June 14, 2013

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights

By Karl Oestreich



June 14, 2013

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HPV causes a growing number of oral cancers
by Liz Szabo

Michael Douglas discussed his battle with throat cancer in an interview with The Guardian newspaper, in which doctors raised the point that some throat cancers can be caused by a sexually transmitted virus, HPV, related to cervical cancer. But Douglas' spokesperson has rebutted the newspaper's headline saying that oral sex caused his cancer. The spokesperson said that the article simply included discussion of oral sex as a suspected cause of certain oral cancers… Q. Does everyone who is infected get cancer? A. In an estimated 85% of cases, a person's immune system gets rid of the infection, just as it would eventually overcome a cold virus, says Eric Moore, an associate professor of otolaryngology at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. The immune system knocks out most HPV infections on the cervix, as well, before they cause harm.

Circulation: USA TODAY has a circulation of 1.8 million and a readership of 3.1 million. USA TODAY websites have 26.3 million unique visitors a month.

Additional Coverage:
WCCO 830 Dr. Eric Moore HPV June 4, 2013 (Audio)

NY Times
Oral Cancer Sneaks Up

LA Times, MedPage Today

Context: Eric Moore, M.D. is a physician in the Department of Otorhinolaryngology (ENT) at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Human papillomavirus (also called HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI). There are more than 40 HPV types that can infect the genital areas of males and females. HPV can also infect the mouth and throat. Most people who become infected with HPV do not know they have it. HPV can sometimes cause cancer.

There are more than 40 HPV types that can infect the genital areas of males and females. HPV can also infect the mouth and throat. Most people who become infected with HPV do not know they have it. HPV can sometimes cause cancer.

Most of the time, HPV goes away by itself within two years and does not cause health problems. It is thought that the immune system fights off HPV naturally. It is only when certain types of HPV do not go away over years that it can cause cancers. It is not known why HPV goes away in most, but not all cases. There is no way to know which people will go on to develop cancer. The good news is that it can be prevented with a vaccine.

An HPV vaccine is recommended for 11- or 12-year-old boys and girls. HPV vaccines are safe and effective, and can protect males and females against some of the most common types of HPV that can lead to disease and cancer. HPV vaccines are given in three shots over six months; it is important to get all three doses to get the best protection. Boys and girls at ages 11 or 12 are most likely to have the best protection provided by HPV vaccines, and their immune response to vaccine is better than older women and men.

It’s important to put HPV-related cancers in context. While rates of HPV-related cancers are rising, which is a concern, HPV-related cancers are still relatively rare.

Additional Resources on HPV Vaccines
News Release:
More Parents Say They Won't Vaccinate Daughters Against HPV, Researchers Find

Medical Edge Newspaper Column: Age 9 an Appropriate Age for Girls to Receive HPV Vaccine

Medical Edge Newspaper Column: HPV Vaccine Now Recommended for Boys

Public Affairs Contacts: Joe Dangor, Bryan Anderson

Star Tribune
Mayo Clinic puts stem cells to the test on infant heart defect
by Dan Browning

Every year, about 1,000 babies are born in the United States with half a heart — a rare defect that requires a series of risky surgeries and, even then, leaves the infants with a strong likelihood that their hearts will wear out prematurely. Now, the Mayo Clinic has received federal approval for a first-of-its kind clinical study to see if stem cells from the babies’ own umbilical cords can strengthen their underdeveloped hearts and extend their lives.

Circulation: The Star Tribune Sunday circulation is 518,745 copies and weekday circulation is 300,277. The Star Tribune is the state’s largest newspaper and ranks 16th nationally in circulation.

Context: Mayo Clinic has announced the first U.S. stem cell clinical trial for pediatric congenital heart disease. The trial aims to determine how stem cells from autologous umbilical cord blood can help children with hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS), a rare defect in which the left side of the heart is critically underdeveloped. The trial will test the safety and feasibility of delivering a personalized cell-based therapy into the heart of 10 infants affected by HLHS.

"We want to see if these stem cells will increase the volume and strength of the heart muscle to give it greater durability and power to pump blood throughout the body," says Harold Burkhart, M.D., a pediatric cardiovascular surgeon with the Mayo Clinic Children's Center.

"The care of these children with HLHS has been continuously improving since the first surgical procedure became available three decades ago, yet cardiac transplantation continues to be the limiting factor for far too many individuals," says Timothy Nelson, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Todd and Karen Wanek Family Program for HLHS in Mayo Clinic's Center for Regenerative Medicine. "Applying stem cell-based regeneration may offer a viable solution to help these children develop new tissues and grow stronger hearts."

News Release: Mayo Clinic First in US to Test Stem Cells in Pediatric Congenital Heart Disease Patients

Additional Resources: Animation, lab b-roll and sound bites with Dr. Burkhart and Tim Nelson, M.D.,Ph.D

ABC News
7 Surprising Effects of Obesity
by Liz Neporent

…Dr. Donald Hensrud, a nutritionist and preventive medicine expert in the department of endocrinology, diabetes, metabolism and nutrition at the Mayo Clinic, said one of the most immediate health dangers for many obese people is sleep apnea, a condition in which a person gasps or stops breathing momentarily while asleep. "Sleep apnea can be caused by increased fat around the neck area that presses down and closes off the soft tissues of the airways while a person is lying down, especially on his back," Hensrud said in tip #5.

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

Context: Donald Hensrud, M.D. is a preventive medicine expert at Mayo Clinic and medical editor of The Mayo Clinic Diet.

Public Affairs Contacts: Nick Hanson, Ginger Plumbo

Star Tribune
Cancer patients abandoning their beds and hitting the gym
by Allie Shah

…It’s something doctors are embracing, too. Dr. Andrea Cheville of the Mayo Clinic said exercise offers significant benefits for cancer patients. She cited in particular a 2005 study in the Journal of the American Medical Association which found that breast cancer patients who walked briskly for three hours a week had an almost 50-percent reduction in their risk of breast cancer recurrence. “That’s honestly as good as any drug we have,” she said.

Additional Coverage: Huffington Post Canada

Circulation: The Star Tribune Sunday circulation is 518,745 copies and weekday circulation is 300,277. The Star Tribune is the state’s largest newspaper and ranks 16th nationally in circulation.

Context: Andrea Cheville, M.D., Mayo Clinic Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, interest in research includes exercise in the rehabilitation of cancer patients.

Public Affairs Contact: Nick Hanson

Dr Bernard Morrey, Mayo Clinic

Dr. Bernard Morrey of the Mayo Clinic talks about fascia and tendon surgeries, also Pau Gasol's plantar fascia condition on ESPN Radio's Weekend Warrior show.  

Reach: ESPN's Weekend Warrior show originates from ESPN-LA is hosted by Dr. Robert Klapper, Director of the Joint Replacement Program and Orthopaedic Surgeon at Cedars-Sinai Medical Group and Cedars-Sinai Health Associates. Dr. Klapper was the orthopaedic consultant to the TV show “ER.”

Context: Bernard Morrey, M.D., Mayo Clinic Orthopedic Surgery, is a Mayo Clinic Distinguished Alumni Award recipient. The contributions of Dr. Morrey as a distinguished clinician and scientist in orthopedic surgery place him as one of the most influential orthopedic surgeons of the last half-century. He is a prominent authority on elbow surgery and has made significant contributions to the anatomy, physiology, biomechanics and surgical reconstruction of the elbow.

Public Affairs Contact: Bryan Anderson

Best Pediatric Hospital Rankings
by Amy Fleming

Mayo Clinic children’s center receives high marks for the third year in a row. Mayo Clinics ranked in all ten pediatric specialties in u-s news and world reports list of best children’s hospitals. t’s the only hospital in the Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Dakotas region to be named in all 10 areas. Some of the specialties include diabetes and endocrinology, cardiology and heart surgery, as well as neurology, and neonatal among others. University of Iowa Children’s hospitals ranked high in five specialty areas.

Reach: KIMT 3 serves the Mason City-Austin-Albert Lea-Rochester market.

Additional Coverage:
Mayo Clinic Children's Center ranks high

Context: Mayo Clinic Children's Center has again been ranked in all 10 pediatric specialties in U.S. News & World Report's 2013-14 Best Children's Hospitals rankings. Each year, U.S. News & World Report, using an extensive survey and input from pediatric specialists from around the country, ranks nearly 200 of the nation's children's hospitals and identifies only the top 50 in each of 10 specialty areas. This is the third year in a row that the Mayo Clinic Children's Center has been the only Minnesota hospital to rank in all 10 specialties. In fact, the Mayo Clinic Children's Center is the only children's hospital not only in Minnesota but also the surrounding states of Wisconsin, Iowa and the Dakotas to rank in each of the specialties included in the survey: cancer, cardiology and heart surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology, neonatology, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology and urology.

News Release: Mayo Clinic Children's Center Ranks in All 10 Specialties for Third Straight Year in Best Children's Hospital Rankings

Public Affairs Contact: Kelley Luckstein

Proton beam build begins
by Peter Schuneman

What might it take to rid cancer cells in Mayo Clinic patients?  About 125 tons of equipment in the form of a new proton beam gantry.  The possibilities came to fruition on Thursday at the new Richard O. Jacobson cancer treatment facility as crews began install the first two pieces of the new beam. "Each piece is awkward, each piece is different amounts," said Josh Christensen, project manager with Boldt Construction. "And there are 18 pieces total, roughly 20,000 pounds each. "In the scheme of things the overall gantry itself is 125 tons of steel," Christensen said. "I've been working on it nearly full time since 2007," said Jon Kruse, physicist at Mayo Clinic. "So to see real big parts coming in a physical manifestation of this work is pretty exciting."

Reach: KTTC, an NBC affiliate, serves the Rochester, Minn. area including the towns of Austin, Mason City, Albert Lea and Winona. KTTC-Online receives more than 73,000 unique vistors each month.

Additional Coverage: FOX 47, KAAL, KIMT, Post-Bulletin

Context: When fully established, the Mayo Clinic Proton Beam Therapy Program will offer one of the most technologically advanced treatment options to people with cancer. Proton beam therapy precisely targets cancer cells through the use of charged particles. While not everyone with cancer requires proton beam therapy, it is a preferred treatment for selected patients, such as children and adults with anatomically complex tumors adjacent to critical or sensitive organs and regions such as the brain, eye, spinal cord, lung, heart, liver, bowel and kidneys. Proton beam therapy is sometimes used to treat benign tumors as well. Proton beam therapy facilities are being built at Mayo Clinic’s campuses in Rochester, Minn., and Phoenix, Ariz. Groundbreaking in Rochester was in September 2011 and in Phoenix in December 2011. The first treatment rooms are expected to open by mid-2015 in Rochester and by March 2016 in Phoenix. Both facilities will be fully operational in 2017. Central to the development of this program was a gift of $100 million from longtime Mayo patient and philanthropist Richard O. Jacobson. A $10 million Gift from Lawrence W. and Marilyn W. Matteson also supports the proton beam therapy program.

Public Affairs Contacts: Kelley Luckstein, Bryan Anderson

Mayo Clinic, RPS Team Up
by Steph Crock

Starting in the fall, Rochester Public High School students will get a strength and conditioning coach from Mayo Clinic. Through the collaboration all three high schools, Century, John Marshall, and Mayo High School will have their own certified specialist on-hand…."They've (school coaches) done a great job, don't get me wrong, but it’s good to have a trained professional. They will be certified strength and conditioning specialists," said Chad Eickhoff with Mayo Clinic.

Reach: KAAL is owned by Hubbard Broadcasting Inc., which owns all ABC Affiliates in Minnesota including KSTP in Minneapolis-St. Paul and WDIO in Duluth. KAAL, which operates from Austin, also has ABC satellite stations in Alexandria and Redwood Falls. KAAL serves Southeast Minnesota and Northeast Iowa.

Additional Coverage:
RPS, Mayo Clinic expanding partnership

Context: Mayo Clinic announced erecently an expansion to its sports medicine practice to meet the growing regional, national and international demand for its expertise. The expansion is part of the 100,000-square-foot Mayo Clinic Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center building project, and is scheduled to open in spring of 2014. The Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center is a global leader in sports and musculoskeletal injury prevention and rehabilitation, concussion research, diagnostic and interventional ultrasound, and surgical and nonsurgical management of sports-related injuries.

News Release: Mayo Clinic Planning Major Sports Medicine Center Expansion

Public Affairs Contact: Bryan Anderson

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