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Feb 20, 2020

'People always forget their thumbs.' Mayo doctor's late-night TV cameo on handwashing worth another look.

By Karl W Oestreich @KarlWOestreich
Star TribuneMost of us are flunking handwashing. That’s an important public health message at any time, but especially during the height of the winter influenza season — one complicated by the emergence of COVID-19, the name given to the coronavirus that got its start in Wuhan, China, and has since [...]
'People always forget their thumbs.' Mayo doctor's late-night TV cameo on handwashing worth another look.
Feb 14, 2020

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

By Emily Blahnik @eblahnik
PBS, Paddling and Peregrines — The Prairie Sportsman crew paddles the Minnesota River with Natalie Warren, one of the first women to canoe 2,000 miles from Fort Snelling to Hudson Bay, then climbs atop a Mayo Clinic building to see peregrine falcons that were brought back from extinction in the [...]
Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights for February 14, 2020
Feb 14, 2020

Everything you need to know before taking your first hot yoga class

By Karl W Oestreich @KarlWOestreich
Today.comby Stephanie Larratt Dr. Edward Laskowski, co-director of Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine, agrees that if you're a person who likes hot yoga, it's a good way to get exercise. "A lot of the postures require and improve stability and muscle strengthening," he says. One of the biggest benefits of hot yoga [...]
Everything you need to know before taking your first hot yoga class
Feb 14, 2020

Some hormone therapies are more effective than others in preventing heart disease

By Karl W Oestreich @KarlWOestreich
Everyday Healthby Becky Upham“The main takeaway from this study is that all hormone therapies are not the same, and it’s not that one is good and another is bad,” says Stephanie Faubion, MD, MBA, the director of the center for women’s health at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Dr. [...]
Some hormone therapies are more effective than others in preventing heart disease
Feb 14, 2020

Mayo Clinic Health System unveils new facility in Fairmont

By Karl W Oestreich @KarlWOestreich
KEYC Mankatoby Gage Cureton The Mayo Clinic Health System in Fairmont unveiled its new and expanded cardiac rehab center Tuesday which allows for increased patient care capacity. With the new cardiac rehab center, which is over double the size of the old facility, patients can be seen in a more timely [...]
Mayo Clinic Health System unveils new facility in Fairmont
Feb 14, 2020

Pressing On: La Crosse powerlifter survives freak accident thanks to local doctors

By Karl W Oestreich @KarlWOestreich
WKBT La Crosseby Jordan Fremstad One La Crosse man was staring death in the face after a freak weight lifting accident. Whether he lived or died depended on a group of local doctors who rarely see this kind of injury….“I had all of the spotters in place,” Stinson said. “I came [...]
Pressing On: La Crosse powerlifter survives freak accident thanks to local doctors
Feb 14, 2020

Saving lives: Mayo Clinic transportation unit

By Karl W Oestreich @KarlWOestreich
KAALEvery crash or medical emergency is different and so is the response that is taken. Whether on the ground or in the air, Mayo Clinic has a variety of fleets waiting to help, but what goes into making that call? "A lot of times the vehicle that we are taking [...]
Saving lives: Mayo Clinic transportation unit
Feb 7, 2020

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights for February 7, 2020

By Emily Blahnik @eblahnik
CNBC, Mayo Clinic doctor: Coronavirus is ‘basically at a pandemic now’ and should be treated as such by Jessica Bursztynsky — Dr. Gregory Poland, director of Mayo Clinic’s Vaccine Research Group, told CNBC on Monday that the fast-spreading coronavirus is nearing pandemic status. “We’re basically at a pandemic now,” said Poland, regarding the deadly virus, [...]
Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights for February 7, 2020
Feb 7, 2020

Hereditary heart disease plagues Ponte Vedra woman: 'I wanted to raise my babies'

By Karl W Oestreich @KarlWOestreich
Florida Times-Unionby Beth Reese CraveyHeart disease was following Jane Herndon’s family, killing her mother, then threatening Herndon. Later, her father, sister and daughter would be added to the list…About 80 percent of heart disease is preventable through weight control and diet, aerobic fitness, cholesterol management, avoiding smoking and tobacco and [...]
Hereditary heart disease plagues Ponte Vedra woman: 'I wanted to raise my babies'
Feb 7, 2020

Mayo in La Crosse earns top rating from federal agency

By Karl W Oestreich @KarlWOestreich
La Crosse Tribuneby Kyle FarrisMayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse is one of 27 hospitals in the state and 400 hospitals in the country to receive a five-star rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services…Mayo in La Crosse is one of 13 Mayo hospitals to receive five [...]
Mayo in La Crosse earns top rating from federal agency
Feb 7, 2020

Clearing the air

By Karl W Oestreich @KarlWOestreich
Rochester Magazineby Steve LangeA tiny lab in a Mayo Clinic basement could define the future of vaping. Here is the basement of the Stabile building -- just a few dozen feet away from a group of smokers and vapers standing outside of Dooley's -- Dr. Jon Ebbert is force-feeding and [...]
Clearing the air
Feb 7, 2020

Pilot project integrates oral health with other health care services

By Karl W Oestreich @KarlWOestreich
KEYC Mankatoby Ryan Sjoberg Mayo Clinic Health System — Mankato is kicking off a pilot project with Minnesota State University, Mankato to expand pediatric dental services at the Mayo Clinic Health System — Eastridge campus. “We’re looking to really bridge a prevention gap that exists. Often people that are most [...]
Pilot project integrates oral health with other health care services
Jan 31, 2020

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights for January 31, 2020

By Emily Blahnik @eblahnik
USA Today, Too much screen time for toddlers may lead to unhealthy behaviors growing up, study says by Joshua Bote — "The suggestion is that we as parents can improve our children’s health outcomes by reducing screen time when they are toddlers," said Mayo Clinic's Children Center pediatrician Kelsey Klaas, [...]
Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights for January 31, 2020
Jan 31, 2020

Student becomes teacher in developing lifesaving human trafficking curriculum

By Karl W Oestreich @KarlWOestreich
ABC Newsby Dr. John Smith"In our review, we only found a few publications looking at best practices to integrate human trafficking information into the curriculum," said Dr. Juliana Kling, senior author and a physician of internal medicine within the division of women’s health at the Mayo Clinic. "We were really [...]
Student becomes teacher in developing lifesaving human trafficking curriculum
Jan 31, 2020

Mayo Clinic's response to the opioid crisis

By Karl W Oestreich @KarlWOestreich
Med City BeatFor our inaugural episode, editor Sean Baker joins reporter Isaac Jahns for a conversation on how Mayo Clinic is responding to the nationwide opioid crisis.  Sean’s reporting on the subject includes an interview with Dr. Halena Gazelka, chair of the Mayo Clinic Enterprise Opioid Stewardship Program. Reach: Med City [...]
Mayo Clinic's response to the opioid crisis
Jan 31, 2020

Dr. Joseph Sirven: Heart Disease In U.S. Shows Rates Are Up

By Karl W Oestreich @KarlWOestreich
KJZZ Arizonaby Lauren GilgerA new analysis of heart disease in this country shows rates are up — even in places that are usually considered "healthy." For more on why — and what needs to happen to reverse it — The Show spoke with Mayo Clinic neurologist and KJZZ’s Medical Commentator [...]
Dr. Joseph Sirven: Heart Disease In U.S. Shows Rates Are Up
Jan 31, 2020

On the front lines of health equity

By Karl W Oestreich @KarlWOestreich
Minnesota Medicineby Suzy FrischLaPrincess Brewer, M.D.: As a George Washington University medical student, LaPrincess Brewer, MD, MPH, was inspired to address the underlying causes of patients’ health issues. Ultimately, she came to Mayo Clinic for a fellowship in cardiology. She is now a faculty member in the Department of Cardiovascular [...]
On the front lines of health equity
Jan 24, 2020

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

By Emily Blahnik @eblahnik
USA Today, US service members injured in Iraq: How soon do concussion symptoms appear? by Grace Hauck — Concussions are mild forms of traumatic brain injuries. Common symptoms of concussions – headache, memory loss and confusion – may not show up immediately, according to the Mayo Clinic. The symptoms can last for days, weeks or [...]
Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights for January 24, 2020
Jan 24, 2020

18 Amish children died of rare genetic mutation, study finds

By Karl W Oestreich @KarlWOestreich
Philadelphia Inquirerby Tom AvrilWhen an Amish child fainted after running around outside, the family’s physician was stumped. Results from an electrocardiogram and exercise stress test were normal, and no other cause was apparent. But a few years later at age 12 — again while engaged in everyday physical activity — [...]
18 Amish children died of rare genetic mutation, study finds
Jan 24, 2020

America is about to get a powerful tool in the war against cancer

By Karl W Oestreich @KarlWOestreich
CNBCby Lori IonannouAmerica’s war on cancer is about to get another tool in its arsenal. The country’s first carbon ion therapy center to treat cancer is being built in collaboration with Hitachi on the campus of the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida. The cancer therapy treatment will be part of [...]
America is about to get a powerful tool in the war against cancer
Jan 24, 2020

With a shortage of obstetricians at rural hospitals, the answer may be: Call the midwife

By Karl W Oestreich @KarlWOestreich
Star Tribuneby Jeremy OlsonMidwives could save rural hospitals struggling with the challenge of being prepared 24/7 to deliver babies, a new Mayo Clinic study found. Mayo’s hospital in La Crosse, Wis., reported fewer surgical deliveries and birth complications requiring neonatal intensive care under a system in which seven certified nurse [...]
With a shortage of obstetricians at rural hospitals, the answer may be: Call the midwife
Jan 24, 2020

Vaping and future health concerns

By Karl W Oestreich @KarlWOestreich
KAALIn 2019, vaping deaths and vaping-associated lung injuries made headlines across the country. “We’ve seen an increase of youth use in vaping products that’s gone up three and fourfold in the last few years, so high school seniors, 20 to 25 percent of them are using vaping products regularly,” said [...]
Vaping and future health concerns
Jan 17, 2020

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights for January 17, 2020

By Emily Blahnik @eblahnik
USA Today, Drinking tea regularly may help you live longer and healthier, new study finds by Joshua Bote — The study also acknowledged that the positive benefits of tea were more robust in men than women. Dr. Eugenia Gianos, the director of women’s heart health at New York City's Lenox [...]
Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights for January 17, 2020
Jan 16, 2020

No one knew why some Amish children were dying suddenly, now researchers have some answers

By Karl W Oestreich @KarlWOestreich
CNNby Harmeet KaurAfter the deaths of the first two children, a medical examiner who conducted the autopsies got in touch with researchers at the Mayo Clinic Windland Smith Rice Sudden Death Genomics Laboratory in 2004. Researchers at the lab had pioneered the concept of molecular autopsy, using genetic testing to [...]
No one knew why some Amish children were dying suddenly, now researchers have some answers
Jan 16, 2020

Physician burnout widespread, especially among those midcareer, report says

By Karl W Oestreich @KarlWOestreich
Wall Street Journalby Brianna AbbottThe report, published on Wednesday by medical-information platform Medscape, breaks down the generational differences in burnout and how doctors cope with the symptoms that are widespread throughout the profession. “There are a lot more similarities than differences, and what that highlights is that burnout in medicine [...]
Physician burnout widespread, especially among those midcareer, report says
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