Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights

Posted on June 5th, 2014 by Karl W Oestreich

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The Guardian (UK)
Apple previews new mobile software iOS 8 at WWDC 2014
By Alex Hern

Apple demonstrated iOS 8, its newest version of its operating system for iPhones and iPads, at its worldwide developers conference in San Francisco. The new OS introduced a new Health app to offer "a single comprehensive overview of your fitness," as well asThe Guardian newspaper logo
updates to features including Mail and Notification Centre. The Health app integrates with apps such as Nike+, or even apps made by healthcare providers, to let users manage their health through their iOS devices. "We believe Apple's healthkit will revolutionise how the healthcare industry interacts with people," said John Noseworthy, CEO of the prestigious Mayo Clinic hospital.

Reach: The Guardian is the world's 3rd largest newspaper website. US traffic topped 12.7 million monthly unique users in June 2013.

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Pioneer Press, Apple, Mayo partner on iOS health monitor
MPR, The doctor will see your phone now
Forbes, Apple Gives Epic And Mayo Bear Hug With HealthKit
CNBC, The OpenTable for doctors hits the office
KAAL,  Mayo Teaming with Apple on Breakthrough Technology
Post-Bulletin,  Apple, Mayo Clinic team up

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Context: During this week's  keynote address at the Worldwide Developers Conference 2014Apple, Inc., unveiled HealthKit, a digital repository for various types of health-fitness related data. Apple highlighted HealthKit through a new Mayo Clinic app under development that would offer users a more personalized experience and make their health data more actionable in supporting healthier lifestyles. More information can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Public Affairs Contact: Bryan Anderson

 

Jacksonville Business Journal
Mayo Clinic targets $3 billion for research funding
by Coleen Michele Jones

Mayo Clinic is publically kicking off a capital campaign to raise $3 billion by 2017 for biomedical research and education across its three campuses, including Jacksonville…“We’re partnering Jacksonville Business Journal newspaper logowith benefactors to bring medical breakthroughs which will enhance patient care,” said Dr. Michael Camilleri, executive dean for the department of development at Mayo’s headquarters in Minnesota. “As we have seen, reliable funding is the best way to ensure better outcomes.”

Reach: The Jacksonville Business Journal is one of 61 newspapers published by American City Business Journals.

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Context: To accelerate the pace of research, solve unmet needs of patients and improve the quality of health care, Mayo Clinic announced on May 8 a philanthropic campaign to raise $3 billion by Dec. 31, 2017, strengthening Mayo’s strategic priorities in patient care, research and education. “Reliable funding is the biggest barrier to advance medical breakthroughs that can benefit patients suffering from diseases,” says John Noseworthy, M.D., Mayo Clinic president and CEO. “Traditional funding sources, such as federal grants, cannot cover the cost of discovering cutting-edge science and implementing those solutions in clinical practice.” More information can be found on the Mayo Clinic News Newtwork and campaign website.

Public Affairs Contact: Kevin Punsky

 

Arizona Republic (HealthDay)
Flying after surgery may be safe, experts say

If you're returning home after having chest surgery at an out-of-town hospital, flying is as safe as driving, an expert says.  It's widely believed that ground travel is safer than air travel after chest surgery, but a Arizona Republic newspaper logorecent study by Mayo Clinic thoracic surgeon Stephen Cassivi found that isn't true. He also concluded there is no reason to wait for weeks after chest surgery to fly home.

ReachThe Arizona Republic reaches 1.1 million readers every Sunday. The newspaper’s website Arizona Central, averages 83 million pages views each month.

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Context: Summer travel isn’t for vacation alone. For some people, it may include a trip to an out-of-town hospital for surgery. If you are traveling for chest surgery, you may wonder whether it is safer to return home by car or plane. A new Mayo Clinic study found that, contrary to conventional wisdom, air travel is just as safe as ground travel after chest surgery, and there is often no reason to wait for weeks after an operation to fly home. Lead study author Stephen Cassivi, M.D., a Mayo Clinic thoracic surgeon, offers these five tips for safer, more comfortable travel home after surgery on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Public Affairs Contact: Sharon Theimer

 

Delta Sky Magazine
Wiping out Cancer
by Karen Springen

Leading doctors take stock of the current state of cancer care and the exciting developments on the Delta Sky magazine logohorizon…Dr. Sameer Keole, a radiation oncologist specializing in pediatric cancer at the Mayo Clinic, has used proton therapy to treat kids with cancer and estimates that 3,000 to 3,500 U.S. kids could be treated with proton beam therapy each year.

Reach: Delta Sky is the inflight magazine for Delta Airlines. The magazine has a circulation of more than 600,000. Delta Sky online serves as the online companion to its parent magazine.

Context: Mayo Clinic Cancer Center combines personalized cancer treatment with leading-edge research to provide patients with unparalleled cancer care.

Public Affairs Contact: Joe Dangor

Daily Mail UK, Are you getting a ruff night's sleep? Pet owners are increasingly being kept awake by animals in their home, study claims by Fiona Macrae, Dog-tired? Blame Fido, Tiddles or Polly. Growing numbers of people are being kept awake at night by their pets, doctors have warned. The respected Mayo Clinic in the US says that while many people sleep peacefully with their pet curled up beside them, some are left so exhausted that they seek specialist help…The study’s author, Dr. Lois Krahn, a psychiatrist, said: ‘The study determined that while the majority of patients did not view their pets intolerably disturbing their sleep, a higher percentage of patients experienced irritation. Additional coverage: PsychCentral.com, Epoch Times

Medical Daily, ADHD Possibly Caused By A Miswiring Of Brain Region Linked To Dopamine And Addiction…Now, a team of neuroscientists who designed a series of animal experiments to study miswiring in the brain's dopamine system believe findings from their experiments may increase understanding of the underlying causes of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). "This miswiring of dopaminergic neurons in mice results in hyperactivity and attention deficits," said Dr. Anders Nykjaer, a neuroscientist at Mayo Clinic in Florida and at Aarhus University in Denmark and the new study's senior investigator. Additional coverage: CBS News, BioPortfolio, Medical Xpress, ScienceDaily, NewsMedical, Science Codex, University Herald, Science Newsline

NPR, Doctors Hesitate To Ask Heart Patients About End-Of-Life Plans by Rae Ellen Bichell…"The common reasons are that they're uncomfortable, they may not have enough time, or they sense that the patient or the family is not ready to have those discussions," says Dr. Shannon Dunlay, a cardiologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., who led the study. The findings were presented Wednesday at the Quality of Care and Outcomes Research conference in Baltimore. The abstract was peer-reviewed, but the results have not yet been published. Additional coverage: US News & World Report, HealthDay

The Onion, Study Links Drinking While Pregnant To Being At Kid Rock Concert, A comprehensive five-year study conducted by researchers at the Mayo Clinic has identified a strong link between heavy drinking during pregnancy and attending a public performance by Detroit-based rap-rocker Kid Rock, officials confirmed Wednesday. “Our survey found that expectant mothers who consumed hard liquor were far more likely to be at a Kid Rock concert than a control group who did not drink,” said Dr. Lawrence Talmage, whose research also indicated that 78.3 percent of women who drank to intoxication while pregnant were wearing shredded T-shirts and riding atop the presumed father’s shoulders during encores of “All Summer Long” and “Bawitdaba.”

Modern Healthcare, ASCO to help cancer docs evaluate treatment value by Sabriya Rice, The American Society of Clinical Oncology's algorithm to help oncologists evaluate the clinical benefits, side effects and costs of a cancer drug or therapy will be fine-tuned over the summer and should be available for public comment by the fall, said Dr. Lowell Schnipper, chair of the society's Value in Cancer Care Task Force...For example, one melanoma treatment costs upward of $120,000, three doses of a prostate cancer medication have an estimated $90,000 price tag and a lifelong treatment for chronic myeloid leukemia averages around $70,000, according to an analysis in the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings. 

MobiHealthNews, Kaiser Permanente app passes 1M downloads by Aditi Pai, Two days after Apple announced a major health tracking partnership with the Mayo Clinic, another big name healthcare provider — Kaiser Permanente has announced that its flagship app, also called Kaiser Permanente, has now surpassed 1 million downloads.

USA Today, Fitness bracelets -- Get in step with technology by The Doctors, Fitness wristbands are all the rage, and for many, they inspire healthy changes. These high-tech devices — popular models are made by Fitbit, Jawbone and Nike, among others — can serve to increase awareness, according to some experts. Here are some tips to help you get the most out of these activity-trackers:…Just slip on the wristband and go about your regular routine for the first few days, to help you see how much activity you typically get, suggests the Mayo Clinic.

Arizona Republic, Donor releases 'Social Media Stole My Kidney' trailer by Sonja Haller (Mayo Clinic Arizona patient), When Phoenix resident Amy Donohue gave a kidney, she received a life purpose: To educate as many people as possible about kidney donation. That purpose has Donohue, 43, in the midst of a crowdfunding social-media campaign to finish a documentary about her own kidney donation — which came after reading a tweet — and others around the United States and Canada.

KIMT
, Mayo doctor named to national foundation, A doctor from southern Minnesota will be serving on a national board. Recently it was announced that Dr. Eric Matteson from the Mayo Clinic will be the Vice President of the Rheumatology Research Foundation. Matteson will help bring funds in to further research as well as help develop future generations of physicians and researchers to focus on the diseases. Locally, there are many things being done to look into the health condition.

KTTC, Local athletes tour Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center by Nicole Goodrich, Mayo Clinic officials let some local kids tour the Sports Medicine Center at the Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center to get a look at the hockey program at the brand new facility. Families who attended got the chance to see presentations from Mayo Clinic doctors and get a tour of the facility which includes a synthetic ice training area and a skating treadmill. Nate Thompson from the Tampa Bay Lightning and Mark Stuart from the Winnipeg Jets were on hand to field questions from the kids about being a professional hockey player and demonstrate the training and equipment Mayo Clinic offers. Additional coverage: KAAL

Philadelphia Magazine, Penn, Mayo Clinic Launch ‘Seizure Detection Challenge’ The University of Pennsylvania, Mayo Clinic and other groups announced a program called Seizure Detection Challenge with $8,000 in prizes. The challenge is hosted by Kaggle.com, a site where researchers can crowdsource data. And here I thought crowdsourcing was just good to figure out what movie you want to see. The challenge is an attempt to help researchers combat medication-resistant epilepsy.

Pioneer Press, Union Depot eyed for high-speed rail from Rochester by Frederick Melo, High-speed rail someday might roll from Rochester, Minn., into St. Paul or the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport -- but not into Minneapolis…Routing passengers to the Union Depot would allow them to transfer to Amtrak's Chicago-bound Empire Builder service or future high-speed rail to Chicago, creating a stronger link between the Windy City and the Mayo Clinic in Rochester.

News Medical, Tumor sequencing offers new insights for management of lung cancer, Tumor sequencing of several different lung cancers and their surrounding tissue complicates the prevailing theory of linear lung cancer progression and offers new insights for management of this deadly cancer, according to a new Mayo Clinic study. …"This study sheds light on potential changes in our understanding of both the molecular pathogenesis and best treatment of lung adenocarcinoma," says George Vasmatzis, Ph.D., senior author of the study and co-director of the Biomarker Discovery Program in the Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine.

MedPage Today, ASCO: Trial Undermines Surrogate Markers by Michael Smith, A large breast cancer trial might have pulled the rug out from under a movement toward smaller studies conducted earlier in the treatment process. The ALTTO trial -- for Adjuvant Lapatinib and/or Trastuzumab Treatment Optimisation -- was designed to see if combining two drugs that target HER2 in early breast cancer was more effective than standard adjuvant therapy, according to Edith Perez, MD, of the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville.

News Medical, Study reviews types and severity of injuries among youth ice hockey players, A new Mayo Clinic study in Pediatrics reviews the types and severity of injuries among youth ice hockey players. The study examined the spectrum of injuries and found fractures and concussions to be most frequent, with many of these injuries requiring hospitalization and surgery. "Ice hockey is one of the most popular sports in Minnesota and is rapidly growing in popularity throughout the United States. Due to the fast, hard-hitting nature of the game, people often ask, 'What kinds of injuries might happen to my children?'" says study author Michael Ishitani, M.D., pediatric surgeon, Mayo Clinic Children's Center.

WKBT La Crosse, Dragon boat christened in La Crosse, …The boat will be used for the second annual Big Blue Dragon Boat Race, which supports local breast cancer patients and survivors…"We're excited and we're really grateful to the community for their support,” said Teri Wildt, Mayo Clinic’s associate director of external affairs. “They really embraced not only what was a strange concept, maybe, last year in Dragon Boat Racing, but just the spirit of the event and the opportunity to celebrate breast cancer survivors."

Science Codex, Tumor size is defining factor to response from promising melanoma drug, In examining why some advanced melanoma patients respond so well to the experimental immunotherapy MK-3475, while others have a less robust response, researchers at Mayo Clinic in Florida found that the size of tumors before treatment was the strongest variable.

Post-Bulletin, Heard on the Street: Mayo Clinic named to "Hispanics" list…To be named a Top Hospital for Hispanics acknowledges not only the excellent care we provide to all patients who come through our doors, but also the priority Mayo Clinic has placed on our outreach to diverse communities in order to include them in medical research. The knowledge we gain helps improve the health of the Hispanic/Latino community," said Dr. Sharonne N. Hayes, director of Mayo's Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Additional coverage: Insurance News Net

GenomeWeb,New Mayo Clinic Trial to Explore Use of Avatar Mice to Guide Ovarian Cancer Treatment by Molika Ashford, Patient-derived xenografts (PDX), also called mouse avatars, have proven themselves to be accurate proxies for ovarian tumors in human patients and are aiding in the development of response predictors for therapies, according to presentations at the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology this week. Avatars are also poised to guide treatment selection for patients directly in a newly funded Mayo clinic trial, said Paul Haluska, who chaired the educational session highlighting the potential of PDX mice in advancing personalized treatments for ovarian and other gynecologic cancers.

Society of Professional Journalists, The Minnesota Professional Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists presents: The 2014 Page One Awards, Business: Third Place: Christopher Snowbeck, St. Paul Pioneer Press “Mayo's Big Bet.”

CBS News, Drug diversion in hospitals exposes patients to infection by Agata Blaszczak-Boxe, Health care workers diverting patients' pain medications for their own use have been linked to six infectious disease outbreaks over the last decade, putting thousands of patients at risk, according to a new report. The report published June 2 in Mayo Clinic Proceedings outlines infection outbreaks that have occurred in the past 10 years as a result of drug diversion -- the use of prescription drugs for unintended, illegal purposes -- committed by health care providers who stole or tampered with their patients' injectable medications.

MORE magazine, Going, Going, but not gone forever….Not all hair loss is permanent…In addition, scalp irritations—itching and flaking —can contribute to hair loss because they temporarily inflame the scalp. Soothe it with an over-the-counter treatment like DHS Zinc Shampoo ($8, drugstores), which contains an antifungal agent that clears the buildup of yeast and dead cells. Use the shampoo daily until you get the situation under control and then as needed once or  twice a week, advises Mayo Clinic dermatologist Rochelle Torgerson.

MPR, As e-cigarette use jumps, doctors divided on advice to patients by Peter Cox, Dr. Richard Hurt at the Mayo Clinic's nicotine dependence center says he fields a lot of questions about e-cigarettes from smokers desperate to quit. But he believes e-cigarettes may create a new problem that looks like addiction. "What we have now begun to see are people that have switched to e-cigarettes from some other tobacco product who now want to stop e-cigarettes," Hurt said. "We are kind of stuck in limbo because we don't have very good evidence about how to treat that," he added. "So we're treating it basically like we would a smoker."

Washington Post, An explanation for hiccups? Don’t hold your breath. By Meeri Kim…The chronic hiccuper who stepped into psychologist Duane Hurst’s office two years ago got so fed up with her five-year-run of daily hiccup spells that she initially requested an invasive procedure to crush the phrenic nerve, effectively paralyzing her diaphragm. Hurst, of the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., thought such a procedure was far too extreme and instead offered to try a technique called heart rate variability biofeedback.

Cancer Network, Anti-HER2 Combo Fails to Improve Outcomes in Early Breast Cancer by Anna Azvolinsky, PhD., After surgery, adjuvant therapy with trastuzumab alone works just as well as trastuzumab combined with lapatinib for women with early-stage HER2-positive breast cancer…“This is the first adjuvant study reported [on the combination of lapatinib plus trastuzumab that] unfortunately did not corroborate the hypothesis that an improvement in neoadjuvant pathologic complete responses [pCRs] correlates with longer term disease-free survival [DFS],” said Perez.
Additional coverage: Chemotherapy Advisor, Science Daily

Florida Times-Union, Beaches families scale Mt. Kilimanjaro in support of African cancer center by Amanda Cook, Jacksonville Beach resident and Mayo Clinic radiation oncologist Larry Daugherty had two goals when climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania in March: ascend to the summit with his wife, Prairie, and daughter, Bailey, and raise enough money to build and open Tanzania’s first cancer center in Moshi. PDF

FOX News, 6 scents that have the power to heal…No longer just the domain of new-age spas and hippie enclaves, essential oils have become a $1.2 billion business. The plant-extracted, highly concentrated liquids have historically been selling points in beauty and cleaning products—and now research proves that when inhaled properly, they're also good medicine, says Brent Bauer, M.D., director of the Complementary and Integrative Medicine program at the Mayo Clinic.

WCCO, Good Question: Can Some Get By On Less Than 8 Hours Of Sleep? By John Lauritsen, You hear it all the time: You need 8 hours of sleep to be fully rested. But do some people need more than others? And can some actually get by on less? “For most adults, 7 hours would be a minimum they should be getting,” said Dr. Timothy Morgenthaler. He’s with the Mayo Clinic and he’s also the presidentof the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

Phoenix Business Journal, Most Admired Leaders: Dr. Wyatt Decker, CEO, Mayo Clinic Arizona. What true leadership means to you: Seeing through the fog of today to the possibility of tomorrow, then getting there together. Your advice for today's college grads: Dream big, work hard. Your preferred stress release: A good trail run.

News Medical, Penn and Mayo Clinic researchers launch Seizure Detection Challenge, Researchers from Mayo Clinic and the University of Pennsylvania announce the launch of the Seizure Detection Challenge, an international competition inviting the best minds in "machine learning" to improve devices to track and treat epilepsy. Researchers from Penn and Mayo Clinic have designed the challenge, which is hosted by Kaggle.com, an online community where data scientists come together to solve complex problems.

Science World Report, CDC: Drug Diversion Harming Patients Across the United States, According to a report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings, "drug diversion" - or the stealing of patients' drugs by health care providers - has harmed a great number of patients in the last ten years.

Science Newsline, Tumor Size Is Defining Factor to Response from Promising Melanoma Drug, In examining why some advanced melanoma patients respond so well to the experimental immunotherapy MK-3475, while others have a less robust response, researchers at Mayo Clinic in Florida found that the size of tumors before treatment was the strongest variable…Our findings suggest the location of spread is less important than the amount of tumor that is present before treatment," says the study's lead investigator, Richard W. Joseph, M.D., an oncologist at Mayo Clinic in Florida.

WXOW La Crosse, New Boats Christened for Big Blue Dragon Race, The Big Blue Dragon Boat Race is back in La Crosse for the second year by popular demand. And on Monday, Mayo Clinic Health System christened one of their two new boats. The new boats are named “Frances” and “Clare” and were purchased because of the overwhelming success of last year’s event. This year, 60 teams and around 1,200 paddlers will participate in the race, double the amount of last year.

Digital Journal, King-Devick Test CEO Joins Experts at White House Safe Sports Concussion Summit…Recently, researchers from the Mayo Clinic validated the King-Devick Concussion Test for youth athletes as the test accurately detected both reported and un-reported concussions.  "It has become evident that not only do many athletes not report symptoms of concussion, but concussive brain injuries may occur without the athlete even experiencing symptoms," says Priya Dhawan, M.D., Mayo Clinic neurologist.

IndyStar, Retro Indy: William Mayo, began medical career in Indiana, A cholera outbreak forced William Mayo to put down his needle and thread. William W. Mayo, founder of the Mayo Clinic, began his medical career in Lafayette, Ind. Mayo was born in 1819 in England, where he briefly studied medicine, immigrated to America at age 26. After a brief stint as a pharmacist in New York, he moved to Lafayette, Ind., where he worked as a tailor.

Star Tribune, Health beat: Sleep experts advise us to power down devices way before bedtime by Jeremy Olson…That bacon double-cheese monstrosity you know you’re not supposed to have? Equate that with the hour you spent playing Farmville or some other computer game on a brightly-lit screen…“So we take this bright screen and we shine it in our eyes until 11 o’clock,’’ said Dr. Timothy Morgenthaler, a Mayo Clinic sleep specialist and president-elect of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. “That’s really telling our biological clock, ‘Oh, maybe you don’t need to go to sleep until midnight.’ ’’

OncLive, Negative ALTTO Results Reverberate for Lapatinib, Novel Clinical Trials, A dual HER2-blockade strategy that added lapatinib to trastuzumab for the adjuvant treatment of women with early breast cancer failed to demonstrate a significant improvement in disease-free survival (DFS) over the standard therapy with trastuzumab alone, according to findings from a major clinical trial released Sunday…However, senior study author Edith A. Perez, MD, said during the press briefing that ALTTO did not corroborate the theory that pCR could be used as a surrogate marker in a smaller trial, making large trials such as ALTTO unnecessary.  Additional coverage: Bio-Medicine, Medscape, Medical Xpress, Science Codex

MedPage Today, ASCO: Time to Change Lung Ca Surrogate Endpoint? By Chrystal Phend, An FDA meta-analysis supported response rate as a surrogate endpoint in metastatic non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), but others said it's time to look beyond conventional measures…However, surrogates have been under siege in other areas of medicine. Lung cancer should take a lesson from breast cancer, said Edith Perez, MD, of the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., and the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology.

EndoNurse, Surgeon and Facility Big Factors in Quality of Rectal Surgery, A new Mayo Clinic study shows that the type of surgeon and the type of hospital have a significant influence on long-term outcomes for patients who undergo surgery for rectal cancer…“There really is an enormous burden on patients to find the right place to have their operation,” said David Etzioni, MD, Mayo Clinic colorectal surgeon and lead author of the study. “A lot of times the pathways by which patients find their surgeon are very informal and it may not always serve the patient well.” Additional coverage: Big News Network

Steamboat Today, Health briefs: Mayo Clinic mobile exhibit to visit Yampa Valley Medical Center on Tuesday, To honor 150 years of serving humanity, Mayo Clinic is taking its story to the public in a free exhibit destined for stops through the U.S. and Canada from April through October. The exhibit is stopping at Yampa Valley Medical Center on Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ...

Science Codex, Mayo Clinic: Ovarian cancer subtypes may predict response to bevacizumab, Molecular sequencing could identify ovarian cancer patients who are most likely to benefit from treatment with bevacizumab (Avastin), a Mayo Clinic-led study has found. Results of the research were presented today at the 2014 American Society of Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting. The addition of bevacizumab to standard therapy extended progression-free survival more for ovarian cancer patients with molecular subtypes labeled as "proliferative" or "mesenchymal" compared to those with subtypes labeled as "immunoreactive" or "differentiated," says Sean Dowdy, M.D., a Mayo Clinic gynecologic oncologist and senior author of the study.  Additional coverage: Medical Xpress

Arizona Republic, Soccer headers leading to concussion by Paola Boivin…It's not just the governing bodies that are hesitant. Athletes also are turning a blind eye, said David Dodick, a neurologist at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale and director of its concussion and headache programs. "A lot of them don't want to know because the less they know the better," he said. "There's cognitive dissonance. They have fun with what they're doing. They don't want to let their teammates down. They don't want to come out of the game because they know they're going to be replaced and they may not get that position back."

Post-Bulletin, Mayo's little pills yield big story, In last Friday's masterpiece, I intrigued you with an item on "Mayo's Pain Reliever" pills -- little pills you probably had never heard of. They were produced long ago and a reader wanted to know more about them…So, what were these little pills? They were the brainchild of a Rochester entrepreneur whose first name happened to be Mayo -- Mayo Priebe. Back in the late 1950s, he cranked out little tins of pills called "Mayos Pain Reliever" and also "Mayos A-Wake Tablets," which were to help users "overcome drowsiness and sleepiness on long drives and nights when little sleep is had."

Post-Bulletin, 'Terrified,' woman prepares for life as a paraplegic by Brett Boese, Lying at the bottom of her apartment stairs in Alexandria, Minn., Tess Pfohl's tears expressed a mixture of pain, frustration and fear. Quite simply, April 29 was rock bottom — figuratively and literally — after months of debilitating back pain. Mere weeks into her dream job as a social worker, the 25-year-old Cannon Falls native had finally been diagnosed with a rare cancerous tumor that was wrapped around her spine. Additional coverage: Post-Bulletin,

Post-Bulletin, Mayo Clinic doctor creates network of support for cancer patients by Brett Boese, In the bewildering moments after Tess Pfohl was diagnosed with a rare, life-threatening cancer, Mayo Clinic's Dr. Michael Yaszemski offered perhaps the only balm possible….A Mayo Clinic research team, which includes Yaszemski, is currently attempting to develop a remedy that can kill such tumors, reducing the need for debilitating surgery. Lab tests have been successful, but researchers have yet to develop a formula that won't also kill the patient, Yaszemski said. Long-term, Yaszemski hopes to develop "smart particles, much like a Trojan horse" that will search out and destroy tumors after simply being injected through an IV.

Insurance News Net, Medica Joins Forces with Mayo Clinic Health System, Medica and Mayo Clinic Health System announced a new relationship that will make care available at a lower cost and provide a seamless consumer experience. According to a release, the offering is available in northwestern Wisconsin through Medica's private health exchange, My Plan by Medica. "Medica is delighted to partner with Mayo Clinic Health System to...

The Baxter Bulletin, Danuser's passion to cure cancer revealed in letters by Frank Wallis, A lover of the written and spoken word, Roy Danuser has been a prolific letter writer during the past 60 years as a lawyer in Mountain Home. A passion topic in letters to presidents and vice presidents over the years has been the need for publicly-funded medical research for a cancer cure. Danuser's late wife, Delphia Morrison Danuser, was diagnosed with cancer in 1960 by physicians locally and from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. The first physicians with the Mayo Clinic said Delphia may live another six months.

Huffington Post (AP), Parvo Trial Shows Promising Results In Effort To Combat Puppy Virus…The group, led by Dr. David Bradley, the executive director of the Center of Research Excellence for Avian Therapeutics for Infectious Diseases at UND, discovered antibodies in the geese that they could purify and put back into other birds. The treatment worked. "We went to the Mayo Clinic and they looked at all our work," Glynn said. "They called it a game-changing technology."

USA Today, Shine a light on depression with this advice from The Doctors…Stick to your treatment plan. The combination of medication and psychotherapy (or talk therapy) is effective for most people, the Mayo Clinic says, but you need to be patient. You may have to try several meds before finding one that works for you, and some need several weeks or longer to take effect or for side effects to ease.

Star Tribune, Hartman: Vikings try improving flexibility, pass coverage by Sid Hartman, Linebacker Chad Greenway says coach Mike Zimmer wants more versatile and aggressive defenders…The best news Greenway has had off the field is that his father is doing well after extensive treatments for leukemia. “My dad is doing well and is back home in South Dakota,” Greenway said. “He’s still going through some things, and I don’t think his treatment ever will truly be over from his leukemia, but we hope it’s as minimal as possible. They’re amazing down there at the Mayo Clinic. It’s a special place, and pretty cool for Minnesotans to know it’s right here and they have access to it.”

Daily American, Good Mental Health May Add a Decade or Two to Life by Stephanie Stephens, Maybe you know someone who’s a cynic, a person who believes that people are motivated purely by self-interest rather than acting for honorable or unselfish reasons. New research from Finland finds that carrying around that weight of the world may increase a person’s chance of developing dementia. Make that gratitude list now, because the Mayo Clinic documents these health benefits from a more positive outlook…

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News4Jax, Stroke Awareness, We are hearing from a local man about his miraculous recovery. Sean Brets was just 23- years-old when he collapsed. He was rushed to Mayo Clinic where doctors realized he'd had an enormous stroke… Joining me now is Sean Bretz, and one of his doctors, Dr. Rabih Tawk, endovascular neurosurgeon, Mayo Clinic Florida.

GQ, The New Rules of Eating Raw Food by Naomi Chrisoulakis, Going raw is about more than just retiring your stove top. Here's how to skip the heat without completely screwing up your metabolism in the process… 1. Cook the cauliflower, Eating raw veggies daily could cause weight gain. "There is some evidence that—because they contain compounds called goitrogens—raw cruciferous vegetables (kale, broccoli, spinach, etc.) in large quantities can impact the thyroid, particularly on a vegan or vegetarian diet," says Robert Smallridge, M.D., an endocrinologist at Florida's Mayo Clinic.

Arthritis Research UK,Rheumatoid arthritis patients 'at greater risk of kidney disease', Rheumatoid arthritis patients need to be aware of their potentially elevated risk of suffering from kidney disease, according to new US research. Recently published in the American Journal of Kidney Diseases, the study from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota has revealed that people with rheumatoid arthritis are almost five percent more likely than others to develop reduced kidney function - a sign of chronic kidney disease.

Florida Times-Union, Health notes: Mayo Clinic study identifies enzyme that is linked to how aggressive pancreatic cancer can be, Mayo Clinic researchers have discovered an enzyme they say is tightly linked to how aggressive pancreatic cancer, which is one of the deadliest human cancers, will be in a patient. The study was published in Molecular Cancer Research. The study’s senior investigator is Derek Radisky, a researcher with the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center in Jacksonville.

KAAL, More Concussion Research Needed, President Says, As we head into the summer sports season, President Obama wants parents and coaches to put renewed focus on protecting kids from concussions. According to the most recent data, more than 140,000 high school athletes suffer a concussion each year… But a recent Mayo Clinic study showed a simple eye test requiring athletes to read numbers in a zig-zag pattern was 100 percent effective in identifying concussions. Additional coverage: News4Jax

Post Bulletin, Another worry: Moles that evolve by Jennifer Koski, I thought I had a handle on my preventative care must-dos…Well, it turns out, this: a "skin check" — an exam during which a dermatologist inspects your skin for signs of cancer, such as atypical moles. I recently learned that these exams are important, especially for my generation…So I made an appointment on Gonda 16 (Mayo's new dermatology floor) with Alison Bruce. Dr. Bruce started our appointment by explaining how to best care for my skin…"Early detection is key," Dr. Bruce answered, going on to tell me that when melanoma is caught early, and hasn't spread down, cure rates are high.

KAAL, Medical Marijuana Signed into Law by Jenna Lohse, It's been a battle for families who tearfully pleaded at the capitol. All they've wanted was to help their children suffering from debilitating conditions. Now that help is on its way. With the stroke of his pen, and without much fanfare, Governor Dayton signed medical marijuana into law Thursday…So, how are hospitals like mayo clinic and Olmsted Medical Center going to implement the new law? ABC 6 News was told it's too early to fully comment. Each will be reviewing the newly passed law, to see how the new drug will be offered to patients.

MLB, Home Run Challenge,Michael Milken Founder & Chairman, Prostate Cancer Foundation, Prostate cancer affects one of every six men in their lifetime…Yes, right…A lot of the money that we raise from the home runs will stay right here…with the Mayo Clinic, the University of Minnesota and in fact, we have a number of leading scientists from the Mayo Clinic and the University of Minnesota with us here today.

Huffington Post, 6 Secrets Of Eternal Optimists by Julie Weingarden…Well, the good news is that a shift in your thinking may be all you need revitalize your day and find perspective. You can learn to turn your thinking from negative to positive, according to doctors at Mayo Clinic.

Kansas City Business Journal, KU Med Center's new dean talks future of school, medical education by Brianne Pfannenstiel, Dr. Robert Simari graduated from the University of Kansas School of Medicine in the 1980s before leaving to finish his residency in Boston. Since then, he's worked at the Mayo Clinicin Minnesota and finished a post-doc at theUniversity of Michigan. But now, he said, he's happy to be returning home. Simari took over as executive dean of the medical school on March 24.

El Extra, Controlan por primera vez cáncer de médula con viroterapia, Investigadores de la Clínica Mayo lograron por primera vez controlar el cáncer de médula que afectaba a una mujer, luego de someterla a un tratamiento con una dosis concentrada de virus de sarampión… La viroterapia oncológica ha sido aplicada en la Clínica Mayo a miles de pacientes con cáncer, pero éste es el primer caso en que un paciente con cáncer diseminado en todo el cuerpo, es controlado.

NY Times, William Roy, Democrat Who Represented Kansas, Dies at 88, William Roy, a Democratic member of Congress from 1971 to 1975 who ran twice to represent Kansas in the Senate, losing to Bob Dole and Nancy Kassebaum, died Monday. He was 88. His death was confirmed by his son Bill Jr., who told The Topeka Capital-Journal that his father had recently had surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

Elle, 25 Ways to Sleep Better Tonight…17.  Create a separate bedroom for Fido....and for Fluffy. A Mayo Clinic survey found that 53% of people who share beds or bedrooms with pets have disrupted rest. It's best to keep pets out of your room, but if you don't have the heart to teach your old dog a new trick, set up a cozy bed on the floor.

CNN, Richard III's spine was twisted, not hunched by Elizabeth Landau,When Shakespeare wrote of Richard III as a "bunchback'd toad," he didn't have the benefit of actually seeing the king, who had died in the previous century…Scientists have analyzed the bones of the British monarch and determined that he was not actually a hunchback. In fact, he had a significant spinal curve that we would call scoliosis. Researchers published their latest results Thursday in the Lancet…Conditions such as cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy might cause scoliosis, but those are rare explanations, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Philadelphia Inquirer, 'America's Next Top Model' casts contestant with vitiligo by Layla Jones, If you’ve missed the newest cycle of America’s Next Top Model then chances are you haven’t seen their newest, most non-traditional contestant of the season, Chantelle Brown-Young. ANTM has been known to push the envelope within the modeling industry, airing a season for “short” models (all contestants were less than 5’7”) and hosting a transgender contestant named Isis King. This cycle’s standout contestant, Brown-Young, has vitiligo, an autoimmune condition defined by mayoclinic.org as, “a disease that causes the loss of skin color in blotches.”

Chicago Tribune, Mayo Clinic Medical Edge: Age 9 not too young for a child to be seen by an orthodontist, DEAR MAYO CLINIC: What age is best for my 9-year-old daughter to be seen by an orthodontist? Some of her friends already have braces, but this seems very early to me, since she's only lost a few teeth.

Chicago Tribune, Mayo Clinic Medical Edge:Many tests are available to seek out the cause of miscarriages, DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I am 32 and have had one healthy pregnancy and baby. But over the past 18 months, I've had two miscarriages, both in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. My doctor does not recommend testing until after a third miscarriage. What do you recommend? What kind of tests can be done to determine if there is a problem?

HealthIT Analytics, Mayo: Cancer patients seeking surgeons should go to specialists by Jennifer Bresnick, Colorectal cancer patients who sought the attention of specialist surgeons had a higher rate of long-term survival and overall better outcomes, found a study by David Etzioni, MD, a Mayo Clinic colorectal surgeon.  Published in Cancer this month, Etzioni’s study found that surgeons with specialized training in colorectal cancer issues are few and far between, leaving patients to choose between traveling long distances for care or staying local.

Post-Bulletin, Heard on the Street: Company touts vaccine treatments, TapImmune Inc., a Seattle-based company with ties to Mayo Clinic, is tooting its own horn this week about its advances in vaccine technologies for the treatment of cancer and infectious disease. It's presenting at several conferences this week in New York, it said in a news release.

Blood Journal, Development of a comprehensive prognostic index for patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia, Mayo Clinic CLL group investigators Dr. Neil Kay, Dr. Tait Shanafelt and Kari Rabe, in cooperation with the German CLL study group (GCLLSG), have published a joint validation of a comprehensive CLL prognostic index which has been shown to be helpful in predicting prognosis for newly diagnosed patients with CLL.

El Clasificado, Disfrute del verano… sin lesions, La época de verano no llega sino gasta el 21 de junio, pero los días cálidos que lo anteceden sirven de recordatorio que las vacaciones se acercan, y con ello, las actividades al aire libre en compañía de familiares y amigos. Pero junto a todos los momentos de esparcimiento y diversión, también se incrementan los riesgos de sufrir alguna lesión. El experto en la prevención de traumatismos y lesiones de Mayo ClinicDr. Donald Jenkins, ofrece algunas sugerencias respecto a cómo prevenir este verano algunas lesiones comunes en adultos y niños.

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