August 18th, 2017

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights

By Karl W Oestreich

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

Editor, Karl Oestreich;  Assistant Editor: Emily BlahnikCNN
Calling BS on BMI: How can we tell how fat we are?
by Jen Christensen

"BMI really was a measurement created for epidemiology to give data that was relative and could be used in research," said Dr. Francisco Lopez-Jimenez, an obesity expert at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. Up until the 1980s, he said, doctors and scientists had been using a variety of measures to track whether a person had gained so much weight that it could hurt theirCNN Logo health. The variety in measurement made it hard to chart trends. And as doctors were noticing that people were getting bigger, they wanted to understand how big a problem it was…"Over time, BMI has gained a clinical use, but that was not the original intention behind its creation," Mayo Clinic's Lopez-Jimenez said. "That's because it does have real limitations."

Reach: CNN.com has 29.7 million unique visitors to its website each month.

Additional coverage: Gant News

Context: Francisco Lopez-Jimenez, M.D., is a Mayo Clinic cardiologist. The research program of Francisco Lopez-Jimenez, M.D., studies obesity and cardiovascular disease from different angles, from physiologic studies assessing changes in myocardial mechanics and structural and hemodynamic changes following weight loss, to studies addressing the effect of physicians' diagnosis of obesity on willingness to lose weight and successful weight loss at follow-up.

Contact: Traci Klein

 

ActionNewsJax
Woman regains independence after brain mapping surgery at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville
by Deanna Bettineschi

A brain mapping surgery at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville has helped a woman regain her independence. For more than two decades, Peggy Cardona struggled with “I got to where I was having anywhere from seven to 11 seizures a month,” Cardona said. She said the seizures affected her ability to process words and formulate sentences. She saw several doctors and tried almost every medication available, but nothing worked. Cardona finally found the help she needed when she went to Dr. William Tatum at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville.

Reach: WAWS-TV/30 is the Fox affiliate. WTEV-TV/47 is the CBS affiliate in Jacksonville, Florida.

Context: William Tatum, D.O. is a Mayo Clinic neurologist.

 

Post-Bulletin
Our View: Mayo and Rochester are family, with all that entails

Nearly everyone in town has a connection to what used to be called, without irony, Mother Mayo. Some folks, no doubt, will argue that Mayo is no longer the family it used to be. We don't entirely disagree with that. It happens to organizations that grow the kind of footprint Mayo has developed in recent decades. It's been a long time since Drs. Will and Charlie presided overLogo for Post-Bulletin newspaper what was basically a family operation, with a couple of clinic buildings and a few hundred employees. The world of medical care has advanced eons beyond those times, and Mayo has advanced with it. The challenge for Mayo today is to remain as family-oriented as possible, while maintaining the quality of practices that have placed it No. 1…

Reach: The Post-Bulletin has a daily readership of more than 32,000 people and more than 442,000 unique visitors to its website each month. The newspaper serves Rochester, Minn., and Southeast Minnesota.

Context: Mayo Clinic was again named the best hospital in the country in U.S. News & World Report’s annual list of top hospitals published on the U.S. News & World Report website recently.  More information about the rankings can be found on Mayo Clinic News NetworkMayo Clinic also recently released a societal impact report demonstrating the powerful effect the organization has on medical practice, patients and the American economy. The report ─ a first-of-its-kind study for Mayo Clinic ─ shows that Mayo Clinic contributed $28 billion to the U.S. economy and created 167,000 jobs nationwide through its business expenditures and the employer multiplier effect. TEConomy Partners, LLC, a consulting firm that provides econometric analysis, conducted this study. More information about the study can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Contact: Duska Anastasijevic

 

Modern Healthcare
Overcoming​ past​ mistakes​ with​ patients​ in​ medical​ research
by Steven Ross Johnson

…"The standard cancer trial was you took patients with a certain type of cancer and randomized them into treatment A versus treatment B and looked at the effects on survival and other outcomes," said Dr. Sundeep Khosla, a Mayo Clinic endocrinologist and clinical researcher. "With precision medicine and the ability to sequence the tumors, you might have patients with lung, ovarian or breast cancer all part of a trial because they happen to have a common mutation that happens to be targeted by a particular drug."

Reach: Modern Healthcare, published by Crain Communications, is a healthcare news weekly that provides hospital executives with healthcare business news. The magazine specifically covers healthcare policy, Medicare/Medicaid, and healthcare from a business perspective. It also publishes a daily e-newsletter titled Modern Healthcare’s Daily Dose. The weekly publication has a circulation of more than 70,800 and its on-line site receives nearly 462,000 unique visitors each month.

Context: Sundeep Khosla, M.D. is a Mayo Clinic endocrinologist. His research focuses on focuses on the mechanisms of age-related bone loss, sex steroid regulation of bone metabolism and the detrimental effects of diabetes mellitus on bone. Dr. Khosla's research group in his Osteoporosis and Bone Biology Laboratory is examining how fundamental aging mechanisms in bone lead to increased skeletal fragility. In addition, Dr. Khosla also uses a number of genetically engineered disease models to define how estrogen regulates the skeleton. In clinical studies, Dr. Khosla is examining the adverse effects of type 2 diabetes mellitus on bone structure and material properties, which may explain the increase in fracture risk in this population.

Contact: Bob Nellis

Reuters, Ways to provide better care to middle-aged lesbians by Lorraine L. Janeczko — Lesbians are more likely to seek healthcare if they are in an accepting healthcare environment, a new opinion paper argues. "Clinicians who have an understanding of lesbian women and their unique stressors, who provide a welcoming and inclusive environment, and who provide cross-cultural care are well positioned to reduce healthcare stigma and improve clinical outcomes," Drs. Jordan E. Rullo and Stephanie S. Faubion of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, write in Menopause, in an essay focusing on lesbians in middle age.  The authors note that LGBT people have health and sexual relationship patterns like those in the general population but “have higher rates of substance use, psychological disorders, and suicide attempts than their heterosexual counterparts." Additional coverage: NBC NewsDaily Mail

Washington Post, Exercise does so much for you. Why won’t it make you lose weight? by Marlene Cimons — “I think the role of exercise in weight loss is highly overrated,” says Marc Reitman, chief of the diabetes, endocrinology and obesity branch of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, or NIDDK. “I think it’s really great for being healthy, but I’m a strong believer that overeating is what causes obesity. To exercise your way out of overeating is impossible.” Michael Joyner, a Mayo Clinic researcher who studies how people respond to the stress of exercise, agrees. “The key for weight loss is to generate and maintain a calorie deficit,” he says. “It’s pretty easy to get people to eat 1,000 calories less per day, but to get them to do 1,000 calories per day of exercise — walking 10 miles — is daunting at many levels, including time and motivation,” he says.

CNN, Asthma, on rise in older adults, tends to be ignored by Judith Graham — As the prevalence of asthma climbs in people 65 and older, more seniors will grapple with its long-term impact. Estimates vary, but up to 9 percent of older adults are thought to have asthma -- a respiratory condition that inflames the lungs and interferes with breathing…Physicians can be slow to recognize asthma as well. "In the elderly, sometimes the only manifestation of asthma is shortness of breath and a cough," said Dr. Kaiser Lim, a pulmonologist and critical care specialist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. "But some primary care doctors kind of shrug off these symptoms." Additional coverage: PBS

Bloomberg, Heroin-Era Antidotes Can’t Handle Overdoses in Age of Synthetics by Justin Mattingly — Hospitals and emergency-services agencies across the U.S. are confronting higher bills for the chemical compound that can block the effects of painkillers and heroin, as super-strong synthetic opioids like fentanyl and carfentanil grow increasingly popular. Not only are more doses of the remedy often required, prices for some brands of naxolone have been ticking up. “You try and balance product cost and care -- and that creates obvious problems,” said Nilay Shah, a consultant in the Division of Health Care Policy and Research at the Mayo Clinic and one of the authors of a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine that warned escalating costs threaten efforts to save lives.

US News & World Report, Super-Early Detection of Alzheimer’s Made Possible by Brain Scans by Lisa Esposito — It might be time to categorize Alzheimer's in a new way, suggests Dr. Ronald Petersen, director of the Mayo Clinic Alzheimer's Disease Research Center and lead author of a brain-imaging study presented at the conference. A new categorization could provide a more objective, biological basis for scientists working to discover treatments versus relying largely on behavioral symptoms or mental-function tests. Unlike other research on higher-risk adults who have Alzheimer's disease in their family history, the Mayo Clinic Study of Aging involves people chosen at random from the general population, Petersen notes. Additional coverage: New America Media

Chicago Tribune, What you need to know about shingles — Even if it’s been decades since you had the chickenpox, the virus is still inactive and present in the nerve tissues around your spinal cord and brain. This virus, known as the varicella-zoster virus, can reactivate and cause a painful rash known as shingles. Although shingles are not life-threatening, they are painful. Here are a few facts about shingles from the Mayo Clinic…

Prevention, 6 Foolproof Ways To Get A Flat Belly After 40, According To Fitness Pros by Meghan Rabbitt — While 40 may feel like the new 30, there’s one truth about reaching the fourth decade of your life that’s a bit of a buzzkill: It becomes far more challenging to maintain a flat belly. As we age, we lose muscle mass, which causes our metabolism to slow, according to the Mayo Clinic. And as a result, it becomes harder to ward off belly fat. Not only can an expanding waistline make it tough to fit into your favorite jeans, but it can also be bad news for your health.

AARP, Glen Campbell's Final Gift by Kathleen Fifield — Officially diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2011, Campbell swiftly set off on a goodbye tour, with a five-week adieu turning into a 15-city marathon. Ronald Petersen, a neurologist who treated Campbell at the Mayo Clinic, says that as bold as it was of Campbell to go public with his diagnosis at the time (something that very few celebrities choose to do), it was “additionally courageous, and important, of him to allow a film crew to document what’s happening to him on the road as the disease progresses.” The resulting documentary, Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me, was released in 2014.

Everyday Health, Fitness Balls for Rheumatoid Arthritis–Friendly Workouts: What to Know by Meryl Davids Landau — What Makes a Fitness Ball Helpful for People With RA? Because they’re like very strong balloons, the balls create a slightly unstable surface, which causes you to engage more muscles when you work out. “One of the reasons the ball is especially good for people with RA is you strengthen the small muscles that help stabilize the joints, just by trying to keep yourself balanced,” says Scott Haak, a physical therapist at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida. Lightweight and versatile, fitness balls can be a great start to a home gym. Not much research has been done on the balls, especially among nonathletes, but a small study published in August 2013 in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research found that three months of exercising on a ball improves posture, gait, and balance in older people.

Chicago Sun-Times, New drugs in development may offer serious relief from migraines by Diana Novak Jones — The current schedule could see one of the drugs on the market by next year, according to Dr. David Dodick, a neurologist who leads the Mayo Clinic’s Headache Program. Study participants saw a significant a decrease in days spent dealing with a migraine, Dodick said…For now, Dodick said he is excited about the idea of treating migraine sufferers with a drug developed just for them. “That is an exciting day,” he said. “I think this is just the beginning.”

Romper, How Much Caffeine Can You Have In The 1st Trimester? Coffee Addicts May Have To Adjust by Irina Gonzalez — According to the Mayo Clinic, caffeine is one of the foods to avoid or minimize consumption on during your pregnancy. The reasons being that caffeine can cross the placenta, although the full effects this has on your baby aren’t clear. Typically, your health care provider will recommend having no more than 200 milligrams a day of caffeine during the duration of your pregnancy.

Romper, When Does Morning Sickness Start & End? Here's Some Hope To Get You Through by Steph Montgomery — The Mayo Clinic's website describes morning sickness as nausea or vomiting experienced by most, but not all, people during pregnancy. Despite it's misleading name, The Mayo Clinic says morning sickness can occur at any time of the day or night. It is most often experienced during the first trimester, sometimes beginning as early as two weeks after conception.

Asia One, Why leaving your child or pet in a stationary car is dangerous by Lam Min Lee — While Singapore does not experience heatwaves, the hot and humid weather can still cause children to suffer from heat stroke when left unattended in a stationary vehicle.A heat stroke occurs when a person's body temperature rises to 40 degrees Celcius or higher, according to Mayo Clinic. He or she may experience symptoms such as thirst, sweating, rapid breathing, dizziness, and nausea. Heatstroke is the most severe form of heat injury and a medical emergency. If left untreated, it can cause organ damage which may lead to death.

Everyday Health, Shared Decision-making for MS Treatment by Quinn Phillips — One important way to prepare for appointments with your neurologist is to keep a record of your symptoms — but not in a way that’s exhaustive, or exhausting, according to W. Oliver Tobin, PhD, bachelor of medicine and bachelor of surgery, and a neurologist at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. “When patients keep very detailed logs for unspecified symptoms,” says Dr. Tobin, “they put a lot of effort into that, and the yield is pretty low.”

SELF, My Chronic Skin Condition Made Me Quit the Gym by Allyson Byers — According to the Mayo Clinic, "Hidradenitis suppurativa develops when hair follicles become blocked and inflamed." It's not clear why this happens, but possible factors include hormones, genetics, an irregular immune system response, weight, and smoking. We also know that it's not contagious and it's not caused by poor hygiene.

Healthline, 10 Books That Shine a Light on Menopause by Rena Goldman — ‘Mayo Clinic: The Menopause Solution’: Dr. Stephanie Faubion, a leading women’s health expert, addresses common questions, suggests healthy lifestyle changes, and explains treatment options for menopause symptoms. If you don’t know what to expect during the change, “The Menopause Solution” has a full explanation of what happens to your body. The book also includes updated information on over-the-counter medications, supplements, and hormone therapy.

MedPage Today, Steroid Implants Slow Diabetic Retinopathy by Molly Walker — Fluocinolone acetonide implants slowed the progression of diabetic retinopathy in treated eyes compared with eyes not treated with the steroid implant, researchers reported here. Overall, a significantly lower portion of eyes treated with 0.2 μg/day fluocinolone acetonide (FAc) implants progressed to proliferative diabetic retinopathy, a more severe form of the disease, within 36 months compared with fellow eyes (12.5% vs 22.3%, P=0.0027), reported Raymond Iezzi, MD, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and colleagues. Because these implants deliver a continuous micro-dose of steroid not measurable systemically, fellow-eye controlled studies "allowed us to minimize the effects of inter-subject variation in systemic disease," Iezzi said in a presentation at the American Society of Retina Specialists meeting.

News4Jax, Mayo Clinic News Network: Heartburn or heart attack: When to worry — If you have persistent chest pain and you aren't sure it's heartburn, call 911. Call your doctor if you had an episode of unexplained chest pain that went away within a few hours and you did not seek medical attention. Both heartburn and a developing heart attack can cause symptoms that subside after a while. The pain doesn't have to last a long time to be a warning sign.

Jacksonville Business Journal, Q to share migrant worker-to-neurosurgeon journey by Will Robinson — TEDxJacksonville recently revealed its lineup of speakers and musical performers for the 2017 Conference on Oct. 14 at the Florida Theatre from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m, and Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa is glad to be among them. Quinones-Hinojosa, who goes by Dr. Q, heads the neurosurgery department at Mayo Clinic in Florida. At this year's conference, he will be sharing his journey from an underprivileged child and migrant worker to a renowned neurosurgeon.

Florida Times-Union, Parkinson’s patients rarely had a place to come together and dance. Jacksonville University is changing that. by Beth Reese Cravey — Jay van Gerpen, a neurologist at Mayo Clinic’s campus in Jacksonville, said he was “very enamored” of such dance therapy. “It’s well-known that patients with Parkinson’s have better functional outcomes with exercise, particularly types associated with movement such as walking and dancing,” he said. “Indeed, exercise has been shown convincingly to decrease the rate of disease progression in Parkinson’s. Dancing has the added benefits of enhancing balance and increasing socialization for Parkinson’s patients. It’s also fun.”

South Florida Reporter, The Children Are Watching — What Can You Tell Them? — How can parents, caregivers and educators talk with children about racial turmoil and recent news events in the U.S.? Several Mayo Clinic experts say the best approach is proactive and direct. “I would recommend asking questions to see what your children have picked up, what they understand about the issues, how they’re feeling about it and find out what ‘holes’ they might have in their knowledge,” says psychologist Dr. Jocelyn Lebow. “This will help you frame your response — and their level of understanding might surprise you.”

Gulf Times, Infectious diseases: Learning about E. coli 101 — E. coli infections are a type of foodborne illness that peaks during the summer months, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Dr Nipunie Rajapakse, a paediatric infectious diseases specialist at Mayo Clinic, says there are many strains of E. coli bacteria that may cause serious illness for those infected. “E. coli stands for Escherichia coli, which is a type of bacteria that can cause food or waterborne illness in people,” says Rajapakse. “It’s a relatively common cause of illness. There’s a type of E. coli that people may have heard of called O157:H7. It’s a specific type of E. coli that can cause bloody diarrhoea and has been associated with a condition that can cause kidney damage especially in young children.”

Alzforum, New Dementia Trials to Test Lifestyle Interventions — Two years ago the Finnish Geriatric Intervention Study to Prevent Cognitive Impairment and Disability, or FINGER study, reported that a multimodal lifestyle intervention improved cognitive scores in older adults at risk for Alzheimer’s disease (see July 2014 news; Nov 2015 news). While encouraging, the findings were limited to one study of a single population. Researchers have since called for replication, most recently in a report from the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NAS) (Jun 2017 news), which noted that “multiple, independent studies testing the same combination of component elements will be necessary before strong conclusions can be drawn regarding the effectiveness of any specific multimodal intervention.” Ron Petersen of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, who is a member of the NAS committee, told Alzforum that U.S. POINTER fulfills that recommendation and should provide confirmation, or not, of the FINGER results.

Twin Cities Business, Rochester Approves $4.9M Subsidy for First Destination Medical Center Building by Don Jacobson — The Rochester City Council has approved a $4.9 million tax increment financing subsidy for the city’s first Destination Medical Center lab/office building, allowing developer Mortenson to launch construction on the city’s much-anticipated Discovery Square project this fall. The city council, acting as the Rochester Economic Development Authority at an Aug. 7 meeting, unanimously approved the TIF plan for the 89,000-square-foot, four-story “DS-1” building, which is envisioned as the first phase of a 2-million-square-foot buildout of the city’s Discovery Square district just south of downtown.

KARE 11, Man paralyzed in accident becomes father of triplets by Lindsey Seavert — Bill Heilman, of Le Center, Minnesota, has learned to sail through the impossible. He whizzes down hallways in his wheelchair at Mayo Clinic, unfazed by any limitations as an incomplete quadriplegic, and after a life taking on challenges, he’s adapting to his new role: fatherhood. Heilman, 42, broke his neck in a car accident when he was 16. The spinal cord injury left him with only limited use of his hands…The Mayo Clinic says triplets happen in every 1 in 100,000 live births, but there is no data on naturally occurring identical triplets. It’s just that rare.

Star Tribune, Rochester's Destination Medical Center project by Matt McKinney — Spare a few dimes for the Mayo Clinic’s expansion? You just did. State officials confirmed Monday that they’ve sent the first payment of taxpayer dollars to the city of Rochester to support the clinic’s 20-year, $5.6 billion plan to grow its campus, remake the downtown neighborhood and burnish the state’s reputation as a global leader in medical care. The public dollars were promised by the Legislature back in 2013, but the Mayo Clinic and private investors had to make the first move by plowing $200 million into the plan first. The state confirmed earlier this year that that threshold had been crossed.

Star Tribune, Mayo studies its own opioid habits — Earlier this month, the medical journal Annals of Surgery published a study of the prescribing habits of Mayo Clinic doctors in Minnesota, Arizona and Florida. The research analyzed records of more than 7,000 surgical patients from 2013 through 2015, and the authors concluded that 80 percent of prescriptions exceeded new state guidelines for opioid use. That’s worrisome information, especially in light of the well-deserved attention being paid to the nation’s epidemic of opioid addiction and abuse, but this isn’t a “smoking gun” moment that discredits Mayo Clinic and its doctors. Quite the opposite, in fact. For starters, the study of these 7,000 surgical patients was performed by Mayo Clinic researchers, including a general surgery resident and the scientific director of surgical outcomes research at Mayo’s Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery.

MPR, Roundtable discussion on infertility by Kerri Miller — Infertility is something many people struggle with, but few discuss. So, what is the latest science and medicine for assisted reproduction? What is misunderstood about infertility? And what support systems exist for couples or individuals struggling to have biological children? MPR News host Kerri Miller talked to three experts on infertility for this week's Friday roundtable including Dr. Elizabeth Stewart — chair of the division of reproductive endocrinology and infertility at the Mayo Clinic.

Channel 3000 Madison, Stay healthy during a marathon with these tips — Mayo Clinic sports medicine expert Edward Laskowski, M.D., offers some pre-race tips: The day before the marathon, consume extra calories, especially high-carbohydrate foods such as bread, cereal, rice, pasta and/or potatoes. To enable fluid absorption, start drinking fluids at least four hours before exercise. Most marathoners find they perform better if they consume carbohydrates during the race. Sports drinks, bars and gels are good options. To avoid runners' diarrhea, at least one day before running, limit or avoid sweeteners called sugar alcohols -- most often found in sugar-free candies, gum and ice cream.

Hospitals & Health Networks, Hospitals Putting Their Labs in One Place by Jim Gazvoda and Jeff Raasch — Lab operators, too, have begun to reshape lab functions with an eye toward optimizing the testing process, often using Lean work cell concepts. The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., for example, has adopted a strategy in which physicians, hospitals and clinics must all send samples that are already aliquoted so they can be more easily routed to different testing stations — something Northwell hopes to do in the future. Many labs are seeking similar ways to streamline operations, which could have an impact on the floor plan.

Multiple Sclerosis News Today, There is a Shortage of Anatomical Donation of MS Brains by Paula Hardin — Rochester, Minnesota, home of the Mayo Clinic, includes medical school training that uses whole body donation. I have signed up to donate. One big plus for donors, besides giving future doctors actual experience with real human bodies, is free cremation after completion. While you can still have your ashes returned to your family for burial, they also offer a group burial with other donors at no charge…Because the Mayo Clinic is in my hometown, it has a majority of my medical records to go along with my body. I had back surgery here when I was 12 years old (broken back). Even without my brain, the opportunity to study a spinal fusion decades later seems pretty darn valuable to me.

Medical Daily, Common Disorder Among Women Is Overdiagnosed Due To Its Definition, Researchers Argue by Janissa Delzo — Polycystic ovary syndrome, or PCOS, is a common hormonal disorder that causes acne and difficulty gettting pregnant, among other problems. In a new editorial, Australian researchers argue that women around the world are being overdiagnosed with PCOS because medical authorities changed the definition of the syndrome... “The name PCOS is a distraction that impedes progress. It is time to assign a name that reflects the complex interactions that characterize the syndrome,” Dr. Robert A. Rozza, professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic, said in a statement. “The right name will enhance recognition of this issue and assists in expanding research support.”

KTTC, Study: Mayo Clinic had $28B impact on U.S economy in 2015 — A study commissioned by Mayo Clinic calculates the health care giant's national economic footprint as well as other related benefits. The Post Bulletin reports that Ohio-based TEConomy Partners released a report Thursday that found that Mayo Clinic contributed almost 170,000 jobs and $28 billion to the U.S. economy in 2015. The company did a similar study for the Rochester-based health care group in 2010. That report found that Mayo Clinic had contributed $22 billion and almost 150,000 jobs in 2008…Mayo Clinic spokeswoman Duska Anastasijevic says the health care company commissioned the study to raise awareness of their work.

KAAL, A Special Weekend for Mayo Clinic School of Medicine Students — Mayo Clinic School of Medicine gave special recognition to their class of 2021 on Saturday. For the last two days, students and their family members were welcome to attend panels, take building tours and enjoy meals together. All events leading to Saturday’s ceremony where each student was recognized. “They are the best in the country. They come from diverse backgrounds. They have great personal experiences. They have great evidence of scholarship and academics. They are just exciting individuals...So we are excited because in a way that is the next generation of Mayo Clinic physicians.” says Frederick Meyer, M.D., the Dean of Mayo Clinic School of Medicine.

Post-Bulletin, Immunizations will be available in 42 schools by Taylor Nachtigal — The School-Located Immunization Program, which has been organized by the Southeast Minnesota Immunization Connection since 2009, began by providing influenza vaccinations at just four schools. Now, with the addition of Rochester Public Schools' three high schools — Century, Mayo and John Marshall — staff will be available for a half day at each school to give students the immunization. "That's huge," said Dr. Robert Jacobson, director of Mayo Clinic's Employee and Community Health division and Southeast Minnesota Immunization Programs, of the expansion from 49 to 52 schools. "We have a very healthy collaboration with the Rochester Public Schools and the other school districts and private schools in the county."

Post-Bulletin, Heard on the Street: Mayo Clinic-spawned firm takes over downtown space by Jeff Kiger — Signs for a new biotech firm recently went up on prominent office space in downtown Rochester. Rion LLC, created by Dr. Atta Behfar and Dr. Andre Terzic, has taken over the lease of the 2,000-square-foot office on the skyway level of the city-owed Minnesota BioBusiness Center at 221 First Ave. SW. That's the space last occupied by Sri Lanka-based Brandix i3, a software-development firm that Launched that Rochester office in October 2014. Brandix had a three-year lease that was set to expire in October.

Post-Bulletin, Mayo: Discovery may improve treatment for prostate cancer by Brett Boese — Mayo Clinic researchers believe they've discovered a way to improve precision therapy for prostate cancer after identifying a new cause of treatment resistance. In a report published this week in "Nature Medicine," Mayo researchers detailed how the role of mutation on certain genes impacts resistance to one class of drugs. They reported that mutations play "a central role in the development of resistance to drugs called BET-inhibitors." Because the discovery could lead to improved outcomes, Dr. Haojie Huang, senior author of the study and a molecular biologist within Mayo Clinic's Center for Biomedical Discovery, called it "an important public health goal." Additional coverage: Technology Networks,  UPI.com

KIMT, Mason City man is now virtually seizure free thanks to a new form of brain stimulation developed at Mayo Clinic — Mayo Clinic is the only hospital using continuous cortical stimulation, and it's only been performed at Mayo around 20 times. But Chris took a leap of faith and underwent surgery where doctors placed the electrodes in May of 2016."His implant is different than a lot of other people's in that we started by initially just laying things on top of the brain, his is in the brain," explains his Neurosurgeon Jamie Van Gompel, M.D. This week Chris returned to Mayo for follow up appointments with Dr. Van Gompel and the rest of his team. He was anxious to tell them that he hasn't had a seizure since October.

Quad-Cities Online, 6 tips to keep you motivated for exercise — Exercise is good for your health. You probably have heard that before. But finding the motivation to start or maintain an exercise program can be challenging. Mayo Clinic’s Dr. Michael Joyner has six tips to help keep you moving. Sometimes, it’s hard to get off the couch and exercise. "The important thing is to do something. And to also not permit what you cannot do — or what you’re afraid of doing — to interfere with what you can do,” Joyner says.

Mankato Free Press, Mayo workers train for workplace violence by Brian Arola — More than 100 Mayo staff participated in the simulations over a five-day span. Physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, registered nurses and anyone else involved in direct patient care in emergency rooms participated. Danyel Germain, nurse administrator for Mayo Clinic Health System, said the simulations involved actor patients reporting intense pain or drug and alcohol use. The staff was then tasked with responding, de-escalating and treating the faux patient. Additional coverage: KTOE-Radio, KEYC Mankato

Salem News, Mayo Clinic Minute: Tips to safely watch the total solar eclipse — Adults and children across the country will be watching for a rare celestial event on Aug. 21. A total eclipse will be visible for one to two minutes within a narrow 70-mile-wide path through the middle of the U.S., and a partial eclipse will be visible from the remainder of the country. Dr. William Brown, a Mayo Clinic optometrist, says staring directly at the sun can be damaging to your eyes, but by using specifically designed eclipse glasses, you and your family should be able to thoroughly enjoy this opportunity.

Winchester News-Gazette, Mayo Clinic Minute: How much sleep do kids need? — As kids across the country head back into the classroom, now is the time to start easing them back into a normal sleep schedule. How much sleep kids need to maximize their learning potential depends partially on their age. But the key to getting them on a regular schedule may have more to do with what time they wake up than what time they go to sleep.

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