February 23, 2018

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights for February 23, 2018

By Emily Blahnik




Reader’s Digest
, 15 Things Neurologists Do to Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease by Kim Fredericks — Alzheimer's disease is the leading cause of dementia, accounting for approximately 80 percent of dementia cases and affecting more than 5.5 million people in the United States. But all dementia is not Alzheimer's, says David Knopman, MD, a neurologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester Minnesota, and Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology… Studies reveal that people with a large social network are at lower risk of Alzheimer's and dementia. "There is something intrinsically valuable about social engagement," says Dr. Knopman. "It makes sense that those who are more engaged, especially socially, will think more positively and have a better outlook on life."

MSN, Go Red For Women: Raising Heart Health Awareness This Month — As you may know, people are going red for women during the month of February. The American Heart Association is raising awareness for heart disease. And here at WCCO we are a proud sponsor. Here to talk to us today about heart health is Mayo Clinic's Dr. LaPrincess Brewer. (3:37) WCCO This Morning – Feb. 16, 2018 Additional coverage: WCCO via YouTube

Prevention, 5 Things That Happen When You Finally Fix Your Posture by Krissy Brady — You’ll score more energy. "Standing with optimal posture allows your diaphragm to work more efficiently, which can make breathing easier and less labored," says Alynn Dukart, certified strength and conditioning specialist and wellness physical therapist at the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program. A forward, rounded posture (say, from hunching over your laptop) restricts the expansion of your rib cage as you breathe, compresses your diaphragm, and can even decrease lung capacity, making the whole breathing thing hella awkward.

ABC News, What to know about SCAD, a leading cause of heart attacks for young women by Catherine Thorbecke — Common risk factors for SCAD include being female, recently giving birth, underlying blood vessel conditions, extreme physical exercise and severe emotional stress, among others, according to the Mayo Clinic, a medical research group. In addition, people who develop SCAD are often healthy, according to the Mayo Clinic, and most don't possess the risk factors for heart disease, which is why it is important to seek emergency attention if you experience SCAD symptoms even if you think you are not at risk for a heart attack.

ABC News, Wendy Williams reveals Graves' disease diagnosis by Dominick Proto — Wendy Williams began her show Wednesday morning like she always does -- by dishing on "hot topics" -- but this time, she was the subject: The talk show host announced she has Graves’ disease…The Mayo Clinic defines Graves’ disease as “an immune system disorder that results in the overproduction of thyroid hormones (hyperthyroidism).” Symptoms can include anxiety, weight loss, heat sensitivity, palpitations, fatigue and bulging eyes, according to the Mayo Clinic.

ABC News, After Demi Moore divorce, Ashton Kutcher didn't eat for a week by George Costantino and Michael Rothman — The Mayo Clinic doesn't suggest people fast like Kutcher, in fact, "if you’re looking to rejuvenate your body, focus on eating more whole foods, drinking water and removing highly processed foods from your diet," the health organization suggests. In fact, Dr. Jay-Sheree Allen, Family Medicine Resident Physician at the Mayo Clinic, tells ABC News, “I would highly discourage someone from starving and socially isolating themselves to the point that they begin to see and/or hear things that don't exist."

Washington Post, A fist-bump instead of a handshake? Norovirus precautions overtake Olympic tradition by Cindy Boren — Fist-bumping may be a common sense solution to the outbreak, which was revealed just three days before the Opening Ceremonies on Feb. 9. Norovirus, which can be spread through close contact with an infected person, is highly contagious and usually is spread through contaminated food or water or contaminated surfaces, according to the Mayo Clinic. Symptoms usually begin 12 to 48 hours after exposure and last one to three days, with no specific treatment.

USA Today, Teacher battling brain cancer — and her insurance company by Megan Raposa — The "peppered" nature of Blunck's cancer makes her a good candidate for the proton radiation because it's a more targeted form of treatment that is less likely to harm healthy brain cells, according to Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., where she's receiving treatment. In Mayo Clinic patient records provided to Argus Leader by Blunck, Dr. Andrea Arnett recommended proton therapy as a way to minimize exposing the rest of her brain to radiation. Additional coverage: KARE 11, Sioux Fall Argus Leader

USA Today, Billy Graham reached millions through his crusades. Here's how he did it by Cathy Lynn Grossman — The Mayo Clinic initially diagnosed him with Parkinson's disease in 1989. Later, when his symptoms did not progress like those of other sufferers such as Pope John Paul II or Muhammad Ali, the diagnosis was revised to focus on effects of hydrocephalus, water on the brain.

Post-Bulletin, Hold on to your exercise routine this winter by Anne Halliwell — Your risk of contracting a cold or flu actually drops a bit if you exercise regularly at moderate intensity, said Dr. Edward Laskowski, the co-director of Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine…"We don't know exactly why, but exercise promotes good circulation, and when you have improved circulation, you can circulate the immune cells that fight disease and infection more rapidly," Laskowski said. "The risk of a cold or flu can actually, if you're exercising regularly, be less." The big takeaway? Gyms, like any other confined, traffic-heavy area, tend to collect bacteria. Some of it is benign, and some of it is disease-causing.

Post-Bulletin, Mayo hits 20 percent energy savings goal years early by Anne Halliwell — Back in 2011, Mayo Clinic set a goal: reduce energy use by 20% before 2020. In October 2017, they reached that goal. The estimated energy savings? $26 million since 2011. That’s up to $7.8 million per year in avoided energy costs.

Post-Bulletin, Mayo nurses lend personal touch to angel gowns by Anne Halliwell — Early last year, Kelsey Chesney, a nurse at Mayo's cardiovascular ICU, decided to donate her dress to make "angel gowns."…Chesney, who was married in 2005, knew that Mayo supplied angel gowns, but Helping Hands paused its donation intake before she decided to contribute her dress. "I just knew that (the program) was something really special, and I wanted to do that, too," she said. So she put out a call on Facebook for anyone who could make gowns from her dress. Lynn Gaber answered. Gaber, who works in the cardiac ICU, has been sewing for most of her life.

Post-Bulletin, Our View: Angels are the real glue at Mayo Clinic — Mayo Clinic had a quiet celebration Wednesday to recognize the thousands of nurses who are “the glue” of the institution, as CEO Dr. John Noseworthy said in a letter to the editor this week. "Their selflessness and service make Mayo a healing environment and a world class medical destination," he wrote…One example of how deep the caring and compassion runs among nurses and medical staff is the “angel gown” project that's featured in the Post Bulletin today on page E1. Through the efforts of Mayo nurses Kelsey Chesney and Lynn Gaber, and others who donate and help out, they lift the spirits of parents and children with hand-crafted gowns for special occasions and mementoes.

KAAL, The Tough Topic of Talking to Your Kids About Mass Tragedies — In homes all across the country, families are now faced with talking to their kids about gun violence and how to cope with mass tragedy in the wake of Wednesday's Florida high school shooting…Mayo Clinic has suggestions for parents who are looking to start the conversation with their child.

KAAL, High Cost of Tamiflu Turning People Off from Treatment — The limited supply of Tamiflu is also having doctors encourage to take all the necessary steps to minimize it. Dr. Pritish Tosh MD at Mayo Clinic recommends rest and drinking enough liquids before waiting until it's too late and having to seek out Tamiflu.

KTTC, Flu fills hospital beds across SE Minnesota — For the past two weeks, state health officials have said influenza has been "widespread" across Minnesota. Now we're hearing it's actually worse than that. After mediated talks continued last Friday between Mayo Clinic and Albert Lea and Freeborn County officials, we got notes Wednesday from what was discussed from Albert Lea's public information officer. Mayo officials disclosed that, quote, "flu cases have filled all of its hospital beds and all beds in this region." Additional coverage: Post-Bulletin

KMSP, Rare condition means Minnesota toddler is allergic to water by Christina Palladino — With a set of bright blue eyes and an adorable smile, Ivy Angerman's parents say she's just like any other normal 18-month-old--except when it comes to bathtime. It's not exactly out of the ordinary for a toddler to dread the ritual, but for little Ivy it's become downright dangerous. She was recently diagnosed with Aquagenic Urticaria, a rare allergy to water which causes severe hives and rashes… They're hoping to get some more answers from the Mayo Clinic, though doctors warn the condition isn't something she can just grow out of--in fact, they warn it may get worse over time.

KIMT, Medical Air Transport in Zone Red Following Ice Storm by Brooke McKivergan — A line pilot for Mayo 1 helicopter spoke with KIMT about safety precautions that are taken before every flight. Pilot Neil Wienk explained, "We have 3 statuses. We have green weather, yellow weather, and red weather. Green means we can go anywhere in our flying area without any consideration of weather or concern. Yellow means there's something out there we want to look at, and red means we can't get there. It's not a safe situation and that's where we're at today."

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... "At first I was scared and then it was like, 'oh, my goodness, I can breathe! I can still breathe and I'm still taking in all this air,' and it was overwhelming. It was incredible," she explains. Additional coverage: WSMV Nashville, WWAY 3, AZFamily, CBS Philly, KOAT Albuquerque, WCVB Boston

Star Tribune, Health briefs — Researchers calculate that standing instead of sitting for six hours would use an extra 54 calories a day. In other words, about the same number of calories in an orange. For the study, published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, researchers pooled data from 46 studies involving 1,184 people. “The benefit is modest,” said the lead author, Dr. Francisco Lopez-Jimenez, a cardiologist at the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine. “But it shows that the body doesn’t ask you for much.”

Star Tribune, Chasing a better flu vaccine, with science and guesswork by Glenn Howatt and Jeremy Olson — In their first assessment of this season’s influenza vaccine, federal health officials said last week that the current vaccine is 36 percent effective overall…“It is a flawed vaccine, but it is what we have at the present time,” said Dr. Priya Sampathkumar, an infectious disease specialist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. “We need to continue to work on the vaccine. Every year it is a guessing game what to include in the vaccine.” Additional coverage: Waseca County News

Twin Cities Business, Mayo’s Regenerative Medicine Plans Get Boost with Transport Safety Finding by Don Jacobson — The Mayo Clinic Center for Regenerative Medicine made international news in January when it announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration had approved its bid to launch a revolutionary, bioreactor-based automation platform capable of producing several billion bone marrow-derived mesenchymal (adult) stem cells in a matter of days. In particular, the Jacksonville-based platform will enhance the production of stem cells obtained from a healthy donor, as opposed to stem cells taken from, and returned to, the same patient.

Florida Times-Union, Health Notes: Mayo Clinic, UF Health Proton Therapy Institute singled out by the state for cancer treatment by Charlie Patton — The University of Florida Health Cancer Center, which includes the UF Health Proton Therapy Institute in Jacksonville, has again been recognized as a Cancer Center of Excellence by Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Department of Health, as has the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville.

Florida Times-Union, Teenage Billy Graham’s ministry sprouted Northeast Florida roots by Beth Reese Cravey — In 1986, Graham gave the keynote address at the Mayo Clinic’s opening.“Rev. Graham had a special calling and a tremendous outreach,” said John Noseworthy, the hospital’s president and CEO. “He often said he drew energy from the people at Mayo Clinic. When he was at Mayo for care, he would talk to other patients and staff and visit with people in our lobbies. Every day was a chance for him to reach one more person. He never lost that vocation.” Additional coverage: News4Jax, Action News Jax, Tampa Bay Times

Mankato Free Press, Report: Area clinics improve in mental health measures by Brian Arola — Mankato Clinic and Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato were recognized for their consistently high and improving care quality measures in a new report released this week. MN Community Measurement’s latest report monitors care quality and patient experiences both statewide and within individual medical groups each year…“It’s always great to see that steady improvement in the quality of care we’re continuing to provide for patients,” said Dr. Jennifer Johnson, Mayo Clinic Health System’s regional physician lead for clinical outcomes and quality.

Mankato Free Press, Hospitals, pharmacies monitoring drug shortages by Brian Arola — “With a few exceptions, product availability for the most part has not been interrupted,” Mayo in Mankato said in a statement. “The most notable impact has been in IV solutions manufactured by Baxter.” Baxter, a leading IV bag maker, was hit hard by the hurricane. The Mayo statement went on to say Baxter has been willing to work with impacted organizations. “We are optimistic that we will be able to work through any associated issues as a result of this hurricane,” the statement said.

La Crosse Tribune, Cancer patient at Mayo-Franciscan tells Walker: 'They're saving my life' by Mike Tighe — During the MayoFranciscan tour before the press conference, Walker chatted with Steve Dougherty of Black River Falls, who was undergoing chemotherapy for prostate cancer, and his wife, Jodi. Being treated at Mayo-Franciscan is a more convenient one-hour drive to La Crosse than the two-plus-hour trek to Mayo Clinic Health System in Rochester, Minn., Dougherty told Walker. His Mayo-Franciscan and Mayo in Rochester physicians are able to confer routinely via telemedicine, “and this is world-class care,” Dougherty said. Additional coverage: WEAU Eau Claire

WEAU Eau Claire, “Her Story, Her Heart” program held in Eau Claire by Ruth Wendlandt — Women shared their personal stories with heart disease at the program "Her Story, Her Heart" on Thursday, February 15. The event took place at the Mayo Clinic Health System Auditorium in Eau Claire. Attendees could also ask questions to heart care experts.

WKBT La Crosse, Doctors emphasize the benefits of exercising at target heart rate by Ryan Hennessy — Doctors are stressing the health benefits of exercising at a target heart rate. According to Mayo Clinic Health System a person's target heart rate is the point in which your heart is being exercised but not overworked. "Longer and in some cases, higher level of exercises, only further prevent future cardiac events. So when individuals are able, increasing those times and intensities can be beneficial," said Mayo Clinic exercise physiologist Heidi Grafft.

WXOW La Crosse, Health Care Stability Plan focus of Governor visit by Jeremy Culver — Governor Scott Walker visited Mayo Clinic in La Crosse Monday getting a tour of the facility and discussing the health care stability plan he's pushing for in the state. The plan requests a waiver to lower premiums for those with plans through the Affordable Care Act Marketplace, guarantee coverage for those with pre-existing conditions and receive a permanent waiver for the state's SeniorCare program. Governor Walker says the plan would only cost the state $200 million, but three-fourths of the money will be from federal funding. Additional coverage: WKBT La Crosse

WKBT La Crosse, Number of flu cases decreasing — One out of 13 visits to the doctor last week were for flu symptoms.

WEAU Eau Claire, New blood pressure guidelines aim to prevent heart issues by Katarine Vergara — Earlier this month, the American Heart Association released new blood pressure guidelines that will help people take steps to control their blood pressure earlier... “Blood pressure is called the silent killer,” says cardiologist at Mayo Clinic Health System, Andrew Calvin. “The vast majority of people have no symptoms whatsoever and the only way to know that your blood pressure is high is by having it checked.”

WEAU Eau Claire, Recent study suggests vaping can have negative effects on the body by Katarina Vergara — Mayo Clinic Health System says there's still plenty of uncertainty regarding the damage e-cigarette vapor can cause to a person's body over time. “They are safer than tobacco smoking, but they are not safe,” says Dr. Sameer Batoo, oncologist at Mayo Clinic Health System. Batoo says e-cigarettes contain products like nicotine and may have some toxic metals in them, but studies have not yet shown how they are going to affect the body long-term.

KSNT Topeka, Talking Tragedy: How to answer the tough questions with your kids by James Ryan — A Florida teen has been charged with murder after the nation’s deadliest school shooting in five years. Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer ordered flags be flown at half-mast to honor the 17 victims of the shooting. While people mourn, parents across the country are considering what to tell their children about the attack… If you decide to talk with your kids about this or any national tragedy, the Mayo Clinic suggests choosing a time when you know your child will be willing to talk, like before dinner. While everyone has the right to parent their children as they like, the Mayo Clinic reminds parents that if they don’t talk to their kids about national tragedies, they may hear about it from someone else.

AMA blog, These tips on the little things can ease the big stressors by Brendan Murphy — While the issue of debt is more commonly listed as a source of distress among residents, it also applies to students. “If you’re $200,000 in debt, that can be an obvious source of stress,” said Lotte Dyrbye, MD, professor of medicine at Mayo Medical School. She has studied burnout in medical education since 2004.

List, Pain Relief: 3 Ways to Alleviate Pain Without Meds by Kristina Guerrero, Meredith Witthar — Relieve pain without pain killers! Opioid use has become a public health emergency, as more than one in ten adult Americans experience chronic pain. We spoke with Cynthia Townsend, Clinical Director at Mayo Clinic’s Rehabilitation Center, to learn how you can manage pain without medication. Do you suffer from chronic pain on a daily basis? Read on for three ways to relieve pain without drugs.

WDAZ Grand Forks, Sister saves brother's life with kidney donation by Danielle Saitta — Earlier this month Jake and Kaylen underwent the life saving transplant at the Mayo Clinic. Kaylen is back home recovering in Grand Forks--but her brother is still recovering down in Rochester. “My sister had actually walked from her room to come see me, and the minute I saw her, I kind of just broke down inside, because we knew that it all worked out the way it should have, and it was just really great,” said Jake.

Des Moines Register, The meaning behind 'Luft Tuff' at the Iowa high school state wrestling tournament by Aaron Young — Logan Luft, a Charles City teenager who was involved in a fatal ATV accident last summer, is being remembered during this year's Iowa high school state wrestling tournament… Nearly all of Logan Luft's organs were donated to those in need. While the Lufts were at Mayo Clinic-St. Mary's Hospital, a flag flew outside the Mayo Clinic-St. Mary's Hospital on Logan Luft's behalf because of his decision to donate.

MedPage Today, Long-Term Use of PPIs Not Associated with Cognitive Decline by Kate Kneisel — Kenneth DeVault, MD, of Mayo Clinic Jacksonville, FL, who was not involved with the study, told MedPage Today, "Among the many recently reported concerns related to PPI therapy, cognitive decline and dementia development have raised more concern than most of the rest -- perhaps even increased mortality. That there is no screen or marker to follow creates anxiety for both patients and providers."

Gizmodo, Kidney Stones Are Getting Diagnosed More, but We're Not Entirely Sure Why by Ed Cara — Passing on a kidney stone is one of the most physically painful things a person can go through this side of childbirth. And a new study published this week in Mayo Clinic Proceedings suggests that they’re seemingly becoming more common. But by how much, and why, we’re still not really sure. Additional coverage: New Beauty, Infosurhoy, MirrorAustin Daily Herald

Perham Focus, Fixing his broken heart: Benefit planned for 15-year-old Owen Rastedt after open heart surgery by Michael Johnson — Fifteen-year-old Owen Rastedt always prefered hunting and fishing over organized sports. He may not have known it, but taking on highly aerobic sports may have been quite dangerous for the 10th-grade student who is currently recovering from open heart surgery… Owen, a student at Perham-Dent High School, had surgery at the Mayo Clinic on Jan. 19… Ebstein's anomaly is a rare heart defect that's present at birth (congenital), according to the Mayo Clinic.

GoMN.com, Only one Minnesota company made Fortune's 100 Best Places to Work by Adam Uren — Fortune has released its annual 100 Best Places to Work list and only one Minnesota company made the list… Last year there were two Minnesota companies on the list, Allianz and the Mayo Clinic, the latter of which has slipped out of the top 100.

SELF, Here’s the Surprising Truth About Flying When Pregnant by Korin Miller — When you’re pregnant, you know certain activities are off-limits, like water-skiing and housing a wheel of unpasteurized cheese. What about boarding a flight, though?... Being pregnant is a known risk factor for developing potentially dangerous blood clots called deep vein thrombosis (DVT). These clots typically start in the legs, where they can cause symptoms like pain, redness or discolored skin, and a feeling of warmth, according to the Mayo Clinic…

SELF, What Women of Color Need to Know About Lupus by Tatiana Walk-Morris — Lupus can trigger bodily inflammation that causes debilitating symptoms, and it’s notoriously hard to diagnose because it can affect so many parts of the body. Someone with the disease may experience joint pain, fatigue, hair loss, a facial rash, chest pain, dry eyes, trouble breathing, headaches, confusion, and memory loss, among other symptoms, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Daily Mail, 10 Reasons to get an early night1: Steer clear of infections — An early night – or going to bed an hour or two before your usual time – means you’re more likely to get an optimal eight hours sleep and boost your health. Sleep expert Eric J Olson of the Mayo Clinic explains: ‘When asleep your immune system releases proteins called cytokines which promote sleep. The body needs more cytokines when you have an infection or when you’re under stress, and sleep deprivation may decrease their production.’ Studies show levels of infection-fighting antibodies and cells fall when you don’t get enough sleep, increasing the risks of colds and flu.

Daily Mail, The danger of Lena Dunham promoting hysterectomies for endometriosis: Gynecologist warns the surgery is a risky option under 35 by Jaleesha Baulkman — Lena Dunham has revealed she underwent a total hysterectomy after enduring a decade of endometriosis-related pain… The displaced tissue continues to act as it normally would — it thickens, breaks down and bleeds with each menstrual cycle, according to Mayo Clinic. Since this tissue has no way to exit the body, it becomes trapped.

Becker’s Orthopedic Review, Mayo Clinic develops study to predict injuries in athletes: 6 things to know by Mackenzie Garrity — Physicians at Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic created Runner's Science, a study that's researching injuries and body conditions associated with long distance running, The Columbian reports. Here are six things to know…

Healio, Racial disparities persist in stem cell transplant for multiple myeloma — “Overall, we know that stem cell transplants are a standard of care for treatment of multiple myeloma patients and, clearly, the transplants have improved patient outcomes significantly,” Sikander Ailawadhi, MD, medical oncologist in the division of hematology-oncology at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, said during his presentation. “We also know there are already racial disparities with respect to survival and outcomes in myeloma, so patients from different racial/ethnic groups will have different outcomes.”

Healio, Infectious, autoimmune encephalitis show similar incidence, prevalence — Findings recently published in Annals of Neurology indicate that autoimmune encephalitis has an incidence and prevalence similar to that of infectious encephalitis. “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,” Eoin P. Flanagan, MB, BCh, autoimmune neurology specialist at the Mayo Clinic, said in a press release.

Genome Web, Colorectal Cancer Clues Provided by Polyp Profiles — A Mayo Clinic-led team has uncovered mutation, methylation, expression, and copy number profiles that seem to distinguish colorectal cancer-adjacent polyps from colorectal polyps in cancer-free individuals. "These findings provide a resource of molecular distinctions between polyps with and without cancer, which have the potential to enhance the diagnosis, risk assessment, and management of polyps," senior author Lisa Boardman, a gastroenterology and hepatology researcher at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, and her colleagues wrote.

MinnPost, What killed Minnesotans in 1888, what killed them in 2016, and why it changed by Greta Kaul — The stark difference between the two is due to a few factors, said Dr. W. Bruce Fye, emeritus professor of medicine and the history of medicine at the Mayo Clinic. Thanks to advancements like antibiotics and vaccines, many of the big killers of Minnesotans of yesteryear are preventable or treatable today…Malarial fevers, a term for summer fevers that were a common killer particularly in the south, are actually what drove the Mayo family to Minnesota in the first place, he said.

Bustle, 7 Signs You Might Have Mono That You Definitely Shouldn't Ignore by Megan Grant — According to the Mayo Clinic, mononucleosis is spread through saliva, meaning you can be exposed to it from kissing, coughing, sneezing, or sharing items like glasses, utensils, and toothbrushes. The common cold is more contagious, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't be on the lookout for signs you might have mono — which, confusingly, look a lot like the symptoms of other illnesses.

SheKnows, Why It Can Be So Easy to Mistake Encephalitis for the Flu by Elizabeth Yuko — The tricky part about identifying encephalitis is that many of the symptoms are similar to those you get from other types of infections — especially a fever, Dr. Michel Toledano, a neurology specialist at The Mayo Clinic and member of the Scientific Advisory Panel of The Encephalitis Society tells SheKnows. "Some people can also develop muscle aches and feeling under the weather," Toledano explains. "Other people go on to have memory difficulties, psychosis, movement abnormalities as well as seizures. Usually, it's a combination of them. In most cases, symptoms develop rather quickly."

VC Daily, The Mayo Clinic and Telemedicine: Video Conferencing Is Reducing ICU Mortalities — Patients at the Mayo Clinic’s network of Intensive Care Units now have an extra pair of expert eyes watching over them as they recover. The world-renowned research and treatment facility has built a central telemedicine hub to monitor half a dozen ICUs at once, boosting the level of care available to its patients. The innovation is as a big a step forward for telemedicine itself as it is for healthcare in general. The technology of using video conferencing to link patients and doctors in real-time visual conversation is moving beyond experiment to be implemented as a practical healthcare aid.

Lab Equipment, Early Results from Clinical Trials Not All They’re Cracked Up to Be, Study Shows — When people are suffering from a chronic medical condition, they may place their hope on treatments in clinical trials that show early positive results. However, these results may be grossly exaggerated in more than 1 in 3 early clinical trials, reports a new study led by Mayo Clinic and published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings. “This phenomenon of exaggerated early results was present in a whopping 37 percent of the studies we reviewed,” says Fares Alahdab, M.D., lead author of the study and a research fellow in Mayo Clinic’s Evidence-Based Practice Center. “Physicians and patients should be cautious about new or early clinical trial evidence. Exaggerated results could lead to false hope as well as possibly harmful effects.” Additional coverage: HealthCentral

KBJR Duluth, Duluth wellness coach makes history in her field by Jennifer Austin — A Duluth woman has made history in the medical field.  Berta Lippert is one of the first National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coaches in the country. Wellness coaches guide people through making decisions to better their health, and they're becoming increasingly popular. But before this fall there wasn't a standard in place, leaving consumers to do their own research to make sure their coach knows their stuff. That changed when the National Board of Medical Examiners held the first ever exam in the field. Lippert got her certification from the Mayo Clinic Wellness Coach Training Program. … The Program Director of the Mayo Clinic Wellness Coach Training Program says about 1,000 health and wellness coaches have the certification nationwide.

Medscape, Yawning May Herald Migraine by Megan Brooks — "This is a valuable study in helping illustrate that migraine is more than just a headache disorder," Juliana H. VanderPluym, MD, Department of Neurology, Mayo Clinic, Phoenix, Arizona, told Medscape Medical News. "There are a number of symptoms, including yawning, that may accompany and precede a migraine attack. Nonheadache symptoms in migraine, like yawning, may be subtle and/or overshadowed by the other symptoms. "In addition, patients may misattribute symptoms like yawning to other causes, for example too little sleep or too little caffeine," said VanderPluym, who wasn't involved in the study.

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