January 12, 2018

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights for January 12, 2018

By Karl Oestreich





Reuters, Hot flashes caused by cancer therapy can be prevented, treated by Carolyn Crist — Dr. Charles Loprinzi of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, who has researched cancer symptoms for more than 25 years, told Reuters Health by phone, “One patient told me that in the winter, she’d get in her car, put on her seat belt and then put her coat on backwards so she could easily pull the coat off if she had a hot flash while driving.” In gold-standard trials, Loprinzi’s team has found that for both men and women, hot flashes can be managed with low doses of certain antidepressants, such as venlafaxine, citalopram, clonidine, gabapentin and oxybutynin.

Reuters, Twice-weekly workouts may be best medicine for cognitive decline by Cheryl Platzman Weinstock — Until now, said Ronald Petersen, the lead author of the new study and American Academy of Neurology (AAN) treatment guidelines, “Clinicians didn’t know what to do with these people. Now that we know that it’s a burgeoning condition we need to pay attention when folks come in and complain.” Petersen, who directs the Mayo Clinic Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center in Rochester, Minnesota, and his coauthors found that between ages 60 and 64, 6.7 percent of people have MCI. In the 65-69 age group, that rises to 8.4 percent, and about 10 percent at ages 70-74, nearly 15 percent at 75-79 and just over 25 percent at ages 80 to 84. Additional coverage: Business Insider,

Wall Street Journal, Stem Cells for Knee Problems? U.S. Doctors Investigate by Sumathi Reddy — At Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., researchers are conducting a trial in what is believed to be a first in the U.S.: They are taking out patients’ stem cells, growing them in the lab for weeks and putting them back into the patients, says Jay Smith, a professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation there. This is part of a small, FDA-approved phase-one trial that involves taking fat-derived stem cells from patients’ bellies, making millions more cells in the lab and injecting them into patients’ knee joints four to five weeks later. Separately, at Mayo he’s used injections of patients’ bone marrow to treat knee, hand, shoulder and elbow arthritis, as well as for some ligament and tendon injuries. Some patients get relief for up to a year and have to get another injection. Others don’t respond at all. “It’s far from definitive who it’s going to help the most and if it’s the best treatment or not,” Dr. Smith says. “We don’t make any promises.”

Washington Post, VA Clears The Air On Talking To Patients About Marijuana Use by Michelle Andrews — The new guidance directs VA clinical staff and pharmacists to discuss with veterans how their use of medical marijuana could interact with other medications or aspects of their care, including treatment for pain management or post-traumatic stress disorder…“It’s absolutely critical that you know what your patients are taking, if only to be better able to assess what is going on,” said Dr J. Michael Bostwick, a psychiatrist at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., who has written on medical marijuana use. Additional coverage: NPR, Arizona Republic, WABE-FM

Washington Post, Gwyneth Paltrow’s lifestyle ‘detox guide’ promotes coffee enema. Experts say it’s bogus. by Travis M. Andrews — Gwyneth Paltrow’s lifestyle website Goop — which has been routinely criticized for promoting potentially harmful alternative health products — kicked off the new year by recommending a product used to inject coffee where the sun doesn’t shine. As part of an overarching feature called the “Detox Guides,” the website touted the $135 Implant-O-Rama, a device used to give oneself a coffee enema at home, as a means to “Supercharge Your Detox.” …“Colon cleansing can sometimes be harmful,” the Mayo Clinic says on its website. “In fact, coffee enemas sometimes used in colon cleansing have been linked to several deaths.” Additional coverage: CBS News, USA Today, The Independent

USA Today, Burn calories, not cash, by exercising outdoors this winter by Laura McMullen — Consider your medical conditions: The Mayo Clinic recommends talking to your doctor before exercising in the cold if you have asthma, heart problems or Raynaud’s disease. Check the weather: The Mayo Clinic also suggests exercising indoors if temperatures are expected to dip below zero, or if wind chill levels are colder than minus 18.

US News & World Report, Here's Why Your Doctor Seems Pressured by Lisa Esposito — The vision of hanging out a shingle and starting a solo practice is fading for today's doctors. "Most of that has gone away," says Dr. Lotte Dyrbye, a professor of medicine and co-director of the Physician Well-Being Program at the Mayo Clinic. "Most physicians are employed by a larger organization." In the trade-off, Dyrbye says, doctors gain administrative support, for instance with Medicare regulations, but lose significant control and flexibility over how they work. These changes don't necessarily make for a nurturing workplace. "Physicians are running so fast from room to room, and completing documentation requirements and quality reporting metrics, that what's gone to the side are those two-minute, around-the-coffeepot conversations, or connecting with colleagues in a way that's face-to-face and that really facilitates social support," Dyrbye says.

Prevention, Your Memory Problems Might Not Be Linked To Dementia After All by Adriana Velez — If your impairment is severe enough to interfere with your job or daily functioning, however, you probably need more in-depth neuropsychological testing, which may include an MRI and blood tests, says Richard J. Caselli, MD, associate director and clinical core director of the Alzheimer's Disease Center at Mayo Clinic in Arizona. A thorough evaluation should also look for other possible causes of memory issues, like a thyroid disorder or stroke. “Usually [an expert] can tell if it’s Alzheimer’s based on a pattern of strengths and weaknesses on cognitive tests,” Caselli says.

Newsweek, Scientists Have No Idea Why Anesthesia Works by Kate Sheridan — We do know the basics: breathe in, get knocked out. (Another common option is to have the drugs introduced using an intravenous line.) The “knocked out” part happens because the general anesthesia forces your brain cells to communicate with each other less. If that sounds vague, too bad. That’s all we know for sure. Or, as Mayo Clinic anesthesiology professor Dr. Bill Perkins put it in Scientific American, “precisely how inhalational anesthetics inhibit synaptic neurotransmission is not yet fully understood.” But given the chemical properties of anesthetics, a good guess would be that they change the way certain proteins in the walls of a nerve cell work, he notes.

Chicago Tribune, Hysterectomy may have long-term health risks — Women who undergo a hysterectomy are at greater risk for heart disease and other health issues — even if they keep their ovaries, new research suggests. "Hysterectomy is the second most common gynecologic surgery, and most are done for benign reasons, because most physicians believe that this surgery has minimal long-term risks," said lead researcher Dr. Shannon Laughlin-Tommaso, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Additional coverage: HuffPost, Capital FM Kenya, Agence France Presse, El Nuevo Herald, Hoy Los Angeles, El Economista America

Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 'Raw water' is the latest craze, but is it safe? by Jason Lemon — While the fad may have found a viable market, experts are simply left scratching their heads. "Without water treatment, there's acute and then chronic risks," said Dr. Donald Hensrud the director of the Healthy Living Program at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. "There's evidence all over the world of this, and the reason we don't have those conditions is because of our very efficient water treatment," he said. Additional coverage: Austin American-Statesman, Palm Beach Post, Daily Mail, Well + Good

Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Concerned about E. coli? Here’s how to keep your food safe from the bacteria by Mary Caldwell — The most common means of exposure is by eating contaminated food, which can include ground beef as well as fresh produce such as lettuce and spinach, the Mayo Clinic said. Contaminated water – possibly including "raw" water – and unpasteurized milk can also infect you with E. coli. The bacteria can also be spread through animals, with several outbreaks occurring that have been linked to petting zoos.

Consumer Reports, 5 Healthy Steps to Take Now by Meryl Davids Landau — Go Through Your Medicines: A Consumer Reports Best Buy Drugs nationally representative survey of 1,006 American adults found that about one-third of Americans haven’t cleaned out their medicine cabinets in a year or longer…“A prescription is made for you, for a specific condition and taking into account your allergies and other medicines,” says Vandana Bhide, M.D., an internist at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla. Bhide says she has seen many cases of teenage children or their friends misappropriating leftover opioid pain medications and spouses popping a few leftover antibiotics. Unnecessary antibiotic use can contribute to antibiotic resistance, and taking another person’s opioid painkiller, whether intentionally or accidentally, can even lead to overdose.

Florida Times Union, Space brat’ Larry Harvey focused on how space can enhance medical research by Charlie Patton — Harvey knew there is growing evidence that stem cells can play an important role in regenerative medicine. So he contacted the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville to see if anyone there had any interest in exploring that idea. Abba Zubair, the medical and scientific director of the Cell Therapy Laboratory at Mayo in Jacksonville, was interested. At the Mayo Clinic, stem cells were already being used to treat knee injuries and transplanted lungs. Zubair believes they can have many other medical applications. But stem cells can be difficult to reproduce in the quantities required to make them effective medical tools. So Zubair sought CAST’s help in getting some stem cells to the International Space Station.

South Florida Reporter, Overcoming Emotional Barriers To Working Out — One of the most popular New Year’s resolutions is to get in better shape, but many people fail to deliver on their promise to themselves because of emotional challenges. Danielle Johnson, a wellness physical therapist with the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program offers advice on how to overcome emotional barriers to get yourself on track to become physically fit in 2018.

ActionNewsJax, Combat veterans, athletes with brain trauma show similarities by Bridgette Matter — Symptoms include depression, impulsive behavior, substance abuse, and anxiety to name a few. The 102 veterans studied had different types of head trauma, 66 of those had CTE. Mayo clinic neuropathologists like Kevin Bieniek are working with brains that have CTE, he says combat trauma is something researchers look for, but right now a diagnosis in living veterans is almost impossible. "We cannot yet diagnose CTE in someone that is alive, there are ongoing studies to look into different ways to do this."

WTSP Tampa Bay, Flu: Myths versus facts by Marjorie Owens — 4. Wearing a mask can protect you from the flu: While this has been debated for some time, the Mayo Clinic says recent studies show "it can't hurt and it might help." Since the flu can spread through the air in droplets, wearing a mask could prevent them from entering your eyes, nose or mouth. This could also help "prevent the transmission from your hands to your mouth or nose," the Mayo Clinic says. However, you can still inhale small, airborne contaminants.

ActionNewsJax, Doctors dealing with worst flu season in years by Beth Rousseau — Hospitals are packed with patients as doctors deal with the worst flu season they’ve seen in years, and it’s expected to get worse. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are reporting widespread flu activity in 46 states. The most recent report in Florida shows six outbreaks, three in Duval County. “We are just short of what’s called an epidemic by the Center for Disease Control,” Dr. Vandana Bhide said.

KJZZ, Experts Offer Non-Opioid Options For Managing Chronic Pain by Nicholas Gerbis — Opioid abuse and addiction dominate the headlines these days. But these concerns obscure a larger story about the treatment of chronic pain in America…"Opioids for chronic pain was more considered a marketing marvel than it was a medical marvel," said Cynthia Townsend, director of the Chronic Pain Rehabilitation Center at Mayo Clinic in Arizona. "And opioids [are] the only medication where, when someone reports worsening symptoms and declining functioning, the response has been to increase the dose," Townsend said.

Post-Bulletin, Mayo's international investments top $2.5 billion by Jeff Kiger — In a time when U.S. corporations are being criticized for having money in overseas tax havens, Mayo Clinic reported having almost $2.7 billion in international investments in 2016. Mayo Clinic's $2.69 billion international investment total in 2016 does not include patient services, program services, fundraising or travel to medical conferences outside of the United States. International investments are not unusual among large organizations. However, the size of Mayo Clinic's investments are notably larger than its two top health care competitors.

Post-Bulletin, Seen and Heard: Sami's got more than a token interest in Mayo Clinic by Colleen Arey Timimi — A voracious reader, especially loving wizard adventure, young Sami found herself learning about a completely different kind of adventure when she read "Women of Mayo Clinic: The Founding Generation," by Virginia M. Wright-Peterson. A voracious reader, especially loving wizard adventure, young Sami found herself learning about a completely different kind of adventure when she read "Women of Mayo Clinic: The Founding Generation," by Virginia M. Wright-Peterson. After reading the book, Sami, who attends Minnesota New Country School, a project-based charter school, decided to make a board game demonstrating all she had learned from the book. Her game, loosely based on Monopoly, doesn't have a "jail" in one corner. No, in this version, that spot is "get stuck in the tornado," a reference to the historical event which led to the formation of the Mayo Clinic.

Twin Cities Business, Familiar with Telemedicine? Mayo Clinic is Taking Next Step with New Robotic ‘Telestenting’ Procedure by Don Jacobosn — With growing shortages of cardiologists and other physicians expected in the coming years, health providers are turning to various forms of telemedicine to deal with the workforce gaps. One of those methods is robot-performed coronary intervention procedures in which doctors working at a remote location can guide a robotic arm in the placing of heart stents. Now the Mayo Clinic, which in recent years has emerged as a national leader in telemedicine, is tapping a $3.3 million charitable grant to collaborate with a Massachusetts-based maker of such robotic equipment to carry out a preclinical study on use of “telestenting.”

Star Tribune, Twin Cities home prices are rising fast, but not like those in Rochester and Duluth by Jim Buchta — The Rochester housing market is on fire. Home prices in the Rochester area increased by 9.7 percent in November compared with November 2016, according to CoreLogic’s November Home Price Index, released Tuesday. From October to November, prices actually decreased 0.3 percent…He said the CoreLogic report is consistent with what he is seeing firsthand in the area, which is home to the Mayo Clinic and the Destination Medical Center (DMC) initiative, a public-private partnership that is expected to create upward of 35,000 to 45,000 new jobs and generate an estimated $5 billion or more in private investment over the next couple decades.

KAAL, Cancer Patient Crochets, Donates Blankets as Tribute to Grandson Killed by Drunk Driver — “You don't see an old white guy crocheting blankets too often,” said Bill Schluter. Bill is usually found working away at his latest creation with just one stitch at a time… In March 2017, Bill was diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer. Mayo Clinic doctors also found rectal and prostate cancer. In between radiation and chemo treatments at Mayo, Bill passes the time making blankets. Each one takes over a week to complete, and all tell a different story.

KTTC, Parents of baby with rare disorder seek help by Linda Ha — Four-month-old Alena Rose is Mayo Clinic's youngest patient diagnosed with Sturge-Weber Syndrome and epilepsy. The rare disorder is caused by the GNAQ gene mutation but is non-hereditary. The condition is characterized by a port-wine birthmark on the face and occurs in 3 of 1000 newborns. However, only six percent who have the distinct mark have the disease, according to the Sturge-Weber Foundation…Due to the rarity of the disorder, Brown says it is new to Mayo Clinic's doctors and nurses, but she is confident in their diagnosis and treatment for Alena.

KIMT, Antidepressant prescriptions for youth on the rise by Annalisa Pardo — The number of antidepressants being prescribed to youth began to decline after the Food and Drug Administration told pharmaceutical companies to issue a black-box warning, potentially linking the antidepressants to suicidal thoughts among youth. But recent findings show the number of antidepressant prescriptions to youth is up again. Dr. Paul Croarkin is the division chair of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Mayo Clinic. He said there could be a number of reasons prescriptions are up, including the actual number of youth experiencing depression could be on the rise. 

KAAL, New Study Finds More Women in Medicine — A recent study by the Association of American Medical Colleges shows women made up more than 50 % of enrolled medical students in 2017. Mayo Clinic says it has seen an increase in women in its medical school but tries to keep the numbers equal Rachel Hurley is a 7th-year student at Mayo Clinic's Medical school. At one point she wasn't sure how far she would make it as a woman in medicine But that quickly changed after her professor told her she could be anything she wanted to be. "I had really incredible mentors in college who pushed me to open my boundaries and open doors that I otherwise wouldn’t have considered open for myself," said Hurley.

La Crosse Tribune, Mayo contributes $75,000 to La Crosse police neighborhood resource officer program — Mayo Clinic Health System on Tuesday donated $75,000 to help support the La Crosse police neighborhood resource officers assigned in the Washburn area. “We have seen the positive impact these officers have made in the Washburn neighborhood,” said Timothy Johnson, Mayo regional vice president. “We want to see them continue their good work and are happy to be able to provide financial support that will enable them to do so.” Additional coverage: WKBT La Crosse, WXOW La Crosse

WEAU Eau Claire, Hospice Quilt Unveiled — Kathy Schmiedeskamp, Home Health & Hospice, and Lisa De Sieno, Bereavement Services, join WEAU 13 News anchor Jesse Horne to discuss the new hospice quilt and other ways to honor loved ones as we move through the grieving process.

Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, Concussions — and the resulting memory loss — prompted NFL player to end career and tackle the task of getting the word out about brain injuries by Eric Lindquist — A little less than a decade ago, professional football player Ben Utecht returned to his native Minnesota and was reminiscing about old times with one of his best college friends and their wives when the subject turned to the friend’s wedding. “I don’t remember a single moment from that day,” Utecht told a rapt audience of more than 100 people Friday afternoon during a sports medicine and concussion symposium at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire. That was the final straw, Utecht said, that made him realize it was time to walk away from the game he loved. Additional coverage: WEAU Eau Claire

Mankato Free Press, Special care box delivery: Cancer fund drops off first packages by Brian Arola — Mankato hospitals and clinics will now begin distributing Jonathan Zierdt Cancer Fund caring boxes to patients diagnosed with the disease. The fund, founded in early 2017, was established in part to provide support and comfort to the newly diagnosed. The boxes — stuffed with a blanket, cookbook, journal, gift card and informational pamphlets — were the most direct way they hoped to do so. On Thursday, the first boxes were delivered to Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato and Mankato Clinic. Another shipment will make its way to Open Door Health Center at a later date.

Owatonna People’s Press, Hospitals target opioids, mental health by John Lundy —Thirteen Minnesota health systems — including Allina Health — are joining forces to take on two of the state’s most vexing health issues: opioid addiction and mental health care. “They are tremendous societal and health problems that all of us were already working on, but none of us felt that we could come to the solutions within our communities by ourselves,” said Dr. David Herman, CEO of Essentia. The health systems, which also include the Mayo Clinic, HealthPartners and Essentia, collectively serve four out of every five patients in the state, according to a news release from the Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement, a Minneapolis-based nonprofit that’s coordinating the effort.

MedPage Today, Who Are the Senate's New Democrats? by Shannon Firth — Tina Smith served as Lieutenant Governor to Gov. Mark Dayton (D) and was appointed by him as interim replacement for Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), who officially resigned on Tuesday after allegations of sexual misconduct emerged last year, The Hill reported …Until recently, Smith chaired the Destination Medical Center, a 20-year public-private partnership with the Mayo Clinic. "The project is meant to help the famed hospital expand its Rochester base with a blend of private investment and taxpayer-funded infrastructure expansion," she told CBS Minnesota.

MedPage Today, High-Risk Plaque No Telltale Prognosticator in Stable CAD by Nicole Loug — …Such a low positive predictive value associated with high-risk plaque likely precludes any clinical utility for now, Raymond Gibbons, MD, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, suggested in an invited commentary. "Given the absence of important historical variables, electrocardiographic variables and other coronary CT angiography variables, I do not believe that the current study demonstrates that assessing high-risk plaques by coronary CT angiography is truly incremental to established risk assessment," he wrote.

MedPage Today, Small Joint Surgeries Drop among RA Patients by Judy George — The rate of small -- but not large -- joint surgery has dropped among patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) since 1995, a retrospective review of orthopedic surgeries found. By 2015, less than 1% of patients per year underwent small joint surgery, reported Ashima Makol, MD, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and colleagues in Arthritis Care & Research.

MedPage Today, Binocular Video Game Tx Disappoints in 'Lazy Eye' Trial by Salynn Boyles — In an accompanying commentary, Jonathan Holmes, BM, BCh, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, noted that adherence to treatment with the DigRush does appear to be better than with the game used in the BRAVO trial. "The forthcoming PEDIG randomized clinical trial will provide additional data to answer the question. Is there a dose-response relationship between duration of binocular treatment and improvement in amblyopic eye visual acuity?," Holmes wrote, adding that, "A positive answer to this question would support the use of binocular treatment for amblyopia."

MedPage Today, CTE Not That Common in Young People with Epilepsy by Kate Kneisel — The retrospective study of 10 young adults who had undergone surgery to control medication-resistant seizures found no pathologic evidence of CTE in nine of them, although eight had mild to moderate cognitive impairment that often accompanies hard-to-treat seizure disorders, reported Gregory Cascino, MD, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and colleagues in Neurology. "Previous studies [involving older people with epilepsy and similar types of seizures] have found signs of CTE in up to a quarter or even a third of older people with epilepsy, so our aim was to determine if such signs could be found in the brains of younger people with epilepsy," Cascino explained. "Only one of our 10 study participants had signs of CTE, but because our study was small, more research needs to be done to confirm our findings." Additional coverage: Medical Xpress

Flying Magazine, Mayo Clinic Launches BasicMed Online Course by Stephen Pope — Private and recreational pilots can now access the new online Mayo Clinic BasicMed Course, a free education program for pilots pursuing medical qualification through FAA BasicMed that is an alternative to completing the course on AOPA’s website. “We’re pleased to be able to provide this new option for pilots,” said Clayton Cowl, director of the Mayo Clinic BasicMed Course. “This course has been a culmination of efforts of many colleagues at Mayo dedicated to aviation safety. A wide range of medical experts across the organization as well as with input from experts with civil aviation medical associations across the country have contributed medical knowledge to help pilots recognize medical risks in an effort to keep them, and the passengers who they fly, safe.”

DOTmed.com, Corindus and Mayo Clinic partner to study telestenting by Lauren Dubinsky — Corindus Vascular Robotics Inc. and Mayo Clinic announced plans on Tuesday to initiate a preclinical study investigating remote robotic treatment for percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), also known as telestenting. "The challenge of access to care is a truly global issue," Mark Toland, president and CEO of Corindus, told HCB News. "Countries such as China and India represent a major opportunity for remote robotics to reduce time to intervention for patients. Even in the United States, 20 percent of the population lives more than 60 minutes from a PCI-capable center." Additional coverage: Cardiovascular Business

SheKnows, How to Spot the Signs of Hypothermia & Treat It by Elizabeth Yuko — According to the Mayo Clinic, hypothermia happens when your body loses heat faster than it can produce heat, resulting in a dangerously low body temperature — falling below 95 degrees F (several degrees lower than our average normal body temperature of 98.6 degrees F). It typically happens because of exposure to cold weather and cold water. Windy weather is also a factor in getting hypothermia because it removes body heat by carrying away the thin layer of warm air at the surface of your skin, the Mayo Clinic notes.

HealthNewsDigest.com, Innovative Heart Surgery Keeps Drummer's Beat Rolling — Four years ago, at age 23, Justin Vigile was living out his dream as the drummer for the progressive heavy metal band Extractus. His band was gaining momentum, but his heart was losing steam. That threatened to end his budding music career, and for a time, Justin's life also hung in the balance…At that point, Justin was placed on the national waiting list for a heart transplant. As Justin began his wait, his family kept looking for other answers. The search eventually brought them to Mayo Clinic and a specialized team led by Hartzell Schaff, M.D., and Steve Ommen, M.D. Justin arrived at Mayo Clinic just in time. "Here's a young man who has his whole life in front of him, and not only is he symptomatic and shows symptoms of his heart disease, he was depressed and discouraged because of the illness and the prospects he had at that time," Dr. Schaff told Mayo Clinic News Network.

The Hindu, Gujarat-based cardiologist uses robotic technology to conduct angioplasty — In a move that can change the norms of cardiology, Gujarat-based interventional cardiologist Dr. Tejas Patel has developed robotic technology for coronary intervention, a first in Asia…Dr. Patel has been a pioneer of the transradial access technique (angioplasty/stenting through the wrist artery), and has trained over 5000 cardiologists on this technique. He is also working on a possibility of remotely performing operations using the robotic technology. An experiment in this regard is underway at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota where he is involved with team of experts from Mayo.

Modesto Bee, Don’t eat this lettuce, says Consumer Reports after E. coli outbreak by Gabby Ferreira — According to the Mayo Clinic, E. coli symptoms usually begin three to four days after being exposed. Symptoms include nausea, vomiting, pain or tenderness, diarrhea and abdominal cramps. People can be exposed to E. coli from contaminated water or food, the Mayo Clinic said. The strain of E. coli that’s sickening people now produces a toxin than can lead to serious illness, kidney failure and death, Consumer Reports said.

Fierce Healthcare, Study shows patient portals have no impact on hospital readmissions or mortality by Evan Sweeney — Previous research has have tackled patient portal usability and satisfaction among users, but few studies have looked at the impact of portals on hospital outcomes. A new study out of the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida, does just that with relatively uninspiring results. Researchers found that 30-day readmissions, inpatient mortality and 30-day mortality were virtually the same when comparing hospitalized patients that used portals versus those that did not, leading them to conclude that patient portals may not ultimately improve hospital outcomes. The results were published last week the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. Additional coverage: MobiHealthNews

Men’s Health, Philip Morris Says It's 'Quitting' Cigarettes This Year—But Don't Buy It by Reegan von Wildenradt — At first glance, the move may seem well-intended. But based on the tobacco industry's previous relationship with concerns for public health, experts are concerned the initiative is just another tobacco publicity stunt. "It's important to note the resolution is 'we’re trying' and 'our ambition.' I don't think they’re resolved to stop selling tobacco," Dr. Taylor Hays, director of the Mayo Clinic Nicotine Dependence Center, told Men's Health.

Men’s Health, A 21-Year-Old Bodybuilder Suddenly Died From Flu Complications— Here's What You Need to Know by Reegan Von Wildenradt — According to the Mayo Clinic, sepsis, the precursor to septic shock, "occurs when chemicals released into the bloodstream to fight the infection trigger inflammatory responses throughout the body." Essentially, our bodies release chemicals into our bloodstream when we get sick. In cases of sepsis, instead of helping, these chemicals end up hurting the body and trigger "a cascade of changes that can damage multiple organ systems."

American Healthcare Leader, Thinking through the Future by David Levine — Say “Mayo Clinic” almost anywhere, and most people will know that you are referring to one of the world’s best-known healthcare brands. The institution is one of the largest healthcare providers, offering a number of services that—though they get less press than its hands-on, team-based model of patient care—make a big difference to the health and well-being of patients around the globe. One of those services is clinical laboratory testing, and Sharon Zehe is part of the team charged with bringing those laboratory services’ best practices to other parts of the world—and to the new frontier of personalized medicine.

Becker’s Hospital Review, Using patient portals may not improve hospital outcomes: 3 study insights by Julie Spitzer — Those who use their patient portals in the inpatient setting may not improve the hospitals' overall outcomes, according to a study published Dec. 28 in the Journal of American Medical Informatics Association. A team of researchers led by Adrian Dumitrascu, MD, studied the outcomes of 7,538 patients who had signed up for a patient portal account before they were admitted to Mayo Clinic Hospital in Jacksonville, Fla., between Aug. 1, 2012 and July 31, 2014. The researchers analyzed two cohorts with respect to 30-day readmission, inpatient mortality and 30-day mortality.

Virginian-Pilot, A furry friend will help a young girl cope with epilepsy caused by sunlight by Phyllis Johnson — They say that dog is man’s best friend. But dog can also be a little girl’s best friend. For 9-year-old Anna Grace Atkins, her service dog, Maggie, a 10-month-old chocolate Labrador retriever, is more than just a pal. But the training Maggie needs to fully assist Anna Grace is expensive, and the family needs assistance…Ana Grace went to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, in August 2016 for testing, where she was also videotaped for 24 hours.

SELF, 7 Signs You Need to Listen to Your Mom and Drink More Water by Korin Miller — On average, women need to consume about 11.5 cups of fluids per day, according to the Mayo Clinic. The catch is that this figure encompasses all fluid intake, including from beverages like coffee and that which you get from foods. (This makes up around 20 percent of the liquid you consume each day, per the Mayo Clinic.) Adequate hydration is crucial for your body to operate the best way it should; every single cell you possess requires water to function, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Endometriosis News, Even a Hysterectomy That Spares Ovaries Increases Risk of Cardiovascular Disease, Study Shows by Alice Melao — Even women who have a hysterectomy that spares their ovaries are at higher risk of developing a cardiovascular or metabolic disease, the Mayo Clinic reports. “Hysterectomy is the second most common gynecologic surgery, and most are done for benign reasons, because most physicians believe that this surgery has minimal long-term risks,” Dr. Shannon Laughlin-Tommaso, a Mayo Clinic gynecologist, said in a news release. “With the results of this study, we encourage people to consider nonsurgical alternative therapies for fibroids, endometriosis and prolapse, which are leading causes of hysterectomy,” said Laughlin-Tommaso, the author of the study.

GenomeWeb, Veritas Genetics, Mayo Clinic Partner to Expand Access to WGS — Mayo Clinic is teaming with sequencing startup Veritas Genetics in an effort to make whole-genome sequencing available to the masses. Under terms of a partnership announced today, Veritas will integrate medical and clinical expertise from Mayo's Center for Individualized Medicine into its myGenome WGS platform. The Rochester, Minnesota-based institution will offer the myGenome sequencing test and interpretation services to those who qualify for a Mayo Clinic study of healthy adults.

Green Valley News, Mayo Clinic Minute: 'fab 5' exercises to get you moving — Not having enough time to exercise is one of the top reasons people give up on their New Year's resolution to get in better shape. Danielle Johnson, a wellness physical therapist with the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program, has a solution that can not only help get a workout in during a busy workday, but can also make people more productive at work.

Live Science, Thai Clinic Offers 'Brighter' Genitals: What Is Laser Skin-Lightening? by Mindy Weisberger — Laser skin lightening works by destroying melanocytes — cells that produce the skin pigment melanin — without damaging the surface of the skin, according to the Mayo Clinic. The technique is often used to treat age spots or other isolated patches of darkened skin, and has few side effects other than increased sensitivity to sunlight, the Mayo Clinic says.

Live Science, Stephen Hawking Turns 76: How Has He Lived So Long With ALS? by Rachael Rettner — Renowned physicist Stephen Hawking turns 76 today (Jan. 8) — an age well beyond what he was expected to reach when he was diagnosed with the incurable neurological disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) more than 50 years ago…Early symptoms of ALS can include muscle weakness or slurred speech, and eventually, the disease can cause people to lose the ability to move, speak, eat or breathe on their own, according to the Mayo Clinic. Additional coverage: CBS News

Victoria Advocate, Flu can have life-threatening complications — Dr. Thomas Boyce, a pediatric infectious diseases specialist at the Mayo Clinic, said it looks like this is going to be a particularly severe year for influenza. The predominant strain circulating is H3N2, which is considered to be the nastiest - responsible for more hospitalizations and more deaths than all other causes of seasonal influenza. Each year, about 40,000 people in the U.S. die from influenza, some of whom were completely healthy before getting sick, Boyce said. This is a terrifying statistic. But before you head to Sam's Club to stock up on a jumbo-sized can of disinfectant, think about whether you have gotten the flu shot this year. Additional coverage: HealthNewsDigest.com

Business Insider, The 'neck rule' could tell you if you're ill enough to skip your workout — here's how it works by Lindsay Dodgon — According to the Mayo Clinic, moderate physical activity is fine when you have a cold, as long as you don't have a fever. The reason it makes some people feel better is because exercise can open up your nasal passages which relieves congestion. However, it's important to take note of whether your symptoms are all "above the neck," such as a runny nose, blocked nose, sneezing, or sore throat. You should not workout if you have any below the neck symptoms, such as a tight chest, a persistent cough, a bad stomach, or muscle aches. Additional coverage: SFGate

Science Daily, Most patients with unknown spinal cord disease later given specific diagnosis, study shows — A study by Mayo Clinic researchers found that most patients with suspected spinal cord inflammation of unknown cause have an alternative, specific diagnosis. The research is published in Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. "Our review draws attention to the critical need to properly diagnose spinal cord disease to initiate appropriate therapy early on and avoid unnecessary and potentially harmful treatments," says B. Mark Keegan, M.D., Mayo Clinic neurologist and senior author.

Futurism, Reproductive Tech Will Let Future Humans Inhabit the Body They Truly Want by Lewis Wallace — “A lot of people have questions about whether this is a valid allocation of health care resources,” says Megan Allyse, a bioethicist at the Mayo Clinic. Uterine transplants involve an operation on at least one, sometimes two otherwise healthy people — many transplant surgeons believe they should only do such invasive procedures on someone who is sick, and for lifesaving purposes. Allyse says infertility is neither life-threatening (though it’s categorized as a disease by the World Health Organization) nor does it pose any known long-term risk to physical health, though it can certainly cause mental distress.

Cure, Exercise Before and After Lymphoma Diagnosis May Improve Survival by Kristie L. Kahl — An increase in exercise among patients with lymphoma not only decreased the risk for death from all causes, but also for disease-specific mortality. Previous studies have shown that increased physical activity improves quality of life among patients with cancer as well as survivors. However, limited data supports exercise and lymphoma-specific survival. “As physicians, we recommend physical activity for all cancer survivors to improve overall quality of life,” Priyanka Pophali, M.B.B.S., a hematologist at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, said in a press release. “But we did not know if physical activity would have an impact on survival in lymphoma patients.”

America’s Best Racing, Hagyard Institute: The Mayo Clinic of the Horse World — “We’ve been compared to being the Johns Hopkins or Cleveland Clinic, or Mayo Clinic if you will, of equine health over the years,” said Dr. Luke Fallon, who is a fifth-generation family member to practice at Hagyard and works in the field care division. “We started over 140 years ago, with my predecessors being some of the first graduate veterinarians in the state of Kentucky, and have been working on horses throughout that entire period.”

News-medical.net, Researchers develop drug that supports cellular traffic jam theory in ALS/FTD — A collaborative study conducted by Emory University School of Medicine and Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville indicated that a cellular traffic jam may be the cause of damage to the neurons in most forms of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)…Dr. Wilfried Rossoll, a senior author of the study and assistant professor of neuroscience at the Mayo Clinic, said that the project started with an exploration of a protein named TDP-43, which is a "bad actor" in both frontotemporal dementia (FTD) and ALS.

ELLE UK, How To Get Rid Of A Bloated Stomach ASAP by Joely Walker — Food intolerance…According to the Mayo Clinic, if your bowel doesn't empty properly, a fermentation process of undigested food begins in your digestive tract. Keep a food diary and if you think you might be intolerant to something, visit your local GP.

Medscape, New Treatments vs Screening in Reducing Breast Cancer Deaths by Liam Davenport —Approached for comment, Deborah J. Rhodes, MD, professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, said that the study is "valuable," particularly inasmuch as the models agreed with each other with respect to general trends. As such, she believes that the data in the study are important, "not only to assess how far we've come but also to look at opportunities in the future." However, Dr Rhodes thinks that the article "has the potential to be easily misinterpreted."One of the things that I'm struck by in this paper [is], frankly, how little of the gains were attributed to advances in imaging," she said.

Healio, Elevated high-sensitivity cardiac troponin predicts incident HF — “As advocates for biomarker use in patients with HF and from our previous studies, we appreciate the interesting proof of concept presented by Evans et al, and with which we concur in regard to establishing estimates of those at risk for HF going forward,” Allan S. Jaffe, MD, FACC, FAHA, FESC, professor of medicine, professor of laboratory medicine and pathology, and chair of the division of clinical core laboratory services at Mayo Clinic and a member of the Cardiology Today Editorial Board, and Wayne L. Miller, MD, PhD, professor in the department of cardiovascular medicine at Mayo Clinic and Foundation, wrote in a related editorial. “However, we also have tried to use this opportunity to suggest that the field needs to spend additional time and effort refining the specific techniques that might more fully optimize the ability to use summary and meta-analyses that include biomarkers.”

Daily Telescope, WuXi AppTec Group and Mayo Clinic Form Joint Venture to Deliver Clinical Diagnostic Services by Brad Bennett — WuXi AppTec Group and Mayo Clinic announced today a joint venture to co-develop and deliver clinical diagnostic services in China. With WuXi AppTec Group's operational excellence and Mayo Medical Laboratories' clinical and laboratory testing expertise, the new joint venture will accelerate the development of novel esoteric tests that both organizations will offer in their respective markets, with the intent to benefit not only patients in China but around the world.

Business Mirror, Reduce your risk of heart attack by Henrylito D. Tacio — A heart attack occurs when one or more of your coronary arteries become blocked. “Over time, a coronary artery can narrow from the buildup of various substances, including cholesterol [atherosclerosis],” the Mayo Clinic explains. This condition, known as coronary artery disease, causes most heart attacks. According to the Mayo Clinic, one of the plaques can rupture during a heart attack and spill cholesterol and other substances into the bloodstream. “A blood clot forms at the site of the rupture,” it says. “If large enough, the clot can completely block the flow of blood through the coronary artery.”

HealthTech, Deep Learning Revamps How Radiologists Diagnose Diseases by Juliet Van Wangenen — As a subset of artificial intelligence, deep learning is entering the radiology scene with the possibility to solve large data challenges and automate many smaller tasks…Beyond OSU Wexner, Stanford University Medical Center and the Mayo Clinic are also putting supercomputers to work with the aim to eventually automate many simple radiology tasks. The Mayo Clinic’s Radiology Informatics Lab, which focuses on sifting out image-derived biomarkers of disease, is developing a deep learning tool that can mine information from medical images for researchers.

LU5 AM 600, Resultado de búsqueda para: Rabinstein — Alejandro Rabinstein es argentino, neurólogo cerebrovascular, investigador de neurología y profesor de neurología en Mayo Clinic en Rochester, Minnesota. La NASA le pidió ayuda para enviar humanos a Marte, por sus estudios sobre los efectos de la hipotermia en el cuerpo humano, que sería clave para sobrellevar el viaje al planeta rojo.


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