February 17, 2018

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights for February 17, 2018

By Emily Blahnik




, How many calories Olympians eat by Julia Belluz — While it may be true that Olympians sometimes cut loose, their diets tend to be remarkably junk food-free — and highly optimized for performance. Athletes are looking for any edge. Increasingly, that means practicing extreme caution about what foods they use as fuel. “These events are won by less than 1 percent — the margin of victory is really quite tiny,” Mayo Clinic exercise researcher Michael Joyner said.

Vox, Doping is rampant at the Olympics. Here’s why. by Umair Irfan and Jullia Belluz — “These events are won by less than 1 percent — the margin of victory is really quite tiny,” Mayo Clinic exercise researcher Michael Joyner said. “People are looking for tiny edges, edges that can barely be measured in the lab.” In other words, most performance enhancers aren’t meant to help lazy athletes keep up, but instead let hard-working competitors work even harder, and the effects are both mental and physical.

HealthDay, Ick! Oregon Woman Is First-Ever Case of Human ‘Eye Worm’ by Dennis Thompson — The researchers suspect the woman became infected with the eye worms while horseback riding in Gold Beach, Ore., a cattle farming region. The worms are transmitted by face flies, which carry the larvae in their mouth parts, said Dr. Audrey Schuetz, an associate professor of pathology with the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. "In general, flies are attracted to the moisture and salt in our tears, said Schuetz, who wasn't involved with the study. "The larvae are introduced into the fleshy part of our eyes when the fly is feeding on our tear film, the moist part around our eyes." Additional coverage: CBS News, US News & World ReportInternational Business Times

Forbes, Seven Essential Steps Toward Building A Stronger Company Culture by Micah Solomon — Mayo Clinic’s “Primary Value," probably my favorite example of the kind of clear writing and thinking that are called for: The needs of the patient come first. Seven words–count them!–with only one of them longer than a syllable, yet the statement is meaningful to every single employee at Mayo in setting priorities and guiding aspirations. Yours can be longer than Mayo’s (and, in fact, Mayo has several other brief statements that stand alongside these seven words), but either aim for clarity and brevity or don’t bother having one at all.

New York Times, Are Hand Dryers Actually Full of Bacteria? A Viral Photo Doesn’t Tell the Whole Story by Maggie Astor — Without further testing, which the class did not do, it is impossible to say whether the organisms in Ms. Ward’s petri dish were harmful to humans. But when she posted a photo on Facebook at the urging of her classmates, more than 500,000 people shared it in a matter of days...Many horrified commenters vowed never to use a hand dryer again...One of the few independently funded studies on the subject, published by the Mayo Clinic in 2000, found no statistically significant hygienic difference between dryers and paper towels.

Washington Post, A mom turned to a controversial ‘treatment’ for her daughter’s autism — feeding her bleach by Marwa Eltagouri — …Some parents have tried hyperbaric oxygen therapy, too, which involves breathing pure oxygen in a pressurized room or tube. While the therapy is an accepted treatment for severe conditions such as decompression sickness — a danger of scuba diving — it is not recommended for illnesses like autism because of insufficient evidence showing it helps, according to The Mayo Clinic. The treatment’s side effects include seizures and lung collapse.

Reader’s Digest, Doctors Reveal the Most Bizarre Things Patients Have Swallowed by Kimberly Hiss — When it comes to swallowing things they shouldn’t, kids are common offenders. “Babies and early toddlers explore the world in many ways, including putting things in their mouths,” says Karthik Balakrishnan, MD, assistant professor of otolaryngology at the Mayo Clinic. “They don’t know what should go in and what shouldn’t so things can accidentally be swallowed.”

Post-Bulletin, Can crisis centers fix state's mental health problems? by Brett Boese — Casey Clements has been sounding the alarm on mental health issues for years. On Tuesday, he and fellow Mayo Clinic doctor Bruce Sutor got to make their pitch directly to lawmakers. After painting a picture of a community and state in dire needs of more resources, they'll now wait to see what, if anything, will get done about the state's mental health crisis. Clements said that Mayo Clinic has housed hundreds of mental health patients in its emergency room for a total of 1,963 days because medical experts determined the patients weren't of a safe mindset to be discharged.

Post-Bulletin, Mayo Clinic proposes massive facility in Hudson, Wis. by Jeff Kiger — Mayo Clinic is working on plans to build an approximately 100,000-square-foot medical facility in the small town of Hudson, Wis. A proposal by Mayo Clinic Health System –Northwest Wisconsin Region has been submitted to the Hudson planning commission. Additional coverage: Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal

Post-Bulletin, Nurses are the glue that holds Mayo Clinic together by Jay Furst — Nurses are the glue that holds Mayo Clinic together, and we’re very fortunate to have the best and brightest on our team. Every day, we receive letters from grateful patients and families expressing their appreciation for Mayo nurses. Their selflessness and service make Mayo a healing environment and a world class medical destination. Mayo Clinic also benefits tremendously from nursing’s expertise and leadership in our organization. — John Noseworthy; President and CEO, Mayo Clinic

Post-Bulletin, Political Notebook: Senators hear pitches for local projects by Heather J. Carlson — Minnesota senators who will play a critical role in deciding how to dole out hundreds of millions of dollars in state funding are headed to Southeast Minnesota this week…Committee members will be listening to pitches for a wide array of projects. Proposals include money to expand U.S. Highway 14 between Dodge Center and Owatonna, renovations at Rochester Community and Technical College, construction of a new veterans home in Fillmore County and upgrades to Graham Park in Rochester — just to name a few. The committee will also be visiting Mayo Clinic Hospital — Saint Marys Campus to discuss the region's behavioral and mental health needs.

Post-Bulletin, You need Tamiflu, but can you get it? by Anne Halliwell — Gregory Poland, a physician and vaccinologist at Mayo Clinic, said this year's flu vaccine is 30 percent effective, which means it prevents influenza in roughly one in three immunized people. Although it may not prevent symptomatic illness in everyone, having the vaccine will go a long way toward preventing the complications of influenza in people who do get it — hospitalization and pneumonia.

Post-Bulletin, Kidney treatment innovations traced back to Rochester doctor's work in Vietnam War by Matthew Stolle — Back in Dr. James Donadio's day, all it took was a handshake to signify a done deal. Yet only a week after coming to a handshake agreement to join the staff of Mayo Clinic, Donadio got his his draft notice…Those memories form the basis of Donadio's new book, "From Mayo Clinic to Vietnam: Memoirs of a Physician Serving in the War." His story was also part of the Twin Cities PBS series called "The Story Wall" published in conjunction with "The Vietnam War" documentary by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick.

Post-Bulletin, Blockchain, bitcoin and Mayo Clinic by Jeff Kiger — This seems like an interesting presentation at Mayo Clinic. Robert Miller, "a blockchain enthusiast since 2011" and staffer at the UK-based Medicalchain, gave an educational presentation sponsored by the Dept. of Business Development in Rochester today (Monday). His presentation was live streamed "to multiple Mayo Clinic campuses around the nation and distributed internally," according to Medicalchain.

KIMT, Staying Safe While Drinking in the Cold by Brooke McKivergan — Socialice is this weekend in Rochester and those at The Downtown Rochester Alliance tell KIMT that they expect to see about 40,000 people over the span of the weekend attend the event. However, doctors at Mayo say that consuming alcohol in the freezing temperatures is something to be cautious about. In a statement to KIMT, Dr. Jeahan Colletti who is an emergency medicine physicial at Mayo Clinic stated, "Drinking alcohol in cold weather can pose significant health risks. Because alcohol causes dilation of blood vessels in the limbs, it causes increased blood flow to the limbs, causing people to develop a false sense of warmth. The greater the blood flow to the limbs, the greater the risk of hypothermia as the body’s core temperature falls as a result.

KIMT, New lungs, new life: Viral video shows a Byron woman's first breath with new lungs by DeeDee Stiepan — A video that documents a powerful post-surgery moment at Mayo Clinic has gone viral. It shows Jennifer Jones taking her first unobstructed breath and has been viewed more than 30 million times. Jennifer'sfiancé, Rob Ronnenberg, captured the video and posted it to YouTube following her surgery last October.

KAAL, A Mayo Clinic Program Paves the Way to Become Energy Efficient — Destination Medical Center is highlighting how a Mayo Clinic program could set an example for others trying to be energy efficient. Seven years ago the hospital set out to reduce its energy use by 20 percent in the year 2020. It met that goal last year. Mayo Clinic did it by evaluating where energy was being wasted. Brett Gorden, with Mayo Clinic, said the program could be used as a model for future DMC projects. "Because some of those are gonna be there for a long time. So it's great to design new buildings as energy efficient as you can but you also want to go back and look at older facilities and see what you can do to make them better,” said Gorden.

KMSP, Team USA hockey star opens up about miraculous lung cancer recovery by Jeff Baillon — Rachael Drazan-Malmberg's stride chewed up ice from Minnesota to China, her wicked slapshot powering the University of Minnesota to a Frozen Four appearance and a spot on world champion Team USA--but two years ago, she came face to face with an opponent the likes of which she'd never seen before. One morning in the spring of 2016 she woke up with some pain in her ribs--stiffness from a workout, or so she thought. She saw a doctor when it persisted, but they couldn't find anything wrong…Then came a diagnosis the fitness crazed, eat-all-the-right-foods 31-year-old mother never expected: lung cancer. And it had already spread to her brain.

WCCO, Local Initiative Strives To Change Youth Sports Culture by David McCoy — …That is why a room at the Mayo Clinic was full of high school coaches and administrators. The NFL and Super Bowl Host Committee sponsored a seminar to help the InSideOut Initiative equip coaches and administrators with the training and tools to make the most of their responsibility to influence their athletes beyond just Xs and Os.

Twin Cities Business, Rochester Group Reports its $1.5M Startup Loan Program Generated $61M in Follow-On Financing by Don Jacobson — RAEDI officials asserted in a recent news release that the $1.5 million it invested in 15 local companies in the last several years has triggered follow-on financings of $61 million — much of which has “come from outside of the Rochester area,” the organization said…Among the investee companies in 2017 was Vyriad Inc., which in April expanded into a former IBM campus building in the city. The company is led by Dr. Stephen Russell, director of Mayo Clinic’s molecular medicine program. It began life at RAEDI’s Mayo Clinic Business Accelerator while developing its anti-cancer virus therapy technology.

WEAU Eau Claire, Her Story, Her Heart — Daniel Kincaid, M.D., discusses heart failure, medical devices and the upcoming “Her Story, Her Heart” event with WEAU 13 News 5pm anchor Judy Clark.

WEAU Eau Claire, Local man in hospice care gets to see Packers play on Lambeau Field — Lon Putzer of Altoona wanted to see his beloved Green Bay Packers play at Lambeau Field one more time, but his health was an obstacle. His Home Health & Hospice team helped make his dream come true.

WXOW La Crosse, Heart disease patient uses her story to caution others by Mackenzie Amundsen — "Not everyone may have the symptoms you see in movies with the heart pains, crushing elephants on the chest," said Dr. Monique Freund, Cardiologist at Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse. American Heart Month hopes to turn attention to heart health, something cardiologists say is important not only in February but all year-round. "Studies continue to show that awareness is still quite lacking," Freund said. "If you take a roving mic in the street and ask women, they'll probably say their biggest risk is breast cancer. While it is important, their risk of heart disease is probably the same if not higher."

WKBT La Crosse, Young teacher undergoes unexpected open-heart surgery by Madalyn O’Neill — Recently engaged teacher Michelle Schaub, 26, scheduled an appointment for foot pain in November. Little did she know she'd be scheduling a potentially lifesaving surgery the very next month in December..."This is one of those cases I'll remember for the rest of my life,” said Dr. Mengyi Zha, second-year resident at Mayo Clinic Health System’s Family Health Clinic in La Crosse. Zha said she barely had to use a stethoscope to detect something wrong with Schaub's heart. "I could basically just stand by her and hear the murmur,” she said. “It was surprising to me. I don't think in my life I've ever heard a murmur this loud."

La Crosse Tribune, 7-year-old La Crosse girl orders doctor: 'Fix my favorite grandma' by Mike Tighe — Seven-year-old Kenzie Smith set an emergency room physician straight when he said her grandmother, Donna Bryan of La Crosse, would be severely incapacitated if she survived a recent health crisis. “Kenzie stepped up and said, ‘Well, this is my favorite grandma, and you have to fix her up,’” Bryan recalled Thursday after Kenzie was honored as a lifesaving hero during an assembly at First Evangelical Lutheran School. Taken to Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare, Bryan said she learned later that the physician determined that her lungs had filled with fluid, causing her to pass out. Additional coverage: WKBT La Crosse, WXOW La Crosse, WEAU Eau ClaireInside Edition

Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, Hockey players inspired to learn CPR after watching doctor help resuscitate fallen comrade by Dan Holtz — The evening of Jan. 21 started out as a normal winter Sunday night for Dr. Donn Dexter and members of his Eau Claire Mighty Docs novice adult hockey team. Dexter, a neurologist at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, is an original member of the Mighty Docs hockey team, which began 18 years ago. You can find Dexter and his teammates playing hockey every Sunday night during the winter at Altoona Hobbs Sports Center. Additional coverage: WEAU Eau Claire

Mankato Free Press, Tobacco 21 ordinance goes down in flames; Mankato defeat also nullifies North Mankato's ordinance by Tim Krohn — Several dozen supporters of the higher age packed the council chambers, many testifying that teenagers and even younger kids get hooked on smoking because they know someone who is 18 who can legally buy tobacco for them. Those kids don't know many friends 21 and over who would buy for them, they argued. Dr. Greg Kutcher, of Mayo Clinic Health System, said it's proven fact that tobacco is highly toxic, killing one third of the people who use it, is highly addictive and is most harmful to those 18 and under — the age at which most smokers start. "I'm a hospice physician and I see people every day who are dying of tobacco-related illnesses," Kutcher said.

Phoenix Business Journal, When opioid use winds its way into senior care facilities by Angela Gonzales — To help educate physicians, Mayo Clinic unveiled a program for physicians in a podcast series. "We wanted to engage physicians and give them a new platform to consume information about this crisis," said Dr. Mitchell Humphreys, dean at the Mayo Clinic School of Continuous Professional Development and professor of urology at Mayo's medical school. The educational program is for Mayo physicians as well as non-Mayo physicians, he said, providing continuing education credit for them.

South Florida Reporter, What to do if you have the flu? — When is it safe to return to normal activities after coming down with the flu? “A general rule of thumb is to stay away from work or school until fevers have resolved for at least 24 hours,” says Dr. Pritish Tosh, an infectious diseases specialist at Mayo Clinic. While recovering from the flu, Dr. Tosh says, “Most people, including most children over age 12 months and most healthy adults, will do just fine by staying at home, but also taking care of themselves, with plenty of fluid and plenty of rest.”

Women’s Health, Lactation Tea Is All The Rage With Some Breastfeeding Moms—But Does It Work? by Korin Miller —The reality is, there isn’t a ton of science behind these teas…Julie Lamppa, A.P.R.N., a certified nurse midwife at Mayo Clinic, agrees, noting that research doesn’t clearly support that they actually work. “The clinical trials which do show that lactation teas or herbs help boost milk supply tend to be small sample sizes and are poorly designed,” she says. The safety of herbal supplements (including lactation teas) for moms and their babies isn’t totally clear, either. However, “if mega-dosing is avoided, they likely have a relative safety,” Lamppa says.

Business Insider, The only things you should do to help beat a cold or the flu by Erin Brodwin — According to Jay L. Hoecker, an emeritus member of the department of pediatric and adolescent medicine at the Mayo Clinic, menthol rubs like Vicks VapoRub won't help relieve a stuffy nose. Instead, the "strong menthol odor of VapoRub tricks your brain, so you feel like you're breathing through an unclogged nose," he wrote in a recent post for the Clinic. What he recommends for congestion are over-the-counter decongestant tablets like Sudafed and nasal sprays, which studies suggest may narrow the blood vessels in the lining of your nose and help reduce swelling.

Business Insider, People at the Olympics are violently ill and vomiting, and officials are worried about a highly contagious outbreak by Hilary Brueck — On Thursday, officials in South Korea announced that the total number of confirmed cases of the virus was up to 128, according to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That's a dramatic spike from the initial 32 cases reported on Tuesday…Norovirus thrives in both hot and cold temperatures, and it's not easy to wipe away with disinfectant either, the Mayo Clinic says. Most people are still contagious up to two days after they start feeling better.

Anchorage Press, Mayo Clinic Minute: 3 tips to healthy fitness during winter — Frigid winter temperatures may make you want to skip your workout and curl up in a blanket indoors, but it's important not to let the weather affect your exercise plan. Dr. Sara Filmalter, a Mayo Clinic sports medicine specialist, says there are three things to remember if you're going to work out in the cold.

Channel News Asia, Handle with care, suggests study on woodcutting tools and injuries — Dr Matthew Hernandez and Dr Johnathon Aho and colleagues at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, report in the American Journal of Emergency Medicine that an “overwhelming majority” of patients sustained lacerations from power saw use. This type of injury, they say, is typically associated with the “kickback” phenomenon, in which a rotating chain comes into contact with a hard object, eliciting a sudden and powerful opposing force strong enough to cause the saw to kickback toward the individual operating the device.

Becker’s Hospital Review, Mayo Clinic submits preliminary plans for Wisconsin medical facility by Alla Paavola — Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic submitted preliminary plans Thursday to construct a facility in Hudson, Wis., which is about 30 miles east of Minneapolis, reports the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. According to the permit application, the proposed 100,000-square-foot facility would house between 60 and 75 clinic rooms, six to eight operating rooms, four procedure suites and two rooms dedicated to overnight stays. It would offer primary care, specialty care and outpatient surgery services. Mayo Clinic did not disclose a cost estimate for the facility, but called it a "significant investment." The system also said the plans are subject to change. Additional coverage: MinnPost, Post-Bulletin

Futurism, Can a Brain Zap Really Boost Your Memory? by Abby Norman — Two recent studies, one from the Mayo Clinic and the other from the University of Pennsylvania, looked at whether these therapies could have unrealized potential. Patients with degenerative neurological conditions can certainly have trouble with their memory, but could these therapies also be used in patients who don’t have a neurological disorder in need of treatment? In order to study the effect of well-placed electrical zaps to the brain had on memory, researchers in the Mayo study asked groups of patients to try to remember a list of words as they zapped a few different regions of their brains.

Medscape, Raised Troponins at Sepsis May Predict Mortality, New CV Disease by Steve Stiles — It would be premature to recommend routine troponin testing in ICU patients with sepsis because what to do with the information is unknown, observed Dr Allan S Jaffe (Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN), who was not involved in the current study. "However, studying it, and trying to figure out what might be done, might be terribly helpful," he said when interviewed. "There's tremendous information there, we just have to learn how to use it better."

Healio, Venetoclax demonstrates activity in multiple myeloma — “Despite advances in new and effective treatment strategies, multiple myeloma remains incurable, with inevitable relapse in the majority of patients,” Shaji Kumar, MD, professor of medicine in the division of hematology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and colleagues wrote. “Development of novel agents with a unique mechanism of action that are active in relapsed/refractory multiple myeloma will expand options for patients.”

Digital Journal, Non-Profit Celebrates 100th iPad Donation — Recently, Pads for Peds partnered with the Mayo Clinic Children’s Center to provide their patients with 30 new iPads, cases, and charging stations.  Joined by the Minnesota Twins baseball organization, kids, parents and Mayo staff gathered to take photos, share player autographs, and discover fun ways to explore with the new iPads. The milestone event marked the 100th iPad donation from the charity.

GQ India, 5 fitness trends that are actually bad for you according to experts by Meghana Ganeshan — 5. Infrared Saunas. Infrared Saunas are booths that use light for heating your body to increase your heart rate and make you sweat, according to Mayo Clinic. Spas that feature infrared suanas claim that consuming the rays of light results in detoxification, although some studies say otherwise. Evidence has been found that saunas can improve certain health issues like high blood pressure, headaches, dementia and Type 2 diabetes while other more rigorous studies are required to confirm the health benefits of infrared rays, according to Mayo Clinic.

Radiology Business, Q&A: Mayo Clinic’s Persons and Nye on enterprise imaging, envisioned and realized by Dave Pearson — Mayo Clinic has an entire IT department in Rochester, Minn., dedicated to enterprise imaging. Ken Persons, the department’s imaging IT architect, joined with his colleague in radiology, Bill Nye, section head of enterprise radiology systems, to field questions from Radiology Business Journal. (The February-March issue of RBJ drills into the economics of enterprise imaging.) The interview touched on how the two departments work together on enterprise imaging, what technologies are involved and why ROI can prove difficult for some organizations to see.

KULR Billings, Proposed Rage Room to come to Billings by Melissa Scavelli — In an interview in April, Dr. Amid Sood of the Mayo Clinic said, "If you have to pay to break stuff, then it is a good time to ask yourself, 'what is wrong in my life'" While you'll experience relief for a short period of time, he suggests finding alternative ways to dealing with your anger.

Psychiatric Times, Neuroticism and Guardedness May Herald Alzheimer Disease by Dee Rapposelli — Personality and behavioral changes that characterize frank dementia emerge during the incipient stages of Alzheimer disease (AD), according to a report by researchers affiliated with the Mayo Clinic Arizona in Scottsdale. The findings may prove useful in designing preventive care strategies based on not only the current standard of focus on cognitive outcomes but on behavioral outcomes as well.

Racked, Everything You Ever Idly Wondered About Spa Music During a Massage by Illise Carter — According to Dr. Brent Brauer, research director for the Integrative Medicine Program at Mayo Clinic and a medical advisor of industry group the International Spa Association, research is beginning to catch up with what fans of all genres already know — music is good medicine. According to his research, relaxing music and nature sounds, the main components of a lot of new age tunes, may actually have some tension- and pain-relieving properties. “We think broadly about the use of music,” he says. “We’ve done a number of studies with music; one wasn’t so much music as it was nature sounds.” Which means that the sounds of whales flirting might actually be just what the doctor ordered. Or, as he puts it, “just having those things available in the post-operative period led to a significant reduction in stress and anxiety, and even some impact on pain.”

HuffPost Canada, Eyelid Twitch: How To Know When It's Serious Enough To See A Doctor by Chloe Tejada — According to the Mayo Clinic, it's rare that eyelid or eye twitching means there's something more serious going on, but it is possible, and usually it's in conjunction with other signs caused by brain and nervous system disorders, such as Bell's palsy, multiple sclerosis, and Tourette's syndrome.

MedPage Today, Opioid Receptor Antagonists Safe for Opioid-Induced Constipation by Kristin Jenkins — Madhusudan Grover, MD, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, told MedPage Today that the findings are important for clinical practice. Even though these agents are more effective in patients on higher doses of opioids, "they should be considered in patients across the spectrum of opioid doses in conjunction with an opioid de-escalation strategy," said Grover, who was not involved with the study.

Macon Telegraph, Doctors had never seen his type of cancer. A year later, 'it's ... gone,' they say by Wayne Crenshaw —What began as an ordinary case of skin cancer nearly cost former Houston County District Attorney Kelly Burke his life. Burke had suffered severe neck pain for 18 months. He had been to doctors in varying specialties who could not figure out what was wrong. Then a friend suggested that he try the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, and that's what he did. Had he not, as it turns out, he almost certainly would have died within weeks.

Shreveport Times, Cardiac challenges give life to heartwarming friendship by Bonnie Bolden — When Chris Donald and Dr. Brandon Lane Phillips were growing up, they had no idea that they'd find a friend, coworker and neighbor who shared not just similar interests but also survived the same ailment…Phillips has tetralogy of Fallot. It's one of the more common forms that can cause babies to be blue at birth because their blood doesn't have enough oxygen. It's caused by a combination of four defects. The next question, Phillips said, was where did you have your repair. They found that they'd had the same surgeon at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota — Dr. Francisco Puga.

ABC 11 Raleigh, 5 healthy hacks for a romantic Valentine's Day by Michelle Rogers — According to the Mayo Clinic, antioxidants in red wine called polyphenols may help protect the lining of blood vessels in your heart. Another substance in red wine, resveratrol, might be a key ingredient that helps prevent damage to blood vessels, reduces low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol (the "bad" cholesterol) and prevents blood clots. Some research shows that resveratrol could be linked to a lower risk of inflammation and blood clotting, which can lead to heart disease. These may help prevent coronary artery disease, the condition that leads to heart attacks, reports the Mayo Clinic.

Fierce Healthcare, Patient advocate, former AMA president to co-chair ONC’s advisory committee by Evan Sweeney — A longtime patient advocate and the former president of the American Medical Association will co-chair the Health Information Technology Advisory Committee (HITAC), which advises federal officials on health IT policy. Carolyn Peterson, who currently serves as the senior editor for Mayo Clinic’s health information website, has served in various patient advocacy roles since 2002, including the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute, the National Cancer Institute and the Food and Drug Administration. She will co-chair the new HITAC alongside Robert Wah, M.D., the global chief medical officer of DXC Technology who served as the president of the American Medical Association from 2014-2015.

Women’s Healthcare, 'I Never Orgasmed Until I Quit The Pill And Got An IUD' by Claire Lampen — So was an IUD really responsible for Sarah's sudden ability to orgasm? Stephanie Faubion, M.D., director of the Office of Women’s Health at the Mayo Clinic, says it's probably a little more complex than that (though she's not surprised by Sarah's story). “Sexual dysfunction with the birth control pill is well known,” Faubion tells Women’s Health. That's because most oral contraceptives use two hormones, estrogen and progestin, to shut down ovulation. Estrogen from the pill increases a protein called globulin in the liver, which lowers testosterone in the body, she explains.

Cardiovascular Business, Telemedicine program saves time, money in managing type 1 diabetes by Daniel Allar — “Specialty diabetes care delivered via telemedicine was safe and was associated with time savings, cost savings, high appointment adherence rates, and high patient satisfaction,” Timothy Xu, BS, with Mayo Clinic School of Medicine, and colleagues reported in Preventing Chronic Disease. “Our findings support growing evidence that telemedicine is an effective alternative method of health care delivery.”

Medical Xpress, When the body attacks the brain: Immune system often to blame for encephalitis, study finds — The results of our study suggest that doctors evaluating patients with encephalitis should search for autoimmune causes in addition to infectious causes, given both have a similar frequency," says Eoin Flanagan, M.B., B.Ch., senior author of the population-based study and an autoimmune neurology specialist at Mayo Clinic.

Psychiatric Times, Neuroticism and Guardedness May Herald Alzheimer Disease by Dee Rapposelli — Personality and behavioral changes that characterize frank dementia emerge during the incipient stages of Alzheimer disease (AD), according to a report by researchers affiliated with the Mayo Clinic Arizona in Scottsdale.1 The findings may prove useful in designing preventive care strategies based on not only the current standard of focus on cognitive outcomes but on behavioral outcomes as well. Additional coverage: Psych Congress Network

Kansas City Star, Vaccination remains the best line of defense against HPV-related diseases by Tammy D. Landrum — According to the Mayo Clinic website, an HPV vaccination may be the best defense against cervical cancer: “For those who aren’t vaccinated, most cases of cervical cancer are caused by HPV strains that usually don’t cause warts, so women often don’t realize they’ve been infected. Early stages of cervical cancer typically cause no signs or symptoms.” The HPV vaccine should not replace regular Pap smear tests, “which can detect precancerous changes in the cervix that might lead to cancer,” according to the Mayo Clinic.

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