March 31st, 2017
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.
How to Follow the News in a Political Age of Anxiety
by Lesley Alderman
Another day and, for many, another worrisome news alert out of Washington — or two, or three. Travel bans. Policy reversals. Wire taps. In October, during the buildup to Election Day, we heard from therapists about how their patients were feeling fearful, angry and distrustful in reaction to the contentious presidential race. Now, these same therapists report that many of their patients are even more upset as they struggle to make sense of the direction in which the country is heading. And many can’t tear themselves away from the news. … “Many of my patients are frightened and on edge. They wonder, Could the next news alert report that missiles are flying through the air?” said Dr. Robert Bright, a psychiatrist at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix. “Almost all my patients report having insomnia.” He tells clients who are feeling overwhelmed to turn off news alerts on their phones and instead tune into the news just once a day. If social media feels as if it’s making your blood pressure rise, limit the number of times per week you log on.
Reach: The New York Times has a daily circulation of nearly 649,000 and a Sunday circulation of 1.18 million.
'Black Insomnia' may be the strongest coffee in the world
by Emi Boscamp
A couple years ago, scientists unveiled the world's blackest black, called Vantablack, which absorbs 99.965% of visible light. Well, now there may be a coffee equivalent to Vantablack, called Black Insomnia. It debuted in South Africa last year and just arrived in the United States. No word yet on how much light it absorbs. … But what would happen if you drank more than that? We're jittery just thinking about it. "It depends how sensitive you are to caffeine, Dr. Sharonne N. Hayes, M.D., cardiologist at Mayo Clinic and professor of cardiovascular diseases, explained to TODAY Food over the phone. "It may not cause a serious medical issue, but it may be uncomfortable. For example, people with arrhythmias are triggered by caffeine and may experience palpitations."
Reach: Today.com is online site for NBC's Today Show.
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
With almost $300 million in private funds, Mayo's Rochester project set to get $585M in public money
by Matt McKinney
Millions of dollars in state aid for expansion of the Mayo Clinic should start to arrive in Rochester this fall, it was announced Thursday. The public dollars were pledged for the Destination Medical Center (DMC) project in 2013, but the Legislature said they wouldn’t come until the clinic and private investors first put up their own money. Now that has happened, with almost $300 million in private investment. The figures released Thursday by the DMC board put private investment totals so far at $297.7 million, a figure that covers everything from a new sign at a private business to a $68 million Mayo project at its Saint Marys Campus.
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: KTTC, Becker’s Hospital Review, U.S. News & World Report, KDLT News, Kansas City Star, Post-Bulletin, Santa Cruz Sentinel, LMT Online, Post-Bulletin, ABC News, Wichita Eagle, Las Vegas Sun
Star Tribune, Destination Medical Center by Lisa Clarke
Post-Bulletin (special report table of contents)
Post-Bulletin, Special Report- DMC: Transforming Rochester
Post-Bulletin, The hustle is over; the show’s about to begin
Post-Bulletin, Where in Discovery Square will Mortenson build first?
Post-Bulletin, Saint Marys area prepares for dramatic change
Post-Bulletin, Developers discover Discovery Square
Post-Bulletin, Hammes doubles down on Rochester investment
Post-Bulletin, Where health care meets hospitality
Post-Bulletin, Staver: As DMC unfolds, we must protect city’s values
Post-Bulletin, DMC will be a draw for millennials
Post-Bulletin, Powers: History should repeat itself, with DMC
Post-Bulletin, Will DMC create 'Silicon Valley of Medicine'?
Context: The Destination Medical Center Corporation (DMCC) Executive Committee announced today that the DMC economic development initiative exceeded the $200 million private development investment threshold –needed to trigger the release of state DMC dollars to be used for public infrastructure improvements – by $97.7 million, totaling $297.7 million in private investment. “Reaching this important milestone reaffirms that we are on the right track, and Rochester is already experiencing growth and new opportunities,” said Lt. Gov. Tina Smith, DMCC Board Chair. “With the $200 million threshold met, I look forward to working with the State of Minnesota, Rochester community and Mayo Clinic to invest in transportation, world-class amenities, and other public infrastructure that supports opportunity for everyone.” More information can be found on the Destination Medical Center website.
Mayo Clinic study: High-intensity interval training can reverse aging process
by Danielle Avitable
A new study by the Mayo Clinic found that certain workouts can reverse the aging process. The study found that a high-intensity interval training workout, combined with resistance training, can turn back time. "You're essentially slowing down that aging process, what I think is amazing, because we didn't have those things before," Dr. Vandana Bhide, of the Mayo Clinic, said.
Additional coverage: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Context: Everyone knows that exercise is good for you, but what type of training helps most, especially when you’re older - say over 65? A Mayo Clinic study says it’s high-intensity aerobic exercise, which can reverse some cellular aspects of aging. The findings appear in Cell Metabolism. Mayo researchers compared high-intensity interval training, resistance training and combined training. All training types improved lean body mass and insulin sensitivity, but only high-intensity and combined training improved aerobic capacity and mitochondrial function for skeletal muscle. Decline in mitochondrial content and function are common in older adults. More information can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.