration should be tested for pertussis unless there is an alternate explanation."

WEAU-TV Eau Claire, High heat means extra care for youngsters by Jesse Horne — The Eau Claire City-County Health Department recommends children between 1 to 3 years old have to have four cups of water a day. From 4 to 8 years old, that number goes to five. Along with what will go into a kid's body, parents should be aware of what is outside their body. "They need to make sure that they're dress appropriately,” Paul Horvath, doctor of emergency medicine at Mayo Clinic Heath System said to WEAU 13 News on Monday. “They need to make sure they're taking breaks and sitting down and drinking and cooling down in the midst of their playing." Dr. Horvath says his team is ready for this week's planned oppressive heat - as they will have their fluids fully stocked as well as adequate staff on-hand.

WXOW-TV LaCrosse, Opioid Abuse: Lack of funding, resources hampering recovery by Ginna Roe — "They're aren't many physicians in the area working solely on addiction. There's about two over at Gundersen and I am the only one at Mayo Franciscan doing addiction work, out of 400 or 500 doctors in this area," Dr. David Onsrud, Medical Director of Addiction Services at Mayo Clinic Health System said. He said it's taking a toll on the quality of care here in La Crosse. "Addiction is one of these things you have to strike when the iron is hot. If someone calls and asks for help, you have to get that help to them right away. If you tell them to wait six weeks, you're not going to see them. If they have to schedule out a month,  you're not going to see them. You've lost that opportunity. And having so few people offering these services, we're missing so many of these people," Onsrud said.

Post-Bulletin, Effects of alcohol increase after gastric bypass surgery — DEAR MAYO CLINIC: After undergoing gastric bypass surgery last year, having a glass of wine affects me much more than it used to. Is this typical?...Yes. In fact, the effects of alcohol are nearly doubled in people who have had gastric bypass surgery, compared with those who haven't had the procedure…To answer your question, increased sensitivity to alcohol is real. For you, having two drinks is the equivalent of having four drinks, at which point you're likely well above the legal limit.

LaCrosse Tribune, Stakeholders discuss drug epidemic by Anne Jungen — Stakeholders spent much of the discussion examining hurdles, from funding obstacles and a lack of resources to a lack of sober housing…“Addiction is a brain disease, which is why they don’t get it,” said David Onsrud, family practitioner and medical director for the addiction programs at Mayo Clinic Health System. There are just three physicians at La Crosse’s medical institutions authorized to prescribe Suboxone, a drug used to treat opiate addiction, Onsrud said.

Post-Bulletin, Answer Man: Chimes don't ring a bell? They're new — Have you noticed that the Plummer Building carillon recently changed its tune for the hourly and quarter-hourly bongs? It's higher pitched, uses more notes and sounds more lyrical now. What is the tune or program and why did they change it? – Doug…. Excellent question, Doug. As of July 1, Mother Mayo tells me, there are two official chime settings for the carillon. The first is a new composition called "Mayo Clinic Chimes," adapted by carillonneur Jeff Daehn from chimes written by Mayo's first carillonneur, James Drummond. Those chines will be heard from the first to the 10th of every month, and the traditional Westminster chimes, also called the Big Ben chimes, are heard the rest of the month.

MSN Canada, Ménopause: les patchs d'oestrogènes pourraient prévenir la maladie d'Alzheimer — Kejal Kantarci et son équipe de la Mayo Clinic du Minnesota (États-Unis), ont suivi 68 femmes, âgées de 42 à 59 ans, 5 à 36 mois après leur ménopause, phase au cours de laquelle le taux d'oestrogène s'épuise drastiquement. 21 d'entre elles ont reçu des patchs d'oestradiol, 17 un comprimé oral et 30 ont reçu un placebo. Additional coverage: Medical News Today, NDTV

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