Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights

Posted on November 20th, 2014 by Karl W Oestreich

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National Public Radio: Sound Medicine News
Research Encourages Surgeons To Ask About Quality Of Life Before Operation

Our next story is about the conversations that surgeons and patients have before the operation. Traditionally surgeons have wanted to know whether any health problems may pose a risk to patients’ safety during the procedure. But a new study may encourage surgeons to spend a few extra minutes asking, “How’s your qualitySound Medicine logo of life?” Dr. Juliane Bingener of the Mayo Clinic joins us to tell us more. Your new study found that people’s quality of life before colon cancer surgery might affect their odds of complications shortly after surgery. How did you measure their quality of life before the surgery?

ReachSound Medicine is hosted by Barbara Lewis and features in-depth discussion on scientific research and the latest medical developments.  Sound Medicine is produced by WFYI and the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis. The show is broadcast on a variety of NPR affiliates nationwide.

Context:  Juliane Bingener-Casey, M.D., is a gastroenterologic surgeon at Mayo Clinic. Her  research and clinical practice focuses on minimally invasive surgery and endoscopy. The long-term goal of her research program is to utilize novel minimally invasive technology to improve patient outcomes by reducing the impact of surgery on patients' quality of life.

Public Affairs Contact: Sharon Theimer 

 

Twin Cities Business
2014 Person Of The Year: Mayo Clinic President And CEO John Noseworthy
by Dale Kurschner

He may perhaps become best known in Minnesota as “the $6 billion man,” given his success in launching what is expected to become the state’s largest-ever development project: the transformation of downtown Rochester Twin Cities Businessinto a “Destination Medical Center.”… But the Destination Medical Center (DMC) is just the tip of the iceberg Mayo Clinic president and CEO Dr. John Noseworthy is carefully navigating through churning economic and industry waters.

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.

Additional Coverage:
Digital Journal, Twin Cities Business Names Mayo Clinic President and CEO Dr. John Noseworthy 2014 Person of the Year

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

Public Affairs Contact: Karl Oestreich

 

Star Tribune
Rochester becoming a hot market for foreign investors
by Maya Rao

… With word of the Mayo Clinic’s massive expansion and the state’s $585 million aid for the project spreading, Dickson has orchestrated separate sales of a nearby bank and skyway plaza to companies from the Middle East. Other real estate brokers have talked to investors from Venezuela, SaudiStar Tribune newspaper logo Arabia and India who are drawn by the idea that major medical centers are recession-proof.

Reach: The Star Tribune Sunday circulation is 518,745 copies and weekday circulation is 300,277. The Star Tribune is the state’s largest newspaper and ranks 16th nationally in circulation.

Related Coverage:
KTTC, Tale of Two Cities: Cleveland 

Post-Bulletin, Slatterly Park residents in Rochester talk DMC

Context: Destination Medical Center (DMC) is an innovative economic development initiative to secure Minnesota's status as a global medical destination now and in the future.

Public Affairs Contact: Jamie Rothe

 

Post-Bulletin
Coleman named Mayo Clinic Board of Trustees member

The Mayo Clinic Board of Trustees has named a new public member during its recent quarterly meeting in Florida. Biochemist Mary Sue Coleman, Logo for Post-Bulletin newspaperPh.D. — named by Time as one of the "10 Best College Presidents" — is president emeritus of the University of Michigan and also previously served as president of the University of Iowa.

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.

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The Michigan Daily, President Emerita Coleman appointed to Mayo Clinic board. Former University President Mary Sue Coleman has been appointed to a seat on the Mayo Clinic’s Board of Trustees. According to a release published on the clinic’s website, Coleman attended her first quarterly meeting of the board Friday…“Trustees are invited based upon their experience, expertise, and other priority characteristics identified from time to time by the Governance & Nominating Committee,” Oestreich wrote in a statement.

Michigan Daily, President Emerita Coleman appointed to Mayo Clinic board by Sam Gringlas. Former University President Mary Sue Coleman has been appointed to a seat on the Mayo Clinic’s Board of Trustees. According to a release published on the clinic’s website, Coleman attended her first quarterly meeting of the board Friday.

Michigan Live, Michigan News

Context: The Mayo Clinic Board of Trustees welcomed Mary Sue Coleman, Ph.D., as a new public member at its quarterly meeting Nov. 14. Dr. Coleman is president emeritus of the University of Michigan, (U-M) an institution she led for 12 years before retiring in July 2014. Time magazine named her one of the nation’s “10 best college presidents,” and the American Council on Education honored her with its Lifetime Achievement Award. She previously was president of the University of Iowa. More information can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Public Affairs Contact: Karl Oestreich

NY Times, Science (and Quacks) vs. the Aging Process by Tracey Samuelson… “By targeting fundamental aging processes, we might be able to delay the major age-related chronic diseases instead of picking them off one at time,” said Dr. James Kirkland, a professor of aging research and head of the Robert and Arlene Kogod Center on Aging at the Mayo Clinic. “For example, we don’t want to have situation where we, say, cure cancer and then people die six months later of Alzheimer’s disease or a stroke. It would be better to delay all of these things together.”

NY Times, Heart Drug, Losartan, Falls Short of Promise in a Study by Gina Kolata. The idea seemed compelling: A blood pressure drug was found to block the effects of a gene mutation that causes Marfan syndrome, a condition that leads to terrible heart problems. The drug worked in mice with a gene that causes Marfan, doing just what everyone hoped it would do…In an editorial accompanying the study, Dr. Juan M. Bowen and Dr. Heidi M. Connolly of the Mayo Clinic wrote that there were a number of reasons the mouse studies might have been misleading, including that the mice, unlike the study participants, took losartan before their aortas started to grow excessively.

Harvard Business Review, How Not to Cut Health Care Costs by Robert Kaplan…High variation in clinical practices can occur even with outstanding institutions and clinicians. For example, Dr. John Noseworthy, the CEO of Mayo Clinic, recounted a cardiac surgeon’s saying to his group, “All five of us are very good at what we do, but we all do it differently. At least four of us must be doing it wrong.”…

HealthLeaders Media, Transforming Decision Support and Reporting by Scott Mace. The next generation of decision-support technology leverages natural language processing (NLP)and continues to evolve by scouring unstructured text and presenting evidence-based medicine to providers in new, accessible, and interesting ways… Mayo Clinic's recent six-month pilot test of Dabo, a technology developed by a San Francisco–based company in which Mayo has an ongoing investment.

TIME, Should You Eat Gluten-Free Bread? by Mandy Oaklander. For people who don’t have Celiac disease or a gluten allergy, leave the GF stuff on the shelf, say all five experts. And even the gluten-averse might be better off without it….These replacement grains are also more likely to be low in fiber and not fortified with B vitamins, says Joseph Murray, MD, a celiac disease expert, gastroenterologist and professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. Plus, gluten-lacking loaves cost way more: GF products are 242% more expensive than their regular versions, found one 2008 study. (Oh, and they taste worse too, Murray adds.)

TIME, The Doctor on Your Wrist by Bryan Walsh… Health professionals are finding that simply tracking an activity can encourage people to do more of it. In Minnesota, for instance, the Mayo Clinic experimented by using activity trackers to help with postsurgery care. In 2013 the hospital equipped nearly 150 heart-surgery patients over the age of 50 with Fitbit activity trackers on their first day of recovery.

Huffington Post, Bilingual People May Have More Efficient Brains by Tanya Lewis. People who speak two languages may have brains that are more efficient at language processing and other tasks, new research suggests… Some research suggests that being bilingual may also help stave off Alzheimer's disease and dementia for a few years by keeping the brain nimble and increasing the amount of gray matter, though other studies on have had conflicting results and more research is needed, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Forbes, 10 Leadership Steps To Transform Your Customer Experience Culture (And Day To Day Customer Service) by Micha Solomon. Here are 10 things that are important to get right as a leader if you’re intent on transforming your customer experience and the culture that supports and sustains it. Stand For The Right Thing. Does every employee know what your company stands for? Make sure your organizing principle is meaningful, short and memorable like Ritz-Carlton’s “We are Ladies and Gentlemen serving Ladies and Gentlemen,” or Starbucks’ ”We create inspired moments in each customer’s day.” Or perhaps the greatest organizing principle of all time, because it is so brief, non-latinate, jargon-free and unequivocal:  Mayo Clinic’s  “The needs of the patient come first.”

Washington Post, Study shows that people who speak two languages have more efficient brains by Tanya Lewis… Some research suggests that being bilingual may also help stave off Alzheimer’s disease and dementia for a few years by keeping the brain nimble and increasing the amount of gray matter, though other studies have had conflicting results. More research on that issue is needed, according to the Mayo Clinic.

CNN, Pat Summitt's son steps out of basketball legend's shadow by Wayne Drash. Tyler Summitt pauses inside the tunnel, staring out at the players in sky blue jerseys taking the court. At 24, the son of one of the greatest basketball coaches in history prepares to step into his own spotlight. His mother, Pat Summitt, planned to be here for her son's debut, but can't make it… His reliance on God only grew as Alzheimer's began chipping away at his mother's memory. He was 20 when he accompanied her to the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota in May 2011. Doctors confirmed she had mild signs of "early onset dementia, Alzheimer's type."

CNN Money, News Release: Cardio3 BioSciences Announces Q3 2014 Business Update. Cardio3 BioSciences (C3BS) (Euronext Brussels and Paris: CARD), a leader in the discovery and development of regenerative, protective and reconstructive therapies, announces today its business update for the nine-month period ending on 30th September 2014… Dr Christian Homsy, CEO of Cardio3 BioSciences, said: “…With the objective of securing the access to new regenerative technologies on the long term, we have entered into an expanded relationship with the Mayo Clinic opening us the doors to new technologies in regenerative medicine….”

ASU News, News Release: Mayo Clinic expert to advise president on health care, business leadership. Shirley A. Weis, vice president and chief administrative officer emerita for Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, has been appointed special adviser to ASU President Michael M. Crow.

Insurance News Net, Mayo Clinic Expert to Advise President on Health Care, Business Leadership. Shirley A. Weis, vice president and chief administrative officer emerita for Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, has been appointed special adviser to ASU President Michael M. Crow. Weis, who will have faculty appointments at the College of Nursing and Health Innovation (CONHI) and the W. P. Carey School of Business, will help guide the university's cutting-edge efforts to address quality, cost and access in the rapidly changing health care industry.

Florida Times-Union, Health Notes: Mayo researching pancreatic cancer by Charlie Patton. Researchers at Mayo Clinic’s campus in Jacksonville have identified first steps in the origin of pancreatic cancer, findings which suggest preventive strategies to explore…Understanding what causes those lesions to develop could help “stop the cancer train altogether,” said the study’s lead investigator, Peter Storz, a cancer biologist.

Shape Magazine, 4 Surprising Causes of Urinary Tract Infections by Marnie Soman Schwartz, 2. Your birth control. If you use a diaphragm to prevent pregnancy, you could be at a higher risk of getting a UTI, reports the Mayo Clinic. A diaphragm may press against your bladder, which makes it difficult to completely empty it, which is one of the causes of a UTI.

SHAPE magazine, How to Deal with Stress Around the Holidays…Protect Your Personal Time. You love all the parties and get-togethers this time of year brings. But shield yourself from burnout with the occasional RSVP no. To make it guilt-free, sandwich one no between two yeses, suggests Amit Sood, M.D., author of The Mayo Clinic Guide to Stress-Free Living.

MORE Magazine, 6 Ways to Fend Off Forgetfulness As You Age. Many of the modifiable risk factors are connected to the functioning of the cardiovascular system. Smoking, high blood pressure and clogged arteries can impair blood vessels that deliver nutrients to the brain, which diminishes people’s cognitive function, says Donn Dexter, MD, a neurologist at the Mayo Clinic in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, and a fellow of the American Academy of Neurology.

Men’s Health, Exploring the Science of Girl Boners by Chauntelle Tibbals… Jordan Rullo, a certified sex therapist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, said that sexual arousal for both men and women can fall into two different categories: psychological and physiological, which operate independent of one another.

Psychiatric News, Potential Biomarker for Alcohol-Dependence Drug Identified. Researchers at the Mayo Clinic have identified a potential biomarker to identify which people would most benefit from acamprosate treatment for alcoholism…"Previous studies have suggested other genes as possible biomarkers for sobriety," said lead author Victor Karpyak, M.D., Ph.D., an assistant professor of psychiatry at Mayo, "but this is the first time we have verified a biomarker in an independent population."

KIMT, Be aware of scoliosis in adulthood by Jeron Rennie. Doctors say it is most important for post-menopausal females to be checked out, but men should not avoid it either. “The two most common symptoms are low back pain and stiffness. They may also notice a deformity or a change at how they look in the mirror. One shoulder or one pelvis may be higher or lower than the other. They may notice a leg length discrepancy,” said Dr. Emily Nguyen, Orthopedic Spine Surgeon at Mayo Clinic Health System – Albert Lea and Austin.

Real Simple magazine, 7 Quick Stress-Busters for When You Have a Full House… Yes, the holidays are supposedto be a time to enjoy loved ones, but if you need to hit the crowded mall and cook a five-course meal, and you’ve given up your bedroom to the in-laws, it’s easy to see why you might be grinding your teeth. Not to mention that we’re likely sleeping less, exercising less, and eating unhealthier, calorie-dense foods, explains Amit Sood, M.D., professor of medicine and author of The Mayo Clinic Guide to Stress Free Living.

News4Jax, Lung cancer screenings can save lives. For many years, doctors have known that screening for certain cancers saves lives. Breast cancer and colon cancer are two examples. Now you can add lung cancer to that list. The National Lung Screening Trial results showed screening people at high risk of lung cancer with CT scans lives… “This was a study with the CT scanners to see if early detection of lung cancer can save lives,” said Stephen Swensen, M.D., a radiologist at the Mayo Clinic.

Star Tribune (AP), Minnesota health insurance exchange prepares to launch 2015 open enrollment at 8 am Saturday. Minnesotans can start shopping for coverage via the state-run health insurance exchange MNsure when its second open enrollment period launches at 8 a.m. Saturday. MNsure's main theme this time is: "95 percent of Minnesotans now have health insurance. 100 percent need it." Here are some things consumers should know as they consider their options for 2015: WILL THE SYSTEM BE READY?... Medica is promoting its new "Medica with Mayo Clinic" plan in southern Minnesota, which it's offering on and off the exchange.

Star Tribune, Multiple issues keep Pekovic out of lineup…Saunders promised changes to the way the team trained and treated players when he was hired as president of basketball operations and has added athletic training staff and forged a relationship with the Mayo Clinic that includes a new sports-medicine facility next to Target Center.

Medscape, New Tool Aims to Identify Soldiers at Highest Suicide Risk… Need for Posthospitalization Services: "The key message of this study is related to the need for services post hospitalization," Timothy Lineberry, MD, chief medical officer for the Greater Green Bay Market of Aurora Health Care in Wisconsin and a national expert on suicide risk assessment, told Medscape Medical News…Dr Lineberry, who was not involved with this research, is the former medical director of the Mayo Clinic Psychiatric Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota, and was in the US Air Force from 1991 to 2003.

KOAA Colorado Springs, Your Healthy Family: New home colon cancer test. Colon cancer is the second leading cancer killer. Many die because it isn't found until the cancer has developed into an advanced stage. There's now a new colon cancer test you can take at home, that one local doctor believes can save lives. "Every year in the United States about 150 thousand patients are diagnosed with colon cancer, so that's a big number," said Dr. Vishal Rana, oncologist at Memorial Hospital…Dr. Rana said the new at home colon cancer screening "Cologuard" -- developed by the Mayo Clinic and Exact Sciences -- is a good supplement to a colonoscopy.

ASU News, ASU-Mayo seed grants advance new research in cancer, obesity. Each year, the ASU-Mayo Seed Grant Program funds promising new research projects aimed at improving human health. This year, 10 teams have been selected for the 2015 program to advance research in critical areas that include cancer, bioinformatics, neuroscience technology, detection and imaging, health care delivery, and metabolic disease and obesity.

Post-Bulletin, Mayo Clinic to take a medical kiosk to an employer near you by Jeff Hansel. One of Mayo Clinic's chief competitors also is going on a kiosk kick. Telehealth kiosk vendor HealthSpot has made agreements with RiteAid drug stores and Cleveland Clinic to pilot HealthSpot kiosks in RiteAid stores in three Ohio markets — Akron/Canton, Cleveland and Dayton/Springfield — using Cleveland Clinic expertise, according to Healthcare Dive website.

KTTC, Mayo Clinic holds Ebola patient drill. Mayo Clinic held an Ebola-related drill Thursday morning. The purpose was to help nurses and hospital staff be prepared in the event an Ebola patient showed up at the clinic. Mayo Communications said Thursday's drill is one of many they've had, and is part of the clinic's ongoing preparedness. Additional coverage: Post-Bulletin,

Post-Bulletin, Our view: Legislature should restrict marketing of e-cigarettes. Speaking at a Post-Bulletin Dialogues program more than a year ago, doctors from Mayo Clinic's Nicotine Dependence Center expressed reservations about the safety of electronic cigarettes. More research is needed, they said, because preliminary studies have conflicting results. Furthermore, the smoking-cessation experts were worried teenagers were trying e-cigarettes because they perceived them as a safer alternative to combustible cigarettes.

KSTP, Child with Rare Cancer Prepares for Proton Beam Therapy by Katherine Johnson. Proton Beam Therapy targets cancerous tumors with a pencil-thin beam. It's an alternative to traditional radiation and has lasting benefits for patients, especially children. The treatment causes less damage to the patient's healthy organs. Doctors can administer a heavier dose of radiation to a specific area, protecting the patient's healthy organs. The treatment times are also significantly shorter which is a good thing for 4-year-old Colt Moore… In June, Mayo Clinic will open its Proton Beam Therapy clinic in Rochester. It will help families throughout the Upper Midwest stay closer to home. Additional coverage: KAAL

KMSP, Family forgoes flu shot after son's Guillain-Barre by Karen Scullin. It's flu season and flu shots have the potential to keep people from getting sick, but in extremely rare cases, some people who get the shot can have a a frightening reaction. That's exactly what happened to the McGowan family and 8-year-old Mason. They believe their saga started with a flu shot, though doctors will never know for sure. Minneapolis Dr. Larry Burstein says about 2 out of every 100,000 kids develop Guillain-Barre, what the Mayo Clinic defines as “a rare disorder in which your body's immune system attacks your nerves."

WPTZ, Should you wear minimalist shoes while running? by Mayo Clinic News Network, Edward Laskowski, M.D., Sports Medicine Center, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn. Minimalist shoes, also known as barefoot shoes, can be a good choice for some runners. But they are not right for everyone.

MedPage Today, Panel Laments Lack of Options for Advanced Breast Cancer by Charles Bankhead… The CLEOPATRA results were particularly impressive in light of the survival in the control group, which exceeded expectations, said Edith Perez, MD, of the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla. "Based on the CLEOPATRA data, we solidified the notion that, for patients eligible to receive first-line treatment, for HER2-positive metastatic breast cancer, patients should receive a triplet of chemotherapy in combination with trastuzumab and pertuzumab," Perez told MedPage Today.

ASCO Post, Long-Term Overall Survival Benefit Seen With Trastuzumab Added to Adjuvant Chemotherapy in Early-Stage HER2-Positive Breast Cancer by Matthew Stenger. Earlier planned joint analyses of outcomes in the National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project (NSABP) B-31 trial and the North Central Cancer Treatment Group (NCCTG) N9831 trial showed that adding trastuzumab (Herceptin) to adjuvant chemotherapy improved disease-free survival and overall survival in women with early-stage HER2-positive breast cancer. In the definitive joint analysis of overall survival, reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology by Edith A. Perez, MD, of the Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, Florida, and colleagues, the addition of trastuzumab to chemotherapy was associated with a 37% reduction in mortality risk over long-term follow-up.1

Cardiology Today, Asthma may predict CVD events. In two studies presented at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions, patients with asthma had an increased risk for incident CVD events, including MI, compared with patients with no asthma…In a separate presentation, Young J. Juhn, MD, MPH, and colleagues reported data from a population-based, retrospective, case-control study of 543 adults from Olmsted County, Minn., who developed MI between November 2002 and May 2006. The participants’ mean age was 67.5 years and 44% were women… “While inactive asthma did not increase the risk for MI, active asthma or poorly controlled asthma is associated with increased risk of MI,” Juhn, professor of pediatrics and adolescent medicine at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., told Cardiology Today. Additional coverage: Reading Eagle Pa., HealthDay, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, US News & World Report, Healthline, Zee News, WebMD

Medscape, Blood Test Predicts TNF Inhibitor Response in RA Patients by Pam Harrison. A blood test that measures the ratio of interferon (IFN)-beta to IFN-alpha in patients with rheumatoid arthritis can help predict who will respond to tumor necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitors, according to a new study…"It depends on where you set the bar, but if you are looking for a really strong response to treatment, probably around half, or fewer, patients with rheumatoid arthritis achieve a 70% response to treatment," said Timothy Niewold, MD, from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

ABC15 Phoenix, Got heart disease? Why you need a flu shot… Mayo Clinic cardiologist, Farouk Mookadam, M.B.,B.Ch., and family medicine physician, Martina Mookadam, M.D., joined the cast of Sonoran Living Live to talk about why it's especially important for patients with heart disease to get a flu shot.

Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal, Mayo cancer, hospice expert joins American Humane Association board by Dirk DeYoung. A Mayo Clinic expert in cancer and hospice care who advocates for pet and animal therapy has joined the board of directors at the American Humane Association. Dr. Edward Creagan, an oncologist and professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., is a fellow of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

KAAL, Healthcare Professionals Learn the Connection Between Arts and Healing by Meghan Reistad. Health and music professionals are coming together this weekend to find new ways to combine music and medicine. "Today is the first, ever, regional Art Symposium," said Dr. Paul Scanlon from Mayo Clinic. Organizers say it is not a new idea, with experts dating the idea back to Ancient Greece.

Daily Beast, How Your Pacemaker Will Get Hacked by Julie Appleby. Concerns about the potential vulnerability of medical devices are getting the attention of regulators, health-care providers, and manufacturers…Pressure on Vendors, a few hospitals, including the Mayo Clinic, have started to write security requirements into their procurement contracts.

Optometry Times, Alzheimer's disease: visual variant demands attention by Colleen McCarthy. During the American Academy of Optometry's Academy 2014, Leonid Skorin, Jr., OD, DO, MS, described a visual variant of Alzheimer's disease (AD) that may put optometrists on the front lines of this illness. He is assistant professor of ophthalmology, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine.

Modern Healthcare, Honing heart care by Sabriya Rice...TRUVEN HEALTH ANALYTICS' CARDIOVASCULAR BENCHMARKS FOR SUCCESS, 2015. The 50 top-performing hospitals in alphabetical order by category. TEACHING HOSPITALS WITH CARDIOVASCULAR RESIDENCY PROGRAMS, Mayo Clinic-St. Marys Hospital, Rochester, Minn., Mayo Clinic Hospital Phoenix.

AARP, 5 Ways to Avoid Getting Sick This Winter by Candy Sagon…Move it…Should you exercise if you already have a cold? The experts at the Mayo Clinic say some mild to moderate exercise may help you feel better, but remember the rule: It’s usually OK if your symptoms are all above the neck, such as a congested nose or minor sore throat. Don’t exercise if your symptoms are below the neck, including a bad cough, chest congestion or upset stomach.

Oncology Update, Scientists find steps that lead to pancreatic cancer by Clifford Farm. US researchers have identified a cellular process that leads to pancreatic cancer, according to a research article that describes the molecular steps necessary for acinar cells to become precancerous lesions. "If we understand how these lesions come about, we may be able to stop the cancer train altogether," says lead investigator Dr Peter Storz, a Mayo Clinic cancer biologist whose study is published in the journal Cancer Discovery.

Finance & Commerce, Big push planned to fix $6B error in Rochester legislation by James Warden… DMCC leaders and Rochester legislators plan a full-court press during the 2015 legislative session to persuade lawmakers to rework legislation that the AG interpreted to require about $12 billion in private investment before the project could receive the full $327 million state match, according to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. That’s twice the $6 billion in private investment from Mayo Clinic and others that promoters had advertised.

MPR, Health Dept. completes purging of newborn screening data by Lorna Benson, … Assistant Commissioner Aggie Leitheiser said the state destroyed around a million blood spots samples in January…Leitheiser said the Mayo Clinic, which had a contract to test some of the samples, has also purged its archives. "We've been working with them and we have assurance from them through their data collection system and their data analysis that they've cleaned everything out as well," Leitheiser said.

Chicago Phoenix, Touch your junk! Finding testicular cancer by Gerald Farinas. Testicular cancer is one of the most curable cancers, but when it appears, it chooses mostly young men between the ages of 15 and 34, according to the Mayo Clinic.

MedPage Today, Higher Shoulder Arthroplasty Volume Linked to Better Outcomes by Wayne Kuznar. Complications are fewer and length of hospital stay is shorter among patients undergoing total shoulder arthroplasty (TSA) at hospitals with high versus low procedure volumes -- even though high-volume centers tended to have more complex caseloads…The findings come from an examination of the Nationwide Inpatient Sample database by Jasvinder A. Singh, MBBS, MPH, at the Birmingham (Ala.) VA Medical Center, and Rekha Ramachandran, MS, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Peter McKay: He's a stand-up guy — for now. It started with a co-worker who decided to stand up. About three cubicles down from me, I noticed the top of a head. Tops of heads in cubicle land aren’t all that interesting, but this one stayed up. I went to investigate… evidently, “sitting disease” is, in fact, the new thing. All across America people are sitting themselves into early graves. Doctors at the Mayo Clinic say that for people who sit most of the day, their risk of heart attack is about the same as smoking.

Modern Healthcare, Mayo Clinic holds down compensation costs to improve operating margin by Beth Kutscher. The Mayo Clinic Health System, which has cut compensation costs to rein in expenses, reported a higher operating margin and surplus in the third quarter of 2014…the 25-hospital group in May said it planned to eliminate 188 medical transcriptionist positions and outsource those services to Amphion Medical Solutions.

Post-Bulletin, Davids now behind quick DMC funding fix by Heather Carlson. In a sharp about-face, Preston Republican Rep. Greg Davids said he now supports passing an immediate fix to Destination Medical Center's funding formula when lawmakers return to St. Paul in January. "I've come to the conclusion that it is in the best interest of everyone in the state to get this done quickly and cleanly. That's my goal," Davids said. Additional Coverage: Twin Cities Business, MinnPost

KAAL, FDA to Consider Allowing Gay Men Donate Blood by Brianna Long. Last week, a federal health committee voted to change that. The new proposal would allow them to donate, if they've abstained from sex for one year. "We see this as looking at the evidence critically and asking important questions and if on the national stage, the debate comes out in the discussion that we can change our regulations, I think that is a positive step forward," says the Director of Mayo Clinic's Blood Donor Center, Dr. Justin Kreuter.

KSDK, Toxic turf: Safety concerns over crumb rubber fields. A University of Washington Soccer coach is calling for research because she believes there's a link to cancer…News Channel 5 contacted medical professionals at Washington University, Siteman Cancer, the Mayo Clinic, and Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, Washington where this story developed. All of them said without a scientific link to cancer, there is no research to say the fields are unsafe.

Duluth News Tribune, Health notes: Be ready for Ebola, nurses urge by John Lundy. The rally and candlelight vigil were part of the National Day of Ebola Preparedness, organized by National Nurses United. Four hospitals have been chosen as treatment centers for Ebola in Minnesota, including Unity Hospital. The others are the University of Minnesota Medical Center in Minneapolis, Mayo Clinic in Rochester and Children’s Hospital in St. Paul.

AARP, 5 Ways to Avoid Getting Sick This Winter. The experts at the Mayo Clinic say some mild to moderate exercise may help you feel better, but remember the rule: It’s usually OK if your symptoms are all above or in the neck, such as a congested nose or minor sore throat. Don’t exercise if your symptoms are below the neck, including a bad cough, chest congestion or upset stomach.

Cardiology Today, Asthma may predict CVD events. In two studies presented at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions, patients with asthma had an increased risk for incident CVD events, including MI, compared with patients with no asthma…“While inactive asthma did not increase the risk for MI, active asthma or poorly controlled asthma is associated with increased risk of MI,” Juhn, professor of pediatrics and adolescent medicine at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., told Cardiology Today. Additional Coverage: WHLB

Wisconsin State Journal, Experts, advocates make competing claims on La Crosse-Dane County high-voltage transmission line by Chris Hubbuch. Onalaska city officials also filed testimony arguing against “Segment O,” which would follow a path along Hwy. 53 to the I-90 corridor on the grounds that it conflicts with the city’s comprehensive plan and future developments, including “high rise medical facilities” on a 187-acre tract that Mayo Clinic purchased last year along Sand Lake Road.

Ragan’s Health Care Communication News, 7 basics for creating great content on your health care website. Write "meaty" articles. You know those in-depth, easy-to-digest articles from Mayo ClinicMedicineNet and WebMD? Write your articles like that, and top them off with headlines like "The Ultimate Guide to X" or "Everything You Need to Know about X.” Make sure they address the needs of your patients with timely and current information.

WXTX, Elliptical Consumers Publishes New Information on Exercise Machines (Press Release), Consumers continue to debate over whether the elliptical or treadmill is the best exercise machine and new information helps to answer this question, reports EllipticalConsumers.com…Mayo Clinic recently entered the debate of treadmill or elliptical, weighing in with their opinion in a blog post written by Dr. Edward R. Laskowski, M.D., dated May 13, 2014. In this blog post, Dr. Laskowski highlights the similarities and differences between the two types of equipment, while also providing information on which is best for various activities. Additional Coverage: WJSU, KFMB, KXMD, KLJB

MedPage Today, AHA: Screening or Treating to Goal Equally Effective by Ed Susman… Ray Gibbons, MD, professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., in commenting on the trial, told MedPage Today, "Screening for coronary disease in diabetics is intuitively attractive, an example of personalized medicine, and seems to fit the axiom that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

Chicago Now, How to manage lupus symptoms in cold weather by Sabrina Nixon… As far as the cold weather is concerned, those of us with lupus no doubt suffer from arthritis pain at one time or another. Raynaud's disease is common in those with lupus and is more prevalent among women. Raynaud's disease is when your fingers and toes feel numb and cold in response to cold temperatures and stress (Mayo Clinic, 2014).

Family Practice News, VIDEO: Collaborative clinic aims at heart of CVD prevention in rheumatic diseases by Jeff Evans. A multidisciplinary clinic of rheumatologists and cardiologists at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., is focused on spreading awareness of cardiovascular disease in patients with rheumatic diseases and finding the best ways to prevent it. The Cardio-Rheumatology Clinic, which was formed in 2013, is one of a growing number of clinics around the world that have started since the first Preventive Cardio-Rheuma Clinic opened at Diakonhjemmet Hospital in Oslo. Two of the founders of the Mayo Clinic’s Cardio-Rheumatology Clinic, Dr. Sharon L. Mulvagh and Dr. Sherine Gabriel, talk about its origins, goals, and vision.

MedPage Today, ACR: RA Flares Matter for CV Risk by Nancy Walsh… In a population-based cohort of patients ages 30 and older who met the 1987 criteria for RA, each 6-week disease flare during a 10-year period was associated with a meaningful 7% increase in cardiovascular disease risk (HR 1.07, 95% CI 1.01-1.15), according to Elena Myasoedova, MD, PhD, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

MedPage Today, Framingham Lowballs CV Risk in Spine Disease by Nancy Walsh… In the first 10 years after ankylosing spondylitis diagnosis, which occurred at a mean age of 35, the cumulative incidence of cardiovascular disease was 15.8% (95% CI 3-26.9), according to Kerry A. Wright, MBBS, and colleagues from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

Medscape, Why Are Young Oncologists Burned Out? Why are oncologists burning out before they get into practice? A survey published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology[1] indicated that 43% of oncology fellows report burnout in year 1 of their fellowship, tapering to 32% in year 2 and 28% in year 3. Lidia Schapira, MD, associate professor at Harvard Medical School, spoke to Timothy J. Moynihan, MD, associate professor of medical oncology, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine.

Vail Daily Colo., Vail Daily column: Be proactive in your medical needs. “No one is big enough to be independent of others” is a statement made by Dr. William Worrall Mayo, of the Mayo Clinic. Perhaps it is this philosophy of cooperative, team-based, multi-disciplinary physicians that has made the Mayo Clinic world renowned. The Mayo Clinic model is so well respected that it has developed an organization called the Mayo Clinic Care Network. The Mayo Clinic Model of Care is “defined by high quality, compassionate medical care delivered in a multispecialty, integrated academic institution.” As a part of it, medical professionals practice medicine as an integrated team focused on the needs of patients.

Post-Bulletin, Dog who bit baby gets a reprieve by John Weiss. A 2.5-year-old boxer that bit a 9-month old girl in the face survived a call to have it destroyed, but the Austin City Council on Monday also said the owner must take several steps to ensure it doesn't happen again and get $300,000 in insurance. Its fate was in the council's hands during a hearing that essentially put the dog on trial for its life. Additional coverage: AP, KTTC, KAAL, Star Tribune, Austin Daily Herald

Becker’s Hospital CFO, Mayo Clinic posts $205.3M operating surplus for Q3. Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic Health System reported a $205.3 million operating surplus for the third quarter of this year, up from the $191 million operating surplus the system posted for the third quarter of 2013.

WPWR (Syndicated show), Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? Here is your next question. To protect your entire body from UV rays, the Mayo Clinic says you should use about one ounce of sunscreen, the amount in a typical what?

Newsmax Health, 7 Subtle Symptoms Men Should Never Ignore by Lynn Allison…Erectile dysfunction. A recent study at the Mayo Clinic found that men who had erectile dysfunction in their 40s or 50s were 50 times more likely to have heart trouble down the road than those who don’t. Men who get erectile dysfunction should have a thorough cardiac exam.

The Province, Fresh versus frozen: Vancouver doctor tests fecal transplants for C. diff. patients. Fighting the nasty bowel infection Clostridium difficile, Patricia Verrier was told about a procedure she could try on herself. But the idea of performing a fecal transplant, which is essentially getting an enema of someone else’s feces, was unacceptable… There’s even instructions on the Internet at the Power of Poop for a do-it-yourself fecal transplant at home. The technique, which basically restores healthy gut microbiota with an injection into the rectum, was tested by the famed Mayo Clinic and elsewhere with a cure rate of 85 to 90 per cent.

Science Times, Asthma Increases Risk for Heart Attack by Alfred Guiang. Dr. Young Juhn, a pediatrics professor at the Mayo Clinic and lead researcher of the study said, "People with asthma should make an effort to optimally control their asthma symptoms, because proper asthma control not only improves asthma symptoms and quality of life but also reduces the risk of heart attack."

FOX Sports North, Undermanned Wolves will be without Pekovic at least three games. Turns out Nikola Pekovic's "personal situation" that kept him out of practice Monday is one he's dealt with incessantly throughout his four-plus-year NBA career… "It's a work in progress" to keep Pekovic consistently healthy, Saunders said, a process that includes enlisting the help of Mayo Clinic specialists. "The solution that we come to might not be in a week or two weeks. It might take three weeks, a month, whatever it is."

WDIV Detroit, Ways to reduce risk of prostate cancer by Mayo Clinic News Network. If you're concerned about your risk of prostate cancer, you may be interested in prostate cancer prevention. There's no sure way to prevent prostate cancer. Study results often conflict with each other and most studies aren't designed to definitively prove whether something prevents prostate cancer. As a result, no clear ways to prevent prostate cancer have emerged.

James Plaindealer, Memory Tree of Lights Moves to Hospital This Year by Ryan Anderson. After years at the local VFW, the Memory Tree of Lights ceremony took place at Mayo Clinic Health System in St. James for the first time Sunday. During the program, which is sponsored by the MCHS Hospice, there were readings, a message from chaplain Lyla Klee, and musical selections from Prism. The indoor tree was festooned with angels, and the two trees outside the hospital were lit.

WXOW La Crosse, Mayo Clinic Health Systems donates A.E.D’s to Sparta Police… Sparta Police Department has six patrol vehicles, but they only had three A.E.D's. According to Sparta Police, they've used those A.E.D's 3-5 times per year, so they wanted each of their cars to have one of them. Thanks to the Mayo Clinic Health System Franciscan Healthcare Foundation, now each of those vehicles have an A.E.D.

WXOW, Viterbo nursing students learn about HIV in the area. Speakers from the County Health Department, AIDS Resources Center of Wisconsin, Mayo Clinic Health System and the Options Clinic shared their expertise with students…"It's important that people realize this disease is out there, that it's spreading in our community through sex, through inter-venous drug use so it's important that we still talk about it, be educated and think about prevention," explained Traci Kokke, an infectious disease nurse with Mayo Clinic Health System. Additional Coverage: La Crosse Tribune

La Crosse Tribune, Businesses deck the boughs for Franciscan Festival of Trees by Mike Tighe. The Franciscan Healthcare Auxiliary, which skipped its Festival of Trees last year for lack of hands to do the trimming, branched out this year to enlist businesses to help with the decorating.… Proceeds from the events will go to Paws for Independence, WAFER food pantry, Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare’s Safe Path services and the St. Clare Health Mission, Raska said.

WQOW, Dealing with dementia and creating a dementia friendly community by Jesse Yang. A silent disease is swiftly sweeping across Wisconsin, a disease we used to associate only with the elderly, but not anymore. Nearly 120,000 people in Wisconsin are diagnosed with some type of dementia, a number that is growing and has health officials concerned…Dr. Timothy Young, a neurologist for Mayo Clinic Health System, said, "Loss of memory, loss of speech and language skills, sometimes change in mood and behavior."

La Crosse Tribune, Organ donor float heading to Rose Parade by Mike Tighe. Theresa Riley remembers her husband, Robert, as a low-key type of guy, but she figures he would get a kick out of representing organ and tissue donors in the Rose Parade.… Riley’s decision to be an organ donor resulted in transplants of bone tissue, skin and corneas to at least 39 people, including many skin grafts, said Theresa, a registered nurse in Mayo-Franciscan’s intensive care unit. Additional coverage: WXOW La Crosse

Dunn County News, Healthy for the holidays: Mayo Clinic Health System tips for avoiding holiday weight gain. The number of calories that can be consumed on a holiday can be shocking. The average American gains four to seven pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. “Most of us follow a familiar pattern,” says Mayo Clinic Health System registered dietitian Diane Dressel. “We overeat during the holidays and then promise to go on a diet after the new year.”

KTTC, Festival of Culture fashion show held at Mayo Clinic by Kimberly Davis. The Mayo Clinic came together Wednesday to celebrate the things that make us unique with the Festival of Cultures. The fashion show showcasing different cultures was held at the Gonda building. Ten countries were represented including China, Mexico, Kenya, and India. This event grew from a small fashion show in a back room in 2006 between a few nurses who wanted to get to know each other.

Post-Bulletin, Mayo blood center in dire need of O-negative by Jeff Hansel. The Mayo Clinic Blood Donor Program said on Wednesday that it is in dire need of O-negative blood and is urgently appealing to community members to donate. "If we don't have the supply, we've got to make some difficult decisions," said Dr. Justin Kreuter, the program's medical director. Additional coverage: KAAL

KTTC, Zumbrota-Mazeppa schools dealing with whooping cough outbreak by Taj Simmons. An outbreak of whooping cough has affected the Zumbrota-Mazeppa Public Schools… Mayo Clinic Dr. Elizabeth Cozine said she has been treating confirmed cases in her clinic in Zumbrota. She wants people to know that if you know for sure you have been exposed to pertussis, you should call your doctor. She said you might not need to come to the clinic to be treated. Additional coverage: KAAL

KIMT, Workshop focuses on personalities in the workplace by Jeron Rennie…“Often times personalities play into that, especially in the workplace. As we better understand our personalities, our own personality and how we work with other personalities, we think that could actually impact productivity and efficiency in the workplace,” said Sandy Anderson with Mayo Clinic Health System in Austin and Mower Refreshed.

Huffington Post Canada, Your Office Chair Might Be Killing You by Shannon Nelson…James Levine, a highly respected endocrinologist at the Mayo Clinic is an outspoken proponent of increasing our standing time. He's written a book titled "Get Up," in which he describes how he came to the scientific conclusion that our chairs are trying to kill us (his line, not mine). He says that for every hour we spend sitting we shorten out lives by two hours. To combat this, he invented the 'treadmill desk', which takes the idea of standing while you work to a whole new, active level.

MedPage Today, AHA: Another Treatment Option for Marfan Syndrome? by Crystal Phend. An angiotensin-receptor blocker wasn't better than standard beta-blockers for slowing the aortic-root enlargement that often leads to dissection and death in Marfan syndrome, a trial showed…The answer may be "wait and see," Juan M. Bowen, MD, and Heidi M. Connolly, MD, both of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., suggested in an editorial accompanying the NEJM paper. Additional coverage: Deutsches Aerzteblatt

Lansing State Journal, Sparrow to expand, build cancer center in Lansing by Lindsay Van Hulle. Sparrow Health System plans to build a new cancer center on the site of a former Lansing elementary school, part of a significant expansion it plans in the next year… "The new, state-of-the-art cancer center will offer the latest technology and treatments, ongoing support services for patients and families and will support the collaborative teams of specialists unique to Sparrow and our regular collaboration with Mayo Clinic oncologists through our membership in the Mayo Clinic Care Network."

Medscape, False Allergy Reports Prompt Needless Penicillin Substitutes by Kate Johnson. Preoperative testing for penicillin allergy in patients with a history of the allergy can significantly reduce the inappropriate use of penicillin alternatives, which contribute to antibiotic resistance and increased morbidity and mortality, according to a study presented here at the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (ACAAI) 2014. On the basis of these results from the Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, Florida, "I believe it would be reasonable to test all presurgical patients who claim to be allergic to penicillin if these patients will be needing perioperative antibiotic therapy," said lead researcher Thanai Pongdee, MD.

The State Press, ASU professor improves prosthetic hand technology by Megann Phillips. ASU neurophysiologist Marco Santello, with the help of his collaborators at the Mayo Clinic and the Italian Institute of Technology, is working to create a better prosthetic hand. This hand uses myoelectricity, technology that reads the electrical properties of muscles when they are used, to activate grasping motions that are almost identical to the those of the natural human hand.

La Prensa, Sufrir de el asma aumenta el riesgo de ataque cardiac…"Las personas con asma deben hacer un esfuerzo por controlar sus síntomas de asma de forma óptima, porque un control adecuado de asma no solo mejora los síntomas de la afección respiratoria y la calidad de vida, sino que también reduce el riesgo de ataque cardiaco", afirmó el doctor Young Juhn, profesor de pediatría de la Clínica Mayo que fue el investigador líder de uno de los estudios.

FOX News, Man eats sugar-heavy diet for 60 days, receives shocking diagnosis…In the upcoming That Sugar Film, Damon Gameau, a filmmaker and TV actor, vows to follow a strict diet of “healthy,” low-fat food with high sugar content, News.com.au reported. Within three weeks, the formerly healthy Gameau became moody and sluggish. A doctor gave him the shocking diagnosis: He was beginning to develop fatty liver disease. According to the Mayo Clinic, the most severe outcome for fatty liver disease is liver failure.

Region Digital, El Jefe de Cirugía de la Clínica Mayo opera a un paciente en el Hospital de La Princesa, El doctor Horacio Asbún, director de Cirugía General de la Clínica Mayo de Florida, en el marco del XXX Congreso Nacional de Cirugía que se está celebrando en Madrid, ha intervenido a un paciente con cáncer de páncreas por laparoscopia en 3D.

Yahoo! Mexico, Los pacientes con asma corren un mayor riesgo de sufrir problemas cardíacos, Los pacientes con asma activa, o sea quienes utilizan cualquier tipo de medicamento para el asma y acuden al médico sin cita o a la sala de emergencia debido a la enfermedad, corren el doble de riesgo de sufrir un ataque cardíaco, según el estudio de Mayo Clinic presentado durante las Sesiones Científicas 2014 de la Asociación Americana del Corazón.

La Salud, ¿Sabes si tu hijo podría tener convergencia insuficiente?...La convergencia insuficiente es un trastorno ocular que afecta la visión cuando se enfoca algo cercano. Al enfocar para leer o ver algún objeto de cerca, ambos ojos deben mirar hacia adentro, es decir, convergir. La convergencia permite ver el objeto claramente, como una sola imagen. De acuerdo con el Dr. Brian Mohney, Oftalmología Pediátrica, Mayo Clinic de Rochester, Minnesota.

El Mundo, 5 formas de acelerar tu metabolismo para bajar de peso Jengibre: Según investigadores de Mayo Clinic, ayuda a aumentar la velocidad de tu metabolismo hasta en un 5% y además de eso aumenta la sensación de saciedad por sus antioxidantes y otras sustancias.

Post-Bulletin, Shirley Weis third Mayo Clinic leader to join ASU by Jeff Hansel Arizona State University has announced that former Mayo Clinic Chief Administrative Officer Shirley Weis has been appointed special advisor to ASU President Michael Crow. Crow has received attention nationally for radically "reinventing" ASU to make it more responsive to people's needs, more diverse and, in his words from 2009, the university needs to be less worried about "trying to raise money for putting brass buttons on the back of our chairs."

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