Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights

Posted on December 13th, 2013 by Karl W Oestreich

 

 

December 13, 2013

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BBC
Dementia: Five priorities for research
by James Gallagher

Dementia is described as a "global disaster waiting to happen" and the biggest health and care problem of a generation. Someone is diagnosed with the disease every four seconds and cases are expected to soar from 44 million now to 135 million by 2050…Dr. Ronald Petersen, the director of the Alzheimer's Disease Research Centre at the Mayo Clinic, US, told the BBC: "That's horrific when you think about the billions invested in the disease. "There are 44 million people with Alzheimer's and we have to treat them as well [as find a cure]".

Reach: The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is a British public service broadcasting company. Its main responsibility is to provide impartial public service broadcasting in the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands, and the Isle of Man. The BBC is headquartered in London.

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 Contact: Duska Anastasijevic

Additional Coverage:
Bloomberg (AP), UK says cure or drug for dementia possible by 2025; The Times UK, G8 leadership promise to end the tragedy of dementia; Star Tribune, KSAZ Phoenix, KAAL, Huffington Post, Times Colonist

Modern Healthcare
Mayo using big data, digitized know-how to improve care and extend its reach
by Merrill Goozner

Dr. John Noseworthy has been president and CEO of the Mayo Clinic since 2009. Along with its flagship facilities in Rochester, Minn., Mayo has other hospitals in Minnesota as well as Arizona, Florida and Georgia. In an interview with Merrill Goozner, editor of Modern Healthcare, Noseworthy talks about the impact of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act on the system, Mayo's partnership arrangements with other provider organizations, and how it hopes to employ “big data” to improve healthcare outcomes. The following is an edited excerpt.

Modern Healthcare
Video News: Mayo Clinic's Dr. John Noseworthy (6:28)

Mayo Clinic President and CEO Dr. John Noseworthy explains why the system chose a subscription model to strike clinical affiliations with providers around the country, its big-data deal with Optum Health, and the role the institution plays in its Minnesota home.

Reach:  Modern Healthcare, published by Crain Communications, is a healthcare news weekly that provides hospital executives with healthcare business news. The magazine specifically covers healthcare policy, Medicare/Medicaid, and healthcare from a business perspective. It also publishes a daily e-newsletter titled Modern Healthcare’s Daily Dose. The weekly publication has a circulation of more than 70,000 and its online site receives more than 29,700 unique visitors each month.

Context: John Noseworthy, M.D. is Mayo Clinic President and CEO.

Public Affairs Contacts: Chris Gade, Karl Oestreich

Wall Street Journal
A Restaurant Chairman Whittles His Waist
by Jen Murphy

Levy Restaurants Chairman Larry Levy Fitness Secrets…The Pros and Cons of a Beach Workout, Exercising on the sand offers challenges—and a few possible pitfalls. The benefit of a beach workout is that it is kinder on the joints because "sand is shock absorbing," says Ed Laskowski, co-director of the Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center in Rochester, Minn. "If you do jumping jacks, you diffuse the force when you come down," he says, but you need to use more energy to jump up again from a soft surface. The uneven sand also offers a balance challenge, causing you to use more stabilizing muscles, he says.

Reach: The Wall Street Journal, a US-based newspaper published by Dow Jones & Company, is second in newspaper circulation in America with an average circulation of 223 million copies on week days.  Its website has more than 4.3 million unique visitors each month.

Context: Ed Laskowski, M.D., is co-director of the Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center The Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center is a global leader in sports and musculoskeletal injury prevention and rehabilitation, concussion research, diagnostic and interventional ultrasound, and surgical and nonsurgical management of sports-related injuries.

Public Affairs Contact: Bryan Anderson

Twin Cities Business
John Noseworthy, President and CEO, Mayo Clinic

Since becoming its president in 2009, Noseworthy has led the Mayo Clinic through the recession and implemented several growth initiatives, in part by engaging, energizing, and being transparent with employees. among other things, we examine the Destination Medical Center initiative, which could change the face of Rochester for good.

Reach: Twin Cities Business is a monthly business magazine with a circulation of more than 30,000 and more than 74,000 readers. The magazine also posts daily business news on its website.

Context: John Noseworthy, M.D. is Mayo Clinic President and CEO.

Public Affairs Contact: Karl Oestreich

Pioneer Press
Giving a very special gift to a stranger: new kidneys
by Christopher Snowbeck

Phil Fischer's wife likes to joke that at least her husband's kidney gets to go out dancing every once in a while. About two years ago, Fischer joined the small but growing number of people who've donated a kidney to a stranger in need. “I think it did something good for somebody else in the world,” said Fischer, 58, a pediatrician at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Of his motivation, he simply said: “It was something I was supposed to do, so I did it.”

Reach: The St. Paul Pioneer Press has a daily circulation of 208,280 and its Sunday newspaper circulation is 284,507. Its TwinCities.com website had approximately 20.4 million page views (March 2013). Mobile page views on smartphones and tablet computers totaled more than 11.4 million in March 2013.

Additional coverage: Morning Sun Mich., The Reporter Pa.

Context: Phil Fischer, M.D., is a pediatrician with the Mayo Clinic Children's Center.
Public Affairs Contacts: Ginger Plumbo, Kelley Luckstein

Additional Mayo Clinic News Highlights This Week:

MedPage Today, Imetelstat Has Promise in Myelofibrosis by Ed Susman, Novel telomerase inhibitor-based treatment strategies produced complete responses in patients with myelofibrosis, researchers said here. In a pilot study, five of 22 evaluable patients (28%) taking imetelstat met the bone marrow and peripheral blood morphologic criteria for complete response or partial response. The overall response rate was 44%, reported Ayalew Tefferi, MD, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and colleagues. Additional Coverage: Post-Bulletin

OncLive, Telomerase Inhibitor Imetelstat Shows Promise in Myelofibrosis, Imetelstat, a telomerase inhibitor, has demonstrated significant activity in myelofibrosis, including complete responses, an investigator reported at the 55th annual meeting of the American Society of Hematology (ASH).  “Imetelstat is capable of producing complete remission in some patients with myelofibrosis, suggesting disease-modifying activity,” said Ayalew Tefferi, MD, a hematologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

Bloomberg, Geron Soars After Study Shows Bone Marrow Drug’s Benefit by Anna Edney, Geron Corp. (GERN) shares rose as much as 32 percent after a Mayo Clinic study found the biotechnology company’s experimental drug imetelstat helped patients with a bone marrow cancer…“Some patients in our clinical trial taking imetelstat obtained dramatic responses and there have been some complete responses which is almost unheard of for drug therapy in this disease,” the study’s lead author, Ayalew Tefferi, a hematologist at Mayo Clinic, said in the statement. “These are early results but they are promising.” Additional Coverage: FierceBiotech

MedPage Today, Arimidex Prevents First Breast Cancers by Crystal Phend, Anastrozole (Arimidex) reduced the risk of breast cancer by 53% in high-risk postmenopausal women, a primary prevention trial showed…The findings likely will put anastrozole in line to be added to breast cancer prevention guidelines, like exemestane was earlier this year, commented Matthew Goetz, MD, a medical oncologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

MedPage Today, Lymphocytes May Be Key to Breast Cancer Outcomes by Ed Susman, Breast cancer lesions containing high levels of tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes appear to give patients a better prognosis and better outcomes when compared with patients whose tumors have fewer levels of the white blood cells, researchers said here…"This is the year where the impact of the immune system in breast cancer is coming to reality with the interest in immunomodulation therapies," said Edith Perez, MD, professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic Jacksonville in Florida.

Science Codex, Mayo Clinic: First in-human trial of endoxifen shows promise as breast cancer treatment, A Phase I trial of endoxifen, an active metabolite of the cancer drug tamoxifen, indicates that the experimental drug is safe, with early evidence for anti-tumor activity, a Mayo Clinic study has found.… "We achieved up to 60 fold higher levels of endoxifen compared to endoxifen levels achieved with the standard dose of tamoxifen," says Matthew Goetz, M.D., a Mayo Clinic oncologist and lead author of the study.

MedPage Today Revlimid Slows Multiple Myeloma Relapse by Michael Smith, For patients whose multiple myeloma is in remission after initial therapy, maintenance with the immune modulator lenalidomide (Revlimid) prolongs the time to relapse, a researcher said here. A meta-analysis of trials evaluating the approach confirms that lenalidomide maintenance reduces the risk of relapse by about half, according to Preet Paul Singh, MD, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

Bloomberg, J&J’s Drug Shows Promise for Rare Castleman Disease by Michelle Fay Cortez, Johnson & Johnson (JNJ)’s experimental drug siltuximab improved symptoms and shrank growths in patients with Castleman disease, a rare condition marked by enlarged lymph nodes with no approved therapies, in a clinical trial…“Doctors have often done things that weren’t based entirely on science because it’s such a difficult disease to study,” said Stephen Ansell, a hematologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, who wasn’t involved with the trial. “This looks like a pretty promising therapy. Hopefully it’s a stepping stone that we can use to build on the things we have.”

MedPage Today New Drug Brings Relief for Rare Disease by Ed Susman, The investigative agent siltuximab shows promise in treating patients with multicentric Castleman's disease -- a rare lymphoproliferative disorder for which patients have few treatment options, researchers said here…Press conference moderator, Joseph Mikhael, MD, a hematologist at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., said, "I care for a number of patients with Castleman's disease. This is a rare condition. We are starting to understand the mechanism which is interleukin-6. Roughly a third of patients not only had a response with this drug but had a durable response and were able to do so with minimal toxicity.

ABC News (AP), Injuries, Losses Prompt MLB to Seek Collision Ban by Ronald Blum, Baseball officials are up front about this: They want to ban home plate collisions to guard their investments. Minnesota's Joe Mauer, a former MVP and three-time batting champion, is less than halfway through a $184 million, eight-year contract. He was limited to 75 games at catcher this year in a concussion-shortened season…Even without collisions, catchers get banged up more than most other players. Mauer was hit on the mask by a foul ball Aug. 19 and missed the final six weeks of the season. Still bothered by headaches and light sensitivity in October, he consulted with doctors at the Mayo Clinic and will be switching to first base in 2014.

FOX Sports Arizona, Lumberjack Score: Concussion study, NAU athletics and Mayo Clinic team up on concussions study, and NAU tennis team conducts clinic with Special Olympics of Arizona.

KPHO Phoenix, NAU, Mayo Clinic partner on field to study concussion effects by Lindsey Reiser, Little is known about the damage the game of football can do to the players, especially concussions, which can cause memory problems and even early Parkinson's Disease down the road. So the Mayo Clinic is partnering with Northern Arizona University to put an extra set of eyes on the sidelines…Mayo Clinic neurologist Bert Vargas can watch the game and control a robot remotely to communicate with the players and look for signs of a concussion. Think of it like a robot with a Skype connection.

CNN, Meningitis outbreak: California students may get vaccine Princeton got…With permission, Princeton University has already been distributing a drug not approved in the United States to fight a campus outbreak of meningitis. Now California health officials are considering following suit, they announced late Thursday…Anything that weakens resistance to disease, such as age, diabetes, an AIDS infection or drugs that suppress the immune system make people more susceptible to meningococcal disease, the Mayo Clinic said.

GMA News (AFP), Flu vaccine helps ward off serious child illness: study by Kerry Sheridan, The flu vaccine prevents the virus more than half the time in children and can also ward off more serious sickness, said the findings of a major clinical trial Wednesday. The randomized, controlled study published in the New England Journal of Medicine is the first of its kind to measure how well the flu shot works specifically in children…Gregory Poland, director of the Mayo Vaccine Research Group in Minnesota, described the research as "well-designed and conducted," and said it "confirms the contemporary value of influenza immunization in young children."

Star Tribune, Flu fighters: Live Twitter chat on Dec. 11, 2013, Join Health & Wellness reporter Allie Shah for a live Twitter chat at noon on Wednesday with Mayo Clinic and Minnesota Department of Health experts about how you can stay healthy this flu season.

Boston Globe,  Laser therapy may boost vaccine potency by Carolyn Johnson, The Cold War had been over for well over a decade when a Boston physician arrived in St. Petersburg to visit a Russian military medical clinic, as part of a US State Department effort to steer former Soviet scientists away from biological weapons and toward peaceful research that could be commercialized…“It’s to me very encouraging that people are thinking of things that haven’t been tried yet and showing they can work,” said Dr. Pritish Tosh, an infectious disease physician and vaccine researcher at the Mayo Clinic. “This is innovative and intriguing.”

Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, Students learn how to avoid exposure to infectious diseases by Christena O’Brien…“This is what comes out when you cough or sneeze,” said Marquita Davis, holding up a photo of a man expelling a burst of droplets from his mouth. Those droplets — if spewed into the air from an infected person — can land on surfaces and spread respiratory illnesses, including the common cold and influenza, to others, said Davis, a medical assistant in family medicine at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire. Additional Coverage: WEAU Eau Claire, WQOW Eau Claire

KVRR N.D., UND Athletics Raises More than $30,000 for Cancer Research,  University of North Dakota Athletics Director Brian Faison announced today that the 2013 North Dakota Strong campaign raised $33,129.98 for cancer research. It is believed to be the largest charitable fundraiser ever initiated by the University of North Dakota Athletics Department. All proceeds from the fundraiser will be donated to Mayo Clinic for breast cancer research and will benefit the community of Grand Forks, including patients of Altru Health System, a proud member of the Mayo Clinic Health Network.

Valley Roadrunner (Ariz.), Palomar Health joins Mayo Clinic Care Network, Mayo Clinic has announced Palomar Health, the largest public health care district in California, as the newest member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network. This agreement formalizes a unique relationship between the two institutions that will allow physicians and specialists to collaborate and provide Palomar Health patients with access to Mayo Clinic's experts and medical resources. "We are pleased to welcome Palomar Health to the network," says Wyatt Decker, M.D., Mayo Clinic vice president and CEO of Mayo Clinic in Arizona.

U-T San Diego, In Palomar-Mayo pact, patients win by Editorial Board, Palomar Health is to be congratulated on its new alliance with the Mayo Clinic, one of the most respected names in health care. The Palomar system, with hospitals in Escondido and Poway, is the first in California — and 24th in the world — to join the Mayo Clinic Care Network, a two-year-old collaborative network of hospitals whose medical teams gain access to Mayo specialists and various digital tools.

Chicago Tribune, Mayo Clinic Medical Edge: Stomach pain common in children, but exact source not always easy to identify by William Faubion, M.D, Gastroenterology, DEAR MAYO CLINIC: Is it possible for children to have irritable bowel syndrome? My 9-year-old son often complains of stomach pain, but we can't seem to find a cause or pattern.

Chicago Tribune, Mayo Clinic Medical Edge: Acne a common problem in teens, but diet usually not the cause by Dawn Davis, M.D, Dermatology, DEAR MAYO CLINIC: My 13-year-old son has started to break out with acne on his face. He's never had skin problems before. What causes acne? Could diet be part of the problem? What's the best way to treat acne? He's been using an over-the-counter cream, but it doesn't seem to make much difference.

Chicago Tribune, Mayo Clinic Medical Edge: Healthy lifestyle choices, timely medical care important in treating COPD by Paul Scanlon, MD, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I'm 51 and was recently diagnosed with COPD. It was caught early, and I don't have many symptoms. Is there anything I can do to keep it from getting worse? What treatments are available for someone in the early stages of the disease?

Financial Times, New Affordable Care US health plans will exclude top hospitals by Stephanie Kirchgaessner… Kathleen Harrington, who heads government relations for the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, says that access to the famous clinic was initially limited in the Rochester, Minnesota area until officials at the healthcare exchange board in the state encouraged insurers to expand their network options. While the Mayo Clinic will now be available on seven different plans offered by two different insurance carriers in Rochester, Ms Harrington says the long-term concern for the hospital is that intense focus on bringing down costs will hurt “centres of excellence” like Mayo that attract the most complicated medical cases in the country. Additional Coverage: MedPage Today

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, OPINION: Walker should make the call by Robert Seward, M.D., On April 11, 42 health care organizations in Wisconsin (including the Wisconsin Hospital Association, the Mayo Clinic, the Marshfield Clinic, the Wisconsin Medical Society, the Wisconsin Nurses Association, the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Froedtert Health, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Wisconsin Academy of Family Physicians) sent a letter to all the members of the Wisconsin Legislature recommending that, as part of the Affordable Care Act, the Walker administration set up a state health care exchange and also accept the $119 million offered by the federal government for Medicaid expansion.

Telegraph UK, Four hours of light gardening each week could cut kidney stones by Sarah Knapton, Four hours of light gardening a week is enough to lower the chance of developing kidney stones by nearly one third, researchers have found…In an accompanying editorial, Dr. John Lieske of Mayo Clinic said: “Counselling for patients with stones often centers almost exclusively on diet, stressing increased fluid intake, normal dietary calcium, lower sodium, moderate protein, and reduced dietary oxalate.

Wagazine, Zebra Fish, Learning science in a fish bowl by Bob Freund, (Page 16) InSciEd Out, short for Integrated Science Education Outreach, is a three-way collaboration between the Rochester school system, Mayo Clinic and Winona State University.

Red Wing Republican-Eagle, Red Wing native honored by Mayo, Dr. Richard DeRemee was one of three Mayo Clinic Distinguish Alumni Award honorees for 2013. DeRemee, a Red Wing native, is a professor emeritus of medicine, Department of Internal Medicine and the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Mayo Clinic in Rochester.

US News & World Report, A Primer on the Gluten-Free Diet by Angela Haupt, About 1 percent of the population suffers from celiac disease and about 10 percent have a less specific sensitivity to gluten, according to the Mayo Clinic.

NPR, Binging on meat, dairy alters gut bacteria a lot, and quickly by Michaeleen Doucleff… Even just classifying Bilophila as "bad bacteria" is a tricky matter, says Dr. Purna Kashyap, a gastroenterologist at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. "These bacteria are members of a community that have lived in harmony with us for thousands of years," says Kashyap, who wasn't involved in the study. "You can't just pick out one member of this whole team and say it's bad. Most bacteria in the gut are here for our benefit, but given the right environment, they can turn on us and cause disease." Additional Coverage: MPR

North Valley Magazine (Phoenix), A Jolt of Java, (Page 62)Valley pharmacist Tara Storjohann on the risks of high caffeine consumption…To give you an idea of how much caffeine is in some ofthe more popular drinks, see the table at the end of the article. Keep in mind that the actual caffeine content ofthe same coffee drink can vary from day to day because of various factors such as roasting, grinding, and brewing times, according to Mayo Clinic research.

NY Times, Dialysis Raises Hard Questions for Older Patients by Judith Graham, The population of people on dialysis is graying; adults aged 75 and older are the fastest growing group beginning this treatment. But often doctors don’t answer their key question: “How long can I expect to live?”…The Mayo Clinic draws especially ill patients from across the country and the results may not be generalizable. But they suggest that many sick older patients who begin dialysis while in the hospital may not survive for long, according to lead researcher Dr. Bjorg Thorsteindottir, a health care delivery scholar at the Mayo Clinic.

NY City Woman, Cataract Surgery: New Developments by Rona Cherry Sixty-percent of patients are having back-to-back operations on both eyes.…“Cataract surgery rates are rising in all age groups, starting at about age 50,” said Jay C. Erie, M.D., a Mayo Clinic ophthalmologist and senior author of the Mayo Clinic study. “The aging baby boomers are working longer, they want to be more active. That’s why they’re looking for surgery sooner—so that they can remain independent, remain active, and continue to work.”

Kansas City Business Journal, Kansas City Woman Becomes WomenHeart Champion and Support Network Coordinator, Edie Marie Battaglia of Kansas City recently became a WomenHeart Champion after graduating from the prestigious annual WomenHeart Science & Leadership Symposium at Mayo Clinic.

Latino Perspectives, “Cure Corridor” by Jonathan Higuera…In Scottsdale, health care may be fulfilling the diversification mantra. It has become the city’s largest industry sector, making up 19 percent of its employment base, according to city economic development officials…The Mayo Clinic has 5,000 employees, including 450 physicians and scientists between its two campuses, in the Corridor on Shea Boulevard in Scottsdale and in northeast Phoenix… “The presence of health care research benefits local patients first,” said Dr. Keith Stewart, hematologist and dean for research at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona.

HealthCanal, Mayo Clinic Study: Chronic Lung Disease Linked to Cognitive Impairment, Memory Loss, A recent Mayo Clinic study found that people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are about twice as likely to develop mild cognitive impairment (MCI) — and chances are that it will include memory loss. Additional Coverage: Medical Xpress, BioPortfolio

Medscape,  COPD Linked to Cognitive Impairment and Memory Loss by Laurie Barclay, M.D., Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) was associated with increased odds of having mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and memory loss in a cross-sectional, population-based study…"In the absence of any effective therapy for dementia, the identification of risk factors for the development of MCI may hold the best promise for preventing or delaying the progression of early cognitive changes to clinical dementia," write Balwinder Singh, MD, from Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and colleagues.

Florida Trend, Florida Hospitals in 'Expansion Mode' by Amy Keller In July, Mayo Clinic opened a 40,000-sq.-ft. primary care center in the Hampton Village area. The $16.7-million center is the first new freestanding primary care center that Mayo has built in 16 years. Mayo is also in the process of adding two patient floors to its existing hospital and is slated to open a dialysis center on its Jacksonville campus this month.

FOX Business, 5 Questions to Ask a New Doctor by Donna Fuscaldo, Thousands of people are expected to see new doctors in the new year thanks to health-care reform, and establishing a good doctor-patient relationship is key to staying in good health, experts say. “Asking questions opens the dialogue,” says Matthew Bernard, chair of family medicine at the Mayo Clinic. “It helps set expectations. Sometimes [doctors] assume people know everything, and that’s not the case.”

KAAL, Design Rochester Wants to Ensure DMC Grows Smartly, With DMC, Rochester is due for many changes. But one Rochester organization is hoping to make sure that change happens in the right ways. Design Rochester is made up of area architects, engineers, and city planners. Many have watched Rochester transform in last thirty years including Lindsey Meek an area engineer.

Winona Post, Mayo growth will rock the boat for Winona area by Chris Rogers, As the $6 billion Rochester Destination Medical Center (DMC) project starts revving up, local leaders, businesses, and organizations from Winona to St. Charles are eagerly trying to prepare for the shifts it will bring. The time to act, they say, is now. "I feel an urgency to get involved quickly," said Winona Mayor Mark Peterson last week. Behind him a roomful of Winona leaders buzzed with excited reactions to a presentation by a spokesman for the public-private partnership.

MPR, Economic development funds go unspent in several Minnesota cities by Elizabeth Baier, The Minnesota Legislature required the city of Rochester to share part of its sales tax revenue with neighboring communities. State Rep. Greg Davids, R-Preston, introduced the controversial bill so the sales tax would benefit the entire region as Rochester and its main employer, the Mayo Clinic, continue to grow. City and Mayo Clinic officials estimate the city will grow by about 32,000 residents in the next 20 years.

Oncology Nurse Advisor, Palliative care clinicians explain 10 points about the value of palliative care by Bette Kaplan, Top 10 lists are not just for late night television anymore. Doctors at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, developed their own list of things they wished everyone knew about palliative care.1 “Top 10 Things Palliative Care Clinicians Wished Everyone Knew About Palliative Care” is their unique way of observing November as Palliative Care Awareness Month.

Daily Comet (USA TODAY), Holiday stress calls for an attitude adjustment, The holidays are supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year, but for many people, they’re also the most stressful. People get stressed out because of over-scheduling, not getting enough sleep, expecting too much of the season and being perfectionists about gifts, decorating and entertaining, says Amit Sood, a stress-reduction expert and author of a new book, The Mayo Clinic Guide to Stress-Free Living, due Jan. 1.

Medscape, American Epilepsy Society Elects New President by Pauline Anderson, Elson So, MD, professor, neurology, and director, Section of Electroencephalography, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Rochester, Minnesota, is the new president of the American Epilepsy Society (AES). Dr. So was elected during the 67th Annual Meeting of the AES and takes over from Jacqueline A. French, MD, professor, New York University Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, New York.

Mobi Health News, Mayo’s iPad study had 98 percent engagement among seniors by Jonah Comstock, The Mayo Clinic’s recent iPad trial for cardiac surgery patients, which MobiHealthNews first wrote about in February, has received a good deal of attention for using Fitbit activity monitors in a clinical setting. But Dr. David J. Cook, who led the study, says the real innovation of the study is unprecedented levels of patient engagement — in patients he repeatedly described as “70-year-olds on morphine.”

FOX47, Hormel Foundation approves $6.1 million in grants The Hormel Foundation is giving away a hefty chunk of grant money in 2014. The foundation has approved $6.1 million in grants. All of the money will be distributed to 28 different Austin-area organizations including Austin Public Schools, the Salvation Army and Mayo Clinic Health System-Austin.

Florida Times-Union (AP), Susan Boyle says Asperger's diagnosis was a relief, Singer Susan Boyle says she has been diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome, a form of autism — and feels relief at finally having the right label for her condition…Asperger’s syndrome is a developmental disorder that affects a person’s ability to socialize and communicate effectively with other, according to the Mayo Clinic’s website, http://www.mayoclinic.com.

KEYC Mankato, Minnesotan's Tackle Cold Weather by Maytal Levi…For some, winter conditions mean more work. Doctors with Mayo Clinic Health System Mankato tell us more infectious illnesses come after Labor Day. Dr. Ruth Bolton with Mayo Clinic Health System Mankato says, "The volumes are increasing at our urgent care, we're certainly seeing maybe a half to twice as many as we would normally see in the summer time."

WEAU Eau Claire, Cold weather brings added dangers, With below-zero temperatures sticking around, icy roads and sidewalks are keeping auto body shops and hospitals busy.…“Hypothermia is kind of a silent killer. What typically happens to people is that they start to shiver, then they actually start to feel a little warm, or they stop shivering after that. And it's not because they're warm. It's just their body has shut down to the point where it's getting dangerously cold,” Mayo Clinic Health System Nursing of Trauma Director Wayne Street said.

WQOW Eau Claire, Tips to prevent falling on Eau Claire's icy sidewalks by Jackson Schmidtke, Forget your boots some sidewalks may require ice skates. Ice is building up on many Eau Claire sidewalks. Mayo Clinic has treated three or four people for injuries after falls on the ice. "Be aware of your surroundings," said Wayne Street director of trauma nursing at Mayo Clinic "Prevention is always the best thing."

WEAU Eau Claire, Study: High chair related injuries on the rise, It can happen in the blink of an eye. One second your little one is eating dinner in their high chair, the next minute they're on the ground.…“With kids in particular I don't know if anyone really knows how dangerous a head injury can be on a child,” Mayo Clinic Health Systems Emergency Technician Paul Horvath said. Horvath says in his time working in the Emergency Room, he's seen his fair share of kids coming in with injuries from falls, and he says safety is key to prevention.

BioPortfolio, CURE Magazine and Incyte Honor Inaugural MPN Heroes…. Ruben Mesa, MD, from the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., was recognized for his outstanding patient care and commitment to ongoing research in MPNs by educating his peers at international conferences and even completing an Ironman Triathlon to raise money for MPN research.

Bloomberg Auxilium’s Curved Penis Treatment Wins U.S. FDA Approval by Anna Edney…Surgery has been the only viable option for patients, which doesn’t always work well and can shorten the penis or cause impotence, Daniel Elliott, a urologist at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, said in an interview. As a result, only about 6,500 of about 120,000 men who are diagnosed with Peyronie’s each year are treated with injectables or surgery, Chesterbrook, Pennsylvania-based Auxilium said in a Nov. 25 statement.

Huffington Post, Not Just a Pooping Disease: 10 Things You Didn't Know About Inflammatory Bowel Disease by Rebecca Kaplan, Dec. 1 marked the start of Crohn's and Colitis Awareness Week, a week dedicated to educating the public about Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis and indeterminate colitis and how these diseases affect patients and the loved ones that support them. Approximately 1.4 million Americans live with inflammatory bowel diseases. According to the Mayo Clinic…

Buffalo News (Orlando Sentinel), Daily walk cuts dementia risk, studies show by Marni Jameson…Taking those findings a step further, neurologists at Jacksonville, Fla.’s Mayo Clinic are studying whether getting patients immobilized by disease to walk can also help stave off mental decline. Dr. Jay Van Gerpen, a neurologist who specializes in gait, is recruiting Parkinson’s patients for a study to help them stay on their feet and retain brain health.

Healthcare Informatics, LIVE FROM RSNA: Improving Patient Safety and Outcomes in Critical-Results Reporting by Mark Hagland, At Mayo-Mankato, Ernest Beaupain has been helping to lead a broad initiative to improve critical test results reporting in the radiology area. The Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato is an 11-hospital, five-clinic health system under the broader umbrella of the national Mayo Health System. Mayo-Mankato, based in Mankato, in southeastern Minnesota, involves 17 staff radiologists.

Huffington Post, Beyond the Ni/Nis: Preparing the Next Generation of Latin America's Leaders by Chelsea Clinton…Getting an Early Start If there's one story I'll always cherish from CGI's Annual Meeting this past September, it was receiving my first Muppet kiss, courtesy of Rosita. Even more exciting is what she helped me to announce: that Sesame Workshop, Pro Mujer, Pfizer and Mayo Clinic were partnering up through a new CGI commitment to help prevent chronic disease in countries spanning from Argentina to Nicaragua, with a special focus on reaching children.

Huffington Post, New Medical Concerns Threaten Latin America's Emerging Middle Class by Rosario Perez, President and CEO, Pro Mujer… At the 2013 Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting, Pro Mujer made another great leap forward in our battle against chronic disease. We launched Healthy Connections, a new partnership with the Mayo Clinic, Sesame Workshop and Pfizer. This partnership is dedicated to promoting behavior change using creative online and mobile technology for social marketing and improving preventive care for our clients and their families by digitally connecting our clinicians to international specialists.

El Nuevo Dia, Nueva terapia para la epilepsia, Las personas que padecen epilepsia podrían contar con una nueva tecnología de punta para manejar las convulsiones difíciles de controlar. Un nuevo dispositivo médico para implantación en el cuerpo obtuvo la autorización de la Administración de Drogas y Alimentos de Estados Unidos (FDA, por sus siglas en ingles) para administrar neuroestimulación receptiva. Esta nueva tecnología está diseñada para detectar actividad cerebral anómala y responder emitiendo niveles sutiles de estimulación eléctrica que normalizan la actividad cerebral antes de que la persona presente una convulsión. El tratamiento está disponible en todas las sedes de Mayo Clinic.

Huffington Post Canada, Des trucs pour faire du sport confortablement même quand il fait froid by Laura McMullen…Vous trouvez suspect quiconque s’aventure volontairement dehors -sans même parler de faire du sport!- alors qu’il fait si froid? Vous trouveriez sans doute l’idée plus séduisante si vous pratiquiez votre sport de la bonne manière et que vous permettiez à votre corps de s’habituer à des températures plus basses. Cet hiver, pour faire du sport en toute sécurité (et même l’apprécier), suivez donc les conseils de John Honerkamp, chef entraîneur pour l’organisation de courses New York Road Runners, et de Mayo Clinic.

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