May 24, 2013

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights

By Karl Oestreich



May 24, 2013

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Star Tribune
Rochester, Mayo Clinic celebrate $585 million windfall from the state
By Jennifer Brooks

Minnesota came up with the money — more than half a billion dollars — and now Mayo Clinic is keeping its part of the bargain. It won’t be going anywhere anytime soon. “It’s a great day to be a Minnesotan, a great day to call Rochester our home,” Mayo CEO John Noseworthy told a cheering crowd Wednesday in Rochester. He was flanked by Gov. Mark Dayton and legislative leaders, all celebrating the herculean effort that went into ramming the $585 million Mayo legislation through the Legislature in a matter of months.

Mayo Clinic celebrates state funding approval, but questions remain on expansion details
by Elizabeth Baier

Mayo Clinic's proposed 20-year, $5 billion investment plan to make its flagship campus a "destination medical center" is closer to becoming reality.  The tax bill awaits Gov. Mark Dayton's signature to become law, but Mayo Clinic, local and state officials are celebrating the legislative victory, which commits $327 million in state aid for Rochester, Minn.  Amid the celebration, questions remain about how exactly the clinic plans to expand and how local taxpayers will contribute to the growth in Rochester.  Hundreds of Mayo employees, local and state officials, even former Vice President Walter Mondale filled the lobby of the Mayo Clinic building in Rochester Wednesday, to celebrate what Mayo and government officials say is the largest economic development initiative in Minnesota's history.

Additional DMC Celebration Coverage:
Star Tribune, KIMT, KAAL, KTTC, KARE 11, Post-Bulletin, MinnPost, Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal,

Other Prominent DMC Coverage This Past Week:
Our View: Norton defied odds, Senjem defied party for DMC

Dayton hails results of session

Pioneer Press
Lawmakers sign off on Mayo vision

Pioneer Press
Mayo Clinic expansion plan calls for $400 million in state infrastructure support

Additional DMC Coverage:
Sioux Falls Argus Leader, Post-Bulletin, The Republic Ind., Post-Bulletin, Pioneer Press, MPR, KAAL, Star Tribune, Finance & Commerce, Post-Bulletin, Star Tribune

Destination Medical Center Website

Public Affairs Contacts: Bryan Anderson, Karl Oestreich

Pikeville Medical Center joins Mayo Clinic Care Network

A major announcement for healthcare in the mountains on Thursday. Pikeville Medical Center and Mayo Clinic officials announced a collaboration to connect doctors with Mayo Clinic specialists. The announcement made at a news conference is one that hospital President/CEO Walter E. May calls the most important announcement in the hospital's history… Dr. Stephen Lange with the Mayo Clinic Care Network explains, "Breakthrough research will be available right here in this community and less people will have to travel to get answers to their complex questions."

Reach: WYMT is a CBS affiliate in Lexington, KY. The station serves the east-central part of Kentucky. WKYT leads in total-day and late-night news ratings.

Additional Coverage: Kingsport Times News, Huntington Herald-Dispatch, Lexington Herald Leader, Lane Report, WSAZ,, Appalachian News-Express

'Humble anchorman' speaks at Mayo Clinic commencement
by Brett Boese

In some ways, Tom Brokaw's life came full circle Saturday morning in Rochester. In 1957, the self-described "whiz kid" visited the Med City to purchase the first suit of his life at Hanny's. He then left for New York to participate on a game show opposite South Dakota Gov. Joe Foss, a renowned fighter pilot during World War II. Brokaw returned to Rochester on Saturday, nattily dressed, as one of the most recognized figures across the globe. During a commencement ceremony at Mayo Civic Center, he became the first recipient of an honorary degree from the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine.

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 on Tom Brokaw's Commencement Speech: NBC Nightly News (fast forward about 1.5 minutes), KARE 11, Post-Bulletin, KAAL, KTTC, San Francisco Chronicle, WCCO, Yankton Daily Press S.D., WXOW Eau Claire, The Republic Ind., Tampa Bay Tribune, Duluth News Tribune, FOX 47

Context: Tom Brokaw, internationally known special correspondent for NBC News, received the first-ever Mayo Clinic honorary degree — the Doctor of Letters (Hon.D.Litt.) — in recognition of his career as a distinguished journalist and best-selling author, his significant contributions to the preservation of history through the arts, and his dedication to public service and exemplary service to Mayo Clinic. The first conferment of an honorary degree (honoris causa) by Mayo Clinic and the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine occured during a joint commencement ceremony for the graduating classes of Mayo Graduate School and Mayo Medical School on Saturday, May 18. During the commencement ceremony, 67 physicians and scientists will receive degrees from Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. (In all, 84 physicians and scientists will receive degrees, including those who are not attending the ceremony.)

Mayo Clinic's College of Medicine educates medical and science professionals through five schools: Mayo Medical School, Mayo Graduate School, Mayo School of Health Sciences, Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education and Mayo School of Continuous Professional Development.

Mayo Medical School was established in 1972 and has more than 190 students currently enrolled in its four-year M.D. program. Mayo Graduate School was established in 1989 and grants Ph.D., M.D.-Ph.D., and master's degrees in 11 focus areas of biomedical research. The school has over 270 students.

News Release: Tom Brokaw to Receive Mayo Clinic's First-Ever Honorary Degree, Address Commencement

Public Affairs Contact: Ginger Plumbo

Mayo Clinic researchers seek tiny option against cancer
by Jeff Hansel

…But Mayo researchers say if they cut calcium uptake by the mitochondria, "sufficient cellular stress builds up, making the gold nanoparticles more effective in destroying cancer cells." "Everybody's dancing about with happiness about nanoparticles. But every nanoparticle isn't the same," said Dr. Y.S. Prakash, an anesthesiologist and physiologist at Mayo in Rochester. "Every kind of nanoparticle, whether it's made from gold, silver, titanium, carbon, each one behaves differently. Not only does each one behave differently, it behaves differently in different cell types."

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 Relating to Gold Nanoparticles: BreakThrough Digest, HealthCanal, Science Daily, Medical Daily, Science Newsline, Physorg Nanowerk

Context: Positively charged gold nanoparticles are usually toxic to cells, but cancer cells somehow manage to avoid nanoparticle toxicity. Mayo Clinic researchers found out why and determined how to make the nanoparticles effective against ovarian cancer cells. The discovery is detailed in the current online issue of the Journal of Biological Chemistry.

News Release: Mayo Clinic: How Gold Nanoparticles Can Help Fight Ovarian Cancer

Public Affairs Contact: Bob Nellis

Good Question: How Do You Keep Fear Of Storms From Becoming A Phobia?
By Jason DeRusha

The skies turn gray. The lightning cracks. Thunder booms. For most of us, a fleeting moment of fear is as bad as it gets. “I was petrified of tornadoes. Would almost pass out when the sirens went off,” said Kathy Lauer on my Facebook page. “Even when there’s not a storm, [kids are] checking the weather, they’re feeling nervous if it gets overcast. That’s different,” said Dr. Steven Whiteside, a Mayo Clinic child psychologist who specializes in anxiety.

Reach: WCCO 4 News is the most-watched newscast in the Twin Cities, in 5 out of 7 newscasts.

KMSP FOX Twin Cities
Tips for tackling 'thunderphobia' in children
by Lindsey LaBelle

Severe weather can trigger severe anxiety, especially in children, and the Mayo Clinic Children's Center is offering ways for parents to confront the subject for a stress-free storm season. Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health problem in kids, and they often take their weather-related fears with them to school, hindering their concentration, Children's Center anxiety prevention expert and psychologist Dr. Stephen Whiteside says.

Reach: FOX 9 News (WFTC) typically has good viewership for its 9 p.m., newscast, but lags behind its competitors at 5, 6 and 10 p.m. Minneapolis-St.Paul is the 16th largest television market in the United States with 1.7 million TV homes.  

Additional Coverage Relating to Storm Anxiety:
Health24, NBC News Pa., Hawaii News Now,  Doctors Lounge, News Medical, Newsday, HealthDay, KEYC Mankato, HealthNewsDigest

Context: Violent storms — often accompanied by lightning, thunder, heavy rain, powerful winds and even tornado warnings — can be stressful for anyone, but severe weather can trigger much more severe anxiety, especially among children. Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health problem in kids and adults. Mayo Clinic Children's Center anxiety prevention expert and psychologist Stephen Whiteside, Ph.D., offers tips to help conquer weather-related fears.

News Release: Thunderphobia: Mayo Experts Offer Tips to Help Children Conquer Severe Weather Fears

Public Affairs Contact: Nick Hanson

Study Links Coffee to Lower Risk for Rare Liver Disease
by Mary Dallas

Just a few extra cups of coffee each month might help prevent the development of an autoimmune liver disease known as primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC), a new study suggests. Investigators from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., found that drinking coffee was associated with a reduced risk of developing the disease, which can lead to cirrhosis of the liver, liver failure and biliary cancer. This association, however, does not prove a cause-and-effect relationship. "While rare, PSC has extremely detrimental effects," Dr. Craig Lammert, an instructor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic, said in a news release from the Digestive Disease Week annual meeting in Orlando.

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

Additional coverage: MedPage Today, Mirror UK, Business Standard,, Big News Network, Science World Report, French Tribune, News-Medical, redOrbit, Healio,, Newsday, Winnipeg Free Press, Medical DailyRTT News, Voice of America, Wall Street Journal, CBS Atlanta, Utah Peoples Post, Pentagon Post, Science Recorder, Highlight Press, Headline and Global News, Barchester Health, UPI, KMSP FOX9, Health24

Context: Regular consumption of coffee is associated with a reduced risk of primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC), an autoimmune liver disease, Mayo Clinic research shows. The findings were being presented at the Digestive Disease Week 2013 conference in Orlando, Fla.

News Release: Consuming Coffee Linked to Lower Risk of Detrimental Liver Disease, Mayo Clinic Finds

Public Affairs Contact: Brian Kilen

WEAU Eau Claire
Camp Wabi

The Mayo Clinic Health System and YMCA are once again sponsoring Camp Wabi for kids struggling with weight issues. Dr. John Plewa, Mayo Clinic Health System pediatrician, and fifth-grader Lucas Winkler of Durand, talk about Camp Wabi.

Reach: WEAU-TV is the NBC affiliate for much of western Wisconsin, including Eau Claire and La Crosse. WEAU is licensed to Eau Claire and its transmitter is located in Fairchild, Wisc.

Context: Summer camp means fun and friends. One camp sponsored by Mayo Clinic Health System and the YMCA helps kids who struggle with their weight make better health choices. John Plewa, M.D. is a Mayo Clinic Health System pediatrician.

Public Affairs Contact: Susan Barber Lindquist

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