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Jan 10, 2020

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights for January 10, 2020

By Emily Blahnik @eblahnik
CNN, Losing one night's sleep may increase risk factor for Alzheimer's, study says by Sandee LaMotte — In a healthy person, tau and other toxins in the brain are cleared away during sleep, sort of like taking out the garbage. Losing sleep, or having disordered sleep in which sleep cycles [...]
Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights for January 10, 2020
Jan 10, 2020

How a growing trove of genetic data is informing medical breakthroughs

By Karl Oestreich @KarlWOestreich
PBS Newshourby Miles O’BrienIndividualized medicine, in which treatments are customized based on a patient’s unique DNA, is a rising field. Along with an ever-expanding genetic database, it offers tantalizing promise for solving some of medicine's most daunting challenges. But individualized medicine also carries with it questions and risks -- both [...]
How a growing trove of genetic data is informing medical breakthroughs
Jan 10, 2020

Mayo Clinic, Helix to study the genetics of 100,000 patients

By Karl Oestreich @KarlWOestreich
Post-Bulletinby Jeff KigerMayo Clinic is partnering with a California-based firm to recruit 100,000 patients to participate in genetic testing to discover possible health problems and help develop a research database. Working with the genomics company Helix, Mayo Clinic is looking for patients to participate in a study called Tapestry that [...]
Mayo Clinic, Helix to study the genetics of 100,000 patients
Jan 10, 2020

Exercise may keep your brain healthy

By Karl Oestreich @KarlWOestreich
HealthDay Exercise may do more than build body strength: New research shows it might also keep brain cells in shape. According to the study, exercise helps maintain the brain's gray matter, which is linked to various skills and thinking abilities. So, keeping your gray matter intact may help prevent thinking declines, the [...]
Exercise may keep your brain healthy
Jan 10, 2020

Mayo's structured compensation model tackles gender pay inequality

By Karl Oestreich @KarlWOestreich
Health Leaders Media Mayo Clinic's structured, salary-only compensation model appears to have successfully tackled the nettlesome issue of gender pay disparity, a review shows. A review of the compensation model — which relies on national benchmarks, standardized pay steps, and increments — for 2,845 Mayo physicians — including 861 women — affirmed [...]
Mayo's structured compensation model tackles gender pay inequality
Dec 20, 2019

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights for December 20, 2019

By Emily Blahnik @eblahnik
CNN, Kristen Dahlgren's reporting on cancer symptoms may have saved her life by Lisa Respers France — Cancer was the last thing on NBC correspondent Kristen Dahlgren's mind...She recently returned to Rochester, Minnesota, to reunite with Dr. Deborah Rhodes who she interviewed in 2016 at the Mayo Clinic for her original story. "'If this [...]
Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights for December 20, 2019
Dec 19, 2019

At Mayo Clinic, AI engineers face an 'acid test': Will their algorithms help real patients?

By Karl Oestreich @KarlWOestreich
STATby Casey RossIt would be easy to wonder what Zachi Attia is doing in the cardiac operating rooms of one of America’s most prestigious hospitals. He has no formal medical training or surgical expertise. He cannot treat arrhythmias, repair heart valves, or unclog arteries. The first time he watched a [...]
At Mayo Clinic, AI engineers face an 'acid test': Will their algorithms help real patients?
Dec 19, 2019

A hospital, at 130 mph

By Karl Oestreich @KarlWOestreich
Rochester Magazineby Steve LangeEach Mayo One helicopter­­—and there are now four of them—carries a ventilator, IV fluids, 70 medications, various blood products, a handheld blood analysis lab, and, sometimes, an isolette for preemies. The three-member crew in the retrofitted Airbus EC145 can transport critical patients up to 150 miles one [...]
A hospital, at 130 mph
Dec 19, 2019

Mayo Clinic doctor becomes Santa to premature babies

By Karl Oestreich @KarlWOestreich
KARE 11by Boyd HuppertThe faux-bearded Santa strokes the forehead of a prematurely born baby in the neonatal intensive care unit at Mayo Clinic Hospital. He sweetly whispers, “Hi little Opal, hi baby.” The beard may be fake, but beneath it beats the heart of real cardiologist. “The best day of [...]
Mayo Clinic doctor becomes Santa to premature babies
Dec 19, 2019

All in the family

By Karl Oestreich @KarlWOestreich
Albert Lea Tribuneby Sarah StultzOne mother and her daughters are fulfilling their wish to help people through their jobs at Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea. Mother Shari Anderson, 51, has worked at Mayo Clinic for 32 years, starting first in 1987 as a health unit coordinator on the [...]
All in the family
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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
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