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Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights

Posted on January 17th, 2014 by Karl W Oestreich


January 17, 2014

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NY Times
Ask Well: Is there any scientific study to substantiate the claim that older people (over 45) should limit high-impact exercises like jogging, sprinting, etc…?

...Running and similar high-impact activities likewise have a salutary effect on bone density, said Dr. Michael Joyner, an exercise physiologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and an expert on aging athletes, of whom he is one. Over all, he continued, he is “skeptical” of the ideaNYT that older people should avoid high-impact activities. “A lot of concerns about age-appropriate exercise modalities have turned out to be more speculative than real over the years,” he said, adding that during his research and personal workouts, he’s seen many seasoned adults pounding the pavement without ill effects.

Reach: The New York Times has a daily circulation of more than 735,000. Its website receives more than 16.2 million unique visitors each month.

Context: Michael Joyner, M.D., is a Mayo Clinic anthesiologist. Dr. Joyner and his lab team are interested in how humans respond to various forms of physical and mental stress during activities such as exercise, hypoxia, standing up and blood loss.

Public Affairs Contacts: Traci Klein, Bryan Anderson

WCVB Boston
Shoulder replacement can ease pain, improve motion in RA patients

… Despite surgical challenges with some rheumatoid arthritis patients, the procedure improves WCVB-Bostonrange of motion and reduces pain in nearly all cases, especially for those with intact rotator cuffs, a Mayo Clinic study shows. The findings are published in the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery. “I think it’s quite encouraging,” says senior author John Sperling, M.D., an orthopedic surgeon at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Additional coverage: WTAE PittsburghOrthopedics Today, Jersey Tribune, Medical XpressScience DailyOncology Nurse Advisory 

Reach: WCVB-TV is an ABC affiliate that broadcasts to Needham, Mass., and the surrounding area.

Context:  John Sperling, M.D., is an orthopedic surgeon at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Shoulder arthritis is a common problem for rheumatoid arthritis patients: the pain and difficulty moving their arms can grow so severe that daily tasks and sleep become difficult.  If medication and physical therapy aren’t enough, shoulder replacement surgery is a common next step. Despite surgical challenges with some rheumatoid arthritis patients, the procedure improves range of motion and reduces pain in nearly all cases, especially for those with intact rotator cuffs, a Mayo Clinic study shows. The findings are published in the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery.

News Release: Mayo Study Finds Shoulder Replacement Eases Pain, Improves Motion in Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients

Public Affairs Contact: Sharon Theimer

Star Tribune
Stress can be as contagious as germs
by Jeff Strickler

…Secondhand stress — tension that we pick up from the people and activities around us — is a natural defense mechanism that helped keep our ancestors alive, said Dr. Amit Sood, an expertStar-Tribune-Logo-300x45 on stress at the Mayo Clinic. But as soon as we pick up that tension, we risk becoming carriers, passing it on to any friends, family members or co-workers — and, yes, even strangers — who we encounter.

Circulation: 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.

Context: Amit Sood, M.D. is a Mayo Clinic physician and stress management expert. Dr. Sood is the author of The Mayo Clinic Guide to Stress-Free Living.

Mayo Clinic News Network: Becoming Overwhelmed

Public Affairs Contact: Ginger Plumbo

The challenge of living well with ALS, but also accepting the inevitable
by Cathy Wurzer

This is part of our continuing series of stories about Bruce Kramer, the former dean of the College of Education, Leadership and Counseling at the University of St. Thomas, as he copes MPR-News-300x45with life after being diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. Bruce Kramer was diagnosed with the incurable disease ALS in 2010. Since then, he's been involved in a couple of drug trials. And about two months ago, Mayo Clinic doctors implanted a device in his diaphragm that has improved his breathing.

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.

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Context: Bruce Kramer of Minneapolis received a medical diagnosis that changed his life in an instant. Kramer, who was 54 at the time, had noticed his left foot feeling heavy and a little floppy. His ordinarily muscular thighs would tremble noticeably, and he had taken a couple of falls and found it tough to get back up…Jeffrey Strommen, M.D., the Mayo Clinic physician overseeing Kramer's use of the DPS, says, "he's more energetic. He feels stronger and we do have some evidence, albeit, limited that this may actually prolong survival." Dr. Strommen is a Mayo Clinic Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation specialist.

Public Affairs Contact: Nick Hanson

Eau Claire Leader-Telegram
Companies are offering lower-calorie products to help combat the country’s obesity epidemic. But is it enough to win the battle?

... Those companies had pledged in 2010 to cut 1 trillion calories by 2012 and 1.5 trillion by 2015…That’s good news, said Diane Dressel, a dietitian at Mayo Clinic Health System inLeader Telegram EauClaire, where she also is coordinator for the hospital’s weight management services.

Circulation: The Leader-Telegram is the largest daily newspaper in west-central Wisconsin. It covers 12 counties with circulations of 23,500 weekdays and 29,800 Sundays.

Context:  Diane Dressel is a dietitian at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, where she also is coordinator for the hospital’s weight management services.

Public Affairs Contact:  Paul Meznarich 

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Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights

Posted on March 21st, 2013 by Karl W Oestreich



March 21, 2013

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.

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Cervical Cancer Vaccines Spurned by 44% of U.S. Parents
by Michelle Fay Cortez

Researchers analyzed data from a national survey from 2008 to 2010 on immunizations for teenagers…“That’s the opposite direction that rate should be going,” Robert Jacobson, a pediatrician at the Mayo Clinic Children’s Center in Rochester, Minnesota, and a senior researcher of the paper, said in a statement. “HPV causes essentially 100 percent of cervical cancer and 50 percent of all Americans get infected at least once.”

Circulation: Bloomberg has 2,300 media professionals in 146 bureaus across 72 countries. Bloomberg delivers its content across more than 400 publications, over 310 million households worldwide through Bloomberg Television and 500,000 in the New York metro area and 18.5 million subscribers through satellite radio.

Additional Coverage:
MPR, Mayo: Not enough girls getting HPV vaccine

Star Tribune, News 4 Jax, KMSP, KTTC, My Fox Phoenix, MinnPost, KARE 11, KMSP, KTTC, KTVK Good Morning Arizona, WCCO, WEAU,

Context: A rising percentage of parents say they won't have their teen daughters vaccinated to protect against the human papilloma virus, even though physicians are increasingly recommending adolescent vaccinations, a study by Mayo Clinic and others shows. More than 2 in 5 parents surveyed believe the HPV vaccine is unnecessary, and a growing number worry about potential side effects, researchers found. The findings are published in the new issue of the journal Pediatrics.

News Release: More Parents Say They Won't Vaccinate Daughters Against HPV, Researchers Find

Public Affairs Contact: Bob Nellis

Bloomberg Businessweek
Mayo Prostate Cancer Test Gives Hope When Tumors Return
by Michelle Fay Cortez

Mayo’s medical center in Rochester, Minnesota, is the only facility in the Western Hemisphere to offer the 20-minute scan, enhanced by an injected radioactive drug that lets doctors see rapidly dividing cancer cells. Demand is surging, though scans are limited to eight patients a day, three days a week.

Circulation: Bloomberg has 2,300 media professionals in 146 bureaus across 72 countries. Bloomberg delivers its content across more than 400 publications, over 310 million households worldwide through Bloomberg Television and 500,000 in the New York metro area and 18.5 million subscribers through satellite radio. BusinessWeek has a weekly circulation of more than 993,000.

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Context: Mayo Clinic received U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval last fall to produce and administer Choline C 11 Injection, an imaging agent used during a positron emission tomography (PET) scan to help detect sites of recurrent prostate cancer. Mayo Clinic is the first, and currently only, institution in North America approved to produce this imaging agent. “This technology is a game changer,” says Eugene Kwon, M.D., a urologist at Mayo Clinic. “In stark contrast to conventional imaging, PET imaging with Choline C 11 Injection can help identify sites of recurrence for tissue sampling and examination when a patient’s PSA level reaches 2 ng/mL — months or even years earlier than before. This technology also allows us to pinpoint the locations of recurrent cancer more accurately and permits us to develop more effective treatment strategies.”

News Release: Mayo Clinic Gets FDA Approval for New Imaging Agent for Recurrent Prostate Cancer

Public Affairs Contacts: Joe Dangor, Sharon Thiemer

NBC Sports (AP)
Docs Say Keep Trained Eye on Possible Concussions
by Malcolm Ritter

Dr. David Dodick, a concussion expert at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix who was familiar with highlights of the new document, said they contain "no great revelations" beyond what experts know already. He noted that the guidelines state that the first 10 days after a concussion are the period of highest risk for being diagnosed with a second concussion, and that younger athletes take longer to recover from the injury.

Reach: NBC Sports is the sports division of the NBC television network.

Additional Coverage:
ABC News, Experts: New Sports Concussion Rules a Game Changer

Huffington Post, ABC News, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, USA Today, Yahoo! News UK & Ireland (AFP), Huffington Post Canada, Star Tribune, ABC News

Context: Neurologists at Mayo Clinic in Arizona have taken a promising step toward identifying a test that helps support the diagnosis of concussion. Their research has shown that autonomic reflex testing, which measures involuntary changes in heart rate and blood pressure, consistently appear to demonstrate significant changes in those with concussion. They presented the findings at the American Academy of Neurology annual meeting in San Diego this week. "This has the potential to change the way we approach concussion patients," says David Dodick, M.D., a neurologist and director of the Mayo Clinic Concussion Program. "One of the challenges of treating someone with a concussion is to reliably make a diagnosis: to know when the brain is injured and to know when the brain is actually recovered."

News Release: Mayo Clinic Researchers Develop Test to Gauge Severity of Concussions

Public Affairs Contacts: Nick Hanson, Jim McVeigh

Rock Center with Brian Williams

For those with panic attacks, there are proven remedies. At the Mayo Clinic Scottsdale, Dr. Cynthia Stonnington, chair of psychiatry and psychology, says the first step is acknowledging the condition. So, if your response is this is awful, I have to hide it, people are going to think I'm crazy, that's going to interfere with your recovery.” It’s also essential to understand that no one can be sure when a panic attack will occur, nor can they simply “will it” away.

Reach: Rock Center with Brian Williams is a weekly television newsmagazine broadcast by NBC and hosted by NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams. It airs Friday at 10 pm Eastern Time.

Context: Cynthia Stonnington, M.D. is Chair, Psychiatry and Psychology at Mayo Clinic in Arizona.

Public Affairs Contact: Lynn Closway

Star Tribune
Editorial: Mayo Clinic's expansion warrants state help

It’s not hard to convince Minnesotans that the Mayo Clinic is an exceptional asset. Mayo is where a father’s heart was repaired, a sister’s cancer successfully treated, a neighbor’s liver replaced. For more than 100 years, Minnesotans have held that if a cure is possible anywhere, it’s at “the Mayo” in Rochester…What Mayo seeks from Minnesota is exceptional — but so is Mayo. As legislators and the Dayton administration fashion one of this year’s most important bills, that status should guide their decisions.

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Star Tribune
Mayo proposal is sound, but industry is a problem

Star Tribune
Mayo subsidy request facing a tough sell at Minnesota Legislature

Seeking help with future growth, Rochester already feels strain of expansion

Pioneer Press
How can anyone argue?

How can anyone argue against bonding for infrastructure improvements to support billions in private investment by the Mayo Clinic when the state so generously provides funds for professional sports stadiums? – Ellen T. Brown, St. Paul.

Pioneer Press
Applying Different Perspectives

Additional Coverage: NBC News (AP), KARE 11, Post Bulletin, Bemidji Pioneer, MPR

Context: On Jan. 30, Mayo Clinic announced Destination Medical Center (DMC), a $5 billion economic development initiative to secure Minnesota’s status as a global medical destination center now and in the future. The goal of DMC is to ensure that Minnesota and Mayo Clinic are destinations for medical care in the coming decades. This initiative is the culmination of a three-year study by Mayo Clinic to chart its future business strategy in an increasingly complex, competitive and global business environment.

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Video: DMC By the Numbers

Briefing for Editors and Reporters: Destination Medical Center

News Release: Destination Medical Center Bill Introduced in Minnesota House, Senate

News Release: Mayo Clinic to Invest More than $3 Billion to Position Minn. as World Destination for Health Care

Destination Medical Center Website

Public Affairs Contacts: Karl Oestreich, Bryan Anderson

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Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights

Posted on December 21st, 2012 by Karl W Oestreich



December 21, 2012

Mayo Clinic in the News is a weekly highlights summary of major media coverage. This week's report covers two weeks of highlights because we were unable to publish last week due to technical difficulties. This will be the last news summary of 2012. Our first report of 2013 will be published January 4. Enjoy the holiday season!

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Karl Oestreich, manager enterprise media relations

The New York Times
Where Have All the Primary Care Doctors Gone?

More and more, my family and friends are asking for my help in finding a primary care doctor. That they would be having trouble finding one doesn’t surprise me. We’ve all been reading warnings about an impending doctor shortage for several years now. . . The environment is such that even the primary care track training programs don’t have a fighting chance,” said lead author Dr. Colin P. West, an associate professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and associate program director of the internal medicine residency training program.

Circulation: The New York Times has the third highest circulation nationally, behind USA Today (2nd) and The Wall Street Journal (1st) with 1,150,589 weekday copies circulated and 1,645,152 circulated on Sundays.

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Context: This study appeared in the Dec. 5 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. Colin West., M.D., Ph.D., the lead author, is a General Internal Medicine physician at Mayo Clinic. His research focuses primarily on physician well-being, evidence-based medicine and biostatistics, and medical education.

News Release

Public Affairs Contact: Alyson Fleming

Wall Street Journal
Why That Banana or Onion Might Feel Like Three Martinis
by Sumathi Reddy

Woke up with a hangover? It isn't just heavy alcohol consumption that can bring on a massive headache the next day; some researchers say a range of unexpected foods, from cheese to pickles to citrus fruit, can do the same…David Dodick, a neurology professor at the Mayo Clinic and chairman of the American Migraine Foundation, cited a randomized, controlled study published in 2010 that tested 30 migraine patients on diets that either included or excluded foods associated with high levels of antibodies for each person. After six weeks, the diets were reversed. The study, published in Cephalalgia, the journal of the International Headache Society which Dr. Dodick edits, found that participants had significantly fewer migraines when they avoided certain foods. Food isn't the primary cause of migraines, but it can induce or aggravate attacks, the study said.

Circulation: The Wall Street Journal, a US-based newspaper published by Dow Jones & Company, is tops in newspaper circulation in America with an average circulation of 2 million copies on weekdays.

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Sports Illustrated
Helmets alone won't save football from concussions
by Jeremy Repanich

Many of us don't want football to change. We want the game to remain the hard-hitting spectacle that has caused it to grow into America's most popular sport. However, in the face of the concussion crisis, change is needed to make the game safer...which leaves us with an uncomfortable question -- can we not rely on helmets? The chief medical officer for USA Hockey doesn't know if we can. "There is no scientific evidence to prove that the hockey helmet reduces the risk of concussion," the Mayo Clinic's Dr. Michael Stuart, Vice-Chair of Orthopedic Surgery and the co-director of its Sports Medicine Center told SI's Stu Hackel earlier this year. "Now maybe it does, but we don't have sound scientific evidence."

Context: David Dodick, M.D., is a neurologist at Mayo Clinic in Arizona who is frequently sought out for his expertise related to testing of novel compounds for the acute and preventive treatment of migraine and cluster headaches. Michael Stuart, M.D., with an appointment in orthopedic surgery at Mayo Clinic, is a sports medicine expert. He serves as Chief Medical Officer for USA Hockey, a consultant to the National Hockey League Players Association and is a member of the education committee of the International Ice Hockey Association. Dr. Stuart is routinely sought out by reporters for his expertise.

Related News Release: Mayo Clinic, USA Hockey to Youth Hockey Players: 'Heads Up, Don't Duck'

Public Affairs Contacts: Jim McVeigh, Traci Klein, Bryan Anderson

NFL reports remain inconsistent

Three years after Congress pressured the NFL to overhaul its concussion program, the league effort remains marked by inconsistencies in how it tracks, manages and even describes serious head injuries, making it difficult to assess the league's progress on the issue, an analysis by ESPN's "Outside the Lines" and PBS "Frontline" shows . . . "I'm gonna be blunt here: We're so primitive," said Dr. David Dodick, a neurologist who examines some NFL players as director of the concussion program at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz. "Twenty years from now, we'll look back at ourselves and laugh."

Reach: The weekly ESPN Outside the Lines explores the most significant sports story of the week . It is an investigative sports-news program. ESPN's website has more than 40 million unique visitors each month.

Context: In response to the growing awareness of the dangers of concussions to athletes at all levels, Mayo Clinic provides concussion testing for athletes at Mayo locations in Arizona and Minnesota.

Public Affairs Contact: Jim McVeigh

Knee replacement linked to weight gain: study

by Kerry Grens

Being overweight is known to increase the risk of needing a knee replacement, but a new study finds that knee replacement surgery may also raise a person's risk of gaining weight, according to a U.S. study… "Patients who undergo knee arthroplasty are at increased risk of clinically important weight gain following surgery," wrote study leader Daniel Riddle, a professor at Virginia Commonwealth University… Riddle's group used a patient registry from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, which collected information on 917 knee replacement patients before and after their procedures.

Circulation: Thomson Reuters is the world’s largest international multimedia news agency, providing investing news, world news, business news, technology news, headline news, small business news, news alerts, personal finance, stock market, and mutual funds information available on, video, mobile, and interactive television platforms.

Context: Registries are important for examining the effectiveness of orthopedic implants that have limited pre-market performance information. Mayo Clinic's extensive total joint registry resources are being well leveraged to collect patient-reported outcome data. Mayo uses the data at the point of care to help understand the level of disability caused by the patient's condition and to monitor responses to treatment objectively. The data can also be used to assess the value — including cost-effectiveness — of various interventions in populations of patients.

Public Affairs Contact: Sharon Theimer

Chest compression-only CPR shows long-term benefit
by Katherine Hobson, People who suffer cardiac arrest - in which the heart stops beating - were less likely to die in subsequent years when bystanders performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation using chest compressions only, a new study found. That builds on previous research that found no short-term survival differences in adult victims given compression-only CPR instead of the standard kind, which includes mouth-to-mouth resuscitation…This study shows "we were on the right track in 2008," said Dr. Roger White of the Mayo Clinic, who was on the advisory group that wrote the AHA's statement.

Circulation: See entry immediately above.

Context: Roger White, M.D., is a Mayo Clinic anesthesiologist who has saved countless lives through groundbreaking work in cardiac resuscitation at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. His discoveries helped pave the way for the placement of defibrillators in airports and other public places, better CPR practices and education, and faster emergency response times. Mayo Clinic made headlines when Dr. White directed a helicopter flight crew that successfully performed CPR on a man with no pulse for 96 minutes. The patient, 54-year-old Howard Snitzer, recovered completely.

Public Affairs Contact: Sharon Theimer

KMSP FOX News Twin Cities
Whooping Cough Outbreak

Minnesota is experiencing a major outbreak of whooping cough this year. Hennepin County alone has 1,033 cases of whooping cough making it the most affected county in the entire state of Minnesota. Joining us now from the Mayo Clinic, Dr. Gregory Poland, infectious disease expert and adviser to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Reach: Minneapolis-St.Paul is the 16th largest television market in the United States with 1.7 million TV homes.  FOX 9 News (WFTC) typically has good viewership for its 9 p.m. newscast, but lags behind its competitors at 5, 6 and 10 p.m.

Context: Whooping cough, or pertussis, is making headlines, nearly all of them bad news. At least 18 children have died in recent months in what the U.S. government calls the highest infection rate in 70 years. And the problem is global, with similarly increasing rates reported overseas. While preventing the disease is in part up to medical experts, everyone can take some basic steps, such as getting vaccinated and staying home when ill, says Gregory Poland, M.D., Mayo Clinic General Internal Medicine and an infectious diseases expert and advisor to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Public Affairs Contact: Bob Nellis

Mayo Clinic prepares for health care evolution
by Jeff Hansel

Facing health-care reform changes, a slow economy and other challenges, Mayo Clinic is slowing its hiring pace even as it remains committed to long-term expansion plans. "We're making changes internally to be financially responsible," said Mayo CEO John Noseworthy in a Thursday interview with the Post-Bulletin. "With the downturn in the economy, we have to be certain that we are working on adequately resourcing the highest priorities of the organization." It's not a hiring freeze; rather, the clinic is reviewing every job opening and project and is continuing to hire, Mayo Chief Administrative Officer Shirley Weis said.

Change is coming to health care, Mayo Clinic
by Jeff Hansel

Mayo Clinic plans to slow capital investment and construction in the near-term as it deals with the slow economy and the rapidly changing health care industry. "We are literally going through a process of reviewing all" projects planned or under way, Mayo CEO Dr. John Noseworthy said during an interview Thursday with the Post-Bulletin. If a hole already has been dug, such as for the proton-beam treatment center in Rochester, it will proceed, Mayo officials said during the session with top leadership. They also emphasized that there's no hiring freeze at the clinic, but that every new job opening is being reviewed.

Circulation: The Post-Bulletin has a weekend readership of nearly 45,000 people and daily readership of more than 41,000 people. The newspaper serves Rochester, Minn., and southeast Minnesota.

Context: John Noseworthy, M.D., Mayo Clinic President and CEO; Mike Harper, M.D., Executive Dean for Practice; Patricia Simmons, M.D., Chair, Government Relations Committee and Shirley Weis, Chief Administrative Officer met with Post-Bulletin editors and reporters to highlight Mayo Clinic’s recognition of industry-wide challenges and Mayo's long-term strategy to sustain our mission and thrive in the future.

Public Affairs Contacts: Karl Oestreich, Chris Gade

Fecal transplant offers rare hope against deadly colon disease
by Lorna Benson

In an experimental treatment that may be the only way they can save some people who have contracted a dangerous colon infection, out of desperation some Minnesota doctors are transplanting donated human feces into their patients' colons… In the endoscopy suite, Dr. Mark Larson, the Mayo Clinic gastroenterologist who performed her fecal transplant, snaked a four-foot tube and flexible scope through Hanninen's large intestine. When he reached the end of her colon, he began filling his tube with a brown solution of saline mixed with filtered feces. "And there we go," Larson said. "Science at the cutting edge, right there."… Mayo Clinic's fecal transplant program in Rochester is in the very early stages. Dr. Sahil Khanna, a gastroenterology fellow at Mayo who leads the program, has arranged about a dozen transplants in the past few months.

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: Fecal transplants are quick,  inexpensive and offer a 90 percent cure rate for patients. About one-fourth of people with C. difficile get sick again, either because the initial infection never went away or because they're reinfected with a different strain of the bacteria. Treatment for recurrent disease may include antibiotics, which may involve one or more courses of a medication, a longer course of treatment or an antibiotic given once every two days; probiotics, such as S. boulardii, given along with the antibiotic medication or a "stool transplant" to restore healthy intestinal bacteria by placing donor stool in your colon, using a colonoscope or nasogastric tube. Although this is rarely done in practice, research has shown stool transplant to be helpful.

Treatments and drugs

News Release:  C. Diff Infections Becoming More Common, Severe

Public Affairs Contact: Brian Kilen

Rochester Epidemiology Project

After almost fifty years the Mayo Clinic is grateful for the support of the community that helps them operate the Rochester Epidemiology Project. The one of a kind project creates a medical records pool that allows scientists to study an entire population. Records from more than 150,000 patients in Olmsted County make up the pool. Researchers have used the records to make findings concerning skin cancer, dementia, and exposures to anesthesia. The hope is to add records from seven more southeastern Minnesota counties to the mix."When the population gets bigger like a half a million then you can look at specific groups and you never know the more people the more numbers the better the study," Mayo Dr. Walter Rocca said.

Reach: KAAL is owned by Hubbard Broadcasting Inc., which owns all ABC Affiliates in Minnesota including KSTP in Minneapolis-St. Paul and WDIO in Duluth. KAAL, which operates from Austin, also has ABC satellite stations in Alexandria and Redwood Falls. KAAL serves Southeast Minnesota and Northeast Iowa.

Context: It's the medical resource behind discoveries that have affected patients around the globe, treasured by researchers and funded by the National Institutes of Health for nearly 50 years: the Rochester Epidemiology Project. This comprehensive medical records pool makes Olmsted County, Minn., one of the few places in the world where scientists can study virtually an entire geographic population to identify trends in disease, evaluate treatments and find factors that put people at risk for illness — or protect them. And, as it nears the half-century mark, the project is still growing. Health care providers in seven southeastern Minnesota counties are adding patients' records, including Dodge, Fillmore, Goodhue, Houston, Mower, Wabasha and Winona, more than doubling the number of area residents included.

News Release: The Greatest Medical Resource You've Never Heard Of: Rochester Epidemiology Project

Public Affairs Contact: Sharon Theimer

Phoenix Business Journal
Phoenix looks to hospitals to improve Mexico ties
by Mike Sunnucks

The city of Phoenix is enlisting the help of Mayo Clinic Arizona and other local hospitals and medical research groups to bolster its push for more international economic development and investments, especially from Mexico.

Reach: The Phoenix Business Journal is one of 61 newspapers published by American City Business Journals.

Context: Wyatt Decker, M.D., Mayo Clinic Vice President and Chief Executive Office at Mayo Clinic in Arizona, said the clinic already receives a steady stream of patients from Mexico, but it is interested in working with city officials to build an international destination that would attract not only patients, but scientists and doctors as well. Mayo is eyeing an estimated 1,200 acres of undeveloped land surround the hospital campus. The city and Arizona State Land Department, which controls parcels in that area, are examining ways to develop a bioscience corridor near Mayo. Arizona State University also is considering developing a presence there, Decker said.

Public Affairs Contact: Jim McVeigh

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Preventing Further Injury After Concussion

Posted on July 12th, 2012 by Admin

Since Mayo Clinic Health System partnered with Waseca public schools five years ago in an effort to cut-down on concussions, some significant findings have arisen. Health experts say Mayo has seen an approximate five-fold increase in the number of diagnosed concussions with student athletes in Waseca…Health experts say concussions can be life threatening. "A concussion can be fatal--we're dealing with a brain injury," said Josh Berndt, a physical therapist with Mayo Clinic Health System.



A Brain Injury

Posted on March 20th, 2012 by Admin

Currently there is not one single definition of a concussion, minor head injury, or mild traumatic brain injury that is universally accepted. However most experts agree and use this statement as a starting point.“ A complex pathophysiological process affecting the brain, induced by traumatic biomechanical forces.” The Mayo Clinic defines a concussion “is a traumatic brain injury that alters the way your brain functions. Effects are usually temporary, but can include problems with headache, concentration, memory, judgment, balance and coordination.


Living Well Magazine by Brian Strauss   3/20/12

Kobe Bryant Now Has A Concussion To Go With Broken Nose

Posted on March 1st, 2012 by Admin

When NBA’s Los Angeles Laker Kobe Bryant played in last Sunday’s All-Star game, little did he know what he was in for. Now it is being reported that the basketball star not only received a broken nose, but he also has a concussion, according to NBA News…Concussion symptoms, according to the Mayo Clinic, can last for days, weeks or longer and cause headaches, confusion, dizziness, fatigue, nausea, and even slurred speech.  Bryant has not addressed the press since the court incident with Wade.

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Concussion: Not Just a Minor Injury

Posted on November 18th, 2009 by Kelley Luckstein

In 2008, Dougherty was a 17-year-old junior linebacker for his high school football team in Montclair, N.J. In September of that year, Dougherty suffered two concussions in two weeks, according to a lawsuit filed by his family. A month later, while playing for his school team, Dougherty suffered a third concussion. Two days later, he died…


Some injuries -- including concussions -- are unavoidable, even for young athletes, say sports medicine experts. Michael Stuart, an orthopedic surgeon and co-director of the Sports Medicine Center at the Mayo Clinic, tells ParentDish that the key for parents and youth coaches is "to understand what a concussion is and what the symptoms are."


Also important, Stuart says, is for adults to be cautious about allowing children who have suffered head trauma to return to their sport.


ParentDish by Mark Hyman, 11/17/09