February 10, 2012

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights


February 9, 2012

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WTTW Chicago Mayo Clinic's Heart Health Tips
by Yasmin Rammohan

Disease is the number one killer of men and women. We talk with Dr. Martha Grogan, the medical editor of a new book about heart health from the Mayo Clinic, on Chicago Tonight at 7:00 pm. Read our live web chat below!

Reach: News and events from around Chicago are covered in this nightly public affairs program, hosted by Phil Ponce, with news analysis from Carol Marin.

Context: Mayo Clinic Healthy Heart for Life is a new book which became available in early February. The book launch included both face-to-face and phone interviews with media outlets across the nation for Mayo Clinic’s Dr. Martha Grogan, the book’s medical editor. The roll out also included a satellite media tour where Dr. Grogan was interviewed by 28 TV stations across the nation over a span of four hours. The book is available at retailers nationwide.

Some Additional Coverage: Post-Bulletin, Alert-1,  KAAL, KTVI, Washington Post Express,  LifeScript, KARE-11.

Public Affairs Contacts: Ginger Plumbo, Traci Klein, Rebecca Eisenman.


NY Times Male Genes May Explain Higher Heart Disease Risk
by Gina Kolata

Although heart disease is the leading killer of women as well as of men, two heart disease patients out of every three are male, and heart disease strikes men 10 to 15 years earlier than it does women. No one really knows why. Now, a new study reports that part of the answer may lie on the Y chromosome, the one chromosome unique to men. In the study, published on Wednesday in The Lancet, researchers found that nearly all British men have one of two variants of a cluster of genes on their Y chromosome…But Virginia M. Miller, a heart disease researcher at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., who wrote an editorial that accompanied the paper, said in an interview that the work “puts a whole different perspective on some risk factors for heart disease in men.”

Circulation: The New York Times has the third highest circulation nationally, behind USA Today (2nd) and The Wall Street Journal (1st) with 1,150,589 weekday copies circulated and 1,645,152 circulated on Sundays.

Context: Dr. Miller, is part of a Mayo Clinic research team that focuses on understanding how endothelial cells, which line the blood vessels, and platelets, which help the blood to clot, differ in men and women and how these cells participate in development of atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), and formation of blood clots which lead to heart attack, stroke and blood clots in the legs.

Public Affairs Contact: Traci Klein


ABC News Radio  Study Finds Possible Link Between Anesthesia and ADHD
Young children who undergo multiple procedures requiring anesthesia could be at higher risk for developing attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) later on, according to a new study published in the current issue of the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

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.

Context: In the February 2012 issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings, Dr. Juraj Sprung and colleagues of Mayo Clinic reported on an association between repeated exposure to anesthesia and surgery early in life and subsequent development of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).  Dr. David Warner is the senior author on the article. Dr. Warner and Dr. Sprunghandled many of the media interviews related to the article. A copy of the news release on the study is here. Mayo Clinic Proceedings is among the most widely read and highly cited scientific publication for physicians, with a circulation of approximately 124,000. While the Proceedings is sponsored by Mayo Clinic, it welcomes submissions from authors worldwide, publishing articles that focus on clinical medicine and support the professional and educational needs of its readers.

Additional Coverage: Wall Street Journal, Veja.com, Digital Journal, FOX News, FOX News, MSNBC, myhealthnewsdaily, MedPage Today, Medical News Today, US News & World Report, HealthDay, Global Post, Medical Daily, BabyCenterBlog, BioMed ME, ThirdAge, io9, TopNews New Zealand, ABC7 News, Calif, MPR, TIME, CNN.com, Star Tribune, ABC News, Medical Xpress, e! Science News, eMax Health.

Public Affairs Contact: Nick Hanson


KARE11, The Concussion Discussion: State of Hockey changing the game
by Janel Klein

There are few sports so thrilling as hockey, and few states that love it so much as Minnesota. The sport has a special place in our hearts, but now it is also on our minds…"Players are bigger, and faster, and stronger, and there may be more contact or collisions that are leading to an increased risk," explained Dr. Michael Stuart, Co-director of Mayo Clinic's Sports Medicine Center in Rochester, is also Chief Medical Officer for USA Hockey, a physician for the men's U.S. hockey team, a consultant for the NHL, and has three sons who are professional players.

KARE11, The Concussion Discussion: Minn. leads way in prevention & treatment

Playing any sport comes with risks. A wrong move, an unexpected collision, or hard fall can change an athlete's life forever. Most people tend to associate concussions with professional contact sports - such as football and hockey - but they are increasingly more common amongst high school and youth players in all sports, with lacrosse and girls soccer having greater increases…Researchers at Mayo even created their own “hockey collider” to test the type of forces an athlete experiences on the ice. Hockey physician, parent and sports medicine authority Dr. Michael Stuart is the expert at Mayo on sports-related brain injuries and is on the leading edge of concussion research.

Reach: KARE 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: Dr. Michael Stuart, with an appointment in orthopedic surgery at Mayo Clinic, is a sports medicine expert.  He serves as Chief Medical Officer for USA Hockey, a consultant to the National Hockey League Players Association and is a member of the education committee of the International Ice Hockey Association. Dr. Stuart is routinely sought out by reporters for his expertise. Besides these two stories, Dr. Stewart’s interviews are likley to be part of a KARE news documentary on concussions which will air at a future date.

Public Affairs Contact: Bryan Anderson


 AP, New European pill works against uterine fibroids
by Stephanie Nano

New research offers hope for the first pill to treat a common problem in young women: fibroids in the uterus. The growths can cause pain, heavy bleeding and fertility problems, and they are the leading cause of hysterectomies. In two studies, a lower dose of a "morning after" contraceptive pill stopped the bleeding and shrank the fibroids. It worked as well as shots of a hormone-blocking drug that has unpleasant side effects…Despite newer, less invasive alternatives, the rate of hysterectomies remains high, Dr. Elizabeth Stewart, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Mayo Clinic, wrote in an editorial in the journal. There's a need for good medical treatments and the new research “represents an important step in that direction.”

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.

Additional Coverage: WGME (Maine), MedPage Today, MedBroadcast, HealthDay, Yahoo! News Canada, Metro News Canada, Global Maritimes, MSN Health, Palm Beach Post, Doctors Lounge, InsiderMedicine, Family Practice News, WebMD, USA TODAY, Arizona Family, KY3, Washington Post

Context: Dr. Elizabeth “Ebbie” Stewart’s editorial appeared in the The New England Journal of Medicine on Feb. 1. Dr. Stewart, obstetrics and gynecology, conducts both clinical and translational research focused on uterine fibroids and other benign uterine problems.

Public Affairs Contact: Kelley Luckstein

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