August 29, 2013

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights

By Karl Oestreich



August 30, 2013

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Patients Love A Gentler Approach To Surgery, But Surgeons Balk
by Nancy Shute

Surgery can be a necessary misery, endured in hope of health. But what if you took away the misery, and kept the benefits? When hospitals quit subjecting patients to prolonged fasting, nasogastric tubes, abdominal drains, and other commonplaces of surgical care, a study finds, patients feel less pain and recover faster… "The early feeding makes a big difference" in how people feel, says Dr. Sean Dowdy, a professor in obstetrics and gynecology at Mayo who led the study. But he told Shots it's not just that. "Whether it's the early feeding or the lack of bowel preps or the change in anesthesia delivery, regardless, patients are happier."

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

Additional Coverage: MPR, KNAU Ariz., HealthLeaders Media, News Medical, Boise State Public Radio, Contemporary OB/GYN

Context: Patients who had complex gynecologic surgery managed by an enhanced recovery pathway (ERP) resulted in decreased narcotic use, earlier discharge, stable readmission rates, excellent patient satisfaction and cost savings, according to a Mayo Clinic study. The findings are published in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology.

"Patients are much happier when we are able to eliminate the use of unproven and unpleasant interventions such as bowel preparations, caloric restriction, sedating medications and the use of surgical drains," says Sean Dowdy, M.D., a Mayo Clinic gynecologic surgeon and lead study author. "We show that patients undergoing the most complex and invasive operations have the most to gain from this recovery pathway."

News Release: Mayo Clinic Study: Enhanced Recovery Pathway for Gynecologic Surgery Gets Patients Back To Health Faster

Interview with Mayo Clinic gynecologic surgeon and lead study author Sean Dowdy, M.D on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Public Affairs Contact: Kelley Luckstein

USA Today
Experts: Mom has biggest impact on girls' body image

Women urged to avoid talk of diet, weight with young daughters…"Moms are probably the most important influence on a daughter's body image," said Dr. Leslie Sim, clinical director of Mayo Clinic's eating disorders program and a child psychologist. "Even if a mom says to the daughter, 'You look so beautiful, but I'm so fat,' it can be detrimental."

Reach: 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.

Context: In the U.S., 10 million women and 1 million men suffer from eating disorders. Millions more suffer from binge eating disorders. The peak onset of eating disorders occurs during puberty and the late teen/early adult years, but symptoms can occur as young as kindergarten. Leslie Sim, Ph.D., L.P. is a Mayo Clinic eating disorders expert with appointments in Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine and Psychiatry and Psychology.

Tips to prevent teen eating disorders can be found here.

Public Affairs Contact: Nick Hanson

Medical researchers study ways to make hot temps less dangerous
by Lorna Benson

…Dr. Michael Joyner, a Mayo Clinic physiologist and anesthesiologist who studies how people respond to heat by warming and cooling his subjects with a water-filled suit adapted from the U.S. space program, is trying to figure out if sensors in the body that drive breathing also detect temperature changes. And if so, he's trying to determine whether these sensors are faulty in people with heart failure, hypertension and diabetes - the three conditions that cause the most problems for people during periods of high heat.

Reach: Minnesota Public Radio operates 43 stations and serves virtually all of Minnesota and parts of the surrounding states. MPR has more than 100,000 members and more than 900,000 listeners each week, which is the largest audience of any regional public radio network.

Context: Michael Joyner, M.D., is a Mayo Clinic anthesiologist. Dr. Joyner and his lab team are interested in how humans respond to various forms of physical and mental stress during activities such as exercise, hypoxia, standing up and blood loss.

Public Affairs Contact: Duska Anastasijevic

Star Tribune
Rise in thyroid cancer diagnoses is challenged by Mayo researchers
by Jeremy Olson

The findings, published Tuesday by doctors at the Mayo Clinic, have prompted the researchers to recommend a new diagnostic term that could spare people with small throat tumors from surgery, medication and radiation that they might not need… “This is exposing patients to unnecessary and harmful treatments that are inconsistent with their prognosis,” said Dr. Juan P. Brito, a Mayo endocrinologist in Rochester.

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: An increasing gap between the incidence of thyroid cancer and deaths from the disease suggests that low-risk cancers are being overdiagnosed and overtreated, a study from the Mayo Clinic Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery finds. The study appears in the current issue of BMJ.

"High tech imaging technologies such as ultrasound, CT and MRI can detect very small thyroid nodules many of which are slow growing papillary thyroid cancers, says the study's lead author Juan Pablo Brito, M.B.B.S. an endocrine fellow and health care delivery scholar at Mayo Clinic. "This is exposing patients to unnecessary and harmful treatments that are inconsistent with their prognosis."

Additional Coverage: WCCO-830, Chicago Tribune, Post-Bulletin, FOX47, CTV News, MinnPost, MedCity News, Yahoo! Noticias

News Release: Mayo Clinic: High-Tech Imaging Contributing To Overdiagnosis Of Low-Risk Thyroid Cancers

Public Affairs Contact: Shelly Plutowski

La Crosse Tribune
Monday profile: Dr. Margaret Grenisen makes her mark as women’s health advocate
by Mike Tighe

Colleagues describe Dr. Margaret Grenisen as a champion for women and a hero, while she deflects much of the credit to co-workers. Grenisen was one of the architects of the Center for Women’s Health at Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare in La Crosse, which was the first of its kind and marked its 20th anniversary this month.

Circulation: The La Crosse Tribune covers local and state news that is relevant to the Western Wisconsin area and has a daily circulation of more than 24,000. La Crosse Tribune - Online has more than 182,000 unique visitors each month.

Context: The La Crosse Campus serves as the hub for the Mayo Clinic Health System Franciscan Healthcare medical practice and is home to most medical specialties and services. The Center for Women's Health at Franciscan Healthcare is a comprehensive women's health center established to meet the diverse and dynamic needs of adolescent and adult women. With a multidisciplinary, all-women staff, The Center for Women's Health offers a variety of services designed to address the physical, psychological, and spiritual needs. Our services include screening, diagnosis and management of conditions which are unique to women, more common in women, more serious to women, or manifest differently in women.

Public Affairs Contact: Rick Thiesse

WJXT Fla./News4Jax
Drug May Stop Invasive Breast Cancer

New research from the Mayo Clinic here in Jacksonville, could give twice as many cancer-fighting patients, more options. Researchers say a drug used to treat blood cancers, may also stop the spread of invasive breast cancers.

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

Additional Coverage: Big News Network, Health Canal, National Cancer Institute, Nature World News, Science Daily, Sify, Zee News, Globedia, KTTC

Context: A drug used to treat blood cancers may also stop the spread of invasive breast cancer, researchers at Mayo Clinic in Florida have discovered. Their study, published online in Breast Cancer Research, found that in the lab and in animals, the drug decitabine turns on a gene coding for protein kinase D1 (PRKD1) that halts the ability of cancer cells to separate from a tumor and spread to distant organs.

"Treatment with low doses of decitabine in an animal model of breast cancer restored PRKD1 expression, reduced tumor size, and blocked metastasis to the lung," says the study's senior investigator, Peter Storz, Ph.D., a biochemist and molecular biologist at Mayo Clinic in Florida.

News Release: Drug Used for Blood Cancers May Stop Spread of Breast Cancer Cells, Mayo Clinic Finds

Public Affairs Contact: Kevin Punsky

CBS5 Ariz.
Mayo Clinic to open stem cell lab in Phoenix 

Mayo Clinic will open its own stem cell laboratory next summer. It will store and process stem cells that are used for bone marrow transplants. The clinic has one of the most active bone marrow transplant programs in the U.S., with more than 200 procedures done each year.

Reach: KPHO-5 is the CBS affiliate in Phoenix and is owned by Meredith Corporation.

Additional Coverage:  KPNX, Stem Cell Daily

Context: Mayo Clinic in Arizona, with one of the most active bone marrow transplant programs in United States, will open its own stem cell laboratory in summer 2014. The laboratory will be initially dedicated to storing and processing stem cells used for bone marrow transplants at Mayo Clinic Hospital and Phoenix Children's Hospital.

Mayo Clinic is a regional referral center and performs more than 200 adult stem cell transplants each year and approximately 30 pediatric transplants with Phoenix Children's. The program is accredited by the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy and the National Bone Marrow Donor Program.

News Release: Mayo Clinic to Open Stem Cell Laboratory in Phoenix

Public Affairs Contact: Jim McVeigh

Chicago Tribune
Breast-feeding may lessen stuttering
by Janise Neuiviann

Dr. Esther Krych, a pediatrician at Mayo Clinic, said she found the results "really interesting" and commended the authors for uncovering another potential benefit to breast-feeding.  "They highlight nicely that breast-feeding isn't a cure-all, but at the same time that there may be benefits to breast-feeding we still have not discovered," said Krych, explaining there are many factors that go into language development. "Because of that, moms who can't breastfeed don't need to feel guilty." Krych, who is also chief medical editor of the Mayo Clinic Guide to Your Baby's First Year, said the mere act of caressing a baby while either breast-feeding or bottle-feeding with formula offered babies intimacy and a sense of security.

Reach: The Tribune’s average weekday circulation is about 425,000. Average Sunday circulation is more than 781,000. According to the Tribune, its newspaper reaches more than five million consumers while covering 76% of the market.

Context: Esther Krych, M.D. is a Mayo Clinic pediatrician with appointments in Community Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine and Mayo Clinic Children's Center.

Public Affairs Contact: Kelley Luckstein

Courier-News Ill.
Elgin man set to undergo fourth kidney transplant at Mayo Clinic Wednesday
by Mike Danahey

Peter Giannaris of Elgin is looking forward to being able to do something he hasn’t done in 12 years that most of us see as a chore and take for granted… Giannaris, 38, has polycystic kidney disease. The Mayo Clinic website explains the condition “is an inherited disorder in which clusters of noncancerous, fluid-filled sacs (cysts) develop within the kidneys ... (and) can cause cysts to develop elsewhere in the body, too. The disease causes a variety of serious complications.”

Reach: The Courier-News serves the Elgin, Ill. area and Kane County in Northeastern Illinois.

Additional Coverage: WBBM Chicago

Context: Mayo Clinic Transplant Center is one of the largest and most experienced surgical practices in the world. Mayo has more than 300 surgeons and 122 operating rooms among its three locations in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota. Mayo Clinic surgeons perform hundreds of transplant surgeries each year.

Public Affairs Contact: Ginger Plumbo

Modern Healthcare
100 Most Influential People in Healthcare – 2013

This year's ranking of the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare includes 15 newcomers as well as seven leaders who have been on every list since it started in 2002…15. Dr. John Noseworthy, president and CEO, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.

Reach: Modern Healthcare, published by Crain Communications, is a healthcare news weekly that provides hospital executives with healthcare business news. The magazine specifically covers healthcare policy, Medicare/Medicaid, and healthcare from a business perspective. It also publishes a daily e-newsletter titled Modern Healthcare’s Daily Dose. The weekly publication has a circulation of more than 70,000 and its on-line site receives more than 29,700 unique visitors each month.

Context: John Noseworthy, M.D. is Mayo Clinic President and CEO.

Public Affairs Contact: Karl Oestreich

CBS Harrisburg
New law changes focus on keeping truckers healthy
by Ewa Roman

…And people in the medical field are gearing up for the changes as well. Dr. Clayton Cowl made a pit stop in Dauphin County Friday, teaching doctors, nurses and chiropractors about the new federal medical examinations and requirements. "What we're trying to do is actually close the loophole, so when a driver goes and sees an examiner there will be a specific number and registry for when that examiner does an exam and they'll be reported to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on at least a monthly basis if not sooner," said Cowl, Mayo Clinic physician. 

Reach: CBS-21 serves Harrisburgh, Penn.

Additional Coverage: WITF

Previous Coverage in Nov. 12, 2012 Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights

Context: Big changes are coming to the medical evaluations required for many commercial driver’s license holders, including truckers and bus drivers. Under new federal requirements, the medical examinations will only count if they are performed by a health care provider specially trained and certified to do so. The goal is preventing medical emergency-related truck and bus crashes through what likely will be more intense health exams, says Clayton Cowl, M.D., of Mayo Clinic.

News Release: Mayo Expert Explains New Medical Exam Rule

Public Affairs Contact: Sharon Theimer

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