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What Can Prevent Alzheimer’s? Here’s What the Evidence Shows by Maggie Fox — “At present, there are no pharmacologic or lifestyle interventions that will prevent mild cognitive impairment or Alzheimer's disease,” said Dr. Ronald Petersen, an Alzheimer’s expert at the Mayo Clinic, who was on the committee. “All this is not new, but this review is the strongest evidence base we have,” Petersen added. “We have all been exposed to a study here, a study there. One suggests this intervention is beneficial, the other finds it’s not. This review looked at the totality of literature over last six years and put it to most rigorous test you can imagine.”
NBC News, Alzheimer's Prevention: Some Common-Sense Practices That May Help Slow Alzheimer's
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Context: Ron Petersen, M.D., Ph.D., is the Cora Kanow Professor of Alzheimer’s Disease Research at Mayo Clinic.
Contacts: Traci Klein, Susan Barber Lindquist
Gene Testing for Most Effective Drugs Could Help Save Lives
An apparent breakthrough in the field of personalized medicine: people can now test their genetic profiles to see how they might process a variety of drugs from pain relievers to more complex cancer treatments.
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NBC News, Is Your Medication Helping or Hurting? DNA Tests May Be a Guide
Context: Pharmacogenomics is the study of the role of inheritance in variation in drug response phenotypes, which range from life-threatening adverse drug reactions to lack of the desired therapeutic effect of a drug. Richard Weinshilboum, M.D. studies pharmacogenomics. The goal is to develop safer and more effective drug therapy to treat diseases that range from cancer to depression.
Contacts: Traci Klein, Susan Buckles, Colette Gallagher
Mayo Investigator Is Developing A Screening Test For Endometrial Cancer
Inspired by the patients she cares for each day, Jamie Bakkum-Gamez, M.D., is working to create a screening test for endometrial cancer that uses a tampon to collect vaginal fluid from a patient. The fluid is then analyzed to detect molecular and genetic changes could signal endometrial cancer. “Only five to ten percent of women with symptoms of endometrial cancer, which include abnormal vaginal bleeding, actually have the disease. However, nearly all women with these symptoms undergo an invasive endometrial biopsy to rule out endometrial cancer.”
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Context: Jamie N. Bakkum-Gamez, M.D.'s research include screening and early detection modalities in ovarian cancer and endometrial cancer; prognostic molecular markers in ovarian cancer and endometrial cancer; and quality improvement in postoperative outcomes after ovarian cancer staging surgery.
Contacts: Joe Dangor, Kelley Luckstein
Eau Claire Leader-Telegram
UW-EC, Mayo to collaborate
by Samantha West
An official partnership formed between UW-Eau Claire and Mayo Clinic Health System will pave the way for heightened research opportunities that will benefit students and the entire Chippewa Valley, officials said. “The collaboration will definitely benefit both of our institutions,” said Dr. Richard Helmers, regional vice president of Mayo Clinic Health System’s northwestern Wisconsin region. “But most important, it will better the lives of residents of the Chippewa Valley community.”
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WQOW Eau Claire, UW-Eau Claire, Mayo Clinic Health System announce research agreement
WEAU Eau Claire, Historic agreement made between UW-Eau Claire and Mayo Clinic Health System
Context: The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and Mayo Clinic Health System announced a new agreement on June 28 that will increase opportunities for research collaboration between the two institutions, create new avenues of learning for UW-Eau Claire students, and make way for projects that will lead to improved health and wellness in the community. A new master collaborative research agreement will enable researchers at the two institutions to work together on projects. UW-Eau Claire and Mayo Clinic Health System will be better able to help prepare the next generation of scientists, innovators, and health care providers and leaders, officials said during a press conference at Mayo Clinic Health System’s Eau Claire campus. More information on the new agreement can be found here.
Contacts: Dan Lea, Kristin Everett
ABC News (Good Morning America)
What to know about the new research on migraines
Dr. David Dodick, Mayo Clinic neurologist, is interviewed on Good Morning America on chronic migraines. Interview starts at 2:09.
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Context: David Dodick, M.D., is a Mayo Clinic neurologist. Dr. Dodick's research efforts include the testing of novel compounds for the acute and preventive treatment of migraine and cluster headache.
Contact: Jim McVeigh
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, Partnering up for better care: Hospital arrangement with Mayo network could bring benefits — Even when you’re independent, it’s nice to have friends. Earlier this month, Foundation Health Partners, which operates Fairbanks Memorial Hospital and its sister clinics, announced the Fairbanks-based nonprofit group is partnering with the Mayo Clinic Care Network to expand options for local patients. Though relationships between medical groups can be confusing, especially for those whose concern is properly focused on getting better, the partnership should provide value for the health care group and the patients it serves in the Interior.
New York Times, When Anxiety or Depression Mask a Medical Problem by Jane E. Brody — Anxiety is often overlooked as the source of disorders like substance abuse or addiction, or as a contributing factor to symptoms in conditions like migraine headache or irritable bowel syndrome. The Mayo Clinic lists several factors that suggest the possibility that anxiety may result from an underlying medical disorder: None of your blood relatives has an anxiety disorder.; You didn’t have an anxiety disorder as a child; You developed anxiety seemingly out of the blue.; You don’t avoid certain things or situations because of anxiety.
New York Times, What to Blame for Your Stomach Bug? Not Always the Last Thing You Ate by Kate Murphy — What’s going on in your head has an enormous impact on your gut and vice versa. “The human brain and nervous system is very intimately mixed with another nervous system that is present in the walls of the intestine,” said Dr. Santhi Swaroop Vege, a gastroenterologist at the Mayo Clinic. “These nerve fibers, nerves and plexuses are located continuously in the wall of intestine from the esophagus to rectum.”
New York Times, The Lab Says It’s Cancer. But Sometimes the Lab Is Wrong by Gina Kolata — While mix-ups do happen, pathologists have put a series of steps in place to try to avoid them, including 26 requirements for labeling containers and identifying patients, and ordering tests, said Dr. Raouf Nakhleh, vice chair of the College of American Pathologists’ Council on Scientific Affairs and a professor of pathology at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla. “We get paid $125 to process a specimen and produce a diagnosis,” he said. He turns to DNA fingerprinting only when he suspects a mix-up — for example, a clinical exam is at odds with a pathology report.
USA Today, Yes, the plague exists, and it's not the only old-time disease still lurking by Mary Bowerman — While it's hard to completely eradicate a disease, researchers have more luck when humans are the only natural reservoirs of the disease, according to Pritish Tosh, an infectious disease physician and researcher at Mayo Clinic. "When there is a zoonotic disease, or its coming from animals, there is a reservoir that is going to exist unless you get rid of that reservoir," he said. In the case of the plague, that would mean completely eradicating the animals that carry the plague, Tosh notes.
USA Today, Study says breastfeeding could lower mom's risk of heart disease, stroke by Mary Bowerman — In the observational study, researchers analyzed data on 289,573 women in China and found that those who breastfeed were almost 10% less likely to develop heart disease and stroke than mothers who said they had never breastfed. The study found that there was an even lower risk for those who breastfed their babies for two years or more. While there is a lot of research about the positive effects of breastfeeding for babies, ranging from strengthened immune systems to fewer allergies, there isn't as much research on the effects on mothers, according to Lori Blauwet, director of the cardio-ob clinic at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester.
Wall Street Journal, How Apps Can Help Manage Chronic Diseases by Laura Landro — Technology is offering a new fix for one of the most confounding health-care challenges: getting patients with chronic disease to take better care of themselves…But Amir Lerman, an interventional cardiologist and professor of Medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., cautions, “You can’t just build an app in your garage and think it is going to change medical care. You need to have a treatment plan behind it, and a health system to care for the patient.”
Wall Street Journal, A Government Agency That Produces Real Innovation by Mike Kaluthkiewicz and Richard L. Ehman — In a budget proposal generating a quick rebuke on Capitol Hill, President Trump calls for a 22% cut to the National Institutes of Health—a move that would take $7.7 billion away from research on diseases like Alzheimer’s, cancer and heart disease. This is an unfortunate request. The NIH is one of our most strategically important federal assets. Rather than hacking away at the topline budget, the administration should play to the innovative strengths of NIH. This may mean a more mission-oriented approach—using science to help create new sectors and fields. But it could also mean a more market-oriented approach that prioritizes the development of high-quality patents. — Mr. Kalutkiewicz is founder of Belle+Preuve Public Affairs LLC. Dr. Ehman is a professor at the Mayo Clinic
Reader’s Digest, Yes, At-Home Colonoscopy Kits Are a Thing—but It’s Not for Everyone by Elisa Roland — …If you do decide to try the Cologuard, here’s what to expect: The test runs around $600, but your insurance will cover around $500 of that, according to the Mayo Clinic. After the kit arrives in the mail, your first order of business is to do your business. Cologuard needs a BM sample to test, and taking a number two is the way to get it. There’s even a special container that attaches under your toilet rim that will do the collecting for you, hands-free. Once you’re done, you scrape the surface of your sample with the included probe, and then seal it in a plastic tube.
Washington Post, Why are female doctors introduced by first name while men are called ‘Doctor’? by Janice Neumann — Julia Files and Anita Mayer, physicians at the Mayo Clinic, started seeing a pattern: When their male colleagues were introduced at conferences, they were usually called “Doctor.” But the men introduced them and other female doctors by their first names. The pair quickly realized they weren’t alone. Sharonne Hayes, another Mayo doctor, had noticed the same thing. While a male colleague would be introduced as “Dr. Joe Smith,” for example, the women were often simply called “Julia,” “Anita” and “Sharonne.” So the three decided to study speaker introductions at “grand rounds” — events where doctors, researchers, residents and medical students present medical problems and treatments for discussion. Their research showed that unequal introductions were real — that women were less likely than men to be introduced by professional title when men did the introducing. Additional coverage: Santa Fe New Mexican
Washington Post, Our gut talks and sometimes argues with our brain. Now we know how. by Jenna Gallegos — Scientists finally have a better idea why certain meals send you running for the bathroom. The discovery provides insight into the connection between your gut and brain and may point toward new therapies for intestinal disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome…"There is really a gut skin cell that sits there and fires action potential like a nerve cell," said Arthur Beyder, who studies EC cells at the Mayo Clinic. "It's like a Morse code ... they're communicating." The fact that these cells are activated by adrenaline means the brain is in touch with the gut, as well. But we don't know why. "It could be communicating with the microbiome," Beyder suggested.
Reuters, Racism tied to worse asthma symptoms for black youth by Lisa Rapaport — “Race, ethnicity and social class are important proxies for unmeasured factors that influence health outcomes,” said Dr. Avni Joshi of the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Rochester, Minnesota. “A child who is in a poor housing situation, is more likely to come from a less educated family, which in turn are likely to be low income with incomplete or poor health coverage and access to care,” Joshi, who wasn’t involved in the study, said by email. “It is in these families that the stress levels are likely high due to insecurities for food, money and perceived or actual discrimination in all spheres of life.” Additional coverage: Business Insider
Voice of America, Sleep Helps Us Learn by Anna Matteo — We humans spend about one-third of our lives asleep. This may sound like a lot of time, but it is not wasted. Sleep helps us stay healthy, but it also helps our brains remember. Our brains need good sleep to remember what we do and learn during the other two thirds of our lives when we are awake…The Mayo Clinic is a respected research hospital in Rochester, Minnesota. It gives these six suggestions for getting a good night’s sleep…
FOX News, What is Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever? — “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. Much like Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever is spread through ticks, specifically the American Dog tick (Dermacentor variabilis), the Rocky Mountain Wood tick (Dermacentor andersoni) and the Brown Dog tick (Rhipicephalus sanguineus).
AccuWeather, What happens when the body is struck by lightning by Courtney Barrow — Being struck by lightning can have a profound effect on the body but in other ways than you might think. "Lots of things happen to the body [when struck by lightning]. It really depends how you're struck," said Dr. David Claypool, a staff physician at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. "What happens really depends on how much force you take, whether directly or indirectly," he said. Additional coverage: FOX News
Daily Mail, The agony of the family whose infant twin daughters were both diagnosed with leukemia at three months old - but only one is now cancer-free by Cheyenne Roundtree — Abby and Aaron Breyfolgle were more than excited to take home their premature twin daughters from the hospital after the girls spent a month in the NICU. However, the Breyfolgles discovered three weeks later the identical newborns had sores covering their tiny bodies and rushed them to the hospital in August 2015. Both Kendal and Kenedi were diagnosed with a strain of leukemia typically found in adults and began chemotherapy at three months old at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Additional coverage: New York Post
BuzzFeed, 15 Penis Facts Urologists Want You To Know by Anthony Rivas — To gain a better understanding of what the penis is all about, BuzzFeed Health spoke to a few of the people who know penises best: urologists Dr. Seth Cohen of NYU Langone Medical Center, Dr. David Shusterman of NY Urology, and Dr. Landon Trost, head of andrology and male infertility at Mayo Clinic. Here are some things they wanted you to know.
Romper, Here's Why You Should Never Cry It Out With A Newborn by Candace Ganger — Newborns aren't capable of needing too much, as they're only getting acclimated to life outside the womb. The Mayo Clinic suggests ruling out colic — frustrating periods of intense, inconsolable crying — but attending to your newborn's needs as they happen and preemptively to help prevent unnecessary crying from needs not being met.
Romper, Women In Their 40s Don't Need Mammograms Every Year, New Guidelines Advise by Kaitlin Kimont — According to the Mayo Clinic, mammograms expose women to a very low-dose of radiation, aren't always accurate, can be difficult to interpret in younger women, may lead to additional testing, and can't detect all cancers. The ACOG also noted that mammograms can sometimes lead to "overdiagnosis and overtreatment" as well as false-ositive test results that can come with hefty financial costs.
Business Insider, A startup founded by SolarCity and Google alums wants to tell you your 'fertility age' — here's what that means by Lydia Ramsey — While the test doesn't provide you an actual "age," it can provide a snapshot of your egg quantity. The blood test looks at three hormones that are commonly screened for in the fertility process: FSH, Estradiol 2, and AMH. "It’s a guesstimate of your eggs," Dr. Ebbie Stewart, the chair of reproductive endocrinology at the Mayo Clinic (who is not affiliated with Future Family) told Business Insider. But there are limitations to the test, Stewart said. For one, it can't give you details about the quality of those eggs.
Radiology Business, Contrast-enhanced digital mammography: a cost-effective substitute for breast MRI? by Michael Walter — According to a recent analysis published in the American Journal of Roentgenology, CEDM is a cost-effective modality that works well as an alternative to breast MRI. “CEDM is the newest contrast-enhanced technology for breast imaging and holds great promise for addressing clinical indications similar to those of breast MRI while also addressing its potential limitations,” wrote Bhavika K. Patel, MD, department of radiology at the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix, and colleagues. “CEDM generates a high-resolution, low-energy, full-field digital mammography (FFDM) image and, as does MRI, a contrast-enhanced image that provides information on lesion vascularity.”
News4Jax, Mayo Clinic News Network: Ten ways to control blood pressure without medication — If you've been diagnosed with high blood pressure, you might be worried about taking medication to bring your numbers down. Lifestyle plays an important role in treating your high blood pressure. If you successfully control your blood pressure with a healthy lifestyle, you might avoid, delay or reduce the need for medication. Here are 10 lifestyle changes you can make to lower your blood pressure and keep it down.
News4Jax, Tips for diabetes and prediabetes meal planning — Poor diet can obviously lead to health problems and weight gain. Conversely, proper food choices help people become healthier and manage certain conditions. For those with diabetes and prediabetes appropriate monitoring and management of diet is extremely important. Mayo Clinic Health System registered dietitian Sue Seykora offers these meal-planning tips to help keep diabetes under control and maybe avoid it all together.
First Coast News, Pilot program let's high school students conduct research with Mayo Clinic by Janny Rodriguez — For the first time, local high school students are having the opportunity to be mentored by some of the most notable researchers in the world at Mayo Clinic. It's all a part of a summer mentorship program. The pilot program is called SPARK, orScience Program for the Advancement of Research Knowledge. Currently, there are nine students in it. One of the goals of the program is to help students submit a competitive science fair project, but it goes beyond that. Students are getting a unique hands-on experience, focusing on things like cancer and stem cell research. "We're providing them that platform that they need to take it to the next level," said Sharon Collins, Research Program Coordinator at Mayo. She says the mentoring program can have a lasting effect not only on students, but also on the first Coast.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Who really needs to be gluten-free? — 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.
Everyday Health, Rheumatoid Arthritis Self-Management Programs: What to Know by Meryl Davids Landau — In the decades since they've been around, self-management programs have been found in numerous studies to be valuable…“I’ve had numerous patients go through these programs. They are better informed about when to reach out for help and have a more resilient outlook about their condition,” says Benjamin Wang, MD, a rheumatologist at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida. In addition, he says, “the collegiality and accountability people get from teaming up with others in the group is important; that’s why Weight Watchers is so effective.”
Star Tribune, Hmong-American doctor inspired by heritage — Yeng Her became interested in helping people regain function after spending much of his childhood at Hmong refugee camps in Thailand surrounded by people injured during the Vietnam War, the Wisconsin State Journal reported. The 33-year-old received his M.D. and Ph.D. in biochemistry and molecular biology last month at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. The M.D.-Ph.D. program takes eight years to complete. It starts and ends with two years of medical school and has four years of graduate school in between. Additional coverage: Bellingham Herald, San Francisco Chronicle, KTTC, Charlotte Observer, WQOW Eau Claire
Twin Cities Business, Mayo-Connected Regenerative Medicine Startup Inks Downtown Rochester Lease by Don Jacobson — A regenerative medicine startup led by a Mayo Clinic cardiologist is setting up shop in a downtown Rochester’s Minnesota BioBusiness Center, according to newly filed city documents. The filing indicated Rion LLC, a Minnesota company registered to Dr. Atta Behfar of the Mayo Clinic Center for Regenerative Medicine, has signed a three-year lease for just over 2,000 square feet at the city-owned BioBusiness Center. The lease begins July 1.
KTTC, Many doctors silent on cost of cancer care — Cancer doctors are often mute when a patient asks about the cost of treatment, a new study shows. Yet, such questions are critically important. 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.
KTTC, Mayo Clinic commits three research units as first tenants of "Discovery Square" by Noel Sederstrom —The new "Discovery Square" project in downtown Rochester has landed its first three tenants. All three are work groups from inside Mayo Clinic, making Mayo the first "anchor tenant" of this Destination Medical Center development. Mayo Clinic is the force behind DMC in the first place, of course, but Wednesday developer Mortenson Construction of Minneapolis announced that the Clinic has committed to moving three units to occupy 30-thousand square feet in the new building once it is constructed. Discovery Square will be built along the south edge of downtown Rochester at 4th Street Southwest and 2nd Avenue SW. Additional coverage: Post-Bulletin
KIMT, Mayo Clinic brings musician to help heal patients by Calyn Thompson — Through their Humanities in Medicine program, Mayo Clinic hosts different guests who use their talents to help patients. Research shows music does have an effect on a patient's mood and anxiety. "I think every patient that walks through Mayo's doors has their own individual story of what they're going through, what their health journey has been. And music is something that's international to everybody," Wendy Hanson, Mayo Clinic cancer center manager, said.
Post-Bulletin, Mayo Clinic names new regional VP for Southeast Minnesota by Brett Boese — Dr. Annie Sadosty will be tasked with guiding the Mayo Clinic Health System — Southeast Minnesota region through some trying times. The veteran administrator was named the new regional vice president on Wednesday by Mayo President and CEO John Noseworthy. She joined Mayo in 1999 and currently serves as chairwoman of Emergency Medicine, overseeing staff and 21 departments across the Midwest who serve more than 300,000 patients annually. She replaces Dr. David Agerter as the physician leader serving Albert Lea, Austin, Lake City, Cannon Falls, Red Wing, Fairbault, Owatonna and the surrounding communities. Additional coverage: KAAL, Kenyon Leader, Albert Lea Tribune
Post-Bulletin, Letter: Does Mayo need all those employees in city's central core? — A recent PB opinion article iterates the tactical focuses of DMC's Transit Plan study while glossing over strategic issues. The plan discussed different ways of moving people into and out of downtown, not whether Rochester requires all of these jobs to remain. In this I believe the Transit Plan does residents and DMC a disservice. Recent expansion plans for Mayo and DMC focus on doing "more of the same" — tearing down buildings and replacing them with new facilities and highrises, and then addressing transportation/people issues. As traffic by Saint Marys Hospital already attests, our streets are inadequate for existing traffic, never mind future projections….
Post-Bulletin, Mayo again scores high marks for pediatric care by Brett Boese — Mayo Clinic Children's Center has again been ranked as one of the top facilities in the country, according to U.S. News & World Report. The 2017-18 ranking of best children's hospitals was unveiled Tuesday, with Mayo being ranked among the top performers in 9 out of 10 pediatric specialties. The report examined nearly 200 pediatric centers across the country and ranked the Top 50 in each specialty, with 82 facilities earning at least one ranking in the Top 50. "The rankings reflect our integrated team-based care that has served as the cornerstone of Mayo's approach to patients of all ages for more than 150 years," said Dr. Randall Flick, a pediatric anesthesiologist and medical director of the Mayo Clinic Children's Center. "We are honored to have outstanding staff who continuously strive for excellence and to improve care for millions of patients we treat each year from around the globe."
Patch, Best Children’s Hospitals 2017: 3 MN Facilities Make U.S News Rankings by William Bornhoft —U.S. News and World Report released its annual rankings of the best children’s hospitals in the country, highlighting hospitals across 10 pediatric specialties…Three Minnesota hospitals — Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota and the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital, both in Minneapolis, and Mayo Clinic Children's Center in Rochester — made the best children’s hospitals rankings.
Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, EC complex on Menomonie St. to include space for housing, learning by Elizabeth Dohms —An event and recreation complex proposed for the southern riverfront edge of Menomonie Street will include apartments for about 350 UW-Eau Claire students and an education center. The Big River Education Center is expected to start construction in the spring, the first building on the 30-acre riverfront site of the John H. and Carolyn Sonnentag Event and Recreation Complex…Three entities have come together to form the Eau Claire Community Complex, which will develop, build and own the complex. Those organizations are Blugold Real Estate Foundation, Eau Claire YMCA and Mayo Clinic Health System. Additional coverage: WQOW Eau Claire, WEAU Eau Claire
Red Wing Republican Eagle, Learning how to smile again — At just 15 years of age, Temeka Wirkkala had been a rising star athlete at her high school in Red Wing, playing on her school's basketball team and competing at the varsity level in both cross country and track and field. During a basketball game, Wirkkala stole the ball and drove down the court on a fastbreak lay-up. As she went up for the shot, her opponent took her to the ground. Upon landing, Wirkkala's leg ended up behind her back. She was carried off of the court and was encouraged to ice it over the next few weeks…Her physician referred her to Rehabilitation Services at Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing. She met Taylor "TJ" Helmus, a physical therapist who designed a plan for Wirkkala to follow that included strength training exercises for her to do at home.
WEAU Eau Claire, Happy June! Celebrate healthy salads by Courtney Everett — “Hello Wisconsin” WEAU 13 News anchor Courtney Everett and Mayo Clinic Health System health educator Katie Johnson celebrate summer with healthy recipes; spiced melon salad and Italian flags. Full recipes are below.
KEYC Mankato, Staying Safe On The Fourth Of July by Brittany Kemmerer — As we get closer to the Fourth of July fire departments are reminding people to enjoy the holiday safely without breaking the law… If burns occur, Dr. Rasmussen says do not put ice on it. Mayo Clinic Health Systems, Dr. Gay Rasmussen says, "That can actually make the burn worse. Room temperature to cool water not freezing cold water and put that in water first for maybe five or ten minutes until you can reevaluate.” Keep the burns clean and wash them daily with plain water or mild soap. Dr. Rasmussen says, “Keep them clean, just wash them daily with just plain water or very mild soap. If after 24 hours seems to become more blistered or worse than you initially thought then you might want to go in."
WKBT La Crosse, Mayo Clinic Health System making switch to Epic medical record software by Madalyn O’Neill — An area health care system is making technology upgrades, including a major switch to a new health care record system. Mayo Clinic and its locations across the country are moving to Epic Systems, a health care software company founded in Madison that now holds the medical records of over half the patients in the country. The national switchover is starting in La Crosse and Eau Claire, and staff have been busy locally getting the hang of the new system. "Over 100 years ago, Dr. Henry Plummer created first medical record that could be shared between providers at Mayo,” Mayo chief medical officer David Rushlow said. “Imagine that before that, doctors were keeping post-it notes of patients and keeping them in their offices."
WKBT La Crosse, Mayo Clinic opens in Belle Square by Madalyn O’Neill — A new clinic is now open inside La Crosse's Belle Square.A dedication ceremony Saturday afternoon celebrated the official opening of a Mayo Clinic in the downtown development. Eric Erickson, Mayo vice president for primary care education and research, said the clinic offers six exam rooms, employee assistance programs, wellness activities, counseling and lab services. "We've got a new location that's convenient and accessible for all the people who live and work in downtown La Crosse,” he said. “I think everybody knows of all the vibrant activity here at the Belle Square development and elsewhere in downtown La Crosse, so we're just excited to have a new location for patients here."
Hamilton Spectator, Scorching summer temperatures create health concerns — Dr. Ruth Bolton, regional director of Mayo Clinic Health System Urgent Care, says, "Heat illness is exactly what it sounds like — a sickness caused by heat. Heat illness can take multiple forms — each ranging in severity. The different types of heat illness, from mildest to most dangerous, include heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heatstroke." She adds, "If you're concerned you or someone else may be experiencing heatstroke, seek medical assistance immediately. Heat stroke is a medical emergency."
Winchester News-Gazette, Wellness Wednesdays: Hip hinge — Expert tips provided by wellness physical therapists at the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program.
Newburgh Gazette, New research finds three ways to reduce dementia risk by Sheryl Bailey — A new report suggests that cognitive training, blood pressure management for people with hypertension, and increased physical activity could be beneficial to prevent cognitive decline and dementia. "We should always be open and honest with patients and the general public, so can not tell people that by doing this they will prevent cognitive decline". "At present, there are no pharmacologic or lifestyle inventions that will prevent mild cognitive impairment or Alzheimer's disease", said Dr. Ronald Petersen, an Alzheimer's expert at the Mayo Clinic, who was part of the committee, according to NBC News.
See News, Slovenia's Mikropis starts cooperation with US-based Mayo Clinic — Slovenian software developer Mikropis has said it signed a cooperation agreement to incorporate the database of knowledge of US-based medical research group Mayo Clinic in its 24alife mobile and web solutions. As part of the agreement, the Mayo Clinic will also have minority ownership in Mikropis and the ability to use 24alife solutions for its employees across all Mayo Clinic Health System locations, the Slovenian company said in a statement last week. Mayo Clinic's Resilient Living content, Wellness Library and Health Information Library will be added to 24alife to provide one of the most comprehensive well-being interactive tools in the industry, Mikropis said. Additional coverage: STA
Spa Business, Mandarin Oriental and Mayo Clinic expand partnership to Washington by Tom Walker — alled Mayo Clinic Healthy Living at MO, the initiative at the Mandarin Oriental Washington will feature three distinctive wellness events, focused on helping guests achieve a healthy lifestyle. Each of the three full-day events will focus on a key area of healthy living and will be led by a Mayo Clinic physician – along with a multidisciplinary team of specialists who will guide and support each guest. The events will consist of physician-led lecture sessions, small group activities, and a personalised wellness plan.
Medical Xpress, Dealing with the pain, and rewards, of pediatric oncology social work by Kathy Quirk — Stephanie Denzer, a May graduate of the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare, spent the spring semester doing an internship working with young cancer patients and their families at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Denzer worked at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin in community services for two years before coming to UWM to earn her master's degree. The American Cancer Society funded the competitive, for-credit, paid internship, which gives students a foundation in pediatric oncology medical social work.
Mass Device, Insulet, Mayo Clinic get in on Glooko’s $35m Series C round by Brad Perriello — Insulet and Mayo Clinic were among the new investors to get in on a $35 million Series C round for Glooko and its diabetes management platform. The round was led by new investor Georgian Partners, joined by Insulet and Mayo Clinic and existing backers Medtronic, Samsung, Canaan Partners and Social Capital, Mountain View, Calif.-based Glooko said. The proceeds are earmarked for expanding the company’s sales, marketing and development teams; boosting its commercial footprint in France, Germany, the U.K., Asia and the Middle East; and data analytics and AI development projects. Additional coverage: MedCity News, MobiHealthNews, Fierce Biotech, Twin Cities Business
AMA blog, Web-savvy patients shape physicians’ digital do’s and don’ts by Sara Berg — Physicians have long counted on their patients to tell friends what good doctors they are, with the hope that “over time it will build a robust practice,” Dr. Attai said during the session, held at 2017 AMA Annual Meeting…To help physicians manage their online reputation, Dr. Attai stated the best policy can be found from the Mayo Clinic. Among other things, Mayo’s policy offers five important points to remember as a physician using social media…
MobiHealthNews, DayTwo gets $17 million for personal microbiome analysis by Jonah Comstock — DayTwo, an Israeli startup focused on delivering insights to consumers based on their gut microbiome, has raised $12 million from an impressive suite of investors including Johnson & Johnson Innovation and the Mayo Clinic. Seventure Partners' Health for Life Capital Fund also contributed along with private investors including cofounder Marius Nacht. The startup, which has raised $17 million in total, is already working with Mayo Clinic on a research project, which will be expanded with help of the new funding.
Healio, Ixazomib combination confers durable responses in newly diagnosed myeloma — A combination regimen of ixazomib plus lenalidomide and dexamethasone conferred deep and durable responses among patients with newly diagnosed multiple myeloma, according to clinical study results presented at the Congress of European Hematology Association. “Data showed that patients had deep responses on single-agent therapy and median PFS of more than 2 years,” Shaji K. Kumar, MD, professor of medicine at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, said in a press release. “We remain committed to gathering additional data of ixazomib in this investigational, maintenance setting.”
Williston Herald, Regenerative Medicine lab to address neuro-degenerative conditions — Mayo Clinic researchers are trying to affect the course of neuro-degenerative conditions like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.. And a new laboratory on Mayo Clinic's Florida campus is helping them do just that. The Mayo Clinic Neuroregeneration Lab recently opened in the Birdsall Research Building. The research taking place inside is giving scientists new hope for future treatments that may keep neurodegenerative diseases at bay—at least in a holding pattern—to slow down the path of destruction. The focus of the lab is in its name: regeneration of damaged brain cells.
Williston Herald, Mayo Clinic Minute - Heat Emergency — Extreme heat can be dangerous. Every year thousands of people suffer symptoms of heat-related illnesses such as heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Soaring temperatures are certainly a major culprit, but you can get also get into trouble in moderate heat if humidity is high. Dr. Luke Wood, a Mayo Clinic emergency department physician, says everyone should know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke, because people can be overcome no matter how thoroughly they prepare.
Clearfield Progress, Mayo Clinic Minute: A hand surgeon's advice on knuckle cracking — Real deal or wives’ tale: Knuckle cracking can cause harm, including arthritis? A Mayo Clinic hand surgeon’s answer may surprise you.
Diario de Yucatan, El yoga ejercita mente y cuerpo — El estrés y la ansiedad están en todas partes. Si sientes que te están afectando, quizá necesites un tapete y comenzar a hacer yoga. Hoy se celebra el Día Internacional del Yoga, declarado en 2014 por la Asamblea General de las Naciones Unidas, recuerda Mayo Clinic.
El Economista, Caminar también tiene sus reglas — Antes de atacar marcas, precios o materiales, la forma más viable de saber qué ocurrió era obtener respuestas a través de los profesionales. “Aunque diferentes marcas de calzado te ofrecen diseños atractivos, debes tomar en cuenta otros factores más importantes antes de comprarlos”, explican los especialistas de la Clínica Mayo.
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