September 28, 2018

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights for September 28, 2018

By Emily Blahnik


Reuters, Antidepressants, psychotherapy may help ease irritable bowel syndrome by Lisa Rapaport — “One component of IBS is increased sensitivity to the functions of the bowels; simply summarized, this means either the nerves taking messages from the bowel to the brain are more sensitive or that the brain is more attentive or reacts in a more emotional manner to the normal messages arising in the bowel, or both,” said Dr. Michael Camilleri, a researcher at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science in Rochester, Minnesota, who wasn’t involved in the current study. “Since there are really no medications to reduce the nerve sensitivity, some doctors give medications that modulate the function of the brain in the hope that this approach will reduce the ability to sense or emotionally react to the signals or messages arriving from the bowels,” Camilleri said by email.

Los Angeles Daily News, Successful Aging: ‘What’s next?’ can be hard for retirees to answer by Helen Dennis — Q. My newly retired husband was a successful executive in a small company. He loved his career and was responsible for business development and sales, attending conferences, meetings and retreats, appearing at the office from morning to early evening with added business dinners. Without the structure of his work and lots of downtime, he seems to forget appointments, our commitments and more. In general, he seems OK. Yet, should I worry? L.J…Dear L.J. Let’s begin by addressing what might be your “serious worry piece.” If you are afraid your husband is showing signs of mild cognitive decline or even early dementia, here are some clues suggested by the Mayo Clinic that might be helpful in assessing the situation…

Family Circle, The Embarrassing Truth: Answers to Those Unpleasant Questions You Have by Arricca Elin Sansone — Occasionally, my face gets really flushed. Could it be hot flashes? …Maybe. “A hot flash is a very individual experience,” says Jacqueline Thielen, MD, women’s health specialist and assistant professor of medicine at Mayo Clinic. “Typically, you feel yourself getting warm, sweating and having facial flushing that lasts a few minutes.” While hot flashes aren’t dangerous, they’re uncomfortable and bothersome. “Fortunately, we have hormonal and non-hormonal meds to manage symptoms,” says Thielen. “You don’t have to suffer in silence.” See your doc for new flushing or increases in frequency or intensity. It could indicate a thyroid problem, Cushing’s syndrome or rosacea.

New York Daily News, Self-care measures may be enough to ease pain from 'golfer's elbow' — DEAR MAYO CLINIC: A few months ago I noticed minor pain in my elbow when I'd lift anything -- even something light. Recently, the pain is worsening and moving down my inner forearm. My elbow hurts even when I'm not lifting. Turning my wrist or twisting my arm causes pain. What could be the reason for this? Are there things I can do at home to make it better, or do I need to see my health care provider? ANSWER: The problem you describe sounds like "golfer's elbow." The medical term for this disorder is medial epicondylitis. This disorder develops when muscles and tendons on the inside, or medial, side of your arm become damaged, usually due to overuse. Self-care measures often are enough to ease the pain. If you don't see improvement after a few weeks, however, make an appointment with your health care provider for an evaluation. — Christopher Camp, M.D., Orthopedic Surgery, Mayo Clinic , Rochester, Minn.

Post-Bulletin, Mayo accompanies apology with scholarship by Jeff Kiger — In a spirit of reconciliation, Mayo Clinic recently announced a new full medical scholarship named after an executed Dakota leader, whose remains were studied and displayed at the clinic without permission for many decades. The new scholarship, named after Marpiya te najin, or Stands on a Cloud, who was also known as “Cut Nose,” was formally announced to the Dakota tribe on Aug. 31 in Santee, Neb., by Mayo Clinic’s Chief Administrative Officer and Vice President Jeff Bolton. The Marpiya te najin scholarship will be offered to “a meritorious American Indian medical school candidate or alternately be designated for American Indian students in the Mayo Clinic School of Health Science, the Mayo Clinic Graduate School or the Mayo Clinic Nursing programs,” according to Mayo Clinic.

Post-Bulletin, Genome exhibit winds down by John Molseed — Call it a summer fling. The union of art and science occupying the Rochester Art Center is coming to an end…The exhibit was created as a collaboration between the National Human Genome Research Institute, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History and the National Institutes of Health. Austin said the exhibit drew new and first-time patrons to the art center. Nearly 9,000 patrons viewed and interacted with the exhibit, Austin said. The Mayo Clinic worked with the Art Center to bring the exhibit to Rochester with the help of Kelli Fee-Schroeder, an education coordinator for Mayo’s Center for Individualized Medicine.

KIMT, Medical conference focuses on future of healthcare by Jon Bendickson — The Transform 2018 conference at Mayo Clinic is highlighting how technology can be used to further the healthcare industry.

KIMT, Mayo reopens clinics Monday by Calyn Thompson — A few clinics a part of Mayo Clinic Health Systems are reopening Monday. Mayo released the following statement Sunday night: "Due to the collaborative efforts of our employees and a number of outside entities, Mayo Clinic Health System clinics in Cannon Falls, Faribault and Kenyon, along with the Southview Support Center in Owatonna, will be open for business as usual on Monday, Sept 24. We will continue to help support our communities that were affected."

KIMT, Thursday's storm forcing Mayo closures in southern Minnesota by Mike Bunge — Several Mayo Clinic locations are closed Thursday night’s storms. Mayo Clinic Health System says its sites in Faribault, Kenyon, and the Southview Support Center in Owatonna have been shut down due to safety concerns and power outages. The Cannon Falls clinic is also closed but the hospital and emergency department remain open. Locations in Blooming Prairie, Lake City, Owatonna, Red Wing, and Zumbrota are also staying open. Mayo says “The safety and health of our patients is Mayo Clinic Health System’s top priority. Patients in need of care who are in areas with clinic closures are directed to contact the nearest medical facility. We will continue to monitor the situation and will update as the situation unfolds. Our thoughts are with all those affected by the storms.”

Post-Bulletin, Mayo Clinic to host scenes from Guthrie's 'Frankenstein' by Tom Weber — Selected scenes from the Guthrie Theater‘s “Frankenstein — Playing with Fire,” will be presented at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 8 at Mayo Clinic. The play is the season-opener at the Guthrie. It imagines a meeting between a dying Victor Frankenstein and his creation in the Arctic Circle. Events from their past are replayed and the line between good and evil is debated. The scenes from the play will include comments by Guthrie artists and discussion with the audience. The performance is in Geffen Auditorium of the Gonda Building.

Post-Bulletin, Ovary removal linked to kidney disease by Anne Halliwell — If you’re part of the population of women who has an increased genetic risk of ovarian cancer, think twice before getting your ovaries removed preventatively. It could put you among the one in seven American adults with kidney disease. On Wednesday, Mayo Clinic researchers published a study linking ovary removal in premenopausal women with increased risk of chronic kidney disease. Knowing that, the researchers decided to investigate the link between the two, said Dr. Andrea Kattah, the lead author for the study, as some women still get preventative oophorectomies because they’re afraid of getting ovarian cancer, for which a good screening test still hasn’t been developed. Hysterectomies are a common procedure for women to undergo, but removal of the ovaries at the same time needs a longer conversation, Kattah said. “Fortunately, the practice of taking these out without a concrete reason is less, but it still happens,” she said.

Post-Bulletin, Will documentary draw more businesses to Discovery Square? by Randy Petersen — As several unnamed tenants make moves to claim spaces in One Discovery Square, the head of the building’s recruitment efforts said Tuesday’s debut of “The Mayo Clinic: Faith-Hope-Science” could boost interest. “The Ken Burns documentary that premiers tonight will do more for our marketing than frankly we could have done ourselves,” Jeremy Jacobs, Mortenson’s director of real estate development, told the Destination Medical Center Corp. board Tuesday morning. At the same time, Jacobs announced a third commitment to space in the four-story, 89,000-square-foot complex being built at the corner of Fourth Street Southwest and Second Avenue Southwest.

Med City Beat, Epic commits to Discovery Square — We learned today that Epic, a leading producer of medical records software, has signed on to be a tenant of One Discovery Square. The Madison-based company will take up space alongside researchers from Mayo Clinic and students from the University of Minnesota Rochester.  The 90,000 square-foot building — a collaboration between Mayo and the developer Mortenson — is expected to open mid-next year. Speaking Tuesday to the Destination Medical Center Corporation Board, Jeremy Jacobs, director of real estate development for Mortenson, said he expects additional tenants to be announced in the coming months. Additional coverage: Finance & Commerce

KIMT, More than $1M donation to Mayo Clinic for childhood cancer research by Annalise Johnson — Dr. Richard Vile, a Mayo Clinic doctor whose research team works to develop new treatments for aggressive pediatric brain tumors, received a $1,100,000 Hyundai Quantum Grant. The grant is given to help support childhood cancers with low survival rates. Mayo was one of four hospitals and research centers to receive this year's grant. Only 4% of federal cancer research funding goes to pediatric cancer research, according to the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation. Dr. Vile tells KIMT that government funding for his research is often hard to come by, so donations like this one will greatly aid his research. "A gift like this allows us to move our treatments on to patients much more quickly than would otherwise be possible. It also allows us to do the research that will set the foundation for the treatments of tomorrow and the next few years," he explains. After the check was presented to Dr. Vile, pediatric cancer patients painted their hands and pressed them onto the Hyundai Hope on Wheels vehicle. The handprints will be made into permanent decals for the car.

KAAL, Unbreakable Love: Local Toddler Continues to Struggle with Life-Threatening Disease — Our homes are all filled with delicate items, like China, or vases; but all can be replaced in some way. However, one breakable thing in the Butts household is one of a kind. We first introduced you to Ellie last summer. She was born with osteogenesis imperfecta, better known as brittle bone disease… “In patients with osteogenesis imperfecta, their bones are not just brittle, but they’re also relatively soft,” Mayo Clinic pediatric orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Anthony Stans said. ABC 6 News caught up with Ellie’s doctors, Dr. Stans, and Dr. Peter Tebben to learn about the severity of Ellie’s evolving condition. They’ve been taking care of Ellie for the majority of her life. “The cervical spine can slowly move up into the bones of the skull itself, or it can move up into the opening of the base of the skull where the spinal cord and brain stem live,” Stans said.

Minnesota Monthly, These Minnesotans Give Healthcare a Human Touch by Mo Perry — Just as narrative medicine encourages profound listening, so does Victor Montori, M.D., a researcher and diabetes specialist at Mayo Clinic, believe that reimagining our healthcare system will require different types of collaboration: among patients and doctors; community members with clinics and hospitals; and citizens and policy makers at the national level. In 2016, Montori founded the Patient Revolution, the first nonprofit to spin off from the Mayo Clinic, with the goal of using stories and conversations to revolutionize the industrial healthcare system at three levels. The first is the level of the individual in a clinical setting: Productive conversations can help clinicians and families see patients’ situations in high-definition, so that the solution makes intellectual, emotional, and practical sense for these individuals…“We’re attempting to do the same thing at every level,” says Montori, “which is to move away from a system that offers treatments for ‘people like this,’ and instead treats this person. We’re trying to arrive at those solutions through dialogue, so the end result is careful and kind care for all.”

KROC-AM, Minnesota Partnership Honors Mayo Clinic — The same evening a well-publicized documentary about Mayo Clinic airs on television, the health care giant will also be honored by a Minnesota business organization. The Minnesota Business Partnership will honor Mayo with its 2018 Minnesota Legacy Award during its Tuesday evening annual dinner in Minneapolis. The award is given each year to a Minnesota company that exemplifies the business community’s commitment to corporate responsibility, community leadership, and philanthropy. “Mayo Clinic is a medical leader on the world stage, but they have never lost sight of their roots and their local community” said Charlie Weaver, Executive Director of the Minnesota Business Partnership. “Throughout its history, Mayo Clinic has demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to the Rochester community and the state of Minnesota while at the same time delivering the best health care in the world.”

ASU, New ASU course distills tough health topics into digestible podcast format created, produced by students — If you’re like most 21st-century Americans, chances are you’ve crowdsourced what to do about a medical concern on social media — or worse, Googled it — and found yourself overwhelmed by the response, walking away with more questions than answers. That’s why health communication and literacy is so important nowadays, says Mayo Clinic neurologist Joseph Sirven. “We now have tools we never had. There’s a lot of noise coming from a lot of different areas, from social media to whatever your best friend is telling you,” he said. The challenge is cutting through all that noise to get at the truth. That’s the goal of a new course offered at ASU co-taught by Sirven and College of Health Solutions Professors Swapna Reddy and Gregory Mayer, called “We Need to Talk — Tough Health Conversations: The Podcast Health Literacy Course.”

Arizona Daily Mix, How to Ease the Anxiety of a Prostate Screening — Prostate screenings are an important part of men’s health and wellness. We’ll discuss why regular screenings are important, how to check yourself, and dispel myths about prostate cancer and screenings. Dr. Erik Castle is a urologist at Mayo Clinic and he's sharing some important tips on how to ease the anxiety with Pat McMahon on Arizona Daily Mix.

First Coast News, How 'make-up' is helping train doctors for real-world scares by Alexander Osiadacz — Before doctors go into the operating room or EMT’s even climb into an ambulance, they first go through extensive training. Part of that includes practice situations and in some cases, fake wounds. Here on the First Coast, a new space is giving healthcare workers the real-world examples with the help of some expert make-up work. Stage blood and a rubber hand. Not exactly a common sight in a sterile medical room, but these are just some of the tools of the trade for Mayo Clinic’s Amy Lannen. “You walk up to somebody and see a giant wound on their face, you’re going to react differently to that person than if you walk up and they’re smiling,” Lannen said. She is self-trained in moulage, the practice of crafting fake wounds for medical training. “If you can describe it to me in enough detail or in pictures I can probably simulate it,” Lannen said.

News4Jax, Flu Season with Mayo Clinic's Dr. Haga — Dr. Claire Haga discusses flu season.

South Florida Reporter, How To Get Calcium Without Dairy Products — Most people know that milk and other dairy products are a great source of calcium. But if you’re restricted from dairy, there are nondairy options for calcium intake in your diet. And some of them might surprise you. To keep your bones strong and prevent osteoporosis, your body needs a certain amount of calcium — in general between 1,000 and 1,200 milligrams a day. “So a glass of milk … has about 300 milligrams,” says Dr. Bart Clarke, a Mayo Clinic endocrinologist. “So two glasses of milk, a cup serving of yogurt would give you almost 1,000 milligrams right there.”

Albert Lea Tribune, Hawthorne students visit Mayo Clinic by Sarah Kocher — Pictures: Camila Zuniga gets dressed up like a surgeon would at the Gold Cross ambulance building Tuesday.

Albert Lea Tribune, Homeless veterans receive donations from Mayo Clinic Health System employees — Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea employees had an opportunity to participate in a challenge called Kindness Counts. Employees were asked for donations to help fill up baskets for local and southern Minnesota women veterans who are homeless or ill. Freeborn County Women Veterans are meeting once a month, and part of their meeting is to make baskets. They are looking for travel-size toiletries, such as soaps, shampoos, lotions, hand sanitizers, toothbrushes and toothpaste, among others. In a few weeks, Mayo Clinic Health System employees collectively donated 1,126 items and cash donations to the Women Veterans group, according to a press release. Additional coverage: KIMT

Albert Lea Tribune, Taking a Shot by Sarah Kocher — Should they move forward, proposed changes to Minnesota’s school immunization law could boil down to this: same shots, different rules. The Minnesota Department of Health is considering changes to the state’s immunization rules. Proposed changes are in a public comment period open through Oct. 1… For Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea and Austin pediatrician and department chairwoman Sarah Scherger, in children’s visits to the doctor, immunizations clock in as just one item on a long list of conversations regarding health at school. “A lot of people think of them as shots visits, but they’re really not,” she said. That is one component, but there are others: checking weight gain, height growth, hearing and vision, addressing learning difficulties in school, sleep, hygiene, electronic use, and car and booster seats. “Those are direct things that impact school,” she said.

Albert Lea Tribune, Albert Lea’s first Walk to End Alzheimer’s overshoots goal by $16,000 by Sarah Kocher — By the end of Sunday’s walk, participants and businesses had fundraised $41,000. Of that amount, $7,200 was raised the day-of. According to Alzheimer’s Association community engagement manager Debbie Eddy, to start a new walk, the community is asked to raise $25,000…Teams from all of Albert Lea’s care facilities participated, as did teams of friends and family members of those with Alzheimer’s. Large donors included Mayo Clinic Health Systems in Albert Lea and Austin, Thorne Crest and Oak Park Place, Irvine said. Edward Jones is also a national presenting sponsor of the Alzheimer’s Association.

WEAU Eau Claire, Heart and Stroke Walk — Robert Wiechmann, M.D., and Jason Craig, vice chair of administration, join WEAU 13 News 4 p.m. anchor Judy Clark to discuss heart disease and stroke symptoms, risk factors and prevention, and the upcoming 2018 Eau Claire Heart and Stroke Walk.

WKBT La Crosse, Mayo CEO gives insight on leadership transition, healthcare by Sarah Thamer — Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse will see new leadership when the month is over. Mayo's current CEO, Tim Johnson, announced earlier this year that he'll be returning to patient care. Serving as Mayo's regional Vice President for the last eight years, Johnson considers himself outspoken and passionate.

Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, Children's Museum's planned permanent exhibit to run with ideas about exercise and nutrition by Samantha West — A new permanent exhibit dedicated to teaching children about healthy living is expected to debut by next summer at the Children’s Museum of Eau Claire, officials announced Tuesday. Sponsored by Mayo Clinic Health System and Scheels, the new “Eat! Move! Live!” exhibit on the museum’s second floor will feature structures, games and activities meant to educate children about exercise and nutritious eating. Although potential plans for the new exhibit came about a year ago, the museum is now at 60 percent of funding and can estimate when the $183,000 project will be complete, executive director Mike McHorney said. Additional coverage: WEAU Eau Claire

MedPage Today, Ovary Removal May Up Chronic Kidney Disease Risk by Kristen Monaco — Ovary removal increased a woman's risk for chronic kidney disease (CKD), according to a new study. Premenopausal women who underwent a bilateral oophorectomy had a 42% higher risk for developing CKD compared with premenopausal women with intact ovaries (adjusted HR 1.42, 95% CI 1.14-1.77), reported Walter Rocca, MD, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and colleagues…"This is the first study that has shown an important link between estrogen deprivation in younger women and kidney damage. Women who have their ovaries surgically removed have an increased long-term risk of chronic kidney disease," Rocca explained in a statement.

Becker’s Hospital Review, Frontier Airlines chairman donates $25M to Mayo's new medical school by Kelly Gooch — Frontier Airlines Chairman Bill Franke and his wife, Carolyn, are donating $25 million to the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine in Scottsdale, Ariz., the Phoenix Business Journal reported. Most of the money — $20 million — will reportedly go toward scholarships. The rest will go toward operations, such as faculty development and curriculum. The $25 million donation marks the largest gift to the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine in Scottsdale since Mayo Clinic's Arizona campus opened last year, according to the Phoenix Business Journal. Mayo Clinic's medical school in Scottsdale welcomed its first class of students on July 18, 2017. According to the report, the medical school has 100 students, including 50 first-year students.

Becker’s Hospital Review, Physicians' choice: Best hospitals for treating key conditions by Megan Knowles — In a survey asking physicians to rank their hospital preferences for the treatment of several conditions, Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic was ranked highest for the treatment of six of the 10 conditions, and Houston-based MD Anderson Cancer Center took the top spot in treating all five cancer types, a Medscape survey found. Medscape asked over 11,000 physicians to rank their preferences for care and treatment for themselves or family, assuming no barriers, such as transportation or cost. Physicians ranked hospitals for the treatment of several serious conditions, including cardiac conditions, infectious diseases and five types of cancer. In all, the physicians named 33 hospitals.

Becker’s Hospital Review, Mayo Clinic, Mass General, Nvidia researchers use AI to create 'synthetic MRIs' by Jessica Kim — A team of researchers from Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women's Hospital Center for Clinical Data Science — both in Boston — and technology vendor Nvidia developed an artificial intelligence model to generate "synthetic MRIs," according to a Nvidia blog post. A promising use for AI in healthcare is to help physicians interpret medical images. However, many healthcare organizations lack accurate and reliable imaging data needed to train these AI models. To address this issue, the research team developed a deep learning model that generates synthetic MRIs on which they can train future AI systems.

Constructive Dive, Mayo Clinic continues expanding with $190M Minnesota investment by Kim Slowey — This new construction project is part of Mayo's 20-year, $6 billion Destination Medical Center development. The Gonda project is located in the Center's Heart of the City district. Other districts within the DMC are Downtown Waterfront, Central Station, Saint Mary's Place UMR & Recreation Area and Discovery Square, where biomedical, research, education and technology interests will collaborate and innovate.  There are approximately seven construction projects currently under construction at the Center, including One Discovery Square, which is being developed by Mortenson Construction. The project will include space for life science businesses, startups, retail, hotel, commercial development and residences.

Bustle, Can You Eat Around Mold On Bread? Seriously, Just Toss It by Brandi Neal — So you have your heart set on a sandwich for lunch. But, when you start spreading the mustard on the bread you notice a little green spot of mold. Just pick it out and proceed as normal, right? Nope. You really can't eat around the mold on bread, as some people on the internet just found out. Twitter users were aghast after a Twitter Moment from Tech Insider detailed how mold spores can spread to parts of food you can't see. That being said, there are a few exceptions to the no-moldy-food rule. While you shouldn't eat bread that has mold on it, Katherine Zeratsky, R.D., L.D., noted on the Mayo Clinic's blog that it is OK to cut the mold off of hard foods like hard cheese and eat it as you normally would.

Science, Zapping mutant DNA in mitochondria could treat major class of genetic disease by Mitch Leslie — CRISPR, the genome editor celebrated as a potentially revolutionary medical tool, isn’t omnipotent. Mitochondria, the organelles that supply a cell’s energy, harbor their own mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) and mutations there can have devastating consequences including deafness, seizures, and muscle weakness. Genome editing might be a remedy, but mitochondria appear to be off-limits to CRISPR...Turning these results into a treatment will be tricky. The genes encoding the genome editors had to be introduced by viruses, and researchers have long struggled to make similar gene therapy efforts work. But, “These are the right experiments to get ready to go into people,” says molecular geneticist Stephen Ekker of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, who wasn’t connected to either study. In fact, both groups are already aiming to launch clinical trials.

Entrepreneur, 5 Steps for Bouncing Back After You Fail by Jolie Dawn — Be aware of your self-talk. Instead of letting that inner dialogue run the show, take note of it, and take a moment to give yourself some empathy. Try congratulating yourself on something you’ve done well recently and breathe into the fact that you are a human being with wins and losses. And this too will pass. The Mayo Clinic published a study only last year titled “Positive thinking: Stop negative self-talk to reduce stress,” in which they explain that negative self-talk is detrimental to your stress management and even your health, citing a longer lifespan and better cardiovascular health. They also discuss ways to identify negative thinking and put positive thinking into practice.

Healthcare Finance News, Mayo Clinic says opioid controlled substance agreements safely reduce healthcare visits and decrease utilization by Jeff Lagasse — New research published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings found that adhering to a standardized care process model for opioid prescriptions appears to reduce the overall number of healthcare visits for patients on long-term opioid therapy, thereby decreasing utilization while maintaining safety.. Researchers said the controlled substance agreement provides patients a structure and reduced the likelihood that they seek medical attention to further manage or diagnose their pain. Additional coverage: Medical Xpress

Outside, What’s Next in the Quest for a Sub-Two-Hour Marathon? by Alex Hutchinson — The dust has settled. Eliud Kipchoge’s stunning marathon world record of 2:01:39 is in the books, and already the chatter is starting to look to the future. What comes next? Much of the talk has focused on how much faster current runners (including Kipchoge himself) can run, and how future marathons could be optimized to enable even lower times—for example with a record-eligible version of Nike’s Breaking2 race, complete with better weather and more competent pacemakers than Kipchoge had in Berlin. Michael Joyner, the Mayo Clinic physiologist and human performance expert who’s been beating the two-hour-marathon drum longer than anyone, has a slightly different take. Sure, a yearly Breaking2-type event funded by a deep-pocketed sponsor would be great, he agrees. But the really interesting question is not what comes next, but who comes next—and how we can generate more Kipchoge-level talents in the not-so-distant future. Here’s a lightly edited version of a conversation I had with him over email.

Women’s Health, Science Says Having A Gym Buddy Can Help You Live Longer by Lucy Bode — Grab your gym buddy and lock in that sweat sesh, coz it turns out working out with a partner is way better for your health than doing it Han Solo. The reason? Social interaction, of course. As part of the Copenhagen City Heart Study, researchers took data from 8,500 Caucasian adults, who had never experienced heart disease, stroke or cancer. The participants were all asked to complete a comprehensive health and lifestyle questionnaire, which included info on their main form of exercise and how often they did it. They were then closely monitored over a period of 25 years (during which time around 4,500 of them passed away). Interestingly, in the paper – published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings - researchers established a clear link between social sports and a longer life. In comparison to sedentary people, the tennis enthusiasts added 9.7 years to their lifespan.

PBS: One-on-one with Steve Adubato, Voice Technology Can Improve Healthcare Engagement — Steve Adubato goes One-on-One with Jennifer Warner, Senior Editor at Mayo Clinic, from the Amazon Alexa VOICE Summit at NJIT, to explain how voice-activated technology is improving the way patients engage with healthcare.

Medscape, Banish These Five Terms From Medicine? by Ariel Harsinay — …Some physicians are adamant about keeping the term "heart feature" in use. Dr Barry Borlaug, a cardiologist from Mayo Clinic, believes that it would be a huge detriment to remove the term from clinician vocabularies. "To change the term runs the risk of trivializing what is in fact a significant and lifestyle-altering medical condition," Borlaug said. "The job of the heart is to pump blood to the body at rest and during exercise without an untoward increase in heart filling pressures. If the heart fails to do this, and that causes symptoms of effort intolerance or shortness of breath, then we call that 'heart failure.' That is its very definition. To pretend that this is not failure of the heart is dangerous in that it may lead to ignorance in both patients and caregivers about the magnitude and scope of this problem."

Healio, Marlex mesh improved function after TKA revision for extensor mechanism disruption — Patients who experienced catastrophic disruption of the extensor mechanism after primary and revision total knee arthroplasty had excellent functional outcomes and good survivorship when Marlex mesh was used in reconstruction with a step-wise surgical approach, according to results published in The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. “Extensor mechanism reconstruction with Marlex mesh is a viable option for an otherwise catastrophic situation with significant improvements in extensor lag, and substantial improvements in functional outcomes. Moreover, there was a relatively low complication rate for an otherwise difficult situation,” Matthew P. Abdel, MD, co-author of the study and an associate professor of orthopedic surgery at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, told

Science Daily, Physical activity necessary to maintain heart-healthy lifestyle — Exercise and physical activity are of vast global importance to prevent and control the increasing problem of heart disease and stroke, according to a review paper published today in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. This paper is part of an eight-part health promotion series where each paper will focus on a different risk factor for cardiovascular disease. "Proper physical activity should be a lifelong commitment," said Gerald Fletcher, MD, professor of medicine and cardiovascular disease at Mayo Clinic Florida and the review's lead author. "The benefits of being physically active exist regardless of sex, ethnicity or age. The most active individuals have an approximate 40 percent lower risk of developing heart disease than those who do not exercise at all." Additional coverage: Healio, Laboratory Equipment

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