August 24, 2018

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights for August 24, 2018

By Emily Blahnik

ABC News, Parents cautioned about using monitors to prevent SIDS after new study by Nicole Pelletiere — Parents are being cautioned against relying on monitors promising to accurately measure their baby's vital signs in an attempt to prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), in light of new research published in The Journal of the American Medical Association…Dr. Angela Mattke, pediatrician at the Mayo Clinic Children's Center, told "GMA" that commercial devices as such could give families a false reassurance where they may not follow the precautions recommended by the AAP that do in fact reduce the risk of SIDS. Here are preventative methods according to Mattke and the AAP…

USA Today, Coconut oil is 'pure poison,' Harvard professor says in talk on nutrition by Ashley May — A lecture by a Harvard professor calling coconut oil "pure poison" has gone viral on YouTube, nearing 1 million views on Wednesday. In a talk titled "Coconut oil and other nutritional errors," Karin Michels, who is an adjunct professor of epidemiology at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, says coconut oil is not healthy, calling it "poison" at least three times in the widely-circulated video… Donald Hensrud, medical director of the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program, told USA TODAY last year that "there’s a disconnect between people’s general beliefs and what the data actually show." He recommends instead using oils high in monounsaturated fats (including olive oil and avocado oil) and those high in polyunsaturated fats (such as canola oil). Additional coverage: KARE 11

USA Today, Soul legend Aretha Franklin had pancreatic cancer, one of the most deadly forms by Ken Altucker — Legendary soul singer Aretha Franklin died of an advanced form of pancreatic cancer, a disease that is difficult to discover early and among the most deadly forms of cancer. Pancreatic cancer will kill an estimated 44,300 Americans in 2018, according to the American Cancer Society. Franklin's family said in a statement that she died from advanced pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type, a diagnosis confirmed by Franklin's oncologist, Dr. Philip Phillips of Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit…The disease begins in the pancreas but quickly spreads to nearby organs. It is rarely detected in the early stages, experts said. Symptoms often are noticed only when the disease has advanced and may include pain in the upper abdomen that radiates to the back, loss of appetite, unintended weight loss or adult-onset diabetes, according to Mayo Clinic. Additional coverage: KARE 11

CNN, Why pancreatic cancer is so deadly by Elizabeth Landau — Pancreatic cancer is usually controllable only through removal by surgery, and only if found before it has spread, according to the National Cancer Institute. Palliative care can help a patient's quality of life if the disease has spread. Two drugs approved in 2011 may help patients with pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors. They are believed to suppress the blood supply and metabolism of the tumor cells. That's good progress since, the year before, the standard of care was chemotherapy, said Dr. Michaela Banck, medical oncologist at the Mayo Clinic, who treats patients with neuroendocrine tumors.

TIME, 'You Have a New Identity.' Patients Share What It’s Like to Recover From a Face Transplant by Jamie Ducharme — After having more than 20 surgeries over four years, Katie Stubblefield finally has a new face. In May of last year, doctors at the Cleveland Clinic helped the then 21-year-old become the world’s 40th face transplant recipient, and the youngest in U.S. history…Dr. Sheila Jowsey-Gregoire, an associate professor of psychiatry at the Mayo Clinic who has worked with several of the hospital’s face transplant candidates or recipients, says that’s not an uncommon reaction. While patients like Stubblefield and Norris must start over, that’s something they’ve already had to grapple with, Jowsey-Gregoire says. “Often, these patients have facial trauma, and they’ve already gone through that [adjustment] process once before,” Jowsey-Gregoire says. “That’s kind of an example of how resilient people can be, that they can go through such a traumatic experience and be able to adapt to it and carry on.”

Post-Bulletin, Syria needs his help, but doctor fears he won't return by John Molseed — Dr. M.A. has been in the U.S. for five years — coming to Rochester to do clinical research at Mayo Clinic in 2013. He still is wary of the reach of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and prefers we not print his full name out of fear the current regime in Syria could harm his family who still live in Damascus. M.A. said he became a physician because he wanted to help people, eventually becoming a primary care physician and epidemiologist. “I couldn’t find a better profession,” he said. However, the Trump administration’s recently upheld travel ban keeps him from traveling to use his medical skills to help Syrians displaced by the civil war there. He hasn’t seen his family since 2013. “Theoretically, I can still leave the country,” he said. Getting back in isn’t so certain.

KAAL, Rochester Tornado Anniversary Marked with Personal Tribute — It was a vision of devastation. On Tuesday, August 21, 1883, a catastrophic tornado ripped through Rochester. “It landed at about where Apache Mall is located now and cut its way through downtown as we know it today,” said Matthew Dacy, Director of the Heritage Hall Museum of Mayo Clinic. “Houses seemed to explode, grain silos toppled over, railroad cars were tossed about in the wind.” A third of the city was destroyed and about 40 people were initially killed. However, many more later died from injuries suffered from the storm. Including Doug Hansen’s great-grandfather, Nels Hanson [Nels’ family name was later changed to Hansen]. On the tornado's 135th anniversary, Doug wanted to do something special to honor his great-grandfather and all those who lost their lives or suffered injuries that fateful day. Doug played in a hospital setting again Tuesday afternoon … this time at Mayo Clinic. “There were a few times where I had to fight back the tears I have to admit,” he said. “It caught me off guard that I would feel that overcome with emotion.” Additional coverage: Post-BulletinKIMT

KTTC, Mayo Clinic's 'distraction pads' bring comfort to patients by Linda Ha — A group of volunteers is using their love of sewing to help patients at Mayo Clinic Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester. They're creating what's called 'distraction pads', essentially cloth pads made from different types of fabric and materials. Each pad is individually customized for patients depending on their needs and provides some comfort while they're in the hospital. They also aim to keep some patients from removing IV lines, tubes, and catheters which can lead to complications and longer hospitalizations. Joanne Kirby of Rochester is a volunteer in the handicraft volunteer group. She says when the group was formed in 2016, they originally made 'distraction aprons which eventually evolved into lap pads.  "There's no pattern for this, you kind of do your own thing. You use what you have, and the more you make, the more you learn from it, it's really fun," said Kirby. Additional coverage: WXOW La Crosse

KTTC, Police help local kids fix bikes and hand out helmets by Victoria Carra — Rochester Police teamed up with Mayo Clinic's trauma department at Homestead Park at 1 p.m. to help kids learn about bike safety. The event is part of Cops and Kids Community Bike Program that the Rochester police have been doing all summer. Their goal is to make sure kids understand the need for helmets, and build relationships in the community. An injury prevention specialist from Mayo Clinic's trauma center also joined in on the event to help educate on bike safety. She wants to remind riders that even the smallest crash, including just falling, can cause neck head or even brain damage and that you should always wear a helmet. Additional coverage: Post-Bulletin, KIMT

KIMT, RST celebrates community in short film by Annalisa Pardo — For 20 years, the Samaritans Purse's Children's Heart Project and Mayo Clinic have partnered to help save lives of children in other countries. Kids who are experiencing heart problems come from Bonsia, Kosovo, Honduras, Uganda, Mongolia, and Bolivia fly to Rochester to get life-saving operations. So far, 91 lives have been saved through the partnership with Mayo. But as the saying goes, it takes a village.

Star Tribune, Northfield artist's diary recounts a brave life cut short at 21 by Philip Weyhe — Jennifer Bonner had just enough time to become an adult. Born a “blue baby” in 1967 with several heart defects, she was given two days to live by doctors at the University of Minnesota. But they kept helping her; her parents, Bob and Barbara Bonner, kept holding her up; and Jennifer kept living. She lived 21 years in Northfield, Minn., years filled with chaos, fear, bliss, love and art…In her junior year, Jennifer suddenly couldn’t move or breathe. At the Mayo Clinic Health Systems in Rochester, her family was told she needed a heart transplant. That’s where her diary entries begin

Florida Times-Union, Animal therapy teams taking more stress out of more situations by Christina Swanson — The Mayo Clinic was just starting its pilot program, Caring Canines, in its radiation oncology department with the goal to have a therapy team available every day. As patients positively responded, soon Caring Canines became so successful other Mayo departments wanted it while other health-care facilities began inquiring how they could establish their own animal therapy programs. Leonard began filling this all-encompassing need to develop and coordinate Mayo’s program and be a resource for other organizations. Mayo changed its requirements in 2012 to allow only Pet Partners registered teams, the organization Leonard trained with in 1989. With no local chapter available, Leonard also created Pet Partners’ first Jacksonville chapter and began instructing teams. That was five years ago. Since then, local health-care facilities, as well as additional types of venues wanting to add pet-assisted therapy, have increased rapidly and the need to create a resource to help both facilities and those wanting to form animal therapy teams became urgent.

First Coast News, New hotel planned near Mayo Clinic campus on the Southside — A new hotel is being planned near the Mayo Clinic campus on the Southside. The Atlanta-based company, Steinemann & Company, submitted plans to the St. Johns River Water Management District for the building to be at 4615 San Pablo Road S., according to our news partners, the Jacksonville Business Journal. It's expected to be nearly 15,000 square feet and consist of 155 rooms. At this time, a construction date or opening date was projected if approved. Additional coverage: Jacksonville Business Journal

Jacksonville Daily Record, Business in brief: Mayo Clinic opens new research facility; Lounge approved at JIA by David Cawton — Mayo Clinic’s 190,000-square-foot medical building for patients needing cancer, neurology and neurosurgical care is now open. Named after benefactors Dorothy J. and Harry T. Mangurian Jr., the building also will house patient-centered research and clinical trials.

Arizona ABC 15, Keto diet versus paleo diet: ABC15 digs deeper into the diet trends by Allison Rodriguez — Thousands across the U.S. are trying the Keto diet to shed weight, and while some claim success eating that way, experts say to be cautious. Earlier this summer, ABC15 compared the Keto diet to the Paleo diet. The response was huge, so we are taking action and diving deeper into the popular diets. ABC15 spoke with Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Cathy Deimeke with the Mayo Clinic. She's playing referee in this Paleo versus Keto showdown -- round two.

ASU, ASU partners with Mayo Clinic to move germ-killing clays closer to medical use — Researchers at Arizona State University and Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, have found that at least one type of blue clay may help fight disease-causing bacteria in wounds, including antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The findings appear in the International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents. This work builds on earlier ASU-led research into how two metallic elements — chemically reduced iron and aluminum — in blue clays operate in tandem to kill germs. That research involved the use of ASU’s NanoSIMS, which is part of the National Science Foundation-supported Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry Facility.

WKBT La Crosse, New study reveals effects of inducing labor at 39 weeks by Alex Fischer — Research recently published in a peer-reviewed journal of medicine found that inducing labor at 39 weeks of pregnancy may lower the likelihood of needing a Cesarean section for some mothers-to-be. The study followed 6,106 pregnant women from across the U.S. and found that 18.6% of those that induced labor at 39 weeks needed C-sections compared to 22.2% of those who waited for spontaneous labor. "The whole purpose of the study was… There has been a lack of information in the literature on women who are electively induced between 39 weeks and 40 weeks gestation. We've kind of avoided offering elective inductions to them because of the lack of data," said Dr. Rebecca Scarseth, an Obstetrician-Gynecologist with Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse.

WXOW La Crosse, National Immunization Awareness Month recognized as students head back to school by Mackenzie Amundsen — August is National Immunization Awareness Month. It is a month dedicated to educating the public about the benefits of vaccinations for people of all ages. The start of a new school year is around the corner for local students. Seeing their friends means sharing stories about what happened over the summer, but being back together can also mean sharing germs. "Out of all of the medical inventions and discoveries we've had throughout the history of medicine, immunizations are perhaps the most effective at disease prevention and control," said Dr. Joe Behn of Family Medicine at Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse. Behn says the goal of immunization is to get vaccinated before exposure to a disease.

Chippewa Herald, MCHS in Eau Claire named top regional hospital — Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire was named the fifth best hospital in Wisconsin, (three-way tie) and recognized as a Best Regional Hospital in northwestern Wisconsin by U.S. News & World Report’s annual list of top hospitals published online today. “We are incredibly proud of the hard work and dedication shown by our entire team at Mayo Clinic Health System,” says Richard Helmers, M.D., regional vice president, Mayo Clinic Health System northwest Wisconsin. “This recognition reflects the outstanding patient care provided by our staff every day. Their professionalism and commitment to serve and heal others is incredible.”

KEYC Mankato, Brittle Bones Don't Have To Come With Old Age by Nick Kruszalnicki — It's a common disease that affects 54,000,000 Americans and many of those people don't even know they have it. The condition is osteoporosis, which is a weakening of the bones that tends to happen when you get older. Today, Mayo Mankato held a seminar at VINE adult center to teach seniors about dealing with the disease. Doctors say it is never too early to take steps to prevent it. Dr. Eric Busse, an orthopedic surgeon who hosted the seminar, said: "Probably the best way to help with osteoporosis is preventative care.  So, not getting it in the first place.  Ways to do that are weight-bearing exercise, eating a balanced healthy diet, and taking calcium with vitamin D."

Mankato Free Press, Mayo in Mankato launches midwifery care by Brian Arola — Women have sought out midwives for support through pregnancy and the childbirth process since ancient times. Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato recently launched its own midwifery program within its OB-GYN department to offer a local in-hospital option. The medical group’s two certified nurse midwives began seeking patients this month. Amy Petersen, one of the midwives, said the pair's initial work will include education on how midwifery helps women. “The term can be somewhat confusing for people,” she said. “They relate only that we do deliveries at home or we don’t have an educational background.” Peterson’s experience includes a doctorate in nursing and 15 years in the field — the last three spent as a certified nurse midwife. Her colleague, Lisa Brown, has a master's in nurse midwifery to go with 17 years as an OB-GYN nurse.

Albert Lea Tribune, Staff donate chemo care packages — The surgical services staff at Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea donate chemotherapy care packages. The packages, which the staff purchased items for and assembled, were given to the patients in the oncology department as part of Mayo Clinic’s wellbeing campaign.

Albert Lea Tribune, Mayo Clinic Health System gets new physician — Scott Riester has joined the Occupational Medicine Department at Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea and Austin, according to a press release. “I am excited to have the opportunity to work closely with patients and local businesses, as well as my fellow healthcare team members at Mayo Clinic Health System, as we strive to provide the best medical care possible for our community members,” Riester said. Riester has a special interest in occupational related musculoskeletal disorders. He also has research interests in clinical and translational sciences. Additional coverage: Austin Daily Herald

WTAE Pittsburgh, Doctor, patient bond over Steelers football — A patient at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and his doctor have more in common than just medicine - they both bleed black and gold. Though they are at a hospital 800 miles from Pittsburgh, they have bonded over their love for the Steelers.  For 11 years, 17-year-old Seth Bayles has battled a rare autoimmune disease. He and his mother have made the trip from his hometown of Wisconsin to the hospital more times than they can count.  Their most recent visit, however, is one Bayles will never forget. He is a big Pittsburgh Steelers fan, and so is Dr. John Stulak.

CW 39 Houston, A rare disease stole her vision. Thanks to technology, she can see again — …Kaylee has optic nerve atrophy. Her mom read about a glasses called eSight, a high-tech pair of glasses that "houses a high-speed, high-definition camera that captures everything you are looking at, and then displays it on two near-to-eye displays," according to the company. While at the Mayo Clinic, Brenda saw a man wearing the glasses and he let Kaylee try them. "She stared at me probably for 5 to 10 minutes with the biggest smile on her face. And I was like can you see me? What's going on? And she was like, 'Yeah, I can see you,'" Brenda said. The glasses cost $10,000 and are rarely covered by insurance. The family started a GoFundMe fundraising campaign to help pay for maintenance of the glasses.

Mitchell Daily Republic, A new heart in Phoenix: Mitchell native undergoes successful transplant by Ellen Bardash — In mid-July, Kadie Neuharth went to Phoenix, Arizona to increase her chances of getting a new heart. Earlier this week, she got that chance…Neuharth, a Mitchell native who began receiving treatment at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, was originally only on the transplant list for Region 7, which includes most of the upper Midwest. Neuharth has become well known in Rochester and in Minnesota's Twin Cities, as she was selected to be the year's Go Red for Women campaign spokeswoman for the American Heart Association in the area. But she decided to go to Phoenix last month so she could also get on the transplant list in Region 5, which includes more populous states such as California, Arizona and Nevada.

Seattle Times, Mayo Clinic Q&A: What is a liquid biopsy? — Q: What is a liquid biopsy? Can it be used in place of a tumor biopsy to find cancer? A: A liquid biopsy involves examining cancer-related material (like DNA) from a blood sample. At this time, a liquid biopsy can’t replace a tumor biopsy. But researchers are studying the benefits of, and best uses for, liquid biopsies. They show promise in guiding individualized approaches to cancer management. Eventually, liquid biopsies also may be able to help health-care providers screen for some forms of cancer.

Becker’s ASC Review, Gianrico Farrugia, Khalid Moussa & more: 3 GI physicians making headlines by Rachel Popa — Here are three gastroenterologists that made news recently: Lawyers representing Khalid Moussa, MD, a gastroenterologist practicing in Crestview, Fla., accused of inappropriate and sexual behavior, filed a motion to limit communication with the media The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy recognized Darrien Gaston, MD, and his practice, Chicago-based Metropolitan Gastroenterology Consultants, for quality through its endoscopy unit recognition program Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic named gastroenterologist Gianrico Farrugia its new president and CEO, effective at the end of the year.

EHR Intelligence, Mayo Clinic, NDSC Launch EHR-Integrated Blood Management Tool by Kate Monica — Mayo Clinic has partnered with National Decision Support Company (NDSC) to launch an EHR-integrated blood management solution that pairs Mayo Clinic’s clinical expertise with NDSC’s EHR-enabled clinical decision support product offerings. The patient blood management tool — called CareSelect Blood — will help providers more effectively utilize blood products to improve patient care delivery and reduce healthcare costs…“With blood being a finite and expensive resource, we need to practice proper stewardship to prevent overuse,” said anesthesiologist and Mayo Clinic Patient Blood Management Medical Director Daryl Kor, MD “Current studies indicate that 40 to 60 percent of transfusions are deemed unnecessary or avoidable.” Additional coverage: Health Data Management

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