April 20, 2018

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights for April 20, 2018

By Emily Blahnik





TIME, Is Sushi Healthy? Here’s Everything You Need to Know by Sophia Gottfried — Sushi has this halo of being healthy,” says Katherine Zeratsky, a registered dietitian nutritionist and associate professor of nutrition at Mayo Clinic. After all, traditional sushi has all the makings of a health food: it’s stuffed with fresh fish, wrapped in thin sheets of seaweed and presented in neat little rolls. But experts warn not to expect your weekly spicy tuna order to slim your waistline. ne of the biggest problems with sushi is portion control… “Our eyes will tell us something, and it may or may not match with what’s happening nutritionally,” adds Zeratsky — and that’s before factoring in additional rolls, appetizers or a cup of sake. “It can add up.”

Men’s Health, How to Fix Your Tight IT Band by Emily Shiffer — If you've ever felt pain right outside your knee, you may have assumed that you have a knee injury. But it's also possible that you have a tight IT band. So what is an IT band? "The iliotibial (IT) band is a dense band of fibrous connective tissue which runs from the outside of the pelvis and runs over the outside of the hip and the outer thigh, extending to just below the outer aspect of the knee," says Edward Laskowski, M.D., co-director and specialist in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine.

SELF, How to Deal With Dry, Itchy Eyes by Korin Miller — Give your eyes periodic breaks when using your computer for a long time: As the Mayo Clinic explains, you naturally blink less when you’re concentrating. If you’re staring at your computer for hours, that can easily lead to dry, itchy eyes that might seem like they’re coming out of nowhere. To prevent this issue, the Mayo Clinic recommends keeping your computer screen below eye level.

Washington Post, Can a chile pepper really cause an ‘incapacitating’ headache? by Tim Carman — A 34-year-old man ate a Carolina Reaper, the hottest chile pepper on earth, and developed what’s known as a “thunderclap headache.” It was the headache heard ’round the world… Other experts in the field of neurology and headache research say that there’s no clear evidence that capsaicin, the active ingredient in chile peppers, causes a narrowing of arteries. Nor does RCVS always lead straight to thunderclap headaches, which cause “incapacitating” pain that “brings people to their knees,” said David Dodick, chairman of the American Migraine Foundation. On a pain scale of one to 10, Dodick gives a thunderclap headache a solid 10. Additional coverage: WABENational Public RadioMinnPost, WAMU-Washington DC

U.S. News & World Report, Preschool, Day Care Not Asthma Triggers: Study by Robert Preidt — Breathe easy, Mom and Dad. Sending your young children to preschool or day care probably won't increase their risk of developing asthma. In fact, researchers report, it may help protect your kids against the respiratory disease… That theory suggests that childhood exposure to germs helps the immune system develop properly so it doesn't overreact to harmless substances and then trigger allergic conditions such as asthma, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Fortune, More Than 200 Million Eggs Recalled Over Salmonella Fears by Jamie Ducharme — An Indiana-based farm is voluntarily recalling more than 200 million eggs for fear that they may have been contaminated by salmonella bacteria… Salmonella is a bacterial infection typically contracted by eating or drinking contaminated food or water, according to the Mayo Clinic. Some who acquire the infection show no symptoms, while others have gastrointestinal distress. The disease can be life-threatening if the infection spreads beyond the intestines.

Post-Bulletin, Presidents, first ladies praise Barbara Bush's dedication by Michael Graczyk and Terry Wallace — “All of us at Mayo Clinic are deeply saddened at the passing of Barbara Bush,” Mayo Clinic President and CEO John Noseworthy said in a written statement. “Mayo Clinic is stronger today in service to our patients as a result of Barbara Bush’s many contributions to advancing our mission.”

Post-Bulletin, Wanted: More practical nurses by Matthew Stolle — Driven by an escalating need for nurses, Rochester Community and Technical College says it is ramping up its licensed practical nurse program to triple the number of graduates by 2021… “The need is really great,” said Susan Jansen, RCTC’s associate dean of nursing. “Mayo Clinic has a great need for LPNs in all of their clinics. And of course, nursing homes are in great need of LPNs. And home health care needs LPNs. Everybody needs LPNs.”

Post-Bulletin, Week in Photos: 4-13-18 — View the work of Post Bulletin photographers last week… Shuttle buses pick up and drop off Mayo Clinic employees for Epic training Monday, April 9, 2018, at the 41st Street Professional Campus in Rochester.

KTTC, Barbara Bush had a strong Mayo Clinic connection — Former First Lady Barbara Bush had a close relationship with Mayo Clinic, both as a patron and patient. Her husband, President George H. W. Bush, had two hip replacement surgeries in Rochester.  She had double knee replacement surgery in the Med City in 2008. But what she's best remembered for by Mayo leadership is her time on the Mayo Board of Trustees, serving from 1993 to 2001. Mayo has honored her name for years with the Barbara Bush Distinguished Fellowship Award, given to someone with a strong humanitarian values. Additional coverage: KTTC

KTTC, Rochester citizens train with firefighters by Ala Errebhi — Several people from Leadership Greater Rochester get to try out their firefighting skills Thursday with members of the Rochester Fire Department. It's not everyday that citizens cut apart a car, get an up-close look at the Mayo One Medical Helicopter, or repel from a building.

KIMT, Fighting the winter blues in spring by Alex Jirgens — Some factors that may increase the risk of SAD include a family history of the disorder, having existing depression or a bipolar disorder, and living further away from the Equator. Mayo Clinic says that if you or someone you know is showing complications such as problems at school or work, substance abuse, other mental health disorders or even suicidal thoughts, it is best to see a doctor right away.

KIMT, The fight against obesity is getting worse by Annalisa Pardo — In a statement to KIMT, Mayo Clinic endocrinologist and obesity expert Michael Jensen, M.D., said what he thinks it will take to change the obesity epidemic: “I believe it will take a public health campaign, not unlike what the U.S. undertook for littering, seatbelts and smoking. Until we address this as a public health issue it will remain way beyond what medical facilities can deal with.”  Mayo Clinic also provides more information on causes of and prevention for obesity.

KAAL, Gift of Life Walk of Remembrance by Noelle Anderson — The need for organ donors is always in demand, and an event held in Rochester Friday night honored those who have donated… “When they know that they can give life to someone else, their whole countenance changes. Then they really want to be able to rally around saving others," Mayo Clinic Clinical Hospital Coordinator Cathy Dudley said.

Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, Crunch time for Mayo as thousands train for new software rollout by Mark Reilly — Mayo Clinic is in the final days of a $1.5 billion, multiyear plan to switch its millions of patient records to a single electronic health records database. Now it just has to make sure everyone knows how to use it. The Post-Bulletin reports on the training regimen for the Rochester, Minnesota-based health care giant, which is sending 10 busloads of workers every day to a training center in Rochester to learn the new system, made by Madison, Wis.-based Epic Systems. Additional coverage: Post-Bulletin

Pioneer Press, He’s a Twins scorer and an obstetrician. And yes, the jobs can intersect. By Bob Sansevere — Kyle Traynor was scheduled be the official scorer for Sunday’s Twins game before it was postponed. It would have been a tougher job than usual. “It’s Jackie Robinson Day. It’s a bit of a chore for the scorer because all the players wear 42,” Traynor said with a laugh. “It can be a bit hair-raising.” Traynor knows hair-raising, and not from scoring baseball games. It’s sometimes part of his day job, when he’s known as Dr. Traynor. One of several OB-GYNs (obstetrician-gynecologists) at the Mayo Clinic, he delivers babies and teaches there. There are similarities between bringing babies into the world and making sure you make the right call on that official scorecard. “You have to be precise, confident, decisive,” Traynor said.

MPR, Minnetonka teen has battled brain cancer, will tackle BWCA next by Tom Weber — For now, Julia Ruelle attends classes at Minnetonka High School in the morning, then drives to Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., most days for afternoon treatments. Only a thin layer of hair has grown back since chemo ended. And she still finds herself laying on tables in hospitals. At a recent appointment, she was zapped with radiation from a 20-ton, three-story tall proton beam.

MedCity Beat, Series explores bioethics through pop culture — It seems you cannot turn on the television without coming across a movie or series exploring what our world might look like if advancements in science and technology are corrupted or mismanaged. These films captivate us by depicting a dystopian future, one in which science is to blame for the ills of society. But what they often lack, according to Kylie Osterhus, a research coordinator with Mayo Clinic's Biomedical Ethics Research Program, is a serious discussion of any real-world science. Osterhus (interviewed below) and her colleagues want to change that.

First Coast News, Organ donation saved my dad's life by Lindsey Boetsch — Organ donation is something I have always been on board with. I signed up to be a donor when I got my license almost 15 years ago. But, I didn't ever think I would see the real impact of organ donation. That all changed November of last year. My dad received the gift of life from a young woman who died. We don't know anything about her other than she had a lung that was a match for my dad… Over the past five years, his disease would get worse, and then plateau, it would get worse, and then plateau. That's when he decided to start looking into the potential of a lung transplant at The Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville.

Action News Jax, Diet and climate could contribute to spike in kidney stone diagnoses in Jacksonville by Kaitlyn Chana — Heath experts said the climate and diet of people in Jacksonville could be to blame for a spike in kidney stones. Research shows this condition affects about 3.8 million people in the U.S. each year and is even more common in the summer… Dr. William Haley, with the Mayo Clinic, said that, if you get a kidney stone, you must change your lifestyle. He said high-sodium diets, dehydration, and the outdoor environment affects our health. “Vast majority of cases are preventable. I call it highly preventable, highly painful and highly recurrent, otherwise,” said Dr. Haley.

Florida Times-Union, The Goods: Exploring myths about cabbage by Jill Snyder — Cabbage is a staple food in many cultures. The staff at the University of North Florida’s Nutrition and Dietetics Flagship Program takes a look at some of the myths surrounding the leafy vegetable… According to the Mayo Clinic’s Endocrinology Department, it’s true that eating too much of these vegetables could limit the thyroid’s uptake of iodine, however, the amount someone would need to eat for that to happen is far more than what is currently consumed in a healthy diet.

Florida Times-Union, Katie Caples’ organ-donation legacy continues as foundation logs 20th year by Beth Reese Cravey — Twenty years ago Wednesday, the car 17-year-old Katie Caples was driving was struck by another vehicle as she headed home to Nassau County from a March of Dimes walk in Jacksonville. She died six days later.S he had decided on her own to sign up as an organ donor when she got her driver’s license. So the Bishop Kenny High School student’s death provided the gift of life to five people ages 9 to 62 and prompted parents David and Susan Caples to form the Katie Caples Foundation to advocate for organ donation…Ashley Pratt is a foundation board member and transplant program operations manager at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville. She said the foundation’s high school and college education programs have “made such a huge impact” they may be expanded, possibly into Central Florida.

Jacksonville Daily Record, Independent living project planned near Mayo by Karen Brune Mathis — Legend Senior Living, a Wichita, Kansas-based company, is adding to its Jacksonville holdings with a proposed 136-unit project near Mayo Clinic. The company owns The Windsor at San Pablo, a 115-bed assisted living and memory care project at 4000 San Pablo Parkway, near the new site, and The Windsor at Ortega along Roosevelt Boulevard.

Tampa Bay Times, How much water do I need? Plus, other H20 facts by Laura Reiley — Mayo Clinic says there’s no one-size-fits-all answer for this because of differences in exercise, environment, overall health and factors like pregnancy or breast-feeding…The Mayo Clinic suggests drinking a glass of water or other calorie-free beverage with each meal and between each meal, as well as before, during and after exercise, and when you’re feeling hungry. (Thirst is often confused with hunger.)

Phoenix Business Journal, No early harvest with innovation ecosystem by Steve Zylstra — …They include the ASU Research Park in Tempe, the Polytechnic Campus in Mesa and SkySong in Scottsdale, as well as the Arizona Health Solutions Corridor planned with the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix.

KTAR, John McCain undergoes surgery at Mayo Clinic, in stable condition — U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) underwent surgery over the weekend at Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, his office announced Monday. The Sunday surgery was to treat an intestinal infection related to diverticulitis. “Senator McCain and his family are grateful to the senator’s excellent care team, and appreciate the support and prayers they continue to receive from people all over the country,” the statement said. Additional coverage: Reuters, Bloomberg, Washington Free Beacon, The Week, Roll Call, TIME, WSB Radio, AZ Family, SFGate, AZ Central, New York Times, HuffPost, KNXV, FOX News, USA Today, CNN, Washington Post, CBS News, Chicago Tribune, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, People, KVOA Tucson, KGUN, KING5, Politico

KEYC Mankato, MCHS Mankato Part Of Statewide Cancer Clinical Trials Network Launch by Samantha Huot — Increased access to new cancer treatments and enhanced care delivery will soon be available to more patients across Minnesota. "It's important to get this care in the rural areas and not just in the big cities," Mayo Clinic Health Systems Mankato Hematology And Oncologist Specialist, Dr. Stephan Thome said. The launch of the Minnesota Cancer Clinical Trials Network was driven by a recent state–funded partnership between the University of Minnesota, the Mayo Clinic, the Hormel Institute and other major health systems in the state.

KEYC Mankato, Mayo Clinic Health System Donates 5,000 Pounds of Food to C.A.D.A. by Temi Adeleye — Mayo Clinic Health System donated thousands of food items to the Committee Against Domestic Abuse (C.A.D.A.) this month, for Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Community Relations Officer Christi Wilking said the donations came from Mayo Clinic Health System employees, who raised about 5,000 pounds of food.  "Our community connections committee was really interested in partnering with C.A.D.A. because April is sexual assault awareness month," said Wilking.

WKBT La Crosse, Mayo Clinic Health System wins sustainability award — An area hospital is being recognized for its efforts to go green and help the environment.

WEAU-Eau Claire, National Volunteer Week by Judy Clark — National Volunteer Week is April 15-21 is a chance to recognize the volunteers who perform countless valuable services within our community. Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire offers a number of opportunities to volunteer. Some of them include permanent and substitute positions at information desks, gift shops and pet therapy teams.

WXOW La Crosse, 2018 Big Blue Dragon Boat Festival ambassador reveal by Peter Lenz — The Big Blue Dragon Boat Festival builds community and promotes healthy living all while raising funds to support breast cancer survivors. On Thursday they revealed the Breast Cancer Survivor Ambassador for this year's race, Deborah Koenig… The Big Blue Dragon Boat Festival builds community and promotes healthy living all while raising funds to support breast cancer survivors. On Thursday they revealed the Breast Cancer Survivor Ambassador for this year's race, Deborah Koenig. Additional coverage: La Crosse Tribune

Medscape, TMS Device May Offer Nondrug Option for Migraine Prevention by Damian McNamara — A US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)–approved device that delivers single-pulse transcranial magnetic stimulation (sTMS) to the brains of people with frequent migraines reduced the number of headache days by almost one third, new research shows… "It's important to make sure patients have both a plan for prevention of attacks as well as a plan to treat a migraine that is ongoing," lead author, Amaal J. Starling, MD, from the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, Arizona, told Medscape Medical News. "And single-pulse transcranial magnetic stimulation is another clinically available option we have now, one that has data for both acute attacks and prevention of attacks."

Romper, Can Stress Cause Preeclampsia? Here's What You Need To Know by Ojus Patel — Pregnancy can often be a stress-filled period of time, even if you don't want it to be… According to the Mayo Clinic, preeclampsia is a very serious pregnancy complication that's typically characterized by high blood pressure and damage to other organs — mostly liver and kidneys. Women with preeclampsia typically have uncomplicated pregnancies and blood pressure readings for most of their pregnancies.

EveWoman, These are the reasons your legs are swelling and giving you sleepless nights by Shanniq Monicah — Leg swelling is a common ailment that affects many individuals and could lead to difficulties in walking… Retention of fluid in leg tissues- This is known as peripheral edema which can be caused by a problem within the circulatory system, the lymphatic system or the kidneys according to Mayo Clinic… Inflammation- According to Mayo Clinic, this is as a result of a normal response to an injury or disease. It may be due to rheumatoid arthritis or any inflammatory disorder.

Bustle, Therapy Dogs Calm Anxiety In Other Dogs As Well As Humans, According To A Study by Callie Tansill-Suddath — The impact therapy dogs have on humans is well-documented in the medical community. Though often associated with the visually impaired or perhaps the mentally ill, pet therapy is utilized as a means of support in settings as commonplace as the dentist, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Entertainment Weekly, Huey Lewis and the News cancel all 2018 performances due to frontman's hearing loss by Maureen Lee Lenker — Huey Lewis and the News have canceled all of their 2018 performances due to their frontman’s health woes. The band announced the news on their Twitter page on Friday with a lengthy explanatory note from Lewis detailing his hearing loss and its impact on his singing ability… Meniere’s disease is a disorder of the inner ear which causes episodes of vertigo and fluctuating hearing loss, according to the Mayo Clinic. Additional coverage: USA Today, NBC Bay Area – KNTV, Rolling Stone

Houston Chronicle, Hearing impairment can be treated — but we often choose not to [Opinion] by Donna L. Sorkin — Less than 1 percent of babies in Texas are born with some level of hearing loss. That may not seem like much. But it means that up to 1,200 Texas children enter the world each year struggling to hear — or completely deaf. Fortunately, the medical community is identifying kids with impaired hearing earlier than ever. Last year, 98 percent of newborns were screened for hearing loss — a vast improvement over the 10 percent screened in 1993. Thanks to new technology, we can act early on the results of those screenings, effectively restore hearing, and allow children to develop spoken language skills. These new technologies allow families to choose how to experience deafness with their children. Sorkin is Executive Director of the American Cochlear Implant Alliance and the recipient of a cochlear implant. Colin Driscoll, M.D., is Chair of the Board of Directors of the American Cochlear Implant Alliance and Professor and Chair, Otolaryngology — Head and Neck Surgery at the Mayo Clinic.

KWTX Waco, Unique job fair helps adults with disabilities find careers by Ember Casler — Employers had a unique opportunity to participate in a reverse job fair that would help adults with disabilities launch their careers. The job fair was part of Project Search, a nine-month education and training program designed to help young adults with disabilities… All of the prospective applicants were members of Project Search at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. "They have a board with pictures showing the different rotations that they've done at Mayo Clinic Health System. Each intern got to do three different internships, in three different departments. In addition, they have a resume, a virtual resume, so that all the information regarding their employability skills is listed there," said Jennifer Steffes, with Mayo Clinic Health System.

OncLive, Stewart on the Role of Transplant in Multiple Myeloma — Keith Stewart, MB, CHB, professor of medicine, consultant, Division of Hematology/Oncology, Department of Internal Medicine, Mayo Clinic, discusses the role of transplant in patients with multiple myeloma.

Union-Bulletin, Studies show connection between excess weight, cancer by Dr. Don Casebolt — Excess weight clearly increases the risk of cancer. This information comes from Dr. Walter Willet, who is chair of the School of Public Health at Harvard Medical School. He and colleagues at Harvard are among the leaders worldwide on the importance of proper nutrition… In 2014, the Mayo Clinic reported on studies done on 650,000 white men and women ages 20 to 83. There was a significant risk of dying for every 2 inches increase in the waist even if the person was not overweight.

Holmes Report, Mayo Clinic Hands International Marketing Duties To MSL by Diana Marszalek — Mayo Clinic, widely considered one of the healthcare industry’s premiere marketing machines, has tapped MSL to handle its international marketing efforts. Sharad Rathnam, the medical center’s marketing director of consumer-driven healthcare, confirmed the deal, adding that MSL was selected through a competitive pitch process.

Huffington Post Canada, A Cone-Shaped Baby Bump Could Mean You Have Abdominal Separation, Or Diastasis Recti by Natalie Stechyson — We all know that pregnancy can come in different shapes and sizes… Talk to your healthcare provider if you think you have diastasis recti, the Mayo Clinic said. Physical therapy and certain exercises can help regain abdominal strength after childbirth, the clinic noted. Surgery is another option.

Newsweek, Medical Marijuana Shouldn't Be Used to Treat Common Sleep Disorder, Experts Warn by Kashmira Gander — Medical cannabis and synthetic marijuana extracts should not be used to treat obstructive sleep apnea, experts have warned… Dr. Kannan Ramar, professor of medicine in the division of pulmonary and critical care medicine at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, said in a statement: "Until we have further evidence on the efficacy of medical cannabis for the treatment of sleep apnea, and until its safety profile is established, patients should discuss proven treatment options with a licensed medical provider at an accredited sleep facility.” Additional coverage: Science Daily, Medpage Today,

KTVQ Billings News, Attorney General Tim Fox undergoes colon cancer surgery — Montana Attorney General Tim Fox is recovering from colon cancer surgery and expects to begin chemotherapy next month. Despite the diagnosis, the Republican who has been mentioned as a possible gubernatorial candidate in 2020 tells the Great Falls Tribune "that option and any other option in my life are still very viable." Fox, 60, said he had 7 inches of his colon removed at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota in late March and has an 80 percent chance of being cured because of early detection and great health care services. Additional coverage: News & Observer, Helena Independent Record, Great Falls Tribune, Flathead Beacon

HuffPost, 8 Stats That Prove Social Anxiety Needs To Be Taken Seriously by Lauren Rearick — According to the Mayo Clinic, there are nine physical symptoms of social anxiety. Although symptoms can vary from person to person, the Mayo Clinic attributes symptoms of “blushing, fast heartbeat, trembling, sweating, upset stomach or nausea, trouble catching your breath, dizziness and lightheadedness, a feeling that your mind has gone blank, and muscle tension” to social anxiety disorder.

Healthline, Why the FDA Is Cracking Down on Caffeine Powder — Step away from the powder. That’s the warning the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued to consumers regarding caffeine powders that are now sold all over the internet… On its website, the Mayo Clinic states that 400 mg of caffeine per day is safe for most healthy adults. They note this is the equivalent of four cups of brewed coffee, 10 cans of cola, or two “energy shot” beverages. They add that caffeine is not a healthy choice for children, and teenagers should limit their caffeine intake. They also recommend against mixing caffeine with substances such as alcohol.

Becker’s Hospital Review, Health IT movers and shakers: 12 latest leadership changes affecting health IT by Julie Spitzer — In the last month, Becker's Hospital Review reported the following hospital and health system CIO and chief technology officer moves as well as other executive moves affecting health IT companies and federal agencies… Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic Health System appointed Timothy Nelson, MD, PhD, to director of inaugural research and innovation for its campus in Eau Claire, Wis.

Becker’s Orthopedic & Spine, Orthopedic surgeon to know: Dr. Daniel Berry of Mayo Clinic by Angie Stewart — Daniel Berry, MD, is an orthopedic surgeon at Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic. Dr. Berry is past chair of the American Joint Replacement Registry board of directors. He now chairs the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Registry Oversight Committee and serves on the AJRR Steering Committee. The author of more than 180 peer-reviewed papers and 85 book chapters, Dr. Berry has received multiple honors, including The Knee Society's Chitranjan Ranawat Award and the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons' James A. Rand Award.

Healio, Abemaciclib effective as initial therapy for certain women with advanced breast cancer — The addition of abemaciclib to initial treatment with a nonsteroidal aromatase inhibitor appeared effective for women with hormone receptor-positive, HER-2-negative advanced breast cancer, according to results of the double-blind, phase 3 MONARCH 3 study presented at American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting. “Estrogen is known to enhance cyclin D1 expression and leads to the activation of CDK4/6, resulting in cell cycle progression in hormone receptor-positive breast cancer,” Matthew P. Goetz, MD, associate professor of oncology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, said during his presentation.

Markets Insider, Hip and Knee Replacement vs. Growth Factors & Stem Cell Therapy — More than 7.2 million Americans are living with artificial hips or knees, according to the Mayo Clinic with excellent results… In fact, about 1.5 times more people in the United States are living with hip or knee replacements than those living with heart failure, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Heavy, Barbara Bush Health Failing: Seeks ‘Comfort Care’ by Jessica McBride — Barbara Bush, the 92-year-old First Lady, is in failing health and has now decided to stop receiving any further medical care, transitioning to “comfort care,” according to a statement from the Office of George H.W. Bush… According to the Mayo Clinic, Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) “is a chronic inflammatory lung disease that causes obstructed airflow from the lungs. Symptoms include breathing difficulty, cough, mucus (sputum) production and wheezing.” It can lead to heart failure over time. It’s a treatable and chronic condition, but the symptoms are known to worsen over time, Mayo Clinic reports.

WFYI-Indianapolis, Patients And Healthcare Workers Benefit From Art Therapy by Leigh Denoon — Art therapy is a growing trend. A year and a half ago, a program was started with patients at the Indiana University Neuroscience Center. It’s now also used as a tool for some of the center’s healthcare workers to decrease stress and avoid burnout… Patients are not the only people who may benefit from art therapy. Those on the other end of the stethoscope may too. A Mayo Clinic study shows over 50 percent of physicians struggle with excessive workloads, burdensome electronic record keeping, and problems with work/life integration.

Daily Express, High blood pressure: Reduce your risk of condition with these five steps by Luke Andrews — High blood pressure has few detectable symptoms, and is one of the biggest killers in the UK, being the second largest single risk factor for premature death… The America-based Mayo Clinic, recommends several key lifestyle changes to treat the condition…

Financial Express, Minnesota’s Mayo Clinic study says anaesthesia does not lower IQ in children — In 2016, US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had warned that prolonged or repeated sedation before age three may affect brain development. However, the warning was based largely on data from animals, which may or may not apply to children, said the researchers from Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. The new study, published in the journal Anaesthesiology, showed that intelligence, memory and several other measures of brain function were similar among those who received anaesthesia and did not. For the majority of kids undergoing surgery, the results overall are reassuring,” said lead author David Warner, a paediatric anaesthesiologist at Mayo Clinic. Additional coverage: WLTZ NBC

Hindustan Times, Anaesthesia scare: New study says it does not lower IQ in kids below 3 years of age by Meenakshi Iyer — “For the majority of kids undergoing surgery, the results overall are reassuring,” said lead author David Warner, a paediatric anaesthesiologist at Mayo Clinic. “About 80% of kids who need surgery under age three only need one and it’s relatively brief,” he added. “Although we do have some concerns about the children who are receiving multiple anaesthetics, it’s important to note that our results don’t allow us to conclude that anaesthesia itself is causing problems,” Warner said, adding that other factors, such as the conditions that make surgery necessary, could contribute. Additional coverage: MedPage Today, Science Codex, Romper, Doctor NDTV, India TV, Yahoo! India

News-medical.net, Study: Transplanted livers have a protective effect and reduce potential for organ rejection — "This study shows that the liver transplant itself regulates the host's immune responses. Compared to the other organs, the liver is immunologically a very active organ, so it is capable of regulating the immune responses against itself, said lead author Timucin Taner, M.D., Ph.D., a transplant surgeon at Mayo Clinic. When patients undergo a dual kidney-liver transplant, the liver has a protective effect on the kidney, the study found. Additional coverage: Medical Xpress

Health IT Analytics, Lean Methodology Boosts EHR Documentation Quality, Efficiency by Jessica Kent — Therapists at Mayo Clinic Rehabilitation Services identified persistent issues with their first-generation EHR system, primarily with its poorly designed documentation template…The research team set out to implement Lean methodologies to drive quality improvements within the system and streamline the documentation process, including efforts to reduce the content in the current template and incorporate input from Mayo staff.

Cluster Salud, Cesar Gonzalez: “ Los médicos deben consultar sobre la identidad de género y la orientación sexual de su paciente” by Juan Toro – Preguntar a los pacientes sobre su identidad de género y orientación sexual podría ser menos complicado de lo que se pensaba. De acuerdo a un estudio de la Clínica Mayo, hasta un 97% de los pacientes no se sientes incómodos con esas preguntas.

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