Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights

Posted on January 22nd, 2015 by Karl W Oestreich

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Star Tribune
Mayo fights stricter oversight of lab tests
by Jim Spencer

Proposed federal rules to require new government approval of certain tests developed in medical schools and private business laboratories have drawn cries of protest from the Mayo Clinic… Mayo says it already goes through a certification process with otherStar Tribune Business section logo federal agencies and monitors its so-called adverse events. The clinic recently sent the chairman of its laboratory medicine and pathology department to Washington to testify against the rules as the government considers tweaking them. “These rules have the potential to get in the way of effective patient care and really disrupt the whole patient-physician-laboratory relationship,” Dr. Curtis Hanson told the Star Tribune after his testimony to the FDA.

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.

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Post-Bulletin, Proposed lab regulation worries Mayo Clinic officials

Context: Curtis Hanson, M.D. is chair of Mayo Clinic laboratory medicine and pathology, one of the largest clinical laboratories in the world. It is composed of more than 3,200 people working in numerous specialty laboratories performing more than 20 million tests a year.

Public Affairs Contact: Sharon Theimer

 

Huffington Post
How To Train Your Brain For Happiness
by Sarah Klein

Broody, a very unhappy brain, is plagued by fear and self-doubt. "Seeing otHuffington Post Healthy Living Logohers in pain, physical or emotional, fires his own pain network," says Amit Sood, M.D., professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic and chair of the Mayo Mind Body Initiative, in a new video "starring" Broody. "His imaginary fears cause him real damage."

Reach: The Huffington Post attracts over 28 million monthly unique visitors.

Context: In The Mayo Clinic Guide to Stress-Free LivingMayo Clinic stress management and resiliency expert Amit Sood, M.D., draws on decades of groundbreaking research to offer readers a scientifically proven, structured and practical approach to reducing stress. He explains the brain’s two modes — focused mode and default mode — and how an imbalance between the two produces unwanted stress, and he shares new insights about how the mind works, including its natural tendency to wander. In this easy-to-follow guide, Dr. Sood provides actionable steps to cultivate emotional and mental strength, find greater fulfillment and nurture a kind disposition. More information, including a video interview with Dr. Sood, can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Public Affairs Contact: Ginger Plumbo

 

NBC Nightly News
New Study Finds Lack of Exercise Is Deadlier Than Obesity

Walking for 20 minutes every day can reduce a person's risk of death by up to 30 percent, according to a new University of Cambridge study. Dr. Edward Laskowski, NBC Nightly News LogoMayo Clinic, is interviewed by Dr. Nancy Snyderman, NBC Medical Correspondent.

Reach: NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams continues to be the top rated evening newscast with more than 7.9 million viewers each night.

Context: Edward Laskowski, M.D., co-director of the Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center.

Public Affairs Contacts: Bryan Anderson, Traci Klein

 

Washington Post
What is President Obama’s ‘precision medicine’ plan, and how might it help you?
by Lenny Bernstein

In his hour-long State of the Union address Tuesday night, President Obama spent a Washington Post newspaper logofew seconds announcing a "Precision Medicine Initiative," but did little to explain what he has in mind…What is precision medicine? Clinically, experts don't even agree on a single term for it. But "individualized," "personalized," and "precision," medicine are all used to convey the same idea, according to Gianrico Farrugia, former director of the Mayo Clinic's Center for Individualized Medicine: "rather than treating a person as [part of] a group, treat the person as an individual, based on [his or her] own genetic material, to enable us to provide individualized, personalized and precise care."

Reach: Weekday circulation of The Washington Post averages 518,700, and Sunday circulation averages 736,800.

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FOX 9 Twin Cities
Minnesota shout out minutes into State of the Union Address…. Federal funding for individualized medicine
Health IT Outcomes, Austin Daily Herald, MedCity News, Pharma Times

Context: Individualized medicine, also known as personalized medicine or precision medicine, means tailoring diagnosis and treatment to each patient to optimize care. Patients have experienced this kind of care for 150 years at Mayo Clinic, where teams of specialists have always worked together to find answers. More information about the Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network. Mayo Clinic's response to President Obama's precision medicine initiative can be found here.

Public Affairs Contacts: Sharon Theimer, Bob Nellis, Sam Smith

KAMR Texas, Living Well in the New Year. While there are challenges to making and sustaining healthy lifestyle habits, it is possible to design and implement an individualized wellness plan, especially with ongoing support. Donald Hensrud, medical director for Mayo Clinics Healthy Living Program, offers a new and improved approach to wellness. Additional coverage from the satellite media tour: KAMR Texas, WZVN Fla., WGHP N.C., WJBK Detroit, WSFA

Post-Bulletin, Access your medical records more easily by Jeff Hansel. Dr. Henry Plummer's "simple, easily retrievable medical record system" is getting an evolutionary revamp that Mayo Clinic says will last for the next several decades. Mayo announced Tuesday it has chosen healthcare-software developer Epic as a strategic partner to combine the clinic's three current electronic health-record systems into a single, unified set of programs that will ease the transfer of patients' medical information. Additional coverage: Healthcare Finance, Wisconsin State Journal, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Milwaukee Business News, Channel3000 Wis.

Kansas City Star, Cerner loses Mayo Clinic contract worth hundreds of millions of dollars to Epic by Diane Stafford. The Mayo Clinic confirmed this week that its new electronic health records system contract will go to Epic instead of North Kansas City-based Cerner Corp., which has had part of the Mayo business for years. The new information technology system will replace three systems used in Mayo hospitals that have been provided by Cerner and GE.

HealthData Management, Mayo Clinic Selects Epic to Build Integrated EHR-RCM System by Greg Slabodkiin. The Mayo Clinic has selected Epic to be its vendor in creating a single, integrated electronic health record and revenue cycle management system, replacing three EHRs that are currently being used. “With our staff working together on a common system, we will be able to accelerate innovation, enhance services and provide a better experience for our patients,” said Dawn Milliner, M.D., Mayo Clinic’s chief medical information officer, in a written statement. Additional coverage: News Medical, BenzingaHIT Consultant

Daily Mail UK, Juan Martin del Potro undergoes surgery on left wrist after Australian Open withdrawal…In an effort to cure the problem once and for all, the 26-year-old travelled to the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota to undergo what was described as minor surgery. Del Potro was again operated on by Dr Richard Berger…The Argentine posted a picture on his Facebook page alongside Dr Berger showing his left arm in plaster. He wrote: 'A few hours ago I was in Australia, today at the Mayo Clinic. As recommended by my doctor, I underwent a minor surgery to fix the problem that caused me pain in the wrist.' Additional coverage: Diario Critica

FAST COMPANY, This Smart Measuring Tape Helps Women Track A Healthy Pregnancy… A new design concept pulls technology back into the physical world: As a woman measures her growing belly with a digital measuring tape, it triggers a tiny printer to spit out information about her baby and her health.… The device pulls data from resources like the Mayo Clinic's Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy for each printed message. The small, web-connected printer can also print out texts or photos from the mother's phone, creating a full record of the pregnancy that the family can keep.

Vox, The Vox guide to getting huge by Julia Belluz… "The motions of exercise turn on the machinery in muscle to make it grow, and growth is a function of turning on more protein synthesis in cells so that the cells expand or grow," explained Nathan LeBrasseur, who studies muscle and metabolism at the Mayo Clinic.

Buenos Aires Herald, Del Potro undergoes minor surgery in his left wrist. Juan Martín del Potro underwent minor surgery on his left wrist yesterday at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, to address the pain caused by hitting a two-handed backhand. The surgery, conducted by Dr. Richard Berger and his team, was successful and del Potro is expected to begin rehabilitation in two weeks. Del Potro posted a message and a photo with Dr. Berger on his Facebook page. “A few hours ago I was in Australia, today (yesterday) at the Mayo Clinic,” he wrote. Additional coverage: FOX Sports, ATP World Tour, Zee News, NY Times, ESPN Tennis, Reuters

Outside Magazine, The Stranger-Than-Fiction Way to Cheat Fatigue… This does not mean that all workouts should be paired with a mentally-demanding task. “The best athletes know how to look inward, read their bodies, and really focus,” says  Michael Joyner, an expert on physiology and human performance at the Mayo Clinic. “While learning to maintain physical effort in spite of cognitive strain can certainly be beneficial, there is also something to say for really focusing on what you are doing— what is happening inside your body—when you are training hard and wanting to get the most out of your physical self.”

OncLive, Pomalidomide Shows Benefits in Trials Testing New CombinationsThree-Drug Regimen. Martha Q. Lacy, MD, of the Mayo Clinic, presented results involving (multiple myeloma)50 patients who had previously been treated with one to four therapies (median 3) and were not responding to lenalidomide. The median age of the participants was 66 years, and 51% were female. The median time from diagnosis to the time of the study was 46 months, and 68% had received a stem cell transplant.

Star Tribune, Rand: Wolves, Lynx to move into elite training facility soon. For years, the Timberwolves and Lynx have practiced in the bowels of Life Time Fitness below Target Center. But they are both just months away from going from what Wolves Chief Marketing Officer Ted Johnson calls “pretty outdated facilities to the gold standard.”…The space will also hold the teams’ business offices and the already open Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center. Additional coverage: KARE11, WCCO, FOX Sports North

MedPage Today, New Anticoagulants Often Dosed Wrong in ICU by Crystal Phend. One-third of patients on a novel oral anticoagulant (NOAC) in the ICU, typically for stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation, were on an inappropriate dose at some point during their stay, a small single-center study showed…However, these results suggest a cautious approach in the ICU, commented Philippe Bauer, MD, PhD, a pulmonary and critical care specialist in the medical and surgical ICU at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

Medscape, Bioprosthetic-Valve Thrombosis: Lessons From a Case Series, LaPrincess C Brewer, MD: I'm Dr LaPrincess Brewer, an advanced cardiology fellow at Mayo Clinic. During today's Mayo Clinic talks, we will be discussing bioprosthetic-valve thrombosis (BPVT). I am joined by Dr Sorin Pislaru, consultant and associate professor of medicine, who specializes in valvular heart disease.

KIMT, Mayo Clinic in Kasson expanding by Adam Sallet… Clinic officials announced they will be expanding. Right now, the plan is to add around 4,200 square-feet to the existing building. Those in charge say healthcare providers will be closer together and that in turn will help the patients have a better experience. “That will encourage more efficiency of care. Increasing the offerings that we can have to our patients in terms of face-to-face visits, but also non-visit care too, so it’s really providing the right care at the right time,” Dr. Anne Kramlinger, Medical Director of the clinic says.

Real Simple magazine, 7 Hacks to Help Your Body Cope With Winter by Abigail Wise…Keep Your Energy Up. The shorter days in winter can make us sleepy because darkness triggers our bodies’ production of melatonin, the hormone that regulates our sleep cycles. If our bodies produce too much melatonin we may feel sleepy during the day or even experience dizziness and headaches, according to the Mayo Clinic. Additional coverage: TIME

News4Jax, Put preschool bedtime problems to rest by Mayo Clinic News Network. You're past middle-of-the-night feedings and diaper changes, but a good night's sleep is still elusive. Maybe bedtime has turned into a battle of wills, or you're struggling to get your preschooler to stay in bed all night. Consider these simple strategies to put the most common bedtime problems to rest — starting tonight!

WPTZ Wis., Fruit juice: Good or bad for you? by Mayo Clinic News Network… “Choosing 100 percent fruit juice can be a nice alternative to sweetened juices, helping cut back on your child’s sugar intake,” advises Cathy Ziegler, nurse practitioner at Mayo Clinic Health System in Sparta, Wis.

The Republican Ma., Holyoke police growing mustaches to raise money for service dogs for military veterans by Mike Plaisance…"A pet is a medication without side effects that has so many benefits. I can't always explain it myself, but for years now I've seen how instances of having a pet is like an effective drug. It really does help people," said Dr. Edward Creagan, Oncologist at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN., on the Vets Adopt Pets website.

CBC Canada, Cancer screening not all it's cracked up to be by Dr. Brian Goldman...For years, doctors have urged patients to get screened for cancer. The implicit and explicit rationale behind screening is that early detection saves lives.  That's a powerful statement that unfortunately does not often hold up to scientific scrutiny, according to a new study. … Fortunately, there is a much brighter future for cancer screening as there will be much better screening tests.  A new one developed by the Mayo Clinic in the U-S tests DNA for colorectal cancer in stool samples. It can be performed on mailed-in samples...eliminating the need for an office visit...and it has proved highly accurate at detecting precancerous polyps and early-stage colorectal cancer.

Post-Bulletin, Mayo Clinic to install blood-draw labs at Gift of Life by Jeff Hansel. Mayo Clinic plans to install two new outpatient blood-draw labs at the Gift of Life Transplant House in Rochester. The new labs in Gift of Life's two locations will save guests time and hassle, the organizations say.

International Business Times, How To Deal With Toddler Tantrums Without Losing Your Cool by Vanessa Doctor… Distract. Mayo Clinic recommends that you provide distractions for your child when he starts acting up. The best approaches would be to provide a toy or book or to change the location.

SHAPE magazine, Is an Online Diagnosis from WebMD, Mayo Clinic, or Other Sites Safe? by Rachael Schultz, At the first sign of a cough, an ache, or a few too many sleepless nights, do you dial your regular doc or just Google the symptoms?… Stick with reliable sites like WebMDJohns Hopkins’ Medicine, and the Mayo Clinic.

Star Tribune, Zip Rail to Rochester outline starts up the track by Jessie Van Berkel. Transportation agencies outlined potential routes and made the case for a controversial high-speed rail from the Twin Cities to Rochester in a plan released Tuesday. It will provide the framework for future studies of the Zip Rail that would connect the fast-growing biomedical hub to the Twin Cities… The Zip Rail would connect Rochester, home of the Mayo Clinic, to either the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport or St. Paul Union Depot.

Charlton County Herald Ga., Health care comes home... Charlton Countians can now get hematology and oncology services right here at home. Mayo Clinic Health System recently opened a new office on Kingsland Road offering the service… “The opening of our new office provides Southeast Georgia residents an entryway into the Mayo Clinic system, which is known worldwide for excellent health care and putting the needs of the patient first,” says Kenneth Calamia, M.D., chief executive officer of Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross.

MENAFN Press, Mayo Clinic Experts to Speak at Arab Health. Major innovations in health care will be presented next week by several specialists from Mayo Clinic and Mayo Medical Laboratories during the Arab Health Congress, occurring during Arab Health... Mayo Clinic speakers include: David L. Hayes, M.D., cardiologist and medical director, Mayo Clinic Care Network…Mikel Prieto, M.D., surgical director, kidney and pancreas transplant program and pediatric kidney transplantation and medical director, international practice operations…Curtis A. Hanson, M.D., Professor of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology.

USA Today (AP), Ex-Gophers quarterback reaches plea deal in case. Former Minnesota Gophers quarterback Philip Nelson has agreed to plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge stemming from a fight that left another former football player with a serious brain injury, his attorney said Tuesday… Kolstad suffered from a severe brain injury that required emergency surgery. Doctors once feared he wouldn't live, but he spent months recovering at Mayo Clinic and a specialized rehab facility in the Twin Cities.

Post-Bulletin, Answer Man: Mayo pays a lot of property taxes. Dear All-Knowing (or Can Find Out) Answer Man, it was brought to my attention recently that with all the talk of Destination Medical Center, Mayo will own even more property in the downtown area. Is it true that because they are technically a "nonprofit" business that they do not pay property taxes?

The Herald Bulletin, Can you be allergic to the cold? Not many people are big fans of Indiana’s icy, cold and snowy weather. But for some people, the freezing temperatures create ugly, burning rashes that in very rare cases can be deadly…According to the Mayo Clinic, symptoms from cold urticaria vary widely and while most reactions are minor, a severe reaction can result in death. A whole-body reaction that lowers blood pressure, causes fainting, shock and even death, can occur when swimming in cold water. Additional coverage: Weather Channel

Bloomberg Online, Hillhouse Capital Said to Raise $2 Billion Private Equity Fund. The new fund will be used to invest in a venture with the Rochester, Minnesota-based Mayo Clinic, which will seek out projects that raise medical care standards in China. Details of the venture will be announced on Wednesday, Hillhouse founder and Chief Executive Officer Zhang Lei told a financial forum in Hong Kong yesterday.

Chicago Tribune, From page to soundstage: Award-contending films based on books. Long before Hollywood became obsessed with superheroes, the studios looked to the publishing world for content and inspiration. That turned out to be the case this year when a number of books — novels and nonfiction — got turned into prestige films. Here are eight awards contenders that are based on books, some of which spent years on the bestseller lists while others flew under the cultural radar. We look at the key similarities and differences between the book and screen versions…Key similarities/differences: The film is set in New York, not Boston, and professor Alice Howland (Julianne Moore) teaches at Columbia. Her husband John's (Alec Baldwin) new job opportunity is at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, rather than New York.

Wall Street Journal, With Age, A Big Rist: Malnutrition, diet, inactivity and chronic ailments leave a surprising number of people vulnerable. “A whole host of medical and social issues or underlying medical conditions can be responsible for poor nutritional status in older adults,” says Donald Hensrud, a nutrition specialist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and editor of the health system’s Mayo Clinic Diet program…The Mayo Clinic recommends a plant-based diet with plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole-grain carbohydrates, healthy fats such as olive oil and canola oil, and leaner types of protein.

Daily Nebraskan, UNL student Carly Cannon dies from rare form of cancer. A University of Nebraska-Lincoln student suffering from a rare form of cancer died this weekend, family members announced on a Facebook page set up for friends and supporters…Family members said complications from the disease sent Cannon to the hospital Sunday night, just as she was preparing to seek additional treatment at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. 

The Globe and Mail, Fecal transplants could be saving lives, advocate says... Since Fraser Health scrapped a pilot project last spring that would have provided fecal transplants at two Lower Mainland hospitals, at least one patient got so sick with C. difficile that part of her bowels needed to be surgically removed. Health Canada’s continued position of restricting fecal transplants to clinical trials – and Fraser Health’s decision to spike the program – means many patients are being denied what could be a life-saving treatment…several studies, including one from the renowned Mayo Clinic, have shown the quick and inexpensive therapy to have a 90-per-cent cure rate.

KIDK-TV, Videos seek to prevent teen suicide in Wyoming. Wyoming has one of the highest suicide rates in the nation. In an effort to address that, the Episcopal Diocese of Wyoming is trying to make a difference with two suicide prevention videos featuring a group of young Jackson actors. The Jackson Hole News & Guide reports that one of the educational films is a remake of another scripted by the Mayo Clinic.

KTTC-TV, Rochester honors Dr. King with the 20th annual "We Have a Dream" breakfast. The 20th annual "We Have a Dream" breakfast was held at the DoubleTree about 7:30 a.m.  The breakfast was hosted by the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce as well as the Rochester NAACP. This year's keynote speaker was Kedrick Adkins, the Chief Financial Officer for Mayo Clinic who spoke about change as an individual and change within the community, and the importance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Additional coverage: Post-Bulletin

MinnPost, Sandpiper oil pipeline may face a 'snail darter' moment over bats. As the snail darter did decades ago, a species of bat in northern Minnesota may pose a major obstacle to a controversial construction project. … If the federal government were to declare the bat species endangered — which may happen soon — the pipeline project could be postponed or forced to adopt a different route

KAAL-TV, Mayo Family Clinic in Kasson Expanding. The Destination Medical Center plan in Rochester isn't the only expansion coming to the surrounding area. Just down the road in Kasson, their very own Mayo Family Clinic is receiving a renovation. The Kasson Mayo Clinic is the only true care center clinic in Dodge County. The announcement came recently, and will include a forty two hundred square foot extension to the existing building, and will also include remodeling inside to help the flow of the practice. "The whole city will benefit from it and I think we're all just excited about it,” said Mayor of Kasson Steve Johnson who recently just took office.

Post-Bulletin, Kasson clinic to get upgrade. Mayo Clinic has announced it plans to renovate and expand Mayo Family Clinic Kasson. The primary-care clinic project's timeline hasn't been finalized, but it's expected to be completed in 2015. The clinic "offers patients primary and specialized health care services and is home to the Mayo Family Medicine Residency Program," says an announcement from Mayo.

KNXV-TV, Honoring one woman's brave breast cancer battle. Barbra Watson-Riley, 45, of Paradise Valley, shared her story before passing on November 7, 2013: In September 2011, I was diagnosed with aggressive Stage 2, triple negative breast cancer.  I found my lump three months after a clear mammogram.  My treatment began with chemo in an effort to reduce the lump…The coalition is an initiative of the Phoenix Chapter of the Links, Inc., Sigma Pi Phi Gamma Mu Boule, and Mayo Clinic. The CBBC was developed to bring education and awareness, to provide access to treatment, and to better understand health care disparities among African-American breast cancer patients.

Star Tribune, Rep. Tim Walz swaps Transportation for Defense, hopes to gain power. Frustrated by eight years of inaction on the House Transportation Committee, Rep. Tim Walz, D-Minn., the highest ranking enlisted soldier to ever serve in Congress, is making a mid-career move to the House Armed Services Committee — a perch he thinks will be more productive and satisfying…In Rochester, which is in Walz’s district, Mayor Ardell Brede awaits a Hwy. 14 expansion from Rochester to Owatonna. He says the road is among the most dangerous in the state and should be four lanes the whole way. Commuters driving to work at the Mayo Clinic simultaneously face the sun and grapple with strips of highway that abruptly changes from four-to two-lanes.

Aviation Week, Aging Eyes Can Impact Pilot Performance To The Point Of Grounding. Visual cues are a pilot’s most-important sensory input. Since good eyesight is essential for safe operation of an aircraft, pilots must demonstrate adequate visual performance at every aeromedical exam. And for many of us as we have aged, we’ve had to squint at the eye chart, and maybe guess beginning with the third line… The macula is the part of the retina that provides sharp central vision. According to the Mayo Clinic, blurred vision and an inability to see clearly the details of objects in the center of the field of vision are the most-common early symptoms of AMD. Other symptoms include distortion of straight lines and changes in color perception.

Yuma Sun, Cancer center continues to rack up awards, recognition. The Yuma Regional Cancer Center has only been a standalone entity since July, but it is already winning certifications that are helping it gain prestige and references from doctors…The cancer center also got recognition from the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer Certification in January 2014, a designation currently held by about 30 percent of cancer treatment centers nationwide. It is also part of the Mayo Clinic Care Network.

Business North, Dr. Herman starts in new role as Essentia CEO. David C. Herman, MD, has stepped into his new role as chief executive officer for Essentia Health. He’s been on the job for two weeks and is getting to know physicians and staff. In the coming weeks, he is planning trips to meet with employees in the Duluth, Brainerd and Fargo areas, Essentia said.

WXOW, Increasing trend between skin cancer and young people. Mayo Clinic Health System in Onalaska is seeing more and more young people with skin cancer. They said tanning beds are playing a role. Dermatology Physicians Assistant Mary Duh said just one visit to the tanning bed increases by three times the chances of melanoma.

Post-Bulletin, New director hired to lead Rochester airport. A new executive director of the Rochester International Airport was announced this morning. John Reed, of Green Bay, Wis., has been hired to replace Marty Lenss, who resigned in November, according to Mayo Clinic's Rochester Airport Co. Reed is the assistant airport director for the Austin Straubel International Airport. "We were pleased to quickly identify someone of John's caliber as we move into an important time in our history," said Steven McNeill, president of Mayo Clinic's Rochester Airport Co., in a press release.

Boston Globe, Laugh your worries away by Karen Weintraub…Amit Sood, a professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic, agrees that such laughter can feel shallow. “The honest, true laughter is spontaneous.” If you really want relaxation laughter, Sood, who specializes in stress reduction, says you should surround yourself with people you love and trust, and be happy with yourself.

HealthDay, Smoking, Obesity: Weighing the Financial Toll by Dennis Thompson… Mayo Clinic health economist Bijan Borah said the new research documents something that has been understood for some time -- that obesity and smoking are very costly to treat. "There is a cost to be paid for being obese or a smoker," Borah said. "In the U.S., what we have seen is that over time these costs have been increasing. It's time for people to be accountable for their behaviors that are modifiable. It's not only going to burden themselves, but society as well." Additional coverage:  US News & World Report, KTTC, Philadelphia Inquirer

WKBT La Crosse, Flu shot may only reduce risk by 23-percent…Health experts continue to say that shouldn't be an excuse to skip a preventative measure, especially as the flu season starts to peak. "Even though the vaccine isn't perfect, it's still protecting. And the other thing that we're seeing, at least out here in the trenches, is that the people who get the vaccine, even if they get the flu, they're nowhere near as sick as the people who didn't get the flu vaccine,” said Mayo Clinic Health System Pediatrician Doctor C. J. Menagh.

Yahoo!, Got The Flu? Here's When To Head To The ER… It’s important to be aware of what can happen if an illness progresses, according to a new overview in the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings. In the piece, senior author Steve Peters, M.D., a pulmonary and critical care doctor at the Mayo Clinic, says that deadly sepsis is a very real risk in infections such as the flu. We caught up with him for a download on sepsis and other common flu complications — and when to get yourself or a loved one to the ER, stat. Additional coverage: Voxxi

Radiology Today, Reducing PET Dose by Beth W. Orenstein…Different Than CT... Another reason, says Richard L. Morin, PhD, a biophysicist at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, and chair of the ACR's Dose Index Registry, is that nuclear medicine is different from CT so "there's only so much you can do." CT dose is dependent on the patient's size and can be carefully calculated based on his or her body habitus and what body parts need to be clearly seen on the images, Morin notes.

HemOnc Today, Clinician honored for breast cancer research. James Ingle, MD, professor of oncology and Foust professor in the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Rochester, Minn., received the 2014 William L. McGuire Memorial Lecture Award at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium in December.

MedPage Today, Lower Maintenance Abatacept Dose Maintains RA Remissions by Wayne Kuznar. Patients with early rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and poor prognosis who achieve remission on standard-dose abatacept at 2 years may be able to maintain reduced disease activity while halving their dose of abatacept.…"Most clinicians and patients are very anxious to use the lowest effective doses of drugs used in the management of rheumatoid arthritis, and many pursue this strategy with this and other agents," commented Eric Matteson, MD, rheumatology chair at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.

Star Tribune, MNsure opens kiosk at Mall of America; enrollment tops 43,000 by Chris Snowbeck. MNsure hopes to pump up health insurance sign-ups by hanging out at the Mall of America… MNsure isn’t the first group to try selling health insurance at a mall. Bloomington-based HealthPartners tried a kiosk for one year at a mall in Minnetonka, and Eagan-based Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota currently operates a health insurance store at a shopping center in Edina. A few years ago, Mayo Clinic opened a health and wellness store at the Mall of America but ultimately closed it.

USA Today, Del Potro pulls out of Australian Open due to nagging injury… But it was the wrist that flared up again in February last year, sidelining the now 26-year-old again and forcing him to undergo a second surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota in March. He made a comeback to the tour for the first time in 11 months last week in Sydney, reaching the quarterfinals with two victories, but expressing concern over still-present pain in his wrist.

News4Jax, The Astronaut's Secret…Rich made a documentary called The Astronaut Secret and chronicles his journey and today we welcome Rich who is in town today to speak at the Mayo Clinic for a special showing of that film, along with doctor a neurologist with Mayo and specializes in Parkinson's disease, gentlemen, welcome to you both, appreciate you being here. Dr. Zbigniew Wszolek, Neurologist, Mayo Clinic, is interviewed on the show.

MLive Mich., Saginaw native Ernie Balcueva recovering after second heart transplant; blood drive planned by Heather Jordan. Saginaw native and Oakland County resident Ernie Balcueva is recovering from his second heart transplant in Rochester, Minnesota.…He spent months at Mayo Clinic, waiting to be matched to a donor until, in December, a match was made and he received his second lifesaving transplant. Now, he's recovering at the Gift of Life Transplant House near Mayo Clinic.

Daily Journal Kankakee Ill., Kidd gets her cure — and makes medical history! by Lee Provost. Living well into her 70s, 80s or dare she even say it — her 90s — was all Bradley resident Courtney Kidd ever wanted. It appears the 32-year-old woman finally has the opportunity to look beyond her immediate future thanks to a groundbreaking, heart and liver transplant in late November at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

Post-Bulletin, Make up your own mind about risks and benefits by Jeff Hansel. Researchers at Mayo Clinic in Florida have analyzed data and come to an important conclusion — pancreatic cancer patients who got a biopsy survived longer and had better outcomes than those who did not get one. The researchers believe "the findings likely apply to other cancers because the diagnostic technique used in this study — fine needle aspiration — is commonly used across tumor types."

La Crosse Tribune, Linked to the Land kicks off with hiking and snow shoeing. Over 75 people took part in La Crosse River Conservancy snowshoe hike Saturday. The hike kicks off the 2015 Linked to the Land Series sponsored by Mayo Clinic Health Systems.

Cannon Falls Beacon, Witt is Goodhue County citizen of the year by Mike Dalton. Dr. Tom Witt, president and CEO of Mayo Clinic Health System in Cannon Falls, Lake City and Red Wing, has been named Goodhue County Citizen of the Year by the Goodhue County Editorial Association.

Cambridge Network UK, New film to raise awareness of cancer screening. An award-winning filmmaker from Anglia Ruskin University has secured a £25,000 grant from the world-leading Mayo Clinic to produce a film to educate patients about the importance of colorectal cancer screening… The Mayo Clinic, based in Rochester, United States, is recognised as one of the world’s leading medical research hospitals, and the project is the result of a collaboration with Dr Piet de Groen, a gastroenterologist at the Mayo Clinic.

LA Times, From page to soundstage: Award-contending films based on books by Kevin Crust…'Still Alice' The book: A 2007 novel by Lisa Genova. The scenario: A 50-year-old Harvard professor learns she has early-onset Alzheimer's disease and determines to face the deterioration of her memory with dignity…Key similarities/differences: The film is set in New York, not Boston, and Professor Alice Howland (Julianne Moore) teaches at Columbia. Her husband John's (Alec Baldwin) new job opportunity is at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, rather than New York. In the book, Alice writes her future self a letter on her laptop.

Reuters, America Cooks with Chefs Launches Healthy Cooking Video Series to Help Americans Eat Well In 2015. America Cooks with Chefs, a nationwide health and wellness movement, announced today the launch of its seven episode video series streaming at AmericaCookswithChefs.com... The initiative is an effort among Palisades Media Ventures, the Clinton Foundation, the James Beard Foundation, and Good Housekeeping and is sponsored by Deloitte, Weight Watchers, Barilla, Aetna and Mayo Clinic. Additional coverage: IT Business, Yuma News Now

Post-Bulletin, Heard on the Street: Mayo Clinic App upgraded. People who use the Mayo Clinic App will being seeing an upgrade that includes touch ID, compatibility with Apple's Passbook and remote access to radiology images, such as X-rays. The app, downloadable from Apple's App Store, has been upgraded to "securely authenticate access to the Mayo Clinic app on-the-go from any iOS 8-enabled device."

News Medical, Mayo Clinic, Hillhouse Capital collaborate to advance quality of health care in China…"We are excited to collaborate with Hillhouse to provide Mayo Clinic knowledge and guidance to improve the quality of health care to the people of China," said Paul Limburg, M.D., Medical Director, Mayo Clinic Global Business Solutions. "Our collaboration with Hillhouse extends Mayo Clinic's reach and is at the core of Mayo Clinic's mission to inspire hope and healing to people everywhere."

dishadiary.tv, Odisha-based KIIT University Inks MoU with Mayo Clinic & University of Milano-Bicocca. KIIT University signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Mayo Clinic, USA on 15th January 2015. A nonprofit organization, Mayo Clinic is a global leader in medical care, research and education and has been recognized the best hospital in US. It has more than 3300 physicians, researchers and scientists. This is the first time Mayo Clinic has signed MoU with any Indian university.

Post-Bulletin, Heard on the Street: Rochester ranked no. 2 by Livability, Rochester was ranked No. 2 on Livability's second-annual ranking of the best small- to mid-sized cities in the United States, released this week. …"The founders of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester believed the city needed a vibrant arts culture to attract top physicians," it says.

Le Center Leader, Family medicine doc joins Mayo Clinic Health System in New Prague by Suzy Rook. Growing up in China, future medical students usually know their chosen path early on. That’s because it’s straight to six years of medical school after high school. Jun Liang took that path, discovering early on that health care was her passion. And as of Jan. 12, she’s the newest family medicine physician at Mayo Clinic Health System in New Prague.

Daily Globe, Former riding students assist at Passuello's benefit dinner, Friends of Doreen (Martinson) Passuello raised funds for her on Saturday afternoon with a spaghetti meal, raffles and music. People from across the Gogebic Range and farther turned out for the benefit dinner that generated funds for Doreen, who was diagnosed with leukemia, requiring treatments at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

Post-Bulletin, Home building finally gains solid footing by Jeff Kiger…Builders are seeing more interest as the excitement generated by Mayo Clinic and the Destination Medical Center initiative continues to grow. Many apartment complexes and senior housing projects are also underway.

Post-Bulletin, Letter: DMC efforts should include certain assests for the community by Laura Pheonix. I want Destination Medical Center to help us keep the Rochester Public Library where it is and add two stories to it, while topping it with solar heating and a garden. Solar heating and gardens also should be added to all existing Mayo Clinic buildings, the University of Minnesota-Rochester buildings and the expanded YMCA.

KTVK Ariz., Living With and Overcoming Cancer Symposium. Hundreds of cancer patients and survivors, gathered today, to learn new ways to improve how they feel while they fight the disease. Mayo Clinic's fourth annual, Living With and Overcoming Cancer Symposium. Additional coverage: KSAZ Ariz.

Mankato Free Press, More than 1,100 participate in Mankato Meltdown by Nate Gotlieb. The Mankato Meltdown kicked off Wednesday night with 1,178 participants raising $5,890 for the YWCA Mankato's Girls on the Run program…This year’s event, organized by members of The Free Press advertising sales team, is sponsored by Fitness for $10 and Mayo Clinic Health System, among others.

Chicago Tribune, Types of hearing loss and when to get tested by Anne Stein, are probably better at restoring hearing than any other of the five senses, said Dr. Matthew Carlson, an otolaryngologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. "We tell our patients that we can almost always do something to help them regardless of the severity of hearing loss." Even complete deafness usually can be treated with cochlear implants.

ABC 15 Arizona, Mayo Clinic introduces new Men's Health Program. David Simper, M.D., and Jason Jameson, M.D., joined the cast of Sonoran Living Live to talk about the new Mayo Clinic Men's Health Program.    Learn about heart disease and treatment by joining ABC15's Rally for Red, and from Mayo Clinic staff members each month on Sonoran Living Live.

Medscape, GI Needle Biopsies Do Not Spread Cancer, Study Suggests, Needle biopsies of the pancreas are not associated with an increased risk for death in patients with pancreatic cancer, according to a retrospective study published online January 9 in Gut…However, there has been some concern about the safety of EUS-FNA because of the "rare but serious" adverse event of "tumor seeding," write senior investigator Michael Wallace, MD, MPH, from the division of gastroenterology and hepatology at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, and colleagues. Additional coverage: Qatar Tribune

Odisha Sun Times, Odisha’s KIIT Varsity Inks MoU with Mayo Clinic, Milano-Bicocca Varsity. The KIIT University in the Odisha capital today signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Mayo Clinic, USA…he MoU was signed by Dr Sasmita Samanta, Registrar of KIIT University and Dr Christopher K Pierret of Mayo Clinic, in the presence of Dr Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT University, Prof PP Mathur, vice chancellor, Prof DK Tripathy, pro-vice chancellor and Dr Mrutyunjay Suar, director of School of Biotechnology, KIIT and other officials of the two organizations.

Dunn County News, Seeing red: Awareness of heart disease in women important by Susan Pope is a nurse practitioner at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire. It’s time we start seeing red. Red — as in the color of heart disease awareness, just as pink is the color we all take notice of in regard to breast cancer.

CTV News, Thinking about a detox or cleanse? Try eating clean instead, nutritionist suggests by Lois Abraham…In fact, the result can be dehydration, headache, dizziness, nausea, vomiting and lack of energy. Harmful effects include low blood sugar, low or high blood pressure, detrimental interaction with medications, and vitamin and mineral deficiencies, Reza says, citing research from organizations including Dietitians of Canada and the Mayo Clinic.

AOL UK, Slimmer bets he can lose 100lbs - and wins £2,500…And the good news is that betting on yourself appears to work. A 2013 study of people offered financial incentives to lose weight found that they lost nearly four times as much. "Traditional therapies are not working for a lot of people, so people are looking for creative ways to help people lose weight and keep it off," says senior study author Dr Donald Hensrud of Mayo Clinic. "The results of this study show the potential of financial incentives."

MPR News, Profiles in Health: Al Vogt by Jennifer Vogel. Al Vogt breezes along the nature-themed hallways of Cook Hospital, the facility he has run for 25 years. He shows off remodeled examination rooms, a lively senior care wing, and the hospital's new emergency department. "People come to northern Minnesota to find out how to jump into a boat and get fish hooks stuck in their fingers," he says. "And to clunk their heads on everything."…"Al has demonstrated the value of relationships," says Mary Klimp, administrator at Mayo Clinic Health System in New Prague. "It's not always what you can get, often it's what you can give. People recognize that in Al. He is a small man, but he fills a room rather quickly with his humor."

Reuters, "If You're Going to Win, You Have to Play by the Rules," Former CAO Shirley Weis of Mayo Clinic Advises Women in the Workplace. For women just entering the workforce, aspiring to move into management, or stuck somewhere along the way, leadership and career expert Shirley Weis shares practical proven advice gleaned from starting out as a nursing aide and going all the way to Chief Administrative Officer of the Mayo Clinic where she was responsible for overseeing 60,000 employees and operations of a $9 billion healthcare system.

La Crosse Tribune, Coulee Region Coalition campaign urges HPV vaccinations for kids. The Coulee Region Immunization Coalition has launched a campaign urging parents to make sure children get the human papillomavirus vaccine. The initiative features a media campaign featuring billboards and commercials with the theme of “The HPV vaccine is cancer prevention.”

Post-Bulletin, Local leaders foresee bigger MLK Day by Derek Sullivan. Kendrick D. Adkins Jr., chief financial officer at Mayo Clinic, will speak at the "We Have a Dream" breakfast, and Leslie McClellon, president of Rochester Community and Technical College, will headline the post-march program on Monday in the Civic Theatre's lobby.

Prevention magazine, 8 Ways To Lose 10 Pounds Without Exercise by Gina Roberts-Grey…3. Turn in earlier. The research is pretty definitive on this one: Being short on sleep makes you more likely to overeat. One study from the Mayo Clinic shows getting less than 6½ hours of sleep a night can lead to consuming as many as 500 extra daily calories.

Daily Mail UK, Is juicing making you fat? Not to mention rotting your teeth and starving your body of nutrients! Why the new fad might not be so healthy after all by Alice Smellie…The Mayo Clinic — a non-profit-making research group in the U.S. — says it’s essential to drink fresh juices soon after they’re made because of their increased vulnerability to bacteria (or, if already contaminated, to bacteria multiplying) when stored, especially if they are not kept cold.

ABC News, Newlywed Dies of Sepsis After Getting Flu by Sydney Lupkin. A Wisconsin newlywed started to feel sick with the flu on a Monday. By Friday, she was dead. Katie McQuestion, a 26-year-old radiologist from Kenosha, Wisconsin, got a flu shot to comply with hospital policy and had no underlying medical conditions, but she caught the flu and developed a serious complication from it: sepsis. She died on Jan. 2. Sepsis is a life-threatening reaction to an infection due to chemicals in the bloodstream that trigger inflammatory responses in the body, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Grand Forks Herald, 'Old-fashioned Variety Show' benefits Grand Forks man battling medical problems by Charly Haley. Surrounded by people in the Empire Arts Center lobby Thursday evening, Amy Sanner said she felt overwhelmed and uplifted. The Empire hosted an "Old-fashioned Variety Show and Silent Auction" to benefit Brad Sanner's family, as he has been diagnosed with multiple medical conditions and is currently in cancer treatment…Amy said her husband has traveled to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., about every two weeks since he was rediagnosed with melanoma in July.

Augustine Record, Liver transplant recipient gives blood to honor those who saved him by Stuart Korfhage. No stranger to needles - or bleeding - Patrick Davies has never been so satisfied with the blood flow he initiated Thursday morning.…In 2013, doctors at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville performed the transplant surgery, and Davies needed 42 pints of blood during the procedure. He had to wait at least a year after the transplant to be eligible to give blood, so now he’s ready to begin his role as an active donor.

Your Houston News Texas, A new year and another country by Susan Eastrich. I spent the last three months of 2014 in another country. Over the course of those months, I was hospitalized five times in two different hospitals. (Spoiler for my worried friends: I’m OK, well, on the mend and writing again.)…Happy New Year. More important, have a healthy year. And my eternal thanks to Dr. Tonia Young-Fadok and her colleagues at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, Arizona, and to Dr. Laurence Seigler and the doctors, nurses and staff of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. They brought me back. Additional coverage: Odessa American Texas

Arizona Republic, Opera singers seek prize in Southwest Vocal Competition by Kerry Lengel. It's "American Idol" for opera singers. Scratch that: It's "Arizona Idol" for opera singers. Starting this weekend, Phoenix Opera will be hosting the Southwest Vocal Competition, three rounds of arias from aspiring singers from around the state. There will be 44 contestants. The only requirements for entry were age (21 to 35) and residency (students at Arizona colleges were eligible). The contest is sponsored by the Mayo Clinic Voice Program.

KARE11, Tina Smith moves into the spotlight as Lt. Governor. For years Tina Smith has played the role of key strategist at the State Capitol and Minneapolis City Hall, but mostly off of the radar. Now, as the state's new lieutenant governor she has stepped into the spotlight…Smith will continue as the chairman of the Destination Medical Center Board, an agency created to leverage tax dollars to encourage economic development centered on the Mayo Clinic in Rochester.

Pioneer Press, Minnesota House passes tax conformity bill by Doug Belden…Among the tax-relief provisions included in the bill are $4.6 million in mortgage insurance premium deductions, $2.1 million in higher education tuition deductions and $1.2 million in teacher expense deductions. The changes apply to the 2014 tax year. In addition, the bill includes clarifying language related to how state aid is calculated for the Mayo Clinic's Destination Medical Center project in Rochester. Additional coverage: MPR, Star Tribune

Post-Bulletin, Giant firm signs with Rochester company for cancer-killing virus by Jeff Kiger. An international pharmaceutical giant has signed a deal to license a cancer-killing virus from Rochester drug company. MedImmune, which is owned by London-based AstraZeneca, is licensing a genetically engineered strain of the vesicular stomatitis virus from Omnis Pharmaceuticals. Omnis is a Rochester start-up founded by Dr. Stephen J. Russell, Dr. Kah-Whye Peng, Shruthi Naik and Mark Federspiel, who all work at Mayo Clinic in Rochester.

Politico, Mayo Researchers Study Telemedicine Savings. A study published in this month’s Telemedicine and e-Health journal found the use of remote patient monitoring helped reduce the cost of care for patients, but results weren’t statistically significant. Researchers from the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota randomized more than 200 patients to receive either additional home tele-monitoring or the usual medical care…View the study here: http://bit.ly/1uqt0n8

Medscape, New AHS Review of Acute Migraine Treatments by Sue Hughes. The American Headache Society (AHS) has released a new "assessment" of therapies for the acute treatment of migraine — the first update since 2000. This assessment will form the basis of new guidelines that will translate these evidence-based findings into clinical practice recommendations.  The paper, published online in Headache on January 20, was authored by leading headache specialists…Todd J. Schwedt, MD, Mayo Clinic Scottsdale, Arizona.

Washington Post, Wolves: Rubio's injury far worse than high ankle sprain…Pekovic has visited doctors at the renowned Mayo Clinic in Rochester to try to come up with treatments for his ankle. He has three years left on the five-year, $60 million contract he signed before last season. "We feel pretty confident that the Mayo Clinic and the medical people have done a great job identifying what his problem was and it more has to do with his joints than it has to do with an injury-type situation," Saunders said. Additional coverage: AP, ABC News, Washington Post, NY Times, ESPN NBA

Star Tribune, Guidebooks for gluten-free by Robin Asbell. Have a suspicion you might have celiac, or perhaps gluten sensitivity? You need a trusted source for information. One valuable resource is the new “Mayo Clinic Going Gluten Free: Essential Guide to Managing Celiac Disease and Related Conditions,”by Dr. Joseph A. Murray, who has been treating patients with celiac since the 1970s, before most American doctors knew it existed. 

Medscape, Prone Position a Risk Factor for SUDEPAsked to comment, Elson So, MD, professor, neurology, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Rochester, Minnesota, said the article yields much-needed and important information supporting the thinking that SUDEP is multifactorial, and that mechanical factors are as important as biological ones. "Information regarding the potential role of the prone position in SUDEP has been largely circumstantial — you can even say it has been anecdotal — having been reported here and there in articles with limited numbers of patients…"

KIMT, Minnesota Twins players give advice to young athletes by DeeDee Stiepan. The Minnesota Twins are wrapping up their Winter Caravan, but before it ends on Thursday, they’re making a stop in our area to talk to young fans. Twins relief pitcher Brian Duensing and second baseman Brian Dozier made appearances at Mayo Clinic’s Healthy Living Center. They answered questions and went over what they do to get ready for games. The focus of the event was making sure kids know the importance and the right way to stretch and warm up…Additional coverage: KTTC, KTIV

KIMT, Keeping families involved in the birthing process by DeeDee Stiepan. Most any mother will tell you, giving birth is not easy, and if you have a Caesarean Section or surgical birth of a baby, it can be even more nerve-wracking. That’s why there’s a push to include family in the operating room. Mayo Clinic allows mothers to bring one support person into the OR. OB/GYNs say that having that person in the room can make a huge difference. “This person can provide soothing relief of anxiety issues and can help the woman adjust to the change in physical venue as well as the discomfort of lying flat on your back in a room with bright lights,” says Margaret Dow, MD.

KIMT, Waldorf College professor recovering after 35ft. fall by DeeDee Stiepan. We have an update on the Waldorf Professor who fell 35 feet while hanging Christmas decorations in a Forest City church last month. Mark Newcom suffered from broken ribs, a broken neck and a collapsed lung. He underwent life-saving surgery at Mayo Clinic’s St. Mary’s Campus in Rochester. Tuesday however, Mark and his wife Joy were back at Mayo for a follow-up appointment where doctors allowed him to switch to a smaller more comfortable neck brace.

Healthcare Informatics, Top Ten Tech Trends: Direct-to-Consumer: Alternative Methods of Telehealth Take Hold by Gabriel Perna …Moreover, payers and providers are linking providers to payers directly through telehealth in more ways than just through a mobile app. Leaders at the Mayo Clinic in Albert Lea and Austin, Minn. have launched kiosks at each location that are akin to the self-checkout machine at a grocery store.

TWC News NY, Wyoming County Woman Struggles With Mysterious Illness Following Haiti Trip…Holly, who is 28, said she immediately began feeling nausea, dizziness and weakness. Those symptoms continue today and she's lost 165 pounds. Recently, doctors at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota diagnosed Holly with disautonomia, causing her immune system to fight itself. She's now considering an expensive and controversial treatment.

Post-Bulletin, Letter: Business closing and higher taxes taking city in the wrong direction by Max Sullivan. Am I the only one who notices? Sears is closed. Michaels is closed. My favorite Chinese restaurant is closed. My favorite hair salon is closed. There seems to be no end to the list of businesses closing. Wait a minute, DMC was supposed to return tax money, going to the state in property taxes and locally for infrastructure due to the increase growth of Mayo Clinic.

Philadelphia Inquirer, Our over-caffeinated teens: What can we do? by Rima Himelstein, M.D.,…For most of us, however, caffeine is being used “off-label.” On a daily basis, we’re getting caffeine from coffee, tea, soft drinks, energy drinks, cocoa and chocolate. The Mayo Clinic advises that caffeine is not intended to replace sleep and should not be used regularly for this purpose.

Diario Imagen, Cápsulas de la salud by Elsa Osorio…La mejor manera de dejar de hacerlo es buscar ayuda con especialistas en terapia conductual. El Dr. J. Taylor Hays, del Centro para Dependencia a la Nicotina de Mayo Clinic en Rochester, Minnesota, explica que la terapia conductual para dejar de fumar puede abarcar una amplia variedad de actividades de la vida cotidiana e  implica reemplazar comportamientos viejos por nuevas rutinas no vinculadas con el hábito de  fumar.

Vivir Con Diabetes, ¿Cuál es la causa de los dolores de cabeza recurrentes en adolescentes?...La Dra. Jennifer Fisher, Psiquiatría Infantil y del Adolescente de Mayo Clinic en Rochester, Minnesota, explica que existen varios tipos de dolor de cabeza. Dos de los más comunes son los dolores de cabeza por tensión y migrañas.

Analítica.com, Libro de Mayo Clinic: Ayuda a bajar de peso, El plan, que se puede encontrar en español en el libro La Dieta de la Clínica Mayo, fue diseñado por expertos de Mayo Clinic….“La Dieta de la Clínica Mayo (The Mayo Clinic Diet) se basa en evidencia científica”, dice Sonia Murgueytio Jurado, R.D., nutricionista de Mayo Clinic, en Jacksonville, Florida. Additional coverage: Entorno Inteligente

Yahoo! Mexico Noticias, Detección temprana de cáncer de pulmón permite rápida recuperación…De acuerdo con Mayo Clinic, la tomografía computarizada puede mostrar un cáncer de pulmón tan pequeño como un grano de arroz, lo que es importante porque la supervivencia después del tratamiento para atacarlo se relaciona directo con la etapa en la que se descubre.

Diario Xalapa, Vencedores del Tiempo / Buenas noticias: el envejecimiento es reversible by Rosa María Campos… Al atacar estas células y lo que producen, un día podemos ser capaces de romper el vínculo entre los mecanismos de envejecimiento y la predisposición a enfermedades como cardiopatías, cáncer y demencia, dijo James Kirkland, director del Centro de Envejecimiento Robert y Arlene Kogod, de la Clínica Mayo, quien añadió: "Pero se necesita más dinero y esfuerzo para que esto se traduzca en una realidad al alcance de todos".

Vivir Con Diabetes, El cansancio y la falta de aire, síntomas de que el corazón no anda bien, El Dr. Charanjit Rihal, Enfermedades cardiovasculares de Mayo Clinic de Rochester, Minnesota, explica que el corazón es una bomba que envía sangre al resto del cuerpo. Cuando el corazón no logra bombear como debería, algunas partes del cuerpo podrían no recibir suficiente sangre, lo que conduciría a presentar varios síntomas, siendo el cansancio y la falta de aire los dos más comunes.

Yahoo! Mexico, La aspiración guiada por ultrasonido es segura en lesiones pancreáticas sospechas… "La ventaja de las biopsias prequirúrgicas es cada vez más importante en esta era de análisis genéticos y quimioterapia orientada. Quisimos eliminar el mito de que la biopsia produce la diseminación del cáncer", dijo el coautor del estudio, doctor Michael Wallace, de la Clínica Mayo, Jacksonville, Florida.

Salud Crónica, La alimentación es una de los principales culpables del estreñimiento… El Dr. Adil E. Bharucha, de Gastroenterología de Mayo Clinic en Rochester, Minnesota, explica que el estreñimiento se define como el hecho de tener tres o menos deposiciones por semana u otros síntomas (por ejemplo, heces duras, pujar excesivamente o una sensación de no haber evacuado todo después de defecar). Se habla de estreñimiento crónico cuando estos síntomas duran varias semanas o más. Additional coverage: La Crónica de Hoy

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