Pediatrics Archive

July 16th, 2014

Decision looming in HIV CHIPS case

By loganlafferty

A Brownsdale couple in court because of their child’s medical conditions and their views toward his HIV treatment should soon know if they retain full custody…Yet earlier Monday, Jones questioned Dr. W. Charles Huskins, a Mayo Clinic expert in pediatric infectious disease who was on call when Rico was born, about concerns the clinic staff had at the time of the birth…Lindsey testified that Mayo medical professionals already knew she was HIV positive from past records, confirmed it with her while she was pregnant, and she never received any advice about HIV risk-reducing drugs for her unborn child.

Additional Coverage: Post Bulletin, Pierce County Herald,

 

Austin Daily Herald by Matt Peterson

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Tags: Austin Daily Herald, Dr. W. Charles Huskins, HIV CHIPS, HIV treatment, pediatric infectious disease, risk-reducing drugs


December 20th, 2013

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights

By Karl W Oestreich

December 20, 2013

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

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

Thank you.

Karl Oestreich, manager enterprise media relations

 

USA TODAY
Holiday stress calls for an attitude adjustment
by Nanci Hellmich

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

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

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

Public Affairs Contact: Ginger Plumbo

 

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

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

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

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

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

Public Affairs Contact: Bryan Anderson

 

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

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

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

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

Public Affairs Contact: Sharon Theimer

 

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

This month marks the third year since Bruce Kramer of Minneapolis received a medical diagnosis that changed his life in an instant. Kramer, who was 54 at the time, had noticed his left foot feeling heavy and a little floppy. MPR-News-300x45His ordinarily muscular thighs would tremble noticeably, and he had taken a couple of falls and found it tough to get back up…Dr. Jeffrey Strommen, the Mayo Clinic physician overseeing Kramer's use of the DPS, says, "he's more energetic. He feels stronger and we do have some evidence, albeit, limited that this may actually prolong survival."

Reach: Minnesota Public Radio operates 43 stations and serves virtually all of Minnesota and parts of the surrounding states. MPR has more than 100,000 members and more than 900,000 listeners each week, which is the largest audience of any regional public radio network.

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

Public Affairs Contact: Nick Hanson

 

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

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

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

Additional coverage: Stem Cells FreakGizMagKROC AMSpace KSCDaily Maven TorontoLyra NaraPhysOrg

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

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

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

Public Affairs Contact: Kevin Punsky

 

Additional Mayo Clinic News Highlights This Week:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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December 6th, 2013

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights

By Karl W Oestreich

 

 

December 6, 2013

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

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Karl Oestreich, manager enterprise media relations

Bloomberg
Personalized Flu Shots Offer Best Chance to Beat Season
by Michelle Fay Cortez

A wave of new flu vaccines designed for the first time to focus on individual groups, including children, the elderly and people with allergies, may help boost U.S. vaccination rates as the new season develops this year…Personalized Medicine “For the first time in human history, we can actually target an influenza vaccine to an individual patient,” said Gregory Poland, head of the Mayo Clinic’s Vaccine Research Group in Rochester, Minnesota. “That’s a great advance.”

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: Chicago Tribune

Context: The  flu shot season includes several new vaccine options for consumers, Mayo Clinic vaccine expert Gregory Poland, M.D., says. Fearful of needles? There’s now an influenza vaccination just for you. Allergic to eggs? It won’t stop you from getting a flu shot. The new choices move influenza vaccinations closer to the personalized approach long sought by immunologists including Dr. Poland, but they may also prove bewildering to patients, he says.

Mayo Clinic News Network: Flu Vaccines – Changes & Choices for 2013

Public Affairs Contacts: Bob Nellis, Sharon Theimer

MinnPost
Google Executive Chairman Schmidt joins Mayo Clinic board of directors
By Joe Kimball

Eric Schmidt, Google's executive chairman, is now on Mayo Clinic's 31-member board of directors. Schmidt joined the Mayo board last month, the clinic said. Mayo is in the midst of a $5 billion expansion over the next 20 years; included is more than $500 million in state and local tax money to pay for parking, transit, utilities and other public amenities. 

Circulation: MinnPost is a nonprofit, nonpartisan enterprise which provides news and analysis based on reporting by professional journalists, most of whom have decades of experience in the Twin Cities media. MinnPost averages more than 78,000 unique visitors to its site each month.. In Dec. 2013, MinnPost also had 27,300 followers on Twitter and its main Facebook page was liked by 9,500-plus readers.

Additional Coverage: Post-Bulletin, Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal, BringMeTheNews

News Release: Mayo Clinic Trustees Welcome New Member, Elect Emeritus Member

Public Affairs Contact: Karl Oestreich

Star Tribune
Mayo plans $72 million expansion of St. Marys Hospital in Rochester
By Janet Moore

The Mayo Clinic said Monday that it will add five floors to Saint Marys Hospital and reno­vate other parts of the campus in Rochester, part of a $72 million project. The floors will be added to the Mary Brigh East Building, and the third floor of the Domitilla Building will be renovated. Both projects will begin in the second quarter of 2014 and are expected to be completed by early 2016.

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: Twin Cities Business Magazine, KARE11, KMSP, KARE11 online, Prairie Business, Sioux Falls Argus Leader, FOX 47, KEYC, Austin Daily Herald, WWTC The Patriot, KSTP, KAAL, Pioneer Press, Finance & Commerce, La Crosse Tribune, KSFY S.D., MPR, Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal, BringMeTheNews, Pioneer Press, Post-Bulletin, KTTC, HealthDayMedPage Today

News Release: Mayo Clinic Planning Expansion and Renovation Projects at Saint Marys Hospital

Public Affairs Contact: Kelley Luckstein

Post-Bulletin
Track medical substance-use data, association board member says
by Jeff Hansel

A study by Mayo Clinic researchers shows nearly 1 in every 100 of anesthesiology specialists-in-training developed substance-use disorder during their residency programs. In addition "at least 11 percent" of those with confirmed substance use disorders eventually die "of a cause directly related to the disorder," says an announcement of a study appearing in the Dec. 4 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. "That's a pretty high mortality rate for a disease," said Dr. David Warner of the Mayo Clinic, a member of the American Board of Anesthesiology's Board of Directors and co-author of the study.

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: According to a study conducted by Mayo Clinic and the American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA), nearly 1 in every 100 anesthesiology residents entering primary training from 1975 to 2009 developed substance use disorder (SUD) during training. The incidence of this disorder is continuing to increase and the risk of relapse or death is high. The study appears in the Dec. 4 issue of JAMA, a medical education theme issue.

Substance use disorder is a serious public health problem, and physicians are not immune. Anesthesiologists have ready access to potent drugs such as intravenous opioids, although only indirect evidence exists that SUD is more common in anesthesiologists than in other physicians, according to background information in the article. "Although relatively few anesthesiology residents develop SUD, the incidence is continuing to increase," says David Warner, M.D., of Mayo Clinic's Department of Anesthesiology, and the ABA Board of Directors and chair of the Research and Credentials committees.

News Release: Mayo Clinic, American Board of Anesthesiology Study Finds Substance Use Disorder Among Medical Residents And High Risk of Relapse

Public Affairs Contact: Bryan Anderson

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November 15th, 2013

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights

By Karl W Oestreich

 

 

November 15, 2013

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Wall Street Journal
Special Project: Trials, A Desperate Fight to Save Kids & Change Science
by Amy Dockser Marcus

… In October 2007, the Hempels flew to Minneapolis with the twins to see Marc C. Patterson, an expert in NPC disease at the Mayo Clinic. Many young patients and their parents had passed through his office in Rochester, Minn. Without a cure for NPC, Dr. Patterson said, doctors could treat only symptoms, prescribing medicine for seizures or asthma drugs to ease breathing… Chris and Hugh Hempel sat on a couch, the twins on their laps clutching stuffed dogs, as Dr. Patterson began speaking about the idea of scientists and families working together to accelerate the search for a treatment.

Circulation: The Wall Street Journal, a US-based newspaper published by Dow Jones & Company, is second in newspaper circulation in America with an average circulation of  2.23 million copies on week days. The Wall Street Journal Trials was a six-year project. Marc Patterson, M.D., is a Mayo Clinic Niemann-Pick Type C expert. Dr. Patterson is a Mayo Clinic neurologist who is affiliated with the Mayo Clinic Children's Center and also Mayo Clinic medical genetics.

Public Affairs Contact: Kelley Luckstein

Atlanta Business Chronicle
Georgia hospital joins Mayo Clinic network by Carla Caldwell, St. Francis Hospital in Columbus has joined the Mayo Clinic network, reports the Ledger-Enquirer. St. Francis, which is close to completing a $110 million expansion of its Manchester Expressway campus in Columbus, becomes the only Georgia hospital in the Mayo Clinic Care Network, the Ledger-Enquirer reports.

Reach: The Atlanta Business Chronicle is a weekly publication with a circulation of more than 36,700. It's website receives more than 1.9 million unique visitors each month.

Additional Coverage: Lexington Herald-Leader, Marietta Daily Journal, The Olympian, Star Tribune, Sun Herald, Telegraph, Vida en el Valle, WAGA, WTVM Ga., Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, Miami Herald, Atlanta Business Chronicle, La Crosse Tribune, Winona Daily News

Context: Building on its reputation for delivering high-quality and compassionate care to the communities in which it serves, St. Francis in Columbus, Ga., becomes the most recent member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, representatives from Mayo Clinic and St. Francis announced today. The Mayo Clinic Care Network shares Mayo Clinic's knowledge and expertise with health care systems interested in working together to enhance the quality and delivery of health care for their patients. St. Francis is the first organization in Georgia to join the Mayo Clinic Care Network.

News Release: St. Francis in Georgia Joins Mayo Clinic Care Network

Public Affairs Contact: Kevin Punsky

News4Jax Fla.
Survivors, researchers battle to end breast cancer
by Mary Baer

The battle to cure breast cancer is a fight that happens every day in a lab at the Mayo Clinic. "The important thing to me is that people need to know that advances are really being made today that are helping people today, but we need to continue this path," explained Dr. Edith Perez.

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

Context: E. Aubrey Thompson, Ph.D. is a Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and a consultant in the Department of Cancer Basic Science at Mayo Clinic in Florida. Edith Perez, M.D., is deputy director at large, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center. She also serves as director of the Breast Cancer Translational Genomics Program and the Breast Program at Mayo Clinic in Florida.

Public Affairs Contact: Paul Scotti

KMSP FOX9
INVESTIGATORS: Back from the dead
by Shelby Capacio

In a health crisis, the difference between life and death can depend on where catastrophe strikes -- but there is one Minnesota town that leads the nation when it comes to saving people from sudden cardiac arrest. Wayne Demydowich is a veteran distance runner, and the 13-mile run on a damp morning with a teeth-chattering chill would span a punishing 3 hours that would put tremendous stress on his heart…Once Demydowich was pulled from the car, first responders realized he was experiencing sudden cardiac arrest. "The heart is in a state of mechanical and electrical chaos," explained Dr. Roger White, of Mayo Clinic.

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

Context: Roger White, M.D., is a Mayo Clinic anesthesiologist who has saved countless lives through groundbreaking work in cardiac resuscitation at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. His discoveries helped pave the way for the placement of defibrillators in airports and other public places, better CPR practices and education, and faster emergency response times.

Public Affairs Contact: Glenn Lyden

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November 1st, 2013

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights

By Karl W Oestreich

 

 

November 1, 2013

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

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Karl Oestreich, manager enterprise media relations

Fortune
Mayo Clinic's cure for an ailing medical system
by Geoff Colvin

When you run the world's largest private medical practice, you don't just respond to sweeping changes in health care -- you can also influence them. That's one goal of Mayo Clinic chief Dr. John Noseworthy, who wants Washington to consider quality and effectiveness when reimbursing health care providers, a change he believes would benefit Mayo and motivate others to improve.

Reach:  FORTUNE has a circulation of more than 845,000 readers. It's website receives more than 4.5 million unique visitors each month.

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

Public Affairs Contacts: Traci Klein, Sharon Theimer

USA Today
Guest column: The case against fighting
by Michael Stuart, David Dodick and Aynsley Smith

Fighting is not tolerated in the sport of ice hockey, except at the junior and professional levels in the USA and Canada. In our opinion, hockey without fighting is a better and safer game… Stuart, Dodick and Smith are with the Mayo Clinic.

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

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

Public Affairs Contact: Bryan Anderson

ABC News Radio
More Research Needed on E-Cigarettes, Say Experts

E-cigarettes still pose more questions than answers for health officials.  The American Association for Cancer Research is discussing the new tobacco-less smoking devices in Maryland at its international meeting, and a panel of experts agree more research is needed to determine any associated risks. A major question related to electronic cigarettes is how they will be regulated. Panel participant Dr. Scott Leischow of the Mayo Clinic says everyone's waiting for the Food and Drug Administration to possibly begin regulating the product in some way.

Reach: ABC News Radio provides hourly newscasts and news headlines for a network of affiliates for more than 2,000 affiliates and is the largest commercial radio news organization in the United States.

Additional E-Cigarette Coverage: East Idaho News, Augusta Chronicle, Health, HealthDay, News92 Houston, Ruidoso Free Press N.M., Cancer Research, DoctorsLounge, MedicineNet, Newsday, MSN Healthy Living, Washington Times, Ciencias Médicas News, El Nuevo Dia,

Context: E-cigarettes are becoming increasingly popular and widely available as the use of regular cigarettes drops. Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that e-cigarette use by children doubled from 2011 and 2012. The health effects of e-cigarettes have not been effectively studied and the ingredients have little or no regulation. Mayo Clinic's Nicotine Dependence Center experts are available to discuss what people should know before trying e-cigarettes.

News Release: Mayo Clinic Experts: What Should You Know About E-cigarettes?

Public Affairs Contact: Kelley Luckstein

KARE11
Options for women at high risk for breast cancer

Dr. Sandhya Pruthi, a Mayo Clinic Breast Clinic specialist, talked to KARE Saturday about options for women who have a high risk of breast cancer. After skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States with more than 238,000 new diagnoses estimated this year. Prevention and early detection is important in order to offer the best treatment options if cancer is found.

Reach: KARE is a an NBC affiliate in the Minneapolis-St.Paul market.

Context: Sandhya Pruthi, M.D. is the principal investigator at Mayo Clinic for several nationwide multicenter breast cancer chemoprevention trials; these are interdisciplinary efforts with the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center. She is also actively involved in cancer education for both patients and health care providers.

Public Affairs Contact: Joe Dangor

Orlando Sentinel
Daily walk cuts dementia risk, studies show

Everyone knows walking is good exercise, but it has another benefit: a daily 20-minute walk can also cut the risk of dementia by 40 percent, studies show. Taking those findings a step further, neurologists at Jacksonville's Mayo Clinic are studying whether getting patients immobilized by disease to walk can also help stave off mental decline. Dr. Jay Van Gerpen, a neurologist who specializes in gait, is recruiting Parkinson's patients from across the state for a study to help them stay on their feet and retain brain health.

Reach: The Orlando Sentinel has a daily circulation of more than 162,000. The newspaper serves central Florida. It's website has more than 1.1 million unique visitors each month.

Context: Jay Van Gerpen, M.D., is a neurologist at Mayo Clinic in Florida.

Public Affairs Contact: Kevin Punsky

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October 25th, 2013

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights

By Karl W Oestreich

 

 

October 25, 2013

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

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Karl Oestreich, manager enterprise media relations

NBC Nightly News
Survival rates improve when police use defibrillators

A program in Rochester, Minn., has put defibrillators in every police car and first-responder vehicle. When so many police vehicles arrive on the scene before ambulances, having the right equipment on-hand can mean the difference between life and death. NBC’s Dr. Nancy Snyderman reports…it's all because of this man, Dr. Roger White from Mayo Clinic, pioneered a program starting in 1990. Putting automated external defibrillators, AEDs, in every police car and other first responder vehicle in Rochester. He wanted to see if survival rates would increase if police were equipped to shock patients back to life within the critical first four to six minutes of an incident.

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

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

Public Affairs Contacts: Traci Klein, Glenn Lyden

NPR
NHL Concussions Cast Spotlight On Head Injuries And Hockey
by Arun Rath

While the NFL has been under a microscope for its handling of head injuries, professional hockey also has been dealing with high-profile concussions. Perhaps the league's best player, Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins, has missed large stretches of play after concussions. And this year, the season's first eight days left three players sidelined with concussions. The Mayo Clinic's Aynsley Smith discusses head injuries and hockey, including the role that fist fighting plays in the professional ranks.

Reach: NPR creates and distributes news, information, and music programming to a network of 975 independent stations and reaches 26 million listeners every week.

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NY Times
Rangers Follow Concussion Protocol After Hit to Stepan

by Jeff Klein

Two bright spots emerged from Troy Brouwer’s blindside hit on Derek Stepan in the third period of Wednesday’s 2-0 Rangers victory in Washington. First, Stepan returned to the game and said afterward that he was O.K., and second, the Rangers scrupulously followed concussion treatment protocol… It bears watching to see if the Rangers’ scrupulousness Wednesday is repeated across the N.H.L. If it is, the turning point might have been the presentation on concussion protocol given by Mark Aubry, the Ottawa Senators’ team physician, at the Mayo Clinic’s hockey concussion conference Oct. 8, the morning after Nash’s injury.

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

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

Previous Coverage:
Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights October 18, 2013
Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights October 11, 2013

News Release: Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center to Host Second Concussion Summit

Mayo Clinic News Network: Youth Hockey Players: “Heads Up, Don’t Duck”

Mayo Clinic News Network: Water Sports and Concussions (pkg)

Public Affairs Contact: Bryan Anderson

FOX News
Doctors: Young men should be tested for prostate cancer

Mayo Clinic's Dr. Eugene Kwon speaks with Fox News reporter, Garrett Tenney,about the importance of young men testing for prostate cancer.

Reach:  Fox News Channel (FNC), is a cable and satellite television news channel owned by the Fox Entertainment Group, a subsidiary of News Corporation. The channel is available to 102 million households in the United States and further to viewers internationally, broadcasting primarily from its New York studios. FoxNews.com has more than 13 million unique visitors each month.

Additional Coverage: Yahoo! News Canada

Context:Eugene Kwon, M.D. is a Mayo Clinic urologist.

Public Affairs Contact: Joe Dangor

HealthDay
Occupational Hazard for Teachers?
by Mary Dallas

Teachers are much more likely than people with other jobs to be diagnosed with progressive speech and language disorders, according to a new study. "Teachers are in daily communication," study senior author Dr. Keith Josephs, a neurologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., said in a Mayo news release. "It's a demanding occupation, and teachers may be more sensitive to the development of speech and language impairments."

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 vistitors each month.

Additional Coverage: Business Standard

Previous Coverage:
Mayo Clinic in the News October 18, 2013

Context: Mayo Clinic researchers have found a surprising occupational hazard for teachers: progressive speech and language disorders. The research, recently published in the American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease & Other Dementias, found that people with speech and language disorders are about 3.5 times more likely to be teachers than patients with Alzheimer’s dementia.

News Release: Teachers More Likely to Have Progressive Speech and Language Disorders

Mayo Clinic News Network: Teachers More Likely to Have Progressive Speech and Language Disorders

Public Affairs Contact: Nick Hanson

Star Tribune (front page)
Onetime charity patient gives Mayo Clinic $67.3 million
By Jackie Crosby

One of the largest philanthropic gifts in Minnesota history will propel the Mayo Clinic’s quest to build a center that uses medical data and scientific rigor to improve health care. The $67.3 million donation announced Wednesday from Wisconsin businessman Robert Kern and his wife, Patricia, is designated for Mayo’s Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery.

Additional Coverage:
Pioneer Press (front page)
Wisconsin couple sweeten gift to Mayo Clinic to total $100M

Post-Bulletin (front page)
$67 million gift to Mayo Clinic 'changes everything'

Minnesota Public Radio
Wis. couple donate another $67M to Mayo Clinic

Chronicle of Philanthropy
Wisc. Couple Gives $67-Million for Mayo Clinic Center

Modern Healthcare
Mayo Clinic receives $67 million gift to improve patient care

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Kerns donate another $67 million to Mayo Clinic

Associated Press (WJON, Crookston Times, WAOW, Kansas City Star, WTAQ, Pierce County Herald), Milwaukee Business Journal, Malaysia Sun, WDIO (Duluth), KAAL, KTTC, Phys.Org

Context: Mayo Clinic announced this week that benefactors Robert and Patricia Kern have given $100 million to Mayo, with more than $87 million dedicated to the Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery, a strategic initiative that uses quality and engineering principles to improve the way patients experience health care. To honor the Kerns, Mayo Clinic will name the center the Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery.

"Our desire is that the center will establish new standards for more effective, efficient care — bringing the dream of health care for all to reality," says Mr. Kern.

News Release: Kern Family Gives $100 Million to Mayo Clinic, Signaling Confidence in Mayo to Transform Health Care

Mayo Clinic News Network: Improving the Way Patients Experience Health Care

Public Affairs Contact: Shelly Plutowski

MPR
Many parents not vaccinating kids for HPV
by Elizabeth Baier

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Many children are not being vaccinated against a cervical cancer virus because their parents don't know enough about the vaccine, a Mayo Clinic pediatrician warns… Because HPV isn't a pediatric disease, parents often think the vaccine isn't necessary or it's given to children when they're too young, said Dr. Robert Jacobson, a senior researcher and pediatrician at the Mayo Clinic Children's Center.

Reach: Minnesota Public Radio operates 43 stations and serves virtually all of Minnesota and parts of the surrounding states. MPR has more than 100,000 members and more than 900,000 listeners each week, which is the largest audience of any regional public radio network.

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KAAL, Mayo Study Blames Perception for Fewer HPV Vaccines; News Medical, Medical Xpress, KSTP, Health News Digest

Context: A Mayo Clinic physician and two other pediatric experts say that parental perceptions pose a major barrier to acceptance of human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination — and that many of those perceptions are wrong. Their comments are published in Expert Review of Clinical Immunology, in an editorial on why HPV vaccination rates remain poor.  

"The greatest misperception of parents is that the HPV vaccine isn't needed," says Mayo Clinic's Robert Jacobson, M.D., pediatrician in the Mayo Clinic Children's Center and lead author of the editorial. "Not only is that wrong, it's a dangerous idea to be spreading around. Recent figures show that at least 12,000 unvaccinated women develop cervical cancer from HPV every year." Other incorrect perceptions: The HPV vaccines are not safe, and they are given to children when they are too young.

News Release: Parental Perceptions are Preventing HPV Vaccination Success

Mayo Clinic News Network: Parental Perceptions are Preventing HPV Vaccination Success

Public Affairs Contact: Bob Nellis

Arizona Republic
Do celebs’ cancer stories help public’s treatment choices?
By Laura Martin

… Arizona breast-cancer specialists say the result has brought not only greater patient awareness but confusion. The result of celebrity announcements has “broadened the conversation we have with women,” said Dr. Donald Northfelt, medical director of the Mayo Clinic Breast Clinic in Arizona. “They will specifically inquire about whether they have a genetic disposition to breast cancer.”

Circulation: The Arizona Republic reaches 1.1 million readers every Sunday. The newspaper’s website Arizona Central, averages 83 million pages views each month.

Context: Donald Northfelt, M.D. is a Mayo Clinic hematologist and oncologist who serves as medical director of the Mayo Clinic Breast Clinic in Arizona.

Public Affairs Contact: Julie Janovsky-Mason

WEAU Eau Claire
Mayo donates $25,000 to sponsor Boys and Girls Club program

Mayo Clinic Health System has announced it will grant $25,000 to support a program to promote healthy living and life skills for the kids who go to the Boys & Girls Club. It says that the money will go towards the “Triple Play” program, which the club says is designed to show youth that eating smart, keeping fit, and forming positive relationships can add up to a healthy lifestyle.

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

Context: The Mayo Clinic Health System Foundation in Eau Claire recently granted the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Greater Chippewa Valley $25,000 to sponsor the “Triple Play” Health & Life Skills program.  Representatives from Mayo Clinic will be coming to the Boys & Girls Club Wednesday, October 23, to present their generous donation to the organization. 

The goal of the Triple Play Program is to improve Club members’ knowledge of healthy habits; increase the number of hours per day they participate in physical activities; and strengthen their ability to interact positively with others and engage in positive relationships.  Mayo Clinic Health System will be the presenting sponsor of the Triple Play program, which aligns with the Foundation’s mission to support activities that improve the general health of those who live in our communities.

News Release: Mayo Clinic Grant Press Release

Public Affairs Contact: Paul Meznarich

Mankato Free Press
State workers to see cheaper rates for Mayo

It's sort of a tale of two outcomes, with one player quite happy with how things turned out, and the other, well, not so much…One of those providers is a company called Preferred One. And their pricing this year worked out beautifully for Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato, and not so beautifully for the Mankato Clinic. After the annual negotiation process, Mayo found itself bumped from a cost level of tier 4 down to a much more inexpensive tier 2. Mankato Clinic, meanwhile, found itself bumped up to tier 3 from tier 2, even though its prices went down.

Reach: The Mankato Free Press covers local and state news that is relevant to South Central Minnesota as well as national and world news. The newspaper's daily cirdulation is about 19,000.

Context: Mayo Clinic Health System has been designated the low cost health care provider (Cost Level 2) for State of Minnesota employees in the Mankato area who enroll with PreferredOne. Mayo Clinic and the State of Minnesota agreed to the new arrangement with PreferredOne, which will mean lower deductibles and copays for employees in the State Employee Group Insurance Program (SEGIP) at Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato facilities.   

During open enrollment from Nov. 1 to Nov. 14, State employees can enroll with PreferredOne, which offers Mayo Clinic care at local sites in Mankato, Lake Crystal, Le Sueur and St. Peter at the lowest copay and deductibles.

News Release: Mankato State Employee Insurance Options

Public Affairs Contact: Micah Dorfner

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Tags: All Things Considered, alzheimer's disease, American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease & Other Dementias, Anesthesiology, Arizona Republic, Associated Press, Aynsley Smith, Bob Nellis, Boys & Girls Club, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Greater Chippewa Valley, Breast Cancer, Bryan Anderson


October 11th, 2013

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights

By Karl W Oestreich

 

 

October 11, 2013

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NY Times
Researchers Press for Broad Ban on Hockey Fights
by Jeff Klein

Researchers at a Mayo Clinic conference on concussions in hockey called Wednesday for a ban on fighting at all levels of the sport, eight days after a Montreal Canadiens enforcer was hospitalized because of a fight on opening night of the N.H.L. season…Dr. Michael Stuart, a director of the Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center and the chief medical officer for USA Hockey, cited the opening-night fight in calling for professional and junior hockey to replace five-minute fighting penalties with automatic ejections and suspensions.

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.

Additional Coverage:
Globe & Mail, U.S. researchers press for ban on hockey fights

USA Hockey, USA Hockey Actively Involved in Safety of Game

KFAN,
Dan Barreiro: Dr. Michael Stuart joins Dan to talk about the physicality of youth hockey

KSTC,
Program Aims to Prevent Serious Hockey Injuries

KTTC
, Mayo Clinic holds second Concussion Summit 

Post-Bulletin,
Summit participants say it's time to get fighting out of hockey

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

"This is an opportunity for experts across the hockey world to come together to make the sport safer for our athletes," says Michael Stuart, M.D., co-director, Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center. "Hockey players at all levels are bigger, stronger and faster. Therefore, we must improve our ability to diagnose, treat and prevent traumatic brain injury."

News Release: Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center to Host Second Concussion Summit

Mayo Clinic News Network: Youth Hockey Players: "Heads Up, Don’t Duck"

Mayo Clinic News Network: Water Sports and Concussions (pkg)

Public Affairs Contact: Bryan Anderson

USA Today
What is postpartum depression?
by Elizabeth Weise

…Q: What is postpartum depression? A: It is a mood disorder that some women get after giving birth. It is characterized by unhappiness, an inability to sleep and eating difficulties, says Roger Harms, an obstetrician with the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. "It is not 'bad character.' You can't pull yourself up by your bootstraps to get over it. It's a real disease that is recognized as a medical condition that requires treatment," he says.

Circulation: USA TODAY has a circulation of 1.8 million and a readership of 3.1 million. USA TODAY websites have 26.3 million unique visitors a month.

Additional Coverage: CNN

Context: Roger Harms, M.D., is a Mayo Clinic obstetrician and gynecologist. The Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota supports women throughout their lifelong journey from childbearing age to menopause and beyond. Mayo Clinic's team-based approach includes you as a partner in care and healing. Doctors, surgeons, certified nurse midwives, nurse practitioners and physician assistants staff the department, and many also participate in research and education.

Public Affairs Contact: Nick Hanson, Kelley Luckstein

US News & World Report
Researchers Find Genes Linked to High Risk of Eating Disorders
by Allie Bidwell

… Leslie Sim, a clinical child psychologist at the Mayo Clinic, says these findings could provide relief to families and parents, who often blame themselves for a child's eating disorder. "We're really starting to see this as a true biological illness, where essentially we're seeing these kids sharing these temperament predispositions that likely places them at risk," says Sim, who serves as the clinical director of the Mayo Clinic's eating disorders program.

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

Context: Obese teenagers who lose weight are at risk of developing eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa, Mayo Clinic researchers imply in a recent Pediatrics article. Eating disorders among these patients are also not being adequately detected because the weight loss is seen as positive by providers and family members. In the article, Mayo Clinic researchers argue that formerly overweight adolescents tend to have more medical complications from eating disorders and it takes longer to diagnose them than kids who are in a normal weight range. This is problematic because early intervention is the key to a good prognosis, says Leslie Sim, Ph.D., an eating disorders expert in the Mayo Clinic Children’s Center and lead author of the study.

News Release: Obese Teenagers Who Lose Weight at Risk for Developing Eating Disorders

Mayo Clinic News Network: Lead author of the study Leslie Sim, Ph.D., L.P., talks about the research

Public Affairs Contact: Nick Hanson

Huffington Post
Rising Demand For Cataract Surgery Raises Cost Questions

The high costs and demand for medical procedures are putting a hefty price tag on independence for people over 50. Case in point: more and more post 50s are heading to their ophthalmologists for cataract surgery and the demand shows no sign of leveling off, a Mayo Clinic study found.

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

Additional Coverage: KAAL, Spire Healthcare, Post-Bulletin,  HealthCanal

Context: As baby boomers enter their retirement years, health care costs for complex and debilitating conditions such as Alzheimer's disease are expected to soar. Not drawing as much attention is the likelihood of similarly rising expenses for common age-related medical procedures. A Mayo Clinic study looked at one of those — cataract surgery — and found that more people are getting the vision-improving procedure, seeking it at younger ages and having both eyes repaired within a few months, rather than only treating one eye. The demand shows no sign of leveling off, raising the need to manage costs and ensure access to appropriate cataract treatment, the researchers say.

"Cataract surgery rates are rising in all age groups between 50 and 90, but the greatest increase is in the 70- and 80-year-olds. And part of that is that our older population, or the aging baby boomers, are working longer, they want to be more active, they have more demands on their vision," says senior author Jay Erie, M.D., a Mayo Clinic ophthalmologist. "That's why they're looking for surgery sooner — so that they can remain independent, remain active, continue to work."

News Release: Cataract Surgeries on the Rise as Boomers Age, Raising Access, Cost Issues

Mayo Clinic News Network: Cataract Surgeries on the Rise as Boomers Age

Public Affairs Contact: Sharon Theimer

Star Tribune
Tevlin: Nurse brings mission to make sure no one dies alone to Mayo

Sandra Clarke was working the night shift as a nurse in a West Coast hospital, checking in on a half-dozen patients as she made her initial rounds… The dying man asked if the busy nurse could stay with him for a little while. “I told him, ‘As soon as I was done checking on the other patients, I’ll come back to see you,’ ” Clarke recalls…Clarke returned to the room, only to find the man dead…“His arms were stretched out, as though he were reaching out for someone,” said Clarke. Clarke came up with the idea of a volunteer organization, No One Dies Alone (NODA), in which patients in their last days are assured bedside company as they die. Tuesday, Clarke met with the approximately 150 volunteers at Mayo Clinic/Methodist Hospital in Rochester to share stories of how the idea has comforted the dying while enriching the lives of those who witness death.

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

Additional Coverage: KAAL

Context: Sandra Clarke, the creator of the program, No One Dies Alone, was at Mayo Clinic this week to check up on Mayo's program, which was created two years ago. Since the inception of the program at Mayo Clinic, Mayo has guided more than 50 people at the end of their lives.

Public Affairs Contact: Nick Hanson

WCCO
With 2/3 Of CDC Furloughed, There’s No One To Study The Flu
by Angela Davis

…On Thursday, the Mayo Clinic issued a statement explaining why doctors there are so concerned about the closure of the CDC, and what it means for this flu season…Dr. Gregory Poland is an infectious diseases expert at the Mayo Clinic, and he’s worried.

Reach: WCCO 4 News, a CBS afailiate, is the most-watched newscast in the Twin Cities

Context: Flu season is under way, but how many Americans have been hit so far, how badly, and which influenza bugs are to blame is unclear. That information is important to prevent and manage outbreaks, and it is crucial for creation of the next batch of influenza vaccines. But this flu season, the nation is flying (and coughing, and sneezing, and maybe worse) blind. That's because the agency that normally keeps the country on top of influenza outbreaks — the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — is largely out of commission due to the federal government shutdown. Mayo Clinic infectious diseases expert Gregory Poland, M.D., explains what the CDC normally does and what federal furloughs mean to efforts to protect people from contagious illnesses.

Additional Coverage:
KAAL, HealthCanal, MedPage Today, KCRG Iowa, WJXT Fla., Post-Bulletin, AARP Blog

News Release: CDC Shutdown: Mayo Clinic Expert Explains What it Means for This Flu Season — and the Next

Mayo Clinic News Network:  Mayo Expert Explains What It Means This Flu Season and the Next

Public Affairs Contact: Sharon Theimer

NBC News
The phenomenon of sleep texting

…You've heard of sleep walking, but what about sleep texting. Seriously, it's a real thing… Dr. Lois Krahn, a sleep specialist at the Mayo Clinic, has seen a number sleep texting cases."People have for years done things in their sleep whether it be sleep talking which is very common, sleep walking, sleep eating, but if a device is in arms reach and a person has a tendency to have any of those unusual sleep behaviors they could sleep text or sleep email," says Krahn.

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

Additional Coverage: NECN, WCYB Va., WECT N.C., WTWO Ind., KWWL Iowa, KXAN Texas, WAND Ill., KWQC Ill., KSL Utah, KSHB Kansas City

Previous Coverage in July 3, 2013 Weekly Highlights

Previous Coverage in June 7, 2013 Weekly News Highlights

Context: Smartphones and tablets can make for sleep-disrupting bedfellows. One cause is believed to be the bright light-emitting diodes that allow the use of mobile devices in dimly lit rooms; the light exposure can interfere with melatonin, a hormone that helps control the natural sleep-wake cycle. But there may be a way to check your mobile device in bed and still get a good night’s sleep. A Mayo Clinic study suggests that dimming the smartphone or tablet brightness settings and holding the device at least 14 inches from your face while using it will reduce its potential to interfere with melatonin and impede sleep. “In the old days people would go to bed and read a book. Well, much more commonly people go to bed and they have their tablet on which they read a book or they read a newspaper or they’re looking at material. The problem is it’s a lit device, and how problematic is the light source from the mobile device?” says co-author Lois Krahn, M.D., a psychiatrist and sleep expert at Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Public Affairs Contact: Jim McVeigh

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Tags: AARP Blog, alzheimer's disease, anorexia nervosa, baby boomers, Bryan Anderson, bulimia nervosa, cataract surgery, CDC, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, childhood obesity, concussions, Dan Barreiro


September 26th, 2013

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights

By Karl W Oestreich

 

 

September 27, 2013

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

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Karl Oestreich, manager enterprise media relations

CNBC SquawkBox
Mayo Clinic breaks down Obamacare

"We are not going to be doing any cutting, in fact we're hiring strategically," said John Noseworthy, Mayo Clinic president and CEO, discussing how the Affordable Care Act has impacted his business, as the clinic continues to look for ways to cut costs and increase quality care.

Reach: Squawk Box is the "pre-market" morning news and talk program on CNBC. CNBC provides real-time financial market coverage and business information to approximately 390 million homes worldwide, including more than 100 million households in the United States and Canada. CNBC also provides daily business updates to 400 million households across China.

Context: John Noseworthy, M.D., Mayo Clinic President and CEO, appeared on Squawk Box Sept. 25.

Public Affairs Contacts: Chris Gade, Karl Oestreich

Morning Joe
Doctors’ Orders: Launch of Obamacare

Dr. John Noseworthy from the Mayo Clinic joins us.

 

Morning Joe (Green Room Interview)
Mayo Clinic CEO breaks down Obamacare
by Michele Richinick

As medical providers deal with complexities resulting from a weakened economy, rising health care and insurance costs, and the upcoming implementation of the Affordable Health Care Act, services must be trustworthy and cost-effective…“We don’t think the law has gone nearly far enough to recognize the complexity of care or the continuum of the quality of outcomes, but we’ll see where it goes,” Dr. John Noseworthy, president and CEO of the Mayo Clinic, said Tuesday.

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

Context: John Noseworthy, M.D., Mayo Clinic President and CEO, appeared on Morning Joe Sept. 24. He also conducted the "Green Room" interview while visiting the Morning Joe studios.

Public Affairs Contacts: Traci Klein, Chris Gade

Wall Street Journal
Why Is It Hard for Some People to Swallow Pills?
by Heidi Mitchell

For some healthy adults, getting sick enough to require medication is only half of the problem. The other is getting that pill to go down. Stephen Cassivi, a thoracic surgeon at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., who specializes in esophageal disorders, offers one explanation for why some people find it difficult to swallow pills.

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

Context: Stephen Cassivi, M.D., is a Mayo Clinic thoracic surgeon with a joint appointment in the Mayo Clinic Transplant Center.

Public Affairs Contact: Traci Klein

Wall Street Journal
New Vaccines Aim to Help Fall Flu Fight
by Sumathi Reddy

…Although Type A viruses cause the most severe flu symptoms, children are especially vulnerable to Type B strains, said Robert Jacobson, medical director for the Employee and Community Health Immunization Program at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Nasal-spray vaccinations, which are popular for use with children, are expected to contain quadrivalent vaccines, according to the CDC. But supplies of quadrivalent vaccines, approved for use this year by the Food and Drug Administration, are expected to be limited in the injectable form.

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

Context: The next flu shot season will include several new vaccine options for consumers. Fearful of needles? There’s now an influenza vaccination just for you. Allergic to eggs? It won’t stop you from getting a flu shot. The new choices move influenza vaccinations closer to the personalized approach long sought by immunologists, but they may also prove bewildering to patients. Robert Jacobson, M.D., is a pediatrician with Mayo Clinic Children's Center. His research interests include childhood and adolescent vaccines and effectiveness and adverse consequences of vaccine delivery.

News Release: Mayo Clinic Expert Explains New Vaccine Options for Next Influenza Season

Mayo Clinic News Network: Flu Vaccines – Changes & Choices for 2013

Public Affairs Contacts: Bob Nellis, Sharon Theimer

ABC News
Going Pink: 7 Things You Need to Know Now About Breast Cancer
by John Green

… “Significant progress in the treatment of breast cancer has been achieved to date, but much work needs to be done in both research and education to help realize cures.” -Edith A. Perez, M.D., Deputy Director at Large, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center.

Circulation:  ABCNews.com is the official website for ABC News. Its wbesite receives more than 16.9 million unique visitors each month.

Context: Edith Perez, M.D., is deputy director at large, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center. She also serves as director of the Breast Cancer Translational Genomics Program and the Breast Program at Mayo Clinic in Florida.

Public Affairs Contact: Paul Scotti

NBC Latino
How to prevent obesity in our kids
by Dr. Joseph Sirven

Obesity is an epidemic in the Latino population and we need to take action because our kids may be the first generation to live a shorter life than our own.  NBC Latino’s Dr. Joseph Sirven walks you through the startling numbers and gives you ways to combat childhood obesity by increasing children’s physical activity and making better food choices.

Reach: NBC Latino is an English-language wesbite aimed at Hispanics featuring news and general interest information.

Context: Joseph Sirven, M.D., is chair of neurology at Mayo Clinic in Arizona. Dr. Sirven’s research pertains to all facets of the diagnosis and management of seizures and epilepsy.

Public Affairs Contact: Jim McVeigh

HealthDay
Parkinson's Patients at Genetic Risk for Dementia Might Be Identified Sooner
by Robert Preidt

…Mayo Clinic researchers found that Parkinson's patients who do not have this genetic mutation have higher levels of these fats in their blood. They also discovered that Parkinson's patients with high levels of these fats in their blood are more likely to have mental impairment and dementia, according to the study, which was published online Sept. 18 in the journal PLoS One.

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 vistitors each month.

Context: A genetic mutation, known as GBA, that leads to early onset of Parkinson's disease and severe cognitive impairment (in about 4 to 7 percent of all patients with the disease) also alters how specific lipids, ceramides and glucosylceramides are metabolized. Mayo Clinic researchers have found that Parkinson's patients who do not carry the genetic mutation also have higher levels of these lipids in the blood. Further, those who had Parkinson's and high blood levels were also more likely to have cognitive impairment and dementia. The research was recently published online in the journal PLOS ONE.

The discovery could be an important warning for those with Parkinson's disease. Parkinson's is the second most common neurodegenerative disease after Alzheimer's disease. There is no biomarker to tell who is going to develop the disease — and who is going to develop cognitive impairment after developing Parkinson's, says Michelle Mielke, Ph.D., a Mayo Clinic researcher and first author of the study.

News Release: Blood Biomarker Could Mark Severe Cognitive Decline, Quicker Progression Among Parkinson's Patients

Interview with Dr. Mielke on Mayo Clinic News Network: Parkinson's Blood Test May Reveal Disease Progression

Public Affairs Contact: Nick Hanson

ASU Insight
Leader of 'inactivity studies' tackles obesity head on, from every angle

Co-workers wear their walking shoes if they’ve scheduled a meeting with Dr. James Levine, co-director of the Mayo Clinic/Arizona State University Obesity Solutions Initiative.  He’s not known as the leader of the emerging field of “inactivity studies” for nothing.

Reach: ASU Insight is a weekly newspaper for the faculty and staff of Arizona State University. It is published by the university's marketing and strategic communications department. ASU Insight - Online has more than 22,000 unique visitors each month.

Context: James Levine, M.D., Ph.D., is a Mayo Clinic endocrinologist who is often sought out by journalists for his expertise. Basing his techniques of non-exercise activity on years of Mayo Clinic research, he offers cost-effective alternatives to office workers, school children and patients for losing weight and staying fit. Author, inventor, physician and research scientist, Dr. Levine has built on Mayo’s top status as a center of endocrinology expertise and has launched a multi-nation mission to fight obesity through practical, common-sense changes in behavior and personal environment.

Public Affairs Contact: Jim McVeigh

KARE11
Michael J. Fox is taking Parkinson's disease to prime-time with his new show

Parkinson's is going prime-time with NBC's newest show starring Michael J. Fox and Dr. Hassan, a Mayo Clinic Parkinson's expert, joined KARE Saturday to help educate on the disease…"What Michael J. Fox is doing to spread awareness on Parkinson's -- from fundraising to education to playing a TV character with the disease -- is very commendable," says Dr. Hassan. "Parkinson's disease touches the lives of many people. Education is vital."

Reach: KARE, an NBC affiliate in the Twin Cities has won the demographic of viewers 25 to 54 years-old in almost every Nielsen ratings sweeps period since the late 1980s, while placing second overall in households at 5, 6, and 10 p.m. since May 2006, trailing rival CBS affiliate WCCO.

Context: Anhar Hassan, M.D., is a Mayo Clinic neurologist.

Public Affairs Contacts: Nick Hanson, Rebecca Eisenman

Post-Bulletin
1,000 patients and counting get hearing restoration
by Jeff Hansel

Mayo Clinic recently completed cochlear implants to help restore hearing for its 1,000th patient. Mayo otolaryngologist Dr. Colin Driscoll said adults who lose hearing capacity tend to withdraw from social situations and can experience depression, and the implants help them "re-engage in life." "It is transformative," Driscoll said. "In some ways, I have a hard time overstating how big of an impact it has on people and their lives."

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.

Previous Coverage in September 20, 2013 Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights

Context: For more than 30 years, cochlear implants have been making a profound impact in the lives of deaf or severely hard of hearing children and adults by restoring their ability to hear. The program at Mayo Clinic was one of the earliest in the country to offer cochlear implants to patients when they were first approved. This month, Mayo Clinic surgeons performed surgery on their 1,000th cochlear implant patient. The patient, a 44-year-old man from northern Minnesota, lost his hearing more than three months ago due to a medical condition; this week, he was able to hear sounds again.

“I think it might be impossible to overstate the profound impact that these devices have on people,” says Colin Driscoll, M.D., an otolaryngologist at Mayo Clinic. “The first day you turn it on everyone is emotional. It’s a scary time sometimes, but it’s also an exciting time.”

News Release: Mayo Clinic Celebrates 1,000th Patient to Get Cochlear Implant

Public Affairs Contact: Kelley Luckstein

KAAL
Elmo Brings Smiles to Kids at Mayo Clinic
by Katie Eldred

With shots and needles the hospital can be a scary place for kids. Tuesday the children at Saint Marys hospital had a special visitor that changed that. Elmo made a stop to play and dance with kids staying at the hospital… "It's always fun to have special events, but I think to have someone like Elmo who all the children love, was extra fun," said Mayo Clinic’s Christina Wood. Wood is a Mayo Clinic music therapist. She says visits like this one are much more important than one may think.

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: KIMT, KTTC

Context: Pediatric patients at Mayo Clinic Children’s Center received a special treat when Elmo made a visit on Sept. 24.  Elmo brought joy and cheer to the patients by entertaining them and making music. And if that event wasn't enough, on Sept. 25, pediatric patients were surprised when real-life superheroes dropped down from the roof of Saint Marys Hospital and scaled the windows.  

Mayo Clinic Children's Center includes providers from over 40 medical and surgical specialties, all focused on children's health care needs. Each year, Mayo's medical teams provide expert care to children and teens, from common problems to the most complex situations.

Public Affairs Contact: Kelley Luckstein

KAAL
Superheroes Visit Saint Marys Hospital
by Steph Crock

Young patients at Mayo Clinic got a visit from some famous super heroes Wednesday. Batman, Spiderman, and the Hulk climbed down the walls of Saint Marys Hospital in front of a crowd of kids… "…when they dropped down it was priceless to see their smiles and just their reactions and excitement, it was great," said Katie Ausen with Mayo Clinic… "They never get to see a lot of this so it was an honor to do it," said Spiderman.

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: KTTC, KIMT

Context: Pediatric patients at Mayo Clinic Children’s Center received a special treat when Elmo made a visit on Sept. 24. Elmo brought joy and cheer to the patients by entertaining them and making music. And if that event wasn't enough, on Sept. 25, pediatric patients were surprised when real-life superheroes dropped down from the roof of Saint Marys Hospital and scaled the windows.

Mayo Clinic Children's Center includes providers from over 40 medical and surgical specialties, all focused on children's health care needs. Each year, Mayo's medical teams provide expert care to children and teens, from common problems to the most complex situations.

Public Affairs Contact: Kelley Luckstein

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Tags: ABC News, ABCnews.com, Affordable care act, Arizona State University, ASU Insight, Batman, blood biomarker, Bob Nellis, Breast Cancer, CDC, Chris Gade, CNBC


September 13th, 2013

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights

By Karl W Oestreich

 

 

September 13, 2013

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

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AP (Pioneer Press)
More Americans exercise while they work
by Sam Hananel

Glued to your desk at work? Cross that off the list of excuses for not having the time to exercise. A growing number of Americans are standing, walking and even cycling their way through the workday at treadmill desks, standup desks or other moving workstations…It’s been a decade since scientific studies began to show that too much sitting can lead to obesity and increase the risk of developing diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease. Even going to the gym three times a week doesn’t offset the harm of being sedentary for hours at a time, said Dr. James Levine, an endocrinologist at the Mayo Clinic.

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

Context: James Levine, M.D., Ph.D., is a Mayo Clinic endocrinologist who is often sought out by journalists for his expertise. Basing his techniques of non-exercise activity on years of Mayo Clinic research, he offers cost-effective alternatives to office workers, school children and patients for losing weight and staying fit. Author, inventor, physician and research scientist, Dr. Levine has built on Mayo’s top status as a center of endocrinology expertise and has launched a multi-nation mission to fight obesity through practical, common-sense changes in behavior and personal environment.

Public Affairs Contacts: Bob Nellis, Sharon Theimer

TIME
The Personalized Flu Shot
by Alice Park

Dr. Greg Poland is expecting a lot of questions--and confusion--from his patients this flu season. For the first time, U.S. health officials will distribute six influenza vaccines, up from four last year. "Instead of the one-size-fits-all approach, we are moving to vaccines ... for individual patients," says Poland, director of the Mayo Clinic Vaccine Research Group.

Reach: Time magazine covers national and international news and provides analysis and perspective of these events. The weekly magazine has a circulation of 3.2 million readers and its website has 4.6 million unique visitors each month.

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Context: The next flu shot season will include several new vaccine options for consumers, Mayo Clinic vaccine expert Gregory Poland, M.D., says. Fearful of needles? There's now an influenza vaccination just for you. Allergic to eggs? It won't stop you from getting a flu shot. The new choices move influenza vaccinations closer to the personalized approach long sought by immunologists including Dr. Poland, but they may also prove bewildering to patients, he says.

News Release: Mayo Clinic Expert Explains New Vaccine Options for Next Influenza Season

Mayo Clinic News Network: Flu Vaccines - Changes & Choices for 2013

Public Affairs Contacts: Bob Nellis, Sharon Theimer

FOX9
Mayo Clinic hosts 'Transform' event to talk health care innovation
by Lindsey LaBelle

The Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation hosted annual conference called Transform, and FOX 9 medical expert Dr. Archelle Georgiou both attended and spoke about her work. The conference focused on innovative health ideas happening in pockets around the country that have the potential to change healthcare for the greater good, and also, to highlight ideas that can be used so the health care system works better for patients and families.

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

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Mayo Clinic hosts national leaders during 'Transform' healthcare summit

Post-Bulletin
Mayo Clinic conference: Technology will transform health care

KAAL
Middle Schoolers Present at Mayo Clinic's Transform Symposium

Context: The Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation held Transform 2013, its sixth multidisciplinary symposium focused on transforming the way health care is experienced and delivered, Sept. 8–10 in Rochester, Minn. Dozens of speakers from a wide array of backgrounds will look through different lenses to understand a larger picture of health care today. Topics include new models of care delivery, the uncertainty of change in the health care landscape, the intersection of business and health care innovation and how to scale programs to large populations.

News Release: Mayo Clinic to Hold Sixth Symposium on Transforming Health Care Delivery

Public Affairs Contact: Duska Anastasijevic

KAAL
Mayo Clinic's Social Presence Among the Best
by Jenna Lohse
…An international bestselling author has ranked Mayo Clinic amongst the top companies in the nation for using social media. As Mayo Officials tell us, it's hard to be a leading organization without an online presence. "The history at Mayo Clinic has all been about our reputation being made by word of mouth,” said Lee Aase, Director of Mayo Clinic’s Center for Social Media…"We need to step out of our office and we need to find ways to reach families, to give them to messages to help them live healthy lives and this is a very efficient and effective way to do that,” said Brian Lynch, Mayo Clinic General Pediatrician.

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

Context: In 2010, Mayo Clinic announced the creation of a Center for Social Media to accelerate effective application of social media tools throughout Mayo Clinic and to spur broader and deeper engagement in social media by hospitals, medical professionals and patients to improve health globally.  "Mayo Clinic believes individuals have the right and responsibility to advocate for their own health, and that it is our responsibility to help them use social media tools to get the best information, connect with providers and with each other, and inspire healthy choices," explains Mayo Clinic president and CEO John Noseworthy, M.D. "Through this center we intend to lead the health care community in applying these revolutionary tools to spread knowledge and encourage collaboration among providers, improving health care quality everywhere."

Public Affairs Contacts: Kelley Luckstein, Nick Hanson

NBC Latino
What parents should know about children and food allergies

With children heading back to school, parents have to be ready for food allergies. A recent CDC study revealed that food allergies increased in children under 18 years from 1997 to 2011, affecting five percent of children under the age of 5 years old. NBC Latino’s Dr. Joe Sirven, Mayo Clinic Arizona, has some tips that every family should know about children and food allergies.

Reach: NBC Latino is an English-language wesbite aimed at Hispanics featuring news and general interest information.

Context: Joseph Sirven, M.D., is chair of neurology at Mayo Clinic in Arizona. Dr. Sirven’s research pertains to all facets of the diagnosis and management of seizures and epilepsy.

Public Affairs Contact: Jim McVeigh

MPR
Mayo Clinic extends waiting period between blood donations

by Elizabeth Baier

A new Mayo Clinic policy that requires blood donors to wait longer periods between donations could lead to a drop in the clinic's blood supply. In May, the Mayo Clinic extended the waiting period between blood donations from 8 to 12 weeks, aiming to avoid iron loss in frequent donors…To make up for the shortage, the clinic has started a campaign to convince people to donate one more time, said Blood Donor Center Medical Director Manish Gandhi 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.

Additional Coverage: KSTP

Context: As few as 3 percent of Americans eligible to donate blood do, and fear and anxiety are common reasons why many decline to give. U.S. hospitals are always in need of new donors; at Mayo Clinic, that need is heightened by concern about iron deficiency in frequent givers. Mayo recently began requiring people to wait 12 weeks rather than eight between donations, a change that means an estimated 10 percent drop in its blood supply. To inspire more people to give blood, Manish Gandhi, M.D., medical director of the Mayo Clinic Blood Donor Center, addresses six common blood donation phobias.

News Release: Not a Blood Donor? Mayo Clinic Expert Addresses 6 Fears That Stop People from Giving

Mayo Clinic News Network: Manish Gandhi, M.D., medical director of the Mayo Clinic Blood Donor Center, addresses several common blood donation phobias, including fear of needles, fear of the sight of blood and fear of fainting.

Public Affairs Contact: Sharon Theimer

Post-Bulletin
Mayo Clinic moves ahead in heart stem-cell research
by Jeff Hansel

Researchers at Mayo Clinic in Rochester are looking for new ways to repair a heart that doesn't beat properly in the days following a heart attack. Traditionally, a person with an irregular heartbeat — a problem known medically as dyssynchrony — gets treated with a pacemaker to coach the heart back into normal rhythm. But that's ineffective for about a third of patients, said Dr. Andre Terzic, director of the Mayo Clinic Center for Regenerative Medicine.

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.

Additional Coverage: MedCity News

Context: Mayo Clinic researchers have found a way to resynchronize cardiac motion following a heart attack using stem cells. Scientists implanted engineered stem cells, also known as induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells, into damaged regions of mouse hearts following a heart attack. This regenerative approach successfully targeted the origin of abnormal cardiac motion, preventing heart failure. The findings appear in the September issue of the Journal of Physiology. "The discovery introduces — for the first time — stem cell-based 'biological resynchronization' as a novel means to treat cardiac dyssynchrony," says Andre Terzic, M.D., Ph.D., senior author of the study. Dr. Terzic is the Michael S. and Mary Sue Shannon Family Director, Center for Regenerative Medicine, and the Marriott Family Professor of Cardiovascular Diseases Research.

News Release: Mayo Clinic Restores Disrupted Heartbeat with Regenerative Intervention

Mayo Clinic News Network: Mayo Clinic Restores Disrupted Heartbeat with Regenerative Intervention

Public Affairs Contact: Jennifer Schutz

Huffington Post Live
Obese Teens & Eating Disorders

A new report by the Mayo Clinic says overweight and obese children and teens who lose weight are at significant risk for developing eating disorders, but their symptoms are often overlooked. Dr. Leslie Sim joins us to discuss her findings.

Reach: HuffPost Live is an online streaming video network produced by the Huffington Post. It features videos relating to current events, entertainment, politics, technology and other topics of interest. The network streams original content Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. ET. The site receive more than 550,000 unique visitors each month.

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USA Today
Teens who beat obesity at risk for eating disorders

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Context: Obese teenagers who lose weight are at risk of developing eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa, Mayo Clinic researchers imply in a recent Pediatrics article. Eating disorders among these patients are also not being adequately detected because the weight loss is seen as positive by providers and family members. In the article, Mayo Clinic researchers argue that formerly overweight adolescents tend to have more medical complications from eating disorders and it takes longer to diagnose them than kids who are in a normal weight range. This is problematic because early intervention is the key to a good prognosis, says Leslie Sim, Ph.D., an eating disorders expert in the Mayo Clinic Children's Center and lead author of the study.

News Release: Obese Teenagers Who Lose Weight at Risk for Developing Eating Disorders

Mayo Clinic News Network: Lead author of the study Leslie Sim, Ph.D., L.P., talks about the research

Public Affairs Contact: Nick Hanson

Wisconsin Public Radio
Hospitals Try Adding Round-The-Clock Remote Patient Monitoring
by Maureen McCollum

Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse and Eau Claire are the latest hospitals that will introduce technology to monitor critical care patients remotely…Carrie Apuan is the director of patient care in Mayo’s La Crosse critical care unit. She says if a patient has pneumonia, their vital signs can trend downward slowly and may not be noticed immediately by staff in La Crosse.

Reach: Wisconsin Public Radio serves approximately 300,000 listeners each week throughout Wisconsin and adjoining states on two networks. 

Additional Coverage:

KEYC Mankato
Enhanced Care in Intensive Care Unit 

KSTP
Critically Ill Patients Benefit from New Mayo Clinic Program
 
Austin Herald,  Clinical Innovation + Technology, FierceHealthIT

Context: Critically ill patients are benefiting from a new program designed to improve care and shorten hospital stays. Mayo Clinic's Enhanced Critical Care program offers 24/7 remote monitoring of the sickest patients at six Mayo Clinic Health System hospitals. "It's like having an extra set of eyes on every patient," says Dany Abou Abdallah, M.D., a pulmonologist and director of the critical care unit in Eau Claire. "With this program, operations center nurses and physicians continuously review patients' vital signs and other data. The minute they notice a potential problem, they can alert the local care team."

News Release: Critically Ill Patients at Mayo Clinic Health System Receive Additional Level of Care

Public Affairs Contacts: Traci Klein, Paul Meznarich

Arizona Republic
The Power Of Bioscience Research
by Greg Stanton, Michael Crow and Wyatt Decker

When state leaders launched an ambitious plan to invest in the biosciences a decade ago, they did so for a simple reason: to break free from our economic handcuffs to only a few industries…Our state couldn’t ask for a better anchor: Mayo Clinic’s 200-acre campus in the north Valley. In less than two years, Mayo will open a massive 380,000-square foot, $130 million cancer center, as well as a $180 million proton-beam therapy center — one of only a few in the West. The cancer center will create more than 800 permanent jobs over the next decade, 1,000 construction jobs, and make Mayo’s unique model of patient-centered medical care even more accessible to those who live here. 

Circulation: The Arizona Republic reaches 1.1 million readers every Sunday. The newspaper’s website Arizona Central, averages 83 million pages views each month.

Context: Greg Stanton is mayor of Phoenix. Michael Crow is president of Arizona State University. Wyatt Decker is vice president and chief executive officer of Mayo Clinic in Arizona.

Mayo Clinic in Arizona celebrated 25 years in the southwest in 2012. Mayo Clinic in Arizona now spans two campuses, comprising more than 400 acres of land, and has added two research buildings on the Scottsdale campus, while the Phoenix campus includes a 244-bed hospital, specialty clinic, housing for transplant and cancer patients and leased space for a child care center as well as hospice and a hotel. Offsite family medicine practices were also added in Scottsdale and Glendale, Ariz.

News Release: Mayo Clinic Celebrates 25 Years in Arizona

Public Affairs Contact: Jim McVeigh

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July 26th, 2013

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July 26, 2013

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Wall Street Journal
Advances That Regrow Babies' Hearts
by Ron Winslow

Pediatric surgeons are developing a new strategy to tackle one of cardiology's most challenging congenital defects: babies born with only one heart ventricle. The doctors are enlisting the body's own regenerative powers in an effort to grow the missing ventricle or strengthen the remaining one…In the Mayo Clinic study, the focus isn't on salvaging the left ventricle, but on helping the right one serve as the main pumping chamber. Umbilical-cord blood cells are harvested at birth and processed to separate out stem cells, which are then frozen…The theory is that this "would stimulate more heart cells to grow or regenerate and make the existing cells stronger," says Harold Burkhart, a pediatric heart surgeon at the clinic. "The hope is it would delay the need for a transplant or the onset of a decrease in function of the single ventricle."

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

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Wall Street Journal
New Treatments Give Hope to Babies With Heart Defects

Pediatric surgeons at two of the country's top hospitals are developing new treatments that could dramatically improve the survival rates of babies born with congenital heart defects. WSJ's Ron Winslow and Mayo Clinic physician Tim Nelson explain on Lunch Break.

Context: Mayo Clinic announced the first U.S. stem cell clinical trial in June 2013 for pediatric congenital heart disease. The trial aims to determine how stem cells from autologous umbilical cord blood can help children with hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS), a rare defect in which the left side of the heart is critically underdeveloped. The trial will test the safety and feasibility of delivering a personalized cell-based therapy into the heart of 10 infants affected by HLHS.  Harold Burkhart, M.D. is a pediatric cardiovascular surgeon with the Mayo Clinic Children's Center. Timothy Nelson, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Todd and Karen Wanek Family Program for HLHS in Mayo Clinic's Center for Regenerative Medicine.

News Release: Mayo Clinic First in U.S. to Test Stem Cells for Cardiac Regeneration in Pediatric Congenital Heart Patients

Public Affairs Contact: Traci Klein

Minneapolis/ St. Paul Business Journal
Mayo Clinic adds health system in N.D.'s Bakken region to care network
by Katharine Grayson

The Mayo Clinic will add North Dakota-based Trinity Health to its Mayo Clinic Care Network, the health system announced Wednesday. Trinity operates hospitals in Minot, N.D., as well as skilled-nursing and long-term care facilities. It has more than 2,700 employers and about $617 million in annual revenue.

Circulation: The Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal is published by American City Business Journals which owns more than 40 other local business newspapers.

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Context: In a move designed to strengthen the delivery and quality of health care in northwest North Dakota, Mayo Clinic welcomed Trinity Health as the newest member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network July 24, 2013. As a member of the network, Trinity Health's physicians and other providers will have direct access to Mayo Clinic experts and clinical resources.

News Release: Trinity Health Joins Mayo Clinic Care Network

Mayo Clinic Care Network Members

Public Affairs Contact: Bryan Anderson

Pioneer Press, (AP)
Big names populate Mayo expansion board
by Brian Bakst

Gov. Mark Dayton and the Mayo Clinic turned Tuesday to heavy hitters in business and politics to run a new governing authority that will oversee the medical facility's ambitious Destination Medical Center expansion in Rochester, which is billed as the state's largest-ever economic development project. Dayton made four picks to the eight-member board: his chief of staff Tina Smith, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, former Wells Fargo and Co. executive James Campbell and Rani Engineering president Susan Rani. Meanwhile, Mayo has designated ex-Medtronic chief executive Bill George as its representative on the panel.

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

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Star Tribune
Dayton to name 4 picks to new board overseeing Mayo's Destination Medical Center project

Star Tribune
Gov. appointment offers glimpse into Rybak's future

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Context: Mayo Clinic announced July 23, 2013 that Bill George, a member of the Mayo Clinic Board of Trustees and former Chairman and CEO of Medtronic, has accepted the appointment to be Mayo Clinic's representative on the Destination Medical Center Corporation (DMCC) Board. Gov. Mark Dayton also named four appoiuntments to the board.

News Release: Bill George Named Mayo Clinic Representative to Destination Medical Center Corporation Board

News Release: Governor Dayton Makes Appointments to Destination Medical Center Board

Destination Medical Center Website

Public Affairs Contact: Karl Oestreich

MedPage Today
Docs Point to Others to Cut Health Costs
by David Pittman

Physicians feel that other major players in healthcare -- lawyers, insurance companies, hospitals, drug companies, and patients -- bear greater responsibility for reducing healthcare costs than doctors do, a survey found. Furthermore, doctors are hesitant to back substantial financing reforms such as eliminating fee-for-service, but they support reducing unnecessary treatments, Jon Tilburt, MD, MPH, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and colleagues found.

Reach: MedPageToday.com is a news service for physicians that provides a clinical perspective on the breaking medical news that their patients are reading. MedPage Today has more than 419,000 unique visitors and 1.2 million page views each month.

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Context: A new study of attitudes about health care costs reveals that an overwhelming majority of U.S. physicians feel a responsibility to address costs, but prioritize their obligations to patients' best interests over cost concerns. Results of the random survey of 2,500 U.S. physicians are published in this week's Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). "Physicians feel stuck in a difficult position," says lead author Jon Tilburt, M.D., Mayo Clinic's Biomedical Ethics Program and Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery. "Despite their sense of responsibility to address health care costs, physicians consistently express a commitment to the best interests of patients even when it is expensive. Given this finding, we recommend that cost-containment strategies aimed at physician behavior should focus on innovations that not only promote savings but also preserve physicians' commitment to individual patients."

News Release: Mayo Clinic-led Study Finds that US Physicians Put Patients' Best Interests Above Concerns About Health Care Costs

Public Affairs Contact: Shelly Plutowski

MPR
The Daily Circuit: Government ponders move to stub out menthol cigarettes

"Menthol makes a deadly product more palatable" and should be banned from cigarettes, says a Mayo Clinic doctor who works on nicotine addiction.  Dr. Richard Hurt told The Daily Circuit on Tuesday that the addition of chemicals like menthol to cigarettes "makes it easier to start and harder to stop."  Hurt's comments followed the release of federal Food and Drug Administration survey that found menthol cigarettes are a bigger threat to public health than other cigarettes. The finding was contained in a review released this morning.

Reach: Minnesota Public Radio operates 43 stations and serves virtually all of Minnesota and parts of the surrounding states. MPR has more than 100,000 members and more than 900,000 listeners each week, which is the largest audience of any regional public radio network.

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MedPage Today, FDA Eyes Menthol in Cigarettes

Context: Dr. Richard Hurt is director of Mayo Clinic’s Nicotine Dependence Center and a leading expert on tobacco-related issues. As a former smoker, he once smoked three packs a day. Dr. Hurt had his last cigarette on Nov. 22, 1975.

Public Affairs Contact: Kelley Luckstein

Phoenix Business Journal
Arizona bioscience leaders stress need for more collaboration, industry awareness
by Erin Roman

Arizona’s bioscience leaders said Wednesday there is a lack of understanding about their industry, but huge growth potential and value to investors in the Phoenix area…The panel consisted of Sayare, A. Keith Stewart, the dean for research at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona; Jack Jewett, president of the Flinn Foundation; and Joan Koerber-Walker, president and CEO of the Arizona BioIndustry Association.

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

Context: Keith Stewart, M.B., Ch.B. is dean for research and conducts translational research in multiple myeloma at Mayo Clinic in Arizona.

Public Affairs Contact: Julie Janovsky-Mason

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