March 24, 2017

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights

By Karl Oestreich

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New York Times
The Best Exercise for Aging Muscles
by Gretchen Reynolds

Exercise is good for people, as everyone knows. But scientists have surprisingly little understanding of its cellular impacts and how those might vary by activity and the age of the exerciser. So researchers at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., recently conducted an experiment on the cells of 72 healthy but sedentary men and women who were 30 or younger or older than 64. After baseline measures were established forThe New York Times newspaper logo their aerobic fitness, their blood-sugar levels and the gene activity and mitochondrial health in their muscle cells, the volunteers were randomly assigned to a particular exercise regimen. It seems as if the decline in the cellular health of muscles associated with aging was “corrected” with exercise, especially if it was intense, says Dr. Sreekumaran Nair, a professor of medicine and an endocrinologist at the Mayo Clinic and the study’s senior author.

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Context: Everyone knows that exercise is good for you, but what type of training helps most, especially when you’re older - say over 65? A Mayo Clinic study says it’s high-intensity aerobic exercise, which can reverse some cellular aspects of aging. The findings appear in Cell MetabolismMayo researchers compared high-intensity interval training, resistance training and combined training. All training types improved lean body mass and insulin sensitivity, but only high-intensity and combined training improved aerobic capacity and mitochondrial function for skeletal muscle. Decline in mitochondrial content and function are common in older adults. More information can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Contact:  Bob Nellis


Wall Street Journal
Medical School Seeks to Make Training More Compassionate
by Lucette Lagnado

“We found at admission that the kids look fine,” says Liselotte Dyrbye, professor of medicine at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. “It is as if they go through our training process, and they develop worsening mental health.” Dr. Dyrbye blames this on an “absurd” medical system: “It is the curriculum, it is the learning environment, it is the type of stuff you do as a [young] physician, and it is not unique to Mayo, it is not unique to Sinai.” The Mayo researcher, who studies physician well-being, says in addition to mastering vast amounts of information, medical students and residents cope with “complex patient interactions, the suffering, the deaths.” Too often, “it is not a supportive environment—students are set up to compete with each other.”

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Context: Liselotte "Lotte" Dyrbe, M.D., MHPE, is a Mayo Clinic Primary Care Internal Medicine physician. Dr. Dyrbe focuses on the well-being of medical students, residents and physicians. Dr. Dyrbye partners with Tait D. Shanafelt, M.D., and Colin P. West, M.D., Ph.D., to direct the Mayo Clinic Department of Medicine Physician Well-Being Program.

Contact: Matt Brenden
Why your doctor should measure blood pressure in both arms
by A. Pawlowski

Healthy people can have slightly different numbers between arms, but a substantial difference in the readings could signal a blockage or an abnormality, said Dr. Sharonne Hayes, director of the Women's Heart Clinic at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.  “Probably the biggest thing I see in day-to-day practice is somebody who always gets their blood pressure checked in a given arm and they’re told over and over again it’s great,” Hayes told TODAY. But when her office checks the other arm, it reveals uncontrolled high blood pressure that has gone undetected, which can potentially damage the brain and kidneys.

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Context:  Sharonne Hayes, M.D. is a Mayo Clinic cardiologist. Dr. Hayes studies cardiovascular disease and prevention, with a focus on sex and gender differences and conditions that uniquely or predominantly affect women. With a clinical base in the Women's Heart Clinic, Dr. Hayes and her research team utilize novel recruitment methods, social media and online communities, DNA profiling, and sex-specific evaluations to better understand several cardiovascular conditions. A major area of focus is spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD), an uncommon and under-recognized cause of acute coronary syndrome (heart attack) that occurs predominantly in young women.

Contact: Traci Klein


NBC News
Study Connects Genes to Late Onset Alzheimer’s in African-Americans
by Andrea King Collier

A study from researchers at the Mayo Clinic, published in the February issue of the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, may show some insights into the genetics of the disease in Black Americans who develop the NBC News Logodisease after age 65.  The study's senior investigator, Dr. Nilufer Ertekin-Taner, M.D., Ph.D., a neurogeneticist and neurologist at Mayo Clinic's Florida campus says that while the reasons for these high rates of Alzheimer's in the Black community remains unknown, there could be multiple reasons. She cites "higher vascular risk factors such as hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol, as well as differences in genetics and/or differences in socioeconomic factors."

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Context: A Mayo Clinic research team has found a new gene mutation that may be a risk factor for late-onset Alzheimer’s disease in African-Americans. This is the first time this gene has been implicated in the development of this disease in this population. Alzheimer’s disease has been understudied in African-Americans, despite the fact that the disease is twice as prevalent in African-Americans, compared to Caucasians and other ethnic groups. This likely pathogenic variant may be unique to the African-American population, the researchers say. It has not been found in Caucasians with Alzheimer’s disease or in gene repositories from more than 60,000 subjects who are not African-Americans.  More information on the study can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Contact: Kevin Punsky

KVFS Missouri, Stem Cells Seem Speedier in Space — Some types of stem cells grow faster in simulated microgravity, according to Abba Zubair, a researcher at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida. Zubair is principal investigator for the Microgravity Expanded Stem Cells investigation, which is cultivating human stem cells aboard the space station for use in clinical trials back on Earth. He holds a doctor of medicine degree in transfusion medicine and cell therapy and a doctorate of philosophy in tumor immunology… "Stem cells are inherently designed to remain at a constant number," Zubair explains. "We need to grow them faster, but without changing their characteristics." Additional coverage: KFMB, WUPV, WFXG, Biospace, Phys Org

Finance & Commerce, Telemedicine’s prognosis good, advocates say — Minnesota’s Mayo Clinic is using video cameras to connect babies born in distress at small hospitals to neonatal specialists at its Rochester hospital. In Maryland, intensive-care patients in 11 hospitals, 10 of them in sparsely populated areas, now have instant access to specialists across the state through video cameras installed in their rooms…“Obviously, there are some things you can’t do very well — some things where someone has to touch the patient, to see what’s going on — has to be in the same room,” said Dr. Steve Ommen, medical director at Mayo Clinic’s Center for Connected Care. Ommen said he expects the medical community to re-examine what needs to be done to advance telemedicine — and not just with video cameras.

MedCity Beat, Social media helps reunite Mayo cancer patient with his beloved teddy bear — A young child battling brain cancer is being reunited with his lost teddy bear — all thanks to the power of social media. Aiden Remme, 5, lost his beloved bear, Tedz, during a recent trip to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. According to his mother, Aiden was here completing his 60th round of chemotherapy treatment. The post was shared more than 1,000 times. And by Wednesday morning, Tedz had been located in the St. Marys Chapel. Volunteers are now in the process of returning Tedz to Aiden. Additional coverage: KTTC, KARE11, FOX31 Denver, KROC, KDLT

AMA blog, Mayo, AMA CEOs urge: Seek physicians as innovation partners by Kevin B. O’Reilly —The question-and-answer session between Mayo Clinic CEO John H. Noseworthy, MD, and AMA CEO and Executive Vice President James L. Madara, MD, was held recently at MATTER, a Chicago-based incubator for emerging health care companies. The event drew a standing-room-only crowd of people working in the health care startup world. Dr. Noseworthy began by describing Mayo’s illustrious 153-year-old history in medicine. He said Mayo’s focus is on complex care, what he called “the top of the pyramid of care rather than the base of the pyramid of care.” Additional coverage: Becker’s Orthopedic & Spine

Star Tribune, With almost $300 million in private funds, Rochester's DMC project set to get $585M in public money by Matt McKinney — Millions of dollars in state aid for expansion of the Mayo Clinic should start to arrive in Rochester this fall, it was announced Thursday. The public dollars were pledged for the Destination Medical Center (DMC) project in 2013, but the Legislature said they wouldn’t come until the clinic and private investors first put up their own money. Now that has happened, with almost $300 million in private investment. The figures released Thursday by the DMC board put private investment totals so far at $297.7 million, a figure that covers everything from a new sign at a private business to a $68 million Mayo project at its St. Marys Campus. Additional coverage: KTTC

Finance & Commerce, Mayo CEO: Expansion will build revenue by Matt M. Johnson — Mayo Clinic CEO John Noseworthy says Mayo’s investment in new infrastructure in Rochester will be key in generating revenue and cutting costs while Medicaid and Medicare reimbursements to the health system decline. Mayo and Rochester are on the eve of getting some help from the state. The Destination Medical Center Corp. is scheduled to announce on Thursday that the multibillion-dollar development project has crossed a $200 million private investment threshold that will release the first of $585 million the Minnesota Legislature set aside for public infrastructure projects in the city. Additional coverage: Star Tribune, Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, Becker’s Hospital Review

MPR, A high-rise, historic renovation and bathroom fix help DMC unlock millions in state funds by Catharine Richert — The Destination Medical Center in Rochester is about to hit a crucial milestone: $200 million in private investments. Once it hits that mark, the state has promised millions of taxpayer dollars to improve Rochester's infrastructure.  So far, the state has certified a total of $152 million in private investment toward the DMC. Mayo Clinic, the driving force behind the DMC, accounts for about 86 percent of the investments.

Post-Bulletin, Mayo CEO to address to Minnesota economic leaders by Jeff Kiger — CEO Dr. John Noseworthy will speak to the Economic Club of Minnesota about leading the Mayo Clinic at a Minneapolis luncheon today. He is scheduled to "share his perspective on leading the 150-year-old organization through a period of significant growth and innovation while facing external challenges" with the club.

Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, Mayo Clinic CEO: Government-insured patients get same care as business leaders by Katharine Grayson — Mayo Clinic CEO Dr. John Noseworthy is defending controversial comments he made in December regarding prioritizing patients with private insurance, saying in a speech Wednesday that the organization is committed to caring for Medicare and Medicaid patients. Noseworthy addressed the topic early in a speech at an Economic Club of Minnesota event, which came less than a week after the Star Tribune reported excerpts of a talk Noseworthy gave to Mayo employees. In that speech, Noseworthy said all other things being equal, the Rochester, Minn.-based clinic would prioritize patients with private insurance over those covered by public programs.

Star Tribune, Gender bias shows up in doctor introductions by Jeremy Olson — A doctor often gets called “Doctor” as a show of respect in public and among colleagues — well, at least when he is a man. A woman is a different matter, according to Mayo Clinic research, which found gender bias among the nation’s most highly trained professionals. Dr. Julia Files, a Mayo internist, recalled the end of a recent presentation she gave with three male colleagues. “What a lovely afternoon,” the moderator told the crowd. “Let’s thank Doctor X, Doctor Y, Doctor Z — and Julia — for an excellent presentation.” Additional coverage: GenderAvenger

Daily Mail, EXCLUSIVE: 'I donated my husband’s face for transplant when I was eight months pregnant': Heartbroken widow made the agonizing decision to show their son the good his father did and reveals she is in touch with the recipient by Sheila Flynn — The facial transplant recipient would be Andy Sandness, a 32-year-old who had also tried to take his own life 10 years previously – and immediately regretted the decision. He survived, but his face was left absolutely shattered. A team at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota told him that, if the ideal donor appeared, they could perhaps perform a facial transplant, which has been done only a handful of times around the world. Additional coverage: Farm & Ranch GuideYahoo!

CNN, Is there a link between climate change and diabetes? by Jacqueline Howard — Among the factors known to cause Type 2 diabetes are being overweight or obese and having a family history of the disease. "I think calorie consumption and weight are probably the biggest by a country mile," said Dr. Adrian Vella, an endocrinologist who has researched Type 2 diabetes at the Mayo Clinic. He was not involved in the new study. "I think the general message always should be that association studies do not actually imply causation," he said of linking climate change and diabetes. Additional coverage: News4Jax

CNN, Will 100% fruit juice make your child gain weight? by Jacqueline Howard — "It's very easy to drink a lot of calories, and I think that's where the concern has historically been with juice," said Katherine Zeratsky, a clinical dietitian at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. "A 4-ounce cup of juice is considered a serving of fruit," she said. "I think most consumers of juice are generally drinking more than 4 ounces. Then, the next question is, within the greater quantity, how does that balance within one's diet? And then probably the next question is, is that fruit juice consumption offsetting the intake of other nutritious food?"

Reuters, Prostate, hair loss drugs tied to mental health risk, but not suicide by Andrew M. Seaman —The proportion of men taking 5ARIs and experiencing erectile dysfunction is likely around 5 percent, according to Dr. Landon Trost, who is head of andrology and male infertility at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. But it's not clear how many men suffer persistent erectile dysfunction after stopping 5ARIs, said Trost, who was not involved with either of the new studies. "I think it’s important to be educated about the potential side effects," he told Reuters Health. Men who are already at increased risk for these potential side effects must weigh the risks and benefits of the drugs, Trost said. Additional coverage: Huffington Post

Vox, Trump's budget on health: 3 losers and 2 winners by Julia Belluz — AHRQ is hugely important: It’s the only US organization dedicated to studying health delivery, looking at questions like how best to treat back pain among all the potential remedies that are available, or reduce the risk of central line infections so people don’t die while being cared for in hospitals. Bringing AHRQ into the NIH at a time when the NIH is facing deep cuts might kill it, experts told me. “The NIH may not value the AHRQ mission,” since it’s comprised mainly of organ and disease-based research institutes, said Victor Montori, professor of medicine at Mayo Clinic and a senior adviser to AHRQ. “Any budget cuts will prioritize preserving NIH core programs.”

TIME, Here’s the Best Way to Cure an Upset Stomach by Markham Heid — You won’t want to eat in the throes of vomiting, but starting to sip water and other beverages right away is a good idea, says Dr. Joseph Murray, a gastroenterologist at Mayo Clinic. Because you’re getting rid of essential vitamins and nutrients with every trip to the bathroom, it’s important to replenish your body’s electrolytes—namely salt, but also potassium and glucose (sugar), he says. If the word “electrolytes” makes you think of Gatorade, you’re not far off. But Gatorade and other sports drinks may not contain enough salt to replenish your depleted stores. “Diluted tomato juice is pretty good, mostly because it’s salty,” Murray says.

NewsweekNeuron overload: why flashing light causes epileptic seizures, by Jessica Wapner— In people with photosensitive epilepsy—about 5 percent of all epilepsy cases—light is the seizure-triggering culprit. Specifically, lower wavelengths of light—the flash of a strobe, sunlight flashing intermittently through a picket fence—may trigger seizures. These patterns, says Joseph Sirven, a neurologist with the Mayo Clinic in Arizona, disrupt brain function. The key is the speed of the flashing. Most photosensitive epileptic seizures are sparked by five to 30 flashes per second. Pulses of light coming at the brain faster do not pose the same danger. The slower the pace, says Sirven, “the more closely it approximates brain function.”

Wall Street Journal, As Many Midwest Cities Slump, Sioux Falls Soars by Shibani Mahtani — In 2007, the city received another boost: the first $400 million of what would grow to $1 billion in donations to the regional health-care system from billionaire T. Denny Sanford, a longtime South Dakota resident who made his fortune at the helm of First Premier Bank, which issued high-interest credit cards to customers with poor credit histories. The rechristened Sanford Health, together with another provider named Avera, are the biggest employers in the city, with some 16,000 workers combined. Sanford Health has also branched into medical research, taking a page from the Mayo Clinic, which transformed the city of Rochester, Minn.

Men’s Health, Did Your Toenails Just Cut Your Girlfriend? by Patrick Huguenin — If your nails are noticeably crumbly, flaky, or discolored, it might be time for an antifungal nail cream or a trip to the doc. But there are things you can do to prevent fungus before it starts. The Mayo Clinic’s first recommendation? Keep nails short – and dry. That means frequent trims, and investing in some moisture wicking socks for your workout.

SELF, Do You Really Need to Spend $120 on Compression Leggings? by Amy Marturana —Traditional compression garments—like stockings, socks, and sleeves—work by putting pressure on your limbs to prevent fluid (blood) from collecting in the tissue, according to the Mayo Clinic. They're usually graduated, meaning they're tightest at the ankle or wrist, and the level of compression gradually decreases as you move toward your torso.

SELF, Is Taking Vitamins Ever Useful? by Korin Miller — Women are encouraged to take prenatal vitamins (which contain folic acid) when they’re pregnant, and that recommendation extends to breastfeeding moms—with good reason, Rebekah L., Huppert, R.N., I.B.C.L.C., a lactation consultant at the Mayo Clinic, tells SELF. “Most of the vitamins and minerals we need are in food, and a healthy diet will likely get you close, but while you’re breastfeeding, taking a multivitamin can be your insurance policy,” she says. Most of the vitamins that a growing baby needs will be in the mother’s breast milk, but breastfeeding can deplete the mom’s own vitamin stores, Huppert explains.

Runners World, Stem Cell Therapy by Brad Stulberg — Stem cells are immature cells that have the ability to grow into many different types of cells. In sports medicine, stem cells are harvested and then injected into an injured area, says Jonathan Finnoff, D.O., professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at the Mayo Clinic and Medical Director of the Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center in Minneapolis. While PRP therapy stimulates the healing process of tissue that is already there, stem cells may create new tissue.

HealthDay, Home Beats Rehab for Knee, Hip Replacement Recovery by Alan Mozes — Patients who go straight home from the hospital following hip or knee replacement surgery recover as well as, or better than, those who first go to a rehabilitation center, new research indicates. And that includes those who live alone without family or friends, one of three studies shows…A recent Mayo Clinic study calculated that between 2000 and 2010, the number of Americans who underwent hip replacement surgery more than doubled, rising from just under 140,000 to more than 310,000 per year.

Healio, Celiac prevalence higher in north vs. south US — Previous research has shown the prevalence of autoimmune diseases like inflammatory bowel disease, multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis vary across the “North-South gradient.” This may be linked to differences in sunlight or UVB radiation exposure, which is “generally lower in the northern latitudes and predispose to vitamin D deficiency,” Joseph A. Murray, MD, of the division of gastroenterology and hepatology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and colleagues wrote. In celiac disease, geographic differences in availability of and adherence to a gluten-free diet may also play a role in this varying prevalence, they added.

Healio, Gastroenterologists Emerge as Key Players in Obesity Management — With growing recognition of the integral role that the GI tract plays in obesity’s pathophysiology, obesity can be more clearly viewed by gastroenterologists as a digestive disease, according to Barham K. Abu Dayyeh, MD, MPH, a gastroenterologist and director of metabolic and bariatric endoscopy at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. “We know dysfunction within the GI tract predisposes individuals to obesity and its consequences, such as metabolic syndrome and diabetes,” he told Healio Gastroenterology. “We also know from bariatric surgery that altering the GI tract can resolve obesity and diabetes.”

Medscape, Preoperative SSRIs Ease Orthopedic Surgery Complications by Laird Harrison — The risk for revision after total hip or total knee replacement is reduced in patients taking preoperative selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), a new study suggests. "We found a pretty strong protective effect for people using antidepressants," said Hilal Maradit Kremers, MD, from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Depression is common in patients undergoing total hip or knee replacement. Previous studies have shown that it is associated with poor patient-reported orthopedic outcomes, higher complication rates, longer hospital stays, and increased costs, she reported.

MedPage Today, Fitness Tracker Training Pavlov's Humans? — Fitness trackers often generate constant feedback that can feed obsessive responses -- the wearer reacting to the emitted beeps like Pavlov's dog. And adolescents obsessed with exercise also struggle with eating disorders, notes Leslie Sim, PhD, a clinical child-adolescent psychologist at the Mayo Clinic interviewed for the book. "Counting steps and calories doesn't actually help us lose weight; it just makes us more compulsive," said Sim. "We become less intuitive about our physical activity and eating."

News4Jax, Mayo Clinic News Network: Popular myths about what causes cancer — Scary claims circulate on the Internet that everyday objects and products, such as plastic and deodorant, are secret cancer causes. Beyond being wrong, many of these myths may cause you to worry unnecessarily about your own health and the health of your family.Before you panic, take a look at the facts. Here, Timothy J. Moynihan, M.D., a cancer specialist at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., takes a closer look at some popular myths about cancer causes and explains why they just aren't true.

News4Jax, Mayo Clinic News Network: How to have a healthy retirement — Start by learning what to expect as you get older, from changes in muscle mass and sex drive to vision and cardiovascular health. After all, your dreams for a healthy retirement likely depend on good health. Then consider ways to maintain a healthy retirement, from reducing your risk of falls and staying safe behind the wheel to improving your memory.

Post-Bulletin, Eight years of education comes down to one day by Jeff Kiger — As the sun streamed through the leaded windows of the Mayo Foundation House, 44 medical school graduates nervously waited Friday to find out where they will spend the next three to five years of their lives. Through the old tradition of Match Day and under the gaze of a huge portrait of the Mayo brothers, the Mayo Medical School graduates opened envelopes and discovered where they would go for the final stage of their education -- their residency. Following the climactic envelop opening ceremony, Breann Kluck, of Rochester, was "shaking with excitement." In the crowded, formal dining room, she was holding a piece of paper stating she's going to Cincinnati Children's Hospital for pediatrics residency. Additional coverage: KAAL

KAAL, Mayo Clinic Brings the Strollin Colon Back to Rochester — The Strollin Colon is back! March is colorectal cancer awareness month and Mayo Clinic once again brought in the inflatable colon to help educate the community. "Colorectal cancer is probably the second most fatal cancer among men and women in the United States," said Dr. John Kisiel. Each year, around 150,000 people are diagnosed with colon cancer and 50,000 will die from it, according to Mayo Clinic. Additional coverage: KIMT, WEAU Eau Claire, GoMN

WKBT La Crosse, Mayo offers online diagnoses, prescriptions by Madalyn O’Neill — Mayo Clinic Health System is offering its patients a new way to get the right diagnosis without ever leaving their homes. For Mayo patients such as Kate Weis, it's not always easy to visit the doctor in person when they’re not feeling well. For example: "If I’m busy at work and have an allergy flare up,” she said. But Mayo Clinic Express Care Online gives her another option. Mayo patients can now access a virtual visit through a smart phone or computer, and answer a questionnaire for a number of conditions, from a sore throat to a cold or the flu.

Red Wing Republican Eagle, MCHS leadership seeking bright medical team by Anne Jacobson — Mayo Clinic Health System has a new position but has filled it with familiar face. Dr. David Agerter has been named to director of Academic Strategy and Development for MCHS. Agerter will work to strengthen medical education and residency opportunities at Mayo-owned clinics and hospitals across the Midwest, including Red Wing, Cannon Falls and Lake City, the health system announced last week. He also will lead efforts to increase and diversify the medical research taking place in the health system.

WBKT La Crosse, Bernie Brewer visits Mayo Clinic in La Crosse by Matt Clark — Mayo Clinic in La Crosse had a special visitor Thursday. Bernie Brewer, the mascot for the Milwaukee Brewers, visited kids in the hospital. Bernie's visit was part of the kickoff for the La Crosse Area Day at Miller Park in June. For the last 20 years, the event has brought La Crosse residents to Miller Park for a Brewer game.

Mankato Times, Stop by Mayo Clinic Health System March 30 to Stroll Through a 20-foot-long Inflatable Colon by Joe Steck — Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato is hosting a colon cancer awareness event Thursday, March 30, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the specialty clinic atrium (entrance two) of the Mankato hospital campus, located at 1025 Marsh St. Features of the event include:20-foot-long inflatable colon exhibit; Food samples from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; Handouts and giveaways.

KEYC Mankato, Mayo Clinic Health System To Hold Colorectal Cancer Awareness Event by Kelsey Barchenger — Dr. David Brokl, Gastroenterologist with Mayo Clinic Health System and Vicki Hart, Mayo Clinic Community Relations Supervisor, joined KEYC News 12 this Midday to talk about March as colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Colon cancer is cancer of the large intestine, or the colon at the lower part of your digestive system. Rectal cancer is cancer of the last several inches of the colon. Together, they're often referred to as colorectal cancers.

WEAU Eau Claire, 20-foot inflatable colon teaches important health lesson by Ruth Wendlandt — Attendees of the Wisconsin Sports Show can learn about colon health by walking through a 20-foot-long inflatable colon. Mayo Clinic Health System is partnering with the National Colon Cancer Alliance to bring the display to the Sport Show. “Colon polyps and cancer are much more frequent as we age, so typically we start recommending in most people they start getting checked at the age of 50, we do it a little bit earlier in some special circumstances those who have a family history of colon cancer at a young age,” Dr. Jaime Zighelboim, Gastroenterology & Hepatology, Mayo Clinic Health System.

WSET, Local woman heads to Mayo Clinic for possible heart & kidney transplant by Elizabeth Tyree & Chris Hoffman — A Lynchburg woman traveled to Florida Tuesday for a possible heart and kidney transplant. Jaine Carpenter is headed to the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville. Her husband, Melvin, said the 54-year-old's battle with cancer has caused her heart problems and her one kidney is no longer working. Centra transported her to Lynchburg Regional Airport Tuesday morning.

Twin Cities Business, Mayo Clinic Ups Venture Investment In Heart Arrhythmia Digital Health Startup by Don Jacobson —The Mayo Clinic has increased its venture investment stake in a Silicon Valley digital health startup touting a smartphone-based system that taps Mayo’s know-how in machine learning to detect and predict abnormal heart rhythms and the risk for stroke. AliveCor of Mountain View, California, announced last week it has completed a Series D funding round of $30 million, led by Omron Healthcare, with participation from Mayo and its other existing inside investors. The goal is to boost the fortunes of the new Kardia Pro software platform, which is aimed at doctors.

WIZM News Talk, New 24-hour rule for 1st-year residents will have multiple benefits according to Mayo doc by Drew Kelly — Starting in July, first-year medical residents will now be able to work 24-hour shifts. It's a change from 16-hour shifts by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. Dr. Tom Grau of Mayo Health System said the old rules limited a young doctor's experience, while this will have multiple benefits. "Most all the team members have always had a 24-hour shift," Grau said. "First-year residents stepped away from the team after 16 hours. It was just disruptive to the team. It impacted the cohesiveness of the team, the functioning of the team."

WXOW La Crosse, UWL students donate 150 stuffed animals to Mayo Clinic Health System by Caroline Hecker — Children at Mayo Clinic Health System were treated to more than 150 stuffed animals on Wednesday thanks to UWL students. The animals will be given to children who visit the emergency room, have surgery or are accompanying a relative who might be sick. "A hospital can be an intimidating place, it can be a scary place particularly for young people," Peter Grabow, an Administrator at Mayo Clinic Health System, said. "But animals like these aren't scary and are in fact very comforting to kids who may be scared."

WXOW La Crosse, Impending doctor shortage, worrisome to local hospitals by Tianna Vanderhei — A number of physicians also are part of that aging demographic retiring rapidly from the workforce. "Every day there's ten thousand plus baby boomers now eligible for medicare and they're enrolling," said Eric Erickson, Vice President of Primary Care at Mayo Clinic Health System.  This shortage is making recruitment tactics for young professionals even more critical.

SCNow, Mayo Clinic Care Network provides a resource to brag about by Joe Perry — There's more to the partnership between Carolinas Hospital System and the Mayo Clinic Care Network than peace of mind, but for Dr. Rami Zebian, he's seen firsthand how patients benefit in a crucial but hard to qualify way. "It's something we deserve in the Pee Dee region," said Zebian, a physician specializing in pulmonary and critical care medicine. "Any additional resource – we brag about it quite a bit. We've benefited quite a bit giving peace of mind to patients."

Clinical Pain Advisor, Stem Cell Therapies for Degenerative Disc Disease — Mesenchymal stem cell (MSC) therapy, also known as regenerative medicine therapy, is emerging as a promising treatment for degenerative disc disease (DDD). Wenchun Qu, MD, PhD, from Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, reviewed the pathophysiology of DDD and advances in MSC preparation techniques at the American Academy of Pain Medicine 33rd Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida. “Regenerative medicine therapy, contrary to what people would have believed a few years ago, is mainstream. It is not a futuristic hypothesis anymore. It is used in practice today,” Dr Qu told Clinical Pain Advisor.

Star Tribune, BioSig Technologies, Mayo to collaborate on heart data system by Joe Carlson —The Mayo Clinic has signed a long-term collaboration agreement with a Minnesota medical device maker whose product is supposed to give heart doctors a more precise view into causes and effective treatments for deadly cardiac problems. BioSig Technologies, based in Golden Valley, announced a 10-year agreement with Mayo Clinic. It allows BioSig staff and Mayo heart doctors to work jointly on existing and new applications for a device called the Pure EP System, which is intended to provide more-detailed heart data during a procedure. Additional coverage: mHealthIntelligenceHIT Consultant

MobiHealthNews, With $30M in new funding from Omron, Mayo Clinic, AliveCor launches new AI-powered provider dashboard by Jonah Comstock — Smartphone ECG company AliveCor announced $30 million in new funding today, led by the Mayo Clinic and Omron Healthcare. At the same time, the company launched Kardia Pro, its first provider-facing offering, which uses AI to give cardiologists only the relevant information about their patient's ECGs. Additional coverage: Healthcare Dive

24 Horas, Entrenamiento aeróbico de alta intensidad puede revertir proceso de envejecimiento en adultos — Los investigadores de Mayo compararon el entrenamiento por intervalos de alta intensidad, el entrenamiento de resistencia y el entrenamiento combinado. Todos los tipos de entrenamiento mejoraron la masa muscular magra y la sensibilidad a la insulina, pero solamente los entrenamientos de alta intensidad y combinado mejoraron la capacidad aeróbica y la función mitocondrial del músculo esquelético.

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