August 6, 2018

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights for August 3, 2018

By Emily Blahnik

Washington Post, Hookworms burrowed into a teenager’s skin during a trip to Florida. You can’t unsee these images. by Lindsey Bever — There are two main types of hookworm: human hookworms and animal, or zoonotic, hookworms. Bobbi Pritt, director of the Clinical Parasitology Laboratory in the Mayo Clinic's Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, said both kinds can be transmitted to people, and it happens in a similar way — animals or humans infected with the parasite defecate into sand or soil and, because their feces carry the parasite's eggs, the ground then becomes contaminated. Once in the ground, Pritt said, the eggs hatch into larvae, or immature hookworms, and when people come into contact with them, they can penetrate the skin.

USA Today, Dieters beware: you may be undercounting calories, new report finds by Ben Tobin — A new report finds consumers were, on average, 110 calories off in their estimates of 40 popular meals and snacks. While nutritionists in the report from survey and research firm Morning Consult says consumers were actually pretty good in their ballpark guesses, underestimating calories over the course of several meals could have negative impacts on overall health, said Jason Ewoldt, a wellness dietitian at the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program. The estimation “is close, but if we do it (misestimate) consistently, weight gain is going to happen,” Ewoldt said.

Reuters, Regular sauna users may have fewer chronic diseases by Lisa Rapaport — People who visit the sauna frequently may be less likely to develop heart and lung diseases or to get the flu than those who rarely go, a research review suggests. Past studies on the health benefits of saunas have yielded mixed results because they focused on many different types of sauna and were too small or brief to assess long-term health outcomes from routine use, the authors note in Mayo Clinic Proceedings. Additional coverage: Healio, TIME, WSAU, Science DailyMedscape

NBC News, Do 5-minute workouts really work? by Vivian Manning — …Michael Joyner, M.D., an exercise researcher at the Mayo Clinic, agrees that short bursts of intense callisthenic exercise can go a long way toward getting fit. “A 5-to-10 minute workout, if done consistently, coupled with building as much cardio into your daily life by doing things like walking the dog and taking the stairs every chance you get, can all add up to get you in shape. Maybe not in enough shape to do the Iron Man, but definitely in shape,” says Joyner. He says the simple act of contracting your muscles can help improve insulin sensitivity and improve heart function. “When your heart rate rises and blood pumps through heart vessels to your muscles, the blood flowing through vessels literally rubs against the lining of the blood vessels. This causes the cells that line the blood vessels to release substances that promote both short and long-term relaxation of the vessels and inhibits the formation of plaques. This is good for heart health and protective against high blood pressure and atherosclerosis (artery hardening),” Joyner explains.

NBC News, New hope for those with ‘ticking time bomb’ aneurysms — Doctors at the Mayo Clinic have pioneered a personalized approach to treat what was once a death sentence with the help of 3-D printing.

CBS News, Parkinson's disease: What to know about Alan Alda's diagnosis by Ashley Welch — Alan Alda announced Tuesday that he's been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, and he says there are a few things he wants people to know about the condition. For one thing, it's hardly slowing him down. "I'm doing great. You might be surprised to hear that," Alda said as he revealed the news of his diagnosis on "CBS This Morning." "The reason that I want to talk about it in public is that I was diagnosed three and a half years ago, and I've had a full life since then."…According to the Mayo Clinic, researchers have identified specific genetic mutations associated with Parkinson's disease, though these are rare unless many family members are affected by the disease. Additional coverage: Yahoo! Lifestyle, USA Today

CBS Sports, Yankees' J.A. Happ becomes second MLB player to get hand, foot and mouth disease this season Matt Snyder — Just nine days ago, news broke that Mets starter Noah Syndergaard had been placed on the disabled list with hand, foot and mouth disease. It was a bit jarring, because the disease generally only happens in children under five years ago. As I noted at the time, even on the Mayo Clinic website description, it reads like it's only possible to happen with children. And now MLB has a second case. Newly-acquired Yankees starter J.A. Happ has hand, foot and mouth disease.

Marie Claire, ALERT: Leaving Your Birth Control Pills in Your Car Could Get You Pregnant by Megan Ditrolio — Most medication should be stored in a dry place at room temperature, ideally somewhere between 68 to 77 degrees. Drugs exposed to temps far outside the range can loose potency. Hormone or protein-based drugs, like oral contraception, may be particularly impacted by "temperature excursion" (i.e. keeping drugs outside of the ideal temperature range). We chatted with Dr. Margaret Long, OB-GYN, of the Mayo Clinic to find out which situations to avoid—since they could have potentially life-creating results.

Vox, A promising drug to slow the progression of Alzheimer’s was just unveiled by Julia Belluz — The path to finding a drug that would stop the progression of or reverse the disease has been littered with failures. And that’s largely because of how complicated Alzheimer’s is. “It’s a complex system failure — multiple areas of the brain that depend on each other fail,” said Ronald Petersen, director of the Mayo Clinic Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center. So despite spending billions of dollars on research into a variety of therapeutic approaches, there have been no new drugs in 15 years. And while amyloid buildup is necessary to diagnose the disease, there are many potential contributors to Alzheimer’s — including genetics or a history of head injury or stroke.

USA Today, Don’t shave your legs and other tips to avoid infections from a pedicure or manicure by Ashley May — A North Carolina woman who claimed she was hospitalized with a disease reportedly contracted during a routine pedicure is one case of several that raises questions about the safety of getting your nails done…It's not always obvious how bacteria and fungus can wreak havoc. Rachel Miest, assistant professor of dermatology at Mayo Clinic, said even clean-shaven legs or cut cuticles could seriously raise risk of infection. Note: Serious infections associated with nail salon services are rare, she said. Additional coverage: Arizona Republic

Chicago Tribune, Staggering prices slow insurers' coverage of blood 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, ‘Vaginal Rejuvination’ May Pose Serious Health Risks, Says FDA by Becky Upham — Many manufacturers are marketing procedures for symptoms that the devices haven’t been tested or approved for, such as vaginal dryness, menopause symptoms, urinary incontinence and sexual function, and that’s a problem, says Stephanie S. Faubion, MD, the director of the Women’s Health Clinic and Office of Women’s Health at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. “There’s a sad lack of data here to support a number of these procedures that are being done,” she says. “It’s a little like the Wild West out there. These devices have been extrapolated for all kinds of different uses which we don’t have a lot of data for,” says Dr. Faubion. “The government is taking a very good step to put some boundaries around this.”

Post-Bulletin, Exhibit recognizes historic value of Presentation Hall by John Molseed — The cornerstone to Presentation Hall was laid July 28, 1938 — exactly 80 years ago today. Until this month, no one had seen it for decades. A renovation of the space — renamed the Dr. Charles H. Mayo Presentation Hall — restores the original outside exterior of the historic performance and gathering space. “The timing is really nice,” said David Eide, senior construction manager at Mayo Clinic. “This hasn’t been seen in decades,” said Matt Dacy, director of Heritage Hall, the Mayo Clinic museum…Dacy will curate an exhibit for the restored building front in the adjacent Mayo Family Foyer, formerly the McDonnell Foyer, outside Presentation Hall. Monitors will display vintage event posters on the façade. Additional coverage: Post-Bulletin

Post-Bulletin, Get a good start on breastfeeding month by Anne Halliwell —The Olmsted Area Breastfeeding Coalition’s seventh Celebration and Stroll is a good way to get involved and learn more about breastfeeding and related issues, said Rebekah Huppert a lactation consultant at Mayo who is certified by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners…Breastfeeding is associated with decreased risk of gastrointestinal diseases and other illnesses, optimal nutrition early in life and decreased risk of obesity later in life. Initiation rates are, indeed, high at Mayo Clinic, Huppert said. However, there’s a sharp drop-off in the number that continues beyond two weeks. The drop-off is especially acute among mothers who originally decided to feed their children breast milk exclusively, as they decide that feeding their children a mix of breast milk and formula is a more sustainable option.

KIMT, Getting a new heart and a new friend by Annalisa Pardo — Hundreds of people came out to Soldiers' Field on Sunday for the Transplant patient and donor picnic. One of them was 10-year-old Madeline Neilsen.   "I was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, which means the right side of my heart didn't develop," she said.   Another is Mark Hunziker.   "I had hypertrophic cardiomyopathy ... I was having congestive heart failure and was just totally going downhill to where things just weren't working," he said…The two met at a transplant dinner hosted by Mayo Clinic and have been friends ever since. They have some advice for people still waiting for a second chance at life.

KTTC, Mayo Clinic doctors are urging parents to vaccinate their kids before school starts by Holden Krusemark — Doctors at the Mayo Clinic Health System in Austin are urging parents to make sure their kids are up to date on all vaccinations before school starts up again. It's National Immunization Month and doctors say it's important to get up to date, placing an emphasis on the HPV vaccine, which can be administered to children ages 9 and above. "The vaccine schedule is safe, um that it protects against illnesses. Since we've seen vaccination rates go down for certain things, we've seen outbreaks of whooping cough, we've seen outbreaks of the mumps, we've seen outbreaks of measles and those things are scary. They're scary for me and I'm a doctor and they should be scary for other people," said Mayo Clinic Pediatrician, Sarah Scherger.

KARE 11, MN man battles rare genetic disorder by Camille Williams — A Rochester man is raising awareness about a rare genetic disorder. Steve Shank, 42, has Hermansky-Pudlak syndrome, also known as HPS. It's the reason he was born with albinism and vision impairment, but he didn't specifically know he had HPS until three years ago when his lungs were failing. "Shortness of breath and the biggest issue was it wasn't aggressive in the beginning, it probably started way before 2015," said Shank. Shank says he had tears in his lungs. It was at that time, doctors at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester performed several tests and determined Shank had HPS and needed a double-lung transplant. He had to be hooked up to a machine to keep him breathing and alive while he waited for a donor. After being in the hospital for over a month, Shank says he received a donor and had the transplant. But he still had a long road to recovery.

WCCO, Lynx And Uber Team Up To Support Breast Cancer Research — The Minnesota Lynx announced they’ll work with Uber this month to support breast cancer research. In honor of Breast Health Awareness Month, Uber says it will donate a portion of the proceeds from all rides both to and from Lynx home games in August to aid breast cancer research at the Mayo Clinic. “Uber has helped keep Minnesota moving for more than five years, and we’re proud to expand on our commitment to our local community by teaming up with the Minnesota Lynx in support of Mayo Clinic’s life-changing breast cancer research,” Uber spokesperson Charity Jackson said.

Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, Maureen Bausch joins Mayo Clinic as interim top marketing exec by Katharine Grayson — Mayo Clinic has tapped Maureen Bausch, who was most recently CEO of the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee, to serve as its interim top marketing executive. She comes to the role about two years after the health care provider’s most recent chief marketing officer, John Weston, left the organization. Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo did not fill the CMO role after Weston’s departure, instead turning those responsibilities over to Chris Gade, chair of public affairs, a Mayo spokesman said. Bausch will hold the post while Mayo “defines the roles and responsibilities of a chief marketing officer,” the organization said in a statement. “[Bausch] brings a wealth of business and marketing experience to bear as we look to further position Mayo Clinic in the United States and around the globe.” Additional coverage: Post-Bulletin

MPR, How the medical community is working to prevent suicides by Cathy Wurzer — Around the United States, suicide rates are on the rise. In Minnesota alone, the rate increased 40.6 percent between 1999 and 2016, according to the latest figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. So what are medical professionals doing to prevent suicides? MPR News host Cathy Wurzer spoke with Dr. J. Michael Bostwick to learn more. He's a psychiatrist at the Mayo Clinic who specializes in the study of suicide.

MPR, A surprise in Alzheimer’s research reported by Bob Collins — The possibilities of science usually outweigh the results from science so anytime there’s a hint of a breakthrough, you have to keep from getting too excited. Still, the news that an experimental drug has appeared to slow the cognitive decline from Alzheimer’s provides something in short supply in the field: hope. “I’ll remain cautiously optimistic,” Dr. Ronald Petersen, director of Mayo Clinic Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, tells Stat News. “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.”

MinnPost, Most doctors don't give patients enough time to explain the reason for their visit, study finds by Susan Perry — Doctors give patients an average of only about 11 seconds to describe their symptoms or reasons for seeking medical care before interrupting them, according to a study published this month in the Journal of General Internal Medicine. The study also found that only about one in three doctors gives their patients any opportunity to explain their medical concerns at the start of a consultation. “If done respectfully and with the patient’s best interest in mind, interruptions to the patient’s discourse may clarify or focus the conversation, and thus benefit patients,” says Naykky Singh Ospina, the study’s lead author and an endocrinologist at the Mayo Clinic and the University of Florida, in a released statement. “Yet, it seems rather unlikely that an interruption, even to clarify or focus, could be beneficial at the early stage in the encounter.”

News4Jax, Mayo Clinic expands with state-of-the-art Jacksonville facility by Melanie Lawson — Jacksonville's Mayo Clinic will soon expand its footprint with the addition of the Mangurian Building, a state-of-the-art treatment center for oncology, hematology, neurology and neurosurgery. The five-story, 190,000-square foot facility takes its name from Harry Mangurian, who died of leukemia in 2008, and his wife, Dorothy, who died in 2015 after she was diagnosed with Lewy body dementia.  Many of the features at the new facility, which was dedicated Thursday evening, are focused on improving the experience for patients at the hospital.

Florida Times-Union, Guest column: A sincere thanks to community’s response to Hurricane Irma by Michelle Braun — Thanks to the generosity of individuals and community partners such as the Jacksonville Jaguars and Mayo Clinic, nearly $4 million was raised to provide relief to those who needed it most. Through these funds, nonprofit partners like American Red Cross, Salvation Army, Jewish Family and Community Services and Catholic Charities helped 250,000 people in Northeast Florida.

Arizona Republic, Strong women need strong bones. Here's how to build them up by Dr. Anikar Chhabra — Eating a balanced diet – with plenty of variety – is one of the best ways to protect your bones from becoming weak or injured. If you can, get key nutrients from food instead of supplements. Don’t eliminate any food categories you don’t have to. We all know that calcium is a key mineral for our bones. Most adults should aim for 1,000 milligrams of calcium a day. Or, 1,200 mg a day for women after age 50 and men after age 70. It’s best to consume calcium-rich foods throughout the day. — Anikar Chhabra, M.D. is an orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine at Mayo Clinic Arizona.

Fairmont Sentinel, Volunteers find rewards at Mayo by Brooke Wohlrabe — Retiring from a long and successful career can bring satisfaction. It’s time to relax and take life easy. However, many seniors find themselves still wanting to stay busy. One activity many turn to is volunteering. Mayo Clinic Health System in airmont has an extensive volunteer program. What was once the auxiliary transitioned into volunteer services in 2016. It’s essentially the same program, just under a different name. The volunteer coordinator, Elizabeth Sathoff, said there are about 100 volunteers who help with a variety of tasks and work a range of hours.

Faribault Daily News, Free pre-participation sports physicals offered at Mayo Clinic by Anne Kopas — Mayo Clinic Health System offers free sports-qualifying physicals to local school athletes in grades seven to 12 from 6–7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8 in the Family Medicine department of the medical center, 300 State Ave., Faribault. These athletic screenings are provided by Mayo Clinic physicians and staff, and meet the requirements for participating in Minnesota State High School League sports. They are not intended to replace an annual, comprehensive physical exam. Mayo Clinic providers recommend an annual exam for children ages 11 and over.

Owatonna People’s Press, Clinic offers free sports physicals for student athletes by Jeffrey Jackson — Every year, Dr. Tim Van Gelder will catch a heart murmur or an abnormal rhythm that was otherwise unknown and previously undetected by the person he is seeing, and every year that means that the student athlete who was ready to start practicing with the team but who has that murmur, that abnormal rhythm will have to wait just a little longer. “We won’t clear them at the sports evaluation,” said Van Gelder, a family medical physician at Mayo Clinic Health System – Owatonna. an Gelder will be one of the doctors at the clinic next week when Mayo offers free sports qualifying physicals to area athletes.

WKBT La Crosse, New regional vice president named for Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare by Deb Brazil — Mayo Clinic Health System - Franciscan Healthcare has named a new regional vice president for Southwest Wisconsin. Paul S. Mueller, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.P., will succeed Tim Johnson, M.D., as regional vice president. Dr. Johnson is returning to patient care, after serving in this role for eight years. He will remain in the position through September 2018, a news release said. “Dr. Mueller has been an exceptional leader within Mayo Clinic for more than 20 years,” said Bobbie Gostout, M.D., vice president, Mayo Clinic. “We are delighted that he will bring his skills and experience to Mayo Clinic Health System in this role. He is known to be an inspirational innovator who brings great passion to all he does.” Additional coverage: WEAU Eau Claire, WXOW La Crosse, WKBT La CrosseLa Crosse Tribune, WKOW, Winona Daily News, WIZM-Radio

WKBT La Crosse, New guidelines intend to limit childrens' exposure to harmful chemicals in food by Alex Fischer — The American Academy of Pediatrics is cautioning parents about harmful chemicals found in processed meats, other processed foods, and those that can be transferred from plastic containers. A local pediatrician says that, because of their small size and developing organ systems, children are especially vulnerable to these chemicals. "This is a big challenge for us in our modern society where these chemicals and additives are so ubiquitous. It requires some careful thought and planning on parents' part," said Dr. Charles Peters, a consultant pediatrician with Mayo Clinic Health System in Onalaska.

WKBT La Crosse, There's some new thinking on why women have higher Alzheimer's rates than men by Alex Fischer — Local doctors say that the higher Alzheimer’s rates in women compared to men tend to be explained by the longer life expectancy of women, since age is the highest risk factor for Alzheimer’s…"While this may be one risk factor, there are a number of other risk factors that a person may not have, so there's... it’s very complex," said Dr. Shandera-Ochsner, a clinical neuropsychologist with Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse.

WQOW Eau Claire, Half Moon Dragon Boat Festival by Clarissa Tedrowe — This weekend, a popular and colorful event is returning to Eau Claire. The 4th Annual Half Moon Dragon Boat Festival is on Saturday Aug. 4 at Half Moon Beach from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. It's put on by Hope in the Valley and Mayo Clinic Health System to support cancer charities and services here in Western Wisconsin, including Joshua's Camp Corporation. Cancer is a disease that has impacted almost everyone's life in some way. Hope in the Valley, is a non-profit that raises money for various, local cancer services in the Chippewa Valley. The Half Moon Dragon Boat Festival is a unique event to support various cancer charities in the community. Proceeds from this year's event will go to the Mayo Clinic Health System Cancer Center in Eau Claire, Joshua's Camp Corporation, the American Cancer Society and the CVTC wig bank. Additional coverage: WEAU Eau Claire

Becker’s Hospital Review, How did Mayo Clinic's Dr. Umesh Sharma adapt to new patient expectations? He accepted he is 'in the business of treating people with medical problems' — In this special Speaker Series, Becker's Healthcare caught up with Umesh Sharma, MD, chair of the community division of hospital medicine at Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic Health System. Dr. Sharma will speak on a panel during the Becker's Hospital Review 4th Annual Health IT + Revenue Cycle Conference titled "Epic EHR, Revenue Cycle, and Non-Clinical Application Strategies," at 1:15 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21.

KFGO, Investors turn wary on Biogen/Eisai Alzheimer's drug results by Julie Steenhuysen and Sam Nussey — Shares of Eisai Co Ltd plunged as much as 21 percent after the results of its experimental Alzheimer's drug being developed with partner Biogen Inc failed to enthuse investors…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. Additional coverage: Psych Congress Network

Healio, Orthopedic surgeon reviews common complications associated with taper corrosion after THA — When it comes to taper corrosion after total hip arthroplasty, the most common etiologies of treatment failure include infection, instability, implant loosening and ions, according to Tad M. Mabry, MD, of the Mayo Clinic. “Patients requiring revision total hip arthroplasty due to taper corrosion present with a wide spectrum of damage to the bone and surrounding soft tissue,” Mabry told “With our increasing experience, we have identified the most common etiologies of treatment failure — the four “I”s: infection, instability, implant loosening and ions (recurrent adverse local tissue reaction). The revision surgeon must be aware of these specific complications and have a mitigation strategy for each of them in order to give his or her patients the greatest opportunity for a successful outcome.”

Healio, Arthroscopic labral repair yielded similar outcomes among patient with vs without dysplasia — Patients with hip dysplasia who underwent arthroscopic labral repair experienced outcomes and failure rates similar to patients without hip dysplasia, according to results published in The American Journal of Sports Medicine. “Our study demonstrates that with careful selection and modern arthroscopic techniques, dysplastic patients can benefit significantly and durably from labral repair,” Aaron J. Krych, MD, co-author of the study, told “In our study, patients with mild dysplasia and a labral tear had similar outcomes and failure rates to rigorously matched controls at midterm follow-up extending beyond 5 plus years.”

Medscape, No 'Rebound' Arterial Effect Seen With HRT Cessation by Nancy A. Melville — The cessation of low-dose menopausal hormone therapy after several years of treatment during menopause shows no "rebound" effect on the progression of atherosclerosis, with changes similar to what is expected with normal aging, according to new research. "These data provide evidence regarding changes in a relatively short (3-year) timeframe after cessation and provide the evidence that cessation of the particular hormone treatments does not accelerate development of cardiovascular disease compared to what might be expected with chronological aging," first author Virginia M. Miller, PhD, of the Department of Surgery at the Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minnesota, told Medscape Medical News.

CBN News, The Secret to a Thinner, Happier, Healthier You: Build a Better Gut by Lorie Johnson — At the Mayo Clinic's microbiome lab in Rochester, Minnesota, scientists examine human feces to find out exactly which bacteria are in a patient's gut, how much of it is there, and which bacteria may be missing. Microbiome researcher Dr. Purna Kashyap and his team found more than a thousand different species in the intestines of the healthiest people. It's an important discovery because 80% of our immune system resides there. "All of our guts have different kinds of bacteria and the more different kinds of bacteria we have, the more diverse. And the less different kinds of bacteria we have the less diverse," Dr. Kashyap explained. "And so if you can imagine, the more different kinds of bacteria – that's generally considered to be good for us because they will be able to tackle intruders much better than if you have less different kinds of bacteria."

Sioux City Journal, Rochester's Mayo Clinic: A 'miraculous' story by Jim Wharton — …My route begins in Sioux City and ends at 200 West 1st St. S.W. in Rochester, Minnesota. The world-renowned Mayo Clinic. Since the spring of 2016 I’ve made that journey to Mayo 15 times. That’s 8,280 miles. On all but two of those trips I saw an incredible surgeon who repaired my hands and wrists from injuries sustained in a car accident in 2016. Dr. Marco Rizzo is the chairman of the hand surgery department at Mayo and he is not only a world-class surgeon, but also a kind and compassionate man. I will always be grateful to Dr. Rizzo for the care he provided me.

Health Imaging, How rural facilities can collaborate to recruit interventional radiologists by Matt O’Connor — Interventional radiologists (IR) are becoming increasingly integral to providing effective and cost-friendly care. But in rural areas, where healthcare is already scarce, recruiting these specialists has become an uphill battle. Philip S. Cook, took a look at these challenges and offered some solutions in a July 24 opinion piece published in The American Journal of Roentgenology.  The Mayo Clinic Florida radiologist cited a 2017 American College of Radiology (ACR) survey that found 75 percent of respondents believed it difficult to recruit and retain IR to rural and small community hospitals, and nearly 55 percent believed the difficulty was related to interventional radiologists' unwillingness to do diagnostic work.  “The problems are multifaceted and need further examination, but some early solutions are evident,” he wrote. “Most of the stakeholders have both a role and responsibility to address the needs of our rural communities and to ensure optimal quality cost-effective care through IR.”

Express UK, High blood pressure: Doing this could suddenly raise your blood pressure reading by Luke Andrews — High blood pressure causes include eating a poor, high-salt diet and not exercising regularly. However other problems, such as being stressed, could also raise blood pressure readings. “Stressful situations can cause your blood pressure to spike temporarily,” said the Mayo Clinic announcing the shocking revelation, “but researchers aren’t sure if this could also cause long-term blood pressure rise.” “Increases in blood pressure related to stress can be dramatic. But once the stressor disappears, your blood pressure returns to normal.” Feeling stressed can raise your blood pressure reading, but it may not lead to high blood pressure.

SELF, Why Are More Millennials Dying of Alcohol-Related Liver Disease? by Korin Miller — Cirrhosis is a late-stage scarring of the liver caused by many forms of liver diseases and conditions, like hepatitis, fatty liver disease, and chronic alcoholism, the Mayo Clinic says. Cirrhosis happens in response to damage to your liver—each time your liver is damaged, it tries to repair itself, the organization explains. And, in the process, scar tissue forms. Over time and with more damage, it becomes hard for the liver to function, and this damage can’t be undone.

Sacramento Bee, Major medical errors associated with high levels of physician burnout, study says by Hannah Holzer — Physicians in this country experience extremely high levels of burnout - and that’s contributing to medical errors. That’s the conclusion of a new Mayo Clinic study that found more than half of the physicians nationwide experience burnout, defined as either emotional exhaustion or a feeling of distance from a one’s job and colleagues, said Dr. Christine Sinsky, the vice president of professional satisfaction at the American Medical Association and a researcher on the study. The study, published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings, compiled survey results from 6,695 physicians responding to topics including fatigue, burnout, thoughts of suicide and workplace safety.

Bustle, 9 Ways Your Dog Can Help You Sleep Better by Brandi Neal — If you have a dog that likes to sleep with you, then you know that your fur BAE can make a queen-sized bed feel like a kindergarten cot. While this scenario might make you lose sleep, there are actually ways you dog can help you sleep better. A study published in the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings found that: "Humans with a single dog in their bedroom maintained good sleep efficiency; however, the dog's position on/off the bed made a difference. A dog's presence in the bedroom may not be disruptive to human sleep, as was previously suspected."

New Atlas, Struggle to lose weight? Your gut bacteria may be to blame by Rich Haridy — A new study from researchers at the Mayo Clinic may shed some light on why certain people can lose more weight than others despite adhering to the same regime of exercise and caloric restriction. Alongside a myriad of other recent medical discoveries, the secret may lie in the unique make-up of our gut bacteria. "Gut bacteria have the capacity to break down complex food particles, which provides us with additional energy. And this is normally is good for us," explains Vandana Nehra, co-senior author on the study. "However, for some individuals trying to lose weight, this process may become a hindrance." Additional coverage: Newsweek, Live Science, Science Daily

Healthline, Are Benefits of Hormone Replacement Therapy Greater Than the Risks? by Temma Ehrenfeld — Even after the age of 60, American women often experience frequent hot flashes and night sweats, according to a new study of more than eight years of data from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota — and HRT is effective prevention. The best approach is to ask your gynecologist to evaluate the risks and benefits in your own case, co-author Dr. Paru David told Healthline. “Older women should seek care,” she said.

Nature, Alzheimer’s disease is getting easier to spot by Eli Dolgin — …Many clinicians who run observational studies — which track populations over the long term but don’t involve active interventions — eschew tests for amyloid-β or tau and rely solely on neurological assessments. That worries Clifford Jack, a brain-imaging specialist at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. “It makes no sense, scientifically, for a field to have this schism,” Jack says. When research groups define Alzheimer’s disease in different ways, he suggests, their findings are not directly comparable and progress as a whole suffers.

HuffPost, How To Know If Your Baby Blues Are Actually Postpartum Depression by Kristen Adaway — Each person’s body and mind react to pregnancy, childbirth and its aftermath differently. As with any major life change, adjusting to motherhood can be difficult, especially when other factors may affect how you cope. It’s important to know when certain behaviors should be addressed with therapy or medical attention…“Baby blues” include mood swings, crying spells, anxiety and difficulty sleeping. They typically begin a few days after giving birth and can last up to two weeks, according to Mayo Clinic.

Alamogordo Daily News, Alamogordo student going to Mayo Clinic for cancer treatment by Nicole Maxwell — Bella Ochoa is a soccer-loving 7-year-old who also loves Dr. Seuss, basketball and swimming…On April 20, she was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma after a tumor was found on her left hip that did not got into her bone marrow. Ewing’s sarcoma is a bone and tissue cancer that is highly treatable. “Thankfully it did not go to her bone marrow,” Bella’s father Luis Ochoa said. She will be spending the next few months in Phoenix at the Mayo Clinic Radiation and Oncology, and at the Phoenix Children’s Hospital Oncology Department, Luis said.

Defiance Crescent-News, The proactive parent's checklist for back-to-school success — Vaccinations: Dr. Robert Jacobson, Mayo Clinic Children’s Center pediatrician and vaccine specialist, advises parents to ensure their child has recommended vaccinations and to be aware of changes to those recommendations. He suggests parents contact their family physician or visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s online registry to stay informed of the recommended school admission vaccine requirements for their child.

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