September 15, 2017

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights

By Karl Oestreich

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CBS News
Is it a good idea to let your dog sleep in the bedroom?
by Ashley Welch

A small study from the Mayo Clinic finds that sleeping in the same room with your pet does not appear to affect quality of sleep. In fact, it may actually lead to a more restful night. However, that benefit does not extend to people who actually shared their bed with their pet, which the research found may negatively affect sleep quality. "Most people assume having pets in theCBS News logo bedroom is a disruption," study author Lois Krahn, M.D., a sleep medicine specialist at the Center for Sleep Medicine on Mayo Clinic's Arizona campus, said in a statement. "We found that many people actually find comfort and a sense of security from sleeping with their pets."

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Context: Let sleeping dogs lie … in the bedroom. That’s according to a new Mayo Clinic study that’s sure to set many tails wagging. It’s no secret that Americans love their dogs. According to the American Veterinary Association, more than 40 million American households have dogs. Of these households, 63 percent consider their canine companions to be family. Still, many draw the line at having their furry family members sleep with them for fear of sacrificing sleep quality. “Most people assume having pets in the bedroom is a disruption,” says Lois Krahn, M.D., a sleep medicine specialist at the Center for Sleep Medicine on Mayo Clinic’s Arizona campus and an author of the study. “We found that many people actually find comfort and a sense of security from sleeping with their pets.” More information about the study can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Contact:  Jim McVeigh


Wall Street Journal
An Alzheimer’s Diagnosis—Before Any Symptoms
by Shirley Wang

An effort is under way that could redefine the way Alzheimer’s is diagnosed, putting the focus on biological changes in the brain rather than on symptoms such as confusion and forgetfulness...A diagnosis based on biology “is the best way forward to understanding the mechanism [of the disease] and finding treatments for targeting those mechanisms,” says Clifford Jack, the committee chairman and a professor of radiology at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. (Dr. Jack also is a consultant for Eli Lilly & Co., which makes a tracer used for a brain-imaging test to detect Alzheimer’s pathology.)

Reach: The Wall Street Journal, a US-based newspaper published by Dow Jones & Company, is second in newspaper circulation in America with an average circulation of 1.3 million readers and its website receives nearly 43.5 million unique visitors each month.

Context: Clifford R. Jack Jr., M.D.'s laboratory is engaged in brain imaging research in cognitive aging, Alzheimer's disease and related disorders. Dr. Jack's research team employs MRI and positron emission tomography (PET) to study the biology of brain aging and causes of cognitive impairment and develops image-processing algorithms for quantitatively measuring the information obtained from brain imaging. They employ a variety of MRI-based brain imaging modalities, including structural MRI, spectroscopy, functional connectivity and brain water diffusion. They also employ F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography (FDG-PET) and amyloid PET.

Contact:  Susan Barber Lindquist


Los Angeles Times
Get up at least once every 30 minutes. Failure to do so may shorten your life, study finds
by Melissa Healy

In trials involving humans sequestered in research labs, scientists have shown that racking up prolonged, uninterrupted bouts of sitting and lounging cause more worrisome short-term changes in metabolic and cardiovascular function than sedentary behavior that’s interrupted by periods of physical activity. It only makes sense that those short-term changes translate overLogo for Los Angeles Times newspaper time to more profound changes in the risk for diseases linked to sedentary behavior, said Dr. James A. Levine, an obesity expert at the Mayo Clinic who studies the health effects of sitting. “If you’re sitting too much, you need to do something about it — like right now,” Levine said. “Unless you get moving now, you’re in trouble later.”

Reach: The Los Angeles Times has a daily readership of 1.5 million readers and a Sunday readership of 2.4 million readers. Its website receives more than 23.9 million unique visitors each month.

Additional coverage: Kansas City Star

Context: James Levine, M.D. PH.D. is a world authority on obesity, serving as a named expert at the United Nations, an invitee to the President's Cancer Panel, and a consultant to governments internationally. He is the Dr. Richard F. Emslander Professor of Endocrinology and Nutrition Research at Mayo Clinic. He holds five tenured professorships at ASU, is the Dean's Distinguished Professor of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University, and the Regents Professor at Umea University, Sweden. He also serves as the co-director of Obesity Solutions, a collaboration between Mayo Clinic and ASU, and is the international director of Obesity Solutions' sister center in Sweden.

Contact: Jim McVeigh


Pioneer Press
By challenging her heart disease, Ironman triathlete has taken back her life
by Brian Murphy

Kari Turkowski does not have a death wish. The 35-year-old pre-doctoral student is too smart to stare down mortality and recklessly push her body beyond what anyone with her condition St. Paul Pioneer Press Logohas done. Yet as Turkowski tries to rewrite her life story, her biggest challenge is rewiring her damaged heart and recalibrating expectations for others with Stage 2 heart failure. There is no denying the risks, however, as the former three-sport St. Cloud State standout takes on the most grueling one-day athletic challenge in the world, one that can reduce the toughest competitors to tears, a feat her doctor describes as “amazing, remarkable, inspiring.”…She is working toward a PhD in clinical and transitional sciences as a student of genetic heart diseases at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester.

Reach: The St. Paul Pioneer Press has a daily circulation of more than 194,000 that spans the Twin Cities, parts of Minnesota, and a large part of Wisconsin. Its website has more than 2.1 million unique visitors each month.

Additional coverage:
Pioneer Press, Pneumonia ends triathlete’s bold race attempt

Previous coverage in the September 8, 2017 Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights

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

Reuters, Lilly takes on Pfizer, Novartis with new breast cancer drug data by Bill Berkrot — Five patients, or about 2 percent, who received abemaciclib experienced complete responses, meaning no detectable cancer, a number that could rise.“The longer you’re on (these drugs) the greater the chance that you can have complete responses,” said Matthew Goetz of the Mayo Clinic, another investigator on the study. “This trial gives us full confirmation that CDK 4/6 inhibitors are here to stay. They’re a new standard of care for breast cancer.” Additional coverage: Bloomberg

NBC News, How to Treat a Bee Sting at Home (and When to Head to the Hospital) by Brianna Steinhilber — Most of us have probably been stung by a bee or a wasp, and while it can be pretty painful, bee stings are generally harmless. That said, it is estimated that nearly two million Americans are allergic to bee stings. What exactly happens in our bodies when we are stung that causes a reaction? According to the Mayo Clinic, when a bee jabs their barbed stinger into the skin, it injects venom that contains proteins that affect skin cells and the immune system, causing pain and swelling around the sting area.

Washington Post, McCain, battling cancer, acknowledges challenges but says he has had ‘a wonderful life’ by Ashley Parker — Speaking to Jake Tapper on CNN's “State of the Union,” McCain offered an optimistic update on his health — “the prognosis is pretty good” — and acknowledged the challenges he's facing. “Look, this is a very vicious form of cancer that I'm facing, but all the results so far are excellent,” he said. McCain gave shout-outs to the doctors overseeing his treatment, in particular the Mayo Clinic and the National Institutes of Health, and presented himself as a man at peace.

New York Times, Alternatives to Drugs for Treating Pain by Jane E. Brody — Drug-free pain management is now a top priority among researchers at the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, a division of the National Institutes of Health. A comprehensive summary of the effectiveness of nondrug treatments for common pain problems – back pain, fibromyalgia, severe headache, knee arthritis and neck pain — was published last year in Mayo Clinic Proceedings by Richard L. Nahin and colleagues at the center.

Wall Street Journal, How 3-D Printing Is Changing Health Care by Aili McConnon — A year ago, an 11-year-old girl named London Secor had surgery at the Mayo Clinic to remove a rare tumor located in her pelvis. In the past, surgeons would have considered amputating one of Ms. Secor’s legs, given that the tumor had spread to the bone and nerves of her sacrum and was encroaching on her hip socket. That didn’t happen this time, however, due largely to advances in 3-D printing. “There is nothing like holding a 3-D model to understand a complicated anatomical procedure,” says Peter Rose, the surgeon who performed the operation on Ms. Secor, an avid swimmer and basketball player from Charlotte, N.C. “The model helped us understand the anatomy that was altered by the tumor and helped us orient ourselves for our cuts around it.” Additional coverage: HealthLeaders Media

HuffPost, The Proven Dangers of Sedentary Habits and What You Can do About Them by Vicky Law — More than 40% of working people are at a desk 9-5 or work 8 hours a day sitting in one place. This sedentary lifestyle is complicated even more by smartphones and mobile entertainment devices, as people spend much of their free time using them rather than getting some form of exercise. In extensive heart attack research, Cardiologist Martha Grogan of Mayo Clinic concluded that sedentary behavior for 6 hours every day can increase the risk of a heart attack equal to smoking.

People, Lady Gaga Reveals She Suffers from Fibromyalgia as She Opens Up About Her Chronic Pain in New Documentary by Char Adams — Lady Gaga is opening up about the painful illness that has plagued her for years. In her new documentary, Gaga: Five Foot Two, Gaga, 31, gives fans an intimate look at the chronic pain she has long dealt with. And in a Tuesday Twitter post, the singer confirmed that she suffers from fibromyalgia – something others afflicted with the condition had long suspected…Fibromyalgia is a disorder that causes widespread muscle pain and tenderness, according to the Mayo Clinic. Other effects of the illness include fatigue along with sleep, memory and mood issues. Additional coverage: USA TodayLive Science, CBS News, Women’s Health

Associated Press, Study prompts call to examine flu vaccine and miscarriage by Mike Stobbe — Vaccine experts think the results may reflect the older age and other miscarriage risks for the women, and not the flu shots.…Other experts said they don’t believe a shot made from killed flu virus could trigger an immune system response severe enough to prompt a miscarriage. And the authors said they couldn’t rule out the possibility that exposure to swine flu itself was a factor in some miscarriages. Two other medical journals rejected the article before a third, Vaccine, accepted it. Dr. Gregory Poland, Vaccine’s editor-in-chief, said it was a well-designed study that raised a question that shouldn’t be ignored. But he doesn’t believe flu shots caused the miscarriages. “Not at all,” said Poland, who also is director of vaccine research at the Mayo Clinic. Additional coverage: Toledo Blade, ABC News, Chicago Tribune, CBS News, FOX NewsCharlotte Observer

Fortune, Tom Brokaw on His Health, Fitbit Diabetes Deal, Pfizer Epipen Site Flaws by Clifton Leaf, Sy Mukherjee — …After stepping out of bed, he reeled across the room, completely out of balance, then reassured himself that the mysterious ailment would soon resolve on its own. Figuring the cause might be dehydration, he took a cold shower and drank some water. But his vertigo only got worse, and now he could barely walk. A CT scan and an MRI at the local hospital in Billings confirmed he wasn’t having a stroke; nor did it seem like there was anything wrong with his heart. As for what was causing the strange symptoms, the doctors there hadn’t a clue. Brokaw didn’t get that answer until he received a full neurological workup at the Mayo Clinic—after being Medevac’d to Minnesota that very night.

HealthDay, Young Americans Lead Rise in Suicide Attempts by Randy Dotinga — Dr. J. Michael Bostwick, a professor of psychiatry at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine who was familiar with the study findings, said it's important to understand that the research doesn't say anything about those who actually kill themselves. "This study neither tells us anything new about completed suicide nor was it designed to do so," he said. But the findings suggest that public health efforts should focus on reducing suicidal behavior in people at special risk -- "the young, the relatively impoverished, the people who carry diagnoses characterized by impulsivity, depression or both," Bostwick added. "While it is possible completed suicide rates could fall as a result of interventions aimed at reducing suicidal behaviors," he said, "the factors contributing to these behaviors are all worthy of being addressed in and of themselves."

HealthDay, Semen Harbors Wide Range of Viruses by Dennis Thompson — The analysis of current medical literature revealed genetic evidence of 27 infectious viruses found in semen, including dread-inducing agents like Zika, Ebola, Marburg, Lassa fever and chikungunya, along with mumps, Epstein-Barr and chicken pox…Sex also might not be the most efficient means of transmission for these viruses. Infectious disease expert Dr. Pritish Tosh noted that scores more cases of Zika have been passed along via mosquito bites than have been transmitted through sexual contact. People also are much more likely to catch Epstein-Barr virus, which causes mononucleosis, from another person's unprotected sneeze or cough than through sex, said Tosh, an associate professor with the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. "In some ways it doesn't matter if it can be spread by semen if it also can be spread by saliva," Tosh added. Additional coverage: WebMD

MedPage Today, Candidates for AAFP Presidency State Their Cases by Shannon Firth — Three candidates for president-elect of the American Academy of Family Physicians offered glimpses of their values, leadership styles, and hopes for the future of the Academy, during speeches at the Congress of Delegates meeting here on Tuesday…Another candidate described herself as both a dreamer and a doer. "I was born focused," said Lynne Lillie, MD, a member of the Mayo Clinic Department of Family Medicine in Rochester, Minn. She recalled that, unbeknownst to her parents, she drove herself to colleges campuses, asked for interviews, and applied for early admission. But caring for patients has, for family physicians, given way to administrative and regulatory burdens: prior authorization, coding, and documentation for complex quality reporting systems, she said. As president-elect, Lillie would curb these burdens on physicians, ensure that family physicans are given equal treatment to specialists, and seek to "restore joy in family medicine."

Medical Economics, DAAs improve patient and graft survival after liver transplant by Mark Fuerst — In the era of direct-acting antiviral (DAA) availability, the outcomes of liver transplantation for hepatitis C virus (HCV)-infected patients have improved significantly, according to a new study. “Our study is one of the largest studies that demonstrated the significant improvement of graft and patient survivals among liver transplant recipients over the past 15 years. It is probably the only study that attempted to identify the contributing factors of these improvements among HCV and non-HCV patients,” senior author Surakit Pungpapong, MD, associate professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic Jacksonville, Florida, told Medical Economics.

PsychCentral, What Makes Alcoholics Drink? by Janice Wood — “This work once again shows that alcoholism is not a one-size-fits-all condition,” said lead researcher Victor Karpyak of the Mayo Clinic. “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.” The study, presented at the 2017 European College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ECNP) Congress, determined the alcohol consumption of 287 males and 156 females with alcohol dependence over the previous 90 days, using the accepted Time Line Follow Back method and standardized diagnostic assessment for life time presence of psychiatric disorders (PRISM). Additional coverage: Medical Daily

Atlanta Journal-Constitution, You can eat bread!: 5 things you probably didn’t know about gluten by T. Wayne Waters — Most people have figured out by this point that gluten is found in wheat, barley, other grains and various foodstuff. But Dr. Michael F. Picco, writing for the Mayo Clinic, notes that modern manufacturing processes sometimes means gluten may be found in lots of different things that people don't actually eat but may accidentally ingest, including certain lip balms, toothpaste, mouthwash and other products. Such instances can also cause people to develop dermatitis herpetiformis (DH), a form of celiac disease with symptoms that include an itchy, blistering rash.

FOX 7 Austin, Changing attitudes and perceptions to cancer treatments by Lauren Petrowski — A recent health check up by the Mayo Clinic shows changing attitudes and perceptions when it comes to cancer treatments. Mayo Clinic oncologist Dr. Minetta Liu has the details.

WOKV Jacksonville, “Every single donation will make a difference”: First Coast leaders push for Irma relief by Stephanie Brown — Florida’s First Coast Relief Fund- which was created after Hurricane Matthew last year- is once again soliciting your donations. Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry says 100% of donations go to relief efforts for those affected in Duval, Baker, Clay, Putnam, Nassau, and St. Johns counties...The Mayo Clinic of Jacksonville is giving $500,000 to Irma relief, including $250,000 to the Fund. Florida Blue has pledged $1 million for statewide relief efforts, with at least $100,000 for the Fund. Additional coverage: Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville Business Journal, Jacksonville Daily Record

Florida Times-Union, Good News by Cindy Holifield — Carroll Sharp has reached his 120-Gallon Donor Milestone by donating at OneBlood’s Mayo Clinic donor center. Sharp, a lifelong blood and platelet donor, donates after his volunteer shift as a Mayo patient escort. Sharp’s motto is, “Find something you can do and do it the best you can.” He regularly gives platelets, volunteers at Mayo and at the Jacksonville International Airport. In addition, he is one of a select group of people who has run in every 15K Gate River Run in Jacksonville for the past 40 years.campus reported Monday morning that the hospital remains open and on normal power and communication channels.

Florida Times-Union, Applause for Mayo Clinic Mentoring — Let’s applaud the Mayo Clinic for opening its doors to students enrolled in the Jacksonville Job Corps Center’s Medical Assisting program. During a recent morning tour of the Mayo Clinic’s Jacksonville campus, 25 Job Corps medical assisting students — accompanied by their instructor, Katherine Harris — visited various simulation, testing and medical technology areas, met with Mayo administrators, learned about employment opportunities and took part in a question and answer session after lunch.

KARE 11, MN football player's journey of living with brain tumor by Randy Shaver — …“His testosterone level was as high as full adult man at eight years old, “says his mom, Shannan. She says doctors at the Mayo clinic discovered a tumor pushing on Brennan's pituitary gland and optic nerve. It was causing accelerated growth and it was basically inoperable. Doctors decided to treat the tumor with chemotherapy two years ago, which meant Brennan's varsity football career consisted of just one game, opening day of his freshman season.

Twin Cities Business, OneOme Expands its Global Reach to Japan, Hong Kong and Macau by Sam Schaust — OneOme is pushing forward with its global expansion, announcing its first commercial break into three Asian territories on Wednesday. The Minneapolis startup’s RightMed kit, which tells patients what medications may cause adverse effects based on their genetic makeup, is now set to launch in Japan, Hong Kong and Macau…The technology underpinning OneOme’s software was developed and licensed out by the Mayo Clinic. After its founding in 2013, the company quickly received investments from the Rochester-based health care organization, as well as Invenshure LLC, an incubator and venture investor out of Minneapolis.

Star Tribune, Mayo testing Kardia Mobile device that detects irregular heartbeats by Joe Carlson — Doctors at Mayo Clinic in Rochester are teaming up with Silicon Valley-based AliveCor on two medical research projects to see whether the Kardia Mobile cardiac monitor and the artificial intelligence system it links to in California can reveal evidence of low potassium levels and irregularly long ­heartbeats. Both conditions can contribute to major cardiac problems. The Mayo research involving the detection of low potassium levels has been ongoing since last year under the direction of Dr. Paul Friedman. Low potassium is tracked because it can cause bad changes in a person’s heart beat and can indicate kidney problems.

KTTC, Mayo Clinic's Jacksonville outpatient facilities will be closed Tuesday — Mayo Clinic's team in Jacksonville, Florida is scrambling to deal with lost power, and record-setting floods in the wake of Hurricane Irma. All of the Jacksonville outpatient facilities will be closed Tuesday. The hospital and emergency department will stay open. EARLIER: Jacksonville is Florida's most populated city, and Monday, many in that town are dealing with lost power, and record-setting floods. Despite this, Mayo Clinic's Jacksonville.

KROC-AM, Mayo Clinic Care Network Expands into China by Andy Brownell — The Mayo Clinic Care Network has picked up a new member in China. Sir Run Run Shaw Hospital is the latest addition to the organization of affiliated healthcare providers. Located in Hangzhou China, Sir Run Run Shaw Hospital is also affiliated with the Zhejiang University School of Medicine and operates two campuses that have 2400 beds and offer care in 32 clinical specialties. The health care system is named after a well-known Hong Kong philanthropist whose generous donations helped establish the research-based institution in 1994.

Post-Bulletin, Irma forces Mayo to close outpatient facilities in Jacksonville by Brett Boese — Mayo Clinic's Jacksonville closed its outpatient facilities today due to Hurricane Irma. The Florida-Times Union newspaper is reporting the city was "hit hard" by the powerful storm, knocking out power in parts of the city and requiring 356 residents to be rescued from rising flood waters. Mayor Lenny Curry had encouraged people to evacuate the city prior to the storm's arrival over the weekend.

Post-Bulletin, Mayo Clinic exec chosen as interim chamber chief by Jeff Kiger — Two weeks after its president resigned amid allegations of harassment, the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce has named a interim leader. The chamber board announced this afternoon that Mayo Clinic executive Kathleen Harrington will temporarily fill the position left open after President Rob Miller's resignation on Aug. 30. Harrington is the chair of Mayo Clinic's Public Policy and Government Relations division. She was a dancer in the 2016 Dancing for the Arts event sponsored by the Rochester Arts & Cultural Trust. The 67-year-old Harrington recently announced she will soon retire from Mayo Clinic.

Pedestrian TV, What Would We Be Capable Of If We Used 100% Of Our Brains? by Sean Dillon — Evidence would show over a day you use 100 percent of the brain, says John Henley, a neurologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Even in sleep, areas such as the frontal cortex, which controls things like higher level thinking and self-awareness, or the somatosensory areas, which help people sense their surroundings, are active, Henley explains. ….[I]t turns out though, that we use virtually every part of the brain, and that [most of] the brain is active almost all the time.

Healio, Pre-amputation mobility increases likelihood of receiving prostheses — Transfemoral amputees who can walk independently prior to amputation are more likely to receive prostheses after amputation, according to data presented at the American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association World Congress. “The odds of receiving a prosthesis was 30 times higher if the people were walking independently prior to the amputation,” , PhD, PE, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, said. “Also, the time lapsed after surgery was associated with an increased probability for receiving a prosthesis for the first 3 months after the amputation.” He said the two key reasons adults with transfemoral amputations fail to receive prostheses are mobility and mortality. Additionally, a 1-decade increase in age is associated with a 54% decrease in the likelihood that the patient would be fitted for a prosthesis.

Becker’s Hospital Review, 10 hospitals with strong finances by Ayla Ellison Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic has an "Aa2" rating and stable outlook with Moody's. Mayo has an excellent clinical reputation and diversified revenue across multiple locations, states and types of hospitals, according to Moody's. The debt rating agency expects Mayo's cash flow to moderate over the next few years as the system completes an EMR implementation and then to return to stronger cash flow levels post implementation.

Medical News Bulletin, Cognitive Decline Can Be Predicted By Tau Protein Levels — The study was comprised of 458 participants aged 56 to 95 from the Mayo Clinic Study of Aging. Participants were seen every 15 months, which included a physical examination (including a neurological exam), interview, and neuropsychological testing. This determined whether participants had cognitive impairment or not. If so, they were categorized into mild cognitive impairment, dementia, or Alzheimer’s disease based on published criteria. Blood was also collected to determine plasma total tau levels. The authors published their results in JAMA Neurology. They found that higher levels of plasma total tau were associated with an increased risk of mild cognitive impairment and cognitive decline, but not dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.

Outside, A Quest to Find the Formula for Perfect Health by Seth Heller — Go past that seven-hour limit and you risk burnout and injury. Or at the very least, wasted time. A 2012 Mayo Clinic study notes that “further exertion” beyond one hour of vigorous cardio per day “produces diminishing [health] returns.” In 2011, papers in The Lancet and the International Journal of Epidemiology also noted that trend, as did a 2009 article in the International Journal of Sports Medicine.

Contemporary OB/GYN, Talking to women about sexual dysfunction: Just do it! by Mary Beth Nirengarten — “We know that women want their providers to bring up the topic but won’t typically ask, even if they have questions or concerns,” said Stephanie S. Faubion, MD, Director, Office of Women’s Health, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota. “Women are even concerned that they might embarrass their providers!” For providers, Dr Faubion underscored their concern over lack of training and skills in dealing with issues of sexual dysfunction as well as the ever-present lack of time. What can providers do to improve communication with their patients about sexual difficulties they may be experiencing?

WEAU Eau ClaireSecurity Health Plan adds Mayo Clinic to network by Ruth Wendlandt — Security Health Plan of Wisconsin is adding one of the nation's leading health care organizations to its insurance network. The new employer coverage now features Mayo Clinic. Mayo Clinic Health System offers more than 1,000 providers at more than 60 locations. Members of many Security Health Plan Health coverage options will have access to Mayo Clinic Health System providers in western Wisconsin, in addition to Mayo Clinic providers and facilities in Minnesota. Additional coverage: Business North

WXOW La Crosse, Mayo Clinic offers tips on social media safety by Jimmy Kruckow — Social media safety is becoming more of a concern as children, and adults for that matter, spend more time online. That's why Mayo Clinic Health System is teaching a special social media safety course to help parents protect their children from online bullying and practice safe, healthy online behavior. Child Therapist, Karen Wagner says online threats can come from anywhere, not just online predators. "You know certainly I hear a lot about young people sexting, whether that's just sending sexually explicit dialogue or sending sexually explicit pictures pictures, I find that a lot of young people don't know the legalities of that and how serious it can really be," says Wagner.

WKBT La Crosse, Meals in Minutes- Mediterranean Pita Scrambles by Nick Adams — Chef Heather VanHorn from Mayo Clinic Health System shares recipes

WEAU Eau Claire, "Raising Healthy Kids" informational sessions held for parents by Noelle Anderson — According to the Department of Health and Human Services, more than 80% of teens are active on social media, a percentage that only continues to grow. But it can be challenging for parents to keep up with their teens, as social media is ever changing. “In the last 5-10 years, that’s how we see people really communicate. That's how they interact with each other that's really their social outlet,” says Mayo Clinic Health System Counselor Karen Wagner. Wagner is part of a social media safety informational session meant to educate parents who have questions.

Red Wing Republican Eagle, Urgent care to become Same Day Clinic by Michael Brun — The Urgent Care department at Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing will make the switch to Same Day Clinic starting Monday, Sept. 18. The clinic, open to all ages, will be available for appointments or walk-ins noon to 7:30 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on weekends. Urgent Care currently operates on a policy of first come, first served, without an appointment option. "If we're not able to schedule a same-day appointment for a patient with his or her primary care provider, or another primary care provider, then our Same Day Clinic may be a great option, especially on the weekends," said Dr. Brian Whited, CEO of Mayo Clinic Health System in Cannon Falls, Lake City and Red Wing, in a news release.

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