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June 2nd, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Q and A: Acid reflux often associated with hiatal hernia

By lizatorborg

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: Six years ago I was diagnosed with acid reflux and a hiatal hernia. I have had an endoscopy as well as other tests, but doctors say there is nothing I medial illustration of espophagus, diaphragm, stomach, acid refluc and hiatal herniacan do other than take medication. (I am currently on doxepin.) But I am still having sharp pains that wake me up around 4 a.m. Do you have any suggestions?

ANSWER: Your situation is very common in people who have a hiatal hernia. There are a number of lifestyle changes that may help reduce your nighttime symptoms. Taking an acid-reducing medication may make a difference, too. In rare cases, surgery may be necessary if nothing else works to relieve symptoms.

A hiatal hernia happens when part of your stomach pushes up through your diaphragm. Your diaphragm has a small opening, called a hiatus, which your esophagus passes through on its way to your stomach. The stomach can push up through this opening and cause a hiatal hernia. Acid reflux — a condition in which stomach acid flows up into the esophagus — is often associated with a hiatal hernia. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: acid reflux, Dr Pannala, Dr Rahul Pannala, hiatal hernia, Mayo Clinic Q and A


June 1st, 2015 · Leave a Comment

In Case You Missed the Show: #MayoClinicRadio PODCAST May 30

By Dana Sparks

Dr. Brooks Edwards talking on Mayo Clinic Radio

LISTEN:  MayoClinicRadio PODCAST May 30, 2015

There are more than 100,000 people in the U.S. waiting for a donor organ. Director of the William J. von Liebig Center for Transplantation and Clinical Regeneration Center at Mayo Clinic Dr. Brooks Edwards and transplant surgeon Dr. Charles Rosen join the program to talk about the state of organ transplantation. Also on the program ... springtime allergiesDr. Rohit Divekar has tips for reducing symptoms. Plus, pediatric surgeon Dr. Christopher Moir explains ways to help prevent pediatric falls.

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June 1st, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Study may change practice of whole brain radiation therapy for limited brain metastases

By Joe Dangor

Dr. Jan Buckner presents in 5/31/15 ASCO press briefing on treatment advances

Mayo Clinic's Dr. Jan Buckner presents in 5/31/15 ASCO press briefing on cancer treatment advances.

CHICAGO -- A new study presented at the 2015 annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology suggests that the practice should be reconsidered. More than 650,000 patients a year in the U.S. are diagnosed and treated for cancers that spread to the brain. For about 200,000 of these patients, those with 1-3 small brain metastases, a combination of whole brain radiation therapy and radiosurgery, a highly focused form of radiation therapy, have been the standard of care.

While whole brain radiation therapy improves tumor control it did not improve survival and it was shown to have deleterious effects on patients cognitive abilities. “This is the classic question: Which is worse, the disease or the treatment,?” said Jan Buckner, M.D., an oncologist at Mayo Clinic and senior author of the study. “We used to offer whole brain radiation early on, but we now know that the toxicities of this therapy are worse for the patients than the cancer growth or recurrences in the brain. We expect that practice will shift to reserve the use of whole brain radiation therapy for salvage therapy (used when cancer will not respond to other therapies) and in end-stage palliative care.”

MEDIA CONTACT: Joe Dangor, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 507-284-5005
Email: dangor.yusuf@mayo.edu 

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Tags: American Society of Clinical Oncology, ASCO, Dr. Jan Buckner, Radiation Therapy


June 1st, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic News Network Headline 6/1/15

By Deborah Balzer

In today's Mayo Clinic News Network Headline with Vivien Williams

  • An international study presented at the annual American Society of Clinical Oncology shows a cancer drug combo is shrinking melanoma tumors by nearly 60 percent. While this new trial offers hope for treatment, Mayo Clinic dermatologist Dr. Dawn Davis says prevention, as well as detection, are extremely important in reducing risk of skin cancer(Read more about the melanoma study in this BCC report.)

Journalists: Video is available in the downloads. [TRT :57] Click here for the script.

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Tags: Dr. Dawn Davis, Melanoma, skin cancer, Mayo Clinic News Network Headline


June 1st, 2015 · Leave a Comment

How Does Human Behavior Lead to Surgical Errors? Mayo Clinic Researchers Count the Ways

By Sharon Theimer

Four to nine factors contributed to each `never event,’ study finds

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Why are major surgical errors called “never events?” Because they shouldn’t happen — but do. Mayo Clinic researchers identified 69 never events among 1.5 million invasive procedures performed over five years and detailed why each occurred. Using a system created to investigate military plane crashes, they coded the human behaviors involved to identify any environmental, organizational, job and individual characteristics that led to the never events. Their discovery: 628 human factors contributed to the errors overall, roughly four to nine per event. The study results are published in the journal Surgery.gallbladder removal, surgery in the operation theatre

The never events included performing the wrong procedure (24), performing surgery on the wrong site or wrong side of the body (22), putting in the wrong implant (5), or leaving an object in the patient (18). All of the errors analyzed occurred at Mayo; none were fatal.

The Mayo Rochester campus rate of never events over the period studied was roughly 1 in every 22,000 procedures. Because of inconsistencies in definitions and reporting requirements, it is hard to find accurate comparison data, but a recent study based upon information in the National Practitioner Data Bank estimated that the rate of such never events in the United States is almost twice that in this report, approximately 1 in 12,000 procedures.

MEDIA CONTACT: Sharon Theimer, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 507-284-5005, Email: newsbureau@mayo.edu

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Tags: human factors, Juliane Bingener, Mayo Clinic, Mayo Clinic Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery, medical errors, Minnesota news release, Never Events, News Release, Surgery, Surgical Errors


June 1st, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Monday’s Housecall

By Jen O'Hara

Housecall BannerSports dumbbells in modern sports club.THIS WEEK'S TOP STORIES
Weight training: Do's and don'ts of proper technique
Take advantage of weight training's benefits — less fat, more strength, better muscle tone and greater bone density. Avoid common mistakes and prevent injury with these tips.

Meatless meals: The benefits of eating less meat
Beside saving money, going meatless a few times a week may also help your heart. Here are some easy and tasty swaps to make.

EXPERT ANSWERS
Hoodia: Does this dietary supplement help?

Hoodia manufacturers say the supplement controls appetite, but where's the evidence to back up these claims?

Do I really need an annual eye exam to prevent macular edema?
Regular eye exams are an important tool for preventing diabetes-related eye complications. Don't skip your yearly screening.

Click here to get a free e-subscription to the Housecall newsletter.

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Tags: diabetic macular edema, Healthy Recipes, Hoodia, meatless meals, Monday's Housecall, muscle pain, nutrition-wise blog, quit smoking, salmonella infection, ulcerative colitis, weight training


June 1st, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Baxter Ventures, Mayo Clinic and Velocity Pharmaceutical Development Announce the Formation of Vitesse Biologics, LLC, a Company Structured to Accelerate Therapeutic Innovation

By Brian Kilen

Vitesse formed to identify and advance early stage biologic research in immunology, hematology and oncology

Deerfield, IL., Rochester, MN and South San Francisco, CA. Baxter Ventures, the venture arm of Baxter International Inc. (NYSE:BAX), Mayo Clinic and Velocity Pharmaceutical Development, LLC (“VPD”) today announced the formation of Vitesse Biologics, LLC, (“Vitesse”). Vitesse is a unique collaboration model initiated by Baxter Ventures to focus on the development of antibody and protein-based therapeutics in the areas of immunology, hematology, and oncology. Following the spin-off of Baxter BioScience as Baxalta Incorporated, anticipated to take place by mid-2015, the Vitesse relationship will be managed by the planned venture arm, Baxalta Ventures, for the new company.

Baxter Media Contact: Kellie Hotz, (224) 948-5353, media@baxter.com

Baxter Investor Contact: Mary Kay Ladone, (224) 948-3371

Mayo Clinic Media Contact: Brian Kilen, (507) 284-5005, newsbureau@mayo.edu

Velocity Media Contact: Leslie Loven, (415) 509-5110,  leslie@vpd.net

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Tags: biologics, cancer, DMC, Dr Greg Gores, drugs, Hematology, Leadership, Mayo Clinic Ventures, Minnesota news release, News Release, Research, Vitesse


May 30th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Something to Think About ~ What should replace hurry?

By Dana Sparks

rush hour and crowds of people in a hurry


A mind in hurry, hurries past the present

"I am in a hurry when I am getting late. I am in a hurry when I am on time. I find myself hurrying even when I am before time. Hurry for me has become a habit." - Dr. Amit Sood

Amit Sood, M.D. is director of research in the Complementary and Integrative Medicine Program at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. He also chairs the Mind-Body Medicine Initiative at Mayo Clinic

Click here to read previous blog posts. Follow Dr. Sood on Twitter @AmitSoodMD

 

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Tags: Dr Amit Sood, Something to Think About, People in a hurry


May 30th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Q and A: Number of disorders can trigger vertigo

By lizatorborg

medical illustration of inner ear describing vertigoDEAR MAYO CLINIC: What causes vertigo? Does having it one time mean I’m more likely to experience it again?

ANSWER: Vertigo is a sensation that either you or your surroundings, or both, are spinning or moving when they are not. Some people confuse vertigo with dizziness, but there is a difference. Dizziness typically is a feeling of being lightheaded, or it may be a loss of balance that makes you unsteady on your feet. Dizziness usually does not involve the feeling that either you or something in your environment is moving.

A number of disorders can trigger vertigo. The most common is a condition called benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, or BPPV. If you have BPPV once, you are at an increased risk of getting it again. In many cases, BPPV can be successfully treated.

For many adults, BPPV is the underlying source of vertigo. With BPPV, vertigo happens when you move a certain way. Sitting up, tilting your head or lying down may all trigger vertigo if you have BPPV. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: BPPV, Dix-Hallpike test, dizziness, Dr Neil Shepard, Dr Shepard, Mayo Clinic Q A, Vertigo


May 30th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Targeted Drug Can ‘Diminish the Suffering’ of Myelofibrosis

By Joe Dangor

CHICAGO — Use of the targeted agent pacritinib significantly reduced the symptoms and burden of advanced myelofibrosis in patients, says a Mayo Clinic researcher who co-led PERSIST-1, the worldwide phase 3 clinical trial that tested the therapy. Specifically, pacritinib substantially reduced severe enlargement of the spleen, a typical feature of advanced myelofibrosis, in more than 20 percent of patients and alleviated debilitating side effects in more than 46 percent.

Investigators further found that pacritinib could be used safely in patients with myelofibrosis who have thrombocytopenia, a life-threating loss of blood platelets that can lead to deadly bleeding. The only currently approved therapy for myelofibrosis — ruxolitinib — is not recommended in patients who have severe thrombocytopenia.

Ruben A. Mesa, M.D., chair of Hematology and Medical Oncology at Mayo Clinic in Arizona, will present these results at a press conference held during the 2015 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) annual meeting in Chicago.

MEDIA CONTACT: Joe Dangor, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 507-284-5005
Email: dangor.yusuf@mayo.edu 

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Tags: American Society of Clinical Oncology, Arizona News Release, ASCO, cancer, Dr Ruben Mesa, Mayo Clinic in Arizona, myelofibrosis, News Release, PERSIST-1


May 30th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Targeted Drug with Chemotherapy Combo Offers Longer Life to Patients with B-cell Cancers

By Paul Scotti

CHICAGO — Because of the significant benefit found in combining the targeted drug ibrutinib with standard chemotherapy for relapsed chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) or small lymphocytic lymphoma (SLL), an interim analysis has closed the international HELIOS phase III clinical trial.

Led by Mayo Clinic, researchers found that ibrutinib and chemotherapy (bendamustine and rituximab, known as BR) reduced the risk of death or cancer progression by almost 80 percent in patients with previously treated CLL or SLL, compared to use of BR alone.

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Joe Dangor (on-site at ASCO), Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 651-261-9089 (cell), dangor.yusuf@mayo.edu.
Paul Scotti, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 904-953-0199 (office), scotti.paul@mayo.edu.

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Tags: ASCO, Asher Chanan-Khan, CLL, Florida News Release, HELIOS study, M.D., Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, Mayo Clinic in Florida, News Release, SLL


May 29th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic News Network Headline 5/29/15

By Deborah Balzer

In today's Mayo Clinic News Network Headline with Vivien Williams:

  • A new study by British researchers finds women who take newer formulations of oral contraceptives may have an elevated risk of developing venous thromboembolism — or blood clots in the veins — than women who take earlier generations of birth control pills. Mayo Clinic hematology expert Dr. John Heit says the study measured the risk of blood clots in veins among women receiving different types of birth control and adds that while there is a higher chance of blood clots for women taking the newer contraceptives, the risk remains very low.

Click here to read more about birth control pills.

Journalists: Video is available in the downloads. [TRT 1:27] Click here for the script.

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Tags: birth control pills, Blood Clots, Contraceptives, deep venous thrombosis, Dr John Heit, Hematology, Vivien Williams


May 29th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Take Steps to Let Nature Help You Heal

By Jen O'Hara

Blue and white banner logo for 'Living with Cancer' blogmature caucasian women exercising outsideTake steps to let nature help you heal
Focusing on the little things that nature offers can take your mind away from stress. It also causes your body to instantly relax.

Melanoma
How doctors treat this skin cancer depends on a number of factors. Find out what they are and how you can prevent a recurrence.

Interactive Webinar: Amyloidosis — What patients need to know
Join us on June 4 at noon CT for a live, interactive webinar as Mayo Clinic specialists provide an overview of amyloidosis. Cardiologist Martha Grogan, M.D., and hematologists Prashant Kapoor, M.D., and Nelson Leung, M.D., will discuss tests and evaluations, treatment options and how to manage your symptoms. Participate in a question and answer session following the presentation. Register here.

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Tags: Amyloidosis, Dr Martha Grogan, Dr Nelson Leung, Dr Prashant Kapoor, Living With Cancer, Melanoma, relaxation, stress relief


May 29th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Newer, Easier to Manage Medications May Not Always Be the Best Choice

By Jim McVeigh

Use caution when considering anticoagulants, especially for older adults

PHOENIX — If you are over age 75, and taking an anticoagulant, the old standard may be the gold standard, Mayo Clinic researchers and collaborators have determined.pile of prescription drug bottles

In a study released online in April in the BMJ, a team of researchers from Mayo Clinic, and other collaborators, showed that for older patients, particularly individuals greater than 75 years of age,  the risk of gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding is 3 to 5 times higher when taking newer anticoagulant medications dabigatran or rivaroxaban compared to when using warfarin.

One of the most common reasons people take anticoagulant medication – which lessens the blood’s tendency to clot – is to reduce potential or severity of clotting complications in patients with atrial fibrillation or venous thromboembolism. People with atrial fibrillation and venous thromboembolism have a much higher risk of strokes, heart attacks and clots in the lungs and legs, which can result in disability or death.

MEDIA CONTACT: Jim McVeigh, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 480-301-4222, Email: mcveigh.jim@mayo.edu

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Tags: anticoagulant, Arizona News Release, big data, kern center, Minnesota news release, Neena Abraham, News Release, Optum Labs, warfarin


May 28th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Chris Norton’s Remarkable Graduation Weekend

By Dana Sparks

Chris Norton and fiance Emiily at Luther College Graduation

Photo by Aaron Lurth, Luther College Photo Bureau


Chris Norton's Walk to Remember ~
"Chris Norton knew it was going to be a weekend to remember. He was planning to propose to his girlfriend Emily Summers, on Saturday. The next day, he'd walk across the stage to accept his diploma during Luther College's graduation ceremony. Those would be difficult steps for Chris, steps he had worked for nearly five years to be able to take. The walk would be epic." Read the rest of the story In the Loop and view more on NBCToday Health.  


Chris was airlifted to Mayo Clinic after a football injury in 2010 and given less than 3 percent chance of regaining feeling or movement below the neck. This is the original Mayo Clinic News Network story that first aired in October 2011:

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Tags: Chris Norton, Football Injury, In The Loop, Luther College, spinal cord injury