September 8, 2017

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights

By Karl Oestreich

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New class of drugs targets aging to help keep you healthy
by Jacqueline Howard

Researchers have turned the spotlight on a new class of drugs that they say could "transform" the field of medicine -- and the drugs work by targeting aging. The researchers, from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, are calling for senolytic drugs to make the leap from animal research to human clinical trials. They outlined potential clinical trial scenarios in a paperCNN Logo published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society on Monday. "This is one of the most exciting fields in all of medicine or science at the moment," said Dr. James Kirkland, director of the Kogod Center on Aging at the Mayo Clinic and lead author of the new paper.

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Context: Researchers are moving closer to realizing the clinical potential of drugs that have previously been shown to support healthy aging in animals. In a review article published online in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, Mayo Clinic aging experts say that, if proven to be effective and safe in humans, these drugs could be “transformative” by preventing or delaying chronic conditions as a group instead of one at a time. Researchers are moving closer to realizing the clinical potential of drugs that have previously been shown to support healthy aging in animals. In a review article published online in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, Mayo Clinic aging experts say that, if proven to be effective and safe in humans, these drugs could be “transformative” by preventing or delaying chronic conditions as a group instead of one at a time. More information about the study can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Contact: Megan Forliti


Atlanta Journal-Constitution
5 little-known health benefits of olive oil
by Rose Kennedy

While it's counterintuitive that olive oil, with its high fat content, would be healthy, that's the case, Katherine Zeratsky, R.D., L.D. stated on the Mayo Clinic health consumer website. "The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Logomain type of fat found in all kinds of olive oil is monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs), which are considered a healthy dietary fat," Zeratsky said. "If you replace saturated and trans fats with unsaturated fats, such as MUFAs and polyunsaturated fats (PUFAs), you may gain certain health benefits."

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Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 5 tasty meatless dishes that will make you rethink what’s for dinner

Context: Katherine Zeratsky, R.D., L.D., is with the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program.

Contact:  Kelly Luckstein


Star Tribune
In the U.S. workplace, a standing desk has become an important benefit
by Christopher Snowbeck

“If you go online now, you will see literally a dozen if not more companies dedicated to selling this type of office furniture,” said Dr. James Levine, a professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic. “This has become, if you like, a booming industry.” For years, Levine has cheered the growth of standing desks and other furniture technologies that help workers get up and move duringStar Tribune newspaper logo the workday — everything from wiggling chairs to low-speed treadmills that are paired with standing desks. The point is to help people be less sedentary, he said, in hopes that movement can help people avoid chronic diseases associated with excess sitting.

Reach: The Star Tribune Sunday circulation is 518,745 copies and weekday circulation is 300,277. The Star Tribune is the state’s largest newspaper and ranks 16th nationally in circulation.

Context: James Levine, M.D., Ph.D. is a Mayo Clinic endocrinologist. Dr. Levine currently serves as a principal investigator for National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded studies focused on improving health for immigrant families through increased activity and better nutrition, interactions between sleep and obesity, and multilevel approaches to reduce obesity in working mothers and their children. Recent additional research includes contributions to a Mayo Clinic-Arizona State University (ASU) pilot program looking at nutrition and activity data for homeless children, physical activity in depressed female smokers, and an investigation of integrated approaches to "close the loop" in type 1 diabetes. You can find out more about Dr. Levine's research here.

Contact:  Jim McVeigh


Rochester woman with heart condition to compete in Iron Man
by Erin O’Brien

Kari Turkowski is no stranger to fitness. But at the age of 26, her passion for sports came to a halt, when a sudden undiagnosed heart condition forced her to undergo several procedures and Fox 47 TV station logotake lots of medications.  All of that led to stage two heart failure...At the age of 30, after a seven-year career in the accounting industry, she left her job in Minneapolis and later became a doctorate student at the Mayo Clinic, hoping to discover what doctors couldn't about her own condition.

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Context: Kari Turkowski is not your average athlete. As a student at St. Cloud State University, she earned a spot on the school's volleyball, hockey and track teams. After graduation she hoped to continue that athletic lifestyle, with a goal of playing professional beach volleyball. But those California dreams took a sudden detour one day during a training run. "Something just didn't feel right," Kari tells us. "I couldn't keep my normal pace." You can read more about her journey in Mayo Clinic in the Loop.

Contact:  Traci Klein

FOX News, Ovarian cancer symptoms and warning signs by Zoe Szathmary — …Other symptoms may include abdominal bloating; bowel changes like diarrhea or constipation; bladder changes such as an increase in frequency or urgency; abdominal discomfort and pressure; and a sense of feeling full, Dr. Jamie Bakkum-Gamez, a gynecologic oncologist with the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., told Fox News. An issue with ovarian cancer is that there is no screening test. “Seventy-five percent of the women I care for come in at an advanced stage,” Bakkum-Gamez said, adding that “even at that stage, symptoms can be very vague.”

USA Today, This mom walks 5 miles a day. Here's how she finds time and stays motivated. by Ashley May — Michelle Washington gets up every morning before the sun rises and walks for about 2 hours. She's a mom of two, grandmother to one and owns her own bakery. And, oh yeah, she has a full-time job as managing editor of STUDIO Gannett…Here's how she stays focused on her fitness goals: 1. Get a good night's sleep. Most adults need 7 to 9 hours a sleep a night, according to Mayo Clinic.

USA Today, Twitter won't water your flowers: How social media is destroying our sense of community by Erick Erickson — Eleven years ago the week before Christmas, I looked my wife in the eyes and told her she had six months to live. Her doctors had called me into a small, windowless room down a secure hallway in the hospital and told me she had an aggressive form of lung cancer for which there was no cure. They left it to me to tell her as they had to rush to the emergency room to assist a terrible car crash. Thankfully, the diagnosis was wrong. The Mayo Clinic sorted it all out. My wife had a rare lung condition that causes inhaled particles to be encapsulated in her lungs.

HuffPost, How To Deal With Presentation Anxiety And Overcome Your Fear Of Public Speaking by Terri Coles — In addition to planning the presentation content itself, the Mayo Clinic recommends getting organized about all aspects of your presentation well in advance. Do you have props, visual aids, or audio-visual components? Plan out when you will use them, and test them ahead of time to make sure they're in working order.

HuffPost UK, Don’t Worry Be Happy: 5 Ways To Worry Less Throughout The Day — Laughter does the body good: a good hearty chuckle can help stimulate circulation and help muscles relax, the Mayo Clinic notes. You breathe in more oxygen when you laugh and it can trigger an endorphin release. Laughter can also help lessen feelings of anxiety. So put on your favourite comedy show and unwind.

Tonic, Exactly How Dangerous Is It to Drop a Baby? by Michelle Malia — In case you haven't noticed, babies have huge heads. Their big noggin is both the most important and the most vulnerable part of their body. "The brain is developing very quickly in the first year of life, it's incredibly metabolically active, and it's also relatively unprotected," says Christopher Moir, a pediatric trauma surgeon at the Mayo Clinic. An adult's skull is one solid structure, but at birth it's made of 22 separate bones that fuse together over the first two years of life. That flexible skull lets the baby squeeze through the birth canal—that's why some newborns' heads look misshapen right after birth—and gives the brain room to grow. "Falls are the absolute number one cause of serious injury in children under age 1, and the head is by far the most common system injured," Moir says.

Reader’s Digest, This Is Why You Need a New Flu Vaccine Each Year by Sam Benson Smith — Mother Nature has quite a bit in store this year—first, she throws a historically intense hurricane season our way, then a predicted doozy of a flu season. But why is the flu a yearly concern? We receive lifetime vaccinations for smallpox, chicken pox, and meningitis, but every single season there’s a need for a new flu shot. According to the Mayo Clinic, it has to do with the unique nature of the flu virus.

Jakarta Post, What you should know about altitude sickness — The main cause of altitude sickness is your body reacting adversely to a large change in altitude. According to Jan Stepanek, MD, who sees patients at the Mayo Clinic’s High Altitude and Harsh Environments Medical Center in Scottsdale, Arizona, when a person goes through altitude sickness it is important to note the symptoms. These include headache and nausea and usually continues until the body adapts to the change in atmosphere.

Hindustan Times, Do you sleep with your pet in bed? Beware, it may affect your sleep quality — Lead author Lois Krahn from Mayo Clinic’s Arizona campus said that most people assume having pets in the bedroom is a disruption. “We found that many people actually find comfort and a sense of security from sleeping with their pets,” Krahn added. The study evaluated the sleep of 40 healthy adults without sleep disorders and their dogs over five months. The participant and their dogs wore activity trackers to track their sleeping habits for seven nights. Additional coverage: KMSP, India Times

The Times, Comic hits funny bone with tale of kidney transplant by Jennifer O’Brien — Jarlath Regan, the comedian and broadcaster, has said that donating a kidney to his critically ill brother inspired the material for his new comedy show. The London-based comic had the transplant in February at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester in the United States. He gave a kidney to his older brother Adrian, who had suffered with health issues since he was a child. “It’s just seven months since the transplant and my brother is doing great. He’s completely back on his feet and back at work and tells me every day that his energy is great from a very dire situation six months ago,” he said.

Science Daily, What makes alcoholics drink? Research shows it's more complex than supposed — What makes alcoholics drink? New research has found that in both men and women with alcohol dependence, the major factor predicting the amount of drinking seems to be a question of immediate mood… This work once again shows that alcoholism is not a one-size-fits-all condition," said lead researcher, Victor Karpyak (Mayo Clinic, MN, USA). "So the answer to the question of why alcoholics drink is probably that there is no single answer; this will probably have implications for how we diagnose and treat alcoholism."

HealthDay, Here's the Recipe to Keep Colon Cancer at Bay by Alan Mozes — "Colorectal cancer is one of the most common and most deadly cancers, but it doesn't have to be," said Gray. "Diet and physical exercise really matter," he said. Dr. Frank Sinicrope of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., agreed. "These data provide further evidence that a healthy lifestyle and dietary habits can provide significant protection against colorectal cancer," said Sinicrope, a professor of medicine and oncology. "These choices are under one's control and can have a major impact on reducing the risk of developing this common cancer," he said. Additional coverage: Quad-City Times

STAT, A silly web series with a serious aim: to find Gene a kidney donor by Leah Samuel — …PKD is a genetically inherited disease in which clusters of cysts develop within the kidneys. As the cysts grow in size and number, the kidneys get larger, damaging the organs’ tissues and causing chronic kidney disease. Nationally, about 600,000 people have PKD. “It’s a relatively common problem,” said Dr. Mikel Prieto, Okun’s kidney transplant surgeon at the Mayo Clinic. “When there’s kidney failure, this is usually the reason.”

Shape, How to Sleep On Any Flight, According to Top Sleep Docs by Cassie Shortsleeve — Airplane cabin noise can vary between 82 decibels (a garbage disposal) and 105 decibels (a power lawnmower), says Timothy I. Morgenthaler, M.D., codirector of the Center for Sleep Medicine at the Mayo Clinic. ICYW, some of that comes from the engine, but a lot comes from wind, and even from the AC. That's not just bad for your sleep: "The threshold of hearing damage is considered to be 85 decibels for more than eight hours," he says.

Healio, Cognitive behavioral therapy, SSRIs, SNRIs effective for anxiety in children — Cognitive behavioral therapy, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors and serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors were effective for pediatric anxiety disorders; however, behavioral therapy appeared most effective. “Treatment guidelines recommend cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) as first-line interventions and also discuss the potential benefits of other interventions, such as serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs), benzodiazepine and tricyclic antidepressant,” Zhen Wang, PhD, of Mayo Clinic Evidence-Based Practice Center, Rochester, Minnesota, and colleagues wrote. “However, to our knowledge, comparative effectiveness or, in some cases, the absolute effectiveness of these treatments has not been established.” Additional coverage: Medical XpressMedscape

Fierce Healthcare, Surgical residents not immune to malpractice claims; average payout $900,000 by Joanne Finnegan — The research published in JAMA Surgery, was based on a review of malpractice cases involving surgical residents and highlights the importance of perioperative management, especially for residents in their first and second year of training, and the importance of supervision by attending physicians to help prevent litigation. Researchers at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota reviewed a legal research database of malpractice cases involving surgical interns, residents and fellows during a 10-year period and found that 70% of cases involved elective surgery and 69% named a junior resident. A lack of direct supervision by attending physicians was cited in 55% of the cases.

Genomic Engineering & Biotechnology News, Genome Engineering: A Guild for Sharing Genomic Know-How by Ian Clift — Twenty years ago, several colleagues at the University of Minnesota’s Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center for Transposon Research—now the Center for Genome Engineering—got together to discuss the future of genome engineering and gene editing. These forward-looking genome engineers included Stephen Ekker, Ph.D. (professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at the Mayo Clinic)… At the annual meeting, Dr. Ekker and his colleagues assembled over 200 people—scientists, engineers, industry investors, corporate leaders, regulators, artists, communicators, and entrepreneurs—with a unifying goal. All were challenged to put the ideas of genomic engineering and gene editing into formalized practice. “If you are going to impact the world, you are not going to do it just from a small scientific community,” Dr. Ekker declared. “You are going to have to have the whole ecosystem represented. This meeting represents our first attempt at getting that whole ecosystem.”

GenomeWeb, Mayo-Funded Qrativ Brings Clinical Records to AI, Public Genomic Data by Neil Versel — Over the summer, Mayo Clinic and Nference, a Cambridge, Massachusetts-based maker of artificial intelligence and deep-learning software, formed an interesting sort of joint venture. The venture, called Qrativ, will synthesize and analyze genomic and clinical data from publicly available databases as well as from research generated at Mayo — but from no other research institutions — in hopes of informing drug discovery.

Scientific American, Tantalizing Clues Point to Inflammation's Role in an Array of Diseases by Meghana Keshavan — Exhibit A: The case of natalizumab — a biologic drug used to treat both Crohn’s disease and multiple sclerosis. It effectively prevented inflammation of the central nervous system by blocking certain immune cells — such as T cells and natural killer cells — from making their way into the brain. But it had an unintended side effect: It made patients far more susceptible to a deadly virus that lies quiescent in the brain, kept in check by the immune system. “If you block the ability of these immune cells to get inside the brain, you might medicate some of the problems of multiple sclerosis,” said Larry Pease, director of the research center for immunology and immune therapies at Mayo Clinic. “But those same cells regulate viral infection — and caused some serious unintended consequences.”, Mayo Clinic research clarifies relationship between two genes that fuel neuroblastoma spread — For the first time, Mayo Clinic researchers and colleagues present data on how nervous system tumors, called neuroblastomas, spread. Their paper, published in Cancer Cell, clarifies the relationship between two genes that fuel the aggressive spread of neuroblastomas…"Increased expression of the LMO1 gene is associated with aggressive, high-risk neuroblastomas," says Shizhen Zhu, M.D., Ph.D., lead author on the paper and a biomedical researcher at Mayo Clinic. "Our genetic analyses using zebra fish demonstrates for the first time that LMO1 cooperates with the MYCN gene to accelerate tumor onset and increase tumor penetrance."

MedPage Today, Neurological Events Rare with Anti-PD-1 Therapy by Judy George — Diverse, unpredictable, and sometimes severe neurological complications occur in 3% of metastatic cancer patients treated with anti-programmed death 1 (PD-1) monoclonal antibodies, which may warrant stopping anti-PD-1 therapy and starting immune rescue treatment, according to a new study… Of 347 patients treated with pembrolizumab (Keytruda) or nivolumab (Opdivo) for malignant melanoma or other solid-organ tumors, 10 (2.9%) developed neurological complications, including myopathy, various neuropathies, cerebellar ataxia, internuclear ophthalmoplegia, retinopathy, and headache. These events were treated with steroids, intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG), and plasma exchange. Nine patients improved, and one patient with severe necrotizing myopathy died, reported Michelle Mauermann, MD, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and colleagues, writing online in JAMA Neurology.

Arizona Republic, September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month — In preparation for Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, Men's Health Network (MHN) encourages men to know their risk as early detection is the best predictor of survival…"The various conflicting positions on prostate cancer screening are confusing for patients and doctors alike, but the fact is prostate cancer still is one the leading auses of cancer deaths in men,” said Jason Jameson, MD, an urologist at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, Arizona. “September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month—I encourage men to discuss their individual risk, screening options, and prevention strategies with their doctor. Every man deserves a discussion about this regardless of age." Additional coverage: KOTV Tulsa, KPLC Louisiana, KEYC Mankato

Alzforum, Retinal Plaques May Enable Noninvasive Screening for AD — Other researchers noted that though these data are preliminary, the findings are encouraging and deserve further study. “The authors’ demonstration both from pathological examination of the retinas, plus finding curcumin-positive (presumably Aβ-positive) deposits in living patients, amply justifies larger and definitive clinical trials,” David Knopman at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, wrote to Alzforum.

First Coast News, Augustine woman warns hurricane debris caused severe infection by Jessica Clark — A First Coast woman is watching what’s going on in Texas and is remembering her own hurricane survival story: She nearly died from an infection she contracted after Hurricane Matthew. Bonne Jones of St. Augustine is a realtor. After Hurricane Matthew hit last fall, she checked on a client’s home, and she accidentally stepped on a stump and cut her foot…"The infection had gotten into my lower spine, into my neck, and paralyzed me," Jones explained. The doctors said Jones was near death. Doctors at Mayo Clinic asked where she could have gotten the infection. She remembers telling them, "'The only thing I’ve done is I ran into a stump.' They were just in shock."

KMSP, Alzheimer's blood test could help efforts to diagnose disease early by Christina Palladino — A blood test is being called a game-changer in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease. Still in its early stages, the test is a great step forward to diagnosing the disease early on. In the meantime, one of the leading experts in Alzheimer’s disease at the Mayo Clinic said they’re also working on their own study to end the deadly condition. “So while this test is new, it's interesting, I think it needs to be validated in a long-term study watching how people, in fact, over time develop Alzheimer's disease later on down the road," said Dr. Ronald Petersen, a top neurologist at the Mayo Clinic’s Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center.

Twin Cities Business, Alzheimer’s, Cancer Research is Focus in Latest Round of State-Funded Research Grants by Don Jacobson — The latest round of awards, totaling $4 million, were announced in August, and it was dominated by two biomedical fields with considerable commercialization potential: Alzheimer’s disease and cancer. “These are seed grants, aimed at providing innovative researchers the means to get a scientific project off the ground and on the way toward a possible new treatment,” Eric Wieben of the Mayo Clinic and co-director for the Minnesota Partnership said in an issued statement.

KARE 11, Minnesota-based companies brace for Irma — Several Minnesota-based businesses with locations in Florida are bracing for Hurricane Irma. A Target spokesperson says they are providing their stores with extra supplies and, depending on where Irma makes landfall, stores could close this weekend…And a Mayo Clinic spokesperson says they have a hospital and clinic in the Jacksonville, Florida area. They've made preparations and are monitoring the situation closely.

MPR News, In Rochester, downtown rents squeeze out small businesses by Catharine Richert — Looking out the wide windows of his historic storefront in downtown Rochester, photographer Shawn Fagan says the area is changing for the better. "We've seen tremendous growth down here," Fagan said. "It's a blast being downtown because there are so many restaurants." The Destination Medical Center is a big driver of that growth. Since the massive, $6.5 billion economic development project was born in 2013, land developers have been gobbling up property around the Mayo Clinic, and county records show commercial property values across the city have increased by about 50 percent.

Post-Bulletin, Mayo Clinic donates $500,000 for victims of Hurricane Harvey by Brett Boese — Mayo Clinic announced Friday that it has donated $500,000 to the American Red Cross to support the victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas. Mayo requested that the funds are used for relief efforts of those affected by the recent storm, which has killed dozens and displaced millions. In a written statement released to media, Mayo said that it was important to support "the urgent need for hope and assistance in regions affected by the hurricane." The monetary support is meant to show Mayo's place in the "global community," even though it doesn't operate any facilities in the storm-ravaged area. "Mayo Clinic has a long history of responding in times of crisis," Dr. John Noseworthy, President and CEO of Mayo Clinic, said in the press release. "Hurricane Harvey has had a profound impact on so many. The hearts of our entire staff go out to all of those affected." Additional coverage: WEAU Eau Claire, Albert Lea Tribune, WQOW Eau Claire, Hi-tech Beacon, Stocks Gazette

WEAU Eau Claire, Safety tips and recipes for backyard cookouts by Courtney Everett — There's still time for backyard cookouts or picnics. One concern many people have for these types of gatherings, is how to make tasty eats and treats that won't quickly spoil, or have the potential to make people ill. Katie Johnson joined Hello Wisconsin with some safety tips, along with recipes for mixed bean salad and apple salad.

WEAU Eau Claire, Imagine Lecture by Jesse Horne — Mayo Clinic Health System conducts regular Imagine Lectures, inspired by the late Dr. David Winter and his pursuit of knowledge, and innovation. An Imagine Lecture with archaeologist Dr. Richard Hansen will be Thursday, Sept. 7th at 7 p.m. in the Luther Building auditorium at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire.

WXOW La Crosse, Mayo Clinic Health System announces collaboration with UW-L athletics by Jimmy Kruckow — UW-La Crosse announced Wednesday a partnership with Mayo Clinic Health System. The deal includes naming Mayo Family and Sports Medicine Physician, Dr. Jake Erickson, as the UW-L Athletic Team Physician. The partnership also includes the creation of what the university describes as "think tanks" between faculty and Mayo designed to provide educational opportunities to the campus and community. Dr. Erickson also says the partnership will get injured athletes back on the field faster. Additional coverage: WKBT La Crosse, La Crosse Tribune

Owatonna People’s Press, Mayo Clinic Health Systems-Owatonna MRI Department earns ACR breast accreditation by Allison Miller — Mayo Clinic Health Systems in Owatonna, MRI department has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). MRI of the breast offers valuable information about many breast conditions that may not be obtained by other imaging modalities, such as mammography or ultrasound. The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety.

Fairmont Sentinel, Mayo trains for the worst by Judy Bryan —The surgical setting was real in every sense — almost. Thankfully, there was no blood, and Mr. Smith, the “patient” undergoing a drainage of a pelvic abscess, was a simulation mannequin. The scene played out on Thursday at Mayo Clinic Health System in Fairmont as part of a hands-on educational exercise developed by two Mayo-Fairmont employees, Matt Jewett and Ryan Schmidtke. Jewett, a certified nurse anesthetist, previously had participated in a single-day simulation training at Mayo in Rochester and knew the class would be beneficial to his Fairmont co-workers. He and Schmidtke, a surgical services nurse manager, started meeting six months ago to develop three different scenarios of high-risk/low-volume situations, those dire abnormal events that occur during normal surgical procedures. Additional coverage: KEYC Mankato

KEYC Mankato, Late Summer Brings West Nile Risk by Shawn Loging — According to state health officials, areas of western and central Minnesota are the most susceptible to the virus. Only a small portion of people get sick from West Nile. Eric Gomez, MD. with Mayo Clinic Health System Mankato, "When we see a flu like illness in the summer time when there's not supposed to be influenza that actually is a hint that we should be thinking of West Nile, so they get fevers, muscle aches, joint pains."

City Center Dispatch, Mayo Clinic Minute: Blood test basics — When you have a physical exam, often you'll get a routine blood test. By measuring components in your blood, the test may reveal issues that need further evaluation. Dr. Rajiv Pruthi, a Mayo Clinic hematologist, explains what health care providers look for in their patients' blood.

Hartford City News Times, Non-surgical weight management program at Mayo Clinic — Dr. Barham Abu Dayyeh, Dr. Andres Acosta and wellness coach Sara Link discuss Mayo Clinic's Non-Surgical Weight Management Program.

Clearfield Progress, CRNAs on Why Choose Mayo Clinic — Interview on a life-changing career as a CRNA at Mayo Clinic

Post and Courier, Meal planning for a hurricane by Hanna Raskin — Q: I need suggestions for food items to buy and serve during a hurricane period. A: …Beyond beans, canned chicken and salmon are great protein sources during a power outage. The Mayo Clinic during Hurricane Irene developed a recipe that’s really just canned chicken and jarred barbecue sauce with a splash of red wine vinegar and dash of onion powder: Canned corn makes an ideal side.

Williston Daily Herald, Mayo Clinic Minute: 3 factors to help prevent memory loss — There's no question that you can take steps to prevent heart disease by living a healthy lifestyle. But is there anything you can do help prevent memory loss? Dr. Ronald Petersen, Director of the Mayo Clinic Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, says a study by the National Academy of Sciences reports that there are three things you can do that may help prevent memory loss as you age.

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