July 27, 2018

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights for July 27, 2018

By Emily Blahnik

STAT, Experimental Alzheimer’s drug significantly slowed patients’ cognitive decline, buoying hopes for treatment by Damian Garde — The Phase 2 trial, which employed multiple statistical measures, failed its primary goal. Four doses of BAN2401 didn’t outperform placebo, and the high dose was tested on just 161 patients. Furthermore, the metric Biogen and Eisai used to measure mental acuity is a homegrown composite that has never before been used to win Food and Drug Administration approval. “I’ll remain cautiously optimistic,” said Dr. Ronald Petersen, director of Mayo Clinic Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center. “I think the data are intriguing. The effect sizes sound reasonable, the drug seems safe, and on the biological side of it, the drug seems to be working.” But, he added, “you’d really want to see a Phase 3 to replicate those results.” Whether he’ll get one remains an open question.

Reuters, Eisai-Biogen to advance Alzheimer's drug, provide fresh hope by Julie Steenhuysen, Deena Beasley — Any successful Alzheimer’s treatment is virtually guaranteed to become a multibillion-dollar seller. Alzheimer’s, the most common form of dementia, affects nearly 50 million people worldwide and is expected to rise to more than 131 million by 2050, according to Alzheimer’s Disease International. “All the chips are on the table with these two trials,” said Dr. Ronald Petersen, an Alzheimer’s expert from Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Additional coverage: New York Times

Reuters, Investors turn wary on Biogen/Eisai Alzheimer's drug results by Julie Steenhuysen — The fall came despite Alzheimer’s experts welcoming the results. “Overall, it’s a shot in the arm for the field,” said Dr. Ronald Petersen, from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.  “It rejuvenates some of the enthusiasm for attacking amyloid, that it is possible and may be successful,” he said of the theory that removing toxic deposits of the protein beta amyloid from the brain will disrupt Alzheimer’s progression.

Reuters, Amgen's new migraine drug hits insurance hurdles by Deena Beasley — …In the meantime, Amgen is trying to increase Aimovig prescriptions by giving all new patients two free 30-day samples. After that, people with commercial insurance can get up to 12 months free while their coverage is sorted out. “Patients are coming out of the woodwork now to get this new medication,” said Dr. David Dodick, a neurologist at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona and chairman of the American Migraine Foundation, echoing what other doctors around the country told Reuters about strong demand for the injection.

New York Times, How to Minimize Pancreatic Cancer Risk by Jane E. Brody — A European study of more than 800,000 people with Type 2 diabetes found this disease is sometimes an early sign of an otherwise hidden pancreatic cancer. In studies at the Mayo Clinic, elevated glucose levels, a condition called pre-diabetes, were detected in some patients two years before pancreatic cancer was diagnosed.

Wall Street Journal, Aggressive Blood Pressure Treatment Reduces Cognitive Risk, Study Says by Peter Loftus — The rates of mild cognitive impairment in both treatment groups were relatively low. Researchers found that 285 participants receiving intensive blood-pressure treatment, or 6.1% of the group, developed mild cognitive impairment, versus 348, or 7.4%, in the standard treatment group. Still, “on a population level, treating high blood pressure more seriously will have an impact on reducing new cases” of mild cognitive impairment, David Knopman, a clinical neurologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., said in an interview. He wasn’t involved in the study. Dr. Knopman said it’s possible that the aggressive treatment of high blood pressure helps memory by reducing the incidence of undetected ministrokes in the brain.

AARP, Handling Dementia's Other Symptoms by Stacey Colino — There's no way to predict who's likely to experience noncognitive symptoms associated with dementia, but it can vary by the stage of the process and the location of the brain that's affected, says Ron Petersen, M.D., director of the Mayo Clinic Alzheimer's Disease Research Center and the Mayo Clinic Study of Aging in Rochester, Minn. In the early stages of Alzheimer's disease, apathy, anxiety, agitation and/or mild depression often occur, along with mild cognitive impairment. As the person gets into a dementia state, he or she can experience anosognosia, a state in which they become placid and awareness of changes in their own mood, cognition or behavior is impaired. "Anger and depression can occur, but usually when the person is aware of what is happening," Petersen says. In later stages of the disease, paranoia and hallucinations can occur, he adds, while "sleep disturbances can come at any stage of the process."

USA Today, New Alzheimer's drug trial gives researchers optimism by Karen Weintraub — No effective treatment for Alzheimer's is yet in sight, but better diagnostics, deeper scientific understanding and an encouraging drug trial are leading to a positive mood as the largest Alzheimer’s research conference of the year that began Sunday in Chicago….Even when there are effective drug treatments, lifestyle changes will still be important, said Ronald Petersen, who directs the Mayo Clinic Alzheimer's Disease Research Center in Rochester, Minnesota. Petersen said the best hope for drugs long-term will be to delay the onset and slow the progression of Alzheimer’s – not avoid it completely. “I think that’s more realistic,” he said.

Reader’s Digest, 11 Ways to Stop a Headache Before It Starts by Lisa Lombardi — Hydrate like crazy: Being dehydrated can give anyone a headache, but it is particularly problematic for people prone to migraines, which happens to be a lot of people: Migraines are the most disabling neurological disease for people under 50, according to Amaal Starling, MD, assistant professor of Neurology at Mayo Clinic Arizona. Women are especially prone—more than one in five women (and almost one in ten men) get migraines and severe headaches, according to a recent review of studies published in the journal Headache.

Forbes, Lower Cost, Higher Quality Health Care Is Right At Our Fingertips by John C. Goodman — Highly skilled doctors at the Mayo Clinic can diagnose and treat stroke victims in real time at rural hospitals, miles away in southern Minnesota and parts of Iowa and Wisconsin. “They zoom in remote video cameras to get detailed focus on individuals. They watch blood pressure numbers and respiration,” explains Glen Stubbe, writing in the Minneapolis Star Tribune. These activities save lives and have life-long recovery effects.

MedPage Today, Alzheimer's Risk Linked to Pregnancy History by Judy George — A woman's pregnancy history may be linked to her future risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, an analysis of two large longitudinal cohorts suggests… "While this study draws our attention to the risks of a large number of pregnancies on dementia later in life, it falls short on understanding the underlying mechanisms," observed Kejal Kantarci, MD, MS, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., who was not involved in the research. "This substantial change in hormone levels in a relatively short period may be contributing to the risk of dementia in women with a large number of pregnancies," Kantarci told MedPage Today. "However, we cannot ignore the fact that pregnancy is associated with significant changes in a woman's physiology, in particular cardiovascular physiology, which may lead to noticed or unnoticed complications of pregnancy. And this is not addressed in this study."

Post-Bulletin, Want to curb screen addiction? Consider some guidelines by Anne Halliwell — …Those guidelines are crucial, according to Dr. Amit Sood, the chair of the Mayo Clinic Mind Body Initiative. Overexposure to screens and the blue light they emit manifests itself in a few ways, Sood said. Adolescents who watch three or more hours of TV a day experience sleep disruption, inflammation, and are more likely to be obese due to a “slowed metabolic rate.” There’s also an effect on mental wellness — the more time people spend in front of their screens, the higher their likelihood of developing anxiety, depression and hyperactivity, Sood said.

KIMT, Vote on who will get $50,000 to Improve Olmsted County Health by Mike Bunge — The public will now help decide who will receive up to $50,000 to improve health in Olmsted County. Three finalists have been named for Mayo Clinic’s 2018 Shared Value Award and voting by community members, including Mayo staff, will continue through August 31. “There are many reasons why we wanted to open up the voting to the community,” explains Erin Sexton, community relations director for Mayo Clinic. “The most important reason is we want to make this decision with our community. The community came together to identify the communitywide health priorities, and it makes great sense that we should come together again in support of a collaborative project that helps to address those priorities. We also hope to inspire more people and organizations to get involved in these kinds of collaborative efforts to address complex issues.”

KTTC, Film series sparks discussion on bioethics issues by Erin O’Brien — Mayo Clinic's Biomedical Ethics Department and the Rochester Public Library teamed up to offer a free screening of the 2017 film "Wonder" at the Civic Theatre Sunday afternoon. The movie is about a young boy with a rare genetic condition who starts attending a mainstream elementary school.  After the film, a Mayo Clinic bioethicist and a genetic counselor led a discussion about the movie's themes…"What bioethics does is work with scientists and with clinicians to understand how we can advance science and medicine, how we can understand the needs of our communities and our patients and how we can have greater interaction between the community and the scientific and medical sphere in order to serve everybody's needs better," explained Dr. Megan Allyse, Assistant Professor of Bioethics at Mayo Clinic. Additional coverage: KIMT

KTTC, New five-story hotel to be built across from Mayo Clinic, Saint Marys by Shannon Rousseau — Virgil's Auto Clinic, which is across the street from Mayo Clinic Hospital, Saint Marys Campus, could soon be the new location for a five-story hotel. California-based EKN Development Group intends to demolish the single-story building and its surface parking to construct a five-story building with two levels of underground parking and limited at-level structured parking. The proposed project will be called the Hotel at Eleven 02. The hotel would consist of 239 rooms and feature first floor retail with four stories of hotel above. The hotel portion of the development will have meeting rooms, a lobby area, back of house, and loading area. Collaborative meeting rooms would be connected to the lobby with amenities like a "pool and fitness area along with a luxurious interior deck with attractive ornamental landscaping," according to a project referral.

KMSP, Jack Jablonski hosts golf tournament fundraiser — Jack Jablonski hosted a golf tournament fundraiser Thursday to raise money for spinal cord injury research at the Mayo Clinic. There, he caught up with Fox 9's Dawn Mitchell.

MPR News, Rochester development hits its stride by Catharine Richert — Construction activity in Rochester is at its highest level since the great recession. And the value of the buildings going up is rising as they get bigger and more complex. On the busy corner next to Mayo Clinic's Saint Marys Hospital, construction is well underway on a high-profile piece of the Destination Medical Center economic development project. The 13-story, $115 million building is named after Daisy Berkman, wife of legendary Mayo Clinic doctor Henry Plummer. Inside will be 350 condos and 21,000 square-feet of commercial space.

Twin Cities Business, Mayo-Backed Medtech Startup NeuroOne Seeking $10M by Amanda Ostuni — Medtech startup NeuroOne is seeking $10 million through a series D fundraising effort. The Eden Prairie-based company drew its first sale of the round on July 9 and has raised just over $538,000 to date from four investors…Last August, it was revealed that the Mayo Clinic had taken an 11 percent ownership stake in Original Source Entertainment, in connection to a partnership with NeuroOne.NeuroOne aims to commercialize research from the University of Wisconsin, particularly a new electrode technology capable of detecting irregular brain activity down to a single neuron, enabling better discovery of seizures and tremors.

Twin Cities Business, Rochester Awash in Hotel Development Spurred by Destination Medical Center by Don Jacobson — The Destination Medical Center project is attracting at least $100 million in hotel investments to downtown Rochester, where plans for no less than three new hospitality projects are in various stages of building approvals and potential tax subsidy deals this summer. The three projects, if all are completed, would provide 529 new or renovated hotel rooms within the city’s DMC development areas near the Mayo Clinic. The flurry of recent activity includes two completely new developments pitched by out-of-state backers and the complete remodeling and re-branding of an existing hotel long considered to be an eyesore at a high-profile spot leading into downtown Rochester.

KAUS, Legionnaires’ Disease discovered at care facility in Albert Lea; MCHS Doctor speaks about the disease — KAUS News spoke with Dr. Betzalel Reich, an Emergency Doctor with Mayo Clinic Health System, who talked about Legionnaires’ Disease, which was recently discovered in two residents of an Albert Lea care facility….

Fairmont Sentinel, Students gaining insights by Judy Bryan — Four University of Minnesota medical students opted for an elective course that allowed them to spend two weeks at Mayo Clinic Health System in Fairmont. The Summer Internship in Medicine program allows the students to shadow health care professionals in various roles while experiencing life in a rural community… “When you think about the objectives of this program, therein lies our interest — to showcase what is the strength of a small community hospital,” said Amy Long, administrator at Fairmont Mayo. Long said Mayo-Fairmont opted to participate in the program after its coordinator reached out to her. Initial plans were to support two students, but when four applicants requested Fairmont, it was decided to accept all four.

KEYC Mankato, Minnesota Medical Association Turns 165 by Nick Kruszalnicki — Dr. Keith Stelter of Mayo Clinic Eastridge, said: "What I like about what the Minnesota Medical Association does, is it doesn't generally pit one specialty against another specialty, it really does what's best, for physicians as a whole and for patients as a whole." About 10,000 doctors from a wide variety of specialties are members of the association.

Chippewa Herald, MCHS awards more than $200,000 in grants to nonprofits in northwest Wisconsin — Over the past four years, Mayo Clinic Health System has awarded $788,000 in grant money to nonprofits in northwest Wisconsin to help improve the health of communities in the region. “Core to our mission as a nonprofit health care provider is reinvesting into the health of our communities,” says Richard Helmers, M.D., regional vice president, Mayo Clinic Health System in northwest Wisconsin. “While improving the health of the populations we serve is core to our work at Mayo Clinic Health System, we also are keenly aware we cannot do it alone, which is why supporting other community organizations is crucial.”

WKBT La Crosse, Mayo Clinic Health System donates to Monroe Co. Sheriff's K-9 program — Fundraising for a second K-9 in Monroe County is getting some help. Mayo Clinic Health system handed over a $1,500 check Wednesday to the Monroe County Sheriff's Office K-9 unit. Dr. Rodney Erickson of Mayo in Tomah presented the donation. Dr. Erickson has done a lot of work related to the opioid crisis on the health care side. Additional coverage: WXOW La Crosse

WXOW La Crosse, Practicing food safety to avoid illness by Mackenzie Amundsen — One dietitian says people can prevent foodborne illness at with a few simple steps. "One of the things you can do at home is to make sure you are washing your hands before preparing foods, using clean utensils, separate cutting boards for foods that are raw like raw meats versus fresh fruits and vegetables," said Jamie Pronschinske, Registered Dietitian at Mayo Clinic Health System. "Making sure you are cooking foods to the proper temperature by using a food thermometer to make sure meats are well done, your eggs aren't runny, things like that." Pronschinske says that proper food storage is also important. Cold food should be kept at under 40° F with hot foods kept at above 140° F. Any food outside of those temperatures should be tossed after two hours.

WXOW La Crosse, Big Blue Dragon Boat Festival Saturday July 21 by Dave Solie – Dragon Boast Festival is discussed.

La Crosse Tribune, Photos and results: Big Blue Dragon Boat Festival in La Crosse by Marc Whers — Forty teams of 18 paddlers each hit the waters of the Black River off Copeland Park on Saturday to raise money for the Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare’s Center for Breast Care and Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater La Crosse healthy lifestyles programming. Additional coverage: WXOW La Crosse

WKBT La Crosse, Volunteers finish preparations for La Crosse's Dragon Boat Festival by Mal Meyer — About three dozen volunteers were finishing up the preparations for Saturday's Dragon Boat races in La Crosse. Forty teams are battling to be the best in three divisions-- community, corporate and breast cancer survivors… The funds raised at the festival will support Mayo Clinic Health System's Center for Breast Care and healthy lifestyle programming at the Boys and Girls Club. Additional coverage: WKBT La Crosse

WKBT La Crosse, If you feel like your smartphone is affecting your attention span, you're not alone by Alex Fischer — One local doctor says that even though more research needs to be done on the connection, it has raised concerns about digital media use. "It tends to by hyper-stimulatory and may make it more challenging for young people, and adults for that matter, to pay attention to things that are not as stimulating to the senses," said Dr. Charles Peters, a consultant pediatrician with Mayo Clinic Health System in Onalaska.

WKBT La Crosse, Study finds more people are working longer; local officials see the same trend by Jordan Fremstad — More people have been putting their retirement plans on hold in the past few years. A new study from the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics found a 3 percent increase in the last eight years of people 65 and older who still go to work every week…Al Skroska has worked as a door attendant at Mayo Health System for the past decade. "I like to contribute," Skroska said.  He started in the company's food service and decided to stay with Mayo.  "The health care that Mayo helps me pay for through their benefit program is almost worth as much to me as my check," Skroska said.

WKBT La Crosse, Jordy's Journey: Local parents share story of miracle baby by Sarah Thamer — Jordy Rose made his grand entrance just four months ago and when he laughs, he might fool you into thinking life's been pretty easy so far. But parents Nicole and Ryan say 'easy,' isn't a word they'd use to describe Jordy's journey…At 26 weeks, Nicole underwent surgery, a tube was used to provide an alternate passageway for Jordy's urine, which was stuck in his bladder. He had a 50 percent chance of surviving.  "If I can stop that, I can improve the chance of survival rate," said Dr. Ruano with Mayo Clinic in Rochester. Dr. Ruano says he's passionate about giving a chance to babies like Jordy. "If I don't treat these babies, they will die, the majority will die and only ten percent will survive." He's also giving parents like Nicole and Ryan hope.

WKBT La Crosse, Holmen woman says local program changed her life by Sarah Thamer — Forty-year-old Kate Lavelle of Holmen has a lot to be proud of. Like losing 40 pounds last year. She says weight was something she's always struggled with and she says after having a child, losing weight became a bigger challenge. After an appointment with her primary care physician, Kate decided to join Mayo Clinic Health System's "A New Me" program last Spring…Kate hopes her success story inspires others to believe in themselves and in the power of determination.

WQOW Eau Claire, Country Jam Medical — Gold Cross paramedic supervisor Kirk Gunderson talks about keeping fans safe at Country Jam USA.

WISC TV, Recipe: Parmesan roasted cauliflower by Dana Sparks — Here's a great side dish to try this weekend with cauliflower. Then, after you master this technique, try it with broccoli, Brussels sprouts or a combination. Each Thursday, one of the more than 100 video recipes from the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program is featured on the Mayo Clinic News Network -- just in time for you to try over the weekend. You also can have the recipes delivered via the Mayo Clinic App. These recipes are created by the executive wellness chef and registered dietitians at the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program.

WIZM 1410, Drug and alcohol use could be factors in liver cancer deaths by Drew Kelly — The CDC released a study that showed just one in five patients diagnosed with the disease were alive after five years. Dr. Asad Javed of Mayo Health System in La Crosse thinks needle usage might be contributing.“The more unsafe injection practices, when it comes to drug use, happen, the more the incidents of hepatitis C,” he said, “which, over time, will cause liver disease, cirrhosis, and that's the precipitant for liver cancer.”

Well + Good, Handle your citrus with care: Lime disease (not Lyme disease) causes *major* skin inflammation by Tehrene Firman —Ticks aren’t the only things to be wary of this summer. While a bite from the bloodsucker can result in Lyme disease, there’s something a little less scary-looking that can also compromise your health—and it’s lurking right inside your refrigerator: a lime. The citrus fruit can cause “lime disease,” and while the effects may not be long-lasting and detrimental as its homonym ailment, the condition is still serious business. …Wild parsnip, wild dill, wild parsley, buttercups, and other citrus sources can cause the same issue. Luckily, you don’t need to ban limes from your summer soirées, since it’s one of the easiest skin conditions to avoid. “The chemicals responsible for phytophotodermatitis quickly come off with soap and water,” Dawn Davis, MD, tells Mayo Clinic. “Most cases can be easily prevented by carefully washing your skin any time you think you’ve come into contact with the plants or fruits that cause this condition.”

Medical Xpress, Study reveals long-term effectiveness of therapy for common cause of kidney failure — A team led by Vicente Torres, MD, Ph.D. (Mayo Clinic) retrospectively analyzed information on 97 ADPKD patients treated with tolvaptan for up to 11 years at the Mayo Clinic. Kidney function was measured as estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR)… "The results of the study suggest that the effect of tolvaptan on eGFR in patients with ADPKD is sustained, cumulative, and consistent with potentially delaying the need of kidney replacement," said Dr. Torres. Additional coverage: Healio

Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Home remedies: Treating your sunburn — It boils down to what’s in the term sunburn: “sun” and “burn.” Simply put, the sun burns your skin. And the result can be pain, redness, blisters and peeling skin. “Prevention is the key,” says Dr. Cindy Kermott, a Mayo Clinic preventive medicine physician. “But if you’ve already been sunburned, taking a cool shower or bath can be a helpful start.” Kermott says the cool water from a shower, bath or cold compress works to tame the inflammation that occurs around a sunburn. Taking an anti-inflammatory medicine can help too. Drinking plenty of water will help replenish what your body is losing in battling the sunburn.

Tupelo Daily Record, NMMC chooses Mayo Medical Labs by Michaela Morris — North Mississippi Medical Center (NMMC) has selected Mayo Medical Laboratories as its primary reference laboratory. The agreement provides NMMC physicians and staff with access to Mayo Clinic’s extensive menu of more than 3,000 laboratory tests in every subspecialty of medicine. NMMC laboratory staff and pathologists will be able to speak directly with Mayo physicians and scientists to review patient test orders and to discuss and interpret results together.

Des Moines Register, 'See ya later, suckas!': Iowa family writes unique obituary for 5-year-old cancer victim by Makayla Tendall — …The things I love the most: Playing with my sister, my blue bunny, thrash metal, Legos, my daycare friends, Batman and when they put me to sleep before they access my port. Things I hate: Pants, dirty stupid cancer, when they access my port, needles and the monkey nose that smells like cherry farts. I do like the mint monkey nose at Mayo Radiation, and that one guy that helped me build Legos (Randy).

Clarion Ledger, Let's do our part for Alzheimer’s and brain awareness by Conwell Hooper — A partnership is underway between the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) and the Mayo Clinic with plans of rolling out an exciting long term MIND Center-Mayo Clinic Study of Aging. UMMC will recruit 4,000 Mississippians to participate in the study utilizing over two decades of their comprehensive research into aging and dementia.

News-medical.net, Study finds link between anesthesia, surgery and subtle cognitive decline in older adults — "We need to be sure that patients considering surgery, and their families, are properly informed that the risk of cognitive dysfunction is possible," says Juraj Sprung, M.D., Ph.D., a Mayo Clinic anesthesiologist, who is the study's senior author. "In addition, alternative strategies should be discussed with patients before surgery is undertaken for those deemed to be at high risk. This study provides further reasons for clinicians to start performing routine preoperative cognitive evaluations of the elderly to further clarify an individual's risk of exposure to surgery and anesthesia. This initiative has been endorsed by the American Geriatrics Society but was not widely put into clinical practice." Additional coverage: Laboratory Equipment, Psych CentralPrensa Latina

WebMD, Alzheimer's Tests May Miss Women, Overdiagnose Men by Brenda Goodman — Current tests may also be making it harder for researchers to find women in the earliest stages of the disease, when experimental therapies could do the most good. Michelle Mielke, PhD, a researcher who studies sex differences in Alzheimer’s disease at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, says the study’s implications are important. “It’s profound, and it could certainly change the field,” she says. She collaborated on part of the study. Mielke says scientific studies show that there’s a higher prevalence of mild cognitive impairment in men than in women, but that women tend to progress faster to dementia.

WPVI Philadelphia, What causes brain freeze and how can you avoid it by Ali Gorman — It's summer-time and that means more people are eating ice cream - which means more people may be wondering what causes so-called "brain-freeze" and how can you avoid it. Doctors at the Mayo Clinic explain the condition. Medically it's called a cold-stimulus headache. The pain can be very intense but it should only last a few seconds and it's not dangerous.

Atlanta Black Star, Pregnant Kenya Moore Goes Blond and Some Fans Are Concerned by Kiersten Willis — While Moore hasn’t responded to speculation about her new hair color, if she did dye her tresses, Dr. Yvonne Butler Tobah, an OBGYN, told the Mayo Clinic that there is limited research on how the use of hair dyes affect pregnancy. “These chemicals aren’t generally thought to pose harm to a developing baby. However, given the lack of available evidence, you might consider postponing any chemical hair treatments until after you deliver.”

TCTMD, Acute MI Rates on the Rise Among Pregnant Women in the US by Caitlin E. Cox — For their study, recently published online in Mayo Clinic Proceedings, Bangalore and colleagues looked at numbers from the National Inpatient Sample on more than 55 million pregnancy-related hospitalizations occurring between 2002 and 2014. There were 4,471 acute MIs, amounting to approximately one out of every 12,440 hospitalizations and an estimated 8.1 cases per 100,000 hospitalizations. Most (53.5%) occurred in the postpartum period, with the rest during labor and delivery (23.7%) or beforehand (20.6%).

TIME, 'No Snack Is Safe.' People Are Losing Their Crackers About the Ritz and Goldfish Recalls by Ashley Hoffman — It’s been a rough week out there for crackers and snackers since Monday when a number of Ritz Crackers and Goldfish products were recalled over potential risk of salmonella. The combination of the two go-to staples of paper bag lunches everywhere getting recalled: a snack emergency for internet users. Both Pepperidge Farm and Mondaelz stated that they were taking the precautionary measures due to what appears to be the same reason: potential contamination of the whey powder used to season the snacks…Salmonella infection is a bacterial disease that can cause abdominal cramps, fever and headache, according to the Mayo Clinic, some of which run their course in a few days, though life-threatening complications are possible.

Korea Biomedical Review, Myongji Hospital, InTouch Health to create telehealth system in Korea by Marian Chu — “It took more than two years to implement Mayo Clinic and InTouch Health’s remote neonatal care program mainly due to a large amount of effort required to persuade medical staff and creating a protocol,” Chairman Lee said. “The implementation of Korean-style telehealth will also require the cooperation of medical staff participating and the institutional support of the government." InTouch Health is a leading telehealth firm that operates telehealth systems with top-tier hospitals and clinics such as the Mayo Clinic and the Cleveland Clinic. It recently opened a Telehealth Forum to the attendance of medical and IT professionals from all around the world, according to Myongji.

Business Korea, Korean Research Hospitals to Be Allowed to Establish Bio Ventures by Yoon Young-sil — The Ministry of Health and Welfare predicts that when hospitals can set up technology holding companies, they will be able to establish bio and healthcare companies with ideas from hospitals. Then the profits created from these companies will go back to the hospitals, creating a virtuous cycle. The Mayo Clinic in the US receives more than two technology proposals for commercialization every day through the Mayo Clinic Ventures, and commercializes about 25% of them. By 2016, there were 136 companies founded by Mayo Clinic Ventures. Of these, Mayo Clinic Ventures owns stakes in 81 companies. Profits from technology transfer exceed 540 billion won.

Yahoo! Lifestyle, Are Hot Cheetos slowly tearing us apart inside? by Korin Miller — Gallbladder-removal surgery, also known as a cholecystectomy, is usually necessary if a person has pain from gallstones that block the flow of bile in the gallbladder, a pear-shaped organ that sits just below the liver on the upper right side of the abdomen, according to the Mayo Clinic. Gallstones are hardened deposits of digestive fluid, and people are at a higher risk of forming them if they’re overweight or obese, eat a high-fat, low-fiber diet, eat a high-cholesterol diet, and are female, the Mayo Clinic says.

Bustle, Not Being Able To Fall Asleep Could Mean Your Body’s Trying To Send You A Message, According To Science by James Loke Hale — Per the Mayo Clinic, if you're having trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, if you're waking up too early, if you're waking up feeling like you haven't actually slept, and if you're groggy during the day, you've likely got insomnia, and it can wreak havoc on your daily routine. The Mayo Clinic says you absolutely need to see a doctor if you notice your insomnia interfering with your everyday life.

Romper, What Is The BRCA Gene? Jane From 'The Bold Type' Has To Face A Tough Decision Because Of It by Mishal Ali Zafar — Although the health issue is part of a fictional storyline, BRCA gene mutations are a very real thing, and they can indicate whether or not you are at a higher risk of breast or ovarian cancer. According to the Mayo Clinic, a blood test can analyze your DNA to see reveal any dangerous mutations in your BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes - the genes that indicate your susceptibility to breast cancer.

El Diario, ¿La anestesia provoca Alzheimer? — Luego de que estudios con animales han sugerido que la exposición a anestésicos inhalados podría relacionarse con cambios en el cerebro vinculados al Alzheimer, esta conexión se ha estudiado con mayor profundidad. En los últimos años, la relación entre la anestesia y el deterioro cognitivo en la tercera edad ha sido objeto de varios estudios, incluyendo uno publicado hoy por la Mayo Clinic, de Minnesota. Additional coverage: La Opinion, La Prensa, La Raza, Debate, Los Tiempos

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