July 20, 2018

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

By Emily Blahnik

Today.com, Heart attack risk on the rise for pregnant women by A. Pawlowski — Expectant mothers, especially older ones, should watch for signs of heart trouble as their pregnancies progress and their babies arrive. A woman’s risk of having a heart attack while pregnant, giving birth or during the two months after delivery rose 25 percent from 2002 to 2014, a study published Wednesday in Mayo Clinic Proceedings found. The rate of patients who died remained high but steady over that period at 4.5 percent. Additional coverage: Health, Newsweek, CBS News, Romper, HealthDay, KCCI Des Moines, CBS Philly

MedPage Today, Stopping Low-Dose HRT Not Tied to Changes in Artery Health by Kristen Monaco — Cessation of low-dose menopausal hormone therapy did not seem to affect progression of preclinical atherosclerosis, researchers reported. In a follow-up analysis from the Kronos Early Estrogen Prevention Study (KEEPS), low doses of hormone therapy -- both oral and transdermal -- did not change the trajectory of carotid artery intima-media thickness (CIMT) during the 4 years of treatment, according to Virginia Miller, PhD, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and colleagues, in Menopause. Additional coverage: Healio

Live Science, Why Are World Cup Players Spitting Their Drinks? by Rachael Rettner — Close watchers of this year's World Cup may have noticed players engaging in an odd practice: They'll take a swig of liquid, but instead of swallowing, they'll spit it out…But by not swallowing the carbohydrate liquid, athletes may avoid some gastrointestinal issues; for example, if the drink is too concentrated, it can sit in the stomach, and your body will need to produce more fluids to dilute the substance, said Dr. Michael Joyner, an exercise physiologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

HuffPost, 7 Things You Learned As A Kid That Are Pretty Much Bogus by Taylor Pittman — …The Mayo Clinic gives the OK for kids in particular to swim immediately after a light meal or snack. But if a child feels tired after a heavy meal, he or she may want to take a short break before venturing out into the water. Dr. Michael Boniface from the Mayo Clinic noted that minor muscle cramping can occur, of course, but that swimming is still “not a dangerous activity to routinely enjoy” after eating. Additional coverage: Albuquerque Journal

Washington Post, Staggering Prices Slow Insurers’ Coverage Of CAR-T Cancer Therapy by Michelle Andrews — Researchers report that some critically ill patients who received the therapy have remained cancer-free for as long as five years. “This is what patients need,” said Dr. Yi Lin, a hematologist who oversees the CAR-T cell practice and research for the Mayo Clinic. “With the likelihood of getting patients into durable survival, we don’t want to deny them the therapy.” She said she receives no personal financial support from the drugs’ makers.

Everyday Health, More Soccer Heading, More Balance Problems by Becky Upham — New research suggests that the more a soccer player heads the ball, the more likely they are to experience balance problems compared with teammates who head the ball less frequently…“Our view of concussion and head injury has changed a lot over time,” says Jennifer Wethe, PhD, codirector and lead neuropsychologist for the Mayo Clinic Arizona Concussion Program in Pheonix, who was not associated with the study. “The milder head impacts are actually the center of much of the concern we have when we look at things like chronic traumatic encephalopathy,” she says. “That particular condition seems more correlated with the exposure to repetitive hits rather than diagnosed concussions, per se. There’s emerging evidence that repetitive hits to the head are not good for the brain.”

USA Today, 7 habits every 50+ adult should embrace for summer by Ashley Davidson — Drink whenever you think…Mayo Clinic recommends consuming about 15.5 cups (3.7 liters) of fluid per day for men and 11.5 cups (2.7 liters) per day for women—which can come from water, other beverages, and food.[9] If math isn’t your strong suit, the usual eight-glasses-a-day advice works just fine.

Chicago Tribune, Liver cancer death rates rise 43 percent in U.S., CDC reports by Alison Bowen — Liver cancer death rates jumped 43 percent, according to a report released Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The research collected data from adults 25 and older in the United States from 2000 to 2016…According to Mayo Clinic, risk factors for liver cancer include chronic infection with the hepatitis B virus or hepatitis C virus, as well as cirrhosis, inherited liver diseases and excessive alcohol consumption.

TIME, Teens Who Are Constantly On Their Phones May Be At Risk of ADHD, Study Says by Jamie Ducharme — New research says there may be consequences for teenagers growing up in the social media generation. Though it could not prove causation, a new study, published Tuesday in JAMA, found an association between lots of screen use in teenagers and symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The disorder is characterized by difficulty paying attention, paired with hyperactivity and impulsive behavior, according to the Mayo Clinic.

The Guardian, Inside the Beijing 'office' inhabited by human guinea pigs by Helen Roxburgh — When complete, the 25,000 sq ft Well Living Lab, the first scientific research centre in Asia to focus on the indoor environment, will feature a range of simulated homes and offices. The facility will make small variations to the environment – in lighting, air quality and noise levels, for example – and monitor how they affect workers’ health, happiness and productivity. The research findings will be used to change the way future buildings are designed...There is an existing Well Living Lab in Rochester, Minnesota, a collaboration between Delos and the Mayo Clinic that is only a quarter of the size of the Beijing site. Researchers there have used cognitive tests, wearable and environmental sensors, observation and ethnography in initial research, and an ongoing three-year project is looking at responses to artificial lighting that simulates natural light and its impact on stress, sleep, job satisfaction and productivity.

Post-Bulletin, Airline postpones launch of new Rochester flights by Jeff Kiger — “Today’s exciting announcement is good news for Mayo Clinic patients, staff and the Rochester community as a whole," Mayo Clinic’s Chief Planning Officer and president of the Rochester Airport Co. Board Steven McNeill said in a news release in May. "These nonstop flights will make air travel between Rochester and the clinic’s two other campuses in Arizona and Florida easier, quicker and more convenient,” Mayo Clinic founded Rochester’s first airport in 1928. While the city of Rochester owns the existing airport, Mayo Clinic is contracted to manage it via its Rochester Airport Co. firm.

Post-Bulletin, The specialist will see you now: A Mayo care network shortens time to see that next doctor by Anne Halliwell — Inside the Baldwin Building, a few floors away from the exam rooms, lies a network of physicians and nurses called the Integrated Community Specialist Clinic. Experts in psychiatry, pediatrics, cardiology, and nine other areas split time there between normal patient visits and consulting with doctors. The program began five or six years ago, by placing psychiatrists in five buildings with primary care physicians, and has expanded to include a wide range of specialists, all ready to respond when and where they’re needed. Just last week, physical therapy was added to the list of Baldwin Building specialties. The specialists block out times in their days to take calls from physicians, answer questions by email, and occasionally visit other floors to meet briefly with patients...

KAAL, From Syringe to Sobriety by Brian Wise — "The rate of death from overdoses is actually increasing. And, right now, it is estimated that approximately 33,000 people die annually in the United States from some type of opioid overdose. Half of those people are directly tied to prescription opioids," said Dr. W. Michael Hooten, an anesthesiology professor at the Division of Pain Medicine at Mayo Clinic in Rochester.

Florida Times-Union, Mayo Cardiologist Named to American Heart Association Board by Charlie Patton — Fred Kusumoto, a cardiologist and director of Heart Rhythm Services at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, has been named to the board of the American Heart Association - First Coast Market. As part of the 15-member board, he will work on the organization’s impact on the community through fundraising, advocacy, policy changes and community health initiatives. Board members serve for three two-year terms.

Jacksonville Daily News, Mayo Clinic minute: 3 reasons you need a 3D mammogram — For many women over 40, a yearly screening mammogram to check for breast cancer is a fact of life — along with the anxiety of waiting for the results. But what if you could get a test that offered better cancer detection, fewer false positives and more peace of mind? Dr. Robert Maxwell, a Mayo Clinic radiologist, says, with a 3D mammogram, many women can. The technology is also called tomosynthesis, and health care providers say it offers three distinct benefits. “3D mammograms allow us to be more accurate in our ability to detect and diagnose cancer as compared to traditional (two-dimensional) mammograms,” says Maxwell.

Arizona ABC 15, How much would you pay for a nap? In NYC, $25 is the going rate by Justin Boggs — Do you need a 45-minute nap? In New York City, the Casper mattress company has opened a lounge for those who need to recharge during the middle of the day. The lounge is called Dreamery, and for $25, customers can take a nap on a Casper mattress, and wear special pajamas provided by the lounger…Are naps healthy? According to the Mayo Clinic, naps can be part of a healthy routine as long as there is not an obvious cause of new fatigue.The Mayo Clinic offers the following tips for those who need a midday nap…

AZ Central, It has been one year since Sen. John McCain's brain cancer was discovered. What's next? by Yvonne Wingett and Ken Alltucker — One year has passed since U.S. Sen. John McCain was diagnosed with a type of aggressive brain cancer that remains incredibly difficult to halt. It is a mysterious — and complicated — milestone. To some medical experts who do not treat McCain, the one-year anniversary suggests he may have a less-aggressive form of this deadly cancer, known as glioblastoma. But it also could mean he is approaching the outer limits those with more serious forms can live. McCain, 81, and those closest to him have not publicly revealed his long-term medical prognosis, but Cindy McCain, in a lengthy statement Thursday to The Arizona Republic, thanked the medical professionals at Mayo Clinic in Arizona and the National Institutes of Health and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in the Washington, D.C., area, and the caregivers working with McCain at his family's Cornville retreat "for their superb care of John, and their amazing efforts to treat this terrible disease and its effects." Additional coverage: KARE 11

La Crosse Tribune, Trempealeau couple set for 'paddles up' at world dragon boat races by Mike Tighe — Sue Karpinski will appear to be loaded for bear when she shows up at the airport early Friday toting an oversized gun case, as she and husband Richard take the first leg of their international dragon boat adventure. ..Karpinski, who didn’t even know what the sport was until six years ago, when dragon boating enthusiast Lori Freit-Hammes hired her as a coordinator in the health promotion department she directs at Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare. Freit-Hammes also has been involved in the Big Blue Dragon Boat Festival since Mayo-Franciscan launched it in 2013.

La Crosse Tribune, Woman finds A New Me builds confidence before dropping weight by Mike Tighe — Niki Steele signed up for A New Me with one set of expectations and finished it three months later with a whole new perspective, although she says the result matched the title of the program. “I went into it thinking it was all about weight, but I left knowing that was not the only thing. There were so many. It is not geared just toward weight loss, but also mental health, stress, exercise, healthy eating,” Steele said of the program at Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare.

WKBT La Crosse, Big Blue Dragon Boat Race coming Saturday by Greg White — Dragon Boats will once again take to the water on the Black River this weekend. The Big Blue Dragon Boat Race is Saturday is La Crosse. The event hosted by Mayo Clinic Health System celebrates breast cancer survivors. "We try to make it a really inclusive event for the entire community and we really like to integrate the family into the festivities," said Heidi Odegaard, Community Event Coordinator with Mayo Clinic Health System.

WQOW Eau Claire, Mayo Clinic trying to address shortage in mental health care by Evan Hong — Employees from the Mayo Clinic Health System are doing everything they can to prevent mental illness in Eau Claire. According to the 2018 Eau Claire and Chippewa County Health Assessments, mental health is listed as the top health concern in both countiesTo fight the issue, the clinic is creating new methods to bring more mental health specialists to the area, including a psychiatric residency program here in Eau Claire, which allows doctors and specialists to come and train. Mayo staff say it's been difficult for the clinic to hire psychiatrists due to a national shortage that can be attributed to low medicare reimbursement rates. However, clinic staff say they need the help now more than ever.

KEYC Mankato, Taking the Adversity Out of Diversity — Mayo Mankato is working to create more inclusive communities. A program earlier this evening focused on encouraging positive conversations on topics such as race, class, disabilities and sexual orientation. It also provided an opportunity to discover more effective and compassionate ways to connect with colleagues, neighbors and the community. "Everybody has their own walk of life and it's important for us as healthcare providers to put people at ease so we can really understand what's ailing them and best heal," regional chair of Mayo Clinic Health System's Diversity and Inclusion Council Dr. Jacqueline Corona said.

KEYC Mankato, Mayo Clinic Health System Mankato Hosting Walk-In Sports Physicals — Dr. Robert Freed is interviewed.

Waseca County News, Mayo reports on community connection, modernized facilities in 2017 by Jacob Stark — Mayo Clinic Health System continued its connection with the community while modernizing its facility last year. A community report summarizing activities in 2017 highlights some of the ways in which Mayo engaged with Waseca, from continuing a partnership with Waseca High School to having a presence at community events. Mayo completed 117 baseline concussion tests in Waseca schools and 58 for Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton youth football. It also administered 31 post-concussion follow-up tests.

Healthy Debate, Why can’t you access your health record online? by Wendy Glauser — …Finally, access to their own medical data also allows patients to be more involved in their care, and that can lead to improved testing and treatment decisions, according to Charles Harper, executive dean of practice at the Mayo Clinic, and a neurologist in Rochester, Minnesota. Harper is currently overseeing improvements to Mayo Clinic’s patient health record, which is available to all of the organization’s patients—1.25 million have registered since it was launched in 2009. In Harper’s experience, patients who access their health records online have more informed questions and ideas for next steps when they see him in the office. They’ve had time to access their test results before the appointment, and do their own research about what those results mean. “It makes that [clinic visit] time much more valuable,” he says. “It creates much more of a partnership.”

Steamboat Pilot & Today, USA Nordic looks to advance from collaboration with Mayo Clinic by Leah Vann — The optimal Nordic combined athlete has not been defined, but Mayo Clinic has started its research. As a part of the new collaborative relationship with USA Nordic, the Mayo Clinic started testing for a multi-year analysis on ski jumpers and Nordic combined skiers from the national and junior national teams. "I'm guessing a lot of people do it more by feel as opposed to scientific data. We're going to be some pioneers and hopefully make a huge difference," USA Nordic team physician and Mayo Clinic Medical Director for Sports Dr. Johnathan T. Finnoff said. "If you look at what makes a good jumping athlete versus cross country ski athlete, they look totally different. Jumpers are really thin with explosive power in their legs, super skinny upper bodies and cross country skiers over time … they're big, strong muscular people.

Medical Xpress, Precision genomics point the way to mutations associated with accelerated aging — Mayo Clinic researchers are using precision genomics to search for undiscovered, inheritable genetic mutations that cause accelerated aging. In a study recently published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings, researchers conducted a study assessing 17 patients with short telomere syndromes—rare conditions that result in premature DNA and cellular deterioration. The ability to pinpoint the genetic abnormalities associated with short telomere syndromes is key to finding better ways to screen, diagnose and treat patients. "We're using precision genomics like a heat-seeking missile," says Mrinal Patnaik, M.B.B.S., a Mayo Clinic hematologist and clinical researcher. "Not to destroy, but to zero in on genetic mutations that may be linked with short telomere and other inherited bone marrow failure syndromes, providing unique insights into their disease biology."

Q13 FOX, Healthy Living: Opioid concerns, the role of doctors prescribing the drugs by Marni Hughes — As you know, the opioid epidemic has been impacting communities and families nationwide. Dr. Mike Hooten with the Mayo Clinic says there are times when prescribing opioids is safe and times when it puts the patient (and others) at risk. Dr. Hooten says the medical community needs to take all factors into consideration when coming up with a patient plan, including substance abuse and family history of addiction, environment and stress. He also says it’s important doctors and patients share a goal of managing pain and not eliminating pain.

AccuWeather, How much water should you really drink every day? by Chaffin Mitchell — According to Katy Anthony, a physician's assistant in the Mayo Clinic Health System, our individual water needs depend on many factors, including your health, how active you are and where you live. No single formula fits everyone, but knowing more about your body's need for fluids will help you estimate how much water to drink each day. "Lack of water can lead to dehydration, a condition that occurs when you don't have enough water in your body to carry out normal functions. Even mild dehydration can drain your energy and make you tired," Anthony said.

Medscape, Autonomic Dysfunction May Distinguish Posttraumatic Headache From Migraine by Damian McNamara — Using the Composite Autonomic Symptom Scale 31 (COMPASS-31) investigators found those with PPTH scored significantly higher than their counterparts with migraine and healthy controls. "The thing that seems to come out of this most consistently is the autonomic dysfunction," study author Levi Howard, MD, a neurology resident at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, Arizona, told Medscape Medical News. "We definitely found larger autonomic dysfunction in our persistent PTH group compared to migraine, which is the primary phenotype right now that those patients fall under," he added.

Healio, Liver cancer risks, detection: 8 recent reports — In this exclusive video perspective from Digestive Disease Week 2018, John B. Kisiel, MD, a gastroenterologist from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., shares results of a study in which plasma assay of methylated DNA markers detected hepatocellular carcinoma across all stages. “These are markers we discovered as part of a larger set in an experiment that sequenced DNA extracted from frozen tissue specimens from patients at Mayo Clinic,” Kisiel told Healio Gastroenterology and Liver Disease. “The aim of the present study was to validate these markers in a larger cohort that included a spectrum of stages of disease, including early-stage patients who would be potentially curable.”

US News & World Report, It's Called Kombucha. But Is It Good for You? — Proponents say kombucha's powerful probiotics can help improve digestion, promote your immune response and reduce inflammation in your body by introducing healthy bacteria into your gut…On the other hand, there have been reports of adverse effects associated with kombucha, according to the Mayo Clinic. These include upset stomach, infection and allergic reactions.

US News & World Report, How to Tell If You Need Electrolytes During Your Workout by K. Aleisha Fetters — You're exercising in hot, humid weather. The hotter and more humid the conditions in which you're exercising are, the higher the likelihood is that you need electrolytes. Not only does extreme heat cause the body's core temperature to rise, leading to increased sweating, but humidity also prevents sweat from evaporating and effectively cooling you, according to the Mayo Clinic. The result: You sweat even more – and lose more electrolytes.

SELF , Khloé Kardashian Says She Had to Stop Breastfeeding After Two Months by Korin Miller — Breastfeeding is a different experience for everyone. Some people have (seemingly) few challenges, while others run up against more than their fair share. Last month, Khloé Kardashian revealed that she was experiencing a low milk supply and needed to supplement her breast milk with formula. But now, the new mom, who gave birth in April, said she had to give up breastfeeding her daughter True altogether. … Supplementing with formula—which could mean supplementing your breastfeeding with formula or supplementing your formula with breast milk via pumping—is especially important if your milk production becomes such an issue that your baby is not thriving, Julie Lamppa, A.P.R.N., C.N.M., a certified nurse midwife at Mayo Clinic, tells SELF. Even if you decide formula is a better fit for your family, it’s worth considering whether or not you’re up for nursing as much as you can at the same time, Lamppa says.

SELF, What Causes Eczema, Anyway? by Korin Miller — If you have eczema, a gene variation keeps that barrier from giving you all of the protection it should, the Mayo Clinic explains. This leaves your skin vulnerable to things that can irritate it and trigger an immune response that causes eczema symptoms. Common triggers include sweat, stress, soaps and detergents, and dust and pollen, among others.

SELF, Here’s Exactly What to Do if a Tick Bites You by Kate Sheridan — If the tick is alive, you can put it in alcohol or wrap it in tape then dispose of it, or simply flush it down the toilet. You can also put it into a sealed container then in the freezer in case your doctor would like to examine it, the Mayo Clinic says. If you’re absolutely not down for that, you might at the very least want to take a close-up photo of the tick so you have something to show a doctor if you come down with symptoms.

SELF, Here’s When to See a Doctor About Diarrhea and When to Wait for It to Pass by Korin Miller — By definition, diarrhea means having loose, watery, stools that are more frequent than whatever amount of pooping is normal for you, the Mayo Clinic says…You can generally lump diarrhea into two categories: acute and chronic. Acute diarrhea can last anywhere from a few days to two weeks and is usually due to a bacterial, viral, or parasitic infection, according to the Mayo Clinic. Sometimes that infection passes in a matter of days and is really nothing to worry about.

WebMD, Can Dogs Keep Kids from Getting Allergies? by Bara Vaida — Researchers are examining dog and people germs and finding that bacteria living on and within dogs may be one more way that man’s best friend is guarding human health…Between 500 and 1,000 species of microbes live inside the human gut. Scientists believe they play an important role in the immune system and in keeping the body’s metabolism healthy. Studies also show that the diversity of the types of microbes matter and that a person’s environment can have an impact on that diversity, says John DiBaise, MD, a professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, AZ. “The microbiome is affected by internal and external factors,” he says.

3DPrint.com, Mayo Clinic Finds 3D Printing Essential Moving Medicine Forward for Complex Surgeries by Hannah Rose Mendoza —The Mayo Clinic is probably the single most famous medical facility in the world. It began in 1863 as the medical practice of William Worral Mayo in Rochester, Minnesota and under the direction of his sons William James Mayo and Charles Horace Mayo it became a medical clinic that has since grown to employ nearly 60,000 people in campuses located in Arizona and Florida in addition to the original Rochester location. The clinics see approximately 1.3 million patients each year from over 135 countries around the world and work to address some of the most difficult cases in medicine.

Cardiovascular Business, Searching for New Business: Hospitals Test the Waters of Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy by Randy Young —That the American Heart Association (AHA) has recommended all HCM patients be seen for advanced treatment at a dedicated center underscores both the challenges and the opportunities in this evolving area…“This is not a disease you want to treat if you only see one patient a year,” says Bernard Gersh, MB, ChB, DPhil, professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, and lead author of the first guidelines for diagnosing and treating HCM. “The one thing we heavily stressed in the guidelines is that all of these procedures need to be done in centers of excellence that are able to offer medical therapy, defibrillator, surgical myectomy, alcohol septal ablations and genetic counseling.”

Express UK, High blood pressure: Three ways to lower BP reading you can do at home by Luke Andrews — High blood pressure could be lowered through simple exercises, a US-based health clinic has claimed. Mowing the lawn, climbing stairs and even walking could all bring down blood pressure according to the Mayo Clinic. “Any physical activity that increases your heart and breathing rates can be an effective way to control high blood pressure,” they stated online. “You don’t need to spend hours in the gym every day to benefit from aerobic activity. “Simply adding moderate physical activities to your daily routine will help.”

Sarasota Herald-Tribune, A safe picnic is all about time and temperature — Q: How can I make sure that food is safe when we eat outdoors in the summer? A: Before you fill your cooler, review these tips for safer picnics: Keep an eye on the clock: “The general rule is to have food out only two hours,” says Kate Zeratsky, a Mayo Clinic registered dietitian nutritionist. “However, on a hot day — 90 and above — you want to limit the time that food is out in that hot weather to one hour.” She adds, “You might even consider a bowl of ice. And, then, sit your food container in that ice. That can help maintain a cool temperature.”

Morning Consult, How many calories are in that? by Joanna Piacenza —…The survey was conducted June 9-10 among 2,200 U.S. adults with a margin of error of 2 percentage points. Consumers were 110 calories off in their estimates on average — a relatively small discrepancy, according to most nutritionists… Angie Murad, a wellness dietitian at the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program, which provides nutritional expertise to clients, also agreed that being roughly 100 calories off in estimating food was pretty good — for one meal. The bigger problem starts to emerge if consumers eat out more than once per day, she said in a June interview, resulting in estimates for the day that are off by hundreds of calories.

Bustle, 7 Unexpected Sources Of Stress You May Not Know To Look Out For, According To Experts by Kyle Rodriguez-Cayro — Stress can physically manifest as headaches, skin breakouts, chronic colds, achy muscles, a sore jaw, or fatigue. What's more, according to the Mayo Clinic, stress can impact your mood by making you feel more irritable, sad, restless, and overwhelmed than usual. Keep an eye out for these unexpected causes of stress that may be sneaking up on you, and you're one step closer to nixing stress altogether.

Cap Times, Rebuilding: Tomah VA Medical Center works to improve after opioid scandal by Katelyn Ferral — The Cap Times asked to spend a day at the Tomah VA Medical Center in April, and was given access to three Tomah patients and several officials who oversee its operations and medical programs. The hospital does not allow reporters to approach patients on the facility grounds without first getting clearance from the administration…The facility has also started a new partnership with the Mayo Clinic to serve veterans with specialty care needs. Mayo will see Tomah VA patients if a service that is needed is not available there, said Rick Thiesse, a spokesman for Mayo Clinic Health System Franciscan Healthcare. The Tomah VA is the only VA hospital that Mayo has this contract with.

KXLY Spokane, The rise of HPV-related throat cancer by Ian Roth — More than three quarters of Americans will get HPV at some point in their lives. Most will never know it because they'll show no symptoms. But Dr. Eric Moore, a Mayo Clinic head and neck surgeon, says a growing number of people are developing HPV-related throat cancer. And he fears the numbers are going to get much worse before they get better. "There's a small number of people that will go on to develop a chronic viral infection," Dr. Moore says. "And if they develop a chronic viral infection of what we call high-risk HPV, then they will sometimes develop a cancer related to that virus. And that cancer typically occurs in their tonsil or base of [their] tongue."

Gastroenterology & Endoscopy News, Readmissions Common After Constipation Hospitalizations — Lucinda Harris, MD, a gastroenterologist and associate professor of medicine at Mayo Clinic Arizona, in Scottsdale, who not involved in the study, said the concept was interesting. “What is missing is an analysis of whether disorders associated with greater morbidity and less mobility, such as heart disease and end-stage renal disease, were among those conditions causing higher readmission rates,” she said. “Also missing is an analysis of the medications that patients were taking to treat their constipation.”

Cronica, Genómica de precisión señala el camino hacia mutaciones del envejecimiento acelerado — Los investigadores de Mayo Clinic aplican la genómica de precisión para buscar mutaciones genéticas, aún no descubiertas y hereditarias que aceleran el envejecimiento. En un trabajo recién publicado en Mayo Clinic Proceedings, los investigadores llevaron a cabo un estudio para evaluar a 17 pacientes con síndromes de telómero corto, afecciones raras que derivan en el deterioro prematuro del ADN y de las células. Es fundamental ser capaces de precisar las anomalías genéticas relacionadas con los síndromes de telómero corto para descubrir mejores maneras de detectar, diagnosticar y tratar a los pacientes.

Vice Espanol, La forma en que escribes en tu celular puede dañar tus manos — Abusar del uso del pulgar causa una afección médica conocida como tenosinovitis de Quervain. El uso excesivo inflama los tendones y sus fundas protectoras, lo que causa dolor a lo largo del lado del pulgar y de la muñeca. El dolor puede reducir la fuerza de agarre y provocar inmovilidad en la mano. La tecnología ya había abusado de nuestras manos antes, pero los celulares crean problemas diferentes a los provocados por un teclado o un mouse. "Antes usábamos principalmente nuestros dedos, pero ahora abusamos de nuestro dedo pulgar", dice Natalie Strand, médico de manejo del dolor e instructor clínico en la Escuela de Medicina de Mayo Clinic. "Se nos están presentando nuevos tipos de estrés diferentes a los que teníamos en el pasado".

Saude, Níveis altos de glicose seriam um sinal precoce de câncer no pancreas — De acordo com dois estudos conduzidos por esse time, publicados no periódico Gastroenterology, as taxas de glicemia sobem consideravelmente de dois a três anos antes da identificação dessa doença pelos exames tradicionais. “Nossos trabalhos trouxeram alguma esperança na detecção do câncer de pâncreas ainda nos estágios iniciais da doença, quando é reversível”, afirma Suresh Chari, gastroenterologista da Mayo Clinic, em comunicado à imprensa.

Con Bienestar, ¡Como en las películas! Imprimen partes del cuerpo para practicar cirugías — Por supuesto que, a medida que se extienda el uso de esta técnica, la tecnología podrá bajar su costo y volverse más accesible. Sobre todo si se tiene en cuenta que “el potencial de los modelos tridimensionales para mejorar los resultados quirúrgicos es más amplio que estos inconvenientes”, de acuerdo al Dr. Karthik Balakrishnan, médico del área de Otorrinolaringología Pediátrica de Mayo Clinic.

La Prensa, El chocolate amargo, clave para la memoria y el corazón saludable — “Los flavonoides de los granos de cacao tienen efectos antioxidantes que reducen el daño celular relacionado con la enfermedad cardíaca”, coincide la dietista Katherine Zeratsky de la Mayo Clinic. “Estos compuestos, que son más abundantes en el chocolate amargo, también ayudan a bajar la presión arterial y a mejorar la función vascular”, añade la especialista.

Conexion Thalia podcast, Dr Q, un ejemplo de perseverancia — Dr. Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa is interviewed.

ADN Radio 91.7, Sanamente: ¿Funcionan los medicamentos para el colesterol en los adultos mayores? — El riesgo de sufrir un ataque cardíaco o un accidente cerebrovascular aumenta con la edad. Tener colesterol alto es un factor de riesgo conocido y muchas personas de más de 65 años toman estatinas, o medicamentos que reducen el colesterol. El doctor Stephen Kopecky, cardiólogo de Mayo Clinic, dice que las estatinas son provechosas para una gran cantidad de adultos mayores, especialmente aquellas conocidas por tener alto riesgo de enfermedad cardiovascular. No obstante, el medicamento tal vez no sea la mejor alternativa para ese grupo.

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