November 23, 2016

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights

By Karl Oestreich

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Editor, Karl Oestreich;  Assistant Editor: Emily Blahnik


Mayo leaders: A nine-fold path to preventing burnout

We’ve talked about burnout before, and it seems like lots of hospitals have ideas to combat it. Well, Mayo Clinic has some more ideas – nine of them, to be precise. In the issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings released today, Dr. Tait Shanafelt, director of Mayo’s Program on Physician Well-STAT Logo of Boston Globebeing, and Dr. John Noseworthy, Mayo’s CEO, say administrators can’t force doctors to fight this battle on their own. “Burnout is a system issue, and addressing it is the shared responsibility of both the individuals and health care organizations,” Shanafelt writes.

Reach: STAT covers the frontiers of health and medicine including science labs, hospitals, biotechnology board rooms, and political back rooms. Hosted by The Boston Globe, STAT launched on November 5, 2015. The Boston Globe has a daily circulation of more than 274,000 and Sunday circulation of more than 362,000.

Additional coverage:, Cardiovascular Business, Becker’s Orthopedic & Spine, FierceHealthcare

Context: Researchers at Mayo Clinic have been documenting the rise and costs of physician burnout for more than a decade. Now, they are proposing nine strategies that health care organizations can use to reverse the trend and limit the risk to patients and their medical staff. Tait Shanafelt, M.D., director of Mayo Clinic’s Program on Physician Well-being, and John Noseworthy, M.D., president and CEO, Mayo Clinic, offer the nine-point plan in the current issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings“Research has shown that more than half of U.S. physicians are experiencing symptoms of burnout, and the rate is increasing,” says Dr. Shanafelt, first author of the article. “Unfortunately, many organizations see burnout as a personal problem to be addressed by the individual physician. It is clear, however, that burnout is a system issue, and addressing it is the shared responsibility of both the individuals and health care organizations.” More information can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Contact: Bob Nellis


Washington Post
A non-pill treatment for many chronic illnesses: Exercise

Exercise isn’t good only for building muscle and losing weight. “If a pill could give you all benefits of exercise, it would be the best pill around,” Washington Post newspaper logosays Edward Laskowski, co-director of Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine and a specialist in physical medicine and rehabilitation. Yet doctors underprescribe exercise, even though research shows that it can deliver comparable benefits to drugs and surgery with fewer side effects, according to a recent review in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. Here’s how to safely get the disease-fighting benefits of exercise…

Reach: Weekday circulation of The Washington Post is more than 356,000. The Post's website receives more than 32.7 million unique visitors each month.

Context: Edward Laskowski, M.D., co-director of the Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center, a global leader in sports and musculoskeletal injury prevention and rehabilitation, concussion research, diagnostic and interventional ultrasound, sports performance optimization, and surgical and nonsurgical management of sports-related injuries.

Contact: Rhoda Fukushima Madson


Huffington Post
Why You Might Be Losing Your Sense of Taste As You Age
by Bill Ward

Our mouths perceive just five elements — sweet, sour, bitter, salt and umami (glutamate). They also can tell if there’s fat in food, said Dr. Erin O’Brien, a rhinologist in the Mayo Clinic’s Department of Otorhinolaryngology in Rochester, Minn. “As you chew food, the flavor is released andHuffington Post Logo you smell it through the back of the nose,” O’Brien said. “If you’re eating strawberry ice cream, your tongue will tell you it’s sweet, but it won’t know the flavor. The nose tells you it’s strawberry. That’s the difference between taste and flavor.”

Reach: The Huffington Post attracts over 38.7 million monthly unique viewers.

Context: Erin O'Brien, M.D, is a Mayo Clinic otorhinolaryngology (ENT). The Department of Otorhinolaryngology (ear, nose and throat or ENT) at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota provides a full range of medical and surgical services for pediatric and adult patients with head and neck disorders and diseases.

Contact: Kelley Luckstein


A day in the life of a cancer survivor; Judi Zitiello
by Keitha Nelson-Williams

Eighty-five percent of people diagnosed with pancreatic cancer will die with-in six months. Judi Zitiello was diagnosed in 2014, and she's still First Coast News Logoliving to this day. But every three months, as she goes to the Mayo Clinic for a CT scan, life stands still for the mother of four and grandmother of seven with one on the way…FCN sat down with Dr. Pashtoon Kasi, M.D. Assistant Professor, GI Oncology at the Mayo Clinic to discuss the lethal cancer and why there are so few survivors. "The tumor itself it's a pretty unforgiving disease," said Kasi. "Unlike some of the other tumors this causes a lot of dense fibrous tissue around it. So a lot of the drugs are not able to get to it."

Reach: First Coast News refers to two television stations in Jacksonville, Florida. WJXX, the ABC affiliate and WTLV, the NBC affiliate.

Context: Pashtoon Kasi, M.B.B.S. is a Mayo Clinic oncologist and hematologist. An avid runner, Judi Zitiello, 66, was forced into a six-week hiatus when she developed a meniscus tear in early 2014. The retired financial executive was always active – exercising, hosting dinner parties, and volunteering to run the JT Townsend Foundation, a Jacksonville, Florida, philanthropic organization. Judi wasn’t too concerned about the downtime at first. She knew her body would take time to heal. But the pain lingered. Then Judi began losing weight and her energy waned. "I didn't have the energy to get off the couch. I didn’t feel well. I was just not myself," Judi recalls. Still, she thought it must be related to her knee injury. But when she began experiencing severe itching on her arms and torso, and her stool turned a clay color, Judi knew it was time to see someone other than the physical therapist. Little did she realize she would be starting a fight against pancreatic cancer. You can read more about Judi's story on Sharing Mayo Clinic and Mayo Clinic in the Loop.

Contact: Paul Scotti


Arizona Republic
Ask a Doc: Making surgery safer for high-risk bleeders

Question: What research is underway to help those at high risk for bleeding during medical procedures? Answer: As Arizona Republic newspaper logoa vascular interventional radiologist at Mayo Clinic, I treat patients with a wide range of vascular diseases and disorders. When I’m not performing procedures, I’m in the lab researching ways to improve current therapies, making the experience even safer and more effective for our patients, especially those who are at high risk for bleeding… — Dr. Rahmi Oklu

Reach: The Arizona Republic has daily circulation of more than 180,000 and its website has more than 2.6 million unique visitors each month.

Context: Researchers at Mayo Clinic, Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are developing a biomaterial that has potential to protect patients at high risk for bleeding in surgery. The Nov. 16 cover article, “An Injectable Shear-Thinning Biomaterial for Endovascular Embolization,” in the journal Science Translational Medicine reports on a universal shear-thinning biomaterial that may provide an alternative for treating vascular bleeding. The study’s lead co-author Rahmi Oklu, M.D., Ph.D., a vascular interventional radiologist at Mayo Clinic’s Arizona campus, explains shear-thinning biomaterial offers many advantages over metallic coils, the current gold standard. More information can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Contact: Julie Janovsky-Mason

BuzzFeed, Does Alcohol Actually Keep You Warm Or Is That A Lie? by Caroline Kee — BuzzFeed Health reached out to two experts to find out: Kenneth Warren, PhD, advisor to the director at the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) and Dr. David Raslau, an internist at the Mayo Clinic… The first thing alcohol will do is affect the skin, says Raslau, so you can start to feel warm pretty soon after drinking. “Alcohol is a vasodilator, which means it widens the tiny blood vessels called capillaries right under skin, so they quickly fill with warm blood,” says Warren. The result? Your skin feels warm or hot, and you can get flushed and start sweating a little bit. It usually starts in the cheeks and face then spreads to the rest of your body. So there’s a big sensation of warmth, says Raslau, but it’s just surface-level because it’s literally only your skin that’s warm.

Huffington Post, Photos Of Premature Babies Then And Now Show Their Incredible Journey by Taylor Pittman — “Our daughters were born at 24 weeks. The first of the twins weighed only 15 ounces and was stillborn. The second weighed in at 1 pound, 14.2 ounces and spent 90 days in the NICU before coming home. Eden went through many obstacles during her stay there including heart surgery, eye surgery, and too many line insertions to count. However, she left with almost zero signs of being born far too soon. She was in one of the highest risk categories, more so because she shared a womb with a deceased twin, and she made it out with no lingering effects! It was truly astounding. She is now a petite, but perfectly healthy 7-year-old who excels in school and loves animals and dance. We are so thankful for the amazing care team we had at Mayo Clinic!”

TIME, Here’s How Likely You Are to Die Young by Amanda MacMillan — …According to researchers, there may be another figure that’s equally important: your so-called fitness number. The study, published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings, included health data from 38,480 men and women who were followed for up to 16 years. Over that time, 3,863 of the participants died, 1,133 from cardiovascular disease. When the researchers divided people into groups based on their estimated fitness, they found that those who were the least fit had a 50% higher risk of dying of heart disease over the course of the study, compared to those who were the most fit.

Washington Post, I’m 70 and single. I have a strong support system. But when I got sick, it wasn’t enough. by Joan DelFattore — Then what’s a single patient to do? I asked three experts: Penelope Damaskos, director of social work at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York; Michelle Bailiff, social work supervisor at the Christiana Care Health System in Delaware; and Christina Coyle, a social worker at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. “It’s not just people without close relatives,” Coyle told me. Patients might have to rely on nontraditional support for many reasons, such as having a disabled spouse, or living far from their families.

USA Today, 50-year Thanksgiving Turkey Bowl tradition unites Minnesota friends, families by EIrk Brady — Albert Lea’s first Turkey Bowl arrived seven weeks before the NFL’s first Super Bowl, before either was called by those names. Some of the teenagers who played in that first one are nearing Social Security age… Albert Lea is a city of about 18,000 named for a topographer who surveyed much of southern Minnesota and northern Iowa in the 1830s. The old meatpacking plant was a big employer back in the day. Now it’s the Mayo Clinic Health System, where some Turkey Bowl players can wind up postgame with broken fingers, or worse.

STAT, My son had a devastating, mysterious illness. The conversation about palliative care knocked me flat — by Nora Wong, Teneille Gofton and Sara Hocker — Involve the palliative care team early: NORSE is a devastating disease for many reasons. It often appears out of the blue, affecting previously healthy young adults. While a few patients wake up and return to their normal lives, most do not. The majority of survivors develop epilepsy. Those who have poorly controlled seizures for weeks or months, if they survive, tend to do so with severe brain injuries. Others die from the complications of treatment or when all options have been exhausted and life-sustaining treatments are withdrawn…Sara E. Hocker, MD, is associate professor of neurology at the Mayo Clinic, where she directs the neurocritical care fellowship. Additional coverage: FOX News

ESPN 1500, How MLB teams, scouts and trainers view the arm injury epidemic by Phil Mackey — More than 50% of pitchers end up on the DL each year, on average for 2+ months, and 25% of MLB pitchers have undergone Tommy John surgery. On this episode of Hardball Society, Phil Mackey and Justin Musil dive into the arm injury epidemic – with help from Yahoo! MLB columnist Jeff Passan, who authored the book, “The Arm: Inside the Billion-Dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable Commodity in Sports,” and Dan Christoffer, a former Los Angeles Dodgers organization trainer who currently works in the Mayo Clinic sports medicine department. (Dan’s comments start at about the 45:06 mark)

SELF, Cold Remedies That Actually Work by Amy Marturana — Zinc lozenges: Zinc has been shown to reduce the length of a cold when taken in the first 24 hours that symptoms show up. It’s also been linked to fewer colds throughout the year when taken regularly. But, according to the Mayo Clinic, the studies aren’t convincing enough for widespread recommendations, and it’s still unclear what an effective dose should be.

SELF, Chrissy Teigen Went Through Some Dark Times As A New Mom by Korin Miller — Marlene P. Freeman, M.D., a psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital who specializes in perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, agrees. “The majority of women will have some mood changes after delivery,” she tells SELF. “It’s typically due to the postpartum blues, which are basically mild symptoms of depression.” That can include crying for no reason and having mood swings, Julie Lamppa, A.P.R.N., a certified nurse midwife at Mayo Clinic, tells SELF.

Nature World News, Scientists Develop Gel That Can Stop Uncontrolled Bleeding Immediately by Pankaj Mondal — In a new study published on Science Mag, researchers talk about a hydrogel that can prevent bleeding in a short time frame without much effort. Many types of uncontrolled hemorrhaging, including aneurysms, are often treated by inserting a small metallic coil into the blood vessel. However, this will not be a feasible solution for 47 percent of patients who are unable to form blood clots as they will start bleeding again even after the treatment. Additional coverage: Science Daily, Medical XpressHarvard Gazette

Prevention, 8 Things You Should Know About Hashimoto's Disease by Jessica Migala — It's never fun and completely perplexing to step on the scale and wonder why you've gained a few pounds. Was it really those cookies last night? Nope. Because your thyroid plays a key role in metabolism regulation, having an underactive one can prompt weight gain. And as the Mayo Clinic points out, this may be 10 to 20 pounds in Hashimoto's patients—the majority being fluid (aka not fat).

FOX News, Do at-home fertility tests really work? — Although infertility is often seen as a woman’s problem, for approximately 40 percent of couples, the male partner is the only or a contributing cause of infertility. To address this need, there are a handful of companies who offer at-home sperm tests to check sperm count. “There’s a clear role for these as a reliable screening method for low sperm counts,” said Dr. Landon W. Trost, head of male infertility and andrology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. “Once identified though, I think you should still be seen by a specialist in the area.”

Everyday Health, How Dangerous Is an Aneurysm? by Sanjay Gupta — VIDEO TRANSCRIPT: Sanjay Gupta, MD, Everyday Health: An aneurysm is a bulge in a blood vessel. They can happen anywhere, but they are most common in the brain and in the aorta, the large vessel that carries blood from the heart…Gustavo Oderich, MD, Vascular Surgeon, Mayo Clinic: This is the artery to the liver, intestine, right kidney which is here, left kidney.

Healio, Childhood psoriasis impacts parents' quality of life — Parents’ quality of life was impacted in multiple ways by childhood psoriasis, according to study results published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, and colleagues conducted semistructured interviews with 31 parents of children aged 18 months to 17 years (62% male) with psoriasis. There were 29 mothers and two fathers who were interviewed without children present. Plaque was the most common type of psoriasis affecting the children (86%), followed by inverse (7%), guttate (3%) and generalized pustular psoriasis (3%).

ATTN:, How to Beat the Blues This Holiday Season by Laura Donovan —The holidays promote giving back to others, indulgence in good food, and connecting with loved ones - so why does it bring us down? For starters, the pressure of organizing and preparing for the holidays can weigh on people. The Mayo Clinic states on its site: "The holidays present a dizzying array of demands — parties, shopping, baking, cleaning and entertaining, to name just a few."

ABC15 Arizona, 6 ways to stress less this holiday season — You're not alone if worry, tension and anxiety occupy your thoughts this upcoming holiday season. People in the United States are more likely to see stress levels increase during the holidays, according to the American Psychological Association. One of the best ways to decrease stress this holiday season is to set realistic expectations, according to Mayo Clinic. Your holiday celebrations don’t have to be perfect, so stop worrying about buying the perfect gift or setting a flawless table. Also, keep in mind that not every holiday has to outdo the previous year.

Reader’s Digest, Feeling Stressed? This One Simple Habit Will Protect Your Health by Cheryl S. Grant — Anyone living in 2016 probably knows firsthand that stress can wreak havoc on your physical health, mood, and behavior. Stress can lead to ailments such as headaches, sleep issues, chest pain, anxiety, irritability, and depression, and abuse of food, drugs and alcohol, according to the Mayo Clinic. In fact, the World Health Organization now considers work-related stress to be the “health epidemic of the 21st century.”

Post-Bulletin, International work wins service award for retired scientist by Holly Galbus — A job well done, against many odds" was an award-winning effort for retired Mayo Clinic scientist Dr. Stanimar Vuk-Pavlovic. Vuk-Pavlovic's philanthropic work of bringing needed equipment to Outward Bound Croatia garnered him a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow award… Vuk-Pavlovic has been a resident of Rochester for more than 30 years. He is an emeritus consultant in hematology and oncology and emeritus professor of biochemistry and molecular biology.

Post-Bulletin, Chateau renovation depends on DMC funds by Andrew Setterholm — The Chateau project has been a highlight for the city's and Mayo Clinic's ongoing Destination Medical Center plans, and DMC would play a critical role in funding the renovation of the project, as it did in the city's original $6 million purchase of the building. The city began in January of this year collecting a DMC sales tax that was expected to produce about $5.6 million in revenue this year. Another provision of DMC legislation is for state revenues to begin returning to Rochester after private investment here crosses a $200 million threshold. Those revenues would likely be used to pay the $21.3 million renovation cost for the Chateau, Kvenvold said. That was part of the negotiations for the city to purchase the building.

Post-Bulletin, Heard on the Street: Rochester firm tops Medtronic for tech award — Apri Health Inc., the 3-year-old analytical health care systems firm, won a Tekne award in the Healthcare–Established Companies division. The Tekne awards are presented annually by the Minnesota High Tech Association to companies that have made advancements in technology and science. Dr. Mark Ereth, Apri co-founder and retired Mayo Clinic physician, said they had expected to compete in the Applied Analytics division, but the organizers deemed that Apri's scope goes beyond just analytics. That meant that they were placed in the Established company category. "I said, 'Oh my God, we're going against Medtronic. How are we going to do that?,'" Ereth said.

Post-Bulletin, Heart disease increases risk of complications from the flu by Tom Jargo — DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I had some heart trouble earlier this year and have not yet gotten a flu shot. Is it safe for someone like me, who has heart issues, to get the vaccine?...In almost all cases, the answer is yes. Unless you have a specific reason for not getting a flu (influenza) shot — such as an allergy — the flu shot is very safe, even if you have heart disease. — Priya Sampathkumar, M.D., Infectious Diseases, Mayo Clinic, Rochester.

Post-Bulletin, Our View: Mental health answers require cooperation —"We need a third option other than the emergency room and adult detention center," he said, noting his staff has been working with county public health and social services to find potential options. Kiscaden noted one piece of the puzzle was found earlier this month when the county signed an outreach services agreement with Mayo Clinic to create new connections. Under the agreement, Mayo Clinic psychiatrists will help provide emergency services and support county staff.

Mankato Times, Mayo Clinic Health System pulmonology expert explains how to watch for and avoid COPD — November is COPD Awareness Month, presenting an opportunity to better understand risks, symptoms and effective prevention methods. “The greatest risk for developing COPD is smoking cigarettes,” says Sara Shorter, a Mayo Clinic Health System pulmonology nurse practitioner. “Any long-term exposure to irritant gases increases chances of COPD, but cigarette use is by far the most common, especially if you’re a smoker who also has asthma.”

The Journal, Q&A with Mayo Clinic leader, who believes the Affordable Care Act overlooked patients — President-elect Donald Trump's promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act while preserving some key elements has triggered rampant speculation about the future of American health care -- and plunged millions of patients who benefit from the law into deep uncertainty about the future of their coverage. Little is known about the replacement plan that will ultimately emerge. But one voice angling to shape future policy is the leader of the Mayo Clinic, neurologist John Noseworthy. The issue he thinks has been strangely missing from the years-long debate over malfunctioning websites, politics and soaring premiums is this: the patient's health. Noseworthy argues that the Affordable Care Act that expanded access to health insurance to millions of Americans did so without nearly enough input from the patient -- or the doctor.

Daily Mail, BBC radio DJ Mark Goodier, 55, suffers a stroke - meaning he won't voice new Now That's What I Call Music advert for the first time in 25 YEARS by Rachael Burford — Former BBC radio DJ Mark Goodier has had a stroke.The ex Top of the Pops host is off work until he recovers meaning he will not voice the famous Now That's What I Call Music advert for the first time in 25 years…Some experts believe that up to 80 per cent of strokes are preventable. Dr. David Wiebers, professor of neurology at the world-renowned Mayo Clinic, said: 'We have learned that stroke, though sudden, is neither unexpected nor unpredictable.'

Candace Rose, Mayo Clinic Chair of Neurology, Dr. Joseph Sirven Talks Epilepsy, Shares Myths, Symptoms, Treatments — With November being National Epilepsy Month, Dr. Joseph Sirven, Chair of Neurology at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona joined me for an interview this week to discuss epilepsy. He shared some of the most common symptoms, myths and misconceptions, common treatments including a minimally invasive laser surgery and much more.

Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News, Mayo Clinic, Regeneron Genetics Center Join Accelerator in Sequencing Project for PSC — Aiming to conduct the largest sequencing project for primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC) to date, the nonprofit research accelerator Curable has partnered with the Regeneron Genetics Center (RGC) and the Mayo Clinic to launch the International PSC Genome Project… Mayo Clinic plans to contribute more than 3000 DNA samples from volunteers, including over 1200 samples from PSC patients. In addition, Curable is establishing a coalition of nonprofit institutions that will participate in the Project.

DailyRX News, Suicide Attempts: More Than Just a Cry for Help by Beth Greenwood — Researchers at the Mayo Clinic found that a previous suicide attempt is one of the strongest predictors of a successful suicide. "Our study enrolled individuals whose first-ever suicide attempt presented to medical attention. Not only did we include those who survived this initial attempt, but we also included those who died on their first attempt and ended up on the coroner's slab rather than in the emergency room," lead author J. Michael Bostwick, MD, said in a press release. "These are large groups that have been routinely ignored in calculation of risk."

Alzforum, New Tracer May Prove Better for Amyloid PET — In postmortem frontal cortex slices from people with confirmed AD, the authors found that fluselenamyl binds selectively to plaques in gray matter while leaving white matter largely untouched. What’s more, fluselenamyl’s octanol/water partition coefficient—a proxy for white matter affinity—is on a par with that of C11 Pittsburgh Compound B. PiB is the gold standard Aβ PET tracer used in research settings, according to David Knopman, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota. Knopman explained that C11 PiB has a sufficiently high signal-to-noise ratio to quantify Aβ with PET, but because the C11 radioisotope has a half-life of only 20 minutes, commercial applications have focused on the more stable F18.

Express UK, These sleep positions can damage your health - are you at risk? by Lizzie Mulherin — Sleeping on your side is a much safer option for those prone to neck or back pain as well snoring. But if done incorrectly, it could lead to compressed nerves in your arms and legs. To avoid this, experts at the Mayo Clinic advise drawing your legs up slightly toward your chest and placing a pillow in between your legs. A full-length body pillow can also be used. It's also often the preferred position for pregnant women.

Modern Healthcare, Start-ups offer clinical automation software. But do they work by Meeri Kim — To effectively target the pain points of the clinical workflow, EHR and app developers need to consult the physicians and nurses living it on a day-to-day basis. A common complaint is the inability to work top-of-license due to mounting clerical tasks. “If [clerical] tasks and the interface with electronic records systems take time away from direct patient care, they diminish time in what most physicians find is the most meaningful part of their job,” said Dr. Colin P. West, Professor of Medicine, Medical Education and Biostatistics at the Mayo Clinic.

KIMT, Rochester named best city for working women by Adam Sallet — According to SmartAsset, Rochester is the best place to live for working women in this country. In order to come up with that conclusion, the group looked at many factors including pay, the unemployment rate, and the percentage of women in the workforce. We talked to the Medical Director of Mayo Clinic’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion Dr. Sharonne N. Hayes. She tells us this is a great honor for the city and shows what kind of amazing community they live in. She also points out Mayo Clinic, as the city’s biggest employer, is always trying to work on factors like a wage gap.

Post-Bulletin, 'I felt like an outcast' by Brett Boese — Rochester Public Schools created the APEX program for the 2016-17 school year, with classes starting Aug. 15. It's housed at the Alternative Learning Center with a unique schedule and individualized education plans aimed at filling credit gaps, limiting social influencers and eliminating past temptations…Stite has engaged Mayo Clinic as part of APEX's math and science curriculum. The program InSciEd Out has included touring three Mayo labs, plus Limb Lab, and recently recovering a pregnant crawfish from a local stream on a guided tour with a Mayo ecologist. She says the real-world application of classroom lessons has been critical. Mayo's Joanna Yang says individualized, responsive curriculum is being developed right now to create "one-on-one Mayo mentor support for student-driven research projects fulfilling science credits.", St. Luke’s joins Mayo Clinic Care Network by Charles E. Buban — In the medical world, the 152-year-old Mayo Clinic is regarded as one of the best in its field. And partnering with the Minnesota-based organization is St. Luke’s Medical Center, making it just the fifth partner-institution of the Mayo Clinic outside the US mainland. “We are pleased to welcome St. Luke’s Medical Center to the Mayo Clinic Care Network,” said Dr. David Hayes, medical director of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, “Patient-centered care is the foundation of both organizations. We look forward to working together to find new and innovative ways to enhance that care.” Additional coverage: Maniolasm, PressReader, Mayo launches new High Altitude and Harsh Environments Medical Clinic — Mayo Clinic is seeing patients with concerns about traveling to high altitudes at the recently established High Altitude and Harsh Environments Medical Clinic. "The intent is to serve our patients who either for business or leisure need to travel to high-altitude environments," explains Jan Stepanek, M.D., who is chair, Division of Preventive, Occupational and Aerospace Medicine, at Mayo Clinic in Arizona.

Waterloo Record, Mayo Clinic News Network: 6 tips for managing urinary incontinence — Urinary incontinence is a prevalent issue, with anywhere from 25 to 50 per cent of women reporting an episode in the past year. "Managing urinary conditions can be frustrating and time-consuming, but there are helpful tips and lifestyle changes that can reduce the burden this condition causes," says Jenna Hoppenworth, a Mayo Clinic Health System nurse practitioner. Hoppenworth shares these tips…

WKBT La Crosse, At least 31 confirmed cases of whooping cough in La Crosse Co. — An outbreak of whooping cough at area schools has doctors stressing the importance of getting vaccinated. At least 15 cases of whooping cough have been confirmed in the Holmen School District and cases have also recently been confirmed in West Salem. "Unfortunately, once the cough starts and we can start to say, oh, it sounds like maybe you have whooping cough, there's nothing we can do for you. The medicine no longer works to stop the cough, it prevents you from making other people sick, but it doesn't make you any better," said Dr. C.J. Menagh from Mayo Clinic Health System.

KTTC, Mayo Clinic patients comforted by therapy dogs by Justin McKee — A unique type of therapy is helping patients cope with tough situations. Mayo Clinic Volunteer Services began offering a program called Caring Canines in 2004. Volunteers bring their pets to interact with patients who are staying at the clinic. Each dog is specially trained and registered for therapy. Dolly Gillen's pup, Kelso, meets and greets patients and gives comfort in a time when they may not feel like they have a lot going for them. Gillen said Kelso is great with the patients and it's an awesome experience seeing smiles on their faces.

MedPage Today, Refining Lung Cancer Screening Criteria: Not All High-Risk Individuals Are Captured by the Current Recommendations by Steven F. Candela — Recent research from Ping Yang, MD, PhD, and colleagues at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota suggests that additional benefit may accrue by expanding screening to those with heavy smoking histories who quit in the past 15 to 30 years… Dr Yang's team correctly noted that application of the current guidelines would potentially detect only a limited percentage of lung cancer patients, excluding many individuals who are at high risk of lung cancer."

KIMT, Special Report: Nontraditional Treatments by DeeDee Stiepan — Every two weeks, Brobst sees Alexander Do, a licensed acupuncturist at Mayo Clinic. Acupuncture is a key component of traditional Chinese medicine and has been around for at least 4,000 years. Modern research speculates that inserting small needles into a specific point on the body can stimulate the release of neurotransmitters and endorphins, which are the body’s natural pain killers. “Certain conditions respond faster and have been backed up with research, so I like to call that my A-list,” Do explains. “Some of those include migraine headache, osteoarthritis, anxiety depression, IBS and generalized chronic pain.”

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Mayo Clinic News Network: How to prevent fallsDear Mayo Clinic: My grandmother, who is 82, has no major health issues, but she’s become rather weak and frail over the past several years, and her balance isn’t very good. Several weeks ago, she fell in her bathroom. Although her injuries were minor, my family is worried. Is there something we can do to help keep her from falling again? Answer: You’re wise to be concerned about your grandmother’s safety. Falls are the leading cause of injuries for older Americans. Falls not only threaten seniors’ safety, but also their independence. Having a conversation with your grandmother is a worthwhile place to begin.

Healio, Fractures present an under-recognized complication of diabetes — According to Sundeep Khosla, MD, a past president of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research, that organization is partnering with the American Diabetes Association to raise awareness of increased fracture risk in diabetes. “We would like for the diabetes community to think about bone as yet another diabetic complication,” Khosla, professor of medicine and physiology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, told Endocrine Today. “Poor glycemic control likely alters bone material properties and bone quality so that — particularly in type 2 diabetes, but likely also in type 1 diabetes — the relationship between the mass of bone and the strength of bone is altered and you fracture despite having a relatively normal bone density.”

Medical Daily, Early Signs Of Shingles: Symptoms And Treatment Of The Chickenpox-Related Virus; Who's At Risk by Kelsey Drain — Pain around the abdominal area is usually the first symptom of shingles, according to Mayo Clinic. Some people experience this without ever developing the infamous rash. The virus can cause numbness, itching, tingling, and burning pain in this area, which can worsen as it develops. Most commonly, the shingles rash develops as a stripe of blisters that wraps around either the left or right side of your torso. This happens after about one to five days. It can also occur around one eye or on one side of the neck or face, Mayo Clinic reported.

International News Network, Stents, surgery equally durable, safe for reducing stroke risk — One of the largest studies of its kind shows that stenting and surgery to reduce narrowing of the carotid artery and restore normal blood flow are equally effective at lowering the long-term risk of stroke. For the study’s result - led by the Mayo Clinic in Florida showed that the risk of stroke following either procedure was about 7%.Principal investigator Thomas G. Brott, a professor of neurosciences at Mayo, says:"This very low rate shows these two procedures are safe and are also very durable in preventing stroke."Because seniors with carotid artery narrowing are living longer, he notes, "the durability of stenting and surgery will be reassuring to the patients and their families."

E! Online, Jill Zarin Reveals Her Husband Bobby's Cancer Is Back by Zach Johnson — Jill Zarin, former star of Bravo's The Real Housewives of New York City, shared some sad news with E! News at the Angel Ball in New York Monday: Her husband Bobby Zarin's cancer is back. The Zarins turned to Dr. David Pfister, a top oncologist at Memorial Sloan Kettering in New York, Dr. Keith Bible, a top oncologist at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, and Dr. Richard Lazzaro, a leader in the field of robotic thoracic surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York, for guidance. For two years, Bobby's lungs were scanned regularly to see if the tumors had grown. After he got a fourth medical opinion at the Mayo Clinic in April 2015, Lazzaro removed Bobby's tumors using the da Vinci Robotic System—a minimally invasive option for major surgery.

Glopedia, Primera cirugía bariátrica robótica en la Argentina — En el Hospital Churruca Visca de la Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires se les realizó el primer bypass gástrico robótico y la primera esplenectomía robótica del país a dos mujeres de menos de 40 años. A cargo de la intervención estuvieron los doctores Enrique Elli de Mayo Clinic en Jacksonville, Florida, y Patricio Cal y Gonzalo Crosbie del Hospital Churruca. Los doctores Cal y Crosbie previamente se capacitaron en el campus de Mayo Clinic en Jacksonville con el Dr. Elli, referente en cirugía bariátrica convencional y robótica en los Estados Unidos.

Becker’s Hospital Review, Mayo Clinic telemedicine for high-risk births improves patient safety at community hospitals by Brian Zimmerman — Expert telemedicine consultation during high-risk newborn deliveries can improve patient safety in hospitals less familiar with advanced newborn resuscitation, according to a new study published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings. "The enhanced access to neonatologists, who could remotely assess the newborn and guide the local care team through the resuscitation, allowed one-third of the babies to stay with their families in the local hospital," said Jennifer Fang, MD, a Mayo Clinic fellow in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine and one of the study's authors. "This allowed the patients to receive the correct level of care in the right location — increasing the value of care. Also, the potential cost savings can be substantial."

Seattle Times, Failed study, dimmed hopes in hunt for Alzheimer’s treatment by Tom Murphy — A treatment for Alzheimer’s failed to slow mental decline in a widely anticipated study, ending hope that researchers at Eli Lilly had finally found a drug that does more to help those suffering from the fatal, mind-robbing disease…The failure of solanezumab doesn’t necessarily doom other drugs that take the same approach, said Dr. Ronald Petersen, director of the Mayo Clinic Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center. Petersen noted earlier this month that other drugs target amyloid beta proteins in different ways.

WCCO, Jack Jablonski Comes Home For Foundation’s Fundraiser by Kate Raddatz — It’s been almost five years since a Minnesota high school hockey player’s paralyzing injury. Jack Jablonski was back in his home state Saturday to raise money for others in the same position…The funds support epidural stimulation, which Leslie Jablonski hopes the FDA will approve to improve paralysis recovery. She says the Mayo Clinic successfully tested the results of paralysis recovery from epidural stimulation this fall.

Minnesota Ag Connection, Mayo Establishes High Altitude and Harsh Environments Clinic — Altitude sickness can occur when the human body does not properly acclimate to lower oxygen levels at higher elevations. Shortness of breath, headaches, nausea and gastrointestinal problems are common symptoms. More serious problems can include life-threatening cerebral and pulmonary edema (i.e., swelling of the brain and excess water in the lungs). "There are individuals who just cannot function as well as others at high altitude," adds Dr. Stepanek. "Either by disposition, pre-existing health problems or by the rapid nature of ascent, they cannot adapt well in this high altitude environment."

HeartInsight, Hearts Aquiver by Jon Caswell — At first, episodes of AFib may be very short and symptoms may not be felt, or if they are, the symptoms may be so mild and transient that people often do not recognize them as requiring medical attention. Over time the AFib episodes may get longer and the symptoms (palpitations, lightheadedness, shortness of breath, chest discomfort) become more noticeable, longer in duration, and more frequent. “Then people seem to realize they need to be evaluated,” said Pamela McCabe, Ph.D., R.N., assistant professor of nursing at the Mayo Clinic and a member of the Advisory Panel for Atrial Fibrillation Patient Education for the American Heart Association. “However, as we found in our research, this process often takes months.”

ATTN:, One Beer a Day Can Keep the Doctor Away, a New Study Finds by Lucy Tiven — Researchers at Penn State University investigated the relationship between alcohol intake and levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL), a "good cholesterol" that promotes cardiovascular health…As the Mayo Clinic explains, HDL delivers excess cholesterol from the bloodstream into the liver and lowers the risk of heart disease and stroke. Huang's research suggests that a daily beer may help fend off these conditions.

MSN Canada, 6 conseils pour stopper un rhume avant qu'il ne s'installe — Les remèdes de grands-mères sont parfois ceux qui restent les meilleurs. On n'a pas trouvé plus efficace que le miel pour apaiser une gorge enflée et irritée par la toux. N'hésitez pas à en abuser, en en dissolvant dans vos infusions ou vos thés afin d'en accentuer l'effet.  Cela aide beaucoup à calmer la toux également : de nombreuses études, dont celle de James Steckleberg pour Mayo Clinic, ont montré que deux cuillères de miel étaient aussi efficaces contre la toux que les médicaments vendus en pharmacie à cet effectif. Et en plus de vous soigner naturellement, c'est bon pour votre moral...

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