June 28, 2019

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights for June 28, 2019

By Emily Blahnik

Reuters, Strobing stage lights could up risk of epileptic seizures by Saumya Joseph — “If the lighting environment suddenly changes, someone may not have much time to reposition themselves if they are vulnerable,” said Dr. David Burkholder, a neurologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, who wasn’t involved in the study. “Nothing is completely reliable, but being aware of the potential for a problem, thinking ahead, and having a plan in place to reduce risk is important,” he said by email. Additional coverage: Physician’s Weekly, Global News

Reuters, Vitamin deficiencies may be the only sign of celiac disease by Linda Carroll — Adults with undiagnosed celiac disease often have nutrient deficiencies as the only sign of the condition, researchers say. Doctors often look for typical signs like unexplained weight loss or extreme thinness, but the hallmark signal of celiac disease may be low levels of vitamins and other micronutrients, according to a report in Mayo Clinic Proceedings. “People have preconceived ideas of what celiac disease looks like,” said study coauthor Dr. Joseph Murray, a professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. “They expect to see patients who because of nutrient malabsorption and diarrhea will end up being skinny with lots of deficiencies. But now we have lots of patients who haven’t lost weight - and many who are quite overweight - but still have micronutrient deficiencies. While they are not losing calories, they are not absorbing some vital nutrients.” Additional coverage: KDAL, Yahoo! Business Standard

Reuters, Unproven stem cell therapies often peddled by doctors without training by Lisa Rapaport — At U.S. clinics advertising unproven stem cell treatments, roughly two-thirds of the clinicians may be physicians, but a new study suggests these doctors are often trained in specialties unrelated to the services they provide. “About half of the companies we examined offer unproven stem cell treatments for conditions (for) which they do not have a physician with the appropriate residency and fellowship training,” said senior study author Zubin Master, of the Biomedical Ethics Research Program at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. “As regenerative medicine advances and potential therapies become available, it is important for patients to be treated by clinicians who are appropriately qualified to provide such care,” Master said by email.

HealthDay, Buyer Beware: Many Stem Cell Clinics Lack Docs Trained in Treatments by Dennis Thompson — There's a good chance the doctor treating you at a stem cell clinic doesn't have any professional training related to your illness, researchers report. Anesthesiologists, dermatologists, plastic surgeons, radiologists and family doctors are among a wide range of physicians overseeing treatments at U.S. stem cell clinics for complex neurological and orthopedic diseases, the study found. "About half of the companies we examined offer unproven stem cell treatments for conditions where they do not have a physician with the appropriate residency and fellowship training to treat those conditions," said lead researcher Zubin Master. He's an associate professor of biomedical ethics with the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Additional coverage: WebMD, UPI, Nature, CBC.ca

Health, Why Do Mosquito Bites Itch? by Emily Shiffer — …Basically, our immune systems see the protein as an enemy invader. “The proteins in the saliva are foreign and cause an immune system response,” says Dawn Davis, MD, dermatologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. “This causes irritation and the local reaction we see as the bug bite.”

Health, How to Get Rid of Mosquito Bites, According to an Expert by Maggie O’Neill — “Applying ice to the area is a good step in decreasing swelling, redness and discomfort,” says Larry Lutwick, MD, an infectious disease specialist at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. He suggests taking a non-sedation antihistamine such as cetirizine (Zyrtec). You might also want to consider coating your bites with a topical diphenhydramine or corticosteroid, he adds. How long should a mosquito bite last? “The resolution of the reaction tends to be over several days,” Dr. Lutwick says. Can you get rid of them overnight? Probably not. “In mild reactions, perhaps—but not likely,” he says. Additional coverage: Yahoo!

Washington Post, The Big Number: 54.4 million adult Americans suffer arthritis by Linda Searing — In addition to aging, the main risk factors for arthritis are a family history of the disorder, having injured a joint in the past and obesity, according to the Mayo Clinic. Rheumatoid arthritis in particular, like many other autoimmune diseases, is also more common in women.

Post Bulletin, Mayo Clinic Transform 2018: Kathleen Brandenburg — Selected by Fast Company as one of the 50 Most Influential Designers in America, Kathleen Brandenburg has been named a “Creative Maverick" for her work in leading research and strategy at global design and innovation consultancy IA Collaborative, which she founded in 1999 with a dedicated “design for healthcare” practice. 

Post Bulletin, Family Time: Lace up to help families fighting cancer by Lindy Lange — Have fun while supporting families living with childhood cancer at Brighter Tomorrows’ Go For the Gold… start the event off with a balloon launch… 5K run, the 3K family walk, and a variety of for-kids-only children’s races — 50, 100, 200, 400… There will be balloon animals, face painting, and Dunk a Doc where you can dunk a Mayo doctor,”… “The common bond for all of the Brighter Tomorrows’ families is that they all have a child receiving a cancer diagnosis at Mayo Clinic.”

KTTC, Ribbon cutting ceremony celebrates new emergency services facility by Alex Tejada — The new 7,600 square foot building replaces an outdated, undersized location on Oakland Avenue. The new structure took 9 months of construction but the project had been in the works for years. “The planning was probably a solid 9 to 12 months before we actually started digging to make sure we got all the important features in the building that we needed.” said Kristofer Keltgen, Mayo Clinic Ambulance manager of operations. Additional coverage: FOX 47

KTTC, Minnesota high schoolers get first hand experience at Mayo Clinic by Sarah Gannon — While many in the Med City know jobs in health care span a wide range, it’s not always clear to prospective students what those jobs entail or how to get on the right educational track. Mayo Clinic’s Career Immersion Program aims to clear up some of that confusion and gives Minnesota high schoolers the opportunity to learn about various health care careers before making any serious decisions. Nearly 40 high school juniors and seniors from across the state are at Mayo Clinic this week for what’s hoped is an eye-opening experience. “It shows them early in their careers or their education life on what some career options are,” said Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences Associate Dean Dr. Stacey Rizza. Additional coverage: KIMT, FOX 47

Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, Sherri Gilligan named CMO of Mayo Clinic, succeeding Maureen Bausch by Alex Wittenberg — Mayo Clinic has tapped Sherri Gilligan to be its next chief marketing officer, filling a role that former Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee CEO Maureen Bausch has held on an interim basis since last July.

Minneapolis/St. Paul magazine, Stay Strong: The Benefits of Strength Training As We Age by Sharon S. Kessler — …It almost sounds like the steps to a funky dance—squat, step, lunge, hip hinge—but these are the core movements of daily life that can keep you young. “As long as we are covering those movement patterns and strengthening them, it’s going to help us stay active over the course of a lifetime,” says Adam Maronde, performance manager with Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine in downtown Minneapolis. When considering your fitness goals, he says, it’s important to ask yourself this question: Are the things I am doing going to allow me to be active for a lifetime? He notes that if strength training isn’t part of your fitness regimen, it should be. “Strength training is particularly beneficial, in that we either use it or we lose it,” he says. “So, we’re either going to use this muscle tissue or it’s going to atrophy as we age, and it’s not going  to allow us the strength to climb up stairs as we get older.”

Pioneer Press, Lynx rookie Jessica Shepard has surgery to repair torn ACL — The rookie was injured in the fourth quarter of a loss to the Los Angeles Sparks on June 8. A timeline for her return to activity will be established at a later date, and further updates will be provided when appropriate, the team said. Shepard appeared in six games for the Lynx, averaging 4.8 points, 5.7 rebounds and 3.5 assists and 18.7 minutes. The surgery was performed at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester by Lynx Head Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Nancy Cummings. Additional coverage: Star Tribune, MSN, WCCO

Star Tribune, Fighting cancer, Norm Coleman has close call when his fishing boat is broadsided — In August of last year, Coleman said the throat and neck cancer that he began battling in 2015 had spread to his lungs and was at the most advanced stage. In October 2015, Coleman had surgery for cancer at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester after a parched throat signaled that a squamous cell cancer in his right tonsil had spread to the lymph nodes in his neck. In his Facebook posting on Sunday night, he wrote that he’s been facing mortality quite a bit in his fight with cancer. “I dodged a bullet this weekend. Hopefully, I’ll continue to stay a couple steps ahead of the Grim Reaper. Yesterday was a powerful reminder that we don’t totally control our destiny. I’ve been worried more about what my next scan at Mayo this week will show, than I was about the chance of something happening to me while fishing on Lake Ada. I continue to put my trust in my Maker, grateful for all the blessings I’ve had in my life, and hopeful that I’ve got more to experience. After all, I’ve still got a lot of fish to catch.”

Florida Times-Union, Mayo Clinic program helps children, spouses cope with loved ones’ cancer by Beth Reese Cravey — The waves of fear and grief would often overtake Sean Snyder when he was by himself in the car, headed for the grocery store or some other mundane errand. In February his wife was diagnosed with Stage 3A non-small cell lung cancer, which has a five-year survival rate of about 33 percent, according to the American Cancer Society. Trying to be strong for her and their 9-year-old son, Evan, sometimes left him depleted… Then he received a brochure about a six-week program at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, where his wife was receiving chemotherapy and radiation treatments. At the time called Children’s Lives Include Moments of Bravery, or CLIMB, and since renamed Family First, the program provides emotional support for children who have a loved one with cancer through art, discussion and meeting other children with similar experiences. There is a companion support group for adults.

Florida Times-Union, UF Health, St. Vincent’s HealthCare and Mayo Clinic receive Coastal Blood Foundation grants by Beth Reese Cravey — The Jacksonville-based Coastal Blood Foundation has awarded about $561,000 for blood-supply and blood-illness projects and programs, including seven in Northeast Florida…Mayo Clinic Jacksonville, $100,000 for its groundbreaking research of impact of blood-donor age in red blood cell nitrosylation; $60,000 for staff educational activities; and, with Florida State College at Jacksonville, $23,800 for a joint program for select college freshmen students, including a four-day laboratory science immersion. Additional coverage: Jacksonville Daily Record

KEYC Mankato, Summer Safety Day gives away free car seats by Mary Rominger — Today, the Mayo Clinic Health System providers and Children’s Museum of Southern Museum staff held a Summer Safety Day. The efforts were to support the mission of the South Central EMS Child Passenger Safety Resource Center. Families and guardians were welcomed to drive–up and have a certified technician check the safety and installation of their car seats. If an issue is found or the child doesn’t fit the seat – the team has free car seats to distribute, courtesy of a $1,000 grant from the Mayo Clinic Health System.

KEYC Mankato, Doctors warn of unpredictability of fireworks by Kelsey Barchenger — Dr. Jennifer Johnson, family medicine physician with Mayo Clinic Health System joined KEYC News 12 This Morning to talk about the dangers of fireworks and ways to avoid a trip to the emergency room this holiday.

Mankato Free Press, Mayo, Children's Museum partner to promote summer safety by Mark Fischenich — Most kids like the things that summer brings. But for professionals focused on health and safety, they know that summer brings the sun and brings the heat and brings the bike spills in the street. "It's really important that kids stay safe throughout the summer, especially when they're on their bikes and scooters," said Danielle McLaughlin, a physician's assistant in the Emergency Department at the Mankato hospital. With that in mind, McLaughlin and others from Mayo Health System were engaged in some preventative summertime medicine Thursday at the Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota.

New Prague Times, Hope House closes at old location, moving to Holy Trinity by Patrick Fisher — For five years Hope House at 305 Columbus Ave. N in New Prague has been a temporary residence for families that have been without a home. The 1955 house, across the street from Mayo Clinic Health System in New Prague, provided a place for 72 families with 157 children to stay. Due to structural issues the building is being closed, but over the next few months Holy Trinity Lutheran Church will take up providing a place for families to stay. According to a press release from Mayo Clinic Health System, it will be providing a grant to help offset the cost of hotel rooms in which Hope House families will stay beginning in June until the new location is ready later this year.

La Crosse Tribune, Mayo Clinic, Gundersen Health Systems receive Crystal Vision Awards by Emily Pyrek — Gundersen and Mayo Clinic Health Systems were among the 18 honorees at the Lions Eye Bank of Wisconsin Crystal Vision Awards. The Madison-based organization recovers corneal tissue to be utilized in surgery for vision restoration and to prevent blindness.

La Crosse Tribune, Mayo purchases plants from Tomah FFA chapter by Steve Rundio — Mayo Clinic Health System purchased $500 worth of plants from the Tomah FFA chapter, and the plants were distributed at the Neighbor to Neighbor Food Pantry in Tomah June 10. An agriculture course called greenhouse management is offered to students at Tomah High School. As part of the course, a variety of seeds were planted in pots and cared for by the students…In 2016, MCHS identified “Chronic Disease and Contributing Factors” in its Community Health Needs Assessment as a priority concern for Monroe County. Since then, MCHS has encouraged gardening and the consumption of healthy foods as a means to reduce chronic disease, often partnering with like-minded community groups.

La Crosse Tribune, Most workplace injuries are caused by overexertion. These simple tips can reduce the risk. by Emily Pyrek — A workplace injury could happen suddenly — a trip on the stairs, a falling object — but the most common ailments develop over time, the result of seemingly innocuous daily tasks. According to the National Safety Council, every seven seconds a worker in the U.S. is injured on the job, and the No. 1 cause is overexertion, accounting for 33.5% of incidents…“If sitting at a desk all day is causing frequent fatigue and discomfort, this may be an opportunity to improve your posture,” says Katie McCabe, occupational therapist for Mayo Clinic Health System. “While we often find ourselves sitting in a forward flexed or bent position throughout the day at our desk, driving or with home activities, we can make the choice to sit in a more effective and less demanding position to benefit our health.”

WKBT La Crosse, Big Blue Dragon Boat Festival Saturday in La Crosse by Greg White  — The annual event supports breast cancer survivors in our area, along with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater La Crosse. "It's really a fun atmosphere, it's got a lot of energy, we like to encourage our community to come check it out.  Even if you're not paddling or you have no interest in paddling, you gotta see it to believe it," said Heidi Odegaard, community events coordinator for Mayo Clinic Health System.

WKBT La Crosse, Suicide rates on rise; health care providers urge people to talk about mental health by Mal Meyer — Someone might be talking about killing themselves or ways people die by suicide, withdrawing from others or saying they're worthless, hopeless or a burden. There are also a lot of misconceptions about suicide.  "If someone talks about it, they're not really going to do it. And that really isn't the case," said Theresa Helgeson, a clinical therapist with Mayo Clinic Health System.   She suggests people encourage a loved one to talk further about how they're feeling or ask them some questions.  "'Are you feeling down? Is there anything you want to talk about?' Or, say the word, 'Are you feeling suicidal?'" Helgeson said.

Volume One, Funds for UWEC Science Hall Back in Budget by Tom Giffey — The state Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee has approved $109 million in funding for the first phase of a new science and health science building on the UW-Eau Claire campus…

SELF, Can You Have Sex When You Have HPV? by Kasandra Brabaw and Zahra Barnes — To give you some clarity, we asked a few HPV experts to answer these questions. The most important thing to remember as you read: Having HPV doesn’t mean you’re a bad person or somehow “tainted,” Kristina A. Butler, M.D., a gynecologic oncologist at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona, tells SELF. It simply means you have a communicable disease that literally millions of other people have, too. And, depending on the circumstances, it might not even change your sex life much. It all comes down to the specifics of your situation.

People, FDA Approves New Injectable Drug to Boost Women's Sex Drive by Rachel DeSantis — Bremelanotide, to be marketed as Vyleesi, has been approved to treat hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD) in premenopausal women, and the injectable drug will be sold by AMAG Pharmaceuticals, the FDA said. HSDD affects approximately 10 percent of adult women, according to a January 2017 article published in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings medical.

Kansas Public Radio, Conversations: Dr. Angela Mattke, "Mayo Clinic Guide to Raising a Healthy Child" by Dan Skinner — On this edition of Conversations, Dr. Angela Mattke talks about the Mayo Clinic Guide to Raising a Healthy Child. Dr. Mattke is a pediatrician in the Division of Community Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, at Mayo Clinic Children’s Center in Rochester, Minnesota.

NPR 1A, Testosterone On The Track — Dr. Michael Joyner is interviewed.

Outside magazine, The Story of the Cyclist with the Highest-Ever VO2max by Alex Hutchinson — …The record that Svendsen supposedly broke—a reading of 96 milliliters of oxygen per kilogram of body weight per minute, by cross-country ski legend Bjørn Dæhlie in the 1990s—is viewed with skepticism by many scientists, and was only reported in the press rather than in scientific publications. The same criticism can no longer be leveled at Svendsen’s reading of 96.7 ml/kg/min. Last week, a team of researchers from Innland University of Applied Sciences in Norway (along with Mayo Clinic physiologist Michael Joyner) published a case report in the Journal of Applied Physiology. Notably, the paper details Svendsen’s entire testing history rather than just a one-off value, building a case that the measurement was legit—and it offers some insight into what happened to Svendsen afterwards.

Outside magazine, Learn When to Hammer Your Workouts and When to Chill by Alex Hutchinson — Analyzing your training distribution can reveal the right balance between hard and easy workouts. Michael Joyner, the Mayo Clinic physiologist and human performance expert who first floated the prospect of a sub-two-hour marathon back in the early 1990s, once distilled his voluminous training knowledge into a simple haiku:  Run a lot of miles /  Some faster than your race pace /  Rest once in a while.

Managed Care magazine, Generic and Brand-name Hypothyroidism Drugs Have Similar Cardiovascular Outcomes — A new study by Mayo Clinic researchers could have a widespread impact on the treatment of patients with predominantly benign thyroid disease and newly treated hypothyroidism. Researchers looked at whether generic and brand-name levothyroxine therapy affected hospitalization for cardiovascular events in patients with a higher risk of coronary heart disease and heart failure. Levothyroxine is the U.S.’s most prescribed medication, and more than 23 million prescriptions are written annually. Additional coverage: Science Codex, Science Daily

Fierce Healthcare, Where are your patients getting their information? No web domain dominates, report says by Jacqueline Renfrow — A new report from Conductor dives into the top trending healthcare searches in 2019, ranging from searches for ways to reduce a child’s fever to finding a top-rated nursing homes. The report showed that 74% of the total market share for healthcare searches are not held by any one company. The other 16% is held by five top performers: Mayo Clinic, U.S. News & World Report, WebMD, ZocDoc and Cleveland Clinic. Overall, Mayo Clinic was the best performer across a variety of health queries.

MedPage Today, Cardio Risk Factors Associated With Progressive Small-Vessel Disease — At the 2019 American Academy of Neurology annual meeting in Philadelphia, Eugene Scharf, MD,…discusses the importance of controlling blood pressure over the course of a lifetime in maintaining brain health. From transcript…what we found was that whether you had midlife hypertension or current hypertension, both of those risk factors were associated with progressive small-vessel ischemic disease… particularly relevant in light of the SPRINT MIND trial results…that do show that judicious blood pressure control can reduce the risk of not only cardiovascular disease and stroke, but also mild cognitive impairment and probably dementia if they look long enough…

MedPage Today, Alzheimer's Model Predicts Memory Decline by Judy George — An ATN classification system for Alzheimer's disease proposed by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and the Alzheimer's Association (AA) in 2018 led to a small but statistically significant improvement in predicting memory decline, compared with a model that used only clinical and genetic variables, reported Clifford Jack Jr., MD, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and colleagues in JAMA. "This work validates the clinical utility of the NIA-AA research framework approach to Alzheimer's disease, where the disease is defined by the presence of the two hallmark proteinopathies -- amyloid plaques and tau neurofibrillary tangles -- and not by the presence of symptoms," Jack told MedPage Today.

Live Science, Alzheimer's Disease: Brain Changes, Symptoms and Treatment by Cari Nierenberg — According to the Mayo Clinic, symptoms in people with mild-to-moderate forms of Alzheimer's may include: Repeating statements and questions over and over. Forgetting conversations, appointments or events, and not remembering them later. Routinely misplacing possessions, and frequently putting them in illogical places. Getting lost in familiar places. Forgetting the names of loved ones and everyday objects…

Healio, Alzheimer’s Association, others provide tips on how to discuss cognitive function, falls — Ronald C. Petersen, PhD, MD, a neurologist at Mayo Clinic, discussed other cognitive assessment tests — the 10-item Functional Activities Questionnaire, the Montreal Cognitive Assessment and the Short Test of Mental Status — in a Mayo Clinic Proceedings article. “These are not perfect tools, but they are far more sensitive than casual conversations or ad hoc questions,” he wrote, adding that mild cognitive impairment’s similarities to forgetfulness poses challenges. “Subtle forgetfulness, such as misplacing objects and having difficulty recalling words, can plague persons as they age and probably represents normal aging. The memory loss that occurs in persons with amnestic mild cognitive impairment is more prominent,” he wrote in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Healio, Commentary: FMT safety alert ‘brought to light many questions’ — The recent FDA warning due to the death of a patient following an investigational fecal microbiota transplant (FMT) brought to light many questions and concerns. The biggest question being, “In what situation did these deaths occur?” The report indicates that two immunocompromised patients received FMT and developed a multi-drug resistant infection and one of them died. We do not know if this FMT was done to help treat Clostridioides difficile (C. diff) infection, or for a different indication. — Sahil Khanna, MBBS, Gastroenterologist, Mayo Clinic.

Medscape, Endometriosis: Long-term Opioids, Concomitant Benzos Common by Troy Brown — Women with endometriosis are more likely to use opioids for a prolonged period and to use benzodiazepines concomitantly compared to women who do not have endometriosis, a study shows…The findings may not change clinical practice, but they do provide important information, Tatnai L. Burnett, MD, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, told Medscape Medical News. "We already know what the right thing to do is with these patients; [these] data just show us what we have been doing."

Philly Voice, Here are some natural remedies for dealing with insomnia  by Tracey Romero — When you suffer from insomnia, you experience fatigue and a lack of energy, and often struggle to focus on daily tasks. More extreme mood shifts can also be common. The sleep experts at the Mayo Clinic report that “sleeping less than seven hours a night is associated with weight gain, diabetes, high blood pressure and depression, among other health risks.

AJMC, Which Predictors Could Identify the Most Costly Patients in Oncology? by Wallace Stephens — Researchers collected data about patient characteristics, cancer details, treatments, adverse events, and outcomes for patients treated for cancer at the Mayo Clinic from 2007 to 2017. They obtained standardized costs over a 2-year period after first treatment from the Mayo Clinic Cost Data Warehouse. Medicare reimbursements were assigned to all services and adjusted to the 2017 Gross Domestic Product Implicit Price Deflator for inflation. In the study, TS were identified as patients with costs greater than those in the 93rd percentile, which was $113,158 or higher, due to a substantial rise at that level.

AAFP, Do Residents' Skills Match Medicare Patients' Needs? — In an interview with AAFP News, corresponding author Eric Poulin, M.D., of Zumbrota, Minn., a full-time family physician in the Mayo Clinic Health System's Southeast Minnesota Region, stressed the importance of the topic. "No one really disputes the demographics of the geriatric population increasing in the coming decade," so we should know what kind of care that population needs when it comes to clinic procedures, said Poulin.  "In this study, we set out to answer that question in a different way than I believe has ever been done before," he added. "In previously published studies, it was just a matter of asking expert opinion -- getting groups of family medicine faculty together and asking them what they thought were the most needed procedures. What should be taught? What will patients need?

Medical Design & Outsourcing, Royal Philips to open R&D center in Rochester, Minn. by Danielle Kirsh — Royal Philips is reportedly moving into a new Rochester, Minn. office space. The Amsterdam-based company plans to open an office in the recently opened Med City, the 89,000-square-foot One Discovery Square complex in Rochester, according to the Post Bulletin. “We are looking for close collaboration and proximity to customers, partners, academic institutions and other leaders in the space, who can help us drive innovation in health technology,” Philips North America PR director Silvie Casanova told the newspaper. “As part of this strategy, Philips can confirm that we will be opening a new research space by the end of the year at One Discovery Square, in Rochester, Minn., enabling the Mayo Clinic and Philips to further secure collaboration and innovative research.”

Lincoln Journal Star, Physiological fluke leaves UNL events coordinator searching for kidney donor by Ross B. Miller — Corrie Svehla went to the doctor for a lingering virus — maybe swine flu — in 2009 and left with a totally different diagnosis. The virus had set off a dormant gene in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln event coordinator's kidneys, and he was subsequently diagnosed with IgA nephropathy, or Berger's disease…He started going to Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, where they were doing research on the disease. His doctors changed his medication plan and were able to keep his kidneys functioning at 30%-35%. It was not ideal, but it was livable. He started out making four trips to Rochester every year, then got down to two trips and eventually one annual trip for the past three years. "It was life-changing, definitely," Svehla said. "The first few years I went up there, I just hoped for the best."

Becker’s Spine Review, On-site 3D printing facility breaks ground at Hospital for Special Surgery — 3 insights by Alan Condon — Medical device company LimaCorporate began construction of its on-site 3D printing center at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City, reports 3D Printing Industry…2. Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic and Phoenix Children's Hospital recently implemented on-site 3D printing facilities due to its increasing developments in spine and orthopedics.

ATP Tour, Del Potro To Undergo Surgery — Juan Martin del Potro will undergo yet another surgery. The Argentine announced on Thursday that he has again fractured his right patella, the same injury that made the 6'6" right-hander miss the last four weeks of the 2018 season and has limited him to only five tournaments so far this year…Del Potro has undergone four wrist surgeries – three on his left wrist (24 March 2014, joint; 20 January 2015, ligament; 18 June 2015, tendon), as well as a surgery on his right wrist on 4 May 2010. All four surgeries were performed at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, U.S.A.

WUNC-Radio, Obese And Unattractive Med School Students May Have A More Uncertain Future by Dana Terry — Radiologist Dr. Charles M. Maxfield compiled the results from four universities and the Mayo Clinic, and he joins host Frank Stasio to talk about his research and his hopes to bring about more awareness about our biases. Maxfield is the vice chairman of education for Duke Radiology.

Winnipeg Free Press, Taking dietary supplements won't stop dementia, experts say by Cathie Anderson — Sales of purported brain-health supplements such as fish oil and jellyfish are expected to reach US$5.8 billion by 2023, but in a report released recently, an AARP panel of brain experts called them a huge waste of money for healthy seniors seeking to avoid or reverse dementia. "The market is so large, they get by without rigorous documentation of the efficacy of their products," says neurologist Ronald Petersen, director of the Mayo Clinic Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center in Rochester, Minn. He and other members of the Global Council on Brain Health do not recommend any dietary supplements to prevent, slow or reverse cognitive decline. Additional coverage: The Star

Global News, Reality check: Does drinking coffee really help with weight loss? by Laura Hensley —According to Dr. Donald Hensrud, medical editor of the Mayo Clinic Diet and medical director of the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program in Rochester, Minn., the research findings sound probable, but coffee drinkers should be cautious. “While the study is plausible, we already know through population studies and randomized, controlled trials that the effect of caffeine and coffee on metabolic rate and weight loss is relatively small — this research has already been done,” he told Global News. “Thus, the practical implications of this study are currently small.”

Channel News Asia, Do you get dizzy on the bus or taxi ride to work? Here's how to feel better by Khoo Bee Khim — …Age could be another factor, said Dr Jane Rosenman, a paediatrician at Mayo Clinic Children’s Center. "It's most common among children ages two to 12, which probably has something to do with the fact that their brain is still developing," she said. It’s compounded by the fact that kids are often preoccupied with books or screens while riding in the back. The good news though, is that motion sickness generally gets better with age and people can grow out of it, said Dr Rosenman.

GenomeWeb, Mayo Clinic Spinout Developing Multiomics Blood Test to Identify Obesity Phenotypes — Clinicians at the Mayo Clinic are developing a multiomics blood test that combines DNA, protein, and metabolic biomarkers to identify obesity phenotypes and guide more precise administration of medication for weight loss. By associating US Food and Drug Administration-approved medications with four obesity phenotypes, the researchers have been able to increase the rate of patients responding to weight loss medications from 35 percent to 74 percent of patients undertaking testing during two randomized trials of the test, Andres Acosta, an assistant professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and one of the test's developers, said in an interview.

GenomeWeb, Mayo Study Highlights Importance of Dark Genes; Illustrates Limitations of Short-Read Sequencing by Monica Heger —  It's long been known that standard short-read next-generation sequencing cannot sequence through all regions of the human genome. Now, however, researchers from the Mayo Clinic have sought to characterize the extent of the problem and its potential impact on our understanding of human health and disease…The problem of so-called dark or camouflaged genomic regions has been known for years, but "it wasn't clear how big the problem was," said Mark Ebbert, lead author of the study and an assistant professor at the Mayo Clinic, whose research focuses on neurodegenerative diseases.

La Tercera, La chilena que ejerce en la urgencia de Clínica Mayo en EE.UU. y combate la adicción a los opioides by Cecliia Yánez — Interview with Dra. Maria Fernanda Bellolio.

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