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Healthier living could reduce worldwide dementia by a third, report says
by Tara Bahrampour
That report, which was sponsored by the National Institute on Aging and used different methodologies than the Lancet Commission’s, found that just three types of intervention offered “encouraging but inconclusive” evidence: cognitive training, blood pressure management for hypertension and increased physical exercise. Ronald C. Petersen, director of the Mayo Clinic Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center and the Mayo Clinic Study of Aging, presented the report Wednesday at the conference and said large trials that are currently ongoing or forthcoming could provide more evidence to support the effects of lifestyle intervention.
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Context: Ron Petersen, M.D., Ph.D., is the Cora Kanow Professor of Alzheimer’s Disease Research at Mayo Clinic. Dr. Petersen is regularly sought out by reporters as a leading expert in his medical field. Dr. Petersen chairs the Advisory Council on Alzheimer’s Research, Care and Services.
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National Public Radio
Is Inflammation Bad For You Or Good For You?
by Katherine Hobson
Chronic, low-level inflammation seems to play a role in a host of diseases, including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer's, cancer and even depression. And even though the science on inflammation and disease is far from settled, tests and treatments are being promoted that claim to reduce that risk… But the blood test for the hs-CRP marker isn't specific, which means it can tell you there's inflammation going on, but not why it's happening. It could be an infection, or an autoimmune disease, or that sprained ankle. So it's not terribly helpful on its own. "As we confront or deal with a specific medical issue, we usually end up being very focused and precise about the disease process," says James Li, an allergist-immunologist at the Mayo Clinic. "We don't look at these conditions globally as inflammation in the body."
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Hospitals & Health Networks
Mayo Schools Students in Medicine and Health Care Delivery Science, Mayo Clinic School of Medicine welcomes students to Arizona campus, new curriculum
by Matt O’Connor
This week, members of the first class to start at the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine's new campus in Arizona will embark on the first leg of their medical careers and will find something extra in the curriculum as well. The 50 students at Mayo's new Phoenix-Scotsdale campus will be introduced to the school’s Science of Health Care Delivery curriculum. Piloted in 2015, the curriculum focuses on exposing students to the special challenges of working in a health system.
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Arizona Republic, 50 students start down grueling path in Mayo Med School's inaugural Scottsdale class
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Context: This July, Mayo Clinic's campuses in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona, will become the third campus of Mayo Medical School. Students will join about 5,700 Mayo Clinic employees who care for more than 100,000 patients every year. It's a close-knit (but not too small) Mayo Clinic campus in one of the biggest metropolitan areas in the country.
Contact: Jim McVeigh
Complete Technology Overhaul Costs Mayo Clinic $1.5 Billion
The Mayo Clinic Health System's $1.5 billion EHR rollout will affect thousands of employees nationwide. The Mayo Clinic Health System recently began a $1.5 billion electronic health record (EHR) rollout which will affect all 70 of the system’s facilities and 51,000 employees across the country, according to Fierce Healthcare. The system until recently used a combination of two EHR programs—a situation many CDI specialists may bemoan—but the Wisconsin facilities have now begun the consolidation to Epic’s EHR.
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Previous Coverage in the July 21, 2017 Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights
Context: Mayo Clinic has started the process of moving to a single, integrated electronic health record and billing system with the implementation of Epic at its Mayo Clinic Health System sites in Wisconsin. Mayo Clinic Health System sites in Wisconsin began implementing Epic last weekend. Mayo Clinic Health System sites in Minnesota are scheduled to go live in November 2017, followed by Mayo Clinic’s Rochester campus in May 2018 and Mayo Clinic’s campuses in Arizona and Florida in October 2018. More information can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.
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News4Jax, CDC offers new breast pump cleaning guidelines by Jenese Harris — Cleaning has to be a consistent and thorough habit in order to protect your baby, said Dr. Vadana Bhide, a pediatrician and an assistant professor at Mayo Clinic. “Breast milk is very healthy (and) prevents infections in infants, but like any other fluid, it is very prone to get infections,” Bhide said. Before mothers use a breast pump, the CDC recommends that they wash their hands with soap and water, inspect and assemble the clean pump kit and even clean the pump dials, including the power switch.
Florida Times Union, Hemochromatosis: Are you an Iron Man…or Woman? by William Palmer — Hemochromatosis is a genetic disease causing the body to store too much iron, and it’s more common than you might think. While 1 out of every 10 people with a northern European ancestry can carry the genes for iron overload, any adult of any age can be affected. The disease can be silent, or it can cause serious medical problems. Diagnosis is usually made with blood tests. Treatment and close monitoring are important to prevent long-term complications related to the extra iron. — William C. Palmer, MD FACP, is a board-certified gastroenterologist and hepatologist at Mayo Clinic, where he runs a multi-disciplinary clinic for hemochromatosis patients.
News4Jax, Do detox diets offer any actual health benefits? — If you're considering a detox diet, get the OK from your doctor first. It's also important to consider possible side effects. Detox diets that severely limit protein or that require fasting, for example, can result in fatigue. Long-term fasting can result in vitamin and mineral deficiencies. Colon cleansing, which is often recommended as part of a detox plan, can cause cramping, bloating, nausea and vomiting. Dehydration also can be a concern. Finally, keep in mind that fad diets aren't a good long-term solution. For lasting results, your best bet is to eat a healthy diet based on fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean sources of protein. — Katherine Zeratsky, R.D., L.D.
Jacksonville Business Journal, Local AI company announces collaboration with Mayo Clinic, Microsoft by Will Robinson — NLP Logix, a Jacksonville-based tech company, announced Tuesday that is working with Mayo Clinic to create artificial intelligence algorithms that can detect strokes in patients.
Advisory Board, McCain has brain cancer, Mayo Clinic doctors say — Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has been diagnosed with glioblastoma, a form of brain cancer, according to a statement from Mayo Clinic released by McCain's office Wednesday. McCain's office said he would determine when to return to the Senate based on consultation with his medical advisers. McCain last Friday underwent surgery at Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix to remove a blood clot above his left eye. According to the hospital, subsequent testing showed that a glioblastoma was associated with the clot. Additional coverage: New York Times, FOX News, ABC News, Washington Post, Associated Press, Los Angeles Times, AZ Central, CNBC
People, John McCain Goes on Hike with Daughter Meghan Just 3 Days After Brain Cancer Diagnosis by Dave Quinn — On Saturday, the 80-year-old politician went on a hike with his daughter Meghan McCain and their dog. “Amazing hike with Dad @SenJohnMcCain this morning,” Meghan, 32, wrote on Twitter. “Thank you all for your best wishes!” Her message came attached to a photo of the two sitting on a bench overlooking the stunning terrain in Arizona, where John is recovering from a minimally invasive craniotomy he received at Phoenix’s Mayo Clinic on July 14 to remove a 5-cm blood clot associated with the cancer from above his left eye.
Washington Post, These experimental treatments target brain cancer like John McCain’s by Laurie McGinley — Researchers at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., plan to combine Keytruda, Merck's flagship checkpoint inhibitor (and the drug used to treat former president Jimmy Carter's advanced melanoma) with radiation and chemo, according to ClinicalTrials.gov, the federal government's clinical trial database. The trial is listed as opening in July in Rochester. McCain has been treated at the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix. Mayo officials declined to answer questions about the trial.
CNN, How heat stroke kills by Susan Scutti — Heat-shock proteins also factor into vulnerability, explained Crandall. Heat-shock proteins are stress proteins contained in each of our cells that protect the function of our cells, while also aiding immune response. "The more that we're adjusted to heat, the more of these heat shock proteins we have," said Crandall. So people who work outside or exercise a lot are usually more acclimated to the heat and therefore are less likely to succumb to heat illness. Along with acclimation, a person can wear loose-fitting clothing while in the sun, drink plenty of water, take it easy during the hottest part of the day, and never remain in a enclosed space like a car, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Reuters, Parents often make follow-up care mistakes after kids leave hospital by Lisa Rapaport — One limitation of the current review is that the studies analyzed tended to rely heavily on research done during the day for convenience, which excludes kids sent home from hospitals on evenings and weekends, the authors note. This may have underestimated how often parents misunderstand instructions because they’re more likely to get help understanding needed follow-up care on weekdays. Even so, the analysis offers fresh evidence of how often parents fail to follow doctors’ orders for medications and follow-up appointments their kids need, said Dr. Denise Klinkner, medical director of the pediatric trauma center at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. “This study highlights the overwhelming rate of non-compliance with medications and follow-up,” Klinkner, who wasn’t involved in the study, said by email. “Especially for the more complex children, failure to comply may lead to lifelong disability and chronic disease.” Additional coverage: Report Canada
Consumer Reports, Lifestyle Changes Could Cut Dementia Cases, New Study Says by Lauren Friedman — More than a third of dementia cases could be prevented with lifestyle changes such as controlling high blood pressure and getting more exercise, according to a major report published Thursday in the Lancet… The takeaway message, says David Knopman, M.D., a professor of neurology at the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine and the chair of the Alzheimer's Association Medical and Scientific Advisory Council, is that a lifestyle that’s good for your general health offers some protection against dementia as well. “If you take care of your heart, it may take care of your brain, too,” he says. According to the new Lancet report, the nine factors they have identified as risks for dementia are all potentially changeable.
CBS News, Fetuses may be able to distinguish between languages by Shanika Gunaratna — Fetuses might be able to differentiate between languages, a new study from the University of Kansas suggests. Researchers say the differences were clear from changes detected in the fetuses' heart rhythms…According to experts at the Mayo Clinic, the sense of hearing develops in the second trimester, starting at about 18 weeks of gestation. The fetus is exposed to a multitude of sounds in the womb: the rumblings of the mother's gut, her heartbeat and voice, as well as external noises.
ABC News, 'Healthy Living for Summer': Eating organic by Olivia Smith — "The word 'organic' refers to the way farmers grow and process agricultural products, such as fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy products and meat," the nonprofit Mayo Clinic states on its website. Organic farming does not permit certain things, such as synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge as fertilizer, most synthetic pesticides, genetic engineering and antibiotics or growth hormones for livestock.
MSN, Feeling down? Here’s how to put the smile back on your face — Feeling a little blue lately? A handful of recent research suggests you’re not alone. Thankfully, there may be something - or several things - you can do about it. Researchers have known for decades that certain activities make us feel better, and they’re just beginning to understand what happens in the brain to boost our mood… The reason grudges are bad for your happiness is that the negative emotions associated with those feelings eventually give way to resentment and thoughts of revenge. This leaves the little room in your emotional repertoire for anything else, like happiness, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Reader’s Digest, 12 Things You Need to Know Before Starting a Grain-Free Diet by Kimbery Hiss — You might feel sluggish or have skin problems: Grain enrichments and fortifications include other B vitamins that protect health. A deficiency of vitamin B1, also called thiamin, could cause the condition beriberi, which is marked by muscle weakness, tingling or pain in the arms and legs, and possibly memory loss, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Daily Mail, Simple urine test can identify potentially fatal pre-eclampsia up to ten weeks earlier than current method by Victoria Allen — Researchers have developed a new test for pregnant women to detect a deadly complication which affects 50,000 people a year. A simple urine test could flag pre-eclampsia up to 10 weeks earlier than current methods, according to doctors in the US… The study’s lead author, Dr Vesna Garovic, from Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, said: ‘This important test can tell a woman if she has pre-eclampsia or not within just two hours. ‘Even though early delivery of the baby is the only current treatment for pre-eclampsia, an early diagnosis raises a flag so that a woman and baby can be monitored for their risk of complications. ‘It is a more sensitive test than those which are currently available, and should be available routinely within two years.’
STAT, Support groups for ‘ICU survivors’ are springing up. But will patients traumatized by intensive care show up? by Megan Thielking — At Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, support group organizers waited each meeting for someone to show up. Month after month, the rooms were empty. “We’d think, ‘OK, next month, next month,’” said Annie Johnson, a nurse practitioner at Mayo Clinic who started the hospital’s support group. And then finally, a patient’s wife came. But with just one attendee, it wasn’t a support group, per se — it was just a caregiver and an ICU provider, talking about what to expect in the coming months over a cup of coffee. Johnson said she isn’t taking the slow start as a defeat. Instead, she and others are exploring new tools for outreach, such as an online support community for ICU survivors and their families. It’s done well: Even critical care nurses and doctors join the online conversation.
New York Times, When Jewish Parents Decide Not to Circumcise by Zoe Greenberg — This change in the Jewish community has paralleled an American trend. For much of the 20th century, the consensus was to circumcise. But since the 1970s, the conventional wisdom has shifted a bit: The American Academy of Pediatrics said in 2012 that while the benefits outweigh the risks, it would not “recommend universal newborn circumcision.” Medicaid no longer covers circumcision in a number of states and in the past four decades, the percentage of newborns that are circumcised has dropped by six percentage points, according to an analysis published in 2014 in the medical journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings.
Forbes, Why Going Limp In The Bedroom Could Signal A Much Bigger Health Problem by David DiSalvo — The latest science indicates that erectile dysfunction begins before serious heart problems materialize, and is due to the dysfunction of the inner lining of the blood vessels (called the endothelium) and smooth muscle. “Endothelial dysfunction causes inadequate blood supply to the heart and impaired blood flow to the penis, and aids in the development of atherosclerosis,” according to the Mayo Clinic.
HuffPost, Genetics Tests To Improve Prenatal Screening — “It’s an exciting time in perinatal testing,” explains Myra Wick, M.D., Ph.D. “DNA sequencing and molecular technology have improved and become more cost effective. These tests are important for family planning before pregnancy as well as planning for the care of a baby who is found to have a genetic disorder during pregnancy. ”Researchers from Mayo Clinic and the Center for Individualized Medicine have helped implement several of these tests, which use a personalized medicine approach to perinatal screening. Three state-of-the-art perinatal genetic tests are becoming more widely available to expectant parents.
Business Insider, Why Tour de France winner Chris Froome has a perfect body for cycling by Kevin Loria and Sky Gould — British cyclist Chris Froome of Team Sky has done it again. On July 23, he pedaled his way through Paris to win his fourth Tour de France, 54 seconds ahead of Colombian Rigoberto Urán…All together, Froome is built to be a cyclist. Of course, talent, technique, and training are all important. But at elite levels of sport, there's been a trend toward athletes with certain "ideal" body types, Dr. Michael Joyner, a Mayo Clinic researcher and world expert on fitness and performance, previously told Business Insider.
Everyday Health, The Best Ways to Manage Work-Related Stress If You Have Diabetes by Jennifer Nelson — Stress management skills are important for everyone, but for people with diabetes, they can be lifesaving. Try these simple strategies to help keep your cool in the office. Of course, anyone who has a stressful job situation or works long hours is at a greater risk for health issues. But “when you add diabetes into the mix, there's even more at stake,” says Samantha Markovitz, CDE, a Mayo Clinic–certified wellness coach and the author of Type 1 Diabetes Caregiver Confidence. Markovitz says stress and long hours often mean neglecting diabetes self-management tasks like checking blood glucose levels, eating food that fuels the body at regular intervals, getting adequate sleep, and getting sufficient physical activity. Skipping these things can potentially lead to complications like heart disease, stroke, and mental disorders.
mHealth Intelligence, Mayo Clinic Using mHealth to Target Sudden Death Events in Kids — The Mayo Clinic is experimenting with wearable mHealth technology that could help save the lives of thousands of children. The health system is partnering with AliveCor to tailor the California-based company’s Kardia Mobile ECG platform to detect long QT syndrome (LQTS), a heart disorder that is detected in some 160,000 people and responsible for the sudden deaths of 3,000 to 4,000 children and young adults each year. The two are working to combine algorithms with artificial intelligence tools that would detect LQTS in a 30-second ECG captured by Kardia Mobile on wearable devices. Additional coverage: Healio
CAP Today, Outreach: Forge ahead or accept purchase bid? by Anne Paxton — With the laboratory industry in flux—and many critical determinants of the next few years waiting on policy moves by the new administration and third-party payers—hospital outreach programs could wish for a better time to make existential decisions such as accepting an offer to be purchased… Baystate’s relationship with Mayo Medical Laboratories, its reference lab, is not based strictly on bottom line considerations, Newmark emphasizes. “We have a very good synergy with Mayo.” Under the labs’ multiyear contract, “We agree to send them a percentage of our total send-out, so they are by definition our primary reference lab. Mayo is never going to beat Quest or LabCorp on price, but we don’t want to just be a client; we want a partnership, or collaboration where we can look at ways of doing innovative data analytics, utilization management, population health, and so on. We’ve found that partner in Mayo.”
Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, Mayo Clinic's venture-capital arm reports latest in a streak of startup deals by Katharine Grayson —Minnesota’s largest health care provider also appears to be among this summer’s busiest startup investors. Mayo Clinic’s venture-capital arm completed a flurry of deals in recent weeks. Its latest is an investment of an undisclosed amount in AliveCor Inc., which makes a mobile EKG monitor that pairs with a smartphone. Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo and AliveCor plan to jointly develop algorithms to test for a syndrome that can cause sudden death in children. Mayo previously led a $30 million round of funding for Mountain View, Calif.-based AliveCor. Additional coverage: Twin Cities Business
Twin Cities Business, OneOme Signs Exclusive Deal to Bring its Flagship Product to Canada by Sam Schaust —Minneapolis-based personalized medicine startup OneOme is, yet again, expanding into new territory. The company announced Wednesday a partnership with ProZed Pharmacy Solutions, part of Northern Shores Pharmacy in North Bay, Ontario…Mayo Clinic co-developed the technology behind RightMed and later licensed the rights for its use to OneOme. The Rochester-based health care organization also provided millions of dollars in financial backing to the startup, along with Invenshure LLC, an incubator and early stage venture firm based in Minneapolis.
Post-Bulletin, Surprise funding called 'a godsend' by Heather J. Carlson — Leaders of Mayo Clinic and University of Minnesota's genomics partnership are celebrating an unexpected $2.5 million state funding boost they say will help turn promising medical research into real-world treatments for patients..."Until a couple of years ago, we didn't think we were being as successful as we should be in seeing that these products eventually reach a successful end point," LeBien said. So the university and Mayo Clinic established the Translational Product Development Fund with about $2 million of the genomics partnerships' state funding. Mayo Clinic Dr. Andrew Badley oversees the fund. The goal is to bring promising research closer to being used in patients. It does that by helping plug a major gap in research funding. "This funding falls into what we call 'the Valley of Death' in product development," Badley said.
Post-Bulletin, Heard on the Street: Mayo Clinic revamps equipment repair space by Jeff Kiger — Mayo Clinic is revamping space around Rochester for its medical equipment team. A $100,000 renovation of leased space in an industrial building at 1937 Seventh St. NW is underway for Mayo Clinic's Healthcare Technology Management division. A similar $35,000 project to support the same group is slated for the ground level of the Saint Marys Hospital's Generose Building. The division "supports and maintains equipment that is used for the care, diagnosis and treatment of patients and includes, but is not limited to: biomedical, imaging, X-ray, laboratory, intensive care unit, operating room, education, research and administrative activities," according to Kelley Luckstein, of Mayo Clinic.
Post-Bulletin, UMR wants Discovery Square space by Jeff Kiger — The University of Minnesota Rochester is negotiating to lease classroom and lab space in the first of the Discovery Square buildings planned to start construction in downtown this fall. UMR is the first potential tenant, other than Mayo Clinic, announced for the estimated four-story, 89,000-square-foot complex. Minneapolis-based Mortenson Co. is building this long-anticipated Destination Medical Center project at the corner of Fourth Street Southwest and Second Avenue Southwest. That's on Mayo Clinic's employee parking Lot No. 2. This will be the first Mortenson's development of an estimated 2 million square feet of research and development space in the DMC Discovery Square subdistrict. The hope is to break ground this fall.
WQOW Eau Claire, Eau Claire woman fulfills a dream at Country Jam by Jason Boyd — Many successful people will tell you, the key to getting past many of life's obstacles is never giving up. On Saturday, an Eau Claire woman who refuses to give up was given an opportunity to fulfill one of her dreams. At only 38-years-old, Jennifer Guerts has had to overcome tremendous obstacles in her young life. Her multiple serious health issues like Spina bifida, congestive heart failure, and lymphedema have forced her to move into a nursing home. Jennifer uses a wheelchair, has weekly visits to Mayo Clinic Health System, and has been in and out of the hospital for many surgeries.
La Crosse Tribune, Flooding temporarily closes WAFER, parts of Mayo-Franciscan clinic in La Crosse by Mike Tighe — …The overnight rains, with 7 to 10 inches reported in some parts of the Coulee Region, also caused major disruptions at Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare in La Crosse and prompted the shutdown of Gundersen Health System’s Blair clinic. The Urology Department in the basement of Mayo-Franciscan’s clinic was closed Thursday because of water, but patients were being seen in the Surgery Department at the clinic, a spokesman said. It will be the same drill Friday, the spokesman said in late afternoon. The Center for Women’s Health on the clinic’s first floor near the revolving front doors was closed Thursday because of water in a hallway but was expected to reopen Friday.
Fairmont Sentinel, Protecting your skin goes beyond summer — While warm, sunny weather draws more people outside for activities, proper skin care and protection from the sun aren’t just summer concerns. Precautions like applying sunscreen, wearing hats and long-sleeve clothing, and seeking shade, especially during peak sun intensity hours, are necessary year round, says Dr. Ingrid Chan, a family medicine physician at Mayo Clinic Health System in Fairmont. “These precautions occur whether it’s in the summer or winter months,” Chan said.
Mankato Free Press, Area clinics awarded for diabetes, depression care by Brian Arola — Several clinics in south-central Minnesota will be honored this week for high quality or improved care… Mayo Clinic Health System in Waterville also earned a distinction for improved depression care. The health system’s Janesville clinic, meanwhile, was honored for diabetes care. Quality diabetes care requires a great deal of education, as diabetes isn't always identified through symptoms, said Jill O’Donnell, a diabetes educator with Mayo Clinic Health System. Once diabetes is diagnosed, clinics play big roles in diabetes care when a patient is first diagnosed and learning how to live with the disease. It can be an overwhelming time for the individual, so the clinic takes on an education and support role, she said. “Diabetes is such a game changer,” O’Donnell said. “People really need to be trying to do their best basically every day.
Chippewa Herald, Lifestyle changes bring rapid results for Mayo Clinic Health System diabetes patient — For Debbie Hundley, the shift was gradual. Life got busy. She let herself go, and before she knew it, her energy level was at an all-time low…At the time of her physical, the results of Hundley’s A1C test — a common blood test to diagnose diabetes — was at 7.3 percent. Her physician quickly connected her with diabetes educator Louise Wanner at Mayo Clinic Health System – Northland in Barron, who explained the effect of diabetes on the body, how to use a glucose meter to test blood sugar and what to do when blood sugar levels get too high or low.
Red Wing Republican Eagle, Column: Five years later, you have access to more expert care locally by Brian Whited — July marks five years since the medical center in Red Wing joined the Mayo Clinic family. As we recently celebrated the milestone anniversary with employees and Red Wing Area Chamber ambassadors, we reflected on the many enhancements to local health care. Whether you live in Red Wing or a neighboring community, you can now get most of your health care needs close to home. We brought in more providers, services and technologies throughout the past five years to give you access to world-class expertise, new specialty care and enhanced diagnostics and treatments. You really don't have to travel far to get the best care Mayo has to offer.
WEAU Eau Claire, New health exhibit coming to Eau Claire museum by Ruth Wendlandt — A brand new exhibit focusing on health and wellness is coming to a local museum, thanks to a grant. The Children's Museum of Eau Claire received the Mayo Clinic Health System Hometown Health Grant. The museum says the new display "Eat, Move, Live" will be funded in part by that grant. Organizers say the project will reimagine a traditional playground through designed and fabricated elements in three areas: eating, moving and healthy living.
Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, Safety Camp teaches children to steer clear of danger by Lauren French — A crowd of seated kids watched with bated breath Tuesday afternoon as representatives from Eau Claire Energy Cooperative lowered a balloon with care toward a small display of an active power line. After a crackle, a pop and some flames, the blue balloon broke free of its string and drifted into the sky. The crowd of children, mostly ages 10 and 11 and clad in shirts that read “Safety Camp” on the back, waved and cheered as it drifted upward. The demonstration was one of many at Mayo Clinic Health System’s Safety Camp, which began Tuesday and continues today at Carson Park. The event, in its 19th year, drew about 135 kids going into fourth and fifth grade. “We picked topics geared around what could put children at risk,” said Mayo Clinic Health System registered nurse Kim Strasburg. “(We hope) they’ll learn important lessons that will keep them safe.” Additional coverage: WEAU Eau Claire, WQOW Eau Claire
KEYC Mankato, How Social Media Impacts Mental Health by Kelsey Barchenger —Dr. Lisa Hardesty, Clinical Psychologist with Mayo Clinic Health System-Mankato joined KEYC News 12 this Midday to talk about how social media impacts our mental health. Hardesty spoke about what kind of emotions are brought on by our social media presence, as well as which social media outlet has been shown to have more of an impact than others on mental health. She also has some tips for parents on what to watch for to know whether or not their child has been negatively impacted by social media.
WABE Atlanta, Running And Your Heart: Is There A 'Too Much?' by Marcelo Gleiser — A little less than a year ago, I wrote on these pages about the long-standing controversy of whether running is good or bad for your heart. On the one hand, in a 2012 article for the Mayo Clinic Proceedings, cardiologist James O'Keefe and collaborators claimed that "long-term excessive endurance exercise may induce pathologic structural remodeling of the heart and large arteries." The idea, here, is that excessive running may thicken the heart tissue, causing fibrosis or scarring, and this may lead to atrial fibrillation or irregular heartbeat. Prolonged exercise may also lead to "oxidative stress," a buildup of free radicals that may bind with cholesterol to create plaque in your arteries. The point, according to O'Keefe, is to get the right dosage of exercise — as in too much of a good thing ends up being bad for you.
Williston Daily Herald, Mayo Clinic Minute: Why summer increases your risk of kidney stones — Most people know that when the weather heats up, drinking plenty of water can prevent dehydration. But you may not know that consuming lots of liquid in the heat of summer may also reduce your risk of developing kidney stones. Dr. Ivan Porter II, a Mayo Clinic nephrologist, says more patients go to the doctor with painful kidney stones in summer than during any other time of the year. He has tips to help you prevent getting kidney stones this season.
Williston Herald, Mayo Clinic Minute: How 3D imaging helps doctors and patients — Three dimensional printers are becoming an increasingly important tool for doctors and surgeons because of the ability they create to better plan for surgeries. Surgeons report feeling more confident in their methods when they are able to use a 3D model as part of their planning, and studies show patients benefit from the 3D models as well.
Jefferson City News-Tribune, When should a female start seeing a gynecologist? — With several choices in health care providers and specialties, determining who to see and when can be confusing. “As an OB-GYN provider, one of the most common questions I hear from patients is, ‘What are the differences between the services offered by a gynecology provider versus a family medicine provider?’” says Becky DeLuca, an OB-GYN nurse practitioner at Mayo Clinic Health System. “The second most common is, ‘When should my daughter start seeing a gynecology provider versus her pediatrician or family medicine provider?’ Both of these are excellent questions. However, the answers are not as straightforward as one might hope.”
Allergic Living, Update on Celiac Drug Designed to Support the Gluten-Free Diet by Lisa Fitterman — The results of a Phase 2 trial for the celiac disease drug, latiglutenase, a combination of enzymes that break down gluten to encourage the healing of damage in the lining of the small intestine, have proved to be disappointing. In the trial, one set of patients received the drug, originally called ALV003, while another set was given a placebo. Both groups remained on a gluten-free diet. Dr. Joseph Murray, the lead author of the research describes what happened: “Basically, everyone improved.” “Each day, patients were given drugs to take and each night, they had to fill out a questionnaire, which may have made them more conscious of their condition,” said Murray, a gastroenterologist at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota.
Capital Times, Epic Systems brings its software to Canada, Mayo Clinic facilities by Erik Lorenzsonn —Epic Systems, the Verona-based health care software giant, hit some big milestones this month: Its full-scale health care software went live for the first time in Canada, as well as for the first time in Mayo Clinic facilities in Wisconsin. Mackenzie Health, an Ontario-based health care provider that serves over 500,000 patients, announced last week that it had gone live with the Epic electronic medical records system. The company noted in a statement that it was the “first full-suite Epic EMR to be installed in a Canadian hospital.” Soon after, Mayo Clinic officials announced that Epic went live in its network in Wisconsin, as well as in parts of Minnesota and Iowa. The launch is the first phase of Epic’s massive installation project for the Mayo Clinic system, one of the most highly regarded health networks in the world. Analysts have previously described Mayo Clinic as “one of the crown jewels” of the EMR marketplace.
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