Mayo Clinic Rochester Archive

February 15th, 2013

Mayo expansion bill eases past 1st Capitol hurdle

By loganlafferty

A bill that would finance redevelopment around the Mayo Clinic's proposed expansion in Rochester is starting to move through the Legislature…The Mayo Clinic's Patricia Simmons said the investment is needed to ensure that the Mayo Clinic continues to be a worldwide leader in health care. "We need to grow to succeed," Simmons said. "We need to grow to maintain and capture that historic Mayo Clinic that we know where we're the destination for healing and health and hope for people in the 50 states and people from 145 countries in the world."

Additional Coverage: Post Bulletin, KARE 11, Inforum, KAAL, KTTC, Pioneer Press

 

MPR by Tom Scheck

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Tags: Dr. Patricia Simmons, expansion, investment, MPR, redevelopment, state legislature


February 12th, 2013

The graduate glut

By loganlafferty

Dr. Mahamud Jimale was working as a general and thoracic surgeon and teaching at Somali National University’s medical school in Mogadishu when civil war tore his country apart in 1991…They eventually settled in Rochester, where Jimale found work in the general clinical research center and later as a medical and cultural consultant at Mayo Clinic. Hoping to one day practice medicine again, he also began studying for the USMLE exam…“The hard reality,” says John Andrews, M.D., associate dean for graduate medical education at the University of Minnesota, “is that many people who’ve trained elsewhere don’t meet certain objective standards of performance on standardized tests, so they never get their application fully reviewed.”

 

Minnesota Medicine by Kim Kiser

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Tags: Dr. John Andrews, Dr. Mahamud Jimale, medical education, Minnesota Medicine, Somali National University, University of Minnesota


February 12th, 2013

Dayton Offers Stronger Support For Mayo Expansion

By loganlafferty

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is expressing his strongest support yet for an expansion of the famed Mayo Clinic that depends on the state aiding with related development costs. Dayton told a group of veteran Democrats at a luncheon Monday that he sees room for negotiation on what a public contribution would be. But he says he’s “absolutely certain” the state needs to step up in some form to help one of its largest private employers.

Additional Coverage: MPR, KTTC, Star Tribune, KAAL, KARE 11, La Crosse Tribune, Bemidji Pioneer, Grand Forks Herald

 

WCCO (AP)

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Tags: development costs, expansion, Gov. Mark Dayton, Mayo Clinic, public contribution, WCCO


February 11th, 2013

Skin-Care Basics for Your New Baby

By loganlafferty

Bathing a baby and caring for the newborn's skin can intimidate new parents, an expert says. Newborns are small, vulnerable and slippery when wet, and finding products marketed for their delicate skin can be a challenge, too, said Dr. Dawn Davis, a pediatric dermatologist at the Mayo Clinic Children's Center in Rochester, Minn. Writing in the January issue of the International Journal of Dermatology, Davis offered some advice for making bath time an enjoyable experience and for keeping a newborn's skin clean and healthy.

 

HealthDay

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Tags: delicate skin, Dr. Dawn Davis, HealthDay, International Journal of Dermatology, Mayo Clinic Children's Center, newborn


February 11th, 2013

Destination Medical Center: Mayo Clinic wants ‘livable city’ downtown

By loganlafferty

Dr. Brad Narr, medical director for the Destination Medical Community effort at the Legislature in Minnesota, says there are many things that can be done to help Mayo succeed and Minnesota's success is tied to Mayo's…We've raised our four kids here, we love this community, we can't imagine a better community to raise a family," Narr said…"We think that we have a great city right now, with regards to the activities that we have to do — we just need more of it," Narr said.

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Post Bulletin by Jeff Hansel

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Tags: destination medical community, Dr. Brad Narr, legislature, Mayo Clinic, Post Bulletin


February 11th, 2013

A Pill So People With Celiac Disease Can Eat Freely?

By loganlafferty

“This is the earliest phase, and you now have to show that it actually breaks down the gluten peptides that trigger a response in the stomach at a speed that will protect the human," said Dr. Joseph Murray, a professor of medicine in the division of gastroenterology and the department of immunology at the Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minn. "Let's see how it goes with a whole slice of bread."…But celiac disease is a common problem, with about 2 million to 3 million Americans suffering from it. "People need alternatives, and this is an example of the scientific community taking novel approaches to helping people with celiac disease," Murray said.

 

HealthDay by Barbara Bronson Gray

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Tags: alternative medicine, celiac disease, Dr. Joseph Murray, gluten peptides, HealthDay


February 8th, 2013

Mayo’s Ultimatum

By loganlafferty

The Mayo Clinic, synonymous with southern Minnesota for more than a century, says state lawmakers must pay about $600 million over 20 years in an unusual borrowing plan to ensure the famed clinic will continue investing in the region…The Minnesota Vikings, for example, persuaded lawmakers last year to promise more than $500 million in public spending for a $1 billion football stadium after the team threatened to move. And large not-for-profit healthcare employers in other states, such as the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio and the Scripps Research Institute in Palm Beach County, Fla., already receive state subsidies to support their operations.

 

ModernHealthcare by Joe Carlson

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Tags: Cleveland Clinic, lawmakers, Minnesota Vikings, ModernHealthcare, public spending, Scripps Research Institute, state subsidy


February 8th, 2013

Peter Hauri, Psychologist Who Focused on Insomnia, Dies at 79

By loganlafferty

Peter Hauri, a psychologist who was among the first researchers to study the mysterious mechanics of a good night’s sleep, and who established widely used guidelines for avoiding insomnia without drugs, died on Jan. 31 in Rochester, Minn., where he had been director of the Mayo Sleep Disorders Center until he retired in 2000. He was 79…In the 2010 archive interview, Dr. Hauri was asked what had begun his interest in sleep. He replied with an impish smile, “My mother was a very famous insomniac.” And, he added, “I don’t sleep so well myself.”

 

New York Times by Paul Vitello

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Tags: good night's sleep, insomnia, Mayo Clinic Sleep Disorders Center, New York Times, Peter Hauri


February 7th, 2013

Mayo Clinic expansion bill introduced

By loganlafferty

A bill that would give the Mayo Clinic $585 million in taxpayer money to develop downtown Rochester has been introduced at the Legislature…Rep. Kim Norton, DFL-Rochester, is the chief author of the House bill. She says the public subsidy is needed to support Mayo's private spending. "It's going to be kind of fast and furious in the next 15 to 20 years and our current levels of funding are not going to be able to keep up with that growth," Norton said.

Additional Coverage: KAAL, KAAL, Post Bulletin, KTTC, MPR, KARE 11, HealthLeaders Media

 

MPR by Tom Scheck

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Tags: downtown Rochester, MPR, private spending, public subsidy, Rep. Kim Norton, taxpayer money


February 7th, 2013

Mediterranean diet may be best for diabetes

By loganlafferty

Diets lean on meat and rich in healthy fats like olive oil were most effective at promoting weight loss and lowering blood sugar among people with diabetes in a review of evidence from the last 10 years…"Weight loss is important, but so is nutrient quality," Katherine Zeratsky, a registered dietician at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, told Reuters Health…"I think we're all still recovering from that low-fat diet phase of the 1990s," Zeratsky said. Olive oil makes food more palatable and satisfying, and may curb the urge to snack later in the day, she added.

 

Reuters by Kathryn Doyle

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Tags: blood sugar, diabetes, diet, Katherine Zeratsky, Reuters, weight loss