December 23rd, 2016

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights

By Karl W Oestreich

Mayo Clinic in the News is a weekly highlights summary of major media coverage. If you would like to be added to the weekly distribution list, send a note to Emily Blahnik with this subject line: SUBSCRIBE to Mayo Clinic in the News. This will be our last edition of 2016.  Look for us again on January 6, 2017. Thank you and happy holidays.

Editor, Karl Oestreich;  Assistant Editor: Emily Blahnik

 

Los Angeles Times
A senior-friendly workout to improve movement and prevent injury

Jogging outdoors, running on a treadmill or lifting weights at the gym aren’t always practical — or enjoyable — activities for everyone. However, one type of exercise works for everyone, no matter your age or ability, because it relies on improving practical movements often involved inLogo for Los Angeles Times newspaper everyday activities. “Natural movement is universal, and it’s about bringing movement back to the basics,” says Bradly Prigge, wellness exercise specialist with the Mayo Clinic’s Healthy Living Program. “It’s not about following the latest fitness craze or learning the newest secret to weight loss. Natural movement is about connecting with your body and cultivating an awareness of your full abilities.”

Reach:  The Los Angeles Times has a daily readership of 1.9 million and 2.9 million on Sunday, more than 8 million unique latimes.com visitors monthly and a combined print and online local weekly audience of 4.5 million. The Pulitzer Prize-winning Times has been covering Southern California for more than 128 years.

Additional coverage: Mountain Grove News-Journal

Other recent coverage in the Los Angeles Times related to Mayo Clinic's Healthy Living Program

Cosmopolitan, Do You Really Need to Take Vitamins?
WTOP Washington, Mayo Clinic expert: 4 actions for a healthy holiday season
Yahoo! News, 9 Ways to Boost Your Immune System by Michael O Schroeder
WEAU Eau ClaireTODAY INTERVIEW: Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Recipes

Previous coverage related to Mayo Clinic's Healthy Living program in the December 2, 2016 Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights

Context: The Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program is redefining healthy living. It’s a comprehensive, whole-body wellness experience guided by medical research and evidence-based medicine to offer guests trusted solutions to improve quality of life.

Contacts: Kelley Luckstein, Joe Dangor

 

Star Tribune
Mayo Clinic in Rochester adds customized plane to air fleet

The Mayo Clinic in Rochester has unveiled a customized $8.5 million airplane to transport high-risk patients to its facilities. The fixed-wing aircraft adds to the Mayo One fleet that was created in 1984. The program began with a single helicopter based in Rochester and now boasts four — two in Rochester, one in Mankato and one in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.Star Tribune newspaper logo

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.

Additional coverage: KSTP, Becker’s Hospital Review, KIMT

Context: While a certain red sled usually owns the flight-related headlines this month, Santa's sleigh isn't the only one getting press this December. Several news outlets, it seems, are reporting on another vehicle taking flight. But instead of delivering toys to good girls and boys, the new Mayo One airplane delivers patients in need of immediate, advanced care to Mayo Clinic. And like Santa's ride, this one also has some pretty unique features, and the equipment, medication and staff to make it function as a sky-high Emergency Department. You can read more about the new Mayo one airplane in Mayo Clinic in the Loop.

Contact:  Glenn Lyden

 

KIMT
St. Mary’s nurse returns to work after hiking accident
by DeeDee Stiepan

It’s an incredible story of survival that we first brought you in May when a St. Mary’s nurse fell 100ft while hiking in Arizona. Amber Kohnhorst spent 24 hours in extreme pain, without food or water until she was KIMT LOGOrescued by helicopter. Now, the 25-year old is back in Rochester, and it’s been quite some time since she was working as a Registered Nurse on the 5th floor at St. Mary’s Hospital. “My last shift was Friday May 13th, she tells us. “I’ve never really believed in Friday the 13th but now it kind of freaks me out.”

Reach: KIMT 3, a CBS affiliate,  serves the Mason City-Austin-Albert Lea-Rochester market.

Previous coverage in December 2, 2016 Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights

Context: Amber Kohnhorst loves animals and adventure. The trip she'd planned to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Utah promised both. She'd spend time volunteering at the shelter and do some hiking in nearby Cane Beds, Arizona. But what sounded like a perfect vacation quickly became a nightmare when the 25-year-old Mayo Clinic nurse fell 100 feet down a cliff during what was supposed to be a short hike. You can read more about Amber's story on Mayo Clinic In the Loop.

Contacts:  Ginger Plumbo, Kelly Reller

 

NBC News
Why Heart Attacks Are Striking Healthy Young Women
by Lauren Dunn and Parminder Deo

Researchers are discovering that SCAD heart attacks occur more frequently than once thought..."SCAD is a type of heart attack, but completely NBC News Logodifferent than the one we normally think of," says cardiologist Dr. Sharonne Hayes of the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota. "It's caused by a split or tear in an otherwise healthy artery that leads to a drop in blood flow to the heart leading to a heart attack."

Reach: NBC News provides information about breaking news in business, health, entertainment, politics etc… and receives more than 21,547,025 unique visitors each month.

Context:  Sharonne Hayes, M.D. is a Mayo Clinic cardiologist. Dr. Hayes studies cardiovascular disease and prevention, with a focus on sex and gender differences and conditions that uniquely or predominantly affect women. With a clinical base in the Women's Heart Clinic, Dr. Hayes and her research team utilize novel recruitment methods, social media and online communities, DNA profiling, and sex-specific evaluations to better understand several cardiovascular conditions. A major area of focus is spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD), an uncommon and under-recognized cause of acute coronary syndrome (heart attack) that occurs predominantly in young women.

Contact: Traci Klein

 

Florida Times-Union
Mayo Clinic sees innovation as key to the future

Mayo Clinic recognizes the historic changes taking place in the health care landscape. The health care provider has become famous for treating the whole patient by integrating various specialties of care. Now Mayo is going to be using its of health care innovation system as a model for generating revenue. Mayo-Jacksonville is setting aside spaces for innovators and is taking part in more collaborations.Florida Times-Union newspaper logo

Reach: The Florida Times-Union reaches more than 120,000 daily and 173,000 readers Sunday.

Context: Charles Bruce, M.D. is a Mayo Clinic cardiologist and serves as medical director of Mayo Clinic Ventures at Mayo Clinic's campus in Jacksonville, Florida. James (Jim) Rogers is chair of Mayo's newly formed Business Development Department, which combines the functions of Mayo Clinic Ventures and the Office of Business Development. The new department will oversee Mayo's partnerships with external organizations, spearhead new business opportunities and support the advancement of medical technology in conjunction with Mayo Clinic leaders, entrepreneurs and inventors.

Contacts: Kevin Punsky, Duska Anastasijevic

ABC News, Testing Stem Cells in Tiniest Hearts to Fight Birth Defect by Lauran Neergaard — Even in adults, stem cell regeneration is highly experimental. But small studies involving heart attack survivors and older adults with heart failure have found what Dr. Denis Buxton, a stem cell specialist at NIH's heart institute, calls a modest benefit in how well their hearts pump blood…Other types of stem cells also are being explored for hypoplastic left heart syndrome. Mayo Clinic researchers have tested stem cells taken from affected babies' umbilical cord blood. Additional coverage: FOX News, New York Times, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Associated Press, Star Tribune

Wall Street Journal, New Concerns About Anesthesia for Young Children by Sumathi Reddy — More than one million children a year in the U.S. under the age of 4 have surgeries that require anesthesia, according to the FDA. Only about 20% of those end up needing it again while they are still young, and even fewer children undergo surgeries that are three hours or longer, says David Warner, a pediatric anesthesiologist and professor of anesthesiology at the Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minn. The majority of parents can be reassured about general anesthesia, says Dr. Warner, who expects many more parents of young children will have questions for him about its use.

Wall Street Journal, When Is It OK to Eat Chocolate? by Ellen Byron — To maximize the healthful qualities of chocolate, Katherine Zeratsky, a dietitian from Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., advises choosing a higher cocoa content, such as 65% or higher, and limiting added sugar or fat. While chocolate and its main ingredient, cocoa, appear to reduce risk factors for heart disease, it is best enjoyed in moderation, Ms. Zeratsky says.

CNN, College kid coming home with mumps? Here's what to know by Susan Scutti — It's winter break. Eagerly, you study the passengers passing through the arrivals door until finally, you spot the familiar face of your very own college kid. But instead of smiles, you see swollen glands, a feverish brow, an expression of pain. … Mumps is a contagious disease caused by a virus and mainly spread through saliva. There's no need for drama, but you still need to consider a few important matters, says  Robert Jacobson, a pediatrician and vaccine researcher at the Mayo Clinic Children's Center and medical director of the Mayo Clinic's primary care immunization program.

CNN, Stay warm! Your life may depend on it by Jacqueline Howard Baby, it's cold outside -- and many of us first feel the freezing temperatures of winter in our toes and fingertips before elsewhere in the body. … "The most worrisome health effect from cold exposure is hypothermia, which can cause damage to vital organs, including the heart, nervous system and kidneys. In extreme cases, death can occur. This often is a result of abnormal cardiac rhythms," said Dr. Jeahan Colletti, an emergency medicine specialist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

New York Times, You’re ‘Prediabetic’? Join the Club by Paula Span — Dr. Victor Montori, an endocrinologist and diabetes specialist at the Mayo Clinic, is also skeptical. “Identifying people and putting this label on them — does that help them?” he asked. In older people, he noted, blood sugar levels normally rise as the pancreas produces less insulin and the body becomes more insulin resistant. “They’re healthy, and this campaign will make them feel sick,” he said. He advocates improvements to our diets instead, and reductions in poverty levels and other stressors linked to diabetes.

New York Times, Drinking on Antidepressants by Steven Petrow — Drug companies err on the side of caution, warning those taking the drugs to “avoid alcohol.” Alcohol is itself a depressant and may worsen depression, though few studies have explored the clinical implications of mixing it with antidepressants. Dr. Daniel Hall-Flavin, an associate professor of psychiatry at the Mayo Clinic who studies addiction, said: “While select individuals may be able to have an occasional drink without complications, that cannot be generalized to an entire population, some of whom may have drug interactions.”

Buzzfeed, 33 Foods You Should Eat Instead Of Popping a Multivitamin by Caroline Kee — You’ve probably heard of the 13 essential vitamins (A, C, D, E, K and 8 B vitamins) and essential minerals (like calcium and potassium). They’re good for you and keep your body running smoothly. But since we don’t make enough of these on our own, we need to get them through our diet, as Dr. Donald Hensrud, Medical Director of the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program, tells BuzzFeed Health.

Washington Post, Poor sleeping, no energy, low libido: Is it aging? — “As part of so-called ‘normal’ aging, your mind does slow a bit,” says Ronald Petersen, a neurologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Brain neurochemicals change over time, he says, which explains the little glitches, such as forgetting where you put your keys. But only up to 20 percent of people experience more-serious problems with thinking or memory, studies suggest.

Washington Post, A 23-year-old bodybuilder is being ravaged by ovarian cancer — and Instagramming it all by Lindsey Beaver — Three weeks before her wedding day, Cheyann Shaw uploaded a video to YouTube, a space the fitness fanatic regularly filled with workout clips and health tips. Shaw has stage 4 low-grade serous ovarian cancer, a rare and slow-growing but stubborn strain that can be resistant to chemotherapy treatments. Ovarian cancer is uncommon, with about 20,000 U.S. women diagnosed each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Most common in postmenopausal women, ovarian cancer begins in the ovaries but can still spread throughout the abdomen. In advanced stages, it is more difficult to treat, according to data from Mayo Clinic.

Reuters, Optimistic people may live longer after a heart attack by Madeline Kennedy — People who expect good things to happen in the future are more likely than less-optimistic peers to survive the decades following a first heart attack, a study in Israel suggests. The results don’t prove that optimism extends life, but doctors should nevertheless consider including optimism training in patients’ rehabilitation after heart attacks, the study team writes in Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

Huffington Post, America’s Top Calorie Count Searches Will Surprise You by Abigail Williams — …Bud Light may be the most popular beer in America, but Americans were searching for Coors in 2016. A 12 fl. oz. can or bottle of Coors Banquet Original Beer contains 149 calories, 12.2 grams of carbohydrates and 13.7 grams of alcohol. For reference, the average American on a 2,000-calorie diet should get 225 to 325 grams of carbohydrates per day. However, the Mayo Clinic recommends “choosing carbohydrates wisely” by picking whole grains, fruits and vegetables over sugary drinks and refined grains.

Forbes, 5 Tips to Decrease Stress in the Workplace NOW by Ashley Stahl — Laugh: The Mayo Clinic has actually proven that laughing relieves stress and also has many positive short-term and long-term effects. Actually, every study conducted on laughter has produced positive results. So interact more with the funny guy at the office. Plan a catch-up date with your funniest friend. Go see a comedy. Laugh until your sides hurt and you have tears streaming down your face.

FOX News, The truth about expensive travel gear by Eileen Ogintz — A neck pillow: It may be a pain in the neck to carry one, but it's better than enduring serious neck pain. Airline seats force your head into an uncomfortable, and sometimes unnatural, position that prevents your spine from relaxing completely, said Dr. Randy Shelerud, a specialist in physical medicine and rehabilitation at the Mayo Clinic. The right pillow will apply pressure in the ideal places to correct that. “The main advantage is that there is direct support on the mid-cervical spine with these pillows, which allows less pressure on the cervical facets in the mid spine. The airline seats force one’s head into a bit of flexion not allowing the cervical spinal musculature [basically all muscles running along the spine] the ability to completely relax,” Shelerud told FoxNews.com.

FOX News, FDA warns on repeated or lengthy use of general anesthesia in children — More than one million children a year in the U.S. under the age of 4 have surgeries that require anesthesia, according to the FDA. Only about 20 percent of those end up needing it again while they are still young, and even fewer children undergo surgeries that are three hours or longer, says David Warner, a pediatric anesthesiologist and professor of anesthesiology at the Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minn. The majority of parents can be reassured about general anesthesia, says Dr. Warner, who expects many more parents of young children will have questions for him about its use.

USA Today, When a child is born, tests should be uniform: Our View — About 1 in 800 babies in the U.S. is born with a condition that can lead to death or brain damage, and all states have laws requiring nearly all newborns to be screened for dozens of genetic disorders. But an investigation published this month by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel revealed holes in the screening system that cause conditions to be missed in too many kids. Standards for newborn testing vary widely from state to state. Reporter Ellen Gabler also found that many state labs fail to take full advantage of software developed by Mayo Clinic that could greatly improve screening. ns to be screened for dozens of genetic disorders. These tests are heralded as lifesavers for about 12,000 babies each year.

CBS New York, Cancer Avatars Can Take The Guesswork Out Of Treatment; Researchers Say — Researchers at the Mayo Clinic are working to take some of that guesswork out of cancer therapy by creating a so-called cancer avatar. “We’re essentially creating a version of the patient’s tumor, just in another location, in this case a mouse,” the researcher added. The key here is the patient’s own tumor in the avatar. Every cancer is different, and so by carefully monitoring which drugs shrink the cancer in the animal they have a good idea what will work should it return in the patient.

US News & World Report, Life With a Feeding Tube by Lisa Esposito — Between 150,000 and 300,000 Americans have long-term feeding tubes, says Lisa Epp, a registered dietitian nutritionist with Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Not being able to swallow food because of cancer of the mouth or throat is a major contributor. Neurologic conditions such as stroke or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease) that impair nerves affecting swallowing are also reasons. Gastric problems in which the stomach doesn't empty well or a part of the intestine doesn't work are the third major cause for feeding tubes, Epp says. Less commonly, trauma and paralysis impair the ability to swallow.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution, VIDEO: Fitness and nutritional advice for your 2017 New Year’s resolutions by Erika Hernandez — Resolving to eat healthier in the new year? Anya Guy, a clinical dietitian at Mayo Clinic in Florida, offers nutritional advice on what order when dining out to the hidden fats in avocados.

Prevention, 5 warning signs that you have an alcohol problem by Joy Manning — Daniel Hall-Flavin, MD, an addiction psychiatrist at Mayo Clinic, agrees that there are no hard-and-fast rules. That said, it's useful to keep in mind the National Institutes of Health guidelines for low-risk drinking. For women, that's no more than 3 drinks on any given day and no more than 7 drinks per week. For men, it's no more than 4 drinks on any given day or 14 per week. Additional coverage: FOX News

Reader’s Digest, Do You Really Have to Stop Drinking on Antibiotics? by Brooke Nelson — There’s still a myriad of reasons to avoid alcohol while on antibiotics, even if it’s just penicillin. For one, “although alcohol doesn’t reduce the effectiveness of most antibiotics, it can reduce your energy and delay how quickly you recover from illness,” according to James M. Steckelburg, MD, professor of medicine at Mayo Medical School, on the website of the Mayo Clinic.

Reader’s Digest, 9 Things Doctors Wish You Knew About Shoveling Snow by Colette House — Stephen Kopecky, MD, professor of medicine at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, says people should begin getting in shape a few months prior to when they anticipate having to shovel snow. As physically taxing shoveling snow can be, those who exercise often and don't have any pre-existing heart conditions can usually complete the task without major problems. For those who are inactive, Dr. Kopecky says they have a 70 to 80 percent higher risk of having a heart attack while shoveling that those who are active on a regular basis.

Consumer Reports, Beat Holiday Stress This Season by Jeneen Interlandi — Reward yourself, ideally with some alone time and a hot toddy. Taking just 20 minutes a day away from the crowds (even if “the crowds” are your own family) can do wonders for your ability to manage holiday stress. "You will get swept away in a tsunami of demands if you don't take care of your own needs," writes Edward T. Creagan, M.D., a professor of medical oncology at the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine, who blogs about stress management. Schedule breaks for yourself every day, no matter how busy you feel.

Modern Healthcare, Leadership Symposium 2016 - Paying for Value: Visions for the future — The following is an edited transcript of the discussion between Bernard Tyson, CEO of Kaiser Permanente, the nation's largest integrated delivery network headquartered in Oakland, Calif., and Dr. John Noseworthy, CEO of the Mayo Clinic, headquartered in Rochester, Minn…Dr. John Noseworthy: We're going to be looking at how we evolve value-based payment going forward. It raises this political issue of what will happen to the Medicare and Medicaid innovation group. Speaking as a physician and as a scientist, you have to test innovation to see if it works. My hope is that some form of that will survive.

HealthLeaders Media, Work-From-Home Policy Considerations for Healthcare Providers by Lena J. Weiner — Is there a home for home-based workers in healthcare? "It's been a benefit," says Yvonne Chase, manager of patient access and billing services for Mayo Clinic's Florida and Arizona campuses.Mayo Clinic chose to allow working from home and to use this benefit as a recruiting tool—a strategy which has worked to shorten recruiting time and increase retention, says Chase.

BuzzFeed, Here’s What To Do If You Burn Your Mouth by Caroline Kee — We reached out to two mouth-burn experts to find out: Dr. Alison Bruce, dermatologist at The Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, and Dr. Alice Boghosian, spokesperson for the American Dental Association and a dentist in Park Ridge, Illinois…“Mouth burns are usually first-degree burns, and sometimes second-degree but it’s less common,” says Bruce. The burn damages cells in the outermost layer of skin (the epithelium) on your tongue, the roof of your mouth, or the insides of your cheeks, Bruce tells BuzzFeed Health. It basically has the same effect as a burn anywhere else on the skin, but the tissue in your mouth and on your tongue is much more delicate.

SELF, Shannen Doherty Clears Up A Major Radiation Misconception by Korin Miller — Shannen Doherty has been open about her breast cancer diagnosis and treatment, frequently posting photos and comments about her progress on social media. Now, the actress is working to clear up a big misconception about cancer treatment…Lisa McGee, M.D., a radiation oncologist at Mayo Clinic Arizona, says that these types of questions aren't unusual from patients and their family members. “It’s a very common misconception,” she tells SELF.

MedPage Today, 2016's Top 5 Advances in Rheumatology by Nancy Walsh — A Crisis Unfolding: A study presented at the ACR meeting "puts the spotlight on a coming crisis that will affect rheumatoid patients dramatically, as access to specialty care will become more difficult even in the relatively near future," commented Eric Matteson, MD, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. One reason may be that approximately half of the current rheumatology workforce is expected to retire in the next 15 years, we reported from the meeting.

Outside, Running's Greatest Minds on Nike's Two-Hour Marathon Project by Nick Pachelli — OUTSIDE: First, let’s talk about your initial reactions to the project. When did you learn about it? JOYNER: Ed Caeser emailed me the story he’d done for Wired. I was thrilled about it because, as everybody knows, I started yapping about breaking the two-hour barrier in the late ‘80s, and wrote a paper about it in the early ‘90s. So, as a scientist, I was obviously thrilled to see that someone wanted to test some theoretical ideas I’d generated in the real world.

Daily Mail, Is this the easiest way to diagnose dementia? A simple 'sniff test' is accurate in diagnosing the disease early on by Stephen Matthews — Three weeks before her wedding day, Cheyann Shaw uploaded a video to YouTube, a space the fitness fanatic regularly filled with workout clips and health tips. But this time was different: She was now using the social video platform for a more emotional and profound purpose. Shaw has stage 4 low-grade serous ovarian cancer, a rare and slow-growing but stubborn strain that can be resistant to chemotherapy treatments.

Post-Bulletin, Mayo looking to play key role in ACA changes by Heather J. Carlson — Mayo Clinic officials are wasting no time 0weighing in on potential changes to the Affordable Care Act. In a recent interview with the Washington Post, Mayo Clinic President and CEO John Noseworthy said the federal health care law was put together without enough input from patients and doctors. "We've been talking much more about premiums and websites than we have about what patients need. The voice of the patient and, I would argue, the voice of the medical professional, hasn't been at the table for a long, long time. I think we could help," Noseworthy said.

Star Tribune, Hospitals face uncertain prognosis with Affordable Care Act up in the air by Christopher Snowbeck — In talking with federal policymakers about potential changes, Mayo Clinic officials are highlighting what worked well in Minnesota’s old market for individuals, which offered a high-risk pool for people denied coverage because of health problems, said Kathleen Harrington, the chairwoman of policy and government relations at the clinic. Coverage through the high-risk pool came at above-market rates, but enrollees enjoyed very broad access to doctors and hospitals in the state. “Minnesota did it well before,” Harrington said. “The individual insurance market continues to be very, very sick.”

Star Tribune, Kyle Rudolph adheres to strict regimen to get from game to game by Matt Vensel— Once team meetings concluded around 1:30 p.m., Rudolph drove downtown to EXOS, a self-described “human performance company” that is affiliated with the Mayo Clinic. There, he spent an hour “fine-tuning my movement patterns.”

Star Tribune, Mayo: Yesterday's prep footballers do not make up more of today's brain injuries by Jeremy Olson — High-schoolers in the 1950s and 1960s who played football did not suffer elevated rates of brain disorders as they aged, according to a Mayo Clinic analysis, but its authors warned that the results don’t absolve today’s players from risk. Dr. Rodolfo Savica and colleagues studied the health records of 296 men who played varsity football in Rochester from 1957 to 1970 and compared their rates of dementia and Parkinson’s disease with 190 high school athletes from the same era who instead took part in swimming, wrestling and basketball.

Star Tribune, Mayo Clinic News Network: 3 ways to keep burnout at bay — How many times have you felt overwhelmed? "The symptoms of stress can include head and muscle aches, upset stomach, fatigue, anxiety, irritability, lack of focus, over- or undereating, angry outbursts and social withdrawal," said Dr. Tiffany Casper, a family physician for the Mayo Clinic Health System. "No one is superhuman. You need to recognize and then respect your limits."

Twin Cities Business, Mayo Clinic Merges Venture Capital, Licensing, Biz Development Operations by Don Jacobson — Under the new arrangement unveiled this month, Mayo Clinic Ventures—the clinic’s hub for research commercialization and licensing—is combining with the recently expanded Office of Business Development to form a new dedicated entity known as the Department of Business Development. The new unit is chaired by former MCV leader James Rogers, with recently hired former Medtronic executive Lawrence Cho serving as vice chairman. In an interview with TCB, Rogers and Cho said the new arrangement will give an expanding cast of outside entities such as companies, venture funds, institutions and the government “one door” to go through when seeking to partner up with the clinic’s formidable research capabilities.

Twin Cities Business, Mayo-Backed Vitruvian Networks Joins Blood Cancer Immunotherapy Race by Don Jacobson —Mayo Clinic Ventures partnered up with General Electric earlier this year to launch a new technology company aimed at speeding the commercialization of genomics-based personalized medical treatments. Now that startup, Vitruvian Networks Inc., has become part of a high-profile competition to bring the first blood cancer immunotherapy to market.Vitruvian Networks, which made its debut in April, was tapped this month by well-funded Los Angeles-based biotech Kite Pharma (Nasdaq: KITE) to help make its non-Hodgkin lymphoma drug candidate (known as Axicabtagene Ciloleucel) widely available to potential users once it gains hoped-for U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval.

Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal, Pro sports, tech and startups will mix at MinneAnalytics' SportCon by Katharine Grayson — Sports-tech entrepreneurs, executives from Minnesota’s largest pro teams and academics will come together for MinneAnalytics’ first-ever SportCon event next month. Panel discussions will center broadly around the topic of sports analytics. Topics include “The Netflix Approach to Batter-Pitcher Matchup” and “How Football Fans Behave Online," and speakers range from Minnesota Twins Chief Baseball Officer Derek Falvey to Robby Sikka, associate director of data analytics for sports medicine at Mayo Clinic.

Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal, Rochester clears $115M Alatus plan, offers $10.5M TIF package by Mark Reilly — The Rochester City Council unanimously approved a plan by Minneapolis developer Alatus to build a 13-story, $115 million apartment complex, ending a months-long debate over the scope of the project. It's one of the biggest development projects of the year for Rochester, which is still in the early stages of a multibillion-dollar, citywide project to expand the Mayo Clinic and add infrastructure to Rochester. The Alatus project is near Mayo's Saint Marys Hospital campus.

KARE11, The Mayo Clinic Diet by Pat Evans — Just in time for a proactive approach to the dreaded fear of holiday season weight gain, the highly acclaimed, second edition of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller The Mayo Clinic Diet has been totally revised and updated. We spoke with Dr. Donald Hensrud, a specialist in preventive and internal medicine and director of the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program. He told us the program focuses on improving health and a healthy lifestyle, and has been an effective and safe way to shed unwanted pounds and keep them off for good.

Healio, Noncardiac mortality risk higher after PCI in patients with STEMI, cancer — In a contemporary registry of patients who underwent PCI for STEMI, one in 10 had a history of cancer, and those with cancer had elevated risk for noncardiac mortality but not cardiac mortality, according to new findings. “We’ve watched cancer survivorship increase over the past 2 ½ decades, which is wonderful, but it has led to new challenges, such as handling of downstream illnesses and side effects to an extent never encountered before,” Joerg Herrmann, MD, interventional cardiologist at Mayo Clinic, said in a press release. “In particular, as cardiologists, we wanted to know if cancer and its therapies left these patients debilitated from a [CVD] standpoint.”

National Geographic, Exclusive: Celebrated Mountaineer Suffers Heart Attack at 20,000 Feet by Mark M. Synnott — On November 16, Conrad Anker, 54, one of the world’s most accomplished alpinists, had a heart attack while climbing in the Himalaya. National Geographic reached Anker via Skype, shortly after he returned to his home in Bozeman, Montana. Sitting at his desk, with a framed photo of Yosemite Valley in the background, Anker spoke candidly about the incident that nearly cost him his life… What are some projects outside of climbing you’re working on?: I started working with the Mayo Clinic back in 2012 when we did the Everest trip, and I’d like to keep building on that relationship. Mayo Clinic does a lot of testing for wearable devices, and I’d like to see these devices work on health prevention. The data can be used to identify children at risk for type 2 diabetes.

Health magazine, Why Crawling Is the Ultimate Total-Body Exercise by Anthea Levi — When you think of crawling, you probably think of adorable little rugrats. But according to Mayo Clinic physical therapist Danielle Johnson, crawling is an essential move for grown-ups too. She actually does it every day—and she’s not alone. Health and fitness experts are raving about the benefits of crawling, and other so-called fundamental movements. Squatting, jumping, running, hanging, balancing—they all fall into the same category. Essentially, fundamental movements are things we master as kids, but stop doing as we age. And that’s a shame because these activities engage our muscles in perfectly natural ways.

HealthDay, Normal Blood Pressure in Clinic May Mask Hypertension — It's commonly believed that anxiety in the doctor's office causes patients' blood pressure to rise. But for some people, the opposite occurs: Their blood pressure is normal at their medical appointment but elevated the rest of the day. This phenomenon is called "masked hypertension." The best way to uncover it is to wear a small monitoring device for 24 hours, researchers said… Dr. Gerald Fletcher, a spokesman for the American Heart Association, said that while it may be beneficial, it's not possible to monitor everybody's blood pressure for 24 hours.  But if you have high cholesterol, are overweight or have a family history of high blood pressure, you might benefit from this type of monitoring if your pressure is normal in a doctor's office, said Fletcher. He's also a professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla.

Advisory Board, Mayo Clinic: Overlapping surgeries are safe (at least at our hospitals) — The practice of overlapping surgeries has come under scrutiny after a Boston Globe investigation found that some surgeons have raised patient consent and safety concerns about hospitals' practices… Mayo researchers analyzed about 10,000 overlapping surgeries and about 16,000 non-overlapping surgeries on patients at Mayo campuses. In addition, researchers also looked at more than 10,000 operations at Mayo Clinic's Rochester campus, about 3,000 of which were performed concurrently.

Ottawa Citizen, Watch for behaviour changes for clues of dementia onset by Lauran Neergaard — Researchers on Sunday outlined a syndrome called "mild behavioural impairment" that may be a harbinger of Alzheimer's or other dementias, and proposed a checklist of symptoms to alert doctors and families. "It's important for us to recognize that not everything's forgetfulness," said Dr. Ron Petersen, the Mayo Clinic's Alzheimer's research chief. He wasn't involved in developing the behaviour checklist but said it could raise awareness of the neuropsychiatric link with dementia.

Consumer Affairs, Shoulder replacement surgeries rising dramatically by Mark Huffman — The Mayo Clinic has also seen an increase in partial and total shoulder replacement surgeries. It conducted a study that found the surgery to be an effective way to reduce arthritic pain, especially in patients whose rotator cuffs are still intact. “What we’ve learned from this study is that if people do develop significant pain in their shoulder due to arthritis associated with rheumatoid arthritis, shoulder arthroplasty really is a predictable and reliable operation to help them improve their function and relieve pain,” said senior author Dr. John Sperling, an orthopedic surgeon at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

Pioneer Press, Struggling to get pregnant? There’s an app for that by Leah Kodner — Q. What haven’t we asked you that we should understand about your business? A. How did we develop the science behind Welltwigs’ solution? The science behind our solution, including the need for hormone measurements and algorithms, were developed under the guidance of the head of reproductive health from the Mayo Clinic.

Wired, Inside Nike’s Quest for the Impossible: a Two-Hour Marathon by Ed Caesar — …The easiest way to express the difference between potential and performance in the marathon is through two numbers. The first is 1:57:58, which Michael Joyner, a polymathic anesthesiologist at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, calculated in 1991 to be the physiological limit for a man in the marathon, the best time possible for a perfect athlete in perfect conditions.

KAAL, Mayo Clinic Study: Contact Sports and The Brain — Mayo Clinic researchers say they found intriguing results while studying the effects of contact sports on the brain. The study focused on athletes all the way back to the 1950s, with a focus on football players. "There's this incredible amount of attention by the media, general public, coaches, trainers, NFL, you name it, about the role of traumas and its consequences," said one of the researchers from Mayo Clinic's Neurology Department, Dr. Rodolfo Savica.

Post-Bulletin, Shift work often presents sleep problems — DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I started working a night shift six months ago, and I just can't get enough sleep. I'm having a hard time staying asleep during the day. Most days, I get five hours of sleep or less. What can I do to get more sleep? I'm worried that lack of sleep is going to affect my health… Trying to sleep during the day rather than at night can be difficult. As you've found out, humans naturally are wired to be awake during the day and sleep at night. But there are steps you can take to help your body adjust and get the sleep you need. Your body has an internal sleep-wake rhythm. In most people, that rhythm generally fits a 24-hour cycle. Because of your sleep-wake rhythm, you get sleepy at certain times of the day and become more alert at other times. The main influence on this rhythm is exposure to external light — Meghna Mansukhani, M.D., Sleep Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Rochester.

ABC15 Arizona, Rally For Red: Why is marriage good for your heart? by Katie Raml — A study of 3.5 million people found that married couples have the lowest rates of cardiovascular disease. Dr. Eric Yang of Mayo Clinic says it's not hard to figure out why. "A lot of people, like myself, say, 'Ah, it's fine, the pain will go away, I don't need to see a doctor.'" That's a lot harder to do when you have someone at home urging you to get a check-up. "Men specifically tend to deny that they're having discomfort or think that it will just go away," Dr. Yang says.

Medscape, Largest Trial of Transplants in Myeloma: No Need for Extras by Roxanne Nelson —"Transplant is standard of care in multiple myeloma," commented Joseph Mikhael, MD, professor of medicine and consultant hematologist, Mayo Clinic, Phoenix, Arizona. "Patients receive induction therapy, they receive a transplant, and we are quite convinced, based on a number of trials and a meta-analysis, that lenalidomide as maintenance therapy is also the standard of care."So the question being addressed here is, Is that sufficient, or should we add a second transplant? Or should we add more consolidation with more chemotherapy?" he said.

Post-Bulletin, Vast majority of children outgrow bed-wetting without medical care — DEAR MAYO CLINIC: My son is 8 and wets the bed a few times each week. We have tried a variety of things to help prevent it from happening, including stopping beverages two hours before bedtime and using a mattress pad with a bed-wetting alarm. Should we take him to see a specialist? Don't kids usually outgrow bed-wetting by this age? Bed-wetting is common in children your son's age, especially boys. Most of those children outgrow bed-wetting without any medical care by the time they reach adolescence. If he's not having any other urinary associated problems, such as accidents during the day or urinary tract infections, it's not necessary to take your son to see a doctor. If you notice other medical problems that could be connected to the bed-wetting, however, then an appointment with your son's primary health care provider would be a good idea. — Patricio Gargollo, M.D., Pediatric Urology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester.

Medical Daily, 3 Signs You Have Social Anxiety, And How To Treat The Symptoms by Elana Glowatz — After a social interaction, people with this disorder will often spend time afterward “analyzing your performance and identifying flaws in your interactions,” the Mayo Clinic says. The person will be “expecting the worst possible consequences from a negative experience during a social situation.”

AZBio, Mayo Clinic first in U.S. to offer lymphoma genomic diagnostic test for patients — Mayo Clinic has created a genetic test to help guide diagnosis and treatment of patients with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, the most common type of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The Lymph2Cx test helps determine where the lymphoma started, assigning “cell-of-origin” groups using a 20-gene expression-based assay. It is the first test to go into the Mayo practice from the new Mayo Clinic Molecular Diagnostic Arizona Laboratory. The lab enables Mayo physicians and researchers to access new and existing tests rapidly to improve patient care.

KIMT, Lifting spirits one balloon at a time by Adam Sallet — The holiday season is here and for some of us it doesn’t mean getting together with family but rather medical appointments. On Monday, however, they got a little jump of holiday spirit thanks to the Rochester community and Hy-Vee. More than a 1,400 balloons were delivered to Mayo Clinic sites, including the Children’s Center where eyes lit up and smiles could be seen. Hy-Vee leaders tell us this is the first year they’ve tried this and they are hoping to get even more donations next year. Additional coverage: KTTC, Post-Bulletin

Communities Digital News, Obamacare: A never ending story? by Vincent Stokes — When Donald trump won the election last month, one big question was what would happen to the Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare.” Repealing Obamacare was one of Trump’s major campaign promises, but even if he does manage to get rid of it, health care industry professionals and experts say they aren’t too concerned. Harrington, chair of Policy and Government Relations for the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., spoke positively of Trump’s tentative plans for Obamacare. “We are very encouraged with the approach we’re hearing so far from President-elect Trump in terms of having a focused review and removing certain parts of it,” she said.

Health Data Management, Interoperability critical to value-based care, but solutions fall short by Greg Slabodkin — Christopher Ross, chief information officer of the Mayo Clinic, says “there are no excuses” and “we should all get at it.” But, at the same time, he emphasized that the challenges of interoperability require a lot of focus and coordination on the part of healthcare stakeholders. “I think we should be cognizant of the difficulty of what’s involved in providing technology to support value-based care,” added Ross. “It’s a big job.” Christopher Ross, chief information officer of the Mayo Clinic, says “there are no excuses” and “we should all get at it.” But, at the same time, he emphasized that the challenges of interoperability require a lot of focus and coordination on the part of healthcare stakeholders. “I think we should be cognizant of the difficulty of what’s involved in providing technology to support value-based care,” added Ross. “It’s a big job.”

KXLY Spokane, Mayo Clinic News Network: Tips for avoiding heart disease — You don't have to make big changes to improve your heart health. Even small, basic steps can have dramatic effects. One of the biggest drops in heart disease risk occurs when you go from living a sedentary lifestyle to being active for as little as one hour a week. Obviously, the more active you are, the better. But just one solid hour of activity over the course of a week makes a difference. 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.

American Medical Association, New resource advises how to prevent, respond to trainee suicide by Timothy M. Smith — Fredric Meyer, MD, executive dean of education at Mayo Clinic, added, “For the welfare of patients and the next generation of physicians, the nation’s providers of medical education must strive to cultivate an environment that promotes both stress management and resilience.” In addition to Mayo Clinic’s work on preventing and responding to trainee suicide, Mayo Medical School received a grant through the AMA’s Accelerating Change in Medical Education Consortium to pilot an educational model to prepare students to practice within and lead patient-centered, community-oriented, science-driven collaborative care teams that deliver high-value care.

KIMT, Mayo Clinic Health System in Austin is branching out by Hannah Funk — Mayo Clinic Health System in Austin is finding a new way to make their patient care more accessible. They are opening up an Express Care Clinic at the Hy-Vee grocery store in Austin. “Sometimes it’s hard to come in a see a primary care doctor or you go to urgent care to see a doctor and it’s also a long wait,” said Dr. Alberto Marcelin, Mayo Clinic Health System- Austin. “If you have a cold, headache or an infection of the eye, all you need to do is go to the clinic. You can come in get done and go back to your daily life.”

WKBT La Crosse, Mayo Clinic News Network: Tips for running in the cold — Exercise enthusiasts who love to run outdoors may be challenged during the cold months of winter. Facing bitter temperatures, wind chills, snow and ice can cause the most experienced runner to think twice before hitting the pavement. Karla Marley, a physical therapist at Mayo Clinic Health System Franciscan Healthcare in Holmen, has some important reminders and good advice for anyone exercising or running in the winter elements.

Chippewa Herald, Mayo Clinic releases top baby names of 2016 — Names are important, and no one knows that better than a soon-to-be parent. As of Nov. 30, 994 babies were born at the Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire. 455 of those were girls, and 539 were boys. From that list, Mayo Clinic found the top three girls’ names from their hospital in 2016 were: Madeline, used 11 times; Harper, used nine times; and Adeline, which tied with Raelynn for eight times.

Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, Menomonie Reads organizers put faith in late physician's power of words to inspire by Pamela Powers — For the first time, Menomonie Reads has chosen a book written by local authors, and it is one that organizers hope will both educate and inspire the community. The selection for the annual community book discussion is “The Race of My Life: 50 Essays on Living with Cancer,” written by the late Dr. David Eitrheim and his wife, Amy Eitrheim. David Eitrheim was diagnosed with an aggressive form of tongue cancer in July 2013 at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. An avid runner with a healthy lifestyle, it was a shocking diagnosis that ended his career in 2014 as a physician at Mayo Clinic Health System-Red Cedar in Menomonie.

Red Wing Republican Eagle, Mayo Clinic Health System leadership changing by Anne Jacobson — Dr. Tom Witt soon will turn more of his attention to family practice and hospital integration as he steps aside as CEO of Mayo Clinic Health System in Cannon Falls, Lake City and Red Wing. In early February, Dr. Brian Whited will take over the practice leadership position, MCHS announced Tuesday. He is the vice president of operations for Mayo Clinic Health System.

Austin Daily Herald, Mayo to open Express Care in new Hy-Vee — The new Hy-Vee grocery story at the former Oak Park Mall will come with a new quick care clinic run by Mayo Clinic Health System. The Mayo Clinic Express Care Clinic in the 1001 18th Ave. NW Austin Hy-Vee grocery store is expected to open in late spring 2017. “The new clinic will enhance access to our services, provide convenient care, and help patients get the right care where it is most convenient for them,” said Dr. Alberto Marcelin, Family Medicine co-chair for Mayo Clinic Health System – Albert Lea and Austin, in a press release. “We are excited to partner with Hy-Vee to offer this service to our patients.”

Faribault Daily News, Mayo Clinic Health System celebrates new location by Renee Brown — Faribault Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism ambassadors and board members were on hand to help Mayo Clinic Health System — Faribault celebrate the completion of its new facility with a ribbon cutting. The new location is at 300 State Ave. and provides all of its medical service under one roof. The completed facility is 27,400 square feet and employs 125 staff members.

WQOW Eau Claire, The impact of screen use — Most of us are using screens more than ever before. When does this fall into the category of addiction? Mayo Clinic Health System psychotherapist Jennifer Wickham discusses striking a healthy balance with WQOW Daybreak anchor Bridget Curran. (Note: Due to technical difficulties, Jennifer’s volume is very low. Turn up computer volume to hear.)

WKBT La Crosse, Mayo sells Village on Cass assisted living facility — Mayo Clinic Health System is agreeing to sell the Village on Cass to Nesnah Ventures, a company based out of Holmen. Mayo has owned the facility since the early 1980s but says they recently made the decision to hand over control of the community to someone else. The new company plans to renovate the facility, but that means current residents will have to live somewhere else during construction. Additional coverage: WXOW La Crosse

WEAU Eau Claire, Mayo Clinic Health System supports Junior Achievement — Junior Achievement of Wisconsin, Inc. Northwest District received a $4,200 sponsorship from Mayo Clinic Health System. The funding helps JA continue to reach area youth with programs teaching them about work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy. These programs reach students in Menomonie, Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Altoona, Bloomer, Mondovi, Osseo and Rice Lake.

KEYC Mankato, Winter Break Feed and Read Provides for Over 800 Students by Ashley Hanley — Feeding Our Communities Partners (FOCP) will be distributing more than 800 boxes of food to students in the area this week for their annual Winter Feed and Read. The boxes of food will be given to students who are enrolled in BackPack Food Program, which ensures that food insecure children have adequate food during weekends and school breaks…“Mayo Clinic Health System is proud to support the BackPack Food Program’s distribution of nutritious food for the winter break. Our employee volunteers know this is an important way that we can help reduce stress on families this time of year and make sure that kids in our community continue to have access to healthy food.” - Chaun Cox, M.D., Family Medicine physician at Mayo Clinic Health System.

Mankato Free Press, Annual food and book distribution feeds body, mind and imagination by Kristine Goodrich — More than 800 youngsters will have full stomachs and new books to read over their winter break thanks to the Holiday Feed and Read. With financial and volunteer support from a number of organizations, Feeding our Communities Partners distributes food and books to low-income families in four area school districts. About 90 volunteers helped pack the boxes of food and another 60 volunteers helped distribute the food, according to Feeding Our Communities Partners Program Manager Nicole Swanson. Mayo Clinic Health System was the primary sponsor, providing both financing and volunteers, Swanson said.

Post-Bulletin, New CEO coming for Mayo in Red Wing, Cannon Falls, Lake City by Brian Todd — The new year will see new leadership for Mayo Clinic Health Systems in Cannon Falls, Lake City and Red Wing. Dr. Brian Whited will take over the new CEO for MCHS in those areas, according to media reports. Currently, Whited serves as vice president of operations for Mayo Clinic Health System. Dr. Tom Witt, the current CEO, will spend more time on family practice and hospital integration. Witt will transition out of the CEO role by March 1.

AccuWeather.com, Why do we crave fattening foods during winter? by Bianca Barr Tunno — Experts say it’s easy to select comfort food when the days are dark and dreary, but those choices may not be as satisfying as you think. “When it is cold outside, it is only natural that our body temperature drops, which can lead to wanting a warm beverage or hot food to help warm our bodies,” said Angie Murad, a wellness dietitian at the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program. “Some of the foods that are warm can be loaded with extra calories, fat or sugar.”ted 35 million bio-specimens and associated data will be made available to researchers.

KRCU Radio, Strength Training Can Help Manage Weight by Brooke Hildebrande Clubbs — When we think about strength training, we often think of weight lifting and picture famously muscled people like Arnold Schwartzenegger. But, you don’t have to be a bodybuilder to benefit from this form of exercise. The Mayo Clinic reports that strength training can help you develop strong bones, manage your weight, manage chronic conditions and sharpen your thinking.

Express Tribune, 4 things you must do immediately after catching a cold by Maryam Abdullah — To combat a sore throat, gargling with salt water is one of the quickest natural remedies. “The salt draws out excess water in your throat’s tissues, reducing the inflammation, and clears mucous and irritants from the back of the throat,” notes Philip Hagen, chief medical editor of Mayo Clinic Book of Home Remedies. The rinse also flushes out bacteria and viruses, which may help whether you’re getting a cold or want to prevent one in the first place.

Cape Cod Times, Small doses: Sober social evenings and more — The hustle and bustle of the holidays can bring unexpected medical concerns, including increased risk for heart attack and stroke. Several studies have shown that the incidence of heart attack and stroke increase in December and January, particularly on Christmas Day and New Year's Day. Alcohol and high-fat foods may play a role. To minimize the risk of an unexpected visit to the emergency room, Kevin Barrett, vascular neurologist at Mayo Clinic in Florida and co-director of the Mayo Clinic Primary Stroke Center, offers these tips…Additional coverage: Journal Times

Knowridge Science Report, Aspirin use may help prevent bile duct cancer, study finds — A team of current and former Mayo Clinic researchers has discovered that aspirin use is associated with a significantly reduced risk of developing bile duct cancer, also called cholangiocarcinoma. “Our study found that individuals who took aspirin had a more than a two-and-a-half to three-and-a-half-fold lesser chance of developing bile duct cancer, compared to individuals who did not take aspirin,” says Lewis Roberts, M.B. Ch.B., Ph.D., the study’s senior author and a gastroenterologist and hepatologist at Mayo Clinic.

Healthcare IT News, IBM partners with Delos to develop cloud apps that promote healthy indoor environments by Jack McCarthy —IBM’s technology stack and expertise in areas such as Internet of Things (IoT), sensors, and data analytics capabilities will enable Delos to apply cognitive services to its data, Scialla added. The Well Living Lab, a collaboration between Delos and Mayo Clinic, is a lab that simulates a wide variety of real-world indoor environments – including homes and offices – to enable scientists and researchers to study the many important effects of indoor light, thermal comfort, acoustics, air quality, and more on the health and well-being of building occupants.

Post-Bulletin, Mayo Clinic regional leader steps down by Brett Boese — Mayo Clinic announced Tuesday that Dr. Tom Witt, a transformational figure in Mayo's Goodhue County health care facilities, would "transition out of his leadership role" in early 2017. Mayo has clarified that Witt's reassignment was "part of rotational leadership." He has served as president and CEO of Mayo Clinic Health System-Cannon Falls/Lake City/Red Wing since 2012, and he previously was president and CEO at the Lake City hospital from 2003-2012. Additional coverage: Becker’s Hospital Review

WKBT La Crosse, New report shows increased demand for health care workers by Eric Jacobson — It's a problem local hospitals are trying to overcome. Krystal Carter has been a registered nurse at Mayo Clinic Health System since February. "Helping people when they're at their worst moments is really the biggest thing, and being able to be that support person for them and help them get through it," Carter said. But officials at Mayo say nurses like Carter will become more important in the years to come. "It's a perfect storm as they would say,” Diane Holmay, chief nursing officer for Mayor Clinic Health System, said. “But I think one of the biggest changes in the next 5-10 years or so is the growing number of people retiring."

Knowridge Science Report, Mayo Clinic News Network: Why you should not share pain pills with others — If your spouse is suffering with a bad headache or fall, it’s OK to give him or her a leftover prescription opioid pain pill you have from a past surgery, right? Mayo Clinic experts say sharing opioids is not a good thing to do. In this Mayo Clinic Minute, reporter Vivien Williams talks to pain medicine specialist Dr. Mike Hooten about why sharing opioid pain medications such as oxycodone, hydrocodone and morphine can be dangerous.

Courier Life News, Onalaska committee OKs hospital ordinance for potential Mayo project by Zachary Olson — After months of revisions, Onalaska’s newest chapter of hospital ordinances took another step forward with an approval from the Plan Commission on Tuesday. The ordinances set guidelines for medical facilities on more than five acres, providing a template for Mayo Health System to follow should it build a facility in the city. Last year, an independent traffic study conducted by a Mayo affiliate revealed the healthcare giant’s intention to build a clinic at Sand Lake Road and Hwy. 53 in Onalaska, across from Menards.

Sacramento Bee, Holiday blues: If you’re feeling stressed, here’s how to cope by Claudia Buck — For millions of Americans, the holidays can trigger bouts of sadness and loneliness. To cope, here are some tips from Mayo Clinic…

El Universal, El neurocirujano que lucha contra el cancer by Daniela Diaz — Pensaba salir por un momentito a trabajar y regresar, pero aquí seguimos, laborando con las misiones, con la Clínica Mayo”, explica el neurocirujano Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa, conocido internacionalmente como el Dr. Q. Originario de Mexicali, Baja California, narra en su autobiografía cómo llegó a Fresno, California, donde trabajó por dos años como piscador de algodón, pintor, y soldador: “Mi rol ahora es darle esperanza a la gente por medio de lo que hago, con mi cerebro y mis manos”.

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