October 6, 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.

Editor, Karl Oestreich;  Assistant Editor: Emily Blahnik


Star Tribune
Five signs of prescription drug abuse
by Allie Shah

The latest numbers are sobering: On average, 91 people a day die from an opioid-related overdose, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While doctors and legislators are taking steps to address the situation, there'sStar Tribune newspaper logo another critical line of defense: loved ones who can spot the telltale signs of opioid addiction. "A lot of family members will say, 'Oh, gosh, looking back, yeah, I see it.' Because it happens so gradually and so insidiously typically," said Dr. W. Michael Hooten, professor of anesthesiology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester and an expert in pain medicine. We asked Hooten and Dr. Charles Reznikoff, an addiction specialist at Hennepin County Medical Center, for advice on what to look for if you suspect someone you love is addicted to opioids.

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: W. Michael Hooten, M.D. is a Mayo Clinic psychiatrist and anesthesiologist. Dr. Hooten is affiliated with Mayo's Departments of Pain Medicine and Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine.  His clinical research relates to chronic pain with a specific focus on changes in pain thresholds and tolerances following opioid tapering; the genomics of chronic pain; and the effects of smoking on treatment outcomes of chronic pain.

Contact: Duska Anastasijevic


Hockey concussion summit underway in Rochester

Physicians, scientists, athletic trainers, coaches, officials and retired pro players are gathering in Rochester this week to discuss KARE-11 Logoconcussions in the game of ice hockey. "Ice Hockey Summit III: Action on Concussion" is a forum to discuss preventing, diagnosing and treating concussions in the sport at all levels. "Ultimately, we're coming together to make the sport safer for our athletes," says Michael Stuart, M.D., orthopedic surgeon and co-director, Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine. "Athletes at all levels are bigger, stronger and faster. Therefore, we must improve our ability to diagnose, treat and prevent traumatic brain injury."

Reach: KARE 11 is the NBC affiliate in Minneapolis-St. Paul and reaches more than 600,000 people each week in its coverage area. Its website has more than 1.5 million unique visitors each month.

Additional coverage: WXOW La Crosse, KTTC, Post-Bulletin, KAAL

Context:  Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine hosted "Ice Hockey Summit III: Action on Concussion" Sept. 28-29. "Ultimately, we’re coming together to make the sport safer for our athletes," says Michael Stuart, M.D., orthopedic surgeon and co-director, Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine. "Athletes at all levels are bigger, stronger and faster. Therefore, we must improve our ability to diagnose, treat and prevent traumatic brain injury." More information can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Contact: Rhoda Fukushima Madson


Mayo, Oxford form transatlantic partnership
by Brett Boese

Mayo Clinic announced an ambitious transatlantic partnership this morning that ties together two of the world's elite health care providers. Mayo Clinic, the University of Oxford and the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust have signedLogo for Post-Bulletin newspaper an agreement aimed at improving medical research and patient care for patients across the globe. Mayo's Stephen Cassivi, a Rochester-based doctor who has served as the medical director of the collaboration for the past year, says it's now time for both sides to "roll up their sleeves" as they work through the remaining logistics of the high-potential relationship.

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.

Additional coverage: Voice of AlexandriaKTTC

Context: Mayo Clinic, the University of Oxford, and Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust have signed an agreement to work together, driving advances in medical research and patient care. This agreement will underpin collaboration in all areas of innovation. Mayo Clinic and Oxford will bring together their respective expertise to improve patient care, make scientific discoveries and educate the health care providers and researchers of the future. More information can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Contact:  Bryan Anderson


Mayo Clinic talks caffeine myths before National Coffee Day
by Anne Halliwell

Today is International Coffee Day. But what are some truths and myths about that steaming cup of java? Donald Hensrud, Logo for Post-Bulletin newspaperdirector of the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program, had the answers to our questions.

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: Donald Hensrud, M.D. is a Mayo Clinic endocrinologist and editor of The Mayo Clinic Diet Book.

Contact:  Kelley Luckstein


KSAZ/FOX10, Phoenix
Valley woman who beat breast cancer works to spread awareness

Back in February of 2014, Elizabeth Vines of Seattle noticed a pea-sized lump in her breast. Without looking, the 35-year-old woman was told by her family doctor that she shouldn't be concerned. "He actually didn't even think to look at it," VinesKSAZ-Fox10-Phoenix Logo said.But over the next six months, Elizabeth noticed the lump grew to nearly half the size of a lemon, and after several more exams and a misdiagnosis, she took her health into her own hands and came here, to the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix.

Reach: KZAZ-10 is the Fox affiliate in Phoenix. Its website receives more than 589,000 unique visitors each month.

Context: Donald Northfelt, M.D.  is a Mayo Clinic medical oncologist with Mayo's Breast Clinic and Elizabeth Vines' physician. The Breast Clinic coordinates state-of-the-art services, research studies and education to provide a highly personalized evaluation and treatment plan. This multidisciplinary approach assures that the combined knowledge and wisdom of many experienced breast cancer specialists are available to provide you with the latest quality breast cancer treatment and research.

Contact:  Jim McVeigh

Hospitals & Health Networks, Mayo's Transform 2017: Maximizing Health by Matt O’Connor — The 2017 Mayo Clinic Transform Conference opened with a keynote presentation that asked one of health care’s toughest questions: How do we maximize wellness? The panel of five speakers kicked off with a presentation from Andy Slavitt, senior adviser at the Bipartisan Policy Center. The former acting administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services walked attendees through a history of a few of the more significant moments in U.S. health care, from the implementation of Medicare and Medicaid in 1965 to the passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2009. Additional coverage: Healthcare Analytics News

US News & World Report, Stem Cells May Hold the Fix by Stacey Colino — Precisely how stem cell therapies work is still being uncovered. What's emerging is a realization that "they teach the body to heal from within," explains Atta Behfar, a cardiologist and director of the cardiac regenerative medicine program at the Mayo Clinic. Stem cells delivered into a heart injured by a heart attack don't "serve as the brick and mortar to repair the heart," he says. "It's the proteins and other substances they secrete that tell your body to heal."

HealthLeaders Media, Higher Cancer Costs Linked to Pre-existing Psychiatric Diagnoses by Alexandra Wilson Pecci — Cancer patients with pre-existing psychiatric diagnoses had 208% higher follow-up ED costs than patients without them, according to a new study from Mayo Clinic. Those patients also had 193% higher follow-up hospital outpatient costs and 190% higher follow-up hospital inpatient costs. "Psychiatric health is an essential component of comprehensive cancer care,” the study's lead author Mark Waddle, M.D., a radiation oncologist at Mayo Clinic's Florida campus, said in a statement. "However, little has been done to quantify the impact of pre-existing psychiatric conditions on the cost of cancer care."

Health Data Management, Amazon, Mayo team to bring basic treatment info in the home by Joseph Goedert — Amazon Alexa, the wireless digital assistant that can perform a multitude of tasks via simple voice commands from a user, now offers access to first aid treatment with self-care instructions using content from the Mayo Clinic. The free service is a new “skill” or capability—built by Mayo—that an individual can add to Amazon Alexa devices.

Forbes, Tom Brady Drinks About 14 To 37 Glasses Of Water A Day, But Should You? by Bruce Y. Lee — Well, good hydration is important because — sorry to disappoint you — you are a big bag of water. About 60% of your body is water. Water is essential to carry out many of your body's chemical reactions...As the Mayo Clinic website explains, severe dehydration can make you more susceptible to the heat (e.g., heat cramps or heatstroke) and kidney problems (e.g., infections, stones and failure) or lead to seizures or even shock.

SELF, Julia Louis-Dreyfus Reveals She's Been Diagnosed With Breast Cancer by Sarah Jacoby — Just earlier this month Julia Louis-Dreyfus was winning big at the Emmys. And today the Seinfeld and Veep actress revealed on Twitter that she's been diagnosed with breast cancer…Treatment at the earliest stages may involve surgically removing the tumor or undergoing external radiation, according to the Mayo Clinic. But as the stages become more severe, they may require more aggressive treatment, such as a mastectomy or chemotherapy to prevent the cancer from spreading.

Prevention, Yes, Baby Quinoa Is Actually A Thing. Here's How It's Different Than Quinoa. by Kelsey Kloss — Over the past few years, quinoa has moved from foodie trend to mainstream health food staple. And just when you were finally getting comfortable cooking with the stuff, its younger sibling, baby quinoa, is making moves to steal the title of champion of the superseeds. Baby quinoa, or kañiwa (pronounced ka-nyi-wa), is becoming increasingly popular among healthy eaters in North America…“We’re always looking for something new in the nutrition and culinary world,” says Lisa Dierks, RDN, LD, a wellness dietitian at the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program. “Baby quinoa is that next new and exciting thing.”

BuzzFeed, 7 Things I Wish People Understood About OCD by Shannon Azzato Stephens — OCD has two basic components: obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors. According to the Mayo Clinic, “OCD obsessions are repeated, persistent, and unwanted thoughts, urges, or images that are intrusive and cause distress or anxiety.” These obsessions could be almost anything, but as the Mayo Clinic points out, they often have themes, which could include unwelcome thoughts about traumatic memories or being contaminated by distasteful objects, people, or ideas. Many people with OCD also experience persistent fears that they will hurt themselves or others.

Reader’s Digest, 8 Pancreatic Cancer Signs You Might Be Ignoring by Alyssa Jung — A diabetes diagnosis doesn't mean you'll get pancreatic cancer, but it is associated with an increased risk. One Mayo Clinic study found that 40 percent of pancreatic patients were diagnosed with diabetes in the months before their cancer diagnosis.

Chicago Tribune, Home remedies: relief from hemorrhoids — Dear Mayo Clinic: Every few months, I develop hemorrhoids that are quite painful, but, after a few days, they seem to go away on their own. Is there a way to avoid getting them altogether? Do I need to see my doctor the next time the hemorrhoids return?...A: Hemorrhoids are quite common, and they often follow the pattern you describe. Making some lifestyle changes may lower your chances of developing hemorrhoids. But, if those changes aren’t enough to keep them from coming back, and the hemorrhoids cause you considerable discomfort, then consider making an appointment with your doctor for an evaluation to see if treatment may be necessary.

Newsweek, Symptoms of Dementia: Study Finds Inability to Smell Peppermint Linked to Disease by Melissa Matthews — Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, with an annual research budget of around $480 million, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. But the “holy grail” of contemporary dementia research is determining the risk factors that make people more likely to develop the disease, neurologist Ronald Petersen, who directs the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center and Study of Aging at the Mayo Clinic, tells Newsweek. Risk factor research is just as important as treatment development, Petersen says, since the two work together: first detection and then prevention. Once viable pre-dementia medications are found, doctors can use them in the intervention stage, similar to how cholesterol drugs lower heart disease risk. Additional coverage: The Inquistr

STAT, U.S. states are waging a civil war over donated livers. Will a new proposal finally resolve it? by Casey Ross — The proposal to change the allocation system would broaden sharing of donated livers to a 150-nautical mile radius around the donor hospital, regardless of which organ region a potential recipient lives in. It would also award points to candidates based on their proximity to the hospital, to help minimize travel and logistical challenges. “The intent of the policy is to offer livers to the patient who’s got the most urgent need for a transplant,” said Dr. Julie Heimbach, a Mayo Clinic transplant surgeon who chaired the UNOS committee that devised the proposal. “One way to reach more of the urgent people at the time they need it is to share over a slightly bigger area.”

Health, Hugh Hefner Had a Drug-Resistant E. Coli Infection. Here’s What You Should Know by Sarah Klein — Hugh Hefner’s cause of death has been listed as cardiac arrest (which also killed Tom Petty just days later) and respiratory failure. But the week before he died on Sept. 27 at age 91, Hefner had an E. coli infection as well as septicemia, or bacteria in the blood, according to his death certificate, PEOPLE reported… “There are some infections that we see that are so resistant to antibiotics, we wouldn’t predict that any antibiotic would be able to work,” says Pritish K. Tosh, MD, a Mayo Clinic infectious disease physician and researcher.

Live Science, Aaron Hernandez's 'Severe' CTE: How Does It Progress So Quickly? by Rachael Rettner — Kevin Bieniek, a research fellow in neuropathology at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Jacksonville, Florida, said that there may be both genetic and environmental factors that play a role in the risk of developing CTE, and in the disease's progression. Some of these factors might be protective, while others could contribute to a person's risk, he noted. For example, it's thought that a gene called APOE may influence CTE risk… The evidence linking CTE with APOE e4, however, is still not conclusive, Bieniek told Live Science, so more studies are needed to confirm that it is a real risk factor.

MedPage Today, Catheter-Based Biopsy Enables Heart Tumor Diagnosis by Nicole Lu — Where malignancy is suspected in intracardiac masses, percutaneous transcatheter biopsy can provide a histopathologic diagnosis without resorting to surgery, operators found. This minimally-invasive means of biopsy altered clinical decision-making in 52% of patients; 38% of those slated for excisional biopsy were subsequently able to avoid surgery, Gautam Reddy, MD, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and colleagues reported in a study published ahead of print in EuroIntervention.

Healio, AGA provides guidance on managing GI side effects of opioids — Michael Camilleri, MD, of the division of gastroenterology and hepatology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and co-authors emphasized that considering the widespread use of opioids in the U.S., gastroenterologists should understand the beneficial or adverse effects these medications can have on the GI tract, and how to prevent and effectively treat them.“Opioids are frequently encountered in clinical practice either as cause of patients’ symptoms or as the treatment for symptoms,” Camilleri told Healio Gastroenterology and Liver Disease. “Opioids have pharmacological effects on the entire gastrointestinal tract from the lower esophageal sphincter to the anorectum, and including the gall bladder and biliary tract.”

Fierce Healthcare, Doctors often avoid mental health care because they think they'll lose their medical licenses by Joanne Finnegan — Add a new study to the evidence that worries about their medical license keep many physicians from seeking treatment for mental health issues. The study, published today in Mayo Clinic Proceedings, said that despite growing burnout, many physicians avoid mental health treatment because of concern for their licenses… “Clearly, in some states, the questions physicians are required to answer to obtain or renew their license are keeping them from seeking the help they need to recover from burnout and other emotional or mental health issues,” study co-author Liselote Dyrbye, M.D., of the Mayo Clinic said in an announcement. Additional coverage: KTTC

Science Daily, Risks and recommendations for weight gain management in midlife women — A faced by women in midlife has led Mayo Clinic researchers to a series of recommendations for this patient population. The findings are published in this month's edition of Mayo Clinic Proceedings… "This population of women faces multiple challenges for maintaining a healthy weight," says Ekta Kapoor, M.B.B.S., a Mayo Clinic endocrinologist and the study's lead author. "Mood changes, sleep disturbances, hot flashes and the many other changes of menopause can disrupt what may have previously been a healthy lifestyle."

Romper, How Big Will My Baby Be? The Answer Will Help You Prepare For Childbirth by Steph Montgomery —There's an equation you can use to predict how big your baby will be. And, of course, there are tests your doctor can do to estimate your baby's size, according to the Mayo Clinic. But it's important to note that these tests often aren't reliable and shouldn't be the only thing you and your health care provider considers when making decisions about labor and delivery. According to the Mayo Clinic, determining how big your baby will be is pretty important when planning your childbirth experience.

PsychCentral, Concussion Recovery Can Take Twice as Long for Young Female Athletes by Traci Pedersen — According to the Mayo Clinic, common symptoms after a concussive traumatic brain injury are headache, loss of memory (amnesia), and confusion. The amnesia usually involves forgetting the event that caused the concussion. For the study, the researchers analyzed the medical records of 110 male and 102 female athletes (aged 11 to 18) with first-time concussion diagnoses. The median duration of symptoms was 11 days for boys and 28 days for girls. The findings show that symptoms resolved within three weeks for 75 percent of boys, compared to 42 percent of girls.

WCCO, Take Part In The TC Marathon…Without Running — Paul Yerhot, Mayo Clinic physical therapist is interviewed. Starts at 3:37 mark.

MPR, Friday Roundtable: Curbing the effects of Alzheimer's — Alzheimer's accounts for an overwhelming majority of all dementia cases. It is caused by proteins or plaques that build up in the brain.  New research shows that African Americans appear to be at greater risk for dementia and Alzheimer's. Currently there is no cure, but today we'll discuss the new frontier of Alzheimer's research and your best avenues for prevention.  MPR News host Kerri Miller spoke with Dr. Ron Petersen, a physician and the Director of the Mayo Clinic's Alzheimer's Disease Research Center.

MPR News, Intelligence Squared debate: Is the U.S. health care system terminally broken? — Do we need to design tomorrow's health care on a clean slate, or can the current system be jolted back to life? Three doctors and a public health expert debate the motion, "The U.S. health care system is terminally broken."… This debate was recorded in Rochester at the Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation, at the annual Mayo Transform conference. September 28, 2017.

Twin Cities Business, New SE Minnesota Angel Fund Breaks Million-Dollar Mark by Don Jacobson — “It is an honor to announce that SMIF has joined the investors in the Southeast Minnesota Capital Fund,” RAEDI’s Xavier Frigola said in an issued statement. “We are also thrilled that their investment is putting the fund over the $1 million mark.” In addition to serving as the angel fund’s treasurer, Frigola is also director of the Mayo Clinic Business Accelerator, which is a collaborative effort between the clinic and RAEDI to spin off Mayo-developed medical technology into new locally based businesses.

News4Jax, Early breast cancer detection — Dr. Lauren Cornell talks about breast cancer awareness.

South Florida Reporter, Sleep And Alzheimer’s Disease Connection — How often do you get a good night’s sleep? Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines recommend adults get an average of at least seven hours of sleep a night. Dr. Ronald Petersen, a Mayo Clinic neurologist, says prolonged lack of sleep could raise your risk of many health issues, including Alzheimer’s disease. Getting a good night’s sleep is important. Lack of sleep increases your risk of daytime sleepiness, weight gain and even heart disease. Now you might be able to add Alzheimer’s disease to that list.

South Florida Reporter, ‘HALT’ Before You Grab That Snack (Video) — “You can even think of the acronym HALT,” says Angie Murad, a dietitian for the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program. “So am I truly hungry? Am I angry, lonely or tired?” “Do some type of alternate activity to get you out of that pattern of impulse eating,” she adds. If you truly are hungry, reach first for fruits and vegetables.

KTTC, Mayo Clinic donates $250,000 to help disaster victims in Puerto Rico, Mexico by Chris Yu — Mayo Clinic has donated $250,000 to help hurricane victims in Puerto Rico and earthquake victims in Mexico. Mayo Clinic announced Thursday it donated the money to Americares, an international disaster relief and global health organization. Additional coverage: Albert Lea Tribune, KROC-AM

KTTC, National Institutes of Health renews Mayo Clinic's largest government research grant — The National Institutes of Health has renewed one of Mayo Clinic's largest government research grants. In a news release sent Tuesday, Mayo Clinic said the award, totaling $48.8 million, is renewed for five more years.

KTTC, Rochester's Bounce Day puts students, professionals in mock crisis scenarios by Chris Yu —More than 300 people in Rochester worked together Sunday to "bounce back" from disaster. The annual Bounce Day took place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Gamehaven Boy Scout Reservation. It was a chance for high schoolers, medical and nurse practitioner students, community professionals, and military members to work together to handle a mock crisis… Bounce Day 2017 was made possible thanks to the following community partners: Crisis Response for Southeast Minnesota, Gamehaven Council - Boy Scouts of America, Kiwanis Club of Rochester, Mayo Clinic, Olmsted County Department of Environmental Resources, Olmsted County Public Health Disaster Response Advisory Group, The Rochester Amateur Radio Club, The Southeast Minnesota Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol, and Zumbro Valley Medical Society.

KTTC, Mayo Clinic Health System pediatric nurses administer flu shots at elementary schools in Mower County. by Ala Errebhi — It's nearly flu season which means it's time to get those flu shots.A team pediatric nurses from Mayo Clinic Health System, led by pediatrician Dr. Vijay Chawla, were administering flu shots at elementary schools in Mower County. On Thursday morning they were at Banfield Elementary. "Nobody likes to get a shot, not me not you, but we tell them - parents, and we tell the kids it's going to prevent a disease which can turn out to be fatal," said Dr. Chawla. She said vaccination is the best way to protect children from influenza. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends annual flu vaccination for everyone over the age of 6 months.

KAAL, Mayo Hopes to Spark Interest in Healthcare Careers — On Tuesday, Rochester Community and Technical College hosted the 13th annual Mayo Clinic Healthcare Career Fair. Around 900 high school juniors and seniors from 45 different school districts across southern Minnesota traveled to the event. Organizers said the purpose is to inspire an interest in the healthcare profession. "Something that we look for in students of all ages is a passion for helping others. A nurse isn't a great nurse unless they care for their patients," said John Ninas, the Mayo Clinic Healthcare Career Festival Event Coordinator.

KAAL, Mayo Clinic Holds a Diversity Summit — Mayo Clinic is once again recognizing the power of diversity at the 2017 Supplier Diversity Summit. Last year Mayo Clinic bought goods and services from more than 6,000 minority, veteran, and women-owned businesses in Minnesota, Florida, and Arizona. "We want to be able to take the spending that Mayo does, which from a supply chain standpoint is a fairly significant number and be able to give opportunities to businesses of all sizes," said Stephanie Matejka, Director of Mayo Clinic Supply Chain Management.

KAAL, Mayo SuperBowl Ring Display — The Minnesota based company, Jostens, is displaying 33 super bowl rings in Rochester this week. All the rings were made by Jostens and are on display in advance of Super Bowl 52, which takes place in Minneapolis in February. "Everyone has some memory of the Super Bowl. Whether you're a sports enthusiast or not. It's been a huge part of our culture. It's an opportunity for patients and staff alike to come down here and engage in something the just makes you feel good," says John Wald, Director of Public Affairs at Mayo Clinic. Additional coverage: Post-Bulletin

Post-Bulletin, From a disaster zone to preparing for one by Heather J. Carlson — During Sunday's Bounce Day event, healthcare professionals, students, scouts and military members all took part in the daylong disaster exercise. The Rochester Police Department had its drone on hand to help locate victims. The goal of Bounce Day is to make sure Rochester can bounce back quickly from a disaster. Byron Callies, who oversees emergency response for Mayo Clinic, said these exercises are critical. Roughly 95 percent of all disaster victims are rescued by other victims — not disaster agencies. This event helps get the broader community involved in preparing for the unexpected. "It's just a great opportunity to build relationships," he said.

HIT Consultant, Mayo Clinic Buys Israeli FDA-Approved Wearable Sleep Apnea Device by Jasmine Pennic — The Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research (Mayo Clinic) has signed a purchase agreement with Israeli medical diagnostics company Itamar Medical for its FDA-approved sleep apnea device, nocamels first reports. The purchase agreement was signed for a duration of three years with automatic renewal possible for one-year periods.  WatchPAT is an FDA-approved portable diagnostic device that uniquely uses finger based physiology and innovative technology to enable simple and accurate Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) testing while avoiding the complexity and discomfort associated with traditional air-flow based systems.

Medscape, Age of Transfused Blood Does Not Affect Mortality by Nicola Parry — "This multicenter study adds a lot of clarity to a topic that hits home for our transfusion medicine community," Justin D. Kreuter, MD, the medical director of Mayo Clinic's Blood Donor Program in Rochester, Minnesota, told Medscape Medical News. He emphasized that the current standard practice of issuing blood "first in, first out" ensures that the greatest number of blood donations are transfused. "However, our primary duty is to our patients," he stressed. "This study affirms that our standard practice of issuing oldest blood units, which ensures optimal use of our limited blood inventories, is also best for our patients."

Doctors Lounge, Nursing Home Use Up With Cognitive Impairment Category — Nursing home (NH) use increases with increasing cognitive impairment category, according to a study published online Sept. 11 in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. Jane A. Emerson, from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and colleagues estimated NH use among 3,545 Mayo Clinic Study of Aging participants (aged 70 to 89 years), assessed as cognitively normal (CN), mild cognitive impairment (MCI), previously unrecognized dementia, or prevalent dementia. Additional coverage: Medical Xpress

Moneyish, Should you keep working until labor, like this anchor whose water broke on live TV? by Meera Jagannathan — So at what point should expectant moms wait out their gestating newborns at home instead of at work? According to OB-GYNs, that’s totally their call. “There are no specific guidelines for women to stop working,” Mayo Clinic OB-GYN Yvonne Butler Tobah told Moneyish. “It would be completely reasonable for a woman to decide that she’s going to continue to work until she goes into labor, as long as she has no medical complications that prevented her from working.” Butler Tobah does, however, discuss with her pregnant patients five common workplace exposures — prolonged working hours, shift work, heavy lifting, prolonged standing and heavy physical workload — and recommends they reach a “comfortable and safe” plan with their employers to enable to them to continue working.

Half Moon Bay Review, The Mayo Clinic Heart Rhythm Experience — Mayo Clinic heart rhythm experts Douglas Packer, M.D., Paul Friedman, M.D., Thomas Munger, M.D., Suraj Kapa, M.D., and Christopher McLeod, M.B, Ch. B., Ph.D., along with patient Kari Turkowski discuss the Mayo Clinic Heart Rhythm experience.

Action News 5, Expert offers advice for talking to kids about Las Vegas tragedy by Kendall Kirkham — As we all process the tragic reality of what happened late Sunday night in Las Vegas, it can be hard to hide our children from the headlines and extensive news coverage… Mayo Clinic also believes your child's age will affect how he or she processes information about a tragedy. Mayo Clinic offers the following tips for different ages…

Mankato Free Press, Speaking of health: Treating your child's hearing loss — Approximately one to six of every 1,000 newborns are born with hearing loss every year. By the time they are between the ages of six and 19, about 15 percent of children have hearing loss in at least one ear. Appropriate management of hearing loss is instrumental in helping kids succeed in their development. Children who utilize amplification devices, which include hearing aids, the Baha system and cochlear implants, show accelerated growth patterns and better early language outcomes. Katie Kendhammer, Au.D., is an audiologist with Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato.


WKBT La Crosse, Las Vegas tragedy brings local emergency preparedness to forefront by Madalyn O’Neill — The Las Vegas tragedy has brought local emergency readiness to the forefront of responders’ thoughts. Officials from La Crosse County emergency management and both city health systems said the Las Vegas mass shooting is weighing heavily on their hearts and minds. When tragedies strike, emergency responders try to learn from them. When tragedies strike, emergency responders try to learn from them. "You know, you just get that sick feeling in your stomach,” said Joy Erb Moser, clinical educator at Mayo Clinic Health System.

WQOW Eau Claire, Breast Cancer Awareness Events — Terri Soley, HERS Breast Center, and Renelle Laffe-Oldenburg, Hope in the Valley, discuss breast cancer awareness and upcoming events with WEAU 5pm News Anchor Judy Clark and WQOW Daybreak co-anchor Bridget Curran.

Austin Daily Herald, Mayo trained in multiple victim trauma by Deb Nicklay — Providing emergency medical treatment in the case of multiple victims is a situation that staff at Mayo Health System in Austin and Albert Lea train for, officials say. While no single hospital would be able to provide for the vast need presented in the Las Vegas tragedy on Sunday — four different hospitals treated patients — Mayo Health System has experience in handling trauma incidents involving multiple victims, according to Dr. Jessica Schoen, Emergency Department Medical Director for Austin and Albert Lea campuses.

La Crosse Tribune, 'Walk with a Doc' to emphasize health, safety by Mike Tighe — Physicians from Gundersen Health System and Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare will lead an educational walk through downtown La Crosse from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Oct. 14 at Burns Park at Seventh and Main streets. During the "Walk with a Doc" event, doctors will talk about the social and health benefits of walking. It will be a part of Historic Downtown Day.

Patient Daily, Allergist offers tips to help cope with dog allergies by Kacie Whaley — Being allergic to dogs doesn't mean you have to avoid man's best friend, an article on the Mayo Clinic website said. There are several ways to work around getting allergy symptoms while still enjoying your pet, Dr. James Li, a Mayo Clinic allergist and immunologist, wrote in an article on the website.

Patient Daily, Cystic fibrosis may not affect all family members, doctor says by Kacie Whaley — It is a common belief that cystic fibrosis can run in the family, but according to the Mayo Clinic, you may not have to worry that much if one of your relatives discovers they have the disease. Cystic fibrosis affects the lungs and causes mucus, sweat and other digestive substances to be thick and sticky when they are usually supposed to be thin and slippery, according to an article written by Dr. Julie Baughn, a pediatric pulmonologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

Healthcare Analytics News, Talking Value, Culture, and CAR-T with the CMO of Mayo Medical Labs by Ryan Black — Curtis Hanson, MD, is a hematopathologist by trade. But as the chief medical officer of Mayo Medical Laboratories at the Mayo Clinic, he spends much of his time trying to create value in the health system with smarter, more efficient laboratory testing work. While in Minnesota for the Mayo Clinic’s annual Transform meeting, Healthcare Analytics News™ sat down with Dr. Hanson to discuss the evolving role of CMOs, the culture of the prestigious medical practice and research firm, new and novel treatments like the recently-approved Kymriah, and more. This is the first part of that conversation.

Health IT Analytics, How Mayo Clinic Uses CDS Algorithms to Standardize Nurse Triage by Jennifer Bresnick — Phone calls are still the most popular way for a patient to initiate contact with their providers, said Mayo Clinic Nurse Administrator Debra Cox, RN, MS, CENP, and ensuring that those patients receive a thorough assessment before being advised to book an appointment is an important strategy for matching individuals to the best possible level of care. “We need to ensure that every nurse in any one of our 86 primary care clinics is able to deliver the same standard of care,” she told HealthITAnalytics.com. “Across our whole primary care system, we might take more than 2000 calls in a 24-hour period, which is a lot to process.”

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