January 25, 2013

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights

By Karl Oestreich



 January 25, 2013

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Wall Street Journal
Juicers Invade Kitchen Counters
by Ellen Byron

Kimberly Egan’s morning brew features kale, parsley, spinach, lime, appleas, grapes and pineapple…Some nutrients actually get lost in juicing, says Jennifer Nelson, director of clinical nutrition for the Mayo Clinic. “You’re getting a higher quota of some nutrients, but not necessarily all of them.” On the other hand, adding a serving of juice to a regular diet can be beneficial…Recipes tend to promote deep orange and leafy green vegetables often lacking in many diets, Ms. Nelson says.

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: Jennifer Nelson leads Mayo Clinic clinical nutrition efforts for a staff of more than 70 clinical dietitians and nine dietetic technicians and oversees staffing, strategic and financial planning, and quality improvement. Nelson was co-editor of the James Beard Foundation Award-winning "The New Mayo Clinic Cookbook" and the New York Times best-seller "The Mayo Clinic Diet."

Public Affairs Contacts: Bob Nellis, Traci Klein

Huffington Post
Most Common Reasons For Seeing A Doctor Revealed In New Study

If you've ever sat in the doctor's office and wondered what, exactly, everyone else was there for, a new Mayo Clinic study might quench your curiosity. Surprisingly, researchers found that the most common condition people visit their health care providers for isn't heart disease or diabetes -- it's skin disorders, like acne or dermatitis, which accounted for 42.7 percent of the doctor visits. The study is published in the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

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

Additional Coverage: MinnPost

Context: A new Mayo Clinic Proceedings study shows that people most often visit their health care providers because of skin issues, joint disorders and back pain. Findings may help researchers focus efforts to determine better ways to prevent and treat these conditions in large groups of people. "Much research already has focused on chronic conditions, which account for the majority of health care utilization and costs in middle-aged and older adults," says Jennifer St. Sauver, Ph.D., primary author of the study and member of the Population Health Program within the Mayo Clinic Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery. "We were interested in finding out about other types of conditions that may affect large segments of the population across all age groups."

News Release: Mayo Clinic: Skin Problems, Joint Disorders Top List of Reasons People Visit Doctors

Public Affairs Contact: Shelly Plutowski

Mayo Clinic enlists 'Long Day's Journey Into Night' as a teaching tool about addiction
by Susan Perry

Few plays depict addiction and its destructive effects on families with as much brutal honesty as Eugene O’Neill’s masterpiece “Long Day’s Journey Into Night.”… This Saturday, Jan. 26, the Mayo Clinic is partnering with the Guthrie Theater to use “Long Day’s Journey Into Night” as a vehicle for discussing addiction and its effects on individuals and families. The all-day seminar includes a full performance of the Guthrie’s current production of O’Neill’s play as well as presentations and panel discussions by addiction experts from the Mayo Clinic and elsewhere. Actress Melissa Gilbert will also speak about her personal history with alcoholism and drug abuse. 

Circulation: MinnPost is a nonprofit, nonpartisan enterprise which provides news and analysis based on reporting by professional journalists, most of whom have decades of experience in the Twin Cities media. According to MinnPost, the site averages more than 450,000 visits and more than 850,000 page views a month. At the end of 2010, MinnPost also had 8,800 followers on Twitter and its main Facebook page was liked by 3,500-plus readers.

Context: "Windows Into Hope: Stories of Addiction and Recovery" will take place on Saturday, Jan. 26, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. Speakers will include physicians and researchers from Mayo Clinic, the University of California-San Diego, and the University of South Carolina, who will explore topics like the differences between treating addiction in males and females; pathways to addiction among adolescents; psychiatric illness and chemical dependence; and substance abuse in the military. There will also be plenty of room for questions from the crowd. This year's program features actress Melissa Gilbert from "Little House on the Prairie." She will take the stage to share her own stories of addiction.

Public Affairs Contact: Nick Hanson

Minnesota Public Radio (MPR)
Puerto Rican provider joins Mayo network
by Elizabeth Baier

A Puerto Rican medical and dental provider has joined the Mayo Clinic as the newest member of its care network. San Juan-based Clinica Salus is the first health system in the Caribbean to join Mayo's care network. It provides services to patients at loctions in San Juan and around the island. Bob Brigham, chief administrative officer for Mayo Clinic's Florida campus, said under the new partnership, Salus physicians will have access to Mayo Clinic specialists and medical information closer to home.

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.

Additional Coverage: Jacksonville Business Journal

Context: Mayo Clinic and Salus officials announced this week that Salus, a premier ambulatory health care medical and dental provider in the metropolitan San Juan area, is the first member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean.

News Release: Salus in Puerto Rico Joins Mayo Clinic Care Network

Public Affairs Contact: Kevin Punsky

NBC News & KARE 11
After losing fingers to snow blower, pianist plays again

After losing three fingers in a tragic accident involving a snow blower, a man in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, teaches himself how to play the piano again. KARE’s Boyd Huppert reports.

Reach: nbcnews.com receives more than 1.6 million unque vistors each month. 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.

Additional Coverage: Daily Mail (UK), KSNV, New York Daily News 

Context: After his wife called 911, an ambulance rushed Jim Radloff to Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, Wisc. Doctors shortened the fingers so they could rearrange what was left of the skin to cover up the opening and improve the cosmetic appearance, during a process called revision amputation. Following therapists helped Radloff regain movement in what was left of his hand and his wrist. Radloff had already started playing piano again by his first post-operation appointment. His dexterity improved with every visit and when he got home he tested his progress anew from the piano bench.

Public Affairs Contact: Susan Barber Lindquist

Sun City doctors report progress toward first test for Parkinson’s 

For Drs. Charles Adler and Thomas Beach, one of the most difficult parts of diagnosing Parkinson’s disease is that they could be wrong. “There is no test, so we don’t have any way of looking at making a diagnosis while someone is alive,” said Adler, a neurologist with the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale. But Adler and Beach, a senior scientist at the Banner Sun Health Research Institute, are reporting strides in developing the first diagnostic test to detect Parkinson’s, a devastating and chronic neurological disorder.

Reach: azcentral.com receives more than 1.9 million unique visitors each month and is part of Republic Media which includes the Arizona Republic and 12 News. 

Previous Coverage

Context: Described as a “big step forward” for research and treatment of Parkinson’s disease, new research from Mayo Clinic in Arizona and Banner Sun Health Research Institute suggests that testing a portion of a person’s saliva gland may be a way to diagnose the disease. The study was released today and will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s annual meeting in San Diego in March. “There is currently no diagnostic test for Parkinson’s disease,” says study author Charles Adler, M.D., Ph.D., a neurologist with Mayo Clinic in Arizona. “We have previously shown in autopsies of Parkinson’s patients that the abnormal proteins associated with Parkinson’s are consistently found in the submandibular saliva glands, found under the lower jaw. This is the first study demonstrating the value of testing a portion of the saliva gland to diagnose a living person with Parkinson’s disease. Making a diagnosis in living patients is a big step forward in our effort to understand and better treat patients.”

News Release: Saliva Gland Test for Parkinson’s Shows Promise, Study Finds

Public Affairs Contact: Jim McVeigh

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