August 31, 2018

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights for August 31, 2018

By Emily Blahnik

Los Angeles Times, Noise causes stress. Here's why you need to seek out some silence by Alene Dawson — It’s a noisy planet. So much so that research calls noise pollution a “modern plague” and a threat to our health and well-being. “Noisy, chaotic environments increase stress levels, and chronic stress has been shown to... suppress immunity, increase risk of heart disease and diabetes, while also increasing inflammation,” says Dr. Brent Bauer, director of research at the Mayo Clinic’s Integrative Medicine Program. Spending time in a tranquil environment can repair some of the damage, and may even aid cell regeneration.

New York Times, Just 21 People Are Known to Have This Rare Genetic Condition. Can You Help Us Find More? by Lisa Sanders — This is the sixth of the 10 patients I will present here in The New York Times Magazine as part of our collaboration with Netflix, seeking your help. Usually I ask for assistance in making a diagnosis, but this time we are asking for something a little different. Below is the story of a little girl named Kamiyah. She’s 6 years old now. But around the time she turned 1, she began to have strange spells, which can be seen in the video below. As I explain in the story, she now has a diagnosis….They started the little girl on Keppra. Nothing. The seizures kept coming, and the medicine made the child sleepy. They tried a second drug, which seemed to make the spells a little less frequent, but she still had them. What about sending her to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., the first neurologist suggested. They would try anything, the parents told him. So when Kamiyah was 2 years old, she and her mother went to the Mayo Clinic.

NBC News, 5 apps that give you a workout in 10 minutes or less by Vivian Manning-Schaffel — According to the 2016 National Health Interview survey from the Centers for Disease Control, only a little more than half of American adults aged 18 and over met the Physical Activity Guidelines for aerobic physical activity, while just over 20 percent of adults met the Physical Activity Guidelines for both aerobic and muscle-strengthening activity. So what’s our excuse for not being physically active? Time, says Michael Joyner, M.D., an exercise researcher at the Mayo Clinic. “Workout plans that require a time commitment can seem like a bridge too far — thus folks get discouraged before they even start,” Joyner says.

Prevention, The Scary Reason You Need to Know the Early Signs of Syphilis by Cassie Shortsleeve — Of all the STDs out there, syphilis doesn’t get nearly as much attention as it should, even though it is on the rise. Caused by the bacteria Treponema pallidum, overall reported cases of syphilis increased about 18 percent from 2015 to 2016, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention…The first sign of syphilis is usually a small painless ulcer (or a few of them), notes Pritish Tosh, MD, an infectious disease physician at the Mayo Clinic. It’s different from herpes in that these marks are painless, he notes. Sores pop up because of syphilis entering the body and causing infection in the area of the sore, usually around the vagina, anus, or mouth.

CBS News, What is Guillain-Barré syndrome? NFL player’s diagnosis shines light on rare disorder — Dallas Cowboys center Travis Frederick said Wednesday he has been diagnosed with a rare neurological disorder that causes weakness or even paralysis in various parts of the body, and the four-time Pro Bowl player isn't sure on a timetable for a return. Frederick said he has received two treatments for Guillain-Barré syndrome over the past 48 hours and that the treatments will continue for several days… Symptoms of Guillain-Barré syndrome can last anywhere from a few week up to several years. According to the Mayo Clinic, the symptoms include: Prickling, pins-and-needles sensations in fingers, toes, ankles or wrists, Weakness in the legs that spreads to the upper body, Rapid heart rate, Severe pain that may feel achy or cramp-like, Difficulty with bladder control or bowel function, Unsteady walking or inability to walk or climb stairs, Difficulty with speaking, chewing or swallowing, Low or high blood pressure, Trouble breathing Additional coverage: Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Health

Washington Post, After one hit ended his Redskins career, Kyshoen Jarrett coaches with hopes of a comeback by Kimberley Martin — Three years ago, he suffered nerve damage in his neck and shoulder that was so severe his right arm hung lifeless at his side. Yet Jarrett remains a fixture in the fabric of the Redskins franchise — no longer as a player but as a coaching intern working with the defensive backs and special teams units….Four months later, Mayo Clinic doctors in Minnesota provided Jarrett with a proper diagnosis: He had suffered a serious injury to the brachial plexus, the network of nerves that extends from the spinal cord, through a passageway in the neck and into the armpit. The cluster of nerves controls sensory functions in the upper extremities. It took several weeks before 50 percent of the feeling returned in his right arm, he said. And it was over a year before Jarrett underwent a nerve transfer from his biceps to his deltoid muscle. But the psychological scars still linger. While the left side of his body remained chis

The Guardian, ‘It's going to be difficult to fill his shoes’: Arizona remembers John McCain by Lauren Gambino — Julieta Delgado laid flowers outside John McCain’s senate office in Phoenix, then buried her face in her partner’s arm. They stood for a moment by the collection of bouquets, wilting in the summer heat, and homemade cards that decorated the entryway of the otherwise nondescript building. Delgado is a clinical researcher at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, where McCain received treatment. She said their politics were not always aligned but she admired his courage – especially as shown in his middle-of-the-night vote last year, to save the Affordable Care Act. She pantomimed the dramatic thumbs-down McCain delivered on the floor of the Senate that doomed a Republican plan to repeal the healthcare law. “That was so courageous,” she said, her voice swelling with emotion.

Post-Bulletin, Elite cancels plans for new Rochester flights by Jeff Kiger — Rochester International Airport officials’ hopes to add more flights hit some turbulence today as boutique airline Elite Airways canceled plans to fly to Arizona and Florida. Elite Airways, a young airline headquartered in Portland, Maine, announced today that it’s pulling the plug on plans to offer weekly non-stop flights to Phoenix and St. Augustine, Fla., before any of its planes ever took off from Rochester. Elite had originally planned to launch its Rochester service in July, but the airline postponed the start until October due to low ticket sales… The airport saw Delta and United airlines add local flights in 2017 as more passengers chose to fly out of Rochester instead of other regional airports. One factor in that growth was Mayo Clinic’s policy change to require employees to fly out of Rochester. Prior to that policy change, Mayo Clinic estimated that only one out of five of its employees flying for work chose to leave from Rochester. The other four traveled out of the Twin Cities. Additional coverage: Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, WJCT, Star Tribune

Post-Bulletin, VIDEO: Heard on the Street: Mayo Clinic plans to expand tissue warehouse by Jeff Kiger — Mayo Clinic has filed plans to build a five-story building to expand the archival facility where it stores its "Tissue Registry" of patient samples in northwest Rochester.

Post-Bulletin, Holy Everything: 135 years later, our legacy still lives by Emily Carson — Rochester has represented hope for individuals and families for 135 years. It was in August 1883 that a tornado ripped through Rochester on what started out an average, muggy Tuesday afternoon. By 7 p.m., three tornadoes had devastated southeastern Minnesota, leaving 40 people dead and at least 200 injured… After the cacophony created by the tornado had passed, Mother Alfred Moes approached Dr. W. W. Mayo with a transformative idea — an idea that permanently shifted the trajectory of Rochester. She said she wanted to build a hospital and requested that he head the medical staff. Dr. Mayo was concerned that Rochester was too small to support the hospital, but Mother Alfred was determined. She and the other Franciscan Sisters saved their money for several years in order to buy the land and eventually the building plans for the clinic.

Post-Bulletin, 50 years, 5 ladies, a gold mine of Mayo Clinic history by Lydia Hansen — “Do you remember...?” It’s hard to say how many times that question was asked last week when five former Mayo Clinic employees sat down together to swap stories and memories for the first time in 50 years. They met in the 1960s when all five worked at the clinic as surgical recorders, updating medical records for patients….About a half dozen women at a time would be doing recording work at the Saint Marys and Methodist hospitals. Their day, which might start as early as 7:30 a.m., involved a to-and-fro flurry of activity between operating rooms and their typewriters. Each recorder would be assigned a dozen or more cases per day and would have to take down the results of the surgery and type up the report before the end of the day.

Post-Bulletin, Art Center eyes improved financial path by Randy Petersen — Brian Austin says the Rochester Art Center is seeing financial improvements…Austin said much of the ongoing effort revolves around creating and building partnerships, pointing to recent work with Mayo Clinic, which helped bring the “Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code” exhibit to the center. He said the project brought revenue to the Art Center by providing payment for hosting fees and increasing visitor and member numbers. “Partnerships are always things people talk about,” he said. “This is one where time and money were spent.” Noting the importance of the Mayo Clinic relationship, as well as the $350,000 in support the center is budgeted to receive from the city this year, Austin said efforts to find new opportunities continue.

KTTC, Carillonneur recalls moment lightning hit the Plummer Building by Shannon Rousseau — Severe weather rolled through Rochester last night, bringing strong winds, rain, and lightning. KTTC managed to capture the moment a lightning bolt hit the Plummer Building in downtown Rochester. Nothing was damaged, but Mayo Clinic's carillonneur was inside, unaware of the severe weather. He wrapped up his 4:45 p.m. concert and noticed it was drizzling outside, but thought it was nothing to worry about. With nothing to do until 7 p.m., he sat in his office and read a newspaper article. That's when he heard the unexpected just before 6 p.m. "Almost immediately, I hear this enormous bang and felt the room shake. My first thought was, 'Oh my God, the wind has blown a bell and it's broken off the frame and hit the floor.' You know, disaster mode. So I went up there with a flashlight trying to see if anything had broken or fallen, and I couldn't see anything," he said.

KAAL, Mayo Clinic Doctor Initiates Program to Help African-Americans Deal with Heart Disease by Alice Keefe — Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the nation, and it disproportionately affects African-Americans. Dr. LaPrincess Brewer, a cardiologist at Mayo Clinic, is using what began as a class project a decade ago, to make a change. “I had no idea this program would go from a class project in a public health course to now Rochester, Minnesota and the Twin Cities area,” Dr. Brewer said. The program is called FAITH, which stands for Fostering African-American Improvement in Total Health. Additional coverage: KIMT

KIMT, Alzheimer's walk in Rochester raises over 100k by Mike Bunge — Organizers say the annual Walk to Alzheimer’s raised more than $122,000. Over 600 people participating in the event on Saturday at Rochester Community and Technical College. The walk included special guests Miss Minnesota Michaelene Karlen, Minnesota Senator Carla Nelson and Rochester Mayor Ardell Brede, as well as the head of the Mayo Alzheimer’s Research Center Dr. Ronald Petersen, and Dr. David Knopman, Mayo Clinic neurologist and chair of the Alzheimer’s Association Medical and Scientific Advisory Council.

KIMT, Mayo Clinic in need of breast milk donations by Annalisa Pardo — We often hear about the need for blood doations, but now we're learning there is also a need for breast milk donations. KIMT News 3's Annalisa Pardo tells us how you can help... and why there is an increased need for donations. Mayo Clinic is asking for breast milk donations for fragile infants. Nurses here tell me there's a growing need. In 2016, the human milk banking association of north america gave over 5 million ounces of donor milk to infants. Mayo Clinic lactation consultant Elizabeth LaFleur tells us ongoing research shows it's the best nutrition an infant in need can get.

KIMT, Using actors to improve patient quality by Katie Lange — When you think about someone who works in a hospital you more than likely think of doctors, nurses and lab technicians. However, there's one job opening that may downright surprise you. The job posting is for a "standardized patient" a fancy way of saying actors and actresses. People from young to old are hired by Mayo Clinic to help simulate medical scenarios….Doctor Torrey Laack is Co-Medical Director of Mayo's Simulation Center. During most of the training sessions he is behind a mirrored glass window controlling the mannequins movements and speaking for them. "We try to make it as realistic as possible, because the more that they can suspend disbelief the more that they get out of it and they'll stay in the moment. You'll actually find when you talk to them (students) after they've gone thru these sessions and you talk to them, they feel like they are really there," explained Dr. Laack.

Twin Cities Business, Southeast Minnesota Angel Fund Reaches $2M Fundraising Goal, Backs Mayo Spin-Off by Don Jacobson — A newly established angel investment fund which is tapping into the buzzing Rochester startup scene says it has reached its fundraising goal of $2 million. Meanwhile, leaders of the Southeast Minnesota Capital Fund also announced they have completed their fifth investment, backing the Mayo Clinic spin-off firm Ambient Clinical Analytics Inc. with an unspecified amount of equity financing. The Southeast Minnesota angel fund was established last year with an initial goal of raising $1 million, but after a strong response from mostly local individual investors seeking to support the regional economy, the target was increased to $2 million.

Star Tribune, Urotronic raises $20M to complete device trials, expand manufacturing by Joe Carlson — Plymouth-based medical technology startup Urotronic has raised $20 million in its effort to invent a better way to treat urethral problems. A joint venture of Hillhouse Capital and Mayo Clinic called HM Ventures led the $20 million strategic funding round to support the continued development of Urotronic's Optilume device. Urotronic is doing pivotal clinical testing of its balloon-dilation system in the U.S. to treat a narrowed urethra, which makes it difficult or painful to urinate because of a buildup of scar tissue. Such scar tissue can be caused by infections or trauma to the urethra, past medical procedures, sexually transmitted conditions or having surgery on the prostate gland.

KVOA Tucson, American war hero John McCain dies at the age of 81 — A war hero, a Senator, a former presidential candidate and a "Maverick" – John McCain was known around the nation for many of things, but Arizonans knew him as someone who took their issues and concerns to Washington. …In 2016, McCain took part in a celebration of a new initiative aimed at curing cancer by 2020. Moonshot 2020 will create a network of doctors and hospitals across the country with Phoenix taking the lead. It would be nearly a year and a half later that McCain would start his own cancer treatment in Phoenix at the Mayo Clinic. McCain served six terms in the Senate. Whether you voted for him or not, there is one thing most can agree on - he loved his family, he loved his country and he loved Arizona. Additional coverage: Pioneer Press, KMSP, CBS News, CNBC, KSAZ, KPNX, WebMD, FOX 35 Orlando, FOX 5 Atlanta

All About Arizona News, Mayo Clinics Earn Impressive National And Area Rankings — Several Mayo Clinic hospitals have recently gained recognition in national and area news. The US News and World Report ranked the nation’s top hospitals, with a total of 50 hospitals ranked among 16 different specialties. Among these rankings, several Mayo Clinic hospitals received honors. In Phoenix, the Mayo Clinic was rated number one overall in Arizona. They also were named on the national honor roll, tied for 11th in top hospitals, an improvement from last year’s ranking of number 20. Included in this honor, the hospital earned national recognition across several different specialties. It was rated in the top 10 three different times, in gastroenterology and GI surgery, pulmonology, and geriatrics. It was rated as one of the best adult hospitals in the country.

ASU, ASU, Mayo research collaboration seeks early diagnosis for Parkinson's — Mayo Clinic neurologist and an Arizona State University professor — Dr. Charles Adler and Michael Sierks, respectively — are hoping to identify blood-based biomarkers for Parkinson’s that would allow for earlier, more accurate diagnoses, the ability to track the progression of the disease and more targeted treatment options. The pair’s ongoing research was initially facilitated by the Mayo Clinic and ASU Alliance for Health Care’s Faculty Summer Residency Program. The program is designed to support long-term collaborations between research teams at Mayo Clinic and ASU faculty in areas that will impact clinical outcomes and enhance patient experiences. Other researchers in this year’s cohort collaborated on projects ranging from the development of a bioengineered artificial larynx to upgrading Mayo Clinic’s electronic health records. Adler and Sierks both have a family history of neurodegenerative diseases (Adler’s grandfather had Parkinson’s, and Sierks’ father has Alzheimer’s). “I always wanted to be a doctor and I always wanted to cure PD, so for me this has been a lifelong journey,” Adler said.

WEAU Eau Claire, Health officials raise awareness about HPV Vaccines by Tajma Hall — Health experts say vaccination rates in Wisconsin are lagging behind other states, including for the cancer-causing Human Papillomavirus or HPV. Summer is coming to an end. As many parents are thinking about required vaccinations for children this back to school season, health officials are reminding them not to forget about HPV. Dr. Suzette Peltier, Gynecologist at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire says she's a big proponent of vaccinations. The initial vaccination against HPV was released in 2006. "It was a brand new vaccination , had great literature to support its use so i think we had that splurge of media exposure after that and then it kind of died down,” said Dr. Peltier.

WKBT La Crosse, Mayo Health Clinic warns of mold amidst flooding cleanup — As people begin to clean up the after math of flood waters...local health experts at Mayo Clinic Health System are warning about mold.

WKBT La Crosse, Local Girl Scout troop gives back to hospital patients by Jordan Fremstad — A local Girl Scout troop is visiting a local hospital to help out its patients. Troop 4435 from Trempealeau made care packages for people at Mayo Clinic Health System. Packages included things like puzzle books, stress balls to fleece blankets that they made themselves.

WXOW La Crosse, Mayo Clinic celebrates 25 years of Center for Women's Health by Sam Shilts — Mayo Clinic Health System is celebrating 25 years of their Center for Women's Health. That part of the Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse provides care specifically geared toward women by women physicians. Staff there said many patients said they feel much more comfortable with female caregivers. It also allows physicians to better diagnose and treat conditions that often times don't present in the same way they do in men. "It allows us to focus a little more and gain a little bit of what we like to call gender expertise," Dr Margaret Grenisen said. "...recognition that women may have the same disease, but they don't have the same sorts of symptoms or presentation with their illness."

La Crosse Tribune, La Crosse health officials tackle problem of pregnant women with drug addictions by Mike Tighe — While reducing the number of pregnant women who are addicted to drugs is a complicated quest, efforts in La Crosse are finding some success in reaching the elusive goal of helping the women break the habit and maintain sobriety after childbirth, according to Dr. Charles Schauberger… A task force member also mentioned Gerard House of Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare. That is an eight-bed residential facility for women who are pregnant or adjusting to parenting. Staffed and supervised 24 hours a day, Gerard Hall is geared toward providing support and structure for residents with mental health and/or substance abuse disorders. “I thank God for Gerard Hall,” Schauberger said. “The No. 1 need is to find places to live for these women.”

Business Insider, NYU's decision to go tuition-free has other top medical schools grappling with how to attract the brightest students by Lydia Ramsey — Tuition-free medical school is becoming less of a pipe dream and more of a reality for future medical students. New York University made a bold move in August when it said it would offer free tuition to current and future medical students.  The university hopes the decision will alleviate the financial barriers that discourage many promising high school and college students from considering a career in medicine due to concerns with high medical school costs. The effort was funded over 11 years in which NYU raised $600 million including a $100 million gift from billionaire Kenneth Langone and his wife Elaine… "Benefactor funding to increase scholarship endowments and eliminate medical student debt is an investment that can significantly impact the future of patient care," Dr. Fredric Meyer, the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine's executive dean for education, said in an email.

Health IT Analytics, How to Use Big Data Analytics to Boost Patient Engagement by Jessica Kent — Mayo Clinic and IBM Watson Health recently partnered to develop an AI-driven tool that accurately matched breast cancer patients with relevant clinical trials. After using the tool for 11 months, Mayo Clinic saw an 80 percent increase in trial enrollment. “This has enabled all patients to be screened for all available clinical trial opportunities,” said Tufia Haddad, MD, a Mayo Clinic oncologist and physician leader for the Watson for Clinical Trial Matching project. “The speed and accuracy of the tool and the team of screening coordinators allow our physicians to efficiently develop treatment plans for patients that reflect the full range of options available to support their care.”

Healio, Note to women in ophthalmology: ‘It is your time’ — The year 2024 will be a key time for women in ophthalmology, according to George B. Bartley, MD, CEO of the American Board of Ophthalmology. That is when, if trends continue, there will be an equal number of men and women undergoing ABO examinations to become board certified in ophthalmology, Bartley said at the Women in Ophthalmology 2018 Summer Symposium. Furthermore, the proportion of women board membership in the ABO is increasing. A study at the Mayo Clinic looked at websites of 25 members of the American Board of Medical Specialties and found that for 12 specialty boards, the number of women to men was proportional to the specialty’s constituency; for six specialties, women made up proportionally less than the constituency; for seven specialty boards, including the ABO, women made up proportionally more than the constituency.

Alzforum, With Sudden Progress, Blood Aβ Rivals PET at Detecting Amyloid — …The Global Biomarkers Standardization Consortium (GBCS), led by University of Gothenburg’s Kaj Blennow and convened by Alzheimer’s Association, has led the effort to standardize CSF biomarkers, and in Chicago, the group considered moving quickly to do the same for plasma biomarkers. Michelle Mielke, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, leads the Association’s Biofluid-Based Biomarkers interest group; she updated the GBSC on plasma biomarkers at their preconference, where there was also a panel discussion on plasma Aβ. “There is a lot of interest in plasma Aβ. We need to figure out who is working on what, so we can identify means of collaborating and not recreating the wheel. To my knowledge, there is no consensus yet on what platform should be used for plasma amyloid, but if we want to use it as a screening measure, it does need to be made to be high throughput,” Mielke told Alzforum.

Alzforum, Blood Test for Neurofilament Light Chain Kicks Up Biomarker Research — Scientists at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, are starting to widen the lens by analyzing NfL in the Mayo Clinic Study of Aging, a large community–based sample of people not selected for family history or risk of AD. At AAIC, Silke Kern of the Mayo and the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, reported MCSA NfL data from CSF, not blood. Kern showed longitudinal results in 648 participants. Their baseline NfL levels turned out to predict progression from normal to MCI better than their concentrations of CSF Aβ42, p-tau, T-tau, or the synaptic marker neurogranin.

Romper, 6 Signs Of The Measles Every Parent Should Be Aware Of by Candace Ganger — The measles is an extremely contagious viral disease that affects mostly children, although adults can certainly get it, too. And since more parents are deciding to forego measles vaccines — and, as a result, there are at least 107 confirmed cases of measles across 22 states — it's more important than ever before that parents are aware of the signs of the measles, so they know what to look out for when caring for their own children… The rash is red and/or reddish brown in color, and, according to the Mayo Clinic, are "large, flat blotches that often flow into one another."… According to the Mayo Clinic, complications can occur as a result of contracting the measles, including an ear infection, bronchitis, laryngitis, croup, pneumonia, encephalitis, and, if you're pregnant, preterm labor, low birth weight, and maternal death.

Parade, 6 Top Arthritis Questions Answered by Lisa Mulcahy — Won’t exercise make stiff joints worse?...No. According to the Mayo Clinic, avoiding exercise actually can make your joints even more painful and stiff, since keeping your muscles and surrounding tissue strong is crucial to maintaining support for your bones. If you don’t work out, your supporting muscles can weaken, stressing your joints even further. Make sure you get the OK from your doctor, then start low-impact activity like walking, bicycling, swimming or using an elliptical machine.

Futurism, An Ancient Antibacterial Technique Might Hold the Key to Future Wound Treatment by Kristin Houser — Clay — it’s good for pottery, for tennis courts, and sometimes for your face. But it turns out at least one type of clay is good for something else: helping the body heal. According to a study by researchers from the Mayo Clinic and Arizona State University, Oregon blue clay can kill bacteria in wounds — even bacteria resistant to other forms of treatment.

Dark Daily, Mayo Clinic Researchers Find Some Bacteria Derail Weight Loss, Suggest Analysis of Individuals’ Microbiomes; a Clinical Lab Test Could Help Millions Fight Obesity — In recent years, the role of the human microbiome in weight loss or weight gain has been studied by different research groups. There is keen interest in this subject because of the high rates of obesity, and diagnostic companies know that development of a clinical laboratory test that could assess how an individual’s microbiome affects his/her weight would be a high-demand test. This is true of a study published this year in Mayo Clinic Proceedings. Researchers at Mayo Clinic looked at obese patients who were in an active lifestyle intervention program designed to help them lose weight. It was determined that gut microbiota can have a role in both hindering weight loss and supporting weight loss.

Clinical Chemistry, About the Cover — ON THE COVER Allan Jaffe. Although he is known as a world authority on the use of cardiac biomarkers, in particular troponin, Allan Jaffe is inspiring not only because of his successes but also because of his resilience in overcoming challenges in his life. His gravelly voice hides an individual whose internal voice is actually a soft one that reflects a passion for helping others, especially young people. For example, during his first year in medical school, he signed up with the Big Brother Foundation and was paired with a fatherless boy with whom he met weekly for the next four busy years. Who got the most direction in life from the experience?

Healthline, Turning Exercise Into a Game Can Make Fitness More Fun and Effective — Bradley Prigge, a wellness exercise specialist at the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program, said getting people to embrace healthy physical activity can be a challenge. He pointed out that thought of embracing exercise — not to mention heading into a gym — can be intimidating for many people who haven’t always been active. “In our programs here [at Mayo Clinic], it’s really about finding things that are relevant to each individual. It’s about what allows them to find that connection to activity,” Prigge told Healthline. “Gaming can be a way of doing that. In our classes we [have] here, we do have a gaming component where we introduce people to fitness gaming, and there are some people who are jazzed about that.” Recent research has looked at the phenomenon of gamifying workouts and its effectiveness on fitness.

Knowledge@Wharton, How the Mayo Clinic Built Its Reputation as a Top Hospital — “How is it that in the middle of a relatively small town of about 125,000 people in Minnesota, you’ve got the number-one-rated health care system probably in the world?” The question was put to Jeffrey Bolton — the Mayo Clinic’s chief administrative officer — by Larry Jameson, executive vice president of the University of Pennsylvania Health System, during the recent Wharton Leadership Conference. Jameson, who was interviewing Bolton, said he wanted to understand “the Mayo magic.”… Bolton said what differentiates the Mayo Clinic from many health care organizations is that the needs of the patient come first. While many medical centers claim the same thing, he said, the Mayo Clinic is actually structured to support it as a goal. The health system is organized to foster teamwork, not hierarchy. Bolton traced the concept to the clinic’s beginnings in the late 1800s. Brother physicians William and Charles Mayo, along with a small group of other founders including Franciscan nuns, created a model of medical collaboration inspired by helping local victims of a tornado. Teams of specialists provided patient-centered care, although the term didn’t exist then. Additional coverage: Becker’s Hospital Review

Becker’s Hospital Review, IU Health employees don't have to cover tattoos by Kelly Gooch — Indianapolis-based Indiana University Health has amended its dress code to allow employees to show tattoos, The Indianapolis Star reported. In addition, the system no longer bars employees from sporting nonnatural hair color… The more relaxed approach with tattoos has been seen before in healthcare. In December, Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic announced it would no longer require physicians and staff to cover their tattoos, with some exceptions under a dress policy that took effect Jan. 1.

Clarin, La ciencia busca tratar el envejecimiento como si fuera una enfermedad by Marcelo Bellucci — "Aunque el envejecimiento no se considera una enfermedad, es el factor de riesgo número uno para muchas afecciones, como cáncer, enfermedades cardíacas, diabetes y más. Por lo tanto, la idea de mejorar la salud tratando de prevenir o revertir el envejecimiento de células y tejidos es muy tentadora y en sí misma, un enfoque potencialmente nuevo para la salud. Así que atacar los mecanismos biológicos del envejecimiento es muy atractivo para abordar las enfermedades humanas", le explicó a Clarín Eduardo Chini, médico e investigador (Ph.D.) de Mayo Clinic en Rochester, Minnesota.

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