April 5, 2013

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights

By Karl Oestreich



April 5, 2013

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PBS NewsHour
Estimating the Soaring Price Tag and Other Costs of Dementia Care

A new study by the RAND Corporation estimates the cost of dementia care as $41,000 to $56,000 anually per patient. Jeffrey Brown examines the findings and implications with Dr. Ronald Petersen, director of the Mayo Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, and Dr. Richard Hodes, director of the National Institute of Aging.

Reach: PBS NewsHour is an hour-long evening newscast with detailed analysis of major national and international issues.

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 Contact: Nick Hanson

NBC Nightly News
Researchers discover genes linked to deadly cancers

Gene variations know to affect risk for some of the deadliest cancers may soon lead to new blood tests that determine how much a person is at risk. NBC’s Robert Bazell reports. Mayo Clinic doctors Sandhya Pruthi and Fergus Couch are interviewed for the story.

Reach: NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams continues to be the top rated evening newscast with more than 7.9 million viewers each night.

Additional Coverage:
NBC News: New study finds big batch of cancer genes
MPR, KMSP, KARE 11, Science Codex, My Fox Phoenix, Ivanhoe, MSN Canada

Context: Fergus J. Couch, Ph.D., Mayo Clinic Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, studies how genetic alterations influence the development of both breast and pancreatic cancer. The long-term goals of his research program are to develop methods that predict an individual's risk of developing breast cancer and facilitate cancer prevention efforts, as well as develop tests that improve selection of treatment for individuals with breast and pancreatic cancer. Sandhya Pruthi, M.D. is the principal investigator at Mayo Clinic for several nationwide multicenter breast cancer chemoprevention trials; these are interdisciplinary efforts with the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center. She is also actively involved in cancer education for both patients and health care providers.

Public Affairs Contacts: Traci Klein, Joe Dangor

Celiac diagnoses rose during 2000s: study
by Andrew Seaman

The number of Americans diagnosed with celiac disease continued to rise over the past decade but leveled off in 2004, according to a new study… "We're finding a lot more celiac disease," said Dr. Joseph Murray, the study's senior author from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. "Some of that is probably that we're better at detecting it, but the fact that we're finding it all the time shows that there are a number of new cases," he added.

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Context: Joseph Murray, M.D., who has joint Mayo Clinic appointments Gastroenterology and Hepatology and Primary Immunodeficiency Center in Minnesota, is an epxert in celiac disease or gluten sensitivity and enteropathy.

Public Affairs Contacts: Sharon Theimer, Brian Kilen

News 4 Jax
Double lung transplant

Dr. Cesar Keller, pulmonary and critical care specialist at Mayo Clinic, and patient Shirley Thompson are interviewed on the Channel 4 morning show.

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

Context:Cesar Keller, M.D. has joint appointments in Pulmonary Medicine and Transplantation at Mayo Clinic in Florida. Mayo Clinic, with transplant services in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota, performs more transplants than any other medical center in the world. Mayo Clinic has pre-eminent adult and pediatric transplant programs, offering cardiac, liver, kidney, pancreas and bone marrow transplant services. Since performing the first clinical transplant in 1963, Mayo’s efforts to continually improve and expand organ transplantation have placed Mayo at the leading edge of clinical and basic transplant research worldwide. Research activities in the Transplant Center at Mayo Clinic have contributed significantly to the current successful outcomes of organ transplantation.

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