April 12, 2019

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights for April 12, 2019

By Emily Blahnik


NBC News, UC Davis Medical Center warns 200 people of potential measles exposure by Linda Carroll — “With the drop in vaccination rates, we may be headed back in that direction,” said Roberto Cattaneo, a measles researcher and a professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. “It seems that we may be approaching the level where measles could be considered again to be endemic in the United States,” Cattaneo added. One problem is that doctors may not recognize measles right away because they’ve never seen it, Cattaneo told NBC News. “I think doctors now will be alarmed and go back to their books and get accustomed to what it looks like.”

Washington Post, Hospital viruses: Fake cancerous nodes in CT scans, created by malware, trick radiologists by Kim Zetter — …In a blind study the researchers conducted involving real CT lung scans, 70 of which were altered by their malware, they were able to trick three skilled radiologists into misdiagnosing conditions nearly every time. In the case of scans with fabricated cancerous nodules, the radiologists diagnosed cancer 99 percent of the time. In cases where the malware removed real cancerous nodules from scans, the radiologists said those patients were healthy 94 percent of the time…Fotios Chantzis, a principal information-security engineer with the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota who did not participate in the study but confirmed that the attack is possible, said that PACS networks are generally not encrypted. That’s in part because many hospitals still operate under the assumption that what’s on their internal network is inaccessible from outside — even though “the era where the local hospital network was a safe, walled garden is long gone,” he said.

Washington Post, Can a president be too old? by Robert G. Kaiser — …Older adults also have difficulties with tasks that require dividing or switching attention, like cooking while chatting on the phone. On tests of reasoning, memory and cognitive speed, the average scores for adults in their early 70s were near the 20th percentile of the population, whereas the average performance for adults in their early 20s was near the 75th percentile. A Mayo Clinic study of 161 cognitively normal adults between 62 and 100 years of age showed that declines in learning ability closely track the passage of time.

Washington Post, How does measles spread and other frequently asked questions about measles by Lena H. Sun — … Measles is caused by a virus. There is no specific treatment for measles. Health-care professionals try to prevent the disease by administering the measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine to children. Nonimmunized people, including infants, may be given the measles vaccination within 72 hours of exposure to the virus to provide protection against the disease. Pregnant women, infants and people with weakened immune systems who are exposed to the virus may receive a protein injection called immune serum globulin within six days of exposure to prevent measles or reduce the symptoms, according to the Mayo Clinic.

New York Times, A Deceptively Simple Way to Find More Happiness at Work by Tim Herrera — A study from the Mayo Clinic found that physicians who spend about 20 percent of their time doing “work they find most meaningful are at dramatically lower risk for burnout.” But here’s what’s fascinating: Anything beyond that 20 percent has a marginal impact, as “spending 50 percent of your time in the most meaningful area is associated with similar rates of burnout as 20 percent.” In other words: You don’t need to change everything about your job to see substantial benefits. A few changes here and there can be all you need.

New York Times, Most Osteoporosis Drugs Don’t Build Bone. This One Does. by Gina Kolata — The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday approved an osteoporosis drug that represents the first new treatment approach in nearly two decades — a strategy based on a rare gene mutation in people with bones so dense that they never break… The agency is requiring the company to conduct a post-marketing study of cardiovascular risks. It is hard to know what to make of the possible risk, said Dr. Bart Clarke, a professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic and president of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research. “Maybe there is something unique about those patients,” he said.

USA Today, CBD products are popping up in stores near you. Here's what you need to know about them by Marina Pitofsky — Some say it treats anxiety. Others claim it's the newest answer to Parkinson's disease. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, though, cracked down on its marketing while also approving it for treatment of two forms of severe epilepsy. Cannabidiol, or CBD, is popping up on shelves across the country in oil, extract, vaporized liquid and capsule form, according to the Mayo Clinic.  Interest in the product skyrocketed after Congress passed the Farm Bill last year, making some cannabis plants legal.

Reuters, Moderate muscle strength tied to lower risk of diabetes by Lisa Rapaport — Moderate muscle strength was associated with a lower risk of diabetes even after researchers accounted for a person’s aerobic fitness levels as well as risk factors that can contribute to diabetes risk, such as family history, smoking, drinking, obesity and high blood pressure, researchers report in Mayo Clinic Proceedings. Before adjusting for these other factors, people with high muscle strength did have a somewhat lower diabetes risk compared to the weakest participants. But after accounting for these factors, that advantage disappeared.

HealthDay, Gum Disease Shows Possible Links to Alzheimer's by Dennis Thompson — Dr. Ronald Petersen, director of the Mayo Clinic Alzheimer's Research Center, agreed that the link between bacterial infection and Alzheimer's is still "quite speculative." "I certainly wouldn't worry a group of readers that this is the cause of Alzheimer's, or if you've got gum disease you're more likely to develop dementia later in life," he said. Petersen said the mouse evidence is interesting, but still a step removed from Alzheimer's in humans. Research on animals does not always produce the same results in humans. "That would argue this is plausible but again, it's genetically engineered mice and it's kind of far from human reality at this point," he said.

US News & World Report, AHA News: How Can Therapy for Heart Attack Patients Help Cancer Survivors? — "Many patients, after they receive their cancer therapy, need help getting their heart back to a stronger and healthier functional status," said Dr. Randal Thomas, a member of the statement's writing committee…"There's definitely a need for more studies to look at new populations and methods and when is the best time to initiate therapy," said Thomas, medical director of the cardiac rehabilitation program at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, where a cardio-oncology rehab program is currently available for breast cancer survivors. "But at the same time, it's a really good time for patients and health care providers to communicate with policymakers, including government leaders, about the importance of covering what we already know can be beneficial to patients recovering from cancer."

Modern Healthcare, Lack of knowledge, unreliable testing feed the stigma of herpes by Susannah Luthi — Dr. Stacey Rizza, an infectious-disease specialist at the Mayo Clinic, tries to manage the stigma part of the diagnosis by referring people to counseling. She said she finds counseling particularly important for couples, once one person in the relationship finds out he or she has the virus. “That’s what makes me nervous,” Rizza said. “You see someone—the angry spouse comes along and is glaring, and it’s uncomfortable, and they need support and help.” Although she’s been treating the virus for 20 years, Rizza keeps seeing the same themes at the time of diagnosis. When she talks to couples, she said she emphasizes that HSV-2 can stay dormant for years only to emerge in symptoms unexpectedly, and that a flare-up doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a new infection. “The diagnosis doesn’t mean you run out and leave your wife,” Rizza said. “It could be something that’s been there for a very long time.”

Yahoo!, The 2019 measles outbreak is spreading — here’s what you need to know by Abby Haglage — Technically known as rubeola, measles most commonly affects children and begins to show symptoms anywhere from 10 to 14 days after exposure. The hallmark symptoms of the infection — according to the Mayo Clinic — are fever, dry cough, runny nose, sore throat, inflamed eyes, a rash and white-blueish spots on the inside of the mouth. Those infected, according to WHO, can be contagious for four days before the rash develops and four days after it disappears.

MSN Canada, 10 Signs You’re Suffering Job Burnout, and 5 Ways to Cope by Nancy Dunham — Think twice before you chalk up your fatigue to the fast-paced lifestyle we all lead. Chronic weariness, depression, alcohol and substance abuse, and even anger and irritability result from job burnout. That’s a specific type of physical, emotional and mental fatigue that experts at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, caution can adversely impact your health.

Express (UK), Arthritis: Four of the best exercises to relieve stiff and painful joints by Katrina Turrill — Arthritis and similar joint conditions affect more than 10 million people in the UK, according to the NHS. Symptoms include joint pain, tenderness and stiffness, inflamed joints and restricted movement. There’s currently no cure for the condition, but symptoms can be relieved through simple lifestyle changes, like exercising. Exercise is crucial for people with arthritis, according to Mayo Clinic, and there are four exercises in particular it recommends.

Runner’s World, 5 Cutting-Edge Arthritis Treatments All Runners Should Know About by Cassie Shortsleeve — …All therapies are experimental, typically not covered by insurance, and none are FDA-approved for arthritis, says Jonathan Finnoff, D.O., a physiatrist and sports medicine specialist at The Mayo Clinic. In theory, these therapies work—these cells do have healing properties in the body. But the research isn’t there yet (and it’s hard to know what you’re really getting in an injection). There are many unscrupulous characters out there making big claims about success rates, which is actually illegal, says Finnoff. Many stem cell injections might not even have live stem cells in them, he adds.

MedPage Today, Wearables for Hyperkalemia Screening: Hold the Applause? by Nicole Lou — Applying artificial intelligence to the ECG may make it possible to screen patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) for hyperkalemia without making them get a blood test, a study showed. The model appeared to show good results with input from ECG leads I and II (AUC 0.883 for Minnesota; 0.860 for Florida; and 0.853 for Arizona); the addition of V3 and V5 only slightly improved the performance of the model, according to Paul Friedman, MD, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and colleagues, in their study published online in JAMA Cardiology.

Woman’s Day, The 6 Most Common Health Concerns for Women by Sophia Caraballo — Fertility Issues: It is now coming to light that more and more women are having issues with fertility. Celebrities, like Beyoncé and Kim Kardashian, are speaking out about miscarriages and their using treatments like IVF or surrogate to have children. More and more women are concerned about having children in their late 30’s, and open to the options of being able to conceive. Not only that, but women are starting to pay attention to their irregular periods and the painful side effects of something that happens to every woman. According to the Mayo Clinic, some of the reasons why women may be having issues with fertility are endometriosis and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).

Good Housekeeping, The Measles Signs in Kids Every Parent Needs to Know About by Caroline Picard — The measles, also called rubeola, is a highly contagious infection caused by a virus. The disease is almost entirely preventable with a vaccine. According to the Mayo Clinic, common symptoms include: Fever. Dry cough. Runny nose. Sore throat. Red, inflamed eyes. A skin rash with large, flat blotches.

Post-Bulletin, Answer Man: Mayo Clinic ambulances won't only deliver to Mayo — So my question is, with the name change, will Mayo ambulances take patients to Olmsted Medical Center if requested or only to Mayo campuses, or will Olmsted need to build up their own ambulance services? I fired up the Answermobile, flipped on flashing lights and responded right away to this emergency question. One of my EMTs (Emergency Media Technicians) reached out to Mother Mayo to deal with the first part of your question. “A new name and logo on our ambulances and team uniforms will not change the destination for patients. Our team continues to transport patients to the most appropriate medical facility, matching the level of care they require,” wrote Mayo Clinic’s Glenn E. Lyden.

Post-Bulletin, Other view: Tobacco 21: Let’s do this for our kids by Dr. J. Taylor Hays — Nearly every day, I hear patients tell me, “If only I hadn’t started smoking as a teen … if only I could go back and talk to my teenage self.” Almost all adults addicted to tobacco were once teens who wanted to try smoking just for the thrill of it, never imagining those first few cigarettes would lead to a lifetime of tobacco dependence. Through my work as medical director of the Mayo Clinic Nicotine Dependence Center, I see firsthand the lives forever changed and lost due to tobacco use and addiction. Among the most heartbreaking is seeing a teen addicted to tobacco.

Post-Bulletin, Council members want a second look at DMC EDA contributions by Randy Petersen — Rochester City Council members want to evaluate how much the city contributes to funding Destination Medical Center Economic Development Agency activities. “As we move into Phase 2 of DMC, I would like to kind of do a checkpoint and look at some of the goals, where we’re at, some of the financial obligations and partnerships,” Council President Randy Staver said during a budget discussion last week. “Maybe some of those need to be adjusted. I think they need to be adjusted.” For 2019, the DMC EDA is expecting $2.57 million from the city for it’s operational budget, which is a decrease from the nearly $3 million it received in 2016, but up by 3 percent from the nearly $2.5 million provided last year.

Post-Bulletin, Rochester musician composes pieces for Mayo yoga classes by John Molseed — Mike Terrill, the songwriter behind the band Fires of Denmark, composed a 45-minute piece to be played during restorative yoga sessions. However, neither Terrill nor Chris Armstrong, the restorative yoga instructor who commissioned the piece, would describe the composition as background noise. The piece adds to the yoga class…Restorative yoga is a practice that combines comfortable positions, controlled breathing, and meditation. The practice is designed to help reduce stress, lower blood pressure and lower heart rates of participants. Armstrong teaches the class as part of Mayo Clinic’s medical education program and holds public classes at the Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center. She said she wanted a piece to help participants feel comfortable.

Post-Bulletin, Heard on the Street: Chinese Mayo Clinic partner might be taking space in Discovery Square One by Jeff Kiger — A company formed as a joint partnership between Mayo Clinic and a Chinese firm appears to be lining up space in the new One Discovery Square complex. A building permit for a $543,000 tenant space project on the third floor of the four-story building at Rochester’s corner of Fourth Street and Second Avenue Southwest was filed last week with the city. The permit describes the project as “tenant improvement” that “includes offices and lab space. (WuXi Diagnostics.)”

KTTC, Mayo Clinic campus amenities make for an easier commute — A snowy Minnesota day in April, leads to a messy commute. While many were trudging through some slushy slop, not everybody had to. We dug into Mayo Clinic history, where we learned more about an often overlooked Mayo amenity: heated sidewalks. “It’s nice when I step off the bus and I’m not stepping through 6 inches of snow,” Mayo Employee Tyler McConaughey said. The Mayo Clinic has been keeping its sidewalks clear of snow for years without having to do much shoveling or snow-blowing. Additional coverage: FOX 47

KTTC, Rochester’s healthcare job fair looks to address growing medical staff needs — Over 20 healthcare industries looked to address their growing need for medical staff with a “healthcare job fair” Wednesday morning. Mayo Clinic, Madonna Living and Ability Building Center were some of the employers who met with interested parties in joining their respective teams.

KAAL, New Procedure for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Performed at Mayo Clinic by Hannah Tiede — Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) impacts millions of people worldwide. Primarily caused by smoking, it results in breathing difficulties and, in extreme cases, death. However, a new procedure for treating a form of COPD is now available in the U.S. A Pulmonologist at Mayo Clinic in Rochester was one of the first in the country to perform it on a patient. “Thus far, particularly those with Emphysema, medications haven’t worked that well and the only alternative for them is very invasive surgical procedures where they literally remove part of the abnormal lung,” said Dr. Eric Edell with Mayo Clinic. “Now, there’s a minimally-invasive procedure called ‘Endoscopic Volume Reduction’.” Additional coverage: KIMT

KAAL, Mayo Clinic Ambulance Service's New Building in Austin is Open by Logan Reigstad — After several delays due to weather, Mayo Clinic Ambulance Service's new building in Austin is up and running. Crews broke ground on the 8,000-square-foot facility at the corner of 5th Street and 18th Avenue NW back in August, with the hope of moving in by January, but construction delays brought on by the weather pushed that date back to March.

KAAL, Study Shows Volunteering Has Both Social and Health Benefits by Hannah Tiede — Time is precious and many choose to spend their time helping others and bettering their community. In fact, the most recent numbers from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics show 1 in 4 Americans volunteer, contributing 7.9 billion hours each year (or the equivalent of $184 billion). Jim Voegeli and his rescue poodle, Maggie, have been greeting patients at hospitals around the region for 7 years. The therapy dog has had more than 3,000 encounters with people at Mayo Clinic and Olmsted Medical Center (OMC). “Maggie helped one patient die. His last moments the family asked us to get her up in bed and he soon died,” said Voegeli. “She has even helped people in emergency rooms who were very stressed out.”

KAAL, In-Depth at 6:30: Caregivers' Stress (Part One) — Betsy Singer interviews Dr. Margaret Dow about the Women’s Morning of Well-Being event in Austin.

KIMT, Sharing the Gift of Life: How donating an organ can change a life by Alex Jirgens — To mark this important need, April is designated Donate Life Month. And at a ceremony at the Floyd County Medical Center Monday afternoon, Charles City couple Ronald and Marilyn Venz shared the story of how a donated kidney changed their lives. "First, we went to the doctor in Mason City, and the kidney doctor told him he only had 23% of his total kidney functioning," Marilyn said. Ronald did not want to do dialysis, and while he remained in good health, his kidney condition was becoming perilously poor. A donated kidney from a deceased donor would almost assuredly mean waiting. "They put him on the list at Mayo Clinic in Rochester to receive a kidney from a deceased donor. They said it would take 3-5 years."

Star Tribune, Charity work brings Wolves together by Kent Youngblood — …If you’re looking for a reason, perhaps part of it is the culture being developed by interim coach Ryan Saunders and the tightness of the players in the locker room. Another example: The Timberwolves FastBreak Foundation’s online drive to raise money for breast health awareness and research will end Sunday night. Players’ pregame worn, or issued, shooting shirts and custom-designed Kickstradomis shoes are being auctioned off, with money going for research through Mayo Clinic Cancer Center.

Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, Pittsburgh Blue readies its Rochester debut near the Mayo Clinic by Alex Van Abbema — Pittsburgh Blue will open its third location, and its first steakhouse outside of the Twin Cities, on Monday in downtown Rochester. Minneapolis-based Parasole Restaurant Holdings invested $2.5 million in its new 8,000-square-foot restaurant, Vice President of Business Development and Marketing Kip Clayton said. It will be a part of the $140 million, 264-room luxury Hilton Hotel built by Titan Development & Investments and Chicago-based Harbor Bay Real Estate Advisors.

South Florida Reporter, What’s An Aneurysm? — An aneurysm is an abnormal bulge or ballooning in the wall of a blood vessel. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 6 million people are living with unruptured brain aneurysms. Dr. Bernard Bendok, a Mayo Clinic neurosurgeon, says a ruptured aneurysm can be life-threatening.

Arizona Daily Star, Mayo Clinic tips for when it's time to stop using the opioid medication — Follow your withdrawal plan closely, especially your doctor’s instructions about how and when to take medications during the taper. Although you may be eager to reach your goal, your body needs time to adjust to lower levels of opioids, and then to none at all. A step-by-step reduction in your dose helps this process go smoothly and helps ease the discomfort you may feel when you stop taking opioids. It also allows you to practice new skills to manage pain and other chronic symptoms.

KVOA Tucson, AccuWeather offers tips for coping with spring allergies by Stephanie Weaver — After a very wet winter in Arizona, everything is in bloom, so pollen levels continue to range from moderate to high…Mayo Clinic suggestions: Mayo Clinic suggests vacuuming often and using a portable high efficiency particulate air filter in your bedroom.

KEYC Mankato, Fairmont Mayo Clinic Now Offering Dry Eye Services by Sarah Meilner — Southern Minnesota was a dry eye care desert only until recently. Fairmont Dry Eye services, located in the Fairmont Mayo Clinic, now offers dry eye preventions and treatments with brand new technology. The technology will help Optometrists to diagnose dry eye disease, a disease that is critically underdiagnosed. Dr. Robert Friese claims having these services in Fairmont will help them properly diagnose and prevent. "Dry eye is a complicated disease that takes a lot of time and effort to improve and improve the patients quality of life so you know if you don't have to drive two hours to get some of these tests done, it makes life a lot simpler." Additional coverage: Fairmont Sentinel

KEYC-Mankato, Allergy Sufferers Facing Tree Pollen During Warmer Weather by Alex Tejada — Monday's warmer weather and wind meant allergy sufferers felt the itching and stuffiness associated with this time of year. The tree pollen count for Monday was high. Common culprits are maple, elm and alder. It usually affects people between March to June. Grass pollen comes next, spanning from late April to July before ragweed allergy season hits. "So it's always a season for somebody. Nobody dies of a stuffy nose but allergies will make you tired. It makes it harder to concentrate. It makes it harder to learn in school so it's not without its price," said Mayo Clinic Health System allergist Dr. Richard Crockett.

Mankato Free Press, Spinal surgery gives Waseca man new life by Brian Arola — Gyles Randall’s pain wasn’t exactly evident to outsiders in the past, but a hunched neck caused by worsening nerve issues last year made it unmistakable…Randall, 77, said the spinal surgery he received in December — the second of his life — made him feel like a new man. He sought it after finding out Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato was expanding its neurosurgery department. Dr. Meghan Murphy, one of two new surgeons brought in last year, performed a lumbar decompression and fusion of his L2, L3 and L4, L5 discs on Dec. 13.

Albert Lea Tribune, Mayo Clinic Ambulance opens new center months after ground breaking By Hannah Yang, Austin Daily Herald—After Mother Nature slowed construction, Mayo Clinic Ambulance crews have finally made themselves at home in their new center. As for now, there’s a queue of other capital projects on Mayo Clinic’s list, but Glenn Lyden of Mayo Clinic Public Affairs shared that this new facility marked the bright future ahead. “We’re here for the long term, and it is a nice investment into the community with a new facility that meets Mayo standards,” Lydon said. “It’s a win for everybody.” Additional coverage: Austin Herald

Owatonna People’s Press, HEALTH: Gold Cross Ambulance becomes Mayo Clinic Ambulance by Allison Miller — As of April 1, an established and respected emergency medical service in the community has both a new name and look. Gold Cross Ambulance is now Mayo Clinic Ambulance. Gold Cross Ambulance has been part of Mayo Clinic since 1994. The name change will clarify for patients and communities that Mayo Clinic provides their ambulance service, and will reflect the safe, high-quality care that continues to be available to them from Mayo Clinic paramedics and emergency medical technicians (EMTs). Additional coverage: WJON-Radio

WKBT La Crosse, Flu numbers still high in Wisconsin, but may be decreasing by Greg White — The highest levels of the flu are being reported in Western and Northern Wisconsin. Minnesota is only reporting regional cases. Locally, 17 people have been treated at Gundersen Health System in April for influenza, while Mayo Clinic Health System has treated 8 patients so far this month.

WKBT La Crosse, Study: ER visits for suicidal thoughts, attempts among teens on the rise — New numbers show a spike in the amount of children and teens who visited the emergency room for suicidal thoughts and suicide attempts… Experts say that it's important to reach out to those who you think may be experiencing suicidal thoughts. "The things that we work on is just having people be able to have that conversation and identify when someone needs helps so they don't complete a suicide never having received any help at all because no one was able to ask them that question," said Mayo Clinic Health System Social Worker Christine Hughes.

WKBT La Crosse, Cooking With N8TM: Spring Eggstravaganza by Leah Rivard — Video: Meals in Minutes featuring Mayo Clinic Health System Chef Heather VanHorn

Waseca County News, Mayo Clinic Health System in Waseca named as 2019 Top 100 Critical Access Hospital by Bailey Grubish — Mayo Clinic Health System in Waseca was recently named one of the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals in the United States by iVantage Health Analytics and The Chartis Center for Rural Health. Mayo Clinic Health System in Waseca scored in the top 100 of Critical Access Hospitals on iVantage Health Analytics’ Hospital Strength INDEX®. The INDEX is the industry’s most comprehensive rating of rural providers. It provides the data foundation for the annual Rural Relevance Study, and its results are the basis for many of rural health care’s most prominent awards, advocacy efforts and legislative initiatives.

WQOW Eau Claire, Dragon Boat Festival — The 5th annual Half Moon Dragon Boat Festival is happening this summer and now is the time to start thinking about getting your team ready for it! Thousands of people come to participate or watch this family-friendly competition to support local cancer programs and services, celebrate cancer survivors, honor memories of those lost and raise awareness about cancer prevention and education.

WEAU Eau Claire, National Volunteer Week — National Volunteer Week is April 7-13. Jennifer Loew, director of Volunteer Services and volunteer Joyce Voigts join WEAU 13 News “Hello Wisconsin” host Tyler Mickelson to discuss volunteer opportunities at Mayo Clinic Health System.

Independent, Tell-tale signs of Alzheimer's 'in twice as many people as thought' by Sarah Knapton — Alzheimer's disease probably affects twice as many people as current estimates suggest, experts believe, but sufferers are yet to show symptoms. Scientists at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota have been re-evaluating the prevalence of the disease using brain imaging to give a definitive assessment of the numbers affected. However, tests on 2,500 people found twice as many as expected had the tell-tale signs of protein plaques and tangles in the brain that are the marks of the disease, even though they were not yet experiencing dementia. Dr Cliff Jack, a professor of Alzheimer's research at the Mayo Clinic, said the prevalence of the condition was at present "based on clinical assessment, 'do you have dementia?' Additional coverage: New York Post

Healio, ACL reconstruction may yield higher rate of ACL injuries in female soccer players — …Recent meta-analyses have determined 1) injury prevention training programs can reduce the incidence of ACL injury in females by 67%; and 2) current return to sport criteria do not decrease the risk of subsequent ACL injury. Consequently, these meta-analyses, coupled with the results reported in this article, highlight the importance of research of individualized rehabilitation, improved neuromuscular control, biomechanical screening and adequate healing time (minimum of 9 months) prior to return to sport...Nathan D. Schilaty, PhD, Sports Medicine, Mayo Clinic

Healio, Antiphospholipid syndrome affects 1 in 2,000, peak risk among elderly — Antiphospholipid syndrome has an estimated prevalence of 50 individuals per 100,000 with an annual incidence rate of 2.1 per 100,000, notably higher among patients older than 55 years, according to data published in Arthritis & Rheumatology. “Antiphospholipid syndrome has been an understudied disease,” Ali Duarte-García, MD, of the Mayo Clinic, told Healio Rheumatology. “It was described more than 30 years ago and, until now, basic knowledge such as its frequency in the population was not known. This information is fundamental to be able to allocate resources for further research and health care delivery.”

Medical Xpress, Neoadjuvant chemotherapy key to survival in pancreatic cancer — Three factors can predict survival in patients with borderline resectable (BR) or locally advanced (LA) pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC), according to a study published online April 2 in the Annals of Surgery. Mark J. Truty, M.D., from the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Rochester, Minnesota, and colleagues reviewed data from 194 patients with BR/LA PDAC (63 and 37 percent, respectively) undergoing resection from 2010 to 2017 after total neoadjuvant therapy (TNT).

HIT Consultant, Study: Telerehabilitation Could Improve Patients With Late-Stage Cancer by Fred Pennic — Telerehabilitation services to patients with late-stage cancer can improve their physical function, pain and quality of life while allowing them to spend less time in hospitals and nursing homes, according to recent research led by Andrea Cheville, M.D., a Mayo Clinic physical medicine and rehabilitation physician. The research team also included Timothy Moynihan, M.D.; and Charles Loprinzi, M.D. — all from Mayo Clinic — as well as Jeph Herrin, Ph.D., Yale School of Medicine, and Kurt Kroenke, M.D., Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center.

MobiHealthNews, Mayo Clinic looks at the use of patient-generated health data — Mayo Clinic Medical Informaticist Dr. Karl Poterack says one of the challenges is figuring out how to predict future health events using patient-generated data.

MobiHealthNews, For Israel's hospitals, innovation can and must be self-funding by Jonah Comstock — Hospitals all over the world hope that investment in innovation will ultimately lead to cost savings. But for Israel’s hospitals, that can't be an abstract hope, two hospital leaders told MobiHealthNews on a recent visit to the country. Instead, self-sustaining innovation is a concrete and immediate need for the hospitals’ bottom lines. In order to do that, most Israeli startups aren’t thinking about selling their products in Israel’s 9 million-person healthcare market. Most have set their sites on the United States, as well as other regions like Europe or Canada. In addition to its work with Israeli startups, Sheba works with a number of health systems in North America including the Mayo Clinic, Massachusetts General, and Mount Sinai Medical Center. In these programs, the two hospitals take a joint stake in whatever ideas come out of the projects.

Laboratory Equipment, 'Zombie Cell' Removal Reduces Symptoms of Obesity-associated Diabetes by Elizabeth Doughman — "This study introduces senolytics as an entirely new class of drugs that may be valuable in the treatment of diabetes and its complications. It suggests that targeting a basic aging mechanism, cellular senescence, is a promising therapeutic strategy in the treatment of type 2 diabetes," Allyson Palmer, M.D., a study co-author who works at the Mayo Clinic, told Laboratory Equipment. "Although these results are very exciting and hold promise for the treatment of type 2 diabetes, it is very important that patients do not begin taking senolytic drugs until their efficacy and safety have been proven in human clinical trials."

Healthcare Finance, Mayo Clinic looks at the promise of patient-generated data — Mayo Clinic Medical Informaticist Dr. Karl Poterack says one of the challenges is figuring out how to use the data that patients create for predicting future health events.

KOKH FOX25, Mayo Clinic, OU Children's Hospital announce collaboration on rare heart disease research by Brianna Sims — Mayo Clinic's Todd and Karen Wanek Family Program for Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS) and the Children's Hospital at OU Medicine are joining a number of hospitals around the nation to provide solutions to patients with the rare heart disease. HLHS is a complex form of congenital heart disease in which patients suffer from the severe underdevelopment of the left side of the heart. Since 2015, The OU Children's Hospital has been a part of the HLHS program and performed its first umbilical cord blood cell delivery in 2016, according to the director of the Todd and Karen Wanek Family Program for HLHS, Timothy Nelson, M.D., Ph.D. "We're thrilled that they've joined the HLHS Consortium because it means that individuals with HLHS will now have more access to participating in groundbreaking clinical trials," says Nelson.

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