November 30, 2012

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights

By Karl Oestreich



November 30, 2012

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Washington Post (AP) 
More NFL players testing positive for amphetamines as many blame failed tests on Adderall

More NFL players are testing positive for amphetamines, a class of substances that includes the ADHD drug Adderall. Since the start of last season, more than 10 players suspended for failing drug tests have publicly blamed it on taking the stimulant… “It would absolutely give you a competitive advantage. Fatigue, focus, concentration, maybe aggression,” said Dr. Michael Joyner, a sports physiologist and anesthesiologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. “And if they were using it during training, the ability to train harder, longer, the ability to have fewer bad days.”

Circulation: Weekday circulation of The Washington Post averages 518,700, and Sunday circulation averages 736,800.

Additional Coverage: The Star, National Post, CBC, Globe and Mail

Context: Michael Joyner, M.D., is a Mayo Clinic anesthesiologist. His research focuses on how humans respond to various forms of physical and mental stress during activities such as exercise, hypoxia, standing up and blood loss. Dr. Joyner and his team study how the nervous system regulates blood pressure, heart rate and metabolism in response to these forms of stress.

Public Affairs Contact: Sharon Theimer

Boston Globe
Mayor Menino is diagnosed with type 2 diabetes
by Andrew Ryan

…Type 2 diabetes is a chronic condition in which high blood sugar can cause problems with the heart, circulatory system, and nerves. If left untreated, complications can include blindness, kidney failure, and the amputation of limbs.  “About one-third of all affected people will have some type of complication,” said Dr. Adrian Vella of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. “Appropriate management mitigates and minimizes this risk. But it doesn’t make it go away completely.”

Circulation: The Boston Globe has a daily circulation of more than 225,000 and Sunday circulation of more than 365,000.

Context: Adrian Vella, M.D. is a Mayo Clinic endocrinologist.

Public Affairs Contact: Bob Nellis

Star Tribune
Carbs are bad, but are fats good for brain?
by Warren Wolf

Older people who load their plates with carbohydrates have four times the risk of developing mild cognitive impairment -- often a precursor to Alzheimer's disease -- a new study at Mayo Clinic indicates. "That was a bit of a surprise," said Dr. Rosebud Roberts, lead epidemiologist on the research team. "I thought the big problem would be eating too little protein."

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: People 70 and older who eat food high in carbohydrates have nearly four times the risk of developing mild cognitive impairment, and the danger also rises with a diet heavy in sugar, Mayo Clinic researchers have found. Those who consume a lot of protein and fat relative to carbohydrates are less likely to become cognitively impaired, the study found. The findings are published in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease. The research highlights the importance of a well-rounded diet, says lead author Rosebud Roberts, M.B., Ch.B., a Mayo Clinic epidemiologist.

News Release

Public Affairs Contact: Nick Hanson

Study: Chest CT Scans May Increase Breast Cancer Risk
by Serena Gordon

Use of medical imaging has surged in the past decade, and now a new study suggests the trend carries a risk: Having multiple cardiac and chest CT scans may increase the chances of breast cancer, researchers report…Richard Morin, professor of radiologic physics at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., agreed that limiting unnecessary CT scans and radiation exposure is critical. "As long as the exam is appropriate, the benefit to the patient far outweighs the radiation risk for that patient," said Morin, who was not involved in the study.

Reach: HealthDay distributes its health news to media outlets several times each day.

Context: Richard Morin, Ph.D. is a medical physicist at Mayo Clinic in Florida.

Public Affairs Contact: Kevin Punsky

Pioneer Press
'Transplant' was 'passion project' for Minneapolis filmmaker
by Amy Gustafson

"Transplant: A Gift for Life" was a labor of love for Minneapolis filmmaker Dennis "Denny" Mahoney. He was inspired to create the Emmy Award-winning Twin Cities Public Television documentary about transplant patients, their families and doctors after his own liver transplant in 2008…Unfortunately, Mahoney didn't live long enough to see his documentary air on TPT last March. And he wasn't there when it won a regional Emmy for best topical documentary in September. Mahoney died from cancer -- unrelated to the transplant -- in February at age 62.  This month, "Transplant," which features patients and specialists from the Mayo Clinic and the University of Minnesota, began airing nationally on PBS stations around the country.

Circulation: The St. Paul Pioneer Press has a daily circulation of 226,108 and its Sunday newspaper circulation is 270,811. Its website had approximately 18.6 million page views (March 2011) and the Pioneer Press and reaches about 3.3 million people each month.

Context:  Transplant: A Gift for Life — a one-hour, Emmy Award-winning PBS documentary that includes Mayo Clinic transplant patients, their families, and doctors — began airing on public television stations nationwide on Nov. 8. PBS stations will air the program simultaneously through the PBS World channel, and many other PBS stations will air the program at various times (check local listings) over the next three years. Mayo Clinic has one of the largest and most experienced transplant practices in the United States, with campuses in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota.

News Release

Public Affairs Contact: Ginger Plumbo

Star Tribune
A legendary nun ponders history, pickles at Mayo Clinic
By Jon Tevlin, Columnist

On a sunny November day, Sister Generose Gervais huddled over her desk inside St. Mary's Hospital, surrounded by well-stocked book shelves, mounted certificates and religious figurines. Even though she's 93 and officially retired as hospital administrator in the 1980s, she is conducting business from her office most days, pulling out a file to crunch the most recent numbers of the fall bazaar, a charity event that has helped more than 10,000 low-income patients over the years. "Wait!" she said. "I want to get the numbers right. Here: ten thousand, four hundred and eight people. The amount of money raised, well, let's just call it $17 million."

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: Proceeds from the sale of Sister Generose's pickles and jams support the Poverello Fund, which was established in 1983 to help patients who need financial assistance with hospital charges at Saint Marys Hospital.

Public Affairs Contacts: Nick Hanson, John Murphy

Yuma Sun
YRMC joins Mayo Clinic Care Network
by Joyce Lobeck

Yuma Regional Medical Center is now a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, a partnership that will provide cancer patients in Yuma access to cutting-edge treatment and expertise close to home. It's all part of the hospital's ongoing mission to provide the highest level of care close to home whenever possible for local residents and visitors, Pat Walz, president and CEO of YRMC, said during a news conference Tuesday…Mayo's role for patient care in Yuma will be to provide guidance in challenging situations, said Dr. Ruben Mesa, director of the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center. On the other end of the spectrum, patients will have access to difficult procedures in Phoenix but receive most of their care in Yuma.

Reach: The Yuma Sun's online edition covers local and state news to people living in Yuma County, the southwest corner of Arizona. The online edition has more than 99,000 unique users per month and more than 1.4 million page views per month. The daily circulation of the print version is more than 19,000.

Additional Coverage: KYMA Ariz, KSWT Ariz

Context: Yuma Regional Medical Center (YRMC) became the 11th member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network on Nov. 20. The collaboration between YRMC and Mayo Clinic physicians will be rolled out initially through Yuma Regional Cancer Center, with opportunities for physicians from both organizations to work together in additional specialties in the future.

News Release

Public Affairs Contact: Jim McVeigh

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