Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights

Posted on February 12th, 2015 by Karl W Oestreich

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US News & World Report
Avatar Mice: How These Rodents Are Advancing Cancer Therapies

…The trial Boehle enrolled in is called BEAUTY, which stands for "breast cancer genome guided therapy." Launched in 2013​, it's ​​​​based at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Using avatar mice – mice with patients’ tumor samples growing inside of US News Health Logo
them – researchers are able to study various treatments and determine which might be best tailored to each patient. “When we treat the mice with drugs, that is very much a mirror of what happens in patients,” says Judy Boughey, ​a breast surgeon at the Mayo Clinic. Boughey is a co-director of the study, which enrolled 140 breast cancer patients.

Reach: US News reaches more than 10 million unique visitors to its website each month.

Context: The Breast Cancer Genome-Guided Therapy (BEAUTY) study is designed to help researchers better understand why standard chemotherapy eradicates breast cancer in some women but fails in others. The long-term goal is to enable individualized treatment for each woman with breast cancer by using the genetic information found in blood samples and tumor biopsies to predict the most effective therapies. Judy Boughey, M.D. and Matthew Goetz, M.D. are co-chairs of the study.

Public Affairs Contacts: Sharon Theimer, Sam Smith

 

Huffington Post
Why Some Vaccines Require More Than One Dose
by Sarah Klein

Despite being declared beaten in 2000, measles is back, due largely to deHuffington Post Healthy Living Logoclining
vaccination rates in parts of the United States. "We should not be in this boat," Dr. Pritish Tosh, an infectious diseases physician and researcher at the Mayo Clinic, told The Huffington Post. "This is a completely preventable disease."

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

Context:  Pritish Tosh, M.D. is a Mayo Clinic infectious disease expert.

Public Affairs Contact: Bob Nellis

 

Globe and Mail
Could we stop the anti-vaxxers if we said measles contains gluten?

... An infectious-disease specialist armed with meticulous resGlobe and Mail Logoearch makes a sober presentation. She quotes Roberto Cattaneo, a molecular biologist at the Mayo Clinic who has spent 30 years studying measles, which he calls “the most transmissible virus we know.” She leans authoritatively on the chair’s desk, and speaks to him directly. “Let me make my case to parents,” she pleads.

Circulation: The Globe and Mail is Canada’s national newspaper and has a daily circulation of more than 306,000. The Globe and Mail Online has more than 840,000 unique visitors to its website each month.

Context: Roberto Cattaneo, Ph.D. studies measles and other small enveloped RNA viruses with the primary goal of generating new knowledge.

Public Affairs Contact: Duska Anastasijevic

 

Forbes
Measles Outbreak in Dollars and Cents: It Costs Taxpayers Bigtime

“These outbreaks have economic costs. They are disruptive,” said Gregory Poland, Forbes magazine logohead of the Mayo Clinic's Vaccine Research Group. “The smaller ones have cost a couple hundred dollars in public resources, and one cost nearly a million dollars. It’s on the lesser side – health is more important – but it consumes public health resources that could be applied to the other pressing problems we face.”

Reach: Forbes magazine focuses on business and financial news with core topics that include business, technology, stock markets, personal finance, and lifestyle. The magazine is published twice each month and has more than 925,000 subscribers. Forbes Online receives more than 10.4 million unique visitors each month.

Context: Gregory Poland, M.D., studies the immunogenetics of vaccine response in adults and children. Dr. Poland and his team within the Vaccine Research Group aim to improve the health of individuals across the world by pursuing challenges posed by infectious diseases and bioterrorism through clinical, laboratory and epidemiologic vaccine research.

Public Affairs Contacts: Bob Nellis, Traci Klein

 

MPR
Measles outbreak sparks call to limit vaccination exemptions

"We actually suffer from this liberal exemption rule," said Dr. Robert Jacobson, a pediatrician at Mayo Clinic. "We could be doing better with our vaccination rates."MPR News logo

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

Context: Robert Jacobson, M.D. is a pediatrician with the Mayo Clinic Children's Center and also leads the Employee and Community Health (ECH) Research Initiative at Mayo Clinic. Dr. Jacobson says measles is a horrific disease and up to 40 percent of patients may need hospitalization. More information about measles can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Public Affairs Contacts: Kelley LucksteinBob Nellis

 

WJXT
Measles Outbreak

News Jax 4 LogoThe latest on the growing measles outbreak. Dr. Vandana Bhide, Mayo Clinic is on the show.


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WJXT is an independent television station serving Florida’s First Coast that is licensed to Jacksonville.

Context: Vanda Bhide, M.D. is a Mayo Clinic physician in Hospital Internal Medicine in Florida.

Additional Measles Coverage:

INFORUM, Measles outbreak sparks call to limit vaccination exemptions

Public Affairs Contact: Kevin Punsky

KTTC, Virginia Hospital Center joins Mayo Clinic Care Network — There's a new member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network. Virginia Hospital Center is joining the network Thursday. Members of the network have access to Mayo Clinic knowledge and its experts to better serve their own patients. Additional coverage: KTIV SD, KROC AM, Bloomberg

Modern Healthcare, Why are hospitals using Apple's HealthKit? It's simple by Darius Tahir — Neal Sanger, the chief information officer at Mayo Clinic Health System, said during a Feb. 5 event that while he doesn't know whether “people have figured out the monetization,” the health system is adopting the system because it's the right thing to do for the patient. Some of Sanger's family members use HealthKit, and find it to be an easier way to manage their health data when it's spread across multiple providers. Like Rab, Sanger said that Mayo was interested in integrating with Samsung's and Google's systems, but hadn't yet done so. Additional coverage: The Telegraph UK

MedCity News, Some insightful input from vaccine researcher Gregory Poland by Nicole Oran — Opinions about vaccines are bouncing around like crazy, some of which are based on science, some that are not. When it comes to expert advice on the measles vaccine, you can’t get much better than Gregory Poland, editor in chief of the scientific journal Vaccine and founder and head of the Vaccine Research Group at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. More measles coverage: Toronto Star

WKBT La Crosse, Sleep Guidelines — Scientists are setting updated guidelines for how much sleep we need to get each night. The national sleep foundation says the younger you are.Dr. Daniel Deetz, Sleep Lab Medical Director, Mayo Clinic Health System is interviewed.

HealthLeaders Media, Quality Improvement Wars: Them's Fightin' Words by Cheryl Clark…"NSQIP, (the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program) officials have made statements, based on their own data over a two-year span of time, that hospitals that engaged in NSQIP showed a measureable improvement in outcomes," says lead author of one of the two JAMA papers, David Etzioni, MD, a colon and rectal surgeon at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix.

Scientific Computing, Blue Waters Project helps Uncover Alzheimer's Complex Genetic Networks — "We’re interested in studying the genetics of Alzheimer's disease," said Mariet Allen, a post-doctoral fellow at the Mayo Clinic in Florida. "Can we identify genetic risk factors and improve our understanding of the biological pathways and cellular mechanisms that can play a role in the disease process?"

Inlander Spokane, Keeping Them Close — Since last summer, the roster of Kootenai Health has been several thousand physicians deeper — sort of. Thanks to a recent partnership with the renowned Mayo Clinic, made official in August, the Coeur d'Alene-based health care provider now has access to the expertise, advice and best practices of Mayo's more than 4,000 physicians across a range of diverse specialties.

Prevention magazine, You're Better Off Running Slower—And 5 More Times It Pays To Take It Easy by Markham Heid…At the coffee machine…One Mayo Clinic study found adults who drink more than 4 cups of coffee a day suffered a 56% jump in risk of death from all causes. While black coffee—not java loaded with sugar and cream—appears to be a healthy addition to your diet, if you're having problems sleeping or you can feel your heart racing in your chest, you're overdoing, the Mayo study authors say.

Golf Digest, Fitness Friday: Do you have a good head on your shoulders? — According to the Mayo Clinic, forward head posture (FHP) can lead to a wide variety of health issues including muscle strains, arthritis, disc herniations, pinched nerves . . . in other words, all the typical problems Simpson sees in his golfer patients as a physical therapist. You can tack on tendinitis, respiratory issues and sleep disorders, too, he says.

East Valley Tribune, Phoenix Opera’s inaugural Southwest Vocal Competition concludes Feb. 8 by Elise Anaya — As the final round approaches, the Phoenix Opera’s inaugural Southwest Vocal Competition will conclude Feb. 8 at the Orpheum Theatre in downtown Phoenix. The competition, sponsored by the Mayo Clinic Voice Program, consisted of three separate rounds. The first two rounds were in mid-January at the Mayo Clinic location in Scottsdale…Audience members were able to attend the first two rounds for free and were also able to attend Master Classes taught by the judges as well as seminars with vocal specialists from the Mayo Clinic.

Monterey Herald, Target heart rates: How do you get your heart rate on target? — WHEN YOU WORK OUT, ARE you doing too much or not enough? There's a simple way to know: Your target heart rate helps you hit the bull's eye. “We don't want people to over-exercise, and the other extreme is not getting enough exercise,” says Gerald Fletcher, M.D., a cardiologist and professor in the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Jacksonville, Fla.

Clinical Oncology, Trend for Survival Benefit With Carfilzomib in Relapsed MM by Ted Bosworth — “Based on the results of this Phase III trial, I think it is fair to say that [this regimen] could represent a new standard of care in relapsed multiple myeloma,” reported principal investigator A. Keith Stewart, MB, ChB, the Polak Professor for Clinical Research at Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Post-Bulletin, Mayo Clinic tie to UM Board of Regents may be lost by Heather Carlson — The battle for the 1st District seat on the University of Minnesota Board of Regents took an unexpected twist Wednesday, with one candidate dropping out and another jumping in. Retired Mayo Clinic doctor Claire Bender withdrew her candidacy for the seat that represents southern Minnesota "due to personal reasons." She was one of two finalists forwarded to the Minnesota Legislature for consideration by the Regent Candidate Advisory Council.

Men’s Health, Never Get Heart Disease, Follow these 10 habits and keep your heart healthy for life…3. Lose 10 to 20 Pounds If you're overweight, dropping 10 to 20 pounds could lower your risk of dying from a first heart attack by 16 percent. Being overweight drives up cholesterol and blood pressure, the precursors to coronary disease. A 10-year Mayo Clinic study found that overweight people had heart attacks 3.6 years earlier than normal-weight people did, and that obese heart-attack patients tended to be 8.2 years younger than normal-weight victims.

Exhibit City News, Jacksonville awarded state grant to promote health care destination — Visit Jacksonville, the official tourism marketing office for Jacksonville, Fla., and its local medical partners, including Mayo Clinic, University of Florida Health Proton Therapy Institute, Ackerman Cancer Center and Market Staging Inc., were awarded a $99,200 matching grant by Visit Florida to promote Jacksonville’s award winning medical industry to new patients and medical convention planners. Visit Jacksonville and its medical partners will match and exceed the grant amount for a total of more than $200,000 in funds to market the city as a leading destination for medical tourism.

Minnesota Monthly, (PDF), Find a Provider: Best Doctors…Bradley Leibovich, Eric Matteson, Sherilyn Driscoll, Christopher Viozzi, Thomas Schwab, Janet Hay, Clark Otley, all of Mayo Clinic.

Huffington Post, The Health Benefits Of 6 Super Gross Bodily Functions — Fecal transplant is most commonly used in the United States to treat a condition called Clostridium difficile infection (CDI), a painful and sometimes fatal kind of colitis. Well-respected institutions like the Mayo Clinic have been impressed with the results of fecal transplant for treating CDI, noting the procedure is quick, inexpensive, and has a 90 percent cure rate.

FOX News, Report suggests Putin has Asperger’s syndrome: What’s the diagnosis? — A newly revealed study from a Pentagon think tank theorizes that Russian President Vladimir Putin has Asperger’s syndrome, according to a report obtained by USA Today…Before the recent revisions to the DSM-5, Asperger's syndrome was considered to be a mild form of autism, often referred to as high-functioning autism (HFA). According to the Mayo Clinic, the core issues for children with autism include problems with social interaction, language and behavior.

Boston.com, Springfield Toddler Dies During Botched Head Lice Treatment — The Centers for Disease Control does not have “clear scientific evidence” on whether mayonnaise is effective as a treatment for head lice, but is often used anyway. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health lists mayonnaise as a treatment, but says data is lacking regarding its effectiveness. The Mayo Clinic also lists mayonnaise, but warns that “there is little to no clinical evidence of the effectiveness of such treatments.”

Targeted Oncology, Safety of Regorafenib Confirmed in Patients With mCRC and High PFS by Dennis Bittner, Ph.D. — A post-hoc analysis of the CORRECT trial showed that patients with metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC) who had progression-free survival (PFS) >4 months, experienced AEs at rates broadly similar to those in the overall trial population, despite exposure to regorafenib (Stivarga) for over twice as long as the overall group. “The results of this exploratory subgroup analysis support the clinical benefit and tolerability of regorafenib as a treatment option for patients with metastatic colorectal cancer,” said lead investigator Axel Grothey, MD, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, at the 2015 Gastrointestinal Symposium.

Post-Bulletin, Cannon Falls to become a ghost town? by Brett Boese — After receiving a long-awaited access study for U.S. Highway 52, the Cannon Falls City Council and business owners expressed their frustration with the Minnesota Department of Transportation during Tuesday's council meeting…Multiple business owners asked the city to approach the Mayo Clinic, which just opened a new $28 million facility in Cannon Falls, for financial support.

ABC15 Arizona, SL honors Dr. Michele Halyard for saving lives, Michele Y. Halyard, M.D. a radiation oncologist at Mayo Clinic in Arizona, earned her M.D. degree from Howard University, where she also completed her residency in radiation oncology.

Star Tribune, Hospital tones down alarms to reduce fatigue, enhance safety by Jeremy Olson…Mayo’s results — Efforts to ratchet back alarms reflect the ebb and flow that emerges in many aspects of medicine. High-resolution CT imaging machines, for example, were broadly used until doctors discovered that their high cost and low-level radiation exposure could outweigh their diagnostic benefits in certain cases. “Just because there’s a new gizmo on the market doesn’t mean we need to purchase it,” said Dale Pfrimmer, nurse administrator for Mayo Clinic’s thoracic and vascular division in Rochester.

Modern Healthcare, Suspension of internists' recertification rules spurs broader debate about competency testing by Andis Robeznieks — The American Board of Internal Medicine's suspension of controversial provisions of its maintenance-of-certification program has specialists of all types looking for alternatives to the MOC programs now required by the 24 members of the American Board of Medical Specialties. “I don't know of a specialty where the physicians are happy with their maintenance-of-certification program,” said Dr. J.P. Abenstein, a Mayo Clinic anesthesiologist who serves as president of the American Society of Anesthesiologists.

Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News, Exact Sciences, Mayo Clinic Expand Diagnostic Collaboration by Alex Philippidis — Exact Sciences and Mayo Clinic said today they will expand their six-year-old collaboration to develop screening, surveillance, and diagnostic tests beyond their original colorectal cancer partnership, to address other diseases within the gastrointestinal tract. The value of the expanded collaboration was not disclosed—though Exact Sciences said it would extend for five years its collaboration with Mayo Clinic gastroenterologist David Ahlquist, M.D., and his lab. Additional coverage: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Wall Street Journal, Our Amazingly Plastic Brains by Norman Doidge…But in 2011, a study of these issues was published in the journal Neurology. J. Eric Ahlskog of the Mayo Clinic reviewed the available evidence about exercise and Parkinson’s, in animals and humans. Vigorous exercise, for purposes of the study, included walking, swimming and “physical activity sufficient to increase heart rate and the need for oxygen.” He concluded that exercise deserved a “central place” in the treatment of Parkinson’s.

Oncology Nurse Advisory, New imaging technique significantly improves detection of invasive breast cancers in dense breast tissue, A new breast imaging technique nearly quadruples detection rates of invasive breast cancers in women with dense breast tissue, according to the results of a major study published in the American Journal of Roentgenology (2015; doi:10.2214/AJR.14.13357). Approximately half of all women at screening age have dense breast tissue, according to Deborah Rhodes, MD, a Mayo Clinic Breast Clinic physician in Rochester, Minnesota, and the senior author of this study.

The Onion, Health Experts Recommend Standing Up At Desk, Leaving Office, Never Coming Back — In an effort to help working individuals improve their fitness and well-being, experts at the Mayo Clinic issued a new set of health guidelines Thursday recommending that Americans stand up at their desk, leave their office, and never return.

KIMT, How you can stay safe while taking pills — Doctors at Mayo Clinic want to remind people to look at those pill bottles closely and follow the directions. They say sometimes can get stuck in your throat, causing the contents of the pill to be released, which then causes pain. Health experts add there are some simple steps you can take to keep things clear in your throat. “One pill at a time, couple swallows of liquid after each pill and don’t lie down for 30 minutes after taking your medication,” Head of Esophageal Department at Mayo Clinic Dr. Jeffrey Alexander says.

News-Press Fla., Imagine Solutions brings brains to town — Southwest Florida business and education leaders are marking their calendars for the 2015 Imagine Solutions Conference on Feb. 23. The Naples conference is designed to inspire the region's leaders to implement solutions on issues such as education, health care and technology… Speakers include Tony Trischka, considered the most influential banjo player in the roots musical world; top hospital CEOs John Noseworthy (Mayo Clinic), Paul Rothman (Johns Hopkins) and Steven Corwin (NY-Presbyterian)…

Forbes, Build A Superior Customer Service Experience By Consulting The Customers It Affects by Micah Solomon… Becoming important to your customers by serving the people who are important to your customers — For the fraught, high-stakes referral healthcare that Mayo Clinic is known for, treatment often becomes a socially complex, multigenerational affair. Mayo addresses the inclusion of family members and loved ones through design. Every exam room is designed to encourage collaboration and commiseration.

Chicago Tribune, Evergreen Park resident to turn 104 by Donna Vickroy — Back when Kathryn "Katy" Martz was born in 1911, people didn't dote on children the way they do now. But Martz was an exception for two reasons. One, she was so thin and frail as a child that one of the Mayo brothers, of Mayo Clinic fame, used her as an example in his "failure to thrive" lectures. The other, she was born on Lincoln's birthday.

International Business Times, Five Scientifically Backed Ways To Reduce Stress by Samantha Richardson…Exercise keeps you in good shape and increases the level of endorphins in the body. Endorphins are feel good neurotransmitters, which makes you feel relaxed and great, states the Mayo Clinic website. It is the best therapy for stress, depression and anxiety.

KTTC, National Wear Red Day raises awareness for the battle against heart disease by Alanna Martella — In Rochester, at Mayo's Gonda Building, it was a sea of red with almost everybody taking part in National Wear Red Day. "It is a national event, and across the country we are celebrating this, in conjunction with all of our colleagues, patients, and everybody...the awareness of heart disease in women...as being the number one killer. And that we can do something about it,” said Dr. Sharon Mulvagh. Additional coverage: KAAL

The News Center W.Va., Couple That Has Helped Dozens Needs Your Help…the Lucas's have given a home to ten children in their lifetimes. The couple have opened their doors to more than twenty-five people who needed a place to stay for a day, a week, or even several years. All of this, despite Rick's medical issues…At one and a half years old, Rick had a tragic accident in which he ingested oven cleaner, causing permanent damage to his internal organs…"The doctor here told us there was no more he could do here. He said 'Your only hope is to go to Mayo.'" said Rick's wife…Mayo Health Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota is a facility that specializes in rare surgeries.

KTTC, Mongolian children to receive heart surgery at Mayo Clinic this week by Devin Bartolotta — The Med City is once again living up to its reputation of providing world-class care. Four children from Mongolia are in Rochester this weekend, all four undergoing heart surgery at the Mayo Clinic on Monday. They've traveled more than six thousand miles and are staying with host families, one of which has experience with the Cardiology Department at Mayo.

WKBW NY, Holly Todd's fight for her life continues as her insurance won't cover treatments — It wasn't until, with almost no hope left, that Holly and her father, Bob went to the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota over the Christmas holiday, where they finally got a diagnosis and a treatment plan. The doctors at the Mayo Clinic said Holly's illness was brought on a by a bee sting she got while on the trip in Haiti and that treating it should be easy - she would have to undergo about three to six months of IVIG Infusions and hopefully be cured.

Montreal Gazette, Wiping your sweat off the equipment is basic gym etiquette…Wiping up is more than just polite: Bacteria thrive in the warm and moist environment of a gym, as Pritish Tosh, an infectious-disease specialist at the Mayo Clinic, told the Ask Healthy Living feature of the Huffington Post in 2013.

Latino Post, LA Clippers' Blake Griffin Indefinitely Out! Staph Infection Surgery Scheduled — The team announced that Griffin will have his surgery on Monday to remove the infection. He will then be reevaluated if he can already come back to the games. Staph infection, according to Mayo Clinic, is caused by germs found on the skin or in the nose and would usually cause no problems aside from minor skin infections. However, the bacteria can also be deadly if it enters a person's bloodstream, joints or bones.

Chicago Now, Do Not Make Stan Mikita The Face Of Lewy Body Dementia by Chuck Fouts — In 1939 one of America's most famous athletes checked himself into the Mayo Clinic and was subsequently diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, commonly known at the time as ALS. That athlete was baseball player Lou Gehrig. And a horrible affliction soon became known almost exclusively as Lou Gehrig's disease.

Des Moines Register, Sudden cardiac arrest can strike the healthy, too by Estela Whitman — Not everyone has symptoms or warning signs before the heart stops. Julie Stone of Clive found out the hard way. Stone was walking along the Clive Greenbelt Trail near her home in October 2012 when she blacked out…Like Stone, who was 54 at the time, many patients who suffer sudden cardiac arrest show no symptoms ahead of time. Two-thirds of patients die without any prior indication of heart disease, the Heart Rhythm Society notes. …Nerheim was also puzzled and referred Stone to The Mayo Clinic to see if they could pinpoint a cause. Nerheim was concerned about the risk Stone's children may have and wanted an expert's opinion.

Huffington Post Canada, Burned Out at Work? Listen to Your Heart — The past week has been abuzz with discussions about the growing rise of depression and the stigma of mental illness. Also on the rise is job burnout, which, according to the renowned Mayo Clinic, is described as "a special type of job stress -- a state of physical, emotional or mental exhaustion combined with doubts about your competence and the value of your work."

Black Hills Fox, RC man seeks help from public to walk again — In just a matter of seconds, one Rapid City man's life was tragically altered. Christopher Brown went from a young man with hopes and goals, like any other, to now facing the idea of living his life strapped to a chair…Suzanne Brown held back tears thinking back on that frightful morning last March. She heard a thud in her son's bedroom and walked in to find him shaking in a pool of blood…Suzanne Brown says, "It's been a nightmare. The doctors have said it was so out of their scope of expertise." After a trip to the Mayo Clinic, Christopher and his family are at a loss.

Wall Street Cheat Sheet, Apple’s Hospital Trials Highlight Mobile Health Tech Muddle by Nathaneal Arnold — When Apple first unveiled its HealthKit framework and associated Health app at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June 2014, one Mayo Clinic doctor cited by Apple noted that “HealthKit will revolutionize how the health industry interacts with people.”

Washington Post, Inova plans medical research complex in Fairfax — Northern Virginia’s largest hospital system will announce Monday that it plans to acquire Exxon Mobil’s 117-acre campus in Merrifield to create a complex dedicated to what many view as a potential remedy for Northern Virginia’s sagging economy: genomics and personalized medicine...J. Knox Singleton, Inova’s chief executive, said the hospital also wants to establish a cutting-edge facility aimed at drawing patients from around the country, akin to the prestigious Mayo Clinic.

Vox, All-payer rate setting: America’s back-door to single-payer?... Prices are also than in single-payer systems where the government delivers a take-it-or-leave-it offer — since each insurance plan negotiates independently, they don't have much clout to ask for low prices. And hospitals tend to have the upper-hand in these talks, especially those with larger networks or more famous names (places like the Cleveland Clinic or Mayo Clinic, for example).

MN Daily, Regent candidate drops out of election — Claire Bender, a retired Mayo Clinic physician, pulled out of the election for a seat on the University of Minnesota Board of Regents, according to multiple officials. She dropped out earlier this week due to personal reasons, said Aredelle Brede, chair of the Regent Candidate Advisory Council and mayor of Rochester, Minn.

FTN News, Jacksonville to promote local medical industry — Home to an extraordinary network of high profile healthcare facilities, Jacksonville has plenty of options for patients across the globe to choose from including one of only three Mayo Clinics, one of the first Proton Therapy Cancer Treatment Centers in the world, and the first private physician owned Proton Therapy Center.

La Crosse Tribune, Community booster Joan Mueller hails advent of wellness culture — One of the Coulee Region’s biggest boosters as a community activist dynamo has a confession to make. “I formed the ‘I Hate La Crosse Club’ because I was a big-city girl moving to a small town,” Joan Mueller admitted with a self-mocking smile in recalling her family’s move from her native Milwaukee in 1979. “Now, I could be the chamber of commerce and welcoming committee, because I just love this place,” the 65-year-old Mueller said as she reflected on her about-face as she prepares to retire Feb. 24 after working three decades at Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare.

Yuma News Now, Will diverticulitis come back? If you have symptoms of diverticulitis again, contact your doctor right away. He or she will likely suggest testing to confirm the diagnosis before prescribing treatment. If it is confirmed, treatment would consist of a clear-liquid diet for a few days along with antibiotics. You would then return to a more normal diet as your symptoms improve. — John Cangemi, M.D., Gastroenterology, Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, Florida.

Huff Post Women, Perimenopause -- What the Heck Is Happening to My Body? by Stephanie Faubion, MD.— Perimenopause is the time leading up to your final menstrual period and can last up to several years.

WRVO (NPR), Loose tooth: Why dental implants are a viable option for many patients— This week on “Take Care,” Phillip Sheridan explains how dental implants work. Dr. Sheridan is an associate professor of dentistry in the Mayo Clinic’s dental specialties department.

Fort Worth Star Telegram, Show your heart some love and care, (Opinion) Show your heart some love and take action today by making an appointment with your physician for better heart health. To find a Methodist Mansfield physician participating in the Mayo Clinic Care Network, call 214-947-6296 or visit Answers2.org.

Post-Bulletin, Pulse on Health: Mayo Clinic pins hopes on Obama's 'precision medicine' — Pres. Obama's focus on "precision medicine" during his State of the Union address has electrified the scientific community. Mayo Clinic researchers and decision-makers, in particular, have openly embraced the president's proposal to invest $130 million — of his $215 million precision-medicine proposal — directly into a national biobank program.

HBO, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Marketing to Doctors — Pharmaceutical companies spend billions of dollars marketing drugs to doctors. (Mayo Clinic research used in graphic – 70% of Americans on 1 prescription drug)

KSDK, Breast cancer vaccine targets aggressive form of disease — For years we've heard scientists are hard at work trying to harness the immune system to fight cancer. Now, the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville believes it's on the verge of a therapy that could stop one of the deadliest forms of breast cancer in its tracks.

Post-Bulletin, Heard on the Street: Mayo Clinic's plans near Onalaska proceed — Planning is proceeding with what's expected to be a big Mayo Clinic Health System project in Onalaska, Wis., near La Crosse. The city's Board of Public Works voted unanimously Tuesday to allot up to $15,000 to pay consultants to help with planning infrastructure improvements needed in conjunction with development of Mayo's property, according to the La Crosse Tribune.

Post-Bulletin, Can you prevent a diagnosis, or is it just bad luck? — The old saying "the devil is in the details" often fits when communicating about science. That saying appears pertinent to a Johns Hopkins research study published in the journal Science. Mayo Clinic statistical geneticist Susan Slager, Ph.D., contacted by the Post-Bulletin to provide context, said, in simple terms, "there's variability of lifetime risk across the (types of) cancers … and there's variability across cell divisions." In other words, cells divide differently and at different rates in different parts of the body.

Huffington Post, Everything You Need To Know About 2015's Weirdest And Wackiest Health Trends — Does it work? Donald Hensrud, medical director of the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program, is skeptical. "Bulletproof coffee is a dual threat," he told The Huffington Post. "It not only provides large amounts of calories and saturated fat with minimal nutrients, but if consumed as recommended -- in place of breakfast -- it will prevent the intake of beneficial nutrients in a healthy breakfast."

WKBT, La Crosse Woman’s Life Changes After Simple Heart Procedure — Doctors at Mayo Health System fitted her with an implanted loop recorder that monitored her heart and tracked exactly was happening as she fainted.

Huffington Post, 5 Reasons Not To Fear Getting Older — 2. We have WebMD. Say what you will about the accuracy of what you read online, at the end of the day, the Internet has made us better informed health-care consumers. That means that before we go in to see the doctor, we are equipped with questions. WebMd is the Bible of the boomer generation. We also are partial to the Mayo Clinic's website when it comes to ferreting out information about what ails us.

MSP Business Journal, List of Rochester’s most valuable properties — Mayo Clinic is already Rochester's biggest employer, largest health provider and most-recognized name. There's also a case for it being the Minnesota city's most powerful landlord.

MSP  Business Journal, Mayo extends deal with at-home colon cancer test partner — Mayo Clinic and Exact Sciences Corp. will add five years to the partnership that in 2014 led to their launch of an at-home colon cancer screening test.

Daytona Beach News Journal, Widow remembers husband who died from ALS — When Ernie made arrangements to donate his brain to the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville for ALS research, he said, “You’re welcome to look, but I don’t think I have a brain.”

International Business Times, Red Wine and Chocolate, Perfect for Valentine’s Day and Your Health — Red wine and antioxidants found in red grapes could increase high-density lipoprotein, "good" cholesterol, and lower low-density lipoprotein, "bad" cholesterol, and could prevent blood clots, according to the Mayo Clinic.

WPTZ, Tips for Avoiding Heart Disease — Health professionals at Mayo Clinic have developed the Mayo Clinic Healthy Heart Plan. The entire plan is contained in the book "Mayo Clinic Healthy Heart for Life!" But one of the key messages is that even little steps may make a big difference.

Duluth News Tribune, Tea drinkers enjoy a cuppa good heart health — The Mayo Clinic cites instances of adverse effects from kombucha, such as upset stomachs, infections and allergic reactions. Kombucha is often brewed in homes in unsterile conditions, the Mayo website states. That makes contamination likely.

Becker’s Hospital Review, 100 hospital and health system CIOs to know | 2015 — Cris Ross. CIO of Mayo Clinic (Rochester, Minn.). Mr. Ross was named CIO of Mayo Clinic in August 2012. He has a diverse background in healthcare, IT and government.

Chicago Tribune, Ex-smokers hoard scarce Nicorette lozenges, bitterly about the taste of one or the other," said Dr. J. Taylor Hays at the Mayo Clinic's Nicotine Dependence Center.

Self, Can you be Depressed and Happy? —  The trend was magnified in females, who are nearly twice as likely as males to have clinical depression. The Mayo Clinic reports that one in five women will develop depression in her lifetime.

Wall Street Journal, Weight Loss or Not, Exercise Yield Benefits — The best way to lose weight and keep it off is to make realistic, long-term changes in diet and exercise regularly, according to the Mayo Clinic. Additional coverageWashington Post

MSP Business Journal, Google health search results get a Mayo Clinic fact-check — Google Inc. is changing how it displays search results for common health conditions with some help from Mayo Clinic. Additional coverage:CBS News, ReadWrite, Duluth News Tribune, KSTP, KPHO, Modern Healthcare, CNET, Reuters

LaCrosse Tribune, Big Blue Dragon Boat races to expand, move to Copeland — Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare's third annual Big Blue ... said Freit-Hammes, health promotion director at Mayo-Franciscan.

Xconomy, LearnLaunch Picks Six Edtech Startups for Upcoming Accelerator — The LearnLaunch Edtech startup accelerator today named the six startups that will be part of its Winter 2015 program. The companies will receive a seed investment, mentoring, and workspace in LearnLaunch’s Boston headquarters during the four-month program … —Knowledge to Practice creates learning management systems for medical professionals participating in continuing medical education programs. Clients include the Mayo Clinic, Massachusetts General Hospital, and American Board of Internal Medicine.

WQOWCardiologist Regis Fernandes, M.D., talks about the annual Healthy Heart Fair and women’s heart event, both in Eau Claire, to raise awareness of heart disease.

WEAUCardiovascular surgeons Thomas Carmody, M.D., and Robert Wiechmann, M.D., share an inside look at an operating room.

Post Bulletin, Mayo Edge — Symptoms of chronic sinusitis often resemble a cold, but last months.

Penn Live, Dauphin County resident pushed man in wheelchair into kitchen table — State policy say, employees of the company provide in-home care to the man with cerebral palsy. The disorder affects movement, muscle tone and posture, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Bloomberg, Overweight Moms’ Eggs Mayo Spur Diabetes Risk for Babies — Obesity-induced cell damage is passed from mothers to their offspring, according to a study in mice that showed a mechanism for driving intergenerational diabetes risk … It increases the chances of various complications, including gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, labor problems and stillbirth, the Rochester, Minnesota-based Mayo Clinic says on its website.

Click on Detroit, Man with family history of heart condition undergoes 2nd heart transplant — Ernie Balcueva hopes to return to Michigan after rehabilitation at Mayo Clinic. Additional coverage: WDIV

Bloomberg, Only 1 in 3 Donor Hearts are Used In US — Brooks Edwards, director of the Mayo Clinic’s transplant center in Rochester, Minnesota, agrees. Mayo Clinic’s “deep bench” has made his team able to adapt to unusual situations, he said in a telephone interview. “There’s no question in my mind that centers with large, dedicated teams where they’re highly experienced are going to have an increased comfort level in taking a marginal donor,” he said. Additional coverage: Chicago Tribune

Star Tribune, Yoga spreads wave of ‘complimentary medicine, in US, Minnesota — The Mayo Clinic in Rochester also has seen interest grow in its Complementary and Integrative Medicine Program since its start in 2001. Dr. Brent Bauer, who directs the program, said research has proved the beneficial effects of the therapies, especially on the body’s reactions to stress. Asked how they work, he said, “That’s the million-dollar question.”

Louis Post Dispatch, Taking a closer look at digestion — There are many places on the Internet to get more information. I found the patient information at the Mayo Clinic site (mayoclinic.org, search “penile implants”) to be excellent.

WDTV (West Virginia), Understanding the dangers of eating disorders — Anorexia and bulimia are two main eating disorders. According to Mayo Clinic, anorexia is characterized by an abnormally low body weight, intense fear of gaining weight and a distorted perception of body weight.

Arab News, Enjoying life … with diabetes — The number of people diagnosed with diabetes is continuously increasing and this is particularly true for Saudi Arabia where 3.8 million cases of diabetes have been registered in 2014 … ‘Mayo Clinic The Essential Diabetes Book’ brings together a team of specialists from the Mayo Clinic who share with us the latest information on how to live well with diabetes.

Fierce Healthcare, Will the promise of precision medicine live up to the hype? — Despite all the optimism surrounding President Barack Obama's Precision Medicine Initiative--including excitement from providers who already use patients' genetic data to treat disease--the ambitious proposal is not without its skeptics … The Mayo Clinic also has high hopes for precision medicine, according to the Post Bulletin, given that it runs one of the country's largest biobanks that has been collecting samples from volunteers since 2009.

Phoenix New Times, Arizona Lawmakers Forming Science Caucus; Darwin Day Proposed — If you believe the stereotypes about Arizona, then pigs are flying around the state legislature … "Arizona has a long and prolific history doing scientific research," he says. Sherwood listed off just some of those things, like the mapping for the moon landings being done at Lowell Observatory, and the Mayo Clinic, TGen, and the research at Arizona State University's science facilities (the university is in his district).

Triple Pundit, Your Poop: Now for Money and Science — The answer that OpenBiome, and researchers from institutions like the Mayo Clinic, have come up with may not seem your standard treatment regimen. But it works. Each year, more than 500,000 people in the U.S. contract C. difficile, explains OpenBiome on its website.

Yale Daily News, Four cups a day keeps the doctor away — Improved cardiovascular health and decreased likelihood of liver cancer, Parkinson’s disease and Type II diabetes are all potential benefits of regular coffee consumption, according to the Mayo Clinic. But a new Yale study may have recognized another health benefit: skin cancer protection.

Fairmont Sentinel, Survivor learns to talk again — Linda Polzin closes her eyes and struggles to find the correct word. Her intense concentration is rewarded. Her eyes pop open, and she breaks into a smile as she speaks.

Star Tribune, Lawmakers winnow list of candidates for University of Minnesota governing board — Lawmakers narrowed down Tuesday the field of candidates for the University of Minnesota's governing board but couldn't agree in two of the five contests … That included a nod for Patricia Simmons, a regent finishing her second six-year term. Regents don't typically serve longer than that, but Simmons noted there's no law barring the practice. The recently retired Mayo Clinic doctor said she only considered running after another female doctor connected to the hospital system dropped out. Additional coverage: Post-Bulletin

Santa Barbara Independent, Immune to the Facts? A letter to the anti-vaccine parents — But now you know better. Pick your trusted authority: The Center for Disease Control, the Mayo Clinic, the New York Times all say the vaccine scare is hooey. Doctors are vaccinating their own children as fast as they can peel the back off a Princess Elsa Band-Aid.

Fierce Diagnostics, Exact Sciences looks beyond colorectal cancer Dx with extended Mayo Clinic collaboration — Exact Sciences ($EXAS) is building on a previous collaboration with Mayo Clinic to develop tests for the gastrointestinal tract, riding high off last year's successes and expanding its offerings beyond colorectal cancer.

Yahoo Health, Google Is Teaming With the Mayo Clinic to Keep Your Hypochondria in Check — If you’re anything like the rest of the human population, the first thing you do when you have a mystery ailment is to consult with your personal physician: the Internet. Got a weird rash? Check the Web. Elbow pain? Search online. Additional coverage: BBC Inquisitor

Pacific Daily News, Try using the ‘neck’ rule to gauge symptoms — In an online article published by the Mayo Clinic, a nonprofit medical research group, Dr. Edward Laskowski writes, "exercise is usually OK if your symptoms are all 'above the neck.'" Those symptoms would include, for example, a runny nose, sneezing or a minor sore throat. However, Laskowski adds, one should consider reducing the length and intensity of the workout.

WDIO (AP), Lawmakers urge wider screening for diseases in newborns — Lawmakers say Wisconsin infants should be tested for more deadly diseases during newborn screenings. The proposed bill, called Collin's Law, would require adding to newborn screenings a test for Krabbe disease along with five others that target the nervous system.… The disease is an inherited disorder that usually appears within a baby's first six months of life, according to Mayo Clinic. The disease often results in death by age 2. There is no cure.

Florida Times-Union, Health Notes: Kids Fitness Fest will be held on Valentine's Day — A study of more than 2,000 patients by researchers at Mayo Clinic’s campus in Jacksonville has dispelled the myth that cancer biopsies cause cancer to spread.

Gainesville Times, Gainesville hospital ranked No. 2 behind Mayo Clinic in overall care — For tops in overall hospital care in the U.S., there’s the globally known Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and then, there’s Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville. That’s according to CareChex, an independent health care quality rating service, which has ranked NGMC No. 2 in a recent study of “America’s Top Quality Providers.”

philly.com, 10 lifestyle changes to improve your heart health — As the founder and Medical Director of the Healthy Change of Heart Program, I have done research looking into how to prevent heart disease through the use of supplements and lifestyle changes to lower cholesterol. The results of this research have been published in major medical journals including the Mayo Clinic, Annals of Internal Medicine and The American Heart Journal.

Men’s Fitness, Google’s Medical Advice Just Became A Lot More Accurate — A well-designed article – optimized for search – about drinking alligator tears to cure Strep always has the potential to creep to the top of a Google results page on “Sore Throat.” Such are the perils of the Internet. Until now. With help from physicians at the Mayo Clinic, Google announced Tuesday that it has weeded out dubious medical advice from the top results on more than 400 common illness search terms.

Medical Xpress, New device improves healing of some ruptured aneurysms — A new device inserted into small ruptured brain aneurysms significantly improved healing of ruptured aneurysms compared to a standard device, according to research presented at the American Stroke Association's International Stroke Conference 2015 … "We think that one of the reasons that the HydroCoil had better outcomes than the bare platinum coil in the ruptured aneurysms is that a ruptured aneurysm can have a little bit more of a complex or irregular shape, the expansion of the hydrogel likely allows for filling of some of these irregular outpouchings and rupture sites," said Waleed Brinjikji, M.D., the study's lead author and a radiologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. "The advantage of the HydroCoil is that it will expand to fill in that irregular shape."

Leader Telegram, Cholesterol restriction to be taken off feds menu, Have your eggs and eat them too — this time without any guilt. The long-held belief that egg yolks contain a significant amount of cholesterol remains true, but a national dietary committee is making a statement about the effects of their consumption … Dr. Regis Fernandes, a cardiologist at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, explained that cholesterol is a substance that makes up the cells in our bodies.

Huffington Post, 11 Free gifts every entrepreneur seeking success and balance should give themselves — If that isn't enough of a reason for you, what if I told you your health may be at risk? "Excessive sitting," says Dr. Levine of the Mayo clinic, "is a lethal activity." His research shows that excessive amounts of inactivity like sitting at your desk all day can lead to increased chances for obesity, shorter life expectancy, and a decrease in the enzymes your bloodstream needs to stay healthy.

Estar Bien, El jamón ibérico es bueno para el corazón, Se trata de dos investigaciones piloto independientes sobre los efectos vasculares del jamón ibérico. Dichos jamones fueron evaluados sólo en población sana, con el objetivo de estudiar la capa de revestimiento interno de nuestras arterias, el endotelio, el mejor barómetro de salud vascular según expertos de la Clínica Mayo, de Rochester, USA.

Informe21, 6 razones de por qué el ejercicio mejora tu digestion Mejora el control del apetito Debido a que provoca cambios hormonales, como la secreción de endorfinas, reduces el riesgo de comer en exceso. Tener abundante comida en el estómago ralentiza la digestión, que normalmente dura 40 horas, puntualiza Michael F. Picco, médico de Mayo Clinic.

Diabetologie-online, Polyneuropathie durch Diabetes-Behandlung…Neuropathien viel häufiger als gedacht…Dies bemerken in einem Kommentar ebenfalls in Brain die Neurologen Phillip A. Low und Wolfgang Singer vom Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. Unabhängig davon sei dies die erste klare Beschreibung von TIND bei einer großen Anzahl Betroffener, heben Low und Singer hervor. Mit dieser Studie würde sowohl die Wahrscheinlichkeit einer TIND definiert, als auch die wichtigsten Risikofaktoren.

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