June 16, 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


New York Times
Why Does Hair Turn Gray at a Young Age?
by Karen Weintraub

Q. What causes hair to turn gray? Why do some people go gray at a young age? Is there any evidence that rapid weight loss, The New York Times newspaper logoslow weight loss or intense exercise accelerates graying? I’ve noticed that women in dieting “after” pictures commonly have a new hair color, while older male marathon runners are more gray and haggard than average…A. Hair goes gray as cells called melanocytes at the base of each hair follicle get damaged by disease, environmental exposures or age. Everyone has some gray hairs throughout life, but the balance tends to tip in the 40s or 50s, with the rate of change varying by genetics, gender and ethnicity, said Dr. James Kirkland, director of the Robert and Arlene Kogod Center on Aging at the Mayo Clinic. Blacks tend to go gray later than Caucasians, with Asians falling somewhere in between. Women generally gray later than men.

Reach: The New York Times has a daily circulation of nearly 649,000 and a Sunday circulation of 1.18 million.

Context: James Kirkland, M.D., Ph.D. leads the  Mayo Clinic Kogod Center on Aging. Dr. Kirkland's research focuses on the impact of cellular aging (senescence) on age-related dysfunction and chronic diseases, especially developing methods for removing these cells and alleviating their effects. Senescent cells accumulate with aging and in such diseases as dementias, atherosclerosis, cancers, diabetes and arthritis.

Contacts: Megan Forliti


3-D Mammograms And Molecular Breast Imaging

Personalized Approaches To Breast Cancer Screening – A picture is worth a thousand words. While that saying may be true, for the more than 50 percent of all women who have dense breast tissue, a picture from traditional, 2-D mammography mayHuff Post Logo not tell the full story about whether they have breast cancer. “Breast density is like the wolf in sheep’s clothing. Both tumors and dense breast tissue appear white on a mammogram. A traditional 2-D mammogram may not distinguish between the two. That’s why mammograms find as few as 40 percent of cancers in women with dense breasts,” says Deborah Rhodes, M.D., a Mayo Clinic Breast Clinic physician.

Reach: Huff Post attracts over 38.7 million monthly unique viewers.

Context: Individualized medicine, also known as personalized medicine or precision medicine, means tailoring diagnosis and treatment to each patient to optimize care. Patients have experienced this kind of care for a century and a half at Mayo Clinic, where teams of specialists have always worked together to find answers.

Contacts:  Susan Buckles, Colette Gallagher


Abused Women Prone to Unnecessary Ovary Removal: Study
by Robert Preidt

Women who are victims of abuse may be at increased risk for unnecessary ovary removal, a new study suggests. "Our current findings suggest that physical, emotional or sexual abuse predisposes women to seek medical attention for multipleHealth Day Logo gynecological symptoms, such as abdominal pain or excessive bleeding," said study co-author Dr. Liliana Gazzuola-Rocca. She is a health sciences researcher and psychiatrist at the Mayo Clinic, where the study was done. "These gynecological symptoms may lead the women and their gynecologists to opt for removal of the reproductive organs at a young age -- even when these organs are completely normal," she said in a clinic news release.

Reach: HealthDay distributes its health news to media outlets several times each day and also posts its news on its website, which receives more than 39,000 unique visitors each month.

Additional coverage: Arizona Daily Star, Daily MailMinnPost, Medscape

Context: Mayo Clinic researchers report that women who suffered adverse childhood experiences or abuse as an adult are 62 percent more likely to have their ovaries removed before age 46. These removals are for reasons other than the presence of ovarian cancer or a high genetic risk of developing cancer, says the new study published today in BMJ Open. In previous studies examining the effects of removing the ovaries of younger women, the research team has demonstrated a myriad of health risks resulting from ovary removal. More information can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Contact: Elizabeth Zimmerman Young


Mayo Clinic building wellness in diverse ways
by Dr. Gianrico Farrugia and Dr. Tushar Patel

Collaborative team science is at the heart of Mayo Clinic’s approach to finding answers and new treatments for complex diseases. Some of the world’s most celebrated medical advancements have been developed at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville. For example, researchers have discovered genetic causes of neurological diseases and genes involved in the development and spread of cancer. Working side-by side, Mayo physicians and scientists seek to take these discoveries and accelerate their translation and application into life-changing therapies, surgical procedures and technologies. Clinical trials allow for new discoveries to be directly used for patient care. Patients at Mayo Clinic often are among the first to benefit from new therapies or innovative techniques through clinical trials. Because of research, more than 1.3 million people came to Mayo Clinic for care in 2016, seeking medical answers they hadn’t found anywhere else. Gianrico Farrugia is a physician and CEO of Mayo Clinic’s campus in Florida. Dr. Tushar Patel is a physician scientist and Dean for Research at Mayo’s Florida campus.

Reach: The News-Press is a daily broadsheet newspaper located in Fort Myers, Florida serving primarily Lee County, as well as parts of Charlotte and Collier Counties. The daily circulation is more than 56,000 and its website receives more than 858,000 unique visitors each month.

Context: Gianrico Farrugia, M.D. is a Mayo Clinic vice president and CEO of Mayo Clinic's campus in Florida. Tushar Patel, M.B., Ch.B., is a Mayo Clinic gastroenterologist and is dean of research at Mayo Clinic's Florida campus.

Contact: Kevin Punsky


El Paso Times
Funding key for medical research
by Wyatt Decker, M.D.

We know the challenges of balancing innovation with costs. Make no mistake: Research isn’t an expense but an investment in our nation’s economy and health of our fellow citizens. Understanding the biological processes that contribute to humanEl Paso Times Logo disease and proposing new treatments, as well as clinical trials and validation all take time and are necessary, and sometimes expensive, steps along the path to cures. That’s why we at Mayo Clinic, as a not-for-profit organization, heavily invest in medical research. NIH funding has remained flat over the past decade while Mayo Clinic has doubled its investment in research. Knowing that cancer rates continue to rise, our physicians and scientists are focused on fighting cancer – exploring the emerging fields of immunotherapy, regenerative medicine, individualized medicine, data aggregation and artificial intelligence. We do all we can to advance innovation.

Reach: The El Paso Times is a local, daily newspaper published for the residents of El Paso, TX and Southern New Mexico. The daily circulation is more than 29,000 and its website has more than 537,000 unique visitors each month.

Context: Wyatt Decker, M.D. is vice president, Mayo Clinic, and CEO of Mayo Clinic in Arizona.

Contact: Jim McVeigh


Healthy summer grilling hacks

Grilling season opens up plenty of opportunities to put healthy food on your plate. Chef Jen Welper, Wellness Chef at The KARE-11 LogoMayo Clinic Healthy Living Program, stopped by the KARE 11 at 4 to share some tips on staying healthy while enjoying your grilled favorites.

Reach: KARE-TV is the NBC affiliate serving the Minneapolis-Saint Paul market.

Context: The Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program is redefining healthy living. It’s a comprehensive, whole-body wellness experience guided by medical research and evidence-based medicine to offer guests trusted solutions to improve quality of life.

Contact: Kelley Luckstein

Huff Post, Can Optimism Boost Women’s Lives? — Women who are more optimistic have a better chance of living longer. A recent study found they have a reduced risk of dying from cancer, heart disease, stroke, respiratory disease, and infection, than women who are less optimistic. Dr. Richa Sood, an internist at Mayo Clinic who was not involved in the study, says, “There were about 70,000 women in this particular study and what they were trying to figure out was if the women self-reported optimism at a certain point in their life, downstream were they less likely to die if they were more optimistic. They found that there was about a 30 percent reduction in the risk of dying if women were in the highest quartile for optimism compared to those who were in the lowest quartile.”

Washington Post, Otto Warmbier was released by North Korea in a coma. What do we know about his medical state? by Lindsey Bever, Lenny Berstein and Ariana Eunjung — University of Virginia student Otto Warmbier, who spent 17 long months in detention in North Korea, has finally come home — in a coma. His family in Cincinnati recently was told after his trial that the 22-year-old contracted botulism and was given a sleeping pill. He never woke up, North Korean officials told American envoys…Pritish Tosh, an infectious diseases physician and researcher at the Mayo Clinic, said a coma is not a typical complication. Botulism patients “tend to be mentally quite alert despite the progressive paralysis,” he said, though patients who need to be put on a ventilator may be put into a medically induced coma “as part of their supportive care.”

FOX News, 4 ways medications make you more vulnerable to heat and sun — Some medications can constrict the blood vessels and reduce blood flow to the skin, according to Emily Holm, PharmD., a Mayo Clinic Health System pharmacist. The body needs to maintain a core temperature. So in a hot environment, blood flow needs to be increased to the skin to radiate heat into the atmosphere, which cools the body down. Over-the-counter decongestants such as Sudafed (phenylephrine) and prescription stimulants for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, like Adderall or Concerta, could interfere with a patient’s ability to cool do…“To radiate heat out of the body and increase the blood flow to the skin, your heart is going to have to work harder and pump faster,” Holm said. “If you are on medications such as beta blockers for either blood pressure or heart arrhythmia, those medications slow the heart rate down and that can also block that blood from increasing blood flow to the skin.”

Daily Mail, Just an hour or less of resistance exercise a week reduces your risk of diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity by 29% by Claudia Tanner — Moderate amounts of aerobic exercise training yielded important health benefits, the researchers concluded. And while cardio together with weight training produced the best results, resistance exercise – whether or not combined with aerobic exercise – should be included in your workouts to prevent metabolic syndrome. As well as exercising regularly, you can prevent or reverse metabolic syndrome by losing weight, eating healthily, stopping smoking and cutting down on alcohol, says the NHS. The findings were published on the Mayo Clinic Proceedings website.

Oprah, What We Now Know About Alzheimer's That We Didn't Before by Katherine Hobson — Alzheimer's is distinguished from other kinds of dementia by the presence of two proteins in the brain: beta-amyloid, which forms clumps called plaques, and tau, which forms tangles. Experts have yet to nail down the origins of these proteins, but genetics and age-related brain changes likely play a role. Inflammation, insulin resistance, diabetes, vascular problems, and high cholesterol may also increase the risk of developing the disease, says Ronald Petersen, MD, PhD, director of the Mayo Clinic Alzheimer's Disease Research Center.

Newsday, Get a grip: How to control your anger — Anger is a natural emotion. It’s neither good nor bad. What people do with their anger can become good or bad, but the emotion is neutral. If you struggle with minor anger, here are a few quick skills you can use to reduce your anger level, according to Paul Roadt, a Mayo Clinic Health System social worker.

Outside, What's on My Bedside Table: Michael Joyner by Megan Michelson — Dr. Michael Joyner is a professor of anesthesiology at the Mayo Clinic, a leader in the study of exercise physiology and human performance, and an Outside contributor. His research focuses on everything from blood pressure regulation to metabolism. In 1991, Joyner penned what’s considered to be the first research paper on the two-hour marathon. At 58, he’s also an athlete. A former collegiate runner for the University of Arizona, Joyner has since run a 2:25 marathon and finished 15th in his age group in the mile swim at the U.S. Masters swimming nationals. Thinking we might glean some helpful life tips, we asked Joyner to clue us in on one small part of his daily routine: what he keeps on 0his bedside table.

Everyday Health, Gut Health and Rheumatoid Arthritis: What You Need to Know by Beth Levine — A different strain of the bacteria, Prevotella histicola, may actually decrease symptoms and disease progression n, according to research done by the Mayo Clinic’s Center for Individualized Medicine published in April 2016 in Genome Medicine. Mice who were given the bacteria saw a delay in the disease and a reduction in the amount of cytokines (proteins that affect the immune system) in their system. “The question is, can thisbacteria by itself be doing it? If it is, can we prevent arthritis?” says the study's lead author, Veena Taneja, PhD, an immunologist.

Advisory Board, This opioid-free way to treat pain can work—but it costs up to $40,000 — According to the American Pain Foundation, nearly 50 million Americans experience chronic pain, largely driven by migraines, arthritis, or nerve damage. But chronic pain isn't just physical, Keshavan writes—it frequently involves emotional trauma. That psychological element can lead to self-imposed isolation, which in turn spurs feelings of anxiety, depression, and the catastrophization of pain.…Jeannie Sperry, a psychologist who co-chairs the division of addictions, transplant, and pain at Mayo Clinic, explained that when the body experiences acute pain, the peripheral nervous system—which generates the feeling of pain—sends signals to the brain, warning of danger. At that point, the brain will assess whether to process the signals or reject them. However, among patients experiencing chronic pain, that "system has gone awry," Sperry said. And "without training your brain to turn down the alarm system, the alarm keeps going off all the time."

Medscape, More Fun, Less Stress, and Strategies to Prevent Burnout by Peter M. Yellowlees, MBBS — Physician burnout has reached epidemic levels, with negative effects on patient care, professionalism, physicians' own care and safety, and the viability of healthcare systems. Now a team of investigators from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, have undertaken a systematic review of studies of interventions to prevent and reduce physician burnout to better understand how to prevent and reduce burnout.

Healio, Momelotinib noninferior to ruxolitinib for spleen response in myelofibrosis — “Momelotinib has been demonstrated with this anemia benefit to potentially have ... mechanisms of action to impact anemia,” Ruben A. Mesa, MD, deputy director of Mayo Clinic Cancer Center in Arizona and HemOnc Today Editorial Board member, said during his presentation. “In the setting of momelotinib, it could potentially have an impact on the pathway because it inhibits type 1 activin A receptor; receptor leads to increased hepcidin gene expression; hepcidin decreases plasma iron; and hepcidin is elevated in myelofibrosis. This is a specific mechanism of action that has been validated in a rodent model.”

Detroit News, Skin cancer cases on the rise — “We know that the sun and some artificial sunlight sources give off skin-damagin ultraviolet, or UV, rays,” says Christian Baum, M.D., a Mayo Clinic dermatologist and the study’s senior author. “This skin damage accumulates over time and can often lead to skin cancer. “Despite the fact that sunscreens and cautionary information have been widely available for more than 50 years, we saw the emergence of tanning beds in the 1980s, and tanning — indoors or out — was a common activity for many years.”

Neurology Today, New Study: Experts Say Data Are Helpful for Counseling Patients — The scientists, led by physician-scientist Rodolfo Savica, MD, PhD, assistant professor of neurology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, also looked at causes of death to understand whether the neurodegenerative disease ended their life, or whether they died of other causes. No one had ever compared survival rates in various types of parkinsonism linked to accumulation of abnormal alpha-synuclein proteins, Dr. Savica told Neurology Today. “Understanding the long-term outcomes could be useful for clinicians and their patients who want to know the expected duration of the disease and how they should plan for their future,” said Dr. Savica.

Neurology Today, News from the AAN Annual Meeting: Ronald C. Petersen, MD, PhD, FAAN: On Why Experts Are Considering a Non-Clinical Definition of Alzheimer's Disease — With the availability of technology to assess the brain for signs of Alzheimer's disease (AD) — and the understanding that clinical symptoms tend to arise only years after pathological ones — AD might eventually come to be defined by pathophysiology alone, Ronald C. Petersen, MD, PhD, FAAN, professor of neurology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, said here in April during the Robert Wartenberg Lecture at the AAN Annual Meeting. Such a move would be a major shift, but this concept is being discussed, at least informally, among leaders in the field, he said. “These ideas are being tossed about with regard to defining Alzheimer's disease as the presence of the pathophysiology, plaques and tangles, irrespective of the clinical picture,” Dr. Petersen said. “The clinical spectrum obviously is very important, but that may vary, depending upon the underlying pathology. Again, these are concepts being considered.”

Live Science, Despite Stigma, 'Electroshock' Therapy Gains Patient Appreciation by Rachael Rettner — Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), sometimes called electroshock therapy, was once considered "barbaric," but many patients with mental health conditions who receive the treatment today have a positive view of it…Some of the stigma attached to the therapy relates to earlier versions of the treatment, in which high doses of electricity were used without anesthesia, according to the Mayo Clinic. Today, the therapy is much safer: Patients receive anesthesia, and the doses of electricity that are used are more controlled, the Mayo Clinic says.

Becker’s Hospital Review, 6 CFOs, RCM leaders reveal their goals for this year by Kelly Gooch — Six health system CFOs and RCM leaders shared with Becker’s Hospital Review their biggest goals for this year… Mark Norby, revenue cycle chair at Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic: "One of my main goals is to improve service for our patients. One project we implemented is a simplified billing solution, which allows patients easy ways to pay their bill and/or set up payment plans. We've seen improvement in patient satisfaction after only the first month of production."

Becker’s Hospital Review, Why Mayo Clinic owns and operates a 56-bell bell tower by Heather Punke —There are roughly 180 carillons — musical instruments made up of at least 23 bells that do not swing, but rather are struck by clappers to create music — in the United States and Canada, but only one is owned by a medical center. Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., holds that distinction. Its Plummer Building houses the 56-bell carillon that can be heard throughout campus on weekdays, tolling the time as well as songs. Mayo Clinic is so devoted to its carillon that it employs its own carillonneurs, or carillon player, to play live music in addition to the carillon's automated tunes. The medical center has had four such employees since 1928.

Healthcare IT News, Privacy protections, fraud guidelines and issues with discrimination need to be addressed before widespread adoption, expert says. by Jessica Davis — To Sharon Zehe, attorney for Mayo Clinic Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, there are four major legal challenges to precision medicine: Navigating research and privacy protections on gathered data; providing affordable testing for patients without breaking fraud and abuse laws; responsibly using results as the data evolves; and discrimination “The issue that I see for the most part is discrimination,” Zehe said at the HIMSS Precision Medicine Summit on Monday. “People are refusing genetic testing and research, as they’re concerned about discrimination.”

Blog Talk Radio, Brisk walk helps women’s hearts: Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute — Wouldn't it be great for women to have access to an easy, heart-healthy exercise they could do just about anywhere at any time? Well, that activity does exist. It's walking. New research shows that women who walk briskly can improve their heart health. In this Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute, Dr. Amy Pollak discusses.

South Florida Reporter, Why Your Body’s Not Geared For A Late-Night Snack — “Nighttime snacking adds a lot of unneeded calories,” says Dr. Joseph Murray, a Mayo Clinic gastroenterologist. “Our body’s metabolism is slowing down, and we are still shoveling fuel into a vessel that doesn’t need it.” Murray says, beyond the extra calories, late-night snacking also can interrupt an essential function of the digestive system. In today’s Mayo Clinic Minute, Dr. Murray explains what happens in your gut while you sleep and why that last snack of the day can be a problem. Jeff Olsen reports.

Star Tribune, Study aims to identify the hefty cost of cancer treatment by Jeremy Olson — Drug manufacturers argue that they need to charge high initial prices for new drugs to recoup their research investments. But critics charge they often inflate prices beyond what is necessary. Mayo Clinic’s Dr. Vincent Rajkumar called it a “moral obligation” two years ago when he started to take on manufacturers over their cancer drug costs: “None of the companies have any pressure to price their drugs lower, because they know the patients will have to take their drug anyway. Even if you use the first three drugs, you still need the fourth drug. So each drug is, in a sense, a monopoly.”

KROC AM, Alaska Health Care System Joins Mayo Network by Andy Brownell — The Mayo Clinic Care Network is expanded into Alaska. Foundation Health Partners and the Mayo Clinic today announced the Fairbanks-based healthcare system is the latest organization to join the network, which provides affiliated hospitals and clinics access to Mayo’s expertise and resources. Foundation Health Partners operates the 152 bed Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, a separate clinic and a long-term care center. Additional coverage: Daily News-Miner, KTVF Alaska

ActionNewsJax, Tick-borne illnesses on the rise Erica Bennett — Ticks are tiny, but pack a big bite. When most people think about them, they associate them with pets, but, humans should be wary too. “Lots of tick-borne illnesses in Florida because of our weather. It occurs year-round, so we need to be careful all the time,” Dr. Vandana Bhide said. Bhide, a hospitalist at Mayo Clinic, said while Lyme disease is rare in Florida, it is possible. In all, the Sunshine State has five tick breeds that carry illnesses. Dr. Bhide said you should take a shower as soon as you leave a heavily wooded area or a place with tall grass and check your body for ticks. If you do have one, you should use gloves and carefully remove it with tweezers, then put it inside a plastic baggie to give to your doctor.

Global News, How to tell if it’s a headache, migraine or brain aneurysm – and what to do next by Dani-Elle Dube — When a pain or pressure forms in your head, are you able to tell with certainty if it’s a headache or migraine – or potentially something more severe like a brain aneurysm or another underlying health condition?..According to the Mayo Clinic, other symptoms of a migraine include a severe throbbing or pulsating pain (usually just on one side of the head). An aura may also occur before along with the migraine – like a flashing light, blind spots or tingling in the arm, leg or one side of the face.

KEYC Mankato, Heat Wave Causes Health Concerns by Shawn Loging — While some people are planning to simply sloth around the pool underneath this scorching sun, others might not have a choice but to be outside this weekend. Either way, doctors say it's important for people to stay hydrated and take breaks and to take breaks, to prevent this heat from turning into something worse. Dr. Ruth Bolton, M.D. Mayo Clinic Health System Mankato said, "People don't realize it until they get hit with it, and then they realize how significant it can be. People can get very ill and die from it, and it happens more often then we want it to." Doctor Ruth Bolton with Mayo Clinic Health System Mankato says while the young and the old are the most vulnerable to heat-related illnesses, it can also affect those on medications. She also adds it's best to wear light colored clothes and avoid sugary drinks and alcohol.

Post-Bulletin, Technology startup to collaborate with Mayo Clinic by Jeff Kiger — Mayo Clinic is joining forces with a Pittsburgh, Pa.-based technology startup to "cross-pollinate" patient's medical records with "actionable" genomic information. The company called 2bPrecise is collaborating to incorporate Mayo Clinic protocols in its cloud-based platform to merge genomic information with electronic medical records. It's also licensing technology from Mayo Clinic. It's a wholly owned subsidiary of Chicago's Allscripts Healthcare Solutions, Inc. and has about 25 employees on staff.

WQOW Eau Claire, Eau Claire artist creates new adult coloring book, "Color Eau Claire" by Bridget Curran — Grief counselor and art therapist Trisha Lundin talks about the therapeutic value of adult coloring books.

WKBT La Crosse, Mayo Clinic Health Systems holds "Best Baby Shower in Town" by Stephanie Haugh —Expecting a baby can be exciting yet stressful time for many new parents. That's why Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse held the "Best Baby Shower in Town" at the Children's Museum of La Crosse Sunday afternoon. The event had booths for parents and potential parents to find out information and learn about services that are available to them. Beth Hietpas, a planning committee member for the event, said it helps connect families to the resources Mayo Clinic has to offer.

Indiana Gazette, Mayo Clinic: No such thing as a healthy tan — 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 went to a tanning bed and thought it was relatively safe. Is there such a thing as a tanning bed that doesn’t damage the skin?... A: 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 was smart to avoid tanning beds and choose a spray tan instead to get the look she wanted for prom. Tanning beds have been around for many years, and some people believe using them to get a tan is safer than exposure to sunlight. That is simply not true. Exposure to ultraviolet, or UV, radiation damages your skin, whether the exposure comes from tanning beds or natural sunlight.

WKBT La Crosse, Mayo Clinic News Network: Should you be buying prescription drugs online? by — Point, click and buy. People do it for books, groceries, plane tickets -- even vehicles. You may be buying prescription drugs online through a national pharmacy chain or a mail-order program offered by your health insurance. There are many legitimate online pharmacies. But others aren't licensed in the United States -- and some aren't pharmacies at all. So while buying prescriptions online can save you time and money, be selective about which sites you use. To safeguard your health, remember these do's and don'ts for buying prescription drugs online.

Circleville Herald, Change to HPV vaccine guidelines for children younger than 15 — Dear Mayo Clinic: I recently took my 12-year-old daughter to the doctor for her third HPV vaccination and was told the third shot no longer is required. Why did this change? Also, why doesn’t the HPV vaccine work for people older than 26?...A: Updated guidelines recently published for the human papillomavirus, or HPV, vaccine remain largely the same as the previous recommendations. But, as your doctor told you, there has been a change from three to two required shots in most healthy children ages 9 to 14.

Waseca County News, Mayo Clinic fundraiser raises more than $14,000 for hospice services in area by Suzy Rook — A Mayo Clinic Health System fundraiser held earlier this month has raised more than $14,000 for hospice services, programs and support for families in the area. The fundraiser was held June 1 at Pleasant Grove Pizza Farm and featured brick oven pizzas, hors d'oeuvres and raffles, followed by a brief program. Hospice, according to Mayo, is supportive care that neither prolongs life nor accelerates death, but rather focuses on patients living comfortably and to their fullest extent.

WEAU Eau Claire, Set foot at night for the Summer Solstice Hike — Get ready for the hike of the summer. Families across Wisconsin have the chance to hit a local trail, explore, and take in the sights of nature but at night! Tina Tharp, Community Engagement and Wellness Specialist, Mayo Clinic Health System, and Nancy Schuster, Volunteer, Ice Age Trail joined Hello Wisconsin to talk about the Summer Solstice Hike.


WKBT, Dragon Boat Festival to feature more than 50 teams in La Crosse by Troy Neumann — A team-based competition in colorful boats returns to La Crosse this summer. The 5th annual Big Blue Dragon Boat Festival will be hosted next month at La Crosse's Copeland Park. The Mayo Clinic Health System hosts the annual event to celebrate and support local breast cancer patients, survivors and caregivers. "It's important because all of the funds that are raised from the event stays local, and it goes towards advancing our services at Mayo Clinic Health System here in La Crosse,” said Mayo Clinic Health System’s Heidi Odegaard.

Fergus Falls Daily Journal, Tips for successful cancer survivors — June 4 was National Cancer Survivors Day. The day is to celebrate those who are living with, and those who have beaten cancer. According to the National Cancer Institute, there are more than 15 million cancer survivors in the U.S., and that figure is growing. “The term ‘cancer survivorship’ is used highlight their journey following diagnosis,” says Dr. Ruben Mesa, a hematologist/oncologist at the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center in Phoenix. “It’s important to draw attention [to the] challenges that cancer survivors face every day, because, as a group, they all face similar challenges of a major disease and milestone in their lives.”

WEAU Eau Claire, Registration open for Camp Wabi — Camp Wabi organizer Joni Gilles talks with WEAU 13 News 5pm anchor Danielle Wagner about the summer camp for kids who struggle with weight issues.

Post-Bulletin, Mayo to consolidate Austin, Albert Lea campuses by Heather J. Carlson — Citing staffing shortages, rising costs and declining reimbursements, Mayo Clinic Health System announced Monday it is consolidating some inpatient services offered in its Austin and Albert Lea clinics…"We must make changes to the way we provide health care in order to be available to our patients and communities in the future. It's no longer feasible to duplicate some of our most complex and expensive health care services in neighboring communities," said Dr. Bobbie Gostout, vice president of Mayo Clinic and leader of Mayo Clinic Health System, in a released statement. Additional coverage: Star Tribune, Becker’s Hospital Review, KMSP Post-Bulletin, Austin Herald, Minnesota Nurses Association, KAALKTTC,  Albert Lea Tribune, Twin Cities Business, Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, KAUS 1480

Teletrece, Cuál es el mejor ejercicio para mantener los músculos jóvenes — Según científicos de la Clínica Mayo, en Minnesota, Estados Unidos, hay una rutina de ejercicios ideal para evitar el envejecimiento de los músculos…A partir de los 30 años, explican, los músculos del cuerpo comienzan a perder vigor. Y esto se debe a que a nivel celular, las mitocondrias, que son los motores energéticos celulares, se regeneran menos. Pero de acuerdo al estudio de los expertos de la Clínica Mayo, publicado en la revista especializada Cell Metabolism, el entrenamiento de intervalos de alta intensidad (llamado HIIT, por sus siglas en ingles) es el más efectivo para mejorar la capacidad mitocondrial de las células musculares.

Univision, Pruebas genéticas permiten determinar la vulnerabilidad a enfermedades hereditarias — Las pruebas genéticas permiten que los médicos conozcan la propensión de las personas a enfermedades y poder tomar acciones.

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