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New York Times
Who Really Needs to Be Gluten-Free?
by Jane E. Brody
Approximately one person in 140 is known to have celiac disease, which can remain silent for decades and become apparent at any age. The true incidence may be a lot higher. In a Denver study that followed children born from 1993 through 2004 into their teen years, 3.1 percent turned out to have celiac disease. “That’s an unbelievable number of Americans who may be affected,” said Dr. Joseph A. Murray of the Mayo Clinic, an international expert on the disease… “There’s a simple blood test for celiac, but it must be done before you change your diet,” Dr. Murray said in an interview. Aside from intestinal damage, failing to detect asymptomatic celiac at an early age can result in poor bone development and suppressed growth, Dr. Murray said. This can create “a high risk for fractures both before and after a diagnosis of celiac, which might not happen until age 40 or 50,” he explained.
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Context: Joseph Murray, M.D. is a Mayo Clinic gastroenterologist. Dr. Murray's research interests focus in two distinct areas. The first is celiac disease or gluten sensitivity and enteropathy. This research program, sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, focuses on clinical epidemiology of celiac disease, the role of genetics in predicting disease, the development of animal models for the disease and its associated dermatologic condition, and dermatitis herpetiformis. Research focus number two revolves around esophageal disorders, particularly esophageal functional disorders, particularly reflux, and the detection of atypical reflux.
Guest column: Research drives economic growth of Florida’s diverse economy
Working side-by-side, Mayo physicians and scientists seek to take these discoveries and accelerate 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, over 1.3 million people came to Mayo Clinic for care in 2016, seeking medical answers they hadn’t found elsewhere. On Florida’s campus, patients have come from all 50 states and more than 140 countries for treatment since the clinic opened in 1986…— Gianrico Farrugia is a physician and CEO of Mayo Clinic’s Florida campus. Tushar Patel is a physician scientist and Dean for Research at the campus.
BioFlorida, Mayo Clinic building wellness in diverse ways
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
At Mayo, pitcher finds relief in lifelong battle with colitis
by Jeremy Olson
Jake Diekman has struggled since he was 10 with ulcerative colitis and the abdominal pains, diarrhea and emergency bathroom trips that it can cause. But the Texas Rangers relief pitcher said he taught himself to block out those symptoms whenever he took the mound…Diekman had been on a long train of medications, including the steroid prednisone, which he said made him feel better and lousy all at the same time. But Dr. Robert Cima, Diekman’s surgeon at Mayo, said they were no longer effective. Drugs either don’t work or become ineffective in 25 to 40 percent of cases, he noted. “Jake was not able to maintain his quality of life. He was not able to maintain the physical activity level he needs,” Cima said. “And given his profession, that was a big issue.”
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Context: Robert Cima, M.D. is a Mayo Clinic colorectal surgeon. Mayo Clinic surgeons helped develop minimally invasive (laparoscopic) colon and rectal surgery and use these techniques on almost all surgeries. Laparoscopic procedures use smaller incisions than conventional surgery, which decreases bleeding, lessens pain and shortens both expected hospital stays and overall recovery times. They are also skilled in robotic surgery, a specialized form of laparoscopic surgery, and ileoanal anastomosis surgery that avoids the need for a permanent colostomy.
Contact: Sharon Theimer
Mayo offering fast-track breast cancer treatment
by Adrienne Broaddus
Early-stage breast cancer patients now have a fast-track treatment option at Mayo Clinic. Select, low-risk patients are completing their surgery and radiation in less than 10 days. "It’s a great option for women who are really, really busy and would like to complete all their therapy within a (short) time frame and get on with the rest of their life," says Dr. Tina Hieken, a Mayo Clinic surgeon who helped develop the program. "Yet, we're still able to deliver the maximum cancer therapy benefit (with) the optimal treatment to just the right area."
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Context: Early-stage breast cancer patients now have a fast-track treatment option at Mayo Clinic. Select, low-risk patients are completing their surgery and radiation in less than 10 days. More information can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.
Joseph Sirven: Two Sides Of Hope
My patient’s mom drops a 500-page collection of internet pages that she had printed in front of me. It’s meticulously researched and indexed about her daughter’s rare epilepsy condition. “Dr. Sirven, this is light reading for your lunches this week and maybe dinners too,” she said. “I hope your wife doesn’t mind.” I quietly thumbed through the bound tome feigning a smile. “Don’t worry, I know you can’t read it today,” the patient’s mother continued. “But I think you need to go through this in order for you to cure my daughter’s condition.” “Of course,” I said with a sigh. “I’ll go through this.” At a lunch break, I started going through the material consisting of interesting yet overwhelmingly positive articles on unproven therapies bordering on quackery. This clinical scenario is increasingly common.
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Context: Joseph Sirven, M.D., is a Mayo Clinic neurologist.
Contact: Jim McVeigh
Mayo medical school part of $52.5 million initiative
by Brett Boese
The Mayo Clinic School of Medicine has been selected to take part in a new national collaborative aimed at transforming medical education. The $52.5 million initiative called the Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Institute for the Transformation of Medical Education (Kern Institute) was announced Thursday with seven of the nation's top medical schools collaborating to "transform medical education across the continuum from premedical school to physician practice," Mayo said in a release.
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Context: Mayo Clinic School of Medicine has been chosen to be part of the newly formed Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Institute for the Transformation of Medical Education (Kern Institute), a national initiative to transform medical education across the continuum from premedical school to physician practice. “We must redefine medical education and advance innovative medical education models if we are to meet the needs of patients and society in the 21st century,” says Fredric Meyer, M.D., Juanita Kious Waugh Executive Dean for Education, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science. The Kern Institute and the National Transformation Network demonstrate the transformative impact that strategic philanthropy, dedicated leadership and aligned infrastructure can make in advancing innovation in medical education.” More information can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.
Contact: Matthew Brenden
Modern Healthcare, 50 most influential Physician Executives and Leaders 2017 — 2. John Noseworthy, President/CEO, Mayo Clinic.
Harvard Business Review, How Mayo Clinic Is Simplifying Prenatal Care for Low-Risk Patients by Yvonne Butler Tobah and Abimola Famuyide — Low-risk expectant mothers pay a high price for unnecessary prenatal appointments in the form of time away from work and associated lost wages or personal days, child care costs, and so on. So do health care organizations, in the form of the unnecessary utilization of costly medical resources, including obstetric providers, clinic time, and nursing support. To address this problem, in 2011 a group at Mayo Clinic led by the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology launched an initiative to transform prenatal care from this medicalized model to an innovative wellness model. The approach that we developed, called OB Nest, allows women experiencing low-risk pregnancies to reduce their number of in-person visits from the standard 12–14 to eight.
Forbes, 7 Habits That May Actually Change The Brain, According To Science by Alice G. Walton — Mental activity may or may not keep a brain from developing disease (like Alzheimer’s), but it certainly seems to be linked to fewer symptoms, since it fortifies us with what’s known as cognitive reserves. “It is not that the cognitive activity stops amyloid beta production or neurofibrillary tangle development or spread,” David Knopman of the Mayo Clinic told me recently, “but rather that higher cognitive activity endows the brain with a greater ability to endure the effects of brain pathologies compared to a person with lower cognitive engagement throughout life.”
Becker’s Hospital Review, Foundation Health Partners joins Mayo Clinic Care Network by Alyssa Rege — Foundation Health Partners, which owns Fairbanks (Alaska) Memorial Hospital, became a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network June 13, according to the Daily News-Minor. Officials told the Daily News-Minor the collaboration will grant all Foundation Health Partners providers across its facilities access to Mayo Clinic physicians to discuss innovations in technology and share best practices. Since launching in 2011, the Mayo Clinic Care Network has grown to more than 40 organizations across the globe, including institutions in Puerto Rico, Mexico, Singapore and the United Arab Emirates.
AccuWeather, What is Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever? by Tyler Losier — “I think what we can say is tick-borne illnesses, including Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, have been slowly increasing over the years,” said Dr. Gregory Poland, a vaccinologist and viral disease expert from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota…Since no vaccine is available, the only means of preventing Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever is to prevent the tick bites that cause it. “I think there are multiple, practical things that can be done,” Poland said. “The first one is trying to minimize exposure. In your own yard, keep your grass mowed and your bushes trimmed. When you are out camping, hiking, that sort of thing, you want to wear long pants and long sleeves.”
KTTC, Saint Elizabeth's Hospital, Mayo Clinic Health System part ways in Wabasha by Jess Abrahamson — Change is in the works for Saint Elizabeth's Hospital in Wabasha. The hospital has announced it is leaving the umbrella of Mayo Clinic Health System and is opening its own primary care clinic. According to Saint Elizabeth's officials, the newly formed clinic will operate as a department of Saint Elizabeth's Medical Center, and will eventually apply for federal designation to operate as a Rural Health Clinic. The clinic will open in July with three providers: one primary care physician and two nurse practitioners.
Reuters, Many Americans taking too much vitamin D by Lisa Rapaport — Supplements are particularly important to consider for people over 50, or who are younger but don’t get much sun, individuals with dark pigmentation and people who live at higher latitudes, said Dr. Matthew Drake, a researcher at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, who wasn’t involved in the study. “Generally younger or otherwise healthy people with adequate sun exposure are less likely to have low vitamin D levels,” Drake said by email. However, sunscreen blocks vitamin D production in the skin, he added. “For most people, 1000-2000 IU of vitamin D daily is a very safe level of supplementation which will keep the vast majority of people in an optimal range,” Drake said. Additional coverage: WebMD, Daily Mail
CNN, Too much texting could be a pain in the wrist, some experts say by Jacqueline Howard —"I think we may see more problems in terms of hand disorders, such as tendinitis, repetitive strain injuries, arthritis, thumb arthritis down the road, and even possibly carpal tunnel syndrome," said Dr. Sanjeev Kakar, an orthopedic surgeon at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota."Kids 20 years ago were not using handheld devices, and now they're using them all the time in schools and at home. We may be at the tip of an iceberg, and we're going to see a cumulative effect," he said. "I don't think this will happen if you've texted once in your life. I think the process of doing this over 20 to 30 years may lead to having these problems down the road." Additional coverage: News4Jax, NBC Montana
HuffPost, The Most Important Thing You’re Not Discussing With Your Doctor by Melissa J. Armstrong — The Mayo Clinic Shared Decision Making National Resource Center has decision aids for common topics such as choosing the right medicine for depression and deciding whether you should treat osteoporosis (and if so, what treatment makes the most sense). Decision aids are not designed for patients to make decisions on their own. They are created to enhance your partnership with your doctor, providing a structured way for you to talk through a decision by reviewing the evidence and your preferences.
HuffPost, Man Overboard: 5 Tips for National Men’s Health Month by Sharon Schweitzer — Healthy Body, Healthy Mind: Proper nutrition is crucial to long-term physical and emotional wellbeing. Decreasing caffeine, fat, and sugar gives the body more energy to dedicate to work, despite the occasional need for a sugar rush or caffeine kick. Additionally, maintaining an ongoing workout schedule helps regulate weight, improve sleep, increase energy level, improve mood, prevent type 2 diabetes, arthritis, and a number of cancers. The Mayo Clinic recommends getting 170 minutes of medium-intensity exercise or 75 high-intensity exercise every week.
Reader’s Digest, 13 Small Diet Changes to Look (and Feel!) Great in Your 40s by Lisa Marie Conklin — Premenopause often signals the decline of some sleep-promoting hormones, and you may suddenly experience insomnia because of this. (Of course, there are multiple subtle causes of sleeplessness.) Wine may be your go-to for relaxing and inducing sleep, but that can worsen your troubles."Alcohol can interrupt a restful night's sleep, which can be a challenge as women transition through menopause," says Angie Murad, wellness dietitian at the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program. If insomnia doesn't keep you awake, hot flashes and night sweats will surely make you a zombie the next day. Tame your temps by cutting back on alcohol, caffeine, spicy foods, and hot beverages as they can trigger hot flashes and night sweats in some women.
HealthDay, Many Doctors Silent on Cost of Cancer by Dennis Thompson — Cancer patients are three times more likely to declare bankruptcy than people with other chronic ailments, and tight finances often lead patients to skip doses of medicine or drop out of treatment altogether, said lead researcher Dr. Rahma Warsame. Of more than 500 recorded conversations between oncologists and their patients, just 28 percent contained any talk of treatment cost or finances, said Warsame, an assistant professor with the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. In seven out of 10 cases, patients or caregivers raised the subject -- but the doctors didn't necessarily respond. "Forty percent of the time there was silence," with the doctor not acknowledging patients' financial concerns, Warsame said. Additional coverage: WECT-TV 6
Everyday Health, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Caffeine: What to Consider by Meryl Davids Landau — “The bottom line is there aren’t any studies that conclusively say there is harm from caffeine intake. I tell my patients there’s no need for them to modify their coffee-drinking habits just because they have RA,” says Benjamin Wang, MD, a rheumatologist at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida.
Bustle, Is Beyonce OK? She May Still Be In The Hospital, But Fans Shouldn't Panic — According to TMZ, Beyoncé and the twins may still be in the hospital after the star allegedly gave birth on Monday...In general, twins and other multiples are born earlier than single babies. A Parents article on what to expect when giving birth to multiples notes twins are often born at 36 weeks (up to four weeks early). Brian Brost, M.D., associate professor of maternal/fetal medicine at the Mayo Clinic told Parents, "Only about 20 percent of twin babies go to intensive care." He also noted the average hospital stay for twins is nine to 25 days. Basically, if the twins were born on Monday, it wouldn't be out of the norm for them to still be in the hospital on Sunday.
Romper, Can You Have A Pillow In A Baby's Crib? There Are A Few Things To Consider by Candace Ganger — Because pillows are typically used for older children and adults, usually in order to gain better neck alignment and comfort, it doesn't seem unreasonable to want the same level of comfort for your baby. However, according to the Baby Sleep Site, it's recommended you avoid pillows for babies under 1 year of age. The reasoning for this recommendation, and for limiting the number of items surrounding your sleeping baby in general, according to the Mayo Clinic, is to help prevent death associated with Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), which is unexplained death in a (seemingly) healthy baby, usually during sleep.
SELF, Carrie Fisher Died From Sleep Apnea, Among Other Causes by Korin Miller — There are three main types of sleep apnea, according to the Mayo Clinic: obstructive sleep apnea, a common form that happens when a person’s throat muscles relax and their airway narrows, central sleep apnea, which happens when a person’s brain doesn’t send the right signals to the muscles that control breathing, and complex sleep apnea syndrome, which is a combination of the two other major forms of sleep apnea. Additional coverage: Forbes
Healthline, Millennial Doctors, Patients Shaping Healthcare World by Shawn Radcliffe — Burnout has long been a problem among doctors. But for many millennial physicians, finding a good balance between work and their personal lives is just as important as job satisfaction. “Decreasing the number of hours in the hospital or in the clinic in order to do things outside of work that are enjoyable — extracurricular activities, hobbies, those sorts of things — is increasingly important to my generation of physicians,” Dr. Ryan Kruse, a millennial physical medicine and rehabilitation resident physician at the Mayo Clinic, told Healthline.
KARE 11, #eyesUP: Texting's affect on the brain by Ellery McCardle — If there's any indication, we should not text while driving, Dr. Bill Tatum of Mayo Clinic may have found it. During routine monitoring of epilepsy patients, his team in Jacksonville, Florida accidentally found that brainwaves slowed down in the front and central parts of the brain of some patients when they were texting. His team is still doing research to determine whether this brain activity represents distraction or concentration. They're also looking to find out why some patients experience this change, and others do not. "There are many more questions that need to be answered yet before we attach a clinincal significance to it but one thing remains is that we're able to see a change when people text on their smartphone. There are changes that occur when we text that now we really can’t ignore and I think we should pay attention to," said Dr. Bill Tatum, a neurologist at Mayo Clinic.
Twin Cities Business, Mayo Licenses Algorithm for Detecting Genetic Cardiovascular Risk to Medtech Startup by Don Jacobson — The Mayo Clinic’s expertise in identifying genetic health risks through analyzing medical record data has led it into a collaboration with a Pittsburgh startup seeking to fight an inherited disorder associated with aggressive cardiovascular disease. 2bPrecise LLC announced this month it has licensed a Mayo-developed algorithm capable of quickly identifying genetic risk for a condition called familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) by taking data routinely collected from patients and comparing it to the clinic’s vast database of similar information.
Twin Cities Business, Mayo Backs Software Startup Looking to Accelerate Cancer Cure Process by Sam Schaust — Vineti, a General Electric spinoff aimed at speeding up and improving “arcane” processes within cell and gene therapy, secured $13.75 million from several investors, including the Mayo Clinic…This is not the first instance that Rochester-based Mayo Clinic has teamed with General Electric in the fight against cancer. Last year, the health care organization collaborated with them to launch a company that is intended to bring the first blood cancer immunotherapy to market. Additional coverage: Post-Bulletin, MedCity News, Healthcare IT News, Arizona Republic
TechCrunch, GE and the Mayo Clinic back software to bring cancer-fighting gene therapies to market by Jonathan Shieber — GE (through its GE Ventures arm), the Mayo Clinic (through Mayo Clinic Ventures) and the venture investment firm DFJ have invested $13.75 million to back Vineti — a software platform that the companies are billing as a solution to gene therapy’s supply chain problem. It’s only the sixth company to have actually been built by GE’s internal business team and spun out by the conglomerate’s venture arm. According to company co-founder and former GE Ventures managing director Amy Duross, the process for developing and managing gene therapies is critical to the success of the treatment… Mayo Ventures had been working with GE for two years from the initial concept to the close of this new round of financing for Vineti. It’s one of only 15 companies that the Clinic has backed since the formation of Mayo Clinic Ventures, and according to Andy Danielsen, the vice chair of Mayo Clinic Ventures. Additional coverage: Reuters
MinnPost, How a Rochester program is helping nontraditional students overcome obstacles to health-care jobs by Erin Hinrichs — Home to the largest private employer in Minnesota, Rochester enjoys an unemployment rate of about 2.4 percent. But Mayo is always looking to attract and retain a more diverse workforce. One of the employer’s biggest challenges, says Guy Finne, human resources manager at Mayo Clinic, is filling all open entry-level positions that require no more than a two-year college degree. Taking inventory of the untapped talent pools in the community, Mayo joined forces with Hawthorne, RCTC and other local organizations that were already looking to bridge this workforce gap. “We know that by diversifying our workforce, we’ll be more competent in our care of an ever-changing population that we serve,” Finne said. “They have passion, dream, desires, skills and work ethic. We can take care of the rest. We can build up their skills and knowledge.”
KAAL, The Dangers of Secondary and Dry Drowning by Marissa Collins — We’re learning more about dry and secondary drowning after a four-year-old in Texas died a couple days after being in the water. "This time of year families are out by the water, whether it's a pool or lake and I am, too. I have a pool at my house and I have a four-year-old and one-year-old, so this is very personal to me," said Dr. Venk Bellamkonda an Emergency Medicine Physician with Mayo Clinic. Bellamkonda said parents should be aware of what dry and secondary drowning are. "Dry drowning is unique from the typical drowning that people are aware of because there's not water in the lungs. What’s actually happening is that a little bit of water gets in their mouth and it touches their vocal cords and upper airway. As a reaction to try and protect themselves, those muscles clamp down and it tries to keep more water from going into the lungs," said Bellamkonda.
KAAL, One New Measles Case Confirmed in Minnesota — Minnesota's Health Department has said 71 of the 77 cases reported are in people who did not get vaccinated. Now cases of mumps are popping up around the country. Mumps is also covered under the measles, mumps, rubella vaccine, but it is not always as affective for mumps. However, most doctors have said getting vaccinated is still extremely important. "There is no way to protect yourself from measles mumps and rubella other than the vaccine, there is no treatment for any of those three diseases so the only way to assure that you are protected is to get the vaccine," Director of Mayo Clinic Vaccine Research Dr. Greg Poland said.
Post-Bulletin, Mayo Clinic aims to make hockey safer by Brett Boese — As Rochester prepares to host its third ice hockey summit since 2010, it's possible the Med City has become ground zero for research and rule changes aimed at making the sport safer. That daunting task is a byproduct of hosting Mayo Clinic and its renowned sports medicine faculty. Foremost among them is Dr. Michael Stuart, according to Michael "Doc" Fatis, owner of the Rochester Ice Hawks. Fatis credits Stuart for leading recent safety reforms in response to rising concern about head trauma, noting his built-in credibility is critical for winning the necessary support to effect change within the tight-knit hockey world.
Post-Bulletin, Mayo Clinic still mulling ex-Lourdes school's fate by Jeff Kiger — After almost four years after buying the old Lourdes High School for $5.8 million in downtown Rochester, Mayo Clinic is still unsure what it will do with it. Mayo Clinic bought the 136,000-square-foot building from Lourdes Development Inc. on June 27, 2013, soon after Lourdes High School moved to a newly built complex on 19th Street Northwest. Given its close proximity to Mayo Clinic's downtown campus, many speculated about how it might be used as the time of the sale. However, other than using the property for employee parking, it has been untouched. Additional coverage: Becker’s Hospital Review
Post-Bulletin, Mayo paramedic receives Stars of Life by Brett Boese — A Mayo Clinic paramedic was honored last week in the nation's capital for her work as an emergency responder. Angie Jarrett received the 2017 Stars of Life from the American Ambulance Association during a national conference held June 12-14. The assistant supervisor of Gold Cross Operations and Plainview Ambulance spent the three-day stint meeting with U.S. representatives and senators, observing committee meetings and touring landmarks after being nominated for the recognition by her colleagues.
Post-Bulletin, Can your golf game use a tuneup? by Brett Boese — Ron Schieck was among the thousands wandering Hazeltine National Golf Club last fall during the Ryder Cup when he stumbled into an unusual opportunity presented by Mayo Clinic. Eight months and hundreds of drills later, the 1972 Austin graduate is now reaping the benefits of reluctantly testing Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine's golf performance training program. The strength, balance and flexibility exercises assigned to Schieck after high-tech evaluation has him feeling like a young man again — though his score hasn't necessarily improved.
Post-Bulletin, 10 Who Make a Difference: Carol Daugherty by Shannon Rousseau — Making a difference one hand at a time. Carol Daugherty, a Mayo Clinic volunteer, is helping patients and their caretakers both physically and emotionally while the wait at the hospital. Daugherty has been with "Caring Hands," an organization whose purpose is to relax patients, since it began seven years ago. Studies have even found the hand massages to lower patients blood pressure.
Post-Bulletin, Main Event: Fun run shines a light on melanoma by Holly Galbus — Dr. Svetomir Markovic, medical oncologist at Mayo Clinic, attends the event each year. He works with melanoma patients. "Melanoma is not just another skin cancer," he said. "It is extraordinarily deadly. People need to know the risk factors and how to protect themselves. Wear sunscreen with SPF 30. Avoid the sun's rays between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Wear a wide-brimmed hat and sun protective clothing. Number one: Don't burn."
Post-Bulletin, At last — the right to bare arms by Matthew Stolle — When it comes to clothing, Mayo Clinic will always have a conservative bent. So news that shoulder-baring tank tops and racer back tops were no longer forbidden at the Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center has been greeted with quiet jubilation among clinic employees and their spouses. "Finally," said one Mayo Clinic spouse on Twitter…The reaction this time has perhaps been more muted, but is nonetheless being regarded as a move more in step with the times. "On the one hand, I thought it was a little bit puritanical. On the other hand, I kind of understood where they were coming from," said Dr. Andrew Folpe, a Mayo surgical pathologist who uses the center but until recently had not been aware of the change.
News4Jax, Mammogram guidelines: What are they? — At Mayo Clinic, doctors offer mammograms to women beginning at age 40 and continuing annually. When to begin mammogram screening and how often to repeat it is a personal decision based on your preferences. Mayo Clinic recommends women and their doctors discuss the benefits, risks and limitations of mammograms and decide together what is best. Balancing the benefits of screening with the limitations and risks is a key part of deciding when to begin mammograms and how often to repeat them.
ActionNewsJax, Mayo Clinic surgeon: HPV vaccination can help prevent more than one type of cancer by Kaitlyn Chana — Doctors want parents to know that a vaccine for kids helps fight more than one kind of cancer. The Human Papilloma Virus, known as HPV, can lead to throat cancer. It's also the lead cause of cervical cancer. Geoffrey Young, a head and neck surgeon at Mayo Clinic, told Action News Jax that people who get the HPV vaccine are more likely to reduce their chances of getting the HPV-derived throat cancer. He said the best way to aid in prevention is to get children vaccinated at an early age. “I think it’s important to look at these vaccines as cancer-preventative vaccines," Young said. "We have a vaccine that has the ability to prevent certain multiple types of cancer in both men and women."
Wisconsin State Journal, Madison man is first Hmong-American to get an M.D.-Ph.D. by David Wahlberg —Dr. Yeng Her, believed to be the first Hmong-American to receive an M.D.-Ph.D., didn’t learn to read in any language until he came to Madison at age 10 and started fifth grade at Randall Elementary School…For a man who had no formal education before coming to Wisconsin in 1994, at age 10, Her’s completion of perhaps the most difficult, competitive program in academia is remarkable, his mentor at Mayo said. “His determination to succeed against odds, to not take no for an answer and be stubborn and overcome challenges with hard work came through,” said Jim Maher, dean of Mayo’s Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.
Williston Daily Herald, Mayo Clinic Minute: How Mohs surgery is used to fight skin cancer — Mohs surgery is used to treat the most common skin cancers, basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, as well as some kinds of melanoma. It’s especially useful for skin cancers located in areas where it’s important to preserve as much healthy skin as possible, such as around the eyes, ears, nose and mouth. Jeff Olsen reports.
Archery Trade Association, Mayo Clinic Offers Hope and Healing to Wisconsin Bowhunter by Katelyn Rutland — The Mayo Clinic is the No. 1-ranked hospital in the world, according to the U.S. News & World Report, and for good reason. They’re known for their outstanding research across specialties. Recently, the hospital dove into another specialty: bowhunting. In April, the Mayo Clinic shared a video about bowhunter Jered Chinnock. The video, posted to Facebook, YouTube, and their website, garnered attention from throngs of viewers, both with and without bowhunting ties. Chinnock’s story – and the Mayo Clinic’s research – inspires millions worldwide.
Quad-Cities Online, Reality check: Life depends on the business of health care coverage by Martha Garcia — A recent visit to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., made me realize how the health-care coverage industry is such a vital part of our lives. The Mayo Clinic and its staff had saved my life after an encounter with cancer. But things were different, now. I had put off getting my six-month checkup there because of my husband’s sudden illness. We could not afford a family Cobra plan because of its high costs, and we were fortunate our sons qualified for temporary Medicaid health coverage until my husband returned to work full time. But I realized if you don’t have health insurance, you suddenly are dismissed by the great institutions…
WTSP 10 News, Experts tell what oils you should use instead of coconut oil — Last week, the American Heart Association said coconut oil is unhealthy, reigniting a conversation about saturated fat and leaving some confused about what is healthy. "There’s a disconnect between people’s general beliefs and what the data actually show," said Donald Hensrud, medical director of the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program. Like a gluten-free lifestyle, Hensrud said benefits of coconut oil aren't supported by good data. Coconut oil is high in saturated fat. Current data shows saturated and trans fats lower good (HDL) cholesterol levels. Additional coverage: USA Today, Arizona Republic
Williston Herald, Yes, babies and children get cataracts too: Diagnosis and treatment of pediatric cataracts — Erick D. Bothun, M.D., Mayo Clinic pediatric eye surgeon, cares for children of all ages and eye diseases. Dr. Bothun specializes in diagnosing, treating and researching complex cataracts in infants and children. He leverages his expertise and research experience in pediatric cataracts to tailor the surgical and clinical treatment for each child. To further maximize outcomes, Dr. Bothun enjoys educating families and engaging children throughout their Mayo Clinic eye care experience.
Journal Times, Do healthy older adults need regular health care visits? — Dear Mayo Clinic: My mother is 81 years old and quite healthy. How often should she see her doctor? What are the routine tests or immunizations she needs as an older adult?...A: There’s no hard and fast rule about how often seniors should see their health care providers. For most older adults, though, it’s a good idea to have at least one medical checkup a year. At that visit, a provider can review medications, check on health concerns, talk about lifestyle topics and go over recommended tests.
Hartford Business, CT researcher: Glucose management key in ICU transitions by John Stearns —Monitoring and maintaining glucose levels of critically ill patients from ICU to general care through hospital discharge may positively impact patient outcomes, according to findings of research led by a Stamford Hospital doctor. The findings will be published in the July 7 issue of the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings. The article supports the importance of glucose control throughout the period of care for critically ill patients – and suggests that the current blood glucose targets range may not be appropriate for patients without diabetes, according to Stamford Health. Additional coverage: News-medical.net, Science Daily
Sandusky Register, Focus on Mental Health by Rachel Velishek — If you really want some positive change, try eating smart on your lunch break with healthy, energy boosting foods. You may avoid feeling that afternoon slump. James A. Levine, professor of medicine at The Mayo Clinic has completed studies which show that workers who remain sedentary throughout the day are impairing their health. “The design of the human being is to be a mobile entity” says Dr. Levine, who also encourages walking or even standing while working and during meetings.
Austin Daily Herald, Commissioners look to meet with Mayo Clinic Health System officials regarding transition by Sam Wilmes — Freeborn County commissioners hope to meet with Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea and Austin officials next month to discuss the clinic’s controversial decision to transition most inpatient services to its Austin campus. Commissioners unanimously approved submitting a letter to the hospital regarding the transition after hospital leaders announced last week that the health system will move overnight hospitalization and intensive care unit stays, childbirths and major surgeries to the Austin campus over the next three years.
La Crosse Tribune, Big Blue ambassador beats cancer twice, provides strong hand on paddle by Mike Tighe — Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare, which sponsors the event, separated it from Riverfest in 2015 and has elevated it to a two-day celebration. It features not only races attracting as many as 50 dragon boat teams from across the country, but also a festival featuring food, entertainment and games for children. The July 14 and 15 festival will take place on the Black River at Copeland Park, its venue since the Mississippi flexed too much muscle and created dangerous boating conditions on the main channel in 2014. Additional coverage: WKBT La Crosse, WXOW La Crosse
FOX 31 Denver, Skin Cancer Rates on the Rise for Women — While you're spending fun in the sun this Summer, it's important to make sure you're keeping your skin safe. A report is showing two types of skin cancer are on the rise among women. Mayo Clinic Researchers discovered between the years 2000-2010, New Basal Cell Carcinoma diagnoses rose 145%, and New Squamous Cell Carcinoma diagnoses rose 263% among women.
Medical News Today, Metabolic syndrome: An hour of resistance training per week may cut risk by Catharine Paddock, Ph.D. — Exercise is known to prevent or treat metabolic syndrome, which is a group of health conditions that raise the risk of heart problems and type 2 diabetes. Now, a new study suggests that less than 1 hour per week of resistance training, even without aerobic exercise, can be of benefit. Lead author Esmée Bakker, of Radboud University Medical Center in Nijmegen in the Netherlands, and colleagues report their findings in the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings.
LifeScript, 6 Things Chronic Migraine Patients Wish You Knew by Jackie Potts — It feels like a hot poker in the eye. Like ravens picking at your brain. Or torpedoes exploding in your head. A new mobile game? No, this is how chronic migraine sufferers like blogger Lisa Jacobson, and headache specialists like Rashmi Halker, MD, describe migraine pain. To the average observer, migraines are just headaches. But they’re much more, says Dr. Halker, a neurologist and program director of the headache fellowship program at the Mayo Clinic Headache Research Program in Arizona… “It’s highly disabling. People who don’t have migraines don’t understand that,” Dr. Halker says.
BBC Mundo, "Es horrible, no podía ni caminar": qué es la bartolinitis y cómo puede afectar a las mujeres que la sufren by Analia Llorente — Y si el padecimiento es grande, no queda otra opción que pasar por el quirófano. "Si existe un absceso y hay mucho dolor y fiebre, se considera una urgencia porque no queremos que la infección se haga más grande o se extienda", describe la ginecóloga Beatriz Stamps de la Clínica Mayo de Estados Unidos.
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