October 12th, 2012

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights

By Karl W Oestreich

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NY Times
The Ups and Downs of Electronic Medical Records
by Milt Freudenheim

The case for electronic medical records is compelling: They can make health care more efficient and less expensive, and improve the quality of care by making patients’ medical history easily accessible to all who treat them… Even the internationally respected Mayo Clinic, which treats more than a million patients a year, has serious unresolved problems after working for years to get its three major electronic records systems to talk to one another. Dr. Dawn S. Milliner, the chief medical informatics officer at Mayo, said her people were “working actively on a number of fronts” to make the systems “interoperable” but acknowledged, “We have not solved that yet.”… Patients at Mayo’s headquarters in Rochester, Minn., and its Arizona and Florida sites can see their records online, even via an iPhone app; those in Mayo’s network of doctors’ offices and hospitals in the upper Midwest will eventually have similar access.

Circulation: The New York Times has the third highest circulation nationally, behind USA Today (2nd) and The Wall Street Journal (1st) with 1,150,589 weekday copies circulated and 1,645,152 circulated on Sundays.

Context: Dawn Milliner, M.D., is a Mayo Clinic physician with joint appointments in Nephrology and Hypertension and Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine. Dr. Milliner is a member of Mayo Clinic's management team and Mayo Clinic's Board of Trustees.

Public Affairs Contacts: Traci Klein, Rebecca Eisenman

Wall Street Journal
Taming a Widespread Disease: New Push to Tailor Treatment
by Laura Landro

About 1 in 3 American adults has high blood pressure, often called the "silent killer" because it usually has no symptoms but can increase chances of a heart attack, stroke and other medical problems… Almost half of adults with high blood pressure can control it with lifestyle changes such as cutting down on sodium, losing weight, exercising more, quitting smoking and reducing intake of alcohol and caffeine, according to Stephen Kopecky, a cardiologist at the Mayo Clinic and president of the American Society for Preventive Cardiology.

Circulation: The Wall Street Journal, a US-based newspaper published by Dow Jones & Company, is tops in newspaper circulation in America with an average circulation of 2 million copies on weekdays.

Context: Stephen Kopecky, M.D., is a Mayo Clinic cardiologist. Dr. Kopecky is an expert in the role of inflammation in cardiovascular disease and the role that lifestyle – including diet, exercise and proper nutrition – has in the prevention of cardiovascular disease.

Public Affairs Contact: Traci Klein

Reuters
Lilly drug may slow memory loss in mild Alzheimer's
by Ransdell Pierson

Eli Lilly and Co said its experimental Alzheimer's drug led to a 34 percent reduction in memory decline for patients with mild symptoms over a period of 18 months, giving it potential ammunition to seek approval for the medicine that showed no benefit in more advanced stages of the disease… Dr. Ronald Petersen, director of the Mayo Clinic Alzheimer's Disease Research Center in Rochester, Minnesota, threw out a note of caution about the drug's prospects. "What you are seeing in the data is statistically significant," he said. "But it's hard to say that this is going to be meaningful clinically."

Circulation: Thomson Reuters is the world’s largest international multimedia news agency, providing investing news, world news, business news, technology news, headline news, small business news, news alerts, personal finance, stock market, and mutual funds information available on Reuters.com, video, mobile, and interactive television platforms.

Additional coverage: AP, Canadian Business, Times Colonist

Context: Ron Petersen, M.D., Ph.D., is the Cora Kanow Professor of Alzheimer’s Disease Research at Mayo Clinic. Dr. Petersen is regularly sought out by reporters as a leading expert in his medical field. Dr. Petersen chairs the Advisory Council on Alzheimer’s Research, Care and Services.

Public Affairs Contacts: Sharon Theimer, Brian Kilen

Doctor Radio

Nathan LeBrasseur, Ph.D., Mayo Clinic, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, appears on Beyond the Heart,” hosted by cardiologist Nieca Goldberg.

Reach: Doctor Radio is the NYU Langone Medical Center’s channel on SiriusXM.

Context: Physical and mental decline are common side effects of hospital stays, particularly among older patients. That can hold true even if someone is hospitalized for just a day or two for a common procedure such as knee replacement surgery. There are steps patients can take to regain strength, stamina and mental sharpness after time in the hospital, say Mayo Clinic aging and fitness experts Nathan LeBrasseur, Ph.D., and Michael Joyner, M.D., who are highlighting the issue as part of National Physical Therapy Month.

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Public Affairs Contact: Sharon Theimer

Bismarck Tribune
St. Alexius joins Mayo network
by Marna Van Ells

St. Alexius has joined a network of hospitals connected to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Joining the Mayo Clinic Care Network will allow St. Alexius physicians to connect electronically with Mayo specialists for second opinions, which may allow more patients to stay closer to home, according to St. Alexius and Mayo Clinic officials. “Our membership in the Mayo Clinic Care Network will serve to further enhance the level of clinical expertise that our physicians and our patients have access to,” said Gary P. Miller, president and CEO of St. Alexius, at a press conference held at St. Alexius’ Boniface Auditorium on Monday morning.

Circulation: Bismarck Tribune is published daily and is the official newspaper of the state of North Dakota, county of Burleigh and city of Bismarck. The newspaper has a daily circulation of more than 25,000.

Additional coverage: KUMV N.D., KSTP, KFYR N.D., KXMA N.D., Post-Bulletin, Prairie Business, Sacramento Bee, 10TV Columbus, Ohio, News Medical, Inforum N.D., Health Leaders Media, Dickinson Press, Becker’s Hospital Review, Post-Bulletin, Star Tribune, KTTC, NECN Mass., KELO Land, Jamestown Sun, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Marshall Independent

Context:  Mayo Clinic and St. Alexius Medical Center announced recently that the Bismarck-based organization is the newest member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network. St. Alexius is the first medical center in western North Dakota to have passed Mayo's rigorous review process and been selected as a member of the year-old network. The Mayo Clinic Care Network extends Mayo Clinic's knowledge and expertise to physicians and providers interested in working together in the best interest of their patients.

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Public Affairs Contact: Bryan Anderson

Arthritis Today
Meningitis Outbreak Traced to Steroid Injections
by Jennifer Davis

 …“For some arthritis patients, it could be quite confusing because some of the symptoms can mimic the pain they have from their arthritis,” says Eric Matteson, MD, chair of rheumatology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. “The things they should look out for after such an injection is a new type of pain – a pain that is new or different from what they have previously experienced.”

Circulation:  Arthritis Today has a circulation of 715,000.

Context: Eric Matteson, M.D. is chair of Rheumatology at Mayo Clinic. The Division of Rheumatology provides diagnosis and treatment of diseases affecting the joints and connective tissue (rheumatic diseases), including more than 100 types of arthritis and many autoimmune diseases. Doctors in the division have been trained in internal medicine and rheumatology. Besides caring for patients, medical staff are also involved in research and in training new rheumatologists.

Public Affairs Contact: Sharon Theimer

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