September 5th, 2012
A minimally invasive procedure known as endovascular repair used for abdominal aortic aneurysms has a low rate of complications, even in high-risk patients such as those with kidney, heart or lung problems, a Mayo Clinic study shows… "During the last decade or so we have performed over 1,000 endovascular repairs of abdominal aortic aneurysms that included patients with no symptoms at all and patients who presented with a life-threatening rupture. We found that endovascular repair results in a low mortality and a low rate of complications, and that was very rewarding," says lead author Peter Gloviczki, M.D., a Mayo Clinic vascular and endovascular surgeon.
April 1st, 2012
The treatment sounds modern and high-tech: Zap away those unsightly veins on the back of your legs with quick and painless laser therapy. But vein experts warn that some doctors in South Florida are performing the high-profit "laser ablation" procedure too often, on patients who don't need it, solely to make money…Overuse of the procedure is a problem across the country, but is more extensive in Florida, said Dr. Peter Gloviczki, a vein surgeon at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and incoming president of the national Society for Vascular Surgery.
Sun-Sentinel by Bob LaMendola 4/1/12
March 23rd, 2012
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NY Times Justices Back Mayo Clinic Argument on Patents
by Adam Liptak
The Supreme Court unanimously ruled on Tuesday that medical tests that rely on correlations between drug dosages and treatment are not eligible for patent protection. Writing for the court, Justice Stephen G. Breyer said natural laws may not be patented standing alone or in connection with processes that involve “well-understood, routine, conventional activity.”
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Context: Mayo Clinic Public Affairs made proactive outreach to media outlets nationwide after the U.S. Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision in favor of Mayo Collaborative Services in a case against Prometheus Laboratories, Inc. A copy of Mayo Clinic’s statement from John Noseworthy, M.D., president & CEO, Mayo Clinic is here. Additional coverage: Wall Street Journal, Star Tribune, Chicago Tribune, Reuters, Bloomberg, Minneapolis/ St. Paul Business Journal, MedCity News, PharmaLive, Post-Bulletin, MPR, BringMeTheNews, Pioneer Press, MinnPost, U-T San Diego, WHTC, BIO IT World, California Healthline. Link to even more coverage.
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MPR, Minnesota Sounds and Voices: Jane Belau's piano soothes Mayo patients
by Dan Olson
Music can be therapeutic. So maybe it's no wonder that there is live music in the lobby of the Mayo Clinic's Gonda building every day. And whenever volunteer pianist Jane Belau is there, some patients and staff even perform with her…Belau, of Rochester, performs for and sometimes with an amazing variety of people. Nearly everyone with any appointment at the Mayo Clinic passes through the lobby concert hall, among them farmers, sheiks and U.S. senators. Another story: MPR
Reach: Minnesota Public Radio operates 43 stations and serves virtually all of Minnesota and parts of the surrounding states. MPR has more than 100,000 members and more than 900,000 listeners each week, which is the largest audience of any regional public radio network.
Context: The music in the Landow Atrium of the Gonda Building is one of the things that makes Mayo Clinic such a special place. Jane Belau performs regularly for patients.
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Twin Cities Public Television, Transplant: A Gift for Life
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Two days before her college graduation, Amy received a frantic phone call from her father’s fiancé: Amy’s dad Charles was found unconscious in his home, and was being rushed to the hospital. Charles was diagnosed with a variceal bleed, and Amy felt overwhelmed by the fact that her strong, healthy father now required not only round-the-clock care, but a liver transplant. Charles’ Mayo Clinic care team put him on a transplant list, but his placement was low.
Reach: Based in St. Paul, Minnesota, tpt is one of the highest rated PBS affiliates in the nation, reaching over 1.3 million people each month through multiple broadcast and online channels.
Context: “Transplant: A Gift for Life” premiered on Twin Cities Public Television on March 20th. The documentary features organ recipients both young and old, and donors consisting of friends, family and complete strangers. Transplant surgeons and specialists from both the University of Minnesota Medical Center—Fairview and Mayo Clinic appear in the film, along with Susan Gunderson, the executive director of LifeSource, a non-profit organization dedicated to saving lives through organ and tissue donation in the Upper Midwest.
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Fox News, Vaccine for skin cancer on the horizon?
By Alex Crees
Scientists have created a vaccine that has successfully eradicated skin cancer in some mice, the Mayo Clinic reported Monday. Results from early studies have shown that 60 percent of mice with melanoma were cured in fewer than three months with minimal side effects, thanks to the treatment. Additional coverage: KTTC, Examiner, News-Medical, Emax Health, e! Science News, Health Canal
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Context: Mayo Clinic researchers have trained mouse immune systems to eradicate skin cancer from within, using a genetic combination of human DNA from melanoma cells and a cousin of the rabies virus. The strategy, called cancer immunotherapy, uses a genetically engineered version of the vesicular stomatitis virus to deliver a broad spectrum of genes derived from melanoma cancer cells directly into tumors. In early studies, 60 percent of tumor-burdened mice were cured in fewer than three months and with minimal side effects. Results of the latest study appear this in the journal Nature Biotechnology. The news release is here.
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NPR, Mount Everest Still Holds Mysteries For Scientists
On his upcoming trip to Mount Everest, mountaineer Conrad Anker will team up with geologist Dave Lageson to remeasure the peak's exact altitude — stat scientists still dispute. Physiologist Bryan Taylor will also be in Nepal to monitor how Anker's blood, brain and muscles respond to the thin Himalayan air.
Context: Mayo Clinic researchers are joining an expedition to Everest with National Geographic, The North Face and Montana State University. The Mayo group will monitor up to nine climbers from base camp for the duration of the climb, which will run from mid-April to mid-May. Bryan Taylor, Ph.D., one of the Mayo Clinic investigators who will be on expedition, appeared on NPR’s Science Friday recently. For more details about the expedition, refer to the news release.
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HealthDay, Varicose Veins Keep Some in Long Pants All Year
by Robert Preidt
Varicose veins are a cosmetic issue for most people, but they can be a sign of a serious medical problem for others, an expert says. “Twenty to 25 percent of Americans have varicose veins, and about 6 percent have more advanced venous disease including skin changes or, occasionally, ulcerations,” Dr. Peter Gloviczki, a vascular surgeon at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., said in a clinic news release.
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March 1st, 2012
Becky Dennis delivered one of her best presentations while on a 2008 business trip to India. But within two hours of giving her talk, she couldn't put together a sentence or move her legs…Ultimately, Dennis found her way to a vascular neurologist who diagnosed her with encephalitis. "I felt vindicated, validated," she said…But some insect-borne varieties, such as Eastern equine encephalitis, cause death or disabling effects in between 70 to 90 percent of cases, said Dr. H. Gordon Deen, a neurosurgery professor at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., who reviewed the report's findings for Inspire and Encephalitis Global.
ABC World News, 02/29/2012
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February 13th, 2012
Noah Milum’s ordeal started with nosebleeds. Now 15, Noah was a seventh grader at Switzerland Point Middle School in northern St. Johns County when the nosebleeds began. For well over a year, he suffered from frequent nosebleeds… Neurovascular surgeon Ricardo Hanel from the Mayo Clinic would block the blood vessels feeding the tumor, reducing Noah’s blood loss during surgery. Plastic and craniofacial surgeon Brett Snyder of Nemours Children’s Clinic had experience cutting facial bone and doing cosmetic surgery. Philipp Aldana, a pediatric neurosurgeon with the University of Florida-Jacksonville, agreed to be available in case the tumor had encroached on Noah’s brain, which it turned out hadn’t happened.
Florida Times-Union, 02/10/2012
Tags: Brett Snyder, frequent nosebleeds, Nemours Children's Clinic, neurovasular surgeon, Noah Milum, pediatric neurosurgeon, Philipp Aldana, plastic and craniofacial surgeon, Ricardo Hanel, St. Johns County, Switzerland Point Middle School, University of Florida-Jacksonville
February 1st, 2012
Wanting to check her cholesterol, Kathleen Rindahl scheduled a cardiovascular screening recently at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire. The medical facility typically offers the free screenings, which will help determine your risk for a heart attack and vascular disease, twice a month…Unfortunately, not everyone pays attention to their "numbers," said Dr. Vishnu Patlolla, a cardiologist with Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, noting heart disease is the most common cause of premature death and disability.
Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, by Christena O’Brien, 01/31/2012
January 27th, 2012
An estimated 50,000 people have immigrated from war-ravaged Somalia to Minnesota since civil war broke out in the east African country in 1991, and mental health providers at Mayo Clinic in Rochester recognize a need for more culturally appropriate, inclusive care…Mayo health providers are working on culturally sensitive ways of talking with patients about traumas faced by Somali-Americans who were under fire during the civil war, lived in refugee camps, faced rape or grieved the loss of friends or relatives. "Sometimes an individual (or) the entire family has experienced this," said Misbil Hagi-Salaad, a Mayo thoracic and vascular ICU nurse.
Post-Bulletin, by Jeff Hansel, 01/26/2012
January 20th, 2012
Pulmonary artery systolic pressure is not only a strong predictor of death in heart failure patients, but also provides prognostic information independent of known predictors of outcomes, according the results of a community-based study…Compared with the lowest tertile, patients with pulmonary artery systolic pressure in the highest tertile were more than twice as likely to die from all-cause death and cardiovascular disease at one year, noted Veronique L. Roger, MD, MPH, from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and colleagues.
MedPage Today, by Kurt Ullman, 1/10/2012
October 18th, 2011
The American College of Cardiology Foundation, American Heart Association and other collaborating societies have released an updated guideline for the diagnosis and management of patients with peripheral artery disease…“Age alone appears to define a patient population at such a high risk of PAD that we can justify using a cost-effective and risk-free test like the ABI,” Thom Rooke, MD, Krehbiel professor of vascular medicine, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., said in the press release.
Cardiology Today, 10/18/11