November 22, 2019

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights for November 22, 2019

By Emily Blahnik

USA Today, A super-vaccine for the flu is being marketed to people 65 and older. Is it legit or a scam? by Adrianna Rodriguez — Flu season is upon us, and the demographic most vulnerable to the disease is people 65 and older. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 70%-80% of seasonal flu-related deaths occur in this age group. The regular flu vaccine just won't cut it, some doctors say. James Steckelberg of the Mayo Clinic said people 65 and over should be administered high-dose vaccines to stimulate their immune system. Additional coverage: Sheboygan Press

USA Today, Drug-resistant superbugs are killing thousands of Americans. Here's what you need to know about them by Ryan W. Miller — An alarming report from federal health officials found that drug-resistant "superbugs" are infecting millions of Americans and killing thousands each year…"If we take an antibiotic and we put it with bacterium, it's pretty easy to select resistance. It's really a natural process," says Dr. Robin Patel, president of American Society for Microbiology and a doctor at the Mayo Clinic. This process can happen in a matter of days.

USA Today, You look fine. Your doctor is stumped. But this disorder is leaving millions 'a hot mess' by Mark Johnson —The name, dysautonomia, is an umbrella term that covers various disorders afflicting an estimated 70 million people worldwide. Between 1 million and 3 million Americans suffer from a single dysautonomia condition called POTS (for comparison, that condition alone is more common than multiple sclerosis). Among other symptoms, POTS causes chest pain, dizziness, fainting, abdominal pain and a racing heart…“Dysautonomia is probably significantly more common than we realize,” says Jeremy Cutsforth-Gregory, a neurologist at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. “I think it’s significantly underdiagnosed.” Additional coverage: Arizona Republic

CBS News, Tom Brokaw: Yesterday, "Today" and tomorrow — He'd been diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a cancer in the bone marrow.  "I could barely move [for] the pain, because this cancer goes right to your bones. Turns out I had a hole in my pelvis. I had four fractures in my spine, and I had another hole right in my waistline. And they had all kicked in at the same time. And so, thank God I got to the Mayo Clinic and just, 'Whatever you got, pump me up, folks. I mean, put needles in me, whatever it takes, 'cause I want to get out of this.'"

STAT, A drug maker courted controversy when it shut out a family-run rival. Now some patients say the medicine isn’t working by Ed Silverman — “This whole situation has been disappointing,” said Dr. Eric Sorenson, who heads the division for neuromuscular medicines at the Mayo Clinic, where he treats about half of the 60 LEMS patients seen at his facility. “On the whole, the LEMS community is not real happy with Catalyst. The company did not do a lot to generate good will. And at the end of the day, the prices mean higher insurance costs are passed on to everybody else.”

STAT, Letting academic medical centers make CAR-T drugs would save billions by David Mitchell, Saad Kenderian, S. Vincent Rajkumar — Draw blood from someone with cancer. Engineer their blood cells to seek and destroy cancer. Reinfuse the cells and watch the cancer melt away. Chimeric antigen receptor T cell therapy (CAR-T) sounds like science fiction. But it’s the next frontier in cancer therapy. We’re weaponizing individuals’ immune systems to destroy cancer and add years to their lives. It’s incredibly exciting. But at hundreds of thousands of dollars per dose, insurance companies and the U.S. government are struggling to figure out how to pay for these breakthrough treatments.  — David Mitchell, who is living with incurable blood cancer, is the founder of Patients for Affordable Drugs. Saad Kenderian, M.D., is a physician-scientist and assistant professor of medicine and immunology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. S. Vincent Rajkumar, M.D., is a hematologist and professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic. The views expressed are the authors’ personal views and do not necessarily reflect the policy or position of the Mayo Clinic.

Health, 5 Things You Should Know About Shingles by Maria Masters — Shingles is a disease that causes pain and itching on the skin as well as a rash that usually develops on one side of the body, according to the National Institute of Aging. It's caused by the varicella-zoster virus (VZV)— the same one that was responsible for that bout of kenpox you had when you were a child. But our bodies never get rid of VZV. Instead, the virus lies inactive in the body's nerve cells until it can flare up again and causes shingles. For most people, VZV will remain inactive. But as we age, our immune system—which has kept the virus in check all these years—starts to weaken. "That, along with stress and other illnesses, allows the virus to 'escape,'" says Priya Sampathkumar, MD, an infectious disease specialist at the Mayo Clinic.

Prevention, Drinking Lemon Water for Weight Loss? Here’s What You Should Know, According to Dietitians by Kelsey Kloss — You’re better off including high-fiber foods like oats, beans, and legumes in your diet as part of a satisfying meal. Otherwise, lemon juice may serve best as a replacement tool for weight loss (say, drinking it in place of soda or other sugary drinks), rather than a magic bullet. “Since it’s low in calories, it may help with overall calorie restriction for weight loss. But that’s the only impact it would have,” says Jason Ewoldt, R.D.N., L.D., a wellness dietitian at the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program.

Associated Press, Regional Health to be renamed, join Mayo network — The largest health care system in the Black Hills will have a new name. Regional Health says it will rebrand as Monument Health and will join the Mayo Clinic Care Network in January. Regional Health’s president and CEO Paulette Davidson says the collaboration with Mayo is not a merger and that Monument Health will remain independent and continue as its own health system. But, as part of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, Monument Health will have access to Mayo Clinic’s physicians and expertise. Additional coverage: KSFY Sioux Falls, Black Hills Pioneer, Rapid City Journal, KELO, Inforum, KOTA Rapid City

Post-Bulletin, A hip replacement, at the push of a button? by Jeff Kiger — Mayo Clinic has a long history of engineering and making its own tools and devices, but a new printer will catapult in-house manufacturing to a shiny, new level. Construction is underway in the downtown Baldwin Building to create space for the Mayo Clinic division of Engineering Additive Manufacturing facility. The core of that facility will be a 3D printer or additive manufacturing device that will use "medical-grade, implant-grade titanium" to produce devices, tools and more. Someday, it could even be used to manufacture patient implants. "It's a big deal. To my knowledge, Mayo Clinic is the only hospital not connected to an university engineering department installing a 3D metal printer," said Laralyn McDaniel of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. "It's a considerable leap, particularly within hospital setting."

KAAL, Could later start times help students? — The Rochester Public School Board held a meeting Tuesday night where a committee discussed options to start high school and middle school classes from 7:45 a.m. to either 8 a.m. or 8:45 a.m. The presentations come after the committee reviewed research for months that state the late start times could benefit students. "Their body wants them to get up late but then society wants them to get up early," said Dr. Meghna Mansukhani, a consultant for Mayo Clinic's Center for Sleep Medicine. Mansukhani said teens should get at least eight hours of sleep per night but more than two-thirds are not meeting that goal.

KAAL, Preventing injury through physical therapy — When most people think of physical therapy they tend to only think of it benefiting surgery or injury recoveries. "So you're a healthy person but you're trying to get to that next level, so then we can access how you're put together as a human," said Joe Eischen a Physical Therapist at Mayo Clinic. Eischen says that performance training focuses first on what you can do. With videos and pictures and assessments, your team can look at what you need help with and gear training specifically to your needs.

KTTC, Mayo Clinic research group educates children about blood cells by Maddy Wierus — Mayo Clinic staff spent their Sunday afternoon teaching kids about the differences between white and red blood cells. The Clinic’s Women in Science and Engineering Research group, also known as WiSER, put on the special event called “What’s in Our Blood?” at the Minnesota Children’s Museum in Rochester. Mayo brought in microscopes with blood samples, so eager minds could get an in depth look at the cells in our blood. Different craft stations showed how white and red blood cells fight infections.

KTTC, Mayo Clinic employees showcase their hand-crafted items — The Mayo Civic Centers Ballroom transformed into a shopping center made of hand-crafted items Saturday morning. The 25th annual Mayo Clinic Employee Craft Show returned hosting more than 300 vendors from 8-4 p.m. There was a variety of art pieces, jewelry and more. The people behind the artwork were Mayo Clinic employees. However, the event was opened to the public to enjoy.

KIMT, First annual Overcoming Racism Conference by Brooke McKivergan — The First annual Overcoming Racism Conference took place on Friday at 125 live. The event was hosted by The Diversity Council, RCTC, Mayo Clinic, Barbershop Talk, and more. The group spent all day participating in group discussions and activities like a documentary screening about white privilege, and conversations about what the role of race in Rochester is.

KIMT, Special Delivery: Former Mayo Clinic Ambulance on its way to Haiti by Annalise Johnson — On December 6th, a former Mayo Clinic ambulance is expected to arrive in Carrefour, Haiti. Each year, Mayo Clinic replaces 8-10 vehicles in its fleet. The ambulances are judged by factors such as mileage, how long its been in service, and how it's performing. Before the ambulance starts becoming unreliable, Mayo finds new homes for them, such as other first responder organizations domestically and internationally. "We're certainly blessed with our ability to have the latest technology and equipment for our team and our patients we support," explains Kirk Gunderson, a supervisor at Mayo Clinic Ambulance Service. "If we have the opportunity to take a piece of equipment that may have ended its useful life with us, its probably got a lot of life left in it and any time that we can take that and pass it on to someone else its certainly a win-win."

Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, 'Hold the salt,' says Mayo, as winter approaches by Mark Reilly — Mayo Clinic's giant Rochester campus includes 15 miles of sidewalks and 120 acres of parking lots and roads. That kind of property requires plenty of plowing in winter — but not as much road salt as it used to. Minnesota Public Radio reports on how Mayo's ground maintenance crews have cut back on heavy, frequent use of salt, citing the impact on water sources from runoff. The clinic, of course, also has to keep in mind patient safety, meaning icy sidewalks are also a bad outcome. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and Fortin Consulting offer "smart salting" training to help property managers decide when, and how much, to use granular salt and when other techniques should be used instead. Additional coverage: MPR News

Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, Mayo Clinic spinoff OneOme pilots pharmacy sales of its DNA tests overseas by Carrigan Miller — OneOme, a Mayo Clinic spinoff that's invented a DNA test that tells patients how they'll react to certain medications, announced on Tuesday that it's piloting a new program with Alliance Healthcare Netherlands, a subsidiary of Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. Pharmacists at 18 locations in the Netherlands will now be able to sellthe RightMed test, OneOme’s main product. The RightMed test analyzes a patient's cheek swab, which gets sent in to OneOme who then provides information onhow 300 different drugs may effect an individual patient, based on the test results. It's part of a growing field called pharmacogenomics (PGx).

KTAR-Radio, Football causing the most emergency room visits for young athletes by Griselda Zetino — Dr. Anikar Chhabra, director of sports medicine at Mayo Clinic in Arizona, said he’s not surprised by the findings. “It’s obviously a more violent contact sport,” he said about football. “As the speed of the game has changed – it’s become more faster – kids have become stronger, kids have become bigger. And when you’re working out year-round, it makes it for more injuries.” He said football’s popularity is another reason why the sport is at the top of the list of sports causing the most emergency room visits among young athletes.

Albert Lea Tribune, Express Care clinic reopens after renovations by Sarah Stultz — Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea’s Express Care clinic reopened Monday after about two months of renovations. The clinic, which is housed inside Hy-Vee, now includes two full exam rooms, a waiting room, a bathroom and lab space, along with stations for both a provider and a nurse. It previously had only one exam room and a waiting room, and patients utilized the bathroom in the grocery store.

Lonsdale News Review, Waiting for 2nd heart transplant, Lonsdale woman crochets for homeless by Sherie Wallace — Elizabeth Sammons has been at St. Mary’s Hospital for 138 days. That’s more than four months — waiting for a second heart transplant. Following her first heart transplant in 2015, Sammon, who lives in Lonsdale, experienced several episodes of rejection. That eventually brought her to Mayo Clinic where she receives medication to keep her heart beating until another new heart is found. To help keep a positive outlook, Sammon began to crochet hats and scarves — all for those who are going without. To date, nearly 600 have been given to the homeless served by the Union Gospel Mission Twin Cities.

WXOW La Crosse, Preparations for gun deer season in Wisconsin by Warren Sears — The Clinical Educator at the Mayo Clinic Health System, Joy Erb-Moser, says they see all sorts of hunting-related incidents in the emergency room. “Some of our biggest things we see are falls from tree stands. If you think about it that’s from the second story of your house,” said Erb-Moser. “If you fall that distance you can have a lot of internal injuries and you can certainly have bones fracture.” It’s important to have the right gear, especially when it comes to tree stands.  It could be the difference between keeping a hunter off the ground and safely in the tree.

La Crosse Tribune, Mayo Clinic Health System to host mindful eating presentation by Kylie Mullen — Tara Wilde of Mayo Clinic Health System will speak on mindful eating habits and their impact on a healthier lifestyle from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 19 in the Marycrest Auditorium on the second floor of the St. Francis building, 700 West Ave. S., La Crosse.

La Crosse Tribune, Mayo Clinic hosting free Alzheimer's prevention presentation — Dr. Thomas Loepfe will discuss the risk factors of Alzheimer’s disease and how to reduce those risks during the free presentation. No registration is necessary and refreshments will be served during the half hour preceding the program.

WKBT La Crosse, Rising cost of insulin concerns health professionals by Molly Ringberg — The price of insulin has skyrocketed, and so has other treatments that help manage type 1 and 2 diabetes. One health professional has seen first hand how this has impacted her patients.  "I have many patients that aren't taking the full dose to keep their blood sugars under control because they are worried about running out, and the cost of it. So some of them have ended up in the ER with high blood sugars," said Mayo Clinic nurse practitioner, Sarah Gossett. Gossett also says some patients have traveled out of the country for insulin.

WKBT La Crosse, More young people are being diagnosed with diabetes by Molly Ringberg — "Lifestyle changes is very important. Diet, we tend to recommend people to have a well-balanced healthy diet. Physical activity, the recommendation is that people do at least 150 minutes if physical a week, that's at least 30 minutes 5 times a week," said Daniela Hurtado, senior associate consultant, Mayo Clinic Health System.  Diabetes is slow to show signs and symptoms, but primary care providers can do a screening for it, because the sooner it's addressed lowers the risk of developing complications later.

Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, Three EC cases included in state E. coli spike by Eric Lindquist — The state Department of Health Services is investigating what it deems a “significant increase” in the number of E. coli reports across Wisconsin, including at least three recent cases in Eau Claire.

WISC-TV, The top 3 ways to avoid illnesses this Thanksgiving, according to the Mayo Clinic by Christina Lorey — It's cold and flu season. It's also the holiday travel season, meaning all that sneezing, coughing, and aching will be boarding a plane and sitting at Thanksgiving dinner with you. Infectious disease specialists at the Mayo Clinic share three of the most important things you can do to dodge your seatmates' sicknesses…

WIZM-Radio, Local Mayo Clinic Health System flu clinic to close this week by Drew Kelly — Mayo Clinic Health System is in its final week for its flu clinic in La Crosse. So far over 3,000 people have taken advantage of the services, an increase to previous years. Sheila Berra with the clinic says the vaccine is still available. “We offer the injection,” Berra said. “It’s good for six months, and for those 65 and older we have a stronger dose.”, Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing honored for patient safety by Mitchell Abraham — Eight Mayo Clinic hospitals received an “A” for patient safety, and Mayo Clinic Health System Red Wing was one of them. "These scores reflect Mayo Clinic's commitment to patient care and the remarkable dedication of each and every Mayo Clinic employee. Mayo Clinic strives to be the safest organization to receive care and deliver care," Dr. Henry Ting, chief value officer at Mayo Clinic, said.

Trib Live, New flu antiviral drug may lessen length, symptoms of illness — For those who become ill with the flu, a new antiviral medication may help. “This is really kind of a blockbuster,” says Dr. Gregory Poland, director of the Mayo Clinic Vaccine Research Group. “We have not had a new influenza antiviral drug in a couple of decades.” “New in this last year is baloxivir, an antiviral drug that can be used to treat influenza and only takes one dose. If you develop symptoms of influenza, and you’re elderly or have medical problems, we now have a drug where we can administer one dose and treat this virus very effectively if you get in to be seen within 48 hours of developing symptoms,” says Dr. Poland.

Glamour, What is a C-Section? Everything You Need to Know About the Procedure by Cassie Shortsleeve — It’s true that you can schedule a C-section to avoid having to worry about going into labor… That’s not “lazy.” There are a lot of medically valid reasons why your doctor might recommend going this route, says Costa Sousou, M.D., chair of the department of obstetrics and gynecology at Mayo Clinic Health System. Some of the reasons your doctor might suggest planning a C-section…Additional coverage: Yahoo! Lifestyle

Woman’s Day, How to Take Control of Your Doctor Visit by Alyssa Jung — 1. Find the Right Team. You want a physician you feel comfortable with—and yes, be picky! This is the first step toward the doctor-patient relationship that will benefit you most: one grounded in honesty, trust, good communication, and mutual respect. “You are an expert about yourself—think of your doctor as an adviser,” says Sharonne N. Hayes, M.D., a cardiologist and director of diversity and inclusion at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota.

HealthDay, Study Spots Ties Between Rheumatoid Arthritis, Other Diseases by Robert Preidt — People with type 1 diabetes were also at increased risk for RA, showing the importance of monitoring for it in people with autoimmune diseases, and vice versa, according to study authors. Other illnesses often "accumulate in an accelerated fashion after diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis," said corresponding author Dr. Vanessa Kronzer, a fellow in rheumatology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. "We also found that autoimmune diseases and epilepsy may predispose to development of rheumatoid arthritis, while heart disease and other conditions may develop as a result of rheumatoid arthritis," she added in a clinic news release. Additional coverage: Austin Daily Herald, WebMD, Yahoo! Fiannce

HealthDay, They Had Half Their Brains Removed. Here's What Happened After by Alan Mozes — Dr. Joseph Sirven, a professor of neurology with the Mayo Clinic in Florida and editor-in-chief of, said the findings did not strike him as entirely surprising. He said he often sees patients functioning at a very high level post-hemispherectomy. "But what surprises me is the degree of compensation that was noted," added Sirven, who was not part of the study team. "And if we could figure out the way that the brain compensates in this dramatic setting, and harness this compensatory mechanism for patients affected by stroke, traumatic brain injury or other conditions, that would be a very big deal," Sirven noted.

FOX News, Wisconsin sees 'significant increase' in E. coli cases: state health officials by Madeline Farber — The source of the outbreak is not clear at this time, though an infectious disease specialist with the Mayo Clinic in Eau Claire, Dr. Larry Lutwick, told TMJ4 that there is suspicion the outbreak may be linked to lettuce. “DHS is working with local public health departments to interview sick individuals to learn more about their activities, food and water sources, and foods and beverages they consumed before they became sick to identify any potential common source of infection,” Wisconsin health officials said. Additional coverage: WTMJ Milwaukee

The New Yorker, Can Babies Learn to Love Vegetables? by Burkhard Bilger — …“Nowadays it has become a race between physicians and nutritionists to see who dares to feed vegetables and solid food the earliest,” a pediatrician at the Mayo Clinic wrote in 1954. “Vegetables have already been fed in the first month. We can now relax and see what it is all about.

Chicago Tribune, Mayo Clinic Minute: Celiac disease screening for family members — Celiac disease is an immune reaction to eating gluten. A recent Mayo Clinic study found that this autoimmune disease tends to run in families. Researchers say screening family members of celiac disease patients could prevent long-term complications, such as nutritional deficiencies, development of new autoimmune conditions and small bowel malignancy. If one member of a family has celiac disease, there is a likelihood that other members will be affected, as well, says Dr. Joseph Murray, a Mayo Clinic gastroenterologist.

Health Central, How to Manage Your Child’s Asthma—and What to Do in an Emergency by Lara DeSanto — The overall goal? Control the asthma so that the number of asthma attacks that need to be treated is as small as possible. If your child is relying too much on rescue inhaler for quick symptom relief, that's a sign that their asthma is not well controlled, says the Mayo Clinic. In fact, relying too much on these rescue meds can up your kid’s risk of a more severe asthma attack.

Futurity, Blood-Brain barrier ‘road map’ may boost drug delivery by Abbey Nickel-Purdue — The first comprehensive characterization of both the blood-brain and blood-tumor barriers in brain metastases of lung cancer could serve as a road map for treatment development. The greatest obstacle when it comes to treating cancer that has spread to the brain is the blood-brain barrier, the brain’s natural defense mechanism that is a collection of blood vessels that can filter out what goes in and out of the brain…Brain metastases, or secondary brain tumors, occur when cancer cells spread from their original site to the brain. This happens in 10% to 30% of adults with cancer, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Healthcare Dive, An expanding Mayo Clinic sees net income double by Ron Shinkman — Net income for the Mayo Clinic reached $1.5 billion through the first nine months of the year, compared to $708 million for the same time period in 2018, an increase of 112.9%. However, third-quarter net income was $375 million, up just 3.3% from the third quarter of 2018. "All indicators represent significant improvements from the same period in the prior year," Mayo noted in its report on its operations. Additional coverage: Becker’s Hospital Review

HIT Consultant, Heart Failure is Detectable at Point of Care Using ECG-Enabled Stethoscope, Mayo Clinic and Eko Finds by Fred Pennic — Eko, a digital health company applying artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning in the fight against heart disease, presented results in collaboration with Mayo Clinic demonstrating the use of the DUO digital stethoscope as a heart failure screening tool at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions 2019. Additional coverage: Yahoo! Finance, Becker’s Hospital Review

Healthcare IT News, Mayo Clinic study links EHR usability with clinician burnout — That's the conclusion of a new study published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings, which sought to assess and benchmark how physicians view electronic health record usability, as defined by a standardized metric, and use that to evaluate how poor usability correlates with feelings of burnout. Researchers polled U.S. physicians across all specialties in 2017 and 2018, using the American Medical Association Physician Masterfile. Nearly 5,200 completed the surveys, with a random one-quarter of those respondents also asked to take a subsurvey evaluating their EHR thoughts on usability; 870 completed that second survey. Additional coverage: American Medical Association,

Science Daily, Men and women perceive their own health differently — A Mayo Clinic study published in the American Journal of Health Behavior investigates differences in how men and women perceive their own health. The study finds that confidence in maintaining good health habits can be influenced by gender…"Our findings suggest that confidence in maintaining health habits can be influenced by gender and also depends on which specific habit is being assessed -- physical activity, for example, versus diet," says Richa Sood, M.D., a Mayo Clinic internist, and a co-author and designer of the study. "This is important information to keep in mind when designing wellness programs, to maximize their utilization and impact on employee health and wellness."

Insider, What you should eat and drink to get over the flu, according to doctors by Kathy Jean Schultz — The flu comes with a slew of nasty symptoms, including runny nose, vomiting, and diarrhea. These symptoms not only dehydrate you but deplete you of important nutrients and calories, key to fueling your body with the energy it needs to fight the infection. That's why, in addition to water, you should eat food to replenish what you've lost. Charles Peters, MD, of the Mayo Clinic Health System, recommends these foods…

Express UK, Flights: Expert reveals how your taste in wine changes when flying - does it taste better? by Aimee Robinson — One medical professional has warned travellers against indulging in alcohol when on a long-haul flight. Dr Clayton T. Cowl, Chair of Mayo Clinic’s Division of Preventive, Occupational and Aerospace Medicine spoke with to explain why booze might not be a flyers best friend. He said passengers should: avoid dehydration by taking in fluids and avoiding alcohol or excessive caffeine.”

Worth, The Women's Health Issue That’s Finally Starting to Get Recognition — “In many family medicine, internal medicine and OB/GYN residency programs, there is perhaps an hour of instruction on menopause, at best,” says Stephanie Faubion, medical director of the North American Menopause Society (NAMS) and director of the Mayo Clinic Center for Women’s Health, where she co-authored the report Menopause Management Knowledge in Postgraduate Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, and Obstetrics and Gynecology Residents.

Harvard Health, Your heart’s best friend may be dog ownership — Adopt a dog and get a healthier heart. That's the conclusion of a study published in the September 2019 issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings. Researchers looked at 1,769 people ages 25 to 64 with no history of heart disease. Participants' overall cardiovascular health was assessed based on several health markers, such as body mass index, diet, physical activity, smoking, blood pressure, blood sugar, and total cholesterol levels. The researchers then compared the health results of pet owners (42% of the group) with non-owners. They found that, in general, pet owners were much more likely to maintain an active lifestyle and a heart-healthy diet. They also had healthier levels of blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol.

Neurology Today, An Experimental Drug for Alzheimer's Disease Heads to the FDA — Experts Ask: Where Are the Data? by Jamie Talan — “Right now, all they have is permission to file an application,” said Ronald C. Petersen, MD, PhD, FAAN, director of the Mayo Clinic Alzheimer's Disease Research Center and the Mayo Clinic Study of Aging. Biogen has brought him in to consult on this drug, but he is not one of the study investigators. “Will this drug have a clinically meaningful impact on patients? We need to see all the data,” he added. Additional coverage: Medscape

Cancer Network, Fergus Couch, PhD, on the CARRIERS Studies in Breast Cancer — Fergus Couch, PhD, from the Mayo Clinic, discusses with CancerNetwork about the new research with the CARRIERS study for African American patients with breast cancer.

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