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December 16th, 2016

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights

By Karl W Oestreich KarlWOestreich

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. Thank you.

Editor, Karl Oestreich;  Assistant Editor: Emily Blahnik


Chicago Tribune
Is bone broth the next hot health trend?
by Alison Bowen

Jason Ewoldt, a dietitian at the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program in Rochester, Minn., said patients often ask him about something new they've read about. People often think, he said, "if a little bit's good, maybe a lot is better." But far from assuming what's best is tripling your boneChicago Tribune Logo broth intake after reading about its benefits, he said, "that's not necessarily the case." He said some people consider bone broth a magic elixir, crediting it with improving joint function and gut health.

Reach:  The Chicago Tribune has a daily circulation of more than 384,000 and a weekend circulation of more than 686,000.

Context: Jason Ewoldt is a dietitian at the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program, which 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.

Contact: Kelley Luckstein


Was football safer back in the day?

In a finding that suggests football used to be a less dangerous sport, a small study shows that men who played in high school in the 1950s and Health Day Logo1960s may not be at increased risk for dementia or memory problems…"What we can say is, for that era, football did not increase the risks of neurodegenerative disease compared with other sports," said senior researcher Dr. Rodolfo Savica, a neurologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

Reach: HealthDay distributes its health news to media outlets several times each day and also posts its news on its website, which receives more than 39,000 unique visitors each month.

Additional coverage: NWI Times, Healthline, KTTC, WebMD, KIMT, CBS News, Medical News TodayWTAJ Pennsylvania, MSN

Context: A Mayo Clinic study published online recently in Mayo Clinic Proceedings found that varsity football players from 1956 to 1970 did not have an increased risk of degenerative brain diseases compared with athletes in other varsity sports. The researchers reviewed all the yearbooks and documented team rosters for Mayo High School and Rochester High School, now called John Marshall High School. The high school football players were compared with non-football playing athletes who were swimmers, basketball players and wrestlers. More information on the study can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Contact: Susan Barber Lindquist


Rural U.S. babies hardest hit by opiate addiction at birth
by Lisa Rapaport

These babies may have central nervous system issues like seizures and tremors, gastrointestinal problems and feeding difficulties, breathing challenges, as well as unstable body temperatures. “It is clear that neonatal abstinence syndrome is a growing problem across the country,” saidReuters Logo Dr. William Carey, a pediatric researcher at Mayo Clinic Children’s Center in Rochester, Minnesota. “While some state-level data has suggested that neonatal abstinence syndrome disproportionately affected rural counties, this is the first study to show that rural communities throughout America are particularly affected by this epidemic,” Carey, who wasn’t involved in the study, added by email.

Reach: Reuters has 196 editorial bureaus in 130 countries and 2,400 editorial staff members and covers international news, regional news, politics, social issues, health, business, sports and media.

Additional coverage: Yahoo! Sports

Context: William Carey, M.D. is a Mayo Clinic pediatrician with Mayo Clinic Children's Center. Mayo Clinic Children's Center pediatric and adolescent medicine specialists provide comprehensive care for the diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of diseases and conditions.

Contact: Kelley Luckstein


The First Legit Study of Stem Cells and Arthritis Had Surprising Results
by Evy Pitt Stoller

According to a study led by the Mayo Clinic's Shane Shapiro, an orthopedic and sports medicine physician, the recent use of bone marrow stem Tonic cells in painful, arthritic joints has dramatically increased, while exactly how well the treatment works—or how safe it is—has yet to be made clear. "So many of these therapies are going on without the science to back it up," he says. "We weren't comfortable offering this treatment to patients until we or someone else had studied it in a rigorous fashion."

Reach: Tonic is a website hosted by Vice covering health and wellness, science, health issues, world health news and other topics.

Context: Researchers at Mayo Clinic’s campus in Florida have conducted the world’s first prospective, blinded and placebo-controlled clinical study to test the benefit of using bone marrow stem cells, a regenerative medicine therapy, to reduce arthritic pain and disability in knees. The researchers say such testing is needed because there are at least 600 stem cell clinics in the U.S. offering one form of stem cell therapy or another to an estimated 100,000-plus patients, who pay thousands of dollars, out of pocket, for the treatment, which has not undergone demanding clinical study.“Our findings can be interpreted in ways that we now need to test — one of which is that bone marrow stem cell injection in one ailing knee can relieve pain in both affected knees in a systemic or whole-body fashion,” says the study’s lead author, Shane Shapiro, M.D., a Mayo Clinic orthopedic physician. More information can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Contact: Kevin Punsky


Twin Cities Business
Mayo Researchers Land Patent For Non-Invasive Pancreatic Cancer Test
by Don Jacobson

The same Mayo Clinic research team that developed the Cologuard DNA-based stool test for colorectal cancer has also been working on similar technology for the early detection of pancreatic cancer. After encouraging early studies, they have now landed a patent for their methods. Dr.Twin Cities Business Magazine Logo David Ahlquist, a Mayo Clinic medical professor and consultant in its division of gastroenterology and hepatology, led the team that, late in the last decade, developed the genomic science behind the Cologuard test, which Mayo licensed in 2009 to Exact Sciences Corp. (NASDAQ: EXAS) of Madison, Wisconsin. Now, in a patent dated November 29, Ahlquist and Mayo colleagues Dr. John Kisiel, William R. Taylor, Tracy Yab and Douglas Mahoney were also granted rights to their method of “Detecting Neoplasm,” through which bio-samples, such as those collected from stool, can be analyzed for pancreatic cancer-related DNA biomarkers.

Reach: Twin Cities Business is a monthly business magazine with a circulation of more than 30,000 and more than 74,000 readers. The magazine also posts daily business news on its website.

Context:  David Ahlquist M.D. is a Mayo Clinic gastroenterologist and co-inventor of the Cologuard test.

Contact: Joe Dangor


Air Force veteran hopes to meet donor's family after lung transplant in Jacksonville — A Georgia Air Force veteran ActionNewsJaxgot a double lung transplant at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville hours after his wife was told he was going to die… An hour after doctors said he wasn’t going to make it, two healthy lungs became available. The 21-year-old woman’s lungs were a match for Terry Junn. Doctors flew them into Mayo Clinic from Mississippi and Terry Junn went into surgery.

Reach: WAWS-TV/30 is the Fox affiliate. WTEV-TV/47 is the CBS affiliate in Jacksonville, Florida.

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ActionNewsJax, Veteran gets double lung transplant in Jacksonville hours after doctors said he was going to die

Context: A lung transplant is a surgical procedure to replace a diseased or failing lung with a healthy lung, usually from a deceased donor. A lung transplant is reserved for people who have tried other medications or treatments, but their conditions haven't sufficiently improved. At Mayo Clinic, a team of doctors and staff work together to evaluate and treat people who may need lung transplants. Mayo Clinic's Transplant Center staff at Mayo Clinic's campuses in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota works together to evaluate and treat people who may need a lung transplant. Mayo Clinic offers common recommendations, evaluation processes, treatment, post-surgical care and follow-up care for lung transplant candidates at Mayo Clinic's campuses in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota. Mayo Clinic uses technology to help make patient information available as needed at all three locations.

Contact: Paul Scotti

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January 15th, 2016

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly News Summary

By Karl W Oestreich KarlWOestreich

Mayo Clinic in tMayo Clinic in the News Logohe 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 Heather Privett  with this subject line: SUBSCRIBE to Mayo Clinic in the News. Thank you.

Editor, Karl Oestreich;  Assistant Editor: Carmen Zwicker


Star Tribune
Mayo Clinic spending $92.7 million on buildings, equipment
by Christopher Snowbeck

Mayo Clinic announced Tuesday a plan for spending $92.7 million on facilities and equipment that includes more private rooms in Rochester, better roads near its hospital in Florida and a new airplane for transporting patients. The spending plan was approved in November by the boardStar Tribune newspaper logo of directors at Mayo, which routinely makes large infrastructure investments across its six-state network of hospitals and clinics.

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: Bloomberg News online,,, Post-Bulletin

Context:  An investment of $92.7 million in facilities and equipment across Mayo Clinic through 2017 will ensure that patients from across the globe find the world-class accommodations and whole-person care they have come to expect. These efforts reinforce Mayo Clinic’s level of commitment to the Destination Medical Center (DMC) initiative by enhancing the patient experience and positioning Mayo Clinic as the premiere global destination for health and wellness. “Our hospital projects will help us meet Mayo Clinic’s responsibility to combine safe and comprehensive care with a seamless, high-quality experience for our patients and their families,” says Amy Williams, M.D., medical director of hospital operations. More information can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Contact: Susan Barber Lindquist


Here’s What 10 Experts Think of the Government’s New Diet Advice
by Alexandra Sifferlin

“The 2015 Dietary Guidelines build upon the 2010 Dietary Guidelines to provide information to shape policy, design food and nutrition programs, and to help Americans make healthy dietary choices. However, although the Guidelines are required and purported to be “based on Time magazine logothe preponderance of current scientific and medical knowledge”, they did not include some of the recommendations of the Scientific Advisory Committee and therefore do not describe an optimal dietary pattern. Despite some of these shortcomings, it is important to recognize that for most people, following the Dietary Guidelines will improve their nutritional status and health. — Dr. Donald Hensrud, a physician at Mayo Clinic and editor of the Mayo Clinic Diet.

Reach: Time magazine covers national and international news and provides analysis and perspective of these events. The weekly magazine has a circulation of 3.2 million readers and its website has 4.6 million unique visitors each month.

Context: Donald Hensrud, M.D. is a Mayo Clinic endocrinologist and editor of The Mayo Clinic Diet Book.

Contact: Ginger Plumbo


The Wall Street Journal
Can Echinacea Melt Winter’s Colds and Flu?
by Laura Johannes

“If you are getting plenty of fluids and plenty of rest and you want to take echinacea, it seems like a reasonable thing to do and unlikely to harm you,” says Pritish K. Tosh, associate professor at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. But people at risk for flu complications, such as pneumonia or bronchitis, should instead take an antiviral medication such as Tamiflu, he adds.WSJ Banner

Reach: The Wall Street Journal, a US-based newspaper published by Dow Jones & Company, has an average circulation of 2.3 million daily which includes print and digital versions.

Context: Pritish Tosh, M.D., is a Mayo Clinic infectious diseases expert. His research is focused in emerging infections and preparedness activities related to them, ranging from collaborating with the Mayo Clinic Vaccine Research Group in basic science vaccine development to hospital systems research related to pandemic preparedness.

Contact: Bob Nellis


Florida Times-Union
$10 million gift from grateful patient will underwrite Mayo Clinic's neurosurgery residency program
by Charlie Patton

As he waited to undergo spinal surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville on Feb. 17, 2012, John Sonnentag promised himself that if everything Florida Times-Union newspaper logowent well, he would make significant gift to the hospital. Additional coverage: Post Bulletin, Bloomberg News Online

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

Context: A $10 million gift from a grateful patient and his wife will provide funding for a neurosurgery residency program on Mayo Clinic’s Florida campus to help address the nationwide shortage of specialists in head and spine procedures. “There’s a tremendous need for training neurosurgeons in this country,” says Robert Wharen, Jr., M.D., chair of Neurosurgery at Mayo Clinic in Florida. “There is now a shortage of neurosurgeons, and that shortage is actually going to get worse, because there are more neurosurgeons retiring over the next 10 years than we are able to train.” More information can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Contact: Kevin Punsky


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January 15th, 2010

Mayo Clinic urges women to stick to normal mammogram schedules

By Kelley Luckstein KelleyLuckstein

Mayo Clinic is recommending women to continue receiving mammograms beginning at age 40, despite warnings from a federal advisory task force that such screening can be counterproductive and even dangerous…


However, Dr. Sandhya Pruthi, director of Mayo Clinic’s Breast Clinic, said mammograms are still the best screening tool to reduce breast cancer deaths. Additional coverage: Post-Bulletin


MedCity News, by Thomas Lee, 1/14/10

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January 15th, 2010

Annual Mammography Screening Should Continue to Be Covered at Age 40, says Mayo Clinic

By Kelley Luckstein KelleyLuckstein

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommended in November 2009 that routine breast cancer screening begin at age 50, instead of 40 as previously advised.


Discussions in the Senate and the House are leading toward an amendment in the pending health care bill that would provide insurance coverage for annual mammograms beginning at age 40., 1/13/10

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November 23rd, 2009

Both Sides: If clinic is truly science-based, it can’t ignore the facts

By Kelley Luckstein KelleyLuckstein

For months now, Mayo Clinic has led the charge toward reforming health care by encouraging evidence-based medicine. Mayo has argued that it obtains better outcomes for its patients at less cost by using empirically-supported treatments. That is a fancy way of saying that when a Mayo doctor selects a certain treatment, he or she generally does so based on carefully controlled studies, the larger the better…


So it was disappointing to see the Clinic turn its back on its own advice last week, after a widely respected body concluded there was little net benefit in recommending that women under 50 get mammograms. I won't pretend to be an expert on cancer, but the US Preventive Services Task Force is a panel whose findings have long been considered the gold standard when it comes to surveying the broad span of science on the effectiveness of a certain treatment. Its work on mammogram effectiveness precedes the current debate over health care by years…

Mayo's Dr. Sandhya Pruthi added "there are many stories about younger women who have found cancer early as a result of screening."

I'm not sure why she made mention of stories. Dr. Pruthi is surely a talented clinician, but in supporting mammograms for women in their 40s here she is citing anecdotes, not data.

Post-Bulletin, Opinion by Paul Scott, 11/23/09

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November 20th, 2009

Breast Exam Guidelines Raise Furor

By Kelley Luckstein KelleyLuckstein

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius tried to dispel concerns Wednesday that new guidelines on breast-cancer screening threaten insurance coverage for the procedure amid a growing debate about the guidelines among patients, medical professionals and legislators…


Many others disagree with the new guidelines, including the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. "Every day we discover invasive breast cancer in a woman age 40-50," said Sandhya Pruthin, director of Mayo's Breast Clinic.


Wall Street Journal  by Shirley Wang, 11/19/09

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November 20th, 2009

Mayo Clinic, Fairview Southdale Hospital reject new guidelines for breast cancer screening

By Kelley Luckstein KelleyLuckstein

An influential federal task force may be discouraging routine breast cancer screenings for women in their 40s, but that doesn't mean Minnesota doctors are going to change their practices.


Breast clinics at the Mayo Clinic and Fairview Southdale Hospital flatly rejected the recommendations issued Monday by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Both will continue to recommend mammograms for women in their 40s…


The task force isn't telling women in their 40s not to have mammograms, but rather to talk with their doctors and weigh the risks and benefits. Making an informed decision isn't as easy as it sounds, said Dr. Sandhya Pruthi, director of Mayo's breast clinic.


Pioneer Press by Jeremy Olson, 11/18/09

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November 19th, 2009

M.C. doctor disagrees with breast cancer report

By Kelley Luckstein KelleyLuckstein

Nearly half the cases of breast cancer in North Iowa occur in women who a recent  government report said do not need regular mammograms, according to a Mason City doctor.


Dr. Gary Swenson, director of Breast Imaging at Forest Park Imaging Services, Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa, criticized a U.S. Preventive Services Task Force report that most women in their 40s do not need mammograms nor do women over

the age of 75.


The Mayo Clinic has also issued a statement saying the task force recommendations would not change its practices regarding screening mammograms.


“Every day we discover invasive breast cancer in a woman age 40 to 50,” said Dr. Sandhya Pruthi, director of the Breast Clinic at Mayo.


Elderly women for whom screening is judged to be of benefit will also continue to receive mammograms at Mayo Clinic.


Globe Gazette, by Kristin Buehner, 11/19/09


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November 18th, 2009

Roundup: Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines

By Kelley Luckstein KelleyLuckstein

Mammogram Recommendations Draw Widespread Anger

New guidelines saying women between the ages of 40 and 50 should not receive mammograms to screen for breast cancer have met a groundswell of rejection from many medical centers, breast cancer survivors and numerous doctors -- some of whom have advised their patients to ignore the recommendation.


The American Cancer Society and the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology are among the many groups that supported the old guidelines and have stood firmly by them since the United States Preventive Services Task Force released its new recommendations Monday evening…


According to most medical centers that ABC News has heard from, the new screening guidelines will not be followed. M.D. Anderson, the Mayo Clinic, Baylor, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Fox Chase Cancer Center were among many hospitals that said they are sticking with the current guidelines, recommended by the American Cancer Society.


ABC News by Joseph Brownstein, 11/18/09



Mayo, ACS Stand By Old Recommendations

At a time when breast cancer screenings are driving down the death toll, an independent task force is recommending a decrease in testing…


The Task Force no longer recommends mammograms for women younger than 50, and only biannual exams for women older than 50…


"The recommendations at Mayo Clinic will not change," said Dr. Sandhya Pruthi, of Mayo Clinic…


And while Dr. Pruthi acknowledges those risks, she says the major benefit is early detection, which could save lives.


KAAL by Sara Swistak, 11/17/09


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Going agains new cancer regulations

The rules have changed for an important procedure in detecting a major cause of death in the US. However, the rule change is causing an uproar in the medical community and amongst breast cancer survivors.


Not only are many doctors and patients upset by the news, they're downright angry about it. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force says could be causing more harm than good.


Mayo Clinic and the American Cancer Society are also revolting against the new rules and continuing to tell women to get screened in their 40's.


"I've seen many women as a result of early stage breast cancer to have better options when it came to preserving their breast, treatments and survival," explains Dr. Sandhya Pruthi, the Director of Mayo's breast diagnostic center.


Pruthi says she hopes that will not be the case, but only time will tell.


KTTC  by Fanna Haile-Selassie, 11/17/09


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Anger and frustration

Dianne Martinez spent two weeks last month fretting over abnormal mammogram results. Breast cancer and its painful consequences were constantly on her mind as she underwent additional tests that eventually ruled her disease-free. But the time and anguish she endured were a small price to pay, the Tampa nurse said… Michelle McDonough, a radiologist at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, said the report ignores the idea that screening aims to avoid every potential cancer death. "I'm always surprised by anything that suggests you wait to diagnosis a cancer," she said.


Tampa Tribune by Mary Shedden,


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November 17th, 2009

First Coast physicians question new mammogram guidelines

By Kelley Luckstein KelleyLuckstein

Joy Fashauer was just following her doctor’s orders when she got her first mammogram.


“My doctor just said, 'You’re 40. You’d better start your mammograms,’” she said.


Nine years later, the Southside woman is a staunch supporter of mammography, even though the screening method failed to detect a lump in her right breast two years ago…


An influential group, however, suggests that isn’t always the case. Most women under age 50 don’t need routine mammograms, according to a report published online today in The Annals of Internal Medicine that proposes an overhaul in breast-screening protocol…


“I think there are many in the medical community who are concerned about that,” said Michelle McDonough, a radiologist at the Mayo Clinic’s Jacksonville campus. “We’ve made great strides in this reduction in breast cancer mortality. And we’re afraid that if we prematurely tell those patients not to use those screenings, we could see some of those gains eroded away.”


Florida Times-Union by Jeremy Cox, 11/16/09


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