May 17, 2019

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights for May 17, 2019

By Emily Blahnik
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Reuters, Home-based heart rehab may help patients who can't get to clinics by Lisa Rapaport — “Patients who experience a cardiac event (such as a heart attack or heart surgery), should participate in a cardiac rehabilitation program,” said lead author of the statement Dr. Randal Thomas, medical director of the cardiac rehab program at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. “Such programs help patients recover better, feel healthier, and live longer,” Thomas said by email. “Patients who are not able to participate in a center-based cardiac rehabilitation program due to distance, cost, or other barriers, should discuss with their healthcare provider the possibility of participating in a home-based cardiac rehabilitation program.” Additional coverage: HealthDay

STAT, What a Grand Rabbi’s request might teach us about combating vaccine hesitancy by Eric Boodman — As a neurologist whose patients return to see him year after year, Dr. Robert Brown Jr., of Mayo Clinic, hears about plenty besides strokes and aneurysms. His older patients pull up smartphone photos of grandkids and great-grandkids; his farmer patients talk of rough winters, rainy spells, fluctuations in the price of corn. While investigating memory loss and personality change, he hears about dogs, football games, vacations, and funerals. But in November, someone he’d met in the clinic sent him a question he wasn’t expecting. The man was in Rockland County, N.Y., a leader in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community. He was concerned about a measles outbreak there, and was wondering how to address parents’ hesitations about vaccines. The question is an important one, puzzled over by pediatricians and psychologists alike, and it’s taken on a new urgency in 2019, when the number of confirmed measles cases in the United States — 764, as of last week — is the highest it’s been in 25 years. How that question arrived in Brown’s inbox, it turns out, might just help inform the answer.

Wall Street Journal, Hospital Drug-Making Venture Picks Antibiotics as First Products by Melanie Evans — Two critical antibiotics will be the first products supplied by a group of hospitals that are trying to overcome high drug prices and short supplies by producing the medicines themselves. Civica Rx, the nonprofit drugmaking venture established by the hospitals, plans to begin distributing vancomycin hydrochloride and daptomycin before the end of September, according to Civica’s chief executive…Mayo Clinic, which has agreed to buy half of its supply of antibiotics from Civica, spends about $1 million each year on vancomycin hydrochloride and has scrambled to fill its orders from 27 separate suppliers in the course of a year, said Dennis Dahlen, chief financial officer. Daptomycin costs the Rochester, Minn.-based system another $2 million annually, and Mayo had to source it from seven suppliers, he said. The hunt for new suppliers drains employees’ time and adds to costs, he said.

New York Times, Can CBD Really Do All That? by Moises Velasquez-Manoff — How one molecule from the cannabis plant came to be seen as a therapeutic cure-all…. J. Michael Bostwick, a psychiatrist at the Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minn., who has written about cannabis, calls the hodgepodge of conflicting rules regarding cannabis “idiotic.” He told me that even physicians willing to oversee patient cannabis use, who live in states where it’s legal, can be reluctant to do so because it remains illegal under federal law. A doctor’s license to practice medicine comes from the state, but because the license that allows doctors to prescribe medicine is federal, involvement with cannabis could lead to revocation of that license. “There’s a lack of clarity about what playing field we’re on,” Bostwick says.

New York Times, Diagnosis: Scans Suggested the Boy Had Cancer. But No Doctor Could Prove It. Why? by Lisa Sanders M.D. — …When there was no explanation by the end of the summer, the family spent the last week of September at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Specialists there reviewed all the studies that had been done and added a few of their own. They ordered yet another biopsy of a bony lesion and another sample of the bone marrow. While neither was completely normal, no one could find evidence of cancer. When the doctor from Mayo called with what should have been good news, the mother broke into tears. What else can it be? she pleaded. He’s in so much pain. Every new scan showed more lesions. The disease was clearly progressing. Where else could they go? He should follow up in a couple of months, she was told. There was clearly something going on, but it wasn’t clear what.

New York Times, How to Get the Best From Your Immune System by Matt Richtel — One of the world’s least valuable clichés is that you can sleep when you die. Much truer is: If you don’t sleep, you will die — sooner. Studies show that lack of sleep leads to premature death through diseases like cancer and heart disease, and the reasons have everything to do with the immune system, notes the Mayo Clinic. 

AARP, Shingles of the Eye Cases Are on the Rise by Christina Ianzito — The side effects of the shingles virus can range from extremely unpleasant to nightmarish, especially when the virus affects the eye. Unfortunately, shingles of the eye is rising dramatically, according to researchers at the University of Michigan's Kellogg Eye Center who found that the incidence has tripled since 2004. The study results were presented at the 2019 Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology meeting in Vancouver recently…Shingles is typically successfully treated with antiviral medication, but in about 20 percent of cases results in post herpetic neuralgia — chronic pain that lingers long after the infection subsides. The treatment is more effective sooner than later, which is why it's important see a doctor as soon as you suspect you may have shingles, preferably within 72 hours, says Keith Baratz, ophthalmologist at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota: “Time is of the essence.”… The good news: The shingles vaccine is extremely effective….The side effects are small price to pay, notes the Mayo Clinic's Baratz. “I'll take some fever and chills for 24 hours over a one-in-three chance of getting shingles. I think it's an easy decision."

AARP, Weight-Loss Surgery Can Benefit People Into Their 60s, 70s and 80s by Cheryl Platzman Weinstock — If you’ve often thought bariatric surgery could solve a weight-loss problem — for someone much younger or hardier than you — recent research suggests you may want to think again…Some experts now believe surgeons should be less exclusive about who can have bariatric surgery. “What’s most important to older patients that I meet is that they want to maintain their ability to live independently.  Large and sustained weight loss with bariatric surgery will help them achieve that goal, particularly if they have had multiple previous unsuccessful attempts at weight loss with diet and exercise alone,” said Gretchen Ames, assistant professor of psychology, College of Medicine, Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla. She notes that some older patients consider bariatric surgery when they’re told they need other surgeries such as hip or knee replacements.

Modern Healthcare, Health systems are working to live up to their name by Harris Meyer — The importance of local leadership was clear when Mayo Clinic launched an effort several years ago to standardize the post-operative recovery process in gynecological surgery. That involved evidence-based changes in traditional practices, such as eliminating bowel preparation, trimming opioid use, reducing IV fluids after surgery, and letting patients eat and drink almost immediately after the procedure. The changes first were tested at Mayo’s flagship hospital in Rochester, Minn. Six months in, the average length of stay for ovarian cancer surgery patients had dropped from seven to four days, and cost savings for all gynecological surgery patients totaled nearly $800,000…There was resistance from some department chiefs, said Dr. Sean Dowdy, Mayo’s chair of gynecologic oncology. “In one instance we had to wait for a leadership change before rolling it out,” he said. “You can’t force-feed it. You have to have people buy in or it won’t happen.”

Kaiser Health News, Walmart Charts New Course By Steering Workers To High-Quality Imaging Centers by Phil Galewitz — Walmart Inc., the nation’s largest private employer, is worried that too many of its workers are having health conditions misdiagnosed, leading to unnecessary surgery and wasted health spending. The issue crystallized for Walmart officials when they discovered about half of the company’s workers who went to the Mayo Clinic and other specialized hospitals for back surgery in the past few years turned out not to need those operations. They were either misdiagnosed by their doctor or needed only non-surgical treatment. A key issue: Their diagnostic imaging, such as CT scans and MRIs, had high error rates, said Lisa Woods, senior director of benefits design for Walmart. So the company, whose health plans cover 1.1 million U.S. employees and dependents, has recommended since March that workers use one of 800 imaging centers identified as providing high-quality care.

Today, Why isn't more being done about period pain? The truth about uterine fibroids by Rheana Murray — Fibroids are common but doctors do not know why some women develop them. Genetics play a factor: Women with a family history of fibroids are more likely to develop them. And black women are especially at risk. Up to 80% of black women will develop fibroids before they turn 50, and up to 70% of white women will develop fibroids before they turn 50, according to research. For black women, fibroids are often more severe and occur earlier, according to Dr. Elizabeth Stewart, a fibroids specialist and professor of obstetrics and gynecology and surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. While fibroids themselves aren’t usually life-threatening, they can definitely make women miserable.

ESPN, Ex-Packers GM Thompson reveals health issues by Rob Demovsky — …It wasn't until a full year later that Packers president Mark Murphy announced Thompson would be reassigned to a senior advisory role. "Late in the 2017 season, Mark Murphy and I had a conversation about my health and future with the Packers," Thompson continued in the statement. "At that time, we mutually agreed that it was in the best interests of myself and the organization to step away from my role as general manager. In consultation with team physician Dr. John Gray, I began a complete health evaluation that has included second opinions over the last year from the Medical College of Wisconsin, the Mayo Clinic and the UT Southwestern Medical Center."

Daily Beast, The (A.I.) Doctor Will See You Now by Joelle Renstrom — …According to a BMJ study, online symptom-checking websites provide accurate diagnoses roughly half the time, amounting to millions of people worrying unnecessarily or, worse, breathing a sigh of relief when something’s actually wrong. But what if artificial intelligence could accurately diagnose you—and save you a trip to the doctor’s office?... AI’s reach extends to clinical trials. In 2018 the Mayo Clinic partnered with IBM’s Watson to match patients with breast cancer to accessible clinical trials covered by their health plans. The matching program increased the enrollment of breast cancer sufferers in Mayo Clinic’s own clinical trials by 80%.

Post-Bulletin, Mayo Clinic writes a new chapter in book publishing business by Jeff Kiger — After almost 30 years producing books, Mayo Clinic is starting a new chapter by becoming its own book publisher. “We’re transitioning from just being an author to being an author and a publisher,” Mayo Clinic Press Manager Daniel Harke said this week. That means taking over the editing, design, printing and marketing for every book with the Mayo Clinic name on it. There are about 40 Mayo Clinic titles.

Post-Bulletin, Mayo Clinic Health System recognizing exceptional nurses during National Nurses Week — In honor of nurses week.... Mayo Clinic Health System is recognizing the men and women who dedicate their lives to helping others.

Post-Bulletin, Employers wait impatiently for new nurses by Matthew Stolle — …Ringler said she and a roommate tried to get jobs in the Twin Cities, but the process was "slower" than at Mayo. She wasn't exactly sure why, but suspected that Twin Cities nursing students who did their clinicals at Twin Cities hospitals are given priority over others. Having a network of contacts helps. Alexandria Van Gilder, a WSU-Rochester student who took part in the pinning ceremony, said she learned of a job opening through a professor, who connected her to a Mayo placement coordinator. She will begin working in the thoracic post-surgery unit at Mayo.

Post-Bulletin, Give generously of yourself by Anne Halliwell — …API teamed up with Mayo Clinic to sponsor the drive, and had six slots for donors remaining late last week, business assistant Nikki Goodsell said, between 1:30 and 2:15 p.m. If interest in donating is great, API and Mayo Clinic may expand the drive to include more slots, she said. “We’re taking anyone who wants to help out,” Goodsell said. “Anyone who has a healthy body can do this.” Mayo Clinic also accepts walk-in blood donations at the Mayo Clinic Hospital–Saint Marys campus and the Hilton Building. And all of those donations are appreciated.

Post-Bulletin, Housing coalition has invested $3 million in 16 months by Randy Petersen — More than $3 million in housing investment has been committed in the nearly 16 months since the Coalition for Rochester Area Housing was created with a $6 million goal. “The coalition has had an exciting start to 2019, and we are excited to use this early momentum to continue to fund affordable housing projects in the Rochester area,” Erin Sexton, director of Enterprise Community Engagement at Mayo Clinic, said in a statement announcing the latest investments. Mayo Clinic is one of four partners that created the coalition at the end of 2017. The city of Rochester, Olmsted County and the Rochester Area Foundation joined the effort.

Post-Bulletin, Ronald McDonald House to nearly double in size by Matthew Stolle — The rising demand for rooms is driven by several factors, but the most signifiant are the specialization of Mayo Clinic and the increase in the average length of stay by families, communications director Jacob Dreyer said. In 2017, for example, the average length of stay was 17 nights; in 2018, it was 22 nights. This year so far it is 59 nights. House leaders knew that capacity would be an issue and began discussing expansion plans more than a decade ago. But the country was in a recession and a capital campaign was postponed.

KIMT, Teaching nurses resiliency: 'The work is getting harder and harder as patients get sicker and sicker' by Calyn Thompson — They’re often the first ones we talk to when we’re facing a scary medical situation. Nurses deal with high stress and emotional situations every day, and that can take a toll. That’s why nurses at Mayo Clinic are learning about the importance of self-care and resiliency. Retired nurse and U.S. Navy Capt. Ginny Beeson is the guest speaker.

KIMT, 1-hour drive doesn’t deter 94-year-old who continues to volunteer at Mayo Clinic by Katie Lange — If you've ever volunteered you know sometimes you get back what you give ten-fold. In the case of a long-time volunteer at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, volunteering has kept her young at heart. It was 32-years ago when Phyllis Helgeson began walking the halls at Mayo Clinic volunteering. "It was in March of 87," recalled Helgeson. Through the years she's held a variety of positions and worn an assortment of outfits while on shift. "When I started we wore pink, everyone except for the men. Then we went to green and then we finally ended up, we decided all the volunteers should wear blue," said Helgeson. Helgeson volunteered more frequently years ago, but with age, she is slowing down some and now only volunteers two times a month. Her passion and commitment to Mayo are evident, as she's been president of the volunteer council twice.

KTTC, Visual images of motherhood, other sources of stress weigh on modern moms by Caitlin Alexander — NewsCenter’s Caitlin Alexander spoke with mothers and medical experts about some of the stresses moms of school-aged children are experiencing…Dr. Magdalena Romanowicz is a Mayo Clinic child psychiatrist at the Generose Building. “Social media does this to you where it’s exacerbated,” she explained. Dr. Romanowicz said a colleague often calls this modern day the best of times and the worst of times. She thinks there’s a lot of truth to that idea. She said she hears from parents all the time who worry they aren’t doing a good enough job.

KTTC, New sources of stress impact modern moms-to-be — Pregnancy in this day and age means a world wide web of possibilities, but that can also mean some stress. There are many expectations surrounding ways of announcing one’s news and sharing one’s progress online...Laborist Dr. Margaret Dow with Mayo Clinic’s OBGYN Department agrees. She notes two major sources of stress many of today’s pregnant women experience that perhaps their mothers didn’t. First, women are bombarded with the visual images of what a healthy pregnancy looks like on social media.“The gender reveal issue has become a whole thing. It’s kind of like prom posters. When we do gender reveals now, everybody has to throw a party. So, being sure that you have the perfect ultrasound and that absolute identification of the gender. Genetic testing by blood work is sort of a seminal part of pregnancy now,” said Dr. Dow.

KAAL, Mayo Clinic Shining Light on Importance of Self-Care for Nurses by Jaclyn Harold — Like most working professionals who operate under high-pressure situations, nurses don't always think of their own health needs. Tuesday, about a thousand nurses gathered to hear keynote speaker, Ginny Beeson speak on the importance of self-care in the nursing field. Beeson, who is a retired nurse and U.S. Navy Captain says the difficulty in the profession is causing a shortage of nurses around the country. "A lot of nurses are leaving the bedside today around the country because the work is so very very difficult and it hard, and it's not what they thought it was going to be," said Beeson.

KAAL, Progress and Change: Successful DMC Projects and Setback — According to Mayo Clinic, their hospitals see around 1.3 million patients each year. Since 2013, multiple groups have collaborated to make Rochester a destination for medical treatment at Mayo Clinic. May is the financial birth month for Destination Medical Center (DMC). Six years ago, Minnesota law-makers officially voted to support DMC. The large proposal passed in just one legislative session.The state will invest $585 million of public money for $5.6 billion in private investment projects, catered from Olmsted County and the city over a 20-year-period. “Patients traveling from outside the region had about two people on average that traveled with them, and these people spent even *more time outside of the clinic," Mayo Clinic Chief Administrator Jeff Bolton said.

KAAL, Austin Planning Commission Approves Request For Addition on Hospital — Patients at Mayo Clinic Health System's Austin campus will soon notice construction crews as they head through the front door. Monday night, the Austin Planning Commission approved the health system's request to build a two-story addition on the 1970s portion of the building adjacent to the main entrance.

Star Tribune, Delta will let frequent fliers who stopped because life got in the way get back their old status by Kristen Leigh Painter — Delta Air Lines knew about Daniel Grossman’s life-altering bike accident in northern Minnesota before some of his friends did. Grossman, a Mayo Clinic emergency-room doctor, had been paralyzed. He called the Atlanta-based airline from his Minneapolis hospital bed to seek a refund on upcoming flights he had booked with his parents. Delta canceled the trips. Later, it asked Grossman, who was a million-mile flier, to help shape a new policy so that frequent fliers whose travel was interrupted by a life event could regain their perks. The policy, called “Reclaim Your Status” and announced this week, is a first for Delta and perhaps the most expansive by a U.S. airline seeking to retain members of loyalty programs. Delta will now accommodate customers who become a new parent, care for an aging family member or recover from a serious illness and may not be traveling as often as a result. Other life events, such as getting a degree, moving or changing jobs, will also be considered by the airline.

WCCO, Behind Closed Doors: Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine by Christiane Cordero — Mayo Clinic Square will open to the public on May 19 to show its rehabilitation and injury prevention facility. The first 40 people to attend, starting at 10 a.m., will get to schedule a free Functional Movement Screen — one of several assessments used to determine flexibility, movement, and symmetry. Mayo Clinic’s team works directly with the Minnesota Lynx and Timberwolves. It includes physicians, radiologists, performance coaches and athletic trainers all under one roof.

News4Jax, The Dangers of High Blood Pressure with the Mayo Clinic — Linda McCray, RN. is interviewed.

First Coast News, First Mother’s Day for woman with artificial heart valve by Alexander Osiadacz — “Click, click, click.” That click is Ashley Zimmerman’s mechanical heart valve. It’s helped keep her alive since she was 24 years old. At one point, it meant sacrificing a family…For about five years she focused on her health, her husband and their pets. That is until she found Dr. Sabrina Philips of Mayo Clinic -- a cardiologist with a sub-specialty in maternal concerns. “Mothers who have a mechanical valve are among the highest risk of the patients with a heart disease to go through pregnancy,” Dr. Philips said. Zimmerman got the all clear in 2018. She became pregnant with a boy. But there are still concerns over medication that extend her life but could be harmful to a developing one -- a science she and her doctor had to perfect. “I was very on top of everything," Zimmerman said. "I had a marker on my bathroom mirror and I would write how much medication I needed to take, when I needed to take it.”

AZ Central, ASU's Kyle Williams balancing athletics and pursuing a career in medicine by Michelle Gardner — Often an injury can be a career setback. For Arizona State wide receiver Kyle Williams it was a career catalyst. Williams now views a separated shoulder that slowed him his freshman season as a blessing in disguise. Growing up he had always enjoyed math and science but never knew where those interests would lead him — that is until the injury paved the way for his first meeting with Dr. Anikar Chhabra, the Sun Devils team physician and the director of sports medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Tempe. The doctor, a former basketball player at Harvard, helped Williams overcome the shoulder ailment and became a mentor in the process. The two bonded over their love of the medical field and their shared background in athletics.

AZ Central, Phoenix charity gives $10M for Creighton University's Arizona health sciences campus by Stephanie Innes — Creighton will be the third institution to offer a four-year M.D., also called allopathic medical school program, in the Phoenix area. The Minnesota-based Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine has a campus in Scottsdale that expects to graduate its first class of 50 new allopathic physicians in 2021.

Winona Daily News, Senate approves Jeremy Miller bill to create Rare Disease Advisory Council — The Minnesota Senate on Wednesday unanimously passed legislation that would create a new advisory council at the University of Minnesota to quarterback the study and treatment of rare diseases. The bipartisan bill, authored by Sen. Jeremy Miller (R-Winona), creates the Chloe Barnes Rare Disease Advisory Council at the University of Minnesota. The panel is named in memory of two-year-old Chloe Barnes, a Hopkins girl who passed away from metachromatic leukodystrophy in 2010, and it will identify best practices to diagnose and treat rare diseases, educate the public, and advise state agencies on related policy issues… To facilitate close collaboration with experts at the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine and the University of Minnesota Medical School, the Council will be established within the University of Minnesota.

Austin Daily Herald, Virtual program offered by Mayo invites people to put down their phones — Summer is almost here and Mayo Clinic Health System is hoping you don’t miss out on the fun and beauty happening all around you. Join Mayo Clinic Health System for a free virtual program called “Slim Your Screen Time.” The eight-week program runs from June 1 to July 31, and is designed to help participants improve well-being by reducing screen time through playing, exploring and connecting. The goal is to complete 30 or more activities over the course of two months.

Austin Daily Herald, Mayo welcomes 3 new providers to Austin facility — Three new providers are joining the health care team on the Mayo Clinic Health Systems-Austin campus.

Austin Daily Herald, Service with Heart; National Nurses Week highlights work of nurses, caretakers by Hannah Yang — When Randi Peterson was a child, she knew that when she grew up she wanted to become a nurse. Almost 17 years later, she’s living her dream helping patients everyday. “I always knew that I wanted to be a nurse,” the Blooming Prairie native said. “I love what I do.” This week was National Nurses Week, and more than 690 nurses, nursing assistants, technicians and health coordinators at the Mayo Clinic Health System in Austin and Albert Lea were thanked for their service and the daily responsibilities they fulfill every day with a flower to show the hospital’s appreciation for its patient care staff.

KEYC Mankato, Mankato Eagles Honored for Cancer Center Donations by Alison Durheim —The Mankato Eagles Club has raised nearly half a million dollars for the Mayo Clinic Health System's Cancer Center in Mankato and is being recognized for their efforts. The Mankato Eagles Club donated $25,000 in 2019 to the Andreas Cancer Center in Mankato's Mayo Clinic thanks to fundraising efforts…"The support provides hope and healing to every patient and inspires optimism in the community," said Mayo Clinic Health System oncologist, Amrit Singh. M.D.

WEAU Eau Claire, Health experts in Eau Claire to hold forum about youth mental health by Jesse Horne — Experts with Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire are starting a conversation about mental health and anxiety in youth. Next Tuesday, you can join them to learn about different types of anxiety in youth, treatment options, and how to recognize it in your child. It’s the first forum of its kind for Mayo Eau Claire. One of the experts scheduled to speak says the symptoms of anxiety can be hard for children to properly express. "If a kid is seven or eight years old, he's probably not going to come to you and say 'Hey, I'm feeling nervous today' or 'I'm feeling anxious today.' They're probably going to tell you 'My stomach hurts. My head hurts,” said Dr. Pravesh Sharma

WEAU Eau Claire, Mayo Clinic Health System celebrates its nurses by Zach Prelutsky — This week is National Nurses Appreciation Week. A time to acknowledge to work of dedicated nurses, nursing assistants and CNAs. Goodie Jobe has been a Registered Nurse at Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare for the past three years. "It all kind of started when we had our first son, he was born 16 years ago. He has down syndrome, so I stayed home for 12 years with him and when it was time for me to go back to work I wanted to do something meaningful cause the nurses were awesome with him," said Jobe. Friday a celebration in La Crosse honored more than 1,200 nurses across the entire Mayo Clinic System. Additional coverage: WKBT La Crosse

WEAU Eau Claire, Camp Wabi: Creating Healthy Lifestyles. Additional coverage: WEAU Eau Claire

WQOW Eau Claire, Lawmakers push for funding new UWEC Science Hall by Stephen Kelley — Local lawmakers have submitted a motion to have a new Phillips Hall on the UW-Eau Claire campus added to the state budget. The governor had included the project as part of his capitol budget, but that entire budget was voted down by Republicans in March… UWEC Chancellor James Schmidt. “This important investment in northwest Wisconsin will create new opportunities for UW-Eau Claire students, faculty and staff, advance our research partnership with Mayo Clinic, and benefit businesses in the greater Chippewa Valley.”

WXOW La Crosse, Mayo Clinic Health System honors Nurses by Marcus Aarsvold — Nurses at Mayo Clinic Health Systems throughout the nation were honored for their patient care during Nurses Week. It’s well-deserved recognition for approximately 1,200 nurses–of which La Crosse nurses are a big part of. The theme was “Adding Value, Improving Quality, and Saving Lives”. Select nurses won the Daisy Award for service above and beyond… with team awards also presented. “It’s really to recognize that,” Mayo Clinic Health Systems Chief Nursing Officer Jason Fratzke said. “And to really remind them as we’re going through our hectic days [that] you make a difference and it’s really important that they get the recognition for that.”

WKBT La Crosse, Mayo Clinic Health System recognizing exceptional nurses during National Nurses Week — In honor of nurses week.... Mayo Clinic Health System is recognizing the men and women who dedicate their lives to helping others

WXOW La Crosse, La Crosse mother gives birth on Mother’s Day — Shani Mosteller gave birth to Ace Oliver Mosteller on Mother’s Day at Mayo Clinic. Mosteller’s son was born just after midnight on Sunday, May 12. He is a healthy baby born at seven pounds and 21.4 inches long. “He came perfect, right on time,” San Mosteller said. “And I wouldn’t have wanted it on any other day. You’re the perfect Mother’s Day gift.”

La Crosse Tribune, Brittany Burnham brings smiles to patients with simple gestures by Emily Pyrek — A gesture doesn’t have to be magnanimous to be impactful. Registered nurse Brittany Burnham wasn’t expecting accolades when she set out to fulfill a patient’s request for a Chicago-style hot dog last June. But to the man’s daughter, Aldena Pardini, the Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare La Crosse medical surgical nurse went above and beyond, giving her father not just a favorite meal but a much-needed smile in his last weeks.

La Crosse Tribune, Jody Doebbert couples impeccable care with compassion by Emily Pyrek — Jody Doebbert didn’t perform the surgery that saved the life of Kenny Meisch. But it was her intuition and alertness that got him to the operating table just in time. A registered nurse of 21 years, Doebbert has seen countless patients with a wide variety of diagnoses, developing a keen sense when something is off even when tests say otherwise. So when Kenny was readmitted the Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare La Crosse after a gallbladder removal, she kept tabs on more than the equipment readings…

La Crosse Tribune, Jason Fratzke: What does it mean to be a nurse? — Nurses Week is a time when I have the privilege of thanking our nursing staff for its extraordinary contributions to patient care. This Nurses Week, I have taken the time to reflect upon what it means to be a nurse. And I invite you to do the same, to think about how meaningful your work is, and the impact you make on those lives you touch every day. — Jason Fratzke, Ph.D., R.N., is chief nursing officer of Mayo Clinic Health System.

Reader’s Digest, 11 Telltale Signs You’re Being Passive Aggressive—Without Even Realizing It by Erica Lamberg — You say you agree, but your actions say otherwise: When given a task they don’t really want to do, a passive-aggressive person might appear to agree (sometimes even enthusiastically), but they won’t fully comply with the request, Daniel K. Hall-Flavin, MD, explains to Mayo Clinic. Instead, he or she might express anger or resentment by failing to follow through or missing deadlines.

Reader’s Digest, 3 Brain Aneurysm Risk Factors You Can Control (and 4 You Can’t) by Ashley Lewis — “We are born with weak spots in the arteries; this is when the inner layer pushes out from the side wall of the arteries,” says David Miller, MD, endovascular neuroradiologist at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida. “Some people will develop aneurysms from these weak spots.”… Hypertension can lead to many health conditions, like heart attacks, strokes, and even brain aneurysms. “When the blood is pounding at a higher pressure onto a weak spot in the arteries, an aneurysm is more likely to develop and grow,” says Miller.

TIME, Want to Stay Healthy as You Age? Let Go of Anger by Jamie Ducharme — While it may seem difficult to control emotional responses, research suggests that people can learn to regulate them. To reduce anger, the American Psychological Association suggests doing relaxation and stress-relief practices like breathing exercises and yoga; using more rational and measured speech; improving your communication skills; and keeping your environment as stress-free as possible. The Mayo Clinic also recommends getting plenty of exercise and relying on humor and forgiveness.

Yahoo! Finance, Check-Cap Announces Second Trial Site Joins Ongoing U.S. Pilot Study of C-Scan® — "We are thrilled to collaborate with Mayo Clinic as a part of our U.S. pilot study of the C-Scan® system," commented Alex Ovadia, chief executive officer of Check-Cap. "Together with the continued progress being made at our first trial site, the New York University School of Medicine, we are advancing this study, and look forward to final results later this year as we prepare for a U.S. pivotal study." The single-arm pilot study (NCT03735407) will enroll up to 45 subjects considered to be of average risk for polyps and colon cancer. The study is evaluating the safety, usability and subject compliance of the C-Scan® system. The study at Mayo Clinic is being led by Elizabeth Rajan, M.D.

Everyday Health, People With Rheumatoid Arthritis Develop Disabilities Before Diagnosis, Study Says by Beth Levine — Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune condition in which your immune system attacks your joints, resulting in damage, inflammation, and pain. A study published in June 2019 in the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings found that functional disability — trouble with everyday routines, such as dressing, eating, and walking — because of joint damage from rheumatoid arthritis (RA) occurs one to two years in advance of actual diagnosis. In the study, RA onset was defined by the criteria of the 1987 ACR-EULAR classificaton system, a score-based algorithm for RA. “Using the 2010 criteria for RA may result in earlier recognition of RA cases but this requires a separate study,” says Elena Myasoedova, MD, PhD, the study’s primary author and a rheumatologist with Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Additional coverage: HealthDay, WebMD

Health, Canine Brucellosis in Humans: What You Need to Know About This Infection You Can Get From Your Dog by Maggie O’Neill — Brucellosis can be tricky to diagnose, according to the Mayo Clinic, particularly in the condition's early stages. It often resembles other illnesses, including the flu. "See your doctor if you develop a rapidly rising fever, muscle aches or unusual weakness and have any risk factors for the disease, or if you have a persistent fever," the health organization advises on its website.

Physician’s Weekly, Less Invasive Mastectomy an Option for More Patients — Whitney Young, M.D., from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and colleagues examined complication and reconstruction success rates among patients treated in 2009 to 2017 with NSM identified from an institutional, prospective breast surgery registry. Analysis included 1,301 breasts in 769 women undergoing NSM for cancer or risk reduction (median age, 48 years). The researchers found that the overall 30-day complication rate was 7.5 percent but declined from 14.8 percent in 2009 to 6.3 percent in 2017.

Lymphoma Hub, Patient outcomes following ibrutinib discontinuation for CLL in a real-world setting by Sylvia Agathou — On 24 April, Paul Hampel from Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, USA, and colleagues, published in Leukemia & Lymphoma a systematic outcome evaluation following ibrutinib discontinuation in patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), outside the clinical trial setting. Ibrutinib is a Bruton’s tyrosine kinase (BTK) inhibitor that has been approved by Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of both relapsed/refractory and naïve CLL. Ibrutinib has shown great efficacy in CLL. Nevertheless, the clinical management and outcomes of patients who discontinue ibrutinib requires further investigation.

KDUZ-Radio, Heart Healthy Fish at the Governor’s Fishing Opener by Joel Niemeyer — Sports Director Joel Niemeyer caught up with Dr. Michael Ulrich of the Mayo Clinic Health System at the Governor’s Fishing Opener where they talked about cooking that catch of yours from this weekend.

Becker’s Spine Review, Dr. Rebecca Sanders brings Mayo Clinic experience to Kansas hospital by Alan Condon — Rebecca A. Sanders, MD, has launched her clinical practice in interventional pain management at the Pain Center at Kansas Spine & Specialty Hospital in Wichita, Kan., reports GateHouse Media affiliate Butler County Times Gazette. Dr. Sanders has eight years of experience at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., where she trained, taught medical students and treated patients…Dr. Sanders co-edited the Mayo Clinic Family Health Book, 5th Edition and authored several publications on topics including spinal cord stimulation, thoracic facet injections and interlaminar epidural injection.

Business Insider, Novant Health is doubling down on its digital health initiatives by Zoe LaRock — …Others are betting on digital health startups to harness the power of cutting-edge tech. Mayo Clinic selected a spate of digital health startups to take part in its MedTech Accelerator late last month — and many of the companies it tapped are leveraging buzzy tech like remote patient monitoring. And many US hospitals are pumping funds into health tech startups: The value of funding deals involving hospital-affiliated VCs surpassed $1 billion in 2018 compared with under $600 million in 2013.

Health Tech, How Technology Is Transforming Care for New and Expectant Mothers by Gienna Shaw — The Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation launched a similar program in 2011 called OB Nest for women experiencing low-risk pregnancies. Now a standard care option at Mayo’s Rochester, Minn., clinic, it offers home monitoring equipment that connects to a knowledge-based tracking system that pulls health information into a single, accessible location. “Women still receive all the recommended laboratory tests, ultrasounds, immunizations, and patient education of a traditional care path,” write Dr. Yvonne Butler Tobah, an obstetrician and health sciences researcher at Mayo, and Abimbola Famuyide, chair of Mayo’s department of obstetrics and gynecology, in a Harvard Business Review article. “However, by optimizing current technology, OB Nest makes women active participants in their care and the wellness experience of pregnancy, while reducing the associated costs and time commitment,” they wrote.

MobiHealthNews, FDA clears AliveCor's six-lead smartphone ECG by Dave Muoio — In addition to the past few months’ clearances, AliveCor’s platforms were highlighted in a number of research studies presented at the American Conference of Cardiologists in March. In particular, one of these was a Mayo Clinic investigation of the six-lead device that placed it on par with a traditional 12-lead ECG. The last few months also saw former CEO Vic Gundotra step down from his position as the company’s head, citing personal reasons, and an announcement that the company had received debt funding from Oxford Finance to secure its continued growth.

MedPage Today, 2019: 'The Year of NMO' by Judy George — "Untreated, this disease is devastating for patients," said Sean Pittock, MD, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, who led the PREVENT study presented at the meeting's Emerging Science session. "It can result in blindness or paraplegia in about half of patients within about 5 to 10 years." Unlike in MS, disability in NMOSD is due to attacks, not disease progression between attacks. Each attack leads to more damage. "If we can stop attacks, we can stop disability in this disease," Pittock told MedPage Today.

MedPage Today, Cardiac Device Infection Gets a Risk Predictor by Crystal Phend — …Beyond just infection-risk reducing measures, the score could even inform whether to replace the generator at all, or just deactivate it without opening the pocket, added HRS press conference moderator Fred Kusumoto, MD, of the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida. "Maybe just leaving that device, pacemaker, or ICD in David [Birnie's] example for primary prevention, in situ is a way better solution for someone who is older and you're very worried about the risks and consequence of infection," he said.

Live Science, Is It Safe to Drink Moonshine? by Mindy Weisberger — Fermentation produces two forms of alcohol: ethanol and methanol, which is also known as wood alcohol. Though ethanol is generally considered safe for drinking, both ethanol and methanol suppress the central nervous system and inhibit brain function. Consuming too much alcohol — even the "safe" kind — can cause alcohol poisoning, affecting heart rate and breathing and even leading to coma and death, according to the Mayo Clinic.

CTech, Mayo Clinic, Israel Innovation Authority to Collaborate on Medical Technologies — Minnesota-based nonprofit organization The Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, also known as the Mayo Clinic, has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Americas branch of Israeli government investment arm The Israel Innovation Authority (IIA) to collaborate on a joint program for digital health innovation, the two organizations announced Tuesday. As part of the collaboration, Mayo Clinic will partner with Israeli companies to co-develop, test, and pilot new technologies, services, and devices that address unmet medical needs. Mayo Clinic and the selected Israeli companies may agree on equity investment or a revenue share agreement. Selected companies will also receive funding from IIA. Additional coverage: Xinhua, Jewish News Syndicate, Times of Israel, Cleveland Jewish News

Journal of Health Design, Ian Hargraves Interview — Ian Hargraves PhD is a designer, shared decision making researcher, and assistant professor of medicine with the Mayo Clinic Knowledge and Evaluation Research Unit in Rochester Minnesota.

The Stranger, New Savage Lovecast: Just How Reversible Are Vasectomies? — Dan chats with Dr. Landon Trost from the Mayo Clinic about vasectomies—how reversible are they?

Becker’s ASC Review, Outpatient vs. inpatient knee arthroplasty infection rates by Rachel Popa — The surgical site infection risk is low for unicompartmental knee arthroplasty, according to research published in the Journal of Arthroplasty. Researchers from Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic's orthopedic surgery department evaluated unicompartmental knee arthroplasty cases between 20067 and 2017, studying surgical site infection rates for 296 procedures, 40 of which were outpatient. Outpatients received single-dose antibiotics, and inpatients received 24-hour antibiotics.

KOCO Oklahoma City, Paralysis, pain, hallucinations: Oklahoma man’s rare disease diagnosed by Evan Onstot — Our bodies are like tools, every little piece with a job to do. But when one small piece of Oklahoma City man Colin McEwen stopped working, so did he. "It kind of feels like your intestines are being eaten by a bear, to be honest," he told KOCO. McEwen had just turned 30 and had just gotten engaged when he got sick. It got worse, and weird. He experienced hallucinations and insomnia. His hands stopped working, then his arms… Hapani sent McEwen to the Mayo Clinic for 10 days of testing. Finally, after nearly a decade, he received a diagnosis — porphyria., Drug company involving SSM Health, UnityPoint Health to make generic antibiotics by David Wahlberg — A not-for-profit generic drug company involving SSM Health and UnityPoint Health will make two generic antibiotics that have been in short supply or sold at high prices at hospitals around the country, the company said Wednesday. Civica Rx, formed last year, said it aims to make at least 14 generic drugs to help avoid drug shortages and keep prices down for members…St. Louis-based SSM Health, which owns St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison and Dean Medical Group, was one of seven organizations that formed the company. Another was Mayo Clinic, which has operations in Wisconsin.

CBS 3 Duluth, Twin Ports Ambulances receive new branding by Kaitlyn Moffett — You may have noticed ambulances in the Twin Ports are now sporting a new name and look. Gold Cross Ambulance is now Mayo Clinic Ambulance…Greg Hanson, Supervisor of Mayo Clinic for the Twin Ports, states,  “We’ve been actually owned by the Mayo Clinic since 1994, and we found through the years very few people realize that’s a fact, even in sites with a Mayo Clinic presence they don’t know that were owned and operated by the Mayo Clinic.. it brings a confidence to the community.”

CBC News, 'There really is no safe opioid': Study finds tramadol isn't a less addictive painkiller by Amina Zafar — There is no such thing as a safe opioid. That's the message of a study published in The BMJ this week…Along with his team, lead author Cornelius Thiels, chief resident in general surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., combed through prescription records of more than 444,000 patients across the U.S. who had surgeries between 2009 and 2018. The team found that at least seven per cent of patients refilled their opioid prescription three to six months after surgery — and the most commonly prescribed opioid was tramadol. "What we know now is there really is no safe opioid, and tramadol is not a safe alternative," Thiels said. "Tramadol essentially has a similar risk of long-term dependence or long-term opioid use compared to other opIoids." The BMJ study comes on the heels of a scientific review of tramadol conducted by Health Canada. The agency noticed a risk of serious breathing problems in some patients who metabolize tramadol quickly, and is now considering tightening regulations for the drug. Additional coverage: MD Magazine, London Economics, Business Insurance, Pain News Network

The Guardian, Fasts and late-night protein shakes: how Muslim athletes compete during Ramadan by Michael Weinreb — The holy month began at the start of May this year. While some athletes find blending exercise and fasting tough, others say it helps them focus… “The biggest mistake people make is they don’t plan ahead,” says Dr Anikar Chhabra, director of sports medicine at Mayo Clinic Arizona. While Chhabra hasn’t worked with any elite athletes who observe Ramadan, he has counseled a number of recreational athletes who are Muslim – and he thinks there are ways, at least on that level, to make it work for you rather than against you.

Gulf News, How to stay fit without exercising by Daphne Miller — While writing this article, I stood up and sat back down five times, swivelled in my chair, walked to the kitchen to make a pot of tea, brushed my dog, made my bed and performed at least six seated leg crisscrosses with my feet raised a good 12 inches off the floor. To the casual observer, this might look like a bad case of procrastination, but it all counts to boost my non-exercise activity thermogenesis, or NEAT,... 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

CNN en Espanol, La vasectomía, un control de natalidad permanente para los hombres — Cuando se trata de control de la natalidad, la vasectomía gana cada vez más en popularidad. Se trata de una cirugía segura, eficaz, que se realiza de forma ambulatoria y de menor costo que la esterilización femenina.

El Comercio, Mayo Clinic abre oficina de información para pacientes en Lima — Estos centros suelen ser los pioneros en tratamientos y uno de los principales problemas para acceder a ellos es la lejanía. Por ello, centros como Mayo Clinic, considerado el mejor hospital de EE.UU. -según U.S. News World Report-, lanzó en 2011 su Red de Atención Médica, que busca que los pacientes entren en contacto con ellos y así puedan acceder a atención.

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