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February 5th, 2016

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights

By KarlWOestreich KarlWOestreich

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

Editor, Karl Oestreich;  Assistant Editor: Carmen Zwicker

 

Star Tribune
Mayo chief John Noseworthy talks about the future of health care
By Joe Carlson

Dr. John Noseworthy is best known as president and CEO of the Mayo Clinic, but he’s also a governor with the WorStar Tribune Business section logold Economic Forum (WEF). At the group’s 46th annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, earlier this month Noseworthy spoke on a WEF panel with U.S. Health and Human
Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell and others about the future of health care. In a phone interview after the discussion, Noseworthy talked about Mayo’s work for Medicare’s value-based purchasing program on hip and knee surgeries, and whether the developing world can benefit from lessons learned in expensive health care systems in developed nations like the U.S.

Reach: The Star Tribune Sunday circulation is 518,745 copies and weekday circulation is 300,277. The Star Tribune is the state’s largest newspaper and ranks 16th nationally in circulation.

Additional coverage:

HealthLeaders Media — Mayo chief John Noseworthy talks about the future of healthcare

Context: John Noseworthy, M.D. is Mayo Clinic President and CEO.

Contact: Duska Anastasijevic

 

Star Tribune
Device experiment program saves lives, speeds products to market: Mayo is part of a plan to get devices to market faster. 
By Jim Spencer

Ron Hall owes his life to Mayo Clinic surgeon Gustavo Oderich and a Food and Drug Administration early feasibility study that helps get medical Star Tribune Business section logodevices to market faster. In December, the 80-year-old Blue Earth County man was preparing for a wrist operation when a test showed that the major artery carrying blood through his stomach was at high risk of rupturing. Hall and his wife first thought of going to the Department of Veterans Affairs for treatment. “Then my brain clicked on that we were near the Mayo Clinic,” said Val Hall, Ron’s spouse. “And we got referred there.”

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: Gustavo Oderich, M.D. is a Mayo Clinic vascular surgeon. Dr. Oderich conducts ongoing clinical research focused on complex aortic aneurysms and treatment of mesenteric artery disease.

 

Florida Times-Union
Mayo Clinic's new Jacoby Center for Breast Health consolidates services in one spot
by Charlie Patton

The Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville’s new Robert and Monica Jacoby Center for Breast Health should create a more efficientFlorida Times-Union newspaper logo, more integrated approach to breast care, said Sarah A. McLaughlin, a breast surgeon with Mayo. The new center, which consolidates all of Mayo’s operations involving breast health on one floor, was funded by a $5 million gift from philanthropists Robert E. and Monica Jacoby of Ponte Vedra Beach.

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

Additional coverage: Washington Times Online, Sun Herald Online, Tampa Tribune Online

Context: Mayo Clinic’s Florida campus today announced the opening of the Robert and Monica Jacoby Center for Breast Health, which was funded by a $5 million gift from Robert E. and Monica Jacoby of Ponte Vedra, Florida. The new 16,000-square-foot  multidisciplinary breast center offers patients a comprehensive array of diagnostic, treatment and after-care services for all types of breast disease, including breast cancer, in a single location. “As a state-designated Cancer Center of Excellence, Mayo Clinic continues to expand and enhance comprehensive cancer care services to make them available to more patients in Jacksonville as well as all of Florida and the Southeast,” says Gianrico Farrugia, M.D., CEO, Mayo Clinic in Florida. “The Jacoby Center for Breast Health will have a positive impact on patients seeking high quality breast health care. We greatly appreciate the generous gift from the Jacoby family that has made the new breast health center possible on our Florida campus.” More information can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Contact: Paul Scotti

 

New York Times blog
Pursuing the Dream of Healthy Aging
by Jane Brody

“Aging is by far the best predictor of whether people will develop a chronic disease like atherosclerotic heart disease, stroke, New York Times Well Blog Logocancer, dementia or osteoarthritis,” Dr. James L. Kirkland, director of the Kogod Center on Aging at the Mayo Clinic, said in an interview. “Aging way outstrips all other risk factors.”

Reach: The New York Times has a daily circulation of nearly 649,000 and a Sunday circulation of 1.18 million.

Context: James Kirkland, M.D., Ph.D. leads the  Mayo Clinic Kogod Center on Aging. Dr. Kirkland's research focuses on the impact of cellular aging (senescence) on age-related dysfunction and chronic diseases, especially developing methods for removing these cells and alleviating their effects. Senescent cells accumulate with aging and in such diseases as dementias, atherosclerosis, cancers, diabetes and arthritis.

Contacts: Bob Nellis, Megan Forliti

 

Wall Street Journal
The Small Warnings Before Cardiac Arrest
by Ron Winslow

…Say someone has a brief episode of chest pain during exercise for the first time and goes without further symptoms and, after having no further symptoms, suffers sudden cardiac arrest three weeks later. “Should that person have called 911, or soughtWSJ Banner assistance from his or her physician?” asks Roger White, an anesthesiologist and cardiac arrest expert at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn. “That sort of question is left completely unanswered.”

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

Context:  Roger White, M.D. is a Mayo Clinic anesthesiologist. Dr. White's research focuses on out-of-hospital cardiac arrests.

Contact: Traci Klein

 

NPR
Boosting Life Span By Clearing Out Cellular Clutter
by Nell Greenfieldboyce

Mice were much healthier and lived about 25 percent longer when scientists killed off a certain kind of cell that accumulates in NPR Shots Health Newsthe body with age… These are cells that have stopped dividing, though not necessarily because the cells themselves are old. "It's a normal cell that experienced an unusual amount of stress, and it decided to stop dividing," says Jan van Deursen, who studies senescent cells at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Rochester, Minn.

Reach: NPR's Shots blog provides news about health and medicine. The blog has more than 68,000 unique visitors each month.

Additional coverage: Fast Company, Newsweek, The Telegraph UK, The Atlantic, Yahoo News, HealthDay, nature.com, The Mirror UK, The Independent UK, Fortune

Context: Researchers at Mayo Clinic have shown that senescent cells – cells that no longer divide and accumulate with age – negatively impact health and shorten lifespan by as much as 35 percent in normal mice. The results, which appear today in Nature, demonstrate that clearance of senescent cells delays tumor formation, preserves tissue and organ function, and extends lifespan without observed adverse effects. “Cellular senescence is a biological mechanism that functions as an ‘emergency brake’ used by damaged cells to stop dividing,” says Jan van Deursen, Ph.D., Chair of Biochemistry and Molecular biology at Mayo Clinic, and senior author of the paper. “While halting cell division of these cells is important for cancer prevention, it has been theorized that once the ‘emergency brake’ has been pulled, these cells are no longer necessary.” More information can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Contacts: Bob Nellis, Megan Forliti

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January 22nd, 2016

Mayo Clinic in the News

By KarlWOestreich KarlWOestreich

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

Editor, Karl Oestreich;  Assistant Editor: Carmen Zwicker

 

HealthDay
Study Questions Use of Physical Therapy for Early Parkinson's

Physical therapy might not benefit people with mild-to-moderate Parkinson's disease, a new study suggests. "These results should be interpreted with attention to the study details," Dr. J. Eric Ahlskog of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., wrote in an accompanying editorial. Only patients Health Day Logowith mild to moderate Parkinson's disease were included, and the study excluded patients thought to need physical or occupational therapy, he said.

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

Additional coverage: Canoe.ca, Dublin News, Business Standard - Online, Cambodian Times, Doctors Lounge, Financial Express, Health.com, Israel Herald, MedPageToday

Context:  You’ve likely heard this before: Exercise is good for you. It helps your heart, bones, back and more. But here’s one thing you might not have heard: Ongoing aerobic exercise may slow the progression of Parkinson’s disease, a progressive disorder of the nervous system. “Aerobic exercise means vigorous exercise, which makes you hot, sweaty and tired” says  J. Eric Ahlskog, Ph.D., M.D., a neurologist at Mayo Clinic. This could include activity such as walking briskly or using an elliptical machine. More information can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Contact: Susan Barber Lindquist

 

Huffington Post
Which Should You Do First: Cardio or Strength?
by Chris Freytag

The fact that you are even questioning the order of your workout means you are working out. This puts you ahead of most of the population and HuffPost Healthy Livingthis is truly what matters. If you are working out consistently, chances are the order of your workout will not make THAT much of a difference. Even the Mayo Clinic remains neutral. According to Edward R. Lasowski, M.D. "whether you do weightlifting before or after an aerobic workout is up to you. Research hasn't definitively shown that one way is better than another."

Reach: The Huffington Post attracts over 28 million monthly unique visitors.

Context: Edward Laskowski, M.D., co-director of the Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center.

Contact: Rhoda Fukushima Madson

 

Bloomberg Business
Integris Health announces partnership with Mayo Clinic

After almost 30 years in oncology, Dr. Brian Geister has treated several types of cancer in several types of patients. Most of the tiBloomberg Business Logome, Geister feels confident about what he should do -- but sometimes, a patient will come along with a truly difficult case. Recently, Geister asked for advice through an electronic consultation with the Mayo Clinic Care Network, a new collaborative opportunity that's available for Integris Health physicians.

Reach: Bloomberg BusinessWeek has a weekly circulation of more than 990,000 and has more than six million unique visitors to its online site each month.

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KWTV Oklahoma — Integris First Okla. Healthcare Organization To Join Mayo Clinic Network

The Oklahoman — Oklahoma ScissorTales: Better care through collaboration

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Context: INTEGRIS has joined the Mayo Clinic Care Network, a national network of health care providers committed to better serving patients and their families through collaboration. INTEGRIS is the first health care organization in Oklahoma to join the network. The formal agreement gives INTEGRIS access to the latest Mayo Clinic knowledge and promotes physician collaboration to benefit patients. Through shared resources, more patients can get answers to complex medical questions — and peace of mind —while staying close to home. “While INTEGRIS works with some of the most accomplished and preeminent physicians in the region, we are constantly striving for ways to provide our patients with the best care possible,” says Bruce Lawrence, president and CEO, INTEGRIS. “This collaboration between INTEGRIS and Mayo Clinic brings together two trusted names – each with unique strengths – to the betterment of all Oklahomans.” More information can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Contact: Rhoda Fukushima Madson

 

News 4 Jax
Mayo Clinic offers new life-saving treatment

Mayo Clinic is ready to break ground on a center that could revolutionize the way lungs are transplanted. Scientists and doctors have come up News Jax 4 Logowith a way to rejuvenate lungs that were previously considered not good enough for transplant. News4Jax spoke with the first Florida woman ever to get the life-saving treatment.

Reach: WJXT is an independent television station serving Florida’s First Coast that is licensed to Jacksonville.

Additional coverage:

WJXT Jacksonville — Construction begins on Mayo Clinic's lung restoration center

Florida Times-Union, Mayo Clinic's lung restoration center ready to break ground in Jacksonville

Jacksonville Business Journal, Mayo Clinic begins construction on new lung transplant center

Bloomberg Business, Mayo Clinic's lung restoration center ready to break ground in Jacksonville

Context: Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, and United Therapeutics Corporation (NASDAQ: UTHR) broke ground this week on a lung restoration center on the Mayo campus. The goal is to significantly increase the volume of lungs for transplantation by preserving and restoring selected marginal donor lungs, making them viable for transplantation.  The restored lungs will be made available to patients at Mayo Clinic and other transplant centers throughout the United States. Construction of the center is expected to be completed in late 2017. More information can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Contact: Kevin Punsky

Star Tribune
Mayo survey finds 30-somethings less optimistic about aging
by Jeremy Olson

The first-ever national survey on attitudes toward health and aging found that Americans in their 30s are the least liStar Tribune newspaper logokely to believe they will age better than their parents…Some 56 percent of respondents aged 30 to 39 said they expect to age better, according to the Mayo survey released Wednesday. That was well below the levels of confidence expressed by Americans in their 40s (79 percent), 50s (67 percent) and 60s (72 percent).

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.

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Post BulletinMayo survey looks at health opinions

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Context:  According to the first-ever Mayo Clinic National Health Check-Up, most Americans experience barriers to staying healthy, with their work schedule as the leading barrier (22 percent), particularly among men and residents of the Northeast. While work schedule is a top barrier for women, as well, they are significantly more likely than men to cite caring for a child, spouse or parent. “The Mayo Clinic National Health Check-Up takes a pulse on Americans’ health opinions and behaviors, from barriers to getting healthy to perceptions of aging, to help identify opportunities to educate and empower people to improve their health,” says John T. Wald, M.D., Medical Director for Public Affairs at Mayo Clinic. “In this first survey, we’re also looking at ‘health by the decades’ to uncover differences as we age.” More information can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Contact: Ginger Plumbo

 

CBS News
Mayo Clinic CEO: How data science is making health care more effective, affordable

With U.S. health care costs surpassing $3 trillion a year -- an unsustainable 20% of the American economy -- we all must find ways to cut costs. CBS News LogoAt the World Economic Forum in Davos, Dr. John H. Noseworthy, head of the famed Mayo Clinic, explains how the latest advances in computer science offer a promising solution, where better collection and understanding of the billions of data points generated by medical research and treatments can improve patient "outcomes" and lead more effective and affordable health care for millions of people.

Reach: CBSNEWS.com is part of CBS Interactive, a division of CBS Corporation. The CBS web properties have more than 250 million people visit its properties each month.

Additional coverage: MSN.com

Context: John Noseworthy, M.D. is Mayo Clinic President and CEO. Dr. Noseworthy participated in the World Economic Forum annual meeting recently in Davos, Switzerland. This annual meeting engages the world’s top leaders in collaborative activities focused on shaping the global, regional and industry agendas.

Contact: Duska Anastasijevic

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December 11th, 2015

Mayo Clinic In the News Highlights

By KelleyLuckstein KelleyLuckstein

Mayo Clinic in tMayo Clinic in the News Logohe News is a weekly highlights summary of major media coverage. If you would like to be added to the weekly distribution list, send a note to Laura Wuotila with this subject line: SUBSCRIBE to Mayo Clinic in the News. Thank you.

Guest Editor, Kelley Luckstein; Assistant Editor: Carmen Zwicker

 

Yahoo! Health
How to Stay Well When the Person Sleeping Next to You Is Germ-Infested
by Sabrina WeissYahoo Health Logo

…1. Build up your immunity all year long Before anyone gets sick, it’s a good idea to prepare yourself at this time of year. “The most important thing people can do is well ahead of time, and that is taking good care of themselves and getting vaccinated [for the flu],” Pritish Tosh, an infectious diseases doctor at Mayo Clinic and a member of the Mayo Vaccine Research Group, told Yahoo Health. “The healthier people are to begin with, the more likely they are to bounce back readily from an influenza infection.”

Reach: Yahoo Health provides medical and health-related news and information for consumers and healthcare professionals. Yahoo Health receives more than 200,000 unique visitors each month.

Context: Sabrina reached out to Mayo Clinic for an expert for a story she was working on about how to care for a significant other with a cold or flu without getting sick yourself.

Contact: Sharon Theimer

 

NBC News
7 Things to Know About Twin-To-Twin Transfusion Syndrome
by Felix Gussone, M.D.

Twin-To-Twin Tranbcnews.comnsfusion Syndrome Awareness Day is Dec. 7. Even though I'm a doctor and learned about pregnancies in medical school, "TTTS" was something that wasn't well understood… TTTS is not the mother's fault. TTTS is caused by abnormal connections between twins that form when the placenta first develops. This is a purely mechanical and random event that can't be avoided. "The mother can do absolutely nothing to prevent it," says Dr. Norman Davies, maternal fetal medicine consultant at Mayo Clinic. "There are also no known risk factors in a mother's life that make it more likely TTTS occurs."

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

Context: Felix contacted Sharon Theimer based on a previous interview they worked on and needed to speak with one of our maternal fetal medicine consultants about this topic. Dr. Davies called Felix within a couple of hours.

Contact: Kelley Luckstein

 

MPR
Many diabetes patients overtested and overtreated, Mayo study says
by Lorna BensonMPR News logo

Many Type 2 diabetes patients are being overtested and overtreated, according to a new finding from Mayo Clinic researchers. Their study, published Wednesday in the BMJ medical journal, found that six out of 10 patients who don't require insulin have their average blood sugar levels checked far more frequently than guidelines recommend, a practice that can lead to potentially harmful, excessive treatments… Lead researcher Dr. Rozalina McCoy said the over-testing led to over-treatment, which can be harmful. "Nine percent had their treatment intensified even further. And that was surprising and alarming," she said.

Additional coverage: Philadelphia Inquirer, HealthDay, MedPage Today, South Florida Reporter, The BMJ

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: Lead researcher Dr. Rozalina McCoy was interviewed about her study published in The BMJ that showed a national trend toward overtesting glycated hemoglobin (HbA1C) levels in adult patients with Type 2 diabetes.

Contact: Elizabeth Zimmerman

 

USA Today
Study suggests link between flavor in e-cigarettes and lung disease
by Mary Bowerman

USA Today newspaper logoFlavored e-cigarettes may seem like an alternative to smoking, but researchers warn that flavored e-cigarettes may not be worth the unknown long-term risks. Researchers at the Harvard University T.H. Chan School of Public Health tested 51 types of flavored e-cigarettes and flavor canisters for diacetyl, acetoin, and 2,3-pentanedione; three chemicals known to cause respiratory problems in factory workers…With around 7,000 e-cigarette flavors on the market, consumers are essentially at the mercy of the manufacturers, with little hope of knowing what chemicals are used in the products, according to Taylor Hays, director of Mayo Clinic Nicotine Dependence Center. “There are no FDA regulations on these products. It’s the Wild West of e-cigarettes,” Hays told USA TODAY Network.

Reach: USA TODAY  has an average daily circulation of 4.1 million which includes print, various digital editions and other papers that use their branded content.

Context: Dr. Taylor Hays, director of the Mayo Clinic Nicotine Dependence Center was interviewed for a study that was linking flavor in e-cigarettes to lunch disease or “popcorn lung.”

Contact: Kelley Luckstein

Harvard Business Review
What Health Care Leaders Need to Do to Improve Value for Patients
by Jacob Lippa

More and more health care organizations are beginning to track their performance on outcomes – and they’re finding that getting started isn’t easy. The change that’s needed can be overwhelming. Measuring outcomes requires redesigned workflows, enhanced coordination Harvard Business Review Logoacross departments, and investment in new resources.  Above all, it requires strong resolve and adept leadership…Dr. Ryan Uitti, a neurologist at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, used a simple spreadsheet to track outcomes for patients with Parkinson’s disease for more than a decade. Last year, Mayo’s Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery (CSHCD) worked with Dr. Uitti to launch a broader outcomes measurement program. Dr. Uitti championed the initiative, helping to expand the program across the Mayo enterprise.

Reach: Harvard Business Review – Online provides editorial content designed to complement the coverage found in its parent print publication, which focuses on business management. The site receives more than 232,000 unique visitors each month.

Context: Ryan Uitti, M.D.,  a neurologist at Mayo Clinic in Florida, used a simple spreadsheet to track outcomes for patients with Parkinson’s disease for more than a decade. Last year, Mayo’s Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery (CSHCD) worked with Dr. Uitti to launch a broader outcomes measurement program.  Dr. Uitti championed the initiative, helping to expand the program across the Mayo enterprise.

Contact: Duska Anastasijevic

 

Florida-Times Union
Mayo study finds brain trauma goes beyond NFL
by Charlie Patton

With the recent decision by former professional football player Frank Gifford’s family to donate his brain to research and the upcoming release of Florida Times-Union newspaper logothe movie “Concussion,” renewed attention is being focused on chronic traumatic encephalopathy…Bieniek, who is close to completing a doctorate in biomedical sciences at the Mayo Graduate School’s Neurobiology of Disease program, said the finding that almost one in three of the brains from men who played contact sports showed evidence of CTE is surprisingly high. “This could present a real challenge down the road,” he said.

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

Additional coverage: KARE11, Education Week, CBS ChicagoInternational Business Times, Y94, KFGO N.D., WXOW La Crosse, ThinkProgress, Popular Science, Austin Daily Herald, BringMeTheNewsWashington Post

Previous coverage in Dec. 4, 2015 Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights

Context: Scientists have recently found evidence that professional football players are susceptible to a progressive degenerative disease, chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), which is caused by repetitive brain trauma. Now, researchers on Mayo Clinic’s Florida campus have discovered a significant and surprising amount of CTE in males who had participated in amateur contact sports in their youth. About one-third of these men whose brains had been donated to the Mayo Clinic Brain Bank had evidence of CTE pathology. CTE only can be diagnosed posthumously.More information on the study can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Contact: Kevin Punsky

 

 

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October 29th, 2015

Mayo Clinic In the News Weekly Highlights

By KarlWOestreich KarlWOestreich

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

Editor, Karl Oestreich; Assistant Editor: Carmen Zwicker

 

Wall Street Journal
Scientists Probe Indoor Work Spaces for Clues to Better Health
by Sumathi Reddy

… Clinical trials are due to get underway early next year at the Well Living Lab, a new, 7,500-square-foot research facility adjacent to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., designed to study indoor environments with the aim of creating healthier spaces.WSJ Banner Sensors throughout the building monitor factors ranging from noise levels to air quality and temperature; other sensors in furniture will tell how long people stay seated and their posture. “The ultimate goal is to improve health,” said Brent Bauer, medical director of the Well Living Lab and professor of medicine for the Mayo Clinic Complementary and Integrative Medicine Program. “If we spend 90% of our time in an indoor environment there are almost endless opportunities to find better ways to do what we’re doing inside the building,” he said.

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

Context: Exposure to indoor environments is at an all-time high. In fact, Americans spend more than 90 percent of their time indoors, whether at home, work, school, retail stores, fitness centers, health care facilities and more. But what many people don’t realize is that buildings, and everything in them, can affect human health and well-being. Today marked the opening of the Well Living Lab, a new research facility dedicated to studying these environments and creating healthier indoor spaces in which to live, work and play. “There is a growing awareness and body of scientific evidence that indoor, built environments can affect human health and well-being, with the perception often being that indoor environments have a negative impact on health,” said Brent Bauer. M.D., medical director of the Well Living Lab and professor of medicine for Mayo Clinic Complementary and Integrative Medicine Program. “But new knowledge shows that by building healthier indoor environments, we can actually preserve and enhance human health and quality of life.” More information about the Well Living Lab can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Contact: Duska Anastasijevic

 

MPR
What is the best research on breast cancer screenings?

On Monday morning, Kerri Miller and her guests try to bring clarity these new MPR News logoevidence-driven guidelines. Dr. Nancy Keating is a primary care physician at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston and Dr. Sandhya Pruthi, who specializes in breast cancer research at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, join Miller to sort through the latest research on breast cancer screenings.

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: The American Cancer Society (ACS) has updated its recommendations for breast cancer screening for women at average risk of the disease. The recommendations strongly support the value of mammograms and provide some further direction for women at both ends of the age spectrum. Sandhya Pruthi, M.D., a Breast Clinic physician and Mayo Clinic Cancer Center researcher says,"This is an important paper and we are pleased that ACS has paid attention to and respected patient preferences and values in its recommendation. While the ACS now recommends annual screening mammograms for women who have no risk factors at age 45, it did recommend that women age 40 and up still receive an annual screening mammograms if they choose to seek screening. This shared-decision making approach between a patient and her provider is something we support at Mayo Clinic. Overall, the new ACS recommendations reaffirm that screening mammography for women in their 40s is associated with a decrease in breast cancer deaths." More information can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Contact: Joe Dangor

 

KIMT 
Special day for special kid

A Minnesota toddler who has battled brain cancer for more than half his life had a very special day on Monday in Rochester. Vito from Waconia rang a bell at MayoKIMT Clinic to signify the end of his proton beam therapy in Rochester. The now two-year-old was first diagnosed with Medullblastoma at 11 months old and we are told that type of cancer is usually treated with giving radiation to the brain. However, that can be difficult for someone with a developing brain, like Vito. That’s why the family decided to come to Mayo so doctors could focus their treatment, with the proton beam, on specific areas of the brain.

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

Additional coverage:

KTTC — 2-year-old boy celebrates completion of proton beam therapy; KWWL Iowa, KOMU Mo., KJRH Okla.

Context:  Mayo Clinic introduced its Proton Beam Therapy Program, with treatment for patients available in new facilities in Minnesota this past June and in Arizona in spring 2016. Proton beam therapy expands Mayo Clinic's cancer care capabilities. In properly selected patients — especially children and young adults and those with cancers located close to critical organs and body structures — proton beam therapy is an advance over traditional radiotherapy. More information about Mayo Clinic's Proton Beam Therapy Program can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Contact: Joe Dangor

 

Billboard magazine
Meet Music's Top Throat Doctors Who've Saved the Voices of Adele, Sam Smith and More
by Carolina Buia

DAVID LOTT, Phoenix  Specializing in regenerative ­medicine, Lott, the Mayo Clinic’s ­director of its head and neck ­regeneration program, has developed a process to re-create parts of the voice box and vocal folds using stem cells and 3D printing. Although the technology is still in the investigation stage, he plans to offer Billboard magazine logothe treatment to patients (which includes opera and Broadway stars) in 2016…“By addressing the physical and mental aspects of the pain in addition to retraining her vocal system, she could speak with confidence,” he says.

Reach: Billboard has served the entertainment business since 1894. Beginning as a weekly for the bill posting and advertising business, Billboard and its popular music charts have evolved into the primary source of information on trends and innovation in music, serving music fans, artists, top executives, tour promoters, publishers, radio programmers, lawyers, retailers, digital entrepreneurs and many others. Written for music industry professionals and fans. Functions as the trade journal for the music and entertainment industries. Contents provide news, reviews and statistics for all genres of music, including music videos, related internet activity and retail updates. The weekly publication has an audience of 18,000 and its website receives more than 24.6 million unique visitors each month.

Context: Davi Lott, M.D. is a Mayo Clinic ENT who is dedicated to investigating disorders of the larynx (voice box) and airway. This includes bioengineering of laryngeal and tracheal tissues, laryngeal transplantation techniques and immunotherapy, laryngeal cancer, and functional outcomes of various laryngeal surgical procedures. Read more about Dr. Lott's research here.

Contact: Jim McVeigh

 

Florida Times-Union
Lead Letter: Mayo Clinic is a leader in telemedicine
by Sarvam P. TerKonda, medical director, Connected Care, Mayo Clinic’s Florida campus

The Federal Communications Commission and Mayo Clinic recently sponsored a forum for Florida policy makers on the future of telemedicine — delivery of patientFlorida Times-Union newspaper logo care through a secure video or computer link… Studies have shown that for management of chronic conditions that become more prevalent with age, such as congestive heart failure, diabetes and stroke, outcomes are improved when patients and their local caregivers can be connected remotely to specialty care.

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

Context: Sarvam TerKonda, M.D., is Mayo Clinic's medical director for Connected Care at Mayo Clinic in Florida. Connected Care integrates new care and service delivery models into traditional outpatient and inpatient care.

Contact: Kevin Punsky

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October 1st, 2015

In the News Mayo Clinic Highlights

By KarlWOestreich KarlWOestreich

 

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Wall Street Journal
How One Family Faced Difficult Decisions About DNA Sequencing
by Amy Dockser Marcus

… Giusti realized that whole-genome or whole-exome sequencing—sequencing someone’s complete DNA or an impoWSJ Bannerrtant section of it—might yield information about the family’s cancer risk, particularly for her daughter, Nicole, 21, and her 18-year-old son, David. So, Ms. Giusti proposed an idea to A. Keith Stewart, the director of Mayo Clinic’s Center for Individualized Medicine: sequence my immediate family, and let’s study all the information. Dr. Stewart, curious about why identical twins got two different types of cancer, agreed.

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

Context: Individualized medicine, also known as personalized medicine or precision medicine, means tailoring diagnosis and treatment to each patient to optimize care. Patients have experienced this kind of care for a century and a half at Mayo Clinic, where teams of specialists have always worked together to find answers. The Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine is solving the clinical challenges of today and tomorrow by bringing the latest discoveries from the research laboratory to your doctor's fingertips in the form of new genomics-based tests and treatments. A. Keith Stewart, M.D. is the center's director.

Contact: Bob Nellis

 

Wall Street Journal
The Price We Pay for Sitting Too Much
by Sumathi Reddy

New research is helping medical experts devise formulas for how long a typical office worker should spend sitting and standing… Michael WSJ BannerJensen, a professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., who specializes in obesity and diabetes, uses various ways to reduce daily sitting time that he also recommends to his patients. When he has meetings with just one or two people, he finds a place where they can walk together instead of sitting. And he tells his patients who are parents to use their children’s athletic events as a time to be on their feet. “There’s no reason you have to sit and watch those games,” Dr. Jensen said.

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

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Good Morning America — Debunking Fitness Myths: Standing Desks; The Australian

Context: Michael Jensen, M.D., is a Mayo Clinic endocrinologist. Dr. Jensen and his lab studies the effects of obesity and how body fat (adipose tissue) and body fat distribution influence health. The regulated uptake, storage and release of fatty acids from adipose tissue play a major role in determining its health effects.

Contact: Bob Nellis

 

Star Tribune
Mayo receives $9M federal innovation grant
by Jeremy Olson

Mayo Clinic will receive up to $9 million in federal funding to help affiliated doctors and clinics outside Rochester adopt some of the team-basedStar Tribune newspaper logo medical techniques and integrated care that have been hallmarks of its success… “Health care is too expensive,” said Dr. Kari Bunkers, medical director for Mayo’s Office of Population Health Management. “This is our effort at reducing the high cost of health care and implementing a model that delivers more for less.”

Reach: The Star Tribune Sunday circulation is 518,745 copies and weekday circulation is 300,277. The Star Tribune is the state’s largest newspaper and ranks 16th nationally in circulation.

Additional coverage:

Wall Street Journal — Grants Aim to Boost Patient Care 

Context: The Mayo Practice Transformation Network is one of 39 health care collaborative networks selected to participate in the Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative, announced today by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell. Mayo Clinic will receive up to $9.7 million to provide technical assistance support to help equip clinicians in the Mayo Practice Transformation Network with tools, information and network support needed to improve quality of care, increase patients’ access to information and spend health care dollars more wisely. This initiative is a collaboration between the Mayo Clinic Office of Population Health Management (OPHM) and the Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery (CSHCD). It is led by principal investigator Nilay Shah, Ph.D., health services researcher in the CSHCD, and co-principal investigator Kari Bunkers, M.D., primary care physician in the Mayo Clinic Health System and medical director of the OPHM. More information can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Contact: Elizabeth Zimmerman Young

 

Reuters
Kids with asthma fare worse when they live with smokers
by Lisa Rapaport

Kids with asthma are more likely to have breathing problems and be hospitalized when they live with a smoker, a research review suggests…For Reuters Logoasthmatic kids, breathing in cigarette smoke was also linked to a more than tripled risk of poor lung function and 32 percent higher odds of wheezing symptoms. While the risk of smoke exposure exacerbating asthma symptoms is well known, fresh evidence on the extent of the danger posed to children may help convince some parents to abandon their cigarettes, said senior study author Dr. Avni Joshi, an allergist and immunologist at Mayo Clinic Children’s Center in Rochester, Minnesota.

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

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Context: The risk for hospitalization doubles for kids with asthma who are exposed to secondhand smoke, according to a study led by Mayo Clinic Children’s Research Center. “The results of this review serve as a reminder to parents of just how dangerous it is to expose their children to secondhand smoke,” says Avni Joshi, M.D., senior author and pediatric allergist and immunologist at Mayo Clinic Children’s Center. “We knew that kids should not be exposed to tobacco, but how bad their asthma is likely to be with tobacco exposure was not clear. This study helped us quantify that risk, and so it informs as well as empowers us with the risk assessment. A child is twice as likely to end up in the hospital with an asthma flare if family members continue to smoke.” More information can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Contact: Kelley Luckstein

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April 17th, 2015

Mayo Clinic In the News Weekly Highlights

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Yahoo! Health
Herpes From a Tanning Bed? It's Possible
by Amanda Chan

A whopping number of people still use tanning beds (about one in three U.S. adults say they’ve used one before, according to 2014 data), despite the fact that they’re known to cause skin cancer. But if the prospect of melanoma isn’t enough to turnYahoo Health you off to indoor tanning, maybe this will: You could risk getting an infection. Dermatologist Dawn Marie Davis, MD, an associate professor of dermatology and pediatrics at the Mayo Clinic, tells Yahoo Health that bacteria and virus can survive in tanning beds, despite the heat.

Reach: Yahoo! reaches more than a half a billion across devices and around the globe. According to news sources roughly 700 million people visit Yahoo websites every month.

Additional coverage: Daily MailGlamour magazine, Independent UK, The Debrief UK, Huffington Post

Context: Mayo Clinic dermatologist Dawn Marie Davis, M.D., says there have been documented reports of infections from tanning bed use. More information, including a video with Dr. Davis, is available on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Contacts: Dana Sparks, Sharon Theimer


MPR
Medicare bipartisan 'doc fix:' What you need to know
by Emily Kaiser

A bill to reform the way Medicare reimburses doctors has now overwhelmingly passed the U.S. House and Senate and is MPR News logonow on the way to the president. It's called the "doc fix," and the legislation would get rid of the physician payment formula that Congress has been patching for years… Two veteran reporters and the Mayo Clinic CEO joined MPR News' Tom Crann to discuss the long history of the Medicare fix, and how a gridlocked Congress got to a solution.

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.

Additional coverage: Post-Bulletin, RevCycle Intelligence, Health IT Analytics

Context: John Noseworthy, M.D. is Mayo Clinic President and CEO.

Contact: Sharon Theimer

 

Star Tribune
Mayo Clinic taps UnitedHealth to help with managing hospital revenue
by Christopher Snowbeck

Mayo Clinic and a division of UnitedHealth Group Inc. are partnering on a new system for managing hospital revenue in Rochester, including everything from price estimates before people get care to collecting payment from patientsStar Tribune Business section logo afterward… The work on hospital revenue is distinct from the two-year-old partnership between Mayo and Optum on a high-profile health care research project called OptumLabs, said Dr. Sankhya Pruthi, medical director for patient experience for the Mayo Clinic in Rochester.

Reach: 
The Star Tribune Sunday circulation is 518,745 copies and weekday circulation is 300,277. The Star Tribune is the state’s largest newspaper and ranks 16th nationally in circulation.

Additional coverage: HIT ConsultantHealthLeaders Media

Context: Optum360 and Mayo Clinic announced this week that they are collaborating to develop new revenue management services capabilities aimed at improving patient experiences and satisfaction while reducing administrative costs for health care providers. Optum360 and Mayo Clinic will collaborate on enhancing and redesigning specific elements of the revenue cycle to increase efficiency while creating a convenient, accurate, transparent and personal experience for patients. A key focus is improving the interaction between the provider and payer by opening channels of communication early in the care process. The agreement includes a next-generation patient cost estimator, streamlining prior authorization/pre-certification, enhanced claims editing functions and administrative simplification of billing activities associated with pre-care packaged pricing. More information can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Contact: Brian Kilen

 

KTTC
New Mayo Clinic technology tests genes for heart disorders
by Devin Bartolotta

A new type of genetic testing at Mayo Clinic is making it easier to diagnose and properly treat heart disorders. This new technology is allowing KTTC TV logodoctors to search your genes for heart disorders that could be hard to detect…Linnea Baudhuin, Ph.D., who helped develop the panels, says this kind of innovative testing could save lives. "A physician may have difficulty giving the exact diagnosis of what the patient has because there's so much overlap with how these disorders present, even though they're due to different genetic causes. But with this testing, we're able to really specify which disorder the patient has,” said Dr. Baudhuin.

Reach: KTTC is an NBC affiliate that serves the Rochester, Minn. area including the towns of Austin, Mason City, Albert Lea and Winona. Its website receives more than 73,300 unique visitors each month.

Context: Mayo Clinic’s launch of eight new next-generation sequencing (NGS) panels is intended to improve the lives of patients and families living with inherited cardiac conditions by aiding in the diagnosis and management of these complex disorders. These disorders include hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, dilated cardiomyopathy, arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy, Noonan syndrome, Marfan syndrome, long QT syndrome, and Brugada syndrome. The tests, which identify inherited variants across numerous genes associated with cardiac disorders, are now available to Mayo Clinic patients and to providers worldwide through Mayo Clinic via Mayo Medical Laboratories. More information can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Contact: Brent Westra

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April 2nd, 2015

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights

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WCCO
Mayo Clinic Alzheimer’s Disease Study Gives Researchers New Hope
by Angela Davis

It’s a disease with no cure and limited treatment, but this week the Mayo Clinic announced the findings of a major study that is giving Alzheimer’s researchers new hope. The study is published in the latest edition of the journal “Brain.” It describes what MayoCBS Minnesota researchers have learned about proteins in the brain that fuel the progression of Alzheimer’s Disease. WCCO’s Angela Davis talked with a neurologist about the significance of this breakthrough. For decades, doctors have known two proteins, amyloid and tau, that contribute to memory loss, but their relationship has been focus of debate. Dr. David Knopman is a part of a team of neurologists at Mayo Clinic’s Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center.

Reach: WCCO 4 News is the most-watched newscast in the Twin Cities, in 5 out of 7 newscasts.

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Context: By examining more than 3,600 postmortem brains, researchers at Mayo Clinic’s campuses in Jacksonville, Florida, and Rochester, Minnesota, have found that the progression of dysfunctional tau protein drives the cognitive decline and memory loss seen in Alzheimer’s disease. Amyloid, the other toxic protein that characterizes Alzheimer’s, builds up as dementia progresses, but is not the primary culprit, they say. More information can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Public Affairs Contact: Kevin Punsky

 

Star Tribune
Health beat: Cancer drug costs are an ill lacking a cure
by Jeremy Olson

Dr. Vincent Rajkumar has little incentive to care about the skyrocketing cost of cancer drugs. Prescribing them like a drunken sailor won’t change his Mayo Clinic salary. Warning patients about sticker prices Star Tribune Health Varietywon’t change their demand for drugs that offer hope of survival. But after seeing cancer drug costs escalate 10- to 20-fold in the last 15 years, the hematologist decided enough is enough. Calling it a “moral obligation,” Dr. Rajkumar and a Houston colleague wrote an article in Mayo Clinic Proceedings challenging the rising costs and calling out drug companies for practices that extend patents and inflate profits.

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: Increasingly high prices for cancer drugs are affecting patient care in the U.S. and the American health care system overall, say the authors of a special article published online in the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings. “Americans with cancer pay 50 percent to 100 percent more for the same patented drug than patients in other countries,” says S. Vincent Rajkumar, M.D., of Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, who is one of the authors. “As oncologists we have a moral obligation to advocate for affordable cancer drugs for our patients.” More information on the study can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Public Affairs Contact: Joe Dangor

 

Reuters
Building Pathways: How a Native Oncologist Makes a Difference With Cancer Care, Prevention

Judith Kaur first began to think of herself as a healer at five years old. She says her grandmother, Ada, introduced her to nature and medicine by listening to animals outside and picking plants in the yard…Today, Dr. Judith Salmon Kaur (Choctaw/Cherokee) is oneReuters of only two American Indian medical oncologists in the country. Now an oncology professor at the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center in Rochester, Minnesota, she also directs the clinic's Native American outreach programs.

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

Context: Judith Kaur, M.D., is a Mayo Clinic oncologist who is affiliated with Mayo Clinic's Breast Diagnostic Clinic. Dr. Kaur is the medical director for the Native American Programs of the Mayo Comprehensive Cancer Center. All three Mayo sites are involved in outreach to American Indians and Alaska Natives through these programs. More information on Dr. Kaur's research can be found here.

Public Affairs Contacts: Sharon TheimerJoe Dangor

 

FOX News Latino
Opinion: Angelina Jolie’s transparency sheds light on standard but unknown procedure for high-risk women
by Jamie Bakkum-Gamez gynecologic oncologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

On Tuesday, Angelina Jolie Pitt publicly announced that she had her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed to decrease her risk of developing ovarian cancer, a highly Fox News Latinolethal cancer that at present has no screening test to detect it at an early, curable stage. Jolie Pitt has shared that she inherited a mutation in the BRCA1 gene. Women with a BRCA1 gene mutation have a remarkably high lifetime risk of developing ovarian cancer of 40-50 percent as well as a nearly 80 percent lifetime risk of breast cancer.

Reach: Fox News Latino is a news website for Latinos in the United States. The website receives more than 207,000 unique visitors each month.

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Nature, Gene counsellors expect resurgence of 'Jolie effect' 

KTTC, Plainview woman living with BRCA1 gene takes preventative action 

Context: Jamie Bakkum-Gamez, M.D., is a Mayo Clinic oncologist and gynecologic surgeon. More information, including a video interview with Dr. Bakkum-Gamez, can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Public Affairs Contact: Joe Dangor

 

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March 26th, 2015

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Star Tribune
Mayo unravels a mystery disease for Minnesota attorney
by Dan Browning

Greg Widseth didn’t know what hit him. The Polk County attorney felt fine as he coached his son’s ninth-grade basketball workout last March. He remembers smiling at a young woman as he left the building. Now Widseth, who once had a photographic memory,Star Tribune Health newspaper logo is struggling to reconstruct the events that put him in the hospital and led his wife, a former emergency room nurse, to seek help from the Mayo Clinic… When it became clear that her husband wasn’t getting better, she called her sister in Rochester, whose neighbor happened to be Dr. Jeffrey Britton, a Mayo neurologist specializing in autoimmune encephalitis. Britton and his colleague, Dr. Andrew McKeon, a neuroimmunologist, agreed to see Widseth within a few days.

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: Andrew McKeon, M.B., B.Ch., M.D. is a Mayo Clinic physician with appointments in Laboratory Medicine and Pathology and Neurology. His research focuses in autoimmune neurological disorders, paraneoplastic neurological disorders and movement disorders. Jeffrey Britton, M.D., is a Mayo Clinic neurologist. His research focuses on clinical epilepsy, stimulation treatment in epilepsy and cortical stimulation mapping and seizure localization. Sean Pittock, M.D., is a Mayo Clinic neurologist. Dr. Pittock is Co-director of the Neuroimmunology Laboratory at Mayo Clinic. Mayo Clinic's top-ranked team of neurologists diagnoses and treats more than 500 neurological conditions, including many rare or complex disorders. The Mayo Clinic Department of Neurology is one of the largest in the world. It includes more than 100 subspecialized experts trained in epilepsy, movement disordersdementias and other cognitive conditions, stroke and cerebrovascular diseases, neuro-oncology, multiple sclerosis and demyelinating disorders, autoimmune neurology, pediatric neurology, neurophysiology, headache, neuromuscular diseases, peripheral nerve, sleep neurology, and speech pathology. These care providers work together to evaluate and treat people utilizing the most advanced techniques and technologies.

Public Affairs Contact: Duska Anastasijevic

 

Bloomberg
New Alzheimer's Research Throws Cold Water on Biogen's Recent Breakthrough
by Cynthia Koons

Just days after Biogen Inc. revealed promising early data from an experimental Alzheimer’s treatment, new research from the Mayo Bloomberg news logoClinic may revive a long-running debate over whether the drug industry is focusing on the right target in developing therapies to treat the disease… “Amyloid has a relationship with cognitive decline, but if you’re looking at both of them together, tau is the bad guy,” Melissa Murray, a neuroscientist at the Mayo Clinic campus in Jacksonville, Florida, said in a telephone interview. The majority of research into the disease has focused on beta amyloid over the past 25 years, she said.

Reach: 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: Florida Times-Union, Yahoo! News, Science Codex, Science 2.0, News-Medical, Medical Xpress, Health Canal

Context: By examining more than 3,600 postmortem brains, researchers at Mayo Clinic’s campuses in Jacksonville, Florida and Rochester, Minnesota have found that the progression of dysfunctional tau protein drives the cognitive decline and memory loss seen in Alzheimer’s disease. Amyloid, the other toxic protein that characterizes Alzheimer’s, builds up as dementia progresses, but is not the primary culprit, they say. The findings, published in Brain, offer new and valuable information in the long and ongoing debate about the relative contribution of amyloid and tau to the development and progression of cognitive dysfunction in Alzheimer’s, says the study’s lead author, Melissa Murray, Ph.D., a neuroscientist at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville. More information can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Public Affairs Contact: Kevin Punsky

 

LA Times
Migraine studies yield fresh approaches to ward off pain
by Lisa Mulcahy

If you suffer from migraine headaches, you're not alone. More than 10% of the population is hurting right along with you, including 18% of women. Migraines are most common from the ages of 25 to 55. The good news: New research can help change yourLogo for Los Angeles Times newspaper approach to managing your migraines. Here are five strategies to try… If you experience a strong smell like perfume, flickering or flashing lights, less sleep and you eat a cold-cut sub with nitrates all in one day, yes, you may get a migraine, but if you ate that sub on a day when you didn't experience those other triggers, you might be just fine," said Dr. Fred Cutrer, a neurologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., in an interview.

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

Context: Fred (Michael) Cutrer, M.D. is a Mayo Clinic neurologist. The study of migraine, particularly its pathophysiology and the optimal delivery of treatment, has been the research focus of Dr. Cutrer.

Public Affairs Contact: Jim McVeigh

 

Reuters
Uncommon form of heart attack likely runs in family – study
by Sharon Begley

… In the new study, in JAMA Internal Medicine, researchers at the Mayo Clinic combed a registry of patients who had suffered Reutersspontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD), in which one layer of a coronary artery splits off from another like cheap laminate. Blood seeps out between the arterial layers, starving the heart of oxygen and causing chest pain. If not treated quickly, it can cause heart attack and sometimes death…That is a problem because treatment for common heart attack - clearing arterial blockages - can worsen SCAD. Some 30 percent to 40 percent of SCADs should be left to heal on their own, said Mayo's Dr. Sharonne Hayes, who led the study.

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

Additional coverage: Huffington Post, FOX News

Context:  A Mayo Clinic study has identified a familial association in spontaneous coronary artery dissection, a type of heart attack that most commonly affects younger women, suggesting a genetic predisposition to the condition, researchers say. The results are published in the March 23 issue of JAMA Internal Medicine. Researchers used the Mayo Clinic SCAD Registry of 412 enrollees to identify five familial cases of SCAD, comprised of three pairs of first-degree relatives (mother-daughter, identical twin sisters, sisters) and two pairs of second-degree relatives (aunt and niece, and first cousins). Researchers believe this is the first study to identify SCAD as an inherited disorder. More information, including a video interview with Sharonne Hayes, M.D., the study's senior author and a cardiologist can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Public Affairs Contact: Traci Klein

 

Everyday Health
The Man Without a Heart
by Dr. Sanjay Gupta

“You can feel it,” Charles Okeke says. “It’s pounding. If I opened my mouth, it was very audible.” Okeke is remembering the days when his blood was pumped by a massive 400-pound machine. It was one stage in a remarkable journey that has finally broughtEveryday Health him where he is today — a healthy man with a healthy heart once again beating in his chest…“Charles was very sick when he showed up at our hospital,” remembers Eric Steidley, MD, a cardiologist at Mayo Clinic. “Charles was going to die unless we did something.”

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: For almost two years, Charles Okeke lived in a Mayo Clinic hospital tethered to a machine. He had just turned 30 when a blood clot destroyed his heart.

Public Affairs Contact: Lynn Closway

 

Jacksonville Business Journal
How Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville makes its reach global
by Colleen Jones

Most international patients seen at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville come from Latin America, the Caribbean, Mexico and Canada. To Jacksonville Business Journal newspaper logofacilitate inbound medical travel, Mayo offers coordination services at information offices in Quito, Ecuador; Bogotá, Colombia; Guatemala City; Mexico City; and Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada.

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

Context: Thousands of people come to Mayo Clinic's campus in Jacksonville, Fla., annually for diagnosis or treatment of a medical condition. In Florida, Mayo Clinic primarily treats adults, although some specialists see teenagers and children. Doctors in the Primary Care centers treat people of all ages. Many people make their own appointments and some are referred by a doctor. Mayo Clinic doctors can work closely with your hometown doctor to coordinate your care.

Public Affairs Contact: Kevin Punsky

Star Tribune
Mayo researcher appeals for increased Alzheimer's funding
by Jim Spencer

Dr. Ronald Petersen did not promise the Senate Special Committee on Aging a cure for Alzheimer’s disease in 10 years. But on Wednesday, the Mayo Clinic’s director of Alzheimer’s research held out hope for highly effective treatments in a decade if theStar Tribune National government significantly increases its investment in research. Last year, Alzheimer’s, the disease that has become the curse of 5.3 million Americans and the fear of tens of millions more, received less than $600 million in research funding. That compares with $5.3 billion for cancer, $3 billion for HIV/AIDS and $2 billion for heart disease.

Reach: The Star Tribune Sunday circulation is 518,745 copies and weekday circulation is 300,277. The Star Tribune is the state’s largest newspaper and ranks 16th nationally in circulation.

Additional coverage: CSPAN, Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal

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. Dr. Petersen testifed this week at the Senate Special Committee on Aging.

Public Affairs Contact: Sharon Theimer

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March 20th, 2015

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Wall Street Journal
Scientists’ New Goal: Growing Old Without Disease
by Sumathi Reddy

…Research has found that metformin targets the chemicals produced by age-related senescent cells—normal cells that stop dividing and produce toxic substancesWall Street Journal Life and Culture logo damaging to the cells around them, said James Kirkland, director of the Robert and Arlene Kogod Center on Aging at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and part of the TAME planning team. Senescent cells usually develop as people age or at sites of age-related chronic diseases, such as the brain in Alzheimer’s patients or around the plaques that lead to heart attacks and strokes, he said.

Reach: The Wall Street Journal, a US-based newspaper published by Dow Jones & Company, has the largest print circulation in America with 1.4 million (60 percent) of a total of 2.3 million. Its website has more than 4.3 million unique visitors each month.

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Forbes, A True Fountain-Of-Youth Drug Combo?

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Context: A new class of drugs identified and validated by Mayo Clinic researchers along with collaborators at Scripps Research Institute and others, clearly reduces health problems in mice by limiting the effect of senescent cells — cells that contribute to frailty and diseases associated with age. The researchers say this is a first step toward developing similar treatments for aging patients. Their findings appear  in the journal Aging Cell. “If translatable to humans — which makes sense as we were using human cells in many of the tests – this type of therapy could keep the effects of aging at bay and significantly extend the healthspan of patients,” says James Kirkland, M.D., Ph.D., head of the Mayo Clinic Kogod Center on Aging and senior author of the study.

Public Affairs Contact: Bob Nellis

 

Huffington Post
Struggling With High Blood Pressure? Your Sleep May Be To Blame
by Alena Hall

Looking to lower your blood pressure? Fix your poor sleep habits first, suggests a new study. Mayo Clinic researchers recently set out to find how reduced sleep quantity and Huffington Post Healthy Living Logoquality could affect a person's blood pressure. After monitoring their eight participants for 16 days, they found that when their subjects experienced prolonged periods of shorter sleep, they also registered substantially higher blood pressure numbers at night. While the size of the study was small, they presented their findings at the American College of Cardiology's 64th Annual Scientific Session in San Diego, California, on March 15.

Reach: The Huffington Post attracts over 28 million monthly unique viewers.

Context: Healthy young adults who don’t consume caffeine regularly experienced greater rise in resting blood pressure after consumption of a commercially available energy drink — compared to a placebo drink — thus raising the concern that energy drinks may increase the risk of cardiac events, Mayo Clinic researchers found. More information can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Public Affairs Contact: Traci Klein

 

MPR
Bill seeks simpler path to multistate M.D. licenses
by Lorna Benson

Doctors and hospitals urged support Friday for a bill that would make it simpler and faster for physicians to become licensed in multiple states…Dr. Steve Ommen, medical director of the Center for Connected Care at Mayo Clinic, said specialists are often calledMPR News logo upon to advise doctors treating critically ill patients in other states. But the collaboration hinges on whether the specialist on duty has a license to practice in that state, Ommen said.

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: Steve Ommen, M.D., medical director of Center for Connected Care, Mayo Clinic, testified to the Minnesota House Health and Human Services Reform Committee regarding the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact and Minnesota Telemedicine Act on March 13. Each year, Mayo Clinic physicians see people from all 50 states. Advances in technology are helping patients who may be faced with long-distance travel and logistical hurdles connect with Mayo Clinic’s specialized health care providers easier and faster. However, the patchwork of state-by-state medical licensing rules presents a costly and time-consuming barrier to telehealth care delivery.

Public Affairs Contact: Rebecca Eisenman

 

KAAL
Mayo Clinic Using 3D Printer To Help Cure Patients

It is impressive to see and hear about what 3D printers can create. Some printers create toys or machine parts, and some duplicate human body parts for Mayo Clinic. "I've never been a patient before; I've been healthy my entire life,” said Michael Slag, who despite KAAL TV logonever smoking, was diagnosed with lung cancer. The body part being made by the printer is Michael Slag’s right chest plate. It shows his tumor that was attached to his lung and ribs. This model helped Michael better understand what was to come…"So the model actually shows us very clearly where the tumor may be and where the tumor is not," Shanda Blackmon told me as I held the three-dimensional model. Blackmon is a thoracic surgeon for Mayo Clinic and is one of Michael's doctors.

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: KSTP

Context: Shanda Blockmon, M.D., is a Mayo Clinic thoracic surgeon.

Public Affairs Contact: Sharon Theimer

 

ABC 15 Arizona
Mayo Clinic experts explain when cardiac testing is needed before surgery and when it is unnecessary

John Lynch, M.D., Mayo Clinic Cardiologist, joined the cast of Sonoran Living Live to discuss pre-surgical cardiac evaluations. ABC affiliate, channel 15 in ArizonaWhen are cardiac evaluations necessary? When are they not necessary? Find out about pre-surgical cardiac evaluations and heart disease and treatment by joining ABC15's Rally for Red, and from Mayo Clinic staff members each month on Sonoran Living Live.

Reach: ABC15, KNXV-TV, is the ABC affiliate in Phoenix.

Context: John Lynch, M.D. is a Mayo Clinic cardiologist.

Public Affairs Contact: Jim McVeigh

 

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March 12th, 2015

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights

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Star Tribune
Mayo's record financial results run counter to health care trends
by Christopher Snowbeck

To financial analysts, the outlook for hospitals has been tilting negative. Demand for inpatient care is soft. Insurers and the government want to pay less for each service. New payment arrangements ask hospitals to take a degree of financial risk that patientStar Tribune Business section logo costs exceed expectations. Against that backdrop, the record-setting financial results the Mayo Clinic released last week stand out…But the average length of stay for a Mayo Clinic hospital patient increased from 4.6 days in 2013 to 4.8 days last year. The change was significant because it signified that patients were sicker last year, and needed more revenue-producing services, said Jeff Bolton, the clinic’s chief administrative officer.

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.

Previous Coverage in March 5, 2015 Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights

Context: Mayo Clinic reports a strong 2014 performance, including providing direct care for more than 1.3 million people, contributions of $410 million to its pension plan as a commitment to employees, and plans for a $1.5 billion investment to fund information technology infrastructure. “Whether viewed through the lens of quality, patient outcomes, research advances, operational performance or sharing our knowledge with the world — by all measures, we had an extraordinary year,” says John Noseworthy, M.D., president and CEO, Mayo Clinic. “That success allowed us to reinvest in our people, our infrastructure and our mission so we can better serve our patients.” More information about Mayo's 2014 performance can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Public Affairs Contact: Karl Oestreich

 

The Independent UK
Senolytics: Scientists identify new drug that slows the aging process and could dramatically increase our life expectancy
by Christopher Hooton

A new class of drugs has been identified that slow the aging process in mice, alleviating symptoms of frailty and extending a healthy lifespan. If their effect on humans is as marked as it is on animal models, their benefit could be enormous. The research was carried The Independentout by a team from Mayo Clinic, The Scripps Institute and other institutions and published in the journal Aging Cell yesterday…"The prototypes of these senolytic agents have more than proven their ability to alleviate multiple characteristics associated with aging," added Mayo Clinic Professor James Kirkland, MD, who also worked on the study.

Reach: The Independent is a United Kingdom-based newspaper with a daily circulation of more than 61,000.

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Context: A new class of drugs identified and validated by Mayo Clinic researchers along with collaborators at Scripps Research Institute and others, clearly reduces health problems in mice by limiting the effect of senescent cells — cells that contribute to frailty and diseases associated with age. The researchers say this is a first step toward developing similar treatments for aging patients. Their findings appear today in the journal Aging Cell. “If translatable to humans — which makes sense as we were using human cells in many of the tests – this type of therapy could keep the effects of aging at bay and significantly extend the healthspan of patients,” says James Kirkland, M.D., Ph.D., head of the Mayo Clinic Kogod Center on Aging and senior author of the study. More information about the study, including a video interview with Dr. Kirkland, can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Public Affairs Contact: Bob Nellis

 

Financial Times London (subscription required)
The teleconference that saves lives
by Aaron Stanley

Larry Lee came close to death when a bloodclot lodged in his brain last year while walking his dog in rural Minnesota. Since his local hospital lacked the expertise to deal with the problem, it turned to the renowned Mayo Clinic. From a computer console at Mayo’sFinancial Times Newspaper Logo campus 65 miles away, a neurologist appeared via teleconference, took control of a robotic camera to examine Mr. Lee and shepherded the local team’s efforts to bust the clot…“We could see 10 years ago that healthcare was going to go through a period of great change,” says John Noseworthy, chief executive of Mayo. “So we said: ‘Let’s digitize our knowledge, digitize our work, knit together like-minded institutions and connect with them electronically’.”

The Reach: The Financial Times has a combined paid print and digital circulation of 690,000.

Context: Mayo’s Stroke Telemedicine Program allows stroke specialists to remotely evaluate people who’ve had acute strokes and make diagnoses and treatment recommendations working with emergency medicine doctors at other sites. Having a prompt neurological evaluation increases the possibility that a patient will receive clot-dissolving therapies or other interventions in time to reduce disability and death from stroke. The program began in Arizona, and now is represented nationally, with hubs in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota that serve more than 20 health care institutions in seven states. To read more about Larry Lee's story and the role his dog had in saving his life, go to Mayo Clinic's In the Loop.

Public Affairs Contact: Duska Anastasijevic

 

Twin Cities Business
Fortune: Mayo Clinic Among Top 25 Cos. With Most Openings

Job seekers looking to find employment with a top-notch company need not look very far: the Rochester-based Mayo Clinic is Twin Cities Business Magazine Logoamong the nation’s best places to work—and they’re hiring—according to Fortune. The state’s largest private employer, based out of Rochester, was named among the 25 best companies hiring (it ranked 73rd overall on Fortune’s “2015 Best Companies” list) and has nearly 2,000 openings available across southeast and southern Minnesota.

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

Context: Fortune magazine named Mayo Clinic to its list of the “100 Best Companies  to Work For” in 2015. This is Mayo’s 12th consecutive year on the magazine’s annual compilation of companies that rate high with employees. The list ranks Mayo Clinic 73 overall among the top 100 companies. “We congratulate our employees for earning Mayo Clinic this distinction,” says John H. Noseworthy, M.D., president and CEO of Mayo Clinic. “We hope they take great pride in this ‘100 Best’ national recognition.” More information can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Public Affairs Contact: Kelley Luckstein


Star Tribune
Risks, benefits weighed in JAMA study on valve replacement
By Joe Carlson

In the first analysis of mass commercial use of a new minimally invasive therapy for a narrowed heart valve, researchers reported Tuesday that nearly 24 percent of patients died within a year of treatment...
“Transcatheter aortic valve replacement has becomeStar Tribune Health newspaper logo transformational for patients who need a new valve and are at high risk for surgery or inoperable. But we have been lacking long-term data for this group of patients who are considering this procedure,” said a statement from Dr. David Holmes Jr., the interventional cardiologist at the Mayo Clinic who was lead author of the study in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Reach: The Star Tribune Sunday circulation is 518,745 copies and weekday circulation is 300,277. The Star Tribune is the state’s largest newspaper and ranks 16th nationally in circulation.

Additional Coverage: Forbes

Context: Study results of one-year data for more than 12,000 patients who had transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) in the United States show an overall one-year death rate of 23.7 percent and a stroke rate of 4.1 percent, according to a study published in the March 10 issue of JAMA. “Transcatheter aortic valve replacement has become transformational for patients who need a new valve and are at high-risk for surgery or inoperable. But we have been lacking long-term data for this group of patients who are considering this procedure,” says study lead authorDavid R. Holmes, Jr., M.D., a Mayo Clinic interventional cardiologist. “Before this study, we only had 30-day information. This is a milestone and will help us better guide patients and learn as physicians.” More information about the study can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Public Affairs Contact: Traci Klein

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