February 1, 2019

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights for February 1, 2019

By Emily Blahnik

NBC News, Lowering blood pressure may help cut risk of early dementia, study finds by Shamard Charles, M.D. — Drastically lowering blood pressure may help protect memory and thinking skills later in life, researchers reported Monday — the first hopeful sign that it's possible to lower rates of mental decline… “In very old people, we know that lowering blood pressure aggressively may not be good because they have rust in the pipes and they need the pressure,” said Dr. Ronald Petersen, director of the Mayo Clinic Alzheimer's Disease Research Center and the Mayo Clinic Study of Aging, who was not involved in the study. “What you don’t want people to do is double their blood pressure medicine tomorrow. They need to have a discussion with their primary care physician so they can get their blood pressure down in a controlled way.”

Washington Post, As small hospitals ally with big ones, do patients benefit? by Sandra Boodman — After seven years of a vigorous fight, Jim Hart worried he was running out of options. Diagnosed with prostate cancer at age 60, Hart had undergone virtually every treatment — surgery, radiation and hormones — to eradicate it. But a blood test showed that his level of prostate-specific antigen, which should have been undetectable, kept rising ominously. And doctors couldn’t determine where the residual cancer was lurking… So when Andrew Joel, Hart’s longtime urologist at Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington, mentioned the hospital’s membership in the Mayo Clinic Care Network and suggested consulting specialists at the Rochester, Minn., hospital for a second opinion, Hart enthusiastically agreed. A Mayo immunologist told Joel about a new PET scan, not then available in the Washington area, that can detect tiny cancer hot spots. Hart flew to Mayo for the scan, which found cancer cells in one lymph node in his pelvis. He underwent chemotherapy at Virginia Hospital Center and five weeks of radiation at the Mayo Clinic. Since September 2016, there has been no detectable cancer. “This collaboration was sort of a magic process,” Hart said. “I feel very fortunate.”

Washington Post, Swimmer Nathan Adrian, a five-time Olympic gold medalist, has testicular cancer by Matt Bonesteel — U.S. Olympic swimmer Nathan Adrian announced Thursday on Instagram that he has testicular cancer, but said doctors caught the disease in its early stages and “the prognosis is good.” … The Mayo Clinic describes testicular cancer as “rare” and “highly treatable” but adds that it’s the most common form of cancer for U.S. men between the ages of 15 and 35.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution, What are the long-term effects of a ketogenic diet? by Rose Kennedy — …The Mayo Clinic is the most aggressive in its anti-keto stances, calling the diet "more hype than help." Mayo quotes its own expert, Dr. Donald Hensrud, author of “The Mayo Clinic Diet Book”. He described people who go on keto or any other restrictive diet. "They want an easy way out," drop weight, problems arise after the initial weight loss, Hensrud said. "Long term, it's hard. People miss some fruits, different vegetables, grains. It's hard. It becomes a very restrictive diet. So although people lose weight initially, maintaining it and keep it off long term is a real challenge on a keto diet." Hensrud recommended exercise, portion control and increasing fruits, vegetables and whole grains in the diet for long-term health.

InStyle, How to Get Through Flu Season When You're Pregnant by Kasandra Brabaw — When you’re pregnant, you’ll hear a whole list of dos and don’ts: Do take your prenatal vitamins. Don’t drink too much coffee. Do work out (carefully). Don’t eat too much fish. But for parents-to-be who are pregnant during the thick of cold and flu season, catching the flu isn’t exactly a do or don’t choice… Getting the flu while you’re pregnant not only puts you at risk, but can also impact the fetus. “Spontaneous miscarriage, preterm delivery, low birth weight, and even fetal death” are all risks that increase when a pregnant person has the flu, says Hannah Miller, M.D., a family medicine physician at Mayo Clinic Health System in Wisconsin. So it’s important to go to the doctor at the first sign of a possible flu, even if you’re not sure that it’s actually the flu. “It can be tough to determine if you are struggling with a head cold, or if your runny nose is the beginning of the flu,” Dr. Miller says. The influenza virus has familiar symptoms: fever, chills, decreased appetite, headache, runny nose, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, joint and body pain, and fatigue.

Vox, Tom Brady’s diet book makes some strange claims about body chemistry by Julia Belluz — New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, winner of five Super Bowls, is one of the greatest athletes of all time. He’s also a peddler of baseless health claims, including in his 2017 exercise and diet book, The TB12 Method… “If you actually eat a bunch of baking soda — even if you do that — you don’t change [the pH level] that much,” said Mayo Clinic exercise researcher Michael Joyner… The only post-exercise diet that’s been shown to speed recovery, Joyner noted, is getting enough carbohydrates to replenish glycogen that’s been depleted after a workout, or protein to help with muscle building. “That’s been clearly demonstrated,” Joyner added, but anything beyond that hasn’t been. Instead, he thinks the reason for Brady’s success is better explained by the fact that he’s able to adhere to a healthy diet while avoiding weight gain and serious injury; the specifics of the diet matter less. “The one thing that works is consistency and adherence,” Joyner said. So Brady’s diet may indeed work for him — but not for the reasons he thinks it does.

Reuters, Not-for-profit to offer 20 generic drugs in 2019 to alleviate shortages — A new not-for-profit supplier of generic drugs formed by a consortium of hospitals systems said it expects this year to be able to provide about 20 products to alleviate shortages of medicines used during surgeries and to treat life-threatening conditions, such as septic shock. Since the start-up of Civica Rx spearheaded by Intermountain Healthcare was announced last January, the Utah-based company has raised more than $160 million from its members, which include HCA Healthcare Inc hospital chain, the Mayo Clinic, the Catholic Health Initiatives and others, which together represent about 800 hospitals.

Post-Bulletin, 10 celebs ready to go 'Dancing for the Arts' by Tom Weber — Local celebrity dancers who will take part in the eighth annual version of Dancing for the Arts had their first get-together Sunday night and got a look at their competitors… This year’s celebrity dancers: …Mark Pagnano, M.D., surgeon and chair of the Department of Orthopedics, Mayo Clinic; Stacey Rizza, M.D., Division of Infectious Diseases, Mayo Clinic, and president-elect, Mayo Clinic staff.

Post-Bulletin, Mayo Clinic growth tracked by organizational charts by Jeff Kiger — For people in Rochester, Mayo Clinic's rapid growth in recent year has happened before our eyes. However, it can be difficult to get perspective on the Mayo "forest" due to how close the trees are. Here are few of Mayo Clinic's organizational charts from over the years to draw a clearer picture of its evolution. Most of these came from the documents the IRS has filed to defend itself in the lawsuit filed by Mayo Clinic, which wants to be categorized as a school to be about to reap more direct profits from some of its investments.

KIMT, Vyriad Moves to Former IBM Complex by Isabella Basco — Vyriad, a clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on cancer treatment has just moved to a custom-built facility. It has state-of-the-art labs and offices. The addition got funding from Mayo Clinic, Rochester Area Economic Development and the Southeast Minnesota Capital Fund. 'We developed this technology originally at Mayo Clinic and then when it started to show promise in the clinic, we decided it needed to move into a commercial entity to be further developed," Stephen Russell, the CEO of Vyriad, said. Additional coverage: Post-Bulletin

KIMT, Using Essential Oils to Provide Relief by Katie Lange — Our sense of smell is known for triggering memories but did you know it can also be a sense of comfort to provide relief from a variety of ailments. Mayo Clinic uses Aromatherapy in it's Integrated Medicine unit to help relieve patients symptoms, offering an alternative to prescriptions. The essential oil packets providers hand out to patients are tiny, but they pack a powerful punch of relief. In total there are six scents offered: mandarin, lemon, frankincense, spearmint, ginger, and lavender.

Star Tribune, So long, sugar by Erica Pearson — My 2-year-old is addicted to ketchup, dipping everything — even broccoli — in a generous red puddle. After she recently finished off an entire bottle, I was shopping for a replacement when I noticed some brands touting “reduced sugar” and “sweetened with honey.” That’s when it hit me: Ketchup has sugar in it. Probably has way too much. No wonder it helps the broccoli go down. But I wondered, is sugar so bad for her? For me? For all of us?... Dr. Donald Hensrud, who runs the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program, said that the negative health impact of sugar is broader than many people realize. Sugar adds extra calories that have no nutritional value, and can drain the body of vitamins because it needs certain nutrients in order to metabolize. It can cause dental cavities, inflammation, heart disease and metabolic syndrome. Finally, it can displace healthier foods or drinks (like when a child drinks soda instead of a glass of milk). “It’s a quadruple whammy,” Hensrud said. While some people’s personalities might be better suited to trying to simply cut back gradually, it is safe to suddenly stop eating added sugar, Hensrud said. “As long as you’re getting adequate calories, there really aren’t any physical or health issues,” he said.

Star Tribune, Minnesota cardiologist builds case for food as medicine to lower cholesterol by Jeremy Olson — An Edina cardiologist is building her case for food as medicine to combat high cholesterol and heart disease. Dr. Elizabeth Klodas presented data at a recent American Heart Association conference showing that a diet including her Step One line of prepackaged healthy foods could reduce a patient’s LDL and total cholesterol levels within weeks. … Eating Step One foods did not improve HDL cholesterol or blood sugar levels, but Klodas said the short-term results were significant enough to gain credibility and interest from doctors. Some insurers and employers are allowing people to buy Step One foods through health savings or flexible spending accounts, she added. Klodas’ company helped pay for the study, along with agricultural interests in Manitoba that produce Step One ingredients. But the study included scientists from Mayo Clinic and the University of Manitoba who reported no conflicts of interest.

Star Tribune, Former football player, state senator, business leader Duane Benson dies by Rochelle Olson — Duane Benson, the executive director of the Minnesota Early Learning Foundation who counted legislator, cattle rancher and professional football player among his many roles, died this weekend after a five-year battle with cancer. Benson, 73, died Saturday at Mayo Clinic Hospital in Rochester of a cancer that began in his tonsils and spread to his spine and prostate, his daughter said Monday.

KARE11, Pierz teen with Tourette’s needs $100,000 surgery, community steps in to help by Gordon Severson — 17-year-old Jacob Fuhrman is like most teenagers, he enjoys sports, school and spending time with family… At a young age Jacob was diagnosed with Tourette’s Syndrome and OCD.… Over the years his parents have sought out advice from more than 20 doctors. They’ve tried more than 30 medications and therapies, but nothing seemed to work. The family continued to search for a cure until late last year when they met a team of doctors at Mayo Clinic. The team of neurologists and neurosurgeons determined Jacob’s case was one of the most severe cases of Tourette’s they had ever seen.

KEYC Mankato, Rising Rates of Colon Cancer In Young Adults Prompts Earlier Screenings by Alex Tejada — Due to an increase in colon cancer in young adults, the American Cancer Society has lowered the recommended age to get screened from 50 to 45. Common symptoms include abdominal pain, anemia or fatigue, change in bowel habits, and blood in stools. "Young individuals tend to ignore symptoms and then have a higher risk of dying from colon cancer," said Mayo Clinic Health System oncologist Dr. Stephan Thomé. "It's very curable and treatable if found early."

Austin Daily Herald, Gold Cross Ambulance delays opening of new ambulance center until ‘late February’ by Hannah Yang — With winter coming in full force, Gold Cross Ambulance staff may need to wait a little longer before moving into their new home. The $2.2 million facility, located at 18th Avenue and 5th Street NW, was previously anticipated to be operational this month. However, several factors, such as inclement weather, played a part in pushing back Gold Cross staff being able to completely move into the new center, according to Rick Thiesse, Mayo Clinic communications specialist. Thiesse said the small delay is caused by, “a number of different factors that occur during the construction process in order to make sure the building is ready to care for patients in Austin and surrounding communities.” Thiesse also said that the tentative time frame of when Gold Cross staff can move in to the new center is set for sometime in late February.”

Red Wing Republican Eagle, Professional and Community Center to be sold for housing development by Michael Brun — Mayo Clinic Health System has entered into a purchase agreement with a real estate developer to sell the shuttered Professional and Community Center on West Fourth Street and use the property to address affordable housing needs, the organizations announced Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019. Twin Cities-based Global Mercantile will purchase the former St. John's Hospital building for an undisclosed sum. Founder Pablo Murillo said in a statement Tuesday he is excited to work with the city of Red Wing and area businesses on housing and economic development… "With our staff and services settled in the new space and the Professional and Community Center now empty, the purchase agreement comes at a perfect time," said Steve Gudgell, vice chair of administration, southeast Minnesota, with Mayo Clinic Health System in Cannon Falls, Lake City and Red Wing.

La Crosse Tribune, Mayo-Franciscan resident presses to improve homeless health care by Mike Tighe — It’s easy enough to become homeless, but very difficult to reverse the process, according to members of a La Crosse panel who addressed how to improve health care for homeless people Monday… Dr. Zed Zha, a third-year resident in the Family Medicine Residency Program at Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare, underscored that assessment with two real-life stories among many she has collected during her research into the topic of homelessness and health care in La Crosse.

Wisconsin State Journal, Exact Sciences takes aim at 15 types of cancer, envisions universal test by Judy Newman — Exact Sciences Corp. says it is working on separate diagnostic tests to detect 15 of the deadliest types of cancer, and its ultimate, eventual goal is to create, with its partners at Mayo Clinic, a single, universal blood test for cancer. CEO Kevin Conroy said the Madison company, known for its Cologuard stool-based, home test kit for colorectal cancer, told the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference in San Francisco earlier this month that Exact Sciences has three top priorities for 2019: To “power” its partnership with drug giant Pfizer; to make significant enhancements to Cologuard; and to advance its liquid biopsy program.

WKBT La Crosse, Doctors have advice during Cervical Cancer Awareness Month by Alex Fischer — Cervical cancer is the 4th most common cancer in the world in women and is transmitted by the Human Papilloma virus 95% of the time. There is a vaccination for HPV, which the Food and Drug Administration recommends for people between 9 and 45 years of age… "Once cervical cancer occurs, it is one of the kinds of cancers that is difficult to treat because, generally, it could require a radical hysterectomy, it could require chemotherapy. And then, there are different stages of cervical cancer that, especially if it's a higher stage cancer, could result in early death," said Dr. Costa Sousou, the chairman of the department of OB-GYN at Mayo Clinic Health System.

WKBT La Crosse, Research shows younger athletes experience longer concussion symptoms by Jordan Fremstad — New research finds children 13 years and younger can experience concussion symptoms up to three times longer than older teens and adults. That's according to the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. Local sports medicine experts said this is something we will continue to see and it's up to communities to adapt for the safety of athletes.  "We are really just scratching the surface," said Andrew Jagim, director of sports medicine research at Mayo Clinic Health System.

WebMD, OTC Hearing Aids Coming, But Some Seek Options Now by Sonya Collins — Tommy McDonell used to have her aide take all her phone calls. The 67-year-old artist and retired educator couldn’t hear well enough to talk on the phone… Direct-to-consumer hearing aids come with factory presets for hearing loss, ranging from mild to severe. Audiologists who sell hearing aids in their clinics say factory presets aren’t good enough. “A hearing aid that’s fit by a professional is fit to a prescriptive target based on scientific research so that the volume is set to how someone hears at those exact frequencies,” says Cynthia Hogan, PhD, an audiologist and director of the hearing program at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.

MedPage Today, How to Stay Out of Trouble on Social Media by Ron Harman King — Today, 69% of all U.S. adults -- and 93% of American teens and young adults -- use social media.5 Its global reach and gargantuan opportunities for patient education is why the Mayo Clinic employs a social media team of 10 members, including a physician,6 and why the Cleveland Clinic social media staff posts six times each day on Facebook, where it has attracted about two million followers.

Medical Daily, What Are The Health Benefits Of Olive Oil? by Sadhana Bharanidharan — Olive oil has been widely recommended as one of the key components of the Mediterranean diet. As you may know, the plant-based eating pattern has received much praise from nutrition experts. Among the associated health benefits, many studies have highlighted better heart health in particular. While the oil does contain fat, they are the healthy kind — monounsaturated fatty acids or MUFAs..."In addition, some research shows that MUFAs may benefit insulin levels and blood sugar control, which can be helpful if you have or are at risk of type 2 diabetes," notes Katherine Zeratsky, a registered dietician of the Mayo Clinic. She also cautions how unhealthy foods cannot be made healthier by simply adding olive oil to them.

Healthcare Dive, Mass General eyes $1B expansion by Meg Bryant — …Mayo Clinic currently has about $1.6 billion tied up in various construction and expansion projects spanning the next three to five years. The projects include about $908 million for construction related to patient care, research and education, as well as a $648 million expansion of its Phoenix campus. The five-year Arizona project will add new clinical space, support services and infrastructure, plus 2,000 new jobs, including 200 physicians.

WIBW Topeka, "Mayo Clinic Diet" author Donald Hensrud visiting Topeka — Dr. Hensrud will speak with the Topeka fans of this very educational book on January 31st. Call 354-5225 to save your spot.

WILX Lansing, Doctors overprescribing anti-depressants for elderly patients — New research from the Mayo Clinic suggests doctors may be overprescribing anti-depressants for elderly patients. The study looked at older adults living in Minnesota. It showed that about 25-percent were taking more anti-depressants than they probably needed. This was most likely to happen among people in living nursing homes and those with more health problems.

Reader’s Digest, 13 Common Infections That Can Raise Your Heart Attack Risk by Andrea Barbalich — Some people develop infections in the heart itself—a condition called myocarditis. Many people with this infection experience no symptoms and recover before they even know they have it. But for others, symptoms may include chest pain; rapid or abnormal heartbeat; shortness of breath; fluid retention in the legs, ankles, and feet; fatigue; and general signs of an infection like headaches, body aches, joint pain, fever, and sore throat, according to the Mayo Clinic. Severe myocarditis weakens the heart and impedes blood circulation. Clots can form in the heart, leading to a stroke or heart attack.

Live Science, What Causes Alzheimer's? We Don't Really Know Yet by Yasemin Saplakoglu — Early-onset Alzheimer's typically affects people before age 65, with the symptoms usually showing up in a person's 40s or 50s. This form of the disease is uncommon, affecting just 5 percent of all people with Alzheimer's, according to the Mayo Clinic. In most cases, scientists know exactly what causes early-onset Alzheimer's: genetic mutations passed down through the family. Mutations in one of three genes — called APP, PSEN1 and PSEN2 — can cause a person to develop the early-onset form of the disease. In fact, a person needs to inherit only one of these genes from one parent for the disease to manifest.

Economic Times, US scientist: 5-year trial period for new medicines needs to be reduced by Sunitha Rao — Kidney transplants are good, but can be bettered. That’s how a leading US scientist who has been working on organ transplant described life post transplant. Dr. Mark D Stegall, professor of surgery research, department of surgery and immunology, Mayo Clinic, US, who was in Bengaluru to address transplant surgeons and nephrologists, said the trial period of five years for new medicines needs to be reduced in patients’ best interest. “The mortality rate is 2-3% in the first year after kidney transplant and over 10% at the end of five years. The immunosuppressants that organ recipients have to take cause lifelong side-effects. Patients now say that medicines are making them sick and they want new drugs. But new drug discovery has to happen when the patient is alive,” he said in an exclusive interaction with TOI.

Forbes India, These 4 CEOs created a new standard of leadership by Bill George — Four titans who defined a new era in business during the past decade recently concluded their terms: PepsiCo’s Indra Nooyi, Unilever’s Paul Polman, Mayo Clinic’s John Noseworthy, and US Bancorp’s Richard Davis. When they became CEOs, the Great Recession of 2008 was consuming the world’s attention. Many speculated about the possibility of a new depression, a collapsing stock market, and extreme unemployment. Some observers even began to question the foundations of capitalism, arguing it needed to change in order to endure.

Times of India, US scientist: 5-year trial period for new medicines needs to be reduced — Dr. Mark D Stegall, professor of surgery research, department of surgery and immunology, Mayo Clinic, US, who was in Bengaluru to address transplant surgeons and nephrologists, said the trial period of five years for new medicines needs to be reduced in patients’ best interest.

SheKnows, 5 Ways to Use Mindfulness for a Better Orgasm by Cassie Shortsleeve — The orgasm gap is real. Researchers found that while heterosexual men orgasmed 95 percent of the time, heterosexual women O’ed far less frequently at only 65 percent of the time. And that parity only improves somewhat when looking at the gay, lesbian and bisexual communities, with gay and bisexual men reportedly climaxing 89 and 88 percent of the time, respectively, and lesbian and bisexual women coming in at 86 and 66 percent of the time, respectively. “Lots of women struggle with orgasm,” Dr. Jennifer Vencill, a sex therapist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, tells SheKnows. Researchers at the University of British Columbia found that at least a third of young women experience low sexual desire and impaired arousal.

Burlington Free Press, Burlington startup takes on 'sitting disease' with patented new chair by Dan D'Ambrosio — You sit, I sit, she sits, we all sit. And that's a problem for millions of Americans, and thousands of Vermonters, who sit more than eight hours a day, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Edward Laskowski at the Mayo Clinic says research has linked sitting for long periods to obesity, increased blood pressure, high blood sugar and abnormal cholesterol levels. "Too much sitting overall and prolonged periods of sitting also seem to increase the risk of death from cardiovascular disease and cancer," Laskowski writes in an online post.

Daily Hampshire Gazette, The healing power of animalsAnimal-assisted therapy in action: More than a dozen registered therapy dogs and their handlers are part of Mayo Clinic’s Caring Canines program. They make regular visits to various hospital departments and even make special visits on request. The dogs are a welcome distraction and help reduce the stress and anxiety that can accompany hospital visits.

Becker’s Hospital Review, How 3 healthcare leaders would improve the revenue cycle process by Kelly Gooch — An efficient hospital revenue cycle process relies on all administrative and clinical functions working together, but with so many moving parts, there is always room for improvement. Healthcare leaders shared with Becker's Hospital Review one thing they would do to improve the revenue cycle process. 1. Mark Norby, chair of revenue cycle at Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic, said that "creating a data-driven process would help meet the operational challenge of increasing precertification and prior authorization requirements by private or government payers."

Surrey Now-Leader, ‘Disruptive’ Surrey-born technology detecting undiagnosed concussions by Amy Reid — …The “disruptive” technology was put to the test in a multi-year Canadian-U.S. hockey concussion study in connection with the Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Centre that tracked brain function in young Junior A male ice hockey players. It was done alongside the Health and Technology District and SFU. The peer-reviewed study showed “existing concussion protocol tests may not be detecting brain function changes in young ice hockey players diagnosed with concussions.”

SurvivorNet, Vincent Rajkumar — Dr. S. Vincent Rajkumar, MD is a medical oncologist at the Mayo Clinic specializing in multiple myeloma. He treats patients and conducts epidemiological and laboratory research in myeloma and related disorders. Rajkumar was the recipient of the Mayo Clinic’s 2018 Distinguished Investigator Award, The InterNational Myeloma Foundation’s 2016 Robert A. Kyle Lifetime Achievement Award, and the 2015 Janet Davison Rowley Patient Impact Research Award. He has been Editor in Chief of the Blood Cancer Journal since 2014, and Associate Editor of the Journal of Hematology since 2012.

OncLive, Goetz on Survival Data With CDK4/6 Inhibitors in Breast Cancer — Matthew P. Goetz, MD, chair of the Breast Cancer Disease-Oriented Group and co-leader of the Women’s Cancer Center at the Mayo Clinic, discusses survival data with CDK4/6 inhibitors in patients with hormone receptor-positive breast cancer. An article published in the New England Journal of Medicine on the PALOMA-3 study showed a trend toward improved survival in patients who received fulvestrant and palbociclib (Ibrance) after progressing on endocrine therapy as opposed to those who received fulvestrant alone. The suspected benefit was noted in patients who were sensitive to endocrine therapy—those who had been on an aromatase inhibitor in the adjuvant or metastatic setting for a prolonged period of time, says Goetz.

Healio, Ileal pouch anal anastomosis offers long-term function in pediatric UC— Ileal pouch anal anastomosis offers long-term function in pediatric UC — Pediatric patients with ulcerative colitis who underwent ileal pouch anal anastomosis had good functional outcomes, according to research published in Inflammatory Bowel Diseases. Amy L. Lightner, MD, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and colleagues wrote that counseling patients about both short-term pouch outcomes and long-term pouch function can be difficult because of limited research. “In pediatric patients with ulcerative colitis, performing an ileal pouch anal anastomosis is safe with acceptably short-term morbidity and long-term functional results,” Lightner told Healio Gastroenterology and Liver Disease. “Thirty-day rates of pelvic sepsis were 11% and pouch failure occurred in a median of 8% of patients. Median daytime and nighttime frequency were 5.3 and 1.4 bowel movements, respectively.”

Healio, New research, recent controversies call vitamin D benefits into question —“It’s natural in medical thinking that if a person is deficient in something and you have a disease, maybe replacing that deficiency would either prevent it, improve it or, possibly, even cure it,” Bart L. Clarke, MD, a professor of medicine in the division of endocrinology, metabolism, diabetes and nutrition at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Rochester, Minnesota, and president of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research, told Endocrine Today. “Like most things in medicine, the pendulum swings from cynicism to enthusiasm, and over time, as more data become available, things settle back down to some middle level, where it probably should have been all along.”

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