Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights

Posted on August 7th, 2014 by Karl W Oestreich

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Spokesman-Review
Kootenai Health Joins Mayo Network

Kootenai Health and Mayo Clinic leaders today announced Kootenai Health as a Spokesman-Review newspaper bannermember of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, a national network of like-minded organizations that share a commitment to better serving patients and their families.

Reach: The Spokesman-Review is a daily newspaper in Spokane, Washington. The Coeur D'Alene Bureau of the Spokesman-Review is located in Coeur D'Alene, Idaho, and covers the news from the western part of the state. The daily circulation of the Spokesman Review is more than 100,000 and the weekend circulation is more than 131,000.

Additional coverage:

Coeur d' Alene Press, What Kootenai Health-Mayo partnership means to you, patients
Post-Bulletin, Spokesman-Review Wash., Boise Weekly, Coeur d’Alene Press, KROC AM Radio, WorldNews.com, KREM Wash. KREM-CBS Wash., News Medical, CDA Press

Context: Kootenai Health and Mayo Clinic leaders announced this week Kootenai Health as a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, a national network of like-minded organizations that share a commitment to better serving patients and their families. The network, which began in 2011, now includes 30 member organizations that are interested in working with Mayo Clinic to improve health care delivery by sharing knowledge and promoting collaboration between physicians. As part of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, Kootenai Health physicians now have access to Mayo Clinic’s knowledge and expertise when these additional resources will be helpful, allowing many patients to avoid unnecessary travel for answers to complex medical questions. “We are working with Mayo Clinic so our patients can benefit from leading medical expertise and physician collaboration without having to leave home,” says Jon Ness, Kootenai Health CEO. “Our two organizations share the same commitment that health care should be provided close to home whenever possible.” More information about the announcement can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Public Affairs Contact: Bryan Anderson

 

AARP
8 Ways to Shape Up for Your Surgery
by Elizabeth Agnvall

Jean Hanson needed a new hip. After years of teaching P.E. and tearing up ski slopes all over the world, AARP The Magazine Logothe Sedona, Arizona, resident was in so much pain that she relied on a walker. She finally decided to have surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, but there was just one problem: Doctors there wouldn't do the operation unless she quit smoking.

Reach:  AARP, The Magazine, has a circulation of more than 22.2 million and is published every other month.

Context: The news that you will need surgery can prompt many questions and a lot of anxiety. Beyond details about your medical condition and treatment options, what should you ask your surgeon before the operation? Whatever you need to ask to be comfortable with the decisions you make about your care, says Robert Cima, M.D., a colon and rectal surgeon and chair of Mayo’s surgical quality subcommittee. To learn more about the five questions to ask your surgeon before an operation, please go to Mayo Clinic News Network.

Public Affairs Contact: Sharon Theimer

 

Entertainment Tonight
Country Legend Glen Campbell Refuses to be Silenced by Alzheimer's

Alzheimer's has made it difficult for Glen Campbell to remember names and people, but he has no problem performing on stage. We have a look at the new documentary about his diagnosis. TheEntertainment Tonight Logo Rhinestone Cowboy, who has inspired stars like Taylor Swift to Keith Urban, refused to let his debilitating disease slow him down, and went on a final tour of 151 shows. As an extra treat, Campbell invited award-winning filmmaker James Keach along to capture every moment for the documentary Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me. The segment includes video of Glen at Mayo Clinic and of his appointment with Dr. Ronald Peterson.

Reach: Entertainment Tonight reaches more than 12 million viewers in the US and 70 other countries.

Context: Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me opens October 24. 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

 

Prevention
9 New Discoveries About Fat That Will Clarify A Lot

…9. The circumference of your waist can tell you your heart disease risk. Women with waists over 37 inches have an 80% higher risk of conditions like heart disease, lung problems or cancer compared toPrevention logo women whose waist span was under 27 inches, according to a Mayo Clinic review published…

Reach: Prevention is published monthly with a circulation of 2.8 million.  Prevention - Online has more than 1.1 million unique visitors each month and has 9.3 million average page views each month.

Context: Having a big belly has consequences beyond trouble squeezing into your pants. It’s detrimental to your health, even if you have a healthy body mass index (BMI), a new international collaborative study led by a Mayo Clinic researcher found. Men and women with large waist circumferences were more likely to die younger, and were more likely to die from illnesses such as heart diseaserespiratory problems, and cancer after accounting for body mass index, smokingalcohol use andphysical activity. The study is published in the March edition of Mayo Clinic Proceedings. More information can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Public Affairs Contacts: Sharon Theimer, Alyson Gonzalez

 

MPR
Are doctors misdiagnosing children with ADHD?

MPR Daily Circuit Dr. Jyoti Bhagia, Assistant Professor of psychiatry at Mayo Clinic.

Reach: Minnesota Public Radio operates 43 stations and serves virtually all of Minnesota and parts of the surrounding states. MPR has more than 100,000 members and more than 900,000 listeners each week, which is the largest audience of any regional public radio network.

Context:  Jyoti Bhagia, M.D., is a psychiatrist with Mayo Clinic Children's Center. Her interests include mood disorder, ADHD and obesity.

Public Affairs Contact: Bob Nellis

 

Post-Bulletin
Pulse On Health: Become one of thousands aiding research
by Jeff Hansel

Mayo Clinic Biobank leaders say they have surpassed 40,000 participants and are "moving quickly Logo for Post-Bulletin newspapertoward our goal of 50,000." I submitted blood samples many months ago and, by my own choice, essentially gave permission for use in perpetuity for anything from disease research to drug development.

Reach: The Post-Bulletin has a weekend readership of nearly 45,000 people and daily readership of more than 41,000 people. The newspaper serves Rochester, Minn., and southeast Minnesota.

Context:  Mayo Clinic and the Center for Individualized Medicine have made a significant commitment to building a scalable biorepository infrastructure, which includes two specimen processing core laboratories and several large centralized biospecimen collections. One of these biospecimen collections is the Mayo Clinic Biobank, a collection of samples, including blood and blood derivatives, and health information donated by Mayo Clinic patients. Unlike many biobanks in existence at Mayo Clinic and elsewhere, the Mayo Clinic Biobank is not focused on any particular disease. Rather, the Biobank collects samples and health information from patients and other volunteers regardless of health history. Once a participant becomes a part of the Biobank, he or she becomes a part of ongoing health research. More information on Mayo Clinic Biobank can be found here

Public Affairs Contacts: Sam SmithBob Nellis

Additional media coverage this week: 

Huffington Post, 30 Stars and Doctors Sign the 'Petition for Briggs for Cancer Immunotherapy for All' by Paul Sanderson…In June, the Mayo Clinic announced results of an analytical study they had conducted on it. They said it heralded a change in their ability to treat the most aggressive/lethal form of breast cancer, triple negative, with special application to the BRCA1 gene, which Angelina Jolie inherited from her mother and grandmother, who both died young. The Mayo brothers had been supporters of Dr. Coley and immunotherapy a century ago.

Huffington Post, 10 Of The Healthiest Places To Live In America…5. Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota…With high volunteerism, a strong local economy, incredible parks and of course the Mayo Clinic, ranked by U.S. News & World Report as the nation’s top medical center, just a short drive away, the Twin Cities have won the best place for aging well in the United States.

Huffington Post,A Guy's Survival Guide to Infertility3. TCOYS -- "Take Care Of Your Sperm" Your balls, the magical (or, maybe not so magical in this case) sperm creators, need all the help they can get. What are the best ways to produce healthy sperm? According to this Mayo Clinic article, eat a healthy diet, exercise, keep 'em cool, limit alcohol, don't smoke -- both pot and cigarettes, don't do drugs and watch out for toxins.

Huffington Post, What You Don't Know About Your Health Apps Could Hurt You…When it comes to symptom checking, a lot of people use WebMD, but there's been some controversy over its ties to pharmaceutical companies, as laid out in this New York Times Magazine column from a few years ago recommending people use the the nonprofit Mayo Clinic's symptom checker instead…For what it's worth, there don't seem to be any major critiques of the Mayo Clinic's site floating around, so it appears to be a safe bet. 

Reuters, About half of heart procedure patients make end-of-life plans by Andrew Seaman, Less than half of the patients who underwent a risky heart surgery at one medical center completed advanced directives to guide their care in the event they could no longer articulate their wishes, according to a new study. In addition to ensuring patients receive care that's in line with their wishes, the study’s senior author said advanced directives reduce the burden on family members who would otherwise make those decisions. “It’s really hard on loved ones to make those decisions if there has been no planning,” said Dr. Paul Mueller, chair of general internal medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Additional coverage: Chicago Tribune, Baltimore Sun

CBS Chicago, After Mom Saved By Stem Cell Transplant, Son Donates His Own…WBBM Newsradio’s Regine Schlesinger reports Joanne Sullivan received a life-saving stem cell transplant from an anonymous donor in Germany two-and-a-half years ago, after she was diagnosed with myelofibrosis, a form of bone marrow cancer...Joanne’s transplant surgeon, Dr. Mrinal Patnaik, said 24 million people worldwide have registered for the transplant list, but he said that’s only a drop in the bucket…The Sullivans have teamed up with the Mayo Clinic for a donor registration drive at Navy Pier during the Chicago Air & Water Show later this month.

Living 60010 Chicago, Barrington Mom saved by Stem Cell Transplant has Son Who Donates to Save Another Mother, When she was first diagnosed, her three sons signed up with Be the Match, a non-profit that registers potential bone marrow and stem cell donors. Less than a year after her transplant at Mayo Clinic, her youngest son Bryant, then a junior at Illinois State, received a call: He was a match for another mother. He ended up donating his stem cells on his mother’s birthday to a woman his mother’s age, 59…This drive, running from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m on August 14 & 15, is being held at Mayo Clinic’s 150th anniversary Mobile Exhibit, which will be located near Navy Pier’s Beer Garden. It takes just a simple swipe of cotton swab on the cheek to register.

Polish News, Polish-born Chicagoan to Compete for Poland in European Transplant Games in Krakow, A Polish-born Lake in the Hills mother of two teens and entrepreneur running a tea company and two gourmet tea shops in Chicago has a pretty full plate. But that hasn’t stopped Agnieszka (Agnes) Rapacz from training with a master’s swim team in Algonquin…Rapacz, 39, will be joining other transplant survivors from Poland and across Europe to demonstrate the benefits of successful organ transplantation and increase organ donation rates. In fact, she began competing around the globe at the World Transplant Games after reading about them in a Mayo Clinic magazine at her annual checkup in Rochester, Minnesota, where she received her kidney transplant in 2002.

Radio New Zealand, Sitting science, He says it's more dangerous than smoking, more treacherous than parachuting, and kills more people than HIV. Dr James Levine is talking about sitting, and he's serious when he says our chairs are killing us. Dr Levine is an endocrinologist and Professor of Medicine from Arizona. He's also the director of the Mayo Clinic - Arizona State University Obesity Solutions Initiative.

CNN, Questions about this new Ebola drug by Jacque Wilson, Two American missionary workers infected with the deadly Ebola virus were given an experimental drug that seems to have saved their lives. Dr. Kent Brantly was given the medication, ZMapp, shortly after telling his doctors he thought he would die, according to a source familiar with his case. Within an hour, doctors say his symptoms -- labored breathing and a widespread rash -- dramatically improved…A monoclonal antibody is similar, except it's engineered in a lab so it will attach to specific parts of a dangerous cell, according to the Mayo Clinic, mimicking your immune system's natural response. Monoclonal antibodies are used to treat many different types of conditions.

KIMT, Ebola outbreak and local hospitals by Adam Sallet…Those with the Mayo Clinic say they will be ready in case someone with symptoms of Ebola comes into their hospital. A doctor we spoke with says there is totally different healthcare in Africa and that could be leading to more infections. “That’s not really a situation that we would see in the United States. Our infection control policies are very good and we have far more robust capabilities within our hospitals for good infection control,”  Dr. Pritish Tosh said.

KMSP, EBOLA SURVIVOR: Minn. missionary contracted virus in 1972 by Scott Wasserman,Dr. Tom Cairns was doing missionary work in Africa when he fell ill. Now, hundreds of deaths have been attributed to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Travel restrictions are in place, and many flights from the United States have been canceled…Fox 9 News checked with a number of local hospitals and the Mayo Clinic on Tuesday, and all said they are able to handle a person who may walk in with Ebola symptoms. In fact, they have gone through scenarios and collected the necessary tools to take on an infectious disease.

WXOW La Crosse, Local hospitals equipped to deal with any potential Ebola patients, Mayo Clinic Health System said they are prepared to handle any potential Ebola cases. The deadly Ebola virus spreads through bodily fluids. The clinic said staff is trained to follow infection prevention control. That includes procedures like washing hands, and wearing gowns, gloves and protective equipment. “It's a situation where we have these protective maneuvers in place already for a number of different infection diseases,” said Dr. Larry Baddour, chair of the Division of Infectious Diseases for Mayo Clinic Health System.

KTTC, Mayo Clinic prepared to use isolation protocol to block Ebola virus by Devin Bartolotta, Mayo Clinic is prepared to use an isolation protocol for any patients who might have been exposed to the Ebola virus, reacting to the Centers for Disease Control alert to hospitals all over the country this week…The Mayo Clinic, which treats patients from all over the world, isn't taking it lightly. "The risk to the community is very low. In large part due to the way that this infection is spread. You really need direct contact with blood or body fluid from infected people" said Dr. Pritish Tosh of the Mayo Clinic. Also aired: WAFF-NBC Ala., KWWL Iowa, WWLP Mass., WVIT Conn., KSHB Kansas City, KHQ Wash, WOWT Neb., KTIV Iowa

Hibbing Daily Tribune, 'The Real Moonlight Graham: A Life Well Lived' by Marie Tolonene, A newly released Mayo Clinic documentary dedicated to Chisholm’s legendary Dr. Archibald W. Graham, also known as Doc “Moonlight” Graham, will be shown at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 6, at Minnesota Discovery Center in Chisholm. The film was released earlier this month in Rochester, Minn., coinciding with the 25th anniversary of the “Field of Dreams” movie. Additional coverage: Mesabi Daily News

LA Times, 'Get Up!' or lose hours of your life every day, scientist says by Mary MacVean, There’s a saying going around that sitting is the new smoking. It’s a bit snarky and perhaps a none-too-subtle dig at those of us who spend a lot of time on our rear ends for work and pleasure. But Dr. James Levine, who is credited with it, is dead serious. In fact, he says, sitting could be worse than smoking. What to do about it? “Get Up!” is the title of Levine’s new book, a jovial tale of how he came to the scientific conclusion that our chairs are killing us and what can be done to stop the threat. Additional coverage: This Week, Informazione.it, Christian Broadcasting Network

TribLive (LA Times), Are our chairs killing us? Get up and get moving, scientist urges, There's a saying going around that sitting is the new smoking. It's a bit snarky and perhaps a none-too-subtle dig at those of us who spend a lot of time on our rear ends for work and pleasure. But Dr. James Levine, who is credited with it, is dead serious. In fact, he says, sitting could be worse than smoking.

Chicago Tribune, Attack of the killer office chairs by Rex Huppke, I’m sitting down while writing this column. That's a pretty daring move on my part. You see, I recently spoke with James Levine, author of the new book, "Get Up! Why Your Chair Is Killing You and What You Can Do About It." He schooled me on the scary science of the sedentary work life, and let me tell you, fellow sitting enthusiasts, it does not look good for us.

MPR News, Seniors expected to flock to Rochester as the Mayo Clinic expands by Elizabeth Baier, A few blocks away from the Mayo Clinic's flagship campus, a project is underway that signals big changes ahead for the city's housing mix. Construction workers are putting finishing touches on the exterior of one of Rochester's newest senior living communities. Slated to open this fall, the mixed development of assisted living apartments and a memory care unit is part of a boom in senior housing. Additional coverage: The Republic

Science Daily, Should you add enzyme supplements to your shopping list? Mayo expert explains pros and cons, Enzyme supplements available without a prescription are becoming increasingly popular, but should everyone add them to their shopping list? Brent Bauer, M.D., director of the Mayo Clinic Complementary and Integrative Medicine Program, is co-author of a new paper in the medical journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings on the pros and cons of over-the-counter enzymes. Additional coverage: Medical Xpress

The Ledger Fla., Medical Research Can Fascinate by Kriyana Reddy, As high school students, many of us are thinking about careers and professions…One field that is often too overgeneralized is health care and medicine. Even if you are not thinking about being a nurse or a doctor, take some time to learn about medical current events…There are numerous ways to get involved with biomedical research. If you are interested in becoming a practicing or research physician, look into research opportunities at local universities and hospitals. The University of South Florida, Mayo Clinic and the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute are some places that help high school teens get started in research.

Star Tribune (AP), Jesse Steinfeld, surgeon general who was forced out of office during Nixon years, dies at 87, Dr. Jesse Steinfeld, who became the first surgeon general ever forced out of office by the president after he campaigned hard against the dangers of smoking during the Richard Nixon era, died Tuesday. He was 87…Steinfeld later served as the Director of the Mayo Clinic Comprehensive Medical Cancer Center and as a professor at the Mayo Medical School. Additional coverage: Winnipeg Free Press, Huffington Post, LA Times, NY Times

Journal of AHIMA, Apple Launches Health App Linked to EHRs… The Mayo Clinic has already developed an app to integrate with HealthKit. When a patient undergoes a blood pressure reading, for example, the integrated app "is automatically able to check whether that reading is in that patients' personalized healthcare parameters threshold," according to a statement from Apple Senior Vice President of Software Engineering Craig Federighi. "And if not, it can contact the hospital proactively."

Kelowna Capital News, Kittle: Don’t let menopause affect keeping a healthy weight…What causes menopause weight gain? According to the Mayo Clinic, hormones and weight gain are closely related. If your hormones are not balanced, you can gain weight, especially with too much cortisol or too little progesterone, testosterone or estrogen.

News Medical, Experts explain pros and cons of over-the-counter enzymes, Enzyme supplements available without a prescription are becoming increasingly popular, but should everyone add them to their shopping list? Brent Bauer, M.D., director of the Mayo Clinic Complementary and Integrative Medicine Program, is co-author of a new paper in the medical journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings on the pros and cons of over-the-counter enzymes.

La Crosse Tribune, Immunization coalition launches campaign against HPV, other diseases, The Coulee Region Immunization Coalition aims to ensure that students have more than traditional supplies in their arsenals as the group kicks off a campaign urging up-to-date vaccines before school. The effort will include a year-long campaign about the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine to prevent cervical cancer and immunization against the potentially fatal meningococcal disease…Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare is a member of the coalition.

Post-Bulletin, Rochester half-marathon is on new legs by Paul Christian, For the past few years the annual Rochester Half Marathon was on its last legs. Pun intended.…But a partnership with the Track Club and Mayo Clinic was formed. All along, Mayo had planned to host a Mayo Clinic Healthy Human Race Weekend focusing on health and wellness activities for the entire family.

San Francisco Business Times, Alameda Health System nets three new senior leaders, including a COO and CFO by Chris Rauber, In recent days, the Alameda Health System — an Oakland-based safety net system that hopes to prosper under Obamacare — has named three new senior leaders under CEO Wright Lassiter III. They include new COO Mark Fratzke, who previously held a similar role at a regional unit of the Mayo Clinic; new CFO David Cox, formerly chief financial officer at Marin General Hospital, and new Chief Nurse Executive Kinzi Richholt, who had been filling that role on an interim basis.

Bioidentical Hormone Health, Caffeine = Hot Flush? By Dr. Andrew Weil, First the bad news: women who suffer from hot flashes may be making their symptoms worse if they drink coffee or other caffeinated beverages. The Mayo Clinic recently conducted the most comprehensive study ever to investigate the relationship between caffeine and menopausal symptoms. A total of 2,507 women seen at the Mayo Women’s Health Clinic in Rochester, Minn., participated.

WNDU Mich., Irish legend Lujack making great strides in rehab after serious neck surgery, Notre Dame legend Johnny Lujack is making great strides as he recovers from laminectomy surgery performed last week at the Mayo Clinic to relieve pressure to his neck, his grandkids tell NewsCenter 16. Lujack was suffering from cervical stenosis where the bone and tissues were pinching off the spinal cord.

MarketWatch, Geron to Assume Sponsorship of Myelofibrosis IST and IND, Menlo Park, Calif., August 5, 2014 - Geron Corporation GERN +2.43%  announced today that the company has entered into a transfer agreement with Mayo Clinic whereby the Investigational New Drug (IND) application for imetelstat under which the investigator-sponsored clinical trial of imetelstat in myelofibrosis (Myelofibrosis IST) has been conducted will be transferred from Mayo Clinic to Geron. In addition, Geron will assume sponsorship for the Myelofibrosis IST, and Dr. Ayalew Tefferi will remain the principal investigator for the study.

Pioneer Press (Chicago Tribune), When husband wants less sex, marriage can suffer by Heidi Stevens, …It's difficult to quantify how many women are in marriages with husbands who've lost the appetite for sex, in part because it's hard for women -- who are surrounded by friends, sitcoms and magazines telling them all men want sex all the time -- to speak up about the "one man in the world" who doesn't…Testosterone peaks during adolescence and early adulthood, according to the Mayo Clinic website: "As you get older, (a man's) testosterone level gradually declines -- typically about 1 percent a year after age 30."

ABC 15 Ariz., American Idol star Michael Johns dies of apparent blood clot, An 'American Idol' star recently passed away from a scary and unexpected medical condition, leaving many to wonder how it happened. According to Yahoo Health, Michael Johns was found unresponsive in a friend's apartment Friday…For information on blood clots and when to see a doctor, visit the Mayo Clinic online.

Ahwatukee Foothills News, Pop Warner, Mayo Clinic implement testing protocol program by Eric Smith, As concussions continue to be at the forefront in the issue of sports safety, Arizona Pop Warner is teaming up with Mayo Clinic and taking a proactive step in tackling the concussion problem…“It’s all about getting baseline evaluations with objective tests that are accurate in identifying concussions and being able administer them on the sidelines, accurately diagnosing a concussion to remove them from play,” said Dr. David Dodick, director of the Mayo Clinic Concussion Program.

Faribault Daily News, Mayo Clinic Health System Faribault now offers nurse line, Patients in Faribault can now reach the Mayo Clinic Health System nurse line 24/7. A registered nurse will work with the caller to assess their symptoms and help determine if medical attention is needed or if the condition can be addressed over the phone.

WWAY N.C., Wilmington Waves win national title in hoops; update on Hoggard coach Scott Braswell & more…Hoggard football coach Scott Braswell returned to Wilmington from the Mayo Clinic on Saturday. Braswell intends to have surgery to remove a tumor in his lower back the week of August 24th. Prior to the surgery Braswell will resume his normal coaching duties. He's expected to get back to work in mid to late September.

USA Today, Legionella bacteria in water at 2 Alabama VA hospitals, Tina Pippin, an Alabama Department of Public Health manager, said legionella disease outbreaks are reported when two or more individuals who live in separate households have symptoms, which include pneumonia, cough, fever and chills. Legionnaires' disease is a severe form of pneumonia, whereas Pontiac fever is milder, flu-like and does not affect the lungs, according to the Mayo Clinic's website.

WQOQ Eau Claire, Concussion concerns cause drop in Eau Claire youth football numbers by Jackson Schmidtke…The new awareness has a downside, it has brought a decrease in participation in youth football…"Sometimes the younger players see the NFL guys go back into the game after taking a big hit,” said Angela Oldenberg a Nurse Practitioner at Mayo Clinic Health System’s Concussion Clinic. “The rules are different for high school and youth they need to be taken out of the game."

Red Wing Republican Eagle, Study: The doctor may not be in, Primary care doctors soon may be in short supply, a Minnesota Hospital Association report shows.…There could be a shortage of 850 primary care doctors in the state by 2024, the study shows. The findings don’t surprise Dr. Tom Witt, CEO of Mayo Clinic Health System in Cannon Falls, Lake City and Red Wing. He indicated the study puts data behind the trend professionals have been anticipating and for some time.

KSAT San Antonio, Health Disparities in America, Does your mental health outcome depend on your age, gender, or race? Most people would like to think the answer is no, but studies show there are disparities...Orthopedic surgeon for the Mayo Clinic in Florida, Mary O'Connor M.D. says doctors often treat women like Lauren differently than men.O'Connor told Ivanhoe, "The term I like to use is, I'm not sure that a woman's voice is always heard as clearly."

Post-Bulletin, Your Style: Dr. Paul D. Scanlon by Anne Murphy, Motto: Create your own style and it won't be outdated. Pulmonologist and medical director of the Mayo Clinic Center for Humanities in Medicine, Dr. Paul Scanlon says, "When I wrote the foreword to Dean Riggott's book of Rochester photographs, I began with Randy Newman's lyric, 'I was born right here.'"

East Valley Tribune, Pop Warner, Mayo Clinic implement testing protocol program by Eric Smith, As concussions continue to be at the forefront in the issue of sports safety, Arizona Pop Warner is teaming up with Mayo Clinic and taking a proactive step in tackling the concussion problem…“It’s all about getting baseline evaluations with objective tests that are accurate in identifying concussions and being able administer them on the sidelines, accurately diagnosing a concussion to remove them from play,” said Dr. David Dodick, director of the Mayo Clinic Concussion Program.

Endocrine Today, Caffeine may lead to more bothersome vasomotor symptoms, The intake of caffeine was positively associated with more bothersome vasomotor symptoms in postmenopausal women, according to research published in Menopause. “In this study, the use of caffeine was associated with greater vasomotor symptom bother in women aged 40 years or older,” Stephanie S. Faubion, MD, and colleagues from the Women’s Health Clinic at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, Block E gutted for Mayo Clinic Square renovation (Photos) by Nick Halter…The complete gutting of the third floor and its mezzanine level started in February, clearing the way for Mortenson Construction to begin building a Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center and a practice facility and administrative offices for the Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx.

El Paso Southwest Senior (AP), New brain protein tied to Alzheimer’s disease…Dr. Keith Josephs of the Mayo Clinic led work on the new brain protein, called TDP-43. Everyone has it, but the abnormal form is found in different parts of the cell and in ball-like deposits in certain areas in the brain. It’s already been linked to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, and frontotemporal dementia.

Waseca County News, Managing your medications by Kelsie Davis, Pharm.D., Mayo Clinic Health System in Waseca, Medicine helps prevent, manage and heal. It’s been a staple of effective health care for hundreds of years. The challenge with medication is that it needs to be prescribed and administered correctly, which requires action by both patient and provider. When taken incorrectly, medication does more harm than good.

St. Peter Herald, Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato offers free presentation on anxiety Aug. 7…Umesh Vyas, M.D., Mayo Clinic Health System behavioral health physician, will offer Speaking of Health: Anxiety at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 7 in the lower level conference center, room 0310 at Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato. Dr. Vyas will discuss many aspects of anxiety during this free public presentation.

Yahoo! Maktoob News, Use of illegal steroids on rise among UAE women…The Mayo Clinic in the US says the use of performance-enhancing drugs by women can lead to a deepening of the voice, increased body hair, hair loss and infrequent or lost menstrual cycles.

Daily Record, Will sleeping in the nude help? Getting a good night's sleep by Gina Columbus, For some, the bed is a sanctuary. Just looking at the cozy, plush blankets and pillows instantly makes you sleepy; you'll drift into dreamland with visions of sugarplums in no time…"Think about all the factors that can interfere with a good night's sleep — from pressure at work and family responsibilities to unexpected challenges, such as layoffs, relationship issues or illnesses," states nonprofit organization Mayo Clinic online. "It's no wonder that quality sleep is sometimes elusive."

MedPage Today, Depression in Elderly Not Related to Dementia Markers…David Knopman, MD, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., told MedPage Today that this was "an extremely strong study" that should help clinicians sharpen their treatment of older patients showing signs of both depression and cognitive impairment. Knopman, who was not involved with the study but had reviewed it for Neurology, said it suggests that depression treatment would not be futile in this population, since the depressive symptoms were not related to the neuropathologies that underlie cognitive decline.

FOX News Detroit, Woman's life debilitated from bariatric surgery side effect…"Her case is actually one of the more severe cases," says Henry Ford endocrinologist Dr. Ebru Sulank. She has been treating Nina. She says doctors don't understand the link between hypoglycemia and gastric bypass surgery…Fox 2's Deena Centofanti reports Nina has had a setback after they met and that Nina is now in Dr. Sulank's care and will eventually be headed to the Mayo Clinic for more specialized treatment.

WENY NY, Doctors at Mayo Clinic say early diagnosis and an aggressive approach to treatment rheumatoid arthritis may help more people…Pam was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis…John Davis, M.D., Mayo Clinic Rehumatology: So what is  rheumatoid arthritis? It is an autoimmune inflammatory when we say autoimmune, it's really the attacking itself. Dr. John Davis says the joint capsule has a lining of tissue called the synovium.

Phoenix Business Journal, Gastronomy of gluten-free food may not equal healthy eating by Alicia Canales…A 2012 study by the Mayo Clinic reports about 1.8 million Americans likely have celiac disease, although 1.4 million of those are undiagnosed. In addition, 1.6 million Americans who are not diagnosed with celiac live on a gluten-free diet, according to the Mayo study.

WEAU, MedEx program give high school students opportunity to shadow physicians by Jessica Bringe, It's never too early to start discovering what you want to do - that's the idea behind an area health system's medical experience program. Mayo Clinic Health System-Eau Claire is helping a group of qualified students get a better handle on a potential career. They have the opportunity to see if they're truly interested in becoming doctors and which specialty could be right for them…Which is why Chief of Staff, Dr. Jose Ortiz with Mayo Clinic Health System started the MedEx program last year, to give high school students, like Bret Schwengler, the opportunity to shadow physicians.

Post-Bulletin, Back and Forth: Roosevelt's visit 80 years ago was big for Rochester by Harley Flathers, Very few of you will recall vividly President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's trip to Rochester almost 80 years ago. Roosevelt came to honor doctors Will and Charlie Mayo for their humanitarian work with disabled World War I veterans. Eight days from now, on Aug. 8 is the 80th anniversary of that event, which happened at Soldiers Field before crowds estimated at 75,000 to 100,000. No, I wasn't there, approaching my third birthday later in August.

KTTC, First Neurological Hospitality House in the world to open in Rochester, A one-of-a-kind facility will soon be opening in Rochester, a Neurological Recovery House led by a group of doctors and professionals. Located at 839 2nd Street Southwest, the Neuro Hospitality House would be the first facility of its kind in the world, and it would be just down the street from Mayo Clinic's world class hospital sites at Saint Marys and Rochester Methodist.

Cannon Falls Beacon, Hospital grand opening draws over 2,000, "I'm in awe," says Jerry Williams of Mayo Clinic Health System's new clinic and hospital. Williams was one of approximately 2,000 who toured the new medical center during a public grand opening event on Friday, July 25. Located at 32021 County 24 Boulevard, the new clinic opens on Aug. 4 and the hospital and emergency department open on Aug. 7.

WKBT La Crosse, Mayo Clinic Health System celebrates a 10 year anniversary…The celebration was a way to say thank you to everyone who has made the building a decade of success. "It's a beautiful space because it's very functional and it's very efficient in its design. It's kind of gem in our portfolio of buildings," said Joe Kruse, Chief Administrator for the clinic.

La Crosse Tribune, In a data-driven world, businesses crunch the numbers by Nathan Hansen…Data isn’t new to Mayo Clinic Health System — Franciscan Healthcare, which has been invested in data analysis for more than a decade. But data is being used more and more on the business side of the company, to help find trends and craft everything from new products and services to individual marketing campaigns. Cindy Roberts, manager for market research and analytics, has been with the system for eleven years, and came to the company during a time when there was a need for more market research and use of data.

Health24, Herbal remedies bad for heart, The growing number of people who are taking traditional herbal medications for heart problems are unaware of the dangers those treatments pose, a new report says. "They may be safe," said Dr Arshad Jahangir, a consultant cardiologist at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona, and author of a report in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, "but in the United States, where patients often take multiple medications, there is a potential for harm."

Star Tribune, Souhan: Lynx's Moore turns flawed night into fabulous Maya Moore hasn’t failed at much in life, and this summer she has followed her high school, college and Olympic dominance with a season that might win her the WNBA Most Valuable Player Award. Thursday night, though, she experienced one of those games that every great basketball player stumbles across once in a while. She couldn’t find her shot with a GPS. Not for three quarters. Not until she played, in the fourth quarter, as if the “Mayo Clinic” logo on the front of the Lynx’s jerseys was off by a letter. The fourth quarter was a Maya Clinic.

FOX News (AP), Lujack, 1947 Heisman winner who led Notre Dame to 3 national titles, recovering after surgery, Johnny Lujack's granddaughter says the former Notre Dame and Chicago Bears star is in good spirits after spinal surgery. A spokeswoman for Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, says the 89-year-old former quarterback was doing "very well" Thursday. Amy Flanagan says her grandfather is in good spirits. Additional coverage: Quad-City Times, Washington Post

Science 2.0, Algorithm reduces use of CT scans when diagnosing children with appendicitis, An algorithm works for diagnosing pediatric patients with suspected appendicitis and that reduces the utilization of computed tomography (CT) scans, without affecting diagnostic accuracy…However, CT scans are expensive and expose patients to ionizing radiation. "This algorithm was developed by a multidisciplinary group of pediatric emergency room physicians, pediatric surgeons and radiologists to eliminate unnecessary exposure to radiation," explains Mayo Clinic's Michael B. Ishitani, M.D., lead author of the study. Additional coverage: Science Codex, Medical Xpress

HealthcareDive, Unrealistic expectations could cloud ACA progress by Anne Zieger, Since well before the ACA passed, Obama administration officials have held up physician-driven, innovative institutions like the Geisinger Health System, Mayo Clinic and Cleveland Clinic as the standard to which the nation's healthcare system ought to be held.

Chicago Tribune, Mayo Clinic Medical Edge: When bunions become painful, try conservative measure before turning to surgery by Martin Ellman, D.P.M., Orthopedic Surgery, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., Dear MAYO CLINIC: I've had bunions for years, but they haven't bothered me much until recently. I now have pain every day and most shoes hurt my feet. Is surgery the only option at this point?

Chicago Tribune, Mayo Clinic Medical Edge: Signs and symptoms of sarcoidosis can vary depending on organs affected by Kaiser Lim, M.D., Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I'm very healthy and active, but was recently diagnosed with sarcoidosis. My doctor said it may go away on its own, but I'm worried it will worsen. How often should I see my doctor for monitoring the condition? What treatments do you recommend?

Pioneer Press, Obituary: 'Ozzie' St. George, 94, was Pioneer Press reporter, columnist, Thomas Richard "Ozzie" St. George, former Pioneer Press reporter and columnist, died Tuesday at St. Mary's Mayo Clinic hospital in Rochester. He was 94. St. George, best known for his Sunday column "Slice of Wry," worked for the Pioneer Press from 1968 until his retirement in 1994.

CNN Espanol, 9 preguntas para conocer más del medicamento contra el virus del ébola… Un anticuerpo monoclonal es similar, excepto que está diseñado en un laboratorio así que se añadirá a partes específicas de una célula peligrosa, según la Clínica Mayo de Estados Unidos, imitando la respuesta natural de tu sistema inmunitario. Los anticuerpos monoclonales son utilizados para tratar muchos tipos diferentes de condiciones.

Plenilunia, Alternativas para tratar la sequedad de los ojos…De acuerdo con el Dr. Dave Patel, de Oftalmologia de Mayo Clinic en Scottsdale, Arizona, comenta que por lo general, los sintomas de sequedad de los ojos incluyen…Additional coverage: Mundo de Hoy, La Salud.mx

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