August 24, 2012

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights


August 24, 2012

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The Atlantic
A Mayo Model: The Collaborative Future of Medicine
By Judith Graham

As the Mayo Clinic moves to offer remote electronic expert consultation for doctors nationwide, they continue to innovate and set the standard for health networks expanding and consolidating resources in this precarious time for health care.

Reach: The Atlantic was founded in 1857, produces 10 issues a year and has 1.2 million readers each month. The magazine also has a number of platforms on the web including The Atlantic,, AtlanticLIVE, Atlantic Mobile, The Atlantic Wire and The Atlantic Cities.

Context: Mayo Clinic Care Network extends Mayo Clinic's knowledge and expertise to physicians and providers interested in working together in the best interest of their patients.

Public Affairs Contact: Bryan Anderson

Florida Times-Union
Naples hospital system enters into affiliation with the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville
By Charlie Patton

A health care system in Naples is the first hospital in the Southeast to join the Mayo Clinic Care Network, officials announced Thursday. Under the arrangement, physicians with the NCH Health Care System in Naples now have the opportunity “to access our knowledge base and get access to eConsults,” said William Rupp, M.D., chief executive officer of the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville.

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

Additional coverage: Becker’s Hospital Review, Jacksonville Business Journal, Naples Daily News, News Press Fla., WZVD ABC 7Naples, WINK News, FOX 4 Naples, Post-Bulletin, NBC 2 Naples, ModernHealthcare

Context: Mayo Clinic issued a news release August 16. Mayo Clinic Care Network extends Mayo Clinic's knowledge and expertise to physicians and providers interested in working together in the best interest of their patients. NCH's physicians will have access to Mayo Clinic, including the ability to collaborate with Mayo Clinic physicians on patient care, community health and innovative health care delivery.

Public Affairs Contact: Kathy Barbour

USA Today
Doctor burnout: Nearly half of physicians report symptoms
by Janice Lloyd

A national survey of physicians finds the prevalence of burnout at an "alarming" level, says a study out Monday. While the medical profession prepares for treating millions of patients who will be newly insured under the health care law, the Mayo Clinic (Rochester, Minn.) reports nearly 1 in 2 (45.8%) of the nation's doctors already suffer a symptom of burnout. "The rates are higher than expected," says lead author and physician Tait Shanafelt, M.D. "We expected maybe 1 out of 3. Before health care reform takes hold, it's a concern that those docs are already operating at the margins."

Circulation: USA TODAY has a circulation of 1.8 million and a readership of 3.1 million. USA TODAY websites have 26.3 million unique visitors a month.

Context: More than four in 10 U.S. physicians said they were emotionally exhausted or felt a high degree of cynicism, or "depersonalization," toward their patients, according to study  findings which appeared in the Archives of Internal Medicine. Mayo Clinic hemotalogist Tait Shanafelt, M.D. led the study. A list of Dr. Shanafelt's published research can be found here.

Public Affairs Contacts: Nick Hanson, Bob Nellis

The Atlantic
The Physician Burnout Epidemic: What It Means for Patients and Reform
by Elaine Schattner

In a large analysis published this week in Archives of Internal Medicine, researchers at the Mayo Clinic surveyed 7,288 physicians on their quality of life and job satisfaction. The results are striking -- 46 percent of respondents reported at least one burnout symptom. The report indicates that doctors, as a group and relative to other highly educated individuals working similar hours, suffer high levels of emotional exhaustion and struggle to find a satisfying work-life balance. "This matters not just for physicians, but for patients," says Dr. Tait Shanafelt, a professor at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN and senior author of the paper.

Reach: The Atlantic was founded in 1857, produces 10 issues a year and has 1.2 million readers each month. The magazine also has a number of platforms on the web including The Atlantic,, AtlanticLIVE, Atlantic Mobile, The Atlantic Wire and The Atlantic Cities.

Context:  See USA Today entry above.

NY Times
The Widespread Problem of Doctor Burnout
by Pauline Chen, M.D.

After reading a study published this week in Archives of Internal Medicine, I’ve been thinking a lot about this patient’s experience. And I’ve come to two conclusions. First, the older doctor had classic symptoms of burnout. Second, mistakes like his may only become more common. … “We’re not talking about a few individuals who are disorganized or not functioning well under pressure; we’re talking about one out of every two doctors who have already survived rigorous training,” said Dr. Tait D. Shanafelt, the lead author of the study and a professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

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: See USA Today entry above.

Additional coverage: CKNW Canada, Investors Business Daily,, TIME, FOX News, Detroit Free Press, BusinessWeek, Huffington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Bloomberg, Reuters India, San Antonio Business Journal, MedPage Today, Reuters U.S., CNBC, US News & World Report, HealthDay, French Tribune, MSNBC, Cleveland Plain Dealer, PhysBizTech, Chicago Tribune,, Kaiser Health News, China Post, MedCity News, KSTP, CBS News, Toronto Telegraph

Public Affairs Contact: Bob Nellis

Coffee good for you, but it's OK to hold back
by Elizabeth Landau

If you can't get through your day without a coffee break or two, here's good news for you: What scientists know so far suggests coffee may help you stay healthy.As usual with medical research, the operative word is "may."… "For most people, for people who don't experience the side effects, the benefits far outweigh the risks," said Dr. Donald Hensrud of the Mayo Clinic… "If you consume coffee, enjoy it," Hensrud said. "But I wouldn't necessarily recommend taking it up if you don't like it."

Reach: has 74.2 million unique visitors to its website each month.

Additional coverage: ABC 15 Ariz, Big News Network, FOX 8 Cleveland,, KETK Texas, KGTV San Diego

Context: Donald Hensrud, M.D., a Mayo Clinic preventive medicine physician and endocrinologist, is often sought out for his expertise in obesity, nutrition and disease prevention, physical activity and health promotion, and clinical preventive medicine.

Public Affairs Contact: Kelley Luckstein

Arizona Republic
Mayo plans $130 mil cancer center
by Ken Alltucker

Mayo Clinic said Monday that it will spend $130 million on a new 217,200-square-foot building for a new cancer center on the campus of its Phoenix hospital. Mayo will consolidate its cancer-care offerings at the new three-story structure, which will be built atop the first floor of Mayo's $182 million proton-beam therapy building now under construction. Mayo decided to relocate all of its cancer-care offerings to one place for patients' convenience, a spokeswoman said.

Circulation: The Arizona Republic reaches 1.1 million readers every Sunday. The newspaper’s website Arizona Central, averages 83 million pages views each month.

Context: Mayo Clinic announced construction of a 217,200 square-foot building on its Phoenix campus August 20, a major expansion that will create a single-site, integrated Cancer Center. Mayo Clinic Cancer Center is the only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center with a multi-site, national presence, which allows us to serve a broad and diverse group of patients.

Public Affairs Contact: Carol Benson

Phoenix Business Journal
Mayo Clinic consolidating Cancer Center in $130M facility
by Angela Gonzalez

Mayo Clinic is consolidating and integrating its Cancer Center on its hospital campus in Phoenix with the construction of a $130 million, 217,200-square-foot facility. The expansion is expected to add 820 new jobs at Mayo Clinic during the next 10 years, including 92 physicians and 728 allied health staff.

Context: See Arizona Republic entry above.

Additional coverage: KPHO Phoenix, ABC 15 Phoenix, KTAR, News Medical, Becker’s Hospital Review,, NECN, Albuquerque Journal, Arizona Central, USA TODAY, Your West Valley Daily News-Sun

Public Affairs Contact: Carol Benson

Kids Get Help To Battle Obesity At Camp Wabi
by Liz Collin

For many kids, summer includes a trip to camp where they learn and make new friends but the mission is much bigger at one camp: tackling kids’ widening waistlines…The partnership between Mayo Clinic and the YMCA aims to tackle what health professionals consider the biggest health problem in the country — the childhood obesity rate is three times what it was 30 years ago.

Reach: WCCO 4 News is the most-watched newscast in the Twin Cities, in 5 out of 7 newscasts. WCCO 4 News is #1 in 5 out of the 7 newscasts for all viewers in the 25-54 age range and WCCO 4 News is #1 in 7 out of 7 newscasts for female viewers in the 25-54 age range.

Context: Young campers and pediatrician John Plewa, M.D., shared a day with WCCO TV at Camp Wabi, a camp by Mayo Clinic Health System and the YMCA for kids who struggle with obesity.

Public Affairs Contact: Susan Barber-Lindquist

Star Tribune
Health beat: A doctor's diagnosis: Couch Potatoitis
by Maura Lerner

If people hate to exercise and prefer to live like couch potatoes, should that count as a disease? At least one Mayo Clinic physician thinks that's not such a bad idea. Dr. Michael Joyner has even come up with a name for it: "Primary Deconditioning."

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.

Additional coverage: WCCO Radio with Chad Hartman, Voice of America, Public Broadcasting Atlanta, NPR Blog, WHNZ

Context: A sedentary lifestyle is a common cause of obesity, and excessive body weight and fat in turn are considered catalysts for diabetes, high blood pressure, joint damage and other serious health problems. But what if lack of exercise itself were treated as a medical condition? Mayo Clinic physiologist Michael Joyner, M.D., argues that it should be. His commentary is published this month in The Journal of Physiology. A news release highlighting the study was distributed August 13.

Public Affairs Contact: Sharon Theimer

Miracle before birth at Mayo Clinic
By Jeff Hansel

Zeppelin Phillips-Gossman stole the show at a Mayo Clinic infant checkup Wednesday.
Pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. Nick Wetjen scooped Zeppelin up and marveled at her content demeanor while gently patting her back. "She's kicks and screams and everything," said mom Amie Phillips. Zeppelin is one of three children of Philips and Dan Gossman of Cresco, Iowa.

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: In May, a comprehensive team at Mayo Clinic performed its first in utero surgery on a fetus that had its spinal cord exposed, known as open spina bifida or myelomeningocele, when the spinal cord is exposed on the baby, usually leading to physical disabilities, nervous system issues and even paraplegia. Mayo Clinic is one of only a handful of institutions that have performed this surgery, and it’s the first surgery of its kind to be performed in Minnesota and the upper Midwest. The surgical procedure is very risky and complex and involves a coordinated surgical team to make it possible. The surgery went smoothly and the care team closely monitored mom and baby throughout the remainder of her pregnancy and scheduled a C-section at 36 weeks. Mom delivered a healthy baby girl on Monday, July 16, and mom and baby are doing great.

Additional Coverage:
Why pre-natal surgery makes sense, for some, for spina bifida
Star Tribune

A baby's first surgery - before birth

Public Affairs Contact:
Kelley Luckstein

Anesthesia in young kids may carry developmental risks
by Nadia Kounang

While surgery carries risks for anyone, “going under” can have some particular risks for the very young. A study coming out in the September issue of Pediatrics finds that children who have anesthesia before the age of 3, are at a higher risk for developmental delay issues later in life…Dr. David Warner, professor of anesthesiology at Mayo Clinic, has also been studying the impact anesthesia has on development. While he was not part of this study, Warner agreed that surgery and anesthesia introduce a whole host of factors that may impact a child’s developmental outcome. “It may be the surgery; it could be the underlying illness,” explained Warner.

Reach: has 74.2 million unique visitors to its website each month.

Context: David Warner, M.D, a Mayo Clinic anesthesiologist, was not involved in this study, but did provide a third-party perspective for journalists.

Public Affairs Contact: Kelley Luckstein

Additional coverage: Reuters, FOX News, Chicago Tribune, WJXT Jacksonville, HealthNews, KMGH Denver,, MedCity News, KGTV San Diego, Reuters India, WebMD, CBS News

Star Tribune
HealthCheck blog: Pills replace liters of laxative for some colonoscopies
by Colleen Stoxen

Under a new practice at Mayo Clinic in Arizona, four pills replace the multiple liters of laxative for people having a CT colonography also known as a virtual colonoscopy. In virtual colonoscopies, a CT scan is used to provide three-dimensional imaging of the colon and rectum…“Our hope is that this will make people less anxious and more likely to get screened and will ultimately result in fewer deaths from colorectal cancer,” says C. Daniel Johnson, M.D., chair of the Department of Radiology at Mayo Clinic in Arizona.

Circulation: Star Tribune Health Check blog features the latest trends, research and news in medicine, health and science. A team of Star Tribune staffers aggregates updates from news wires, websites, magazines and medical journals.

Context: One of the most unpleasant aspects of colorectal cancer screening for many patients is the amount of laxative they must drink the night before. Some become so anxious about drinking so much liquid that they avoid the entire procedure, putting them at risk of undiagnosed cancer. Under a new practice at Mayo Clinic in Arizona, four pills replace the multiple liters of laxative for people having a CT colonography also known as a virtual colonoscopy.

Public Affairs Contact: Jim McVeigh

Home away from home: When Mayo treatment makes you move to Rochester
By Elizabeth Baier

For thousands of Mayo Clinic patients each year, a visit to the doctor means moving to southern Minnesota for a while.  Housing them is big business and can involve complicated demands from people at a stressful time in their lives.  Here's how onefamily put their lives on hold for a month and adapted to a temporary home in Rochester.  On the afternoon of Sunday, July 22, John and Tracy Fraedrich arrived at Cross Lake north of Brainerd for a week at the cabin with their family.

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: Every year, more than a million people from all 50 states and nearly 150 countries come to Mayo Clinic for care.

Public Affairs Contact: Nick Hanson

Jacksonville Business Journal
Mayo researches stem cell therapy
by Ashley Kritzer

In five years, Dr. Issam Moussa could be treating cardiology patients at Mayo Clinic’s Florida campus with stem cells harvested from their own bone marrow. Within the next month, a research trial is scheduled on the Florida campus to determine how effective stem cells are at healing people with recurring heart problems. “It’s that range in the middle, where medications didn’t work, but they’re not sick enough for a transplant,” said Moussa, chairman of the cardiovascular diseases department at the Florida campus.

Additional coverage: FOX 30 WAWS Fla.

Circulation:  The Jacksonville Business Journal is one of 61 newspapers published by American City Business Journals.

Context: Creation of Mayo Clinic's “hybrid centers” unifies practice and research which facilitates collaboration and innovation in fields that will have a lasting impact on the fast-changing world of medicine.

Public Affairs Contact: Kevin Punsky 

ABC-7 Chicago
Healthbeat Report: Matter of Heart
by Sylvia Perez and Christine Tressel

A little-known, dangerous heart condition tends to strike young, fit women. Most people have never heard of it, and many doctors may not even know to look for it…It's more likely to strike young healthy women with no warning. Now in the first study of its kind researchers at Mayo Clinic are uncovering clues.  "We now suspect that SCAD occurs much more often than doctors realize that is it underdiagnosed and missed frequently," said Dr. Sharonne Hayes.

Reach: ABC7 is the Disney/ABC-owned station in Chicago, the third largest market in the country. ABC7 leads the market in Chicago news coverage with daily newscasts. ABC7 has been in a number one position in local news since March 1986.

Context: Sharonne Hayes, M.D. is a Mayo Clinic cardiologist and founder of Mayo’s Women’s Heart Clinic. Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection, or SCAD, is a rare, life-threatening heart condition. Mayo Clinic used social media to reach out to survivors of SCAD, a poorly understood heart condition that affects just a few thousand Americans every year.

Public Affairs Contact: Traci Klein

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