October 18, 2019

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights for October 18, 2019

By Emily Blahnik

Wall Street Journal, Amazon Joins Trend of Sending Workers Away for Health Care by Melanie Evans — Employers are increasingly going the distance to control health spending, paying to send workers across the country to get medical care and bypassing local health-care providers….Walmart workers diagnosed with breast, lung or colorectal cancer can travel to the Mayo Clinic for evaluation. Of those who traveled to Mayo for cancer care since 2015, about 10% received a new diagnosis, the Bentonville, Ark., retailer’s data show.

Wall Street Journal, A New Way to Treat Hot Flashes—With Talk Therapy by Andrea Petersen — Women often have symptoms in the months and years leading up to menopause, during so-called perimenopause, and for years afterward. “We used to tell women, ‘Oh, it will be a year or two and you’ll be fine,’” says Stephanie Faubion, the medical director for the North American Menopause Society and director of the Mayo Clinic Center for Women’s Health. Research has now found that “seven to 10 years is the mean duration of hot flashes and one-third of women will hot flash moderately or severely for a decade or more.”

USA Today, Women may be under-diagnosed for Alzheimer’s, while men over-diagnosed, new study suggests by Ryan W. Miller — Mild cognitive impairment is "the stage between the expected cognitive decline of normal aging and the more serious decline of dementia," according to the Mayo Clinic. It is often associated with problems with memory, language, thinking and judgment.

New Yorker, Inside the Race to Break the Two-Hour Marathon by Ed Caesar — Physiologists have posited that the feat is physically possible. In 1991, in a pithy and now famous paper, a polymathic medical student named Michael Joyner calculated the fastest marathon for the perfect athlete in optimal conditions to be 1:57:58. (Joyner, who is now an anesthesiologist and exercise physiologist at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, will be watching the Vienna attempt more closely than most.) Bolstering Joyner’s optimism was the self-evident truth that all athletics records eventually fall. Additional coverage: NPR, Washington Post, Wired

Post-Bulletin, Oddchester: Keep fluids in it and it'll run forever by Steve Lange — Recently, and during the same week, I took my car to Virgil's Auto and myself to Mayo Clinic, both for scheduled maintenance and repairs. One needed to have multiple leaks repaired and underbody work done. The other needed to have multiple leaks repaired and underbody work done…What I need is to leave Mayo with an order-of-importance list, from my doctor, of recommended repairs and cost estimates. The problem, of course, is that many of us are more likely to act preventively when the advice comes from our auto mechanic as opposed to our medical professional.

KIMT, Pints for Preemies challenge looks to help young patients at Mayo Clinic by Jeremiah Wilcox — A donation of blood can save a life. There's an exceptional need for donations when it comes to helping premature babies. Mayo Clinic is hosting a blood drive from now until November 17th to help newborns get a fresh start in life. “When kids are born prematurly they also are going to need some help with blood transfusion,” said Dr. Justin Kreuter. That was the case for young Ayden. He was born at just 23 weeks and in the first few months of his life, he needed six blood transfusions.

KTTC, Century High School students learn life skills on Community Day by Bryan Tollefson — On Community Day, students had the opportunity to choose from a variety of activities throughout the day in four separate blocks. One of the blocks was run by the Simulation Center at Mayo Clinic. It was an opportunity for students to get experience with medical skills and procedures. They learned how to assess patients, call for help and perform CPR. Torrey Laack, the medical director of Mayo’s Simulation Center, said these skills can save lives. He said he has been impressed with students so far, adding that they are staying focused and asking good questions.

KTTC, Unsafe sleeping environment linked to sudden infant death syndrome by Sarah Gannon — According to the state Department of Health, research shows 82 percent of 90 sudden infant deaths in 2016 and 2017 involved unsafe sleeping environments. “Typically it happens when they’re sleeping, when they’re unobserved,” said Dr. Kara Fine, a Pediatrician at Mayo Clinic. “So it’s a baby who has been put down to sleep and a parent comes back and they are found unresponsive.” Additional coverage: FOX 47

KAAL, Overcoming odds with rare heart disease — Families gathered at Mayo Clinic Saturday to raise awareness on rare heart disease. All eyes were on high school senior and ballerina-in-training Naomi Babcock at the event. "I just like how when you're on stage, you can really express yourself and I love the feeling of being on stage and dancing and just kind of being free," Naomi said. "If I'm having a bad day, I'd rather just dance so it's definitely like a coping mechanism for me."

KAAL, Shared Value Award grant voting coming to a close — Time is running out to vote for one of the three finalists competing for Mayo Clinic's Shared Value Award grant of up to $30,000.  Voting ends Tuesday and more than 2,500 votes have already been cast but just 100 votes separate each of the finalists. Finalist includes the Police Assisted Recovery program, the Meadow Park Initiative, and the Eviction Prevention group.

Star Tribune, Tyler Nanne, now healthy, happy to be a Gopher by Randy Johnson — When Tyler Nanne steps onto the ice at Colorado College on Friday night for the Gophers season opener, he’ll be doing so not only with a captain’s ‘C’ on his sweater but also perspective from his heart…. Nanne, who led Edina to hockey state championships in 2013 and ’14, was set to begin his freshman season at Ohio State when he was stricken. While in Columbus that school year, he had to wear a heart monitor for four months and fly to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester every month for checkups. However, he couldn’t receive medical clearance from Ohio State to play again, leaving him a decision about whether hockey was in his future.

Star Tribune, Phenomix Sciences of St. Paul wins $500,000 in Meda Challenge for minority entrepreneurs by Neal St. Anthony — Phenomix Sciences, a Mayo Clinic spinoff that uses a customized blood test to help identify the “subtype” of obesity and guide the most effective treatment for each patient, is a $500,000 winner of the Meda Million Dollar Challenge for Minority Entrepreneurs. The second annual Meda Challenge, named for Metropolitan Economic Development Association, in connection with Twin Cities Startup Week, included two other winners, for a total of $1.2 million in prize money in a competition sponsored by JPMorgan Chase. Phenomix, headed by Dr. Andres Acosta, an Ecuadorean immigrant and Mayo Clinic physician, has previously raised about $845,000 in seed capital, mostly from associates and family.

Finance & Commerce, Startups flock to be part of Rochester’s industry cluster by William Morris — BioSig makes technology that helps heart surgeons gather information and make more informed decisions during procedures, and has collaborated with Mayo Clinic to varying degrees since 2014, Londoner said. The company announced plans Tuesday to take that collaboration to the next level as it opens a technology development office in Rochester’s Conley Maass Downs Building at 14 Fourth St. SW in Rochester, just blocks from Mayo’s downtown campus. “[Our Mayo office] is really for product development, technology development, clinical validation, all the things we can do with the Mayo Clinic that makes it so good for our company,” Londoner said. “We’ll be working on new products there and extensions of our existing technology. We also are licensing some of their technology into our portfolio for development.” Additional coverage: Yahoo! Finance

Finance & Commerce, Medical startup Rion joins One Discovery Square by William Morris — One Discovery Square didn’t have to look far to find its latest bioscience tenant. The 90,000-square-foot research building, developed by Golden Valley-based Mortenson, is one of the cornerstones of Rochester’s Destination Medical Center downtown redevelopment program, and it already has secured a number of top names in the field as tenants. Mayo Clinic is relocating three research divisions to One Discovery Square, and software developer Epic, Boston Scientific, Royal Phillips, WuXi Diagnostics and the University of Minnesota-Rochester have come from as far away as China and the Netherlands to lease space in the building.

First Coast News, Doctors recommend pregnant women get flu shot early by Alexander Osiadacz — Doctors say pregnant women should make plans to get their flu shot if they haven’t already because dangers to a mother and their baby could be prevented by the vaccine. “It’s to protect not only myself but to protect my unborn child and my children at home and husband at home,” Bowen said. She has two kids at home and has received a flu shot during each of her previous pregnancies. The On Your Side team spoke with Dr. Tina Ardon from Mayo Clinic about the vaccine.

First Coast News, New microscope at Mayo Clinic brings researchers one step closer to curing breast cancer by Josslyn Howard — Researchers are one step closer to curing breast cancer at the Mayo Clinic with a new microscope called the Nanostring GeoMX. “We are excited to be pioneers in the evaluation of a brand-new technology,” Dr. Edith Perez, an oncologist at the Mayo Clinic, said. The Mayo Clinic is now one of four facilities worldwide to use this microscope.

ActionNewsJax, Jacksonville man in need of kidney getting help from uncle recently exonerated in Ohio by Meghan Moriarty — Houston Foster needs a kidney transplant, and who is the person stepping up to help him out? His uncle, Charles Jackson, who recently was exonerated after serving 27 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit…The surgery is expected to take place at the Mayo Clinic. The date is still up in the air, pending some tests and a consult in November. The surgery will be covered by insurance. But, anti-rejection medication can be expensive, and it isn’t covered entirely by insurance. Foster has also been on part-time disability and bills are piling up.

Arizona Republic, Here's 26 facts you might not know about how hospitals operated 100 years ago by John Harrington — 8. Smoking on premises. Hard to believe now, but smoking was common throughout hospitals 100 years ago. People smoked in cafeterias and waiting rooms. Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, was the first hospital in the United States to ban smoking on its campus in the early 2000s.

KEYC Mankato, Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota celebrates International Day of the Girl by Alison Durheim — Friday is recognized as International Day of the Girl, but the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota is celebrating a day early. International Day of the Girl is part of a global effort to bring awareness to the challenges girls face across the world. The Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota invited female leaders in the community to speak for the evening about their career and their achievements. Among the female leaders is Dr. Murphy, a neurosurgeon at Mayo Clinic Health System.

KEYC Mankato, Importance of stretching ahead of marathon weekend by Benjamin Broze — With the Mankato Marathon happening coming soon, Jordan Moen joined KEYC News 12 This Morning to show off some stretches one can do before race day. Jordan Moen is a physical therapist at Mayo Clinic Health System and says cross-training, strength training, foam rollers and stretching are important to avoid injury while running.

Mankato Free Press, Nutrition tips for chronic kidney disease by Kristi Wempen — Chronic kidney disease affects an estimated 37 million people in the U.S., according to the National Kidney Foundation. Chronic kidney disease means your kidneys are damaged and losing their ability to keep you healthy. Diet and nutrition may help manage the disease and potentially slow the disease. Other key factors to slowing the progression include managing diabetes and controlling blood pressure, which are the leading causes of kidney failure. — Kristi Wempen is a registered dietitian-nutritionist with Mayo Clinic Health System

Fairmont Sentinel, Mayo-Fairmont plans active shooter training — Mayo Clinic Health System in Fairmont will be the site of an active shooter drill Tuesday afternoon. Although the exact time for the training has not been announced, anyone on the Mayo campus will be notified before the exercise begins. Social media and signage will be used to alert the public to avoid unnecessary panic.

Austin Daily Herald, Mayo urges hunters to protect hearing by Eric Johnson — Dr. Sarah Blue, audiologist for Mayo Clinic based in Rochester, said that while there is no way to treat hearing loss, it doesn’t mean that steps can’t be taken to prevent it when hunting. “The best summary for hearing loss from loud noise exposure is that it’s permanent but preventable,” Blue said. It all comes down to taking steps in order to prevent hearing issues. In the past, a hunter’s chief complaint was a disconnect that hearing protection causes between hunter and habitat.

Albert Lea Tribune, 8th annual Lloyd and Ardis Peterson Cancer Symposium — The eighth annual Lloyd and Ardis Peterson Cancer Symposium will be from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Nov. 9 at Wedgewood Cove Golf Club, 2200 W. Ninth St. in Albert Lea. The symposium will focus on managing change. The journey after receiving a cancer diagnosis is life-altering for the patient and the caregiver, according to a press release. The symposium will provide information and insights on how to manage the fear of the unknown, and how to care for oneself while coping with life’s changes. Quinten Bissonette, a Mayo Clinic nurse manager, and Kari Berit, author, radio host and consultant, will discuss embracing change and caring for the caregiver.

Barron News-Shield, New birth center, expanded pharmacy near completion; Mayo Clinic Health System-Northland in Barron — Construction began in July on two projects at Mayo Clinic Health System – Northland in Barron, including a new Family Birth Center and expanded pharmacy. The $990,000 Birth Center project will cover 5,277 square feet and include four new rooms for moms and their families. It will offer increased space, and will provide a calm environment and new efficiencies for staff and patients.

WKBT La Crosse, Glaucoma risks —1.8% of people in Wisconsin 40 or older have glaucoma, according to the non-profit 'Prevent Blindness America. Dr. Nitika Arora is interviewed.

WBKT La Crosse, Experts: Flu vaccine is important precaution, especially for pregnant women by Alex Fischer — Jen Meyers, a local certified nurse midwife with Mayo Clinic Health System, said pregnant women are more likely to get severe respiratory complications from the flu, like pneumonia. She said getting the flu vaccine reduces that risk by 50%. Since newborns can't get the flu vaccine for six months after birth, Meyers said mothers and other family members getting vaccinated can also protect them from illness or death. Additional coverage: WIZM-Radio

WKBT La Crosse, Youth Sports Safety Symposium hopes to keep student athletes healthy into adulthood by Alex Fischer — Mayo Clinic Health System and UW-La Crosse teamed up for a Youth Sports Safety Symposium at the Radisson Center. Dr. Paul Molling with Mayo Clinic Health System helped coordinate the event. He said the event is in part a response to a number of student athlete injuries over the summer. More than 150 people came to listen to coaches, physicians and nutrition experts talk about ways to make our community safer for student athletes. Additional coverage: WXOW La Crosse

WKBT La Crosse, Flu shot clinic opens in La Crosse by Greg White — Flu season will be here before you know it, so here is a flu shot *clinic* that's now open. Mayo Clinic's walk-in clinic opened this morning. The CDC reports that flu activity is currently minimal, but of course you know it's going to get worse. December, January and February are the most common months for flu activity.

La Crosse Tribune, Program connects La Crosse providers with perinatal psychiatrist in minutes by Emily Pyrek — The program, which has 650 participating care providers, including Mayo Clinic Health System and Gundersen Health System in La Crosse, allows a physician or nurse to get a perinatal psychiatrist on the line in an average of six minutes to address any concerns or questions they have regarding a patient’s mental health…Dr. Costa Sousou, a practicing OB/GYN and chair of the La Crosse Mayo Clinic Health System Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, says the department uses the program on average six times a year, on one occasion for a mother struggling with addiction but most generally concerning questions about the safety of depression or anxiety medications late in pregnancy or connecting patients with counseling services.

La Crosse Tribune, 'Walk to Remember' in La Cross honors babies lost through miscarriage, stillbirth or infant death  by Emily Pyrek — “We held your hand for only a moment, but in our hearts you will be forever.” The sentiment emblazoned the blue sweatshirts worn by Jennifer Holmen, her mother, Kristy Abrahamson and nieces Caydie and Ellie Thompson in memory of Holmen’s son, Jackson Lucas, who was delivered stillborn at 35 weeks on March 14, 2018.

Good Morning America, Miscarriage and stillbirth: Everything you need to know but were too nervous to ask by Lesley Messer — Statistics differ, but according to the Mayo Clinic, for women who know they're pregnant, about 10 to 20 out of 100 will experience a first trimester loss. That number is likely considerably higher, as many women miscarry before they realize that they're expecting. Additionally, one recent study indicated that 43% of women who had at least one successful birth reported having had one or more first trimester losses.

MSN, What Gynecologists Wish You Knew About Yeast Infections by Jessica Migala — Vaginal yeast infection affects 3 out of 4 women in their lifetime, according to Mayo Clinic. But in order to get rid of it, you’ll have to recognize it first. A yeast infection is a common vaginal infection caused by the Candida fungus. The vagina likes to be in balance—when something is off with the bacteria or yeast that reside there, the yeast can overgrow, points out the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

HealthDay, Beyonce's Dad Puts Spotlight on Male Breast Cancer by Dennis Thompson — It's an extremely rare form of cancer in men, and male breast cancer accounts for just 1% of all breast cancer cases, said Dr. Siddhartha Yadav, a hematology-oncology fellow with the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Men just don't have as much breast tissue in which a tumor could grow, Yadav said. They also don't have high levels of the female hormone estrogen, which can fuel breast cancer. "Men just don't have that kind of exposure," Yadav said. Additional coverage: WebMD, US News & World Report

US News & World Report, The Value of Pet Ownership for Older Adults by Anthony Cirillo — Owning a pet seems like a good idea, especially for isolated seniors. Let's go one better: Owning a dog may help you maintain a healthy heart, especially if that pet is a dog, according to a new study published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings: Innovations, Quality & Outcomes. "In general, people who owned any pet were more likely to report more physical activity, better diet and blood sugar at ideal level," says Andrea Maugeri, a study researcher. "The greatest benefits from having a pet were for those who owned a dog, independent of their age, sex and education level."

Fast Company, I was on the verge of burnout. Here’s what happened when I took almost a month off by Autumn Adeigbo — … I was on the verge of burnout. The Mayo Clinic says, “Job burnout is a special type of work-related stress— a state of physical or emotional exhaustion that also involves a sense of reduced accomplishment and loss of personal identity.” According to a recent Gallup study, two out of three workers feel burnout at some point. The reasons vary from person to person, but all the factors in Gallup’s report spoke to what I was going through.

Next Avenue, Why So Many Doctors Fail Women With Menopause Care by Sheryl Kraft — Part of the knowledge gap can be traced back to 2002, notes Dr. Stephanie Faubion, medical director of the North American Menopause Society (NAMS) and a practicing clinician in the Woman’s Health Clinic at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. That’s when hormone therapy, then a gold standard for treating menopause, was abandoned en masse after the release of a Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) study linking it to an increased risk of breast cancer, heart disease and stroke. Not only did women forsake this treatment for their menopause symptoms, their physicians often followed suit. The doctors simply didn’t know — or never learned — any other way to treat them.

Health Central, 9 Conditions That Mimic RA by Sheila M. Eldred — Is It Osteoarthritis? The main difference is that OA is non-inflammatory. It's caused by wear and tear on joints, whereas RA is an autoimmune disease that causes the body to attack its own cells. While both can cause morning stiffness, the discomfort with RA generally lasts longer, at least 30 minutes and up to several hours, says Lynne Peterson, M.D., a rheumatologist at the Mayo Clinic.

Becker’s Hospital Review, Mayo Clinic innovation leader Dr. Douglas Wood: 'There is no innovation without action' by Andrea Park — Douglas Wood, MD, has served as the medical director of the innovation and design team within Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic's Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery since 2013. Founded in 2008 and previously known as the Center for Innovation, the innovation and design department has launched hundreds of innovative projects to address the challenges of healthcare delivery in the last decade. Its multidisciplinary team includes designers, project managers, IT experts, ethnographers, curators, graphic artists and physicians. Dr. Wood recently spoke to Becker's Hospital Review about the innovation projects he is most excited about, and how he and the rest of Mayo's innovation team overcome the many obstacles facing healthcare innovators — all with the help of their motto: "Think big, start small, move fast."

KTVA 11, Ways to manage pain safely, with or without medication by Dave Goldman — If going the drug-free route is the goal, there are ways to accomplish that, too. Pain rehabilitation programs exist. According to the Mayo Clinic's website, physical and occupational therapy and a simple change in attitude can make a big difference.  "Tension and stress can exacerbate your pain, so relaxation techniques such as meditation and guided imagery may be useful," the website states.

WKTY Sports, UW-L soccer players’ health monitored in real-time with in-game experiment by Drew Kelly — A chest monitor during practice and games, the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse women’s soccer team is test subjects in a trial designed to gather health information. Data is sent to an iPhone with the players’ speed, amount of distance covered, calories burned and other important health info. Dr. Andrew Jagim with Mayo Health System, who is conducting the study, thinks the research could help prevent athletes from wearing down. “It allows us within this current team, draw some conclusions on whether there’s a threshold where if you expend this much energy, are you more at risk for injury,” Jagim said.

Progressor Times, Blanchard Valley joins Mayo Clinic Care Network by Angela Huston — Blanchard Valley Health System is now part of the Mayo Clinic Care Network. The collaboration allows Blanchard Valley doctors and patients to request a consultation or second opinion with Mayo Clinic – at no cost to the patient and without traveling to another location. The Mayo Clinic, based in Rochester, Minn., is the first and largest integrated, not-for-profit medical group practice in the world. It was ranked the No. 1 hospital in the nation by the U.S. News & World Report in 2018.

Cancer Network, Pancreatic Cancer Drug, Alone and In Combination Shows Early Promise by Seth Augenstein — One of the lead researchers, Daniel Billadeau, PhD, told Cancer Network™ it was a “completely unexpected finding for the compound” to potentially prove to be a fundamental breakthrough in battling some pancreatic cancers. “We went into it with a different idea of how the compound worked,” said Billadeau, a professor of immunology, biochemistry and molecular biology at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science. “Through a lot of hard work, from my senior fellow who’s the lead author on the paper, Li Ding, MD, we figured out this drug can actually sensitize the tumors.

GeekWire, Cadence Neuroscience raises $15M for epilepsy treatment created at Mayo Clinic by James Thorne — Medical device startup Cadence Neuroscience raised $15 million to develop a therapy for the treatment of epilepsy. The Series A round was led by Jazz Venture Partners, and the company also received support from Mayo Clinic and grants from the Epilepsy Foundation. Between 70 to 80 percent of people with epilepsy can control their seizures with the help of drugs. The remainder may have surgery to remove part of the brain or to install a device that helps to control the nervous system. The FDA has approved three devices to help control seizures, which are made by LivaNova, Medtronic and NeuroPace.

Cardiovascular Business, Sex-specific thresholds for troponin assays improve MI care for women—but not nearly enough by Anicka Slachta — In a related JACC editorial, Allan S. Jaffe, MD, and Sharonne N. Hayes, MD, both of the Mayo Clinic, said the null effect of sex-specific thresholds in Lee et al.’s trial was “not surprising.” Even in patients with type 1 MI, they wrote, women were 20% less likely to undergo coronary angiography than men…“The frequencies of chest discomfort and electrocardiographic changes were different but not wildly discrepant,” Jaffe and Hayes wrote. “It is clear from this study that simply improving diagnostic accuracy cannot remedy deeply embedded gender disparities in attitudes, practice and outcomes. Simply put, if one does not act on the data, no diagnostic test will ever have additional worth.” Additional coverage: Medscape

Hospitality Net, Destination Medical Center: Beyond the Standalone Clinic — With more customers willing to travel to get what they want, including medical treatment, we bid adieu to standalone clinics and welcome destination medical centers – Mayo Clinics paving the way… Expanding the scope of a medical center to include the surrounding infrastructure sounds like an undertaking of mammoth proportions. And it is. Thankfully Lisa Clarke was on hand at the Swiss Medical Spa & Hospitality Think Tank held at EHL Swiss School of Tourism and Hospitality (SSTH) in Chur-Passugg to explain the inner workings of such a massive project.

Healio, Study to evaluate Cologuard’s real-world impact — Exact Sciences and the Mayo Clinic are partnering to conduct a study on the real-world, clinical impact of Cologuard on colorectal cancer screening, according to a press release Researchers aim to enroll more than 150,000 people in the Voyage study, a nationwide, prospective, observational study with at least 7 years follow-up. “We applaud efforts to gather evidence on the performance and outcomes of colorectal cancer screening,” Paul Limburg, MD, MPH, AGAF, chief medical officer at Exact Sciences and a gastroenterologist at the Mayo Clinic, said in the press release. “This study will be instrumental in further demonstrating the clinical utility of Cologuard, a highly accurate, non-invasive screening option, in our collective effort to reduce the colorectal cancer burden.” Additional coverage: Becker’s ASC Review, Medical Device Network

TCTMD, Implantable Cardiac Monitor May Reduce Delays to Hospital in High-Risk ACS by L.A. McKeown — An implanted cardiac monitor that detects ST-segment shifts may be better than relying on symptoms and personal judgment alone when it comes to getting ACS patients to the hospital quickly. A new analysis from the ALERTS study shows that the alarm alone or in combination with symptoms shaved up to 6 hours off arrival times compared with patients who initiated medical contact on their own based on symptoms. “Reduced delay facilitates opportunities to provide earlier diagnosis and care using guideline-directed therapy, and thus, has the potential to improve clinical outcome,” write David R. Holmes Jr, MD (Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN), and colleagues in their study published October 14, 2019, in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

MedPage Today, Black Americans With Diabetes Face Higher Hospital Readmission Rates by Kristen Monaco — Certain clinical and demographic factors predicted 30-day hospital readmissions for adults with diabetes, researchers reported. In a retrospective cohort analysis of over 270,000 Medicare beneficiaries with diabetes, racial and ethnic differences seemed to prevail as factors significantly associated with risk for hospital readmission, reported Rene Rodriguez-Gutierrez, MD, MSc, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and colleagues in JAMA Network Open.

MedPage Today, New Framework for Choosing Stool Donors in FMT Trials by Diana Swift — Asked for his perspective on the proposed framework, Purna C. Kashyap, MBBS, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, who was not involved in its development, called it "very interesting from a research perspective," and said it could be considered by investigators for clinical trials. "It doesn't guarantee success, however, and is more of an opinion piece and one perspective on how to improve the chances of success," he added. Kashyap noted that the schema is based on the assumption that the microbiome is a key factor in a given disease, which may not be well supported by research in that disease. "Also there are a lot of regulatory considerations in FMT clinical trials, which also need to be taken into account," he said.

Medscape, Restoring the Joy of Medicine One Stressor at a Time by Maureen Salamon — After the release of startling national data 5 years ago, which showed that the burnout rate among family physicians was 63% (Mayo Clin Proc. 2015;90:1600-1613), the AAFP launched a deep dive into the issue, Knight said. Efforts include the Physician Health First portal, which AAFP members can use to develop a personal plan to improve well-being and professional satisfaction. And in 2018, the AAFP held its inaugural annual Physician Health and Well-being Conference.

The Hindu, ‘Late diagnosis a concern in treating myeloma’ — Vincent Rajkumar, Professor of Medicine and Haemato-Oncology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, United States, a pioneer in the treatment of myeloma, said it was likely that only around 10 to 15% of cases in India are detected. “Doctors here say that around 1,500 to 2,000 new cases are reported every year. Considering that myeloma is likely to be more prevalent among the Indian population than in countries like the US, it is possible that majority of the cases go undiagnosed,” he said.

Express UK, Dementia symptoms: Five ways you can prevent vascular dementia by Adam Chapman — According to Mayo Clinic, the health of a person’s brain blood vessels is closely linked to their overall heart health. Maintaining a healthy heart is therefore essential to reducing the risk of vascular dementia. The health body recommends the following five tips…

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