September 14, 2012

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How to indulge in fair food without going overboard
by Georgiann Caruso

…But fat and calories aren't enough to stop many fair-goers from indulging in such creations once a year, even when healthy options are available. Fair foods can be enjoyed in moderation, says Dr. Donald Hensrud, who specializes in nutrition and preventive medicine at the Mayo Clinic. "Instead of kind of throwing caution to the wind ... it's still possible to enjoy yourself and enjoy some good tastes, yet stay reasonably on track."

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

Context: Mayo Clinic issued a media alert in late August with tips on how  it is possible to get a taste of a state fair without overindulging.  Donald Hensrud, M.D. is a Mayo Clinic specialist in nutrition and preventive medicine.

Additional coverage: WRTV Ind., Fox 8 Cleveland

Public Affairs Contact: Nick Hanson

US News & World Report
Newly Approved Imaging Agent Helps Find Prostate Cancer

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 12 (HealthDay News) -- Choline C 11, an imaging agent used for positron emission tomography (PET) testing, has been approved to help detect recurring prostate cancer, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday in a news release.

Reach: US News reaches more than 10 million unique visitors to its website each month.

Context:The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the production and use of Choline C 11 Injection, a Positron Emission Tomography (PET) imaging agent used to help detect recurrent prostate cancer. Choline C 11 Injection is manufactured and distributed by the Mayo Clinic PET Radiochemistry Facility in Rochester, Minn. The FDA issued a news release Sept. 12. For more information:

Positron Emission Tomography (PET)

FDA Approved Drugs: Questions and Answers2

FDA: Drug Innovation

Additional coverage:  Additional coverage: MedPage Today, HealthImaging, BioresearchOnline

Public Affairs Contact:  Joe Dangor

LA Times
Future wellness efforts may include advice based on genes
by Emily Sohn

As medical advances continue to deliver ever-more effective treatments for symptoms and diseases, some doctors say it's time to focus on keeping people from getting sick in the first place. In other words: Prevention needs to be the priority of the future…Ever since researchers began to sequence the human genome, there have been hopes that we might someday use that information to catch and fix flaws that lurk inside our cells. Today, it's possible — and even affordable — to have your entire genome sequenced, says Dr. Gianrico Farrugia, director of the Center for Individualized Medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. What's still a work in progress, though, is figuring out what to do with all of that information.

Circulation:  The Los Angeles Times has a daily readership of 1.9 million and 2.9 million on Sunday, more than 8 million unique visitors monthly and a combined print and online local weekly audience of 4.5 million. The Pulitzer Prize-winning Times has been covering Southern California for more than 128 years.

Context: Gianrico Farrugia, M.D. is director of the Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine. In the Center for Individualized Medicine at Mayo Clinic, physicians and scientists are working together to not only make new discoveries in genomic and clinical science, but also translate these breakthroughs into new ways to predict, diagnose and treat disease.

Additional coverage: Chicago Tribune

Public Affairs Contact: Sam Smith

Mayo Clinic sponsors state's first eating disorder walk

The Mayo Clinic will be sponsoring the first Minnesota walk for eating disorders on Sunday September 9th. The walk will take place at the Mall of America in Bloomington and proceeds from the event will help fund the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA). Dr. Leslie Sim, Mayo Clinic, and her patient, Elizabeth are live on the show. 

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: In the U.S., 10 million women and 1 million men suffer from eating disorders. Millions more suffer from binge eating disorders. The peak onset of eating disorders occurs during puberty and the late teen/early adult years, but symptoms can occur as young as kindergarten. Leslie Sim, Ph.D., L.P., Mayo Clinic Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine and Psychiatry and Psychology appeared on KARE11 to promote the National Eating Disorders Association Walk at Mall of America on Sunday, Sept. 9. Tips to prevent teen eating disorders can be found here.

Additional coverage: MyFox9 Twin Cities, WCCO Radio

Public Affairs Contact: Nick Hanson

Duluth woman finds friendship after rare double transplant
by Lindsey Seavert

At Mayo Clinic's Gift of Life Transplant Home, life is exactly how it is supposed to be for Jessica Danielson, 30, of Duluth.  She finds a measure of joy in every step. Wednesday, its baking muffins in the warmth of a kitchen while enjoying the comfort of a new friend…She was diagnosed with restrictive cardio myopathy, which means her heart doesn't relax fully between beats and fills with flood. The condition led to congestive heart failure. Doctors at Mayo Clinic say her lifesaving heart-liver transplant is only seen at the hospital around twice a year, and a six month wait wouldn't be unusual for the rare procedure, because both organs have to come from the same person.

Context: Jessica Danielson received her new heart and liver in June at Mayo Clinic. Her story was chronicled by Nightline in early May which was reported here along with other regional coverage.

Public Affairs Contacts: Nick Hanson, Ginger Plumbo

Failed J&J/Pfizer Alzheimer's drug was hitting target : studies
by Julie Steenhuysen

Data from two large studies of Pfizer Inc and Johnson & Johnson's Alzheimer's drug, bapineuzumab, show the treatment reduced underlying markers of the disease in some patients, suggesting the failed medication might work at an earlier stage…"WHOLE NEW AVENUE" Dr. Ronald Petersen, an Alzheimer's researcher at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, who had not yet seen the results, said the biomarker data are much more interesting than the clinical results, which were not "very likely to see something."

Circulation: Thomson Reuters is the world’s largest international multimedia news agency, providing investing news, world news, business news, technology news, headline news, small business news, news alerts, personal finance, stock market, and mutual funds information available on, video, mobile, and interactive television platforms.

Context: Ron Petersen, M.D., Ph.D., is the Cora Kanow Professor of Alzheimer’s Disease Research at Mayo Clinic. Dr. Petersen is regularly sought out by reporters as a leading expert in his medical field. Dr. Petersen chairs the Advisory Council on Alzheimer’s Research, Care and Services.

Public Affairs Contacts: Nick Hanson, Sharon Theimer

FDA OKs remote heart monitor

A Minnesota-made remote monitoring system that transmits patients' heart rhythms over a cellphone and allows doctors to review the data on their iPads has received approval by federal regulators. Developed in collaboration with Mayo Clinic, the BodyGuardian Remote Monitoring System allows remote observation of individuals with cardiac arrhythmias. The technology will allow physicians to monitor their patients' ECGs, heart rates, respiration rates and activity level while they go about their daily lives, Preventice said Monday.

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: Mayo Clinic licensed wireless patient monitoring technology (BodyGuardian) to Preventice for commercialization, with the goal of advancing medicine and improving patient care. Preventice and Mayo Clinic also are working together on other initiatives that unleash the power of today’s technology in the field of medicine. Through the licensing agreement, Mayo Clinic has equity ownership in Preventice. Both Mayo and the inventors will receive royalties from BodyGuardian. Revenue Mayo receives is used to support education and research. Charles Bruce, M.D., a Mayo Clinic cardiologist, is one of the inventors.

News release: NR_BodyGuardian FDA approval_FINAL_090612

Additional coverage:Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal, mobihealthnews, Sacramento Bee, Pioneer Press, KAAL, : USA Today, MedCity News,, Twin Cities Business Magazine, Post-Bulletin Blog, EMR Daily News, Post-Bulletin, Bloomberg, Chicago Sun-Times

Public Affairs Contacts: Traci Klein, Suzanne Leaf-Brock

Mayo Clinic Health System — where it all started
by Jeff Hansel

Way down in northeast Iowa 20 years ago, Winneshiek Medical Center in Decorah was looking to collaborate and approached Mayo Clinic leaders in Rochester, proposing a first-ever partnership. "It was a big decision for Mayo, when we first joined (Mayo Clinic Health System), whether they wanted to do that type of thing," said family physician Dr. Steven Sand.

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 recognition of  Mayo Clinic Health System's 20th anniversary, the Post-Bulletin published a package of stories looking at changes in the health system over the past two decades and specifically what the Health System presence has meant to local communities.  At each site, interviews emphasized patient-focused, quality care and collaboration throughout the Mayo enterprise.  Jeff Hansel, the reporter, interviewed a number of providers and patients as part of this series.

Related stories as part of the package: Austin Post-Bulletin, Post-Bulletin

Public Affairs Contact: Susan-Barber Lindquist

Star Tribune
Better (backside) coverage at the hospital

By Maura Lerner

It’s safe to say that the traditional hospital gown takes a lot of abuse.

It’s “universally despised by patients,” said Leslie Ziegler of Rock Health, a San Francisco consulting firm. The way it hangs open in the back can make anyone feel exposed and vulnerable. And the design hasn’t changed much in a century. That’s why Ziegler and her colleagues thought it would be a perfect topic for this week’s Mayo Clinic “Transform 2012” conference, which is all about rethinking the practice of health care.

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. Health Check blog: Star Tribune blog which 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:  The Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation held Transform 2012, its fifth collaborative symposium focused on redesigning the way health care is experienced and delivered, Sept. 9–11 in Rochester.

Public Affairs Contact: Fran Dickson

How is doctor burnout affecting patients?
by Emily Kaiser

A new Mayo Clinic study shows that doctors have a much higher burnout rate than any other profession.  "Researchers at the Mayo Clinic surveyed 7,288 physicians on their quality of life and job satisfaction," Elaine Schattner wrote for The Atlantic. "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."… Lotte Dyrbye, associate professor of medicine at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, also joined the discussion.

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: 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 MedicineLiselotte "Lotte" Dyrbye, M.D., Mayo Clinic primary care internal medicine, was one of the authors on the study. Mayo Clinic hemotalogist Tait Shanafelt, M.D. led the study.  Previous coverage is here.

Public Affairs Contacts: Nick Hanson, Bob Nellis

Mayo Clinic specialist discusses divergent end-of-life scenarios
by Jeff Hansel

People attending the Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation Transform 2012 symposium got an intimate look at diverging aspects of death and dying. Mayo Clinic end-of-life specialist Dr. Ed Creagan advises maintaining patient choice and control when death approaches.

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: Post-Bulletin, MedCity News

Context:  The Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation held Transform 2012, its fifth collaborative symposium focused on redesigning the way health care is experienced and delivered, Sept. 9–11 in Rochester. Ed Creagan, M.D., a Mayo Clinic oncologist,  spoke at Transform.

Public Affairs Contact: Fran Dickson

Mayo Review Looks At Increase in Military Suicides
by Brittany Lewis

Tuesday marks the 11th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks. But for many soldiers, the effects of that day still linger. Doctor Timothy Lineberry of Mayo Clinic took a look at the issue specifically within the US Army. In the first 6 months of the year, 154 soldiers took their own lives. That's an 18% jump from the same time period last year. Those statistics, led Lineberry to look into the issue, specifically suicides in the U.S. Army.  He says those increased 80% from 2004 to 2008. "The Army has provided the vast majority of troops that are serving in Iraq and Afghanistan," said Lineberry.

Reach: KAAL is owned by Hubbard Broadcasting Inc., which owns all ABC Affiliates in Minnesota including KSTP in Minneapolis-St. Paul and WDIO in Duluth. KAAL, which operates from Austin, also has ABC satellite stations in Alexandria and Redwood Falls. KAAL serves Southeast Minnesota and Northeast Iowa.

Context: The suicide rate in the U.S. Army now exceeds the rate in the general population, and psychiatric admission is now the most common reason for hospitalization in the Army. These concerning trends are described by Timothy Lineberry, M.D., a Mayo Clinic psychiatrist and suicide expert for the Army, in the September edition of Mayo Clinic Proceedings. In the article, he also outlines steps to assess and address military suicide — an issue he calls a major public health concern. Dr. Lineberry proposes greater use of gun locks, improving primary care for depression, and better monitoring for sleep disturbances, among other steps. A news release summaries the article here.

Additional coverage: KSTP, Medical Xpress, HealthCanal, Toronto Telegraph

Public Affairs Contact: Nick Hanson

New Regulation for Trucker Medical Exams
by Gordon Severson

Truckers have incredibly demanding jobs. From the uncertainty of our weather, pressure cooker deadlines, and not to mention the responsibilities on the road. That’s why every two years they’re required to go through a medical exam. Now, thanks to a federal regulation from the Department of Transportation, those exams must be conducted by federally trained physicians. "They’re dealing with everything from weather conditions to time constraints, they have to be able to physically turn and handle a very large vehicle with significant mass," says Dr. Clayton Cowl…Every year he sees dozens of drivers for their bi-yearly exams. But one day, he decided he'd like to walk the talk and got certified himself to driver a semi.

Reach:  See above.

Context: Mayo Clinic issued a news release Sept. 11. Big changes are coming to the medical evaluations required for many commercial driver's license holders, including truckers and bus drivers. Under new federal requirements, the medical examinations will only count if they are performed by a health care provider specially trained and certified to do so. The goal is preventing medical emergency-related truck and bus crashes through what likely will be more intense health exams, says Clayton Cowl, M.D., of Mayo Clinic.

Additional coverage:  Fleet Owner, Iowa Ag Connection

Public Affairs Contact: Sharon Theimer

Heart Health Chat

From 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, the Mayo Clinic, the American Heart Association and The Local Station collaborated on "Heart Chat" -- an online session to answer your questions about heart disease.  Dr. Fred Kusumoto and Dr. Issam Moussa of the Mayo Clinic were among those answering your questions. Scroll down and read the archived "Heart Chat."

Reach: WJXT is an independent television station serving Florida's First Coast that is licensed to Jacksonville.

Context: Cardiologists Fred Kusumoto, M.D. and Issam Moussa, M.D. of Mayo Clinic in Florida's cardiovascular diseases department were among those answering questions on the Heart Chat.

Public Affairs Contacts: Cindy Weiss, Jason Pratt

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