July 17, 2013

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights

By Karl Oestreich



July 19, 2013

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NBC News
Memory loss worries may indicate Alzheimer’s risk

Dr. Ronald Petersen is interviewed as well as a Mayo Clinic patient. Researchers at Brigham and Women’s hospital in Boston asked 200 healthy volunteers to report concerns about their own memory and then received a brain scan looking for build up of amyloid plaque, a risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease. Those most anxious about their memory also had the highest levels of plaque. NBC’s Dr. Nancy Snyderman reports.

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:

Some, mild slips of memory may be very early Alzheimer's


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 Contacts: Traci Klein, Nick Hanson

NY Times
Dementia’s Signs May Come Early
by Pam Belluck

…And, in a significant shift highlighted at the conference, leading Alzheimer’s researchers are identifying a new category called “subjective cognitive decline,” which is people’s own sense that their memory and thinking skills are slipping even before others have noticed.  “The whole field now is moving to this area, and saying ‘Hey, maybe there is something to this, and maybe we should pay attention to these people,’ ” said Dr. Ronald C. Petersen, chairman of the advisory panel to the federal government’s new National Alzheimer’s Project. Dr. Petersen, director of the Mayo Clinic’s Alzheimer’s center, said preliminary results of a Mayo study of healthy older adults in Minnesota suggested something similar.

Circulation: The New York Times has the third highest circulation nationally, behind USA Today (2nd) and The Wall Street Journal (1st) with 1,150,589 weekday copies circulated and 1,645,152 circulated on Sundays.

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. Richard Caselli, M.D. is a neurologist at Mayo Clinic in Arizona. Dr. Caselli's research focuses on cognitive aging and the changes that can be detected before the symptomatic onset of memory loss and related symptoms of Alzheimer's disease.

Public Affairs Contacts: Traci Klein, Nick Hanson, Jim McVeigh, Lynn Closway

Patients Seek A Different Approach To Hip Replacement Surgery
by Pattie Neighmond

Every year more than a quarter of a million Americans have total hip replacement surgery. It's almost always a successful operation that frees patients from what's often described as disabling pain…Critics say the increased interest in anterior approach surgery may be more due to marketing from doctors, hospitals and companies that sell specialized operating tables and other gear rather than any benefits to patients. Clinical trials comparing the two methods are underway at the Mayo Clinic and at the Hospital for Special Surgery, but it may well be five years before that data is available. In the meantime, doctors says it's important to look at the big picture. Today "most healthy patients recover quickly, no matter which surgical technique is used," says orthopedic surgeon Mark Pagnano with the Mayo Clinic.

Reach: The NPR Shots Blog covers news about health and medicine. It is written and reported by NPR’s Science Desk.

Context: Mark Pagnano, M.D. is an orthopedic surgeon who also has an appointment with Mayo Clinic's Young Hip Clinic. The Young Hip Clinic at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota evaluates and treats young people who have hip pain. The clinic focuses on alternatives to hip replacement or joint preservation surgery.

Public Affairs Contacts: Dana Sparks, Brian Kilen

Can Big Data solve the mystery of suicide?
By Helen Popkin

Everywhere on the Internet, we're trailed by bots that inspect our searches and social chatter, attempting to predict what we're going to buy, watch or who we might date next. But in the middle of all that commerce-friendly jibber jabber, some people are saying, in not so many words, "I am going to kill myself." What if a computer program could spot those cries for help as well?... Even outside the military population, doctors miss cues. A review of studies by the Mayo Clinic found approximately 44 percent of people who commit suicide visited their primary care physician, and 20 percent visited a mental health care worker in the month before their deaths.

Reach: NBC News Digital reaches an audience of more than 58 million unique visitors.

Context: Suicide is the 11th leading cause of death in the United States. Every year, millions of Americans think about taking their own lives. Sadly, each year tens of thousands die by suicide. While suicides can be a shock to family and friends, some warning signs exist. Often a simple question from a family doctor can be enough to start a person toward help and treatment. A review in the August issue 2011 issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings by researchers at Mayo Clinic and the University of Washington, Seattle highlights the opportunity that primary care physicians have to establish a successful treatment plan for these patients. Dr. Timothy Lineberry is a Mayo Clinic suicide prevention expert.

News Release: Mayo Clinic: Primary Physicians May Hold Key to Suicide Prevention

Public Affairs Contact: Nick Hanson

Everyday Health
Need a New Hip? Press 'Print'
by Dr. Sanjay Gupta

Thousands of hip replacements are performed every year. These operations are life-changers for people with osteoarthritis and other conditions, ridding them of pain and returning them to an active life…Brooke was born with a misshapen pelvis. By the time she was in her 20’s, she was already severely debilitated by arthritis in her hips…Her doctors at Mayo Clinic were able to spare Brooke all those surgeries by turning to a new technology: 3-D printing…“You press print and a 3-D model is made,” says orthopedic surgeon Christopher Beauchamp, MD.

Reach: Everyday Health Media, LLC is a provider of online consumer health content across a broad portfolio of over 25 websites that span the health spectrum — from lifestyle offerings in pregnancy, diet and fitness to in-depth medical content for condition prevention and management.

Context: Joint replacements have been around for a long time. Most people with conditions such as osteoarthritis can expect good results if they have one. But what about those who have complicated cases or unusual deformities that a standard replacement can’t fix? In the past that’s meant few options, but now, doctors at Mayo Clinic in Arizona are using 3D printers to enable customized joint replacement surgeries. Many patients, who were previously out of luck, can now have a successful surgery and better quality of life.

Mayo Clinic News Network Package: 3D Printer Uses CT Scan to Print Out Model of Hip Joint Before Surgery (pkg)

Public Affairs Contact: Dana Sparks

Everyday Health
Stem Cells Heal a Damaged Heart
by Dr. Sanjay Gupta

Researchers at Mayo Clinic have made a breakthrough in doing that. They have trained stem cells harvested from a person’s bone marrow to become heart cells, by treating them with certain proteins that trigger heart development. They refer to these stem cells as “smart” stem cells. “This study helps us move beyond the science fiction notion of research,” said Andre Terzic, MD, PhD of Mayo Clinic, the study’s senior author.

Context: Physicians and researchers in the Center for Regenerative Medicine at Mayo Clinic say their work is developing completely new ways to treat and manage chronic diseases like diabetes, heart failure, or even degenerative nerve, bone and joint conditions. And in December, international experts will meet at the World Stem Cell Summit, to continue exploring and sharing ideas about the future of regenerative medicine. Here are some 101 basics of how this science benefits patients.

Mayo Clinic News Network Package: Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine 101 (Medical Edge TV)

Public Affairs Contact: Dana Sparks

US News & World Report
The Personalization of Medicine
by Katherine Hobson

…Just this past May, the Food and Drug Administration approved two drugs for advanced melanoma driven by certain mutations that join a crop of new therapies approved in the last few years. Also, in May, the Mayo Clinic launched an Individualized Medicine Clinic at its three locations in Minnesota, Arizona and Florida aimed at getting cutting-edge guidance to cancer patients who have failed standard treatments and to people with mysterious ailments that may have a genetic cause.

Reach: US News reaches more than 10 million unique visitors to its website each month.

Context:  Mayo Clinic has always been a destination for patients seeking answers. Now, Mayo is taking that concept to the next level with the public launch of its Individualized Medicine Clinic — at all three of its campuses, in Minnesota, Florida and Arizona.

News Release: Mayo Clinic Launches Individualized Medicine Consulting Clinic

Public Affairs Contact: Bob Nellis

Pioneer Press (AP)
Mayo Clinic gets a silver in US News ranking

Johns Hopkins Hospital has regained its place atop U.S. News & World Report's annual rankings of the nation's best hospitals, one year after its 21-year stint at the top of the rakings was broken… The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., was ranked third, followed by the Cleveland Clinic and UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles.

Reach: The Associated Press is a not-for-profit news cooperative, owned by its American newspaper and broadcast members. News collected by the AP is published and republished by newspaper and broadcast outlets worldwide.

KEYC Mankato
Mayo Clinic Health System Mankato Ranked High in State
Mayo Clinic Health System Mankato is ranked 14th among the state's hospitals according to a U.S. News and World Report released today. With nearly 160 hospitals in Minnesota, the report came as good news to the hospital staff.

Reach: KEYC-12, is a Fox affiliate whcih broadcasts from Mankato, Minn.

WEAU Eau Claire
Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire ranked among best in state

Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire is ranked No. 4 in Wisconsin and is recognized among the Best Hospitals in northwest Wisconsin in the newly released 24th U.S. News & World Report annual America’s Best Hospitals list… “This national recognition from U.S. News underscores the commitment our staff makes to care for patients,” says Randall Linton, M.D., president and CEO of Mayo Clinic Health System’s northwest Wisconsin region.

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.

Phoenix Business Journal
13 Phoenix-area hospitals ranked as best by U.S. News & World Report
by Angela Gonzales

Of all 56 hospitals in the Phoenix metro area, 13 were named best regional hospitals by U.S. News & World Report. At the top of the list was Mayo Clinic, which touts 10 nationally ranked specialties and three high-performing specialties.

Reach: The Phoenix Business Journal is one of 61 newspapers published by American City Business Journals.

Jacksonville Business Journal
Baptist, Mayo Clinic among top 5 hospitals in Florida
by Michael Clinton

Several of Jacksonville’s hospital systems ranked among the best in Florida in an annual ranking of the best hospitals in the nation. Baptist Medical Center and Mayo Clinic tied as the No. 1 hospitals in Jacksonville and No. 4 in Florida on the U.S. News & World Report annual Best Hospitals study, released today.

Reach: The Jacksonville Business Journal is one of 61 newspapers published by American City Business Journals.

Nephrology News
Cleveland Clinic loses #1 ranking to Mayo for nephrology care

Medscape Today
Mayo Clinic Keeps Top Spot for Diabetes in US News Rankings

Additional US News Best Hospitals Coverage: MSNBC, Star Tribune, KARE 11, CNN, Chicago Tribune, Twin Cities Business, FierceHealthcare, Post-Bulletin, FOX47, KTTC, Action News Jax, Huffington Post, Health Leaders Media, Arizona Daily Star, CBS News, KTLA, WXOW, Action News Jax

Context: Mayo Clinic was highly rated in the 24th U.S. News & World Report annual America's Best Hospitals list released today. As in 2012, Mayo earned the No. 3 overall spot on the "Best Hospitals" list. Mayo ranked No. 1 in the nation in five clinical areas — gynecology, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology, nephrology and pulmonology. In addition, Mayo is ranked No. 2 in five additional specialties — cardiology & heart surgery, ear, nose & throat, geriatrics, neurology & neurosurgery and orthopedics. Mayo Clinic earned the No. 1 spot in Minnesota, ranked No. 1 in Arizona and specifically in the Phoenix metro area, and earned the No. 1 rank as best hospital in the Jacksonville area.

News Release: Mayo Clinic Lauded in Quality Rankings, Most Recently by U.S. News & World Report

News Release: Mayo Clinic Ranked No. 1 in Arizona and Phoenix by U.S. News & World Report

News Release: U.S. News & World Report Ranks Mayo Clinic No. 1 in Jacksonville and a Leading Cancer Hospital Nationally

News Release: Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, Mankato rank among best in Wisconsin, Minnesota regions

Public Affairs Contacts: Nick Hanson (Mayo Clinic in Rochester), Jim McVeigh (Mayo Clinic in Arizona), Kevin Punsky (Mayo Clinic in Florida), Micah Dorfner (Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato, Minn.), Susan Barber-Lindquist (Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Clarie, Wisc.)

Doctors, Deputies Warn Against Cliff Jumping
by Josh Rosenthal

…That's largely because the water below the cliff is a maximum of 14-feet deep, and it's only three-feet deep close to shore. Deputies have handed out more than 100 citations to people jumping off the cliff, which is on private property, in just the last month. "We had 18 just yesterday," Englund said. "This is a big problem for us out here." It's a big problem at the Mayo Clinic Health System in Cannon Falls, too. "This is very dangerous," Trauma Program Coordinator Angela Schrader said. "The impact can be lifetime on a lot of these patients."

Reach: KSTP-TV, Channel 5, is an ABC affiliate serving the Twin Cities area, central Minnesota and western Wisconsin, the 15th largest market in the U.S.

Context: Angela Schraeder is the Trauma Program coordinator at Mayo Clinic Health System in Cannon Falls, Minn.

Public Affairs Contact: Kristy Jacobson

Destination Medical Center: Hold on to your hats
by Jeff Hansel

The Minnesota Legislature's passage of Destination Medical Center means the project no longer belongs to Mayo Clinic. In many ways, it belongs as much to Rochester residents themselves, who, through their votes, control the Rochester City Council. City Council members will measure, critique and approve expansion proposals submitted by Mayo and private developers over the next 20 years. 

Additional stories from Post-Bulletin Related to DMC Report:
A new model of health care — for the well, Pediatrics a key part of Mayo Clinic's Destination Medical Center The affluent will be big part of Destination Medical Center, Rochester seeks to become biotech destination  

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.

Context: Destination Medical Center (DMC), an economic development initiative designed to secure Mayo Clinic and Minnesota’s future as a global medical destination, passed on May 20 as part of the Minnesota Legislature’s tax bill. It will help fund the public infrastructure required to keep pace with an estimated $5 billion private investment by Mayo Clinic and other private entities over the next 20 years.

Destination Medical Center Website

Public Affairs Contacts: Bryan Anderson, Karl Oestreich

U.S. Blood Supply Threatened as Donors Face Iron Losses
by Michelle Cortez

…In the U.S., 70 percent of the blood supply comes from repeat donors. Limiting their giving may hamper a system that already suffers shortages. The Mayo Clinic predicts a 10 percent drop in its supply from its restrictions on donors after finding that one-third had iron deficiency. “We want to make sure we don’t have a group of people walking around being iron deficient,” said Manish Gandhi, the medical director of the Mayo Clinic’s blood donation center. “Blood donation in the U.S. is an altruistic thing. We need to focus on what we should be doing to protect these wonderful donors.”

Circulation: Bloomberg has 2,300 media professionals in 146 bureaus across 72 countries. Bloomberg delivers its content across more than 400 publications, over 310 million households worldwide through Bloomberg Television and 500,000 in the New York metro area and 18.5 million subscribers through satellite radio.

Context: Manish Gandhi, M.D. is medical director of the Blood Donor Center at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Approximately 80,000 units of blood products are transfused at Mayo Clinic in Rochester annually. For more interesting facts about donating blood, click here.

Public Affairs Contact: Sharon Theimer

Action News Jax
Mayo Clinic CEO talks about health care
by Catherine Varnum

The CEO of the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville talked one on one with Action News about the proposed health care reform plan. "We can't continue as we are," said Dr. William Rupp. He's the CEO of the Mayo Clinic in Florida. He's been watching the news closely over the last few months, trying to figure out how the Mayo Clinic will be affected by Obama's proposed health care plan. "I think there's still a lot of confusion about what actually is going to come out," said Dr. Rupp.

Reach: WAWS-TV/30 is the Fox affiliate. WTEV-TV/47 is the CBS affiliate in Jacksonville, Fla.

Context: William Rupp, M.D. is a Mayo Clinic vice president and CEO of Mayo Clinic in Florida.

Public Affairs Contact: Kevin Punsky

Mechanical heart gives local man a second chance
by Courtney Everett

In our Health Alert, according to the Centers for Disease Control, about 5.7 million people in the United States have heart failure. But, a mechanical device is giving people with heart failure a new chance at life…Many hospitals don't have the capability to do this surgery, but Mayo Clinic Health System is helping patients with the devices and plans to open a special center this fall. "We will be a share cared center and what that means is that we will care for the patient in conjunction with the center that put the device,” said Dr. Kincaid.

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: Cardiologist Daniel Kincaid, M.D., discusses how the ventricular assist device --VAD -- works. Beginning this fall, patients will be able to receive follow-up VAD care at the Cardiac Center at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, Wisc. For patient David Evans, this partial mechanical heart is a lifesaver until he hopefully receives a heart transplant someday.

Public Affairs Contact: Susan Barber-Lindquist

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