August 2, 2013

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights

By Karl Oestreich



August 2, 2013

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Bipolar Disorder May Vary Depending on Weight, Eating Disorders

Bipolar disorder develops differently in obese people and among those who binge eat, a new study finds…"The illness is more complicated, and then by definition how you would conceptualize how best to individualize treatment is more complicated," study co-author Dr. Mark Frye, a psychiatrist and chairman of the psychiatry/psychology department at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., said in a Mayo news release.

Reach: HealthDay distributes its health news to media outlets several times each day and also posts its news on its website, which receives more than 39,000 unique vistitors each month.

Additional Coverage Related to Bipolar Study: KBMT Texas, KCEN Texas, KCTV Kansas City, KTTC, U.S. News & World Report;; KPTV, Oregon; WAFB-TV, Baton Rouge, La.; Fox25, Boston, Health24, WPTZ Vermont, Info7, Medline Plus

Context: Bipolar disorder evolves differently in patients who also binge eat, a study by Mayo Clinic, the Lindner Center of HOPE and the University of Minnesota found. Binge eating and obesity often are present among bipolar patients, but the mood disorder appears to take a different path in those who binge eat than it does in obese bipolar patients who do not, the researchers discovered. The findings are published online in the Journal of Affective Disorders.

Mark Frye, M.D., is a psychiatrist and chairman of the Psychiatry and Psychology department at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. The Department of Psychiatry and Psychology at Mayo Clinic is one of the largest psychiatric treatment groups in the United States. At Mayo Clinic campuses in Rochester, Minn.; Jacksonville, Fla.; and Phoenix/Scottsdale, Ariz.; and across the upper Midwest in the Mayo Clinic Health System, about 150 psychiatrists and psychologists, supported by several hundred allied health staff, represent every aspect of psychiatric medicine. Highly-skilled specialists provide expert care to adults, teenagers and children who have mental, addictive and emotional disorders.

News Release: Bipolar Disorder Takes Different Path in Patients Who Binge Eat, Study Suggests

Public Affairs Contact: Sharon Theimer

Delta Sky
The Domestic Medical Tourist
by Eric Lucas

David Neenan’s only certainty was that something was terribly wrong…Tests were inconclusive, so Neenan arranged a trip to the Phoenix campus of the Mayo Clinic…Medical travel is big business for the half-dozen national-level clinics that have carved out a niche providing health reviews for corporate executives…”The focus is preventative rather than diagnostic. Companies want to be sure their execs maintain their health and vitality,” says Dr. Kurt Carlson, who manages the executive health and international medicine programs at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

Reach: Delta Sky is the inflight magazine for Delta Airlines and has a monthly print circulation of more than 603,000. Delta Sky is published by Minneapolis-based MSP Communications, which has published nearly 200 consumer, business and custom titles over more than 30 years.

Context: Kurt Carlson, M.D., Mayo Clinic General Internal Medicine, manages the executive healthand international medicine programs at Mayo Clinic. Mayo Clinic's Executive Health Program offers busy executives an efficient, cost-effective way to manage their health and reduce medical absences. Thousands of executives from companies throughout the world participate in the Executive Health Program, available at all three Mayo Clinic locations in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota.

Public Affairs Contact: Kelley Luckstein

MedPage Today
FDA Eyes Menthol in Cigarettes
by Todd Neale

The FDA has taken an initial step toward regulating -- and possibly banning -- the use of menthol in cigarettes… Richard Hurt, MD, director of the Mayo Clinic's Nicotine Dependence Center, said the evidence is clear that menthol -- which makes tobacco smoke more palatable -- helps people to start and continue smoking and makes it harder to stop. "So in that respect it really serves no purpose in the cigarette except to do all of those things, and if you were to ask me the question, 'Should we do away with menthol in cigarettes?,' the answer is absolutely Yes," Hurt said in an interview with MedPage Today.

Reach: MedPage Today covers breaking medical stories from the perspective of professional medical personnel. Its website received more than 419,000 unique visitors each month.

Context: Richard Hurt, M.D. is director of Mayo Clinic’s Nicotine Dependence Center and a leading expert on tobacco-related issues. As a former smoker, he once smoked three packs a day. Dr. Hurt had his last cigarette on Nov. 22, 1975.

Public Affairs Contact: Kelley Luckstein

Star Tribune
by Richard A. Lovett

If Ann Ruschy is on the phone, she’s also on the move. “Whenever I’m on the phone, I’m walking,” she said over the phone — while walking…Ruschy is the chief talent officer at the downtown Minneapolis office of Salo, a financial consulting and staffing agency. Ever since being recruited to take part in a Mayo Clinic project in “inactivity research” — which suggests that sitting at a desk all day can be bad for your health, even if you regularly exercise — Salo has embraced what the company calls “a culture of movement.” (This article was originally published in New Scientist on July 4, 2013).

Reach: 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.

Additional Coverage: Oman Tribune

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Physicians on Treadmills Diagnose with Accuracy, Says Mayo Doc

Fitness World

Context: James Levine, M.D., Ph.D., is a Mayo Clinic endocrinologist who is often sought out by journalists for his expertise. Basing his techniques of non-exercise activity on years of Mayo Clinic research, he offers cost-effective alternatives to office workers, school children and patients for losing weight and staying fit. Author, inventor, physician and research scientist, Dr. Levine has built on Mayo’s top status as a center of endocrinology expertise and has launched a multi-nation mission to fight obesity through practical, common-sense changes in behavior and personal environment.

Public Affairs Contact: Bob Nellis

Star Tribune (NY Times)
Heavy smokers get lifesaving advice

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force on Monday recommended that heavy smokers get an annual CT scan to check for lung cancer, a major change in policy that experts say has the potential to save 20,000 lives a year…Dr. Stephen Cassivi, a Mayo Clinic thoracic surgeon who was involved in the study, said Monday’s announcement marks “the first major federal body to recognize the benefit for patients in terms of saving lives of people with lung cancer.’’ But he noted that a complete cancer screening program involves more than just a CT scan; it also involves choosing the patients who are most at risk and developing “a structured plan when you find something.’’

Reach: 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.

Related Coverage: New York Times

Context: The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, of which Mayo Clinic is a partner, announced a preliminary recommendation this week that people at high risk for lung cancer consider having annual low-dose CT scans. Smoking is the biggest risk factor for developing lung cancer, resulting in 85 percent of the lung cancers in the United States, and high-risk individuals are those 55 to 80 years old with a "30 pack year or greater smoking history." That can translate as someone who has smoked a pack a day for 30 years or someone who smoked two packs a day for 15 years.

Results of the National Lung Screening Trial, published in the fall of 2011, suggested that smokers and former smokers might benefit from lung CT scan screening. It found a 20 percent reduction in lung cancer deaths with CT scan screening. Federal agencies and medical professionals have been discussing the findings ever since. Mayo Clinic took part in that trial, and thoracic surgeon Stephen Cassivi, M.D., calls the announcement a mandate that will certainly save lives.

Mayo Clinic News Network: CT Lung Scans Recommended for High Risk Patients

Public Affairs Contact: Joe Dangor

U.S. News & World Report
How to Advocate for Yourself in a Hospital
by Kimberly Leonard

U.S. News Health moderated a conversation about hospital patient empowerment, discussing topics such as educating yourself about your condition and care, using electronic medical records, talking to your doctor and speaking up about your needs… Mayo Clinic @MayoClinic Looking forward to today's chat. Tweeting from Rochester, Minn., Annie LeBlanc, PhD @Annie_LeBlancAnnie LeBlanc, HSR researcher, focus on SDM, patient centered care @mayoclinic here with great Mayo team #patientchat.

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

Context: The US News #patientchat July 25 based on the recent US News best hospital rankings reached about 1.5 million people and had more than 400 participants. Mayo Clinic was one of the top contributors and Sharonne Hayes, M.D., a Mayo cardiologist,  was one of the top tweeters.

Additional U.S. News Coverage:

US News & World Report
3 Meditation Techniques for Beginners
by Laura McMullen

…Amit Sood, author of the upcoming book "The Mayo Clinic Guide to Stress-Free Living," calls this autopilot daze, in which we're physically here, but mentally elsewhere – our "default mode." And it's not a great place to be. We spend about half of our day in default mode, in which we're typically unhappy, he says, adding that too much time in this mode can lead to increased risk of depression, anxiety and attention deficit.

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

Previous Coverage in July 17, 2013 Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Hiighlights

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.)

ABC News
Faked Surgeries Are Rare but Hard to Spot
by Liz Neporent

Mary Jeanne Altieri had surgery on her right shoulder in 2005 to repair a torn rotator cuff but said the pain never subsided…But when Altieri's pain worsened she sought a second opinion, and then another. The third doctor told her that he was able to explain why her shoulder wasn't getting better: Panos had never operated on it, she said…Dr. Timothy Morgenthaler, the chief patient safety officer for the Mayo Clinic, said one way patients can protect themselves from deceptive surgeries and other medical mismanagement is to carefully check the reputation of the surgeon and hospital and get recommendations from trusted, knowledgeable sources.

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Context: Timothy Morgenthaler, M.D., Mayo Clinic Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine and Center for Sleep Medicine, is a also a member of Mayo's Clinical Practice Quality Oversight Subcommittee.

Public Affairs Contact: Nick Hanson

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