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September 25th, 2014

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights

By Karl W Oestreich KarlWOestreich

Mayo Clinic in the News LogoMayo 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 Laura Wuotila with this subject line: SUBSCRIBE to Mayo Clinic in the News.

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Karl Oestreich, manager enterprise media relations


FOX Business
Opening Bell: Mayo Clinic CEO: Possible Ebola could come to the U.S.

Mayo Clinic CEO Dr. John Noseworthy breaks down what we need to know about Ebola in wake of the CDC forecasting as many as 1.4M cases of the deadly virusOpening Bell Fox Business
by January if efforts to contain it aren’t ramped up.

Reach: has more than 13 million unique visitors each month. Fox Business Network is headquartered in News Corporation's studios in midtown Manhattan with bureaus in Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco (Silicon Valley), Washington, D.C. and London.

Context: John NosewortFox Businesshy, M.D. is Mayo Clinic President and CEO. Dr. Noseworthy recently joined Fox Business’s “Opening Bell” to discuss a variety of health care-related topics.

Additional mentions:
FOX Business, Cut in: I’m Maria Bartiromo…then the Mayo Clinic’s, Dr. John Noseworthy on the Ebola crisis. All coming up tomorrow opening bell 9:00 am eastern.
FOX Business The Willis Report and FOX Business After the Bell

Public Affairs Contacts: Traci Klein, Bryan Anderson


Reuters TV
New test to 'eradicate' colon cancer

A new diagnostic tool that targets genetic markers in human stools could significantly reduce deaths due to Reuters VIdeo logocolon cancer. Ben Gruber reports…But Dr. David Alquist of the Mayo Clinic says there's now a new option for colon cancer screening - it's called Cologuard - and it identifies genetic markers for cancer in stool samples with 94 percent accuracy.

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

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Context: Exact Sciences Corp. (NASDAQ: EXAS) today announced that Mayo Clinic will be the first health system to offer Cologuard®, the first and only Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved, noninvasive stool DNA screening test for colorectal cancer. Cologuard will be available to patients through their primary care physicians at Mayo Clinic.

cologuardAvailable by prescription only, Cologuard offers people 50 years and older, who are at average risk for colorectal cancer, an easy to use screening test which they can do in the privacy of their own home. It is the first noninvasive screening test for colorectal cancer that analyzes both stool-based DNA and blood biomarkers to detect cancer and precancer. The Cologuard technology platform was co-developed by Exact Sciences Corp. and Mayo Clinic as part of a broad, exclusive collaboration. More information can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Public Affairs Contact: Brian Kilen


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Reuters TV
Inside-out stomach shrinkage a new option for the obese

Researchers in the United States have developed a new procedure that shrinks the stomach by as much as 80 percent without major surgery. Using a specialized endoscope, doctors re-shape the stomach byReuters VIdeo logo stitching it smaller from the inside out…Dr. Christopher Gostout, Gastroenterologist, Mayo Clinic, saying: "If you look at the mass of people in the United States and outside the United States who are obese now, we can't operate on everybody. But maybe if we can catch them before they get too bad with a pretty safe reliable technique, this would be a good fit."

Reuters TV
Round 2: Measles vs. Cancer

Scientists at the Mayo Clinic are starting a second round of human clinical trials to test if an engineered Reuters VIdeo logostrain of measles virus is an effective cancer treatment. The trial follows a successful first round of tests where a woman went into complete remission after a massive dose of the virus eradicated cancer in her body. Ben Gruber reports.


Eau Claire Leader-Telegram
MedEx program provides medical experience
by Christena O’Brien

Katie Benson stood behind Dr. Karen Myhre in an exam room last month and watched as the Mayo Clinic Health System pediatrician examined 15-month-oldLeader Telegram logo Celeste Raa…The experience was part of the MedEx program at Mayo Clinic Health System, which provides high school juniors considering a career in medicine to spend one-on-one time job shadowing physicians who practice in a variety of specialties.

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: The MedEx program at Mayo Clinic Health System provides high school juniors the opportunity to spend one-on-one time job shadowing doctors who practice in a variety of specialties. To be considered for the program, students must be entering their junior year of high school, at least 16 years old and seriously considering a career as a physician. Before applying for the program, students must first become volunteers at Mayo Clinic Health System and complete 30 required volunteer hours. Once they have completed 20 of the 30 hours, they can apply to the program. This involves completing an application form, writing an essay and submitting letters of reference. Students who are accepted into the program will spend eight, four-hour shifts job shadowing a physician during a normal work day the summer after completing their junior year of high school. For more information about the MedEx program, contact

Public Affairs Contact: Susan Barber Lindquist 


Florida Times-Union
Health Notes: Mayo Clinic researchers believe many liver transplant patients can be 'fast-tracked' and avoid ICU
by Charlie Patton

The liver transplant team at Mayo Clinic in Florida has found, based on 12 years of experience, that more than half of patients receiving a new liver can be “fast-Florida Times-Union newspaper logotracked” to return to a surgical ward following their transplant, bypassing a one- or two-day stay in the Intensive Care Unit…Amanda Chaney, a nurse practitioner with the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, has been selected to participate in the Future Leaders Program by The American Association of Nurse Practitioners, the largest professional membership organization for nurse practitioners.

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

Context: The liver transplant team at Mayo Clinic in Florida has found, based on 12 years of experience, that more than half of patients receiving a new liver can be “fast-tracked” to return to a surgical ward room following their transplant, bypassing a one- or two-day stay in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). “To the best of my knowledge, our program has been the only liver transplant program in the United States, and perhaps in the world, with this unique fast-track patient care model consistently practiced,” says the study’s senior investigator, C. Burçin Taner, M.D., chair of Transplant Surgery at Mayo Clinic, Florida. More information can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Public Affairs Contact: Paul Scotti


Wall Street Journal
A Less-Invasive Procedure to Treat Fibroids
by Laura Johannes

Many women with fibroids have a hysterectomy, a complete removal of the uterus, or a myomectomy, a removal of just the fibroids. Laparoscopic power The Wall Street Journal newspaper logomorcellation is a common technique to break up tissue so those surgeries can be performed through tiny incisions but it has come under intense scrutiny… Long-term data published in recent years "shows that women have good relief of their symptoms," adds Mayo Clinic researcher Elizabeth A. Stewart. Dr. Stewart is co-author of a 2008 guideline by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, which called the procedure "safe and effective."

Reach: The Wall Street Journal, a US-based newspaper published by Dow Jones & Company, is second in newspaper circulation in America with an average circulation of 223 million copies on week days.  Its website has more than 4.3 million unique visitors each month.

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Wall Street Journal, DEADLY MEDICINE by Jennifer Levitz and Jon Kamp…After Dr. Amy Reed had surgery to remove uterine fibroids, involving a procedure known as power morcellation, she learned that it had worsened her prognosis by spreading a cancer she and her doctors didn't know she had..."I don’t think there is an acceptable safe morcellator out there,” Bobbie Gostout, the Mayo Clinic’s chairwoman of obstetrics and gynecology, said at the Florida conference, responding to the Korean study. “I think it is time to go back to our industry partners and say we need a new alternative. We need a contained system.” Dr. Gostout now says her practice has almost eliminated power morcellators since at least 2011 and would use them only for the rare patient, such as one more prone to bleeding or infection, in dire need of a quicker recovery time, or with limited pain-relief options. 

Context:  Elizabeth A. Stewart, M.D. is a  gynecologic surgeon at Mayo ClinicUterine fibroids cause significant fear and morbidity and can compromise workplace performance, according to a published survey of nearly 1,000 women in the U.S. The results were published this month in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Journal of Women's Health. The findings shed new light on the impact, prevalence and treatment concerns related to uterine leiomyomas (fibroids), which affect up to 80 percent of women by age 50. More information can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Public Affairs Contacts: Kelley Luckstein, Dana Sparks

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May 8th, 2014

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.

Karl Oestreich, manager enterprise media relations


The Hidden Type of Alzheimer's Doctors Miss
by Markham Heid

…The study team examined the brains of more than 1,800 confirmed Alzheimer's patients. They found the types of protein blockages and tangles associated with the hippocampal sparing form of Alzheimer's in 11% of those brain specimens. InPrevention logo this subtype, one type of protein called tau forms "tangles" in the parts of brain that control behavior, motor awareness, speech, and vision, explains Melissa Murray, PhD, who led the Mayo Clinic research team.

Reach: Prevention is published monthly with a circulation of 2.8 million.  Prevention - Online has more than 1.1 million unique visitors each month and has 9.3 million average page views each month.

Additional coverage: HealthDay, Alzheimer's Variation May Often Go Unrecognized: Study; Canada Journal,, Aetna InteliHealth, Bayoubuzz Health, BioPortfolio, DoctorsLounge, Hawaii News Now, Counsel & Heal, Innovations Report, KAIT Ark., FOX19 Ohio

Context: Neuroscientists at Mayo Clinic in Florida have defined a subtype of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) that they say is neither well recognized nor treated appropriately. The variant, called hippocampal sparing AD, made up 11 percent of the 1,821 AD-confirmed brains examined by Mayo Clinic researchers — suggesting this subtype is relatively widespread in the general population. The Alzheimer’s Association estimates that 5.2 million Americans are living with AD. And with nearly half of hippocampal sparing AD patients being misdiagnosed, this could mean that well over 600,000 Americans make up this AD variant, researchers say. More information about the study can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Public Affairs Contact: Kevin Punsky


11 Reasons Why You’re Not Losing Belly Fat

…You’re getting older, As you get older, your body changes how it gains and loses weight. Both men and women experience a declining metabolic rate, or the number of calories theTime banner body needs to function normally. On top of that, women have to deal with menopause. “If women gain weight after menopause, it’s more likely to be in their bellies,” says Michael Jensen, MD, professor of medicine in the Mayo Clinic’s endocrinology division.

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: Michael Jensen, MD. is an endocrinologist and diabetes expert.

Public Affairs Contact: Bob Nellis


Mayo Clinic Rolls Out Mobile Exhibit to Celebrate 150 Years
by Hannah Tran

150 years of service. Mayo Clinic is celebrating 15 decades of care and it wants to share its KAAL TV logogsuccess across the nation. For the past 18 months, Mayo staff have worked on a mobile exhibit to encapsulate its accomplishments and development in core values. "This exhibit is showing the story of Mayo Clinic to the people," said CEO John Noseworthy, who addressed an audience outside of the exhibit before preliminary tours commenced.

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.

Additional coverage:

Post-Bulletin, Mayo Clinic's big-rig exhibit arrives Tuesday
KTTC, Mayo Celebrates 150 Years of Medicine
La Crosse Tribune, 500 tour Mayo's 150th anniversary exhibit
KTTC, Mayo Clinic celebrates 150 years of service with traveling exhibit
Post-Bulletin, 150 years: Franciscan sisters integral to Mayo Clinic's development
Post-Bulletin, Mayo at 150: Brothers' values continue to guide clinic
Post-Bulletin, Mayo Clinic didn't profit from major discovery
KIMT Online (video), In-Forum, N.D.

Context: Mayo Clinic's traveling mobile exhibit has begun its journey. In 2014, we honor 150 years of serving humanity. This is one way Mayo Clinic can give back – to thank the patients and friends who’ve been part of our story, and share our vision with the public. People from all walks of life turn to Mayo Clinic … so we’re reaching out, bringing Mayo Clinic to the people. This exhibit is sponsored by the Mayo Clinic Sesquicentennial Committee with generous support from many patients and friends. 

Public Affairs ContactsRebecca EisenmanRick Thiesse, Kelley Luckstein


MSNBC Morning Joe
How diet impacts brain function in seniors

Dr. John Noseworthy and Dr. Rosebud Roberts, both of the Mayo Clinic, join Morning Morning JoeJoe to discuss 150 years of the Mayo Clinic. Dr. Roberts also discusses how a poor diet in old age can impact the brain.

Reach: MSNBC provides in-depth analysis of daily headlines, political commentary and informed perspectives. MSNBC’s home on the Internet is Joe Scarborough hosts “Morning Joe,” with co-hosts Mika Brzezinski and Willie Geist, featuring interviews with top politicians and newsmakers, as well as in-depth analysis of the day’s biggest stories. Morning Joe has about 375,000 viewers daily.

Context: John Noseworthy, M.D., Mayo Clinic President and CEO, and Rosebud Roberts, M.B., Ch.B.. appeared on Morning Joe May 8. Dr. Roberts' research  focuses on identifying risk factors for mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and dementia, both diseases of aging that affect memory and thinking skills. People who develop diabetes and high blood pressure in middle age are more likely to have brain cell loss and other damage to the brain, as well as problems with memory and thinking skills, than people who never have diabetes or high blood pressure or who develop it in old age, according to a new study published in the March 19, 2014, online issue of Neurology. Middle age was defined as age 40 to 64 and old age as age 65 and older. More information about the research can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Public Affairs Contacts: Traci Klein, Duska Anastasijevic


Florida Times-Union
Mayo Clinic announces it is more than halfway to its goal of raising $3 billion from private benefactors by the end of 2017
by Charlie Patton

The Mayo Clinic, which has campuses in Rochester, Minn., Scottsdale, Ariz., and Jacksonville, is in the midst of a $3 billion fundraising campaign that will be formallyFlorida Times-Union newspaper logo announced Friday in Rochester. The campaign, which began with a “quiet phase” in 2010 and has already achieved 58.5 percent of its goal, “addresses reliable funding as the biggest barrier to medical breakthroughs,” said Cheryl Hadaway, chief development officer for Mayo Clinic.

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

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Mayo Clinic asks grateful patients to help endow its top treatment
By Jeff Hansel

Mayo Clinic today announced a $3 billion philanthropic fundraising campaign to help pay Logo for Post-Bulletin newspaperfor research, as federal funding has become less reliable because of budget cuts. Mayo has raised more than half the money, or $1.7 billion, as the quiet phase of the campaign began in 2010. The campaign will continue untilDec. 31, 2017.

Reach: 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: To accelerate the pace of research, solve unmet needs of patients and improve the quality of health care,Mayo Clinic today announced a philanthropic campaign to raise $3 billion by Dec. 31, 2017, strengthening Mayo’s strategic priorities in patient care, research and education. “Reliable funding is the biggest barrier to advance medical breakthroughs that can benefit patients suffering from diseases,” says John Noseworthy, M.D., Mayo Clinic president and CEO. “Traditional funding sources, such as federal grants, cannot cover the cost of discovering cutting-edge science and implementing those solutions in clinical practice.” More information can be found on Mayo Clinic News Newtwork and campaign website.

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April 25th, 2014

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.

Karl Oestreich, manager enterprise media relations

Kingman Daily Miner
Mayo Clinic tour starts in Kingman
by Doug McMurdo

The Mayo Clinic chose Kingman to launch a 43-city, two-country mobile exhibit celebratinKingman Daily Minerg its 150-year history at Kingman Regional Medical Center on Monday. KRMC was the first hospital outside of the Midwest to become part of the Mayo Clinic Care Network.

Reach: The Kingman Daily Miner covers local and state news that is relevant to the Kingman region and Mohave County in Arizona. The publication has a daily circulation of 7,300 and a weekend circulation of more than 7,600. The Daily Miner website has more than 25,000 unique visitors each month.

Additional coverage:

KPHO Ariz., Mobile Exhibit, Part of Phoenix and medical history is hitting the road, city and state leaders celebrating 150 years of the Mayo Clinic. They've unveiled the mobile exhibit showcasing Mayo’s past, present, and future. You listen to the story with some of the products divide developed by the Mayo Clinic. The mobile exhibit will be at the Scottsdale campus tomorrow.

Arizona Republic, Mayo Clinic's 150th draws Arizona governor, others, Arizona's governor is helping to celebrate the Mayo Clinic's 150th anniversary at its Phoenix hospital. Mayo officials say Gov. Jan Brewer will unveil a mobile exhibit Tuesday morning that highlights 150 years of the health care provider's history. Additional coverage:

Kansas City Star (AP), Mayo Clinic's 150th draws Arizona governor, others, Arizona's governor is helping to celebrate the Mayo Clinic's 150th anniversary at its Phoenix hospital.

La Crosse Tribune, Mobile exhibit marks Mayo's 150 years, A mobile exhibit commemorating the Mayo Clinic’s 150 years will stop for tours from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. May 1 at the south end of the parking lot near Mississippi Street at Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare, 700 West Ave. S. in La Crosse.

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Context: Mayo Clinic's traveling mobile exhibit has begun its journey. In 2014, we honor 150 years of serving humanity. This is one way Mayo Clinic can give back – to thank the patients and friends who’ve been part of our story, and share our vision with the public. People from all walks of life turn to Mayo Clinic … so we’re reaching out, bringing Mayo Clinic to the people. This exhibit is sponsored by the Mayo Clinic Sesquicentennial Committee with generous support from many patients and friends. 

Public Affairs Contact: Rebecca Eisenman


Star Tribune
Tevlin: For this man, checking off ‘organ donor’ is personal

Dave Costello had survived a cancer scare and was being kept alive by a mechanical heart, but he was so determined to Star Tribune newspaper logotake his wife, Audrey, to a church concert that he wrote “date night” on the calendar one February evening in 2013. Costello, who suffered from a rare heart disease, had been on the transplant waiting list at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester for more than four years. Complications from his condition had also damaged his kidney, so he knew his chance for a long life were getting slim.

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.

Context: Mayo Clinic, with transplant services in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota, performs more transplants than any other medical center in the world. Research activities in the Transplant Center at Mayo Clinic have contributed significantly to the current successful outcomes of organ transplantation.

Public Affairs Contact: Ginger Plumbo


Mayo Clinic researchers place ALS hope in stem cells
by Jeff Hansel

Seventy-five years after baseball player Lou Gehrig was diagnosed with ALS, Mayo Clinic researchers have begun a human study hoping to slow progression of the devastating ailment. ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerLogo for Post-Bulletin newspaperosis, has become widely known as Lou Gehrig's disease…"Lifespan after diagnosis is roughly two to three years, but there's a huge range," said Mayo neurologist Dr. Nathan Staff. Affected individuals can survive more than a decade after diagnosis, or die within six months…"We don't know if it will work or not," said Dr. Anthony Windebank, deputy director for discovery in the Center for Regenerative Medicine at Mayo. "It may even do harm."

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Gehrig was gracious in Rochester visit
by Paul Christian

…On June 15, 1939, Lou Gehrig, baseball's "Iron Man," arrived in Rochester to see Mayo Clinic doctors about his mysterious decline. The rare form of paralysis from which he suffered could not be cured, and he died two years later.…As Gehrig's debilitation became steadily worse, his wife, Eleanor, called Mayo Clinic, and her call was transferred to Charles William Mayo.

ALS legacy under revision at Mayo Clinic
by Jeff Hansel

Prestige sometimes springs from unfortunate circumstance. Such was the case for Mayo Clinic in 1939 when baseball player Lou Gehrig got his devastating diagnosis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, in Rochester. As a result, Lou Gehrig's disease and Mayo Clinic will forever be inseparably linked. Mayo researchers hope the clinic's next inextricable connection to Lou Gehrig's disease will be a patient-derived stem-cell treatment to slow — or even "arrest" — progression of the disease….It's important to manage public expectations, said Dr. Anthony Windebank, deputy director for discovery in the Center for Regenerative Medicine at Mayo.

Reach: 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: Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, is a rapidly progressive, uniformly fatal neurodegenerative disease. It is characterized by the loss of motor neurons in the spinal cord, brainstem and cerebral cortex, leading to a decline in muscular function. It eventually results in weakness, speech deficits and difficulty swallowing. ALS is almost always fatal within two to three years.

Public Affairs Contact: Jennifer Schutz


Los Angeles Times
2 new drugs aim to prevent migraines; early tests done
by Mary MacVean

Two drugs given to people who suffer migraines reduced the frequency of their headaches in early trials, scientists Logo for Los Angeles Times newspapersaid…Dr. David Dodick of the Mayo Clinic in Arizona, an author of both studies, said by telephone that rates for placebos are often high in studies of pain, and in this case those rates could be due in part to the high level of anticipation people had for the success of migraine treatment. They also could be affected, as they sometimes are, by the invasiveness of the treatments – injections rather than pills, he said.

Reach: The Los Angeles Times has a daily readership of 1.9 million and 2.9 million on Sunday, more than 8 million unique visitors monthly and a combined print and online local weekly audience of 4.5 million.

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New migraine treatments show promise
by Saundra Young

There are few treatments available for the millions of people who suffer from migraines. New early-stage research offers new hope. Studies presented Tuesday at the American Academy of Neurology's annual meeting suggest that two new drugs may prevent migraines from happening… Goadsby and Dr. David Dodick, co-authors of both studies, say this treatment is exciting because it's entirely new and specific to migraines. Dodick, a professor of neurology at the Mayo Clinic and Chairman of the American Migraine Foundation, said no drugs targeting the treatment of migraines have been developed in the past 50 years.

KTAR Ariz.
Mayo doctor says new migraine treatments appear promising
by Bob McClay

Two treatments are showing some promise in helping those who suffer from migraine headaches. For the last 20 years, doctors have known of a protein that plays an important role in the formation of migraines, but now, there may be some good news. "A couple of antibodies have been developed against that particular protein," said Dr. David Dodick, neurology professor at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale. "These antibodies are delivered, one intravenously and one subcutaneously, like an insulin injection."

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Context:  David Dodick, M.D. is a neurologist and director of Mayo Clinic in Arizona's Comprehensive Concussion Program.

Public Affairs Contact: Jim McVeigh
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December 20th, 2013

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights

By Karl W Oestreich KarlWOestreich

December 20, 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.

This is our last news summary of 2013. Please watch for our return on Friday, Jan. 10, 2014.  Happy holidays.

Thank you.

Karl Oestreich, manager enterprise media relations


Holiday stress calls for an attitude adjustment
by Nanci Hellmich

The holidays are supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year, but for many people they're also the most stressful. People get stressed out because of over-scheduling, not getting enough sleep, expecting too much USA Today NEWofthe season and being perfectionists about gifts, decorating and entertaining, says Amit Sood a stress-reduction expert and author of a new book, The Mayo Clinic Guide to Stress-Free Living, coming out Jan. 1.  Additional coverage:KARE11, Lohud NY

Reach: USA TODAY  has the highest daily circulation of any U.S. newspaper with a daily average circulation of 2.9 million, which includes print and various digital editions.

Context: Amit Sood, M.D., Mayo Clinic General Internal Medicine, is author of The Mayo Clinic Guide to Stress-Free Living. Dr. Sood is a stress-reduction expert. Here is a video clip of Dr. Sood discussing stress in the context of the holiday season.

Public Affairs Contact: Ginger Plumbo


NY Times
Plan Would Ban Fighting in Top US Amateur Hockey Leagues
by Jeff Klein

USA Hockey’s board of directors will consider a proposal next month to ban fighting from all levels of amateur hockey in the United States. Junior A hockey, for 16- to 20-year-olds, is the last remaining level of the game under NYTUSA Hockey’s jurisdiction that still tolerates fighting. The push to outlaw fighting is being spurred by a recent spate of serious injuries resulting from fights and concern over the prospect of lawsuits. “We need to take a firm stand to preserve our sport, prevent catastrophic injury and avoid financial repercussions,” said Dr. Michael J. Stuart, the chief medical officer for USA Hockey, who has been a leader in the effort to ban fighting.

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.

Additional coverage: Pioneer Press (NY Times), Globe and Mail

Context: Mayo Clinic’s Sports Medicine Center held Ice Hockey Summit II: Action on Concussion on Oct. 8–9, 2013. The summit brought together top scientists, trainers, coaches, officials, retired professional players and manufacturers from across the United States, Canada and Europe to discuss concussion-related issues, including the science of concussion, impact on youth athletes and hockey community response. Michael Stuart, M.D. is co-director, Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center.

Public Affairs Contact: Bryan Anderson


Hospitals & Health Networks
Mayo Med School Works to Transform Doc Education
By Paul Barr

Mayo Medical School Dean Sherine Gabriel, M.D., describes the future for medical education in a video interview with Paul Barr.Hospitals and Health Networks

Reach: H&HN is the flagship publication of the American Hospital Association with more than 77,000 readers each month. The publication targets health care executives and clinical leaders in hospitals and health systems. Its website receives more than 14,500 unique visitors each month.

Context: Sherine Gabriel, M.D., Mayo Clinic Rheumatology, is dean of Mayo Medical school.

Public Affairs Contact: Sharon Theimer


New technology can help an ALS patient breathe easier
by Cathy Wurzer

This month marks the third year since 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. MPR-News-300x45His ordinarily muscular thighs would tremble noticeably, and he had taken a couple of falls and found it tough to get back up…Dr. Jeffrey Strommen, 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."

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: Jeffrey Strommen, M.D., is a Mayo Clinic Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation specialist.

Public Affairs Contact: Nick Hanson


Florida Times-Union
Mayo cell therapy researcher plans to grow stem cells in space, where he thinks they will grow faster than on Earth
by Charlie Patton

Abba Zubair, medical and scientific director of the Cell Therapy Laboratory at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, wants to test the feasibility of growing Florida Times Unionstem cells in outer space, cells that could be used to generate new tissue and even new organs in human beings.

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

Additional coverage: Stem Cells FreakGizMagKROC AMSpace KSCDaily Maven TorontoLyra NaraPhysOrg

Context: Abba Zubair, M.D., Ph.D., believes that cells grown in the International Space Station (ISS) could help patients recover from a stroke, and that it may even be possible to generate human tissues and organs in space. He just needs a chance to demonstrate the possibility.

He now has it. The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), a nonprofit organization that promotes research aboard the ISS, has awarded Dr. Zubair a $300,000 grant to send human stem cells into space to see if they grow more rapidly than stem cells grown on Earth.

Dr. Zubair, medical and scientific director of the Cell Therapy Laboratory at Mayo Clinic in Florida, says the experiment will be the first one Mayo Clinic has conducted in space and the first to use these human stem cells, which are found in bone marrow.

Public Affairs Contact: Kevin Punsky


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Kuwait Times, Living with diabetes…Controlling diabetes – Treatment is effective and important … Researchers from the Mayo Clinic Arizona in Scottsdale showed that gastric bypass surgery can reverse type 2 diabetes in a high proportion of patients. They added that within three to five years the disease recurs in approximately 21 percent of them. Yessica Ramos, MD, said “The recurrence rate was mainly influenced by a longstanding history of Type 2 diabetes before the surgery. This suggests that early surgical intervention in the obese, diabetic population will improve the durability of remission of Type 2 diabetes.”

USA TODAY, '3rd Rock' star Kristen Johnston diagnosed with lupus by Ann Oldenburg, Kristen Johnston has revealed on her Facebook page that she finally has an explanation for why she's been feeling so sick. She has been diagnosed with "a rare form of lupus called lupus myelitis.".… Johnston says it took four months, 17 doctors and "two-fun filled weeks in November partying at the Mayo Clinic" before doctors finally figured out the cause of her ailments. Additional coverage: People Magazine, KSAZ Ariz., Huffington PostTV Guide

KEYC Mankato, Switching Health Plans: Questions to Ask Your New Doctor by Joel Runck, If you're planning to switch doctors, experts say you should also be prepared to ask a number of questions.… "When seeing a healthcare provider for the first time, I encourage people to bring all their medications with them, not only prescription medications, but any over-the-counter supplements, vitamins, etc.," said Stephen Campbell, M.D. of Mayo Clinic Health System.

KTTC, Caring Canine carolers visit Rochester Methodist Hospital by Courtney Sturgeon…Volunteers with Caring Canines sang Christmas carols in the halls of Rochester Methodist while their beloved pets paraded by their side.  Fido and friends were dressed in festive attire to bring some holiday cheer to patients.  Like the Olsen family who welcomed a baby girl to their family this week. "With the dogs and everything people really respond to that a lot," said Christopher Olson of Ellendale.  "We come from a farm and it's just nice to see animals in a setting that you don't normally see. I think it's a very good cause."

EHS Today, Mayo Clinic Expert: Avoid Holiday Stress by Setting Realistic Expectations by Sandy Smith… “The holiday season should be a time of joy and celebrations with family, friends and loved ones,” says Amit Sood, M.D., a Mayo Clinic physician and stress management expert. “But sometimes, we lose sight of that and become overwhelmed.” Other coverage: Waseca County News

KPTM Neb., Holiday Depression And How To Cope With It by Franque Thompson, There are ways to prioritize your holiday to prevent depression. Mayo Clinic said it all starts with acknowledging your feelings. Having a support system, setting a budget, lowering expectations and planning ahead can also help eliminate the holiday stress.

Post-Bulletin Santa spreads holiday cheer at Saint Marys' NICU by Heather Carlson, As soon as 4-year-old Tonch Cohenotti heard the sound of bells jingling on Wednesday he started jumping up and down. Then more jingling. "I heard that noise again," Tonch told his parents. "That's Santa!"…Every year, Dr. Jonathan Johnson, a Mayo Clinic pediatric cardiologist, dons the red suit to visit the hospital's youngest patients, along with their siblings and families. It's an annual part of his job that Johnson has come to relish. "In pediatrics, we take care of the kids, but we also take care of the families," he said. "Some of the best parts are seeing the families, particularly of the NICU babies, just absolutely smile when they realize their kids are going to get a picture with Santa." Additional coverage: KTTC, KAAL

KAAL, Holly Trolley Visits Rochester, They call themselves the Holly Trolley. It's an all girls acapella choir that spreads holiday cheer to those in need. Sunday night, the Bella Voce Choir made a special trip to the Double Tree Hotel in Rochester. They sang Christmas carols to two Mayo Clinic patients. Rachel Healy is one of those patients. She's been receiving treatment at Mayo for more than 30 years.

Grand Forks Herald, Holiday blues: How to counteract seasonal sadness by Pamela Knudson, Sometimes, the very things people love about the holidays — the anticipation, the hustle and bustle, the celebrations — can leave some of us with a sense of sadness, emptiness and even depression. When such feelings arise, being aware and “doing the opposite” of our natural tendencies may be among the best ways to combat them, according to a behavioral health provider at Mayo Clinic. It doesn’t help that, at this time of year, people’s expectations about Christmas “are through the roof,” said Margaret Stump, licensed family and marriage counselor with Mayo Clinic Health System, Mankato, Minn.

Health News Digest, Plan Ahead for Holiday Travel to Avoid Health Concerns, Such As Sleepiness and Stiffness, Traveling long distances during the holidays - whether by car, plane or train - is a common custom for many Americans, but taking health precautions for the journey isn't often at the top of to-do lists. Taking some simple steps to stay healthy while traveling can make the holidays more enjoyable and safe, according to a Mayo Clinic expert. "One health risk to consider when traveling is simply sitting for too long," says Clayton Cowl, M.D., an expert in transportation medicine at Mayo Clinic.

St. Peter Herald, Local family medicine provider shares five ways to have a stress-free holiday, tress comes in all shapes and sizes, and is triggered by many different situations. The holidays, although meant to be enjoyable, often evoke high stress levels in many people. So how can you keep your cool over the next few weeks? Dr. Stephanie Kivi, a family physician at Mayo Clinic Health System in Belle Plaine, shares five strategies to help you send stress packing so that you can focus on the joys of the season.

Global News, 5 tips to help you to a healthy holiday by Eva Kovacs… And every year I head into the season with hopes of minimizing the stress, undoubtedly placed on myself. Stress that I am determined to minimize using tips I came across on the Mayo Clinic’s website thanks to Nancy Parker, director of crisis response services for the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority.

KTTC, Mayo Clinic patient receives the surprise of a lifetime by Ali Killam, One Mayo Clinic patient received a Christmas surprise Sunday she won't soon forget-- the gift of song by a group of local girls. The room hums with the sound of the angelic voices of the Bella Voce and Bella Fiore choirs, as the harmonies silence their audience. All were brought to tears by the very special gift that unwrapped before Rachel Healy's eyes…The choir has girls aged from 6th to 11th grades, and following the performance, each singer gave Healy an embrace. After spending months at Mayo Clinic fighting for her life, for Healy, moments like this are what keep her dreaming.

Chicago Tribune, Mayo Clinic Medical Edge: A variety of factors, including family history, can raise risk for DVT by John Heit, M.D, Cardiovascular Diseases, Mayo Clinic, DEAR MAYO CLINIC: My mother has had deep vein thrombosis twice. I've heard this condition can run in families. I'm a 38-year-old woman in good health. I exercise regularly and eat well. What can I do to lower my risk of developing DVT?

Chicago Tribune, Mayo Clinic Medical Edge: Palliative care helps ease the symptoms, pain and stress of serious illness by Jacob Strand, M.D., Palliative Care Clinic, Mayo Clinic, DEAR MAYO CLINIC: My husband was diagnosed with cancer six months ago and just completed chemotherapy treatments. He's not feeling great right now and may need more cancer treatments at some point. We've been told his long-term outlook is good. At a recent appointment, though, his oncologist suggested he consider palliative care. Why would he need that? Isn't this similar to hospice care?

Chicago Tribune, Mayo Clinic Medical Edge: MRI not intended to be used in place of a mammogram by Stephanie Hines, M.D., Breast Clinic, Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, Fla., DEAR MAYO CLINIC: Why is a mammogram the standard screening tool used to look for breast cancer? Wouldn't MRI catch the disease earlier?

CNN, California high school to be tested for tuberculosis by Michael Martinez, All 1,800 students and staff at a southern California high school will be screened for tuberculosis Friday after 45 students tested positive for possible exposure, authorities said… Treatment of TB requires antibiotics for at least six to nine months, the Mayo Clinic says on its website.

Owatonna’s People’s Press Owatonna clinic continues '12 Families of Christmas' donations by Al Strain…The staff at Mayo Clinic Health System-Owatonna banded together for the fourth straight year for the “12 Families of Christmas” event, which is a partnership between the clinic and Steele County Transitional Housing. Lesa Anderson, a registered nurse who brought the concept of the event from her previous employer in Wisconsin, said providing the presents is important so that everyone, especially children, has a gift on Christmas.

News-Medical, Joint initiative aims to eradicate health disparities among communities of color in the U.S., The world's first and largest group medical practice and one of the nation's premier volunteer service organizations of professional African American women are joining forces to eradicate health disparities among communities of color in the United States. Mayo Clinic and The Links, Incorporated have established a formal collaboration that aims to develop a more diverse health care workforce. Additional coverage: PysOrg,

Medscape, New Agent May Be Disease-Modifying in Myelofibrosis by Zosia Chustecka, Early results with an investigational new agent suggest it may have disease-modifying activity in myelofibrosis, which would be a first in this condition…The new results in myelofibrosis come from 22 patients treated with imetelstat with a follow-up of at least 6 months, and were reported by Ayalew Tefferi, MD, from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, here at the American Society of Hematology 55th Annual Meeting.

Le Center Leader, Director of Mayo Clinic Health System’s Fitness Center in New Prague shares 11 tips to stay fit this winter by Debbie Zimmerman, The doldrums of winter make staying in bed with a plate of comfort food sound like a good idea more often than not. Unfortunately, that type of habit isn’t good for your pocketbook or your physical well-being. But finding the motivation to be active and engaged with limited sunlight, snow-covered roads and holiday activities isn’t exactly easy. Jill Rohloff, director of Mayo Clinic Health System in New Prague’s The Fitness Center, has 11 tips to help you fight the urge for inactivity this winter.

Medline Plus, Type of Surgical Anesthesia Might Influence Prostate Cancer's Return, For men having prostate cancer surgery, the type of anesthesia doctors use might make a difference in the odds of the cancer returning, a new study suggests..."We can't conclude from this that it's cause-and-effect," said senior researcher Dr. Juraj Sprung, an anesthesiologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Additional coverage:, Loma Linda University Health Library

HealthDay, Type of Surgical Anesthesia Might Influence Prostate Cancer's Return, For men having prostate cancer surgery, the type of anesthesia doctors use might make a difference in the odds of the cancer returning, a new study suggests… "We can't conclude from this that it's cause-and-effect," said senior researcher Dr. Juraj Sprung, an anesthesiologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Additional coverage: Newsday, Philadelphia Inquirer, MSN, Cancer Compass

Science Codex, Pain drugs used in prostate gland removal linked to cancer outcome, Mayo Clinic-led study finds, The methods used to anesthetize prostate cancer patients and control pain when their prostate glands are surgically removed for adenocarcinoma may affect their long-term cancer outcomes, a study led by Mayo Clinic has found…"We found a significant association between this opioid-sparing technique, reduced progression of the prostate tumor and overall mortality," says senior author Juraj Sprung, M.D., Ph.D., a Mayo Clinic anesthesiologist.

Wisconsin Public Radio, For Those With Memory Loss, Music Can Provide A Connection With The Past…That is, until a nurse gives him an iPod and a pair of headphones, and turns on his favorite music. He suddenly comes to life. His hands and feet sway. His head bobs, and for a fleeting moment in time he’s the man he used to be.…The national Music and Memory Project is embraced by the Mayo Clinic Health System and the Wisconsin DHS, among others. But it’s a fairly new initiative, and while the short-term results are compelling, any long-term benefits for people with memory loss is still a mystery.

Medscape, Lifetime Risk for Adult Strabismus Is 4% by Linda Roach, White adults in the United States have a 4% risk of developing strabismus at some time in their lives, a Minnesota research group estimates. However, most of the risk occurred in the last decades of life, Jennifer M. Martinez-Thompson, MD, from the Department of Neurology, Mayo Clinic and Mayo Foundation, Rochester, Minnesota, and colleagues write report in an article published online December 9 in Ophthalmology.

WJXT Fla., Antibacterial soap, You probably have antibacterial soap in your house and use it on a regular basis. It's long been recommended for its germ-killing power, but a new study shows it may do more harm than good. Dr. Vandana Bhide with the Mayo Clinic talks more about antibacterial soap.

Modern Healthcare, FDA challenging safety of anti-bacterial soaps by Steven Ross Johnson… According to the agency, some studies have suggested long-term exposure to certain chemicals within anti-bacterial products such as triclosan, which is used in liquid soaps, and triclocarban, an ingredient mostly found in bar soaps, could pose a number of health risks, including hormone alteration, and that they help develop antibiotic-resistant germs. “I think this is a valuable step forward by the FDA,” said Dr. Pritish Tosh, an infectious diseases physician and researcher at the Mayo Clinic.

Reuters, Doctors vary on willingness to talk about hospice by Andrew Seaman… Researchers found doctors who said they would opt for care aimed at preventing pain and suffering at the end of their own lives were more likely to discuss that type of care with a hypothetical dying patient… In an essay published in the same journal, Dr. Tanya Tajouri and Dr. Timothy Moynihan from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, tell the story of a dying 55-year-old man who was brought to their hospital.

Post-Bulletin, Mayo Clinic joins firm from Belgium in use of stem cells for heart by Jeff Hansel, … "Although biotherapies are increasingly more sophisticated, the tools for delivering regenerative therapies demonstrate a limited capacity in achieving high cell retention in the heart," said Mayo cardiology specialist Dr. Atta Behfar, lead study author of the study. "Retention of cells is, of course, crucial to an effective, practical therapy."… Mayo Clinic cardiology specialist Dr. Andre Terzic, one of the study's co-authors, reached after hours Monday night, said if the Phase III trials are successful, "regenerative medicine is poised to offer new options for renewed heart health."

Talk Radio Europe, Mayo Clinic expert Jennifer K. Nelson to discuss ‘trans fats’.

Boston Globe, Boston surgeon, physician wife campaign against procedure by Chelsea Conaboy, But Dr. Bobbie Gostout, chairwoman of obstetrics and gynecology at the Mayo Clinic, said more women should be given the option of a vaginal hysterectomy, where the uterus can often be taken out intact through the vagina, especially because morcellation “is a questionable practice.” She said morcellating devices are not yet good at capturing tissue or protecting other sensitive organs from rotating blades. “I don’t want to see [morcellation] go away, but I would like to see it kept in perspective and occupy its necessary place,” she said. “Morcellation is still so far off what it ought to be.”

KAAL, Mayo and March of Dimes Stress 40 Week Pregnancy, Forty weeks; that's how long a full-term pregnancy lasts. But many women actually choose to be induced early. And now, Mayo Clinic doctors are saying that needs to stop… "Respiratory difficulties, feeding difficulties, and increased risk of having problems potentially like Cerebral Palsy," said Dr. Jani Jensen, with Mayo Clinic… "Even though you might be miserable, the baby's not miserable and you need to know that you need to do the right thing for your baby, not what's convenient for you," said Sarah. Additional coverage: HealthCanal, ScienceDaily

Jacksonville Business Journal, Mayo, Florida Blue expand bundled option pilot program by Coleen Michele Jones, Florida Blue and Mayo Clinic are expanding their year-old pilot program in which they charge a flat fee for full and partial knee replacements. Sixty patients took advantage of the bundled payment program, which offers a continuum of services at one flat rate and streamlines the paperwork and payment throughout treatment, which can involve a number of different medical services such as anesthesia and imaging. In the past, patients and the insurance company would be billed separately for each item, and surgeries could have wide cost variances. Additional coverage: Sacramento Bee

USA TODAY, Organizational report: Twins revival starts in rotation by John Perrotto…All the speculation in recent years about Joe Mauer possibly switching positions ended in November when the Minnesota Twins announced the face of the franchise would be moving to first base on a full-time basis in 2014. Mauer missed the final 49 games this past season with a concussion, and he was advised by doctors at the Mayo Clinic that he was at risk for more concussion-related problems if he stayed behind the plate.

Denver Post, Legalization's opening of medical pot research is dream and nightmare by Michael Booth… In the scientific and medical worlds, a parent and a doctor claiming to observe success is vastly different from the high standards of a clinical trial. In such stringent, FDA-controlled tests, neither the patients nor their treating doctors know who is given CBD, for example, and who is given a placebo. "Observational data is regarded as fairly low quality in the hierarchy of things," said Dr. J. Michael Bostwick, a Mayo Clinic psychiatrist who has written a survey of research into medical marijuana claims titled "Blurred Boundaries."

KARE11, FDA approves magnetic device to treat migraines…The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the use of a new magnetic device, called the Cerena Transcranial Magnetic Stimulator (TMS) that will hopefully help fight off the debilitating pain… While the company that makes the device, eNeura, did not have pictures or video of the Cerena TMS on its website, spokesperson Claire Sojda said the Spring TMS…Sojda also said The Mayo Clinic was one of sixteen centers that participated in the study of the Cerena TMS.

Myeloma Beacon, SAR650984 Shows Encouraging Early Results For Heavily Pretreated Multiple Myeloma (ASH 2013) by Julie Shilane… SAR650984 is one of several potential new anti-myeloma agents for which clinical results were first presented at the American Society of Hematology (ASH) meeting last week. The results were presented by Dr. Joseph Mikhael from the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona, who told The Beacon, “This drug was hands down the most promising new agent at ASH for myeloma.”

KEYC Mankato, Doctors, City Leaders Grapple With E-CigarettesDr. Stephan Thome an Oncologist with the Mayo Health Clinic System says, "We don't know yet whether second–hand vapor versus second–hand smoke, we don't know yet that it's perfectly safe, while e–cig's appear based on what we know to be less harmful than a smoke tobacco cigarette we don't know for sure if they are completely harmless." Doctors also told us they do not encourage anyone to start using e–cig's. They wanted to remind the public that the long term effects of using e–cigarettes are still unknown.

Las Vegas Review Journal, Progressive aphasia: when words get stuck between mind and mouth…What might also be surprising are the prevalence and dramatically disruptive nature of speech and language problems that worsen with time, says physician David G. Lott, director of the Mayo Clinic Arizona Voice Program…An October Mayo Clinic study found that patients with a speech and language disorder are 3½ times more likely to be teachers than people with Alzheimer’s dementia. Mayo Clinic neurologist Keith Josephs, the study’s senior author, says that because teachers are constantly communicating, they may be more sensitive to the development of speech and language problems.

Post-Bulletin, DMC enlists ambassadors to shape, sell plan in Rochester by Jeff Hansel, Still in the early stages of formation, Destination Medical Center is enlisting a growing group of people to sell the plan and help shape what happens next…At a meeting last week, participants talked about getting more involvement from community members who are not part of Mayo Clinic, Mayo Clinic employees and local small-business owners.

Post-Bulletin, Our View: Rochester shouldn't have to import skilled workers, The revival of vocational and technical education in Rochester couldn't be happening at a better time. Mayo Clinic's Destination Medical Center initiative will prompt a building boom that will leave the region about 1,500 laborers short of the workforce needed, said Jim Kelly, executive director of the nonprofit Construction Partnership Inc.

Star Tribune, As government goes long, what about the details? By Lori Sturdevant, Want a surefire holiday party conversation starter? Last week’s e-mailbag contained this suggestion: “Over the next 20 years, which of the following will have the most positive impact on the future of Minnesota and its economy: 1) The new Vikings football stadium; 2) Copper nickel mining in northeastern Minnesota; or 3) The multi-billion-dollar expansion of the Mayo Clinic and greater Rochester?

Red Wing Republican-Eagle, The doctor will see you…soon, The Mayo Clinic Health System’s River Region strives to beat even the best times and, according to process improvement manager Vaughn Bartch, does so at every clinic on average. That’s because time isn’t just money, it’s health. "The patient experience is better," he said. "Their outcomes are better."… "Not only do staff members ‘get it,’ we’ve also engaged all of them in reviewing the data: Where can we find waste within our system? Are we doing things right while adhering to national standards, best practices?" he said.

Kansas City Star, Children’s Mercy Hospital offers hope for teens with mysterious, excruciating pain…Other programs exist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.; Boston Children’s Hospital; Stanford in California; the Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital; and a few other hospitals…“I’ll tell you about the pain I see and the kids I see,” says Barbara Bruce, director of the Mayo Clinic’s pediatric chronic pain program, which opened in 2010. “There’s a lot of pressures on the kids we see. They’re driven.”

Clinical Oncology, MRI Use Common, But Not Always Evidence-Based… At the Society of Surgical Oncology annual meeting, experts debated the ever-expanding use of MRI in breast cancer management. Sarah McLaughlin, MD, an assistant professor of surgery at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., said MRI use is increasing for many reasons. In addition to screening mammography, MRI is now recognized as an important screening tool in women at high risk for breast cancer, especially those with a genetic mutation predisposing them to breast cancer or an estimated lifetime risk for breast cancer greater than 20%.

MedPage Today, Breast Cancer: Tamoxifen Metabolite Promising by Ed Susman, n the first human experience with a drug that is the main metabolite of tamoxifen, promising responses were observed in woman diagnosed with aromatase inhibitor resistant, metastatic breast cancer, researchers said here. In a dose-ranging Phase 1 trial that included 22 women, two partial responses were observed and nine women achieved disease stabilization on seven different doses of endoxifen, said Matthew Goetz, MD, deputy director of the Mayo Clinic Breast Cancer Specialized Program of Research Excellence (SPORE), Rochester, Minn.

Wall Street Journal, Eating Well on $4.30 a Day by Brett Arends…I discussed the diet with my doctor, who said it was perfectly healthful and probably better than the way most people eat. (She also advised I cut down on the peanut butter.) Later, I reviewed my food intake with Donald Hensrud, M.D., the chair of preventative medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and the editor in chief of "The Mayo Clinic Diet." "Overall, I think this is excellent," Dr. Hensrud said. "It's more nutritious than the way many, if not most, people eat."

KMSP Twin Cities, INVESTIGATORS: America's test tube, Researchers from around the world come to Minnesota to study what ails us and how doctors treat those problems, and that information is leading to some life-saving discoveries…"It's worth billions," Dr. Barbara Yawn, research director at OMC, estimated…One of the things they measure periodically is a person's walking agate…The massive database of health records is called the REP, which stands for Rochester Epidemiology Project. It draws its information from both the Mayo Clinic and Olmsted Medical Center, which provide virtually all of the medical care in the region.

Huffington Post, Ask Healthy Living: Do You Really Need To Clean Off Gym Equipment? By Sarah Klein…Turns out, our health-minded community is on to something. Warm, moist environments are where bacteria really like to grow, says Dr. Pritish Tosh, infectious diseases physician at the Mayo Clinic. And if the gym isn't a warm, moist environment, we don't know what is. "There is certainly a potential for transmission of certain kinds of infections," he says.

NY Times, Have a Seat and Start Working Out by Shivani Vora, The Stability Ball as a Way to Exercise at the Office…Research has addressed the negative effects of excessive sitting. Dr. James Levine, director of obesity solutions at the Mayo Clinic and Arizona State University, for example, has found that too much time in a chair can increase the risk of diabetes, hypertension and cancer.

LA Times, Bioethics panel offers guidelines for 'incidental findings' by Melissa Healy, The phrase "we've found something unexpected" is the kind of broadside a patient or research subject should never have to hear for the first time after the discovery is made. That is the overriding message of a report by a presidential panel on the ethics of "incidental findings" in medical treatment, biomedical research and commercial testing aimed at health-conscious consumers…A 2010 study conducted at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota found that nearly 40% of high-tech imaging scans performed in the course of research revealed an unexpected abnormality that could be medically worrisome.

KNXV Ariz., Young Mesa Woman Battles Heart Disease, Transplant recipient beats all the odds, Mayo Clinic patient Mia Welch shares her story.

Star Tribune (AP) Wisconsin state Sen. Cullen recovering from open heart surgery, Wisconsin state Sen. Tim Cullen, of Janesville, is recovering from open heart surgery. Cullen's office said Tuesday that Cullen had valve replacement surgery on Dec. 5 at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. The release says Cullen was aware of the problem since April and the surgery was not an emergency.

ABC15 Phoenix, Mayo Clinic on how to know if you're vulnerable for heart disease, Mayo Clinic cardiologist, Steven J. Lester, M.D., joined the cast of Sonoran Living Live to talk about Mayo Clinic's use of imaging in determining patient risk of heart disease. Learn more about cardiac diagnostic and treatment options available at Mayo Clinic by joining ABC15 and Rally for Red, and from Mayo Clinic staff members each month on Sonoran Living Live.

CBC Radio, Organ Donation - The Heart of the Matter, On this weeks show, Brian speaks with Dr. Phil Fischer, a paediatrician at the Mayo Clinic. He was inspired to donate one of his kidneys anonymously. He shares his inspiring story.

ABC News, Kansas Woman’s Kidney Billboard Draws Overwhelming Response by Tatiana Shams-Costa…After languishing on a transplant waiting list, a Salinas, Kan., couple decided to take matters into their own hands. Sharon Nelson, 73, and her husband James, 70, rented a billboard on Interstate 70 in Jewell, Cloud County to advertise Sharon’s plight. Then they went out to the highway, where James climbed up the board to paint their message...Sharon Nelson told ABC News they got the idea from a nurse at the Mayo clinic in Rochester, Minn. The nurse said she knew a Milwaukee man who had found a donor for himself after renting a billboard, Nelson said. Additional coverage: Huffington Post, WEAR Fla.

HealthDay, Light Exercise Might Reduce Risk of Kidney Stones, Just a little exercise each week -- jogging for an hour or walking for about three hours -- can reduce the risk of developing kidney stones by up to 31 percent, according to a new study…Dr. John Lieske, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., said the study, which included only postmenopausal women, must be replicated in a larger, more diverse population. Women who engage in regular physical activity also likely have other healthy habits that help lower their risk for kidney stones, he added.

Medscape Renal Denervation...the Clues are in the Kidney by Robert Simari M.D., and Rajive Gulati, M.D., Ph.D., Robert D Simari MD: Greetings, I'm Rob Simari of the division of cardiovascular diseases at the Mayo Clinic. Today I'm pleased to be joined by Dr Rajiv Gulati, one of the leading interventionalists at the Mayo Clinic, to talk about a topic that has been very exciting over the past few years, and that is the topic of renovascular denervation.

FOX News, 4 ways to fight seasonal depression naturally by Jacqueline Silvestri Banks, The shorter days of winter can give you the blues, and for some people, it may even lead to Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), or seasonal depression.…Symptoms of SAD include depression, anxiety, loss of energy, social withdrawal, loss of interest in normal activities, weight gain and appetite changes, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Occupational Health and Safety, COPD Linked with Memory Loss by Mayo Clinic, A new study reported by the Mayo Clinic study found that people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are about twice as likely to develop mild cognitive impairment, and it is likely to include memory loss. The study was published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

WQOW Eau Claire, Colored salt can be mistaken for sweet treat, We all know not to eat yellow snow but what about other colors? You may have come across blue salt on sidewalks and parking lots. The salt is colored to better show where it's been spread…"If you swallow it, especially the calcium salts can irritate your stomach and your intestines," said Dr. Paul Horrath and emergency physician with Mayo Clinic Health System.

La Crosse Tribune Extra Effort: BRF senior wins battle against painful disease by Patrick Anderson, Carah Bunnell lives with pain. Ignoring it, along with nausea and dizziness, the 17-year-old depends on daily routines and careful maneuvers to avoid any serious complications from a medical condition that took over her life when she was a freshman. Carah missed months of school after being diagnosed with Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome, but not anymore, even though she still lives with the disease…She hasn’t missed a school day due to POTS since leaving the Mayo program, though she still missed significant time in her junior year after contracting mononucleosis and pneumonia in the same month.

MedPage Today, AHA’s 2013 Clinical Research Prize: Thomas G. Brott, MD, Mayo Clinic, The winners of the American Heart Association's 2013 awards discuss their careers and accomplishments in these exclusive MedPage Today interviews.

Post-Bulletin, Mayor chooses members for new Mayo Civic Center commission by Edie Grossfield, As part of a new oversight strategy for Mayo Civic Center, Rochester Mayor Ardell Brede has submitted a list of seven people to serve on a newly created Mayo Civic Center Commission…He chose Marv Mitchell, division chair of media support at Mayo Clinic and president of the Riverside Concerts Advisory Board, because of his connection to the arts community.

NBC Latino, What you need to know about mononucleosis, Infectious mononucleosis, also known as mono or “the kissing disease,” is caused by a virus that is transmitted through saliva. NBC Latino contributor Dr. Joseph Sirven shares the facts you need to know about mono. Dr. Joseph Sirven is Professor and Chairman of the Department of Neurology and was past Director of Education for Mayo Clinic Arizona.

Bien Star Salud180, ¿Cómo daña la obesidad a tu estructura ósea? La obesidad es una enfermedad que se detona en mayor medida por tener un estilo de vida poco activo y nutritivo. La ciencia confirma que los factores genéticos sí influyen, pero son más importantes las elecciones que haces en tu día a día. En entrevista con, el médico Joaquín Sánchez Sotelo, consultor de Mayo Clinic, revela que las secuelas del sobrepeso y obesidad no se centran sólo en tener más riesgo de diabetes tipo 2, cáncer, hipertensión o infartos, sino también se confirma que la obesidad daña las articulaciones de las personas. Additional coverage: TV Mas, Yahoo! Noticias

El Comentario, Obesidad y sobrepeso aumentan implantes en rodilla y cadera… El especialista de la Clínica Mayo, Joaquín Sánchez Sotelo, resaltó que en personas con obesidad el impacto en la estructura ósea es severo e irreversible, sobre todo en rodillas, y que en Estados Unidos representa 50 por ciento de las prótesis que se implantan, situación que podría replicarse en México de no atenderse.

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NBC News
Memory loss worries may indicate Alzheimer’s risk

Dr. Ronald Petersen is interviewed as well as a Mayo Clinic patient. Researchers at Brigham and Women’s hospital in Boston asked 200 healthy volunteers to report concerns about their own memory and then received a brain scan looking for build up of amyloid plaque, a risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease. Those most anxious about their memory also had the highest levels of plaque. NBC’s Dr. Nancy Snyderman reports.

Reach:  NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams continues to be the top rated evening newscast with more than 7.9 million viewers each night.

Additional Coverage:

Some, mild slips of memory may be very early Alzheimer's


Context: Ron Petersen, M.D., Ph.D., is the Cora Kanow Professor of Alzheimer’s Disease Research at Mayo Clinic. Dr. Petersen is regularly sought out by reporters as a leading expert in his medical field. Dr. Petersen chairs the Advisory Council on Alzheimer’s Research, Care and Services.

Public Affairs Contacts: Traci Klein, Nick Hanson

NY Times
Dementia’s Signs May Come Early
by Pam Belluck

…And, in a significant shift highlighted at the conference, leading Alzheimer’s researchers are identifying a new category called “subjective cognitive decline,” which is people’s own sense that their memory and thinking skills are slipping even before others have noticed.  “The whole field now is moving to this area, and saying ‘Hey, maybe there is something to this, and maybe we should pay attention to these people,’ ” said Dr. Ronald C. Petersen, chairman of the advisory panel to the federal government’s new National Alzheimer’s Project. Dr. Petersen, director of the Mayo Clinic’s Alzheimer’s center, said preliminary results of a Mayo study of healthy older adults in Minnesota suggested something similar.

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.

Context: Ron Petersen, M.D., Ph.D., is the Cora Kanow Professor of Alzheimer’s Disease Research at Mayo Clinic. Dr. Petersen is regularly sought out by reporters as a leading expert in his medical field. Dr. Petersen chairs the Advisory Council on Alzheimer’s Research, Care and Services. Richard Caselli, M.D. is a neurologist at Mayo Clinic in Arizona. Dr. Caselli's research focuses on cognitive aging and the changes that can be detected before the symptomatic onset of memory loss and related symptoms of Alzheimer's disease.

Public Affairs Contacts: Traci Klein, Nick Hanson, Jim McVeigh, Lynn Closway

Patients Seek A Different Approach To Hip Replacement Surgery
by Pattie Neighmond

Every year more than a quarter of a million Americans have total hip replacement surgery. It's almost always a successful operation that frees patients from what's often described as disabling pain…Critics say the increased interest in anterior approach surgery may be more due to marketing from doctors, hospitals and companies that sell specialized operating tables and other gear rather than any benefits to patients. Clinical trials comparing the two methods are underway at the Mayo Clinic and at the Hospital for Special Surgery, but it may well be five years before that data is available. In the meantime, doctors says it's important to look at the big picture. Today "most healthy patients recover quickly, no matter which surgical technique is used," says orthopedic surgeon Mark Pagnano with the Mayo Clinic.

Reach: The NPR Shots Blog covers news about health and medicine. It is written and reported by NPR’s Science Desk.

Context: Mark Pagnano, M.D. is an orthopedic surgeon who also has an appointment with Mayo Clinic's Young Hip Clinic. The Young Hip Clinic at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota evaluates and treats young people who have hip pain. The clinic focuses on alternatives to hip replacement or joint preservation surgery.

Public Affairs Contacts: Dana Sparks, Brian Kilen
Can Big Data solve the mystery of suicide?
By Helen Popkin

Everywhere on the Internet, we're trailed by bots that inspect our searches and social chatter, attempting to predict what we're going to buy, watch or who we might date next. But in the middle of all that commerce-friendly jibber jabber, some people are saying, in not so many words, "I am going to kill myself." What if a computer program could spot those cries for help as well?... Even outside the military population, doctors miss cues. A review of studies by the Mayo Clinic found approximately 44 percent of people who commit suicide visited their primary care physician, and 20 percent visited a mental health care worker in the month before their deaths.

Reach: NBC News Digital reaches an audience of more than 58 million unique visitors.

Context: Suicide is the 11th leading cause of death in the United States. Every year, millions of Americans think about taking their own lives. Sadly, each year tens of thousands die by suicide. While suicides can be a shock to family and friends, some warning signs exist. Often a simple question from a family doctor can be enough to start a person toward help and treatment. A review in the August issue 2011 issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings by researchers at Mayo Clinic and the University of Washington, Seattle highlights the opportunity that primary care physicians have to establish a successful treatment plan for these patients. Dr. Timothy Lineberry is a Mayo Clinic suicide prevention expert.

News Release: Mayo Clinic: Primary Physicians May Hold Key to Suicide Prevention

Public Affairs Contact: Nick Hanson

Everyday Health
Need a New Hip? Press 'Print'
by Dr. Sanjay Gupta

Thousands of hip replacements are performed every year. These operations are life-changers for people with osteoarthritis and other conditions, ridding them of pain and returning them to an active life…Brooke was born with a misshapen pelvis. By the time she was in her 20’s, she was already severely debilitated by arthritis in her hips…Her doctors at Mayo Clinic were able to spare Brooke all those surgeries by turning to a new technology: 3-D printing…“You press print and a 3-D model is made,” says orthopedic surgeon Christopher Beauchamp, MD.

Reach: Everyday Health Media, LLC is a provider of online consumer health content across a broad portfolio of over 25 websites that span the health spectrum — from lifestyle offerings in pregnancy, diet and fitness to in-depth medical content for condition prevention and management.

Context: Joint replacements have been around for a long time. Most people with conditions such as osteoarthritis can expect good results if they have one. But what about those who have complicated cases or unusual deformities that a standard replacement can’t fix? In the past that’s meant few options, but now, doctors at Mayo Clinic in Arizona are using 3D printers to enable customized joint replacement surgeries. Many patients, who were previously out of luck, can now have a successful surgery and better quality of life.

Mayo Clinic News Network Package: 3D Printer Uses CT Scan to Print Out Model of Hip Joint Before Surgery (pkg)

Public Affairs Contact: Dana Sparks

Everyday Health
Stem Cells Heal a Damaged Heart
by Dr. Sanjay Gupta

Researchers at Mayo Clinic have made a breakthrough in doing that. They have trained stem cells harvested from a person’s bone marrow to become heart cells, by treating them with certain proteins that trigger heart development. They refer to these stem cells as “smart” stem cells. “This study helps us move beyond the science fiction notion of research,” said Andre Terzic, MD, PhD of Mayo Clinic, the study’s senior author.

Context: Physicians and researchers in the Center for Regenerative Medicine at Mayo Clinic say their work is developing completely new ways to treat and manage chronic diseases like diabetes, heart failure, or even degenerative nerve, bone and joint conditions. And in December, international experts will meet at the World Stem Cell Summit, to continue exploring and sharing ideas about the future of regenerative medicine. Here are some 101 basics of how this science benefits patients.

Mayo Clinic News Network Package: Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine 101 (Medical Edge TV)

Public Affairs Contact: Dana Sparks

US News & World Report
The Personalization of Medicine
by Katherine Hobson

…Just this past May, the Food and Drug Administration approved two drugs for advanced melanoma driven by certain mutations that join a crop of new therapies approved in the last few years. Also, in May, the Mayo Clinic launched an Individualized Medicine Clinic at its three locations in Minnesota, Arizona and Florida aimed at getting cutting-edge guidance to cancer patients who have failed standard treatments and to people with mysterious ailments that may have a genetic cause.

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

Context:  Mayo Clinic has always been a destination for patients seeking answers. Now, Mayo is taking that concept to the next level with the public launch of its Individualized Medicine Clinic — at all three of its campuses, in Minnesota, Florida and Arizona.

News Release: Mayo Clinic Launches Individualized Medicine Consulting Clinic

Public Affairs Contact: Bob Nellis

Pioneer Press (AP)
Mayo Clinic gets a silver in US News ranking

Johns Hopkins Hospital has regained its place atop U.S. News & World Report's annual rankings of the nation's best hospitals, one year after its 21-year stint at the top of the rakings was broken… The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., was ranked third, followed by the Cleveland Clinic and UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles.

Reach: The Associated Press is a not-for-profit news cooperative, owned by its American newspaper and broadcast members. News collected by the AP is published and republished by newspaper and broadcast outlets worldwide.

KEYC Mankato
Mayo Clinic Health System Mankato Ranked High in State
Mayo Clinic Health System Mankato is ranked 14th among the state's hospitals according to a U.S. News and World Report released today. With nearly 160 hospitals in Minnesota, the report came as good news to the hospital staff.

Reach: KEYC-12, is a Fox affiliate whcih broadcasts from Mankato, Minn.

WEAU Eau Claire
Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire ranked among best in state

Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire is ranked No. 4 in Wisconsin and is recognized among the Best Hospitals in northwest Wisconsin in the newly released 24th U.S. News & World Report annual America’s Best Hospitals list… “This national recognition from U.S. News underscores the commitment our staff makes to care for patients,” says Randall Linton, M.D., president and CEO of Mayo Clinic Health System’s northwest Wisconsin region.

Reach: WEAU-TV is the NBC affiliate for much of western Wisconsin, including Eau Claire and La Crosse. WEAU is licensed to Eau Claire and its transmitter is located in Fairchild, Wisc.

Phoenix Business Journal
13 Phoenix-area hospitals ranked as best by U.S. News & World Report
by Angela Gonzales

Of all 56 hospitals in the Phoenix metro area, 13 were named best regional hospitals by U.S. News & World Report. At the top of the list was Mayo Clinic, which touts 10 nationally ranked specialties and three high-performing specialties.

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

Jacksonville Business Journal
Baptist, Mayo Clinic among top 5 hospitals in Florida
by Michael Clinton

Several of Jacksonville’s hospital systems ranked among the best in Florida in an annual ranking of the best hospitals in the nation. Baptist Medical Center and Mayo Clinic tied as the No. 1 hospitals in Jacksonville and No. 4 in Florida on the U.S. News & World Report annual Best Hospitals study, released today.

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

Nephrology News
Cleveland Clinic loses #1 ranking to Mayo for nephrology care

Medscape Today
Mayo Clinic Keeps Top Spot for Diabetes in US News Rankings

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Context: Mayo Clinic was highly rated in the 24th U.S. News & World Report annual America's Best Hospitals list released today. As in 2012, Mayo earned the No. 3 overall spot on the "Best Hospitals" list. Mayo ranked No. 1 in the nation in five clinical areas — gynecology, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology, nephrology and pulmonology. In addition, Mayo is ranked No. 2 in five additional specialties — cardiology & heart surgery, ear, nose & throat, geriatrics, neurology & neurosurgery and orthopedics. Mayo Clinic earned the No. 1 spot in Minnesota, ranked No. 1 in Arizona and specifically in the Phoenix metro area, and earned the No. 1 rank as best hospital in the Jacksonville area.

News Release: Mayo Clinic Lauded in Quality Rankings, Most Recently by U.S. News & World Report

News Release: Mayo Clinic Ranked No. 1 in Arizona and Phoenix by U.S. News & World Report

News Release: U.S. News & World Report Ranks Mayo Clinic No. 1 in Jacksonville and a Leading Cancer Hospital Nationally

News Release: Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, Mankato rank among best in Wisconsin, Minnesota regions

Public Affairs Contacts: Nick Hanson (Mayo Clinic in Rochester), Jim McVeigh (Mayo Clinic in Arizona), Kevin Punsky (Mayo Clinic in Florida), Micah Dorfner (Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato, Minn.), Susan Barber-Lindquist (Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Clarie, Wisc.)

Doctors, Deputies Warn Against Cliff Jumping
by Josh Rosenthal

…That's largely because the water below the cliff is a maximum of 14-feet deep, and it's only three-feet deep close to shore. Deputies have handed out more than 100 citations to people jumping off the cliff, which is on private property, in just the last month. "We had 18 just yesterday," Englund said. "This is a big problem for us out here." It's a big problem at the Mayo Clinic Health System in Cannon Falls, too. "This is very dangerous," Trauma Program Coordinator Angela Schrader said. "The impact can be lifetime on a lot of these patients."

Reach: KSTP-TV, Channel 5, is an ABC affiliate serving the Twin Cities area, central Minnesota and western Wisconsin, the 15th largest market in the U.S.

Context: Angela Schraeder is the Trauma Program coordinator at Mayo Clinic Health System in Cannon Falls, Minn.

Public Affairs Contact: Kristy Jacobson

Destination Medical Center: Hold on to your hats
by Jeff Hansel

The Minnesota Legislature's passage of Destination Medical Center means the project no longer belongs to Mayo Clinic. In many ways, it belongs as much to Rochester residents themselves, who, through their votes, control the Rochester City Council. City Council members will measure, critique and approve expansion proposals submitted by Mayo and private developers over the next 20 years. 

Additional stories from Post-Bulletin Related to DMC Report:
A new model of health care — for the well, Pediatrics a key part of Mayo Clinic's Destination Medical Center The affluent will be big part of Destination Medical Center, Rochester seeks to become biotech destination  

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: Destination Medical Center (DMC), an economic development initiative designed to secure Mayo Clinic and Minnesota’s future as a global medical destination, passed on May 20 as part of the Minnesota Legislature’s tax bill. It will help fund the public infrastructure required to keep pace with an estimated $5 billion private investment by Mayo Clinic and other private entities over the next 20 years.

Destination Medical Center Website

Public Affairs Contacts: Bryan Anderson, Karl Oestreich

U.S. Blood Supply Threatened as Donors Face Iron Losses
by Michelle Cortez

…In the U.S., 70 percent of the blood supply comes from repeat donors. Limiting their giving may hamper a system that already suffers shortages. The Mayo Clinic predicts a 10 percent drop in its supply from its restrictions on donors after finding that one-third had iron deficiency. “We want to make sure we don’t have a group of people walking around being iron deficient,” said Manish Gandhi, the medical director of the Mayo Clinic’s blood donation center. “Blood donation in the U.S. is an altruistic thing. We need to focus on what we should be doing to protect these wonderful donors.”

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Context: Manish Gandhi, M.D. is medical director of the Blood Donor Center at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Approximately 80,000 units of blood products are transfused at Mayo Clinic in Rochester annually. For more interesting facts about donating blood, click here.

Public Affairs Contact: Sharon Theimer

Action News Jax
Mayo Clinic CEO talks about health care
by Catherine Varnum

The CEO of the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville talked one on one with Action News about the proposed health care reform plan. "We can't continue as we are," said Dr. William Rupp. He's the CEO of the Mayo Clinic in Florida. He's been watching the news closely over the last few months, trying to figure out how the Mayo Clinic will be affected by Obama's proposed health care plan. "I think there's still a lot of confusion about what actually is going to come out," said Dr. Rupp.

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

Context: William Rupp, M.D. is a Mayo Clinic vice president and CEO of Mayo Clinic in Florida.

Public Affairs Contact: Kevin Punsky

Mechanical heart gives local man a second chance
by Courtney Everett

In our Health Alert, according to the Centers for Disease Control, about 5.7 million people in the United States have heart failure. But, a mechanical device is giving people with heart failure a new chance at life…Many hospitals don't have the capability to do this surgery, but Mayo Clinic Health System is helping patients with the devices and plans to open a special center this fall. "We will be a share cared center and what that means is that we will care for the patient in conjunction with the center that put the device,” said Dr. Kincaid.

Reach: WEAU-TV is the NBC affiliate for much of western Wisconsin, including Eau Claire and La Crosse. WEAU is licensed to Eau Claire and its transmitter is located in Fairchild, Wisc.

Context: Cardiologist Daniel Kincaid, M.D., discusses how the ventricular assist device --VAD -- works. Beginning this fall, patients will be able to receive follow-up VAD care at the Cardiac Center at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, Wisc. For patient David Evans, this partial mechanical heart is a lifesaver until he hopefully receives a heart transplant someday.

Public Affairs Contact: Susan Barber-Lindquist

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May 4th, 2012

Computer Use Combined With Exercise May Protect Memory


A new study suggests that using a computer may help stave off memory loss in old age…That was the conclusion of Mayo Clinic researchers who took a look at the relative cognitive health of subjects between the ages of 70 and 93. …"The mental stimulation may be polishing the communication lines and giving good connections between neurons," lead researcher Dr. Yonas Geda told the magazine.

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May 3rd, 2012

Computer Use Plus Exercise May Reduce Age-Related Memory Loss


The combination of mentally stimulating activities such as computer use and moderate physical exercise appears to decrease one's odds of suffering from age-related memory loss, according to a new Mayo Clinic study…Previous studies have shown links between exercising one's mind and exercising one's body to improved memory, but this one, published in the May 2012 issue of the Mayo Clinic Proceedings, suggests that a combination of the two may be most effective…Lead author Dr. Yonas Geda reports that the team singled out computer use because it was such a popular activity, and examined it alongside exercise.

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May 2nd, 2012

Computer Use and Exercise May Fight Memory Loss


Using a computer may protect against memory loss late in life, as long as you also make sure to exercise, a new study suggests. In the study, which included older adults, computer use and exercise reduced the risk of memory loss, whereas doing either activity alone did not…"The aging of baby boomers is projected to lead to dramatic increases in the prevalence of dementia," said study researcher Dr. Yonas Geda, a physician scientist with Mayo Clinic in Arizona.

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May 1st, 2012

Combination of exercise and computer use may reduce memory loss


New research from the Mayo Clinic has revealed that a combination of moderate exercise along with mentally stimulating activities, such as using a computer, help decrease the chances of having memory loss in people older than 70 years old…“We know that from our previous studies, physical exercise is independently associated with better memory and computer use is independently associated with better memory,” said study’s author, Dr. Yonas Geda, a physician scientist with Mayo Clinic in Arizona and a member of the American Academy of Neurology.  

Additional coverage: Huffington Post Canada

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May 1st, 2012

Combination of Exercise and Computer Use May Reduce Memory Loss


New research from the Mayo Clinic has revealed that a combination of moderate exercise along with mentally stimulating activities, such as using a computer, help decrease the chances of having memory loss in people older than 70 years old…“We know that from our previous studies, physical exercise is independently associated with better memory and computer use is independently associated with better memory,” said study’s author, Dr. Yonas Geda, a physician scientist with Mayo Clinic in Arizona and a member of the American Academy of Neurology.

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