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Can season and place of birth influence celiac disease risk?
by Lisa Rapaport
Winter babies and people born in places with shorter days and less sunlight might have a lower risk of developing celiac disease than peers born in warmer regions or seasons, a Swedish study suggests … Among other things, global warming, variation in the type of spring weather and the timing of changing seasons could potentially explain some of the differences in risk found in the study, said Dr. Joseph Murray, director of the celiac disease program at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.
Reach: Reuters has 196 editorial bureaus in 130 countries and 2,400 editorial staff members and covers international news, regional news, politics, social issues, health, business, sports and media.
Additional coverage: KFGO Fargo
Contact: Sharon Theimer
Are Olympians Really Getting Older?
By Nicholas Hung
No, it’s not just you. From Michael Phelps to Kristin Armstrong, the 43-year-old American cyclist who just won her third gold in three consecutive Games, Olympic athletes really are getting older…To start, there’s the physiological component, says Michael J. Joyner, a physician and researcher at the Mayo Clinic specializing in exercise physiology. Athletes are staying healthier longer due to improvements in training and recovery techniques. It’s different now, and somebody like Phelps can really cash in,” says Joyner. If someone stays healthy and stays motivated, he or she “can really compete into a late age.”
Reach: Outside Magazine has a monthly circulation of more than 688,000 and is geared toward the enthusiast of various outdoor activities. Its website receives more than 690,000 unique visitors each month.
Related coverage with Dr. Joyner:
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NY Magazine, Olympic Champions’ Minds Are Quieter Than Yours
TIME, The 5 Key Factors for Breaking Olympic Records
Sports Illustrated, What does it take to break a world record at the Olympics?
New York magazine, Britain’s 42-Year-Old Distance Runner Is a Sign of Athletics to Come
Context: Michael Joyner, M.D., is a Mayo Clinic anesthesiologist. Dr. Joyner's research team is interested in how humans respond to various forms of physical and mental stress during activities such as exercise, hypoxia, standing up and blood loss.
Contact: Rhoda Fukushima Madson
Expert says federal funding for Zika vaccine falls short of what's needed in long run
by Samantha Manning
Dr. Greg Poland, a Zika vaccine researcher at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, told Action News Jax the federal funding falls far short. “It is a step in the right direction but terribly inadequate,” Poland said. “There needs to be a substantial and sustained commitment to dealing with the problem that is directly affecting the health of Americans and for which they themselves can’t do much to protect themselves against. This is the role of a federal government.” Poland said the phases for developing vaccines can take years and estimates roughly $1 billion is needed to fund a vaccine for this kind of a virus.
Context: Gregory Poland, M.D. is a Mayo Clinic infectious disease expert. Dr. Poland and his team within the Vaccine Research Group aim to improve the health of individuals across the world by pursuing challenges posed by infectious diseases and bioterrorism through clinical, laboratory and epidemiologic vaccine research.
ABC 15 Arizona
Mayo Clinic offers tips to prevent atrial fibrillation (A-fib)
Todd Hurst, M.D., Mayo Clinic Cardiologist, joined the hosts of Sonoran Living Live to discuss the increasing prevalence of atrial fibrillation, the most common form of arrhythmia, and the dramatic impact that modest weight loss and exercise can have on patient outcomes. 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.
Reach: KNXV-TV, ABC 15, is the ABC television station affiliate in Phoenix, Arizona.
Context: R. Todd Hurst, M.D. is a Mayo Clinic cardiologist.
Contact: Jim McVeigh
Mayo Clinic working to advance research on aging
by DeeDee Stiepan
Mayo Clinic is hoping to speed up the pace at which interventions that could delay or prevent these diseases are discovered. They’re doing so by collaborating with academic aging centers around the world, including the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and University of Alabama at Birmingham. “So far, we’ve been going organ system by organ system saying can we generate enough proof of concept in experimental models, in cells and in mice to say, “yeah, we think this might actually improve a multitude of conditions that are associated with aging,” explains Jordan Miller, Ph. D. with the Cardiovascular Disease and Aging Lab. Dr. Miller says the next big step, is figuring out how to show those are safe for humans.
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Additional coverage: Siasat Daily
Context: Mayo Clinic, along with other members of the Geroscience Network, has published six manuscripts that map strategies for taking new drugs that target processes underlying aging into clinical trials. Researchers believe that these agents hold promise for treating multiple age-related diseases and disabilities. The articles appear today in The Journals of Gerontology: Series A – Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences. The Geroscience Network, formed by James Kirkland, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Mayo Clinic Robert and Arlene Kogod Center on Aging; Steve Austad, Ph.D., University of Alabama at Birmingham; and Nir Barzilai, M.D., Albert Einstein College of Medicine, consists of 18 academic aging centers, along with the participation of more than 100 investigators from across the U.S. and Europe. The network is funded by the National Institutes of Health. More information can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.
Contact: Megan Forliti
HealthDay, U.S. DEA Denies Request to Ease Federal Pot Rules by Dennis Thompson — The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has refused the request of two former state governors to ease marijuana's restrictive classification under current drug laws. The request -- initially proposed in 2011 -- sought to have marijuana reclassified from a Schedule I drug to a Schedule II drug. …On the other hand, Schedule II drugs have a high potential for abuse, but "there is the recognition that they have some medical value as well," said Dr. J. Michael Bostwick, a professor of psychiatry at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Morphine, methamphetamine, cocaine and oxycodone are all Schedule II drugs, "because they have medical applications," Bostwick said. "So, it's not as if we don't have precedent for substances that are dangerous from an addictive point of view being useful in certain medical situations."
CBS News, The hidden reasons behind job burnout by Mary Brophy Marcus — Feeling exhausted, depressed and unmotivated at work? Burnout isn't just about a nasty boss or grumpy coworkers, it may stem from deeper issues within, a new study suggests. Researchers from the Universities of Zurich and Leipzig say burnout often results when your personality and inner motivations are a mismatch with your job situation…The Mayo Clinic's website on job burnout recommends talking with loved ones, friends, co-workers or a counselor to help you find solutions and better manage work stress. Many companies have an employee assistance program that can connect you with a qualified mental health provider.
US News & World Report, How to Avoid Overhydration by Sandra Arevalo — It's important to make sure we are not overhydrating, which is the opposite of dehydration. Most people know about dehydration because it's more common. According to the Mayo Clinic, "Dehydration occurs when you use or lose more fluid than you take in, and your body doesn't have enough water and other fluids to carry out its normal functions." Overhydration, also known as water intoxication or water poisoning, is when there is too much water in your body, enough to cause an abnormal balance of electrolytes in your system.
SELF magazine, 11 Low-Calorie Alcoholic Drinks Registered Dietitians Love by Zahra Barnes — 9. An ice cold beer: “A true Wisconsin native, I’m especially a fan of a nice hoppy craft brew. Not only do I enjoy the flavor complexities a craft beer has to offer, beer gives you the most volume for about the same total of calories and alcohol as wine and spirits, meaning it takes longer to drink and therefore helps moderate total alcohol consumption.” —Emily Brown, R.D.N., L.D., wellness dietitian at the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program.
Everyday Health, Immunotherapy: The New ‘Front Line’ in the War on Cancer by Dr. Sanjay Gupta — I’ve reported a number of times for Everyday Health now on the newest front in the battle against cancer called immunotherapy. This is a very exciting new tool in fighting this disease. We are still just learning how to use it, but it is already showing amazing results, sometimes curing people who were very close to death…Interview with Terry Smythe and Dr. Svetomir Markovic, MD, PhD, Mayo Clinic oncologist at link.
Men’s Fitness magazine, The surprising, recently-discovered risk factors for celiac disease by Brittany Smith — In the past few decades, instances of gluten intolerance and celiac disease—a condition where your small intestine is overly sensitive to gluten, making it difficult to digest food—have soared. Celiac disease is four-times more common today than it was about 60 years ago, according to a Mayo Clinic study published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology. It begs the question: What's changed?
Family Circle, 8 Ways to Sleep Better by Jessica Migala — Anyone who can squeeze in a half hour of shut-eye and feels the need should pull a blanket over their head and go for it. A short power nap can enhance your performance, alertness and attention. "It can be good for you, as long as you don't have insomnia," reveals Mayo Clinic sleep specialist Lois Krahn, MD. (People who have trouble falling asleep at night should try to save their zzz's for bedtime.) Otherwise, let yourself recharge—but sneak in that snooze before 3 p.m. When you fall asleep too close to bedtime, it's harder to drift off at night.
LifeZette, The Disorder You May Not Know You Have by Meredith Whitmore — EDS hypermobility type is the most common of the disorders — although it is still quite rare. Statistics say it affects one out of every 2,000 to 5,000 people, but extensive clinical observations indicate otherwise. “It’s definitely more common than people think,” said Mayo Clinic geneticist and EDS expert Dr. David Deyle. “People with long-term pain can actually have hypermobility type, but be misdiagnosed with fibromyalgia.” “I have made a number of patients cry when I’ve told them, ‘You do have something, and this is not in your head, unlike what doctors have been telling you for the last 30 years.’ For a lot of my patients, it’s the relief of someone actually listening to what they’re saying and believing it,” Deyle added.
WEAU-TV, Sports clinic ready for the fall season — Hard to believe, but the fall sports season is already upon us & Mayo Clinic Health System is back with Saturday morning Sports Clinics at its Eau Claire and Menomonie locations. The “goal” is to get athletes who’ve been injured during the week – either in practices or during competition – to get “Off the Sidelines & Back Into the Game” as quickly, and as safely, as possible. Dr. Paul McNally, Orthopedics and Sports Medicine at Mayo Clinic Health System – Red Cedar in Menomonie sat down with Hello Wisconsin to answer a few questions.
Mankato Free Press, No vacancies: Many mental health hospital stays avoidable by Brian Arola — A fifth of all stays in psychiatric units at Minnesota hospitals are avoidable, according to a new report. The Wilder Foundation partnered with the Minnesota Hospital Association to track stays at 20 participating hospitals — including Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato — throughout the state during a 45-day period in spring 2016. Bruce Sutor, clinical practice chair for psychiatry and psychology at Mayo Clinic, said the lack of resources causes a ripple effect through hospitals such as Mayo. “I can tell you right now we have 18 people waiting in the emergency department in Rochester awaiting treatment in a psychiatric bed,” Sutor said. That situation isn’t unique to Rochester, he said. “Absolutely it happens in Mankato,” he said.
Medical News Today, Osteoarthritis can be caused by senescent cells, study finds by Honor Whiteman —Researchers have uncovered evidence that cellular senescence - whereby cells stop dividing - is a cause of osteoarthritis, and they suggest targeting these cells could offer a promising way to prevent or treat the condition. Study co-author Dr. James Kirkland, director of the Robert and Arlene Kogod Center on Aging at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, and colleagues publish their findings in The Journals of Gerontology, Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences. For their study, Dr. Kirkland and colleagues set out to determine whether cellular senescence has a causal link with OA - an association they say previous studies have yet to establish.
KTAR-Radio, ASU and Mayo Clinic aim to improve surgeries for those with epilepsy by Mike Sackley — Thanks to a research grant, Arizona State University and Mayo Clinic are teaming up to help those who suffer from seizures. About three million people in the United States have epilepsy and not all of them can be treated with medication. For those who don’t respond to prescriptions, surgeries may be needed for symptoms to improve. “The idea is to identify the region of the brain that causes the issues and then to remove that part of the brain,” said Gregory Raupp, foundation professor in chemical engineering at ASU. Raupp explained that the process can be very difficult for surgeons and can sometimes result in patient death. That is why he is teaming with Dr. Greg Worrell from Mayo Clinic to create a high resolution image.
Science Daily, First-in-U.S. blood test that assesses risk of heart attack using plasma ceramides — Mayo Clinic has launched a new type of blood test that will be used to predict adverse cardiovascular events in patients with progressing coronary artery disease (CAD). The test measures blood concentrations of plasma ceramides, a class of lipids that are highly linked to cardiovascular disease processes. Researchers say this test is especially useful for patients with CAD when it does not improve with treatment or for young patients with premature CAD. The new test will help clinicians identify at-risk individuals and is available to Mayo Clinic patients and health care providers worldwide through Mayo Medical Laboratories (MML).
Finance & Commerce, Top Projects of 2015 series: Mayo Clinic Square by Julie Kendrick — The team behind Mayo Clinic Square created a space that’s the equivalent of a couture little black dress – chic, tailored and loaded with what Diana Vreeland called “pizzazz.” The new development, which fills an entire city block, is anchored by well-known Minnesota brands: Mayo Clinic, the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Minnesota Lynx. Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine treats athletic injuries and includes rehabilitation and specialized imaging equipment. The Timberwolves/Lynx headquarters and practice facility includes NBA basketball courts for team practice.
Finance & Commerce, Rochester housing expansion is getting expensive by Matt M. Johnson — Rochester homebuilders say putting up enough homes to meet the city’s future housing needs — particularly the demand arising from the $6 billion Destination Medical Center effort — is becoming an expensive proposition. Home production is being slowed by increases in land prices and a lack of trained construction workers, builders say. Rochester building permits show the city on pace for nearly 400 single-family homes by the end of 2016, about double the amount at the bottom of the city’s housing crash in 2011, according to city records. But it is less than half of what was being built at the peak of the city’s housing boom in 2004.
Star Tribune, 3M, others figuring out what makes millennial workers tick by DeeDee Pass — The industries that are the most interesting to millennials include science, health and technology, according to the NSHSS survey. Ranked 13th was the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. “Survey after survey consistently says that millennials want to change the world and make it a better place,” Mayo recruiting director Brent Bultema said.
Hospitals & Healthcare Networks, 8 Ways to Chart A Savvy Course to Integrated Care by Dan Beckham — Mayo Clinic: No organization has built as strong a brand for quality as Mayo. Its strength flows, to a great extent, from the team-based multispecialty group practice model that has been central to its operations since its founding, along with its unwavering focus on putting patient interests first. The "Mayo way" is well-engineered and nonnegotiable. No organization has deeper, better-connected data. Once satisfied to be insular, Mayo is stirring.
Detroit News, Patients hit back against Parkinson’s at Troy gym by Francis X. Donnelly — Getting punched doesn’t sound like good therapy. It’s even less appetizing if you have Parkinson’s disease. So how to explain the growing number of gyms and health clubs offering boxing as an antidote for the disorder?...A key to the therapy may be that it treats so many symptoms of Parkinson’s, from mental to physical ones, said researchers. “Increasing evidence suggests that ongoing vigorous exercise may favorably influence this progression,” said Dr. Eric Ahlskog, a Mayo Clinic neurologist who has studied Parkinson’s for 30 years.
KPNX-TV, Rate of Alzheimer's expected to triple within next 35 years — There are currently 5.2 million Americans living with Alzheimer's, and sadly, as the baby-boomer generation gets older, those numbers are projected to triple to 13.8 million within the next 35 years. With no current medications available to treat or prevent Alzheimer's, it may be scary, but Dr. Richard Caselli with the Mayo Clinic says it's important not to ignore potential warning signs. "The reason we should worry about it, is it's not always Alzheimer's," Caselli said. For example, sometimes if a person is on too many medications, adjusting them can help brain function. Another possibility, "We live in an area where valley fever is a common problem," Caselli said.
Investor’s Business Daily, Mayo Brothers Built Their Clinic's Success On Dedication, Teamwork by David Saito-Chung — If you allowed just one word to explain how Mayo Clinic founders Will and Charlie Mayo built one of the most influential health care institutions in the world today, it may be this: dedication. "The two things they stood for is: Everything we do is built around the patient, and we work together as a team," Matt Dacy, director of the Mayo Clinic's Heritage Hall museum, told IBD. "The fastest way to get fired at Mayo is to violate patient trust."
Teen Vogue, More Teens Report Depression, New Figures Show by Brittney McNamara — The report surveyed teens ages 12 to 17, finding 11% had a major depressive episode between 2013 and 2014. The previous year, only 9% of teens reported having a similar episode. Symptoms of depression include feelings of sadness, emptiness, hopelessness, irritability, loss of interest in normal activities, trouble sleeping and much more, according to the Mayo Clinic. Depression can even cause physical pain.
KMSP, Mayo Clinic's plan to outsource its food service met with union backlash by Courtney Godfrey — The largest private employer in the state is facing union backlash after announcing plans to outsource its food service division. From in-room meal service to cafeteria dining, the Mayo Clinic will transition all food service to Morrison Healthcare out of Atlanta, Georgia. Mayo spokesperson told Fox 9 that all current food and nutrition employees will be offered similar positions with Morrison at their current rate of pay. The spokesperson also said the employees will be credited for years of service.
KNXV-TV, Is red wine actually good for your heart? Mayo Clinic experts say it can be — We have all heard that red wine is good for the heart, but is that really true? "You know, alcohol is something that I get asked about a lot," said Dr. Eric Yang from the Mayo Clinic. Yang said having a drink or two per night can be beneficial to reducing the chances of having a heart attack or stroke, but like anything, there is a limit. "Having a drink or two and that's good, (and people think) well maybe three or four is even better. It doesn't work like that. I think having more than two drinks for a man on average a night and one for a woman is actually probably detrimental, but having one drink for a female and two for a male may reduce the chances of having a cardiovascular event," he said.
Post-Bulletin, Answer Man: Are placenta pills placebos? Ask your doctor — Dear Answer Man, I read the column in the Post-Bulletin on Saturday about women who, for lack of a nicer way to say this, eat their own placenta after giving birth. What does Mayo Clinic say about this? Has this actually been studied for health benefits or risks?... And here's what the world-famous local clinic has to say about it, in a Mayo Clinic web posting from just a few weeks ago by Julia A. Lammpa, an RN at Mayo: "Supporters point to research that suggests benefits for postpartum women. But these studies tend to lack in convincing evidence. They focus on animal research and anecdotal experiences or they're poorly designed. To date, there is no reliable research on humans that supports the benefits of placentophagy.
KAAL-TV, National Relaxation Day by Meghan Reistad — Monday is a day dedicated to taking time to take a break. It is National Relaxation Day. Mayo Clinic staff say relaxation is crucial for our health. "A lot of the studies out there suggest Americans have more stress than anybody," said Dr. Brent Bauer with Mayo Clinic Integrated Medicine. "(Stress) suppresses immune function, makes our wounds heal more slowly, makes us more susceptible to infections, heart diseases, diabetes, inflammation… I think we have so much stress in our society because of our society."
AlterNet, Tap Water Is Clearly Better Than Bottled Water—Here's Why by Nathaniel Berman — Bottled water manufacturers would like us to believe that bottled water is safer than tap water because it goes through a filtration process, which improves the color, taste and smell, and eliminates specific contaminants. However, bottled water is not required to be 100-percent contaminant-free. "Tap water and bttled water are generally comparable in terms of safety," notes Katherine Zeratsky, a licensed dietician with the Mayo Clinic. "So the choice of tap or bottled is mostly a matter of personal preference." Zeratsky adds that the Food and Drug Administration, which oversees bottled water, and the Environmental Protection Agency, which regulates tap water "use similar standards for ensuring safety.”
Healio, Looking for an End to the Waiting Game in Acute HCV — Somewhere between one-quarter and one-half of acute hepatitis C infections clear spontaneously, usually within 6 months, depending on the population or cohort. Accordingly, the authors of the joint American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases and Infectious Diseases Society of America HCV guidelines recommend a watching and waiting strategy for patients with recent or acute disease….Stacey A. Rizza, MD, associate professor of Medicine in the Department of Infectious Diseases at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., discussed it with HCV Next. “If you leave HCV alone and follow the natural history of the disease, around 30% to 40% of people who become infected are likely to spontaneously clear the infection on their own,” she said. “We have seen evidence of this in longitudinal studies.”
Neurology Advisor, Predicting Brain Atrophy Severity in Super-Refractory Status Epilepticus by Alicia Ciccone — The duration of super-refractory status epilepticus (SRSE) impacts the severity of cortical and subcortical atrophy, results from a small study indicate. In order to better understand how SRSE and anesthetic agents affect brain atrophy, Dr Hocker and colleagues conducted a retrospective review of medical records from patients admitted to Mayo Clinic Hospital with SRSE from January 1, 2001 to December 30, 2013. Patients 18 years or older with SRSE, an initial MRI within 2 weeks of SRSE onset, another MRI within 6 months of SRSE resolution, and a minimum of 1 week between scans were included in the analysis.
Duluth News Tribune, Tai chi relaxes the mind; improved balance can prevent injuries from falls by Pippi Mayfield — Whether it’s balance or flexibility issues, stress or anxiety relief or improving mental health, the art of tai chi is being practiced throughout the region in hopes of easing all those concerns…The Mayo Clinic promotes the benefits of tai chi on its website as well, describing it as, “Originally developed for self-defense, tai chi has evolved into a graceful form of exercise that’s now used for stress reduction and a variety of other health conditions. Often described as meditation in motion, tai chi promotes serenity through gentle, flowing movements.”
Star Tribune, May headed to Mayo by La Velle E. Neal III — Righthander Trevor May continues to undergo a battery of tests on his back. Doctors suspect that he has an imbalance in the area that is leading to discomfort. The next step will be for him to undergo a bone scan Monday at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. “They haven’t eliminated everything,” Molitor said. “That’s why [he] is undergoing more testing.”
Brainerd Dispatch, Healthy Living: 3 things for better health — Adopt a pet and live longer. "Does owning a pet help reduce your risk of stroke and other cardiovascular events? A recent study (Georgia Southern University) suggests the answer is yes, especially if you're a woman over 50 who owns a cat," the Mayo Clinic reported. "When you hold a cat, when you groom a horse, when you pet a dog, there is a surge of feel-good hormones that we can measure—prolactin, oxytocin and dopamine," said Dr. Edward Creagan, Mayo Clinic oncologist, in an interview with the Mayo Clinic News Network.
Romper, New SIDS Study Shows Parents Are Putting Babies In Unsafe Sleep Positions by Cameron Norsworthy — Mayo Clinic pediatrician Dr. Robert Jacobson summarizes the study's advised course of action, echoing: Babies need to be placed on the back for every nap and every night until the baby is 1 year old. No blankets, no bumpers, no pillows, no stuffy animals, but always on a firm, authentic baby crib mattress!
Florida Times-Union, Can't stop coughing? It could have many causes — You might be surprised at the most common illness-related reason for patients to visit their physician. It’s coughing. In the United States, coughing was responsible for more than 2.5 million visits in 2011 and aggregate costs of several billion dollars, according to the National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey. By Ali Zaied is a pulmonary and critical care fellow at Mayo Clinic Jacksonville.
Post-Bulletin, Family Time: Camp helps kids deal with loss by Lindy Lange — Kids help kids at Healing Adventures Camp. Hosted by Mayo Clinic Hospice and held at Ironwood Springs Christian Ranch, the free, one-day camp brings together kids who have experienced the death of a loved one. "The goal of camp is to connect kids who have experienced the death of a loved one to other kids who have experienced the death of a loved one," said Amy Stelpflug, volunteer coordinator, Mayo Clinic Hospice. "Kids often think they are the only person who has had a loved one die. They don't understand that there are other kids experiencing similar feelings and life changes until they are able to meet those other kids and share their stories."
FOX9, Wait for liver transplant may shorten for Minnesota patients by Ted Haller — The wait for a liver transplant in Minnesota may soon shorten. The state would likely benefit from proposed changes to the map that governs who can receive a liver donation … Lake says Minnesotans in need of a liver “wait quite a bit longer” than in many other states due to increased demand here; the doctor attributes the demand to the respected University of Minnesota and Mayo Clinic providing transplants. Therefore, Lake believes Minnesotans would likely benefit from a change to the map.
KAAL, Mayo Clinic Joins #MissingType Campaign Calling for New Blood Donors by Ben Henry — Every two-seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood. In the past decade new blood donor numbers are down nearly a third. Because of this – for the first time – Mayo Clinic is joining the International Missing Type campaign; aimed to bring awareness to the need. "The pain associated with the pin prick of the needle is nothing compared to what our patients are going through," said Rochester Mayo Clinic’s Blood Donor Center Director, Dr. Justin Kreuter.
Twin Cities Business, Mayo Clinic Ventures Portfolio Company Purchased In $410M Deal by Don Jacobson — Venture capital backers of the Mayo Clinic-related biotech startup, Assurex Health, were afforded a return on investment this month with its purchase by Salt Lake City-based Myriad Genetics for $225 million in upfront cash and potentially $185 million more in performance-based milestones. One of those early investors was the Mayo Clinic itself, which also has a licensing deal with Assurex for its GeneSight Psychotropic test. The technology uses a proprietary algorithm to analyze the individual genomes of mental health patients as a way to predict whether they may react adversely to psychotropic medications.
Cure, I Have Lynch Syndrome, Now What? by Georgia Hurst — …Ask your certified genetic counselor to help you find medical practitioners who are well-versed in Lynch screeing protocols. In my opinion, I think it’s best for patients to go to places such as the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Mayo in Rochester has a stellar team of doctors who are highly knowledgeable about Lynch screening and Lynch syndrome-related cancers. Lynch mutations require frequent, meticulous and various screening measures. Plus, Mayo can do all the testing and screening you need within a matter of a few days. Please note that it also has financial assistance programs available for those in need.
TCTMD, The Bioresorbable Stent Story So Far: What Promise? What Price? by Michael O’Riordan — Gurpreet Sandhu, MD (Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN), called the Absorb BVS a “very promising, early-stage technology,” adding, “Who wouldn’t want a stent that can treat a lesion and then disappear?” Like Brener, though, Sandhu said he and his colleagues have been aware of the stent’s limitations since it has been in development—thicker struts and reduced deliverability, among others—and that the technology is still in its infancy. So far, the clinical trials have been performed in best-case scenarios, such as patients with simple lesions and large vessels, where the stent has performed very well, but issues might arise in real-world patients. And there is still a higher incidence of stent thrombosis,” Sandhu told TCTMD.
The Hospitalist, Intervention Decreases Urinary Tract Infections from Catheters — Compared to other healthcare-associated infections, catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs) cause relatively low rates of mortality and morbidity, but their prevalence nevertheless leads to a considerable cumulative burden. .“The first steps in CAUTI prevention are to ensure that catheters are placed only when necessary, aseptic technique used for placement, and that they are removed when no longer essential,” says lead author Priya Sampathkumar, MD, Mayo Clinic associate professor of medicine. “Once this has been achieved, if CAUTI rates are still high, a secondary bundle of CAUTI prevention can help to reduce CAUTI further.”
Hospital Network.com, Neurologists Assess Stroke Patients Via Tablet by Katie Wike — The use of tablets to conduct National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale assessments was found to not only be reliable, but according to Fierce Healthcare Mobile, also essentially equivalent to performing NIHSS assessments at the bedside…A similar study last year took a closer look at stroke evaluations conducted by neurologists at the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix and those conducted via telemedicine and found although virtual assessments took longer, the evaluations were preferable in situations where no stroke specialist is available in-house.
KEYC-TV, MCHS Recognized For Heart Attack Treatment by Robert Clark — Over the years, the number of heart attack survivors has increased thanks to improvements in technology. "Our goal is to open the artery within 90 minutes of when it was closed because we know from data that the longer we wait, the less well the patients do so this is our goal to open the artery as soon as possible," said, Ripudamanjit Singh, M.D. With the help of technology, doctors can now deal with a clogged artery quickly and efficiently. "Majority of patients we can go up the wrist or groin with fine catheters, we can go to the heart actually open up the artery suck out the thrombus which is blocking the artery and put stents in it, and we can nowadays 90 percent of the time do this through the wrist, and the patient feels a lot less discomfort," said Singh. And a couple of organizations are recognizing the Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato for its treatment of heart attack patients.
Mankato Free Press, Mayo takes new honors to heart by Brian Arola — Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato pumped out two new honors for cardiac care expertise this week. The American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology recognized the Mankato hospital with gold and platinum awards, respectively, for exceeding treatment guidelines. With heart disease a leading cause of death statewide, Dr. John Haley, Mayo Clinic Health System cardiologist, said the awards should give the public a sense of the high quality of care they can receive near home. “It should reassure and confirm to the community that when they or a loved one has a heart attack they will receive state of the art care for that condition,” he said.
Mankato Free Press, When it comes to cancer, the primary goal is prevention by Brian Arola —The harsh reality of cancer is that it can strike anyone at anytime. Still, people can limit risk factors for many cancers by being active and eating healthfully, said Dr. Stephan Thome, oncologist at Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato. “The message should be, before you ever get cancer these are things that are risk factors, and if you modify them you may improve your chances,” he said. The message he doesn’t want to put forth is that people need to make the changes or they’ll regret it later. It's no one's own fault for getting cancer, he said, and confrontation isn’t the right way to go about inspiring change.
WQOW-TV, Feed My People starts fresh produce initiative by Kaitlyn Riley — Feed My People Food Bank received a $20,000 Mayo Clinic Health System Hometown Health Grant to help fund a targeted plan to increase the amount of fruits and vegetables reaching low-income residents in the Chippewa Valley. Through the initiative, Feed My People expected to distribute over 180,000 pounds of produce to over 9,000 individuals during the 12-week peak harvest season. The grant will help cover the extra cost of having fresh produce, like refrigeration needs or more frequent food deliveries. Additional coverage: WEAU-TV
WXOW Eau Claire, Harvest Celebration brings youth to Clearwater Farm — Children that participated in a ten week gardening program at Clearwater Farm in Onalaska had the opportunity to show off their green thumbs to their parents on Thursday night. The second annual Harvest Celebration brought youth and parents to the farm to see how their hard work in the garden has paid off. Participants had the opportunity to tour the gardens, try fresh produce, and play with farm animals. Mayo Clinic Health System had a Mobile Teaching Kitchen at the event to show children how to prepare healthy meals.
Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, Mayo adds Family Medicine office — Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire will open a new Family Medicine location on Monday in the lower level of the Luther Campus, 1400 Bellinger St. The new location, the result of a $2.45 million renovation, will include 12 patient exam rooms, a dedicated procedure room, and two rooms for patient education and team-based care meetings. It is expected to employ up to 30 full-time staff.
Dunn County News, Thousands attend Half Moon Dragon Boat Festival — When 52 teams paddled the waters of Half Moon Lake in Eau Claire on Aug. 6, they did so for a purpose. More than $212,000 was raised to support hospice services at Mayo Clinic Health System’s second annual Half Moon Dragon Boat Festival. “This year’s event for hospice was a tremendous success,” says John Dickey, chief administrative officer of Mayo Clinic Health System in northwest Wisconsin. “Not only did everyone have a great time, but this event helps bring attention to the vital role that hospice support and end-of-life care brings to families and patients in our community. We’re so appreciative of all the teams, community members and volunteers that made this event so successful.”
Red Wing Republican Eagle, Blood shortage prompts calls for live-saving donations by Maureen McMullen — Dr. Luke Wood is an emergency physician who practices at St. Mary’s in Rochester and Mayo Clinic in Red Wing, which was recently designated as a level three trauma hospital by the Minnesota Department of Health. Though Dr. Wood has yet to encounter a situation in which there wasn’t enough of a blood supply to address emergencies, Dr. Wood said blood products are also critical for recipients of organ transplants and for treating a number of hematological issues like leukemia. The increase in donations, Wood said, was impressive, but “underscores the idea that the need for blood products is always present regardless of national tragedies.” “That same drive needs to occur outside of tragedies,” he said. “A majority of people who need blood products are normal people like you or me who a car accident and need blood products emergency.”
Men’s Health, 11 manieren om een gemene kater de baas te zijn — H2O is een must om je kater tot stilte te manen. Zoals je waarschijnlijk al weer van de regelmatige trips naar de wc – onvermijdelijk na een nacht drinken – werkt alcohol diuretisch en kan het uitdroging veroorzaken. Voor je onder de lakens ploft is het belangrijk om ongeveer een halve liter water te drinken, stelt Daniel K. Hall-Flavin, verslavingsdeskundige bij psychiatrische Mayo Clinic. En de volgende keer dat je uitgaat raadt hij aan dat je een glas water bij elk glas bier bestelt – en wisselt tussen de twee om verloren vocht weer aan te vullen naarmate de nacht vordert.
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