May 12, 2017

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights

By Karl Oestreich

Mayo Clinic in the News is a weekly highlights summary of major media coverage. If you would like to be added to the weekly distribution list, send a note to Emily Blahnik with this subject line: SUBSCRIBE to Mayo Clinic in the News.

Editor, Karl Oestreich;  Assistant Editor: Emily Blahnik


BBC News
From Cotton Picker to Brain Surgeon

Dr Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa has had a most unusual career trajectory. Today he's chair of neurosurgery at the Mayo Clinic in Florida. He's a brain surgeon, finding a cure for cancer. Dr Quinones was born and grew up in Mexico and at the age of just 5, he was selling food to drivers to help make money for his family. But from an early age he had big dreams.

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Context: Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa, M.D., prominent neurosurgeon, researcher and educator, joined Mayo Clinic in 2016 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.

Contacts: Kevin Punsky, Sharon Theimer

Health Leaders
Clinicians in the C-Suite
by Debra Beaulieu

Healthcare leadership is evolving in a way that must merge the silos of clinical care and administration, resulting in a growing minority of C-suite positions occupied by physicians and nurses. There are numerous industry drivers of the clinician leadership trend, not the least of which includes mounting industry emphasis on value and quality. The Mayo Clinic, for example, boasts a 108-year tradition of physician leadership. “I’m pleased to see the idea expanding,” says John Noseworthy, MD, president and CEO since 2009 of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. “I suspect it means that these organizations are trying to find a way to provide more focus on the patients while keeping the tension between business and patients in balance,” he adds, noting that the Mayo model is one of dyad leadership, in which virtually every physician leader is paired with a nonclinical administrative partner.

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Context: John Noseworthy, M.D. is president and CEO of Mayo Clinic.

Contact: Duska Anastasijevic,


Mayo searching for way to screen for multiple kinds of cancer at once — There are many ways to screen for a single kind of cancer, but no single way to screen for many kinds of cancer. Two research teams at the Mayo Clinic are working on parallel efforts to develop a simpler way to screen for multiple kinds of cancer. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Dr. Keith Stewart, who is leading one of those teams in partnership with Grail, a start-up aimed at improving cancer detection. Stewart is a professor at Mayo and the director of the Center for Individualized Medicine.

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Previous coverage in May 5, 2017 Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights

Previous coverage in April 28, 2017 Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights

Context: GRAIL, Inc., a life sciences company whose mission is to detect cancer early when it can be cured, announced that it has commenced its second multi-center clinical study, the STRIVE Study, to facilitate the development of GRAIL’s blood tests for early-stage cancer detection. STRIVE is a longitudinal, prospective, observational study that will enroll up to 120,000 women at the time of their screening mammogram to train and validate a blood test to detect breast cancer. Additionally, the study will be used to develop a pan-cancer test to detect multiple cancers at early stages. The STRIVE Study is a prospective, multicenter, observational study of 120,000 women undergoing screening mammography. The purpose of the STRIVE Study is to train and validate a test for detection of breast cancer. The cohort will also be utilized to train and develop a pan-cancer test. The STRIVE Study will include medical centers throughout the Sutter Health system that serves Northern California, and Mayo Clinic. Mayo Clinic locations include Rochester, Minnesota; Jacksonville, Florida; and Phoenix, Arizona; as well as the Mayo Clinic Health System Franciscan Healthcare locations in La Crosse and Onalaska, Wisconsin. More information can be found in GRAIL's news release.

Contact: Susan Buckles


Mayo Clinic’s High-Tech Analysis Helps Improve Your Golf Swing & Prevent Injuries
by Angela Davis

Now that the weather is warmer, many people are returning to one of their favorite sports: Golf. And some of them are getting help with their golf swing before they ever set foot on a course. You can now work with specialists at the Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine facilities in Rochester and Minneapolis to get a high-tech analysis of your golf swing.

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Context: Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center is 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. More information about Mayo's golf performance program can be found here.

Contact: Rhoda Fukushima Madson


First Coast News
Doctors warn of lesser-known tick-borne virus
by Juliette Dryer

Local experts are warning people to take precautions to avoid tick bites to help reduce the risk of contracting the tick-borne virus, Powassan. “You could range from having no symptoms whatsoever to being very sick, having inflammation of the brain tissue,” said Dr. Vandana Bhide with the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville.First Coast News Logo

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Context: Vandana Bhide, M.D. is a Mayo Clinic hospital internal medicine physician.

Contact: Kevin Punsky


New York Times, Eliud Kipchoge Runs World’s Fastest Marathon, in Nike’s Special Shoes Jere Longman — “In a bigger field, I think it will happen; it increases the odds of more than one person having the day of a lifetime,” said Dr. Michael Joyner, an expert in human performance at the Mayo Clinic who in 1991 predicted that a human could eventually run the marathon as fast as 1:57:58. While the attempt to break two hours fell short, Dr. Joyner said: “Kipchoge, I think, was remarkable. I don’t think this was a failure at all. I’m very encouraged. I think they got in Secretariat zone.” Additional coverageStraights TimesReuters Canada

Forbes, The First ALS Drug In 22 Years Is Approved — And It Costs 4 Times What It Does In Japan by Matt Herper — For the first time in 22 years, the Food and Drug Administration approved a new drug to treat amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, a disorder in which patients lose the ability to move, and eventually, to breathe. The new medicine, called Radicava (generic name: edaravone), was developed and will be sold by MT Pharma America, a Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharmaceuticals, a Japanese pharmaceutical firm…"It’s exciting," says Nathan Staff, Director of the ALS Clinic at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. "I expect many, if not all, of our patients will be lining up to try to get the medication." Additional coverage: Scientist

Forbes, America's Best Employers 2017 by Jeff Kauflin — This year, several health care organizations made the top ten. Memorial Hermann Health System, a non-profit with 16 hospitals and more than a dozen other health centers, ranked fourth. Penn Medicine, the University of Pennsylvania's academic medical center that runs five hospitals, ranked seventh. And the Mayo Clinic ranked eighth.

Daily Mail, EXCLUSIVE: It's time to ditch BMI - new revolutionary 3D app measuring abdominal fat with a simple scan finally provides an accurate assessment of weight by Claudia Tanner — Scientists have devised a revolutionary new tool that could transform how we assess whether people are a healthy weight… Jose Medina Inojosa, a preventive cardiology research fellow at the Mayo Clinic, said: 'By measuring weight and body fat with a focus on the abdomen, the BVI offers a new, enhanced potential diagnostic tool.' Additional coverage: Men’s Fitness

Toronto Star, Mayo medicare’s next mission: Sears by Robin Sears — A few hundred miles south of the birthplace of medicare, what many Canadians see as one of our defining political achievements, there is small town in Minnesota where they did it much better than us. It’s an amazing story…A new generation of Canadian doctors — led mainly by women — has taken up the vision of salaried, team-based system. Maybe they will create a Canadian Mayo Clinic, in a small Canadian town, all these years later. Additional coverage: Our Windsor

STAT, Thousands of men with prostate cancer get risky treatment they don’t need. New approaches could curb that by Sharon Begley — They look like glowing jade necklaces of such unearthly brilliance they could be a Ming emperor’s. But if Dr. Gerardo Fernandez is right, the green fluorescent images of prostate cells could be even more valuable, at least to the thousands of men every year who unnecessarily undergo aggressive treatment for prostate cancer. That’s because the glimmering images promise to show which prostate cancers are destined to remain harmless for the rest of a man’s life, and thus might spare many patients treatment that can cause impotence and incontinence… “The issue is how precise the scans can be, but the hope is that aggressive cancer cells will take up the markers more than indolent cancer cells,” said Dr. Jeffrey Karnes, a prostate cancer specialist at the Mayo Clinic.

ABC 6 Philadelphia, Know the ABC's of avoiding ticks this season — There's been a lot of tick activity so far this spring, and it's expected to stay at high levels through summer. So experts at the Mayo Clinic say it's time to learn the A-B-C's of avoiding ticks. "A is for Avoid. You want to know where ticks are found and avoid these areas - so tall grasses, tall shrubs. Ticks can't fly, they can't jump, but they can crawl up vegetation and they extend their legs and they wait for something to come by," Dr. Bobbi Pritt said.

Huff Post Canada, Gluten-Free Makeup: 7 Brands Hot On The Trend by Jennifer Choy — Gluten intolerance is a very real concern, especially for those who suffer from celiac disease, and the beauty world is taking note… According to the Mayo Clinic's Dr. Michael F. Picco, gluten proteins are too big to enter your skin so it’s not possible to experience a reaction from your makeup due to gluten.

Medscape, The Scoop on the New Syncope Guidelines by Peter Noseworthy, MD; Win-Kuang Shen, MD — Video interview between Dr. Peter Noseworthy and Dr. Shen.

Medscape, Physician-Mothers Perceive Discrimination by Ricki Lewis, PhD — Gender-based inequalities among physicians may partially stem from attitudes about aspects of motherhood, according to results of a cross-sectional survey published in JAMA Internal Medicine… To examine the effect of pregnancy on peer and faculty evaluation of residents, Megan L. Krause, MD, from the Department of Internal Medicine at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, and colleagues retrospectively analyzed evaluations of internal medicine residents of both sexes who had a child during their residency. Peer residents and attending physicians had completed the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education evaluations.

OncLive, Expert Looks to Genetic Testing for Next Leap in MCL by Gina Columbus — Researchers are conducting gene expression profiling studies to explore potential prognostic factors of developing mantle cell lymphoma (MCL), a challenging issue oncologists are currently facing, according to Grzegorz S. Nowakowski, MD… In an interview during the 2017 OncLive® State of the Science Summit on Hematologic Malignancies, Nowakowski, an assistant professor of Medicine at Mayo Clinic, discussed the current work being conducted to determine prognostic factors of MCL and what other challenges still lie ahead.

Paste, On the Mind: What We Know About Dementia by Carolyn Crist — In mid-April, I attended the Association of Health Care Journalists conference in Orlando. One of the sessions, “Science of Dementia,” was a perfect fit for this column. I’m bringing you advice from two of the top dementia researchers in the nation. Dorene Rentz, a neurologist at Harvard Medical School, and Nilufer Taner, a neurogeneticist at the Mayo Clinic, explained what we know — and don’t know — about dementia today.

Paste magazine, Stress Test: 4 Scientist-Recommended Stress Busters by Carolyn Crist — In recent years, Amit Sood, a doctor at the Mayo Clinic who wrote Mayo’s Guide to Stress-Free Living, began noticing big differences between how his patients managed stress. One patient would be diagnosed with terminal cancer and spend the last six months enjoying life, yet another would be diagnosed with osteoarthritis and leave his office in tears. He began wondering, “Why do we have this disconnect between our external reality and our internal reactions?”

Disruptive magazine, The Mayo Clinic: a beacon for meaningful 3D printing applications by Rachel Park — An MWS keynote address given by Dr. Jonathan (Jay) Morris examined how 3D printing technology has made a significant and permanent impact on the daily clinical and surgical practices of the world-renowned Mayo Clinic. Dr. Morris referenced many cases where 3D printing has made a real difference, both in the approach to a case by the medical staff and to the outcome for the patient. The USA-based Mayo Clinic operates across three main facilities in: Rochester, Minnesota; Phoenix, Arizona; and Jacksonville, Florida. Dr. Morris works at the Minnesota facility.

AOL, Reason snakes bites are currently on the rise in these states — Taking a trip to the South? Well watch out for snakes. Snake bites in Georgia are up 40 percent this year according to the Georgia Poison Control Center…If bit by a snake - The Mayo Clinic suggests calling 9-1-1- immediately - removing jewelry and or tight clothing in case you start to swell and positioning yourself so the bite is below or level of your heart.

Fierce Healthcare, A simple cure for burnout? Bring back the doctors’ lounge by Joanne Finnegan — Diane Sliwka, M.D., thinks she’s come up with a simple and cost-effective way to help battle physician burnout. Sliwka, a hospitalist and professor at the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine, has led the effort to revamp the doctors’ lounge, according to the AMA Wire… And it may be less about the modernized space itself and more about bringing the doctors together. For example, just as firefighters cook and share meals together, the Mayo Clinic encourages groups of doctors to get together and will pay for meals, in order to build camaraderie, Stephen J. Swenson, M.D., medical director for leadership and organization development at the medical center, recently told an audience at the American College of Healthcare Executives Congress.

Becker’s Hospital Review, What KPIs Northwestern, Mayo use to measure patient financial success by Brooke Murphy — Effectively educating and engaging patients about their financial responsibility is difficult for hospital systems, especially as public confusion and anxiety around health insurance intensifies. During a webinar sponsored by Simplee, the financial management technology provider's chief marketing and growth officer John Adractas will moderate a discussion on patient financial care. Panelists Brenda Schillinger, vice chair of revenue cycle at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and Michael Mullen, director of revenue cycle at Chicago-based Northwestern Medicine, will share how they are actively investing in patient financial engagement at their respective organizations.

Blog Talk Radio, Spinal cord injury research: Mayo Clinic Radio — A spinal cord injury can cause permanent changes in strength, sensation and other body functions below the site of the injury, including paralysis. But a study being done at Mayo Clinic, in collaboration with UCLA researchers, has successfully used intense physical therapy and electrical stimulation of the spinal cord to return voluntary movements to a… (Audio at link.)

MedPage Today, Liver Transplant Outcomes Improve Over Time by Michael Smith — In almost all cases, patients with chronic hepatitis C (HCV) who undergo liver transplant see the virus quickly recur, with rapid progression to fibrosis and cirrhosis, according to Nyan Latt, MD, of the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla. But the new DAAs can cure HCV in most patients and halt that process, with the possibility of a beneficial impact on both survival of the transplanted organ and patients themselves, Latt said at Digestive Disease Week, co-sponsored by the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, the American Gastroenterological Association, the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, and the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract.

Global News (Canada), What the colour of your pee says about your health by Carmen Chai — Clear, yellow, dark yellow, do you ever take a look at the colour of the contents of your toilet bowl? While most of us don’t pay attention to our pee, experts say we can learn a lot about our health simply by looking at the colour of our urine. “The job of the kidneys is to get rid of water and chemicals the body no longer needs and that’s what urine is. Your urine does tell you a lot about what’s going on with your chemical balance in your blood and that’s how it’s a useful tool to make diagnoses and evaluate your overall health,” Dr. David Sas, a pediatrician at the Mayo Clinic Children’s Centre, who looks after kids with all types of kidney disease, said.

HIT Consultant, Integrates Mayo Clinic’s Triage Algorithms To Enhance Their Virtual Nurse App by Jasmine Pennic —, a San Francisco, CA-based virtual medical assistant application for patient engagement and chronic disease monitoring has announced an agreement with Mayo Clinic. As part of the agreement, Sensely will integrate Mayo Clinic’s triage algorithms and clinical expertise with’s proven, empathy first, patient engagement platform to support of optimal health outcomes for individuals. The virtual medical assistant app combines innovative avatar-based technology, advanced sensor capabilities, and telemedicine features that generate actionable, real-time data and intelligent analytics, enabling clinicians to make better, timelier care decisions. Additional coverage: Crossroads Today

Volume One, Stuffed Animals Inspire Teen's Nationwide Charity by Tom Giffey — Over the past nine years, Katharine’s Wish has collected more than 20,000 items, most from donors in the Chippewa Valley. In the past year alone, people donated between 3,000 and 4,000 toys, stuffed animals, and books, many of which were delivered to Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire earlier this spring. As hospital staff members beamed, Katharine and her parents toted dozens of bags and boxes overflowing with stuffed bears, Barbies, Beanie Babies, coloring books, and much more.

MedCity News, Mayo Clinic CIO on AI and when the machines will take over by Erin Dietsche — Machine learning is coming to healthcare. From assisting with research to helping patients at the bedside, it is undoubtedly making its mark in the space.Via email, Mayo Clinic CIO Christopher Ross corresponded with MedCity News to answer questions about the future of machine learning and when artificial intelligence will move past the toddler phase. Ross will deliver a keynote address, titled “Machine Learning, from Discovery to Action,” at MedCity INVEST on May 18 in Chicago.

AACC, Close Up on the Opioid Crisis by Brittany Moya del Pino — At Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, for example, physician calls for help interpreting pain management tests rose after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in March 2016 issued guidelines recommending urine drug testing before starting patients on opioid therapy and for monitoring them afterward. This guideline and others “are driving the testing, but also leading to more confusion in terms of which type of laboratory tests to use—for example, immunoassays versus definitive methods—which specific tests to include, the frequency, and how to interpret those tests,” said Paul Jannetto, PhD, DABCC, FACB, MT (ASCP), director of Mayo’s clinical and forensic toxicology laboratory.

Healio, Endoscopic bariatric therapies help GIs actively manage obesity — In this exclusive video, Barham K. Abu Dayyeh, MD, MPH, a gastroenterologist and director of metabolic and bariatric endoscopy at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., discusses the emerging role of endoscopic and metabolic bariatric therapies in treating patients with obesity, on which he gave several talks at Digestive Disease Week.“It’s time for [gastroenterologists] to assume an active [role] in managing this epidemic with a combination of devices that we can deploy through the endoscope and different pharmacotherapies for this disorder,” he said.

Science, Biotech execs, academic leaders make case for NIH funding at White House meeting by Jocelyn Kaiser — Could the Trump administration be changing its mind about slashing funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH)? Scientific leaders were optimistic yesterday after meeting for 2 hours at the White House with several biotech executives to discuss the “ecosystem” in which federally funded basic research leads to discoveries that companies turn into treatments. The closed meeting, described 2 weeks ago by Bloomberg News as a “summit,” took place on 8 May in a room in the White House residence.  About a dozen outside speakers ranged from Stanford University’s president and the CEOs of the Mayo Clinic and Johns Hopkins Medicine to four CEOs from biotech companies including Vertex Pharmaceuticals and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals.

Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy U of M, Antibiotics in pregnancy tied to higher miscarriage risk by Chris Dall — A large study yesterday in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) suggests that the use of certain antibiotics taken early in pregnancy raises the risk of miscarriage. … "During pregnancy, there's a certain amount of dampening of the immune system, and that's in place so that the mother does not reject the fetus," Yvonne Butler Tobah, MD, an obstetrician/gynecologist at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., told CIDRAP News. "Because of that, when pregnant women get infections, it's easier, for example, for influenza to become pneumonia…or a urinary tract infection to become a kidney infection." Because of this potential for infections to worsen in pregnant women, Butler Tobah said, proper treatment of bacterial infections with antibiotics is essential for maintaining maternal and fetal health. She was not involved in the study.

Accuweather, Dermatologists weigh in with tips on how to soothe a painful sunburn by Chaffin Mitchell — At the first sign of redness after being out in the sun's harmful rays, it's crucial to follow these tips that could help soothe your sunburn and help you heal faster. Dr. Marian McEvoy, dermatologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, said if you are red when coming indoors, apply moisturizer right away.  If you have a sunburn, stay indoors and out of the sun as much as possible, and follow the expert tips below…

Florida Times-Union, Monday Editorial: Local physician honored by Sulzbacher Beaches Clinic — Cheers to Jacksonville physician Teresa Rummans for being recognized for her tireless efforts as a medical volunteer! Rummans, a psychiatrist at the Mayo Clinic, recently received the 2017 Beaches Healthy Hero Award from the Sulzbacher Beaches Clinic.

ActionNewsJax, Mayo Clinic working to expand cancer-detecting test by Danielle Avitalbe — A test is working to detect the early stages of cancer in patients. Doctors at the Mayo Clinic are looking to expand that test to include all types of cancer. "If you can detect small amount of abnormal DNA in tissue, in fluid or eventually in blood, it makes it a much simpler process to screen patient," Dr. Michele Lewis with Mayo Clinic said. So far, Lewis said the test, called methylated DNA, works to detect two forms of cancer: colon and pancreatic.

ActionNewsJax, Jacksonville neurosurgeon warns severe headache could be sign of brain aneurysm by Letisha Bereola — May is National Stroke Awareness Month and one national foundation created after the death of a longtime news reporter Lisa Colagrossi is working to bring attention to ruptured brain aneurysms. A neurosurgeon at the Mayo Clinic said approximately one in every 50 people have brain aneurysms, which can cause a life-threatening type of stroke. Most of the time people don’t feel it. When an aneurysm bleeds, it’s extremely classic for the sudden onset of the worst headache of your life," Dr. Ben Brown said. "Something you’ve never felt before." He said if that happens, get medical attention. He said it could save your life, but in some cases nothing can be done.

University Herald, Tumor-Shrinking Nanoparticle May Be The Cure For Cancer, Mayo Clinic Researchers Find [VIDEO] by Emily Marks — Researchers from Mayo Clinic have successfully developed a new type of cancer-fighting nanoparticle. It is used to shrink breast cancer tumors while, at the same time, preventing recurrence of the disease… Betty Y.S. Kim, M.D., Ph.D., principal investigator of the study, said that they were astonished to find that the mice injected with the nanoparticles showed "a lasting anti-cancer effect." Kim is a neurosurgeon and neuroscientist who specializes in brain tumors at Mayo Clinic's Florida campus. Additional coverage: Medical Design Technology

KJZZ, Looking For Non-Medicine Treatments For ADHD by Mark Brodie — Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, can be a somewhat controversial syndrome. There’s even disagreement about how many people suffer from it. The American Psychiatric Association says 5 percent of American children have it, but the CDC puts the number at more than twice that. Treatments for ADHD are also controversial. One that’s been gaining attention is neurofeedback. But is it effective? To help sort this out, I’m joined by two Neurologists from Mayo Clinic in Arizona: Dr. Amy Crepeau and Dr. Joseph Sirven.

Arizona Republic, Ask a Doc: When large brain vessels shrink by Dr. Bernard Bendok — Question: What is Moyamoya disease?...Answer: Moyamoya disease is a condition where the large vessels in the brain narrow over time. As a result, tiny vessels in the brain compensate by getting larger. As these small vessels get larger, they become stressed and stretched and can rupture, leading to hemorrhage in the brain, which can be disabling and occasionally fatal.

AZ Big Media, Banner Health and Mayo researchers target Parkinson’s disease — Researchers at Banner Sun Health Research Institute and Mayo Clinic are continuing to study how to diagnose early Parkinson’s disease. The research team’s most recent article titled, “Peripheral Synucleinopathy in Early Parkinson’s Disease: Submandibular Gland Needle Biopsy Findings” has been recognized by Movement Disorders, the official journal of the International Parkinson and Movement Disorders Society, as the “best original research article” of 2016.

WSFA Montgomery, Doctors and sufferers reveal the painful truth about migraines by Kacey Drescher — Migraines are painful and debilitating. Officials say close to 39 million Americans suffer from them, yet doctors say research in the field has been slow due to a lack of funding and there's still no cure… Dodick, who also works as a Professor of Neurology at the Mayo Clinic and also serves as President of the International Headache Society, says studies have identified a future treatment that blocks a specific protein in the brain. “Finally we may be on the cost of a new generation of treatments that actually targets an underlying problem that generates a migraine so were ushering in a new era of hopefully disease specific therapy,” said Dodick.

Mankato Free Press, High schoolers learn ropes at Mayo by Brian Arola — This is the first semester high schoolers have been able to explore health care fields at Mayo in Mankato — other classmates are matched up with professionals in other fields. Eventually the pilot program could expand into 15 to 20 juniors or seniors coming to Mayo each spring semester, providing students interested in the health care field a firsthand look at what the work entails. — Bernard Bendok, M.D., is chair of neurosurgery at Mayo Clinic in Arizona.

Cheers, Eric Henry Leduc, Florida EMT, Praises Jacksonville Medical Investment by Jay Gory — An Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), Eric Leduc, has praised the considerable investment being directed towards the Jacksonville Medical industry. Mayo Clinic recently announced a $100m investment into major medical related construction projects in the Jacksonville area. Leduc claims that the added investment is needed to ensure that Jacksonville maintains a productive and modern healthcare system.

KSTP, Mayo Clinic-Endorsed Product Could Be Concussion 'Game-Changer' by Heather J. Carlson — The Minnesota State High School League will not test new technology endorsed by the Mayo Clinic that allows parents and coaches to immediately and objectively diagnose concussions in athletes on the sidelines, according to the MSHSL's top medical advisor. Dr. Michael Stuart, co-director of Mayo’s Sports Medicine Center, called the test a “game-changer.” “Currently, there are very few ways to objectively diagnose a concussion,” Stuart said.

Twin Cities Business, Mayo Spinoff Ambient Clinical Analytics Completes $5.4M Finance Round by Don Jacobson — Mayo Clinic medtech spin-off Ambient Clinical Analytics of Rochester says it has wrapped up a $5.4 million Series A funding round, which it will use to ramp up the sales and marketing of its critical care monitoring software product. The company announced the financing round was led by Waterline Ventures of Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Bluestem Capital of Sioux Falls, with participation from earlier investor Social Capital of Palo Alto, California.

MPR, Health industry rips GOP bill after House passage by Mark Zdechlik — A wide swath of the American health care system opposes the health care legislation the U.S. House narrowly passed Thursday — and Minnesota's industry is no exception… Minnesota Medical Association Board Chair, Dr. Douglas Wood, a Mayo Clinic cardiologist, said the state's largest doctors' organization is urging people to get involved in the debate. The MMA, like many other groups, is convinced if the House bill became, law millions of Americans will lose their coverage and their health will suffer as a result, Wood said. "The general public should quickly contact their senators and express their concern," he added. "We know that the lack of coverage results in delays in care and choices not to do things that are more appropriate that have real impact on their lives. So, as a provider, this is particularly disconcerting."

Post-Bulletin, Mayo performs first sex reassignment surgery by Brett Boese — After four years of planning and preparation, Mayo Clinic now offers sex reassignment surgery in Rochester to help transgender patients complete their transition. Mayo's first so-called "bottom surgery" was conducted Feb. 24 at Methodist Hospital, helping 1980 Rochester Lourdes graduate Michael John Keller complete the long-awaited transition to Marisa Ann Bella. Two others have since undergone the procedure, but Bella was one of the first patients to enroll at Mayo's Transgender and Intersex Specialty Care Clinic when it opened in January 2015 under the leadership of Dr. Todd Nippoldt. Additional coverage: US News & World ReportKMSP, KTTC, Abdereen News, WIZM La Crosse

Post-Bulletin, Nelson leads push to boost state's smoking age to 21 by Heather J. Carlson — Minnesotans would have to be at least 21 years old to buy a pack of cigarettes under a bill proposed by a Rochester lawmaker. Republican Sen. Carla Nelson introduced a bill Thursday that would boost Minnesota's smoking age from 18 to 21. Nelson said the vast majority of smokers began using tobacco before age 21. She said her bill would help prevent young people from getting addicted to tobacco… Dr. Taylor Hays, medical director of Mayo Clinic's Nicotine Dependence Center, said he believes raising the state's smoking age would help prevent more young people from getting addicted to tobacco. "This is one of those things that most people agree on: Youth shouldn't smoke. This is a way to keep that from happening," Hays said.

Post-Bulletin, Stopping traffic near you: Resurgent peregrine falcons by Matthew Stolle — Every so often, Tom Behrens, Mayo Clinic's unit head facilities operations, will get a call telling him that one of his birds has landed on a downtown Rochester street and is blocking traffic. All of Second Street traffic will be backed up. And Behrens will know that one of his young peregrine falcons, testing out its new wings, will have swooped down to the ground and has yet to figure out how to get itself back aloft. "It happens in the spring when they start flying around," Behrens said.

Post-Bulletin, 4 local teams advance in Appapalooza competition by Taylor Nachtigal — Seventeen area teams were among the 61 that convened in Minneapolis during the weekend for the 2017 Technovation "Appapalooza," a global coding competition where the region's girls faced off against others from around the state. Four Rochester teams were among nine that are moving onto to the next round of judging — and that have a shot at competing in the global competition in San Francisco in August… "They go out into their community and try to find a problem that you can solve with an app on your phone," said Ginny McCright, a Mayo Clinic Information Technology unit head, and a volunteer who coaches two Rochester teams.

Post-Bulletin, Exposure to UV radiation damages skin by Tom Jargo — DEAR MAYO CLINIC: My daughter wanted to go to a tanning bed before prom, but, instead, she opted for a spray tan. But a lot of her friends are going to a tanning bed and think it's relatively safe. Is there such a thing as a tanning bed that doesn't damage the skin?... The short answer to your question is no. Tanning beds are not safe, and there aren't any that don't damage the skin. Your daughter is smart to avoid tanning beds and choose a spray tan instead to get the look she wants for prom… If you use a sunless tanning product and spend time outdoors, you still need a broad-spectrum sunscreen to keep your skin safe from UV radiation. — Dawn Davis, M.D., Dermatology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester.

Post-Bulletin, Stopping traffic near you: Resurgent peregrine falcons by Matthew Stolle — Every so often, Tom Behrens, Mayo Clinic's unit head facilities operations, will get a call telling him that one of his birds has landed on a downtown Rochester street and is blocking traffic. All of Second Street traffic will be backed up. And Behrens will know that one of his young peregrine falcons, testing out its new wings, will have swooped down to the ground and has yet to figure out how to get itself back aloft. "It happens in the spring when they start flying around," Behrens said.

Post-BulletinMedical faculty license bill advances — The Minnesota House unanimously passed a bill last week that would make permanent a medical faculty license that allows extraordinarily skilled physicians trained in other countries the opportunity to practice at the state's two academic medical centers — Mayo Clinic and the University of Minnesota. Rep. Matt Dean, R-Dellwood, sponsored the bill. He told fellow lawmakers it is important to keep this license in place so that facilities like Mayo Clinic can recruit world famous physicians and bring them to Rochester.

KAAL, Caring Through Cupcakes — We like to see people smile," co-owner Jessica Hoekstra said…Hoekstra then came up with the idea that she and her mom would donate the leftover bakery on Fridays to the staff and patients at Mayo Clinic. "We clean out everything and donate it to either patients waiting area, or a nurses station or general service," Kroning said. These deliveries have become so popular around Mayo Clinic that they let patients and other staff nominate deserving people and then draw names out of a bowl each week. "It's just fun to see how excited they were when they brought them here,” Mayo Clinic, Methodist Hospital nurse Julie Oss said. “I've been a nurse on this floor for 7 years and it was well-deserved for our staff, it was very nice.”

KTTC, "Mama" Peregrine falcon sitting on three eggs in her nest high atop Mayo Clinic by Justin McKee — Peregrine falcons roam the skies of the Med City, with the help of the Mayo Clinic. Mayo began hosting the falcons in 1987. They have a special nest on the roof of the Mayo Building that can be viewed online. Two of the falcons usually make their home in Rochester from late March to early August. Most years, the female will lay two to four eggs in early April and she and her mate will take care of the eggs for about 35 days until they hatch. This program is all about conservation and Mayo Clinic has helped the bird come back from the brink of extinction.

KTTC, Samaritan's Purse says Mayo Clinic surgery is life-changing for teenager from Liberia — We have some good news to report on the journey of a teenage boy from Liberia we've been following since early January. With the help of Samaritan's Purse, Sampson (who lost his only parent to Ebola two years ago) traveled all the way to Rochester from Liberia for treatment at Mayo Clinic. Sampson suffered from a deformity that completely covered one of his eyes and part of another. Many of you sent cards of encouragement to Sampson. This week, Samaritan's Purse is sending thank you cards to everyone who wrote Sampson.

KIMT, Special report: An in-depth look at teen suicide — According to Mayo Clinic, about 18 percent of high school students consider attempting suicide. Four out of every five teens who attempt suicide give clear warning signs…Doctors said parents need to always be aware. "How those symptoms or behaviors might come across, they can be many," said Dr. Jarrod Leffler, Director of the Child & Adolescent Integrated Mood Program at Mayo Clinic.

LaCrosse Tribune, Trailblazing La Crosse nurse recalls fondest memories saving babies in NICU by Mike Tighe — Diane Holmay launched her nursing career four decades ago with a scrappy spirit — an attitude she has nurtured as a trailblazer to enhance nurses’ roles and women’s health care in the Coulee Region and nationally. Having decided she wanted to work in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit even before she applied for a job at then-St. Francis Hospital in La Crosse, Holmay revealed her zeal to heal when she was hired as a hospital-based medical-surgery nurse, as was common in that era.

WQOW Eau Claire, Eau Claire doctor: Fruits and vegetables may be to blame for seasonal allergy symptoms by Bridget Curran — Seasonal allergies are a commodity right now, and sometimes symptoms can even arise after eating certain foods. Dr. Adela Taylor from Mayo Clinic Health System said breathing in tree pollen isn't the only way to have an allergic reaction to them. People can experience symptoms just by eating certain raw fruits and vegetables that have similar proteins to the pollens they are allergic to. This can actually be defined as Pollen Food Allergy Syndrome, or Oral Allergy Syndrome. Dr. Taylor said that it's a contact reaction; for example, if the protein from an apple touches the inside of the mouth, people can experience itching and their lips and throat can swell up.

Mankato Free Press, Our View: Fear of MMR vaccine taking its toll in state — Repeating and resurrecting debunked information doesn’t make it suddenly become true. An outbreak of misleading information, however, is taking its toll on children in Minnesota, especially those of Somali descent. An uptick in measles cases is occurring in Minnesota specifically because false claims are scaring some parents into believing the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine, or MMR, causes autism in their children… Many of our residents of Somali descent have relatives in the Twin Cities they visit on weekends, said Mohamed Ibrahim, a Mayo Clinic Health System community health worker in St. Peter.

KEYC Mankato, Cardiac Rehabilitation Is Key to Recovery by Erika Brooks — Exercise is a cornerstone for maintaining good health but for anyone who's had a heart ailment, it could mean the difference between life and death. "If they have a heart event and participate in cardiac rehab, the studies say you're more likely to live longer and less likely to have another heart event, anywhere from 20 to 40% less likely to have another event," Mayo Clinic Health System Clinical Exercise Physiologist Chip Gay said. Following a cardiac scare, patients are referred to the Mayo Clinic Health System Cardiac Rehabilitation. Around 85% of the people suffering from heart problems have come through the program. Depending on the severity, patients can complete between 1 to 36 sessions.

KEYC Mankato, Preventing Heart Disease in Young Adults and Children by Erika Brooks — High blood pressure, cholesterol and obesity are no longer just concerns for older adults. Just like with adults, diet and exercise are key components to preventing heart disease within children. "For those 2 and above it's really important that we're really getting 60 minutes of activity a day or more, really limiting screen time, staying active, getting involved in things like sports, after school programs all that's really good," Nurse Practitioner with Mayo Clinic Health Systems Lauren Havens said.

Waseca County News, Women and stroke: what you need to know by Katie Pace — Ladies, the statistics are not in our favor. Stroke is the third leading cause of death for women, and each year 55,000 more women have a stroke than men. According to the National Stroke Association, each year stroke kills twice as many women as breast cancer. In addition, the use of oral contraceptives, pregnancy, history of pre-eclampsia/eclampsia, gestational diabetes and post-menopausal hormone therapy pose special stroke risks for women… Katie Pace is a Mayo Clinic Health System registered nurse and stroke coordinator.

Austin Daily Herald, Centering pregnancy; A new kind of prenatal appointment — To help with those emotions, a new kind of prenatal appointment has taken shape at Mayo Clinic Health System-Austin. This program, known as Centering Pregnancy, is benefitting many couples in the community. Centering Pregnancy is an innovative form of prenatal care where groups of couples with similar due dates meet regularly throughout their pregnancies. The program takes the need for appointments with a provider and childbirth education classes and combines them into one.

La Crosse Tribune, Helping sex trafficking victims recover is focus of La Crosse conference by Mike Tighe — Child sex-trafficking is a multibillion-dollar global business that leaves survivors in desperate need of help to overcome mental health issues resulting from their trauma, says Dr. James Levine. “The first aspect is that most survivors have mental health issues,” said Levine, who will be one of the main speakers during the 20th annual La Crosse Child Maltreatment Conference today and Friday at the Radisson Hotel in downtown La Crosse. Conference sponsors include Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare, Mayo Clinic Health System and the Gundersen National Child Protection Training Center.

Austin Daily Herald, Mayo opens Express Care clinic in new Austin Hy-Vee — An Express Care clinic located inside the new Austin Hy-Vee at 1307 18th Ave. NW opened Tuesday, May 9, 2017, coinciding with the grand opening of the new grocery store. “Hy-Vee’s top priority is taking care of its customers. With the new Express Care clinic, our customers will not only have access to our in-store dietitians and pharmacists, but now they will be able to seek health, wellness and preventive care services all in one stop,” says Erin Bailey, Hy-Vee’s assistant vice president of health and wellness project development. “We are excited to work with Mayo Clinic Health System so that we can continue to help our customers lead healthier, happier lives.”

Fairmont Sentinel, Gold Cross plans open house — Gold Cross will hold a special public open house May 21 to unveil a $1.6 million ambulance station in Fairmont. The event will be tailored for family participation with a variety of activities and displays, including a rollover simulator, Mayo One helicopter, child passenger safety seat inspections, a fire safety simulator, rescue equipment, bike helmet safety and stroke awareness education seminar.

El Universal, La linaza actúa como una central eléctrica en el cuerpo — En el organismo, la linaza actúa similar a una central eléctrica, cuyos beneficios para la salud radican en que contiene mucha fibra y es una fuente vegetal rica en omega 3. La linaza también contiene diversos nutrientes provechosos como fibra soluble e insoluble, antioxidantes fitoquímicos, vitaminas y minerales. Esas son las apreciaciones que sobre la linaza hace Katherine Zeratsky, licenciada en dietética, endocrinología y nutrición de la Clínica Mayo en Rochester, Estados Unidos.

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