February 14, 2020

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights for February 14, 2020

By Emily Blahnik

PBS, Paddling and Peregrines — The Prairie Sportsman crew paddles the Minnesota River with Natalie Warren, one of the first women to canoe 2,000 miles from Fort Snelling to Hudson Bay, then climbs atop a Mayo Clinic building to see peregrine falcons that were brought back from extinction in the Upper Midwest.

Today.com, What causes a sudden heart attack? At 39, mom was 'blindsided' by blocked artery by A. Pawlowski — Jennifer Andrews was driving on a New Jersey highway last month when she suddenly suffered a massive heart attack…It’s possible for people to do everything right and still have heart problems sneak up on them, said Dr. Sharonne Hayes, a cardiologist and founder of the Women's Heart Clinic at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. February is American Heart Month, an annual campaign to raise awareness of heart disease — the leading cause of death for both men and women in the U.S., yet many people still think of it as a “man’s illness.”

CNBC, Beyond Meat, Impossible Foods face a new ‘fake meat’ foe with long, controversial history by Sully Barrett — The Super Bowl ad was the first television spot from Berman’s operation targeting alternative protein companies. In the commercial, a spelling bee contestant is asked to spell the word “methylcellulose,” which the judge defines as “a chemical laxative that is also used in synthetic meat.” Methylcellulose, a tasteless powder widely used as a food additive and as a thickener in cosmetic products, is listed on the ingredient labels of plant-based meat products made by both Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods. A 2018 post by Mayo Clinic said there is no evidence that using fiber supplements like methylcellulose is harmful.

Wall Street Journal, A Transplant Surgeon Is Operating Again—With a New Heart by Sumathi Reddy — Robert Montgomery was performing his first kidney transplant as the lead surgeon since his own heart transplant in September of 2018….He found an experimental protocol at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., where heart-transplant patients are treated with a different drug, rapamycin. Sudhir Kushwaha, a Mayo cardiologist who focuses on heart transplants, developed and began using the rapamycin protocol with heart-transplant recipients in 2002. The goal, he said, is to improve long-term survival rates. His research shows that if patients switch to rapamycin within six months of their transplant, their survival rate is nearly double that of those on the standard drug.

USA Today, Does baby powder cause cancer? A jury ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $750 million by Joshua Bote — Baby powder is as common as diapers. But is it really safe? Leading baby powder manufacturer Johnson & Johnson was ordered by a New Jersey jury Thursday to pay $750 million to four plaintiffs — a fine reduced to $186 million by a judge — in a lawsuit where plaintiffs alleged baby powder caused their cancer, Reuters and the Wall Street Journal reported.…If powder is used to prevent diaper rash, however, pediatricians advise using it as far from a baby as possible. “Use as little as possible, probably put it on your hands and transfer to the diaper area or gently sprinkle to the diaper area," said Mayo Clinic pediatrician David Soma. Additional coverage: Arizona Republic

New York Times, W.H.O. Fights a Pandemic Besides Coronavirus: an ‘Infodemic’ by Matt Richtel — Next to the box in which the video appears is an advertisement for an immune gargle product that, the ad claims, “is designed to support your immune system like no other,” and that is “scientifically proven.” However, the Mayo Clinic reports that the ingredient mentioned in the product, colloidal silver, has not been proved safe or effective in treating disease. And even the Infowars shop where the product is listed reads at the bottom: “This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.”

New York Times, Why Doctors Dismiss Dizziness by Brian Platzer — …If at all possible, make an appointment with a specialist in dizziness. There are excellent dizziness and balance centers across the country, including those at New York University, UPMC, the Mayo Clinic and Johns Hopkins. The Vestibular Disorders Association is a valuable resource for information and to find providers in your area. It is also important to continue to seek second and third opinions if you feel as though a particular specialist isn’t right for you.

STAT, Two more failed Alzheimer’s drugs sharpen focus on Biogen’s chances for aducanumab by Damian Garde — Biogen’s case to the FDA rests on the idea that, if you look only at the patients who got the highest dose for the longest period of time, combined data from both studies support approving aducanumab. And while that’s a debatable conclusion to draw, the results of DIAN don’t make it any more or less plausible, said Dr. Ronald Petersen, a Mayo Clinic neurologist who has been a paid consultant to Biogen. “I don’t think it would sway me one way or the other,” Petersen said. “Conceptually, [DIAN] is not good news for amyloid being a treatable target. I think it’s pretty clear that amyloid is not an easily treatable target, but I’m stopping short of dismissing it altogether.” Additional coverage: New York Times

STAT, The vodka trial: In search of a treatment for vocal disorders, a researcher puts patient anecdotes to the test by Eric Boodman — …Dr. Charles Adler, a neurologist at Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., wondered what might happen if patients took it for years. “One-time treatment — that’s not going to help a patient in the long run,” he said.

STAT, Federated learning: collaboration without compromise for health care research by Marielle S. Gross and Robert C. Miller, Jr. — What if we could learn from massive collections of data while avoiding the privacy and other risks typically associated with sharing such information? The Mayo Clinic has taken a step toward making that possible with its announcement that the first venture of the Mayo Clinic Platform will use federated learning as a foundational technology of if its privacy model…The new Mayo venture, the Clinical Data Analytics Platform, will let many different parties — from universities to private corporations and governments — work together to accelerate the development of knowledge and pharmaceuticals by leveraging this privacy-preserving technology.

Post-Bulletin, A three-armed gown and peace of mind by Jennifer Koski — After a recent mammogram, I was told that I'm one of the roughly 50% of women who has dense breast tissue. This can make a traditional mammogram, or even 3-D mammography, more difficult to read. Here's how my MBI went down….2:32 p.m.: There's plenty of time to chat while we wait. Lacey tells me that MBI was developed by Mayo Clinic researchers and was first used with patients in 2005. Because it's still relatively new, some insurance policies don't cover the $500-$600 test. (For instance, I'll have to pay for it personally, though it will count toward my deductible.)

Post-Bulletin, Answer Man: The total is around 315 million digits — Dear Mr. Answer Man: In a city in another state about the size of Rochester, the local paper reported that the local hospital used just more than 1.53 million gloves for the year. It got me wondering how many gloves does Mayo (Methodist and St. Marys hospitals and the clinic itself) go through in a year? I am guessing substantially more. I then am curious how much it costs Mayo each year just for gloves? There is no ulterior motive for these questions, I am just ... Curious…Dear Curious: No surprise here — you'd be counting on your fingers for a long time to arrive at the Clinic's annual glove tally. Mayo spokeswoman Ginger Plumbo told one of my minions that the Mayo Inventory Center distributed about 63 million gloves across the World's Greatest's Rochester facilities in 2019. That's gloves, not pairs, mind you — they're distributed by the box full. Cost: about $4.7 million.

West Central Tribune, Worsening immigration climate pushes health workers into politics by Paul John Scott — “Tonight we are going to talk about a tale of two Rochesters," said Mayo Clinic diversity program director Nicole Nfonoyim-Hara, invoking Dickens while kicking off a packed town hall on health care injustice here last week. That theme, of hidden hardship in the shadow of southern Minnesota's comfortable standard of living and eye-popping health technologies, arose repeatedly at the event hosted by Mayo Clinic, the University of Minnesota Rochester, and the federally-supported care network known as Community Health Service Inc. In an hour billed as "Hidden Crisis: Confronting Health Care Injustice in Our Local Immigrant Community," a succession of clinicians, academics and care providers painted a counter-portrait of ongoing health inequities, one in which the provision of health care has increasingly begun to call for not just practical but political action.

KAAL, VIDEO: Coronavirus death toll continues to rise and a Mayo Clinic health expert weighs in — Betsy Singer spoke with an infectious disease expert from Mayo Clinic, Dr. Gregory Poland, who goes in-depth on what American officials are doing to help combat the outbreak. He also tells her how long it could be before we see a vaccine, for the virus, in the U.S.

KAAL, Discovery Square Two takes shape in Rochester — In May of 2019, One Discovery Square, a life sciences hub with tenants like Mayo Clinic, Epic and University of Minnesota-Rochester opened its doors. “Only six or eight, 10 months later, we’re nearly fully occupied,” said Patrick Seeb, director of economic development and placemaking for Destination Medical Center. Plans have been drawn and last week, initial approval was given by the Destination Medical Center Corporation board for a new venture, Discovery Square Two. The project, which has gotten the first nod for $7.3 million in TIF funding, is set to be built right next door to One Discovery Square.

KAAL, National Wear Red day is back at Mayo Clinic by Jaclyn Harold — Heart disease remains one of the leading killers of women. According to Dr. Rekha Mankad, a Cardiologist at Mayo Clinic, that is why she is so invested in the National Wear Red Day event. "The whole month of February is heart awareness month, so today specifically is to bring about awareness for heart disease in women," said Mankad.  Booths lined the room with information on different types of heart disease and even healthy ways to reduce your risks. One booth offered free blood pressure testing and information about pacemakers. Healthy snacks were also a part of the celebration because as Mankad says, choosing to be healthy is key. Additional coverage: KIMT, KTTC

KAAL, Saving Lives: Mayo Clinic transportation unit — Every crash or medical emergency is different and so is the response that is taken. Whether on the ground or in the air, Mayo Clinic has a variety of fleets waiting to help, but what goes into making that call? "A lot of times the vehicle that we are taking matches the weather, so if we're in a ground ambulance it's likely we weren't able to fly in the helicopter somewhere," said Tricia Riggott a Flight Paramedic with Mayo Clinic Ambulance Service. However, the care doesn't just stop with the helicopter. Mayo provides a high level of patient care in all vehicles and it doesn't matter where.

Med City Beat, DMC Corporation Board OKs $7.3 million in TIF for Two Discovery Square project — The next major addition to Rochester’s Discovery Square sub-district is now on the verge of becoming a reality.  In a unanimous vote at Thursday’s quarterly meeting, the DMC Corporation Board authorized the use of $7.3 million in tax increment financing (TIF) to support the construction of Two Discovery Square. The 2DS project is slated to cost just under $45 million. Sixteen percent of the development would be paid for with TIF funds, a higher percentage than what has been allocated for most other projects. Additional coverage: Post-Bulletin

Star Tribune, Counting hours instead of sheep. by Erica Pearson — There are many steps we can take to make our sleep better. But we don’t need to make them all at once, said Amy Mattila, a wellness coach who has helped Mayo Clinic cancer patients get better rest. She often asks clients to make a list of the things that they know might be making it difficult for them to sleep. Then, she asks them to start by choosing just one thing to change. While one person might choose making their bedroom completely dark with blackout shades, another might decide to avoid television at night, she said. Still another might try a new bedtime self-care routine to wind down, like using lavender-scented oil.

Star Tribune, Online therapy a growing option in Minnesota health care by Jeremy Olson — Online CBT has been proposed as a solution for years to shortages of therapists or to other barriers, such as travel, that make it hard for patients to keep appointments. Initial studies have shown promise in addressing insomnia and other disorders. Mayo Clinic debuted its Anxiety Coach mobile app in 2012.

Star Tribune, Kay Fahey dies at 77 after battling cancer for 30 years by Joe Carlson — …After that first round of surgery and chemotherapy worked, she filled her time with parenting adult children and hobbies like Jazzercise, reading, hiking, gardening — activities that didn’t necessarily show off the strength, toughness and resolve that her family says carried her through the coming decades. Her longtime Mayo Clinic oncologist, Dr. Edward Creagan, said Kay’s recoveries were all the more notable because her particular cancer was “very virulent” when viewed through a microscope: “If there were 100 patients like her, most would not have lived quality years for 30 years. Most would have succumbed within a year or two or three.”

WCCO, Boy Born With Facial Paralysis Is Expressing Himself Through Music by Susan-Elizabeth Littlefield — Liam can’t smile. He has a rare disease that affects two out of every one million people...When Liam was born at the Mayo Clinic, his parents quickly noticed his lack of emotion. “I remember Liam was just a couple days old, and Kole asked the nurse, ‘When’s he gonna smile?’” mother Marissa Kraushaar said.

First Coast News, New vaccine aims to keep cancer from returning to triple-negative breast cancer survivors by Josslyn Howard — A vaccine is in the works at Mayo Clinic that may hinder cancer’s return in triple negative breast cancer survivors. “I’m very excited,” said Dr. Saranya Chumsri, an oncologist at Mayo Clinic. “I’m always believing in immunotherapy. I think that’s the future of cancer treatment. What’s the best way to treat the cancer than your own immune system?” The trial consists of a series of shots that stimulate the patient’s immune response so immune cells attack the cancer and prevent its return. The vaccine, known as folate receptor alpha vaccine, is being administered to about 70 patients currently undergoing the trial at Mayo Clinic.

Florida Times-Union, ‘I wanted to raise my babies’ by Beth Reese Cravey — About 80 percent of heart disease is preventable through weight control and diet, aerobic fitness, cholesterol management, avoiding smoking and tobacco and cholesterol and blood pressure management, said Parag C. Patel, a transplant cardiologist at Jacksonville’s Mayo Clinic and Herndon’s cardiologist. But other cases, such as Herndon’s “familial cardiomyopathy,” are hereditary. The family’s future generations are “highly likely” to be at risk as well and there is little they can do about it, Patel said. “There is no significant data determining whether preventive medications or measures prevent or delay progression of familial cardiomyopathy,” he said.

News4Jax, The 13th annual Donna Marathon starts Saturday morning — The 13th annual Donna Marathon starts Saturday morning with a variety of runs and events before the big Donna Foundation 26.2, the National Marathon to Finish Breast Cancer, on Sunday. Donna Deegan, a breast cancer survivor, began a foundation in 2009 and uses the marathons to raise money for breast cancer research and care for breast cancer patients who need financial assistance to battle the disease…The Donna Foundation has also disbursed more than $3.3 million of race proceeds to the Mayo Clinic Breast Cancer Translational Genomics Research Program. Additional coverage: Ponte Vedra Recorder

News4Jax, Donna Marathon and Mayo Clinic Join to Beat Breast Cancer — Tomorrow...thousands of runners and walkers will lace up for the DONNA Marathon in Jacksonville Beach to *FINISH breast cancer. The DONNA Foundation has given more than $3 million of race proceeds to the Mayo Clinic Breast Cancer Translational Genomics Research Program. Joining us now with details on their latest efforts is Professor of Immunology at Mayo Clinic, Dr. Keith Knutson. Additional coverage: Action News Jax

Jacksonville Daily Record, Innovate Jax works to connect, elevate city, its innovators by Katie Garwood — …Warnock added that companies that have been here for years, such as Mayo Clinic and Haskell, are moving more toward innovation. Mayo Clinic opened its Life Sciences Incubator in August, and Haskell began Dyrsuptek, a venture capital arm of the company.

South Florida Reporter, Medications Versus Surgery For Heart Patients (Video) — Coronary artery disease is the most common type of heart disease in the U.S, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The condition develops when the major blood vessels that supply your heart with blood become damaged or diseased. Plaque buildup narrows your coronary arteries, causing symptoms such as chest pain and shortness of breath, and it increases your risk of heart attack. Dr. Todd Miller, a Mayo Clinic cardiologist, says that certain patients with coronary artery disease may be able to manage their condition with medications instead of a procedure or surgery.

KJZZ-Arizona, Dr. Joseph Sirven: Should Doctors Face Cognitive Testing To Continue Practicing As They Age? by Mark Brodie —Researchers at Yale University recently released the results of a three-year study in which they tested doctors older than 70 working there to see if they were experiencing memory loss. To find out what they found and what it might mean for the medical industry, The Show turned to Dr. Joe Sirven, KJZZ’s medical commentator and a neurologist at the Mayo Clinic.

KEYC Mankato, Mayo Clinic Health System cardiologist provides tips to prevent heart complications by Lauren Andrego — Mayo Clinic Health System Cardiologist Niti Aggarwal, M.D., joined KEYC News Now at 6:30 to discuss ways to prevent heart complications. The month of February is recognized as American Heart Month.

Mankato Free Press, Area medical groups recognized for chronic, preventive care by Brian Arola — A new report found two Mankato area medical groups were high performers in care measures ranging from breast cancer screenings to depression remission in 2019. The results were in Minnesota Community Measurement’s annual health care quality report released today. It measured 213 medical groups and 948 clinics on a wide range of health categories. The report recognized Mankato Clinic and Mayo Clinic Health System for standing out in several measures.

Owatonna People’s Press, Coronavirus: Influenza remains a 'much greater concern' and is widespread in Minnesota, Mayo physician says by Annie Granlund — The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed Wednesday that a Wisconsin resident is the 12th person in the country to be diagnosed with the highly contagious disease. With this case being in our neighboring state, people have started to wonder if they need to be taking the coronavirus more seriously. According to Dr. John O’Horo, an infectious disease physician at Mayo Clinic Health System, those who are truly at risk are a minority. “In the short term, if you’re not traveling than not very,” O’Horo said when asked how real the coronavirus currently is for people in Steele County. “The total number of coronavirus cases in the U.S. only reached a dozen recently, and all cases have either been associated with travelers to impacted areas of their very close household contacts.”

Fairmont Sentinel, Vaccine best bet against flu by Brooke Wohlrabe — Flu symptoms range from mild to severe, and can affect anyone at any age. It’s especially important that seniors with weakened immune symptoms take care of themselves during this time. Dr. Ingrid Chan, a family medicine physician at Mayo Clinic Health System in Fairmont, said elderly people typically have more chronic medical conditions so their immune system is weaker, which puts them at a greater risk of developing complications from the flu. Chan said those issues are usually why people end up hospitalized. She said the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported 19 million cases of the flu nationwide this year, with 180,000 hospitalizations.

Fairmont Sentinel, Class meant to boost strength, balance by Judy Bryan — “Falling is a huge problem, and it was a big thing for hospitals to figure out what to do about this issue. We did the research, and Stepping On is by far the best program,” said Peggy Sue Garber, a registered nurse who serves as trauma and injury prevention coordinator at Mayo Clinic Health System in Fairmont. “Stepping On” is a series of two-hour classes over a seven-week period that guarantees a reduction in the incidence of falls.

Faribault Daily News, Anti-vaccine movement finding allies among Minnesota GOP lawmakers by Ricardo Lopez — Dr. Robert M. Jacobson, a Mayo Clinic pediatrician who focuses on vaccine delivery, effectiveness and adverse consequences, said vaccines undergo a number of quality and safety assurances that aren’t required of vitamins, supplements, and even prescription and over-the-counter drugs. Immunizations also face stringent testing before receiving regulatory approval — as well as continuous monitoring of adverse side effects. “That is why I make the argument that vaccines are safer than anything else I can do for my patients,” he said.

Austin Daily Herald, Minnesota partnership targets cancer and neurological disease — Five competitive grants will help partnering researchers advance early studies in medical science affecting conditions that have statewide impact. Each project, which is a collaborative effort between a University of Minnesota investigator and a Mayo Clinic investigator, will take an approach that could not be pursued by either institution independently.

Belle Plaine Herald, Mayo Clinic Health System in New Prague Receives 4 Star Rating — Thirteen hospitals across Mayo Clinic received star ratings from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for Overall Hospital Quality. Mayo Clinic Health System in New Prague received 4 stars out of 5. Six of Mayo Clinic’s 13 hospitals earned five stars — the best score possible. The national average is 3 of 5 stars.

WXOW La Crosse, Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse receives five star rating by Lindsey Ford — Thirteen medical facilities in the Mayo Clinic system recently received a five-star rating with Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse being one of those to get the honor. The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), a government agency, awarded Mayo the five stars rating. The rating is based on outcomes that are important to patients and health care providers, like re-admission to the hospital, use of imaging, patient experience, and more. Dr. Dawn Mussallem specializes in breast care at Mayo Clinic’s Integrative Medicine and Health program in Jacksonville, Fla. She worked with Cohen on an expert integrative oncology panel that recently endorsed the Society for Integrated Oncology Breast Cancer Guidelines.

WXOW La Crosse, A positive attitude by Dave Solie — Before she knew it, Charmin Gratz of Prairie du Chien was dealing with some life changing news. But as soon as she heard it, her first response was what do we need to do to fix it?..Later this week on Live at Five, we'll explain how Charmin was rushed to Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse. We'll tell you what doctors there did next and continue to do today.

WKBT La Crosse, Free sports performance clinic for young athletes — A free event is raising awareness about injury prevention in young athletes. Mayo Clinic Health System and R.W. Houser Family YMCA are hosting a 2-part sports performance clinic. The first session takes place Sunday, February 9th. Health professionals will be addressing injury concerns and prevention. They will also talk about ways to optimize performance and improve recovery.

WKBT La Crosse, New law gives healthcare workers more protections by Molly Ringberg — One health expert says this bill ensures those behaviors won’t be tolerated. “We’re able to directly assure our staff that we’re going to listen and we’re going to support our staff in caring for those violent patients,” said Lisa Bungum, Nurse Administrator at Mayo Clinic Health System. Mayo Clinic Health System has implement initiatives to protect its healthcare workers. This includes education, engagement, and empowerment among providers.

La Crosse Tribune, Influenza A cases double in single week at Mayo by Emily Pyrek — Though one case of coronavirus was confirmed in Wisconsin earlier this week, health experts continue to focus their concern on continually rising flu numbers. At Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse, clinic and emergency room visits related to influenza A more than doubled last week, with 33 reported cases the week of Jan. 31 compared to 13 the week of Jan. 24. Influenza B numbers, however, showed a slight decrease, from 31 the week of the 24th to 27 the week of the 31st.

La Crosse Tribune, Disinfection robots kill dangerous germs at Mayo in La Crosse by Emily Pyrek — A disinfecting robot may conjure the image of a rigid-limbed figure armed with a bottle of Lysol, but in truth, the machines, while verbal, aren't especially human-like in appearance, and their purpose is serious: potentially saving lives. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in every 31 patients will contract a health-care associated infection, not only causing unnecessary pain, stress and financial strain on patients, but costing the health-care system billions of dollars.In addressing the very real risks of super germs and infection spread, Mayo Clinic Health System has added two remote controlled, disinfection robots to its La Crosse facility, giving rooms hospital-wide an extra sweep of sanitation.

Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, A midwinter getaway by Steve Betchkal — On cold winter days, my favorite place is the Yucatan of Mexico. The air is warm there and smells of soil, growing green plants and lime blossoms. Second best to that? The Healing Garden at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire. Mexico it’s not, but if you close your eyes and inhale, it sure smells like the tropics. The Healing Garden is part arboretum, part patient lounge. It’s got a curved glass ceiling that lets the light in, growing plants that soak the light up, and a water fountain that provides background music. It was built in 2008 with contributions from employees and citizens. It abuts the hospital’s Critical Care Unit, off of Fifth Street.

Business Insider, The Wuhan coronavirus has now claimed more lives than SARS. Top scientists told us it could take years and cost $1 billion to make a vaccine to fight the epidemic. by Andrew Dunn — "When people get up there and say we are going to have a vaccine in months, it is misleading," Dr. Gregory Poland, the director of the Mayo Clinic's Vaccine Research group, said in an interview. "That is not going to happen in the US." Poland, who works on vaccine development, said it can cost roughly $1 billion for a vaccine to be approved in the US. It will likely take years for a coronavirus vaccine to progress through the multiple stages of human testing required to assess a vaccine's safety and effectiveness, he said.

Health 24, How are doctors treating coronavirus while waiting for a cure? — Most viral diseases, with the exception of those caused by human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), are self-limited illnesses that do not require specific antiviral therapy, according to the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings. The currently available antiviral drugs target three main groups of viruses: herpes, hepatitis, and influenza. We’ve heard of Tamiflu being administered during the swine flu outbreak in 2009, for example. All of these drugs, with the exception of antivirals for HIV, are made by using the virus’s specific DNA.

Prevention, Survivor’s Jeff Probst Admits He Had a Terrifying Health Scare: "I Had No Idea Who I Was" by Megan Stein — Mayo Clinic describes TGA as a "temporary episode of memory loss" where "your recall of recent events simply vanishes, so you can't remember where you are or how you got there." It often affects those of middle or older age, and "isn't serious, but it can still be frightening." Additional coverage: Talk Radio 107.5

Chicago Tribune, Medications versus surgery for heart patients — Coronary artery disease is the most common type of heart disease in the U.S, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The condition develops when the major blood vessels that supply your heart with blood become damaged or diseased. Plaque buildup narrows your coronary arteries, causing symptoms such as chest pain and shortness of breath, and it increases your risk of heart attack. Dr. Todd Miller, a Mayo Clinic cardiologist, says that certain patients with coronary artery disease may be able to manage their condition with medications instead of a procedure or surgery.

Next Avenue, Patient Outcomes and Quality of Life by Helene Engler — Dr. Dawn Mussallem specializes in breast care at Mayo Clinic’s Integrative Medicine and Health program in Jacksonville, Fla. She worked with Cohen on an expert integrative oncology panel that recently endorsed the Society for Integrated Oncology Breast Cancer Guidelines. In the last couple of years, Mussallem developed and piloted a breast-specific integrative medical program within Mayo’s Jacoby Center for Breast Health that included acupuncture, massage therapy, cancer nutrition, mindfulness classes, yoga and superfood cooking classes. Mussallem met with patients about whole-person well-being, discussing aspects like nutrition, exercise, purposeful living and avoidance of toxins like alcohol and tobacco. The program’s results showed a favorable patient benefit on quality of life, and these integrative services are now offered to all cancer patients at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville.

Fierce Biotech, Vineti nets $35M to build out logistics software for personalized treatments by Amirah Al Idrus — GE Ventures and Mayo Clinic unveiled Vineti, then known as Vitruvian Networks, in 2016 as a “smart plumbing” solution that connects all the players involved in getting a treatment like Kymriah to patients: hospitals, blood banks, specialized couriers and manufacturers. Since then, it has picked up partners such as Gilead/Kite Pharma, which adopted the chain-of-custody system for their CAR-T treatment, Yescarta, which was approved for non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 2017, and Autolus, which is applying the technology to its pipeline of clinical-stage T-cell therapies.

Becker’s Hospital Review, Movers and shakers: 7 latest leadership changes affecting health IT by Jackie Drees — Becker's Hospital Review reported the following health IT executive moves recently affecting hospitals, companies and federal agencies….1. David Hayes, MD, who practiced cardiology and held leadership roles at Mayo Clinic for more than 40 years, left the Rochester, Minn.-based health system to become chief medical officer of medical device company Biotronik.

Becker’s Hospital Review, The focus of the tech C-suite of the future? Data, data & more data, say health IT experts from Mayo Clinic, Eko & more by Andrea Park — Cris Ross, CIO of Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic, for one, predicted that leadership jobs of the future — and not only those in the IT field — "will increasingly be focused around the work of understanding where data are, and how to extract meaning and value from them." This shift in focus will be driven by the fact that "insights and cognition come from seen and unseen patterns in data, not from our control over or mastery of data," per Mr. Ross. "Software will answer to data, not the other way around, as it used to be."

Paradise Valley Independent, African-American cancer survivor group grows from Phoenix to Peoria by Delarita Ford — The Coalition of Blacks Against Breast Cancer has chosen Black History Month to grow its support group from Phoenix to Peoria The Coalition of Blacks Against Breast Cancer has chosen Black History Month to grow its support group from Phoenix to Peoria. The Arizona 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to education, outreach and increasing survival rates amongst African-Americans diagnosed with breast cancer, is affiliated with the local Mayo Clinic and provides “high-quality, reliable information” along with support to black breast cancer patients in the Phoenix metropolitan area.…As the survival for breast cancer in African-American women staggers behind other ethnic groups, local initiatives regarding circumstances Black patients faced pathologically, culturally and physically began in early 2009 with Mayo clinic employees, Dr. Michele Halyard and Marion Kelly.

MD Magazine, Risk of Gastrointestinal Bleeding Increases with Combination Therapy by Kenny Walter — The debate over whether monotherapy or combination therapy is ideal to treat gastrointestinal bleeding rages on. A team, led by Neena S. Abraham, MD, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Department of Medicine, Mayo Clinic, identified the risk and time frame for gastrointestinal bleeding in patients prescribed different antithrombotic regimens. The safety of different antithrombotic strategies for patients with more than 1 indication for antithrombotic drugs is not yet known.

GenomeWeb, Through Mayo Clinic Pact, PGDx Hopes to Show Clinical Utility for NGS Tissue, Liquid Biopsy Assays by John Gilmore — Personal Genome Diagnostics and Mayo Clinic have launched a project to evaluate the firm's next-generation sequencing (NGS) tissue and liquid biopsy technology with the goal of helping the hospital improve cancer treatment by identifying effective therapy options and improving monitoring of patient response to therapy. PGDx's Elio Tissue Complete, a 507-gene NGS test, identifies classes of gene alterations and reads out measures of microsatellite instability and tumor mutational burden in patients. The firm's Elio Plasma Resolve liquid biopsy assay also uses NGS to identify single nucleotide variants, small indels, amplifications, rearrangements, and MSI in circulating cell-free DNA. 

Healio, Development of resistance may necessitate alternative therapies for S. maltophilia — “S. maltophilia is a gram-negative, multidrug-resistant organism that is typically hospital acquired and associated with high morbidity and mortality,” Ahmed M. Hamdi, MD, of the division of infectious diseases at the Mayo Clinic, and colleagues wrote. “Worldwide, the rate of S. maltophilia infections has increased in past decades, likely attributable to the increase in the population at risk [including those who are critically ill; patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, HIV or an organ transplant; patients on prolonged therapy with broad-spectrum antibiotics; or patients with an extended need for assisted ventilation, respiratory tract S. maltophilia colonization, and prolonged neutropenia] as a result of advances in care of immunocompromised patients, also driven by use of invasive devices and broad-spectrum antibiotics.”

Medscape, Genomic Experts Throw Cold Water on Most Long QT Genes by Patrice Wendling — "We're really in a phase of needing to do a tremendous amount of clean-up work in genomic medicine, in general, and in genetic cardiology. Because what we used to implicate a gene as a disease-causative gene a decade ago — now in the lens of current knowledge and current dataset — looks to be almost prehistoric," Michael Ackerman, MD, PhD, a genetic cardiologist at Mayo Clinic Rochester, Minnesota, and coauthor of both papers, said in an interview.

Irish Times, Septic shock study gets €5m funding from Irish life sciences VC by Dominic Coyle — Sepsis, which can progress to septic shock, used to be seen in medical circles as an infection. Now it is understood to be an immune system response to infection that can itself overwhelm the patient. The Mayo Clinic in the United States says that mortality rates from septic shock are as high as 40 per cent. Inotrem uses a lower figure, 35 per cent , for developed countries but notes that there is currently no specific therapy approved to treat it.

Mirror.co.uk, Woman with busy life claims stress left her paralysed from neck down by Alexander Greensmith — A woman has claimed stress caused her to develop a condition that left her paralysed from the neck down. Courtney Runyon, 35, had a busy life of working, travelling and fitness when the disease left her in a nursing home for over three months…At The Mayo Clinic, Courtney received the news that she had chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP), a condition affecting one to eight of every 100,000 people. Additional coverage: Daily Star

Jordan Times, There is more than one way to age. How are you doing it? —  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 ageing 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.”

Gulf News, Taking steps towards better brain health by Kamakshi Gupta — …The latest is a Mayo Clinic study that provides new evidence of an association between cardiorespiratory fitness and brain health, particularly in grey matter and total brain volume — regions of the brain involved with cognitive decline and ageing. The study involved 2,013 adults from Germany who were examined in phases from 1997 through 2012. Cardiorespiratory fitness was measured using peak oxygen uptake and other standards. The results suggested that cardiorespiratory exercise may contribute to improved brain health and decelerate a decline in grey matter.

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