April 22nd, 2013

Individual genes alter effectiveness of smallpox vaccine

By loganlafferty

Individual genes alter the response -- effectiveness -- of the smallpox vaccine, not the quality of the vaccination, U.S. researchers say. Senior author Dr. Gregory Poland, director of the Mayo Clinic Vaccine Research Group, said worldwide vaccination is believed to have eradicated smallpox, but the highly contagious and sometimes fatal illness remains a bioterrorism concern.

 

UPI

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Tags: bioterrorism, Dr. Gregory Poland, individual genes, Mayo Clinic Vaccine Research Group, Smallpox, UPI, vaccine, worldwide vaccination


April 22nd, 2013

Mobility shoes can help reduce knee pain

By loganlafferty

People who suffer from osteoarthritis of the knee can reduce significantly the strain on their knees if they wear mobility shoes, according to a study published April 10 in Arthritis and Rheumatism, a journal of the American College of Rheumatology….The chief cause of knee osteoarthritis is wear and tear. Those who have had knee injuries are most likely to develop it, although risk of developing it may be inherited. Researchers at the Mayo Clinic are studying whether sex differences at the cellular and molecular levels explain why women are more susceptible than men.

 

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette by Jack Kelly

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Tags: American College of Rheumatology, Arthritis and Rheumatism, knee arthritis, mobility shoes, osteoarthritis, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


April 22nd, 2013

Rochester officials want local DMC match scaled back

By loganlafferty

Rochester officials are urging lawmakers to scale back the $128 million local match for Mayo Clinic's Destination Medical Center initiative. A House plan unveiled earlier this week more than doubled the amount of money the city of Rochester and Olmsted County will need to chip in toward Mayo's expansion plan. Rochester City Council interim President Randy Staver said the city had initially planned to contribute $60 million and was prepared to go up to $88 million, but the new $128 million price tag "is a real stretch."…At this point, Mayo Clinic spokesman Karl Oestreich said the clinic is pleased to see the proposal continuing to advance. "We're still happy with the progress of the bills," he said. "We're happy with the progress, it's consistent with our original principles and goals."

Additional DMC coverage: Post-Bulletin, Post-Bulletin (Opinion), Post-Bulletin (Opinion), Albert Lea Tribune

 

Post-Bulletin by Heather Carlson

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Tags: destination medical center, DMC, funding, government proposal, karl oestreich, Minnesota Legislature, Post Bulletin, Randy Staver, Rochester City Council


April 22nd, 2013

Mayo makes another push into Illinois

By loganlafferty

The Mayo Clinic, one of the most recognized names in health care, is continuing its push into Illinois with a new affiliation with OSF HealthCare, the fourth-largest health care provider in the state. The partnership, announced Friday, comes about six months after Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo announced a similar arrangement with NorthShore University HealthSystem, which operates four hospitals in Chicago's northern suburbs.

Additional coverage: The Times, WIFR Rockford, Rockford Register Star, Bloomington Pantagraph, Central Illinois Proud, Upper Michigan’s Source, WGIL Galesburg, Post-Bulletin, Daily Review Atlas Monmouth, Pontiac Daily Leader, Top News, CI News Now, Galesburg Register-Mail, Pontiac Daily Leader, Peoria Journal Star, WREX Rockford

 

Chicago Tribune by Peter Frost

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Tags: Chicago Tribune, Health Care, NorthShore University Health System, OSF Healthcare


April 19th, 2013

Mayo Clinic Poll Shows Half Of Americans Would Consider Donating A Kidney To A Stranger

By loganlafferty

Good news for anyone needing a transplant; a new Mayo Clinic survey shows that the public’s support for both living and deceased organ donation is increasing…“This is really encouraging news,” says Mikel Prieto, M.D., surgical director of the kidney and pancreas transplantation programs at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. “As living organ donation becomes more widely known and accepted, and as the safety and surgical proficiency continue to improve, we hope that more people will come forward and offer to help loved ones who need kidney and liver transplants. It’s also very heartening to hear that the willingness to consider donating a kidney to a stranger has increased so significantly.”

 

RedOrbit

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Tags: Dr. Mikel Prieto, kidney donation, liver transplant, living organ, organ donation, RedOrbit


April 19th, 2013

FDA panel split over safety of Endo’s long-acting testosterone injection

By loganlafferty

Federal health experts issued a split opinion Thursday on whether a long-acting testosterone injection from Endo Health Solutions is safe…Panelists who voted against the drug said the risks were not outweighed by the benefits of its long-lasting formulation. "I felt the safety was not quite there yet — admitting that we need a long-term preparation," said Dr. Bart Clarke, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

 

Star Tribune (AP) by Matthew Perrone

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Tags: Dr. Bart Clarke, Endo Health Solutions, Star Tribune, testosterone, testosterone injection


April 19th, 2013

Judge ends parents’ rights in starved boy case

By loganlafferty

A judge has terminated the parental rights of a Minnesota couple accused of starving their 8-year-old adopted son, calling him the victim of preventable circumstances…Westphal wrote he was sad that his order once again "leaves him without adults that he can call mom and dad." The boy has been with foster parents since getting out of the Mayo Clinic last November, the judge wrote, and they've indicated a willingness to adopt him. His eating habits seem normal, his growth is catching up and he's attending second grade, he said.

 

MPR by Steve Karnowski

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Tags: foster parents, legal, MPR, parental rights, starving


April 19th, 2013

Rochester sizes up its bigger bill for Mayo

By loganlafferty

If the Mayo Clinic's big-ticket funding package passes the Legislature, its neighbors will pay more for it than they originally bargained for. Minnesota Public Radio reports that state lawmakers, who have balked at the size of Mayo's request from taxpayers — $500 million, or possibly twice that when interest is included — have responded by saying Rochester needs to double its share of local taxes that it will contribute to the project to $128 million.

 

Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal by Mark Reilly

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Tags: funding, Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal, Minnesota Legislature, Minnesota Public Radio, state tax


April 19th, 2013

Carnitine: A Highly Promising Biomarker and Proven Treatment for Cardiac Disease and a Case against It as a Cause of Atherosclerosis

By loganlafferty

L-carnitine is a natural substance found in high concentrations in the heart…On April 13 of this year- last week- the findings of a multicenter clinical study were published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings reporting that L-carnitine, when administered after a heart attack, significantly reduces death from all causes as well as causing a significant reduction of ventricular arrthymias and angina attacks when compared to placebo or a control group.

 

Wall Street Journal (PR Newswire)

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Tags: angina, cardiac disease, heart attack, L-carnitine, Mayo Clinic Proceedings, Wall Street Journal


April 19th, 2013

Noninvasive Cancer Test Is Effective, Study Finds

By loganlafferty

A new noninvasive screening test can detect most cases of colorectal cancer and also many precancerous polyps, potentially helping to sharply reduce the death toll from the disease, according to results of a study released on Thursday…But detecting that DNA in the stool is extremely difficult. Virtually all the DNA in the stool comes from bacteria, said Dr. David A. Ahlquist, a professor at the Mayo Clinic who helped develop the Cologuard test. Only 0.01 percent is the person’s own DNA, and of that, only a tiny fraction would be from cancerous cells, he said.

 

New York Times by Andrew Pollack

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Tags: Cologuard test, Colorectal Cancer, death toll, DNA, Dr. David A. Ahlquist, New York Times, polyps


April 19th, 2013

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights

By Karl W Oestreich

 

 

April 19, 2013

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Chicago Tribune
Mayo makes another push into Illinois
By Peter Frost

The Mayo Clinic, one of the most recognized names in health care, is continuing its push into Illinois with a new affiliation with OSF HealthCare, the fourth-largest health care provider in the state.  The partnership, announced Friday, comes about six months after Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo announced a similar arrangement with NorthShore Univeristy HealthSystem, which operates four hospitals in Chicago's northern suburbs.

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

Context: Mayo Clinic today announced that OSF HealthCare passed Mayo's rigorous review process to become the newest member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network. OSF, the fourth-largest health care provider in Illinois, is an integrated health system owned and operated by The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis. OSF provides state-of-the-art, compassionate care to more than 3.7 million people in the communities it serves throughout Illinois and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The Mayo Clinic Care Network represents non-ownership relationships. The primary goal of the Mayo Clinic Care Network is to help people gain the benefits of Mayo Clinic knowledge and expertise close to home, ensuring that patients need to travel for care only when necessary. The Care Network launched in 2011, and now has member organizations based in Arizona, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota and Puerto Rico. 

News Release: llinois-based OSF HealthCare Joins Mayo Clinic Care Network

Public Affairs Contact: Bryan Anderson

MPR
Rochester town hall focuses on Mayo Clinic expansion plan
by Elizabeth Baier

The hour-long forum focused on what Rochester needs to do to retain Mayo Clinic and improve infrastructure over the next 20 years. Mayo Clinic's proposal is still making its way through the state Legislature…"We can handle the growth. This is a fantastic opportunity we have here," Bier said. "I'm sorry I'm getting a little emotional, but we can provide jobs for people, my kids and your kids. We will have some bumps. But the clinic has been here; they've been a pretty good darn employer."

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.

Other Destination Medical Center Coverage:

KTTC
DMC Town Hall offered public a voice to the experts

Duluth News Tribune
Local view: Keep great care in our backyard

On Dec. 2, 2011, my cardiologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., informed me just how grave my situation was. After five days of medical tests, I knew I would need to be placed on the UNOS, or United Network of Organ Sharing, a waiting list for a new heart. What I didn’t know — or expect — was that my condition, congestive heart failure, had worsened quickly, and I would need two life-saving transplants to survive: a heart and now a liver...

Read Jessica Danielson's transplant story here

Star Tribune
Mayo proposal is one of necessary vision

Star Tribune
Mayo proposal: Hard to oppose, but for the laws of nature
 

MPR, Mayo's Saint Marys Hospital a priority for expansion

Additional DMC Coverage: Pioneer Press, MinnPost, Spring Grove HeraldMinneapolis St. Paul Business Journal,  MPR, Winona Daily News, Pioneer Press, Star Tribune, MPR, WCCO, KAAL, Star Tribune, Duluth News Tribune, WQOW, Star Tribune

Context:  On Jan. 30, Mayo Clinic announced Destination Medical Center (DMC), a $5 billion economic development initiative to secure Minnesota’s status as a global medical destination center now and in the future. The goal of DMC is to ensure that Minnesota and Mayo Clinic are destinations for medical care in the coming decades. This initiative is the culmination of a three-year study by Mayo Clinic to chart its future business strategy in an increasingly complex, competitive and global business environment.

Previous Coverage from March 15 Weekly Highlights

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Destination Medical Center Website

Public Affairs Contacts: Karl Oestreich, Bryan Anderson

Florida Times-Union
Mayo participates in Alzheimer’s study

Researchers at Mayo Clinic in Florida participated in a nationwide study that found minor differences between genes that contribute to late-onset Alzheimer’s disease in African-Americans and in Caucasians. The study, published in The Journal of the American Medical Association, was the first to look at the genetics of a large number of African-Americans diagnosed with this common form of Alzheimer’s disease.

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

Context: Researchers at Mayo Clinic in Florida participated in a nationwide study that found minor differences between genes that contribute to late-onset Alzheimer's disease in African-Americans and in Caucasians. The study, published April 10 in The Journal of the American Medical Association, was the first to look at the genetics of a large number of African-Americans diagnosed with this common form of Alzheimer's disease (1,968 patients) compared to 3,928 normal elderly African-American control participants.

News Release: Gene May Help Identify Risk of Alzheimer's in African Americans, Mayo Clinic Says

Public Affairs Contact: Kevin Punsky

Post Bulletin
Mayo survey finds growing support for organ donation

Mayo Clinic has conducted a survey that shows "the public's support for both living and deceased organ donation is increasing." According to Mayo, 84 percent of respondents said they would be very or somewhat likely to donate a kidney, or part of a liver, to a close friend or family member "and an astounding 49 percent said they would be very or somewhat likely to consider donating a kidney to someone they have never met."

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: RedOrbit

Context: Good news for anyone needing a transplant; a new Mayo Clinic survey shows that the public's support for both living and deceased organ donation is increasing. Eighty-four percent of respondents said they would be very or somewhat likely to consider donating a kidney or a portion of their liver to a close friend or family member in need, and an astounding 49 percent said they would be very or somewhat likely to consider donating a kidney to someone they have never met, which is often referred to as altruistic or "Good Samaritan" kidney donation.

News Release: Mayo Clinic Poll Shows Half of Americans Would Consider Donating a Kidney to a Stranger

Public Affairs Contact: Ginger Plumbo

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Tags: ABCA7 gene, African-Americans, alzheimer's disease, APOE gene, Caucasians, Chicago, Chicago Tribune, Dr. Mikel Prieto, Dr. Neill R. Graff-Radford, Dr. Nilufer Ertekin-Taner, Duluth News Tribune, Florida Times-Union


April 19th, 2013

New Study Finds Obese Employees More Costly To Companies Than Smokers

By Kelley Luckstein

A recent Mayo Clinic study found obesity is outweighing smoking in employer health care costs. "I think this study is really going to surprise a lot of people that it really is truly obesity that's raising the health care cost today," says Mayo Clinic Health System registered dietitian Diane Dressel.  A seven year study by mayo clinic tracked the health care costs for 30,000 current and retired employees. They found health care costs went up $1,400 more for obese employees compared to their non-obese colleagues. Obese employees even cost $600 more than smokers.

Additional coverage of this study: RedOrbit

WEAU Eau Claire by Matt Hoffman

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Tags: Dian Dressel, healthcare costs, Obesity, RedOrbit, WEAU-Eau Claire


April 18th, 2013

Is Going Gluten-Free the Secret to Getting Perfect Skin?

By loganlafferty

I'm a fan of gluten (pizza and beer are my friends), but I'm thinking about eliminating it from my diet—at least, temporarily—to see how it affects my skin. It turns out many of us could have a sensitivity to gluten, and this could lead to skin inflammations, such as acne and eczema…The Mayo Clinic reports that wheat—home to gluten—is one of the most allergenic foods, so it makes sense that many of us are adversely affected by wheat and gluten.

 

Glamour by Amy Wicks

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Tags: acne, eczema, Glamour, gluten, gluten-free diet, skin inflammation, wheat


April 18th, 2013

Revamped Mayo deal appears set

By loganlafferty

It was hardly a secret that the Mayo Clinic’s plan to create a “destination medical center” in Rochester was never going to make it through the House Taxes Committee as originally conceived. ..“Everyone wanted to vote for it when it was free, because that’s how it was being pitched to people,” Lenczewski said. “If you believe you can get a new Jaguar for 5 cents, I’m sure you’re for it.” But under a retooled proposal that Lenczewski introduced Monday as part of the omnibus tax bill, the cost to the state would be lowered significantly and made more transparent. Her proposal also increases the share of the $6 billion project that local taxpayers and Mayo would need to put forth.

Additional Coverage: Twin Cities Daily Planet

 

Finance & Commerce by Paul Demko

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Tags: destination medical center, DMC, Finance & Commerce, government proposal, House Taxes Committee, Minnesota Legislature, Rep. Ann Lenczewski, state cost, state tax


April 18th, 2013

The Return of the Tourniquet

By loganlafferty

What we learned from war led to lives saved in Boston by Lydia Depillis, The military first started to come around on tourniquets in the 1990s, when special forces in Somalia found that using them correctly saved several lives…Now, tourniquets are gradually making their way back into civilian emergency medicine as well. Mayo Clinic Trauma Center medical director Donald Jenkins, who retired from a 24-year career in the Air Force in 2008 and now heads the National Trauma Institute, estimates that a little over half of ambulances now carry tourniquets and properly train staff to use them.  "After decades of preaching that tourniquets are evil, you could see how it would take time for something like this to sink in," Jenkins says. "Tourniquets saved lives in this Boston bombing, and it's going to increase the use of them elsewhere."

 

New Republic

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Tags: Boston bombing, Dr. Donald Jenkins, Mayo Clinic Trauma Center, National Trauma Institute, New Republic, tourniquet