April 15th, 2013

Sequestration gouges U of M and Mayo Clinic research budgets

By loganlafferty

Minnesota stands to lose tens of millions of dollars in federal medical research funds this year as a result of the congressionally mandated budget cuts known as sequestration. And while research directors at the University of Minnesota and the Mayo Clinic say they’ll muddle through the rest of the year, they warn that funding shortfalls will stunt some ongoing medical experiments and may derail promising projects that could save lives and alleviate suffering in the years ahead. “Sequestration is a problem,” Dr. Stephen Riederer, the Mayo Clinic’s chairman of research finance and a professor of radiology, said flatly.


Star Tribune by Dan Browning

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Tags: budget cuts, Dr. Stephen Riederer, federal medical research funds, research budget, research finance, sequestration, Star Tribune, University of Minnesota

April 15th, 2013

For Minnesota, greatness lies in two visionary health care proposals

By loganlafferty

It’s time to think big about Minnesota’s health care destiny. We stand at a crossroads…Second, the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, the state’s largest private employer, is asking for a state contribution of $500 million in order to create a $5 billion “Destination Medical Center.” Mayo is known worldwide as being synonymous with quality and innovation. It will certainly be a permanent fixture here, but it needs to be allowed to be all it can be. Mayo is poised to grow. Other states are willing to invest in this expansion if Minnesota legislators do not heed Mayo’s warning. It needs to grow in Minnesota.

Additional Coverage: MinnPost


Star Tribune by Jim Abeler

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Tags: destination medical center, DMC, Health Care, health care proposal, investment, Minnesota Legislature, Star Tribune, state funding

April 15th, 2013

Freezing Treatment May Help Destroy Lung Tumors: Study

By loganlafferty

A method designed to target, freeze and destroy a tumor's cellular function seems effective in combating lung tumors, a small ongoing study finds…"'Promising' is the perfect way to describe our findings," said study lead author Dr. David Woodrum, an interventional radiologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. "But whether or not this minimally invasive approach would ultimately become a primary method of treatment in the future will depend on the long-term results of this trial, which is still under way. At this point I would say that cryoablation has the most applicability as a kind of last-ditch treatment for patients who are not good surgical candidates for a variety of reasons."


HealthDay by Alan Mozes

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Tags: cryoablation, Dr. David Woodrum, freezing treatment, HealthDay, lung tumor, tumor

April 15th, 2013

Should You Go Gluten-Free?

By loganlafferty

Americans spend more than $6 billion a year on gluten-free foods, thanks in part to the products' health halo. But are all those potato-flour pastas and pizzas getting to the right stomachs? According to a recent Mayo Clinic study, 1.6 million Americans who are on gluten-free diets don't need to be, while the vast majority of the 1.8 million who could benefit aren't aware they should watch their intake. Who really needs to go gluten free?


ABC News (Prevention)

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Tags: ABC News, gluten, gluten-free, gluten-free diets, gluten-free food

April 15th, 2013

The eye-popping truth about why we close our eyes when we sneeze

By loganlafferty

We all know how a sneeze happens. What we don’t know is why our eyes automatically close when we do it…Optometrist Bert Moritz of the Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, Wis., explains that six extra-ocular muscles firmly hold the eye in the socket, making it almost impossible for eyeball subluxing (what a relief!). And though it may feel as if pressure builds in your entire face before you sneeze, it doesn’t increase in your eyes.


NBC News by Meghan Holohan

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April 12th, 2013

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights

By Karl W Oestreich



April 12, 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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Health Care Costs and Challenges

Maria Bartiromo interviews Mayo Clinic President and CEO Dr. John Noseworthy on CNBC's Closing Bell.

Reach: CNBC provides real-time financial market coverage and business information to more than 340 million homes worldwide, including more than 95 million households in the United States and Canada.

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MSNBC Morning Joe
Mayo Clinic president on how to improve health care
by LaToya Bowlah

Dr. John Noseworthy, president and CEO of the Mayo Clinic, joined Morning Joe on Tuesday to discuss his anticipated speech on improving health care before the National Press Club. “How do we make our health care system more efficient? How do we use technology to drive down costs?” Joe Scarborough asked. “Health care is fragmented, the quality is uneven around the country, and it’s unaffordable,” Noseworthy responded…The Mayo Clinic is trying to improve healthcare by having all doctors work together, said Noseworthy.

Reach: MSNBC provides in-depth analysis of daily headlines, political commentary and informed perspectives. MSNBC’s home on the Internet is tv.msnbc.com.

Post Bulletin
Mayo Clinic's CEO goes national with DMC, health reform
by Jeff Hansel

Mayo Clinic CEO Dr. John Noseworthy took to the national stage Tuesday to convince lawmakers to make further changes to national health-care policy. Noseworthy also laid out Mayo's own strategic plan for remaining a financially viable force in health care, using its 149 years of knowledge as an asset, in the speech to the National Press Club on Tuesday. He outlined the same points earlier Tuesday on the MSNBC show "Morning Joe."

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: Americans want and deserve excellent health care — whether they are visiting a primary care physician for a checkup, having surgery or need more complex care — but many wonder how they and the nation will afford it. In remarks Tuesday to the National Press Club, Mayo Clinic President and CEO John Noseworthy, M.D., outlined three steps health care providers and policymakers should take to create high-quality, patient-centered care at lower costs.

News Release: Americans Want, Deserve Excellent Health Care; Mayo Clinic CEO Outlines How to Create It

Public Affairs Contact: Sharon Theimer

Wall Street Journal
With Chronic Care, Less Can Be More
by Laura Landro

Victor Montori, who explores new methods of treating chronic illness, is generating a lot of discussion with one idea: that one of the best strategies, especially for patients with more than one chronic condition, is for their care providers to back off a little. Give them some breathing room. As an endocrinologist, Dr. Montori specializes in diabetes, one of the most prevalent and costly of chronic diseases. But as director of the Health Care Delivery Research Program at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., he focuses on innovative ways to improve care for all chronic illness, which taken together represents the leading cause of death and disability in the U.S.

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: Victor Montori, M.D. is a Mayo Clinic endocrinoloist. Dr. Montori is interested in how knowledge is produced, disseminated and taken up in practice — and how this leads to optimal health care delivery and patient outcomes. Dr. Montori also serves as director of the Health Care Delivery Research Program in the Mayo Clinic Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery.

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Wall Street Journal
Losing Prospects

by Ron Winslow

More than 200,000 Americans each year undergo a major operation called bariatric surgery to treat obesity. But doctors say millions more might opt for treatment if it were less invasive and more patient-friendly…At the Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minn., Christopher Gostout aims to mimic the effect of a sleeve gastrectomy, creating the stomach tube by stapling off instead of cutting out a large portion of the stomach. All six patients treated so far have lost weight with minimal side effects, Dr. Gostout says.

Context: Christopher Gostout, M.D., is a physician in Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Mayo Clinic which specializes in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the digestive tract and liver. It is the largest practice of its kind in the United States.

Wall Street Journal
Your Company Wants to Make You Healthy
by Jen Wieczner

Employer wellness programs used to mean just having a gym in the office or posters on the wall encouraging people to take the stairs instead of the elevator…Outcome-Based Incentives:…Pros: Experts say this model is effective at making people objectively improve their health: Participants in a recent Mayo Clinic study lost nine pounds on average when they received $20 per month for meeting weight-loss goals (or paid $20 when they didn’t); participants who didn’t receive incentives lost only two pounds on average.

Context: Weight loss study participants who received financial incentives were more likely to stick with a weight loss program and lost more weight than study participants who received no incentives, according to Mayo Clinic research that will be presented Saturday, March 9 at the American College of Cardiology's 62nd Annual Scientific Session. Senior study author Donald Hensrud, M.D., preventive medicine expert at Mayo Clinic and medical editor of The Mayo Clinic Diet, says obesity continues to be a major concern in the United States because extra weight contributes to many conditions, such as heart disease and diabetes.

News Release: Money Talks When It Comes to Losing Weight, Mayo Clinic Study Finds

Public Affairs Contact: Traci Klein

Star Tribune
Mayo Clinic: For kids, avoiding risks can be risky
by Jeremy Olson

But new Mayo Clinic research this month has yielded important insights on “avoidance” behaviors, showing they predict which children are more likely to suffer severe anxiety later on…Mayo researchers asked parents how their children responded to challenges. A year later, they found higher anxiety in kids whose parents said they tended to avoid things that scared them. “Kids who avoided tended to be more anxious, even after controlling for how anxious they were to begin with,” said Stephen Whiteside, director of Mayo’s child and adolescent anxiety disorders program.

Star Tribune
Anxiety? There's an app for that
by Jeremy Olson

The Mayo Clinic is reporting around 2,000 downloads of its Anxiety Coach App, which for $4.99 gives people instructions for managing their fears and a log for recording their anxiety levels when they confront their fears. A Star Tribune story examined the strong relationship in children between the avoidance of fears and the development of severe anxiety. For some people, exposure therapy is necessary to help people gradually confront their fears and reduce their anxiety in the process, said Dr. Stephen Whiteside, director of Mayo's pediatric anxiety disorders clinic in Rochester, Minn.

Circulation: The Star Tribune Sunday circulation is 514,457 copies and weekday circulation is 300,330. The Star Tribune is the state’s largest newspaper and ranks 16th nationally in circulation.

Context: Children who avoid situations they find scary are likely to have anxiety a Mayo Clinic study of more than 800 children ages 7 to 18 found. The study published this month in Behavior Therapy presents a new method of measuring avoidance behavior in young children. "This new approach may enable us to identify kids who are at risk for an anxiety disorder," says lead author Stephen Whiteside, Ph.D., a pediatric psychologist with the Mayo Clinic Children's Center. "And further, because cognitive behavior therapy focuses on decreasing avoidance behaviors, our approach may also provide a means to evaluate whether current treatment strategies work the way we think they do."

News Release: Children Who Avoid Scary Situations Likelier to Have Anxiety, Mayo Clinic Research Finds

Public Affairs Contact: Nick Hanson

Arizona Republic
Crow’s vision coming to pass

In a meeting with The Arizona Republic’s editorial board recently, Mayo Clinic administrators outlined their own breathtakingly ambitious plans for expanding the scope of Mayo research, education and health care. Mayo’s vision is to “touch 200 million lives across the globe by 2020,” according to its CEO, Dr. Wyatt W. Decker. ASU is an integral part of those plans.

Arizona Republic
Mayo Clinic Stands Tall As Important Economic Asset

Meaningful corporate investment in our area in recent years has been harder to come by than rain in the desert, leaving us thirstier for new development than most other major urban areas, parched by the resultant drought. . . In a discussion with The Arizona Republic earlier this week, Wyatt Decker, CEO of the Mayo Clinic in Arizona, offered an update on the center’s efforts to expand its local footprint.

Reach: The Arizona Republic reaches 1.1 million readers every Sunday. The newspaper’s website Arizona Central, averages 83 million pages views each month. azcentral.com receives more than 1.9 million unique visitors each month and is part of Republic Media which includes the Arizona Republic and 12 News.

Phonenix Business Journal
How to thrive in any economy: Wyatt Decker, CEO of Mayo Clinic Arizona

While waiting in the study of Dr. Wyatt Decker, I realized I was going to be interviewing a dynamic individual just by looking around the room. Tall bookshelves span three of the walls, and they are jam-packed with books, none of which has to do with medicine. The books were all about management and leadership. It turns out that, in addition to serving as CEO of Mayo Clinic in Arizona and vice president of Mayo Clinic, Decker also holds an MBA from Kellogg School of Management and lectures around the world on topics including hospital management, team building, change management and leadership. He’s also a practicing emergency room physician.

Reach: The Phoenix Business Journal is published by American City Business Journals which owns more than 40 other local business newspapers.

Context: Wyatt Decker, M.D. is a Mayo Clinic Vice President and Chief Executive Officer at Mayo Clinic in Arizona.

Public Affairs Contact: Jim McVeigh

Florida Doctor
Local Legend: A Profile of Edith A. Perez, M.D.

Welcome to Florida Doctor’s Local Legend series, where we’ll introduce you to a different doctor at a local hospital each month. These doctors are pillars in their communities, raising the bar when it comes to patient care and innovative medicine…Dr. Perez is the Group Vice Chair for the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology, Deputy Chair at Large for Mayo Clinic Cancer Center and a Serene M. and Frances C, Durling Professor of Medicine, among many other things.

Circulation: Florida Doctor Magazine – North Edition covers all aspects of being a doctor in Northeast Florida, from professional growth to personal success. The magazine offers new insights about the healthcare industry with articles about what’s working – and what’s not – from doctors inside the Northeast Florida market.

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

Mayo study: 'Smart' stem cells help heart failure patients
by Elizabeth Dunbar

Treating heart failure patients with a special type of stem cell can improve their condition, according to a new Mayo Clinic study published this week…Dr. Andre Terzic, who led the research and is director of Mayo's Center for Regenerative Medicine, said it is the first published study in which smart stem cells were tested on humans. "I think it's an exciting time where regenerative medicine is no longer science fiction but it's increasingly becoming considered as a viable option for our patients, in particular the patients [who] have many unmet needs that current therapies cannot address," Terzic 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.

Context: Translating a Mayo Clinic stem-cell discovery, an international team has demonstrated that therapy with cardiopoietic (cardiogenically-instructed) or "smart" stem cells can improve heart health for people suffering from heart failure. This is the first application in patients of lineage-guided stem cells for targeted regeneration of a failing organ, paving the way to development of next generation regenerative medicine solutions. Results of the clinical trial appear online at the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. "The cells underwent an innovative treatment to optimize their repair capacity," says Andre Terzic, M.D., Ph.D., study senior author and director of the Mayo Clinic Center for Regenerative Medicine. "This study helps us move beyond the science fiction notion of stem cell research, providing clinical evidence for a new approach in cardiovascular regenerative medicine."

News Release: Mayo Clinic: Cardiopoietic 'Smart' Stem Cells Show Promise in Heart Failure Patients

Public Affairs Contact: Traci Klein

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Tags: Arizona Republic, Arizona State University, ASU, azcentral.com, Breast Cancer, Cancer, CNBC, Dr. Christopher Gostout, Dr. Donald Hensrud, Dr. Edith Perez, Dr. John Noseworthy, Dr. Victor Montori

April 12th, 2013

Study reports adenoma detection rates are higher than current guidelines suggest in both men and women

By loganlafferty

"The aim of our study was to determine gender-specific average-risk screening adenoma detection rates and the prevalence of adenomas by location, size, shape, and degree of dysplasia in each gender from our prospective study on adenoma detection. Recent data in abstract form report ADRs for women exceeding 25 percent. We hypothesized that ADRs for women in our average-risk screening patients also would be at least 25 percent," said study lead author Michael B. Wallace, MD, MPH, FASGE, Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, Florida.

Additional Coverage: Medical Xpress


Science Codex

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Tags: adenoma, adenoma detection, ADR, diagnosis, Dr. Michael B. Wallace, rate increase, Science Codex

April 12th, 2013

Mayo CEO’s Comments Draw Minn. Lawmaker Criticism; Other Marketplace News

By loganlafferty

Comments from the Mayo Clinic's CEO that the organization's proposed expansion in Minnesota could happen elsewhere are drawing criticism from Minnesota lawmakers. MPR News: Lawmakers Irked By Mayo Clinic CEO’s Comments
Members of the state House Tax Committee had some sharp words Wednesday for Mayo Clinic. The criticism came in a committee hearing a day after Mayo's CEO suggested that Mayo Clinic would expand elsewhere if Rochester does not receive a half-billion dollar subsidy from the state.

Additional Coverage: KARE 11, Fox 47,


Kaiser Health News

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Tags: Dr. John Noseworthy, government proposal, Kaiser Health News, state subsidy

April 12th, 2013

New Mayo plan drops tax capture piece

By loganlafferty

A complicated tax capture plan sought by the Mayo Clinic to assist in a 20-year growth plan is being dropped in favor of state aid payments directly tied to the amount of private spending on the development. The revisions to the Mayo proposal were coming Friday in the Senate Taxes Committee. The Associated Press obtained a copy of the planned changes, which were developed in recent days as Mayo has tried to soothe the concerns of leading lawmakers. The new plan calls for private investors to commit at least $150 million and local governments to pledge $60 million before any state contributions are made.

Related Coverage: Yahoo! News, Bloomberg Businessweek


MPR (AP) by Brian Bakst

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Tags: destination medical center, DMC, MPR, private spending, Senate Taxes Committee, state aid, state funding, tax capture

April 12th, 2013

6 Things You Need to Know About Food Allergies

By loganlafferty

Given the growing concern about food allergies, Dr. Richard Besser, ABC News’ chief health and medical correspondent, hosted a twitter chat to help educate others on the topic. Participants included major expert organizations such as Food Allergy Research & Education, the American Dietetic Association, and the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, as well as people living with food allergies and top hospitals from across the country. For a full transcript of the chat, click here. Read on for an overview of the six main topics main covered in the chat.


ABC News by Dr. Samreen Hasan

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Tags: ABC News, America Dietetic Association, Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, Dr. Richard Besser, food allergy, Food Allergy Research & Education

April 11th, 2013

Study finds no fertility drug, ovarian cancer link

By loganlafferty

Despite lingering concerns that using fertility drugs might raise a woman's chances for later developing ovarian cancer, new research suggests the drugs don't contribute any added risk. "One important message is women who need to use fertility drugs to get pregnant should not worry about using these fertility drugs," said Dr. Albert Asante, lead author of the study and a clinical fellow in the division of reproductive endocrinology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.


Reuters by Kerry Grens

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Tags: Dr. Albert Asante, fertility drug, no added risk, Ovarian Cancer, Reuters

April 11th, 2013

Mayo study: ‘Smart’ stem cells help heart failure patients

By loganlafferty

Treating heart failure patients with a special type of stem cell can improve their condition, according to a new Mayo Clinic study published this week…Dr. Andre Terzic, who led the research and is director of Mayo's Center for Regenerative Medicine, said it is the first published study in which smart stem cells were tested on humans. "I think it's an exciting time where regenerative medicine is no longer science fiction but it's increasingly becoming considered as a viable option for our patients, in particular the patients [who] have many unmet needs that current therapies cannot address," Terzic said.


MPR by Elizabeth Dunbar

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Tags: Dr. Andre Terzic, heart failure, Mayo Clinic's Center for Regenerative Medicine, MPR, smart stem cells, stem-cell

April 11th, 2013

Sanford, University of Minnesota won’t pursue Fairview takeover

By loganlafferty

The CEO of South Dakota-based Sanford, whose merger effort came under intense scrutiny the past two weeks, said Wednesday afternoon that he was ending discussions because Sanford has a policy of “only going where we are invited.”…John Kralewski, professor emeritus at the U’s Department of Health Policy and Management, said Sanford Health’s withdrawal presents a golden opportunity for the university and Fairview to chart a new course for their alignment. One possibility, he said, is to invite the Mayo Clinic into the discussion as a possible collaborator. “If you could get Mayo to take over the medical school, imagine that,” Kralewski said.


Star Tribune by Jackie Crosby and Tony Kennedy

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Tags: Fairview Health Services, John Kralewski, Sanford Health, Star Tribune, University of Minnesota

April 11th, 2013

Blowback at the Capitol sends Mayo back to drawing board

By loganlafferty

The Mayo Clinic had a rough Wednesday at the Minnesota House, where legislators blasted the company’s CEO, insulted its hometown and nearly derailed debate on a $500 million bill over a $5 million local tax spat. Now it’s back to the drawing board for Mayo and its supporters, who are seeking $585 million from the state to support a planned $3 billion makeover of downtown Rochester. The fact that Rochester needs a $3 billion makeover to make it an appealing destination for doctors or their critically ill patients was the one point that united all sides in the debate.

Related Coverage: WCCO, KARE 11, Post Bulletin, Post Bulletin, Pioneer Press, KMSP, UPI, Winona Daily News, Grand Forks Herald, My Fox PhoenixKAAL, KTTC, Bemidji Pioneer


Star Tribune by Jennifer Brooks

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Tags: funding, Minnesota Legislature, Star Tribune, state funding, tax money

April 11th, 2013

U.S. Track’s Unconventional Physician

By loganlafferty

On the wall of the medical office of Jeffrey S. Brown is a photograph of Carl Lewis, the nine-time Olympic gold medalist…Among endocrinologists, Brown stands almost alone in believing that endurance athletics can induce early onset of a hormonal imbalance called hypothyroidism…“To see large numbers of young, athletic males being treated for thyroid deficiency would be certainly considered unusual, if not a bit suspicious,” said Ian Hay, a Mayo Clinic endocrinologist who has practices for 40 years.


Wall Street Journal by Sara Germano and Kevin Clark

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Tags: endurance athletics, hormonal imbalance, hypothyroidism, Jeffrey S. Brown, Wall Street Journal