October 19, 2018

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights for October 19, 2018

By Emily Blahnik

Washington Post, ‘We lived like we were Wall Street’ by DeNeen L. Brown — Before it was destroyed in the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, Greenwood was one of the most affluent black communities in the country. It was known as “Black Wall Street” because of its concentrated wealth…“At the time of the riot, there were fifteen well-known black American physicians, one of whom, Dr. A.C. Jackson, was considered the ‘most able Negro surgeon in America’ by the Mayo brothers,” founders of the Mayo Clinic, according to the Greenwood Cultural Center. Jackson was fatally shot during the massacre when he emerged from his house with his hands raised in surrender to the mob.

New York Times, Every Older Patient Has a Story. Medical Students Need to Hear It. by Paula Span — …Misperceptions can influence people’s care. In another classroom down the hall, 88-year-old Marcia Levine, a retired family therapist, was telling students about a gastroenterologist who once dismissed her complaints of fatigue by saying, “At your age, you can’t expect to have much energy.” Then, in her 70s, she switched doctors and learned she had a low-grade infection. At least 20 medical schools in the United States have undertaken similar efforts to introduce students to healthy, active elders, said Dr. Amit Shah, a geriatrician who helps direct the Senior Sages program at the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine. Additional coverage: Becker’s Hospital Review

New York Times, Diagnosis: This Little Girl’s Seizures Won’t Stop. Her Parents Need Your Advice. by Lisa Sanders, M.D. — The little girl didn’t look as if she had an infection. She hadn’t had a fever since she arrived at the hospital, and a lumbar puncture — more commonly known as a spinal tap — done the day she arrived showed no signs of infection, either. The spinal fluid was also checked for signs of an autoimmune disorder. Sometimes antibodies will mistakenly start to attack a normal part of the body as if it were an infecting invader. None of the most common of these antibodies were found. A sample of her spinal fluid was sent to the Mayo Clinic to look for other, more unusual types of autoimmune disorders. Those results took a couple of weeks to come back, but when they did revealed no autoimmune causes of the seizures…

Chicago Tribune, Batavia girl, 2, treated for rare disease similar to polio — among nine recent cases in Illinois by Elvia Malagon — Across the state, there have been nine recent cases of people younger than 18 years old who have been clinically diagnosed with acute flaccid myelitis. Last month, the Illinois Department of Public Health sent an alert to health care providers about AFM…Marc Patterson, a neurologist at the Mayo Clinic, said the CDC has taken the lead in examining and researching the spike in cases since 2014. There isn’t a specific treatment, Patterson said, but hospitals offer supportive care including physical therapy. In the most severe cases, surgery could be required to get the limbs to function again, Patterson said.

CNBC, Walmart makes reducing health-care costs a top priority — for customers, too by Angelica LaVito — Walmart is looking for ways to reduce health-care costs — for its customers in addition to its employees — as the nation's largest employer and retailer makes it a top priority this year. Insuring its 2.2 million workers across the world is the company's second-largest expense on its profit and loss statement, behind wages, company executive Lori Flees said this week at the Manova Summit in Minneapolis…As an employer, Walmart directly contracts with providers for its Centers of Excellence program. Walmart pays for associates to visit world-renowned centers like the Mayo Clinic and the Cleveland Clinic for some conditions and procedures.

CNN, Is my sports team killing me? by Tia Miller — …Drink plenty of water. Gillespie said water can help dilute alcohol, and the Mayo Clinic explains that staying hydrated can help avoid the risk of hypertension. Next time you're watching the game, make sure you're drinking water along with any other favorite beverages.

ABC News, Breastfeeding moms who pump at work fear long-term career consequences, new survey says by Nicole Pelletiere — Moms who return to work after maternity leave may have the flexibility to pump breast milk at their place of business. But, as a new survey reveals, women are still concerned that pumping at work could impact their career growth. The survey, which was shared exclusively with Bloomberg from Aeroflow, a breast pump provider, found that half of the 774 women surveyed felt that pumping at work could affect their job. ..If you work full time, Mayo Clinic recommends pumping for 15 minutes every few hours during the workday. But as Bloomberg notes in its piece, pumping times may not fit in with a job schedule.

Live Science, Woman's Vomiting Bouts Tied to Mysterious Marijuana Syndrome. And Yes, Hot Showers Helped. by Rachael Rettner — A woman who frequently ended up in the hospital with intense bouts of vomiting turned out to have a mysterious syndrome tied to heavy marijuana use, according to a new report of the case. The 27-year-old woman had been hospitalized six times in the last year with episodes of severe vomiting, according to the report, by Dr. Umesh Sharma, chair of the Division of Community Hospital Medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. The woman reported experiencing nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain for two days prior to her most recent hospitalization. She described the pain as "squeezing" in her abdomen, along with a "bruised and sore" feeling in her back, the report said.

Post-Bulletin, Hormel researcher calls cancer discovery 'very exciting' by Jeff Kiger — Hormel Institute researchers believe a treatment they are developing for a rare and deadly liver cancer could potentially have a much broader application to more common cancers. "It is very exciting," said Dr. Sergio Gradilone, chief of the Institute's Cancer Cell Biology and Translational Research lab in Austin…Mayo Clinic researchers in Rochester and Florida are working with two sponsoring pharmaceutical companies to start a clinical trial with patients, he said. If the results are positive, that could lead to a second, larger patient trial…Gradilone, who previously worked at Mayo Clinic, says that while it's a rare disease, many people with the this type of cancer come to Mayo for treatment.

Post-Bulletin, Five Mayo Clinic sites receive patient-care award — The Mayo Clinic in Rochester ranked first among academic medical centers for patient care, according to the Vizient 2018 Bernard A. Birnbaum, M.D., Quality Leadership Awards. Five Mayo locations received awards. Mayo Clinic Health Care System in Red Wing ranked second among community hospitals, and Mayo Clinic in Eau Claire, Wis., ranked eighth among teaching medical centers. This is the third year in which the Red Wing location has ranked among the top three in its category. The Jacksonville campus ranked third among academic medical centers, and the Arizona campus ranked sixth.

KIMT, The status of children's dental health in Olmsted County. by Annalise Johnson — According to the National Institute of dental and craniofacial research, around 20% of children age 2-5 have untreated tooth decay. That number jumps to almost 25% in children age 6-11. Area leaders in oral health care gathered at Olmsted County Public Health for the 'Status of Dental Health in Olmsted County' conference, hosted by the Olmsted County Children's Oral Health Task Force and the Minnesota Oral Health Coalition. "Unfortunately, the access to oral health by children in our county is very poor. Two out of three children that are on Medicaid or government programs do not have access to a dentist," says Dr. Valeria Cristiani, a community pediatrician at Mayo Clinic. Attendees of the conference agree that education for parents, lawmakers, and providers is key to improving the dental health care of area children.

KIMT, Mayo Clinic hosts Festival of Cultures by Jeremiah Wilcox — Mayo Clinic is the number one employer in Rochester. Millions of people come to the Clinic for treatment every year. They also employ thousands of people from diverse backgrounds. Mayo Clinic is celebrating that diversity with an event called Festival of Cultures. It’s an event that has been put on at Mayo for the last 12 years. In 2006 they started with just over 300 participants now the celebration is at all Mayo campuses and has over 3,000 participants. Fazi Amirahmadi is an engineer at Mayo and said that this celebration brings people together. “The variety of cultures and education in that way we are enriching our organization and diversity is helpful for organizations to improve and to be a better organization,” said Fazi Amirahmadi.

KTTC, Peace Plaza interactive displays invite visitors to reimagine space by Linda Ha — Destination Medical Center invited the community to take part in solidifying plans for the future of the project Wednesday at Peace Plaza and attend a ticketed dinner reception with remarks from DMC leaders…Peace Plaza interactive displays invite visitors to reimagine space — Eric Anderson of Rochester designed “The Artery.” An art piece signaling the profound moments of hope and healing happening within our health care institutions every day. He has linked with real-time data from Mayo Clinic to light up at these events: a birth, organ transplant, radiation treatment completion, chemotherapy treatment completion, and a cancer-free pathology report.

KAAL, One More Surgery for Governor Dayton — The Office of Governor Mark Dayton sent an update on Sunday regarding Dayton's back surgery at Mayo Clinic in Rochester on Friday. In a statement, Dayton's staff said the governor's back surgery was successful and that Dayton's doctor is pleased with how Friday's surgery went. The statement also added that the doctor believes the procedure will strengthen the Governor's legs, as intended. On Monday, the Governor will undergo a follow-up procedure which is supposed to strengthen the fusion in his lower back. According to the statement, this final surgery will provide more support for his vertebrae and ensure a long-term stability of his back and legs. Additional coverage: Pioneer Press, MPR, Star Tribune, KSTPKMSP

Pioneer Press, Mark Dayton recovering after Monday back surgery; procedure deemed a success by Keith Schubert — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton was resting Monday evening after undergoing another back surgery, his second in four days. Dayton’s staff said the governor’s doctors deemed both surgeries a success. He will remain at the Rochester’s Mayo Clinic, where both procedures took place, for the next few days. “This final surgery will provide more support for his vertebrae, and better ensure the long-term stability of his back and legs,” an earlier statement from Dayton said. The surgery is a follow-up to the successful lower back surgery the 71-year-old Democrat had on Friday, which fused vertebrae in his lower back. Additional coverage: Star Tribune, Brainerd Dispatch

KMSP, In key 1st congressional district, candidates battle as President Trump looms large — Feehan said he would’ve voted against the tax cuts that Republicans passed into law late last year, while Hagedorn supported them. Feehan said the U.S. should allow anyone to buy into Medicare as a way to cut medical costs. That set off a spirited debate over the impact lower Medicare reimbursement rates would have on the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. “If you you do this, it’s going to destroy the progress and growth of Rochester, Minnesota and much of southern Minnesota,” Hagedorn said. Feehan responded that the Mayo Clinic should be part of the conversation. “It helps the Mayo Clinic if the Mayo Clinic is involved in a part of it in the first place,” he said. Additional coverage: Pioneer Press, Mankato Free Press

KARE 11, VERIFY: Does honey work better than cough medicine? By Cory Hepola — Losing sleep? Your kids' coughing keeping them, and you, up? Have you tried honey? Our question: "Is it true honey calms coughs better than cough medicine?" We asked that to Dr. Angela Mattke, a pediatrician at the Mayo Clinic, where she hosts the "Ask the Mayo Mom" show on Facebook. So, is honey better? "Yes, it is true," said Dr. Mattke.

Star Tribune, Project seeking genetic info sets up shop in Minneapolis skyway, offers $100 a sample by Jeremy Olson — Skyway pedestrians in Minneapolis can earn $100 for samples of their blood, urine and saliva in the latest type of mass genetic testing, this time to help develop life insurance products…The Mayo Clinic is participating in the federal All Of Us project to collect genetic data and biospecimens from 1 million people to identify how genes, lifestyle choices and environment affect health. The University of Minnesota has collected saliva and lifestyle data from visitors at the State Fair to study influences on child development.

Star Tribune, Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson sues insulin makers by Jeremy Olson — Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson is suing three manufacturers of synthetic insulin for allegedly price-gouging people with diabetes who need the medication to manage their chronic diseases and stay alive. Joined Tuesday by doctors and patients who have felt the impact of the skyrocketing costs, Swanson said drugmakers have tripled the list prices of various insulin medications since 2002, even though the medications haven’t fundamentally changed… Patients who are uninsured or have high deductible health plans are affected the most, because they are left to pay the list prices. Dr. Victor Montori, a Mayo Clinic endocrinologist, said it is “fundamentally cruel” for the companies to raise the prices, knowing that it will put some people at risk. “Lives have been made miserable and some have been cut short by the decision to place insulin outside their reach,” he said. Additional coverage: Pioneer Press

WJXT, Registration for Donna 5K kicks off with media relay at TPC Sawgrass by Cole Pepper — The story of Tuesday's media challenge at TPC Sawgrass wasn't the competition, which included five teams representing various area media outlets running two laps around the cart path encircling the 16th, 17th, and 18th holes at the Players Stadium Course. Instead, it was a good excuse for Donna Deegan to announce the launch of registration for the Donna 5K, one of the events that annually raises money for breast cancer research and support for families battling the disease… Deegan said that over 11,000 families have been helped and at the Mayo Clinic, there are new vaccines and immunology treatments that have been developed since the foundation was launched in 2003.

ASU, Mindfulness curriculum abounds across disciplines at ASU — It’s a Tuesday afternoon, and on the third floor of the Arizona Center in downtown Phoenix, a group of second-year Mayo Clinic students are learning to walk — or perhaps more accurately, re-learning to walk. This time, they're doing it mindfully…This is day two of a four-day selective course developed by the center specifically to introduce Mayo Clinic medical students to the concept of mindfulness and related practices so they can incorporate them into their schooling and later, their careers.

Albert Lea Tribune, Medical students choose Albert Lea to learn by Sarah Kocher — The No. 1 pick for three parties brought two medical students to Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea and Austin as another step forward in their education. Owen Tierney and Autumn Krcil are both third-year medical students at Des Moines University. According to OB/GYN Heidi Gaston, preceptor and physician lead for coordinating the students’ rotations, medical students learn for two years in classrooms and two years on the job. Both students chose Albert Lea as their top location.

Albert Lea Tribune, Mayo Clinic staff speak with Albert Lea High School students — Students from Albert Lea High School visited Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea on Friday. The students heard from staff from a variety of departments regarding their jobs, education and experience as they pursued their chosen careers. The students were also able to take tours, further exploring two areas of interest. Staff who took time out of their day to speak with the students included CEO/surgeon Dr. Mark Ciota; Dr. Jodie Schulz, OB-GYN; Dean Hanson, registered nurse; sonographers Kari Irgens and Sarah Undal; emergency medical technicians Carrie Rossing and Jody Olson.

Albert Lea Tribune, School district rounds out performance with middle, high school test results by Sarah Kocher — After last year’s scores on state assessments — and, at the high school level, several others — administrators and teachers continue the conversation about how to help students improve their reading and math performances… Administrator on Special Assignment John Double said the district continues toward its Pathways goals, developing partnerships with the community and plans for further implementation in schools for 2020. He said he has visited over 70 businesses or community contacts since September. Students were able to attend a mini job fair at Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea and Austin as well as other job fairs and events.

Red Wing Republican Eagle, Column: Recognize the signs of breast cancer — October is internationally known as an awareness month to educate people about breast cancer. People may choose to wear pink ribbons and attend special fundraising events to raise awareness about this type of cancer. Substantial support for breast cancer awareness and research funding has helped create advances in the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer. Breast cancer survival rates have significantly improved due to advances in treatment. As survival rates have increased, and the number of deaths associated with this disease is steadily declining, largely due to factors such as earlier detection, a new personalized approach to treatment and a better understanding of the disease. — Victoria Thomas, M.D. is an oncologist at Mayo Clinic Health System and sees patients in Red Wing and in Cannon Falls.

La Crosse Tribune, La Crosse County rescuers practice crisis skills in bus-train crash by Mike Tighe — One of the more daunting disaster drills in recent memory tested the mettle of La Crosse County responders Wednesday when they were dispatched to a practice scenario in which a school bus carrying 35 students slammed into a railroad tanker car carrying diesel fuel. The crisis scene, which included a school bus knocked onto its side, with the tanker car lodged against it, took place at the La Crosse Fire Department Training Facility on Isle le Plume…Other participants in the drill included La Crosse County Emergency Management, The Salvation Army, Riteway Bus Co., Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare in La Crosse and Sparta and Gundersen Tri-State Ambulance. Additional coverage: WKBT La Crosse

WKBT La Crosse, CDC: Steady number of Wisconsin families pursue waivers to avoid vaccines by Mal Meyer — Some parents are not getting the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine for their child after a study claimed the shot was connected to autism. "This has since been disproved, however, there continues to be the belief that, in the general public, that this is not a good vaccine," said Dr. Charles Peters, consultant pediatrician for Mayo Clinic Health System. He tries to encourage parents to get the full spectrum of shots. "Recognizing that some of these diseases can indeed be very serious," Peters said. Not only does not getting vaccinated put you at risk, but it affects those who come into contact with you, who may not have had their own vaccinations yet.

WKBT La Crosse, Doctors elaborate on mysterious polio-like illness — After six children were diagnosed with a rare disease with Polio-like symptoms... a local doctor explains the mysterious illness.

WKBT La Crosse, New Mayo Clinic initiative to address maternal depression — Mayo Clinic Health System is starting an initiative to increase depression screenings for new mothers.

WEAU Eau Claire, Breaking down the debates for marijuana legalization in Wisconsin by Zach Prelutsky — More than 29 states plus Washington D.C. have legalized marijuana for either recreational or medical purposes, including our neighbors to the east, west and south. It is a topic that has become a focus for states around the country, including right here in Wisconsin…"I think one of the things you have to look at when you look at the effects of any kind of drug are, is this an addictive drug. And certainly marijuana meets all the criteria for an addictive drug," said Mayo Clinic Health System Franciscan Healthcare Dr. Scott Marshall.

WXOW, Early vaccinations key to long term prevention — An estimated 80,000 Americans died of influenza and its complications last winter – the disease’s highest death toll in at least four decades. The CDC says the annual flu vaccination is the best way to prevent the virus… “What we know from extensive research is the flu vaccine is very safe,” Mayo Clinic Health Physician Caroline Wilker said. “It’s the most effective way to prevent influenza and we recommend everyone above the age of 6 months obtain the flu vaccine every year.”

WI Proud, La Crosse Flu Shot Clinics Open — The cold weather is arriving and that means so is flu season. Both Gundersen Health System and Mayo Clinic Health System Franciscan Healthcare have flu clinics open around the Coulee Region. The Centers for Disease Control recommends that everyone six months or older receives a flu shot. This year, the nasal spray will be available in a limited quantity… The CDC works very hard at trying to determine what the trends are going to be and then they use that information to basically build the vaccination," said Mayo Clinic Health System Franciscan Healthcare Nurse Practitioner Amanda Dernbach.

New York Daily News, Vaping can negatively affect teen health — DEAR MAYO CLINIC: How does vaping affect teen health? My high school children tell me it's everywhere in their school, and not much is done to stop it because people are under the impression it's not harmful. ANSWER: Using e-cigarettes -- a practice often referred to as "vaping" -- has been touted as a safe alternative to tobacco cigarettes. Although more research is needed to understand all the effects of vaping, it's clear that vaping can negatively affect health. — Jon Ebbert, M.D., Nicotine Dependence Center, Mayo Clinic , Rochester, Minn.

New York Post, Chad Pennington wishes he had been more patient with Jets by Steve Serby — Former Jets quarterback Chad Pennington connects with Post columnist Steve Serby to talk Jets, young quarterbacks and all things NFL in a Q&A chat…Q: Describe the 2018 Mayo Clinic College Football Comeback Player of the Year award. A: Mayo Clinic partnered with CoSIDA, College Sports Information Directors of America, to create this award to honor comeback stories on the football and celebrate student-athletes who’ve made major comebacks back to the gridiron due to injury, illness whatever it may be on and off the field.

New York Post, Scientists raise concerns over global spike in C-sections by Marisa Dellatto — In the US, the C-section rate is even higher than the global average, making up 25 percent of births. The procedure is most prevalent in middle- and high-income areas, the findings show: The lowest C-section rate is in New Mexico, at 17.9 percent, and the highest is in New Jersey, at 33.1 percent. The Lancet researchers point to several possible reasons for the rise: Younger doctors who perform C-sections may lose confidence in completing vaginal deliveries, driving up the surgery rate over time. In addition, say the researchers, fear of labor may be fueling patients’ requests for C-sections. C-sections are considered medically necessary when the duration or logistics of vaginal delivery would put the birth parent or baby in danger — say, in the event of fetal infection — according to the Mayo Clinic.

Daily Mail, Thousands of US children get NO vaccines at all - and the number is growing, CDC report reveals by Mia De Graaf — A common stance among the anti-vaccination community is that, if their child does get sick, they will medicate then, rather than injecting them with something now.   Dr Robert M Jacobson, a pediatrician and medical director for the Population Health Science Program at Mayo Clinic, says the irony is that vaccines are much more rigorously checked for side effects than any other type of medication. 'Vaccines are the most tested thing that we as physicians prescribe, because they are being administered to millions of people so there is no room for error,' Dr Jacobson told DailyMail.com. 'Vaccines are tested in tens of thousands of people, compared to, say antibiotics to prevent infection from a tattoo, which are tested in hundreds.'

Modern Healthcare, No end in sight: EHRs hit hospitals' bottom lines with uncertain benefits by Rachel Z. Arndt — A newly live Epic EHR installation at the Mayo Clinic, for instance, made up a chunk of the health system’s overall $1.5 billion investment in new technology. Partners HealthCare spent $1.2 billion on an Epic EHR, with installation beginning in 2015. And Scripps Health ran into some EHR-related road bumps a few year ago, reporting weakened financial results as it readied an EHR conversion budgeted for 10 years to cost just over $300 million and expected to incur $360.5 million in operating costs.

MedPage Today, Screening Slip-ups in Breast Cancer Survivors by Kristin Bundy — MedPage Today spoke with Kathryn Ruddy, MD, MPH, lead author of the study, and asked why it was important for her group to measure MRI rates in this trial. “We wanted to assess if providers are ordering MRIs instead of mammograms, which would not be consistent with guidelines,” she explains. “I was relieved to find that this is generally not the case.” Younger patients with denser breast tissue may be more apt to undergo an MRI, the authors noted, adding that they anticipate less reliance on MRIs as 3D mammography becomes more available. Additional coverage: OncLive

MedPage Today, Clinical Challenges: Treating Sleep Apnea in Heart Failure Patients by Salynn Boyles — SERVE-HF researcher Virend K. Somers, MD, PhD, of Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, discussed the study at CHEST 2018. He offered a potential explanation for the increased mortality reported with the treatment. In patients with heart failure, having the nocturnal condition known as periodic limb movement in sleep (PLMS) is associated with worse survival. In a separate retrospective study of patients treated with ASV, Somers's group found a very high prevalence of PLMS in heart failure patients. They also found that the treatment increased PLMS episodes in these patients. The likelihood of an increase in PLMS was also higher in patients with low EF. "In the analysis we just completed of SERVE-HF, we found a significant increase in PLMS in the ASV-treated group," he said. This could potentially be the mechanism to explain the worse survival in these patients, he said.

HealthDay, Preeclampsia Tied to Tripling of Dementia in Later Life by Dennis Thompson — High blood pressure during pregnancy can be a sign of preeclampsia -- a potentially life-threatening complication. Now, new research suggests preeclampsia might also make women more vulnerable to a specific type of dementia. Women with a history of preeclampsia were 3.4 times more likely to suffer from vascular dementia later in life, the researchers found. This form of dementia is triggered by impaired blood flow in the brain…Strokes that block a brain artery, or other conditions that damage brain blood vessels, can lead to vascular dementia, according to the Mayo Clinic.

HealthDay, Don't Want Rosacea? Drinking Coffee Might Help by Alan Mozes — Contrary to popular belief, new research suggests that drinking coffee might be a good prescription for avoiding the unsightly skin condition known as rosacea. The finding is based on an analysis of rosacea risk and dietary habits among nearly 83,000 women who were enrolled in a national nurses' study between 1991 and 2005. And it appears to challenge longstanding wisdom that those who struggle with rosacea should avoid both caffeine and hot drinks of any kind…But calculating serving size can be tricky. The Mayo Clinic notes that an 8-ounce cup of coffee typically contains between 95 mg and 165 mg of caffeine, while the study team indicates that one would need to drink at least two servings of coffee a day to reach the 100 mg threshold.

Medscape, Probiotics, Fecal Transplant Promising in Ulcerative Colitis by Megan Brooks — "The studies to date are of pretty poor quality," said Nicholas Talley, MD, PhD, from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and the University of Newcastle in Australia, who was not involved in the study. "They used different combinations and amounts of bacteria, and we really don't know which combination is best. That's really the problem," he told Medscape Medical News. Some studies now show that many people do not retain probiotics. "There are a lot of data now indicating that only a subset of people have any retention at all of anything they take," he said. Although there is a "signal of benefit" in this analysis, "I think the data in ulcerative colitis are unconvincing to date," Talley said. "VSL#3 does have some benefit in pouchitis, where 50% of patients have inflammation, and probiotics can help," he added.

WPXI Pittsburgh, Mayo Clinic discovery could extend quality of life — If there's a magic elixir for keeping us youthful in old age, doctors at the Mayo Clinic may be close to finding it. "The ideal would be is if people could live to be 90 or 100 but feel like they're 50 or 60," Dr. James Kirkland of the Kogod Center on Aging told KARE. It sounds impossible. Yet Dr. Kirkland and his Mayo team are working on a solution by targeting particular cells in our bodies.  They're called "senescent cells." Everyone has them and they're at the center of our chronic diseases like cancers, dementia, diabetes, and cardiac diseases. "They tend to accumulate with increasing age and they are also present at the sites of major chronic diseases," said Dr. Kirkland. So, they thought, how can we safely get rid of these dysfunctional cells? The answer was Senolytic drugs. Additional coverage: Minnesota Daily

Daily Bruin, Researcher investigates potential treatment for paralysis, draws mixed reactions by Teddy Rosenbluth —Researchers think that when prompted with electrical stimulation, damaged neurons are more readily able to fire. That’s why, when the device is on, a patient with paralysis is able to send the command “walk” from the brain, through the lesion, and to the legs. Kristen D. Zhao, a researcher at Mayo Clinic and author on the paper, said it is important to remember that this is not a treatment for paralysis, as patients still spend most of their days in a wheelchair.

Reader’s Digest, This Common Disease Can Actually Kickstart Alzheimer’s by Lauren Cahn — Chronic periodontitis is more commonly known as gum disease, and it’s the most common type of periodontitis, according to the Mayo Clinic. It’s caused by plaque buildup and involves slow deterioration of the gums, destruction of the adjacent bones, and tooth loss. Symptoms include gum swelling, discolored, bleeding, and sensitive gums, as well as bad breath and pain chewing—but it is treatable and preventable. Check out the other things your dentist wishes you knew.

GenomeWeb, Multiple Myeloma Subtypes Linked to Patients' African Ancestry — A team led by researchers at the Mayo Clinic has delved into the genetic contributors to multiple myeloma risk in individuals with varying levels of African and European ancestry. "Our findings provide important information that will help us determine the mechanism by which myeloma is more common in African Americans, as well as help us in our quest to find out what causes myeloma in the first place," corresponding author Vincent Rajkumar, a hematology researcher at the Mayo Clinic, said in a statement. For a study published in the Blood Cancer Journal yesterday, Rajkumar and colleagues from the Mayo Clinic, the University of Sheffield, and genetic testing lab DNA Diagnostics Center performed cytogenetic analyses, genotyping, and genetic ancestry profiling on samples from 881 individuals with monoclonal gammopathy — a set of blood plasma cell neoplasms ranging from non-cancerous conditions that increase myeloma risk, such as monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance (MGUS), to multiple myeloma itself.

Next Avenue, Need a New Kidney? Ask and You May Receive by Eve Glicksman — …Another myth is that the donor has to be young, says Dr. Charles Rosen, transplant surgeon and director of the Mayo Clinic Transplant Center. While a younger organ is optimal, a healthy 70-something can make a live kidney donation that will help a loved one. Transplant centers perform a comprehensive evaluation on prospective donors and educate them about the procedure. If the transplant team determines it’s too risky for someone, or that the person isn’t completely on board, the donation is declined.

Valley News, Mayo Clinic researchers ID potential new treatment for one type of triple-negative breast cancer — Mayo Clinic researchers have identified the drug estradiol as a potential new treatment for a subset of women with triple-negative breast cancer. Their findings are published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. “Triple-negative breast cancer is a form of breast cancer that lacks expression of estrogen receptor alpha, progesterone receptor and human epidermal growth factor receptor 2, also known as HER2. And it exhibits high rates of disease recurrence,” Dr. John Hawse, a molecular biologist at Mayo Clinic and senior author, said. “So far, there have been few drugs other than chemotherapy that appear to work effectively for the treatment of this disease.”

Virginian-Pilot, Walking for dad, and for better treatment for ALS by Cindy Butler Focke — Each year more than 5,000 people in the U.S. receive the devastating diagnosis of the neurological disease that causes progressive muscle loss, according to the ALS Association. My father was one of them in the 1990s. At first, doctors thought he had Parkinson’s disease, but a visit to the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota confirmed he had what back then was called Lou Gehrig’s Disease. The famous New York Yankees baseball player was forced to retire in 1939 at the age of 36 after developing symptoms of the disease.

Express UK, Parkinson’s disease - does your voice sound like this? The signs hidden in your voice by Matt Atherton — People who suddenly start speaking more softly could be at risk of the brain condition, said the Mayo Clinic. They may also start slurring their words or appear to hesitate before speaking. You should speak to a doctor straight away if you notice any of these changes in your voice, it added. “Parkinson's disease signs and symptoms can be different for everyone,” said the Mayo Clinic. “Early signs may be mild and go unnoticed. “Symptoms often begin on one side of your body and usually remain worse on that side, even after symptoms begin to affect both sides.

BBC, What do astronauts and one in five women have in common? by Scott Smith and Sara Zwart — An intriguing element of this research is that women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) also tend to have higher than average concentrations of homocysteine and circulatory issues similar to those detected in the (male) astronauts with eye problems. PCOS affects how women's ovaries work. It is the leading cause of fertility problems and is thought to affect up to 20% of all women. This condition isn't well understood and at present there is no cure. But it is possible that, as they share a similar blood chemistry, women with PCOS may also benefit from additional B vitamins. There is no definitive evidence yet, but studies are under way by Nasa and physicians at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota to investigate the potential link.

Bustle, 9 Self-Care Tips If You Get The Flu This Season by Carolyn De Lorenzo — Flu season is here, and while you're taking steps to prevent the flu — like getting your flu shot, encouraging your sick coworkers to stay home, and practicing good hygiene — it never hurts to keep a list of self-care activities for when you have the flu in your back pocket in case you do get the virus. The Mayo Clinic reports that flu symptoms usually start about two days after you get exposed, and can be mild to severe. You might have chills, a fever, body aches, or a runny nose, but most healthy adults under age 65 can recover at home without medical treatment, according to the Mayo Clinic.

SELF, HGTV's Tarek and Christina El Moussa's Son Was Hospitalized for Croup by Korin Miller — Being a parent means dealing with a lot of sickness, and some illnesses are tougher to watch your child go through than others. Unfortunately, HGTV star Tarek El Moussa revealed that his son with his ex-wife Christina recently had a case of croup that was so bad, he needed to go to the hospital… The infection can obstruct a child’s breathing and cause what's described as a “barking” cough, which is often the hallmark symptom of the condition, the Mayo Clinic says. Croup can also cause a fever, a hoarse voice, and difficult or noisy breathing. These symptoms happen due to swelling that occurs around the larynx (the vocal cords), trachea (windpipe), and bronchi (bronchial tubes). When the person coughs, it forces air through a narrowed passage, creating a noise that sounds almost like a seal barking, the Mayo Clinic explains.

SELF, 7 Reasons You Might Be Feeling Cold All the Time by Carolyn L. Todd — It’s normal to feel unpleasantly cold when you go outside in the depths of winter or if your office has an aggressive AC. But if you’re feeling cold all the time for seemingly no reason, you might wonder if it’s a sign that something could be up with your body. Here, doctors explain the most likely reasons you might feel like a giant walking icicle… Hypothyroidism is a condition in which your thyroid does not produce sufficient levels of the hormones that properly regulate your metabolism, which in turn slows down, according to the Mayo Clinic… There are many types of anemia, but the most common one stems from an iron deficiency, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Paper Gown, What to Know About Antibiotic Resistance by Jake Rossen — While overprescribing plays a large and undeniable role in antibiotic resistance, doctors say they don’t deserve all the blame. “The human body is a very complicated system,” says Audrey Schuetz, associate professor of laboratory medicine and pathology and co-director of bacteriology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. “Patient disease symptoms can be nonspecific, and it can sometimes be difficult for doctors to know whether a disease is due to bacteria or not. Doctors may not know because of limitations in diagnostic tests currently available, or the patient may have several issues going on at once, which confuses the picture.”

Urban Land, Amenities, Diversity Are Key Ingredients of Innovation Communities by Mike Sheridan — There is no “secret sauce” vital to creating an innovation community, but certain ingredients are necessary, ULI members were told during the 2018 ULI Fall Meeting in Boston… Eli Hoisington, senior principal in the St. Louis office of HOK, notes that the design firm has been involved with Cortex since its inception and has branched out to other innovation areas including Discovery Square in Rochester, Minnesota, a 16-block subdistrict built in collaboration with Mayo Clinic in a highly connected urban life science hub. “Development of Discovery Square is a major step forward for Mayo,” said Hoisington, adding that it will be a bridge to the mission of Mayo Clinic, “and provide a new ‘address’ for the future of life science, research, education, technology, and innovation.”

PM Solutions, What He Said: Rules of Engagement, from the Mayo Clinic CRM PMO - The View from PMI Part 2 by Jeannette Cabanis-Brewin — My top feel-good session at this year’s PMI Global Conference was a case study of the Mayo Clinic’s PMO at their Center for Regenerative Medicine. Not only is the visionary work of the CRM inspiring, but I was impressed by the PMO leader, Wale Elegbede, PMP. When he said, “Leadership is influence. Values are the North Star,” his demeanor and humility as a presenter made me feel that he was a leader who truly walked his talk. His talk was wide-ranging, but most important for me was the portion on employee engagement, which also formed part of my own presentation, on improving strategy exeuction with project management processes.

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