May 25, 2018

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights for May 25, 2018

By Emily Blahnik





New York Times, Me and My Numb Thumb: A Tale of Tech, Texts and Tendons by Nellie Bowles — ...My doctor, who had me make a painful fist, said that I might have something called De Quervain’s Tendinosis, which affects tendons on the thumb side of the wrist and is caused by chronic overuse. of those tendons. He admonished me about tech addiction and about how if I continued this way, I would need surgery. He sent me for acupuncture, which I had never tried before. “It’s a crisis,” said Sanjeev Kakar, an orthopedic surgeon at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota who specializes in hand injuries and has seen an increase in the number of thumb “overuse cases.” Dr. Kakar said he had noticed that the condition was spreading among adults and older people in particular. “Your joints are a little stiffer,” he told me. “Your tendons aren’t as pliable as they used to be.” Additional coverage: Sydney Morning Herald

New York Times, Diagnosis: A new series from The New York Times and Netflix — …Willie’s aunt suggested that they take him to the Mayo Clinic. There was a branch a few hours away in Scottsdale, Arizona. She sent an email describing her husband’s illness. They called her within a week with questions, then scheduled an appointment for Willie to be seen…A decision was made to try a different spot. And three months later a second biopsy was taken. This was likewise unrevealing. A few notes from his many visits to Mayo can be seen here.

Wall Street Journal, The AI Doctor Will See You Now by Christopher Mims — …One potential application is a “bloodless blood test,” said Paul Friedman, head of cardiovascular medicine at the Mayo Clinic, which formed a partnership with AliveCor. This test would look at a subtle shift in the EKG that’s characteristic of a potential potassium blood-level elevation, which the AI is uniquely skilled at identifying. Currently, the condition can be diagnosed only by drawing blood. Measuring this marker in real time, from the convenience of a phone or smartwatch, could transform how people are treated after a heart attack or while on certain medications, Dr. Friedman added.

CNN, Unnecessary and accidental use of ADHD drugs increases over 60%, study suggests by Mark Lieber — The researchers in the new study looked at exposure to four common medications used to treat ADHD: methylphenidate (e.g. Ritalin), amphetamine (e.g. Adderall), atomoxetine and modafinil. Approximately 46% of the exposures were due to methylphenidate and 45% to amphetamine. The medications are considered stimulants with overexposure symptoms including agitation, tremor, increased heart rate, confusion and seizures, according to the Mayo Clinic. Additional coverage: ABC 15 Arizona

People, Infant Hospitalized After Being Hit By Softball Is Now Moving Her Eyes, Legs: She 'Is a Fighter' by Jason Duaine Hahn — McKenna Hovenga — an infant who was injured when she was hit in the head by an errant softball — is now showing signs of improvement, 20 days after the incident occurred, the family says. McKenna, who was only 7 weeks old at the time, was immediately taken to nearby Waverly Health Center in Waverly, Iowa, and later flown to St. Mary’s Hospital at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. Once there, doctors feared the baby could have brain damage. Additional coverage: Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, KTIVKCRG, FOX News

HealthDay, A Lonely Heart Poses a Big Health Risk by Mary Elizabeth Dallas — The study authors said screening heart failure patients to identify those who lack social support might help to improve outcomes…Compared to those who felt socially connected, those who said they were isolated had a 3.7 times greater risk of early death, a 1.7 times greater risk of hospitalization, and a 1.6 times greater risk of visiting the emergency department, the findings showed. "Our study found a patient's sense of feelings of loneliness or isolation may contribute to poor prognosis in heart failure," said the study's senior author, Lila Rutten. She is a professor of health services research at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Additional coverage: Healio, Coeur d’Alene Press

Boston Globe, In rural America, digital divide slows a vital path for telemedicine by Newton N. Minow and Ajit Pai — Telemedicine has progressed quite a bit in recent years, and health care facilities have led the way. Today, the Cleveland Clinic deploys a mobile stroke unit with advanced wireless capability in order to assess and stabilize a patient 38 minutes more quickly than before (vital, since a stroke victim loses 2 million brain cells a minute). A hospital in rural Virginia uses technology to remotely monitor patients who’ve left the hospital, dramatically reducing sepsis. The Mayo Clinic serves more than 45 hospitals across nine states with an emergency telemedicine practice.

Forbes, Getting Accepted Into A Direct Medical Program From High School: It Can Be Done! by Kristen Moon — The average acceptance rate for 2017-18 medical school candidates was 7 percent, according to a survey by U.S. News & World Report. For students wishing to attend top-rated schools such as the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine in Minnesota or the Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, DC, the acceptance rates drop to 2.3 percent and 2.9 percent respectively.

Post-Bulletin, Tax credit spurs investment for tech startups by Margaret Anderson Kelliher and Shaye Mandle — Among the startups that have had success leveraging the tax credit is Rion, a Rochester biotech company founded by Dr. Atta Behfar of the Mayo Clinic Center for Regenerative Medicine. Rion successfully raised almost $4 million utilizing Angel Investment Tax Credits to further its work to develop stem cells to regenerate tissue and prevent or cure heart conditions. Rion offices are based in the BioBusiness Center.

Post-Bulletin, Photos: Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science commencement ceremony by Andrew Link — …Cokie Roberts gives the commencement address during the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science commencement ceremony Saturday, May 19, 2018, at Mayo Civic Center in Rochester. Additional coverage: KIMT

Post-Bulletin, 'There's good in the gaming community' by Taylor Nachtigal — In just seconds, one stranger’s senseless brutality put Brian Scott’s life on hold. Scott, a GameStop employee, was struck on the head with a hammer during a February robbery at the video game store. The attack left a 5-centimeter depression that fractured his skull and caused a brain hemorrhage…When Mayo Clinic cardiologist Dr. Jeff Geske heard about the assault, he knew he had to reach out to help the fellow gamer (though the two had only met in passing when Geske purchased the special edition Shadow of the Colossus video game). Geske raised more than $500 in donations and brought together the city’s tight-knit gaming community in the hope of bringing Scott a little joy, amid all the disruption. “I wanted to show him that there’s still good in the gaming community,” Geske said. “Things are not always bad and violent.”

KIMT, A smoker's tale: 'She saved her sister's life, that's the best gift you can give anyone' by DeeDee Stiepan — … Susan’s sister encouraged her to get a screening and in February, she went in for a CT scan at Mayo Clinic. The results: stage 1A lung cancer, which luckily is very treatable. “Typically, we can remove it with surgery,” explains Shanda H. Blackmon, MD, MPH, Professor of Surgery at Mayo Clinic. Because it was caught so early Dr. Blackmon was able to remove Susan’s caner. But catching lung cancer at this stage is not easy because many patients, like Susan, don’t show any symptoms until it’s too late.  “One of the best things you can do for someone is send them for a lung cancer screening,” Dr. Blackmon says. “I have a mother that smoked, my grandfather died from lung cancer and I really emphasize how important it is to get screened.”

KIMT, Single mom hopes Jeremiah Program will become a reality soon by Annalisa Pardo — Rochester City Council is set to discuss funding for the Jeremiah Program, a project aiming to bring affordable housing to Rochester, on Monday May 21. This after the Coalition for Rohester Area Housing recommended $320,000 for the Jeremiah Program on Friday. The Coalition is made up of the Rochester Area Foundation, the City of Rochester, Olmsted County, and Mayo Clinic.

KTTC, Rochester residents take to the roads to support Melanoma research by Holden Krusemark — “…The money that we raise for the event both with the donations and the registration goes to the Stay Out of the Sun Foundation. Which in turn, supports melanoma education, research, and awareness through the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center," said Race Director, Tiffany Piotrowicz. With a new team challenge this year, the group has garnered over $15,000 in donations from participants and expect even more to come in.

KTTC, Mayo Clinic celebrates 30 years of helping patients overcome nicotine addiction by Erin O’Brien — More than 55,000 people have gotten help to kick nicotine addiction at Mayo Clinic's Nicotine Dependence Center. On Monday the center marked its 30th anniversary with a celebration at Peace Plaza. Mayo launched the program shortly after the Surgeon General first released findings about nicotine addiction in 1988.

Star Tribune, Business People — U.S. Department of Health and Human Services appointed Harold Tu and Halena Gazelka to the Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force. Tu is an associate professor and director of the division of oral and maxillofacial surgery for the University of Minnesota’s School of Dentistry. Gazelka is assistant professor of anesthesiology and perioperative medicine for the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science.

KARE 11, Girl who can't feel pain battling insurance company by Boyd Huppert — In 2004 the story of the 3-year-old girl from Minnesota who doesn’t feel pain spread around the world. Now, about to graduate from high school, Gabby Gingras still can’t feel pain – but that doesn’t mean she’s not hurting…The Mayo Clinic showed some heart, molding Gabby temporary plastic teeth so she could smile for her senior portraits. Even though they're not real,” Gabby said of the teeth she wore for her photos, “it's still nice to see what I'm supposed to look like and how I always pictured myself, even though I don't really look like that.”

KARE 11, MN Doctor Gives Pancreatic Cancer Patients Hope by Camille Williams — A Mayo Clinic Surgeon, doing something many others won't even consider for patients with a grim outlook and it's prolonging lives..."So this low grade pain turned into something that was life changing," said 69-year-old Bill Bastian, father of 5, grandfather of 8 is enjoying his life after pancreatic cancer. Bill says critical veins and arteries were surrounding his tumor making his condition inoperable. But still, they wanted a second opinion and they found it through Dr. Mark Truty at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. Dr. Truty gave Bill hope as he has discovered a groundbreaking approach involving individualized treatment and surgery.

KJZZ, First-Ever Migraine Treatment Approved By FDA Included Scottsdale Mayo Clinic Trial by Lauren Gilger and Mark Brode — On Thursday, the FDA approved the first treatment aimed at preventing migraines after a nationwide trial by drug maker Amgen, which included the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale. One of the doctors involved in that trial was Dr. Rashmi Halker Singh, a neurologist who focuses on headache pain. He was on The Show to talk about the significance of this announcement. Additional coverage: KARE 11AARPCNBCSouth Florida Reporter

New Prague Times, Breakfast reveals local changes at Mayo Clinic by Chuck Kajer — Approximately 45 people from New Prague and other area communities attended the annual Stakeholder’s Breakfast at the Mayo Clinic Health System in New Prague’s Jameen Mape room to learn what is happening at the local health care facility. Among those speaking were Dr. James Hebl, vice president of the Southwest Region for MCHS, Terry Brandt, administrator for the region, and Heather Tietz, community relations officer. In addition, Kirby Johnson, the new administrator for the local hospital, was introduced.

Albert Lea Tribune, Naeve Health Care Foundation announces gift — Naeve Health Care Foundation has awarded a gift to Mayo Clinic Health System for 55 years, according to a press release. This year is no exception, as the foundation has gifted Mayo Clinic Health System with an additional $215,000 that will help provide new and improved opportunities of care for residents in Albert Lea. “Our mission is to support local health care and we carefully consider the best options to support and ensure our local care,” said Sue Loch, president of the Naeve Health Care Foundation. “The Foundation is intentional about choosing to support projects that will benefit our local community.”

WKBT La Crosse, Local doctors are seeing more cases of skin cancer by Alex Fischer — Onalaska Mayo Clinic Physician Assistant Mary Duh said, "We are seeing more and more skins cancers. We don't know if that's a combination of people becoming more aware of them and knowing what to look out for and coming in early enough or if it's just that were seeing more of them. I think it's a combination of the two. But yes, it's very likely that there are a lot of people who have skin cancer out there and don't realize it."

Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, Patient’s care team goes all out — Despite some fluctuating oxygen levels at birth, Lauren Hoel went home from Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire as a healthy baby in November 2011. Four days later, however, her parents brought her back to the hospital for a routine well-baby visit and requested that her oxygen levels be tested again…Born with a heart murmur — as many babies are — that hadn’t yet resolved on its own, and unable to get a consistently good oxygen level reading despite several attempts with several different machines, Dr. Karen Myhre, Lauren’s pediatrician at Mayo Clinic Health System, decided to order an echocardiogram to rule out a major medical issue…“She was diagnosed with transposition of the great arteries, an atrial septal defect, a ventricular septal defect and an interrupted aortic arch,” Hoel says. “It was scary.”

Becker’s Hospital Review, Mayo Clinic's operating income nearly doubles in Q1 by Ayla Ellison — Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic ended the first quarter of 2018 on strong financial footing. Mayo Clinic reported revenues of $3.1 billion in the first quarter of this year, compared to $2.9 billion in the same period of 2017, according to recently released unaudited financial statements. The boost was partially attributable to higher medical service revenue, which climbed 6.4 percent year over year. After factoring in expenses, which grew from $2.8 billion to $2.9 billion year over year, Mayo ended the first quarter of 2018 with operating income of $198 million. That's compared to the same period of 2017, when Mayo recorded operating income of $101 million. Additional coverage: Healthcare Dive

Becker’s Hospital Review, Mayo Clinic, Johns Hopkins top YouGov's 2018 reputation rankings by Julie Spitzer — Eight of the top 10 brands consumers would be most proud to work for are health or technology companies, according to YouGov BrandIndex's first workplace Reputation Rankings. YouGov BrandIndex tracks more than 1,600 brands daily. For its report, it asked an unspecified number of respondents age 18 and up "Which of the following companies would you be either proud or embarrassed to work for?" Here are the 10 companies consumers rated most favorably: 1. Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic.

CBS San Francisco, Mystery Disease Claims 12 Family Members; Survivors Push Awareness Of Rare Disorder by Allen Martin — Finally, in 2013, Lisa and David underwent new genetic testing. The answers came from the work down by the doctors and experts at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. The family found out they were not so alone. “It brought me to tears because it was finally an answer,” recalled Dixon. Their “family disease” was first identified by neurology specialist Dr. Peter Dyck, who directs the Mayo Clinic’s Peripheral Nerve Research Laboratory. In 1995, he studied two other families afflicted with it. Dyck called it hereditary sensory and autonomic neuropathy type 1E (HSAN 1E). “The disorder is directly inherited from a parent to approximately half the children,” said Dyck.

WebMD, FDA Approves First of New Migraine Drugs by Stephanie Watson — "Monoclonal antibodies are designed to prevent migraine attacks from occurring. They don't necessarily prevent every attack, because there are attacks that can break through. But they reduce the frequency of these episodes," says David Dodick, MD, a Mayo Clinic neurologist and chairman of the American Migraine Foundation. Dodick co-authored the Aimovig research and consulted on the study design with its manufacturer.

Science Daily, Heart surgery: To have or not to have...your left atrial appendage closed — Each year in the U.S., more than 300,000 people have heart surgery. To reduce risk of stroke for their patients, surgeons often will close the left atrial appendage, which is a small sac in the left side of the heart where many blood clots form, during these surgeries. Mayo Clinic researchers report today in JAMA that adding this procedure is likely the right choice for certain patients but not all… "Atrial fibrillation itself is a risk factor for stroke," says Peter Noseworthy, M.D., a Mayo Clinic cardiologist and senior author of the study. "So for patients who do not have atrial fibrillation to begin with, the potential benefit of closing the left atrial appendage now could be attenuated by later development of atrial fibrillation." Additional coverage: MedPage Today, Healio

Science Daily, Individualized ovarian, brain cancer therapies — Mayo Clinic researchers have discovered that a molecular communication pathway -- thought to be defective in cancer -- is a key player in determining the effectiveness of measles virus oncolytic cancer treatment in ovarian and aggressive brain cancers. This discovery enabled researchers to develop an algorithm to predict treatment effectiveness in individual patients. The findings appear in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute."This discovery and algorithm will allow us to personalize cancer treatment by matching the most appropriate patients with oncolytic virus therapies," says Evanthia Galanis, M.D., senior author of the study. "We'll also know which ones can be helped by combining cancer virotherapy with other immune approaches. Additional coverage:

MedPage Today, FDA Advisors Recommend Rejecting Buprenorphine Spray by Shannon Firth — Most patients generally expect pain relief within an hour, but the shortest median time to meaningful pain relief was 92 minutes in the applicant's pivotal trial, FDA briefing documents noted…This delay would "inevitably" lead patients to switch to some other opioid, a non-opioid or take an early dose of the sponsor's drug (which is indicated for use every 8 hours), said Randall Flick, MD, MPH, an anesthesiologist and director of the Mayo Clinic Children's Center in Rochester, Minn. "This long time to onset is really a safety problem rather than an efficacy problem," Flick said.

MedPage Today, Intense Exercise Fails to Boost Cognition in Dementia Patients by Judy George — Whether dementia in these patients was too advanced to be affected by the intervention is unknown. What also isn't clear is whether other, perhaps longer, interventions would have made a difference. "Is 4 months enough?" asked Ronald Petersen, MD, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and lead author of the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) practice guideline for mild cognitive impairment (MCI), which recently recommended exercise for patients with MCI. "Exercise is important for cognitive function, but you may need to engage in it early in life," he told MedPage Today. "It may take a longer intervention to have an effect." "It also may be that vigorous exercise is not the solution. A moderate exercise program over a longer period of time may be beneficial; I don't think this research is definitive in that regard."

MedPage Today, Expert Panel: GERD Surgery Not Needed for Most PPI Nonresponders by Diana Swift — …Also asked for his opinion, Kenneth R. Devault, MD, of the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., and also not involved in study, said: "The bottom line is that these experts supported surgery in a very limited subset of patients and supported it most in those with combination of excess acid exposure and a hiatal hernia. This confirms the practice of many experts, including myself, who refer for surgery but in a very well-selected and limited subset of GERD patients."

MedPage Today, Lung Nodule Analysis Model May Reduce Screening False Positives by Kirstin Jenkins — The optimism-corrected area under the curve for the eight features was 0.939, Tobias Peikert, MD, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and colleagues reported online in PLoS ONE. "This approach, if externally validated, could inform management of screen-identified pulmonary nodules and potentially minimize the morbidity, mortality, healthcare costs, radiation exposure, and patient anxiety associated with the currently accepted approach for the evaluation and management of indeterminate pulmonary nodules," the study authors wrote. Additional coverage: Post-Bulletin

MedPage Today, Celiac Testing Paradigm Underdetects Disease by Diana Swift — Although almost 40% of a 400-patient cohort had at least one testing indication, the study found that fewer than 5% of the patients were actually tested for celiac disease -- suggesting, the authors said, a strong need for alternative methods of detecting symptomatic celiac disease. "This is a novel and clinically relevant finding," the study's senior author, Alberto Rubio-Tapia, MD, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., told MedPage Today. "Celiac disease remains one of the most unrecognized disorders among physicians despite better awareness about the disease in the public."

Healio, In search for ‘perfect’ osteoporosis treatment, consider key anti-aging mechanism — The “therapeutic arsenal” for osteoporosis has expanded dramatically since the early 1980s, when the only options were estrogen for women and calcium and vitamin D for men, Sundeep Khosla, MD, director of the Center for Clinical and Translational Science at Mayo Clinic, said during a plenary presentation here. Today, he said, and the picture is much different: Available therapies include estrogen, raloxifene, four different bisphosphonates, the anabolics teriparatide and abaloparatide, the monoclonal antibody denosumab, and perhaps soon, romosozumab, a humanized monoclonal antibody that targets sclerostin.

Medscape, Opioid Overprescription Targeted by New Plans — …In addition, the number of drug-overdose deaths that involve prescription opioids was three and a half times higher in 2016 than it was in 1999, said Matthew Ziegelmann, MD, from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Both Hacker and Ziegelmann used prescription patterns at their institutions to formulate internal guidelines with an eye toward cutting back.

Medscape, What's Hot (and Overheated?) at ASCO 2018 by Zosia Chustecka — In addition, sessions will feature discussions of thorny issues, such as the high costs of many new cancer therapies. For example, on June 3 there will be a debate on the "Value and Cost of Myeloma Therapy," with Vincent Rajkumar, MD, from the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, arguing that "we cannot afford it'' against his Mayo Clinic colleague, Rafael Fonseca, MD, who counters that "we can."

Clinical + Innovation, Machine learning achieves 79% accuracy in identifying long QT syndrome by Cara Livernois — AliveCor and Mayo Clinic have utilized machine learning to identify long QT syndrome (LQTS), with findings presented at the Heart Rhythm Scientific Sessions in Boston..."Building on our previous work using Mayo Clinic's proprietary T wave fingerprint software, it is stunning that our 'AI brain' is distinguishing one patient who has a potentially life-threatening syndrome, LQTS, but a normal QTc, from a normal patient with the same QTc value by just staring at a single lead," said senior author Michael J. Ackerman, MD, PhD, director of Mayo Clinic's Genetic Heart Rhythm Clinic and the Windland Smith Rice Sudden Death Genomics Laboratory at Mayo Clinic.

Allure, The Truth About Biotin Supplements, According to Nutritionists by Korin Miller — There's actually no Recommended Dietary Allowance for biotin, so it's hard to know exactly how much you should get on a regular basis. However, the Mayo Clinic says that teens and adults should probably get anywhere from 30 to 100 micrograms a day.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Uptick in vector-borne illnesses in US and what it means to you — Illnesses caused by disease-infected ticks, mosquitoes and fleas have tripled in the U.S. in recent years, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Lyme disease is the most common illness attributed to ticks. “It’s the most common vector-borne disease in the Northern Hemisphere and in North America, in the U.S. specifically,” says Dr. Bobbi Pritt, a parasitic diseases expert at Mayo Clinic. “By vector-borne, we mean something that can transmit an infectious organism, be it a bacterium, a virus or a parasite, to a human. Lyme disease is caused by Borrelia burgdorferi. It’s also caused by Borrelia mayonii which we helped to identify here at Mayo Clinic. It is one of our big concerns, but it’s not the only concern.”

Medical Daily, 6 Risks Of Leaving Hypothyroidism Untreated by Sadhana Bharanidharan — Infertility and birth defects: "Low levels of thyroid hormone can interfere with the release of an egg from your ovary (ovulation), which impairs fertility," said Dr. Jani R. Jensen, a fertility specialist from the Mayo Clinic. And infertility is not the only complication a reproductive-age woman may face. Thyroxine is important for the developing brain, especially during the first trimester of pregnancy. As a result, maternal hypothyroidism has been linked to a higher risk of birth defects, intellectual and developmental problems.

Family Circle, 6 Signs You’re Iron Deficient by Lynya Floyd — If your body’s not absorbing enough iron—or you’re not consuming enough—you’re not alone. Iron deficiency is the most common nutritional deficiency in the world. (Note to self: Add spinach to the grocery list.) What’s more, you may not notice the signs of a deficiency in this mineral that helps red blood cells transport oxygen throughout your body. “It happens slowly over time,” explains Margaret Long, MD, a Mayo Clinic OB-GYN. “Sometimes people adapt or get used to the symptoms.” Ask yourself the following questions to see if you might be overdue for testing and a chat with your MD.”

Everyday Health, A Blood and Bone Marrow Cancer Drug May Help Treat Triple-Negative Breast Cancer by Becky Upham — A drug used to treat a blood and bone marrow cancer may play a role in treating triple-negative breast cancer, one of the most aggressive and deadly types of breast cancer, suggests a study conducted by researchers at the Mayo Clinic. “Patients whose tumor does not respond well to chemotherapy are known to be at significantly increased risk of recurrent breast cancer and death,” says Judy Boughey, MD, a general surgeon at the Cancer Center at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. “Therefore, our focus is to identify new treatment options for these patients.”

Everyday Health, Shorter Breast Cancer Treatment With Herceptin May Be Just as Effective by Becky Upham — Saranya Chumsri, MD, an oncologist and hematologist who specializes in breast cancer at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, looks forward to reviewing the full data when it’s presented next month. “There have been studies in the recent past that have looked at shorter treatment durations for trastuzumab, but none of them were successful,” says Dr. Chumsri. “The initial data presented in PERSEPHONE looks quite good, but to fully understand the implications of this trial, we need to know more about the patient population compared with previous trials.”

AccuWeather, Experts explain how to detect the warning signs of skin cancer by Jennifer Fabiano — Skin cancer, defined by the fact that it starts on the skin, is more common in the United States than all other human cancers combined. Initially, skin cancer is not symptomatic, meaning spots on the skin won’t necessarily itch or hurt, according to Dr. Aleksandar Sekulic, the associate director for Mayo Clinic’s Center for Individualized Medicine in Arizona. There are many different types of skin cancer, but the three of the most common include basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma.

Renal & Urology News, Aspirin Use Prior to Radical Cystectomy Linked to Improved Survival by Jody A. Charnow — In a study of 1061 patients undergoing RC, including 461 (43%) who took daily aspirin preoperatively, Timothy D. Lyon, MD, and colleagues at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, found that after multivariable adjustment, daily aspirin use was independently associated with significant 36% and 30% decreased risks of cancer-specific and all-cause mortality, respectively, compared with non-use of aspirin. Daily aspirin use was also associated with significantly greater 5-year cancer-specific survival (CSS, 68% vs 60%) and overall survival (59% vs 52%).

WSYM-TV, New study shows local benefits of Sparrow collaboration with Mayo Clinic — Sparrow, as a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, is part of a nationally published study that shows a new recovery process for Patients can reduce how long they’re in the hospital and lower the use of opioids to treat their pain. The study, published in The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety 2017, demonstrates the local benefits of Sparrow’s relationship with Mayo Clinic and bringing their world-class expertise close to home. Sparrow was among eight Mayo Clinic Care Network member hospitals that worked with Mayo Clinic leaders on implementing the Enhanced Recovery Process for colorectal surgery Patients. The process involves increased Patient pre-surgery education and gets them on their feet quicker.

Radiology Business, Decreasing patient recovery time for liver biopsies by 1 hour increases procedural capacity by 20% by Michael Walter — Researchers from the department of radiology at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, thought they could shorten their facility’s standard recovery time for outpatient parenchymal liver biopsies from three hours to two hours—so they put it to the test. The two radiologists performed a quality improvement project, publishing their findings in the Journal of the American College of Radiology. “Our aim was to assess whether the outpatient liver biopsy recovery period could be decreased without negatively affecting patient comfort or safety,” wrote authors Neema J. Patel, MD, and Andrew W. Bowman, MD, PhD, of the department of radiology at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida.

Romper, Can We Finally Start Taking Morning Sickness Seriously? by Steph Montgomery — According to the Mayo Clinic, most pregnant people will experience morning sickness — the common name for nausea and vomiting during pregnancy — which, despite its name, can occur all day long. It's so common that pretty much everyone has heard about it, and most pregnant women, including me, expect to throw up at least once during their first trimester of pregnancy. Most women like me do not, however, expect morning sickness to be so debilitating, and for their symptoms to be passed off as pregnancy fodder.

WTOP, The beneficial connection between memory and exercise by Zeke Hartner — The Mayo Clinic found a number of other activities or life changes that can help preserve memory. They recommend staying mentally active — using crossword puzzles, playing chess or even driving a less-familiar route on your way home. They also found that getting enough sleep, socializing regularly, eating a healthy diet and being physically active all helped preserve a person’s memory.

Wickenburg Sun, May set as national stroke prevention month — …Local residents may benefit from the Mayo Clinic Telestroke Program available at Wickenburg Community Hospital. In telestroke care, the use of a robot located in a rural hospital lets a stroke patient be seen in real time by a neurology specialist at Mayo Clinic in Phoenix. The Mayo stroke neurologist, whose face appears on the screen of the robot, consults with emergency room physicians at the rural sites and evaluates the patient. Patients showing signs of stroke can be examined by the neurologist via computer, smart phone technology, portable tablets or laptops.

British Heart Foundation, Could a big belly increase your stroke and heart attack risk? — The researchers found that people who were a normal weight but stored most of their fat around their waists had more than double the risk of problems such as heart attack, stroke, bypass surgery or death, compared with people who were overweight but not obese, and weren’t carrying excess weight around their middle. The researchers, from the Mayo Clinic based in Minnesota, USA, and St Anne’s University Hospital in the Czech Republic, looked at people’s BMI (body mass index) and waist to hip measurements. The researchers suggested that those with a normal weight but more fat around their stomach had a 87 per cent increased risk of problems, compared to those who didn’t store weight around their middle.

New York Times, Un cambio de vida para quienes sufren migrañas — “Los medicamentos tendrán un efecto enorme”, dijo Amaal Starling, neuróloga y especialista en migraña en la Clínica Mayo en Phoenix. “Es un momento realmente increíble para mis pacientes y para todos los neurólogos que atienden a pacientes con migrañas”.’

El Comercio, Epilepsia: Lo que debes saber de este mal que afecta a 50 mlls de personas — “Es una enfermedad o condición en el que las personas tienen ataques que vienen del cerebro debido a que hay una descarga de electricidad por parte de este, pero sin razón aparente, que complica las funciones del órgano. Se cataloga como epilepsia cuando una persona tiene más de una ataque en su vida”, comenta a El Comercio el Doctor Joseph Sirven, médico neurólogo de la Clínica Mayo de EE.UU. y presidente de la Seniors and Seizures Task Force for the Epilepsy Foundation of America.

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