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Dec 13, 2019

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights for December 13, 2019

By Emily Blahnik @eblahnik
Khaleej Times, Online communities can help patients, caregivers emotionally by Saman Haziq — Talking about his personal journey that led him to take up research and development of online patient communities professionally, Dan Hinmon, community director of the Mayo Clinic Social Media Network, said: "I was just 25 when my newborn was diagnosed with a [...]
Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights for December 13, 2019
Dec 13, 2019

Mayo joins forces with Gore to develop 'a living drug'

By Karl W Oestreich @KarlWOestreich
Post-Bulletinby Jeff Kiger Following positive clinic trial results, Mayo Clinic lab is combining its stem cell research with a bioabsorbable material to create "a living drug" to help patients heal better. Mayo Clinic and W. L. Gore & Associates Inc., the Newark, Del.-based firm best known for making Gore-Tex, are forming a [...]
Mayo joins forces with Gore to develop 'a living drug'
Dec 13, 2019

Mayo Clinic calls up physician from the farm for 'platform' project

By Karl W Oestreich @KarlWOestreich
Star Tribuneby Christopher SnowbeckThe first president for Mayo Clinic Platform, a technology project that’s seen as key to the clinic’s future, is not simply a physician with expertise in digital health. Dr. John Halamka and his wife, Kathy, currently run Unity Farm, an animal sanctuary that’s located at their home [...]
Mayo Clinic calls up physician from the farm for 'platform' project
Dec 13, 2019

How Julie Mlinar went from being an anonymous kidney donor to a public one

By Karl W Oestreich @KarlWOestreich
Post-Bulletinby Matthew StolleOn the Friday before Mother's Day, Spring Valley resident David Thouin heard a knock on the door.  It was Julie Mlinar and her husband, Mark. Mlinar said she had some news to share. She had been approved to donate a kidney. Thouin and his wife, Carol, were in [...]
How Julie Mlinar went from being an anonymous kidney donor to a public one
Dec 6, 2019

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights for December 6, 2019

By Emily Blahnik @eblahnik
NBC News, Toxic metal, leached from e-cigarette coil, permanently scars woman's lung by Erika Edwards — Doctors have discovered yet another way that vaping — and vaping THC, in particular — can damage the lungs: when the metal coils of electronic cigarettes heat up to turn e-liquids into aerosols, toxic metals can leach into [...]
Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights for December 6, 2019
Dec 6, 2019

Mayo Clinic taps Boston health tech leader to guide data strategy

By Karl W Oestreich @KarlWOestreich
STATby Casey RossOn the heels of forming a new partnership with Google, Mayo Clinic announced it has hired Dr. John Halamka — a Harvard professor and hospital IT veteran — to guide its efforts to apply artificial intelligence to vast stores of data from patients and devices. Halamka will leave [...]
Mayo Clinic taps Boston health tech leader to guide data strategy
Dec 6, 2019

More U.S. women know how breast density impacts cancer risk

By Karl W Oestreich @KarlWOestreich
Reutersby Lisa RapaportAs of 2017, 66% of women were aware that dense breast tissue is associated with an increased risk of cancer, up from about 59% in 2012, researchers report in the Journal of the American College of Radiology…“The discussion was more often initiated by the healthcare provider than the [...]
More U.S. women know how breast density impacts cancer risk
Dec 6, 2019

After 6-year wait, Valley man gets much-needed gift of life

By Karl W Oestreich @KarlWOestreich
FOX 10 Phoenixby Bailey MillerThanksgiving 2019 will be an unforgettable one for one Valley man and his family. After a wait that lasted for six years, Robert Duran received his kidney on November 2 at the Mayo Clinic. Duran said that was the day he had his Thanksgiving. "November 2 [...]
After 6-year wait, Valley man gets much-needed gift of life
Dec 6, 2019

Mayo Clinic cesarean suite set to open in Austin

By Karl W Oestreich @KarlWOestreich
KAALAs part of the Mayo Clinic Health System’s OB consolidation, a few months ago the ‘Baby Place' in Albert Lea closed its doors. Now, the new center being constructed in Austin has completed phase one of its services. On Tuesday morning, the Family Birth Center will officially be ready to [...]
Mayo Clinic cesarean suite set to open in Austin
Nov 27, 2019

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights for November 27, 2019

By Emily Blahnik @eblahnik
New York Times, Fitting in Family Fitness at the Holidays by Gretchen Reynolds — Jump Around: Consider also supplying the household with jump ropes, said Dr. Michael Joyner, an anesthesiologist and exercise physiologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and a committed athlete. Jump ropes, by themselves, provide all the equipment needed for [...]
Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights for November 27, 2019
Nov 27, 2019

Man paralyzed from the neck down walks again thanks to a new medical innovation

By Karl W Oestreich @KarlWOestreich
Good Morning AmericaImagine going from being an active individual to not being able to move any part of your body at all. For Chris Barr, that was his reality when life came to a sudden halt for him two years ago. “It’s exactly like it is in the movies where, you [...]
Man paralyzed from the neck down walks again thanks to a new medical innovation
Nov 27, 2019

Mayo Clinic announces joint venture to operate 'mega-hospital' in United Arab Emirates

By Karl W Oestreich @KarlWOestreich
Star Tribuneby Joe CarlsonMayo Clinic, a Minnesota-born institution known for attracting patients from the Middle East and around the world, is entering a joint venture that will run a new “mega-hospital” in the United Arab Emirates. The Sheikh Shakhbout Medical City, a four-tower medical campus in the UAE capital city [...]
Mayo Clinic announces joint venture to operate 'mega-hospital' in United Arab Emirates
Nov 27, 2019

Jacksonville father hopes to receive lifesaving kidney transplant in time for holiday season

By Karl W Oestreich @KarlWOestreich
Action News Jaxby Alicia TaranconShannon Stephens, a local father of three, is in need of a new kidney. Recently, he was placed on the waiting list for a transplant at Mayo Clinic. "Every time my phone rings, my heart is about to jump out of my chest, you know just [...]
Jacksonville father hopes to receive lifesaving kidney transplant in time for holiday season
Nov 22, 2019

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

By Emily Blahnik @eblahnik
USA Today, A super-vaccine for the flu is being marketed to people 65 and older. Is it legit or a scam? by Adrianna Rodriguez — Flu season is upon us, and the demographic most vulnerable to the disease is people 65 and older. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about [...]
Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights for November 22, 2019
Nov 21, 2019

How hospitals are battling the opioid epidemic

By Karl W Oestreich @KarlWOestreich
US News & World Reportby Katelyn NewmanAt the front lines of the opioid crisis, health care providers and hospitals are reconstructing their approaches to treating pain and addiction, from implementing new prescription guidelines and creating personalized systems of care to addressing addiction as a disease rather than a moral failing. [...]
How hospitals are battling the opioid epidemic
Nov 21, 2019

Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville plans North America's first carbon ion therapy center to fight cancer

By Karl W Oestreich @KarlWOestreich
Florida Times-Unionby Matt SoergelIt’s still a few years away, but Mayo Clinic plans to add a “promising” cancer treatment to its Jacksonville campus, the first of its kind in North America. The Mayo Clinic plans to build a carbon ion treatment facility to fight cancer at its Jacksonville campus, which [...]
Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville plans North America's first carbon ion therapy center to fight cancer
Nov 21, 2019

Rochester cancer therapy firm to collaborate with drugmaker on melanoma treatment

By Karl W Oestreich @KarlWOestreich
Star Tribuneby Joe CarlsonVyriad, a company in southeastern Minnesota that is designing viruses to selectively kill cancer cells, has signed a major agreement with the biotech drugmaker Regeneron to collaborate on a drug therapies to target melanoma and cancers of the lung, liver and uterus. A Vyriad spokesman said the [...]
Rochester cancer therapy firm to collaborate with drugmaker on melanoma treatment
Nov 21, 2019

Mayo Clinic Health System introduces telestroke technology to inpatient setting

By Karl W Oestreich @KarlWOestreich
La Crosse Tribuneby Emily PyrekEight years after introducing telestroke services in its La Crosse emergency rooms, Mayo Clinic Health System is bringing the technology into the inpatient setting, offering a new opportunity for collaborative care. Mayo Clinic, which has utilized telestroke for nearly 90,000 patients across 30 Mayo Clinic Hospitals [...]
Mayo Clinic Health System introduces telestroke technology to inpatient setting
Nov 15, 2019

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights for November 15, 2019

By Emily Blahnik @eblahnik
NBC News, New NASA study finds long-haul danger for astronauts: Blood flow in reverse by Denise Chow — Spaceflight can halt and even reverse blood flow in astronauts' upper bodies, a NASA report said Wednesday, a startling discovery that has important implications for future trips to Mars and other long-duration [...]
Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights for November 15, 2019
Nov 15, 2019

Juul stops sales of mint-flavored e-cigarettes

By Karl W Oestreich @KarlWOestreich
HealthDayby Dennis ThompsonJuul Labs will halt sales of its mint-flavored electronic cigarettes, the company announced Thursday…Researchers at the Mayo Clinic Arizona conducted an examination of 17 cases involving vaping-linked lung injury -- including lung biopsies. All of the patients examined had severe forms of the illness, and two had died. [...]
Juul stops sales of mint-flavored e-cigarettes
Nov 15, 2019

Community conversation surrounding new documentary 'The Opioid Fix'

By Karl W Oestreich @KarlWOestreich
KAALMayo Clinic and TPT-Twin Cities PBS teamed up to create a three part documentary series called 'The Opioid Fix' which looks at how the opioid epidemic started and what we as individual communities and a nation can to do help tackle it. Parts of the documentary were shown during a [...]
Community conversation surrounding new documentary 'The Opioid Fix'
Nov 15, 2019

'Creepy Dreadful Wonderful Parasites'

By Karl W Oestreich @KarlWOestreich
Rochester Magazineby Steve LangeHow Dr. Bobbi Pritt—the “Parasite Gal”—has made parasites accessible. Interesting. Relatable, even. All while fighting to save you from them. Reach: Rochester Magazine averages more than 56,000 readers per issue. In addition to the nearly 15,000 copies distributed monthly, Rochester Magazine is also released in its entirety in [...]
'Creepy Dreadful Wonderful Parasites'
Nov 8, 2019

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights for November 8, 2019

By Emily Blahnik @eblahnik
Quartz, Rare genetic mutations protected a woman from developing Alzheimer’s by Katherine Ellen Foley — This case study “leads us to think about the importance of such studies in relatively understudied populations,” says Nilufer Ertekin-Taner, a neurogeneticist with the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, who was not involved with the study. Scientific knowledge of the [...]
Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights for November 8, 2019
Nov 7, 2019

Cardiac rehab after heart valve surgery tied to better outcomes

By Karl W Oestreich @KarlWOestreich
Reutersby Lisa RapaportThe study wasn’t designed to prove whether or how cardiac rehab might directly affect patient outcomes, nor did it examine why some patients might not have been offered cardiac rehab or chose not to enroll.  Even so, the results underscore the importance of discussing options for cardiac rehab, [...]
Cardiac rehab after heart valve surgery tied to better outcomes
Nov 7, 2019

How to stay healthy while traveling during the holidays

By Karl W Oestreich @KarlWOestreich
Washington Postby Natalie B. ComptonThe secret to staying healthy during the holidays is no secret at all: Wash your hands. It’s the most important thing you can do while traveling, and it’s good form year-round, but particularly important in the winter. “Our hands are the interface between ourselves and the [...]
How to stay healthy while traveling during the holidays
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