August 2, 2019

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights for August 2, 2019

By Emily Blahnik

New York Times, How to Find a Babysitter You Can Rely On by Ellen Lee — Your sitter should also have basic first aid and CPR training and know how to respond in an emergency. The American Red Cross offers both online and in-person classes for babysitting, child care, first aid and CPR. Those who complete it receive a certificate. Even family and friends should consider taking a first aid and CPR class, so that they’re prepared for an emergency, said Dr. Angela Mattke, a pediatrician with the Mayo Clinic. You can offer to cover the cost of the class, or even join them for a refresher.

Washington Post, Burned-out doctors may be more prone to racial bias by William Wan — Concerns about burnout among doctors are growing as new research is beginning to quantify the dangers and costs of the problem. In the past few years, researchers have found that 54 percent of doctors report feeling burned out. Doctors experiencing burnout are twice as likely to log major medical errors. The suicide rate among physicians is twice that of the general population and one of the highest among all professions. Now a study published Friday shows that as medical residents’ symptoms of burnout increase, they become more prone to racial bias. “It’s becoming clearer with each study just how big of a problem this is,” said Liselotte Dyrbye, a researcher at Mayo Clinic who authored Friday’s study on racial bias and several other studies on the problem. Additional coverage: Star Tribune, Medscape, Becker’s Hospital Review

VICE, Why Cycling Banned This Incredibly Addictive “Safer” Oxycontin by Maeva Bambuck —Tramadol was marketed for years as a milder and safer alternative to OxyContin and Hydrocontin. But what cyclists discovered is that it is just as addictive — which a study published by the Mayo Clinic last May confirmed. It's bad news for Americans who are prescribed Tramadol by unknowing doctors. "You definitely see some people, some clinicians who think it's not an opioid," says Molly Jeffery. the researcher who spearheaded the Mayo Clinic study. "Physicians are just not aware of the drug. They were taught in medical school or wherever that it wasn't an opioid, and so that's what they tell their patients."

STAT, 5 ways artificial intelligence is already changing cardiac care by Casey Ross — …A study by Mayo physicians in 2018 identified five voice characteristics associated with the presence of coronary artery disease in patients. The study was observational and limited in scope, and it focused on mostly white, middle-aged subjects. But its author said it serves as a jumping off point for further inquiry. “The potential is very big, but like every technology we need to be careful that we’re not overstating the capability of the artificial intelligence,” said Dr. Amir Lerman, a co-author of the study. “It should not replace our clinical decision-making, it should help us make those decisions.” He said the identification of voice signals, if verified through further research, could be used to screen patients for signs of disease, a particularly beneficial technology for rural populations that lack immediate access to care. Lerman said he is conducting another study to examine whether the voice signals can be identified across multiple languages.

Post-Bulletin, When medicine draws the line: Mayo policy to protect staff from patient racism by Paul John Scott — Recently, Dr. Nusheen Ameenuddin stepped into a skyway to grab a coffee just off the grounds of the Mayo Clinic. A staff pediatrician at Mayo who was educated and trained in the U.S., Ameenuddin is Indian by birth and a Muslim woman who wears a hijab. She was alone in the elevated hallway on that morning when a man approached her on a motorized scooter from the opposite direction. “Don’t belong here,” he called as he passed. “Part of me was like, ‘Did I really just hear that,’?” she said with a small laugh of disbelief, recalling the incident she subsequently shared on Twitter. Additional coverage: Duluth News Tribune, Grand Forks Herald, Jamestown Sun

Post-Bulletin, Our view: Mayo's expertise comes in many shades, from many backgrounds — Physicians, medical students, scientists and medical technicians come from around the world to work and study at Mayo Clinic. Mayo, after all, has just been named the nation's best hospital for the fourth consecutive year. If you want to be the best, you work with and at the best. And make no mistake, the staff at Mayo Clinic is the best. That's why we find it so disheartening that Mayo has had to institute its 5-Step Policy for Responding to Bias Incidents. The policy, which is getting renewed attention, went into effect two years ago in reaction to an increased number of incidents of patients requesting that their care team be changed based on skin color, religion or ethnicity…"I'm saddened, but it happens so frequently," Dr. Sharonne Hayes, co-author of a recent paper about the policy, told the Post-Bulletin. "Young people, Muslim people, brown people, young women, people with accents, they are all affected."

Post Bulletin, Oddchester: Finding peace in a life with an end date by Steve Lange — Moving tribute to a Mayo hematologist.

KAAL, Hundreds Gathered to Celebrate the Gift of Life and Organ Transplantation — "I donated my kidney to Carly in 2004," said Tim Carly. The father-daughter due joined dozens of other donors and recipients at the picnic as they celebrated the gift of "life"- according to Dr. Charles Rosen, who heads Mayo Clinic's Transplant Center. Dr. Rosen shared that the picnic started off recognizing only kidney transplants but has expanded to all the organ transplantations over the course of 35 years, "It started originally with kidney transplant recipients and then liver recipients in the 1980s. And it expanded to include all the organs. So we have transplant patients here that have received hearts, lungs, kidneys, livers, pancreas, and bone marrow transplants as well," said Dr. Rosen. Additional coverage: Post-Bulletin, KTTC

KIMT, Revived man receives heart transplant, second chance at life by Katie Lange — It's the very organ that keeps you alive, but more than once it has failed Rob Staves. In fact, his heart nearly led to his demise. Now, thanks to a generous gift of life he is recovering from a heart transplant and receiving a second chance at life…Doctor Alfredo Clavell oversees Mayo's Heart Transplant Program. Dr. Clavell said he can't stress the importance of being a donor. "There is only so many limited numbers of hearts available every year for transplant and there is 5-times more patients waiting who need them," said Dr. Clavell. For those lucky enough to receive a heart, like Staves, it's a blessing, but it does come with an expiration date. "The average survival of patients with heart transplants is 11-years," explained Dr. Clavell.

KTTC, Distracted driving simulator displays dangers of texting and driving by Sarah Gannon — Minnesota’s Hands-Free bill goes in effect on Thursday and Mayo Clinic is hoping to get people ready for the new law. The clinic’s trauma center has a distracted driving simulator, which can give drivers a fresh insight into texting and driving….“It can be simple things like rolling through a stop sign, swerving, missing turns, or worse, causing a crash, causing injuries, or even death to someone,” said Todd Emanuel, a Mayo Clinic Registered Nurse. Additional coverage: KAAL, KIMT,

KTTC, Rochester boy fighting for a new kidney — A 10-year-old Rochester boy is fighting for a chance at a normal life. Basketball-fanatic Carter Swallow needs a new kidney. After several infections, surgeries, and hospital stays, Carter’s been on and off the transplant list for the last four months. The Rochester Flea Market held a benefit for his family today. Money raised will help support the family, who’s spending less time at work to care for Carter.

Med City Beat, Mayo Clinic researcher explains how physician burnout is impacting healthcare — Physician burnout has become an epidemic in healthcare, says Dr. Colin West, a Mayo Clinic researcher specializing in physician well-being. West describes physician burnout as a chronic work-related feeling that involves both emotional exhaustion and depersonalization. Research shows the issue could be impacting up to half of all doctors. “The emotional exhaustion part is feeling emotionally that you have nothing left to give your patients,” explained West. “You can’t really engage with your patients emotionally, which is obviously at the core of medical practice. And the depersonalization part is becoming callous toward the experiences of your patients, which again is antithetical to the professional ideals of all healthcare professionals, not just physicians.”

WCCO, ‘We Are Forward Thinkers’: Rochester’s Sisters Of St. Francis On Cutting Edge Of Conservation by Liz Collin — A group of Minnesota women connected to the world’s oldest form of Christianity are focused on the future. Their efforts to protect the environment have received national attention…Their work have has earned the sisters the Energy Star Award — the largest multi-use building in the country to receive that recognition…There is also a Mayo Clinic connection to the sisters. It was Mother Mary Alfred Moes who started the Sisters of St. Francis and pushed Dr. William Mayo to start a hospital. In 1889, they opened St. Mary’s Hospital, which eventually paved the way for the world-renowned Mayo Clinic.

South Florida Reporter, Myth-busting Heart Health (Video) — What do you really need to do to improve your heart health? Some people may think that you have to make sweeping lifestyle changes. Dr. Jordan Ray, a Mayo Clinic cardiologist, says small changes can add up to big improvements. He has information to bust three myths about heart health.

Arizona ABC 15, Mayo Clinic, ASU researchers create app to help manage type 1 diabetes by John Genovese — Researchers at Mayo Clinic and Arizona State University created a smartphone app and algorithm to help doctors and patients better manage type 1 diabetes. "It's something meaningful to us and we can actually help patients learn from what they're doing," said Dr. Bithika Thompson, an assistant professor at Mayo Clinic. Thompson and ASU assistant professor Dr. Maria Adela Grando led a team of students in developing a way for thousands of data points from patients' insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitors to be combined with self-reported data from a smartphone app, where patients track their food, exercise and insulin.

Fairmont Sentinel, Hands free law is for road safety by Judy Bryan — Peggy Sue Garber, a registered nurse who serves as trauma and injury prevention coordinator at Mayo Clinic Health System in Fairmont, is a passionate advocate for the new law. She has worked closely with law enforcement throughout the region, the Minnesota Department of Transportation and the Toward Zero Deaths (TZD) program. “The Minnesota Department of Health and the Safety Council have put out so much information on this law already. There shouldn’t be anybody who doesn’t know it’s coming,” Garber said. “Law enforcement is not going to let you use ignorance as an excuse to get out of a ticket. There won’t be warnings. When Aug. 1 comes, tickets will be written.” Additional coverage: Kenosha Journal Times

Red Wing Republican Eagle, A coalition for moms and babies by Michael Brun — As organizations prepare to observe World Breastfeeding Week, a three-county coalition is highlighting local work to support nursing mothers and families. Members of the Goodhue Wabasha Pierce County Breastfeeding Coalition met in Red Wing on July 22 to recognize breast-feeding programs offered in recent years… Members of the coalition include a variety of public health workers and Mayo Clinic Health System staff. “It takes all of us to support the families in our area,” said Anne Beckman, a Mayo Clinic Health System registered nurse and certified lactation consultant. “We’re just really fortunate that we have so much cooperation with all the agencies.”

KEYC Mankato, Hastings dances out of chemotherapy by Lauren Andrego — Earlier this year, Jean Ann Hastings was diagnosed with invasive ductal carcinoma, stage two triple negative breast cancer. In March, she began chemotherapy at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. “I used to call it dance therapy because I hate the word chemotherapy,” she said. Her other treatment was an infectious dose of optimism.

KEYC Mankato, A survivor of two transplants strives to attend motorcycle rally by Mary Rominger — …“There are approximately 20 people who lose their life daily who are on the transplant list. In this area, in the upper–Midwest, there is about 3,400 patients who are on the organ transplant list – so what that means is you probably have friends or neighbors who are in need or organ transplantation,” vice-chair of clinical practice, hospital specialties, at Mayo Clinic Health System Dr. Brian Barlett said. Additional coverage: Mankato Free Press

Mankato Free Press, Mayo in Mankato earns high marks in new hospital ratings by Brian Arola — Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato earned plaudits for its congestive heart failure and colon cancer surgery quality in hospital rankings released today. U.S. News & World Report recognized the local hospital as a high performer in both metrics in its 2019-2020 ranking of hospitals. Dr. James Hebl, Mayo Clinic Health System’s southwest Minnesota regional vice president, called the honor a reflection of the health system’s commitment to quality care in a statement. “We are excited to see our team’s work recognized year after year,” he said. “This recognition shows our commitment to providing the highest-quality care to our patients.”

Mankato Free Press, The F8 healthy tips for summer dining by Anne Harguth — It’s summer and the warmer weather tends to influence people’s dining habits by eating out and attending celebrations and events more frequently. In fact, some reports show that nearly half of consumers eat out more in the summer, often on a weekly basis. Whether you are dining out or grilling at home, here are some healthy reminders from Anne Harguth, a registered dietitian with Mayo Clinic Health System.

La Crosse Tribune, Scott Rathgaber and Paul Mueller: La Crosse community must team up to beat opioids — …Regarding the opioid crisis, this community has demonstrated this commitment through formation on the Alliance to HEAL (Halting the Effects of Addiction Locally). Led by the La Crosse Community Foundation, La Crosse County Health Department, Gundersen Health System and Mayo Clinic Health System, this coalition represents a broad array of public, private, non-profit, government and philanthropic stakeholders to tackle the problem of addiction.

Modern Healthcare, Addressing patient experience without a CXO by Maria Castelluccci — The structure is usually born out of a holistic approach to patient experience, according to healthcare leadership consultants.…Mayo Clinic has taken such an approach. The Rochester, Minn.-based system has an office of patient experience and within it are directors based in all seven regions, including its Arizona and Florida campuses. The directors help frontline staff and operations leaders tackle issues related to experience that are specific to their region. And the clinicians are heavily involved in the solutions in order to encourage buy-in, said Thomas Welch, vice chair of quality and administrator of the experience team at Mayo. “We need the practice to own the improvements,” Welch said.

Modern Healthcare, Medical-device reprocessing saved providers $470 million last year by Jessica Kim Cohen — Last year, an estimated 8,885 hospitals and surgical centers across the U.S., Canada and Europe used reprocessed devices.  Mayo Clinic said it rolled out a program dedicated to purchasing reprocessed devices in 2015 as a sustainability initiative. The program, which is managed by Mayo Clinic's supply chain division, collects and purchases devices for reprocessing across multiple product categories, said Terri Nelson, director of value analysis at the Mayo Clinic. While the majority of these devices are in the catheterization laboratory, there are also medical-surgical products like stethoscopes and blood pressure cuffs. Mayo Clinic collects between 4,000 to 6,000 devices for reprocessing each month.

Forbes, For Once Something That Tastes Good Is Actually Good For You, And Americans Are Eating It Up by Robin Seaton Jefferson — …Mayo Clinic actually posted “4 tips to avoid ‘avocado hand’” last June, because, they said, “fans of the fruit – both famous and not – are feeling the effects these days when they slice up their hands or fingers while trying to slice up the avocado.” Dr. Sanj Kakar, a Mayo Clinic orthopedic hand surgeon, said he'd “seen an increase in hand injuries requiring surgery as a result of the rise in popularity of avocados.”

Good Housekeeping, 'Counting On' Fans Were Concerned About Joy-Anna Duggar After Seeing Her Latest Instagram by Kayla Keegan — Counting On stars Joy-Anna Duggar and her husband Austin Forsyth recently made their fans upset after posting photos of themselves biking to get some food… While it's really great that the group was able to get out and enjoy a relaxing summer night, it doesn't look like any of them (besides Gideon) wore a helmet during their bike trip. Maybe they did and we just didn't see them – but either way, the photos made commenters uneasy… "This is like wearing a seat belt in a car — an absolute must," Donald Jenkins, M.D., a trauma physician at Mayo Clinic advised. "Riders of all kinds can sustain serious injuries in an accident, but survival chances grow exponentially when a helmet is worn."

Reader’s Digest, How Bad Is It to Bite Your Nails? by Cheryl Grant — Onychophagia, or nail biting, is a pretty common habit, affecting an estimated 20 to 30 percent of the population. Although nail biting—which can be caused by perfectionism, stress, anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, or just being bored and fidgety—may seem perfectly harmless, it can invite bacteria or fungi infections to enter into the body and bloodstream, increasing your chances of contracting a cold or the flu, according to the Mayo Clinic. Not to mention, it can ruin your smile, and it’s one of the 9 everyday habits you don’t realize could shorten your life. Additional coverage: AOL

New York Post, Woman nearly loses leg from festering ‘hot tub rash’ by Hannah Frishberg — Her life was in hot water. Taylor Bryant thought a Jacuzzi jaunt down to Dolly Parton’s homeland would yield fond memories of hot tubs and hikes — instead she was left with a life-threatening skin condition that nearly rotted her right leg… Folliculitis is so frequently contracted in bubbling, heated pools that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention dubbed it “Hot Tub Rash,” or an infection of hair follicles marked by puss-filled pimples, according to the Mayo Clinic.

New York Post, Red wine compound might help treat depression and anxiety: study by Suzy Weiss — Considering the deadly consequences, any sort of potential “Cabernet Cure” is still far from replacing antidepressants. Still, the Mayo Clinic reports that red wine in moderation has been shown to help prevent coronary heart disease, while the antioxidants found in the age-old elixir are effective in upping “good” cholesterol, or HDL (high-density lipoprotein). But for now, the mice are the only ones with a medical dispensation for merlot.

Inc., Want a Truly Happy Marriage? Experts Say Couples Should Do Any of These 7 Things for Each Other by Marcel Schwantes — 3. Be playful together. A new study published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings finds that the social interaction involved in partner and team sports may add more years to your life than solo exercise. When you play, for example, tennis, badminton, or racquetball with your significant other, these activities are better for longevity than standard solo activities like jogging or cycling.

NBC Washington, Health Officials Report Record Number of Tick-Borne Diseases by Doreen Gentzler and Patricia Fantis — Ticks can be as small as a poppy seed but can have a big impact on your health if you don't catch them early. Experts say the wet winter is partly to blame for the record number of ticks this summer. Health officials report a record number of tick-borne diseases. "You want to avoid ticks at all costs," said Dr. Bobbi Pritt of the Mayo Clinic. Lyme disease gets the most attention, but Pritt said ticks can transmit a variety of different illnesses. Symptoms include aches, pains, fever, fatigue and muscle weakness.

Nature, How a revolutionary technique got people with spinal-cord injuries back on their feet by Cassandra Willyard — …Still, that was nothing compared with the commotion that erupted six months later, when electrical stimulation allowed Summers to wiggle his toes. Harkema’s team hoped to kick-start the circuitry required for standing and stepping in the spine and legs, but they weren’t expecting to get any help from the brain…When Harkema and her colleagues published the details of Summers’s case in 2011, many scientists were sceptical. “I did not believe it,” says Kendall Lee, a neurosurgeon at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Everything Lee had been taught told him that once connections to the brain are lost, they don’t come back.

AccuWeather, Follow these water safety tips to enjoy safe swimming this summer by Bianca Barr Tunno — A water emergency at a pool or the ocean is often characterized in movies or television by loud and frenzied disruption, but experts say drowning is often quick and quiet and may occur without a witness to the event until it’s too late. “Certainly, you can see people who are in distress who are yelling, screaming and flailing their arms, but in a majority of cases, it goes completely unnoticed,” said Dr. Michael Boniface, a consultant in emergency medicine with Mayo Clinic Florida. “This is why drowning becomes such a catastrophic event, especially in children.”

KCUR Kansas City, It's Easier To Buy CBD In Kansas Than To Know For Sure What's In It Or What It's Good For by Celia Llopis-Jepsen — Done right, advocates say CBD products can change an ailing person’s life. “There’s some real value here,” Mayo Clinic physician Brent Bauer said. “But we have to do a lot of work to kind of chip away at the rough edges and find out: How big is the diamond? Is it one carat or is it 40 carats?”…Bauer, who founded and directs research at Mayo’s program for integrating alternative medicines such as acupuncture into health care there, recommends against CBD for young children, pregnant or breastfeeding women, and patients taking many medications. CBD can screw up dosage levels of certain prescriptions. Talk to your doctor if you plan to take it.

HealthDay, Smoking May Interfere With 'Embolization' Lung Treatment by Robert Preidt — Here's yet another downside to cigarette smoking: Treatment for blood vessel abnormalities in the lungs is less likely to be successful if patients are smokers, a new study finds… "Smoking cessation is very important if these patients want to help themselves and avoid further procedures," said senior author Dr. Sanjay Misra, an interventional radiologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. "We should urge current smokers to stop smoking before treatment." The findings were published July 30 in the journal Radiology. Misra explained that when the lung abnormalities become symptomatic, "we are asked to embolize them using coils."

Everyday Health, Living With Undiagnosed Disease: A Chance to Develop Resilience? by Meryl Davids Landau — Scientists call it resilience, or “the ability to flexibly adapt to challenges that come your way,” says Beth K. Rush, PhD, a neuropsychologist at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida. And nowhere is that resilience needed more than during the long and stressful wait for a diagnosis many people may encounter — especially with such hard-to-identify conditions like MS, rheumatoid arthritis (RA), endometriosis, and more…“You are resilient when you can say, ‘Whatever happens now, I can cope with this, and something good may come out of it,’” Rush observes.

Healthline, Why Testosterone May Help Post-Menopausal Women With Their Sex Lives by Kristen Fischer — Testosterone may be just what women need to improve sexual satisfaction, according to a new report… Dr. Stephanie S. Faubion, director of the Women’s Health Clinic and Office of Women’s Health at Mayo Clinic, said the compilation of data shows that there is evidence to support the use of testosterone in postmenopausal women who are either naturally or surgically menopausal. It should not be used in women who have sexual dysfunction that is related to a medication, relationship problem, or other identifiable cause.

MD Magazine, Physicians' Perspective: Desired Changes Among Retina Specialists by Patrick Campbell — The 2019 American Society of Retina Specialists Annual Meeting serves as a unique opportunity for leading retina specialists from throughout the world to convene and discuss their work...Michael Stewart, MD, chair of ophthalmology at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, presented work examining the efficacy of a potential oral therapy for neovascular age-related macular degeneration (nAMD) and, like Regillo, sat down with MD Mag  to discuss a number of subjects within the field. One of the questions that was prompted to both physicians was, “If you could change something about your specialty, what would it be?”

HIT Consultant, Mayo Clinic to Leverage Viome’s Microbiome Analysis Platform in Study to Help Understand Sleep and Obesity by Jasmine Pennic —Mayo Clinic is collaborating on a study with Viome, a company transforming health through personalized nutrition based on individual biology to better understand the role of nutrition in disease and to explore the potential of Viome’s AI-driven personalized diets in helping manage sleep disorders such as sleep apnea and obesity… The study will focus on measures of obesity (including body fat %), metabolism (HbA1c), and sleep. The teams will leverage Mayo Clinic’s medical expertise and Viome’s proprietary microbiome analysis platform.

Healio, Higher prevalence of aneurysms found with autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease — Although few patients experienced aneurysmal ruptures in the study, the overall rupture rate was approximately five-times higher than in the general population, the researchers said. Still, the results do not suggest a change in screening patients with autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD). “Our approach has been to recommend screening for patients with ADPKD who have a family history of aneurysm,” co-author and Mayo Clinic nephrologist Vincente Torres, MD, PhD, said in a press release. “We also recommend screening to patients with ADPKD before major elective surgeries (including transplantation), those with high-risk occupations and those who after being properly informed on the available data wish to be screened for reassurance,” he said.

Healio, Stem cell therapy safe, feasible in congenital heart defect surgery — “Pediatric infant hearts are completely different from adult hearts. Specifically, they can grow and repair at a younger age,” Timothy Nelson, MD, PhD, associate professor of medicine and pharmacology and director of the Todd and Karen Wanek Program for Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome at Mayo Clinic, told Cell Therapy Next. Nelson is one of the study’s coauthors, and he explained the anticipated therapeutic benefit of autologous cord blood-derived stem cells in the setting of pediatric congenital heart disease surgery. “We know that the cells we are injecting from cord blood do not contribute to new heart muscle, so the cells we put in are really a fertilizer. What we have learned is that in a 3-month-old infant’s heart, they are able to have a different effect than in adult hearts,” he said.

Medscape, Spinal Stimulation May Best 'Medicine' for Intractable Spine, Limb Pain by Marilynn Larkin — In patients with intractable spine and limb pain, spinal stimulation (SS), particularly with newer technologies, was associated with better pain relief than medical therapy, a systematic review and meta-analysis reveals. "Conservative therapy such as pain medications often does not provide sufficient pain and/or functional improvement," Dr. Tim Lamer of Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, told Reuters Health by email. "We confined our final analysis to only...randomized controlled trials (and) our study demonstrated that SS was more effective than medical therapy in reducing pain in patients with intractable spine and limb pain from many different causes."

Medscape, In Breast Cancer, Delay Between Surgery and Chemo Harms Survival by Liam Davenport — These findings "confirm that timely care is important for breast cancer patients and should be considered in their treatment plan," commented lead author Judy C. Boughey, MD, professor of surgery and a surgical oncologist at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota. Overall, the results are "encouraging [in] that 89% of women who are recommended chemotherapy postoperatively do get it within 120 days of their diagnosis, but there is still room for improvement," she said.

Medscape, Mayo Gets Perfect Score for Gastroenterology, GI Surgery by Diana Phillips — The Mayo Clinic stands out among hospitals nationwide for gastroenterology and gastrointestinal (GI) surgery, according to US World & News Report. In its annual ranking of the best hospitals in the nation for gastroenterology and GI surgery, the Rochester, Minnesota health system earned the top spot, followed by Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. Rounding out the top 5 list for 2019 – 2020 are the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio and the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

Medscape, Mayo Clinic Once Again Leads in Endocrinology Ranking by Nancy A. Melville — Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minnesota, has clinched the top spot once again as the nation's leading hospital for diabetes and endocrinology, according to the US News & World Report's annual ranking of the nation's best hospitals. With a perfect score of 100, Mayo Clinic for the fourth consecutive year topped the list. Johns Hopkins, in Baltimore, was ranked no. 2 with a score of 86.8, and Massachusetts General Hospital, in Boston, was no. 3 with a score of 83.1.

Medscape, Top US Neurology, Neurosurgery Hospitals Ranked by Megan Brooks — Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, is the best US hospital for neurology and neurosurgery care, according to the 2019–2020 US News & World Report  annual ranking of best hospitals for neurology and neurosurgery. Johns Hopkins, which ranked second last year, grabbed the number one spot from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Mayo Clinic had held the top spot for five years in a row.

Pulmonary Advisor, COPD-Related Cognitive Impairment Unlike Other Forms of Dementia — To learn more about the link between COPD and cognitive impairment, Pulmonology Advisor interviewed one of the study coauthors, Charlotte Morris, BSc, MBBCh, a researcher at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (UHB) in the United Kingdom; and Balwinder Singh, MD, MS, FAPA, assistant professor of psychiatry in the department of psychiatry and psychology, and director of the Mood Program at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, who has also investigated the topic with his colleagues.

Yale News, Yale and Mayo Clinic awarded FDA grant to study opioid prescribing and use — Yale University and Mayo Clinic have been awarded a grant for up to $5.3 million over two years by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to study patients’ experiences with pain and use of opioids prescribed for acute pain. This project is part of the Center of Excellence in Regulatory Science and Innovation (CERSI), a joint effort between Yale, Mayo Clinic, and the FDA. The study will be conducted in collaboration with Regional Health of Rapid City, S.D., and University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB).

St. Thomas Newsroom, Innovative Thinking Drives Leading-edge Student Work With Mayo Clinic by Amy Carlson Gustafson — The world-renowned Mayo Clinic is hailed for its groundbreaking medical research and health care. Through the Mayo Innovation Scholars Program (MISP), a group of select St. Thomas students had an opportunity to work on some leading-edge projects percolating at the Rochester medical institution.

GenomeWeb, Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, Mayo Clinic to Study Pharmacogenomics of Alcoholism Treatment — The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation and Mayo Clinic have signed an agreement to collaborate on a research project to identify genetic markers to help predict response to the drug acamprosate, which is used as a treatment for alcoholism. The five-year study is coordinated with and funded by grants from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

Star Halifax, Parents of late Halifax hockey player ‘overwhelmed’ to see son honoured in heart clinic by Haley Ryan — Jordan Boyd’s parents stood silently in the hospital doorway, gazing at a mural honouring their late teenage son as friends and family hovered behind them… The clinic, founded by Dr. Martin Gardner, has created a full-time research nurse position thanks to money raised by the Jordan Boyd Celebrity Hockey Challenge. The funds have also been used to increase the clinic times from one day a week to four, allowing more people to get treatment, and to send doctors to complete training fellowships at the renowned Mayo Clinic in Minnesota.

Telegraph UK, 'You can't outrun a bad diet': here's the truth about the health adage by Tome Morrissy-Swan — You are what you eat, goes the old adage. Anyone who enjoys a less-than wholesome diet will understand the implication – bad food will make you unhealthy, probably fat, and there's nothing you can do about it.  That you can't outrun a bad diet has "become a rallying phrase for diet-centric approaches to counteracting obesity and poor metabolic health," write Dr Michael J Joyner and Dr Stuart M Phillips in a recent article in the British Journal...

Times of India, Being a CEO ain't a cup of coffee — The body of Cafe Coffee Day (CCD) founder VG Siddhartha was recovered from the Netravati river near Mangaluru early on Wednesday, after a massive 36-hour search operation. Siddhartha’s letter to CCD staff, details the pressure he felt from the investors, creditors and tax officials underline the adage that uneasy lies the head that wears the crown (of thorns)… A study published last year by the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, US, based on a four year research on hundreds of CEOs found that a majority — 51.3% — reported suffering from a high stress level.

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