January 24, 2020

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights for January 24, 2020

By Emily Blahnik

USA Today, US service members injured in Iraq: How soon do concussion symptoms appear? by Grace Hauck — Concussions are mild forms of traumatic brain injuries. Common symptoms of concussions – headache, memory loss and confusion – may not show up immediately, according to the Mayo Clinic. The symptoms can last for days, weeks or longer. "Symptoms will evolve over time and usually become apparent within hours to days," said Jennifer Wethe, co-director of the Concussion Program at Mayo Clinic Arizona. "Every concussion tends to be different, and it tends to be different depending on the individual or type of injury."

Los Angeles Times, There’s more than one way to age. How are you doing it? by Melissa Healy — …Even after scientists have established the common roots of age-related diseases — a task that is far from complete — there’s still hard work ahead, said Dr. James L. Kirkland, who studies aging at the Mayo Clinic. If studies like the two published this week are to help humans age better, they’ll have to explain why we age so differently, and predict which of many routes each of us will take. “At the moment, we’re measuring everything,” Kirkpatrick said. “But the effort will be to narrow down, to get a composite score of biomarkers, that is predictive of a future decline in healthspan.”

CNN, Weed may not ease sleep problems, especially for regular users, studies say by Sandee LaMotte — "We know from studies of recreational users of cannabis that sleep disturbances are common when they are attempting to quit cannabis use," said sleep psychiatrist and neurologist Dr. Bhanuprakash Kolla, who works in the Center for Sleep Medicine and the Division of Addiction Medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. "Up to two-thirds of them report sleep disturbances when they stop cannabis use, and it is a frequent reason for relapse to cannabis use," Kolla said. "Therefore, cannabis can set up a pattern where it is minimally helpful for sleep in the short term and then disrupt sleep, making it difficult to stop use in the medium to long term."

People, Identical Twin Burnt in Fire Opens Up About Sister Being 'Reminder' of What 'Life Would Have Been' by Caitlin Keating — Michelle Lauren Anderson‘s best friend and identical twin Katherine Anderson-Hill is her “constant support system.” “But having someone who looks exactly like you — but doesn’t have scars — is always a reminder of what my life would have been,” Michelle tells PEOPLE. “She’s the life and the face I could have had.” On May 19, 1996, the 2-year-old sisters were visiting their father and his wife (their parents divorced in 1994) in Fridley, Minnesota. The weekend trip went horribly wrong when a fire broke out in their bedroom that night. While Katherine was able to escape without major injury, Michelle’s bed caught fire and left her with burns on over 90 percent of her body… In the 24 years since that fateful night, Michelle and Katherine, now 26, have forged an even stronger connection. “There’s parts of our lives that no one can understand,” says Katherine, a nurse in the cardiac ICU at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. “The fire truly shaped our personalities and who we are.” Additional coverage: Yahoo! Entertainment

ABC News, 1 in 5 deaths caused by a disease you've never heard of by Erin Schumaker — It might not be a household name, but it's deadly -- and common. One in five deaths around the world is caused by sepsis, according to research published the week in the Lancet...The life-threatening condition is caused by the body's response to infection, according to the Mayo Clinic, and it's sometimes referred to as blood poisoning.

Boston Globe, ‘My life came crashing down overnight’: How one Boston-area woman nearly died from vaping by Naomi Martin — When the illnesses first emerged in August, health investigators scrambled to uncover what was causing young healthy people to lose lung function and sometimes die within days. Now, doctors understand the injuries better, though questions remain. Contrary to misconceptions, the injury is not caused by oil getting caught in the lungs but resembles something closer to chemical burns, said Dr. Yasmeen Butt, a Mayo Clinic pathologist whose team examined vaping patients’ lung tissues under a microscope. “It’s the kind of injury we would see in someone in a factory who had an accident or someone in a war being exposed to mustard gas,” Butt said. The burns are similar to what would happen “if you poured hydrochloric acid on yourself.”

Post-Bulletin, Cancer patient shows his appreciation for Mayo Clinic on a billboard thank-you card by Jeff Kiger — Paul Olson wants everyone to know that he's thankful that Mayo Clinic saved his life ... twice. That's why he purchased a high-profile billboard on South Broadway proclaiming that "I Beat Cancer Twice!" in big gold letters and thanking his doctors Larson, Kwon and Beahrs. Actually, it's the second such billboard he put up in Rochester. The first was in 1997, five years after his first bout with prostate cancer. "I have a perfect life thanks to Mayo. I would have been dead before I turned 50," said the retired 75-year-old Olson. "I think doctors need to get feedback from their patients. ... Everybody hears the gripes. Nobody hears the applause."

Post-Bulletin, 'Did that just happen?': Kasson woman delivers baby in car at Walgreens parking lot by John Molseed — Adam and Tessa Leen had already decided the newest child’s birthday. The couple planned to induce labor Monday at Mayo Clinic Hospital — Methodist. Half of that plan came together. Mya Leen was born Monday at about 11:22 a.m. — in the Walgreens parking lot, 1112 Civic Center Drive, while police and medical personnel were en route to help.

Inforum, Whooping cough, then and today by Paul John Scott — …Mayo Clinic has posted a video on YouTube of an infant girl suffering from whooping cough. It's almost unbearable to watch for more than a few moments. It's also hard to imagine who is suffering more, the child, or the mother who is helpless to do more than offer comfort. Additional coverage: West Central Tribune

Inforum, Study: More LDL is better following heart attacks by Paul John Scott — Is the premise behind statins in error? That's a question arising from a surprising Mayo Clinic Health System study published with little notice last month on the relationship between LDL cholesterol and mortality among survivors of cardiac events…Among patients who had heart attack or heart failure, and who had concurrent hyperlipdemia or no hyperlipidemia, there was a clear difference in mortality," says Dr. Mohammed Yousufuddin, a specialist in internal medicine for Mayo Clinic Health System in Austin and lead author on the paper. "Patients who had hyperlipidemia had lower mortality than patients who had no hyperlipdemia. That's the primary finding." Additional coverage: West Central Tribune

KIMT, Living donor kick-starts chain reaction, helps to save 8 lives by Katie Lange — Are you the missing link in a chain that could save someone's life? We so often hear about the need for organ donors, and while many donors are deceased, living donors are growing in popularity. 2019 was a record setting year for living donors. Nearly 7,400 living donor transplants took place, according to the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network. In 2018, 76-percent of all kidney transplants at Mayo Clinic in Rochester were from living donors. Not everyone who goes under the knife as a living donor knows who will be the lucky recipient of their life saving organ donation. "Last year in 2019, for the 3 sites of Mayo Clinic, we had 19 non-directed donors," said Kay Kosberg, Mayo Clinic's Kidney Care Donor Care Coordinator. That's where Good Samaritans like Danielle Reuss come into play.

KROC -Radio, Rochester Doctor Calls for Radical Medical Revolution Feb 1st! by James Rabe — Are you ready for a Patient Revolution? Dr. Victor Montori thinks it is time for one, a revolution that would remove 'industrial healthcare" from the equation. Wit, Wisdom, and Wine is coming up February 1st at the Rochester Public Library and Dr Montori is one of the speakers. What's he have to say? “In this conversation we will review how industrial healthcare has corrupted its mission and has stopped caring. We will then consider what would characterize careful and kind care for all and what would it take to achieve it. Our proposal is that it would take a nonviolent revolution led by citizens, students, and professionals. (Wit, Wine, Wisdom)”

Star Tribune, Stem-cell therapy, with a growing market, comes under a microscope by Jeremy Olson — Mayo sought proof of effectiveness through a randomized clinical trial — giving arthritic patients stem-cell injections in one knee and non-medicating saline injections in the other. Neither doctors nor patients knew which knees received the stem cells. The trial failed to prove effectiveness because patients saw equal levels of improvement in both knees. Even so, Mayo still offers the therapy, which is probably suitable for middle-aged adults who won’t benefit from physical therapy alone but aren’t ready for joint replacement yet, said Dr. Shane Shapiro, medical director for Mayo’s regenerative medicine program at its Jacksonville, Fla., campus. “We try and counsel patients on the best treatment options,” he said. “We really don’t push these treatment options at all.”

KARE 11, Rochester students use fish embryos to study effects of vaping by Jennifer Austin — “The zebrafish allow us a window into development that we don't see in other model systems," said Chris Pierret, a director for InSciEd Out, which launched in 2009 as a collaboration among Rochester Public Schools, Mayo Clinic, and Winona State University-Rochester.  Pierret says because a zebrafish develops quickly, it allows the students to observe the effects of the vaping solution in days.

WCCO, Woman Builds Memory Care Center For Husband With Younger-Onset Alzheimer’s by Erin Hassanzadeh — The majority of people living with Alzheimer’s disease are 65 or older, but about 200,000 Americans are living with younger-onset Alzheimer’s. Jerry Parks is one of them. His wife, Karen Parks, said Alzheimer’s is a family disease, one their family has been living with for nearly two decades... From traveling to Washington D.C. to lobby for research funding and a national plan to joining drug trials at the Mayo Clinic and serving on a national panel, the progression of Jerry’s disease strengthened the Parks’ family commitment…

South Florida Reporter, Sitting At Home Is Worse For Your Heart (Video) — How much time do you spend sitting? If you’re like most Americans, you sit an average of 6.5 to 8 hours every day, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Stephen Kopecky, a Mayo Clinic cardiologist, says sitting at home may be worse for your heart than sitting at work. Why? It has to do with what you do or don’t do while you’re sitting.

Miami Herald, In record-setting year, Miami organ transplant hub performed most transplants in U.S. by Ben Conarck — In Florida, Miami’s center took the top spot trailed by Tampa General Hospital, which performed 584 transplants, and Mayo Clinic Florida, which performed 446, according to data kept by the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network.

Arizona Daily Sun, Mystery of Amish children's sudden deaths in eastern US solved — 15 years later by Harmeet Kaur — After the deaths of the first two children, a medical examiner who conducted the autopsies got in touch with researchers at the Mayo Clinic Windland Smith Rice Sudden Death Genomics Laboratory in 2004. Researchers at the lab had pioneered the concept of molecular autopsy, using genetic testing to understand the cause of death in sudden unexplained cases, and the examiner wanted to see if they could shed light on the mystery affecting the Amish community. Additional coverage: Lancaster Online, La Crosse Tribune, KTLA

ASU, Mayo Clinic and ASU MedTech Accelerator advances health care companies by Pete Zrioka — Mayo Clinic and Arizona State University are partnering for the second year to advance medical device and health care technology companies through the Mayo Clinic and ASU MedTech Accelerator. The program is seeking applicants ahead of its Jan. 30 deadline.  The MedTech Accelerator draws upon the combined strengths and resources of ASU Entrepreneurship and Innovation and Mayo Clinic to deliver an unparalleled experience for companies in the health care and medical device fields.  “ASU is pleased to partner with Mayo Clinic, a world-class innovator in health care, for this accelerator,” says Ji Mi Choi, associate vice president of ASU E+I. “In leveraging our collective strength, we have the opportunity to exponentially and positively impact the incredible improved health outcomes these entrepreneurs are seeking to drive.”

Cronkite News, Genetic testing urged for women with a family history of breast cancer by Ashleigh Stewart — “Many generations and many with the same type of cancer, that should set off an alarm bell in that family,” said Dr. Donald Northfelt, oncologist at the Mayo Clinic Breast Clinic in Phoenix. People inherit BRCA gene mutations from either the mother or father, and those changes are implicated in breast and ovarian cancers. Any cell in the body can be tested for that mutation. It’s typically done by taking a blood or saliva sample and sending it to a laboratory for panel testing. Patients at the Mayo Clinic are referred to a genetics counselor as the first step in obtaining BRCA testing. Northfelt wants patients to be fully informed of the circumstances that may arise from the test result.

Mankato Free Press, Clinics having flu-filled January so far by Brian Arola — The Minnesota Department of Health measured 148 flu hospitalizations during the week ending on Jan. 11, compared to 243 hospitalizations the prior week. But at the local level, both Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato and Mankato Clinic have seen a large proportion of their seasonal flu cases occur this month. Mayo in Mankato has had 90 flu cases in the first half of January, about 46% of its 197 total cases since the season began in fall 2019. Mankato Clinic’s first half of January included 164 flu cases, about 40% of the 415 total since fall 2019.

Mankato Free Press, Panel, film will highlight opioid epidemic solutions by Brian Arola — Matthew Schumann, a pain psychologist at Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato, appeared in the film and will also be on the panel. He said part of the discussion will focus on non-opioid and non-pharmacological pain management strategies. “Getting a sense of what other strategies, non-pharmacological strategies, can be used to manage pain are important,” he said. He noted the opioid epidemic hit rural areas hard in recent years. Southern Minnesota may not have been ravaged to the extent other parts of the country were, but he said it’s an ongoing concern.

KEYC Mankato, Treating seasonal affective disorder during cold and dreary weather by Benjamin Broze —Sharon Dexheimer, a social worker at Mayo Clinic Health System, joined KEYC News 12 This Morning to discuss seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Seasonal affective disorder is a cyclical, seasonal condition, meaning signs and symptoms are present only during certain months of the year, and then go away. Typically those with SAD experience symptoms in the fall and winter, and then those symptoms recede in the spring and summer.

KEYC Mankato, January flu numbers higher than last year — So far this year, Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato has diagnosed 90 cases of the flu. In all of January 2019, only 48 cases came back positive for the whole month.

Duluth News Tribune, Rate of gambling addiction still unclear in Minnesota by Matthew Guerry — Gambling addiction and problem gambling affect people of all different ages, ethnicities and backgrounds. But according to Brien Gleeson, an addictions counselor at the Mayo Clinic hospital in Eau Claire, Wis., some demographics appear to be more vulnerable than others. "One particular population that we are more concerned about would be older folks, for a variety of reasons," he said. Gleeson said that his patients tend to gamble most often at casinos. With more free time and retirement funds on hand, he said that some senior citizens find it difficult to resist their allure.

Barron News-Shield , Hospital introduces public to new Family Birth Center; Open house this Thursday by Bob Zientara — Larger, more accessible and accommodating rooms for expectant parents are ready for the public to view as Mayo Clinic Health System-Northland hosts an open house and ribbon cutting ceremony from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. tomorrow, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, in Barron. Construction on the $990,000 Birth Center began in July 2019. The center covers 5,277 square feet and includes four new rooms for moms and their families.

Austin Herald, Mayo Clinic Health System matching staff donations for PTTP event — As a sponsor of Paint the Town Pink, Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea and Austin will match funds raised in the Plunging for Pink event on Feb. 1. This event will be held at 12:30 p.m. at East Side Lake in Austin. Mayo Clinic Health System, which contributed an initial $1,500 to Paint the Town Pink, will match dollars raised by Mayo Clinic Health System teams up to $3,500, for a total donation of $5,000

La Crosse Tribune, Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign raises $860,000 in La Crosse area by Emily Pyrek — The majority of Red Kettle funds come from matching events, with 2019 participants including Brenengen Auto Group, Inland Packaging, Mayo Clinic Health System, Kwik Trip, LHI, Thrivent Financial, Wieser Brothers Construction, Trane and the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration.

La Crosse Tribune, Mayo hosting osteoarthritis program by Emily Pyrek — Mayo Clinic Health System will host a Successful Aging Program on "Osteoarthritis of the Hip and Knee" from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, in the Marycrest Auditorium on the second floor of the hospital building, 700 West Ave. Dr. Kariline Bringe, a Mayo Clinic Health System orthopedic surgeon, will present the definition of osteoarthritis, epidemiology, risk factors, effects on daily life and treatment and management options ranging from therapy to medicine to surgery. Complimentary refreshments will be provided before the presentation from 2 to 2:30 p.m.

WKBT La Crosse, House Call – Your Body and Health after Pregnancy — Dr. Sarah Suarez is interviewed.

WKBT La Crosse, Avoiding dry skin over the winter months by Molly RIngberg — One dermatologist says the skin products you use make a difference. “A lot of products that are scented, they usually have perfumes, dyes, other fragrances added to them. They aren’t bad products, but they can aggravate and irritate the skin further and intensify the itching,” said Mary Duh, Physician Assistant of Dermatology at Mayo Clinic Health System. Duh recommends using unscented products.

WKBT La Crosse, Mayo Clinic Health System to host free skin cancer screenings by Molly Ringberg — A local event is trying to reduce the risk of skin cancer. On Saturday, January 25th, Mayo Clinic Health System in Onalaska is hosting a FREE skin cancer screening clinic from 8 AM to noon. Mayo is also offering free shuttle rides between the La Crosse Campus and Onalaska Clinic for those who need transportation. Additional coverage: WXOW La Crosse

WKBT La Crosse, Local flu cases on the rise by Molly Ringberg — Flu cases have been increasing in our area. Mayo Clinic Health System of La Crosse reports a total of 33 cases of the flu in December and 43 so far this month. Mayo also says there were 28 hospitalizations last month.

WKBT La Crosse, Health experts say don’t put off getting a knee replacement by Molly Ringberg —“The goal of these joint replacements is to get people back out, doing the things that they love, and staying engaged in their communities. Because if you’re in pain every day and you’re staying at home, that’s not good for your wellness on so many levels,” said Kariline Bringe, an orthopedic surgeon at Mayo Clinic Health System.

Modern Healthcare, Execs emphasize diversification, not admissions, during J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference by Tara Bannow — Mayo Clinic’s vision is to move care for even its sickest patients into homes, Dr. John Halamka, president of its technology unit, Mayo Clinic Platform, told an audience at the conference. He recently joined Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo from Beth Israel Lahey Health. “That may be frightening,” Halamka said. “But in a value-based purchasing world, high-quality care at lower cost in a setting other than bricks and mortar is where we all want to go.” He also reinforced the commonly held belief that consumers who grew up in the digital revolution expect well-connected, real-time care with telemetry from wearables. That’s why Mayo is connecting multiple third-party companies generating telemetry with Mayo algorithms to deliver care, “especially to the digital natives.”

Modern Healthcare, Venture capital and health system investors are bullish on tech startups by Jessica Kim Cohen — Freenome, a startup that uses genomics and AI to detect early-stage cancer, has raised $237.6 million to date from investors like Kaiser Permanente Ventures, Roche Venture Fund and Alphabet’s life-sciences research arm Verily. And Helix, the genomics startup providing sequencing services for Mayo Clinic’s new library of patient genetic data, has raised $300 million from investors including Mayo Clinic and Illumina, another genetic-sequencing company.

Yahoo! Finance, Emerging Markets Report - NeuroOne Medical Technologies Receives FDA 510(k) Clearance — In limited trials, the Mayo Clinic was able to successfully document pre-seizure activity in epileptic patients using NeuroOne’s technology. The Mayo Clinic tests were conducted as part of a licensing and development agreement between the two companies--a partnership that constitutes a significant first step toward NeuroOne’s commercial adoption.

Everyday Health, Oprah’s Top Wellness Tips for 2020 and Beyond by Meryl Davids Landau — …Dawn Mussallem, DO, a family physician at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, who specializes in helping cancer patients boost their lifestyle, likes Winfrey’s use of the word "intention." Intention has a broader connotation than "goal," she notes. And importantly, you’re less likely to feel like a failure if you don’t immediately fulfill your intention as you might if you don't reach a goal. To begin the process of uncovering your wellness intentions, ask yourself what in your current life or in your past “makes you feel energized, connected, and empowered.”

Finance & Commerce, Miami developer buys into Mayo hotel market by Matt M. Johnson — A family that has owned a piece of a Mayo Clinic-connected hotel since the 1980s will remain part of a new ownership group that has purchased the Rochester property. Agave Brentwood Hotel, a company that shares an address with Miami-based developer Agave Holdings, paid $18.2 million cash for the independent Brentwood Inn and Suites at 123 Fourth Ave. NW, according to a certificate of real estate value made public late last week. The 93-room hotel is one of a few in downtown Rochester that are connected to the Mayo Clinic via the city’s “subway” tunnel system. The hotel sits in the northwest quadrant of Broadway Avenue Northwest and Second Street Southwest. Additional coverage: Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal

Becker’s Hospital Review, South Dakota health system joins Mayo network, changes name by Ayla Ellison —Regional Health, a five-hospital system based in Rapid City, S.D., changed its name to Monument Health and joined the Mayo Clinic Care Network on Jan. 17. The health system changed its name roughly two months after announcing the rebranding. Officials decided on the new name after conducting online surveys and focus groups with local residents. The health system also adopted a new logo — five diamonds in the shape of an "M" — that represents its five priorities: 1) deliver high-quality care; 2) provide a caring experience; 3) be a great place to work; 4) impact our communities; and 5) be here for generations to come. Additional coverage: Rapid City Journal, Black Hills Pioneer, KOTA-TV,NewsCenter 1, Keloland

Grand Forks Herald, Risk from coronavirus still negligible in the Midwest by John Molseed — A respiratory illness that has sickened hundreds and killed at least 17 in China has appeared in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention…In a statement in response to the CDC’s advisory, Dr. Gregory Poland, director of Mayo Clinic's Vaccine Research Group, said the virus is in the same family as SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) and MERS (Middle East respiratory syndrome) and that respiratory precautions against those viruses have been effective. “(W)ash your hands, stay away from ill people, wear a mask, and remain at home if you're feeling ill," said Dr. Poland.

Construction Dive, Construction Dive's 'mini megacities' to watch: Rochester, Minnesota by Jenn Goodman — Today we look at Rochester, Minnesota, which saw $4.8 billion in construction starts last year. (Click here for yesterday's story about Omaha, Nebraska.) British surgeon Dr. William Mayo could not have foreseen the prominence that his medical practice would bring to Rochester, Minnesota, when he hung out his shingle there more than 150 years ago.

Inside the Games, United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee hire chief medical officer by Dan Palmer — The United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) has hired Dr Jonathan Finnoff as chief medical officer. He will be tasked with implementing USOPC strategic direction for athlete well-being and physical and mental health…Since 2014, he has been working as medical director at the Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center in Minneapolis, serving as team physician for basketball sides Minnesota Timberwolves and Minnesota Lynx.

Runner’s World, How Burnout Syndrome Can Cause an Irregular Heartbeat by Danielle Zickl — …Symptoms of atrial fibrillation include feeling premature heartbeats, feeling like your heart is racing, shortness of breath, weakness, dizziness, lightheadedness, fainting, or chest pain or discomfort, according to the Mayo Clinic. Additionally, the Apple Watch Series 4 and Series 5 can detect heart problems like atrial fibrillation. If you are experiencing any symptoms, see your doctor immediately.

Endpoints News, Mayo Clinic launches clinical analytics platform with nference; WuXi buys German plant from Bayer by Amber Tong — Mayo Clinic is opening up its sprawling clinical database to nference, the Cambridge, MA-based AI startup it’s long partnered with and recently backed in a $60 million round. The project aims to digitize 25 million tissue slides within the next 2 to 2.5 years, FierceBiotech reported, in addition to annotating, linking and tagging written physician notes. After sorting through the data, nference will use the platform to identify new targets and biomarkers as well as apply it in clinical trial recruitment and real-world evidence generation.

Norfolk Daily News, Proven Mayo Clinic Diet Nutrition Program to be offered in Norfolk by Cody Ronnfeldt —Registered nurse Deb Schmit says she has taught the 11-week Mayo Clinic Diet Program at the Osmond Hospital since 2012 and is bringing it to Norfolk for people to try. Schmit says the program is made up of three different components with the first one called “lose it”.

Antelope Valley Press, Pet therapy: Unconditionally good for you? by W. Gifford-Jones, M.D. — A recent report from the Mayo Clinic asks, “Is medicine going to the dogs?” The answer is “Yes, but in a good way.” Hospitals and doctors are increasingly aware that dogs bring joy and rehabilitation to patients with a variety of health problems. There are more than a dozen registered therapy dogs and handlers at the Mayo Clinic’s Caring Canines program. They make regular visits to some patients as part of their medical therapy and offer special visits on request to others.

Star Press, After nearly dying, Ball State football player lifts up everyone around him by Ryan O’Gara — It’s been a little over two months since Trey Uetrecht probably should have died in a one-car accident, but he is grinning so much that it’s almost as if it’s permanently frozen on his 6-foot-1, 225-pound frame….A few weeks ago, Trey and an EMG on his arm to see what nerves were working and what muscles were working. The way he explains it, "I didn’t get a very good report on that." A lot of the nerves aren’t working. His brachial plexus was severed. So in the next few weeks, Trey will head to the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota to do nerve reconstruction. If his nerves don’t respond, his entire arm will be amputated.

New Hampshire Union Leader, Make happiness a habit — An increasing body of research suggests that optimistic people are healthier and happier than those who are pessimistic. But even if you are a negative thinker, you can teach yourself to make happiness a habit. Dr. Richa Sood, a Mayo Clinic general internist, has tips on how you can become more optimistic. Optimism is good for your health. But what if you’re pessimistic and have difficulty seeing the bright side of things? “Optimism is sort of a mindset,” says Sood.

Mental Daily, Cardiorespiratory Exercises Linked To Improved Cognition — In prior research studies, cardio exercises have shown to promote a healthier lifestyle and boost mental health. New research, published in the peer-reviewed journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings, takes its efficiency a step forward, indicating cardiorespiratory exercises may improve areas of the brain associated with cognitive decline. Additional coverage: Genetic Literacy Project

WDJT Milwaukee, 'I refuse to give up on him': Fundraiser created to help Milwaukee firefighter who suffered multiple strokes by Brittany Lewis — Derek Geppert suffered a stroke back in 2016.  "They got him back from the testing and the doctor was like 'I’m sorry, your husband’s having a stroke and there’s really nothing we can do about it,'" said Melissa Geppert, Derek's wife.  After going back and forth to doctors and different appointments, they eventually went to the Mayo Clinic.  "Mayo Clinic is where we got our answers, they found he has an autoimmune disorder that caused COPD caused vasculitis in his brain and the vasculitis in his brain is what’s causing these strokes," said Melissa.

Columbus Dispatch, Hellested’s seizures by Beverly Theil — …Dr. Elson L. So of the Mayo Clinic Alix College of Medicine in Rochester, Minnesota treated a woman who started having seizures in church when hearing highly emotional hymns. She would blank out and drop her hymnal. Electroencephalogram (EEG) studies of her brain found slow, emotional songs triggered her seizures while faster tunes had no effect. She was diagnosed with musicogenic epilepsy and successfully treated with anti-seizure medication. In addition she wears earbuds connected to an iPod that plays classic rock and roll from her youth. She can talk to friends, watch TV and talk on the phone all without a problem. The music serves as a filter for her.

Science News for Students, A first: Kids advise hospital researchers on their medical studies by Sheila Mulrooney Eldred — Paul Croarkin paces in a conference room as he presents a slideshow. It showcases his latest research on depression. A psychiatrist, he works at the Mayo Clinic, a hospital in Rochester, Minn. And he’s excited. It’s the first time he’s described his research to the hospital’s newest advisory board. He really wants the board’s opinions and feedback so that he can improve his study…The Mayo Clinic formed this group after it realized that hospitals could be missing important ways to help children’s social, emotional and physical health. Scientists don’t often ask kids what they need from research — even though there is a lot of medical research that can affect them…Another doctor at the Mayo Clinic, Christi Patten, came up with the idea for this board after a meeting of the Mayo Clinic’s adult advisory board.

SELF, 8 Signs You Should See a Doctor About Stomach Pain by Korin Miller — Stomach pain can be tricky for even the best doctors to diagnose, so if all you’re armed with is Google, M.D., sussing out what’s causing your discomfort can be hard…If it’s cholecystitis, …severe pain may first start brewing in your upper right or center abdomen before spreading to your right shoulder or back, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Brain & Life, Why Do Some People Have Seizures Caused by Music or Laughter? by Susan Fitzgerald — A crack in the sidewalk, a stray twig, or the leg of a chair: If Janis Hellested accidentally hits any of these with her right foot, it can trigger a seizure. The 61-year-old from Cranston, RI, says her right leg starts to tingle, twitch, and shake and then becomes paralyzed…Hellested's seizures fall into a category known as reflex epilepsy, in which seizures result from a specific trigger, such as flashing lights, a sudden noise, touch, or motion, a certain mode of music or song, or, in extremely rare cases, laughter. In most instances of epilepsy, more general circumstances such as stress, fatigue, alcohol, or lack of sleep can increase the likelihood of a seizure, says Elson L. So, MD, FAAN, professor of neurology at Mayo Clinic Alix College of Medicine in Rochester, MN.

Philly Voice, The causes of epilepsy are not always clear, but there are ways to treat and prevent it by Tracey Romero —There is no cure for epilepsy, but medication can help control the seizures. Most people living with epilepsy can engage in their normal activities as long as their seizures remain under control…Though there are a lot unknowns regarding the causes of epilepsy, the CDC and the Mayo Clinic suggest various recommendations to reduce risk…

Multiple Sclerosis News Today, MS Progression Affected by Degree of Relapse Recovery and Timing of DMT Use, Study Says by Marta Figuieredo — Recovering well after a first relapse and starting a disease-modifying therapy (DMT) immediately afterward considerably increases the likelihood of slowing progression in multiple sclerosis (MS), a study suggests…The study, “Relapse recovery: The forgotten variable in multiple sclerosis clinical trials,” was published in the journal Neurology: Neuroimmunology & Neuroinflammation…A team with the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science in Minnesota and Biogen set out to clarify how the degree of recovery from an early relapse impacts the effectiveness of Biogen’s Avonex (interferon beta-1a), a DMT, in halting disease progression, and whether such recovery should define the moment of DMT initiation.

Healio, Fragility significantly correlated with complications after TKA — “Frailty is a major public health burden,” study co-author Rebecca L. Johnson, MD, an anesthesiologist at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, told Healio.com/Orthopedics. “We found that almost one-fifth of patients undergoing total knee arthroplasty, a very common orthopedic surgery, are frail and at notable risk for complications including reoperation, fractures of the operative leg, wound complications, infection and death within the first year after surgery.”

TCTMD, Transcatheter Tricuspid, Mitral Repair Appear Safe to Combine: Registry Data by Caitlin E. Cox — “In general this is very encouraging,” commented Mayra Guerrero, MD (Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN). “I think the magnitude of the mortality difference is really very intriguing and deserves more evaluation, particularly with randomized trials.” The improvement with the combined approach makes sense, she told TCTMD. If two valves are severely leaking but only one is repaired, the heart would be expected not to perform as well as if both had been fixed. Most importantly, though, the paper “at least is telling us that [this strategy] is safe,” Guerrero said. “However, we should not encourage teams to start implementing this strategy routinely for all patients. The best approach is to consider enrolling in clinical trials to help obtain the scientific data needed to better understand which is the best treatment.”

News-Medical.Net, Liver mesenchymal stromal cells could be a better option for many therapeutic applications reviewed by Kate Anderton — Mesenchymal stromal cells from fat tissue and bone marrow are widely used in therapeutic trials for their anti-inflammatory qualities, but new Mayo Clinic research finds that liver cells may be of greater value…The liver is an immunologically active organ, and liver transplant recipients require much lower doses of anti-rejection medications than patients receiving other organs. "We have been interested in this phenomenon for a while, and have been studying the mechanisms of the liver's tolerance-inducing properties in transplant recipients," Dr. Taner says. "In this research, we found that liver mesenchymal stromal cells were much more potent than their counterparts from other tissues in their ability to control immune responses, which may explain why liver transplants are better tolerated."

Myjoyonline, KATH cancer care receives boost as it partners Mayo Clinic — Cancer care and treatment in Ghana is receiving a boost as Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) is partnering with the Mayo Clinic in North America. The partnership spearheaded by the Oncology Directorate of the hospital in Kumasi, is partnering one of the world’s cancer leaders to strengthen cancer care and management in the country. Head of the Oncology Directorate of KATH, Dr Ernest Baawuah Osei-Bonsu, said as part of the collaboration, a five-member team from the Directorate had already visited Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota has also been donating equipment to the directorate.

Express.co.uk, Dementia care: This ‘alternative’ exercise may reduce your risk of developing condition by Adam Chapman — According to Mayo Clinic, MCI is the stage between the expected cognitive decline of normal ageing and the more serious decline of dementia. “It can involve problems with memory, language, thinking and judgment that are greater than normal age-related changes,” explains the health body. The study, published in Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, found that an activity commonly referred to as “exergaming” - video games that also require physical exercise - improved the symptoms associated with MCI, such as complex thinking and memory skills.

The Hindu, ‘Myeloma risk may be higher among Indians than whites’ by Ramya Kannan — The striking successes of the last 15 years or so in treating patients with myeloma, a cancer of the bone marrow, resulting in longer life spans and better quality of life is what keeps Vincent Rajkumar buoyant. For this haematologist and oncologist at Mayo Clinic, in Minnesota, it has been hard work battling myeloma, but also, in many aspects rewarding. Among the top global experts, including several Indians, in the field of treating myeloma, Dr. Rajkumar was in India recently to attend the Indian Myeloma Congress and pledge support for the Indian Myeloma Academic Group. He also stopped by in his hometown Chennai, and spoke to The Hindu about the many developments in cancer care, the frenetic pace of research in the field, the genetic nub of myeloma and hinting, from his vantage position, at what the future might hold. Additional coverage: Times of News

Zawya, Saudi German Hospital - Riyadh joins the Mayo Clinic Care Network — Saudi German Hospital (SGH) Riyadh has announced that it has joined the Mayo Clinic Care Network in the presence of his Royal Highness Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the governor of Riyadh.  Leadership teams from Mayo Clinic and Saudi German Hospitals Group made the announcement at an event held at Saudi German Hospital Riyadh on the 20th of January 2020. SGH Riyadh is the first hospital in Riyadh, and one of a few select hospitals in the Middle East to join the Mayo Clinic Care Network, a group of carefully vetted, independent health care systems that have special access to Mayo Clinic's knowledge and expertise. Additional coverage: Saudi Gazette

Panamá América, ¿Tener una buena actitud es sano para el corazón? by — "El poder del pensamiento positivo es una de las mejores y generalmente olvidadas cosas que podemos hacer por nosotros mismos", dijo el Dr. Stephen Kopecky, cardiólogo en la Clínica Mayo, institución referente en el ámbito de salud a nivel mundial. En esta edición de Un Tiempo con Dr.FiT vamos a revisar la ciencia que respalda esta afirmación del Dr. Kopecky.

La Opinión, 'Pero no pareces enferma' byVirginia Gaglianone — Melody Olander tiene 23 años de edad … La joven sufrió los síntomas de dichas enfermedades por años, antes de que finalmente los doctores pudieron encontrar el diagnóstico correcto; y tuvo que lidiar repetidamente con médicos sin respuestas, tratamientos inefectivos y personas que la miraban con incredulidad y le decían que “no parecía enferma”… Su madre, una inmigrante de Argentina, la llevó a distintos médicos y hospitales, hasta que finalmente en la Clínica Mayo, un galeno le diagnosticó POTS y EDS. No fue hasta años después que un neurólogo de la Asociación neurológica de Phoenix, Arizona descubrió que Melody también padecía CIDP.

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