September 13, 2019

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights for September 13, 2019

By Emily Blahnik

STAT, It’s not just bosses who harass health workers: Hospitals start addressing patients’ ‘egregious’ behavior by Jacquelyn Corley — At Mayo Clinic last year, a male patient groped a female doctor in the presence of several other staff members. She immediately notified hospital administrators using a new reporting system, and the patient was terminated from the physician’s practice within 48 hours. Before this reporting process was created in 2017, the renowned Rochester, Minn., hospital had no procedures for how to deal with patients who harass staff — or even language addressing the issue in hospital guidelines. The patient’s “behavior was egregious,” but if the incident occurred before 2017 and the physician “complained about it, the patient would have reported her,” said Dr. Sharonne Hayes, a cardiologist and medical director of the hospital’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion, who helped create the new policies. “Now our employees feel much more confident about their role in sexual harassment incidents, what they should and should not do, and that Mayo has their back.”

ABC News, When freezing your eggs does not work: What women should know by Katie Kindelan — The chances of becoming pregnant after a frozen egg is implanted are roughly 30 to 60 percent, according to the Mayo Clinic, a national medical practice research group in Rochester, Minnesota. This figure can be affected by multiple factors, including a woman's age…Freezing your eggs carries risks including various conditions related to the use of fertility drugs, complications involving the egg retrieval procedure, and emotional risks, according to the Mayo Clinic. Additional coverage: Good Morning America

New York Times, Seeking an Obesity Cure, Researchers Turn to the Gut Microbiome by Anahad O’Connor — Dr. Purna Kashyap, head of the Gut Microbiome Laboratory at the Mayo Clinic, said that treating C. diff with a fecal transplant makes perfect sense because it dislodges a harmful pathogen and restores equilibrium to the gut. But obesity and metabolic disease are far more complex, driven by an array of factors, including genetics, diet, environment and lifestyle. The idea that a single intervention, a transplant of a new community of microbes, could effectively treat obesity is unrealistic, he said. “The logic behind it falls apart,” he added. “It’s saying, because I don’t know what’s going on, let me just treat it with everything that I have and hope for the best.”

Reuters, Mental health conditions may prompt some women to have ovaries removed unnecessarily by Linda Carroll — Certain psychiatric conditions may prompt some women to choose to have their ovaries removed even when there is no medical justification for it, a new study suggests. “Some women suffer from psychiatric conditions that may change their perception of pain, bleeding and somatic symptoms, or may prompt the desire to address such symptoms with medical or surgical treatments,” said study coauthor Dr. Walter Rocca, a professor of epidemiology and neurology in the department of health sciences research at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

MSN, How to know if your chest pain is something serious by Ari Patel — This life-threatening condition involves the main artery leading from your heart (aorta)... If the inner layers of this blood vessel separate, blood is forced between the layers and can cause the aorta to rupture," experts at the Mayo Clinic noted. Some people can feel chest pain if they are having gallbladder issues like gallstones, even though the gallbladder is not located anywhere near the chest. More common causes include acid reflux, where heartburn is a common symptom. The Mayo Clinic added this burning sensation happens when stomach acid moves up your stomach into the esophagus.

Forbes, The 3 Causes Of Physician Burnout (And Why There’s No Simple Solution) by Robert Pearl, M.D. — Burnout is a big and burgeoning problem in the United States. According to a recent Mayo Clinic report, it affects 28% of the general working population. Among physicians, however, the rate is markedly higher, ranging from 44% to 54% in most studies.  More concerning are the consequences: Doctors who report burnout symptoms are twice as likely to commit a medical error. They’re also twice as likely as their patients to commit suicide.

Post-Bulletin, Answer Man: Weed it and weep — Dear Answer Man, it seems like everybody I know is suffering terribly from allergies lately. What’s causing it, how long will it last, and how we can find relief?...I like nothing better than sniffing out answers, and on this occasion I had Dr. Martha Hartz to help me. Hartz is an allergist-immunologist at Mayo Clinic, chief among the nose-knowers in Mayo’s pediatrics division. What’s bothering you this week is probably ragweed, Dr. Hartz says. Russian thistle is another chief offender at this time of year.

KAAL, Mayo Extended Hours for HS Athletes — Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine will provide a Saturday morning injury clinic to care for student athletes.  Starting this Saturday until the middle of October, the clinic will see patients from 8 a.m. to Noon each week at the Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center. During the extended hours, two doctors, a physical therapist, and an athletic trainer will be available. Appointments are preferred but not necessary.

KAAL, Fungal disease on the rise in Minnesota by Talia Milavetz — The Minnesota Department of Health warns blastomycosis cases are on the rise. "People can get infected by blastomycosis by being exposed to the fungus. The fungus lives in the soil, especially in cool, damp areas with a lot of vegetation,” said Dr. Pritish Tosh, Infectious Disease Specialist with Mayo Clinic.  It can cause pneumonia and other severe infections.  "Usually the fungus comes in by inhaling it when you are around it, often people who are hunting or hiking or otherwise people who are in an area with a lot of this fungus in the soil,” said Dr. Tosh.

KAAL, Hysterectomy Brings Greater Risk to Depression and Anxiety — A new report released from a Mayo Clinic study of more than 2,000 women, says hysterectomy is associated with an increased risk of long-term mental health issues, especially depression and anxiety. Researchers found the risk of depression increased by more than 6.5% and nearly 5% over 30 years. For women ages18 to 35 who have had a hysterectomy, the risk of depression was even higher at 12%. Shannon Laughlin-Tommaso, M.D., the senior author and Mayo Clinic OB-GYN., says the study shows that "removing the uterus may have more effect on physical and mental health than previously thought." The report also says alternative treatments should be tried before having a hysterectomy, especially at a young age. Additional coverage: WILX Lansing, Psych Congress Network

KAAL, Three "Shared Value Award" Finalists Tackle Local Issues — Mayo Clinic’s “Shared Value Award” is in its fourth year providing up to $30,000 to a local, collaborative project that provides solutions to health and vibrancy gaps in Olmsted County. “The purpose of this award is to, I think, champion the collaboration that is happening in our community,” said Erin Sexton with The Mayo Clinic. The 2019 finalists are all different and less than a year old, but they tackle problems the community’s faced for years, from drug abuse to housing. Additional coverage: Quick Country 96.5

KTTC, Austin community showing appreciation for those serving our country — For those overseas in the military, receiving something from back home is always special. The Austin Employee Well-Being Champions are collecting toiletries, personal care items, clothing and games for veterans and active-duty service members in Freeborn and Mower Counties. The items will be sent in care packages to U.S. Army National Guard members. “We just wanted to make sure that the troops know that we support them. We want them to have what they need and maybe a little bit of things they don’t really need but want and don’t normally get in the field,” said Lisa Haase of Austin’s Mayo Clinic Health System management analytics.

KTTC, Special 9/11 recital from the top of the Plummer Building — Mayo Clinic is home to the only hospital-owned carillon in the United States. It’s made up of 56 bells and weighs almost 40,000 pounds. The sounds of the carillon greet hospital visitors  and patients every day during the work week. On Wednesday those sounds were from a special music selection to remember the lives lost in the 9/11 terror attacks 18 years ago. We spoke with Austin Ferguson who currently serves as the carillonneur of the Mayo Clinic. Additional coverage: KIMT

KTTC, World Suicide Prevention Day: Mayo Clinic hosts mental health awareness art exhibit by Maddy Wierus — Tuesday marks a serious day of awareness — World Suicide Prevention Day…The Mayo Clinic hosted an interactive art exhibit called “Mental Health: Mind Matters” to raise awareness. “It tied into National Suicide Prevention Week. Suicide is a major public health crisis,” said Executive Director of the Rochester Art Center Brian Austin. “It affects a variety of people — but two populations you might not be aware of: teenagers; it’s the second leading cause of death after accidents. And men, particularly 35 to 55.” A traditional part of this annual observance is to light a candle near a window. Additional coverage: FOX 47

KIMT, Mayo Ambulance takes home “Battle of the Badges” trophy by Jeremiah Wilcox — The Rochester Fire Department and Mayo Clinic Ambulance Service went head to head in battle of the badges. It's an effort to get people to donate blood. Mayo Ambulance takes home the gold this year, with more than 200 donations for their team.

KIMT, Kindness Counts by Brianna Sitkowski — Mayo Clinic Health System is taking part in the kindness counts challenge. They're collecting donations for active duty military members and veterans in Mower and Freeborn counties.

KIMT, Southern MN woman in need of heart and kidney transplant by Elizabeth Sammons — Life isn't fair. We're taught that at a young age and for some patients at Mayo Clinic it rings true. That' especially for patient Elizabeth Sammons, who is now in the fight of her life, for the second time. It was just four short years ago Elizabeth was in need of a heart transplant. Now, the young woman in her 30's finds herself back in the hospital needing not only a new heart but also a kidney…"The rejection meds I'm on have killed my kidneys along with the heart failure," explained Elizabeth Sammons, as she waits for her transplants.

KIMT, Fundraiser set for Southern MN woman in need of 2nd transplant by Katie Lange — A southeastern Minnesota woman is in the fight of her life for the second time. Just four short years ago Elizabeth Sammons was in need of a heart transplant. Now, she is back in the hospital facing the same uphill battle as she is in need of a heart transplant, but this time she also needs a kidney. Elizabeth and her husband, Dustin,  could use some help paying their medical bills, and other piling up expenses.

KIMT, Multimillion dollar grant renewed for Mayo Clinic Cancer Center by Mike Bunge — Mayo Clinic Cancer Center has successfully renewed its funding from the National Cancer Institute. The Cancer Center Support Grant will provide about $28.7 million over five years, making it 49 years Mayo Clinic Cancer Center has received such funding…“We’re pleased that the NCI recognized our strong performance over past five years,” says Robert Diasio, M.D., director of the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center. "These results would not be possible were it not for the efforts of hundreds of clinicians, researchers and support staff who come to work every day looking to improve the lives of patients with cancer.” Additional coverage: KROC-Radio

Star Tribune, Sounding an alarm on measles — …That deadly history is why doctors at Mayo Clinic and elsewhere are sounding the alarm about the warning from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) this summer about the potential for the nation to lose its measles elimination status. That designation, made in 2000, didn’t come all that long ago in historical terms. What it means is an “absence of continuous disease transmission for greater than 12 months.” The goal of achieving it was first announced in 1966 and again in 1978, when the CDC aimed to accomplish this by 1982. It took an additional 18 years — a reminder of how hard it to control ­measles once it gains a foothold.

Star Tribune, Dog owners may have healthier hearts — Owners of any pet scored higher than those who didn’t own a pet, but dog owners scored higher than both. Dog owners were more likely to report sufficient physical activity, a better diet and good glucose levels than the rest of the group. “Owning a dog increases the sense of well-being in general, decreases loneliness and decreases rates of depression,” said the senior author, Dr. Francisco Lopez-Jimenez, a cardiologist at the Mayo Clinic. “All these factors also relate to cardiovascular health.” Additional coverage: Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Star Tribune, Gov. Tim Walz heads to Japan, South Korea to promote trade, business by Jessie Van Berkel — Gov. Tim Walz is headed to Japan and South Korea this weekend, making his first international trip as governor to bolster ties with key economic partners in Asia as the U.S. trade war with China continues to stir fears of a global economic slowdown…Executives from several Minnesota medical companies — Mayo Clinic, Boston Scientific, Heraeus — also are traveling to Japan, along with local government leaders from Faribault and Rice County, Delaney said.

MinnPost, Major Mayo/Hazelden study may advance personalized medicine for alcohol use disorder by Andy Steiner — A new large-scale study conducted by researchers at Mayo Clinic and Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation aims to identify biomarkers that would predict patient response to the drug. That way, doctors could prescribe the medication to the patients with the highest chance of positive response….The study, which will eventually involve some 800 subjects gathered from the addiction-treatment programs at Hazelden Betty Ford and Mayo Clinic, is funded by a National Institutes of Health grant distributed by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

Minnesota Daily, Rare disease council hopes to ensure families are not an ‘afterthought’ by Dylan Anderson — In 2008, Erica Barnes welcomed a new member of the family. Fourteen months into her daughter Chloe’s life, Barnes started to notice she had some neurological abnormalities. She was reassured by the pediatrician that everything was fine, but after a year the signs persisted. Chloe had a very rare, aggressive neurological disease with limited treatment options. Despite treatment at the Mayo Clinic, she died after complications from a bone marrow transplant.

Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, Identifying concussion signs and symptoms can help young athletes get treatment and support a safe return to competition by Laurie Garrison — Playing in high school sports is the most exciting part of returning to school for some students. Thousands of boys and girls compete in football, soccer, field hockey, volleyball, tennis and cross country every fall. But playing sports means there is a risk of injuries, including concussions. “A concussion is a traumatic brain injury that causes a temporary alteration in brain function,” said Dr. Jeffrey Payne, assistant professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation and physician with Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine at Mayo Clinic Square in Minneapolis. “It’s typically, but not always, caused by a blow to the head. The majority of time, a concussion occurs without a loss of consciousness.”

News Talk, Tech in the Twin Cities — This week Jess heads to Minneapolis with thanks to Aer Lingus. She chats to Great MSP about the development of the region, the medical director of Mayo Clinic Sports Centre and Irish company Voice Hive.

Florida-Times Union, Jacksonville stroke survivor celebrates son’s first birthday this month, a few days after Heart Walk by Beth Reese Cravey — Ashley Zimmerman had a stroke in 2014 after an infection damaged one of her heart valves. Wanting to be a mother but told she would be high risk, she got a second opinion at Mayo Clinic and after a closely-monitored pregnancy, delivered a son. She will be a coach at the Heart Walk in Jacksonville…. About four years later, because of her persistence, modern medicine and a supportive Mayo Clinic cardiologist, son William safely arrived. “It was the most overwhelming joyous experience being able to bring a precious life into this world when I was told I wasn’t going to be able to,” she said. “I still get moments of disbelief looking at him knowing that I was told that it wasn’t a good idea and watching him grow and become the happiest little boy ... has been amazing.” Because of that gift, Zimmerman, a certified medical assistant at Mayo, now volunteers for the American Heart Association annual Heart Walks.

Florida Times-Union, Nutritional supplement or waste of money? by Deena Bouknight — While the U.S. Food and Drug Administration does not have the authority to review dietary supplement products for safety and effectiveness before they are marketed, it does take action if an adulterated or misbranded dietary supplement reaches the market. New data commissioned by the Council for Responsible Nutrition confirms that 75 percent of American adults regularly consume dietary supplements. In 2015, the global dietary supplement market size was $112 billion, according to Grand View Research. So how can health-conscious consumers discern whether supplements are placebos — or worse, filled with potentially harmful ingredients?...Mayo Clinic advises talking to your doctor or a dietitian about which supplements and what doses might be appropriate for you. Be sure to ask about possible side effects and interactions with any medications you take.

ASU, ASU researchers working with Mayo Clinic hospitals devise effective need-based patient prioritization — What’s needed to remedy the faulty process is “data-driven, needs-based prioritization,” said Gel, an associate professor in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University. In the past four years, Gel has worked on separate projects at Mayo Clinic hospitals in Scottsdale, Arizona, and Rochester, Minnesota, to test machine learning and operations optimization methods for developing an advanced intelligent decision-making system to guide such prioritizing efforts.

Albert Lea Tribune, Mayo Clinic to begin temporary valet parking in Austin by Eric Johnson —As construction progresses at Mayo Clinic Health System in Austin, the hospital is taking steps to further accommodate patients and visitors. The hospital will offer valet parking on weekdays to accommodate patients or visitors who otherwise might have been using the handicap parking spaces next to the building. This service is particularly valuable for patients and visitors who find it difficult to walk long distances, have an injury that limits their mobility, or parents with young children. “We are pleased to offer this service to our patients in light of all the construction taking place on campus,” said Kris Johnson, vice chairman of administration for both Albert Lea and Austin campuses.  “We hope this will aid our patients and visitors getting to and from our facility easier during this time of exciting change. The valet services are made possible through the generous donation of time given by of our Auxiliary volunteers who will be providing these services.”

Albert Lea Tribune, Express Care clinic in Albert Lea to expand — Mayo Clinic Health System announced renovations that will enhance patient access and care at the Express Care clinic inside the Albert Lea Hy-Vee, according to a press release. Beginning Friday, construction will begin in Albert Lea that will enhance the clinic, including expanded exam room spaces, a second patient exam room and a private restroom. The project is scheduled to be completed the second week of November. During the renovations of Express Care, appointments are available with other convenient care options online or at Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea. Additional coverage: KIMT

Faribault Daily Times, Mayo Clinic: More activities may offer greater cognitive protection — Researchers at Mayo Clinic asked 2,000 cognitively unimpaired adults who were 70 and older to try one or more of the activities above and keep a daily record. After five years, they discovered that while the risk of mild cognitive impairment (MCI) was reduced in those who took on a single activity, those who took on more than one cut their risk at a significantly higher rate. “It’s not just about engaging in an activity, it’s about mixing it up with two or more,” says study co-author Yonas Geda, M.D., a professor of psychiatry and neurology at Mayo Clinic.

Fairmont Sentinel, Apple Tree Dental, Fairmont Mayo teaming up by Judy Bryan — Apple Tree Dental, a non-profit community clinic and critical access provider, will launch a new clinic serving people with unmet dental needs, courtesy of a five-year grant pledge totaling $2.39 million from the Schmeeckle Foundation. The new Fairmont Center for Dental Health, to be located in the former oncology area on the west side of Mayo Clinic Health System clinic in Fairmont, was announced Monday. Additional coverage: KEYC Mankato

KTOE-Radio, Andreas Cancer Center to celebrate 10 years by Ashley Hanley — Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato is inviting the public to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the Andreas Cancer Center during an open house 4:30-6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19. The Cancer Center is inside entrance 1 (Emergency Room entrance) at the medical center, 1025 March St. in Mankato.

Owatonna People’s Press, HEALTH: Mayo Clinic Store to open in Owatonna — From mobility aids to wound care supplies, a new retail store featuring high-quality medical products is coming soon to Owatonna. The Mayo Clinic Store is set to open on Monday, Sept.16, at 1100 West Frontage Road, Suite 160. The expansion of the Mayo Clinic Store in Owatonna will provide a convenient location for patients and consumers who wish to purchase products that help aid in recovery and in daily life. Mail order service also is available for customers who prefer to have medical supplies delivered directly to their home. Additional coverage: WKBT La Crosse

HealthDay, Fitter Bodies Make for Healthier Brains, Study Finds by Alan Mozes — Being fit may also promote better nerve-fiber insulation, and greater growth across nerve cells and nerve connections, he explained. It may also be that fitter men and women simply have a "better blood supply to the brain," Repple added. Dr. David Knopman, a professor of neurology with the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., seconded that thought. "It is my opinion that these results reflect a pattern of general improved vascular health in individuals who are more physically fit," said Knopman. He is a fellow with the American Academy of Neurology and was not part of the study team.  But Knopman said that it is also likely "that physical fitness is a characteristic of people who are more health conscious and practice better health behaviors." In that case, a constellation of healthy behaviors ultimately might come together to foster better brain health and structure.

HealthDay, What Works Best Against Varicose Veins? by Steven Reinberg — Regardless of which procedure you choose, your insurance may not cover it, said Dr. Peter Gloviczki, a retired professor of vascular surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. That's because many people with varicose veins have no symptoms, like pain or bulging ulcers on their legs. They simply find the veins unsightly and want to get rid of them. Insurance usually covers these procedures when they are done to relieve symptoms. Some companies, however, may not cover the cost until other methods, such as compassion stockings and over-the-counter painkillers, have been tried, Gloviczki said. You may not be covered if you don't use an accredited vein clinic or vascular surgeon, he added. "There is an increasing number of restrictions, which in a way you can understand," Gloviczki said. "Because with 40 million Americans with varicose veins, that's a high burden on the insurance companies." Additional coverage: US News & World Report

HealthDay, Suicide Becoming All Too Common in U.S. by Dennis Thompson — Mayo Clinic psychiatrist Dr. J. Michael Bostwick noted that the highest suicide rates found in the study occurred in the Mountain West, Appalachia and the Ozarks. "The communities that are more likely to be suffering rurally are the ones that are still committed to mining or farming," Bostwick said. "Information technology, alternative energy and automation may have bypassed rural communities in favor of metropolitan communities." Residents of rural America also appear to be more isolated, which increases suicide risk, the researchers noted.

San Diego Union-Tribune, From rock/paper/scissors to new cancer-fighting concept from UCSD scientists by Bradley J. Fikes — …The concept is sound in theory, but its practicality won’t be known until tested in a living animal, said Nicholas Chia, co-director of the Microbiome program at the Center for Individualized Medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Rock/papers/scissors is well known in ecology, Chia said. It explains how many species can survive in the same environment, even though one species can outcompete another. Chia said that to his knowledge, the concept hasn’t been applied in synthetic biology. “All of these questions have to do with how everything is going to interact with the rest of the environment,” Chia said. “It’s a major unknown.”

Fierce Healthcare, Mayo Clinic, Cerner grow U.K. presence with new central London clinic in partnership with Oxford by Heather Landi — Mayo Clinic will open a new state-of-the-art health clinic in central London—its first facility in the U.K.—in partnership with Oxford University Clinic and Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. The new 27,000-square-foot clinic, located at 15 Portland Place, is set to open its doors later this month with a focus on private diagnostic screening and preventive care services to patients including personalized health plans tailored to both individual and corporate clients. The clinic is the first test in a partnership connecting two major names in healthcare and medical research, leaders of the joint venture said.

HIT Consultant, 4 Areas Where Big Data is Transforming Healthcare Right Now by Joel Landau —  2. More Accurate Treatment. Information gathered from big data gives providers more insights than they would have otherwise. Collecting data in these ways allows for better decisions, fewer cases of guessing, and better overall patient care. Mayo Clinic is an organization using big-data analytics to help identify patients with multiple conditions. These patients are most likely to benefit from home care, which vastly improves their quality of life. Big data can also identify those at increased risk of illness, giving them more control of their health with minimal medical intervention.

Becker’s Hospital Review, Approaching an EHR customization: Key thoughts from 3 clinical informatics execs by Jackie Drees — Steve Peters, MD, clinical informaticist and co-chair of the EHR implementation at Mayo Clinic (Rochester, Minn.): Obtain as much data as possible to guide the planning of optimization or customization. Surveys will identify the perceived pain points; objective data such as time to create and finalize a document, time spent in chart review and orders or inbox are also invaluable. With goals and priorities established, you need to leverage the simplest solutions first, like secondary training, configuration and personal settings for efficiency, templates for documentation, favorites for ordering and shortcuts for handling messages. If clinicians are hand-entering notes, a potentially major enhancement is the addition of voice-recognition tools for self-documentation. Only after these steps would I consider true customization — that is, asking for vendor enhancements that might add significant cost and result in non-standard code that requires maintenance and extra work at every upgrade.

Becker’s Spine Review, Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine creates injury clinic for local athletes — 3 things to know by Angie Stewart — Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine is offering a Saturday morning injury clinic for local athletes in middle school, high school and college. Three things to know…

KOMO News, Some yoga poses can be a problem for people with brittle bones by Herb Weisbaum — Yoga is great for improving strength, flexibility and balance, especially as we age. But for people with brittle bones, some yoga poses can cause problems, especially for the spine. As more people do yoga, doctors across the country report seeing an increasing number of injuries. “Extreme flexion of the spine, bending of the spine, is not good for our back when we have a low bone density,” said Dr. Mehrsheed Sinaki, an expert on bone density and exercise at the Mayo Clinic. “And we have people who don't even have osteoporosis and they are marathon runners, but they fractured their back when they were doing extreme flexion.", New study shows EarlySign's machine learning algorithm can predict which cardiac patients are at high-risk following discharge — Medial EarlySign (, a leader in machine-learning based solutions to aid in early detection and prevention of high-burden diseases, today announced the results of new research with Mayo Clinic assessing the effectiveness of machine learning for predicting cardiac patients' future risk trajectories following hospital discharge…This study shows that machine learning tools may enable cardiology care teams to identify patients who may be on high-risk trajectories," said Rajiv Gulati, MD, Ph.D., Interventional Cardiologist at Mayo Clinic.

Independent Online, How to create a sleep-friendly bedroom by Eustacia Huen — Lights out is essential to bedtime. In particular, avoid exposure to the blue light from LED bulbs and electronic devices, says Pablo Castillo, sleep medicine specialist at Mayo Clinic. "The body reacts to this artificial light as if it (were) still daytime," he said in an email, "and the pineal gland will stop producing the sleep hormone melatonin, resulting in poor sleep quality." That's why you should stay away from bright light for at least three hours before bedtime, reduce screen time, and set devices on night mode an hour or two before bed, plus use blue-light-blocking coating on screens or glasses if you "use computers and digital devices heavily", Castillo wrote.

Health 24, Does taking zinc actually do anything to help kick a cold? — If zinc for colds sounds too good to be true, that’s because there’s a good chance it is. “Study results are mixed, but the short answer is that zinc probably doesn’t prevent or treat a cold,” says Dr Tina Ardon, a family medicine doctor at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida. For adults, the evidence is pretty clear that zinc does nothing to prevent a cold. And there’s limited evidence (science-speak for “maybe, but we don’t have proof”) that zinc can shorten a cold, but if so, it’s only by about a day, she says.

Yale Daily News, Medical school experiences predict bias against LGBT individuals by Madison Mahoney — Experiences during medical school can systematically shape biases and attitudes against gay and lesbian individuals, according to a study published by researchers from Yale, Oregon Health & Science University, Syracuse University and the Mayo Clinic. The study, published on Aug. 5 in the journal Social Science & Medicine, is part of a large long-term research project called the Medical Student Cognitive Habits and Growth Evaluation Study, more commonly known by the title CHANGES. CHANGES, a longitudinal study of medical students, seeks to understand the “culture of medicine” that promotes or inhibits physician expression of biases, according to a 2015 study report published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.

Valdosta Daily Times, Teen suicide: What parents and caregivers need to know by Mayo Clinic News Network — Is your teen at risk of suicide? While no teen is immune, there are factors that can make some adolescents more vulnerable than others. Understand how to tell if your teen might be suicidal and where to turn for help and treatment. What makes teens vulnerable to suicide? Many teens who attempt or die by suicide have a mental health condition. As a result, they have trouble coping with the stress of being a teen, such as dealing with rejection, failure, breakups and family turmoil. They might also be unable to see that they can turn their lives around — and that suicide is a permanent response, not a solution, to a temporary problem.

WYMT Kentucky, Josh Paschal named Mayo Clinic Comeback Player of the Year nominee — Kentucky football’s Josh Paschal has been named a nominee for the 2019 Mayo Clinic Comeback Player of the Year Award, it was announced on Tuesday. Paschal is one of three players who represent the first three of 30 eventual nominees for the award given by the College Sports Information Directors of America, The Associated Press and the Fiesta Bowl Organization. Paschal, a sophomore outside linebacker, has made an inspiring return to the football field after overcoming a malignant melanoma that appeared on the bottom of his foot just before training camp was to open in the summer of 2018.

Williston Herald, Williston boy gets his miracle match from a Fargo nurse by Renee Jean — A Williston boy who had been fighting for his life due to a progressive kidney disease got the miracle his family had been praying for, thanks to a Fargo nurse with Williston ties. Ashton Hanson, 13, is back home and back to school, and he’s working on his own personal bucket list. That isn’t a list of things to do before he dies, however. It’s a list of all the things he couldn’t do before he got his new kidney…That came from Jan Germundson, originally of Williston, but now a Fargo nurse. Germundson keeps in touch with her hometown by following the Williston Herald’s Facebook page and learned of Ashton’s plight from a 2018 article that was linked there…The tests are part of a robust program to ensure that the outcome is going to be good for both the recipient and the donor, explained Dr. Mikel Prieto, who was Ashton’s surgeon. “We have to be confident that we are not going to hurt the donor,” Prieto told the Williston Herald. “We want the healthy person who doesn’t need surgery and is just doing this to help someone to have the confidence that they are going to have a safe surgery with no significant long-term side effects.”

WSOC Charlotte, Vaping deaths: What we know about the vaping-linked disease by Debbie Lord — Dr. J. Taylor Hays, director of the Nicotine Dependence Center at Mayo Clinic, is also warning that vaping includes chemicals, not just water. "The key thing for people to know is vaping is not water vapor. It is a complex solution of chemicals that have been changed from their original state because they’ve been heated to high temperatures. And although these components are considered safe for ingestion, the flavorings, like cinnamon, the vehicles, like vegetable glycerin, they are not safe for heating and inhaling because the chemical constituents have changed."

Associations Now, American Medical Association expands anti-burnout efforts by Ernie Smith — A recent report from AMA, with the support of the Rand Corporation, the Mayo Clinic, and the Stanford University School of Medicine, noted that 44 percent of doctors surveyed faced some kind of burnout in 2017—a significant number, but down from 54.4 percent in 2014 and 45.5 percent in 2011. Physicians’ dissatisfaction was often linked to challenges in offering a high level of care, including the increasing complexity of maintaining electronic health records—which have added more mundane tasks like data entry—and to  limitations on the time they can spend with patients.

Express UK, How to get rid of visceral fat: Four foods to reduce the dangerous belly fat by Adam Chapman — Exercise also plays a pivotal role in reducing visceral fat, according to a study published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings. To investigate the effectiveness of exercise in reducing this harmful belly fat, researchers evaluated changes in visceral fat in 3,602 participants over a six-month period measured by a CT or MRI exam. Both exercise and medicines resulted in less visceral fat, but the reductions were more significant per pound of body weight lost with exercise.

Refinery 29, Why You Really, Really Wanna Time Your Flu Shot Right by Molly Longman — Raise your hand if you’ve ever felt personally victimized by cold and flu season. I certainly have. Getting any type of sickness is wack, but the flu is an especially dreadful kind of hell. The viral infection influenza attacks your nose, throat, and lungs, and can leave you with a fever, headaches, and chills, Mayo Clinic says. And, although it’s unlikely for most healthy people, between approximately 12,000 to 79,000 people die of the flu each flu season in the U.S., according to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention.

FOX 17 Nashville, Country singer Drake White reveals battle with rare brain disorder by Jason Hall — Country singer Drake White revealed his battle with a rare brain disorder during an exclusive interview with People magazine on Wednesday. White said that he has an arteriovenous malformation (AVM) and was diagnosed in January…The Mayo Clinic defines brain arteriovenous malformation as "a tangle of abnormal blood vessels connecting arteries and veins in the brain." Additional coverage: FOX 43, Entertainment Tonight, Country Fancast, Inquisitr, Newsweek

Medscape, AAN, AHS Release New Guidelines on Pediatric Migraine by Damian McNamara — Coauthor Kenneth J. Mack, MD, PhD, professor of neurology and pediatrics and chair in the Division of Child and Adolescent Neurology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, noted that the new guidelines incorporate an additional 15 years of published experience. "During that time, we have seen the growth in the use of triptans for young children, and that is reflected in the new acute therapy guidelines," Mack said.

MDedge, Steady advances made since recognition of neuromyelitis optica 20 years ago by Glenn Williams — From the 1999 identification of neuromyelitis optica (NMO) as a disease state distinct from multiple sclerosis and first diagnostic criteria to the present time, the progress made in the understanding of NMO has been continuous. At the annual meeting of the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers, Brian Weinshenker, MD, professor of neurology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., summarized some of the milestones in the timeline of NMO research.

Alzforum, Move Over CSF, P-Tau in Blood Also Tells Us There’s Plaque in the Brain — Last year, Michelle Mielke and colleagues at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, sent samples from their Mayo Clinic Study of Aging and from the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at Mayo to Dage for testing. Voila—increases in plasma p181-tau turned up, and tracked with AD severity (Mielke et al., 2018). In Los Angeles, Mielke was delighted to learn that other groups described complementary data.

Journal Onkologie, Hysterektomie: Hohes Risiko für Depressionen und Angstzustände — Hysterektomie geht gemäß einer Kohortenstudie der Forscher der Mayo Clinic an fast 2.100 Frauen mit einem erhöhten Risiko für langfristige psychische Gesundheitsprobleme einher. An der Überprüfung der Patientenakten von 1980 bis 2002 nahmen Frauen teil, bei denen die Gebärmutter entfernt wurde, nicht jedoch die Eierstöcke. Die Studie, für die Daten des Rochester Epidemiology Project verwendet wurden, berücksichtigte nur neue Diagnosen von Depressionen, Angstzuständen, Demenz, Drogenmissbrauch und Schizophrenie nach einer Hysterektomie und schloss Frauen mit früheren Diagnosen aus.

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