December 1, 2017

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights for December 1, 2017

By Karl Oestreich




, How marriage might be linked to lower dementia risk by Jacqueline Howard — The researchers found no evidence that dementia risk in divorced people differed from those who were married, and they could not examine whether the duration of being widowed or divorced had any influence on the findings. With pooled data from multiple studies, the new paper had adequate power to test the hypothesis that marriage could impact dementia risk, Dr. Bryan Woodruff, a neurologist at Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, wrote in an email. However, "the findings for lifelong single and divorced participants should be interpreted with some caution since they were a much smaller proportion of the sample studied," said Woodruff, who was not involved in the new paper but has researched widowhood and dementia. Additional coverage: WTHI-TV, News4Jax

New York Times, Lots of Healthy Options, but Don’t Forget Dessert! by Cree LeFavour — Having had my dessert before my meal, I’ll press beyond the gluttony of butter and sugar. If you’re aiming for virtuous good health, you’ll certainly find a book to fuel your preoccupation. Choose from….MAYO CLINIC: The Integrative Guide to Good Health (Oxmoor, paper, $26.99), by Brent A. Bauer, M.D., Cindy A. Kermott, M.D., and Martha P. Millman, M.D…., Ectopic fat raises risk of cardiovascular disease in women by Shamard Charles MD — It's not the amount of fat in your body but where it's stored that may increase your risk for heart attack, stroke and diabetes, according to a study presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America…According to the Mayo Clinic, for a women 5 feet and 4 inches tall, a waist measurement of more than 35 inches (89 centimeters) indicates an unhealthy concentration of belly fat and a greater risk of health problems. For a 6 foot tall man that number jumps to 40 inches.

STAT, Come for a new hip, stay for SeaWorld? San Diego bets on medical tourism by Meghana Keshavan — San Diego — It’s got sun, sand, top-flight biomedical research, and highly rated hospitals. But can San Diego really become a hub for medical tourism? City leaders sure hope so. They recently launched a marketing initiative — funded mostly by a local philanthropist — that aims to to attract patients from across the country and around the world… The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio are also bidding to become hot destinations for patient care — though they can’t promise any sparkling beaches. But experts say it takes a lot more than a slick marketing campaign to create a true medical tourism hub.

HuffPost, I Won’t Stress Over Presents This Year, Because I Can Give So Much More by Debbie Wolfe — The Mayo Clinic points out that the holidays, while festive, can also be one of the least wonderful times of the year. Along with loved ones from near and far, December can bring the "unwelcome guests" of stress and depression. The societal demand that we get everything Christmas-card (or Pinterest) perfect can be exhausting. It's so easy to forget the priorities we normally cherish and lose our internal compasses. We know deep-down the importance of things like balance and boundaries. We work hard to keep perspective, seeing the real needs of those around us.

SELF, How to Tell the Difference Between Psoriasis and Eczema by Claire Gillespie — The most common type of psoriasis is plaque psoriasis, per the Mayo Clinic…The most severe, and rarest, type of psoriasis is erythrodermic psoriasis, which results in widespread, fiery redness over most of the body. It can cause severe itching and pain, and if you think you’re having an erythrodermic psoriasis flare-up, you should seek medical attention immediately. (FYI: You can find more information and photos of each type from the Mayo Clinic here.)

TIME, A Meningitis Outbreak Was Just Declared at UMass Amherst by Jamie Ducharme — Meningitis involves inflammation of the membranes, or meninges, that line the brain and spinal cord, according to the Mayo Clinic. It’s typically caused by a viral infection, but in some cases bacteria or fungus can also be to blame. Cases of the disease range in severity, but it can be fatal.

RedBook, Could You Be Addicted and Not Know It? by Virginia Sole-Smith — For a lot of my 20s and early 30s, my mornings went like this: Wake up with a terrible headache, make a big pot of coffee, and chase it with two (or four) over-the-counter pain relievers. If the pain doesn’t go away in a few hours, take four more pills. Repeat as needed. All that ibuprofen and caffeine worked in the short term—but then I’d wake up the next morning with another headache and start over again...“For many patients, this starts a vicious cycle,” explains David Dodick, M.D., chairman of the American Migraine Foundation and professor of neurology at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix. “Before they know it, they’ve fallen into a daily pattern of use.”

Reader’s Digest, 10 Natural Remedies for Thrush in Mouth by Lisa Milbrand — You know that you should stay on top of your flossing and brushing, but you may not be aware of the 10 golden rules for white, healthy teeth. While you're brushing, make sure that you clean not only your teeth, but your tongue as well. Those habits—along with rinsing your mouth thoroughly with antiseptic mouthwash—can help in your fight against mouth thrush, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Reader’s Digest, 13 Silent Thyroid Symptoms to Watch Out For by Alyssa Jung — If you’ve always been a good sleeper but suddenly can’t snooze through the night, it could signal a thyroid problem. An overactive thyroid pumps out certain hormones (triiodothyronine, known as T3, and thyroxine, known as T4) in excess, which can overstimulate the central nervous system and lead to insomnia, says Hossein Gharib, MD, a Mayo Clinic endocrinologist. On the flip side, if you still feel tired after a full night’s sleep (or need to sleep more than usual), you might have an underactive thyroid, in which your body doesn’t produce enough hormones.

Romper, More Than One-Third Of Moms Experience Mental Health Problems Related To Parenting, Survey Says by Josie Rhodes Cook — One of the most severe "cases," or disorders, related to parenthood is postpartum depression. It is "a severe, long-lasting form of depression" after childbirth, according to the Mayo Clinic. And contrary to popular belief, postpartum depression can affect men as well as women, according to the BBC.

Chicago Sun-Times, Coping with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome — and paying attention to symptoms by Diana Novak Jones — Typing and clicking a mouse or texting quickly on a cell phone can cause some pain and fatigue, but not the nerve pain associated with Carpal Tunnel, said Dr. Sanjeev Kakar, an orthopedic surgeon with the Mayo Clinic. “We weren’t designed to be texting 100 words per minute,” Kakar said. “We do see patients that do a lot of texting that do get tendonitis. In terms of causing Carpal Tunnel, that’s never been proven.” Carpal Tunnel begins with some tingling in the thumb and index finger, and over time can progress to problems with fine motor skills, Kakar said.

San Diego Union-Tribune, Youth football dilemma: retaining players amid constant concussion talk by Tod Leonard — A 2016 investigation by the New York Times, however, revealed the numbers being used were from a preliminary issue of the study results, and when the full report was released, the success rate was far lower: a 45-percent injury reduction for Heads Up-only leagues. There was more success with injuries when Heads Up was incorporated with the new Pop Warner policies. In the Pop Warner conference that Watkins runs in Phoenix, they have taken concussion protocol one step farther by teaming up with physicians from the Mayo Clinic. The doctors do baseline tests of all players before the season, and if a concussion is later suspected, another test is administered.

Qatar Tribune, How to look and feel healthier in one week, according to a nutritionist — "In terms of changing the way you eat (it's much more than a 'diet'), focus on the opportunities and what you can eat as opposed to what foods you're trying to cut down on," Dr. Donald Hensrud, who chairs the Mayo Clinic's division of preventive, occupational and aerospace medicine, wrote in a blog post. "There are many wonderful foods and recipes to explore, and believe it or not, we can learn to like new foods."Twin Cities Business, Mayo Patent Reveals Work on Cologuard-type Cancer Test for Younger Patients by Don Jacobson — The same Mayo Clinic researchers who developed the Cologuard DNA test for detecting colorectal cancer for people over 50 are now seeking to patent a similar method aimed at younger people, especially those with a hereditary risk for the disease. A U.S. patent application filed by the clinic in October indicated that a team of Mayo researchers headed by Dr. David Ahlquist — co-inventor of the successful Cologuard system now made in collaboration with Exact Sciences Corp. of Madison, Wisconsin — has developed a method of identifying DNA “biomarkers” for colorectal cancer in stool and blood samples for patients under age 50 who suffer from Lynch syndrome, an inherited genetic condition that increases cancer risk.

HealthDay, Chuck Norris Says MRI Dye Harmed Wife's Brain, But Study Finds No Link by Amy Norton — The big question remains, though: What, if any, are the harms? The new findings, from a study of nearly 4,300 older adults, offer some reassurance. Researchers found no evidence that gadolinium exposure was related to faster mental decline over several years…Dr. Robert McDonald, of the Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minn., led the study. He was scheduled to present the findings Wednesday at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America, in Chicago. Research presented at meetings should be considered preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal. "This study provides useful data that at the reasonable doses 95 percent of the population is likely to receive in their lifetime, there is no evidence at this point that gadolinium retention in the brain is associated with adverse clinical outcomes," McDonald said in a news release from the meeting. Additional coverage: US News & World ReportMedical Xpress

AMA, At these 3 med schools, health systems science is core component by Tanya Albert Henry — At Mayo Clinic School of Medicine’s two four- year campuses in Minnesota and Arizona, students experience HSS training throughout their four years of medical school, blending online modules with classroom, simulation and clinical experiences. Stephanie R. Starr, MD, director of science of health care delivery education there, said HSS is broad and that students need to see connections. Mayo Clinic is teaching students to practice and lead within patient-centered, multidisciplinary teams to deliver high-value care. Dr. Starr said when the program revamped its curriculum to add HSS, faculty members discovered they were already teaching a number of “orphan” preclinical topics that were HSS subjects. Using a conceptual framework for teaching HSS helps students see connections across multiple topics.

ActionNewsJax, Jacksonville-area mom thriving after having stroke 2 years ago during Thanksgiving holiday by Kaitlyn Chana — This Thanksgiving holiday has added meaning for one local family. Two years ago, a Jacksonville mom suffered a stroke as family members were still in town celebrating the holiday season. Sherry Pinkstaff woke up to go running, as she does every day at 6 a.m. But that day, the Sunday after Thanksgiving, she felt off. Her body felt heavy...She went by ambulance to Mayo Clinic’s Comprehensive Stroke Center, where her doctor confirmed blood clots on her brain. Mayo is the only Joint Commission Comprehensive Stroke Center in Jacksonville and was the first certified in the state about two years ago because of their levels of care.

First Coast News, Man with pancreatic cancer sharing fight story to inspire others by Janny Rodriguez — "It's just a routine." Brian Dickmann was diagnosed with stage 4 non-operable pancreatic cancer two years ago. "It was the most devastating thing I've ever heard," Dickmann said. On Wednesday, he went in for his 59th chemotherapy treatment at Mayo Clinic. "Pancreas cancer is going to be the second leading cause of death by 2030 if we don't do anything," said Dr. Kabir Mody, Dickmann’s oncologist.

ActionNewsJax, Combatting cancer with body cells — Interview with Dr. Asher Chanan-Khan.

First Coast News, New Blood Pressure Guidelines — Dr. Henry Ting is interviewed.

Jacksonville Daily Record, “That’s a big deal for our region,” says Mayo cardiologist Charles Bruce. By Karen Brune Mathis — Mayo Clinic and United Therapeutics Corp.’s new lung center not only will restore the critical organs for transplantation, but the building also will provide space for a bio-innovation hub. The city approved the permit last week for Whiting-Turner Contracting Co. to build the $32.4 million construction project for the Lung Biotechnology PBC center. “That’s a big deal for our region,” said Mayo cardiologist Charles Bruce in a Nov. 13 presentation to the Economic Roundtable of Jacksonville. Bruce is associate medical director of Mayo’s Office of Business Development of Mayo Clinic Ventures and director for business development in the Center of Regenerative Medicine.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Is the weather giving you headaches? How to beat those weather pains by Rose Kennedy — If your migraines seem more reliable than the weatherman in predicting storms and more accurate than a thermometer in gauging extreme heat or cold, it's not just in your head, according to Mayo Clinic expert Dr. Jerry W. Swanson. Certain weather changes really do cause migraine headaches. "Weather changes may cause imbalances in brain chemicals, including serotonin, which can prompt a migraine," he said. "Weather-related triggers also may worsen a headache caused by other triggers."

Ponte Vedra Recorder, Pink Ribbon Golf Classic raises record total of $262,000 by Jon Blauvelt — “It’s with gratitude that I thank you all for your ongoing support over the last 11 years,” said Dr. Dawn Mussallem, the director of the integrative medicine program at Mayo Clinic-Jacksonville. “I almost get emotional when I go to these events because I get to see these women face-to-face. It’s just so touching to see what we’re doing for them.” Mussallem explained that the Pink Ribbon proceeds will help Mayo continue its breast cancer research efforts. She said her specific research focuses on improving the quality of life for breast cancer patients, and also addresses how to prevent the disease from occurring in the first place or recurring. She said Mayo offers its breast cancer patients with different therapies to improve their quality of life, but sometimes patients can’t afford them. The Pink Ribbon funds help mitigate that, she said.

Star Tribune, Minnesota employers of skilled immigrant workers say Trump aims to shame, not reform by Mila Koumpilova — “I’ve not seen this much anxiety in the time I’ve been doing this,” said Chris Wendt, the veteran immigration attorney at the Mayo Clinic, the state’s top H-1B employer. “What’s going to happen next?” he new data show Minnesota-based employers enlisted highly educated, well-paid hires through the program, which generally taps foreigners with at least four-year degrees for specialized jobs, especially in IT, science and engineering.

MPR News, In postgame celebration, Caledonia champs make a hospital visit by Bob Collins — They don’t call the kids on the Caledonia High School football team “champs” for nothing, and it’s not just because the southeastern Minnesota football power beat Pipestone 57-to-6 on Friday to win the state Class AA championship, their eighth title in the last 11 years. The squad had a lot of celebrating to do after the win. So they stopped on the way home in Rochester to visit Josiah Schroeder and give the 7-year-old the game ball to cap their undefeated season, the Rochester Post-Bulletin reports. Schroeder has leukemia and is at Mayo Clinic Hospital–Saint Marys getting treatment. Additional coverage: Post-Bulletin

Twin Cities Business, Mayo, Evelo Biosciences Ready ‘Microbial’ for Inflammatory Diseases by Don Jacobson — Mayo Clinic Ventures portfolio company Evelo Biosciences says it is working with the Rochester institution to develop what could be a major advance in tapping the power of the human gut microbiome to treat inflammatory diseases. Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Evelo announced earlier this month it has entered into a collaboration with Mayo researchers to develop and commercialize an orally-administered “monoclonal microbial” targeted against neuroinflammatory and autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis.

KTTC, Mayo Clinic releases details on Generose building expansion by Francisco Aimenara-Dumur — The sounds of construction are about to echo through Saint Marys. The Generose Building is about to double, going straight up. This was originally announced back in March of 2017 when the Board of Trustees approved $217 million for modernization of the campus. Now, blueprints and analysis documents have been sent to the Rochester-Olmsted Planning Department where they are currently being reviewed. What the current 29-page collection of plans, maps, drawings and documentation indicates, is a three floor addition to the now 3-floor Generose building. It will be a 150 thousand square foot increase. According to Mayo Clinic half of the new space will be home to a consolidated physical medicine and rehabilitation space.

Post-Bulletin, Science fair has a future in Rochester by Taylor Nachtigal — That's what a couple community members and Mayo Clinic's Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences stepped up to ensure will happen after the school district's October announcement that the Rochester Regional Science & Engineering Fair's future in the Med City was uncertain…"It just came together as a true collaboration to support the community," said Deb Anderson, a Mayo Clinic spokesperson. Anderson saw the Post Bulletin story about the fair's uncertain future, she talked things over with Louis "Jim" Maher III, dean of Mayo's Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences; after a quick discussion, the two decided a collaboration was a "no brainer."

Post-Bulletin, Not letting each other down by Brett Boese — Smile splitting her face, Tess Pfohl beamed as she exited Lake Michigan in the arms of two burly volunteers. Three-plus years after a team of Mayo Clinic surgeons severed her spine to remove a cancerous tumor that had wrapped itself around her spinal column, the 28-year-old Cannon Falls native left her wheelchair behind to complete the swim and bike portions of the Dare2Tri paratriathlon, Aug. 27 in Chicago…I just felt a really strong connection with her because of what we had been through," said Pfohl, noting they'd both been operated on by Mayo Clinic's Dr. Michael Yaszemski. "Even though she had passed, I wanted to honor her by doing this. I got goosebumps knowing what I had accomplished."

Post-Bulletin, Answer Man: Mayo gave all-clear to Alatus project — Dear Answer Man, I was told by an ex-Mayo One pilot that the Alatus building to be built at 14th Avenue and Second Street Southwest is to be 13 floors tall. He said the Saint Marys helicopter pad is on the 10th floor level. He said because of the proximity of the new building, it does not conform to FAA regulation…Here's a statement from Mayo Clinic: "The Alatus project was reviewed and approved by Mayo Clinic Medical Transport according to height restrictions and flight paths." I'll assume that includes checking out FAA requirements.

Post-Bulletin, Mayo nearly doubles operating margin in 3Q by Brett Boese — A new financial report has reignited simmering tensions between Mayo Clinic and residents of Albert Lea. Mayo's third quarter financial report shows that it more than doubled its operating income while its operating margin nearly doubled compared to the same period in 2016. More specifically, its income jumped from $86 million to $182 million and its margin increased from 3.2 percent to 6.1 percent. While Mayo's expenses also rose nearly 6 percent, its revenue increased by more than 9 percent when combining all sites across the system. Those decidedly positive numbers prompted Modern Healthcare, a national leader in healthcare business news, to declare that Mayo's finances provided "ammo to critics of rural hospital cuts," explicitly linking Mayo's positive financial outlook to the hotly-debated consolidation plan in Albert Lea and Austin.

Post-Bulletin, Rochester airport sees spike in passengers by Jeff Kiger — The turnaround came right after Mayo Clinic changed its travel policy to require employees traveling for work to use the Rochester airport instead of flying out of the nearby Minneapolis–St. Paul International Airport. Mayo Clinic estimated in May that four out of five its employees chose to use the Twin Cities airport over Rochester in the past. The policy change has flipped that trend. "Administrative and allied health staff use of Rochester International Airport is at approximately 95 percent and the use by physicians and scientists has voluntarily grown to 50 percent," said Steven McNeill, Mayo Clinic's chief planning officer and chair of the Rochester Airport Co. Board.

WKBT La Crosse, 'Miracle Man:' La Crosse man survives heart attack on waterskis by Mike Thompson — Since he was just 8 years old, Brian Kanable of La Crosse has been a waterskier. "I love it. I love the sport." Now 53 years old, he's found a new way to enjoy it. It started after a friend approached him at church one Sunday about 15 years ago… With his life jacket still on, Brian was floating face down in the river. .Calling 911 from the boat, they raced toward shore. Brian was lifeless and turning blue. He was having a massive heart attack. Paramedics from Tri-state Ambulance were waiting at the dock.Rescuers were able to get a pulse and blood pressure, but time was not on their side. "When he came to us, he did have a pulse, which is good, but he was very unstable meaning his heart rate and blood pressure were all over the place," said Dr. Christopher Deyo, an intensivist at Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse.

Mankato Free Press, Cancer fund care boxes nearing reality by Brian Arola — The Jonathan Zierdt Cancer Fund will soon convert its fundraising momentum into tangible help for patients diagnosed with cancer in the region. The fund within the Mankato Area Foundation will deliver its first care boxes to health care centers in Mankato in December. Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato, Mankato Clinic and Open Door Health Center will then make sure their patients receive the care packs at the appropriate times.

WXOW La Crosse, New breast imaging technology increases cancer detection by Mackenzie Amundsen — Earlier this year, Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse announced a new technology to detect early breast cancer. Molecular Breast Imaging (MBI) is now running at the hospital, and it has already detected early breast cancer in patients missed by the traditional mammogram. The new imaging technology is available at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Florida, Arizona, and now, La Crosse. At least eight women have used the technology since it started operating one week ago, and the technicians say the imaging has already allowed some of those patients to get an earlier diagnosis and earlier treatment. Additional coverage: WKBT La Crosse

WQOW Eau Claire, Actively Aging: Maintaining the Mind by Bridget Curran — November's “Actively Aging” segment focused on how seniors can maintain a healthy mind. The mind is like a muscle, it's as strong as you make it, but like any part of the body, it's not immune to the effects of age. “For most of us, as we get older, our memory and our brain function becomes a little bit less acute and we're probably not as sharp as we were when we were younger,” said Dr. Donn Dexter, a consultant in neurology at Mayo Clinic Health System. Dr. Dexter said the decline starts after age 30, but it's most noticeable after 60.

Renal & Urology News, Kidney Risks Differ Among Oral Anticoagulant Drugs for AFib — Atrial fibrillation (AFib) patients taking non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (DOACs) experience less renal function decline than those taking warfarin, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology Xiaoxi Yao, PhD, and colleagues of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, compared the safety of dabigatran, rivaroxaban, apixaban, and warfarin in 9769 patients with nonvalvular AFib from the nationwide Optum Labs Data Warehouse. At 2 years, the cumulative risk for a 30% or more decline in estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR), doubling of serum creatinine, acute kidney injury (AKI), and kidney failure was 24%, 4%, 14.8%, and 1.7%, respectively, according to Cox proportional hazards regression.

Radiology Business, RSNA 2017: Ehman stresses innovation, invention in radiology in opening remarks by Subrata Thakar — In his opening address at RSNA 2017 in Chicago, Richard Ehman, MD, encouraged attendees to continue to support the culture of innovation and invention, with the ultimate goal of transforming radiology to better serve patients. “Each of you, as members of the global community of radiology, have the chance to participate in a remarkable ongoing story of invention and reinvention,” said Ehman, president of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and a professor of radiology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

Healio, Several independent risk factors linked with acute kidney injury after THA by Casey Tingle — Although patients had a low rate of acute kidney injury after total hip arthroplasty, the rate increased significantly among patients with several independent risk factors, according to new data published in The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. Rafael J. Sierra, MD, and colleagues retrospectively collected and analyzed demographic and comorbidity data for 8,949 patients who underwent THA at the Mayo Clinic between 2004 and 2014. Researchers matched patients who developed acute kidney injury to patients without acute kidney injury by age, sex and year of surgical procedure. “The acute kidney injury calculator presented in this paper will help the orthopedic surgeon anticipate the potential risk of kidney problems after total hip arthroplasty,” Sierra told

Healio, TAVR: The Past, Present and Future — Before the development of TAVR, options were limited for many patients with severe aortic stenosis…“There was a substantial number of patients in whom there was an unmet clinical need,” David R. Holmes Jr., MD, MACC, consultant in the division of cardiology, department of medicine, and professor of medicine at Mayo Clinic, and past president of the American College of Cardiology, told Cardiology Today’s Intervention. “Since aortic balloon valvuloplasty did not meet the clinical needs of most patients, there was great interest in the development of catheter-based approaches for replacing the valve. A long period of development led to the introduction of TAVR in 2002 by Cribier, who had initially popularized aortic balloon valvuloplasty.”

Equities, 5 Cities That Are Great For Women’s Careers by Julia Novakovich — If you’re considering relocating for your career, look at these 5 cities. These are some of the top areas that women might find more equitable pay situations as they continue to advocate for women around the country…. Rochester, Minneapolis, and St. Paul, Minnesota: The state of Minnesota contains three of the most equitable cities for women looking to keep their salaries competitive. In Rochester, women’s salaries are over 92% of men’s. One of the major employers in the area is the Mayo Clinic; since the medical center employs so many health care workers, this may account for the better balance.

Healthcare Analytics News, Should Healthcare Employees Wear Body Cameras? by Ryan Black — At Berrywood Hospital, part of the Northamptonshire Trust of the United Kingdom’s National Health Service, more than 40 staffers in the mental health ward were issued body cameras to be worn at all times but were told to activate them only when the staff members felt a situation was escalating. They saw a 14% decline in violent incidents against staff members over 4 months, from 122 to 105 incidents. That decrease does not impress Megan Allyse, PhD, an ethicist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. “That doesn’t seem like a significant improvement to me,” she said. “On the other hand, some of the providers did feel that it made a significant difference…so you certainly want to give their experiences privilege there.” To Allyse, locked mental health wards are one of the few departments where body cameras might work in a hospital.

Becker’s Hospital Review, 3 medical schools that emphasize health systems sciences by Julie Spitzer — While physicians often receive training in basic and clinical sciences while pursuing an MD or DO, medical schools are increasingly emphasizing health systems sciences in their students' education, according to the American Medical Association Wire. HSS is a discipline that teaches principles, methods and practices of improving quality, outcomes and costs of healthcare delivery. Here are three schools that integrated HSS into their curricula…1. Mayo Clinic School of Medicine in Rochester, Minn.

SCNow, Carolinas Hospital celebrates year-long alliance with Mayo Clinic by Joshua Lloyd — Last year, Carolinas Hospital System joined the Mayo Clinic Care Network in an alliance aimed to improve the delivery of care and increase health care knowledge to patients in the Florence area. On Tuesday, Carolinas celebrated the 1st anniversary of that collaboration, which is aimed at promoting evidence-based, data-driven health care with the goal of keeping patients closer to home and providing more accurate diagnoses. “We want to express the importance of engagement and teamwork,” said Bob Walters, vice chairman of provider relations for Mayo. “A lot of what we have to offer is based on relationships; based on what we can do together to best serve the needs of the patient. This has been a fruitful collaboration.”

Dispatch-Argus, When are antibiotics really needed? — “If your child has an ear infection, consider using over-the-counter pain relievers in place of antibiotics,” says Dr. Tiffany Casper, a Mayo Clinic Health System family physician. “Don’t use antibiotics to treat your child’s cold, flu and most other respiratory infections,” says Dr. Casper. “Most respiratory infections are caused by viruses, and antibiotics don’t treat viruses. Antibiotics fight bacteria.", Mayo Clinic launches new clinical test that distinguishes IDDs from multiple sclerosis — Mayo Clinic has launched a first-in-the-U.S. clinical test that will help patients who recently have been diagnosed with an inflammatory demyelinating disease (IDD) but may be unsure of the exact disorder. Neurologic-related diseases commonly affect the brain, optic nerves and the spinal cord, and this new test can distinguish other IDDs such as neuromyelitis optica, acute disseminated encephalomyelitis, optic neuritis, and transverse myelitis from multiple sclerosis (MS)…From our years of research, we have learned that if patients test positive for MOG antibodies, it generally indicates that it's not classical MS," says Sean Pittock, M.D., a Mayo Clinic neurologist and director of the Mayo Clinic Neuroimmunology Laboratory. "And, more important, some MS treatments have been reported to worsen the disease of patients diagnosed with an IDD that is not classical MS."

AACC, The Human Element in Artificial Intelligence by Julie Kirkwood — Another example of artificial intelligence in clinical practice is a computer model developed at Mayo Clinic by Rozalina G. McCoy, MD, an assistant professor of medicine and scholar at Mayo Clinic Rochester, Minnesota. She and her colleagues built the model to identify patients who need proactive diabetes management. Typically, clinicians consider patients with diabetes low risk if they have normal blood glucose readings at doctor visits, McCoy said, “but we know that there are patients who have been doing ok but still develop problems—the key is to figure out who those people are so we can monitor them closely and treat them pre-emptively.” McCoy and her colleagues built a machine learning algorithm based on billing data from patients who appeared to be low risk for diabetes complications yet went on to experience such sequelae. The model’s machine learning core enables it to predict risk at both the population and individual levels.

MedPage Today, Pelzman's Picks: The Relationship Between Docs and Cops by Fred N. Pelzman — …”Deciding when to end one's surgical practice can be an extremely difficult decision," Kerry D. Olsen, MD, writes in Mayo Clinic Proceedings ~ Challenges Facing the Aging Surgeon…Fred N. Pelzman, MD, follows what's going on in the world of primary care medicine. Pelzman's Picks is a compilation of links to blogs, articles, tweets, journal studies, opinion pieces, and news briefs related to primary care that caught his eye.

Becker’s Hospital Review, 16 cancer programs earn American College of Surgeons award by Megan Knowles — The American College of Surgeons announced the recipients of the Commission on Cancer's Outstanding Achievement Award, which recognizes cancer programs that demonstrate excellence in complying with CoC standards and work to ensure high-quality cancer care. Here are the 16 recipients, listed alphabetically: …9. Mayo Clinic Health System - Franciscan Healthcare (La Crosse, Wis.)

Xconomy, CFO: Exact in ‘Investment Mode,’ Seeks to Advance New Cancer Tests by Jeff Buchanan — Shares in Exact Sciences have more than quadrupled in 2017, and the stock’s impressive run has led some analysts to question whether it’s a smart buy at the current price. But Jeff Elliott, Exact’s chief financial officer, says he believes his company is poised for continued growth as it adds laboratory space and works to advance potential cancer diagnostics through its product pipeline. Exact’s performance as a business will continue to ride largely on sales of Cologuard, which earned FDA approval and Medicare coverage in 2014. The test was developed in conjunction with the Rochester, MN-based Mayo Clinic. “Without the Mayo Clinic, there would be no Cologuard,” Elliott says, adding that the hospital and clinic network receives a “small royalty” on sales of Cologuard and any future products Exact successfully commercializes.

EHR Intelligence, Top 5 Most Expensive EHR Implementations of 2017 by Kate Monica — $1.5 Billion Mayo Clinic Epic EHR: Mayo Clinic began work the summer of 2017 on a $1.5 billion project to integrate all of its patient EHRs into a single, comprehensive Epic system. The system will store more than 200,000 patient health records for care sites in Wisconsin cities including La Crosse, Onalaska, Prairie du Chien, and Sparta. “This is the first implementation of us all being on a single electronic record system. While it is the historical record, it is also the workhorse,” said Mayo Clinic Health System Regional Vice President Timothy Johnson, MD in an interview with The Post-Bulletin. “All of our workflows center around the movement of information, whether it's a prescription or ordering a lab or getting a result back to the right person.”

Jing Travel, Chinese Regulations Fuel Medical Tourism Growth, but for How Long? by Daniel Meesak — …Mayo Clinic, meanwhile, is taking a different approach to the Chinese market. In place of establishing clinics on hospitals on its own, it’s established what it calls the Mayo Clinic Care Network, which brings overseas hospitals into its fold. In China, so far only one hospital has joined the network, but others are likely to follow. At the same time, Mayo Clinic has become a major destination for Chinese medical tourists as it collaborates with “door-to-door” services that bring Chinese tourists to its healthcare professionals with everything travel-related fully taken care of. 

El Universal, Consejos para dormir mejor si se trabaja de noche — Intentar dormir durante el día, en vez de por la noche, puede ser difícil. Según explicó Meghna Mansukhani, médico especialista en sueño de la Clínica Mayo de Rochester, los humanos están naturalmente programados para estar despiertos durante el día y dormidos por la noche. Sin embargo, algunas medidas pueden ayudar a quienes se ven forzados a trabajar en horarios nocturnos. “El cuerpo tiene un ritmo interno de sueño y vigilia que en la mayoría de las personas, generalmente cubre un ciclo de 24 horas. Debido a ese ritmo de sueño y vigilia, uno tiene sueño a ciertas horas del día y está más alerta a otras. Lo que más influye sobre este ritmo es la exposición a la luz externa”, expresó Mansukhani.

CNN Espanol, Una clínica que trata a las enfermedades derivadas de la artritis — Es muy importante ser consciente de que la artritis también afecta a órganos como los ojos, el corazón, la piel y el sistema nervioso. Consciente de esto, la Clínica Mayo se ha especializado en pacientes que sufren enfermedades pulmonares relacionadas con la artritis.


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