October 12, 2018

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights for October 12, 2018

By Emily Blahnik

US News & World Report, Joining the Opioid Battle by Linda Marsa — Many hospitals, including Stanford Health Care, Cleveland Clinic, Mayo Clinic and Johns Hopkins, have launched pain management boot camps that provide alternatives to painkillers for people suffering from chronic pain. These outpatient programs integrate traditional and complementary medicine techniques. The Mayo Clinic's intensive rehabilitation program, for instance, entails daily seven-hour sessions for three weeks. Part of the treatment is the schedule," says Wesley Gilliam, clinical director of Mayo's Pain Rehabilitation Center. "Many of our participants have been struggling with their addictions for so long that they've lost track of time and their whole clock has been thrown off." Sessions include mindfulness meditation, yoga, cognitive behavioral therapy, physical and occupational therapy – even breathing exercises to ease the anxiety triggered by chronic pain.

USA Today, Should you get a 3D mammogram? What you should know about how the screening detects breast cancer by Ashley May — Mammogram recommendations can be confusing, and now more women are also being asked if they'd prefer a 3D screening as opposed to the traditional option. A 3D mammogram, also known as digital breast tomosynthesis, is a newer breast cancer screening option that takes more images than a 2D digital mammography and experts say it's more accurate. Should women opt for this newer test? Yes, Mayo Clinic radiologist Tara Henrichsen told USA TODAY. "I don’t think there’s any reason not to do it," Henrichsen said. "It's an updated mammogram." Additional coverage: KARE 11

ABC News, Mom meteorologist wears her 1-year-old to work while reporting weather forecast by Nicole Pelletiere — A meteorologist is empowering parents after she wore her toddler while reporting the weather forecast. Susie Martin, director of operations and certified meteorologist for the weather company, Praedictix, recently wore her 1-year-old son to work in hopes to promote baby-wearing to other parents. "I wanted to promote this wonderful tool that's helped me as a mom and the bonding experience between mother and son," Martin of Minnesota, told "Good Morning America." "I suppose it's a way for the baby to be comforted. It was nice for me personally because I could multitask while comforting my child."… Dr. Jason Homme, assistant professor of pediatrics at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, said the key, initial phase of parent-child bonding is during the first few weeks of life, but there's more connecting that occurs a little later in childhood, as with Martin's son. "I think it's reasonable to conclude that it can help with bonding for both for the parent and child," Homme told "Good Morning America" of baby-wearing. "I think to promote it in this way is creative." Homme said mothers and fathers shouldn't consider it a lesser style of parenting to use a stroller, or any other different carrier.

Everyday Health, Mindfulness May Help Improve Menopause Symptoms by Fran Kirtz — The study included 1,744 women between ages 40 and 65 who came to the Women’s Health Clinic at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester between January 2015 and December 2016. The women were asked to fill out questionnaires on menopause symptoms, stress, and mindfulness. As they reviewed the responses, the researchers found a correlation between more mindfulness and lower menopause symptom scores, as well as lower stress scores. For the women with higher stress scores, the benefits of mindfulness on menopause symptom scores was even greater, according to the researchers…The practice of mindfulness allows patients to be aware of the present moment without concern for past or future consequences, says Richa Sood, MD, a consultant in the department of internal medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, who is the lead author of the study. "Although more research is needed, this study provides a strong signal for the potential role of mindfulness in improving psychological symptoms, emotional response to menopause symptoms, and stress in women during midlife," says Dr. Sood.

HuffPost, 3 Things You Can Do Right Now To Protect Your Brain From Memory Loss by Beth Krietsch — Research in this area is still a bit inconclusive, but experts say it may be possible with careful attention to a few specific behaviors. ..In addition to aerobic exercise ― think running, walking and swimming ― you should incorporate strength training into your routine as well, said Ronald Petersen, a physician and director of the Mayo Clinic Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center. “In terms of overall brain health and maybe even quality of life, I think these activities are beneficial,” Petersen said.

Sports Illustrated, After Eliud Kipchoge’s New World Record, How Close Are We to the Two-Hour Marathon? by Chris Chavez — When Eliud Kipchoge crossed the finish line of the Berlin Marathon in 2:01:39 last month, he didn't just beat the world record—he smashed it by 78 seconds, the largest improvement over the previous record since 1967. After that stunning achievement, it's time to consider whether the once unthinkable is possible: Will a marathoner break the two-hour barrier? After Berlin, 99 seconds separate the world record from the two-hour mark. While there are still plenty of skeptics, in a 1991 paper Dr. Michael Joyner, a physiologist at the Mayo Clinic, argued that a 1:57:58 marathon was theoretically possible for an ideal runner, for instance someone with a high level of maximum oxygen consumption…With all of the talk about the advancement of shoe technology, fueling, course design and pacing strategy, I posed the question to Hutchinson and Joyner as to whether we’re heading into an era of gear controversy in the sport.

New York Daily News, When outdoors, take steps to prevent Lyme disease — DEAR MAYO CLINIC: Each summer, some friends and I spend a week camping in a wilderness area in northern Minnesota. When we got back this year, a member of our group was diagnosed with Lyme disease. As we get ready to go next time, what should we do to protect ourselves from Lyme disease? ANSWER: Lyme disease is a common illness spread by ticks that tend to live in long grasses, bushes, shrubs and forested areas, particularly in the Midwest and Northeast U.S. Spending a week in a northern wilderness does raise your risk for contracting Lyme disease. Unfortunately, there is no longer a vaccine for prevention of Lyme disease. But there are steps you can take to prevent it…— Gregory Poland, M.D., General Internal Medicine, Mayo Clinic , Rochester, Minn.

The Guardian, Want to live for ever? Flush out your zombie cells by Zoe Corbyn — In 2011 Jan van Deursen and colleagues at the nonprofit medical organisation the Mayo Clinic showed that eliminating senescent cells in mice via a genetic trick delayed some of the ravages of age in prematurely aged mice. The paper sparked the formation of Unity (Van Deursen is a scientific co-founder). A follow-up study published in 2016 that repeated the experiment but this time in naturally aged animals, sealed the possibilities. “That [2016 paper] was literally the proof of concept for the entire industry,” says Gary Hudson, co-founder and Executive Chairman of Oisín Biotechnologies… “Not every cell that expresses high p16 is senescent; and not every senescent cell has high p16,” notes James Kirkland, a researcher who studies ageing at the Mayo Clinic.

HealthDay, Working Out When Under the Weather by Len Canter — The general guideline is that you should be able to work out if your symptoms are from the neck up, like a stuffy nose from a cold, but not when you have the whole-body achiness of the flu. Easy or moderate exercise, such as walking rather than running, should be fine. Some experts say it could even be beneficial. But you don't want to spread germs at the gym, so work out at home to avoid infecting others. And remember to cut back on the intensity and length of your usual workout as needed to avoid further taxing your body and risking injury…The Mayo Clinic has more on how to tell if you're too sick to exercise. Additional coverage: US News & World Report

Vox, The exciting new idea hospitals have to bring down drug prices by Dylan Scott — Let’s talk about an unambiguously interesting, promising, and maybe even downright good piece of health care news you might have missed: A group of hospitals is banding together to produce cheap generic drugs to fight off egregious price hikes and drug shortages. The not-for-profit venture is called Civica Rx, and the company announced itself last month. A collection of 22 hospitals in the Salt Lake City area called Intermountain Healthcare, the Mayo Clinic, the for-profit health care facilities company HCA Healthcare, and some philanthropic foundations are pulling together to form the firm.

Post-Bulletin, KSMQ-TV to host free Mayo movie screenings — KSMQ Public Television will host a series of free public screenings of the Ken Burns documentary "Mayo Clinic: Faith -- Hope -- Science" in the area during the next several weeks. These are the dates and times: Austin, 7 p.m. Oct. 16, RCC Frank Bridges Theatre. Rochester, 7 p.m. Oct. 19, Canadian Honker Events at Apache. Winona, 6 p.m. Oct. 23, Acoustic Café

Post-Bulletin, 7 things to know about the planned downtown special services district levy increase by Randy Petersen — Rochester and Mayo Clinic provide a flat contribution. When the RDA special services district was created, the city and Mayo Clinic agreed to provide half the initial funding, $75,000 each to match the $150,000 in property taxes. According to RDA annual reports, that annual funding remained flat until being raised to $100,000 each in 2017.

Post-Bulletin, Mayo Clinic Q&A: Screening teens for depression risk — Dear Mayo Clinic: At her most recent well-child checkup, my 13-year-old daughter was given a questionnaire about depression, even though she doesn’t have any symptoms of depression. Is screening for depression typical at her age? If so, how are the answers used? Major depression is common. It’s estimated that up to 8 percent of teens have experienced depression in the past year. Untreated depression may place a teen at risk for recurrent depressive episodes or increase their risk of suicide. The risk factors for depression vary and include a family history of depression, age (a bit more common in older kids), and sex (more common in girls than boys). That said, it’s important to understand that depression can happen in teens who don’t have any of the typical risk factors.

KAAL, MCHS Providing Several Flu Clinics Ahead of the Flu Season — With flu season quickly approaching, Mayo Clinic Health Systems is opening several flu clinics across southeastern Minnesota. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the flu shot annually for everyone over 6 months old, especially young children, and for those over 65…"Although the year was pretty bad last year, it's even more important to get vaccinated this year to better prevent some of those deaths and you're not only protecting yourself and your family but those who are immunocompromised and can't get the flu shot," said Kathryn Hutchins with Mayo Clinic Health Systems in Austin.

KAAL, Southeast Minnesota's Economic Forecast: Lots of Growth — Southeast Minnesota will keep growing. That's what a new study by the Southeastern Minnesota League of Municipalities (SEMLM) forecasts. “The number of new jobs that are coming in, how many jobs are currently unfilled, the need for housing in the region to house all the new employees that will be coming, because we can’t even fill these jobs with our current level of population,” all play a role in the region’s future, said Brenda Johnson, executive director for SEMLM. When people think about growth and development in southeastern Minnesota, most minds go to the Mayo Clinic and the $6 billion Destination Medical Center initiative.

KIMT, Empowering women who have heart disease by Annalise Johnson — WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease partnered with Mayo Clinic for the annual WomenHeart Science and Leadership Symposium on Saturday. 49 women living with heart disease from across the country attended this year's symposium, which included a heart-healthy cooking workshop. With the knowledge and skills they gain at the symposium, they volunteer in their home communities to raise awareness of heart disease in women… "Women here are learning how to support other women, how to educate other women, how to both recover from heart disease but also how not to get heart disease in the first place. Woman-to-woman communication is so incredibly powerful and it doesn't replace them seeing their doctor, but it adds to their healing," adds Dr. Sharonne N. Hayes, a cardiologist at Mayo Clinic and the medical director of the symposium.

Star Tribune, Mayo complex is early test of Rochester's big plans by Matt McKinney — The ribbon-cutting and official opening is still months away, but a new research building rising here within blocks of the Mayo Clinic has already filled most of its available space. Normally a routine matter for any new commercial development, finding tenants for the building known as One Discovery Square stands as an early test of Mayo’s multibillion-dollar effort to create a new economy in Rochester. It’s here, in a 16-block district dubbed Discovery Square, that Mayo wants to mix cutting-edge research, deep-pocketed investors and visionary entrepreneurs to help Mayo doctors dream up the next medical miracle. That starts with One Discovery Square and whoever ends up working there. “We’re at a very important point in the evolution of Discovery Square,” said Jim Rogers, chairman of Mayo’s department of business development. Additional coverage: KWLM Willmar

Star Tribune, Inaugural MANOVA Global Health Summit kicks off by Patrick Kennedy — The inaugural MANOVA conference is off and running. The ambitious new conference started its first morning of the conference with a mix of local, national and international speakers addressing a range of health, wellness and innovation topics illustrating the type of global conversations on the future of health that conference organizers had hoped to inspire. The MANOVA Conference was created to foster connections at the intersection of health, retail and technology… Addicks credited a number of people and founding event sponsors Walmart, Mayo Clinic and the Medical Alley Association with stepping up to make the conference happen in a short time frame.

Star Tribune, Manova Global Summit called a success ... so far by Lee Schafer — It wasn’t yet lunchtime on the first morning of the Manova Global Summit this week in Minneapolis, and conference CEO Mark Addicks had seen enough. “I think we already do” know that this inaugural event is a success, he said. Maybe launching a conference on the future of health with “global” in the title isn’t the kind of thing glass-half-empty people try. Yet by eyeballing the room and chatting up some participants this week, you could see why Addicks thought he had already won. The main hall at the Convention Center was full with roughly a thousand people who registered to be there, the presentations were mostly informative as well as slickly produced, and all over the room at the break people seemed to be chatting and shaking hands — when they weren’t staring into their iPhone screens, but that’s an unfortunate aspect of life anywhere in 2018…In addition to conference sponsors like the Mayo Clinic, the Meet Minneapolis, Convention & Visitors Association jumped in to promote the event as well.

Minnesota Public Radio, Intelligence Squared debate: Retail alliances in health care — The 2018 Mayo Transform Conference invited John Donvan of the Intelligence Squared series to organize a debate with the traditional two experts on each side of this motion: "Retail alliances — not Washington — will save the U.S. health care system." Corporate behemoths are announcing mergers that, they say, are sure to shake up health care — from the Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase venture, to the CVS-Aetna deal, to the Humana-Walgreens partnership, and more. But while these superpower alliances are making a splash in the headlines, will they actually be able to disrupt, and save, U.S. health care?

KEYC Mankato, Clinic Receives Brand New 3D Breast Imaging Scanners by Temi Adeleye — Mayo Clinic Health System at the Eastridge Clinic in Mankato introduced two brand new 3D Breast Imaging Scanners to their facilities. Chair of Radiology Dr. Matthew Schaefer said the machines will give women in the area, a better chance at breast cancer detection. "It's the newest technology, it's best for women who have dense breast and have a lot of tissue," said Schaefer. " Now we have multiple images and we can kind of look at it and say that oh okay, that's not something we need to worry about."

Austin Daily Herald, Mayo Clinic researchers identify gene types driving racial disparities in myeloma — Researchers at Mayo Clinic announced Wednesday that they have identified three specific gene types that account for a known two-to-three-fold increase in myeloma diagnoses among African-Americans. Researchers also demonstrated the ability to study race and racial admixture more accurately using DNA analysis. The findings were published Wednesday in Blood Cancer Journal, a peer-reviewed journal that publishes articles related to hematologic malignancies and related disorders. “Myeloma is a serious blood cancer that occurs two to three times more often in African-Americans than Caucasians,” said Dr. Vincent Rajkumar, a hematologist at Mayo Clinic and senior author of the study. “We sought to identify the mechanisms of this health disparity to help us better understand why myeloma occurs in the first place and provide insight into the best forms of therapy.” Additional coverage: Finger Lakes Times

Albert Lea Tribune, Guest Column: Public Health aims to address mental health by Sue Yost — Freeborn County Public Health is required to complete a community health assessment every five years. One of the ways we collect information is by sending out a survey in collaboration with Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea. The survey is sent out by a survey company to randomly chosen community members 18 and older. When the results come in, we work with community partners to determine the highest needs in the community…The results of the 2013 survey show that 18 percent of people reported concerns with depression, and in 2016 the results increased to 22 percent.

South Florida Reporter, Why A Racquet And Some Friends May Be The Key To A Longer Life — Exercise is the best medicine and the closest thing there is to a fountain of youth. Any exercise can help you live longer, but new research shows some exercises can help you live longer than others. “And the study actually found that the team sports, the sports where you had some social connectivity, actually produced a greater longevity than those individual sports,” says Dr. Ed Laskowski, co-director of Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine. Dr. Laskowski says a recent study shows people who play social sports like tennis or soccer tend to live longer than those who participate in individual sports like swimming or running.

South Florida Reporter, What Causes Hiccups? — Faking hiccups – including the “hic” sound – is pretty easy. Getting rid of the real ones can be difficult. “It’s all an involuntary contraction of the diaphragm, followed by closure of the vocal cords that leads to that characteristic sound,” explains Dr. Mark V. Larson, a Mayo Clinic gastroenterologist. Faking hiccups – including the “hic” sound – is pretty easy. Getting rid of the real ones can be difficult. “It’s all an involuntary contraction of the diaphragm, followed by closure of the vocal cords that leads to that characteristic sound,” explains Dr. Mark V. Larson, a Mayo Clinic gastroenterologist.

South Florida Reporter, 9 Tips For Staying Active During Cancer Treatment — Here are some simple strategies to help you keep moving during cancer treatment. It’s encouraging to know that boosting your activity also boosts your immunity and fights fatigue…

Jacksonville Business Journal, Mayo Clinic lands $11 million grant to study breast cancer immunotherapy by Will Robinson — The Department of Defense awarded more than $11 million for this Jacksonville study.

WEAU Eau Claire, Fall Risk Assessment — The Centers for Disease Control reports falls are the number one cause of injuries among older Americans. Mayo Clinic Health System physical therapists Regan Schuette and Kimberly Nicolai discuss two, upcoming fall risk assessment screenings.

WEAU Eau Claire, Young drivers get behind the wheel to work on safety maneuvers by Sarah Winkelmann — Each teen was driving in their own car and was paired with a volunteer driving instructor. "What we are trying to do is give them some beginning tools and some beginning experience so they don't have to experience crashes in the first year or two of driving,” said Wayne Street the director of trauma nursing at Mayo Clinic Health System. “They actually have a sense for what their car can and can't do and it really empowers them to be good drivers." CVTC and Mayo Clinic Health System team up twice a year to offer the driving class for new drivers, the next class will be in April.

WKBT La Crosse, Breast health tips by Micah Dorfner — People commonly think of breast cancer when they hear about breast health, especially in October -- Breast Cancer Awareness Month. But breast health encompasses so much more. Breast health begins with the awareness or sense of what is normal for your breasts. Regular breast self-exams can help you learn what your individual breast tissue normally feels like. Once you know that, you will be better able to notice when something feels different and can decide if it's time to consult your health care provider. "Breast lumps are actually quite common, and most are not cancerous," says Elizabeth Leschensky, a family nurse practitioner at Mayo Clinic Health System.

WKBT La Crosse, Local dietitian advises on how to beat the temptation of fast food by Alex Fischer — A recently published survey by the National Center for Health Statistics found more than one in three adults eat fast food on any given day in the United States. Statistics collected between 2013 and 2016 found that, on an average day, more than 36% of Americans eat fast food. That percentage increases to 45% when looking at adults ages 20 to 39. Jamie Pronschinske, a registered dietitian with Mayo Clinic Health System, said low cost, convenience, and busy schedules are reasons for the popularity of fast food, which is high in sodium and calories. "I always encourage people to batch cook when possible, cooking large volumes of food. So, if you're a busy parent you can cook a crock-pot meal and be able to have meals throughout the week without having to [prepare] every single day or do some cooking every single day," said Pronschinske.

WKBT La Crosse, Mayo Clinic's annual flu clinics are now open by Troy Neumann — La Crosse's hospitals want you to prepare for the coming flu season. Mayo Clinic Health System's annual flu clinics are now open. Health care providers say it's important to get the vaccination early as it can take up to 2 weeks for it to take effect. "Everyone is at risk for the flu. There are populations that are most at risk, the very young and the very old and some people with chronic medical conditions, but we all can help protect ourselves and our community by getting the flu shot,” said Mayo Clinic Health System Chair for Clinical Quality Caroline Wilker.

WKBT La Crosse, Breast cancer radiation: Can it cause dry skin? by Sandhya Pruthi, M.D. — Can breast cancer radiation cause dry skin? And what can be done for relief? Dry skin after breast cancer radiation treatment is fairly common, especially for people who live in dry climates. In addition to dry, flaky, itchy skin, you may experience sunburn-like skin changes to the treated area. If you're struggling with persistent itching and burning symptoms following the radiation treatment, consult your radiation oncologist. He or she can help determine whether any underlying conditions are contributing to your symptoms or decide if you should make an appointment with a skin specialist (dermatologist)…

WKBT La Crosse, Meals in Minutes: Pork Tenderloin with Wilted Cabbage and Apples — Mayo Clinic Health System's Heather Van Dorn stopped by to show us an easy recipe for fall!

WIZM La Crosse, Few answers as six children have polio-type disease in Minnesota but look out for symptoms, Mayo doc warns — A disease that resembles polio has stricken six children in Minnesota. The illness is called acute flaccid myelitis (AFM). It attacks the nervous system and can lead to arm or leg weakness and loss of muscle reflexes, such as weakened muscles or causing the face to droop. It’s tough to tell people what to avoid, since doctors don’t yet know how the disease is transmitted, according to Dr. Abinash Virk with Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse. “We don’t really know what exactly is the transmission mode,” Virk said. “It’s hard to give specific recommendations until we know about that.”

Chippewa Herald, Physician extends family medicine practice to Mayo–Red Cedar in Menomonie by Barbara Lyon — Ginelle Zimmerman, M.D., a physician in the Mayo Clinic Family Medicine Residency Program in Eau Claire, will see patients two days per month in Family Medicine at Mayo Clinic Health System–Red Cedar in Menomonie. She will continue to care for patients in Eau Claire. Dr. Zimmerman, a second-year resident, completed medical school at the University of Minnesota Medical School.

MedPage Today, Arthritis Cases on the Rise With Cancer Tx by Nancy Walsh — Reports of patients with cancer treated with checkpoint inhibitors who developed immune-related adverse events continue to accumulate, with the largest cohort thus far now being reported from the Mayo Clinic. Case series of patients with arthritic and other musculoskeletal events have previously been reported from the Cleveland Clinic, MD Anderson Cancer Center, and the University Hospital in Bordeaux, France. And now, through March 1, 2018, a total of 61 cases of rheumatic adverse events in patients given any immune-checkpoint inhibitor have been seen at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, as reported by Uma Thanarajasingam, MD, PhD, and colleagues in Arthritis & Rheumatology.

MedPage Today, Should FDA Treat Rare Disease Drugs Differently? by Shannon Firth — "The bottom line is that we need more effective methods and pathways for drug approval for rare and ultra-rare diseases," said Marc Patterson, MD, a professor of neurology, pediatrics, and medical genetics for the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., who advocated sweeping changes in legislation. "What we hope to get is legislation that enables and directs the FDA to adopt specific approaches to dealing with rare diseases. To recognize they're different. To recognize the rules that apply for common diseases don't work," he told MedPage Today after the hearing, when asked about his goals.

Becker’s Hospital Review, Mayo Clinic gets $10M donation to support 5 initiatives by Alia Paavola — Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic received a $10 million donation from The Louis Gerstner Jr. Fund at Vanguard Charitable to support several initiatives across the health system. The grant will support five initiatives at Mayo Clinic's various care sites in Minnesota, Arizona and Florida. Mayo said the money will be used to advance research into augmented human intelligence in cardiovascular care as well as regenerative medicine for spine care. In addition, the grant will support ongoing educational opportunities for nurse practitioners and physician assistants. “We are very appreciative to The Louis Gerstner Jr. Fund at Vanguard Charitable for their generous grant to Mayo Clinic that has provided us with the support needed to advance five focused initiatives across our three main locations," said Gianrico Farrugia, MD, president and CEO-elect of Mayo Clinic in Rochester and CEO of Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla. "We are grateful for the support and trust in Mayo Clinic to do what we do best. That is putting the needs of the patient first in all we do, including work in research and education."

Becker’s Spine Review, Mayo Clinic receives $10M donation to support 5 initiatives, including regenerative medicine in spine by Mackenzie Garrity — The Louis V. Gerstner Jr. Fund at Vanguard Charitable gave Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic a $10 million grant. The grant will go toward supporting five initiatives across Mayo Clinic's Arizona, Florida and Minnesota sites. Regenerative medicine in spine pain is among the research initiatives the grant is funding. Additionally, Mayo Clinic plans to use the grant to research augmented human intelligence in cardiovascular care, arthritis and data analytics. The grand also provides specialized education opportunities for nurse practitioners and physician assistants. Louis V. and Robin L. Gerstner Mayo Clinic receive the grant. The philanthropists have a longstanding relationship with the health system.

Becker’s ASC Review, 5 hospitals, health systems opening or planning ASCs by Eric Oliver — Here are five hospitals and health systems that opened or announced plans for ASCs in September… Phoenix-based Mayo Clinic in Arizona started its largest expansion to date as it drastically transforms its campus. The expansion will feature an outpatient surgery center.

Becker’s GI & Endoscopy, 7 insights about newly-elected ACG president Dr. Sunanda Kane by Eric Oliver — Rochester, Minn.-based gastroenterologist Sunanda Kane, MD, is the American College of Gastroenterology's newly elected president. Dr. Kane assumed her post at ACG 2018, Oct. 5-10 in Philadelphia. Here are seven things to know about her: 1. Dr. Kane chairs the Rochester-based Mayo Clinic's gastroenterology division. In the position, Dr. Kane oversees quality improvement projects…

Reader’s Digest, 6 Warning Signs You May Be About to Go into Cardiac Arrest by Andrea Barbalich — A study in Mayo Clinic Proceedings found that people with lower levels of calcium in their blood were more likely to experience cardiac arrest than those with higher levels. In fact, those with the lowest levels on average had twice the risk of those with the highest amounts. Calcium levels are easily determined with a blood test. The study authors said that further study is needed to confirm the results and to determine whether people with low levels could benefit from eating more foods that contain calcium or by taking a calcium supplement.

Health Exec, How Mayo Clinic’s network strategy boosts patient outcomes by Amy Baxter — Years ago, one of the nation’s top hospital systems took a radical stance—it wasn’t going to play the merger and acquisition game to continue growing. Instead, Mayo Clinic, based in Rochester, Minnesota, decided it was going to form an extensive network of providers to work with and focus on fixing the fragmentation problems plaguing the healthcare space. In turn, the strategy has boosted patient outcomes and helped Mayo Clinic achieve accolades as the top-ranked hospital in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report. The strategy balks in the face of a rapidly consolidating healthcare space currently marked by several large, ongoing transactions.

Health Data Management, Mayo expands use of image-guided liver treatment platform by Fred Bazzoli — The Mayo Clinic is expanding the use of an image-guided treatment solution to improve complicated liver procedures. The provider organization has installed the system, from EDDA Technology, at its facility in Jacksonville, Fla., after having installed it in its Minnesota main campus and Scottsdale, Ariz., facility. The application, called IQQA, provides comprehensive three-dimensional image analysis, using magnetic resonance and computed tomography, to support in-depth quantitative volumetry of the liver in advance of procedures.

Health Leaders, How to Limit Waste in Hospital Supply Chains by Christopher Cheney — Surgical technicians and physicians should document the supplies and implants that are used during a procedure, says Theodore Pappas, who works in supply chain management at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida. "They have to tell us what they're using—if they are opening and not using items and wasting product. We need to be able to identify that. We have to be able to collect that information and share it with the stakeholders. … That kind of cost goes right to the bottom line. If you can eliminate waste, that reduces your cost significantly," he says.

Healthcare Dive, Mayo, Geisinger among 1,300 providers signing up for BPCI-A by Les Masterson — Geisinger, Mayo Clinic and Dignity Health are among the nearly 1,300 entities that include more than 1,500 Medicare providers and suppliers signing up to take part in the Bundled Payment for Care Improvement-Advanced model, CMS announced Tuesday. Results were seen as better than expected by some industry observers, perhaps in part due to a new opt-out option, new care episode options and rising pressure from non-traditional players into the healthcare space.

Medical Bag, The Doctor Will @ You Now: Social Media MD Shares Strategies by Lauren Biscaldi — Faris K. Timimi, MD, is no stranger to social media. As medical director for the Mayo Clinic Social Media Network (MCSMN) and a practicing cardiologist in Rochester, Minnesota, Dr Timimi maintains an active social media presence, most recently sharing his thoughts about the Heart Failure Society of American's annual meeting on the #HFSA2018 hashtag. Dr Timimi and Lee Aase, communications director of the MCSMN, sat down with Medical Bag to discuss the goals of the MCSMN and role of social media in physician practice.

CAP Today, For autopsy service, new requirements in AP checklist plus nine new requirements for forensic autopsies by Valerie Neff Newitt — Quality management, communication, and consent are among the issues addressed in new and revised requirements in the autopsy pathology section of the latest edition of the CAP accreditation program anatomic pathology checklist. The same checklist, released in August, now contains an all new section on forensic autopsy pathology, which will be used to inspect forensic autopsy services provided in hospitals.“Until now, CAP-accredited labs were doing forensics without detailed guidance for these specialized undertakings. We felt strongly that certain standards needed to be called out to ensure things are done in a proper way,” says Robert Ross Reichard, MD, chair of the CAP Forensic Pathology Committee and associate professor of pathology, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science, Rochester, Minn.

Genome Web, Mayo Clinic Launches Educational Consumer Genetics App That Also Provides Some Health Results by Julia Karow — The Mayo Clinic entered the consumer genetic testing market this week with the launch of a DNA testing and educational app, called the Mayo Clinic GeneGuide, that is available through the Helix platform. The GeneGuide, which costs about $200 for both new and existing Helix customers, provides genetic results for a total of 15 conditions in the areas of carrier screening, disease risk, medication response, and health-related traits. "This is really an educational tool for consumers," said Matthew Ferber, a clinical molecular geneticist at the Mayo Clinic who led the development of the app. "We are not trying to be exhaustive in any one of those four categories — this app is all about education."

Christianity Today, The Unexplored Faith in Ken Burns’s ‘The Mayo Clinic’ by Jenny Collins — An immigrant doctor. A deadly 1883 tornado. And the unlikely partnership of a determined Franciscan Sister who had a vision from God to build a world-renowned hospital and the agnostic English physician who championed Darwin. "How have I not heard this incredible story until now?!" I wondered during my first visit to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, during a cold week in February 2010. It had all the makings of a movie. Clearly, Ken Burns felt the same way. The prolific documentarian, captivated by the story while a Mayo patient, captures 150 years of Mayo Clinic history and stories in two hours in his latest film, The Mayo Clinic: Faith-Hope-Science.

News-medical.net, First suicide attempts in youth more lethal than previously realized — "Suicide is a major public health problem affecting American youth and is the second most common cause of death for those between the ages of 10 and 24 years old," said lead author Alastair McKean, MD, a child and adolescent psychiatrist at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, USA. "Our findings show the high lethality of index attempt suicides in youth and their close relationship to firearms. This combined with the fact that index suicide attempts are often the first intersection with mental health care is very concerning. Future prevention efforts need to focus on youth before they make their first attempt." Additional coverage: Science Daily

MD Linx, FDA approves new drug for migraine prevention by Naveed Saleh M.D. — The approval of fremanezumab, administered as a subcutaneous injection either 675 mg quarterly or 225 mg monthly, is based on the results of several clinical trials in which researchers observed clinical benefit, including a recently published study in Neurology. “Fremanezumab, formerly known as TEV-48125, is a fully humanized immunoglobulin G2a monoclonal antibody that potently and selectively binds to CGRP, thereby preventing its binding to receptors,” wrote the authors, led by Juliana VanderPluym, MD, Mayo Clinic, Phoenix, AZ.

Gulf News, Bacterial vs viral infections: How to differentiate? by Rabab Khan — What is the difference between a bacterial and viral infection? The most simple way to explain it would be that bacterial infections are caused by bacteria, while viral infections are caused by viruses. But, to break it down further, the most important distinction between bacteria and viruses is that antibiotic drugs usually kill bacteria, but they aren’t effective against viruses, as stated by the Mayo Clinic, a US-based nonprofit academic medical centre.

Medscape, New Diagnostic Criteria for Spontaneous Spinal Cord Infarction by Batya Swift Yasgur — New diagnostic criteria combining clinical history, cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) analysis, and neuroimaging have been proposed to improve the diagnosis of spontaneous spinal cord infarction (SCI)…"Misdiagnosis of spontaneous SCI happens very frequently, especially in the absence of an inciting event such as aortic surgery, with transverse myelitis being a common misdiagnosis," Nicholas Zalewski, MD, senior associate consultant, division of MS and autoimmune neurology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, told Medscape Medical News. Additional coverage: MD Linx

Medscape, IGF1-Targeting Teprotumumab Tackles Thyroid Eye Disease by Nancy A. Melville — Commenting on the study, Mabel Ryder, MD, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, who is co-chair of the ATA program committee, said the findings are encouraging. "There are still many questions," she told Medscape Medical News. "For instance, we know thyroid-associated ophthalmopathy sometimes gets better on its own over time, but this study had a control group and not many [in the placebo group] got well on their own over time. And furthermore, the data were done long-term, for more than a year, so this suggests there are indeed some benefits."

Healio, Mindfulness may mediate menopause-related symptoms — Midlife women who practice mindfulness may experience fewer menopause-related symptoms and less stress vs. women who do not practice the technique, according to a study of more than 1,700 women presented at the North American Menopause Society annual meeting. “Although more research is needed, this study provides a strong signal for the potential role of mindfulness in improving psychological symptoms, emotional response to menopause symptoms and stress in women during midlife,” Richa Sood, MD, MS, FACP, NCMP, consultant in the division of general internal medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, said in a press release.

Open Minds, Blue Cross & Blue Shield Of Minnesota Partners With Mayo Clinic To Advance Emerging Technology — Starting January 1, 2019, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota (Blue Cross) and Mayo Clinic will launch a new five-year provider network agreement in which the two organizations will establish a collaborative governance structure to ensure that advancements in medical technology and procedures have a path to market through health plan coverage options. The long-term strategic relationship is intended to focus on long-term pricing predictability. All Mayo locations across Minnesota will remain in the Blue Cross provider organization network through 2023.

Atlanta Black Star, Study Suggests White Men Have Greater Risk of Stroke If They Sleep 9 Hours or More — But Black Men Don’t by Tanasia Kenney — Researchers said sleeping too long could be a sign of a health issue in white men but noted the increased stroke risk may also be linked to an unhealthy, sedentary lifestyle ” through greater time spent in bed and less energy expenditure.” In their study, researchers also adjusted for other factors that could affect stroke risk, including smoking status, diabetes and heart disease. Virend Somers, M.D., Ph.D., of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, told MedPage Today she was surprised at the study’s findings, calling them “unexpected.” “It’s very surprising that they found that African-American men who slept 6 hours or less seemed to have a lower risk of stroke. This is not what one would have predicted based on the literature,” said Somers, who was not involved in the research. “The study is very well done, yet the data don’t fit with our expectations — which is always intriguing and exciting because that means there’s more to the story than we thought.”

MD Linx, Man with world’s largest kidneys undergoes complicated transplant surgery by John Murphy — The progression of this hereditary disease was slow but relentless. More and more cysts grew in Gene’s kidneys. As the organs filled with fluid, they become larger and larger. The average kidney is supposed to be the size of your fist, but Gene’s kidneys were each larger than a football—possibly the largest kidneys ever recorded. “We’re not quite sure how big because I can’t do a full scan properly with dye,” Gene said. “But the guess is that they’re over 10 pounds each or more.” The larger his kidneys got, the worse they functioned. But Gene didn’t want to end up on dialysis like his father. He decided to seek a kidney transplant. Someone suggested that he go see transplant surgeon Mikel Prieto, MD, at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.

Grand Forks Herald, Dream home: Dozens of volunteers renovate cancer patient's house in eight days by April Baumgarten — Kerri-Lynn Larimer said she always wanted wood floors for her dream home, said her husband, Dean. Between 75 and 100 volunteers spent eight days giving the 44-year-old mother of two boys from Thompson that dream house while she was away at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., receiving care for metastatic melanoma. The cancer patient had no idea what was happening at her house, but Dean said her face glowed with happiness during the reveal Sept. 30. "I would call it a dream home for my wife and I," Dean said. "It's what she wanted. If it makes her happy, it makes me happy."...

SELF, What You Need to Know About the U.K. Pregnancy Test Recall by Korin Miller — When you take an at-home pregnancy test, no matter what result you're hoping for, you want it to be accurate. That's why it's so alarming that a company is recalling more than 58,000 pregnancy tests in the U.K. over concerns they might give a false positive result—meaning the test could tell you that you’re pregnant when you’re really not… After a fertilized egg attaches to your uterine lining, the placenta (which helps nourish and maintain the fetus during pregnancy) forms and makes hCG, the Mayo Clinic explains.

India Times, Here’s How You Can Sneak In Exercise Into Your Office Hours by Regi George Jenarius — Standing for six hours through the course of the day could help people actually lose weight and prevent more weight gain, found a recent study has found. The study published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology indicated that the gap in energy expenditure between standing and sitting could be even greater than what the study revealed. "Standing not only burns more calories, the additional muscle activity is linked to lower rates of heart attacks, strokes, and diabetes, so the benefits of standing could go beyond weight control," said Professor Francisco Lopez- Jimenez, Chief of Preventive Cardiology at the Mayo Clinic in the US.

India Times, Here’s How You Can Sneak In Exercise Into Your Office Hours by Regi George Jenarius — Does your reason for skipping your workout revolve around the fact that you’re dealing with a relentless work schedule that keeps you preoccupied round the clock? Well, since that is the common theme for this current generation, planning time for ‘fitness’ is not really part of our agendas… Standing for six hours through the course of the day could help people actually lose weight and prevent more weight gain, found a recent study has found. The study published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology indicated that the gap in energy expenditure between standing and sitting could be even greater than what the study revealed. "Standing not only burns more calories, but the additional muscle activity is also linked to lower rates of heart attacks, strokes, and diabetes, so the benefits of standing could go beyond weight control," said Professor Francisco Lopez- Jimenez, Chief of Preventive Cardiology at the Mayo Clinic in the US.

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