Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights for August 17, 2018
Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights for August 17, 2018 By Emily Blahnik
Wall Street Journal , Troubling Rise in Pregnancy-Related Heart Problems by Sumathi Reddy— The number of women having heart attacks before, during and after deliveries increased by 25% from 2002 through 2013, according to a study published in July in the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings. Around 4.5% of women who had heart attacks died, a high mortality rate for such a young age group, the researchers say. While deaths are still relatively rare, the increase in heart attacks is worrisome…“Cardiovascular disease and heart attacks are a major cause of maternal death,” says Sharonne N. Hayes, a cardiologist and founder of the Women’s Heart Clinic at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., who wasn’t involved with either study. The heart-attack study found that 15% of the incidents involved spontaneous coronary artery dissection, or SCAD: A tear forms in a blood vessel in the heart, causing a heart attack. Dr. Hayes says that is likely a serious underestimation and points to other studies, including one published in 2014 in the journal Circulation, that found SCAD was the top cause of pregnancy-related heart attacks.
New York Times , Lyme Disease Is Spreading Fast. Why Isn’t There a Vaccine? by Karen Zraick — Dr. Gregory Poland, a vaccinologist at the Mayo Clinic, has written that public concern, induced by anti-vaccine groups and class action lawsuits, resulted in LYMErix being withdrawn from the market. “There’s a big difference between what’s claimed and what’s proven,” he said. The high cost of the vaccine and confusion over who should get it and how many doses were needed didn’t help its prospects. Additionally, a vaccine was never intended to replace “personal protective measures” like tick checks. After all, ticks can carry a number of diseases besides Lyme.
News York Times , Any Weight Loss Can Be Healthful, but More Can Be Much Better by Nicholas Bakalar — Researchers studied 7,670 overweight or obese people who wanted to lose weight. Using data on current weight, weight a year ago and maximum lifetime weight, they tested the association of long-term weight loss with lowering the risk for metabolic syndrome — a constellation of unhealthy conditions that includes high blood pressure, insulin resistance, excess fat around the waist, high triglycerides and low HDL, or “good,” cholesterol. Compared to people who maintained less than a 5 percent weight loss for one year, those who lost 5 to 10 percent lowered their risk for metabolic syndrome by 22 percent. A 15 to 19 percent loss was associated with a 37 percent lower risk, and those who maintained a loss of 20 percent or more had a 53 percent lower risk. The study is in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings. Additional coverage: Psych Central
Forbes , Can A Simple Poop Test Replace Your Colonoscopy? by Michela Tindera — Three years ago Kevin Conroy was standing on Ireland’s Cliffs of Moher, gazing at the Atlantic Ocean 500 feet below, when he was blindsided by a phone call about his company’s colon cancer test. Since 2009 Conroy has been running Exact Sciences, a firm trying to sell a noninvasive would-be alternative to a colonoscopy. The caller informed him that the influential U.S. Preventive Services Task Force had declined to recommend the Exact test as a cancer-screening tool, which meant it would not be covered by health plans under the Affordable Care Act. “Our stock took a massive hit,” says Conroy, 52. “It was surprising. In many ways energizing, though.”… The other was a compelling argument from a Mayo Clinic researcher, Dr. David Ahlquist, that adding different DNA markers to the test panel could dramatically improve Cologuard’s sensitivity. Ahlquist has a financial interest in Exact… Says Mayo’s Ahlquist: “As a gastroenterologist I’ve been dismayed, reflecting my feeling about how my GI colleagues across the country have responded defensively to the emergence of Cologuard. They’ve looked at it from the onset as a threat rather than as a tool that their patients can use regularly.”
ABC News , ‘I need help being mommy’: Woman’s candid comments nail why moms should start asking for help by Nicole Pelletiere — Ellen Brodrick, a certified nurse midwife at Mayo Clinic, said that help from loved ones is important — as new mothers are experiencing a lack of sleep, physical recovery from giving birth and strong emotions related to welcoming a new family member into the household. But, still, reaching out isn’t always easy, she noted. “The amount of support women and new parents receive really varies,” Brodrick told “Good Morning America.” “Some are surrounded by an attentive family and community of friends whereas others are more isolated — it can be difficult to ask for help from people you don’t know well or if there is the perception that your request might be a burden to someone else.”
Reuters , Osteoporosis drugs tied to lower fracture risk and health costs by Lisa Rapaport — The study wasn’t a controlled experiment designed to prove whether or how osteoporosis medication use directly reduces the risk of fractures or increases health costs. Still, the results should reassure patients about the effectiveness of osteoporosis medicines when taken as directed, said Dr. Matthew Drake of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. “But they don’t work nearly as effectively when patients do not continue with them,” Drake, who wasn’t involved in the study, said by email. For elderly patients in particular, fractures can lead to significant reductions in both independence and quality of life, Drake added. Doctors and patients should consider this when weighing whether to start or stop osteoporosis drugs, he said.
US News & World Report , Understanding a Desert Menace by Katelyn Newman — In desert soils of Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas and Utah, a fungus resides that causes Valley fever – also known as coccidioidomycosis or “desert rheumatism.” In the wake of summer rains, the fungus releases its spores and – with wind and people stirring up dirt in endemic regions – there’s a higher risk of inhaling the air-solvent microns, says Douglas Lake, an associate professor in the School of Life Sciences at Arizona State University….You’re currently working with the Mayo Clinic on developing a test that can detect the fungus in patients sooner. Could you tell me about that research?…My laboratory is working with Mayo Clinic, and specifically I’m working with Tom Grys, the director of the microbiology laboratory at Mayo Clinic-Arizona, and we’re developing a test to detect the bits and pieces of the fungus in urine. When people inhale fungal spores from the desert soil, the fungal spores are just the right size to germinate in the terminal bronchioles in your lung….
Reader’s Digest , 7 Silent Signs You Could Have Endometriosis by Colette Harris — Several theories exist as to what causes endometriosis, but the most common is Sampson’s Theory, also known as retrograde menstruation. During retrograde menstruation, endometrial cells get out of the uterus through the fallopian tubes and implant on tissues inside the abdomen, says Gretchen Glaser, MD, a physician in gynecologic surgery at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. Pay attention to these endometriosis symptoms and talk to your doctor if you’re concerned.
Reader’s Digest , The 7 Cancers that Are Notoriously Tricky to Detect Early by Jenn Sinrich — Pancreatic cancer: This rare disease makes up only 2 percent of all new cancer cases in the country, but it recently surpassed breast cancer as the third-most common cancer killer in the United States. So it’s safe to say cancer screening strategies are desperately needed. “The hopeful news is that there are new technologies emerging, such as molecular blood tests and other novel approaches, that could expand early detection efforts to these historically unscreened tumor types,” says David A. Ahlquist, MD, gastroenterologist and professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine.
Everyday Health , Why Some Researchers Are Calling Alzheimer’s Disease a ‘Type 3 Diabetes’ by Sheryl Huggins Salomon — “It’s really more of a research term, rather than a medical term,” says Guojun Bu, PhD, a professor of neuroscience who is associate director of the Center for Regenerative Medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida. It’s a way to identify the growing body of research into the relationships between insulin resistance in the brain and neurodegenerative conditions that can result in cognitive decline, Alzheimer’s disease, or other types of dementia.
Post-Bulletin , RCTC, Mayo team up to train cyber security by Matt Stolle — In a world of increased hacking and data breaches, Rochester Community and Technical College has plans to roll out a program aimed at helping cybersecurity professionals stay ahead of these virtual attacks. A collaborative effort between RCTC and Mayo Clinic, the program envisioned will at first be offered to 130 cybersecurity employees and technologists at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. But over time, the scope of the program will be expanded to include the clinic’s campuses in Jacksonville, Fla., and Arizona, as well as industries outside the health-care field.
Post-Bulletin , Family Time: This camp helps kids cope with grief by Lindy Lange — Mayo Clinic’s Healing Adventures Camp offers help and hope to kids who have lost a loved one. Open to kids ages 5 to 18, the free, one-day camp offers participants the opportunity to learn healthy coping skills to better deal with the death of someone close. “Camp is for kids who have lost a person in their life who they were close to and are now grieving that death,” said Amy Stelpflug, volunteer coordinator Mayo Clinic Hospice. “It might be a parent, a grandparent, a friend, a teacher, a coach, anyone close to them.” Hosted by Mayo Clinic Hospice and held at Ironwood Springs Christian Ranch, campers are divided into age groups, and spend time playing games, reading stories, and working on art projects before heading out to explore the camp’s petting zoo and climbing wall.
KAAL , Mayo Doctor Gives 17-Year-Old Patient a Prized Gift by Hannah Tiede — Seth Bayles and his mother, Julie Bayles, never come empty-handed when they visit the Ronald McDonald House in Rochester. Seth was diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disease 11 years ago…The 17-year-old is a huge Pittsburgh Steelers fan; it’s something he and Dr. John Stulak have in common. In a video posted on the “Seth’s Journey” Facebook page, you can hear Dr. Stulak saying, “I am going to give something to you. You know we follow sports teams and things, but you know after we came and met your mom, people like you are the true hero. So accept something from me, please.” Dr. Stulak then leaves the room to retrieve an item that’s been sitting his office for years. In the video, he comes back holding a signed football by Ben Roethlisberger. Both Seth and Julie are shocked. Additional coverage: KIMT
KIMT , Fighting the stigma surrounding mental illness — How an event is allowing people to talk about mental illness without judgement (Video).
KIMT , Nasal flu spray to be offered in Olmsted and Dodge county schools by Brooke McKivergan — School flu vaccine will now be available in nasal spray in Olmsted and Dodge counties. Olmsted Medical Center, Mayo Clinic, Olmsted County Public Health, and Dodge county Public Health have been offering flu shots for 10 years at nearly all schools in Olmsted County and in Kasson and Mantorville. This is the first year, however, the vaccination will be offered in nasal spray form. “We are striving to make the influenza vaccine available to all school children. Vaccination of school-aged children is the most effective way to prevent outbreaks of influenza within the school setting and the community,” says Dr. Robert M. Jacobson, Medical Director for the Employee and Community Health Immunization Program at Mayo Clinic.
Star Tribune , Minnesota program helps women, minorities get job training by Matthew Stolle — If you had told Julie Mauer and Nikki Pettitt two years ago that they would be working in construction as carpenters, they would have probably laughed. Five months into their new lives as union apprentice carpenters, they feel as if their lives have been transformed economically. Both have regular work that provides them a livable wage and benefits, including health care and two pensions.At construction sites, Pettitt said she gets a lot of doors opened for her by her male counterparts as a courtesy to her womanhood, but both say they are generally treated as one of the guys. Sometimes, it’s hard not to get noticed as the lone woman at a job site. While working at Mayo Clinic Hospital, Saint Marys Campus, Pettitt recalled the enthusiastic reception of a patient’s wife when she saw her outfitted in hardhat, tool belt and work shirt. “She was cheering down the hallway at me,” she said.
Star Tribune , Lindsay Whalen says she’s had a great 15 years as she moves on from the Lynx by Kent Youngblood — Lindsay Whalen joked, people laughed, Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve cried. “I thought I’d make it a little longer,” Reeve said, with the news conference moments old. This in front of a large crowd at the Mayo Clinic Square courts, one that included Whalen’s friends and family who go all the way back to her hometown of Hutchinson, and teammates who’ve been alongside her for years. Whalen and Reeve, flanked by the four WNBA trophies they helped win, made official Whalen’s decision to retire at season’s end Monday afternoon. Additional coverage: KMSP , Star Tribune
Pioneer Press , Former U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman says he has lung cancer — Coleman, who served as mayor of St. Paul from 1994 to 2002, had previously battled throat and neck cancer. He said he is two weeks into chemotherapy treatment for Stage 4 lung cancer, an advanced stage where “the prognosis … is typically not optimistic.” “The beast that is my cancer has returned. It has reasserted itself. The prognosis for metastasized cancer is typically not optimistic.” “I won’t lie to you. Cancer has shaken my soul. But, it has not broken my spirit,” Coleman said in the online statement describing his illness. He said he is nonetheless confident the fight is “very winnable.” Coleman said he has been participating in a clinical trial program through Mayo Clinic, which showed promising results after his original cancers were detected 2½ years ago. He underwent a combination of surgery and low-dose chemotherapy and radiation treatment, which he described as a “Godsend.” Additional coverage: Star Tribune , KARE 11
First Coast News , Mom helps daughter through disease she had 20 years ago by Lindsey Boetsch — In 1998, Ellen Wiss was diagnosed with breast cancer. She discovered it herself. She went in to get a mammogram, had an ultrasound, and was told they should biopsy the mass she discovered. “In less than 24 hours, she called me and told me it was breast cancer,” Wiss said. She made an appointment at Mayo Clinic, had a bilateral mastectomy, and was started on a chemotherapy regimen, the same thing her sister did. But breast cancer runs in her family. Her aunt had it and her cousin, too.
Arizona Republic , VR tours open up Taliesin West, other Arizona attractions to digital tourism by Kerry Lengel — Here are four virtual tours that will take you to intriguing places throughout Arizona…. Mayo Clinic – Virtual tour: Many virtual tours are straightforward advertising or public relations. You can click through scenes of most university campus, for example, not to mention Cabela’s sporting goods and Harvest of Scottsdale, a marijuana dispensary. One of the more intriguing of these are the 360-degree panoramas of the Mayo Clinic’s Phoenix hospital, including a meditation garden and a nature walk.
Albert Lea Tribune , Mayo welcomes new pediatricians to team by Sarah Kocher — When two Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea and Austin pediatricians are in the exam room, they always bring guests: namely, Batman, Superman and Spiderman. “If you show them you have something in common with them, it works,” pediatrician Vijay Venugopal said. Venugopal started at Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea and Austin in July. Ayokunie Olubaniyi has been a pediatrician at Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea and Austin for a year. Prior to coming to Albert Lea, both were completing their residencies — Olubaniyi at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center in New York City and Vangopal at Brooklyn Hospital Center in New York. Olubaniyi completed medical school in Nigeria, and Venugopal completed medical school in India.
Albert Lea Tribune , Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea receives energy efficiency rebate check — What started as a chiller replacement study quickly turned into an energy and maintenance savings plan for Mayo Clinic Health System Albert Lea. According to a press release, the group effort has led Freeborn-Mower Cooperative Services to offer a $30,000 energy efficiency rebate check to Mayo Clinic Health System. “We would also like to thank Bryan Skogheim and staff at Freeborn-Mower for working with us on the energy efficiency rebate, their guidance and expertise has made this a very successful project,” said Mike Gresser, facility manager for Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea.
KEYC Mankato , International Travel Clinic Offered at Mayo Clinic Health System Mankato by Kelsey Barchenger — Jessica Sheehy, physician assistant in Infectious Disease at Mayo Clinic Health System joined KEYC News 12 this Midday to talk about the International Travel Clinic being offered.
Winona Daily News , After injury scare in high school, former Winona State pitcher Stalsberg is thriving in Class-A by Alex Vandenhouten — Mitch Stalsberg can recall the exact day that his baseball career almost ended. The former Winona State and Viroqua High School southpaw, and current Detroit Tigers’ farmhand, was feeding the pitching machine during a Viroqua legion practice during the summer between his freshman and sophomore year at Viroqua High School when the batter ripped a hard hit line drive right back up the middle. It ricocheted off the pitching machine catching Stalsberg flush in the head. Stalsberg immediately hit the ground. He initially thought it was just a concussion. But when he was brought into the emergency room in Viroqua the doctor told him that he needed to immediately get to the Mayo Clinic in La Crosse for emergency brain surgery.
WEAU Eau Claire , Saturday Morning Sports Medicine Clinics — The fall sports season is already upon us & Mayo Clinic Health System is back with Saturday Morning Sports Medicine Clinics at its Eau Claire and Menomonie locations. The “goal” is to get athletes who’ve been injured during the week – either in practices or during competition – to get “Off the Sidelines & Back Into the Game” as quickly, and as safely, as possible. Nothing worse than getting hurt in a Friday night game and having to wait until Monday morning to see the doctor.
WKBT La Crosse , Cooking with N8TM: Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps — Cooking demo with Chef Heather Vanhorn, Morrison Healthcare, Mayo Clinic Health System.
WQOW Eau Claire , Tips before sending your child back to school by Lindsey Ford — School officially starts on Tuesday September 4 in Altoona, which is four weeks away, but time can sneak up fast… From a health standpoint, experts at Mayo Clinic Health System said well-rounded nutrition and a good night sleep will set a child up for success. The clinic recommends if you are making your child‘s lunch, add fruits and vegetables in the brown paper bag. The clinic also reminds parents to stay up on their child‘s annual immunization check up, vision screenings and diet. “I think its important for kids to have fun. They need to enjoy going back to school. Making it a positive experience for them is the biggest thing and if kids are going to enjoy it they are going to have to most success they can,” said Dr. Anthony Furlano, a family medicine physician at Mayo Health Clinic System.
Wisconsin State Journal , Cellectar says tumors shrank as much as 90 percent in early trials of its lead cancer drug by Judy Newman — In a companion report, the company said a woman with Waldenstrom macroglobulinemia, a rare form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, who received one dose of CLR 131 had more than a 50 percent reduction in her tumors when she was tested 52 days later. She received a second dose 10 weeks later, and after two months, a scan showed her tumors were 94 percent smaller, with four of five tumors gone. It was a “very dramatic response,” said Dr. Sikander Ailawadhi, the physician who treated the woman at The Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida. But, he added, it is too soon to tell how long the response will last or if there are long-term side effects.
Healio , Many breast cancer survivors do not receive recommended mammograms — A considerable number of insured breast cancer survivors do not undergo recommended annual mammograms for breast cancer surveillance, according to study results published in Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network. “The use of regular mammograms to detect a return of breast cancer before any symptoms appear is associated with better overall survival,” Kathryn J. Ruddy, MD, MPH, director of cancer survivorship in the department of oncology at Mayo Clinic Cancer Center in Rochester, Minn., said in a press release. “Clinicians need to make sure that their patients are fully aware of the role these annual mammograms play in screening for new breast cancers, as well as for local recurrences.”
Healio , Mayo Clinic repeats in top honor for nephrology — For the third year in a row, the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota was ranked as the top hospital for nephrology based on a review by U.S. News & World Report. The Mayo Clinic also received top honors for best hospital overall and had the number one ranking in five other specialties, including diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology and gastroenterologic surgery, geriatrics, gynecology, and neurology and neurosurgery. “Mayo Clinic’s model of care is defined by teamwork, with a group of experts focusing their expertise on one patient at a time,” Mayo said on its website in announcing the rankings. “The high-quality rankings reinforce Mayo Clinic’s commitment to patient care.”
KUAF , Mayo Clinic Networks with Northwest Health in Arkansas by Jacqueline Froelich — Northwest Health, headquartered in Springdale, has partnered with the Mayo Clinic headquartered in Rochester, Minnesota. The Mayo Clinic is also the subject of a forthcoming Ken Burns documentary to air this autumn on PBS. Mayo descendant Lilli Mayo Weivoda describes the medical legacy of the Mayo family, some of whom have put down roots in the Arkansas Ozarks.
Gallup , Mayo’s Enduring Values Meet the New Workplace — Society has changed but many people’s workplace habits have not, as the #MeToo movement demonstrates. Companies can’t tolerate archaic and destructive behaviors, simple as that, and company culture must change with the times. But is it so simple? The CHRO of the Mayo Clinic, Cathy Fraser, says the culture change happens in the gray areas, and gray areas aren’t simple to define … or even discuss. Fraser has a unique perspective on this, which she calls “new age professionalism” — a “clear and congruent set of professional expectations in an increasingly volatile and rapidly changing environment.” But those expectations aren’t anything new, as Fraser explains in this conversation with Gallup Managing Director Larry Emond. At Mayo, new age professionalism is based on the enduring values that have served Mayo for 150 years — but reframed to help Mayo’s 65,000 workers navigate those gray areas.
Voices for Vaccines , What? My Baby Needs Shots? — Thanks to decades of awareness campaigns, parents are no longer surprised at a well-child check that their babies will be getting vaccines. But often, they are surprised or confused by how many vaccines are given, what diseases they prevent, how immunizations are monitored for safety, and how to make the shots less painful for their little ones. All of these legitimate questions have answers, and we hope to get parents those answers before they enter the doctor’s office. In this episode, we bring one of the country’s leading pediatricians to the parents! Dr. Bob Jacobson is a pediatrician at Mayo Clinic and well-attuned to the latest vaccine research. We are positive that if everyone had a pediatrician like Dr. Jacobson, everyone would confidently vaccine.
Vikings.com , Thielen Helps Grant Wish for Young Vikings Fan by Lindsey Young — It’s been a long road for the dedicated Vikings fan, who three years ago started having seizures. Jaren’s parents, Michelle and Daniel, explained that he was initially diagnosed with epilepsy and began treatment. But even after increases in medication time, the symptoms didn’t seem to be alleviated. When the medication began affecting Jaren’s school work, the Bergs decided to seek a second opinion. The family traveled to Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, where Jaren was seen by another neurologist who decided to run some additional tests and discovered that Jaren has Long QT syndrome, which is a genetic heart-rhythm disorder. “We got to see Dr. [Michael] Ackerman, who’s the Long QT guru,” Michelle said. “What we thought was just going to be a couple days turned into a 12-day stay.” Jaren underwent a procedure to remove nerves to his heart and ultimately ended up having an internal defibrillator placed, which will shock his heart into rhythm if necessary. “Long QT syndrome can cause sudden cardiac death,” Michelle explained. “He’s just going to live his life now. We’re so thankful that it didn’t end in [another way]. I think back to the what-ifs now. Like, what if we didn’t catch this?”
Toledo Blade , New research showing genetic link to breast cancer beneficial for patients, experts say by Lauren Lindstrom — Local cancer specialists say new research identifying more genes linked to a higher risk of an aggressive form of breast cancer could lead to better screening and early diagnosis. A study by Mayo Clinic researchers released this month in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute found mutations of several genes were linked to an increased risk of triple-negative breast cancer, so-called because it lacks three receptors or markers commonly found in other breast cancers.
Meridian Star , Cyndi Lauper headlines concert supporting MIND Center Alzheimer’s Care and Research — “Time After Time,” Cyndi Lauper has shown her “True Colors” during concerts that make it clear that “Girls Just Want to Have Fun.” The versatile pop star will bring that same spirit to the stage Oct. 25 at Jackson’s Thalia Mara Hall in a concert to benefit The MIND (Memory Impairment and Neurodegenerative Dementia) Center, a national leader in Alzheimer’s research and patient care at the University of Mississippi Medical Center…Concert proceeds also will support a new research project, The MIND Center – Mayo Clinic Study of Aging, “the culmination of two decades of collaboration with the Mayo Clinic that will provide a wealth of information we will use toward our end goal of prevention,” said Mosley.
Fierce Biotech , Mayo Clinic, OmniTier speed up de novo genome sequencing by Amirah Al Idrus — In a joint study, Mayo Clinic and OmniTier have shown that de novo genome sequencing—which does not use a reference genome—can be used in whole genome sequencing without the need for “supercomputing-level resources,” making the speedier sequencing process more accessible. The duo used OmniTier’s CompStor software to sequence the well-known genome NA12878, commonly used for benchmarking… “De novo sequence assembly for better variant discovery and characterization has remained elusive due to the exceedingly long assembly times and resources requirement of existing assemblers. CompStor holds the promise to change that paradigm,” said Alexej Abyzov, Ph.D., a senior associate consultant and assistant professor of biomedical informatics at the Mayo Clinic.
Dark Daily , Mayo Clinic Researchers Investigate Ways Telomeres Could be Useful in Clinical Laboratory Diagnoses of Diseases Associated with Short Telomere Syndrome — Using precision genomics, Mayo researchers hope to develop improved medical laboratory tools for screening, diagnosing, and treating patients with inherited genetic disorders such as accelerated aging…Telomeres are DNA strands that protect chromosome end points from degrading as people age. Their job is similar to the way plastic tips keep shoelaces from fraying, researchers at the Mayo Clinic explained in a news release. They have been using precision genomics in their assessment of 17 patients with short telomere syndrome (STS) to uncover the genetic causes of the condition. They published their findings in the July issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings.
Cronkite News , From MLB to youth sports, baseball sees increased arm injuries in pitchers by Ben Leibowitz — … Dr. Anikar Chhabra, the head orthopedic surgeon for Arizona State University who works at Mayo Clinic, said that while Tommy John surgeries have shown to be successful, there’s still that 20-40 percent chunk of patients who don’t return to form. “It has done fairly well, but if you look at the absolute numbers of Tommy Johns, they don’t do as well as people think,” Chhabra said. “The problem is you only hear about the success stories. You don’t hear about the failures and how many people get it and never make it back.”
KTVA Anchorage , Mat-Su Regional partners with prestigious Mayo Clinic by Heather Hintze — The Mat-Su Regional Medical Center announced a partnership with the prestigious Mayo Clinic. Staff says they’ve been working for more than a year to become a part of Mayo’s Care Network. That means patients in the Valley will have access to free consultations and second opinions from experts around the country without having to leave Alaska. “This collaborative effort will allow us to reassure our patients that they’re really getting the highest level of care they can,” said Emergency Medicine Dr. Meghan Lindstrom. Additional coverage: KROC
Variety , Ken Burns to Launch Documentary Filmmaking Course Online With MasterClass by Todd Spangler — Ken Burns is promising to spill the beans on what goes into making his famous documentary films in his first online course. Burns, one of America’s best-known and prolific documentary filmmakers, is teaming with online-education startup MasterClass for the series of lessons, slated to launch this fall…Burns’ latest film, “The Mayo Clinic: Faith – Hope – Science,” will air on PBS on Sept. 25, 2018.
HealthNewsDigest.com , Stroke ‘Can Happen to Anyone’ — A Young Mom’s Story — When Kevin Duane learned his wife, Alyssa, hadn’t shown up for work or dropped off their 11-month-old daughter at the babysitter’s, he called her to check in. What he heard on the other end of the line terrified him… It’s not as rare as you might think. According to CBS-47, “the American Medical Association [reports] stroke in young people is steadily rising.” The Duanes hope that sharing Alyssa’s story will raise awareness about that fact. “It can happen to anyone,” Alyssa tells the Times-Union. Rabih Tawk, M.D., an endoscopic neurosurgeon at Mayo Clinic, where Alyssa’s doctor is based, agrees. “Looking healthy and living healthy does not mean that your genes are not predisposing you or there’s no disease that’s going on in your body,” Dr. Tawk tells CBS-47.
SELF , So, What Exactly Is Wheezing, and Why Does It Happen? By Korin Miller — Unless you’re all tapped out from something intense like a HIIT class, your breathing is generally supposed to be as silent as the p in “pneumonia.” When it randomly starts to sound a little funny, like if you’re wheezing, it’s a clear sign that something’s up… The wheezing can happen if any part of your airways is constricted, according to the Mayo Clinic… Wheezing is most often due to asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), both of which can cause narrowing and spasms in the small airways of your lungs, the Mayo Clinic says.
SELF , Here’s What An Emergency C-Section Actually Is by Korin Miller — You’re probably aware that when it comes to giving birth, you have two main options: a vaginal delivery or cesarean section, aka C-section. But you’ve also probably heard the term “emergency C-section” thrown around and wondered what exactly that entails… A C-section is a surgical procedure that’s used to deliver a baby through incisions made in a woman’s abdomen and uterus, the Mayo Clinic explains… Most C-sections are done under regional anesthesia, which numbs a part of your body but lets you stay awake during the birth, the Mayo Clinic says.
Essence , Gabrielle Union Reveals Adenomyosis Diagnosis That Affected Her Fertility by Britni Danielle — Gabrielle Union is known for keeping it all the way real. So it’s no surprise the 45-year-old star is helping to move the conversation about fertility, and her recent adenomyosis diagnosis, into the mainstream as well… According to the Mayo Clinic, adenomyosis “occurs when the tissue that normally lines the uterus grows into the muscular wall of the uterus. The displaced tissue continues to act normally — thickening, breaking down and bleeding — during each menstrual cycle.” Mayo Clinic in the News is a weekly highlights summary of major media coverage. If you would like to be added to the weekly distribution list, send a note to Emily Blahnik with this subject line: SUBSCRIBE to Mayo Clinic in th e News . Thank you.