March 27, 2020

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights for March 27, 2020

By Emily Blahnik

ABC News, Doctors tell the story behind their viral rendition of John Lennon's 'Imagine': 'Music goes places that medicine can't go' by Allie Yang — Two doctors whose stirring rendition of John Lennon’s “Imagine” is going viral say they hope it brings people some comfort in this time of uncertainty. Drs. Elvis L. Francois and William Robinson are chief residents in the orthopedic department of the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, and they've both recorded simple songs over the years in which Francois would sing and Robinson would play the piano. Each of them posted their rendition of "Imagine" to Instagram on Monday. Additional coverage: Evening Standard, WCCO, KROC-Radio, KARE 11, KIMT, Pioneer Press

CBS News, Minnesota doctor's uplifting song covers go viral: "Music goes places that medicine can't go" — An orthopedic surgery resident at a Minnesota Mayo clinic is using his unique vocal talents to lift the spirits of patients and tired colleagues. Videos of the aptly-named Dr. Elvis Francois performing with fellow medical staff have gone viral on the internet, providing comfort at a time when the coronavirus pandemic has many stressed and afraid. "Medicine, I've found, goes only so far, and surgery only goes so far," Francois said to CBS News' Vladimir Duthiers. "But music goes places that medicine can't go. When I can see people from all walks of life taking care of a person to make sure we save that person's life, that's hopeful to me. And so I think as long as I see that, I can't ever lose hope."  Additional coverage: CBS News

CBS News, Could COVID-19 survivors' blood help save seriously ill patients? by Amy Norton — "It's a good idea. It's something that's been used before, and we know how to do it," said Dr. Gregory Poland, who heads the Vaccine Research Group at the Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minnesota. Doctors' experience with the general approach is not limited to viral pandemics, Poland pointed out. They routinely use injections of immune globulin — purified antibody preparations taken from donated human blood — to treat certain medical conditions. Additional coverage: HealthDayUS News & World Report

NBC News, Experimental drug holds promise for treating the coronavirus by Erika Edwards — The treatment, an antiviral therapy called remdesivir, is thought to work by blocking the virus from reproducing itself in the body…"It basically stops the production of the virus," Dr. Gregory Poland, an infectious diseases expert and director of the Mayo Clinic's Vaccine Research Group in Rochester, Minnesota, told NBC News.

NBC News, New York will be first state to test treatment of coronavirus with blood from recovered patients by Mike Hixenbaugh — Doctors from nearly two dozen hospitals have joined the Johns Hopkins-led effort, Casadevall said, including researchers at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, the Stanford University Medical Center in California and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. The researchers have been in contact with the FDA through the weekend, he said, and they hope to launch clinical trials similar to the one in New York in the coming weeks.

The Atlantic, COVID-19 Is Upending Parents’ Birth Plans by Ashley Fetters — Every birth of a human baby is difficult—difficult to prepare for, difficult to execute, difficult to adjust to afterward. Living under lockdown conditions while a pandemic encircles the globe is also difficult, logistically as well as psychologically. At this very moment, hundreds of thousands of pregnant Americans are preparing to do both of those things at the same time. … Regan Theiler, an obstetrician at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, told me on Friday afternoon that their protocols for birth throughout the Mayo hospital system during the coronavirus pandemic were being written as we spoke.

USA Today, What outdoor activities are safe to do during the coronavirus outbreak? by Nicquel Terry Ellis — Public pools are generally safe if they are properly maintained with chlorine, which kills bacteria, said Dr. Robin Patel, director of the Infectious Diseases Research Laboratory at Mayo Clinic.  However, Patel urges swimmers to proceed with caution as the surface areas around the pool can still carry coronavirus. Additional coverage: Arizona Republic

USA Today, We've been flooded with thousands of reader questions on coronavirus. We're answering them. by Grace Hauck — How soon after exposure can you test positive?...There's no specific data on this question yet, according to Gregory Poland, director of the Mayo Clinic’s Vaccine Research Group. However, we do know that someone infected with the virus may begin showing symptoms anywhere between one and 14 days after catching the virus, most commonly around five days, according to WHO. "The peak viral shedding occurs during the first five days after the onset of symptoms. My guess is that within a few days of being exposed, these patients are beginning to shed virus," Poland said. Additional coverage:, Arizona Republic

USA Today, Minnesota Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns reveals his mother is battling COVID-19 by Jim Reineking — Minnesota Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns revealed in a video posted to Instagram early Wednesday that his mother, Jacqueline Cruz, is in a medically-induced coma and connected to a ventilator due to COVID-19…Last week, Towns announced that he planned to donate $100,000 to the Mayo Clinic to help with testing patients for the coronavirus. The Timberwolves said in a statement that the Mayo Clinic expects Towns' donation to help increase its testing capacity from 200 to 1,000 tests per day "in the coming weeks." Additional coverage: Yahoo! Sports, Star Tribune, Pioneer Press, KAAL

USA Today, Stay-at-home orders, spiking numbers, liquor boom: News from around our 50 statesMinnesota — Minneapolis: The state has eliminated its backlog of coronavirus tests that were waiting to be processed, thanks in part to help from the Mayo Clinic, officials from the Minnesota Department of Health said. State infectious disease director Kris Ehresmann said the Mayo Clinic stepped in to help process tests, and the state should now be able to get back to patients with their results much faster.

CNN, Yes, young adults are sick and spreading coronavirus -- but they can help stop it by Arman Azad and Minali Nigam — "They are congregating in groups where it accelerates transmission," said Dr. Greg Poland, an infectious disease professor at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. "For example, social groups, colleges and universities, clubs, gyms, etcetera." That means that younger people could be "accelerating the transmission at the community level of the virus, and then they are coming into contact with older people who are at higher risk than them."

Wall Street Journal, What Are the Risks of Food and Grocery Deliveries? by Sumathi Reddy — Gregory Poland, director of the Mayo Clinic’s Vaccine Research Group in Rochester, Minn, says cooked food is safer than uncooked food because heat can kill the virus. But Dr. Poland says no one has specifically studied whether the new coronavirus can be delivered through oral transmission—by eating food. He and others suspect that gastric acid in the stomach would kill it. “My own speculation is that the GI route would be very low likelihood compared to known and efficient methods of infection,” he says.

Wall Street Journal, Five Home Workouts to Do During the Coronavirus Outbreak by Jen Murphy — Gym closures and quarantine mandates are forcing people to make big changes to their workout routines. But exercise is especially important now, even when the logistics are more challenging, because it boosts us physically and mentally, says Craig Sawchuk, a clinical psychologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. “It’s easy to be sedentary right now and fall into a habit of grazing and watching Netflix,” he says. “Creating a daily routine that involves exercise can be therapeutic and bring a sense of normalcy to your day,” he says.

New York Times, You Can Take Care of Yourself in Coronavirus Quarantine, Starting Right Now by Anna Goldfarb — Dani Johnson, a physical therapist at the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program, encourages people who are staying home to get creative. “Every little bit of movement counts,” she said. “So when we’re confined to our home, move, move, move.” You don’t need fancy equipment or a lot of time; you just need to weave exercise into your schedule…Next time you watch a TV show, get up and do some squats during the commercials, Ms. Johnson said. Do heel raises when you’re washing dishes. Do side lunges when you’re throwing clothes in the dryer.

New York Times, 7 Medical Leaders to Politicians: Save Lives, Not Wall Street by J. Larry Jameson — I’m writing on behalf of six other leaders of large academic health systems in some of America’s Covid-19 “hot spots” to urge our national leadership to resist pressure to lift tough social restrictions intended to subdue this outbreak and save thousands of lives. While some say the economic damage of these measures will cause more harm than the disease itself, these steps will actually ensure our economic health, since commerce cannot thrive until we have substantially contained the virus….  —  J. Larry Jameson is dean of the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He wrote this in collaboration with ianrico Farrugia, president and chief executive of the Mayo Clinic, et al.

New York Times, Why Olympics Leaders Cling to the Plan to Have the Summer Games in Tokyo by Matthew Futterman — Michael Joyner, a doctor at the Mayo Clinic who is working on efforts to come up with a treatment for Covid-19, said a gathering of millions in late July and early August would be a risk for world health, because not enough people will have a resistance to the disease by then. Many scientists project that it could take 12 to 18 months for such widespread immunity to develop. “You can’t get in front of the herd immunization,” Joyner said.

Washington PostShortages of face masks, swabs and basic supplies pose a new challenge to coronavirus testing by Carolyn Y. Johnson — Matthew Binnicker, director of clinical virology at the Mayo Clinic, said he had been in meetings where hospital leaders began to discuss what would happen if they ran out of swabs used to scrape the back of people’s throats and noses, a vital and unpleasant part of testing. One possibility they discussed was using a syringe to squirt some saline into people’s noses and draw it back.

Washington Post, Some cancer patients face delayed surgeries and scaled-back treatments as the coronavirus advances by Laurie McGinley — Some patients are more anxious about scaling back or postponing treatments. “This is where the physician-patient relationship is so important,” said Rafael Fonseca, head of the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center in Phoenix. “I’m calling people and telling them why we are delaying their transplant. You are cashing in your chips of trust.”

Washington Post, I have lupus. Stop hoarding the drug I need to survive. by Kayla Behbahani — An extensive work-up at the Mayo Clinic led to the diagnosis of systemic lupus erythematosus, and I was started on a drug they said would relieve my pain and protect my organs. I was diagnosed early in the disease, before organ damage, and this medication was supposed to safeguard against that outcome…The drug that helped me was called hydroxychloroquine, that anti-malaria drug with which the whole world is quickly becoming familiar.

The Guardian, How can I keep kids safe from coronavirus – and can they infect me? by Danielle Renwick — As families around the world spend more time together in close quarters, experts weigh in on how kids and adults can stay safe…Experts: …Dr Gregory Poland, vaccine expert and internal medicine physician at the Mayo Clinic.

CNBC, 4 things you can do to stay safe if you have to run errands during the COVID-19 pandemic by Cory Stieg — “You cannot get infected if your hands are clean before you touch your face, and if you don’t breathe in air from somebody who’s sick and coughing,” Greg Poland, professor of medicine and infectious diseases at the Mayo Clinic, tells CNBC Make It. “So as long as those two conditions exist you cannot catch this virus.”

CNBC, Doctors warn coronavirus deaths could ‘skyrocket’ if restrictions are loosened as Trump wants by Dan Mangan — Dr. Greg Poland, a member of the vaccine research group at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, said, “This is fundamentally a tension, worldwide, between politics, economics and lives, and how is that going to shake out?” “That’s what I’m worried about,” Poland said. Poland said the rate of transmission of the coronavirus has been increasing exponentially. Like Tan, he said that relaxing guidelines could speed up the number of cases and deaths.

CNBC, Mayo Clinic: Off-label drugs used for COVID-19 treatment come with cardiac risks — The Mayo Clinic is out with a warning that drugs which are leading contenders to be used “off-label” to treat coronavirus patients can put some people at risk of sudden cardiac death. Dr. Michael Ackerman, cardiologist at the Mayo Clinic and a part of the team that issued the warning, joins “Squawk Box” to discuss.

Associated Press Can blood from coronavirus survivors treat the newly ill? by Lauran Neergaard — Hospitals are gearing up to test if a century-old treatment used to fight off flu and measles outbreaks in the days before vaccines, and tried more recently against SARS and Ebola, just might work for COVID-19, too: using blood donated from patients who’ve recovered…It may sound like “back to the Stone Age,” but there’s good scientific reason to try using survivors’ blood, said Dr. Jeffrey Henderson of Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, who coauthored  DA application with Casadevall and another colleague at the Mayo Clinic. Additional coverage: Washington Post, New York Times, Modern Healthcare, Arizona Republic, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Reuters, U.S. companies, labs rush to produce blood test for coronavirus immunity by Chad Terhune, Allison Martell, Julie Steenhuysen — U.S. Companies, Labs Rush to Produce Blood Test for Coronavirus Immunity — Meantime, at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, researchers are preparing to start a clinical trial in which patients who test positive for COVID-19 would have their blood collected at the time of diagnosis, and again 15 to 20 days after that in the patient’s home. The trial is designed to show when people who have COVID-19 infections “seroconvert” - when antibodies produced by the body begin to show up in blood tests. That information will be useful in determining the best time to conduct the tests. “You don't want to do it too soon because of the risk of false negatives,” said Elitza Theel, director of Mayo’s Infectious Diseases Serology Laboratory. Mayo also is evaluating the performance of antibody tests from several companies, including two from China. Additional coverage: New York Times

Forbes, Smokers At Higher Risk Of Severe COVID-19 During Coronavirus Outbreak by Victoria Forster — A leading expert has warned that smokers are likely at increased risk of more severe COVID-19, compared to non-smokers, suggesting that now would be a particularly good time to try and quit or cut down. “There’s not very much data at this point on COVID-19 in smokers, but we do know from reports from China, smokers seem to be over-represented in groups of people who have severe or critical COVID-19,” said J. Taylor Hays, M.D. Director of the Nicotine Dependence center at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota and Professor of Medicine, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine.

Forbes, How To Protect Yourself From Coronavirus If You Work An Essential Job by Kristen Gerencher — The first thing to note is you can’t get infected if you don’t breathe in air and virus from someone else, said Dr. Greg Poland, professor of medicine and infectious diseases at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. “And number two, you cannot get infected if your hands are not contaminated when you touch your eyes, nose or mouth.” How do you keep the virus away? The concept of “contextually appropriate layers of protection,” he said. “You don’t want to turn everyone into a germaphobe, but being a germaphobe during this is wisdom and an appropriate layer of protection.”

Post-Bulletin, 'This thing has taken off like wildfire': Mayo races with high-powered alliance to produce plasma treatment for coronavirus by Paul John Scott — A broad alliance of Mayo Clinic research specialists are partnering in an expedited, multi-center coalition of regulatory, scientific and commercial partners — including the online retailer Amazon — in a race against the clock to deliver a promising treatment for coronavirus to the nation's hospitals…"There's many if's here," said Mayo Clinic research physiologist and project participant Dr. Michael Joyner. "There's many potential barriers. There's many things that could go wrong or could delay it. But hopefully we would be in a position in a month or so to deliver it to people who can benefit from it." Additional coverage: Pioneer Press, Post-Bulletin,, Duluth News Tribune, Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, West Central Tribune, Grand Forks Herald

Post-Bulletin, Mayo Clinic vaccine expert: 'It's all hands on deck' by Matthew Stolle — Dr. Richard Kennedy is a Mayo Clinic researcher who studies vaccines against viral pathogens like the coronavirus that has created a worldwide pandemic. The PB talked to Kennedy and asked his opinion about the prospects of a COVID-19 vaccine and when one might become available. 

Post-Bulletin, Staying mentally healthy during the coronavirus pandemic by Emily Cutts — Co-chairman of Mayo Clinic’s Division of Integrative Behavioral Health, psychologist Dr. Craig Sawchuk, said he and his peers are cognizant of the stress that the pandemic places on health care providers and teams. “Given the degree of uncertainty going on these days, the dramatic and sudden changes in our just day-to-day routines, even the new stressors, ‘is my job going to be there for me in the next couple of weeks,’ we are also fielding a number of new patient requests,” Sawchuk said late last week. Additional coverage: West Central Tribune

Post-Bulletin, WATCH: Dr. David A. Miller - Symptoms that require emergency care — Dr. David A. Miller, director of the Comprehensive Stroke Center at Mayo Clinic in Florida, shares more about signs and symptoms that require emergency medical care. In light of COVID-19 and advice being to not just show up at the Emergency Room, there are still situations that require emergent care.

Post-Bulletin, Mayo Clinic announces visitor restrictions by John Molseed — In an effort to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus, visitors to Mayo Clinic will be screened for respiratory illness. On Sunday, Mayo Clinic announced new restrictions on visitors to Mayo campuses due to the respiratory illness. At the Rochester campus, patients may have up to two visitors at a time. Although visitors aren’t restricted when they come and go, Mayo officials ask that the number of visits be limited and no patient have more than two visitors at any given time.

Post-Bulletin, Mayo bans visitors from hospital setting, emergency department by Matthew Stolle — Mayo Clinic is imposing a number of new visitor restrictions at its facilities to protect patients and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic, the clinic announced Friday. Starting Sunday, the clinic no longer allows visitors in the hospital setting or emergency department except in cases of childbirth, end-of-life care, hospitalized children and "other rare and unique circumstances assessed by the care team," clinic officials said. Additional coverage: KROC-Radio

Post-Bulletin, A separated shoulder and a stroke: Nothing can hold back Century wrestling coach Steve Larsen by Isaac Trotter — …“I felt numbness on my right side,” Larsen remembered. “Then everything went to sleep.” In the middle of the DAHLC, Larsen suffered a stroke. He was rushed to Saint Mary’s Hospital, less than a mile away.  “I was at the right place at the right time,” Larsen said. The medical professionals at Mayo Clinic got right to work helping Larsen. He started to recover quickly. But things still weren’t fully clicking. His peripheral vision in his right eye was damaged, and he struggled to understand words and letters. But Larsen kept plugging away and working at it.

KAAL, VIDEO: Mayo Clinic researcher talks vaccines for Covid-19 — A top researcher from Mayo Clinic's Vaccine Group gave promising news regarding a future vaccine. Additional coverage: KIMT

KAAL, COVID-19 specimen collection is now open in downtown Rochester — Mayo Clinic has opened a second COVID-19 specimen collection location, this time in downtown Rochester.  The Downtown Evaluation Center Mobile Unit, located at Third Street Southwest and Third Avenue Southwest, is available for testing patients that are not able to make it to the drive-thru location at Mayo Family Clinic Northwest.   Patients are required to have a screening first to determine if testing is appropriate and must have an appointment.

KAAL, Mayo Clinic: What to do before coming to the hospital — Mayo Clinic shared a quick guide on what you should do and not do when it comes to COVID-19 testing. Mayo Clinic says before coming to a hospital, clinic or drive-thru location for COVID-19 testing you should do this

KAAL, Mayo Clinic Health System bans visitors at facilities in SE Minnesota — Mayo Clinic Health System announced patients will no longer be able to have visitors for the time being.  The new policy is effective at 8 p.m. Friday. For Mayo Clinic Health System locations, compassionate exceptions may be granted on a case-by-case basis for births, end-of-life care or other specific circumstances. All visitors granted exceptions will be screened prior to entry. No visitors under the age of 18 will be allowed. Additional coverage: Albert Lea Tribune, KEYC Mankato, Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, WXOW La Crosse, WKBT La Crosse, KIMT

KAAL, Working out during the COVID-19 pandemic by Jordyn Reed — Mayo Clinic experts said maintaining healthy habits, and continuing to work out, during this crisis are extremely important. However, with closed gyms and fitness centers, it's time to be resourceful and look at what's in the house. "You don't have to buy a lot of equipment to do fitness in your home," Mayo Clinic physical therapist, Irvin Haak, said. Some of the items he listed that can be used in workouts are chairs, a step, bands, or an exercise ball.

KAAL, Two Rochester sisters create childcare program for healthcare and essential workers — …"I was talking to my mom who runs a residency program at Mayo Clinic and she was kind of voicing some of her concern as like if childcare and schools are closed then my residents can't come to work because they have young children and nobody to watch them. Well, you know, high schoolers won't be working either and they won't be going to school so they can babysit," said Rioghna.

KIMT, Volunteers make medical masks with severe shortage due to coronavirus by Jessica Bringe — Mayo Clinic Dr. Richard Kennedy says the effort is a positive one but it remains to be seen how effective the masks will be. He explained, "Whether they're going to be safe and effective yet we'll be finding out because chances are we're going to running out of the regular masks and need to turn to these. They're certainly better than nothing."

KIMT, New Clinic in Albert Lea put on hold by coronavirus by Mike Bunge —The Albert Lea Healthcare Coalition had worked to bring a new medical provider to town after Mayo Clinic Health System announced it would be moving inpatient services from Albert Lea to its Austin campus. It was announced in September 2019 that MercyOne would be that new provider.

KTTC, Local health experts, leaders will answer your questions about COVID-19 tonight at 10 — Over the past few days, we've compiled a list of questions sent to us by viewers to ask local community leaders and health experts during our hour-long 10 p.m. show. The guests joining us tonight will include: Rochester Mayor Kim Norton, Sen. Carla Nelson, Rochester Public Schools Superintendent Michael Muñoz, Olmsted County Public Health Services Director Graham Briggs and Mayo Clinic Dr. Pritish Tosh.

Med City Beat, With the world on edge, Rochester residents uncover ways of coping with stress — This mentality is one Dr. Lisa Hardesty, clinical psychologist at Mayo Clinic Health System, says is vital to being resilient through immense challenges like the coronavirus outbreak.  “A grateful brain is not an anxious brain,” Hardesty said, emphasizing that journaling about what brings joy in tumultuous times can ease the fears that often cloud judgment. “Use this time to prioritize and get perspective,” she said.

Star Tribune, Mayo in Mankato adds robots to cleaning crew by Brian Arola — Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato brought in the two robo-helpers in February to clean patient rooms. If you're imaging two Roombas meandering along a hospital floor, think bigger, the Mankato Free Press reported. The robots are closer to R2-D2's size and use a light rather than suction to clean. After housekeeping crews do their thing, they clear the room so Hal or Dee can emit bright UV lights to kill lingering bacteria and germs. The duo has cleaned at least 181 rooms since their first shift Feb. 11. The technology enhancements help the hospital provide a clean environment for patients, said Lindsey Benson, the health system's regional director of environmental services. Additional coverage: La Crosse Tribune, US News & World Report, The Public Opinion, ENM News, News Break, SF Gate, Jacksonville Journal-Courier, Winona Daily News, Daily Iowegian, Denver Post

Star Tribune, Like patients, Minnesota doctors are frustrated by virus test, supply shortages by Christopher Snowbeck — Dr. Keith Stelter, the family physician in Mankato, said his patient’s desire for a test is completely understandable considering his spouse’s illness. But it’s also true that the diagnostic isn’t crucial for the patient and others. “We know that for the majority of people that they can weather this, kind of on their own, using Tylenol, rest and hydration,” said Stelter, who is a physician at Mayo Clinic Health System. “If they start to get worsening shortness of breath ... then that’s a time to get addressed or seen.”

Star Tribune, Backlog of COVID-19 tests is eliminated with Mayo's help by Joe Carlson — The state had been behind on processing even those tests, but state infectious disease director Kris Ehresmann said Mayo Clinic has stepped in to help. Eliminating the backlog should enable the health department to get back to patients with results faster, the department said, with the priority on notifying those who test positive. “We believe that we can now keep pace with the volume of priority-population testing,” she said. “We thank Mayo for their assistance.” Additional coverage: KTOE-Radio, WCCO, KTTC, Albert Lea Tribune, WXOW La Crosse, WJON-Radio, KMSP

Star Tribune, New study leads to new warnings about salt — Dr. Amy Pollak, a Mayo Clinic cardiologist, said 75% of the amount of salt you get in your day-to-day diet is from processed foods or going out to eat…“Having high blood pressure is a major risk for heart attack, for stroke, for heart failure,” even for things like dementia,” Pollak said.

KARE 11, How a Mayo Clinic task force is helping MN fight the coronavirus by Kent Erdahl — A new research task force at the Mayo Clinic is working on new tests, tracking and trial therapies for the coronavirus, and it's already finding solutions that are having an impact in Minnesota. Days after enlisting the help of the Mayo team, the Minnesota Department of Health says its coronavirus testing backlog went from more than 1,700 samples down to zero. This all happened despite a lingering shortage of testing supplies.

KMSP, Mayo Clinic ramping up COVID-19 testing capabilities by Paul Blume — The Mayo Clinic is ramping up its COVID-19 capabilities. Dr. Bobbi Pritt is a Physician and Clinical Microbiologist at Mayo and is on the front lines of COVID-19 testing for the Rochester-based healthcare heavyweight.

Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, 2020 40 Under 40: Dr. Daniel Grossman, Best Buy Co. Inc. and Mayo Clinic by Elizabeth Millard — As the first ever chief medical officer at Best Buy Co. Inc., Dr. Daniel Grossman brings business leadership and medical knowledge to his role at the Richfield-based retailer. He also brings an empathy that stems from his own considerable health challenges. In 2017, during a mountain biking trip in northern Minnesota, Grossman suffered a catastrophic spinal cord injury during a bad fall, leaving him in a wheelchair. After five months of intense rehabilitation, he returned to his clinical practice at Mayo Clinic, strengthened with the knowledge of what it feels like to be a patient. Additional coverage: New York Business Journal

Pioneer Press, Mayo says expanded capacity means up to 3,000 coronavirus tests a day by Jeff Kiger — Mayo Clinic Laboratories has expanded its COVID-19 testing capacity, so its Rochester facility is now working round-the-clock to conduct up to 3,000 tests a day for Mayo patients and patients at eight Minnesota health care centers. “Our expanded capacity will expedite caring for patients at this critical time, and hopefully will ease the burden being felt at test processing laboratories in Minnesota and a growing number of geographies,” Mayo Clinic Labs President Dr. William Morice, II, said in the announcement. To ramp up to this level, Mayo Clinic added three “high-throughput” diagnostic processors from Switzerland-based Roche Diagnostics to run Roche’s cobas SARS-CoV-2 Test. SARS-CoV-2 is the virus that causes COVID-19. Additional coverage: Gulf Today, Twin Cities Business, KAAL, La Crosse Tribune, Post-Bulletin, West Central Tribune, Med City Beat

MPR News, Coronavirus forces pregnant women to change birth plans by Catharine Richert — Dr. Regan Theiler, Mayo Clinic’s obstetrics chair, said there's still a lot of uncertainty around how pregnant women and infants fare if they're infected with COVID-19. The limited data, so far, suggests neither group is at a higher risk for severe disease resulting from the virus. But in the uncertainty, Mayo is making big changes to protect pregnant women and infants from contracting the virus. None of the options the hospital has come up with, Theiler said, are perfect — especially for families who have been working out the details of their babies’ births for months. Additional coverage: Motherly

News4Jax, Local hospitals say they are ready for a potential influx of patients by Kelly Wiley — Mayo Clinic: “We continue to evaluate how to best align staff resources with the evolving patient demand” but say they are prepared to respond to any and all developments with COVID-19."

News4Jax, Answering questions concerning coronavirus — On “This Week in Jacksonville,” Dr. Joseph Sirven of Mayo Clinic answers questions regarding the coronavirus.

First Coast News, Being a doctor, mom during the coronavirus pandemic by Alexander Osiadacz — Many of us are trying to find a new balance these days while juggling working from home and taking care of children. For the folks in the medical community having to juggle those tasks and still treating patients, can be tough too. “I think it is challenging being a physician in the current state of affairs," Dr. Tina Ardon from Mayo Clinic said. "I have to put my mom hat on and my doctor hat on.”

Arizona Republic, Using robots to speed up testing, ASU hopes to open drive-thru coronavirus testing by Amanda Morris — Currently the only places offering drive-thru testing in Arizona are Mayo Clinic and Coconino County in northern Arizona. Mayo's testing is reserved for Mayo patients who have a doctor's order and Coconino County's tests, which are being processed by the Translational Genomics Research Institute, are only administered to people with a doctor's orders.

Arizona Republic, Mayo Clinic in Arizona sets up mobile coronavirus testing — Individuals are tested for COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus at a mobile clinic set up in the parking lot at the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix on the morning of March 18, 2020. Only Mayo Clinic patients with a doctor's order could use the mobile clinic. A slow but steady stream of vehicles was passing through the mobile clinic on Wednesday morning

Austin Daily Herald, Mayo Clinic Health System announces additional visitor restrictions — As Mayo Clinic Health System continues to monitor the outbreak of COVID-19 (coronavirus disease), the ongoing safety of our patients, staff and communities remains our primary focus. To protect our patients and staff, Mayo Clinic Health System is putting additional visitor restrictions in place for our facilities in Southeast Minnesota. Effective now, hospitalized patients will no longer be permitted to have visitors. Compassionate exceptions may be granted on a case-by-case basis, including births and end-of-life care, among other specific circumstances. Additional coverage: La Crosse Tribune

KEYC Mankato, Mayo Clinic Health System – Southwest Minnesota donates $100,000 to Community Response Fund by Jake Rinehart — The Mayo Clinic Health System — Southwest Minnesota Region announced Monday that it has donated $100,000 to the Community Response Fund established by the Greater Mankato Area United Way and Mankato Area Foundation. Additional coverage: KTOE-Radio, St. Peter Herald

KEYC Mankato, Mayo Clinic Health System, Univ. of Iowa partner for Milk Collection Depot program by Mary Rominger — After the University of Iowa reached out to Mayo Clinic Health System Mankato, work began to set up a milk donor bank in Mankato.All milk collection is free will and the new milk drop off-site is an addition to the already existing partnership with Mayo Clinic Health System Mankato and the University of Iowa. “We, ourselves, get our milk that we give to our special care nursery babies from the University of Iowa, so they just thought it would be a great connection for us to kind of team up together and have our local moms donate to our babies in a roundabout way,” explained Sandra Bosch, nurse manager of Labor, Delivery, Postpartum and Couplet Care at the Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato. Additional coverage: Mankato Free Press

KEYC Mankato, Springfield, Mayo Clinic Health System reach separation agreement by Jake Rinehart — The City of Springfield recently announced that the city and Mayo Clinic Health System have mutually agreed to terminate its lease and affiliation agreements. The city owns the land at the facility, while also owning improvements that were made to the Springfield Community Hospital and Springfield Medical Clinic. The City of Springfield and Mayo Clinic Health System entered into a lease agreement on January 1, 1998. In December 2019, the Mayo Clinic Health System notified the city of its intent to default on the lease.

Fairmont Sentinel, Mayo-Fairmont shifts way it works by Judy Bryan — Mayo Clinic Health System has implemented a no-visitor policy for patients, and temporarily suspended operation of four part-time clinics in response to the constantly changing conditions caused by the COVID-19 outbreak.

La Crosse Tribune, Mayo Clinic Health System employees donate blood as COVID-19 leads to short supply by Emily Pyrek — During a staff-only blood drive held at the hospital, workers from multiple departments dedicated an hour to the donation process, encouraged to give during a virtual town hall meeting held with employees earlier in the week. “We had a tremendous response,” says Dr. Joe Krien of Mayo Clinic Health System, whose goal for 24 donors was more than tripled. “I’ve been overwhelmed by the generosity of our staff despite the stress amid COVID-19.”

La Crosse Tribune, Mayo Clinic Health System increases staff precautions — The temperatures of Mayo Clinic Health System employees will be taken twice daily, including at the start of all shifts, and Mayo is providing staff members thermometers to use at work or home. Mayo continues to tell its employees to stay home if experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. "It is our responsibility to our community to lead by example and make sure our patients and staff are safe," says Jason Fratzke, chief nursing officer at Mayo Clinic Health System. "We will continue asking patients and visitors to do the same before entering our facilities."

La Crosse Tribune, La Crosse spa offering free massages to health care workers with gift card purchases by Olivia Herken — The spa will be partnering with Gundersen Health System and Mayo Clinic Health System to distribute the massages to such staff members as nurses, doctors, technicians and other staff in hospitals and clinics in the area.

WKBT La Crosse, Talking with your kids about the pandemic — When explaining to kids what’s happening, experts say parents should use appropriate terms. It’s also recommended to remind kids the pandemic will end and they will be able to return to school and friends in time. “Even some hands-on representation of how to wash to wash their hands appropriately. I think this is a great time to be teaching that as well,” said Mayo Clinic Health System Psychotherapist Karen Hall.

WXOW La Crosse, Mobile Meals continues crucial service by Warren Sears — It's a non-profit primarily made up of volunteers. They deliver between 60-70 meals a day, 7 days a week. Their meal service is generally geared towards those that are homebound, disabled or the elderly. Director of Mobile Meals Mike Desmond says that thanks to a partnership with the Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse, they're able to design healthy and nutritional options for delivery. "Their food service here at Mayo where they have registered dietitians and all the meals are designed to be very healthy."

WXOW La Crosse, Mayo receives equipment donation by Roger Staffaroni — Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse received some extra help by way of donated equipment from Western Technical College. Three different ventilators were delivered to the Respiratory Care Department. The equipment comes at a time when the clinic is preparing for anyone who might need the vital assistance provided by ventilators. "We need machines like this," said Keith Torgerud, Director of Respiratory Care. "We're trying to find out if we have the proportion for what we may see." Additional coverage: La Crosse Tribune, WEAU Eau Claire

WXOW La Crosse, Pregnancy and COVID-19 by Andrea Albers — Many of us have questions about our own personal risk when it comes to COVID-19, but women who are pregnant may feel added concern, for their unborn baby. A doctor with Mayo Clinic in La Crosse says the good news is, to get pregnant in the first place, you generally have to be young and healthy. "If you are pregnant you're probably healthier than many women or many people," said Dr. Dennis Costakos. "On the other hand, when pregnant women do get certain respiratory infections they do get a lot sicker. For example, influenza."

WEAU Eau Claire, Mayo Clinic Health Systems to start curbside prescription pickup by Annemarie Payson — Mayo Clinic Health Systems announced Tuesday that curbside pickup of prescriptions would be available at all Mayo Clinic Health System Pharmacy locations across northwest Wisconsin. Mayo Clinic Health System pharmacies in Holmen and Onalaska are offering drive-thru and mail services only. They are also encouraging patients to have their prescriptions mailed to their home at no cost. Additional coverage: La Crosse Tribune

WEAU Eau Claire, Mayo Clinic Health System-Northland to test patients for COVID-19 in Cameron by Annemarie Payson — Mayo Clinic Health System- Northland is now offering a drive-thru testing site in Cameron for COVID-19. If you are looking to be tested, you are asked to call your Mayo Clinic Health System primary care clinic and they will determine if you meet the criteria to be tested. Additional coverage: Rice Lake Chronotype

WIZM-Radio, Mayo Clinic Health System announces temporary no-visitor rule effective Sunday — Patients hospitalized at Mayo in La Crosse are not permitted to have visitors for now, because of concerns over COVID-19. Mayo Clinic Health System added new restrictions for its Southwest Wisconsin facilities to protect patients and staff from the Coronavirus outbreak. “We understand that these restrictions will be difficult for patients and their loved ones. We are taking these necessary steps to protect our patients and our staff. As always, the needs of our patients come first,” said a Mayo source. Additional coverage: WKBT La Crosse

WIZM-Radio, Mayo in La Crosse announces donation of masks in fight against COVID-19 by Drew Kelly — Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse has received a generous contribution to assist in fighting COVID-19. According to a press release, the hospital has received a number of donations including 1,000 N95 masks which are used by other industries outside of healthcare. The masks are used to protect against airborne particles and are being selectively used. The CDC says the N95 mask would protect nurses when dealing with the Coronavirus., Safer at home, but feeling stuck? Mental health tips for social distancing by Michael Brun — For more, we reached out to Dr. Jennifer Radtke, an internal medicine physician at Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing. Here's what she had to say about keeping it together while staying at home., How to talk to kids about the coronavirus by Steve Gardiner — Challenging situations like COVID-19 leave parents with the difficult problem of how to talk to children about what is happening in their lives. “Before you have the conversation with your child, examine how you are regulating your own distress,” said Dr. Emily Sander, psychologist at Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing. “Children take their cues from the adults in their lives, especially the adults they are closest to and trust.”

Inverse, Chloroquine: The strange story behind the “cure” for COVID-19 that’s going viral by Emma Betuel — Gregory Poland is a professor of medicine and infectious diseases at the Mayo Clinic. He's the director of the Mayo Clinic's Vaccine research group. "I would urge us to take these with a grain of salt," he tells Inverse regarding the hype around chloroquine as a treatment for COVID-19. "Until randomized clinical trials are published we can't tell if it's anecdote. Is it due to some unforeseen or improbable set of circumstances?" "The medical literature is littered with tens of thousands of case reports like this where there is a claim of efficacy only to fall apart when randomized clinical trials are done."

Fast Company, An app for tracking coronavirus in your community is almost here by Lilly Smith — The app, which is currently in beta, is called Private Kit and was developed by a team of researchers from MIT, Harvard, the Mayo Clinic, and a handful of other companies and institutions. It’s essentially a voluntary geo-locator: After you download the app and consent to sharing your location (which is necessary in order for the app to work), the app starts tracking you. Should you cross paths with someone who’s been diagnosed with the coronavirus who also has the app, you’ll receive a notification telling you when and for how long. Additional coverage: Futurism

BuzzFeed, Chloroquine Is Being Touted As A Miracle Drug For Coronavirus, But There Are Reasons To Be Wary by Dan Vergano — The Mayo Clinic lists 14 drugs that shouldn’t be taken with chloroquine, whose side effects can include blurred vision, nausea, vomiting, cramps, headache, and diarrhea. Similar side effects are associated with hydroxychloroquine, another form of the drug, which is also linked to convulsions and “mental changes” by the US National Library of Medicine.

Wired, A coronavirus blood test could be the key to beating the pandemic by David Cox — Right now at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, clinical microbiology director Elitza Theel and her team are one of the many centres undergoing the painstaking process of trying to work out which tests actually work, and which do not. “It is amazing how many serological assays are coming out of the woodwork,” she says. “As well as making sure that they don’t mistakenly test positive for other diseases, we’re also ensuring that they do actually recognise Covid-19. One of the challenges and delays has been just getting the kits in because of the transportation bans. There are not a lot of flights happening. We’re currently looking at one assay from the US, two from Europe and two from China. There’s a need for this, so once we identify one we think is suitable, we’ll begin offering the testing.”

Quartz, The loss of taste and smell are possible symptoms of Covid-19 by Chase Purdy — As anecdotes continue to crop up, the medical community is still putting all the pieces together. When asked last week about scattered reports around the loss of taste and smell, Greg Poland of the Mayo Clinic said the news accounts raised questions but didn’t necessarily qualify anosmia as an official symptom of infection with SARS-CoV-2. “There have been no reports in the medical literature, that I’m aware of, in terms of widespread loss of smell and taste,” Poland said at the time. “Having said that, respiratory viruses…can cause sinusitis—which certainly can cause loss of smell.”

Yahoo!, Mayo Clinic Ready To Begin Clinical Trials On Therapy Options For COVID-19 — Mayo Clinic has been doing research for weeks to Mayo Clinic Ready To Begin Clinical Trials On Therapy Options For COVID-19 get possible therapy treatments ready for clinical trials to test on confirmed patients with COVID-19, Kate Raddatz reports.

ESPN Radio, How to wash your hands properly — Dan Le Batard and Stugotz talk to Dr. Greg Poland.

Yahoo! Finance, Medical Care Corporation Achieves Phase I Milestone in Study to Detect Pre-Symptomatic Alzheimer's Disease — The study analyzed data drawn from the Mayo Clinic Study of Aging – an initiative that longitudinally assessed cognitive function in a cohort of aging adults who were cognitively normal at their first assessment. Those who maintained normal cognitive function for the duration of the study were grouped as "Stable" and those who later developed memory impairments due to Alzheimer's disease were grouped as "Progressor."

Yahoo! Finance, COVID-19 Healthcare Coalition Forms to Support the U.S. Healthcare System and Help Protect U.S. Populations — Mayo Clinic, Leavitt Partners, and several Massachusetts Institute of Technology faculty leaders were among the first to coalesce around this effort. These leaders asked MITRE to help coordinate the private sector response and serve as an independent party to facilitate communication, aggregate de-identified data – from clinical insights to resource requirements like beds and ventilators – and coordinate the response across a range of organizations.

Men’s Health, Here's Exactly What Medical Experts Mean by a 'Fever' by Paul Kita — In addition to a cough and shortness of breath, public health institutions list "fever," as a one of the symptoms of the coronavirus COVID-19. Except that many of these institutions don't go into greater detail about what a fever actually entails. The Mayo Clinic defines a fever as "a temporary increase in your body temperature, often due to an illness..." and "...usually isn't a cause for concern unless it reaches 103 F (39.4 C) or higher."

The Healthy, I Used a Light Therapy Lamp for Depression. Here’s How It Changed Me. by Claire Nowak — Symptoms of SAD can be similar to those of major depression, like feeling hopeless and drained of energy, losing interest in activities you love, and suicidal thoughts. But Craig Sawchuk, PhD, a clinical psychologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, describes the signs that distinguish SAD from other forms of depression as “hibernation-like symptoms”: excess sleep, increased appetite, cravings for carbs, weight gain, and overall sluggish feelings.

The Healthy, 7 Silent Signs of Serotonin Syndrome by Alyssa Jung — With treatment, serotonin syndrome symptoms typically disappear quickly, but left untreated it can be deadly. “Serotonin is responsible for regulating the nervous system, including body temperature, muscle tone, and behavior, gut motility, and constriction of the blood vessels in the body. When levels are high, the different body systems regulated by serotonin get over-stimulated,” says Jeahan Colletti, MD, an emergency medicine physician at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

HIT Consultant, Amazon, Epic, Mayo Clinic, Intermountain, Others Form COVID-19 Healthcare Coalition by Fred Pennic — Mayo Clinic, Leavitt Partners, and several Massachusetts Institute of Technology faculty leaders were among the first to coalesce around this effort. These leaders asked MITRE to help coordinate the private sector response and serve as an independent party to facilitate communication, aggregate de-identified data—from clinical insights to resource requirements like beds and ventilators—and coordinate the response across a range of organizations.

Chicago Tribune, Importance of home exercise while being isolated — As social distancing becomes the norm due to COVID-19, it’s important to find new ways to remain active, as exercise is important. “We need fitness for better overall health but in particular to keep our stress level down, especially now. We don’t want our muscles to become sedentary since we’re staying at home,” says Dr. Sunni Alessandria, a Mayo Clinic physical therapist.

Philadelphia Inquirer, Can the coronavirus really live for 3 days on plastic? Yes, but it’s complicated. by Tom Avril — …The findings should offer some reassurance to those concerned about touching their mail, said Gregory A. Poland, a vaccine researcher at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., who was not involved with the study.

Philadelphia Inquirer, Is coronavirus more dangerous for people with asthma? Here’s what health experts say. by Mike Stunson — While children are not as at risk for COVID-19 compared to adults, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it is not known if children with “underlying medical conditions” are more at risk. Dr. Greg Poland, a professor of infectious diseases and director of the Mayo Clinic Vaccine Research Group, told Buzzfeed News “asthma is definitely a risk factor.” “The most immediate thing (parents) can do tomorrow is to make sure that child and everyone else in the family has flu vaccines,” Poland told Buzzfeed.

Philadelphia Inquirer, What’s the difference between quarantine and isolation? — Dr. Clayton T. Cowl, a pulmonologist and chair of Mayo Clinic’s Division of Preventive, Occupational and Aerospace Medicine, says that the terms are different, and people should know which one is the best option for their situation. “The terms ‘quarantine’ and ‘isolation’ both refer to the act of separating a person with illness from others,” says Dr. Cowl. “But the terms are different. Quarantine is used for someone who has no symptoms, and isolation is used when someone has been confirmed to have the disease. Isolation is typically more acute than quarantine.”

New Hampshire Union-Leader, COVID-19: Tips for mindfulness and coping with anxiety — Amid ever-changing information around the COVID-19 pandemic, many people are experiencing heightened stress and anxiety. “Anxiety is not right, and it is not wrong. It is just part of the human experience,” says Kristin Lothman, a mind-body counselor with Mayo Clinic’s Department of Integrative Medicine and Health. “Healthy anxiety calls us into action to be safe, to take care of the people that we love and to arrive at the present moment experience with resilience.”

Becker’s Hospital Review, How 8 health systems are handling COVID-19 testing: in-house, drive-thru, triage and more by Laura Dyrda — 1. In-house tests: Some health systems, including Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic and Pittsburgh-based UPMC, have developed their own COVID-19 tests. Mayo was able to develop its test in less than a month and submitted data to the FDA for emergency use authorization. The system's lab aims to process around 300 tests per day initially and increase that to 600 tests.

NEJM Catalyst, Learnings from Mayo Clinic’s Methods for Scaling a Coordinated and Comprehensive Plan for Covid-19 — How Mayo Clinic created and disseminated an enterprise-wide Covid-19 care delivery plan through existing resources and real-time updates and adaptations.

MD Magazine, FDA Approves COVID-19 Guidelines for ECG Use to Measure QTc by Kenny Walter — The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has provided guidance for the use of KardiaMobile 6L, a six-lead personal ECG to measure a patients QTc and potential detect dangerous QT prolongation, which can lead to drug-induced sudden cardiac death (DI-SCD) associated with several medicines used to treat the novel coronavirus (COVID-19)…."AliveCor's KardiaMobile 6L technology can play a key role in obtaining the patient's QTc as a vital sign to help guide the rapid and safe use of these drugs," Michael J. Ackerman,  MD, PhD, genetic cardiologist and director of Mayo Clinic's Windland Smith Rice Genetic Heart Rhythm Clinic and Sudden Death Genomics Laboratory, said in a statement.  "In addition, the patient's QTc can be obtained without exposing ECG technicians to affected patients which helps to conserve personal protection equipment (PPE) and thereby expand the capacity of our strained medical resources." Additional coverage: Cardiac Rhythm News

WebMD, Are Warnings Against NSAIDs in COVID-19 Warranted? — Gregory Poland, MD, a professor of medicine and infectious disease and director of the Vaccine Research Group at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, said that without clarification of any new data detailing effects, additional risks of NSAIDs related to COVID-19 are questionable. Poland told Medscape Medical News: "I think there is far inadequate information to make a blanket statement like that [which the French Health Minister has made]."

HealthDay, Daily Aspirin Won't Stop Dementia, Study Finds by Steven Reinberg — Dr. David Knopman, a neurologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., co-authored an editorial that accompanied the study. Although the findings were not what researchers hoped, they can help guide future tests of other drugs to prevent dementia, Knopman said. "Sometimes there is an absence of evidence on these sorts of questions, meaning that there has not been a definitive study, but in this instance, there is evidence of absence," he said. "The trial definitively showed no value in aspirin for preventing dementia, unfortunately."

HealthDay, Indoor Athletes Often Lacking in Vitamin D by Kayla McKiski — Working with Mayo Clinic researchers, her team analyzed the athletes' body composition, skin pigmentation, sun exposure, dietary intake and blood. They found that 13 of the 20 athletes -- 65% -- were "vitamin D-insufficient" at the outset. Additional coverage: US News & World Report

Neurology Today, Neurologists Respond to COVID-19 with Telemedicine: The Challenges and Opportunities by Dan Hurley — In place for more than 10 years, the Mayo Clinic Connected Care platform is taking on the recent uptick in telemedicine sessions relatively smoothly, according to Bart Demaerschalk, MD, FAAN, professor of neurology at Mayo Clinic's Phoenix campus and director of its telestroke program. "To the degree possible, neurologists and neurology allied health staff are now working from home," said Dr. Demaerschalk.

HoneyKids Asia, 10 ways to explain Covid-19 to kids and how to help them cope by Amy Potter — 1. Explain Covid-19 to kids in a way they’ll understand. You know the drill: adapt your language to make it appropriate for your child’s age. Jennifer Rodemeyer, manager of the Child Life Program at Mayo Clinic, suggests starting your conversation by asking your child what they think coronavirus is. “This gives you an understanding of what your children know, think they know or how they interpret the illness,” she says.

Gulf News, Coronavirus: Are you living on the edge in the UAE? — As Dr Craig Sawchuk, licensed psychologist and chair, division of Integrated Behaviourial Health, Department of Psychiatry and Psychology at Mayo Clinic, said, “The uncertainty over a global pandemic is a significant stressor right now. Not knowing how this will turn out or what we can do to protect ourselves, seeing others around us acting more anxiously, and being overly exposed to information from the media are exacerbating our levels of anxiety and worry.”

The National, 'Selfless' parents who donated daughter's organs meet the child they helped by Nick Webster — Scientists at the Mayo Clinic in the US published research in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology showing how subtle structural features in kidneys from living donors could help predict the risk of transplant failure in recipients. "We think that those subtle abnormalities in the living kidney donor may make the kidney more susceptible to fail in the future in the recipients,” said Naim Issa, a nephrologist and the study’s lead author. "These important findings may provide insights into unrecognised predictors of kidney transplant failure in recipients.”

El Nuevo Dia, Los fumadores enfrentan un alto riesgo de complicaciones de salud por el COVID-19 — Los fumadores representan un grupo de la población en alto riesgo de sufrir complicaciones serias de salud a causa del coronavirus COVID-19, reveló este viernes el doctor Gregory Poland de la Clínica Mayo. Additional coverage: El Mundo, Efe USA, La Raza, La Oferta, El Mostrador, Yahoo!

Notizie Scientifiche, Infarto, nuovo trattamento con staminali rigenera vasi sanguigni e tessuto cardiac — Andre Terzic, direttore del Centro di medicina rigenerativa della Mayo Clinic, spiega che il cuore non è capace da solo di riparare se stesso a seguito di un infarto perché i cambiamenti apportati dall’infarto stesso sono troppo grandi. La terapia che hanno ideato, basata sulle cellule staminali cardiopoietiche, sembra invertire, quasi in tutto, i cambiamenti apportati da questo tipo di patologie “in modo tale che l’85% di tutte le categorie funzionali cellulari colpite dalla malattia abbia risposto positivamente al trattamento”. Additional coverage: Deavita

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