February 15, 2013

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights

By Karl Oestreich



February 15, 2013

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Business Insider
Mayo Clinic Has A Radical Plan To Expand Its Reach Across The World
by Max Nisen

The health care industry, and hospitals in particular, are under incredible pressure to cut costs and increase the quality of care. For many, the response has been to consolidate…"For well over 100 years everything we do every day is continually retooling how we work to provide safer care, better care, more efficient care, for our patients," Noseworthy said. "The Affordable Care Act and everything else that's happening in the industry is putting a sharper pencil on that, but we're not really reacting to the law."

Reach: Business Insider has more than 19.6 million page views each month. the on-line publication focuses on business news. The site provides and analyzes business news and acts as an aggregator of top news stories from around the web.  Its content is sometimes cited by other, larger, publications such as The New York Times and domestic news outlets like National Public Radio.

Context:  John Noseworthy, M.D., is president and CEO of Mayo Clinic. Dr. Noseworthy recently chatted with Business Insider about Mayo’s work and pioneering leadership in shaping the future of health care.

Additional Coverage: Yahoo! Canada, Becker’s Hospital Review

Public Affairs Contact: Karl Oestreich

ABC News
4 Facts Every Woman Needs to Know About Heart Disease
by Liz Neporent

ABC New’s chief health and medical correspondent, Dr. Richard Besser, held a tweet chat yesterday to raise public awareness for this issue. Health experts from the Mayo ClinicNational Heart Lung Blood InstituteAmerican Heart AssociationEvery Mother Counts and Montefiore Medical Center in New York City tweeted facts and advice. Olympian and The Heart Truth spokeswoman Gabby Douglas also tweeted her thoughts on the topic, as did women who signed in to share their personal stories.

Related Story:
ABC News
Heart Disease Is Number One Killer of Minority Women

Circulation:  ABCNews.com is the official website for ABC News.

Context: ABC New’s chief health and medical correspondent, Dr. Richard Besser, held a tweet chat this week to raise public awareness for this issue. Health experts from the Mayo Clinic, National Heart Lung Blood Institute, American Heart Association, Every Mother Counts and Montefiore Medical Center in New York City tweeted facts and advice. Olympian and The Heart Truth spokeswoman Gabby Douglas also tweeted her thoughts on the topic, as did women who signed in to share their personal stories.

Public Affairs Contact: Nick Hanson

Mayo Clinic begins first major SCAD study

New research is looking into a rare and often deadly condition that strikes mostly young, healthy women called Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection, or SCAD. Alison Harmelin speaks with one woman who survived her SCAD heart attack.

Reach: CBSNEWS.com is part of CBS Interactive, a division of CBS Corporation. The CBS web properties have more than 250 million people visit its properties each month.

Additional Coverage:
Research Begins At The Mayo Clinic On Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection

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 Contacts: Traci Klein, Joe Dangor

NPR (Science Friday)
Science of Slumber: How Sleep Affects Your Memory

We spend a lot of time sleeping (roughly one-third of our lives, according to the National Institutes of Health). But how much downtime do our brains really need? Experts (including Michael Silber, Co-director, The Center for Sleep Medicine, Mayo Clinic) discuss the links between sleep, memory and cognition, and why our sleep patterns change as we age.

Reach: Science Friday is a weekly science talk show, broadcast live over public radio stations nationwide from 2-4pm Eastern time as part of NPR's 'Talk of the Nation' programming. Each week, we focus on science topics that are in the news and try to bring an educated, balanced discussion to bear on the scientific issues at hand.

Context: Michael H. Silber, M.B., Ch.B., is a Mayo Clinic physician with appointments in Neurology and Center for Sleep Medicine at Mayo Clinic.

Public Affairs Contacts: Alyson Fleming, Bob Nellis

Star Tribune
Schafer: A thriving Rochester is Mayo Clinic's only option
by Lee Schafer

So Mayo gets what it wants or it may leave, like the Minnesota Vikings were decamping for Los Angeles without a new publicly funded place to play? Actually, the situations are quite different. While Mayo’s CEO talks of other options should its plan die, the “Destination Medical Center” initiative really only makes sense in Rochester. And, more importantly, the threat to the state here is far bigger than no pro football, if inaction means the Mayo Clinic loses a lot of ground to well-funded competitors among global medical care centers.

Post Bulletin
Destination Medical Center: Mayo Clinic wants 'livable city' downtown
by Jeff Hansel

Dr. Brad Narr, medical director for the Destination Medical Community effort at the Legislature in Minnesota, says there are many things that can be done to help Mayo succeed and Minnesota's success is tied to Mayo's…We've raised our four kids here, we love this community, we can't imagine a better community to raise a family," Narr said…"We think that we have a great city right now, with regards to the activities that we have to do — we just need more of it," Narr said.

Related Coverage:
Star Tribune
Letter of the day (Feb. 11): Choices ahead for southeastern Minnesota

St. Cloud Times
Our View: Say 'yes' to Mayo - on essentials

Mayo expansion bill eases past 1st Capitol hurdle

Dayton Offers Stronger Support For Mayo Expansion
Related Coverage:
MPR, KTTC, Star Tribune, KAAL, KARE 11, La Crosse Tribune, Bemidji Pioneer, Grand Forks Herald

Additional Coverage: Post Bulletin, KARE 11, Inforum, KAAL, KTTC, Pioneer PressPioneer Press, MPR, MPR

Context: On Jan. 30, Mayo Clinic announced Destination Medical Center (DMC), a $5 billion economic development initiative to secure Minnesota’s status as a global medical destination center now and in the future. The goal of DMC is to ensure that Minnesota and Mayo Clinic are destinations for medical care in the coming decades. This initiative is the culmination of a three-year study by Mayo Clinic to chart its future business strategy in an increasingly complex, competitive and global business environment.

Previous Coverage from Feb. 8 Weekly Highlights

Previous Coverage from Feb. 1 Weekly Highlights

News Release: Destination Medical Center Bill Introduced in Minnesota House, Senate

News Release: Mayo Clinic to Invest More than $3 Billion to Position Minn. as World Destination for Health Care

Destination Medical Center Website

DMC Media Kit

Frequently Asked Questions About DMC

Public Affairs Contacts: Karl Oestreich, Bryan Anderson

WCCO Radio
Chad Hartman Show

Dr. Eric Tangalos discusses the projections that the number of people in the U.S. with Alzheimer’s disease will almost triple by 2050 and discusses general treatment for the disease.

Reach: Chad Hartman's show is daily on WCCO-AM/830 from noon to 3 p.m. Central Time.  WCCO radio boasts one of the largest coverage areas in the country as it reaches into portions of North and South Dakota during the day.

Context: Eric Tangalos, M.D., Mayo Clinic Primary Care Internal Medicine, is co-director of the Information Transfer Core for Mayo's Alzheimer's Disease Research Center.

Public Affairs Contact: Nick Hanson

Florida Times-Union
Mayo gets $7 million grant for Parkinson's study
by Roger Bull

Mayo Clinic Jacksonville has received a five-year, $7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to continue its study of the genetic causes of Parkinson’s disease. As the genetic keys are found, those with a greater likelihood of developing the disease can take steps to reduce the chances, said Dennis Dickson, a neuropathologist and the center’s director.

Additional Coverage: Post Bulletin, Jacksonville Business Journal

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

Context: The National Institutes of Health has given Mayo Clinic in Florida a five-year, $7 million extension of its Udall Center of Excellence in Parkinson's Disease Research grant. NIH has continuously funded Mayo Clinic's Udall Center since 1999, shortly after President Bill Clinton signed the Morris K. Udall Parkinson's Disease Research Act into law.

News Release: NIH Extends Udall Grant Supporting Mayo Clinic's Parkinson's Research

Public Affairs Contact: Kevin Punsky

Florida Times-Union
Mayo Clinic researchers identify abnormal protein found in many patients with Lou Gehrig's disease and frontotemporal dementia
by Charlie Patton

Researchers at Mayo Clinic have discovered an abnormal protein that accumulates in the brains of many patients affected with two common neurodegenerative disorders — amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease, and frontotemporal dementia.

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

Context: Researchers at Mayo Clinic have discovered an abnormal protein that accumulates in the brains of many patients affected with two common neurodegenerative disorders — amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease, and frontotemporal dementia. They say their findings have uncovered a potentially new therapeutic target and biomarker that would allow clinicians to confirm diagnosis of the diseases. The study is published online today in the journal Neuron.

News Release: Novel Protein May Help Detect Lou Gehrig's Disease and Dementia, Mayo Clinic Finds

Public Affairs Contact: Kevin Punsky

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