May 10, 2019

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights for May 10, 2019

By Emily Blahnik

New York Times, In This Doctor’s Office, a Physical Exam Like No Other by Carl Zimmer — To scientists like Michael Snyder, chair of the genetics department at Stanford University, the future of medicine is data — lots and lots of data. He and others predict that one day doctors won’t just take your blood pressure and check your temperature. They will scrutinize your genome for risk factors and track tens of thousands of molecules active in your body. By doing so, the doctors of the future will identify diseases, and treat them, long before symptoms appear. Karen Meagher, a bioethicist at the Mayo Clinic who was not involved in the new study, cautioned that these are still early days for precision medicine. She wondered if most patients could manage constant monitoring as well as Dr. Snyder’s volunteers. “Some people are going to be really overwhelmed by the technology,” Dr. Meagher said.

STAT, Substandard control arms question the utility of some new cancer drugs by Talal Hilal — The rapid pace of new cancer drugs approved by the FDA, 16 in 2018 alone, is — on the surface — good news for people with cancer. But some of these approvals were based on clinical trials with substandard control arms, calling into question the effectiveness of some new drugs. Talal Hilal, M.D., is a hematology/oncology fellow at the Mayo Clinic.

CNN, FDA undercuts $375,000 drug in surprise move by Wayne Drash — Although Ruzurgi was approved for pediatric patients, the FDA decision makes it possible for adults with LEMS to get the drug off-label if their treating physician believes that it will help them…"Generally, if a drug is FDA-approved, it can be used off-label as long as physicians feel it is indicated for the patient," said Dr. Vincent Rajkumar, a hematologist oncologist with the Mayo Clinic. "That's how drugs approved for one disease can be used for almost any other." Rajkumar said he hopes Jacobus makes the drug affordable rather than following Catalyst's lead.

NBC Sports, Redskins hire former player Kyshoen Jarrett as Defensive Quality Control Coach — …Jarrett, who was selected as a sixth-round pick out of Virginia Tech by the Redskins during the 2015 NFL Draft, suffered a career-ending shoulder injury during the final game of his rookie season against the Dallas Cowboys Jan. 3, 2016. According to the Washington Post, Mayo Clinic doctors diagnosed Jarrett with "serious injury to the brachial plexus," a nerve network that runs from the spinal cord to the armpit through the neck. That summer, the Redskins waived Jarrett with a failed physical designation.

Science, As gene testing surges, lawsuits aren’t far behind by Jennifer Couzin-Frankel — …The outcome, which like any judicial decision can offer signposts for future cases, represents an expansion of a physician’s responsibility, says Gary Marchant, a law professor at Arizona State University in Tempe….How substantial are those risks? Marchant and his colleague Rachel Lindor, now an emergency medicine physician at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, unearthed 202 genomics malpractice cases, which they analyzed in the Food and Drug Law Journal last year. On the one hand, they didn’t detect a surge in genomics lawsuits in recent years. But about 60% of genomics cases resulted in a payout to the plaintiff, they found, compared with at most 22% of those in other medical malpractice areas.

Publisher’s Weekly, Mayo Clinic Launches Publishing Imprint by Claire Kirch — The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., which is already renowned for its world-class medical care, is launching a publishing imprint, Mayo Clinic Press, which will publish health-related books for consumers. This isn’t the first time Mayo has published books, but the launch of this imprint marks the first time Mayo will publish health books for consumers as a full-service press. In 1990, the clinic self-published the Mayo Clinic Family Health Book, now in its fifth edition with 1.5 million copies in print. Since then, Mayo also self-published The Mayo Clinic Diet, which is in its second edition and has sold 500,000 copies, but it has more often partnered with multiple publishers to publish about 40 health books. In the future, any new editions of these titles with updated medical research will be released under the Mayo Clinic Press imprint.

TIME, Are Sleeping Pills Safe? Here's What Research Says by Jamie Ducharme — The side effects of sleeping pills vary by medication, but they can include dizziness, headache, gastrointestinal issues, prolonged drowsiness, allergic reactions, memory problems and performing daily activities while partially asleep, according to the Mayo Clinic. Case studies, including one published in 2017 and another in 2013, have also linked using zolpidem to suicidal behavior, potentially even during sleep. Alcohol or other prescription drugs can also interact poorly with sleeping pills, potentially leading to more side effects or complications.

Forbes, New Grant Opportunity Aims To Get Communities Moving Naturally by Alan Kohll — While the world is moving faster, it’s hard to deny that we’ve all collectively slowed down due to everything from our jobs, tech habits, and the local environment… A sedentary lifestyle increases the risk of many diseases, is tied to obesity, and shortens lifespans. Despite this, many adults still lead sedentary lifestyles. According to Mayo Clinic, 50-70% of people sit at least six hours per day, and 20-35% of people spend over four hours every day watching TV.

Inc., 3 suggestions for facing hard truths about your business by Levi King — Last winter I paid a visit to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, where I underwent the most intense medical exam of my life. Blood work, balance exercises, strength and acceleration tests, a full body scan--no stone was left unturned in an effort to assess and address the ravages of 42 hard-driving years. I owed this pilgrimage to the frozen midwest to my company's board of directors, who'd been pushing me to get a major tuneup ever since I reached my fourth decade. I'd made plenty of resolutions to do so, each more sincere than the last, but somehow or other business and family always took priority.

Everyday Health, The 6 Best Questions to Ask Your Cardiologist by Meryl Davis Landau — Cardiologists are doctors who specialize in conditions related to the heart. They have at least three years of cardiology training after their medical residency, and some subspecialize, studying an additional year or two. Your time in your cardiologist’s office, as with many doctors, will likely be brief. Since there’s a lot you’ll want to cover, it helps to know in advance what you want to ask, says Amy Pollak, MD, assistant professor of cardiology at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida.

Woman’s Day, 7 Common STD Symptoms In Women by Josephine Yurcaba — Dr. Daniel Breitkopf of Mayo Clinic spoke with Woman’s Day about common STD symptoms that women should know about, and how to know when you should head to the doctor.

Woman’s Day, Everything You Need to Know About Salmonella by Sophia Caraballo — The main cause of a salmonella infection is the consumption of food that has been contaminated with feces, according to the Mayo Clinic. Some of the most commonly infected foods include raw meat, raw chicken, raw seafood, raw egg, fruits, and vegetables. The spread of salmonella can also occur when people don’t wash their hands properly after using the bathroom. This is why, aside from proper hygiene, restaurants urge their employees and customers to properly wash their hands every time they visit the bathroom. According to the Mayo Clinic, people who have travelled internationally to countries with poor sanitation or who own birds and reptiles have a higher risk of being infected with salmonella.

Woman’s Day, 4 Heart-Healthy Diet Changes Every Woman Should Make by Marygrace Taylor — High blood pressure (a.k.a. hypertension) prevention might not be something you think about in your day-to-day… This is where the DASH diet comes in, which has been shown to lower blood pressure over time and is consistently ranked among the best diets by U.S. News and World Report experts…1. The DASH diet emphasizes vegetables, fruits and low-fat dairy foods—and moderate amounts of whole grains, fish, poultry and nuts, according to the Mayo Clinic…2. Eat fish that are high in omega-3 fatty acids—such as salmon, herring and tuna—which can help lower your total cholesterol, suggests the Mayo Clinic., Is a Gluten-Free Diet Healthy—and Can It Help With Weight Loss? We Asked a Nutritionist by Amanda MacMillan — Going gluten-free is more popular than ever: A 2017 study from the Mayo Clinic found that the number of Americans following a gluten-free diet tripled from 2009 to 2014. By the end of the study period, an estimated 3 million people in the United States were avoiding gluten in their diet, researchers concluded. Several years later, the trend is still going strong…. For people who have been diagnosed with celiac disease, a wheat allergy, or a gluten sensitivity, following a gluten-free diet should help alleviate symptoms and potentially dangerous complications of these conditions. But more than 70% of people who follow a gluten-free diet are doing so without any of these medical diagnoses, according to that 2017 Mayo Clinic study. For these people, says Kondziolka, the benefits are less clear.

Yahoo!, Can the Keto Diet Ease Your Worst PMS Symptoms? We Asked an Expert by Isadora Baum — Mayo Clinic says dietary changes can be used to manage PMS symptoms. “Choose foods high in complex carbohydrates, such as fruits, vegetables, and whole grains,” Mayo Clinic advises. This is obviously a problematic treatment for anyone on the keto diet, which restricts the amount of carbs you eat. Many women report feeling bloated while experiencing PMS. “Premenstrual water retention is likely caused by fluctuations in your hormones. Your diet also might play a role,” Mayo Clinic explains.

Yahoo!, Why Your Head Hurts After a Workout — & What to Do About It by Cheryl S. Grant — From staying slim to that post workout high, regular exercise comes with plenty of perks. It can even reduce your chances of having a headache or migraine. But, it can also have the opposite effect and cause a whopper of a head banger, too. While experts aren’t completely sure what causes them, some of us tend to be more susceptible. “They are more common in individuals who also experience migraines,” says Rashmi B. Halker Singh, MD FAHS, headache neurologist at Mayo Clinic. In a study published in Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain, women disproportionately experienced more migraines than men. Additional coverage: SheKnows

Post-Bulletin, Spring Valley man needs a kidney by Matthew Stolle — Dave Thouin needs a kidney. Some of you might already be aware of this, because the 62-year-old Spring Valley resident hasn’t been shy about letting people know…An all-but-the-kitchen-sink approach can work, but it carries risks. It can touch an anonymous person to donate. And there are many stories of such generosity. In fact, Mayo Clinic has seen a “fair amount of people” come forward with a desire to donate a kidney but with nobody in mind to give it to, said Dr. Mikel Prieto, a Mayo Clinic transplant surgeon. “There’s a tremendous amount of altruism in our society,” he said. But it can also bring out strangers with less than pure motives. “You start getting a fair amount of calls for the wrong reason,” Prieto said. “People either want some financial compensation or they are doing it for strange motivations.”

Post-Bulletin, Mayo Clinic in Arizona is improving transplant care for the Hispanic population — Learn how Mayo Clinic’s Hispanic Transplant Program will help close the gap in transplant care and provide access for patients in the Hispanic population.

Post Bulletin, Hospital first in New Mexico to join Mayo Clinic Network from Associated Press — A New Mexico hospital has become the first in the state to join the Mayo Clinic Network. News outlets reported Tuesday that Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center announced Monday it has become a member of the health care nonprofit group… The Minnesota-based clinic began the network in 2011 and currently operates about 40 health systems, including facilities in Arizona, Florida, Idaho and Montana. Additional coverage: Minneapolis Star Tribune, KUMN, Belleville News-Democrat,

KAAL, Great Strides Being Made in Treating Cystic Fibrosis — It’s the most common lethal condition affecting Caucasians; each year, nearly 1,000 people are diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis in the U.S. 140 of which seek treatment at Mayo Clinic. While this condition doesn't have a cure, “great strides” are being made towards treating it. On Saturday morning, birds were singing and the sun was beaming; the perfect conditions for a walk. Jay Breitbarth, along with about 250 others, participated in the 2019 Great Strides Cystic Fibrosis Walk in Rochester.

KTTC, RPS advertises unique study for teens battling depression — Could magnets help teens battling depression? A Mayo Clinic doctor seems to think so and wants Rochester Public Schools to help test his theory. Associate professor at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science and Director of Mayo Clinic Depression Center Paul Croarkin presented his idea to the district board Tuesday night. “As a physiatrist my dream has always been if we could intervene early with neuro-science tools we may be able to spare a patient a lifetime of ineffective treatments,” Croarkin said.

KIMT, Shaving heads for cancer research by Jeremiah Wilcox — Dozens of people were here at the University of Minnesota Rochester not to get an education but shave a head to find a cure for cancer. Eric and Sophia Vanderheiden are taking the stage to get the big chop. “This is something that we've been doing, well Sophie has done it for three years now,” said Eric. It’s formed into a growing family tradition, to help support her mom's patients. Armanda Vanderheiden is a pediatric nurse at Mayo Clinic. “We're the Mayo Clinic, we do see a lot of the worst of the worst. People come to us for the second opinion, for the last chance of hope,” she said.

KSTP, Mayo Clinic announces results of study examining less-invasive mastectomy procedure — More than 4,700 women in Minnesota are expected to be diagnosed with breast cancer this year alone, according to the American Cancer Society. And Thursday, the Mayo Clinic announced the results of a study examining a safe and less-invasive mastectomy procedure…. But KSTP medical expert Dr. Archelle Giorgio cautions more student needs to be done on the long-term results. Additional coverage: Austin Daily Herald, Everyday Health

First Coast News, Breakthrough! How a dog & cat explain the new fight against pancreas cancer by Jeannie Blaylock — Alex Trebek did not shy away from the harsh facts.  He was diagnosed with pancreas cancer -- stage 4. Late stage. Not caught early. True for more than 90% of patients with pancreas cancer. But now a breakthrough from Mayo Clinic, and doctors are using dogs and cats to explain how it works. Dr. Michael Wallace at Mayo Clinic-Jacksonville says researchers have now developed a type of AI -- Artificial Intelligence -- to find red flags early… With AI the computer can analyze MRI images in less than a second--  All 1200 of them… "You look at a picture of a dog and cat," Dr. Wallace says. "We want to train a computer to recognize the differences between dogs and cats." Easy, you say? Not really. How do you explain to the computer every single difference between one shape of one tail and another? It's too limiting. It's not even possible. AI allows the computer to create its own rules to analyze what could be early warning signs of pancreas cancer on the MRI images.

South Florida Reporter, Mayo Clinic Offers New Hope to Patients With COPD — Wayne Peterson hadn’t been able to breathe easily for years, and time was running out. In 2003, he was diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), report ABC 6 News, KIMT 3 News and the Rochester Post-Bulletin. He tells the new outlets he was eventually put on oxygen and says he was given little hope by doctors in Texas, where he was living at the time, before coming to Mayo Clinic’s Rochester campus. “They wanted to send me to hospice because they said they couldn’t do any more,” he tells ABC 6 News. “I came up here because I’m from here originally. I knew about Mayo Clinic. I thought if anyone can do anything, it’s Mayo.”

South Florida Reporter, Plant-Based Diet Cuts Heart Failure Risk By Over 40 Percent — Dr. Kyla Lara, a cardiology fellow at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, and her colleagues, have examined the associations between five major dietary patterns and the risk of heart failure among people without any known history of heart disease. Dr. Lara and her team published the results of their study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Arizona Daily Star, Mayo Clinic's heart-healthy diet for women by Deborah Balzer — Heart disease is a leading cause of death for women. Despite increases in awareness, health officials say women remain unaware of their risks. Dr. Amy Pollak, a cardiologist at Mayo Clinic, says one way to reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke is to maintain a healthy diet.

KEYC Mankato, Promoting Public Understanding During National Stroke Awareness Month by Sarah Meilner — Katie Pace a Registered Nurse with Mayo Clinic Health System Mankato joined KEYC News 12 This Morning to talk about how May is National Stroke Awareness Month.  Pace who is the stroke coordinator for Mayo Clinic in Mankato talked about what happens during a stroke and how to prevent them.

Mankato Free Press, New Girl Scouts badge earned by learning 'Science of Happiness' by Robb Murray — Lauren Patrowsky of Girl Scouts River Valleys worked with Lisa Hardesty, psychologist at Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato, to develop the curriculum for the event, which is rooted in resiliency techniques, including mindfulness, gratitude and a number of other science-based interventions.

Mankato Free Press, CBD industry surges, as medical community stresses caution by Brian Arola — Dr. Joanne Genewick, a family medicine physician at Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato, said patients on medication in particular should make sure CBD won’t cause a negative interaction. “For some things it can make symptoms worse," she said. "Like with everything, I recommend starting with a low dose and increasing very slowly." She named the blood-thinner drug Coumadin as having a potentially dangerous interaction with CBD. People seeking the substance should also keep in mind it could have trace amounts of THC, she said, which could show up on a drug screening.

Fairmont Sentinel, Fairmont Community Hospital Foundation keeps giving by Judy Bryan — The Fairmont Community Hospital Foundation celebrated 30 years of giving at its annual meeting Tuesday…Dr. Anna Kitzmann, ophthalmologist at Fairmont Mayo’s eye services center, offered her personal thanks to the foundation for the new equipment. She shared her recent experience attending a meeting in Rochester. “It was so exciting for us to say we had this equipment before Mayo Rochester,” she said. “You have made a huge difference for us.”… Amy Long, administrator at Mayo Clinic Health System in Fairmont, gave an update on the growth of the medical campus, highlighting the new Lutz Cancer Center, a $1.7 million project, which is on schedule to open in August. Kate Hawkins, Marilyn Forstrom and Dr. Hyun Kim [Mayo Clinic] were unanimously approved as new board of trustee members.

Fairmont Sentinel, Pink eye? Go to school, work — The decades-old treatment for pink eye, including use of antibiotic drops and staying home from school or work, has been revised…Previously, a person or parent calling into the clinic and describing pink eye symptoms to a nurse could get antibiotic drops prescribed over the phone without a clinic visit. “Our (Mayo) policy recently changed. We are not doing that anymore because most cases of pink eye are actually viral. With a virus, the typical antibiotic eye drops won’t help, and we are trying to avoid the overuse and misuse of antibiotics,” Slama said. “The best thing to practice is good hygiene. Wash your hands often. Use hand sanitizer. Try not to touch your eyes. Don’t reuse wash clothes,” he said. “This is the same type of prevention you would use with a common cold.”

Albert Lea Tribune, Leadership, patient care two pillars of job for nurse practitioner by Sarah Kocher — A nurse practitioner and nurse manager sees patient care and leadership as two aspects that help her enjoy her job. Melissa Bertelson, a nurse practitioner in the same-day clinic and nurse manager in the medical surgical unit at Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea and Austin, started nursing school directly out of high school. “I always had an interest in helping other people,” she said.

Bluff Country Newspaper, R-P grad named to Mayo Clinic Hall of Fame — She’s only 35, but Dr. Kristi Colbenson is already at the top of her profession. Colbenson, a 2001 R-P grad, an ER/sports medicine physician at the Mayo Clinic, was recently inducted into the clinic’s Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame honor is awarded only to a faculty member voted as “Teacher of the Year” three times during the course of their career. Colbenson, who has received the award in each of the last three consecutive years, is among the Hall of Fame’s youngest inductees. “It’s incredibly humbling and exciting, because the residents nominate instructors and vote on them,” Colbenson said. “I work hard and always try to do my best, but it’s not something I expected at all.”

WKBT La Crosse, Mayo Clinic Health System adopts a local school by Rachel Ausman — Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse was helping thank teachers on National Thank A Teacher Day in its newly-adopted school. The organization chose to adopt Lincoln Middle School under a new "Adopt-A-School" program.  The program is a joint effort between the La Crosse School District and the La Crosse Public Education Foundation.

La Crosse Tribune, Tribune honors area's top nurses in La Crosse area at inaugural gala by Kyle Farris —  The area’s top nurses traded their scrubs for dresses and heels, if only for a night…Nurses from Gundersen Health System, Mayo Clinic Health System, Winona Health and Saint Anne of Winona gathered to sip champagne, nibble hors d’oeuvres and find out who would be named the nurse of the year.

WXOW La Crosse, La Crosse teachers receive a “Thank You” from more than just students by Jeremy Culver — Teachers at the La Crosse School District received a big thank you as a part of “Thank a Teacher Day.” The La Crosse Public Education Foundation held events across the district giving thanks to teachers, with treats. For those at Lincoln Middle School, representatives from Mayo Clinic Health System joined in the appreciation, by giving out flowers and a big “Thank You” card signed by various workers. School employees also got some food and snacks as an extra something for the big day. Those with Mayo Clinic Health System say seeing the smiles from the teachers as they come in brings back memories of those who impacted their lives.

WXOW La Crosse, Local sisters are still giving back — Today these four sisters still work hard to give back to their community and spent Tuesday afternoon coming together to volunteer at Mayo Clinic Health System’s blood drive. The women say that hard work is a value that was handed down to them from their parents. “We are very, very close,” Kelly Hytry said. “Our greatest delight is being together. We can feel free to do and say what we need to say and sometimes it’s not the best but we sure enjoy it anyhow.”

Volume One, Return of the Dragons by Jeff Thompson — Five years ago, a new invasive species swam into Half Moon Lake. Forty feet long with brightly colored scales, it was sleek and swift with bulging eyes, flared nostrils and a toothy grin. The dragons of the lake had arrived in the Chippewa Valley as part of the inaugural Half Moon Dragon Boat Festival.

Superior Telegram, Superior police, firefighters partner for active shooter training by Maria Lockwood — "There's a report of suspected gunshots fired, Wessman Arena, please respond." Three minutes later, teams of four — two firefighters flanked by officers with guns drawn — made their way through the building searching for victims…Along with paramedics from Mayo Clinic Ambulance, police and firefighters ran the training scenario twice Tuesday. On the second run, they shaved 10 minutes off their time.

MobiHealthNews, FDA clears Biofourmis' software for ECG-based arrhythmia detection by DaveMuoio — The FDA has granted 510(k) clearance to Biofourmis’ RhythmAnalytics, a cloud-based software product that uses deep learning to read and interpret cardiac arrhythmias…. “The Biofourmis RhythmAnalytics platform ushers in a new era of computer-aided ECG interpretation — harnessing refined deep-learning techniques that I strongly feel will revolutionize care by improving throughput and reducing costs while maintaining accuracy,” Dr. Christopher J. McLeod, the clinical director for cardiovascular medicine at the Mayo Clinic, said in a statement. “Biofourmis has built an incredibly strong in-house data science and clinical capabilities and we look forward to working with them.”

Marshalltown Times Republican, Albion family to hold benefit for man who died from brain tumor by Sara Jordan-Heintz — For the past 12 years, 24-year-old Matthew Mills and his family endured the struggles of his terminal diagnosis of an inoperable astrocytoma tumor. After his death Wednesday, … He and his family then sought treatment at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., where he endured chemo and radiation. Since that time, he has had to return to the Mayo Clinic every six months for scans and blood work… Astrocytoma is a type of cancer that can form in the brain or spinal cord. Astrocytoma begins in cells called astrocytes that support nerve cells. Astrocytoma signs and symptoms depend on the location of the tumor. Astrocytomas that occur in the brain can cause seizures, headaches and nausea, according to the Mayo Clinic., Does Running Make Your Period Go Away? by Cory Stieg — Emma Abrahamson, a 22-year-old runner who hosts a popular running YouTube channel, ran competitively full-time from the time she was 11 years old. But she didn't get her period until she was 22, and she recently revealed this on her vlog as a way to spread awareness about the common condition that affects runners, amenorrhea. This is called exercise-induced amenorrhea, and it typically affects women who do rigorous activities, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Renal & Urology News, Gleason Score 8 PCa Diagnosed at Biopsy Frequently Downgraded by Jody Charnow — Almost half of patients with clinical Gleason Score 8/Grade Group 4 (cGG4) prostate cancer (PCa) diagnosed on transrectal prostate biopsy experience pathologic Gleason Score downgrading at radical prostatectomy (RP), according to a study presented at the 2019 American Urological Association annual meeting. In addition, researchers identified biopsy-based risk factors that can predict the likelihood of downgrading. “If these risk factors for downgrading are validated, they can be used to tailor patient counseling regarding risk of truly having Gleason 8 disease versus less significant PCa,” lead investigator Vignesh T. Packiam, MD, a urologic oncology fellow at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, told Renal & Urology News., Mayo Clinic appoints new CEO for Mayo Clinic Arizona — "We are thrilled to announce Dr. Gray as Arizona's sixth CEO. He is both a renowned surgical oncologist and an established leader with extensive experience and accomplishments across clinical practice, research and education," says Samuel Di Piazza, chair, Mayo Clinic Board of Trustees. "Like others who have come before him, Dr. Gray is a testament to our long-held tradition of succession in physician leadership. He is fully committed to the values that Mayo Clinic was built upon and equally inspired by all that Mayo Clinic has yet to be."

TCTMD, CABANA Results Largely Generalizable to Real-World A-fib Patients by Todd Neale — In data pulled from a time period overlapping the enrollment period for CABANA, 73.8% of patients who either underwent ablation or were treated with medical therapy (including antiarrhythmic or rate control drugs) met trial eligibility criteria, Peter Noseworthy, MD (Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN), and colleagues report in a study published in the April 21, 2019, issue of the European Heart Journal. “So the CABANA population does not appear to be a highly selected population in terms of basic demographics and patient characteristics,” Noseworthy said. “Whatever your take is from CABANA, it is likely to be applicable to the patients we see in everyday practice.” Additional coverage: Augusta Chronicle

Business Insider, A tick crawled into a boy's inner ear while he was playing outside, and he needed surgery to remove it by Julia Naftulin — If you do think you have a bug in your ear, don't prod at it with a cotton swab or other object. If you or someone else can see the bug, you can grab it carefully with tweezers, according to the Mayo Clinic. Otherwise, try using warm mineral oil, olive oil, or baby oil to "float" the bug out of your ear.

Santa Fe New Mexican, A medical partnership that puts patients first — Striving for excellence pays off — that’s the message from leadership and staff at Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center, which last week announced it would be entering a partnership with the Mayo Clinic, the gold standard in health care. Christus St. Vincent was selected to join the Mayo Clinic Care Network after a rigorous, 10-month application process in which both parties examined each other to make sure the fit was right. It’s the first hospital in New Mexico to join the network, giving it exclusive rights for a 150-mile radius.

P&T Community, Reframing Alzheimer’s Disease by Susan L. Worley — “For several decades, most clinicians, and the lay public, really have viewed AD through the lens of a 1984 definition,” says Clifford R. Jack Jr, MD, professor of radiology at the Mayo Clinic and lead author of the 2018 framework paper. “If an individual met clinical criteria that included a progressive loss of abilities, typically with a prominent amnestic component—that is, loss of memory that typically progressed to the point where the person became dependent on others—the individual was classified as having probable AD if other possible causes of symptoms, such as tumor or stroke, could be excluded. The word “probable” was important, because whether someone had AD could be determined definitively only at autopsy.”

Running magazine, Kipchoge to attempt sub-2 marathon again by Madeleine Kelly — …Back in 1991, Dr. Michael Joyner, the first expert to contemplate this concept, suggested that a sub-two marathon would eventually happen. He imagined it would be gradual, and that it would take many years, but he did calculate that it was humanly possible. At this moment, there’s no better person to push the limits of marathoning potential than Eliud Kipchoage. More details on exact date and location to come.

Health 24, Blood test might diagnose chronic fatigue syndrome — Mayo Clinic chronic fatigue expert Dr Phil Fischer noted that the new test reveals a "striking difference between fatigued patients and healthy control patients". But Fisher, who wasn't involved with the study, agreed more research is needed to hone in on exactly what's happening here. "We don't yet know if the difference is from the chronic fatigue or due to a secondary consequence of fatigue such as reduced physical exercise," said Fischer. "We don't yet know how this marker would change from the beginning of the fatigue until later, and we don't know if it would be affected by treatment. We also don't yet know just what this marker means for potential targeted treatment."

NBC 11 Atlanta, Why is breakfast considered the most important meal of the day? by Jerry Carnes — “If you skip breakfast because you want to save calories, reconsider that plan,” says Debra Silverman, a licensed dietician with the Mayo Clinic. “That may lead you to overeat or choose fast but unhealthy options. Your morning meal doesn’t have to mean loading up on sugar and fats. Keep the breakfast basics in mind and set yourself up for healthier eating all day long.”

NBC 10 Philadelphia, American Brain Foundation's Commitment to Cures Fundraiser — The American Brain Foundation is holding their annual fundraising dinner, Commitment to Cures, in Philadelphia this week.  Neurologist Dr. Joseph Sriven and the ABF executive director Jane Ransom talk about the work being done to support work to cure brain diseases and disorders.

North Carolina Health News, No shots, no service: Pediatricians take tough stands while vaccination rates for young children in N.C. drop by Sarah Ovaska-Few —Robert Jacobson, the medical doctor of the Mayo Clinic’s population health science program said the renowned medical center in Rochester, Minn. will treat unvaccinated children at pediatric clinics. Doctors and health workers there continue to urge their vaccine-hesitant parents and guardians to read about the science behind vaccination policies, in hopes that they will change their minds as they hear more from their children’s pediatrician about the importance of vaccination.

FOX 46 Charlotte, Retired CMPD officer fighting for his life, needs new heart — FOX 46 and CMPD are working to get results for an officer who for years protected life, and is now fighting for his. Retired officer Harold Jackson checked into the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, FL Monday morning in hopes of getting a new heart. He’s dancing to a happy beat, but he knows the beat of his own heart is fading.

WGNS-Radio, Local Physician To Speak at Prestigious Mayo Clinic about Maternal Health — Ascension Saint Thomas is pleased to recognize Dr. Connie Graves, Director of Perinatal Services and Co-Director of Collaborative Perinatal Services for the health system, in advance of her May 17 presentation at the prestigious Mayo Clinic. Invitations to present at the Mayo Clinic are reserved for the highest-regarded members of the healthcare community. Based in Rochester, Minnesota, the Mayo Clinic is a not-for-profit academic medical center founded in 1864. U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks the Mayo Clinic as one of the nation's premier hospitals.

HealthCentral, What a Gynecologist Wants You to Know About Endometrial Cancer by Sheila M. Eldred — Endometrial cancer (a form of uterine cancer) is the most common gynecological cancer in the United States, affecting about 63,230 new women every year, according to the American Society of Clinical Oncology. Still, there’s a lot most people don’t know about it. But perhaps the best thing to know is that it’s often curable. Here, Jamie Bakkum-Gamez, M.D., is a professor of obstetrics and gynecology and gynecologic oncology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., shares more key information about this cancer.

Medscape, Clinical Trials of New Cancer Drugs 'Frequently Flawed' by Pam Harrison — A significant proportion of new cancer drugs that were approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) during the past 5 years were approved on the basis of trials with suboptimal control arms, which likely biased the trials in favor of the experimental arm, a new study suggests. "I think the problem is that the FDA sets a benchmark for a control arm that is often outdated when some trials are starting," lead author Talal Hilal, MD, Mayo Clinic, Phoenix, Arizona, told Medscape Medical News in an email. "This becomes an easy target for companies to beat when they test their new drug against an older, outdated control," he added. Additional coverage: MedPage Today

Medscape, PREVENT: Eculizumab May Lower Relapse Risk in NMOSD by Deborah Brauser — In February, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted priority review for eculizumab for treating NMOSD and set a Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) action date of June 28. There are currently no drugs approved specifically for this indication. "This is the first published randomized controlled trial that clearly demonstrates benefit of a drug for this condition. Up until now, we've really only had observational studies," co-principal investigator Dean M. Wingerchuk, MD, professor and chair of the Department of Neurology at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona, told Medscape Medical News. Additional coverage: MedPage Today

Healio, Multidisciplinary teams, shared decision-making may improve valvular heart disease care — Rick A. Nishimura, MD, MACC, chair of the division of structural heart disease and consultant in the division of structural heart disease at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and co-chair of the writing group, and colleagues detailed a two-tiered approach to optimize the care of patients with valvular heart disease that is similar to the management of patients with stroke.

Healio, Capsule retention in Crohn’s lower than previously thought — Lower than expected retention rates for capsule endoscopy devices revealed in a meta-analysis could be due to diligent assessment of small bowel patency, according to study authors. Shabana F. Pasha, MD, from the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona, and colleagues wrote that although retention is considered a relatively minor adverse event in capsule endoscopy, it is still a barrier to its wider use. “Patients are usually asymptomatic, and in about one-third, the capsule is naturally excreted later than 15 days after ingestion,” they wrote. “Nevertheless, in some patients it can result in acute obstruction or perforation.”

Physician’s Weekly, Disability Often Precedes Rheumatoid Arthritis Diagnosis — Most patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) experience functional disability (FD) that may precede RA diagnosis and persist throughout the disease course, according to a study published online April 30 in Mayo Clinic Proceedings. Elena Myasoedova, M.D., Ph.D., from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and colleagues compared trends in FD among 586 patients with RA and 531 individuals without RA. Additional coverage: Consultant 360

Healthcare Packaging, Mayo Clinic’s Supply Chain Transformational Change by Kim Overstreet — Mayo Clinic, founded in Rochester, MN, in 1862, has 68,000 employees in over 116 locations, 4,800 doctors, performed 133,000 surgeries in 2018, and had 1.3 million patients. Presenting at the WERC Annual Conference for Logistics Professionals in Columbus, OH, last week, Linda Akiens-Castiglioni, Todd Pederson and Ted Pletta of Mayo Clinic, said the organization is highly collaborative and team-based with the needs of the patient coming first – and the patient experience is expected to be the same at all locations.

Irish Times, Scientists take step closer to hearing what the brain wants to say by Benedict Carey — …“It’s formidable work, and it moves us up another level toward restoring speech” by decoding brain signals, says Dr Anthony Ritaccio, a neurologist and neuroscientist at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, who was not a member of the research group.

Daily Express, High blood pressure: Does your headache feel like this? When it could be something serious, Matt Atherton — High blood pressure is often known as ‘the silent killer’, and it affects more than a quarter of all adults in the UK. The condition, which is also known as hypertension, puts extra stress on your blood vessels and vital organs. You could be at risk of high blood pressure if you eat an unhealthy diet, or if you don’t do enough exercise. A common sign of hypertension is having painful headaches, that’s accompanied by confusion and blurred vision, it’s been revealed. A hypertensive crisis could be life-threatening, and requires immediate medical treatment, said the Mayo Clinic. “A hypertensive crisis is a severe increase in blood pressure that can lead to a stroke,” it said., Lung cancer warning: The itchy rash you shouldn’t ignore - it could be something serious by Matt Atherton — Lung cancer is one of the most serious types of cancer to be diagnosed, as it’s usually difficult to spot until it has spread to other parts of the body. But it’s also one of the most common cancers to be diagnosed in the UK, warned the NHS. Signs of the disease only tend to reveal themselves once the cancer has spread through the lungs. You could be at risk of lung cancer if you suddenly develop an itchy and painful rash, it’s been revealed. The rash is part of an uncommon inflammatory disease known as dermatomyositis, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Globe Gazette, ‘It’s a blessing': Kensett man receives robotic spine surgery, regains his life by Ashley Stewart — It was hard for Scott Walling to slow down. But last summer, his body didn’t give him much of a choice. “It hurt to sit. It hurt to sleep. It hurt to breathe. It hurt all the time,” said Walling, 50, of Kensett…Walling, who was being treated by Mayo Clinic for rheumatoid arthritis, reached out to his rheumatologist for a referral. In August, he saw a physical medicine and rehabilitation physician who provided him a steroid injection, but when it didn’t significantly reduce his pain, he was referred to Dr. Mohamad Bydon, a neurosurgeon at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. Bydon diagnosed Walling with spinal stenosis and spondylolisthesis, a condition in which one vertebra slips forward and onto the vertabra below it, causing severe back pain or nerve crowding that produces leg pain or numbness.

Winnipeg Free Press, Non-exercise activities can help you skip the gym by Daphne Miller — …Endocrinologist James Levine coined the term NEAT when he was the director of the Obesity Solutions initiative at Mayo Clinic. "Anybody can have a NEAT life," he said. "Our research showed that you can take two adults of the same weight and one can burn an extra 350 kilocalories (per day) simply by getting rid of labour-saving devices and moving more throughout the day."

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