September 22, 2017

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights

By Karl 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.

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Star Tribune
Mayo Clinic offers first aid assistance via Amazon's Alexa digital assistant
by Joe Carlson

Alexa, forget my grocery list and morning traffic reports. Tell me about CPR. Alexa, Amazon’s voice-activated digital assistant for the home, has learned a new skill — dispensing medical information about first aid from one of the best-known names inStar Tribune newspaper logo medicine, Minnesota’s Mayo Clinic.

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.

Additional coverage: Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, American Nursing Informatics Association, KAAL, HealthLeaders Media, Becker’s Hospital Review, Healthcare IT News, KTTC,  Advisory Board, MedCity News, Digital Trends, Healthcare Dive, Android HeadlinesMobiHealthNews

Context: Mayo Clinic has introduced a new skill for Amazon Alexa, giving a hands-free way to access first-aid information. A skill is a new capability a person can add to their Amazon Alexa-enabled devices which creates a more personalized user experience. “Mayo Clinic produces trusted, evidence-based health guidance to empower people to effectively manage their health,” says Sandhya Pruthi, M.D., general internal medicine physician and associate medical director, Mayo Clinic Global Business Solutions, which develops products and services which extend Mayo Clinic expertise through employer, payer, provider, consumer and partner channels. “This is the first health guidance skill Mayo Clinic has developed and launched for Amazon Alexa. Voice-enabled experience is a new and growing channel for reaching people and delivering information they are seeking, whether or not they have an existing relationship with Mayo Clinic. Creating this first-aid skill is another way Mayo Clinic can provide relevant information to consumers where and when it’s needed.” More information can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Contact:  Joe O'Keefe


Star Tribune
Having dogs in bedroom doesn't hurt your sleep quality, Mayo study says
by Jeremy Olson

Dr. Lois Krahn has long maintained that dogs should be kept out of the bedroom at night, even though there is little scientific Star Tribune newspaper logoevidence that dogs disrupt sleep and there is plenty of evidence that pet owners ignore the doctors’ orders anyway. So Krahn, a sleep specialist at Mayo Clinic’s campus in Scottsdale, Ariz., put the question to the test — tracking the length and depth of sleep of 40 people who kept dogs in their bedrooms. “I wanted to reconcile this conflict between what we tell people to do and what they seem to do,” she said.

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.

Additional coverage: AsiaOneKTAR PhoenixSafety + Health, Aargauer Zeitung, Big Think

Previous coverage in September 15, 2017 Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights

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


Star Tribune
Mayo rolls out big health record project
by Christopher Snowbeck

—The centerpiece of Mayo Clinic’s ongoing $1.5 billion technology upgrade, already underway in Wisconsin, is expected to arrive later this year at some hospitals and clinics in Minnesota. The Rochester-based health system announced two years agoStar Tribune newspaper logo it would invest in a new electronic health record system that would span all of Mayo’s operations, which stretch into Arizona, Florida and Iowa. Mayo Clinic has used electronic records for years, but the new unified system will be easier to update when it comes to alerts and information tools, said Cris Ross, the health system’s chief information officer.

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.

Additional coverage: Becker’s Hospital Review, Healthcare IT NewsHealth Data Management

Previous coverage in the July 28, 2017 Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights

Previous Coverage in the July 21, 2017 Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights

Context:  Mayo Clinic has started the process of moving to a single, integrated electronic health record and billing system with the implementation of Epic at its Mayo Clinic Health System sites in Wisconsin. Mayo Clinic Health System sites in Wisconsin began implementing Epic last weekend. Mayo Clinic Health System sites in Minnesota are scheduled to go live in November 2017, followed by Mayo Clinic’s Rochester campus in May 2018 and Mayo Clinic’s campuses in Arizona and Florida in October 2018. More information can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Contact: Rhoda Fukushima Madson


Mayo Clinic earns awards for quality, accountability
by Brett Boese

Mayo Clinic brought home two prestigious honors from a recent national event thanks to its quality and accountability in patient care. Mayo earned the Vizient 2017 Bernard A. Birnbaum, M.D. Quality Leadership award as its Rochester campusLogo for Post-Bulletin newspaper earned the No. 1 spot among all academic medical centers and Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing finished first among all community hospitals. "We're honored that Mayo Clinic hospitals received the 2017 Quality Leadership Award," said Dr. Paula Santrach, Mayo's chief quality officer. "The unique Mayo experience is the dedication to quality, safety and service that our staff displays each day. Their hard work and firm commitment to excellence will make us even better in the future."

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 has received the Vizient 2017 Bernard A. Birnbaum, M.D. Quality Leadership award for its high-quality patient care. This award honors Mayo Clinic as the top hospital among academic medical centers and community hospitals nationwide for delivering safe, timely, effective, efficient and equitable patient-centered care. More information can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Contact: Rhoda Fukushima Madson

New York Times, Do I Carry a Dangerous Amount of Belly Fat? by Karen Weintraub — Most of the health problems we associate with fat are strongly linked with visceral fat, which in many people seems to accumulate with age, said Dr. Michael Jensen, a professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and a past president of the Obesity Society, a professional group. Although everyone carries some visceral fat, gaining excessive amounts seems to happen only if there is a dysfunction, often tied to age, in the storage of normal or “subcutaneous” fat, he said. There are several possible theories for this, including that the body simply runs out of the ability to make new healthy subcutaneous fat cells to replace old, dying ones; or that weight gained quickly overwhelms the body’s ability to store healthy fat, he said.

Washington Post, When pain just won’t stop, a specialty program might help by Michelle Andrews — Each year, more than 300 people take part in a program at the Pain Rehabilitation Center at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Their complaints range widely, from specific problems such as low-back pain to systemic issues such as fibromyalgia. By the time patients enroll, many have tried just about everything to get their chronic pain under control. Half are taking opioids. Continuing to do so is a dealbreaker. To qualify for treatment, participants must agree to taper off pain medications during the three-week program. More than 80 percent of those who enroll complete the entire program, said Wesley Gilliam, the center’s clinical director, and many previous opioid users who finish the treatment report six months later that they have been able to stay off opioids.

Los Angeles Times, The top 5 things to know about opioids — "Opioids have long been used clinically to treat pain, but prior to the 1990s they were primarily reserved for patients with a limited life expectancy, such as for someone with cancer or in a hospice setting," says Dr. W. Michael Hooten, a Mayo Clinic anesthesiologist and Pain Clinic specialist. "The potential problems associated with long-term use were secondary considerations." Additional coverage: Chicago Tribune

ABC News, Selena Gomez recovering from kidney transplant after lupus diagnosis by Kelly McCarthy — According to the Mayo Clinic, lupus is "a chronic inflammatory disease that occurs when your body's immune system attacks your own tissues and organs." Organs that may be affected by lupus include the kidneys, heart and lungs. Additional coverage: Voice of America, SELF, HuffPost

HuffPost, Lady Gaga Put A Much-Needed Spotlight On Chronic Pain by Lindsay Holmes — Chronic pain conditions like fibromyalgia are still widely misunderstood both in society and even among some doctors. As Connie A. Luedtke, the nursing supervisor of the Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Clinic at Mayo Clinic points out in an interview, the lack of visibility can lead to misunderstanding among people who don’t suffer from the condition. “The top misconception is that people think fibromyalgia isn’t a real medical problem or that it is “all in your head.” ... In people who have fibromyalgia, the brain and spinal cord process pain signals differently. As a result, they react more strongly to touch and pressure, with a heightened sensitivity to pain. It is a real physiological and neurochemical problem. Additional coverage: NPR

HuffPost, Ways To Reduce The Risk Of Alzheimer's Include Hobbies, Friends — Research from the Mayo Clinic found that participating in arts and crafts activities could delay the onset of cognitive decline that often leads to dementia. The team found that those who took part in artistic hobbies such as painting, drawing, and sculpting, were 73 percent less likely to develop mild cognitive impairment than those who didn't, whilst enjoying craft activities such as woodworking, pottery, ceramics, and sewing reduced the risk by 45 percent.

BuzzFeed, The Secrets To Being Tom Brady Are Pricey Supplements, No Tomatoes Or Fries by Vanessa Wong — The quarterback's lifestyle bible The TB12 Methodcomes out this week and includes some tough recommendations for real people, alongside promotions for his TB12 products. … Then there's the gap between aspirational advice like eating real, organic, and local and how most Americans actually live. As Mayo Clinic dietitian Kate Zeratsky told BuzzFeed News: "There’s nothing wrong with such recommendations, depending on where you live and the practicality of some of those things. But when most Americans are eating only two to 2.5 servings of fruits and veg a day, and you say, 'Eat local, organic,' and you put on more parameters, it’s like gosh, I just need you eat some more fruits and veg."

STAT, Why did five patients in the same hospital come down with a rare blood infection? by Allison Bond — The last decade has seen numerous outbreaks of infections caused by health care employees siphoning medications intended for patients, from technologists to nurses to respiratory therapists, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Yet many in the health care field remain unaware that drug diversion is a major problem...“It’s become screamingly obvious that there are a lot of other people endangered” by a hospital employee’s addiction, said Dr. Keith Berge, an anesthesiologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., who was not involved in the recent investigation but has written about controlled substance diversion. “It puts vulnerable patients at risk.”

US News & World Report, Young Americans Lead Rise in Suicide Attempts — 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." Additional coverage: KTTC

SELF, Let's Talk About Sleep Paralysis: When You Wake Up and Can't Move by Nitun Verma, M.D. — Sleep paralysis can happen to people with other sleep-related conditions like narcolepsy, sleep apnea, and idiopathic hypersomnia (extreme sleepiness), according to the Mayo Clinic, but people without these conditions can also have it. Having it by itself, like my patient did, is called “isolated” sleep paralysis.

Men’s Fitness, 11 reasons to never neglect water by Amos Zeeberg — Water is the building block of life as we know it, and you should be proactive about keeping yourself hydrated even when you aren’t training or being active. The Mayo Clinic has found that an average daily water intake for a man is about three liters. But hydration isn’t the only benefit you’ll experience from drinking that much—your general health should improve as well.

Daily Mail, Why you should NOT yo-yo diet: Maintaining steady weight is the key to keeping blood pressure low throughout your life by Maggie O’Neill — The Mayo Clinic suggests implementing these simple changes into your daily routine to reduce your chances of being hypertensive: Increase the amount of potassium in your diet, Keep a food diary, so you become more aware of the types of foods you are eating, Reduce the amount of sodium in your diet, Eat fewer processed foods, Read the labels on food products you pick up while you are grocery shopping, Adhere to a healthy-eating plan while you are dining out, too. The clinic also says that the best types of exercise for lowering your blood pressure are: walking or jogging, cycling, swimming, dancing.

Romper, How Do I Prepare My Toddler For A New Baby? Real Moms Weigh In by Cat Bowen — According to the Mayo Clinic, there are a few precautions you can take if you, too, are wondering how to prepare a toddler for a new baby. The first thing you can do is to keep your toddler aware. Sure, I told my son that he was getting a little sister, and even asked him what we should name her (Lightning McQueen), but the dialogue was limited. That was a mistake. The Mayo Clinic says that you need to talk to them about when they were a baby, and what it will be like to have a baby around.

Romper, Can You Take Melatonin While Pregnant? An Expert Explains by Caroline Shannon-Karasik — What exactly is melatonin and how could it affect both you and your baby? According to the Mayo Clinic, the hormone melatonin plays a role in your natural sleep-wake cycle. Natural levels of melatonin in the blood are highest at night, but some research suggests that melatonin supplements taken at the right time might be helpful in helping you more effectively snooze. It sounds natural and seems like an easy way to help your body do what it needs to — catch those ZZZs.

Newsweek, Celiac Disease Remains a Scientific Mystery. Here's What Doctors Know About the Cause by Melissa Matthews — One popular belief is that certain events can trigger celiac, making it active in people who already have the disease. According to the Mayo Clinic website, pregnancy, viral infections, surgery or emotional stress have been linked to the onset of celiac. In a very  small study conducted in 2013, adults with confirmed cases of celiac also had more serious and frequent events before being diagnosed.

Florida Times-Union, Hurricane Irma: How Jacksonville-area hospitals responded to latest weather crisis by Beth Reese Cravey — All hospital systems maintain emergency plans of action for a looming crisis such as Irma. “Mayo Clinic staff started preparing for the storm more than a week prior to experts saying the projected path would impact Florida,” said Gianrico Farrugia, CEO of Mayo’s Jacksonville campus. At Mayo the hazard to be considered was the “acuity” — the intensity of required nursing care — of the patients, said Farrugia.

Jacksonville Daily Record, Mayo Clinic donates $500,000 for Irma relief; Salvation Army responds to storm by Max Marbut — Mayo Clinic donated $500,000 to assist emergency relief efforts following Hurricane Irma in Northeast Florida and other communities throughout Florida. The disaster response provides financial assistance to organizations most closely serving immediate needs in affected areas. Mayo Clinic will donate $500,000 toward disaster relief — $250,000 to the Florida First Coast Relief Fund and $250,000 to the American Red Cross. The Florida First Coast Relief Fund will address needs in the Jacksonville community and surrounding counties. Additional coverage: Post-BulletinKTTC

Florida Times-Union, Exercise for Aging — One benefit of living in these times is that we’re learning more about the benefits of exercise. A study by the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., examined the benefits of exercise for sedentary people younger than 30 and older than 64, reported The New York Times. Some of them did brief interval training three times a week that involved pedaling a stationary bicycle hard for four minutes, resting for three minutes, repeating three times. Researchers determined that the brief but intense approach led to clear health benefits (particularly for older adults).

News4Jax, Seniors: Beef it up to prevent muscle loss — Estimates of how much muscle is lost with age vary from 8 percent to about 50 percent of our muscles. Men seem to lose muscle faster than women. Strength is lost more rapidly than muscle. Why is this important? When muscles get smaller, they get much weaker. Loss of strength is consistent with loss of mobility and independence, and the need for institutional care. — Mayo Clinic News Network

Atlanta Journal-Constitution, What is Intersex? And other questions by Ariel Hart — According to the Mayo Clinic, about 1 percent of all people have some type of “gender dysphoria.” That means the gender that people thought they were physically is in conflict with how they feel. Intersex: “Sex” is different from “gender.” “Sex” refers to biological and physiological characteristics, like genital organs, hormones the body produces, and chromosomes a body has. If someone is intersex, they were born with those characteristics not completely male or female.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Should you monitor your sleep with a fitness tracker? — Dear Mayo Clinic: I wear a fitness device that tracks my sleep. It shows that most of my sleep is light sleep and that I rarely am in deep sleep. Is this kind of sleep tracker reliable? If so, is there a way I can get better sleep? I sleep about six or seven hours each night. A: When it comes to identifying the difference between light sleep and deep sleep, research has shown that fitness trackers are not accurate. Rather than relying on your device to measure how well you sleep, consider basing your assessment of sleep quality on how you feel when you wake up. If you don’t feel well-rested, and it’s affecting your daily life, that might prompt a change in your habits or possibly a sleep evaluation.

KSAT San Antonio, Mayo Clinic News Network: How to exercise while you work — Finding time to exercise can be a challenge for anyone with a busy schedule. Why not work out while you're at work? Here are five ways to make office exercise part of your routine…

WNDU South Bend, New math developments lead to more improved brain cancer treatment — Mayo Clinic in Phoenix has opened a research lab where the goal is to use math to find the best treatment for brain cancer tumors. Doctor Bernard Bendok is leading a research team trying to get ahead of that pattern. They’re using MRI scans and other pathology to create mathematical equations to tell them what a brain tumor is likely to do. “Tumors, in a way, while they may seem to be unpredictable, actually follow a pattern,” said Doctor Bendok. “We’re moving from what I would consider conventional healthcare to individualized health care, where we try to predict and understand how a tumor is behaving, not on average for an average patient, but in a specific patient.” Additional coverage: WQAD Illinois

Star Tribune,'Vietnam War' director Ken Burns keeps returning to Minnesota by Neal Justin — Q: What’s the American thread in the Mayo Clinic story? A: First of all, its an utterly American story but it’s unique. So often, it’s about making a quick buck, but these people who founded it were willing to serve the poor, the elderly. These days, it’s not just about cutting-edge medicine, but about dedication to patients and faith and hope.

Star Tribune, However you sit, it's bad for your health, study says — “If you’re sitting too much, you need to do something about it — like right now,” said Dr. James A. Levine, an obesity expert at the Mayo Clinic who studies the health effects of sitting. “Unless you get moving now, you’re in trouble later.” The finding that a workout will not undo the harms caused by prolonged sitting is unsurprising, Levine added. “Even if you’re a gym-goer and think you’re safe on account of your excellent effort, you are not,” Levine said. “No one gets away from this stuff. … Excess sitting, this study seems to suggest, is a death sentence.”

Twin Cities Business, Mayo Research into Microbiome-Nutrition Connection Lands ADM’s Backing by Don Jacobson — The Mayo Clinic’s ongoing research push into analyzing gut bacteria to develop individualized nutrition strategies took a big step forward this month with the announcement a potentially wide-ranging collaboration involving global food processor Archer Daniels Midland Co. It’s the Rochester clinic’s second such collaboration within a year aimed at exploring the relationship between the microbial communities living within the human digestive system and optimal nutrition and wellness programs tailored to individuals.

Alzforum, More Evidence that Dementia Case Numbers Are Falling — “Changes in diet, especially for the mother during pregnancy, may be a crucial factor,” agreed Walter Rocca at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. In addition, Rocca pointed out that people born in 1929 or after would have been teenagers or younger at the end of World War II, and thus their developing brains may have particularly reaped the benefits of the societal and medical changes that occurred at that time.

ASU, ASU professor explores the healing power of rhythm — ASU School of Music Associate Professor Roger Mantie participated in Saturday’s rehearsal. He specializes in music education and community engagement, and he has been involved with a program supported by the Arizona Arts Commission called “Mayo Music Makers,” in a partnership with Mayo Clinic. When he learned about Cindi’s work at Banner he immediately reached out to learn more.

KEYC Mankato, Baby Café Celebrates Grand Opening by Allison Gens — A place for mothers to find support and education while breastfeeding is marking its grand opening. It's part of a network of Baby Café drop–ins around the country. The Mankato Area Baby Café is held at the Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota and has been going since April. "It's meant to be a very comfortable environment where they can feel comfortable breastfeeding, feel safe about breastfeeding, and just with other women who are doing the same thing they are," said Susan Splinter, RN at Mayo Clinic Health System. Additional coverage: Mankato Free Press

New Scientist, Third-hand smoke in furniture and clothes damages mouse organs by Aylin Woodward — Exposure to “third-hand smoke” – residue left behind on carpets, clothing and furniture – appears to increase the risk of liver damage and diabetes in mice. Residues of cigarette smoke cause a cocktail of toxins to accumulate on surfaces and clothes. Such toxins are thought to resist removal by industrial cleaners…As always, it is difficult to extrapolate the findings to humans. The results make sense, are biologically plausible and important, says Taylor Hays at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, but the effect on humans still needs to be investigated. “It’s important to note that a one-off or casual exposure is not going to have measurable impact on people,” he says.

Medical Xpress, Do titanium dioxide particles from orthopedic implants disrupt bone repair? — Researchers from the Mayo Clinic have proposed that negative cellular responses to titanium-based nanoparticles released from metal implants interfere in bone formation and resorption at the site of repair, resulting in implant loosening and joint pain. Jie Yao, Eric Lewallen, PhD, David Lewallen, MD, Andre van Wijnen, PhD, and colleagues from the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN and Second Affiliated Hospital of Soochow University, China, coauthored the article entitled "Local Cellular Responses to Titanium Dioxide from Orthopedic Implants The authors examined the results of recently published studies of titanium-based implants, focusing on the direct and indirect effects of titanium dioxide nanoparticles on the viability and behavior of multiple bone-related cell types. Additional coverage:

AAP News, Dermatologist to Give Tips on How to Diagnose, Manage Skin Emergencies by Carla Kemp — About 15%-20% of primary care visits by pediatric patients are for skin-related issues, the dermatologic literature shows. “Primary care providers end up managing a lot of skin disease because there simply are way more pediatricians, family medicine docs and physician extenders who work in primary care than there are subspecialists who work in dermatology,” said Dawn Davis, MD, FAAP, associate professor of pediatrics and dermatology at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn. “We need their help, and we’re very grateful for their care of patients.”

Post-Bulletin, Can medical treatments halt or slow aging? by Anne Halliwell — A Mayo clinic researcher is targeting aging itself in an attempt to stave off ag-related health conditions. Doctor James Kirkland, the director of the Robert and Arlene Kogod Center on Aging, is the lead author of a study on senolytic drugs, which could help delay the onset of serious health conditions by clearing the body of senescent, or damaged cells. Senolytic drug trials may be the next step in keeping people healthier longer. "If you target fundamental aging processes, you may be able to delay, prevent or target multiple aging issues as a group, instead of one at a time," Kirkland said.

Red Wing Republican Eagle, Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing receives national quality award by Michael Brun — Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing ranked first out of 161 community clinics nationwide in the Vizient 2017 Bernard A. Birnbaum, M.D. Quality Leadership awards presented Sept. 14 at the Clinical Connections Summit in Denver. Mayo Clinic in Rochester also ranked first out of 107 academic medical centers. “Although no single set of measures can perfectly represent health care quality, we are proud to be recognized with this quality leadership award and grateful to our staff,” said Dr. Brian Whited, CEO of Mayo Clinic Health System in Cannon Falls, Lake City and Red Wing, in a news release.

La Crosse Tribune, Mayo-Franciscan program to teach how to raise confident children — Dr. Chad Kritzberger, a pediatrician at Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare in La Crosse, will present a free public program on practical ways to raise confident children at 6 p.m. Sept. 26 in Marycrest Auditorium on the second floor of the Mayo-Franciscan’s hospital building at 700 West Ave. S. Kritzberger will explain how children develop self-worth and what they need from their parents at all ages. Children also are welcome to attend, and snacks will be provided.

D Healthcare, Methodist and Mayo Clinic Mark Three-Year Anniversary by Olivia Nguyen — Dallas-based Methodist Health System and Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Mayo Clinic have marked the third anniversary of their partnership. Methodist is the 31st system to partner with Mayo Clinic. So far, the partnership has worked on 600 projects aiming to benefit quality patient care. The partnership has undertaken multiple initiatives including sepsis protocols, Methodist patient online consultations with Mayo physicians, and the creation of “project deployment office” and an improvement academy.

Sarcoidosis News, Mayo Clinic Population-based Study Characterizes Hepatic Sarcoidosis by Alice Melao — A research team at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, evaluated the clinical records of cases of hepatic sarcoidosis over a 37-year period to describe the characteristics of the condition. The work results from the fact that the clinical characteristics and outcome of hepatic sarcoidosis are still not well-defined, and most of the information available is from referral-based cohort studies, which may not fully reflect the disease as it occurs in the community.

Green Valley News, Mayo Clinic Minute: Ideas for improving herb flavor — Herbs can add a new dimension to your home-cooked dishes. And the fresh taste of spices, such as oregano, thyme and rosemary, can reduce the amount of salt you might otherwise shake into your recipes. Jen Welper, an executive chef with the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program, has three tips for getting the most bang out of your basil and other herbs.

Medscape, FDA Panel Mulls New Data for Pain Patch in Kids by Pauline Anderson — The committee met to discuss the study and determine whether, on the basis of the new findings, any changes should be made to the drug's label. For the most part, committee members the study was too small and too short and included inappropriate participants, such as those with migraine. Committee members also questioned some of the new safety data. "The sample size was too small from the outset, and the population under study is not the population likely to use this medicine in future," said Randall Flick, MD, director, Mayo Clinic Children's Center, and associate professor of Anesthesiology & Pediatrics, Mayo Clinic, Rochester. "In fact, many patients in the study were, in my view, inappropriate for this medication."

Becker’s Hospital Review, Mayo Clinic develops EHR clinical decision support for lab tests by Jessica Kim Cohen — Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic teamed up with National Decision Support Co., which develops clinical decision support solutions, to create CareSelect Lab. CareSelect Lab, delivered via NDSC's CareSelect Platform, integrates with a hospital's EHR to deliver clinical decision support at the point-of-order for laboratory tests. The tool aggregates clinical guidance on laboratory, pathology and genetic tests to provide clinicians with medical recommendations. CareSelect Lab also comprises benchmarking and analytics tools to help hospitals compare provider ordering patterns and identify gaps in care. Additional coverage: Healthcare IT News, Health Data Management, EHR Intelligence

Volume One, Gaining Skills, Earning Successes by Marie Anthony — The Project SEARCH family is made up of several talented individuals (who all gave me a very warm welcome), but I had the opportunity to chat most with Tim Burns, program instructor, and Jennifer Steffes, Mayo Clinic Health System project specialist and Project SEARCH liaison…. “The support from the Mayo Clinic Health System staff has been overwhelming,” Steffes shares. “One of the employees told me that, after working with the interns, her husband noted that she’d always come home from work beaming. Working with Project SEARCH interns has completely changed her outlook on work and her job! They added such joy to her day and rejuvenated her spirit!”

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