September 13, 2013

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights

By Karl Oestreich



September 13, 2013

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AP (Pioneer Press)
More Americans exercise while they work
by Sam Hananel

Glued to your desk at work? Cross that off the list of excuses for not having the time to exercise. A growing number of Americans are standing, walking and even cycling their way through the workday at treadmill desks, standup desks or other moving workstations…It’s been a decade since scientific studies began to show that too much sitting can lead to obesity and increase the risk of developing diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease. Even going to the gym three times a week doesn’t offset the harm of being sedentary for hours at a time, said Dr. James Levine, an endocrinologist at the Mayo Clinic.

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.

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 Contacts: Bob Nellis, Sharon Theimer

The Personalized Flu Shot
by Alice Park

Dr. Greg Poland is expecting a lot of questions--and confusion--from his patients this flu season. For the first time, U.S. health officials will distribute six influenza vaccines, up from four last year. "Instead of the one-size-fits-all approach, we are moving to vaccines ... for individual patients," says Poland, director of the Mayo Clinic Vaccine Research Group.

Reach: Time magazine covers national and international news and provides analysis and perspective of these events. The weekly magazine has a circulation of 3.2 million readers and its website has 4.6 million unique visitors each month.

Related Coverage:
Waseca County News, The facts about vaccinations

Context: The next flu shot season will include several new vaccine options for consumers, Mayo Clinic vaccine expert Gregory Poland, M.D., says. Fearful of needles? There's now an influenza vaccination just for you. Allergic to eggs? It won't stop you from getting a flu shot. The new choices move influenza vaccinations closer to the personalized approach long sought by immunologists including Dr. Poland, but they may also prove bewildering to patients, he says.

News Release: Mayo Clinic Expert Explains New Vaccine Options for Next Influenza Season

Mayo Clinic News Network: Flu Vaccines - Changes & Choices for 2013

Public Affairs Contacts: Bob Nellis, Sharon Theimer

Mayo Clinic hosts 'Transform' event to talk health care innovation
by Lindsey LaBelle

The Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation hosted annual conference called Transform, and FOX 9 medical expert Dr. Archelle Georgiou both attended and spoke about her work. The conference focused on innovative health ideas happening in pockets around the country that have the potential to change healthcare for the greater good, and also, to highlight ideas that can be used so the health care system works better for patients and families.

Reach: Minneapolis-St.Paul is the 16th largest television market in the United States with 1.7 million TV homes.  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.

Additional Coverage:

Hospitals & Health Networks
Maybe it's Time to Nix the Word 'Patient'

Hospitals & Health Networks
Come on, Health Care, Bust Out of Your Box

Mayo Clinic hosts national leaders during 'Transform' healthcare summit

Mayo Clinic conference: Technology will transform health care

Middle Schoolers Present at Mayo Clinic's Transform Symposium

Context: The Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation held Transform 2013, its sixth multidisciplinary symposium focused on transforming the way health care is experienced and delivered, Sept. 8–10 in Rochester, Minn. Dozens of speakers from a wide array of backgrounds will look through different lenses to understand a larger picture of health care today. Topics include new models of care delivery, the uncertainty of change in the health care landscape, the intersection of business and health care innovation and how to scale programs to large populations.

News Release: Mayo Clinic to Hold Sixth Symposium on Transforming Health Care Delivery

Public Affairs Contact: Duska Anastasijevic

Mayo Clinic's Social Presence Among the Best
by Jenna Lohse
…An international bestselling author has ranked Mayo Clinic amongst the top companies in the nation for using social media. As Mayo Officials tell us, it's hard to be a leading organization without an online presence. "The history at Mayo Clinic has all been about our reputation being made by word of mouth,” said Lee Aase, Director of Mayo Clinic’s Center for Social Media…"We need to step out of our office and we need to find ways to reach families, to give them to messages to help them live healthy lives and this is a very efficient and effective way to do that,” said Brian Lynch, Mayo Clinic General Pediatrician.

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.

Context: In 2010, Mayo Clinic announced the creation of a Center for Social Media to accelerate effective application of social media tools throughout Mayo Clinic and to spur broader and deeper engagement in social media by hospitals, medical professionals and patients to improve health globally.  "Mayo Clinic believes individuals have the right and responsibility to advocate for their own health, and that it is our responsibility to help them use social media tools to get the best information, connect with providers and with each other, and inspire healthy choices," explains Mayo Clinic president and CEO John Noseworthy, M.D. "Through this center we intend to lead the health care community in applying these revolutionary tools to spread knowledge and encourage collaboration among providers, improving health care quality everywhere."

Public Affairs Contacts: Kelley Luckstein, Nick Hanson

NBC Latino
What parents should know about children and food allergies

With children heading back to school, parents have to be ready for food allergies. A recent CDC study revealed that food allergies increased in children under 18 years from 1997 to 2011, affecting five percent of children under the age of 5 years old. NBC Latino’s Dr. Joe Sirven, Mayo Clinic Arizona, has some tips that every family should know about children and food allergies.

Reach: NBC Latino is an English-language wesbite aimed at Hispanics featuring news and general interest information.

Context: Joseph Sirven, M.D., is chair of neurology at Mayo Clinic in Arizona. Dr. Sirven’s research pertains to all facets of the diagnosis and management of seizures and epilepsy.

Public Affairs Contact: Jim McVeigh

Mayo Clinic extends waiting period between blood donations

by Elizabeth Baier

A new Mayo Clinic policy that requires blood donors to wait longer periods between donations could lead to a drop in the clinic's blood supply. In May, the Mayo Clinic extended the waiting period between blood donations from 8 to 12 weeks, aiming to avoid iron loss in frequent donors…To make up for the shortage, the clinic has started a campaign to convince people to donate one more time, said Blood Donor Center Medical Director Manish Gandhi said.

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.

Additional Coverage: KSTP

Context: As few as 3 percent of Americans eligible to donate blood do, and fear and anxiety are common reasons why many decline to give. U.S. hospitals are always in need of new donors; at Mayo Clinic, that need is heightened by concern about iron deficiency in frequent givers. Mayo recently began requiring people to wait 12 weeks rather than eight between donations, a change that means an estimated 10 percent drop in its blood supply. To inspire more people to give blood, Manish Gandhi, M.D., medical director of the Mayo Clinic Blood Donor Center, addresses six common blood donation phobias.

News Release: Not a Blood Donor? Mayo Clinic Expert Addresses 6 Fears That Stop People from Giving

Mayo Clinic News Network: Manish Gandhi, M.D., medical director of the Mayo Clinic Blood Donor Center, addresses several common blood donation phobias, including fear of needles, fear of the sight of blood and fear of fainting.

Public Affairs Contact: Sharon Theimer

Mayo Clinic moves ahead in heart stem-cell research
by Jeff Hansel

Researchers at Mayo Clinic in Rochester are looking for new ways to repair a heart that doesn't beat properly in the days following a heart attack. Traditionally, a person with an irregular heartbeat — a problem known medically as dyssynchrony — gets treated with a pacemaker to coach the heart back into normal rhythm. But that's ineffective for about a third of patients, said Dr. Andre Terzic, director of the Mayo Clinic Center for Regenerative 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: MedCity News

Context: Mayo Clinic researchers have found a way to resynchronize cardiac motion following a heart attack using stem cells. Scientists implanted engineered stem cells, also known as induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells, into damaged regions of mouse hearts following a heart attack. This regenerative approach successfully targeted the origin of abnormal cardiac motion, preventing heart failure. The findings appear in the September issue of the Journal of Physiology. "The discovery introduces — for the first time — stem cell-based 'biological resynchronization' as a novel means to treat cardiac dyssynchrony," says Andre Terzic, M.D., Ph.D., senior author of the study. Dr. Terzic is the Michael S. and Mary Sue Shannon Family Director, Center for Regenerative Medicine, and the Marriott Family Professor of Cardiovascular Diseases Research.

News Release: Mayo Clinic Restores Disrupted Heartbeat with Regenerative Intervention

Mayo Clinic News Network: Mayo Clinic Restores Disrupted Heartbeat with Regenerative Intervention

Public Affairs Contact: Jennifer Schutz

Huffington Post Live
Obese Teens & Eating Disorders

A new report by the Mayo Clinic says overweight and obese children and teens who lose weight are at significant risk for developing eating disorders, but their symptoms are often overlooked. Dr. Leslie Sim joins us to discuss her findings.

Reach: HuffPost Live is an online streaming video network produced by the Huffington Post. It features videos relating to current events, entertainment, politics, technology and other topics of interest. The network streams original content Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. ET. The site receive more than 550,000 unique visitors each month.

Additional Coverage:

USA Today
Teens who beat obesity at risk for eating disorders

LA Times, Business Standard, CBS News, WebMD, Yahoo! Shine Canada, Design&Trend, WDTV W.V., WBAY Wis.,, Science World Report, Headlines & Global News, WXYC Mich., WRAL N.C., WSMV Tenn., KSAZ, Huffington Post, Tucson Citizen, HealthCanal, HealthDay, Science2.0, MPR, Newsday

Context: Obese teenagers who lose weight are at risk of developing eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa, Mayo Clinic researchers imply in a recent Pediatrics article. Eating disorders among these patients are also not being adequately detected because the weight loss is seen as positive by providers and family members. In the article, Mayo Clinic researchers argue that formerly overweight adolescents tend to have more medical complications from eating disorders and it takes longer to diagnose them than kids who are in a normal weight range. This is problematic because early intervention is the key to a good prognosis, says Leslie Sim, Ph.D., an eating disorders expert in the Mayo Clinic Children's Center and lead author of the study.

News Release: Obese Teenagers Who Lose Weight at Risk for Developing Eating Disorders

Mayo Clinic News Network: Lead author of the study Leslie Sim, Ph.D., L.P., talks about the research

Public Affairs Contact: Nick Hanson

Wisconsin Public Radio
Hospitals Try Adding Round-The-Clock Remote Patient Monitoring
by Maureen McCollum

Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse and Eau Claire are the latest hospitals that will introduce technology to monitor critical care patients remotely…Carrie Apuan is the director of patient care in Mayo’s La Crosse critical care unit. She says if a patient has pneumonia, their vital signs can trend downward slowly and may not be noticed immediately by staff in La Crosse.

Reach: Wisconsin Public Radio serves approximately 300,000 listeners each week throughout Wisconsin and adjoining states on two networks. 

Additional Coverage:

KEYC Mankato
Enhanced Care in Intensive Care Unit 

Critically Ill Patients Benefit from New Mayo Clinic Program
Austin Herald,  Clinical Innovation + Technology, FierceHealthIT

Context: Critically ill patients are benefiting from a new program designed to improve care and shorten hospital stays. Mayo Clinic's Enhanced Critical Care program offers 24/7 remote monitoring of the sickest patients at six Mayo Clinic Health System hospitals. "It's like having an extra set of eyes on every patient," says Dany Abou Abdallah, M.D., a pulmonologist and director of the critical care unit in Eau Claire. "With this program, operations center nurses and physicians continuously review patients' vital signs and other data. The minute they notice a potential problem, they can alert the local care team."

News Release: Critically Ill Patients at Mayo Clinic Health System Receive Additional Level of Care

Public Affairs Contacts: Traci Klein, Paul Meznarich

Arizona Republic
The Power Of Bioscience Research
by Greg Stanton, Michael Crow and Wyatt Decker

When state leaders launched an ambitious plan to invest in the biosciences a decade ago, they did so for a simple reason: to break free from our economic handcuffs to only a few industries…Our state couldn’t ask for a better anchor: Mayo Clinic’s 200-acre campus in the north Valley. In less than two years, Mayo will open a massive 380,000-square foot, $130 million cancer center, as well as a $180 million proton-beam therapy center — one of only a few in the West. The cancer center will create more than 800 permanent jobs over the next decade, 1,000 construction jobs, and make Mayo’s unique model of patient-centered medical care even more accessible to those who live here. 

Circulation: The Arizona Republic reaches 1.1 million readers every Sunday. The newspaper’s website Arizona Central, averages 83 million pages views each month.

Context: Greg Stanton is mayor of Phoenix. Michael Crow is president of Arizona State University. Wyatt Decker is vice president and chief executive officer of Mayo Clinic in Arizona.

Mayo Clinic in Arizona celebrated 25 years in the southwest in 2012. Mayo Clinic in Arizona now spans two campuses, comprising more than 400 acres of land, and has added two research buildings on the Scottsdale campus, while the Phoenix campus includes a 244-bed hospital, specialty clinic, housing for transplant and cancer patients and leased space for a child care center as well as hospice and a hotel. Offsite family medicine practices were also added in Scottsdale and Glendale, Ariz.

News Release: Mayo Clinic Celebrates 25 Years in Arizona

Public Affairs Contact: Jim McVeigh

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