Mayo Clinic Rochester Archive

For Altru Health System, Distant Ally Brings Local Benefits

Posted on June 19th, 2012 by Admin

The 400 miles between Grand Forks and Rochester, Minn., is a long drive, but the route is traveled frequently by area patients facing the most serious medical diagnoses as they seek care at the Mayo Clinic. For the past year, technology and collaboration have brought Mayo’s famous quality of care closer to Grand Forks through the Mayo Clinic Care Network.

 

Grand Forks Herald by Christopher Bjorke

Rules Will Hurt Training, Surgery Interns Say

Posted on June 19th, 2012 by Admin

Restrictions on the length of time that residents can be on duty will have a negative impact on the quality of training, surveyed surgical interns said. Most believed that new regulations would diminish continuity of care (80%), time spent in the operating room (67%) and development of their surgical skills (53%), David Farley, MD, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and colleagues reported in the June issue of the Archives of Surgery …In an accompanying editorial, Frederic Hafferty, PhD, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., emphasized that the "naysayer" views of some interns and program directors who believe that education quality will not be impacted by the work-hour restrictions should be investigated. They see something that the modal majority does not," Hafferty wrote.

 

MedPage Today by Kristina Fiore

Mayo Clinic Growth Boosts Rochester’s Boom

Posted on June 19th, 2012 by Admin

In the heart of this city's downtown, workers pour concrete into a massive 14-foot pit. The concrete will create thick walls for a proton beam cancer therapy center, the latest Mayo Clinic construction project that has downtown Rochester in the midst of a construction boom…Mayo President and CEO John Noseworthy said the clinic's growth in Rochester is due in part to the increasing number of older patients with complex illnesses.

 

MPR by Elizabeth Baier

Jessica Danielson Receives Transplant

Posted on June 19th, 2012 by Admin

Meanwhile There is very good news for a Duluth woman tonight. At this hour she is finally getting the rare organ transplant she needs to survive. Jessica Danielson has been at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester since last December waiting for a heart and liver transplant. There have only been 113 operations in US history and just today, she learned she had a match. We talked to her about the long-wait for this moment earlier this year.

 

WDIO Duluth

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights

Posted on June 15th, 2012 by Admin

June 15, 2012

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NY Times
To Cut Blood Pressure, Nerves Get a Jolt
by Amanda Schaffer

…Now, doctors are experimenting with an innovative but drastic new approach that may help lessen the danger in patients for whom nothing else works. During the procedure, called renal denervation, a physician threads a catheter into the arteries leading to the kidney, then delivers pulses of radio-frequency energy that interrupt the signaling in nerves to and from that organ…“This is potentially the most exciting advance in hypertension in literally decades,” said Charanjit Rihal, chairman of the division of cardiovascular diseases at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Still, he added, there are a number of uncertainties.

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: Chet Rihal, M.D., chair of  cardiovascular diseases and an interventionalist at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., did an interview on renal denervation with the the New York Times reporter.

Public Affairs Contact: Traci Klein

Good Morning Arizona
Dr Sekulic's Good Morning Arizona TV interview

Dr. Alexander Sekulic appears on the show to discuss basal cell carcinoma.

Reach: Good Morning Arizona appears on KTVK-3TV, which is reportedly one of the largest independent television stations in the country.

Context: Mayo Clinic in Arizona issued a news release June 6 about an international phase 2 study headed by Mayo Clinic which led to the recent Food and Drug Administration approval of the first drug of its kind to help advanced basal cell carcinoma patients who have few treatment options. The results appear in the June 7 edition of the New England Journal of Medicine. Additional coverage: Arizona Republic.

Public Affairs Contact: Julie Janovsky-Mason

Quad-City Times
Moline couple bequests $10M to Mayo Clinic
by Deirdre Cox Baker

Three years ago, Lawrence Matteson of Moline received a prostate cancer diagnosis for which he was successfully treated at the Mayo Clinic. Now, he and his wife, Marilyn, have shown their gratitude by donating $10 million to make the experience for the institution’s cancer patients even better. The Mattesons decided to grant the money to the well-known clinic’s new Proton Beam Therapy Program, feeling it would benefit the most people possible, Marilyn Matteson explained during an interview Monday afternoon at the couple’s home.

Circulation: The Quad-City Times is a daily morning newspaper based in Davenport, Iowa, and circulated throughout the Quad Cities metropolitan area (Davenport, Bettendorf and Scott County in Iowa; and Moline, East Moline, Rock Island and Rock Island County in Illinois). According to the Iowa Newspaper Association, the Quad-City Times has a circulation of 61,366.

Context: Mayo Clinic distributed a news release June 11 that Lawrence W. and Marilyn W. Matteson of Moline, Ill., have given $10 million to help launch the Mayo Clinic Proton Beam Therapy Program. With this gift, Mayo Clinic will also use matching gift funds to establish the Lawrence W. and Marilyn W. Matteson Fund in Cancer Research.

Public Affairs Contact: Joe Dangor

Chicago Tribune
Social media a godsend for those with rare diseases
by Erin Meyer

…Thanks to efforts by McGarry and the online network of SCAD survivors, doctors at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., have launched the first large-scale research project to learn more about the disease. The study is breaking new ground by using social media to recruit SCAD patients from around the world, doctors say. The plan is to input each person's medical history into a database in the hope of identifying patterns. The Mayo Clinic also will create a biobank of blood samples from patients with SCAD, along with samples from their parents and children. The hope is that the effort may lead to answers about the role genetics plays in the disease, said Dr. Sharonne Hayes, director of the Mayo Clinic Women's Heart Clinic.

Circulation: The Tribune’s average weekday circulation is more about 425,000. Average Sunday circulation is more than 781,000. According to the Tribune, its newspaper reaches more than five million consumers while covering 76% of the market.

Context: Sharonne Hayes, M.D. is a Mayo Clinic cardiologist and founder of Mayo’s Women’s Heart Clinic. Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection, or SCAD, is a rare, life-threatening heart condition. Mayo Clinic used social media to reach out to survivors of SCAD, a poorly understood heart condition that affects just a few thousand Americans every year. Additional coverage:  KNAU Ariz

Public Affairs Contact: Traci Klein

Michigan Business Review
Lansing-based Sparrow Health System joins Mayo Clinic network
by Angela Wittrock

Health System has been selected to join the Mayo Clinic Care Network, the officials announced Friday, giving Sparrow physicians access to Mayo Clinic expertise and clinical care resources for their patients. "Access to Mayo Clinic expertise and clinical care resources will mean that our patients will receive some of the most advanced care in the nation, right here at Sparrow," John Armstrong, M.D., Sparrow's Chief of Staff said in a statement… "Mayo Clinic and Sparrow are committed to improve the delivery of healthcare through high quality, data‐driven, evidence‐based medical care and treatment," David Hayes, M.D., Medical Director of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, said in a media release. Additional coverage: WKAR Mich., Stabenow.gov, News Medical, World News, Detroit Free Press, WILX Mich, Michigan Radio, Star Tribune, Lansing State Journal, WLNS Lansing.

Reach: The Michigan Business Review is puplished by MLive Media Group which also includes: MLive.com, The Grand Rapids Press, The Muskegon Chronicle, Kalamazoo Gazette, The Jackson Citizen Patriot, AnnArbor.com, The Flint Journal, The Saginaw News, The Bay City Times and the Advance Weeklies in Grand Rapids, as well as several related entities.

Context: Mayo Clinic issued held a news conference and issued a news release June 8 announcing that  Sparrow Health System, based in Lansing, Mich., as the newest member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network. The network extends Mayo Clinic's knowledge and expertise to physicians and providers interested in working together in the best interest of their patients. Sparrow's physicians will have access to Mayo Clinic, including the ability to connect with Mayo Clinic physicians, who can help them care for their patients and improve their systems and the health of their communities.

Public Affairs Contact: Bryan Anderson

Post-Bulletin
Mayo Clinic adds Red Wing medical center
by Edie Grossfield

Mayo Clinic will acquire Fairview Red Wing Health Services, as the Rochester-based nonprofit continued its recent robust growth. Fairview's facilities in Red Wing, Zumbrota and Ellsworth, Wis., will become part of the Mayo Clinic Health System effective July 1, according to a tentative agreement signed Thursday by officials from Mayo and Fairview… On July 1, all of the more than 800 employees in the Fairview Red Wing system will become Mayo Clinic employees, said Tom Witt, who will become CEO for the facility. He is now CEO for Mayo's facilities in Lake City and Cannon Falls. Additional coverage: WRAL Techwire, MedCity News, Grand Forks Herald, Albert Lea Tribune, Star Tribune, Republican Eagle, Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal, Pioneer Press , Duluth News Tribune, MPR, KARE 11, Green Bay Press Gazette, Wahpeton Daily news, INFORUM N.D., KAAL, Bemidji Pioneer.

Previous coverage

Context: Mayo Clinic issued a news release June 7 announcing a tentative agreement today for Fairview Red Wing Health Services to become part of Mayo Clinic Health System. The parties will work to finalize the details of the agreement and acquisition during the next several weeks, targeting July 1 for Mayo Clinic Health System to assume operations.

Public Affairs Contacts: Joe O’Keefe, Nick Hanson

Pioneer Press
Mayo Clinic to offer organ transplant consultations at the Mall of America by Chris Snowbeck

Heading to the Mall of America? Feel free to put heart transplants -- or at least information about them -- on your shopping list. The Mayo Clinic is extending a small portion of its organ-transplantation service for adult patients to a storefront it operates inside the Bloomington mall… "If there are patients in the Twin Cities area that are looking for an opinion about transplantation, we should be able to deliver that type of consultation in that venue," said Dr. David Hayes, the lead physician on Mayo Clinic's operation at the mall, during an interview Friday, June 8.

Circulation: The St. Paul Pioneer Press has a daily circulation of 226,108 and its Sunday newspaper circulation is 270,811. Its TwinCities.com website had approximately 18.6 million page views (March 2011) and the Pioneer Press and TwinCities.com reaches about 3.3 million people each month.

Context: David Hayes, M.D. is the lead physician on Mayo Clinic's operation at the Mall of America. Additional coverage: Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal

Public Affairs Contact: Bryan Anderson

Jacksonville Business Journal
Mayo Clinic’s brain bank drives big research finds
by Ashley Kritzer

Dr. Dennis Dickson holds half of a human brain in his hand, studying it as a graduate student reads the medical history of the 68-year-old man whose thoughts, words and movements the organ once controlled. The man’s doctors suspected he had multiple system atrophy, a rare neurodegenerative disease often confused for the more-common Parkinson’s disease. The only way to know for sure is a brain autopsy, which Dickson, a professor at Mayo Clinic in Florida, performs on a weekly basis. In this case, Dickson thinks the doctors were probably right, given the severe atrophy of the brain ... Additional coverage: Jacksonville Business Journal, Toronto Telegraph.

Circulation: The Jacksonville Business Journal is one of 63 newspapers published by American City Business Journals.

Context: Dennis Dickson, M.D., is part of the neuro-oncology program and laboratory and pathology program at Mayo Clinic in Florida.

Public Affairs Contact: Kevin Punsky

Post-Bulletin
Medica, Mayo Clinic join forces to offer new insurance plan
by Jeff Hansel

Medica, a Minneapolis-based nonprofit insurance provider, plans to offer a new type of affordable health-insurance plan with in-network access to Mayo Clinic, it was announced today. The intriguing part is that Mayo Clinic will be paid based on how well it manages the population’s health "from a clinical quality perspective as well as the overall cost of care," says an announcement… "This is a unique model — and it's maybe a trend setter," said Tom Holmes, Mayo contract administrator. More coverage: MPR, MedCity News, Pioneer Press, Star Tribune, KEYC Mankato, Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal, MarketWatch, Insurance News Net, Mankato Free Press, Finance & Commerce, SouthernMinn, Yahoo! Finance, Toronto Telegraph, Lebanon News

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: Mayo Clinic and Medica officials announced the agreement in an audio news conference June 14.

Public Affairs Contact: Karl Oestreich

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The Most Common Mistake in Gout Management

Posted on June 12th, 2012 by Admin

Dr. Clement Michet, consultant in rheumatology at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, has encountered a lot of gout in his 30 years of practicing medicine.  “Patients usually seek medical care somewhere because it is incredibly painful, but the issue I see, and I am at the end of a big funnel, is that gout is under-treated.  It’s an all too common problem, and people are also often confused about their medications—when to take what, when not to take a pill.”

 

USA Today.com

J&J Diabetes Drug Seen Challenging Merck’s Market Leader

Posted on June 12th, 2012 by Admin

The spotlight is now on J&J’s canagliflozin, which is designed to expel excess sugar from the body, something that doesn’t normally occur until after glucose rises to critical levels. The pill may reach pharmacies next year, competing with Merck & Co.’s $3.3 billion market leader Januvia…“Using a side effect of uncontrolled diabetes as a primary mode of treatment is unconventional, to say the least,” said Adrian Vella, an endocrinologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, by telephone. “We still need to understand how severe and how frequent the potential side effects associated with these medications are.”

 

Bloomberg by Michelle Fay Cortez

Most Don’t Need Antibiotics Before Dental Work

Posted on June 12th, 2012 by Admin

Recommendations restricting the use of antibiotic prophylaxis before invasive dental procedures to only a handful of patient groups did not appear to increase rates of infective endocarditis caused by viridans group streptococci, researchers found. Among 22 patients diagnosed with the infection over a 12-year period in Olmsted County, Minn., only three received the diagnosis after the restrictions were issued, according to Daniel DeSimone, MD, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and colleagues.

 

MedPage Today by Todd Neale

Social Media a Gdsend for Those With Rare Diseases

Posted on June 12th, 2012 by Admin

Thanks to efforts by McGarry and the online network of SCAD survivors, doctors at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., have launched the first large-scale research project to learn more about the disease. The study is breaking new ground by using social media to recruit SCAD patients from around the world, doctors say. The plan is to input each person's medical history into a database in the hope of identifying patterns. The Mayo Clinic also will create a biobank of blood samples from patients with SCAD, along with samples from their parents and children. The hope is that the effort may lead to answers about the role genetics plays in the disease, said Dr. Sharonne Hayes, director of the Mayo Clinic Women's Heart Clinic.

 

Chicago Tribune by Erin Meyer

Statins May Leave Patients With Less Energy: Study

Posted on June 12th, 2012 by Admin

Tatins -- the popular class of cholesterol-lowering drugs -- significantly increase the risk of experiencing a drop in energy or becoming unduly tired when exercising, according to new research. The finding stems from work tracking about 1,000 adults, and includes well-known shelf names Pravachol and Zocor, both designed to reduce levels of the so-called "bad" cholesterol known as low-density lipoprotein, or LDL …Dr. Scott Wright, a professor of medicine and preventive cardiologist with the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., cautioned that although he would characterize the findings as "important," the conclusions would have to be validated upon further investigation.

Additional coverage: US News & World Report, Scientific American

 

Health Day by Alan Mozes