February 17, 2012

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights


February 17, 2012

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Woman’s Day, Matters of the Heart: What to Ask Your MD
by Stacey Colino

The little things you do in everyday life are crucial to reducing your heart-disease risk. Your doctor also plays an important part… Nearly a third of women didn’t know what heart-health questions to ask their doctor, and 45% didn’t even bring up the topic. “Discuss the risks that are most relevant to your age, environment, lifestyle and family history,” says Sharonne N. Hayes, MD, director of the Women’s Heart Clinic at The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. “These questions are door openers. By having the conversation, you can get a referral to a specialist if necessary.”

Circulation: Woman’s Day reaches 19.7 million readers (which includes 18. 7 million women).

Context: Woman’s Day participated in a special media briefing for magazine editors on women and heart disease on Feb. 8, 2012 in New York City. Dr. Sharonne Hayes, Mayo Cliinc cardiologist and founder of the Women’s Heart Clinic at Mayo Clinic, moderated the event.

Public Affairs Contacts: Alyson FlemingTraci Klein


Huffington Post, Underage Drinking On The Rise, With Hospitalization Costs Up To $755 Million Per Year

It's no surprise that underage drinking is common in the U.S…But what some might find shocking is the high cost of drinking-related hospitalizations…A Mayo Clinic study published today found that the total cost of hospitalizations for underage drinking is an estimated $755 million per year…"Alcohol use necessitating acute-care hospitalization represents one of the most serious consequences of underage drinking," says Dr. Terry Schneekloth, a Mayo Clinic addiction expert and psychiatrist, in a press release. Additional Coverage: KARE 11, Scope Blog (Stanford), ScienceDaily, Medical Xpress, Bradenton Herald, Sun Herald, Fierce Healthcare

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

Context: This study was published Feb. 15 in the Journal of Adolescent Health. A copy of the news release is here.

Public Affairs Contact: Nick Hanson


Wall Street Journal, The (Partial) Cost of Underage Drinking
by Katherine Hobson

Six-packs of beer come cheap, but the cost of underage drinking can add up. An analysis by researchers at the Mayo Clinic estimates hospitalization charges alone for incidents related to underage drinking at $755 million in 2008…While men made up the majority of cases, there’s a “cultural shift” going on that includes more women engaging in the kind of binge drinking that can land them in the hospital, says Schneekloth. “Young men and young women are doing this,” he says. Additional Coverage: MPR, The Daily Texan

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: Dr. Terry Schneekloth, is a Mayo Clinic addiction expert and psychiatrist. This study was published Feb. 15 in the Journal of Adolescent Health. A copy of the news release is here.

Public Affairs Contacts: Traci Klein, Nick Hanson


Star Tribune, Tevlin: These chocolate candies come with maker's heartfelt thanks
by Jon Tevlin

For many of us, the heart symbol is a bit of a ubiquitous cliché today; it says love about as meaningfully as a candy cane says Christmas. But every time Heidi Ash makes one of her raspberry silk hearts or mint mini kiss hearts, she is reminded of the miraculous event that saved and changed her life… She spent more than seven months on the waiting list for a heart transplant, and finally got one in March 2000 at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester… The candy got such a positive response, Ash decided to take a leap of faith in 2008 and opened a commercial kitchen in Superior, Wis. She was the 185th person to receive a heart transplant at Mayo, so she named her company in honor of it: 185Chocolat.

Circulation: The Star Tribune Sunday circulation is 496,039 copies and weekday circulation is 296,605. The Star Tribune is the state’s largest newspaper and ranks 16th nationally in circulation.

Context: Heidi Ash, a Mayo Clinic heart transplant patient and entrepreneuer, named her business in honor of her transplant at Mayo Clinic and donates part of her profits to help other transplant patients. It’s called 185chocolat because she was the 185th heart transplant recipient at Mayo Clinic.

Public Affairs Contact: Nick Hanson


FOX News, Overeating could double your chance of memory loss

New research from the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., revealed that a large caloric intake – between 2,100 and 6,000 calories per day – could potentially double the risk of mild cognitive impairment (MCI) in people aged 70 years and older.

Reach:  Fox News Channel (FNC), is a cable and satellite television news channel owned by the Fox Entertainment Group, a subsidiary of News Corporation. As of April 2009, the channel is available to 102 million households in the United States and further to viewers internationally, broadcasting primarily from its New York studios.

Context: Mayo Clinic issued a news release Feb. 13 on the research which will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology's 64th Annual Meeting in New Orleans April 21 to April 28. Study author Dr. Yonas E. Geda, is a neurologist and psychiatrist at Mayo Clinic in Arizona.

Additional coverage: ABC World News, IANS Live, Herald Sun, TIME, Telegraph UK, Times of India, Daily Mail, BBC News, HealthDay, USA Today, Express UK, Huffington Post, Press TV, Dementia Today, Health AM, Barchester, Net Doctor, Irish Health, AOL Lifestyle, Health Express, NBC2 (Fla.), Ozarks First, MSN Health, International Business Times, MedPage Today

Public Affairs Contact: Jim McVeigh

Florida Times-Union, Donna Deegan, Edith Perez heartened by progress, but they're not finished
by Francine King

Edith Perez and her Mayo Clinic research team think they’re on the verge of a significant breakthrough in their mission to finish breast cancer. Donna Deegan wants to make sure they get there. Deegan and Perez joined forces five years ago to create the 26.2 with Donna The National Marathon to Finish Breast Cancer, which raises money to help fund Mayo Clinic’s Breast Cancer Translational Genomics Program.

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

Context: The 26.2 with Donna The National Marathon to Finish Breast Cancer, raises money to help fund Mayo Clinic’s Breast Cancer Translational Genomics Program. Dr. Edith Perez, a Mayo Clinic oncologist and head of the Breast Clinic at Mayo Clinic in Florida, joined forces with TV Anchor Donna Degan, five years ago to create the marathon. More than 10,000 runners were registered to participate in the race on Feb. 12.

Additional coverage: First Coast News, Action News Jax, Florida Times-Union, Florida Times-Union, First Coast News, First Coast News, First Coast News, Florida Times-Union

Public Affairs Contacts: Paul Scotti, Kevin Punsky, Cynthia Weiss

Fox Sports Southwest, Cowboys' McBriar has successful surgery
by Keith Whitmire

Cowboys punter Mat McBriar underwent surgery Tuesday at the Mayo Clinic to remove an intraneural cyst below his left knee. The surgery was successful, according to a release from the Clinic, and should prevent the drop foot condition that caused McBriar to miss two games last season. “Mat's surgery went extremely well,” said Mayo Clinic neurosurgeon Robert Spinner, M.D., who performed the surgery. "I believe he will be as good a punter as ever."

Reach: Fox Sports Southwest, is a regional affiliate of Fox Sports which operates in Texas, Louisiana, Ohlahoma, New Mexico and Arkansas.

Context: Dallas Cowboys punter Mat McBriar underwent successful surgery at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., Feb. 7, to remove an intraneural cyst. Mayo Clinic neurosurgeon Dr. Robert Spinner performed the surgery. More background is found here.

Additional Coverage: WDSU, SportsDayDFW (Dallas Morning News Sports blog), ESPN.com

Public Affairs Contact: Brian Kilen

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