February 28, 2020

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights for February 28, 2020

By Emily Blahnik

Los Angeles Times, Medical experts decline to endorse cognitive screening for older adults by Judith Graham — Dr. Ronald Petersen, director of the Mayo Clinic’s Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, cautioned that doctors shouldn’t be discouraged from evaluating older patients’ memory and thinking. “It would be a mistake if physicians didn’t pay more attention to cognition and consider screening on a case-by-case basis,” said Petersen, who co-wrote one of the JAMA editorials. Similarly, seniors shouldn’t avoid addressing worrisome symptoms. Additional coverage: Kaiser Health News, Chicago Tribune

Bloomberg, Coronavirus May Be ‘Disease X’ Health Experts Warned About by Jason Gale — A similar pattern of inflammation noted among Covid-19 patients was observed in those who succumbed to the 1918 “Spanish flu” pandemic, said Gregory A. Poland, the Mary Lowell Leary emeritus professor of medicine, infectious diseases, and molecular pharmacology and experimental therapeutics at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. “Whenever, you have an infection, you have a battle going on,” Poland said in a phone interview Thursday. “And that battle is a battle between the damage that the virus is doing, and the damage the body can do when it tries to fight it off.”

Yahoo! Finance, 'We are starting to see in Italy what we hoped we wouldn't see,' says Mayo Vaccine Research Group physician — Cases of coronavirus are climbing around the globe, with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services saying that cases of the virus throughout the Unite States will likely spike. Dr. Gregory Poland of the Mayo Vaccine Research Group joined The Final Round on Tuesday to discuss what this could mean.

Parade, Your Guide to Perimenopause, That Mysterious In-Between Period of Womanhood by Erica Sweeney — Perimenopause refers to the time leading up to menopause, when women start experiencing fluctuations in ovarian functions and menstrual cycles, but haven’t yet gone a full 12 months without a period, says Stephanie Faubion, medical director of the North American Menopause Society and director of the Mayo Clinic’s Center for Women’s Health…“100% of women will go through the menopause transition, if they are lucky enough to live that long,” Faubion says, and technically all women will experience perimenopause, but not all women will experience symptoms.

Prevention, Here's What It's Like to Take a Bath in 1,250 Pounds of Epsom Salt by Adele Jackson-Gibson — When our nervous system is always firing, the body has a hard time sustaining balance and can't focus on stuff like proper digestion or cellular repair. That's why prolonged stress can often lead to illness. This is where a sensory deprivation tank has the potential to help, says Dr. Brent A. Bauer, the director of the Mayo Clinic Complementary and Integrative Medicine Program. Being somewhat disconnected from your external environment gives your mind a break. "Almost anything that gets our brains 'off the grid' might be very helpful," he says. "Most of us have brains that are never 'off' so taking time to allow the brain some 'down time'—through guided imagery, tai chi, yoga, etc.—seems to be one component of helping to mitigate the negative effects of stress. So for those people who find flotation to be restorative, incorporating flotation as part of an overall wellness program may be a reasonable choice."

Prevention, 16 Best Tips for How to Sleep Well All Night and Wake Up Refreshed by Lora Shinn — A healthy night’s sleep relies on healthy daytime activities to create your body’s “biological clock,” or circadian rhythm. “The interplay of sleep and rest, when it’s on a schedule, helps signal your brain as to where it is within a 24-hour circadian rhythm,” Dr. Winter says. Certain activities send the right signals and others can be harmful, says Donn Dexter, M.D., a neurologist at Mayo Clinic Health System. Here’s your 24-hour guide to which is which so you can sleep better, starting tonight.

NBC News, The best skincare products for rosacea, according to dermatologists by Chrissy Callahan — According to the Mayo Clinic, rosacea is a common skin condition that causes redness and visible blood vessels in your face. And much like acne, it can be unpredictable and difficult to treat. Although there's no cure for rosacea, you can help keep the signs and symptoms at bay by avoiding common triggers, like spicy food, red wine and extreme temperatures, and by adopting a good skin care regimen.

Post-Bulletin, Crisis center work continues to emerge by Randy Petersen — The goal is to create a place for people within a 10-county Southeast Minnesota region to turn when facing a crisis. “The crisis center will fill an existing gap in care for people in Southeast Minnesota who are experiencing mental illness,” said Dr. Bruce Sutor, practice chairman for the Mayo Clinic Department of Psychiatry and Psychology. “The center will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, ensuring that individuals can get the care they need when they need it in a calm, safe and welcoming environment.” Mayo Clinic and Olmsted Medical Center are joining the 10 counties to financially support operations, with added insight from local National Alliance on Mental Illness representatives.

Post-Bulletin, Stewartville man provides care during Coronavirus quarantine by Emily Cutts — Chad Schmitz can be ready to leave home in less than a hour. His years with the National Disaster Medical System's Disaster Medical Assistance Team have him prepared to go wherever and whenever he is called to help those in need. Earlier this month, Schmitz got the call to help with medical care at a quarantine in Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, Calif. Two planes transporting evacuees from Wuhan, China, were headed to the Air Force base, and those approximately 230 passengers would need to be under quarantine to monitor for signs of Coronavirus…When not traveling the country providing emergency medical services, Schmitz works as operations manager for Mayo Clinic ambulance in Owatonna and Mankato. He has been a paramedic for 15 years. Additional coverage: Bemidji Pioneer Press

KAAL, Local public health officials plan for coronavirus — While new cases of the coronavirus are being reported every day, local health officials say they're putting plans together in case the virus is discovered here in Minnesota. "Well, I think right now, we don't know. What we're doing in public health is watching the situation very closely,” said Graham Briggs, Director of Public Health at Olmsted County Public Health Services…Graham also said they're working almost daily with Mayo Clinic, Olmsted Medical Center, and area schools to supply them with the most up to date and accurate information on the virus.

KAAL, Hundreds of young scientists take part in the 31st Annual GATEway Science Fair — On Saturday, over 200 young residents brought their curiosities to life at Mayo Clinic. "Sometimes I'm right, sometimes I'm wrong," said Nihaad Sheikhibrahim, a sixth-grader and veteran to the 31st Annual GATEway Science Fair.  Third and sixth grade students conducted experiments with the freedom of choosing something that interests them. After deciding on a topic, students applied the scientific method to their idea and presented their results to science professionals. Additional coverage: Post-Bulletin

KAAL, 20,000 transplants and counting — For 57 years, Mayo Clinic has been performing transplants and now they are marking the 20,000th transplant performed in its Rochester location.  Mayo's transplant history started in 1963 with the first living donor kidney transplant. Since those early days, the clinic has performed transplants from liver and lung to face and hand. Additional coverage: KROC-Radio

KIMT, Mayo Clinic doctor tell his story about serving in the Vietnam War by Madelyne Watkins — Dr. James Donadio Jr. from Mayo Clinic was drafted into the Vietnam War in 1966. He was sent to supervise the renal intensive care unit. Now a retired Nephrologist, Dr. Donadio wrote a book about his time during the war called, 'From Mayo Clinic to Vietnam.' On Thursday, he's having a book signing. Aaron Saterdalen said Dr. Donadio will be sharing his experiences, answering questions and telling his story of what it's like to be a physician serving in the war.

KTTC, ‘Good Morning America’ Anchor Robin Roberts joins Mayo Clinic board of trustees by Nicole Valinote — "Good Morning America" anchor Robin Roberts was elected as a public trustee by the Mayo Clinic Board of Trustees. According to a news release from Mayo Clinic, Roberts was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007 and was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome five years later. The release said she received a bone barrow transplant from her sister. Roberts later reportedly teamed up with Be the Match, a nonprofit organization. Additional coverage: Finance & Commerce, KROC-Radio, Med City Beat

Star Tribune, Mayo Clinic's operating income jumped 72% in 2019, surpassing $1 billion by Christopher Snowbeck — Mayo Clinic’s operating income topped $1 billion for the first time in 2019 as the Rochester-based health system saw more hospital patients and surgery cases across its primary medical centers in Minnesota, Arizona and Florida. The earnings figure surged by 72% compared with 2018, an increase fueled by patient demand that looked surprisingly strong compared with the flat or declining inpatient volume being reported at many medical centers…We thought we’d reached a new high, and we kept growing again,” said Dennis Dahlen, the Mayo Clinic chief financial officer. “We’re doing more transplants than ever and excelling at what it is that Mayo Clinic does really well.” Additional coverage:  Modern Healthcare, Post-Bulletin, Pioneer Press, KROC-Radio, Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, Bring Me the News, Healthcare Dive, Med City Beat, West Central Tribune

Star Tribune, School rallies around principal after cancer's return by Deb Holland — On a recent morning at Piedmont Valley Elementary School, principal Ethan Dschaak had a visit from a pint-sized kindergartener. The girl had in tow a box of chocolates and a handmade card.The printing in the card was unmistakably that of a kindergartener, but the sentiment summed up the thoughts of an entire school and community — "Mr. Dschaak, thank you for being a great principal. I am praying for you …At a trip to Mayo Clinic last month, the doctor found a tumor on Dschaak's lung that is believed to be cancerous. He was headed to Mayo Clinic and was scheduled to have surgery to have the tumor removed…"In 2009, they cut the tumor out. I went through five months of chemotherapy, six weeks of radiation, and I lived at Mayo clinic for six weeks," he recalled. The cancer went away and things were looking good, then from 2010 to 2014 the cancer returned to his lungs four times. Additional coverage: San Antonio Express-News

Pioneer Press, The hot toddy — it won’t cure you, but you’ll feel better. Here is why some call it the chicken soup of the cocktail bar. by Zak Stambor — While it was no cure, it temporarily relieved my symptoms, which may make some sense, says Donald Hensrud, a physician in internal medicine who also serves as an associate professor of nutrition and preventive medicine at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science…“The warmth of the drink may provide symptomatic comfort,” he says.

Action News Jax, Photos: Man battling cancer gets married at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville — A Jacksonville couple married Thursday at Mayo Clinic after running into issues getting their marriage license.

Florida Times-Union, Floridians brace for effects of daylight saving starting March 8 by Catie Wegman — The most notable changes are in those who regularly do not get enough sleep and those 65 and older, according to the study. Children with autism also may be impacted for weeks or months. Without enough sleep, people can struggle with memory, learning, social interactions and overall cognitive performance, according to Mayo Clinic’s Center of Sleep Medicine. Time changes also are known to coincide with increased car crashes and fatalities.

Florida State University News, FSU, Mayo Clinic collaborate on medical innovation, attracting top biomedical talent by Kathleen Haughney — Florida State University President John Thrasher and representatives from Mayo Clinic in Florida signed a multifaceted agreement Tuesday in Jacksonville to attract and retain top talent in the biomedical field. The collaborative education efforts will focus on medical innovation and promote a market-driven approach to create a highly trained workforce focused on taking medical technology from the research space to clinical practice. Additional coverage: Tallahassee Democrat, Jacksonville Daily Record

Arizona Daily Star, Mayo Clinic: Earlier detection of women’s vascular health issues can affect heart disease risk — Men and women differ in the way their vascular systems age and the rate at which atherosclerosis, the hardening of artery walls or buildup of arterial blockage, progresses over time. These sex- and age-related differences have a direct bearing on a woman’s risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Mayo Clinic researchers, in collaboration with international investigators, suggest a new approach of evaluating vascular function earlier in women, starting in middle age before arterial damage becomes severe.

KEYC Mankato, Local nurse goes above and beyond to help patients by Gage Cureton — When a St. James couple left the hospital on Tuesday, it took a nurse’s act of kindness to get them on their way home. It’s a familiar scene this time of year, but when Jerry and Charlotte Knaak of St. James left the hospital on Tuesday after the snowstorm, they found their car buried…Annie Voges, a registered nurse at Mayo Clinic Health System — Mankato, quickly stepped in even outside the hospital walls. “They were just a very nice couple and very easy to work with. It just makes me want to do nice things for people. I just feel like I did what any other person would have done. I could tell that she needed some help and I was just in the right place at the right time and willing to help her,” says Voges.

KEYC Mankato, Exercising while pregnant has many benefits, according to Mayo Clinic Health System professionals — Graham King, a family medicine physician at the Mayo Clinic Health System — Mankato campus, joined Lauren Andrego during KEYC News Now at 6:30 to bust myths and demystify exercise during pregnancy.

KEYC Mankato, St. James emergency nurse practitioner returns from medically assisting at a Calif. quarantine site by Mary Rominger — Around the same time that the evacuees learned they’d be returning, a nurse practitioner in the Emergency Department at the Mayo Clinic Health System in Fairmont and Mankato and Minnesota Disaster Medical Assistance team member Vonnie Gratz received word of her next deployment.But, due to confidentiality reasons, she wouldn’t know what her team’s mission was until it was right in front of her. “I kind of suspected it would be something because I knew it had been declared a National Public Health Emergency,” Gratz said.

KTOE-Radio, Mayo, City of Mankato to Launch Mayo Mile by Ashley Hanley — Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato and the City of Mankato will celebrate the launch of the Mayo Mile walking program with a community celebration. The event will be held at 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 4, in the lobby near the box office at the Mayo Clinic Health System Event Center. Lunch will be provided to the first 200 walkers, and there will be samples of healthy food for all attendees.

Austin Daily Herald, Mayo Clinic in Albert Lea unveils new pharmacy by Sarah Stultz — Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea staff showcased the new chemotherapy and infusion therapy inpatient pharmacy at Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea Wednesday on the lower level of the medical center across from the Cancer Center.  The 2,300-square-foot pharmacy, which is more than double the space of the old pharmacy, provides services to patients in the Cancer Center, emergency room and psychiatric services unit. It will also be used by pharmacists to collaborate with other health care teams as needed and review patients’ pharmaceutical needs and medication orders. Additional coverage: Albert Lea Tribune, Becker’s Hospital Review

Albert Lea Tribune, Local groups receive donations from Mayo — Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea is recognizing two organizations that help those dealing with everyday challenges, according to a press release. Mayo Clinic Health System is donating $2,500 to the Family Caregivers Network in Albert Lea and Freeborn County, and another $2,000 to support the Senior Advocacy and Information Program in Albert Lea.

Owatonna People’s Press, Mayo Clinic Health System – Owatonna 2019 report to the community by Jeffrey Jackson — The beginning of a new year is a great time to reflect on the past and look ahead to all the future has to offer. In that spirit, we’d like to share some thoughts on the current state and the future of health care in our community. Over the past 10 years, Mayo Clinic Health System in Owatonna and Owatonna Hospital Allina Health have partnered to deliver patient care at the health care campus on 26th Street. Working together has helped keep patients local and transition care to the Homestead Hospice Home and the Koda Living Center when appropriate. In December, the Owatonna Clinic and Owatonna Hospital boards met to discuss health care challenges and identify the health care needs in our community. We will continue to have discussions as we prepare for change and implement innovative ways to meet the needs of our patients.

The Dickinson Press, Mayo spinal cord trial gives rise to cautious optimism by Paul John Scott — When Chris Barr came out of anesthesia after emergency surgery to stabilize and decompress his spinal injury, his wife, Deb, remembers him looking to her and mouthing the words "pull the plug." It had been a small miracle all its own that Barr, 53, was even alive. He had been surfing in 2017 outside of San Francisco, when a wave threw him head first into shallow water, causing an injury to his cervical spine that left him unable to feel anything below his neck…"He had lost full control of upper extremities, lower extremities as well as bowel and bladder initially," says his doctor, Mayo spine surgeon Dr. Mohamad Bydon. "There was even trouble with his breathing ... such that he had a breathing tube at first. He did go on to improve somewhat on his own. But eventually that improvement plateaued." Additional coverage: Detroit Free Press, Petoskey News-Review

Minnesota Daily, U researchers working on implantable brain chip to combat neurological diseases by Natalie Cierzan — University of Minnesota researchers are developing an implantable brain device to one day cure neurological disorders. The research team, partnered with Mayo Clinic, was awarded a nearly $1 million grant earlier this month to develop the chip. The device could potentially treat diseases like Parkinson’s, obsessive compulsive disorder and depression. After creating the chip, researchers plan to eventually test it on animals.

WEAU Eau Claire, "When Death Becomes Life" organ donor presentation at Mayo Clinic Health System — According to Donate Life Wisconsin, there are more than 1,800 people in the state currently waiting for an organ transplant. Dr. Josh Mezrich spoke at Mayo Clinic Health System Friday about the importance of organ donation…"To really celebrate our donors because they're really in my mind heroes. They're people who run into burning buildings to save someone, whether they're deceased or living donors, and really to tell the story of transplantation; what it's like to be a part of this incredible field, and all the different people involved," said Dr. Mezrich.

WXOW La Crosse, Digging Deeper: Area healthcare providers continue pursuing strategies to protect their workers by Mike Beiermeister — According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration, 75% of workplace assaults happen in a healthcare setting. "Historically, health care workers considered it part of the job, and a lot of those incidents didn’t get reported up to the level they should’ve been," said David Moitzheim, Security Operations Manager, at Mayo Clinic Health System-La Crosse Campus. Hospital and clinic security are on the front lines, helping defend their nurses and doctors from agitated patients and visitors.

WXOW La Crosse, Symptoms and treatment for kidney cancers by Lindsey Ford — Dr. Paula Gill, and Oncologist at Mayo Clinic Health System, said research had improved so much in the last couple of years. "With kidney cancer, one of the issues is there is no screening test for kidney cancer, and it is one of the more rare types of cancers that we see," Gill said. "Cancer is something that when a person hears that word, they will never forget when and where they were when they heard that they have cancer, we can offer patients so many more treatment options than in the past." Dr. Gill said that it is essential for people to learn their family's medical history, not only concerning cancer but also for other health risks.

WXOW La Crosse, Registration open for Big Blue Dragon Festival by Lindsey Ford — It's that time of year again to raise your paddle and prepare to set out on the water for Big Blue Dragon Boat Festival. Funds raised for the event will go towards the Center for Breast Care at Mayo Clinic Health System and The Greater La Crosse Boys and Girls Club's Healthy Lifestyle program for young people in the community. Heidi Odegaard, the Community Engagement Specialist at Mayo Clinic Health System, said every year, the event gets better and grows.

WKBT La Crosse, Latest coronavirus cases making local health experts prepare for the worst by Tyler Job — “I feel like the flu is maybe overshadowing the worry of coronavirus,” Mayo Clinic Health System nurse administrator Lisa Bungum said….Gunderson and Mayo Clinic are keeping in touch.

WKBT La Crosse, Heart attack survivor says knowledge of heart disease saved her life by Jordan Fremstad — The saying goes, ‘You don’t know what you don’t know.’ For Judi King, knowledge about a problem she thought she’d never have likely saved her life. “I didn’t have high cholesterol or high blood pressure,” King said. She is recovering from a heart attack she remembers clearly…Simple awareness brought her to Mayo Clinic Health System. Her heart attack was minor but catching this one likely saved her life. After her surgery, the road to recovery began with one foot in front of the other. Heidi Grafft carries 20 of experience in cardiac rehab at Mayo Clinic Health System.

Barron News-Shield, First baby born at Family Birth Center; Mayo Clinic Health System-Northland-Barron — Laura and Anthony Magana of Cumberland, Wisconsin, are parents of the first baby born in the new Family Birth Center at Mayo Clinic Health System — Northland in Barron. The new birth center opened Feb. 14, and Amelia Ann Magana was born Monday, Feb. 17, at 8:35 p.m.

Associated Press, Medical report shows Klobuchar in 'very good health' by Lauran Neergaard and Sara Burnett  — Democratic presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar is "in very good health," according to a medical report the Minnesota senator's campaign released days after she said during a debate over Bernie Sanders' health records that "you should release your records from your physical."…The report says Klobuchar's cardiologist at the Mayo Clinic recommended she be re-checked in three to five years, by 2022. Additional coverage: KAAL, New York Times, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Hill, Star Tribune

Associated Press, First basketball Olympic gold medal up for auction by Vin A. Cherwoo — …Another notable item available in the auction is a signed letter by baseball star Lou Gehrig to his doctors at the Mayo Clinic in which he discusses his ALS. The letter is dated Dec. 2, 1939 -- nearly five months after his “Luckiest Man” speech at Yankee Stadium. The four-page letter, estimated to be valued around $80,000, concludes with a pencil signature and a note to his doctor saying he was providing “a specimen of my handwriting.” Additional coverage: New York Times, USA Today, Arizona Republic

The Telegraph, Prince Charles says it's a constant battle – so here's how to stay fit in your 70s by Jack Rear — “Pain is a big factor,” says ageing expert Kevin Fleming, M.D., medical director of the Mayo-Oxford clinic in London. “Foot pain, knee pain, and other joints that hurt, impair your ability to do exercise even if you wish to. We also have a decline in balance and reaction time, which makes it more difficult to engage in sports and running. Soft tissue is more easily injured with age, and recovery time from injuries increases. “The heart stiffens, so your maximum exercise capacity declines, making your athletic ability less. There is a slow decline in lung function with age.

Yahoo! Finance, Tenax Announces the Addition of Mayo Clinic Expert, Dr. Barry Borlaug, to Scientific Advisory Board — Tenax Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: TENX), a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on identifying, developing and commercializing products that address cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases with high unmet medical need, today announced that Dr. Barry Borlaug, Chair for Research, Division of Circulatory Failure, Department of Cardiovascular Medicine at the Mayo Clinic has joined our scientific advisory board. Tenax CEO Tony DiTonno stated: "We are very excited to have someone of Dr. Borlaug’s stature joining our scientific advisory board. Dr. Borlaug is a global leader in the fields of HFpEF and PH-HFpEF clinical research and is the leading enroller in the HELP Study. Dr. Borlaug’s expertise in the field, and his firsthand experience gained as a HELP Study investigator, make him an ideal addition to our scientific advisory board."

Futurism, Watch a violinist play while surgeons operate on her brain by Jacob Banas — Despite being literally the plot of an episode of popular TV medical melodrama, Grey’s Anatomy, the process isn’t uncommon. The Mayo Clinic estimates their facility performs over 1,000 such surgeries per year and a cursory YouTube search shows examples of other musicians undergoing similar procedures while playing the violin, guitar, or even a saxophone.

Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise, How AI helps people with atrial fibrillation — Atrial fibrillation is an irregular and often rapid heart rate that can increase your risk of stroke and other heart-related complications. Up to 6.1 million people in the U.S. have the condition, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Paul Friedman, a Mayo Clinic cardiologist, uses artificial intelligence (AI) to identify people with atrial fibrillation in hopes of getting them on lifesaving treatment before adverse events happen.

Health IT Analytics, Artificial Intelligence Enhances EKG Testing for Heart Condition by Jessica Kent — The results showed that the algorithm determined patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy from those without it with an area under the curve of 0.96. “The good performance in patients with a normal EKG is fascinating. It's interesting to see that even a normal EKG can look abnormal to a convolutional neural network. This supports the concept that these networks find patterns that are hiding in plain sight,” said Peter Noseworthy, MD, Mayo Clinic cardiologist and senior author on the study. Additional coverage: Becker’s Hospital Review

Managed Healthcare Executive, Lumeon Collabs With Mayo Clinic to Improve Care Experiences — Lumeon and Mayo Clinic recently announced a strategic collaboration to integrate Mayo’s library of clinical insights with Lumeon’s Care Pathway Management platform. The collaboration will unlock new possibilities in the care experience by enabling healthcare organizations to automate the delivery of dynamically rendered, personalized and time-sensitive digital content across both the clinical and operational aspects of a patient’s care journey, according to a news release.

Southern New Hampshire University, Learning, the Brain and Memory by Mark F. Hobson, Ph.D. — Stronger evidence exists that physical exercise, or whatever helps the heart, helps the brain. Current research from the Mayo Clinic displays that, for the average adult, 10,000 steps per day, 150 minutes of cardio activity per week and 30-60 minutes of strengthening exercises completed two times per week, are optimal for a healthy heart and brain.

Greater Milwaukee Today, Mayo Clinic Q and A: Panic attack isn't life-threatening, but can be frightening experience — DEAR MAYO CLINIC: After going to the emergency department for what I thought was a heart attack, the doctor told me there were no issues with my heart and that my symptoms were likely from a panic attack. How can I tell the difference, and how can I prevent future panic attacks? ANSWER: While having a heart attack and experiencing a panic attack can feel similar, the symptoms differ and the two conditions are managed very differently. Although not life-threatening like a heart attack, a panic attack can be a frightening experience. Panic attacks also can affect your quality of life, as it's common to develop a fear of having another panic attack.

Livestrong.com, 8 Reasons Your Wrists Might Hurt From Weight Lifting (and What to Do About It) by Joel Hoekstra — While not common, injuries do occur among weight lifters. Newbies in particular are likely to report wrist pain, according to Sanjeev Kakar, MD, an orthopedic surgeon at the Mayo Clinic. "We often see wrist pain at the start of the new year, when inexperienced lifters hit the gym," Dr. Kakar says. "They reach for heavy weights and their muscle tissues aren't used to taking that load."

Men’s Health Australia, Having A Dog Can Improve Your Health, Study Says by Lucy Bode — FYI your canine BFF isn’t just filing your heart with joy, they’re actually improving its overall health, too. Research – published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings: Innovations, Quality and Outcomes –examined the link between pet ownership, cardiovascular health and disease risk factors. In the study, over 1,769 individuals, between the ages of 25 to 64, were scored based on the American Heart Associations seven ideal health factors: diet, body mass index, physical activity, smoking status, blood pressure, blood glucose and total cholesterol.

Health Central, Kids’ Top Questions About Psoriatic Arthritis by Alison Gwinn — …Usually it's a second illness, like strep throat or an earache, that sets off the disease, says Dawn Davis, M.D., a pediatric dermatologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. (But it's pretty rare, and no, just because your son's throat is sore doesn't mean he's going to get PsA, too!)

MedPage Today, Antibiotics Cut COPD Exacerbation Tx Failures by Salynn Boyles — In an interview with MedPage Today, co-author Michael E. Wilson, MD, also of the Mayo Clinic, noted that in clinical practice, antibiotics are often not given to patients with mild exacerbations unless they have symptoms, such as high sputum production or frequent cough. "If patients are not experiencing these symptoms may be inclined to manage exacerbations with steroids and bronchodilator without antibiotics," he said. "This review would suggest that patients with mild, as well as moderate and severe, exacerbations may benefit from treatment with antibiotics even if they don't have these symptoms."

MedPage Today, Stroke Benefit Missing With TAVR Embolic Protection by Nicole Lou — Early real-world use of the Sentinel cerebral embolic protection device did not reduce procedural strokes after transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) for severe symptomatic aortic stenosis, a study found. The incidence of stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA) was about the same whether patients received commercial TAVR with or without the Sentinel dual-filter system designed to capture embolic debris dislodged during the procedure (1.8% vs 2.2%, P=0.15), according to a group led by Mohamad Alkhouli, MD, of Mayo Clinic School of Medicine in Rochester, Minnesota.

MedPage Today, Dementia Screening: Evidence is Lacking, Says USPSTF by Judy George — In some areas, like testing accuracy, evidence was clear: "Screening instruments can adequately detect cognitive impairment," Patnode and colleagues wrote. But in other areas, "the studies aren't out there that address the questions," said Ronald Petersen, PhD, MD, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, in an interview with MedPage Today… IU CHOICE faced "many, many challenges" including recruitment and retention problems, said Petersen, who wasn't involved with the trial. Of 134 people who screened positive for dementia, only 46 people (34%) received subsequent evaluation. "The study was underpowered," Petersen said. "I think it speaks to the fact that studies like this are very difficult to do."

MedPage Today, Seronegativity on the Rise in RA by Nancy Walsh — Although the overall incidence rates of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) have remained stable over recent decades, there has been a significant increase in seronegative cases, a retrospective study showed. During the decade 2005-2014, the overall incidence rate of RA was 41 (95% CI 37-45) per 100,000, which was similar to what was seen in the decade 1985-1994, when the incidence rate was 40 (95% CI 35-46) per 100,000, and for the decade 1995-2004, when the rate was 43 (95% CI 38-48) per 100,000, according to Elena Myasoedova, MD, PhD, and colleagues of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

Medscape, Are e-Cigarettes Safer Than Tobacco? It's Complicated by Jon Ebbert, M.D., Joel Beachey, M.D. — Transcript…Hello and welcome back to the Mayo Clinic Medscape video series. I am Joel Beachey, a cardiology fellow at Mayo Clinic. Today we will be discussing e-cigarettes and their effectiveness for smoking cessation. I am joined by Dr Jon Ebbert, internist and addiction researcher here at Mayo Clinic.

Medscape, Obesity Type Factors Into Weight Loss Success by Marcia Frellick — When the correct obesity treatment is matched with the right patient, weight loss can double, said Andres Acosta, MD, PhD, from the Precision Medicine for Obesity Lab at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota…Acosta and his team invited patients at Mayo to participate in the study via ads and fliers. They included 600 patients with a body mass index greater than 30 kg/m2 and no other obesity-related comorbidities. The researchers then used a machine-learning algorithm based on measurements of calories consumed, energy burned at rest, and emptying of food from the stomach; they also employed questionnaires on eating, exercise habits, and emotional status.

Healio, VIDEO: Recent updates in Crohn’s disease — In this exclusive video from the GUILD Conference 2020, Edward V. Loftus Jr., MD, professor of medicine in the division of gastroenterology and hepatology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, discusses his presentation on some of the important updates in Crohn’s disease in 2019. “What we tried to do was identify either papers or abstracts within the last year or so that we thought would be worth delving into,” Loftus told Healio Gastroenterology and Liver Disease.

HealthDay, Flu Season That's Sickened 26 Million May Be at Its Peak by Dennis Thompson — At least 14,000 people have died and 250,000 have already been hospitalized during the 2019-2020 flu season, according to estimates from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More than 26 million Americans have fallen ill with flu-like symptoms. "There is a deadly respiratory virus that is circulating throughout the United States, and it is at its peak. It is not novel coronavirus," said Dr. Pritish Tosh, an infectious disease specialist with the Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minn.

HealthDay, What Works Best to Ease Flare-Ups of COPD? by Dennis Thompson — The best available drugs to treat sudden COPD flare-ups are the medications already widely in use, antibiotics and corticosteroids, a new evidence review has concluded. There's not enough evidence to recommend newer treatments for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), said lead researcher Dr. Claudia Dobler, a visiting scholar at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Surprisingly, there's not even much research available for so-called rescue inhalers, even though doctors know that the short-acting bronchodilators can help restore breathing during a flare-up, she said. Additional coverage: Medical Xpress

HealthDay, ¿Qué es lo que mejor funciona para aliviar las exacerbaciones de la EPOC? — Los mejores medicamentos disponibles para tratar las exacerbaciones repentinas de la enfermedad pulmonar obstructiva crónica (EPOC) son fármacos que ya se usan de forma común, los antibióticos y los corticosteroides, concluyó una nueva revisión de las evidencias. No hay suficientes evidencias como para recomendar unos tratamientos más recientes para la EPOC, señaló la investigadora principal, la Dra. Claudia Dobler, experta visitante de la Clínica Mayo en Rochester, Minnesota.

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