September 23, 2016

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights

By Karl Oestreich

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27 College Health Tips They Won’t Teach You At Orientation
by Caroline Kee

Spoiler alert: it’s probably mono. BuzzFeed Health spoke to Dr. Pritish Tosh, infectious disease specialist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and germ expert Kelly Reynolds, PhD, director of environmental health sciences at the University of Arizona, about how collegeBuzzFeed Logo students can stay healthy when the odds (and germs) are against them.

Reach: BuzzFeed receives more than 15.7 million unique visitors each month to its website and targets pop culture and social media enthusiasts.

Context: Pritish Tosh, M.D. is a Mayo Clinic infectious diseases specialist. Dr. Tosh is interested in emerging infections and preparedness activities related to them, ranging from collaborating with the Mayo Clinic Vaccine Research Group in basic science vaccine development to hospital systems research related to pandemic preparedness.

Contact: Bob Nellis


Jacksonville Business Journal
Mayo Clinic sets schedule for $100M expansion — with work starting soon
by Alexa Epitropoulos

Mayo Clinic is beginning construction on the first building within its $100 million three-building expansion project in October – and it's setting its sights on more expansion in the future. The CEO of Mayo Clinic's Jacksonville campus, Dr. Gianrico Farrugia, said work on the 150,000-Jacksonville Business Journal newspaper logosquare-foot destination medical center will have just under a two-year timeline, with the projected completion being summer 2018. That building has a number of unique features, including specialized care for patients with neurological problems, as well as patients who require neurosurgery, hematology and oncology. It will also have a chemotherapy section, which Farrugia says will be private and include an outdoor patio.

Additional coverage:
Becker’s Hospital Review, Jacksonville Mayo Clinic sets schedule for $100M expansion

Context: Gianrico Farrugia, M.D. is a Mayo Clinic vice president and CEO of Mayo Clinic's campus in Florida. Earlier this year, Mayo Clinic announced that it will invest $100 million in major construction projects building on its 150-year history of transforming health care and the patient experience as the premier medical destination center for health care in the Southeast. 

Contact: Kevin Punsky


WJCT Jacksonville
First Coast Connect: From Illegal Immigrant To Brain Surgeon
by Kevin Meerschaert

He jumped a California border fence in 1987, one day after his 19th birthday. Speaking no English and having no money, Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa spent the first years in this country working migrant jobs while raising the money for tuition at Joaquin Delta Community College. … screen-shot-2016-09-22-at-8-48-16-pmRecently Dr. Q joined the staff at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville as Chairman of Neurologic Surgery.

Reach: WJCT-FM is the NPR affiliate for the Jacksonville market. WJCT-FM Online has more than 259,000 unique visitors each month.

Previous coverage in April 22, 2016 Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights

Context: Dr. Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa, prominent neurosurgeon, researcher and educator, recently joined Mayo Clinic as chair of the Department of Neurosurgery on the Florida campus, along with several members of his research team from Johns Hopkins Medicine. Dr. Quinones-Hinojosa is renown nationally and internationally as a surgeon, researcher, humanitarian and author. His laboratory has published many manuscripts and articles, submitted a number of patents and obtained three NIH grants. Students and fellows who worked with Dr. Quinones-Hinojosa have gone on to join leading neuroscience programs throughout the world. Mayo Clinic's world-renowned neurosurgeons perform more than 7,000 complex surgical procedures every year at campuses in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota.

Contact: Kevin Punsky


10-Year-Old Minn. Girl Undergoes Facial Reconstructive Surgery after Near-Fatal Farm Accident

Doctor Uldis Bite, a plastic surgeon, took Amber Rose’s case. Now 10 years old, Amber Rose was about to embark on yet another journey; one her
KSTP-5 Twin Citiesfamily wanted to share and they invited 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS to come along. A 3-D model, made on the Mayo campus, helped Dr. Bite plan out the extensive facial reconstruction surgery Amber Rose was about to have. On an early July morning, almost exactly three years to the date of her accident, Amber Rose walked nervously into Mayo Clinic, her entire family by her side.

Reach: KSTP-TV is the ABC affiliate in Minneapolis that broadcasts on channel 5. KSTP-TV Online has more than 503,000 unique visitors each month. It is owned by Hubbard Broadcasting Inc., and is the only locally-owned and operated broadcasting company in the Twin Cities. KSTP-TV first broadcast in April 1948, and was the first television station to serve the upper Midwest.

Context: Last year, after receiving care at "numerous hospitals" and from "dozens of doctors," the Kordiaks were told nothing else could be done for their daughter. Then, "with fingers crossed, Jen reached out to Mayo Clinic," where a team led by Uldis Bite, M.D., came up with a new plan for Amber Rose. Dr. Bite used "a 3-D model, made on the Mayo campus" to help plan out the extensive facial reconstruction surgery. And last July — nearly three years to the day after the accident — Amber Rose underwent the 15-hour procedure. Six weeks later, at a follow-up appointment, Dr. Bite was pleased with the results. As was Amber Rose. "My nose looks way better," she said. "Nobody will stare at me." You can read more about Amber Rose's story at In the Loop.

Contact:  Sharon Theimer

Post-Bulletin, Former Mayo CEO Mayberry ‘lived life to the fullest’ by Hannah Yang — Former Mayo Clinic CEO W. Gene Mayberry is being remembered by friends and family as a man of accomplishment. Family members confirmed with the Post-Bulletin that Mayberry, 87, died Sunday evening. Funeral arrangements were being made by Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Home in Rochester, according to Paul Mayberry, his son who lives in Atlanta, Ga.

WCSC Charleston, Mayo Clinic partners with local hospital by Ken Baker — A major partnership at a local hospital is promising residents better and more in-depth health care. Carolinas Hospital System is the only hospital in the Florence region to now have an in-house partnership with the Mayo Clinic. The Mayo Clinic is a nonprofit organization comprised of numerous world-renowned health care professionals educated in virtually all fields of medicine. The Carolinas Hospital System’s partnership with the Mayo Clinic benefits patients in numerous ways, including onsite access. In addition to new communications with the Mayo Clinic staff, hospital staff will be able have access to a large research library. Additional coverage: WFXG-FOX, KROC-AM, Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce

KVIA El Paso, Mayo Clinic official discusses awake brain surgery — Dr. Neha Sharma, chair of neuro-surgery at the Mayo Clinic and Dr. Bernard Bendok discuss awake brain surgery.

Twin Cities Business Magazine, Mayo’s Think Big Challenge Demonstrates New Emphasis on Commercialization by Don Jacobson — If there was an overriding message at last week’s Mayo Clinic Transform 2016 conference and what was arguably its highlight – the Think Big Challenge – it was that Mayo leaders are firmly committed to their recent entrepreneurial direction. For them, it’s now all about the transformation of medical innovations into market action.

Twin Cities Business, Artificial Intelligence Co. Jvion Selected As Winner Of Mayo’s Think Big Challenge by Sam Schaust — The Mayo Clinic announced on Friday that artificial intelligence company Jvion was chosen by a panel of judges as the winner of its Think Big Challenge. Johns Creek, Georgia-based Jvion was lead by Shantanu Nigam, a health care entrepreneur, for its pitch to commercialize Mayo’s Bedside Patient Rescue system. Nigam and his company beat out a pool of five finalists, two of which were from Minnesota. By winning the national competition, Jvion will become an “entrepreneur in residence” at Mayo and implement its go-to-market strategy for the system, which uses machine-learning technology to calculate risk scores for hospitalized patients. With those risk scores, hospitals of any size can monitor a patient’s health and receive prompt alerts in instances when a patient’s health is deteriorating.

MedCity News, Predictive analytics startup wins Mayo Clinic’s Think Big Challenge by Nancy Crotti — Shantanu Nigam wasn’t afraid to admit that his company’s efforts had not succeeded. For three years, Nigam tried and failed to get Jvion’s patient-level predictive clinical analytics technology to work as well in hospitals as it did in the company’s laboratory. That record of failures and the problem-solving that has begun to yield success impressed the judges of the Mayo Clinic Think Big Challenge, who awarded Jvion $50,000 on Thursday to bring a Mayo technology to market. The Think Big Challenge is part of Mayo’s Transform 2016, an annual conference in Rochester, Minnesota, that exhorts attendees to eschew old ways of thinking about problem-solving to improve public health and healthcare.

Hospitals & Health Networks, 3 Health Care Design and Innovation Takeaways from the Mayo Clinic Transform Conference 2016 by Paul Barr — You probably know less about health care design than you think you do. It wasn't until I arrived at the Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation's Transform conference in Rochester, Minn., that I realized my understanding of the health care design world was almost nonexistent. Having just entered my 13th year of covering health care, I assumed I had a decent grasp on most aspects of the hospital field, but the topics, lingo and perspectives from the event were largely new to me.

Hospitals & Health Networks, Mayo Seeking Partners to Conduct Research at Living Lab by Paul Barr — The Well Living Lab, a collaborative project of the Mayo Clinic and building design company Delos, after a year of operation, is now seeking third parties to conduct research at the unique facility. … The 7,500-square-foot lab offers the chance to study people in such places as an office environment, a homelike space — including while they sleep — and eventually inpatient stays, says Brent Bauer, M.D., medical director. One of the basic questions to be addressed is “How are we influencing behavior?” Bauer says.

CBS Boston, Doctors Strengthen Advice Against Codeine For Kids’ Coughs, Pain by Dr. Mallika Marshall — For decades, codeine has been used for pain relief in children, but a new report is warning doctors and parents about some potentially deadly dangers. “There have been deaths associated with codeine use in children undergoing tonsillectomy, but not just tonsillectomy, in other settings as well. And particularly in children who have problems with sleep apnea,” says Dr. Randall Flick of the Mayo Clinic. Flick was part of an FDA Panel last year that found no evidence codeine works for cough. And he says when it comes to pain, there are safer alternatives including oxycodone. Additional coverage: WCAX Burlington

WGN Radio, Nutrition Guide: From Healthier Lunchboxes & Snacks to College Stress Eating — Whether packing your youngest kid’s lunch or packing your oldest kid up for college, healthy eating is a big back-to-school topic. Discuss the importance of setting the tone for a healthy school year and offers her guide to lunches, snacks, and quick fixes, because: Healthy eating from a young age creates a lifetime of healthy habits. Angie Murad, RDN, LD, wellness dietitian at the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program is on the program.

Huffington Post, 5 Things We Can All Do To Help Stop Suicide by Lisa Fireston — September is National Suicide Prevention Month, and this year, taking the subject of suicide out of the shadows feels more urgent than ever. Earlier this year, the Centers for Disease Control reported that the suicide rate in the United States increased by 24 percent in 15 years, between 1999 and 2014. Despite the efforts of many, suicide is on the rise. Yet, there has never been more hope on the horizon for those in need of help… For adolescents and teenagers, check out this helpful video from The Mayo Clinic.

Huffington Post, What to Do When Alzheimer’s Threatens to Tear Your Family Apart by Marie Marley — Having a family member with Alzheimer’s disease is a stressful situation…The Mayo Clinic has the following advice for families where there is significant strife: 1) Share responsibility, 2) Meet face-to-face regularly, 3) Ask someone to mediate if needed, 4) Be honest and don’t criticize, 5) Join a support group, and/or seek family counseling.

Huffington Post Australia, We Need A National Strategy to Deal With Dementia by Eoin Blackwell — The man who treated Ronald Reagan for Alzheimer's disease has warned of the need for a fully-funded, national strategy to tackle the growing challenge of dementia and head off a potential health and economic crisis. Dr. Ronald Petersen, Reagan's former physician and currently Director of the U.S. Mayo Clinic Alzheimer's Disease Research Centre, made the argument for a national dementia strategy ahead of World Alzheimer's Awareness Day on Wednesday.

CBS News, Unraveling the secrets behind a rare disease that alters sense of touch by Mary Brophy Marcus — Two young patients with a rare condition have helped scientists unlock a better understanding of our sense of touch and what researchers call our “sixth sense” – our physical awareness of our place in space. The work has identified a gene involved in both. … Mayo Clinic neurologist Dr. Christopher Klein, who was not involved with the study, sees many patients with rare diseases. He told CBS News it is an important study. “What this article is highlighting is that there’s a significant amount of sensory loss selective to a group of fibers that help us know where our bodies are in space. Things we take for granted,” said Klein.

Advisory Board, How Brigham and Women's, Mayo Clinic, and more are bringing the ICU into the 21st century — …And at the Mayo Clinic, Brian Pickering, a critical care physician, helped develop software that aims to cut down on some of the data overload in EHRs. The software, called AWARE, highlights the most important information a provider needs by organ system. Meanwhile, third-party vendors are creating add-ons for EHRs, including one, EMERGE, that extracts data from patient records and alerts physicians if a treatment plan could harm a patient.

Radio National News Australia, World Alzheimer's Disease expert in Australia — One of the world's foremost experts in Alzheimer's disease is urging Australia to follow the lead of the United States and develop a national dementia strategy. Dr. Ronald Petersen, who treated former US President Ronald Reagan, oversees the National Alzheimer's Project initiated by the Obama administration. Additional coverage: 873 AM

Business Insider, 8 signs your job is stressing you out, even if it doesn't feel like it by Jacquelyn Smith — …You grind your teeth: Have you caught yourself staring at your computer screen grinding your teeth? Do you do it during big meetings? The Mayo Clinic says increased anxiety or stress can lead to teeth grinding, which can cause jaw pain and damage to your teeth, among other things.

ABC15 Arizona, Mayo Clinic talks advancements in pacemakers, defibrillator technology — Luis Scott, Mayo Clinic Cardiologist, joined the hosts of Sonoran Living Live to discuss the advancements made in pacemaker and defibrillator technology and how patients with arrhythmias can be helped with these new devices. 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. Additional coverage: MSN

Outside magazine, How to Be Your Own Doctor by Peter Vigneron — Know Your Fitness Level…Exercise lowers the risk of everything from depression and diabetes to cancer, heart disease, and dementia. For people in middle age—roughly between 40 and 60—“the fit have extremely low ten-year mortality rates,” says Dr. Michael Joyner, an exercise-science researcher at the Mayo Clinic. Studies have shown that people who are fit enough to run a ten-minute mile—or achieve a similarly high rate of energy expenditure in another activity—are significantly less likely than their peers to die from any cause.

American Trucker, Take the survey: Researchers look into effectiveness of new med cert rules — How’d that last DOT physical go, driver? The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) and Mayo Clinic have launched a set of surveys designed to solicit motor carrier and truck driver input on the impact that the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners has had on the driver medical exam process… "Driver health and wellness continues to be a top industry issue and area of research for ATRI. The joint research with Mayo Clinic will shed light on how the medical exam process is working since the advent of the national registry," said ATRI President Rebecca Brewster. Additional coverage: Commercial Carrier Journal, Go By Truck News

Chippewa Herald, Bariatric surgery and healthy lifestyle help Chippewa Falls woman lose, keep off weight by Jennifer Schmidt — At Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, Swoboda underwent a laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass procedure, a type of bariatric surgery and the method her surgeon considers the gold standard operation. During the procedure, her surgeon divided the upper part of Swoboda’s stomach making the stomach into the size of an egg, and rerouted the intestines and attached them to the smaller stomach. After the surgery, Swoboda and other patients who have the surgery feel full quickly and eat less as a result. “Our goal in providing bariatric surgery is not necessarily to make you skinny, but it’s to make you a lot healthier, make you feel better and help you live longer,” said Chris Hower, M.D., a general and bariatric surgeon at Mayo Clinic Health System.

Post-Bulletin, Vera was always ready for a party by Taylor Nachtigal — Sister Vera Klinkhammer was always the life of the party. The Franciscan sister who died Saturday, was best known for her bubbly, vivacious personality — she enjoyed a good celebration, time spent in prayer and the occasional beer. For Klinkhammer, the answer was a lot — though her life took her through 104 years, she never slowed down…She was Saint Marys and Mayo Clinic's first recycler and pushed others to follow suit, Weinandt said. One day, a priest was looking for her and found her downstairs in the utility room. As he approached he heard "crunch, crunch, crunch." It was Klinkhammer dancing around in an old, heavy pair of shoes, tramping on aluminum cans. She had an old pair of shoes that she kept down there, "these are my can-crushing shoes," she'd tell her sisters.

Post-Bulletin, Handles with Care by Brett Boese — With around 1.4 million patients per year visiting Mayo Clinic, you can imagine how many wheelchairs there are, and how many miles they're pushed. In fact, you don't have to imagine — Mayo is attentive to such things, and estimates that, taken together, its service staff of 130 pushes patients about 14 miles per day, over all kinds of surfaces, in all kinds of weather. Little surprise, then, that staffers have reported a variety of long-term health concerns, including wrist, elbow, shoulder and back injuries. Mayo began testing chairs with upright handles at its Rochester facilities in March 2015. Those chairs proved so popular and effective that every wheelchair was converted to the new style early this year.

Post-Bulletin, Rail proposal gets boost from DMC leader by Heather J. Carlson A key Destination Medical Center leader voiced support today for an effort to build a privately funded high-speed rail line from Rochester to the Twin Cities. Lisa Clarke, executive director of DMC's Economic Development Agency, told a crowd of civic leaders gathered at Town and Country Club in St. Paul that improving the connection between Rochester and the Twin Cities is critical. That is especially the case as the $5.5 billion DMC initiative aimed at transforming Rochester into a global destination for health care moves ahead… Clarke called the presentation "inspiring" and "exciting." She provided the audience with a basic overview of the DMC initiative, noting it is expected to generate anywhere between 25,000 to 35,000 new jobs in Rochester over the next 20 years. Given the need to find workers to fill those jobs, along with the challenge of getting patients to Mayo Clinic, Clarke said it is important to explore all transit options. Additional coverage: Post-Bulletin

Post-Bulletin, The self-medicator. The ER prisoner. The drug addict. by Brett Boese — The Minnesota Legislature approved a record $46 million in new funding to support mental health initiatives during the 2015 session. Mayo Clinic's Bruce Sutor is among those involved in the potential overhaul, with one of the eight meetings being held next month in Rochester…Sutor said the lack of psychiatric beds is more complicated than it sounds, noting Mayo Clinic can't simply "build our way out of this problem." The problem has been compounded by the lack of appropriate housing for mental health patients to transition away from hospital care after they've become stable.

Post-Bulletin, Family meets man who donated bone marrow for twins by Brian Todd — Elizabeth and Kathryn Girtler are healthy 9-year-old twin girls. But that wasn't always the case…The Girtlers knew something was wrong when, as infants, the girls were pricked on the heel during a routine blood test and the wound would not clot. It took nearly three years to get a precise diagnosis – first for Elizabeth – then the girls were connected to Be The Match by the Mayo Clinic.

KTTC, Mayo Clinic quietly acquires three NW Rochester buildings, will move units from downtown by Noel Sederstrom — Mayo Clinic has bought three large office buildings along 41st Street Northwest in Rochester and intends to fill them with people and programs now based in downtown Rochester. Mayo spokesperson Kelley Luckstein said Wednesday the Mayo Family Clinic Northwest, the Northwest Pharmacy and other support services are all currently housed at the 41st Street Professional Building Campus. With leases for the space set to expire next year, the Clinic made an offer and was able to buy the buildings outright from New York Life. Some time ago, IBM had leased space there but has since been shrinking its footprint in Rochester. Additional coverage: Big News Network

WEAU Eau Claire, "Being Mortal" Documentary Screening — Steven Weiss, M.D., Internal Medicine, and Libby Thurston of UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education discuss 9/21 screening and discussion of “Being Mortal” documentary at Mayo Clinic Health System – with WEAU 13 News Today anchor Judy Clark.

Healthcare IT News, HIMSS to 'buddy up' with UK National Health Service by Mike Miliard — UK Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt announced that NHS was recognizing a dozen hospitals in the UK as "exemplars" for their use of healthcare IT, awarding each £10 million in return for helping NHS as a whole learn from their advancements. As part of the initiative each UK trust – together representing an "Ivy League" of digital maturity, according to Hunt – will partner up with an international healthcare organization to gain lessons from its IT expertise. In his announcement, Hunt mention Cleveland Clinic and Mayo Clinic as potential examples.

News4Jax, Mayo Clinic News Network: How to balance cancer treatments, work — For some, continuing to work during treatment isn't possible. However, for others it may be possible. You may find that continuing to work keeps a normalcy to your routine that may provide a strong sense of support and purpose during this time. I remember talking with a patient a few weeks ago during a class and he mentioned how important it was to keep working, even with a modified schedule, because work gave him energy, purpose and a source of self-assurance. --Sheryl M. Ness, R.N.

News4Jax, From local high schools to pros, sports organizations take on concussions by Scott Johnson — News4Jax sat down with Dr. Dusty Narducci, a concussion specialist at the Mayo Clinic, who said more than anything, colleges and high schools need athletic trainers. Narducci said, nationally, more than 30 percent of high school athletes will never see an athletic trainer. “I think the community in Jacksonville has made huge strides,” Narducci said. “Jacksonville sports medicine program has collaborated with the Jacksonville jaguars, the NFL, as well as Jacksonville University to create something called Project 17. By 2020, the goal is to have an athletic trainer in 17 of the local high schools in Jacksonville.”

Consumer Reports, 5 Myths About Aging by Hallie Levine — Myth 4: Confusion and Memory Loss Are the Norm…“As part of so-called ‘normal’ aging, your mind does slow a bit,” says Ronald Petersen, M.D., a neurologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Brain neurochemicals change over time, he says, which explains the little glitches, such as forgetting where you put your keys or the name of a friend at a party. But only up to 20 percent of people experience more serious problems with thinking or memory, studies suggest. And even that can sometimes be slowed.

Modern Healthcare, Editorial: Doctors shouldn't worry about getting good at MIPS. They should get out of it by Gregg Blesch — Even the Mayo Clinic is in new territory. The physician-led health system is studying how to adapt to MACRA, CEO Dr. John Noseworthy said during a visit to our Chicago newsroom last week. Mayo has to make the case to the CMS and private payers alike that ascribing value isn't as simple as we might hope, Noseworthy said. A 300-pound 73-year-old diabetic isn't the same as a routine knee-replacement patient.

Outside magazine, Always Be Moving by Christopher Keyes — A few years ago, James Levine, a doctor of endo­crinology at the Mayo Clinic, sparked a radical change in America’s office furniture. His research had inspired a pile of viral stories cataloging the negative effects of sitting at a desk: leg muscles shut down, blood pressure increases, good cholesterol plummets, your children starve. OK, I made up that last one, but the real takeaway was no less dire. “Excessive sitting is a lethal activity,” Levine, who has studied sedentary behavior for nearly 20 years and is the most widely quoted expert on the topic, told The New York Times in 2011. And the solution—at least the one people heard—was to start standing.

Modern Healthcare, HHS makes it harder for clinical researchers to avoid sharing trial data by Adam Rubenfire — A non-compliant clinical trial will be flagged on, is subject to civil monetary penalties up to $10,000 a day, and can have its current or future federal funding pulled. A larger body of clinical trial information could help emerging technology like IBM Watson Health, which is working with the Mayo Clinic to help match patients to trials. It also pulls from clinical trial data and studies to help physicians with treatment plans.

WQOW Eau Claire, Eau Claire hospital creates lab coat, stethoscope for sculpture, Sasquatch by Jesse Yang — Dr. Kyja Stygar, a family physician at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, made a lab coat to dress up Sasquatch for the hospital's unveiling of its family medicine residency program. On Friday, staff dressed up the 8-foot-2 towering giant. Staff said the big project is being sewn with a bigger purpose. "He (Sasquatch) reminded us one of the reasons why we're starting the residency program. No one wants to see family physicians in the State of Wisconsin to become rare or extinct or a myth,” said Dr. Terri Nordin, a family physician and the director for Mayo Clinic Family Family Medicine Residency – Eau Claire Program.

Dunn County News, MCHS co-sponsors suicide prevention presentation at UW-Eau Claire — Suicide is the second leading cause of death among college students, at nearly 1,100 a year, according to Jennifer Muehlenkamp, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology at UW-Eau Claire. To combat that statistic, UW-Eau Claire’s Suicide Prevention and Research Collaborative, in partnership with Mayo Clinic Health System, will present Two Guys and a Bridge — A Story of Hope and How Anyone Can Make a Difference at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, in Schofield Auditorium (105 Garfield Ave.)

SCNow, Editorial: My, oh, Mayo: Alliance is a very big deal — Thumbs up to Carolinas Hospital System, which announced and celebrated some very big news Wednesday. The hospital has joined the Mayo Clinic Care Network. We have great health care facilities in Florence, and let’s face it: This is a competitive market. An alliance with the Mayo Clinic, which is as big a name in health care as it gets, is a huge feather in Carolinas’ cap. Darcy Craven, the chief executive officer of Carolinas Hospital System, called it a “historic day not only for the hospital but for Florence and the Pee Dee region.” That is not an overstatement. The alliance will give providers at Carolinas access to the resources of “the most respected, recognized health care system in the world: the Mayo Clinic.”

KEYC Mankato, Mayo's Hospice Honors Area Veterans by Ashley Hanley — Beginning in February, Mayo Clinic Health System Hospice partnered with the Veteran’s Administration for a program called We Honor Vets. For 23 years, Arnold Waller of Mankato served proudly in the Air Force. Wife Patsy Waller says, “It’s just always good to have support.” For the last several years, he suffered from Alzheimer’s, leading his family to enter him into Mayo’s Hospice Care. Patsy Waller says, “It’s something you cannot go through alone, you just can’t.”

Teen Vogue, How to Deal With Stress by Brittney McNamara — Coping skills are important because stress is really unhealthy for you. According to the Mayo Clinic, symptoms of stress include headaches, muscle tension, chest pain, sleep problems, worsened anxiety, lack of motivation and much more. When you have more and more things weighing on you but stress is getting you down, it can all be too much. Coping skills, though, help us deal with stress in a productive and healthy way.

MPR News, Rochester hopes creative installations spark talk of downtown's future by Catharine Richert — A rocking chair big enough for four and a huge set of chimes are among the temporary sculptures people will see in downtown Rochester this weekend as officials try to engage residents in the vision for the Destination Medical Center project. The festival is sponsored by DMC, as well as the Rochester Arts Center and the Rochester Downtown Alliance, as part of a massive effort to remake Rochester's downtown core around the Mayo Clinic, and cultivate the creative class in a city better known for medicine than whimsy. Cities that nourish creativity tend to flourish economically, and that's what the weekend "prototyping" festival is all about, said Patrick Seeb, the project's director of economic development and "placemaking."

Miami Herald, New breast cancer test finds disease when mammograms don’t by Teresa Welsh — Researchers at Mayo Clinic developed a technology that can spot breast tumors in dense tissue at a fraction of the cost of MRI's. It is estimated that half of all women have dense breasts, and in their mammograms tissue shows up white, the same color as a tumor. This makes it difficult to distinguish if cancer is present or not. Using MBI, patients are injected with a tracer that seeks out cancer cells, making them more easily visible on test result scans.

MD Magazine, Barry Borlaug, Mayo Clinic: Heart Failure With Preserved Ejection Fraction — At the Heart Failure Society of America's 20th Annual Scientific Meeting in Orlando, Fl., Barry Borlaug, MD, Mayo Clinic, discussed his fascination with the relaxation of the heart and his latest research in heart failure with preserved ejection fraction. While there's no proven treatment, the team is really aiming to understand the pathophysiology to design better treatments. For now, the team is limited to controlling blood pressure and any diuretics and treating any of their other conditions until they can find more targeted treatments.

Mankato Free Press, Flu shots encouraged as nasal alternative by Brian Arola — Jessica Sheehy, a physician’s assistant for infectious diseases at Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato, said clinics should be receiving new vaccines within the next two weeks. Between now and then, she said it’ll be important to educate the public on alternatives to the nasal vaccine. “There’s always some concern when you take away an option from people that they won’t get the alternative,” she said. Even for those leery of needles, the alternative shouldn’t prove to be much of a barrier to people getting vaccinated, she said. At worst, people getting the shots could experience arm soreness or temporary mild symptoms of the flu — which indicate your immune system is doing its job reacting to the vaccine.

Louisville Business Journal, Why Humana is sorting its customers by personality type by Baylee Pulliam — Humana Inc. wants to know you — it wants to know all about you. According to MedCity News, the Louisville insurer has been using data to categorize members into about 15 personality types for two years. Speaking at Mayo Clinic's Transform 2016 conference, CEO Bruce Broussard said those distinctions help the company figure out how to better care for and sell to its members. “Those personas are no different from consumer packaging with personas of how people engage, or make decisions or some other mechanism around their product or service,” he said, last week in Rochester, Minn. “We continuously refine them as we learn more, but they are important as we figure out how we can help people in their needs, and everybody’s different.”

Healthline, Awake Brain Surgery Isn't Just on ‘Grey's Anatomy’ by Shawn Radcliffe — “Let’s say somebody’s a musician. You have to get to know who they are. Do they like to play the piano? How important is it to them?” Dr. Bernard Bendok, a neurosurgeon at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona, told Healthline. “And then you have them play the piano during that delicate part of the surgery to be sure you don’t affect that function.” As it sounds, when people undergo awake brain surgery — also known as an awake craniotomy — they are awake, at least for part of it. Even though the patient is conscious during surgery, they don’t feel any pain. The brain doesn’t have any pain receptors and a local anesthetic is used to numb the scalp…

SELF, Audrina Patridge’s Breastfeeding Experience Was More Painful Than Her C-Section by Korin Miller — Patridge isn’t the only one who has been through this—online forums are filled with comments from moms who have struggled with pain while nursing. But not all breastfeeding pain is the same, Julie Lamppa, R.N., a certified nurse midwife at the Mayo Clinic, tells SELF. “In the first days, many women will experience initial latch-on pain, which will subside after the first several seconds or minutes—this is normal,” she says.

LaCrosse Tribune, Mayo Clinic News Network: Back to school: Sick kids — should they stay or should they go? — If your child is running a fever and you’re running late to work, what do you do? Should you keep your child home or send him or her to school? Mayo Clinic infectious diseases specialist Dr. Pritish Tosh says when a child is sick from an infection, such as a bad cold or flu, the best way to prevent the illness from getting worse or spreading to others is to keep your child home.

Express UK, Walking or cycling 'could HALF your risk of premature death from heart failure' — A study of over 55,0000 people found that achieving even moderate fitness levels made a sudden fatal heart attack up to 48 percent less likely. The benefits for those who were obese or had high blood pressure were even greater - reducing the risk by as much as 72 percent compared to their unfit counterparts… The study is published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

Gastroenterology & Endoscopy News, The Perks of Manipulating the Microbiome — John DiBaise, MD, professor of gastroenterology and hematology at Mayo Clinic, in Scottsdale, Ariz., said his institution has performed more than 225 fecal transplants since they began offering the procedure in 2011. He said their rates of success in curing recurrences of C. difficile exceed 90%. They also occasionally treat irritable bowel syndrome. “We’re typically doing six of these a month,” he said, noting they would do more if not limited by his available time. Pharmacists should stay informed about this emerging therapy, and especially keep an eye out for an encapsulated form of FMT, said Dr. DiBaise, who also presented at the conference.

Owatonna People’s Press, Mayo Clinic Health System in Owatonna hosts annual Women’s Health Day — Mayo Clinic Health System in Owatonna will be hosting the Annual Women’s Health Day on Saturday, Oct. 8 from 7:45 a.m. — 12:30 p.m. at the Owatonna Country Club. It will be a morning of education, shopping and rejuvenation. Women’s Health Day is an educational morning focused on health and wellness. Come to learn, relax, and shop with local vendors. The event is an exceptional way for health care providers to share up-to-date medical information and respond to participant questions and feedback.

AsiaOne, Formula One legend in race to find dementia cure by Wong Kim Hoh — The 77-year-old set up his global charity Race Against Dementia to fund dementia research earlier this year after Lady Helen, his beloved wife of 54 years, was diagnosed with the illness in 2014. The couple discovered this during their annual check-up at the famous Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. "It is the worst shock of my life. It changes your life completely as a family unit," he says, pursing his lips.

Healio, Decades of research point to therapies to discourage bone aging — In this video exclusive, Sundeep Khosla, MD, professor of medicine and physiology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, discusses his work involving sex steroids, coupling and age-related bone loss over 3 decades and offers some clinical implications of the findings. … “This is a particularly exciting area because it opens up the possibility of developing compounds, so-called senolytics, that specifically kill senescent cells in multiple tissues without harming normal cells,” Khosla said.

KIDY FOX San Angelo, Awake Brain Surgery Becoming More Widespread — Doctor Bernard Bendok is the chair of the Department of Neurologic Surgery at Mayo Clinic. He says the cutting edge procedure can be used to treat brain tumors, epileptic seizures, tremors and other movement disorders. “The amazing thing about the human brain is we’re just at the dawn of understanding all of the functions and all of the complexities and all the connections. When we operate on a brain tumor, for example, we’re always trying to balance getting a cure — or close to a cure — with the patient’s quality of life and function, and the more we know about the function of the brain when'd doing the operation, the better,” Dr. Bendok said

Consumer Reports, Ease Constipation, Heartburn, and Other Tummy Troubles by Hallie Levine — About 15 percent of adults say they have two or fewer bowel movements per week, according to research published in June 2016 by JAMA Internal Medicine. And the older you are, the more common constipation becomes. “Contractions in your GI tract slow down as you age, so it takes longer for stool to pass through your colon,” says Purna Kashyap, M.D., a gastroenterologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. You’re also more likely to use medication that can exacerbate the problem.

KIMT, Mayo Clinic’s Caring Canine Program continues to grow by DeeDee Stiepan — Volunteers play a key role in making a difference for patients at Mayo Clinic and as you walk around the campus, you may start to notice more four-legged volunteers. Mayo’s Caring Canine Program is continuing to expand. Jessica Smidt, who took over as program coordinator 3 years ago, says there were just 8 therapy dogs on campus and now there are 30 in the program. Smidt says the demand for therapy dog visits is higher than ever.

Science of Us, What Separates Champions From ‘Almost Champions’? by Brad Stulberg — It’s the perennial million-dollar question of nature versus nurture, sure. But the difference between the greats and the almost-greats (which, by the way, applies well beyond sports) also appears to be at least partially driven by one specific thing — how each group responds to adversity. The greats rise to the challenge and put in persistent effort; the almost-greats lose steam and regress. … In the words of Dr. Michael Joyner, an expert on human performance at the Mayo Clinic, “With enough persistent effort, most people can get pretty good at anything.”

MTV News, Learning to Accept Pain by Madeline Gabor — I could spend a long time detailing the intricacies of my decline — the good days and the bad days, the bizarre symptoms, the piles and piles and piles of meds and supplements and their oh-so-glamorous side effects. I’ll do a lot of that rehashing at the Mayo Clinic, where I’m partnering with a medical team to gather more information about what could be causing this chronic joint pain.

Hemophilia News Today, Rare New Case of Pseudotumor in Non-Hemophiliac Patient Reported by Malike Ammam, PhD — Researchers at the Mayo Clinic Arizona have reported a third rare case of hemophilic pseudotumor (HP) identified in a non-hemophiliac patient. Findings from the investigation, “Hemophilic pseudotumor in a non-hemophilic patient treated with a hybrid procedure of preoperative embolization of the feeding arteries followed by surgical resection—A case report,” were published in the International Journal of Surgery Case Reports.

KEYC Mankato, MCHS Names New Chair of Administration by Sara Knox — Terry Brandt has been named the chair of administration for Mayo Clinic Health System Mankato. Brandt will be working side–by–side with leadership teams, doctors, and health professionals across 6 different hospitals and 22 clinics across the region. Partnering with Regional Vice President James Hebl, M.D., Brant will provide organizational leadership and direction for clinical related operations. He has worked for the Mayo Clinic for the last 38 years, including the main campus in Rochester. Additional coverage: Mankato Free Press

Inspired Living, What Breast Cancer Survivor Darla Winland Wants Women to Know by Shannon Rooney — Darla Winland’s maternal aunt succumbed to breast cancer at age 50, which means Winland has been hyperaware of her family history of breast cancer and her own need for early mammograms. So she started getting the screening, typically recommended by doctors when a woman turns 40, early. … According to the Mayo Clinic, “Breast tissue is composed of milk glands, milk ducts, and supportive tissue (dense breast tissue), and fatty tissue (nondense breast tissue). When viewed on a mammogram, women with dense breasts have more dense tissue than fatty tissue. On a mammogram, nondense breast tissue appears dark and transparent. Dense breast tissue appears as a solid white area on a mammogram, which makes it difficult to see through.”

The Economic Times Panache, Stressed at work? 8 signs that suggest your hectic job is the reason — Contrary to popular belief, job satisfaction and stress aren't mutually exclusive. You can love your work and yet feel pressured by it. And the symptoms caused by stress can be detrimental to your health and well-being. … Have you caught yourself staring at your computer screen grinding your teeth? Do you do it during meetings? The Mayo Clinic, a medical research group says increased anxiety or stress can lead to teeth grinding, which can cause jaw pain and damage your teeth.

Chicago Business Journal, Why one big health insurer sorts its customers by personality type by Baylee Pulliam — Humana Inc. wants to know you — it wants to know all about you. According to MedCity News, the Louisville, Kentucky-based insurer has been using data to categorize members into about 15 personality types for two years. Speaking at Mayo Clinic's Transform 2016 conference, CEO Bruce Broussard said those distinctions help the company figure out how to better care for and sell to its members.

News4Jax Florida, Wait time for Zika test results worries pregnant women by Crystal Moyer — A backlog in Zika testing continues to worry expectant mothers and families across Florida. So many pregnant women are taking advantage of the free Zika testing that the Florida Department of Health labs cannot keep up, leaving hundreds of women and doctors waiting for results. … "We don't really have any treatment and that's the really difficult situation. It's always better to know earlier," said Dr. Vandana Bhide, an internist and pediatrician at Mayo Clinic. "I think it's hard when we don't even know how long, but we know it's a lot longer than we like."

MedPage Today, Serious Adverse Events Uncommon with Triptans by Kristin Jenkins — In the treatment of acute migraine, the risk of any adverse event (AE) was doubled with triptan therapy and ergotamine (Ergomar) compared with placebo and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), according to researchers. … "Clinicians can be reassured that the risk of any adverse event with acute treatment of migraine is very low," J.D. Bartleson Jr., MD, professor of neurology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., told MedPage Today. "Overall, tolerability is comparable when comparing treatment classes."

JAMA, Getting Pharmacogenomics Into the Clinic by Jennifer Abbasi — In recent years, advances in genetic testing have made such drug-response predictions possible for patients with certain gene variants. But physician adoption is moving slowly, say experts in the growing field of pharmacogenomics. … Pharmacogenomics may also help inject more science into the art of prescribing. Mark A. Frye, MD, professor and chair of the department of psychiatry and psychology at the Mayo Clinic, believes the technology has the potential to transform antidepressant treatment for major depressive disorder, multiple anxiety disorders, and some chronic pain conditions.

Medical Xpress, Fighting the aging process at a cellular level — Dr. Darren Baker, of the US Mayo Clinic, who was in Australia for the Biology of Ageing conference, and colleagues, recently published their breakthrough results in Nature. Their study demonstrated the elimination of senescent cells in mice not only extended their lives but improved their general health, curiosity and energy levels, with no apparent ill effects. "What we are thinking about is extending healthy life, not just extending life, per se ... we don't want to increase people's time in care," says Baker.

Finance & Commerce, Developers: Rochester spins to big projects, small-town desires by Matt M. Johnson — A developer planning a big residential tower in Rochester and another one wrapping up a 29-unit building have found that the city has a split personality on how its Destination Medical Center project is beginning to shape up. The developers who spoke Wednesday at a Minnesota Commercial Real Estate Women event illustrated what it is like to navigate the early going of Rochester’s 20-year $6 billion Destination Medical Center effort around Mayo Clinic.

Gastroenterology & Endoscopy News, IBS Seen in More Than 10% of Patients After Enteritis by Caroline Helwick — Approximately one in nine people develop irritable bowel syndrome within a year of an intestinal infection, representing a risk that is four times higher than in those not experiencing such an infection, new research has found. … “With viruses especially, patients tend to improve over time,” said Madhusudan Grover, MBBS, of Mayo Clinic, the senior researcher on the study. “We don’t understand from [a] mechanistic standpoint why that’s the case.”

KTTC, Mayo Medical students become patients to learn proper care by Chris Yu — Impaired hearing, restricted vision and limited mobility -- it was an experience some Mayo Medical School students won't soon forget. On Tuesday afternoon, they learned how to care for patients by being them. Led by Dr. Darryl Chutka, first-year med students experienced what it was like to live with impairments that many elderly patients face. "The best way to become a better physician is to be a patient," said Dr. Chutka. "You gain a lot from what it's like from that point of view."

AIN Online, Mayo Clinic Pilot Health Service Added to USAIG Safety Program by Chad Trautvetter — Mayo Clinic’s aeromedical program for pilots, ProPilot, has been added to USAIG’s Performance Vector safety initiative. The program combines Mayo Clinic’s “comprehensive, customized health-care approach with a supportive team of medical professionals who fully understand the FAA medical certification process and the unique stresses pilots face.” When a policyholder selects ProPilot as its Performance Vector option, USAIG covers the annual program fee for up to 10 of its pilots.

WEAU Eau Claire Eau Claire Heart Walk by Judy Clark — The Eau Claire Heart Walk is Saturday, September 24 at Carson Park. Each year, hundreds of walkers organize teams to participate in the Eau Claire Heart Walk to raise money for heart disease and stroke research. Throughout the event, participants will be engaged in inspiring stories of survivors and educational activities and screenings.

The State Press, ASU alum starts Healing Through Poetry project in Nepal by Alexis Egeland — After a disastrous earthquake struck Nepal in April 2015, an ASU alum used his love for poetry to bring help and restoration to his home nation. Samyak Shertok, an ASU alumnus and Nepal native, used an experience that he had with an ASU group to help his native country. He was a member of Poesía del Sol, a group on campus that partners with the Mayo Clinic to bring students and patients together. … The project consists of students visiting patients at the Mayo Clinic, sitting bedside and talking to them, then writing a piece of poetry about the stories the patients shared.

Nosotras, Mujeres y presión arterial: claves para evitarla en la menopausia by Carla de Oyarbide — En los últimos años se ha notado un incremento en la hipertensión femenina, las posibles causar podrían ser: el crecimiento del tabaquismo en la mujer, el mayor estrés laboral, y una mayor tendencia a una mala alimentación, entre otros. Entre los factores de riesgo se cuenta el ser mayor de 35 años, el tener antecedentes familiares y el padecer otro desorden metabólico. Por otro lado, hay que mencionar que, según algunos estudios realizados por la Clínica Mayo, las píldoras anticonceptivas también tendrían cierta relación con el aumento de la presión sanguínea en algunas mujeres, lo que se ve potenciado si encima se padece de sobrepeso u obesidad.

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